Wednesday Open Thread | Midnight Soul

midnight soul5Whatever You Want” is the title of a number-one R&B single written by Tony! Toni! Tone! member Timothy Christian Riley and also performed by the group. It was the fourth and final single released from their second album, The Revival. The song spent two weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number forty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It was their first single that did not feature Raphael on lead vocals.

The song was sampled in Kelly Price‘s “Soul of a Woman”, in the remix of Ludacris’s “Splash Waterfalls“, and in “Lovin Me” by rapper Nelly.

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61 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Midnight Soul

  1. Ametia says:

    Finally found a way to shut up one of the benghazi conspiracy nuts

    Just said, ” show it to me on a map before you even open your mouth. you should at least know where this place is before you start freaking out.” needless to say, the person could not.

    from now on, whenever I hear anyone starting in on benghazi, I will insist that they show me that they even know where it is. the silence will be wonderful.

    the other question I always ask is, “did you demand an investigation into 9/11? did you insist on knowing the truth about an attack that killed nearly THREE THOUSAND people on this soil? No, then shut up” http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022164451

    Love it! And when the nuts approach and start screaming about theyz tryna take ouor guns and liberty away! Ask these fools if they even own a gun. i had this experience the day of the Newtown masacre. I asked: Do you own a gun? NO. Then shut the fuck up.

  2. rikyrah says:

    why does the GOP not like Jack Lew?

    …………………………….

    How Close Were President Obama and Speaker Boehner to a Grand Bargain?

    By Matthew Yglesias

    |

    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 3:47 PM ET


    In fact, when Boehner called back on that Thursday afternoon, the 14th, in hopes of restarting the negotiations, it wasn’t Obama but rather one of his chief aides who Boehner had decided was the problem. For weeks leading up to the breakdown in talks, Boehner and his top lieutenants—Barry Jackson, his chief of staff, and Brett Loper, his policy aide—had been talking principally to Jack Lew and Rob Nabors at the White House. But they had become exasperated with Lew, who, in their view, talked a lot but offered few concessions. Lew, whose detailed knowledge of the budget outpaced anyone else’s in the room, always seemed to have a better idea than whatever Boehner was proposing, and these ideas seemed to Boehner like more complicated ways of describing positions they had already rejected. The problem with Lew, Boehner bluntly told the president when he called, is that he just didn’t know how to get to “yes.”

    Boehner thought he had a better shot with Bill Daley, the president’s chief of staff, and Timothy Geithner, the Treasury secretary. Daley had made a point of reaching out to Boehner since joining the administration, and he was known to be a pragmatist and a dealmaker. Geithner, clearly rattled by the possibility that Treasury might default on its debt, had been issuing almost daily warnings to Congressional leaders about the mounting fear in the markets. Send me Daley and Geithner, Boehner told the president, and let’s see what we can do

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/03/28/how_close_were_obama_and_boehner_to_a_grand_bargain_.html

  3. Hold on…Change is coming!

    Biden says PBO can sign executive order to restrict guns.

  4. Ametia says:

    Fuck Bill Clinton, PUMAS, Leftie whiney, BECKIES, and EMPROGS. & diversity BULLSHIT

    2TERMZS

    2termz bitches

  5. rikyrah says:

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP
    Highlight of the State of the Union? President turns around, says, “What’s that in your ear, Mr. Speaker?” & pulls out the trilion $ coin

  6. rikyrah says:

    phive ‏@phive0phor
    The Professional Left is now acting like they want Obama to appoint the cast of Good Times to every available cabinet position.

  7. Will you look at this ish?

    Petition calls on Obama to nominate female FCC chair

    http://huff.to/Vi1W5U

  8. Ametia says:

    I see he Beckies are LYING & YAPPING about PBO & his disdain for women. BITCHES, PLEASE!

  9. Ametia says:

    WHERE’S THE DIVERSITY HERE?

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    Dont’ start NONE, won’t be NONE, BITCHES!

  10. Ametia says:

    To all the MOFOS who claim PBO’s admin is not diverse enough.. take a look at America’s current Senate and count up all the negroes, hispanics, and asians. Then get back to 3 Chics.and let us know the results.

