September 23, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: President Obama and World Leaders

President Barack Obama shakes hands after making speech to Ghanian Parliament at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana on July 11, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)I

In the summer of 2009, President Obama traveled to Ghana, the final stop of one of his first international trips as President, and delivered remarks to the Ghanaian parliament in Accra. In his speech, he discussed our nation’s relationship with Africa, and the partnership needed to ensure transformational change across the continent.

I’ve come here to Ghana for a simple reason: The 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra, as well.

This is the simple truth of a time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America’s prosperity. Your health and security can contribute to the world’s health and security. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia, Marian Robinson and a friend tour Cape Coast Castle in Ghana on July 11, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

 In Accra, the President spoke about four themes that he said are critical to the future of Africa—democracy, opportunity, health, and the peaceful resolution of conflict—the same four pillars of focus reflected in the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, including Ghana, where GDP grew 13.5 percent in 2011.

President Barack Obama makes a speech to Ghanian Parliament at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, July 11, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

The nation’s  economic success exemplifies the integral relationship between democracy and development, as President Obama remarked after his bilateral meeting with Ghana’s President John Atta Mills in March 2012:

…Ghana has proven, I think, to be a model for Africa in terms of its democratic practices. And I very much appreciate the efforts that President Mills has taken not only to ensure fair and free elections, but also to root out corruption, increase transparency, make sure that government is working for the people of Ghana and not just for the few. 

In addition, Ghana has become a wonderful success story economically on the continent.  In part because of the initiatives of President Mills, you’ve seen high growth rates over the last several years.  Food productivity and food security is up.  There’s been strong foreign investment.  That trade and investment benefits folks back home here in the United States as well. 

In fact, the President’s government recently is collaborating with a number of American businesses to build infrastructure inside of Ghana, which will create thousands of jobs here in the United States.  And the trade that we engage in creates jobs for tens of thousands of people back in Ghana. 

So that’s a good-news story.

President Barack Obama and Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana, hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, March 8, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • dannie22

    good morning all!!

    • Mornin’ Dannie and POU!

  • FLOTUS is gonna be on Joe Madison’s radio show in a few minutes! Listen on SiriusXM channel 128 or here

    • rikyrah

      Thank you FLOTUS!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday Mornin’ Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Awww- – – -SHE♥ is 4 EVA- — GRACIOUS. :>)

      – – – -With WORDS of WISDOM annnd TRUTH: — “Voting is a forever proposition” and that “We’ve just begun”. — :>)


      Good 2 C U –Sepia. :>)

    • AxelFoley

      I ever tell ya’ll I’m in love with that woman?

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Barack Obama’s Coolest Presidential Moments

  • rikyrah

    Boehner plays a weak hand

    By Eugene Robinson,
    Dec 04, 2012 12:40 AM EST

    The Washington Post Published: December 3
    How dare he? President Obama, I mean: How dare he do what he promised during the campaign? How dare he insist on a “balanced approach” to fiscal policy that includes a teensy-weensy tax increase for the rich? Oh, the humanity.

    Republicans are having conniptions. Witness the way House Speaker John Boehner reacted when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presented the administration’s proposals on taxes and spending:

    I was flabbergasted,” Boehner told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “I looked at him and said, ‘You can’t be serious.’ I’ve just never seen anything like it. You know, we’ve got seven weeks between Election Day and the end of the year. And three of those weeks have been wasted with this nonsense.”

    The “nonsense” in question is a set of perfectly reasonable measures that Obama wants Congress to approve. Nothing in his package should be a surprise — except, perhaps, that the president has opened this negotiation by demanding what he really wants, rather than what he believes would be convenient for Boehner to deliver.

    “The president’s idea of a negotiation is, roll over and do what I ask,” Boehner groused.

    Hmmm. Where do you imagine the president might have learned this particular bargaining technique? Might his instructors have been Boehner’s own House Republicans, who went so far as to hold the debt ceiling for ransom — and with it, the nation’s full faith and credit — in order to get their way?

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —President Obama meets with Govs. Jack Markell (D-Del.), Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), Mike Beebe (D-Ark.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah), and Scott Walker (R-Wis.) at the White House.


    B BLESSED 2-Day. :>)

    P.S. Had the occasion 2 witness annndd participate in the ADOWA –the ASHANTI DANCE FEATURED in the video. BEYOND EXCITING. :>) – —

  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin anti-union law draining unions as planned

    By Laura Conaway

    Mon Dec 3, 2012 1:25 PM EST

    The idea of anti-labor laws at the state level is to make belonging to unions less attractive. In Wisconsin, for example, the anti-union law that passed there in 2011 took away the rights of unions to collectively bargain for better pay and benefits for their members, while also eliminating automatic deductions for union dues. As a result, union members each month had to decide whether to write a check for a union that was no longer allowed to do much for members’ bottom lines.

    Since that law passed, membership in Wisconsin’s two main teachers unions has fallen by a third. Over the weekend, the members of one union voted to consider merging with its rival. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

    “It’s about building local union power,” Kenosha teacher Michael Orth said. “That’s what we need to do.”

    You can see the unions’ lost power is a few ways: declining membership, requirements that teachers pay more for their benefits, and the decimation of their ability to give money to candidates. The last part comes with direct political gain for Republicans, which helps to explain why Republicans like anti-union laws. Consider the biggest contributors nationwide in this cycle. The money from labor doesn’t start to keep up with the money from business (read: Sheldon Adelson), but without it, the Democrats almost get shut out of the top 10.

