Sunday Open Thread

BishopHezekiah Xzavier Walker, Jr. (born December 24, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York[1][2]) is a Grammy Award-winning gospel music artist, founder and leader of the Love Fellowship Choir (LFC), and Pastor and Bishop of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle, with locations in Brooklyn, New York, and Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Bishop Walker is also the Founder and Overseer of the Covenant Keepers International Fellowship, which spiritually covers, giving guidance and direction to, numerous pastors and their churches in the US – including multiple Love Fellowship Tabernacle – The Kingdom Church, with locations throughout the US and in South Africa.

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  1. Re-election of President Barack Obama

    1911 United

    The super PAC is aiming to raise $1.5 million during the election cycle.

    President Barack Obama has a new, moneyed supporter in this new year — a super PAC dedicated to mobilizing black voters in key swing states.

    Calling itself 1911 United, the super PAC is aiming to raise $1.5 million during the election cycle and train its efforts on Colorado, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, committee treasurer Sinclair Skinner told POLITICO.!

    The vision is for Nupes and Ques to work together to build an army of Obama supporters across the United States. We will encourage every supporter of our President to volunteer for at least one day, one hour, or even one minute in order to re-elect President Barack Obama. If every citizen who believes in having a competent, responsible leader can do at least ONE thing to further our President’s support across America, we will not fail.

    We will encourage every supporter of our President to volunteer for at least one day, one hour, or even one minute in order to re-elect President Barack Obama. If every citizen who believes in having a competent, responsible leader can do at least ONE thing to further our President’s support across America, we will not fail.

  2. Mitt, why not just tell the truth?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Wishful Casting: Dynasty — The Next Generation
    By Jamey Giddens on October 05, 2011

    A quick scroll up and down your TV’s schedule finder and you could easily get the feeling it’s Old Home Week. With reboots of Hawaii Five-0, 90210 and Charlie’s Angels currently in rotation on the broadcast networks, a Dallas continuation coming to cable next summer and a limited run Arrested Development follow-up reportedly causing a bidding war, everything old is definitely new again. With that in mind, I decided to do a little Wishful Casting for my dream reboot of one of American’s favorite primetime soaps, Dynasty!

    If the CBS mega hit Dallas was the show that personified Reagan era greed, ABC’s Dynasty was Dallas on acid and with much bigger shoulder pads. Created by Esther and Richard Shapiro and produced by the late Aaron Spelling, a showrunner so prolific it was once joked ABC stood for “Aaron’s Broadcast Company,” Dynasty was the campy saga of the warring Carringtons and Colbys, two Denver-based oil dynasties headed up by Blake Carrington (the late John Forsythe) and his ex-wife, the unforgettable Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).

    With sultry primetime soaps making a slight comeback, as both ABC’s Revenge and The CW’s Ringer are doing solid business, I’d say Dynasty is a primetime franchise ripe for a reboot. I know the creators are planning to take the characters of Blake and Alexis to the big screen in a prequel, but I have to admit, I think these characters play out much better in our living rooms—or on our laptops, as the case may be—than they would in a crowded theater.

    The CW has been trying to target more than just tweens and teens in recent years, and could prove the perfect hub for Dynasty 2.0, especially with the netlet’s glossiest sudser, Gossip Girl, getting a little long in the porcelain veneer. A Dynasty sequel would be a series The CW’s core audience, who grew up on sudsers like The O.C. or Melrose Place could watch with their moms, who came of age while Alexis was catching couture-clad beat downs from Krystal (Linda Evans).

    I’d reboot Dynasty: The Next Generation with the show centered on striking, twentysomething heiress Krystina Carrington, daughter of Blake and Krystal, as the female protagonist. The show could launch against the backdrop of Blake Carrington’s demise, as the various Carrington children and grandchildren return to Colorado to see just how Blake divided the spoils of his epic oil wars with Alexis, Cecil (the late Lloyd Bochner) and Jason Colby (the late Charleton Heston).

  4. rikyrah says:

    Friday, Jan 06 , 2012 1:29:pm

    Barry James Sanders, son of NFL legend Barry Sanders, is expected to spend his collegiate years at Stanford University instead of Oklahoma State. Fox Sports reports that Barry received several offers from universities throughout the nation but is more drawn towards Stanford because of its history of academic excellence.

    Like his father, Barry James has dominated the running back position at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City. The young athlete has rushed 1,324 yards and scored 27 points for his team in this season alone.

    The younger Barry is expected to officially announce his commitment at the US All-American Bowl in Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

  5. Romney’s 2007 net worth

  6. rikyrah says:

    Reasons Why Women Overlook “Nice Guys”
    When picking between a “bad guy” or “nice guy,” often times the “bad guy” wins the fight, but why? It’s not so much that “nice” isn’t good, but for women I think being good and attractive are two different things.

    Check out these 7 reasons why women end up with bad boys instead of nice guys

    1. Women don’t believe in “nice guys”

    If guys are “too” nice, women typically won’t trust them because they seem like they’re faking it. Women are used to seeing bad relationships in their personal lives, favorite TV shows, hit movies, and all media outlets. This has conditioned some women to think the worst will happen in their relationship too

    2. Women want a project

    Nice guys don’t usually need to be fixed. Bad boys usually do, so they become a project. Women think if they can “create” the perfect man then he will never leave them. Also, if they’re busy fixing someone else, they might not have to look at their own insecurities.

    3. Women don’t respect them!

    Nice guys will typically drop anything for their girlfriend and be very attentive to her needs. Yes, this a great attribute but if women control their men too much they tend to lose respect for them. If women know they can control everything men do they will inherently stop respecting them which leads to a lack of attraction.

    4. It’s all about Mother Nature

    Women are designed to nurture. However, instead of doing this with children, they often end up doing it with bad boys. They think their love will save them. Nice guys rarely need to be saved and therefore women can get bored and look for someone who really needs some nurturing.

