Thursday Late Evening Extras

Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971),[1] better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (pronounced /ˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduː/), is an American recording artist, record producer and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz.[1] She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion.
She is known as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul” or the “Queen of Neo-Soul”.

Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, and House of D, she is also very prominent in the documentary film Before the Music Dies.

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A Native Texan who adores baby kittens, loves horses, rodeos, pomegranates, & collect Eagles. Enjoys politics, games shows, & dancing to all types of music. Loves discussing and learning about different cultures. A Phi Theta Kappa lifetime member with a passion for Social & Civil Justice.
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47 Responses to Thursday Late Evening Extras

  1. opulent says:

    OMG!! Tell it!!

    “Would the real Bill Maher please stand up? Who is he? I want to know. Is he a comedian or a political pundit? Is he a Progressive (as he claims he is), a libertarian (as he’s been on record in the past as saying) or a closet Republican (he did vote for Reagan the second time around and for Dole in 1996)? Is he a bona fide intellectual or a dilettante? An original thinker or a dedicated follower of fashion? Is he an atheist or is there a tryptiched altar in his bedroom, complete with votive candles and a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?”

  2. Ametia says:

    House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that the chamber will not vote tonight on Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposal to lift the federal debt ceiling. A vote on the bill had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, but as that hour approached, House leaders called for an indefinite postponement of the vote, signalling that Boehner, McCarthy and other House GOP leaders did not have the votes lined up to pass the Boehner plan.

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  3. rikyrah says:

    no vote tonight.

    Orange Glo is pathetic.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Republicans’ Debt Ceiling Charade Is Downright Dangerous

    Let us not put too fine a point on it: Thursday’s House vote on Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling proposal is a joke. If it passes the House, Harry Reid has said it is dead on arrival in the Senate. If it somehow passes the Senate, which it won’t, President Obama will veto it. It is, therefore, a symbolic act that is wasting precious time. It follows last week’s Republican theatrics, the passage of the Cut and Demolish Act (or whatever they called it), which also was a waste of time. These are the actions of a party that has completely lost track of reality–and of a leader, John Boehner, who has lost the support of his party.

    And so I have a proposal: the Cut the Crap Act. It will have to be passed by Monday, to avoid default. And it will require an act of statesmanship from Boehner: he will have to modify his proposal and cut loose the Tea Party robots who are opposed to a deal of any kind. He will have to find common cause with Harry Reid and, yes, Nancy Pelosi, who are now willing to propose bills that should make any Teasie happy–bills without “revenue increases,” bills with a trillion dollars in budget cuts, more or less. He will have to find 160 sane members of his caucus and Pelosi will have to find 60 extremely tolerant members of hers to get us past this ridiculous moment.

    The Cut the Crap Act isn’t actually my invention. It is the White House’s best case scenario for the next five days. This has been an exhausting process–one that might have resulted in an exhilarating triumph, if the Republican party were not led by nihilists like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. But one senses that the President is feeling the exhaustion and frustration. He is preparing himself for the worst of all possible scenarios: the uncertainty caused by the Republican anarchy has already damaged the economy, businesses are waiting to see what the interest rates will be and therefore delaying plans to expand. That uncertainty, added to the higher oil prices caused by Arab Spring, the European Debt crisis and the Japanese earthquake could well bring us a double-dip recession.

    But the President also seems absolutely intent on forcing this issue because the Republicans have used the debt ceiling weapon to upend the traditional balance of power in Washington. It is the ultimate nuclear option, creating a bigger bang than abuse of the filibuster in the Senate. If this Republican ploy succeeds, this nuclear option can be deployed again on other issues–surgical nuclear strikes directed at the funding of individual government programs and agencies. (Indeed, if she were less scrupulous, Pelosi could have used a debt ceiling vote to force President Bush to defund the war in Iraq.)

    And so, here we are. Our nation’s economy and international reputation as the world’s presiding grownup has already been badly damaged. It is a self-inflicted wound of monumental stupidity. I am usually willing to acknowledge that Democrats can be as silly, and hidebound, as Republicans–but not this time. There is zero equivalence here. The vast majority of Democrats have been more than reasonable, more than willing to accept cuts in some of their most valued programs. Given the chance, there was the likelihood that they would have surrendered their most powerful weapon in next year’s election–a Mediscare campaign–by agreeing to some necessary long-term reforms in that program. The President, remarkably, proposed raising the age of eligibility for Medicare to 67.

    The Republicans have been willing to concede nothing. Their stand means higher interest rates, fewer jobs created and more destroyed, a general weakening of this country’s standing in the world. Osama bin Laden, if he were still alive, could not have come up with a more clever strategy for strangling our nation.

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  5. rikyrah says:

    July 28, 2011 4:35 PM
    The pressure is starting to get to Eric Cantor

    By Steve Benen

    Some people don’t handle pressure well. The House Majority Leader, for example, is so stressed, he’s starting to crack.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) declared Thursday that Senate Democrats would be responsible for a national default if they defeat a House plan to raise the debt limit.

    Cantor starkly laid out the options: Either the Senate passes the House debt-limit legislation or the nation will likely default.

