December 20, 2014
Pragmatic Obots Unite
Shooting down firebaggers & teabaggers one truth at a time...
The Christmas Jam!
How awesome is it that “Backdoor Santa” is the sampled track in this song? That in itself makes it a classic.
Oh wow, I just realized that! Yep, this is a classic X 2!!
Federal Reserve announces unprecedented steps to bolster the economy Wednesday
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will take
unprecedented steps to bolster the economy, saying it will continue to
stimulate growth unless the unemployment rate falls to 6.5 percent or the
inflation rate reaches 2.5 percent.
It was a historic move that for the first time explicitly spells out the Fed’s goals for the economy
and how it will respond to changing economic conditions. The Fed says
it will also begin purchasing $45 billion in Treasury bonds a month,
on top of $40 billion a month it is already buying in mortgage bonds.
The statement amounts to a major new commitment to reducing
unemployment but also shows that Fed officials remain concerned about
the long-term prospects for the U.S. economy.
Read more at:
Great news! Clear commitment to full employment (3-5% range) vs. the GOP crap about the “Natural Rate of Employment” or even worse, dropping the dual mandate to only keeping inflation down.
Dr. Rice was just on Andrea Mitchell re: UN Security Council (UNSC) condemnation of North Korea. She responded to one question: “As you know, I don’t negotiate the text in public.”
Yeah that’s my jam!
OK! *does the Wop*
LOL! Werk it Sepia!
Former Romney Adviser Hit By Falling Object On CNBC Set http://www.mediaite.com/tv/former-romney-adviser-hit-by-falling-object-on-cnbc-set/
Booking my ticket on the Hell Express right now because I’m LMAO and make no apologies for it.
Ya lyin on TV
that banner you did not see
Maybe God is…tryna tell ya sumthin……
Ya lyin bout the fed
and got hit upside the head
Maybe God is…tryna tell ya sumthin
Mary don’t u weep!
Good – it’s that loathsome Glenn Hubbard, who wants to destroy (gong) “The Welfare State.”
*snicker*…..dang she messy. For the RHOA guilty pleasure fans:
Kenya Moore Responds to ‘Fake Relationship’ Rumors, Calls Walter ‘Hateful’
You didn’t think the former Miss USA herself was going down without a fight in the current battle brewing between her and her TV flame Walter Jackson.
Jackson this week aired the truth behind he and Kenya’s romance, claiming on a local Atlanta radio station that it was a “fake relationship” designed by Kenya just for TV.
Moore released an official statement denying the claim, it reads:
“The truth is and has always been that I want to be in a loving, honest, long-term relationship with someone who genuinely loves me for me — Walter’s recent statements are completely false. I am embarrassed that I allowed a deceitful and hateful person in my life.
told you she was crazy
Wendy Williams said she thinks Kenya lied and that the rumor was that Bravo wouldn’t let her on the show unless she had a man:
Good Afternoon ,iranda/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG** :>) – –
– –Ohhh — WHAT a — -FESTIVE – -FUN SONG – -of da SEASON :>) – -THANKS :>)
– – -MR. PRESIDENT is MEETIN’ with SUCCESS – – -on his “ECONOMIC PLAN -TOUR” – – -Woo! Hoo! – —
– — – -Obama Has Convinced Nearly Half of Republicans to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy - –
– – – – -President Obama has so convincingly won the message war on taxes that according to new Bloomberg poll, nearly half of Republicans support raising taxes on the wealthy.
The Bloomberg poll found that Obama’s job approval rating (53%) is now at its highest level since December 2009. Two to one majorities support the president’s position on protecting Medicare and Social Security. This result pretty much obliterates the Republican talking point that the Romney/Ryan campaign gave Republicans some sort of victory on entitlements.
– — SNIP – – — –
–President Obama has been delivering the simple, clear, and consistent message that the top earners are paying too little in taxes. Mitt Romney tried to campaign on protecting the “job creators,” and was routed. John Boehner did more damage to his own party yesterday by again refusing to raise taxes on the rich.
-Obama has so thoroughly won the message war on taxes that if this fiscal cliff dispute lingers for a few more weeks, he might even have a majority of Republicans on his side.
– – -The Bloomberg poll raises the question exactly who are the congressional Republicans representing with their position on taxes? They aren’t representing the majority of the American people. They aren’t representing small business owners as they like to claim. It seems that the only people they are representing are conservative millionaires and billionaires and right wing tax zealots like Grover Norquist.
THERE IS MORE. – —
– – — – –CONGRATULATIONS – –MR. PRESIDENT – -4 YOUR –LEADERSHIP!! – – –BLESS U. :>) – – -
TPM: As Michigan Republicans pushed their controversial right to work legislation another step forward Tuesday, organized labor’s promise not to go quietly was realized.
…. labor groups say they’ve found a way to unwind the Michigan Republicans’ attempt to write the law in a way that makes it impossible to be overturned at the ballot box …. A high-ranking labor source told TPM unions are ready to turn Michigan into the next Ohio.
“If this bill is signed today, it will be Thunderdome for Governor Snyder and Michigan for the next two years,” the official said. “There are multiple options for a referendum, for the voters to have their say on this issue and all options are on the table, the fight is far from over.”
