Wednesday Open Thread | TLC | Throwback Week

TLC +TLC is an American girl group whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, and new jack swing. Originally consisting of singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the group found unprecedented success in the 1990s while also enduring a series of spats with the law, each other, and the group’s record label.

Initially, TLC achieved commercial success following the release of their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, which sold 6 million copies worldwide. However, it was their second album, CrazySexyCool, that catapulted the group to superstar status. CrazySexyCool went on to be certified diamond by the RIAA— a first for a female group, and eventually sold 23 million copies worldwide.

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55 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | TLC | Throwback Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    Video – Myrlie Evers-Williams: ‘Jim Crow is alive & it’s dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit instead of a white robe’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cfpYprW1V8
    8:32 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  2. rikyrah says:

    Ametia,

    can we get videos of this?

    arapaho415
    June 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Lawrence was on fire last night. His segment on “50 Years Ago Today” should required viewing for all Americans and students.

    He begain his piece with JFK’s Friday (June 11) speech in response to sending in a NATIONALIZED Alabama National Guard against George Wallace illegal racism (with a guest appearance of a reference to Vietnam), to Medgar Evers murder just after midnight that night, concluding with the degregation of Boston schools. (reposted from this morning)

  3. rikyrah says:

    Issa’s Missing Testimony

    Why won’t the right-wing congressman release the full transcript of his IRS investigation? Michael Tomasky has a theory.
    by Michael Tomasky Jun 12, 2013 4:30 AM EDT

    All right, let’s get back to the IRS. While everyone was focused on the Edward Snowden revelations, we had an interesting development in the IRS matter that throws another several gallons of ice-cold water on Darrell Issa’s alleged case against the Obama administration—and that raises some interesting questions about how Issa and his staff are using the information they have obtained. Republicans have been hoping to ride this horse into 2014 and beyond, but it may be ready for the glue factory already.

    Late last week, a few news stories appeared quoting some employees of the IRS Cincinnati office saying quasi-ominous things about being directed from Washington to do this or that. This CBS News article provides a good example. One beleaguered IRS employee, Elizabeth Hofacre, said she was instructed to clear all letters she sent to tea party groups through an IRS lawyer in Washington—which to said groups naturally brings to mind the image of this lawyer hand-delivering the letters to Obama himself as the two of them laugh the laughter of slippery cosmopolitans who’ve hoodwinked the booboisie yet again.

    These remarks by Hofacre and others were made in secret session to Issa’s oversight committee, which has transcripts of these conversations. CBS, according to the article, reviewed the transcripts from “some” of the interviews. It seems obvious that reporters were shown mainly the bits that sounded scintillating and kept the story alive.

    But lo and behold there were other bits, and a clearly miffed Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on Issa’s committee, released some of those the other day. And what did that include? The testimony of a self-described “conservative Republican” in the Cincinnati office who told the committee he had “no reason to believe” that there was any White House involvement in the whole business. There was a memo Cummings made public Monday in which the employee said the above, as well as attesting that he did not believe “that the screening of [Tea Party] cases had anything to do other than consistency and identifying issues that needed to have further development.” His clotted rhetoric speaks to his 21 years as a civil servant, but his meaning and intention are clear enough. To this conservative Republican, there was no political agenda at work in Cincinnati.

    …………………………………………..

    So here is the situation. We have a chairman on a fishing expedition who has nothing on Obama or any White House person. He also says things that aren’t true and never walks them back. He leaves out some things that are true but aren’t helpful to his “cause.” But he knows that he needs to milk this nonsense through 2014 or that frothing GOP base is going to bring some of that froth his way.

    I’ve said before that there’s a scandal here, but it’s an entirely bureaucratic one. Now I’m less and less sure even of that. A new study, written up by Paul Blumenthal in The Huffington Post, finds that during the period in question, the IRS approved the tax-exempt applications of 122 conservative groups and just 48 liberal (or nonconservative) ones. So it may not even in the end be an IRS scandal—just a procedural cock-up that they fixed.

