Saturday Open Thread

The Dazz Band is an American funk music band that was most popular in the early 1980s. Emerging from Cleveland, Ohio, the group’s biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning “Let It Whip” (1982), “Joystick” (1983), and “Let It All Blow” (1984). The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description “danceable jazz”.

The Dazz Band, formed in 1976, grew out of the Cleveland, Ohio, jazz fusion band Bell Telefunk, composed of Bobby Harris (founder)lead guitarist/songwriter Mike Calhoun, percussionist Kenny Pettus, drummer Isaac “Ike” Wiley, Jr., and his brother bassist Michael Wiley, and the band Mother BraintreeThe group became known as Kinsman Dazz, named after both the street and the lounge where they worked as the house band: Sonny Jones’ Kinsman Grill Lounge. The group adopted its name before the song “Dazz” became an R&B hit for Atlanta’s Brick in 1976.

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  1. Showtime at the Apollo

    FOR eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected.

    “I, I’m so in love with you,” Barack Obama crooned to a thrilled crowd at a fund-raiser at the Apollo in Harlem on Thursday night, doing a seductive imitation as Al Green himself looked on.

    The song would make a good campaign anthem: “Let’s stay together, lovin’ you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Don’t break up, turn around and make up.

    Times have been bad and sad, and The One did not turn out to be a messiah, just a mortal politician who ruefully jokes that his talent is hitting the “sweet spot” where he makes no one happy, neither allies nor opponents.

    The man who became famous with a speech declaring that we were one America, not opposing teams of red and blue states, presides over an America more riven by blue and red than ever.

    More…blah blah fuckety blah…

    • I, I’m so in love with you? seductive imitation?

      Maureen Dowd, I See you! You’re as transparent as water. President Obama is married to the lovely Michelle. Not this time!

  2. jpodhoretz

    Kind of fascinating to see a political party flirting with marching collectively off a cliff.

    Jumping Off Cliff

  3. Ametia says:

    LOL Newt will face teh BARRAGE OF BARACK! NOT!!!!!

    • Ametia says:

      Ethics sanctionsEighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was sanctioned $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in history a speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.[65]

      In January 1997, Gingrich said “I did not manage the effort intensely enough to thoroughly direct or review information being submitted to the committee on my behalf. In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee.”[66] Most of the charges were dropped, in one case because there was no evidence that Gingrich was still violating, as of the time of the investigation, the rule that he was found to have violated in the past.[67] The one charge not dropped was a charge of claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. In addition, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented “intentional or … reckless” disregard of House rules.[68]

      Special Counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him. The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated and left that issue up to the IRS.[68] In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the “Renewing American Civilization” courses under investigation for possible tax violations.



      Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 elections—the worst midterm performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the presidency. Polls showed that the attempt to remove President Clinton from office, by Gingrich and the Republican Party, was deeply unpopular among voters.[73] Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the election loss. Facing a rebellion in the Republican caucus, he announced on November 5, 1998, that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House as well.[74]

      Gingrich made this announcement only a day after being elected to an 11th term from his district. Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”[74]

  4. rikyrah says:

    January 21, 2012
    In SC, the far right raises a white flag

    Gingrich’s South Carolina victory is in reality, it seems to me, a momentary far-right surrender; an overt admission from the reddest of the red that their party will never whip Barack Obama in November, so why not revel in an utterly futile, barn-burning hurrah?

    They are now mired squarely in the muck of Goldwater territory — the gold standard of wild political swinging, of political hopelessness, of political collapse. Tonight, the Grand Old Party, in an intoxicated stupor of Gingrichian ire, conceded wholesale irrelevancy and inescapable defeat.

    I do not, however, expect the party’s drunken jag to last. A sobering-up period would seem inevitable, or at least such periods usually are. The stark horror of a Gingrich nomination will ripple throughout the remaining lower 47’s base; the faithful will suddenly take heart that Mitt Romney actually knows how to run for office; they’ll convince themselves out of desperate ideological necessity that Obama is indeed vulnerable.

    Which he isn’t — not given what the GOP is coughing up this year, whether it’s a Romney or a Gingrich. No way.

  5. rikyrah says:

    found this in the comments at BJ:

    So when John King threw down on Mitt’s father’s honor about tax returns and asked if Mitt would do the same, the single worst word Mitt could possibly say is: Maybe. MAYBE? About your daddy?

