November 20, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Blacks In Ballroom


We continue our look at Blacks In Ballroom with….



Motsi Mabuse is one of the top Latin ballroom dancers in Europe. Here’s her bio via A Sister In Germany blog:

Motshegetsi a.k.a Motsi, Mabuse was born on 11.04.1981 in Mankwe, South Africa. Her family relocated when she was five to Pretoria where she completed her primary and secondary education. Although she always had a passion for dancing, she went on to study law at the University of Pretoria, in an attempt to take over her dad’s law firm in due time. However her enthusiasm for dance changed the course of her life. She left law school after two years and began full time training with a state grant at the North-West Arts Council in South Africa.

She became South African vice-champion 1998. A year later she met her future dance partner and husband, Timo Kulczak, at the Blackpool Dance Festival in Britain.

Motsi and Timo danced for the Schwarz-Weiss Club Pforzheim from 2000 and became German Amateur Latin Champions 2009 and 2010. They represented Germany at the IDSF World Latin Championship where they got to the semi-finals. In 2010 they danced at the IDSF European Latin Championship and were 6th. They retired after 10 years (2010) from the stage but not from dancing.

The spotlights fell on Motsi when she participated 2007 and 2010 as a professional dancer in the TV Show “Let’s dance”, a German version of British ” Strictly Come Dancing” or American ” Dancing with the Stars”. She became a member of the jury 2011 in the show’s fourth season 2011. Motsi is planning a come-back with her dancing shoes on stage and a new dance partner Evgenij Vosniuk from Ukraine.

  • So how long before we get blamed for the North Carolina amendment passing?

    • I was watching CBS This Morning, and they showed the front page of a NC newspaper with a headline about Amendment One with a photo of two Black people cheering.

      So, brace yourselves.

    • Rhoda

      I’m telling you, NOBODY better say jack about the AA community. I think personally, there are clearly a lot of people who don’t feel comfortably with their homophobia but nevertheless will act on it in the voting booth and those are not all minority voters (through I have already read stories about Blacks and Hispanics being against this). When the Rev. Graham is out there with a full page ad about passing this amendment to save the soul of the country when black preachers are preaching against it; well people better not say jack is all I’m saying.

      In calmer words; good morning POU.

      • gc

        That scapegoating is CRAP. I’m not AA, did not read stat breakdowns, and know IT IS CRAP. I am Jewish. I know from scapegoating. It is crap.

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  • Regulator Seems to Back HIV Drug


    The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday appeared to support the use of a Gilead Sciences Inc. GILD -0.89% HIV drug in healthy people to help prevent them from contracting the virus that causes AIDS.

    Gilead is seeking FDA approval to market an HIV drug called Truvada to prevent HIV infection in people who are considered at high risk of getting the virus. Truvada, one of the most widely used HIV drugs on the market, is currently approved to treat HIV in combination with other drugs.

    An FDA advisory panel is expected to decide Thursday whether to recommend that the agency approve the drug for preventive use. It would be the first time the agency approved a drug to help prevent HIV.


  • Watch the EmoProgs push this meme started by GOPolitico’s Roger Simon:!/politicoroger/status/200058625027346432

    • rikyrah

      because, Roger, it’s a swing state.

    • Miranda

      And exactly where does Roger think the convention should be held? Which state is this paradigm of equality? NY? Where Muslims are under secret surveillance by the police and stop and frisk is a law? CA? well there’s that whole Prop 8 thing…how bout MI? Home of “we might not even have an election because of funding”? FL? Stand your ground Florida? Exactly where should the DNC be held? Somebody ask him and the emoprogs who will stupidly parrot him.

      • Alexander2

        Charlotte seems the perfect place for the convention:

        Mecklenburg County (County Seat – Charlotte)

        For: 80,811
        Against: 95,615

        Back to you, Roger.

    • GN

      We’ve said for months that it’s not merely Mittens running against PBO this election; the media is running against PBO this election, and that includes ratfucked emoprog sites. There is simply no way in hell that they are going to miss the opportunity to troll this election; they’ve just gotten started too. Arianna, Markos, Hamster, GG, and everyone who haplessly follows their cue will be using the guise of “principle” to troll PBO and Dems, just as they did in 2010, bet on it.

    • lamh35

      Oh, it’s already started. Some I got into it with some Bish on BJ who’s been slowly take snipes at me when I post certain things (I’ve noticed it for a while now, but I don’t do “internet battles” ’cause I’m a grown azz woman) over her posting a link to a petition about moving the DNC convention away from NC.

      She got pissed cause I posted this in response to her link:

      that might just be the dumbest damn thing I’ve ever heard. First of all, if you look at the number the city in which the DNC Convention will be held overwhelmingly voted against the Ammemdment. Secondly, the convention is 3 freakin’ month’s away, logistically is doesn’t make any goddamn sense to move the Convention. Thirdly, there were/are people who opposed this ammentdment ya know, so let’s right them off, how is that supposed to work towards that 50 state strategy people are so fond of. Fourth, the GOP convention is looking to be a real fiasco thanks to Paul and the overwhelming dislike of Romney. Let’s go ahead and make the story about the Dems movign their convention and putting togther some hastily thought up last minute crapfest. The places have already been booked, the security is as we speak being finalized and the people of Charlotte (the county of which overwhelming voted against the ammendment) who are already counting on the dollars that this will pull into there city can go cry bricks then?

      So then she tried to come at me with some BS about Arizona and MLK holiday, I was officialy through with at Bish (BJ pie filter is a godsend over at that place)

      • Daltex82

        Thumbs up lamh! I swear these folks can’t think past 20 minutes, they never consider the big picture. I guaraDAMNtee you that these folks are going to be at the Convention making freakin’ asses of themselves and providing fodder for our newstainers to use against the President.

  • edp4bho

    Good morning POU. I posted again on last night’s thread of the SSM subject. This isn’t going away anytime soon, as ignants have made it a blinder to the real issues facing us these days. However, I was glad to hear that students are rebelling against the student loan rates possibly increasing. Another issue to face, another day to fight, and another opportunity for lies and misinformation. God bless PBO, to hell with the firebreathers.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning Everyone. I’m gonna say it again. I love this blog. You guy keep your eyes on the prize, and keep moving it forward. Have a good day

    • isonprize

      crazycanuck… You called? LOLOL

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    this week’s topic is fascinating, because it’s something I had absolutely no idea about whatsoever.

    that Sista today? absolutely stunning.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – — President Obama Speaks at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Annual Gala – – –

    – – – -ALWAYS WELL- RECEIVED! – — -Annnd he’s ON FI-YAH!! :>)


    Michael Calderone ‏ @mlcalderone
    Robin Roberts interviewing Obama at WH today; portion airing on World News tonight w/ full interview tomorrow on GMA

    Michael Barbaro ‏ @mikiebarb
    I am told that Robin Roberts is likely to discuss same-sex marriage with President Obama today, who may clarify his position on the issue.

