November 28, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon Thread: Wednesday Wind Down

Relax, Relate, Release.

Earth Wind & Fire – Be Ever Wonderful

George Duke – No Rhyme, No Reason

Will Downing and Rachelle Ferrell – Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This

Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn – If This World Were Mine

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  • Miranda

    Obama Plans Executive Actions on Climate Change
    February 6, 2013

    “President Barack Obama in next week’s State of the Union speech will lay out a renewed effort to combat climate change that is expected to include using his authority to curb emissions from existing power plants,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    “The EPA has prepared rules for existing plants to minimize pollution from particulate matter, mercury and other toxins. But this would be the first time the agency regulates existing plants to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases scientists believe contribute to global warming.”
    http://wonkwire.com/2013/02/06/obama-plans-executive-actions-on-climate-change/

  • qosine

    I can’t wait for PBO’s State of the Union Speech. “I am the President of the United States.”

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      Is someone playing a joke on us?? Is that real??

      • Alma98

        It’s real lol.

    • Tafr

      LOL I was crying laughing! Best interview ever!

      • Alma98

        Didn’t he look like he was dancing when he was doing the hatchet motion lol. My daughter says it’s already been remixed on YouTube hahaha.

        • Tafr

          LOL yea that was one animated white dude! he had me crying when he said slam slam sllllllaaaamm! lol

          • Alma98

            LOL!

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

      *tears*

    • qosine

      Love this dude, Kai.

    • conlakappa

      Colbert had a very good segment on him earlier in the week.

    • isonprize

      THIS IS CRAZY!

      Though I would never hitchhike nor recommend it to others, I am glad Kai was hitchhiking. It takes all kinds to make a world…

      I did, however, note how the interviewer didn’t ask a single question about the motive of the driver to slam into the worker…

      • Alma98

        I’m glad he was there too or the black utility worker and that woman would be dead. I noticed that he didn’t ask about the utility worker too. He also skipped over the part when Kai said the man told him he had sex with a 14yr old girl in the Virgin Islands when he was in his thirties. I’d say it was more like rape wouldn’t you.

  • rikyrah

    Defining the ‘extremes’ in the immigration debate

    By Steve Benen

    At the surface, there’s ample reason for optimism on comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama is investing considerable political capital into the issue; the public strongly supports the reform efforts; a bipartisan bill is already progressing in the Senate; and every Republican strategist and consultant is warning the party not to further alienate the fastest-growing voting constituency in the country.

    Even House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently declared, “This issue has been around far too long. A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”

    All House Republicans have to do now is be half-way reasonable and reform should become a reality. What could go wrong?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/06/16868677-defining-the-extremes-in-the-immigration-debate?lite

  • QOakaJP

    Afternoon POU. Not to be a downer at the start of the afternoon, but I had to bring part of my last message from the morning thread over here:

    That’s their (PL’s) new thing: American children cannot and should not be mourned by PBO because America is not also simultaneously mourning everyone else in the world while also treating PBO as if HE is the same as any mass shooter. Really, they argue that. They echo the rightwingers who claim Obama’s tears are “fake.” In the end, people like this expose their agendas so clearly that it’s obvious they don’t care about our children being killed, in Sandy Hook, on a street corner, or anywhere else in the world. Dead kids are just the backdrop of their small-minded attempts at ‘intellectual exercises’.

    • Miranda

      In the end, people like this expose their agendas so clearly that it’s obvious they don’t care about our children being killed, in Sandy Hook, on a street corner, or anywhere else in the world.
      __________________________

      They are who we thought they were.

    • GN

      @root_e
      The USA has the largest % of people in prison in the world and the “progressives” main civil liberties issue is a religious nut terrorist.

      Speaks volumes. These folks don’t speak to me or for me.

      • goldenstar

        Not even a relgious nut terrorist but a FUNDAMENTALIST!!!! No rights for women; no questioning authority; no inquiry; no questions Their asses would be grass under this guy’s version of the world.

  • creolechild

    BREAKING: Republican Virginia House Speaker Kills GOP Senate Gerrymander Scheme

    Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (R) killed the Inauguration Day sneak attack by Senate Republicans who hoped to pass a massive mid-decade gerrymander. Howell ruled that the Senate’s amendment to a House bill making minor technical corrections to the House legislative maps were not germane, as it was a “vast rewrite” and would “stray dramatically” from the legislation’s original purpose.[….]

    The Senate passed the controversial maps on January 21 on a party-lines vote. The measure passed 20-19 because Senator Henry Marsh (D), a legendary civil rights leader, was absent attending President Obama’s inauguration.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/06/1551651/republican-virginia-house-speaker-kills-gop-senate-gerrymander-scheme/

    H/T Josh Israel

  • rikyrah

    Go Ahead and Fight Each Other

    by BooMan
    Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 01:12:09 PM EST

    Do you know anything about Steve Deace? Simply put, he’s nuts. But he’s taking on Karl Rove in today’s Politico, which is noteworthy only because he’s far from alone in being highly displeased with Turdblossom.

    Karl Rove was once known as the “architect” but now a more appropriate nickname might be “demolition man.” Give Rove credit for one thing. He knows how to coalesce the conservative movement. He was the master strategist credited with getting the movement on one page to propel George W. Bush to eight years in the White House. But conservative dissatisfaction with Bush’s big government policies grew, and then eventually boiled over in the Obama years to what we now know as the tea party movement.
    Now Rove has succeeded in uniting the conservative grassroots yet again, but this time by becoming the face of the loathed Republican Party establishment. Rove’s prominent and annoying display on Fox News as the Republican ruling class’ mouthpiece and his new effort aimed at defeating the tea party makes him the point man for destroying the very conservative movement that made him a national name in politics in the first place.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/6/13129/19346#10

  • rikyrah

    The end of an error
    By Steve Benen

    Though plenty of Republican pundits fared poorly in 2012, Dick Morris seemed to struggle more than most. You’ll recall that the Republican strategist guaranteed a Romney landslide, then later conceded he said things on the air he didn’t really believe as part of a larger partisan agenda. It wasn’t long after Election Day that even Fox News decided to bench him.

    That was two months ago. Now, Morris is a man without a network home.

    The Fox News Channel has declined to renew its contract with Dick Morris, a spokeswoman for the channel confirmed on Tuesday, three months after Mr. Morris was widely derided for predicting a landslide victory for Mitt Romney in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

    Media Matters published a related report today, highlighting Morris’ 15 years of “countless ethical violations, inaccurate electoral predictions, and offensive, false, and dishonest comments.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/06/16871360-the-end-of-an-error?lite

    • Admiral_Komack

      Did CNN pick up this clown?

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        If they did, I hope they have a whole lotta Desinex.

    • conlakappa

      … and shrimping.

    • nathkatun7

      Dick Morris is a con man. He figured out a way to make tons of money: massaging Right wing egos.

  • creolechild

    Fredrick senator says he’ll vote for death penalty repeal

    Proponents of repeal of the death penalty have picked up a potentially pivotal vote in the Senate with the decision of Sen. Ronald N. Young of Frederick County to support an end to executions in Maryland. In an interview last night, the previously undecided Young said he had made up his mind to vote for the bill backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley and to resist amendments aimed at thwarting full repeal.