    @marv: Great post. You can either say “Hell yeah, just like my daddy did” or “fuck that old boozing sonofabitch”, but you better show some respect either way, and not pretend like your daddy’s some kind of old news, because in the South, you are who your daddy is, like it or not..

  6. @adbridgeforth:

    The GOP are awefully close to starting a race war in America. This isn’t the 60’s, and Blacks are growing tired of the goddamn insults

    DDSSBlog Mack Lyons:

    @adbridgeforth @3ChicsPolitico Besides, some of us have guns. And the training to use them. There won’t be any of this “strange fruit” crap.

  7. Ametia says:

    Ya’ll smell something? ….. I smell ROVIAN aromas……. *sniffing at you, NEWT*

  8. rikyrah says:

    From Andrew Sullivan about Newt’s speech:

    The core of the speech: Gingrich is fighting the “elites” who for 35 years have been trying to turn America into something else. This is a former Speaker of the House, and a denizen of the Washington trough. And he still sees himself as an outsider. But he’s playing nice tonight – especially with Santorum. Is he trying to charm him out of the race? Then he endorses Ron Paul’s view on the Federal Reserve. And praises Romney as a good organizer. These individuals are somehow a response to the “elites”. Even a multi-millionaire son of a former governor.

    Then the Obama-Is-An-Alien line: “we will run an American campaign, not a Republican one.” All the Republican candidates are Americans. But the elites are not. Key phrase: “Think of how radical Obama would be in his second term.” Then the condescension toward this “absurdity” of a president. And the TelePrompter gag. Do these people really buy into the idea that Obama is unable to articulate himself?

    And we have the core McCarthyite theme: American exceptionalism versus the Saul Alinsky radicalism. “We” are Americans. Obama is a traditional America-hater.

    Then the religion card: the increasing anti-religious “bigotry” of the elites will be his enemy. He will deploy race and religion and nationalism as his themes. No wonder South Carolina loved him. And rather than retreating on the racially charged “food stamp president” line, he reiterates it.

    This is what the GOP now is, and it deserves its spokesman. But do not under-estimate the appeal to some of the idea of humiliating and removing the first black president. That’s what Gingrich is really about. He is giving them what they want. And it’s meat that has barely seen a skillet.

    Now he wants an American energy policy – not Obama’s. And he wants US presidents to stop bowing to the Saudi king. He knows in his bones how to work this constituency, while of course, “fundamentally reforming the government at every level.”

    Then we hear about Obama’s “extreme left-wing allies from San Francisco” and now he is a “danger to this country”. “He makes Jimmy Carter look strong.” He wants the final showdown between America and socialism/Marxism/radicalism/Jihadism/Obama. And the rage among some about a black president actually exercizing authority is real. This man can roil it brutally, shamelessly, mercilessly. And he will.

    • Ametia says:

      THIS “And the rage among some about a black president actually exercizing authority is real.” The rage is literally killing these mofos,and as been since 2009.

      I hope they have good life insurance for their surviving family and their funeral arangements in order.

      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  9. rikyrah says:

    Here We Go: The South Carolina Primary of Resistance
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 6:45PM

    N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization Rules and (perhaps) Leader of the Civilizing Forces, is big on disenthrallment. Most of the literature shelled by his campaign contains this famous passage from Abraham Lincoln:

    The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

    If we’re going to consider what’s gone on in South Carolina over the past couple of weeks, it’s important to consider the historical context of the quote from Lincoln that Newt has decided to turn into his own personal campaign jingle. It comes from a message that Lincoln gave to the Congress on December 1, 1862, a month before he would sign the Emancipation Proclamation. The “dogmas of the quiet past” that had proven to be “inadequate to the stormy present” from which Lincoln said we must disenthrall ourselves in order to save the country — they consisted solely of the constitutional, political, and legal infrastructure that protected the institution of human slavery. An important part of that infrastructure was an interpretation and application of the 10th Amendment that differs from that proposed by Gingrich and every other remaining Republican candidate only in the fact that the Army of Northern Virginia is no longer around to shoot people in its defense. And now we know what a “historian” does at a boutique Beltway lobbying shop.

    He dusts.

