November 1, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Playwrights

Suzan-Lori Parks is the next playwright that will be highlighted. 

 

Suzan-Lori Parks (born 10 May 1963) is an African-American playwright and screenwriter. She received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant in 2001, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog.

Parks was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky into a military family. She spent part of her childhood in Germany and “attended German high school instead of the English speaking school for military children. The experience, in addition to teaching her the fundamentals of language, showed Parks what it feels like to be neither white nor black, but simply foreign.

She eventually returned to the United States and graduated from The John Carroll School in 1981.  She later attended and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1985 with a B.A. in English and German literature (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Parks noted in an interview that her name is spelled with a “Z” as the result of a misprint early in her career:

When I was doing one of my first plays in the East Village, we had fliers printed up and they spelled my name wrong. I was devastated. But the director said, ‘Just keep it, honey, and it will be fine.’ And it was.

Parks would credit the impact of Mount Holyoke on her career later in life. While she was an undergraduate, her Mount Holyoke English professor Mary McHenry introduced Parks to Five Colleges faculty member James Baldwin. Parks began to take classes with Baldwin and, at his behest, began to write plays.  Parks also noted that she was inspired by Wendy Wasserstein, a 1971 Mount Holyoke graduate who won the Pulitzer in 1989 for her play The Heidi Chronicles.  Parks also credited another Mount Holyoke professor, Leah Blatt Glasser, with her success.

Parks’ first screenplay was for Spike Lee’s 1996 film, Girl 6. She later worked in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions on screenplays for Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) and the 2007 film, The Great Debaters (with Robert Eisele).

Parks’ plays include Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third KingdomThe Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire WorldThe America Play (the opening scene of which inspiredTopdog/Underdog), Venus (about Saartjie Baartman), In The Blood and Fucking A (which are both a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter).

In 2000, Parks received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a playwright in mid-career.Her 2001 play, Topdog/Underdog (a play about family identity, fraternal interdependence, and the struggles of everyday African-American life), won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002.

From November 2002 to November 2003, Parks wrote a short play each day for a year. The result of this process is the “365 Days/365 Plays” series (featuring premieres of various of the 365 plays around the United States in 2006 and 2007 According to an article in the New York Times, “subject matter for the plays, most only a few pages long, ranges from deities to soldiers to what Ms. Parks saw out of her plane window.”

In the Fall of 2008, the University of Michigan Press published a guide to Parks’s dramatic works, taking a close look at her major plays and placing them in context. Entitled Suzan-Lori Parks, it is part of the Michigan Modern Dramatists series and called by the Publisher “An Accessible guide to the inventive language and experimental stagings of playwright Suzan Lori-Parks”. The author, Deborah R. Geis, traces the evolution of Parks’s art from her earliest experimental pieces to the hugely popular Topdog/Underdog to her wide-ranging forays into fiction, music, and film. This is the latest and one of the few guides to the work of one of America’s most prolific and distinctive playwrights.

She teaches playwriting at Tisch School of the Arts in the Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing.

 

*** All information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

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  • Admiral_Komack

    WSJ: Kelley Tried To Stop FBI Investigation

    David Taintor – 7:15 AM EST, Wednesday November 14, 2012

    Jill Kelley, the Florida woman who sparked an investigation that led to the discovery of David Petraeus’ affair, tried to stop the FBI investigation over the summer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    On Tuesday, people familiar with the case said that at one point in the summer, after the investigation began pointing to larger potential national security issues, Ms. Kelley tried to get the FBI to drop the matter. The people said she made the request because she was worried about the personal information being provided to investigators.

    Ms. Kelley, a 37-year-old volunteer who organized social events for military personnel, developed misgivings after friends in her Tampa social circle urged her to drop the matter, saying the probe would only cause bigger problems, the people familiar with the case said.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/wsj-kelley-tried-to-stop-fbi-investigation?ref=fpb

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

      The people said she made the request because she was worried about the personal information being provided to investigators.

      Nah, she was worried her hoetivities would be exposed.

      • Town

        And her social circle was worried THEIR hoetivities woiuld be exposed.

    • Miranda

      Pandora’s box…..as open as her legs apparently are.

      • rikyrah

        I’m gonna give you a pie for that comment. You come sit by me in the bad lounge and I’ll cut you a slice.

        • Miranda

          HAHAHAHA!

      • Daltex82

        **Flatlines**

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

    Mornin’ POU!

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

    And this is why I pray for PBO and his family…

    Colorado Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Obama
    By REUTERS

    DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man was charged on Tuesday in federal court with threatening to kill U.S. President Barack Obama during an October campaign visit, and court documents showed that he told investigators that he has had daily homicidal fantasies for years.

    Mitchell Kusick, 20, was ordered held on a charge of making threats against the president pending a bond hearing in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday.

    A U.S. Secret Service affidavit unsealed on Tuesday also showed that Kusick, who was arrested on Friday, “made credible threats and took steps” toward shooting and killing children at a trick-or-treat Halloween event sponsored by a Denver-area high school.

    “Kusick made statements about a desire to kill people on Halloween and that he had been tracking President Obama’s schedule so he can assassinate the President,” said the affidavit by Secret Service Agent Melissa Blake.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/13/us/13reuters-usa-colorado-crime.html

    • crazycanuck

      That is why I hope people reported that idiot woman on twitter last week.

    • rikyrah

      Let him explain to the Secret Service

      NOBODY is playing with these mofos

    • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

      Get used to this. We’re going to be seeing this a lot. All the right wing talk of “If PBO get’s a second term, this is the end of America as we know it” that’s been going on all year. It only takes one fool to take it seriously.

