Monday, December 31, 2012

Over The Cliff!

Vice President Biden steps in.
Much work is to do to improve the image of Congress. The Senate has passed a deal, that extends the tax rate for upper income earners making over $450 million and hold off spending cuts for two months. The House of Representatives will vote on the package later.

We're over the fiscal cliff! And on top of that, we've reached the debt ceiling. Two whammies!

President Barack Obama will fight another battle with Republicans during the 113th Session.

Under the deal brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Congress would permanently extend the Bush income tax cuts at $400,000 and below, keep the estate tax threshold at $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

It would also temporarily delay the sequester -- i.e., billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts -- for another two months. The cost of continuing current spending levels will be paid for through an even mix of tax revenue increases and later spending cuts. Half of those cuts will come from defense spending; half will come from non-defense spending.

The deal includes other tax provisions as well: It extends the child tax credit and the college tuition credit for five years, individual and business tax extenders for two years, and the Medicare "doc fix" for one year. The Alternative Minimum Tax will be permanently fixed. The agreement also extends the farm bill for one year.

Notably, the fiscal package does nothing to address the debt ceiling, which the government just hit Monday. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a letter to congressional leaders earlier in the day outlining emergency measures he can take to prevent the government from defaulting on the debt, but those measures will only delay default for a matter of weeks, until right around the time when lawmakers will have to address the sequester again. That sets up another major fiscal fight between the White House and Congress.

The deal still requires buy-in from members of both parties, and Biden was set to meet with Senate Democrats Monday night to try to sell them on the package. That could prove challenging given that key progressive groups, including the AFL-CIO, made it clear earlier Monday that they would oppose any deal that raised the income limit for extending the Bush tax cuts above $250,000.

Still, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) gave the deal their blessing Monday night in a phone call with President Barack Obama, sources confirmed.

A Pelosi aide suggested that while the House Democratic leader backs the proposal on the table, she isn't completely wedded to it.

"She's been supportive all along," said the aide. "Though if House Dems have serious problems, that could move her."

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said Senate Democrats would have preferred to push off the sequester for longer than two months, but Republicans wouldn't agree to that. The deal on the table is "what we could get," he said.

Jentleson lamented that the sequester and the debt ceiling will now need to be addressed at the same time, in a matter of months. "It's a lot to deal with," he said.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 12:39 a.m. -- Vice President Biden's principal argument to Democrats on Monday night appeared to be that this deal was the best that could be negotiated on a bipartisan basis and that while it might not be popular, it was better than going over the cliff.

Coming out of the meeting with the vice president late Monday night, many Senate Democrats conceded they were displeased with aspects of the deal but agreed with the vice president's larger point.

"The disagreement on this provision and that provision and other provisions are large and wide, but the number of people who believe that we should go over the cliff rather than vote for this is very small," said Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York). "It's not that this proposal is regarded as great or is loved in any way, but it's regarded as better than going over the cliff."

Schumer added that Biden essentially argued that going over the cliff "would be devastating," and he "was very persuasive, but he did not have to do much convincing."

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) sang a similar tune with respect to Biden's message.

"The argument is that this is the best that we could put together at this time on a bipartisan basis," Feinstein told reporters. "We need a bipartisan basis to get this done so that means compromises on both sides."

Some lawmakers sounded more positive notes. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) said the deal was good for both her state and the country.

"My main concern here is keeping this economic recovery going, and I think this package does that," she said.

The House GOP leadership also broke its silence on the deal, although Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stopped short of making any pledges to bring the bill to the House floor if it were to pass in the Senate.

"The House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it is passed," read a joint statement issued by Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington). "Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members -- and the American people -- have been able to review the legislation."

Hillary's Illness Sparks Conservative Outrage!

Republicans' old foe returns to the limelight as she is recovering from an illness.

We wish Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a speedy recovery. The end of the year bring us to the final days.

It looks like we're going over the fiscal cliff. The Republicans and their conservative allies have finally proven that they're not willing to work with President Barack Obama whatsoever. The effects will be great come Wednesday January 2, 2013.

The U.S. consulate attacks, three months and conservative are still harping their heads over the situation in Benghazi, Libya. The attacks in September 2012 were a hallmark for conservative agitation. The situation that occurred on September 11, 2012, brought the nation to grips with the death of four Americans. One being an ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

The conservative outrage machine has been ongoing and relentless in their quest to unearth the situation that unfolded. They dismiss the notion that an American bigoted movie mocking the Prophet Mohammad sparked global unrest in the Muslim world.

They point the finger at President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as the culprits of a murder. Instead of blaming those who committed the act, the finger Republicans and conservatives have our own fellow Americans.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is stepping down soon. Her replacement is Massachusetts Democratic senator John Kerry. Kerry was going to be an easy confirmation. But all that was thrown out the window when conservative Republicans threaten to gridlock nominations. They're going to filibuster nominations until Clinton speaks on the situation in Benghazi.

