September 18, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Baldwin’s Nigger

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

We continue our look at Baldwin’s Nigger

PART II:

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Miranda

      Good morning!

      • Rhoda

        Good Morning rikyrah, Miranda, POU!

  • rikyrah

    Paycheck Fairness Act faces Senate vote
    By Steve Benen – Tue Jun 5, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    After weeks of wrangling, the Paycheck Fairness Act will finally reach the Senate floor today, where it’s likely to face strong opposition from Republicans. Democratic supporters, however, are investing quite a bit of energy into the proposal.

    Yesterday, for example, the White House organized a conference call on the legislation, and President Obama made a surprise appearance, touting not only his support for the bill, but also explaining its significance.

    Mitt Romney, meanwhile, true to form, refuses to take a position on the bill. When we asked the Romney campaign for its stance, a spokesperson said the Republican candidate supports the concept of equal pay for equal work, but despite repeated requests, Romney’s aide would not whether he supports or opposes the proposal.

    No Profile in Courage Award for you, gov.

    So, does the bill have any chance at all? The last time the Paycheck Fairness Act reached the Senate floor, two years ago, it garnered 58 votes, which, thanks to the way the modern Senate operates, means the bill failed. The chamber’s GOP “moderates” — Scott Brown, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe — all joined the filibuster that killed the bill.

    Two years later, the Democratic majority has shrunk considerably, but hope springs eternal.

    On one conference call, the bill’s chief sponsor Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said she’s hopeful Republicans will peel away and help break a filibuster, but declined to say whether any GOP votes had been locked down.

    “I’m not at liberty to go into that,” Mikulski said.

    Mikulski will need to find seven Republicans willing to give the bill an up-or-down vote, which appears to be a very tall order given how far the GOP Senate caucus has moved to the right.

    ——————————————————————————–

    For those unfamiliar with the substance behind the legislation, the bill would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.

    The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which we discussed with Ledbetter herself last night, was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

    With women still only making 77 cents for every dollar men earn in similar jobs, the question may soon become why so many Republicans, including their presidential candidate, seem indifferent to the problem.

    Postscript: As a simple matter of election-year strategy, I have no idea why every Senate Republican doesn’t simply vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act and then let the GOP-led House kill it.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/05/12065625-paycheck-fairness-act-faces-senate-vote?lite

  • Miranda

    New economy fallout – ‘wage theft’ from paychecks

    WASHINGTON — For nearly a year, unemployed home health worker Leslie Gilbert of Grand Rapids, Mich., has fought to get more than $400 in unpaid wages from her former employer.

    After months of promises that the money would be in her “next paycheck,” Gilbert filed a complaint in October with the state. Officials told Focus Care Home Health of Southfield, Mich., to either pay Gilbert by June 1 or face a formal hearing.

    Gilbert still doesn’t have her money.

    Her experience is a classic example of what workers’ rights advocates call “wage theft,” the practice of underpaying or not paying workers for their labor.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/06/04/151119/new-economy-fallout-wage-theft.html#storylink=cpy

  • rikyrah

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012
    The Handmaid’s Tale And Other Future Non-Fiction
    Posted by Zandar

    If you want to know what a Mitt Romney presidency with appointments to SCOTUS would mean with a GOP House and Senate, you have to look no further than GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida.

    Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) unwilling admitted to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Friday afternoon that he believed women who receive abortions should face criminal charges. “I think the punishment should certainly be very serious,” he said. “It should be more than a civil case. It should be something very serious”:

    MATTHEWS: So it should be a criminal matter for the woman as well as the doctor?
    STEARNS: I think so. You are killing an embryo and in some cases you are killing an embryo that is four or five months into gestation

    My good friend at ABLC, AsiangrrlMN, talked about the defeated PRENDA act the House tried and failed to pass last week, that would have criminalized abortions “based on gender preferences”. ABL talked about it too and why the act was utter nonsense.

    But that’s the future of America if these guys win in November, period. Might want to keep that in mind.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/06/handmaids-tale-and-other-future-non.html

  • rikyrah

    June 04, 2012 5:30 PM

    Barton’s Inversion
    By Ed Kilgore

    If you pay much attention to the religion-and-politics beat, you are probably familiar with the infamous name of David Barton, the “historian” who has had enormous success in supplying talking points for the ever-growing ranks of American conservatives who are convinced that “separation of church and state” is a nefarious “myth” that perverts the Founders’ design for a Christian nation.

    I’ve been fascinated by Barton and his infernal work as someone who still has trouble grasping that the Southern Baptist denomination in which I was raised has briskly moved in the course of my lifetime from a traditional position on church-state separation indistinguishable from that of the American Civil Liberties Union to one that is violently hostile to any limits on theocracy. Barton and his acolytes—very much including the conservative evangelicals whose very strength in this country is a testament to the Jeffersonian principle of state agnosticism about religion—have very nearly inverted the traditional understanding of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, and it’s no surprise that Barton’s latest project is claiming Jefferson himself for his ideology.

    So it was with great interest that I read Paul Harvey’s review at Relgiion Dispatches of a new book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President, by two evangelical critics of Barton who take apart his profanement of Jefferson’s teachings and set the record straight:

    The authors are professed evangelical Christians who teach at Grove City College, a school whose mission statement rejects “secularism and relativism” and promotes intellectual and social development “consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals, and freedom….”
    They find without fail that [Barton’s] claims fall into one of the following categories: 1) complete falsehoods (there are plenty of those); 2) misleading falsehoods (such as the story about wanting Christian imagery on the national seal—true, but on the other side of the seal, had Jefferson gotten his wish, would have been a pagan story); 3) true, but entirely irrelevant and ultimately misleading statements (such as signing documents with “the Year of our Lord,” which he did because pre-packaged treaty forms had that language, and had about as much meaning as signing “Dear” in our salutations in letters to complete strangers); 4) statements with a “kernel” of truth but blown so far out of proportion as to end up being false (such as Jefferson wanting federal funding for Indian missions, when in fact the titles of the bills simply took on the name of already existing religious societies; 5) baffling assertions that are so far out of the realm of reality as to be neither “true” nor “false,” but simply bizarre (such as Barton’s defense of Jefferson’s views on race, which were disturbingly ugly even by the standards of his era).

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_06/bartons_inversion037735.php

  • rikyrah

    Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Last Call
    Posted by Zandar

    If you want to know what we’re up against on the right, we’ll I’ve been detailing that for months now: Citizens United and SCOTUS allowing unlimited millions if not billions into politics, GOP voter suppression in red states disenfranchising minority voters, the war on women’s reproductive rights as well as their economic ones, the assault on college-age Americans leaving them high and dry, and deliberate sabotage of the economy in order to regain political power.

    If you want to know what we’re up against on the left however, read the Smirking Chimp website these days and ask yourself why they’re always doing fundraisers so they can bring you authors like Mike Whitney and articles like this on why Barack Obama is doomed.

    No, Mr. President, Europe is not to blame and neither is congress. You, Barack Obama, are 100 percent responsible for the high unemployment and the dismal condition of the US economy. If you had been paying attention to business and listening to the zillions of competent economists (Stiglitz, Krugman, Reich, Thoma, Weisbrot, Galbraith, Baker, Roubini, etc. etc) who’ve repeated ad naseam that we needed more fiscal stimulus (and financial regulation “with teeth”) then we wouldn’t be in this mess today. But, now, because of your lackadaisical sit-on-your-duff-and-do-nothing attitude, the economy is headed back into the shitter which will pave the way for a Romney victory and 8 more years of trickle down, starve the beast, corporate welfare and warmongering. Thanks alot, Barry.

    Whitney’s tirade is typical of the “firebaggers” or “emoprogs” or “puritopians” these days, the folks who have no intention of voting for Barack Obama this November out of a sense of personal betrayal and unconstrained fury.

    The bottom line is that Obama hasn’t done a damn thing to fix the economy or put the country back to work. He thought he’d done “just enough” to finesse his way through the election and win another 4 years, but that’s not the way it’s working out. Now it looks like Obama will be a “one termer” who’ll return to Chicago sometime in late January 2013 to join the “lecture circuit” and work on a multi-million dollar book deal. And the rest of us will be stuck with vulture capitalist, Mitt Romney.
    Ugh!

    ………………………………………………………………..

    It’s not, of course. But Whitney and many like him, furious that Barack Obama hasn’t been able to fix anything because of the existence of the other branches of the government, ignoring the real betrayal of Senate “centrists” and Blue Dogs in the House, and ignoring the lessons of 2010’s election debacle which handed the House to the GOP assuring the last two years would be awful for 90% of America, have a narrative to sell.

    Sites like Smirking Chimp and Fire Dog Lake set themselves up as the opposition to the powers that be from the left. They got donations. They gained political power in DC circles. Then something awful happened to them.

    A Democrat was elected President. Suddenly their donations dried up. So they simply changed targets from Bush to Obama. It became a nice niche to have, and others joined the fight, picking up the model. They consider 2010’s loss of 60+ House seats and 7 Senate seats as a personal success that they are happy to take credit for in order to “teach Obama and his supporters a lesson.”

    If you recognize the outright fanaticism of fever-bright “purity” at all costs layered over cynical manipulation to maintain status and power as representatives of the “party’s true base”, that’s because it’s the exact tactics that the Tea Party used to great success in 2009 and 2010 in cowing and purging the GOP of moderates, all while taking in oodles of cash for wingnut writers and websites.

