September 24, 2017

Wednesday Afternoon Thread: ICYMI – President Obama Slow Jams the News

The coolest Prez evah!

  • GN

    It’s certainly extremely early, but this election may very well turn into an asswhoopin of historical proportions:

    h/t Liberal Librarian:

    Well well well. Latest Rocky Mountain poll on Arizona [!]: Obama 42%, Romney 40%, Obama +2.

    Poll here:

    A fauxgressive recently chiding PBO as “cocky” because he was putting resources in states like Arizona. His “cocky” looks like “intelligent” and “has common sense” to me.

    • Did it ever occur to these fauxgressives that PBO’s team does their own polling and adjusts their game plan accordingly? But they think they’re superior and he’s inferior. #WhiteLiberalRacism

      • Miranda

        “Did it ever occur to these fauxgressives ”

        NOPE…don’t need to go further.

      • MsKitty

        Hence all the daily unsolicited “Obama should do this” and “Obama should do that” articles and commentary. They’re so much smarter than him that it’s a miracle he can even manage to tie his shoes all by himself.

    • gc

      As always, GN, we are on the same page. I play around with the “l” word (landslide) then run to get the salt, knock on wood…

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Chica, me too & I also add the holy water and blessed candles! I feel real positive but I never underestimate the evil of Repugs because they cheat.

        My boots are on the ground for PBO & Dems & I won’t stop & I won’t get cocky but I will stay positive.

        • gc

          Hola AG – I justed watched my recording of Jimmy Fallon with BHO. I al out of compliments for our guy.

          Thank you for all the work you are doing…gc

    • rikyrah

      that these words could be written is what scares them to death

    • Why would he not put resources in places he can possibly win? Who wouldn’t want to see Obama win as many states as possible this year (besides the republicans of course)?

      If what these emos claim to be true, that we need a more progressive political party, wouldn’t wiping out the republicans make this a lot easier?

      My opinion of course.

      • Ebogan63

        LT, most of them are in love with only the idea of a more progressive political party, not the actual work it takes to achieve it. Much easier to be an armchair revolutionary and chant ‘FDR’ and ‘fight’ than get off your dead azz and do it yerself.

        • Aquagranny911


    • Aquagranny911

      I predict & you all can smack me with a wet noodle if I’m wrong, that President Obama will take AZ, that Carmona will take Kyl’s seat & that our nasty Sheriff will be rocking on his patio (or sitting in jail) We are organized, we’ve got good people & we will not give up!

  • *sniff*


    I think Romney and the Repubs just shat on themselves!

    CNBC ‏ @CNBC
    Fed now expects unemployment rate to end year in 7.8-8% range, down from 8.2-8.5% in January. (h/t @Kelly_Evans)

    • Miranda

      My last unemployed friend who was laid off in the summer of 2010 is now back working full-time. There were 5 of us laid off in 2010 and all are back working full-time…. and if my trip to Lenox Square this past Sat was any indication, consumer spending is UP UP UP. Oh…and why is the media strangely quiet as gas prices all of a sudden start decreasing? Coincidentally, started decreasing after PBO had that press conference with Holder by his side regarding speculators and potential criminal liability.

    • trose1

      My brother who has been unemployed for a good 2 to3 years just got a job yesterday working at a automobile factory. He had to move to southern ohio but he now has a job.
      He said several got hired in with him.

      • Guns3000

        congrats to him…….I know the feeling

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — WOW&1/2!! – – -GR8 ECONOMIC NEWS!!! :>)

      – – -***listenin’*** — -WHAT’S DAT — -HATAS!! – – -HUH!? – –HUH? —

      I CAIN’T HEAR YA!! – -SPEAK UP!! – – –


      BARACK – -HUSSEIN – –[AKA – – HIZZLE SIZZLE] – — OBAMA!! – – –

      – – – — Woo! Hoo! :>) – – –

    • Romney: I never said 8 percent. I said 2 percent. Obama is a failure so there.

  • GiGi weeps…

    But now that Paul’s campaign is all but over and presumably, Romney will be the Republican nominee, the military’s donation trend is beginning to shift: away from Paul and toward Obama, the Open Secrets blog reports:

    [I]n March, it was Obama that scooped up the most support from the armed forces — about twice as much as Paul, in fact. Romney remains an also-ran when it comes to backing from the military.

    Overall, Paul retains the lead. Analysis of data shows that so far in this election cycle, members of the military who donated more than $200 have given Paul’s campaign about $333,134, versus $184,505 to Obama and just $45,738 to Romney.

    But in March, Obama and Paul switched places. Members of the military sent $36,448 to Obama and just $17,733 to Paul. Even though Romney solidified his position as the presumptive Republican nominee, military donations to his campaign remained anemic — only $8,630.


  • rikyrah

    this entire video just cracked me up

  • rikyrah

    Religious right lobbies against VAWA
    By Steve Benen – Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:45 PM EDT.

    As the Violence Against Women Act gets ready to move in the Senate, no one seems to be lobbying against it as aggressively as the religious right.

    While the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is mired in scandal resulting from ERLC head Richard Land’s repeated plagiarism and inflammatory remarks on race, it has found time to criticize the Violence Against Women Act. Doug Carlson, manager for administration and policy communications for the ERLC, voiced the group’s opposition to the highly successful law because of new provisions that ensure that LGBT victims of domestic violence do not encounter discrimination while seeking help.

