July 30, 2014

Wednesday Evening Thread: We Got This

Just letting the GOP dig its own grave.

  • Alma98

    From a commenter over at BJ.

    Hill Dweller Says:

    If it passes, this will be the first time in history the House has found a cabinet member in contempt of Congress.

    In other news(per WSJ), the IG’s investigation of Fast and Furious has led to a criminal investigation of court sealed documents being inadvertently given to congressional staffers, who then refused to give them back. Issa lied about how he attained them. I would love to see this backfire on that car thief.

    Also this too: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/233737-nra-to-score-house-contempt-vote-on-holder

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

      So Issa LIED about how the Oversight Committee received the documents? Shouldn’t HE be investigated for lying?

      • Miranda

        This is not going to end well for Issa.

        • nellcote
          • Alma98

            LOL

        • nathkatun7

          I truly hope you are right Miranda. There is nothing that would satisfy me more than to to see this criminal thrown out of Congress or in prison. I have no problem with wealthy people, but there are wealthy people like Darrell Issa, the Koch brothers and others who use their wealth for evil deeds.

      • Alma98

        Sepia I’m starting to think there’s something in those documents that they don’t want the public or Holder to see. I wonder if what’s in them will point to GWB and company. Because once Holder started to investigate Issa got all pissy.

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

          True because why would they refuse to give them back? If what Issa says is true, and these documents show DOJ knew about the gun walking tactics, why won’t Issa reveal them?

          • Alma98

            And like you said up above is Issa the only person who got to look at the documents.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma98 – – -Uhhhh – –I thought that this was a DEMOCRACY! – -[DEMOS = PEOPLE - - -PLURAL!]

            Hmm – - -WHEN did we – –CHANGE??? – - –/SNARK.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – - – - -WHATCHU TALKIN’ ‘BOUT?? LOL.

        THAT – – -CORRUPT CRIMINAL CRETIN – - -LYIN’???

        – –Say it isn’t so. – - ***-CLUTCHES PEARS annnd has the VAPORS!!*** – - -/SNARK.

      • nathkatun7

        As far as I am concerned, Issa, given his criminal background, should absolutely be investigated for lying. I think this why he is trying to change the focus of the investigation by using his power to cite the AG for contempt. This country is really crying out for legitimate media.

      • AxelFoley

        I’m shocked–SHOCKED–that he would do such a thing.

  • Gc

    Hot and Hotter

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

    Totally non-political comment…

    The Chado Ralph Rucci resort 2013 collection is EVERYTHING! I can so see our FLOTUS is several of these pieces: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/2013RST-CHADO?viewall=true

    • nellcote

      I particular like this one for her. Love her in jewel tones!

      http://www.style.com/slideshows/2012/fashionshows/2013RST/CHADO/RUNWAY/019m.jpg

      • Alma98

        I’d love to see her in this the back is killer.

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

        She looks great in purple!

        Alma, I love that! It would be fab for an evening affair.

    • Miranda

      That collection is DA BIZNESS!

    • itgurl_29

      Remember a few season back, that hater Oscar De La Renta did a collection where everything was an obvious take on outfits FLOTUS had worn in the past. He was literally begging her to wear his clothes.

      • isonprize

        Yes, and her response to Oscar’s non-sense was to wear a MDLR dress from his SON’S design house. (Oscar’s son, Moises de la Renta, happens to be of African descent.)

        Michelle Obama Wore Moises de la Renta!

        • goldenstar

          isonprize, Oscar is from Dominican Republic. Trust me, he happens to be of African descent, too.

          • isonprize

            Thanks for the info. The only reason I even mentioned it was because there had been some “black emo-prog whining” about how FLOTUS never wears African-American or African designers. Also, Moises is Oscar’s adopted son, not that that should matter.

    • sagittarius

      Evening, Sepia!
      Evening, POU!

