December 19, 2014
Pragmatic Obots Unite
Shooting down firebaggers & teabaggers one truth at a time...
Why is Mitt Romney paling around with birthers?
John Sununu Spars With Soledad O’Brien Over Trump: ‘Why Is CNN So Fixated On This?’
Wow, I thought my husband telling me Rummy was on CBS was barrel-sraping but the guy who had to leave office due to misuse of government resources is worth talking to? Really?
Good Afternoon miranda. – – – -Ohhhh! – — Isn’t SHE LOVELY!!? :>)
Annnd her BOOK —BEAUTIFUL COVER. :>)
– —WE LOVE♥ U – –FIRST LADY. :>) – – -
FLOTUS should be a hand model. Her hands are so elegant and graceful.
Sepia – – – I KNOW –HUH!? :>) – —
– – -THESE HANDS – – -Awwww :>) –
Both of them have beautiful hands. I’ve been struck by how many photos of just their hands I’ve seen over the years.
I’m so jealous of her hands. Mine are boyish and stumpy.
Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 05/30/2012
The Romney campaign’s surreal arguments about the economy
By Greg Sargent
You really couldn’t make this one up if you tried.
The Romney campaign is out with a new press release blasting Obama for presiding over a “net” loss in jobs. As I’ve been saying far too often, this metric is bogus, because it factors in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs the economy was hemorrhaging when Obama took office, before his policies took effect.
But this time, there’s an intriguing new twist in the Romney campaign’s argument.
In the same release attacking Obama over “net” job loss, the Romney camp also defends Romney’s jobs record as Governor of Massachusetts by pointing out … that Romney inherited a state economy that was losing jobs when he took office.
Here’s the key bullet point, from the Romney release:
Governor Romney Inherited An Economy That Was Losing Jobs Each Month And Left Office With An Economy That Was Adding Jobs Each Month. After taking office at a time when the state was losing thousands of jobs every month, Governor Romney’s focus on fiscal responsibility helped create an environment where job growth returned to Massachusetts. Job growth increased throughout his term and the state added over 40,000 payroll jobs during his final year in office —the best year of job growth in Massachusetts over the past decade. Household employment grew by nearly 50,000 under Governor Romney and the unemployment rate declined to well under 5%.
As you can see, the Romney campaign is defending itself against the latest Dem attack line — that Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50th in job creation — by pointing out that Romney should be judged by the job growth that happened after jobs losses were reversed, and even by the number of jobs that were added towards the end of his term.
This is precisely the argument that the Romney campaign is implicitly dismissing as bogus when Obama makes it. Indeed, in the very same release, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul blasts Obama for his “net negative record on job creation,” which is only a “net negative” if you factor in the jobs losses at the start of Obama’s term. But in its own defense, the Romney campaign is arguing for a focus on the jobs added after the job losses that took place when Romney assumed office.
In other words, if we were to apply to Obama the same standard that the Romney campaign wants applied to itself, Obama has created millions of jobs. (Relatedly, Mike Tomasky tried to apply the same standard to both men’s records, and concluded that if you don’t factor in early job loss for either, Obama’s job growth percentage exceeds Romney’s.)
All this is more than just a gotcha. It goes directly to the heart of Romney’s entire case against Obama. The claim that “net” jobs were lost on Obama’s watch is absolutely central to Romney’s whole argument, and the Romney team has repeated it for months and months in every conceivable forum. But the new standard the Romney campaign wants applied to him — i.e., that the focus should be on jobs added after jobs losses were reversed — would seem to completely undercut this entire case.
Perhaps this, finally, will be enough to draw a bit of scrutiny to the argument that forms the core of Romney’s whole rationale for running for president.
May 30, 2012 12:35 PM
Artur Davis Goes Upscale
By Ed Kilgore
Having watched former Rep. Artur Davis smoothly assume the always-in-demand role of aggrieved “centrist” Democrat sadly regaling conservative audiences with the perfidy of the Donkey Party, I wasn’t terribly surprised to read this on his blog, in response to rumors that he was going to run for Congress as a Republican in a Northern Virginia district the GOP lost in 2008:
I don’t know and am nowhere near deciding. If I were to run, it would be as a Republican. And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another….
And the question of party label in what remains a two team enterprise? That, too, is no light decision on my part: cutting ties with an Alabama Democratic Party that has weakened and lost faith with more and more Alabamians every year is one thing; leaving a national party that has been the home for my political values for two decades is quite another. My personal library is still full of books on John and Robert Kennedy, and I have rarely talked about politics without trying to capture the noble things they stood for. I have also not forgotten that in my early thirties, the Democratic Party managed to engineer the last run of robust growth and expanded social mobility that we have enjoyed; and when the party was doing that work, it felt inclusive, vibrant, and open-minded.
But parties change. As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it).
You have to appreciate that until 2010 Artur Davis represented one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, in a state where Republicans violently resisted state financial responsibility for public education, considering it a welfare program for African-Americans. You’d hear him talk about the unmet needs of his district, and couldn’t quite
imagine he’d ever become a Republican. But he got the itch to run for governor, and triangulated against his own party so systematically and so unapologetically that it was only a minor surprise when he got trounced in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, losing his own majority-black district to a white candidate who didn’t spend every other breath distancing himself from every Democrat in sight. Indeed, Davis became a living cautionary tale for any southern Democrat seeking office in hostile territory by ignoring his own base.
Davis could have stayed home and mended fences and had a long career in Alabama politics. But by all accounts, he was bitter about the 2010 results, and he quickly decamped to that familiar limbo of recently defeated Congressmen who are not quite ready to become full-time lobbyists, the DC suburbs. His former pollster, John Anzalone, summed up Davis thusly: “Promised turned into sour grapes.” He’s gone upscale from Alabama, and seems comfortable with his new digs.
Perhaps the Republicans of Northern Virginia will be slightly less atavistic than those he left behind in the Heart of Dixie. But even in NoVa, GOPers do not cotton to anyone with anything good to say about Bobby Kennedy. He’s probably toast in a primary with a True Conservative. And Davis will soon discover his national Republican buddies will find him far less useful as a convert than as an apostate.
If Artur Davis does get elected to Congress, I do wonder how he’ll feel rubbing elbows in the House Republican Caucus with his new friends who don’t bother to hide their disdain for the looters and bums he used to represent, their hostility to the “government schools” he used to care so much about, and their hatred for the president that he endorsed for president just four years ago. It makes me too sad to feel angry.
Kesha Rogers is in desperate need of a visit from the Drop Squad:
A LaRouchie won a House primary: Two years ago, Kesha Rogers won the Democratic nomination for Texas’ 22nd congressional district and the state party vowed it would never happen again. Why? Because Rogers is an acolyte of Lyndon LaRouche, and has campaigned on the platform of impeaching President Obama (also, a bit more pragmatically, saving NASA). LaRouche is kind of a nut, as this 2004 Washington Post story makes clear. Texas Democrats, understandably embarrassed by Rogers’ popularity, made an effort to educate voters this time around, to no avail—Rogers won by 91 votes. Here’s a photo of Rogers holding up a poster of Obama with a Hitler mustache. I think the operative hashtag here is #DemsInDisarray.
She needs her ass whupped like a child who dared to throw a tantrum in a lil baptist church on 1st Sunday. She needs to be snatched, dragged outside and feel the switch from a plum tree.
LaRouche is the only person I’ve ever heard of that was formally kicked out of the dem party.
I’m all for a difference of opinion but that’s nothing short of disgraceful.
