August 30, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African American WhizKids

Happy Hump Day Obots!

We continue to pay tribute to our talented and smart youth.

Sujari Britt

(From Ebony.com)

Music’s classical world is buzzing around the globe about the phenomenally talented child prodigy, cellist Sujari Britt. At just 11-years-old this past April, her extraordinarily deep understanding of music and her technical prowess have bought cheers and standing ovations from audiences worldwide. 

The New York City-based Britt has performed in recitals and concerts including at Carnegie Hall, at the White House for President Obama in November 2009, and with orchestras around the country. She is the recipient of awards and scholarships such as the Dianne Flagello Precollege Division Foundation Scholarship and the Sidney J. Frank Foundation Scholarship both from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, among others.  As a recognized soloist, she is also a member of the JoSunJari String Trio along with her violinist sister Joelle and brother Sunnaj. 

EBONY recently had an opportunity to speak with the young star and to hear all about her passion in her own words. 

EBONY: You just celebrated your 11th birthday. When did you start playing the cello? 

BRITT: Well, I started to learn and to perform classical musical when I was two years old on the piano. I moved on to the guitar and violin when I was about three or four years old. But when I heard cellist Yo Yo Ma play Camille Saint-Saens’ The Swan (from his orchestral work The Carnival of the Animals) I fell in love with it, and from that moment I wanted to play that instrument. I wanted the cello. I actually begged my parents to please let me play the cello. 

EBONY: So why do think it was the cello that spoke to you more than any other instrument? 

BRITT: I think that the cello’s voice resembles my own strong voice and I wanted to communicate through it, to share with anyone who will listen. It’s the strength of the voice of the cello. You can really put emotion into the sound. 

EBONY: You mentioned Yo Yo Ma. Is he one of your musical idols? 

BRITT: Yes, as a matter of fact he inspires me, as do a handful of other accomplished musicians. I’m inspired by my cello teacher Marion Feldman because she encourages me and recognizes and corrects my mistakes and helps me to figure out the message I’m telling with my music. She really cares about me and my progress and that helps me to want to do my best.

And one of my fondest inspirations is Alisa Weilerstein. She has a rich sound, and she is very creative and arousing on the cello. She has also taken time out of her busy life to mentor me. Other classical cellists such as Jacqueline De Pre, Pablo Casals  and Mstislav Rostopovich also inspire me. 

EBONY: Maybe this is an unfair question, but when you performed at the White House were you just a little nervous. I mean you were performing for the President of the United States after all. 

BRITT: Yes, but first of all President Obama inspires me to believe that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream can come true. So I was really really excited to play for him. 

EBONY: You have also performed at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. What was that experience like? 

BRITT: It was amazing! I was in awe that I could play there. 

EBONY: Because you know there are a lot of musicians who spend their entire lives hoping to perform at Carnegie Hall, but never achieve that goal and you’ve done it already. 

BRITT: (laughs) Yes, thank you. I hope to go there again. 

EBONY: Believe me you will. Which reminds me who are your favorite composers or the composer who speaks to you in some way? 

BRITT: Well, I prefer Johannes Brahms, because he’s so very emotional and Haydn because he’s light. And I also love Saint-Saens who expresses a wide range of emotions and sounds. I also really enjoy Antonin Dvorak, Edward Elgar and Samuel Barber. Those are some of my most preferred composers. They also inspire me to write my own compositions.   

EBONY: And finally where do you imagine you will be, say, ten years from now? 

BRITT: I think that my possibilities are endless! I would definitely like to keep sharing myself through classical cello. I really enjoy knowing that when I play my cello I make people feel.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    World’s Wrongest Man Ventures Latest Prediction
    By Jonathan Chait

    Michael J. Boskin — former George W. Bush economic adviser, Hoover Institute fellow, and staunch advocate of conservative anti-tax doctrine — appears today, as is his wont, in The Wall Street Journal op-ed pages to warn that the Democratic president’s economic policies will lead us to misery.

    If you are an investor, Boskin’s doomsaying is a sure sign of a coming bull market. Four years ago, Boskin penned a Journal op-ed whose thesis was captured in the headline, “Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing The Dow.” That was the signal for the Dow to go on a tear, doubling over the next four years. As Kevin points out, the Dow’s current “high” is an overstated artifact of dumb, unweighted statistics, but the underlying reality remains that the stock market has enjoyed an incredibly good four years under Obama’s radicalism.

    One might suppose that Boskin has simply suffered a single unfortunate coincidence. In fact, his career is a mighty testament to the power of enduring, invincible wrongness. In 1993, Bill Clinton enacted an economic program centered around some public investment, coupled with deficit reduction with higher taxes on the rich. Boskin was very, very sure it would fail. In a Journal op-ed entered into the Congressional Record by grateful Republicans, he accused Clinton’s administration of “fundamental distrust of free enterprise.” He made a series of predictions: “The new spending programs will grow more than projected, revenue growth will be disappointing, the economy will slow, and the program will reduce the deficit much less than expected.”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/03/worlds-wrongest-man-ventures-latest-prediction.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      If you want to be a millionaire just do the exact opposite of whatever Boskin says.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      If you want to be a millionaire just do the exact opposite of whatever Boskin says.

  • isonprize

    What a charming child!! She doesn’t do the ‘diva drama’ and I hope she never does! I’m sure Alisa is very talented also, but I found her histrionics annoying next to Sujari’s calm, confident style.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>) -Oh WHAT A LOVELY YOUNG – -GIFTED annnd BLACK -TALENTED –SWEETIE! :>) — – WHAT a JOY 2 LISTEN 2 her –MASTER THIS DIFFICULT INSTRUMENT. :>) -

    – -Annnd SHE KNOWS her MUSICIANs: – - -And one of my fondest inspirations is Alisa Weilerstein. She has a rich sound, and she is very creative and arousing on the cello. She has also taken time out of her busy life to mentor me. Other classical cellists such as Jacqueline De Pre, Pablo Casals and Mstislav Rostopovich also inspire me. :>)

    SHE is a TRUE STUDENT!!♥ – - – -Sooo PROUD of HER. :>) – - – -

    CONTINUED BLESSINGS – - -”Little Sujari Britt”♥ :>) – -

    THANK U miranda. – - -GR8 SERIES. – -The “CHILDREN R OUR FUTURE”. –Lookin’ FORWARD 2 MORE. . . .:>) – -

  • rikyrah

    Republican Senators Bob And Weave On Voting Rights Act

    Sahil Kapur-March 5, 2013, 4:35 PM

    A number of Republican senators Tuesday either didn’t know or wouldn’t say if they consider the Voting Rights Act to be constitutional, even though many of them voted to reauthorize it in 2006 and the Supreme Court is currently considering whether to invalidate a key section of it.