    Carlson quoted a letter Richard Land signed along with Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel, Jim Garlow of Renewing American Leadership Action, Tom McClusky of Family Research Council Action, C. Preston Noell of Tradition, Family, Property Inc., Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum and Penny Nance and Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women for America.

    Notably, the letter was also signed by conservative activist Timothy Johnson, who was convicted of a felony domestic violence charge and was arrested a second time for putting his wife in a wrist lock and choking his son, as reported by Sarah Posner.

    The lobbying efforts don’t appear to be having much of an impact. The Hill reports today that Senate Republicans “will let legislation on domestic violence pass the upper chamber despite having concerns about its constitutionality.”

    The focus will shift quickly to the House. A Senate Democratic leadership aide added, “We will be happy to point out as long as it takes the inability of the House to act on the Violence Against Women Act. We won’t let a day go by where we don’t put pressure on the House to move forward. Republicans would be wise to let this go through the Senate and not count on House GOP counterparts to hold it up and strip out provisions.”

    • Aquagranny911

      That’s because these snotrags actually want to be able to beat on wives & girlfriends without any of that pesky intervention.

  • Rhoda

    Purple Strategies (Ed Gillispies, Republican poohbah, ran Bush’s campaign, helping Mittens firm) has the President up by 4 points.


    But, it’s “close.”

  • Miranda

    that’s what you git….

    Marine discharged for Obama Facebook criticism
    The Marine Corps said Wednesday it has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.

    The Corps said Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members.T he San Diego-area Marine has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights.

    The discharge will mean he loses all benefits.

    A federal judge previously denied a request to block military discharge proceedings against Stein, who called Obama an enemy on Facebook.

    more here

    • Alma98

    • rikyrah

      the President of the United States is the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.

      there are some things that are ‘ interpreted’ from the Constitution.

      THIS is not one of them.

      THIS is explicitly said in the Constitution.

      WHEN you join the military, you agree to follow a code of conduct.

      IF you decide to break that code of conduct…accept the consequences of your actions.

    • Aquagranny911

      The Marines in my family had a few things to say about this dude….none of it good. “Disgrace to his uniform…embarrassment to the Corps” were the mildest.

    • Funny how when he had a Commander In Chief who lied us into war not a peep. Now a President comes along and ends our occupation of Iraq and gives veterans mad benefits and Stein finds his voice.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – – – –Guess he hadta learn the HARD WAY: –


      – -☻ -FREE SPEECH — -AIN’T FREE – –IT can COST U!!

      – -☻ KARMA — – -WILL GET the – – -“W”!! — HAH!

  • Miranda

    HA! Oh so its the high-powered attorney’s fault that your clients pulled an automatic rifle on people and landed their own azzes in jail huh? LOL, well…….yeah….see the lil D.A. and sherriff were gonna let the Hatfields go but ummm, the Kalonji’s just happened to know one of those $700 an hour attorneys for the 1% and he told them “I got this”.

    Lawyer: Gun-wielding Newton father, son made scapegoats

    From his modest office in downtown Covington, attorney Mario Ninfo said he believes he knows why Newton County Sheriff’s deputies praised his clients on Thursday but arrested them Monday for holding a retired Stone Mountain couple they mistook for thieves at gunpoint.

    “Don Samuel happened,” said Ninfo, referring to the renowned defense lawyer who is representing Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his 57-year-old wife, Angelica, as a favor to their son, Bruno, once a soccer coach to Samuel’s son.

    Samuel’s high-profile client roster has included rapper T.I., Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Jim Williams, the Savannah antiques dealer whose murder trial was chronicled in the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

    more here

    • rikyrah

      they rolled upon the WRONG ONE.

      and, they’ll NEVER forget it.


      • Kennymack1971

        Sure as hell did. Serves their bigoted asses right. Maybe one day these folks will learn this ain’t the 50’s and we don’t just turn the other cheek like that anymore.

        • rikyrah

          turn the other cheek died APRIL 4,1968

    • GN

      Amazing how these armed vigilantes turn into WATB.

  • rikyrah

    I’ll say it again:



    Scalia Likens Undocumented Immigrants To ‘Bank Robbers’

    Sahil Kapur April 25, 2012, 2:20 PM

    In his fervent defense Wednesday of Arizona’s right to crack down on illegal immigration, Justice Antonin Scalia likened immigration enforcement to crackdowns on bank robbers.

    “What’s wrong about the states enforcing federal law?” Scalia said during his aggressive questioning of U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. “There is a federal law against robbing federal banks. Can it be made a state crime to rob those banks? I think it is.”

    The Reagan-appointed justice mocked the Obama administration’s argument that S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally forces the federal government to re-prioritize its enforcement resources and go after undocumented people who are not dangerous.

    “But does the attorney general come in and say, you know, we might really only want to go after the professional bank robbers?” Scalia said. “If it’s just an amateur bank robber, you know, we’re going to let it go. And the state’s interfering with our whole scheme here because it’s prosecuting all these bank robbers.”

  • rikyrah

    Boehner: House To Vote Friday On Student Loan Rate Extension

    Speaker John Boehner announced at a press conference in Washington today that the House will vote Friday on bill to extend low interest rates for student loans – paid in off-sets by taking money from the health reform law’s “slush fund.”

