Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Star Trek Week: “Worf”

Happy FRY-day, Everyone! Today’s Star Trek character is Michael Dorn AKA “WORF”
Worf is a Klingon who served on the Enterprise D before Captain Benjamin Sisko requested his help dealing with Klingons on Deep Space 9, interrupting his leave of absence from Starfleet.

Bio:  Michael Dorn (born December 9, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist who is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf from the Star Trek franchise.
Dorn was born in Luling, Texas, the son of Allie Lee (née Nauls) and Fentress Dorn, Jr.[1] He grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied radio and television production at the Pasadena City College. From there he pursued a career in music as a performer with several different rock music bands, travelling to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles.

Dorn first appeared in Rocky (1976) as Apollo Creed’s bodyguard, though he was not credited.[2] He first appeared as a guest on the television show W.E.B. in 1978. The producer was impressed with his work, so he introduced Michael to an agent who introduced him to acting teacher Charles Conrad to study acting for six months. He then landed a regular role on the television series CHiPs.[2

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Dorn’s most famous role to date is that of the Klingon Starfleet officer Lieutenant J.G. (later Lieutenant and then Lt. Commander) Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He said he got the role by showing up at the interview with several people. He did not smile or speak or sit, but stood in a corner in rigid attention posture, like the stereotypical Klingon warrior. When called, he marched into the room, scowled, and shook the interviewer’s hand sharply. After reading, he gruffly thanked the director, and walked out. He attributes this reading in character as a Klingon warrior to getting the part.[3]

Dorn has appeared on-screen in more Star Trek episodes and movies as the same character than anyone else: he appeared in 175 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, 102[4] episodes of Deep Space Nine and five Star Trek movies, bringing his total to 281 appearances as Worf. Dorn is also one of six actors to lend his voice to Star Trek: Captain’s Chair, reprising his role of Lieutenant Commander Worf.

Dorn’s appearance in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was as Colonel Worf, representing Captain James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy at their trial on Qo’noS and also unmasked the real assassin: Colonel West. Although never confirmed on screen, the character of Colonel Worf was intended to be the grandfather of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Worf.

Dorn’s voice deepened from his years of playing Worf.[5] His two favorite episodes of The Next Generation are “The Offspring” and “The Drumhead”.[6]

In 2012, Dorn announced a desire to return to his Klingon role in a television series tentatively titled “Star Trek: Captain Worf”. He said: “I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this.”[7]

Check out these video segments:

Warrior’s Drink

Worf’s recommendations denied repeatedly

Worf kicks some ass

2 of Michael Dorn’s favorite TNG episodes

The Offspring

The Drumhead
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

A reveiw of The Drumhead

DS9- Worf & Sisko

Yeah Baby, Klingons fall in love and get married too. Dax And Worf Wedding on DS9

INTERVIEWS:


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142 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Star Trek Week: “Worf”

  1. rikyrah says:

    Shonda Rhimes Welcomes a New Daughter
    By Charlene Cooper

    It’s a girl!

    Shonda Rhimes welcomed her third adopted daugther to her family, reports E! Online.

    Announcing the good news on Twitter, the Scandal creator said, “Been AWOL from Twitter. I totally have a good reason: TINY HUMAN #3 is here and she’s perfect! Babies are good. Life is good. #2shows#3kids.”

    In 2002, Rhimes adopted her first daughter, Harper. In 2012, Rhimes added to her family and adopted Emerson. The famous showrunner has yet to reveal her new daughter’s name.

    http://www.essence.com/2013/09/20/shonda-rhimes-welcomes-new-daughter

  2. Yahtc says:

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  4. Ametia says:

    Have these ignorant fools died and returned from the days of slavery?

    Librarian Fired for Helping Kid Read Too Much
    Posted: 19 Sep 2013 06:24 PM PDT

    I don’t know how well the United States ranks in the world when it comes to education. If I had to guess I’d say that the most “exceptional” nation on the planet is nowhere near the top. Of course much has been said about the “Dumbing Down of America” and its pathetic public school system. But, however you may feel about it or whom so ever you blame for our demise. It’s bad enough that they’re banning a literary classic by Toni Morrison and even deeming her work as pornographic. But now, librarians are being fired for, well, encouraging kids to read. Hell, and here I thought a North Carolina school board banning Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ last Monday was ugly.

    The following story serves as a cautionary tale to many of you do-gooders out there with a vested interest in the education of our youth. More specifically, if you’re interested in teaching or encouraging kids to read you just may lose your job. That is, if you’re a librarian at least in upstate New York of course. Hopefully this is the only corner of the country where this type of oppression is allowed to stand for the sake of the kids.

    This from The Atlantic Wire:

    A library aide has been fired for successfully doing her most basic job — getting a kid to read more. And so, too, has the library’s director, who started the reading controversy in the first place.

    Lita Casey was dismissed on Monday after working for 28 years at the Hudson Falls Free Library in upstate New York. Her offense? Defending a nine-year-old child whose voracious reading appetite and abundant (and free!) library books makes him read too much. So much, in fact, that Weaver dominates the library’s annual reading competition, having won his 5th straight reading title by absorbing 63 books in the 40 day competition.

    That should be good news, right?

    http://www.rippdemup.com/2013/09/librarian-fired-for-helping-kid-read-too-much/

  5. Rikyrah, check your email.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Brad Friedman @TheBradBlog

    This week, Congressional Republicans have voted to take both food and healthcare from Americans in need. #JustKeepingTrack
    12:07 PM – 20 Sep 2013

  7. rikyrah says:

    GOP Rep: We’re Done With Immigration And We Blame Obama
    Posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm by JM Ashby

    The death of immigration reform has been imminent for some time, but it’s closer to becoming official today as two Republicans exited the so-called “gang of seven.”

    And it’s Obama’s fault. Of course. via The Hill

    ………………………..

    After years of hard work we couldn’t come up with anything that can pass muster. It’s too hard. We should just give up and go home. And let’s blame Obama. That usually works.

    This fantastical line of attack may work on their constituents, but it’s not going to work on Latino voters.

    I believe a failure to pass immigration reform now will make it the number one issue of the next presidential election in 2016, because this issue isn’t going away. And that should scare the shit out of Republican campaign operatives. We could be facing the third election in a row that Republicans invariably find themselves on the side of overt racists. An election in which it’s a very real possibility that Democrats could nominate a woman or a Latino, or both. Or a woman who chooses a Latino as her running mate.