    “It’s more costly to execute (murderers) than to keep them for life,” Young said. He added that prison officials have told him that lifers frequently turn into model prisoners because they depend on the privileges they accumulate.[….]

    Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-frederick-senator-says-hell-vote-for-death-penalty-repeal-20130204,0,7703622.story

    H/T Michael Dresser

  • rikyrah

    In defense of the GOP’s “cosmetic” makeover

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on February 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Since November, a steady stream of Republicans have offered a “reform” agenda for the GOP. In speeches and interviews, up-and-coming Republicans like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan have urged the party to craft solutions and build new appeal to ordinary Americans.

    Of course, neither figure has proposed actual reform, or a departure from the arch-conservative policies that defined Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency. With the possible exception of immigration, they’ve pushed new rhetoric for the same policies, in an attempt to navigate between real political constraints (the GOP base) and a real need for change.

    Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor joined the fray with a policy speech that presented existing GOP policies on education, immigration, and entitlements, but placed them under a new “make life easier” banner, as if it somehow made a difference.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/06/in-defense-of-the-gops-cosmetic-makeover/

  • rikyrah

    Arkansas senator now OK with just listening through your belly

    As the Arkansas legislature continues moving toward a ban on most abortions, the sponsor of the state Senate version says he is willing to drop that part about the vaginal probe. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

    An Arkansas senator proposing to ban most abortions in the state says he’s changing his bill to prohibit the procedure only if a fetal heartbeat is detected using an abdominal ultrasound.

    Senator Jason Rapert’s original legislation, passed by his chamber last week, would put abortion off-limits for most women before they even knew they were pregnant. You would have needed an ultrasound by vaginal probe in order to determine which very few women were eligible to exercise their constitutional rights. “Can you imagine what kind of feeling that would cause when inserted into a woman?” Democratic Senator Stephanie Flowers asked him last week during the debate. “No,” Rapert said.

    It turns out the state can still monitor a lot of pregnancies from the outside of your body, so Rapert’s going that route instead. Meanwhile, as you can see from the image, the senator who had been locally famous for his fiddling has become now famous in a whole new way as Fiddling Rapert. (H/t Arkansas Times.)

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/06/16869313-arkansas-senator-now-ok-with-just-listening-through-your-belly?lite

    • Town

      Um isn’t he the dude that said he wasn’t gonna let minorities run roughshod over what Americans built?

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Yep.

  • rikyrah

    Crossroads invites rivals, starts to backpedal

    By Steve Benen

    We learned over the weekend the Karl Rove’s attack operation, American Crossroads, is launching a project called the Conservative Victory Project, intended to help discourage the Republican Party’s right-wing from nominating unelectable loons who lose general-election races.

    In particular, Crossroads president Steven Law noted his concerns about Iowa’s 2014 Senate race. “We’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem,” Law said. “This is an example of candidate discipline and how it would play in a general election. All of the things he’s said are going to be hung around his neck.”

    Compare that to what Law told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Todd noted that Steve King managed to win re-election against a credible Democrat in 2012. “Sure,” Law said, after noting the money Crossroads has already invested in Tea Party candidates. “And we put $400,000 into that race, actually, in support of him this last go around.”

    Jed Lewison picked up on the shift: “A few days ago, Law was basically calling Steve King an unelectable nut job, saying that he was “concerned” about King because of ‘King’s Todd Akin problem’ and the fact that ‘all of the things he’s said are going to be hung around his neck.’ And now Law defends himself to conservatives by saying that his group actually spent $400,000 to try to elect King and refuses to repeat any of his pointed criticisms of King, instead saying he was trying to make a generic argument about how things a candidate has said or might say ought to be a factor in deciding who to support.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/06/16869386-crossroads-invites-rivals-starts-to-backpedal?lite

  • rikyrah

    Well, sure, we could also try that

    By Kay February 6th, 2013

    In the run-up to the 2012 election, I was attending meetings on voter protection. I’ve been doing voter protection in this county since 2006, so the Obama campaign and Ohio Democratic Party training sessions were a review and update for me (and for most of the other people in the room as well). At one of the last pre-election gatherings, however, there was a very young lawyer who spoke up and said he didn’t understand the written materials and he wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do in a real-life situation. A lawyer who had been a GOTV volunteer in Florida in the 2000 election came and spoke to us that day and his story was just chilling. He gets a call that something “hinky” is going on with balloting in Palm Beach County and then it all went to hell from there. The dramatic re-enactment of Bush versus Gore from the visitor may have been what alarmed the poorly-prepared Ohio lawyer.

    Anyway, an older man responded to the young lawyer’s concerns. He just looked at him and growled “blow the doors off and we won’t have to worry about any of this shit.” By “blow the doors off” he meant “turn out voters.” And that happened. I don’t know that we blew the doors off but Democrats turned out. It’s my belief that the coordinated GOP campaign to suppress Democratic voters DROVE turnout, to some extent. I have never seen such broad concern about voter suppression among “our” voters. I heard it everywhere I went. Concern wasn’t limited to those groups who have a history of being disenfranchised, as it has been in the past. I heard it from 65 year old white guys who have voted in the same precinct their entire adult lives. They were worried about it. That was new in 2012. We’ve always had a noisy, extremely litigious faction who care about voting rights, but we didn’t have broad buy-in, not here, anyway.

    Which brings me to this challenge to the VRA:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/02/06/well-sure-we-could-also-try-that/

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

    *dead*

    Black Chuck Todd ‏@BlackChuckTodd
    Drone city bitch, Drone Drone City Bitch. #ReplaceSongTitleWithDrone

    • Miranda

      _____________________________________________________

  • creolechild

    Ooops…

    RBS Fined $612M by Regulators for Manipulating Libor Rate

    Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, fined $612 million for manipulating benchmark interest rates, plans to claw back three-quarters of the money from bonuses and awards already paid to the firm’s employees.

    Britain’s biggest publicly owned lender will pay $325 million to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, $150 million to the Department of Justice and $137 million to the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority, the CFTC said in a statement today. RBS said it will recoup about 300 million pounds from employees. The bank’s Japanese unit also agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud as part of the settlement.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/rbs-said-to-face-up-to-783-million-fine-for-manipulating-libor.html

    H/T Gavin Finch, Lindsay Fortado & Silla Brush

  • rikyrah

    Choosing the self-inflicted wound

    By Steve Benen

    The U.S. economy shrank in the final three months of 2012, and we know exactly why: government spending cuts took capital out of the system and caused a slight contraction. Similarly, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that economic growth will be weaker than it should be in 2013 because of “fiscal tightening,” including “scheduled automatic reductions in federal spending.”

    The conversation on Capitol Hill is so ridiculous, it no longer resembles reality in any meaningful way. Congressional Republicans insist they want to improve the strength of the recovery. How? By cutting spending that undermines the strength of the recovery.

    In related news, Republicans also believe no exercise and excessive eating is an effective weight-loss method.