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  7. Ametia says:

    GO STEELERS!!!!!

    Hey, SG2; it looks like the Texans and Ravens are going head to head. Tee hee hee. GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, January 8, 2012
    Neo-Con No More
    Posted by Zandar
    I don’t always agree with Rachel Maddow’s assessment of President Obama’s policies, but she is very much correct about her take on the President’s post-Iraq plans for the Pentagon.

    She reminds us that candidate Bush in 2000 ran against the Clinton administration’s expensive and arrogant “nation-building”, got elected, and less than one year after taking office had us embroiled in a war that lasted the rest of his administration (and then added another war on top of it a year and change later.) As she points out, it took President Obama to end the war in Iraq, wind down Afghanistan, and oh yeah, get bin Laden.

    The President’s new Pentagon policy, she adds, is prima facie evidence that the 9/11 military era is coming to a close. Counter-insurgency is now ninth on the list of Pentagon priorities, and large-scale stability operations like Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t on the list at all.

    In other words, the President is saying “I will not invade Iran. You guys can GTFO.” It will be called appeasement when Iran comes up in this month’s GOP Clown Car Debates (except for Ron Paul, who will complain that the President’s Iran policy is economic suicide) but the reality is we’re ending this long national nightmare, and none too soon.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Rick Perry Shows His Ass
    by BooMan
    Sat Jan 7th, 2012 at 10:59:12 AM EST

    Way back when, during his first debate appearance, Gov. Rick Perry said something to the effect that you would have to be heartless to discriminate against a kid who was applying to enter the Texas university system just because their parents brought them into the country illegally. This created an instant “not-hating-Latinos-for-Jesus-enough” problem for Perry, and his poll numbers dropped like a stone. So far, aided by actual debate gaffes, his numbers have not recovered. So, how about a bold move that says fuck-you to the Latino community louder than anything else could?

    Three weeks ago, the Justice Department released the results of its three-year investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office, finding rampant lawbreaking and massive civil rights violations against Latinos. In addition, it was recently revealed that the Arizona sheriff failed to investigate over 400 sex crimes during his tenure, including multiple instances of child molestation, leading Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to say he was “outraged” by Arpaio’s negligence. Apparently untroubled by the allegations, Rick Perry today announced that Arpaio will serve as his presidential campaign’s Arizona state chairman.

    Rick Perry’s campaign will have probably folded its tents before he ever gets to Arizona, so this is more of a signal to the voters of South Carolina and Florida. It’s becoming clear that most of the Republican candidates believe that they will benefit by saying and doing racially insensitive things. I don’t remember this really being the case in recent presidential elections. And even when I have noticed racial language being used inappropriately, it’s been surrogates doing the talking. Suffice to say that Rick Perry has obliterated one of the two things he’s done during this campaign that made me like him. The other was his defense of inoculating girls against HPV.

    In the modern GOP, decency isn’t tolerated. If you accidentally show some decency, you have to go racing as fast as you can in the other direction to prove that you have no decency whatsoever.

    What does that tell you?

  10. rikyrah says:

    Another Day in Scott Walkerstan
    Posted on 01/07/2012 at 4:30 pm by JM Ashby

    When Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin introduced his anti-union, anti-collective bargaining legislation in early 2011, Walker made the strategic decision of exempting police and firefighters from the new rules. Many police precincts and fire houses joined their fellow unionized brethren in protest anyway however, and apparently they did so for good reason.

    It turns out a loophole in Scott Walker’s legislation has granted local governments the power to effectively blackmail the supposedly-exempted police and firefighters unions into paying more for their pensions.

    Wisconsin police and firefighters were supposed to escape higher pension and health care costs imposed on other public workers through Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law. But the state’s largest police union says local governments statewide have found another way to make them pay up: threaten huge health insurance cost increases if they don’t start contributing to their retirement funds.

    The Wisconsin Professional Police Association contends local governments are taking advantage of a state budget clause that allows municipalities to dictate the form of public safety workers’ health insurance plans. The WPPA told The Associated Press local leaders are using their new power to set up exorbitant deductibles for police and firefighters if they don’t agree to contribute to pensions. […]

    WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer likened the municipalities’ tactics to blackmail.

    “These employers tell their officers that unless you agree to pay this, we will make health insurance nearly unaffordable for you and your families,” Palmer said.

    For all the Republican complaining about supposed “union strong-arming” and “union thuggery,” this is pretty dirty. Leveraging the prospect of losing your healthcare as a tool to force employees to pay more for their pensions. No real negotiating. Just simple extortion.

    Many of the police and firefighters facing this new reality are probably among those who will see a tax increase in 2012 while corporations see a massive tax cut.

  11. rikyrah says:

    That Pedigreed Dog Won’t Hunt, I’m Afraid
    by Steve M.
    Sun Jan 8th, 2012 at 12:54:33 PM EST

    This is getting a lot of attention, but I don’t think it’s going to do much harm to Mitt Romney, even though I wish it would:

    Mitt Romney recounted some advice from his father, former presidential candiate George Romney, in Sunday’s NBC/Facebook debate about running for office: make sure you’re set for cash already.
    “I happened to see my dad run for governor when he was 54 years old,” Romney said. “He had good advice to me. He said never get involved in politics if you have to win election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, and don’t get involved in politics when your kids are still young because it may turn their heads.”

    Romney later turned the mortgage line on one of his former opponents, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (R-MA), who he ran against unsuccessfully in 1994.

    “I was happy that he had to take a mortgage out on his house to ultimately defeat me,” Romney said….