    The tactic isn’t quite as successful on the Democratic side, but it’s still a burgeoning cottage industry on the left. And make no mistake, they plan to continue to blame Obama for a long, long time. But you’ll of course donate to their righteous cause to stop Mitt Romney in 2016, won’t you? Or his successor in 2020? That’s at least eight years of fighting the “good fight” by playing to lose, you know.

    The reality is at this point in the game there are several “liberals and progressives” who are deeply invested in Barack Obama’s defeat in November, financially, politically, professionally and personally. The only tool they have to generate page views and money is outrage, and that has to be directed at the President no matter what he does. The folks on the “left” who are now bound and determined to see the President defeated in November are trapped in a hell of their own making. And they profit the most by being the lords of that hell when we are all forced to join them under another Republican rule.

    Only this time around, eight years of Romney would pretty much destroy the country, assure a Supreme Court that would be arch-conservative for decades, and would dismantle the safety net under hundreds of million of Americans for good, all but ending our 236-year experiment with representative democracy.

    They’re strangely okay with that, however. That should tell you something.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/06/last-call_03.html

  • rikyrah

    Obama campaign pushes against double standard
    By Steve Benen – Tue Jun 5, 2012 8:35 AM EDT.

    For the last few months, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had quite a bit of success driving the major political discussions of the day. Team Romney says Hilary Rosen’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Hilary Rosen. They say Cory Booker’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Cory Booker. They say Solyndra matters, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Solyndra.

    This week, President Obama’s campaign wants to know if they can work the refs, too.

    Obama campaign pushes against double standard
    By Steve Benen – Tue Jun 5, 2012 8:35 AM EDT.For the last few months, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had quite a bit of success driving the major political discussions of the day. Team Romney says Hilary Rosen’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Hilary Rosen. They say Cory Booker’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Cory Booker. They say Solyndra matters, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Solyndra.

    This week, President Obama’s campaign wants to know if they can work the refs, too.

    At issue is a development we discussed yesterday: the Romney camp prefers a double standard when it comes to the candidates’ records on jobs. When evaluating Romney’s one term as governor, his campaign argues, what matters is that the governor inherited a recession. The state showed marginal improvements after four years, they now argue, moving from an economy that was losing jobs into one that was adding jobs. Can Obama use the identical standard? Of course not.

    In one of the most jaw-dropping quotes of the year, Ed Gillespie went so far as to argue on Sunday that Romney’s entire first year as governor shouldn’t count. Asked about the fact that Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation during Romney’s tenure, Gillespie complained, “[Democrats are] averaging out over the four years. So, they are bringing down the gains of his fourth year in office, which shows the real impact of his policies, and diluting it with the first year in office.”

    What’s breathtaking about this, of course, is the double standard. It matters that Romney inherited a recession, but it doesn’t matter that Obama inherited the worst global crisis since the Great Depression. It matters that Massachusetts was adding jobs after Romney’s one term, but it doesn’t matter that America is adding jobs after Obama’s one term. Romney’s first year doesn’t count, but Obama’s first year does count. Creating averages based on four-year totals is wrong when it’s applied to Romney, but necessary when it’s applied to Obama.

    Even by the standards of the Romney campaign, this is as shameless as it is ridiculous.

    For Obama’s team, the apparent goal is to find a way to make the media care.

    ——————————————————————————–

    The effort began in earnest yesterday.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/05/12066258-obama-campaign-pushes-against-double-standard?lite

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    June 04, 2012 4:59 PM

    Kochs Pays Palin To Sing Requiem for Breitbart
    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s the sort of thing that gives the heebie-jeebies to anyone fearful of The Crazy getting crazier and more powerful: the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity’s big annual clambake for the right-wing New Media types, featuring keynote speaker Sarah Palin and what amounts to a giant Requium Mass for Andrew Breitbart. Here’s a snippets from Kenneth Vogel’s preview of the creepy event


    The conservative blogosphere has yet to move past the death of patron saint Andrew Breitbart, but it will get a major jolt this month from an equally provocative hero: Sarah Palin.
    The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has committed to delivering the keynote address at Right Online, the annual gathering of conservative bloggers and online activists organized by the Koch-backed non-profit group Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
    This year’s meeting is focused on higher-level tactics and strategies than past year’s editions of Right Online, which sometimes had the feel of a crash course on blogging 101. The Vegas conference features training on video exposes to be conducted by guerrilla video journalist James O’Keefe, a session on polling featuring conservative’s favorite pollster Scott Rasmussen and a session moderated by columnist Michelle Malkin entitled “How to Use Facebook & Twitter to Win,” which will include instruction on using social media to drive narratives.

    Palin, of course, is considered a “pioneer” of right-wing social media because she’s been able to put tossed-off communications up on Facebook—everything from her infamous “death panel” smear of ObamaCare to her easy-breezy-don’t-leave-your-armchair candidate endorsements—and get big results from her hordes of followers as well as the MSM.

    There’s no question Palin’s been effective using Facebook, but the Vogel piece and some of the quotes from her fans in the wingnutosphere make it sound like she’s some sort of technological genius. If she is, then so is Kim Kardashian with her four million Twitter followers, or whatever the number is. Any celebrity with a large and credulous audience can have a big impact via social media. For Palin, it mainly means she doesn’t have to bother with documenting her many wild assertions, or take any potentially hostile questions.

    But in any event, attendees of Right Online will get to view their favorite pol get all hagiographical about their favorite “guerilla” operative, while La Pasionara of the Permafrost pads her bank account with an undisclosed quanity of Koch lucre:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_06/kochs_pays_palin_to_sing_requi037733.php

  • Miranda

    Packers players on twitter, standing with labor and urging GOTV!

    JermichaelF88
    Jermichael Finley
    I’m proud to be a union worker. Support Wisconsin workers & Get Out the Vote on Tues. #wiunion RT!

    TGurley81
    Tori Gurley
    I’m proud to be a #unionmember. Support Wisconsin workers & Get Out the Vote on Tues. #wiunion RT

  • rikyrah

    Florida Voter Purge In Limbo As County Officials Await State Response To DOJ
    Ryan J. Reilly- June 5, 2012, 4:55 AM

    An association of Florida elections supervisors has recommended that members hold off on purging voter rolls until the state settles its dispute with the Justice Department over whether the action is legal.

    Based “upon the previous issues that have been presented concerning the list, as well as the fact that the Department has indicated its intent to take further actions to review its list to determine its validity,” Ron Labasky of Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections wrote in a memo that his recommendation was that Supervisors of Elections “cease any further action until the issues were raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court.”

    DOJ asked Florida to say by Wednesday whether they would cease trying to purge their voter list. Justice Department officials contended that federal law doesn’t allow voters to be removed from the polls within 90 days of an election and that changes to the process Florida uses to remove voters must be cleared under the Voting Rights Act.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/florida_voter_purge_doj_rick_scott.php?ref=fpb

    • Rhoda

      AG Holder has been doing SUCH important work; he’s so incredibly under appreciated but the best AG this country has had in a long time IMO.

  • rikyrah

    I would like to thank everyone who sent prayers up for my friend. His tumor is not cancerous. I was so happy when he called me yesterday and told me.

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

      That’s GREAT news, Rikyrah! Wishing your friend a speedy recovery! :-)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday Morntin’ rikyrah; **BIG HUG*** :>)

      WOW&1/2!!- — – – -GR8 NEWS :>)- –NOW – -PRAYIN’ 4 his complete recovery. BLESS HIM/FAMILY. :>) Hope that U R sufficiently relieved. :>) – — -B BLESSED. :>)

    • Rhoda

      I didn’t see this; but I’m so happy for your friend and you. Good luck to him!

  • rikyrah

    June 04, 2012
    Where Obama went wrong

    Every time I read a Dowdian screed grounded in the argument that President Obama “has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation … or stanch the flow of false information from the other side,” I am compelled by the essential truth of the argument, and thus of the screed, yet I’m also reminded of the argument’s far deeper but obscured indictment of the American electorate.

    It’s true. For about three years President Obama governed. Before he was elected president, he campaigned. But when he was elected, he governed; doubtless an old-fashioned idea of the presidency, but, reckless radical Kenyan socialist that he is, as president he governed nevertheless. He thought the electorate would notice.

    Obama also thought the electorate was bound to notice that his chief opposition (from the right–not left–just to clarify) was a politically dishonorable syndicate of ill-tempered nincompoops who lusted not for a better America, but for raw power.

    As we now know, both thoughts, or beliefs, were misplaced. The electorate–not all of it, obviously, but an unhealthy enough of it–regarded Obama’s concentration on competent governance over a Bush-like concentration on perpetual propaganda as a presidential manifestation of aloofness and arrogance. This particularly influential electorate also managed to miss the beastly conspicuousness of congressional tea partiers’ anarchic, nihilistic bloodlust and power-thirst.

    In short, President Obama gave this electorate too much credit. He believed they could distinguish centralities from peripherals, the essentials from the frivolous, and the way forward from the path backward. He was outstandingly wrong, although such a misreading is a common defect of intellectual presidents.

    At any rate, now that he’s back to the emotional fireworks of campaigning, rather than indulging all that dull governing, perhaps the screed-prone children will love him again.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/06/where-obama-went-wrong.html

    • Alexander2

      He’s using Modo’s bs to get in his own weak criticisms. This is how you mow down Modo:

      What Are the Gobshites Saying These Days?