    There is going to be a lot of talk after the primary is over here about how Iowa and New Hampshire really didn’t count, and why South Carolina was the real test, and people will not pursue that line of thinking anywhere near as far as they should. In reality, the Republican primary electorate down here differs very little from the Republican primary electorate in those other two places. All three of them are white, fairly old, and thoroughly reactionary. But the Republican primary electorate in South Carolina is far more serious about everything that goes into being a Republican primary electorate in 2012, after nearly five decades of work has gone into fashioning what a genuine Republican primary electorate in 2012 should be.

    All three groups are white, but South Carolinians are more serious about being white. All three groups are heavily influenced by the conservative splinters of evangelical Protestantism, but South Carolinians are more serious about being Christian. All three groups talk loosely about rolling back the New Deal, about minimizing the permanent impact of the Civil Rights Movement, and about loosening the limits of theocracy that were previously a matter of common agreement, but South Carolinians expect the candidates down here to deliver on this stuff. This is the Nullification primary. This is the Massive Resistance primary. This is the primary of old unsettled grudges. This is the primary where nothing and nobody ever is truly disenthralled.

    Read more:

  10. LOLGOP:

    Newt: This President is so weak he’ll NEVER kill bin Laden again.

    Crying with Laughter

  11. rikyrah says:

    anyone daring to watch Fox tonight?

  12. rikyrah says:

    can we just say that Newton beat Willard’s azz like he stole something?

  13. rikyrah says:

    found this at another blog:

    The first real primary where all the participants are members of the Republican Party base is done. Newt wins and the Mittens coronation tour is over. Trench warfare now begins.

    Iowa and New Hampshire will let anybody in to play Republican-for-a-day and influence the results, but South Carolina is different and only the true faithful participate. South Carolina is to Wingnutopia what Mecca is to Islam.


  14. BreakingNews:

    Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies at 85

  15. Ametia says:

    Santorum, do you realize how stupid you and these clowns sound with your ANTI-GOVERNMENT bullshyt, when they’re tryna get into the GUBMENT.

  16. rikyrah says:

    found this tweet:

    Seriously, cannot overstate the historic SC vote. Mitt the first establishment frontrunner to lose SC GOP primary EVER. As in “EVER.

  17. Ametia says:

    And the clowns just keep on coming Here’s Rick the gay-hating, BLAH-HATING, NUTJOB!

  18. rikyrah says:

    Tweet of the night:

    Given what South Carolina did tonight to keep a black man in office, I think they’ve atoned for any previous racism.

    not quite, but funny

  19. Ametia says:

    Rev. Al is telling the MSNBC panel the elephant shit STINKS in SOUTH CAROLINA.


    • Tell it! Tell it!

      But the MSNBC panel know very well why Newt won South Carolina. Racism was their interest because Newt Gingrich fed them the red meat.

      Wake up America and pay attention. These candidates are showing you how they will govern. Is this what you want? Vile ugly racism to divide the country?

  20. Ametia says:


    • Mitt wants to make America great again

      Translation: Mitt wants to take us back to the days when no black family was living in the White House. You know, the days when blacks knew their place, cuz…the Presidency of the US was meant for…well…white people.

      • Ametia says:

        I could give a rat’s AZZ what Mitt & nem wants. WE WILL NOT BE GOING TO THE BACK-O-THE -BUS.

        I repeat; Barack Obama has been ‘PUT IN HIS PLACE” in the OVAL OFFICE, by the MAJORITY of the Ameican vote. NEXT!

  21. Ametia says:

    Ya lookin mighty timid and cheap, Mitt, babbling on and on about some shining city on the hill. He must be talking about his neighborhood and that mansion.

  22. Ametia says:


  23. Ametia says:

    Mittens, the POTUS does not run a business or a state. Go somewhere and sit down, you’re getting mighty DESPERATE.

  24. Todd327

    I think america, especially white america, is loosing it’s mind. It seem that people will take any opportunity to attack our president. Most of these people making these hate filled comments didn’t vote for the man in the first place. You had no hand in his election, but you did elect the biggest thief and coward in american history…George Bush Jr. Destroying America is HIS legacy not President Obama’s. The finger you point at HIM you should be pointing at your selves. He has done great things for this country in the short time he’s been in office. Cleaning up a mess that wasn’t his doing. And with a ton of class, he has taken some of the most outrageous attacks on a president of these United States of America EVER. Look at the Republicans attacking each other like a pack of wild dogs. And I thought the most important thing was fixing this broken down government, NOT getting rid of President Obama.”Lets Take our country back”, ” Lets put America back in our hands”. What is this that the Republicans are saying? They hate it that a African American is in the White House. Plain and simple. Not all of white America feel this way, Hell the white youth helped to put President Obama in the white house. The Educated people of america will do the right thing. FOUR MORE YEARS !!!!!

