Sunday Open Thread

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  1. #DefineGOPin3words

    Give me your thoughts, 3CP and I’ll tweet it. I’m having so fun with this. :)

  2. rikyrah says:

    — -☺@fjudkins1
    @JeffersonObama @carmenvellon You hit the nail on the head. He should be arrested! Absolute worst Speaker in history!! Spineless weasel😡
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    – –☺ ‏@JeffersonObama
    Almost every $ spent in promoting shutdown has come from 5 groups, all five funded by the Kochs. This is a Koch US Govt. shutdown

    – —☺ ‏@JeffersonObama
    We are wasting our time with the GOP House leadership. The real power players in this crisis are the Kochs & Jim Demint #GOPshutdown

    – – – -☺ ‏@JeffersonObama
    Ted Cruz is essentially America’s most dangerous terrorist bent on destroying it. —
    MORE –L8R :>) — –

  3. Schaub got picked off again. **lays head on desk**

    Good night, every one! Smileys

  4. Say it ain’t so! That did not happen!

  5. Go, Texans! Lets rock and roll!

  6. Go head, sister! Sing the song!

  7. rikyrah says:

    NY1 News ‏@NY1headlines5 Oct

    De Blasio, Lhota Both Appear At National Action Network

    edroso ‏@edroso5 Oct

    .@joshgreenman can’t tell you what pleasure it gives me that Sharpton has basically replaced the NY Archbishop as a political broker.

  8. Ametia says:

    Miriam Carey, Unforgettable and Unnecessary?

    Posted: 06 Oct 2013 10:04 AM PDT

    The name Miriam Carey is one we should never forget. The woman at the center of what is looking more and more like yet another potential case of excessive police force is just as dead as Jonathan Ferrell, another name we should never forget. Mr. Ferrell shot dead and killed after an automobile accident by police who were called by a frightened woman who’s door he knocked ostensibly seeking help after climbing out of the car he had been driving that was involved in an accident.

    Miriam Carey – is a name that should never be forgotten. So far what little information that has been put out centers around her job as a dental hygienist and where she lived in Brooklyn and apparently Connecticut. There have been vague statements about her possibly suffering from Post-partum depression as well as her being on some form of medication that might be psychotropic and that she was in the process of being weaned off of. Comments about mental illness as a root cause to this have been thrown around however the question in that instance would remain — was there no other way for Miriam Carey to get help or for her situation to be resolved aside from the way it turned out?

    As the investigation is ongoing not much is being said by local DC law enforcement aside from a press conference given on the evening that the events occurred. One interview that was given by the sisters of Miriam Carey indicated that they had no idea that their sister was headed towards DC and that they couldn’t speak to any motivation on her part to explain any part of the actions that led to her death.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, I think that the incident with Miriam Carey is going to come down to a person who was severely depressed and the use of excessive force by the police. From what has been written about Ms. Carey it does not sound as though the treatment she was getting was sufficient for the severity of her depression. I would just add that it is not uncommon for a severely depressed person to suffer in silence and to try to conceal how badly they feel from even those who are closest to them. This has nothing to do with denial, it is part of the illness. The suicide rate for severe depression is somewhere around 20%, if I am not mistaken.

  9. Ametia says:

    Commentary: We need journalists to hold politicians accountable for extremist actions, not to enable them

    .US. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) or “a bitter budget standoff” left unresolved by “rapid-fire back and forth legislative maneuvers” (New York Times). This sort of false equivalence is not just a failure of journalism. It is also a failure of democracy.

    When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. But how can democracy self-correct if the public does not understand where the problem lies? And where will the pressure for change come from if journalists do not hold the responsible parties accountable?

    The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you, Guardian.)

  10. Ametia says:

    GO COWBOYS! Where are you SG2? Texans & 49ers play later

  11. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Chris Plummer: There are people who hate Obama not just because they disagree with him, but also because he’s black.
    8:27 AM – 6 Oct 2013

  12. Yahtc says:

  13. rikyrah says:

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu

    In my part of the world, they call this a coup de tat, except that they use guns. Here the ammunition is money.
    5:10 PM – 6 Oct 2013
    A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

    The stand by conservatives that led to the current crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort, waged by a galaxy of well-funded groups, to undo President Obama’s health care law.
    The New York Times @nytimes

  14. rikyrah says:

    When elections used to have consequences
    By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News

    As conservative Republicans continue to demand concessions from President Barack Obama’s health-care law as the price to end the government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was asked a simple question on Sunday: Why not accomplish this instead by winning elections?


    ut other Republicans have said those efforts are a pipe dream. “The Democratic Senate is never going to pass, nor is President Obama ever going to sign, a bill that would repeal his signature accomplishment,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Saturday.