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/09/gop-rep-were-done-with-immigration-and-we-blame-obama.html

  8. rikyrah says:

    noog @noogscorner

    God: So how’s mom?
    Jesus: Good
    . God: And the carpentry?
    Jesus: Loving it.
    God: So I need you to die for the sins of man.
    Jesus: wut
    6:31 AM – 29 Mar 2013

  9. rikyrah says:

    My Name Is Jason, I’m A 35-Yr-Old White Male Combat Veteran…And I’m On Food Stamps

    By Jay Kirell

    My name is Jason. I turned 35 less than a week ago. My first job was maintenance work at a public pool when I was 17. I worked 40-hours a week while I was in college. I’ve never gone longer than six months without employment in my life and I just spent the last three years in the military, one of which consisted of a combat tour of Afghanistan.

    Oh, and I’m now on food stamps. Since June, as a matter of fact.

    Why am I on food stamps?

    The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving.

    I mean, if that’s okay with you:

    …Mr. or Mrs. Republican congressman.

    …Mr. or Mrs. Conservative commentator.

    …Mr. or Mrs. “welfare queen” letter-to-the-editor author.

    …Mr. or Mrs. “fiscal conservative, reason-based” libertarian.

    I do apologize for burdening you on the checkout line with real-life images of American-style poverty. I know you probably believe the only true starving people in the world have flies buzzing around their eyes while they wallow away, near-lifeless in gutters.

    Hate to burst the bubble, but those people don’t live in this country.

    I do. And millions like me. Millions of people in poverty who fall into three categories.

    Let’s call them the “lucky” category, since conservatives seem to think people on welfare have hit some sort of jackpot:

    Those living paycheck to paycheck? They’re a little lucky.

    Those living unemployment check to unemployment check? They’re a little luckier.

    Those living 2nd of the month to 2nd of the month? *ding* We’ve hit the jackpot!

    The 2nd of the month being the time when funds gets electronically deposited onto the EBT card, [at least in NY] for those who’ve never been fortunate enough to hit that $175/month Powerball.

    I fall into the latter two categories. But I’ve known people recently – soldiers in the Army – who were in the first and third. They were off fighting in Afghanistan while their wives were at home, buying food at the on-post commissary with food stamps.

    And nobody bats an eye there, because it’s not uncommon in the military.

    It’s not uncommon – nor is it shameful. It might be shameful how little service-members are paid, but that’s a separate issue.

    The fact remains anyone at a certain income level can find it difficult from time to time to pay for everything. And when you’re poor you learn to make sacrifices. Food shouldn’t be one of them.

    The whole concept is un-American. People living here, in the greatest country on Earth, with the most abundant resources, should be forced to go hungry because of the intellectual notion of fiscal conservatism and the ideological notion of self-reliance.

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    http://thesterlingroad.com/2013/09/19/my-name-is-jason-im-a-35-yr-old-white-male-combat-veteran-and-im-on-food-stamps/

  10. Ametia says:

    Reposting this here too

    • Ametia says:

      HumanityCritic ‏@HumanityCritic 12s
      So Mitt Romney has a black grandchild? I’m sure he’ll sing “Who let the dogs out?” as a lullaby.

      DEAD__________________________

      • rikyrah says:

        Babies are a blessing….so, much love to that cutiepie

      • rikyrah says:

        of course twitter would comment on this

        …………….

        S. Breezy ‏@SimonWithAnE_3m
        Mitt Romney’s black grandson is super cute. But on behalf of my people we still don’t like you #fisttotheair #blackpower

        Jesse Berney ‏@jesseberney 17m
        “If I had a grandson, he’d look like Trayvon.” -President Mitt Romney

        @ReignOfApril 4m
        Romney’s so happy about his Black grandchild. Now he’s got a dedicated caretaker for #Rafalca. Brazil 2016 Olympics on you heaux!

        Desus ‏@desusnice 2m
        Best part of Mitt Romney adopting a black grandchild is if this adoption doesn’t work out, Bain Capital will take him.

        Saeed Jones ‏@theferocity 24m
        I mean, if you have 22 grandchildren in America, odds are – at least one of ’em is gonna end up being black, right?

      • rikyrah says:

        @desusnice: Mitt Romney’s Black Grandchild sounds like a movie by Tyler Perry starring Kevin Hart.”

        ThuggishRuggishBone ‏@PatientRose 1m
        …and just like that visions of Mitt Romney in a Dashiki with a matching kufi…

      • Ametia says:

        Yes, babies are a blessings, but these tweets are HILARIOUS! And I still loathe LYING grandpa Romney.

      • rikyrah says:

        W.E.B.B.I.E DuBois

        @fivefifths

        Gotta rescue that black baby from the Romneys ASAP

        3:39 PM – 20 Sep 2013

        Jake fromState Farm

        @Prime_Bee

        Dear lil black baby Romney,
        Run!
        Signed, blk ppl

        4:56 PM – 20 Sep 2013

        Rembert Browne

        @rembert

        when kieran finds out what his name means, he’s gonna FLIPPPPP

        4:20 PM – 20 Sep 2013

      • Yahtc says:

        I just looked up the meaning of the name “Kieran” after reading that last twitter posting”

        Gaelic Meaning:
        The name Kieran is a Gaelic baby name. In Gaelic the meaning of the name Kieran is: Black.

        American Meaning:
        The name Kieran is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Kieran is: Black.

        Celtic Meaning:
        The name Kieran is a Celtic baby name. In Celtic the meaning of the name Kieran is: Dark skinned.

        Irish Meaning:
        The name Kieran is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Kieran is: Black or dark.

  11. Yahtc says:

  12. rikyrah says:

    OFA ‏@OFA5m
    Bring Quidditch to the 2020 Summer Olympics #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment.

    #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment

    OFA ‏@OFA2h
    Guess how many jellybeans are in this jar #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment

    OFA TruthTeam ‏@OFATruthTeam2h
    What’s next for @SpeakerBoehner and the House Shutdown Caucus? Cut sandwiches in diamonds—NOT squares, #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment

    OFA ‏@OFA38m
    Bring back blinking lights on tennis shoes. #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment

    OFA ‏@OFA3h
    What’s next for @SpeakerBoehner and the House Shutdown Caucus? Stop oversalting the House cafeteria fries, #OrTheyShutDownTheGovernment.

    OFA ‏@OFA3h
    All sports announcers speak in a British accent from now on, #OrTheyShutDowntheGovernment.

  13. rikyrah says:

    In case you’re going to the Redbox this weekend,

    I’d like to suggest Peeples.

    http://youtu.be/axnKLjkHlBg

    You will laugh.

