Saturday Open Thread | Country Music | Johnny Cash Week

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  1. Is Susan Rice finally going to the National Security Advisor job?

    I called this one right after Rice got herself taken out of the State Department Secretary job….

    President Obama I suspected WOULD appoint Rice to the job of coordinating his National Security team’s action in the White House…

    The job needs NO Congressional approval so she’d have no problems with the Republicans….

    And she’d be in the room when the President, Sec of State, Sec of Defense, CIA Director , Dir of National Intel and Vice President make hard calls…..

    She’s may be going to the Big Times after all….

    Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who lost out in a bruising bid for the job of secretary of state, may have the last laugh.

    Rice has emerged as far and away the front-runner to succeed Thomas E. Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser later this year, according to an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking. The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F. Kerry in shaping the president’s foreign policy.

  2. Ametia says:

    Gonna post a few episodes of Rhoda now. Not going to wait until she’s gone.

  3. Ametia says:

    Loved me some RHODA!

    Terminally Ill Valerie Harper Holds Hands With Devoted Husband Tony Cacciotti
    Posted on Mar 9, 2013 @ 13:27PM | By Radar Staff

    Bravely going public with her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, Valerie Harper was spotted with her devoted husband Tony Cacciotti on Friday.

    The TV star and the former personal trainer have been married since 1987, and he is standing firmly by her side.

    Harper, 73, has eptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors have told her she has only about three months to live.

  4. Ametia says:

    It Turns Out Rand Paul’s Filibuster Was a Pre-Planned Scam for Cash
    By: Jason EasleyMar. 8th, 2013

    It turns out Rand Paul’s filibuster was big scam. Sen. Paul has wasted little time implementing the second part of his planned filibuster. He is now trying to cash in with a fundraising letter.

    The true story behind Rand Paul’s filibuster is starting to come out. According to the National
    Journal, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans knew the filibuster was coming, “But the day wasn’t entirely unplanned. Paul, often accused of being a lone wolf on Capitol Hill, had laid some of the groundwork to win over the GOP establishment. McConnell and Co. knew the filibuster was coming, even if they did not know when precisely or what exactly it would look like.”

    This fact contradicts the myth that Paul floated that he decided to come to the Senate floor and start speaking. Sen. Paul has been suggesting that everybody just showed up, “We probably had 15 congressmen come over to the Senate floor,” he said this morning in a radio interview with Glenn Beck. Paul pointed out that House members are allowed to come to the Senate floor but are barred from speaking or coming forward, so they were presumably there just to lend support with their presence. “I’ve never seen that happen before. And they came spontaneously. Nobody called them. They just showed up.”

  5. Ametia says:

    Colorado Senate advances gun control measures

    DENVER | Sat Mar 9, 2013 2:24am EST

    DENVER (Reuters) – A sweeping package of gun control measures advanced in Colorado on Friday, with expanded background checks and other limits as states seek to curb gun violence after the massacre of 20 children in Connecticut.

    The Democratic-controlled state Senate passed four measures by an informal voice vote, including requiring gun buyers to pay for their own background checks and banning firearms purchases by people who are convicted of domestic violence crimes.

    Republican leaders in the state Senate said the bills were overreaching and a violation of the Constitution’s Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to own guns.

    President Barack Obama and several states have proposed new gun-control measures in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school.

    Read on

  6. Ametia says:

    How Brazil Exploited Sexual Insecurity to Curb Guns: An Interview with Antonio Bandeira
    By Francis Wilkinson Mar 8, 2013 9:43 AM CT

    Brazil has a gun culture, a gun industry and a gun problem — much like the U.S. In fact, more Brazilians than Americans died of gunfire in 2010.

    Yet Brazil’s 2010 tally, 34,300 deaths, was significantly lower than its gun fatalities in 2003 (39,284), when the government enacted major gun-control regulation. I asked Brazilian political scientist Antonio Bandeira, who coordinates the arms-control program of Viva Rio, a nongovernmental organization in Rio De Janeiro, how the campaign for gun regulation succeeded in Brazil.

    (This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.)

