Tuesday Open Thread | Michael Rose | Reggae Week

michael_roseFor over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.

Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae’s first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn’t begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica’s hotel circuit.

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  1. Breaking Politics ‏@breakingpol2m

    CNN projects Elizabeth Colbert Busch wins Democratic primary in South Carolina special election http://bit.ly/10faWdn

  2. rikyrah says:

    anyone watching what’s going down in Cyprus?

    or what did NOT go down.


    Gartman Warns Cyprus: One Does Not Steal Russian Mafia Money And Get Away With It
    Mamta Badkar

    Uncertainty over the Cyprus bailout deal continues as the government delayed the bailout vote till Tuesday.

    The biggest point of contention is the tax on depositors.

    The first version of the plan was to tax depositors in Cypriot banks 10 percent on deposits of over €100,000, and 6.75 percent for deposits lower than that.

    But the outcry over the levy prompted Cyprus’ government to renegotiate the plan. Under the new plan, depositors with under €100K would be taxed 3 percent, those between €100 – €500K will be taxed 10 percent, and those with over €500K will be taxed 15 percent.

    Following this, news emerged of the losses to Russian depositors. And there have been some reports suggesting that Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is happy to see those depositing their money offshore punished.

    But in his latest note, Dennis Gartman discusses the presence of Russian money:


    “The Russians… legal and illegal… loved Cyprus for the reasons noted above, not the least of which was the tiny 4% corporate tax rate there. Who would not like that rate? It attracted money relentlessly, with the Russians leading the way. Criminal money especially was attracted to the secrecy laws, sending money to the island to have it “washed” and then either left there on deposit, or returned to other banking centers for “investment” abroad, but “washed” thoroughly and made nearly impossible to be followed and tracked. It was an enterprise that worked to the benefit of the Cypriot government and to the Russians, despite the comment by the new President, Mr. Anastasiades, that Cyprus was and is “not complacent about money laundering.”

    Gartman refers to the levy as a “theft.” He also says Cyprus has now “angered the people in the world you’d least wish to anger.”

    “One could only laugh as such a comment; of course Cyprus was complacent about laundering. To think otherwise was and is naïve. Ah, but now you’ve stolen Russia money… or soon shall depending upon the vote in the Cypriot parliament… and that is dangerous… very. One does not steal Russian mafia money and get away with it. There are fewer statements of fact that are more certain, more factual, more unyielding than this statement. Russian Mafia figures do not take well to being stolen from, and they take even less well to be made fools of. We see no reason to mince words at this point: People will be hurt over this decision; some shall be killed.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/gartman-cyprus-stealing-russian-money-2013-3#ixzz2O1ztDjrm

  3. Ametia says:

    Chris Mathews is going on and on about IRAQ! No mentioning the big fat WOODIE he got seeing Bush on that aircraft carrier wearing that padded crotch jumpsuit.

    June 06, 2010 12:00 PM
    Tweety Does Full 180 on Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment
    By Heather

    Speaking Of Unseemly Bulges:

    As we watch the distressing spectacle of the cable shows shilling for Junior in these last three weeks, I think it might be helpful to take a trip down memory lane. It was once much, much worse. There was a time not so long ago when the boys and girls in the press were panting and moaning and fidgeting in their seats at the mere mention of the TopGun in his Chippendale’s costume.

    May 3, 2003:

    MATTHEWS: Let’s go to this sub–what happened to this week, which was to me was astounding as a student of politics, like all of us. Lights, camera, action. This week the president landed the best photo of in a very long time. Other great visuals: Ronald Reagan at the D-Day cemetery in Normandy, Bill Clinton on horseback in Wyoming. Nothing compared to this, I’ve got to say.

    Katty, for visual, the president of the United States arriving in an F-18, looking like he flew it in himself. The GIs, the women on–onboard that ship loved this guy.

    Ms. KAY: He looked great. Look, I’m not a Bush man. I mean, he doesn’t do it for me personally, especially not when he’s in a suit, but he arrived there…

    MATTHEWS: No one would call you a Bush man, by the way.

    Ms. KAY: …he arrived there in his flight suit, in a jumpsuit. He should wear that all the time. Why doesn’t he do all his campaign speeches in that jumpsuit? He just looks so great.