May 29, 2012
Separating confidence from triumphalism
It’s clear enough by now that this election will be a nail-bitingly close one; and that any early triumphalism among the Obamaites is preposterous. Of course he can lose.
Of course “of course he can lose.” The Kansas City Chiefs could play professional football next year. Vladimir Putin could join the Tiny Tim Fan Club. Newt Gingrich could shave some ego and Sarah Palin could read a book and Mitt Romney could force a personal acquisition of some human DNA. A bit more realistically, I could stop giving a rat’s ass about the commentariat’s admonitory prediction, en masse, that “of course he could lose.”
For me, anyway, “Obamaitism” and “blind optimism” are not synonymous. For some they are, and from those folks I keep a safe and intellectually healthy distance. Such rabidly pro-Obama derangement is too spookily reminiscent of the wretched W. years. Yes, I’m pro-Obama, but I can also read an electoral map and I can read (positive) polling data from the critical half-dozen or so battleground states on that map and I can appreciate increasing demographic advantages for Obama as well. And most of all, I can recognize an epic loser–hello, Mitt–from a parsec away.
Could things change throughout the next five months?
Let’s give that some deep thought …
… I’m thinking …
OK, I’m back. Of course they could. But for the moment, at least, to possess a vast confidence in Obama’s reelection isn’t “triumphalist” in a preposterously pollyannish, delusional, or quixotic sense. It’s perfectly logical.
Sure, Cory. Suuuuuure….
Booker says Torres’ departure was unrelated to his ‘Meet the Press’ appearance
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 2:06 PM Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 2:07 PM
David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
Newark Mayor Cory Booker said today that the ouster of his communications director, Anne Torres, had nothing to do with fallout from his recent comments on “Meet the Press” when Booker touched off a week of negative headlines after criticizing President Obama’s campaign for attacking Bain Capital.
“This was in the works far beyond that,” Booker told reporters today, following the opening of Riverfront Park in Newark’s East Ward. “Anne is a tremendous person. Her service to the city was extraordinary.”
But Booker did not provide any details as to why Torres was pushed out, or the conspicuous timing of her departure.
“It was something that was in the works well before ‘Meet the Press,’ ” he said.
Cory is lying IMO.
Chile, Cory is lying in EVERYBODY’S opinion! LOL
And I’m Halle Berry.
…and I’m Lex Luthor.
Right. It’s pure coincidence. The fact that he made an idiot of himself on national tv has nothing to do with the timing.
Of course you didn’t mean for Ms. Torres to be a scapegoat, riight.
he really needs to STOP TALKING
I feel like Michael Corleone in that scene in Godfather II where he finds out Fredo is responsible for the assassination attempt on him, “I know it was you Cory! You broke my heart!! You broke my heart!”
May 30, 2012
Mitt Romney’s cosmic ineptitude
As I was saying, which was only what many others have said, and the NY Times says again this morning:
It was supposed to be a day of triumph for Mitt Romney [and so on, and so on]….
Instead, Tuesday was hijacked by Donald J. Trump. Inexplicably to many in his party, Mr. Romney had scheduled an appearance at a fund-raiser in Las Vegas on Tuesday night with Mr. Trump.
It’s not really so inexplicable, though, to either the “many in his party” or to the far many others who so gratefully reside outside of it, when one simply accepts Mitt’s singular oneness with cosmic ineptitude. Somewhere in the Tao Te Ching, I think it is, there is expressed the ancient wisdom of intensely pursued objects possessing the nasty habit of receding faster than one’s eager grasp. Twenty-five hundred years ago the sages advised, “Chill”; 500 years later, Jesus advised, “Chill”; another fifteen-hundred years after that, Montaigne advised, “Chill”; and now, fresh on the philosophical heels of yet another 500 years, this nugget of enlightenment is ubiquitous–it leaps at us from the back of cereal boxes and fast-food fortune cookies and from shelves upon shelves of undigested self-help books: “Chill, you idiot.”
But Mitt can’t “chill.” Mitt is a micromanager; his pockets are stuffed with unearned cash because his head is crammed with lifeless statistics. It makes no difference to Mitt that he’s in organic politics now, as opposed to the necrotic business of what even the brain-dead Rick Perry had the wits to call “vulture capitalism.” To Mitt, it’s all the same– this people and profits stuff–data, numbers, shifting numbers, calculated gambles, acceptable debits, huge rewards, balance sheets and delicately balanced negotiations.
His latest negotiations are, however, unwinnable. He seems to think that if he slithers around with the clownishly malevolent racism of Trump, he’ll make big and permanent gains with the reptilian base. And independents won’t mind. Later, when he’s playing nice with independents, and vaguely disavowing all things Trump, then the base won’t mind.
But this is a base whose rugged ignorance is surpassed only by its deep-seated contemptuousness and bedouin vengeance. In other words, they don’t forgive. And thinking independents won’t forget.
There is, of course, nothing universal or comprehensive about these observations. Much of the base will turn out for Romney on Election Day, as will many independents. But Romney’s cosmic ineptitude and unsightly staggering from hither to yon should, from my empirical point of view, shave just enough Romney votes in essential swing states to swing the election to President Obama, and rather decisively.
Holder to black leaders: ‘Sacred’ right to vote under attack
By JOSEPH WILLIAMS |
5/30/12 11:28 AM EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder told a council of African American church leaders Wednesday that the “sacred” right to vote is under assault nationwide, with federal lawsuits and at least a dozen state laws that could weaken — or block — minority access to the ballot box this fall.
Forty-seven years after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, “overt and subtle forms of discrimination still exists,” Holder said in a speech before the Council of Black Churches. The twin factors of lingering bias and systematic assaults from the right, he said, means that “for the first time in our [lifetimes], we are failing to live up to one of our most noble ideals” – the right to equal access to the vote.
The brief speech was a call to arms for the black church, which since the days of the civil rights movement has been active in fighting for equal voting right for minorities. Holder, who was warmly received by the audience, told them his office is “aggressively” taking on the task of protecting that right, including challenging several state lawsuits that would overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act involving redistricting in Southern states and strict new voter I’d laws that could keep minorities, the elderly and young people of all races from casting ballots in the 2012 election – which analysts expect will be decided by a narrow margin.
Where is Jeff Johnson and Roland Martin to champion this on the “black agenda”??
TRANSLATION: YOU CAN TELL YOUR CONGREGATIONS NOT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE OF SSM IF YOU WANNA, BUT THAT WILL BE YOUR LAST VOTE BECAUSE IF OBAMA LOSES AND THESE REPUBLICANS TAKE OVER YOUR BLACK ASS CAN FORGET ABOUT VOTING EVER AGAIN.
keep on telling it, Town
Town! Town! Town! – – –LOL.
– – -***doin’ the “church dance”***
-AMAN!! – – — -AMAN! – – -AMAN!- —–
THANK U – – — -TRUTH!! :>)
COMMENT OF THE WEEK, WEEK, WEEK!!!!
this is for the twitterites- tweet Tara Wall – where the non-White folks in Mitten’s America?
Wed May 30, 2012 at 09:36 AM PDT.
Mitt Romney’s ‘better America’ sure is white, isn’t it?
So Mitt Romney has a sappy new video out called The Promise of America. His basic message: that he will make America better by returning us to the nation we once were. He doesn’t explain what that means, but if you look at this collage of every closeup shot in the video, one thing is clear: the America Mitt Romney sees is really, really white.
That’s because Mitt Romney’s better Amercia is white and 99.99% of the people voting for him believe Amercia would be better if it were white, too.
Something Must Be Done
Wed May 30th, 2012 at 01:46:37 PM EST
Fortunately, money isn’t everything, but still…
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations. That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.
Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.
We have to find a way to survive this. And then he have to find a way to turn off the spigot. I’m indescribably angry about what the Supreme Court did to our democracy with their Citizens United ruling. And if rich billionaires think I’m alone, they’re badly mistaken. This isn’t a threat; it’s a confident prediction. There will be civil unrest in a large scale before long if our elections continue to be little more than pissing matches between rival billionaires and if the Republican Party continues to survive in its current form solely through the use of limitless contributions from the incredibly wealthy and ever-increasing efforts to suppress the non-white vote.
Boyce Watkins is just itching to get cussed out by Rev Al.
I was happy that Farrakhan threw his hat in the ring on the gay marriage conversation. Here are the reasons why:
1) Farrakhan says the things that other are afraid to say: For hundreds of years, black people have become well-conditioned to say things in a way as to keep our oppressors most comfortable. Louis Farrakhan wasn’t trying to maintain a good relationship with the White House, for he doesn’t need approval from the White House in order to speak his mind. He wasn’t trying to lobby for a job at MSNBC, since he knows how to make his own money.
What an incredibly feeble intellect this man has.
I will remind folks that I told you that Bitter Boyce had already typed and ready for publication – in case the President hadn’t of come out for SSM, an article entitled:
the President reinforces Black homophobia.
but, now that Minister Farrakhan has come out against SSM, of course, the President has turned his back on Black folks by not expressing homophobia.
the President can’t win.
*reads the comment section*
WTF? Is that silly bish on an “I No Longer Support PBO Because He Supports SSM” internet tour???
Rent-A-Center ruined the innanets.
I honestly think she belongs to some sort of cult. The entire tone of her comments is entirely too creepy.
I decided to mix up my workout routine so I bought a rowing machine, and my thighs calves and arms are cussing me out right now. Woo lawd that machine is no joke and I have it on the lowest setting too. LOL
Just pace yourself.
Keep track of your process, too; in six months you’ll be surprised.
Thanks for the encouragement Admiral. I’m taking it easy like you said and I’ll still do my light weights and my gazelle workouts.
Oh wow, I haven’t used a rowing maching in years! That is a helluva workout!
I decided to try something different because I was getting bored. I heard it’s suppose to be a good overall workout so I’m going to give a go.
HEEY Alma98 ***BIG HUG*** :>)
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That’s just too cute GLH lol, how’s that grand baby doing?
Alma98. Growin’ – – -CUTER – – -MORE PERSONALITY –DAILY! :>)
That’s WHERE I got THIS from. LOL – – –
Thank U 4 axin’. . . . . :>)
for Mad Men fans:
On May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks on Joan’s Epic Moral Moment
BY Gwynne Watkins
On Sunday night, Mad Men’s Joan Harris did something unthinkable, and the phrase “indecent proposal” returned to the popular lexicon for the first time since 1993. Prior to the episode’s debut, the title (“The Other Woman”) had fans fervently speculating that Joan and Don Draper might consummate their Christmastime flirtation. Instead, a much darker transgression took place. “What price would we pay, what behavior would we forgive, if they weren’t pretty, if they weren’t temperamental, if they weren’t beyond our reach and a little out of our control?” Don purred at the Jaguar meeting, as Joan relinquished control—the thing she has always prided herself on maintaining—to the least deserving man on the planet, for a once-in-a-lifetime payoff. The emotionally wrenching episode was the best so far this season, and a tour de force for actress Christina Hendricks (whose hourglass beauty gets more press than her considerable acting chops). In an exclusive conversation with GQ, Hendricks walks us through Joan’s fateful decision, reveals why Joan hasn’t hooked up with Don, and explains why kicking that no-good Greg to the curb was so satisfying.
Read More http://www.gq.com/entertainment/tv/blogs/the-stream/2012/05/mad-mens-christina-hendricks-on-joans-epic-moral-moment.html#ixzz1wO7GOVGK
Thanks for this. It was a great episode. I hope Joan kicks some butt as a “non-silent” partner.
I still can’t believe she did it! Wow. Great episode nonetheless.
Mad Men (along with The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Treme) is the type of show that you don’t just watch, but you literally study it. Everything from the music to the fashion (I’m still in amazement at the Tom & Lorenzo blog!) you study it. I love shows like that!
I have a friend and he just doesn’t get why I like Mad Men. He’s like explain it to me. I’m like, dude, you really just need to rent the first 3 seasons and watch it in a marathon slam. If you don’t understand the character development, I can’t explain it to you. That’s how I fell for Mad Men. I had the first two seasons on DVR and just decided to finally watch them in a two week marathon slam.
McCotter’s fail opens door for Democrats
By Laura Conaway – Wed May 30, 2012 3:01 PM EDT.
Republican leaders in Congress are lining up to support Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s write-in campaign to keep his seat. McCotter turned in a couple thousand nominating signatures for the Republican primary, but only 244 of them were valid. Now Representatives John Boehner, Pete Sessions and Eric Cantor have said they’ll lend their support to his write-in bid.
And then there are the Republicans back home in McCotter’s district, where they sound just disgusted that their incumbent couldn’t get himself on the ballot. From the Detroit News:
“That’s an unforgivable screw-up,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “I don’t even know how it happens. It really puts us in a difficult position.”
The details of how it happened are ugly. One state elections official cited an “unprecedented level” of fraud, with McCotter’s nominations petitions showing signs of having been manipulated to show far more signatures than the campaign had. McCotter has said he doesn’t want to speculate on how things went so wrong; he’s encouraging the state to investigate.
All of this leaves the door open for the one Republican who did manage to get his name on the primary ballot, Kerry Bentivolio, right, a Tea Party-backed candidate who couldn’t win the nomination for state senate two years ago — or for a Democrat. On the Democratic side, there’s a primary between Dr. Syed Taj, former chief of medicine at a local hospital, and Bill Roberts, a Lyndon LaRouche supporter who wants to impeach President Obama. McCotter’s district is 55 percent GOP. Republicans have held the district since it was last redrawn, in 1993. (More fun with this on the show tonight.)
Go Syed! (oh no he’s one of them scurry Mooslimz)
Mitt Romney Will Not Live by Your Bourgeois Moral Standards
by Steve M.
Wed May 30th, 2012 at 04:22:49 PM EST
I’m fascinated by the way Mitt Romney has become a proud, unabashed moral relativist.
It used to be that politicians dissociated themselves from supporters or staffers who said or did unsavory things because they wanted to be seen as believers in the notion that life requires certain standards of conduct. A lot of this has always been self-serving, of course, but the point has always been to identify oneself with the notion that there really are lines of decency that shouldn’t be crossed.
Mitt Romney, as Byron York reminds us, thinks the morality of one’s associates is irrelevant and calling out improper conduct is nothing but theater. He’s not gonna live by your bourgeois, petty moral standards, maaaan!
Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game
Mitt Romney’s refusal to repudiate Donald Trump sends a signal, both to Democrats and the voting public: With the nation’s future at stake in this November’s election, Romney will not accommodate calls that he disown supporters who make ill-considered, unpopular, or sometimes outrageous statements on matters not fundamental to the campaign.
(Let’s stop right there — what if Barack Obama had declared in 2008 that he wouldn’t play the “repudiation game” with regard to “outrageous statements” such as … oh, say, years-old remarks about America made by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright? Would Romney have backed up Obama’s decision? I’m guessing not.)
