December 6, 2013
Pragmatic Obots Unite
Shooting down firebaggers & teabaggers one truth at a time...
HAPPY HUMP DAY PRAGOBOTS!
We continue our look at the BBC documentary, The Lost Kingdoms of Africa: Nubia
Good Morning everyone. Wonderful pushback by Twitter last night. I’m still mad this morning.
Oh I can’t WAIT for the rest of black twitter to wake up and realize what they missed last night. Folks gonna be like Lena on A Different World in the episode where Gina had the abusive boyfriend…when Gina lied that she had gotten in a fight with another girl – Lena only question was ..”WHERE SHE AT?”……..that’s how we roll with FLOTUS…fight first, we’ll figure out the details later.
Roger Simon @politicoroger7h
Very surprised protesters don’t know what everybody else in DC knows: You don’t mess with Michelle.
I’m gonna try an get online today, not sure i’ll be able to hook up today.
I think you said it yesterday Miranda: the First Lady just gave me life. My goodness, that was funny. The First Lady is the absolute business, she really is fly.
For the heckler, basic rule: if you want to get loud, “bold” and go in on folks in inappropriate settings, don’t go whining to the media when you get your ass handed to you. Spoiled, entitled asshats with their stupid tantrums and bullying. F- em. I hope black twitter goes all the way in today. With the media always ready to pounce on the First Lady, why would anyone choose to heckle her like this? And then get all “ohmygod angry negress!” to the media afterwards?
Oh you could tell just from the twitterati and the general mood that the fake scandals were weighing us down..its hard to gear up to push back on the lying ass demons of the GOP and media ALL THE DAMN TIME…but dammit if Plouffe didn’t start the CPR with that cold diss of Issa and FLOTUS said “move back” and bought the defibrillators to get us to LIFE! LMAO! Black twitter was like…”WE’S BACK!” FULL OF LIFE.
This was just such a classic incident in which someone decides to be needlessly and inappropriately provocative because they feel self-righteous and entitled. Big bad and bold when having the nerve to try to talk over the First Lady (she could be home with the girls—her life is set, she’s a mother, rich, and beautiful, she doesn’t need to be out here campaigning and fundraising for the midterms). Big and bold. Then whiny and passive aggressive when FLO returned a microfraction of what was dished out. I think that people here called it yesterday in terms of the switchblades coming out in force when people try this type of crap with the First Lady.
I wasn’t here much over the weekend because I was fasting, but when I heard about Plouffe, I was like “Whoa!” I always tell folk, when PBO sends out Plouffe of Stef Cutter (LaBlade) or Ben LaBolt to PR stuff, it ain’t a courtesy call, they are shanking folk with no fear. I knew once Plouffe was on the morning shows, it was gonna be a doozy. As Miranda said, “That’s one COLD honky!”
Jojo..this is the truth. People start sweating when they see those three.
Did you read what Plouffe said after that?? LMAO!! DUDE IS ICE!
[Regarding Issa] Said Plouffe: “If he behaves himself I am happy to never think about him again. I do think it’s highly relevant for the media to examine Congress’s top cop both in terms of how he is handling the current situation but also his background. He is a man in the spotlight — the American people should and will be eager for more info on who the inquisitor is.
Translation: sorry to have stepped on your spleen when it was really your throat I was aiming for.
As my grandmama used to say, “I wasn’t sleep I was just restin’ my eyes.” We up now. lol
Twitter’s still mad too. GetEqual is gonna feel the bite today.
And Code Pink decided they want some too. They tweeted some BS about how FLOTUS should have been ‘coached’ to deal with protesters. These 2520s gonna learn today.
What part of “You don’t heckle First Ladies because they don’t make policy, and thus you look a plumb fool when you do it” don’t folks comprehend?
As GN said last night, some 2520s think FLOTUS and POTUS are high-end waiters at their beck-and-call, so they bypass Congress and grassroots methods, like the Constitution says, and expect PBO and FLOTUS to fix it for them immediately. And if the purpose of this little outburst/tantrum from Ms Ann last night was to get rid of ENDA, where is GetEqual or whomever’s outreach to Congress, the American people to get it done. PBO doesn’t like to do things by exec orders only since it’s hit or miss, e.g., Guantanamo closure executive order failed because Congress didn’t give the funds, Deferred Action worked, because PBO didn’t have to ask Congress for money to help implement. He got rid of DADT by building consensus in the military and then in Congress.
Michelle just let folks know last night to think deep before you leap, if you’re feeling froggy. LOVE IT
To hear some people tell it, President Obama’s work on gay rights is the sole product of them “riding” or forcing him to do it. They act like they are some f-ing overseers who will tantrum and bash their way to progress while not acknowledging the work which others put in and their dependence on that work for protection from people who disagree with gay rights. If you depend on black voters to either support you, or refuse to punish politicians for supporting gay rights even if they disagree, how dare you get disrespectful with FLO? The First Lady was cool, calm, and collected, but honestly if she would have cussed that woman out, she would have been well within her rights.
