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  1. rikyrah says:

    Friday, April 5, 2013What Can the Browns Do For Us

    I’ve been struggling with how to get a hook for this piece about white privilege without repeating what I wrote two months ago. While I was thinking about what I was going to write, I learned that Roger Ebert had passed away. Richard Roeper said when it was time to write, Roger would just start writing, so taking that to heart, here’s my latest.

    In my previous piece I took Joan Walsh and David Sirota to task for being dismissive at best and down right bitchy at worst to Goldie Taylor. Ms. Taylor for the uninitiated is a commentator on MSNBC, a former Marine, a mother and brand new grandmother, who also happens to be black.

    After taking a firestorm of criticism for that work, Ms. Walsh seemed to walk back some things, (easier to ask forgiveness no doubt), and it seemed like the point that white privilege is alive and well was understood by her and other liberal pundits.

    Then came yesterday, Walsh penned a piece that drips with the privilege that she seems to revel in. In it she bemoaned the shrinking white hegemony in the Democratic party, stating falsely that whites will be a minority by mid century.

    Population estimates predict that all minorities combined will be around 52%, whites will be 48%. When you break out the numbers after Whites, Hispanics will be around 20% Blacks around 12%. If you’re not a complete moron you’d see that 2.5 times as many Whites as Hispanics and 4 times as many Whites as Blacks DOES NOT MAKE WHITES A MINORITY.

    Walsh went on to discuss the coalition that got President Obama elected and highlighted the fact that the coalition stayed home in 2010. She didn’t mention that professional lefties like her actively encouraged people to stay home to teach the President a lesson. Again, teaching the black President a lesson by sabotaging his agenda because it’s not yours reeks of privilege

    She even gave insightful instruction on how to talk to “America’s newest minority”. My guess is that she doesn’t know how people of color should speak to her if they’re not turning down her bed or dusting her mantle (that’s not a euphemism).

    To be fair she did admit that white privilege exists but she likened it to other types of privilege, completely missing the point about the pervasiveness of white privilege by acting privileged! Of course when this was pointed out to her on Twitter by another woman of color that I admire, Imani Gandy, it was sloughed off as “ironic snobbery”.

    Now if we’re keeping score at home, Walsh has been dismissive of the valid concerns of Goldie Taylor, Imani Gandy, and Melissa Harris-Perry, and those are just instances that I’m aware of. I’m sure there are others. I just couldn’t find any in which liberal white women were dismissed thusly.

    If the column on the poor oppressed white folks wasn’t bad enough, late yesterday she led the charge in being outraged and aghast that President Obama called Kamala Harris the California AG “by far the best looking Attorney General”.

    It my have been a poor choice of words, but of course Walsh and her many supporters hectored the President about it until last night, according to his press secretary, the President called Harris and apologized for all the attention the comment garnered.

    It seems that Ms. Walsh and her cohorts in the elite liberal punditry have no problem holding men, especially the President, to account for objectifying women. Odd that they are silent when that woman happens to be a 9 year old black girl. Walsh and other so called feminists barely spoke up when the Onion tweeted an insult of Quvenzhané Wallis.

    I find it beyond insulting that the same people outraged that the President dare call a pretty woman, “the best looking AG” sat idly by as Wallis was called a c—.

    See that’s what privilege is all about, you can’t take up the cause for a 9 year old girl because after all it was a “joke”, but you can sure as fuck jump down Blacky O’s neck when he does something you disapprove of

  2. rikyrah says:

    another good comment:

    TresL >

    Amen, sister amen! You and Rhoda both are in my head. I was thinking this same thing yesterday and Rhoda’s comment on the earlier thread started what you just completed. They wonder how did PBO escape their clutches and they don’t like the answer. Ha! They think that all black men want to be with white women. Not only is it not true but I’ve found in my own personal experiences that the lighter the black man is the more likely he is to be with a darker skinned black woman. PBO’s choice is no surprise to me.

    Also, it’s okay for them to treat him differently because he’s black but any time he does anything that confirms his blackness they lose their shit. They are basically saying even though you are black don’t be black!

    As for Zerlina, all I can say is SEEK HELP!

  3. rikyrah says:

    In defense of Barack Obama’s Kamala Harris ‘best looking’ remark
    by Angela Rye | April 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I have never labeled myself as a feminist, but I wholeheartedly support the parity of the sexes particularly as it relates to justice, and fairness.

    The values listed are those shared very clearly by President Barack Obama—as evidenced by his words and more importantly, his actions.

    Let’s start with the very first piece of legislation ever signed into law by the 44th president—the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

    He went on to establish the White House Council on Women and Girls. Most recently, the president signed a re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

    And remember, the president’s two appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States were also women.

    A president uniquely influenced by women

    The president was inspired to ensure parity in the health care system because of the challenges his mother faced with ovarian cancer.

    The president lovingly called his wife the “closer” during the 2008 campaign because of the critical role she played and now, as first lady, she continues to address some of the most important policy issues of our time. The president has openly stated that his daughters have everything to do with his evolution on gay marriage.

    The president has a cabinet full (not just binders, but actual appointments) of women and one of his closest advisors is Valerie Jarrett, among many other key White House personnel.

    Needless to say, the president is influenced by women personally, professionally and politically.

