September 26, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: The Lost Kingdom of Ethiopia





  • MonieTalks

    Morning POU.

    SO much is going on.

    Now let me just say, I am not making light of Aaron Swartz suicide, but this blame the government and martyrdom has to stop. Because now, too often than not, if you are white and breaking the law, somehow your “principle” trumps everything else, including law meant to protect intellectual property even national security.

    Now if someone hacked into Swartz’ medical records and possibly exposed his treatments for depression, medications, or his physician’s notes detailing his psychological state, would that person be deemed a hero too? What would the reaction be if we placed HIS personal info out for the masses to rummage through.

    I’m sorry but today’s so-called marijuana, anarchist-driven, open society, drone-obsessed “activists” can sit the fuck down….these folks don’t know victimization if it slapped them in the face.

    • rikyrah

      Now let me just say, I am not making light of Aaron Swartz suicide, but this blame the government and martyrdom has to stop. Because now, too often than not, if you are white and breaking the law, somehow your “principle” trumps everything else, including law meant to protect intellectual property or even national security.


      I found out from POU that this entitled ass was offered a deal for only 6 months…and you know that 6 months wasn’t gonna be spent in ATTICA, but some country club prison.

      But, of course, it was the ‘ principle’ of it all.

      And, I’m not making light of his mental health issues.

      It’s just that a brilliant Black nerd that got caught by the guvmint doing something ILLEGAL… would not have scoffed at 6 friggin’ months.

      The thing is….the government usually does this, because they have to prove ‘ rule of law’.

      Mofo would have probably been offered a cushy ‘ constulting’ position by the Government on the day of his release, so that they can catch the next him.

      • JojoRaze


      • jds09

        I love this…

        “It’s just that a brilliant Black nerd that got caught by the guvmint doing something ILLEGAL… would not have scoffed at 6 friggin’ months.”

        A brilliant Black nerd would have used this as a sabbatical and wrote some more brilliant programming while in the pen.

        The young man was mentally ill, not a martyr.

    • THIS.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Aaron Swartz is not a hero.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MORNTIN’ MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – – – Because now, too often than not, if you are white and breaking the law, somehow your “principle” trumps everything else, including law meant to protect intellectual property or even national security.

      – — –11 Female Athletes Caught Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

      — -YA MEAN LIKE – — –WHO has HEARD of a MAJOR FALL OUT/PROSECUTION of NUMBERS:- -1, – -2, – – 3, – -5 — -8, – –11?? — -I THOUGHT NOT!! humph!! – —

      Good WORDS — MonieTalks. :>) – – -B BLESSED U/FaM!! :>)

    • Camille

      Thank you!

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Good MOrning, cc

  • Miranda

    When you’ve lost ron fournier….

    Has the NRA Finally Gone Too Far?

    After skirting the lines of decency for years, gun lobby pulls President Obama’s daughters into the debate.

    • rikyrah

      hadn’t even heard of this until I watched Larry O last night.

      these fuckers have no mind left.

    • MsKitty

      I just found out about this.

      Message to the NRA: It is not the 1960s anymore. Be very careful where you tread.

      • Admiral_Komack

        If ANYTHING happens to the Obama children, it is ON.

    • These NRA mofos have crossed the line. Did these assholes have a problem with the Bush twins having secret service protection? GTFOOHWTBS!

  • MonieTalks

    You just gotta laugh at the arrogance all through this article. So Cuomo gets a gun law passed in a legislative body that is made up of far different people than our federal government…..but yet NY can’t stop innocent unarmed minorities from being excessively gunned down by police and the rest being frisked and profiled in a despicable manner. My grandma said……

    Lupica: Gov. Cuomo shows effective leadership by bringing parties together in passing ban on assault weapons

    ….. Gov. Cuomo continues to show his constituents and the country that he can bring people from both parties together, and in so doing bring his state to the kind of moment it had on Tuesday night when Cuomo signed into law the kinds of important gun-control measures that the President of the United States — for now — still only talks about.

    The bill came to Cuomo after a vote of 104-43 in the Assembly early last evening. Game, set, match. Cuomo talked about how proud he was to be a New Yorker afterward, and then Joe Lentol out of District 50 in the New York State Assembly, out of Brooklyn, spoke for everybody.

    “When the federal government does not do it, the state of New York has to lead the way,” Lentol said.

    Read more:

    • Miranda

      Mike Lupica can go straight to hell with this complete kiss up of non-analysis.

    • Camille

      They all keep trying.

      I saw the time magazine cover with Bloomberg, Joe Biden and Gabby Giffords as the new anti-gun heroes.

      I wish they’d stop bothering the president then if they’ve already decided and picked the people they’ll give credit to for any reform and progress anyway.

  • Miranda

    Well everybody….gird your loins….gonna be a whole lot bitchassness and gnashing of teeth today.


    • Kennymack1971

      Yup. The minute the President unveils his gun control proposals the crazy is going to spike. Shields up.

      • jds09

        All the Turner Diaries fantasies will be floating to the top today.

