Saturday Open Thread

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  1. OMG!

    Breaking News!

    Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

    Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

    At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

    Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

    She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

    She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 08:11 AM PST
    Public Policy Polling: Santorum surges+*

    by DemFromCT

    It is impossible not to use surge and Santorum in the same headline these days. In this case, it seems totally justified. From PPP, in a new poll from this morning:

    Riding a wave of momentum from his trio of victories on Tuesday Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP’s newest national poll. He’s at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul.

    Part of the reason for Santorum’s surge is his own high level of popularity. 64% of voters see him favorably to only 22% with a negative one. But the other, and maybe more important, reason is that Republicans are significantly souring on both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability is barely above water at 44/43, representing a 23 point net decline from our December national poll when he was +24 (55/31). Gingrich has fallen even further. A 44% plurality of GOP voters now hold a negative opinion of him to only 42% with a positive one. That’s a 34 point drop from 2 months ago when he was at +32 (60/28).

  3. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/10/2012
    Romney is starting to sound a lot like Bob Dole, circa 1996
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    Cue up Seinfeld on your VCR, connect your dial-up modem, and put your Coolio CDs on your stereo, because it’s starting to look a lot like 1996 out there on the campaign trail.

    As better economic news rolls out, Mitt Romney’s biggest issue — that Barack Obama tanked the economy — becomes less and less viable. And it’s likely that his fallback will be what he went with in his talk to CPAC today: that Obama doesn’t share the “values” of normal Americans. At its core, it’s the same message that Republicans have used in presidential campaigns for a generation: The Democratic nominee can’t be trusted, and is not really a loyal American. Michael Dukakis in 1988? Against the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Clinton in 1992? Went to Moscow under mysterious circumstances. John Kerry? Rejected his medals, which he didn’t deserve in the first place.

    The problem with that strategy, however effective it may be against a first-time candidate, is that it’s extremely unlikely to resonate against a sitting president. As Bob Dole found to his regret in 1996.

    Dole ran on the full variety of Clinton “scandals”, most of which came down to the idea that a draft-dodging philanderer just didn’t belong in the White House. It didn’t work, and it won’t work againt Obama, either. It will be impossible to convince people that Obama is some strange alien presence after he’s been in the White House for four years. It just won’t wash.

    Look at Romney’s CPAC speech. Almost all of it was generalities about “values” and “first principles” (which he mostly didn’t bother to define or explain). Almost none of it was issue-based. And there was little in the way of a likely general election platform. Bashing gay marriage? Not a winner any more. The Ryan plan cutting entitlements? I don’t think so. Granted, Romney was speaking to conservatives and not to a general election audience, but I can’t think of a single Romney proposal so far tha was crafted for a larger audience.

    If the economy falters again, none of this will matter; Romney will talk about nothing but jobs. And if the economy really booms, then nothing Romney can say will help him anyway. If, however, the economy is just solid enough that it isn’t self-evident to most swing voters that Obama must be replaced, then Romney is headed for trouble. Simply saying that the economy is horrible and that a businessman is needed won’t do. Going the Bob Dole route and claiming Obama doesn’t believe in America will likely work as well for him as for Dole.

    As long as Joe Biden doesn’t start making Macarena jokes.

  4. rikyrah says:

    I Finally Think Romney Might Lose

    by BooMan
    Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 11:19:50 PM EST

    I share Nate Silver’s inability to use the past as a guide to the future when trying to figure out what will happen in the Republican nominating contest. I have been of two minds over the last year. Most of the time, I have looked at Romney’s competition and seen it as so wanting that I could envision Romney winning every single contest. But my earliest inclination was that Romney could never overcome his authorship of Massachusetts’ heath care bill, and that the Republicans would never coalesce around him. A somewhat hybrid version has been to see the Republicans as vacillating back and forth between these two views to such a degree that it results in a brokered convention.

    All I can say for sure is that Romney did not and will not win every contest. He came close to closing the deal, but he failed. My guess is that Santorum will continue to gain strength over the rest of February. He’ll never be able to match Romney financially, but he should begin to raise enough money to actually build an organization and do some advertising. Every day that Santorum is still in the race is a day in which he grows stronger relative to Romney.