      Fabulosity! Shoot, I like that lime green pantsuit for me!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – — -ALL things – - -G-R-E-E-N!! LOL – - -

        Good 2 C U. :>) [Thank U♥ 4 your PRAYERS].

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – -GOOD topic: :>)

      OF COURSE – – -ONE of MY FAVs :>)- – - – - -FUN HAIR. :>)

      Annnd – - – -THIS ONE 2 – )

      She is SIMPLY a ——LOVELY MODEL! :>)

      ETA: – - – Missin’ Mr. Reggie Love – - – -at this time. BUT – – -wishin’ him well. :>)

      • isonprize

        Hey, GLH. Reggie is in MY TOWN!!!!! He’s going to school at the University of Pennsylvania!!! Now, HOW COOL IS THAT?????

        • GreenLadyHere

          isonprize – - —Woo! Hoo! – - — BEYOND KOOL! – - – -

          I’ll B in OUR state on Friday. ***fist bump*** – –

          ACROSS da MILES!! :>) – –

  • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

    From Bobfr (who btw does great work on Twitter) over at TOD.

    “You know who is really, really, really upset with this teabagging idiot Issa?

    GW Bush – you betcha.

    I can just imagine the smile on President Obama and AG Holder’s faces.

    At some point, probably not to many moments from now the President will walk to the podium in the Rose Garden with AG Holder and explain to the public a few simple facts: GW Bush started the program; as with most everything GW Bush touched, it turned to shit and someone died; AG Holder halted the program and investigated it.

    Not a good day for GW Bush. Not a good day for #BainMitt, either.

    #PRESSON”

    Which explains why even Cantor told this moron to knock it off. It’s not going to end well for Issa.

  • rikyrah

    It’s No Accident: Obama Opens Huge Lead As Voters Reject Romney’s Out-of-touch Vision

    Back in April, I wrote about why the media talking heads were wrong about the president’s focus on Romney’s conservatism as opposed to his flip-flopping, and why that focus was exactly the right thing to do. Here’s proof that it was: In a new Bloomberg survey, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by a whopping 13 points – 53% to 40% – among likely voters.

    Here’s some other key numbers from the poll:

    •Over 50% Approval Rating: President Obama’s approval rating, at 53%, matches his support in the contest – a strong indication that the president is gaining both policy and electoral support.
    •Favorability: President Obama’s favorability rating is at 55%, compared to Mitt Romney’s 39%. Note how closely these numbers track their actual support in the poll for the election.

    •Enthusiasm gap: 76% of Obama supporters support the president “very strongly” or “fairly strongly,” compared to only 52% of Romney supporters. Only 6% of the president’s supporters describe their support as “not strong,” while Romney doubles that number at 12%.
    •Economy – Advantage Obama: The president beats Mr. Romney not only on understanding the problems of people like the respondents themselves (55 to 35), the president has succeeded in breaking through the media barrier and establishing that his vision is better for the economy, with voters now giving him an edge by 48-43.

    If these numbers are anywhere close to a correct snapshot of the public mind (and I will discuss below why there is reason to believe that it is), what could it mean? It’s pretty simple, really: as the media and the conservative outlets have sought to make this election a referendum on a caricatured version of President Obama, the Obama campaign is succeeding in its goal to define Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch, far-Right conservative on policy based on nothing more than positions Mitt Romney has himself staked out. The proof is in the pudding: 55% of voters now describe Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch, entitled snob, compared to only 36% who see Obama as out-of-touch. But what I want to note is that this isn’t just about Romney the person as out-of-touch with the average person, but Mitt Romney and the Republican party’s vision that is being shown to be out of touch.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/obama-opens-up-huge-lead-as-voters.html

  • rikyrah

    What executive privilege isn’t

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:52 PM EDT.

    As we discussed earlier, the White House asserted executive privilege this morning on certain Justice Department documents related to the so-called “Fast and Furious” controversy. The Republican talking point of the day seems to be pretty straightforward: this must mean the president is directly involved.

