October 31, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Poets

Happy Hump Day Obots! This week’s open thread has focused on  African-American poets.

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an African-American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.

Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas, the first child of David Anderson Brooks and Keziah Wims. Her mother was a former school teacher who had chosen that field because she could not afford to attend medical school.  When Brooks was six weeks old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois during the Great Migration; from then on, Chicago was her hometown. She went by the nickname “Gwendie” among her close friends.

Her home life was stable and loving, although she encountered racial prejudice in her neighborhood and in schools. She attended Hyde Park High School, the leading white high school in the city, before transferring to the all-black Wendell Phillips. Brooks eventually attended an integrated school, Englewood High School. In 1936 she graduated from Wilson Junior College. These four schools gave her a perspective on racial dynamics in the city that continued to influence her work.

Brooks published her first poem in a children’s magazine at the age of thirteen. By the time she was sixteen, she had compiled a portfolio of around 75 published poems. At seventeen, she started submitting her work to “Lights and Shadows”, the poetry column of the Chicago Defender, an African-American newspaper. Her poems, many published while she attended Wilson Junior College, ranged in style from traditional ballads and sonnets to poems using blues rhythms in free verse. Her characters were often drawn from the poor of the inner city. After failing to obtain a position with the Chicago Defender, Brooks took a series of secretarial jobs.

By 1941, Brooks was taking part in poetry workshops. A particularly influential one was organized by Inez Cunningham Stark, an affluent white woman with a strong literary background. The group dynamic of Stark’s workshop, all of whose participants were African American, energized Brooks. Her poetry began to be taken seriously. In 1943 she received an award for poetry from the Midwestern Writers’ Conference.

Brooks’ first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville (1945), published by Harper and Row, earned instant critical acclaim. She received her first Guggenheim Fellowship and was included as one of the “Ten Young Women of the Year” in Mademoiselle magazine. With her second book of poetry, Annie Allen (1950), she became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; she also was awarded Poetry magazine’s Eunice Tietjens Prize.

After President John F. Kennedy invited Brooks to read at a Library of Congress poetry festival in 1962, she began a second career teaching creative writing. She taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Elmhurst College, Columbia University, Clay College of New York, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1967 she attended a writers’ conference at Fisk University where, she said, she rediscovered her blackness.  This rediscovery is reflected in her work In The Mecca(1968), a long poem about a mother searching for her lost child in a Chicago apartment building. In The Mecca was nominated for the National Book Award for poetry.

On May 1, 1996, Brooks returned to her birthplace of Topeka, Kansas. She was invited as the keynote speaker for the Third Annual Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council’s “Women of Distinction Banquet and String of Pearls Auction.” A ceremony was held in her honor at a local park at 37th and Topeka Boulevard.

In 1939 Brooks married Henry Lowington Blakely, Jr. They had two children: Henry Lowington Blakely III, born October 10, 1940; and Nora Blakely, born in 1951.

From mid-1961 to late-1964, Henry III served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and then at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. During this time, Brooks mentored his fiancee, Kathleen Hardiman, today known as anthropologist Kathleen Rand Reed, in writing poetry. Upon his return, Blakely and Hardiman married in 1965. Brooks had so enjoyed the mentoring relationship that she began to engage more frequently in that role with the new generation of young black poets.

The Ballad of Rudolph Reed by Gwendolyn Brooks
 
Rudolph Reed was oaken.
His wife was oaken too.
And his two good girls and his good little man
Oakened as they grew.

“I am not hungry for berries.
I am not hungry for bread.
But hungry hungry for a house
Where at night a man in bed

“May never hear the plaster
Stir as if in pain.
May never hear the roaches
Falling like fat rain.

“Where never wife and children need
Go blinking through the gloom.
Where every room of many rooms
Will be full of room.

“Oh my home may have its east or west
Or north or south behind it.
All I know is I shall know it,
And fight for it when I find it.”

The agent’s steep and steady stare
Corroded to a grin.
Why you black old, tough old hell of a man,
Move your family in!

Nary a grin grinned Rudolph Reed,
Nary a curse cursed he,
But moved in his House. With his dark little wife,
And his dark little children three.

A neighbor would look, with a yawning eye
That squeezed into a slit.
But the Rudolph Reeds and children three
Were too joyous to notice it.

For were they not firm in a home of their own
With windows everywhere
And a beautiful banistered stair
And a front yard for flowers and a back for grass?

The first night, a rock, big as two fists.
The second, a rock big as three.
But nary a curse cursed Rudolph Reed.
(Though oaken as man could be.)

The third night, a silvery ring of glass.
Patience arched to endure,
But he looked, and lo! small Mabel’s blood
Was staining her gaze so pure.

Then up did rise our Roodoplh Reed
And pressed the hand of his wife,
And went to the door with a thirty-four
And a beastly butcher knife.

He ran like a mad thing into the night
And the words in his mouth were stinking.
By the time he had hurt his first white man
He was no longer thinking.

By the time he had hurt his fourth white man
Rudolph Reed was dead.
His neighbors gathered and kicked his corpse.
“Nigger–” his neighbors said.

Small Mabel whimpered all night long,
For calling herself the cause.
Her oak-eyed mother did no thing
But change the bloody gauze.

  • Miranda

    hmmm…must be one of those darn librul polls

    Morning must-read: Americans say they are better off since Obama took office

    “Forty-five percent of those surveyed in a Bloomberg National Poll say they are better off than at the beginning of 2009 compared with 36 percent who say they are worse off,” reports Bloomberg’s David J. Lynch. “In March, poll respondents split almost evenly on that question after having been decidedly negative since the aftermath of the worst recession in seven decades. … The poll, conducted June 15-18, contains more unlikely cheer for the president, with larger numbers of respondents saying their household income is higher than a year ago. While 44 percent say they are treading water, the better off outnumbered the worse off by 28 percent to 22 percent.”
    http://saintpetersblog.com/2012/06/morning-must-read-americans-say-they-are-better-off-since-obama-took-office/

    • Admiral_Komack

      Tavis, Corny, and Glenzilla have a collective sad.

    • Rhoda

      Good Morning!

      I was LMAO when I saw this and read that Bloomberg has him 53%-40% over Romney. The conventional wisdom was wrong; again.

      • GN

        Nobody likes Romney. He’s just not likeable. The media is by and large running against PBO but that’s still not enough to carry Mitt Romney. And his wife is coming off as insufferable too.

        • gc

          And a co-enabling LIAR. Stupid SON should have thrown a few primaries so there would be LESS time for the voters to get to “know” him. Although, be definition, I’ll bet robots are intrinsically unknowable.

          And that concludes my last semi-coherent post.
          SCHOOL’S OUT!!!!!!!

      • rikyrah

        53-40?

        hee hee hee

        how did they spin it on Morning Murderer?

        • Rhoda

          (1) It can’t be that big a lead, (2) POTUS still has ankle biters in the party, (3) he will face bad job numbers and Europe imploding which will drag him down.

    • GN

      I know the economy is still recovering but if I were polled I would say I’m solidly better off and I wouldn’t be able to say that if McCain and Palin had been in charge and the economy had completely imploded.

      Off on a little bit of a tangent: I just listened to Morning Joe regarding these numbers, and one of the panelists was consoling himself with the fact that he can count on whiny Democratic handwringers to show their ass all summer as they do every year. I’m guilty of handwringing myself at times too (but in way small doses), and if that’s not a indication that all of the public worrying and nervous nellie bs needs to stop, I don’t know what is. The GOP counts on it. Reason #1 why it needs to stop.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I’m better off simply because I’m not a contract worker anymore. The stability of the word “employee” has a real calming affect.

      • Miranda

        Barb, why is Boyce Watkins on 1380 this morning spouting bullshit? I got 2 texts this morning from friends asking who was this clown on 1380…I turned and within a minute I was seeing red. This fool was being allowed to spout his rhetoric and of course with no pushback by the ignorant no-fact-checking folks at WAOK.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          Like I said – I can’t with WAOK unless it’s Rev. Al. I guess I need to look up the website and start shooting over some feedback…

          Bitter frickin’ Boyce

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • dannie22

    Good morning all! Since POU is showcasing poets this week, Im inviting everyone on twitter to follow the hashtag #danniespoetryhour.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Thanks for this – I no longer hate poetry (never “got it” before).

