Saturday Open Thread

Eddie Lee Floyd (born June 25, 1937) is an American soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song “Knock on Wood“.

Floyd was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He founded The Falcons, which also featured Mack Rice.[1] They were forerunners to future Detroit vocal groups such as The Temptations and The Four Tops. Their most successful songs included “You’re So Fine” and later, when Wilson Pickett was recruited into the group as the lead singer, “I Found a Love”. Pickett then embarked on a solo career, and The Falcons disbanded.[1]

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  1. Maya Angelou & Michelle Obama

    • Michelle Obama Rocks Red At 2012 BET Honors!

      The First Lady, Michelle Obama attended the 2012 BET Honors tonight [Jan 14.] in the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. rocking a fierce one shoulder red gown.

      Mrs. Obama flaunted her figure in the dress which hugged her curves and showed off her toned arms. The first lady showed off her gorgeous neck by swooping her hair up in a lovely up-do!!

      The FLOTUS who was on hand to present the award for literary achievement to honoree, poet/author Dr. Maya Angelou.

      “She lifts us out of our everyday lives, making us feel like we can do anything and go anywhere and be our boldest, realest, most brilliant and fabulous selves. And at the same time she grounds us, wrapping us in her embrace, reminding us that we belong here, that each of us has a place in this world,” Obama said.

      “Maya Angelou teaches us that it’s not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves. We must help others discover the greatness within ourselves,” the first lady added. “We need to reach down and reach and out and give back and lift up others the way Maya has lifted us. That is how we can most truly honor [her].”

  2. Michelle Obama with Gabrielle Union

  3. The fifth annual BET Honors awards program featured many stars and celebrated the accomplishments of poet/author Maya Angelou , musician Stevie Wonder , songstress Mariah Carey, filmmaker Spike Lee , the Tuskegee Airmen , and inspirational coach and mentor Beverly Kearney (education). But the person who generated the greatest enthusiasm, energy and perhaps the longest standing ovation was First Lady Michelle Obama.

  4. rikyrah says:

    January 14, 2012, 2:49 pm
    What’s Race Got to Do With It?

    Mitt Romney may not have officially clinched the Republican nomination, but his victory has never really been in doubt. Nor has his viability in November: the most fanatical Tea Partiers are not about to withhold their votes and risk allowing President Obama to be re-elected.

    Pundits have already begun the endless debate over whether Mr. Romney’s wealth and religion are hindrances or assets. But there has yet to be any discussion over the one quality that has subtly fueled his candidacy thus far and could well put him over the top in the fall: his race. The simple, impolitely stated fact is that Mitt Romney is the whitest white man to run for president in recent memory.

    Of course, I’m not talking about a strict count of melanin density. I’m referring to the countless subtle and not-so-subtle ways he telegraphs to a certain type of voter that he is the cultural alternative to America’s first black president. It is a whiteness grounded in a retro vision of the country, one of white picket fences and stay-at-home moms and fathers unashamed of working hard for corporate America.

    In this way, Mr. Romney’s Mormonism may end up being a critical advantage. Evangelicals might wring their hands over the prospect of a Mormon president, but there is no stronger bastion of pre-civil-rights-America whiteness than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Yes, since 1978 the church has allowed blacks to become priests. But Mormonism is still imagined by its adherents as a religion founded by whites, for whites, rooted in a millenarian vision of an America destined to fulfill a white God’s plans for earth.

    It’s true that Mr. Romney’s opponents are all white as well. But each is tainted in his own way. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich appear soft on Hispanic immigration, and Mr. Gingrich is hardly the standard-bearer for the invincible nuclear family.

    Rick Santorum is an Italian-American Catholic, while Jon Huntsman, though a Mormon himself, wears his cosmopolitanism too brazenly. (Does he really think it’s an asset, in the eyes of a Republican primary voter, to speak Mandarin?) And Ron Paul’s isolationist conspiracy-mongering recalls, if anything, the radical-right fringe of the ’50s and ’60s, of the John Birchers and the followers of George Wallace, a manic moment even most evangelicals would rather forget.

    Contrast that with Mr. Romney’s meticulously cultivated whiteness. He is nearly always in immaculate white shirt sleeves. He is implacably polite, tossing off phrases like “oh gosh” with Stepford bonhomie. He has mastered Benjamin Franklin’s honesty as the “best policy”: a practiced insincerity, an instant sunniness that, though evidently inauthentic, provides a bland bass note that keeps everyone calm. This is the bygone world of Babbitt, of small-town Rotarians.