    A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the decision “implies” that White House officials were involved in the operation. Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano made the same argument on the air: “Executive privilege protects communications with the president, the human being of the president, not with people that work for him and the Justice Department.”

    No matter what one thinks of the underlying controversy — and for the record, I think the right’s interest in the matter is kind of silly — it’s worth pausing to clarify that executive privilege doesn’t necessarily involve communications with the president. Josh Israel noted there are actually “two types executive privilege: the robust ‘presidential communications privilege’ and the more limited ‘deliberative process privilege.’”


    The White House may invoke the latter to apply to executive branch officials outside of the president’s inner circle, as long as they were involved with the government’s decision-making process. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all asserted executive privilege in matters not involving presidential communications.

    And Bush Administration Attorney General Michael Mukasey invoked the same “deliberative process privilege” as recently as 2008, rejecting congressional subpoenas for reports of Department of Justice interviews with the White House staff regarding the Valerie Plame Wilson identify leak investigation.

    Republicans, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), are well aware of this — they endorsed the distinction during the Bush/Cheney era — and have acknowledged that executive privilege is not limited to the president’s direct communications.

    But they’re playing a political game today, hoping you aren’t well aware of this.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12322475-what-executive-privilege-isnt?lite

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

    I couldn’t bring myself to listen.

    In audio of police call, Trayvon Martin’s father worries about his son

    By NBC News’ Kerry Sanders and James Novogrod

    SANFORD, Fla. — Before anyone in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s family knew he had been shot in a gated community here, and before 28-year-old George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death more than six weeks later – before the protests in between, and before the anguish – there was a confused father worried for his son’s whereabouts.

    In recordings provided to NBC News under Florida public records laws, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, speaks with Seminole County dispatchers more than 13 hours after his son was killed.

    From the call made to the non-emergency line at the county Sheriff’s Office at 8:39 a.m. Feb. 27, it’s clear that Tracy Martin is unaware of what’s happened as he asks if he can file a “missing persons report.”

    MORE: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12321970-in-audio-of-police-call-trayvon-martins-father-worries-about-his-son?lite

    • Alma98

      I couldn’t listen either.

  • rikyrah

    The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez reports that the Justice Department Inspector General’s probe of the botched ATF investigation known as Fast and Furious has led to a criminal investigation into the accidental disclosure of court-sealed wiretap applications.

    Perez reports that Joshua Levy, a lawyer for an ATF supervisor who oversaw the Arizona-based operation, “inadvertently included court-sealed material in a batch of documents he turned over to the congressional investigators.” Congressional staffers reportedly told Levy of his error but declined to return the documents.

    The mistaken disclosure stands in stark contrast to Rep. Darrell Issa’s account of how the Oversight Committee received sealed court documents. He said earlier this month that the documents came from “whistle-blowers that are tired of your stonewalling.” Issa claims the documents show that senior Justice Department officials were aware of the “gunwalking” tactics being used, an assertion disputed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Attorney General Eric Holder, who is facing a contempt vote this afternoon.

    An Issa spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request for comment.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/

    • Alma98

      Why this man isn’t in jail I don’t know, he is a felon.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma98 – - – -STR8 — -WYT ENTITLEMENT annnd $$$.- — -

      • nathkatun7

        Alma98, I absolutely agree with you. This racist criminal Issa should be in prison and not in Congress heading up a major Congressional committee.

    • Miranda

      And those congressional staffers are not all gonna take the fall for Issa. One will crack.

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        Hmm. Sounds like someone told these staffers not to return the documents.

        • Miranda

          And they were probably assured they would face no consequences. I can already see little Ashley who was just interning from USC and had no idea, just doing what she was told. She will crack under the hot lights and tell it all.

          • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

            This article from Politics USA

            I’ve included the money quote:

            Republicans spent an entire day trying to get America interested in their sham Eric Holder scandal, and surprised no one by finding the AG in contempt.