    Take another look at what Obama really said

    I thought it critical to clarify the president’s record before addressing his comments related to Kamala Harris, the first African-American, Asian-American, and female Attorney General in the state of California. She also happens to be a great friend of the president’s and served as a campaign co-chair for Obama for America. Here’s what President Obama said about his friend (read this like one of your friends is saying this about you):

    Second of all, you have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country — Kamala Harris is here. (Applause.) It’s true. Come on. (Laughter.) And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years.

    But before that he said…

    First of all, though, I want to give a special acknowledgement to John and Marcia for the incredible job they’ve done and their great hospitality. Thank you so much. (Applause.) And I must say that if you had a cute baby competition, their granddaughter would have to be an entry. (Laughter.)

    And then…

    First of all, somebody who works tirelessly on behalf of California every day, but also works on behalf of working people and makes sure that we’ve got a more inclusive America — a good friend of mine, somebody who you guys should be very proud of, Congressman Mike Honda is here. Where is Mike? (Applause.) He is around here somewhere. There he is. Yes, I mean, he’s not like a real tall guy, but he’s a great guy. (Laughter.)

    Is there a problem with this? Because President Obama said this on the same day, same event, and same speech:

    And I look around the room — young people — (laughter) — kind of vaguely know, yes, Jackie Robinson — (laughter) — first African-American baseball player. His widow was there, Rachel Robinson, who’s gorgeous and 90, but looks better than I do — (laughter) — and could not be more gracious.

    Or how about this? Also, same day, same event, and same speech:

    That’s why we do what we do. That’s why I do what I do — for Malia and Sasha, and all the Malias and Sashas out there, I want to make sure we’re doing right by them.

    Let’s drop the sexist talk

    President Obama was at a fundraiser. He was comfortable among friends. I am choosing to believe the best of the president of the United States of America.

    The same president who has championed women’s rights by signing bills into law to protect us, issuing executive orders to strengthen us, and appointing women like you and me to make a difference has a record that screams the exact opposite of sexism.

    Oh…and did I mention at the fundraiser the night before the president articulated how critical it was to him to have Nancy Pelosi return as Speaker (not to mention he called her grandkids gorgeous)?

    She, too, like Harris is a brilliant woman. Let’s drop this sexist talk about the president and get back to the real issues.

  4. rikyrah says:



    And I’m telling y’all though, like I said yesterday, this is ALL about the race of the woman he complimented. It’s just like they hate when he goes on and on about how beautiful his wife is. It’s why they hate that he calls his daughters beautiful. They are mad that he ain’t checking for their white asses. That’s all it comes down to. That’s what all this outrage is about. And it bothers them even more so because he is biracial and has dated white women in the past. And they can’t get over, that this man with a white mother, chose to marry a black woman, and have black babies. They can’t stand that he dated white women and chose to marry a black one. They can’t stand that when he was with that one white chick, who was so sprung she had all his letters even 30 years later, he actually described his dream woman to her and the white girl could sense he was talking about a sista!! The can’t stand that he used his white girlfriend for a place to stay! They can’t stand that when she told him she loved him, all he said to her was “thank you” and yet he treats black Michelle like a fucking queen, declaring his love for the entire world to see!!

    They can’t stand that he admires black beauty. So they bitch when he calls Kamala good looking. Because they know deep down, their white asses most likely would never even catch his eye..

    • Ametia says:

      Speak on it. And they can inject those lips, lift those hips, and tan that skin til the cows jump over the moon. PBO’s go his Chocolate delight, Al Naturale! FLOTUS. Suck it up, BITCHES!

  5. rikyrah says:

    Another moment of real clarity in the fiscal debate

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    You’ll be startled to hear that John Boehner has declared that Obama’s budget offer of Chained CPI, Medicare cuts that include means testing, and other spending cuts is not good enough:

    “If the president believes these modest entitlement savings are needed to help shore up these programs, there’s no reason they should be held hostage for more tax hikes,” Boehner said in a statement. “That’s no way to lead and move the country forward.”

    The curious thing about this is that Republicans previously said they wanted these things as proof that Obama is “serious” about cutting spending. In late December, a Boehner aide told Bloomberg News that the Speaker wanted Chained CPI more than other entitlement cuts, such as raising the Medicare eligibility age, as the two were negotiation over a possible cuts-for-revenues swap to avert the fiscal cliff.

    And in late November, Mitch McConnell explicitly told the Wall Street Journal that if Obama offered entitlement changes such as Chained CPI and Medicare means testing, Republicans would consider new revenue. He actually said this: “those are the kinds of things that would get Republicans interested in new revenue.”

    Apparently none of this remains operative. And so we have a moment of clarity in this debate once again: There is literally nothing that Obama can offer Republicans — not even things they themselves have asked for — that would induce them to agree to a compromise on new revenues.

    And of course, whatever you think of Chained CPI — I oppose it and think it is terrible policy — providing this moment of clarity is one of the reasons Obama offered these cuts in his new budget. The idea is to demonstrate once again that one party is willing to compromise to replace the sequester and reduce the deficit, and other isn’t. As a clarifying moment, this rivals what we saw earlier this year, when Republican leaders finally admitted openly that there was no ratio of new spending cuts to new revenues that would be acceptable to them. Today’s GOP response to the Obama budget, should, in theory at least, bring this clarity into even sharper focus.