December 11, 2012, 3:33 pm165 Comments
Delusions of Wisdom
Both Jonathan Chait and Charles Pierce have a field day with a Politico piece titled, without a hint of irony, Crafting a boom economy. In said piece they talk to various Very Serious People, and divine the insider consensus on What Must Be Done — which mainly seems to involve, naturally, cutting Social Security and Medicare while reducing corporate tax rates.
What I find remarkable about this piece is that after everything that has happened these past five years or so, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen still take it for granted that these people actually know what they’re talking about; the whole premise of the article is that the insiders really do have the key, not just to good policy, but to achieving a dramatic rise in the growth rate.
The whole theme of the Politico piece is that great things would happen if only the insiders could override all this messy democracy stuff. But the real lesson is that those insiders are not only self-dealing, but profoundly ignorant and wrong-headed. It’s too bad that so many journalists still can’t see that.
- – – –MERRY CHRISTMAS :>) –Gotta “bounce” 4 a minute. MISSIN U/CARRYIN’ U – –IN MY ♥ – –
Looks like we’re stuck with GOP game playing on debt limit
Posted by Jamelle Bouie on December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am
Over the last 24 hours, the White House and House Speaker John Boehner have traded proposals on the fiscal cliff. The most recent one from Obama involves $1.4 trillion in revenue — down from the original $1.6 trillion — and $200 billion more in spending cuts, bringing the total to $600 billion.
What hasn’t changed, however, is the administration’s original offer on the debt ceiling.
The mechanism proposed by the president requires him to notify Congress that he needs an increase in the debt limit. The increase wouldn’t need Congressional passage, but Congress could vote to disapprove, which the president could then veto. The country continues to pay its debts, opponents can vote against it, and everyone walks away satisfied.
Republicans immediately rejected this proposal, despite the fact that it was crafted, originally, by Mitch McConnell. Instead, GOP leaders insist on making the mistakes of last year, and using the debt ceiling as leverage for further spending cuts. CNN reports, for example, that John Boehner has not budged on the debt ceiling, saying that any increase must be matched by equivalent spending cuts. His allies in the Senate agree. Says Lindsey Graham of Obama’s proposal: “That’s going nowhere. He’s not king. He’s president.”
SMH…….really Jemele? You just had to write this huh? really?
Wozniacki’s impersonation of Serena wasn’t racist
By Jemele Hill
But the curves are something that many black women embrace. In a recent survey conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, 66 percent of black women identified as obese by the government standard had high self-esteem compared to just 41 percent of average-sized or thin white women.
Black women love their curves.
Who cares if someone makes fun of them?
Well, guess what Jemele? Black people…we love our Black skin. We embrace our full lips.
But if a white person paints their face black and their lips pink to make fun of us, it won’t end well.
If it was mean-spirited, as was the case with this, yeah I happen to care
Exactly; and there’s a big difference between not letting haters get under one’s skin versus trying to repackage haterism and gross disrespect as somehow okay. I don’t care if it wasn’t mean-spirited. The habitual line-stepping and disrespect that has been rampant is going to get called out.
What’s odd to me is that Serena didn’t take offense to it and that chick is her friend (so says the media)! I’m quite surprised, if that’s true.
HEEY BoomerGal. ***BIG HUG :>)
– – -RESPECTFULLY: – —
– – -Ummmm. . . – –I ‘ON’T thank that – “Common” is ’round much – – -NOW. – –
Annnd – -I would have no doubt believin’ that she and da WANCH -“hang” annnd “play” like dat. – -.
YES — -She hasn’t 4-gotten da –“C-walk” – –BUT – –she’s been outta Compton 4 some time now.
BUT – -NONE of THIS EXCUSES dat WANCH’s – -BLACK BODY –MINSTREL SHOW!! – -SHE was OFFENSIVE 2 a LARGER AUDIENCE than Ms. Serena!!
Annnd – – SHE HASTA B MADE 2 APOLOGIZE — annnd 2 “CEASE annnd DESIST”!!! – -IMHO.
Good 2 C U BoomerGal. :>)
I told u we will need the lawn jockey soon.
HEEY trose1. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
***runnin’ – – -outta breath –2 get 2 my post*** -LOL
— -WHEW LAWD!! :>) – –
THIS is hard work. LOL
Good 2 C U trose1♥
Thank u! keep it close cause they are showing up everywhere to excuse racism
Looks like the link is broken GLH. (Hope you are feeling well,)
If I were Serena I wouldn’t take offense either.
I would not be angry at my friend; I would laugh and embrace her…only then would she feel the shiv slip between her ribs….
I bet if she was suddenly swarmed by people by people making fun of her, she’d be singing a different tune.
One of the big issues going on right now in terms of a massive amount of disrespect being aimed at us from left, right, and center is the new media negroes who co-sign a lot of the madness even while presenting themselves as a black intellectual elite. As you note, her argument makes absolutely no sense.
One of the big issues going on right now in terms of a massive amount of disrespect being aimed at us from left, right, and center is the new media negroes who co-sign a lot of the madnes
This right here!
They have to make their corporate masters feel better. If a Black woman says it is not racism then it is not racism. EASY
Who cares: Those of us raising daughters not to have esteem issues and to love their own skin and recognize Serena as the tennis shero she is. Thats who cares.