    • I know that’s right! *sharpens titanium blades on my POU switch blade*

  • Miranda


    Oregon sheriff: ‘Unconstitutional’ gun control laws won’t be enforced

    (CNN) — An Oregon sheriff says he will not enforce any federal regulation that President Barack Obama lays out in his package of gun control proposals Wednesday.

    Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller joins several other public officials across the nation who have decided to square off with the White House even before it outlines what its plans are for expanded measures.

    Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden this week saying he won’t enforce any federal regulation “offending the constitutional rights of my citizens.” He won’t permit federal officers to come to his county to enforce such laws either, he said.

    more here

  • Miranda

    The Associated Press‏@AP
    BREAKING: AP source: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar resigning, will leave in March: -SS

    • Damnit man!

    • vulcan_girl


    • Camille

      That’s really sad! I was hoping he’d stay on.

  • Miranda

    The Chicago Public Library today unveiled artist Steve Musgrave’s new portrait of President Obama to celebrate the upcoming inauguration. The event took place at the West Pullman Branch on West 119th Street.

    According to a statement, the portrait reflects Obama’s efforts as a community organizer in the South Side Chicago neighborhood prior to seeking public office.

    In addition to the likeness of Obama, who is depicted holding a copy of his memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” the portrait features images of people who have influenced the president’s life including his First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, his mother and grandmother, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harold Washington, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, among others.

    • QOakaJP

      I really like this. Saw it about an hour ago. Great job by Mr. Musgrave.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ – –REAL FAST: – – –

    – – – -THIS IS DEEP! – – –Olympics may drop cycling after Armstrong confession – – –

    – — – The International Olympic Committee may drop cycling from the Olympics as new details emerge in the Lance Armstrong drug scandal.

    THIS IS the FIERCEST REACTION that a governing committee has eva considered, – –Ooooweee .

    Watchin’. . . .

    • crazycanuck

      I want to know what will happen to Armstrong. That is the million dollar question. Waiting, Waiting. It’s just amazing to me people want to excuse this cheat, because he had cancer.

      • jds09

        Nothing. The double standard will be duly enforced.

      • Town

        Nothing. He has the complexion for the protection.

        Now had this been Antwan Armstrong, he’d be sitting in Marion Jones’ old cell.

        • Daltex82


      • GN

        Zero will happen to him.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        YA KNOW — – -I believe that he’s gon —GET — -GOT –especially ’cause of th $$$$MONEY — involved.

        The DOJ annnd IRS R ALSO – – -Waitin’. . . .:>) – –

        Sooo – –waitin’. . .

        Good 2 C U cc. :>) – –

      • Camille

        They’ll soon roll out an effective PR campaign to rehabilitate his reputation.

        Probably enlist several of his hollywood friends and have him back in the good graces of the American public in no time – and rolling again in even more dough and notoriety than ever before.

  • rikyrah

    16 Jan 2013 08:00 AM

    A Good Fit For A King?

    In Morocco, Michael J. Totten investigates whether a monarchy, rather than brutal theocracy or unstable democracy, is the best shot for progress in the Arab world:

    Nadia Bernoussi, the law professor who helped draft the new constitution, grumbled a bit about how some foreigners see Morocco’s democratic reforms as a sham. “Well,” I said. “The king wasn’t elected.”

    She was taken aback by my bluntness, and I felt slightly rude saying it, but it’s true and every single Westerner in the world who looks at Morocco’s political system notices that and takes it into account. It is the most salient feature of her country’s government from our point of view.

    “It’s true that the king isn’t elected,” she said, “but he has a different kind of legitimacy. He has national, historic, and Islamic legitimacy.”

    This isn’t the sort of political sentiment Americans like me can relate to, but I did hear something I could understand and appreciate easily. When I asked uncovered Moroccan women if they fear the Islamists, they all said they did not. (In Tunisia and Egypt the uncovered women I know absolutely fear the Islamists.) But even the feminists in Morocco aren’t afraid of the Islamists. And when I asked why, all of them said “because of the king.”

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Obama guns plan to include trafficking law – –

    – – —President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging gun control proposals to be unveiled Wednesday will include a new federal gun trafficking law — long sought by big-city mayors as a way to keep out-of-state guns off their streets.

    The proposal, which has not been discussed in detail by the White House up until now, will be part of a package that will also include a call for universal background checks for all new gun purchases, as well as new bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a person who was in the room for a preview presentation to gun control advocates Tuesday night.

    – –-[POWERFUL AUDIENCE:] – ->Obama is set to formally announce the proposals just before noon, joined by guns task force leader Vice President Joe Biden and “children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of” last month’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to the White House.

    Sooooo – – -Lookin’ FORWARD!! – – ->

  • Miranda

    The NRA’s New Ad
    by Michael Tomasky Jan 16, 2013 7:15 AM EST

    The NRA’s new ad is beyond anything we’ve seen, in political propaganda terms, in the modern history of this country. The text goes as follows:

    Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.