    Indeed, as Jonathan Chait notes, commentators who tend to blame both sides evenly or even fault Obama for failing to “lead” Republicans out of their intransigence are taking notice of this new offer and seeing it as a genuine effort to compromise. One hopes there will be more commentary like this, and as the sequester kicks in, such Beltway chatter could seep into local news coverage around the country and start conveying clearly to voters that Republicans are to blame for whatever sequester pain they’re feeling.

  6. Ametia says:

    The poutragers and winguts heads are EXPLODING. LOL

  7. Ametia says:

    He be FLAMIN’

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Why Obama wants a Grand Bargain

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The news of the morning is that President Obama will propose a budget next week that includes specific cuts in Social Security and Medicare along with new revenues — an effort to bring Republicans back to the table for a “Grand Bargain” to replace the sequester.

    The entitlement cuts include Chained CPI for Social Security and a combination of means testing and provider-side cuts on Medicare, in addition to other spending cuts, which will anger liberal Democrats. Chained CPI is a fancy way of describing what is a real benefits cut. The budget seeks $580 billion in new revenues via closing loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and oil and gas companies. There will reportedly be some new spending offset by money raised elsewhere — which is designed to prove that you can reduce the deficit and spend to prime the economy and help the middle class at the same time.

    At a certain level, this shouldn’t surprise anybody. On entitlements, Obama is merely reiterating what he’s previously offered John Boehner, and it has long been clear that this offer is still on the table. Many liberals have long suspected that Obama actively wants to cut entitlements. So here is my understanding of White House thinking on why a Grand Bargain is a good outcome.

    Obama and his advisers don’t necessarily view Chained CPI as good policy. But they think a Grand Bargain is ultimately a better outcome than continued sequestration, and the only way to the former is to peel off individual Republicans who are open to new revenues. They believe a Grand Bargain is good for Democrats in general, because it essentially would lock in a medium-term agreement over core disputes — about the safety net and about the size of government, and who should pay for it — that have produced a debilitating stalemate in Washington.

    Yes, Republicans would continue railing about government spending, the thinking goes, but no one would listen, since they would have already endorsed a deal stabilizing the deficit. This would deprive Republicans of the ability to focus attention on one of their core targets — Big Government — as a way to avoid grappling with other issues, such as jobs and long-term middle class economic security, immigration, guns, and perhaps even climate change. Reaching a deal on the deficit will force Republicans to confront those problems more directly and to choose between real cooperation on them or continue to calcify as a hidebound, reactionary party incapable of addressing major challenges facing the country.

  9. Ametia says:


  10. rikyrah says:

    And then there were four

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 10:33 AM EDT.

    After Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) endorsed marriage equality yesterday, I figured we might not see any additional progress, at least for a while. There were only six Senate Democrats remaining who haven’t offered their support for same-sex marriage, but all six represent “red” states.

    My assumptions, I’m pleased to report, were wrong. This morning, freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) of North Dakota issued a statement endorsing marriage equality.

    “In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships. I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring.”

    Almost immediately after Heitkamp’s announcement, freshman Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana published a statement saying he, too, supports equal marriage rights for all.

    “In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It is also for that reason that I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we.’ With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.

    The two become the ninth and tenth Democratic senators to endorse marriage equality in just the last two weeks. Of the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus, only four opponents remain: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

    What’s more, to follow up on what we discussed earlier, there are now 53 senators — 51 Democrats and two Republicans — who are on record supporting the right of same-sex couples to get legally married.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Sequestration takes a toll on cancer patients, Medicare
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 11:11 AM EDT

    A funny thing happened on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show yesterday. The Republican host was complaining about a Washington Post report on sequestration cuts hurting cancer patients in the Medicare program, and told his listeners to ignore the news. “All of this is manufactured and made up,” Limbaugh said. How does he know? Because the sequester didn’t include “any cuts in Medicare,” he added.

    And then Limbaugh got a call from a conservative oncologist — in this case, a physician who apparently shares the host’s worldview and has no use for the Washington Post — who conceded that the report is, in fact, accurate, forcing Limbaugh to change the subject.

    Sequestration cuts are affecting Medicare — though not as much as some other programs — and as Sarah Kliff explained, cancer clinics really are turning away thousands of patients as a result of the Republican spending cuts.

    Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

    Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them.

    Kliff talked to one Long Island oncologist who said he and his staff held an emergency meeting earlier this week and decided they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients. “It’s a choice between seeing these patients and staying in business,” Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates said.

    But if Medicare was supposed to be shielded from the sequestration policy, how is this happening? It has to do with how medical offices are reimbursed for medications that need to be administered by a physician — such as those given to cancer patients.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Changing clips sometimes takes more than ‘a second’

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 12:27 PM EDT

    Opponents of new gun laws have struggled at times to explain why limits on high-capacity gun clips are a bad idea. These limits aren’t unconstitutional; they don’t affect hunters; and they don’t prevent Americans from buying firearms to protect themselves. They might, however, help take the “mass” out of “mass shootings.”

    So why balk? Wayne LaPierre argued yesterday that such limits are unnecessary because they’d have no practical value — the speed with which a shooter can change clips is just too quick.

    National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre said Tuesday that there was no evidence smaller magazines would have resulted in fewer deaths at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school where 20 children and six educators were killed late last year.

    “People that know guns — you can change magazine clips in a second,” LaPierre told Fox News. “There’s no evidence that anything would have changed.”