It was revealed that Clinton has a blood clot from an incident in which she was injured. The injuries resulted a bump on the head, and dehydration from a food illness or the flu. The secretary was accompanied by her husband former president Bill Clinton. They're in New York at a local hospital.

She is going to make an appearance at Congress the start of the new session to testify.

Conservatives don't want none of the wait. They believe that it's another "CLINTONSQUE" plot to hide knowledge. A growing conspiracy among conservatives is that Clinton is ducking Congress so she won't incriminate herself or President Barack Obama.

The notion is also floating around that she looking forward to run for president again!

Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1947. She is a lawyer, writer, former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator, former Democratic candidate for president and mother.

Clinton is ranked favorably among most Americans. She is more popular than her boss President Barack Obama. Her husband William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd President of The United States. Faced with the same type of obstruction Bill Clinton managed to raise the tax rates on upper income workers, passed welfare reform, championed for better schools, and reasonable gun control. Bill Clinton won reelection and survived a partisan impeachment trial spurred by Republicans going after him for admitting to having an affair with an intern named Monica Lewinsky.

There's no confirmation that she'll run for 2016, but given the atmosphere of Republicans, it's likely she'll test the waters.

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian: Making A Reality Star!

End of the year news: Realty stars announced they're going to be parents.
Kanye West said something that shocked the hip-hop world?

At a performance in Atlantic City, the rapper said that you can "stop the music", then announced "make noise for my baby mama [Kim Kardashian] right here," with a wide smile. It was confirmed by the reality star that she is pregnant.

Kanye West is a famous producer, rapper, media mogul and fashion designer. Also he's a controversial figure in hip-hop. The rapper appears under Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam. West is closely associated with his mentor Jay-Z. Earlier this year, he and pop signer Beyonce became proud parents of their first child.

The daughter of Robert Kardashian, the man who saved O.J. Simpson from prison, Kim Kardashian is an American socialite, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, model, author, and actress. In 2006, she gained notoriety as the subject of a sex tape with entertainer Ray J that subsequently resulted in a court awarding her $5 million.

West upstaged Taylor Swift in 2009 at MTV's VMAs.
In 2007, she and her family rose to prominence with their E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its subsequent spin-offs, including Kourtney and Kim Take New York. In 2010, Kardashian was the highest-earning reality star, with estimated earnings of $6 million.

In August 2011, Kardashian married basketball player Kris Humphries in a widely publicized ceremony. That October, Kardashian filed for divorce following 72 days of marriage. The move garnered significant backlash from the media, who labeled it a "publicity stunt".

West for his part has been no stranger to controversy.

West has had several controversies throughout his career. The two famous controversies involved the reaction to President George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina and him embarrassing pop star Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

On September 2, 2005, during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, West was a featured speaker. When West was presenting alongside actor Mike Myers, he deviated from the prepared script.

Myers spoke next and continued to read the script. Once it was West's turn to speak again, he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people." 
Kardashian with Kris Humphries. Media slam her for sham marriage.
At this point, telethon producer Rick Kaplan cut off the microphone and then cut away to Chris Tucker, who was unaware of the cut for a few seconds.

Still, West's comment reached much of the United States. Bush stated in an interview that the comment was "one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency.

On September 13, 2009, during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards while Taylor Swift was accepting her award for Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me", West went on stage and grabbed the microphone to proclaim that Beyoncé's video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", nominated for the same award, was "one of the best videos of all time".

He was subsequently removed from the remainder of the show for his actions. When Beyoncé later won the award for Best Video of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", she called Swift up on stage so that she could finish her acceptance speech. West was criticized by various celebrities for the outburst, and by President Barack Obama, who called West a "jackass".


In addition, West's VMA disruption sparked a large influx of Internet photo memes with blogs, forums and "tweets" with the "Let you finish" photo-jokes. Subsequently, West posted two apologies for the outburst on his personal blog; one on the night of the incident, and the other the following day, when he also apologized during an appearance on The Jay Leno Show. After Swift appeared on The View two days after the outburst, partly to discuss the matter, West called her to apologize personally. Swift said she accepted his apology.

In September 2010, West wrote a series of apologetic tweets addressed to Swift including "Beyonce didn't need that. MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that" and concluding with "I'm sorry Taylor." West also revealed he had written a song for Swift and if she did not accept the song, he would perform it himself.

However in an interview with a Minnesota radio station, West seemed to recant a bit of his past apologies by attempting to describe the act at the 2009 awards show as "selfless" and downgrade the perception of disrespect it created.

