Friday Open Thread Open Thread |Flamenco dancing

Flamenco13Flamenco performance has evolved during the history of this musical genre. In the beginning (the 18th century at the latest), songs were sung without any guitar accompaniment; during the 19th century, the guitar was used to accompany songs, and since the second half of the 19th century, the solo guitar is played in flamenco concerts. [14] From flamenco’s beginning in the 18th century most performers have been professionals. For most of the genuine life of flamenco, a folk art that has remarkably conserved an extraordinary level of conservatism within the caucus of European folk music, with its unmistakable rhythmic patterns and tones that mark its varied forms, or ‘palos‘, flamenco has actually been the concern, like speech itself, of non-professionals in the countryside: goatherders, charcoal-burners, miners, and fishermen, for example.

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74 Responses to Friday Open Thread Open Thread |Flamenco dancing

  1. rikyrah says:

    GOP hates Obamacare Cuz Pres Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig

    With the exception of religious cultists who abdicate control over their own being, we as INDIVIDUALS instinctively strive for SELF-PRESERVATION especially when our life is threatened. It’s an existential article of faith. And nothing crystalizes this fact more readily than when we NEED healthcare to prevent or cure illness.


    Rational Self-Interest in economics is when a person “makes economic decisions that benefit them the most.” Is that not what we’ve been told real capitalism is supposed to be about? Marketplaces, competition, and consumers making choices based on what is best for them? So why do the GOP and their wealthy backers hate PBO for enacting this model of capitalism?


    He is exposing them for their fake capitalism. Jig is up.


    In the perverse Ayn Randian philosophy that the likes of the Koch brothers espouse, there’s talk of pursuing one’s own interests only. But in actuality what they have told their rubes is that they must sacrifice their economic interests in service of ideology. In other words 1%ers preach cultural adherence and ideological purity to their followers while they themselves siphon every public asset and good to themselves. It’s a faith-based heist of the commonweal.


    President Obama co-opted Ayn Rand’s idea of rational self-interest, turned it on its head, and the Republican Kochsters HATE him for it. The ACA challenges the ability of the Bircher puppetmasters and their corporate ilk to control their rubes over the single most important and intimate aspect of their lives; healthcare. But worse for them it has electoral implications, at least in the near term. Kochsters know it, we know it, and ordinary Americans will soon know it too. As VP Biden said, it’s a BFD, positively for ordinary Americans, and negatively for the Kochsters.


    Healthcare is ground zero. It’s a singular necessity of life in which no one can live vicariously through another person’s. In an airplane emergency if your oxygen mask IS working you hold on to yours for dear life regardless of whether the passenger in seat 53G’s mask is working or not. That’s Rational Self-Interest. You can’t bullshit people about what they are getting or not getting. Healthcare is personal. Too intimate. No one ever forgets what that experience is like or costs. The impact is visceral. The numbers don’t lie. People know that they paid $1500 out of pocket last year for an MRI and now it is covered under ACA.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Rev. Al did it again on today’s show.. I swear, he cracked me up with the teabagger.

    Went off on him when he tried to compare himself and the teabaggers to those who fought for Civil Rights.

    I love Rev. Al.

    I’m so glad he has this show.

  3. rikyrah says:

    comment from TOD:

    I said from the beginning, the MSM media was mad because the President fucked up all their ‘ war plans’, and took away their plan to stand there, and just shrug as the GOP attempted to ‘impeach’ the President over Syria.

    That Syria is gone, and now War with Iran is fading faster than they ever thought…yeah, they’re mad.

    Our President goes about his duty as President, and they’re madder than a mutha that even though they’ve been against him 90% of the time (the study’s results)….he keeps on succeeding, thus making them irrelevant with everyday that passes.


    September 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    NBC News reported on The Phone Call, but they all sure looked sad about having to do it. They had that esteemed journalistic trio reporting—Todd, Mitchell and Gregory. They did show the photo of PBO on the phone, but they hardly mentioned his name after that. The Toddler said the initiative for the phone call came from Rouhani, trying to be as dismissive of Obama’s role as humanly possible. I cannot bear to look at his smirky face any more—-some voice keeps telling me to throw a cream pie. Anyhoo, Brian Williams expressed “skepticism” as to any takeaway from this event, which is okay and understandable, but he looked pained and about to cry as to the possibility of any more positive sign. It was a sight to behold. That segment should be studied in future journalism classes as a warning about how far away from truth and reality the media can fall—-about how partisan they became—–about how they failed our democracy—-and to never ever let this kind of destructive sham happen in this country again.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Obama, Rouhani have direct talks
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:39 PM EDT

    For the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979, a U.S. president and an Iranian president had direct communications. It happened today with a phone call between President Obama and President Rouhani, which the U.S. leader announced this afternoon.