    It shouldn’t be this way. Romney should be using his superior resources to widen the gap. But he’s actually a rather hopeless candidate. He can try to destroy his opponents with negative advertising but he doesn’t really have much he can say about Santorum that will drive Republican base-voters away from him. The truth is that Santorum is a more seasoned politician, he’s more likable, and he’s actually a conservative. The only reason to prefer Romney is because he has the money to run a general election campaign. I am beginning to feel like that is not enough. For the first time, I am beginning to think that Romney might actually lose the nomination and that Santorum might win it.

    And, even worse, I am beginning to think that Santorum is a much stronger candidate against Obama than Romney. I think Gingrich is a stronger candidate than Romney. I just can’t exaggerate how bad I think Romney is as a politician and as an alternative to the president.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama Needs Another Four Years Too

    Date: Friday, February 10, 2012, 7:07 am
    By: Michael H. Cottman,

    First Lady Michelle Obama hits the road this week for a three-day nationwide tour to promote the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to eradicate childhood obesity, which disproportionally effects African-American children.

    For the first lady, her healthy eating crusade is good for the nation – and it’s also good politics for her husband, President Barack Obama, who is gearing up for a grueling 10-month re-election campaign.

    Obama, a formidable woman who has been criticized by conservatives for her efforts, is forging ahead with an ambitious plan to change the eating habits for a generation of children.

    “I am proud that you guys are starting community gardens, that you’re eating your fruits and vegetables,” Obama told an enthusiastic crowd in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. “I’m proud that you guys are walking to school instead of taking the bus. I’m proud that you’re working hard to get that 60 minutes of activity a day, every day. I’m also proud of your government, and businesses … and community leaders across the state who are all coming together to help you guys get healthy, to keep moving.”

    This is the first lady’s signature initiative, and she’s making a noticeable difference in children’s lives from coast to coast. Since launching “Let’s Move!” on Feb. 9, 2010, the White House says significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity.

    “Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children,” according to the White House.

    In a capitalist society, where making money often takes precedence over providing the black community with quality products, Michelle Obama’s subtle arm-twisting has resonated with several large American companies.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Romney wins CPAC 2012 straw poll
    Here are results from CPAC’s 2012 presidential straw poll, released today via The Washington Times.

    1. Mitt Romney 38%

    2. Rick Santorum 31%

    3. Newt Gingrich 15%

    4. Ron Paul 12%

    Nice win for Mitt. No binding delegates, though. Beauty contest.

    UPDATE: Vice-presidential results for the straw poll.

    1. Marco Rubio 34%

    2. Chri Christie and Bob McDonnell 9%

    4. Paul Ryan 8%

    5. Mitch Daniels 6%

    6. Herman Cain 5%

    7. Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman 4%

    9. Susana Martinez 2%

    10. John Boehner and Pat Toomey 1%

  7. rikyrah says:

    Obama, Explained

    As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office, two conflicting narratives of his presidency have emerged. Is he a skillful political player and policy visionary—a chess master who always sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and of the punditocracy)? Or is he politically clumsy and out of his depth—a pawn overwhelmed by events, at the mercy of a second-rate staff and of the Republicans? Here, a longtime analyst of the presidency takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history.
    By James Fallows

    In the late 1990s, when his fellow University of Chicago professor Barack Obama had just run for the Illinois State Senate and long before a newly inaugurated President Obama named him to his Council of Economic Advisers, the economist Austan Goolsbee was on the most terrifying airplane trip of his life. He was traveling on Southwest Airlines from St. Louis back to Chicago’s Midway Airport. The plane got into a thunderstorm, and for a while many passengers thought they were doomed.

    One jolt of turbulence was so strong that a flight attendant, not yet strapped in, hit her head on the airplane’s ceiling. After another sudden drop, the lights went out on one side of the cabin. The violent ups and downs kept getting worse. Two rows ahead of Goolsbee, a professional-looking woman in her 50s began wailing, “We’re going to die! We’re all going to die!” “Everyone was looking around and on the border of panic,” Goolsbee told me recently. “I was kind of wishing someone would start yelling, ‘No, we’re all not going to die!’”

    At last the plane made it safely to Midway. As passengers filed off, Goolsbee spoke with a strapping young man who had been sitting, ashen but stoic and silent, in a window seat next to the woman whose nerves had broken. He was a high-school football player coming to Chicago on a college recruiting trip. “Quite a flight,” Goolsbee said to him. “This is my first time on an airplane,” the young man replied. “Are they always like that? I can see why people don’t like to fly.”