    • Miranda

      They been up round the clock for the last 2 days trying to come up with SOME way to make this hurt PBO…that’s the best they could do huh?

  • Miranda


    VIDEO: Oops! Marco Rubio loses last page of his speech. Maybe he needs a teleprompter…

    • Alma98


  • Miranda

    Taxpayer-funded crisis pregnancy centers are using religion to oppose abortion, and many of them only hire Christians

    If you want to help carry out the anti-abortion mission of the taxpayer-funded Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, you have to be a Christian.

    It’s right there on the Rapid City, S.D., center’s volunteer application.

    “Do you consider yourself a Christian?” “If yes, how long have you been a Christian?” “As a Christian, what is the basis of your salvation?” “Please provide the following information concerning your local church. Church name … Denomination … Pastor’s name.” “This organization is a Christian pro-life ministry. We believe that our faith in Jesus Christ empowers us, enables us, and motivates us to provide pregnancy services in this community. Please write a brief statement about how your faith would affect your volunteer work at this center.”

    But that hasn’t stopped the center from receiving federal funding and other forms of government support.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    In Brief: Mitt Romney Is Breathtakingly Vile:

    Describing his successful business career at Bain & Company and Bain Capital last night after winning who the fuck cares which primaries, Mitt Romney said, “I became successful by helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people.” That was actually Bain Capital, which he founded with other rich prickfaces. After once again listing the few companies we’ve heard of that were successes once Bain came in, Romney continued, “I’d tell you that not every business made it and there were good days and bad days, but every day was a lesson.”

    “Huh,” the Rude Pundit thought. “I wonder which day or which business he was talking about.” Was it Georgetown Steel in South Carolina, which was gutted by Bain once it took over, with managers “replaced by people who knew nothing of steel,” with equipment upgrades avoided, with union benefits cut, which was fine for making the quick buck Bain wanted it to make so it could look better on paper and be sold, but not so good for making, you know, steel products, and Georgetown was driven into bankruptcy.

    Or was it a bad day when a Bain-run corporation bought a paper plant in Marion, Indiana, in 1994 and immediately fired everyone who worked there and forced them to reapply for their jobs “at lower wages and a 50 percent cut in health-care benefits”? When the workers striked, Bain closed it down and shipped the jobs to Mexico. Was that a bad day or a good day? It’s hard to tell. Probably both, depending on where your paycheck was at the end of it.

    Was it a bad day when Bain’s management, specifically Romney’s, created the financial situation that forced a Kansas City steel mill to close after 100 years in business, with 750 people losing their jobs and the pension fund shorted by $44 million? Or maybe ask the 1700 workers laid off from Dade International in Illinois after Bain took over?

    The thing that President Obama needs to keep in mind about Mitt Romney is that he is a ruthless, amoral son of a bitch. Like Bain Capital, he makes promises that are lies when they get in the way of his greater good or his bottom line. With his polished smile and primped hair, Romney is one of the most outright depraved and evil sociopaths ever to run for office, and that’s including Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson.

    Beware the man who presents himself as honorable when his actions have demonstrated nothing but disgrace.

  • GN

    I’m chatting with a fellow Obamabot on twitter. She says dailykos’ Adam B has turned into a Zimmerman apologist. How disgusting is that.

    • Alma98

      Doesn’t surprise me at all.

      • GN

        I’m hoping he’s just being contrarian and not serious about that mess. But whatever.

        • conlakappa

          Adumb [allegedly] has a triflin’ trickster history. He’s a douche from way back. I can write that unallegedly.

  • Alma98

    I love this man.

  • rikyrah

    GOP economist, Romney aide ‘seems to have jumped the shark’
    By Steve Benen – Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:00 PM EDT.

    Economist Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, saw his stature and credibility as a scholar take a pretty severe hit during the Bush/Cheney era. Hubbard served as the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors under George W. Bush, and ended up looking pretty foolish — he not only defended ridiculous policies, the Bush gang had him promote policies he’d argued against before joining the president’s team.

    In other words, Hubbard became known as an economist who would say things he didn’t believe, simply because political circumstances forced him into it.

    Hubbard is now an economic adviser to Mitt Romney — who, incidentally, also is known for saying things he doesn’t believe — and today has a Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing that President Obama’s budget plan includes a secret plan to raise everyone’s taxes by 11%.

    Commenting on the piece, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Hubbard’s argument is “completely made up,” and a “remarkably hackish observation for an economist.”

    Austan Goolsbee, himself a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, has apparently been friends with Hubbard for nearly 20 years, so he responded with a lighter tough, but even he was willing to say, “Glenn seems to have jumped the shark.”

    Hubbard’s numbers seem in pretty serious danger of violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

    His claim that the President’s budget requires large tax increases on the middle class to stabilize the debt is just factually wrong. Just go look at the Congressional Budget Office’s numbers. They examined the President’s budget and directly refute the central claim of the op-ed.

  • I gotta ask because I’m not fully verse in internet lingo, what does ICYMI mean?

    • Nevermind. In Case You Missed It.

      But what about ICAM?

      • MsKitty

        I Couldn’t Agree More

        • Ah. Thanks so much.

