September 21, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon Thread: Do You See What I See? Kids and Race

What do you see?

A white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground but what they see is often very different and what they say speaks volumes about the racial divide in America.

The pictures, designed to be ambiguous, are at the heart of a groundbreaking new study on children and race commissioned by CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. White and black kids were asked: “What’s happening in this picture?”, “Are these two children friends?” and “Would their parents like it if they were friends?” The study found a chasm between the races as young as age 6.

Teaming up with child psychologist Dr. Melanie Killen, the report scientifically explored how kids view interracial contact in their daily lives. The children, ages six and thirteen, were shown images that were designed to be ambiguous to children. “What is happening in this picture” was the starting point for interviews conducted with the group of 145 African-American and Caucasian children in six schools across three states. The report explored how children’s interpretations of the images changed when the races of the characters were switched.

 

Overall, black first-graders had far more positive interpretations of the images than white first-graders. The majority of black 6-year-olds were much more likely to say things like, “Chris is helping Alex up off the ground” versus “Chris pushed Alex off the swing.” They were also far more likely to think the children pictured are friends and to believe their parents would like them to be friends. In fact, only 38% of black children had a negative interpretation of the pictures, whereas almost double – a full 70% of white kids – felt something negative was happening.

Read the full report here.

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  • Miranda

    The sad thing is how many people would agree with this and swear its true.

    Rep. Steve King Claims Some Americans Don’t Use ‘A Dollar Worth Of Health Care’
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/04/04/457827/rep-steve-king-claims-some-americans-dont-use-a-dollar-worth-of-health-care/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • rikyrah

    This is powerful information. Thank you for this study and the video.

    In fact, only 38% of black children had a negative interpretation of the pictures, whereas almost double – a full 70% of white kids – felt something negative was happening.

    cannot be a shock in the least.

    • caribbeanobserver

      Children live through the eyes of their parents and their parents responses.

      • nellcote

        Racism is taught.

  • rikyrah

    The elusive GOP health care alternative
    By Steve Benen – Wed Apr 4, 2012 3:42 PM EDT

    .It was one of those details that was generally overlooked, but during the fight over health care reform in 2009 and 2010, congressional Republicans promised, over and over again, to come up with a GOP alternative to “Obamacare.” They weren’t just attacking the Democratic plan, they said, Republicans were committed to presenting their own meaningful solutions.

    After missing a series of self-imposed deadlines, Republican leaders slapped together a half-hearted joke — the plan largely ignored the uninsured, did nothing for those with pre-existing conditions, and offered nothing for those worried about losing coverage when it’s needed most.

    That was 28 months ago. The GOP hasn’t even tried to do any real policy work on the issue since.

    Republicans are eager for the Supreme Court to turn back the clock, undo the recent national progress, and strip Americans who’ve benefited from the Affordable Care Act of their coverage and protections, but even now, GOP officials haven’t the foggiest idea what, if anything, they’d do for struggling American families if “Obamacare” is repealed or struck down.


    A ruling striking down the health law could pose future political problems for Republicans if Americans are still unable to find affordable health insurance or if policies provide inadequate coverage.

    Republican lawmakers with experience on health care issues acknowledge that they will have to take action should the health law fall, and planning for the next steps has kicked into high gear. [...]

    “Our wheels are beginning to turn,” said Representative Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which would have a large role in developing Republican alternatives to the Obama health care law.

    Is that so. Three years after beginning work on a Republican alternative on health care reform, and two years after assuring the public that GOP policymakers will “replace” the Affordable Care Act with a credible policy after Obamacare is “repealed,” now Republicans’ “wheels are beginning to turn”?

    The point here is not to simply laugh at GOP officials’ reluctance to take policy matters seriously. Rather, the point is the larger salience for the public that couldn’t rely on the dysfunctional mess the Affordable Care Act has been cleaning up.

    As Greg Sargent explained, “Now that Obamacare’s demise is a real possibility, the question of what Republicans would do instead is no longer a symbolic one. Republicans can no longer rail about repealing Obamacare, secure in the knowledge that they don’t have to come up with anything to replace it. They may very well get their way… So again, what do Republicans … think the federal government should do for the nation’s tens of millions of uninsured? Is the answer basically ‘Nothing’?”
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/04/11021007-the-elusive-gop-health-care-alternative?lite

    • Admiral_Komack

      The GOP healthcare alternative:
      “If you are not rich (and able to help us), shut up and die, already!”

  • rikyrah

    Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 10:52 AM PDT.

    Mitt Romney manages to take both sides twice in just six sentences

    From his Wednesday speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, here’s a perfect piece of evidence demonstrating why so many people believe Mitt Romney is a dishonest political hack:

    Of course, no fiscal challenge is greater than the one we face with entitlements. As the President himself acknowledged three years ago, this is not a problem that we can kick down the road any further.

    I’d be willing to consider the President’s plan, but he doesn’t have one. That’s right: In over three years, he has failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis.

    Instead, he has taken a series of steps that end Medicare as we know it.

    He is the only President to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare.

    Consider Romney’s logic:
    1.Our biggest fiscal challenge is cutting entitlement spending
    2.Obama hasn’t offered a plan to cut entitlement spending
    3.Instead, Obama has cut entitlement spending by $500 billion, ending Medicare as we know it

    Even if you didn’t already know Romney’s claims about Medicare were dishonest, even if you didn’t know that he was the candidate to have proposed ending Medicare (in his words, “fundamentally transform Medicare”), the self-contradictions here are simply amazing.