LIKE! LIKE! LIKE! (I don’t have a functioning “like button” today)
And those of us with grandchildren as well.
HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
— – -A STR8 –“Father of the Year” — -statement. :>)
Good on U. :>) – -A BLESSED daughter – -“growin’ up.” – – -:>)
Good 2 C U. :>) – – –
‘Scuse me y’all…
Bitch there’s a DIFFERENCE between curves and being obese. And for your information not every woman–no matter what tone of skin their bodies inhabit–wants to look like a 10-year-old child. Okay? So, get your facts straight or just do everyone a big favor and keep your mouth shut!
The animosity and sheer level of stupidity that’s being directed towards black women is really working on my last nerve, as can seen by the fact that I’m cussing a bit more than usual. Imma have a seat now before I have to start digging around for change to put in the jar at my house that’s been set aside especially for the things that come out of my mouth when I get mad.
LOL! “The Swear Jar”….brings back memories. One time when I had a huge melt down my youngest said:
“Mama, I think you owe about $5.
http://stjohnscommunity.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/campfire.jpg?w=300&h=283 to the bonfire you go jemele!!!
I told GLH we are going to need that lawn jockey picture. The Aunt Jemimah’s and Uncle Ben’s have been released.
I believe Tom Hanks will get the call.
Who Will Play Mitt Romney? HBO Planning ‘Game Change’ Sequel ‘Double Down’ About 2012 Election
Jay Roach and Danny Strong have found their niche at HBO with political dramas. The director and writer first paired on “Recount” about the hotly contested 2000 election, and they followed it up this year with “Game Change,” which focused on the McCain/Palin ticket of 2008. And while they aren’t officially signed yet, you can imagine that the network will be giving their agents a ring as they develop “Double Down,” a film about this year’s election.
Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who penned “Game Change,” are hard at work on the follow-up book optioned by HBO, but you might wondering, where’s the drama in this year’s race? There was no Palin-esque figure around which to pivot a narrative, but for those that followed closely, there was plenty going on behind the scenes. Politico in particular did a great job of dissecting the Romney campaign, the internal strife and the failure to capitalize on winning the first debate. Those articles are both great reads, and they really examine how gradually it all fell apart for the Republican nominee.
But of course, the big question is who will play Romney. If you saw “Game Change” you’ll know Barack Obama was kept off camera, so we’d guess the same approach will be used here. Any suggestions? [THR]
no…the person playing Willard has to be able to do human oil slick.
I’ll think about it.
Can’t wait to see this. lmao at the title.
Tom Hanks could play him. He could do the pained smile, the awkward singing, the rude greetings (7 eleven cookies), being led off stage by Ann, the callous dismissal of the 47% . . . oh yeah.
And please oh please let Samuel L. Jackson make the cameo as Herman Cain! I bet he would do it for free! LOL
Mike Tyson! He’s already auditioned. He was hilarious.
Josh Brolin. He’s got the good looks and can be cold and terrifying IMO.
YOU are on the money. Josh can play oil slick
Josh Brolin would be great. Yes.
Problem is, Romney doesn’t have the “good looks.”
Romney is not actually a bad looking man.* It’s just that he is so manufactured, like a Ken Doll or something out of Central Casting. The hair, sprayed perfectly in place and dyed just so…in an ombre effect graduating from black down to white at the sideburns and nape.
The perfectly tailored clothing. The stiff speech. Nothing out of place.
That’s why it was so shocking to many to see that photo of Romney looking rumpled and disheveled pumping gas at the station, hair going every which a way, clothing wrinkled and messy. Even at the Pacquiao fight he had dark circles under his eyes and limp hair.
Whoever plays Romney must capture that Central Casting Mr. Perfect image. It’s essential to the Romney character.
*Ann Romney is not a bad looking lady either, she’s actually quite attractive. However her styling, sneers and constant bitchface made her unattractive. And while Mitt & Ann might look halfway decent, their kids…o_0
Their disposition kinda’ reminds of the Beatles’ song, Strawberry Fields.
Let me take you down ‘cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hungabout
Strawberry Fields forever
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down
‘cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hungabout
Strawberry Fields forever
No one I think is in my tree[Is it the right height, Mitt?]
I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t you know tune in
But it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad
Let me take you down
‘cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hungabout
Strawberry Fields forever
Miranda Richardson as Ann Romney.
Town is right.
Willard is out of central casting.
Oil slick doesn’t really cover him.
Too chisled to be true with an underlying vibe of sociopath – that’s Willard.
Think Don Draper with 10 years on him.
I’m trying to think of an actor in that age range: Jon Hamm is 10 years too young to play Willard.
Hamm is a pretty good actor though–he has credibly done James Mason impersonation as well as a female med tech from the islands. All he would need is good makeup and I think he would nail. Heck, Ed Harris played The Mack Daddy and he is way younger. The only reason I don’t want Hamm to do it is because Mittens wants to be thought of as Don and Miss Ann wants to be Betty. I want her to be played by someone more in her cohort–Judith Light, maybe.
More on Rhonda Lee’s firing from KTBS:
Randy Bain, KTBS news director, pointed to a memo emailed to staff members on Aug. 30. Lee told Journal-isms Wednesday, however, that the memo referred to viewer complaints, and she viewed the Facebook message as a comment, not a complaint. In any case, Lee said, while she does not deny its existence, “That’s the first I’m hearing of this memo.”
