September 23, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

It’s hump day in the new year POU family! Continuing with this week’s open thread, we highlight the accomplishments of Mellody Hobson. 


Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is the president of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets. It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States. She is also the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Mutual Funds. Hobson is a regular contributor on financial issues to ABC’s Good Morning America and a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.

Hobson was born in Chicago, Illinois, attending St. Ignatius College Prep high school, and then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy at Princeton University. She joined Ariel soon afterward as an intern and rose to become the firm’s senior vice president and director of marketing. She ascended to become the firm’s president in 2000.

Hobson serves on the board of many organizations, including the Chicago Public Library, the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Sundance Institute. She is also a director of the Starbucks Corporation, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. and Groupon. Hobson has been acclaimed in selections such as Ebony magazine’s “20 Leaders of the Future” (1992), Working Women Magazine’s “20 Under 30” (1992), the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” (2001), Esquire‘s “America’s Best and Brightest” (2002), The Wall Street Journal‘s 50 “Women to Watch” (2004).

Hobson is unmarried and has no children. She has been dating film director and producer George Lucas since 2006.

She created and hosted a show on ABC on May 29, 2009 called Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money. It was intended to educate people about money in a creative way. It featured celebrities such as the Jonas Brothers, Oscar the Grouch and Samuel L. Jackson to talk about economics.



  • Miranda

    House pulls plug on Sandy aid billHouse Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

    The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

    Read more:

    • rikyrah

      lowdown mofos….

      of course, it’s too much to ask for those affected by Sandy to remember this

    • Admiral_Komack

      “The Nig(GONG!) outfoxed us!”
      “We’ll show him!”

    • Kennymack1971

      That’s some straight up bitchassness right there.

    • isonprize

      Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christie? What say you about your Rethuglican colleagues?

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ miranda – – -***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – -Watched their FLIP-FLOP demeanor last night. FIRST they GAVE [Fiscal Cliff VOTE] — -THEN they – -TOOK AWAY – – -FUNDING from the STORM VICTIMS!! —


      C’MON — –KARMA!! – —

      PRAYIN’ 4 the VICTIMS!! – -AMEN. — –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    thanks for this series. have followed Ms. Hobson’s career for years.

    • conlakappa

      I remember her very smart and practical tips during periodic segments on Good Morning America a good while back. Diane Sawyer used to fall all over herself introducing Ms. Hobson.

  • rikyrah

    IMO, here’s how the Debt Ceiling is gonna go.

    President : I want a clean debt ceiling bill.

    The GOP:NO, we want cuts to entitlements.

    President : I want a clean debt ceiling bill.

    Other Democrats: Please put forth a detailed list of said entitlement cuts.

    The GOP: No, we want the cuts, and you to put them forward.

    President: Here’s the deal. You want entitlement cuts? RUN ON THEM IN 2014. IF you win on a platform of entitlement cuts, then we’ll talk in 2014. but, for now, give me my clean debt ceilling bill.

  • Miranda

    Drudge is melting down. Don’t laugh. Oh, go on then.

  • Miranda


    Wisconsin state Senator: Kwanza is a fake holiday that black people don’t even like

    A Republican state Senator in Wisconsin is upset with everyone paying so much attention to Kwanza, a made-up holiday he claims, “almost no black people today care about.”

    According to the Shorewood Patch, Sen. Glenn Grothman railed against the holiday in a December press release, saying it was invented by a racist radical in the 60s and is kept alive today by fanatical liberals who want to destroy America. African Americans, however, have almost no interest in the holiday themselves.

    “Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanza—just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide America,” he wrote.

    Later in the release, which is titled “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanza,” Grothman frets about the danger of schools teaching children about Kwanza.

    Raw Story (

    • isonprize

      Whatever, dude. Whatever.

    • Kennymack1971

      Hush up Sen. Grothman. Just hush up now.

    • Town


      Question of Logic: If black people don’t care about Kwanzaa anyway, why would we use Kwanzaa in an effort to divide America?

