Friday Open Thread

Nothing personal about Timothy Dalton, but I still curse NBC to this day. Because they wouldn’t let Pierce Brosnan out of this contract, that’s when Dalton was chosen.

Today’s Bond: Pierce Brosnan.

GoldenEye (1995)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Die Another Day (2002)


Though James Bond has had a bevy of women throughout the years, he always comes home to one woman: MONEYPENNY.

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78 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    Robo call questions voter registration in Detroit

    Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:35:27 PM EDT

    Call it suspicious, shady or last minute campaign shenanigans. A Detroit woman received a voicemail on her cellphone which started like this: “Hello, I ‘m calling from Campaign Industries.

    Our firm worked over the last months to increase voter registration in the Detroit area. Due to an unintentional error by one of our employees a small number of voter registration applications including yours were filed after the deadline for the November election.”

    It then goes on to say while you won’t have any issues in future elections you may have a problem on Tuesday. It then asks you to check with the Secretary of State to make sure you’re registered.
    Kimberley Thomas got the call and was confused.

    “It will probably confuse other people just like it confused me and I know I’m registered to vote,” Thomas said.

    She’s been registered since she was 18 and while it’s not hard to get online to check your registration status or polling place this kind of call can be confusing.

    When Local 4 called the 1-800 number that made the call you get a pre-recorded greeting that doesn’t say much except “we apologize for any inconvenience our call has been for you”.

    Experts say take every call and every piece of political mail over the coming days with a grain of salt

  2. Ametia says:

    Internal memos confirm OH SoS applied untested/uncertified software patches that could steal it for Mitt Romney
    Free Press confirms installation, secret justification of uncertified last minute election tabulation reporting software in Ohio

    by Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis
    November 2, 2012
    The Free Press has obtained internal memos from the senior staff of the Ohio Secretary of State’s office confirming the installation of untested and uncertified election tabulation software. Yesterday, the Free Press reported that “experimental” software patches were installed on ES&S voting machines in 39 Ohio counties. (see Will “experimental” software patches affect the Ohio vote?).

    Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske circulated a memo dated November 1st renewing the already shaky justification for installing software made by Election Systems and Solutions on vote tabulation equipment used in 39 Ohio counties. The letter to Ohio Secretary of State personnel Matt Masterson, Danielle Sellars, Myra Hawkins, Betsy Schuster, and Ohio’s Director of Elections Matthew Damschroder, clarified the dubious justification for not complying with the legal requirements for the examination of all election related equipment.

    Seske begins by explaining what she purports to be the purpose of the software patch: “Its function is to aid in the reporting of results that are already uploaded into the county’s system. The software formats results that have already been uploaded by the county into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State’s election night reporting system.”

  3. Ametia says:

    R.I.P., Mitt Romney
    by Robert Shrum Nov 2, 2012 3:20 PM EDT
    Mitt made multiple mistakes that will lead to his defeat on Tuesday. Some of them date all the way back to 2008

    We have now crossed the billion dollar mark in ad purchases. In Ohio alone, the two sides, Super PACs and all, are spending $30 million in the closing week—and in the battleground states overall, Romney forces are outspending Obama by $30 million.

    But the contest is not as unbalanced as the numbers. The Obama money goes further because more of the total buy has been placed by the campaign itself, which by law pays less for television time than outside groups. Obama’s strategists also got more for less than the Romney enterprise by buying well in advance, when the so-called lowest unit rate was lower. In any event, the airwaves in the swing states are saturated. The Thursday before the election, the noon news on the CBS station in Columbus, Ohio, featured 22 political spots one after another. A lot of it, perhaps most of it, is so much electoral wallpaper.

    What matters more is what happened months or even years ago, when Mitt Romney inflicted serial damage on himself that can’t be wiped away by a last-minute ad barrage or a barnstorming tour through the final hours.