    But one thing it almost certainly is not is a political scandal. Well, check that. It is. But the scandal reposes on the majority side of the House oversight committee, and in the House GOP leadership, which has no agenda and nothing to offer America except these delusional diversions. That’s the scandal.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/12/issa-s-missing-testimony.html

  4. rikyrah says:

    Wisconsin Senate passes ultrasound bill. (P.S. Senate boss will not put up with you)
    By Laura Conaway

    Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:40 PM EDT

    The Wisconsin State Senate today passed a bill that requires women who want an abortion to first get a state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasound. The bill also requires doctors who work in abortion clinics to gain admitting privileges at a hospital — the same kind of provision that was designed to shutter the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.

    The Wisconsin bill now goes from the Republican-controlled Senate to the Republican-controlled House. Republican Governor Scott Walker has said he would sign the bill into law. As Rachel reported on the show last night (video), it’s still open season on reproductive rights in the states.

    Viewer Dave Eveland of Madison, Wisconsin, forwards video from the Senate vote today, when Senate President Mike Ellis puts the hammer down. At about 1:50:

    You’re interrupting a roll call. Sit down. Right now! Call the roll….

    You’re interrupting a roll call and that will not be tolerated. Sit down!

    The bill passed along party lines after Republicans cut off debate, 20 minutes in. Senate President Ellis told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the trouble started when Democrats tried to debate a motion that was not debatable. “They triggered this,” he said. “I am a nice guy.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18922263-wisconsin-senate-passes-ultrasound-bill-ps-senate-boss-will-not-put-up-with-you?lite

  5. Hey Chicas! Check out this couple’s first dance

    Best First Dance Ever: Dominique Morisseau & Jimmy Keys

  6. rikyrah says:

    Oklahoma’s Bridenstine wants a presidential apology
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:56 PM EDT.

    About three weeks after a deadly tornado slammed Oklahoma, one of the state’s Republican congressmen, Jim Bridenstine, wants an apology from President Obama. Is Bridenstine upset about a possible misstep from FEMA? Was a promise not kept? Were locals snubbed in some way?

    No, as it turns out, Bridenstine wants a presidential apology for a different reason entirely.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, the far-right lawmaker spoke from the House floor yesterday, repeating the climate deniers talking points, and pretending all of the recent scientific evidence doesn’t exist.

    “Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years.

    “But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this president spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the president’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”

    So, Bridenstine wants the president to apologize for investing in climate science, and doing so with more resources than are devoted to weather forecasting.

    Hmm.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18921165-oklahomas-bridenstine-wants-a-presidential-apology?lite

  7. rikyrah says:

    An indefinite vacancy atop the ATF
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:33 AM EDT.

    In January, President Obama unveiled a fairly detailed policy agenda on preventing gun violence, featuring 23 executive actions, some of which were quite mundane. For example, the president nominated a director for the ATF, which seems like a no-brainer.

    As we talked about in February, Republicans really shouldn’t have a problem with this. After all, GOP officials who routinely say federal officials should simply enforce the gun laws already on the books — as opposed to approving new gun laws — and if the focus is going to be on enforcement, it makes sense to approve a staff for the government agency responsible for, you know, enforcement.

    So, President Obama nominated U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones to lead the agency, though the odds of his confirmation are poor.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director since 2006. Based on a Senate hearing today, the agency is going to have to keep waiting.

    Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sparred with Democrats during the nomination hearing for B. Todd Jones over the panel’s procedures for the consideration of his nomination, as well as Jones’s record at the Justice Department and as acting head of the ATF.

    That last point is of particular interest — Jones is already serving as the acting ATF director, though he splits his time with the agency, also serving as a U.S. Attorney. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) touted the success Jones has had reforming the ATF and getting the agency back on track after the “Fast and Furious” controversy. The nominee has also received extensive support from the law enforcement community.

