Tuesday Open Thread | Craig Morgan | Country Music Week

craig morgan1Craig Morgan Greer (born July 17, 1964, in Kingston Springs, Tennessee), known professionally as Craig Morgan, is an American country music artist. A veteran of the United States Army, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 on Atlantic Records, releasing his self-titled debut album for that label before the closure of its Nashville division in 2000. In 2002, Morgan signed to the independent Broken Bow Records, on which he released three studio albums: 2003’s I Love It, 2005’s My Kind of Livin’, and 2006’s Little Bit of Life. These produced several chart hits, including “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts and was that publication’s Number One country hit of 2005. A greatest hits package followed in mid- 2008 before Morgan left the label for BNA Records, on which he released That’s Why later that same year. My Kind of Livin’ is also his highest-selling album, having been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America

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142 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Craig Morgan | Country Music Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Political Animal
    July 23, 2013 5:05 PM
    The Sisyphian Task of Making GOP Latino-Friendly

    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s pretty obvious that the sudden interest in House GOP circles in some sort of DREAM Act-ish accommodation of the children of undocumented workers is closely related to the growing unlikelihood that the chamber will accept any sort of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. House Republicans aren’t anti-immigrant or anti-Latino, you see, they just have an old-fashioned attachment to the theory that people shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law.

    The “Kids Act” makeover, however, isn’t likely to work, argues Greg Sargent, because Latino media are very attuned to the dynamics of the immigration debate, and can’t be fooled by half-measures.

    There’s another problem, though: House Republicans can’t keep their own members in line in peddling the Reform Lite message. Consider Steve King, who introduced a successful amendment to revoke the president’s enforcement amnesty for “DREAMers:”

    Iowa conservative Republican Congressman Steve King said in an interview with Newsmax that for every valedictorian DREAMer who has been brought to this country by his or her family, “…there’s another 100 out there who, they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.

    Nice, eh? Now do Latinos “understand” King is just the south end of a north-bound brontosaurus, and not representative of House Republicans generally?

    Nope. A recent survey from Latino Decisions tested a number of abrasive Republican comments about Latinos and immigration reform by House Republicans—two, as it happens, were from Steve King—and found that two-thirds of Latino respondents figured that “many” (as opposed to “only a few”) Republicans in Congress felt that way.


  2. rikyrah says:

    Poll: Liz Cheney’s Senate Aspirations May Be Dead On Arrival
    July 23rd, 2013 6:01 pm Allison Brito

    After announcing last week that she would be mounting a primary challenge against incumbent senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, early polls suggest Liz Cheney may have been overly optimistic about her odds of winning in the Cowboy State.

    According to a Public Policy Polling poll released on Tuesday, only 33 percent of Wyoming voters have a favorable opinion of Cheney. Furthermore, the 46th vice president’s daughter trails both Senator Enzi and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) in a primary matchup.

    At this point, Cheney’s only chance of winning the Senate seat would be the highly unlikely combination of Senator Enzi suddenly deciding to no longer seek re-election, and challenger Gary Trauner — who currently holds a 19 percent favorability rating in the state — winning the Democratic nomination.

    Cheney isn’t as well received as her father, who holds a 50 percent favorability rating among Wyoming voters. This may have something to do with the fact that voters in Wyoming know that she isn’t native to the state. In the video announcing her candidacy Cheney claimed to be a Wyomingite, but declined to mention that she has never actually lived there. When asked by PPP “Do you think it would be more appropriate for Liz Cheney to run for the Senate from Wyoming or Virginia?” 50 percent of Wyoming voters said Cheney should consider running in Virginia.

    Dean Debnam, president of PPP said, “Liz Cheney’s Senate prospects don’t look very good. Wyoming voters see her as an outsider, and on top of that Mike Enzi is very popular in the state.” Enzi holds a 59 percent approval rating, nearly double Cheney’s.

    Even if Cheney were to defeat Enzi, she would face more trouble in the general election. In a hypothetical matchup between Cheney and former Democratic governor of Wyoming Dave Freudenthal, PPP finds Freudenthal ahead by a three-point margin. In the country’s third most conservative state, Cheney ought to be stunned and alarmed that a Democrat holds a viable chance of defeating her in a general election.

    Realistically, Enzi’s state should remain comfortably in Republican hands, but if by chance Liz Cheney won the primary, she would be risking GOP control of the seat. In fact, before Cheney formally announced her campaign, former Wyoming senator Alan Simpson warned of the possibility of her running: “It’s a disaster—a divisive, ugly situation—and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”


  3. rikyrah says:

    Government shutdown looms over ObamaCare
    By Alexander Bolton – 07/23/13 05:00 AM ET

    ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall.

    Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

    But such a move is a nonstarter for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Republicans have tried this maneuver in Obama’s first term, only to back off later to the chagrin of Tea Party leaders.

    This time, GOP lawmakers are emboldened by problems plaguing the administration’s ObamaCare implementation. But that zeal could put Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a tough spot. Both leaders have downplayed previous talk of shuttering the government.

    In the House, 64 Republicans have signed onto a letter pressing Boehner not to bring any legislation funding ObamaCare to the floor.