While we wish them well on the first child, I think that West wanted to upstage rival Wiz Khalifa. The Pittsburgh rapper confirmed that reality star Amber Rose (West's ex-girlfriend) is pregnant with their first child. They plan on getting married.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Drake: You Owe Me The YOLO™!

YOLO is the name of my motto! - Drake

Canadian entertainer Aubrey Graham who goes by the name of Drake wants a piece of the YOLO! The Cash Money Records singer brought to fame by his crafty wordplay secured the third hottest selling album this year according to Billboard.

Drake signed to Cash Money Records through Lil' Wayne's Young Money Records. Cash Money Records is a label that falls under Universal Republic Records. His own label October's Very Own is credited to the two albums Thank Me Later and Take Care. They went on to sell over four million copies.

Drake, Lil' Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Future, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Rihanna and Jay-Z are the most sought after entertainers in rap music.

Off the Take Care album the single "The Motto" became the latter of for popularizing the widely used acronym YOLO. The word meaning "you only live once" and that's Drake's motto!

Tupac Shakur inspired wordplay by the song N.I.G.G.A. (Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished)!

Many rappers have crafted catchphrases to the American pop culture.
  • Eminem brought out the ego Slim Shady! 
  • Snoop Dogg brought out the "Dizzle". 
  • Jay-Z throws up two hands and forms a "diamond". 
  • Lil' Wayne throws up the red banter for the gang sign of Blood. 
  • T-Pain made autotune catchy for rapper Future. 
  • Rihanna talked that talk.
  • Notorious B.I.G. crafted the Frank White and Biggie Smalls ego.
  • Rick Ross made everyone a "bawes!"
  • 50 Cent gave the stutttering GGGG-Unit!
  • Run DMC made Adidas look cool.
  • Game throw on them Chuck Taylor All Star Converse shoes!
  • Tupac Shakur said it was Westsyde and morphed himself into the rebellious Makaveli.
Wikipedia explains that the word was popularized by rappers Drake and Rick Ross, who planned to name a joint mixtape YOLO. To promote this mixtape, "Yolo" was mentioned prominently on several of their tracks such as "The Motto", with the aim of promoting the tape. This use has elevated the word into prominence and common colloquial use. Hip-hop magazine Da South reported that the rapper Lecrae has deconstructed YOLO in his song "No Regrets".

The phrase has achieved currency in youth culture. For example, a high school prank in Chicago, Illinois involved high school students chanting "YOLO". Some people have grafittied YOLO on walls. It has become a popular Twitter hashtag. Some youth have said that it is their motto, and actor Zac Efron has a tattoo with the acronym.

Online media including the Washington Post and the Huffington Post describe YOLO as the "newest acronym you'll love to hate" and "dumb". The word has been criticized for its use in conjunction with reckless behavior, most notably in a Twitter post by aspiring rapper Ervin McKinness just prior to his death that described driving drunk at 120 mph (190 kph): "Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F***It YOLO."
Catchphrase YOLO spreads into retail.
The phrase "you only live once" is commonly attributed to Mae West, but variations of the phrase have been in use for over 100 years,  including as far back as (the German equivalent of) "one lives but once in the world" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his 1774 play Clavigo and as the title of a waltz, "Man lebt nur einmal!" ("You Only Live Once!") by Johann Strauss II in 1855.

The 26-year-old recording artist, who reportedly has a net worth of $25 million, posted two images on the photo-sharing website Instagram depicting clothing emblazoned with the acronym YOLO, which stands for ‘you only live once.’

The first picture uploaded on Christmas Eve shows baseball caps in a variety of colors being sold for $12 for a pair at Walgreen's,  accompanied by the comment: 'Walgreens…you gotta either chill or cut the cheque,' Gawker reported.

The second photo shows a powder-blue T-shirt featuring the children's characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy which reads 'YOLO is my motto,’ along with a post: 'Macy's...same goes for you.'

Catchphrase: Another image posted by the rapper shows a T-shirt being sold at Macy's bearing the slogan 'YOLO is my motto'

YOLO, which has been around since 2004, turned into a viral sensation this year thanks to Drake's hit song The Motto, which includes the lyrics: 'Now she want a photo, you already know, though/ You only live once: that's the motto n***a, YOLO.'

It remains unknown whether Drake has trademarked the slogan. However, his legal claim appears weak considering the fact that according to the site KnowYourMeme.com, the acronym allegedly was first uttered by Adam Mesh on the third season of NBC's reality show Average Joe.

In July 2006, the band The Strokes came out with a single called You Only Live Once, and launched Operation YOLO asking fans to request the song on the radio.

Drake jumped on the YOLO bandwagon in October 2011, when he tweeted 'You only live once...YOLO' along with a picture of him standing on a balcony overlooking a city.

The now-ubiquitous abbreviation has since appeared in the form of a tattoo on Zac Efron's hand and was even shortlisted for the 2012 English Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary.



