Monday Open Thread | Black Opera Singers Week | Marian Anderson

Happy Monday Everyone. This week 3 Chics is featuring Black female opera singers. Today’s artist is the incomparable Ms. Marian Anderson.


Marian Anderson displayed vocal talent as a child, but her family could not afford to pay for formal training. Members of her church congregation raised funds for her to attend a music school for a year, and in 1955 she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Wiki:  Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993)[1] was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said “Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.”[2] Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although offered roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals.[2]

Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Met was the only time she sang an opera role on stage.

Anderson worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a “goodwill ambassadress” for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.



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1939 Lincoln Memorial concert
In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in their Constitution Hall. At the time, Washington, D.C., was a segregated city and black patrons were upset that they had to sit at the back of Constitution Hall. The District of Columbia Board of Education also declined a request to use the auditorium of a white public high school.



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53 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Black Opera Singers Week | Marian Anderson

  1. Ametia says:

    Chicago Blackhawks beat Boston Bruins 3-2 to win the NHL Stanley Cup. Chicago won the series 4-2.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Ok, now this is funny as hell.

    oh Snowden, in case you can’t hear it…it’s the bus that GG just threw your azz under.


    Charles Johnson


    Greenwald: “Whether he ends up in the
    hands of Castro or whatever, it doesn’t really make a difference.” Done,
    done, on to the next one.

    7:10 PM – 24 Jun 2013

  3. Ametia says:

    “You better go in the backyard and cut yourself a switch boy!”


  4. rikyrah says:

    Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco5m
    Tavis on CNN defending #Snowden and bashing Obama with Piers.

    • rikyrah says:

      Amarlie @marabout40

      @Mama4Obama1 @washingtonpost so all he did for the three months he worked there was steal data. #LockHimUp

      aspirational12 @aspirational12

      @marabout40 @Mama4Obama1 @washingtonpost And getting paid 6-figure salary to do this – with a GED. Talk about affirmative action…

      • Ametia says:

        Spot on tweets. Folks can MISS me all the way around with Snowden and heroism.

        And I’ll repeat; PBO and the DOJ aren’t playing with this MOFO. Ask Bin Laden who found and captured his ass after nine years. What, he’s not around to talk about?

  5. rikyrah says:

    reason 10190190191 why Hayes’ ratings are in the toilet:

    Dylan Byers ‏@DylanByers2m
    Glenn Greenwald will be on “All In With Chris Hayes” tonight #MSNBC

  6. rikyrah says:

    Snowden Is a Spy
    by Michael Tomasky Jun 24, 2013 1:35 PM EDT

    If this South China Morning Post story is right, Edward Snowden isn’t admirable in the least and is nothing more than a spy:

    Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone – to obtain evidence on Washington’s cyberspying networks, the South China Morning Post can reveal.

    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media.

    “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.”

    That’s a spy. Period. True, he did not do the usual spy thing of selling the information. Lots of spies haven’t been in it for the money. Start with Philby and his circle and go on from there. It seems quite obvious from his own words that Snowden is a sort of post-ideological Philby. If he’s committed to an -ism, it’s probably a vague kind of techno-post-nation-ism in which the nation state is perforce a tyrannical entity and must therefor become a thing of obsolesence. That, along with a healthy dose of me-ism.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Snowden’s attorney: “He never anticipated this would be such a big matter”:

  8. rikyrah says:

    Sweet – June 24, 2013 1:29 pm
    Michelle Obama taps Estee Lauder exec to be new communications chief

    First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday tapped Estee Lauder executive Maria Cristina González Noguera to be her new communications chief–her third–to replace Kristina Schake, heading to L’Orleal USA after focusing on burnishing Mrs. Obama’s multi-platform “brand” during her tenure.

    Noguera will bring a “fresh perspective” to Mrs. Obama’s comms operation, the First Lady said in a statement.

    Schake is moving on to L’Oreal USA, the cosmetics company as Chief Communications Officer effective July 08, 2013, the company said in a release.