    • Alma98

      They’ll say he’s crazy and needs help.

      • AxelFoley

        Somebody’ll help by putting a cap in his ass if he tries something.

  • GN

    deaniac posted another really great piece with some positive news: union leaders are indicating that they intend to do more to have President Obama’s back this term around. (of course with the exception of fauxgressives/sole patrol) it seems that everyone has learned lessons from the first term and are heading into the second with more focused and well-reasoned plans (including the WH’s choice to keep OFA highly active and seeming to caution people in advance to not let a few tough days or disappointments derail entire agendas):

    The Difference Between Hacks and Real Progressives

    Today, President Obama met with labor leaders and threw the opening salvo at the Republicans regarding the upcoming negotiations on ways to avoid the fiscal cliff (or slope, or whatever term you want to use): $1.6 trillion in new revenue through higher tax rates and closing loopholes for the top income earners. But as these negotiations begin, there is a marked difference between real progressive and labor leaders who plan to back the president up and the loud, screeching professional whining hacks. Here’s what Leo Gerard of the United Steeleworkers had to say last night on Ed Schultz’s television show:

    Leo Gerard: “I’m wearing my shirt tonight and I’m telling our members and the whole world, the steelworkers are ready to go… Ed, we’re not going to make the same mistake that we made last time. The last time, we should have been out on the street with the president on the stimulus bill, we should have been out the street with the president on the Affordable Care Act, and we let him down, I think. We sat on our hands. Well, we’re not going to do that this time.”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/11/the-difference-between-hacks-and-real.html

    • Admiral_Komack

      We’ll see…

      • crazycanuck

        Yup, I’m skeptical also

      • GN

        I’m a natural optimist, so I think that 2010 did teach a lesson (even Schultz has tried to distance himself from his emo histrionics during the midterms by claiming that his excesses were a result of stress from his wife’s illness). I also think that witnessing OFA wrap Wisconsin up for President Obama while progressives failed to do the same during the recall elections may have been instructive. But you’re right, we’ll see. There’s a volatile mix of hysteria, egomania, and lack of respect for black people that continues to make the professional left’s ability to work well with the WH a challenge. Here’s to hoping that they’ll keep their word.

        • MsKitty

          There’s a volatile mix of hysteria, egomania, and lack of respect for black people that continues to make the professional left’s ability to work well with the WH a challenge.

          And it would behoove these folks to start looking at the long game for 2016 and beyond. If the PL thinks the Black voting bloc will be in their pocket after all the disrespect that they have leveled against PBO, they’re gonna be in for a very rude awakening. Mending those fences should be a priority.

          • Miranda

            Oh they aren’t thinking about the long game. They are quite clueless and completely arrogant enough to not pay us any attention whatsoever until they get that slap of a wake up call come 2016. Black folks would have moved heaven and earth for Barack and Michelle…period..point blank. The PL/emoprogs think our anger is only directed at the nuts over on the right, they are not even remotely tuned in to the fact that we have been watching them act a fool right along with the rest for the last 4 years. They’re gonna be shocked and saddened and going “buh..buh..why?” Then they will holler we’re ungrateful and don’t appreciate them (because they are just that crazy). I can’t wait for the realization that we are not their friends.

          • Tafr

            Saw this shit on Twitter the day Paul Krugman started up. Someone on twitter was shocked that as a liberal I had no love for Krugman. Child they went in defending that clown. Sure did make them upset that I called Krugman on his hair on fire crap. I told that person the PL better be ready when the next dem comes around b/c black folks are not having it.

            They are totally clueless. They really think that got that black vote on lock. As you said I cannot wait for the moment they realized we are not tight like that.

          • qosine

            I can’t stand Krugman. Also that economics “Nobel” prize is a knockoff from a Swedish bank. He’s ensconced in the Wilson Policy Center think tank, spouting right wing progressive left talking points.

          • AxelFoley

            This here. PL/emos NEVER take the long game. That’s one thing I give the GOP credit for–they do think the long game, generally.

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

            They think just because certain Black bloggers/tweeters kee-kee with them that we all are on the same page. NOT.

      • Ebogan63

        Not a scientific analysis, but judging from some twitters I have seen, and an idiot on TPV who got hisself banned by deaniac, I won’t hold my breath.

        • GN

          That’s the place where I saw mention of the emoprog fixation upon Solis (b/c I don’t read their sites much anymore). Their fixations are always so counterproductive and in some cases outright bizarre.

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

      Gerard can start having PBO’s back by telling EmoProgs to stop calling for PBO to replace Hilda Solis with him as Secretary of Labor.

      • GN

        What’s up with that? Seems so random and bizarre; why have they fixated upon Solis?

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

          I don’t understand it either.

        • Town

          Because she is Non White.

        • jds09

          White and male maybe? Okay, I’m a little cranky this morning and I’m sick of these people.

    • dannie22

      ill believe it when i see it

    • qosine

      Gerard’s tied in with Naomi Klein, Reich-Kutter at American Prospect, prog bloggers like atrios, digby, kos et al, and Van Jones, The Nation.

      Candidate Obama said he’d work with both economic special interest groups: unions and business, because the goal is NOT to grow the pay and power of special interest groups, and their empire of publications-tanks-speaker circuits, but improve the lives of US.

      Failure of that aim renders any group irrelevant, and you know, that’s just what I love, love, about our President. If you don’t improve the lives of average Americans, then your mission has failed, and I’ve got NO TIME FOR YOU.