    08_30_0515-29-12_108th_xl

  11. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tells Colleagues She is Resigning http://bit.ly/WAE1dC

  12. Ametia says:

    Now this shit is funny. Show’s on every Tuesday on NBC at 8p EST.

    http://www.youtube.com/show/bettywhitesofftheirrockers

  13. rikyrah says:

    ‘Deception’ vs. ‘Scandal’ on Race

    Unlike Rhimes’ hit, NBC’s new series seems to tiptoe around what it means to have a black leading lady.
    By: Helena Andrews|Posted: January 8, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    The comparisons were inevitable and obvious. NBC’s newest murder mystery, Deception, starring Meagan Good, looks a lot like ABC’s Revenge, a show that has chronicled the lifestyles of the rich and homicidal since last season.

    Nearly every mention of Deception, which premiered Monday night, is sure to cite the new show’s clear nod to the ABC hit. Although scandal and the wealthy have always made for must-see TV, in an interview with USA Today, Good bulleted the disparate plotlines as if they were practiced talking points.

    “I think this is really different, in the sense that it has all these elements from great shows that people love, but it’s really its own thing because of the love triangle, the family drama, the murder mystery, and because this girl is living a double life,” said Good, making a case for a fresh take on an old subject.

    But Deception has something in common with another ABC hit — something that isn’t getting much attention. I’m talking, of course, about Scandal, the Kerry Washington-led ensemble soap in which another strong (if flawed) black leading lady has made it her job to solve problems while being mired in her own.

    …………………………

    In Deception, Good plays Joanna Locasto, a 30-something detective who grew up in the home of the Bowers as the daughter of their housekeeper. As children, Joanna and the Bowers’ druggie daughter (every rich family has one), Vivian, were besties. Decades later, Vivian turns up dead under shady circumstances, and Joanna is called upon to go undercover, living once again in the Bowers’ home while trying to uncover their carefully guarded secrets.

    Both Joanna and Olivia can be viewed as outsiders of a sort. Although Olivia is the quintessential Washington insider in terms of her career trajectory, her personal life is another matter. She’s the perennial other woman when it comes to her relationship with President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant. Joanna’s angle as an enduring “houseguest” in the Bowers’ compound also emphasizes her role as an outside, an other. Like Olivia, Joanna isn’t an official member of the family, regardless of how fond they may be of her.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/deception-vs-scandal-race?page=0,1

  14. rikyrah says:

    Business leaders: Failure to raise debt ceiling will drive markets “haywire”
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    If Republicans continue with their debt ceiling brinksmanship, you’re likely to hear powerful GOP-aligned voices from the business community calling for Congress to cut the nonsense and raise the debt ceiling without delay. Even some Republicans and conservatives, such as Newt Gingrich and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, have warned this will compound the GOP’s political problem.

    And here we go: The powerful Financial Services Roundtable — which is headed by former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and represents nearly 100 of the largest financial service firms in the country — is set to increase pressure on Congress to raise the debt limit, warning that failure to do so will make the markets go “haywire.”

    “We are in favor of raising it, and we will be encouraging policy makers to increase it,” Scott Talbott, the senior vice president for public policy for the Financial Services Roundtable, told me today. He added that the group was gearing up to communicate the demand for action to Congress, an effort that could include sending letters to every member. “We will communicate with the entire Congress,” he said.

    Talbott said the markets would go nuts if the debt ceiling were not raised. Interestingly, he noted that the markets had remained relatively flat heading into the fiscal cliff deadline, and said he expected the same as the debt ceiling deadline looms, because the markets now expect Congress to get these deals done at the drop dead moment.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/09/business-leaders-failure-to-raise-debt-ceiling-will-drive-markets-haywire/

  15. rikyrah says:

    If Republicans want to choose the Cabinet, they should win an election
    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on January 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    It’s official: President Obama will choose Chief of Staff Jacob Lew as his choice for Treasury Secretary, replacing Timothy Geithner. As with Chuck Hagel and Defense, there’s no mystery to Obama’s decision to choose Lew. The next year will be consumed with budget issues, and as former head of the Office of Management and Budget under Bill Clinton and Obama, Lew is well equipped to deal with them.

    Despite Lew’s long experience in government, Senate Republicans are already voicing their disappointment with the pick. Politico notes that Lew has “irked” Mitch McConnell and GOP members of the Senate Budget committee. “We’ve got to have a person who has credibility with the leaders of the American and world economy, someone who has credibility with the Congress, and I would feel like Mr. Lew’s nomination would be a mistake,” says Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the committee.