    Michael Barbaro ‏ @mikiebarb
    Source tell NYT that interview with Obama is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today and is “wide-ranging”

    • crazycanuck

      Oh Lord

  • rikyrah

    found this tweet:

    bloomberg: Since Kennedy, Dems 23 years in power, 42 million jobs. repubs-28 years in power, 24 million jobs. Wake up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -***sigh*** — – -Check out the NEGATIVE comments. – — humph! —

    – – –Obama ‘disappointed’ by North Carolina same-sex marriage ban – – – –

    – – – –President Obama’s campaign said he was “disappointed” that North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state.

    “The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” Obama North Carolina campaign spokesman Cameron French said, in a Tuesday statement on the vote over Amendment 1.

    “He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it,” said French. “President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. On a federal level, he has ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.”

  • rikyrah

    Evidence of a party ‘beyond redemption’
    By Steve Benen – Wed May 9, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) isn’t the first mainstream Republican to be driven from office by a right-wing primary challenger, but his primary defeat last night is arguably the most shocking — and says the most about the radicalization of today’s Republican Party.

    When Utah Sen. Robert Bennett was rejected by his party, he could at least blame the process. When Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was discarded, we could point to his relative moderation by contemporary GOP standards.

    With Dick Lugar, it’s … different.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    For all the flack about Amendment One…

    it lost 61-39.

    So, no ‘ BLAME THE BLACK FOLKS’ for you.

    • crazycanuck

      I don’t think that really matters to anyone, They will still blame black people. Black people are scapegoats for every dam thing.

      • Daltex82

        Yep. It’s our fault the earth isn’t flat, it’s our fault the sun is hot and rain is wet, damn blah people!

  • rikyrah

    ABC’s Robin Roberts To Interview Obama Today

    ABC News’ Robin Roberts will interview President Obama today at the White House. A portion of the interview will air tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and the full interview will air tomorrow morning on “Good Morning America.”

    • Some journos are tweeting that she may ask him about same-sex marriage, so brace yourselves for the poutrage (tm Al Giordano).

    • Daltex82

      I wonder what her first, second, middle ways and last question will be?

  • GreenLadyHere

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    THANK U 4 this SERIES. :>) I’M LUVIN IT! :>)

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  • MonieTalks

    Morning POU.

    Here’s some early background on the case in Norfolk that Bill O’Lielly is race-baiting about. I had seen this article last week , and for the most part, no one locally was really checking for this.

    Interestingly enough, from the beginning, the Norfolk Police Department were investigating this as a hate crime. So what the hell is Fox News bitchin’ about? What is O’Lielly’s grievance?

    Pilot reporter speaks out about assault
    Updated: Thursday, 03 May 2012, 11:29 AM EDT
    Published : Wednesday, 02 May 2012, 2:11 PM EDT
    Anne McNamara

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Questions are being raised about the way Norfolk police responded to an alleged attack on two local newspaper reporters.

    According to the police report, obtained by, the attack happened on Saturday, April 14 at 11 p.m. It states that David Forster, 31, and his colleague, Marjon Rostami, 26, were driving home from the Attucks Theatre, when they came to a stoplight at the intersection of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue in downtown Norfolk.

    Forster tells he noticed a large crowd in the area.

    “There was this huge crowd of young people,” said Forster. “Best guess is 100 [people], could have been more, maybe a little less, but it was a long line of people like some big event had just gotten out.”

    Forster says someone in the crowd threw a rock at the vehicle.

    Rostami told police she believed the rock was thrown because the suspect saw her lock her door as a large group of young black males passed by the car.

    Forster decided to get out and address the situation. He regrets it, now.

    “The first punch was like square right in the nose,” said Forster.

    Others in the crowd joined in. Rostami later told Forster groups of young men took turns punching and kicking him before rotating through the crowd, so others could get a turn.

    read more:

    • Town

      “There was this huge crowd of young people,” said Forster. “Best guess is 100 [people], could have been more, maybe a little less, but it was a long line of people like some big event had just gotten out.”

      Yeah because the Norfolk Scope let out at the same time the concert arena these two white people were at let out.

      They had race on their minds in the beginning because she locked her door when she saw a “large group of young black males” passing by her car. If they were that scared that they had to lock their doors then they shouldn’t have gotten out of the car.

      • MonieTalks

        Exactly. No one deserves a beatdown, but the female reporter herself admitted that locking her door may have been offensive to the youth. and apparently the male reporter had the “George Zimmerman confrontation syndrome.”

        Here’s more:

        O’Reilly attacks Norfolk race relations

        …During the show, his producer Jesse Watters said many people in Norfolk felt it was a racially motivated attack: “I think there is a lot of racial animosity in Norfolk.”

        Here’s what concerns many leaders in Norfolk: The producer made this observation after spending Sunday in Norfolk, after ambushing the Pilot editor while he was getting into his car, and flagging down a couple of others he met on the street to get their reaction.

        “I was a bit taken back when I saw the O’Reilly factor piece last night,” said Norfolk Vice-Mayor Anthony Burfoot who has lived in the city his entire 44 years. “I am out here everyday, and I do not hear that there is this deep racial tension and racial animosity in Norfolk.”

        Watters goes on about the attack, which even the victims claim was not racially motivated, “(The event) was a lid on the powder keg and all of a sudden it exploded,” Watters said.

        read more:

        • Miranda

          O’Reilly is desperate to create some “the poor whites are being attacked by the blacks!” national headline.

          • Daltex82


        • Town

          Here’s the thing: they wouldn’t have been beat down if they hadn’t jumped out of their car talking smack to a “large group of young black males.” If this black mob was on the lookout for white people to beat up, how come they didn’t beat up any of the other white people on the street that night?

  • rikyrah

    found this in the comments at TOD:

    May 9, 2012 at 9:00 am
    Okay now that most or all of the NC votes have been reported- here is a report of the counties with the most turn (40% or higher), their breakdown by race, candidate voted for in 2008, and how they voted on Amendment 1. Don’t allow the media to push false narratives about PBO and “black voters” when 100% of the blame goes to Republican/conservative voters who supported McCain in 2008 and will probably vote for Romney in 2012.

    1. First, there were 15 counties with turnout of 40% or higher. 10 of them went for John McCain in 08; 5 for Obama. Of the ten that went for McCain in ’08, ALL of them voted FOR the ban. All of them were heavily white, ranging from 85%-98% white, with 9 of the 10 counties being 90% or higher white. Incidentally, the county with the highest turnout by proportion in the entire state was Mitchell county – (50-60% turnout), which is 98% white and went HEAVILY for John McCain (71%) in 08

    2. Of the five “high” turnout counties that went for Obama in ’08, THREE of them voted AGAINST the ban. They ranged from 14-21% black. The two Obama ’08 counties that voted FOR the ban were 35% and 36% percent black. They were Bladen and Hyde counties.