    “The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. I reiterated to President Rouhani what I said in New York: while there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution. […]

    “I’ve directed Secretary Kerry to continue pursuing this diplomatic effort with the Iranian government and we had constructive discussions yesterday in New York with our partners — the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China together with the Iranian foreign minister.”

    Obama noted how difficult diplomatic progress is likely to be going forward, and acknowledged “the deep mistrust between our countries,” but nevertheless said progress is possible.

    I hope the political world can appreciate just how remarkable this turn of events really is. A decade ago, U.S. foreign policy declared Iran part of an “axis of evil” and tensions between the nations escalated to dangerous levels. Now we’re seeing diplomatic breakthroughs and there’s a credible possibility of resolving the Iranian nuclear dispute.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Obama said, ‘Khodahafez’ to Iran’s president. Here’s what that means.

    By Max Fisher, Published: September 27 at 5:44 pm

    When President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ended their historic phone call today — the first direct contact between U.S. and Iranian presidents since 1979 — Rouhani signed off with, “Have a nice day.” But Obama responded, according to Rouhani’s later recounting of the conversation via Twitter, with the word “khodahafez.”

    Khodahafez is a Persian-language expression that’s used to say goodbye. It’s sometimes written as two words: “khoda hafez” and literally translates as “God be with you.”

    You can practically hear cable news talking heads trying to decide whether they should be outraged by this choice of words, but it’s really just a friendly colloquialism.

    It turns out there’s a bit more to it, as well. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked his colleague Fareed Zakaria for any insights on the expression. Here’s what Zakaria told him:

    In fact, it’s a point of contention in the Islamic world. The Persians tend to say “Khoda Hafez” and [for] lots of people, it’s the standard slang. But the hard line Sunnis now say “Allah Hafez,” because they don’t like the Persian word “Khoda,” which is “God.” But that’s inside baseball.

  6. rikyrah says:

    phive @phive0phor

    The President should prank-call McCain. Just say “Phoned phoned phoned, phoned phoned Iran” and hang up.
    4:24 PM – 27 Sep 2013

  7. rikyrah says: @TheObamaDiary

    Iraq – war ended ✓
    Afghanistan – troop withdrawal complete in 2014 ✓
    Syria – giving up its CWs ✓
    Iran – new dawn ✓
    Thank you Pres Obama

  8. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s Debt Ceiling Red Line: No Deals
    The president says he won’t negotiate. John Boehner says he has to. Who blinks first?

    UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama appeared in the White House press briefing room to announce that he had spoken to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, to note that Secretary of State John Kerry had made progress in getting a strong UN resolution regarding Syria, and to blast House Republicans for bringing the government to the brink of a shutdown and for threatening to play politics with the debt ceiling. He reiterated his vow not to negotiate over raising the debt ceiling. Extending the government’s borrowing authority so Congress can pay the bills it has already racked up, he said, “is not a concession to me.” He called it “the solemn responsibility” of lawmakers.

    With the Washington crisis of the week not yet resolved—whether the US government will shut down on Tuesday because GOPers block legislation funding federal agencies—President Barack Obama, at a rally in Largo, Maryland, promoting Obamacare, looked ahead on Thursday morning to the next showdown and issued a hard-and-fast proclamation: “I won’t negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America.” Obama was referring to raising the debt ceiling, which will have to be done in the next few weeks (or the US government will default and possibly trigger a financial crisis that could go international). To emphasize that Obama was drop-dead serious about not responding to Republican threats to hold the debt ceiling hostage once again, the White House immediately tweeted out that sentence. The message: This was no off-the-cuff rhetoric.

    Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who’s busy trying to concoct a strategy for the more immediate budget crisis, did respond to Obama’s no-deal position on the debt ceiling: “I am sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.” So though it seems at the moment that a government shutdown might be averted next week—if only by a bill that provides for the temporary and short-term continuation of appropriations for the government—a titanic confrontation is looming over the debt ceiling, with the GOPers angling to prevent an expansion of the government’s borrowing authority unless Obama agrees to accept deeper spending cuts, defund Obamacare, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, or whatever. This is a fight with higher stakes; a global financial crisis would cause more economic chaos than a short government shutdown. And Obama has been planning for this stare-down for two years, saying publicly and privately that he will not blink.