    Go all the way back to Nov. 18, 2008, when Romney wrote that op-ed in The New York Times headlined: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Few pieces have had as long or relevant a political life. Michigan, Mitt’s original home state, and Ohio, home to 850,000 auto industry-related jobs, have proved stubbornly resistant to a Republican nominee who seems so conspicuously hostile to their livelihoods. If the President carries both states, Romney’s prospects next Tuesday look about as promising as the Edsel’s in the 1950s. For those too young to remember it, the car was a landmark flop. Wikipedia offers a commonly accepted explanation: it was “a supreme example of the corporate culture’s failure to understand American consumers.”

  4. Ametia says:

    Social media’s impact on our elections
    by Eclectablog on NOVEMBER 2, 2012 in MEDIA

    I was sent this graphic by the folks at It delves into the rising impact of social media — mainly Twitter and Facebook — on our elections. The changes since 2008 are astonishing. Here’s what they write about it:

    Read on

  5. REPOSTING–So incredibly heartbreaking!

    Mother whose two boys were swept out of her arms in superstorm was left screaming on street for 12 hours by neighbors who refused to help her.

    •Police find bodies of Glenda Moore’s sons Connor, 4, and Brandon, 2
    •Mrs Moore battled to hold on to the boys but they were sucked away

    •She knocked on door but was told: ‘I don’t know you. I’m not going to help’
    •Another neighbor refused to answer and she spent night crying on street


    Watch the CNN video of the man denying he saw a young woman with 2 little kids desperately asking for help!

  6. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/02/2012
    Nov 02, 2012 05:21 PM EDT

    Romney’s closing pitch: Give the hostage takers what they want
    By Jamelle Bouie
    This morning, at a rally in West Allis, Wis., Mitt Romney offered his final argument to voters. If you’ve heard a Romney speech before, there’s nothing here that will surprise you. As he has for most of the year, he hits President Obama for “failed leadership” on the economy and promises to accelerate the recovery with a five-point plan of tax cuts, spending cuts, increased energy production, new trade deals and repeal of the Affordable Care Act. On the whole, it’s the same basic plan Republicans have offered since 2000, and there’s no evidence that it will ameliorate the short-term problem of mass unemployment.

    But, in addition to offering his plans for the future, Romney also took the time to hit Obama for his failure to build a bipartisan coalition for “change.” Romney describes Obama as the “most partisan” of presidents — “blaming, attacking, dividing.” He hits Obama for failing to “work across the aisle” and says that he has “made the divide wider.” He touts his record working with a Democratic legislature in Massachusetts, and he promises to not “spend his effort passing partisan legislation unrelated to economic growth” — an obvious dig at Obamacare. He even promised to avoid the debt ceiling stand-off of last summer, which he blamed — unsurprisingly — on President Obama:

    You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress. He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy. The President was right when he said he can’t change Washington from the inside. In this case, you can take him at his word.

    Of all the rhetorical paths he could take, this is the best one. Voters are frustrated with economy, they’re frustrated with congressional gridlock — which they blame, in part, for the slow recovery — and they’re frustrated with President Obama for failing to work with Republicans, the most dramatic example of which was the debt ceiling stand-off.

    But what Romney fails to mention, and what voters don’t understand, is that gridlock was a deliberate strategic choice made by Republican lawmakers at the beginning of Obama’s term. This is well documented: Shortly after the 2008 election, GOP lawmakers met to devise a strategy for the next two years. As Michael Grunwald details in his book “The New New Deal,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the savvy decision to oppose all measures from the Obama administration, for the simple reason that voters associate “bipartisanship” with “good legislation.” If McConnell and his counterparts in the House can deny Obama bipartisan victories, they can tarnish his image and damage his standing with a public that craves cooperation.

  7. rikyrah says:

    When the GOP suppresses inconvenient truths
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:05 AM EDT.

    We talked yesterday about the non-partisan Congressional Research Service pulling a recent report that documented what many already knew: giving tax breaks to the rich helps concentrate wealth at the top, but it does not boost the economy. Republican lawmakers, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), had the report killed.

    More information is coming to light.

    Thomas Hungerford, the CRS researcher who produced the report, told HuffPost that he stands by it. “Basically, the decision to take it down, I think The New York Times article basically got it right, that it was pressure from the Senate minority to take it down,” Hungerford said. “CRS reports go through many layers of review before they’re issued and as far as the tone and the conclusions go, people who specifically look at the writing and the tone said it was okay. So it’s not going to be that and as I can tell you outright, I stand by the report and the analysis in the report.”