    Historically, the Senate has given the White House wide leeway in how it staffs its administration. Barring extraordinary circumstances, cabinet nominations are almost always confirmed, as they should be — the chamber’s role is to give advice and consent, not set policy for the administration. But if the mounting opposition to Lew — and current opposition to Hagel — is any indication, Republicans are prepared to jettison that norm so that they can block Obama’s ability to pursue his agenda.

    It’s hard to overstate how ridiculous this is. Remember, Republicans lost the 2012 elections. Not only did Mitt Romney lose the presidential election by nearly four points, but almost every competitive Senate race broke toward the Democrats. Even if you don’t think this constitutes a mandate for Democratic policies, it’s clear that it is an endorsement of Democratic leadership. And as such, Republicans should swallow their pride and allow Obama to staff his administration, as is a president’s prerogative.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/09/if-republicans-want-to-choose-the-cabinet-they-should-win-an-election/

  16. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Clever GOP spin on debt ceiling
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    It is one of the most remarkable GOP spin jobs in recent memory : Republicans are painstakingly redefining raising the debt ceiling as something that would constitute giving something to the President, when in fact it is something that is necessary to avert financial disaster for the whole country.

    Republicans are being very transparent about the goal of redefining the debt limit on these terms. For instance, the Hill reports today that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are diverging on how to handle the next round of fiscal talks. Senate Republicans want a more aggressive approach to debt ceiling hostage taking than House Republicans do, in the belief that it is the GOP’s primary leverage point to get the spending cuts they want. John Boehner recently said he believes the sequester gives Republicans more leverage than the debt ceiling does, but Senate Republicans disagree:

    Boehner said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester give Republicans their best opportunity to push Obama to accept reforms.

    But Senate Republicans think the debt ceiling is a stronger lever.

    “The debt ceiling has a fair amount of leverage. It’s the only thing that I can think of for the foreseeable future that the president needs Congress to do,” said a Senate Republican aide.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/09/the-morning-plum-clever-gop-spin-on-debt-ceiling/

  17. rikyrah says:

    Rick Scott’s alternate Medicaid reality

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jan 9, 2013 10:03 AM EST.

    Several Republican governors have found themselves in an awkward spot. On the one hand, federal Medicaid expansion is an exceptional deal for their states, and they’d be foolish to turn it down. On the other, they’re supposed to hate everything about the Affordable Care Act for ideological reasons, and resist its provisions regardless of merit.

    As a result, we see governors like Florida’s Rick Scott (R) looking for excuses to turn down the Medicaid expansion that common sense suggests he should accept.

    In this clip, Scott talked on Monday to reporters in DC, and said he’s inclined to oppose the administration’s Medicaid policy on cost grounds: the expansion, he said would cost about $63 billion over the next decade overall, and Florida would be expected to cover $25.8 billion of that total.

    The problem is, the governor knows what he’s saying isn’t true. As the Orlando Sentinel reported, “Gov. Rick Scott has taken to the airwaves in recent weeks to declare that the federal health-care law’s Medicaid expansion would come at a much higher cost to Florida than previous estimates. Turns out he may have been fudging the numbers.”

    Health News Florida reported this week that state budget analysts told the governor in a series of emails weeks ago that his cost estimates are wrong. Scott doesn’t seem to care.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/09/16430779-rick-scotts-alternate-medicaid-reality?lite

  18. Ametia says:

    Serena Williams as good as ever entering 2013

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    USA TODAY, 1-9-13

    The Australian Open begins Monday, the tennis major as conducive as any for Serena Williams to continue her late-career comeback.

    By winning her sixth Australian title, the 31-year-old American would be one major from completing a repeat of the so-called “Serena Slam” of 2002-03.

    “Ten years later to do it would be like crazy,” says Williams, who completed the 2002-03 quartet with a maiden win at Melbourne. The slam would be completed at the French Open in June.

