Saturday Open Thread

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  1. Marsha Hunt- Brown Sugar

    https://www.facebook.com/irockjazz

    To some people in 1969, Mick Jagger was little short of being an uncouth hoodlum, what with his drug taking, louche lifestyle and rebellious views. But secret love letters he sent from Australia to Marsha Hunt, his lover, first child’s mother and the inspiration for Jagger’s controversial song Brown Sugar. Marsha Hunt talks with iRock Jazz!

  2. Ametia says:

    C’mon, SG2. I know you know this one. LOL

  3. Ametia says:

    Here you go, Rikyrah!

  4. rikyrah says:

    Powerful Photographs Of India Demanding Justice For Women

    A woman who was brutally gang-raped by six men on December 16th died from her injuries on Saturday. The pressure on the Indian government to be tougher on crimes against women reaches its boiling point

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/powerful-photographs-of-india-demanding-justice-fo

  5. rikyrah says:

    today was a good day…to just hang….

    I got two things in the mail I wanted:

    for myself – my 2013 Michelle Obama Calendar – hung it up

    from my sister- the DVD of Person of Interest…yeah..

    I made turkey salad from the leftover white meat..and turkey soup from the leftover dark meat….

    and, I found 2BlackGeeks while wandering around youtube…

    And, checked in with Awkward Black Girls, which is into their Season 2

  6. Michelle and Craig

    https://www.facebook.com/irockjazz

    My big brother (Craig Robinson) is always looking out for me. Before Barack could take me out on a date, he had to take on Craig on the basketball court.”- Michelle Obama

  7. Ametia says:

    I’m pining for the 70’s & 80’s can’t ya tell?

  8. Ametia says:

    Just because I love this song…

  9. Florida’s Long Lines On Election Day Discouraged 49,000 People From Voting: Report

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/29/floridas-long-lines-election-voting_n_2381482.html#comments

    Florida took center stage in the 2012 elections, when voters around the state had to wait in line at the polls for up to nine hours. Gov. Rick Scott (R) initially denied that there was any problem, saying it was “very good” that people were getting out to vote.

    But a new study shows that tens of thousands of people were actually discouraged from voting because of the long lines.

    According to an analysis by Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, as many as 49,000 individuals in Central Florida did not vote because of the problems at the polls.

    About 19,000 of those people would have backed former GOP nominee Mitt Romney, while the rest would have gone for President Barack Obama, according to Allen.

    The Orlando Sentinel, which published the results of Allen’s research, notes that those findings suggest “that Obama’s margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results. Obama carried the state by 74,309 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast.”

    • Ametia says:

      Of course this was the intent all along, to stop the VOTER. Too bad the GOP lost voters in the process. Mitt thought the white voters would vote for him, just because he’s white. NOT!!!

  10. Check your email ladies.

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Most Devastating Look At How Barack Obama’s Digital Team Crushed Mitt Romney’s And Won Him The Election

    Brett LoGiurato and Walter Hickey|Dec. 28, 2012, 2:35 PM

    The Obama campaign’s digital operations proved to be a crucial point of success that led to the re-election of President Barack Obama in November.

    Based on a sophisticated effort and larger emphasis on digital and new media, the Obama campaign engaged supporters and raised an unprecedented amount of money through its digital efforts.

    How did the Obama campaign become so effective in the digital realm? Engage, an interactive digital political agency in Washington, D.C., recently published a report entitled “Inside the Cave.” It features a 93-page, step-by-step in-depth look at the secrets to the Obama digital team’s success.

    We’ve collected 15 of the report’s key topics and published them here.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-digital-teams-election-romp-2012-12?op=1#ixzz2GU4F7bPX

  12. Ametia says:

    Remember MHP’s take down of Beckie?

  13. FL Pawn Shop Owner: ‘I’m Not Going To Be Part Of It Anymore’

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/fl-pawn-shop-owner-im-not-going-be-pa

    Here’s a powerful story about a gun seller’s epiphany that has the gun nuts climbing the walls. “Turn in your man card,” one poster on a gun site proclaimed. Well, yeah. If posturing with an assault weapon is what makes you a man, and not the ability to be a good dad and have empathy for other human beings, I guess that makes sense. Via Wonkette:

    SEMINOLE, Fla. – As a pawn shop owner, Frank James was always a big believer in gun rights and the second amendment. After all, it was his bread and butter business.