  • GN

    Waving enthusiastically! I’ve been out of pocket, but this has been my go-to place to lurk for the premium, grade A political fuckery of this week (Romney and wawa {omg, lmao}, Rubio {lol, can’t breathe}, criminal Issa {Nath went in}). And PBO is in grenade-throwing mode and has just destroyed the GOP on immigration, out of nowhere, damn.

    Love you guys.

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

      And he ain’t done. I think he’s got a surprise for them on the economy as well.

    • gc

      Missed you, GN. This place is addictive.

  • Rhoda

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/mitt-romney-is-terrible-for-traffic

    So, Buzzfeed puts it out there that people don’t want to read about Mittens. But, they need to prop him up which explains why POTUS can’t get favorable coverage in the MSM. If people won’t read about Mittens; the MSM will just push bad stories on POTUS.

    The Republicans are going to need that billion to push Mittens.

    • GN

      Great points; what is up with buzzfeed these days?

      As for Mittens:

      “By the way, where do you get your hoagies here?” he asked. “Do you get them at Wawas? Is that where you get them? No? Do you get them at Sheetz? Where do you get them?”

      As the crowd began to boo, shouting out names of neighborhood joints, Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania tried to help out: “Delis!” he called out. “The delis!”

      But after bungling the name of the Wawa several times — calling the store “Wawas” — Mr. Romney forged ahead.

      “Ah, you get them at the delis, is that what you’re saying?” he asked. “Well, I went to a place today called Wawas. You ever been to Wawas? Anybody been there?” As the crowd continued to jeer, he added, “I’m sorry, I know there’s a very big state divide.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/us/politics/road-trip-helps-romney-brush-up-on-banter.html?_r=1

      They can carry water all they want; this guy is simply not liked.

      • Miranda

        He really isn’t. Nobody likes him or his wife. Who are their friends? We knew all about Valerie Jarrett, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, John Rogers, etc all during the campaign. The Obama’s have FRIENDS – people they hang out with – had potluck dinners with – have backyard barbeques with. Mitt couldn’t even get one person to say something nice about him after that high school scissor incident came out. Forget somebody from high school…they couldn’t even find ONE PERSON RIGHT NOW that’s friends with him to say that’s not the Mitt I know? Who are his “buddies”?? The Romneys have NO FRIENDS.

        • Admiral_Komack

          …well…they have all those houses, and the Cadillacs, and their dog likes them…well, um, he doesn’t have a choice; if he didn’t like them they’d take him for a ride…

        • rikyrah

          Said it before, will continue to say it:

          NOBODY say anything positive about Willard UNLESS THEY GET A PAYCHECK FROM HIM.

      • MsKitty

        I can’t wait until Willard campaigns in South Jersey and says he’s a New Jersey Devils fan.

        (For those not in the know, South Jersey is ride-or-die for the Philly sports teams)

    • Miranda

      50 Dreamy photos of mitt as a young man
      35 Photos of Obama as a young man

      ______________________________

      BWA HAHAHAHAHAHA – they can’t be bothered to hide the bias.

      And this right here:
      Another specific damper on traffic: The Drudge Report, the largest single source of traffic to the political web, rarely links stories critical of the Republican nominee.
      ________________________________

      But yet these nitwits take this tree sloth seriously.

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

      This article proves what POUers have been saying all along: They’re only concerned about web traffic. More traffic = more ad money. Less traffic = less ad money, hence their whining.

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  • Rhoda

    And GOPolitico goes in; after the good news for POTUS calling this a trivial campaign.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77620.html

    Check out the picture of President Obama they use; a long shot of him underneath flags looking small. This is the same man they argued gave a boring, policy filled speech last week. And now, he’s trivial?

    LOL.

    At the very least, Mittens is giving the village a great workout. I mean, the cardio from controlling their laughter as they write these love letters for him has got to be hurting their ribs. The checks clear, through, so that helps with the pain and afterburn.

  • lamh35

    Not to be a Debbie downer, but I don’t really believe that poll today. I just don’t trust white people not to lie to pollsters and I don’t really trust the pollsters themselves. I do believe that POTUS is ahead of R-Money, but in not so sure if I believe it’s double digits. Y’all know what I mean?

    I’ll tell ya though, I do love how polls like this throw the Village for a loop and the hoops & convoluted reasoning they go through trying to dismiss polls like this just to feed their horse race meme. I will be enjoying that all day

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Not Debbie Downer – more like aware that polls can be and have been manipulated. Fair enough.

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

      I think it’s actually bigger than they’re letting on.

    • GN

      Yeah, it could definitely be an aberration (although I wouldn’t be surprised if this were absolutely accurate and considering the unlikeability of Mitt personally and his George Bush-like policies, the race aint even close).

      Either way, celebrating for the same reason you are: this completely decimates the conventional Villager wisdom that PBO is doing everything wrong, can’t message, etc. etc.; go PBO!!

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

      Jamal Simmons made a good point:

      JamalSimmons ‏@JamalSimmons
      @PragObots Pres O shld win, but last 6 elections were won by less than 10% + no way he’s more popular today than in 2008 when he won by 7.

    • MsKitty

      Nah, you’re not being a Debbie Downer, just keeping it real.

      I’m always in the 10 points behind mindset, whether that’s really the case or not. Not only does it keep a fire under my behind to support the campaign, but it keeps me blase about what the polls say on any given day. But anything that makes those MSM lightweights squirm is fine by me.

    • gc

      I’m White and I believe Whites will lie readily to pollsters as opposed to Blacks.

      I also wonder if things have never been so bizarro world in the media (and I learned politics during “Nam” times) because they know Obama will win. They have 4 more months to throw everything at the wall. WTF cares about intergrity at this point. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The ones who are not RepReps are just bottom line ratings types.

      Maybe (I’m speaking to other sites) instead of freaking at the media’s crap, try believing that they are overcompensating.

      • Admiral_Komack

        They (MSM) are doing their damnedness to make this a horse race.

    • Ebogan63

      LIke I always say: only poll that matters is the voting booth, and being wary of polls either positive or negative for PBO isn’t being a debbie downer, it’s just common sense.

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU – it’s gonna be a great day.

  • rikyrah

    Scott Brown Dictates His Own Terms

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 9:44AM

    Last week, I mentioned that Scott Brown was being cautioned by his pet newspaper not to debate Elizabeth Warren at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute up here because of the nasty liberal Democrat cooties that are floating around the facility. This, of course, made both the newspaper and Senator McDreamy look like tiny poltroons in search of tiny rocks under which they could hide until all this campaigning stuff blows over.

    Well, today, we discover that McDreamy has agreed to cross the Bridge Of Death… er… debate Warren at the institute. This brave stand has attracted the praise of the William J. LePetomaine Professor of Law at the University of Tennesee, who apparently believes that, rather than arriving at Columbia Point in a limo, McDreamy will be coming ashore in a Higgins boat on Omaha Beach:

    “He’s agreed to appear in the enemy’s stronghold, so I think they have to be willing to appear at some place he thinks is more congenial or fair,” said Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com.

    However, sneaky liberals aren’t going to put one over on McDreamy. Hell, no. He’s been around this block a few times….

    Brown yesterday accepted a proposed Sept. 27 debate sponsored by the Democrat-dominated Edward M. Kennedy Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston under two conditions – that local media, not MSNBC, sponsor the showdown, and that (Vicki) Kennedy pledge she won’t endorse anyone in the race.

