Thursday Open Thread | Frank Sinatra Week

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Good Morning.

Let’s have some more of Francis Albert Sinatra.

1950–60: Rebirth of career, Capitol concept albums

After two years’ absence, Sinatra returned to the concert stage on January 12, 1950, in Hartford, Connecticut. His voice suffered and he experienced hemorrhaging of his vocal cords on stage at the Copacabana on April 26, 1950.[11][page needed] Sinatra’s career and appeal to new teen audiences declined as he moved into his mid-30s.

This was a period of serious self-doubt about the trajectory of his career. In February 1951, he was walking through Times Square, past the Paramount Theatre, keystone venue of his earlier phenomenal success. The Paramount marquee glowed in announcement of Eddie Fisher in concert. Swarms of teen-age girls had gathered in frenzy, swooning over the current singing idol. For Sinatra this public display of enthusiasm for Fisher validated a fear he had harbored in his own mind for a long time. The Sinatra star had fallen; the shouts of “Frankieee” were echoes of the past. Agitated and disconsolate he rushed home, closed his kitchen door, turned on the gas and laid his head on the top of the stove. A friend returned to the apartment not long after to find Sinatra lying on the floor sobbing out the melodrama of his life, proclaiming his failure was so complete he could not even commit suicide.[32]:458

In September 1951, Sinatra made his Las Vegas debut at the Desert Inn. A month later, the second season of The Frank Sinatra Show began on CBS Television. Ultimately, Sinatra did not find the success on television for which he had hoped. The persona he presented to the TV audience was not that of a performer easily welcomed into homes. He projected an arrogance not compatible with the type of cozy congeniality that played well on the small screen.[32]:439

Columbia and MCA dropped him in 1952.

The rebirth of Sinatra’s career began with the eve-of-Pearl Harbor drama From Here to Eternity (1953), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This role and performance marked a turnaround in Sinatra’s career: after several years of critical and commercial decline, becoming an Oscar-winning actor helped him regain his position as the top recording artist in the world.[33]

Also in 1953, Sinatra starred in the NBC radio program Rocky Fortune. His character, Rocko Fortunato (aka Rocky Fortune) was a temp worker for the Gridley Employment Agency who stumbled into crime-solving by way of the odd jobs to which he was dispatched. The series aired on NBC radio Tuesday nights from October 1953 to March 1954, following the network’s crime drama hit Dragnet. During the final months of the show, just before the 1954 Oscars, it became a running gag that Sinatra would manage to work the phrase “from here to eternity” into each episode, a reference to his Oscar-nominated performance.[34]

In 1953, Sinatra signed with Capitol Records, where he worked with many of the finest musical arrangers of the era, most notably Nelson Riddle,[16] Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May. With a series of albums featuring darker emotional material, Sinatra reinvented himself, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955)—Sinatra’s first 12″ LP and his second collaboration with Nelson Riddle—Where Are You? (1957) his first album in stereo, with Gordon Jenkins, and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (1958). He also incorporated a hipper, “swinging” persona into some of his music, as heard on Swing Easy! (1954), Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956), and Come Fly With Me (1957).

By the end of the year, Billboard had named “Young at Heart” Song of the Year; Swing Easy!, with Nelson Riddle at the helm (his second album for Capitol), was named Album of the Year; and Sinatra was named “Top Male Vocalist” by Billboard, Down Beat and Metronome.

A third collaboration with Nelson Riddle, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, was both a critical and financial success, featuring a recording of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, a stark collection of introspective saloon songs and blues-tinged ballads, was a mammoth commercial success, spending 120 weeks on Billboards album chart and peaking at No. 1. Cuts from this LP, such as “Angel Eyes” and “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”, would remain staples of Sinatra’s concerts throughout his life.

Through the late fifties, Sinatra frequently criticized rock and roll music, much of it being his reaction to rhythms and attitudes he found alien. In 1958 he lambasted it as “sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons. It manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.”[35]

Sinatra’s 1959 hit “High Hopes” lasted on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks, more than any other Sinatra hit did on that chart, and was a recurring favorite for years on Captain Kangaroo.

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  1. Did MSNBC’s President Phil Griffin Not Know What He Had Till Ed Schultz Was Gone


  2. Ametia says:

    Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelling “knaidel” to clinch the title.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Was Chris Hayes a Bad Bet for MSNBC?
    By Chez Pazienza · May 30,2013

    Consider this advance warning: If you’re a big fan of Chris Hayes’s show on MSNBC, or maybe simply someone who laments the tragic dearth of intelligent, thoughtful programming on cable news in general, you may want to start planning your 140-character-long expressions of outrage now. I say this because if things keep going the way they are, Hayes’s All In will be history by the end of the year. Now before anybody loses their mind at me, I’m not saying this because I don’t have an appreciation for the show and for what Hayes is trying to bring to the cable news prime-time landscape. It’s simply a matter of TV physics: If the ratings aren’t there, the show goes away. And unfortunately for Hayes, the ratings absolutely aren’t there.

    When MSNBC made the decision to give Chris Hayes what’s arguably the most important time-slot at the network, I praised both the chance the network was taking on Hayes, an exhaustively depth-prone policy wonk by any measure, and what it seemed to say about the kind of network MS wanted to be moving forward. While it was obvious from the beginning that Hayes is the sort of guy who’s incapable of dumbing himself down to appeal to a broad spectrum, I figured Phil Griffin’s plan would be to create a more workman-like show around Hayes’s erudition, essentially combining unapologetic intellectualism and thorough analysis with the kind of fast-paced production and cleverness that many viewers expected at 8pm on weeknights. When All In actually hit air, I ate my words — because it was clear right off the bat that Griffin’s even ballsier plan for the show that anchored his prime-time was to simply “let Chris be Chris” and let that carry the day. MSNBC had basically just moved Hayes’s previous weekend morning panel show to weeknights and, I guess, hoped for the best. It was an unprecedented show of faith in both Hayes and what he represented as a cable news host.

    But two months after the debut of All In, the audience has yet to come to the often fascinating, yet just as often tedious, House That Chris Built. Granted, two months isn’t all that long — although in TV years it can be a lifetime — but a quick glance at the numbers that are there show no upward trend or forward momentum but rather a big loss of eyeballs. Overall, it doesn’t read or feel like the right audience just hasn’t found Chris Hayes yet; it reads and feels like the audience in general knows he’s there and just isn’t interested. That’s a problem that, for a television executive, simply can’t be overstated. Hayes is sitting on the premier piece of real estate at MSNBC, the show that exists to set the tone for the evening, and if he’s failing — well, he can’t be allowed to, let’s put it that way. No matter how much nominal backing Hayes may have from Griffin and the enlightened beings of the 30 Rock adminisphere, the situation as it stands right now cannot stand.

    All In just delivered MSNBC its lowest ratings at 8pm since 2006 — and an argument can easily be made that the lack of interest in Hayes is bleeding over and infecting both Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, since, again, he’s their lead-in. If you think Phil Griffin isn’t trying his best to stifle full-on panic mode at this point, you truly have no appreciation for how the industry works.

