Wednesday Open Thread

Christmas Candles 54Someday at Christmas is a Christmas album by Stevie Wonder, released on November 27th, 1967 under Motown Records. It was his eighth studio album release. It would also be re-released in 1978 with different cover art and different Catalog number (Original 1967 catalog: T-281, 1978 reissue: T7-362 R1). It would again be re-released as part of Universal Music‘s Christmas Edition of their successful 20th Century Masters series in 2003 with additional tracks.

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70 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    GOP eyes ‘Obamacare trap’ warily

    12/18/13 11:45 AM—Updated 12/18/13 04:22 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R) held an event in his Indiana district this week, at which health care was a major topic of conversation. According to a local press account, not everyone in this Republican area necessarily opposes “Obamacare.”

    But Stutzman seemed to realize at the event that simply condemning what he doesn’t like won’t be enough. “What are you replacing it with? That’s what everybody is asking right now,” the congressman said, adding, “There’s several Republican plans that are competing with each other right now just internally. After the first of the year, we are going to try to sort through that.”

    That last part was actually rather newsworthy – we didn’t know that House Republicans are planning to finally present their alternative to the Affordable Care Act sometime in 2014. In fact, Byron York reported that intra-party talks are still underway.

    [I]n private discussions, House Republicans stress their differences over the details of an Obamacare alternative. For example, there’s no agreement on precisely how to fix the tax inequity for people who don’t receive health coverage at work. There are similar disagreements over all sorts of other points of policy. “Getting unanimity is a tall order for a divided, leaderless party,” says the GOP aide.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-eyes-obamacare-trap-warily

  2. Ametia says:

    Baucus to be named U.S. ambassador to China

    The White House is set to name outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as its pick for ambassador to China, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and a Baucus ally familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

    Baucus, 72, announced in April that he won’t seek reelection to the Senate in 2014.

    Read more at:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/18/white-house-to-nominate-baucus-for-ambassador-to-china/

  3. rikyrah says:

    An alternative look at Obama’s 5th year
    12/18/13 10:15 AM—Updated 12/18/13 02:13 PM
    By Steve Benen

    When books are written on Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s unlikely that his fifth year will be celebrated as the pinnacle of his tenure. On the contrary, it’s a year White House officials almost certainly consider a disappointment.

    But I’m not sure it’s been quite as disastrous as advertised.

    For much of the Beltway, that the year was an abject disaster is a foregone conclusion. “Little seems to have gone right for the White House in 2013,” Politico noted this morning in a piece asking which administration had the worst fifth year. Obama had the “worst year in Washington,” the Washington Post concluded last week. 2013 “has been a pretty terrible year” for the president, BuzzFeed argued.

    This has been “Obama’s year from hell,” The New Republic said. When Beltway pundits aren’t comparing Obama’s 2013 to George W. Bush’s 5th year, they’re comparing it Richard Nixon’s 5th year.

    Even the most enthusiastic Obama supporter would probably balk at heralding 2013 as a success, but the premise of these analyses seems a little excessive. Consider:

    * Twice congressional Republicans threatened debt-ceiling default; twice Obama stood his ground; and twice the GOP backed down before Congress did real harm. The presidential leadership helped establish a new precedent that will benefit Obama, his successors, and the country.

    * Congressional Republicans shut down the government to extract White House concessions. Obama and congressional Democrats stood firm and the GOP backed down.

    * The Obama administration forged an international agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons, struck a historic nuclear deal with Iran, and brought Israelis and Palestinians to the table together for the first peace talks in years.

    * The economy has steadily improved, and 2013 is on pace to be the best year for U.S. job creation since 2005 and the second best since 1999.

    * The “scandals” the media hyped relentlessly in the spring proved to be largely meaningless, and while the president’s poll numbers have dropped, his standing is roughly at the same point as two years ago.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/alternative-look-obamas-5th-year

  4. rikyrah says:

    Warren: credit history shouldn’t matter in employment
    12/17/13 04:00 PM—Updated 12/18/13 12:53 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When someone applies for a job in the United States, employment law already places some limits on what an applicant can and can’t be asked. An employer can’t ask, for example, about someone’s marital status or national origin.

    But businesses can and do check applicants’ credit rating, which puts those with poor credit histories at a severe disadvantage, even though credit ratings offer practically no useful information about a candidate’s qualifications. It’s exactly why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to prohibit this practice (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the tip).

    The Massachusetts Democrat’s measure has support from dozens of liberal consumer groups, who argue that credit history is a poor measure of character and discriminates against the economically disadvantaged. But it could face resistance from Republicans who oppose more restrictions on businesses and worry about taking away another tool in reviewing job applicants.

    Warren has made her career writing about the causes and consequences of personal bankruptcy and debt and has galvanized liberal Democrats around her populist agenda.