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the leader of the Senate effort, predicts the vast majority of the Senate Republican Conference will back his plan, giving him enough votes to sustain a filibuster of a stopgap spending measure.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/312727-shutdown-looms-over-obamacare#ixzz2ZvF4koTb

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Republicans are deluding themselves — time is on Obamacare’s side

    By Greg Sargent, Published: July 23 at 9:15 amE-mail the writer

    You constantly hear Republicans predicting that Obamacare will “collapse under its own weight,” one of the leading talking points predicting certain Apocalypse for the president’s signature domestic achievement. But, in a piece that should be widely read today, conservative writer Byron York ventures a question: “Are Republicans fooling themselves on Obamacare?” What if Republicans are getting it wrong? As York notes, another school of thought is taking hold among some policy-minded conservatives:

    A lot of thoughtful conservatives are looking beyond Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, the day the law (except for the parts the president has unilaterally postponed) is scheduled to go fully into effect. On that day the government will begin subsidizing health insurance for millions of Americans. (A family of four with income as high as $88,000 will be eligible for subsidies.) When people begin receiving that entitlement, the dynamics of the Obamacare debate will change.

    At that point, the Republican mantra of total repeal will become obsolete. The administration will mount a huge public relations campaign to highlight individuals who have received government assistance to help them afford, say, chemotherapy, or dialysis, or some other life-saving treatment. Will Republicans advocate cutting off the funds that help pay for such care?

    The answer is no. Facing that reality, the GOP is likely to change its approach, arguing that those people should be helped while the rest of Obamacare is somehow dismantled.

    Correct. As Jamelle Bouie noted here the other day, as Obamacare’s benefits kick in, a whole new constituency will be created over time, one that Republicans at all levels of government may prove reluctant to alienate.


  5. rikyrah says:

    They’re a Bunch of Effing Amateurs

    by BooMan
    Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 06:21:58 PM EST

    I don’t know that you can accurately call what the House Republicans are attempting with the budget a “strategy,” but anything that delusional will eventually collapse from the weight of its own stupidity. Consider that 73 senators just voted for cloture on Barbara Mikulski’s Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. And then consider that the Senate bill costs $10 billion (or about 25%) more than the House version. Overall, the Senate is planning on spending $91 billion more than the House.

    But the real delusion is on military spending. If the House doesn’t come to some compromise with the Senate, military spending will be gutted and most of the domestic cuts will be undone.

    What makes the Ryan budget doubly difficult is it lowers total spending while also tilting the remaining funds to the Pentagon at the expense of nondefense programs.

    Total appropriations fall to $967 billion even as defense spending is restored to $552 billion — about $33 billion above post-sequester levels. To make room, nondefense spending must drop then to approximately $414.4 billion.

    That’s a 12 percent cut on top of the reductions made in sequestration and far deeper than what was anticipated in the 2011 BCA. But without some compromise, the BCA will reassert itself this winter with the opposite result.

    Domestic appropriations will be largely untouched. Defense will be reduced to $498 billion or $54 billion less than what the House is proposing.


  6. rikyrah says:

    tweet of the day:

    KOLA BOOF (Official) ‏@KolaBoof22 Jul
    Cornel West ain’t never had no black pussy. NONE. And Tavis ain’t never had pussy period. So why they this stupid strategically?

  7. rikyrah says:

    The KKK hoodie pic is in the sidebar pic post

  8. Victory! Charges against Tremaine McMillian are dropped.

    That’s the power of the people!

    Tremaine McMillian’s mother Maurissa watched as her 14-year-old son was forced to the ground in public by the police as he played with his puppy on the beach. He was choked in a headlock because the police said his body posture was “threatening” — and then charged with a felony.

    Maurissa started a petition on Change.org to get the charges dropped against her son. After 186,539 people signed, including you, her petition won! Tremaine won’t be charged with any crimes.


  9. rikyrah says:

    A lot on the line in ‘Obama phone’ fight
    By JESSICA MEYERS | 7/23/13 4:57 AM EDT

    TracFone, a prepaid service provider led by one of the world’s richest men, longs to cut the “Obama phone” line of attacks to save a program for the poor — and its bottom line.

    The company, controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has launched a lobbying ground war to promote the controversial phone subsidy initiative known as Lifeline. And in the wake of congressional blasts, the program’s largest participant has found backhanded support from an unlikely coalition of rights groups and industry advocates pushing for the same goal: to spare it.Continue Lifeline grew out of the 1980s Bell System breakup to ensure low-income households had access to landlines. But the program earned the false label “Obama phone” in 2012 when critics accused the White House of handing out cellphones.

    The name stuck.
    “We had enough,” said Jose Fuentes, a spokesman for Miami-based TracFone who registered as a federal lobbyist this spring. “A lot of this misinformation was generated by Washington lawmakers themselves. And a few members have picked up on this issue and made it a political one to score points back in their districts.”


  10. rikyrah says:

    BigBoi ‏@BigBoithedog Protected account1m
    Press conference from the “family” that ZimmerMAN helped rescue coming up at 1:30. I wonder if SPD helped arrange this?

  11. rikyrah says:

    Brokey McPoverty ‏@brokeymcpoverty 9m
    remember when jesse jackson said he wanted to cut obama’s nuts off? LOOOL. obama’s the new kid in school that stole everybody’s crushes.

    Brokey McPoverty ‏@brokeymcpoverty 8m
    obama walks into the lunch room, sits with cornel, tavis, and jesse. ‘what’s up guys?’ cornel yells NOT YOU!, pushes his tray off the table

    Brokey McPoverty ‏@brokeymcpoverty 7m
    obama says okay, cool. goes to sit at a table alone. soon people start sitting with him bc he just looks so cool. cornel & company seethe.