  • rikyrah

    Losing in the court of public opinion

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Dec 4, 2012 9:18 AM EST.

    With congressional Republicans and President Obama nowhere near one another when it comes to the ongoing fiscal talks, the likelihood of failure at the end of the month is quite high. Who would the American mainstream hold responsible for the mess? According a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll, it’s not a close call.

    By a nearly two-to-one margin, Americans would blame GOP lawmakers for the failure to reach a bipartisan agreement. Though it’s common for many to reflexively blame “both sides” for every political misstep, in this poll, only about one in 10 people would hold both Republicans and the president responsible.

    What’s more, these perceptions seem pretty stable — a similar poll was conducted three weeks ago, and the results were largely identical.

    The question is whether any of this will have a practical effect. Chris Cillizza reported, “Republicans are well aware of where the public seems ready to put the blame if no deal on the cliff is reached. It’s why House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered a counterproposal Monday to the one President Obama laid out last week. Simply letting stalemate stand for the next 10 to 14 days is unacceptable to Republicans who know they have to do everything they can to avoid the cliff — and the blame for it that seems likely headed their way.”

    In recent years, GOP officials have generally ignored public pressure, but it’s worth keeping in mind that both Obama and Republican leaders have made an effort to persuade the public, and at this point, only one of those sides is winning.

    • conlakappa

      And as much as the MSM has tried to control the conversation otherwise! You know it’s bad when even Jim DeMented is talking smack about what his party is doing.

    • nellcote

      only about one in 10 people would hold both Republicans and the president responsible.
      That 10% would be the Village Media.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — –MEDIA ALERT: – – – -PRESIDENT Obama to do Bloomberg interview – —

    – – –Obama to do Bloomberg interview– –

    – —The president will participate on Tuesday in his first television interview since the election.

    Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Julianna Goldman will do the questioning, Bloomberg announced. According to a preview, they will discuss the fiscal cliff and his priorities and agenda for his second term.

    The interview will air at 12:30 p.m. EST on Bloomberg TV.
    THERE IS MORE – – -BUT – -I OMITTED the NEGATIVE!! – – -geesh!

    BEST WISHES – – -MR. PRESIDENT. – -:>) — –

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —-Obama warns Assad on chemical weapons – —

    – — —6:23PM EST December 3. 2012 – President Obama warned Syrian dictator Bashar Assad on Monday that the use of chemical weapons is “totally unacceptable,” and he will be punished if they are deployed against rebel forces.

    “The world is watching,” Obama said of Assad during a Washington symposium on nuclear non-proliferation. “If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable.”

    He added: “We simply cannot allow the 21st century to be darkened by the worst weapons of the 20th century.”

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has issued a similar warning to Assad’s government.

    The warnings come as U.S. officials report that intelligence agencies have detected a movement of chemical weapon components in Syria in recent days.

    – — -LEADERSHIP! – — -Annnd the RE-THUCKERS annnnd HATAS — STILL CRITICIZE this AMAZING PRESIDENT!! — geesh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — –Thought I had given up POLLS; —BUT THIS — -is SUPPORTIVE —-:>) – —

    – —Republicans Will Be Blamed for Going Over Fiscal Cliff – –

    – —A new Pew Research/Washington Post poll finds just 40% of Americans think President Obama and House Republicans will reach a deal on the fiscal cliff by January 1 to prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect, while 49% say they will not.

    If no deal is reached, 53% say congressional Republicans are to blame while just 27% think Obama is at fault.

    Wonk Wire: Republicans lost and Boehner knows it. – – –LOL – — –

    • nellcote

      while just 27% think Obama is at fault.

      There’s that 27% again…
      “John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

      Tyrone: 27%.

      John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.

      Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    OBAMACARE” – – –

    – – —GOP Senator Gets Schooled On Obamacare: ‘You Lost The Election, Buddy’ — –

    — –Political consultant Bob Schrum gave Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) a lesson in post-election politics on CNN Tuesday morning, when Schrum told the Senator to give up the dream of repealing Obamacare.

    In the middle of a heated discussion about the fiscal showdown, CNN host Soledad O’Brien asked Johnson to give examples of what kind of spending cuts should be on the table. Johnson put the President’s signature health care reform law at the top of his list, saying that it costs more than people realize. “Not going to happen,” Schrum told Johnson, “You lost the election, buddy”:

    – —-P.S. – -Gotta “bounce” – -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY ♥. B BLESSED. :>)

  • Alexander2

    Susan Rice needs Hillary Clinton, but Hillary Clinton doesn’t need Susan Rice
    Posted by Aaron Blake on December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am
    Washington Post

    The three-month-old controversy over the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has laser-focused on Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador and the most likely pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

    And right now, Rice needs Clinton on her side.

    Unfortunately for her, Clinton has about every reason to stay away from the situation. . . .

    1. To this point, Clinton has been essentially unscathed by the controversy. Even as Rice and the White House have paid a price, Clinton really hasn’t. Involving herself more publicly could turn the spotlight on her own role or at least associate her more with the controversy. She is about to retire after a hugely successful tenure at the State Department and potentially move toward another presidential run, and stepping into this battle could leave the kind of blemish on her record that she has somehow managed to avoid so far.

    2. Rice left the Clintons. She once worked in Bill Clinton’s administration, but she was one of the first former Clinton aides to jump ship to Obama’s campaign when he ran in 2008 and was highly critical of Hillary Clinton’s positions on Iraq and Iran. And as we’ve written before, nobody keeps score like the Clintons.