  14. rikyrah says:

    the new About Last Night Trailer

    http://youtu.be/BE6GIpJrlFY

  15. Yahtc says:

    Why are so many Westerners homeless in Thailand?
    A growing number of Europeans and Americans – many with drink problems – have found themselves living rough in Thailand

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/why-are-so-many-westerners-homeless-in-thailand-8830302.html

  16. rikyrah says:

    Russell Simmons Calls Tubman Sex-Tape Critics ‘Do-Nothing Negroes’

    http://youtu.be/27ukg4n8980

  17. Yahtc says:

  18. Yahtc says:

    To life, to life, l’chai-im,!
    L’chai-im, l’chai-im, to life!
    Life has a way of confusing us
    Blessing and bruising us,
    Drink l’chaim, to life,

    To life, l’chaim!
    L’chaim, l’chaim, to life!
    A gift we seldom are wise enough
    Ever to prize enough,
    Drink l’chaim, to life!

    God would like us to be joyful
    Even though our hearts lie panting on the floor;
    How much more can we be joyful,
    When there’s really something
    To be joyful for.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Can We Use a Discharge Petition?

    by BooMan
    Fri Sep 20th, 2013 at 01:46:11 PM EST

    Back in July, Steve Benen noted that Nancy Pelosi had discussed the potential for using a discharge petition to force a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives. Now that the Gang of Seven is dissolving, Benen is trying to revive the idea.
    A discharge petition is a way that a majority in the House can force a vote on an issue even if the Speaker is opposed to having a vote. Right now, because of two vacancies, a majority in the House requires 217 votes. There are currently 200 sitting Democrats, not all of whom are willing to support comprehensive immigration reform. So, for a discharge petition effort to succeed it would need something like two to three dozen Republicans to sign on.

    The problem is that signing a discharge petition when you are in the majority is considered deeply disloyal to the Speaker, and it can come with severe repercussions, like the loss of a committee assignment or the cold shoulder from leadership on favored legislation or fundraising. It isn’t like all the Republicans who support immigration reform are going to be supportive of a discharge petition even if they want reform to pass.

    On the other hand, there is a kind of middle road where Republicans who support reform can quietly demonstrate their strength in numbers and offer to spare the Speaker the embarrassment of a discharge petition if he will willingly allow a vote. That kind of gambit would go on behind the scenes, and we might only be able to infer that it took place. In any case, however unlikely, we’re more likely to see Boehner suddenly “see the light” on immigration than to see a successful discharge petition that forces his hand.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/9/20/134611/180

  20. rikyrah says:

    His “sense” is this is very much like subprime lending

    Posted by Kay at 1:33 pm .

    Sep202013
    .

    Since this scam has been going on for a long, long time, I don’t think he would be my first-choice investment adviser:

    Hedge fund titan and education reform activist Whitney Tilson turned his Value Investing Congress speech Tuesday into an all-out attack against technology-based education company K12, calling it “a catastrophe for education” in spite of solid financials.
    But even more damning for K12, which runs online schools at various levels, was Tilson’s decision to publicly short the company’s stock—a move that can be risky for high profile investors, attracting regulators and legal action from disgruntled CEOs. If K12’s stock indeed plummets in the coming months, Tilson and other short sellers stand to make a lot of money.
    Tilson outlined his exhaustive research on K12’s academic practices, including poorly paid instructors with 300-1 student-teacher ratios, the targeting of at-risk children whose parents won’t complain to administrators about poor performance, and online classes for which students merely have to switch on their phones and login to be counted as active.
    But Tilson also noted K12’s financials, which up to this point have been strong: the company has experienced revenue growth of 32% annually for the past decade. What’s more, the company estimates a $15 billion market for K12 students, and average revenue per student has risen over the last four quarters.

    Well, a degenerate gambler and a finance-industry felon created K12, which was a bit of a red flag for this “investor” but apparently not for the hedge fund managers who make up “Democrats for Education Reform.”

    It’s strange to watch this slowly spread upward to the highest levels of reform industry leadership, because here in Ohio where ed reform is a huge business we’ve had a failing cybercharter industry sector for many years. I first became aware of this particular ed reform portfolio investment several years ago, when some of the most vulnerable kids we encountered in the court system stopped attending local public high schools and decided to leverage the free market power of “choice” by signing up for cyberschool.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/09/20/his-sense-is-this-is-very-much-like-subprime-lending/

  21. rikyrah says:

    The nature of negotiations
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:32 PM EDT

    The House Republican line on the debt ceiling is quite clear: they won’t meet their obligations unless Democrats meet their demands. The White House line on the debt ceiling is unequivocal: President Obama will negotiate with those who are threatening to hurt the nation on purpose.

    The GOP’s new goal is to convince the public and the media that Obama’s tack is unreasonable.

    House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office released the above video this week, arguing that the president is willing to negotiate with Russia but is not willing to negotiate with congressional Republicans.

    As painfully ridiculous as the argument is, there’s some preliminary evidence that some media figures find it compelling. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, for example, chided Obama repeatedly last weekend for his reluctance to negotiate with far-right lawmakers on whether or not the nation defaults on its debts.

    In case there’s any lingering confusion, let’s make the facts plain. Obama has said he’s open to compromises on the budget; he’s open to compromises on taxes and spending; he’s open to compromises on the sequestration cuts; he’s even open to compromises on immigration, the farm bill, and just about everything else. But when Republicans threaten to trash the economy and the full faith and credit of the United States — deliberately and for no reason — then the president will engage in this kind of political hostage standoff.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20603130-the-nature-of-negotiations?lite

  22. rikyrah says:

    A lucrative scam

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:59 PM EDT.

    Over Congress’ August recess, groups like Heritage Action were remarkably busy rallying far-right activists, telling conservatives that if they were prepared to fight hard enough, they might actually derail the Affordable Care Act.

    There was, of course, a small problem: the claims weren’t true. But the right made them anyway, and we’re starting to get a better sense of their motivations.

    The Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee connected to Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, raised its largest-ever monthly total for a non-election year this August while running a campaign pressuring Republican senators and representatives to defund Obamacare.

    The PAC raised more than $1.5 million in August, according to its Federal Election Commission filing, with $1.3 million of that sum coming from small donors giving under $200 each. The small-donor haul is the largest-ever monthly small-donor total brought in by the Senate Conservatives Fund.

    This fundraising bonanza came as the PAC joined efforts by the Heritage Foundation and its sister 501(c)(4) nonprofit Heritage Action, along with a series of tea party groups, to defund Obamacare.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20602578-a-lucrative-scam?lite

  23. rikyrah says:

    John Boehner Disgustingly Celebrates Denying 30 Million Americans Healthcare

    By: Jason Easley
    Sep. 20th, 2013

    If yesterday’s vote to throw 3.8 million people off of food stamps was cruelty, today’s vote to defund Obamacare was an exercise in idiocy.