    But after what he saw in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, he’s had a change of heart. “I basically broke into tears and looked up on the wall, seeing the types of firearms I am selling,” James said.

    At the Loan Star Pawn store in Seminole, a glass display case that once housed several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is now empty. The glass counters normally filled with handguns has been completely cleared.

    “I’m not going to be part of it anymore,” James said. He has several copies of the exact rifle suspected in the massacre.

    • Ametia says:

      LMBAO These 2 are HILARIOUSLY FANTASTIC. “KEEP UP!” I know that’s right.

      High heels click like a metronome… LOL

      • rikyrah says:

        I love Mellie

        and like 2BlackGeeks, I feel in love with her during that scene..

        “You didn’t DO YOUR JOB, Olivia!”

        that scene was classic.

      • Ametia says:

        BWA HA HA HA. I’m in love with Black Geeks. Thanks for introducing us to them, Rik.

        My daughters got me the DVD Scandal series. Next Downton Abbey!

      • Ametia says:

        LOL Mellie is all kinds of CRAZY, and I love her character too. the dynamic between Fitz, Olivia, and Mellie… is complex, to say the least.

        if Ann Romney was this KIND of crazy,…

        2BlackGeeks are spot on. Scandal is purely a character-driven show. With any good story, it’s all about the character. Plot-driven stories fail, because they limit the characters’ ability to grow.

        Shonda Rhimes and her staff are creative giants.

  14. rikyrah says:

    This Time, I’m Mad

    by BooMan
    Sat Dec 29th, 2012 at 04:15:20 PM EST

    Growing up in bucolic Central New Jersey, I never experienced a hurricane or a tornado or a forest fire or an earthquake. We had some occasional flooding, but nothing like we began to see in the late 1990’s. I once woke up to discover that a layer of Mount St. Helens’ ash had dusted our cars, but that was my only interaction with a volcano. I always felt like we lived in one of the safest places on Earth, and I wondered how people tolerated living in locales where nature could reach out and smite them without a moment’s notice. Somewhere there is a chart that shows how much money New Jersey received in disaster relief in the years between my birth in 1969 and my departure for California in 1989. I can’t imagine that that number is very high. Yet, in all those years, the people of New Jersey were paying more in income taxes relative to what they were receiving in federal expenditures than any state in the union save (in some years) Connecticut.
    It angers me that 32 Republican senators voted against giving New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut disaster relief. I don’t care what objections they claim to have to the bill. You fight for what you think should or should not be in the bill and then you vote to pass it (out of sheer politeness if nothing else).

    The senators of the Mid-Atlantic did not vote against disaster relief for the Gulf Coast or for the people of Joplin, Missouri or for dealing with the Colorado wildfires or for flood victims along the Mississippi River.

    There’s a basic lack of gratitude in this vote just sticks in my craw. I don’t know how a person goes to sleep at night knowing that there is a permanent record of them having voted against giving aid to the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Most of the Gulf Coast Republicans had better sense than to oppose the aid, but not Jon Cornyn of Texas or Jeff Sessions of Alabama or Marco Rubio of Florida. What if we give the middle finger to them from now on whenever their states get hammered by a hurricane? How about Sen. Blunt from Missouri? If his people have another city leveled by a tornado, how about we tell him it’s too damn bad, but he ain’t getting any federal money?

    How about this? Why don’t we calculate how much Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have paid in taxes versus what they have received in expenditures, compare it to Kentucky, and we send Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul a bill for the difference? Then we can do the same thing for Tennessee and Wyoming and Georgia. We’ll do our disaster relief that way instead, and see how these folks like it.

    Seriously, though, this really angers more than the usual foolishness. It’s bad manners.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/29/161520/96#2

  15. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s Five Greatest Disappointments In 2012
    Sahil Kapur-December 29, 2012, 7:00 AM

    This was a bad year for the Republican Party. What started out as a year of hope that they would return to power ended in a series of profound disappointments that left party strategists debating whether the GOP would become a permanent minority unless they change course.