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

    Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins, who is a Mormon, wrote this about Romney’s camp:

    “As the campaign moved into the general election stage, Republicans remained on guard, as some worried that a desperate Obama campaign might sic its surrogates on the Republican’s faith. (I heard the same concern from a number of Mormons.)

    One RNC official told me they were prepared to release opposition research dealing with polygamy in Obama’s family tree — including passages from a little-noticed memoir by the president’s half-sister Auma — if the left tried to make hay of historical Mormon polygamy. But Chicago held its fire, and the issue never surfaced.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/a-mormon-reporter-on-the-romney-bus

    So this explains why Coppins wrote this piece for Buzzfeed:

    Polygamists See Themselves In Romney, Obama Family Trees

    excerpt:

    “Still, it’s strange that Romney has had to work so much harder than Obama to publicly disown polygamy. After all, the president’s family stopped practicing it much later than Romney’s did.”

    MORE: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/polygamists-see-their-moment-in-romney-and-obama-f

    The latter article sounds like a preemptive strike to me.

    • aleth

      Seems the author is seeking relevance. Who the fuck cares? Obama did not know his dads side…what is the point of the article

    • Miranda

      Is he serious? The main critics of Romney were his fellow Mormons, Huntsman and Reid…religion was never an issue at all.

    • jds09

      I call bullshit on “Chicago held its fire.” That’s not PBO’s style. (Although I may have went for it. lol) Chicago had more than enough ammunition to use against Boston, for example they didn’t exploit his tenure as Governor or bail-out of the Olympics as much as they could have. If they wanted to attack Mormonism they didn’t need the polygamy route, the “Curse of Cain” in their scriptures could have been devastating.

    • lamh36

      I tweeted someone saying that this Buzzfeed guy was a Romney fluffer, always finding a way to defend Romney, but they said they didn’t agree. now reading this article, I see that I was right.

  • GN

    Obama meets privately with women’s groups

    In addition to attending a much-ballyhooed meeting with civic and labor leaders on Tuesday, President Obama also met privately with women’s groups.

    The meeting wasn’t on his public schedule but included many of the same administration officials: senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Cecilia Munoz of the Domestic Policy Council and Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council.

    “There was very much a sense of the importance that women played in the election — If not for women, we may very well have been having a meeting with a different president or president-elect,” Maatz [Lisa Maatz, director of the American Association of University Women] said. “We expect him to dance with the one who brought him.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/11/obama-meets-privately-with-womens-groups-149482.html#.UKOVXDdzAiA.twitter

    Random thoughts:
    I think that trose’s note (that the gender gap which helped President Obama win reelection is very disproportionately courtesy of women of color) is an important one to remember; ditto re: the pro-PBO youth vote which was also disproportionately of color.

    As everyone clamors to take credit for President Obama’s reelection, it seems that the groups most responsible: black women (96% PBO voters) and black men (88% PBO voters) overwhelmingly get left out of these discussions, which is kind of unbelievable to me.

    And unlike black people, who are repeatedly, repeatedly chided for issues in our community by politicians on both sides of the aisle, I never see politicians chide or chastise feminist groups and other progressive groups for issues regarding inclusion, outreach, and dancing with the groups disproportionately responsible for progressivism in the US.

    • Miranda

      it seems that the groups most responsible: black women (96% PBO voters) and black men (88% PBO voters) overwhelmingly get left out of these discussions,
      __________________________

      oh no, we’re getting put in the discussions…just not the progressive discussions…the wingnuts are more than happy to point out our vote as they BLAME the “Urbans” for the obvious fraudelent elections.

      SMH…..evidently we either getting no credit or all of it depending on the angle. Its the same story, we either invisible, or the blame.

      • GN

        Utterly true, let me include a caveat: “with the exception of racists on the right, black voters who are most responsible for PBO’s reelection, get left out of that discussion.”

        Suppress black votes before the election; minimize them afterwards.

        • Daltex82

          Suppress black votes before the election; minimize them afterwards.

          THIS!!

        • QOakaJP

          As a wise man once said, “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.” In this case, it’s the cynics AND the old establishment.

      • Admiral_Komack

        We be the BLAH’S

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

      Prior to the election, the media’s main question was, “Will Black voters come out for Obama like they did in 2008?”. Now that we surpassed those numbers….SILENCE. It’s as if they never wrote article after article saying that if Black voters didn’t come out for PBO, he would lose.

      • rikyrah

        SILENCE…

        just like the silence on the voter suppression laws that would have stripped the right to vote from FIVE MILLION AMERICANS.

      • QOakaJP

        We’ve always only been used as props and abstract hypotheticals when it comes to mainstream sociopolitical thought. But now that the electorate is changing, and women and minorities shocked everyone by carrying this election, the media is going to have to regroup and figure out how to attach themselves to us some other way.

      • conlakappa

        Corn Flakes asked them to believe him and not their lying eyes.

    • rikyrah

      As everyone clamors to take credit for President Obama’s reelection, it seems that the groups most responsible: black women (96% PBO voters) and black men (88% PBO voters) overwhelmingly get left out of these discussions, which is kind of unbelievable to me.

      but we do….when Eddie Munster Ryan talks about ‘ turnout’ in ‘urban areas’, they’re talking about us.

  • Miranda

    John McCain stay making a fool of himself huh? Whining about Susan Rice, dude…go sit yo bitter azz down somewhere.