    In the space of less than one hundred words, Mitt Romney says we need to cut entitlement spending, slams Obama for not cutting entitlement spending, and then slams Obama for cutting entitlement spending. You literally don’t need to know anything about the issue in order to see that Romney is full of crap; the internal inconsistency of his logic alone is enough.

    These are not the words of someone who is interested in doing the right thing or in being a good president. These are the words of someone whose one and only goal is advancing his own interests. He’s not interested in making a coherent argument, he’s merely interested in destroying his enemies to obtain power.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/04/1080617/-In-span-of-six-sentences-Mitt-nbsp-Romney-nbsp-takes-both-sides-twice

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/04/2012

    TheWashingtonPost

    Romney calls for more media scrutiny. We should take him up on it.
    By Greg Sargent

    Obama’s speech yesterday and Mitt Romney’s speech today can both be seen as the official kickoff of the general election campaign. Both of them shared something in common: They each made appeals to the news media on how they should cover the campaign.

    In his speech today to newspaper publishers, Romney rolled out a new line — Obama is hiding his true agenda for his next term, and it’s up to the media to draw that out:

    Nancy Pelosi famously said that we would have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. President Obama has turned that advice into a campaign strategy: He wants us to re-elect him so we can find out what he will actually do.

    With all the challenges the nation faces, this is not the time for President Obama’s hide and seek campaign….

    He does not want to share his real plans before the election, either with the public or with the press. By flexibility, he means that “what the American public doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” He is intent on hiding. You and I will have to do the seeking.

    This is particularly interesting coming from Romney, whose own plans have been called out for their lack of specificity. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently concluded that even though Romney’s propsals would “require extraordinarily large cuts” in spending, Romney has for the most part “not outlined cuts in specific programs.”

    Romney has embraced the Paul Ryan plan — the GOP’s main offering in the great fical argument that will drive the election — and Ryan’s proposals, too, were damned by the Post editorial board as dangerously and intentionally vague.

    What’s more, as Steve Benen notes, Romney recently told the Weekly Standard that he intends to eliminate whole departments of government — but won’t say which ones.

    But put that aside for a second, and let’s take Romney’s assertions at face value. Romney has invited the press corps to scrutinize how forthcoming Obama has been with his proposals. Similarly, in Obama’s discussion with the same group yesterday, he called on the media to stop seeing false equivalences between both sides.

    So I propose we honor both of the candidates’ requests — particularly Romney’s. The GOP candidate’s speech today — and Obama’s speech laying out his proposals yesterday — provide an area where news oganizations can actually try to determine what is true or not, and who is right and who is wrong.

    Romney says Obama has not been forthcoming with his proposals, and has asked the news media to expose this. So how about we make a real effort to objectively determine whether that’s true, and to make a call on which side’s proposals have been more detailed and more forthcoming? Obama’s plans, or the Romney/Ryan plans?

    After all, Romney invited this himself with his comments today. How about it, then? Which candidate’s proposals are more detailed and more forthcoming about the choices and priorities they are asking voters to support?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-calls-for-more-media-scrutiny-we-should-take-him-up-on-it/2012/04/04/gIQAionbvS_blog.html

    • nellcote

      I’d like to know why the AP chose to play “Stars and Stripes Forever” after Rmoney’s talk. It’s usually reserved for The Prez.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote — -**BIG HUG*** :>)

        THEY betta – – -FIRED the — -DJ! LOL.

      • Town

        I’d like to know why the AP chose to play “Stars and Stripes Forever” after Rmoney’s talk. It’s usually reserved for The Prez.
        ————————

        Because only white people can be President. Obama is not the president.

  • Bri

    Mitt Romney is such a liar. He needs to stop worrying about President Obama and realize that Newt and Rick might actually take their fight to the convention. Which will lead to him having to beg for delegates.

  • nellcote

    April 4 (Bloomberg) — Four New Orleans police officers were sentenced to 38 to 65 years in prison for convictions including violating the civil rights of two people killed a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

    A fifth officer was sentenced to six years for covering up the crimes.

  • Bri

    Gov. Rick Scott has came out today and said he’ll shut FAMU down if they don’t get their hazing situation together.

    • Bri

      WCTV

      49 minutes ago · .

      Governor Rick Scott said that if FAMU can’t fix it’s hazing problem , the school will close – and that has students speaking out. Hear from them ,Tonight on Live at Five.

      __________

      This is what I read, it’s from WCTV Facebook page.

      • Miranda

        Yeah right Rick….try it and see how foolish you wind up looking.

    • Bri

      WCTV

      49 minutes ago · .

      Governor Rick Scott said that if FAMU can’t fix it’s hazing problem , the school will close – and that has students speaking out. Hear from them ,Tonight on Live at Five.

      __________

      This is what I read, it’s from WCTV Facebook page.

    • angee

      I bet Florida St and those other big white schools in Florida got nothing on FAMU when it comes to hazing.Time to do some digging.

    • angee

      I bet Florida St and those other big white schools in Florida got nothing on FAMU when it comes to hazing.Time to do some digging.

      • ch555x

        You just reminded me of those riots in Kentucky…O_o

  • Ebogan63

    “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks like it’s going to be struck down.” And with that hyperbolic instant reaction, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin prejudiced media coverage of the Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare. But reading the entire transcript carefully, I wondered if I was reading the same thing Toobin witnessed inside the court.