    Brokey McPoverty ‏@brokeymcpoverty 7m
    jesse says ‘i do not like barack obama/i do not like him or his mama.’ tavis says ‘dont worry. we’ll start a rumor that he can’t read.’

  12. rikyrah says:

    Daycare Teacher Fired for Leaving Classroom to Save Children from Fire

    Going above and beyond the call of duty normally earns an employee praise from his or her superiors, but one daycare teacher in Florida says she was fired for doing more than was required by her job description.

    Michelle Hammack was inside her classroom at the Little Temples Childcare in Jacksonville, when she suddenly smelled smoke.

    “I just leaned over and peeked around and there was a fire in the oven,” she told WTEV’s Action News. “I ran in there and opened it to try to put it out, and the fire alarm started going off.”

    With little time to assess the scope of the situation, Hammack quickly headed back into the classroom, and awoke the children from their nap.


  13. Ametia says:


    In case you don’t speak Spanish, this video was about UNIVISION being NUMBER 1. That’s right it beat out FOX, NBC, MSNBC, CNN.

    And now check out this doofus on Univision. How many Latinos watched this clown make an even bigger bigoted, lyiing fool of himself. THE GOP is TOAST!

  14. rikyrah says:

    -☺Keith Boykin
    “Black children, especially boys, are stereotyped as pre-criminals; not adorably naughty, like white boys.” http://thesocietypages.org/soc

    – – -☺ 7-year-old white kid goes for joyride, lands on Today Show. 7-year-old black kid goes for joyride, lands in jail. http://thesocietypages.org/soc…/07/17/framing-childrens-deviance/ …

  15. rikyrah says:

    PD’s Ray Kelly Defends ‘Essential’ Stop-And-Frisk On Morning Joe: ‘You Can’t Police Without It’

    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly took his full court press defense of New York’s stop-and-frisk program to Morning Joe Tuesday, arguing that the tactic has been “essential” to the city’s drop in crime over the 11 years since he’s been in his position.

    As Mika Brzezinski pointed out in her introduction of Kelly, “stop-and-frisk has really become the next conversation after Stand Your Ground” in terms of racial profiling. She asked the commissioner to explain how his departments massive number of stop-and-frisks have reduced crime in New York City.


  16. rikyrah says:

    Troubles plague the ‘KIDS Act’
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:08 PM EDT

    Congressional Republicans are already taking a beating from the latest Spanish-language television network in the country. How about the largest Spanish-language newspaper?

    Last week, House GOP leaders embraced something called the “KIDS Act,” which is basically the renamed Republican version of the DREAM Act. The political calculation isn’t subtle: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) may kill comprehensive immigration reform, but they’re hoping this lesser bill softens the political impact.

    There are, of course, several problems. For one thing, Boehner and Cantor have already voted against a nearly identical measure, reinforcing doubts about their sincerity. For another, their bill would let children who were brought into the U.S. illegally stay, but still call for the deportation of those kids’ parents.

    La Opinion, a Los Angeles-based outlet with a larger circulation that any other Spanish-language newspaper, is unimpressed (via Benjy Sarlin).


  17. rikyrah says:

    Boehner’s dangerous incoherence on the debt ceiling
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:44 PM EDT

    The nation still has some time before there’s any kind of debt-ceiling crisis to worry about, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continues to argue that he and his party intend to create this crisis, on purpose, unless their hostage demands are met.

    Boehner told reporters this morning that congressional Republicans are “not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It’s as simple as that.” He added, “I believe the so-called Boehner Rule is the right formula for getting that done.”

    Given how important this is — we’re talking about a crisis that could crash the economy and destroy the full faith and credit of the United States — it’s important to appreciate the extent to which the Speaker is dangerously incoherent. The man simply has no idea what he’s talking about, but when he plays with fire he doesn’t understand, it’s all of us who get burned.

    As we discussed a while back, Boehner came up with this manufactured “rule” in 2011: for every dollar the debt limit goes up, Democrats have to give an equal, dollar-for-dollar amount of spending cuts. What was the substantive policy rationale for the rule? There wasn’t one — the Speaker, who’s never been especially interested in the details of policymaking, simply thought it sounded nice, so he adopted it, called it a “rule,” and demanded that literally everyone involved in the process accept it as gospel.

    Two weeks ago, leading House Republicans decided they’d have to think of something else, because the “Boehner Rule” no longer makes any substantive sense. Today, Boehner decided he still likes the made-up rule after all.

    This is, for lack of a better word, madness.


  18. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s race challenge — and ours
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: July 22

    Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

    Obama’s remarks Friday — a surprise to reporters expecting the usual daily press briefing — were brief and informal. But they amounted to the most important speech about race our first African American president has delivered in office.

    My skepticism about whether Obama should even try to say anything meaningful about Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, had nothing to do with the president’s thoughtfulness or eloquence. I simply feared that whatever he said would be misconstrued — deliberately, by some — in a way that robbed his words of their intended meaning.

    But Obama began by talking about himself. It was disarming to hear the most powerful man in the world speak of powerlessness.

    “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son,” the president said. “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”


  19. rikyrah says:

    Cornel West: MSNBC a ‘rent-a-negro’ network, Sharpton on ‘Obama plantation’

    Dr. Cornel West has recently been under fire for his characteristically outspoken remarks on President Barack Obama’s personal and political views.