      • isonprize

        I’d like to see his research on the “black folks don’t care about Kwanzaa” statement. Wonder what poll he took? LOLOL

        • Town

          Another Question of Logic: if Kwanzaa is being used by white liberals to agitate black folks to divide America, but black folks don’t care about Kwanzaa anyway, isn’t the real problem the white liberals trying to destroy America and not Kwanzaa?

    • Alma98

      This idiot’s district is 15 minutes from me he serves mostly rich folks. I guess he’s looking for some attention cause nobody cares what he has to say. lol

  • isonprize

    Have some fun voting!! Mrs. O’s shows pictures of her top picks for
    1. gowns 2. everything else that FLOTUS wore in 2012.

    For gowns, I had a tough choice between FLOTUS at the Gov. Dinner (Gold with chiffon shoulder tie) and at the Pres. Medal of Freedom (Black with gold waist belt) I went with the black gown because I thought it was ‘timeless’

    For ‘everything else’ Hands down, I went for the pink/salmon, gold and grey Tracy Reese dress FLOTUS wore at the DNC convention. She looked absolutely fabulous in that dress!

    • Miranda

      Those were tough choices! I loved every gown and couldn’t really make up my mind. I love the color red, but I loved both of those Naeem Khan gowns.

    • conlakappa

      And you saw the assessment of the recent NY Times “she needs to be deeper!!!” article, right? Not even the usual troll or two had something stupid to say about the First Lady. Like he husband is the hardest working person in his role, so is she in hers.

      • isonprize

        Yeah, whatever, NYT, whatever.

        What First Lady has jumped rope with the kids, developed a program to assist military families, made school lunches healthier, campaigned independently for her husband, did late-night and daytime TV, all while raising two smart, well-mannered girls, staying healthy, in great shape AND looking fabulous doing it?

        • goldenstar

          And made all the moves with the youth to the Beyonce tune. Alrighty?

          • Aquagranny911

            ….and reading to kiddos with Bo dog sprawling across her lap. I did so enjoy that particular clip from this year’s WH celebration.

            Bo has excellent taste in laps, lol!

          • gc

            Bo is loved and secure. He does not live in fear that he will be strapped to a car roof.

          • crazycanuck


      • GN

        Mind-boggling. What in the world can they claim is shallow about an accomplished lawyer who held her household down in every way, including financially, while helping President Obama to pursue the political ambitions which led him into the WH? “Needs to be deep” my behind. And amazing how it is glossed over, just how much the First Lady has done to dispel the poisonous myths about black women simply via her visibility.

      • nellcote

        That article didn’t even make any sense.

    • Very hard to choose but I went with the Naeem Khan Governors’ Dinner gown and the DNC Tracey Reese dress.

    • nellcote

      I went with the two that made my jaw drop when I first saw them. The red BET dress and of course the DNC Tracy Reese. I might have gone with the Gov. Dinner Naem Kahn but I don’t think I ever saw a full length photo of it.

      Thanks for the link. Nice to have something fun to vote on for a change.

      • JojoRaze

        The Michael Kors black pleated dress with the gold belt and the blue Military dress were my jaw droppers this year. The J Mendel one was close, but that black Michael Kors dress still makes my heart skip a beat.

    • rikyrah

      put me down for the BET Honors dress with the Tracy Reese a hair behind

  • Miranda

    White House: Deal cuts deficits by $737 billion
    By Erik Wasson – 01/02/13 08:32 AM ET

    The White House early Wednesday argued that the fiscal-cliff deal cuts deficits by $737 billion when realistic assumptions are made.

    Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post that the current-law baseline, which the Congressional Budget Office used Tuesday to conclude the deal approved by Congress would add $4 trillion to the debt over 10 years, is not realistic.

    “The relevant point of comparison isn’t current law, it is ‘current policy’ — those policies that were in place on Dec. 31, the day before all of these changes were scheduled to take effect,” Zients wrote.

    more here

  • isonprize

    Wanna check who voted yea or nay? HEEEEERE ya go!
    I must admit to being SHOCKED that the entire Pennsylvania delegation, House AND Senate, voted YEA.