Bain issued the following late Tuesday:
“Typically this station does not comment on personnel matters, but due to the publicity and interest about this issue, the station has included the following statement.
“On November 28, 2012, KTBS dismissed two employees for repeated violation of the station’s written procedure. We can confirm that Rhonda Lee was one of the employees. Another employee was a white male reporter who was an eight year veteran of the station. The policy they violated provided a specific procedure for responding to viewer comments on the official KTBS Facebook page. Included is an email that was sent to all news department employees informing them of this procedure. This procedure is based on advice from national experts and commonly used by national broadcast and cable networks and local television stations across the country.
“Unfortunately, television personalities have long been subject to harsh criticism and negative viewer comments about their appearance and performance. If harsh viewer comments are posted on the station’s official website, there is a specific procedure to follow.
“Ms. Rhonda Lee was let go for repeatedly violating that procedure and after being warned multiple times of the consequences if her behavior continued. Rhonda Lee was not dismissed for her appearance or defending her appearance. She was fired for continuing to violate company procedure.”
I hope she has a damn good lawyer.
Obama’s pollster: Republicans have a tolerance problem
Obama’s campaign pollster, Joel Benenson, says the Republican challenge goes beyond the Latino vote, extending to anyone who isn’t white and thinks differently from party orthodoxy.
But to Joel Benenson, Mr. Obama’s campaign pollster, the GOP’s problem is bigger than Latinos and immigration.
“The Republican Party has a tolerance problem,” Mr. Benenson told reporters Wednesday at a session hosted by Third Way, a centrist Democratic group. “I think when you define people who look differently than you as illegal aliens, and use that term over and over again, and talk about self-deporting them, that’s a tolerance issue.”
The “looking different” issue, Benenson adds, also helps explain why Asian-Americans voted for Mr. Obama over Mr. Romney by an even wider margin than Latinos, 76 percent to 23 percent. He suggests that the Obama campaign’s message on investment – in education, in building a future through hard work –also won Asian-American votes.
But the tolerance issue, he says, goes beyond race and ethnicity – it goes to issues.
“When you call people who believe in global warming ‘job-killers,’ you have a tolerance problem,” Benenson says.
Black, Asian, Latino, gay, women, young…people could HEAR the whistles loud and clear.
I know. We (and I mean everyone who isn’t White), heard ALL that disrespect. We kept it quiet and made our feelings known November 6th
Rikyrah, I agree with you, I would, however, like to add that there were PLENTY of white folks who heard that shit too.
I have a girlfriend who would get more upset than I did. I had to explain to her that, while I knew it was hateful, I’d be dead of a heart attack if I reacted to every racist, sexist dogwhistle that was blown by the Rethugs. DEAD.
You reap what you sow is a law as real as gravity. They will have to address their adherence to the Southern Strategy. Republicans will not thrive until they disown their white supremacist element. Its gonna be painful and I so grateful that I’m alive to watch.
Occasionally I wonder what’s rolling thru Pat Buchanan’s head these days. Karma can be a bitch.
ok my reality-tv watchers….
for this title alone….it should get at least one viewing.
premiering tonight on Discovery Channel:
I heard about this show and was like..
it took 10 minutes before my co-workers convinced me they weren’t lying to me.
Right up my alley. Thanks and terrorist fist bumps for the head’s up.
I’ve got it set to record!
Thanks for the reminder! I have to watch this at least once. I wonder if they compost the bodies or just feed them to the hogs since they don’t have any Pine Barrens for body disposal?
Okay, I know…..
I’ve got to check this out.
“That’s a nice churn you got there…be a shame something happened to it.”
ROFL – you’re a mess!
Admiral! – -Admiral! – -Admiral! – — LOL 0***BIG HUG* :>)
Annnnnd U R outta the “BAD LOUNGE” – – -because?????. .
– — –>***Down the hall annnnd turn LEFT *** – – -LOL.
Good 2 C U – -Admiral. LOL – – -:>)
a fake scripted re-enactment show, smdh,
this is what the discovery channel is now?
No…this really isn’t The Onion.
Karl Rove’s New Obama Ad Trumpets ‘Us Vs. Them’
In a new ad, “Over,” launched by the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS super PAC, the narrator declares to President Barack Obama, “The time for politics has ended.” A political strategist is using his political action committee to stress that now is not the time for politics. Isn’t that something? Why don’t I go to Popeye’s, order myself a six-piece crispy strips meal with cajun fries, then walk around screaming, “Eat healthy!!!”
The initial buy for the “Over” ad is reportedly $500,000, with it reportedly airing on various cable stations across the country, plus the local market in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In a statement about the ad, Crossroads GPS President and CEO Steven Law claims:
The White House has shown it is not serious about the debt, as it has yet to propose significant spending cuts to go along with its massive proposed tax hikes. Serious revenue concessions have been made, but Obama won’t take yes for an answer.
Hey, if they want to flush their money down the toilet I won’t stop them.
LIKE! (no working “like button”)
I say let them spend it all on caca & I will kindly hand them a small square of toilet paper for wiping! It is the Season & sometimes I CAN be nice, lol.