  9. rikyrah says:

    There’s Nothing to Do Here, Just Whine and Complain
    Posted by mistermix at 12:50 pm
    Sep 272013

    I’m sitting in the waiting room of the outpatient surgery center in the local teaching hospital, waiting for a friend of mine to come out of minor surgery, wondering how in the hell the Republican Party thinks that they can make hay out of the inevitable bobbles and screw ups that are going to accompany Obamacare, a program that exists in the context of the delivery of medical care. How the hell do they think those fuck-ups will distinguish themselves in an experience that seems to consist entirely of mistakes, waiting, misdirection, arbitrary stupidity, more waiting, humorless colorectal surgeons (how the fuck can you stare up assholes all day without the ability to laugh and not want to swallow a bullet at the end of the week?), gowns that don’t cover anyone’s ass, the same question being asked 14 times, rooms that are kept at meatlocker temperature, the slow and broken elevators, ugly stained furniture, dirt collected in every corner (hospitals are the dirtiest places on earth), tears, frustration, fear, anger, shit, puke and urine?

    Obamacare is going to be the bright and shining star in this experience. There have to be at least a few people sitting in this room with me sweating the possibility that this trip will lead to bankruptcy. A year from now, all they’ll be sweating is whether they’re going to contract MRSA.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Chris Matthews Destroys GOP Congressman Over Debt Ceiling Obstruction

    By Christopher Butterfield on September 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews tore into the GOP’s plan of tying the increase in the nation’s borrowing limit to a laundry list of Republican policy priorities on Thursday, leading one Republican congressman to dismiss the consequences of a debt default and government shutdown.

    Matthews slammed Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) for his party’s willingness to shut down the government and compromise the full faith and credit of the United States to defund a law of the land that was legitimately passed and upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Perry twisted himself into knots in an attempt to legitimize the GOP strategy of shutting down the government while denying the gravity of a government shutdown. He insisted that “Medicare patients are going to get their checks. People in the army are going to receive their paychecks.” Watch it:

  11. rikyrah says:

    Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert 4h

    In light of Obama convo w #Iran #GOP aides actively pushing story Obama and Boehner haven’t spoken this week. O hasn’t called.

    Dan PfeifferVerified account ‏@pfeiffer44

    .@LukeRussert In the White House,we can dial out AND receive calls. They had those in the Capitol when I worked there,I assume they still do

  12. rikyrah says:

    The Debt-Ceiling Showdown Is the Fight of Obama’s Life

    By Jonathan Chait

    The debt-ceiling showdown has snuck up quietly on Washington and is barely registering in the broader economy. Nobody is quite sure what to make of it. A familiar Washington Kabuki dance? A white-knuckle bond market tightrope walk? A final reactionary howl at the onset of Obamacare? It may be these things, but it’s also something much larger: a Constitutional struggle, a kind of quasi-impeachment, that will test Obama’s mettle and, next to his reelection campaign, poses the most singular threat to his presidency.

    The progression of events begins with a dynamic I described in a print piece at the beginning of 2012 – conservatives had come to regard the 2012 race as their last chance to win an election as authentic conservatives against a rising Democratic majority. Since their crushing defeat, they have ignored the task of refurbishing the party’s national appeal for its next national electoral bid, and instead have recommitted themselves to waging increasingly millenarian confrontations from their existing red state power base in Congress.

    Most of us expected, at some level, that the election would cool the right’s apocalyptic fervor. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Paul Ryan candidly explained the calculation: “The reason this debt limit fight is different is, we don’t have an election around the corner where we feel we are going to win and fix it ourselves. We are stuck with this government another three years.” This is a remarkable confession. Republicans need to compel Obama to accept their agenda, not in spite of the fact that the voters rejected it at the polls but precisely for that reason.

    The exhaustion of electoral channels against Obama has spurred the party to seize power through non-electoral channels. Their opening demand that Obama sign Mitt Romney’s entire economic plan into law in return for avoiding a debt default, while historically bizarre, followed perfectly from their legislative strategy this year.

    House Republicans decided back in January to boycott any negotiations with Obama over fiscal policy. They presented this at the time as a desire to return to “regular order,” with negotiations between the House and Senate, but eventually decided to boycott those, too. The entire House Republican strategy is premised on using threats to leverage unilateral concessions from the Democrats.