    To be sure, the conservative justices posed a few hypotheticals, the gist of which were: What makes health care different? Why can the government make you buy health insurance, but not broccoli or cars? But that was to be expected. Judges often play devil’s advocate to test the strength of competing positions. What would have been truly shocking is if the justices had not probed for a limiting principle, since it’s become a standard line of questioning.

    Consider the arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Laurence Silberman, who was appointed to the bench by President Reagan, posed a hypothetical too: Can the government make you buy a car? And the questioning that day prompted the headline “Appeals Court Raises Concern Over Health Law.” But ultimately Judge Silberman, like six other federal appeals court judges, upheld the law.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/04/why-jeffrey-toobin-is-wrong-about-the-supreme-court-and-obamacare/255441/

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

    Anne Frank’s Sister Speaks on Trayvon Martin, Quotes Obama

    Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 5:05PM
    Written by Soraya Joseph

    Eva Schloss, sister to late holocaust victim, Anne Frank, recently spoke out on modern day tragedies associated with worldwide prejudices and the recent murder of 17-year old Florida student, Trayvon Martin.

    When asked about the killing of Trayvon Martin by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, the 85-year-old Holocaust-survivor-turned-humanitarian told SOHH.com that cases such as Martin’s are not just limited to our nation’s backyard.

    “Cases like these happen in England too”, Schloss exclusively told SOHH. “We have nearly every week that a young person is knifed down, usually black people, because of racial discrimination. This has to stop. We just have to accept that people are of different religion, different colors, and [are] all equally valuable citizens.” (SOHH)

    MORE: http://www.sohh.com/2012/04/anne_franks_sister_speaks_on_trayvon_mar.html

    • Miranda

      Watch how the right wing condemns her.

    • crazycanuck

      Anne Frank’s sister? I didn’t know she had another sister. I know Margot Died just before Anne died. Is she a step sister?

  • Camille

    Of course Dana Milbank!

    With your help and that of the rest of the fucking failures of a pretend media, Mitt Romney will be able to “adjust” his views accordingly for the general elections without any problem.

    We will see about that.

  • Miranda

    @gopblackchick is an idiot. I’m so sick of these damn slavecatchers and their “is we sick boss” sympathy for the feelings of their white massas. Make me damn sick. This is her bullshit
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/trayvon-martins-death-raises-the-question-where-is-the-american-black-family/2012/04/04/gIQAXANZvS_blog.html

    Keith Boykin bout to go all in on her too.

    • rikyrah

      her handkerchief on that head is pulled way too tight

    • angee

      WTH does with the breakdown of the black family have to do with a child being murder in cold blood by a racist?
      I DARE anyone to say or think that Mr. Martin and Ms. Fulton DID NOT LOVE their child. Black Love is real and it is personified in Tracy and Sybrina every time they are shown.It didn’t work out for them, but its obvious that his father was a proactive father. If he wasn’t he would not have had Trayvon in Sanford with him.

    • rikyrah

      her sambo ass wonders where the Black family is?

      it’s out, front and center, fighting for justice for their dead child, you slave catcher you.

      I’m at my limit with these sambos

    • rikyrah

      her sambo ass wonders where the Black family is?

      it’s out, front and center, fighting for justice for their dead child, you slave catcher you.

      I’m at my limit with these sambos

    • GN

      People give these Toms and Tomasinas too much credit, even me. They don’t believe that shit; they’re just out for number one, and there’s money in being a black overseer, point blank period.

    • GN

      People give these Toms and Tomasinas too much credit, even me. They don’t believe that shit; they’re just out for number one, and there’s money in being a black overseer, point blank period.

    • Ebogan63

      Guess the white folk’s ice is colder.

  • GN

    That’s so sad, that some babies have been taught to be negative as young as six years old. So sad to see these little black kids catching hell.

  • rikyrah

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012
    Jerome Corsi and Heather Childers want to Lynch President Obama


    “Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.” Frederick Douglass September 25, 1883

    The noose is tightening for Obama,” – Jerome Corsi explains how his book Where’s the Birth Certificate? is the essential primer for all conservatives who want to lynch President Obama for the crime of Being POTUS While Black.

    The Birthers and the Punk Ass Bitch Right-Wingers have been hyping their lies and “racialist” propaganda campaign for so long against President Obama that they have no where left to turn other than to call for his murder, which is now the point we have reached.

    There is something especially pernicious in the unprecendented amount of disrespect and utter contempt shown for the first black President by Right-Wingers. At the same time we have puke white Republicans showing a level of vitriolic classlessness as when Joe Wilson shouted, “You Lie!” during the State of the Union, or when House Leader John Boehner declined to make Congress available for the President’s speech, or when Jean Schmidt is overheard secretly agreeing with a constituent that President Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate, or when Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump declared that Obama only got into Harvard because of affrimative action, or when Joe Walsh said President Obama only won because he was black, or any of the thousands of bigoted anti-Obama e-mails Republicans send to each other yet they claim President Obama is divisive one.

    Meanwhile, totally post-racial conservative think tanks, like the North carolina based John Locke Foundation email out images of President Obama dressed in chains and a bondage outfit with a bucket of KFC between his legs…

    Meanwhile, Faux News Host Heather Childers tweeted that Barack Obama threatened a white woman.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds claimed President Obama is “a racist hate monger”.