    Alex Pareene over at Salon posted a pretty good little column earlier this week that asked, bluntly, “What’s Wrong with MSNBC?” In the piece, he dissects the recent ratings problems MS has been experiencing pretty much across the board and, as the title suggests, tries to figure out just what’s going wrong for the network. The fact is that it could easily be a somewhat arbitrary audience fluctuation — the kind of thing that happens to most news networks and shows at semi-regular intervals but which TV execs always obsess over in an effort to get to the bottom of the disaster — rather than anything MSNBC is or isn’t doing “right.” The only network immune from occasional viewer ambivalence is Fox News, and that’s because the people who watch it don’t watch anything else, certainly not any other news network. Fox News is like McDonald’s fries: a brand more than a product and something Middle-American fat-asses crave and therefore come back for again and again. There’s never a buyer slump for the crap Fox is selling.

    But Chris Hayes is special among the MSNBC lineup because his time-slot is special and the chance the network took on him is special (also, his ratings slide is especially deadly). Unlike Maddow, who, while an encyclopedic researcher and passionate defender of esoterica, also has a history in broadcasting, Hayes came to the network almost exclusively as a writer. He’s got a print journalist’s demeanor — and his critics could argue, a print journalist’s arrogance. Hayes often eschews the stories of the day in favor of what he believes the stories of the day should be. That kind of idealism is great on weekend mornings — or as the plot of a certain Aaron Sorkin show on HBO — where a half-hour-long panel discussion on the underreported injustice-of-the-day, as determined by Hayes, can work toward padding out the network coverage with meat it could desperately use. But it’s a really tough sell in prime-time, particularly at the expense of some of the stories the host is poking fun at as not being worthy of coverage anywhere.

    I want to see smarter, more cerebral programming on cable, but I understand fully the risk involved in trying to give people what they ostensibly need rather than what they want. I also don’t want to see Chris Hayes fail because, while I don’t always love his show or even like it, there are times that I respect it greatly, and that’s tough to come by in cable news these days. I certainly respect the gamble that MSNBC took by putting Hayes where it did, by going “All In” on him, so to speak. So far, though, that gamble hasn’t paid off. The question now is how long Phil Griffin will continue to sit at the table hoping his luck will change, before finally cutting his losses and cashing out.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Goldie Taylor on Greenwald

    Goldie Taylor


    The notion that your so-called
    intellectual discourse seems exclusively aimed at African Americans in
    the public square is, well, suspect.

    7:09 PM – 30 May 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    It makes me wonder what drives your dissent– policy position or ethnicity…
    7:13 PM – 30 May 2013

  5. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama

    Michael Eric Dyson defends Eric Holder and Emoprog and African American hater Glenn Greenwald goes after the professor. Sickening! #p2
    6:35 PM – 30 May 2013

    • rikyrah says:

      Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama

      Glenn Greenwald mocks Joy Ann Reid, Dyson & Bashir for defending Obama and Holder. He savages them on Twitter. Former Klan lawyer.
      6:42 PM – 30 May 2013

  6. Rikyrah, I’m admiring all of these nice photos of Frank Sinatra. Good stuff!

  7. rikyrah says:

    Tyler Perry recalls President Obama’s words …

    • Ametia says:

      I saw the interview Sunday night. I couldn’t stand watching his new show, though. “The Have and to Have Nots.” NOT gonna be following this show; it was HIDEOUS!

    • rikyrah says:

      found this in the comments at TOD:

      May 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      I saw that interview with Tyler Perry. Beautiful. When he was telling Oprah the story about his time with POB; my heart leaped out and said,” Mr. Tyler Perry, welcome into the space that you were gifted to have. And Mr. President recognized also that he was blessed to be in the space of a gifted young man who can and will change the world so many, many, many, many young men like he and President Barack Obama can dream, work very hard, and spread their seeds of goodness far beyond the tears and laughter of times that still very, very much live in the minds and hearts of some of our aunts, uncles, who lived some of the characters that Mr. Perry writes about from his mind growing up in Louisiana as a young man, and seeing daily some of the hurt, pain, and struggles.

      My great nieces did not live this, but they hear their mothers and great- uncles, and great-aunts tell the history through the lives that we were faced with. However, we always try to show them that there is a way to move forward with lessons to be learned and lives to be changed because people like Mr. Tyler Perry’s gifts are being used to move us forward. ( And by the way, we had to laugh on the porch, in our livingrooms, in the church choir-rooms and cry at the same time. Those moments helped us to heal so many of the wounds from the hurtful pain that we went through.

      I am so elated that I took those aprons and uniforms, and swollen feet of my precious mother and ironing boards of my precious maternal grandmother and precious hands, sweating shirts and shoes of my precious grandfather and moved them onto another space of opportunity to put all of that hard labor to work into another chapter of my life through: math books, science books, English books, P.E. classes, choir classes, government classes, piano lessons, gardening in my grandparents yard, washing clothes, learning how to cook in my grandparents kitchen, setting the table for dinner with table cloths and hard ironed cloth napkins.(I hate ironing to this day.) But in the background was EDUCATION. EDUCATION. You are going to college.

      When I see the maids in one of Mr. Perry’s new shows, I tear up because that was my precious mother. I lived the moments over everytime I walk by her photos in my home daily. But I also see my maternal grandparents photos next to my mother’s and then I recall how sitting on their porch hearing how a young man was dragged behind a truck in front of their home. I paused. Then I look over to the right of their photos and see my brother , my sister’s two daughters, my great-nieces and think on where we travelled inspite of my grandparents and parents experiences and mine, and I say; “I have to smile, cry, pray, meditate, laugh, and work hard to dream like they did because each day I am walking on the stones laid for us to step out on with pride, hard work, and big dreams.”

      So did Mr. Tyler Perry and for sure, so did our 44th President, Barack Obama. I cry with joy to be alive and hear Mr. Tyler Perry share that story with me and the world. His space in the Beast with President Barack Obama. Thanks to all of us who help make that moment possible. Now let the critics write and speak on. That is the freedom we have, but we must not try to break a spirit when we can beautifully see things in a different good way and still be joyful for the creative mind.

      (((((((((((((((((((( Thanks to Chips, we made that moment with Mr. President and Mr. Tyler Perry happen.)))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  8. Ametia says:

    Watching the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee Championship on ESPN. Half of the youth are East Indian

    • Ametia says:

      The kids are fabulous spellers. It’s all comes DOWN TO THE BROWN KIDS NOW Started with 11, now we have 8. Wow, if this doesn’t show how America’s demographics have changed…Kids are winning on meritocracy not aristocracy.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Karl Rove Was Feeding the Romneys False Hope on Election Night

    The Romneys clung to the belief that they could still win Ohio — and the White House — late into election night, even though exit polls across the country showed they were toast, as public polls had shown the week before. Karl Rove, too, refused to believe Ohio was lost, even after Fox News’ own decision desk called the state for President Obama. Whose fault is that? The old story, reported right after the election, was that Rove was relaying the concerns of the Romney campaign on-air that night. But on Thursday, Ann Romney gave her first solo post-election interview to CBS This Morning, and she said it was Rove who’d been calling them that night, reassuring the Romneys they could still win. “About 6 o’clock we started getting a little worried,” Romney said. “Exit polls weren’t terrific and at about 8 o’clock the panic button was pressed.” But a flicker of hope remained, she said, because of a certain Fox pundit.