    Question: What was the political context and background before the gun control campaign?

    Answer: Until 2003, like your Congress, our legislature was against any changes in our permissive gun laws, which were an inheritance from the former military regime. (Brazil is the world’s fourth largest exporter of small arms and light weapons.) Many Brazilian politicians have their election campaigns financed by the gun lobby, and others retain the machismo mentality that associates guns with masculinity. So changing gun laws was not going to be easy.

    Read on:

    • Ametia says:

      These MOFOs are not going to go down without pulling out all the stops. Ginning UP WHITE FEAR , using the negroes to do it.Race wars, be DAMNED.

  7. Ametia says:

    LOL This clown, McGrumpy is clamoring for the spotlight. Can’t have Ayn Rand Paul, taking the attention away from him and Ms. Lindsey!

  8. Ametia says:

    In Mississippi, death of politician Marco McMillian stirs old civil-rights fears
    By Anne Hull,
    Published: March 8

    In Clarksdale, Miss. — When Marco McMillian decided to move back to his home town and run for mayor, the 33-year-old aspiring candidate knew he needed the blessing of the silver-haired oligarchy that ruled quietly from church pews. It was familiar turf for McMillian, who grew up singing in the choir at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church a half-mile from his small house near the railroad tracks in this grindingly poor city in the Mississippi Delta.

    He went to see Bertha Blackburn, an 89-year-old pillar of Metropolitan Baptist Church, laying out his ideas for fixing the schools and creating jobs.

    • rikyrah says:

      this young man was lynched,, plain and simple. don’t care if they got a slave catcher to do it for them…it’s the same result.

  9. Ametia says:

    This series on Mr. Cash has been phenomenal. Where else can you attend these kinds of concerts in the luxury of your own home. Thank you, Rik.

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Lewis Powell Memo – Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy
    Blogpost by Charlie Cray – August 23, 2011 at 11:20 Add comment Greenpeace has the full text of the Lewis Powell Memo available for review, as well as analyses of how Lewis Powell’s suggestions have impacted the realms of politics, judicial law, communications and education.

    Forty years ago today, on August 23, 1971, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that describes a strategy for the corporate takeover of the dominant public institutions of American society.

    Powell and his friend Eugene Sydnor, then-chairman of the Chamber’s education committee, believed the Chamber had to transform itself from a passive business group into a powerful political force capable of taking on what Powell described as a major ongoing “attack on the American free enterprise system.”

    An astute observer of the business community and broader social trends, Powell was a former president of the American Bar Association and a board member of tobacco giant Philip Morris and other companies. In his memo, he detailed a series of possible “avenues of action” that the Chamber and the broader business community should take in response to fierce criticism in the media, campus-based protests, and new consumer and environmental laws.

    Environmental awareness and pressure on corporate polluters had reached a new peak in the months before the Powell memo was written. In January 1970, President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act, which formally recognized the environment’s importance by establishing the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Massive Earth Day events took place all over the country just a few months later and by early July, Nixon signed an executive order that created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Tough new amendments to the Clean Air Act followed in December 1970 and by April 1971, EPA announced the first air pollution standards. Lead paint was soon regulated for the first time, and the awareness of the impacts of pesticides and other pollutants– made famous by Rachel Carson in her 1962 book, Silent Spring – was recognized when DDT was finally banned for agricultural use in 1972.

    The overall tone of Powell’s memo reflected a widespread sense of crisis among elites in the business and political communities. “No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack,” he suggested, adding that the attacks were not coming just from a few “extremists of the left,” but also – and most alarmingly — from “perfectly respectable elements of society,” including leading intellectuals, the media, and politicians.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Lachin Hatemi: Spirit of 1968 is Dead at University of Kentucky

    inShareBy Lachin Hatemi M.D.

    In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history with their black power salute. As world class athletes, they used the Olympic platform to protest the mistreatment of black people. Early in John Carlos’ life he desired to be a swimmer, not a runner, but most swimming pools were open exclusively to the white elite. Mr. Carlos found his calling in running because it did not require access to costly facilities that were off-limit to blacks like swimming.