    It’s always been my contention that Senator McDreamy actually bought heart and soul into all that bushwah about what a towering historical event his freakish election was, and what a world-changing figure it had made out of him. He has now crossed the International “Who The Fk Are You When You’re At Home?” Line with a lot of room to spare. (Actually, we know who he is at home. It’s in all his commercials.) He won’t debate at the Institute unless the widow of its founder refuses to inconvenience his campaign? That takes some big clanging brass ones right there. At least now we have some idea of what the airspeed velocity of an unladen chicken is.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/scott-brown-debate-kennedy-institute-9862006#ixzz1yKwxoZXB

    • nellcote

      I’m still shocked by how many wingnut bloggers are actual college professors.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – — GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM. ***BIG HUG*** WE WILL WELCOME OUR BELOVED “INTERNATIONAL” PRESIDENT BACK TO OUR SHORES – – 2-DAY. Woo! Hoo! – — –

    – – – – -ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK. :>) —-

    ———B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)—-

    PBOMB:—–LUV Ms. GWEN BROOK’s poetry. :>) THIS SERIES—VERY INSPIRING. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -Annnd the SURVEY SAYS – – – –

    Teh WILLARD WINS!! – – – – — He’s the MOST — -“OUT-OF-TOUCH!” – — -LOL – – —

    – – – -Poll: Obama holds lead, majority of voters say Romney ‘out-of-touch’ – —

    – — – A majority of voters pick Mitt Romney as more “out of touch” than President Obama, according to a new poll released Wednesday, which shows the Democratic incumbent holding a strong lead.

    The Bloomberg National Poll asked likely voters which candidate’s argument has been more convincing, as each campaign works to paint their rival candidate as unaware of the plight of the “average American” in an election year dominated by the still struggling economy.

    According to the poll, 55 percent picked Romney over Obama at 36 percent when asked who is more “out of touch.” [Similarly, about a third of voters questioned believed Romney was the best of the two at "understanding your problems and struggles."] – –OH PUH-LEEZE!!

    The poll puts the president in the lead nationally, with 53 percent saying they would vote for Obama if the election were today, compared to 40 for Romney. The poll’s findings show a stronger lead for Obama than other recent, national polls indicate. Obama’s base also shows greater enthusiasm than Romney’s, with 51 percent of Obama supporters describing their support as “very strong” compared to 35 percent of Romney’s supporters who would describe their support that way.
    THERE IS MORE.

  • Miranda

    6 signs Obama’s immigration shift is already paying off

    President Obama probably hopes easing up on deporting young immigrants will help him in November. He may not even have to wait that long
    http://theweek.com/article/index/229487/6-signs-obamas-immigration-shift-is-already-paying-off

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

      “President Obama probably hopes easing up on deporting young immigrants will help him in November.”

      This is what we mean about not paying attention. PBO from day one has done some serious legitimate outreach to the Latino community. The media wouldn’t even be writing lines like this if Congress had passed the Dream Act or gotten it together regarding immigration reform. Even before the announcement last week he was already crushing Romney among Hispanics. They know what’s what.

      • nellcote

        “President Obama probably hopes easing up on deporting young immigrants will help him in November.”
        ===

        President Obama probably thinks it’s the right thing to do and it’s become abundantly clear that the gop will obstruct just to obstruct, voting against policy they previously supported.

        There, corrected for them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – —REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS SAID – – -AG Holder has GIVEN ENUFF DOCUMENTS annnd that issa is on a — “WITCHHUNT” – –REALLY AGAINST – –MR. PRESIDENT!! – — – — -THANK U!! – —

    – – -Rep. Issa ‘disappointed,’ says contempt vote against Holder will move forward – –

    THIS morntin’- — Mr. CUMMINGS said – – – -issa betta – – -“miss me with his BS”.- – –

    – – –TELL IT! – – – -

  • rikyrah

    June 19, 2012 5:26 PM
    Wherever the Backpack Roams

    By Ed Kilgore

    I continue to be amazed at how little general attention has been drawn by Mitt Romney’s radical proposal to turn all federal K-12 education dollars into vouchers that will, as one of his advisors, Grover Whitehurst, likes to put it, follow kids around like a backpack wherever their parents choose to send them.

    If the Romney proposal is implemented and becomes, as it appears designed to become, a super-charged magnet for state as well as federal money to flow into private schools, some pretty big questions will have to be asked about whether any conditions will be placed on private use of public dollars. Will schools all over the country receiving public largesse be like some of those which are beginning to receive state money via Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new “scholarship” (just another word in this case for “voucher”) program? Here’s a report on those fine institutions from the Independent Weekly’s Walter Pierce:

    The tally of private schools approved by the state Department of Education to accept voucher students reads like a who’s-who of who’s-that; one sees few big brand names — no St. Thomas Mores or John Curtises. Evangel, a football powerhouse in Shreveport, jumps out, but the vast majority is overwhelmingly small, Christian schools — evangelical mostly along with a fair number of Roman Catholic schools — tiny operations with fewer than 100 students…

    Most appear to be tied to evangelical churches with names like Eternity Christian Academy, Old Bethel Christian Academy and Boutte Christian Academy. In fact, “Christian” and “academy” dominate the nomenclature….

    The most brazen example is Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake. The school has been approved to accept 135 new students. That’s a considerable uptick in enrollment, which at the end of this school year stood at 38 — a more than 300 percent increase. Talk about buttressing the budget; $1 million in tax dollars will be diverted from the public school system to Eternity Christian, a school that, according to its mission statement, offers “a quality faith-based curriculum that is soley [sic] based on principles from the Bible

    So the Louisiana program is using state funds to prop up marginal church-based schools with zero vetting of their curriculum, facilities, instructional credentials or standards. “The market,” or, I suppose, the Good Lord will sort them out eventually.

    A separate piece on the Louisiana program by Alternet’s Bruce Wilson (published at Salon) notes that a number of beneficiary schools use textbooks that explicitly preach anti-evolution and anti-gay nostrums as science, along with revisionist history and political preferences.

    Is this where Mitt Romney wants to push American education? And if he suggests (in the unlikely event he has to clarify his proposal anytime soon) schools will be vetted for quality or competence, how long will it be before that idea collides with the belief of Romney’s evangelical and conservative-Catholic allies that any regulation of religious bodies for use of public dollars is an assault on “religious freedom?”

    The disconnect between Romney’s nice, vague rhetoric and his toxic policy specifics, and his ability to get the media to focus on the former rather than the latter, is becoming one of the defining characteristics of the general election contest so far.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_06/wherever_the_backpack_roams038044.php

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Any chance a Louisiana resident can take the LA Board of Programming to court? It’s ridiculous what they are doing to our kids…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – — -SADLY – — -THIS is becomin’ “CURIOUSER —annnd CURIOUSER” – – —

    – – – -Neighbor says Rodney King was sobbing uncontrollably – – –

    – —he Los Angeles Times reported that Sandra Gardea, 31, one of Rodney King’s next door neighbors said she heard music playing and a man sobbing uncontrollably. She also heard Kings wife attempting to coax him inside

    A next-door neighbor of Rodney King said she heard the 47-year-old in his backyard sobbing uncontrollably early Sunday, apparently after he had been up all night. Then she heard a splash.

    King, an avid swimmer, was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool Sunday morning, and detectives with the Rialto Police Department were still investigating the circumstances Monday.

    King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, called 911 at 5:25 a.m. after finding him, telling detectives she was unable to get him out of the pool because she was a poor swimmer.

    Click here to read more
    THERE IS MORE.

  • rikyrah

    Gwendolyn Brooks is one of my original SHEros.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – — FAMILY VALUES?: – – – – -YEP –THIS “$LEAZE” — – -VALUE$ -hi$ family – – – -like a CORRUPT husband/father – – – – –

    – —3 Disturbing Finds From Digging Deeply Into Mitt Romney’s Tax Return – – –

    – – – – -There’s but one definitive modern-day adjective that does full justice to Mitt Romney – sketchy. Read the full 203 pages of his joint 2010 income tax filing and see if you don’t agree. I do believe he’s a good family man. He’s certainly sleazed up a lucrative path for Tagg, one of his sons.

    Mitt Romney has released a single income tax return (back in January), not two as the media keeps telling you. So he has made his 2010 filing available to the public. As for 2011, it’s all estimates. It was due April 17th and he promised to release it on that date. “When my tax returns are complete for this year, when they’re completed this year in April, I’ll release my returns in April and probably other years as well.” On April 17th he filed for a six-month extension. None of the “probably other years as well” have seen the light of day either. His dad and the president released multiple returns, as should Romney. I’d especially like to see his 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 returns. They could make fascinating reading.