  25. Ametia says:

    Iowa= Santorum New Hampshire = Mitt Romney South Carolina = Newt Gingrich

  26. Ametia says:

    CNN projects that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina GOP primary, with all the polls now closed in the state.
    With Gingrich projected to win in South Carolina, Mitt Romney winning New Hampshire and Rick Santorum taking the Iowa caucuses, this will be the first time in modern GOP primary history that three different GOP candidates won Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Since 1980, every winner of the South Carolina GOP primary has gone on to win the party’s nomination.

    Watch live coverage now on

  27. Ametia says:

    Song for Mittens

  28. Ametia says:



  29. Ametia says:

    In South Carolina, a sharply tightened race

    By Philip Rucker, David A. Fahrenthold and Karen Tumulty, Updated: Saturday, January 21, 6:00 PM
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Polls have now closed in South Carolina, where the results of Saturday’s Republican presidential primary could profoundly re-shape a race that seemed all but settled a week ago.

    Polls closed at 7 p.m. Earlier today, exit polls provided new evidence of a remarkable comeback by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.).

  30. Ametia says:

    Drinks on the house, Mittens!

  31. Ametia says:

    MSNBC is calling the SC primary for Gingrich.

  32. Ametia says:

    CNN is bordering on an orgasm waiting to announce the winner of the SC primary.

  33. Ametia says:

    Brian Schweitzer Blames Nebraska For Halt of Keystone Pipeline [VIDEO]
    By: 1450 KMMS AM | 2 days ago

    We all heard President Obamas decision to deny the Keystone Pipeline as of now, but what does Governor Brian Schweitzer think about the decision? See a video here of Governor Schweitzer discussing with Fox News’ Neal Cavuto why the President did not accept the application from the Canadian company for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Governor Schweitzer puts the blame on Nebraska and an incomplete application for the project.


  34. Ametia says:

    Time for some Barry…. No, the other Barry. LOL

  35. Ametia says:

    ABL on Ron Paul
    Shorter Ron Paul: The South Will Rise Again
    Posted on January 21, 2012 by ABL

    Are you kidding me with this guy?
    It amuses me to no end when white folks laud the Declaration of Independence — with all of its lofty rhetoric about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — all the while stoically ignoring that all that happy-happy-joy-joy talk didn’t apply to the Africans whites dragged to this country and enslaved.
    So when I see the tiny wizened messiah talking about the Civil War and lamenting all the liberty that was lost as a result of the war, I laugh bitterly. When I hear him talking about goooooold! and ending the Fed, I begin banging my head against the closest wall.

    Read more here and check out that disgusting video:

    • Ametia says:

      and Coates take on this CaC

      Close The Irony Of American History
      By Ta-Nehisi Coates
      Jan 21 2012, 10:19 AM ET 89

      I’d like to think that the Confederate Flag in the back was photo-shopped. At any rate, what’s amazing is the frame here–It’s not the firing on federal property that inaugurated the War, it’s Bull Run, or some such. It’s as if I punch you in the face and then accuse you of bullying me after I get the crap kicked out of me. Except worse.

      At least he’s against the drug war…

  36. rikyrah says:

    Getting My Bobo Fill

    by BooMan
    Sat Jan 21st, 2012 at 03:39:19 PM EST

    My free New York Times access is used up for the month, and I’m in no mood to pay them. So, I have to get my David Brooks second-hand. It’s better that way. It’s hard to believe how bad his latest column is. I mean, the standards are already incredibly low. Some things that I still haven’t figured out are why it is okay to flee the United States so you can continue to engage in polygamy, and then it is okay to return to the country without going through the proper immigration procedures. Does David Brooks really want to try to paint Romney’s ancestors as honorable? I don’t think Mitt Romney wants people to know anything about his ancestors. The less said about the church in Nauvoo, Illinois, the better. The less said about Romney v. the United States, the better. The less said about Romney’s dad being born in Mexico, the better. And that his dad was snuck back into the country when he was five? It’s a good thing they hadn’t built that dang fence, huh, Mitt?