    This week he called the president a “global George Zimmerman” when asked to weigh in on his response to the George Zimmerman verdict and now West is directing his ire at MSNBC and, more specifically, one of the cable network’s hosts, Rev. Al Sharpton.


  20. rikyrah says:

    High-Profile Black Actors Pay Tribute to Trayvon Martin: “Little Black Boy Wonder”


  21. Yahtc says:


  22. Yahtc says:

    Here it is:

    Eagle collection

  23. CarolMaeWY says:

    LOL One British paper headline was WOMAN HAS BABY! :) :) :)

  24. rikyrah says:

    The Uncanny Similarity Between the Zimmerman and 2012 Exit Polls


    The first wave of polls on the Zimmerman verdict are in and the results look familiar. Pew Research asked adults whether they were “satisfied” or “dissatisfied” with the Zimmerman verdict and the results were strikingly similar to the last presidential election. Compare today’s poll on the Zimmerman verdict with Pew’s final poll of the 2012 presidential campaign. When it comes to the national result, race, gender, and age, the differences between the presidential race and the Zimmerman trial are negligible and largely within the margin of error.

    That’s not to say there aren’t differences. Perhaps predictably, the Zimmerman verdict is less partisan and less ideological than a partisan and ideological presidential campaign. Nonetheless, liberals and Democrats break clearly for Obama and dissatisfaction with the Zimmerman verdict, while conservatives and Republicans clearly break the other way.


  25. rikyrah says:

    JB20005 •

    Glenn Greenwald endorses Rush Holt in NJ democratic primary.


    GG supports the white guy. What a surprise.

    When Booker wins the primary, how long before Glenn writes an article on how Holt should run third party?

    • Yahtc says:

      I think in our present situation, I would prefer to use the word “resolved, steadfast firmness” in the face of hate.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Tennessee woman fires shots at kid-filled car near her driveway

    A Tennessee woman is facing felony reckless endangerment charges after she allegedly fired multiple times and hit a car full of children that she thought was going to turn around in her driveway.

    Oscar Scott told the Times-News that his wife and five children, ages 4 to 12, had come from their home in Rose Hill, Virginia to Bays Mountain Park on Sunday for a family outing.

    But his plan to take a scenic route home went horrible wrong when he crossed paths with 72-year-old Margie Rhea Ramey.

    “We came around the side of the mountain and saw a road that turned to the right that said Bays Mt. Road,” Scott said. “We figured we’d take it and see if it came out at Bays Mountain Park. We got pretty far down that road and you could see where it turned into an old log road, so I put the vehicle in reverse to turn around.”

    “Just as I got it into reverse she started shooting at us,” he recalled.


  27. rikyrah says:

    Those who Kill Blacks Benefit From Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

    By: Keith Brekhus
    Jul. 22nd, 2013

    On July 16th, Patrick Howley at the Daily Caller posted a provocative article titled “Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate”. The article begins…

    African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans.

    Although Howley’s statements are in fact true, his article is misleading and his facile analysis is deeply flawed because he simply cherry picks the data in such a way that it can support his absurd claim that blacks benefit disproportionately from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Using the same data base for fatal “Stand Your Ground” law cases provided by the Tampa Bay Times, one must conclude that Mr. Howley is either very inept at processing data or that he is intentionally misleading his readers to advance his own ideological agenda. His analysis fails to recognize that the most significant and relevant data instead points to the conclusion not that blacks benefit from the “Stand Your Ground” law as he states, but rather those who kill blacks benefit from the law as it is applied in Florida.

    The Tampa Bay Times analysis of 133 fatal cases where the accused attempted to use the “Stand Your Ground” as a justification for homicide shows that 20 cases are still pending. For the 113 cases that are no longer pending, in 73 cases the accused was considered justified under “Stand Your Ground”, and in 40 cases he or she was convicted for the killing. Justified cases include acquittals, not guilty verdicts, defendants who were not charged, cases that were dismissed and instances where the defendant was granted immunity. While it is true that 2/3rds of African-Americans who used the “Stand Your Ground” defense were considered justified compared to a slightly lower 63 percent for whites, that disparity is due to the fact that most African-Americans invoking “Stand Your Ground” killed other blacks, whereas whites who invoked the defense typically killed other whites. In these cases, it is the race of the victim and not the killer that is most significant in determining whether “Stand Your Ground” is considered a justification for the homicide.

    When the victim is white, the person who kills him or her is convicted 43 percent of the time. When the victim is black, the killer is only convicted 22 percent of the time. The killers of Hispanic victims are also convicted just 22 percent of the time. Although blacks who kill other blacks are found justified under “Stand Your Ground” 73 percent of the time, whites who kill blacks are deemed to be justified in killing the black person 86 percent of the time. When the victim is black and killed by a white or a Hispanic (like Zimmerman) the murder is considered justified 90 percent of the time in the state of Florida. By contrast, when the victim is white and killed by a non-white (black or Hispanic) person, the murder is considered justified just 60 percent of the time.


    • Ametia says:

      This information is not a revelation at all. Just figure the push to write, inact and hold on to this law is revealing enough. It benefits WHITE FOLKS, and DESTROYS POC.

  28. rikyrah says:

    North Carolina sharpens new restrictions on voting
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:15 AM EDT

    Earlier this year, Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina had grand ambitions on new voting restrictions, which they never expected to approve. They knew the Voting Rights Act would send their plan to the Justice Department for approval, and their proposal was certain to be rejected.

