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  1. Ametia says:

    Lawdy, Rev. Al is playing the audio of Trayvon screaming out. Just too much.

  2. Ametia says:

    Shannon Rogers Richardson has been arrested in connection with alleged ricin-tainted letters mailed last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, federal law enforcement sources said.

    Richardson is an actress also known as Shannon Rogers Guess and has had minor roles in the television series “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Beck: Standing up to heckler confirms Michelle Obama is a ‘monster’

    On his Thursday radio show, conservative host Glenn Beck asserted that Michelle Obama’s recent run in with a GetEqual activist who heckled her at a fundraising event proved that the First Lady was a “monster.”

    Beck said that Michelle Obama had confronted the heckler because she “snapped.”

    “And then they shut that person up and then she walks back, and then she goes right back into the speech,” the radio host explained. “No little funny thing about, ‘Hey, that was…’ She just went right back into the speech!”

    “This woman’s a monster,” Beck declared. “She is Lady MacBeth. She is a frightening woman.”

    “And I’ll tell you something else. I really believe that she — Valerie Jarrett and Michelle and Ms. Eric Holder, that’s where the information is going. The wives are talking.”

  4. Ametia says:

    Paris Jackson
    In ‘Meltdown Mode’
    For a Year

    Paris Jackson has been in meltdown mode for nearly a year … this according to sources connected to her exclusive private school.

    Our sources from the exclusive Buckley School in the San Fernando Valley tell TMZ … school officials were aware Paris was dealing with a “major family trauma” when the school year began last September. Based on the timeline, it appears the issue involved Katherine Jackson’s mysterious “disappearance” last July.

    There were reports Michael Jackson’s siblings were holding Katherine as part of a money grab — something they deny. Paris confronted several of the siblings in a heated argument outside the family’s Calabasas home.

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  5. rikyrah says:

    Looming city budget cuts leave famed Williamsburg middle school chess team on the choping block
    The team from I.S. 318 in Brooklyn currently receives $20,000 from the city, money that could go away if the proposed budget, which calls for $130 million to be cut from child care and after-school programs is passed by the city council
    By Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, June 6, 2013, 8:08 PM

    It could be checkmate for Brooklyn’s chess darlings if city officials cut funding for afterschool programs.

    Parents and teachers at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg have been struggling to raise enough money to keep the program afloat for the last five years.

    Without the much-needed funding, the team couldn’t train after-school or attend local tournaments — virtually killing the famed program which took national titles last year in junior high school and high school divisions.

    “It would be like a football team that can’t hold practice before the big game on Sunday,” said assistant principal John Galvin. “To achieve the same level of success would be nearly impossible.”

    The program has been so successful, Hollywood hotshot producer Scott Rudin purchased the rights from Katie Dellamaggiore, who created the 2012 documentary “Brooklyn Castle” about the team.

    The chess program costs $60,000 to run — which includes classes after-school and travel to local tournaments on the weekends — according to Galvin.

    Read more:

  6. rikyrah says:

    BOY, BYE!!



    Romney: Hurricane Sandy helped Obama
    By Zachary Roth

    Fri Jun 7, 2013 10:34 AM EDT

    A few months ago, Mitt Romney said he didn’t think Hurricane Sandy led to his defeat last fall.

    “I don’t think that’s why the president won the election,” he told Fox News, pushing back against the conservative pundits who had argued that if it weren’t for the storm, and the chance it gave Obama to look presidential just days before the election, Romney would have won.

    But now—just like with raising the minimum wage, the individual health care mandate, and a woman’s right to choose, among other issues—Romney may have changed his mind.

    “I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened when it did because it gave the president a chance to be presidential and to be out showing sympathy for folks,” Romney told CNN Thursday, showing the kind of concern for ordinary people—discussing a storm that killed hundreds and causes an estimated $50 billion worth of damage—that characterized his presidential run. (He was “looking at the storm through a political lens,” politely put it.)

    “That’s one of the advantages of incumbency,” Romney added. “But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing and how could that have been different.”

    Of course you don’t.

    In reality of course, most analyses show Sandy made little difference. Still, it’s fascinating to see Romney seeming to grasp on to it.

    • Ametia says:

      In a way Romney’s right. Those victims of Sandy would NEVER have VOTED for his ass.
      They’re from that 47% crowd. GTFOH, Mittens!

  7. rikyrah says:

    and what would it look like if the GOP weren’t committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country?

    if we had the American Jobs Act..

    and they hadn’t of destroyed all those Public Sector JObs?

    Job growth improves, 175k jobs added in May
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Jun 7, 2013 8:48 AM EDT

    Expectations going into this morning’s jobs report were that the economy added about 160,000 jobs in May, which would be a slight decrease from April. The new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were actually a little more encouraging than that.

    The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, slightly better than expected, though the overall unemployment rate inched higher to 7.6%. (Update: Remember that these minor increases aren’t always bad news, and occasionally, they’re sign of an improving jobs landscape.) As is usually the case, there was a gap between the two major sectors — America’s private sector added 178,000 jobs last month, while spending cuts caused the public sector lose 3,000 jobs.

    One key figure to keep in mind, however, was local-government hiring, where 13,000 jobs were created. We’ve grown accustomed to municipalities doing the opposite, and if this holds up (and continues), it will strengthen the overall job market. (Update: On the other hand, federal hiring declined by 45,000 over the last three months, suggesting that Congress’ sequestration budget cuts are doing what they were intended to do — hurting the economy.)