    By a vote of 230-189, House Republicans passed a bill that would keep the government funded for three months, but it also defunds Obamacare. Boehner was in a delusional state as he said the vote was what the American people wanted.

    John Boehner and the House Republicans celebrated their 42nd vote to deny healthcare to 30 million Americans, but while they party, the Republican Party is dying.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/09/20/john-boehner-disgustingly-celebrates-denying-30-million-americans-healthcare.html

  24. rikyrah says:

    210 Republicans Who make Nearly $175,000 a Year Said Poor People Should Starve to Death

    By: Trevor LaFauci
    Sep. 20th, 2013

    Two-hundred and ten Republicans who make nearly $175,000 a year said that poor people should starve to death.

    Not figuratively. Literally.

    With the recent vote in the House, Republicans again showcased their disdain and utter indifference to nearly four million Americans who depend on the SNAP program for their weekly survival. Representatives from throughout the country cast their vote today and gave many thousands of people in their home districts a giant middle finger. They didn’t even pretend to care about them. They simply said that $39 billion is too steep a price to keep them alive.

    It’s not just people of color that are on food stamps, although that would be ideal for Republicans if that were the case. No, the majority of people on food stamps are actually White. Republicans are saying they don’t care about the rural poor of the south and whether or not their children get school lunch. They are also saying they don’t care about the nearly 175,000 veterans who depend on the SNAP program after fighting abroad to defend our freedoms. The Republicans are essentially alienating the rural south and veterans with this vote, two key voting blocs they’ll need for any future national elections. But, who cares when the groups you alienate don’t have a lot of political power?

    In fact, when you think about the core Republican beliefs of today, you can see exactly why they DID vote to cut the SNAP program. You see, Republicans want our country to be in chaos. Time and time again, they have put party before country. They have done this because they know their ideas are out-of-tune with the majority of the American population today. They know that the average Fox News viewer is 65 years old. They know that 80 percent of millennials support gay marriage. They know that their ideas alone cannot win another national election.

    So what do you do? You sabotage the country. You distort the facts. You lie, cheat, and steal. You vote to cut the SNAP program and then bitch and moan about how poverty rates have skyrocketed under Barack Obama. You show the areas of extreme poverty on Fox News. If families can’t eat of course there will be tension in the communities. If kids are hungry at school, of course they will commit petty crimes to feed themselves and their families. If veterans cannot support themselves of course they will be on street corners begging for food and money. And what better image sums up a failed president than 175,000 veterans who served us proudly who can no longer even afford to eat?

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/09/20/hunger-shame-snap-vote-reflects-ideal-republican-dystopia.html

  25. rikyrah says:

    House passes spending bill, pushes U.S. closer to shutdown
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:50 AM EDT

    The outcome was never really in doubt, but there’s still something amazing about watching far-right lawmakers come up with a ridiculous scheme and then follow through on it.

    The Republican-led House passed a stop-gap spending bill Friday that’s destined to die in the Senate, raising the likelihood of a government shutdown that would close national parks, halt soldiers’ paychecks, hold up student loan requests and otherwise set off a freeze on federal operations.

    The House bill, called a CR or continuing resolution, keeps the government funded through Dec. 15 as a broader budget deal is hammered out, but it also strips all funding from the Obama administration’s health care law — a non-starter with the White House and the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    The final tally was 230 to 189, with one Republican voting against the measure and two Democrats voting for it. As advertised, the proposal, initially opposed by GOP leaders but demanded by the party’s rank-and-file extremists, leaves in place the sequestration spending cuts that are undermining the economy by design and defunds the Affordable Care Act.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20600530-house-passes-spending-bill-pushes-us-closer-to-shutdown?lite

  26. It’s raining here and SG2’s feeling a little down in the dumps today.

    smiley umbrella photo: umbrella3 umbrella-smiley.gif

  27. Live Streaming: First Lady Michelle Obama presents the Cooper Hewitt Design Awards at the White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  28. rikyrah says:

    @NYTNational
    The Obama administration has taken the next step in curtailing mandatory minimums for drug sentences. http://nyti.ms/1fdvDxy

  29. Yahtc says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3H-PeuY-IrA

    Uploaded on Nov 16, 2008 by britney08byrd
    student project by Britney byrd

  30. Yahtc says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sJyObrJfWxw

    Uploaded on May 22, 2008 by Jaime Morgan
    A visual dramatization of the Harlem Renaissance poet’s work

  31. MAKE IT STOP

    House passes bill to fund the government and defund Obamacare. 230-189

  32. Yahtc says:

    Video published on Aug 8, 2013 by Ginevra349
    Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1898 — February 3, 1979) was an African-American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Aaron and Elizabeth Douglas. He developed an interest in art during his childhood and was encouraged in his pursuits by his mother. Douglas graduated from Topeka High School in 1917. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1922. In 1925, Douglas moved to New York City, settling in Harlem. Just a few months after his arrival he began to produce illustrations for both The Crisis and Opportunity, the two most important magazines associated with the Harlem Renaissance. He also began studying with Winold Reiss, a German artist who had been hired by Alain Locke to illustrate The New Negro. Reiss’s teaching helped Douglas develop the modernist style he would employ for the next decade. Douglas’s engagement with African and Egyptian design brought him to the attention of W. E. B. Du Bois and Dr. Locke, who were pressing for young African American artists to express their African heritage and African American folk culture in their art.
    Douglas was heavily influenced by the African culture he painted for. His natural talent plus his newly acquired inspiration allowed Douglas to be considered the “Father of African American arts.” That title led him to say,” Do not call me the Father of African American Arts, for I am just a son of Africa, and paint for what inspires me.”For the next several years, Douglas was an important part of the circle of artists and writers we now call the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to his magazine illustrations for the two most important African-American magazines of the period, he illustrated books, painted canvases and murals, and tried to start a new magazine showcasing the work of younger artists and writers. It was during the early 1930s that Douglas completed the most important works of his career, his murals at Fisk University and at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library (now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).
    Throughout his early career, Douglas looked for opportunities to increase his knowledge about art. In 1928–29, Douglas studied African and Modern European art at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania on a grant from the foundation. In 1931 he traveled to Paris, where he spent a year studying more traditional French painting and drawing techniques at the Academie Scandinave.