GTFOH. How the hell do you feel entitled to f-ing heckle the First Lady and disrupt an event in which people paid top dollar to see her and not your crusty ass? They really are gone learn, they will learn.
Why the hell you think he needs to keep calling you? F U
Grassley Says Obama Hasn’t Called in Four Years
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told The Hill that he has not received a phone call from President Obama in four years.
In 2009, Obama “basically had Grassley on speed dial, calling him frequently during negotiations over an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system.” But when the senator said he would not back the president’s plan, the phone calls stopped.
Sen. Grassley if you don’t get your ass somewhere and sit down…
I guess PBO is supposed to hover around Grassley like a waiter asking “do you need anything else Sir?” These people….
Good morning POU. It’s a beautiful day in the negrohood! Here’s why:
Tom Donilon resigning as national security adviser; Susan Rice to replace him – Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
National security adviser Tom Donilon will resign his post and be
replaced by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, a close confidant of President Obama with deep foreign policy experience who has been widely expected to move into the job.[....] The Senate does not need to confirm her as national security adviser. White House officials said Obama will nominate Samantha Power to replace Rice at the United Nations.[....]
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tom-donilon-resigning-as-national-security-adviser-susan-rice-to-replace-him/2013/06/05/b296f36a-cdd3-11e2-8f6b-67f40e176f03_story.html
H/T Scott Wilson
*points and laughs at McCain and Graham *
And the timing is a thing of beauty given that the GOP is working on the public’s last nerves with their trumped up “scandals.” Checkmate bishes! LOL.
But I thought the President had a problem with Women?
The Rs will, of course, demonstrate further their problem with women when they get snippy with Samantha Powers. The PUMAs will see her nomination as a swipe at Hillary. And so it goes. [checks calendar] Yep, the day ends in -y.
GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥POU FAM — – -***BIG HUG** :>)
– - -STILL LAFFIN’: — -BWAHAHA — – -“One of the things I don’t do well is this,”the first lady said, before leaving the lectern and moving over toward the woman.
Obama said you can “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
– - –U –JUS’ —DO —-da – –DANG –THANG – - -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — -CALL! — -DA —WANCH OUT!! –HAH! — -
- —–LOL! – – -LOL! — Betcha – —THAT was the FIRST annnnd the LAST – –”heckler”. LOL – –SHUT HER DOWN! —LOL
Hmmm…don’t you find it interesting that Walmart and Walmart Charities (who knew?) can help sponsor this event but can’t be bothered to pay decent wages to its employees…
Wisconsin Dental Association event to provide free dental care to needy
Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources on June 28 and 29 in Walworth County at the fifth WDA Mission of Mercy. The annual event will be held this year at Badger High School, 220 E. South St. in Lake Geneva. The doors will open at 5:30 a.m. both days and early arrival is encouraged because the available slots typically are filled by 8 a.m.
About 1,000 patients will be seen each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No photo identification or other personal documentation is required, the Wisconsin Dental Association said. But some medical conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure or severe disabilities, may prevent someone from receiving care.[....]
Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/business/wisconsin-dental-association-event-to-provide-free-dental-care-to-needy-b9926148z1-210094361.html
H/T Guy Boulton
But, but, but…we have to secure the border to keep the Mexicans out. (smirk)
Foreign Service official charged with trading US visas for cash
[....] Michael Todd Sestak, an official who until last year presided over the Ho Chi Minh City consular office, was charged in Washington on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit bribery and visa fraud. [....] Vietnamese citizens who’d normally have their visa applications rejected could shell out $50,000 or more for approvals.
Tuoi Tre’s investigation suggests that roughly 500 Vietnamese took
part in the visas-for-cash deal, which lasted from March to September of 2012, and that many are still in the United States. Prosecutors say Sestak and his accomplices also encouraged Vietnamese nationals to enter the US on a tourist visa and simply overstay it. Sestak allegedly funneled the money he accumulated into properties in Bangkok and Phuket, a Thai island and tourist hot spot.[....]
Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/vietnam/130605/michael-sestak-charged-us-visa-scam
H/T Patrick Winn and News Desk
Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ —1 MO’ –REA FAST: — -:>) — -
— -Obama nominee behind ‘driving while black’ cas –
—- -A federal judge President Barack Obama wants to promote to the appellate bench successfully sued the Maryland State Police for racial profiling after his family was pulled over and searched for drugs while driving back from a funeral.
The 1992 search has been at the center of two decades of litigation that’s become known as the “driving while black” case. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins has shown an unyielding effort to combat racial profiling in drug stops through three subsequent lawsuits, the final one ultimately decided just this year.
Wilkins, whom Obama nominated Tuesday tothe influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has said his family’s roadside detention for an eventual search by a drug-sniffing dog was a “humiliating and degrading experience” and he’s been determined to use the courts to prevent it from happening to others.
THERE IS MORE — – -Annnnd – — “the WINNER is. . .” — -
GOOD ON U. :>) – —JUSTICE PREVAILS! — -
Good Morning, Everyone
Found this in the comments from another blog:
Can GetEQUAL NOW Make the LGBT Rights Movement Less Racist, Transphobic, and Ageist?