    3. Total number of votes cast in entire state was 2,135,740. Of that total, 1,303,952 or ~ 61% were FOR the ban. Of the votes that were FOR the ban, 909 came from Hyde county, and 7412 came from Bladen county. Assuming ALL the black people in both counties showed up and voted for the ban, that would yield 318 “black” votes from Hyde county and 2,668 from Bladen county. So the heaviest black turnout in these two counties would yield a total of 2,986 votes (which is an overestimate, since I’m assuming that 100% blacks showed up).

    4. Now if all black voters from these counties were to vote AGAINST the ban, shifting these 2,986 votes out of the “FOR” column and to the “AGAINST” column, we would still have an enormous deficit in the “AGAINST” and the ban would have still passed as it did – and by the SAME margin! So the black voters in these two counties would have made absolutely NO difference in outcome – whether they voted for or against because their numbers are simply too small!!!

    5. The county with the highest population in NC is Wake county – went for Obama in ’08 and is ~21% black. Wake county voted AGAINST (57%) the ban.

    • Daltex82

      I hope this information is shared far and wide.

  • TresL

    Does anyone remember a post here a few weeks ago about some right wing anti-gay group who acknowledged they were trying to drive a wedge between blacks and gays on this issue? If so, can you post the link? Thanks.

    • Town

      I think there was some group called NOM trying to do this, but honestly, they don’t have to try very hard. Many of the leading “progressive” gay voices are anti-black…it doesn’t take much for them to unleash their rage on us.

      • TresL


    • GN

      Town is right; it was the National Organization of Marriage:

      A national group opposed to same-sex marriage aimed to fight it by driving “a wedge between gays and blacks” and identifying “glamorous” Latino artists and athletes to advocate traditional marriage, according to newly released confidential memos.

      The strategies were among several pursued by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has actively campaigned against same-sex marriage efforts.

      The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, said it obtained the documents, part of a civil action in Maine, on Monday and published them on its website.

      Pretty dismaying that the right is out in the open pursuing this strategy–it’s all but announced–yet and still emoprogs and purity sites not only participate fully in this wedge, but are exporting this into what have been sanctuaries from it.

      lamh, aquagranny, and everyone else: you were absolutely right to call out any and all, including supporters of the POTUS, for succumbing to emoprog nonsense. The right wing pushes memes on dailykos/firedoglake/salon/huffpo, and that crap flies all over the place. You’re absolutely right that if we make excuses for it out of affection for individual participants, it opens the door to a lot of distraction and to basically making the carefully cultivated places of unadulterated celebration of PBO’s fantastic presidency into the same miserable, sour, angry nutroots dailykos-lite.

      Points. taken.

      • edp4bho

        “…… if we make excuses for it out of affection for individual participants, it opens the door to a lot of distraction and to basically making the carefully cultivated places of unadulterated celebration of PBO’s fantastic presidency into the same miserable, sour, angry nutroots dailykos-lite.”

        And that is exactly what happened. Not to mention that the original post yesterday was selfish, petty, short-sighted, and it evolved into a mean-spiritedness that the moderator was unaware she herself had relayed. Really surprised and disappointed. But, life moves on.

        • crazycanuck

          Live does move on. I think what dissapointed me so much about this mess, is the owner’s culpability. Really expected more from her. She has blamed the people who were disgusted, and rightfully so at this mess, than the original poster for writing that condescending diatribe.

        • GN

          I honestly don’t see it as mean-spirited, just not taking the long-view. I’m a pretty big admirer of bwd and that’s not changing anytime soon. Just noting that people should be challenged and disagreed with when unwittingly venturing into emoprogville. I’d want people to call me out on such as well.

      • TresL


  • rikyrah

    May 08, 2012 5:20 PM

    Mitt’s Latest “Big Speech:” Big Lie #1

    By Ed Kilgore

    Mitt Romney gave another much-ballyhooed “big speech” today in Michigan, aimed at clarifying the differences between his approach to the economy and the president’s.

    Well, mission accomplished, but not exactly in the way he intended.

    There were two “big lies” are the heart of the speech. I’ll discuss them in separate posts.

    Here’s number one:

    President Obama chose to apply liberal ideas of the past to a 21st century America. Liberal policies didn’t work then, they haven’t worked over the last four years, and they won’t work in the future. New Democrats had abandoned those policies, but President Obama resurrected them, with predictable results.
    President Clinton said the era of big government was over. President Obama brought it back with a vengeance. Government at all levels now constitutes 38% of the economy, and if Obamacare is installed, it will reach almost 50%.
    President Clinton made efforts to reform welfare as we knew it. President Obama is trying tirelessly to expand the welfare state to all Americans, with promises of more programs, more benefits, and more spending.
    Old-school liberals saw a problem and thought a government-run program was the answer. Obamacare is the fulfillment of their dreams. Federal bureaucrats will tell all Americans what they have to have in their health insurance policies. And an unelected board will tell seniors what treatments Medicare will cover….
    The liberals of the past raised taxes, often with little thought of how they would hurt small business, and the economy. Like them, President Obama proposes to raise the tax on small business. He wants to increase the marginal tax rate paid by the most successful small businesses from 35% to 40%. It’s a throwback to discredited policies, and it will kill jobs.

    more here

  • Miranda

    Funny how the media is just laughing it up that some crazy prisoner got 40% of the votes in the Dem primary for President – they’re touting the “West Virginians so mad with Obama” line……..but they’re quiet that PBO still got more votes than Romney. 16,000 more votes than Romney – who didn’t even get 2,000 more than that crazy prisoner. LOL

    • edp4bho

      I laughed at that myself last night. A convicted felon? Yep, easier for a white criminal to get a job than for a black college grad. Nothing new here. It is West Virginny after all.

  • rikyrah

    Obama campaign helps supporters with new election laws

    New voter ID and registration rules are on the books in 17 states and more are in the pipeline, so the Obama campaign is giving volunteer organizers and voters a crash course on the new election laws.

    Experts say these new rules could diminish participation among young and minority voters — two groups that are key to President Obama’s re-election strategy.

    In Florida, where a new law requires political parties to certify organizers registering voters and turn over signed forms within 48 hours or face steep fines, the campaign has begun training volunteers on the details. In Wisconsin, where — barring a successful legal challenge — a new photo ID rule will be in effect, Obama volunteers have hosted talks over sandwiches at private homes and public libraries about the new requirements.

    Before the Obamas’ arrival at a rally in Richmond, Va., over the past weekend, the campaign ran a video on the arena’s jumbo screens warning voters to expect tighter requirements in the Old Dominion. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is considering whether to sign legislation into law there that would require voters who don’t bring their IDs to the polls to return with valid identification for their votes to be counted.

    Without mentioning the proposed Virginia law directly, Michelle Obama made a plea to college students during the Richmond rally, which was held on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, to make certain they update their voter registration as soon as they return to school.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -RESULTS from Wisconsin – – –

    – – Walker Set For Rematch With Barrett in Gubernatorial Recall – —

    – — – –Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic nomination Tuesday in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, setting up a rematch with Gov. Scott Walker.