  33. Yahtc says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=PLDC80823A26869C46&v=7_zq2SOWd1A

    Published on Oct 9, 2012 by Black Animation Art

    Eryka Badu Janelle Monae Esperanza Spalding in Concert HD – An inspirational homage – Dream on Dreamers for Black Animation Net. Story and Animation by John Kennedy McCray

    Created by John Kennedy McCray
    Poem – Life by Paula Ashford

  34. Ametia says:

    I’m Gen Y, and I’m Not a Special Snowflake. I’m Broke.

    If I want something beyond debt and low wages, am I simply being entitled and delusional?
    —By Adam Weinstein| Fri Sep. 20, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    A bunch of you people on Facebook and Twitter keep sharing a HuffPo stick-figure thing about how Gen Y is unhappy because they’re unrealistic delusional ingrates.

    You know, this thing.

    If you wrote that, or you liked that, carefully consider these thoughts:

    1.These are weirdly contrived generational categories, too weird for such black-and-white reasoning. I’ve always thought myself more tail-end-of-Gen-X in temperament, age, and outlook. But ’77-’79 is a sociologically ambiguous no-man’s land, and we typically get lumped in with the millennials, especially when it comes to money matters.

    2.Go f**k yourselves.

    You have no idea about student debt, underemployment, life-long renting. “Stop feeling special” is some shitty advice. I don’t feel special or entitled, just poor. The only thing that makes me special is I have more ballooning debt than you. I’ve tempered the hell out of my expectations of work, and I’ve exceeded those expectations crazily to have one interesting, exciting damned career that’s culminated in some leadership roles for national publications. And I’m still poor and in debt and worked beyond the point where it can be managed with my health and my desire to actually see the son I’m helping to raise.

    Read on
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/generation-y-millennials-entitled-poor

  35. Yahtc says:

    ‘Fairest of them all’ boxing legend Ken Norton dies
    BY AGENCY STAFF, SEPTEMBER 20 2013, 10:03

    http://www.bdlive.co.za/sport/othersport/2013/09/20/fairest-of-them-all-boxing-legend-ken-norton-dies

  36. Yahtc says:

    From the Daily Herald:

    Today in history: Sept. 20, 2013

    On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)

  37. rikyrah says:

    Elections used to have consequences
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:49 AM EDT

    If you listen to congressional Republicans defend their shutdown scheme and crusade to destroy the federal health care system, they’ll routinely use the same phrase: the “American people,” the GOP claims, are on their side. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) argued at a press conference yesterday, for example, “The White House may not get it, but, frankly, the American people get it.”

    Ordinarily, the reflexive response is to point to recent polls, which overwhelmingly show that the public does not want Republicans to shut down the government, and does not want the law to be defunded, but does want GOP leaders to compromise.

    But at a certain level, polls are of limited persuasive value. Let’s pause to consider another angle.

    It may seem like ages ago, but about 10 months ago, the United States held national elections. One party, the Republican Party, ran on a fairly specific platform, near the top of which was a promise to destroy the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Their rivals, the Democratic Party, also had a platform, which included preservation of the Affordable Care Act.

    The “American people” were asked to make a choice. And they did.

    At the presidential level, the Democratic candidate won with relative ease, and became only the sixth presidential candidate in American history to win 51% of the popular vote twice. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats not only held their majority for the fourth consecutive election cycle, they also unexpectedly added seats. In the U.S. House, Democratic candidates collectively won 1.4 million more votes than Republican candidates.

    These are not minor details. We have a constitutional system of government and free national elections in which we, the people, help set a course for our country. GOP candidate made their case, lost, and forfeited their claims to a popular mandate.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20598130-elections-used-to-have-consequences?lite

  38. Yahtc says:

    OpEdNews Op Eds 9/19/2013 at 09:03:40
    The New Privateers: Civil Forfeiture, Police Piracy, and the Third-Worldization of America

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-New-Privateers-Civil-by-Jim-Kavanagh-Constitutional-Rights_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Privatization_Rights-130919-232.html

  39. Yahtc says:

    Exploring 1963 Through the Eyes of a Child
    Producer Tonya Lewis Lee talks to The Root about why she wanted to make a film about the Jim Crow South.
    By: Lottie L. Joiner | Posted: September 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    http://www.theroot.com/views/exploring-1963-through-eyes-child

  40. Yahtc says:

    ‘Sleepy Hollow’: A new day for race on network TV?
    Teresa Wiltz | 9/20/2013, 6:05 a.m.

    http://baystatebanner.com/news/2013/sep/20/sleepy-hollow-new-day-race-network-tv/

  41. Yahtc says:

    Fla. Congresswoman Hosts A Roundtable to Save African-American Men, Boys

    http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79801

  42. rikyrah says:

    MEDIA ALERT:

    Spike Lee’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, has a tv movie coming on the Hallmark Channel TONIGHT, 9/20/2013, 8 pm EST

    The Watsons Go To Birmingham

    In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson, (Wood Harris and Anika Noni Rose) and their three kids, 15-year-old juvenile delinquent Byron (Harrison Knight), nerdy 11-year-old Kenny (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and eight-year-old adorable sister Joetta (Skai Jackson). When Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands’ (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama.

    So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber outfitted with a true tone Ultra-Glide turntable and head South with plenty of comedy en route. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend, Mr. Robert (David Alan Grier), who show them around town and the Watsons discover that life is very different there than in Flint – and not necessarily for the better. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in something far bigger than Byron’s antics; something that will change their lives and country forever.

    ………………………………….

    Cast

    Anika Noni Rose
    Wilona Watson

    David Alan Grier
    Mr. Robert

    Skai Jackson
    Joetta Watson

    Wood Harris
    Daniel Watson

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson (aka Mrs. Samuel Jackson)
    Grandma Sands

    Bryce Clyde Jenkins
    Kenny Watson

    Harrison Knight
    Byron Watson

  43. rikyrah says:

    While Republicans squabble, Obama plots path to victory in 2014

    By BYRON YORK | SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 AT 5:49 PM

    Most of Washington ignored President Obama’s speech Monday marking the fifth anniversary of the financial meltdown. For good reason; the city was consumed by the mass murder unfolding at the Navy Yard. When Obama began speaking, the TV networks carried his opening remarks on the shootings, and then cut away when he got to the substance of his speech.

    But a few people in Washington were watching. The strategists working to guide House Republicans to victory in the 2014 midterm elections were taking careful note of the president’s words. “I think it was a critically important speech,” says one Republican closely involved in the effort. “It’s what he believes the debate in 2014 is going to sound like, and it’s the opening salvo of defining where this economy is going and who has the initiative.”

    Obama began, as he always does, by reminding his audience just how bad things were in late 2008 and early 2009. In an astonishingly brief time, investment banks failed, the stock market cratered, jobs disappeared, lending dried up and the auto industry nearly collapsed.