The unbelievable part in that story is that someone gave that mofo another 500k for ads.
There’s one born every minute.
Re: the article in the morning thread about Van Jones claiming that in 20 years anyone in their right f-ing mind will be doing anything but giving massive props to President Obama–he is one example of several in terms of how lefty media “personalities” use a purity hustle to misinform their readers and viewers just as much as FoxNews misinforms that viewership. Just as with HCR, they are LYING about what President Obama has delivered in terms of green energy and environmental advancements, setting a standard of perfection and moving goal posts.
If Mr. Jones wants to speculate about future generations, I think that they’ll wonder why the lefty media was so ineffective with respect to challenging far right propaganda and made the ultra-stupid mistake of simply co-signing dishonesty and sensationalism as supposedly legitimately techniques for activism. And the smartest amongst them will realize that the left was immeasurably weakened by the agendas of media whores and careerists.
LIKE! I don’t have a working “like button” so I have to do it this way.
Also something that no one is talking about too much, except the Repugs who tried to block it, is the greening of the military. Bases are going solar & wind big time & the Navy is working at extracting fuel from algae. This is all PBO’s vision & doing.
The military is a big energy consumer & I have read that they have reduced consumption by as much as 30% & expect to do even more in the next few years.
And more…I read that our next generation of space shuttle will use solar power to reduce fuel & keep it in orbit for over a year.
That’s green science, bebe!
Great comment, AG! The knowledge you just dropped is the type of info which isn’t discussed enough and would be all over a non-dysfunctional lefty media’s airwaves.
Just a tid bit more…
Shortly after PBO took office, one thing he told DOD was “reduce energy consumption”
No matter how you feel about our military, once they are given a mission, they go for it! Along with every thing else they have to do, reducing energy use has been a big deal. Bases have actually been competing to see how than can green their energy use.
I so love my Prez!
*Like* Great info, AG. I didn’t know this.
Heck, folks overseas have informed more than this so-called media…o_O
Track Palin, oldest child of former Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, and wife file for divorce
Love to see how Snowball Snookie spins this one. Oh wait, she’ll blame it on the “lamestream media” or try to find some way to blame PBO.
I thought he just got married last year? Oh well, easy come, easy go.
And Please! “Track?”…..is that his real name? I’m surprised her children don’t sue her for cruel & inhuman punishment for naming them like that.
This is from the same ho who named her last child Trig (TRIsomy–G —Down Syndrome).
Please tell that’s not why she named that child Trig.
OMG, I didn’t know that’s where the name came from. It’s like she has assigned that diagnosis to be the most important feature in her relationship with her son.
I continue to feel sad for the Palin children. Their odds for ending up sane and happy are slim and none.
This is for real? I could cry.
OMG! I’m breathless & I may have to get my inhaler! That is just pure evil!
It was a shotgun wedding. She tried to use her bouquet to hide the bump, as I recall.
Were they ever really married in the first place?
The Trayvon bashing continues.. no matter how they try and pretend they aren’t bashing him, this editorial choice of a headline says it all. I guess when Zimmerman didn’t get his wish from the judge to be relieved of his monitor, there had to be some backlash. SMH.
Trayvon Martin: Typical teen or troublemaker?
fuck all these mofos
I’m reminded of a heffa I had to take down online about Sean Taylor’s murder. She was trying to be all “when you lead those sort of lifestyles…” to which I asked if that meant he deserved to be killed to die. They have to define even our last breath to their liking, it would appear.
Hatred in America…coming to a city or town near you. (sigh)
Just beyond words. Beyond despicable.
miranda – – – -2 Yamiche Alcindor, [writer] — – –
Thank U 4 DEMONSTRATIN': –
– -ALL OUR SKIN FOLK – — -AIN’T OUR – – -KINFOLK!! – –
U couldn’t let him – -RIHEP?? – — –geesh!!! – – – –
Re-posting this article from a while back that covers another aspect of PBO’s vision for green energy and environmental policies.
President Obama and the forgotten urban agenda
[….] The thumbnail version is this: Under President Obama, key federal agencies have begun to shift away from subsidizing suburban sprawl and toward reviving cities and creating dense, walkable, transit-friendly communities. Obama has put smart-growthers and new urbanists in key positions, begun to realign government agencies to prioritize sustainability, and launched partnerships and initiatives that one Bush administration veteran calls “mind blowing” — in a good way. Even Obama’s allies agree, however, that serious reform may have to wait for a second term.[….]
Obama’s most farsighted effort — and the one that best illustrates what he’s up against — is the Sustainable Communities Initiative, which brings together the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to decide where government development dollars are best spent. How sensible, you’re thinking — let’s get the people who build the roads (or train lines or bike lanes) together with those that oversee housing and development policy, and toss in the people charged with making sure that we don’t create a mess of the environment in the process. But this wasn’t happening before.[….]
Read more: http://grist.org/cities/president-obama-and-the-forgotten-urban-agenda/
H/T Greg Hanscom
This is SO great. My town is working on a blueways-greenways-bikeways project. Of course, last year, the tea partiers raised
hell at the Planning Committee meetings about Agenda 21. Sigh
One of the best things Ken Salazar did for Colorado back in the day was the “green spaces/open spaces concept” for new communities & even in urban areas of Denver that were undergoing renewal. There’s hardly anywhere even in the city that doesn’t have a space nearby where you can walk & enjoy the outdoors.