    With 27 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the Democratic primary for Barrett, with him leading former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk 54 percent to 38 percent.

    “We need a governor who will end the civil war and put Wisconsin first. It’s time to fix Wisconsin and move our state forward,” Barrett said in a statement.

    Labor groups lined up behind Falk during the primary campaign. But party officials viewed Barrett, who was a late entry to the race, as the more formidable choice to take on Walker. Barrett consolidated support from all sides of the Democratic Party, and he won the endorsement of influential Sen. Herb Kohl. Labor union leaders have pledged to unite behind Barrett’s candidacy after the primary.

    Walker defeated Barrett by a six-point margin in the 2010 race to replace Democrat Jim Doyle. But outrage over Walker’s conservative agenda has energized Wisconsin Democrats and left the state bitterly divided.

    WATCHIN’ – — -BEST WISHES 2 – –BARRETT —this time. :>)

  • rikyrah

    May 09, 2012 8:59 AM

    No-Drama Election Night

    By Ed Kilgore

    Unless you get pretty far down-ballot, last night’s ballot-counting was notable for a complete lack of drama. Richard Lugar’s demise was obvious from the first returns showing him running poorly even in Indianapolis, and he wound up losing to Richard Mourdock by more than twenty points (61-39), which is pretty amazing for a six-term incumbent who has generally been firmly in his party’s ideological mainstream.

    In North Carolina, the passage of Amendment One, which not only banned same-sex marriage but sruck down legal protections for all kinds of domestic partnership arrangements, was no surprise. But the margin was: 61 for, 39 against. This will undoubtedly embolden marriage equality opponents, who haven’t gotten a lot of good news lately. Expect a lot of talk in coming days about the impact of ballot initiatives like Amendment One in turnout mobilization efforts by both parties.

    In the North Carolina gubernatorial primaries, again, the expected occurred: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton defeated former congressman Bobby Etheridge for the Democratic nomination by a 46-38 margin, easily overcoming the 40% threshold for victory without a runoff. He will face the 2008 GOP nominee, former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, who brushed aside minor opposition. McCrory begins as the front-runner, but both national parties will likely target the state so long as Obama looks competitive there.

    And in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary to choose a recall opponent for Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett easily defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk by a 58-34 margin, despite Falk’s heavy labor support. Barrett and Falk are holding a “unity event” today, and despite public-sector union issues with Barrett, Democrats should have little trouble pulling together in the drive to topple Walker—who has a vast warchest, mostly from out-of-state conservatives—on June 5.

    UPDATE: As you may have heard, Lugar’s election-night concession speech was the usual “good luck to our team in the next round of the playoffs” kind of speech that implicitly endorsed Mourdock. But the prepared statement his campaign released soon afterwards was a teeth-clenched attack on “rigid partisanship” that did not include an endorsement. The Evansville Courier & Press conveniently published the two Lugar statements back-to-back.

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    May 08, 2012 6:02 PM

    Mitt’s Latest Big Speech: Big Lie #2

    By Ed Kilgore

    If Mitt Romney in his Michigan speech today lied about the recent past, it’s nothing compared to the big lie he keeps telling about his own plan for the immediate future.

    This is a time for new ideas, new answers and a new direction. That is the only way that our future can be better than the past.
    Let me describe some of the policies of that new direction. I will be discussing these throughout this campaign.
    I will improve healthcare by getting it to work more like a consumer market, and I will repeal and replace Obamacare. Individuals will be able to buy their own health insurance policies, either through their employer or directly. And the kind of competition we see in everything from auto insurance to cell phones to broadband will finally slow the growth of healthcare costs.
    I will improve schools and universities and colleges with greater choice, greater accountability, and greater application of the technologies that have transformed so much of our economy.
    I will help usher in a revival in American manufacturing. If we take an entirely new and different direction in energy, in trade, and in labor policies, we will see more manufacturing jobs come back to America than those that are leaving America. I am absolutely convinced that with the right policies and leadership we can see a resurgence in American manufacturing.
    New and emerging small businesses and so-called gazelle, or fast-growing, businesses will spring up across the country by instituting pro-growth regulations, pro-growth taxes, pro-growth intellectual property protections, and pro-growth labor policies.

    There are little lies scattered through this litany, empty as it is of specifics. My favorite is his claim that it’s easy to control health care costs through competition, which is presumaby a reference to his championship of the conservative pet rock of interstate insurance sales. It might well bring down insurance premiums for people healthy enough to be the object of all that competition, but for everyone else, it could make the status quo much, much worse, destroying existing state regulations that protect access to health insurance and seek to provide some parity in rates, as companies gratefully migrate to states that let them do whatever they want.

    But let’s get to the big lie: all this talk about newness. As Greg Sargent observes:

    The big danger for Obama is the possibility that swing voters will accept the basic premise of Romney’s candidacy — that his success in the private sector shows he possesses basic leadership qualities and a talent for turning around troubled enterprises that can be applied to a whole country. Obama’s rebuttal is that Romney amounts to more than whatever aura of competence he manages to project; he is offering a set of policies, priorities, and ideas about the economy that we’ve already tried and that have already failed.
    Romney’s big speech today was all about obscuring this. In addition to repeatedly proclaiming his approach is unlike anything we’ve tried before, he repeatedly claimed that Obama is the candidate who embodies the failed policies of the past — an effort to muddy the waters around what is increasingly becoming the central argument of the campaign.

    I don’t know about you, but the only specific Bush administration policy I’ve heard Romney reject on the campaign trail this year is comprehensive immigration reform. Is encouraging undocumented workers to “self-deport” the secret to all this exciting economic activity Mitt is projecting as the payoff for supporting his policies? And has he ever specifically repudiated the recent comment of an RNC spokesperson that his economic policies are just an “updated version” of W.’s?

    It’s a long way to November, and there ought to be some opportunity for enterprising reporters to ask Romney point-blank: “What economic policies of the George W. Bush administration would you not wish to reimpose?” It’s not like this was going to come up during the GOP primaries, since hhis rivals were as complicit as he is in the big lie that somehow Bush had nothing to do with the financial crash or the recession, and/or that it was his ill-defined “big government” heresies that were the problem. Mitt needs to be challenged on this regularly, until he finally comes up with something genuinely new or shuts up about it or just admits his campaign is a straight-up Restoration.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -THIS PHOOL!! – —

    – – –Compton School Board Member Issues Apology for Trayvon Slur

    — – – –*Skyy Fisher, the knucklehead who referred to Trayvon Martin as “that faggot black dude in Florida,” is having second and third thoughts about the comment.

    Fisher, 28, a member of the Compton Unified School District’s School Board in California recently issued the following statement regarding his controversial utterance and others on a local Internet radio show called Pigzradio:

    First and foremost, my deep regret notwithstanding, I realize that I must take the time to address the underlying issues that have brought me to this point, my abuse of alcohol. As a result, I will be taking a leave of absence from my duties as a member of the Compton Unified Board of Trustees for the next 60 days to allow time for me to address a range of personal and health related issues and to seek treatment.