    Gayle King: Even that night weren’t people still saying, ‘Hang in there, hang in there, it’s not over yet’?” Romney: Yes. King: Who was saying that? Romney: Karl Rove. King: What’d he say? Romney: He’s like, ‘Don’t give up, don’t give up. We’re gonna win Ohio. And, you know, it’s gonna turn around.’ And things just didn’t follow the way we thought it was going to happen.”

    After the election, Rove’s spokesperson told New York, “Karl was in touch with the Romney people after he and Joe Trippi became concerned the call might be premature… It was then he found the Ohio Secretary of State website had roughly 7 percent more of the vote in and the two candidates separated first by 1,995 votes and then by 911.” Romney’s panic-button timeline suggests they were in touch earlier. Either way, it’s a remarkably close relationship between a Fox News analysis and a presidential campaign.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Fed Up With Abstinence Education, High Schoolers In Ohio Are Teaching Their Peers About Safe Sex

    [….] The team of young people — who were selected from a pool of applicants from several Ohio high schools — received months of sexual health instruction from medical experts to help them design a public health plan that targets the zip codes with the highest rates of STD infection.The high schoolers in the program offer weekly counseling at a health clinic located adjacent to a county high school.

    They provide the teens who visit the clinic with safe sex kits that include condoms, information about the Infectious Disease Alliance, hand sanitizer, and encouraging handwritten notes with messages like “Stay safe!” and “Thanks for coming.” The peer educators also travel to different high schools to conduct after-school programs and workshops with youth. They ask their peers to define safe sex in their own words, teach them that a sexual partner can’t give their consent if they’re drunk or high, and refute popular myths like the idea that women can’t get pregnant if they have sexual intercourse while standing up.[….]

  11. Ametia says:


    How about you MOFOS stay home and take care of your kids.

  12. Ametia says:

    White House Memo: 120 Health Insurance Plans Applied To Participate In Exchange

    The White House has received more than 120 applications from health insurance plans looking to sell on the new federal health care exchange, according to a White House memo released Thursday.

    The success of the Affordable Care Act partially hinges on competition in order to keep premiums low, and, according to the memo, “the early signs are promising and demonstrate a significant increase in competition and an array of options for consumers everywhere.”

    One out of four insurers that have applied to sell insurance in the marketplace is new to the individual insurance market and at least one new provider has been added in 75 percent of states with a federally run marketplace.

    The White House estimates that about 90 percent of target enrollees will have five or more different insurance company choices.

    People can start enrolling in the exchanges on Oct. 1. The federal government will fully run the health care exchanges in 19 states and will work with 15 other states to help them run a marketplace. Seventeen states (including D.C.) have opted to run their own exchanges.

  13. Chris Matthews said we should be talking about jobs & not scandals.

    Wait, wait wait… but Chris is the one pushing the scandals.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Drug Problems on Southern Illinois Bench


    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) – Two months after a downstate Illinois judge died of a cocaine overdose, a second judge from his state circuit has resigned, facing federal gun and drug charges.
    St. Clair County Judge Michael N. Cook resigned in a letter to his Chief Judge John Baricevic, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Baricevic told the newspaper that he expected the letter.
    Cook, 43, of Belleville, was federally charged last week as an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm and with misdemeanor possession of heroin.
    Another St. Clair County judge, Joseph Christ, died of a cocaine overdose in March while staying with Cook at a Cook family resort in Pleasant Hill, Ill. A county coroner confirmed Christ’s cause of death last week, Illinois newspapers reported.
    Cook, who is free on $10,000 unsecured bail, pleaded not guilty. He entered a substance abuse treatment facility last week, the Post-Dispatch reported.
    If convicted, Cook faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
    Baricevic told the Post-Dispatch that he believes Cook’s outside access at the facility is restricted, so Cook resigned in a letter through his attorney.
    Cook was elected associate judge in 2007 after stints as a public defender and private attorney. He was appointed to fill a circuit judge vacancy in 2010 and was elected to a six-year term later that year.

  15. Look what the Daily Caller wrote. POS insecure bigots.


  16. rikyrah says:

    Fox Business host: Cut government because ‘no one’ died of starvation before welfare

    By David Edwards

    Fox Business host John Stossel on Thursday declared that government programs should be cut based on the false assertion that “no one” died of starvation in the Great Depression before the modern “welfare state.”

    Stossel told the hosts of Fox & Friends that he had taken his cameras out on the streets of New York and no one he spoke to had any idea about how to fix the nation’s growing national debt.

    “You cut whole departments,” the Fox Business host explained. “Why do we have a Commerce Department? Commerce just happens! Agriculture, farmers do that! You don’t need bureaucrats.”

    He added that the Department of Education was also unnecessary.

    “Isn’t that part of what the government does in a lot of people minds?” Fox News host Steve Doocy asked. “They need to help people rather than let people help themselves?”

    “And when people are needy you want them [to get] help,” Stossel agreed. “But think about the [Great] Depression. That was before there was any welfare state at all. How many people starved? No one.”

    Right, good point,” Doocy agreed.

    During the Great Depression in 1933, then-President Herbert Hoover (R) had told reporters that “nobody is actually starving… The hoboes, for example, are better fed than they have ever been. One hobo in New York got ten meals in one day.”

    But according to historians Steven Mintz and Sara McNeil, the number of cases of starvation in New York City alone had increased from 20 in 1931 to 110 in 1934.

    And malnutrition was a much larger problem. One 1933 study of 514 children in New York found that more than one-third were in “poor” or “very poor” health.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Teen Says Police Overreacted To Incident

    May 28, 2013 6:15 PM

    Dramatic new cell phone video showed a Miami-Dade Police Officer restraining a teenager on Haulover Beach on Memorial Day; and that 14-year-old youngster and his mother say police overreacted when they arrested him.

    But Police said they had to restrain the teenager because he gave them “dehumanizing stares,” clenched his fists and appeared threatening when he walked away and refused to obey their repeated orders.

    Maurissa Holmes used her cell phone to capture the incident that happened late Monday morning at the beach near 108th Street and Collins Avenue.

  18. rikyrah says:


    for this one…I need a LMAO graphic please…..


    Blueprint outlines work former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, others did to prepare for President Romney

    By Jackie Hicken, Deseret News

    Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 7:16 p.m. MDT

    Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and his team were ready for President Mitt Romney’s election, armed with a detailed plan to make presidential appointments and tackle — among other things — the tax code, federal regulations, government spending, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act in his first 200 days in office.

    In the end, though, the effort was for naught as President Barack Obama cruised to victory and a second term in office.

    “Obviously there was a lot of excitement the day before the election and a lot of disappointment the day after,” Leavitt said during an interview with KSL’s Dave Cawley Wednesday. “We were ready. We built a fine ship. Unfortunately, it did not sail.”