    Mr. Romney does not merely use the past as an inspirational reference point, as the other candidates often do. He conjures it as a total social, cultural and political experience that must be resurrected and reinhabited. He speaks of the founding fathers and the Declaration of Independence as phases of national creativity that we are destined to live through again. He frequently accompanies his recitative with verses from “America the Beautiful.”

    And while Mr. Romney may, in some people’s eyes, be a non-Christian, he is better than any of his opponents at synching his worldview with that of the evangelicals. He likes to present, with theological urgency, a stark choice between, in his words, President Obama’s “entitlement society” and the true American freedom of an “opportunity society.” By the time he intones the Puritans’ alabaster ideal of America as a “shining city on a hill,” you wonder if he is not also asking us to choose between two different types of mountaintops.

    In this way, whether he means to or not, Mr. Romney connects with a central evangelic fantasy: that the Barack Obama years, far from being the way forward, are in fact a historical aberration, a tear in the white space-time continuum. And let’s be clear: Mr. Obama’s election was not destiny, but a fluke.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, January 14, 2012
    WH Popcorn Night: President Obama Screens “Red Tails,” Invites Film Stars & Tuskegee Airmen

    On Friday evening, President Obama and First Lady Obama welcomed a group of the original Tuskegee Airmen, director George Lucas, who executive produced “Red Tails,” a bio-film about the heroic African American World War II fighter squadron, and cast and crew members to the White House for a private screening in the Family Theater. The 5:30 PM event was closed to press, but co-star Ne-Yo, who plays pilot Andrew (Smoky) Salem, tweeted many photos from the visit, including a photo of the President speaking before the screening. The cast includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Method Man, and Elijah Kelley.

  6. rikyrah says:

    January 14, 2012 9:20 AM

    An odd way of showing ‘concern for the poor’
    By Steve Benen

    NBC News reported yesterday that Mitt Romney made a “slight tweak to his usual campaign message” during an appearance in South Carolina yesterday

    Traditionally on the stump and in debates, Romney says the poor are “taken care of” by the country’s social safety net. Today he appeared to call for reinforcing that net, in addition to helping the middle class.

    “I’m concerned about the poor in this country. We have to make sure the safety net is strong and able to help those who can’t help themselves,” Romney said, before returning to his standard remarks. “I’m not terribly worried about the very wealthiest in our society; they’re doing just fine.”

    I can certainly understand why Romney would say something like this. As has become quite clear recently, the Republican frontrunner is a multi-millionaire, who got rich laying people off, and who “likes” being able to fire people. It stands to reason Romney is going to shift gears a bit, express some concern for the poor, and tell voters the wealthy are already “doing just fine.”

    The problem, though, comes when we look past what Romney says and focus instead on what he intends to do.

    Taxes would fall for the country’s wealthiest and rise for a some of the poorest Americans under the tax plan proposed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to an analysis released today by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

    The reduced government revenue could widen the country’s budget deficit by at least $180 billion, according to the analysis of Romney’s 59-point, 160-page economic plan.

    Romney said yesterday he’s “concerned about the poor,” but he has a funny way of showing it. According to the non-partisan TPC analysis, Romney would give the wealthy yet another significant boost by making the Bush-era cuts permanent, reducing the corporate tax rate, and repealing the estate tax. Those with the least, meanwhile, would take it on the chin: Romney would scrap all Obama-era tax breaks, including the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the American Opportunity tax credit for higher education, and the more generous child credit. The changes for those in the bottom 20% would see an annual increase of about $157 a year.

    The bottom line: if you’re very wealthy, Romney intends to stuff more money in your pockets. If you’re already struggling, Romney intends to increase your tax burden. It’s just like the Robin Hood story — only in reverse.

    Or put another way, the multi-millionaire who’s hiding his tax returns, owns a few mansions (one of which he’s quadrupling in size), and who got rich orchestrating leveraged buyouts and laying off thousands of American workers, has quite a policy agenda in mind for 2013: free rein for Wall Street, taking health coverage away from millions, slashing public investments that benefit working families, more foreclosures, tax increases on those already struggling, and tax cuts for the rich.