    During that same time period, the University of Kentucky was experiencing its own racial revolution. In 1967, one year before the Mexico City Olympics, Greg Page and Nat Northington were the only two blacks on the University of Kentucky’s football team. In fact, Northington became the first African American to play in a South Eastern Conference (SEC) football game. Although Northington was able to break the color barrier wearing the Wildcats uniform, Greg Page was not so fortunate. He was injured during practice by his white teammates and died six weeks later from a paralyzing neck injury before he had the opportunity to play in a game. After the death of Page, Northington transferred from the University of Kentucky probably because he did not want to share the fate of Page.

    No white teammates were punished for the death of Greg Page. In fact, the incident which amounted to a veritable lynching was never investigated. It was instead “white washed” like so many other incidents of racism and hate over the years at University of Kentucky.

    Times have changed…Or have they?

    In 2012, the University of Kentucky’s basketball team’s five starters were all African Americans. This dream team would go on to win the NCAA Championship. In most sports, UK has seemingly come a long way when it comes to including African Americans. It remains a popular destination for many black high school athletes.
    Elite black athletes continue to enrich institutions like University of Kentucky. These student-athletes are rewarded with stipends and scholarships, in compliance with NCAA regulations; they in return generate fortunes for their universities. What many do not understand is that University of Kentucky’s generosity toward some of their athletes does not extend to the general black student population.

    Contrary to popular beliefs, affirmative action is not working and black students are not receiving fair treatment at these institutions. The problems faced by black students attending University of Kentucky are alarming.

    Like many others, the Lexington-Fayette County of Kentucky Chapter of the NAACP recently questioned the University of Kentucky Medical School’s policies towards its treatment of black medical students. The University of Kentucky administration consistently denied access to vital statistical data about its minority student recruitment outside of their athletic programs. Here is the shocker – the numbers are outrageous and UK does not want you to know the facts.

    The University of Kentucky Medical School is the center controversy concerning their admission, retention, graduation, and treatment of Black students. Limited data available to general public suggests that more than 70% of black medical students at the University Kentucky are excluded from receiving state and endowment based scholarships. A great majority of black students are asked to pay more than $53,000 per year in tuition, one of the highest tuition rates in the nation for a medical school. Meanwhile, the average white student from Kentucky pays approximately $23,000-$25,000 for the same education. And if one is lucky to be an offspring of a UK administrator, you can also benefit from reduced in-state tuition (even if you never lived a day in Kentucky prior to medical school).

  12. rikyrah says:

    Essence Editor Says She Was Fired; “It wasn’t what I expected at all”

    It seems that Essence Magazine is no longer about empowering and inspiring Black women. Constance C.R. White is the former Editor of Essence magazine and she has let the cat out of the bag. She shares that she did not leave the top Black women’s magazine of her own accord but was actually let go because she disagreed with the direction the magazine was going.

    According to White, when Time Inc took over the magazine, which was previously Black owned, they increasingly made an effort to “limit the way black women were portrayed.” White says that she disagreed with this new direction and constantly had disagreements with her bosses and they eventually told her that they were letting her go.

    “I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations,” White told Journal-isms, referring to her 2011 hiring. “It wasn’t what I expected at all.

    What needs to happen is the reader is getting lost and the reader has to be at the center. To make their world smaller is unacceptable,” White said by telephone. “A lot of the readers have sensed” what is happening, she said.

    Essence, the nation’s leading magazine for black women, was originally black-owned but has not fared well under Time Inc. ownership, White maintained. Nelson [Martha Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Time Inc.] vetoed such pieces as a look at African American art and culture, and “I was not able to make the creative hires that needed to be made,” White said.

    She elaborated by email, “When was the last time you saw Essence in the community advocating for or talking with Black women?

    “No more T-shirts with a male employee’s face on it being distributed at the [Essence] Festival.”

    • Ametia says:

      Cetainly hope the magazine TANKS, BIG.TIME. It’s “baby, daddy mamas” and foolishness. The mag had done it’s absolute best to make black women CARICATURES. Haven’t had a subscription to that rag in at least a decade. It’s SIMPLE, ladies; VOTE WITH YOUR PURSE.