    Here’s why this is supposed to be a problem, in Steve Benen’s words:

    It’s an odd line for a candidate regularly accused of out-of-touch elitism. Only those who already have considerable wealth should “get involved in politics”? Really?
    Here’s the follow-up question: if there’s some blue-collar worker in Ohio, who cares about public service and is thinking about asking his neighbors for their vote, should he or she stand aside and allow some rich person to “get involved in politics” instead?

    Yes, but for now, Romney is running to win Republican primaries. That means being “an out-of-touch elitist” helps him. “Let them eat cake” moments are good for him. (Being attacked by liberals for “let them eat cake” moments is even better.)

    Yes, but what about the general election?

    Sorry — it’s too oblique a soundbite to be used effectively in an attack ad. It would have to be boiled down to this:

  12. rikyrah says:

    Is Mitt Romney Dodging Taxes?
    Posted on 01/08/2012 at 4:00 pm by JM Ashby

    The short answer is — we don’t know for sure. Because Mitt Romney is refusing to release his tax returns, we are left to speculate based on what is publicly available, and what is publicly available suggests he very well may be.

    CBS reports:

    Even if Mitt Romney isn’t dodging taxes entirely, it’s more than likely he is paying a capital gains tax rate of roughly only 15%, far below your typical teacher or police officer.

    Additionally, the FBI now appears to be investigating Bain Capital, as a recent FOIA request denial would seem to suggest.

    Is the FBI Going After Bain Capital?
    The answer to the headline question is yes. About two weeks ago, the FBI evoked FOIA exemption 7(a) and denied access to all Bain Capital records on the grounds that “there is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records; and that release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings.”

    What this all means is anyone’s guess, but it seems perfectly clear now that the more “safe” and “electable” Mitt Romney may have more skeletons in the closet than any of the other candidates.

    What we do know for sure is that Mitt Romney’s economic record is atrocious, and there’s plenty to scrutinize irrespective of what any ongoing investigation turns up.

  13. rikyrah says:

    I have to say it…first with Santorum, now with Newt…I love that the 10 Black people in New Hampshire and finding their way to these events…LOL


    Black Man Confronts Gingrich On Food Stamps Comments: ‘Stop Using Blacks As A Punching Bag’


    At a town hall event meant to appeal to Latino voters at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, an African-American man confronted Gingrich about recent comments he made that have drawn the ire of the NACCP and other civil rights leader. Gingrich controversially said last week, “I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

    At the event today, Yvan Lamothe, a 59-year-old former New Hampshire state employee and small business owner, drew strong applause from the crowd when he told Gingrich that he has never taken welfare or food stamps and was offended by Gingrich’s suggestion that most African Americans do. Gingrich responded with something like the classic “some of my best friends are black” defense, noting that he has worked with people like Condaleeza Rice and Colin Powell in the past:

    • These mofos are getting their asses cornered. Black people are fed up with these slugs using us as a punching bag in order to get the racist votes. We’re not taking it anymore.

      • Robb McDaniel

        I’m serious. This can be our occupy movement. We occupy their campaigns and LET THEM HAVE IT! Think about how BLATANT the racism has been (N*ggerhead Ranch, Get off food stamps and get a job, Don’t ask for welfare ect. ect.) I believe W…E should be on the media, at these forums, asking tough questions about the rhetoric of their campaigns. And be Smart about it. Getting your point across with out having to loose your cool is a powerful thing. Just sayin’.

    • Ametia says:

      The racists mofos are cowards, who aren’t really concerned that blacks and other POC are going to attend their hatefest cloaked as campaign speeches. And they think they have protection from security. I hope more black folks roll up in these joints and call each and everyone of them out for the ddogwhistling, racist bullshit lies.

  14. Tony Blankley Dead: Newt Gingrich’s Former Press Secretary Dies At 63

    Tony Blankley, a conservative author and Newt Gingrich’s former press secretary, passed away on Sunday, according to the Washington Times. The 63-year-old had been battling stomach cancer.

  15. rikyrah says:

    January 07, 2012
    The GOP debate
    If tonight’s debate has accomplished nothing else, it has demonstrated, beyond any last slim thread of doubt, that Texas Governor Rick Perry is criminally stupid. He would, he said, send American troops back into Iraq, today, so as to rebuff Iranian influence there — which arose, of course, because we went in to begin with. Perry’s neoconservative solution is to crank it all back up again; keep U.S. militarism going indefinitely in Afghanistan; and launch entirely fresh offensive efforts in Iran — all while complaining about outrageous federal deficits.

    That’s not just stupid. It’s criminally stupid.

    p.s. Same holds true for Santorum. He just informed us there are no socioeconomic “classes” in America, which will come as something of a surprise to the socioeconomic classes presently at each other’s throats.

    No joke. This debate I almost skipped. The heaps of tea-partyish-populist imbecility thrown at us in such concentrated form are just too much for Civilized Man or intelligent beast.

  16. Ametia says:

    Posting this again; because I CAN! LOL

  17. rikyrah says:

    Class Warfare, Romney-Style

    Bob Moser

    January 6, 2012

    Today’s Ringside Seat: Santorum suffers the media’s scrutiny after a season-long free pass, and Mitt Romney just might be a neo-socialist.

    Nothing gets Mitt Romney more animated on the campaign trail than inveighing against President Obama’s penchant for wealth-redistribution. The president wants to “substitute envy for ambition and poison the American spirit by pitting one American against another and engaging in class warfare,” as Romney put it earlier this week in Des Moines. But as the non-partisan Tax Policy Center reported yesterday, the former Massachusetts governor is waging his own brand of class warfare. Romney’s plan would save a middle-income American about $1,400 a year—and lighten a 1 percenter’s tax load by $171,000. It would also add $600 billion to the deficit in 2015.