    Here are the party’s five most disappointing moments.

    1. Payroll Tax Cut Defeat

    The year began with a standoff between President Obama and House Republicans that split the GOP and ended in a clear defeat for the party. Worse, it placed the mantle of working class tax breaks in the hands of a Democrat.

    Obama demanded a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut; House GOP leaders made a public showing of their resistance, insisting on offsets but resisting ideological compromise until the bitter end. Obama stood firm, as did House Republicans — until Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly called on them to give up the game.

    On Feb. 13, they did, and agreed to extend the tax break without paying for it. It would prove to be a turning point in how Obama dealt with the GOP.

    2. Nominating A Presidential Candidate They Disliked

    The GOP’s presidential field was widely seen as weak. The race came down to two unpopular relics of the past (Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) and a former blue stater who once embraced abortion rights, gun control and planted the seeds for Obamacare (Mitt Romney.)

    After a series of embarrassing moments from the other candidates involving moon colonies, anti-porn crusades and the like, Republicans finally decided they had nowhere to go but Romney, crowing him their nominee on May 30. Conservatives never really warmed up to the former Massachusetts governor, and many lamented the selection. But, they consoled themselves, at least he had what it took to throw Barack Obama out of office.

    3. Obamacare Upheld

    On June 28, the Supreme Court broke Republicans’ hearts when it refused to strike down Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

    It came at a time when Republican leaders were openly preparing for victory in quashing the Affordable Care Act. Even more depressing: the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling came from one-time conservative hero, Chief Justice John Roberts, whose vote the right had mostly taken for granted. It left conservatives flummoxed and eager to understand his betrayal.

    Now their only hope for repealing Obamacare was to defeat Obama.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/gop-five-greatest-disappointments-2012.php

  16. rikyrah says:

    December 28, 2012

    Meanwhile, back at Lake Tahoe …

    Here, from Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, is the latest marker of rising, squalid disingenuity in the GOP’s congressional cesspool

    You know, they’re sitting around down at the White House like it was a Harvard Law Review meeting, just to show who’s the smartest person in the room. We don’t need the smartest person in the room. We need someone to get up and say, “OK, America, we need to deal with revenues; that’s the bad news; and we also need to deal with the Medicare fiscal cliff, or you’re not going to get your medical bills paid.

    Catch that? Suddenly it’s the Medicare fiscal cliff, a slight precipice which ObamaCare in fact forestalled by a few more years–an effort vigorously opposed, of course, by Republicans.

    I don’t know how they do it, but they really do manage to always find ways to new lows, or, as the intro has it, to new high-squalidness markers.

    One cannot negotiate with such animals. One mustn’t even try. One simply rehearses Corleone’s line: “Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing.”

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/12/meanwhile-back-at-lake-tahoe-.html

  17. rikyrah says:

    GOP Senators Want To Take Debt Ceiling Hostage In Order To Raise Retirement Age

    By Pat Garofalo on Dec 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Two Republican senators want to use the threat of an economic meltdown to raise the retirement age and cut Medicare. Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a plan today that would raise the federal debt limit by $1 trillion in exchange for $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as The Hill reported

    The Corker-Alexander dollar-for-dollar plan has several components.

    It would structurally reform Medicare by creating competing private options giving seniors greater choice of healthcare plans. It would not, however, cap Medicare spending.

    The plan would also give states more flexibility to manage Medicaid programs and prevent states from “gaming the federal share of the program with state tax charges.”

    It would gradually raise the Social Security retirement age and use the “chained CPI” formula to calculate cost-of-living adjustments, curbing the growing cost of benefits.

    In exchange, it would direct the debt limit be increased by the same amount as the savings generated from entitlement reform.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/28/1379301/gop-senators-debt-ceiling-retirement/

  18. rikyrah says:

    Dick Armey: Extortionist Grifter

    Posted on 12/29/2012 at 2:00 pm by JM Ashby

    Dick Armey opened up to ABC News this weekend and dispelled any doubt that he is in fact a grifter who committed extortion following his attempted armed coup of FreedomWorks.