    The dirty little secret is that the fiscal status quo is working quite well, at least insofar as it’s achieving its intended goals — policymakers have cut spending and raised revenue, which is supposed to reduce the deficit, and which is reducing the deficit. Indeed, the fiscal difficulties Republicans created during the Bush/Cheney era have been largely resolved, with deficits that are projected to keep shrinking and debt levels that are stabilizing.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/06/16869010-choosing-the-self-inflicted-wound?lite

  • creolechild

    Oh my….they’ve finally run up on people who aren’t intimidated by psuedo-accusations of anti-Semitism. Whatever will they do?

    Brooklyn College stands behind BDS event as pressure from elected officials comes down hard

    A large group of New York state and city politicians from across the political spectrum have come down hard on a Brooklyn College event next week on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. One letter to Brooklyn College’s president from City Councilman Lew Fidler calls on the college to cancel the event or withdraw the school’s “official support” from the event. Another letter sent from a group of prominent progressive officials is calling on the Brooklyn College Political Science Department to rescind their sponsorship of the event.[….]

    [….] In an interview, a member of Brooklyn College’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) praised the administration. “The way they’ve been handling it shows the true leadership of [college president] Karen Gould. She’s upholding academic freedom, and on top of that they’re not succumbing to bullies like Alan Dershowitz and Dov Hikind,” said Carlos Guzman, an SJP member, who noted that groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! were sponsoring the event.[….]

    [….] For SJP member Guzman, the fact that politicians are coming down so hard on the event speaks volumes.“It just shows how complicit our government is with the State of Israel and how they do not want the public to know how our tax dollars are used to fund the oppression of Palestinians.”

    Read more: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/brooklyn-pressure-officials.html

    H/T Alex Kane

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

    She annoys me…

    Girls’ Lena Dunham: ‘I Blurted Out to My Dad, ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviewed” My Show!
    by Jorge Rivas, Wednesday, February 6 2013, 2:44 PM EST

    Last week Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a review of HBO’s “Girls” that was critical of the show’s characters and their priveldges. The show’s creator Lena Dunham says she was excited to hear the sports legend watched her show but it ends there.

    “I have to admit, I only skimmed it,” Dunham told E.com. “It seemed like a mixed review and I have a policy about not reading those.”

    MORE: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/02/girls_lena_dunham_i_blurted_out_to_my_dad_kareem_abdul-jabbar_reviewed_my_show.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Alma98

      She only reads articles that praise her, self absorbed much?

    • PBomb

      I lol’d when she made the comment about putting him on the show.

      She is really simple and sheltered.

      • Alma98

        She really is, this just goes to show that she was a spoiled brat.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Doesn’t read critical reviews? Isn’t that what an adult does to hone their craft? No wonder the show is called, Girls. If that is her attitude about constructive criticism, she oughta be thanking GOD she and most of her cast are trust fund babies or else this show would have never gotten off the ground as is.

  • creolechild

    Huge paper company promises to stop being deforesting jerks

    Over the last 20 years, a third of the forest cover on the Indonesian island of Sumatra — home to endangered tigers and orangutans — was destroyed. The clear-cutting of the rainforest helped make Indonesia the world’s fourth-biggest carbon emitter. And much of it was done in the name of paper — Asia Pulp & Paper, to be exact. But not anymore.

    Asia Pulp & Paper, the third-largest pulp and paper company in the world, announced Tuesday that it is halting operations in Indonesia’s natural rain forests, a victory for advocates who have been negotiating with the company for the past year. The Singapore-based company, which controls logging concessions spanning nearly 6.4 million acres in Indonesia, said it also has agreed to protect forested peatland, which stores massive amounts of carbon, and to work with indigenous communities to protect their native land.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/huge-paper-company-promises-to-stop-being-deforesting-jerks/

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • creolechild

    MBAs Without Borders: Have Degree, Will Travel

    Dozens of MBAs seeking short-term international work assignments have found jobs through MBAs Without Borders. The program, which started in 2005, is now run by the nonprofit, Washington-based CDC Development Solutions, which advises clients on economic development opportunities in emerging markets. CDS uses MBAs Without Borders to find temporary talent for the overseas initiatives of clients that include small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and at times, local governments.[….]

    [….] A lot have ended up staying in the country where they completed a project because they found a job through the network they built there. Others have gone on to work for the umbrella organizations of the projects we recruit for, such as PATH in Seattle, or the Grassroots Business Fund based in Washington.

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-05/mbas-without-borders-have-degree-will-travel#r=nav-r-blog

    H/T Erin Zlomek

  • creolechild

    How Obamacare Will Help Extend Health Care To Part-Time Workers

    The vast majority of part-time workers in the U.S. don’t have employer-based health insurance, according to a new study from the ADP Research Institute — an issue the health care reform law will help address once it is fully in effect. The majority of Americans access health insurance through their jobs. But the results from ADP’s study highlight the fact that the current employer-based model often leaves low-wage workers, and particularly those who work fewer than 40 hours a week, in a coverage gap.[….]

    Fortunately, several Obamacare provisions — including extending Medicaid coverage to additional low-income Americans, providing Americans with subsidies to help them purchase health care on state-based insurance markets, and requiring employers with more than 50 workers to provide health insurance — will start to eliminate some of those coverage gaps and help part-time workers better afford health coverage:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/04/1534601/obamacare-part-time-workers/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    Top 15 Users of Clean Energy

    Whatever you’ve heard about the state of renewable energy in the U.S., it’s probably outdated; that’s how fast the industry is moving. Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2008, while prices have fallen through the floor.[….]

    Click ahead for the EPA’s ranking of the top 15 consumers of America’s cleanest energy: solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources, ranked by total green-power use. The agency’s list, which isn’t comprehensive, draws from 1,300 companies, municipalities and universities that belong to its Green Power Partnership.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-02-05/top-15-users-of-clean-energy.html#slide1

    H/T Tom Randall

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

    Out of touch limousine liberal..

    I’ve become increasingly convinced that it should be a top progressive priority to repeal the AUMF.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 6, 2013

    • PBomb

      Most people don’t know and/or care what AUMF means.

      Will it help bring about a jobs bill?

      Will it stop the slaughtering of young people in Chicago?

      • trose1

        I ain’t gonna lie. I don’t know what the AUMF means.

        • Camille

          LOL.

    • Miranda

      When the biggest problems for you are nothing more than theories and hypothesis of others, then shit like this is really important.

    • qosine

      “I’ve become increasingly convinced that it should be a top progressive priority” to replace Christopher Hayes with Kai.

      • Daltex82

        LOL!

        I would watch Up with Kai because you know the minute someone said something stupid he would be like “what tha fu@k dude/dudette!

    • Daltex82

      When you become President of the United States sweety you can make it your first priority. Until then hop on your bicycle and let the Adults handle things.

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

        Someone stole his bike…

        Bike: stolen :(— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 5, 2013

        *FTFO*

        • Tafr

          LOL!

        • Camille

          For the first time I’m grateful to a thief.

        • GN

          I don’t like him…but hope he gets his bike back from whatever assholes and lowlives would have stolen it.

        • MsKitty

          That…just made my night.

          Even so he’ll just buy a new one tomorrow, not like he’ll be put out that much.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          Thats what he gets for parking it without a lock and key out near 34th St. I hope whoever boosted it puts gold plated rim spokes with a George Clinton seat on it.

    • trose1

      New Possibilities is trolling for tweets I ignore that fool.