    (Among those benefiting from Romneynomics would, of course, be Romney; his net worth is estimated at $250 million, making him one of the 3,140 richest people in America—part of the 0.001 percent.) The Economist calls Romney’s plan “very progressive, by 15th-century standards.” But if you ask a lot of conservatives, Romney’s plans are the next worst thing to Obama’s. Ex-Reagan official Peter Ferrara writes in Forbes that with Romney proposing tax cuts for middle-income Americans, he’s engaging in “Obama neo-socialist class rhetoric.” In The Wall Street Journal, columnist Kimberley Strassel takes Romney to task today for merely saying that he opposes “tax cuts for the rich.” No matter his actual proposal to cut rich people’s, she says, Romney is “playing the class game.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Fraud and Folly: The Untold Story of General Electric’s Subprime Debacle
    The industrial giant jumped into the subprime business in 2004, lending blue-chip respectability to the market for risky home loans.
    January 6, 2012

    For General Electric Co., hawking subprime mortgages was a long way from making light bulbs and jet engines.

    That didn’t stop the industrial giant from jumping into the subprime business in 2004, lending blue-chip respectability to the market for risky home loans by paying roughly half a billion dollars to buy California-based WMC Mortgage Corp.

    What GE got in the bargain, former WMC employees say, was a place where erstwhile shoe salesmen, ex-strippers and even a former porn actress could sign on as sales reps and make big money pushing home loans. WMC’s top salespeople earned a million dollars a year or more and lived fast, swigging $1,000 bottles of Cristal and wheeling around in $100,000 Ferraris and Bentleys.

    In pursuit of these riches and perks, several ex-employees claim, many WMC sales staffers embraced fraud as a tool for pushing through loans that borrowers couldn’t afford.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Race politics in the Hawkeye and Granite States

    New Hampshire and Iowa wield so much power and influence, they make a mockery of the US presidential primary process.
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2012 12:18

    As she covered Iowa’s recent Republican caucus race, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News recently offered the following analysis of the state and its voters: “The rap on Iowa – it doesn’t represent the rest of the country. Too white, too evangelical, too rural.”

    Mitchell’s remark swiftly led to criticism from conservative bloggers and cable television commentators alike. Bernard Goldberg of Fox News, for example, told that network’s leading talk show host, Bill O’Reilly, that mainstream media reporters such as Mitchell would never say that “South Carolina is too black”. Blogger Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters, which specialises in “documenting, exposing and neutralising liberal media bias”, attacked NBC as an “Obama-loving” network, and added, “Nice way of the NBC Nightly News informing viewers that much as the media did in 2008, the race card will be played whenever possible to assist Barack Obama in getting re-elected”. And the political website charged Mitchell with “opining” rather than reporting.

    In rejecting the criticism and accusations of editorialising, NBC News spokesperson Erika Masonhall quickly “clarified” Mitchell’s statement, saying the reporter had merely been “referencing critics who argue that the state shouldn’t carry so much weight because it doesn’t proportionally represent the rest of the country”. Masonhall noted that Mitchell had also interviewed “analysts and Iowa voters who explain why the state is so important in the election cycle”.

    But why were Mitchell’s remarks even controversial? After all, both she and the unnamed critics she was “referencing” were right: neither Iowa with its bizarre caucuses nor its first-in-the-nation primary cousin New Hampshire accurately reflect the overall electorate of the United States. The real controversy should be about why the recent “overhyped, unrepresentative Iowa caucuses” (as Brian Montopoli of CBS News described them), along with the equally overhyped and unrepresentative New Hampshire primary, continue to be “so important in the election cycle”. After all, taken together, residents of the two states make up less than two per cent of the population of the US. What’s worse, only about 120,000 of them even participate in the Iowa Republican caucuses, (“That’s about 20 per cent of Iowa’s registered Republicans, four per cent of the population of Iowa, and .04 per cent of the total US population,” as Montopoli points out) and only about twice as many will vote in the upcoming New Hampshire Republican primary.

    Taken together, the relatively few caucus and primary voters in these two small states are about as far from a representative sample of the US population as possible. Iowa caucus-goers, for example, are overwhelmingly white, well educated, highly conservative and very religious. (On the Republican side, 60 per cent identified as “born-again” or “evangelical” Christians in 2008.) Iowa is also much more rural than most of the US, and its unemployment rate is well below that of the national norm. Add in the facts that, thanks to the caucuses, Iowa farmers help to determine much of the US’ food, farm and energy policies, and that its caucuses tend to favour the involvement of committed party activists, and you end up with a process that skews entire elections in a more racial, rural, religious and conservative direction than the rest of the voters in the US want to head.

    Much the same holds true of New Hampshire, where the nation’s first actual primary election follows closely on the heels of the Iowa caucuses. The Granite State’s minuscule population of 1.3 million is even whiter (94 per cent) than that of Iowa; its largest city, Manchester, has little more than 100,000 residents; and its unemployment rate is even lower than that of Iowa, for example.

  20. GOP speaker of Kansas House prays for Obama’s death, calls First Lady “Mrs. YoMama”

    One can only wonder how THIS PERSON ever attained a position of power in the Kansas State Legislature:

    The Republican speaker of the Kansas statehouse issued an apology this week after sending emails from his personal account referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and quoting a Bible verse cited by some as a reference to presidential assassination.

    Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal [above], from the city of Hutchison, sent an email before Christmas that compared the president’s wife to the Dr. Seuss character The Grinch, with a tagline asking: “Twins separated at birth?”

    “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course,” the forward read.

    In another of O’Neal’s emails, he referenced Psalm 109 from the Old Testament, which reads in part:

    May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

    May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

    May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

    May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

    O’Neal wrote: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”

    • Ametia says:

      Just look at that face. the HATRED will eat him alive.

      • If any one disrespected Laura Bush or George Bush in this way, they would have been kicked to the curb in a heartbeat and never to hold public office again. It’s beyond the pale the level of hate directed at our Potus & Flotus. And it’s all because of their skin color.