    • Miranda

      If one of Chelsea’s future kids wants to run for Public Works Supervisor in Tallahoochiebumblefuck, Oregon…then yes, Hillary DOES need Susan Rice. She needs her RIGHT NOW.

      “nobody keeps score like the Clintons.”………….chile please….The Clintons ain’t got nothing on the mother’s board at every lil black church from Montgomery to Detroit and all points in between. They don’t forget a damn thang.

      • TyrenM

        Comment of the Week!

      • Which is why I’m wary of buying into the memo. The Clintons know they cannot and will not win squat without the PBO machine. Making the President angry? Not a good idea.

        • sagittarius

          Hi, Woody (and Hi, Fam)

          I don’t know about this sentiment: “The Clintons know they cannot and will not win squat without the PBO machine.”

          Today, I received an e-mail from Chelsea Clinton with the Clinton Foundation logo, talking about collecting signatures to thank her father for all he has done in the past year. Below are the first three opening paragraphs and I’ll wait while your jaw hits the floor behind one of these sentences:

          My dad is usually the first to say that it’s people like you, working together who create change in the world. And I couldn’t agree more.

          I also think he deserves a big “thank you” for everything he’s done in the past year – especially the inspiring work that doesn’t make the headlines, like personally checking on the progress of a soy factory in Rwanda this summer and helping give more American kids access to healthy meals throughout the school year.

          I’m helping the Clinton Foundation collect thousands of personal messages of thanks from people like you to share with my dad. Will you write him a quick thank you note today?

          So, in answer to your unasked question Woody – I don’t think they get it. I don’t think they get it at all. As for the e-mail (I believe they got a mailing list from the National Democratic Party) – it was promptly deleted.

          • Miranda

            You gotta be freakin kidding me.

          • TyrenM

            Same email – deleted.

          • MsKitty

            and helping give more American kids access to healthy meals throughout the school year.

            And obviously not above taking full credit for something that FLOTUS has put her heart and soul into the last 3 years.

            Wow. Just when I think Chez Clinton can’t sink any lower they go and prove me wrong. SMH.

          • If they don’t get it which is very possible then they are in for a rude shock in 2016 courtesy of PBO.

    • PenteluPower

      GM POU, we will see about who needs whom. You brainless media sort did not understand the turnout result of 2012. The Clintons will get nowhere with regular dems if they TRY to blindside Ambassador Rice. We The People AND PBO are ready for Clinton. PBO speaking about Rice was not only for GOP. The Clinton fellow in Virginia is stuck against Cuccinelli if no PBO supporter turnout.

    • rikyrah

      no..Hillary Clinton needs Barack Obama….

      and fuck the rest of this bullshyt

    • MsKitty

      Okay Beltway crew, keep pushing this Hillary is the bestest ever meme. But know this: the scales have fallen from a lot of people’s eyes about the Clintons since 2008, so don’t act surprised if your shenanigans blow up in your face.

    • GreenLadyHere


      – – —-THIS: – –>3. Clinton is rumored to prefer Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for the job. This makes sense. Clinton served in the Senate with Kerry before becoming secretary of state. And if Rice for whatever reason doesn’t get the job, it could mean Kerry becomes Clinton’s successor.– – –EXPLAINS her — -BEYOND TEPID statement on Dr. Rice’s behalf.- – –humph.

      Annnd her ENVY is obvious- — ‘CAUSE Dr. RICE is as EMINENTLY qualified!!!- — –

      Annnnd may I add that “Blue Dress”- – -worked OVATIME on his support of MR. PRESIDENT 4 OBVIOUS REASONS: — –
      – — -a. He anticipates SUPPORT 4 “SOS” iff she “runs”- — –
      – — b. He hadta “COVER” the fact that “SOS” — said – –N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!! by way of support!- – -NOTHING!!- —

      THIS “PILE of EXCREMENT”- – –REEKS annnnd LIES!! :>)

      Dr. Rice’s BACK is in the BLAH –WOMEN of CONGRESS- – -POU FAM♥ – –OTHERS!!- – – -BLESS HER. :>)

    • In all of this hit job articles on Rice, it ALWAYS goes back to her supporting PBO over HRC, which leads me to believe Camp Clinton is behind this.

      • I wonder if this is more media creation than anything. They’ve been trying this divide and conquer baloney since…well since the 2009 inaugural.

      • Miranda


  • lamh36

    Morning guys. My mom is currently in the ER in NOLA with chest pains and breathing issues. So I’m having some deep thoughts early this Tuesday morning.

    You always know that as your parents get older, you’ll have to do much more to take care of them as their health begins to fade. If you are a good child, then you expect it and you just do whatcha got to do. But what if your parent is fairly young and in bad health (my mother is only 53…yeah she was one of those “teen moms” thanks to my what 🙂 It’s harder to wrap your mind around taking care of someone who’s not “old” and yet, their health is not optimal. You do whatcha gotta do, but it just seems harder to me right now.

    Anyway, Prayers for good health and hearts for your parents and mine.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dear lamh36:- – – — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Have been in continual PRAYER. She/fam R on my prayer list at church. :>)

      – — —Dear Lord: – —This PRAYER is 4 lamh’s mom. Touch her at this time. :>) THY WILL B DONE. AMEN.

      – — – –4 her/fam. AMEN. — -B BLESSED. :>)

      • lamh36

        thx GLH

      • TyrenM

        Lamh, I’ll praying for you and yours.
        GLH. as we take in the Season, can we retire the image of a blond hair, blue eyed Jesus? We know it to be factually incorrect. Just sayin.