    Actually, there’s some evidence that the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary paused to reload during the massacre, and it changed quite a bit. Nicole Hockley, whose six-year-old son Dylan was killed, said this week, “We have learned that in the time it took him to reload in one of the classrooms, 11 children were able to escape. We ask ourselves every day — every minute — if those magazines had held 10 rounds, forcing the shooter to reload at least six more times, would our children be alive today?”

  13. rikyrah says:

    The right’s lingering ’47 percent’ problem

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 12:56 PM EDT

    Following up on an item from a few months ago, those who saw Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video as a “gaffe” missed the salience of the recorded remarks. The failed candidate didn’t misspeak or stumble over his words; he created a firestorm by giving voice to a far-right ideology that condemns much of the country for being “dependent upon government” and believing that “government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

    After the election, it became fashionable in some Republican circles to not only blame the “47 percent” video for the party’s 2012 difficulties, but also to condemn at least part of the message as needlessly divisive. But just below the surface, the party’s “47 percent” problem never really went away.

    In Virginia, for example, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli published a book this year blasting those “dependent” on social-insurance programs like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and food stamps. This week, another high-profile Republican echoed the sentiment.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Blue dot letters: North Carolina disappearing down rabbit hole

    By Laura Conaway
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 1:48 PM EDT

    North Carolina will not, after, establish an official state religion or declare the state immune from the First Amendment, now that the state’s Republican House speaker has decided to let that one go. On that other stuff, like taxing families if the kids register to vote at college, North Carolina Republicans are going for it.

    Yesterday we heard from a raft of blue dots in the red sea of North Carolina, most of them wondering what in the world has happened to their state.

    @debbieledford: “I wish I could afford to get out of here.”


    @tradebait: “I live in North Carolina. The state is now a great big tea party experiment.”

    @swerver: “yeah, I’m in Raleigh. Traditionally NC kinda maintained their progressive leanings while other southern red states did not. But all that has changed now. We have disappeared down the rabbit hole.”

    @mlenox: “I wonder how this would work for me…my parents live in NC, but I go to college in NY. Still, I’ve about given up on defending my home state to people. Clearly we’re not all crazy, but it seems the small portion of us that have maintained our sanity are starting to get out QUICK.”

    @KtWard: “This is frustrating news, to be sure, but I’m not even remotely surprised by it. . . . Obama’s 2012 loss in NC — despite the DNC’s best efforts to exploit his ’08 win by hosting their convention in Charlotte — also came as no surprise to me. NC has a Blue pocket or two, but all in all the state is every bit as Red as the rest of the deep south. I’m sure the folks in Asheville will have a thing or two to say, but otherwise this will go largely unnoticed.”

    @Russ_Haddad: “As a constituent of Sen. Bill Cook’s in rural northeast North Carolina, I am appalled by the moves made by him and his cronies that are making the Tar Heel state regressive rather than progressive. He is a buffoon, but this is what the voters wanted. Unfortunately, by the time they realize their mistakes it will take decades to fix what they leave behind.”

  15. rikyrah says:

    about Scandal:

    My Huck….My Huck better recover from this..

    and Charlie?

    When my Huck does recover, you’re a dead man.

    David – give it up. The woman is as trustworthy as it’s gonna get. Until you can deal with that threshhold, you can’t become a gladiator.

    I absolutely love Cyrus and James. Cyrus is like, ‘fuck it, it’s my house and I’m coming home!’. I ain’t mad at him. James, stop whining about ‘ you wish he had lied’.

    don’t work like that. you ask for the truth and get the gotta deal with the truth..

    yes, you married the Devil and you still love him. what that says about you is that the human heart is complicated. get over it. He got you a baby and he loves your ass.

    Mellie can’t catch a break…Fitz just can’t stand to see her a little bit happy….he’s gotta come in and try to crush the spirit.

    That Olivia slept with stalker man before she found out – the same night…geesh.

    About Charlie….

    The President told Cyrus that Osbourne was the mole – so he set up the ‘ suicide’ via Charlie. It worked for the REAL mole people, so they didn’t question the suicide. No, I don’t think Cyrus is the mole; he was just trying to help his boss.

    • rikyrah says:


      Olivia, You in Danger, Girl: Scandal Episode 218 Recap

      Yo. YOOOOOOOO! This last episode of Scandal slayed me in a way that nothing of fiction has ever slayed me before. Not even when Mufasa died on Lion King was I this unable to deal. It rendered me so helpless that I couldn’t e’em write this recap last night. It ended and I was throwing things and yelling like a banshee.

      No one show should have ALL this power! Shonda and her team jabbed us and then punched us in the gut and then ended it with an uppercut to the chin. ALL in the last 10 minutes. The threw in so much drama at the end of the show that my last 10 tweets were nothing but WHATTTTTTT?? And OHMYGOODNESS and I CANNNOOOOTTT! Anyway, let’s just get into it.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL James actin’ like a spoilt brat. See Luvvie; you got my tongue all tied up with the lingo! Cyrus just flat out tellin everbody, ANIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

    • Ametia says:

      Lawdy; Luvvie got me *HOLLERING* at her recap. Nobody does it better. I’m rooting for Huck, Mellie, and Olivia. That trio makes Scandal worth watching, IMO.