    Let’s start with the ad’s broken logic. A, the Obama family has Secret Service protection; B, other American families do not; C, because of this, Obama is an elitist and a hypocrite. It’s pretty ludicrous. Malia and Sasha Obama get lots of things because their father won the presidency. They also have a chauffeur; get to ride on a big fancy airplane free of charge and don’t have to endure any TSA-related indignities; live in a beautiful big house rent-free; and so on. By the ad’s logic, all of these are instances of hypocrisy.

    more here

    • QOakaJP

      It was a pure intimidation move and a strategic low-blow meant to get under the President’s skin. And no, I didn’t miss the racial undertones (I read it as “are THOSE little black wenches more important that your hard-working, white family”?) The NRA is desperate.

    • ch555x

      Considering the history of the NRA, they’re hypocritical as well and shouldn’t exist…O_o

    • GN

      The ad is psychotic, profoundly disrespectful, and emotionally manipulative. A sign of the NRA having to reach into the absolute gutter to agitate against the WH. Obama Derangement Syndrome.

      • Camille

        It crosses every line and it is time the Secret Service step up – seriously.

        They seem to have become pretty forgiving and easy going since President Obama took office and it is not only troubling, but incredibly suspicious.

        The Secret Service should start cracking down on these nuts.

        • GN

          This seems to be the age of “shock-jocking” in which a small but loud group of people enjoy pushing the boundaries of decency and disrupting whatever semblance of a social contract we still have in place. My first thought was for that little girl, Christina, who was killed by a whackjob simply by being in the physical vicinity of Gabby Giffords. This is violence which literally just happened, yet here is NRA suggesting that the children of a politician who has received record death threats are somehow getting something special? They really are crazy. Indeed, I pray that the Secret Service continues to keep President Obama and his family safe; the NRA’s venom is an example of why it’s necessary for them to have that protection.

      • JojoRaze

        It’s a sign that they have no PR people that aren’t true believers. This ad was so dumb PR wise because it is so personalized against the president that it makes the NRA look nutty. The pre is acting BC 20 kids died. The NRA is acting out BC they hate the president. Who wins in that equation? Luntz must be heated right now that his homes are this dumb.

        • GN

          Can’t get much lower than to agitate against protection for the girls of a politician who has received RECORD death threats from a wide, wild assortment of violent nuts in this country. The only thing standing between those girls and whackjobs who want to hurt their father is secret service protection, and it is the very least that this country can provide considering our extensive and shameful history of violence against politicians (a 9 year old was just killed a few years ago by someone seeking to harm a congresswoman, who he also almost killed!). The ad is one of the most unhinged political ads I’ve ever heard of. I think you’re right in that (hopefully) a good number of people will view it as a disgusting and distasteful attack on the family of a man who is doing nothing more than trying to stop mass shootings.

    • nellcote

      The NRA released this as a web ad. Is it helpful for news programs to play it over and over again during the shows? The ad is disgusting but is the msm doing their work for them, for free?

  • Aquagranny911

    Was just checking some posts from yesterday. A troll jumped on the afternoon thread this morning spewing gun loving conspiracy & anti-semitism. I didn’t bother to reply I just flagged it. Wanted somebody to know.

    • Thanks for the heads up AG.

      I wish dissenters would have the courage to voice their difference of opinion in current threads instead of hiding in older threads. Cowards.

  • If you see EmoProgs/PLs start praising Darrell Issa, here’s why:

    Darrell Issa Probing Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer Who Killed Himself

    WASHINGTON — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is investigating the Justice Department’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide on Friday after fighting felony hacking charges for two years. Issa’s inquiry comes amid bipartisan expressions of sympathy for Swartz on Capitol Hill, including a statement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

    Praising Swartz’s work toward “open government and free access to the people,” Issa told HuffPost that the government’s case against Swartz is problematic enough to warrant further investigation.

    “I’m not condoning his hacking, but he’s certainly someone who worked very hard,” Issa said. “Had he been a journalist and taken that same material that he gained from MIT, he would have been praised for it. It would have been like the Pentagon Papers.”

    Issa said he didn’t have enough information to say whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts overprosecuted Swartz. He said he had dispatched an investigator to gather more facts.

    … A petition urging President Barack Obama to fire U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for prosecutorial overreach in the Swartz case had over 31,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon, eclipsing the 25,000 needed for a White House response. The Obama administration has not yet responded to the petition.

    Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Garland and Stephen Heymann were directly responsible for handling Swartz’s case. Ortiz, an Obama appointee who is friends with Attorney General Eric Holder, was their boss. Harvard University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, a friend of Swartz, has called for the Department of Justice to independently investigate the actions of Ortiz’s office in the case.


    The part in bold is why Issa REALLY wants to investigate this case, but these privileged limousine liberals won’t see that. Even in the above article, they try to paint Issa as some defender of internet freedoms. And I just LOVE how HuffPuff tried to dismiss Tom Dolan, Ortiz’s husband, saying Swartz was offered 6 months by saying he got it from a WSJ article that cited an anonymous source. WTF?? So NOW HuffPuff has a problem with anonymous sources? Really?? And Dolan doesn’t need to read a WSJ….he’s the HUSBAND of the woman who oversaw the case!!