    Their aversion to compromise has been accepted as settled fact in Washington, reimagined not only as a new normal but as the way it’s always been. Republican Dana Rohrabacher defended the use of debt-ceiling threats to pry concessions from Obama like so: “People have to recognize there’s never any compromise until the stakes are high. In our society, that’s the nature of democratic government.” That is completely false. American political parties have forged compromises for decades without high-stakes threats to bring them to the table. Not to mention the fact that, by “compromise,” Rohrabacher means unilateral concessions by the president.


    That is a frightening reality, made all the more frightening by two additional factors. The first is that Republicans don’t believe Obama’s insistence that he won’t negotiate. Obama can claim he won’t negotiate, but he would have an incentive to lie about this, and nobody other than Obama can really know for sure. (I believe him, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it.) And one of the things Republicans truly believe about Obama — they say it constantly in private — is that they can make him fold.

    As the debt-ceiling deadline ticks toward midnight, Obama ought to be able to make his determination clear enough that House Republican leaders understand their only choices are to raise the debt ceiling or breach it. Default would risk not only economic calamity but the potential of an electoral one for the otherwise unassailable Republican majority. But history is replete with disastrous miscalculations. They’re often made by weak, short-sighted leaders facing pressure to demonstrate toughness from internal opponents. That is to say, Boehner is exactly the kind of leader who would blunder into a calamity like a debt default.

    Yet Obama simply has no alternative but to accept that risk. The stakes are higher than resisting the specific demands Republicans are making, and higher even than the economic havoc of a debt breach. Obama is fighting to save his presidency

  13. rikyrah says:

    How Many Decades Do Republicans Get To Jerk Us Around On Health Care?
    Josh Barro Sep. 26, 2013, 11:48 AM

    Ross Douthat thinks I’m too pessimistic when I say Republicans will never support constructive proposals on health policy.

    Given plenty of time and patience, he says they might enact a positive health care agenda.

    Of course, that’s also what they say about monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare.


    Republicans have been able to see their way clear to defend the pre-Obamacare status quo, in which 50% of health spending in the U.S. comes from the government, and in which we spend about twice as much as peer countries on health care with similar outcomes. And they have often launched their attacks on Obamacare from the left—based on the campaign theme choices Republicans have made in the last two cycles, the sort of “disruption” Republican voters are most afraid of is that Medicare might be cut.

    It’s hard to see why a system where the government incurs 60% of health spending instead of 50% of it is likely to shock them into sincere interest in policy. Besides which, given the slowing trend in medical inflation, we’re probably not even going to see the higher premiums that Ross thinks will motivate Republicans toward reform.

    But beyond that, here’s my problem with Ross’ take: How long are we supposed to wait while Republicans jerk us around on health policy in the vain hope that, some day, they’ll stop being full of crap? How many decades do you have to spend being completely insincere on a policy issue before people stop taking you seriously when you talk about it?

    Read more:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Why Democrats Aren’t Falling for the GOP’s Obamacare Pitch
    Because it’s a trap! They know that delaying implementation carries many more risks than rewards.

    It sounds like the most reasonable thing in the world—like life insurance, or rustproofing. Republicans say all it will take to avoid the calamity of a government shutdown is for an itty-bitty delay of President Obama’s health care law. What’s the big deal? He’s already pushed off the mandate for employers to provide coverage by a year, and 22 House Democrats even voted for a similar stay of the individual mandate.

    “The president knows this law’s not ready; that’s why he delayed it for big business,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, at a press conference last week. “Everyone knows this thing is not ready.” Certainly, Democrats could be persuaded that the rollout could use a little more time to iron out the kinks—maybe give the public more opportunity to rally around the law. Win-win, right?

    “Absolutely, positively not,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on CNN later when asked whether a delay would be negotiable. Democrats aren’t stupid. They know what happens when you give a mouse a cookie.

    Any delay to Obamacare—whether it’s pushing back the individual mandate or stripping funding for a year—would only open the door to devastating consequences for the law. Once Obama shows he is willing to negotiate on his signature piece of legislation—and, by implication, signaling that the law may have deep, fundamental problems—there will be no end of trying to tear it down, with opponents perhaps garnering another 41 House votes to defund it in the process.