  16. rikyrah says:

    well, here are two terrific comments from POU about the POTUS comments about Kamala Harris mess:

    Rhoda • 2 hours ago

    Afternoon everyone, I hope everyone’s ready for the weekend because I am for sure going to let loose at 5 tonight, lol.

    I’ve been reading through the thread about the AG Harris flap; here’s my two cents. I think a whole lot of this bitchfest started because the President likes black women, he highlighted an incredibly gifted and powerful black woman, and then pointed out her beauty and humanity and called her a good friend. The friendship part gets lost every time; these people took a throw away compliment and blew it up for one reason. It irked them. It just cut them to pieces and these feminists and liberals won’t be able to tell you why; I know.

    Because black woman aren’t supposed to be the pretty ones.

    That’s my two cents. Because, I have never seen this freakout when people labeled the Sec Clinton hot or called her beautiful or the like; but say that about AG Harris and it’s like the world came undone.

    • rikyrah says:

      GOVCHRIS1988 >

      We have to understand out there. There are people out there who really want Barack Obama to fall. I mean, not just the man, but the whole idea. I believe it is no coincidence that 42 is coming out. It shows the first, Jackie Robinson, going through the same shit. People wanted this man to crumble. And he never gave them that opportunity. Its the same here. Liberal, Conservative, whathaveyou want Barack Obama broken down.

      The media itself wants to break Barack Obama down as well. They are bored. Of course, they could report on topical issues, but that requires work. Its better to try and destroy a giant. Why do you think this meme about him “failing” to pass a gun bill or his family taking too many vacations or this new one where he gives a friend a compliment at a fundraiser and suddenly he’s Jack The Ripper. There are just too many insecure Whites and yes, insecure Negroes out there looking at Barack Obama and family and believe that there must be a problem there because we still do not believe that this is ACTUALLY them. It fucks with them too much. It highlights their own deficiencies and they cannot and will not take it.

  17. Ametia says:

    Friday, April 05, 2013
    Here comes Obama’s new centrist budget…much like his old centrist budget
    To progressives, President Obama’s inclusion of chained-CPI in his 2014 budget looks like another case of Obama moving the goalposts on his opponents’ behalf. Yesterday, Jared Bernstein offered this forlorn hope:

    –No chained CPI! No $100 billion more in NDD (non-discretionary spending) cuts! These were both Obama offers to Rep Boehner in a grand bargainy sort of deal during the fiscal cliff squabble in December. Neither should be on the table in the budget. To put them there would be to meet the R’s way too far on their side of the field for no good reason.

    I think I understand the strategy that says “don’t worry, progressives…we won’t enact either of these measures unless we get significant revenues. And that’s unlikely.”

    Tru dat. But my game theory says keep your offers off the table until you’ve got their offers. The problem doing it the other way is that you’re allowing the negotiations to start where you want them to end. There’s the risk that the bargaining starts with with the stuff you’ve put on the table and goes down from there. So the R’s say, “OK, we’re willing to nudge on revenues, but we’re going to need more cuts—beyond what you’ve already given us in the budget.”

    You could tell when you read that that Bernstein knew that Obama was going to do it.

  18. Ametia says:


    Roger And Chaz Ebert’s Beautiful Marriage, In His Words

    Roger Ebert, who passed away today at age 70, married Chaz Hammel-Smith on July 18, 1992. Upon their 20th anniversary last year, he wrote about his love for her

    In a blog post from last year, Ebert wrote passionately about his wife Chaz and their true-life love story. They met in the early ’90s, when Roger spotted her while out with mutual friends, and he was immediately attracted to her, finagling a way to get her card so he could invite her to the opera later that week. They wrote emails to each other, which he still had saved two decades later on an old computer, even though he could not access them. He proposed marriage in a café in Italy, and she said yes. He wrote about how she cared for him during his sickness, calling her “the great fact of my life.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    Here is Luvvie again

    Here’s part of the recap of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    Nene Reads Kenya and Bravo Shades Porsha on RHOA’s Season Finale
    [ 29 ] April 1, 2013 | Luvvie
    Last night was the Real Housewives of Atlanta season finale and I watched the first 10 minutes and the last 10. I only watched enough to see Tommy from “Martin” working with Kenya, thus confirming that he STILL ain’t got no job. The more things change…

    Phaedra is trying to get into the stun gun business. I ain’t mad at her for tryna get her money but DAMB. What happened to the funeral business she was so passionate about last season? And then the workout video. Is she still a lawyer in between all this stuff? Chile…

    Ennehweighs, the part of the finale that really mattered was Kenya’s costume party. She decided to have a “Forever Relevant: Iconic Black Women in Hollywood” costume party, inviting all the girls and telling them who she wanted them to be dressed at. Let’s not mention how Kenya herself ain’t forever relevant and she chose that title. (-_-)

    Kandi was Tina Turner from “What’s Love Gotta Do With It.” Cynthia was Diana Ross from “Mahogany.” Phaedra was Eartha Kitt in “Catwoman.” Nene was Grace Jones as Strangé. And she requested that Porsha be Halle Berry from “BAPS.”

    In case you forgot what that looked like, here:

    That is shade. Halle’s in “BAPS” is not iconic. NAWL! To request that for Porsha is nothing short of the biggest cup of shadeful earl grey tea and Kenya knows it.