    I want to express my deep regret for recent statements that I made and others that have been attributed to me concerning the late Trayvon Martin, Compton Unified School District Interim Superintendent Karen Frison and a Compton Unified School District student and her family.

    I’m NOT trynta hear the – —ALCOHOL DEFENSE!! — –

    HE – -needsta – – – –GET – – -GONE!! – – —

    • MsKitty

      Blaming it on the alcohol only works for Jamie Foxx. Try again, jackass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -WHA’!?? – –HOW SICK annnnd CRUEL is HIS?? – – –

    – — Man arrested with four kids strapped to car hood – —

    – – – –Tuesday May 8, 2012: Police arrested two people for driving with four children strapped on the hood of the car with a tow strap in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the US on Monday.

    Sooo SAD. PRAYIN’ 4 the CHILDREN. – – – -AMEN.

    THIS PHOOL – — -UNDER the JAIL!!! geesh!

    • Town

      He was trying to be like Romney?

      • Mitt has a negative influence on Americans.

        • BoomerGal

          He has a negative influence on rednecks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -RESPECTFULLY – – -UPDATE – – —

    —- –Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman arraigned in Florida – – –

    – — —George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin in February, was arraigned Tuesday inside a Seminole County courtroom.

    Zimmerman entered a written “not guilty” plea last month, and was not in the courtroom. He faces second degree murder charges in the Feb. 26th shooting.

    According to NBC News’ James Novogrod, Judge Kenneth Lester accepted Zimmerman’s plea and set a date for a “docket sounding” on August 8th. At that hearing, a trial date will be set, unless Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, further delays the trial by requesting a continuance.

    Cash from fund helps Zimmerman’s living expenses

    O’Mara waived Zimmerman’s right to a speedy trial earlier Tuesday, which means the 175-day period required by Florida law for a defendant to be tried following an arrest no longer applies.

    THEY – -stretchin’ –this case out!! — — –RACIST MURDERER!! – —

    RIHEP –Trayvon. – – —JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED!! – —

  • rikyrah

    May 08, 2012 3:04 PM

    Some Dare Call It Treason

    By Ed Kilgore

    At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein makes a good point about the brouhaha over Mitt Romney not contradicting a woman at one of his town hall meetings who said Obama should be tried for treason:

    [I]f everything that Mitt Romney, Republican Members of Congress, and the other Republican presidential candidates say about Barack Obama was true, then Obama should be tried for treason. It’s that kind of rhetoric that’s the problem, not Romney’s immediate response to what someone says at a rally.

    As Jonathan notes, encouraging “the crazy” has become an extraordinarily regular feature of GOP politics these days:

    [W]hat Romney did say in answering the question [about Obama’s “treason”] was just about as goofy as what he didn’t say. The question was about Obama supposedly not governing within the Constitution, and Romney, in answering that, made sure to say that in his view the Constitution and the Declaration were “not just brilliant, but probably inspired.” Which is standard rhetoric these days within the GOP — it used to be good enough to just emphasize the Declaration (because it specifically invokes God), but now one has to pretend to believe that the United States is all special and all (that is, “exceptional”) because God wanted it that way. You know — in the old days, we would call that a “dog whistle” and move on, but I watched an awful lot of GOP debates this year, and the truth is that the presidential nomination was about 90% dog whistle and 10% substance. And that’s probably a generous reading.

    So why should have Mitt Romney turned a hair when one of his supporters came out and said what his party’s rhetoric has been encouraging them to think all along? The “crazy people” aren’t just more honest than many conservative pols; in some respects, they are even more logical.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -GOOD NEWS 4 Mr. PRESIDENT – —

    – – – – –Gas prices fall and Obama gets a boost – – –

    – — – –Gasoline prices are no longer headed for $5 a gallon, but that doesn’t mean Republicans plan to stop using them to attack President Barack Obama.

    Earlier this year, the GOP taunted Obama as the average national price of gasoline kept rising, only to stop a hair short of $4 per gallon early last month. Dramatic headlines, press conferences and political stunts at gas stations followed, as did legislation to promote offshore drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline.

    But prices have slowly dropped — the national average was $3.76 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA — moving the story off the front pages and back into the business section.

    For Republicans, the problem is that so much of their election year attack was based on rising gasoline prices.

    – – — Obama — like any president — has virtually no control over gasoline prices that are tied to global supply and demand, speculative fears tied to tensions in the oil-rich Middle East and other factors. But the GOP messaging strategy suggested prices were rising because of Obama’s inaction on oil drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline.

    – -Falling prices may make it harder to use the issue against Obama, but the GOP isn’t backing off, especially since the traditional start of the summer driving season — Memorial Day — is still a few weeks away.

    COURSE – — -YA KNOW that the RE-THUGS – – -WoN’T LET THIS GO!! —

    – – -STOOPID – – -RACISTS!! – —

  • Alexander2


    Doctors group calls on Obama to stop eating junk food in public
    By Elise Viebeck – 05/09/12 08:11 AM ET
    The Hill

    A healthcare advocacy group run by physicians is preparing to file a petition calling on President Obama to stop eating hamburgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy foods before cameras.

    “As role model to millions of Americans, the president has a responsibility to watch what he eats in public,” said Susan Levin, nutrition education director with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

    PCRM’s petition asks the White House to issue an executive order barring the president, the first family, the vice president and all members of the Obama Cabinet from eating foods in public “that can cause cancer and obesity.”

    • MsKitty

      I’m REALLY getting sick and tired of people pinning their pet causes on the backs of the Obama family. Wouldn’t blame him if he ate a whole bucket of KFC on camera just to spite these sanctimonious assholes.

      • edp4bho

        I’d love it if he could moon them afterwards !

        • Admiral_Komack

          I wouldn’t sweat it.
          I’d simply ignore them.
          Because what would they do if he ate a hamburger…or a hot dog?
          They would seethe…and he would enjoy his meal.
          *Bon appertit, motherfuckers!(BURP!)
          Excuse me. 🙂
          *This was directed to the haters.

      • BoomerGal


    • TheShyLurker

      Is this a joke?
      I refuse to believe this is a serious article.

      Didn’t Bill Clinton love himself some McDonald’s, yet I don’t remember such a ludricous demand that he discontinue eating their food.

      Black man can’t even get his grub on without certain folks wanting to run interference.

    • Jeremy

      The President, his family, the vice president and his family, and the cabinet can eat whatever they want to eat. Last time I checked eating burgers and hot dogs was okay as long as you don’t eat them every day all the time. These people need to worry about themselves and shut up.

    • Miranda

      Are these idiots on twitter so we can light them up too?

      • Yep!