And just a btw, but CO has one of the lowest obesity rates in the US.
That sounds wonderful, AG. People look at you like you’re homeless if you walk and write articles in the paper complaining about bike riders. (eye roll).
My neighbor and I have been walking 2-4 days a week for the past 4 years; fortunately we have great walking areas in the subdivisions behind our respective homes.
LOL! That reminds me of when I lived in Mississippi in a small town & would walk around. People did look at me funny until they got used to me.
I’ve always been a great walker. I really enjoy it. I swear walking saved me from going completely loco when my Mama died. Whenever the grief got to be just too much I would walk. It helped me.
lol, yeah, okay dude (h/t utaustin/nerdywonka):
Mitch McConnell: “We don’t have a rules problem around here; we have an attitude problem around here.”
Yes, that n-word got a uppity attitude won’t follow our rules!…that’s what McConnell wanted to add.
Yeah, starting with his.
Yes, and start with calling the Democratic Party, not the “Democrat Party.”
It’s a willful show of disrespect. When someone mispronounces a name on purpose, or refers to another as something other than an acceptable variation of their given name, then it is done to show disrespect. And it’s so juvenile, but I guess they think they’ really doing something and sticking it to the “libs.” That’s why you see their gleam in their eyes and hear the hostility in their voices (not to mention the phlegm in their throats) whenever they get a chance to say “The Democrat Party.”
I remember when Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), when talking to the President of the United States of America, referred to “The Democrat Party.” I wanted to slap her out of the room.
I would go more Cool Hand Luke on him and note that what they seem to have is a failure to communicate.
Rev. Al’s working it. A GOP Rep. from Kansas kept saying “We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem,” and Rev. Al said, “Don’t forget you have a mandate from the people of Kansas. The middle class folks from Kansas. The ones who make less than 250K.” LOL
**fist bump*** —qosine. WATCHIN’ – – -:>) He’s gotda – -“FULL COURT PRESS” – -goin’ on!! LOL
– –BUT – – –I continue 2 B concerned ’bout his weight loss. –
-Jus’ sayin’. . . .
Yes, he’s really thin.
He might be trending toward anorexia. You know,
liking being thin so much, he just keeps going. I
think he mentioned liking losing weight so much,
he wants to keep going.
Maybe with his workout thing, he’ll seem/look less thin/healthier than in his TV suits. Plus, maybe the
camera head shots make him look thinner than he
qosine. Hmmmmmm. . Prayin’ not. :>)
Annnd the workout – – needs 2 ONLY B 4 cardio/health reasons – – -NOT weight loss. ***sigh***”
Real CONCERNED. :>)
Yes, I understand, GLH. I think about his health every time I watch his show (sigh).
Me too. He’s been looking thiner & thiner. I’ve thought he might be sick.
POUFAM♥ — –SHARIN’ – – -my PERSONAL email. – – – -LOL – –
Just moments ago, I received a call from Sen. Harry Reid’s office, confirming my position on the Senate Banking Committee in January.
I appreciate the faith that Leader Reid has put in me to take this assignment, and I am looking so forward to playing a role in Congressional oversight over big banks on Wall Street and the banking agencies in Washington. Middle class families need more watchdogs in Washington that will try to hold the big guys accountable and to stop bad deals for the American people. I’m ready to help.
Please join me in thanking Leader Harry Reid for this incredible opportunity.
– – -SNIP – —
Thank you for being a part of this, and keep fighting!
Elizabeth – – —My close personal friend. BWAHAHA. :>)
Vanessa Williams’ daughter has a new song and video out http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hGi7BR6nw94#!
Her voice is similar to Vanessa’s.
Sepia – —WOW&1/2. – – -Ms. Vanessa 2.0. :>) – —
It’s in da – –genes. :>) Good on her. :>)
Did you first see this on that website that is my guilty pleasure? That’s where I first saw it. She sounds a bit like Erykah Badu.
How do these people find the strength to get out of bed in the morning? ODS has them by the short and curlies..lol.
Stupid Right-Wing Tweets: Ron Christie Edition
[….] Atrios was right the other day — wingers have a rage addiction. So here we have Dick Cheney’s cabana boy outraged that Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday this year. That means Obama is being sworn in on January 20th, in a private ceremony, and they’ll be a public ceremony on the 21st. Just like Eisenhower did it.
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution set January 20th as the official inaugural date. Because January 20, 1957 fell on a Sunday, President Eisenhower took the oath of office for his second term in a private White House ceremony. But to be fair to Christie, Eisenhower was a Republican, which obviously makes all the difference.
Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/stupid-right-wing-tweets-ron-christie-0
H/T Blue Texan
Tom Joyner @TJMShow
2morrow morning @Michelle Obama is checking in with us at 7ct/8et with a special message for all TJMS listeners! Be sure to join us
HAHAHAHAHAHA..Help! I can’t seem to stop laughing, especially after reading reviews on Amazon where the inhabitants of wingnuttia had congregated and swore up and down that this hit piece would be the downfall of the Obama administration. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…Whew. Acting the fool is exhausting. I don’t know how they manage it on such a consistent level.~
Anti-Obama Film Denied Academy Consideration – Conspiracy Blamed
When Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama crap fest, 2016 Obama’s America, hit theaters earlier this year, rabid Republicans heralded it as the much-anticipated holy grail of truth about their favorite Kenyan born Muslim President. Passed around in tea party circles and playing nationally in theaters for almost a whole day, the film enjoyed a small but loyal following made up almost entirely of Fox News viewers. Soon after Fox quit talking about it, the film vanished from sight, till today.
Much as the fall brings autumn leaves and snow (at least here in the north), it also brings awards season and those in the film community begin jockeying for consideration for the Granddaddy of all awards, The Academy Award. Since D’Souza’s 2016 took in a whopping $33.4 million dollars during its entire theatrical run, a figure that most films can take almost a whole week to accumulate, the decision was made to ship it out to the Academy for consideration.
It was denied; the cause? You guessed it, liberal conspiracy.[….]
Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/09/anti-obama-film-denied-academy-consideration-conspiracy-blamed/
H/T David Dreher
seems as if they’re trying to push out MCB’S Dotty Wife with the ‘ rumors’ that she’s resigning from the City Council.
I am glad she stood up and said no to running for his seat.
Dotty Wife has few friends on the City Council outside of her (alleged) outside boo, Anthony Beale.
her alleged boo?
for real, sag?
That’s the word on the street! Maybe ‘boo’ is too strong a word… side-piece may be better.
can you believe that Daley’s nephew was FINALLY charged in the killing of that young man?
I had a feeling that would happen once Daley was out of office. Once Dan Webb was appointed to look into it by the courts, it was a wrap… Webb is a honey badger.
Mitchell: Group works to bring attention to Ald. Jackson’s alleged neglect of ward
BY MARY MITCHELL
firstname.lastname@example.org December 12, 2012 6:52PM
Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) has got to go.
That’s the goal of a group that is fed up with crime and mayhem in the ward
On Wednesday, Jackson squashed reports that she is contemplating resigning even though she spends much of her time in Washington, D.C.
“I am not resigning. I am here. I am working,” Jackson told reporters. I intend to finish my term unless something catastrophic happens.”
But some constituents are no longer willing to settle for a commuter alderman.
A group of South Shore residents have launched the #SackSandi campaign to focus attention on Jackson’s alleged neglect of the ward.
“If we are quiet, Jackson will think she can do anything,” said Mia Henry, an eight-year ward resident who is leading the effort. “This shouldn’t even be allowable. We have to put her on notice. A lot of people would like to see change.”
Henry said she doesn’t want to run for office. What she wants is “responsible and accountable” leadership in South Shore.
I promise to be good! Please give me back my “LIKE” button. I will even buy some extra treats for the guinea pigs that row this boat!
So many great comments & I can’t “like”…pouting!
Dear Disquis: Please release our “Like” buttons NOW!
How many times have I told you to not invoke its name.
Because I love ya’ll I’m gonna give you a laugh at my expense. My 4yr old walks into the bathroom as I am taking a shower. I get out of the shower to dry off and there she is staring at me. She says mom I got a small booty butt see. She turns around to show me as if I have not seen her little butt before. She walks behind me and says Whooooaaa mom your booty butt is big. Look mom let me show you. She takes her little arms and spreads them all the way out. According to her my ass is the size of our refrigerator.
HEEY Tafr. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
LOL- –BEYOND CUTE. — -LOL – –SADLY — –“Outta the mouths of babes.” – –LOL – –
-BUT – — -refrigerator? – – –LOL – —
THANK U 4 sharin’. – —***HUG*** :>)
ROTFLMAO!!! Thanks for this share & I’m sure your “booty butt” is perfect!
Tafr – –LOL —FOUND IT! – – -IT’s the ONE in da MIDDLE. :>_
– – –NOT BAD at all :>) – – –***HUGS***
and, OF COURSE, the one in the middle is GREEN!!! LOLOLOL
HEEY isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
LOL – – – Mere COINKYDINK!! –LOL – —
– – -That “artist” – –is my bestest friend. NOW! – -LOL —
Good 2 C U isonprize [PA.♥ Rawks. :>)]
miranda – —LOL This HEADLINE, – —LOL – —
– -Republicans Have Run Out of White Voters – – –
– – – – -Soooo – – -WHO’S NEXT in LINE? — THESE “TRANSPARENT PEOPLE?” - – -LOL – – -OK! – – -OK! – -LOL –
– – – –GOP pollster Whit Ayres and the Hispanic Leadership Network’s Jennifer Korn released a strategy memo saying that Republicans risk becoming a “regional party” if they don’t increase support among Hispanic voters.
“Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white voters, often by double-digit margins: white men, white women, white Catholics, white Protestants, white old people, white young people. Yet that was not enough to craft a national majority. Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters. For the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. Trying to win a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political proposition.”
– — -Jus’ axin’. . . . . .LOL
LOL – -miranda – – – -WHO HE? – – –Da LAST YT MAN STANDING? —LOL – – – –
Thank u. LOL —
miranda – – -Awwww – —– FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ –
– — –First lady Michelle Obama drops off 900 gifts for annual Toys for Tots drive – –
– – –First lady Michelle Obama dropped off 900 gifts yesterday as part of a Toys for Tots event in Washington, D.C. An annual drive of the Marine Corps, the campaign received the huge donation from the White House where Mrs. Obama began collecting toys for the program in 2009.