    Meanwhile, the Conservapedia page for President Obama lists his country of birth as “Kenya” and his religion as “muslim”. While 52% of Mississippi Republicans believe President Obama is a muslim.

    It’s part of the Right-Wing bullying tactics where they start a fight with vicious bigoted slander and smears and then retreat to the ‘Oh, I though liberals were supposed to be tolerant….’ when we fight back. Conservatives only love tolerance when they can use it as a club to hit liberals.

    http://disaffectedanditfeelssogood.blogspot.com/

  • GN

    Uncle Joe Oliver, no longer even pretending to be a “friend” of George Zimmerman, is out of the childkiller PR tour: http://www.thegrio.com/specials/trayvon-martin/joe-oliver-george-zimmermans-friend-no-longer-his-media-advisor.php

    This “person” is so beneath contempt as to be indescribable. He launched lying, mendacious apologia for a man whose heart he did not know and at the expense of a precious, murdered black kid. POS.

    • rikyrah

      I guess the check didn’t clear

      • GN

        Probably fired him after O’Donnell, Blow, and Capehart went in. Not a shred of dignity or self-respect, much less empathy with Trayvon’s family.

    • Miranda

      Well aint that some shit…smh.

      • GN

        Beyond words; poor Trayvon, just the depth of the evil of the people trying to get George Zimmerman off takes my breath away. What kind of evil did this child face that night? His dad said his body had a tear sliding down the cheek–seeing the Zimmerman clan in action, that child saw evil.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN – – –LOL. – – – -HE CONTINUES 2 B – — SUCH a -L-I-A-R!!

      – – –Oliver characterized his assistance to Zimmerman’s team as “pro bono,” saying, “I didn’t’ make any money off this. I didn’t expect or intend to get paid This was all intended to help someone who had no media experience, especially in the media they had to deal with,” referring to Sonner. – – —

      — – – -Sooooo – —“WHYCOME” he’s – —SHUTTIN’ IT DOWN!?? – —

      annnd goin’ BACK 2 “his JOB.”???

      CAUSE HIS $$$ —done BEEN CUT!! –

      –Ain’t NOBODY – -NO PHOOL!! – – -***tsk*** ***eye roll***

      ASnnnd YES 0 0 0GN – –HIS CHARACTER- —-DESPICABLE!!! —

      Knowin’ that a – -BLACK CHILD — [SAME AGE as HIS SON] – –had been – – –MURDERED – –BECAUSE he WAS – –BLACK!!

      – — -ICED TEA – –SKITTLES –HOODIE — v —9mm GUN!! – –

      – —RIHEP – -T.M. – – -JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL – – –

      • GN

        He’s a lie. A dirty lie.

    • MsKitty

      I hope those 30 pieces of silver were worth it.

      • GN

        I saw someone liken this situation to Bonfire of the Vanities–an aggressor who literally could not SEE the good in his victim, couldn’t see his victim at all beyond stereotypes; jaded justice system; and hustlers, like Joe Oliver, the true race hustlers, looking to turn a buck at the expense of a dead kid. The comparison is apt. Thank God for the Martin family, their attorneys, Rev Al, and everyone who has done so much to make sure that this is not buried under the rug.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – -MsKitty – NICE – -:>) – —

        We R Right in the — “JUDAS SEASON!! “:>)

        • Camille

          Lol, good one Sis.

          Judas season is so apt.

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s (Almost) Opening Day: How to Close the Deal
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 10:09AM

    Not long ago, I offered some advice on the care and maintenance of the Romneybot 2.0. Specifically, I suggested some new rhetoric that could be programmed into the mechanism in order to dispel what appears to be a general confusion over the actual purpose of the machine. Is it a device programmed to run for president or for Finance Chairman of the local Kiwanis? Is its prime directive that of a moderate business-school Republican or a Jesus-come-lately snake-handling hero to The Base? Is it a coffee maker? A vacuum cleaner? A jukebox? Inquiring minds want to know.

    After another Tuesday night of festivities, the machine has bumped and staggered to three more primary wins, pretty much ending whatever purpose there ever was to the candidacy of Rick Santorum — and have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick that guy is? — but it has done so in such a fashion that even Politico was only rather, sort of, almost, nearly impressed. (Here’s the lede from their post-game summary: “It’s now really almost over.” Why, Willard, you won three primaries and nearly all the delegates? How perfectly adequate of you.) The central pivot to the whole thing was Wisconsin, where the politics are at a roiling boil, and where Romney finally and definitively committed himself to the budgetary extremism proposed by Paul Ryan, to the point where the zombie-eyed granny-starver signed onto the Romney campaign as the candidate’s permanent opening act, as well as to being a Man Of The Base. And there are some indications that the base is beginning to grumble its way into line; Romney was “competitive,” it is said, with Santorum among voters identifying themselves as evangelical Christians and/or “very conservative.” The cynical among us — okay, the cynical among me — feel inclined to point out that all this may prove is that, eventually, if you truckle long enough and hard enough, you become your pander.

    …………………………………………………….

    I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and how you like me now?