        @NealDBarnard Founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

        @DebbiMiller Director of Special Events Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

        @KristiePCRM Scientific and Policy Advisor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

        @emilywebberveg Mom, Vegan & Nutrition and Cooking Instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

        Here’s their Facebook page:

    • GN

      WTF; will people give it a rest ordering this POTUS to do this and that? Damn. He can’t solve every damn problem with a snap of his fingers.

      • Miranda

        @PCRM – let them know how stupid this is.

    • malletgirl02

      That is crazy, the next time they will probably ask Obama to kick out anyone with a BMI over 25 out of his administration.

  • VERY revealing expose on Cornel West:

    In addition, West supports a young daughter named Zeytun, who lives in Germany. Zeytun was born in 2000, the result of a “love relationship,” as he calls it, with a Kurdish journalist who was at ­Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship. West visits Zeytun every six weeks, he says. He calls her every day, and keeps a lock of her hair, tied with a faded ribbon, in his wallet. (West also has a son from his first marriage and a 16-year-old grandson.)

    West talks a lot about love, but he doesn’t have many close friends. Rabbi Michael ­Lerner, the founder of Tikkun magazine, worked with West on a book in 1995. “Cornel is a very lonely person,” he told Rolling Stone magazine several years ago. “For a long time, I thought I was his best friend … But he had probably about 1,000 best friends. He was best friends with everybody. That made him more isolated.” West’s inner circle consists of three people: his mother, Irene, who is 80 (his father is deceased); his older brother, Clifton; and the media entrepreneur Tavis Smiley, who is also his business manager and de facto publicist. Smiley talks to West almost every day; he publishes his books; he keeps in close touch with West’s mother. When West wore out his shoes on a trip to New Orleans, Smiley bought him a new pair of Cole Haans. “He is the older brother I never had, and I am the younger brother he never had,” says Smiley. “There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting at his feet, listening, and laughing on him because I love him so deeply.”


    People who have known West for decades believe the alliance with Smiley plays to West’s greatest flaw: his hunger for adulation. (In interviews, more than one person compared West to a precocious child, clamoring to be seen. “Look at me! Look at me!”) These friends hope the move to Union will help him get back to the purity of purpose that marked earlier phases of his career. West “needs to be part of a community, not part of a couple,” says one. “You can’t separate [Smiley and West]. There’s no public separation where one begins and one ends.”


    • PBomb

      Interesting… explains so much about the “Pic-less ‘Fro”

      • BoomerGal

        What is it with that scarf constantly around his neck?? Hiding a scar, perhaps?

    • Ebogan63

      Quite revealing indeed.

    • edp4bho

      “West’s greatest flaw: his hunger for adulation”

      Now I don’t know where I posted this, but I said the same thing about 2 weeks ago. He likes to keep others dummied down so he can be adored and worshipped. Must suck to be him.

    • crazycanuck

      That relationship between Cornel West and Smiley is very strange to me.

    • Town

      It’s simple, really:

      Cornel West likes attention & adulation. That’s why he’s pissed at Obama, because Obama won’t blow smoke up his ass and be impressed by “Cornel West.”

      Tavis Smiley is a parasite. Tavis was losing credibility big time with black people and fauxgressives and needed black leader street cred. So he teamed up with Cornel West, blowing smoke up his ass and idolizing him so Cornel could glom onto him.

      Now Tavis gets his black leader street cred back among fauxgressives and is convincing Cornel West to be a social suicide bomber all to bring Obama down, to satisfy Tavis’s thirst for revenge.

      • BoomerGal

        Bottom line: Neither one of them care about anybody but themselves.

    • BoomerGal

      And didn’t I hear he was married to a WHITE woman?????!!!!!!!

    • Worldwatcher7

      So sad and revelatory. This helps explain the over use of the term “brother.” West doesn’t really know what the term means anymore. The first step of recovery for him will be to humble himself and apologize to our president. Step two: throw off that parasite Smiley.

  • Alexander2

    (I’m with MonieTalks. Can’t these angry activists just leave the party instead of causing all this ruckus)

    Democratic National Convention Committee: Move the National Convention OUT of North Carolina!

    On May 8th, the people of North Carolina voted in support of Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that discriminates against LGBT people, couples & their families. In protest, the Democratic National Convention Committee should MOVE its convention (September 2012) to a state that upholds values of equality & liberty, and which treats ALL citizens equally.

    • Ebogan63

      Really they should just go write in Ralph Nader for all I fucking care.

    • Jeremy

      They couldn’t move the convention even if they wanted to. These activist need to shut the hell up and sit down. Charlotte is a very nice city and NC has become less red and turned more purple. And there is no perfect place in America to have the convention so they need to grow up and stop acting like children.

    • Bri

      I hope the DNC doesn’t move the convention. Do people realize that Pres. O needs to win NC again. Like I said last night, antics like this and BWD’s post is why Dems STAY losing. This is such a silly petition.

      • Jeremy

        Te far left and the emo progressives have been hurting the party since 1968 with there purity nonsense, entitlement, and know it all attitude. Chris Hayes is the typical white smarmy emo progressive who pisses everyone off.

        Bri I will say that this petition means nothing because conventions are planned a few years in advanced and it would have been impossible to move the convention even last year in the fall. The DNC will ignore this nonsense like everything that comes out of the emo progressive mouths.

        • Miranda

          far left and the emo progressives have been hurting the party since 1968

          And haven’t learned a damn thing in 44 years.

          • BoomerGal

            That tells me we can certainly do without!

    • Kennymack1971

      Well the fauxgressives are nothing if not predictable. This is a stupid idea for so many reasons. The day when the fauxgressives get marginalized and ignored can’t come soon enough for me. So grateful for the POU community. Y’all are an oasis in the desert of stupid.

    • aleth

      They are so predictable… the left and the media is so predictable to Pragmatic Obot…

      They don’t make it easier… How about working to change people’s mind? Oh thank God they did not exist during the Civil Rights Era.

    • Miranda

      In protest, the Democratic National Convention Committee should MOVE its convention (September 2012) to a state that upholds values of equality & liberty, and which treats ALL citizens equally.

      which state is that?

      • Jeremy

        LOL ! I know !

        Which state in America “treats all citizens equally” because I would like to know.

      • MsKitty

        The state where unicorns romp in the field, the rivers flow with chocolate milk, and the houses are made with gingerbread and candy canes.

      • Admiral_Komack

        The state where rainbow ponies fart sprinkles.
        The state of Denial.

    • edp4bho

      Guess you all can tell I’m hyped. Been posting almost non-stop, but I am pissed. The young man who heads also works alongside huffpuff for his causes. I chastised him about that last year. No support as long as he blinds himself. These “activists” are self-aggrandizing little wusses, IMO. They wouldn’t know a hard time if it was staring them in the face. The election of PBO pulled the wool off a lot of folks. By the way, don’t want any of you to think I”’m here just because of TOD. I lurk each and every day—-just the shiny pictures I can’t avoid…LOL ! I’m still a fan of Chips, but not on this recent issue. But POU is where I started after I left OFA site. And I’ll be here onward as well because my concerns get addressed past PBO, bless his heart.