    But with the U.S. Supreme Court having gutted the VRA, North Carolina Republicans are no longer holding back. We talked last week about a new voter-ID law — which would prohibit the use of student IDs for reasons proponents cannot explain — and The Nation’s Ari Berman reports today on the latest changes to the state’s “extreme voter-suppression measures.”

    This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it easier for vigilante poll-watchers to challenge eligible voters.

    Counties will be allowed to offer voting on the Sunday before the election, but only if those votes are cast before 1 p.m. Counties will not be allowed to extend polling hours by one hour in the event of long lies.

    Ari added, “The bill even eliminates Citizens Awareness Month to encourage voter registration.”


  29. rikyrah says:

    It’s Time to Investigate Boehner, Issa, and the Republican Criminal Conspiracy

    By: Rmuse
    Jul. 23rd, 2013

    A conspiracy is an agreement to perform together, an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act, and according to legal statutes is a crime in and of itself. Beginning on Inauguration night in 2009, Republicans conspired to deliberately obstruct any and all attempts by new President, Barack Obama, to reverse the devastation of their economic malfeasance that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression, and whether or not it was an illegal act, it was certainly wrongful and subversive. Over the past four-and-a-half years, Republicans have systematically conspired to abrogate their duty as legislators, and between swearing oaths to violate Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, to fabricating false scandals to take down President Obama, or serving corporate interests, it is high time to demand an investigation into Republicans in Congress and take appropriate action to remove them from office.

    On a Sunday talk show, House Speaker John Boehner stated, without reservation and with pride that Republicans “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” and it illustrates that throughout President Obama’s tenure as leader of the Executive branch of government, they have been guilty, at least, of dereliction of duty and at most, conspiring to inflict damage on the federal government. The list of attempts by Republicans to prevent the federal government from operating according to the Constitution is exhaustive, but there are instances that demand an accounting for the certain, and potential, damage they have caused this nation and its people. The Republicans most egregious offenses involve starving the government of resources, and it involves violating their oath of office as well as a well-planned conspiracy to defund the Treasury Department’s ability to collect revenue, and it appears the man charged with providing oversight of the government is at its center.

    Last week Republicans proposed defunding the Internal Revenue Service for doing its due diligence in scrutinizing bogus tax-exempt “social welfare” applications of conservative groups, and according to testimony from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, the IRS was asked by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.” Besides wasting time on a Republican-fabricated scandal, Issa’s campaign profited by raising nearly $450,000 more than his previous quarter for the largest fundraising effort since he took office eleven years ago. There is a petition to demand a Congressional Ethics Committee investigation into Issa for his manufactured IRS scandal, if for no other reason than House Republicans are using the so-called scandal to slash the IRS budget and starve the government of much needed revenue that Republicans have made their primary goal throughout President Obama’s tenure.


  30. rikyrah says:

    Internal Document Reveals House Republicans’ Strategy For Successful Public Events: Plant Questions

    By Judd Legum on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Approval for Congressional Republicans stands at just 24 percent. So how, exactly, can House Republicans make sure their events with constituents go smoothly?

    Republican leaders have an answer: Plant questions.

    In a detailed, 31-page guide produced by the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) repeatedly advises staff to plant questions at public events:

    Advice for a “Meetup”:

    Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts. A meetup event should be closed press so everyone feels comfortable to candidly speak about the issues.

    Advice for a “Roundtable”:

    Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts.

    Advice for a “Health Care Forum”:

    [C]reate a 10-minute talk on the issue and its effects on the specific demographic. Also, have questions prepared to facilitate the discussion.

    The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”


  31. rikyrah says:

    House GOP has a game-plan for August
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:49 AM EDT

    About seven months into the new Congress, House Republicans don’t have much to show for 2013, at least not yet. They’ve passed no major bills; they’re on track to be the least productive since historians started keeping track; and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he wants to be judged by how many laws he repeals — a figure that currently totals zero.

    Given this, it stands to reason that House GOP members will be a little concerned about a cool reception when they return to their home districts during the four-week August recess. After all, Congress hasn’t been this chronically unpopular since the dawn of modern polling, and lawmakers probably shouldn’t expect a hero’s welcome.

    But the House Republican Conference intends to help with an “exceptionally detailed” guide for its members on how best to survive the rest of the summer. It’s a doozy.

    The August House Republican Conference planning kit, titled “Fighting Washington for All Americans,” offers a rare glimpse into the constituent outreach efforts of the GOP. Those efforts, it turns out, are highly calculated, hashtag-heavy and rife with references to the video app Vine.

    The best way to stay in Washington appears to be to deride Washington, and Republican leadership isn’t going to deviate from that familiar formula.


  32. rikyrah says:

    Justice Department Sues Florida Over Disabled Kids in Nursing Homes

    The civil rights division says Florida’s tea party budget cuts are harming vulnerable children.
    By Stephanie Mencimer | Tue Jul. 23, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    The Justice Department Monday sued the state of Florida over its longstanding practice of housing medically fragile and disabled children in geriatric nursing homes, alleging that the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaint has been a long time in coming. DOJ started investigating Florida’s treatment of medically fragile and disabled kids in late 2011. It’s been warning the state ever since that if it didn’t change its practices and find a way for these kids to be cared for at home with their families or in better settings in the community, it would file suit and force the state to act.

