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And not he-man women haters, either! They told me so!

Thought you'd like that one again...

For Members of the BOG, Warning of Another Gate: What is Obama drinking at the White House?

At a White House rich in coffee lore, no word on president’s preference

By Matt Viser - September 15, 2014

Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

WASHINGTON - A recipe for beer brewed by the White House? The Obama administration happily shares it. A list of wines served at state dinners? No problem. But what about the First Family’s coffee habits?

My mug is empty.

Security concerns are initially cited. Then e-mails go unreturned. Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

For an administration that loves to talk about the importance of local food, especially when it comes from the celebrated White House vegetable garden, it turns out that the Obama White House makes it nearly impossible to find the source of its coffee and how it is prepared...

Barack and Michelle are apparently rebelling against the sacred bean, the mainstream of many Americans, and all around Patriotism. Even Michelle refuses to break under interrogation.

Rumor has it that Obama drinks tea, which should have endeared him the GOPTeas. Another FAIL!

No one will vote for Obama in 2016 and my 'Obama Until Kingdom Come' posters will be irrelevant. He claims he won't run, not even if drafted, but I never believed him! Now that CoffeeGate is upon us, my heart is broken.

More on the next scandal:


Here's another picture* of Obama, looking very suspicious, I might add:

The White House refuses to say what coffee is served at the residence. Above, a picture of President Obama drinking a hot drink in April 2008.

...The White House has also purchased from Kona Rainforest Farm, a small, four employee Hawaiian coffee farm which has sold to the president's residence before.

Their website boasts that they are 'now served at the home of America's First Family - the Obama White House.'

However, the White House has only ordered from the farm four times, and their most recent purchase was for Independence Day in 2013, and only for 50 pounds.

'Initially they were buying pretty frequently. I think with budget cuts, and our coffee’s not cheap,' said Robert Barnes, the owner. 'In recent years it’s been more special events...'

Obviously giving up on the born in Hawaii scam! Kona is my favorite, but there is good Kenyan coffee to be had. And most coffee beans are called Arabica. This is where the RWNJs got their definition of Obama.

More scandalous details:


*Note he is sinister, that is, left-handed. A blow to Righties everywhere! Yes, this could have been better, but I haven't had my morning cup of coffee yet and needed to vent.

Aww! That's just sad. Reminds me of this American demographic:

TRANSCRIPT (Thanks, Omaha Steve!):

At the 2014 Missouri AFL-CIO Convention
Richard L. Trumka • September 15, 2014 • St. Louis

Thank you, Brother Mike for that warm introduction and I want to thank you for inviting me to your convention. It’s great to be here in St. Louis— and I’m grateful to be here at such a critical time for Missouri, for our nation and for our movement.

This hall is filled with leaders who have done so much to protect working people— all working people— in Missouri. You have built strength through unity—across industries and crafts, across the length and breadth of this state and—this is the hard one in America in 2014— across party lines.

As a labor movement we once again face concerted attacks by those who have enormous wealth. The far-right is trying to divide us in many ways. But, here in in America, the power and dignity of working people will always win— as long as we stay united.

Now, I’m going to stray from my usual convention speech. I’m going to talk about something that may be difficult and uncomfortable but I believe what I’m going to say needs to be said.

You see, the question of unity brings up a hard subject, a subject all of us know about but few want to acknowledge— race. I’m talking about race in America and what that means for our communities, our movement and our nation.

Because the reality is that while a young man named Michael Brown died just a short distance from us in Ferguson, from gunshot wounds from a police officer, other young men of color have died and will die in similar circumstances, in communities all across this country.

It happened here but it could have happened —and does happen— anywhere in America. Because the reality is we still have racism in America.

Now, some people might ask me why our labor movement should be involved in all that has happened since the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. And I want to answer that question directly. How can we not be involved?

Union members’ lives have been profoundly damaged in ways that cannot be fixed. Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother who works in a grocery store, is our sister, an AFL-CIO union member and Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown, is a union member too and he is our brother. Our brother killed our sister’s son and we do not have to wait for the judgment of prosecutors or courts to tell us how terrible this is.