        The sooner this racist mofo goes to hell, the better.

  21. POTUS called Rep. Giffords on anniversary of Tucson shooting, told her she’s “an inspiration to his family and Americans across the country”

  22. rikyrah says:

    found this over at The Obama Diary in the comments:

    January 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    The pundits right now are in a state of frustration. They don’t know quite what to say, how it’s going to turn out. They are not confident that ANY of the candidates can beat President Obama and it’s bothering them. They are having a hard time parsing through the same old talking points at every GOP debates. They are aware of the numerous lies told by all the candidates on the debate stage and know that the chickens will come to roost when the chosen candidate has to run against Barack Obama. The 3rd party efforts by Nader, OWS, Cenk and Moore have been colossal failures and the media is mighty annoyed. Cornel West, Tavis, and Troubled Waters have retreated back into silence because they have been exposed and have nothing more to say. Van Jones is quiet. The PUMAS who wanted to get rid of Biden have been given a STFU by the administration with Biden’s new international role. The jobs numbers are improving. Bin Laden is dead. It’s getting increasingly difficult to criticize PBO without telling an outright lie. The media now is grasping at straws by resorting to attacks on FLOTUS via books based on half-truths, lies, exaggerations and outright fiction.

    It’s a hot mess out there in punditville.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Detroit Vows To Close The Door On Emergency Financial Manager

    On Monday, Jan. 2, to start the New Year off right and hit the ground running, a loudly vocal Detroit crowd of protesters joined Rep. John Conyers and a fairly large representation of the city’s leadership, including Detroit longtime NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony, to protest the possible appointment of an emergency financial manager (EFM). Those following the issue are well aware that this is not a new fight by any means, but it is a fight that is getting louder by the minute as Detroiters raise their voices – and combine forces – to do whatever is necessary to prevent an EFM from being appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to oversee Michigan’s largest city. Snyder already appointed managers over Detroit Public Schools and the cities of Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Flint. The City of Inkster is perched on the precipice, and an announcement was just made today that an EFM has been appointed to oversee Highland Park.

    Just to review, it’s not that we in Detroit aren’t well aware of the fact that we’re short on cash, or that our elected leaders aren’t well aware of the fact that they have their work cut out for them to set this city back on course toward financial stability. Detroit didn’t just arrive on the shores of this crisis. We’ve been treading water in the eye of this storm for more than two decades at least. And to be sure, we are hardly blameless innocents in this mess. But Detroiters are not so far gone that we can’t work together with our elected leaders and figure our own way out. To offer us assistance is one thing, but to nullify the power of our vote by voiding the decision-making power of our elected leaders is an inexcusable overreach that could create disturbing and costly consequences for years to come.

    As we head further down the road of Campaign 2012, Democratic candidates for office in Michigan and elsewhere should consider the fact that what is happening to Detroit – and all the other Michigan municipalities with large or predominant African American populations – is representative of what this fight is all about, because this really is about us versus them. This is just as much about whether Gov. Snyder can be allowed to put his state’s largest city back on the plantation through the forced appointment of an emergency financial manager as it is about stopping the Republicans from sabotaging President Obama’s agenda. This is just as much about protecting the sanctity of the vote and the power of a citizenry to elect its own leaders in Detroit as it is about the Republican-led effort nationwide to disenfranchise any and all voters who are likely to support the re-election of the President

  24. rikyrah says:

    January 08, 2012 9:25 AM

    It’s about privacy, not contraception
    By Steve Benen

    One of the more noteworthy exchanges in last night’s debate came about mid-way through the event, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney about, of all things, contraception. The question was a bit of a mess, and the back and forth seemed to annoy just about everyone, but the exchange wasn’t completely inane.

    Stephanopoulos asked, “Gov. Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?” Romney feigned ignorance about the entire subject. “George, this is an unusual topic that you’re raising,” he replied. “States have a right to ban contraception? I can’t imagine a state banning contraception.”

    This led to an awkward Q&A that eventually drew howls from the audience.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: [D]o you believe that states have that right or not?

    ROMNEY: George, I — I don’t know whether a state has a right to ban contraception. No state wants to. I mean, the idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do that no — no state wants to do and asking me whether they could do it or not is kind of a silly thing, I think.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Hold on a second. Governor, you went to Harvard Law School. You know very well this is based on…

    ROMNEY: Has the Supreme Court — has the Supreme Court decided that states do not have the right to provide contraception?

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, they have. In 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut.

    This went on for a while, before Romney eventually said he wants the Supreme Court to “overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

    For most folks watching, I imagine this seemed utterly meaningless. But that’s only because Stephanopoulos raised the issue in such a clumsy and unhelpful way.

    In 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that a state cannot deny couples access to birth control. The 7-2 ruling immediately became controversial because of its rationale — the justices based the ruling on a “right to privacy” that is not explicitly in the Constitution and had not been embraced by the court beforehand.

    Eight years later, the Supreme Court used the Griswold ruling as a stepping stone for Roe v. Wade — Americans’ right to privacy extends to include the ability to terminate unwanted pregnancies. The Roe ruling in 1973 used Griswold as a foundation. As everyone involved in the debate knows, one ruling led to the other.

    Romney surely understands this. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975. But Romney was probably playing dumb last night because he knew the question Stephanopoulos was getting at, but didn’t ask: was the high court wrong on Griswold? Or more to the point, does the Constitution include a right to privacy or not?

    Because Stephanopoulos flubbed the discussion, we don’t really know the answer to those questions, though his desire to see Roe overturned is noteworthy in and of itself (most Americans take the opposite view).

    Here’s a better way to word the question, for media professionals who may want to follow up: “Governor, in a case regarding access to contraception, the Supreme Court ruled in 1965 that Americans have a right to privacy. Were the justices right or wrong?”