Dallas-based activist CD Kirven is credited with naming the new activist group GetEQUAL. She attended its initial planning sessions, got arrested for sitting alongside four other members in Nancy Pelosi’s office, and has never strayed far from co-director Robin McGeHee’s side. When Kirven first joined GetEQUAL, she was most excited about its promise of radical inclusivity; she disliked the predominantly white male face of the LGBT rights movement and hoped GetEQUAL would finally address issues of representational inequality within the community itself. But instead GetEQUAL focused mostly on ENDA and DADT and slowly became like the mainstream gay rights organizations they hoped to differentiate themselves from, Kirven believed. When a GetEQUAL member told Kirven that she was dragging down the gay rights movement by constantly bringing up issues like racial inclusiveness, it became clear to her she’d have to form her own group, and that’s why she founded GetEQUAL Now. It’s only associated with GetEQUAL in name and tactics — and it’s forming a grassroots army of butch dykes, trans folk, poor old queers, and people of color to contend with Gay Inc. so “fringe queer culture” will finally get some representation in gay mainstream politics and culture.
While attending Michelangelo Signorile’s LGBT Leadership Town Hall this April, GetEQUAL member Chastity Kirven noticed two things. First, that mainstream LGBT leadership not only seems okay with the government’s slow movement on our issues but also wants other queers to accept it as well. Secondly, Kirven realized that in a room of 60 activists she was only one of three people of color. Even the panel itself had only one person of color — Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend. So Kirven stepped up to the mic to ask how the LGBT rights movement could more fully represent the actual diversity existing within our community. But instead of having her concerns addressed, Kirven was told they didn’t have enough time to answer her, and would she please ask her question “next time,” whenever that was.
On the way home, Kirven complained about what happened and was told by one of her GetEQUAL cohorts, “Whenever you play the race card, you drag the gay rights movement down. We have too much to do and don’t have time to have this conversation now.” Kirven felt incensed. “[The LGBT movement's leaders] are getting paid $250k and have spent years regularly cutting out transgender people and queers of color from their back room deals,” Kirven said. “Earning that much money, it behooves them to explain themselves when it comes to race and inequality. I’m not the one playing the race card; it’s already on the table and they’re acting like it’s not there.”
Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/can-getequal-now-make-the-lgbt-rights-movement-less-racist-transphobic-and-ageist-20100616/#ixzz2VLXkSXiv
She’s full of shit! If she feels so strongly about racial inequality WITHIN the gay rights movement, why isn’t she, and her cohorts, bringing the fight to the LGBT movement’s leaders?
Y’all can’t begin to DREAM up enough fake scandals to wipe the smiles off the faces of Obama’s base. The approval ratings for POTUS went up 5 points on the Susan Rice appointment alone…nevermind the other 5 he’ll get for having the good sense to marry Michelle Robinson!
Have a good day!
Just in case you missed it from last night….
Luvvie weighed in on the disrespect shown FLOTUS
The comments are hilarious….
Michelle Obama Let a Protester Have It and I Approve!
[ 52 ] June 4, 2013 | Luvvie
People gon learn that folks got limits. According to the Washington Post, Michelle Obama was speaking at a private fundraiser when a lesbian activist named Ellen Hurtz kept interrupting her. She wanted POTUS Obama to sign an anti-discrimination executive order.
Wells, that wasn’t the time for her to be showing out and clearly, FLOTUS wasn’t here (nor there nor anywhere) for that. So she left where she was standing and stood in front of the woman and said:
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this. Do you understand? Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
OOP!!! Like a REAL G! Apparently, people asked Michelle to stay and Ellen was showed the door, and I hope given the suggestion that it better not hit her where the good Lord split her. Cuz… WELP. And afterwards, the lady talmbout she was “taken aback” by Michelle stepping to her because she paid $500 to be there.
She was taken aback that she thought she could talk AT Michelle with no types of repercussions. Don’t come for Michelle when she ain’t send for you.
See? The thing is that people forget she’s from Chicago. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson ain’t here to take your shit. You act a fool and she might embarrass you. Plus, she ain’t never scurred. Don’t be fooled by the degrees and the poise and class she shows regularly. Ellen tried it and got what she deserved.
FLOTUS doesn’t have to keep taking the crap people hurl her way. Barack might need to be nice because he’s all leader of the free world game proper but Michelle ain’t the one in office………
I cried literal tears of laughter laughing so hard reading this on the tablet on the commute home last night. I lost it reading this part:
I couldn’t be a politician, yall. Folks like me ain’t meant to run for office. I can’t e’em run to the store. The only running I can do is amok. I’m couthless in Chicago.
“Senator Luvvie. Is it true that you told one of your staffers to go dropkick a teddy bear into traffic if he was mad?” “Yes. Yes I did.”