    MATTHEWS: I want him to wa–I want to see him debate somebody like John Kerry or Lieberman or somebody wearing that jumpsuit.

    Mr. DOBBS: Well, it was just–I can’t think of any, any stunt by the White House–and I’ll call it a stunt–that has come close. I mean, this is not only a home run; the ball is still flying out beyond the park.

    MATTHEWS: Well, you know what, it was like throwing that strike in Yankee Stadium a while back after 9/11. It’s not a stunt if it works and it’s real. And I felt the faces of those guys–I thought most of our guys were looking up like they were looking at Bob Hope and John Wayne combined on that ship.

    Mr. GIGOT: The reason it works is because of–the reason it works is because Bush looks authentic and he felt that he–you could feel the connection with the troops. He looked like he was sincere. People trust him. That’s what he has going for him.

    MATTHEWS: Fareed, you’re watching that from–say you were over in the Middle East watching the president of the United States on this humongous aircraft carrier. It looks like it could take down Syria just one boat, right, and the president of the United States is pointing a finger and saying, `You people with the weapons of mass destruction, you people backing terrorism, look out. We’re coming.’ Do you think that picture mattered over there?

    Mr. ZAKARIA: Oh yeah. Look, this is a part of the war where we have not–we’ve allowed a lot of states to do some very nasty stuff, traffic with nasty people and nasty material, and I think it’s time to tell them, you know what, `You’re going to be help accountable for this.’

    MATTHEWS: Well, it was a powerful statement and picture as well.

    After the segment, Chris handed out cigarettes and ice cold bottles of evian to the panel. But they had rolled over and gone to sleep.

  4. Ametia says:

    It’s about time. Wondering what took them so long.

    Black immigrants to rally at Capitol for reform
    Posted by David Nakamura on March 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hundreds of black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America will rally outside the Capitol and visit congressional offices on Wednesday in an effort to put a more diverse face on the debate over comprehensive immigration reform.
    The demonstration, which also will include African Americans who support overhauling immigration laws, is intended to highlight specific issues–including wage discrimination, high unemployment and family separation–that are particularly acute in the black immigrant community, organizers said.
    The rally, titled “Black Communities for Immigrant Justice,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by visits to the offices of some Congress members, including the bipartisan Senate group crafting a comprehensive immigration bill. The group has invited several Congress members to speak at the gathering, although it is not clear how many will do so.


  5. Ametia says:

    Here come the Clintonista, flunkies.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Until Republicans ditch the Paul Ryan vision, nothing will change

    Posted by Greg Sargent on March 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

    House Republicans are circulating the results of a private poll that supposedly shows that stressing their goal of a “balanced budget” is a political winner for them in hotly contested House districts. Perhaps it is a politically strong message in certain districts, but in an overall sense, this is very revealing about the GOP predicament right now.

    Perhaps the primary obstacle to any serious GOP makeover remains this: The public broadly agrees with Dems about the proper role of government and who should pay for it. Majorities don’t want serious cuts to our major retirement programs or any wholesale recasting of the basic social contract underlying them. Majorities support extracting additional revenues from the wealthy — mixed with judicious cuts that would not radically downsize social programs — to get the country’s fiscal problems under control. They support making the tax code marginally more progressive. But Republicans remain wedded to a dramatically different vision of the country’s fiscal and economic future, one that elevates the Paul Ryan blueprint as the ultimate ideal. Until this changes, no genuine makeover is likely in the area where the party probably most needs it — i.e., public perceptions that the GOP prioritizes the interests of the rich over the middle class.

    The new found focus on stressing “balanced budgets” illustrates this perfectly. As the Politico piece reporting on the new GOP strategy suggests, this message is explicitly designed to avoid talking about the specifics in the Ryan budget. Note this tidbit:


  7. rikyrah says:

    March 19, 2013 1:25 PM
    Near Frontiers of the Fight for Voting Rights

    By Ed Kilgore

    The latest issue of Democracy features a symposium on voting rights, and since we were just talking about the difficulties Democrats will face in the midterms, I’d like to call attention to an article by my friend Jeff Hauser of the AFL-CIO forecasting the battles over ballot access that are likely to continue this year and next year.