    “It’s not worth discussing, because it’s not going to happen,” Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland told National Journal. “We’re more than happy to work with Republicans to fix some of the glitches. But they’re not interested in making adjustments; they’re simply trying to wipe it out completely.”

    This is no secret. For Republicans to even imply that a delay would be good for the White House (“I actually believe the president wants to delay Obamacare, because it’s such a mess,” said conservative Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. “It’s just not working for them.”) is specious. The GOP wants to kill this law, and tranquilizing it is just an attempt to put it down in hopes that it never wakes up. Secure a postponement to next year, and maybe if the Senate flips, the dynamic changes. Delay it long enough, and eventually a Republican president might be able to help finish it off for good.

  15. rikyrah says:


    Michael Lester – September 27, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT
    Fox News went in to full defensive mode after President Obama warned Americans this week not to look to the network for helpful information on the Affordable Care Act–19

  16. rikyrah says:

    The Flailing Continues

    by BooMan
    Fri Sep 27th, 2013 at 05:13:04 PM EST
    The president went before the cameras and microphones again this afternoon and reiterated that he will make no concessions surrounding the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Harry Reid told the House Republicans to get over their fantasy about delaying ObamaCare and to “get a life.” He went to say that the Senate has no intention of taking any further action to prevent a government shutdown and that Boehner’s only choice is to pass the Senate’s legislation. Nonetheless, the House Republicans announced their intention to ask for a one year postponement of ObamaCare.

    I guess it is pretty clear that the Democrats have exactly zero fear of a government shutdown. I am reminded of the story of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby. Also, “please proceed, Speaker Boehner.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Dems hope to jam John Boehner as Senate conservatives keep stabbing him in back

    By Greg Sargent, Published: September 27 at 3:11 pm

    Two key votes in the Senate today put us back where we always knew we would be after Ted Cruz’s noisy stunt faded away: House Republicans are still stuck deciding between stiff-arming the Tea Party and taking the blame for a government shutdown.

    First, the Senate voted by 79-19 to end debate on the House bill defunding Obamacare, defying Senate conservatives. Ted Cruz: We are the 19 percent! And second, the Senate voted on party lines, 54-44, on final passage of the measure after stripping it of the defunding, sending it back to the House.

    Perhaps the most interesting wrinkle in today’s voting — at least in terms of what it will mean for the big picture — is that Senate Dems amended the bill to move up the expiration date of the government funding under the ”continuing resolution” from December 15th to November 15th. That means Dems are pushing for the next confrontation over funding the government to start a month earlier.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: The GOP’s Obamacare problem, in one sentence
    By Greg Sargent, Published: September 27 at 9:21 am

    So the Senate is set to vote to send a “clean CR” funding the government at sequester levels back to House Republicans. Multiple reports this morning portray House GOP leaders in a state of confusion as they ponder what’s next.

    One option: Attach a measure to the Senate bill that would eliminate Obamacare subsidies for members of Congress and aides – which conservatives would see as a symbolic victory — and send it back to the Senate. Meanwhile, House Republicans are looking to pass a proposal that ties a debt ceiling hike to a grab bag of conservative goodies, including an Obamacare delay. But that may not be able to attract enough Republican support to pass. Ultimately, though, when you strip away all the noise, all of this comes down to one problem, which was best summarized by Jeremy Peters:

    It is unclear what the Republicans want, other than a complete repeal of the health law.

    Bingo. The thing Republicans want most — the guiding principle around which much of today’s GOP, particularly its conservative wing, is organized — is the thing they can’t have.

    Much of the chaos we’re now seeing flows directly from this fact. The comical conservative wish list Republicans want in exchange for the debt limit hike — including the Obamacare delay — is meant to mollify conservatives who are upset that GOP leaders are going to have to fund the government while not defunding (and completely doing away with) Obamacare. More broadly, the GOP leadership’s continued quest to use this fall’s fiscal confrontations to undermine Obamacare — through a government shutdown, the debt limit, or whatever — represents a larger refusal to let go of the need to placate the wing of the party that is committed to a Total War posture against the law. This precludes GOP leaders from pursuing the obvious course: Admitting that the law will not be eliminated through non-electoral means, and passing measures keeping the government open and averting economic catastrophe with a lot of Democrats.

  19. rikyrah says:

    September 26, 2013
    Where the G.O.P.’s Suicide Caucus Lives
    Posted by Ryan Lizza

    On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner. Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina. He’s been in Congress for eight months. Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years, is the Speaker of the House and second in the line of succession if anything happened to the President.