            By a vote of 23-17, the committee voted to send a contempt report to the full House. While that sounds like a big deal, it really isn’t when you consider if Eric Holder is found in contempt by the House, the person who will determine if Holder gets prosecuted will be Eric Holder.

            http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-outraged-america-ignores-sham-eric-holder-contempt-vote.html

          • Miranda

            ROFLMAO – I’d love a statement that goes something like “upon further review, I have decided not to prosecute myself for bullshit.”

          • Worldwatcher7

            That would be lovely. Either that or, “Hey Issa, how my ass taste?”

          • GN

            Yup, this is a Grade A, flagrant waste of taxpayer money. With PBO invoking executive privilege, the US Atty is not going to prosecute Holder. Our tax dollars at work.

      • Cha Eva

        Issa fuckhead.

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

      Has anyone else on the Oversight Committee read these sealed documents, or has just Issa seen them?

  • rikyrah

    June 20, 2012 4:13 PM
    Consequences of a Split Decision on ObamaCare

    By Ed Kilgore

    The entirely plausible outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act that has received the least attention is what might be called a “split decision:” an invalidation of the individual mandate alone, with the rest of the law left to stand. This possibility has been shirked in part because it’s easier to do so, and in part because the Obama administration did not defend “severability” in the famous oral arguments before the Court in March (though an “independent” attorney did). But as TNR’s Jonathan Cohn notes today, the latest hot rumor is that this is in fact the issue the Court is still agonizing over (there’s also been a rumor, he says, that one Justice became so wrought up over the deliberations that he or she took his or her clerks out for a drinking binge).

    Cohn goes on to argue passionately that ACA would still do an enormous amount of good even without the mandate, which is usually considered essential to the task of building a broad enough risk pool to make the expansion of coverage feasible (i.e., to avoid big and politically disastrous jumps in premiums). But he admits no one really knows exactly how it would all play out.

    more here
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_06/consequences_of_a_split_decisi038068.php

  • rikyrah

    Montana Could Force SCOTUS To Re-Hash Citizens United

    Benjy Sarlin-June 20, 2012, 2:33 PM

    The Supreme Court could give Citizens United a second look this month as it decides whether to take up a lawsuit against the state of Montana, which wants its century-old state law restricting corporate influence in elections to stay in place.

    Montana is the only state so far to assert its existing corporate-money ban should still stand after the court ruled in 2010 that corporations could spend unlimited amounts on election ads via independent groups. The Montana Supreme Court upheld the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act, but the Supreme Court ordered that the law not be enforced while it reviewed a challenge by the conservative group American Tradition Partnership. The court is widely expected to strike the law down in keeping with its previous decision.

    Still, advocates view the case as their best chance yet to force the justices to re-examine elements of their landmark 2010 opinion that they say have already proven flawed in light of the subsequent deluge of campaign spending. Twenty-two states and Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have signed on with Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) in support of their claim.

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision rested in part on its claim that “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Bullock and his supporters are asking them to look at Montana’s own history and then decide whether that assumption is still valid.

    The state’s early years were defined by an epic battle between spectacularly wealthy mining barons over the state’s vast resources. Copper billionaire William Clark’s election by the Montana state legislature to the Senate in 1899 was considered so blatant a product of bribery that the Senate refused to seat him, to which he reportedly retorted, “I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale.” Cases like Clark’s were considered a factor in the passage of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for direct election of senators. And widespread allegations that legislators had been wholly purchased by Montana’s “copper kings” prompted voters to go around their lawmakers and pass the Corrupt Practices Act via referendum.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/montana-case-could-give-supreme-court-a-second-look-at-citizens-united.php?ref=fpb

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good evenin’ miranda. – - – - -WHEW LAWD! – — -2 STRONG BLAH MEN!- — BLAH POWER!! – - -

    – – -Ohhh KARMA’s gon GET THAT – — “W” – - -TRUST!! :>)

    BLESS U 2 annnd your FAMILIES who SUPPORT U. [Like WE DO! :>)] – -AMEN. :>)

  • Admiral_Komack

    Sanford police Chief Bill Lee reportedly fired
    By Susan Jacobson and Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel

    Sanford police Chief Bill Lee, who has been under heavy criticism in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, met with the city manager this morning to discuss his termination, a friend said.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-20/news/os-sanford-police-chief-fired-bill-lee-20120620_1_commissioners-patty-mahany-chief-bill-lee-interim-police

    • Miranda

      So in other words, there is evidence of his gross negligence and/or coverup that cannot be refuted.