    – -Romney claims his 2010 income was $21,646,507. His taxes amounted to roughly 14%. His finances are odd at best and highly suspicious at worst. He’s got 3 blind trusts. There’s the Ann and Mitt Romney 1995 Family Blind Trust; the W. Mitt Romney Blind Trust and the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust. The ’95 trust and the Ann Romney trust seem to get most of the action.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE.

    – — - LYIN’ —-PHLIP-PHLOP PHOOL – — -INVERT the ETCH-A-SKETCH!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -Somehow – – – -THIS is NOT NEWS – – —

    – – -Study: House Republican Budget Would Raise Taxes On The Middle Class, Cut Them For Millionaires – —

    – – – –According to a study prepared by the congressional Joint Economic Committee and verified by independent experts, the House Republican budget authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would raise taxes on families making less than $200,000, even while it gives millionaires a tax cut:

    So although households earning $100,000 to $200,000 a year would save about $7,000 from the lower tax rates in the GOP plan, those savings would be swamped by eliminating major deductions, according to the report by the Democratically controlled congressional Joint Economic Committee.

    The net result: Married couples in that income range would pay an additional $2,700 annually to the Internal Revenue Service, on top of the tax increases that are scheduled to hit every American household when the George W. Bush-era cuts expire at the end of the year.

    Households earning more than $1 million a year, meanwhile, could see a net tax cut of about $300,000 annually.

    “Ryan seems to want to have his cake and eat it, too, and this report shows that you can’t,” added Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). “If you want to cut taxes on the rich and not raise the deficit, you’re going to have to basically clobber the middle class.”
    C the CHART! – – – –EVIDENCE!! – –GOP WAR ON the MIDDLE CLASS!

  • Miranda

    Wow…aint this some shit right here. So now the office of the presidency really doesn’t deserve all that much respect. Really Chait?

    Must We Respect the Office of the Presidency?
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/must-we-respect-the-office-of-the-presidency.html

    • Admiral_Komack

      The sheriff is near…and we shouldn’t respect the office…because the sheriff is near.

    • PBomb

      Oh he is just pissy because somebody, anybody didn’t change his diapers, give him a blanky and a warm bottle of milk to soothe the Twitter ass whooping he got last week.

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

        I missed that…what happen?

        • PBomb

          I will have to find it. But he did called out on his site and some folks called him out on twitter.

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

      As soon as a Black man becomes president, folks want to question whether the office deserves respect.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -THIS – –“lightbright lawn jockey” — – -is DELUSIONAL-

    – – – -Why Artur Davis is wrong: Republicans squandered any black good will – —

    — —Former Democratic representative Artur Davis (R-AL) gets an A for effort. His attempt to put a positive spin on Republicans’ popularity among black voters requires a healthy dose of cognitive dissonance. Davis, who lost in his Democratic primary in 2010, recently announced he’s switching parties and is voting for Mitt Romney in 2012. The newly-minted member of the GOP is taking his show on the road, calming the waters for black voters to potentially take a serious look at the GOP in upcoming elections.

    – –ALL OF THIS –KRAP!!! – – ->Davis told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that even though he supported President Obama in 2008 the reality of the first black president in the White House didn’t meet his expectations. “The reason I got behind [President Obama] was twofold,” said Davis. “Number one, perhaps naively, I believed that if Barack Obama got elected that it would completely change race relations in this country. Number two, I believe that the Democratic party would change because I believed, again perhaps naively and it turns out mistakenly, that Barack Obama represented the kind of center-wing of the Democratic party that Bill Clinton represented.”

    Davis claims Obama didn’t deliver, but fails to mention Republican obstruction, and goes on to conclude that after Obama leaves office, presumably if Romney wins, black voters will begin to join him in an exodus over to the Republican party.

    – – -STILL MAD -HUH!??? – – – -BWAHAHA! – – —

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Former Democratic representative Artur Davis (R-AL) gets an A for effort.”

      -No, he gets a “A” for ASSHOLE.

    • GN

      There could not be a better example of a purely self-motivated politician than that man. His oily, used car salesman mien (and that high top fade {!}) would turn anybody off. Are we now supposed to pretend that there’s something principled about Artur Davis’ self-destructive tantrum?

    • Guns3000

      He doesn’t even have the balls to stay in Alabama and try to build a career as a Republican there. He lives in Virginia now.

    • rikyrah

      he’s a slave catcher.

      he LOST HIS OWN DAMN POLLING PLACE.

      PERIOD.

  • Miranda

    @HuffPostPol: BREAKING: Attorney general asks White House to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents. -@AP

    @RyanRuggiero: President Obamas has asserted executive privilege over the documents sought by a House committee -NBC

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

        He brung the big joker, slammed the table!

        • crazycanuck

          They all gonna have a meltdown over this.

        • Admiral_Komack

          More like The Phallus Of Doom!

      • rikyrah

        that pic never gets old

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

    OH SNAP!

    The Associated Press ‏@AP
    BREAKING: Attorney general asks White House to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents.

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

      Ain’t nobody playing with Issa.

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

        Check out the letter to Issa!

        “After you rejected the Department’s recent offers of additional accommodations, you stated that the Committee intends to proceed with its scheduled meeting to consider a resolution
        citing the Attorney General for contempt for failing to comply with the Committee’s subpoena of October 11, 2011. I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents.”

        MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/holder-letter.pdf

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

          ka-POW!!

        • rikyrah

          heehee hee

    • Admiral_Komack

      Issa is gonna have a stroke!

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – – -MR. PRESIDENT is EXERTING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER AG HOLDER DOCUMENTS!! – – –

    – — ***slams desk*** — — HAH!

    • caribbeanobserver

      Hey Ms Green- is all well? Hope mum is doing much better.
      WE DA MEDIA stand strong with the President of the United States of America. We will not allow the corrupt forces in the msm/the NO party to manipulate in word and deed….signed US, the people.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ carribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Ohhh THANK U so much 4 your concern. ***HUGS*** :>)

        No further updates. That is what worries me.

        – – -THIS – – -WE DA MEDIA stand strong with the President of the United States of America. We will not allow the corrupt forces in the msm/the NO party to manipulate in word and deed….signed US, the people.

        YES!!! :>)

        – —-Good 2 C U caribbeanobserver. :>) — -

        • gc

          Thinking of you too, GLH. We went through this with my mother last year. I ended up the year in “Disneyland” (That is what my shero Nurse Jackie calls the psych ward) My mother pulled through, I am still in therapy.

          Use your religion. It would have been easier for me if I had one.

          ***BIG HUGS*** :>)……..g

  • Miranda

    This kind of self-hate really needs to be studied

    Gay conservative group endorses Mitt Romney
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gay-conservative-group-endorses-mitt-romney-134531669.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – – Annnd 2 your 3rd QUESTION: – — –LOL – – —

    – –President Obama warns Mitt Romney on foreign policy – — –

    – – – -President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney’s campaign advisers should quit criticizing him on foreign policy — especially since they don’t know what they’re talking about. – – --DOUBLE BOLD!! — LOL.

    During a brief news conference Tuesday night to wrap up the two-day G-20 conference with world leaders here, the president rebuffed a mention of an op-ed last month published in Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper, by Romney economic adviser R. Glenn Hubbard.

    There’s a history of not letting domestic politics intercede in international conversations, Obama argued.

    “I would point out that we have one president at a time and one administration at a time,” Obama said. “And I think traditionally the notion has been that America’s political differences end at the water’s edge.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — SAAA-LAP!! – – -SAAAA-LAP!!! – –annnnd SAAAAA-LAP!! — –HAH!! —

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – -issa is ON NOW – –CORRUPT CRIMINAL!!!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Issa looks like somebody took his present on Christmas morning.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Admiral LOL – – – – -Rep Elijah –castigated issa. Then basically said – – — JUST SAYIN’ — – -LOL

        issa was BURNED!! – – -LOL.