    “Schake will represent L’Oreal USA for all corporate communications and will lead the external communications strategy in the areas of public and media relations, industry and government relations, sustainability and crisis communications. In addition, Schake will oversee our Corporate Philanthropic programs,” the company said.

    Camille Johnston, Mrs. Obama’s first comms chief, left in July, 2010 to
    join the Siemens Corporation as Vice President, Corporate Affairs,

    Mrs. Obama, referring to her incoming staffer as “MC” said,in a statement, “Kristina has been an essential and valued advisor to me over the past two and a half years. Her expertise in strategic planning and her creativity have been invaluable not just to me but to the entire Administration and I am truly grateful for her leadership and counsel. While she will be greatly missed at the White House, the impact of her work will be lasting.”

    “While Kristina leaves big shoes to fill, MC brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise that will make her an incredible asset to our team. My time at the White House has been focused on ensuring all our children and families thrive, and as an experienced communications professional who shares my commitment to this mission, I know MC will be an outstanding partner.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Why did Snowden take the job at Booz Allen?

    For a while now some of us have noticed that Edward Snowden took his job at Booz Allen after he contacted Glenn Greenwald to discuss leaking information about the NSA. Greenwald has always dismissed questions about this because he says Snowden worked on contract with the NSA in previous positions. That was never the point. The question has always been, why would he decide to leak and THEN take the job at Booz Allen?

    Today, the South China Morning Post (the Hong Kong paper Snowden has been talking to for awhile now) answered that question. If true (and we have no reason to doubt these folks based on their previous reporting), this is HUGE!

    Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone – to obtain evidence on Washington’s cyberspying networks, the South China Morning Post can reveal.

    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media.

    “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.

    First of all, this not only cooks Snowden’s goose pretty completely. But we now have every reason to question Glenn Greenwald’s role in all this. Did he know about or in any way influence Snowden’s decision to take the job specifically for the purpose of leaking? If so, he’s implicated in a criminal conspiracy. I’m not one that thinks these kinds of questions should necessarily require a court of law to be answered. Greenwald wants to claim the mantle of “journalist.” Its time he came clean.

  10. rikyrah says:

    In Texas ‘rape kits’ debate, the sound of abortion politics
    By Laura Conaway
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:52 PM EDT

    A reported 800 people turned out in Texas yesterday for the legislature’s debate on anti-abortion bills that could close 37 of the 42 women’s clinics in the state. The House debate lasted 15 hours, and the vote happened around 3:25 this morning.

    With Republicans in firm control of the chamber and united behind the bill, the outcome was not really in doubt. But as we have seen in Virginia, Wisconsin and Ohio — to name a few — the minority Democrats managed to get the bill’s Republican supporters on record about their explicit belief that government has the right to control women’s private medical needs and their understanding about what, in practice, that means.

    Thus the Texas bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Jodie Laubenberg, found herself making this argument last night about why she opposed adding an exception for women who have been raped (apologies for the quality of the video, which is after the jump):

    [I]n hospital emergency rooms, we have funded what’s called rape kits that will help the woman, basically clean her out. And then hopefully that will alleviate that.”

    She was then interrupted by Democratic Representative Dawnna Dukes, who wanted to hear that part again, please:

    Representative Laubenberg, you said these ladies would be able to acquire an abortion at one of the emergency rooms?

    And so Laubenberg said it again, only more so:

    In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits that the woman, she’ll get cleaned out, basically like a D&C, and emergency contraception, where they can also do the morning-after pill.

    Now Laubenberg’s “seeming confusion” about the kits used to collect forensic evidence will outlive this week in Texas legislative history, as will the issue of whether the courts will allow the state this level of decision-making about individual women’s health. After another couple of hours delay, the Texas House gave final approval to the bill just after 10 A.M. local time. It now goes to the Senate, where Democrats say they will try to filibuster it until the clock runs out on the special session at midnight on Tuesday.