    Jeff recounts the voter-suppression fights of 2012 (which in the end went relatively well for the good guys), discusses the voting rights cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and then notes the emerging Republican strategy for the off-year and midterm elections:

    [E]ven if the somewhat unlikely legal winning streak of democracy proponents in 2012 were to continue, it’s also the case that conservatives now have a much clearer sense of what impediments to voting are likely to survive judicial scrutiny than they did in 2011, when the assault began. For instance, Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted tried and largely failed to limit in-person early voting—which is widely believed to benefit Democrats—because his effort made an exception for military voters. A future effort may sacrifice the troops for partisan goals.

    But the savviest conservative strategy would be to resist moves that directly bump up against popular and legal support for the right to vote and to further exploit judicial reluctance to investigate motive

    With the Supreme Court likely to retreat rapidly from past decisions imputing discriminatory intentions to voting practices having a discriminatory effect, Republicans can be expected to make voter suppression efforts appear “color-blind,” and in general avoid the legal confrontations that in 2012 cast a bright and unsavory light on their activities. The “long-lines” issue that the president has tried to highlight since November is a case in point:

    Those [judicial] cases not only undermine the pushback against voter-ID laws, but more broadly empower politicians to aid themselves by making superficially neutral decisions like allocating insufficient funds for early voting or voting machines in poorer areas. It is clear that vastly longer lines for urban populations have not in and of themselves prompted legal scrutiny, which affords Republicans significant leeway for actions—or inaction—that are, ostensibly, racially and politically neutral. Under the nominally neutral principle of “local self-governance,” affluent GOP-leaning municipalities can more readily invest in adequate electoral infrastructure, from machines to voter education to poll worker training


  8. rikyrah says:

    70% of Food Stamp Spending Wasted-Not!

    by Steven D
    Tue Mar 19th, 2013 at 11:41:07 AM EST

    Bachmann has lied – again. I know, you’re shocked.
    Michelle Bachman recently claimed at the CPAC convention that 70% of all the money allocated to the food stamp program goes to government bureaucrats and only 30% to food stamp recipients. Too bad she forgot to check with the the people who actually manage the SNAP program or with the Government’s proposed 2013 Budget. In fact, the salaries for all USDA Food and Nutrition Service employees (166 of whom work for SNAP) account for only “one-third of 1 percent” of USDA’s budget for all of the food and nutrition programs for which it is responsible, including the Food Stamp Program.

    Of the $82 Billion budgeted for federal food and nutrition assistance relief under the USDA for 2013, less than 6% (5.8%) is allocated to all administrative costs, which includes, by the way, state administrative costs that represent 81% of all administrative costs for the Food Stamp Program.

    If, in fact, “Washington bureaucrats” received 70% of that $82 Billion pie each year, they would all be multi-millionaires. Hey, if that were true I’d sign up to work for the USDA in a heartbeat. However, the truth is that working for the USDA will not make you wealthy. As of 2011:


  9. rikyrah says:

    Ten Years Gone

    by BooMan
    Tue Mar 19th, 2013 at 10:19:39 AM EST

    Now that we’ve arrived at the ten-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, it’s natural for people to look back and analyze how things were and how things have changed. I’ve noticed quite a bit of self-flagellation from people in the corporate media who were there ten years ago and either did nothing or participated in the fraud. It’s hard to stomach, frankly, because very few of those people are actually asking for forgiveness. None of them are saying, “You know, it turns out that the liberal bloggers were right and we were wrong.”
    The blogosphere was birthed by a simple phenomenon. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were consuming corporate media and feeling like they couldn’t believe a word of it, and they sought out skeptical sources which turned out to be a bunch of amateurs in pajamas smacking their keyboards in their parent’s basements while they downed bowl after bowl of Cheetos.

    Once enough people discovered that they weren’t alone in thinking that Tom Friedman and Judy Miller were full of crap, they formed online communities. And then they started meeting in real life. And then they started to get organized. And then Howard Dean emerged as someone to rally around.

    The legacy of that is seen all over our political landscape, as progressives have asserted themselves and made significant inroads in getting power within the Democratic Party. The media is better than it used to be. Even some of the old fraudsters have tightened up their standards and become less credulous.