      Before moving along to the Sunday palaver-palooza, we should pause and congratulate Maureen Dowd for producing what, to me, anyway, was the shining, glorious quintessence of her entire career as a political commentator, to say nothing of loosing finally every bat that’s been bouncing off the walls of her peculiar belfry for the past 20 years.

      Combining Stuff I Read This Week with a bit of discreet gay-baiting, a dollop of material that she first tried out while smoking in the Girls Room at Our Lady, Queen Of Clairol, and a whole lot of her unique ability to project her own Daddy neuroses on every Democratic politician within a 20-mile radius — it looks like Ed Rendell gets to stand in for her sainted Irish pops these days, and, I swear, you can almost hear the phlegm ringing in the spitoon — MoDo apparently has decided that the president is no longer man enough for her.

      Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz1wvhAKbzI
      .

    • aleth

      Sorry not buying this at all. If the proposition is a permanent campaign as governing then we have a problem with democracy.

      Not buying any of this narrative.

    • Ebogan63

      I would say this is one of PM Carpenter’s weaknesses. This fits all too nicely into the ‘PBO is naive’ narrative that too many ‘progressives’ blather on about since he was elected.Y’know, the public at some point has to bear some responsibility for these state of things – it isn’t PBO’s fault that many on either the left or right have but a fleeting relationship to basic civics and can’t discern between campaigning and governing.

  • Miranda

    Apparently getting your merit badges ain’t what it used to be.

    Bishops Group to Investigate Girl Scouts

    The Girl Scouts are facing an official inquiry by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, and assertions that the Scouts associate with groups espousing stances in conflict with church teaching. The Scouts, who have parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances. The inquiry will be conducted by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. It will look into the Scouts’ “possible problematic relationships” and “problematic” program materials, according to a letter from the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Ind., to fellow bishops. Critics contend that Scouts’ materials should not contain links to groups like Doctors Without Borders, the Sierra Club and Oxfam because they support family planning or emergency contraception.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/us/bishops-group-to-investigate-girl-scouts.html?_r=1

    • rikyrah

      anyone see the pattern here of once again attacking WOMEN.

      future women

      but WOMEN, nonetheless.

      but, they can protect a pedophile without blinking.

      sure, the Girl Scouts are breeding grounds for terrorists, dont ya know?

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Miranda

    Annual poll in Australia includes questions about foreign policy and relations, and the US Presidential elections

    US Presidential elections

    In the 2008 Lowy Institute Poll, Australians expressed a strong preference for then-US presidential candidate Barack Obama (73%) over his then-rival John McCain (16%). Since then Obamamania has only increased. Asked ‘which candidate would you prefer to see become President of the United States’, Australians choose President Obama over his Republican rival Mitt Romney by an 8 to 1 ratio (80% compared with 9%). Women are slightly more favourable towards Obama than men (85% compared with 74%).
    http://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/lowy-institute-poll-2012-public-opinion-and-foreign-policy

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

    I really, really, really dislike Toure’s Uncle Tom ass: http://twitter.com/Toure/status/209996622359298048

    • Miranda

      Neva could stand him.

  • Rhoda

    So, the fallout from the jobs report is starting to ebb IMO. Rasmussen has POTUS and Mittens at 45% to 46% with Mittens ahead by a point; POUTS Job approval is at 47% through.

    • Miranda

      There is no fallout…its just Tuesday…same shitty media and dubious polling as always

      • Rhoda

        IMO the media launched a whole sale attack against the President since last Friday and it’s instructive to look towards GOP polls to gauge the fallout. This poll is the best case scenario for the GOP and they can only get Mittens up by one point. That’s something that makes me feel better at least, lol.

        I’m sorry I didn’t explain myself properly about why I always check out Rasmussen.

    • PBomb

      Rasmussen is not a great poll to go by. All polling that comes out of Rasmussen is concern trolling.

      I only pay attention to the state by state polling(albeit barely).
      All National polls are trying to turn this into a horse race. And it simply isn’t.

      • Rhoda

        I like to keep track of Rasmussen right now; last year he pretty much nailed the spread by playing it straight the last few weeks to election day. So it’s instructive to see how his polling plays out with the GOP messaging; the two reinforce one another. It also illustrates IMO that the election isn’t close enough to steal yet; no matter how they cook the books.

        • PBomb

          I can understand that.

          Usually, Rasmussen will get the polling right close to election day, because he gets criticized so often. I remember reading several articles about how Rasmussen will eventually have polling that will be close to what everyone else is polling.

          It is almost as if he uses his polling to drum up the base.

          • Rhoda

            He uses his polling to message for the Republicans. For example, the jobs numbers was a great pivot point to start the “Obama failed” drumbeat. This also helps give FOX and Co. numbers to point to that show Romney has a chance. When even Rasmussen, after all the media and emprogs freakout since Friday can just get Willard at +1 then you know there play failed.

            Which is why Crossroads GPS is going up with a huge ad about the DEBT and not jobs; because they see the jobs storyline gave POTUS and Co. the opportunity to turn it all on the Republican House which fits in nicely with House Democrats attacks too.

            JMO

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU fAM- – -DANG!!- – — – LOOK AT THIS!!!- – – – -The RACISTS R showin’ out!!- —

    – – –Zimmerman Donations Soar[Defense fund now holds $193K, lawyer says]- – –

    – – —Donations to George Zimmerman’s defense fund have surged since he was ordered back to jail, his lawyer says. The fund, which now holds some $193,000, had been receiving close to $1,000 a day even before Zimmerman’s bail was revoked, according to the lawyer. Some $20,000 in donations has already been spent on hotels, security, and living expenses.

    Zimmerman’s bail was revoked because he failed to mention the existence of the fund at bail hearings, and prosecutors say jailhouse tapes captured him and his wife talking about the fund in code. His lawyer says he plans to apologize and seek a new bond hearing, and that Zimmerman dreaded going back to jail, ABC reports.“He didn’t like it when he was there,” the lawyer says.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – -OH! – -He DI-ENT LIKE BEIN’ IN JAIL- – – -WHERE HE BELONGS!!- – – -SAAAA-LAP!!——HOW DARE HE!!- – –

    Annnd – — – FYI- —YOUNG TRAYVON doesn’t LIKE HIS FATE!! — RIHEP.

    THAT attorney- – – -A MEGA SLEAZE- – –a CONSPIRATOR—AFTA the FACT!!

    A FAUX-pology ain’t gon get it – – – -THIS TIME- –

    — -U LYIN’ RACIST- – -MURDERER!!- — -NO WAY!!!!
    – – – – – GET comfortable!!
    ——–ARROGANT–PIECE of EXCREMENT!!!- ——

    • edp4bho

      “He didn’t like it when he was there,” the lawyer says.

      At least he’s “somewhere”, unlike the boy “he murdered.” F’in POS.

      Hi GLH. Still lookin in on POU…..LOL! A belated Happy Birthday to your dear Mom. Was preoccupied when you posted that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY edp4bho. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -***fist bump*** – – – -I KNOW- -HUH!?- – – –LIKE WHO gives a “FLIPPIN’ FIG WHAT he LIKES!! — -geesh!! – – –

        – — -Thank U. I’ll SHARE with my MOM. :>)

        Good 2 C U. edp4bho. :>)

    • TheShyLurker

      Simon Adebisi awaits.

  • Miranda

    Someone who looks like a underfed afghan hound is daring to criticize FLOTUS.

    GOP candidate’s Facebook post mocks Michelle Obama
    http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/12975413-417/gop-candidates-facebook-post-mocks-michelle-obama.html

    • PBomb

      She looks like Ann Coulter’s reject twin sister. I don’t who’s adam’s apple is larger.

    • MsKitty

      Small emphasized she did not create either humor posting, she just copied jokes floating around the Internet onto her page.

      It would be so refreshing for once if one of these haters would proudly stand behind their hate, instead of using the worn-out “it was forwarded to me from the Internet” excuse.

      Punk-ass bitch.

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

      Here’s her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KimberlySmallStateRep

      Leave a message!

    • isonprize

      underfed afghan hound

      DAMN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT!- – – — – —

    – – – -Obama tweets support for Walker’s opponent in Wisconsin recall- – —

    – – — -President Barack Obama tweeted support for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett Monday night, the day before Badger State voters weighed the recall of incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.

    Barack Obama

    @BarackObama

    It’s Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I’m standing by Tom Barrett. He’d make an outstanding governor. -bo

    – – – – -SKIP- –['CAUSE - the article goes NEGATIVE!! ---YUCK!!]- —

    – – GR8 STATEMENT- –>-Last Wednesday, Obama’s campaign team, however, argued the president’s presence would do little to tip the scales in the close recall fight.

    “If you think that the secret weapon here is sending President Obama, then, you know, I’m pleased that you believe that. But I think that actually having people organizing and volunteering and turning out the vote and doing everything they can that actually affect an election is actually more powerful,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said.
    THERE IS MORE.

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

      Amen, Stephanie!