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            – —ATSM – – :>) – -U GOT IT! :>)

            Good 2 C U. :>)

  • Bri

    Police arrest 6-year-old who threatens, kicks principal

    By Susan Guyett

    INDIANAPOLIS | Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:22pm EDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Police in a small Indiana town hauled a six-year-old from his elementary school and charged him with battery and intimidation after he kicked and threatened a principal, police said on Wednesday.

    The incident followed one earlier in April where police handcuffed a 6-year-old girl who was screaming and crying and had injured a principal and damaged property at an elementary school in Milledgeville, Georgia. She was not charged.

    The Indiana student, who had been suspended from school recently for biting and hitting a staff member, was arrested April 18 at Hendricks Elementary School in Shelbyville, which is about 30 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

    “This was not an isolated incident,” Shelbyville Police Lieutenant Michael Turner said.

    School officials called police, reporting that the student, who was not identified, had kicked Principal Patrick Lumbley and told him and Assistant Principal Jessica Poe that he was going to kill them, a Shelbyville police report said.

    The student was yelling and screaming and lying on the floor of Poe’s office when police arrived, the report said.

    Poe led the student to a police car where an officer placed him in the back seat, buckled him in and drove him to the police department, the report said. He was not handcuffed.

    Turner said he hoped the filing of juvenile charges would help get the child needed help.

    “Putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don’t have,” Turner said.


    This upsets me. I don’t like that KIDS are being arrested for throwing TYPICAL tantrums. The black girl arrested earlier this month for throwing a tantrum still angers me.

    • GN

      Are they serious? He’s six. Wow.

    • nellcote

      “Putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don’t have,”
      sure, putting kids in the juvenile “justice” system always works out so well.

      Calling the parents isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article.

    • Aquagranny911

      The recurring question I have about these incidents is why hasn’t this child been tested, given a thorough physical with vision & hearing tests? Tantrums like this are not “typical” in a six year old. They are a desperate cry for help and this is ADULT FAIL!

      This baby has only been on this earth for six short years. His coping skills are in short supply. He is dependent on the adults in his life to protect and care for him appropriately. Obviously they are failing.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      SADLY, SOME of these – –UNDIAGNOSED annnd UNTREATED CHILDREN have been BY-PASSED in the educational system!!

      THEY have JUST BEEN – –LABELLED!! -[INCORRIGIABLE, Hard 2 Handle, etc.] annnd PUNISHMENT systems R set 4 them – –NOT TREATMENT!!

      Iff they were in a proper, SUPPORTIVE CLASSROOM – – -teachers/ aides KNOW the APPROPRIATE —RESTRAINT TECHNIQUES. – —

      Iff NOT – – the RESTRAINT becomes —HANDCUFFS or a BULLET. SADLY.


      Wish I could give more hope. Hmmm. . . . .

      Good 2 C U Bri. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        You nailed it & while education is being decimated, our children suffer because they don’t get the special help or treatment they need.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          THIS situation is CRITICAL! —-On the RISE R

          “DRUG/ALCOHOL FETAL SYNDROME children —

          -AUTISM/ASPERGER SYNDROME cases, etc. – —

          Annnd there R fewer TRAINED teacher.

          In my district – –REGULAR ED. teachers R given training in – – -DEFENSIVE TECHNIQUES which ASSIST the STUDENTS in NOT ESCALATING aggressive behaviors.

          Por ejemplo: – –LOWER your voice when U speak 2 students. Give them a 5 minute BREAK,etc.

          I C THIS daily. –SADLY.

          Good 2 C U – -Aquagranny911. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        You nailed it & while education is being decimated, our children suffer because they don’t get the special help or treatment they need.

  • Reuters is trying to say Zimmerman’s got African ancestry, therefore he can’t be racist!

    The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

    • trose1

      Why are these people so invested in trying to prove Zimmerman is not a racist?

      • rikyrah

        because they don’t want to admit to everything Black folk have been saying about racial profiling.

        Trayvon was guilty of WALKING WHILE BLACK.


        nothing else.

        he was stalked because he was Black.
        he was hunted because he was Black.
        he was murdered because he was Black.

    • Miranda

      So exactly why did Zimmerman believe that Trayvon was “up to no good”….”checking me out”….”looks like he’s on drugs”. He believes this about everyone he doesn’t know personally?

      • GreenLadyHere

        miranda – — At the RISK of bein’ redundant:- —

        – —☻Z has been TRAINED —despite protestations 2 the contrary — –-2 B A RACIST!! – — – —ANY “BLAH”

        His statements sound – – RACIST — 2 the POINT of DELUSIONAL!!– – — –

        The police annnd WYT residents ENCOURAGED his RACIST BEHAVIORS/THOUGHTS!! –Part of his — TRAINING!!
        – – – – – – – – —- ———- – – – —– — – ——————————-
        ☻They described that he has “cell mates” — -prolly WYT!.

        BUT – — 1 day —“RAY –RAY” will C him!! —Annnd HE MAY – – -B “UP 2 NO GOOD annnd “CHECKIN’ HIM OUT” —

        His WORDS MAY COME BACK 2 – – -“BITE HIM”.

        Jus’ sayin’. . . . . .