    But for Senate Republicans none of this is likely to make a difference.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18919737-an-indefinite-vacancy-atop-the-atf?lite

  8. rikyrah says:

    What Darrell Issa considers ‘reckless’

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:15 AM EDT

    About a week ago, in a transparently desperate attempt to salvage the IRS “scandal,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) decided to play a dangerous game. He’s still not playing it well.

    The congressman’s goal, of course, is to discover an imaginary connection between IRS scrutiny of groups seeking tax-exempt status and the White House. To that end, Issa dispatched hand-picked investigators to interview IRS employees in Cincinnati, and then released carefully edited portions of the transcripts, in the hopes of fueling the controversy.

    The Oversight Committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, has seen the full transcripts, concluded that the entire case has been “solved,” and urged Issa to lay his cards on the table — release the full transcript and let the public see what the IRS officials actually said.

    Yesterday, Cummings received Issa’s response.

    One week after he released partial transcripts of interviews with IRS officials involved in the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservative groups, the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said releasing the full transcripts would be “reckless” and “irresponsible.”

    Oh, I see. When the chairman of the House Oversight Committee releases edited transcripts with cherry-picked quotes, that’s fine. When he accuses the White House press secretary of being a “paid liar” for no apparent reason, that’s fine. But if he were to publish a complete transcript of questions and answers between committee investigators and IRS employees, that would be “reckless” and “irresponsible.”

    Making matters worse, just 10 days ago, Issa specifically said, “The whole transcript will be put out.” Now it would be “reckless” and “irresponsible” for Issa to do what he already said he would do?

    It’s reached the point at which even some House Republicans are struggling to defend the Oversight Committee chairman.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18918888-what-darrell-issa-considers-reckless?lite

  9. rikyrah says:

    Why Libertarians Are Basically Cult Members

    Simply note libertarianism’s fatal flaw and you’ll get an enraged, hysterical response. They still don’t get it

    June 11, 2013 |

    My previous Salon essay, in which I asked why there are not any libertarian countries, if libertarianism is a sound political philosophy, has infuriated members of the tiny but noisy libertarian sect, as criticisms of cults by outsiders usually do. The weak logic and bad scholarship that suffuse libertarian responses to my article tend to reinforce me in my view that, if they were not paid so well to churn out anti-government propaganda by plutocrats like the Koch brothers and various self-interested corporations, libertarians would play no greater role in public debate than do the followers of Lyndon LaRouche or L. Ron Hubbard.

    An unscientific survey of the blogosphere turns up a number of libertarians claiming in response to my essay that, because libertarianism is anti-statist, to ask for an example of a real-world libertarian state shows a failure to understand libertarianism. But if the libertarian ideal is a stateless society, then libertarianism is merely a different name for utopian anarchism and deserves to be similarly ignored.

    Another response to my essay has been to claim that a libertarian country really did exist once in the real world, in the form of the United States between Reconstruction and the New Deal. Robert Tracinski writes that I am “astonishingly ignorant of history” for failing to note that the “libertarian utopia, or the closest we’ve come to it, is America itself, up to about 100 years ago. It was a country with no income tax and no central bank. (It was on the gold standard, for crying out loud. You can’t get more libertarian than that.) It had few economic regulations and was still in the Lochner era, when such regulations were routinely struck down by the Supreme Court. There was no federal welfare state, no Social Security, no Medicare.”

    It is Tracinski who is astonishingly ignorant of history. To begin with, the majority of the countries that adopted the “libertarian” gold standard were authoritarian monarchies or military dictatorships. With the exception of Imperial Britain, an authoritarian government outside of the home islands, where most Britons were denied the vote for most of this period, most of the independent countries of the pre-World War I gold standard epoch, including the U.S., Germany, France, Russia and many Latin American republics, rejected free trade in favor of varying degrees of economic protectionism.

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/libertarians-are-cult-members

  10. rikyrah says:

    First Look: Mariah Carey as ‘Hattie Pearl’ in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ [Photo]

    Posted by: Denver Sean June 11, 2013

    You’re looking at the first official image of Mariah Carey as ‘Hattie Pearl’ in Lee Daniel’s upcoming film, The Butler.