      • crazycanuck

        Why are you people doing this to me, why I ask why? Why are your elections a whole dam year long. Why must I suffer these emoprog fools on a daily basis b/c i support your great President.

        Six more months, Six more months of suffering. The things I do for you people lol.

        • edp4bho

          Me sorry . LOL!

    • GN

      to a state that upholds values of equality & liberty, and which treats ALL citizens equally.

      There is no such state. There are problems *everywhere.* This is what emoprogs don’t get: they are in search of a utopia, and don’t understand that you have to work at things, you have to try and keep trying even in the face of some obstacles or failures. But looking for a state to host the DNC convention which is perfect with regards to equality? Not going to find one.

      _/ _/ _/

      Several seats, please have one.

      • Town

        How come EmoProgs aren’t demanding the GOP move their convention from Florida, since they definitely didn’t treat Trayvon’s family equally.

        Oh, wait…………..

    • If only the Emoprogs had put forth this much effort to boots on the ground campaigning in NC….

      • Miranda

        Well, as lamh pointed out last night…how many of these similar amendments have passed? At what point do these emoprogs and LBGT groups admit that whatever methods they are using…just not working?

  • Alexander2

    (Please light this guy up on twitter. That was seriously uncalled for)

    Desmond ‏ @DesmoNYCLMT

    @lovelyladypa your condescension is wasted on me. Maybe they will take away civil rights of crazy blk bitches then you might relate. #LOL!/DesmoNYCLMT

    • Tafr

      What happened? I went to that twitter conversation to see what was up. What happened? I see that he calked her a crazy black bitch.

      • Alexander2

        She took care of it.

  • MED done topped his “Loooo-ooooser” line with this observation of Cornflake:

    “You say ‘Love, love,’ ” observes Dyson, “but you practice ‘venom, venom.’ ”

    • Miranda


    • MsKitty

      He already went to Men’s Wearhouse and bought his tux for the 2013 inauguration, and is in no mood to take it back.

    • rikyrah

      he is NOT gonna let anyone mess with his $$$$

  • lamh35

    Here’s the thing. If he does come out I know one thing, all those who just needed to have it better have his back on this. All those youth voters who care so much about this who didn’t come out yesterday in NC better have his back (personally, if youth cared about this issue like some seem to care about pot legalization, they would have come out in force yesterday and for Prop 8 in Cali. If you really believe in an issue, then get your but out there to that polling place, don’t matter what Obama says). All those gay donors who have claimed they are holding back monetary support sure betta open up their wallets….

    But I suspect as has always been the case that if POTUS comes out for it the goal post will be moved AGAIN.

    Having said all that, I don’t think he will come out for “gay marriage”, but he will re-iterate his support of civil unions which is the same as Hilary Clinton, and Bill Clinton and other Dems loved by certain groups. Or am I wrong when I say that neither HRC or Bill Clinton have said “I support gay marriage”?

    I will of course wait until the interview occurs.

    • Yep! They’ll move the goal posts and say, “But why didn’t you say it before the Amendment One vote? It’s all your fault!!”. He can’t win with these WATBs, so I say ignore them and do what he needs to do to get re-elected.

      • Ebogan63

        Which is not supporting shit that won’t get him elected, like gay fucking marriage! ?These assholes really want a Pres. Romney to get they protest hustle back, nothing more.

    • Bri

      The goal post will be moved. Many will then say him and Michelle need to attend a gay wedding in D.C., and if he doesn’t many will say he is not really for gay marriage.

    • Admiral_Komack

      If the President says what the emoprogs want him to say, the emoprogs will move the goalposts before he finishes his statement.

  • Morning POU

    Had to post a response to what I’ve been reading the past few days, even on some pro-Obama sites, even thought I’m honestly tired of hearing about it. It didn’t show up at TOD, and may not show up on Disqus, so I posted it to my seldom-used wordpress blog:

    “think in retrospect that I missed part of what was driving the outright slander of the president on the left at that point- the sense of entitlement and superiority over anyone who thinks differently, and the un-admitted prejudice against /distrust of a Black man in power and his potential to influence other Blacks throughout the nation. Yep, there it is. And as a result, African Americans continue to be slandered as the ignorant, monolithic, “bigoted” blockers of gay rights. All 13% of us. The irony is that by doing this, the left is using the very play book that the anti-gay groups laid out for victory!: Using gay marriage as a wedge issue to divide people of color and LGBT groups, and people of faith and LGBT groups, tearing apart the Democrats’ broad coalition. Like most of my diaries at that site, it was generally scoffed at as “apologist”. Of course, that crowd completely missed the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement while also trying to co-opt it AND re-brand Black leaders as “the New Jim Crow” (Yes, that phrase was promoted at Daily Kos in 2010.)”


    “I don’t think the president is afraid of consequences that may come if he makes clear what has been apparent to anyone paying attention. He doesn’t need anyone to explain away why he “can’t” do something because republicans will react. (Some tried to explain away why he hadn’t talked about Trayvon Martin, because at the time he didn’t do it when THEY wanted him to. Yet he eventually offered one of the most poignant and true statements on the subject). I don’t even think it’s about playing politics or being concerned about losing votes. I think he is trying to gracefully back out of an awkward situation. I think that while he was running for national office, he painted himself into a philosophical corner. Now, he’s maneuvering back into the middle of the room in a way where he won’t risk being called a flip-flopper or a man of wavering values (hence the “evolving”). Like so many issues we’ve seen in this presidency, to blindly attack him as he moves is like screaming at a man trying to diffuse a bomb, yelling out at him what cord he should cut, and telling him that the place is about to blow up and it will be all his fault (because everyone is a genius bomb expert in their own mind).”

    • rikyrah


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — A FIRST!!– — Woo! Hoo!- – — – –

    – – – –Fort Worth school board selects its first black president– –

    – — – In a move that stunned and angered some school trustees Tuesday night, longtime Trustee T.A. Sims was elected board president, ousting Juan Rangel, whom trustees had elected to the post in February.

    The vote was 5-4 for Sims, who became the Fort Worth school district’s first African-American board president. Christene Moss, also black, was elected vice president.

    The district’s first black school superintendent, Walter Dansby, was selected in January.

    Trustee Tobi Jackson nominated Sims, Moss and Judy Needham as secretary. Trustee Norm Robbins joined them in voting for the slate.

    Trustees Carlos Vasquez, Ann Sutherland, Rangel and Joe Ralph Martinez Jr., the newest trustee, voted no.

    Jackson, Needham, Robbins and Sutherland are Anglo.

    – – – -CONGRATULATIONS.- – – -PROUD of U. :>)

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — 4 the SECOND TIME- – — -LISTEN- – — RE-THUGS!!- —

    – —EU Austerity Rejection Spells Trouble for GOP

    – — —There’s a funny thing about austerity measures, typically promoted by conservative political elements during times of national fiscal crisis: when adopted alone without a balanced approach to investment in education, infrastructural improvement and other short-term and long-term economic stimuli, they don’t work.