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

          Boehner and Cantor will hang foot up his behind if he goes ahead with the vote after they told him about a week ago he was overreaching.

  • lamh35

    White House to invoke executive privilege over Holder documents.

    there will be outrage, but this is actually the 1 executive privelege invoked by Obama admin to Ronnie Reagan’s 24 I believe I read.

    • GN

      Issa’s document requests are actually unprecedented. He forced this drama. Elijah Cumming’s remarks were on point.

      • nellcote

        Some of the docs Issa is asking for are illegal for Holder to turn over.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – MR. PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE — was – –FAST annd FURIOUS!! – —

    MANY UPDATES- —

    – – -BREAKING: Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over ‘Fast & Furious’ Documents – – – –

    – — –President Obama is asserting executive privilege over documents Republicans are requesting from the Department of Justice in the Fast and Furious investigation. “After you rejected the Department’s recent offers of additional accommodations, you stated that the Committee intends to proceed with its scheduled meeting to consider a resolution citing the Attorney General for contempt for failing to comply with the Committee’s subpoena of October 11, 2011,” James M. Cole, the Deputy Attorney General wrote in a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Wednesday morning. “I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents.” The move is certainly not unprecedented: President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege six times during his eight years in office, while President Bill Clinton did so 14 times.

    – – – –UPDATES:- – –
    MANY MORE. – —

    – – -F 2 da U — -issa!!! – —-HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS- – – -A FAST annnd FURIOUS – – -FIERCE ADVOCATE!! — — -STAND STRONG!! :>)

  • Miranda

    Shorter: The msm is stupid

    Why Romney looks more ‘confident’ in reporters’ eyes
    http://www.cjr.org/swing_states_project/why_romney_looks_more_con.php

    • rikyrah

      cause he White

    • MonieTalks

      During this past Republican primary, I remember Mike Allen of Politico on some cable show discussing Santorum v. Romney. And the particular show took place after Santorum had started to wane.

      Something struck me as odd. The show was discussing Santorum’s so-called continued fight to stay in, and Allen actually admitted to having a conversation with Romney and/or his campaign people where he asked the the question ” Are we done with this guy [Santorum] yet?

      It was in the way he said “we”. It was not just, are “we” the media finished with covering Santorum….it was more like, are “we,” as in Politico and the rest of the Romney water carriers done in dealing with Santorum, so can we now hurry up and start the bidding for you in the general election?

      If you heard that segment, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

      • aleth

        Always recall that in printed publication Obama noted the two entities he does not read or respect in terms of media… Mark Halperin and Politico

        They are all part of the arm of the GOP.

        Everyone is in it for money.. TPM, Huffpost, Buzzfeed [step child of politico] etc… All about the greenbacks…Obama is a money generator likewise is negative headlines.

        They are all hacks monie– but we have known that for awhile

    • Ebogan63

      Confidence doesn’t mean shit as far as the state polls are concerned, where PBO has leads or is tied in the states he won in ’08.

  • Miranda

    *** UPDATE 4 *** Thorp reports that Issa said Holder did not mention using executive privilege during their meeting yesterday afternoon.
    http://leanforward.msnbc.msn.com/

    BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DONT HATE THE PLAYA, HATE THE GAME MOFO!!! LMAO

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

      Translation: They didn’t let me know in advance that they were going to smack me upside my head.

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

    Sen. Rubio Scolds Univisión Anchor Over Alleged Blackmail: ‘You Persecuted My Family’
    by Frances Martel | 8:06 pm, June 19th, 2012

    Univisión and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have had a tense relationship for more than a year, since the Miami Herald alleged that the network offered to “kill” a story about the senator’s brother-in-law in exchange for a story. Sen. Rubio sat down with Univisión’s Jorge Ramos this week to discuss, among other things, his book, and when Ramos noted that the story Univisión offered to kill was in the book, Sen. Rubio berated the anchor for that “black mark in the history of Univisión.”

    Ramos brought up the anecdote in the book about his sister, whose husband was arrested for drug-related charges. “That’s exactly what we reported at Univisión,” Ramos explained, adding that he understood “why that hurts you and your family,” but asking, “don’t voters have a right to know what relationship you had with someone related to drug trafficking if you rise to the presidency?”

    Sen. Rubio wasted no time in tearing into the network:

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sen-marco-rubio-scolds-univision-anchor-over-alleged-blackmail-you-persecuted-my-family/

    • itgurl_29

      He won’t get far. He’s like Harold Ford, he’s a sellout and only semi-intelligent. And like Palin, he’s sensitive and insecure as hell. I doubt he’ll even win re-election. He’s a little beyotch.

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

        You don’t scream on Jorge Ramos. Besides being a good newsman he’s an institution.

    • Miranda

      Further alienating himself from the viewers of Univision. LOL

    • rikyrah

      this isn’t Marco’s week

    • Town
    • Aquagranny911

      Rubio is a total fool. Ramos is respected & Univision is an important source for Latinos to get news & views.

  • itgurl_29

    HAHA!!!! Issa really thought he was gonna get Holder, huh? POTUS and Holder in the White House swagging the hell out like this right about now:

    • Miranda

      *DEAD*

  • itgurl_29

    He won’t get far. He’s like Harold Ford, he’s a sellout and only semi-intelligent. And like Palin, he’s sensitive and insecure as hell. I doubt he’ll even win re-election. He’s a little beyotch.

  • MonieTalks

    Rethug heathens are hanging out everywhere these day. I was reading a post over at Essence and they have infiltrated the comments sections. Must be revenged for that ousted white PBO-hating editor.

    • itgurl_29

      Yes, I noticed since the firing of that racist editor that there are suddenly a whole bunch of “sistas” over there who sound like tea baggers. They really think they’re fooling people.

      • rikyrah

        nobody is fooled

    • Miranda

      I notice that Essence, The Grio, The Root…none have a “report” button to alert moderators (meaning there are no moderators) on their comment sections. I find this very disturbing, because I believe whole-heartedly they know right wingers will troll the sites and leave nasty comments- but they want the appearance of heavy traffic so they don’t give a damn.

    • gc

      Happens every year. School just let out. They are either frat boys, bored and/or drunk, or are getting minimum wage (soon to be reduced to 10 cents an hour by Romnomics) to work for the Thugs.

      It is Shit Stirring Time in America

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –WHEW LAWD. – – – – -THERE’S A THRILL ON THE –HILL – — Let’s GO! — – Let’s Go! – -Let’s GO!! – – -HAH!!

    Errybody TESTIFYIN’!! – — -DEMS – – –HOLDIN’ IT DOWN!! – – – -

  • Miranda

    Video- Huckabee Worried: The EPA Might Tell Baptists They’re Using Too Much Water

    See, if the government can FORCE the NICE CATHOLIC PRIESTS to pay for birth control for their HEATHEN employees, why that’s the same as keeping us from DUNKIN’ OUR SINNERS in never ending pools of Jesus’s tears water due to drought. War on religion my ass.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/06/20/video-huckabee-worried-the-epa-might-tell-baptists-theyre-using-too-much-water/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • rikyrah

    Make Them Debate the Issues
    by BooMan
    Wed Jun 20th, 2012 at 10:31:56 AM EST

    Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman have a long piece in Politico about why this presidential campaign seems so lame. I have a simple answer for that. Our politics have been broken by a combination of Republican strategy and tactics, divided government, and the Senate rules. Simply put, the Obama administration can do all sorts of things right, but they can’t implement any policies legislatively on their own terms. That’s why you see them do things like decline to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court instead of simply repealing it, or deciding not to deport certain people rather then signing the DREAM Act. Obama can’t offer big sweeping changes because no matter how this election turns out, he won’t have enough political support to overcome Republican filibusters in the Senate.
    As for Romney, he has endorsed completely radical and deeply unpopular policies that he is unwilling to discuss in any detail because it would hurt him politically. So, he’s reduced to sniping and voicing platitudes. Obama is too honest to promise large changes. Romney is too dishonest to admit that he’s proposed them.