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

      He was in full Bitter Old Man mode this morning! He said PBO didn’t tell the truth about Benghazi and said Susan Rice wasn’t qualified and “wasn’t not very bright”. When Nora O’Donnell and Charlie Rose pointed out info that contradicted McCain’s claims about Rice and asked why he didn’t blame Petraeus and Clinton, he turned into a rambling, bitter mess. Here’s the video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50135078n&tag=showDoorFlexGridLeft;flexGridModule

      • rikyrah

        totally rambling bitter mess

      • jds09

        Do they really want the optics of the a senate select committee (a group of old white men) ganging up on Rice? I have no doubt she would hold her own ( a la Holder) with them. McCain seemed insulted that she went on “all the news shows”. Classy.

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

          McCain and Lindsey Graham gonna get their feelings hurt in front of errbody.

        • conlakappa

          Anita Hill Part 2. They still “don’t get it.”

      • dannie22

        the idea of a strong black woman thats not a repub just galls him. Hey old man! This isnt Condi! This is the real Dr Rice!!

    • GN

      Amazing that someone who tried to place Sarah Palin (!) a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes, remains such a media darling. He can seriously have a seat, agreed.

    • Daltex82

      It would be so nice if we could hear from Dems on these morning shows rather than a constant parade of whinners from the losing party.

      • Alma98

        They’d first have to be invited.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’POU FAM♥ – -REAL FAST: – –:>)

    – — -DA OLD annnd DA RECKLESS – — da WHA’ HA’ HAPPENED – TIMELINE: LOL- – —

    – – – – -The David Petraeus affair: A comprehensive timeline [Updated]

    – —Congress wants to know who knew what about former CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and when. A lot of questions remain — both serious and of the more conspiratorial nature — about the FBI investigation that exposed the affair, the details of the affair itself, and whether any crimes or security breaches occurred in the growing web of deceit. As reporters unearth new facts and colorful characters — a rogue FBI agent obsessed with the case, and a well-connected Tampa socialite who apparently inadvertently started the ball rolling — lots of details are falling into place. Here’s a look at what we know about the career-ending Petraeus affair:

    April 27, 2006
    Lt. Gen. Petraeus gives a speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where Paula Broadwell is working toward her master’s degree. She introduces herself at a post-speech dinner, and he offers to help in her research on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency.

    January 26, 2007
    Gen. Petraeus wins Senate confirmation, 81-0, to command all U.S. forces in Iraq.

    2008
    Broadwell decides to write about Petraeus’ leadership style for her doctoral dissertation. She interviews him over email, then reportedly seals his cooperation by matching his six-minute-mile pace in a run along the Potomac River in Washington.

    October 13, 2008
    Petraeus takes over as head of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa. He befriends Jill Kelley, a social liaison to the base, and her husband, Scott.

    June 30, 2010
    Petraeus wins Senate confirmation to take command of the war in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Broadwell visits Petraeus six times to interview him and his staff for what has evolved from a dissertation into an authorized biography. Petraeus’ Afghanistan staff notes, sometimes with disapproval, the unprecedented access Petraeus gives Broadwell.

    August 31, 2011
    Petraeus retires from the Army, after nearly four decades in uniform, to take over as director of the CIA.

    September 6, 2011
    Petraeus is sworn in as CIA director.

    November 2011
    Petraeus and Broadwell begin their extramarital affair, according to retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a former spokesman for Petraeus.

    Ohhhh — THERE IS Soooo MUCH MORE – –LOL – – –

    – – – -GIT yer popcorn. LOL — –

  • GN

    This is absolutely true:

    @Brezzydee
    Think if the media would have went after Romney/Ryan’s taxes for the American people as they are Petraeus’/Allen’s sex life.We would be more informed.

  • Miranda

    *blink*

    Steven Portnoy@stevenportnoy
    The Korean Embassy confirms Jill Kelley is actually an “honorary consul” of his country, as of August of this year.

    Steven Portnoy@stevenportnoy
    Here’s a pic of her Mercedes // RT @londonoe: Jill Kelley’s Mercedes plates: “Honorary CONSUL” bit.ly/W6glP1

    • qosine

      I know, I know Daily Mail
      ____
      The incredible social climbing of woman who went from humble beginnings to ‘honorary consul’ for South Korea…and she even thinks she gets diplomatic immunity

      “Prominent in Tampa circles close to the US Central Command, one unnamed officer at the base described the pair to the Washington Post as ‘rich Tampa socialites who like to hang out with four-generals’.

      Indeed, Jill Kelley describes herself as an ‘honorary consul’ of South Korea – a position she achieved one official said ‘last August thanks to her good connections and network.'”

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232688/Jill-Kelley-The-incredible-social-climbing-woman-humble-beginnings.html#ixzz2CD1ELOKM

    • dannie22

      so embassies just hand them out like newspapers?

    • AxelFoley

      Damn, she gets around like Tupac.

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Me love you loooooonnnnnngggggg time.”

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

    From Reuters:

    Breaking News: Israel confirms it killed Hamas military chief al-Jaabari in airstrike

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

    Pelosi to remain as Democratic House leader
    By Mike Lillis – 11/14/12 08:38 AM ET

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she will stay on as House Democratic leader in the next Congress.

    The California Democrat had remained mum about that decision all year, fueling speculation that she might relinquish power and raising questions about the party’s direction after a decade under her reign.

    But in a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol Wednesday morning, the 13-term liberal told her troops that she’ll seek to remain minority leader in the 113th Congress, according to a source in the room.

    MORE: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/267795-pelosi-to-remain-as-democratic-house-leader

    • GN

      That’s terrific.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -GET YOUR GAVEL BACK!! – –Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

      Good 2 c U Sepia. :>)

    • qosine

      Next stop 2014: Give the majority back to the Dems and the gavel back to Rep. Nancy Pelosi. GOTV key in the next 2 years.