    According to Armey, Stephenson stepped in with an offer to pay him $400,000 a year over 20 years because he “was concerned I was going to resign [from FreedomWorks] and sue them before the [presidential] election. He didn’t want an uproar. We all understood if I take any action that made it at all public it would be a press nightmare and we didn’t want that before the election.”

    “So Dick was saying, ‘You know, Armey, my family and I have heard your story, about how you can’t afford to retire and we want to help with your retirement,’” Armey, who is 72, also said.

    As part of the agreement, Armey said he will serve as a consultant to Stephenson. [...]

    “I must say the trespass against me was so comprehensive and so eroding of my critical asset — and my critical asset is my relationship with the press,” Armey told ABC News. “I actually had a court case, a case I could have taken and I did consider doing so, but we decided we wanted to try and handle it quietly outside of the press pursuant to the condition was I could not work with these guys anymore. You can’t take people who you indisputably understand to be dishonest and dangerous to the organization in their dishonesty and continue working with them.”

    Threatening to go public before an election. Threatening a court case. Threatening employees with armed thugs. That’s nothing $400,000 a year for 20 years can’t fix.

    And then you have his claim that you can’t continue working with people who are “dishonest and dangerous” and yet he will remain with FreedomWorks as a consultant for the foreseeable future.

    And if he feels they are such a danger to the organization, why is he “leaving” with them in charge? Because all he really wanted was a pay-day and a golden parachute.

    These are your Tea Party values and “thinkers” at work. They’re getting paid top dollar to spin their wheels and generate nothing of real value like the much-maligned Wall Street fat cats of yore. Flushing their shareholders donors’ money down the toilet and then getting paid handsomely to resign.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/12/dick-armey-extortionist-grifter.html

  19. rikyrah says:

    Most Republicans Oppose Sandy Relief

    by BooMan
    Sat Dec 29th, 2012 at 10:53:02 AM EST

    It’s interesting to see which Republican senators voted for disaster relief for the victims of Sandy. It’s not hard to understand why David Vitter of Louisiana, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Richard Shelby of Alabama supported the relief. Their states have been ravaged by hurricanes and/or tornadoes in recent years. Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe, and Kay Bailey Hutchison are retiring so they don’t have to explain themselves to the Tea Party. Scott Brown wants to run for John Kerry’s Senate seat. Susan Collins and Dean Heller just might be decent enough people to have to done the right thing without self-interest playing much of a part in it.

    Still, most Republicans voted against any disaster relief for the Mid-Atlantic. That is because they are assholes

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/29/10532/834

  20. NRA President: Biden Has Not Invited Us To Gun Talks

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/29/nra-gun-rights_n_2377972.html#comments

    WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – An effort led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to reduce gun violence after the Connecticut school massacre so far has not included talking to the National Rifle Association, the president of the gun rights group said on Friday.

    NRA President David Keene said neither Biden nor his staff has contacted the organization since President Barack Obama unveiled the effort on Dec. 19.

    Keene said he was not surprised, given Biden’s past support for new gun control laws. “He’s not even a friendly antagonist,” Keene told Reuters in an interview.

    The lack of communication between the White House and the largest U.S. lobbying group for gun owners is a sign that the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has so far failed to change long-held stances on gun politics. In that tragedy, a young man shot his mother with her own gun before killing 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
    _________________

    Why would he?

  21. Essence Magazine EXCLUSIVE: “Trayvon Martin’s Mom Sybrina Fulton Reflects on 2012, Wants ‘Justice’ in 2013″

    http://fb.me/sr6OQDVH

    Ten months after her son was killed, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says she’s ready for justice to be served in 2013. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about her first holiday season without Trayvon, her thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and her hopes for 2013:

    This year has been bittersweet. The bitter part is that I lost my baby boy. The sweet part has been the show of support that we have received from our community and from the world. We are thankful. 



    This is our first holiday season without Trayvon, and I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time. I’m an emotional rollercoaster. Trayvon loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. He always looked forward to those holidays. But while I am sad I’m reminded that I have another son that I’m trying to help get through not having his younger brother around.