    Yet, of course, none of that means Mitt should be judged for the sins of his grandparents and great-grandparents. But that’s precisely why David Brooks is so stupid.

  37. Ametia says:

    Goldie Taylor And Touré Compare Newt Gingrich To Jabba The Hutt And His Supporters To Stormtroopers
    video by Tommy Christopher | 1:06 pm, January 20th, 2012

    On Thursday night’s The Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell discussed the recent fortunes of former House Speaker Newton Leroy Gingrich with panelists Goldie Taylor and Touré, and in addition to providing fresh insight into Newt’s newly-resurfaced extramarital history and racial politicking, they also managed to sneak in a few Star Wars references. Goldie likened Newt’s supporters to “stormtroopers,” while Touré compared Gingrich to Jabba The Hutt. Taylor has already cemented her status as cable news crush to several of my colleagues, but if she breaks out her Klingon to English Dictionary, who knows what will happen?

  38. Ametia says:

    Heidi Klum and Seal reportedly filing for divorce
    By theGrio

    10:45 AM on 01/21/2012

    One of the most beautiful and popular celebrity couples are apparently going their separate ways. Despite a seemingly happy 7-year marriage singer Seal and supermodel Heidi Klum are reportedly divorcing over “irreconcilable differences.” Huffington Post reports:

    Some really sad news: Heidi Klum is filing for divorce from Seal, her husband of almost 7 years, TMZ reports.

    Klum will reportedly file in Los Angeles next week, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

    Klum, 38, and Seal, 48, married in 2005 on a beach in Mexico. They have three biological children together, in addition to Heidi’s daughter Leni from a previous relationship.

    The stylish couple was widely known for their lavish Halloween parties (and equally outlandish couple costumes). They also renewed their vows every year in elaborate ceremonies.

  39. Ametia says:

    One day before the South Carolina primary, actor and martial arts extraordinaire Chuck Norris endorsed Newt Gingrich for president, saying he believes that Gingrich can both “return America to her glory days” and “outwit” President Obama.

    Norris made the endorsement in his latest column on
    Action! Chuck Norris endorses Newt Gingrich

    We believe Newt’s experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days. And he is the best man left on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast Obama and his campaign machine.

  40. Ametia says:

    Media Bias Sunday! And by “media bias” I mean Republican.
    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:53 am by GottaLaff

    Hey kids! Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the L.A. Times, okay? Okay.

    This is not a complete list; Paddy provides that to you tomorrow. I’m not including the panels, only the guests. Besides, the panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as liberal as, well, Harold Ford:


  41. Ametia says:

    WHCA DINNER – APRIL 28, 2012


    Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

    WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA’s 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

    “Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,” said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner.”

    The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

  42. President Obama was inspired to sing a bit of Al Green during a recent campaign stop at the Apollo Theater. And now you can have his rendition of “Let’s Stay Together” as a ringtone.

  43. bpizano67:

    Memo to Newt: PBO is no Juan Williams. He will not be put in his place. The Repubs, teabags, & KKK CONS know this. That’s why they hate him.


  44. Ametia says:

    Interview with Roe v. Wade Lawyer Sarah Weddington
    By Martha Burk , January 20, 2012

    January 22 marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. That ruling has been called the most significant of the 20th century. Certainly it was the most significant for women.

    The case was argued by a 27-year old female lawyer from Texas — Sarah Weddington, in her first appearance before the Court. Female lawyers were so rare in those days that the Supreme Court lawyers lounge didn’t even have a ladies room. There were no female Supreme Court justices. Weddington faced a wall of older white men.

    Almost 40 years later, Sarah Weddington is still a tireless advocate for women. She now teaches leadership at the University of Texas at Austin, writes and speaks nationwide, and continues to educate young women and men on rights and responsibilities, and the fragile nature of progress without vigilance. I took a look back (and a look forward) with her last week on my radio show, Equal Time with Martha Burk. Here are some highlights:

    Read the interview here:

  45. rikyrah says:

    Gingrich Took a Month to Rebound, but Here He Is
    Posted by Al Giordano – January 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

    By Al Giordano

    Now that everyone in this electoral projections business is picking former House Speaker Newt Gringich to win a come-from-behind victory in today’s South Carolina primary, let’s reflect on why they had so little faith until after the polls began turning his way. Less than a week ago, the New York Times’ 538 blog projected former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with an 82 percent chance to win in the Palmetto State and, citing its method of “regression analysis” gave him a 98 percent chance to win the GOP nomination.