      • AxelFoley

        This here.

    • rikyrah

      there was no doubt, IMO

    • Admiral_Komack

      Luke Russett haz a sad.

  • rikyrah

    KARL’S LATEST GRIFT
    ………………..

    Howard Dean’s vindication, six years later

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 AM EST.

    Going into the 2006 midterms, then-chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean, pushed an ambitious plan that the party establishment strongly disliked. It was called the “50-state strategy.”

    The party believed limited DNC resources needed to be invested in key districts and swing states, but Dean envisioned a bottom-up party infrastructure literally everywhere in the country. The idea that the party would spend money on a ground game in non-competitive “red” states was seen as the height of madness, and the 50-state strategy led to some notorious shouting matches between Dean and then-DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel.

    In the end, Dean executed his plan, and that year, Democrats won back the House and Senate. Barack Obama largely emulated the 50-state model two years later, en route to the White House.

    And six years later, the right is starting to think Dean’s model is worth emulating.

    Karl Rove offered some advice to his fellow Republicans about what the party needs to do to prevent last Tuesday’s election from happening again on Sean Hannity’s radio show Monday. On the list: when it comes to engaging voters, be more like former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.

    “I hate to say it, but we need to copy what Howard Dean did,” he told Hannity. “And that is make our ground game in all 50 states.” [...]

    Rove told Hannity that the lack of GOP ground game made a big difference in other states. “We didn’t have a ground game in a lot of these states with Senate races and so we lost North Dakota by 3,300 votes,” he said. He added the lack of ground game also cost the GOP a chance at winning the Senate seat in Montana. “We need to have a better ground game in all 50 states,” Rove said.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/14/15161991-howard-deans-vindication-six-years-later?lite

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

    Angus King: I’ll Caucus With The Democrats
    Kyle Leighton 9:26 AM EST, Wednesday November 14, 2012

    Maine’s Independent Sen.-elect Angus King will caucus with the Democrats, he annouced Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. King cited the 2012 election as a driver of his decision, that joining the Democratic majority in the Senate “makes the decision easier.”

    “My indepdence will be respected,” he said about the idea of caucusing with the Dems.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/angus-king-ill-caucus-with-democrats

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD BEAUTIFUL MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ – — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

    – – – -MR. PRESIDENT is —Movin’ – -FORWARD: – — ->
    The president is scheduled to do his first press conference in months on Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. EST in the East Room.

    He will meet with business leaders afterward “to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit,” the White House said in a statement.

    – – -BEST WISHES – –MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – – -WE GOT YOUR BACK!! :>)

    – – – – – –HERE’s YOUR ENERGY DRANK. ENJOY!

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

  • Miranda

    Yeah Paula…that sound you hear is the big greyhound getting ready to pin you under it by your ex-lover and his friends
    ________________________

    Nevertheless, in their zeal to sympathize with Petraeus, the media and military officers are now pushing a negative portrayal of Broadwell as an unbalanced femme fatale. One unnamed officer close to Petraeus said the biographer “got her claws into him,” conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain has called her “The Slut Paula Broadwell,” and even the Washington Post made hay of Broadwell’s supposed “tight shirts and pants,” concluding that Petraeus “let his guard down” around the younger woman.
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/11/david-petraeus-scandal-explained

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltdpwkHbqj1qcro1do1_500.gif

    • AxelFoley

      First Pat Robertson and now the rest.

  • qosine

    I like this series on African-American playwrights. I love theater.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — – – -LOL — – -“TURTLE MAN” – — -trytnta – -“strategize”! – – —

    – – -McConnell’s Strategy Won’t Work – —

    – – – –Ashley Judd is a little too liberal for my tastes, and that isn’t easy to do. But saying things like it is “unconscionable to breed” will make me turn away from you. Nonetheless, I think a 2014 senate race between Ms. Judd and Mitch McConnell would be absolutely fascinating. Yes, she’s mother-skeptical and practices yoga and speaks fluent French. But she’s also married to a famous race-car driver, frequently attends Kentucky Wildcat basketball games, and comes from one of country music’s royal families. Since she lives in Tennessee, she’ll have to establish some residence in the Bluegrass State, but she wouldn’t be relocating from Malibu. She grew up in Kentucky and went to college there.

    Before McConnell gets the pleasure of running against an anti-poverty activist who spends half her time in Scotland, he’ll have to fend off any primary challenges from his right. That won’t be easy. Consider what happened with Rand Paul just two years ago. It’s telling that McConnell has hired Rand Paul’s campaign manager. That’s part of his strategy. He also plans on playing the bad cop to John Boehner’s good cop.

    What does that mean?
    – — -SNIP – – –

    This is going to be problematic in practice, and it is probably hopelessly optimistic. John Boehner has to pass legislation while McConnell only needs to consent to allow legislation to be passed. But Boehner also presides over a more conservative caucus than McConnell. It is much easier for McConnell to give five votes to the Democrats than it is for Boehner to get most of his caucus to vote for something that the Senate Democrats like and that the president will sign.
    THERE IS MORE.

    PUT YER HEAD- –BACK INTO YER SHELL – – – -LOSER!! – – -geesh!!

  • GN

    New U.S. House: Women and minorities to the left; white men to the right

    On the Democratic side: Women and minorities — a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama — collectively will for the first time in the nation’s history outnumber white male Democrats.

    On the Republican side: The majority of the House seats will be held by white men — a group which far outnumbers the now dwindled numbers of House GOP women and minorities after the losses of two minority members and about a half dozen women from that caucus.