Keep Screaming!


President Barack Obama's growing frustration with Congress eases with an executive order giving them and federal workers a slight increase in pay. The fiscal cliff/debt ceiling debate continues and it's likely they'll come up with a compromise.
The phony outrage machine is cranked up once again for the agitators of the online world. Conservatives and some liberals are scoffing the idea of the president issuing an executive order giving Vice President Joe Biden, all federal workers and members of Congress a pay raise.

By the way, many states are going to raise their minimum wage rates as January 2013 begins.

Conservatives are screaming that federal workers shouldn't be entitled to any raises whatsoever!

Shame though, these same individuals would punish the mail carrier, the FBI agent, a member of the military, the TSA worker, the IRS agent, the National Park ranger, a member of National Archives and numerous others for getting a pay raise.

The 112th Congress by far was the least productive. Republicans and the Tea Party have "stuck" to their principles and ended up sinking their job approval into the low.

As of March 27, 2013, federal employees will see a half-percent to one percent pay increase, marking the end of a pay freeze that has been in place since late 2010. Congress hasn't seen a pay raise since 2009.

This Executive Order will make Vice President Joe Biden's pay increase from $225,521 to $231,900 a year, before taxes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will see his salary increased to $224,500 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) will take home an annual pay of $194,400 after his raise.

Congressmen and senators make $174,000 a year and will see an extra $900 in their annual pay packages before taxes next year.

The Hill Reports that the order is issued as President Barack Obama and Congress work to reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January.

Unless Congress acts within the next few days, more than $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts will take effect in January, and the fiscal shock would likely cause a new recession.

By law, Congress cannot get a larger increase in salary than the adjustment given to federal workers.

President Barack Obama proposed that workers get a 0.5 percent pay increase last year and wanted it to take effect on January 1. In September, the president agreed with Congress to delay the pay increase at least until the expiration of a continuing resolution funding the government at the end of March.

Federal workers have been laboring under a two-year pay freeze ordered by President Barack Obama in December 2010 to try to reduce spending. Congress has not seen a pay increase since 2009.

Here's a solution to all these agitators concerns: How about you fools stop wasting your energy keystroking on the internet! Take action and run for Congress. I mean if you so tired of Washington, DC, and the antics of both political parties, vote them out or run for the office.

I mean you can't do nothing if you're sitting on your lazy ass complaining about how it's "all Obama's fault" and never yours!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Honest Opinion Of The Tea Party And Republicans!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Speaker, Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) are scorned by the public according to most polls. The Republican Party's stubborness and bitterness (likely racist) campaign against President Barack Obama has caught up and people are tired of it! 
As the sequester (fiscal cliff/debt ceiling) debate continues with neither side willing to sacrifice for the sake of the nation, we here at Journal de la Reyna continue to keep you informed! The nation is gripping for a tax hike and possible spending cuts that may eventually take our country into another recession. Gun control is front and center as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting. Each of these important issues are taking either the backseat or thrown inside of the trunk when it comes to Republicans. I want to share my honest opinion of the Republicans and their allies in the conservative movement in general.

I can't stand them. I am very frustrated with Republicans, conservative agitating and the extremism.

By far this 112th Congress is the least productive in history. This is also the first Congress since 1947 in which a member of the Kennedy family has not served, as well as the most politically polarized Congress since Reconstruction, with record low approval ratings. This ties the 80th Congress of 1947 when Republicans took control during the times of President Harry Truman. The 80th Congress was nicknamed the "Do Nothing Congress" by President Harry Truman. The Congress opposed many of the bills passed during the Franklin Roosevelt administration. They also opposed most of Truman's Fair Deal bills. Yet they passed many pro-business bills. During the 1948 election Truman campaigned as much against the "Do Nothing Congress" as against his formal opponent, Thomas Dewey.

The very same thing only 63 years later. The Republicans gridlock Congress in order to sabotage President Barack Obama. When the 2012 election came forth President Barack Obama was at low job approval ratings, but by the end of his term, he ended up winning reelection against perennial loser Mitt Romney.

GRIDLOCK EVEN THOUGH REPUBLICANS LOST!

It doesn't sink in their empty heads that they've lost the presidential election. It doesn't sink in their empty heads that they barely hold control of the House of Representatives and the Senate is still in Democrat control. The Republican leaders are looking even more worse. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky, Minority Leader) and Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio, Speaker of The House) are now ranked unfavorably by a majority of Americans. It doesn't sink in their empty heads that most Americans want higher taxes on the rich, Mitt Romney to go away, and the Republicans to work with the president.

The Republicans are more Whiter and less moderate.