    Then, Obama explained, his policies came to the rescue: stimulus, infrastructure spending, mortgage assistance, financial reform, the auto rescue and more. The payoff for all that work, he said, is 7.5 million new jobs in the last three and a half years, a falling unemployment rate, a recovering housing market and a falling federal deficit.

    “What all this means is we’ve cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis and we’ve begun to lay a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity,” Obama said. In the future, he pledged to “push back against the trends that have been battering the middle class for decades.”

    Unless the bad guys stop him. “The problem is at the moment, Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on how to grow the economy and build the middle class,” Obama said. GOP policies would starve education, research, infrastructure. They would hurt the middle class. Sequestration would cripple vital areas of government.

    Obama laid the blame on the “extreme wing” of the GOP. “I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants,” the president said. “After all that we’ve been through these past five years … are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they’re willing to tank the entire economy?”

    Many Republicans will roll their eyes; they’ve heard the president’s rhetoric many times before. But it worked in 2012, and with jobs and the economy still by far the nation’s number one issue, Obama intends to press those themes hard through 2014. “This was a speech designed to create a clear narrative that is going to last for a while,” says the GOP strategist. “He’s saying, ‘If it hadn’t been for me, we wouldn’t have turned the economy around, and the Republicans have been trying to blow it up.'”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/while-republicans-squabble-obama-plots-path-to-victory-in-2014/article/2536106

  44. rikyrah says:

    zizi2 @zizii2

    Question for #Hillary2016 people: Are U gonna assemble armada of media machinery to counter Koch-controlled media? U silent backing PBO now

    8:45 AM – 20 Sep 2013

  45. rikyrah says:

    September 20, 2013 7:33 AM
    A Lifeline for Boehner?

    By Martin Longman

    Noam Scheiber has been providing solid prognostication on the budget/debt ceiling fiasco and he is perturbed to discover a possible kink in his analysis. Might the administration offer John Boehner a lifeline at just the moment that he’s about to slip beneath the sands?

    Scheiber’s predictions have been predicated on a confluence of perverse interests. The Tea Party wants a government shutdown either because calling for one is good for fundraising or because their heat-fevered brains are malfunctioning. Speaker Boehner wants a government shutdown because only the blunt force of outraged public opinion has any hope of breaking the heat-fever that has infected his caucus. Congressional Democrats want a government shutdown because it is possibly a prerequisite for turning enough red districts blue that they can have a positive midterm election next year. And the White House wants a government shutdown because there is no deal on offer that they are ready to accept to prevent one.

    But maybe that analysis is a little too pat. I can, for example, give counterexamples that argue exactly the opposite. The Tea Party is doing great right now, making money hand over fist, running the show, making the Speaker dance to their tune. Why would they want to have their bluff called and become the skunk in the room? They can only be the purist anti-Washington brigades for freedom so long as the Establishment is ignoring them. When the Establishment adopts their strategy and swiftly falls on its face, that can’t be a good thing for the Tea Party. As to the Speaker, no one has been more transparent than Boehner about his distaste for a government shutdown. He hasn’t wanted one and, if he wants one now, it is only in the most grudging sense. The Congressional Democrats have the most to gain and the least to lose from a government shutdown, but they also care about the bottom line. They want to turn off the sequester. If that could be accomplished without a government shutdown, they’d likely take it. Finally, the White House doesn’t want to be seen as transparently rooting for a government shutdown, so they must produce some narrative that explains how they envision a shutdown being avoided. And that narrative can’t involve making any concessions on the debt ceiling.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/a_lifeline_for_boehner046969.php

  46. rikyrah says:

    Red State Democrats Oppose Republican Effort To Defund Obamacare

    Posted: 09/19/2013 4:51 pm EDT | Updated: 09/19/2013 11:53 pm EDT

    While pushing an effort to defund Obamacare or risk a government shutdown, congressional Republicans have insisted they might have some unlikely allies on their side: Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states.

    But at least two of those Democrats, Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), laughed off the suggestion Thursday that they would vote for a continuing resolution that permanently strips the Affordable Care Act of its funding.

    “We’re not going through another [vote to repeal Obamacare], 43rd or 44th — no,” Begich told reporters on Capitol Hill. “Do I have issues with Obamacare? Yes. We’ve proposed multiple amendments and ideas to fix it, to make it better and take out things that aren’t working … but we’re not going through this process.”

    When The Huffington Post asked Begich to respond to the idea that Democrats facing tough reelection battles in conservative states might favor House Republicans’ strategy, which ties Obamacare funding to a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Sept. 30, Begich laughed and shook his head.

    “No — I think those guys over there should focus on what the American people want, and that is a budget done,” he said. “Quit playing with the continuing resolution, putting the debt at risk, and causing this great economy that’s moved in the right direction to falter again.”

    Pryor also told HuffPost he didn’t favor the approach. “No, I just don’t,” he responded with a smile.

    “We voted on Obamacare … and it’s the law of the land. It’s been through the Supreme Court,” Pryor said. “It’s not perfect, but let’s work to make it better.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/democrats-defund-obamacare_n_3957196.html?1379623902

  47. rikyrah says:

    Senate sees way forward on funding bill

    By Alexander Bolton – 09/19/13 03:17 PM ET

    Senators have identified a legislative strategy to fund the federal government without forcing Republicans to vote against language to defund ObamaCare.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not confirmed what procedural path he will choose but colleagues say he is likely to use an “amendment to strike” to kill the House-originated language to defund the new healthcare law while keeping the government funded.

    Senate sources say Reid is likely to bring the House continuing resolution, which includes language to defund ObamaCare and to prioritize debt payments if the nation hits its debt limit, to the Senate floor.

    Reid’s first move would be to schedule a vote to end debate on proceeding to the House continuing resolution. This would require 60 votes. Republican senators would vote to proceed to the bill because it would including the language to defund ObamaCare.

    Then he would fill the amendment tree, defining what amendments could be considered in relation to the House legislation.

    Reid would be sure that one of the pending amendments is a so-called “amendment to strike,” which would allow him schedule a future vote on stripping the language defunding ObamaCare and prioritizing debt payments.

    A Senate Democratic aide characterized the amendment to strike as a substitute amendment that would allow Reid to replace the House language with a “clean” proposal to fund the government beyond September.

    “It would be a substitute amendment,” the aide said. “There’s just a bunch of stuff we’d want to get rid of.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/323447-senate-sees-a-way-forward-on-government-funding-bill#ixzz2fRLM5h00
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  48. rikyrah says:

    Some in GOP willing to endure government shutdown to defund Obamacare

    By DAVID M. DRUCKER | SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 AT 3:47 PM

    Congressional Republicans’ willingness to risk a government shutdown to defund Obamacare could squander their single biggest political asset heading into the 2014 elections: the party’s unified opposition to this increasingly unpopular law.