    • Ametia says:

      George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer were just as INEPTat moderating debates as the other cable network moderators.

      Of course you’d think a yes or no questions would be eassy for rightwingers , since their tendency is to view things in BLACK OR WHITE.

      Romney is coasting on his millions and white priviliege; he’s got nothing else going for him. NOTHING.

  25. rikyrah says:

    January 08, 2012 10:35 AM

    Romney: elected office is for the rich
    By Steve Benen

    About 10 hours after last night’s debate, the six Republican presidential candidates met again this morning for another debate, this time sponsored by NBC and Facebook.

    This one was far livelier than its predecessor — maybe the GOP field is made up for morning people? — and one line in particular jumped out early on: Mitt Romney made the case that electoral politics is for wealthy people.

    I happened to see my dad run for governor when he was 54 years old,” Romney said. “He had good advice to me. He said never get involved in politics if you have to win election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, and don’t get involved in politics when your kids are still young because it may turn their heads.”

    It’s an odd line for a candidate regularly accused of out-of-touch elitism. Only those who already have considerable wealth should “get involved in politics”? Really?

    Here’s the follow-up question: if there’s some blue-collar worker in Ohio, who cares about public service and is thinking about asking his neighbors for their vote, should he or she stand aside and allow some rich person to “get involved in politics” instead?

    Indeed, Ben Smith noted the exchange “brought out Romney at his most tone-deaf, and echoed his offer of a $10,000 bet to Rick Perry in an earlier debate.”

    I rather doubt this was a planned line; Romney probably just said what was on his mind. It’s why “just be yourself” probably isn’t good advice for this guy.

  26. rikyrah says:

    January 08, 2012 11:20 AM

    Huntsman longs for ‘a sane Republican Party’
    By Steve Benen

    Jon Huntsman appears to be coming to terms with the fact that he won’t be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. Ordinarily, competitive candidates who still expect to win wouldn’t openly question their party’s sanity in an on-the-record interview.

    In an interview Friday, the Utah governor turned China ambassador said bluntly that the GOP had lost its equilibrium in the Obama era but predicted it would eventually return to its bearings — and vindicate his own brand of pragmatism.

    “I believe in the ideas put forward by Theodore White, the cycles of history,” Huntsman told POLITICO. “I believe we are in one such cycle. I think that cycle ultimately takes us to a sane Republican Party based on real ideas.”

    Suggesting that the GOP currently is something other than sane isn’t the best way to win the support of Republican voters and may stir speculation that he’s preparing to launch a third-party bid.

    Huntsman is probably confusing Theodore White and Arthur Schlesinger, but the larger point is what matters here. Huntsman returned from service in the Obama administration, working under certain assumptions about the state of his Republican Party. What he came to realize is that the GOP of 2011 and 2012 is just not where he thought it was.

    This is a party so radical that an anti-abortion, anti-tax former governor who’s vowed to eliminate Medicare is considered a center-left candidate, unworthy of consideration.

    Huntsman looks forward to the eventual reemergence of “a sane Republican Party.” I suspect he’s not the only one with that wish, but this is not the year for such a development.

  27. rikyrah says:

    January 08, 2012 12:00 PM

    Romney flubs his own standard on job creation
    By Steve Benen

    In last night’s debate, Mitt Romney made a new boast about his record on job creation at Bain Capital.

    “[I]n the business I had, we invested in over 100 different businesses and net-net, taking out the ones where we lost jobs and those that we added, those businesses have now added over 100,000 jobs.

    “I have a record of learning how to create jobs.”

    When George Stephanopoulos pressed a little on this point, Romney said he’s a good “numbers guy,” and insisted the “over 100,000” figure accurate. He added, “[T]here’s a steel company called Steel Dynamics in Indiana, thousands of jobs there. Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, about 15,000 jobs there; Sports Authority, about 15,000 jobs there. Staples alone, 90,000 employed.”

    This is largely the basis for Romney’s entire presidential campaign, so it’s important to understand the extent to which he’s trying to deceive the public.

    First, when Romney rattles off the jobs created by these companies, he’s referring to jobs that were created after he left his own private-equity firm. For him to take credit for them is, at best, a misleading stretch.

    Second, Romney is making it sound as if he alone turned those companies into success stories — and that’s just not the case. Staples and Sports Authority, for example, had several other outside investors.

    But the real problem here is Romney’s claim about “net” gains. To hear him tell it, if we added up all of the jobs gained through his investments, and subtract all of the jobs lost through his investments, the result would show “over 100,000” gains.

    Offering a detailed response is, as a practical matter, impossible — neither Romney nor his firm has provided enough information to do that kind of analysis. If it were true, presumably Romney and/or Bain would want to help prove the candidate right, and release the data to bolster the boast, but so far, the evidence is non-existent. We’re apparently supposed to take Romney and his campaign’s word for it.

    But that’s also impossible because Romney and the Romney campaign are now contradicting each other. Last week, the Republican’s chief spokesperson said the “over 100,000” figure is based on some companies that created jobs after Romney left Bain, but it simply excludes all job losses from the equation. As of last night, Romney is arguing that his own campaign is wrong, and the figure is a net figure.

    Which side should we believe, Romney or the Romney campaign? I don’t know, but one of them isn’t telling us the truth.

    It’s easy enough to resolve the controversy. All Romney has to do is offer a detailed disclosure and let us do the arithmetic. It’d be pretty easy to substantiate the claim with the relevant information.

    What do you say, Mitt?

  28. Senator Menendez reacts to Romney’s pledge to veto the DREAM Act[En Espanol]

  29. Ametia says:

    Gwinnett County News 8:09 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012
    Norcross parents upset by slavery in school math worksheet

    By Joel Anderson and David Ibata
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Gwinnett County parents and activists have blasted the school district’s response following reports that students at a Norcross elementary school received a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems.