As the president wraps up his first term, his second term will begin with the very same idiots who screwed up the country. The president will continue to have his policies or nominees stalled or blocked by constant obstruction. Republicans agitate this debate that it's our current president's fault for the economy tanking.

Clearly wiping away the history of a two termed president who allowed the country to go into two wars. A president who allowed tax cuts for the rich go forth without paying for them. A president who raised the debt ceiling more than 8 times without much obstruction. A president who took us into The Great Recession.

That allow a Democratic senator become the President Of The United States. And during his first term, Republicans seemed willing to work with the new president. This new president allowed members of the House and Senate come to the White House to eat with him, watch movies and travel on his plane. This new president allowed Republicans come to the table on issues to jump start the economy. It took a conservative agitator and a cable news channel determined to see that this new president fails.

They didn't want no part of this new president's agenda.

So what do these Republicans do?

They create this Tea Party movement. This movement is based off of phony patriotism, bitterness and a strong hatred of the first Black president.

Now of course, not all Republicans are racists. There are reasonable members of the national party. But as of today and for the majority of this new 113th Congress, Republicans are by far the most extreme!

This week alone brings us to the finale of the debate.

It's now at least 25% chance of Congress passing a law that stops the fiscal crisis that may loom in the coming month.

As far as the Republicans are concerned, they've stood up for their principles! Their principles will destroy the nation and President Barack Obama is willing to tarnish them for sabotaging the economy.

Republicans aren't willing to support their own ideas. The Tea Party bucked Speaker Boehner last week.

They're trying to invoke fear in the Democrats. The Republicans and their allies are targeting Democrats and Republican members who support gun rights but support legislation that offers reasonable gun control. They are already focused on taking Democrats in politically Republican states.

They want to line up political novices such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former governor Jeb Bush and others as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

They want to blame President Barack Obama for the mess he inherited from the Bush Administration.

They couldn't give him four years to get things done. Most of his agenda was stalled or caught in gridlock.

Although historical laws were passed and signed by President Barack Obama, the Republicans wasted no time trying to repeal them. They've wasted taxpayer money passing symbolic legislature repealing Obamacare. They've spent a majority of Congressional funds to defend the Defense Of Marriage Act, a controversial law that defines marriage between man and woman, slightly outlawing gay marriage.

There were many reactions to the possible government shutdown with some saying the economy could be hurt during a fragile recovery and others saying the lack of an unnecessary bureaucracy would not be noticed. There was also criticism that while senators and representatives would continue to get paid others such as the police and military personnel would either not be paid for their work or have their payments deferred.

VALUES MATTERED!

Again I personally don't care what these people do in their private lives. But since these guys promote themselves a family values and upright citizens, one is to believe these guys are serious about family values!

No. Not one bit!

These so-called "family values" members of the Republican Party were partying like rock stars. Recently Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Virginia. Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Tennessee) admitted he had an affair on his second wife and the mistress had an abortion after he learned the woman was pregnant. Congressman Ben Quayle (R-Arizona) was defeated in a primary by Congressman David Schweikert (R-Arizona). Quayle and Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) have took their clothes off and dived into the Dead Sea in Israel. They created a sex scandal. Republican Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu was caught in a gay scandal with his former boyfriend being an illegal and the sheriff being a hardline extremist on border security.

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich both natives of Georgia ran for president. Cain, a perennial candidate for higher office and talk show host once ran restaurants. Cain brags about turned around struggling Godfather's Pizza. Gingrich, a former Congressman and later House Speaker now does speaking tours and promoting books. Both are not family value candidates. They've both had numerous affairs on their wives. Gingrich dumping two wives to be with his current wife Republican operative Calista. Cain, a married man himself, kept his wife out the spotlight. His wife is a life-long Democrat and was likely to vote for the president. He had admitted to having an affair with three women, one filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, a famous actor ran for governor in 2003 as a Republican. Many conservatives and even some Democrats wanted the actor to win. And he won easily. He served the remainder of Democrat Gray Davis' term and easily won reelection. During his time as governor it was revealed that he had an affair with the nanny of Schwarzenagger and wife Maria Shriver's children. The former governor father a child who is about the age of his youngest son. Shriver, a news reporter and reality television celebrity. She is a decedent of the Kennedy family by mother Eunice (nee Kennedy). The couple recently had a divorce.

Mark Sanford, then governor of South Carolina was a hard line family values politician. It was revealed in 2009 that the governor left the United States to have an affair with an Argentina news reporter. His wife, Jenny is trying to rebuilt her tarnished image by running for political office. Sanford, himself wants to claim the seat that Tim Scott held before he was appointed as a senator.

