Saturday Open Thread | The March on Washington for Justice and Jobs in 1963-50th Anniversary

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  2. rikyrah says:

    Defunding ObamaCare ‘not realistic,’ says House GOP leader
    By Bernie Becker – 08/23/13 04:35 PM ET

    A member of the House GOP leadership team on Thursday said Republicans faced an uphill battle in trying to defund or repeal all of President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), the No. 4 House Republican, said the party would be better served by trying to chip away at the law piece-by-piece.

    “To get the entire bill repealed, or defunded, is probably not realistic,” McMorris Rodgers said in Spokane, Wash., according to the Spokesman-Review. “But I do think there are provisions in the law that we can get delayed, or provisions in the law we can get defunded.”

    The Washington Republican’s comments dovetail with the fiscal strategy outlined by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and underscored the divide among congressional Republicans over how to approach upcoming fiscal deadlines.

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  3. rikyrah says:

    Anti-Obamacare cred as litmus test in GOP primaries

    By Greg Sargent, Published: August 23 at 4:39 pm

    We’ve already seen that the right’s push to shut down the government to defund Obamacare has become an issue in the Kentucky Senate GOP primary, with Tea Partyer Matt Bevin regularly deriding Mitch McConnell as a liberal squish over his failure to hop aboard the Ted Cruz Shutdown Express to Nowhere.

    Now the defund-Obamacare battle is flaring up in Louisiana, among Republicans challenging Senator Mary Landrieu, one of several vulnerable red state Dems.

    Two Republicans in that race — GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, a physician, and Rob Maness, a former member of the Air Force and self-described “true Constitutional conservative” — have been showcasing their anti-Obamacare cred, with the question of the push for a shutdown at the center of their duel.

    Cassidy is regarded as the far more prominent opponent (Maness polls far, far behind), but as National Journal notes, the state’s unusual election rules, in which all candidates are on the general election ballot, may require Cassidy to “protect his right flank.”

    • Yahtc says:

      Maybe these Southerners are racists, and it is not about the money but is about sharing a hospital room with an African American.

      • Yahtc says:

        Remember how African Americans used to be turned away from hospitals in the South?

        • Xena says:


          Remember how African Americans used to be turned away from hospitals in the South?

          In the North, and still today, although not turned away, many are not given necessary treatment. Complaints are disregarded. It’s the proverbial “take two aspirin and call me in the morning.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Parting And Leaving You With Some Obvious S**t
    Josh Marshall August 23, 2013, 1:45 PM

    I’m going on vacation for a week. Honestly, I really need it. But before I do I couldn’t help leaving with you not with anything particularly insightful but something actually pretty obvious to anyone who has a brain and/or doesn’t harbor a lot of racial animosity toward black people that needs to find some comeuppance or ‘I told you so’ about Trayvon Martin.

    So here goes.

    For the last week or so, the right-wing racial resentment-o-sphere has been aghast about the horrific murder of Chris Lane, 22, a young Australian in the United States on a baseball scholarship. Lane was jogging when three young kids (two black, one either mixed race or white) decided to follow and kill him. The really sociopathic nature of the crime was brought home by the fact that one of the accused assailants allegedly told the police, “We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”

    In other words, it’s the Trayvon Martin case in reverse but now the liberal media is mum and President Obama isn’t rallying his gangbanger peeps to get all up in arms about it. Except of course when you consider that unlike the Martin case — where the press buzz and scandal was basically exclusively tied to the fact that George Zimmerman wasn’t arrested let alone charged with anything — two of the three boys allegedly behind Lane’s killing were arrested and immediately charged with capital murder. So young thugs kill an innocent man in cold blood and then get to walk free to death row or life imprisonment in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

    Yeah, except that.

    If you have any profile on the web and thought there was any problem with the Martin killing you’ve probably been inundated with a lot of emails or tweets or whatever jagging about the ‘double standard’ when the same thing happens and the races are reversed. And it’s always a bit of a challenge to distinguish the people who simply are lazy or dimwitted and haven’t considered the pretty obvious difference in the case that led to the media uproar in the Martin case and the majority of people searching for the ‘anti-Trayvon’ and hankering for evidence of the increasing struggle of white people to get a fair shake in America.

    Stepping back from the projectile vomit of ignorant nonsense about this tragic murder, the response to it is part and parcel of the mass of writing on the right about the growing tide of black ‘mobs’ killing white people. Read World Net Daily and you’ll find virtually every other issue has a Birth of a Nation-like story along these lines (actually a topic I’ve wanted to commission a piece on for some time and one well-mocked by Cord Jefferson here.)