    House vote 257-167 (8 not voting)

    Senate vote 89–8 (3 not voting)

    • Love it!! And no matter how Republicans try to spin it they voted for a tax increase. Bye Grover. Enjoy your trip to oblivion.

      • goldenstar

        Don’t count him out. He’s like that Eveready bunny.

        • conlakappa

          He and Hamsher will talk about the “third way” they’ve been devising.

          • goldenstar

            Ewwww. I forgot about that.

            Showing her behind this time around gonna get her in REALLY BEEG TROUBLE. Peeps are not gonna stand for that kind of rubbish.

        • I don’t know. This is his only claim to fame and even he was ready to cave on taxing income over 1 million. How does he put the genie back in the bottle?

          • nellcote

            He was just on Andrea Mitchell spewing utter foolishness such that even she told him to cut the crap.

    • nellcote

      Here’s a map of the votes:

      some surprises, check out Oklahoma and Oregon.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD Wednesday MornTin’ – -REAL FAST: – – -THEY CAME – – -THEY HAD THEIR 15 MINUTES of FAME – – — THEY PASSED!! – – –Woo! Hoo! — —

    – – —House Passes ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill; Now to President – – –

    – – -IT WAS A LOVELY SIGHT!! – –:>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -Annnnnd MR. PRESIDENT was PRESIDENTIAL in HIS REMARKS —BEFORE HE SIGNS annnnd – – -**drops mic — 2 Hawaii** – -:>)
    – — —President Obama Fiscal Cliff Speech Deal Bill APPROVED by House and Senate Ap – – – Woo! Hoo!

    Annnd We CAN – – –EXHALE!! :>) – — THANK U — -MR. PRESIDENT. — – –

  • Miranda

    *snicker*….somebody pass the butter for my popcorn please.

    Ethan Klapper‏@ethanklapper
    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.): Anyone from NY/NJ who donates to NRCC “should have their head examined”

    • *passes you some melted Pulgra* I’m thoroughly enjoying watching the Repubs self-implode.

      • isonprize

        Sepia. I thought ‘butter was butter was butter’ until I tasted Plugra. That is some serious chit!! LOLOLOL

        And I only had it on toast. I can’t even imagine what it does to baked goods! Lawd hav’ mercy…

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – -☻Deal done, Obama heads back to Hawaii with a weary wink – –[C 2nd PIC]

    – — -☻U.S. fiscal cliff deal prompts broad global market rally – –Woo! Hoo! – —

    — – -☻Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is the president of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets. It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States.

    – – -CONGRATULATIONS!! WE R PROUD of U. – –THANK U – –PBOMB. :>) – —


    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – – –

    • Aquagranny911

      Special for you GLH….


      • GreenLadyHere

        Awwww – -Aquagranny. – –***BIG — -grateful — HUG*** :>)

        Erry now annnd again, I do use THAT one. – —I especially luv — the BIRD! :>) – – – –

        On the one that I posted, I think of U —when the “CACTUS” scene appears. :>) – —

        Again, – -THANK U♥. :>) – –FELIZ – -ANO NUEVO. :>) – –

  • Reid should’ve said, “Gotcha bitch!”

    The fiscal cliff deal that almost wasn’t
    By: John Bresnahan and Carrie Budoff Brown and Manu Raju and Jake Sherman
    January 2, 2013 12:21 AM EST

    House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.

    It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

    “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

    Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”

    Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

    The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, miscommunication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.


    • conlakappa

      Uh-huh, this is the guy the WashPost called a nice guy. Wouldn’t yelling obscenities at Reid be like doing so to your old uncle?

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! My old Tio from Yuma knows way better swears in two languages & would have not only laughed at that weak sauce but had a creative come back of his own!

        • jds09

          Weaksauce indeed. The kicker is that Boehner supposedly bragged about it. lol

        • conlakappa

          Short of challenging him to a duel, dunno. The venue is the thing too: in the vestibule of the White House, Mr. Speaker, really?!