    • rikyrah

      Trayvon had iced tea and skittles.

      his crime?



      the beginning, middle and end of the story.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – —-LOL – –NOPE! — NOPE! annnd NOPE! —

      -Their – -IL-LOGIC – -FAILS! – —

      EVIDENCE: – – –Black Republicans Launch Racial Anti-Obama Ads – – —

      – —-Annnnd – – – -WE KNOW: – — ALL OUR SKIN FOLK – —AIN’T OUR —KIN FOLK!! – –

      – — We – – -REST OUR CASE!! – –HAH!!! —

      NEXT. . . . .LOL.

      • Freder421

        GLH, I wonder, why huff and puff is reprinting this old news story? Black Republicans Launch Racial Anti-Obama Ads

        First Posted: 07/08/08 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:35 PM ET

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD MORNTIN Freder421. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – -I ‘ON’T KNOW!. :>) I try not 2 cite them, but the story made a point.

          Their point: – –prolly 2 write something NEGATIVE abut MR. PRESIDENT. Part of THEIR — -“SOUTHERN STRATEGY”. – – -***tsk***

          Good 2 C U -Freder421. :>) Hav a good day. :>)

    • gc

      To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy:

      You know you’re a racist if you kill innocent Black kids while walking down the street.

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet blushing baby Jesus!

      They are trying to take this from a hate crime to an “accident.” I’m surprised they are not claiming that Zimmerman got his thumb stuck in the trigger & the gun just went off. Oh wait! That will probably be next.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda – – — LOL – – -TAGS!! – –LOL

    THIS is ona the —
    BEST SCHTICKS that MR. PRESIDENT has done!! – – —

    Usin’ his – –HUMORIST SKILLZ!! – – -LUVIN’ HIS STYLE!! :>)

    Thank U miranda. :>)

  • trose1

    Glad to see people tweeted @Steve Kornacki about that bs article he wrote in Salon about Amendment 1. I didn’t even know anything about that issue.
    I know that Black people are about to be set up for blame if the ballot fails. Makes me ill to see this bs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -[Apologies ifff a dup]- – – – – -HAH! – – –GOOD!! – – –

    – –George Zimmerman’s fundraising website disabled – —

    – –The website that a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer set up to help raise money for his legal defense in the shooting of an unarmed black teen has been disabled.

    The website http://www.therealgeorgezimmerman was no longer functioning as of Tuesday.

    It was created almost two weeks ago by George Zimmerman’s family to receive donations in the sensitive case.

    Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense.

    A call to Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, wasn’t immediately returned on Wednesday.

    Wonder iff it raised any $$$ – — –

    BUT – – –gotta keep WATCHIN’ his attorney. TRYNTA B SLICK!! —

  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney’s Fantasy World

    Jamelle Bouie

    April 25, 2012

    In his victory speech last night, the former Massachusetts governor offered a startlingly dishonest take on the last three and a half years of the Obama presidency.

    In a sane world, Mitt Romney would be laughed out of politics for the speech he gave celebrating his final wins (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York) in the Republican nomination contest. The centerpiece of the address was a riff on the classic formulation, “Are you better of now than you were four years ago?”

    Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

    What’s frustrating about this is the fact that it ignores the last four years of political history in an attempt to put Barack Obama at the center of the country’s economic troubles.

    But that’s ridiculous. Here’s what we know about the last four years. In 2008, the economy fell into a deep recession. The proximate cause was the collapse of the global financial system, but the process itself was long in the making; George W. Bush was a terrible steward of the economy, and his policies—along with those of congressional Republicans—yielded a decade of slow growth and sluggish job creation. Along with an out-of-control financial sector, the end result of all of this was the worst recession in more than seven decades.

    In response, the public ejected the Republican Party from power, and elected Barack Obama to the presidency by the highest margin of victory of any Democrat since Jimmy Carter. What’s more, he entered office with large majorities in Congress, giving him space to pursue solutions to the economy, along with his own projects.

    By the time he reached office, however, two things had happened. First, the economy had gotten worse. Unemployment shot to new highs, growth reversed, and the United States entered economic freefall. The overwhelming priority for the incoming administration was to stabilize the economy and keep things from deteriorating into a second Great Depression.

    The other thing was less remarked upon at the time, but no less important: Congressional Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, pledged to make Obama a one-term president by any means necessary. Their plan was to use legislative rules like the filibuster to create a supermajority requirement for everything from confirming nominees to passing new legislation. Far from harming Republicans—who would be unified in their opposition—the blowback would tarnish Obama, who would be blamed by the public for gridlock and obstruction.

    Even without Republican support, Democrats managed to pass a stimulus, health-care reform, and financial reform, but each bill involved a tremendous amount of work, and left the party in poor shape with the public. Still, Republican obstruction was successful in reducing the size of the stimulus, stigmatizing health-care reform, and taking the teeth out of financial reform.

    Worse, the sudden reversal of Republicans on the issue of fiscal stimulus—which they supported at both ends of the Bush administration—meant that the economy was stuck without further support, even as it stagnated with slow growth and high unemployment. Obama, as the president, received the lion’s share of blame from the public. The only people who noticed Republican obstruction, by contrast, were assorted bloggers, journalists, and Washington insiders.