    • GN

      He might as well be tweeting from Mars from my perspective, viewing a mass of black youth who are taught inferiority every single day from both right and left. Do you, Chris. Couldn’t imagine caring less about anything than something labeled “top progressive priority” at this point.

    • Camille

      What an idiot.

      Somebody tell these silly Emo folks and their pseudo intellectual, flatulent arses to completely fuck off.

      Wearing glasses while putting out silly, self-important admonitions and armchair quarterbacking the smart guy in the White House who actually has done and continues to do as opposed to yapping and espousing largely recycled crap and regurgitating Glen Greenwald masticated tripe, still isn’t going to make Chris Hayes or his ilk relevant beyond their own teeny circle of self-aggrandizing fools.

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

    David M. Drucker ‏@DavidMDrucker
    Sen .@marcorubio to deliver GOP rebuttal to .@BarackObama #SOTU in English & Spanish

    • Miranda

      Damn, I surely did say it would be Rubio.

      • conlakappa

        Yes, but did you say in Spanish too? Proof proof that you don’t care about Spanish speakers!!!

        This worked out so well for that party when they trotted out Jindal as the latest not-wholly-white representative of the party. Will it be Tim Scott next year?

  • Miranda

    I’M SHOCKED I TELL YA! SHOCKED!

    Scott Brown in discussions with Fox News
    By JAMES HOHMANN |
    2/6/13 3:50 PM EST

    Scott Brown is in discussions with Fox News about becoming a contributor, a spokesperson for the cable network confirmed to POLITICO’s Mike Allen.

    A source told POLITICO that Brown has told people he’s working out a deal to offer commentary.

    The former Republican senator announced last Friday that he would not run for the Massachusetts seat vacated by John Kerry.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/scott-brown-in-discussions-with-fox-news-156301.html#.URLCt_eZ3WU.twitter

    • Alma98

      We called it, let fox have their himbo. It’s not gonna bring them younger viewers or people who have an ounce of common sense.

      • conlakappa

        Technically younger than the viewing audience aged 70+.

        • Alma98

          LOL!

    • GN

      He’s trying to get paid…

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

    Christie to Ex-White House Doctor: ‘Shut Up’

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lashing out at a former White House doctor who said she worries about the governor dying in office because he is so heavy.

    Former White House physician Connie Mariano made the comment in an interview with CNN. The Scottsdale, Ariz., doctor says she’d like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but that he needs to lose weight. She worries he could have a heart attack or stroke.

    The 50-year-old Republican governor said Wednesday that unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and takes his family history, “she should shut up.”

    MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/christie-white-house-doctor-shut-18421859

    • Alma98

      Hey it’s the truth. lol

    • Miranda

      You don’t need to be a doctor of any sort or know family history to take one look at Christie and KNOW he’s not in good health.

      • Camille

        He couldn’t even fit into the guest chair and we are supposed to pretend that nothing’s wrong and that pulling a doughnut out of his pocket and chomping on it in response to the fat jokes, just makes him so “good natured”!

    • Daltex82

      Okay, she was just trying to be helpful, but go ahead Chris do you.

      This is proof yet again that he does not have the temperament to be President.

      • GN

        Well said. When the First Couple hear something extra about them personally, I’ve noticed that they tend to brush it off: “this is silly season,” “what can you do this is politics” etc. etc. Governor Christie will go IN. Definitely lacks the temperament.

        • Camille

          He does indeed.

          Can you imagine any of the Obamas ever responding to any criticism with anything less than a gracious smile and retort.

          The media would be the first to pounce on them for being rude and thin-skinned and uppity and not being ready for politics and all that comes with it.

          But it’s promoted as an endearing and powerful quality with Chris Christie.

          Double standards and all that.

          • GN

            Can you imagine any of the Obamas ever responding to any criticism with anything less than a gracious smile and retort.

            Never. They set a superb example for a peace and a thick skin. This may sound naive and stupid, but whatever: imagine all of the drama which could be averted worldwide if everyone could do the same. “That’s your opinion, whatever, moving on.” Imagine all of the conflicts avoided.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Ok, but when his ass gets taken in to the hospital during Campaign 2016, I’d like this woman to go on TV and do this.

    • BoomerGal

      Just like McCain’s age was a concern, his weight would be of equal concern.

  • Miranda

    Has the twitter fam told Howard Kurtz where to go yet? Personally I’d like for Scott Finley to take over this one. He’d get him real good.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/why-are-howard-kurtz-and-lauren-ashburn-highlighting-michelle-obama%E2%80%99s-big-butt/

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      What in the fuck is up with these white men. I mean, I should have known after tittygate at the Superbowl 38, that white men go berserk over the black body.

  • lamh36

    OMG! WTF. Man body dismorphia ain’t no joke. I guess all the time we saw a cute yet completely slutty (LOL) girl, Kim saw someone different. Damn!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/06/lil-kim-surgery_n_2630326.html

    • Alma98

      She’s lost for a long time lamh.

    • conlakappa

      Yikes, I don’t know what she was aiming for but she looks like she inherited one of Zsa Zsa’s former faces and some old Cher hair.

    • MsKitty

      Damn, she can give Jocelyn Wildenstein a run for her money. Scary.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      This is a sickness. Its just a sad sickness. Because I don’t know who that is.

    • QOakaJP

      I remember years ago when she first started wearing that kabuki makeup, before all the surgeries, people were wondering what was going on. Rumors were that she might have been hiding signs of physical abuse. I don’t know what happened to make her snap, but the only abuse I see now is coming from her/the surgeon’s hands. :(

    • Camille

      This is very sad actually.

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

      Years ago, in ELLE magazine, she said used to notice all of the boys would chase after the girls with light skin and “good hair”. Sad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥- — ***BIG HUG*** :>)- —

    – — -Ooooowee —NICE SONGS. — :>)

    – — -Saaaaaang- – LUFFA. :>)- –:>)

    – Have a good rest of the day- -ALL. :>) -

  • Miranda

    Playing ‘Games’ with Trayvon Martin’s image

    Writing about the ‘rabid’ hate aimed at Trayvon Martin seems only to generate more hate. The view that the unarmed 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman nearly a year ago was a thug who deserved to die is as strong as ever.

    Many folks took issue with the picture I used yesterday and again today — that of a smiling, fresh-faced Trayvon wearing a red T-shirt from Hollister, the mass clothier of adolescence. Some think he’s as young as 11 years old or as old as 14 in that snapshot. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump told me this afternoon that the slain teenager was 16 when that photo was taken in August 2011. Folks forget that, when he was killed, Trayvon had turned 17 just three weeks earlier. Trayvon would have been 18 years old yesterday. The most recent photo released by the family was of him on a horse wearing an orange T-shirt that was taken about a week before he was killed.

    But one reader sent me an e-mail last night that was beyond ridiculous. “Why didn’t you show the up-to-date picture of Trayvon Martin as below instead of the one where he is much younger?” he asked. “I don’t take either side because I just don’t know all the facts, but what I do know is you can’t beat honest reporting.” Below is the “up-to-date picture of Trayvon Martin” he attached.
    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/02/06/playing-games-with-trayvon-martins-image/

    • Alma98

      They need to go ahead and put Zimmerman’s ass in prison. Because Trayvon’s parents don’t need to keep seeing this ignorant shit.