So I say again, how can we not be involved? This tragedy and all the complexities of race and racism are a big part of our very big family as they always have been. A union is like a home. And in any home good and bad things happen. We have to deal with all of them, honestly.

But that’s a philosophy. We can’t leave it at that. We have to look at real life today. We cannot wash our hands of the issues raised by Michael Brown’s death. That does not mean we prejudge the specifics of Michael Brown’s death or deny Officer Darren Wilson —or any other officer— his or her rights on the job or in the courts.

But it does demand that we clearly and openly discuss the reality of racism in American life. We must take responsibility for the past. Racism is part of our inheritance as Americans. Every city, every state and every region of this country has its own deep history with racism. And so does the labor movement.

Here in St. Louis, in 1917, powerful corporations replaced white strikers with African American workers recruited from the Mississippi Delta with offers of wages far higher than anyone could make sharecropping. In response the St. Louis labor movement helped lead a blood bath against the African American community in East St. Louis. No one knows how many men, women and children were killed, and how many houses and businesses were burned.

The NAACP estimated up to 200 died and 6,000 were left homeless. Eugene Debs, the founder of the National Railway Union called the East St. Louis massacre —and I quote—“a foul blot on the American labor movement.”

It was one of the single most violent events in the history of American racism and it scarred this city, our labor movement and our country.

When I think about an event like that —and there are plenty in our history all over this great country, and not all of them so long ago— I wonder what those white workers would say if they could stand where we stand today. What would they say about the choices to embrace hatred and division over unity and strength?

What would they say about corporate bosses playing the race card over and over and over again in the years after 1917— breaking unions, crushing hopes and dreams. Yet remember, we are here today because labor leaders like A. Philip Randolph and Walter Reuther showed us there was a better way, not just for our unions, but for our country.

But this not just about leaders of the past and tragedies of yesterday.

If we in the labor movement truly want to act as a positive force for change around issues of racism and classism we have to acknowledge our own shortcomings.

We as a movement have not always done our best to support our brothers and sisters of color who face challenges both on and off the job— challenges that you don’t really understand unless you live them.

The test of our movement’s commitment to our legacy is not whether we post Dr. King’s picture in our union halls, it is do we take up his fight when the going gets tough, when the fight gets real against the evils that still exist today.

When a new immigrant gets mistreated by management because they don’t speak the language, that is our fight.

When an African American worker doesn’t get a promotion or fair pay because of the color of his or her skin, that is our fight. When women are paid less than men for the same work, that is a fight for every single one of us.

We cannot afford to have “my issues” and “your issue,” we must ALL stand together and mobilize around our issues.

You see, we have a choice: We can either live our history or we can change it.

Now as you may be able to tell this matter is deeply personal with me. When I sit at my conference table at the AFL-CIO, I look across the office at a picture of my dad. He’s gone now but if you’ve lost a parent you know they never stop talking to you.

My dad was a miner, he helped build the United Mine Workers, he bled for his union and he went to war for our country in the Pacific in World War II.

As I worked on this speech this is what my dad said to me. He reminded me of something that happened when I was maybe five or six. I come from a small coal-mining town in southwest Pennsylvania called Nemacolin. My best friend back then was a kid named Tom and Tommy was African American. There was a park near us called Shady Grove Park with a swimming pool where you had to pay to swim. And one day my dad drove us there to go swimming. We came up to the booth to pay. It was one of those places where you pull up and pay for everyone in the car. The guy looks in and sees Tommy in the car and tells my dad, “That boy can’t swim in here. You know he can’t.”

My dad never raised his voice but he said, “You take out for him. We’re going swimming.”

The guy said, “He can’t swim here,” and my dad said, “We’re going swimming.”

Now, I don’t know whether he took out for Tommy or not but we went in and me and Tommy went through the changing room and jumped in the pool. It was a hot day and the pool was packed. We jumped in and everywhere we went it was like there was a circle of open water all around us. When we moved the circle of clear water moved. Well, we swam until we got tired and then we got out and dried off and got something to eat and that was that.

