Archive for April 20th, 2011


go west

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, April 20.

Don’t forget the Facebook Town Hall at 4:45 PM EDT – live here

Will catch up with you all later 😉

‘obama’s young mother abroad’

NYT: The photograph (note: not the one above) showed the son, but my eye gravitated toward the mother. That first glimpse was surprising — the stout, pale-skinned woman in sturdy sandals, standing squarely a half-step ahead of the lithe, darker-skinned figure to her left. His elas­tic-band body bespoke discipline, even asceticism. Her form was well padded, territory ceded long ago to the pleasures of appetite and the forces of anatomical destiny. He had the studied casualness of a catalog model, in khakis, at home in the viewfinder. She met the camera head-on, dressed in hand-loomed textile dyed indigo, a silver earring half-hidden in the cascading curtain of her dark hair. She carried her chin a few degrees higher than most. His right hand rested on her shoulder, lightly. The photograph, taken on a Manhattan rooftop in August 1987 and e-mailed to me 20 years later, was a revelation and a puzzle. The man was Barack Obama at 26, the community organizer from Chicago on a visit to New York. The woman was Stanley Ann Dunham, his mother. It was impossible not to be struck by the similarities, and the dissimilarities, between them. It was impossible not to question the stereotype to which she had been expediently reduced: the white woman from Kansas……

Read the full article here

Thank you so much for the link Brezzdee, it’s magic!


‘70% of tea partiers don’t want to cut medicare either’


Yahoo: The Tea Party movement is supposed to be the engine driving Republicans’ push for sharp cuts to spending and reform entitlements. Representative Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, which passed the House last week, phases out Medicare for people under 55 and turns Medicaid into block grants. But it turns out that Tea Partiers, like most Americans, strongly oppose cutting Medicare and Medicaid. A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows 70 percent of “Tea Party supporters” oppose cutting those programs – and 80 percent of registered voters agree.

So though The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait has argued that “the Ryan budget represents the victory of the Tea Party mentality over mainstream conservatism within the Republican Party,” it looks like Ryan’s plan doesn’t represent the activists, either.

Slate’s Dave Weigel calls the Marist poll a “nice present” for Democrats, and “pretty ugly numbers” for Republicans. He adds: “If Democrats can keep portraying the cuts as worse than they are–this was done successfully in the 2005 Social Security fight–there’s a win here.”

For another articulation of this view, recall that even when House Republicans passed Ryan’s budget Friday, NBC News’ Mark Murray marveled at their political gambit: “Either the normal rules of American politics have changed, or Republicans have walked into an electoral buzz saw–on a Medicare plan that won’t pass the 112th Congress and that many of them didn’t campaign on in 2010.”

Thank you LOL 😉


some things never change….

The right sure are original, eh? Irish-American Catholics, African Americans, so many people to hate….


chris? look away now.


Quinnipiac: Obama Tops Christie On Every Measure In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds … New Jersey voters do not believe Gov. Christopher Christie’s claim that he would beat President Barack Obama in a 2012 White House run and back the president over the governor 52 – 39 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Obama also tops Gov. Christie in job approval and likeability.

Gov. Christie’s split 47 – 46 percent job approval compares to a 52 – 40 percent job approval in a February survey…

Obama gets a 51 – 45 percent job approval. Garden State voters like Obama more than they like his policies. Given four options:

    •    46 percent like Obama as a person and like most of his policies;
•    29 percent like him as a person but dislike his policies;
•    2 percent dislike him as a person, but like his policies;
•    20 percent dislike him and his policies.

Christie does not do as well:

    •    38 percent like Christie as a person and like most of his policies;
•    15 percent like him as a person but dislike his policies;
•    8 percent dislike him as a person, but like his policies;
•    34 percent dislike him and his policies.

“Forget the White House for now, Gov. Christopher Christie says, and New Jerseyans pretty much agree with him as they back President Barack Obama by a hefty margin,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

More here


morning everyone

Are you ready to dance? 😉

Make sure you read Joan’s wonderful piece below – Joan, I haven’t had a chance yet but will reply to you later, thank you so much.


what’ll the tea people say now? “dump the chump”?

Thank you Bobfr, this is pure gold 😉

Let’s listen to the very pro-life (very pro-choice) guy one more time:

Thank you Me4obama … I’m not an O’Donnell fan, but this was seriously excellent

Yup, The Chump is a business genius!


‘over the top in america’

Joan Katherine Shaw: We tend to laugh at the lunacy coming out of the Tea Party movement, the clownish costumes, the misspelled signs, and we scoff at the legislation coming from the Tea Party-Republican House that has a snowball’s chance of ever becoming law, but we should be wary of the distraction – what is slipping into our national discourse by stealth while we laugh?

One thing that’s slipped in is the attitude of otherwise deliberative Republicans changing into tea party jokes. For instance, Right Wing Senator Jon Kyl outright lied on the Senate floor when he declared that over 90% of Planned Parenthood services were for abortion and by implication, taxpayer money going for abortions. He could not have NOT known that only 3% of the group’s work involves counseling on abortion and, even then, no taxpayer dollars are used for the abortion itself.

Walking it back the next day an aide explained that Kyl’s remarks were “not intended to be factual,” at which comment comedian Stephen Colbert explained, “You can’t call him out for being wrong when he never intended to be right.” So outright lying is all right now? Senator Kyl is not to be censured by the Senate for acting like a jackass on the Senate floor? No, on the contrary, he’s applauded by his base, and has had seen the almost continuous visibility by way of the video clip of his performance on the Senate floor declaring what is essentially a lie. He has become a media attraction.

By lying .

…..We have already seen how it sends vengeance seekers out with guns to kill people they don’t approve of. It could, as many people feel, mark the end of the Republican party since it seems to be its seed bed, but it could just as well change the country’s political discourse into a raquet-ball game, bouncing ideas and opinions and facts and threats back and forth furiously in a deep well, accomplishing nothing. It could be the Political NewSpeak — say it loud, say it often, lie a lot.

Let’s not let them get away with it.

See the full magnificent post here







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