The toys were collected from residents of the White House, including President Obama and the first couple’s daughters Sasha and Malia, in addition to employees, friends and corporate donors.
“I’m very proud that the folks at the White House stepped up, and I think we have a larger contribution this year than even before,” the first lady said at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling surrounded by Marines and volunteers. “And I brought as many as I could here with me today, but we’re going to keep the drive going and keep sending it over.”
Toys for Tots was started by a Marine Corp reservist to gather and distribute gifts for children whose parents could not afford to provide them. First lady Michelle Obama used her platform at the event to encourage more Americans and corporations to contribute to the drive, which runs through mid-to-late December.
THERE IS MORE — -ALL GOOD. :>)
– — – – – -BLESS U FIRST LADY♥ -BLESS the CHILDREN annnd FAMILIES♥ —:>) – –
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
What’s actually on the table
Do you remember what many progressives did during the negotiations over health care reform? They focused all their attention on the public option while not noticing things like the Medical Loss Ratios (that limited what insurance companies could spend on administration and profits), the largest expansion of Medicaid in the program’s history, the free preventative services that caused so much controversy last year, etc.
I’m beginning to feel like Yogi Berra with a sense of deja vu all over again. Right now it seems like all the left can talk about is whether or not lowering raising of the age for Medicare eligibility will be part of the deal. Meanwhile it feels to me like we are missing both the forest and the trees.
When it comes to the trees, it sounds like the one thing President Obama HAS actually put on the table as part of the current negotiations is corporate tax reform. Part of that proposition is likely a reduction in the tax rate for corporations. But the truth is – with a top rate of 39% – the U.S. currently has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. The trouble is…most of the major corporations avoid paying much at all. For example, in 2011, the country’s 10 largest corporations paid an average 9%. And so a potential deal would mean lowering the top rate WHILE closing some of the loopholes that allow the biggest companies to avoid paying their fair share. This is a perfect area for President Obama to exploit the failure of Republicans to get into the weeds and actually work on the details. We should be paying attention to that one.
Another item that has gone almost unnoticed is that the Obama administration has taken cuts to Medicaid off the table. Given the program’s critical role in Obamacare as well as its impact on the poor and elderly, that is – as VP Biden would say – a BFD.
miranda – – –O!K! —In the midst of all that is goin’ on – – –“WHYCOME” –rachul –UNILATERALLY raised the ISSUE of the war in Afghanistan??? – —
Oh! – –Waitaminute — — –***slaps fore head*** – — – –SO SHE COULD — –
SLAM MR. PRESIDENT’s — — WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE!!! – – —I GET IT! – – –
– –SAAAAAAAA-LAP!! – – — — -I’m OK — NOW. :>)
Dang, bootleg weave? I guess there is a market for everything:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/rosenwald-md/post/hair-weaves-allegedly-stolen-in-greenbelt/2012/12/12/36767916-447d-11e2-9648-a2c323a991d6_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_buzz
dang, somebody stole my comment…
miranda — – -LOL —- Ms. Nancy tells — da “B” 2 grow a pair — – – –HAH! —
– – -Pelosi compares Boehner’s tax dilemma to her handling of Iraq war – –
– – –Congressional leaders are elected to make tough decisions, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday, and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) should be willing to risk his Speakership for the sake of securing a fiscal-cliff deal.
“That’s what we all take the job to do, to risk it for something, not to just sit in the office,” the former Speaker told reporters in the Capitol.
Pelosi compared Boehner’s dilemma in the fiscal-cliff talks to her struggles as newly elected Speaker in 2007, when she backed legislation funding the troops in Iraq in the face of a liberal base that had put the Democrats in power largely on their promise to end that war.
“I, as Speaker had to make a decision – as a Democratic Speaker with a new Democratic majority, very enthusiastic about ending the war in Iraq – to bring a bill to the floor that funded the troops,” she said.
“Do you know what it was like for me to bring a bill to the floor to fund the war in Iraq, a war predicated on a misrepresentation to the American people … in that war where the President [George W. Bush] said, ‘Don’t even think about it, we’re not changing the policy to Iraq?’
– – –THIS –:“So, it’s tough,” she said, “but you have to do it.”
THERE IS MORE. HAH!
Gooooooo -Ms. NANCY!! LOL- –
miranda – – – –Dear DISQUS: – – -LET OUR — “LIKES” – -GOOOO!- — LOL
– – –Dear POU FAM♥ G’NIGHT. :>) Annnd – -MAY U HAVE –BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. -♥ – ♥ :>) – —
– – –CONTINUE 2 PRAY 4: – – -MR. PRESIDENT as he FIGHTS 4 the –MIDDLE CLASS; – – -the STORM VICTIMS; – – -the ECONOMY/da PEOPLE; — EACH OTHER♥ – – –
– – –THIS 1 CONTINUES 2 MAKE ME SMILE. :>) – – –
– – – – – – — –UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT ♥ :>) – —– – –
Justice For Trayvon
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