[One] reason Romney is wary of such concessions is that John McCain tried them, and they didn’t do him any good. For example, in February 2008, a local Ohio radio host, Bill Cunningham, introduced McCain at a rally in Cincinnati. In the introduction, Cunningham referred to Obama three times by his full name, which at the time some Republicans feared would open them up to unspecified accusations of intolerance. “At one point, the media will quit taking sides in this thing,” Cunningham said, “and start covering Barack Hussein Obama.” McCain immediately apologized and disavowed Cunningham’s remarks. Eleven months later, of course, Obama took the oath of office, beginning, “I, Barack Hussein Obama…” In retrospect, the Cunningham episode looked ridiculous.
And why are McCain’s repudiations the only ones we’re talking about here? Obama repudiated Wright, and Obama won. Why is Romney so certain that repudiation equals perceived weakness? Does he really believe that?
I also wonder if Romney just has a visceral desire to out-macho his predecessor at the top of the GOP ticket the way George W. Bush wanted to out-macho his own father (and, possibly, Romney wants to out-macho his).
A spectacular failure of self-awareness
By Steve Benen – Wed May 30, 2012 3:30 PM EDT.
As attention shifts from Mitt Romney’s private-sector work to his tenure as a one-term governor, the Republican campaign has a challenge: coming up with a compelling explanation for why Romney struggled so badly when applying his business background to government.
Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was asked late last week, for example, about the former governor’s job-creation failures in Massachusetts. He argued Romney inherited a “recession” and an economy that was “losing thousands of jobs every month.”
At this point, you might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t Obama also inherit a recession and an economy that was hemorrhaging jobs?” And if that is what you’re thinking, you’ll love the Romney campaign’s new press release.
Governor Romney Inherited An Economy That Was Losing Jobs Each Month And Left Office With An Economy That Was Adding Jobs Each Month. After taking office at a time when the state was losing thousands of jobs every month, Governor Romney’s focus on fiscal responsibility helped create an environment where job growth returned to Massachusetts. Job growth increased throughout his term….
The same press release takes a cheap shot at a “net” loss in jobs under Obama, which is wildly misleading because it blames the president for job losses that happened before his policies were even tried. But even if we put that aside, if Romney’s to be congratulated for inheriting an economy that was losing jobs and then turning things around, by that identical standard, he ought to be patting Obama on the back for a job well done.
Indeed, Obama’s campaign team could effectively issue the identical press release, after just swapping out the president’s name for Romney’s, and changing “state” to “nation.”
Given that the fight over job creation and economic growth is central to the entire presidential race, Team Romney’s new claim/standard is arguably the most important campaign story of the day. After all, Romney has spent two years arguing that this standard isn’t good enough for the president, but apparently it is good enough for himself.
Greg Sargent had a good take on this:
I guess he’s like “I can’t even pretend anymore”
With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political
With Mitt Romney now officially President Obama’s opponent, it truly appears to be game on at the Fox News channel — at least, if this morning’s “Fox & Friends” is any indication.
Today’s version of the morning show featured an anti-Obama video that resembled propaganda films from 1930’s Europe more than it did responsible TV politics of today.
And the remarkable thing was the the witless crew on the couch that serves as hosts for this show had the audacity to present it as journalism and congratulate the producer who put it together.
You can see it for yourself, and I hope you will let me know what you think.
HOW IS THIS SHIT EVEN LEGAL??? HOW??
Virtual Blackout From National Media On Voter Suppression In Florida
Florida GOP Chair Compares Disenfranchising Voters to Stopping Drunk Drivers
I got a feeling Holder is watching and Scott will end up in court over this.
i believe that speech to the church members had two purposes, one was to get the word out, and two, tellin’ Scott that he saw their azzes, and will snatch wigs when necessary.
I believe it too.
Did you see the freakout at TOD with comments like this:
“Holder is Chicken shit!”
Eric Holder’s record on voting rights is impeccable. He has surely earned the benefit of the doubt from any Obama supporter.
“It is an unfortunate reality that unlawful discrimination in voting persists, just as it does in the workplace, in schools, and in so many other parts of our lives. That is why our Voting Section is as busy as it has ever been – we handled more new cases in the last fiscal year than in every single year going back to 1977, which is the earliest year for which we could construct the records, save for one, 1994, which it tied. We are halfway through the 2012 fiscal year, and we already have almost as many new cases as last year’s record year. Voting rights enforcement is indeed an all hands on deck enterprise. . .
And also last month, we filed a notice in court taking the position that several of Florida’s recent election law changes – including changes to the early voting period, changes to the procedures for third-party voter registration organizations, and changes that affect people who move between counties and want to update their address on election day – did not meet the Section 5 standard and should not be precleared.
All of these matters remain ongoing in litigation, and while I can’t go into more detail on our review of ongoing matters, I can assure you that our review will continue to be thorough, fair, and fact-based.”
That is why I stopped lurking over there, I don’t need any more aggravation from those folks. What a bunch of silly azzes.
Same here, thank God I stopped. I knew it wouldn’t take long for them to freak out again. Waiting for you know who to send another letter.
They lost ALL of us? Maybe CS should think about this. There is a “new” poster at TPV who I recognize from TOD. He disappeared from there after having been told off constantly for fear mongering. Deaniac will deal with it.
Their videos are marvelous.
But I have no time and less patience. I cannot spend twenty posts on Michelle’s formal wear or thirty on who has been up all night in order to be “first” on a new thread. They still do a lot of work, campaigning, I believe. But I cannot figure out when, LOL.
Mainly I often sense the same paternalistic attitude toward Obama BWD had. I once argued with a poster there. Her “heart was breaking” because she was sure OBAMA’S was, over the latest insult. Obama is steel, the kindest man alive, but steel. Give him some credit!
(heading to whatever you call timeout now….
“Mainly I often sense the same paternalistic attitude toward Obama BWD had.”
I feel that many over there have similar views as her’s too. Especially towards POTUS and black people. I think that the vibe at TOD has changed over the month.
I’m with ebogan they get freaked out over every damn thing, running around with their hair on fire. I’ve stopped myself from registering because I would be banned in 30 seconds. Eric Holder knows how to do his damn job.
“The sky is falling!”
“The sky is falling!”
I love TOD but for the past few weeks I have chosen to lurk, because of late there is something called ‘too much of ‘ in my book. Too much chatter, too much character assassination, too much reporting of doom and gloom, and way too much negative discourse from the same commenters. Just not good for my positive outlook and spirit.
Haven’t been there in weeks. Doesn’t look like I’m missing much.
Which thread is the “chicken shit” comment located?
AG Holder has been on top of the voter ID laws waaaaaaaaaay before these EmoProgs/PLs decided it was the trendy thing to talk about.
Typical emoprog whiny bullshit…and just another reason to trash a high-profile Black official, imo.
Just like all these emoprogs finally being upset about Citizens United. Ummm, the President put the Supreme Court on blast at the SOTU almost 2 1/2 years ago to their faces. But now in typically emoprog fashion, PBO hasn’t done enough.
I swear I can’t stand the perpetual bitchassness shown by the so-called PL.
Thanks! I see someone corrected that ignorant Jovie poster with the facts about what AG Holder has been doing for voting rights.
She wasn’t corrected in the way she SHOULD have been corrected….of course my way would have resulted in immediate banning.
Fox & Friends Guest On Valerie Jarrett’s Influence Over Obama: She’s The ‘De Facto President’
Videoby Alex Alvarez | 10:17 am, May 30th, 2012
On Wednesday, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy spoke with The Amateur author Edward Klein about senior adviser Valerie Jarrett‘s “mysterious hold” over President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
“She had unique power for somebody working inside the White House,” said Doocy.