    “They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well the picture that you see before you is worth millions of votes, millions of aspirations and dreams of the American people for problem-solvers to come to Washington to get to the job done, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in welcoming the incoming freshman class to the Capitol for orientation.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/politics/house-diversity/index.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB. ***BIG APPRECIATIVE –HUG*** :>)

    WHAT a GR8 SERIES!! – — -:>) – -She has – –AMAZING CREDS! :>)

    – – -Parks’ first screenplay was for Spike Lee’s 1996 film, Girl 6. She later worked in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions on screenplays for Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) and the 2007 film, The Great Debaters (with Robert Eisele).

    – – –LEARNING soooo MUCH! – – – THANK U. :>) PBOMB. —

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – -MS. NANCY is ON – –NOW: — Woo Hoo! — –

    SHOWIN’ – -WOMEN POWER!! :>) – -OVER 60 –STRONG!! —:>)

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

    msnbc ‏@msnbc
    BREAKING: @NBCNews reports David Petraeus will appear on Capitol Hill before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow.

  • Miranda

    Older, wealthier Americans get plenty of ‘free stuff’
    Conservatives benefit from government programs — they just don’t like to admit it

    In the days following Barack Obama’s re-election, we learned that Mr. Obama didn’t win because voters trusted him more than Mitt Romney on the economy, or because he ended the Iraq war and killed Osama bin Laden. He didn’t win because he started to turn around an economy that shrank by 4 percent in his predecessor’s final 15 months. He didn’t win because his advisers built a state-of-the-art field organization that overpowered the Romney campaign’s beached “Orca” targeting program.

    No: President Obama won re-election because Americans want “free stuff,” and millions of lazy takers-not-makers gave him another four years to dish out the goodies.

    So says Bill O’Reilly, who specifically cited blacks, Hispanics and women as free-stuffers who have overrun the disappearing “traditional America.” Rush Limbaugh warned that “we’ve lost the country” to said moochers. Conservative columnist Mark Judge of the Daily Caller wrote, “You know that divorced fortysomething female neighbor of yours? The one who’s not half as bright as she thinks she is, and doesn’t know much about Libya or the national debt? … America is now her country. It’s Dingbatville.” Rocker Ted Nugent tweeted that, in Mr. Obama, “pimps, whores and welfare brats” have a president of “their own.”
    As for specifics, conservatives point to the “free Obama phone.” Turns out that Ronald Reagan started this federal program and George W. Bush accelerated it. Oops. Welcome to the conservative meltdown, folks.

    more here
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-schaller-free-stuff-20121113,0,522073.column

    • qosine

      Conservatives losing their free stuff – money drying up, nobody calls . . .

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

    Nancy Pelosi just smacked down Luke Russert’s simple GOP water carrying ass!

    He asked her if she was preventing a younger generation from moving up. Pelosi laughed at him as the other women Reps yelled, “That’s discrimination!”. Pelosi then said, “You would never ask Mitch McConnell that question” and proceeded to read him for filth!

    • Daltex82

      I’m glad Nancy Smash told his ass off, stupid little smug, snarky, unqualified nepotism hire. I hope there is video.

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

        I added video. It will give you life!

        Russert feelings were hurt:

        Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
        While Pelosi laughed off my Q as age-ist, many House Ds will privately gripe it hurts caucus that all 3 leaders are 70+.

        Luke Russert @LukeRussert
        The longer the top 3 stay, the longer it takes to infuse the caucus with new blood like #GOP did w Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy etc.

        Here’s what he tweeted before the smackdown:

        Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
        Negatives: Very polarizing, moderates hurt by association. Fires up #GOP. She’s an older face for a younger party

        • Miranda

          He got beat up all upside the head by the twitterati….folks laughing at the nepotism baby.

          • Ebogan63

            Damn Li’l Luke is gettin’ crushed on Twitter!

        • dannie22

          poor luke thinks hes a serious journalist instead of a legacy hire lol

        • Daltex82

          Thanks for the update. He is beyond stupid.

          • Admiral_Komack

            He’s an affirmative action hire.

    • rikyrah

      go NANCY SMASH.

      Tell that unqualified punk to sit his ass down and shut the fuck up

    • QOakaJP

      Now see…I have a response to that, but it’s probably a little too harsh, and I’m trying to be good, so I’ll keep it to myself for now. ;-)

      Go Nancy P!

    • qosine

      Wow, why even bother living longer, Luke? Yeah, that exciting, cool Paul Ryan, whose only idea came from a pulp fiction crank. LOL
      Drop dead, Luke.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — –LOL — – Ms. Nancy axed da ladies 2 pause their laffin’ 4 a moment in order 2 – –

      -“TREAT THIS AS A LEGITIMATE QUESTION!!” – – -LOL! – – –:>)

      SAAAAAA-LAP!! – – –LOL – —

      “Little BOY BEEN –“SPANKED” 4 disrespectin’ his elders — WHO R WISER!! — —

      HE SUCH a CLASSLESS PHOOL!!

  • crazycanuck

    That Knowller guy on Twitter is a tool lol. he is pointing out how long it took each president to have a press conference after an election

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -DANG! – – -THESE EVIL/VILE RE-THUCKERS – – –CONTINUE!! – – -geesh!! – – –

    – – -Wisconsin Lawmakers Seek To Arrest Officials Who Implement Obamacare – –

    – – –Even though House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has acknowledged that Obamacare is the “law of the land,” nine state lawmakers in Wisconsin are hoping to ensure that President Obama’s health reform law won’t ever be implemented in their state. The group of Tea Party-affiliated Republicans is backing a bill that would arrest any federal officials who attempt to implement Obamacare in Wisconsin.