    As they entered and exited weekly party luncheons Tuesday afternoon, I and other reporters asked many GOP senators if they consider a centerpiece of the law, which was battered by conservative justices during Supreme Court oral arguments last week, should be upheld. Every one of them dodged the questions, some more artfully than others.

    “Uh,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), before a long, awkward pause, “I haven’t even thought about it.” He laughed and said, “I’ll leave that to the courts. I’m having a hard enough time being a senator, much less a Supreme Court justice.”

    I asked the same question to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who, like Graham, voted to renew the law in 2006. “The Voting Rights Act?” he asked. Yes, I said. Should it be upheld? “Oh, I don’t know,” Inhofe replied. “I’ll let someone else answer that.”

    The landmark 1965 law has been reauthorized four times by Congress and was most recently renewed by a 98-0 vote in the Senate. Now some of the same senators who voted for it then aren’t sure about the validity of the law’s requirement that specific parts of the country with a history of racial discrimination win federal pre-approval before changing their voting laws. That requirement is at the heart of the current challenge to the law that is pending before the Supreme Court. The court’s five conservative justices — a majority — appear prepared to invalidate that portion of the landmark, half-century-old law which is widely considered one of the most successful civil rights law and a key instrument in ending Jim Crow in the South.

    “I haven’t — I’m worried about other things,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), nodding his head as he entered an elevator.

    I asked Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who was exiting a conference meeting and walking into the same senators-only elevator, if the law should be upheld. “Uh, I’m not…” he said. As the elevator door closed, he shrugged his shoulders.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/republican-senators-voting-rights-act.php

    • MsKitty

      They’re all a bunch of conservative white men, so what’s it to them? In fact they’re probably secretly hoping that it’s struck down to some degree, but in its entirety would be even better.

  • rikyrah

    Bush’s best subject
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Mar 6, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    Just to close the loop on Jeb Bush’s immigration controversy, the former Florida governor has spent the last couple of days crawling out of a ditch he put himself in, and it appears he’s almost out. It’s still unclear, however, how the Republican managed to screw up this badly in the first place.

    To briefly recap, Bush, an active participant in the larger debate over immigration reform, endorsed a pathway to citizenship as recently as six weeks ago. On Monday, with the release of his new book, Bush took the opposite position, saying he now opposes citizenship. Yesterday morning, Bush told MSNBC his position is complicated, but he’s open to the possibility of a pathway to citizenship. Later in the day, he told CNN he can support “both a path to legalization or a path to citizenship.”

    What in the world is going on with this guy? By lunchtime yesterday, Bush’s new line was that he was thrown off by his publishing deadline.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/06/17208544-bushs-best-subject?lite

    • Admiral_Komack

      Jeb!
      Just like Willard Romney: not ready for prime time.

      • jds09

        Surprising ain’t it? For generations politics has been their family business, maybe the tea party dynamics really has them rattled.

  • rikyrah

    ‘Holding onto’ stories that don’t seem true
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Mar 6, 2013 9:18 AM EST.

    We talked yesterday about The Daily Caller’s allegations against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), which appear to be quickly unraveling. As the day progressed, we learned a little more about the story, none of which is helpful to the controversial conservative site.

    To briefly recap, The Daily Caller reported in November that Menendez allegedly paid for sex in the Dominican Republic. The article appeared to be based on largely non-existent evidence; the FBI found nothing to support the allegations, and yesterday, the Washington Post reported that a Dominican escort now says she was “paid to make up the claims and has never met or seen the senator.”

    The Daily Caller has not retracted its report and is now trying to verify the accuracy of the article it ran four months ago. Tucker Carlson, meanwhile, seems delighted to have his often-derided website get so much attention.

    The more interesting twist came when ABC News said it was also offered the story, but didn’t want it.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/06/17209277-holding-onto-stories-that-dont-seem-true?lite

    • MsKitty

      Sounds like it’s time for a libel suit.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -POU FAM♥ — – LOL — -GUESS WHO’s COMIN’ 2 -DINNER? – - — -

    — -Reports: Obama invites group of GOP senators to dine at W.H. – –

    ——–President Barack Obama will break bread with GOP senators on Wednesday night, according to a report.

    Amidst a standoff over the sequester, Obama invited a group of Republican senators – as yet unnamed – for dinner at the White House, CNN reported Wednesday.

    – -The New York Times reported on Tuesday night that Obama had invited a dozen senators.

    No word on the menu yet.

    NOW – —Let’s C WHO SHOWS!! — HUH?? – - –

    – - – -GOOD LEADERSHIP – — -MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – -

    • dannie22

      id serve them suckas rat

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY dannie22♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)- —LOL

        —— Annnd – - – -THIS!! —-LOL

        Good 2 C U dannie. :>) Have a good day. :>)–

  • rikyrah

    More evidence GOP isn’t serious about reform

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on March 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Among other things, the fight over sequestration has revealed the extent to which there isn’t a real constituency for policy reform in the GOP. Most Republicans — from elected officials to activists and thinkers — remain committed to the agenda crafted in 2010 and 2011, the one Mitt Romney ran on unsuccessfully in 2012.

    Indeed, if anything, congressional Republicans are moving to the right with a new budget — crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan — that seeks to balance the budget in a decade. Here’s The Hill with a few details on a new policy that has inspired discontent for the more moderate members of the House Republican caucus:

    House Republican centrists are furious that GOP leaders are considering abandoning their pledge not to change Medicare retirement benefits for people 55 years and older. […]

    After agreeing to write a budget resolution that will balance the budget over the next decade, Ryan conceded that he might have to adjust the age to as high as 59…The 2012 measure would have balanced the budget by 2040 — this year’s would do it by 2023, meaning there would be greater spending cuts.

    There’s a real question as to whether this budget will include savings from Obamacare and revenue from the fiscal cliff deal. If it does, then Ryan has room for less draconian cuts. But if it doesn’t — if House Republicans still seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act and lower taxes on the wealthy — then this Ryan budget will be as reactionary as the agenda that defined Romney’s unsuccessful bid for the presidency

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/05/more-evidence-gop-isnt-serious-about-reform/

  • rikyrah

    Barack Obama put a stake in the heart of the Southern Strategy.
    he won the Presidency without needing ONE SOUTHERN STATE.

    Willard won 61% of the White vote – and got his ass handed to him.

    that voter suppression shyt? people took it seriously and PERSONALLY. they STILL don’t get how viceral it was to Black folk.
    ……………………………………………………………..