Later, I asked my dad about the man in the booth, I wanted to know why he didn’t like Tommy. My dad explained that it didn’t have anything to do with Tommy but with the color of his skin. I protested. I said, that’s not fair. My dad said that’s the whole point. So let me come back to what’s happened, specifically in Ferguson: It isn’t fair and that’s the whole point.

I have a son. He’s not so young anymore but he’s not so old. I don’t worry about him. I don’t know but I have a suspicion that like many of you, and certainly like me at that age, he may not always obey the nation’s traffic laws. So I worry he might wrap himself around a tree. But I never worry when he goes for a cross country road trip or a night on the town that he may be stopped, shot to death by a police officer.

But for millions of mothers and fathers of young African American men and boys, men just like my son and boys that were as young as me and my friend Tommy— kids with promising futures in America, it is a constant fear, a constant fear.

And if you don’t feel that fear yourself I’d just ask you, for a moment, to think about that. Think about what it would be like to watch your kid walk out the door and wonder, with good reason, if it’s the last time you’ll see him alive. Because you know it happens. If you haven’t had a close call yourself, you know people who have: friends, family, neighbors and people you worship with.

And it doesn’t stop there. Unfortunately teenagers of all races often experiment with drugs.

But only some of our sons and daughters are suffering terribly long terms in prisons for the same nonviolent petty crimes which we all know many of us did as kids. And you can’t get around the fact that those who fill our prisons are disproportionately people of color.

This is not somebody else’s problem. This is the reality of life for millions of our brothers and sisters. And so it is our problem. That is what solidarity means.

Brothers and sisters, I know there are no easy answers here. But we must use the occasion of the tragic death of Michael Brown and its aftermath here in St. Louis to begin a serious and open-ended conversation about what we can do, about what we should do.

That conversation needs to be about racism and some other things as well. Call it classism, call it the blindness of our nation to the poor of all races and nationalities. Call it contempt for the people who do the work in our country. It needs to be addressed.

Consider this: We live in a country of runaway inequality, of widespread desperation amid staggering wealth. In truth, we ask our public-sector workers to manage this for us. And then our politicians and our media blame them no matter what happens; blame the teacher in the defunded school, the firefighter with 20-year-old equipment and the nurse who is given yet another 12-hour shift.

And think about what it means to be a police officer in this country where violence is so often the norm— about walking up to cars anticipating the worst, over and over again. None of us can really know the toll this takes unless we have worn the uniform. This reality, this experience, must be part of any conversation about how we move forward from what has happened here in Ferguson.

But the answer starts with candor, not firepower. We cannot militarize our police. A free society is policed by a civilian police force, democratically accountable to the community it protects. Of course, our officers need the equipment and the training and the staffing to protect themselves and to protect us.

But let’s not forget what our history teaches us: it’s always the employers who want the paramilitary forces, the National Guard, bayonets and armored cars and the weapons always end up pointed at us. The decision to militarize is always made up the chain of command, not by the citizenry or by rank-and-file police officers.

So we’ve got to talk to each other, not past each other. We’ve got to talk about how to help our police officers serve our communities. We’ve got to talk about registering and educating voters about jobs and housing and raising wages for all, and we’ve got to talk about accountability— about making sure the public has confidence that the laws of our nation will be enforced and enforced equally. And we have to do more than talk; we have to listen and then we have to act.

I’m not saying this is easy. If I knew how to fix the hurt in our communities I would tell you. But I know how to start and that’s by listening. So later today I’m going to be doing a lot of listening, here at this convention and then at a meeting in Ferguson with the leaders of that working class community because we as a labor movement have to be part of the communities our members live in.

Sisters and brothers, just as was true a hundred years ago, when we try to move forward there will be some people who will want to foment racism, to divide us for their own benefit. Those are the same people who always want to set workers against each other— private-sector workers against public-sector workers, native-born against immigrants. And about that, I can only say this: if we let that happen, we lose. Every time.