  13. rikyrah says:

    10 summer camps worth the money

    As the long school vacation approaches, parents face a wide array of choices. Here are some reasonably priced options where children can not only stay busy but also pursue their passions and develop new ones.

    By Jennifer Alsever, SwitchYard Media

    A $2 billion industry

    Summer’s coming, and millions of kids across the country will soon head to camp. With some 12,000 day and overnight camps competing for parents’ dollars, the choices can be dizzying, from traditional sports and wilderness camps to more specialized opportunities to learn new skills such as a foreign language. Parents can pay from as little as $90 for a week of day camp to more than $5,000 for a three-week performance camp in bucolic upstate New York. The $2 billion camp industry, which employs 1.2 million people, is always innovating to come up with new and interesting things to keep your kids busy, and hopefully teach them a few things along the way. Whether the goal is personal growth or drawing out the inner artist, scientist or aviation expert in your child, here are some summer camps that are worth the price of admission.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Creating Ladders of Opportunity

    By Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett

    A child’s zip code should never determine her destiny. But today, a child’s health, educational outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities are often negatively impacted when she grows up in a high poverty community.

    Harlem Children’s Zone is working to change that. This week, I visited this neighborhood nonprofit, with its president and CEO, Geoffrey Canada. I took a tour of the health clinic and library inside their new school building. While I was impressed by the facilities, I was even more impressed by the passionate commitment and energy of Geoffrey and his team in truly transforming Harlem into an environment that allows children to achieve their dreams.

    Since 1990, Harlem Children’s Zone has provided free support for the community through new schools, parenting workshops, a pre-school program, after-school programs and child-oriented health programs for thousands of families.

    The Harlem Children’s Zone offers a comprehensive, neighborhood approach with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, so that every child can graduate from college and have a chance to live their dreams. They’ve seen improvements in children’s academic performance across the board. For example, Harlem Children’s Zone reports that 100 percent of third graders at two of their schools tested at or above grade level on the math exam, outperforming their peers in New York City and New York

  15. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama takes in a concert
    Michelle Obama was spotted Thursday night at a concert by gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Howard Theatre, the Washingtonian reports:

    At last night’s show, where she was spotted wearing a blue blazer and black pants, Mrs. Obama was accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, special adviser to the president Valerie Jarrett, and Dr. Sharon Malone, the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as six others.

    The first lady has been hitting the town more often lately, without the president. She was spotted dining at We the Pizza on Monday and last week, she dined at José Andrés’ Oyamel Cocina Mexicana.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Terry Kinney Joins NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’, Jill Scott Cast In CBS’ ‘Second Sight’

    By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 6:56am PST

    Jill Scott (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) is set to co-star opposite Jason Lee in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Scott, repped by CAA, Shawn Gee and Stephen Barnes will play eye doctor Dr. Callier, the specialist who tends to Tanner’s ocular disease. She recently co-starred in Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias and will next be ween in Fox Searchlight’s Baggage Claim

  17. rikyrah says:

    Obama Pick for Labor Secretary Said to Be Justice’s Perez

    By Hans Nichols & Phil Mattingly – Mar 8, 2013 11:00 PM CT

    President Barack Obama is close to choosing assistant U.S. attorney general Thomas Perez as labor secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter, drawing objections from a senior Republican senator.

    Perez would replace Hilda Solis and ensure that the Labor Department was led by another Hispanic, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters that haven’t been announced.

    As Obama fills out his second-term cabinet, a process that began in January with his announcement of three white males for the top positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, State and Defense departments, White House officials are working to ensure that his cabinet reflects the coalition of Latinos, blacks and women that helped re-elect him, said the people.

    Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman, declined to comment. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, also declined to comment on the possible nomination.

    Earlier this week, Obama announced his nominations for three cabinet-level positions, choosing Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Wal-Mart Foundation as director of the Office of Management and Budget, scientist Ernest Moniz as head of the Energy Department, and Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, where she’s been an assistant administrator.

    Perez, 51, has headed the civil rights division at the Justice Department since 2009.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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