    America Has Passed Them By

    by BooMan
    Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 11:19:02 AM EST

    It is possible that Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman is totally insane. But, if he wasn’t writing this stuff, someone else would have to do it because it is an integral and necessary component of the conservative strategy. First, let’s look at what Klayman is saying. He’s arguing that President Obama wants to turn conservatives into “the new niggers.” He says that the president’s effort to add revenue to the government’s coffers is his way of seeking reparations for slavery. He says that Obama’s reelection was fraudulent. He says that Obama hates white people despite being half-white himself. He says that the president has “provoked [a] burgeoning race war.” And then there is this:

    Put Obama’s Muslim identification, his anti-Semitism and his pounding of rich whites together and you have a certified, and highly dangerous Black Muslim in The White House – ala (pun intended) Malcolm X, Elijah Mohammed and Louis Farrakhan.

    Most of this kind of crazy talk has died down now that the election is over. This is because these ideas were disseminated to maximize the racial polarization of the country so that the Republicans could increase their share of the white vote rather than compete for votes among non-whites.

    Keep this in mind when you see Newt Gingrich say, “No Republican pollster thought you could get 87 percent turnout in Milwaukee.”

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/5/11192/57300

    • Admiral_Komack

      Larry Klayman has jumped the shark…and I hope the shark eats his sorry ass.

    • jds09

      I don’t think America has passed them by. Their power has been lessened, they’re not the agenda maker/controller they used to be.
      White folks, the ones passively living off of the white privilege while the Larry Klaymans of the world are defending it to their death will have to pick a side, working toward a diverse America or Bull Connor’s America. It’s interesting to watch it shake out.

  • rikyrah

    Response to a concern

    By Kay March 5th, 2013

    I saw this comment on one of mistermix’s Obamacare posts, and I think it’s a good point to discuss

    I’m not talking about people with good salaries who don’t buy insurance, I’m talking about people who are living paycheck to paycheck and yet don’t qualify for the Obamacare tax credits. These people do not have an extra few hundred bucks a month to pay for health insurance, they can barely pay the bills they have. Don’t you know anyone like that?
    As an aside, most people with good salaries already have employer-provided health insurance and will continue to have it after Obamacare is implemented. I’m talking about people with part-time jobs and so on.

    If we want to compare two people after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act we could compare two people with the same modest income, where one has employer-provided insurance and the other doesn’t, because people who have employer-provided health insurance generally pay something towards it. How much does the person who has employer-provided health insurance pay towards their employee plan and how much will the person who doesn’t have employer-provided health insurance pay towards the PPACA? I think that’s a worthwhile comparison, because the idea was to put the uninsured person on roughly the same footing with the insured person, not to have the Obamacare person come out ahead of a person who is insured through their employer. Love it or hate it, the idea was to preserve the existing system, and add the uninsured.

    People who make $25,000 a year at one large company here pay about $110 a month towards their employer-provided health insurance plan. In comparison, an uninsured 30 year old adult who makes $25,000 a year will pay $144 a month under Obamacare. I recognize that employee contributions towards employer-provided health insurance vary widely, but I do think $110 a month is about the middle locally. I’ve seen higher and lower. Looking at this 2012 report (pdf) on what people are contributing towards employer-provided insurance, this is the average they have, annually:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/03/05/response-to-a-concern/

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Obama urges Republicans to take Yes for an answer

    Posted by Greg Sargent on March 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Multiple reports this morning tell us that President Obama is going around GOP leaders by privately courting Republican lawmakers in an effort to win their support for a grand deficit reduction bargain. The New York Times reports that Obama has spoken by phone with GOP Senators and has invited a dozen of them over for dinner tonight.

    It’s not hard to figure out what Obama is telling these Senators: He’s telling them what his actual deficit reduction plan contains — a mix of real entitlement cuts and new revenues.

    If you want to understand what this is really about, go back to Ezra Klein’s interview with an unnamed GOP Senator, in which the lawmaker professed himself surprised to hear that Obama had offered Chained CPI on Social Security, along with other real entitlement cuts, in exchange for new revenues via the closing of loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and corporations.

    In short, Obama will tell all these Senators that he’s offering them what they want, i.e., serious cuts in retirement programs, in exchange for less in new revenues, and that this is actually a very good deal for them.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/06/the-morning-plum-obama-urges-republicans-to-take-yes-for-an-answer/

    • jds09

      Lawd…its too early for this.

      This story is the media making themselves the news and looking dumb as a brick doing it. Seriously, a real reporter is gonna believe that a sitting US Senator doesn’t know what the White House has put on the table? Seriously?! That’s like an emergency room doctor claiming to not know that bleeding from the head is a bad thing. The story should be the gross incompetence that a Senator is showing when the muther fucking data is on the WH website. Ezra Klein and his ilk are stupid as fuck….

      Okay, I’m done. Have a good day POU Fam.

      • TyrenM

        When you coming back. We just got a fresh foot of snow for you lol.

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

      If you want to understand what this is really about, go back to Ezra Klein’s interview with an unnamed GOP Senator…

      Considering Ezra’s track record…no thanks.

      • Tafr

        You know I cracked up when Krugman wrote that article talking about Ezra Klein admits he was wrong. Ezra and Krugman have been wrong several times when it comes to this president. When you go around behaving that you know better than the president you have no damn excuse to ever be wrong. All the hand clapping Ezra has been getting for saying that he was wrong is disgusting. Ezra being wrong is no news to POU and those who have been paying attention. The professional left and the emos stay being wrong.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -Annnnd – - – -GUESS WHO’s “COMIN’ 2 LUNCH”? – -WHEW LAWD! — – -

    – - — Obama to lunch with GOP senators – -

    — – -President Obama is headed to lunch with Senate Republicans — but not until a week from Thursday, when he’ll join the caucus’s weekly lunch meeting.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Wednesday that the president will join the March 14 lunch in the Capitol.

    “Senate Republicans welcome the president to the Capitol. And I appreciate he took my recommendation to hear from all of my members,” McConnell said. — – - -[Humph --ARROGANT!! PHOOL!]

    “We promised the American people that we would cut Washington spending, and the president signed those cuts into law,” he continued. “We have numerous challenges facing the country and Republicans have offered the president serious solutions to shrink Washington spending and grow the economy. And we will have an opportunity to discuss them with the president at the lunch.”

    — -MR. PRESIDENT — -AGAIN — -showin’ –LEADERSHIP! :>) – -
    [Hope he can keep his meal down. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– – - -MORE GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS – - – -:>) – -

    DJ: Dow Hits Highest Close Ever – –

    – - —-The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its highest closing level ever, finally overcoming the losses tied to the financial crisis on the back of a tenacious stock rally that began in March 2009. And the blue chips did it with an exclamation point — a 125.95-point blast that left the old record in the dust.

    “It really does represent an achievement that we have climbed out of this crater,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Chicago’s BMO Private Bank, which manages about $66 billion.