    Hungerford said that he had never experienced suppression like this before….

    For its part, McConnell’s office insists “people outside of Congress” also raised concerns about the CRS report, but Tim Noah explained that these outsiders are apparently limited to conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Ending the campaign on a high note
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:32 AM EDT.

    National Journal reports this morning that, as far as political developments are concerned, the final week of the 2012 election cycle has been awfully good for the incumbent.

    Friday’s employment report brought more good news to President Obama in what has already been a solid final week of campaigning for the incumbent.

    Earlier this week, Obama was praised by New Jersey’s outspoken — and Republican — Gov. Chris Christie for his handling of the recovery from Hurricane Sandy after it ravaged parts of the East Coast. He also got a surprise endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Friday, the final major piece of economic data released during the campaign showed signs that the economy was moving forward rather than retreating.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Rick Scott says no to more early voting. Y’all just keep standing in line

    By Laura Conaway
    Fri Nov 2, 2012 1:25 PM EDT

    After days of long lines and long waits for early voting, Florida Democrats asked Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, to extend early voting. It now ends on Saturday, because Republicans cut the number of days for early voting in half. Democrats, citing heavy turnout, asked Governor Scott to restore voting this Sunday, the last day for “Souls to the Polls” drives before the election.

    Governor Scott said no. From the Broward/Palm-Beach New Times:

    Early voting will end Saturday night,” Scott told reporters in response to the request. “But I want everybody to get out to vote.”

    Scott’s Republican predecessor, Governor Charlie Crist, extended early voting in 2008 because voters were waiting in line for several hours. Then Barack Obama won the state, and Florida Republicans decided fewer days would be better somehow.

    Florida Republicans have cut into Democrats’ lead in early and absentee voting this year. But here’s the thing about early voting: It gives campaigns a great chance of bringing in voters who might not otherwise vote. They can visit marginal voters two and three times. They can make appointments to get them to the polls, and the first appointment doesn’t work, they go back for a second and third and fourth try. Democrats in Florida seem to be doing just that. Among voters who’ve missed the last few elections, Democrats say they’re winning this time by more than 77,000 votes.

  10. Rachel Maddow MSNBC‏@maddow

    Just outrageous from FL Governor Rick Scott. 5 hr lines already, and no interest in fixing the problem:

    • Ametia says:

      The long lines and the fact the folks are standing in those long lines, only MAGINIFIES the ugly, despicable truths of the Rick Scott and his cohorts’s efforts to deny DEMOCRACY in American elections.

      THEY ARE UNAMERICAN in every since of the word. We will Vote; that is what VOTERS do in America.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Miss Betty” Is Back On The Job At UM

    October 31, 2012 12:56 PM

    Students at the University of Miami fought to bring back one of their favorite workers on after she was, in their opinion, unfairly fired.

    Fifty three year old cafeteria worker Betty Asbury, better known as “Miss Betty” to the students, was terminated on October 10th. After an internal investigation and a campaign by the students Chartwells, the company which operates the food service program at the dining hall, offered Asbury her job back.

    On Wednesday, Asbury returned to work at the Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall.

    “The Lord gave me another chance,” said Asbury. “It wasn’t a man, it was God.”

  12. President Obama speaking soon in Springfield

  13. Ametia says:

    The Employment Situation in October

    Read on and pass it on

  14. Ametia says:

    Mitt Romney continues to face widespread criticism over his wildly deceptive auto ads.

    Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal on Mitt Romney’s “false facts”:

    “Many Detroit residents still angry with Romney’s anti-bailout stance.” Check out the front page of the Toledo Blade:

    “Mitt Romney has demonstrated an uncanny, unflinching willingness to say anything and everything to win this election.” The New York Times’ Charles Blow on Romney’s “out-and-out lies”:

  15. Ametia says:


  16. Ametia says:

    Last Time a Major Corp. Kneecapped a Presidential Candidate Was…?
    By William Boardman

    When the presidential candidates are calling each other liars or something close to that, that’s hardly new – but a major American corporation all but calling a presidential candidate a liar, when did that happen before? Never mind happen twice. In one week.