    • rikyrah

      prayers are being sent now….for you both.

    • MsKitty

      I know what you’re going through. It makes you think about a lot of things, am I up for the challenge of taking care of Mom for the long term, is this a preview of my health down the road?

      It’s all so overwhelming, but you will get through it. It’s important to be there for your Mom but it’s just as important that you have your own support system as well.

      Send along prayers and healing thoughts for your Mom.

    • jds09

      Prayers sent your way.

    • Sending prayers to you and your mom.

    • qosine

      Praying for your mom’s health and your strength, lamh36.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – – –GR8 ECONOMIC NEWS !!!!! :>) – – –

    – — Quickie- U.S. Economic Confidence in November Best in Four Years– –

    — – – –Always nice to see.

    PRINCETON, NJ — Americans’ economic confidence was better in November than in any month since Gallup began tracking confidence daily in January 2008. The -13 Economic Confidence Index score surpasses the previous bests of -17 from October and May of this year. The index, which began at -32 in January 2008 as the recession was taking hold, had been -20 or lower until May.

    – – -SNIP — – –. Confidence has remained relatively stable even as the “fiscal cliff’s” major tax increases and spending cuts loom unless the government can come to an agreement in the coming weeks.

    – – – – -CONGRATULATIONS — -MR. PRESIDENT. :>)- —

  • Miranda

    So you wanna be a habitual line stepper huh? Wanna keep on crossing the line when your salty azz been told? Now you can step right on over to the unemployment line…racist ass fool.

    Obama toilet paper leads to Pompano firefighter’s termination

    Placing toilet paper imprinted with President Barack Obama’s face in a fire station has led to a firefighter’s termination and he had until 5 p.m. Friday to turn in his badge.

    It was Clint Pierce’s third instance of posting political paraphernalia on city property and a violation of a direct order to cease and desist from such behavior, according to city records.

    “It was clearly a case of insubordination,” city spokeswoman Sandra King said Friday. “He had a similar situation of posting political messages on city property and he was given a free pass at that time and told to cease and desist and he did it again and really exacerbated the situation.”

    more here,0,1471666.story

    • jds09

      3rd instance? Mr. Pierce and others will slowly begin to realize that a pound of white privilege these days isn’t worth what it used to be. Dumb mofos….

  • Miranda

    Whew! Tomlin looked at Harbaugh like “son, you’n know me!”

    Tomlin, John Harbaugh have awkward handshake after Ravens-Steelers game–nfl.html

    • MsKitty

      I think both Harbaughs are a bit “intense” (or cray cray for the less diplomatic).

    • PBomb

      That was epic.

  • rikyrah

    December 02, 2012

    The GOP’s end game?

    For those of us who were hoping to see at least some post-election maturation occur among congressional Republicans, this morning’s talk shows were disappointing to the point of exasperation and near disbelief–even if anticipated.

    Their infantilization of the political process continues. Today, as throughout the last several days, Republicans’ whining about President Obama’s opening salvo–and that’s all it was, an opening shot–was simply embarrassing. They whimpered, they moaned, they brooded with extravagant flourishes about that mean, unreasonable chief executive in the Oval Office, yet not once did any of them utter … oh, a counterproposal?

    OK, so the profound prepubesecence of the Republican Party is decided and its negotiating strategy is fixed. For the next two years, it seems, the biggest, boldest manifestation of the pseudoconservative machinery will be carpet-chewing.

    Yet this does represent a shift of sorts, which might actually reflect a sort of end game.

    Prior to the election, Republican pols were quite bold in their calls for essentially dismantling the welfare state (as evidenced, chiefly, in their proposal for Medicare’s voucherization). In less than a month, however, they’ve grown timid, and intimidated. The cause of their twitching silence on a counterproposal to President Obama’s initially proffered deal is self-evident: They’re terrified. They’re paralyzed with at-large electoral dread at even the notion of now furthering their pre-election obsessions; yet, for localized electoral reasons, they can’t let go of them.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —Will Kentucky Embrace Ashley Judd’s Progressive Senate Run?– – —

    – — — Rumors that film star Ashley Judd is considering a run for Senate in her native Kentucky are solidifying. Politico reported Tuesday that Judd has spoken to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a Democratic pollster about a possible challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Judd, an unabashed progressive activist, attended the Democratic National Convention this year as a delegate from Tennessee, where she currently lives. Should she decide to run, it won’t be difficult to determine where she stands on crucial policy issues. Here are just a few examples:

    Women’s health. Judd has been an outspoken advocate for women’s health groups NARAL Pro-Choice and Planned Parenthood. As she marveled in May, “It’s remarkable to me that I would be having conversations with my peers and the younger cohort about access to reproductive health. That’s the same conversation I have with girls and women in Bangladesh. It’s the same conversation I have in Cambodia and Madagascar. And here we are in America in 2010, talking about whether or not modern family planning is useful. I mean I find that extraordinary.”

    — – SNIP – —

    – — –Obamacare. At the DNC she extolled the Affordable Care Act as having helped 350,000 Tennessean families with pre-existing conditions, while 60,000 young people are now covered under their parents’ insurance.

    –COMMENT: – –zimzones
    Mitch dedicated four years with one agenda…make Obama a one term President.
    How’s that working out for you, Mitch?