It’s time to draw the line. Some people are still getting hurt in our communities because of the color of their skin and that’s not right. One moment of bad luck, one dumb mistake, one misstep should not end a life.

Nor should it put someone in prison for decades and rob them of their right to participate in our democracy for the rest of their lives.

That’s nothing but second-class citizenry and that’s wrong in America.

The United States of America is the greatest country in the world. It’s a beacon of hope. The very name “America,” means freedom. It means fairness. It means justice. It means equality. And facing our problems, our flaws, is part of our greatness.

Now I know each and every one of you became involved in our labor movement because you hunger for justice. You hunger for fairness. It’s in your blood.

And you’ve learned the hard way that justice and fairness just don’t happen— we have to make it happen— we have to build power, we have to use that power to fight and we can never stop. Because in this country, in the richest nation on earth, at the richest time in our history, fairness and justice are not too much to ask whatever the color of our skin, whoever we love, no matter our gender, our religion or anything else, because we are the workers of America: from the hotel to the high schools, we lay the foundations. We teach the classes. We drive the buses. We build the roads. Brothers and sisters, we lift the loads and answer the call. We do what it takes no matter the cost. We wake our country up every single day and we tuck her into bed at night. We won’t be turned aside. We won’t be divided.

Earlier I said, "I hope the tragedy in Ferguson can push us to make positive change" and I am hopeful this change has already begun to happen. I know I have been changed. Yet as a community we have a long, long way to go and a lot of work to do.

Now, I don’t have to tell anyone here how our labor movement operates. We carry out our activism in our communities and in the workplace and we carry out our activism at the ballot box. We’re ramping up all three right now.

It’s a good thing, too because the time is right. For 40 years, we’ve been living a story of decline as so much of what made our nation great has been pushed into disrepair as our roads and bridges crumble and fall away and as public investment in social services, public education, housing, transportation, research and medicine has been cut so politicians can give more tax cuts to the super-rich, especially the wealthiest one-tenth of 1%.

For decades, the far-right CEOs and billionaires have sought to divide us, to disempower us. In the past few years, we’ve seen a rash of Voter ID laws to deny the vote to millions of people of color, to young people and the elderly. We have seen the demonization of immigrants. We have seen workers vilified, our rights attacked in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and right here in Missouri.

But that’s the old story. There is a new story in America—and it doesn’t come from Washington or politicians.

Working people are coming together, standing together in the workplace and in the polling place and in the streets. People are talking about collective action and economic inequality.

People are talking about collective bargaining, people who never spoke the words before.

We’ve marched together with fast food workers who demand fairness and dignity and $15 an hour right here in St. Louis. My hat’s off to those courageous workers! God love each and every one of them!

And brothers and sisters, how about the Walmart workers—taking on the richest family and the largest private employer in the world.

And how about the men and women—predominantly people of color, who drive and fix the buses and staff the Metro bus system here in St. Louis—no pay raise in six years. I heard just last night that a tentative deal was reached to save pensions while it’s still subject to agency notification and union ratification, I want to thank Mayor Slay for his help in getting to this point. And how about the Missouri AFL-CIO?

You built a bipartisan coalition to defeat right to work. Our opponents thought it was a done deal. It wasn’t. And it won’t be. We’re living a new story in America.

You see, working people stand united in our desire for economic change. A powerful majority—not just union members— want the minimum wage raised.

An even larger majority wants good American manufacturing jobs and a rebuilt infrastructure, not more bad trade deals and corporate tax rip-offs. Between now and November 4, we have a chance to show candidates that supporting a working families’ agenda is the sure way to win. We can demonstrate how powerful unity is. And we can win for candidates who want to raise wages and who will represent all of us and who will make work lift us up, not hold us down.

Right now we have a chance to grow power for Missouri’s working families with our political program and across our society. And in that effort I want every single one of you—every single one—to be fully engaged in Labor 2014. I want to see full participation, full buy-in.