    The Dow advanced 0.9% to 14253.77 Tuesday to top its previous high of 14164.53, set in October 2007. Stocks plunged in the wake of the financial crisis, with the benchmark bottoming at 6547.05 on March 9, 2009.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 14.59 points, or 1%, to 1539.79 Tuesday. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 42.10 points, or 1.3%, to 3224.13.

    - – — Yesterday “rachl” — -trydta — -DOWNPLAY this NEWS. – - –humpH! – - — —-***talk 2 da hand*** —

    – — —**SMILE MR. PRESIDENT*** :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -Annnnd SOME MORE POSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS – - – -

    – - -ADP: Private sector job growth remains ‘sturdy’ – - :>)

    – - — Private sector job growth continued at a “sturdy” pace in February, despite government spending cuts and tax increases, according to a report from payroll processing firm ADP Wednesday.

    The private sector added 198,000 jobs in February, ADP (ADP, Fortune 500) said.

    —While this is the slowest level of private sector job growth since October, it was still stronger than expected. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting the report to show the private sector added 150,000 jobs in February.

    “The job market remains sturdy in the face of significant fiscal headwinds,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, in the report.

    “Tax increases and government spending cuts don’t appear to be affecting the job market,” he added.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –[Sorry. Gotta "bounce" early. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY ♥] – -

  • lamh36

    Just read this on twitter. It’s so sad.

    Valerie Harper Diagnosed With Terminal Brain Cancer: accesshollywood.com/_article_76465

    • MsKitty

      That’s awful, and on the heels of Bonnie Franklin’s passing at that. Too many of my childhood TV icons are leaving.

      • Miranda

        Yep….I’m feeling mighty “aged” today.

    • Admiral_Komack

      I liked Valerie Harper more than Mary Tyler Moore.
      Mary Tyler Moore was cool, but Valerie Harper was HOT!

    • dannie22

      thats sad. i always loved Rhoda and those scarves she wore over her hair. i was always hoping Harper would return to tv one day.

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

    So, co-signing Ted Cruz is what’s hot in the EmoProg streets right now…

    emptywheel ‏@emptywheel
    Cruz was on such a roll. Now he’s on New Black Panther and DOMA.

    Jim White ‏@JimWhiteGNV
    When certifiably batshit crazy Ted Cruz makes more sense than Eric Holder, the true state of how fucked our country is becomes transparent.

    • MsKitty

      And they wonder why they’re constantly ridiculed and considered lightweights by more than a few thinking folks.

    • MsKitty

      And they wonder why they’re constantly ridiculed and considered lightweights by more than a few thinking folks.

    • Ebogan63

      When idiots like the two above don’t understand the 5th amendment to the Constitution. this is what passes for ‘progressive’ thought and analysis.

    • Miranda

      Emoprogs are nothing if not consistent.

      • AxelFoley

        Consistently stupid, that’s for sure.

    • Daltex82

      An empty wheel and a White co-signing Ted Cruz! Hey they should fit right in with the rest of his base, actually that is his base.

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

    Roger Ailes: Obama ‘lazy’
    By DYLAN BYERS |
    3/6/13 10:33 AM EST

    Roger Ailes reportedly believes President Barack Obama is “lazy.”

    In a new excerpt from Zev Chafets’ forthcoming biography of Ailes, the Fox News chief responds to Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen’s criticism of Ann Romney — that she has never worked a day in her life — by turning the same argument against the president.

    “Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life,” Ailes reportedly told his spokesperson, Brian Lewis. “He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/03/roger-ailes-obama-lazy-158623.html

    • Miranda

      Oh we back to this in the rotation? The “lazy nigger” meme?

      • jds09

        They’re running out of new material.

    • AxelFoley

      The balls on this fat ugly troll.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Why should I be interested in a raging racist,lying, hypocritical, paranoid bigots rantings. He is nothing but Archie Bunker as a Network Executive. He believes his work as a Propagandist for the Republican Party is much more demanding than President of the United States? Seriously. Gibbs didn’t end that meeting because he thought Ailes was getting the best of Barack Obama, but because he knew that Barack Obama was talking to a paranoid bigot whose world is still set in 1953 America. He had better things to do then sit with that wide walking load of hot chitlins.

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

    Do we still need a black media?

    A vibrant black media and a more inclusive mainstream media should both be available to the public

    Posted on Monday Mar 4th at 6:50am
    By Lori Tharps

    At the end of January, I organized and moderated a panel at Temple University’s School of Media and Communications called “Separate But Equal? The Role of the Black Media in the 21st Century.” The title of the panel was deliberately provocative, because I wanted people to consider whether having media outlets that cater to specific ethnic groups was regressive and racist or a progressive sign of the times. The four panelists, representing the worlds of television, radio, newspaper, and digital media, never truly answered that question, but they did offer plenty of evidence that today’s black press provides a valuable service to a community that continues to be underserved by the mainstream media.

    As a journalist, as a black woman, and as a media observer, it occurs to me that some people might believe that the time has long since passed when a separate black media is necessary. We no longer live in a (legally) segregated society, so why would we need a segregated press? In my opinion, the answer is, we don’t. We don’t need a separate black media in the 21st century, but we deserve to have one. And therein lies the difference between past and present.

    MORE: http://m.cjr.org/303546/show/96aebbe1073d385bf5ecf896e647a83a/

    • Miranda

      I disagree…we do NEED a diligent and ethical black media, as well as deserve it – but too many “journalists” are just trying to get their come up instead of being hard nosed purveyors of information.

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

        THIS.

    • AxelFoley

      We sure as hell don’t need the black media we have now.

      • Miranda

        Preach.

    • PBomb

      I can see what Lori is saying and I agree somewhat, if we were all on the same level or truly lived in a “post-racial” society. Unfortunately, our society is still very unequal in plenty of ways and therefore, we need media outlets that cater to certain groups that the mainstream media doesn’t cater to.

      She does admit to that reality later in the article.

    • rikyrah

      nobody’s going around asking Latinos if they still need Univision and Telemundo, or any of the other Spanish language outlets in this country.

      I think the question is dumb – of course we need them..

      but we need more BLack journalists in the vein of the late Vernon Jarrett. ..not the crop we have now.

      • sagittarius

        . ..not the crop we have now.

        Doing my best Evelyn Wood speed reading of your comment, I saw this as ‘not the crap we have now.’

        • Alma98

          LOL!

      • Daltex82

        nobody’s going around asking Latinos if they still need Univision and Telemundo, or any of the other Spanish language outlets in this country.

        THIS!!!!

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

    Interesting read…

    Remembering Hugo Chavez

    “Chávez, an icon in Venezuela,” reads the March 5th edition of the Spanish language international publication La Prensa Libre following the announcement President Hugo Chávez succumbed after a lengthy, public battle with cancer.