    Widespread coverage of the story of the Chrysler Corporation’s flat contradiction of Mitt Romney’s campaign assertions, followed by General Motors doing the same, suggests that such sharp corporate responses are unprecedented. Certainly the relationship of these corporations to the Republican Party are far removed from the time when one of President Eisenhower’s cabinet members said that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa” (although the urban legend version has him saying “what’s good for General Motors is good for America”).

    The catalyst for these sharp corporate reactions came on October 25, in Defiance, Ohio, when Mitt Romney told a campaign rally: “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.” [emphasis added]

  17. Ametia says:

    Perverse media incentive watch: Chris Cillizza

    Today, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has moved Ohio from “lean Obama” to “tossup.” Yet the current margin in Ohio is Obama +3.0+/-0.5% (n=14 polls, Oct. 13-Nov. 1) and probably insuperable. What could be Cillizza’s reason?

    He writes: “…the absolute necessity for Romney to win the state if he wants to be president – leads us to move it back to the ‘tossup’ category.” Now here is some problematic reasoning. Romney needs Ohio, so therefore it’s a toss-up. Ah yes, the “let’s not bicker about who killed who” argument.

    Cillizza is hardly alone. A few days ago, Wolf Blitzer at CNN cited a single Ohio poll, done by his own organization, showing Obama up by 4%. He then proceeded to call this a “tie,” revealing an amazing inability to interpret a simple number. Compounding this is the fact that dozens of polls have been conducted in Ohio. The odds of an Obama lead are extremely high. So why does he persist?

    The news media have an incentive to fuzz up the picture: ratings and profit. A message that the cake is fully baked does not automatically bring back the viewers. Without the artificial suspense, Cillizza and Blitzer are put in a position of having to say something substantive or interesting that gets beyond a horserace number. Think how much work that would be.

  18. Ametia says:


  19. Ametia says:

    BYE BOY! The Rape-ublicans are losing. Indiana candidate Murdock’s going down

    Indiana election poll: Joe Donnelly builds lead over Richard Mourdock in Senate race

    Democratic Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly has built a significant lead in the race for Senate, according to a new Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll.

    The poll, released this morning, shows Donnelly leading Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock 47 percent to 36 percent, with Libertarian Andrew Horning getting 6 percent.

    The same poll shows Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence leading Democrat John Gregg 47 to 40 percent in the race for governor, while Libertarian Rupert Boneham was supported by 5 percent, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett leading his Democratic challenger Glenda Ritz 40 percent to 36 percent.

    Mourdock’s campaign released its own internal poll to challenge the Howey/DePauw poll, saying Mourdock has the lead 46 percent to 44 percent. And Brose McVey, deputy campaign manager for Mourdock, dismissed the Howey/DePauw poll, saying the pollsters “must have accidentally surveyed Illinois. Our polls show us ahead.”

  20. Ametia says:

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Supreme Force

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Woman of the Year because… “More than any other person, she can take credit for making the law of this country work for women. She is a transformational figure…and for me, an inspiration.” —fellow Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan
    by Dahlia Lithwick

    You could call it a bit of a rocky start: After being one of just nine women in her freshman class of hundreds at Harvard Law (and then graduating from Columbia Law), Ruth Bader Ginsburg was refused a job with a prominent male judge just because she was female; then, as a law professor, she had to hide her second pregnancy in order to avoid workplace discrimination—and fight to get paid as much as a man. Lucky for us, our world looks nothing like that anymore, and that, in fact, is thanks largely to Ginsburg. “When I graduated from law school in 1959,” she says, “there were no antidiscrimination laws. Employers were up-front that they did not want a woman.”Ginsburg saw the legal web holding women back, and she took it upon herself to tear it down.

    Read More

  21. The Final Event: Where it All Began – OFA Iowa

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will hold the final grassroots event of the 2012 presidential election on November 5th in Des Moines, Iowa. Be a part of history and help re-elect President Obama.