    House Republican leaders calmed a brewing intraparty divide this week when they announced support for a budget bill that would keep the government running beyond the Sept. 30 deadline, but eliminate funding for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is set for a vote Friday and the overwhelming GOP support it is expected to have should quiet a sharp disagreement over the tactics of defeating Obamacare that has engulfed Republicans for weeks.

    But the reprieve is likely temporary. The issue is sure to resurface early next week, when the Democratic Senate takes up the budget bill.

    The Senate is expected to strip the Republican bill’s Obamacare provision, replace the money for its implementation and return the legislation to the House, putting back in Republican hands the responsibility for passing a budget bill or allowing the government to shut down on Oct. 1.

    Neither House Republicans committed to defunding nor pragmatists worried that a shutdown will backfire politically have figured out what to do when the Senate and President Obama inevitably reject the defunding provision and the government shuts down. One option is an alternative House bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare but would delay its implementation for a year. Republicans bent on defunding, however, have so far showed little enthusiasm for a delay.

    “I think we have a united front, not just among conservatives, but among the majority of our conference, to really fight for this thing,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a House leader of the defund movement. “Going back on my word, to allow Obamacare to be implemented, is not something that I can do, nor many in our conference can do.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/some-in-gop-willing-to-endure-govt-shutdown-to-defund-obamacare/article/2536093

  49. rikyrah says:

    * House Republicans vote to cut $39 billion from food stamps, slashing aid to some four million Americans, and the GOP “rebrand” proceeds apace. Harry Reid’s statement:

    “House Republicans’ vote to deny nutrition assistance to hungry, low-income Americans is shameful. The Senate will never pass such hateful, punitive legislation.”

  50. rikyrah says:

    No more magical thinking about the presidency

    By Jonathan Bernstein, Updated: September 19, 2013

    It’s an annual ritual: we get to late summer, something goes wrong for Barack Obama, and the press piles on. This time it’s Syria — Obama is getting widely criticized for vacillation and changes of course.

    The criticism, in turn, has also produced a good discussion of how to go about criticizing a president. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you want to criticize Obama’s handling of process, then make sure you do it right. Don’t turn process criticisms into an excuse for mind-reading or magical versions of the presidency.

    One question that’s attracted a lot of attention is whether a president should be criticized on process and theatrics or whether the primary focus should be on the outcomes he produces. David Ignatius today broke with much of the D.C. punditry and argued that the commentators’ obsession with appearances of vacillation — and lack of leadership — is out of touch with how the public views these matters.

    In my view it’s fair to criticize a president’s handling of process. Process analysis can often illuminate what’s really going on; after all, policy outcomes are often driven by not just what the president wants, but what others in the system want, and how the president went about dealing with getting his way in the face of opposition.

    The problem arises when process analysis is infected with magical thinking and outright wrong assumptions about how the presidency really works. For instance, one fallacy occurs when presidents assume a George W. Bush model in which the key question is only whether the president is able to get his way on his first impulse — as if that’s unquestionably a good thing.

    Another problem arises when analysts get process completely wrong. See, for example, a Politico article called “What’s Wrong With President Obama?” We get process criticism on Syria and on the Fed chair choice with a bald assertion that if only Obama was tougher, something would have been better (it’s not clear exactly what, or how). Which rapidly turns to mind reading:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/19/no-more-magical-thinking-about-the-presidency/?print=1

  51. rikyrah says:

    Really?

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: September 19, 2013

    Another key finding from this week’s Washington Post/ABC News poll:

    Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too much, too little, or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues?

    Too much: 10

    Too little: 64

    About the right amount: 23

    An astonishing 72 percent of independents say Republican leaders are doing too little to compromise.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/19/really/?print=1

  52. rikyrah says:

    Coming Up: John Boehner’s Inevitable Surrender to Barack Obama

    Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 10:18 AM

    Right now, if you listen to most outlets, House Republicans are itching for a fight with President Obama in which they are prepared to threaten a government shutdown and a US default if their radical fringe does not get its demand of defunding Obamacare. And they very well might be. The media chatter also seems to indicate, however, that their leadership is being dragged along with the crazies, albeit kicking and screaming. This is where I part ways with the so-called analysts. I see things in a different light. I see John Boehner beginning the process, once again, to painstakingly cave to President Obama in the government funding and debt ceiling fights.

    The headline reports have been that Boehner is relenting to the pressure created by right wing groups and … well, okay, just right wing groups… to tie defunding of the Affordable Care Act with the must-pass Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past the end of this month. He even scheduled a vote tomorrow to do just that. But the devil, as always, is in the details. As the process is detailed, this is nothing more than another meaningless vote, and the GOP leadership is prepared to fold in the end.

    The first attempt comes Friday, when the House is scheduled to vote on a plan to fund government operations past Sept. 30 that would also eliminate money for the Affordable Care Act.[…]

    Senate Democrats have pledged to reject any effort to disable the health care law. They are likely to strip away the health care provision from the House bill and send the measure back to the lower chamber. Once that happens, GOP leaders would be faced with the choice of risking a government shutdown, or passing a temporary spending plan with the help of House Democrats.

    Well, duh. Boehner is going to give the Teabaggers a vote to tie Obamacare to the government funding bill, making their idiotic brains think that they are being given a chance to shut down the government, and then when the bill gets back from the Senate without the provision, he is going to say ‘look, we tried,’ and surrender quietly. The exact same thing is likely to happen with the debt ceiling, in less than a month.

    …………………………………….

    Hence begins the song and dance and the pretzel moves for John Boehner’s next surrender to Barack Obama. The president is not budging an inch from his position that he will not give into the Tea Party’s extortion attempts. He has made it abundantly clear that it is dangerous to allow economic terrorists within the Republican Party to hold hostage the normal operations of the government or our ability to pay the bills on the money Congress has already spent.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/boehner-begins-process-of-his-next.html

  53. rikyrah says:

    Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: September 19, 2013

    Right now, House Republicans and Senate conservatives are in the midst of a full blown war over who will get saddled with the blame when Republicans ultimately admit they don’t have the leverage to defund Obamacare.

    It’s unclear how exactly we’ll get to that inevitable point or how much blood will be left on the floor along the way or who will end up spilling most of it. But one thing that seems clear is that the scam perpetrated by Senate conservatives is running out, and Ted Cruz is the reason why.