    The controversial leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, his staunch commitment to socialism and defiant rejection of capitalism earned him friends and foes throughout the Americas. A polarizing and complex figure portrayed as both Savior and Satan, history will regard him as both a democratically elected autocrat and revolutionary who played an instrumental role in the resurgence of the Latin American left.

    While conflicting headlines fuel the discourse as to whether the Chávez legacy is that of one who constricted Venezuelan human rights or drastically reduced poverty, gains made in Afro Venezuelan communities through his radical socio-economic programs should not be overlooked.

    Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/remembering-hugo-chavez-302#ixzz2MmKqTTUL

    • PBomb

      Very interesting… and a very different perspective of who Hugo Chavez was.

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

        It is. I would love to hear/read how Venezeulans feel about Chavez and his legacy, especially Afro-Venezeulans. Over here, you have the media portraying him as Satan and “liberals” portraying him as an angel, but I have the feeling his legacy wasn’t as cut and dry as that.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I remember his fight with the oil industry. He didn’t even want half the revenue just a little bit more than the paltry sum Big Oil was reluctantly parting with. They declared was on him for having the nerve to want to rescue his country from abject poverty.

          • Aquagranny911

            Bush & Co were shocked that Venezuela might want to actually control their own oil & get some real benefit from it!

    • dannie22
    • GN

      Halving the poverty rate has left an indelible impact Black communities who for the first time had regular access to free education, healthcare and guaranteed housing thanks to the implementation of Chávez’s Social Missions.

      In addition to these reforms, President Chávez mandated a series of measures to counteract structural racism towards Black Venezuelans and decreed the National Council for the Development of Afro-Descendant Communities to advance the cause.

      Definitely food for thought.

      • Miranda

        Indeed.

      • rikyrah

        had heard that about Chavez…which is why I paid the MSM here no mind with their criticism of him

      • Aquagranny911

        Food for thought indeed. In South America, the color of one’s skin often dictates who prospers & who does not. (see my comment above) I do believe Chavez tried to level the playing field, as it were & lift up those in poverty.

    • Aquagranny911

      I have mixed feelings about Hugo Chavez. I am sorry for his family & his country that he died so young. He did do good for his people & he was elected in a free open election. Whether he was totally intoxicated & corrupted by his power is moot now. Let his own people make the judgement of his place in history.

      I really don’t fault his anger toward the US, especially under Bush nor did his relations with Cuba bother me much. IMO, it is well past time that we get real about Cuba & stop fighting the cold war with them over something that happened 50 years ago.

      South American politics are very complex. There has been much brutality over centuries & it will continue. Some is the fault of US policies & interventions that created more problems. Most is the result of a rico vs compesino culture that can be traced back to Spain & Portugal. A lot is blatantly racist, I offer you Brazil as one example.

      Chavez tried to bring some balance to this by his socio-economic programs. I feel he had the best intentions for helping the people, but I don’t live in Venezuela so it certainly is not my place to judge.

      I laugh when I hear some call Chavez a “communist, a socialist” Have we not heard that said of our Prez or anyone else who wishes all to have rights and some fairness in the system?

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Brazil is still in denial.

        • Aquagranny911

          Don’t I know it! My baby Bro spent some time doing medical aid there & I got a real ear full from him on this issue!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            What did he say Aqua?

          • Aquagranny911

            He was appalled by conditions in the favelas but really upset with what he saw in the villages outside the cities.

            In a country as relatively affluent as Brazil too many live in abject poverty & most are Indios or black. Child death, health & life expectancy is terrible among these. Most of the health aid comes from charitable groups & outside sources. He said the government there does not really provide & denies that there is any real need.

            I could go on. He saw a lot there.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He wasn’t perfect but he definitely tried to spread the wealth. Venezuela before him could have easily passed for the American South before the Civil Rights Movement. The poverty rate was off the chain and the White Power Stucture could not have cared less. If you’re skin was dark you were out of luck.

      • Aquagranny911

        Also Woody, there were several corporations with their straws in a Venezuelan artery bleeding off the $$$ as fast as they could suck it until Hugo put on the tourniquet. IMO, it’s one reason he has gotten so much bad press here in the states. Plus he despised Bush & was outspoken about it but then so was I.

      • Aquagranny911

        Also Woody, there were several corporations with their straws in a Venezuelan artery bleeding off the $$$ as fast as they could suck it until Hugo put on the tourniquet. IMO, it’s one reason he has gotten so much bad press here in the states. Plus he despised Bush & was outspoken about it but then so was I.

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

          Speaking of corporations, check this out y’all. It’s by BBC reporter Greg Palast:

          So what made Chavez suddenly “a dangerous enemy”? Here’s the answer you won’t find in The New York Times:

          Just after Bush’s inauguration in 2001, Chavez’ congress voted in a new “Law of Hydrocarbons.” Henceforth, Exxon, British Petroleum, Shell Oil and Chevron would get to keep 70% of the sales revenues from the crude they sucked out of Venezuela. Not bad, considering the price of oil was rising toward $100 a barrel.

          But to the oil companies, which had bitch-slapped Venezeula’s prior government into giving them 84% of the sales price, a cut to 70% was “no bueno.” Worse, Venezuela had been charging a joke of a royalty – just one percent – on “heavy” crude from the Orinoco Basin. Chavez told Exxon and friends they’d now have to pay 16.6%.

          Clearly, Chavez had to be taught a lesson about the etiquette of dealings with Big Oil.

          On April 11, 2002, President Chavez was kidnapped at gunpoint and flown to an island prison in the Caribbean Sea. On April 12, Pedro Carmona, a business partner of the US oil companies and president of the nation’s Chamber of Commerce, declared himself President of Venezuela – giving a whole new meaning to the term, “corporate takeover.”

          U.S. Ambassador Charles Shapiro immediately rushed down from his hilltop embassy to have his picture taken grinning with the self-proclaimed “President” and the leaders of the coup d’état.

          MORE: http://www.gregpalast.com/vaya-con-dios-hugo-chavez-mi-amigo/

          • Alma98

            WOW!

          • Aquagranny911

            Gracias! Great share! Perhaps now, more might understand why Chavez was no fan of Bush!

          • Daltex82

            WHOA!

          • Miranda

            What?!?! DAMN!

          • GN

            Sounds like an event straight from “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins (MUST-READ book).

      • BoomerGal

        Sounds familiar.

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

    This gon’ be good!

    Major Garrett ‏@MajorCBS
    CBS colleague John Nolan reports these GOP Sens. definitely attending POTUS dinner: Ayotte, Chambliss, Coburn, Hoeven, McCain, Toomey.

    I’m surprised Beverly Lindsey won’t be attending with his boo BFF McCain.