  22. ‎4 days until 4 more years

  23. Badlifestyle 47%‏@Badlifestyle

    Just In. Even more good news for PBO: U.S. factory orders rebound 4.8% in September -

  24. Ametia says:

    Five good reasons to reach out right now:
    1. Studies have shown that people are far more likely to do something if they make a plan beforehand.

    2. It will help us plan effectively about who to call and which doors to knock on November 6th. If you and your friends make a plan, we’ll know to focus our efforts on others who really need the extra encouragement.

    3. We’ll send them a reminder about the plan they made to help them stick with it.

    4. Their vote could be the reason President Obama wins a second term, and that’s good for all of us.

    5. The ability to decide the future of our government and our country with our vote is the most important right and duty we have as Americans. You don’t leave something like that to chance.

    So, are you ready? Make sure your friends and family — especially those living in battleground states — have a plan for when and where they’ll vote, too.

  25. Ametia says:

    Will Hurricane Sandy be our wake-up call?

    By Eugene Robinson, Published: November 1

    We’ve had two once-in-a-century storms within a decade. Hurricane Sandy seems likely to become the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, behind Hurricane Katrina. Lower Manhattan is struggling to recover from an unprecedented flood, and the New Jersey coast is smashed beyond recognition.

    Will we finally get the message?

  26. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 11/02/2012
    The Morning Plum: The last land mine in Obama’s path is defused
    By Greg Sargent
    The last remaining political land mine embedded in Barack Obama’s path to reelection has failed to detonate.

    With time fast runing out, the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning released the last monthly jobs report we’ll see in this election. The news was unexpectedly decent: 171,000 nonfarm jobs added in October, and unemployment essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent.

    What’s more, the August numbers were revised upwards from 142,000 to 192,000, and the September numbers were boosted from 114,000 to 148,000. This suggests the possibility that something was stirring in the economy that we hadn’t picked up, and could help explain why Obama’s small but seemingly durable edge in the electoral college has persisted.

    The news will be taken as a relief by the Obama campaign. It will allow Obama to continue making the case that the economy is healing — and it will undercut Mitt Romney’s closing argument that only putting him in charge will bring about a “real recovery.” However, today’s numbers are unlikely to impact the presidential race in a dramatic way. It solidifies the fundamentals that have persisted for many months now — this is a weak recovery, but it is a recovery, which means a very close presidential race, with a narrow advantage to the incumbent.

    What these numbers really mean is that the last remaining catastrophe that could have derailed Obama’s reelection effort didn’t happen.

    Despite all the ridiculous hyping of this one metric in the political media, the monthly jobs number would have had to be very bad, say below 50,000 or negative (or very good, say 200,000 or above) to meaningfully change the race. But a disastrously bad number has always been a real possibility, and it really could have undermined the fundamentals that narrowly favor Obama. Indeed, the possibility of an awful jobs report, along with trouble in Iran or a downturn in Europe, have long haunted Obama advisers as “externals” waiting to suddenly upend the carefully plotted course towards a second term.

    With four days left until Election Day, today’s jobs report makes it definitive: None of those things has happened. In short: No October surprise. And now, it’s pretty much up to the two campaigns’ ground games — and to the voters themselves.

  27. New Details Discredit Fox News Reports On Benghazi Attacks

    A slew of new reporting this morning debunks Fox News reports claiming that the Obama administration withheld assistance during the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. With these revelations, the combined conservative narrative as led by Fox News — that the Obama administration failed to respond adequately during the attack and that mainstream media has not covered Benghazi enough — is in further disarray.

    The Los Angeles Times’ version of the CIA’s role focuses the most heavily on pushing back on Fox’s spin:

    “At every level in the chain of command, from the senior officers in Libya to the most senior officials in Washington, everyone was fully engaged in trying to provide whatever help they could,” a senior intelligence official said in a statement. “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    99-year-old Florida woman votes for the 1st time

    by theGrio | November 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Long lines at polling places have been a familiar sight this week, but two hours in line is nothing compared to how long one Fort Myers, Florida woman chose to wait.

    For the first time in her 99 years of life, Rosie Lewis cast a ballot.

    “She’s an amazing person. 99-years-old and still has her right mind,” said her grandson Nelson Lewis.