    Goolsbee’s punch line to the story is that during his two years in Washington, “I was that kid.” He and his colleagues were trying to devise policies to cope with the worst worldwide economic crisis in living memory, in the most contentious political environment in nearly as long a time. He would ask himself, Is it always like this? He could see why people didn’t like politics and government.

    But when I heard the story, my thoughts turned immediately in another direction. Goolsbee may have felt like that kid, but to most of the world, the more obvious comparison would be to the man who hired Goolsbee, Barack Obama. Four years after being sworn in as a freshman senator, occupying a position of executive authority for the first time in his life, Obama was, at age 47, instantly responsible for guiding the world’s superpower and its allies through an emergency that had left far more experienced leaders wailing the political and financial equivalent of “We’re all going to die!”

    In office as during his campaign—indeed, through the entirety of his seven-plus years as a national figure since his keynote speech at the Democratic Convention in the summer of 2004—Obama has maintained his stoic, unflapped, “no drama” air. During the fall and winter of 2007, his campaign seemed to be getting nowhere against Hillary Clinton, who was then, to knowledgeable observers, the “inevitable” nominee. In 2008, John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate seemed to energize his campaign so much that, despite gathering signs of financial disaster under the incumbent Republicans, just after Labor Day the McCain-Palin team had opened up a lead over Obama and Joe Biden in several national polls. CBS News and an ABC–Washington Post poll had McCain up by 2 percentage points in early September, a week before the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy; a USA Today–Gallup poll that same week had him ahead by a shocking 10 points. But Obama and Biden stayed unrattled and on message, and two months later they won with a two-to-one landslide in the Electoral College and a 7-point margin in the popular vote. The earnestly devotional HOPE poster by Shepard Fairey was the official icon of the Obama campaign. But its edgier, unofficial counterpart, a Photoshopped Internet image that appeared as an antidote to the panic over polls and Palin, perfectly captured the candidate’s air of icy assurance. It showed a no-nonsense Obama looking straight at the camera, with the caption EVERYONE CHILL THE FUCK OUT, I GOT THIS!

  8. rikyrah says:

    February 11, 2012 8:30 AM
    Mmmm, Culture War…

    By Jesse Singal

    Public Policy Polling has a pretty convincing rundown of the political ramifications of the contraception controversy:

    -Republican agitating on this issue could cause themselves trouble at the polls this year. 40% of voters say Mitt Romney’s stance makes them less likely to vote for him, while only 23% consider it a positive. With the Catholic oversample [of almost 400 Catholics] it’s 46% less likely and 28% more likely. And Congressional Republicans are imperiling themselves as well. 58% of voters oppose them trying to take the benefit away, while only 33% are supportive.

    Republicans will win this fall if they can convince voters that the economy stinks and it’s Barack Obama’s fault and putting them in power will fix the problem. If they want to make it about social issues and making it easy and affordable for women to access birth control, Democrats win.

    Run away, GOP! Run away!

    Obviously, questions of whether and how and why the the Republican Party and the many independent actors that constitute it attempt to exhume certain “values” issues are complicated and multifaceted, especially during primary season.

    But on some fundamental level, there have to be a lot of otherwise levelheaded people in the GOP who, when faced with the prospect of wading back into these waters, can’t help but react the same way Homer Simpson did to the Good Morning Burger. As long as you don’t take the time to actually understand public opinion and how it is changing, these issues just look so good, so tasty, so loaded with the rich creamery butter of cultural panic.

  9. rikyrah says:

    February 11, 2012 3:56 PM
    Just How Legitimate an Anyone-But-Mitt is Rick Santorum?
    By Jesse Singal

    The big news today is Rick Santorum’s sudden surge in the polls.

    There are many reasons to take these results with several grains of salt, such as the massive organizational and funding discrepancies between the Romney and Santorum campaigns. But this is still going to lead to some intrigue, because it will force Romney and Friends to actually treat Santorum as a legitimate threat.

    It’s easy to forget, given how much Santorum has become a punchline in liberal circles, that a lot of conservative voters probably don’t really know who the guy is (I spent a few minutes trying to track down a name-recognition survey about Santorum but had no luck — if any readers find one, shoot me an email by clicking on my name and I’ll append this post).

    The usual trajectory in these situations is approximately this: 1) Previously underdog candidate is carried toward the front of the pack by a sudden wave of support. 2) His or her opponents lock on and unleash a barrage of negative ads and oppo research. 3) Candidate withers as a result.