    Young black men commit murders in this country at a vastly disproportionate rate to young white men. But murder victims of both races are overwhelming killed by members of their own race. 86% of white murder victims were killed by other whites and 94% of blacks were killed by blacks. Those numbers are from 1976 to 2005, a period that includes the highest murder rate era of the late 20th century. The differential today is likely lower today since as murder rates have declined to historic levels over the last 20 years, the fall has been particularly sharp among black men – a small data point that among other things lends some additional credence to the theory that lead poisoning was a significant driver of crime rates in the late 20th century.

    This is the part where this kind of article falls back to say, well, race is complicated. It’s not as simple as it was in the old days. But actually, it’s still not that complicated. This whole episode amounts to little more than another plea from the subsection of aggrieved white Americans who still crave both social dominance and and the seat at the front of the racial victimization bus.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama

    Greenwald living in Brazil? NYC’s County Clerk has $126,000 in open judgments and liens against him
    12:58 PM – 24 Aug 2013

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    New Jersey Senate Candidate To Single Mothers: Stop Relying On Food Stamps And Go To Work!

    By Igor Volsky on August 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

    New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on Saturday that single mothers don’t need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, because his mother raised a family by working hard and building a successful career following the death of her husband.

    “We never had to have SNAP, when I was a kid,” Lonegan said during an appearance on Up with Steve Kornacki. “Ok, so, this thing that every single mother is the poster child for the welfare state is nonsense… I know a lot of single moms go out to work and do very, very well for themselves.”

    Lonegan, who is the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, encouraged single mothers to roll up their sleeves and go to work, adding that free market policies and less government will free “individuals to achieve their best potential.” Watch it:


    Asked how he would help single mothers balance the demands of family and work, Lonegan advocated for “cutting the size of government across the board, freeing up businesses and cutting regulation.” He specifically proposed sunsetting regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, so that lawmakers could review their impact. “We need to start from scratch. That’s one step in the right direction,” he said.

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    Minority Students At University of Texas Attacked By An Epidemic Of ‘Bleach Bombs’

    By Ian Millhiser on August 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    On Wednesday, University of Texas student Bryan Davis, who is African American, was struck by a bleach-filled balloon while he was walking to visit a friend in a neighborhood populated by UT students. Moreover, this attack appears to be part of a chain of similar assaults targeting students of color on the Texas campus. Last October, Austin police launched an investigation into four similar attacks on UT students, all of which targeted Asian or African Americans.

    The October incidents sparked a wave of protests on Texas’ campus.

    Davis told the Burnt Orange Report’s Ben Sherman that he doesn’t “feel safe walking around West Campus by myself” after the incident, and worried that incidents such as this one can poison the entire campus. “I talked to my sister an hour ago,” said Davis. “She’s a freshman at Xavier University. I always tease her about how she should come to UT, but when I was talking to her on the phone about it, I was talking about why that was no longer a good idea, for her physical safety. UT is supposed to have the atmosphere of the entire city, it’s supposed to be progressive and forward-thinking, and here we are with hate crimes still taking place.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    Complaint of racial discrimination at restaurant taken to Facebook
    Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:13 PM CST
    Updated: Aug 23, 2013 12:00 PM CST
    By Sujata Jain

    Michael Brown says he was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston last month at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston. He says after his party of 25 waited two hours for a table, the shift manager told them there was a “situation.”

    “She said there’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” explains Brown. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”

    Brown says while he was talking to the shift manager, someone in his group began videotaping the conversation. Brown says that’s when the manager became upset and refused to seat them.

    “I asked her I want to be clear with you,” says Brown. “I said so you’re telling me I have to leave. She said I have a right to deny you service. I said so you’re asking me to leave because you’re upset because he was recording you, after we’ve waited for two hours, and after you’ve already pretty much discriminated on us, and she answered yes.”

    Brown says several calls were made to the corporate office in Mt. Pleasant, but he says they did not receive a call back, so he took to Facebook with this post Thursday.

    I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again! We (Party of 25 family and friends) waited 2hrs, patiently and were refused service because another customer (White) felt threatened by us. This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT. The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT… PLEASE SHARE THIS POST… We need your help

    That caught the restaurant’s attention.

  9. Xena says:

    50 years, and the struggle continues.

  10. rikyrah says:

    joshuafoust @joshuafoust

    Glenn Greenwald’s years long history of pathological lying. It is time to call a spade a spade
    8:56 AM – 23 Aug 2013

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    New stamp commemorates 1963 March on Washington

    Rep. John Lewis remembers the moment well: More than 250,000 people marching toward the Lincoln Memorial, rallying for jobs and justice, as he prepared to deliver a passionate speech at the March on Washington.

    Almost 50 years later, Lewis returned to that day as he gazed at an image of marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. The moment is captured on the newest postage stamp, unveiled Friday, to commemorate the civil rights movement.

    “I’m more than lucky. I am very blessed to come here and see the unveiling of this beautiful stamp,” Lewis said during a ceremony at the Newseum. Now 73, he is the last surviving organizer of the historic march.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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