    “There are two choices left,” Cantor said. “When we send this bill over, this compromise piece of legislation, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] can take that up, pass it, send it to the White House. We can avoid the potential consequences of going past Aug. 2 and get on with the business of this country, or it will be on Harry Reid to bear the consequences of economic damage, and I don’t want to see that.”

    So, let’s summarize Cantor’s position here. The House is poised to vote on Speaker Boehner’s budget proposal this afternoon, and the outcome is still in doubt. According to Boehner, his far-right plan is worthwhile precisely because Democratic leaders “hate” it, and it isn’t the result of a bipartisan compromise or negotiations.

    When the dust settles this after the vote, if it manages to get a majority, the Boehner plan will have passed despite bipartisan opposition.

    Eric Cantor believes that the Senate, whose members have already announced it can’t accept this right-wing plan, must approve the House bill and that President Obama must sign it into law, or House Republicans will deliberately crash the economy by refusing to pass anything else.

    This is nothing short of crazy. “Do what we demand or we’ll shoot the hostage and blame you.”

    It’s amazing Cantor is even in Congress. He seems better suited for organized crime.

    Fortunately, the Speaker took a less radical approach this afternoon.

    Boehner did tacitly acknowledge that his plan might change, though. Pressed whether his debt limit bill is a “take it or leave it” proposition for Democrats, Boehner would only say, “we have a reasonable responsible approach, there is no reason for anyone to object to it.”

    Asked whether the House would be in session this weekend, after (presumably) passing his plan, he said “sure.”

    So we’ll have another round of this.

    This is no small concession. If Boehner were taking the same line as Cantor, he’d repeat Cantor’s “our way or the highway” sentiment and see no need for a weekend session. The Speaker knows he can’t do this, and it’s at least mildly encouraging he didn’t draw that line in the sand today.

  6. Ametia says:

    OMG! Howard Fineman is quoting someone who said John Boehner looks like the “saddest tangerine>”


  7. Ametia says:

    White House aide: Short-term debt deal would “ruin Christmas”
    By Lucy Madison

    In a new line of attack against the GOP’s two-step plan for raising the debt limit, the White House is emphasizing specific damages that a second debate over the nation’s borrowing limit might inflict on the American economy – particularly during the holiday season.

    “Happy Holidays America: Boehner plan would have the debt ceiling all over again during the holiday season, which is critical for the economy,” wrote White House deputy spokesman Dan Pfeiffer in a Thursday morning Tweet.

    Pfeiffer: Not raising debt limit could lead to a depression

    The Republican-led House will vote Thursday on the House Republican proposal, which would increase the U.S. borrowing limit by up to $900 billion while cutting more than $900 billion in spending over the next decade. CBS news estimates that a $900 billion increase to the debt limit would take the country into early January – which would mean that debate over the issue would likely take place over the holiday season in late December.

    “It’s like the debt ceiling debate that would ruin Christmas,” said White House political adviser David Plouffe in a Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC. “It makes no sense. It’s harming our economy now. You would have this hanging over the country at one of the most economically important periods in our country around the holiday season.”

  8. Ametia says:

    Please, everyone, remember; the GOP MANUFACTURED THIS PHONEY DEBT CEILING CRISiIS.

  9. Gobrooklyn: @3ChicsPolitico LOL. Obama: “ALL I DO IS WIN!”


  10. Five Reasons the House GOP Is to Blame

    Many Republican readers have written to ask why I have posted “partisan” charts, like the one after the jump, that use data from the Congressional Budget Office and elsewhere to show that tax cuts over the past decade have played a huge role in creating mammoth federal debt.

    In my view, these have been “charts,” rather than “partisan charts.” And to me their significance is less in allocating responsibility for creating the problem than in clarifying the real options for dealing with it.

    Still, anyone who thinks I am mainly blaming the Republicans for the needless debt-ceiling fracas, especially the Tea Party-era House Republicans arrayed behind Rep. Eric Cantor (and Rep. Jim Jordan), is correct. To put the reasons in one place, as things go down to the wire, here they are:

    1) The debt-ceiling showdown represents hostage-taking, plain and simple. This is a “crisis” that need never have happened, regardless of which party controlled the White House.


  11. The People’s View:

    House delays vote. Keep CALLING CONGRESS, urge NO vote on Boehner’s scam! Switchboard (202)224-3121

    • Ametia says:

      CNN and the rest of the media rats are showcasing the Rethugs to push that no tax cut spend bullshit. Nothing but PUPPETS, Reading the scripts that Grover Norquist gave them. Blame the POTUS if their crappy bill doesn’t pass the senate.

  12. @markknollerJackson: “No other president has been stuck up, shook down or held hostage as Pres…over this debt vote. This is fundamentally unfair.”

  13. dannie22 says:

    It seems that boner has postponed the vote. Yep speaker lost weeked jr doesnt have the votes to continue

  14. @Breaking News: House Vote On Boehner Plan Postponed

  15. GQ – Disco Nights

  16. Erica Wright is gorgeous. Wow.

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