    Even though Romney didn’t take office as his transition team had hoped, Leavitt said he believes there’s still a lot that future Republican and Democratic transition teams can learn from their work on the 138-page “Romney Readiness Project 2012: Retrospectives and Lessons Learned,” which is now available for purchase on

    The Romney team’s transition blueprint was the first to be formulated after the House and Senate passed the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, which aimed to provide support to eligible candidates in pre-election transition planning.

    The blueprint “chronicles the key decisions the project’s leadership were faced with, how the organization was designed and how the deliverables were identified and executed,” a news release said.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul and civil rights, redux
    By Steve Benen
    Thu May 30, 2013 2:21 PM EDT

    There was a Senate hearing just last week on Apple using unprecedented schemes to sidestep U.S. tax laws, prompting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to apologize to Apple for Congress bothering the company. And wouldn’t you know it, a week later, Paul took a trip to Silicon Valley, seeking political support.

    Wired sat down with the senator and broached an awkward subject (thanks to my colleague Vanessa Silverton-Peel for the heads-up).

    Wired: Some of your positions on race issues and civil rights have led critics to hold back supporting you on the national-security issues they agree with you on. What do you say to these critics?

    Paul: No. No.

    Wired: Just — no, period?

    Paul: Yeah, I haven’t had any problem. If you’ve seen or read anything I’ve ever written or talked about, you’ll find someone who’s been a great defender of minority rights, a great defender of those who wish to be different, those who are different, those who have different religious beliefs. Those who are of an ethnic group that may be a minority. You’ll find no greater champion of someone who believes that you have rights, privileges and immunities that go beyond what majorities are allowed to do. Most of the bad things that have happened in our country in the past were things where we lost track of the fact that individual rights and freedoms ought to be protected by the Constitution.

    Paul’s apparent discomfort is understandable. It was just last month when the Kentucky Republican spoke at Howard University and lied rather blatantly about his record, while delivering a condescending lecture on historical details he didn’t fully understand.

    But his record is nevertheless clear. Despite his “you’ll find no greater champion” rhetoric, Rand Paul has opposed the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act. He’s also spoken out against the Americans With Disabilities Act and said children born in the United States should not be considered American citizens if their parents are undocumented immigrants.

    Now, it’s quite possible Paul would defend these positions by pointing to his libertarian principles, not his support of discrimination, and there’s certainly room for a spirited debate on those principles. But his record is still his record, and it’s genuinely awful on civil rights. For him to boast about his status as “a great defender of minority rights” only makes matters worse.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Chain Reaction

    by BooMan
    Thu May 30th, 2013 at 01:46:27 PM EST

    There are thirteen U.S. District Courts of Appeal. Some are big and some are small. The Ninth Circuit, which covers the West Coast, serves 61 million people. The DC Circuit represents about 600,000. That’s a technicality, though, because the DC Circuit covers the Federal Government and therefore really serves the whole country. The DC Circuit is considered to be second in importance to the Supreme Court, and its Justices are often promoted to the Supreme Court. For these reasons, the Republicans refused to confirm any nominees to the DC Circuit during Obama’s entire first term, even as vacancies grew to four.
    Their justification for inaction was that the DC Circuit isn’t that busy and it doesn’t need any more judges. I can’t say whether that argument has any merit or not, but the number of seats assigned to each circuit is decided by Congress, and if they’ve assigned too many to DC the thing to do is to change the law.

    As it stands, Congress has assigned 11 seats to the DC Circuit. Three still remain unfilled. Of the eight sitting judges, three were nominated by Clinton, three were nominated by Dubya, one was nominated by Poppy, and one was nominated by Obama. So, the court is split evenly at the moment, but if Obama fills the vacancies there will be an 7-4 advantage of Democratic nominees over Republicans ones.

    The GOP doesn’t want that to happen. But Harry Reid is setting them up. As part of his effort to break the obstruction of nominees in general, he plans to introduce the nominations for all three vacancies and then dare the Republicans to filibuster them. If they do, he’ll go nuclear and (try to) take away their right to filibuster nominations. Then Reid will follow up with the nominations for Labor, the EPA, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and possibly vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.

    But none of this will happen until after the immigration reform bill is dispensed with.

  21. Ametia says:

    Kentucky: North Kentuckians debate restoring felons’ right to vote |
    May 242013
    The Voting News

    Restoring the voting rights to felons ranked among the reforms some Northern Kentuckians would like to see Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes advocate for. Dozens of Northern Kentuckians Wednesday night at Dixie Heights High School told Grimes what they like and dislike about Kentucky’s voting laws. Grimes vistied Northern Kentucky as part of five town halls she will conduct around the state this year to get input on voting laws. Many wore stickers made by advocacy organization Kentuckians for the Commonwealth that read “I voted but 243,842 Kentuckians could not. Restore voting rights to former felons.” A majority of the the 121 people polled online by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University–56 percent–”strongly” agreed with restoring voting rights to felons, while another 24 percent “somewhat” agreed. But Kentucky remains one of four states that requires a gubernatorial pardon to restore voting rights.

  22. rikyrah says:

    McDonnell to expedite rights restoration process for non-violent felons in Virginia
    By Errin Whack,

    Published: May 29

    Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Wednesday that he is waiving the waiting period and automatically restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons who have completed their sentences and satisfied certain conditions.

    The decision by McDonnell, a former prosecutor who has supported restoring voting rights, underscores a long-held position. McDonnell (R) has granted the right to vote to more ex-felons than any of his predecessors at a time when other Republican across the country have adopted more strict voting requirements, including photo IDs and shortened early voting periods.

    When someone commits a crime, they must be justly punished,” the governor said during remarks in Richmond. “However, once these individuals have served their time and fully paid for the offenses they committed, they should be afforded a clear and fair opportunity to resume their lives as productive members of our society. America is a land of opportunity and second chances; a land where we cherish and protect our constitutional rights. For those who have fully paid their debt for their crimes, they deserve a second chance to fully rejoin society and exercise their civil and constitutional rights.”

  23. Ametia says:

    Study: Immigrants Put Billions More Into Medicare Than They Use

    Conservative arguments against immigration reform took another blow yesterday with the release of a new study

    about immigrant contributions to the federal safety net. According to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs, immigrant communities contribute billions more to the Medicare Trust Fund than they use. And since the opposite is true of the U.S. born, immigrants are paying for everyone’s grandmother’s healthcare. According to the data, this will remain true for decades to come.

    The new findings should come as a bit of an embarrassment to fiscal conservatives who are threatening to hold up or derail the immigration overhaul over stated concerns about health care costs. The L.A. Times reported last week that Republicans in the House hoped to include language in an immigration bill that would lead to the deportation of immigrants who failed to pay hospital bills. The new data makes quite clear that immigrants are already paying those bills, and some.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Ex-Felons Seek Greater Voting Rights In Virginia

    Mar 27, 2013

    By Paul Shepard

    Michael Edwards, a community leader in southern Virginia, spent eight years in prison for a marijuana-trafficking conviction in the 1970s.