    Where were you ten years ago? When did you discover the progressive blogosphere, and what site served as your introduction?


  10. rikyrah says:

    Killing imagination

    Holy shit! the bloody Bolsheviks are again at the gates, this time disguised as the budgeteering Congressional Progressive Caucus, hellbent on their usual political savagery of godless betterment: creating jobs, rehiring teachers, fixing roads, building schools, expanding child care, addressing climate change, and in general paying the (sooner or later) inescapable tab of necessary government.

    It–the CPC’s budget–is all fantasy, of course. Utter fantasy. That we live not in a perfect or even perfectible world has always been plain to see; however pursuing the best of all possible worlds has been reduced of late to suffering a barely functional one. The trick–indeed rather perfectly performed by reigning wrecking crews, from St. Ronald’s to the Tea Partiers’–was to so badly fuck things up and cheerfully dig us so deep, the populace would settle for mere existence as a kind of programmatic blessing, and in turn curse any fundamental improvements as a utopian joke.

    Yea They Shall Be Led in their unaspiring, lamb-like stagnation by the David Brookses of this increasingly imperfectible world, wooing and cooing that even rudimentary betterments are wickedly unaffordable things conceived only by “hermetically sealed” minds of the Stakhanovite sort. To wit:

    These Democrats [the CPC] try to boost economic growth with a gigantic $2.1 trillion increase in government spending–including a $450 billion public works initiative, a similar-size infrastructure program and $179 billion so states, too, can hire more government worker

    That’s re-hire, mostly, and those “government workers” are mostly teachers to teach your ignorant kids and firefighters to extinguish the conflagration that is otherwise your home.

    But let’s not quibble. That roughly but quite horrifying and unthinkable $450 billion in infrastructure? “Investment planned through 2020 on U.S. infrastructure,” reported Bloomberg yesterday, “will fall $1.6 trillion short of what’s needed to maintain existing facilities, the American Society of Civil Engineers says.”


  11. rikyrah says:

    Charles Pierce voices anger re Iraq War ‘anniversary’

    That is, of course, all bollocks. Keller still writes a column. The Times is playing this on the downlow precisely because it never truly has atoned for its role in a fiasco. The op-ed page still welcomes submissions from people whose work on this most grotesque foreign-policy blunder should have been as definitive a career-killer as were Joe Hazlewood’s navigational abilities.

    I can hardly wait for this week to end. If it’s not Dean Baquet, copping a cheap alibi for his newspaper’s unforgivable malpractice, it’s Richard Perle. who should be displayed in a pillory outside Walter Reed for the next 10 years, being allowed to vomit blood all over the op-ed section of USA Today.

    And let us not forget Perle’s onetime co-author, David Frum, who’s mysteriously been allowed through the tradesmen’s entrance back into the discourse conducted by decent people.


  12. rikyrah says:

    Five reasons why immigration reform is moving forward

    Posted by Suzy Khimm on March 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    If you want to feel even modestly hopeful about Washington, don’t look at the prospects for a deal on the budget, infrastructure, or climate. Instead, look at the state of immigration reform, where real, honest-to-goodness, bipartisan talks have been humming along for months now.

    When the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” came out with a bipartisan framework for an immigration overhaul, there was no shortage of eye-rolling in Washington. Another bipartisan gang? Good luck with that! But then a strange thing happened: The Senate gang started to make progress and hammer out concrete details for a plan—a plan that was mostly in line with the White House’s own ideas for reform. Meanwhile, both the standard-bearers and the upstarts of the Republican Party have begun to echo the call for action.

    Sure, things could still fall apart when the talks shift to the House. But here’s why things are looking up:

    1) We’ve been through this before. The 2006-07 immigration reform talks fell apart, but the passage of time seems to have allowed various stakeholders to cool off and come back to the table to work out a deal. Democrats are more united and relatively less suspicious of the temporary worker programs that raised their hackles the last time around (then-Sen. Obama was among those who voted for an amendment phasing out a guest-worker program), and more prominent Republicans have come around to a path to citizenship.