    • Harry laughed for a couple of reasons. One is they rolled Boehner. Two Reid knows Boehner didn’t want any parts of an actual beatdown.

      • goldenstar

        And, Reid, having boxed for a good part of his life, could finish the job.

      • JojoRaze

        I so agree with you, especially number two. Boehner would have ended up like Halle’s baby daddy, who was rightfully mad, but didn’t know/remember that his hands were too short to box with a competitive boxer.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m sure Harry got a big laugh out of that. “Go f___yourself” is that the last refuge of the impotent & incompetent.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – -FIRST: – –EXCUSE the SIURCE: – —Watchin’ TIS – –

    – –Sources: Enough Republicans Willing to Unseat Speaker Boehner– –

    — – –“At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner–and are willing to do what it takes to do it,” Meyer said. “That’s more than enough to get the job done, but the one problem these guys face is they need a leader to coalesce behind.”

    Meyer said the conservatives have considered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the helm after Boehner is knocked out. His opposition from the right to the Senate fiscal cliff deal that Vice President Joe Biden cut with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a sign Cantor may try for the job.

    AMA is hardly the only conservative entity aware of the rekindled effort afoot to unseat Boehner. Another conservative with inside knowledge of the effort told Breitbart News that the movement has “new focus and juice,” and if enough members go to Boehner telling him they won’t support his re-election, that Americans should “watch for him to resign gracefully.”
    THERE IS MORE – —-[Again, EXCUSE the source.] :>)

    • conlakappa

      The source here is important though: I think they are just playing head games with an angry, drunken man. He is Fredo.

    • *sounding like Babs Bunny from Making The Band*

      “Let ’em fight! Let ’em fight!”

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Sepia – —***fist bump8** – — U BETCHA!! — -LOL —

        – -CALL! —‘EM! – –OUT!! – – -LOL —

    • I still say they don’t have the votes.

      • conlakappa

        I agree. If they did, they’d be talking smack on the record and with attribution. This is a killing-our-own moment for the R part. Self-destruction before any real attempt at reconstruction. Or maybe they are planning on someone else coming in like Huntsman. I saw him and his wife on the train from D.C. to NYC a week after Thanksgiving so it’s not like it was right after the holiday and they were visiting their kids who live here. The eyebrow, she lifted.

        • nellcote

          I thought Huntsman was permanently tainted by having worked for PBO.

          • isonprize

            Oh, if they want Huntsman, they’ll find a way to spin that too!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY NEW YEAR woody45.. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — —

        – —YEAH — – -BUT – – — the —DISPLAY of DISARRAY – -continues 2 CONTRIBUTE 2 their – — DISCREDIT!! – – LOL – – –

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Let the games begin! GOP version of Donner Pass as they savage each other for power & control & doing their jobs for the country takes a back seat once more.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY 2013 –Aquagranny911 – — -**BIG HUG** :>)

        – — **fist bump** – -LOL –

        —Luvin’ the — –RE-THUCKER DISARRAY!! — -ALWAYS!! –:>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • The ramifications of not voting and/or encouraging people not to vote in 2010:

    Thanks To Gerrymandering, Democrats Would Need To Win The Popular Vote By Over 7 Percent To Take Back The House
    By Ian Millhiser on Jan 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    As of this writing, every single state except Hawai’i has finalized its vote totals for the 2012 House elections, and Democrats currently lead Republicans by 1,362,351 votes in the overall popular vote total. Democratic House candidates earned 49.15 percent of the popular vote, while Republicans earned only 48.03 percent — meaning that the American people preferred a unified Democratic Congress over the divided Congress it actually got by more than a full percentage point. Nevertheless, thanks largely to partisan gerrymandering, Republicans have a solid House majority in the incoming 113th Congress.