We haven’t seen anything like this in modern presidential history,” said Klein. “One person who is the best friend of the First Lady and the soulmate of the President, who is the last person to leave the Oval Office after a meeting, goes upstairs to the family quarters, has dinner with the President. Goes on vacation with them. Has his ear. Is de facto president of the United States.”
“Wow, that’s big,” said Doocy. “Well, let’s talk about her resume. Does she have the resume to have this job?”
No, she doesn’t,” replied Klein. “But what she does have is the trust of Michelle Obama, number one, whom she hired in Chicago, and the President, who uses her as his gatekeeper.”
Doocy then noted that, in his book, Klein writes that Jarrett “has also been responsible for much of the incompetence and amateurism that have been the hallmarks of Obama’s time in office.” Referring to the mission resulting in the successful capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, Klein said that “this is the one time that the President, that I know of, didn’t take her advice,” adding that “he did not take her advice that one time and things worked out very nicely.”
“She’s a very, very liberal person,” he continued. “And she, for instance, urged him to put that mandate on church-related organizations that were required to give free health care for contraceptives. This was against the advice of Joe Biden, the vice president, against the advice of Bill Daley. Bill Daley brought Cardinal Dolan into the Oval Office to try to get the President to reverse himself. And when Valerie Jarrett heard that, she went to the President, blew her stack and Bill Daley was shortly ushered out.”
“More powerful than the chief of staff,” said Doocy. “Isn’t that something?”
I wonder who programs those 3 robots every morning before the show.
TRANSLATION: THAT EVUL NEGRESS IS CONTROLLING THE COUNTRY, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP
I wondered when they were going to go in on Valerie. I’m surprised it took this long…
ROFLMAO!!!! They killing it on twitter about that misspelled AMERCIA!
Some poor app designer is getting strapped in a cage on the top of a car and driven across country tonight. #amercia
Romney’s knack for spelling qualifies him to be President of Twitter. #Amercia
Top Conservative Cat@TeaPartyCat
Mitt Romney misspelled America on his new app, which is no big deal until he invades Iraq when he meant Iran.#amercia
Romney passed the misspelling test and he’s now a full member of the Tea Party.#amercia
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Conservatives Express Concern that 4 More Years of #Obama Will Destroy #Amercia’s Reputation for Stupidity & Intolerance
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#Amercia Land of the Fee
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Romney: “I like frying people” #amercia
All the @ScrippsBee kids in town this week are laughing their butts off at Romney right now. #amercia
miranda – – — THESE PHOOLS have LOST THEIR MIND!! – – – –
– – – -Florida Concocts Signature Test to Purge Democratic Voters – –
– —While voter suppression is nothing new, Rick Scott has taken it to the extreme with a variety of measures ranging from restricting registration, to voter purging and a signatures please law. Among the people, the people on Scott’s list of ineligible voters is a World War II veteran.
The restrictions on voter registration have clearly had the results Rick Scott wants. As NPR reports:
Because of those rules, and their potential penalties, the League of Women Voters and some other groups have stopped conducting voter registration drives in Florida. The League is challenging the rules in federal court, but in the meantime, few nonpartisan groups aside from NCLR are registering voters in the state.
– -The purpose of the voter purge is to eliminate non-citizens from the voter rolls to solve the non-existent problem of voter fraud. – -NO IT ISN’T!!
Many citizens under Florida’s voter suppression laws have been erroneously identified as Non-Citizens based on the very issues that excluded people erroneously tagged as felons in 2004.
The effort to purge felons was also been over inclusive and disproportionately targets Hispanics, as reflected in the New York Times report in 2004.
– – – -SKIP – – —
– -As Think Progress reports, the same flawed information used today to exclude non-citizens is just as flawed resulting in the purge of 180,000 of eligible voters. For Miami-Dade County alone:
THERE IS MORE – – – -KRAP!!!
You give them too much credit, GLH. They still have their minds. Their puny, nasty, racist, evil, antebellum minds.
HEEY gc. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
THANK U. :>) – –U RIGHT! – —
– -BEYOND —-DESPICABLE —DISGUSTING – -VILE – – -IGNANT – -MIND-lesses!!
Good 2 C U. gc. :>)
Can I just say that the ease with which people are calling Holder “chickenshit” and “useless” and “lazy” over this FL business is disturbing to me.
I would love to hear from actual lawyers or people with REAL knowledge of the law as it pertains to voting rights and the Department of Justice and what the DOJ and AG can actually do aside from useless rhetoric that leads to nothing because there is not much that they can really do.
I would prefer to hear from someone with facts NOT sentiment and emotional outrage.
Thank you for this. I would like to hear this as well. And if people had done what they were supposed to do in 2010 Rick Scott wouldn’t have been elected. It’s not like Florida wasn’t warned about what they’d be getting if Gollum got elected.
I have come to the realization that most of the emprog, sanctimonious, always whining and name-calling keyboard “warriors” (who 97.9% happen to be white) have the same race-based angst as their right wing brethren .
Think about it…..POC aren’t putting anti-gay amendments up for votes on ballots, pouring millions into campaigns into anti-SSM like the almost lily white Mormon Church and other Christian churches, and yet we get blamed, demonized, and this President basically cursed out by these same emoprogs because he is stopping these white folks in their tracks and not meeting the emoprogs demands fast enough.
Now somehow, Atty Gen Eric Holder is the problem in the voter suppression wave..the failure. Huh, are these fuckers serious? In their eyes, it is his fault that fraudsters like Rick Perry is carrying out the plans his sponsors like the Koch brothers have put forth. I can guarantee you Eric Holder grew up with stories of HIS family facing Jim Crow, terrorism at the hands of whites in this country less than 50 years ago….hell, it might have motivated him to become an attorney. And yet some emoprog behind a keyboard who has benefited from white privilege (along with his/her family) their whole life what’s to name-call the FIRST Black attroney general due to white folk trickery targeting our communities. GTFOH.
I guarantee you that if any of these emoprogs were old enough during the Civil RIghts movements, they would bemoan that Blacks need to know their plac, be good niggas..all the while praising J Edgar Hoover for his leadership. Remember, these emoprogs are the type who get uncomfortable with Rev Al Sharpton having a show on MSNBC (remember that brouhaha) ….they call him a racebaiter just like their right wing white brethren because they too want to ignore the elephant in the room. The difference of the President and the other 43 blows their mind. More white people of all stripes feel enormous anxiety now, and it ain’t because of the economy alone….it is because they feel the country is in danger but because it is led by this black man and they simple have no trust him. The same mistrust they bring to work each day on their job, in their neighborhoods, and what surrounds them in their likely segregated neighborhoods. That’s why the emoprogs are NEVER satisfied with the enormous progress PBO has done in his short time and the right wing wants you to think he has done too much with his radical agenda.
From Malcolm X (1963):
The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox.
We can name a whole lotta foxes in the PBO era, with a D by their name, but pure selfish politics on their minds.
HEEY MonieTalks.- – -***BIG HUG*** :>)
– — BEAUTIFUL – – -CALL OUT!! – —
– -Sooo – – THIS ACCOUNTS 4 the – —WANNABE – -PUPPET-MASTER MENTALITY!! -(who 97.9% happen to be white) – –AHA
We can name a whole lotta foxes in the PBO era, with a D by their name, but pure selfish politics on their minds. – – —
– – –YA MEAN – – -HIS WORDS were the BASIS 4 THIS? – – —
GOT IT!! :>) THANK U MonieTalks. :>)
I agree GLH.
Except substitute the word ‘puppet’ with ‘slave’ – that described my feelings when I read those comments on that site.