      • Miranda

        She has been FIERCE!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN” Sepia- — **BIG HUG** :>)

        – — –***fist bump*** – -INDEED!!. FIERCE STATEMENT!! :>)

        THIS is a GOVERNMENT- – – -OF the PEOPLE- – – -BY the PEOPLE annnd 4 the PEOPLE!!- —

        Annnd the PEOPLE R takin’ RESPONSIBILITY!!- –

        – -L8R WE WILL NEED THEM- – -2 SUPPORT – – -MR. PRESIDENT – – -ON HIS DAY – – -In NOVEMBER!! :>)

        Good 2 C U – -Sepia. :>) [Will COMMENT on THIS GR8 SERIES. THANK U.]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — -IN hONOR of the QUEEN! :>) SHE WILL NOW ADDRESS the ADORING CROWD.- – —

    CONGRATULATIONS- – — – – -POU FAM- – – -ROYAL SUBJECTS!! :>)

    She looks LOVELY! :>)- –WHAT a GR8 MOMENT in HISTORY!! – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    -POU FAM—-Some morntin’ HUMOR. – – – A JOKE about the BIGGEST

    JOKE!!- – LOL – – –

    – – – –VIDEO- BLUNT: Willard Rominee, a song parody- – –

    – – -I couldn’t resist writing a song parody about Willard M. Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, and @Jazzcattrio was kind enough to provide the vocals:

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – – -GEESH!!- – –The RE-THUGS- -NEVA STOP!!!- — –

    – – – – – –POU FAM VOTER SUPPRESSION/Anti-Voter WATCH!!-- –

    – – – – -How Republicans Are Preventing Thousands Of Wisconsin Students From Voting Today- —

    – – –Voter ID will not be in effect for today’s recall vote in Wisconsin, but that won’t stop last year’s anti-voter bill from disenfranchising thousands of students across the state.

    A year ago, Wisconsin Republicans pushed through Assembly Bill 7, which enacted one of the worst forms of voter ID in the nation. Since then, two state judges have blocked voter ID from taking effect because the Wisconsin state Constitution guarantees that “[e]very United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district,” regardless of whether or not they have an ID.

    However, a little-noticed provision in AB 7 will likely prevent thousands of college students from voting in today’s recall election.

    Section 12 of the new law increases the time period a citizen must live in one location in order to register there from 10 days to 28 days. Though seemingly innocuous, the problem is that the five largest colleges in Wisconsin — University of Wisconsin-Madison (40,000 students), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (27,500 students), Marquette University (11,500 students), University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (11,500 students), and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (11,000 students) — all had their graduations either the weekend of May 12 or the weekend of May 19, 24 days and 17 days ago, respectively.

    Therefore, any student at these schools who registered to vote at school but is now home for the summer will not be permitted to update their registration at their parents’ house because they will have been home for less than 28 days.
    THERE IS MORE!!

    NOW TRYTA – – -TELL US THAT- – – -VOTER SUPPRESSION IS NOT THEIR INTENT!! – – – -JUST TRY!!- – – –

    THEY R- – – -EVIL/VILE- — -DESPICABLE- – – -RACISTS!!- —

    – — -PRESS FORWARD – — STUDENTS!! :>)

  • Miranda

    Jake Tapper is such a asshole. I am so glad Eric Boehlert at Media Matters calls his bitchass out all the time.

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

      My fantasy:

      *Jay Carney calmly takes off his glasses and jacket and lays them on the podium*

      *He walks over to where Tapper sits*

      *Carney raises his hand and backhands Tapper’s already hamster-esque jowls*

      *Carney walks back to the podium and calmly puts on his glasses and jacket*

      Carney: “Next question?”

      • Daltex82

      • isonprize

        Don’t ya just wanna….

    • nellcote

      I would love it if Carner would write a book on the DC media since he has a perspective from being on both sides.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – –Some GOOD WORDS from “Blue Dress”.- —

    – – – -Clinton: Romney adopted ‘Europe’s economic policies’- – —

    – – — [Annnd we KNOW WHERE "AUTERITY"- - -got them!! humph!]– – –

    – – –Former President Bill Clinton on Monday accused Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican Congress of having “adopted Europe’s economic policies” of austerity.

    Speaking at a New York fundraiser for President Obama,Clinton said Obama has the “right” economic policy to promote job growth and long-term budget restraint.

    – – -But he said Republicans’ economic policy is “austerity and unemployment now, and then a long-term budget that would explode the debt when the economy recovers so the interest rates would be so high, nobody would be able to do anything.”

    – – — – –SNIP- —

    – –The former president — speaking at the home of a hedge fund manager — added that “the politics is wrong on the Republican side, the economics are crazy.”
    THERE IS MORE. – —–teh WILLARD– –>”CALAMITOUS”- -LOL!!

    • Scopedog

      I gotta admit–when Clinton is on, he’s ON.

      Yes, he does screw up, but when he makes his case against the GOP, that man really puts down the hammer.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I wish they’d find him an intern to fuck.

        Bill Clinton says renew all expiring tax cuts temporarily, long-term cuts should exclude rich

        By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 6:18 PM

        WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says broad tax cuts that expire in January should be temporarily extended, including for the wealthiest Americans, to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on long-term tax reductions that he says should exclude the rich.

        Clinton’s comments Tuesday were in contrast to President Barack Obama, whose re-election he Clinton is supporting. Obama has opposed renewing the tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000 a year.

        Reductions in income tax rates and other levies first enacted under President George W. Bush expire in January. Democrats say they want to extend the rates for all but the richest Americans, but Republicans say the wealthy should be included as well.

        Clinton was interviewed on CNBC’s “Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bill-clinton-says-renew-all-expiring-tax-cuts-temporarily-long-term-cuts-should-exclude-rich/2012/06/05/gJQAPRYoGV_story.html

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

    EmoProg bitchassness: http://i50.tinypic.com/6zstna.jpg

    • Ebogan63

      Dayen is such a dumbshit FDL emoprog azzhole, the fact that these jackasses care more about fucking terrorists than the safety of American citizens irks me to no end

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

        I bet he has a blog post that blames PBO ret ta go just in case Walker wins.

        • Miranda

          They all do.

        • Jeremy

          Of course ! didn’t you get the memo that everything in this country and around the world is Obama’s fault. Even things that happened when he wasn’t president and before he was born.

          The PL were never with Obama and they were blaming him for things before he was elected just like the rest of the media and GOP. I really despise these people.

    • aleth

      I thought they no longer needed Obama. Wasn’t that their cry since 2009: I am done with Obama.

      If I recall folks were not to vote for him. So what is the hysteria about? They are no longer to care about anything Obama related and they were occupying things…

      LOL Empty wheel is a good name for an empty head

      • Admiral_Komack

        Fuck them all.

        Let them vote for Willard.

        They won’t be happy until Willard puts them in a dog carrier, straps it to the top of his car, and drives the car into the ocean…’cause they really wanted to go to the beach, and Willard understood that.

    • Worldwatcher7

      These people are not progressives by any stretch of the imagination, they are obstructionists and regressives.

  • Miranda

    oops…..WSJ let one slip through

    How Romney Pushed State Health Bill

    Emails Show Governor Defending Insurance Mandate for Massachusetts Residents

    When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor’s office, and purchased and carted off hard drives from 17 state-owned personal computers, according to a current state official.

    But a small cache of emails survived, including some that have never publicly surfaced surrounding Mr. Romney’s efforts to pass his now-controversial health-care law. The emails show the Republican governor was closely engaged in negotiating details of the bill, working with top Democratic state leaders and drafting early copies of opinion articles backing it.

    Mr. Romney and his aides, meanwhile, strongly defended the so-called individual mandate, a requirement that everyone in Massachusetts have or buy heath insurance. And they privately discussed ideas that might be anathema to today’s GOP—including publicly shaming companies that didn’t provide enough health insurance to employees.

    more here
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303640104577436300587354714.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle

    • nellcote

      I don’t understand how taking the hard drives with them isn’t a BFD.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – – – -BWAHAHA! – – -The ROYAL – –FLIP-FLOPPER- — -FLIPS- – –AGAIN!!- – — –

    – – – – – -REVEALED: When Governor, Romney Considered Individual Health Care Mandate Essential- —

    – – – –The Wall Street Journal has uncovered a collection of emails from Mitt Romney’s time as Governor of Massachussetts that reveal a lot about Romney’s changing positions on health care. Most notably, they show the now-candidate once was a staunch defender of a health reform law with an individual mandate — a portion of the Affordable Care Act that he often criticizes.

    Indeed, in an original draft of a famous op-ed Romney ran in 2009, the Governor even used what are now the President’s talking points:

    According to the emails, Mr. Romney personally drafted an op-ed article published in The Wall Street Journal the day before he signed the legislation. The draft, written on a Saturday, also defended the individual mandate, in different language from the final version of the piece as published.

    Using an argument deployed today by the Obama administration, Mr. Romney defended the mandate by noting that taxpayers generally foot the bill when the uninsured seek health care.
    THERE IS MORE.