    What a difference a week makes. One good debate performance, another great debate triumph (sparked by a flopped sex scandal attack of the sort that inoculated Bill Clinton in his 1992 presidential campaign) and suddenly Gingrich is back in a big way. The Field projects him to win today’s third-in-the-nation contest, setting up a months-long back-and-forth two-way contest ahead as Gingrich and Romney battle through upcoming state primaries and caucuses (with an ocassional Ron Paul boomlet in the latter, to keep things weird enough). The also-rans have run out of gas. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum just could not get a word in edgewise and probably wishes he had a sex scandal of his own now. Former Utah Governor Rick Huntsman and Texas Governor Rick Perry are now officially out. And Gingrich will now play Itchy to Romney’s Scratchy for the coming weeks and months and then in the end somebody will get blown up and everybody gets to laugh.

    But the real lesson here is that polling is not the most reliable indicator for early presidential primaries and caucuses. It wasn’t four years ago when the pundits and pollsters tried to feed us the “inevitability” of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president, nor is it this cycle when Politico’s Roger Simon wrote, after the Iowa caucuses that “It’s over. Let’s all head to Tampa” and coronate Romney as the nominee. A lot of people who bet on Romney on Intrade (with a 90 percent supposed chance of winning South Carolina) are likely to be parted with their money tonight because they were foolish enough to believe the mass media hype.

  46. rikyrah says:

    Hewitt Award Nominee

    “Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles? Another way of putting “three” in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives … Jews, Christians and Arabs alike? You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table,” – Andrew Adler, publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He has now apologized.

    Telling that a pro-Greater Israel fanatic thinks it’s conceivable for the “most inner circles” of an ally to attempt to assassinate the president of the United States.

    • First thing… he needs to be in jail. Then he needs a foot up his ass to his throat.
      Punk ass mofo!

      Check out this comment left at HP:

      People and readers, that are not afro-Ameri­cans, Please take the time to hear clearly. You may not like President Obama`s policies, you may not like him as a man. However, I as a afro-Ameri­can would just like to inform you how it is truly in your best interest to not bring any harm to him. Here`s why, it could bring about a race war like the world and for sure this country has never seen. It would be not only dangerous for everyone, but ugly and out of control for everyone`s safety. So, for those of you that have hate in heart for the man. I would simply sugguest that you think carefully before bringing any harm to him. Hate but you better not harm him. CJ Honolulu

  47. rikyrah says:

    Did Obama’s Keystone XL Decision Prevent A Potential Environmental Disaster?

    There are myriad methods of defining intelligence depending on circumstance and knowledge, but it is safe to say that at the most basic level, learning from other’s prior errant actions and avoiding repeating them is at least smart. It is not often that in a short time span, an entire country witnesses a leader avoid repeating their predecessor’s mistakes, but Americans saw firsthand how President Obama identified Republican’s errors and possibly prevented a devastating environmental disaster.

    The Keystone XL pipeline that Republicans forced the president to decide on within a two month timetable demonstrates their willingness to give a foreign oil company carte blanche to use American territory to send crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast without regard for the environment. It was nearly two years ago that another foreign-owned oil company caused the worst environmental disaster in American history because regulations governing safety procedures were left up to the oil industry to enforce. The similarities between the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a potentially devastating oil spill in America’s heartland are striking except for one fact; President Barack Obama.

    The President’s denial of a permit to give the foreign oil company, TransCanada, the right to build a 36-inch, approximately 1,661-mile-long crude oil pipeline is already being criticized by Republicans. They contend the pipeline will employ tens-of-thousands of workers and reduce oil dependency here in the U.S., but as is usually the case with anything Republicans claim; they lie. Estimates are anywhere from hundreds to 6,000 jobs, but the true figure is probably closer to 2,000 jobs to build the pipeline. Republicans also conveniently omit that TransCanada, a foreign company, will certainly use their own construction specialists to build the pipeline and that they will not be at the local unemployment office recruiting Americans except for minimum wage manual labor jobs.

  48. rikyrah says:

    Blacks Face Discrimination in Bankruptcy, Too
    African-Americans steered more often toward costlier Chapter 13

    It looks to be a discriminatory double-whammy: The banking industry steers black people toward bad home loans, and bankruptcy lawyers stick it to them when the loans go bust. A new study shows that black people are twice as likely to end up in the tougher and more expensive form of bankruptcy than whites even if they have the same financial profile, reports the New York Times.