    Wells, Porsha decided she was gonna be Halle Berry in “Dorothy Dandridge” and she walked in the party looking AMAZING in this #sequence gold jumpsuit that fit her like a glove. And the moment Kenya saw her, she flipped out.

    Kenya was Pam Grier in “Foxy Brown” and rocked the finest in the cheapest lycra/polyurethane jumpsuit she could find. With a terrible afro and bad makeup. She was HEATED when Porsha walked in looking like MONEY. She was clearly outshined and not pleased about it. And instead of just dealing, she tells her to leave for disrespecting her wishes and her party.

  20. Ametia says:

    Why Walgreens’ Decision To Provide Primary Care Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of U.S. Health Care

    From ThinkProgress:

    On Thursday morning, Walgreens became the first-ever chain retailer to announce that it would become a direct provider of primary care services, moving beyond the pharmacy’s current practice of administering vaccinations to diagnosing and treating Americans with asthma, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The decision holds particular promise for Americans suffering from chronic conditions by giving them an easily-accessible “medical home” for managing illnesses that require preventative or ongoing care — and it might just herald the future of the American health care industry.

  21. Investigation: Winter Park police officer made racist remark about Trayvon Martin case

    Lt. Ron Johnson accused of saying, ‘This is why they should be drowned at birth’

    WINTER PARK, Fla. – A Winter Park police officer stepped down after making a racist remark while discussing the Trayvon Martin case.

    Lieutenant Ron Johnson quickly retired after an internal investigation revealed he said, “This is why they should be drowned at birth,” in reference to black people.

    That remark came from the 27-year veteran to fellow officers during a February police briefing when their conversation turned to the Martin case.

    The investigation said the comment was racially derogatory.

    “I think that’s appalling that anyone would say that or think it or believe it, especially in my town,” said Ann Lulow, a Winter Park resident.

    “I think it’s ignorance, just absolute on his part to even utter such words,” said Julius John.

    “Lt. Ron Johnson has been a part of our police family for many years, and to have this occur after an otherwise distinguished career with our department is regretful,” said Police Chief Brett Railey. “However, regardless of the individual and years of service, statements of this type are unacceptable in order to maintain the public’s trust.”

    • Ametia says:

      Ron Johnson hates himself so much that he wants black folks to drown at birth. You’ve got to be one SELF-HATING muthafucka to want a culture of people to drown at birth to justify your presence here on earth.

      • He should have been drowned at birth and then we’d be rid of his garbage. The SOB had no business wearing the badge. He’s a disgrace to the uniform. If people like him & his ilk would be drowned at birth maybe this country could move forward to becoming a great nation.

    • rikyrah says:

      uh huh

      uh huh

  22. Ametia says:

    Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Reviews and 10 Best Zingers
    by Kevin Fallon Apr 4, 2013 6:15 PM EDT

    The venerable film critic died Thursday at age 70. Kevin Fallon curates his finest reviews—from Casablanca to Titanic—and his most memorable takedowns. (Sorry, Rob Reiner.)

    “You slide down in your seat and make yourself comfortable. On the screen in front of you, the movie image appears—enormous and overwhelming. If the movie is a good one, you allow yourself to be absorbed in its fantasy, and its dreams become part of your memories”

    Roger Ebert wrote those words in 1980 for The Atlantic magazine, a love letter to the medium that became his employer: the movies. After a 46-year tenure as film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, several decades hosting a hugely influential television show, a landmark Pulitzer Prize, and countless thumbs in both directions, Ebert died Thursday at age 70.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Roger and You and Me

    By John Cole April 4th, 2013

    For some reason, the death of Roger Ebert is really hitting hard. I was a member of the Ebert club the last couple of years (I was an early adopter for this, and never missed a newsletter), and they were some of my favorite emails.

    Growing up with an aerial antenna (some of you remember that right? You wanted to change channels, you got down underneath the tv and rotated the dial, and heard the vrrr vrrr vrrr as the antenna on the top of your house rotated!) and only NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and Ebert was one of the first real exposures to culture. I remember sitting there and watching Siskel and Ebert with my dad and realizing how many great movies were out there. It reminds me of all the great Sunday afternoons when we would sit and watch a movie on one of the networks, I want to say it was ABC, and there was a gray haired guy (what was his name he had that perfect 60′s-70′s voice) who would introduce the movie and it would only be interrupted by the 70′s and 80′s version of infomercials with 5 minute ads for aluminum siding or new windows.

    I’m rambling, but Roger Ebert was as much a part of my childhood as Walter Cronkite and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and the Disney movie of the week. I can still see my sister Devon sitting there on the floor in her nightgown, with it it pulled down over her legs as she sat indian style with her thick glasses as our dog Ajax relaxed on the couch, the greatest cat in the world Mr. Purr Puff slept on the floor heating vent sucking up all the warmth, and dad sat in his chair. Devon and I were up because we were the older of the four kids and were allowed to stay up and watch the Shaggy DA and Escape to Witch Mountain and all the other memories from my youth, including the unforgettable Disney intro with the fireworks over the castle.

    RIP, Roger Ebert. I love movies, and you made me love them more. You will be missed but never forgotten. I know what parasocial relationships are all about, but still I kind of want to have a good cry when I think about the man and his passing.