We’ve got to do it to keep out right to work and to defeat the constitutional amendment attacking teacher tenure. I want you in the phone banks. Lead by example. Knock on the doors.

We need the face-to-face conversations. That’s how we win elections. I’m doing it, too, because our members do what our leaders do. You know it’s true. And let me tell you something if you think we are in trouble now, it’s going to be so much worse if we don’t get off our butts and work like hell between now and Nov. 4. So let’s wake up before it’s too late. We’ll motivate volunteers. We’ll strengthen activists. We’ll connect with more working-class voters and get more working families to the polls.

And we need to be out in our communities— building larger working-class political alliances. That’s how we break the isolation. That’s how we fight racism. That’s how we win. We have a vision —a big vision of a better nation. And we’re making it real because all of us pitch in because we are moving forward, together, in solidarity, because we can learn from even the worst tragedy, because all of us together have the power to make a new day for America!

So get off your seat and on your feet, sisters and brothers.

When we stand together and fight together, we win together!

We’ll work for it. We’ll fight for it. Together. All of us. Together. With solidarity. Real solidarity.

Black and white, immigrant and native born, gay and straight. Where your picket line is my picket line. And my picket line is your picket line. Shoulder to shoulder. Arm-in-arm. All day. Every day. As long as it takes. Standing together. Fighting together. Voting together. Winning together. Winning for working families! Winning for America! Thank you! God bless you!


And You Sir, Sound Suspiciously Like A Kennedy Era, Big Government, Police State Liberal! :)

We are fast approaching the anniversary of the Battle of Oxford, MS:

October 1, 1962

James Meredith became the first black American to attend classes at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. In the nearly two years Meredith spent trying to register for classes at then all-white “Ole Miss,” he had to file a federal lawsuit and, ultimately, be escorted through registration by U.S. Justice department attorney John Doar, protected by U.S. Army troops.

The night before whites had rioted and attacked U.S. Marshalls after Mississippi Highway Patrol officers withdrew as the crowd became larger and more unruly.

President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent the troops and federalized the state’s National Guard to enforce the federal court’s order which Governor Ross Barnett refused to accept.

Meredith went on to graduate in 1964 and still lives nearby.


More on the Battle of Oxford:

...The incident was a white riot that exploded into a ferocious and chaotic battle that saw U.S. federal marshals fighting for their lives in hand to hand combat. "I was more frightened at Mississippi," said one marshal, "than I was at Pearl Harbor or any other time during the war."

The battle climaxed in a lightning invasion of Mississippi by 30,000 U.S. combat troops, which was more soldiers than the U.S. had in Korea, and six times more soldiers than were stationed in Berlin. The battle resulted in 375 military and civilian casualties, 300 civilian arrests, and two innocent civilians being killed in circumstances that are a mystery to this day.

The event was triggered by a young Mississippi soldier, a black Air Force veteran named James Meredith. I spent many hours interviewing him for my book, and found him to be a fascinating, sometimes perplexing man, in some ways forty or fifty years ahead of his time...

"I considered myself an active duty soldier," Meredith explained. "I was at war, and everything I did I considered an act of war..."

Many amazing details at the link here:


For those who are worried sleepless about the Fourth Amendment and the NSA, they might do well to consider the article. Blacks lived under the the thumb of the 'KGB' as described there. And we all know the penalty for simply Being While Black in the USA.

Once more, the KKK raises its benighted knights, but in the border states, with full media compliance. One may say their target is more legitimate this time, as they are not citizens. But I say the target is really the American government.

My post on Oxford earlier with a picture of the troops:

James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement.

Motivated by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans...

Meredith won in court, but the Governor still fought it, and RFK talked him into following the law and admitting him. Federal law, not state law.

Some white students and segregationists, many who had driven in for the event, protested his enrollment by rioting on the Oxford campus.

Robert Kennedy called in 500 U.S. Marshals to take control, who were supported by the 70th Army Engineer Combat Battalion from Ft Campbell, Kentucky. They created a tent camp and kitchen for the US Marshals.