    Meadows was not pleased with how Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders in the House were approaching the September fight over spending. The annual appropriations to fund the government were scheduled to run out on October 1st, and much of it would stop operating unless Congress passed a new law. Meadows wanted Boehner to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, a course Boehner had publicly ruled out.

    Back home in Meadows’s congressional district, the idea was quite popular. North Carolina’s Eleventh District had been gerrymandered after the 2010 census to become the most Republican district in his state. Meadows won his election last November by fifteen points. The Presidential contest there was an even bigger blowout. Romney won the district by twenty-three points, sixty-one per cent to thirty-eight per cent. While the big story of the 2012 election was about demographics and a growing non-white population that is increasingly Democratic, that was not the story in the Meadows race. His district is eighty-seven per cent white, five per cent Latino, and three per cent black.

    Before Meadows sent off his letter to Boehner, he circulated it among his colleagues, and with the help of the conservative group FreedomWorks, as well as some heavy campaigning by Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee, seventy-nine like-minded House Republicans from districts very similar to Meadows’s added their signatures.

  20. Ametia says:

    ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ movie review
    By Sean O’Connell, Published: September 26

    The toughest part about filming a Muhammad Ali documentary has to be narrowing the focus to only one or two aspects of the man’s incredibly eventful life. Ali is an icon whose professional boxing career launched in 1960, and he hasn’t really left the public conversation since.

    Bill Siegel’s “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” reminds us, though, that the boxer fought significant battles outside of the ring, as well. And in doing so, “Trials” educates casual boxing fans about the unexpected political, religious and social strife Ali encountered — and largely brought upon himself — during a tumultuous time in our nation’s racially divided past.

  21. Ametia says:


    Here’s a song to help celebrate while you burn, Speaker Boehner.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Blunt: Don’t reject health exchanges

    Senator says opposition to Obamacare shouldn’t lead Missourians to go without insurance

    Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Thursday that Missourians should not boycott the new health care exchanges just because they don’t like Obamacare.

    Blunt’s comments put him at odds with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is discouraging Missourians from signing up for insurance through the new online marketplaces created under the health reform law.

    Blunt is a leading critic of the health care law, and he predicted the exchanges and other elements of the law will not work as the Obama administration has promised. But that doesn’t mean people should go without insurance, he said.

    The exchanges, which are scheduled to open Tuesday, are websites where consumers can comparison shop for health insurance plans and see if they are eligible for federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums.

    • Ametia says:

      To put it, BLUNTLY, (pun intended) Roy’s not coy; he knows that anti-OBAMACARE bullshit is a goner. Folks ain’t having these mofos fuck with their healthcare.

  23. rikyrah says:

    CNN’s Diversity Council Changing Leadership

    Will the network dissolve the group under Jeff Zucker’s leadership?

    The leadership of CNN’s Diversity Council is changing, with Johnita P. Due, its longtime chair, stepping down and Maria Ebrahimji, its vice chair, leaving the network, a CNN spokeswoman said on Thursday.

    The change at the council, coupled with criticism of CNN’s diversity record since Jeff Zucker became CNN president last year, led to a report that Zucker had disbanded the group. Scott Jones, of the blog reported Thursday, “EXCLUSIVE: Zucker Pulls Plug on CNN’s Diversity Council.”

    Christal Jones, a CNN spokeswoman, said that report was incorrect. Due, who is assistant general counsel and chief diversity adviser at CNN Worldwide, is “transitioning out” of the council role, Jones said, and Ebrahimji is “leaving the network to pursue other opportunities.”

    The council will become “even more prominent” with a “new chief diversity council adviser,” Jones said. She said Due had been in the role for eight years and decided to step down.

    In 2008, Due won the Ida B. Wells Award, then bestowed by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Medill School at Northwestern University and the National Conference of Editorial Writers (now the Association of Opinion Journalists), for her diversity work.

    “Under Ms. Due’s charge, the Council has embarked upon many initiatives designed to make the corporate culture at CNN more inclusive and to expand the network’s coverage of minority communities. Those efforts have ranged from convening a summit for senior management devoted to including more diverse guests and perspectives on air to crafting presentations and leading diversity video screenings and discussions with staff that underscore the business case for diversity and to highlight how to be more inclusive in every day coverage,” the Wells jurors said at the time.