    The state officials responded to a survey from the right-wing advocacy group Campaign for Liberty to confirm they would support “legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare.” As the Journal Sentinel reports, the nine lawmakers who say they would back such a bill remain unconvinced of the health law’s constitutionality:

    —COMMENTS: —Robert Woods
    Hell no! No universal health insurance! We love having the most expensive, most inefficient, most wasteful, and least effective healthcare system in the industrialized world! Mediocrity is the American way, after all. Wisconsinites WANT to die due to a lack of care for people with pre-existing conditions and those denied coverage by corporate bureaucrats. Liberty to die, or Death!

    • Alma98

      I can’t stand them and come 2014 their ass have to go! Crazy s.o.b.s.
      Morning GLH good to see ya.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN” Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        THANK U!- –Good 2 hear from U on matters in Wisconsin[OUR resident EXPERT. :>)]- – –

        Good 2 C U –Alma. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -Awwwww – — HOW SWEET is THIS? — :>) – —

    PEOPLE ALL OVA da WORLD – –LOVE MR. PRESIDENT!! – – -:>) – – – –

    — -Obama to get reelection gift — a staggering 2.2 pound truffle, worth over $300,000 from small Italian village of Acqualagna – – –

    – – - A small Italian village renowned for its white truffles announced Saturday it would give President Barack Obama a record specimen weighing in at more than a kilo as a reelection present.

    “A 1.012-kg (2.23 pound) truffle from Acqualagna will be gifted to the President of the United States Barack Obama to celebrate his reelection,” the local authorities said in a statement.

    The truffle, a rare subterranean mushroom prized in haute cuisine, is to be delivered to the United States on November 18 and Acqualagna officials said they hoped Obama would show up in person to pick up his gift. :>)

    “The first American president to receive an Acqualagna truffle was Harry Truman in 1956. The latest dignitary to have received it was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the town’s mayor, Andrea Pierotti, said.
    THERE IS MORE.

    HOW SPECIAL. :>)

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

    THIS.

    “Rep. [Peter] King wants to know why the FBI didn’t alert him, or the president, or the National Security Council — somebody, anybody. But somebody did know. King’s own party leader in the House. Why didn’t [Eric] Cantor raise the alarm? The majority leader needs to step up to the mic.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/eric-cantor-and-the-petraeus-affair/2012/11/13/b9c8d9ac-2dc2-11e2-9ac2-1c61452669c3_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -Lindsay Graham is ON NOW sayin’ that “BETRAY US” —may very well TESTIFY.- –Watchin’. – –

  • rikyrah

    McConnell’s Strategy Won’t Work

    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 09:30:03 AM EST

    Ashley Judd is a little too liberal for my tastes, and that isn’t easy to do. But saying things like it is “unconscionable to breed” will make me turn away from you. Nonetheless, I think a 2014 senate race between Ms. Judd and Mitch McConnell would be absolutely fascinating. Yes, she’s mother-skeptical and practices yoga and speaks fluent French. But she’s also married to a famous race-car driver, frequently attends Kentucky Wildcat basketball games, and comes from one of country music’s royal families. Since she lives in Tennessee, she’ll have to establish some residence in the Bluegrass State, but she wouldn’t be relocating from Malibu. She grew up in Kentucky and went to college there.
    Before McConnell gets the pleasure of running against an anti-poverty activist who spends half her time in Scotland, he’ll have to fend off any primary challenges from his right. That won’t be easy. Consider what happened with Rand Paul just two years ago. It’s telling that McConnell has hired Rand Paul’s campaign manager. That’s part of his strategy. He also plans on playing the bad cop to John Boehner’s good cop.

    What does that mean?

    Apparently, it means that McConnell will let John Boehner fashion any compromises over tax and budget issues, and he’ll take a back seat on immigration, too. His theory is that the base won’t rebel against him if he shows absolutely no leadership on or authorship of any negotiated settlements in Congress.

    This is going to be problematic in practice, and it is probably hopelessly optimistic. John Boehner has to pass legislation while McConnell only needs to consent to allow legislation to be passed. But Boehner also presides over a more conservative caucus than McConnell. It is much easier for McConnell to give five votes to the Democrats than it is for Boehner to get most of his caucus to vote for something that the Senate Democrats like and that the president will sign.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -UH! OH! — —Da “trump” – –is bein’ TRUMPED by a PETITION-

    – —Petition Calls For Macy’s To Sever Ties With Donald Trump – —

    – – – -It appears that all of Donald Trump‘s antics — as well as his neverending racist obsession with President Barack Obama — haven’t gone unnoticed. In fact, thousands have decided to protest “the Donald” by signing Democracy In Action’s SignOn.org petition, demanding that Macy’s “dump” the Trump because he clashes with their retail brand.

    The petition, initiated by Angelo Carusone, essentially lists a number of Donald Trump’s failures publicly and otherwis Of particular note, Trump’s bloodlust with the Birther argument that President Obama was born in Kenya is just one of his many irresponsible moments listed. Also mentioned is Trump’s sexism and his curious criticism of American jobs going overseas although his entire Macy’s clothing line is manufactured in China.

    Watch news coverage of Trump’s China hypocrisy here:
    THERE IS MORE!!

    – – – – -U GOIN’ DOWN – —HAH!! — –

    • TyrenM

      Signed it. Waiting on the NBC dump Trump email. I might grow old waiting on that one though.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –LOL – – –U Go-on wicha BAD SELF – – “-MR. Political Activist!” – – -:>) – –

        Good on U. :>) Good 2 C U. TyrenM. :>) – – –

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

    We will live stream President Obama’s press conference starting at 1:28pm EST!