Joe Walsh, an outgoing Illinois congressman is a deadbeat parent. He has the nerve to attack single women such as Sandra Fluke. He speaks ill of Black voters and their overwhelming support of the president. Walsh had the nerve to attack a veteran who is disabled. His opponent Tammy Duckworth is a double amputee combat veteran and Walsh treated her as a some degenerate! He was handed a defeat. He was a defiant in defeat. John Ensign was a Nevada senator. He resigns because he was caught in an affair and had his parents bail him out!

TOKENS PLEASE!

Republicans prop up Black, South Asian and Hispanic members like trophies. Republicans flex their color card with Tim Scott, senator from South Carolina, Herman Cain, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, Allen West, outgoing congressman from Florida, Marco Rubio, senator from Florida, New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, Raúl Labrador, congressman from Idaho and Ted Cruz, the new senator from Texas.

These extremists prop themselves as "freed" slaves off the "Democrat Plantation".

Republicans online and sometimes in the general public make ridiculous assertions about being the party of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. The Republicans were a minority in Congress during the 1960s and they managed to court the conservative Moral Majority! They constantly bothered President John F. Kennedy for being too liberal and meddling in the affairs of White people. After President Kennedy was assassinated, his successor President Lyndon B. Johnson took control of the agenda. They nominated extremist Berry Goldwater, a senator from Arizona to take the helms of the Republican Party. They push forth this narrative that the New Deal was a failure, the Great Society is "big government" run amuck, and the Black Civil Rights leaders were trouble makers!

Republicans didn't want part of Johnson's agenda. In their distorted minds, they claim that without their help, they wouldn't have passed historic laws that ended segregation.  They continue to beat up on former Vice President/media mogul Al Gore's father and the late senator Robert Byrd for stalling Civil Rights laws of the past.

This current Congress managed to stall Civil Rights legislation for Hispanics by refusing to pass the DREAM Act. The Republicans look at Blacks as dependent on welfare, entitlements and vote only on race! Instead of wondering why these growing minorities are supporting Democrats, the Republicans are trying to pass laws that restrict minorities and the poor from voting.

THE GREAT CULTURE WAR!

The Defense of Marriage Act was passed in the 1990s after the Republicans pressured President Bill Clinton into signing the law. The law was pushed in with tax increases. The laws is discrimination against same sex couples. The law is on the docket in the Supreme Court.

The Republicans want NPR and PBS to lose public funds. The Republicans want Planned Parenthood to lose funding and women to not have preventive healthcare.

The Republicans want to end labor unions by passing legislation that restrict collective bargaining rights. They want to maintain legislation that keep wages low and productive activity high.

The conservative agenda spreads into businesses like Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Papa John's and Denny's want to punish the working class for supporting President Barack Obama.

Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, The Drudge Report, and Andrew Breitbart worked overtime on culture war issues. They rallied against the Obama administration and had people fired. These ridiculous conservatives grabbed their cameras and ran into the poor neighborhoods of America to find a Black person to make the case against the president. They interviewed a woman in Ohio and she says "I get a Obama phone!" This lit up the internet of hate and Republicans wanted to have this become a rally cry for ending the safety net for poorer Americans.

They were up in arms over Fast & Furious and Benghazi incidents. They tried to damage Attorney General Eric Holder and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. They want them marched out of Washington, DC in handcuffs. They want to see the president impeached for tragedies such as these since firearms were used in these tragedies. But when real tragedies occur such as Sandy Hook and Aurora movie shootings, the Republicans rather allow this continue because these infringe on "their rights" as Americans to own firearms.

Even though most want issues to be solved, Republicans are the only ones standing in the way of progress!

SUMMARY!

The Republicans would rather see the economy tank in order to blame President Barack Obama for the crisis.

The Republicans wrapped their asses around American flag in defense of these silly culture wars.

The Republicans and their allies in the conservative movement are reactionary bigots. These bigots harbor hatred of minorities, the lower class, the middle class, the working class, independent women, and the LGBT community.

The Republicans and their allies in the conservative movement have issues a person's with race, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, political and economic standings.

The Republicans are determined to defeat the president at any cost.

The Republicans and their conservative allies are the racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, condescending, pain inducing morons that the Democrats and liberals paint them out to be.

And today and probably for the most part, I will no longer support Republicans and their conservative allies.

I hope you understand that this time it's personal!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Chi-Town 500+

Chicago reached a grim milestone.

Say what?

Yeah, Chicago, Illinois has lost over 500 members of its beautiful city this year. The city has reached its infamous milestone. Over 500 murders or homicides this year alone.

We're experiencing an epidemic of tragedy because of the rapid gun violence in the third largest city in the nation.

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel can't control the ongoing feuds within infamous street gangs.  

The president has to deal with this domestic terrorism in our communities. 