  24. Ametia says:

    Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead
    A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years
    JAMES FALLOWS SEP 27 2013, 12:15 PM ET

    Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us. They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing of public functions via “the sequester”; and a possible vote not to raise the federal debt ceiling, which would create the prospect of a default on U.S. Treasury debt.

    The details are complicated, but please don’t lose sight of these three essential points:
    • As a matter of substance, constant-shutdown, permanent-emergency governance is so destructive that no other serious country engages in or could tolerate it. The United States can afford it only because we are — still — so rich, with so much margin for waste and error. Details on this and other items below.*

  25. Ametia says:

    Obama’s Debt Ceiling Red Line: No Deals
    The president says he won’t negotiate. John Boehner says he has to. Who blinks first?
    —By David Corn
    | Fri Sep. 27, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    With the Washington crisis of the week not yet resolved—whether the US government will shut down on Tuesday because GOPers block legislation funding federal agencies—President Barack Obama, at a rally in Largo, Maryland, promoting Obamacare, looked ahead on Thursday morning to the next showdown and issued a hard-and-fast proclamation: “I won’t negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America.” Obama was referring to raising the debt ceiling, which will have to be done in the next few weeks (or the US government will default and possibly trigger a financial crisis that could go international). To emphasize that Obama was drop-dead serious about not responding to Republican threats to hold the debt ceiling hostage once again, the White House immediately tweeted out that sentence. The message: this was no off-the-cuff rhetoric.
    Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who’s busy trying to concoct a strategy for the more immediate budget crisis, did respond to Obama’s no-deal position on the debt ceiling: “I am sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.” So though it seems at the moment that a government shutdown might be averted next week—if only by a bill that provides for the temporary and short-term continuation of appropriations for the government—a titanic confrontation is looming over the debt ceiling, with the GOPers angling to prevent an expansion of the government’s borrowing authority unless Obama agrees to accept deeper spending cuts, defund Obamacare, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, or whatever. This is a fight with higher stakes; a global financial crisis would cause more economic chaos than a short government shutdown. And Obama has been planning for this stare-down for two years, saying publicly and privately that he will not blink.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Pelosi: Impossible To Negotiate With House GOP
    Dylan Scott – September 27, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sought Friday to lay the blame for a possible government shutdown on congressional Republicans, saying that they refused to negotiate on the issue.

    Pelosi pointed to the GOP’s inability to reconcile their competing factions as the reason that the federal government is a few days away from shutting down.

    “It’s impossible for Democrats to negotiate with House Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves,” Pelosi told reporters. “We don’t know what we’re going to vote on from one minute to the next because I don’t think they know what they’re going to vote on.”

    “I don’t know that they even know what they’re doing,” she added.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Through groupon, I found a bakery that sells a delicious serving of chocolate mousse for $2.50. As I savored it last night, the thoughts in my mind were..
    ” I’m gonna get in so much trouble at this place”

  28. Yahtc says:
    Uploaded Jan. 6, 2010 by LibraryofVa

    Dorothy Hamm, one of the Library of Virginia’s 2010 African American Trailblazer’s honorees is the subject of this short documentary by her daughter, Carmella Hamm.

    Dorothy Hamm was a civil rights and community activist in Arlington and Caroline Counties. She and her son, Edward Leslie Hamm Jr., joined a civil action case in 1956 that sought to end segregation in Arlington schools. In 1958, a U.S. District Court judge ordered that four African American children be admitted to the all-white Stratford Junior High School the following year, making it the first white public school in Virginia to admit African Americans students. In the intervening years, Hamm participated in a successful challenge to the Pupil Placement Act, which was designed to delay school integration while giving the appearance of compliance.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Tiger Named PGA Player Of The Year
    Friday 27 September 2013

    World number one Tiger Woods has been named PGA Tour Player of the Year for a record 11th time.

    Despite not adding to his tally of 14 majors in 2013, Woods enjoyed an excellent time on the PGA Tour with five victories from the 16 events he started.
    Those wins – at the Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Players Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – were enough to give Woods the nod over major winners Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson as well as FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson.

  30. rikyrah says:


    “Obama is one of those who mistake their good luck for genius.”

    -George Will in the Washington ComPost.

    It’s just not possible that the black guy could ever be smarter or savvier than his opponents, who have been trying to bring him down for 5-years now. He’s just so darned lucky.