  • rikyrah

    Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 08:49 AM PDT
    Mitt Romney has failed to live up to his reputation as a flip-flopper

    by Jed Lewison

    If you’re wondering why the Obama campaign has focused most of its recent criticism of Mitt Romney on Romney’s conservative positions instead of his track record as a flip-flopper, you need look no further than this fact: despite Mitt Romney’s track record of being a flip-flopper and despite predictions from virtually everybody in politics (including his own campaign!) that he would Etch-A-Sketch his conservative primary positions away, Mitt Romney has largely stayed true to his campaign promises.

    Romney has flip-flopped on flip-flopping, you might say. The most glaring exception is his reversal on student loan interest rates; there’s no question he’s flip-flopped there. And he’s hinted at a shift on immigration policy, but aside from disputing his own statement about Arizona being a model for immigration policy, he hasn’t actually changed his position.

    Meanwhile, on virtually everything else, Romney hasn’t budged. His economic philosophy is extraordinarily conservative, featuring a $10 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. His stump speech portrays Obama as an enemy of the American way of life and describes his campaign in apocalyptic terms, saying that America’s survival is at stake in the 2012 election. That’s not hyperbole (on my part). Last night, Romney said if Obamacare is allowed to stand, America’s economic system will have “ceased” to exist.

    Not only isn’t Romney flip-flopping on any of those positions, for the most part he’s not even trying to soften his rhetoric. Case in point: going on Jay Leno’s show to tell sick people without insurance that they are out of luck if they want to buy coverage. He even brought up the Republican War on Birth Control during his speech to the NRA. (Talk about shooting blanks!)

    It might be remarkable that Mitt Romney hasn’t sought to flip-flop on those positions or soften his rhetoric, but given the fact that he’s decided to stay on the right, it’s not exactly hard to understand why the Obama campaign is training its fire on his conservative positions. It’s true that they’ve shifted from attacking him as a flip-flopper to attacking his conservative views, and The New York Times and Politico have done an interesting job exploring the dynamics of that shift, but the central reason for it is that Mitt Romney—against all odds—hasn’t even tried to flip-flop.

    Perhaps the key question that reporters should explore is understanding why Romney hasn’t yet tried to erase more of his positions. Perhaps he’s waiting until voters are paying more attention, or maybe he just wants to make sure he unifies the Republican base. He might even be sensitive to the perception—fueled by the Obama campaign and his own past history—that he’s particularly inclined to being a flip-flopper. And if Mitt Romney’s camping out on the right simply because he doesn’t want to play into the Obama campaign narrative of him as a flip-flopper, then that narrative will have proven to be one of the most effective traps in political history because Mitt Romney cannot win this election without Etch-A-Sketching his way to the middle. And if—or, more likely, when—he eventually tries, you can bet the Obama campaign will be there every step of the way, challenging his credibility. And the longer Romney waits, the more effective those challenges will be.

  • rikyrah

    That Center Cannot Hold? Rubio Speaks on foreign policy
    Posted by Heather Hurlburt

    Marco Rubio makes a splashy appeal to what used to be the national security center-right, with a Bob Kagan-heavy speech at Brookings and an LATimes op-ed on Latin America.

    The pieces are well structured and make bows to reality — working with allies and partners, the need for negotiation and engagement, even the appropriateness of using the UN to build coalitions — that we have grown unused to hearing from conservatives over the primary debates.

    Laura Rozen went as far as suggesting Rubio was auditioning for an Obama second-term Secretary of State, with lines like these:

    In this new century, more than ever before, America should work with out capable allies in finding solutions to global problems. Not because America has gotten weaker, but because our partners have grown stronger. It’s worth pointing out, that is not a new idea for us. Our greatest successes have always occurred in partnership with other like-minded nations. America has acted unilaterally in the past – and I believe it should continue to do so in the future — when necessity requires. But our preferred option since the U.S. became a global leader has been to work with others to achieve our goals. So yes, global problems do require international coalitions. On that point this administration is correct.

    Preferably, we can succeed through coercive means short of military force. We should be open to negotiations with Iran.

    The spread and success of political and economic freedom in the Middle East is in our vital interest. It will certainly present challenges, as newly enfranchised societies elect leaders whose views and purposes oppose and even offend ours. But in the long term, because governments that rule by the consent of the governed must be responsive to the material needs and demands of their people, they are less likely to engage in costly confrontations that harm their economies and deprive their people of the opportunity to improve their circumstances.

    It’s easier to imagine each of those paragraphs coming out of President Obama’s mouth than Mitt Romney’s, which presages some interesting questions about Rubio as VP.

    I found just three differences on specific policies: Rubio’s call to establish a safe haven across the Turkish border and “potentially” arm the opposition in Syria; his limits on a timeline for negotiations with Iran; and his rejection of the US “reset” with Russia that produced Russian nuclear reductions udner New START, Russian help or abstention on Iran sanctions and Libya, and vital overflight rights for our troops in Afghanistan.

    • Miranda

      I thought he looked like a child reading a speech that his Mama wrote for him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – —FIRST — —

    START @ 1:07. Listen 2 the FATE of the FLY. – – LOL

    – -NOW: – – – -***shakin’ my head*** LOL

    – – –Politics
    Black student launches ‘African-Americans for Mitt Romney’ Facebook page
    – – – –

    – – — –Jordan Cruger, an African-American student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has created a Facebook page in hopes of garnering support from the black community for republican GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Cruger launched “African Americans for Mitt Romney” on Jan. 21, which to date has 88 ‘likes.’ BET reports on the story:

    It’s got just 84 likes, but it’s currently aiming for 100, a goal that college student Jason Cruger, creator of the “African Americans for Mitt Romney” Facebook page, hopes to soon reach. It chronicles personal and political milestones in the candidate’s life, such as his wedding anniversary, endorsements and positive poll numbers.