    The short version of what’s happening is that House Republicans finally agreed to give Senate conservatives what they wanted — a bill funding the government at sequester levels while defunding Obamacare. Whereupon Cruz immediately allowed that Republicans won’t be able to get it through the Senate, and renewed the demand that House Republicans (who, after all, are in the majority) keep up the fight. House Republicans understandably erupted in fury last night, accusing Cruz of surrendering and of engaging in a bad faith effort to deflect blame on them for the inevitable failure of a scheme that was always going to fail anyway.

    Here’s Ted Cruz trying to clean up the mess on Hannity last night, arguing that he and his fellow defund-Obamacare charlatan Mike Lee will keep the fight going as long as they can:

    “I guarantee you one thing, Mike and I are going to fight with every breath in our body,” Cruz said. “As Churchill said, we will fight on the beaches, we will fight in the streets, we will fight at every step to stop the biggest job killer in America.”

    Now, historians would probably see Cruz’s comparison of his vow to resist Obamacare to Winston Churchill’s call for full resistance to the Nazis as a tad strained. But that aside, this raises a number of interesting questions.

    We know Senate Democrats will probably take the House CR and strip out the defunding of Obamacare in hopes of kicking it back to the House. But as Brian Beutler lays out, there are a number of procedural moves Senate Republicans can take to stall or slow this process — such as a Rand Paul-style drone filibuster — and conservative activists will presumably be expecting them to pull out all the procedural stops. As Beutler notes, if they don’t this whole thing will be exposed as the scam it always was

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/19/ted-cruz-unmasks-his-own-confidence-game/?print=1

  54. rikyrah says:

    Style Points and the Beltway Pundits’ Substance Deficit

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 4:06 PM

    For some time now, the beltway media has been faulting President Obama on what he called out as “style points.” They charge that his style is inadequate for the political theater that is Washington, DC, and that such “style deficit” is the reason his second term agenda has been stuck in Congress. A piece by Lloyd Grove in The Daily Beast exemplifies the beltways bellyaching about style points, with a typically thick, dumb narrative.

    The president’s zigzagging policy on Syria, the Larry Summers nomination debacle, and Monday’s partisan budget speech at the very moment that the nation was reeling from a madman’s shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard, are only the latest manifestations of a mystifying paradox: Barack Obama, so surefooted when it comes to the politics of campaigning, often seems flatfooted when it comes to the politics of governing.

    Oh, right. The president’s “zigzagging” on Syria – you know, that thing that got him what he wanted – and what the civilized world wanted – a full disarmament of Syria of its chemical weapons, without having to fire a single shot. A “nomination debacle” where there was no actual nomination. And the president’s speech drawing the nation’s attention to the fact that a fringe controlling the Republican party is trying extortion by holding hostage the full faith and credit of the United States in order to reach their extremist goals. Yeah, such flatfooted-ness.

    The only paradox here is how seemingly smart people go to the beltway to become self-important village idiots.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/style-points-and-beltway-pundits.html

  55. rikyrah says:

    Claims that are true cannot be ‘mostly false’
    by Steve Benen
    \Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:38 AM EDT.

    In late August, the Washington Post ran a terrific report on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and his ties to the “fathers’ rights movement.” Of particular interest, Cuccinelli, now his party’s gubernatorial nominee, “introduced legislation on divorce law backed by national fathers’ rights groups,” which would have made it more difficult for women in unhealthy marriages to end their relationships.

    Given that Cuccinelli is already struggling with women voters in the commonwealth, it hardly came as a surprise that his opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, quickly pounced and turned the story into a television ad. “If Cuccinelli had it his way, a mom trying to get out of a bad marriage, over her husband’s objections, could only get divorced if she could prove adultery or physical abuse or her spouse had abandoned her or was sentenced to jail,” the ad said.

    Is the claim in McAuliffe’s ad true? Yes. Does PolitiFact understand this? No (via Jamison Foser).

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20597081-claims-that-are-true-cannot-be-mostly-false?lite

  56. rikyrah says:

    Feeding the base, starving the poor
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    It wasn’t too long ago that the farm bill was one of those rare pieces of major legislation that Congress passed with relative ease. The left liked the provisions that helped low-income families put food on the table, the right liked the subsidies to the agricultural industry, and the bill usually sailed through both chambers with bipartisan support.

    Then the radicalization of congressional Republicans set in, and what used to be easy became incredibly difficult.

    To briefly recap, in July, after the Senate approved a bipartisan version, the House pushed its own right-wing alternative, which was almost laughably extreme. House Republicans pushed for $20 billion in food-stamp cuts, along with drug tests for recipients — because if you’re struggling to buy groceries in the wake of an economic crisis, conservative lawmakers believe you deserve to be treated as a suspected drug addict.

    Much to the surprise of the GOP’s own leadership, that bill failed, not because it was too ridiculous, but because House Republicans concluded it just wasn’t punitive enough.

    So, two months after passing a bill to help agribusinesses exclusively, the House GOP found time yesterday to pass an even more radical farm bill.

    With only Republicans voting in support, the GOP-led House passed a bill Thursday to reduce spending for food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years.

    The vote was 217-210. No Democrats voted for the measure.

    Fifteen Republicans voted against the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will result in the loss of benefits for an estimated 3.8 million people in 2014.

    Morgan Whitaker explained that this House bill “creates new provisions that nearly double cuts, primarily by imposing new work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents between the age of 18 and 50, limiting them to three months of benefits in a three-year period unless they work part-time, or are in a job-training program. Currently, those recipients can obtain waivers during times of high unemployment.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/20/20596519-feeding-the-base-starving-the-poor?lite

  57. rikyrah says:

    Shutdown proponent: ‘Shutdowns are not worth it’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:16 PM EDT

    As far back as July, the Republicans’ government-shutdown scheme had three primary ringleaders: Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Yesterday, Cruz drew the ire of his conservative allies by saying something true: the Democratic-led Senate won’t go for the “defund Obamacare” plan, so the shutdown decision will likely fall on the House.

    But if that put Cruz in the far-right doghouse, how will conservatives respond to this?

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the architect of the defund movement, said he hopes for an up-or-down vote in the Senate on ObamaCare funding.

    Lee framed the possibility of a shutdown as President Obama’s problem. “Shutdowns are bad. Shutdowns are not worth it. This law is not worth causing a shutdown over,” he said.

    Wait, what?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/19/20583135-shutdown-proponent-shutdowns-are-not-worth-it?lite

  58. rikyrah says:

    alanah poullard
    President Barack Obama writes a note for Alanah Poullard, 5, while visiting with Wounded Warriors in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher.
    —-Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

  59. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy FRY-day! :-)

  60. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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