    …The upshot of this is that if Democrats across the country had performed six percentage points better than they actually did last November, they still would have barely missed capturing a majority in the House of Representatives. In order to take control of the House, Democrats would have needed to win the 2012 election by 7.25 percentage points. That’s significantly more than the Republican margin of victory in the 2010 GOP wave election (6.6 percent), and only slightly less than the margin of victory in the 2006 Democratic wave election (7.9 percent). If Democrats had won in 2012 by the same commanding 7.9 percent margin they achieved in 2006, they would still only have a bare 220-215 seat majority in the incoming House, assuming that these additional votes were distributed evenly throughout the country. That’s how powerful the GOP’s gerrymandered maps are; Democrats can win a Congressional election by nearly 8 points and still barely capture the House.


    • Miranda

      Emoprogs and professional leftists built that.

    • goldenstar

      These are the facts but there’s an aspect of this that sounds like whining. So, they rigged the game. What’s new?

      The DCCC and the DNC need to adopt the OFA attitude: look to beat the hay out of these folks on the ground and with technology to overtake their corrupt ways.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –HE –MAD!! — —

    – – – –GOP Rep. Says Boehner ‘Put A Knife In The Back Of New Yorkers’ By Blocking Vote On Sandy Relief – —

    – — –A furious Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took aim at his own party in a Fox News interview Wednesday, a day after House GOP leaders broke their promise to hold a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. King said the decision by the House Republican leadership to scrap a planned vote on a multi- billion aid package amounted to a “knife in the back” of those hit hardest by the bill. The Senate had approved a $60.4 billion aid bill last Friday, but the House move appeared to scuttle any chance of a bill before the new Congress begins Thursday.

    King said that after the move, he feels no obligation to vote with his leadership and suggested that East Coast residents who contribute to the GOP are insane. King complained that Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor reneged on their promise to hold a vote on the package, without explanation:

    In his explanation of the events of Tuesday night, he noted that neither Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) offered any explanation for the broken promise:

    – – -SNIP – —

    King noted that while national Republicans were all-too-happy to put Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) out as a surrogate during the 2012 campaign, with this move they “knifed him in the back.”

    In a separate interview on CNN, he added that Boehner refused to meet with him and yelled at Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), “I’m not going to meet with you people.” – —

    – – – – -HAH! – – – -Da RE-THUCKERS CONTINUE 2 B in –DISARRAY! — -LOL

    • nellcote

      I’m surprised Christie isn’t all over the media complaining. And I wonder if the lack of a vote is some sort of revenge for Christie embracing PBO.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I crashed early last night & missed all the drama of the House vote. I’m so glad that PBO has rejoined the family in Hawaii for a much needed rest. Is it terribly wrong of me to wish boils to form on the asses of the goatfiggers who drew this piece of BS out so long?

    I see that Jeff Flake, Rep from AZ & now Jr Senator voted against the bill. I am composing a fax for him. A reminder that he may have gotten fat, dumb & jolly representing a bunch of Mormons & teapotty people in the House but now he stands for all of AZ, he better remember ALL of his constituents & their needs.

    I saw that program of Ms Hobson’s about money. It was way cool, informative & very entertaining. Delightful series this week, thanks PBomb! May I quote one of my granddaughters who loves to say:

    “Girl ones got the Power, yeah!!!”

    • Miranda


    • goldenstar

      For sure, he’ll be w/ the girls and make a stop to his fave shave ice stand!

      • Aquagranny911

        Goldenstar, I’ve got a dumb question. Is “shave ice” like what we call a snow cone?

        Snow cones are big stuff here in the summer at so many out door events. We have all kinds of flavors even one called “green chili mole” which is a spicy chocolate. The flavorings are poured over crushed ice & served in a paper cone.

        • goldenstar

          It’s similar but the ice is actually shaved and not crushed. Makes for a different texture. The flavors are all over the place but there’s a great selection of fruits of the islands.

          • Aquagranny911

            Gracias! Sounds good especially that “fruits of the Islands.” My fav snow cone is a combination flavor of guava & mango, muy bueno!

    • Aquagranny911


  • OH SHAYT!!!

    Jim Acosta ‏@jimacostacnn
    Hard to top Peter King but… Christie folks say expect a statement from the NJ gov shortly on the delay on Sandy aid.