If you don’t know that AG Holder is a hardworking Jamaican ‘Hey Mon’ Headley, you are beyond help and common sense.
HEEY ShyLurker ***BIG HUG**
– – -LOL. – — -I’ll use both . I stated with the PUPPET ’cause there is a SONG! :>)
SURE he’s HARDWORKING. He does – -HIS WORK – – – -NOT THEIRS!! – – -THAT’S THEIR PROBLEM!!! :>) ***sigh***
Good 2 C U. :>)
Fauxgressives are weak and phony–fairweather friends who ALWAYS cosign whatever bullying wingnuts are saying about Dems. Bullying wingnuts hate Eric Holder; fauxgressives in the so-called lefty media and blogosphere invent reasons to do the same. Because they can’t stand up to the right. Look at Van Jones co-signing the teaparty’s complaints re: Holder. The lefty media is a useless pile of bullshit and like the remainder of the national media, serves the prerogatives of a right-leaning elite. Nothing more to see here.
Where have you read AG Holder being referred to that way? I’d really like to go and engage the person(s) that believe they are so well versed in state and federal election law that they can call Holder those names.
I’ll give you one guess
the usual suspects at TOD.
When I have time I will focus.
Always remember that for the last 8 years the DOJ civil rights and voting departments have been decimated. The Obama administration has been trying to rebuild same, however, it has been facing fire from states coupled with corporate interest ALEC intent of making sure not everyone has a right to vote.
A part of this mindset is also about a means of creating a way in which an a Balkanization of America takes place with the impending demographic changes. For example see your senate populated by white males while the demographics are changing. There is an interest in maintaining that power structure. When people sat on their hands in 2010, the signaled to the race was more important that economics. The vote in 2010 provided a small window for the final kill of voter suppression to ensure nothing like an Obama election happens again and in the same short protect the interest of the ruling class.
Eric Holder has been fighting for section 5 of the voters right act since he came into power and you can expect to see the case in the Supreme Court. See Shelby County v. Holder http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/elections_and_voting/
The D.C. Circuit ruled today in LaRoque v. Holder that a plaintiff’s challenge to the preclearance provision of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was moot after the Attorney General withdrew its objection to a referendum making local elections nonpartisan in Kinston, North Carolina, a covered jurisdiction. etc —-
A brief synopsis:
If you read the constitution has written, it does not gurantee individual right to vote rather takes on legislative/executive requirements and leaves manner time and place for election of these entities to the state (some instances Fed can affix date). Article VI, section 3, stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Its directed at the officials but read to imply the people. This notion was affirmed in Bush v. Gore where the court stated that the individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the president of the US. In essence, you get your right to vote from the 10th Amendment (all rights not delegated in the US by the constitution meaning not given to federal government is reserved to the states respectively or the people).
We all work on the notion that voting is fundamental to a vibrant democracy. But it really isn’t until we have a voting rights amendment in the constitution.
Always work off that there are two levels: Federal v. State. Federal has the federal constitution and every state has its own constitution, however their constitution cannot fall below the standards of the federal government. Most states determine their requirements for the election, those requirements then are utilized for national elections. i.e. residency requirement, IDs, gerrymandering etc.
However, he federal constitution it via amendment states via 15, 19, 24 that it individuals cannot be prohibited from voting based on race, sex, 18 or older, poll tax etc. In short, if the state decides to change it cannot discriminate as noted by the Amendment. However, states were doing same which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Holder’s power for regulation with regards to voting comes from specifically from section 5. This allows him to use the federal regulatory powers to review states/counties and determine whether they are in conformity with the voting rights act. http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php [read for more resources]
In essence some states are controlled under section 5 of the voting rights acts based on past history. See http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/covered.php for a list. There is a formula utilized in determining whether a state/county will fall under a Section 5 administrative review. Some states have been fighting the formula and the overall section as I have indicated. Section 5 is not permanent and does not apply to every state. It is narrowly tailored per Supreme Court ruling. As the DOJ notes when initially implemented the Application of this formula resulted in the following states becoming, in their entirety, “covered jurisdictions”: Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia. It has now changed for some, it is not statitic. Intend is to be able to find voter suppression based on formula which includes census.
The specific administrative review we speak of us is in respect to specific outlined categories http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/types.php. So for example Supreme Court sanctioned state voting rule changes will not be subject to DOJ review but federal court adopted changes would be if it reflects the policy of the district that falls under section 5.
The remedy for the AG or private citizen is to bring an injuction action at the US district Court against the use of a change affecting voting that has not been reviewed under Section 5. This is what Holder has been doing since he got there and he has been alerting people.
His scope of administrative review is limited. The people are going have to step up to protect hard fought rights our grandfathers fought for. A lot of people have taking things for granted. This whole voting suppression has been the game for a while only people were not paying attention.
That is why he has been going to our communities to wake up. It is not a joke anymore.
wow. thank you, thank you, thank you. I really appreciate the information.
Sorry for typos and grammar errors
I hope this comment is front paged so that I can tweet it. It needs to be tweeted
HEEY aleth ***BIG HUG*** :>)
GR8 ANALYSIS. THANK U!– – – -Annnnd I di-ent C anywhere that a SIGNATURE TEST [that’s their RECENT BARRIER] is LEGAL. – —
– – -THIS: – – -Eric Holder has been fighting for section 5 of the voters right act since he came into power and you can expect to see the case in the Supreme Court. See Shelby County v. Holder – –
-Annnnd the RACIST OBSTRUCTIONISTS have been FIGHTING AGAINST it!!
2 BAD a couple of other RACIST STATES [FLA. OHIO, PA.,] don’t have – –Section 5.
THESE RACISTS – – -B**TURDS!! – – —
AGAIN – — THANK U 4 the COGENT ANALYSIS. :>)
HEEY lamh35. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
YES U CAN! – – – – -SADLY!!
ACTUALLY the MORE I UNDERSTAND their MENTAL-ality – – — the ANGRIER I GET.
THEY SPEAK as IFF there is an ALTERNATIVE!!– -THERE IS NONE!!
We R BEYOND PAST the time 4 cogitating about the political scene.
The HATRED that THEY DISPLAY AGAINST MR. PRESIDENT annnd MR. HOLDER is EMBODIED in – –teh WILLARD annnd THEY SOUND JUST LIKE HIM!!
THEY just needta add the (R) behind their NAME annnd – -call it a day.
NO THANK U[Emos] – – -Do NOT express a desire 2 CAMPAIGN 4 MR. PRESIDENT. – –“CAUSE when he gets in 4 his second term – — -U WILL STILL B CRITICIZING!!
BTW – – -I ‘ON’T C ANY EVIDENCE of a FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN 4 MR. PRESIDENT! – – -CURIOUS!!-
Sorry 2 B so long lamh35. :>) Good 2 c U. :>)
– -miranda – – – Hesitated 2 post his ’cause —I KNEW that it would B attributed 2 MR. PRESIDENT. BUT – – -I liked the way that REV. AL – BROUGHT IT 2 — -teh WILLARD! HAH! – —
– – –U.S.: Second-Highest Child Poverty Level–
– — A UNICEF study of 35 developed countries found the United States had the second-highest rate of child poverty after Romania.
The study – -titled Report Card 10 — found the child poverty rate in Romania was 26.5 percent. The U.S. rate was 23.1 percent, followed by Latvia and Bulgaria at 18.8 percent, Spain at 17.1 percent and Greece at 16 percent.
Iceland had the lowest child poverty rate, 4.7 percent, followed by Finland at 5.3 percent, Cyprus and the Netherlands at 6.1 percent and Norway at 6.3 percent.