    But he said he feels like he was punished for more than 30 years — the time it took for him to regain his voting rights in Virginia

    That won’t happen to any other ex-felons in Virginia if a group of civil rights organizations are successful in their campaign to push Gov. Robert McDonnell to provide an easier path to voting for ex-felons who have served their time.

    “These people live and work and pay taxes but don’t have a voice on this issue,” said Edgardo Cortes of the Advancement Project, a voting rights group based in Washington, D.C., during a national telephone press conference Wednesday. “The governor has shown leadership on this issue but now is the time for him to take additional action.”

    In Virginia and three other states, a felony conviction means the automatic loss of many civil rights — chief among them being the right to vote — even after the criminal serves their time in prison.

    But the civil rights groups are pushing McDonnell to bypass the state legislature and automatically restore voting rights for ex-felons by executive order.

    While the civil rights groups and Gov. McDonnell agree ex-felons should have their voting rights restored automatically after paying their debt to society, the sticking point is how to achieve it.

    McDonnell, a Republican, wants the state legislature to act but Cortes says McDonnell has the power to act on his own, which he has been reluctant to do.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Bitch, nobody cares what you think….

    Or that you spent all that money before the election returns came in.

    Sit down and S-T-F-U


    Ann Romney: Public feels ‘breach of trust’ amid White House controversies

    By Adele Hampton – 05/30/13 08:56 AM ET

    Ann Romney said Thursday that there had been a “breach of trust” between the American public and the government, citing three controversies that have placed the White House on the defensive.

    “I think it’s hard, what the country’s going through right now,” Romney, the wife of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said on CBS’s “This Morning.” “I think there’s this breach of trust that we as all Americans feel right now with our government.”

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  26. rikyrah says:

    Bountiful’s” Cicely Tyson Moves Broadway Audiences to Sing Along to “Blessed Assurance”

    Not long after the curtain rises on the second act of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Broadway revival of the Horton Foote play at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, something unusual happens. Cicely Tyson, as Mrs. Carrie Watts, sits on a bus station bench in a small Texas town. She is on the run from her abusive daughter-in-law and henpecked son in Houston, desperate to see the family farm in Bountiful once more before she dies.

    Audience members join in as Ms. Tyson sings “Blessed Assurance.” Overcome with emotion, she begins singing an old Protestant hymn, “Blessed Assurance.”

    From the first note, there’s a palpable stirring among many of the black patrons in the audience, which the play, with its mostly black cast, draws in large numbers. When Ms. Tyson jumps to her feet, spreads her arms and picks up the volume, they start singing along. On some nights it’s a muted accompaniment. On other nights, and especially at Sunday matinees, it’s a full-throated chorus that rocks the theater.

    “I didn’t realize they were doing it until someone remarked to me how incredible it was that the audience was joining in,” Ms. Tyson said in a recent interview, referring to her preview performances. “I said, ‘Where?’ I was so focused on what I was doing that I didn’t hear it.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    Comey is a Bold Pick

    by BooMan
    Thu May 30th, 2013 at 09:16:56 AM EST

    Steve Benen makes a great point about President Obama’s choice of James Comey to be the next Director of the FBI.

    But there’s one other angle that’s worth thinking about as the process unfolds: if Obama had any reason to worry about ongoing investigations casting the White House in a negative light, the president would not have chosen a Republican with a history of independence to lead the FBI. On the contrary, if Obama were the least bit concerned about the so-called “scandals,” he’d be eager to do the opposite — choosing a Democratic ally for the FBI.

    If James Comey is known for anything, it’s for his willingness to stand up to the Bush administration and defend the rule of law. No one knew who Comey was until the story broke about the Bush administration’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program. It was then that it emerged that Bush chief of staff Andy Card and chief counsel Alberto Gonzales visited Attorney General John Ashcroft in his post-operative hospital bed in an attempt to get him to sign off on more warrantless wiretapping. At the time, James Comey was serving as acting Attorney General, and he got wind of the plot an raced to the hospital in time to protect Ashcroft and put an end to the criminal behavior of the administration.

    If Comey was unwilling to look the other way during a Republican administration, there is no reason to believe he would help cover up any crimes committed by a Democratic one.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Media groups decline Holder invite to discuss DOJ subpoena policy

    By Jonathan Easley – 05/30/13 08:59 AM ET

    Multiple media organizations have declined to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder for an off-the-record discussion on the Justice Department’s aggressive policy of targeting the media in national security leakds investigations.

    The New York Times, Associated Press, The Huffington Post and CNN issued separate statements late Wednesday and early Thursday saying they would not attend because of the off-the-record nature of the meetings. The groups said the DOJ’s insistence that the media groups not report on the content of their discussions violated their internal policies and journalistic guidelines.

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  29. Ametia says:

    Bobby Rush rips Mark Kirk’s mass gang arrests proposal as ‘elitist white boy solution’

    BY LYNN SWEET AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters May 29, 2013 11:52AM

    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is highly critical of a proposal by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for mass arrests of 18,000 Gangster Disciples, telling the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Kirk’s approach is “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

  30. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Using ‘Scandals’ To Avoid Positive Economic News

  31. Ametia says:

    Media in trouble – blame Obama

    It’s obvious that with the advent of the internet as well as other technologies, both the printed press and television news are struggling to find a fiscal model that works. Surely everyone knows that it won’t be long before the paper media is dead. And finding a way to make money off of internet publications via advertising and subscriptions has proven to be a challenge.

    The major networks still run evening news shows, but I’m not sure anyone is watching. And their morning installments are more gossip tabloids than anything resembling real news.

    Cable networks are struggling too. Fox seems to have found a stable “geezer crowd” that is loyal. But its hard to imagine how they continue that business model into the future. And we’re learning that CNN and MSNBC are struggling to find their footing recently.

    Read more here:

    • rikyrah says:

      It was the Obama Coalition that gave MSNBC their ratings. And, what do they do?

      Hire professional left whiners that wanna bash the President?

      And they think that the audience just has ‘no choice’ but to stick around and watch that nonsense?

      Say what you want about Ed Schultz, but I tell you this – he would have approached The Sequester totally different. Ed would have taken the ‘meat and potatoes’ approach to it – he would have had someone on DIRECTLY AFFECTED by The Sequester EVERY DAMN NIGHT.

      A Senior that lost their Meals on Wheels…parents that had to remove their children from Headstart…the cancer patients that lost their chemo and radiation. Ed would have put a FACE TO THE CUTS…and he would have done it every night.

      THAT is the guts level, grassroots type of thing that made Ed appealing..And Hayes just doesn’t have a clue about reporting like that.

      • rikyrah says:

        Get ready to post some more gifs, Ametia.

        From itgurl:


        Like I said on twitter, if they wanna save their network, they need to drop this emo bullshit. They don’t know who they’re dealing with because they refuse to acknowledge the fact that 30 year old white boys with Ivy League degrees in Hipsterville, who think Obamacare sucks and drones are the most pressing issue, are not the base. The base is African Americans, Lations, Asians, union white folks in big cities, LGBT, and college educated/single white women. It’s not Chris Hayes and Glenn Greenwald. But they are too arrogant and their white maleness will not allow them to even think that they don’t run this party anymore.