    Josh Lederman ‏@joshledermanAP
    .@GovChristie schedules a 2pm news conference in Trenton, ostensibly on Sandy aid

    Steve Brusk ‏@stevebruskCNN
    Speaker Boehner to meet with New York and New Jersey delegation members at 3pm.


    • Miranda

      OOOOOO! I gotta run to the concession stand real quick! Gotta get me some nachos for this!

    • conlakappa

      Ha! Someone must have left a headless Scotch bottle horse’s head in Orange’s bed.

  • Miranda

    So Penn’s governor has truly lost his mind and the boosters run the state – if ever there was a “you need to let this go” moment – its this one to Penn State’s boosters and this foolish governor. You won’t win this. Not even if you’re legally right – you. will. not. win. this.

    Pennsylvania governor to detail NCAA lawsuit in news conference at Penn State

    Gov. Tom Corbett scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    The news conference announcing the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg was set to be held at the university’s State College campus.

    more here

    • Aquagranny911

      This will not end well for Corbett.

    • Dumb move, especially since folks are side-eyeing him for how he handled the Sandusky case when he was state AG. This will bring more attention to his role in the crime.

    • MsKitty

      The new Attorney General, Katherine Kane, is a Democrat. She ran on a platform of going IN on the PSU investigation, particularly when Corbett was AG.

      The Gov may come to regret this decision.

      • isonprize

        MsKitty… YOU know!!!

    • isonprize

      Miranda. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED!!!!

      When I heard this on drivetime radio this AM, I screamed. “THAT’S what this MFer is concerned about? Penn State? PENN STATE?”

      “Cut it” Corbett has an “Obamacare” state medical exchange that he doesn’t want to set up that would help Pennsylvania (of ALL colors). He has cut children off of Medicaid, closed unemployment offices in major metro areas, looked the other way while his AG tried to implement voter suppression laws and shut down elevators on protestors in wheelchairs.

      This bastard is worried about Penn STATE? I’m already registering and organizing the voters to pay attention to the gubernatorial race in 2014!!

      • Miranda

        This fool has GOT TO GO.

      • TyrenM

        I got 5 on it. Point me in the right direction.

    • rikyrah

      he’s trying to cover his ass because HE was the one who wouldn’t investigate

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -Soooo – -Lookin’ FORWARD 2 THIS CELEBRATION/COMMEMORATION – – -2013 — —

    – – –Lee Bailey Presents Martin Luther King and President Obama Radio Specials for MLK Day and Inauguration Day 2013 – —

    – – —*Once again, Inauguration Day and King Day coincide in 2013, as America braces itself to celebrate two of its world class citizens, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama.

    Lee Bailey, producer of the flagship program Radioscope and publisher of The Electronic Urban Report (at, proudly presents encore presentations of King: From Atlanta To The Mountaintop and “President Barack Obama: Hail The Chief, The Dream Comes To Life.”

    These two radio specials are the only ones of their kind and are available exclusively from Bailey Broadcasting. In the past, sponsors have placed media in these radio events to tell their story of community support and corporate responsibility. Previous markets to air the King and Obama specials include Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Mobile, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Lake Charles and Columbus, to name a few.

    President Barack Obama: Hail The Chief, The Dream Comes To Life is executive produced and hosted by Lee Bailey, and written by writer/producer/brand strategist LaRita Shelby, with guest appearances by Hill Harper, Morris ‘Okelly, Ricki Morris and more. King From Atlanta To The Mountaintop is also a hallmark presentation from Bailey Broadcasting and has been a mainstay on the air for King Day for many years.

    – — –The DREAMER annnd The DREAM REALIZED. :>) – —

  • Miranda

    uhhh….uhhh…..what I had meant was…..heh

    Boehner To Prioritize Sandy Aid In New Congress

    After shelving the legislation Wednesday night, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) intends to prioritize relief for victims of superstorm Sandy in the new Congress, his office said.