  11. rikyrah says:

    A Misdiagnosed Problem

    by BooMan
    Mon Jun 24th, 2013 at 01:35:09 PM EST

    I’m not going to argue that it is helpful to the Republican cause to have some of their male officeholders talking about masturbating fetuses or the sanctity of rape babies or saying that rape kits are a form of abortion. Your average woman is horrified when they hear Republican men say that wanting access to contraception makes you a slut or that it’s almost impossible to get pregnant while being raped. But I don’t know that this is really the biggest problem the Republicans have with women right now.

    “For every step forward Republicans have taken to promote positive messages on jobs, the economy, the recent scandals or the negative impacts of ‘Obamacare,’ comments from a small handful of members—ranging from the unbelievable to the absurd—have drowned them out,” said a female GOP strategist. “These comments are scaring and alienating women, and it’s sad because conservative policies help women far more than liberal policies do.”
    Republican women lawmakers are “growing increasingly frustrated,” according to one GOP lawmaker. The leadership needs to weigh in. “It’s not changing people’s minds, it’s just saying, ‘Hey, don’t say stupid things,’ ” the lawmaker said.

    But that’s exactly the problem: Leadership hasn’t told anybody to knock it off, according to another GOP lawmaker.

    “Nobody wants to stick their neck out too far,” the legislator said. “The problem is, nobody confronts members.”

    I mean, yes, this stuff is toxic. But it’s nothing compared to what is going on at the state level. For example, right now, in Texas and Kansas we’re seeing an unprecedented assault on women’s reproductive health. Those states are hardly alone. Wherever the Republicans have the power to pass legislation over Democratic objections, they are attacking abortion rights and women’s access to reproductive health care. This harms women seeking to avoid pregnancy, women seeking to terminate a pregnancy (for any reason), and women seeking to have a healthy pregnancy.

    I don’t think that most women are going to give the national Republican Party a pass just because these laws are being enacted by state-level Republicans. When a Republican governor signs a bill that compels women seeking an abortion to undergo a compulsory vaginal probe and then watch the resulting ultrasound, that reflects poorly on Republicans everywhere. And it’s real. It’s not just some stupid rhetoric.

    When some local yahoo in Texas says that women should be denied rape kits because they had five months to make a decision about whether or not to carry their rape baby to term, you’ve entered Wonderland. A Rape Kit helps gather forensic evidence in the aftermath of a sexual assault. Rape Kits don’t abort fetuses. You don’t use them five months after the alleged crime. But these comments were made to defend real legislation. Real legislation that omits any exemptions for rape.

    When local legislatures are passing one Rape Daddy’s Bill of Rights law after another, does it really matter what a few unhinged members of Congress have to say?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    When someone says he took a job to steal national security secrets, he is not a whistleblower or a hero. #Snowden

    11:41 AM – 24 Jun 2013

  13. rikyrah says:

    Wieland @lawscribe

    Remember my screen cap of @ggreenwald Now Snowden’s job at Booz admission underscores timeline’s importance.

    11:38 AM – 24 Jun 2013

  14. rikyrah says:

    meta @metaquest

    Snowden’s admission of motive & intent to steal dox from BZ coupled w/his collaboration with GG widens the scope of this criminal activity.

    11:37 AM – 24 Jun 2013

  15. rikyrah says:

    Immigration Bus is Leaving

    by BooMan
    Mon Jun 24th, 2013 at 09:25:35 AM EST

    The Hill reports that support in the Senate is snowballing in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. We’re talking in the 68-72 range. It’s a few days old, but Chris Cillizza has a whip count that shows where people stand. Despite Rand Paul moving firmly into the ‘no’ camp since then, the count has continued to improve. It now looks possible that all 54 Democrats will be supportive. There are only six totally committed and on-the-record opponents: Chuck Grassley of Iowa, David Vitter of Louisiana, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. There are another twelve senators in the ‘likely no’ camp. That places the upper limit at 82 votes, so we can see why some are predicting a number as high as seventy-two. Also helpful, Bill O’Reilly endorsed the bill on Thursday night.
    What seems to have been decisive was the decision to accept an amendment introduced by Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee that will spend a whopping $38 billion on border agents and fence-building. In comparison Socialist Bernie Sander’s support was apparently obtained with a $1.5 billion youth jobs program. Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich were able to carve out some kind of exemption for foreign workers in the state’s fishing industry.