        Like I said on twitter, they need a drastic change to their prime time lineup and they must make it reflect the base. Move Rev. Al to 7 p.m. We don’t need two hours of Tweety. Hell, I’d drop the Cycle, put Tweety on at 3, and then give Ed the 5 pm slot! Tweety’s show is becoming more and more about beltway inside baseball and it’s not needed. So give Rev. the 7 p.m. spot. As for the 6 pm to replace Rev, try to woo a Latina journalist into the spot. Someone with activist and journalist credentials like Rev.

        Then put Lawrence at 8p.m. Take Maddow’s show from her and put Joy Reid in the time slot. And then give 10 pm to Martin Bashir.

        That’s the base covered from 5 to 10 at night. If they had any common sense they’d do that. But they don’t so they’ll continue to fail.

  32. Ametia says:

    LOL Because that scheme worked so well for Mittens Romney. Racist piece of shit.

  33. Ametia says:

    No doubt that one crazy leaves and a dozen more surface.

  34. Ametia says:

    Love the Andy Wahol painting of Frank Sinatra. Rikyrah, please check your E-MAIL! :-)

  35. Happy birthday, Haley!

    Haley's happy

    Haley's Party

    Jay Spider Man2

  36. rikyrah says:

    This Is How the NRA Ends
    A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived


    On April 17, the bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed in the Senate, and the fatalistic shrugs in Washington were so numerous they were nearly audible. The legislation had been a modest bipartisan compromise, supported by 90 percent of the public and lobbied for hard by the president. A group backed by Michael Bloomberg had spent $12 million on ads pressuring senators to vote “yes.” When the bill fell short—by just five votes—it seemed to confirm a Beltway article of faith: There’s no point messing with the National Rifle Association (NRA). And that, many assumed, was the last we’d be hearing about gun reform.

    But then something unexpected happened. Some of the senators who’d voted “no” faced furious voters back home. Even before Erica Lafferty, the daughter of murdered Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung, confronted New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte at a particularly tense town hall, Ayotte’s disapproval rating in the state had jumped from 35 to 46 percent—half the respondents said her “no” vote made them less likely to support her.1 In Pennsylvania, which has the second-highest concentration of NRA members in the country, the bill’s Republican co-sponsor, Pat Toomey, saw his approval reach a record high. One of the country’s best-known gun-rights advocates, Robert Levy, said the NRA’s “stonewalling of the background-check proposal was a mistake, both politically and substantively.”2

    In the Senate, the backlash had an effect. Some Republicans who had opposed the bill, such as Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Jeff Flake of Arizona, signaled they might be open to changing their minds. Majority Leader Harry Reid, once a dependable NRA ally, spoke about taking the rare step of bringing the bill back for another vote. Senator Joe Manchin, the bill’s Democratic co-sponsor, is still actively courting support from his colleagues. “It’s not going away,” he told me.

    Why did these developments take so many elected officials and pundits by surprise? As New York Times columnist Tom Edsall has pointed out, political science research shows that politicians consistently overestimate the conservatism of their constituents. But in this case, there was something more debilitating at work. The political class often lets old assumptions blind it to shifting realities.3 And the absolute power of the NRA is one of the oldest and least-tested assumptions in Washington.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Fear leads to McConnell’s mendacity
    By Steve Benen
    Wed May 29, 2013 2:50 PM EDT

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reason to be concerned about his political future. Despite his leadership post, his reliably “red” state, and his nearly three decades on Capitol Hill, the most recent polling shows the Republican senator tied with an unannounced Democrat.

    And we’ve seen McConnell’s anxiety manifest itself in a variety of interesting way. It started back in December, when McConnell aides aggressively went after Ashley Judd, and it continued throughout the spring, when McConnell became the first incumbent to launch television ads — 20 months before Election Day.

    The senator’s fear has become so acute that Team McConnell launched the above video this morning, which hopes to exploit the IRS controversy to make the bizarre case that President Obama is Richard Nixon (thanks to Joe Sonka for the tip).

    “I think that the leader of the free world and his advisers have better things to do than to dig through other people’s tax returns,” McConnell says in the video, apparently working under the assumption that voters in Kentucky are easily fooled into believing nonsense. (The president never dug through anyone’s tax returns, and doesn’t appear to have had anything to do with the IRS’s tax-exempt office in Cincinnati.)

    But it’s the message in the closing seconds that arguably matters most: as the video ends, and viewers see the words “Intimidation. Retaliation. Secretive” on screen, we hear the president say, “We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends.”

    And that’s a problem, not because Obama said something outrageous, but because McConnell is taking the president wildly out of context in order to mislead the public.


    Jamelle Bouie caught the deception:

    The ad ends with a quote from Obama, where he seems to admit to punishing opponents of his administration: “We’re going to punish our enemies, and we’re going to reward our friends.” But this is an out-of-context quote, pulled from a comment made more than two years ago in an interview with Univision radio. “If Latinos sit out the election instead of, ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder,” Obama said in that interview. McConnell’s use of the quote is the dishonest capstone to an intensely dishonest piece of political rhetoric

    Two things to keep in mind here. The first is that McConnell’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Obama was paraphrasing the strategic thinking of Latino voters, not saying that he, himself, intends to punish his enemies and reward his friends.

    The second is that there’s a remarkable pattern of these out-of-context attacks:

    1. The Romney campaign took Obama out of context in its very first television ad of the race.

    2. When the president told business leaders that U.S. policymakers have been “a little bit lazy” when it comes to attracting businesses to American soil, Republicans took that out of context and launched a series of attacks.

    3. When Obama said private-sector job growth is “fine” relative to the public sector, Republicans took that out of context, too.

    4. Obama said public institutions help businesses succeed, and Republicans took that out of context.

    5. When Obama said he hoped to mobilize the electorate to change politics from the grassroots up, that too was taken out of context.

    Note to Team McConnell: it’s time for a new schtick. This one’s as tiresome as it is deceptive.

  38. rikyrah says:

    think of how much more it would have grown without The Sequester and the GOP committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country.

    Economy grew at 2.4% in first quarter
    By Steve Benen
    Thu May 30, 2013 8:47 AM EDT

    The initial estimate was that the U.S. economy grew at 2.5% in the first three months of 2013, which was underwhelming, but a step up from the final quarter of 2012. The revised estimate showed slightly slower growth.

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4% annual pace in the first quarter, little changed from the originally reported 2.5% increase, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected growth to remain unchanged at 2.5%. Consumer spending was somewhat higher, while business investment and government outlays were revised down, according to the government’s second assessment of gross domestic product.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Obama taps Comey for FBI
    By Steve Benen
    Thu May 30, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    Given the importance of the FBI and the lengthy terms FBI directors serve, President Obama took his time in choosing a replacement for Robert Mueller, who’s led the bureau since 2001. It appears the president chose wisely.

    The man poised to be the next head of the FBI is a former prosecutor respected by both sides of the aisle who may be best known for his role in a Hollywood-esque Washington showdown that thwarted the reauthorization of a controversial surveillance program.