    “See what I did there on Tuesday night? I hammered those punks like ten-penny nails into a wedge of fine cheddar. I am a strong, able Republican with more money than God and an even greater taste for mindless destruction and casual vengeance. I am not a jack Mormon. I am a gangsta Mormon, motherfkers, and the country is my bling. I am Moroni’s Omar. I am the Stringer Bell of the Great Alkali Plain and the world is mine, whenever I want it. Come at the king, you best not miss. I’ll bury your ass like I buried Santorum’s, under so much money that nobody will ever find it, even though I hear it glows red in the dark every time someone mentions The Pill. I bought me a Wisconsin and a Maryland and a D.C., although I am aware that even my wealth — and have you noticed that I have $250 million stashed away for a rainy fking century? — wouldn’t be enough to carry The District in the general. But all I really have to do is spend enough to carry 51 percent of the Green Rooms there and I’m home fking free. And I can do that. Chuck Todd’s already halfway down into my vest pocket, looking for loose doubloons. And you know why?

    “Because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and I can buy and sell your great-grandchildren and you won’t even know it happened.

    “You actually think I believe some of jive I’ve been running this year? That’s the part of you that I fking own now. You think you own me, but I own you, motherfkers. None of your heroes took the field, and everyone else who did was a clown. Meanwhile, I’m spreading green like I’m Vigoro and today, you look up and it’s me or That Person in the White House, and you’re all quivering in your Sansabelts. Don’t you fools understand? I bought your party. You hated me. You distrusted me. And now you have to vote for me. See how that happens? Happens all the time with me. The Supreme Court put your party up for auction and I was the high bidder, and I was the high bidder because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, but you can call me, “Sir.”

    (I mean, brokered convention? Get real.)

    “I can do what I want. Don’t you get that yet? I win, and I’m the president. I lose, and I’m walking a beach in California, with $250 million reasons to do absolutely nothing, and you’re back home in the underwater split-level, sending your money to TV preachers, waiting on hold for Rush, and dreaming sweet dreams about the former governor of Alaska. (You see what that dingbat suggested just now? Allen West for vice-president? Thank your personal gods for me, motherfkers, because, if you ran her, we’d lose 50 states, and Saskatchewan and Alberta would vote against her just for fun.) I need you people for precisely eight more months. Then, either I win, or I’m gone like your 401K; you’re all Ampad and I clean up, selling you off like unprofitable divisions, and you know why? Because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and I’m all you got left.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mitt-romney-wisconsin-win-7842662#ixzz1r7QPAi9c

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s (Almost) Opening Day: How to Close the Deal
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 10:09AM

    Not long ago, I offered some advice on the care and maintenance of the Romneybot 2.0. Specifically, I suggested some new rhetoric that could be programmed into the mechanism in order to dispel what appears to be a general confusion over the actual purpose of the machine. Is it a device programmed to run for president or for Finance Chairman of the local Kiwanis? Is its prime directive that of a moderate business-school Republican or a Jesus-come-lately snake-handling hero to The Base? Is it a coffee maker? A vacuum cleaner? A jukebox? Inquiring minds want to know.

    After another Tuesday night of festivities, the machine has bumped and staggered to three more primary wins, pretty much ending whatever purpose there ever was to the candidacy of Rick Santorum — and have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick that guy is? — but it has done so in such a fashion that even Politico was only rather, sort of, almost, nearly impressed. (Here’s the lede from their post-game summary: “It’s now really almost over.” Why, Willard, you won three primaries and nearly all the delegates? How perfectly adequate of you.) The central pivot to the whole thing was Wisconsin, where the politics are at a roiling boil, and where Romney finally and definitively committed himself to the budgetary extremism proposed by Paul Ryan, to the point where the zombie-eyed granny-starver signed onto the Romney campaign as the candidate’s permanent opening act, as well as to being a Man Of The Base. And there are some indications that the base is beginning to grumble its way into line; Romney was “competitive,” it is said, with Santorum among voters identifying themselves as evangelical Christians and/or “very conservative.” The cynical among us — okay, the cynical among me — feel inclined to point out that all this may prove is that, eventually, if you truckle long enough and hard enough, you become your pander.

    …………………………………………………….

    I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and how you like me now?

    “See what I did there on Tuesday night? I hammered those punks like ten-penny nails into a wedge of fine cheddar. I am a strong, able Republican with more money than God and an even greater taste for mindless destruction and casual vengeance. I am not a jack Mormon. I am a gangsta Mormon, motherfkers, and the country is my bling. I am Moroni’s Omar. I am the Stringer Bell of the Great Alkali Plain and the world is mine, whenever I want it. Come at the king, you best not miss. I’ll bury your ass like I buried Santorum’s, under so much money that nobody will ever find it, even though I hear it glows red in the dark every time someone mentions The Pill. I bought me a Wisconsin and a Maryland and a D.C., although I am aware that even my wealth — and have you noticed that I have $250 million stashed away for a rainy fking century? — wouldn’t be enough to carry The District in the general. But all I really have to do is spend enough to carry 51 percent of the Green Rooms there and I’m home fking free. And I can do that. Chuck Todd’s already halfway down into my vest pocket, looking for loose doubloons. And you know why?

    “Because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and I can buy and sell your great-grandchildren and you won’t even know it happened.

    “You actually think I believe some of jive I’ve been running this year? That’s the part of you that I fking own now. You think you own me, but I own you, motherfkers. None of your heroes took the field, and everyone else who did was a clown. Meanwhile, I’m spreading green like I’m Vigoro and today, you look up and it’s me or That Person in the White House, and you’re all quivering in your Sansabelts. Don’t you fools understand? I bought your party. You hated me. You distrusted me. And now you have to vote for me. See how that happens? Happens all the time with me. The Supreme Court put your party up for auction and I was the high bidder, and I was the high bidder because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, but you can call me, “Sir.”