    Opponents of reform are going to feel very isolated, especially now that the Senate has decided to spend a ludicrous amount of money on border security and the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the bill will save $700 billion over the next two decades. Senator Schumer predicted that House inaction on the Senate bill would result in a million or more people marching in the DC streets, which is not a bad prediction.

    Still, this is John Boehner we’re talking about here. He’s the guy who just brought the Farm Bill to the floor and watched his own party crush it

  16. rikyrah says:

    folks been saying this all along.

    he didn’t ‘discover’ shyt that made him ‘ reveal’ because of his ‘ conscience’.



    EXCLUSIVE: Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance

    Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone – to obtain evidence on Washington’s cyberspying networks, the South China Morning Post can reveal.

    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz
    Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security
    Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to…

    • Ametia says:

      Let this LOSER Snowden keep running, plotting, and scheming.

      Question:Whose administration sought out, found, and killed Osama Bin Laden?

      THE END!

  17. rikyrah says:

    Supreme Court sets stage for fights over buffer zones, recess appointments
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:16 AM EDT.

    While high court rulings are always noteworthy, this morning the Supreme Court also announced some cases it will hear in its next term, two of which are going to be doozies.

    For example, the justices will consider a challenge to a 2007 Massachusetts law that bars protests in 35-foot “buffer zones” around abortion clinic entrances, exits and driveways.

    The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from abortion opponents, who wanted the law thrown out. The law allows individuals to enter the buffer zone only to enter or leave the clinic or reach a destination other than the clinic.

    Abortion opponents who regularly stand outside clinics in Boston, Worcester and Springfield claimed the law unfairly keeps them from engaging patients in conversations at a closer distance.

    The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, saying it protects rights of prospective patients and clinic employees “without offending the First Amendment rights of others.”

    And in a case that will have major implications in Washington, recess appointments will have their day in court, too.

    The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide next term whether President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by making appointments while the Senate was on break last year.

    The case at hand involves Obama’s appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), but the broader issue concerns the power that presidents throughout history have used to fill their administrations in the face of Senate opposition and inaction.

    The justices will review a broad ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upset decades of understanding about the president’s recess appointment power. The court ruled that presidents may make recess appointments only between enumerated sessions of the Senate, not when senators take an intra-session break.

  18. rikyrah says:

    High court largely sidesteps affirmative action case in 7-1 ruling
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:17 AM EDT

    One of the four biggest cases of the current Supreme Court term deals with the constitutionality of affirmative action in a case called Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The ruling came down this morning, and in a 7-1 decision, the high court majority sent the case back to the lower court to be heard again. More soon.

    First Update: Here’s Scotusblog’s plain-English summary of what the Fischer case was all about.

    Second Update: The entirely of the ruling is online here (pdf). Note, as Supreme Court decisions go, this one is pretty short.

    Third Update: The lone dissent was written by Justice Ginsburg, and there were concurring opinions from Justices Scalia and Thomas. There are only eight justices in total because Kagan recused herself from the case.

    Fourth Update: For those who’ve followed this case closely, the key was seeing whether the high court was prepared to overturn its previous rulings defending the legality of affirmative action. This morning, they did not — the precedent remains intact. However, it appears the court majority supports “narrow tailoring,” which would restrict the existing law on affirmative action, and these justices have clearly left the door open for future challenges.

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Will John Boehner really kill historic opportunity to reform immigration?

    By Greg Sargent, Published: June 24, 2013 at 9:17 amE-mail the writer

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    By all indications, the emerging immigration reform bill may get as many as 70 votes in the Senate this week, as Chuck Schumer predicted on CNN yesterday. And so attention is turning to the question of whether comprehensive reform has a prayer of passing the House. National Journal has a piece this morning capturing the emerging sense among many observers that House Republicans may kill reform on behalf of a GOP base that can’t accept it.