    Here’s a potential follow-up question for reporters covering Romney on the trail: “Governor, when you say you’re ‘concerned’ about the poor, what do you intend to do for these struggling families, aside from cutting their benefits, raising their taxes, and giving tax breaks to the rich?”

  7. rikyrah says:

    January 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    Mitt Romney’s new problem: A rising sun
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney was on the campaign trail in South Carolina yesterday, and brought up the issue he expects to ride into the White House: the U.S. economy. Unfortunately for the former governor, the message isn’t quite the same as it was a few months ago.

    In his remarks [Friday], Romney also acknowledged the economy was getting better — something he has said before….

    “And [President Obama]’s going to say the economy is getting better,” Romney said. “Thank heavens it’s getting better. It’s getting better not because of him, it’s in spite of him and what he’s done.”

    For those keeping track, Romney said twice in three sentences that he believes the economy is “getting better.”

    I’ve noticed over the last week, this keeps coming up. Shortly before the New Hampshire primary, Romney said he’s “glad” the economy is improving, but quickly added that President Obama “doesn’t deserve” credit. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Romney also said the economy is recovering, but said “this president has not helped it.”

    And in a debate for the Republican presidential candidates last weekend, Romney made his case this way:

    The president is going to try to take responsibility for things getting better. It’s like the rooster trying to take responsibility for the sun rising. He didn’t do it.”

    I believe campaign professionals call this a “losing argument.”

    Look, I don’t know whether the recovery will strengthen in 2012. The recent evidence has been mixed; experts’ projections vary widely; and the global threats to the economy remain real and hard to predict. There is, however, room for some optimism and Romney himself believes, in his words, economic conditions are “getting better.”

    But as a campaign matter, if Romney is right about a strengthening recovery, he has to realize he’s going to lose. For the entirety of 2011, the former governor had a single message he repeated ad nauseum: Obama made a bad economy worse. It wasn’t true, but so long as the recovery was largely invisible, it was a message that could fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.

    Two weeks into 2012, Romney has a new message: don’t give Obama credit for making the economy better. In effect, the Republican is arguing, “Sure, Obama inherited a deep recession. And sure, he took a bunch of steps to turn the economy around. And sure, we’re now seeing more jobs being created and more economic growth. But vote against him anyway.”

    This isn’t just a tough sell; it’s an impossible one.

    Look again at what Romney said in last weekend’s debate: “The president is going to try to take responsibility for things getting better. It’s like the rooster trying to take responsibility for the sun rising.”

    By Romney’s own reasoning, the sun is rising and it’s morning in America. As Jon Chait put it, “This seems like a shockingly weak line — if you concede that it’s morning, you’ve lost the argument.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    January 13, 2012
    Perry wows us again
    This is sad.

    During a radio interview this morning, [Rick Perry] was asked which federal departments he would shut down. Perry listed: “Three right off the bat: Commerce, Interior, and Energy are the three that you think of.” Problem: Those are NOT the three he had previously not been able to name. He swapped Interior for Education. He has not previously said he would eliminate Interior.

    The insider scuttlebutt, from what I’ve read, is that Perry was simply ill prepared for a presidential run, which is vastly different from a gubernatorial race. Perry failed to appreciate this, or so goes the speculation: he rarely read briefing books; he indulged longtime local advisers over professional hired guns; he relied on the big money behind big advertising to do his harder job of retail campaigning; that sort of thing.

    But there’s another explanation whose time has come, and which may very well permanently replace the preceding, and it is this: Rick Perry is just plain stupid.

  9. rikyrah says:

    January 14, 2012
    Bringing Romney to a boil
    We live in a tin pot of repetition. The political blogosphere gets its teeth into a juicy bit of red meat and that’s just about all she wrote, for days. The cable networks stumble on quarter-hour boosts so that’s about all they broadcast, for days. Pile on talk radio and email alerts and newsy text messages — all the ever-increasing sources of Know It Now — and you’ve less a perfect storm of information than ideal maelstroms of political propaganda.