    “A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected medical costs, unemployment, economic downturns, or other bad breaks than it is a reflection on an individual’s character or abilities,” Warren said in a statement. “Families have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, and too many Americans are still searching for jobs. This is about basic fairness.”

    The Hill reports that new legislation, called the Equal Employment for All Act, “amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prevent prospective employers from using consumer credit reports as a basis for making hiring decisions. It also blocks companies from using credit checks as a basis for decisions related to current employees.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/credit-history-shouldnt-matter-employment

  5. rikyrah says:

    Public opinion on Obamacare has been locked in for years
    By Greg Sargent
    December 17 at 4:24 pm

    Today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll has some terrible findings for Obama and his signature domestic accomplishment — his disapproval is at record highs, and big majorities remain skeptical of Obamacare’s impact.

    But it also finds that overall support for the law is back to pre-rollout levels, with the public now almost evenly split on it again, at 46-49.

    I’ve got some new numbers from the Post polling team that shed a bit of light on why the law’s approval has enjoyed something of a rebound. The short version: It originally cratered because of a big drop among young people (aged 18-29), moderates, and independents, and also because groups who were already most hostile to the law turned on it even more fiercely.

    The rebound in support is driven mostly by these comebacks, which are the largest changes our poll recorded:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/12/17/public-opinion-on-obamacare-has-been-locked-in-for-years/

  6. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth Warren sheds light on Washington’s failure
    By Ryan Cooper
    December 17 at 2:36 pm

    Today, Elizabeth Warren is introducing a bill to ban the use of credit scores during the hiring process. While this is a fairly small-bore reform, it is probably still worth doing.

    But the fact that these are the reforms that most liberal Senators are driven to is striking in and of itself. It’s yet another reminder that Washington has basically given up on trying to deal with the major consequences of the Great Recession.

    Five years ago we suffered the worst shock to the economy since 1929, and unemployment exploded. The Recovery Act definitely helped, but didn’t come anywhere close to fixing the problem, and the damage to society has been catastrophic. For example, take a look at the job seekers-to-job openings ratio: it was just over two months ago that the number finally fell below 3-to-1, which is as high as it ever got during the early 2000s recession.

    This fact sheet from Demos gives the lowdown on Warren’s bill (which has been previously introduced in the House). Here’s a particularly sharp part of the analysis:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/12/17/elizabeth-warren-sheds-light-on-washingtons-failure/

  7. Guess what I just got? A huge bag of homemade peanut brittle from an older woman who lives in our community. She makes me candy every year for Christmas. This woman can throw down!!

    I’m so happy! happy smiley animated photo: Smiley Santa Claus Smiling Happy Smile Merry Christmas Smiley Smilie Smileys Smilies Emoticon Emoticons Animated Animation Animations Gif smilie806.gif

  8. Ametia says:

    Yahtc, how was your experience at the Kwanzaa event?

  9. rikyrah says:

    truth is always stranger than fiction

    EPA worker faked secret CIA job for time off

    Rachel Maddow tells the story of a top level EPA employee who pretended to be a top secret CIA agent in order to take paid time off from work.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1bcUxIo

  10. Ametia says:

    SG2, where are you?!

  11. Ametia says:

    Obamas, Bidens Won’t Attend Sochi

    Neither President or Mrs. Obama nor Vice President or Dr. Biden will be a part of the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics. Instead, Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California and former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will lead the delegation to the opening ceremony.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/top-us-officials-will-be-staying-away-from-sochi-olympics

  12. Ametia says:

    Stevie’s warming my heart this morning.

  13. Ametia says:

    When real progressives took on the national security apparatus
    Smartypants

    “In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the capability to monitor everything…There would be no place to hide.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/

  14. rikyrah says:

    Talut ‏@Talut1h
    Violent Anti-African Race Riot Rocks Israel, Black Men and Women Beaten http://fb.me/21ym3S1ei

  15. Yahtc says:

    POV Awards Grants to PBS Stations to Build Awareness and Dialogue Around ‘American Promise’ and ‘Brooklyn Castle’ Documentaries

    http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/17/6007367/pov-awards-grants-to-pbs-stations.html

  16. rikyrah says:

    where are those cooning graphics?

    Democrats Have Maxed Out the Race Card
    By Ron Christie
    December 17th 20135:45 AM

    A skirmish on MSNBC underscores the new normal in Democratic thinking: If you disagree with Obama, you must be racist. That’s damaging our cultural fabric.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/17/democrats-have-maxed-out-the-race-card.html

  17. Yahtc says:

    The Best Friends You’ve Missed! Tripican.com presents Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Taye Diggs, Nia Long & More in “The Best Man Holiday”

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
    http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/12/18/the-best-friends-youve-missed-tripican-com-presents-morris-chestnut-regina-hall-taye-diggs-nia-long-more-in-the-best-man-holiday/

  18. rikyrah says:

    December 17, 2013, 10:36 pm
    First lady to go on radio blitz for ObamaCare
    By Justin Sink

    Michelle Obama will sit for a trio of interviews with urban radio stations as part of a coordinated White House blitz intended to promote ObamaCare coverage among mothers and minorities.