      • Cha Eva

        I remember when he resigned and some superior wouldn’t take his resignation. More things must have come to Light..Important things.

  • Miranda

    What’s stopping the Dems from just saying “we’re not participating in this shit”…and just not showing up the way the Wisconsin Dems did? Seriously, what would happen if they just took a stand and said this sham is disrespectful of their constituents and there is nothing in the constitution that demands they entertain lunatics and their right wing conspiracies. What would Issa and Boehner do if they all just said F U – now what? Arrest us? Really? U and what army?

    • isonprize

      In other words, using AquaGranny’s favorite phrase,

      Just tell ‘em to go “BITE THE BIG CACTUS!!”

    • nathkatun7

      Those were exactly my feelings too, Miranda! Democrats, and especially African American members on the committee should have boycotted this vote. No need to validate the criminal Issa.

      We need a petition, for all those who know how to do petitions, to urge Democratic members of Congress to walk out if Boehner and Cantor insist on voting to hold AG Holder in contempt of Congress. I intend to send a letter/e-mail to my Representative urging her to boycott this sham and uncalled for vote. As you so ably said, enough is enough of trying to play nice with these lunatic whose sole purpose is to destroy President Obama. Walk out Democrats and let the Record show that this was purely a GOP partisan witch hunt engineered by racist haters of the President and the Attorney General of the United States.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Arizona Secretary Of State’s Latest Theory: Obama Lied About Being Born In Kenya To Get Into College

    The top election official in Arizona, fresh off his flirtation with birtherism, has moved on to a strange new conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama.

    Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he’s convinced Obama was born in Hawaii, but he now believes the president fraudulently claimed to be born in Kenya so he could get into college. He also believes the president has spent millions of dollars since then to cover it up.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/ken_bennett_arizona_obama_college_conspiracy.php?m=1

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - – – - YOUNG – -GIFTED annnd – -BLACK – — -:>)

    – - — -He took ADVANTAGE of THIS. :>)

    – - – - -Ex-juvenile delinquent gets 2nd chance with college scholarship

    – — -It would be an understatement to say Joseph Fordjour shouldn’t be sitting at a desk, diligently studying.

    The 17 year old has served time in juvenile hall for robbery, but in the fall will start college on a full scholarship.

    “Now I have an opportunity to open a whole new chapter, and write it just the way I want to write it,” he said.

    Two years ago, Fordjour joined the Santa Ana High School wrestling team then went on to perform in the theatre department and won awards for rapping about the life he left.

    – -SNIP – - -

    “The guardian scholars program. It is this academic, financial scholarship, but really the connections that they make here is what’s key,” said Grace Johnson, program director.

    Click here to read more.
    THERE IS MORE.

    CONGRATULATIONS. :>) WE R PROUD of U. :>) B BLESSED. – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -UH! –OH! – — -Lawrence “O”- — -is STR8 –GOIN’ IN ON – -

    “krispie kreme” — –FRIENDS with BILL PALATUCCI [TRIED 2 "BUY" a U.S. ATTORNEY position - -FROM - --"shrub" - - - -4 --KK(K) ]– -

    THE BACKGOUND: --PALATUCCI owns a”halfway house” – -from which a resident ESCAPED annnd KILLED someone! –

    – - -☻ – - – –☻ – - -☻ — –X — -Will NOT B VP!! LOL – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – –IN HONOR of – -National Caribbean American Heritage Month. – — -:>) – - – –CONGRATULATIONS – -