    Filmed in New Orleans, the Lee Daniels-directed film tells the story of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who served under eight presidents during his 1952-1986 stint as the White House butler. Mariah’s character ‘Hattie’ is a field slave.

    In addition to Forest Whitaker & Mariah Carey, the film stars Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.

    http://lovebscott.com/news/first-look-mariah-carey-as-hattie-pearl-in-lee-daniels-the-butler-photo/

  11. Ametia says:

    Named ‘Father of the Year,’ Bill Clinton Recounts Chelsea’s Birth Story

    June 11, 2013 – 3:34 PM– 3 Comments

    T he former leader of the free world just added one more accolade to his resume: Father of the Year.

    The National Father’s Day Committee awarded Bill Clinton, 66, with the title at a New York City luncheon benefiting Save the Children Tuesday. “I [received] a text message from Hillary [Clinton] saying, ‘Congratulations. I think you deserve this.’ In our family, that’s a very big deal,” he said as he accepted the honor, which has been awarded by the National Father’s Day Committee annually since 1942.

    http://www.parade.com/21400/viannguyen/named-father-of-the-year-bill-clinton-recounts-chelseas-birth-story/

  12. rikyrah says:

    From A Few Good Men:

    Kaffee: *I want the truth!*

    Col. Jessep: *You can’t handle the truth!*

    Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives.

    And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.

    I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a da** what you think you are entitled to.

    Kaffee: *Did you order the Code Red?*

    Col. Jessep: *You’re God**** right I did!*

  13. rikyrah says:

    Michael Levenson mlevenson
    OK. This is awesome. Obama’s burger order hanging on the prep line in Charlie’s kitchen.

    http://campl.us/pgsj

  14. rikyrah says:

    Two companies accused of discrimination in hiring

    By Ylan Q. Mui,

    Published: June 11 E-mail the writer

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday accused two major companies of indirectly discriminating against African Americans by using criminal background checks to screen out workers.

    The commission said BMW effectively fired 70 black employees with criminal histories from a facility in South Carolina, even though many had been there for years. One woman with 14 years under her belt was let go after a misdemeanor conviction surfaced that was more than 20 years old and carried a $137 fine, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit.

    The agency also alleged that retailer Dollar General revoked job offers to two black women after conducting criminal background checks. In one case, the EEOC said that the records were inaccurate but that Dollar General declined to reconsider the woman’s application. The other involved a six-year-old drug conviction.

    “It is a fairness issue,” said David Lopez, the commission’s general counsel. “Litigation is really, truly the last resort.”

    The growing use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions has become a flash point in the broader debate over high unemployment rates among African Americans. Not only did blacks lose more jobs and more wealth than other racial groups during the recession, they also have struggled to gain a foothold in the recovery — an issue some community leaders have called the next front in the civil rights movement. A criminal record, advocates say, is an economic scarlet letter that can send otherwise qualified applicants to the bottom of the pile.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/two-companies-accused-of-discriminating-in-hiring/2013/06/11/b4d4f292-c173-11e2-8bd8-2788030e6b44_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

  15. rikyrah says:

    gn >

    a. “Paranoid white libertarians are the new black”=[probably unintentional, but as a result, the natural conclusions are] a1. white people are the real victims, a2. the black experience wasn’t that bad

    b. Shame/bully black people into jumping on board with his latest foolishness despite our disagreement with it

    c. Wash, rinse, repeat

  16. rikyrah says:

    Published on Jun 12, 2013

    Every year since taking office, President Obama has invited members and allies of the LGBT community to celebrate Pride Month at the White House. This year, the White House invited nine ordinary Americans from across the country — all members or allies of the LGBT community who wrote letters to the President — to attend the Pride Month Reception on Thursday, June 13th.

    http://youtu.be/SdGZzWm_wVM

  17. rikyrah says:

    Linda Kyambadde @globalcitizenln

    seems like PBO made this note to self: after u have made a statement about #NSA, just ignore the hysteria & let ppl knock themselves out

    9:00 AM – 12 Jun 2013

  18. rikyrah says:

    Smartypants @Smartypants32

    WOW – this is huge!!! => EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks to South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259335/exclusive-whistleblower-edward-snowden-talks-south-china-morning-post

    9:17 AM – 12 Jun 2013

  19. rikyrah says:

    David Horowitz’s pals
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:30 AM EDT

    There are fringe radicals on far-right and the far-left of American political thought, but I’ve long believed there’s an important difference when it comes to their greater influence — the Democratic mainstream keeps the far-left at arm’s length, while the Republican mainstream links arms with the far-right. Take David Horowitz, for example, whose name seems to keep popping up.

    Horowitz is one of the nation’s most abrasive anti-Muslim activists, a notorious conspiracy theorist who’s dabbled in some ugly racial politics, and someone who believes political correctness will lead to a “totalitarian future.” He’s also written books with titles like “Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes.”

    And yet, in April, Horowitz spoke at a Republican National Committee event intended to help the party broaden its electoral appeal. No, seriously. Last month, Donald Rumsfeld stood alongside Horowitz when the former Pentagon chief questioned which side of the “war on terror” President Obama is on.

    And this morning, Mother Jones’ David Corn, with some research help from James Carter, reports on a February event in which Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) praised Horowitz and touted his influence among some Senate Republicans.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18918485-david-horowitzs-pals?lite

  20. rikyrah says:

    The New Black’: Film explores African-American resistance to gay rights
    by Michael Arceneaux | June 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I would rather kiss the feet of a Klansman than help perpetuate the myth that black people are inherently more homophobic than every other race on the planet.

    There’s never been concrete evidence that lent credence to such a theory, and while the homophobia that exists within our community may appear unique to those on the outside, it’s not any more vitriolic than it is within other cultural groups.

    I hope that point is made strongly in the upcoming documentary, The New Black. The film, which will be screened at Washington’s AFI Docs Festival on June 22 and June 23, chronicles the black community’s history with marriage equality.

    Not all blacks are anti-gay

    Speaking with Politico, the film’s director Yoruba Richen explains: “After Proposition 8 passed in 2008, a very strong narrative emerged that African-Americans were more homophobic then other voting blocs. This was largely because of an incorrect exit poll that initially reported blacks voted for the measure by 70 percent. That these reports later proved false — and multiple researchers later showed it was around 58 percent — was not enough to counter the narrative.”

    http://thegrio.com/2013/06/12/the-new-black-film-explores-african-american-resistance-to-gay-rights/

  21. rikyrah says:

    Little backlash against Obama from Congress, public on controversial surveillance programs
    by theGrio | June 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    While civil liberties activists are outraged, the public and Congress do not appear overly concerned with President Obama’s embrace of controversial national security surveillance programs, as polls have not shown a backlash against the president and Congress has already started to move on to other issues, such as immigration reform.

    A poll done jointly by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post released this week showed 56 percent of Americans supported tracking phone calls in an attempt to prevent terrorism, while only 41 percent disapproved.

    A CBS News poll had different results, with 58 percent saying they disapproved of the government collecting the phone records of “ordinary Americans,” while only 38 percent approved.

    But there is little sign that the issue has galvanized either the political left or the right in the way that the debate over “Obamacare” fired up conservatives in 2009 or President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina a few years earlier angered liberals.

    And on Capitol Hill, despite some criticism of the programs by senators such as Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), there is little momentum to change either the Patriot Act or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the provisions under which the Obama administration authorized programs to collect the data from phone calls and investigate foreigners’ uses of Facebook and other Internet programs.

    http://thegrio.com/2013/06/12/little-bashlash-against-obama-from-congress-public-on-controversial-surveillance-programs/

  22. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good Morning Everyone. Hearing Marvin Gaye sing brings tears to my eyes. It so pains me, but remeber W would bring up Kennedy? They have nothing, they’re hollow to the core.