    In a piece published May 1 in the Hoover Institution Journal, writer Richard J. Epstein opines:

    “Throughout the European Union, austerity programs have failed both politically and economically. In Spain, unemployment rates have soared above 24 percent. The Dutch government is on the edge of collapse because of the popular and political unwillingness to accept the austerity program proposed by its conservative government.[THERE IS MORE.]

    – – – – -SKIP- – —

    But as we know, those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. European Union leaders from Greece and France were reminded of three certain facts this past weekend, as citizens went to the polls to repudiate the post-financial crisis steps taken to try to the right the foundering Euro ship:

    – – — SKIP- – –

    – – –I hope Mitt Romney and other GOP leaders are paying close attention to the electoral fallout that is only beginning to occur overseas. The proposed Paul Ryan budget is the ideological cousin of many of Greece’s current failed policies. What’s the definition of insanity again?

    – – – HOPIN’ that the RE-THUGS get VOTED OUT- – –’cause of their – — -“AUSTERITY- –POSITION!!”

  • MonieTalks

    If PBO is not doing enough for SSM, then let the larger contingent of the LGBT community join the Republicans. When 30% of them voted for Republicans in the 2010, they opened to the door to these tupe of amendments. North Carolina picked up the most seats in that state’s legislator in a hundred years.

    Hell, Baby Jane and her crew were lying in bed with Grover Norquist for a reason, even while he usherd in the GOPTEA takeover. He’s gay, he’s married to a Palestinian Muslim with two adopted children.

    If he can get Republicans to sign a no-tax pledge and be skurred as shit to break it, to the point where they are ready to let the fed govt collapse in a shutdown, then join forces with him to make Republican repeal DOMA.

    Why is Norquist married, pouring money and resources into Republicans who draft these anti-SSM admendments and you don’t have that same luxury.

    Baby Jane, call ya boy up…help out your friends.

    • BoomerGal

      HELL YEAH, Monie!! TOTALLY agree!! Couldn’t have said it better myself!! ON POINT! SLAM DUNK! BINGO!! We have a winna!!

    • Hell, Baby Jane and her crew were lying in bed with Grover Norquist for a reason, even while he usherd in the GOPTEA takeover. He’s gay, he’s married to a Palestinian Muslim with two adopted children.

      *chokes on water*

      Say what in tha what, what????

    • PBomb

      Hold em up… Grover Norquist is gay?!


  • Bri

    Many liberals are selfish. They successfully have turned this election about the economy into a litmus test about if POTUS is really down for the gay community. This is a mess, a total mess. Mitt wants to bomb Iran. Mitt wants to take birth control away from women. He doesn’t believe in equal pay. Mitt thinks children of wealthy parents should only go to college. Mitt thinks seniors and minorities aren’t sh*t. Mitt looks at the U.S. as a company that he can sell off. He doesn’t care for the poor and middle class. He has NO plan to improve the economy. But, but, POTUS stance on SSM is the most important issue of this election. Screw selfish liberals, think about them.

    • Ebogan63

      Not really, Bri, Ignore the media for a moment, and I will bet you if you ask most folks will ask what’s important, it will be the economy, NOT gay marriage, despite the media manipulative nonsense. I realize alot of us spend alot of time following the media and blogs, most folks don’t, so keep that in mind.

    • QOakaJP

      After SSM, they’ll move to medical marijuana, and so on. Obama must always be attacked as The Great Betrayer.

    • BoomerGal

      I’m sorry, but fuck the gay community, OKAAAY!

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m so sick of this figging BS! I have gay friends & while some would like to “marry” what they are mostly concerned with is JOBS, THE ECONOMY & KEEPING HEALTH CARE! They all stand for & support our Prez.

      SSM is a damn side issue & a distraction from the work of getting PBO re-elected & Dems in office. Let the so called “gay community” go sit on their thumbs & rotate!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – -IN 5- -4- – -3- – – — –WE CALLED! IT!!- – – —

    – – –By Doing Squat, Obama Helped NC Gay-Marriage Ban– – —

    – – – – –North Carolina banned a lot more than gay marriages yesterday: Amendment 1 also bans civil unions, which means it will likely hurt more than just gay couples, and will strip many—including kids—of their health insurance. And President Obama bears some of the blame for its passage, writes Amy Davidson in the New Yorker. In the weeks before the vote, rather than doing what he could as the president to explain what Amendment 1 really meant, he and his administration were once again skirting the issue of gay marriage.

    – – – –SAAAAAA-LAP

    Annnnd – – -When – – -DOMA was REPEALED- -THAT was his “fault” 2!!- -HUH!? –

    Oh waitaminute. . . . .U were posta give him CREDIT!!- – –HAH!!

    Here’s what we heard- — –***crickets***- – -geesh!!

    • Ebogan63

      Amy can go f herself, Why should PBO insert himself into every STATE Issue out there? The folks on the ground needed to EXPLAIN this, not PBO

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Ebogan63. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — -***fist bump***- – -U! AIN’T! NEVA! LIED!!- – —

        The HATAS- – -gon HATE- – – 4-eva.!!- – –SAAA-LAP!!- – –

        BUT- – -WE GOT HIS BACK!! – – –4-EVA!!– –:>)

        Good 2 C U. – -Ebogan63. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Exactly! Anyone who is passionate about an issue should get their ass on the road & talk to the people. Make it personal show them your POV in a reasonable way. I’m sick of these people who just what to whine & blame but not do the real work for themselves.

    • aleth


      Priviledge is amazing.. FUCK YOU

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        -LOL!- – —- – I KNOW- — HUH! :>) – – -STR8 UP! :>)

        – — Good 2 C U- – aleth. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – – –This commenter has- – —FOCUS!!– – —

    – – –sobe
    1 hour, 43 minutes ago
    It is pretty ridiculous that gays feel that Obama hasn’t done enough.. The guy got rid of don’t ask don’t tell, which was a priority of the gay community for 20 years. He stopped defending DOMA. He has selected gays into his administrations. In all, he has been the most pro-gay president in the history of the United States, but the gay community isn’t satisfied. To me, it sounds a little greedy. You give them a lot and they are never satisfied, they keep wanting more and more. All while they are completely ungrateful for what he has already done and for the amount of risk and political capital that he took to get it done. Ungrateful pieces of shit. What are you going to do??? Vote for Romney??? Romney has said that he would reinstate don’t ask don’t tell and defend DOMA… so do you want to go back to that?? If not, shut the fuck up, and let him win this election.

    – – — 2 the HATAS- – — anem- – —teh- —FLIP-FLOPPIN’- – – -LYIN’- – – STOOPID- —-RACIST- — WILLARD— is YOUR ALTERNATIVE!!

    WE R FOCUSED!!- – — -Movin’ FORWARD– — -with- – – MR. PRESIDENT!!- – – –

    – – — –4!!- –MORE!- –YEARS!!– —

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!