    Not all propaganda is profoundly misleading or wickedly false. Some is essentially true (although the quantity of truth in propaganda bears little relation to its viability). And some is a diabolical mixture of truth and falsehood. Political propaganda can cut both ways and generally does; the good guy must deploy propaganda as surely as the bad guy will. The trick to smart propaganda — let’s strip it of value judgments — is rather simple: coldcock the opposition, and you’ve then days of guaranteed media repetition to inculcate your message — which, to repeat, can be utterly true, entirely false, or some Mephistophelian admixture. Its true political magnificence lies in its having served the first enticing bowl of believability, leaving its victim to twitch and squirm and deny, deny, deny.

    As Dana Milbank implies this morning, Team W. was an unsurpassed master of the propagandistic art of coldcocking its opposition. It could find in its enemies the tiniest flaws, the slimmest of openings, the narrowest of opportunities, and blow them all into irremediable corruptions of the human soul. Al Gore and John Kerry were rather garden-variety Democratic pols one day; the next they were the Devil’s vicars on Earth — unspeakable shape-shifters of insidious intent. Too much? Then scale it back, and one is still left with the glazed residue: Somehow, they’re not to be trusted.

    Which brings us to Team Romney & Allies’ somewhat pitiable counteroffensive against the first-landed Bain charge, as brilliantly and propagandistically deployed by Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. “Oh, we’re glad this came out now; it gives us a chance to kill these scurrilous accusations before the main entree.”

    To borrow from Mitt Romney’s own Beelzebub, John Sununu, That’s a crock of crap. Team Romney doubtless anticipated the deployment of the Bain charges, but not so soon and certainly not from its own partisan camp, which is what made the earlier and even juicier timing possible. And the timing is what’s key here: Perry & Gingrich have added months to a negative public perception of Mitt Romney, a perception that will simmer and stew in the fence-sitter’s brain, the perception having already been brought to a magnificent boil in our tin pot of a repetitious media world

  10. rikyrah says:

    Maya Angelou & Michelle Obama #BETHonors

  11. rikyrah says:

    Obama Blocked From Registering For Alabama State Primary Until Eligibility Is Validated By Court.
    An Alabama Court has announced that it will hear arguments as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II is in fact eligible to appear on the State Presidential Primary Ballot.

    Several Alabama citizens have filed a lawsuit within the Alabama Circuit Court to “prevent certification of President Barack Obama for 2012 Alabama ballot access pending final hearing based on factual evidentiary hearings.”

    The deadline for any candidate to register to appear on the Alabama Presidential Primary ballot is just days away, but by agreeing to hear the case, the Alabama Courts have effectively stalled any efforts by the Democratic Party to place Obama on the ballot.

    Just as important is the fact that the Court did indeed accept the case. By agreeing to hear the case, the Court appears to have recognized that the defendants, ordinary Alabama citizens, do in fact have standing. In many previous eligibility cases, courts have ruled that ordinary citizens did not have standing, in other words were not sufficiently harmed by the actions of the defendant and therefore had no legal right to bring their case before the courts.

    The actions of this Alabama Court is a game changer in that the legal system has finally recognized that ordinary citizens CAN be harmed and DO have the right to protest unconstitutional actions committed at the highest levels of Federal government.

    This case could revolutionize the legal system AND return the judiciary to the duty our Founding Fathers intended – protecting the citizenry from Federal power mongering.

    As we have said for so long, the power to defeat the Usurper in Chief lies with the STATES. We MUST continue to push all the other states to DEMAND PROOF POSITIVE evidence of eligibility from any Presidential candidate who desires to appear on State ballots.

  12. rikyrah says:

    pic of the First Lady at the BET Awards:

  13. rikyrah says:

    Denigrating Michelle Obama with the ‘angry black woman’ slur
    By Kathleen Parker, Published: January 13

    I can’t speak for Michelle Obama, but call me an angry white woman. If the first lady isn’t angry, she certainly has every right to be.

    Like every woman I know, black or white, I’ve watched Mrs. Obama with respect, admiration and arm-envy. Every woman. We talk about her unique role in American history, and we are proud and impressed. I’ve interviewed a former first lady’s chief of staff, various Republican operatives, and former staffers for previous presidents, and without exception, they all say the same thing: “I admire her so much.”

    Thus, the recent discussion about Mrs. Obama’s manner and temperament, thanks to Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas,” is maddening. Yet again, the first lady is being characterized as the thing women can never be — angry. Heaven forbid she should butt heads with that pussycat Rahm Emanuel, as Kantor reports. Who doesn’t butt heads with Emanuel? Head-butting is his default mode.