I was literally holding the subway pole with one hand, reading with the other, and buckled my knees from laughing so hard reading that post. And the comments–worth the price of admission, alone. Folk saw a very amused black woman on subway home last night.
the comment about Michelle taking off her belt and giving an ass whopping, all the while talking as she did it….
She put fools on notice when she said she doesn’t have the “temperament” to run for office. A) They don’t have to worry about her running. B) Don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit.
Elon James White @elonjames
Your cause does not outrank basic respect. #QuoteMe #TeamFLOTUS
10:00 PM – 4 Jun 2013
New hashgtag: #dontfuckwithflotus
So orgs have $500 to plant people in fundraisers so they can shout things out, but can’t organize any action on Congress? Oh, okay.
9:56 PM – 4 Jun 2013
That organization paid $500 for somebody to go up in a private house and heckle the First Lady. Think about that.
10:28 PM – 4 Jun 2013
When you troll in real life, things happen. You’re not protected by electrons, diodes, and a keyboard.
8:34 PM – 4 Jun 2013
Cheetos dust, Red Bull spill, and lint-pebble PJs cannot help you. Sheesh, shouting at someone as some sort of beginning of discourse. So much ass is now showing I need an extra pair of shades.
Motherfucker if you’re at a $500 a plate fundraiser saying “I was taken aback,” you better be talking about the chicken buffet.
8:41 PM – 4 Jun 2013
You wanna lay claim to the civil rights movement, then fucking study it. Heckling the wife of your greatest supporter in history ain’t it!
11:03 PM – 4 Jun 2013
Learning the heckler incident happened in a PRIVATE HOME makes it that much clearer it was about CONFRONTATION & DISRESPECT. Not dialogue.
10:35 PM – 4 Jun 2013
Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm
The FLOTUS heckler is like the david broder of heckling. Heckles, then laments decline of civility when FLOTUS gets in her face.
11:12 PM – 4 Jun 2013
Somebody heckled Michelle Obama and she’s getting crap for how she handled it? Someone hold my earrings.
11:40 PM – 4 Jun 2013
Clue to racists who hate the BLACK GUY in the WHITE HOUSE. He was elected TWICE & his wife is SPECTACULAR. Don’t mess with @FLOTUS or US.
12:54 AM – 5 Jun 2013
GOP Senator Attributes Military Sexual Assault To Raging Hormones Of Youth (VIDEO)
The top military brass was on Capitol Hill today for a hearing on sexual assaults in the military. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has
proposed legislation that requires sexual assault charges be handled outside the victim’s chain of command. Gillibrand was emphatic in her statements that commanders are ill abled to objectively address the issue. Of course if there is any doubt that Senator Gillibrand is correct, one just need to listen to Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) who implicitly gives a pass to perpetrators of sexual assault by allowing the “hormone level of youth” excuse.[..]
[....] Twenty six thousand sexual assaults in a year is not a hormone problem. It is a discipline and moral problem the military has been unwilling to fix. The fact that it has gone on as long as it has should cost not just commanders their jobs, but their commanding generals. It is almost guaranteed to be fixed then.
Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/04/senator-attributes-military-sexual-assault-to-raging-hormones-of-youth-videos/
H/T Egberto Willies
I came across this series last night. There are currently two seasons, approximately 15 episodes that run about 1–15 minutes each. The content is gritty and some of the scenes are hard to take but they depict how rape and assault charges are covered up or outright dismissed in the military. I hope this helps shine a light on the treatment that many women in the military receive.
Lauren | Ep. 1 of 3 | Feat. Troian Bellisario & Jennifer Beals
About “Lauren”: When a soldier reports an assault, she is forced to choose between what she loves and what’s right.
Where was GetEQUAL last week when the Illinois Legislature had a vote on marriage equality, and left it on the table?
12:13 AM – 5 Jun 2013
Did they call any of the legislators? Did they send petitions? Or were they too busy planning this stunt?
According to John Aravosis, the tabling of that vote is the sole fault of black legislators, whose votes he and others seem to feel perfectly entitled to regardless of the fact that the black community (like every other) is split on gay rights issues. They completely do believe that they are the new civil rights movement, thus black people had better not disagree with gay rights or not vote for what we’re told to vote for (the total uncaring that black people find the appropriation of our culture and history insulting generally falls on deaf ears, because IMO the point is to batter and insult). The situation is a mess, and because there’s little black leadership speaking up for us, has become exploitative.
he didn’t say shyt about the 11 DOWNSTATE WHITE DEMS who said they’d vote No.
The Dems only have a 10 legislator lead….
so, even if all the Black Caucus had voted for it..it would have FAILED.
Aravosis is an ex-gooper. I’ve never trusted him.
Arguably ex who was on Ted Stevens’s staff to boot. There’s nothing moderate in his history. He’s using the same song- and playbook that he used in the equality vote in the Md. legislature. I must have missed the candy and flowers when black churches organized around voting pro-equality. I have disclosed before that I met him years ago. He’s a friend of a friend. One of the things she said to me then, when he was identifying as R was “don’t bring up politics with him.” It wasn’t my practice then and seemed kind of glaring in the bright line drawn.