    President Barack Obama intends to nominate former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, 52, to succeed Robert Mueller as FBI director, sources confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday. Though Comey served under President George W. Bush, he has won praise from Democrats for his time at the Department of Justice, especially after details emerged of his dramatic effort to stop the reauthorization of a warrantless eavesdropping program in March 2004.

    There are multiple angles that make this selection fascinating. There are, of course, the remarkable events from 2004 that brought Comey to national prominence. If you missed Rachel’s opening segment last night, stop what you’re doing, pass the popcorn, and watch it.

    There’s also the apparent attempt at bipartisanship — the Democratic president keeps choosing Republicans for prominent posts in his administration, apparently in the hopes this will generate some goodwill among his GOP rivals. In this case, Comey, a Republican attorney, was a top official in the Bush/Cheney Justice Department, making it much more difficult for Senate Republicans to balk at his nomination.

  40. rikyrah says:

    When the Internet Calls You Teef Keef and Teef Sweat, You Lost
    May 24, 2013 | Luvvie

    A couple of days ago, a picture started spreading around Instagram of a dude and his baby girl (who was around 2 years old). Folks said she had been kidnapped and asked for everyone to pass on the picture, in case anyone has seen her. Well, it turns out that the dude had faked her kidnapping because he got into a fight with his daughter’s mother. Chile… this is when Instagram went IN.

    The picture of the dude with his daughter already made folks side-eye just because he had one feature that REALLY stood out: his teeth. They were veneers gone WRONG. So the minute the good and ratchet folks of IG found out he wasn’t some noble father concerned about his daughter but a bitter and scorned sperm donor, people let him have it. Look at this pic:

  41. rikyrah says:

    Republican Women Flee from ‘Mortifying’ ‘Anti-Woman’ Virginia GOP Gubernatorial Ticket

    By: Sarah Jones
    May. 29th, 2013

    Republicans are continuing on their mission to turn off every single Republican woman voter, and in Virginia, they’re going at it warp speed, courtesy of the Virginia GOP gubernatorial ticket of Cuccinelli and Jackson.

    Former President of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women Jan Schar and former Republican and Independent Delegate Katherine Waddell are reportedly none too impressed by the Virginia GOP gubernatorial ticket of Ken Cuccinelli and EW Jackson. Speaking to Lowkell at Blue Virginia Wednesday morning, Waddell called “the worst ticket ever”, adding that she was “completely embarrassed and mortified by the Republican ticket of Cuccinelli and Jackson.”

    Jan Schar told Blue Virginia that although she’s been a Republican for years, “I simply cannot support them,” as they would “end a woman’s right to make her own health care choices, including access to birth control.”

    Schar was disturbed by the Republican ticket’s attack on Planned Parenthood, “which does so much good for women in Virginia…. to call them a racist group is simply beyond the pale and hopefully will frighten Virginians from voting for them. This team of three would take us back to their ideology.” Schar concluded, “I know so many Republicans who just can’t support [this ticket].”

    Waddell (I/R) called Cuccinelli “extreme”, according to Blue Virigina, due in part to his “dangerous… anti-woman health agenda.” Reacting to the ticket’s charges against Planned Parenthood, she pointed out that it made “absolutely no sense to accuse Planned Parenthood of being a racist organization; it’s an organization which brings much needed health care to many.”

    Saying this isn’t much of a surprise since nothing about the Republican Party makes much sense these days, Waddell added that she was “completely embarrassed and mortified by the Republican ticket of Cuccinelli and Jackson… This is the worst ticket ever. Cuccinelli and Jackson will leave no stone unturned in their mission to take constitutional rights away from women… even if it means resorting to racially insensitive fear mongering… We simply cannot and will not allow these men to take control of to the government of Virginia.”

    • rikyrah says:

      here is Town’s reply:

      Town >
      Boo hoo hoo sit down and have a __/!

      The Virginia Republicans are the ones who agreed to let Cuccinelli get nominated by way of a convention instead of a statewide primary so people wouldn’t choose the dull dud Lt. Gov Bolling to run for governor.

      Cuccinelli packed the convention with tea partiers and tea party is as tea party does so that’s why we have Tea Party Ticket running for statewide office.

      What’s ticking me off is they are set to blame JACKSON (the black man, not the white man at the top of the ticket who wants to crawl around in your vagina or the white man at the bottom of the ticket who wants you to report yourself to the police for having a miscarriage) for why they will probably lose in November.

      Jackson is crazy, no doubt. But I don’t want to hear about how Jackson is so crazy he’s dooming without talking about the crazy white dude at the top of the ticket who wants to ban oral sex between married couples or the crazy white dude at the bottom of the ticket who wants all women to be criminally investigated for having a miscarriage.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Chris Hayes Delivers MSNBC’s Lowest 8 PM Ratings Since 2006

    By: Jason Easley
    May. 29th, 2013

    MSNBC’s great experiment of putting Chris Hayes at 8 PM has turned into a total disaster as All In is delivering the network’s lowest ratings since 2006.

    Chris Hayes’ second full month in prime time since taking over for Ed Schultz saw total viewership drop by 32%, and viewership among those age 25-54 decline by 13%. All In’s bad ratings caused The Rachel Maddow Show to deliver its worst ratings month since 2008. Maddow’s ratings are down 21% in terms of total viewers, and 22% with viewers age 25-54. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell had the smallest decline in total viewers at 18%, but suffered a 33% decline with viewers age 25-54.

    Chris Hayes is going to take a lot of heat for these ratings, but it isn’t all his fault. Phil Griffin and the other “geniuses” running MSNBC tossed Ed Schultz out of weeknights because they thought they could remake the network as wonk TV, and attract more younger viewers with Chris Hayes.

    They couldn’t have been more wrong.

    The problem has been that Chris Hayes isn’t well suited for primetime. He was a fine weekend morning host, but his EmoProg Obama bashing style is the complete opposite of who MSNBC’s audience was.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Sorry GOP the Associated Press and Fox News Subpoenas Are Not Scandals

    By: Dennis S
    May. 29th, 2013

    Informed sources, citing highly classified documents, have told Associated Press reporters that United State’s Navy Seal Team 6 has finalized plans for a raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound in the neighborhood of Kakul, 40 miles outside Islamabad (see photos and exact address). CIA insiders (we’ve promised not to identify them) have told Associated Press that the attack is planned for 1AM, May 2nd. Other U.S. forces will be involved with perhaps as many as 75 or more commandos according to our government sources.

    Here, thanks for our CI (confidential informant) is how the raid has been drawn up. These are satellite photos and diagrams of the 7 walls of varying height (note the barbed wire) that will likely come into play during the raid. Our sources tell us that two-dozen Seals will be helicoptered into the compound location 2.5 miles from the center of Abbottabad.