    “The Speaker will make the supplemental his first priority in the new Congress,” a Boehner aide told TPM.

    The aide said Boehner has shared his intentions with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations.

    • But what if he’s no longer Speaker?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – – —***fist bump*** – — -HAH! :>)

  • Miranda

    I wonder who all’s trying to call Christie right now and beg him off this press conference scheduled for 2pm. I bet they are literally pleading with him not to go off.

    • If Chrstie tells these people to go fuck themselves, I may actually start to like the guy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -They’re continuin’ 2 TALK about THIS – – – –:>) – –

    – —U.S. fiscal cliff deal prompts broad market rally – —

    – – – — –Global stock markets surged almost 2.0 percent and commodity prices rallied on Wednesday after U.S. legislators struck a deal to halt a round of automatic fiscal tightening that threatened to push the world’s largest economy into recession.
    – – – –SNIP – —
    Wall Street’s stocks surge followed strong equity gains in Europe and Asia.

    The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was up 224.24 points, or 1.71 percent, at 13,328.38. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index .SPX was up 24.67 points, or 1.73 percent, at 1,450.86. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC was up 65.62 points, or 2.17 percent, at 3,085.13.

    The MSCI all-country world equity index .MIWD00000PUS rose 1.76 percent. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 rose 1.89 percent to 1,155.38.

    In currency markets, the euro hit $1.3299, the highest in two weeks and not far from an 8-1/2-month high set on December 19. It was last at $1.3228, up 0.15 percent.

    — -Good news! – – — :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -UH! OH! — –THEY – – -DOUBLE MAD!! – – – –

    – – – –Christie, Cuomo Condemn House’s Inaction On Sandy Relief – —

    – — —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday released a joint statement in which they criticized the House of Representatives for adjourning on Tuesday night without voting on legislation to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    The statement:

    With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.


    – — SHAME on da RE-THUCKERS!! – – -SHAME!! – –

  • Miranda

    Daily Caller doofus:

    Matt K. Lewis‏@mattklewis
    It’s amazing how every news story seems to automatically cut against Republicans these days.

    • Aquagranny911


    • nellcote

      The only thing amazing about it is that the msm seems to have a clue. I trust that’s only temporary until Lutz gets their talking points together.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –Obama requests immediate Sandy vote – – –

    – – —President Obama requested an immediate vote on the Senate’s Hurricane Sandy relief bill in the House of Representatives, hours after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled that he would postpone a vote until the new Congress is sworn in.

    “When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need,” the president said in a statement. “I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.”

    Obama accused the House of having “refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us.”

    “Our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together,” Obama continued. “Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure.”

    The president issued the statement from Hawaii, where he landed early Wednesday morning. Obama left Washington late Tuesday night after making a short statement on the House “fiscal cliff” vote.

    – – – – -THANK U – -MR. PRESIDENT. – – — THEY R – –DISGUSTING!!! – –

    • goldenstar

      I am ecstatic that he is calling. them. out.

      • isonprize

        I am ecstatic that he is calling. them. out.

        while. drinking. a. milkshake.

  • Miranda

    Ray Lewis to retire after season
    Updated: January 2, 2013, 12:17 PM ET

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he plans to retire as the end of this season.

    He told the team Wednesday that, “this is my last ride.”

    He’s not ready to say if he’s going to be healthy enough to play Sunday in the Ravens’ playoff game against the Colts. All he said was that he’s on the active roster.

    • MsKitty

      Aww, I’m gonna miss Ray-Ray getting all gansta on my TV on Sundays.

      • sagittarius

        With his fine azz. Have mercy.

  • conlakappa

    I haven’t found the usual array of the jackassed, ignorant, or ill-informed emoprogs on Wonkette but today made up for the previous relative paucity with this one post:

    I keep hoping ‘angry black man Obama’ will show up, but I think all he inherited from his dad was his skin tone.

    So, this person knew his father? Knew him to be angry? Knew anything about him before talking out the side of his neck? I found it here for those of you registered on Wonkette:

    • aleth

      I guess they live in a world were every black male is angry… seriously. I love the election of Obama just great to see how ingrained stereotypes are in American society.