Sistermoon50 @sistermoon50 6h
Bill Clinton signs DOMA into law, gets award from HRC. POTUS repeals DADT, FLOTUS gets heckled…
All of these tweets have me going, “Yes!” but this one makes me hit my Brother Franklin!
Ain’t that a bitch??!!!
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Tom Donilon will resign as Pres. Obama’s national security adviser and Amb. Susan Rice will take over.
GOP and media tears are delicious.
6:35 AM – 5 Jun 2013
Stealing Miranda’s video:
Like spinach to Popeye, GOP and media tears make me STRONGER!!!!!
- –GOOD MORNTIN’ AGAIN. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — CONTINUING 2 LEARN from THIS SERIES -Sepia♥ :>) – –Also on HIS AGENDA: — – MR. PRESIDENT Will HONOR the RAVENS 2-Day. :>) —
—–☻RE: — NUBIA: —
– —— – - – -BOWL With Incised Head of Cattle- -
– – — — – — This ceramic bowl was created from local clay and dates to around 1900-1650 BC. The exterior is decorated with cows. The background was incised with a stone to create a stippled pattern. The decoration around the lip of the bowl imitates leather lashing and shows the relationship of pottery to basketry. In Nubia, as in other African cultures, cattle herding was a very important feature of the economy; a family’s wealth and status depended upon the number of cattle they owned.
— -☻-RE: Mr. President: – –
—— – - -12:10 PM — – -Obama welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House. –
– - -ENJOY — YOUR TREAT. – - –B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)
Vending machines that sell bike parts around the clock debut in Brooklyn
A company called Express Bikerhas created a self-serve vending machine that sells bike parts around the clock. The goal is to help cyclists who might be riding late at night or far from bike shops, basically times and/or places where getting a flat tire (for example) would be very inconvenient. The vending machines will sell things like tubes, lights, co2, patch kits, various tools and parts.
There are already two machines in function in Brooklyn: One on the border of South Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant at the Emporium Gas Station on Flushing Avenue, and one at the Mobil Gas Station at 415 Empire Blvd. a few blocks away from Prospect Park. They want to partner with outdoor locations near major bike routes throughout NYC that are open for 24 hours, such as gas
stations, parks, etc.[....]
Read more: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/vending-machines-sell-bike-parts-debut-brooklyn.html
H/T Michael Graham Richard
Chris Hayes should approve lol.
and the heads continue to explode
CBS News ✔ @CBSNews
JUST IN: White House confirms to CBS News that Samantha Power, a former National Security Council staffer, to replace Rice as UN ambassador
6:54 AM – 5 Jun 2013
Wow, this day is awesome and it’s not even 10am!
Let me join you, GN!
OMG, I cannot!!!! Go Tiny!
Bah-bay I love that gif. I wish FB would let you post GIF…lol
Y’all crazy!! LOL!!!
Sepia – — -THESE — -PHOOLS!! – - GLOATIN’ Time – — CALLED! OUT!! — -geesh! –
— – – -Gov. Phil Bryant’s Working Moms Comments Are Why GOP Ignorance Must Be Run Out of Office – –
— – – – -The Washington Post reported yesterday that, “Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that America’s educational troubles began when women began working outside
the home in large numbers.”
Bryant was participating in a Washington Post Live event focused on the importance of ensuring that children read well by the end of third grade. In response to a question about how America became
“so mediocre” in regard to educational outcomes, he said:
I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the work place.
Watch courtesy of the Washington Post:
THERE IS MORE — —-DA IGNANTS — ABOUNDS!!
Sepia — -HERE’S ANOTHER — -RE-THUG –PHOOL!!! —geesh! –
– –Representatives knock Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ comments on sexual assault –
– — — - – - -SNIP — – -
- — —-”For a United States senator, or anyone, to write off sexual assault and the personal violation of a woman or a man to the raging hormones of youth shows just how dramatically out of touch the Republican Party is,” she told MSNBC.
“I think he should think about whether if, God forbid, a sexual assault happened to a daughter of his, would he think it was OK for a senator to just chalk the assault up to raging hormones?” – - -
THERE IS MORE – - —THANK U!!! —geesh!!
– - -[Gotta "bounce" early. MISSING U/CARRYIN' U - --IN MY ♥ --B BLESSED♥]
Your Health Insurance Company May Owe You Money
[....] “Blue Shield, the state’s third-largest health insurer, will be sending rebates to about 29,000 small businesses. That’s because the San Francisco insurer spent 76.6% of premiums on their medical care. Those small firms cover 90,000 employees and dependents.
“Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc. (WLP),
will be giving rebates to nearly 45,000 small businesses. The state’s
largest for-profit health insurer spent 79.3% of premiums on their
medical care, just shy of the threshold. Those small employers cover about 322,000 workers and family members.”
For businesses of all sizes, the rebates go to the employer. Companies are supposed to pass along the portion of the refund that applies to employees’ contributions to health premiums.[....] Health insurers must pay rebates for 2012 by Aug. 1.[....]
Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-04/your-health-insurance-company-may-owe-you-money#r=nav-r-story
H/T John Tozzi
Susan Rice stares at her typed speech a few minutes longer, before finally hitting backspace. “Confirm this, bitches” was a bit too much.
ITS NOT EVEN 10:00 AM!!!!!! Why y’all doing this to me!
Oh y’all……………………Oh God____________
David Plouffe FOR ALL THE WINS
Plouffe’s Big Gamble
Obama adviser David Plouffe brought up decades-old allegations that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) stole cars and burned down his own business because “he had no choice,” Politicoreports. “There was simply no other Obama aide with the stature or street cred with the Democratic base to confront Issa — even though he was a key player in the administration during the period covered by Issa’s inquiry.”
“His decision to trash Issa in such a personal way stunned Plouffe admirers who privately fret about poking such an ambitious and unpredictable adversary in the eye, fearing it will only reinforce the California Republican’s determination to prove that the orders to scrutinize conservative groups came from high-ranking administration officials.”
Said Plouffe: “If he behaves himself I am happy to never think about him again. I do think it’s highly relevant for the media to examine Congress’s top cop both in terms of how he is handling the current situation but also his background. He is a man in the spotlight — the American people should and will be eager for more info on who the inquisitor is.”
I don’t care what nobody says, David Plouffe is my white baby daddy.
Said Plouffe: “If he behaves himself I am happy to never think about him again. OMG!!! Now that was cold and I loved it!
lmao!!!!!!!!!! Not a single solitary f- is being given…not one…not a half of one…not a quarter of one…not a tenth of one…not a subatomic particle of one…
Plouffe to Issa: “Don’t start none, won’t be none”
As mentioned downthread, the below tweets are why CodePink is currently getting some of GetEqual’s asswhoopin:
Good for @EllenSturtz for talking to @michelleobama about POTUS unfulfilled promise to pass ENDA http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-pol
@MichelleObama should have been coached, long ago, on how to deal diplomatically w people who stand up to protest govt policies.
Mrs. Obama should have said to LGBT protester: I don’t make policy but I certainly understand your concerns. Thanks for sharing them w me.
Yea they getting their ass handed to them on twitter. The first lady is not a damn dog she does not need to be trained. Code pink is a freaking racket. I wonder how much they get in donations to do nothing other than yell.
It’s a sense of entitlement coupled with ungratefulness and animus, as well as a belief that people should be bullied into thinking one way. I’m seeing on twitter the asswhoopin spreading to PETA, GLAAD, anti-abortion groups and others which use bullying tactics as well. People are getting fed up.
found this at The Obama Diary
June 5, 2013 at 8:15 am
The heckling of our First Lady at yesterday’s event and the constant criticism of our President from all directions continues to emphasize that President Obama is held to a different standard than previous presidents. He is too involved. He’s not involved enough. He is expected to do so much more against all odds. Every accomplishment is never enough. Every response is not fast enough. Every positive achievement is unfairly credited to the action(s) of someone else. Every negative incident is all the fault of this President.
There are individuals and groups who think that, unlike other presidents, President Obama was given some magical power just by being elected; that he could wave some magic wand and things would happen just because he commands it to be so. Sadly, this perception speaks to how little people really know about how our government works. Besides, would we, Americans who are protective of our rights and freedoms, really be happy having a President who had that much power?
People are falling for the lies spread by the GOP that the President’s administration is a culture of intimidation. Seriously!?!?!?!? If the President was THAT intimidating, why is it that the GOP is so comfortable with their obstructionism? Why do people like McCain, Graham, Cruz, Paul, et al freely spout their lies on Sunday talk shows and other venues? Would a Darrell Issa be able to generate this “Scandalgate” environment? Congress has spent the last 5 years doing NOTHING! That is the REAL scandal.
The President is not looking for a quick, temporary fix via an Executive Order. He is looking for a more permanent fix; legislation. A fix that will be hard to take away once he leaves office. The President does not want to short change us by giving a false sense of security via an EO, knowing that the benefits from an EO can be easily reversed. Besides, if these groups REALLY want change, why aren’t they going after Congress, the people who we have elected and who are in the position to enact legislation that will result in change that’s more real and more permanent?
In addition, all the things that people seemed to have expected the President to accomplish on day one were overshadowed by the crises that he had to confront on the first day he walked into the oval office. Should he have ignored the financial crisis? Should he have put aside the fact that we were in the midst of two wars? The President recognizes that the interests of his “base” are broad. We should recognize that, even with the deliberate obstruction of the GOP fueled by the misinformation of the MSM, and yes, the passive “support?” of his own party, everything cannot be done at once. And everything will not be done the way we THINK it should be done. But if we are really paying attention and stop allowing ourselves to be distracted by faux issues, we will realize that the President and his administration have overcome many obstacles and that we are benefitting so much from what they have been able to accomplish. And in the long run, if historians are fair and truthful, President Obama will be touted as one of the greatest Presidents– if not THE GREATEST President — of our lifetime.