    “I don’t think there is any overt conspiracy,” says a co-author of why far more black people get steered into Chapter 13 rather than Chapter 7. “But when you have a complex system, these biases can play out and the people within the system don’t see the pattern because nobody is in charge of looking at these big issues.” Bankruptcy experts unaffiliated with the study float one possibility: Chapter 13 fees are higher but can be paid back over years, while Chapter 7 generally requires a lump sump upfront. Lawyers who don’t think black clients have the money for the lump sum may push them toward Chapter 13 even if it’s not the best choice.

  49. rikyrah says:

    Ga. judge orders president to appear at hearing

    A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and can’t be president.

    It’s one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in the March presidential primary.

    An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.

    The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president’s lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.

  50. “You ain’t keepin it real!”

    No Schlitz Malt Liquor! You ain’t keepin’ it real! You ain’t representin’!


  51. rikyrah says:

    Losing On The Issues, Republicans Amp Up Their Racist Rhetoric

    American elections are torrid affairs that last far too long and often do not address pressing matters that could give voters a reason to stay engaged in the electoral process. The upcoming general election threatens to be an exercise in divisiveness from Republicans who yearn to take the country back, but not for the reason they would have most Americans believe. All of the Republican presidential hopefuls have, at some point or another, appealed to perceived racial purity that existed at the nation’s founding and are overtly resurrecting Aryan sensibilities of many Americans. In lieu of any real issues to challenge President Obama, Republicans are counting on winning over racially and economically insecure white voters who perceive the first African American president as an interloper who does not belong in the White House and to a larger extent, the United States.

    The Republicans have not assailed the president overtly for his racial make-up, but they have engaged in associative race baiting by contending that all African Americans are lazy interlopers who are robbing white Americans of their rightful place of privilege as the real Americans. Their racial bigotry appeals to fear, anger, and insecurity of white Americans who are repulsed at the thought of four more years of a usurper sitting in the Oval Office, and use “white fear, white anxiety, and white rage to try and defeat Barack Obama.” The racists in the Republican ranks are despicable, but there is a reason they have to resort to portraying the president, by association, with unsavory African Americans; they have nothing else whatsoever to protest about the president’s policies.

    Willard Romney may have revealed the point that Republicans have nothing to criticize the President for except his race in a campaign commercial where a narrator says, “Beating Obama is the most important issue.” Is it so important because President Obama raised taxes several times? Or is it that he has been antagonistic to business? Perhaps it is because the President nationalized Wall Street and the banking industry, mining and manufacturing, the oil industry, or seized all private businesses. Did the President disband the military or ban and seize all private firearms? Does the Affordable Health Act institute socialized medicine and eliminate the healthcare insurance industry? Of course, the answer to all of those ridiculous questions is no, but they prove a point.

  52. The Associated Press:

    Obama: State of the Union address will be an economic blueprint for an economy that’s “built to last.” -EF

  53. Huckabee: Obama was a ‘foreign student’

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) is somehow still confused over the nationality and background of President Barack Obama.

    Huckabee appeared on The O’Reilly Factor Friday evening to discuss the growing story of Mitt Romney unveiling his tax returns, saying the GOP candidate should do that based solely on one condition.

    “Let him make this challenge,” he said. “I’ll release my tax returns when Barack Obama releases his college transcripts and the copy of his admission records to show whether he got any loans as a foreign student.”

  54. NBCPolitics:

    Romney sharpens attack on Gingrich as SC polls open

  55. redbird45:

    Occupy Harlem Tries to Re-Educate Negroes via @chirpstory

  56. Ametia says:

    New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests
    Published: January 19, 2012

    Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests.

    The definition is now being reassessed by an expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, which is completing work on the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the first major revision in 17 years. The D.S.M., as the manual is known, is the standard reference for mental disorders, driving research, treatment and insurance decisions. Most experts expect that the new manual will narrow the criteria for autism; the question is how sharply.

  57. I’m still swooning.. ;)

    President Barack Obama sings Al Green, Let’s Stay Together

  58. President Barack Obama sings before speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Apollo Theatre in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.

  59. [wpvideo oZhUbOHr]

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