  13. rikyrah says:


    Boehner and Ryan’s Debt Crisis Flip-Flop


    The fact that the Speaker and Budget Manager both suddenly appeared on talk shows to unveil a new talking point is suspect to me. They have gone out of their way to disagree with the President and rebuff any and every idea he has ever had. The idea that they’ve suddenly seen the light and can freely admit the President is right, just doesn’t cut it with me. They always have an ulterior motive.

    Is it the sequester? While the media has suggested the President cried wolf about the effects of the recent budget cuts, the truth is, it has left many suffering in it’s wake and it will only get worse as time passes. I suspect Republican’s constituents, Mayors and Governors are putting pressure on the Republicans to forget this budget foolishness, as their states, cities and counties adjust to the loss of millions of federal dollars.


  14. rikyrah says:

    grifters gotta grift


    RNC to back Rove tech venture

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:02 AM EDT

    Putting merit aside, there’s quite a bit to the Republican National Committee’s game plan for the next few years, some of it rhetorical, some of it structural. But listening to Reince Priebus and reading the report he released yesterday, it’s clear the party is prepared to heavily invest to close the “digital gap” with its Democratic rivals.

    That certainly seems like a sensible idea. What’s controversial, however, is who the RNC is teaming up with as part of its efforts. The Wall Street Journal reported the other day:

    The Republican Party is working with Silicon Valley investors on a venture, backed by political strategist Karl Rove, to create a digital platform for targeting voters and donors, an effort that is adding to tensions between the party’s establishment and its insurgent wings. […]

    The Silicon Valley venture, led by former Bain & Co. executive and private-equity investor Richard Boyce, with Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy serving as an adviser, is part of a core team working with the RNC to develop a central digital campaign tool that all Republican candidates and organizations can use in future elections.

    The venture has won a prominent backer in Mr. Rove, the former White House adviser, who presented the group’s plans last month to a who’s who of Republican campaign groups…. The Rove-supported venture hasn’t been distilled into a legal entity, and participants say its mission is still being refined. But one executive involved said the intent is to create an interactive platform with multiple applications to digest the GOP’s trove of data on voters, so that campaigns can better identify, persuade and motivate supporters.

    It’s not altogether clear whether Rove has endorsed a tech venture established by others and is now encouraging his party to embrace it, or whether Rove was directly involved with the venture’s development.

    And while those details certainly matter, there’s an overarching question that arguably matters more: why in the world would the Republican National Committee still be listening to Karl Rove?


    • Ametia says:

      At this point in politics, post November 6, 2012, the media, pundits, strategist, lobbyist, coons, buffoons, are in it to collect the BENJAMINS.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The ‘nutters’ push back against RNC blueprint
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT

    Reflecting on the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” Dave Weigel noted that the blueprint “is less a program of reform than a rough blueprint about how to marginalize the nutters.”

    That’s clearly true. The structural reforms are intended to “marginalize the nutters” in terms of their electoral influence; the rhetorical reforms are intended to “marginalize the nutters” in terms of public perceptions of the party; and the policy reforms are intended to “marginalize the nutters” who are pushing Republicans to embrace an even more radical policy agenda.

    At times, Reince Priebus and his report aren’t subtle on this, specifically criticizing “third-party groups that promote purity.”

    With this in mind, the simmering intra-party “civil war” between the Republican base and the party establishment is intensifying, right on cue.


  16. rikyrah says:

    Sequestration undercuts veterans, students

    By Steve Benen

    Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:02 PM EDT.

    We talked last week about the effects of sequestration cuts on the military, which have already led to cuts in the Army’s Tuition Assistance program, benefiting veterans looking for financial aid to get a college degree. It’s not the only military program related to education hurting under the sequester.

    On the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, and scholarships for children of troops who died fighting in that conflict are being cut by thousands of dollars, thanks to sequestration.

    The awards, called the Iraq and Afghanistan War Grants, go to undergraduate students whose moms or dads died “as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11,” according to the Department of Education.

    Awards that have already been established are safe, but as of March 1, the dollar amount for each new grant is being reduced by 37.8 percent from what a student would have received last year. That means young adults will receive up to $2,133.81 less if they apply for a grant for the first time this year.