    A Melbourne crown would propel the third-ranked Williams past rivals Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova to No. 1, a position that, at least in public opinion, she already holds after last season’s second-half surge — major titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, two Olympic gold medals, undefeated at the WTA’s year-end championships in Istanbul.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/01/09/serena-williams-as-good-as-ever-entering-2013/1566148/

  19. Hey everyone!

    I took Jay to the dr this morning. It was immunization time. Jay had 4 injections. Good grief. I’m still cringing. Jay told the dr he’s been lifting weights…doc said..you’re too little to lift weights and Jay answered…”but I’m still strong”! LOL!

  20. Ametia says:

    Gillibrand emerges as key figure in Hagel hearings (our updated whip list)
    Posted by Aaron Blake on January 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    We’ve gotten some more comments from Senate Armed Services Committee members about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary, and one stands out.
    The most skeptical Democrat appears to be Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who had this to say in a statement about Hagel late Monday:
    “Senator Hagel is a war hero who served our country honorably and was prescient in his questioning of the Iraq war. But we must look at his entire public service record in its totality in the upcoming confirmation hearings. Considering some of the statements Senator Hagel has made, and votes he has cast, particularly regarding Iran policy, tough questions must and will be asked to clarify his views before these hearings are complete. I look forward to a fair and thorough process.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/01/08/gillibrand-emerges-as-key-figure-in-hagel-hearings-our-updated-whip-list/?wpisrc=nl_politics

  21. Ametia says:

    Celebrating the One and Only Ms. Zora
    By: Janelle Harris | Posted: January 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    We have the Lord to thank for giving us Ms. Zora, but the great Alice Walker to commend for bringing her work out of obscurity and back into widespread appreciation. This month also marks the 35th anniversary of the re-issue of her magnum opus, Their Eyes Were Watching God, after Walker set out on a mission to not only find Hurston’s unmarked Florida grave, but reintroduce the public to her masterpiece. Thank goodness. A literary world without Janie Starks, Tea Cake or the familiar-feeling townsfolk of Eatonville would’ve been suffering from creative robbery and never even known it.

    Today, if she would’ve had her druthers about hurdling those dark, dramatic years at the end of her life, would’ve been her 122nd birthday. Her actual, factual, honest-to-goodness birthdate has been as creatively interpreted as her work and she was as inventive about her real age as she was with her storylines .
    ..
    She died after 69 years in the same month she was born, this amazing woman named Zora Neale Hurston. My girl. But her writing is a demonstrative catalog for anyone who needs to know what fierce looks like in print. I like to think her spirit lives in anyone who calls on upon it to make their own words dance and play and sparkle across the page, just trying to get close to that bar she set so high. I know I don’t want to even attempt a novel if I don’t think it’s Zora-worthy, if she wouldn’t read the manuscript and push those cheekbones up into a smile. I have a long way to go. A long, dusty road, she might even say.
    Happy birthday, Ms. Zora. You rock. You always did.

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/celebrating-one-and-only-ms-zora

  22. rikyrah says:

    Dick Armey dishes dirt accidentally

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jan 9, 2013 8:30 AM EST

    There’s been a remarkable amount of drama surrounding Dick Armey’s departure from FreedomWorks, culminating Friday with a stunning report from Media Matters, who interviewed the former House Majority Leader directly. Armey had all kinds of interesting insights to share with the progressive group, including tidbits on pay-for-play agreements with Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and the FreedomWorks’ practice of charging activists to attend free events.

    Though many of Armey’s revelations should probably be taken with a grain of salt — the former GOP leader seemed confused about some of the details he shared — there was a larger question that puzzled nearly everyone: why in the world was Dick Armey dishing dirt to Media Matters?

    The Daily Caller, a conservative outlet, tracked down the answer.

    Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. [...]

    [I]n a Tuesday phone interview with TheDC, Armey insisted that even though [Media Matters blogger Joe Strupp] properly identified himself, it wasn’t until “somebody busted my chops on Facebook” that he realized spoke to a left-wing group…. “That was a major, big screw up on my part. I thought they were somebody else.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/09/16429767-dick-armey-dishes-dirt-accidentally?lite

  23. rikyrah says:

    GOP disarray over debt ceiling
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Here’s another sign that the debt ceiling doesn’t give the GOP the leverage it claims: You’re starting to see mixed messaging among Republicans about the way forward in the debt limit battle.

    The latest: On MSNBC today, GOP Rep. Tom Cole — last seen breaking with the GOP leadership’s strategy on the fiscal cliff — dismissed the viability of one of John Boehner’s latest suggestions, i.e., the idea that Republicans might force monthly debt ceiling increases. Boehner had suggested the idea in an interview with Stephen Moore.