Report Card 10, from UNICEF’s Office of Research, looked not only at child poverty but child deprivation across the industrialized world. It defined a child as deprived if he or she lacked two or more of a list of 14 basic items, such as three meals a day, a quiet place to do homework, educational books at home, or an Internet connection.
THERE IS MORE.
Teh WILLARD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT – – -GROWN FOLKS –[BAIN CAPITAL – – -JOBS! – – -JOBS! – –JOBS! =-LOSSES!!] – – — Sooo
“WHYCOME” anyone would THINK that he CARED ABOUT their CHILDREN?? —HE DOESN’T!! – –
BUT – -It doesn’t make any difference – -HE’S A LOSER!! —
– – – -BLESS the CHILDREN. AMEN. – –
THANK U REV. AL. :>)
I see Condi is gonna endorse Mittens tonight. First of all big whoop and 2nd of all can someone please explain Condi Rice to me???
No, we can not.
can someone please explain Condi Rice to me???
Uncle Ruckus’ love child.
lamh35 – – – – -LOL. – — – –IT’S GENETIC. ——-A MUTANT -WHITE GENE.:>) —
miranda – – – -THIS —-is a BLATANT -BOLDFACE –RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA — LIE!! – —
– —Poll: Romney gains 21 points in favorability among female voters – —
– – — -OH! – — THIS WAS the SAMPLE POPULATION!! — -check!!
I went ahead and renewed my rent for my current apartment. I was thinking about moving, but I realized that I don’t really feel like moving, and I actually do like the apartment (where else can I get a one bedroom with a large living room, nice kitchen (w/island stove) and an attached garage, oh and did I mention it’s on the 1st floor. The walls are major thick (I’m not even sure that I’ve ever heard any noises coming from neighbors on either side of me) and the location is pretty quiet and only 5 mins from my new job. I did actually look at other apartments. I had 10 picked out, but after reading some reviews and checking out BBB on each property, I ended up with only 2 choices and I just figures forget it, so I re-upped for 14 months.
I hate, hate, hate apartment hunting. Consider yourself lucky you don’t live here. Rents here are ridiculously high.
u gotta find me some cheap rents lol
I’ll keep looking lol
Obama’s Own Story Defines His American Dream
by Scott Horsley
….On a campaign-style bus tour last fall, rolling through cotton fields and tobacco farms, President Obama stopped for a cheeseburger and sweet tea in the town of Reidsville, N.C. Shaking hands with a crowd outside the restaurant, Obama paused to offer some fatherly advice to college student Desmond McCowan.
“Basically, he told me, be sure I graduated. Stay in school and be sure I graduated,” McCowan said. “It’s one thing when your parents tell you, but when the president tells you … I’m touched. I’m touched right now.”
“Study hard,” said the president, whose own mother used to wake him up early to do just that. The idea that hard work and education pays off is one that Obama often conveys, in words and through his own biography.
read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/30/153994202/obamas-own-story-defines-his-american-dream
miranda – – — -OOPS! – – – LOL. WENT – –IN ON HIM – -BIG TIME – – — LOL —
– -Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Says Marco Rubio Is Not Qualified To Be Vice-President – – —
– ——Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a freshman senator with less experience in government than former half-term governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, is widely viewed as a possible running mate to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In an interview with CNN’s John King, however, one of President Bush’s top lieutenants threw cold water on this idea, saying Rubio is not qualified for the nation’s number two job. According to Gonzales, “Wisdom comes from experience. It comes from living. It comes from success. It comes from failure, and I just think that the country needs to have people in positions of leadership who have that level of experience that’s important to serve effectively as president and as vice-president.” Watch it:
– – – -TRUTH!! – -LOL.
And Gonzales is an expert in being un-qualified.
LOL nellcote – – – – -“BIRDS of a FEATHER” – – – -“2 PEAS in a POD.” LOL.
OMG I just saw Kathy Lee Gifford faux pas on GMA, when she didn’t know Maritin Short wife had died and kept asking him all these questions like she was still alive. How embarassing.
MS was kind though didn’t even let on to her his wife had passed on.
Blame it on a-a-a-a-a-alcohol!
miranda – – – – -YA MEAN that it looks as iff – — -FAUX-NOISE is a GOP SURROGATE!!?? – – –HAH! – –
– — -‘Fox And Friends’ anti-Obama video could double as GOP ad – —
– — -Fox News Channel’s morning show on Wednesday twice aired a nearly four-minute video that contrasted President Barack Obama’s words with negative statistics about his administration in a format that looked similar to a campaign advertisement.
The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America called the video “essentially a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad.” The segment also received criticism from a conservative blogger.
THERE IS MORE.
– – -THEN REMOVES IT – – —
– -Fox & Friends Produces 4 Minute Anti-Obama Attack Ad, Then Removes It From Its Website- —
– – – -Critics of the Fox News morning program Fox & Friends have often charged the show’s three hosts with essentially providing free airtime to GOP candidates, lawmakers and surrogates with little to no representation from their Democratic counterparts. But Wednesday morning’s foray marks a new low in the network’s willingness to do the Republican Party’s heavy lifting for it.
THERE IS MORE. – — –DRIVEL!!!
– – – -RUPERT! – – – – -RUPERT! – – – -RUPERT! – – — U GOIN’ DOWN – – -EVENTUALLY!! HAH.
- — miranda – – – -ED! – – – ED! – – -ED! – – – -MR. PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT GO 2 – -WISCONSIN!! — -THESE PEOPLE have had ALL THIS TIME 2
– –SELF MOTIVATE annnd ENERGIZE!!
NO! – – – -NO! – – – -A THOUSAND TIMES –NOOOOOOO! – –
BUT – – –THEY BETTA – –GOTV –2012 – — -in NOV!! —
– – -4 the LAST TIME!! NO!! – –geesh!!
Ed Schultz is continuing on his “Obama needs to come to Wisconsin” campaign tonight….sigh
Interestingly enough, some voters that don’t support Gov Walker also do not he warrants a recall.
An article at McClatchy:
Carey Peck, who just graduated with a master’s degree and is unable to find a job, offered a typical lament.
“I don’t agree with the recall. It should be reserved for someone who’s committed big offenses,” he said at a coffee shop in this Milwaukee suburb. “I don’t agree with what Walker has done, but I don’t think he’s done anything to warrant a recall.”
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/30/150546/wisconsin-recall-election-tests.html#storylink=cpy
and the one of Wisconsin’s major newspapers, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel editorial wrote an article critical of Walker but ultimately said this:
We recommend Walker; his removal isn’t justified
…..Even if you disagree with Walker’s policies, does that justify cutting short his term as governor? And if so, where does such logic lead? To more recall elections? More turmoil?
It’s time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We’ve had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term. We recommended him in 2010. We see no reason to change that recommendation. We urge voters to support Walker in the June 5 recall election.
So basically there is a possibility that a lot of folks in Wis.( and not POC as we have shown to be loyal Democrats time and time again) will vote against their interests in this recall, and yet Schultz and others want to set it up and pass the blame on the President.
I told you they were idiots.
Alma, I worked with a white girl years ago that was from WI, and she confirms what you said, She could not wait to get outta town when she was able.
I can’t wait to leave we only came because our parents were getting on in age. I hate this place with a passion I told my kids as soon as they’re able to, to get the hell outta here.
I can’t wait to read it….check out details about the great Toni Morrison’s new novel:
In Toni Morrison’s ‘Home,’ Soldier Fights War Abroad, Racism at Home
JEFFREY BROWN: In her new novel, “Home,” Morrison has revisited the early ’50s, telling the story of Frank Money, one of many black soldiers returning from the Korean War to pre-civil rights era America.