    My question is this: Where was Issa, GG, Adam Green and Baby Jane when Swartz was first prosecuted?

    • Miranda

      You can best believe we will see emoprogs become big Darrell Issa proponents. Just watch. They already hate Eric Holder – this will just give them cover to hate on him some more. Because in emoprog world, only Glenn Greenwald is fit to be Attorney General, don’t cha know?

    • crazycanuck


    • GN

      It’s kind of blowing my mind that were just saying yesterday that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between GG et al and the far right/teaparties in terms of conspiracy theories and Obama Derangement Syndrome. Don’t even try to make sense of it, Sepia. The whole point is to paint a nefarious shadowy conspiracy regardless of truth/facts, and that entire crew: GG, Michele Bachmann, Baby Jane, Glenn Beck, Arianna, Issa, NRA, etc. have been at that since before PBO was even inaugurated. This is just another bite at the apple in terms of leading delusional emos to the teaparty to join efforts to “investigate” the Obama admin and block needed reforms like HCR.

  • QOakaJP

    Good morning POU! I’m tired but I’m awake, and in a fairly good mood for the moment. Gonna try to make that last throughout the day. =)

    • crazycanuck

      Good Luck

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** . Oooooweee – -A WHOLE LOTTA NEWS! – -Lookin’ FORWARD 2 MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joes’ ANNOUNCEMENT.: – –BTW The nra(cists) –DON’T have the FULL SUPPORT of THEIR MEMBERSHIP; – Annnd BTW – – -FLIP dat AD!!; – -Thank U Sepia 4 THIS SERIES – -LEARNING SOOO MUCH!! – –

    — — ☻The White House told gun-control advocates Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging gun control proposals will include a new federal gun trafficking law — long sought by big-city mayors as a way to keep out-of-state guns off their streets.

    – – -☻Criticism of NRA leadership increases
    — —The difference between the debates about guns in the 1990′s and now is the increased criticism of the leadership of the NRA and their complete resistance to all discussion about any gun control. Here’s a recent poll by the Pew Research Center which shows a clear majority of Americans favor background checks for all gun sales.

    – –☻Learnin’ MUCH about the CONNECTIONS AMONG the ANCIENT LANGUAGES. – -It helps 2 EXPLAIN some of the translation of the BIBLE. Annnd HONEY PLAYED a SPECIAL PLACE in MANY Biblical texts. :>)


    – -THANK U Sepia. :>) GR8 SERIES. – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY –POU FAM♥ – —

    • nellcote

      Annnd HONEY PLAYED a SPECIAL PLACE in MANY Biblical texts.
      Interesting that they use it for so many things in this WH from beer to state dinners to gifts for dignitaries 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -GOOD POSITION PIECE – –:>) – –

    – — Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. A whole lot of people. – –

    — — –My neighbor and I were talking the other day and the subject turned to guns and control he tossed out the timeworn phrase that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

    True. To date there have been no recorded incidents of a gun becoming outraged on its own and opening fire on, well, anyone. Guns do not kill people. People armed with guns kill people. And people armed with assault rifles have the capability of killing a whole bunch of people in a matter of minutes.

    But that’s not what I said to my neighbor. Instead I nodded, then went inside. My neighbor’s a good guyalso a very good neighbor. Right then, for better or worse, I just didn’t feel like getting into an argument with him about this issue. Knowing me as I do, I know that discussion is coming. Because I do know he’s a good guy and as a fellow Detroiter who understands quite well the feeling held by more than a few besieged residents that you’d better have your own gun. You need a gun if you want to be able to protect yourself, I’m hopeful he’ll at least hear me out even if we have to agree to disagree on this one.
    — —SNIP- —
    – – –So, I’m sure some gun nut diehards would use the argument that we are not Australia. True. We’re not. But when Australians point and shoot semi-automatic weapons at other human beings, those human beings tend to die just as what happens when Americans do the same thing. What did the Australians learn by removing those weapons? Presto! Just like magic the homicide rate plunged. Unless President Obama is successful in passing strong anti-gun measures capable of achieving the same result as those achieved in Australia, it will become plain for the world to see that Americans aren’t just incapable of learning from our mistakes, we are flat out unwilling to do so.

  • jds09

    Why am I shocked? Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz is a NRA board member….

    and Roy Innis too?

    • I can’t stand Karl Malone. I’ll never forget him saying Magic Johnson shouldn’t play basketball because he had HIV, but he had no problem playing with him on the U.S. Olympic team and no problem having unprotected sex with Lottie, Dottie and Errbody. Asshole.

    • itgurl_29

      Not surprised at all. He’s a Republican. And he’s a deadbeat dad. He has a daughter he doesn’t claim and never took care of when she was growing up. Of course, her mother is black. He takes good care of his mixed kids, though.

      • isonprize

        He has a daughter he doesn’t claim and never took care of when she was growing up. Of course, her mother is black. He takes good care of his mixed kids, though.


    • Daltex82

      If it were Magic Johnson or Scotty Pipen I would be shocked, but Karl Malone not in the least bit. He’s always presented himself as just a good ole Louisiana cowboy clothes wearing’, semi truck driving, hunting and gun lovin’ country boy.