Punks jump up to get beat down. Madea Benjamin got these old white ladies’ head boosted up cause POTUS let her ramble and make a fool of herself when he was giving his speech. Ol’ girl thought she was gonna make a lil’ name for herself like Madea and it backfired on her ass.
Mrs. Obama, like most women of the African Diaspora, has a low tolerance for bullshit, fuckery, and attention grabbing shenanigans. You are not going to scream and holler at a black woman and think you’re going to get away with it. She thought she was big and bad and bold, but when Mrs. Obama got down from that podium and looked her in the eye, woman to woman, she got scared as hell. If you wanna break bad on a sista, you best be prepared to be dealt with. And she better be glad FLOTUS is as classy as she is and simply offered her the mic. Because had that been another kind of sister, the only thing handed to her would have been her ass.
They gon’ learn today.
I thought it was extra smooth how FLOTUS got the audience to make a choice…LOL, that was priceless. You wanna talk over me? Oh hell no, you can have the mic altogether if that’s what the people want…do the people want that??
People: “HELL NO! WE WANT FLOTUS! umm, listen heckler lady…you ain’t got to go home…but….”
Breakin’ out the church fan!
I didn’t even need to read it to know the top 5. I was only wrong in the order because I mixed up #5 and #2.
5 states with the most people on disability
The number of Americans receiving disability benefits has soared, especially in areas plagued by health problems, poverty and unemployment.
By Michael Sauter, Samuel Weigley and Alexander E.M. Hess
Willing, not able
The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more than doubled over the past two decades, from 5.2 million to 11.7 million by the end of 2011. But the numbers vary widely from state to state: In West Virginia, close to one in every 10 people aged 18 to 64 received SSDI benefits from the federal government — more than three times the rate in Utah and Alaska.
Two main factors are to blame, according to the National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives: Aging baby boomers are more prone to health problems, and women who began working in greater numbers in the 1970s and 1980s are now eligible for disability through Social Security for the first time.
But changing demographics only partially explain the increase, says Tad DeHaven, budget analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. He argues that the recession played a major role as well. “When you see unemployment rates rising, you see disability moving with it,” DeHaven notes.
In fact, the states with the most disability claims tend to have the highest poverty rates, the least-educated workforces and the fewest jobs offering competitive wages.
more here: http://money.msn.com/investing/5-states-with-the-most-people-on-disability
It would also be interesting if variables: environmental hazard and occupational safety injuries were included given poverty is factor.
You can’t hear what FLOTUS is saying when she walks up on her, but you can hear tquite clearly the crowd’s response to what was being said.
AUDIO: LGBT Activist Heckles First Lady At Fundraiser
H/T Catherine Thompson
Good morning all! Flotus is the bizness I’m still LMMAO about getequal and their b.s. I just about stayed up all night reading twitter.
The Associated Press @AP11m
BREAKING: US factory orders up 1 percent in April with business investment up for second straight month.
Another thing about the media’s criticism of FLOTUS chin-checking that heckler…Let’s not fall for the PBO vs. FLOTUS bs because there is video of PBO calling out hecklers just like FLOTUS did. So, let’s not act like PBO just rolls over for these a-holes.
Oh I’ve been noticing that too Sepia! They are gonna go on that trip now. SMH…they really think we’re stupid. We see this shit from miles away. Saw that shit before last night happened!
So very true! He clowns them too, he just chuckles while doing it.
Oh no! The gloves have come OFF!!
Obama To Announce Personnel Changes At 2:15 P.M. EST
President Barack Obama is expected to announce the personnel changes within his administration during a Wednesday afternoon event at the Rose Garden, the White House said. Obama will make the announcement at 2:15 p.m. ET. The President will likely address the shakeup to his foreign policy team.[....]
Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-to-announce-personnel-changes-at-2-15
H/T Tom Kludt
. @MichelleObama should have been coached, long ago, on how to deal diplomatically w people who stand up to protest govt policies.
@codepink @MichelleObama No. You need to coach your own rude, classless, protesters to know the diff between their allies and enemies.
7:34 AM – 5 Jun 2013
And at the very least, if you’re going to pull something like heckling First Lady Obama you had better put on your big girl panties and don’t whine when you get something as mild as a Clair Huxtable teachable moment in return. How are you going to act a damn fool and then whine about civility (invoking angry negress themes) afterwards?
See, Code Pank gon’ learn today. They can enter the fray if they want to, but we got plenty of whoop ass to go around.
No home training whatsoever but about to tell somebody else that they need to be “coached” to “deal diplomatically” with a bunch of spoiled brats. Nerve for days!
By all means, Code Pink, you can come but you had best come correct.
You confront the wife of the leader of the free world but then are “taken aback” when she confronts you right back. That’s privilege, folks.
7:17 AM – 5 Jun 2013
Yep! They been doin it for so long and gotten away with it that it just comes natural!