    Seeing Ms Judd kick Mitch’s tight right butt in a Senate race would not only be entertaining, it would remove one more ‘ancient voice for the wealthy’ from the current roster of imposters.
    – – —

    – – – -Watchin’ —–:>) — — –

    • jds09

      This would be so much fun to watch. I hope she goes for it.

      • rikyrah

        I don’t think she can win…but…man, she would be interesting.

        • angee

          Probably would have a better chance in TN than KY.

          • qosine

            I wish she would run for senator or governor of
            TN. We need a complete changeout.

  • Miranda

    Lord have mercy….

    Police reports reveal new details in Belcher murder-suicide

    Police reports from the shooting of Kasandra Perkins and the suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shined light on a relationship that was turbulent enough that the team was trying to counsel him long before last Saturday’s incident.

    According to an in-depth report by Christine Vendel of the Kansas City Star, Belcher leaned over his dead girlfriend’s body seconds after he shot her, kissed her on the forehead and said he was sorry, before driving to the Chiefs facility where he’d kill himself in front of team officials.

    more here

    • MsKitty

      I heard in one story that Ms. Perkins was the cousin of Jamal Charles’ wife, and it was Charles who introduced the pair to each other. I can’t even imagine the (unwarranted) guilt he is carrying.

    • lamh36

      ok, talk to me like I’m stupid, but how the heck do they know he did that. I know the GF mom called police, but were there a witness in the same room or something?

      • Worldwatcher7

        Apparently Jovan Belcher’s mother witnessed him saying goodbye after the shooting.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Thanks for posting this. I get annoyed when reporters refer to the “turbulent” or “troubled” relationship as if there’s some equivalency of behavior on both sides. Arguing with someone is not tantamount to shooting them. The angry Black woman stereotype lives on even after one is brutally murdered, apparently.

      What we know for sure was that Jovan Belcher was a troubled man and that Ms. Perkins was an innocent victim.

  • lamh36

    At the very least, my mom’s visit to ER today, makes me less anxious about turning in my resignation to my current employer. I really hate doing it. but this bucks me up to just get ‘er done. I’m always paranoid that something could go wrong, but even if God forbid something happens before I start this new job (I went ahead and told the people I would start Jan 15th, no point in waiting later, since I spend half my time in NOLA anyway), I still spend 1/2 my time in NOLA, so even if I made the plans to actually move and somehow lose the new job or something, it’s still easier to be in the city than out of it, especially with my mom’s health issues.

  • lamh36

    They don’t call him the “Nerd in Chief” for nothing. Of course Obama is a Star Trek fan. Who isnt???

  • lamh36

    ok guys, so what’s up with this “Black Agenda” list or whatever I’m reading about that the Urban League and other Black org that met with POTUS gave to him?

  • Miranda

    Did y’all see this shit here? LOL, Bitter bitter Boyce y’all!

    Dr. Boyce: Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous Should No Longer Be Invited to the White House

    • MsKitty

      This comment right here

      Ron Ransom · Top Commenter · Works at Professional Chiller
      Dr. Boyce, you seem to attack the president from a different angle each writing of insincerity.I get the impression you are determine to make the President follow your lead of suggested leaders. I see your list has changed to not include the usual suggestion of fake leaders.What happened to WEST,SMILEY.This president have no use for Jesse,just because he was not invited to the latest meeting certainly does mean he was missed. Jesus told Judas to go and do what I know you’re going to do.Jesse through a open mike,expressed his disdain for the president,and you have the audacity to criticize the president for leaving this fake greedy man outside of his business. It is so lousy of you to think and suggest this president does not know what all of the woes of these UNITED STATES are. There is something wrong with you,to be as educated as you are,you have taken your platform,and used it to try and hinder this president. Al Sharpton has earned his respect ,he maybe lacking in some expertise,but he certainly is way, way,ahead of any of any of the people you choose to support. I don’t know you and hope I never know anyone like you…peace

  • Miranda

    What if you had a party….and nobody came?

    Brewer not a big draw with other governors

    PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Although she was introduced as a political rock star Saturday, Gov. Jan Brewer wasn’t a very big draw.

    The Western Governors’ Association held its annual winter meeting in Paradise Valley. But of the 19 governors in the group, only two showed up to see Brewer deliver a brief keynote speech.

    During the three-minute address, Brewer bragged about the state’s agricultural production and her record of recruiting renewable energy businesses to Arizona.

    “Since 2010, 12 renewable energy companies have relocated or expanded their operations here in Arizona, creating more than 1,900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment,” Brewer said.

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) were the two governor’s who attended the meeting. They are the current vice chairman and chairman of the organization.

    more here:

    • Alma98


  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2., LOL— — Mr. HARRY — -“HIT’s ‘EM HARD”- – -DAILY!! LOL- –

    – —-Reid says Boehner debt plan would raise taxes on middle class– —

    – – –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday slammed Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt offer, which Reid said would raise billions of dollars in taxes on middle-class families.

    Reid said Boehner would raise taxes on the middle class to shield “millionaires and billionaires” from feeling “pain” and dismissed the latest Republican proposal to the White House as a “nonstarter.”

    “Their proposal would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Their plan to raise $800 billion in revenue by eliminating popular tax deductions and credits would reach deep into pockets of middle-class families.

    “Republicans are so intent on protecting low tax rates for millionaires and billionaires, they’re willing to sacrifice the middle-class families’ economic security to do so,” he added.

    – – -Boehner’s plan would raise $800 billion by curtailing a variety of unspecified tax breaks, cut healthcare programs by $600 billion and reduce other mandatory spending by $300 billion.