To bolster law enforcement, President John F. Kennedy sent in U.S. Army troops from the 2nd Infantry Division from Ft. Benning, GA under the command of Maj. Gen Charles Billingslea and military police from the 503rd Military Police Battalion, and called in troops from the Mississippi Army National Guard.

Gen. Bllingslea's staff car was mobbed and set on fire at the entrance to the university gate. General Billingslea, the Deputy Commanding General, John Corley, and aide, Capt Harold Lyon, were trapped inside the burning car but managed to force the car door open and had to crawl 200 yards into the gate to the University Lyceum Building while someone was shooting at them and continued to shoot the windows out, though the Army never returned fire.

Gen Billingslea had established a series of escalating secret code words for issuing ammunition down to the platoons with another one for issuing it to squads, and a third one for loading, none of which could take place without the General himself, confirming the secret codes.

In the violent clash, two people died, including the French journalist Paul Guihard, on assignment for the London Daily Sketch. He was found dead behind the Lyceum building with a gunshot wound to the back.

One hundred-sixty US Marshals, one-third of the group, were injured in the melee, and 40 soldiers and National Guardsmen were wounded.

US Army trucks loaded with steel-helmeted US Marshals roll across the University of Mississippi campus on October 3, 1962.


During this time, he was advised by Medgar Evers, who was a WW2 veteran and a civil rights leader.

Evers was also inspired by Kennedy and killed hours after he came home to tell his family JFK had announced his support of civil rights on television. Terrorists gunned him down in his front yard in view of his wife and children.

In the early morning of June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy's speech on national television in support of civil rights, Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read "Jim Crow Must Go," Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle; the bullet ripped through his heart. He staggered 9 meters (30 feet) before collapsing.

He was taken to the local hospital in Jackson where he was initially refused entry because of his color, until it was explained who he was; he died in the hospital.


All these leaders were attacked repeatedly and denied the most basic of human rights. Meredith was and is a wise, successful man with his own strong views shown at the link. Terrorists have not stopped hating:

In 2014, vandals linked to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity vandalized Meredith's honorary University of Mississippi campus statue by putting a noose around its neck and draping it with a controversial former Georgia state flag. In response, he said "that just clearly shows that we’re not training our children like the Bible says. They don’t know right and wrong, good and bad and how to apply it to life."

I've read varying reports, some say Meredith didn't care for the statue. Also he still wants acknowledgement that there was a war going on against blacks. Other reports dispute the number of troops, in some reports there were 20,000, others 30,000, yet another says there only 3,000. Even if the last were true, that's a lot of armed men.

The 20K or 30K amount sounds right to me, as some reports say the KKK called for 20,000 to show up to fight the 'tyranny of federal government troops' invading and interfering with the state's right to deny Meredith a seat at Ol' Miss. Sounds familiar to me.

Our current crop of Tenthers, Teaterrorists and Libertarians and certain others would have called what you suggest and what the Kennedys and the military did the action of a Police State.

I look forward to reading your opinion of what Kennedy did and why it was necessary. While I have my own interpretation, I am interested in your take, if you have the time.

Because the Koch media says so. It's been planned for many years:

“We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”

“We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”

If you can pay a toll, fine, if you can't you'll be SOL. They're doing fine on this with media help, and with a win this year they'll finish their bucket list:



No, sorry, not THE video everyone wants, but part of the interview that cost the First Amendment deluded guy his job. Capitalism forbids public disclosure, it's bad for bidness.

Raw Story no longer plays nicely with my browser, so I gotta search for these on youtube. Classic Faux Newz giving their favorite RWNJ cover right away.

No charges will be filed, bet the Palins have the police in their pocket, just like the paving company. Red staters just love corruption and cronyism, as long it pays the bills. This is why fascism is successful.

Thanks for the heads up on this one, Botany!

We need a fuck face smiley to use at DU. Guess it's gif time:

That is beautiful! Yes, make America into what it should be!


A strong voice there. Thanks for posting this. And 600 women since February. Almost 100 a month. What he just said describes an epidemic.

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