    But make no mistake: If the base does succeed in killing immigration reform, it’s only because House GOP leaders allowed it to.

    To be sure, the possibility that House Republicans may catch an earful from constituents during the coming August recess — dimming hopes for reform — is very real. As National Journal puts it: “The last time the Senate passed a major immigration bill in 2006, House Republicans used the August recess to kill it by staging a series of hearings around the country that did nothing but rile up conservatives against it.”

    That sounds scary. And look, it’s all but certain that in the end, a majority of House Republicans won’t support anything that includes a path to citizenship, which will cast real doubt on reform’s prospects. But what folks aren’t quite reckoning with yet is the amount of intense pressure John Boehner and other House GOP leaders are going to feel to let comprehensive reform come to a vote, even if it must pass the House with mostly Dems.

    Boehner has vowed this won’t happen. But if reform passes the Senate with 70 votes, leading GOP Senators such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and top members of the consultant/strategist establishment, such as Karl Rove, will fan across the airwaves and pummel away at the House GOP leadership to allow it to come to a vote, arguing that failure to do so will constitute demographic suicide. The Wall Street Journal editorial page and other GOP-aligned opinion leaders such as Sean Hannity will likely join the chorus.

  20. Ametia says:

    Supreme Court sends back University of Texas race admissions plan to lower court
    By Associated Press,

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look.

    The court’s 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny.

    The compromise ruling throws out the decision by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the Texas admission plan.

    Kennedy said the appeals court did not test the Texas plan under the most exacting level of judicial review.

    He said such a test is required by the court’s 2003 decision upholding affirmative action in higher education.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the lone dissenter.

    Justice Clarence Thomas, alone on the court, said he would have overturned the high court’s 2003 ruling


  21. Ametia says:

    Supreme Court issues ruling in affirmative action case from Texas. Details soon.

  22. rikyrah says:

    ‘The party has to be bigger than Utah and South Carolina’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:15 AM EDT.

    To listen to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and many of his allies, the Republican Party does not need to fear political fallout from killing comprehensive immigration reform — they’ll just blame Democrats for including measures like a pathway to citizenship, which drove GOP lawmakers away.

    On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pointed in a very different direction.
    For those who can’t watch clips online, Graham delivered this nice little mini-speech on the air:

    “As to the Republican Party, here is my firm belief: America is not divided on this, Mike. Seventy percent of Americans including Republicans support an earned-pathway to citizenship over a 13 year period where you get in the back of the line, learn the language and pay a fine. So to the Republican Party: this is a chance to improve our economy, reduce the deficit by $890 billion to get border security you will never see in your lifetime, to regain our sovereignty.

    “And if it fails and we are blamed for its failure our party is in trouble with Hispanics, not because we are conservative, but because of the rhetoric and the way we’ve handled this issue. I want to get reattached to the Hispanic community, to sell conservatism, pass comprehensive immigration reform and grow this party. The party has to be bigger than Utah and South Carolina. The Hispanic community is very close to our values but we have driven them away over this issue. Let’s fix this problem for the good of the country and the good of the party. And this bill does that, my friend.”

    I don’t agree with Graham on much, but in this case, the Gang of Eight member’s assessment sounds pretty persuasive. There can be no doubt that if Republicans kill immigration reform — again — efforts to blame Democrats will be dismissed as ridiculous.

  23. rikyrah says: @TheObamaDiary

    Random fact: 10 members on board of Snowden fan club @FreedomofPress, including @ggreenwald. How many are white? 10.

    10:45 PM – 23 Jun 2013

    • Ametia says:

      Add Bill Press to the list of white boys. He finds it utterly amusing that Snowden’s on the run, and asked his guest if the WH is taking a hit for him not being captured already.

  24. rikyrah says:

    White House asks Russia to expel NSA leaker Snowden
    By Justin Sink – 06/24/13 09:02 AM ET

    The White House on Monday called on Russian authorities to expel former defense contractor Edward Snowden, who is responsible for leaking information about top secret National Security Agency surveillance programs, after he fled to Moscow from Hong Kong to avoid extradition.