    Whether or not it is true, this and other minor third-party anecdotes were enough to resurrect the angry-woman mantra that began when Barack Obama started his run for president. Responding to the controversy, Mrs. Obama, who usually keeps to herself and her family, came out to publicly defend herself against the angry-black-woman stereotype.

    Speaking to CBS’s Gayle King, she said, “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since, you know, the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”

    I guess it is more interesting but no less infuriating. The difficulty, of course, is finding people who have used those precise words — “angry black woman.” By midday Friday, if you Googled “angry black woman,” 65 million links popped up, many including the name Michelle Obama. Yet most direct quotes related to the first lady referred to an “angry woman,” rather than an “angry black woman.” Is the racial aspect of the criticism an extrapolation of Mrs. Obama and her defenders? It might be but for the fact that those calling her angry happen to be white.

    On Thursday, Fox News’s Sean Hannity asked his show’s panel if they knew any “prominent” person who used those words. The panelists, who clearly didn’t want to say anything critical of the first lady, couldn’t produce a name. Indeed, it may be that this trope has evolved from the swamp of the blogosphere, where anonymous trolls say despicable things from the cowardly comfort of their subterranean wormholes.

    It isn’t hard to find evidence of racial undertones in these anonymous missives, one of which materialized in my inbox recently. Comment threads on right-wing blogs frequently feature hateful, racist remarks about the first lady. They don’t deserve a pica of my column space, but suffice to say, they need no translation.

  14. Obama presidency stitched in quilt exhibit at DuSable

    A historic moment stitched in time — the election of America’s first black president — is stitched onto more than 50 interpretive quilts in a new exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

    “Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama,” opens Jan. 16, the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

  15. Romney Got $10 Million Federal Bailout At Bain

    Mitt Romney received a $10 million bailout from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 1991, an event that runs contrary to the multimillionaire’s current anti-bailout position.

    Documents obtained by the Boston Globe show that the FDIC negotiated a $10 million forgiveness with Bain & Co. while Romney was chairman and CEO in 1993.

  16. It sure looks like a recess

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a little fun at the GOP leadership’s expense this week, mocking the Speaker and Majority Leader for their recent globetrotting. As Dems see it, these guys have more pressing matters at hand.

    With House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on separate overseas trips, Democrats are taking shots in their absence.

    A new DCCC website — — pounces on the GOP leaders for their globetrotting during congressional recess, when Democrats say they ought be at work tax cut plan. Of course, globetrotting during congressional recess is a time-honored, bipartisan tradition, so the dig does lose some of its punch.

    The House is scheduled to return next week and is expected to pick up where it left off — fighting over how to pay for a yearlong extension of the payroll tax break.

    Boehner has been traveling in Latin America, with stops in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, while Cantor visited the Middle East, by way of Paris. (The image the Dems posted shows Cantor with a photoshopped beret in front of the Eiffel Tower.)

    With Fox News and other Republicans raising a fuss last month over President Obama’s trip to Hawaii, I suppose it stands to reason that Dems are going to try to return the favor.

    More here:

  17. President Ronald Reagan signs legislation to create a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Rose Garden of the White House on November 2, 1983. (by National Archives)


      Only three people have a national holiday observed in their honor: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, marks the birthday of the civil rights leader and nonviolent activist. The call for a national holiday to honor Dr. King’s legacy began soon after his assassination in 1968—U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced legislation to establish the holiday just four days after Dr. King was killed, but Congress took no action on the bill.

      In the years that followed, millions of people signed petitions in support of the holiday. Coretta Scott King testified before Congress multiple times, calling for a federally recognized day to honor the life and work of her late husband. In 1980, Stevie Wonder released a song, “Happy Birthday,” which became both a hit and a rallying cry for supporters of the holiday, and civil rights marches in Washington in 1982 and 1983 only served to amplify their mission.

      A bill to establish the holiday successfully passed through both houses of Congress in 1983, and President Reagan signed it into law on November 20 of that year. The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated in 1986.

  18. White House Will Not Support SOPA, PIPA

    Saturday marked a major victory for opponents of proposed anti-piracy legislation Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), which would target foreign-based websites violating U.S. copyrights.