    Trayvon would have turned 18 this coming February and would have been graduating from high school. He had just turned 17 a few days before he was killed. I remember how much he was looking forward to senior picture day. I won’t ever get a chance see those moments; to see his high school graduation picture, his prom pictures, his wedding pictures. I won’t get that experience. It’s still difficult to swallow because Trayvon had his whole life ahead of him. Seventeen years just seems so short to me, but I do thank God for the time that he did give me with him.

  22. ‘Django Unchained’ Neck & Neck with ‘Les Misérables’ at Box Office

    http://www.eurweb.com/2012/12/django-unchained-neck-neck-with-les-miserables-at-box-office/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Actually both titles are vying for the number 2 spot behind the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” which has already taken in over $200 million domestically.

    As of its 3am report this morning, the site says “Django” Estimated Weekend cume is $28.7M, while “Les Mis” is at $28.4M.

    The Top Ten films based on Friday estimates:

    1. The Hobbit (MGM/Wwarner Bros) Week 3 [Runs 4,100] PG13
    Friday $10.0M, Est Weekend $32.5M, Est Cume $220.0M

    2. Django Unchained (Sony/Weinstein) Week 1 [Runs 3,010] R
    Friday $9.3M, Est Weekend $28.7M, Est Cume $59.4M

    3. Les Misérables (Working Title/Universal) Week 1 [Runs 2,814] PG13
    Friday $9.3M, Est Weekend $28.4M, Est Cume $66.5M

    4. Parental Guidance (Walden/Fox) Week 1 [Runs 3,367] PG
    Friday $5.0M, Est Weekend $14.5M, Est Cume $29.4M

    5. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 3,352] PG13
    Friday $4.5M, Est Weekend $13.2M, Est Cume $43.5M

    6. This Is 40 (Universal) Week 2 [Runs 2,914] R
    Friday $3.8M, Est Weekend $11.4M, Est Cume $35.3M

    7. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 8 [Runs 1,966] PG13
    Friday $2.3M, Est Weekend $7.0M, Est Cume $131.5M

    8. Monsters Inc 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [Runs 2,618] G
    Friday $2.3M, Est Weekend $6.5M, Est Cume $18.6M

    9. The Guilt Trip (Skydance/Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 2,431] PG13
    Friday $2.0M, Est Weekend $6.0M, Est Cume $20.4M

    10. Rise Of The Guardians (DWA/Par) Week 5 [Runs 3,031]
    Friday $1.8M, Est Weekend $5.5M, Est Cume $90.9M

    • I love Jamie’s singing. Love love “Get This Money”.

      I got more than 5 on it
      dance for me, dance for me
      I see u got your eyes on it
      dance for me, dance for me
      So act like u know, are u trying to
      Get this dough, or what?

      ;)

    • Ametia says:

      LOL How BLACK is that? Women look at me and say; what the HELL, but when I sing they say; Is that Denzel? LMBAO

    • majiir says:

      IMO, assholes, all of ‘em. How stupid do you have to be to think that just because you believe the lies that Fox, republican politicians, pundits, and RW radio entertainers tell about PBO, that everyone else in the country feels the same way? I’ve never been so happy in my life as I was at around 11:15 PM on November 6, 2012 when it was announced that PBO had been re-elected because asses like the ones in the video received a healthy dose of sit down, STFU, and let the grown folks run things.

  23. Ametia says:

    Reposting. This still pisses me off. Less than 10 minutes, and the jackals couldn’t keep their pieholes shut, while POTUS was speaking.

    Statement by the President
    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
    5:52 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with leaders of both parties to try and forge an agreement that would grow our economy and shrink the deficit — a balanced plan that would cut spending in a responsible way but also ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more, and, above all, protect our middle class and everybody who is striving to get into the middle class.

    I still want to get this done. It’s the right thing to do for our families, for our businesses, and for our entire economy. But the hour for immediate action is here. It is now.

    We’re now at the point where, in just four days, every American’s tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. Every American’s paycheck will get considerably smaller. And that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy, it would be bad for middle-class families, and it would be bad for businesses that depend on family spending. Fortunately, Congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now.