    • Camille

      Big Boi too. LOL!

      He says he’s a Libertarian who voted for Gary Johnson LOL! And was only too proud to make that declaration and according to him, impressed some white woman who was so sure he’d voted for President Obama.

      But he really showed that white lady that he was really, really aware. That not only didn’t he vote for President Obama, but he was very aware of all the other candidates on the ballot besides the 2 main candidates! Somebody give the boy a paper gold star!

      If you can believe it, Big Boi is now the Huffington Post’s go to black guy who did not vote for President Obama, for “political insight” and such rich nuggets like how he values his libertarian “freedoms” and his “2nd amendment rights” and “liberty” and his right to bear arms to fight a “tyrannical government”. LOL!

      He sounded just as stupid and pathetic as he looked trying hard to remember everything he’d memorized from the Alex Jones retreat.

      The funny thing was I never even knew Big Boi could recite his abc’s. The guy’s barely literate. But that probably explains the easy brainwashing and the need to impress some of the dregs at HuffPost who must have laughed their butts off at the negro once he turned and left their studio!

  • Miranda

    Well, I’m done with Whole Foods

    Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is ‘more like fascism’

    Read more:

    • itgurl_29

      I never dealt with them in the first place. I find my local farmers markets to be much more affordable. And less bourgie as well.

      • Ebogan63

        We have a local chain that’s better than them and treats their employees much better than Whole Paycheck

        • isonprize

          Whole Paycheck

          F’real! LOLOL

    • Camille

      What a real arse he’s completely degenerated to! Another of those Ayn Rand apostles.

      Ironically, Whole Foods was built entirely on the goodwill and patronage of liberals and so many of those people who hold all the ideals he now trashes for the sake of greedily hoarding his massive loot to the detriment of the middle class he once was part of.

      But isn’t that exactly what happens when some so-called mixed up former “Democratic Socialists” with very strong racist streaks get wealthy and greed takes over – and then along comes the black guy and moves into the White house:

      They become even more rabidly crazy “libertarian” and start spouting rubbish about fascism and “free market principles”.

      • Aquagranny911

        I wasn’t happy when Whole Foods bought out Wild Oats in Colorado. Wild Oats was a small coop which gave good value.

        • vulcan_girl

          I didn’t shop there very often because of distance, but I did like Wild Oats!

    • MsKitty

      When Mackey started railing against ACA a few years ago I said adios to Whole Foods. Their stuff was overpriced anyway.

      • JojoRaze

        Never went there since my pocket can’t handle there prices, but the ACA diatribes soured me on their brand. I’m a Trader Joe’s stan though

    • Aquagranny911

      I haven’t been in a Wholefoods since Mackey wrote that OP ED in, I think NYT, against the ACA back during all the debate before the law was passed. I haven’t missed them. I can get most stuff I need at Trader Joes or Sprouts plus I grow a lot of our fruit & produce or can get stuff at the Farmers Market. Wholefoods is awfully expensive anyway.

    • isonprize

      I was done when Whole Foods told a Minnesota family that their son with autism ‘needed to be on a leash like a dog’

      • BarbinAtlSouth


    • nellcote

      Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is ‘more like fascism’
      He was saying that back when congress was trying to pass the bill so no big surprise.

    • So letting health care costs blow through the roof and thus eventually driving places like Whole Food out of business is more like what?

      This is another thing that gets me about these morons. One minute PBO is a socialists they next thing he’s a facist. Pick one failed ideology and stick to it.

  • MsKitty

    Charles Pierce is getting tired of MoDo too…

    Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist, reinventor of political journalism, sprawler across staircases, has reopened the clown show for the president’s second term and has done so by doing a vigorous set of her greatest hits.

    The president is President Standoffish. No, wait, he’s Lonely Guy. Or, maybe, he’s underwhelming, with a Bridget Jones Strategy to which “some Democrats” say we will all have to become accustomed. There is a nod of the red-to-the-roots melon towards the fact that the president is facing a uniquely well-disciplined, and a uniquely unhinged, political opposition. But then we have a return to the notion that the president would be doing an awful lot better if he made nicey-nice to Eric Cantor.

    Read the whole thing. He lights her up but good.


    • Miranda

      “sprawler across staircases”


      • OK? LOL! What’s the back story on that piece of shade?

        • crazycanuck

          I want to know also, because the image in my mind is LOL funny

    • Daltex82

      Excellent and oh so true take on her and the rethuglicans.

  • jds09

    Lanza and Swartz share the complexion protection…these guys cannot be seen as criminals. This author does a good job with white male privilege and the commenters do their part in resisting the information…

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – — -CONTROL — — U BETCHA!! – –

    – — Bang, Bang, you shot me down – –

    – – – – –We are a violent nation. A nation where far too many of us have worshiped at the alter of the God of Guns and the consequences of that worship, a culture steeped in violence, particularly violence blasted out of the barrel of a pistol, shotgun or rifle. We have a long and deadly history when it comes to firearms.But we need not be defined by our past. And there is no better time to begin unshackling ourselves from that past than today. But first, let us at least acknowledge those shackles.