    House of Representatives bill SOPA and its Senate counterpart PIPA are designed to punish websites that make available, for example, free movies and music without the permission of the U.S. rights holders. Opponents of the bills, however, worry that the proposed laws would grant the Department of Justice too much regulatory power. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has called the measures “draconian.” Other Internet giants who oppose the bill include Facebook, eBay, Mozilla, Twitter, and Huffington Post parent company AOL.

    The White House on Saturday officially responded to two online petitions, “Stop the E-PARASITE Act” and “Veto the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information,” urging the President to reject SOPA and PIPA.

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  20. candilo10:

    So glad that book Kantor wrote about @michelleobama has dropped to #40 on the bestseller list! Trash…

  21. Ametia says:

    A good read from Urban Politico’s “Fed”

    Friday, January 13, 2012
    Does Libertarianism Trump Decency?

    Have you been paying attention to the Republican Presidential primaries? Have you noticed the strong following Ron Paul has? He finished a very respectable third in Iowa, and second in New Hampshire. Now he is taking his message to South Carolina where I suspect his message will ring nicely in the ears of their Tea Party heavy population.

    Read the rest here:

  22. GOP Candidate Passed Off ‘Home Economics’ Degree As ‘Economics’ Degree

    Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence liked to tout his “economics” degree on his website and at campaign events — but in reality his degree was less about bookkeeping and more about housekeeping.

    Until Thursday, Spence (R) had claimed on his campaign website that he “earned a degree in Economics” from the University of Missouri (screenshot here). But on Tuesday, Jake Wagman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch pointed out that this was a bit of a stretch — Spence’s degree was in home economics.

  23. Mitt Moves To Fix ‘Damage’ With Hispanic Voters

    WASHINGTON — In a campaign appearance on Monday in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney was asked how to woo voters to the Republican party and to his candidacy. Out of the blue, he started talking about Latino voters.

    “Perhaps one of the best tests would be to take a group like, uh, like, um, Latino Americans, and say, ‘How can I convince more Latino Americans to, say, support a Republican?'” Romney said. “If I can do that, why, I will be doing well pretty broadly.”

    He’s right, of course. Latino voters are about 9 percent of the American electorate, and that number is expected to rise this election and much more in the years to come. President Barack Obama’s reelection effort has made Hispanic voters a top priority.

    Romney’s comment was striking because the former Massachusetts governor has not talked about Latino voters much during this election, except when he’s been taking a hard line on immigration reform. He has said that all undocumented immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin and that he would veto the Dream Act. He battered Texas Gov. Rick Perry for passing a law in the Lone Star State allowing children of undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition to Texas universities.

  24. Shady_Grady says:

    Via Robert Ward, who was also a member of the Falcons, you can also get a link to the Ohio Players as Ward’s later group morphed into that band. Six degrees of separation and all that. =)

  25. “I don’t think we’re going to get Bin Laden”

    You might remember Michael Hastings as the journalist with Rolling Stone who’s article in June 2010 led to the demotion of General McCrystal. Hastings has published a book that expands on his reporting titled The Operators that is starting to get some attention. Rolling Stone published an excerpt this week and in it he recounts a conversation he had on April 18, 2010 with Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, Assistant Director of National Intelligence.

    “Why haven’t we gotten Bin Laden?” I asked.

    “I don’t think we’re going to get Bin Laden,” he told me. “I think we’ll get a call one day from the Paks: Bin Laden’s dead, we captured al-Zawahiri. But we need closure on that issue.” We’re not going to get Bin Laden? Of everything I had heard so far, this stunned me the most. One of the top intelligence officers in the mili­tary telling me that we’re not going to get Bin Laden? Bin Laden was our whole raison d’être in Afghanistan. He brought us there, he’s what kept us there, and if it’s true that we’re not going to get him . . . What the fuck?

    Thirteen months later, President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed by US forces in Pakistan.

    Just a reminder…Any President Mr. Romney? Really?

  26. Pro-Newt Gingrich Super PAC Sends Letter To Mitt Romney

    WASHINGTON — A super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich sent a letter late Friday to Mitt Romney, asking him to disclose information about his past employment and financial relationship with Bain Capital.

    Gregg Phillips, managing director of Winning Our Future, sent the one-page letter to Romney in response to a call by Gingrich earlier in the day for the super PAC to correct or take down a 28-minute film attacking Romney’s career at Bain, a private equity firm where he worked from 1984 to February 1999.

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