    Observers will want to track the path (see diagram) to the compound from the staging base in Jalalabad in Afghanistan. AP plans real-time radar tracking as U.S. helicopters approach, much like tracking Santa Claus at Christmas-time. Several types of arms will be utilized, including Heckler and Koch 416 carbines, Heckler and Koch MP7′s and assorted military assault rifles such as AK-47′s. We at AP were further informed that navigators would use Hyperspectral Imagers. This piece of equipment is currently classified, but we’ve managed to get Patent Office copies from an unidentified employee, that reveal the Imager’s inner-workings. Reference the end of this article.

    Occupants of the compound will want to be on the lookout for 2 U.S. helicopters that will hover directly above the courtyard and the roof as Seals lower ropes upon which to climb into the facility. Residents should be forewarned that the CIA plans to cut power in the area, leaving the compound in the dark while the American forces will have Panoramic Night-Vision Goggles. The hovers should happen shortly after 1 AM. Entry will then be forced and any resistance will be responded to with deadly force. It is preferable that bin Laden be captured alive, but as our CIA source told us, “If he gets nicked, he gets nicked.”

  44. rikyrah says:

    Greek ‘Black Panthers’ Warn Racist Gangs: ‘Don’t Mess With Black People’
    May 29, 2013

    By D.L. Chandler

    A group of Black and immigrant Greeks have banded together to form a self-defense group to counter the attacks of a gang that targets citizens of color in the country. Nicknamed the “Black Panthers,” the group uses cell phones, social media, and neighborhood patrols to record any activity perceived as a threat from the far-right neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party.

    Regarding the massive economic crisis in Greece, the Golden Dawn Party has risen in power and blame immigrants for the high unemployment and crime. According to reports, more than 150 hate-fueled attacks occurred over the past year alone. Michael Chege (pictured), a 28-year-old of Kenyan descent, told Britain’s Channel 4 that he and his Black Panthers are taking on the Golden Dawn faction without fear.

    “You cannot be living your life in fear because of some stupid neo-Nazi group,” said Chege to Channel 4 reporter Jamal Osman. “In WW2, they were crushed. In WW3, we will exterminate them out of the face of the earth.”

    Chege added, “And me personally? I am a member of the Black Panthers and everybody knows that. And I am giving them [Golden Dawn] a straight warning – don’t mess with Black people, anyhow.”

    Chege said he has warred with the Golden Dawn 10 times in a “kill or be killed” battle in his words. Osman asked if the encounters with the gangs are random, to which he replied, “They mostly target Black people.”

  45. rikyrah says:

    He’s the President of the United States. He is NOT traveling Southwest.


    Travels of the President Under a Microscope in an Era of Belt Tightening


    Published: May 29, 2013

    Perhaps it is nothing more than an accident of timing that as federal workers brace for a summer filled with unpaid furlough days, their leaders are traveling the nation and globe on trips that exude luxury.

    On Wednesday, President Obama left the White House for two Chicago fund-raisers in the hope of helping Democrats retake the House in next year’s elections. The cost of flying aboard Air Force One to his hometown: $180,000 per hour.

    The same day, Michelle Obama traveled to Massachusetts to lunch with rich donors who had paid up to $37,600 per ticket at the Taj Boston Hotel. The meal included roasted Chilean sea bass with a fricassee of asparagus. Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, were in Rio de Janeiro, part of a six-day swing through Latin America to discuss trade and investment, including a stop in Trinidad and Tobago.

    “We’ve got kind of an Obama cabal in this room,” the president joked Wednesday night during a $32,400-per-couple fund-raiser with about 70 of his friends at the home of Bettylu and Paul Saltzman, longtime supporters. He said returning to Chicago for the day was like “Old Home Week.”

    For a leader presiding over automatic budget cuts and a slow-moving economic recovery, there are growing political costs to presidential travel. Every move a president makes costs money, and in an era when money is in short supply, that means heightened scrutiny. Vacations are especially touchy.

    • Ametia says:

      michelle-obama-who gone check me boo

      It’s the whole premis behind the welfare, handout fuckery. Blacks aren’t supposed to be have anything whitey have and if they do, it certainly can’t be better, larger, greater, pricey, more grand or beautiful!

      BLACK POTUS & BLACK FLOTUS! It’s the creme de la creme


  46. rikyrah says:

    Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ Is OWN’s Highest Rated Series Debut

    The original drama attracts 1.77 million viewers to Tuesday’s premiere episode

    Tyler Perry is delivering for OWN.

    The producer and director’s original series attracted 1.77 million totals viewers to its premiere episode on Tuesday at 9 p.m., which makes it the cable network’s most-watched series debut ever. It’s also OWN’s highest rated series with 1.57 million viewers in its key demo, women 25-54 years old.

    The second episode, which aired as part of the two-hour premiere at 10 p.m., actually grew from the previous hour with 1.8 million viewers (1.67 million viewers in the women 25-54 demo).

  47. rikyrah says:

    From Miranda:
    This is racism in its purest form. I don’t even have to know one of this man’s constituents to know they are lily white, ultra right wing teanuts who would rather stick a pencil in their own eyes before they accept a black man as President. This whole article is just a proxy to say these white folks will not blame their white congressman for their pain and suffering – a man who flat out is saying cutting every single federal dollar from their district is just fine even if it puts them on the street. They will nod in agreement while blaming their plight on Obama. SMH


    As budget cuts hit S.C., a congressman is surprised at constituents’ reactions

    Now three years later, he was coming home just as the budget cuts he has so passionately advocated were starting to bite, particularly in the area around Shaw, where more than 1,000 civilian workers face furloughs and lucrative construction jobs are drying up.

    He had done what he promised to do, but with his constituents starting to feel real losses, he couldn’t help but worry whether their anger would focus on him.

    The congressman came to a stop in front of the 9th Air Force headquarters building, where a two-star general, clad in a green camouflage uniform, was waiting to greet him. To save money, the general had shut down the base movie theater, closed swimming pools and halted all repairs to the post’s buildings, including one that was recently smashed by a falling tree and is now f
    enced off and uninhabitable.
    When that wasn’t enough, the Air Force ordered him to cut flight hours for Shaw’s F-16 fighter jets. One of the base’s squadrons has been grounded and the other, which is flying reduced hours, will need a month of full-time training before it is combat-ready.

    “Are you comfortable with that time frame?” Mulvaney asked the general.

    “No, I am not,” he replied. “Kim Jong Un is not going to give me 30 days to get ready.”

    They were meeting in the general’s office, where the walls are covered with pictures of the planes that he has flown over the course of a 35-year Air Force career. The general said he had never seen his Air Force less ready for combat.

    Against the force of the general’s voice, Mulvaney held steady. “If the cuts force us to look for better ways of saving money in the future, they will be a success,” he said. “We can’t go backwards.”

    Outside the headquarters building, the general had a final message for the congressman. He pointed out a World War II-era fighter, mounted on a pole and missing a piece of its tail. The chunk had snapped off a few weeks earlier in a windstorm. “We can’t afford to fix it,” he said.

    ‘These cuts are real’

    It was anger that propelled Mulvaney into office. Even after 28 years of largess, his predecessor couldn’t win over voters who were furious at him for supporting President Obama’s controversial health-care legislation. Mulvaney knows that much of his backing during the past two elections came from people voting against the president.

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