      • Daltex82

        They cling to their stereotypes as tightly as they cling to their Guns and Bibles.

      • conlakappa

        It has been enlightening. Maybe they should just order DVDs of Black Dynamite if they need to get their rocks off/be mollified in that way?

    • Kennymack1971

      Said it before and I will say it again : Teabaggers = firebaggers

      • nellcote

        More true than ever. In most cases I can’t tell the difference by their comments anymore.

    • Miranda

      SMH – but if you told them how racist that is, they would cry and holler how they aren’t.

    • So in other words, because he’s black he’s expected to

      think a certain way,
      believe a certain way,
      behave a certain way,
      and act a certain way.

      This is racism in its purist form, and I’m not even gonna waste my time signing up to that site to respond to this shithead for being too stupid to see that.

    • nellcote

      The emoprogs are infesting every fun blog these days. I guess they aren’t getting enough attention at Kos since people are avoiding the place like the plague.

    • This is what happens when your only exposure to the Black community is blaxploitation films on Bounce TV.

      • conlakappa

        Or through Bill Maher talking about what he knows about black people, which doesn’t appear to be much beyond his comedian friends and whomever the stripper he’s dating at the moment. I have a feeling that Dolomite is on constant loop in his movie room.

    • Alma98

      The comment is gone I can’t find it, maybe they yanked it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -Woo! hoo! –JUS’ received THIS – – -:>)

    – – –President Obama on the “fiscal cliff” agreement – – –

    – – Published on Jan 2, 2013

    President Obama on what’s in the “fiscal cliff” agreement and what it means for you. Watch it and share it with friends and family.

    THIS COMMENT: – – –efecan gokce

    — – – –this man is the best president in the WORLD – – -TRUTH!! — :>) — –

    NOW: – – –*** IMMA GO DUST THIS OFF. :>)*** -LOL

    • isonprize


      Interesting that the above video in under the “Obama-Biden” banner and not the White House presidential stuff.

      Keeping the troops fired up! I LOVE IT! The last minute or so speaks directly to what people need to do to give the gavel back to Nancy Smash in 2014.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –We KEEP sayin’ IT — -“NO WEAPON – -FORMED AGAINST HIM – -SHALL PROSPER.” – – – -BUT – – -THEY TRIED!! – —

    – – –Study: Rick Scott’s Long Voting Lines Cost Obama A Net 11,000 Votes In Central Florida – — –

    – – –Thanks in large part to a law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), which cut early voting opportunities in that state, many Florida voters endured six hour lines simply to cast a ballot. These lines did not wind up costing Obama Florida’s electoral votes, but, according to an Ohio State University study, they reduced the president’s margin of victory by thousands of votes in central Florida alone:

    [A]s many as 49,000 people across Central Florida were discouraged from voting because of long lines on Election Day, according to a researcher at Ohio State University who analyzed election data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel.
    – – -SNIP – – –

    – -[Annnnd THEY – -CONFESSED!!]

    In the wake of the long lines triggered in the wake of Scott’s law, several top Republicans admitted the entire purpose of this legislation was to keep Democrats from the polls. Indeed, one GOP consultant explained that “cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day [from early voting] was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves.” African-American voters overwhelmingly favored Obama last November.

    — – – LYIN! – -CONNIVIN’ – – – -DESPICABLE – — -RACISTS!! — –

  • Miranda

    Ryan Lizza‏@RyanLizza
    Wow RT @mboyle1: TOM PRICE: We need “Red State Leadership” in the House (AKA, not Boehner, McCarthy or Cantor):

    • Oh, dayum! Even Cantor is getting dissed!

    • nellcote

      awww, how precious, they miss that criminal Tom Delay.

  • Live Stream of Christie presser on Sandy Relief:

  • MsKitty

    Uh-oh, Christie just broke a bottle of Jack upside Orange-Glo’s head and getting ready to cut him up with what’s left. Entertaining.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!