    Instead, I think I will honor the man and watch a movie. Were he still around, that is what he would be doing.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Sequestration Castration Nation

    By Zandar April 5th, 2013

    Suddenly, sequestration became a really big deal.

    Just 88K new jobs were created in March.

    That’s well below the 190K that analysts had expected.

    It’s also well below the “whisper” number of 150K

    The unemployment rate fell to 7.6%, amid a drop in Labor Force Participation.

    “Plummet” is more like it, LFP is down to 63.3%, its worst level since ’79. Even worse, there’s the argument that March’s bad numbers will look tame compared to April’s as the sequestration mess really begins to kick in. March’s miss may actually be a result of the payroll tax cut expiring (although consumer spending was up slightly in March.)

    The point is expect more austerity bombing to create more fugly jobs numbers for a while. Hopefully there will be some more upward revisions, but as is, yeah, we’re boned.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Don’t Freak Out

    by BooMan
    Fri Apr 5th, 2013 at 08:17:12 AM EST

    Back in December, Alex Seitz-Wald had a good piece in Salon on the up and downsides of Chained CPI. It’s notable that (with caveats) many progressive people and organizations have endorsed Chained CPI, including Paul Krugman, the Center for American Progress, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The caveats are critically important, as is the political context in which this decision is being made. Paul Krugman, for example, would never endorse Chained CPI unless all the realistic alternatives were worse. The administration is probably thinking along the same lines.

    “While this is not the President’s ideal deficit reduction plan, and there are particular proposals in this plan like the CPI change that were key Republican requests and not the President’s preferred approach, this is a compromise proposal built on common ground and the President felt it was important to make it clear that the offer still stands,” one senior administration official told The Hill…
    “The president has made clear that he is willing to compromise and do tough things to reduce the deficit, but only in the context of a package like this one that has balance and includes revenues from the wealthiest Americans and that is designed to promote economic growth,” the administration official said. “That means that the things like CPI that Republican Leaders have pushed hard for will only be accepted if Congressional Republicans are willing to do more on revenues.”

    This cat has been out of the bag for a long time. If you’ve been reading this blog then you know that I told you that Chained CPI would be part of any eventual deal. And I told you that it was least bad thing the president could give the Republicans. So, please, don’t go nuts with the Obama is Hitler stuff. The Republicans probably still won’t take the deal, even if their leadership asks them to. That is because they are crazy.

    But, if they do, it will mean the Tea Party fever has broken and we can haz function again.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Friday, April 5, 2013
    How Many Ways Will the White Right Hate on President Obama for Hosting the Country’s First “Kid President”…Who Also Happens to be Black?
    Once more, this is the President I voted for. He has demonstrated his ghetto nerd bonafides once more.

    I often qualify my observations about Barack Obama by framing them with the language that “he is a President who happens to black.” In moments such as the above, where he took the time to meet with a black 3rd grader who is the “Kid President” and give him a tour of the White House, he is a Black President.

    Yes, this is largely symbolic. But, in a country where if for example you were a black person born in the 1970s in the United States, your grandmother’s grandmother would likely have been a slave, these small moments are potent: they are made even more so by the artifacts and images of Brother King and others which Obama has chosen to adorn the inner sanctum of power that is the Oval Office.

    Obama’s cool pose, his language, and code-switching as he speaks with young Mr. Robbie Novack leave no doubt that the President is a man comfortable in his own skin, and how he has successfully navigated the twisted and often perilous route that is blackness and black masculinity.

    I always try to understand those with whom I have differences of political thought, values, and beliefs. In a basic way, I can almost, note I said almost, understand how the White Right and worst elements of the Tea Party GOP (with their Birtherism conspiranoid fantasies), can quite literally hate the idea of a black man in the White House, living there with his beautiful family, and being so at ease in that space.

    Historically, American governance has equaled white government by law, habit, and tradition. Obama and his family’s presence is a smack in the fact of that standing-rule.

    President Obama’s effortless grace is impressive. How his detractors among the conservative media establishment, the Tea Party brigands, and the racially resentful White Right in mass, will inevitably find a way to smear and detract from a precious and innocent moment when President Obama entertained the country’s Kid President will reveal once more how existentially ugly and bigoted those folks actually are.

    Again, I understand. When one has power they are forever fearful of losing it…it warps the mind. And when one has lived a life where to be “American” is synonymous with a certain type of “whiteness,” the idea of a black man, his family, and guests being n the White House, living as American royalty, is too much to reconcile. The cognitive dissonance among some on the Right about these matters is more than I care to try to understand or process because I love my sanity.

    The rage is their fuel and political meth. How many of them are going to hit the proverbial pipe as they watch the Kid President and Barack Obama’s tour of the White House?

  27. rikyrah says:

    Florida’s Nelson creates marriage-equality majority in Senate

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Apr 5, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    After Sen. Tom Carper (D) of Delaware endorsed marriage equality earlier this week, speculation turned to which Senate Democrat would be next. Dave Weigel predicted Bill Nelson of Florida, while I guessed Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Dave was right.

    Florida Sen. Bill Nelson reversed his opposition to gay marriage on Thursday, joining a swell of moderate Democrats to do so recently as public support for gay marriage has grown.

    Nelson, a Protestant who last week insisted marriage should be between a man and a woman, said he concluded that stance was inconsistent with the beliefs embedded in the Declaration of Independence and his faith.