    In her modest Fort Myers home, she sat in her favorite chair close to the Bible and with her ballot in hand.

    “I just trust in the Lord to let me go on,” Lewis remarked.

    Her life has spanned 24 presidential elections. Yet, this is the first time she’s voted in one.

    “She completely understands what she just did,” said her grandson. “My grandmother never forgets anything.”

    Family friend Gerri Ware registered Lewis to vote.

    “I said, ‘Honey, when and where because I will be there,’” said Ware.

    Lewis credits the election of Barack Obama for inspiring her to vote.

    “I said I’m going to vote if the Lord spares my life this time,” said Lewis. “I made it up to my mind to vote.”

    Rosie Lewis has lived through major turning points in American history.

    She was 7-years-old when the 19th Amendment passed, which gave women the right to vote.

    Lewis was in her 50s by the time Jim Crow laws were abolished. Her grandson said that helps explain why she waited this long to vote.

    “She was already set in her ways, and wasn’t really thinking about politics,” he said.

    Now she’s one year away from the century mark and not secretive about the candidate she supports.

    “I love Obama,” she said.

    “Ms. Rosie should be an inspiration to all of our young people and old people,” Ware said. “You never get too old to exercise your right.”

  29. rikyrah says:

    What are President OBama’s Black critics talking about?

    The idea that Barack Obama has let black America down can be sonorous, as attested to by a recent article by Columbia’s Frederick Harris in the New York Times and Cornel West’s long-established critique of the President. It is also backwards.

    Voting for Obama on the basis of his commitment to black America is a questionable premise to begin with. But for those who subscribe to it, there shouldn’t be any doubt President has more than earned the black vote. Oddly, this is harder to see for many of black America’s deepest thinkers than for the ordinary folks on whose behalf they claim to write.

    The fashionable take is that Obama has not wanted to seem too “racial.” And that’s true: He hasn’t. Yet it would have been a futile and even tacky thing for him to even try.

    For one, black people are not the only ones in America with serious problems today. The idea that black people remain the country’s poster children, a standing indictment of America’s civic morality requiring special address with all deliberate speed, is obsolete.

    That’s not because it “got old,” but because of statistical realities. Teenage pregnancy is down among black girls since the nineties, and single motherhood is becoming as common among poorer whites as blacks and Latinos: family breakdown is no longer a “colored” problem. The dropout rate among Latino youth is higher than among black youth. It’s true that black unemployment rates are 13 percent compared to 7 percent of whites. However, in this grim recession, amidst which Americans of all colors including prosperous ones typically know several people who are out of work, it is hardly unjust that few Americans will process the black unemployment rate as demanding separate attention.

    Meanwhile, we have a President who has touted extra billions of dollars to community colleges; has states competing for Race To The Top funds to improve public schools where No Child Left Behind failed; has barnstormed the country pushing a jobs bill, and created the beginnings of a national health care system after 70 years of failed attempts. On what basis is this not a pro-black President? Have the results been dramatic? No—but a Republican establishment bent on keeping Obama from accomplishing a single thing has played a certain role in that. How Obama was supposed to have “blacked” his way past this obstructionism is decidedly unclear.

    Most of black America understands this. When black people (and countless others) took to the streets over the Trayvon Martin controversy this spring, there were those asked why black America sits silent over black people murdering other black people. Yet in fact, black people stage “Stop the Violence” protests against the gangbangers infesting their neighborhoods all the time, as Ta-Nehisi Coates, with whom I agree quite seldom, deftly illustrated.

    This illustrates what’s off in Obama’s black critics’ take on black America in 2012. Black people know racism exists, but also know that today black America’s problems are as much cultural as structural. It’s a cliché on black talk radio and barbecue conversations that “It isn’t anybody white shooting all these people in our streets,” and that there isn’t much that a President could do, black or not, to turn such things around. The black barbershop reality—and I’m basing this on actual time getting my hair cut in them—is that for every guy complaining “Obama ain’t done nothin’ for us,” there are three who object “Come on man, he’s the President of America, not black America!”