  23. rikyrah says:

    gn •

    This is part of why the emoprogs have started to compare Snowden to MLK (first is to try to make Snowden more important by appropriating MLK’s moral authority); second is to try to bully and shame black people into agreeing with them by using our history against us:

    @BlackEaglePower
    POLL – 75% of African Americans believe the government should have access to phone records & email

    • Ametia says:

      Working on a thread post about this. 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement and these mofos are Trying to revise it with this BULLSHIT.

    • rikyrah says:

      gn >

      Exactly, it was interesting, because per the poll, this applied to of color people period:

      Among all adults, 62 percent said investigating possible threats was more important. The figure was 60 percent among whites, 67 percent among nonwhites and 75 percent among African Americans.

      If you’ve never had the delusion of total privacy, easier to accept that there’s some degree of monitoring going on. I don’t want people opening my emails and listening to my calls. However, if my metadata records are included with billions others as an analytics program searches for patterns specific to Al Qaeda, I’m not losing much sleep.

  24. rikyrah says:

    @root_e
    The Cato Institute’s Glenn Greenwald knows true freedom is found in servility to the Koch Brothers.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Ballad of Medgar Evers” – Phil Ochs

    http://youtu.be/h1T25D2CLrE

  26. rikyrah says:

    Harry Reid, on the Senate floor today, needled John Boehner by referencing the fact that the Speaker has refused to rule out passing immigration reform mostly with Dem votes:

    “The truth is, the Speaker needs Democratic votes to pass any bill that has a chance of becoming law. That’s a fact. That’s a lot for him to acknowledge, but his statement today is a step in the right direction.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/06/11/happy-hour-roundup-124/

  27. rikyrah says:

    Cruz on immigration: ‘This bill is going to pass the Senate’
    By Steve Benen

    Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
    Senate efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform got off to a very strong start this afternoon, with an 82-to-15 vote on the motion to proceed, getting the debate underway in earnest. All 15 opponents were, not surprisingly, Republicans.

    This does not mean, of course, that the bipartisan legislation has 82 supporters or will end up with 82 votes, but given last week’s skepticism about the fate of the bill, the lopsided vote on the motion to proceed sent a fairly loud signal that the bill is in reasonably good shape.

    So good, in fact, that one of the Senate’s most right-wing opponents of immigration reform, on the very first day of the floor debate, is already signaling defeat.

    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, an outspoken opponent of the bill, acknowledged after the vote that the bill likely has sufficient support in the upper chamber but warned that – without changes — it won’t survive to a White House signing ceremony.

    “This bill is going to pass the Senate, but as written, this bill will not pass the House,” Cruz said.

    Got that? We’re still weeks before a final vote in the Senate, and according to one of the bill’s fiercest foes, it’s going to pass the upper chamber.

    But don’t worry, Cruz tells the right, because the Republican-led House will reject it. Maybe, maybe not

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/11/18905931-cruz-on-immigration-this-bill-is-going-to-pass-the-senate?lite

  28. rikyrah says:

    Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs

    Promoted to LGF front page: The Guardian quietly walks back PRISM overreach without correcting previous reporting http://lgf.bz/13WAADK

    7:55 AM – 12 Jun 2013

  29. rikyrah says:

    ObamaCare: 1 Million Mississippians Might Lose Medicaid Due To GOP Sabotage

    http://youtu.be/GtlSG5on7aU

  30. rikyrah says:

    gn

    @goldietaylor
    Be careful who you let tell your story.

    That’s the long and short of it. Did my heart so glad to see such a rapid and widespread smackdown last night of the emo’s latest attempt to coopt civil rights imagery by trying to apply it to Snowden. I think it was the last straw for people.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Published on Jun 11, 2013

    On June 11, 2013, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) gave his comments in Spanish in support of the immigration bill being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This is a partial speech of what Sen. Kaine gave today.

    http://youtu.be/EyoG7fJrW-k

  32. rikyrah says:

    Fabulous comment by Monie:

    MonieTalks >

    These contractors were never made to prove their competence, compete for their contracts and not held to minimal decent standards.