    • GN

      Not very complicated: the people who insist on thuggifying Trayvon Martin’s image are, like his murderer, people who view young black males in a very pathological fashion and believe that the disproportionately harsh punishments meted out to them are deserved. Case closed, the end. Nothing new or interesting about people who believe that young black lynched men had it coming, nothing.

      • Camille

        “-the people who insist on thuggifying Trayvon Martin’s image are, like his murderer, people who view young black males in a very pathological fashion and believe that the disproportionately harsh punishments meted out to them are deserved.-”

        Spot on.

        No different from the concept of the angry black woman and those who push the meme that black women aren’t entitled to the same respect, courtesy, protections afforded and accorded the more “delicate” others.

        Yea, “undeserving” of “lady like” treatment because black women are you know, too “strong” in that most negative of connotations – So let them take care of themselves. Let them open their own doors, get publicly humiliated and fend for themselves in the public sphere.

        So our little black boys are murdered in cold blood and somehow their lives are infinitely less valuable. Not valuable at all.

        The black kid is murdered in Oakland, California and it’s the police officer who shot him who becomes the victim.

        The murdered black kid has his entire short life history rummaged through to support his worthlessness and justify his murder.

        The white kid murders and every effort is made to cast him sympathetically as the victim of his life experience.

        • GN

          CHURCH.

        • rikyrah

          preach it.

          tell it.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY SisCamille – — –***BIG HUG*** :>) — –

          – –***fist bump –2 da Nth!!*** – – –

          THIS: – – ->So our little black boys are murdered in cold blood and somehow their lives are infinitely less valuable. Not valuable at all. – — -SPEAK TRUTH!!

          —***takin’ up the –COLLECTION afta – -OPENIN’ da doors of da –CHURCH!!*** – –LOL – —-

          Good 2 C U SisCamille. :>) – -

    • Tafr

      These people do not want to face the fact that Zimmerman shot and killed a child. They can try all they want to make this kid some menacing thug but we all know the truth. When you are so damn hateful that you try to justify the murder of a child well there is no help for you. What these people are really pissed off about is that Trayon’s parents and the black community said hell no. Nope this will not be business as usual this is a slain child.

      I may piss some off by saying this but I am going to say it. I find it hard to believe that the black community would justify this crime if the tables were turned. Now we all know if the tables were turned the killer would be in jail today, no controversy on the size of the kid and what not. I really cannot wrap my head around such hate for an innocent child. These people are evil and nasty and I hope none of them consider themselves god fearing Christians as they would be lying to themselves.

      • GN

        Nope, I don’t think we’d have justified it whatsoever were the tables turned. The thug was the one running around with the gun that night.

      • trose1

        “What these people are really pissed off about is that Trayon’s parents and the black community said hell no. Nope this will not be business as usual this is a slain child.”

        u can say that again.

        • Tafr

          Trose they forget that we value our children just as much as they value their children. That type of attitude is expected of them as they refuse to see us as human beings.

          • conlakappa

            Sting needs to re-engineer his song Russians, which included

            I don’t subscribe to this point of view. It’d be such an ignorant thing to do … Is if the Russians love their children too

            No, black children aren’t human because their parents, separately and together, aren’t considered human.

      • rikyrah

        What pisses them off is the following:

        1. this case epitomizes everything Black folks say about the American Justice system. there’s no ways around it.
        2. the way they tried to dismiss folks, like we were just gonna let some mofo stalk, hunt and murder A CHILD for the crime of WALKING WHILE BLACK, and it was supposed to just be ok. they’re madder than a mutha that Black folks said – HELL NO.

    • Camille

      This continued disrespect of the family of and the memory of this young innocent boy who was killed by a cold-blooded murderer has me enraged.

      This has to stop.

    • Camille

      This continued disrespect of the family of and the memory of this young innocent boy who was killed by a cold-blooded murderer has me enraged.

      This has to stop.

  • Alma98

    The world has truly gone crazy it really has, he thought he would make a horseman baby. Really?
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/man-defends-horse-rape-i-was-thinking-it-would-have-a-horseman-baby/

    • Miranda

      He should have been in an asylum from the start.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEy Alma98. **BIG HUG** :>)

      – – –Eeeeww. Saw that. Sickenin’!!!- —Annnd YET- – he could prolly by an ASSAULT rifle. — – -**usin’ my GREEN BUCKET!***- –

      Good 2 C U. Alma. :>) – -

  • Miranda

    Ed O’Keefe‏@edatpost
    Notable: Rubio aides say his #SOTU response speech will not include remarks on #immigration.
    ______________________________________

    wonder why? Could be because he can’t have a whole separate speech in English and then do ANOTHER one in Spanish. Gotta cater to that far right wing crowd and that means no talk of immigration. I’m guessing a good portion of the Spanish speaking audience will be rolling their eyes quite hard at this sad attempt by Rubio.

    • Alma98

      Self hate is a helluva drug, he really does think he’s different from those people huh.

      • Camille

        Rubio is such weak sauce even his self-hate does not reverberate.

        That’s just how unimpressive the guy is.

        And looking like a silly high school kid wearing his father’s suit which has been taken in to fit him, does him no favors.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Note to the President: When talking about immigration, face the direction of Senator Rubio while you’re speaking about it.

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it again…

      not one month before the President issued his Executive Order on DREAM ACT kids…

      SENATOR Marco Rubio didn’t even have an IMMIGRATION SECTION ON HIS WEBSITE.

      I can’t repeat this often enough.

      Rubio is a SCAM.

  • Miranda

    The white South’s last defeat

    Hysteria, aggression and gerrymandering are a fading demographic’s last hope to maintain political control

    In understanding the polarization and paralysis that afflict national politics in the United States, it is a mistake to think in terms of left and right. The appropriate directions are North and South. To be specific, the long, drawn-out, agonizing identity crisis of white Southerners is having effects that reverberate throughout our federal union. The transmission mechanism is the Republican Party, an originally Northern party that has now replaced the Southern wing of the Democratic Party as the vehicle for the dwindling white Southern tribe.

    As someone whose white Southern ancestors go back to the 17th century in the Chesapeake Bay region, I have some insight into the psychology of the tribe. The salient fact to bear in mind is that the historical experience of the white South in many ways is the opposite of the experience of the rest of the country.

    more here:
    http://www.salon.com/2013/02/05/the_white_souths_last_defeat/

  • lamh36

    this is so superficial and I know I’m wrong, but what the heck is up with Rubio and that “white man’s comb-over” he’s sporting. I guess he trying to dit that GOP Senator mold, but heck, Cantor obviously get their hair “styled” and not barbered, and heck maybe a low fade ala Paul Ryan would work for him, but everytime I see him, I’m like ugh, dude what’s up with that hair.

  • Miranda

    *snicker*…yeah…good luck with that.

    GOP coming to Atlanta for ideas on diversifying
    4:36 pm February 6, 2013, by Jay

    According to my colleague Jim Galloway, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is coming to the A-T-L tomorrow for a private conversation with black Republicans in the state, attempting to discover what the Grand Old Party can do differently to reach black voters.

    more here
    http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/06/gop-coming-to-atlanta-for-ideas-on-diversifying/?cxntfid=blogs_jay_bookman_blog

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Excuse me? While Barack Obama didn’t win the state, he sure won ATLANTA twice. But, I guess these hustling Negroes gotta make money.