    • Ametia says:

      These black critics who are saying the president is letting black folks down are the very ones who reap SECONDARY GAINS from the notion that black folks are DOWN-TRODDEN. **looking@CorneyWest&TavisSmiley** to name a few.


  30. rikyrah says:

    Pre-Spinning A Loss

    Should Obama win, Ambers predicts various ways the GOP will spin Romney’s failure. First on his list:

    It’s the liberal/drive-by/lamestream media’s fault. It always is. They covered for President Obama’s lapses in Benghazi, failed to hold him to account for his obvious failures, generally failed to vet him properly in 2008, and ignored the scandals during his first term. They tipped the scales. And in the last week, they covered his response to Hurricane Sandy as if he were a conquering hero. They hated Mitt Romney because they were jealous of his success. They ignored Chicago’s relentless negative campaign.

    First Read bets that “Sandy will get the blame from the losing side, period.” Bernstein sees this as an improvement:

    [T]hinking they were on their way to victory when a massive storm derailed them would be a relatively healthy response, the way that deciding that you lost because your candidate’s TV ads stunk or because he didn’t have the best zinger in the debates is a mostly non-destructive response.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Ametia, SG2 and Everyone :)

  32. This is so incredibly sad. My heart breaks. How could anyone refuse to help a person in distress? How could anyone be so mean? Those poor little babies! ***tears***

    There also the heartbreaking story of a mother who lost her two young sons after they were swept out of her arms by floodwaters. Not only was she unable to save them in the storm, she claims that residents in the area where she was stranded refused to help her. (The mother, Glenda Moore, is black and was not from the neighborhood.) CNN’s Gary Tuchman interviewed a man who denied that claim, but seemed to blame the woman for being outside during the storm.

  33. Ametia says:

    Allkinds of fuckery & crazy out there. This is how deranged and fearful folks are of the Black man

    Chart: Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever

    Fake birth certificates, ghostwriters, teleprompters, a teenage trip to Mars, and more of the most paranoid and bizarro Obama conspiracy theories out there.

    —By Asawin Suebsaeng and Dave Gilson

    Barack Obama’s presidency has been an inspiration to many Americans—especially nutjobs. Ever since the first-black-president-to-be appeared on the national political stage, a cottage industry of conservative conspiracy theorists has churned out bizarro, paranoid, and just plain racist effluvia—some of which has trickled into the political mainstream. Below, we’ve charted some of the Obama-baiters best (i.e. worst) work. (Scroll down for more detailed descriptions of the conspiracy theories in the diagram.)

  34. Ametia says:

    CNN- 2 hours ago
    Obama and Romney make closing arguments in op-eds

    CNN) – President Barack Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney, in opinion pieces published Friday on, both write that bipartisanship is the only way to solve the problems facing the country today.

    Mitt Romney: My vision for America

    “We’ve watched gridlock and petty conflict dominate while the most important issues confronting the nation, like chronic high unemployment, go unaddressed. The bickering has to end. I will end it. I will reach across the aisle to solve America’s problems.”

    President Barack Obama: My vision for America

    “Because when hardship hits, America is at its best. The petty differences that consume us in normal times quickly melt away. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm – only fellow Americans. That’s how we get through the most trying times: together.”


  35. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-) Happy FRY-day.

  36. BREAKING: U.S. economy adds 171,000 jobs in October, beating expectations

  37. Pierce Brosnan –Sooky Sooky!

    So deliciously FINE!

  38. I’m with you Rikyrah. Since the first time I saw Peirce brosnan on “Remington Steel” I said to my wife. “Now there’s the next James Bond” . When Timothy Dalton was cast; I was disappointed because while I like TD; I never thought he was Bond. Not that he was a bad Bond; just not as right for ythe part as any of the other actors who have played the part.
    I am a bit of a freak though because I am a big fan of the least known and perhaps the least liked Bond; George Lazenby. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” is one of my favorite Bond films.
    It was long and delved into a more intimate side of Bond than any of the other flicks. Of course I love them all and I stand by my Bond; whoever plays the role.
    Now I’ll have that Vodka Martini; dry; shaken, not shtirred.
    Asz for Moneypenney; she’s a good gel; one of her Majeshty’s finesht.

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