    It is the same half assed, shoddy bullshit that led to soldiers being electrocuted in Iraq through defense contractor Halliburton’s negligence:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/washington/23electrocute.html?_r=1&

    Remember those toxic burn pits that lazy contractors used that sickened and ultimately killed soldiers:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57544724/iraq-contractor-to-pay-$85m-for-toxic-exposure/

    At the height of both wars, these offshore money guzzling defense contractors were collecting huge amts of money and not paying any Social Security/disability taxes, payroll taxes etc. on their “foreign workers.” And if one of these contractors were hurt or injured while working, they soon found they were shit out of luck.

    Snowden did not even last ling enough in the reserves to complete training in a computer tech related MOS. Who the hell decided that he deserved not only a top clearance, but a cushy job with the CIA after such a minimal background both professionally and education. No one wants to talk about that kind of affirmative action.

  33. rikyrah says:

    @NorahODonnell
    Charges against Snowden may come from Justice Dept to authorities in Hong Kong as early as today/tomorrow- @johnmillercbs on @CBSThisMorning

    eta:
    @Kennymack1971
    GG weeps MT @theGrio Little backlash against Obama from Congress, public on controversial surveillance programs http://on.thegrio.com/12lSqmF

  34. rikyrah says:

    gn •

    As Camille noted yesterday, The Guardian has become a shell of itself (I’ve actually thought so ever since they published a piece arguing that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation).

    @GN192
    The Guardian quietly walks back their PRISM overreach without correcting previous reporting http://lgf.bz/13WAADK

  35. rikyrah says:

    from gn

    gn • 3 minutes ago

    I don’t care for this group, their self-righteousness, hypocrisy, and hubris. But their hack of Booz Allen Hamilton raises huge red flags about the state of security controls in that company. As much as they charge US taxpayers, are they devoting sufficient resources to safeguard the classified data with they’re being paid to protect? Why did GG/Snowden allegedly choose BAH to steal the classified materials re: PRISM and the US’ counterhacking strategies? If anything warrants an investigation, it’s this:

    As part of the spree of data breaches that the loose hacker movement Anonymous is calling AntiSec, the group announced Monday that it had penetrated a server belonging to the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and released what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses, encrypted passwords and an assortment of data related to other companies and government networks. It also claims to have accessed and deleted four gigabytes of the firm’s source code.

    “In [Booz Allen Hamilton’s] line of work you’d expect them to sail the seven proxseas with a state-of-the-art battleship, right? Well you may be as surprised as we were when we found their vessel being a puny wooden barge,” reads the group’s statement posted to the Pirate Bay. “We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2011/07/11/anonymous-hackers-breach-booz-allen-hamilton-dump-90000-military-email-addresses/

  36. rikyrah says:

    JojoRaze

    Chris will be off the air by year’s end…trust and believe. He is gonna lose whatever black viewers he has left and Bashir and Rev Al will still be on the air. Hayes is digging his grave right here.

    As gn has said, these folks are belittling what segregation meant: PHYSICAL AND PSYCHIC FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE IF YOU “TRESPASSED” AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE’S NORMS; the inability to fulfill your dreams despite your abilities because of your skin color. Snowden can come home and get press coverage and a nice impartial trial and three squares a day, especially since he, unlike Bradley Manning, is a civilian.

  37. rikyrah says:

    good comment from Camille:

    Camille

    There’s nothing quite so irritating as listening to the hollow and disingenuous musings of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes or any of these phony twits pretending to care –or even to understand or respect men like Medgar Evers and his wife, their fight, their cause, or their legacy–

    Particularly when in the next breath or the very next segment, they without any shame or self-awareness, proceed without any qualms to disrespect, slay and lie on the first black president and his wife.

    And compare the cowardly traitor Snowden to MLK–

  38. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy HUMPday! :-)

  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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