      • Shilohsmama

        Yes! And he won Muscogee County – – twice. I’m happy to be in a little swath of “Blue” in GA. It’s great – but we can’t stop now…

    • Camille

      LOL.

      Not even the “black republicans” know the answer to that. They’ve been too busy hustling – and badly too – to care.

      When your hustle lands you slam at the feet of folks who hate your sorry arse but still for comic relief have you doing the jig for them as the only way of getting paid, you can’t have much going for you.

      Wrong “blacks” to mine for information Reince.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda—–Heeeeere’s MR. PRESIDENT —-announcin’ his NOMINEE- –

    – — -Pres. Obama Nominates New Interior Secretary- —

    – – — - Washington, DC
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013
    Pres. Obama announced this afternoon that he is naming Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department. Jewell is currently President and CEO at Recreational Equipment, Inc., (REI). Pending confirmation, she would replace Ken Salazar who is stepping down next month.

    – —WATCHIN’- —THIS one. :>) —

  • lamh36

    Watching A Different World, the episode where Gina was getting beat up by her rapper boyfriend and all the girls in the dorm had Gina’s back. Got me thinking about Chris Brown and Rihanna. Made me wonder if Rihanna had/has an good girlfriends who really got her back. Damn, A Different World was a great show. If Debbie Allen does get a new version of the show going and she can make it as good as it was, I’d be the first person watching.
    Oh yeah and I always forget, but man whatever you say about Ron, he was that short high yella brotha who was always ready jump off on someone who tried to mess over his friends (we all know someone like that don’t we…lol)

  • Miranda

    Levin Postpones Hagel Confirmation Vote

    Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday he would be postponing a vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next secretary of defense.

    “The committee’s vote on Senator Hagel’s nomination has not been scheduled,” Levin said in a statement. “I had hoped to hold a vote on the nomination this week, but the committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete. I intend to schedule a vote on the nomination as soon as possible.”

    The vote was expected as early as Thursday, but Republicans on the committee, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), clamored for more information on groups or individuals that compensated Hagel for speeches he has given in the past.
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/levin-postpones-hagel-confirmation-vote

    • Alma98

      SMGDH! They use any and everything to get at President Obama.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Yeah, its the 1111111111111111th proxy election these guys have had ever since they lost the two that actually mattered.

      • nathkatun7

        You are absolutely spot-on. Alma. And some Democrats go along with the blame Obama nonsense. Normally, I try to refrain from criticizing Democrats but I am really disgusted with Carl Levin for not standing firm against these grandstanding right wing idiots.

      • Camille

        It’s all a game to them – even for some Democrats.

        Carl Levin is another one of those who gets his directives straight from Bibi Netanyahu.

        He’s probably been instructed to ice this until Netanyahu can extract some more stuff.

        It’s no coincidence that the trip to Israel was announced yesterday.

        At some point, this very lopsided “relationship” with Israel which sees America mostly at the losing end and its leaders constantly humiliated and jerked around again and again at the whim of assholes like Netanyahu, has to be seriously re-evaluated.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -In the words of that –“OLE NEGRO SPIRITUAL: – – -AIN’T-A DAT GOOD NEWS!”- —LOL

    – —-Real Trouble at Fox News as Viewer Trust Falls to An All Time Low - —

    —– -It looking like there is real trouble at Fox News. A new PPP TV news poll found that viewer trust in Fox News has fallen to an all time low. Only 41% of viewers trust Fox News.

    First, their ratings sunk to a 12 year low. Now, viewers don’t trust Fox News.
    – — -SNIP- —

    The reason why Fox News is the cable ratings leader is because their audience won’t watch anything else. Democrats split their loyalties four ways between PBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN, but Republicans only watch Fox.
    – – – -SNIP —

    – —The portrait of today’s Fox News viewer is a white Republican with an average age of 66 years old. In other words, Fox’s viewership completely mirrors the base of the Republican Party. The network’s decision to drop Dick Morris was likely made to address this trust issue, but the larger problem is that Fox News is being left behind by the changing demographics of the country.
    THERE IS MORE

    — COMMENT:- –Dar Winn Reply
    just read the ppp pdf on fox.- -www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/201…

    the tea baggers, fox, and the GOP all imploding in sync… oh to dream the impossible…..- — -BWAHAHA!

    • Camille

      This “viewer trust” issue should also extend to CNN and all of the media.

      The corporate owners are too busy brazenly manipulating the “news” to advance their own purposes, while the shameless talking heads who front for them are no different from prostitutes high on the quick cash and perks they can’t believe their new gig affords them. Never mind the severe and irreversible destruction to their bodies, their psyche and humanity.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —-Typically I’m ***side-eyin’**** polls.- — -BUT- —

    – —New Polls Show Rise in Support for Obama’s Handling of ImmigrationB- –

    – – — –Following President Obama’s campaign-style blitz last week to unveil his proposals for immigration overhaul, the public’s rating of his handling of the issue appears to be on the rise, with several of his proposals enjoying broad support.

    The president’s approval rating for his handling of immigration is up 11 points from six months ago and stands at 49 percent, with 43 percent disapproving, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. It is Mr. Obama’s highest rating on the issue since his first 100 days in office.

    The ABC/Post poll found that a majority of Americans supported both the so-called path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States and tightened security at United States borders. A recent Gallup poll asked the same questions with different wording and came back with somewhat different results.

    On the issue of undocumented immigrants eventually becoming citizens, Gallup explained the proposal as allowing “undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. the chance to become legal residents or citizens if they meet certain requirements,” while the ABC/Post survey simply used the phrase “path to citizenship.”

    – – -Gallup found nearly three-quarters of Americans (including 9 in 10 Democrats and 6 in 10 Republicans) supported extending citizenship to undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, while 55 percent of the public (including about 7 in 10 Democrats and 4 in 10 Republicans) favored the concept in the ABC/Post survey.- –

    – – – –[GALLUP—IZZAT-CHU?? LOL]

  • qosine

    Hey, I just saw a good US Post Office ad on TV. I’m glad to see this,
    cause Fed Ex is big in TN, and they go that independent contractor
    route with employees, and, of course, give cash to GOP Marsha Blackburn et al. I only send stuff through US Post Office now.

    • Camille

      It’s pertinent that we ensure USPS doesn’t just survive, but that it thrives as it has the potential to.

      Even though most businesses maintain a Fed Ex account and all the online merchants we patronize seem to have a penchant for UPS, we must do everything to push for a healthy and flourishing USPS.

      We must. Our basic civilization depends largely on it.

      • qosine

        Absolutely, Camille.

      • goldenstar

        I think that you should suggest to the emoprogs and their ilk that they need to support the right of citizens to a national mail delivery system and the right of poc to decent jobs. They need to start a national campaign to use the Postal Service…NOW.

        • Camille

          It’s not quite as sexy and doesn’t quite serve as the intellectually impressive topic that will show them as somehow astute and intellectually superior to the guy in the white house they consistently seek to outshine.