    Tea party-dominated Florida has been extremely reluctant to spend any money to provide care for this vulnerable population of children. The state even went so far as to turn down $37.5 million in federal money that would help move children out of nursing homes, all because the money was seen as part of Obamacare. Not even the threat of a civil rights lawsuit, apparently, was enough to get the state to do more.


  33. rikyrah says:

    Latino Homebuyers Face Hostility, Higher Fees, And Fewer Options

    By Aviva Shen on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Though formal “redlining” based on race was banned decades ago, a new report finds that Latinos still face rampant discrimination in the housing market. The report, released Monday from the National Council de la Raza (NCLR), found that Latinos looking to buy or rent homes were more often met with hostility, quoted higher fees, and offered fewer options than white prospective buyers.

    NCLR sent white and Latino testers to try to buy or rent homes in Birmingham, AL, San Antonio, TX, and Atlanta, GA — three cities with burgeoning Latino communities. Though about 58 percent of Latino testers had no complaints, 42 percent were subjected to discrimination. Housing agents were less willing to schedule appointments with Latino testers than white testers. Some Latino buyers were told they would have to pay an additional deposit or fee that was not mentioned to their white counterparts. Latinos were also specifically told they would need valid identification and a credit check. White testers, on the other hand, were offered cheaper security deposits, lower application fees, discounted rent, and more information about the neighborhood and financing options. They were also shown additional apartments Latinos did not see.

    This casual discrimination against Latinos is not only offensive; it’s bad business. As the NCLR points out, Latinos will make up half of first-time home buyers by 2020. As most other young Americans’ interest in owning their own homes declines, overwhelming majorities of Latinos believe homeownership is intrinsic to success.


  34. rikyrah says:

    Feds take evidence related to Zimmerman trial, including gun
    By Faith Karimi, CNN
    updated 4:06 AM EDT, Tue July 23, 2013

    (CNN) — Florida authorities have delivered all evidence related to the George Zimmerman investigation to federal officials, who are weighing whether to pursue a civil rights case.

    The Sanford Police Department said it turned over all evidence, including a gun, to the Department of Justice on Monday.

    Justice officials are investigating whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights when he shot the African-American teenager.


  35. rikyrah says:

    Delivering the puns: Royal baby is front page news around the world

    Henry Austin, NBC News contributor


  36. rikyrah says:

    — ☺ –Keith Boykin
    This explains a lot. The median age of Fox News viewers is 65+ but 25-54 y/o viewers have been falling consistently. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07… …
    View summary

    – – -☺52% of Republicans say GOP leaders are taking the party in the wrong direction, 62% want them to cooperate with Dems. http://www.washingtonpost.com/… …
    View summary

  37. rikyrah says:

    North Carolina Republicans Push Extreme Voter Suppression Measures
    Ari Berman on July 23, 2013 – 9:35 AM ET

    This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it easier for vigilante poll-watchers to challenge eligible voters. The bill is being debated this afternoon in the Senate Rules Committee. Here are the details, via North Carolina State Senator Josh Stein (D-Wake County):

    If anyone had any doubt about the bill’s intent to suppress voters, all he/she has to do is read it. The bill now does the following:

    *shortens early voting by 1 week,
    *eliminates same day registration and provisional voting if at wrong precinct,
    *prevents counties from offering voting on last Saturday before the election beyond 1 pm,
    *prevents counties from extending poll hours by one hour on election day in extraordinary circumstances (like lengthy lines),
    *eliminates state supported voter registration drives and preregistration for 16/17 year olds,
    *repeals voter owned judicial elections and straight party voting,
    *increases number of people who can challenge voters inside the precinct, and
    *purges voter rolls more often.

    Meanwhile, it floods the democratic process with more money. The bill makes it easier for outside groups to spend on electioneering and reduces disclosure of the sources. It also raises the contribution limits to $5k per person per election from $4k and indexes to amount to rise with inflation.


  38. Ametia says:


  39. Ametia says:

    Until men like Luke Russert reports on issues like this, he and the rest of the good ole boys club can totally miss me with reporting on the Royal birth

  40. Ametia says:

    Hat tip TOD Thank you, Chipsticks!


  41. Ametia says:

    How To Boycott Florida From Any State-List of Florida Based Corps
    by tesspowell

    An economic boycott of Florida based companies will force corporations to use their power and influence to change the laws that set child murder George Zimmerman free and put an end to their corrupt legal system.

    While protests & vigils are appropriate, they haven’t done much to stop the tide of racially profiled murder victims. We’ve held them following Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Rodney King with little effect.

    Here’s a list of Florida based companies you can boycott from any state, that will have a strong economic impact & bring about meaningful change:(It’s so a good idea to tweet them too)

    Read on:


  42. Ametia says:

    Obama’s race challenge — and ours
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: July 22

    Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

    Obama’s remarks Friday — a surprise to reporters expecting the usual daily press briefing — were brief and informal. But they amounted to the most important speech about race our first African American president has delivered in office.

    My skepticism about whether Obama should even try to say anything meaningful about Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, had nothing to do with the president’s thoughtfulness or eloquence. I simply feared that whatever he said would be misconstrued — deliberately, by some — in a way that robbed his words of their intended meaning.
    But Obama began by talking about himself. It was disarming to hear the most powerful man in the world speak of powerlessness.


  43. Ametia says:

    SG2; keeping you in the loop on Baby Veronica.