  • Worldwatcher7

    This series is phenomenal! Ms. Sujari Britt is an incredible person; not only is she an accomplished musician, but she is also insightful and well-spoken. Oh, and she’s a real cutie pie.

    Yet another masterful week POU.

    • conlakappa

      All of these kids have been cuties.

  • Alma98

    Good morning.

  • Miranda

    OK, 1. I really must make it my business to get to Vegas to see the “Loberache” show and 2. are his hands abnormally small?

    http://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/retna9161996-custom.jpg?w=399

    • Alma98

      I think Ceelo was meant to be a little person, not that there’s anything wrong with that. lol

      • AxelFoley

        He looks like a grown midget–er, little person.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
    • GOVCHRIS1988

      You’ve made me do this.

      • Miranda

        *DEAD*

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

        *tears*

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - –Woo! Hoo!- – — -MULTI-TALENTED!– – –ON annnnd OFF the COURT! – — – -

    – —Venus Williams has her sport wardrobe all lined up

    - —-You know the whole thing about a woman’s prerogative to change her mind? Venus Williams can’t do it — at least not when it comes to her tennis wardrobe.

    She already knows that come August at the U.S. Open, she’ll be wearing a black floral tennis dress, and for tournaments earlier in the summer, it’ll be pink python prints. Williams wears almost exclusively her own line called EleVen, which she has helmed since 2007. Both looks are part of the fall collection, which Williams offered a preview of on Monday at a Manhattan photo studio. The spring collection that goes into stores later this month has some tie-dye prints, nautical stripes and a more painterly watercolor floral.

    “When we are designing, I am narrowing down which ones I’m wearing. I have got to plan ahead. … The retailers want to know right away which ones I’ll be wearing,” she says. This decisiveness works for her and her busy life, she adds. “I have to be effective with my time.”

    Last week, she was in South America playing in the Brazil Cup. Williams maintains a full schedule of tennis tournaments and appearances, although she did announce that she was diagnosed in 2011 with an autoimmune disease that slows her down.
    THERE IS MORE.- —- -Soooo PROUD of U♥- – -

    -FROM LAST YEAR: —-Olympic gold medalist and designer Venus Williams makes a stop in Virginia (Photos)—-Woo! Hoo!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –KEEPIN’ with THIS SERIES- – –:>) –
    - – - -VERY- –YOUNG- –GIFTED annnnd BLACK- –2 CUTE!! ♥- – -

    - — – -4-year-old is a musical prodigy on the drums– -

    - —- “He just wouldn’t stop banging on things. All day, everyday.”

    Moss Bluff’s Ryan Clemons is talking about her 4-year-old son, Tyler. Differentiating Tyler’s innate nature of banging on things, from an actual musical ability, she said she could tell that something was different.

    “We bought him a drum set, and until this day, he plays it everyday,” said Clemons.

    - –SNIP- — – –. He even knows musical lingo.

    “Let’s do a slow tempo!,” he yells out before playing one of his favorite songs.

    “I want to be a musician,” Tyler said when asked what he wants to do in the future.

    And he’s on the right track, already having his first professional gig playing the drums for the children’s choir at his church.

    “Starting in the church is so important,” said Clemons. “God is at the front of our lives and it’s important that Tyler know and have that foundation.”

    Coming from a musical family, Tyler even dabbles in the piano and guitar.

    – – - –God BLESS him♥/his SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. –
    —— – — – - – - – -He is a BLESSING! :>)- — — – -
    THANK U 4 THIS SERIES- –miranda!! :>) — -

  • Miranda

    GOP Governor Begs Her Party To Expand Medicaid: ‘The Human Cost Of This Tragedy Can’t Be Calculated’

    Jan Brewer (R), Arizona’s combative GOP governor, stunned political observers and health care reform advocates when she became the third Republican governor to endorse Obamacare’s expansion of the public Medicaid program. That decision is great news for Arizona’s poor and uninsured, as well as for the state’s budget. But it’s been met with fierce resistance from state lawmakers in Brewer’s own party, setting up an unusual showdown between Brewer, hospitals, doctors, and reform advocates on one side, and Republican state lawmakers — who Brewer must still persuade to pass legislation accepting the Medicaid expansion — on the other.

    That’s why on Wednesday morning, flanked by Arizona public health officials on the steps of the state Capitol, Brewer begged reticent GOP lawmakers — many of whom showed up in black to protest Brewer’s decision — to look past politics and understand the human and financial toll that failing to pass the expansion would instill on Arizonanas. “The human cost of this tragedy can’t be calculated,” Brewer said. “Remember, there is no Plan B.” Brewer estimated that 50,000 low-income Arizonans would lose health coverage without the expansion.

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/03/06/1679461/brewer-medicaid-human-cost/

    • Aquagranny911

      This left me…wordless……..

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

      Well, dayum. I wonder what brought about this “Come To Jesus” moment?

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

      Well, dayum. I wonder what brought about this “Come To Jesus” moment?

  • Miranda

    *blink*…………somebody should tell Lindsey that the only gangs roaming around during Katrina were the New Orleans Police.

    excerpt:
    Speaking to Attorney General Eric Holder, Graham argued that an AR-15 would have been “a better defense tool” than “a double-barrel shotgun” in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy:

    GRAHAM: Let me give an example. That you have a lawless environment where you have a natural disaster or some catastrophic event and those things, unfortunately, do happen. And law and order breaks down because the police can’t travel, there’s no communication. And there are armed gangs roaming around neighborhoods. Can you envision a situation where if your home happens to be in the cross-hairs of this group that a better self-defense weapon may be a semiautomatic AR-15 versus a double-barrel shotgun?

    HOLDER: I think we’re dealing there with a hypothetical in a world…

    GRAHAM: Well, I’m afraid that world does exist. I think it existed in New Orleans, to some exist in Long Island, it could exist tomorrow if there’s a cyber attack against the country and the power grid goes down and the dams are released and chemical plants are discharges. [...] What I’m saying is if my family was in the cross-hairs of gangs that were roaming around New Orleans or any other location, that the turn effect of an AR-15 to protect my family is better than a double-barrel shotgun but the Vice President and I have a disagreement on that.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/03/06/1681261/lindsey-graham-hurricane-victims-need-assault-weapons-to-shoot-roaming-gangs/

    • MsKitty

      TRANSLATION: We need our shotguns for protection against those lawless niggers.

      Fool thinks he’s trying to be too clever by half. SMH.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He’s a real piece of work. As I recall those reports of armed gangs (read: Black Males) turned about to be frightfully untrue.

      Is it okay to dogwhistle in a Senate committee room even when you don’t have to?

      • Daltex82

        Is it okay to dogwhistle in a Senate committee room even when you don’t have to

        IIRC Ms. Graham is up for re-election in 2014 so you know he will be dog whistling and posturing from now until election time.