    Cruger launched the page on Jan. 21 with a video of Romney recalling his father’s relationship with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The social-media venture’s mission is to gather African-American support for Romney’s White House bid.

    “Mitt Romney will create many new jobs for African-Americans. He has laid out a plan to get the economy moving, lower unemployment and make sure that promises made by a functional government are promises kept,” the John Jay College of Criminal Justice student writes. – –D-E-L-U-S-I-O-N-A-L – – -SELF LOATHING – – –HANDKERCHIEF HEAD – — UNCA TOM! – – – –

    Click here for the full story.

    Just posted THIS: – – –ALL OUR SKIN FOLK —AIN’T OUR KIN FOLK!! — -Whew Lawd!! :>)

    • rikyrah

      some of us are so lost

      • GreenLadyHere

        rikyrah – –***fist bump** – —-[start @ :09 –LOST] —LOL.

    • isonprize

      HHHmmm, they go right up there with…

      Chickens for Colonel Sanders

      Minks for Fur Coats

      Cows for Morton’s Steakhouse

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        LOL – — – -BEYOND FUNNY! :>) – — –

        Annnnd – – – -Sharks for Long John Silvers. :>)

        Good 2 C U – -isonprize. :>)

  • Miranda

    Teacher Fired After Receiving Fertility Treatments

    A Catholic school teacher in Indiana is suing a diocese there, claiming that she was unlawfully terminated after school officials learned she was undergoing fertility treatments to become pregnant.

    In a federal lawsuit filed in a Fort Wayne, Ind., teacher Emily Herx claimed that she was fired and told by a senior church official that her attempt to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization made her a “grave, immoral sinner.”

    Between 2003 and 2011, Herx, who taught literature and language arts at the St. Vincent de Paul School, was well regarded, receiving high marks when evaluated by administrators, according to court documents.

    more here

    • rikyrah

      some shyt I read, makes me go HUH?

      what business is it of theirs?

    • lamh35

      Funny, at least 3-4 females at my job used fertility drugs to get pregnant. at least 2 of those women vote conservatively and one of them I know is fervantly anti-abortion, I’m not sure if she’s radically” pro-life, but I do know she belongs to an online chat service of anti-abortion chatters (having said that she is a very nice lady aside from her voter id).

      I rarely post direct posting to her on FB, but I am so gonna post this. One is a Mormon, the other is Presypretarian, so they will prob just brush it off as being a Catholic thing, but still, I am so posting this to their FB.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – -YAAAA! OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY – – -FIRES UP the VOLUNTEERS!! – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – –First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks to Iowa Campaign Volunteers – —

    – – —Des Moines, IA
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to Iowa campaign volunteers about their efforts to re-elect President Obama in November. “You know you can count on my husband, because that is what he’s been doing since the day he first took office,” she said. “That’s what he’s been doing. But I have said this before, and I know, Iowa, you heard me say it: He cannot do this alone. He needs your help.”

    The event took place at the Community and Events Center in Windsor Heights, Iowa, right outside of Des Moines.

    – – -ISN’T SHE LOVELY – – –with her BRILLIANCE!!? :>) – – –

    – – –4 MORE YEARS!! – –4 – -MORE YEARS!! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -MR. PRESIDENT – –FIRES UP – — -the STUDENTS[staff] @ –

    the UNV. of IOWA. – –

    Annnnd the USUAL:- —I LOVE U. —–I LOVE U BACK!! :>) – –:>)

    – — –Pres. Obama Makes Last Speech in Series on Student Loans — –

    – – – –President Obama made the last of three speeches encouraging Congress to stop a doubling of student loan interest rates, scheduled to take effect on July 1. The President visited the University of Iowa in Iowa City today; he spoke to students at the University of North Carolina and the University of Colorado-Boulder on Tuesday.

    Some 7 million undergraduates relying on subsidized Stafford loans will see their interest rates rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

    In 2007, then-President George W. Bush signed a bill passed by the Democratically controlled Congress that lowered student loan interest rates to their current levels, with the provision that the rates would return to 6.8 percent this year.

    The price tag for keeping the subsidized loans at the current low rate is about $6 billion a year.

    Both chambers of Congress are looking at options to prevent the interest rate increase. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Tuesday he would introduce a bill “in the next 24 hours.” According the Bloomberg News, the bill would put off the rate increase for one year and would be paid for by adjusting tax rules that allow some taxpayers to avoid paying Medicare payroll taxes.

    – – -THIS – – –On Tuesday, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that he also opposes the rate increase. – – –

    – – –‘CAUSE — HIS PRESIDENT – — SAID! – – -SO!! – – – –LOL.

  • Miranda
  • Aquagranny911

    WTF! Rubio is “auditioning” to run for Prez in 2016. I would love it if he took the VP slot with Robme. Then we could bury them both but Repugs are like Zombies. They want to eat your brains and they never die.