    Conservatives really don’t like their candidate, so their only enthusiasm is for voting out the Democratic president. Progressives have mixed feelings about the president, but share his frustration about the way the Republicans are able to block reforms.

    If the press wants this election to be a less desultory affair, they should force Romney to debate the Ryan budget with the president. Romney will lose that debate very badly, but that is his own fault. If the press’s job is to inform the electorate, they should make this election a clear choice between two alternate visions for the country. Don’t let either candidate go day after day without defending the implications of their own proposals.

    And let’s discuss why our political system is paralyzed and who is at fault for that. People need to be clear about that, too. If people prefer the president’s balanced approach to the apocalyptic Ryan budget, they should know that the president needs control of Congress to do what he wants to do. Reelecting him will prevent the worst from happening, but that alone will not be enough to break us out of this gridlock.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/6/20/103156/290

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 06/20/2012
    No end to the cynicism
    By Greg Sargent

    Top Romney adviser Kerry Healey, pushing back the other day on the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s 47th-in-the-nation jobs record as Governor of Massachusetts


    The Obama administration has been trying to characterize the entire Romney administration with one number, which they keep saying again and again: 47th out of 50th in job growth. But in truth, really it’s a progression. …
    “Do you embrace this notion of averaging? Should we average the four years? Does that make any sense? Does that tell the voters anything? What the voters want to know is, What direction are you moving?
    “Using one number, this odd average of four years, to come up with 47th in the nation, doesn’t really show what happened, which is a progression towards … full employment in Massachusetts.”

    From the Romney campaign’s press release this morning arguing, in effect, that jobs have been destroyed on Obama’s watch


    Under President Obama, The Nation Has Lost 552,000 Jobs.

    I know I’m repeating myself here, but as long as the Romney campaign keeps doing this, it should be pointed out. The Romney camp has been claiming that the “net” jobs lost on Obama’s watch proves his policies failed, even though it is calculating that job loss number by factoring in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs the free-falling economy was shedding when Obama took office, before his policies took effect.

    Yesterday the Times alluded to this in a piece fact-checking the two candidates

    Is it reasonable to start counting in January 2009? The economy was already shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, and none of Mr. Obama’s policies would take effect for some time. Starting the count just one month later would show a small net increase in jobs for the president’s tenure in office. Yet if he cannot be blamed for job losses in the early months of his term, can Mr. Obama be held responsible for not replacing the lost jobs more quickly?

    Yes, Obama’s policies can, and should, be held at least partly responsible for the slow pace of the recovery, as should Republicans for refusing to allow Senate debate on the second round of Obama jobs proposals. But as the Times notes, the metric Romney is using to make its argument doesn’t make any sense. And yet the Romney camp has been using this metric for months and months and months, in every conceivable forum, and it is absolutely central to his whole case for the presidency. What’s more, as the Healey quote above shows, the Romney campaign doesn’t want this standard applied to his record.

    Yet the basic absurdity at the heart of this is almost never noted in the national press. Indeed, the Times piece is notable simply because it took the trouble to mention the problem here, which is extremely rare, even though the Romney camp’s ongoing use of this metric could not be more relevant to what this whole campaign is about.

    Paul Krugman’s question continues to remain relevant: “Has there ever been a candidacy this cynical?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  • rikyrah

    20 Jun 2012 10:00 AM
    The Obama Campaign’s Nuclear Option

    Frank Rich implores Obama to destroy Romney with negative ads:

    Doing it right doesn’t necessarily mean doing right by the facts. An effective attack ad doesn’t require strict accuracy as long as its broad caricature rings true. It has to land a punch as propaganda, not journalism. For all his trigger-happy rhetoric, Goldwater was not in favor of starting World War III, whereas the theoretically peace-loving Johnson would prove, after reelection, to be an enthusiastic escalator of the disastrous war in Vietnam. But if the “Daisy” ad was not determinative in Johnson’s reelection victory and not a balanced depiction of Goldwater, it remains the gold standard of attack ads for good reason. Now that Obama is trying to fend off a GOP as radically right wing as Goldwater was, it’s a standard he will have to meet.

    Galupo finds “something rank about this business”:

    I don’t mean the dodgy attack ads, which like the poor will always be with us; I mean Frank Rich’s embrace of them. Partisan tribalism, with its tolerance of behavior that would elicit howls of outrage if the other side were doing it, is one of the most dispiriting aspects of modern politics. I have a hunch liberals will hate the executive orders of a President Romney, and I’m pretty sure Frank Rich would not have even considered writing this piece in 2004 on behalf of the Swift Boaters

    But if your enemy brings an AK-47 to the fight, what’s a man gonna do? Become Dukakis?

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/obamas-nuclear-option.html

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

      Everything in it’s time.

    • GN

      Okay, so once again some of PBO’s supporters are gearing up to spending the summer playing pretend POTUS, armchair campaign strategist, and not merely offer ideas of what they think effective messaging might be, but slam the campaign for not doing immediately implementing their messaging concepts.

      I have an idea: for every person who has a media perch and wants to see a certain type of story about Mitt Romney; rather than insisting that the campaign implement that story–do it yourselves. Frank Rich: if you want to see negativity about Mittens in the media, use this summer and your extremely prominent media perch to go in on this man and the extensive list of background and qualities which would make him ill-suited to be POTUS.

      PBO can’t do this by himself, and these “do this” “do that” stories are themselves NEGATIVE messaging for our campaign (and it is a campaign for and by all of us to keep a great President in the WH). As POU has said consistently: we are the media. Time for people to step up to the plate and depart from the normal summer handwringing and angst.

      • nellcote

        I have an idea: for every person who has a media perch and wants to see a certain type of story about Mitt Romney; rather than insisting that the campaign implement that story–do it yourselves
        ===
        THIS! a thousand times this! I’m so sick of the media seeing themselves as “objective” observers when they so clearly aren’t.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – – -WOW&1/2!! – – – -MR. PRESIDENT is – -MULTI-TASKING – –on the LEGAL FRONT – – – – –

    Obama Lawyer Demands Crossroads Reveals Donors [Campaign complains to FEC about Rove-linked group] – – –

    – – -Crossroads GPS, a “social welfare” organization that has spent millions on ads attacking Democrats, is clearly a political committee and should therefore be required to disclose its donors, charges the Obama campaign. The campaign’s chief counsel has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee, saying that the group—the sister organization of the American Crossroads group co-founded by Karl Rove—is trying to shield “wealthy individuals and corporations who may be pursuing special interest agendas that are not in the national interest,” the Washington Post reports.

    – – – –STAND STRONG – –MR. PRESIDENT. – – – -“NO WEAPON. . . ” – –

    • nellcote

      Social Welfare group my ass. We should be funding more IRS investigators. There are a whole lot of political and religious groups hiding behind inappropriate designations.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote: ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump*** – – – – — -AS ANTI-REGULATORY as THAT Congress is – – –NOT GON HAPPEN!!

        Compare this with the SCOTUS SUPPORT of

        CORPORATIONS in their —- DECISIONS!! — –

        SoooWE have the JUDICIAL annnd the LEGISLATIVE

        BRANCHES – – – -SUPPORYTN’ CORPORATIONS annnd

        OPPOSIN’ the – –EXECUTIVE BRANCH!! – – —

        FAIR annnd BALANCED!! – – – -NOT!! – —

        Good 2 C U – –nellcote. :>)

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

    Black Man Kicked Out of Racist Bar; Cops Don’t Help, But Social Media Does

    After a Harvard-bound 21-year-old said police refused to help him when he was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar for being black, other spurned patrons came out of the woodwork to claim they had received the same racist treatment. Now their grassroots campaign to shut the bar down is gaining traction. Who needs the cops when you’ve got social media on your side?

    Jonathan Wall’s story started attracting attention after North Carolina Central University Instructor Philip Christman posted Wall’s account of the incident on his blog yesterday. Christman said he calls Wall, a former student of his, “Mr. President” because “he’s one of the most intimidatingly accomplished and polished undergrads I’ve ever met.” Here’s how Wall says it went down:

    Last Saturday, June 16th, Wall and two other friends arrived at Downtown Sports Bar and Grill around 12:30 AM. “You need a membership to come in tonight,” the bouncer told them. “I’ve never seen you here before.” The friends were confused, since the bar is better known for its all-you-can-eat wings and massive TVs than fancy private parties — and because the people in line before them walked right in after showing their ID.