        • Aquagranny911

          I hope he gets trounced so bad in his re-election bid that it becomes an example to Repugs everywhere. Just like in the “good old days” when they would mount the dead heads of traitors on the castle gates!

          • Daltex82

            I wish that for every last one of them AG!

    • Aquagranny911

      ….and Jesus wept….

      Why does it always seem that only the good keep dying young?

  • Miranda

    Florida finds evidence of voter registration fraud

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two employees of a company once aligned with the Republican Party of Florida admitted to law-enforcement authorities that they forged voter registration forms.

    It’s the first result in a far-reaching voter fraud investigation that was launched last fall – and initiated at the urging of the party after election supervisors started flagging questionable applications.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported Tuesday that the two ex-employees were charged with a third degree felony. But prosecutors back in January decided to place both of them on probation because neither has a criminal history.

    Strategic Allied Consulting was hired by Republicans to do voter registration drives in Florida and other states. But last fall, the state party fired the company and took the additional step of filing an election fraud complaint against the company with state officials.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/05/3268426/florida-finds-evidence-of-voter.html#storylink=cpy

  • Miranda

    Florida finds evidence of voter registration fraud

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two employees of a company once aligned with the Republican Party of Florida admitted to law-enforcement authorities that they forged voter registration forms.

    It’s the first result in a far-reaching voter fraud investigation that was launched last fall – and initiated at the urging of the party after election supervisors started flagging questionable applications.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported Tuesday that the two ex-employees were charged with a third degree felony. But prosecutors back in January decided to place both of them on probation because neither has a criminal history.

    Strategic Allied Consulting was hired by Republicans to do voter registration drives in Florida and other states. But last fall, the state party fired the company and took the additional step of filing an election fraud complaint against the company with state officials.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/05/3268426/florida-finds-evidence-of-voter.html#storylink=cpy

  • rikyrah

    Rand Paul is Stupid

    by BooMan
    Wed Mar 6th, 2013 at 02:10:50 PM EST

    I grow weary of the stupid. Rand Paul asked Attorney General Eric Holder if he believed that the administration had the legal right to use drone strikes on American citizens while they are on American soil. It’s a perfectly legitimate question. Eric Holder responded by saying basically, no because we have courts and prosecutors and juries and stuff. Then he scrinched up his brow, thought really hard, and wrote this:

    “The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”
    “For example, the president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances like a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.”

    Or, you know, an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse.

    Would the president have the legal right to use our military to defend against a massive aerial attack on our navy or a bunch of hijacked planes hurtling towards our skyscrapers and the Pentagon?

    Obviously, not. That would be tyranny.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/6/141050/2106

  • rikyrah

    The Voting Rights Act? What Voting Rights Act?

    By Kay March 6th, 2013

    Hilarious:


    As they entered and exited weekly party luncheons Tuesday afternoon, I and other reporters asked many GOP senators if they consider a centerpiece of the law, which was battered by conservative justices during Supreme Court oral arguments last week, should be upheld. Every one of them dodged the questions, some more artfully than others.
    “Uh,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), before a long, awkward pause, “I haven’t even thought about it.” He laughed and said, “I’ll leave that to the courts. I’m having a hard enough time being a senator, much less a Supreme Court justice.”

    I asked the same question to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who, like Graham, voted to renew the law in 2006. “The Voting Rights Act?” he asked. Yes, I said. Should it be upheld? “Oh, I don’t know,” Inhofe replied. “I’ll let someone else answer that.”
    …………………………………..

    Harry Reid wrote this in 2006, after conservatives voted to re-authorize the Act, and former President Bush held a signing ceremony surrounded by civil rights leaders:

    REPUBLICANS HOPE TO USE COURTS TO KILL VITAL LEGISLATION

    Reid was right, of course.
    I think it’s fascinating how the conservative position on voting rights is a political liability for elected, national Republicans. It’s delicious to think about how Justice Scalia’s attempts to protect Senators from accountability for their beliefs could backfire, politically.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/03/06/the-voting-rights-act-what-voting-rights-act/

  • rikyrah

    Boehner explains ‘the battle of cliffs’

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Mar 6, 2013 9:53 AM EST

    When it comes to American politics, I imagine most of the country, regardless of party or ideology, is completely sick of the series of manufactured crises.

    Since Republicans took control of the House two years ago, we’ve seen a string of self-imposed standoffs unlike anything the country has ever seen: a threatened government shutdown, followed by a first-ever debt-ceiling crisis, followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by a “fiscal cliff,” followed by “the sequester,” followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by another debt-ceiling crisis.

    It’s not just exhausting, it’s a damaging way for a modern superpower to try to function in the 21st century. And yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to explain who’s to blame.

    “Because of the president’s reluctance to cut spending, we’ve been caught in this battle of having cliffs and having these deadlines. This is no way to run a government. But until the president gets serious about the serious structural spending problem that we have, we’re going to have to deal with it. I suggested to the president the other day, the best thing we can do is find some way to get the Senate to finally do their work, have a large agreement that begins to address the spending problem, puts us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years, and get out of this cliff business. It’s not good for the country for us to continue to go through this.”

    Even by Boehner standards, this one’s a doozy.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/06/17209589-boehner-explains-the-battle-of-cliffs?lite

  • rikyrah

    Wanker of the Day: Susan Collins

    by BooMan
    Wed Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:03:38 AM EST

    The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, has issued a final report to Congress, and it concludes that we wasted our time and money in Iraq. It looks like we spent an average of about $80 billion a year in Iraq, but don’t forget about the cost of caring for all our veterans.

    Overall, including all military and diplomatic costs and other aid, the U.S. has spent at least $767 billion since the American-led invasion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. National Priorities Project, a U.S. research group that analyzes federal data, estimated the cost at $811 billion, noting that some funds are still being spent on ongoing projects.
    Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate committee that oversees U.S. funding, said the Bush administration should have agreed to give the reconstruction money to Iraq as a loan in 2003 instead as an outright gift.

    You know, we might have made an entirely different case for taking out Saddam Hussein than we did. But we said that he had weapons of mass destruction and was about six seconds away from detonating a nuclear device in Times Square. So, when it turned out that our government was totally full of shit, we could have handed Saddam a check for $767 billion, or $811 billion, and just said “bygones.” That wouldn’t have been politically popular or even particularly smart from an imperial point of view, but it actually would have wound up being cheaper and it would have saved the lives of thousands of Americans who died for no good reason, and possibly tens of thousands of Iraqis who also died for no good reason.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/6/11338/37043

  • Miranda

    10 years later, Dixie Chicks right all along

    (CNN) — Two days past 18
    He was waiting for the bus in his Army green …
    Those are the first two lines from one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard, “Traveling Soldier.” If you don’t know it, I encourage you to look it up — unless you’re one of those folks who still hates the group that made the song popular, in which case, its beauty might be lost on you.