    FU Discus! Feed the starving guinea pigs, please & find that one who shouts row.

    This comment was for…..forget it….I’m lost

  • Miranda

    Yeah…this is our one mission in life……freaking nut

    Mississippi Gov. Says Democrats ‘One Mission in Life Is to Abort Children’

    Days after he signed a law that would effectively shut down his state’s only remaining abortion-performing clinic, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant accused Democrats of having one mission in life: “to abort children.”

    “The hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb,” Bryant told conservative radio host Tony Perkins on Tuesday.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —O/T —A SONG 4 — -teh mutant LEROY – — –

    – – – –SAMMY DAVIS JR – MY WAY – —

    – – – – –And now the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend I’ll say it clear
    I’ll state my case of which I’m certain

    I’ve lived a life that’s full
    I traveled each and every highway
    And more, much more than this

    – —BIG FINISH!! !

    I did it my way – – – -SAAAAANG – – -LEROY!!! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – CHEATING on his DYING WIFE – –THAT SHOULD have —COST HIM the ELECTION!!! – – – – -ARROGANT –EVIL/VILE – –

    – – –This Could Have Cost the Election – —

    – – – –Testimony from the trial of John Edwards is making a bad situation look even worse.

    The ex-aide said that he complained to Edwards’ campaign finance chairman Fred Baron about hiding Hunter, but was rebuffed because the campaign hoped Edwards would be tabbed as a vice presidential candidate for the 2008 Democratic ticket. “[Baron] told me I needed to stay focused on the job at hand,” Young said. “He told me to take a deep breath. Do the best I can.” Baron, he said, “wanted us to try and hold on until the Democratic National Convention.” […]

    On Tuesday, Young told the court he was instructed by Edwards to approach Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the widow of banking heir Paul Mellon, “and ask for a noncampaign expense, something that would benefit him.”

    Young said he used the money from Mellon to rent Hunter a house for $2,700 a month and bought her a BMW at Edwards’ direction.

    This author opines that the CONTINUING AFFAIR could B costly.

    IMHO – –THE FACT that the WIFE HAD CANCER [[like teh LEROY’s situation] —is MORE DESPICABLE!! — — Annnd –SHOULD HAVE COST HIM!!!

    – – — UNDER THE JAIL!! – – -May your soul ROT in HAIL!! – – –

  • crazycanuck

    I have no idea who Gretchen Carlson is, but this tweet amused me!/utaustinliberal/status/195344815674761216

    • Miranda

      It does. I think her hair is controlling her brain. It looks like its own life form.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-Haven’t read all of them – –BUT – —I’m glad that these cases R being brought 2 our attention. THIS should HELP 2 MODIFY or GET RID of this law. —

    – – –The 10 most infamous ‘Stand Your Ground’ cases – – –

    – – – –The killing of Trayvon Martin by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman has brought the issue of “Stand Your Ground” laws, which started in Florida in 2005 and now are on the books in some form in 18 states.

    But are these laws applied equally? Or does race, and gender, play a role in who gets immunity under Stand Your Ground, and who doesn’t?

    Here are ten of the most infamous cases.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -When I count the student who R on “FREE and/or REDUCED MEALS” – – –there is DIVERSITY in the RAISED hands.

    Sooo RE-THUGS —U R HURTING YOUR OWN people!! – — –

    – – –House GOP Would Kick 280,000 Children Off School Lunch Program To Protect Tax Cut For Millionaires – –

    – – –House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home.

    Ten years’ worth of these nutrition cuts could be prevented for the price of one year of tax cuts on 3,340 multimillion dollar estates that House Republicans are protecting in their budget.

    On April 18 the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill cutting over $33 billion from SNAP over the next decade. About one-third of these cuts ($11.5 billion) comes from putting restrictions on “categorical eligibility,” a provision that enables states to better coordinate between programs and improves access to assistance for low-income families.

    By restricting this provision, the bill would kick an average of 1.8 million low-income people a year off of food aid and end automatic enrollment in free school meals for 280,000 children in struggling families.

    ——-SADLY: – – -They Don’t Really Care About Us – – –

    – – – –DID I say – – -EVIL/VIL – – -DESPICABLE — NEED 2 ROT in HAIL RE-THUGS? – – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -LOL – -THIS is WHAT THEY GET! — –

    – — –Sean Hannity Gives Cornel West And Tavis Smiley A Hard Time Over Their Poverty Initiative – – — –

    – — –sean Hannity often has plenty of conservative guests on the program, but tonight he shared the stage with two of the more animated liberal public intellectuals in the country– Professor Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who wrote a book so antithetical to Hannity’s ideals, he began the discussion tonight by calling out its title.

    — – -SKIP – – – –

    Hannity noted that the three often disagreed. “I do enjoy it when you both criticize Barack Obama, I thank you for that,” Hannity admitted to Smiley and West, the latter who replied, “we’re even more critical of you!” Hannity admitted he was upset at the title of their book, The Rich and the Rest of Us. Smiley began by way of explanation noting that “the rich more than the poor are responsible for this catastrophe,” but the economic struggles the nation have seen have fallen primarily on the shoulders of the poor. Hannity objected. “How about government policies that are responsible?”

    THIS is soooo STOOPID!!

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