  17. rikyrah says:

    I’ve been telling you about Luis..like FOREVER.
    totally, completely can never ever EVER trust him

    Gutierrez: Ryan a key immigration ally
    By KATE NOCERA | 3/19/13 11:57 AM EDT

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Congressional
    Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Immigration, said on Tuesday he’s seen a marked change in the way Republicans are approaching the immigration debate — and that he has a key ally in Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    Speaking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science
    Monitor, Gutierrez said he and Ryan would be talking about immigration reform in Chicago in April.

    He said that Ryan “was not new” to the immigration debate but that “like many in the Republican Party, his voice was shut out.”

    Gutierrez said that prior to the election, when Ryan was on the
    ticket as a vice presidential nominee, he ran into Ryan in the House gym where the two agreed to continue to work together on immigration

    “I said ‘So, if you’re vice president, do I still get to call you so
    we can talk about immigration?’ And he said, ‘It’s the first call I expect to get from you,’” Gutierrez recalled.


  18. rikyrah says:

    fabulous comment by Monie and POU:


    This is what I know for sure.

    White emo-progs in particular, like Chris Hayes, will lose all of their moral stoop sitting, standards, and arguments if it means propping up another white person despite every racist, xenophobic, despicable and fabricated bone in their body.

    CPAC’s Best Actor winner Rand Paul can publicly say “I don’t understand gay marriage and really don’t think anyone should advocate for it” and he is “fascinating.” “I ride my bike in commercial to save the planet” Chrish Hayes pretends to take a stand by not attending CPAC because they won’t let the self-hating gay racist groups attend…and yet Rand Paul is “fascinating.”

    Hayes has probably dedicated 345, 271, 567 segments to PBO’s increased deportations of the criminally undocumented ….but Paul has advocated for an underground electric fence at the Mexico border to shock and kill folks, yet he is fascinating. Rand Paul, along with diaper boy Vitter even co-sponsored a resolution to take away the constitutional right of AMERICAN born children of illegal immigrants…but he’s “fascinating.”

    How dare PBO have to evolve on his position of gay marriage, even though he always said he would never sign into a discriminatory law whether he personally agreed with gay marriage or not and has been an outstanding advocate for the LGBT community…..yet decades after the Civil Rights Act, Rand Paul along with this grifting daddy still thinks the worst legislation ever was the Civil Rights Act…how dare the fed govt tell private businesses not to be racist and discriminatory…..and yet Paul is “fascinating.”

    Make no mistake about it, the uptick in white votes in the last election for the GOP was attributed to plenty of folks like Hayes. Don’t be fooled.


  19. Ametia says:


    George Stephanopoulos’ Wife Ali Wentworth Responds To Height Question: ‘He Is 6’7” In Bed

    Let’s just file this under “TMI” — i.e., “too much information.”

    During a recent interview with HDNet’s Rob Shuter, Ali Wentworth revealed that her husband, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, is um… well-endowed?

    After Wentworth explained that she is “very low” on the Hollywood hierarchy, Shuter mentioned that she married “a very big person” in Stephanopoulos.

    “He’s my height,” she said. “He’s 5’7”. But 6’7” in bed, baby!”

    Well, now, thank you. We here at Mediaite will try our very best to watch This Week without that image creeping into our minds.

    Lord knows we’ve also had to learn to watch the Today Show fourth hour without thinking about Hoda Kotb‘s “landing strip” or Kathie Lee Gifford‘s “garden.”


    • Ametia says:

      Even Stevie Wonder saw this coming… Martin and Soledad should pool resources and look into forming their own network.

      They’d get the viewership.

      Black Folks need to step out of the boxes and stop relying on the 2520s to support their CREATIVITY, CULTURE, MORALS, etc. If the passion is there to provide DIVERSITY in news and information, they can DO IT.


    • rikyrah says:

      folks been saying this, like forever.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Blunt vs. McCarthy
    By Steve Benen

    Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:03 PM EDT.

    Just two weeks ago, President Obama introduced Gina McCarthy, an expert on federal air quality law, as his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Given the severity of the climate crisis and the scope of the administration’s policy options, McCarthy is arguably Obama’s “most significant” second-term nominee.