    It was 10 years ago this week — as the country was barreling toward war with Iraq — that Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, stood in front of a packed house in London and said:
    “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence. And we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

    more here
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/opinion/granderson-dixie-chicks/index.html

    • Aquagranny911

      If you read the article skip the comments. Some are real nasty. I always liked the Dixie Chicas.

    • Tafr

      I have the crazy right to thank for introducing me to the Dixie Chicks. At the time I was a straight hip hop, 90′s alternative, R&B Fan. The Dixie Chicks have some beautiful songs one of my favorite being Top of the world. Really is a shame the way they were treated but I suspect that debacle allowed them to branch out from the country genre.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda- —SPOT ON!!— :>)- – - – —In their HONOR:—-

      - —-Dixie Chicks – Travelin’ Soldier - –:>)–

      - – –Two days past eighteen
      He was waitin’ for the bus in his army greens
      Sat down in a booth a café there
      Gave his order to the girl with a bow in her hair
      He’s a little shy so she gives him a smile
      And he said would you mind sittin’ down for a while
      And talkin’ to me I’m feelin’ a little low
      She said I’m off in an hour and I know where we can go

      So they went down and they sat on the pier
      He said I bet you got a boyfriend but I don’t care
      I’ve got no one to send a letter to
      Would you mind if I sent one back here to you?

      I cried
      Never gonna hold the hand of another guy
      Too young for him they told her
      Waitin’ for the love of a travelin’ soldier
      Our love will never end
      Waitin’ for the soldier to come back again
      Never more to be alone
      When the letter says a soldier’s comin’ home
      - – -THERE IS MORE.
      - -POWERFUL!! – -annd POIGNANT! —-Annnnd TRUTH! – –

      GR8 article- –by MR. LZ.- –I admire his work annnd MOST opf his – — “FIGHT”- — -4 the – — -”RIGHT”- —–errrr- — LEFT!! LOL- -

      • Aquagranny911

        Even though I knew where this song was going it still made me cry.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. – —***BIG HUG*** :>) –

          – - –***fist bump*** :>) – - -**sharin’ your tears*** :>)

          – –CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 ALL SERVICE PERSONNEL annnd THEIR FAMILIES – - -AMEN. :>). – -

          – –On anothernote: – –Please 4-give me iff I am delayed in replyin’ 2 U/POU FAM♥ –
          - -Teachin’ is becomin’ MORE INTENSE as — -STATE TESTIN’ approaches. :>) – - – -

          Just KNOW that I’m THINKIN’ about U/ALL♥. – –

          Speakin’ of which: —-HOW R U?♥ – - -Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 YOUR FAMILY♥ — -AMEN. :>) ***HUGS**

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –IT’s YOUR – –STOOPID- — “AUSTERITY PLAN”- — – -STOOPID!!- -STOOPID!!– -

    —–Republicans Disguise Their Economic Abuse of the American People as Debt Hysteria- – - -

    - – - — Human beings with an ounce of intelligence look at their mistakes and successes, learn from them, and do their best to avoid bad decisions while repeating what they know is successful to spare themselves needless misery. In the 1930s, a Great Depression racked the world’s economy and Americans were fortunate their leaders took steps to protect the people with the New Deal, implemented a massive public works project, and passed regulatory laws to ensure economic disaster never threatened the survival of the nation again, but it took years for the people and the economy to recover. Despite the devastating effects of the Great Depression, the richest industrialists emerged with greater wealth than they could possibly imagine as the rest of the population struggled to survive and if not for the New Deal, it is doubtful working Americans would ever recover, much less prosper. Fast forward to 2007 and deregulation, Wall Street malfeasance, and uninhibited greed created a Great Recession that decimated the economy and destroyed millions of Americans’ jobs, and like the Great Depression, the richest industrialists emerged with increased wealth beyond their wildest dreams as the economy recovered.

    —ALL!- – OF! -THIS!!- — >For two years after the Great Recession, President Obama and a Democratically-controlled Congress followed FDR’s path and passed financial reforms, created a tiny public works project (stimulus), and the economy slowly recovered. However, that is where the similarities between the Depression’s recovery and the Recession’s ended because Republicans obstructed every single attempt to jump-start the economy, implement financial reforms, or create jobs, and have been unrelenting in their attempts at eliminating New Deal provisions that protect the people. However, Republicans have fiercely protected the financial sector and assisted the richest Americans to increase their wealth by preventing them from contributing to recovery through tax cuts paid for with remorseless assaults on programs to assist struggling Americans, and through it all, they had overwhelming support from the wealthy that crashed the economy, and profited from the recovery.
    THERE IS MORE!!!

    - – –COMMENT:—-Sharin Khosa
    These Republicans are killing America by cutting spending ie, anti Keynesian theory and Americans are ok with it. Imagine that! Greece has done what the Republicans want and look what has happened to Greece. The Obama Administration is trying to do what is done in Australia a thriving economy and no support!
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    - – —***BIG FIST BUMP annnnd a – - -SPEAK TRUTH!!!***- —-LOL

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –THESE GUN-NUT – -PHOOLS!!!- – -

    - —- -FIRST:- —COMMENTS:–☻–Roberta Eidman
    So this is OK? But mandating everyone have Health Insurance is tyranny?- —
    Please trolls, clarify.
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    - –☻–Marie Harris
    Precisely — is the GA government going to provide these weapons with taxpayer funds? Or will they require that people buy them in lieu of milk and bread?
    Guns= yes. Birth control = no.
    Guns = yes. WIC = no.
    Guns= yes. Health care = no.
    — DA IL-LOGIC!!- – -ASTOUNDING!!!

    NOW:- – - –City In Georgia Would Mandate That Everyone Own A Gun– — -

    - – —— -A city in Georgia is considering a proposal as soon as next month that requires every homeowner to own a gun. Citing limited police resources and slow response time, Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic said armed residents would deter crime instead:

    “When he’s not here we rely on county sheriffs–however it takes a while for them to get here,” said Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic. [..]

    “It’s a deterrent ordinance,” Cronic said. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.”

    - — – -SNIP- – - -

    - – –>Cronic and others tend to argue that more guns mean less crime, based on scant evidence from two methodologicaly flawed studies. But academic consensus finds the opposite to be true: A survey by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health makes a strong case for the idea that more people die from gun homicides in areas with higher rates of gun ownership.
    THERE IS MORE

    - –LOL!- —”WHYCOME”- -we would think that THEY would listen 2 – –SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH!!???- —– LOL- —

    - — — DEY ‘ON’T DO – - – SCIENCE- —or LOGIC!!!– -***shakin’ my head***