          Never forget, it’s not about causes, justice, fairness or good deeds for these folks – it’s always about posturing, positioning for relevance and ultimately trumping and showing up the black guy in the white house who refuse to do their bidding or be led around by the nose by the stupid, self-important lot.

  • Miranda

    SMH….peeps in NC you really need to raise your voices – how the hell you gonna appoint someone to head the Pre-K program and the person OPPOSES pre-K programs? This woman sounds like a nut of the Phyllis Schafly variety

    State’s new Pre-K chief opposes pre-K

    excerpt:
    The National Physicians Center for Family Resources, which Lightfoot founded in 2001, advocates against “institutional” preschool programs.

    “In the case of early childhood education programs, available research suggests they may actually be inferior to early learning opportunities at home. In addition, it appears the demand for out of home childcare is not as prevalent as many advocates claim,” says an open letter signed by Lightfoot on the group’s website.

    The letter also warns that “There is great potential for early learning institutions to foster more dependency on the government (i.e. taxpayer) and more of an entitlement mentality.”

    “Will institutions focus on character building and teaching strong values? If so, whose values will children be taught?” it asks.

    full article here: http://www.wral.com/state-s-new-pre-k-chief-opposes-pre-k/12073587/

  • BoomerGal

    Chris Rock –
    Luv ya baby! Don’t quit your day job! LOL!!

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

      Huh?

      • BoomerGal

        In reference to his comment regarding Gun Control today (with Tony Bennett, etc.)

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

          OIC.

  • qosine

    Love Rev. Al’s treatment of Rubio – LOL

  • trose1

    To my twitter warriors out there kicking arse! Yes, they can block us all they want. We don’t die we multiply!
    I have been blocked on twitter by most of the PL crowd and Goldie. She thought she made it? Oh well happens to us all

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

      Black pundits gon’ learn about white liberal racism.

  • lamh36

    “Relax Relate Release” …LOL. I’m watching A Different World right now. I told my younger sister Jessica this once and she looked at me like I said something profound…LOL!

    Man, the look on DeWayne’s face when Byron proposed to Whitley and when Whitley said yes…can you say REGRET and HEARTBREAK! #ADifferentWorld

  • isonprize

    Unite Blue founders are owners of twitter consulting firm. They create follow lists for firms, campaigns, etc. You’re not part of a movement— Just Hussein Jo (@desertcronenm) February 7, 2013

  • Miranda

    Rural areas, I mean those Fox News watching, Rush Limbaugh loving, “I want my country back”, too silly to know that Walmart ruined them” tea party patriots are the ones that are gonna be hurt the most by the loss of the Post Office which is sure to come if the situation does not get the attention it deserves. These idiots have no idea…I mean NO IDEA how completely and utterly f’ed they’re gonna be.

  • crazycanuck

    Obama Directs DOJ To Give Congress Legal Basis For Drone Strikes livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-di… via @davidtaint— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) February 7, 2013

  • lamh36

    Hmmm Toni Braxton in a new Lifetime movie on Saturday. It looks like it may be good. I also read that Toni’s son with autism will be making his acting debut. It premieres Saturday on Lifetime at 8pm EST I think.

    http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/twist-of-faith/video/twist-of-faith-preview

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –WHEW LAWS!!—- – THEY KEEP on discussin’ –those -“MEMOS” —RE: the use of –DRONES.!! —–

    —NOW can THEY –DISCUS — -THIS: – –

    — —WE — -GOT –YER –DRONES!! – —-

    —-Seems as iff—somebody would want 2 ‘SPLAIN —2 FAMILIES – —“WHYCOME” THEIR’ — FAMILY MEMBERS’ LIVES were TAKEN —-BEHIND a – – -BALD-FACE LIE!!- – – – –

    —without —“DUE PROCESS of LAW!!” —-YA THINK!!??- – —

    BUT – –****sigh*** —-the then prez was – –YT!! – —-

    Annnd “rachul” —–can —HAVE A SEAT!!–annn SHUT —IT!!- –geesh!!

    • Freder421

      Rachel is very dangerous, a fool with a mic.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Freder421. ***BIG hUG*** :>) —

        —-***fist bump*** – —She makes me SICK!!! – –Playin’ BOTH sides of the fence!!- —

        – – –As I’ve said B4 – —WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED 2 – -THIS — -“FENCE SITTER!” —- humph!

        Good 2 C U Federer421. :>) – -

        • nathkatun7

          “She makes me SICK!!! – –Playin’ BOTH sides of the fence!!”

          Me too GLH! Most of the U.S. media, (left, right, or in between) are like vultures. Always looking for an opening to attack President Obama.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY nathkatun7. *** BIG HUG*** :>) – –

            – –***fist bump** -:>) – – -THIS – —Most of the U.S. media, (left, right, or in between) are like vultures. Always looking for an opening to attack President Obama. – – – -yESSSS! – —

            Annnd WE CONTINUE 2 ax – – –“WHERE DA – –BLAH Journos/Media!!???”– -geesh!

            Good 2 C U nathkatun7. :>) – – -

      • Camille

        I completely agree!

        These shamelessly shallow, self-serving, loudmouth peacocks looking to burnish their resumes at the expense of the nation, will surely be the undoing of our country in the short and long run.

  • isonprize

    Sepia,

    For some reason, the youtube videos are not showing up for me. They showed up when I logged in earlier today.

    • Alma98

      They stop showing up after a certain number of comments, then suddenly the next day they show up.

      • isonprize

        Weird… I never noticed that before.

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

      Are you using a mobile device? I’m on my iPod Touch and they’re not showing for me either.

      • isonprize

        No, I’m on a “regular” laptop. But, I discovered if I open POU in a second window (keeping the first POU window open), the videos show up fine.

        It was happening on TOD also. TOD has a slammin’ page of Bob Marley tunes and I wanted to listen to a few. One of the regulars mentioned opening another page and it worked.

        Weird…

  • QOakaJP

    Here comes the president to burst yet another fear-and-outrage balloon:

    Obama Orders Release of Drone Memos to Lawmakers

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/us/politics/obama-orders-release-of-drone-memos-to-lawmakers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • Lisa M

      Obama CAVES!!! Well according to Mrs. Greenspan in all her hackery greatness.

      White House caves on secret memos turning them over to intel committees trying to take sting out of tomorrow Brennan hearing— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 7, 2013

      • nathkatun7

        Mrs. Greenspan is a right wing propagandist! She should stop pretending to be an objective journalist!

    • Camille

      You know, these anti-Obama outbursts and persistent “outrage” from the PL in their umpteenth act of looking for anything at all to burnish their mostly contrived and phony bona fides as “credible” anythings, is not only disrespectful and dangerous to the country, but at once puts the president, his wife and daughters at great personal risk.

      This bothers me beyond words.

      The fact is that this same crowd never did or will ever do anything to jeopardize the personal safety of Hillary Clinton, her husband or daughter who in their roles as SoS and president have been very much mired in the creation and support of the very subject of the latest PL outrage.

      But the PL have no qualms in their persistent attacks, vilification of and implication of President Obama in something they flippantly frame so negatively and has the very dangerous potential of even further putting not only his already threatened life in danger, but that of his wife and daughters by whipping up all this outrage, anger and hate that presents this as some idle, simplistic, fun sport on the President’s part.