    At this point, however, the nomination is already facing far-right opposition. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced yesterday he’s blocking McCarthy, not because he disagrees with her, but because she currently heads EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, and that office has raised concerns about something called the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project.

    Blunt said McCarthy’s nomination would go nowhere until the Obama administration agreed to provide him with a “concrete timeline for progress” on the project.

    And what, pray tell, is the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project? I’m glad you asked: it’s a $100 million slice of pork in Missouri that even internal Army Corps of Engineers memos have described as “swine” and “a bad project.”


  21. Ametia says:


    LOL That cracka, Sessions got OWNED. Where’s that paddle graphic, SG2?

  22. Cheney: I’d Make Same Decision To Invade Iraq ‘In A Minute’



    Throw him in jail and then see if he’d make the same decision to invade Iraq. A place in hell is reserved for Dick Cheney.

    • Ametia says:


      MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
      The Bible

      I scored a coup by snagging an interview with Satan, who was kind enough to sit down with me for a few minutes to discuss the controversy over the new mini-series The Bible, on the History Channel.

      Satan: I certainly didn’t put them up to it, if that’s what you’re trying to suggest. Anyway, look at me. Do I look anything like President Obama?

      Me: Not at all. As a matter of fact, if you don’t mind my saying so, you look a lot like Dick Cheney.

      Read more: http://www.hopeandchange.net/2013/03/the-bible.html#ixzz2O05wgOxZ

  23. Keith Boykin‏@keithboykin

    NY Times: Republicans have now voted and failed 54 times to repeal Obamacare.


  24. Ametia says:

    Check it out: Library starts lending dolls

    By Christina Barron, Published: March 18

    Saving for an American Girl doll might take months or even a year. But now there’s a way for local kids to bring one home without paying the $110 price tag. Beginning this month, anyone with an Arlington County library card can sign up to borrow one of eight dolls for a week.

    “They’re really expensive,” said Julia Karell, branch manager at the Cherrydale Library. “I hear kids talking about the dolls, and the parents say, ‘No way.’ ”

    Karell said she and other Arlington librarians recently read about a New York City library that was lending one of the dolls in American Girl’s historical series and thought the idea would be popular in Arlington.

    The Friends of the Arlington Public Library bought eight dolls: Josefina (whose character is from 1824), Marie-Grace and Cecile (1853), Addy (1864), Rebecca (1914), Molly (1944), and Julie and Ivy (1974). Librarians then created a kit that would accompany each doll: an American Girl book, a card with Arlington history related to the time period and a borrowers’ journal.


  25. Ametia says:

    White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled
    Posted by
    CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy and Kevin Liptak

    Washington (CNN) – Ticket holders for the upcoming White House Easter Egg Roll are being warned the annual event could be canceled if lawmakers can’t agree on a measure funding the federal government.

    “Because we distribute tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance, we alerted all ticket holders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown. However, we are currently proceeding as planned with the Easter Egg Roll,” a White House official told CNN.

    A person familiar with the ticket confirmations said every attendee received the same cancellation warning on their ticket confirmation, including both members of Congress and those who won tickets through the lottery.


  26. Ametia says:

    H/T TOD

  27. Ametia says:

    Closing military bases: Common ground on the wrong front
    By Walter Pincus, Published: March 18

    There is bipartisanship in Congress!

    House Republicans and Democrats agree they are not going to let the Obama White House cut defense spending by permitting any more reduction in excess military facilities.

    Fact: Nine years ago, the Air Force found more than 20 percent of its infrastructure was excess. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) made a cut of less than 1 percent. Since then, Air Force personnel have been cut by about 48,000 and the number of aircraft has dropped by 500. That’s similar to 10 bases, says one defense expert.

    The Air Force needs to save more money, so it is seeking a new BRAC.

    But Congress must approve it.


  28. Ametia says:

    Last night’s Rewrite was hilarious and scary TRUE

  29. Ametia says:


    Seven U.S. Marines were killed and several others were injured during a training exercise Monday night at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, the Marine Corps said today.

    The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Marines said.

    The Hawthorne Army Depot, about 140 miles southeast of Reno, is used for storing ammunition and weapon stocks awaiting demilitarization. The facility also provides desert training facilities for military units

  30. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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