    (I mean, brokered convention? Get real.)

    “I can do what I want. Don’t you get that yet? I win, and I’m the president. I lose, and I’m walking a beach in California, with $250 million reasons to do absolutely nothing, and you’re back home in the underwater split-level, sending your money to TV preachers, waiting on hold for Rush, and dreaming sweet dreams about the former governor of Alaska. (You see what that dingbat suggested just now? Allen West for vice-president? Thank your personal gods for me, motherfkers, because, if you ran her, we’d lose 50 states, and Saskatchewan and Alberta would vote against her just for fun.) I need you people for precisely eight more months. Then, either I win, or I’m gone like your 401K; you’re all Ampad and I clean up, selling you off like unprofitable divisions, and you know why? Because I’m Willard Romney, bitches, and I’m all you got left.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mitt-romney-wisconsin-win-7842662#ixzz1r7QPAi9c

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good afternoon Miranda – – – -THANK U 4 BRANGIN’ THIS STUDY. :>)

    – – –The MORE things – -CHANGE? – – -the MORE THE STAY the SAME:

    – – -A white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground but what they see is often very different and what they say speaks volumes about the racial divide in America.

    Annnnnd – -THIS: – – –Overall, black first-graders had far more positive interpretations of the images than white first-graders. The majority of black 6-year-olds were much more likely to say things like, “Chris is helping Alex up off the ground” versus “Chris pushed Alex off the swing.”

    First graders R about 6 -7 yo. – – – This STUDY seems SUGGEST that the – – -“training of ATTITUDES” 4 WYT children—begins – -B4 THEN?? – – -WOW&1/2! — – –

    LEMME SUGGEST that this “PROCESS” is facilitated by the use of the NUMBER of PEJORATIVE TERMS by which WE can B CALLED: – –To wit: —

    – –NIG– – -BLAH – – – -COON – —-MONKEY – —-DARKIE — -JUNGLE BUNNY – – -JIGABOO- – — SPOOK

    –Annnd we can “THANK” – — ARCHIE BUNKER 4 INTRODUCIN’ us 2 MANY of them! – -LOL.

    – — All in the Family – Archie introduces the Family & The Kiss

    ☻NOW – – -think about the ACCESSIBLE TERM that can B USED 2 refer 2 WYTS: – – —

    – – –GEORGE JEFFERSON – –HONKEY [3:02] – —

    Annnd –WYTY – – –PALE FACE – – PINK TOES annnnnnnd – – – – – – – -?? —

    FAR FEWER. – –

    Sooo – -I’m thinkin’ – –I RARELY heard my parents use these terms.

    So – –WE weren’t TAUGHT 2 have ATTITUDE against WHITES by TERMINOLOGY.- – —

    Ohh – – -we did have CONVERSATIONS –though. :>)

    ANY POU FAM members have a different experience.?? – —

    [APOLOGIES 4 the length. :>)]

    Again, THANK U- – — Miranda. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      I also heard “peckerwoods,” “gray boys,” and “rabbits.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —:>) THANK U. – —Heard the 1st —2 – ALSO —NOT RABBIT. :>)

        Oh — –“OFAY” — —

        I hope that my point was clear. I was less likely 2 B INDOCTRINATED by PEJORATIVE TERMINOLOGY – –because my parents [especially mommy] – – -di-ent use these terms that often.

        Then again – – -Daddy —another STORY —LOL. He was into – -PW. :>) But – -on his job –STEEL MILL —he di-ent discuss many negative interactions.

        Mom was a – –stay-at-home mom —until we went 2 college. So her negative social interactions were FEW annnd FAR BETWEEN.

        Annnd anyhow – -we betta NOT B listenin’ 2 – -GROWN FOLKS CONVERSATIONS. LOL

        THANKS again, Worldwatcher7. :>) Good 2 C U. :>)

        • Worldwatcher7

          I take your point, GLH. I also think the explicit message given in most Black households is that all people are created equal and that mistreating people based on race is wrong.

          Good to talk with you too!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Worldwatcher7 – – -***fist bump**

            That’s “WHYCOME” I believed that Davionne’s mother was —“surprised” that he said –“cause my mom. . . .”

            THANK U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda: – – – -MR. PRESIDENT at the EASTER PRAYER BREAKFAST – —

    – – -White House Easter Prayer Breakfast

    – – — President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast in the White House East Room. The event was attended by approximately 150 members of the clergy from around the country. Vice President Biden also made remarks.

    BLESS U SIR. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Report: Howard suspends several student athletes, not competitive athletic program
    PUBLISHED 3 hours and 58 minutes ago
    LAST UPDATED 1 hour and 29 minutes ago

    Howard University has suspended several student-athletes from competition for possible NCAA infractions, but the school has not suspended its entire competitive athletics program, according to NBCWashington.com.

    The school sent out a statement to NBCWashington News4 that read: “Howard University is conducting an internal investigation of possible NCAA rules-violations. As a result of this process, the University temporarily withheld a number of student-athletes from competition as a self-imposed action. Most teams will compete as scheduled. We are working diligently to fully resolve this matter as quickly as possible. In order to protect the integrity of this review, we are unable to share additional details at this time.”

    Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Howard had suspended all of its teams, according to Washingtoncitypaper.com.

    In a statement issued through the school, spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said, “It is with great regret that we have temporarily suspended intercollegiate athletic competition. This is a self-imposed action while the University conducts a review. We are working quickly to resolve the issue.”

    Howard has seven men’s athletic teams and 10 women’s athletic teams.

    Washington City Paper spoke to a member of the women’s bowling team who said that an athletic official told the team that the school is “investigating problems with textbook vouchers given to athletes” and that the school allowed the athletes to spend money on what they wanted, which would be an NCAA violation. The bowler also told the paper that the university wants the improperly spent money to be repaid and that athletes can’t register for classes until the situation is resolved.

    Another athlete told Washington City Paper, “This whole situation is frustrating, and it shows how things within athletics need to be reformed and fixed. Many athletes have had their eligibility taken away and that has affected many sports dramatically.”

    Howard did not respond to additional request for comment, according to the newspaper.

    Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2012-04-04/howard-bison-athletics-suspends-teams-ncaa-violation#ixzz1r7Zm7cRP

  • rikyrah

    Political Animal
    Blog
    April 04, 2012 3:13 PM
    Romney Calls for “Sourcing” and “Quality Control”—Not For Himself, Of Course

    By Ed Kilgore

    I wondered what tack Mitt Romney would take in following the president in an appearance before the newspaper editors association. But he really took my breath away:

    In just the few years since my last campaign, the changes in your industry are striking. Then, I looked to Drudge or FOX or CNN online to see what stories were developing. Hours after a speech, it was being dissected on the Internet. Now, it’s Twitter, and instantaneous reaction. In 2008, the coverage was about what I said in my speech. These days, it’s about what brand of jeans I am wearing and what I ate for lunch.

    Most people in my position are convinced that you are biased against us. We identify with LBJ’s famous quip that if he were to walk on water, your headline would read: “President Can’t Swim.”

    Some people thus welcome the tumult in your industry, heralding the new voices and the unfiltered or supposedly unbiased sources. Frankly, in some of the new media, I find myself missing the presence of editors to exercise quality control. I miss the days of two or more sources for a story – when at least one source was actually named.

    After reporting this remarkably hypocritical statement, Politico’s Alexander Burns blandly notes:


    [I]f you look over the arc of the primary season, it’s hard to see him as one of the major victims of anonymous sourcing, overhyping of trivia, et cetera — especially when you consider that his campaign is as eager as anyone to engage in the sins of Twitter, not-for-attribution sourcing and shielding the candidate from direct questions.

    Now I suppose when you have already developed a reputation for towering mendacity on subjects large and small, a medium-sized lie about your views on media accuracy is as easy as changing those jeans and a lot easier than changing your entire political persona on a regular basis. But you might think at some point the man would fear being struck down by a thunderbolt right on the spot if he lectures the media—old or new—about “sourcing” and “quality control.” Where’s the “presence of editors” when Mitt Romney opens his mouth each day? The mind reels.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_04/romney_calls_for_sourcing_and036488.php

  • Miranda

    This is just pathetic. The republican party hates you and told you to drop “repbulican” from your name and you complied.

    GOP green group drops ‘Republicans’ from name
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74745.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda —- -PERP CAUGHT – — Planned Parenthood BOMBING – — –

    — -Just Another Lone Nut? – – –

    – – – –There’s no need for speculation. The man responsible for the attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin on Monday has both admitted to the attack and illustrated his motives.

    A Grand Chute man accused of setting a fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic made his first appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay.

    Francis Grady, 50, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Sickel he planned to plead guilty, but Sickel ignored the statement and scheduled Grady for an April 19 preliminary hearing.

    At one point, Grady interrupted him to ask, “Do you even care at all about the 1,000 babies that died screaming?” [...]

    – – – – -SKIP – —

    That’s right. A “pro-life” nut is here to “do good” by trying to kill people. And he’s clearly proud of himself.

    Conservatism is a mental illness.

    The FLAWED —-IL- LOGIC – –BURNS!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – –UH! OH! — –VJ – – -“STEPS —IN IT” –annnd GETS — -CALLED! OUT! – —-

    – — –Red Eye Panel Chews Out Van Jones For Labeling Libertarians Homophobic And Racist- – –

    Appearing on Red Eye Wednesday morning, Conservative commentator Jedediah Bila took Van Jones to task for lambasting libertarians as being racist and homophobic. Over the weekend, Jones spoke at the “All In For The 99%” rally in Los Angeles where he said libertarians “hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings, ya know ya’ll.”

    “Doesn’t he have this all backwards?” Gutfeld asked incredulously. “Libertarians would vote for a gay president. Obama supporters probably wouldn’t.”

    “Jedediah, what does he got against libertarians?”

    “I don’t think he knows what (libertarian) means,” Bila hit back. “I really don’t think he understands it. Libertarians are some of the most fierce defenders of gay rights, they’re always talking about issues like that.” – –

    “I know–” Gutfeld interjected.

    –“It is just chilling that he has no idea what he is talking about,” Bila continued. “I guess he thought ‘liberty’ and associated that with conservatives. And then in his mind, conservatives hate gay people, black people, whatnot and did that kind of stereotype.”
    – — -SKIP – – – —
    Watch Red Eye take Jones to task for his comments about libertarians:

    INSTEAD of trynta WRITE BOOKS – –HE NEEDSTA STUDY — -HISTORY!