    MORE: http://jezebel.com/5919562/black-man-kicked-out-of-racist-bar-cops-dont-help-but-social-media-does

    • Miranda

      Hope the bar gets shut completely down.

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

    Hollywood to Black Mothers: Stay Home
    By KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS

    The movie “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” was, sadly, exactly what I expected: devoid of any real representation of African-American motherhood. Whenever Hollywood sets out to portray the joys and trials of modern motherhood on the big screen, black mothers are blatantly and consistently missing from the mix.

    Like when I excitedly trekked to the movie theater to see Uma Thurman in “Motherhood,” as the epitome of a frustrated New York City uber-mom and blogger. But “Motherhood” must have been filmed in the same Hollywood version of New York used for years for the shooting of “Friends” (and currently being used to film HBO’s “Girls”): the no-blacks-except-for-the-extras version. Really?

    Later, I was super-excited to see the big-screen adaptation of one of my favorite books, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. But apparently black mothers don’t do it at all.

    MORE: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/hollywood-to-black-mothers-stay-home/?partner=rss&emc=rss

    • Town

      Didn’t ya know? All black women abort their babies, especially when we can’t use them to get more food stamps and steaks and shrimps and stuff.

    • edp4bho

      Why so many feel the need to spend good money on films not about them continues to puzzle me. She’d done better staying home reading about why she isn’t a number in Follywood ! Geesh!

  • rikyrah

    DC
    GOP Leaders Line Up Against Obama’s Immigration Move — While Romney Remains Mum
    Sahil Kapur- June 20, 2012, 5:50 AM

    Republicans are lining up against President Obama’s end-run around Congress to administratively grant immunity to some undocumented immigrants, effectively ensuring that he reaps the political dividends of the move among Hispanic voters — and deepening Mitt Romney’s predicament with Latinos and conservatives.

    New polls suggest that Obama is gaining support among Hispanics, who have been unhappy with him for failing to pass immigration reform and for deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace.

    Even as prominent conservatives like George Will and Bill Kristol give their party leaders an escape hatch by praising Obama’s move, elected Republicans have instead decided to take cover with their anti-immigration base and stand against it. Careful to wrap their critique in procedural concerns and avoid discussing the substance, GOP lawmakers are lining up in droves to decry Obama’s shift as executive overreach. Joining the pack Tuesday was House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), even as he expressed sympathy for the plight undocumented youth brought to the U.S. by their parents.

    “The question remains whether he violated the Constitution,” Boehner said, adding that “the president’s actions make it much more difficult for us to work in a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution.”

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) noted that Obama last year expressed doubts about the legitimacy of such a move. Asked Tuesday whether the new policy is “amnesty,” McConnell responded, “If it leads to citizenship as a reward for some kind of illegal entry, that could be argued.” But he added that members of his conference intend to “withhold judgment” until Romney takes a stance, “and I think many of them will have similar views.”

    So far, Romney has offered few hints on where he stands.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/gop-immigration-dream-boehner-mcconnell-romney-obama.php?ref=fpb

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

      These grapes taste really sour.

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

    *sigh*

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS

    Surprised MSNBC hasn’t addressed Romney WaWa video. Whatever you think of substance of Romney claims, editing did distort what he said

    Meanwhile, Fox deliberately edited PBO’s comments on immigration and not a fuck was given by Sargent, Dylan Byers and the rest of the WATBs.

    Stewart wrapped things up by taking a shot at Fox News and Sean Hannity for deceptively editing President Obama’s statement on whether he had the authority to act unilaterally after the Congress has continually failed to act and pass the DREAM Act. I don’t expect we’ll be getting an acknowledgement or apology out of Hannity any time soon.

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/stewart-goes-after-fox-editing-president-o

    • Miranda

      Which is why you can only trust them as far as you can throw them and that ain’t too far.

    • Ebogan63

      Andrea Mitchell exposed this b.s. yesterday, and did Rmoney a favor by not pointing out his lying. Sargent needs to have a seat.

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

        OK! That story isn’t about Andrea showing the short clip vs. the longer one. The story is about Mitt LYING about a freaking address form! THAT’S what Sargent and David Shuster should be critical of.

        But then again, maybe that’s the real reason behind their fauxrage — to distract from the media not calling out Romney on his lie.

    • GN

      This is bullshit. I saw the right do the same thing to NBC when claiming that because NBC edited a transcript, therefore George Zimmerman must not have been the racist liar which he has subsequently PROVEN himself to be.

      This is a political tactic (use the public’s distrust of the media to carry water for regressives) rather than a legitimate complaint.

      I read about the wawa story in the NYT and as per usual, despite the attempt to spin the story positively for Mittens, this is simply a story of an out of touch politician being ill-received by a crowd because he sounded like an asshat. No troll swarm can spin that away. I hope that MSNBC stands up for themselves on this one.

  • MonieTalks

    Power to the billionaires? The MSM won’t even touch that…

    Gingrich attributed his own loss in the Republican primary to Romney’s overwhelming financial advantage.

    “In the end, he had, I think, sixteen billionaires and we had one,” Gingrich said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/newt-gingrich-advice-mitt-romney-sharpen-animal-instincts-105728293.html

  • rikyrah

    Warren Campaign: What’s Scott Brown Afraid Of?
    Eric Kleefeld- June 20, 2012, 9:45 AM

    The Elizabeth Warren campaign is taking aim at the latest move by Republican Sen. Scott Brown to reject a debate invitation from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute — when the institute’s president Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, would not accept Brown’s demand that she pledge to not make any endorsement in the Massachusetts Senate race.

    “Elizabeth appreciated the invitation from UMass and from Mrs. Kennedy and was looking forward to participating in what would have been a fair and open debate, as it has been in the past,” Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Scott Brown refused to participate in that debate hosted by one of the largest academic institutions in our state as well as a respected, non-partisan foundation, a debate he accepted and in which he participated two years ago. It’s not clear what he’s afraid of.”

    Brown’s campaign manager Jim Barnett said in an open letter to the institute on Monday:

    As the President of the Board of Trustees, Vicki Kennedy assured us in her June 8 letter that the Kennedy Institute is “non-partisan” and would therefore be an appropriate setting for a Senate debate. In order to proceed, we need to know that in keeping with the spirit of neutrality expressed in Vicki Kennedy’s letter that she will not endorse or otherwise get involved in this race.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/elizabeth-warren-scott-brown-kennedy-debate.php?ref=fpb

    • MsKitty

      So in a roundabout way Team Warren just questioned Brownie’s manhood. Ha! What say you, Senator?

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

        Ouch.

    • nellcote

      So suddenly the right to Free Speech doesn’t apply to Vicki Kennedy.

  • MonieTalks

    Romney’s Bus Tour Makes Him Look Like Regular Joe

    By Kenneth T. Walsh
    June 20, 2012

    Mitt Romney’s advisers say his five-day bus tour of small-town America was a success in part because it generated something they’d like to see a lot more of: favorable news coverage.

    Among the positive stories was a piece in the Washington Post Tuesday headlined, “Romney–now ‘one of the guys’–basks in new enthusiasm from GOP.” Team Romney provided me with a two-page list of links to other stories, including a CNN piece headlined, “Easy As Pie: Romney Finds Momentum on Bus,” and the Wall Street Journal’s “Romney Bus Tour Gets Rolling.” In Pennsylvania, there was the Lebanon Daily News’ story, “Romney Cheered in Cornwell,” and in Ohio, it was the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s “Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Talks Of Family At Father’s Day Campaign Stop In Brunswick.”

    read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/Ken-Walshs-Washington/2012/06/20/romneys-bus-tour-makes-him-look-like-regular-joe

    • aleth

      Who the fuck is this regular joe?

      Seriously that’s all they got CNN, Wallstreet journal… did they miss all the other stuff that happened

      So the game was to fake a funk and hope no one notices.