Hearing that his sister is dying, Money makes his way across a country filled with institutional and casual racism, heading for the rural Georgia town he thought he’d escaped and where he would never return. Unlike her memories of her college years, it’s not a happy portrait.
And when we talked recently at the newly restored Howard Theatre, Morrison, who’s now 81, said she very much intended that.
TONI MORRISON: I have noticed how people think of it as a kind of golden age, you know post-war, lots of money, everybody was employed, the television shows were cheerful. And I think we forgot what was really going on in the ’50s.
JEFFREY BROWN: What did we forget?
TONI MORRISON: We forgot McCarthy, anti-communist horror. We forgot that there was a war that we didn’t call a war, called a Korean police action. And it was a violent time for African-Americans.
JEFFREY BROWN: The home in the title is called Lotus, Ga.
TONI MORRISON: Right.
JEFFREY BROWN: And it’s described — he describes it at one point as the worst place in the world, worse than any battlefield.
read more: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june12/tonimorrison_05-29.html
I saw it in Barnes & Nobles but didn’t have time to read what it was about. Definitely seems like a good read.
miranda – – -Uhhh – – -I’m NOT advocatin’ goin’ through the trash BUT – – – -THIS OUGHTTA B INTERESTING. LOL – —
— – – –Discover tweets that your politicians shared and then promptly deleted. — —
Check ‘em out. :>)
miranda: – —LEMME POST some WHITE HOUSE EVENTS: – – —
– -President Obama Signs Renewal of the Export-Import Bank – —
– – –President Barack Obama signs the Export-Import Bill during a ceremony in South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, May 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Through the course of the past twelve months, U.S. companies exported $2.15 trillion worth of goods.
That figure breaks a record — it’s a 36 percent increase from the level of exports in 2009, and in fact, it’s the most we’ve ever exported in one, 12-month period. Some 9.7 million people went to work because of these exports — which is itself an increase of 1.2 million export-related jobs since 2009.
And part of the reason for that success has been the Export-Import Bank. The Bank, which is 78 years old, offers assistance to companies around the world that buy American products — in order to help boost the sale of those goods.
The Bank’s charter was set to expire at the end of the month, but with a bipartisan agreement from Congress, the President was able to extend the Bank’s mandate through September of 2014.
THERE IS MORE.
— THANK U — MR. PRESIDENT!! – – -JOBS! – -JOBS! – – -JOBS! –
miranda – – – -Annnd THIS – —–:>) – — –
– — -President Obama Marks Jewish American Heritage Month – – –
– — —President Obama delivers remarks at the White House during a reception to mark Jewish Heritage Month.
– – – –COMMENDATIONS – – -MR. -INTERNATIONAL – –PRESIDENT :>) – —
I thought I posted this but it did not post. There are fellow citizens issuing challenges to the voter suppression laws. Your vocal support will help to highlight this issue…Ohio law has a list running here. http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/
I am not an election law specialist but I am attorney by trade. Hope it helps. Laymans understanding of the law is different from what the law says or how it’s interpreted.
Democracy requires a vigilant and engaged citizenry. Voting is a first step but you have to be involved
thanks for this sis. ill pass it along
Thanks for posting this!
can you drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
miranda – – -Annnnnd the BAD – – – – –
– –VIDEO: Rep. Joe Walsh’s Macaca Moment –
Rep. Joe Walsh made racist and disparaging remarks at a town hall meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, 5/26/12. – – –
– — -The -RACIST – — -DEADBEAT DAD of the YEAR!! – –SAAAAA-LAP!!
Not surprised….election is about white folk
Don’t forget they believe that if they played the racism angle more they would have gotten 50 plus 1 of white voters. They are following pat buchanan’s post election analysis.
Look Romney playing to bigots and using coded racial language for white women. The question is not whether it will work but how much it will work with the protection and sanction of the media
aleth. – – – -**fist bump*** — –ESPECIALLY – –RICH – – -WYT FOLKS!! —humph!!
The RIGHT -LEANING MEDIA – –STR8 – –SURROGATE 4 – — -teh WILLARD.
KEEP axin’ the BLAH -MEDIA – – – — – —–WHERE U AT?? – – – – -***crickets****
The entire media is right leaning but mostly in it to protect the guy that looks like them. Obama has cleaned up alot of the messes, so they are ready for their man to take credit for the cleanup.
Notice when Romney said unemployment would be 6 percent by the time he finishes his 1st term—- its the CBO estimate based on Obama policy in place, likewise all his foreign policy shit is stealing from the black guy. It is the same game they played with black inventors, let them do the work and i will put my name on it.
The nation has amnesia right now,
there are no more macaca moments in this day age, not with a blah in the WH.
this won’t hurt him in the least
HEEY 7thangel. ***BIG – -please 2 meetcha – -HUG*** :>)
– – – -We KNOW – — -NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM SHALL PROSPER. – – -IT WON’T WORK! – – -
miranda – – – –LOL — -COMEDIC TRUTH! – – –LOL. :>)
-PhotOH! Donald Trump aka The Donaldodo (Ignoramus Bloviatus) – —
Florida purging affects whole state but only 5 counties fall with voting rights acts. Holder must make determination whether those counties will violate section 5 word is he will seek injunction but personally not sure it will hold
Not fast enough is not the problem…it’s does he have regulatory powers in some states. Funny how idiots think a back man is not aware of the suppression. I hope the suits work to halt in the short term
In this case is an injunction an act in itself or is it the first step in sueing to stop an action permanently?
Well DOJ first must seek injunction under the guise that there is violation of section 5. Once an injunction is put in place, a hearing will eventually take place to determine merit of the assertions. At the very least there would be a judicial ruling to keep the law on hold until maybe after this election cycle.
isonprize: – — -***MEGA fist bump*** :>)
miranda – – -A PICTORIAL – – – BLACK HISTORY MOMENT:- — —
– – —Emory University acquires rare collection of historical African-American photos – – –
– – – -Emory University has secured one of the largest photo libraries of black history ever assembled. The collection holds over 10,000 photographs of intimate moments of African-American life dating back to the late 19th century. The anthology contains photos of several notable black Americans such as William Monroe Trotter, Marcus Garvey, and sculptor Selma Burke, but the uniqueness of this collection lies in the photos that capture rare moments in the lives of everyday black Americans.
A number of photographs in the collection were taken by African-American photographers themselves and range in subject matter from shots of cabaret life to pictures chronicling the civil rights movement. Emory University Provost Earl Lewis, who is also a professor of history and African-American studies, is very proud to have a collection of this magnitude at Emory. —
“Its breadth is incredible, its depth is considerable, and its sheer beauty is breathtaking,” Lewis said. “Scholars from many disciplines will find this collection to be a treasure trove for peering behind the veil and seeing the inner worlds of life in America.”
THERE IS MORE. – – – – —
This is an interesting read. Some guy who went to high school with the Mittbot and Harvard with President Obama:
- – — -GOOD NIGHT -POU FAM. :>) MY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS.♥ -♥ :>) –
– ——–UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>) – -
All the mealy-mouthed self-serving opportunistic assholes like Cory Booker dancing to earn their phony baloney No labels bona fides are being smoked out from their rat holes. It is over Cory Booker and you better believe it.
Wow! All the rats are here!
Starting with one of the biggest bullies and phonies of all this anti-Obama hag of a woman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95RsDgwYy60&feature=relmfu
And this asshole of all assholes too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J9WWT6jzjk&feature=relmfu
Justice For Trayvon
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