    – – -GIT ‘EM HARRY! LOL.

  • Miranda

    I heard part of it this morning – only caught the last minute cuz I got the text all late

    President Obama’s first post-elect interview was with Steve Harvey, NOT Bloomberg. Here it is:

    PBO will be speaking with Tom Joyner tomorrow morning.

    • conlakappa

      I heard the repeat of the interview. This is Harvey–I bet he will thread it throughout his program all week.

    • I love how Team Obeezy is hitting Black radio and reminding US that the fight is not over, and that we need to come out strong now and in 2014.

      • Town

        What I heard this morning sounded new.

  • rikyrah

    December 4, 2012, 7:45 am

    Three-Card Budget Monte

    It goes without saying that the Republican “counteroffer” is basically fake. It calls for $800 billion in revenue from closing loopholes, but doesn’t specify a single loophole to be closed; it calls for huge spending cuts, but aside from raising the Medicare age and cutting the Social Security inflation adjustment — moves worth only around $300 billion — it doesn’t specify how these cuts are to be achieved. So it’s basically the Paul Ryan method: scribble down some numbers and pretend that you’re a budget wonk with a Serious plan.

    What I haven’t seen pointed out here is the longer arc of GOP strategy. Does anyone recall how the Bush tax cuts were passed? The 2001 cut was passed based on the claim that the government was running an excessive surplus; the 2003 cut on the claim that it would provide an economic boost. Then the surplus went away, and the economy did not, to say the least, perform very well.

    And the GOP says that because of that deficit we must raise the Medicare age and cut Social Security!

    Oh, and for all the seniors or near-seniors who voted Republican because you thought they would protect Medicare from that bad guy Obama: you’ve been had.

  • rikyrah

    From The Maddow Blog:

    The plan the right is pretending not to like
    By Steve Benen-
    Tue Dec 4, 2012 9:58 AM EST.

    House Republican leaders presented a debt-reduction “plan” to the White House yesterday, which GOP officials insist is a “serious” offer. To help underscore why it’s so very difficult to take the Republican proposal seriously, I put together this image, showing what each side would get as part of this attempt at “compromise.”

    If you’re thinking this looks a little tilted in one direction, and that no sane person could characterize this as a balanced attempt to reach a bipartisan agreement, we’re on the same page.

    But here’s the kicker: conservative activists are criticizing the GOP offer, or at least, they’re pretending to.

  • rikyrah

    Senate GOP kills disabilities treaty
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Dec 4, 2012 1:00 PM EST.

    Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) made a rare Senate appearance this morning, sitting in a wheelchair just off the floor so that members would have to see him as they entered the chamber. Why? Because they were poised to vote on ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and Dole hoped to send a message.

    It didn’t work. The Senate killed the treaty this afternoon, with a final vote of 61 to 38, which seems like a lopsided majority, but which fell short of the two-thirds necessary for ratification. Eight Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats in support of the treaty, but the clear majority of the Senate GOP voted to block it.

    The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, for those who’ve forgotten, is a human rights treaty negotiated by the George H.W. Bush administration, which has been ratified by 126 nations, including China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

    But most Senate Republicans saw it as a threat to American “sovereignty,” even though the treaty wouldn’t have required the United States to change its laws. When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the treaty with bipartisan support in July, Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) explained the proposal simply “raises the [international] standard to our level without requiring us to go further.”

    In other words, we wouldn’t actually have to do anything except say we like the treaty — and then wait for other signatories around the world to catch up to the United States’ Americans with Disabilities Act.

    • isonprize


  • rikyrah

    Amanda Terkel✔

    Elizabeth Warren wins Senate Banking Committee seat via @ryangrim

  • rikyrah

    Discharge Petition: Nancy Pelosi Closes off GOP’s Escape Route

    Monday, December 03, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 6:26 AM

    So on Friday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw down the gauntlet on putting Republicans on the record on the middle class tax breaks, one way or another.

    She re-iterated the threat on Sunday in a press release.

    If Speaker Boehner refuses to schedule this widely-supported bill for a vote, Democrats will introduce a discharge petition to automatically bring to the floor the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts.

    Hmm? What is this discharge petition she’s talking about? In the House, the Speaker may be king, but the minority does have one way to force an issue: a discharge petition. If 218 members sign a petition, a bill can be brought to the floor without the Speaker’s consent. Of course, since the Speaker usually controls the majority, discharge petitions are usually not a threat to his power.

    Usually. Except in circumstances when public pressure mounts and some members of the Speaker’s party can be snatched away to sign a discharge petition.

    That’s what Pelosi is counting on. She is counting on the fact on something that’s a win-win for the Democrats. Either enough Republicans will sign the petition to make their leadership’s position on taxes moot, or they refuse the Democratic offer en masse and the Democratic members of Congress and the President take that on the road to the American people.

    Imagine the President holding up the discharge petition with 20 or so signatures away from reaching a vote – 20 or so missing Republicans, to be exact. Now imagine further the optics of Nancy Pelosi going door to door to the offices of Republican members of Congress, with a slew of media and cameras going with her. Let’s put it this way: whatever the outcome of the discharge petition, Democrats can’t lose.

  • rikyrah

    No, more Latino votes wouldn’t have helped Romney win
    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on December 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Was Mitt Romney’s conservative turn on immigration responsible for his defeat? During the Republican primary, the former Massachusetts governor used the issue to distinguish himself from other candidates, and bolster his right-wing bona fides. Over the weekend, at a Harvard post-election forum, Romney campaign chief Matt Rhoades acknowledged that was a mistake:

    When asked directly whether Mr. Romney regretted tacking to the right on immigration to appeal to conservative primary voters, the room fell silent.