    C “WHYCOME” he doesn’t wannna – – -TALK ABOUT those MASS. YEARS!!- – -LOL. – — — — —

    — – – -INVERT –ETCH-A-SKETCH!!- – – –BAWHAHA!!- —

    – – -Ohhhh- – -THIS Is DA BOMB!!- — – LOL – —

  • aleth

    Wisconsin all day long

    Time for my beauty rest… If they did not care the first time around what makes anyone think they will care the second time around. Whatever. Auteristy for Wisconsin…

    It ain’t a litmus test on the President because he told them in 2010 not to hand the keys but they did. This is a litmus test of the folks in Wisconsin. Is it economics or your race? Its a simple question

    Funny how they expect all 6% of black folk to show up but the rest got excuses.. Fuck em

    I will write the headlines

    Voters pick Austerity
    Walker win signals Romney Policy is Perfect
    Walker for VP
    Wisconsin recall loss a Bad sign for the President

    The President did not Show Up says Dem Insider
    The DNC did not give us enough Money says Ed Shultz and Daily Kos and the rest of Progressives
    The economy says Bloomberg
    Walker win signals anti-Union Tide
    Low Turnout signals problem for Team Obama
    Black Peoples Fault

    If I am wrong tonight, I will say sorry. But I highly doubt it. Have a good one folks

    • MsKitty

      Your checklist is on point. Will be a fun exercise for tomorrow to compare with the headlines.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ aleth. ***BIG HUG** :>) [SORRY. THIS "GOT LOST." :>)]

      —— -FANTASTIC!!! – – – -:>) – – – –

      – —TRUTH!!- – – – -> It ain’t a litmus test on the President because he told them in 2010 not to hand the keys but they did. TThis is a litmus test of the folks in Wisconsin. Is it economics or your race? Its a simple question

      — – –NO DOUBT- – – – -ONE of YOUR HEADLINES – – — -WILL B PRINTED!! :>)- – — – -THANK U. :>)

      Good 2 C U–aleth. :>)

  • Miranda

    Nation’s service sectors grow in May, job growth slowing

    WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies, which employ roughly 90% of the work force, expanded at a slightly faster pace in May, marking the 29th straight month of expansion.
    The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity edged up to 53.7 last month from an April reading of 53.5.

    The May reading was slightly below the long-run average for the index of 53.9. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    more here
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2012-06-05/non-manufacturing-economy-grows-May/55395010/1

  • GreenLadyHere
    • MsKitty

      NJ primary is today as well. As an Independent I’m forced to sit it out since it’s a closed primary.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        THANK U 4 SHARING!! :>)- –

        – -Good LUCK 2 MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

        Good 2 C U MsKitty. Let us KNOW the RESULTS. :>)

      • Scopedog

        I voted in NJ this morning.

        Although I was surprised to see Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul’s names on the ballot (don’t worry, I’m a registered Dem, but I saw their names on the ballot for the Repub side).

    • nellcote

      I’m really curious to know if Orly Taintz will win the gooper primary to run against Feinstein.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – – – -I KNOW- -HUH!? – – -DANG- –“BIRTHER” WANCH!!- —

        – – -In other big 6/5 election news – Orly Taintz is running for US Senate

        And clearly she is just messed up running for US Senate as she is trying to get people to actually believe Obama is from Kenya.

        WATCHIN’ with YA. :>)- – –Let’s confer when the POLLS close. :>) :>)

        Good 2 C U. nellcote. :>)

        • nellcote

          I’m worried about the top-two instant runoff in our CD. In spite of supposedly being one of the most liberal in the country, there are only two goopers and 7 (!) dems running in the district. I’m afraid the vote will get split and let the
          goopers sneak through. I know the state goopers were talking about gaming the system this way.

          • Ebogan63

            This is why we in OR voted this top 2 stuff down.

          • nellcote

            I voted against it when it was on the ballot for just this reason. But I guess we’ll see. I doubt both goopers will win here and definitely won’t win in Nov.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Yeah, that’s what California needs…Oily Tits.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Yeah, that’s what California needs…Oily Tits.

        • Alma98

          LOL! The lounge awaits you.

        • nellcote

          It’s tempting to vote for her just to humiliate the state goopers.

  • Miranda

    Translation: What can we do to get you to come on one of our shows FLOTUS?? Tell us!

    Disney to banish junk-food ads from kid shows
    Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food.

    The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will become the first major media company to ban such ads for its TV channels, radio stations and websites intended for children. That means kids watching Saturday morning kids’ shows on the company’s ABC network will no longer see ads for fast foods and sugary cereals that don’t meet Disney’s nutrition standards.

    The guidelines won’t go into effect until 2015 because of existing advertising agreements.

    First Lady Michelle Obama called the announcement a “game changer” in a statement.

    more here
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disney-junk-food-20120605,0,5785590.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29

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

    President Obama Graces the July Cover of ESSENCE

    “I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition…I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens…” —President Barack Obama, ESSENCE

    As the Election 2012 season ramps up, ESSENCE sits down exclusively with President Barack Obama to hear his plan for improving the economy, our health, homes and future, and why he’s excited about the next four years. First Lady Michelle Obama also shares a special heartfelt salute to our military and their families in “Pride & Glory.” Plus, in “Back in the U.S.A.” ESSENCE puts the spotlight on soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team for Operation New Dawn who are fresh from Iraq deployments, adapting to life at home and celebrating July 4th with their family and friends.

    Read more: http://www.essence.com/2012/06/01/president-obama-graces-the-july-issue-of-essence/#ixzz1ww1gLXn6

    PIC: http://i49.tinypic.com/35a6dqs.jpg

    • Miranda

      okey doke…guess I’ll be buying this edition from my local supermarket!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – — – -***SWOOOOOON****- – – – -:>)

      OH – – — YES I’ll READ the article. LOL

      ****SWOOOOOOON**** :>)

    • nellcote

      Is Denise Rogers still involved with Essence?

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

        I think you mean Desiree Rogers, but she’s running Ebony.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — — – ANOTHER SOLAR SYSTEM PHENOMENON —–

    – — -Venus takes center stage in upcoming rare sky show- — –

    – – – –It’s a spectacle that won’t repeat for another century — the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun.

    So unless scientists discover the fountain of youth, none of us alive today will likely ever witness this celestial phenomenon again, dubbed a “transit of Venus.”

    – – – -It’s so unique that museums and schools around the globe are hosting Venus viewing festivities — all for a chance to see our star sport a fleeting beauty mark. Even astronauts aboard the International Space Station plan to observe the event.

    The drama unfolds Tuesday afternoon from the Western Hemisphere (Wednesday morning from the Eastern Hemisphere.)

    Venus will appear as a small black dot gliding across the disk of the sun. As in a solar eclipse, do not stare directly at the sun; wear special protective glasses.

    The entire transit, lasting 6 hours and 40 minutes, will be visible from the western Pacific, eastern Asia and eastern Australia.
    THERE IS MORE.

    LUVIN” this FOCUS on SCIENCE – -since MR. PRESIDENT – –PROMOTES- –S.T.E.M.!! :>)

    – – – -VENUS.- – -LOL.

  • Miranda

    Romney-backed Konarka solar panel firm files for bankruptcy

    News of solar firm Konarka’s failure comes days after Romney criticized President Obama at the Fremont, Calif., headquarters of Solyndra, the solar company that received $535 million in federal loan money only to go bankrupt late last year.

    Republicans have frequently criticized the Solyndra episode as a waste of taxpayer money and an example of what they describe as the Obama administration’s “crony capitalism.”

    But the failure of Konarka would appear to leave Romney vulnerable to criticism that he, too, supported government “picking winners and losers” in private industry.

    The Obama campaign was quick to seize on the news of Konarka’s bankruptcy, arguing that it represents “a new example of Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy.”

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/romney-backed-solar-panel-firm-files-for-bankruptcy/2012/06/05/gJQArJbxFV_blog.html

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

    This sounds interesting!

    Novel finds love story amid the ruins of slavery
    By Bridgette A. Lacy – Correspondent

    Novelist Leonard Pitts Jr., asks “Where is the love?”

    “Love is on the decline in our community,” he says during an interview before his Saturday reading at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. “There’s an estrangement between African-American men and women. There was a time when we had a commitment to one another. Love is what got us through.”

    That time was after the Civil War, says Pitts, and that’s the setting of his newly released historical novel, “Freeman” (Agate). In the book, Sam Freeman, a literate escaped slave living in Philadelphia, walks 1,000 miles to Mississippi to find his beloved wife, Tilda.

    It’s a journey filled with uncertainty. Sam’s afraid she might not be on the plantation. She may have found a new husband. Or she may reject him. But he’s willing to face all of those obstacles to be reunited with the love of his life, the mother of his only child.

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/06/04/2112138/novel-finds-love-story-amid-the.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

    • Miranda

      Oprah won’t some viewers for OWN?? Develop this into a mini series with a A list cast!

      • nellcote

        Can you even imagine “Roots” being made in this day and age? It feels like we’re going backwards in a lot of ways.

        • Miranda

          I could see ABC turning “Roots” into a comedy. SMH – that’s how low its all shrunk.

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

    Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans would assume Obama ‘doing a great job’

    By Stephen C. Webster
    Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:38 EDT

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) had an oops moment on his radio show Monday, and this one’s going to leave a mark.

    Speaking about America’s media landscape in general, Huckabee suggested that without Fox News acting as a counterweight to “mainstream media,” most Americans “will assume that Obama really is just doing a great job and he just can’t get those crazy Republicans to help him out.”

    Huckabee’s guest, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), who’s now gone to work for the Romney campaign, added that the major news networks defend President Barack Obama from negative economic news, calling the president America’s “whiner in chief.”

    “I think a lot of people, if all they do is listen to conservative talk radio and maybe watch Fox News, they assume that all of America is getting what I would call at least a balanced approach to understanding that there are a lot of real problems going on that Obama could do better on,” Huckabee said. “But if people only watch the three big networks and BS-NBC, as I like to call them — MSNBC — if they watch BS-NBC and the three networks, then I think sometimes we may be kidding ourselves because a lot of people will assume that Obama really is just doing a great job and he just can’t get those crazy Republicans to help him out.”