    - – -Caribbean-Americans who have made their mark – –

    - – -This year marks the 7th anniversary of June being recognized as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

    An annual White House Proclamation commemorates the contributions of Caribbean people to the history and culture of the United States. In this year’s proclamation, President Obama called the contributions of Caribbeans to this country “immeasurable” and highlighted the roles they have played in the arts, music, the sciences and politics.[Goin' 2 get this. :>)]

    – - -Also cause for celebration during this month are the upcoming 50th independence anniversaries of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago on August 6th and August 30th respectively.

    Here are some famous people that you may or may not have known are Caribbean.
    THERE IS MORE. – - – -

    -***nods @ CO annnd ____**** :>)[4-give me. I 4-got. :>)] – – -

    • caribbeanobserver

      Actually Ms Green, Trinidad and Tobago is the 31st of August.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda: – - – - -A PIC is worth a 1000 words –

    – - – -THIS – -SPEAKS -

    — – – —–BUT—-U DON’T LISTEN —-2 ME/US —Sooooooo – -

    — WE just commemorated JUNETEENTH.—-THEY di-ent tell US until 2 YEARS L8R that -WEZ -FREE!—

    ——-☻—We BEGGED -4 OVA 200 years 2 B FREE –U DI-ENT LISTEN 2 US.

    ——-☻–WE BEGGED U 2 –TREAT US WITH DIGNITY—-
    - —-BUT—-U di-ent listen 2 US—

    ——-☻WE axed U 2 LOOSEN those ROPES—–BUT—U di-ent listen 2 US—-

    ——-☻—WE–AXED U 2 TREAT US FAIRLY—AS RECENT AS YESTERDAY—-BUT—-U di-ent LISTEN–2 —US—--

    ——–Sooooo—-NOW WE GON GET SOME JUSTICE—-AS WE —WATCH–THIS HAPPEN 2 U—-annnnnd U KNOW THAT—-IT IS A—-B**CH!! LOL!!—–

    ——–NEXT TIME—–LISTEN!!—-LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — – -POSITIVE BENEFITS of the ACA – - – -

    – - – -Affordable Care Act Helps Improve Access to High Quality, Coordinated Care – —

    – - – -Today, HHS announced that 219 community health centers received another $128.6 million to help them expand their reach, supporting approximately 5,460 jobs and serve 1.25 million additional patients.

    Today’s announcement is one in a series of efforts to make our community health centers stronger. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers around the country have received new resources to expand capacity and improve care for their patients.

    At the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, these new resources are helping staff better monitor patients’ care, follow up with patients and ensure they get the care they need that can stop health problems before they start. For example:
    – - — -SNIP- – –

    -Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans will get better health care in the communities they call home. HHS Secretary Sebelius has held living room discussions with people around the country to discuss health care. During the discussions, providers have had the chance to speak about how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting their communities. This video is a snapshot of these conversations:
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — -THANK U MR. – -VISIONARY – -PRESIDENT. :>) – — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda: – —- PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION: – - – -

    – - – -Presidential Proclamation — National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2012 – - -

    – - – -NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2012
    - – - – - – -
    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    A PROCLAMATION

    Individuals and families from Caribbean countries have journeyed to America’s shores for centuries. Some were brought here against their will in the bonds of slavery. Some immigrated to America as children, clutching a parent’s hand. Others came as adults, leaving behind everything they knew in pursuit of a better life in a new world. Generations of Caribbean Americans have sought to ensure their children and grandchildren would have the freedom to make of their lives what they will, and during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate their rich narratives and recognize their immeasurable contributions to our country.

    Caribbean Americans have shaped every aspect of our society — enhancing our arts and humanities as titans of music and literature, spurring our economy as intrepid entrepreneurs, making new discoveries as scientists and engineers, serving as staunch advocates for social and political change, and defending our ideals at home and abroad as leaders in our military. Their achievements exemplify the tenacity and perseverance embedded in our national character, and their stories embody the fundamental American idea that when access to opportunity is equal, anyone can make it if they try.