  44. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

  45. rikyrah says:

    Framing Children’s Deviance
    by Lisa Wade, PhD, 5 days ago at 12:00 pm

    Leontine G. sent in a troubling example of the framing of children’s deviance, and their own complicity in this framing. She included two links: one to a Today show story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police, and one to a CNN story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police. Different 7-year-olds. One white, one black.

    The white boy, Preston, is interviewed with his family on the set of the Today show. Knowing his kid is safe, his Dad describes the event as “funny” and tells the audience that if this could happen to a “cotton candy all-American kid like Preston,” then “it could happen to anybody.”

    When the host, Meredith Vieira, asks Preston why hid from the police, he says, “cause I wanted to,” and she says, “I don’t blame you actually.” With Preston not too forthcoming, his Mom steps in to say that he told her that “he just wanted to know what it felt like to drive a car.” When Vieira asks him why he fled from the police, he replies with a shrug. Vieira fills in the answer, “You wanted to get home?”

    Vieira then comments on how they all then went to church. The punishment? Grounded for four days without TV or video games. Vieira asks the child, “Do you think that’s fair?” He says yes. And she continues, “Do you now understand what you did?” He nods and agrees. “And that maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing?” He nods and agrees. “You gonna get behind the wheel of a car again?” He says no. Then she teases him about trying out model toy cars.

    They conclude that this incident just goes to show that “Any little kid, you never know what can happen…” and closes “I’ll be seeing you at church buddy boy!”



    • Ametia says:

      White kid gets a guest appearance on “The Today Show.” His family and Meridith fill in the blanks for his reasons for taking the car, gets a pat on the head, and then it’s off to church!

      Black kid tells the truth about why he took the car, gets chastised by his parents, the Po Po, and made to feel like a criminal.

      Yep, and this is exactly why we have all those young white boys/men roaming America committing MASS MURDERS.

  46. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama speaking out on gun violence
    — Jul. 23 7:26 AM EDT

    It’s a second term for Michelle Obama, too, and she’s shifting her social-issues emphasis to kids and gun violence after spending four years stressing better physical fitness for the young.

    A meeting with high school students from a poor, gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago, her hometown, led Mrs. Obama to put a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over whether to ban firearms or impose new background checks on people who want to buy guns.

    A mother to a teen and a tween, Mrs. Obama argues that the debate also is about the country’s obligation to help kids like these grow up and become adults. Several of the school’s current and former students were killed by gunfire within the past year.

    The first lady faces the issue of immigration Tuesday when she gives the keynote speech at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. Immigration is one of President Barack Obama’s top second-term priorities.

    Aides say the first lady isn’t making gun violence a new and distinct issue, but is folding it into her work encouraging youth to focus on getting an education.

    By reaching beyond the pair of relatively safe issues she has pushed — reducing childhood obesity and rallying public support for military families — the Harvard-trained lawyer who some say has played it safe is showing a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone.


  47. rikyrah says:

    Pelosi eyes House solution for immigration
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:14 AM EDT.

    By any fair assessment, comprehensive immigration reform faces very long odds in the Republican-led House. The bipartisan Senate compromise was approved with relative ease, but in the lower chamber, the hurdles may prove to be insurmountable.

    But reform isn’t dead just yet. The House’s “Gang of Seven” continues to work on a proposal; some key Republican leaders are leaving the door ajar on a pathway to citizenship; and House Democratic leaders still have a procedural tactic in mind that offers promise.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told donors at an Organizing for Action event Monday night that Democratic leadership in the House was weighing a discharge petition that would bring the Senate immigration bill directly to the floor for a vote.

    Pelosi was asked about the legislative strategy during a dinner with about 70 supporters of the advocacy group, which grew out of the president’s re-election campaign. She said leadership was still deciding to press forward with the legislative maneuver, noting that doing so would take 30 legislative days.


  48. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare looks for boost from entertainment industry
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    Ordinarily, I go out of my way to avoid celebrity news, but this item from Sarah Kliff has real policy significance.

    The White House is enlisting the help of celebrity and entertainment officials to promote the health-care overhaul, focusing on stars who they hope can persuade young adults to purchase insurance coverage.

    Comedian Amy Poehler, actor Kal Penn and singer Jennifer Hudson attended a closed-door White House meeting Monday, hosted by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and other top White House officials, according to a White House official.

    Representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, the Grammys and Latin Grammys were also present, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss a private meeting.

    When Massachusetts approved its state-based law several years ago, state officials turned to local sports teams, most notably the Boston Red Sox, to help get the word out to the public about the new system, what benefits are available, how to apply, etc. It worked very well, so the Obama administration thought it would try the same strategy.

    Congressional Republicans, eager to sabotage the federal health care system, had other ideas — the Senate GOP leadership sent a menacing letter to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, and NASCAR, urging them not to partner with Washington. The Republican efforts have already had some success, with the NFL announcing it will not help.


    • Ametia says:

      It’s literally ALL HANDS ON DECK now, folks. It’s crystal clear that the only way to beat the powers that be is to exercise our spending POWER.

  49. rikyrah says:

    Filibuster reform finds an unlikely ally
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:47 PM EDT.

    For many on the left cheering on Senate Democrats recently as they threatened the “nuclear option,” last week was a serious letdown. Republicans caved, and gave Dems the deal they wanted that led to quite a few confirmation votes, but the institution’s dysfunctional rules were left squarely in place. For those who are eager to see real reform, the deal was wholly unsatisfying — the broken rules haven’t changed at all.