    The first lady will be interviewed Wednesday evening by Yolanda Adams, Al Sharpton, and Joe Madison, three of the nation’s most popular African American talk radio hosts.

    Her interviews are part of a broader effort by the White House and partnerships with outside groups, faith leaders, and health professionals to encourage African Americans to get covered,” a White House official said.
    The first lady’s radio appearances are intended to compliment an afternoon event with the president and mothers who have worked to promote ObamaCare in the Oval Office.

    The White House believes women are crucial to their push to get uninsured consumers to sign up for coverage. That’s especially important after the botched rollout of the ObamaCare website prevented early enrollments in the system, leaving the administration playing catch up in the final three months before enrollment closes.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/193475-first-lady-to-go-on-radio-blitz-for-obamacare

  19. rikyrah says:

    SG2,

    it’s 25 degrees here!!!

    woo hoo!!!

  20. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  21. Yahtc says:

    Black Newspapers and News Web Sites
    Listing of all weekly and daily African American newspapers.

    http://www.blacknews.com/directory/black_african_american_newspapers.shtml

  22. Yahtc says:

    South LA Mall Offers Diverse Choice of Santas
    The diversified Santa program at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has been going strong for more than a decade

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/African-American-Santa-Claus-Latino-Santa-Mall–236090381.html

  23. Ametia says:

    CDC doctor led polio eradication project in India
    The Partnership for Public Service

    Two years ago, India was declared polio free in large part because of the work and dedication of Dr. Hamid Jafari, a medical officer from the CDC.

    http://link.email.washingtonpost.com/r/MEPMRJ/5VC6X5/TTBK20/TP13NEZ/VL0OHK/SN/h

  24. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS!!! :-))))

  25. Yahtc says:

    Why Is Theater Not Diverse Enough?
    SoCal’s Stage Leaders Discuss

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2013/12/diversity_forum_pasadena_playhouse.php

  26. Yahtc says:

    Black actors gaining ground in Durham theater scene

    December 17, 2013

  27. Yahtc says:

    Valisia LeKae Reveals Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis, Withdraws from Broadway’s MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

    December 17
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Valisia-LeKae-Reveals-Ovarian-Cancer-Diagnosis-Withdraws-from-Broadways-MOTOWN-THE-MUSICAL-20131217

    I am sending prayers for her healing and speedy recovery.

  28. Yahtc says:

    White Like Me

    “Why the debate about Santa’s whiteness actually matters for politics.”
    PAUL WALDMAN DECEMBER 17, 2013

    http://prospect.org/article/white-me

    • Ametia says:

      Thanks for this article, Yahtc. YOUR ROCK!

    • Ametia says:

      THIS:

      I’m not going to bother going into detail about what a howler that is on both counts, but what’s interesting is how O’Reilly is under the impression that even 2,000 years ago, people living in what is now Israel would have had an idea of whiteness that included them. For O’Reilly, “white” seems to mean something like “people I now like,” but in America, whiteness has always been a fluid category. For example, at one time in our history, Italian-Americans weren’t considered white, and many people think that over time, Hispanics will end up being brought into the white category as well (if for no other reason than so whites can remain the majority).

      Now here’s why this matters for politics. As you surely know, Republicans have a problem with minority voters. In 2012, President Obama won not only 93 percent of the African-American vote and 71 percent of the votes of Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority group, he also won 73 percent of the votes of Asian-Americans, the country’s fastest-growing minority group.

      They have to CO-OPT POC and claim this as white for their party. DESPERATE MUCH!

  29. Yahtc says:

    Asolo Rep’s ‘Hot Time’ cabaret is fun and educational

    http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-12-16/featured/theater-review-asolo-rep/

  30. Yahtc says:

    Promoter alleges discrimination at Station Square nightspots
    “You can’t say certain groups can hold events and not others.”

    http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/promoter-alleges-discrimination-at-station-square-nightspots/Content?oid=1717108

  31. Yahtc says:

    18 DECEMBER 2013 WRITTEN BY JEFFREY L. BONEY

    NO AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ON HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1999

    http://forwardtimesonline.com/2013/index.php/state-local/item/753-no-african-american-women-on-houston-city-council-for-first-time-since-1999

  32. Yahtc says:

    Wishing all of you a beautiful Good Morning!

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