    School district officials said the principal at Beaver Ridge Elementary School will personally work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons and will offer more opportunities for staff development following the uproar created by the worksheet that included questions such as the following: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”

    That didn’t go far enough for some parents at the school, where a majority of the students are minorities. They called for an apology and diversity training for the teachers and district officials.

    “That’s how people learn from one another and that’s how we all grow,” said Jennifer Falk, a community activist who recently had two children graduate from Gwinnett high schools. “Intentionally or not, this was inappropriate.”

  30. Mitt Romney At 2012 Repubican Debate: I’m Happy Ted Kennedy Had To Take Out A Mortgage In Senate Race

    CONCORD, N.H. — Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney responded to attacks that he is a career politician with long-standing political ambitions by relaying some advice given to him by his father.

    “I happened to see my dad run for governor when he was 54 years old,” said Romney. “He said, ‘Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win election to pay a mortgage.’ If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference. He said also don’t get involved in politics when your kids are still young because it may turn their heads.”

    Romney’s advice was meant to warn against the idea of a career politician who is simply interested in staying in office no matter what. But it also seems to mean that less-affluent members of the public, who might not be as financially secure and wealthy as most of the people running for president, should also be excluded from being candidates.

    Romney then told a story about when he was running to unseat the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), saying he was glad Kennedy suffered financially during their race.

    “When I saw Ted Kennedy running virtually unopposed, a man who I thought by virtue of the policies of the liberal welfare state had created a permanent underclass in America, I thought somebody has to run against him,” said Romney. “I happened to have been wise enough to realize I did not have a ghost of a chance of beating him. … I told my partners in my firm, I will be back in six months, don’t take my chair. I was happy that he had to take a mortgage out on his house to ultimately defeat me. I am very proud of the fact that I have stood up as a citizen to battle where I felt it was best for the nation, and we’re talking about running for president. I am in the race because I care about the country.”

  31. Tea Party Congressman Collects Disability From His Union Job

    Representative Chip Cravaak of Minnesota was swept into office during the 2010 midterm election on the Tea Party platform. He has since voted for the Paul Ryan plan to kill Medicare, which would force seniors to rely on a voucher system which wouldn’t be likely to cover their vast health needs and costs. But did you know that he’s a raging hypocrite?

    Even as he bashed unions during his election campaign, Cravaak enjoyed the benefits of being a member of one. He worked as a pilot for Northwest Air, now Delta, as recently as 2007 and being a pilot means that you are automatically a union member, thus receiving the benefits of union negotiated salaries, vacations and ultimately, disability payments. According to financial records released by Cravaak himself, the Tea Party Representative received $92,273 from disability payments in 2010 alone. So while Cravaak was busy bashing “big government” and unions, he was cashing disability checks

  32. Ametia says:

    That MTP debate was a DEBACLE

    5 Reasons To Be Glad You Didn’t Watch The Meet The Press Debate
    January 8, 2012By Jason Easley

    Shame on the American media for giving no time to recover from last night’s GOP debate. Here are five reasons why you would have better off staying in bed than watching the Republican debate.

    1). Career Politician Mitt Romney Claims Politics Is Not His Career- Mitt Romney actually tried to rewrite his history by trying to turn his consistent candidacies for office into a life in the private sector. Romney tried to turn his leaving as governor into a good thing. He ignored the fact that he quit on Massachusetts in order to run for president the first time. Gingrich called him out and told him to cut the baloney.

    2). The GOP Candidates Won’t Tell Americans They Are Going To Kill Social Security and Medicare- David Gregory asked the candidates to name three programs they would cut that would cause Americans pain. All the candidates asked supported the Ryan plan, but none of them would admit that they are going to kill entitlements. Huntsman discussed means testing. Gingrich said he would eliminate theft, Perry would cut the kill the departments of Commerce and Education, and Santorum danced around his voucher plan for Medicare and his support of the privatization of Social Security.

    3). Rick Perry Calls Those On Unemployment Un-American- A question from Facebook asked about the morality cutting aid to people who really need it in this economy, and Rick Perry responded by saying that those Americans who are clamoring for the government to help them are un-American. In a nutshell, that is the Republican position towards the American people. The it is the pull yourself up by your own bootstraps unless you are wealthy Republican mantra taken to the extreme.

    3 a). Gingrich and Santorum Champion Their Failed 1996 Welfare Reform- Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum tried to take credit for the 1996 welfare reform bill. Santorum went as far as to claim that the bill ended the culture of dependency, but the welfare reform Republicans are still championing has been a total failure. Instead of eliminating dependence, the reform has made it more difficult for Americans to get assistance. The 1996 welfare reform was predicated on job growth. When the jobs went away, the need for assistance skyrocketed. In August, the USDA announced that 45.8 million Americans were on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). By any measure welfare reform has been a failure, but in bizarro Republican world failure is success.

    4). Rick Santorum Claims That He Doesn’t Hate Gay People- Santorum said that he doesn’t hate gays and would never discriminate against them. This is an interesting position for Santorum to take being that in last night’s debate he promised that he would work to invalidate every gay marriage in the United States. Santorum tried to claim that he doesn’t discriminate. He simply disagrees with gay people on what is best for American society.

    5). Mitt Romney Promises To Attack Public Sector Unions- For the first time in the 2012 campaign a GOP candidate promised to take the state level attack on public sector unions national. Mitt Romney said that he would go after the “enormously powerful” federal public sector unions, and tie their compensation to what the private sector will pay. As Romney uttered those words, you could almost hear he state of Ohio turn blue for Obama in 2012.