    It feels like every day we read about more gun shootings like this one at a community college in Kentucky:
    – – -SNIP – —
    – – –Despite 100,000 people on average killed or wounded by gun shootings each year, it’s easy to see why most incidents never received national attention for our media. Research on gun violence was suppressed by Congress after a concerted lobbying effort by the NRA to terminate all government funded research by the CDC and other federal agencies on gun violence in the 1990’s was extremely successful.
    – – -SNIP – –
    – – -We have the opportunity now to reach for another such victory, one that would make the world our children inherit a little bit safer, a little bit less destructive, a little bit less likely to cut the lives of our children short as a result of our fascination with firearms. We’ve had this opportunity before – after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Tucson and Aurora, and the after the myriad of other deaths and slaughters that are a direct consequence of our failure to live up to our highest ideals and principles. We have too often retreated in the face of the opposition of extremists, who continue to be relentless in their promotion of guns and a culture that nurtures hate, violence and opposition to reason. Let us retreat no more.



    – – –2-DAY is the DAY – –SHACKLES REMOVED — – –

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Magical Thinking in the Press Corps

    [….] We know for a fact that Republicans constructed their strategy of total opposition before he was even sworn in. Eight days after his inauguration, House Republicans voted against the stimulus bill unanimously. In the Senate, Republicans embarked on a strategy of total opposition to everything from Day 1, filibustering every bill, every appointment, and every judge. Senate Democrats spent months negotiating over health care reform—without Obama playing a role—and eventually learned that Republicans never had the slightest intention of agreeing to anything. After winning control of the House in 2010, the GOP’s top priority was to engineer a hostage crisis over the debt ceiling. This isn’t arcane knowledge or ancient history. It’s common knowledge.

    Over the last four years, one thing has become crystal clear: The mere fact that Obama supports something almost guarantees united Republican opposition. Schmoozing doesn’t matter.[….] This is magical thinking. The reason it doesn’t work anymore isn’t because Obama is insular. It doesn’t work because the Republican Party has become a party of zealots. What does it take for DC columnists to finally admit that?

    Read more:

    H/T Kevin Drum

  • creolechild

    U.S. taps pension fund to avoid debt ceiling

    The US government stopped investing in a federal employee pension fund Tuesday to avoid breaching the nation’s legal borrowing limit, the Treasury Department said. The action is among the extraordinary bookkeeping measures the Treasury announced on December 31 to keep the government’s debt below the current $16.4 trillion limit.

    In a letter to leaders of Congress, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he was unable to invest fully in the fund beginning Tuesday “to avoid breaching the statutory debt limit.” Geithner said the fund would be “made whole once the debt limit is increased.”[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • creolechild

    Robert Gibbs: NRA No Match For Obama Campaign Apparatus (VIDEO)

    Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday said the leftover campaign apparatus from President Barack Obama’s re-election bid is more than capable of overpowering the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association. “He’s got to get out of the White House and travel the country,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “He’s got to make his case directly to the people.”[….]

    Gibbs said Obama’s ultra-sophisticated campaign operation could serve as a vital asset in making that case, arguing that the grassroots infrastructure that secured the president two terms can trump any effort by the NRA — despite the pro-gun lobby’s claims of a spike in membership since last month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • Gibbs to the NRA: “Game on, bishes!”

      • Miranda


  • creolechild

    California enjoys and/or suffers from a historic baby bust

    According to a new report from the University of Southern California, the state is making a “historic transition”: California’s fertility rate has dropped to 1.94 children per woman, below the 2.1 rate that replaces and grows the population and the economy. The U.S. birthrate was 2.06 children last year. Demographers are calling the drop, which has affected all racial and ethnic groups, “unprecedented” (and “European”).[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Susie Cagle

    • nellcote


  • GOVCHRIS1988

    A brilliant black man wouldn’t have even need 6 months, because a brilliant black man wouldn’t have done that shit in the first damn place. This is why I’m not feeling this Aaron Swartz shit. This dude killed HIMSELF. No one told his ass to get a line and string himself up. He did that. he was 26, and it is tragic, but blaming the prosecutors for doing their gotdamn job for the death is bullshit. All this is is a case of when you are a coddled white boy you think the laws don’t apply to you and when you get caught, you expect to get off scot free. We heard all the excuses, “He was a beautiful boy, we wouldn’t hurt anyone, he’s no felon.” Yet, he performed something considered a felony and was caught ON TAPE doing it.

    I don’t agree with the law that much either, but I do know that when you break it that you ARE gonna serve some kind of time. This dude not only rejected the six month plea deal, but then tried to get felon off his record and I can tell you that shit was gonna be hard if not impossible to do. To me, the defendants team failed to tell their client that it would be wise to accept the plea deal instead of trying to jump the federal system like it seems like they tried to do before his death and got the heat of the prosecution on their asses.