    On MSNBC, Cole was asked whether he thought Boehner could still make good on the “Boehner rule,” which dictates that Republicans will insist on a dollar of spending cuts for every dollar the debt ceiling is raised. Cole said Boehner would make good on it. But then he was asked explicitly if he supported the idea of monthly increases. Cole replied:

    “No, I actually think that’s a very short sighted way to do it. I would hope the president presents some sort of solution that’s much longer term than that.”

    Cole put the onus on the president to come up with a long term resolution, and throughout the interview he repeatedly predicted Republicans would prevail and get the spending cuts they want, but he nonetheless described Boehner’s idea of “monthly” debt ceiling increases as a nonstarter.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/08/gop-disarray-over-debt-ceiling/

  24. rikyrah says:

    Obama and the Liberals: Three Quarters of a Loaf Is Never Enough
    By Michael GrunwaldJan. 09, 201319

    I pledged awhile back, after a certain media mogul trashed President Obama for failing to solve global warming, that I would not spend all my time ridiculing the Obama-bashing disillusionment addicts of the left. (Pretty good week for that mogul, huh?) I mostly kept my word for 18 months, until their whiny response to the fiscal cliff deal inspired me to launch a Twitter tirade about Ivory Soap liberals, Choose Your Own Adventure liberals, Heighten The Contradictions liberals, and progressive utopianism in general. Now that I’m back from vacation, I thought I’d try to explain in more than 140 characters what I meant. Tomorrow I’ll try to explain why it’s important, and not just for the next round of budget talks.

    First, a few words on the substance of the deal. Republicans wanted dramatic spending cuts, on discretionary programs as well as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They got none of that. Obama wanted to preserve the Bush tax cuts for the poor and middle class, and restore Clinton-era rates on income above $250,000 a year. He got almost all of that; the Bush tax cuts remained in place up to $450,000 a year. Obama also wanted to extend tax credits for the working poor, the wind industry, and college students, plus benefits for the unemployed. He got all that, too. And the mini-deal spared the economy from the draconian austerity measures that would have kicked in if we had gone over the cliff. On the other hand, some of those measures were merely delayed for two months, so the Washington brinksmanship isn’t over. And the mini-deal did not raise the debt ceiling, which means that Republican hostage-takers can once again threaten to force the U.S. government into default if they don’t get what they want during the next round of negotiations.

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/01/09/obama-and-the-liberals-three-quarters-of-a-loaf-is-never-enough/#ixzz2HULyroqj

  25. rikyrah says:

    How Obama Won The Internet

    Would you rather fight one hundred duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? In the second exclusive excerpt from Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign, a behind-the-scenes look at the president’s historic Reddit

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    August 29, 2012

    Obama spoke before the crowd of college students in Charlottesville. He’d been snubbed by the University of Virginia’s Republican Board of Visitors, who didn’t allow him to speak on campus, claiming it would disrupt the first days of class. Instead, the president’s rally was held at a 10-minute walk from campus, at an open-air arena downtown. It was hot. One army veteran was passed out, hungover, on a press table. Obama kept the waving brief.

    He walked off the stage to a holding room in the back of the arena.

    Two staff members waited for him. One was 27-year-old Teddy Goff, head of Obama’s digital team; the other was the president’s below-the-radar speechwriter, Cody Keenan. James Kvaal, David Plouffe, Jen Psaki, and Pete Souza also walked in and out. The room had white walls, beige tile, a cheap standing lamp behind a desk and chair, and an Apple computer with a wireless mouse on the desk.

    The president sat down in front of the MacBook Air.

    They snapped a picture of the president, and Goff posted it on the Internet Reddit site.

    Verified.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/how-obama-won-the-internet

  26. rikyrah says:

    Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Inaugural Poet

    WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) announced that Richard Blanco will serve as the Inaugural poet at the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, January 21. Blanco will be the youngest-ever Inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or LGBT person to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony.

    “I’m honored that Richard Blanco will join me and Vice President Biden at our second Inaugural,” President Obama said today. “His contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers. Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an Inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.”