      Do the Rachel Maddow’s, Ed’s of this world not realize that the rest of the world can hear and read them or do they have such little value for Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama’s lives vis a vis Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s, that they do not care what damage and destruction their loud attempts at trying to be relevant, might wrought?!!

      • nathkatun7

        Camille, I totally agree with everything you said! I just have no words to describe my anger towards these privileged pundits, so called progressives, who have been as relentless, as the right wingers, in attacking and disrespecting President Obama.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda ——-oooo-Kaaaay —KALCULATOR KREW/MINIONS”- – –

    —-BRANG -‘EM OUT — – -again!! —HAH! —–

    – —Obama Is Said Close to Choosing Pritzker for Commerce– —

    — —President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary, according to three people familiar with the matter.

    Pritzker, whose family built the Hyatt Hotels Corp. chain, would replace acting commerce secretary Rebecca Blank, an economist who took over for John Bryson after he resigned last June for health reasons.

    Selecting Pritzker, 53, would ensure that one of Obama’s original Chicago supporters would have a voice in shaping his second term, said two of the people, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel decisions. The president hasn’t made a final decision, said a third person, who also requested anonymity.

    A White House spokesman, Eric Schultz, declined to comment on Pritzker’s potential nomination. Pritzker’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
    THERE IS MORE. – –[Some negative statements.–IGNORE!!]—

    WATCHIN’. . . . . .

    • goldenstar

      OOOOOOHHHHH. I need to get out the popcorn. Remember that article about how Obama’s supporters have lost faith in him and they aren’t charmed by him and he ditched them and blah, blah, blah. And, that supposedly included Ms. Pritzker.

      Just sayin’. Am DYING to hear what next…

  • Camille

    LOL at Adam Green updating and refreshing his hustle by putting in a teeny bit of shady shout-out to PBO.

    Poor Ashley Judd. Did no one tell her that whatever Adam Green touches is automatically doomed.

    Ashley move quickly away from this crowd. If you are serious about running and defeating the evil turtle, this crowd must not be allowed to lead or influence your run.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –RESPECTFULLY —[Apologies ifff a dup] — –Missed THIS–

    — -Rep. Frederica Wilson introduces resolution honoring Trayvon Martin

    —— A Florida congresswoman on Tuesday introduced a resolution honoring Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose slaying a year ago this month stirred national controversy.

    Rep. Frederica Wilson, a South Florida Democrat, introduced a resolution “honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States government to address the crisis of racial profiling,” according to a statement from her office.

    -“Today, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 18th birthday,” the statement read. “We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered. Yet we as a nation have yet to take substantive action to stop such a heartbreaking incident from happening again. Enough is enough: We as a nation have buried too many young black boys. Let’s set Congress on course to address the underlying causes behind the crisis that Trayvon’s death symbolizes. Let’s take action to stop racial profiling and give our people a chance to succeed.”
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    – – – -nra[CISTS] —BACKED — CONGRESS-member – —-OVA 2 U!!!! — HAH!! — –

    — -THANK U – –REP. FREDERICA WILSON. – -[Pssssssst: —Did the OTHER CBC’s SUPPORT U??] —-***Jus’ axin’. . . ***

    — –COMMENT: —- Steve Becker
    As long as redneck states allow vigilante justice laws like the ‘Stand Your Ground” and people who are mentally, psychologically and intellectually deficient to handle any type of weapon and the aftermath of using one are still allowed access to guns, then this will stand as a reminder to the sane that the 2d Afterthought needs to be repealed. Until then, there are 35-40 cases like this a day, and your odds of being the next Trayvon are far better than winning with that lottery ticket you buy.
    – – – – – — -THIS!! —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY — -REMEMBRANCE: — -:>) —

    – –Born On This Day in 1945: Reggae Music Legend Bob Marley (VIDEO) – —

    – —–Nesta Robert Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981), more widely and commonly known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers (1963-1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). Marley remains the most widely-known performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

    Marley’s music was greatly influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he gave voice to the political and cultural nexus of Jamaica as well other oppressive, racist societies throughout the world. His best-known hits include “I Shot the Sheriff“, “No Woman, No Cry“, “Could You Be Loved“, “Stir It Up“, “Get Up Stand Up“, “Jamming“, “Redemption Song“, “One Love” and “Three Little Birds“, as well as the posthumous releases “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion.” The compilation album Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae’s best-selling album, going ten times Platinum which is also known as one Diamond in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide. To learn more about his life and music, click here, and watch “Could You Be Loved” below:
    — — –SNIP – —
    — ☻–Bob marley “no woman no cry” 1979

    —–☻ -Bob Marley & The Wailers – Buffalo Soldier

    – —☻ -Bob Marley – I shot the sheriff (Live) - –

    – – —-SUCH a TALENT. — – -Wish he woulda appreciated — -himself. — – Hmm.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –ANOTHER – — BIRTHDAY – –A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT-
    – –Happy 55th Birthday, Actor and Director Robert Townsend- —

    – — – – –Born February 6, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, Robert Townsend first became famous for writing, producing, and directing the 1987 independent feature film Hollywood Shuffle, a satire based on the hardships and obstacles that black actors undergo in movie industry, which he famously funded with credit cards. His next feature, The Five Heartbeats (1991), was a nostalgic look back at male R&B groups of the 1960s. Townsend also had success in television with his award-winning Partners In Crime variety shows for HBO as well as his 1995-1999 WB sitcom The Parent ‘Hood. To learn more about Townsend’s life and career, click here, and enjoy The Five Heartbeats trailer below:
    – –BEST WISHES! – –PROUD of U. :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    —MORE – –MR. -BOB MARLEY: – – -RIHEP – – –

    — ———Debra Thomas-Brown
    “Release yourself from mental slavery.
    None but ourselves can free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy.
    For none of dem can stop the time”.
    Lyrics like the above from Redemption Song, replete with spirituality and self determination is why his music will live forever. Jah Rastafari!

    —-Kwanzaa: Day 2: Kujichagulia means self-determination —

    – – -Fans mark Bob Marley’s birthday in Jamaica - – –

    —- –21 things you probably didn’t know about Bob Marley </a_—

    — -On what would have been Bob Marley’s 68th birthday, author John Shore offers some insights into the Marley you probably didn’t know.

    1. Bob’s father was a 50-year-old white British naval captain named Norval Sinclair Marley. His mom, a black country village girl named Cedella, was 19 when, in the small Jamaican village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Bob was born at 2:30 in the morning on Feb. 6, 1945.

    2. Norval instructed Cedella to name the baby boy Nesta Robert. So she did. “Robert” was the name of Norval’s brother.

    3. Nobody knows to whom or what “Nesta” referred. Whatever its significance, it was important enough for Norval to make sure that Cedella spelled it right before he moved away.

    4. As a little kid, Bob had a knack for deeply spooking people by successfully predicting their futures by reading their palms.
    THERE IS MORE, –

    – —- –RIHEP —BOB MARLEY♥ THANK U 4 YOUR MUSIC. -AMEN.

    – – — -CONDOLENCES –2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS —***raises hand*** ——