  8. rikyrah says:

    Ed Markey Has Double-Digit Lead In Poll
    UMass-Amherst is about to release it.
    By David S. Bernstein | Boston Daily | June 6, 2013 4:59 pm

    Quick results from a poll about to be released by UMass-Amherst:

    • Ed Markey 51%, Gabriel Gomez 40%, among likely voters (47-37 among registered voters)

    • Only 75% of those who voted for Scott Brown in the 2010 special election plan to vote for Gomez. Among likely voters who did not vote in the 2010 special, Markey leads by a stunning 82%-16%.

    • “Time is against Gomez,” according to Raymond La Raja, associate director of the UMass Poll. “Without a major gaffe by Markey soon, it is becoming very difficult to see a path to victory for Gomez.”

    • Voters trust Markey over Gomez on all issues polled. On the economy 47-32; national security 41-33; taxes 44-34; immigration 41-32; and gun control 50-28.

  9. rikyrah says:

    FL GOP chair: Exploit IRS story for political gain
    By Zachary Roth

    Fri Jun 7, 2013 9:04 AM EDT

    We’re now almost a month since the original admission by the IRS that it targeted tea party groups for special scrutiny. Since then, despite the strenuous efforts of Republican investigators, no evidence whatsoever has emerged to tie the White House to the targeting.

    That means that if you’re a Republican looking to profit from the story, you’ve got to keep it vague. Suggest that the targeting reflects on Obama in some way, without quite saying how. That’s the approach taken by Lenny Curry, the chair of the Florida GOP, in this candid memo to his state’s members of Congress, urging them to seize the “opportunity” offered by the story. Curry writes:

    You can employ the IRS scandal to conduct oversight of the legislative branch, scrutinizing the investigation and ensuring no stone is left unturned. The Obama administration needs to be held accountable for its involvement. As the National Journal’s Ron Fournier put it, “… [Obama] and his advisors face a credibility crisis” in midst of this “perfect storm of controversy.” I encourage you to thoughtfully and methodically shine a light on this corrupted corner of government.

    He adds: “We need to play big, bold hardball now. This is an opportunity where good politics and good policy intersect well.”

    (Curry, remember, is the guy who compared purging voter rolls to stopping drunk drivers, and who acknowledged that his state’s purge was kicking legitimate voters off the rolls, but said it should continue anyway.)

    You see a similar approach from Republican members of Congress, who have warned darkly about an Obama administration “culture of intimidation,” while carefully avoiding specifics about just how the president is implicated.

    Also complicating Republican efforts to make political hay out of the story: Several of the tea party groups that received what they saw as burdensome requests for information from the IRS in fact had close ties to GOP politics.

  10. Ametia says:

    Silicon Valley’s Awful Race and Gender Problem in 3 Mind-Blowing Charts
    —By Andy Kroll
    | Thu Jun. 6, 2013 11:11 AM PDT

    Catherine Bracy moved to San Francisco from Chicago during the 2012 campaign to run Team Obama’s technology field office, a first-of-its-kind project that enlisted Silicon Valley’s whiz-kid engineers to build software for the campaign. (That tech savvy, of course, played a pivotal role in Obama’s victory.) What struck Bracy about the tech-crazed Bay Area, she recounted Thursday in a talk at the Personal Democracy Forum tech conference, was the jarring inequality visible everywhere in Silicon Valley—between rich and poor, between men and women, between white people and, well, everyone else.

    Bracy’s talk featured some eye-popping charts on Silicon Valley’s race and gender divide. Here are three of them.

    In 2010, the latest year for which Bracy could find data, 89 percent of California companies that got crucial seed funding were founded by men. What percentage were all-female founding teams? Just three percent.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Don’t sweat Obamacare’s low approval ratings

    By Jonathan Bernstein, Published: June 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    A new NBC/WSJ poll has the Affordable Care Act at the low point in the general range of popularity, or actually unpopularity, that it’s occupied for a long time now: Only 37 percent in their survey say that the ACA is a good idea, while 49 percent say it’s a bad idea. NBC’s First Read thinks it’s because of asymmetric support – Republicans opinion leaders are massively and enthusiastically against it, Democrats tend to be measured or talk about other topics. Kevin Drum agrees, and advises Democrats to do something about it.

    Is that really a good idea?

    Certainly, it does Democratic opinion leaders no good to talk down Obamacare. But it’s not really clear what they would gain with a full-court press, even if it could lead to a more even split of public opinion.

    In terms of policy-making, there’s really not much at stake in the variations of ACA’s popularity. Democrats are not going to abandon the law, at least not while Barack Obama is president. On the other side, no matter what the polls say, Republicans are extremely unlikely to give up their intense opposition and continuing demand for total repeal. Does anyone think that if the numbers on the law were reversed that Republicans would agree to allow technical fixes through the House, or to fully fund implementation, or to drop their opposition to Medicaid expansion? I didn’t think so.

    What would make a difference is if the insurance exchanges became toxic. But a presidential, much less a partisan, campaign to make “Obamacare” popular isn’t going to affect that.

    My guess: within months the exchanges will just seem to people who buy insurance through them (and remember, it’s a relatively small group at this point) as part of the normal way things are done. It’s easy to imagine people successfully buying insurance on an exchange and being satisfied with the experience but still railing against “Obamacare” and its “government takeover of health care” without realizing that they’re the very same thing.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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