    • Miranda

      Bets on who will ask the most ridiculous, stupefying question! I got $20 on Jake Tapper!!!

  • QOakaJP

    Hey, have you all seen this?: http://www.theaction.org

    Last night, I was on a “thank you” call from the Obama team and the President himself. Before the end of the call, the campaign directed us to this website. Looks like they’re going to really try to use the grassroots mobilization from the campaign and transfer it over to the next term. The Action is comprised of several progressive grassroots groups known as the Common Purpose Project. I think this is a great idea with a lot of potential. They’re focusing on the Bush tax cuts now, but hopefully it will be used for other issues starting next year.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Waaaah! I missed that call because of work. Damn my stupid need for income! This Common Purpose Project sounds like a great idea.

    • Alma98

      I downloaded the kit I’m not on twitter or Facebook.

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    And while there’s plenty of blame to go around for the 2012 election (just ask Karl Rove), Steele is unsparing in his criticism of his successor at the RNC.

    “His term has been an absolute failure,” Steele says of Priebus. “Mine was an absolute success in historic terms.”

    And yet, he expects Priebus to be treated differently than he was after 2010. “The difference is that the [Republican] establishment, they’re not bucking to get rid of him because that’s their boy. They’re perfectly comfortable with the way things are.”
    http://thegrio.com/2012/11/13/michael-steele-current-rnc-chairmans-tenure-an-absolute-failure/?fb_ref=http%3A%2F%2Fthegrio.com%2F

    • MsKitty

      “The difference is that the [Republican] establishment, they’re not bucking to get rid of him because that’s their white boy. They’re perfectly comfortable with the way things are.”

      There. Fixed.

    • Alma98

      He’s getting those digs in every chance he gets lol.

    • AxelFoley

      Steele stay throwin’ shade!

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone!

    • qosine

      Hi Alma, cloudy here, thx for the Sun!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine! Same here in the midwest I thought I’d bring my own sun lol.

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

    Seriously, Luke Russert, STFU (h/t @amk4obama) http://stfulukerussert.tumblr.com/

    • Alma98

      I really dislike him with pumpkin head ass, he got a job based solely on his daddy’s death.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Just following in the old man’s foot steps. Sr was the epitome of hacktackular.

        • Admiral_Komack

          Word.

    • Kennymack1971

      Luke Russert is a joke and got owned by Nancy Pelosi today. Serves his unqualified ass right.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -Was gon post the “opinion article” – — -BUT – –THIS COMMENT – – -SPEAKS WELL: – – -:>)

    – – -Velmaa1
    I really don’t understand some of the posts written here. President Obama is being criticized for spending the amount of money needed to win the Presidency. If you have a problem with the amount of money President Obama spent on his campaign, please indicate similar loathing for Romney and the amount of money spent by him and the super pacs. What West and Smiley seem to argue is that President Obama does not say, “lets spend money only for Blacks, poor Whites will make their way”. What world do many of you live in where a person can say, “I am only working on issues that affect Blacks”. Should he do that, he would never have been elected. Why do African Americans feel that they have to have separate programs for them. President Obama has worked very hard to create programs for all people living in poverty. He is creating programs that will help educate all children better so they are equipped to get good paying jobs. This is the way out of poverty!
    I have felt that Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are so critical of the President because they are somewhat jealous of the President who was able to create a campaign that helped him win the Presidency.
    Where I have the biggest problem with the comments these two men make, is the name calling of the President and others who support him. This is the problem we seem to have as a race. We resent anyone who has been able to achieve, rather that support them. If a White person said what West said about the President and other African Americans who support him, we would demand that person to be punished.
    I also believe that when people are so critical of the President and his stance on poverty, they miss the point of the controversy. If Cornell West and Tavis Smiley are so concerned about African Americans living in poverty, why don’t they use their talents and abilities to help set up real programs that help African Americans.
    They could begin to set up workshops to teach people about good parenting and the need to be supportive of their children’s education. They should use their education to make certain that there are programs after school that provide African American children with healthy activities, thus keeping them from gangs and activities that continue to keep them in poverty. These are positive things that could be done iinstead of making racist and demeaning comments about the President. Did they make the same comments when others held this, the highest office in our country. I know that West and Smiley have good educations and are more intelligent than their comments show. I am so disgusted with both of them. They offer nothing to help the problem. They go around the country setting up arenas for them to speak rather than setting up real programs that help African Americans. I have NO RESPECT FOR THESE MEN AND THOSE WHO BUY INTO THEIR CRITICISMS THAT ARE LACED WITH RACISM.!

    – – –ENUFF SAID!! – –LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      Broken down like a fraction. People see through the games Tavis and Cornel are playing and calling their asses out.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Kennymack1971. ***BIG HUG** :>) – —

        ***fist bump*** — -I KNOW-HUH. :>) CALLED! – –‘EM! – – – – -STR8! – –OUT! — -RIGHTEOUSLY!! – – -HAH! – —

        SADLY — -DEY ‘ON’T LISTEN!! – —-ARROGANT – – -2 da MAX!! – –***tsk*** ***eye roll*** – –

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971. :>)

    • BoomerGal

      We’ve been saying the same thing for the last four years. Glad it’s getting around.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***fist bump** – – – -I KNOW HUH? :>) THAT’s “WHYCOME” it READ sooo WELL! :>) — –

        Good 2 C U :>) —

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!