    • Camille

      Libertarians are some of the most dishonest, myopic, hateful, selfish, bigoted mother-fuckers out there.

      Pot-loving racists.

      The idea that violently supporting the legalization of marijuana and the questionable demand to “end all wars” while not giving a rats ass about murdered black kids is all one needs to be considered “progressive”, is so transparently bogus in every regard.

  • BoomerGal

    Interesting article and shows what we’ve known all along. Racism is learned at a very early age.

  • JojoRaze

    Three things:

    Where is Lahm35? I last saw a post by her on Obama Diary on Saturday and she wrote about going to a New Edition concert.

    Two: a sister in NY Hachicko apparently is homeless. Chipsticks et al on Obama Diary are trying to help her out, but I’m just asking that all her keep her in your prayers as well. Her phone went dead and they are waiting for her to get back in contact

    Three:

    Remember how we were talking about how the black people who had been instrumental in the Obama campaign need to be highlighted to stop giving the Velma Harts and Van Jones of the world too much shine? The president’s YouTube has a great feature on how the church mother who came up with “Fired Up, Ready to Go.” Really good stuff

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – – –UH! OH!! – – -Teh WILLARD — -JUST!

    – –GOT — -GOT!! – – -LOL – –

    – – – -VIDEO- Team Obama hits back: Mitt Romney versus reality

    – – – – –Team Obama takes on Willard’s lies.

    BarackObamadotcom: – – – -THERE IS MORE.

    —- —WHEW LAWD!! LOL

    CALM –YET FIRM — “BLAH” MAN —GOES IN ON – –LOSER!LOL.

    • Camille

      Mitt Romney has the quintessential characteristics of a shifty bastard:

      What with those hard to miss beady eyes so close together and the unnaturally thin lips that have almost disappeared entirely –

      Except for an opening where the mouth should be – an opening that has been permanently set in a twisted snarl shape – the result of repeated ugly contortions spitting out his hate and spite.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – –LOL!!- – –‘CAUSE – — -he ain’t comin’ back!! – — -LOL – – –

    – – — -Um … Romney’s New Hampshire campaign office up for lease

    – – –Mitt Romney didn’t let the door hit him on the way out of New Hampshire…

    After his victory in the New Hampshire primary on January 10th, Mitt Romney’s team apparently pulled up stakes and headed for the exits. Now, his only office in the Granite State (and that in and of itself is insane) is up for lease. Of course, Team Romney could just be looking for better digs, and they could yet reopen their offices in the fall. But organizing early is what you do if you think you have a shot in the fall. Just sayin…

    Read more at The Guardian.
    THERE IS MORE. – – —

    — -“HIT DA ROAD – — – MITT” — – – -LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – —WHA’??? – — — -THEY GOT THAT MUCH $$$$???? – – –

    – –Fox hires Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita Jackson — –

    – — -Interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

    Secrets hears that Fox News Channel has hired Jesse Jackson’s eldest daughter, Chicago radio host Santita Jackson, as an on-air contributor. The coup is just the latest move by Fox to staff up talkers from the left and build its rep as the nation’s “fair and balanced” cable network.

    She will debut Friday at 7:15 a.m. on a Fox & Friends political panel.
    THERE IS MORE.

    —O.K. — -Maybe she’s gon –SPY!!?? – — – -***shrug***

    • Camille

      Santita has always been willing to sing whatever tune you needed her to in exchange for cash and visibility.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – — SCA- USE THEM???? – —-

    – —Kendrec McDade case: LA prosecutors reject charge in police shooting —- —

    – – — Prosecutors tentatively rejected a request by Pasadena police Monday to file an involuntary manslaughter charge against a man who made a false report of being robbed by armed men.

    The volatile case has been compared to the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman. Both cases involved shootings of unarmed black teenagers by those who said they believed they had guns.

    – – –Pasadena police were seeking a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Oscar Carrillo, the 911 caller who said his laptop and backpack had just been stolen by two men with guns.– –

    Authorities said the call led two police officers, one on foot and one in a car, to shoot Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old college student. They said he reached for his waistband, seeming to confirm the caller’s report of a man with a gun.

    A juvenile with McDade was charged with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation.

    Police said the teens matched descriptions provided by Carrillo, witnesses and surveillance footage.

    – –The charge of involuntary manslaughter would be possibly unprecedented for making a false 911 call. Carrillo apparently was a robbery victim but he embellished the report by mentioning guns in order to get police to respond quickly.

    Los Angeles district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Monday the case needed further work.

    “We have not filed a case pending further investigation and we are doing legal research,” she said.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — – – –Something about — -IMMIGRATION ISSUES.!!!!?? – – – —

    SPOKEN CALMLY: – – –THEY BETTA – –DO THE RIGHT THANG!!!!!!! – – –

    Don’t START NONE – – -WON’T B NONE!! –

    – – Jus’ sayin’. . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -G’NIGHT POU FAM. :>) WISHING U – –BLESSED SWEET DREAMS, ♥ – -♥ :>) – – –

    – —- — — -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT.♥ :>) – — -

  • http://www.schoolstickers.co.uk/ Jack Schilz

    Absolutely fascinating report. Can’t believe that there is still such a divide over this, we are all multi racial communities now!

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