    In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Nelson, “If we are endowed by our creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by gays and lesbians? Simply put, if the Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn’t, and I won’t.”

    The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise given that Nelson said largely the opposite literally last week, but nevertheless, the Floridian becomes the eighth Democratic senator to endorse marriage equality in just the last two weeks. At this point, only six of the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus have not yet endorsed marriage equality: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

    What do they all have in common? They’re red-state Democrats.

    Also note, Nelson’s announcement carries some additional weight, because an important threshold has been crossed.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Overall Black Unemployment Rate DROPS from 13.8% to 13.3%

    Black Male Unemployment Rate DROPS from 12.9% to 12.7%

    Black Women Unemployment Rate DROPS from 12.5% to 12.2%.

    Black Teen Unemployment Rate DROPS from 43.1% to 33.8%

  29. rikyrah says:

    Newt Gingrich: Bring GOP to black districts
    By JAKE SHERMAN | 4/4/13 10:28 AM EDT

    Newt Gingrich said Thursday that he is involved in an effort to bring Republican members of the House to black districts around the country.

    Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, said he has spoken with Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the House Republican Conference about the idea, and the group is “slowly gaining ground.” Univision has offered to host town hall meetings for the GOP district visits, Gingrich said.

    It’s important because when you go out, and you’re standing in a room and you’re looking people in the face you begin to realize the limitations of what you can and can’t say and you begin to realize how they hear it,” Gingrich said at a breakfast sponsored by the National Review in their offices on Capitol Hill

    Read more:

  30. rikyrah says:

    no Scandal Recap yet from Luvvie, but this is there:

    Kid President Meets the Real President. I’m Verklempt.

    Kid President is a 9-year old boy named Robbie Novak who manages to have more compassion and optimism in his little body than most of us can muster up. And he’s inspiring and adorable and just awesome.

    I was introduced to him through this pep talk he gave us all, telling us to wake up and change the world and dream and “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

    Well, he finally met President Barack Obama when he was invited to the White House and this amazing video happened.

    ’m totally not crying! My eyes are just sweating a little. SHARRAP!

    I just love this so much. First of all, that super awesome hand shake he first gave the President. Aawwww childhood enthusiasm! And then the tour around the Oval Office. And then when he asked “How can kids and grown-ups work together to change the world?” and Prez Obama gave him a speech on treating folks fairly. He talked TO him and not at him. Their interaction is just adorable.


    This is just the cutest thing I’ve seen in such a long time. It touched me all in my heartspace and gave me the warm and fuzzies. Kid President is awesome and our President is awesome for inviting him to the White House. And the fact that he even got the opportunity to be there and see someone who looks like him. Just powerful.

    Honestly, there’s so much terrible news in the world and people acting like they lost all their minds and folks just being monsters. We need more things like this to give us hope. I am HERE for this vid!

    I just… I’m verklempt. Y’all talk amongst yourselves. *bites fist*

    And tell me whatcha thought bout the video

  31. rikyrah says:

    TJ Holmes@tjholmes
    How depressing is this: 1 out of 9 black children has a parent in prison. — AG Holder #NAN

  32. Ametia says:


    Op-Ed Guest Columnist
    He Wears the Mask


    The present darling of the right wing, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is a distinguished neurosurgeon who went from the depths of Detroit poverty to the heights of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But his current status among conservatives isn’t so much rooted in Carson’s redemptive rise from rags to respectability, as it is in the belief that he is, in the long winter of Obama, the one they’ve been waiting for.

    Last week, Carson came under attack for comparing advocates of same-sex marriage with advocates of bestiality and the North American Man/Boy Love Association. He then cast himself as a victim of political correctness, besieged by white liberals — “the most racist people there are” — who could not countenance his heterodoxy and wanted to keep him on the “plantation.”

    Read on:

  33. rikyrah says:

    for my Scandal fans..

    Per Shonda Rhimes herself:

    @shondarhimes 5m
    I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHEN SHOWS AIR. I do not have anything to do with the fact that we are not on for 3 weeks. #donottweetmeyourcrazy

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Scandal was off da CHAIN last night. Olivia slept with Jake and discovered the cameras.. Huck, beaten and locked up in a wooden box.. He’s one poor tortured soul… I

      ‘ll stop here. I need to have high octane fuel like Luvvie to comment on th is show

      Whew Lawdy!

  34. Ametia says:

    The U.S. economy adds 88,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate at 7.6 percent

    U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market’s path back to health will be uneven.

    The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent.

    Read more at:

  35. Ametia says:

    Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu was found in pigeons, state-run media Xinhua reported today.

    The H7N9 virus, or bird flu, has killed six people. It had not previously been found in humans until 14 cases were reported in China this week — all in a coastal area of eastern China.

    No cases of human-to-human transmission have been confirmed so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Atlanta, says it’s working closely with Chinese authorities to find the source of the human infections.

  36. Ametia says:

    Is this the best the GOP can come up with?
    By Eugene Robinson,

    Published: April 4

    I think I’ve figured it out. Republicans must be staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security.

    That’s the only possible explanation for some of the weirdness we’re seeing and hearing from the GOP. The party must be waiting to come out with its real candidates and policy positions at a moment when unsuspecting Democrats are in the vulnerable position of being doubled over with laughter.

  37. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-) Ametia’s coming around from the flu. It kicked my ASS. LOL

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