    Born in Spain to Cuban exiles, Blanco’s parents emigrated to New York City days after his birth and eventually settled in Miami. Blanco began his career as a consultant engineer. Writing about abstract concepts and preparing arguments on behalf of his clients helped Blanco think about the “engineering” of language, and he left his job in 1999 for the creative writing faculty at Central Connecticut State University until 2001. Thereafter he served as instructor at various universities throughout the country, including American and Georgetown universities, all the while maintaining his career in consulting engineer.

    Blanco’s career as an English-language Latino poet gained momentum when his first collection, City of a Hundred Fires, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh. Blanco’s second book of poetry, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, won the PEN American Center Beyond Margins Award. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was published in 2012.

    As a writer, Blanco explores the collective American experience of cultural negotiation through the lens of family and love, particularly his mother’s life shaped by exile, his relationship with his father, and the passing of a generation of relatives. His work also explores the intersection of his cultural identities as a Cuban-American gay man.

    “I’m beside myself, bestowed with this great honor, brimming over with excitement, awe, and gratitude,” Blanco said today. “In many ways, this is the very ‘stuff’ of the American Dream, which underlies so much of my work and my life’s story—America’s story, really. I am thrilled by the thought of coming together during this great occasion to celebrate our country and its people through the power of poetry.”

    http://www.2013pic.org/press/release/presidential-inaugural-committee-announces-inaugural-poet

  27. Birthers Suggest Impeaching Chief Justice John Roberts

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/john-roberts-birthers_n_2432334.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    The birther movement is now targeting Chief Justice John Roberts for impeachment if he swears in President Barack Obama for a second term later this month.

    Craige McMillan, a columnist for the conservative publication WND.com, wrote a piece last week asking Roberts to not swear Obama in, because, according to McMillan, Obama does not meet the Constitution’s definition of a natural born citizen. In the piece, McMillan claims that Obama is not a citizen because his father was a citizen of Kenya and the United Kingdom, and that Obama cannot be “a natural born citizen” because his father was not an American citizen. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born and raised in Kansas by parents who were born in Kansas.

    McMillan wrote:

    Your failure to investigate these citizenship issues surrounding Mr. Obama at the time questions were raised during his first term places you in a terrible position. You are now confronted with a most difficult choice.
    Your own oath of office, sworn before God and the American people, requires you to uphold the Constitution. (If not you, then who?) If you now administer the oath of office for the presidency to a man who by his own admission fails to meet the natural born citizen requirement imposed by that Constitution, you have violated your own oath of office and are rightly subject to impeachment by any House of Representatives, at any time, now or in the future.
    *****************************

    crazy bastards! I wish I could call fire down on these mofos.

  28. America’s White Male Problem

    http://www.alternet.org/americas-white-male-problem

    The American political process is being hijacked by a reckless, whining dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men who are far-right ideologues. I used to be one of them. It’s time to tell the truth about our white male problem.

    Not everyone who disagrees with the president is a racist. Not even most people who do are. But the continuous attempt by the white far-right in Congress to shut down the government rather than work with our black president has a lot to do with racism. And lurching from manufactured crisis to crisis isn’t about politics; it’s about pathology. It doesn’t make sense politically to take the blame for risking America’s future — and the Republicans know they will take the blame — so how can we conclude other than something else is going on here?

    I’m not talking about the white young male mass murderers we’re afflicted with carrying assault rifles courtesy of the NRA. I’m talking about the white far-right males who hijacked the 112th Congress and are set to destroy the 113th. They have metaphorically done to our country what the killer in Newtown literally did to 20 children, and for the same apparent reason: alienation from the mainstream and retreat to a paranoid delusional fantasy land of — literal — mental impairment.

    This has less to do with politics and more to do with the fear and mental illness that grips a willfully ignorant minority of white males. But the mainstream media is talking about everything but the underlying racial, cultural and mental health issues afflicting the white male minority of far-right congressmen holding us all hostage. And the extreme insanity of the right-wing rhetoric over the last four years, from “birther” to Obama-is-a-Muslim etc., conclusively points to something other than politics.

    The manufactured crisis we face are not about economics. These self-inflicted wounds are about a few people’s fear of being marginalized.

    It’s not considered polite to mention race anymore. But I’m going to mention it anyway. We have a white problem.

  29. Good morning, everyone!

    It’s raining here. Yuck!

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