    Otherwise, guys like George Will would have to question everything they were ever taught about white supremacy


    I’ll say it today, tomorrow, and for the next 30 years..
    Barack Hussein Obama II is a Black Man that was ELECTED
    President of the United States.
    That he’s smarter than 99 people in a room of 100, is FUCKING GIVEN.

  31. Ametia says:


    Thank you DU!

  32. Ametia says:

    Did Google really turn 15 today?

    Google’s doodle celebrates 15 years of the company Friday. But while the search giant has celebrated Sept. 27 as its birthday for the past few years, it’s not entirely clear where that date comes from. In fact, they’ve used some other dates in the past, and there are a few days that could arguably make a better claim to the title.

    Google incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998, but the domain name was registered back on Sept. 15, 1997 by their own account. And Google doodles haven’t been entirely consistent on the birthday. The first birthday doodle, celebrating their fourth birthday, used the 27th in 2002.

    But the next year, the birthday doodle was on Sept. 8, while in 2004 they celebrated it on Sept. 7. And in 2005 they celebrated on Sept. 26. But by 2006 they were back to using the 27th, and have stuck with that date since.

  33. Ametia says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell: Is Fox News’ Ed Henry a Pinhead or a Liar?
    by Josh Feldman | 11:34 pm, September 26th, 2013


  34. Caught Red (Sprinkle) Faced

    What? I didn’t eat no sprinkles!

  35. Yahtc says:

    Parents of George Zimmerman’s estranged wife call police to report ‘theft at their Florida house’ – where he’s the tenant”

    Police said the report from the Lake Mary home was a landlord-tenant dispute – and said George Zimmerman was the tenant
    House was the scene of the domestic dispute between the Zimmermans
    Police would not say what was stolen but said there was no break in
    PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 EST, 27 September 2013–hes-tenant.html

  36. Kentucky Governor: Obamacare is a ‘historic change’ that’s desperately needed in red states

  37. Yahtc says:

  38. Yahtc says:

    “Meet The Root 100 Honorees for 2012”

    These black achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45 represent the ideals of The Root.
    Posted: September 20, 2012

    Click on the each honoree’s photo to learn more.

  39. Yahtc says:

  40. Yahtc says:

    Published June 3, 2013 by Adama Paris

  41. Yahtc says:

    Rubio kills nomination of gay African-American judge to appease the far right.

  42. Yahtc says:

    Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates Presents The African Americans: “Many Rivers to Cross”

    In-depth Companion Book to the Highly Anticipated PBS Television Documentary

  43. Yahtc says:

    Scholarship Endowed to Improve Health of African Americans

    AMA Foundation and Association of Black Cardiologists Form Partnership

  44. Yahtc says:

    African American Community Leaders Rally for Slain Clerk

    “The reality of the situation is that we share many of the same communities,” said Rev. Tullos. “Subsequently what hurts or pain Hispanics also hurts and pains African Americans.”
    Rev. Scott added that it is not unusual for Blacks to come out and support their Brown neighbors.
    “This is not unusual in any way whatsoever for us as African Americans to rally behind a family in crisis, regardless of the color. We have demonstrated throughout our lives that we are a caring culture of people who want what is right for all of human kind,” Rev. Scott added.

    The family of Sanchez, including her husband and four children stood alongside the Black leaders at the rally who marched to the location of murder from the 77th Street Station.

  45. Yahtc says:

    This video will teach you how to make warm winter mittens from recycled wool sweaters.

  46. rikyrah says:

    Black female programmers unite for Focus 100, Google-sponsored NYC hackathon and tech bootcamp

    by Alexis Garrett Stodghill | September 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Google and more giant tech brands are joining forces to encourage black women programmers and technology entrepreneurs to hone their skills and acquire venture capital investment.

    Seeking to change the face of the tech sector — which is overwhelmingly young, male and white — the coming Focus 100 symposium, soon to be held in New York City, will bring together brilliant minds of all backgrounds.

    Organized by Digital Undivided, Focus 100 bills itself as “The Most Diverse Tech Conference on the Planet,” according to its web site. Major corporations in addition to important venture capital firms such as Andreesen Horowitz are behind this effort to bring more black female talent to the digital space.

    Battling homogeneity

    Eighty percent of the speakers at the October 4-6 symposium will be comprised of women and people of color, a complete reversal of the typical depiction of the technology field.

    Typical tech conferences are often described as homogeneously white, male and hostile towards those outside this demographic.

  47. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy FRYday! :-))))

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