Gang violence is a danger to young Black and Latino males. Once you become a member of a street gang, you live by their rule or die by their rule. You gotta survive to eat! You got to make it in before you get in!
The Chicago Tribune reports that metro police confirmed that homicides were up 17 percent over last year in Chicago and shootings had increased by 11 percent, according to police statistics. Earlier this fall, Chicago already exceeded the number of homicides that occurred last year, but this is the first time the city has had 500 or more murders since the 512 in 2008.

Largely contributing to the spike was the unusual number of homicides that occurred during the early part of the year, when the city experienced unseasonable warmth. In the first three months of the year, homicides ran about 60 percent ahead of the 2011 rate.

Police stated that gang violence reduction strategies the department adopted this year have slowed the increase in violence.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are trying to curb gang violence.
There's been too much violence by firearms. The Democrats are proposing legislation that may curb high power firearms. The National Rifle Association dismisses this as a threat upon the freedoms of law abiding firearm owners. 

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, many are calling for reasonable gun control. Although the House of Representatives will never allow passage of this bill, President Barack Obama and the Democratic control senate will continue to push the message that Republicans are obstructionists to progress. In the wake of a tragedy, Republicans would rather continue to allow dangerous firearms in the hands of individuals who may capable of carrying out mass shootings.

When things happen in Chicago, Illinois, Republicans and their conservative allies are rooting for Blacks and Hispanics to kill each other off! The Republicans attack President Barack Obama for ignoring a crisis in one of America's cities. They'll find reason to say that this reminds them of the president saying that these gang members are like "[Trayvon Martin] being was one of his sons!'

Gun rights for White people and gun control for Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. They want control over us, but never control over them. You see how Republicans act when it comes to serious issues like taxes, the sequester and debt ceiling. They portray themselves as the condescending idiots most Americans see them as! And it's not pretty. Republicans aren't focused on issues such as gun control. They worship the ground walked on by assholes like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Grover Norquist, Matt Drudge. They want to get good fitting on Fox News or standings with the National Rifle Association. 
Territory.
Conservatives can't understand that the people of Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta are just as American as they are! They rather react to gun violence when it happens in the suburbs not the cities.

That's probably why it's a long way til we get to the promise land. 

A reminder to those reading, violent street gangs are domestic terrorist. They're no different from the White extremist who contributes to a mass shooting or racially-theme rant on the changing demogrpahics of our nation.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fashion Bug Closes!

Women's clothing apparel store closing up shop!

Women may find dismay in this story. The nation's low price women's clothing store is going out of business. In 2013, a new company took over and their vision is to stomp on Fashion Bug.

Ascena Retail Group Inc. has completed its buyout of Charming Shoppes Inc., which owns the chain, and now plans to close the remaining several hundred Fashion Bug stores by early next year.

Fashion Bug will join Catherine's, Lane Bryant, Justice and Dress Barn in the new wave of consolidation.

No telling how many jobs will be lost in the acquisition of this retail store.

The New York based firm will begin immediate closing of all stores by early 2013. Fashion Bug is a women's fashion apparel retailer located in strip shopping centers. Fashion Bug offers fashion apparel and accessories in plus and misses.

The Charming Shoppes is a specialty and plus size clothing retail holding company based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; a suburb of Philadelphia. Its subsidiaries are Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Cacique and Catherines Plus. Clothes are sold from over 2300 retail stores in the United States, as well as numerous catalogs and online sites. Charming Shoppes was founded in 1940, went public in 1971, and was ranked 810th on the 2010 Fortune 1000.

I've Never Seen Barack Obama Eat Watermelon!


Real laugh riot!
But those conservatives once again bring forth their hatred of the nation's first Black president in a negative condescending and practically racist theme.

No surprise that the state of Kentucky is the hub of Appalachia. These poor ignorant ass White people fear the Godless Muslim, Socialist, Commie, Traitor And His Fat Ass Wife That Looks Like A Baboon.

See it's never us that invoke the hate, it's always them. They prove to Blacks, Hispanics and non-White Americans that Republicans aren't focused on the concerns. They're focused on dividing us with class warfare and then turn around and blame President Barack Obama for their own doing.

A Casey County man says the life-sized mannequin in his front yard of President Obama holding a slice of watermelon was meant as a joke and not a racist display.

"The way I look at it, it's freedom of speech," said Danny Hafley. "I don't know how other people will take it."
WHITE EXTREMIST Danny Hafley stands near his statue.
Hafley bought the Obama mask on sale after Halloween and put up the display around the time of November's presidential election.

The mannequin, dressed in a grey suit, clip-on tie and blue-collared shirt, was originally standing in Hafley's yard but the homeowner decided it would look better near the road.

"That's my buddy," Hafley said. "He don't talk. Don't make no smart comments. If I had a dollar for everyone who stopped and took a picture of it I'd be a millionaire."

When asked the reason behind the watermelon, Hafley responded that he thought the figure "might get hungry standing out here."