    It will be interesting to see to what extent this pattern holds here. For one thing, the actual frontrunner, Mitt Romney, is a guy that no one in the GOP, possibly not even Romney himself, is excited about. There’s also the fact that a lot of the old Santorum stuff about to get churned up, the most infamous of it his comparison of homosexuality to bestiality, is unlikely to bother conservative voters all that much. His views on social issues could make him a semi-poisonous general-election candidate, but in a primary — particularly a primary currently starring Romney? Less so.

    I don’t think he’ll get anywhere near the nomination. But this is going to be interesting to watch.

  10. rikyrah says:

    February 10, 2012 2:45 PM
    The Santorum Anti-Contraception Mandate
    By Ed Kilgore

    Like a lot of folks, I’m eager to see how well the conservative pols at CPAC pivot from bellowing about the determination of the Obama administration to conduct a Dioletian Persecution of Christians to dealing with press questions about a modified contraception mandate that has been embraced by the head of the Catholic Health Association.

    First reaction I’ve seen was from Ricky Santorum, and while it was no surprise he ain’t buying no compromise, his specific objection, via Sam Stein, is interesting:

    Elaborating on why he opposed the revised version of the Obama contraception rule, [Santorum] explained that he didn’t believe insurance companies should cover contraception at all.

    “This has nothing to do with access,” he said. “This is having someone pay for it, pay for something that shouldn’t be in an insurance plan anyway because it is not, really an insurable item. This is something that is affordable, available. You don’t need insurance for these types of relatively small expenditures. This is simply someone trying to impose their values on somebody else, with the arm of the government doing so. That should offend everybody, people of faith and no faith that the government could get on a roll that is that aggressive.”


    While it’s not entirely clear whether Ricky is proposing a government mandate to prohibit contraception coverage by private insurance companies, that would seem to follow his logic.

    Now it’s true the drift of conservative health care thinking of late has been to frown on the very concept of health insurance, and favor instead systems where non-catastrophic health costs are covered out of pocket (like they were in the good old days of the 1950s). But on the other hand, a lot of conservatives also think preventive health care ought to be encouraged by everyone as much as possible. Given the ever-increasing role of pharmaceuticals in both preventive care and disease management these days, dismissing drug coverage because it’s not acute care or is “affordable” by Ricky’s estimation doesn’t make much sense. And if that’s what he thinks, he should probably not have voted for that Medicare Rx drug bill that’s now a regular talking point for his right-wing detractors.

    Methinks Ricky is in danger of tying himself in knots on this subject. He’d better get his health-care and his culture-war advisors together for a chat.

    • First lady Michelle Obama greets a small girl in the audience at a gathering of people of diverse faiths at Northland, A Church Distributed, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Longwood, Fla. The first lady spoke about the work of faith and community organizations to support healthy lifestyles during her three day national tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move.

      • First lady Michelle Obama greets a small girl in the audience at Northland, A Church Distributed, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Longwood, Fla. The first lady spoke about the work of faith and community organizations to support healthy lifestyles at a multi-faith gathering during her three day national tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move.

      • Ametia says:

        Printed & FRAMED!

  11. A young girl looks up at U.S. first lady Michelle Obama after she spoke at a “Let’s Move” faith and communities event at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida February 11, 2012. The first lady is on a three-day trip to mark the two-year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” initiative.

  12. Ametia says:

    Spotify gets President Obama’s official 2012 campaign playlist
    By Chenda Ngak

    CBS) – Spotify got a major endorsement from President Barack Obama today. Obama for America announced the official 2012 campaign playlist is available on the popular music streaming service.

    The playlist has 28 tracks with an eclectic mix of artist, including Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, and, of course, Al Green.

    It seems like Obama for America is doing everything under the sun to keep President Obama’s reputation as the first Internet President. In the last year, the President has joined Google+, Instagram and Tumblr. It was actually on the social blogging site Tumblr that the campaign announced the Spotify playlist.

    During his 2008 presidential campaign candidate Obama built a movement by using sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Many dubbed him as the first Internet President because of his savvy use of websites and social media.

    Spotify launched in the U.S. in 2011 and was received with great fanfare. Its easy user interface and extensive music library solidified its popularity in the music streaming space.

    To subscribe to the Obama for America 2012 campaign playlist, click on the link to launch Spotify.