    I just had a good and constructive discussion here at the White House with Senate and House leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, and I’m optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. Senators Reid and McConnell are working on such an agreement as we speak.

    But if an agreement isn’t reached in time between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell, then I will urge Senator Reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote –- one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million Americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction.

    I believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as those leaders allow it to actually come to a vote. If members of the House or the Senate want to vote no, they can –- but we should let everybody vote. That’s the way this is supposed to work. If you can get a majority in the House and you can get a majority in the Senate, then we should be able to pass a bill.

    So the American people are watching what we do here. Obviously, their patience is already thin. This is déjà vu all over again. America wonders why it is that in this town, for some reason, you can’t get stuff done in an organized timetable; why everything always has to wait until the last minute. Well, we’re now at the last minute, and the American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. Not right now.

    The economy is growing, but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs. The housing market is recovering, but that could be impacted if folks are seeing smaller paychecks. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, but already you’re seeing businesses and consumers starting to hold back because of the dysfunction that they see in Washington.

    Economists, business leaders all think that we’re poised to grow in 2013 –- as long as politics in Washington don’t get in the way of America’s progress.

    So we’ve got to get this done. I just want to repeat — we had a constructive meeting today. Senators Reid and McConnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the Senate, over to the House and done in a timely fashion so that we’ve met the December 31st deadline. But given how things have been working in this town, we always have to wait and see until it actually happens. The one thing that the American people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action.

    So if we don’t see an agreement between the two leaders in the Senate, I expect a bill to go on the floor — and I’ve asked Senator Reid to do this — put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle-class families don’t go up, that unemployment insurance is still available for two million people, and that lays the groundwork, then, for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the New Year.

    But let’s not miss this deadline. That’s the bare minimum that we should be able to get done, and it shouldn’t be that hard since Democrats and Republicans both say they don’t want to see taxes go up on middle-class families.

    I just have to repeat — outside of Washington, nobody understands how it is that this seems to be a repeat pattern over and over again. Ordinary folks, they do their jobs. They meet deadlines. They sit down and they discuss things, and then things happen. If there are disagreements, they sort through the disagreements. The notion that our elected leadership can’t do the same thing is mind-boggling to them. It needs to stop.

    So I’m modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. Nobody is going to get 100 percent of what they want, but let’s make sure that middle-class families and the American economy — and, in fact, the world economy — aren’t adversely impacted because people can’t do their jobs.

    Thank you very much, everybody.

    END 5:57 P.M. EST

      • majiir says:

        I was so glad that he didn’t waste one second of his time after the presser taking questions from the jackals in the media, Ametia. He knows that their #1 question would have been, “What have you done to resolve this issue?” If they had done their jobs, there would be no need for negotiations about the so-called fiscal cliff. Many of our “journalists” are too afraid of republicans to tell the American people that they are the problem in our national government.

      • Ametia says:

        He was perturbed with them. I love it when POTUS speaks and then turns and walks away from the ignoramouses. It’s way better than giving them the middle finger.

      • It’s way better than giving them the middle finger

        It sure is!

        bwa ha ha ha ha

  24. Ametia says:

    The Republicans’ Moment of Truth
    by Michael Tomasky Dec 28, 2012 11:00 PM EST

    We’re going to learn a lot about the post-election GOP this weekend, says Michael Tomasky.

    Barack Obama sounded reasonably confident Friday evening that a deal can still be reached. But it’s his job to sound optimistic, and not to anger Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Happily, that’s not part of my portfolio, so I’m free to say that the question that still looms over the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff negotiations this weekend is a simple one: Will McConnell and Boehner allow votes on any last-minute deal?

    A more emphatic way of phrasing it is, will they finally put the country ahead of their party for a change, and ahead of their party’s unaltered view that any posture toward Obama other than belligerence equals capitulation to an enemy? That’s all that matters here. They both have the power to permit a deal, at least on taxes. The question is whether they’ll allow it. We’re going to learn a lot about the post-election Republican Party this weekend.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/28/the-republicans-moment-of-truth.html

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    WHEN

    January 08, 2013 at 8pm – 9pm

    WHERE

    (661) 673-8600 – Access Code 790373#

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