    • creolechild

      I can sympathize with what this young man’s family must be going through right now. His suicide was a tragic turn of events. However, I can’t see the wisdom in the family immediately lashing out at all parties involved while they’re attempting to cope with the various emotions that are part and parcel of the grief process. Then again, perhaps THIS is the anger stage of the grief process. However, the only ones that are benefiting from it are “the usual suspects” but in my opinion it won’t help the family come to terms with Aaron’s death.

      That said, I wonder if at some point in the future if the family will honestly evaluate their own actions. From what I’ve read Aaron had struggled with depression for some time. The question I have about all of this is knowing that he was struggling with mental health issues did his family and friends ensure that enhanced safety measures were put in place to protect him from doing exactly what he did? Perhaps better guidance on several fronts would have produced different results; then again, perhaps not….

      • GN

        Indeed the family is grieving a loved one and I’m not really surprised if some of their remarks are vicious or below the belt. I felt the same way about the mother who had some unfair things to say after her son was killed in the Libyan embassy attack. When people are grieving, I’ve come to think that they should be left in peace, even if they are placing unfair blame; I might be lashing out if I were in their shoes as well. It’s the “usual suspects” exploiting the situation who bother the hell out of me: Hamsher, Greenwald, and now, Issa. Those three can have the seat of seats.

    • BoomerGal

      I don’t think this is a matter of “coddling” but one in which his mental stability should have been considered. Either way, I certainly appreciate and have benefited from his contribution to college library databases. Thank you Aaron and RIP.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -Annnd the -SICK -TWISTED MINDS – –REMAIN –AMONG US — –

    – — —Sandy Hook Hero Being Tormented and Harassed – –

    – – — –Yes, there’s a Sandy Hook Truther movement and, sadly, some of these nutjobs are taking out their psychotic, paranoid rage on Gene Rosen, the man who helped several children who fled from the school while the gunman attacked.

    “I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”
    – – -SNIP – —

    – —There aren’t words strong enough for these bastards. But when karma strikes, I hope it burns and itches.

    – — –***fist bump** – – –C’MON — KARMA!!

  • creolechild

    Second Marine to face court martial in urination incident
    Published: January 11, 2013

    One of the Marines accused of urinating on the body of a dead Taliban fighter will face court martial Wednesday in North Carolina. Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola is charged with several violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for the incident, including being derelict in his duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun, according to a Marine Corps news release.

    The incident happened during an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in July 2011. A video of part of the incident was posted on YouTube in January 2012. [….]

    Read more:

    H/T Jennifer Hlad

  • creolechild

    Dual-Identity Phones Helping Separate Work-Home Lives

    Research In Motion (RIM), VMware Inc. and Red Bend Software Inc. are working to give phones a split personality, seeking an edge in the emerging market for tools that let employees use their own gadgets on the job. RIM in coming weeks will unveil an enhanced version of BlackBerry Balance, software to help employees seamlessly use their smartphones and tablets for work tasks without compromising their privacy. The software also promises to help businesses cut security risk and save money on hardware and device management.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Olga Kharif

  • We will live stream PBO’s unveiling of his gun plan at 11:50am EST!

  • WH reacts to NRA ad with anger: “To make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) <a href=";

    • Miranda

      To the NRA:

      Say goodnight bishes.


      THAT ONE.

    • Even the Fox anchor that interviewed Larry Pratt this morning was disgusted.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – OMWORD!! – – – -MISSED THIS – — -BUT – – -SHE WON!!! — Woo! Hoo! – –

    – – –Serena Williams Injury: Tennis Star Rolls Ankle, Falls But Still Wins Australian Open Match (VIDEO) – –

    — — Serena Williams overcame a right ankle injury to win her first match at the Australian Open, routing Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday.

    With the match 19 minutes old and Williams leading 4-0, the 15-time major winner fell to the court awkwardly, clutching her right ankle. She was helped to her court-side chair and her ankle was heavily taped by a WTA trainer.

    The third-seeded Williams, attempting to win her third consecutive major title, returned to the court and won the next four points, then held service to take the opening set before again receiving treatment.

    She dominated the second set, allowing the Romanian player to win just six points.

    – – – -PRAYIN’ 4 her RECOVERY. AMEN. – –

  • The Live Stream of PBO Unveiling His Gun Proposal is up!

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —Jay Carney: NRA Ad “Repugnant And Cowardly” – —

    – – -THANK U!! – –

  • itgurl_29

    Just finished reading all the comments of that gross Maureen Dowd article. Not a single comment in support of her trash. Not a single one. People are so over this beltway bullshit.

    • Camille

      But as long as she gets clicks and a reaction, and keeps the controversy going with her absurd, hateful and slanderous spewing, she stays relevant and keeps her gig.

      That’s the whole point.