    Stuart Stevens, a senior strategist to Mr. Romney, shook his head no. But after pausing for several seconds, Mr. Rhoades said, “I regret that.”

    He went on to explain that the campaign, in hindsight, had been too worried about a potential threat from Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who jumped into the race to challenge Mr. Romney as the jobs-and-economy candidate.

    The obvious counter factual is that if Romney had kept a more moderate course on immigration — and avoided policies like “self-deportation” — he might have improved his standing with Latino voters, who made a crucial difference in key states like Colorado, Florida and Nevada. And of course, it’s this counter-factual which animates the new Republican effort to find an acceptable medium on immigration reform.

    But how important were Latino voters in making the difference between victory and defeat for Romney?

    So far, Obama leads the popular vote by 3.6 points, 50.9 percent to 47.3 percent. And overall, according to exit polls, Latinos represented 10 percent of the electorate, or just over 12 and a half million voters. For Romney to make his popular vote gap through Hispanics alone, he’d have to win an additional 4.5 million votes on top of his current share, for a total of 7.9 million votes, or 63 percent of the Latino vote.

    • trose1

      This article is interesting.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- — – -LOL- – –CAN we jus’ say that the RE-THUCKERS R IN- — – DISARRAY!!- — LOL- – —

    – – These Four Republicans Want You To Believe Boehner’s Fiscal Showdown Proposal Is A Compromise– —

    – – – –Rep. John Boehner’s (R-OH) proposal to avert the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is far from moderate: He refuses to consider taxing millionaires, he wants to raise the payroll tax, and his plan to raise revenue is similar to the detail-free ideas of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On top of all that, the namesake of his plan — economics heavyweight Erskine Bowles — rejected the title, saying that the plan wasn’t centrist enough.

    But that isn’t stopping some far-right organizations and members of Congress from rejecting the proposal. A few Republicans have come out against the Boehner plan, either as an attempt to try to make the Speaker look moderate when he’s not, or as a way of evincing a personal vendetta. Here are four Republicans calling Boehner’s plan a cave on the fiscal showdown:

    – — – Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS): The freshman Congressman from Kansas might be harboring some personal feelings against GOP leadership right now: Huelskamp was just taken off of the budget committee for having opposed leadership too many times.
    – – –SNIP– –

    – – –In fact, there’s no compromise in Boehner’s plan at all, just a vague promise to find a method of increasing revenue. It cuts deeply from social programs while sparing top earners from any additional taxes. Indeed, every potential olive branch extended by Republicans has been nothing more than a bait and switch, signaling to the public that Republicans are willing to play a fair game, but without any actual proposals to go along with the gesture.

    THEY jus’ — -PLAYIIN’ 2 their OWN AGENDA!- —STOOPID LOSERS!! geesh!!

  • Miranda

    Boehner Backlash Begins on Right Over Fiscal Cliff

    Conservative groups tongue-lash speaker for fiscal cliff proposal.

    Scoot over Democrats. The Far Right is launching its own attacks against Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal-cliff counter proposal—a sign that unrest could be brewing within his House GOP Conference.

    “Sadly, this plan leaves conservatives wanting,” declared Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group partially backed by billionaires David and Charles Koch, in a statement on Monday.

    Meanwhile, Heritage Action, the Heritage Foundation’s lobbying wing, alerted its members in an e-mail: “Not only are Republican leaders asking their members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people, but they appear unwilling to fight for the bold entitlement reforms that won them the House in 2010.”

    more here:

  • Miranda

    *snicker*…this lil bitch. He wants so badly to call PBO “boy”

    Norquist To MSNBC: Obama ‘Thinks Somebody Made Him King,’ Doesn’t Know ‘Where He Stands In The Universe’

    • Daltex82

      Someone should offer him some cheese to go with the Whine!

      • If that is not the clearest indicator that Norquist’s power is fading and its got him panicky I don’t know what is.

    • He looks like he has a stench.

      • Miranda

        He looks like he IS a stench.

    • rikyrah

      Deaniac has written some good pieces on Grover’s fall.

  • Miranda

    ‘White Student Union’ tests college’s boundaries

    An American university student is working to create the country’s first white student union, triggering debate over the limits of free speech.

    “White culture is dying,” Matthew Heimbach, 21, lamented as he distributed flyers on campus denouncing the building of a mosque near Towson University, where he is in his last year.

    “Every other single group has a union — Jewish, black. Why don’t white students get equal treatment?” said the tall, slightly heavy history major wearing a khaki jacket and a “sons of liberty” T-shirt.

    more here

  • creolechild

    Mitch McConnell Supported Filibuster Reform in 2005 To Boost Republican Judges

    Senator Harry Reid wants to reform the filibuster rule that won’t get rid of it, but will actually make it a real rule again. McConnell is calling it a massive power grab and says he’s defending minority rights.[….]

    Ezra Klein writes this about McConnell’s biggest whoppers about the filibuster: As Senate whip, McConnell was a key player in the GOP’s 2005 effort to change the filibuster rules using — you guessed it — 51 votes. As he said at the time, “This is not the first time a minority of Senators has upset a Senate tradition or practice, and the current Senate majority intends to do what the majority in the Senate has often done–use its constitutional authority under article I, section 5, to reform Senate procedure by a simple majority vote.” [….]