  13. The Deele- Two Occasions

  14. Ametia says:

    War on birth control
    By Rachel Maddow, Published: February 10
    Rachel Maddow is a political commentator and host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

    In 2008 in Colorado, a rebel faction of antiabortion activists decided to pursue a “personhood” initiative. Over the objections of the mainstream antiabortion movement, they proposed amending the state’s constitution to redefine the word “person” to include zygotes. Under the proposal, “from the moment of fertilization,” a woman would be considered two people under Colorado law. When the initiative went before voters, it failed by more than 40 points.

    The same activists brought up the measure again in 2010. They changed the “moment of fertilization” language to “the beginning of biological development,” but the intent — and the electoral result — were the same. Even with that year’s conservative electorate, Colorado voters said no to “personhood” by more than 40 points. Again.

    The mainstream antiabortion movement opposed the Colorado effort because its members believed a challenge to it might have the unintended effect of reaffirming Roe v. Wade. They also worried that a blunt effort to ban all abortion might cause a backlash that would set back their incremental chipping away at abortion rights.

  15. Staggered By Santorum’s Surge, Romney Resets Campaign

    WASHINGTON — Staggered by Rick Santorum’s surge, Mitt Romney is trying to reset his presidential campaign by defining himself as a strict conservative.

    The former Massachusetts governor had focused on his business credentials and played down his ideology, four years after he failed in his attempt to win the GOP nomination by running as a social conservative.

    “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual gathering Friday. It was a speech that, advisers said, Romney viewed as an important chance to speak directly to the conservatives who rejected him in three contests last Tuesday.

    He insisted that he is a conservative in both record and background, trying to convince the GOP’s skeptical right flank that he is acceptable as the party’s nominee.

  16. Ametia says:

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin under investigation: source
    By Kathy Finn

    NEW ORLEANS | Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:16am EST

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the colorful and controversial spokesman for the city after the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is under investigation by federal authorities, a source with direct knowledge of the probe said.

    The source told Reuters on Friday that several people linked to Nagin or the New Orleans city administration during his two terms as mayor ending in 2010 were cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI.

    The investigation includes whether Nagin received favors or items of value from vendors to the city in return for contracts they received while Nagin was in office, the source said.

    Nagin, who was in Minnesota for a speaking engagement on Friday, spoke to a WWL-TV reporter at the New Orleans airport on his return. Asked about allegations he benefited personally while in office, he said:

    Read on:

  17. David Axelrod @davidaxelrod

    Why’s GOP so eager to talk down good news? The revival of auto industry. Improving job picture. Long way to go, but why not root for USA?

  18. For ish and giggles…

    Birther Movement: Pennsylvania Republican Seeks To Remove Obama From Ballot

    Such is the claim of Thomas Barchfeld, a Whitehall Borough resident from Glen Elm Drive and a member of the Whitehall Borough Republican Committee. And Barchfeld says that he has proof.

    The 56-year-old former Democrat—he switched parties in 2011—has been going to the homes of registered Republicans in Whitehall (a Pittsburgh suburb) with a letter that he has written to Pennsylvania Secretary Carol Aichele claiming that Obama’s natural-born citizenry is in serious question.

    • MElaineHenry
      11:24 am on Friday, February 10, 2012

      Why don’t all these people who keep questioning Obama’s right to the Oval Offce cut the bull. This has nothing to do with Obama’s citizenship but everything to do with his color. It sticks in their craw that a black man occupies what has always been the realm of white men. To them Obama should only be in the White House if he’s carrying a mop and a bucket. Well, deal with it, he’s the President and guess what? you may have him for another four years. So yes, get ready to locate a very high bridge you can all jump off of!

    • Ametia says:

      BWA HA HA HA HA Apparently over 50% of th America voters didn’t have serious questions about Barack Hussein Obama’ citizenry. LOL The denial & hatred, and RACISM runs deep.


  19. Romney: I Was A ‘Severely Conservative’ Governor

    WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney gave one of the most important speeches during his second turn as a presidential candidate on Friday at CPAC, and instead of just defending his credentials to the audience of grassroots activists, he suggested that he is the most authentic conservative in the Republican primary.

    The presidential hopeful said he “fought against long odds in a deep blue state” while serving as governor of Massachusetts and that he was “severely conservative” during his tenure.

  20. facepalm23 @facepalm23

    How epic was Sebelius looking standing with the Commander in Chief today….her gansta suit & bitch face expression=WIN #TeamObama rocks

  21. You’re talkin’

    Body talk
    Talk body to me, body talk….

  22. Good Morning, 3 Chics!

    saturday Scraps

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