  • creolechild

    Everything You Need To Know About [President] Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Proposals

    [….] Here are [some of] the efforts [President] Obama introduced today:

    1. Making background checks universal.[….]
    2. Improving state reporting of criminals and the mentally ill.[…]
    3. Banning assault weapons.[….]
    4. Capping magazine clip capacity at 10 bullets.[….]
    5. Purging armor-piercing bullets.[….]
    6. Funding police officers.[….]
    7. Strengthening gun tracking.[….]
    8. Supporting research on gun violence.[….]
    9. Encouraging mental health providers to get involved.[….]
    10. Promoting safe gun ownership.[….]
    11. Funding school counseling.[….]
    13. Encouraging safe, anti-bullying school environments.[….]
    14. Recognizing the mental health needs of low-income Americans.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Annie-Rose Strasser

  • creolechild

    Despite Federal Recommendations, Community Health Clinics Aren’t Routinely Testing For HIV

    A new government report finds that one in five safety-net health centers — federally funded clinics that serve low-income Americans — aren’t routinely testing patients for HIV, even though the Centers for Disease Control began encouraging regular HIV tests back in 2005.[….]

    [….] Fortunately, Obamacare prioritizes funding for the community health centers that are often on the front lines of providing care for the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Under the health reform law, more than $125 million in grant money will be awarded to about 200 safety-net clinics across the country. If fully implemented, that increased funding will allow community clinics to serve more than twice as many people by 2019 — and potentially better adhere to the CDC’s guidelines on HIV testing.

    Read more:

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • Miranda

    Bring it on then fools

    NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’ against Obama

    The National Rifle Association cast its opposition to Obama’s plans as “the fight of the century” in a letter circulated at the 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known in the trade as “the SHOT show,” in Las Vegas.

    “I warned you this day was coming and now it’s here,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s fiery executive vice president, wrote in a fund-raising letter to the group’s 4 million members. “It’s not about protecting your children. It’s not about stopping crime. It’s about banning your guns … PERIOD!”

    more here

    • MsKitty

      BRING. IT. ON.

      It is past time to dismantle this KKK-lite outhouse brick by brick.

    • How do they want it? The piledriver or the sleeper?

      • jds09

        Or my personal favorite…a folding chair to the head. lol

        • What about the flying knee drop off the top rope?

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —The — OPTICS!! – – -HAH! – — -I’M TAKIN’ ACTIONS!! — — –

    — – – – -OVA 2 U — -CONGRESS! – –HAH! – – —

  • Miranda

    Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
    And you wonder why NRA scares Blackfolk… RT @michaelhayes Crowd at NRA booth at gun show watches Obama’s speech

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere


    — – –“>Republicans Target 7 House Democrats

    – – – —“Vowing to expand their majority, House Republicans have identified seven Democrats they consider top targets for the midterm elections,” according to a memo obtained by National Journal.

    “The targeted members are Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Each represents a district that has voted for the Republican nominee in the last three presidential elections.”

    — – – -U’ALL BETTA – – — STAND STRONG!! – – –“NO WEAPON. . . .”

  • rikyrah

    Winning Public Opinion

    by BooMan
    Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 11:35:04 AM EST

    You may have noted over the years that I very rarely link to or discuss polls about issues or job approval numbers or even elections. In the presidential race, I mainly linked to Nate Silver’s analysis of polls rather than to any individual polling outfit. Part of the reason I am not prone to discussing polls is that I don’t trust them. And part of it is that they are often meaningless. Do I believe Rasmussen when they issue a poll on gay marriage or reproductive rights? No. Do I care what the April polls say about a November election? Not really.

    One poll I do pay attention to is congressional approval, but that is because I am waiting for the day that the House Republicans actually score lower than gonorrhea. It won’t be long now. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll out today shows that the president has succeeded in winning over public opinion on the budget and the debt ceiling. It also shows that people hate Congress, and the Republicans in particular. It even shows a growing group of conservative Republicans who think that the party leaders are not doing enough to strike compromises with Obama.

  • rikyrah

    Why Rubio’s immigration agenda sounds familiar

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:41 AM EST

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has not yet unveiled a detailed immigration-reform bill, but he did sit down with the Wall Street Journal the other day to sketch out the blueprint of a plan he intends to unveil. In an interesting twist, the White House is delighted with Rubio’s vision.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters yesterday that Rubio’s proposals “bode well for a productive, bipartisan debate,” and may very well signal “a change in the Republican approach to this issue.”

    Why would President Obama and his team be encouraged by a right-wing senator who badly bungled his own immigration push last summer? Because as Adam Serwer explained, Rubio is basically copying and pasting from the immigration-reform plan Obama presented nearly two years ago.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -From the LATINO/HISPANIC Community: – -A FIRST – –

    —-First Latino leader to give keynote address at Dr. Martin Luther King’s commemorative service – –

    – – — – – – – -SNIP – —
    As the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), America’s largest Christian Hispanic organization – representing more than 16 million Hispanic evangelicals, he had to decline an invitation to participate in President Obama’s inauguration to honor his commitment as the first Latino leader to give a keynote address at Dr. King’s annual commemorative service scheduled for Monday, January, 21. The event also marks the beginning of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of his unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech.

    “Dr. King to me is an iconic figure,” says Rodriguez. “I know he’s responsible for bringing so much change in America.”
    THERE IS MORE. – – –

    – – — -Lookin’ – – FORWARD – –> – – -:>) — –

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Alma98


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