    Read more:

    H/T John Amato

  • Town

    Where’s Smiley and West? No events to show

  • creolechild

    Auto sales hit fastest pace since January 2008

    US auto sales posted their fastest clip since January 2008 amid an improving economic outlook and demand for replacement vehicles following the devastating Hurricane Sandy. Total industry sales in November were up 15 percent from a year earlier and came in at an adjusted, annualized rate of 15.5 million vehicles, according to Autodata.

    Honda led the pack with a 39 percent gain that drove its best ever November results. Rivals Chrysler, Ford and GM managed to post their best Novembers in years with more modest but still solid growth.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • Miranda


    Poll: Herman Cain tops Saxby Chambliss in primary

    Herman Cain would crush Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Republican primary if the pizza mogul were to run in 2014, according to a poll released Tuesday.

    Cain led Chambliss (R-Ga.) 50 percent to 36 percent in a survey from Public Policy Polling.

    Read more:

  • creolechild

    Ghana will soon be home to the largest solar farm in Africa

    The marker on this map shows the location of Aiwiaso, Ghana, a town small enough that one could count the number of buildings within it in short order. And, if all goes according to plan, it will in 2015 be the location of the fourth-largest solar photovoltaic plant in the world and the largest in Africa. From The Guardian:

    Blue Energy, the renewable energy developer behind the $400m project, which has built a solar farm 31 times smaller outside Swindon, [England,] said the 155MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will be fully operational by October 2015. Construction on the Nzema project is due to begin near the village of Aiwiaso in western Ghana by the end of 2013, with the installation of some 630,000 PV modules.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Philip Bump

    • rikyrah

      This is so cool

  • creolechild

    Obama Uses Twitter to Explain to Republicans Why Their Deficit Plan Is a Fail

    In an hour long Twitter chat, President Obama took questions from a few Republicans and explained to their why their approach to the fiscal cliff won’t work. Obama took 7 politically themed questions, and one sports question, during the chat and nearly half of them brought up the Republican deficit reduction through spending approach. Here are the questions followed by the president’s answers:[….]

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    H/T Jason Easley

  • creolechild

    5 states to increase class time in some schools

    Five states announced Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.

    The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools – especially those that serve low-income communities. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Josh Lederman

  • GreenLadyHere

    LEAVE of ALL of WHAT USTA B – – – -thheir- – -SENSES???- –


    – – —Nearly Half Of Republicans Believe Defunct Organization Stole The Election For Obama– —

    – – – –<iForty nine percent of Republicans believe that President Obama won reelection thanks to the allegedly illegal work of a group that no longer exists, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.

    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was at the center of anti-Obama energy in 2008, when Republicans cited some faulty registration forms obtained by ACORN as proof of voter fraud.- -SNIP- –

    – – —But in 2010, ACORN filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, putting an end to the community organizing effort altogether. Still, the fact that ACORN no longer exists hasn’t stopped the group from serving its role as scapegoat. Fifty two percent of Republicans blamed ACORN for Obama’s win in 2008, saying that they “stole” the election for him. That number only dropped by 3 percent, and 49 percent blame ACORN this time around.


    Annnd THEY wanna “run the country?? —OMG!! LOL!

  • creolechild

    Obamacare Has Saved Seniors $5 Billion On Prescription Drugs

    Despite the fact that the cost of brand name drugs has skyrocketed over the past few years, one Obamacare provision is helping seniors on Medicare save billions on their prescription drug costs.[….]

    Today, the Obama Administration announced that their updated data shows seniors’ savings have now surpassed $5 billion, as nearly 2.8 million Americans have saved an average of $677 on their prescription medications so far this year. And recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that the cost of closing the donut hole and extending coverage for additional prescription drugs won’t be as high as initial estimates predicted.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    UBS Near $450 Million Settlement with U.S., U.K. Over Libor

    Swiss bank UBS AG (UBS) is expected to pay more than $450 million to U.S. and British authorities to settle claims some of its employees submitted false Libor rates, the New York Times reported. In June, British bank Barclays Plc (BCS) was fined $453 million for manipulating Libor benchmark interest rates, becoming the first bank to settle in the ongoing probe, prompting the resignation of its chairman and chief executive.[….]

    Read more:

  • GreenLadyHere


    – — –Top Pennsylvania GOP Lawmaker Proposes New Election Rigging Scheme— – –

    – – – –Last year, Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R) was one of the leading proponents of a plan to rig the Electoral College for Mitt Romney by allocating the state’s electoral votes by congressional district rather than awarding them to the overall winner of the state. Had Pileggi’s election-rigging proposal been in effect last month, Romney would have likely received 13 of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, despite losing the state by more than 5 percentage points. The election rigging plan eventually died, however, due to concerns from House Republicans that it might cause the Obama campaign to shift resources to their districts and cost them their seats.

    Pileggi is not giving up, however, and he’s now backing a slightly modified scheme to rig the 2016 election for Republicans:

    – – —- SNIP – —

    – — — The reason for this proposal is clear. Pennsylvania is a blue state that voted for the Democratic candidate in every single presidential race for the last two decades. So Pileggi’s plan is nothing more than a proposal to steal electoral votes that are overwhelmingly likely to be awarded to the Democratic candidate under the current system and give them away to the Republican candidate.– – –

    – – -LOL- – -GUESS DEY di–ent KNOW- – —


    – – –Annnnd- — -IT DI-ENT!!! – –LOL- – –

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!