    As we reflect on the myriad ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our country, we join in commemorating the 50th anniversaries of independence in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and we reaffirm the bonds of friendship we share with our Caribbean neighbors. This month, let us celebrate the essence of the Nation we all love — an America where so many of our ancestors have come from somewhere else; a society that has been enriched by cultures from around the world.

    – - -NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

    BARACK OBAMA – - – - – - -THANK U — -MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

    • caribbeanobserver

      Yay for the Caribbean. So what are the events scheduled?

    • gc

      I love it! I “took” you guys wih me, when we were in Nassau this spring. You helped me feel less a Stranger in a Strange Land.

      We ended up hooked on the Caribbean and NEED to go back. I cannot explain it. They talk about the warmth of the people. Well, some were, some weren’t. So it was more than that. Maybe the color of the water….

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -WHYCOME I’m thinkin’ that – - – -the DOJ is lookin’ into the

    CORRUPTION/CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES of issa – — -e’en as we speak? – -

    Hmmmm. .. . . .Jus’ sayin’. . . . . . .

    • caribbeanobserver

      WE DA MEDIA need to focus on ISSA and his not so wholesome activities.
      P.S I must stand strong with Mr Holder,after all he has his Caribbean
      affiliations in Barbados.

  • Camille

    This was a decent response to a post about the republicans and media war against President Obama:

    @:

    You brought up the issue of the Republicans bringing America to a stand still all in an effort to make this president less effective and the numbers, rhetoric, and facts show this to be true.

    There’s a threefold fight against this president. There is an attempt to make Americans tired of the fight and the lies about his character and his origins. There is an attempt to make Americans think that they are worse off under his leadership. And there is an attempt to make Americans think that he is not effective on the world stage.

    The first point of making people tired of the lies and contempt of his character is trying to make people think that if President Obama is no longer in office they will not have to see all the negativity surrounding the office of the presidency. A great majority of Americans grow up with reverence for the POTUS, the job. Those that want to impugn this president’s character are doing so to induce a malaise and lethargy to drain and wear down voters who want to not have the beloved office torn down.

    The second point is to make Americans think that they are worse off under his leadership to convince the masses to think that things could be better under another administration. With a white president.

    The media refuses to convey to Americans what the problems are and what will be done to fix the issues. Take the social security fight for instance, several prior administrations borrowed money from social security for clandestine activities thinking that they could either repay the debt owed or were specifically trying to weaken the social safety net. President Obama did not create this debt.

    To the third point, effectiveness on the world stage. President Obama is respected world wide. What he is asked most often from other world leaders is how he withstands all the personal attacks on his character rather than actually trying to help him govern effectively. He is strong on the world stage. It is on the domestic front that he is continuously assaulted.

    The log jams that the republicans have introduced to keep the economy at a standstill have been here for 3.5 years plus the prior 8 years.

    What is really going to happen is the American people are going to smell the stench of the republicans that have been stinking up the economy and will be cleaned up in November. Their message has peaked. They have nothing else. The truth will be told.

    • rikyrah

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  • Salman78

    Zimmerman has tried to claim that he shot Martin during a struggle for the gun. The evidence does not support this. This angle of entry of the wound, the amount of stippling on Martin’s clothes, and the fact that he as shot through the heart all contradict this. The evidence clearly shows that Zimmerman was several feet away from Martin when he shot him intentionally through the heart. There is no way that the evidence support a gun discharge during a struggle for the gun unless Martin had 6 foot long arms. http://www.ezybluray.com.au/

    • Cha Eva

      Yeah, the proven LIAR, george zimmerman, Says he shot Trayvon in self defense.

      I originally read this on cnn and the comment section was full of idiots turning themselves into pretzels to support the killer.

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