    While it is absolutely fair to say that without Fox News, Americans would have a better — or at least more accurate — view of President Obama and global affairs, recent empirical analysis has proven beyond any doubt that the “mainstream media” is decidedly not in the tank for the current administration.

    MORE: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1VROKa/www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/05/huckabee-without-fox-news-americans-would-assume-obama-doing-a-great-job/

    • Daltex82

      The ease in which these folks lie, mislead, manipulate, lie and lie is frightening.

  • Miranda

    After Article on ‘Kill List,’ Rumors Fly Fast

    Did President Obama really add a 17-year-old girl to the counterterrorism “kill list” maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department?

    Did his political adviser, David Axelrod, really participate in discussions of which terrorist suspects should be targeted in drone strikes?

    And did The New York Times include those claims in an article May 29 on Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism record?

    The answers are no, and no, and no. But all of the above has been repeated in thousands of postings across the Internet, as bloggers misconstrued what The Times reported and their errors raced across the Web.

    more here
    http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/after-article-on-kill-list-rumors-fly-fast/

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

      And I bet the majority of the bloggers spreading those lies post at FDL.

      • Miranda

        You know they do……….now will Chris Hayes bring on the journalist that is having to correct this nonsense on his show to rebut that raving lunatic Scahill from last week?

        • Admiral_Komack

          Oh, please!

          You know that stupid motherfucker won’t do it.

          He’ll clutch his pearls and prepare to faint…OHHHHHHHHH!

  • GreenLadyHere

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

    —— -FANTASTIC!!! – – – -:>) – – – –

    – —TRUTH!!- – – – -> It ain’t a litmus test on the President because he told them in 2010 not to hand the keys but they did. TThis is a litmus test of the folks in Wisconsin. Is it economics or your race? Its a simple question

    — – –NO DOUBT- – – – -ONE of YOUR HEADLINES – – — -WILL B PRINTED!! :>)- – — – -THANK U. :>)

    Good 2 C U–aleth. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -RE-THUGS- – – – – -“DIRTY TRICKS”!!! – —-

    – – – -Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote- – –

    – – – – -From Eau Claire to Beloit, voters across Wisconsin are relaying stories via Twitter, Facebook and online message boards about anonymous “robocalls” from allies of Scott Walker, telling them–incorrectly–that if they signed petitions to recall Governor Walker, their vote in today’s crucial election has been recorded.

    An NBC reporter tweeted that a family friend was one recipient of the call:

    Keva @Synergy3k

    Dad just emailed, a WI friend of his got the ‘If you signed the petition you don’t have to vote tomorrow’ robocall #wirecall
    4 Jun 12

    Reply
    Retweet
    Favorite

    Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee and the Democratic nominee to unseat Governor Scott Walker, told MSNBC host Ed Schultz last night that his campaign began receiving complaints yesterday that voters had been contacted with the misinformation. This morning, Salon reported on the robocalls too, and included comments from Carol Gibbons, a Wisconsin resident who got the call herself. And a local CBS affiliate is even reporting that the caller sounds eerily similar to Tom Barrett, suggesting the group behind the call may have hired a Barrett impersonator.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – —Mr. Barrett had 2 WASTE CAMPAIGN TIME annnnd make – – -COUNTER CALLS!!- – – -geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -Ooooweeeee- —–THEY WENT IN ON – -the RE-THUGS- –:>)

    – – – -“DOUBLE-BARREL STYLE!!”- – –LOL- – – –

    – – – -VIDEO: Bill Clinton, Pres. Obama pounce on GOP policies at fundraisers- – –

    – – – – -President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appeared at New York City fundraisers.

    “What the other side is counting on is fear and frustration…. All they’re offering is the same old ideas that didn’t work then, and won’t work now.”

    “The two presidents over the last 30 years, 40 years who’ve had the lowest increases in government spending… you’re looking at them right here. They’re on this stage.”

    [Pssssst -- -President Clinton. B consistent. ONLY POSITIVE remarks 4 MR> PRESIDENT!!]

  • Miranda

    Please call out this emoprog on twitter
    ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE
    @APNeditor

    Atlanta Mayor criticized for NBC “Meet the Press” comments

    ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is catching some heat for comments he made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
    Some Democrats have criticized President Obama’s re-election campaign for attacking Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s ties to Bain Capital.
    Romney claims his business experience makes him the best choice to pull the country out of recession, but the Obama campaign is highlighting companies that were shut down and workers that were laid off under some Bain restructuring.
    But on “Meet the Press”, Mayor Reed defended the President’s Bain attacks, calling them fair game.
    “This has been used by Mitt Romney’s competitors in gubernatorial races; it’s been used in the Republican Primary,” Reed said.
    “It’s just complete hypocrisy,” claimed liberal Atlanta news blogger Matthew Cardinale.

    More here http://downtown.11alive.com/news/news/119355-atlanta-mayor-criticized-nbc-meet-press-comments

    • Town

      The liberals are openly working to ensure Obama’s defeat; call them out.

      • nellcote

        Please call them Progressives. I’m a proud liberal and always have been. I don’t want firebaggers soiling the label.

    • rikyrah

      light his ass up.

      fuck these mofos

    • Ebogan63

      So according to this purity ‘progressive': if you hire someone who worked for Bain, and make vague assertions of ‘ using Bain tactics’, therefore, you are guilty of ‘complete hypocracy’. Um, okay.
      Someone needs to tweet this jackass whether he would rather have a Pres. Romney or not? Those are the choices, not whether Reed achieves some ridiculous standard of purity to satisfy your dumbass.

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

      Love this response to Atlanta Progressive on his website:

      I think this article uses Bain Capital and Bain & Company interchangeably even though they are two distinct companies. Mitt Romney originally worked at Bain & Company and left to run Bain Capital. Bain Capital was essentially started as a way to fund the ideas of Bain & Company. Essentially, it is not hypocritical to attack Bain Capital if you hired someone from Bain & Company.

  • lamh35

    “There’s A Man on the Cover of Essence This July And It’s Barack Obama”
    http://blacksnob.com/snob_blog/2012/6/5/theres-a-man-on-the-cover-of-essence-this-july-and-its-barac.html

    • itgurl_29

      Damn, he looks good!

  • MsKitty

    Okay, this was uh, interesting…

    The Wire: The Musical

    • Miranda

      I’m afraid to click on your link from the title alone!

      • MsKitty

        Go watch it, if for no other reason some of the original cast members are in it. I got the humor of it, just not sure how I felt about it. But it’s a subjective thing for sure, you might end up ROFL.

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

      It made me do the uncomfortable giggle.

  • rikyrah

    What Are You, People? On Dope?
    by BooMan
    Mon Jun 4th, 2012 at 11:14:23 PM EST

    Did you ever see the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Do you remember the scene where Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) crashes his friend’s older brother’s car into a pallet of cinder blocks? After they both survey the devastating damage to the front-end of the car, Spicoli announces confidently, “Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he’s got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.”
    The GOP might be getting a kick out of learning that our current president used to act a lot like Jeff Spicoli in high school, but right now it’s Mitt Romney that reminds me of him. The Republicans drove the economy into a pallet of cinder blocks and now they’re offering us the exact same tools they used to wreck it as a way to fix it.

    I mean, at its most basic, “Dudes on ‘ludes should not drive.” We tried the Reagan way and wound up with a giant debt, a Savings and Loan crisis, and a nasty recession. We tried the Bush the Lesser way and wound up with the biggest goddamned disaster since James Buchanan was president, and the worst economy since Herbert Hoover. We got an even bigger recession, an even bigger banking crisis, and much more debt.

    And where did the government’s “ultimate set of tools” go when it came time to fix New Orleans. We had Republicans out there saying that the city should just be abandoned.

    The truth is, the Republicans’ toolbox never changes. It comes down to, leave greed alone to do its magic, less government revenue equals less government debt, and a whole bunch of lies and divisive language to confuse everyone.

    Don’t let anyone try to convince you that elections don’t matter. In 2000, if we had nominated Bill Bradley and John McCain, we would have had less money in politics. In 2004, a Kerry win would have tilted the Supreme Court to the left instead of giving us Citizens United and unlimited corporate cash in our elections. Do you know how fucked up the Middle East and Central Asia would be right now if Sarah Palin and John McCain had been running our government over the last three and a half years?

    Mitt Romney’s out there saying that he has a pro-business plan that will cause full employment, like we have no memory banks and it’s some kind of guarantee.

    Businessman Romney: It says one hundred percent guaranteed, you moron!
    Barack Obama: Mister, if you don’t shut up I’m gonna kick one hundred percent of your ass!

    That’s how this needs to go down.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/6/4/231423/5724

  • Alma98

    OK guys I just came back from voting with my son, and so far the turnout in my precinct is looking good. The number of voters that voted before me was 401; comparing this to the primary at the same time of the day the # was 147. Also there was a least 20 to 25 people doing same day registration. I have watched our polling place since it opened and there’s been a steady stream of voters.