    “We now understand Mr. Snowden is on Russian soil,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

    “Given our intensified cooperation after the Boston marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters — including returning numerous high level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government — we expect the Russian Government to look at all options available to expel Mr. Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Under GOP Plan, States Would Be Free To Take Money Away From Poorest Schools

    By Alan Pyke on Jun 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Republicans are reintroducing a bill to allow states to redistribute federal education dollars currently targeted at the country’s poorest school districts. The A-PLUS Act, originally crafted by the arch-conservative Heritage Foundation, was first introduced in 2007, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) have revived it for 2013.

    The measure represents the conservative establishment’s answer to the failures of the Bush-era education reforms known as No Child Left Behind. Proponents argue it would close achievement gaps by freeing states to spend federal money allocated to poverty-stricken schools without being bound by the conditions of current education laws. But as a ThinkProgress guest blogger wrote in 2011, the bill would “widen achievement gaps rather than close them” because states are unlikely to maintain funding levels for poor schools if given the freedom A-PLUS provides:

    The sad fact is that states don’t always take actions to support their most vulnerable children. Texas officials recently battled over whether education money should be used to actually provide education services to children, a standoff that ended after nine long months. As budget cuts force increasing numbers of states to wrestle with funding challenges, federal Title I funds must remain a stable source of funding for students who have the least access to resource

  26. rikyrah says:

    Peter King Blasts Rand Paul Over Snowden: ‘What’s Happening To Our Country When This Traitor Is A Hero?’
    by Evan McMurry | 3:15 pm, June 23rd, 2013

    On CNN Sunday afternoon, New York Representative Peter King denounced NSA leaker-turned international fugitive Edward Snowden and those, like Rand Paul, who are defending him.

    “I wish all Americans, including Senator Rand Paul, would realize that [Snowden] is no hero,” King said emphatically. “I know on CNN today Rand Paul compared Snowden to General Clapper. I don’t know what’s happening to our country when people are making this traitor and defector into some kind of hero, and at the same time castigating a true American hero.”

    Earlier on Sunday, Paul told Candy Crowley, “Mr. Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy. So I think there will be a judgment because both of them broke the law, and history will have to determine.”

    Like Chuck Schumer, thinks Putin had to have approved of Snowden’s arrival in Moscow. “They would not have sent him to Russia unless Putin had agreed in advance with the Chinese and with Hong Kong to allow Snowden in there and to expedite whatever’s happening Ecuador,” King said.

    “We can’t allow Russia to do this without diplomatic consequences,” King continued. “The opportunity will come over the next several months or year, when Russia will need us with something involving trad,e involving diplomacy, involving finance, where the U.S. will basically say no, and we will make it difficult for Putin. He should know now not to expect any favors.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    I am so tired of this racist, grifting clown, insulting Black folks and our History in this country.

    VIDEO: Rand Paul Compares NSA Surveillance To “Lynching”

    In comments to WHAS-11 while volunteering at a food pantry in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul said, “There was a time in our country…we judged the guilt of African-Americans by lynching. People say ‘oh that’s a dramatic comparison’– well that’s why he have steps and processes you go through to make sure you don’t have adjudication of guilt without a trial, without a lawyer, without a judge involved.”

    Lynchings were lawless murders, mostly of black Americans, that often took place in the south after the Civil War. An estimated 3,500 black Americans were killed as a result of the racist practice.

    During his 2010 campaign for the US Senate, Paul said he would have opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying he agreed with its sentiments but felt it intruded in the operation of private business.

    • Ametia says:

      So RAnd Paul, the grifting racist is essentially ok with blacks being lynched, but not the treasonous white boy Snowden being extricated and charged with leaking classified US security info. The Libertarians should be mighty proud of the bigotry.

  28. rikyrah says:

    This series is going to be wonderful and informative…thank you

  29. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy Mun-dane! :-)

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