      Anyways– its all about the white voters.

      • nellcote

        Who the fuck is this regular joe?
        ===
        Joe the Plumber.

  • rikyrah

    Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 07:23 AM PDT.

    Mitt Romney still trying to take credit for Obama’s auto rescue, claiming he would have done better

    Mitt Romney campaigned in Michigan Tuesday, which inevitably means he made a fresh round of fraudulent claims about President Obama’s auto rescue and the wisdom of Mitt Romney’s suggestions thereon:

    My policy had the same objective as the people in Detroit: I wanted to see the auto industry thrive and grow, and felt it needed a managed bankruptcy to be able to do so. It took the president a little longer to come around to that way of thinking,” Romney told WOOD TV8, according to a portion of the interview the network previewed. “He ultimately took the auto industry through bankruptcy. They went through that process. And now, with support they have received from government and the American people, they have come back strong. That’s a good thing. I would have done it faster than he did and saved us about $20 billion.”

    This is the problem when Mitt Romney is relatively consistent: It is so wearisome to have to list, again and again, the ways he is shamelessly distorting the facts. Here we have his tale of himself as a prophet, ignored at first but then heeded, only to have his prophecy denied by those who benefited from it. This is, of course, false.
    Romney continues to insist that the auto companies should have been put into managed bankruptcy at a moment when that was impossible, when bankruptcy would have meant liquidation. There was no private money available for a managed bankruptcy; the only way to keep GM and Chrysler open was government money, and the alternative was, yes, liquidation. There are only so many ways to say this, but it has been said by sources as varied as the Bush administration, the Obama administration, Chrysler’s bankruptcy judge, and independent economists from both parties.

    But Romney is not interested in the facts. He’s banking on not being called out on his lies consistently enough to make lying a losing strategy. Claiming credit for the managed bankruptcy that happened months, and one bailout, after his at-the-time-impossible call for managed bankruptcy is a winner for Mitt Romney as long as, I don’t know, maybe two out of three reporters let him get away with it. So, damn the facts, he’s going with it. This should not be a hard one for reporters: if you’re planning to ask Romney about the auto rescue, you know his talking points ahead of time, and the needed follow-up is not a mystery. Press him on this one.

    .

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/20/1101573/-Mitt-Romney-still-trying-to-take-credit-for-Obama-s-auto-rescue-claiming-he-would-have-done-better

    • edp4bho

      “I would have done it faster than he did and saved us about $20 billion.”

      After they had gone bankrupt, per his prescription. Someone should hook this asshole up with YouTube- apparently he doesn’t use it.

  • lamh35

    ok, i just caught a segment of Alex Wagner’s show somehow and Micheal Steele, Ezra Klein Patrick Gaspard and some AP lady was on the panel. While watching it, I caught something that I wonder if anyone else sees too. Michael Steele when speaking to or responding to or debating the white panel members was different than when he responded to Patrick Gaspard (the only other Black guy on the show). It just seemed to me that he spoke in a less respectful tone to Patrick than to the others. I could just be seeing things, but has anyone else noticed that he seems to react differently when his fellow panel member is not white?

    • Miranda

      well…see…that’s cuz the white panel members have colder ice.

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

      I believe it. Steele is disrespectful to Rev Al, too.

    • nellcote

      It could also be that Gaspard is the only dem on the panel.

    • edp4bho

      I think we’ve all atleast worked with people like Steele. Hee hee ha ha with the non-POC, give me a shit hard time. No surprise there.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh35. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -Michael Steele when speaking to or responding to or debating the white panel members was different than when he responded to Patrick Gaspard (the only other Black guy on the show).

      – – – – -The – -“BOY-of-Steele” – – – -been SERVIN’ the WYT MASSA – -so long that even afta bein’ – –KICKED BACK 2 DA FIELD” – – –

      He CAIN’T – – – -FREE HIS MIND!! – –

      -HIS – -JUNETEENTH – — has NOT YET HAPPENED!! - –

      HE — P-I-T-I-F-U-L!! – – – -***shakin’ my head***

      Good 2 C U. lamh35. :>)

  • lamh35

    Found this video on Sullivan’s site. It’s a good one.

    Why the Dream Act Matters

    These kids don’t deserve to be deported: http://vimeo.com/44123341

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM:♥ – — – -UPDATE: — – – -Mommy has taken a turn for the worse. I will B going “home” on Friday. I need 2 stay “on board” in order 2 ease my mind. O. K. – :>) THANK U for your concern and PRAYERS. THEY HELP so MUCH. – -THANK U dear POU FAM♥

    • MonieTalks

      Sending prayers up GLH! Be strong!

      • GreenLadyHere

        MonieTalks♥ – – —***BIG HUG*** —- THANK U. :>)

    • Miranda

      Have a safe trip, you’re in my prayers.

      • GreenLadyHere

        miranda ♥- – – -**BIG HUG*** — -THANK U. :>)

    • gc

      All my love, gc

      • GreenLadyHere

        gc♥ – -***BIG HUG*** :>) THANK U. :>)

    • MsKitty

      {{{{{hugs}}}}}

      Your Mom, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • GreenLadyHere

        MsKitty♥ — -***BIG HUG**** :>) THANK U. :>) – -

    • Aquagranny911

      ♥ plus HUGS!!!!!!!! GLH, my heart to you & your family. Stay strong. We are all here for you ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>) THANK U. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      Safe journey GLH. Love to your entire family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Worldwatcher7♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>) THANK U. :>)

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

      *hugs* My prayers for your mom, you and your family.

    • Rhoda

      Good luck GLH, God bless her and your family.

    • Alma98

      Be safe GLH and blessing to you and your family.

    • rikyrah

      Prayers to you, your mother and your family

    • GN

      Thoughts and prayers to you and your family ((((GLH)))).

    • edp4bho

      Continue to pray for strength, GLH. I tuned in especially to see about your mom. My heart is with you all.

    • KeepitCleva

      GLH your mom is in my prayers

    • caribbeanobserver

      Oh no! So sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you.

    • malletgirl02

      I’m sorry to hear what is happening with your mom, I’m keeping her in my prayers.

    • cosine

      Ms. GLH: Praying for you, your family, and your beloved mother.
      Be careful. (long time reader/admirer)

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY cosine. ***BIG – — HAPPY 2 MEETCHA – -HUG*** :>)

        THANK U 4 your KINDNESS! :>) It means a LOT. :>)

        Luv you “NAME” – – – -***fist bump*** :>)

        My pleasure 2 C U. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • vulcan_girl

      Hugs and good thoughts to you and your family.

    • sagittarius

      **BIG HUG** GLH, I will continue to pray for your Mother, you and your family.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —In OTHER JUDICIAL NEWS – – —

    – – – –Impeach Clarence Thomas and Dismantle the Corporate Supreme Court - —

    – –As the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court has ultimate and largely discretionary jurisdiction involving issues of federal law and state court cases regarding federal law, and is allegedly non-partisan in reaching decisions that affect every American. The current Court is decidedly more conservative than the previous Rehnquist Court (1986–2005), and has arguably become a legislative arm of corporate America with decisions that altered the political landscape in America favoring corporations over the people and Constitution it is tasked to serve. Both courts transformed into a Republican legislative branch, but more so when they are in the minority, and particularly since the election of Barack Obama.

    The current Court revealed their allegiance to corporate America with their Citizens United decision that ruled corporate political donations were protected, private, and unlimited that is far removed from restrictions on individual contributors who are limited in the amount of contributions and must identify themselves as a donor. One justice, Clarence Thomas, was the beneficiary of an in-kind contribution during his confirmation process when Citizens United donated $100,000 to advertise his qualifications after being nominated by George H.W. Bush, and Thomas repaid Citizens United several times over with the atrocious ruling that appears to have been decided well in advance of hearing the case
    THERE IS MUCH MORE..

    – – —–UNCA TOM – – – — KNOWS THIS: – –QUID PRO QUO

    BENCH – –CROOK!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    MonirTalks♥ – – —***BIG HUG*** —- THANK U. :>)

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