    • Miranda

      Excellent! Best of luck to the Dems in WI!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      THANK U 4 SHARING!!- – -:>_

      – – -GOOD NEWS!- – – -Also there was a least 20 to 25 people doing same day registration. - – —

      Any evidence of – — -VOTER [ID] SUPPRESSION?- – – –

      Again. – -THANK U 4 da – – – -REALZ! :>)- –

      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Alma98

        My mom said there was some gop guy watching over them as they voted, but he didn’t interfere.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma98 – — -GOOD!- – – -THANK YA. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- —- -***looks at the RE-THUGS; – – -the RACISTS- –the OBSTRUCTIONISTS!!**** – -

    – – – -Politics is the great divider in United States (Pew poll: 1987 vs. 2012)- —

    — – – It hardly took another study for people to know that political polarization in this country is deeply embedded. Still, a report issued Monday by the Pew Research Center paints a particularly stark portrait of a nation in which the most significant divisions are no longer based on race, class or sex but on political identity.

    For 25 years, Pew has been conducting regular surveys assessing American values. They provide a series of historical benchmarks by which to examine the changes in what binds people and what divides them. The latest report finds considerable continuity over that quarter-century in the way different groups view society — and one very large change.

    (…)

    – – –Twenty-five years ago, the gap between Republicans and Democrats on how they assessed the scope and performance of government was six percentage points. Today it is 33 points. On support for the social safety net, what once was a 21-point gap is now 41 points. On environmental issues, the gap has ballooned from five points to 39 points.

    On some of these issues, the biggest changes in attitudes have been among Republicans. Twenty-five years ago, 62 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats said the government should take care of people who can’t take care of themselves. Today, 75 percent of Democrats agree with that statement, but the percentage of Republicans who agree has plummeted to 40 percent.
    THERE IS MORE.

    Annnnd – – – -NO DOUBT- – – -THAT- – – -MELANIN — -HAD an INFLUENCE.

    WONDER WHAT a STUDY on INCREASIN’ RACISM would SHOW!!?–

  • Miranda

    Three top Jewish women activists endorse Obama

    June 5, 2012

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three past and current leaders of Jewish women’s advocacy groups endorsed President Obama, citing their concerns about women’s rights.

    Nancy Ratzan, the immediate past president of the National Council of Jewish Women; Barbara Dobkin, the founding chairwoman of the Jewish Women’s Archive, the chairwoman of the American Jewish World Service board of trustees and a major donor to a number of causes; and Millie Sernovitz, the chairwoman of Jewish Family and Community Services of South Florida and a past president of Jewish Women International, signed an Op-Ed in the Jewish Journal of Broward County titled “Stand With Us.”

    The newspaper is located in Florida, which is seen as a swing state. Both campaigns are focused heavily on its substantial Jewish population.

    more here
    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/06/05/3097326/three-top-women-activists-endorse-obama

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

      BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith haz a sad.

  • rikyrah

    I know that it’s politically incorrect to laugh at this, but I LOL when I read this.

    I swear, they don’t want to pull straws anymore to become No. 2.

    ……………………….

    Another Number Two Drops
    By mistermix June 5th, 2012

    Got him, again.

    One of al-Qaida’s top strategists, Abu Yahya al-Libi, may have been killed in a drone strike in north-west Pakistan, according to intelligence officials.[...]

    Some US officials describe Libi, whose real name is Mohamed Hassan Qaid, as number two to leader Ayman al Zawahri, the former Egyptian doctor who took over al-Qaida after Bin Laden’s death.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/

    • Miranda

      I just read that a pakistani official confirmed this #2 guy was in the house that was struck.

      Apparently Al Queda has more #2s than BofA had 2nd Vice Presidents in the 90s thru 2008…ya know Bank of America was giving out 2nd VP titles like lollipops…Al Quada musta done the same. Oh well…#3! You’re up!

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

      The title alone has me rollin’!

      But hol’ up! Didn’t they kill a #2 last week, too? Was this the guy who drew the short straw?

      • Miranda

        Yep! This was the one who wife convinced him to go for it, it will be good for your career! And as soon as he left the house she was on the phone with that agent from New York Life tryna get those papers completed for that term life policy worth $2 mil.

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

          *dead*

        • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

          You are cold.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – –GOOD DONATION$ – –NEW$$$$$$- – —

    – – – -Quickie- LGBT donors back President Obama, big time- – —

    – – —Kinda obvious, but nice to know.

    (CNN) — After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

    A CNN analysis of President Obama’s biggest fundraisers, known as bundlers, shows that at least 33 — or about one in every 16 bundlers — is openly gay. Together, they have raised at least $8 million for the campaign between January and the end of March.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –THANK U – -BUT- – -don’t get it twisted – — -NO ONE OWNS – — -MR. PRESIDENT. – – -Jus’ sayin’. . . . .

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

      John Aravosis, Dan Choi and Dan Savage weep.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – – – -LOL. – – – -I KNOW -HUH! :>)

        Should we INCLUDE – – -GiGi??- – — -LOL.

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

          Definitely!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Sepia – — -***fist bump*** LOL

  • Miranda

    That pic of Romney in his little tweeted blazer, protesting the protestors probably gonna piss off some vets
    Romney’s (non) military record faces new scrutiny
    By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press – 34 minutes ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — On a stage crowded with war heroes, Mitt Romney recently praised the sacrifice “of the great men and women of every generation who serve in our armed services.”

    It is a sacrifice the Republican presidential candidate did not make.

    Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.

    more here
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gISsoLFyuAfPxjWD-CfZ3EltN39A?docId=34c38d312bde4b55a9d4eaaca68675f3

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia —- AL QAEDA’S #2 MAN KILLED IN DRONE STRIKE- {CIA]

    LEMME get DETAILS.

  • rikyrah

    Willard…you wrote…

    LET.DETROIT.GO.BANKRUPT.

    NOBODY is going to let you forget.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Romney still stumbling on auto rescue
    By Steve Benen – Tue Jun 5, 2012 12:33 PM EDT.

    Mitt Romney probably doesn’t want my advice, but I might suggest he stop talking about the auto-industry rescue altogether. It just keeps getting him into trouble.

    A month ago, after three years of condemning President Obama’s successful policy, Mr. Let Detroit Go Bankrupt declared, “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” In the Republican’s mind, Obama did the wrong thing, except it worked, at which point it became an example of Romney doing the right thing.

    Yesterday, Romney talked to the Detroit News and tried to explain his position all over again


    Romney said the Democrats are “distorting” his record on the auto bailout, whose government-imposed conditions included filing bankruptcy.

    “If they needed help coming out of bankruptcy and government support, that was fine, but I was not in favor of the government writing billions of dollars in checks prior to them going into bankruptcy,” he said.

    So, as of yesterday, Romney’s position on the auto rescue is … well, no one’s really sure.

    In 2009, the former Massachusetts governor predicted that we could “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye” if Obama’s policy moved forward. At the time, Romney called the administration’s plan “tragic” and “a very sad circumstance for this country.” He wrote another piece in which he said Obama’s plan “would make GM the living dead.”

    All of this looks pretty ridiculous in hindsight. But putting that aside, what kind of policy would Romney have preferred? After yesterday’s comments, the picture is even less clear than it was a month ago.
    .

    The Republican has repeatedly argued that GM and Chrysler should have relied on private funding to restructure and get back on their feet. That, of course, was impossible. In early 2009, the credit markets were frozen and there was no private funding available. (When a company called Bain Capital was approached, it refused to invest.)

    And so it appears that Romney is shifting once again, not only taking credit for a policy he attacked, but also saying taxpayer support “was fine,” after arguing for three years it wasn’t fine.

    The new twist is that Romney is on board with public support after, but not before, bankruptcy, but that doesn’t make sense, either — GM and Chrysler would have never survived the bankruptcy process without federal intervention.

    Romney could simply try the truth — he should admit, “I was wrong” — but that seems to be the only position he hasn’t tried yet.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/05/12069437-romney-still-stumbling-on-auto-rescue?lite

  • rikyrah

    ‘Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process’
    By Steve Benen – Tue Jun 5, 2012 10:11 AM EDT.

    Last fall, campaigning in Nevada, Mitt Romney took a curious line on housing policy, which Democrats were quick to seize on.

    The Republican said at the time, “[D]on’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course, and hit the bottom.” In states like Arizona, Florida, and Nevada, where so many families are underwater, Romney’s line on foreclosures is likely to be problematic.

    Perhaps this will be an Etch A Sketch issue for the former governor? No, apparently not. Bloomberg News talked to Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director, who echoed the candidate’s sentiments

    Romney … doesn’t intend to offer targeted relief for the 11.5 million American homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, Chen said, suggesting that such actions are temporary fixes insufficient to stabilize the housing market.

    “Governor Romney has indicated that there are some steps we ought to take to ensure that we’re growing our economy,” Chen said. “But on the housing market specifically, I do think we have to resist the temptation for short-term approaches.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/05/12067661-dont-try-and-stop-the-foreclosure-process?lite

  • Alma98

    Here’s an update on voting at my precinct. There has been heavy voter turnout so far. I’m estimating that since I voted about an hour ago there has been at least 200 people that came to vote, and they’re still coming. I forgot to add that if Barrett and Mitchell win we will have a black lieutenant governor.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Does a heavy voter turnout favor Barrett or Walker or is it too much of a toss up to say?

      • Miranda

        Everything I’ve read even on the Journal-Sentinel, heavy voter turnout works for Barrett.

        • Alma98

          Those s.o.b’s endorsed Walker.

      • Alma98

        The area I’m in is heavily democratic so that bodes well for Barrett.