    Winners and Losers:


    1). Jon Huntsman- The former Utah governor is putting all of eggs into New Hampshire, and today he came prepared. When Mitt Romney attacked him for serving in the Obama administration, Huntsman fired back by saying that he put serving his country ahead of partisan politics. Unlike the ABC debate, Huntsman made a solid appeal to the Republican voters of New Hampshire.

    2). Ron Paul- In a debate where the candidates were trying to out lie each other, Ron Paul was at least honest. Paul was straight with viewers when he restated his belief that entitlements aren’t rights. Dr. Paul was consistent, but for anyone on the left who is attracted to Ron Paul’s foreign policy, his domestic policy is more conservative than any other Republican candidate.


    1). Mitt Romney- Maybe Mitt isn’t a morning person? Romney repeatedly inflicted wounds on himself. His attack on Jon Huntsman was pointless and hurt Romney more than Huntsman. Mitt Romney saw the myth of his political outsider status shattered, and in general bungled his way through another debate with buzzwords and quotes from his stump speech. Romney faced a blistering attack from his opponents early, and quickly withered. Mitt Romney again demonstrated a softness and a complete lack of toughness in this debate.

    2). Newt Gingrich- Gingrich maintained his also ran status, and he worked in the GOP’s big lie on energy that the country can flood the market with domestic production. As long as American oil and gas continues to belong to the companies that drill for it, American resources will continue to be placed on the global market. The Republican energy policy is a fraud. Gingrich attacked the EPA and tried to toss red meat, but the strategy isn’t working.

    3). Rick Santorum- For some surreal reason, Santorum has decided to try to moderate all of the far right positions that made him so successful in Iowa. Granted, New Hampshire is not Iowa, but Santorum spent another debate doing a backward sprint from all of his far right positions. Santorum is looking less like an alternative to Romney and more like he is campaigning for the number two spot on the 2012 GOP ticket. There is a fine line between electable and bland. In an attempt to appear electable, Santorum has gone bland.

    4). Rick Perry- Perry is a dead candidate walking. His answers get more crazy and radical. What we are seeing are the final days of one of the worst primary campaigns in American history.

    Final Verdict- The candidates were all over the map in a debate that was full of misinformation and falsehoods. Those of you who stayed in bed instead of watching this intellectually empty train wreck should consider yourselves lucky. In short, this was another terrible GOP debate.

  33. a John Brown Moment

    This video leaves me… inspired? I’m actually not entirely sure how to feel.

    Here’s the scene: somebody with an iPhone video is taping police beating on a man of African descent. Nothing out of the ordinary. This happens all the time, especially in low-income communities. Police abuse their power all the time, especially against already marginalized groups. They can’t afford lawyers.

    While I have no idea what brought the situation to this point, I’m assuming it’s the typical abuse of force, as somebody off camera asks, “did you get this shit from the beginning?”

    To which the cameraman responds, “no, but they’re going down because I got this on tape.” Little does he know, that one of them is about to ACTUALLY go down.

    Then enters this stranger from across the street. He approaches slowly, having seen what’s going on, stands over the man on the ground, and then RAILS on the cop, and performs a citizen arrest on him, holding him to the ground.

  34. John Sununu Offers Conflicting Explanation To Whether Romney Had Seen Super PAC Ads

  35. Melissa Harris-Perry:

    I’ve made the controversial choice to teach Sally Hemings as Jefferson’s “First Lady” @dapdaddy That will provoke discussion.

  36. Ametia says:

    Beyonce Gives Birth to Baby Girl!!
    January 8th, 2012 6:53 AM by Free Britney

    19CommentsComments 19
    Beyonce gave birth to a beautiful baby girl yesterday.

    Seriously, it happened. This isn’t just a Twitter rumor.

    Ivy Blue Carter was born in New York City via c-section.

    Aww. Beyonce famously announced her pregnancy on stage at MTV’s Video Music Awards back in August, and since then, fan anticipation for the baby has grown by the day.

    Read more celebrity gossip at:

  37. dannie22 says:

    hello everyone

  38. DavidCorn:

    Santorum: We have a president who is very weak in SE Asia.//Yep, that’s why he invaded Pakistan to kill bin Laden.

  39. Barack Obama campaign to hold fundraiser at the Apollo

    It’s “showtime” for the Obama campaign, which will hold a fundraiser / concert at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater January 19th.

    According to the invite, donors who pony up between $100 and $5,000 dollars (or who raise $25,000 for the Obama Victory Fund, will enjoy a concert by Al Green and neo-soul singer India.Arie.

    The invite indicates the president will be in attendance.

    Vice President Joe Biden is getting in on the act too, attending a fundraiser cohosted by Obama for America and the African-American Leadership Council on January 13th in Philadelphia.

  40. Steele Isn’t Impressed

    Former RNC Chair Michael Steele tweets:

    What the hell kind of debate are we having right now? The Obamas are starting to order the china pattern for the second term.

  41. Rick Perry: ‘I would send troops back into Iraq’

  42. Black Woman Confronts Santorum Over Comments: ‘Why Do You Have A Problem Against Black People?’

    At a campaign event outside a pharmacy in Hollis, New Hampshire Saturday afternoon, an African-American woman confronted Rick Santorum over recent comments he made that the NAACP and others have called racially insensitive.

    While speaking about welfare reform last week, Santorum was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” The candidate now denies that he said “black,” claiming instead that he said “blah.”

    At the campaign stop Saturday, the woman — who slipped away from the event before ThinkProgress was able to get her name — asked, “Why do you have a problem against black people?”

    WOMAN: Mr. Santorum, why do you have a problem against black people? We are the only ones who need aid? The statistics show that it’s not the popularity [sic] that’s the most needy.

    SANTORUM: I didn’t say that. I understand that.

    WOMAN: OK, then why’d you say that?

    SANTORUM: OK, we gotta go. I didn’t say that.

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