    Proponents of reform are, however, continuing to pick up allies. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who turns 90 today, conceded what most senators are reluctant to acknowledge.

    Senate leaders should change how they use the filibuster, he said.

    “There are things that should be stopped, but at least there ought to be a vote,” he said. “It can’t continue, this constant holding up bills.”


  50. rikyrah says:

    In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters
    A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston.

    Published: July 22, 2013

    Stacey Calvin spends almost as much time commuting to her job — on a bus, two trains and another bus — as she does working part-time at a day care center. She knows exactly where to board the train and which stairwells to use at the stations so that she has the best chance of getting to work on time in the morning and making it home to greet her three children after school.

    “It’s a science you just have to perfect over time,” said Ms. Calvin, 37.

    Her nearly four-hour round-trip stems largely from the economic geography of Atlanta, which is one of America’s most affluent metropolitan areas yet also one of the most physically divided by income. The low-income neighborhoods here often stretch for miles, with rows of houses and low-slung apartments, interrupted by the occasional strip mall, and lacking much in the way of good-paying jobs


  51. rikyrah says:

    Nate got tired of having to lie for the NYTimes.


    July 22, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Nate Silver Went Against the Grain for Some at The Times


    Why did Nate Silver decide to leave The New York Times and accept an offer from ESPN?

    That’s the cause of great speculation in media circles at the moment. As has been noted elsewhere, there’s no question that The Times made a big pitch to keep him and that the effort to do so involved those at the highest levels, including Jill Abramson, the executive editor, along with people on the business side. And there’s no doubt that decision-makers are disappointed.

    After all, his star power was significant. And his ability to drive traffic – especially among young, non-newspaper readers with his FiveThirtyEight blog – was unmatched, and probably will remain so.

    I don’t have a great deal of inside information about how he made up his mind. But I did get to know Nate a bit. I visited with him at his second-floor desk a few times, interviewed him in person and by phone, mildly criticized one thing he did, and – notably — was mentioned very kindly in a Twitter message of his when I was under attack for that criticism.

    This was true outside of the newsroom as well. In March, when I ran into him at the South by Southwest digital media convention in Austin, Tex., Nate was nice enough to stand around and chat at some length with a couple of young journalists I was with who admired him.

    In short, I found him a thoroughly decent person, generous with his time and more likely than not to take the high road in personal interactions.

    I also had many conversations about him with journalists in The Times’s newsroom.

    So, without promising any huge amount of insight, I’ll make a few observations:


  52. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  53. Yahtc says:

    Good morning everybody!


    My favorite lines:

    Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew
    There was milk and toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too
    And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses

    • Yahtc says:

      How do you like these three chics?

      This is one of my favorite videos of the three……the bonding of their three souls.

      • Yahtc says:

        From the heartbreaking night of the verdict, a posting by a flower child…..a nature girl:

        You all have thoughtful comments says:
        Where have all the flowers gone?

        ◦ breelee says: 
Only the white ones matter. All the pretty colored ones have been killed or will be. 

        ◦ Vickis Smith says: 
Long time passing

      • Yahtc says:

        “Until the killing of Black men, Black mother’s sons, is as important as the killing of white men, white mother’s sons, we CANNOT rest! ”

        Ella Baker

  54. CarolMaeWY says:

    How did you know I was in the mood for Country? :-) Thanks.

  55. CarolMaeWY says:

    As you know I can’t keep up your pace. But I heard this on Breaking news on the Cycle and I want your honest opinion. The Cycle on MSNBC happened to be on live when the official statement from Buckingham Palace set up their tripod and announced the birth of the Royal baby. Stay with me please. All three on air were men. Anyway I’m posting a link to the video on msnbc. It’s the comment Luke Russert made at about 1:15. What do you think of what he said? It is something I think you should be aware of. If you know of a way to insert msnbc videos in a blog, I’d love to know how. I’ve seen it done. I’m turning in. No telling when I’ll be back to discuss.

    • rikyrah says:

      It depends upon the kind of blog. We here on wordpress can’t post the video unless it’s been turned into a video that you can put on youtube. I don’t know how to do it, but others do.

    • rikyrah says:

      it’s ridiculous having an issue like birth discussed by a bunch of men

      • Yahtc says:

        rikyrah, I, too, thought to concentrated on the men discussing birth.

        The first time around, I missed Luke Russet’s comment at timestamp 1:15……He says that someone just fell down behind him as you hear a gasp in the crowd.

        I figured out the location that Russet was standing by looking at the split screen before timestamp 1:15. Russet was in that crowd at the hospital, next to the curb, with his back to the street = the person, who fell behind him by ten feet, fell in the street where cars were occasionally going by.

        And, yet, Russet stayed on the story he was hired to report…..the royal birth.

        This speaks to the sensitivities of reporters today……today, at a time when we are examining the media’s reporting of the killing of Trayvon and the media’s reporting on the gz case.

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        Did you catch the “cursive is tough to read” by Luke?

  56. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good Morning. SG2, how does one collect Eagles? Are you referring to objet d’art?
    We have a few in various materials. I collect Doves, does that surprise anyone here? ;) Also collect birds local to our area in WY. In fact we have a natural wildlife habitat. Also former member of Phi Theta Kappa.

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