This blogger’s mother was at the fundraiser last night, so there’s some juicy details here that didn’t make the media reports. My favorite part…
Once Mrs. Obama was on the podium to speak, after naming all the policies and initiatives President Obama has done, second heckler interrupts Mrs. Obama. Mrs. Obama steps back from the lectern and with arms raised she says “This is what I don’t well.” Second heckler keeps going and Mrs. Obama proceeds to walk away from lectern with arms raised repeating “I don’t do this.” Crowd tries to get the heckler to be quiet or leave. After a few guests instigate “South Side Chicago is in the house” (referring to Obama’s home) crowd starts to chant “South Side Chicago.” This seems to pump or energize Mrs. Obama. She comes down from the podium and looks at second heckler and tells them “It’s either going to be you or me. If you want to speak, I’ll leave.” Crowd almost immediately commands that heckler leaves and Mrs. Obama stays. Heckler is escorted out.
No wonder Miss Ann was taken aback, ha-ha.
That gif gn! hahahahahahaha!
Is that Patti Labelle? LOL!
I think so lmao!
I love Patti! She’s so extra. That’s my play mama.
It ain’t a Patti concert until she kicks off her shoes and starts rolling around.
Crowd almost immediately commands that heckler leaves and Mrs. Obama stays. Heckler is escorted out.
You aint gots to go home but…
Miranda…they were chanting “South Side Chicago”…OMG I LOVE THE DEMOCRATIC BASE…holy shit, Miss Thang didn’t even know what hit her.
I really need for Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo to get in a studio and drop 16 Bars in honor of this occasion. It calls for it.
I would like to dedicate my jam, The Heat, by Miss Mariah Carey Cannon to the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. Because she truly brought the heat to ol’ girl!
“You think I won’t come out these heels and make it clear, hoe. I ain’t the one.” Sing, Mariah!!
____________over and out_____________
This song makes me wanna carry a bag with sneakers, vaseline, and a ponytail holder so I can fight at a moments notice.
LMAO!!! Like I said before there are people for which you ought to be ready to swing for at a moment’s notice without even knowing why. Folks woke up, saw something happened that involved FLOTUS, asked not one damn question other than “WHO SAID IT”…was swinging on that GetEqual woman and hadn’t read one word to know what she said, all they know is SOMEBODY SAID SHE DISRESPECTED MICHELLE..that was all that needed to be said. Put on the Chuck Taylors and grab the nunchucks…let’s do this!
told ya last night…The Black Snob broke it down years ago with regards to FLOTUS…
Interesting post, thanks! So the proceedings were interrupted THREE times last night. I haven’t seen that mentioned before. No wonder FLOTUS was fed up even aside from the obvious disrespect to her.
OK I just heard audio of the incident with Flotus and cc was right that audience was not having it. And Flotus sounds pissed off lol.
Malia and Sasha told y’all asses that their mama does not like whining. That’s why you gotta listen to the babies!
LOL codepink deleted that coaching tweet. You see they thought folks were playing with them. When it comes to the first lady we do not play. Also codepink got some nerve calling themselves a feminist org then saying the first lady needs coaching and training. They can have several seats.
Why bother deleting it when it’s already in such heavy circulation?
The POU twitter account is going HAM!
PragObots @codepink U need to fall back with that antebellum, trying to regress back 2 the plantation bs.FLOTUS is not a child for u to reprimand. #p2
Hmmmm…so, this is why Codepink is all up in the mix. The intertubes is a wonderful thang.
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They looking to get their feelings hurt too.
I got plenty of switches to go around.
Oh look, here is a Miss Ann all stank bout FLOTUS not playing Prissy to Miss Scarlet….have at her twitterati.
This bish crazy! And looking for attention.
Love your avatar, Alma!
Thank you qosine it’s from my trip to the Bahamas.
“don’t you dare play the race card on me as I spread my loathing of FLOTUS and invoke my rape by black men”
Dang, log off the computer for one night and miss everything!
HAHAHA! You gots to read yesterday’s threads and catch up! Last night was fiyah and the lava pouring over quickly into today!
I’m trying to read Tuesday’s evening thread, today’s open thread, TOD and Luvvie work will have to take a back seat today LOL!
I really can’t stand Keli Goff…I knew when I saw someone bashing her in my twitter timeline that she probably wrote something stupid…and yep…she did.
only time I ever cheered on Pat Buchanan was when he told her dumb ass to shut up. That was, to quote the late Whitney Houston, the “most rightest” thing Pat ever did or said.
So that is why lovelyladypa told her to get her hair fixed on twitter lol! Folks got all kind of jokes today.
I just keep reading what our First Lady said to that heckler over and over. Just stellar. I feel like a fever broke big time. Now, Susan Rice moves into the top NSA slot. After weeks of nonstop bullshit, feel
Clearly, the gloves have come off!!
Afternoon thread is up!
What! Wait! OK, must read faster!
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Doris A. Davis of Compton, California becomes the first African American woman to govern a metropolitan city
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By doing so, she became the first female African American Mayor of a
major metropolitan city. However, after four years as mayor she did not
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