While several neighbors didn't find anything wrong with the life-sized doll and said Hafley had the right to display it, one anonymous neighbor felt others would find it racist.

"If he wants to place it someplace else that would be fine," said the neighbor. "We don't have black people in this community but I'm sure they travel this road like everybody else does. They could be offended. I don't agree with it."

The neighbor added that the figure originally had a sign asking people to pray that Obama won't destroy America.

This isn't the first time Hafley has made such a display. He pulled off the mask and unbuttoned the suit coat to show a white mannequin with a drawn-on moustache wearing a blue-collared shirt with "Stupidville Police Department' written on the right side. Hafley said he designed it after Hustonville Police Chief Fred McCoy.

"Freddy is what I named him," Hafley said.

Hafley says he doesn't plan on taking down the display until the springtime or whenever it gets him in trouble.

"He's pretty popular," Hafley said. "If he's as popular in Washington as he is here then he's a popular man."

To add insult to this conflict, his daughter took to Facebook to defend her father's blatant racism.


Karen Conley ·  Top Commenter
What an idiot.
Just another toothless, white-trash, redneck that gives Kentucky such a bad reputation.

  • Angie Hafley Stevens · National College of Business & Technology
    This toothless, white-trash, redneck that you are referring to, served his country in the U.S. Army for 18 years and defended millions of strangers in Viet Nam. Therefore , I think that he earned his right to voice his opinions and display anything he wants.


Lou Belton ·  Top Commenter · Auburn University
and you're an ugly hog. Go on a diet fatty. (I earned the right to say that because I served in Iraq)


Angie Hafley Stevens · National College of Business & Technology
Lou Belton Did you loose your eyesight while you were in Iraq? Because I am definitely not ugly or fat. LOL Seriously, is that the best you can come up with?

Angie Hafley Stevens · National College of Business & Technology
And again, he earned his right to defend his "racist" ideas when he defended his country in Viet Nam!

Angie Hafley Stevens · National College of Business & Technology
Mark Preston So they can then force him to remove it???? That is exactly what would happen. This started out as a political statement. He put this on display asking people to pray for America, because 4 more years with Obama as president will destroy America. He removed it a couple of weeks ago because of the holiday season. But someone made the comment that he removed it because he got scared when a car full of African American's stopped and told him to take it down. That's when he put the display back up, but added the watermelon to it.


Brandy Mitchell-Williams · Customer Service Manager at Foam Design, Inc.
What a freaking Moron!!! Angie Hafley, you're a freaking racist moron too. Like father like daughter!!



  • Valerie Smith ·  Top Commenter · Louisville, Kentucky
    Yeah right, cars full of African Americans cruise Casey County all the time! You know it's true, someone made a comment about it.

  • Glen Sault ·  Top Commenter · Naval Opthalmic Support & Training Activity
    Oh, a car full of African Americans stopped by to tell him to take his statue down. Bet they were Black Panthers, too.

  • Randall Russell · Casey County High School
    To know Danny, he wouldnt have taken it down because a car full of black folks stopped by and told him to.

  • Elizabeth Nicole Parlato ·  Top Commenter
    Angie Hafley Stevens oh my god lol. yeah sure youre right, he has the right to make himself look like a racist idiot (just like you do) but we also have the right to call him out on being a piece of human trash. a car full of black people, omg lol. Serving in vietnam doesnt give him some kind of shield that keeps people from calling out what a hateful bigot he is. Are you from that area too?? is everyone there so hopelessly racist?


Steven Eric Richardson · US Navy Electronics Technician School
He's just asking for a brick to be thrown though his window.

  • Angie Hafley Stevens · National College of Business & Technology
    You are probably correct. But you know what? At least he is man enough to stand up for what he believes in. He is prepared to face whatever consequences this may bring him. This was originally displayed during election time with a sign that read, "4 more years of this will destroy America." It wasn't until someone else tried to turn it into something racist, that he added the watermelon. It wasn't racist views that started this whole thing. It was his fear of "Godless" man being elected as our president again. He believes in God and believes that God should be an important part of our government, school, daily lifes, etc. He believes in our constitutional rights (all of them........freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, etc)

It's proven time after time that Americans are so fucking stupid! !t's unbelievable at times. Once again White extremists online and in the general public figure these negative stereotypes of Black people being chicken bone sucking, watermelon eating, purple drank slurping, welfare grabbing, gubmint gibb mes is true! They think the Black people voted for President Barack Obama so they can get their Obama Phones and Obama Money!

They attack hip-hop music for embracing in the gun culture. But when a White mass shooter kills Americans, it's not about the guns it's about the man. They want gun control over Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. But never the White guy. It's gun rights for them.

That is the reason to why Republicans and their conservative allies are the racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, condescending idiots liberals paint them out to be!

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