  • MonieTalks

    Emoprogs and all the other fauxgressive, libertarians ad absolut Obama haters need to shut the fuck up….especially when it comes to the decimation of Al Qaeda. Umm…you do realize that when bin Laden got smoked, a trove of intelligence was revealed….and that’s why THIS administration is putting 187’s out on Al Qaeda…decimating them. Hell, the death of bin Laden provided the KILL LIST.

    I was just talking with my bro the other day and I told him numerous Democrats and bitter PUMAs and other professional Chicken Littles will do their damndest to aid the Republicans. PBO can’t even get credit for his prescient insight on bin Laden’s whereabouts by the Rethugs, but the PL is doing their best to criticize every step of it. So many Americans would love to have the days return when color codes manipulated everyday life….when somehow an Al Qaeda propaganda video warning of impending attacks came out every week like an television series and the MSM broadcast them, and in the same breath claimed the Bush administration is keeping us safe….when contractors and other were kidnapped frequently and ransom videos were the norm.

    But I wouldn’t expect much from the PL, a group who sat back and continued to “protest” behind their keyboards while hundreds of troops were dying each month in Iraq. Where were the marches then? These same folks today claim that we give too much “hero” worship to military members who VOLUNTARILY take an oath to protect from all enemies, leave their families frequently to go in harm’s way ( not to mention the numerous other things our military does like disaster relief, NORAD, etc). These same folks say the President hasn’t closed Guantanamo…even though Congress (D’s and R’s) tied his hands in the matter. And then I remember….today’s PL thinks getting pepper sprayed, and sleeping in filthy ass tents, and beating on drums while screaming we are the 99% is heroic, even though they are costing other govt. services to be cut cleaning behind their delayed activist age.

    To all these folks, like Gigi who want to advocate and take up for Al Qaeda, I say carry your simple ass to Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and volunteer to be the lawyers for those in these terror cells…..especially Gigi since you love defending white home-grown terrorists. When Al Qaeda accepts the offer to be your client, if they don’t murk or kill your ass first, then you can come when some real concerns about their civil liberties. Other than that, shut the fuck up. Because until that point, I have my money on the President..he has the intel, the oath to protect this country and he is kicking Al Qeada ass while trying to minimize American military and civilian life.

    Go put on a AQ cheerleader outfit with that bullshit.

    • Ebogan63

      This is why I hope PBO keeps takin’ out these mofos, just to piss off Gigi and ‘nem. Alot of these got’ dayum white liberals are actively working to defeat the president, and they will be called out proper! I am trying to win an election, and I do not give a shit about they nonsense.

      • MonieTalks

        Exactly.

        What I have learned is that some of these folks will disparage US troops and in the same token get outrage over an American born Al Qeada being killed….or lamenting that OBL wasn’t caught alive. To hell with that. If you were born in America and decided to pledge to plan and kill Americans (including our troops) and Muslim citizens, then you gave up that right…you are treasonous. Point damn blank. And if they have credible intelligence, right out of OBL own stash of knowledge, then you need a bomb dropped on your ass.

        I’m still tripping on how Michael Moore was all indignant about why OBL was not captured alive instead of having his head blown off. GTFOH. Yet, when American citizens started being kidnapped all over the world, held in ransom because OBL was alive and detained, his ass and the rest of the PL would have said capturing OBL would have made things worse. You know kind of like how some of the talking heads are advocating for Romney to win, not because he offers anything better, but so the Repubs won’t continue to be the pathetic obstructionists they are.

        • edp4bho

          “but so the Repubs won’t continue to be the pathetic obstructionists they are.”

          This fact alone will weigh heavy on some weak folks’ minds. It’s called instant gratification ’cause real Amerikkans ain’t up for no change for the better. PBO was right when he said they “cling to their guns and religion” while many others are in it for monetary gain. This election is an uphill battle for the minds of reason.

          Love your comments Monie !!

      • rikyrah

        Amen

        Amen

    • Miranda

      TELL IT!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Comment Of The Week.

    • rikyrah

      Definite nominee for Comment of the Week

    • rikyrah

      never saw this kind of sympathy for terrorists when a White man was President.

      • MonieTalks

        Ain’t it something.

        Military operations is one of the few parts of govt. where the President has unilateral power…he doesn’t have to deal with Republican obstructionism and Democratic pussyfooting. He IS the Commander-in-chief. That’s why the damn intelligence committee was shocked and found out with the rest of us when OBL got his brains blown out.

        And because he can keep Congress at bay and sign direct military orders, the President has chewed up and spit out the myth that Republicans are the strongest on foreign policy.

        PBO has been a SUPERB Commander-in-chief because the decision-making rests with him and his intelligence and military teams. And it is the precise nature at which he conducts business, the widespread knowledge he has about international affairs, and his prescient calls that have mofos from everywhere jealous like a mofo. It’s all about trying to use PBO’s extraordinary record against him and if that means rooting for Al Qeada, then that’s what his detractors will do.

        • rikyrah

          another nominee for Comment of the Week.

          I can’t begin to tell you how much it absolutely makes me chuckle everytime I think about how this President has snatched the ‘ Republicans are strong on foreign policy’ card from the GOP, tore it up, and not only beats them with it, does it so mercilessly.

          and fuck all those on the left whining about some goddamn terrorists that would kill them, their mama and their entire families – WITHOUT BLINKING.

          I wish GIGI had written as much on Troy Davis as he has defending terrorists against this President.

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

      THIS. ALL. DAY. EVERYDAY.

    • MsKitty

      And the church said amen.

  • rikyrah

    June 05, 2012
    Romney, extortion, and democracy

    In reference to Ezra Klein’s provocative piece, “The Keynesian Case for Romney,” Andrew Sullivan writes that “voters risk handing over the entire government to the most radical Republican party in decades if they elect Romney alongside a GOP House and Senate.”

    True, although I’d object that that last clause–“alongside a GOP House and Senate”–is no requisite for the utter hijacking of American government that a Romney victory alone would complete.

    Should Romney succeed in unseating President Obama, the GOP will be vindicated in its scurrilous belief that abject obstructionism and wholesale extortion are unbeatable weapons in defeating presidential progress–and congressional majorities, the party will further observe, are nice but unnecessary. All the GOP needs is one of two chambers, or merely 41 members in the upper, to either have its way or to totally shut down the opposition’s.

    Alternatively, the GOP doesn’t need the White House to accomplish extortionist control, yet a Romney presidency would, for the party, be a crowning asset and, above all else, confirm that American voters are gullible enough to swallow any insult to electoral intelligence that the GOP cares to toss out.

    Klein concludes on an inescapable note: “Even if you agree with Romney’s policies, it may be that voting for Obama, and delivering a landslide against the GOP’s economic brinksmanship, is the only way to end the dangerous appeal of strategic gridlock going forward.”

    Such is the twist of Klein’s piece. One could reasonably argue that Romney might actually be the better choice for a short-term recovery, but on the other hand a Romney win or powerful GOP remnant could spell the end of a functioning two-party system; in effect, the end of representative democracy. We would become (remain) instead a nation “governed” by brutish extortion, and little else.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/06/romney-extortion-and-democracy.html

  • rikyrah

    The Reichstag fire next time
    By Metrosexual Black AbeJ June 5th, 2012

    Steve M catches Ezra Klein in flagrante contrario with some counterintuitive Slate-style stuff about how president Romney will be Keynesian because he wants to turn the economy around. It’s not unpossible that a right-winger will use Keynesian economics—after all, people who believe in homeopathy use conventional medicine sometimes when they’re desperate, old-school-loving DJs will play Madonna to get people on the floor, etc.—but I think it’s unlikely, since it won’t be centrist 80s Romney who runs the country, but post-Bushpocalyptic Cassius Cantor. I think Steve M gets it about right:

    I think we’re likely to get shock-doctrine economics—yes, tax cuts, but also (as Romney has promised) the Paul Ryan budget and Cut, Cap and Balance, which, by making balanced budgets mandatory and imposing a ceiling on government spending as a percentage of GDP, will literally make Keynesian deficit spending in a recession illegal. I think they’ll try to gut Social Security and Medicare for those under 55. I think we may get a national right-to-work law.

    more here http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/05/the-reichstag-fire-next-time/

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Romney endorsed the Ryan plan and by his own admission said he was a severe conservative? How does Klein get Keynesian out of that?

      • Miranda

        You have to squint your eyes really really tight.

      • Admiral_Komack

        It’s easy…when you’re an idiot.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -LEST We 4-get- – – -IT’S OFF annn POPPIN’ – –2-day.- —

    – — -It’s D-Day for Jerry Sandusky- – – –

    – — -And so it officially begins: Jerry Sandusky, who faces dozens of charges of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years while working with one of the most storied sports programs in the US, arrived today for the start of a trial that he repeatedly tried to delay. Jury selection is set to begin in the case against the 68-year-old Sandusky, the former assistant Penn State football coach.

    The proceedings will take place about 10 miles from the campus, and picking 12 people to decide his fate could prove a monumental task in a Pennsylvania region where practically everyone went to the university, works there, knows someone there, or is a fan of the football team.
    THERE IS MORE.

    LET JUSTICE PREVAIL—4 those DEAR CHILDREN. – —

  • Scopedog

    I just wish they could come over here to vote….

    Sad that other countries actually see what the President is doing and that he’s the best thing for the country….our MSM is too busy licking the backside of the GOP.

    • Miranda

      You’re talking about that Austrailian poll?? I wasn’t surprised by it either, I bet if you polled every other country you’d get the same darn results.