    Two ways Washington creates change
    In the U.S. system of government — with its checks and balances — major legislative change comes in two forms. One, when one political party controls most, if not all, of the branches of government (see the New Deal, Great Society, Obama’s health-care law). Two, when divided government reaches good-faith compromise (Social Security changes in the 1980s, welfare reform in the 1990s).

    But in the 15-plus years this reporter has covered Washington politics, such legislative compromise has never been dictated by the terms of the side that had lost the previous election. The losing side has certainly blocked the majority creating new laws (like George W. Bush’s Social Security effort in 2005, Bill Clinton’s second-term agenda, Obama’s cap-and-trade legislation). However, it hasn’t rolled back major laws, especially without controlling all the branches of government.

    The reason: Elections have consequences. Or at least they used to.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Another Botsplainer says:
    October 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised by a Default. It will accomplish many things for the all of the Republican factions. First and foremost it will make our debt a toxic investment which will help drown the government in the bathtub. There will be forced austerity for the foreseeable future. It places Obama in a situation which may cause him to take an action that will result in Articles of Impeachment being drawn up. The 1%er’s and the Chamber get to take down a Democratic POTUS by extra-constiutional means. As mentioned above, the GOP and 1%er’s feel no remorse and have suffered no consequences for the 2008 meltdown. The 1%er’s proabably don’t care if the economy tanks, the system is rigged in their favor and they figure that they’ll make their money back eventually, they have quite a bit right now. The MSM and Wurlitzer together will make it difficult to put 100% of the blame where it squarely belongs. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about how many people hate them now or will hate them after. America doesn’t get special dispensation from history. We can screw it up as well as any other failed nation.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Cruz: Tie debt ceiling to ObamaCare
    By Vicki Needham – 10/06/13 09:53 AM ET

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday said changes to President Obama’s signature healthcare law should be tied to a debt ceiling increase.

    The Texas Republican said any deal on raising the nation’s borrowing authority should include some “significant structural” plans to reduce government spending, avoid new taxes and “look for ways to mitigate the harm from ObamaCare.”

    “The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    Of the 55 times Congress has raised the debt limit, Cruz argued that 28 of those times Congress has attached “very stringent requirements,” many designed to reduce spending, including the 2011 sequestration plan.

    So, a debt-ceiling increase should “respond to real harms coming from ObamaCare,” Cruz said.

    Read more:

  17. rikyrah says:

    October 6, 2013, 2:38 pm 8 Comments
    We Are Now At War With Eastasia, I Mean The Deficit

    This morning, for my sins, I found myself involuntarily watching bits and piece of the morning talk shows, and it seemed clear that Republicans have been given a new talking point. Suddenly, the shutdown/debt ceiling confrontation isn’t just about Obamacare; it’s about curbing runaway spending growth and exploding debt.

    I’m a bit surprised. I didn’t expect Republicans to worry about the facts that federal spending has been flat in nominal terms, and falling fast in real per capita terms, for several years, or that the deficit is plunging. But I did think they might worry that the public has moved on from the debt scare, and also that some people might balk at the sudden attempt to rewrite history.

    And they should balk. This was never about controlling the deficit. It started as an attempt to stop health reform before it could get started; it has now morphed into an attempt to extract something, anything from Obama to save face (which he can’t give them, because he needs to take a stand against extortion.)

    And it’s still looking grim.

  18. rikyrah says:

    zizi2 @zizii2

    Who BENEFITS from #GOPDefault? Who benefits from mass-scale FEAR, global financial chaos? Follow the money
    4:24 PM – 6 Oct 2013

    zizi2 @zizii2

    #GOPLemmings do you know where ur #KochPuppetmasters hve MOVED their assets to? Cantor shorts US creditworthiness. What’s in it for You?
    2:58 PM – 6 Oct 2013

    zizi2 @zizii2

    Now we know when Kochs flew Cantor, Ryan, Boehner, Cruz, et al for the billionaires’ retreat this year, they were MANDATED to DESTROY USA
    4:06 PM – 6 Oct 2013

    zizi2 @zizii2

    PHANTOM @RepPeteKing “moderates” gang is a choreographed dogbone-toss intended to string out #Democrats & Media. #GOPshutdown
    4:20 PM – 6 Oct 2013

  19. Yahtc says:

  20. rikyrah says:

    TAPX486 says:
    October 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    @Elie: No I think we do get it. It is first and formost a constitutional crisis. For most of our 230+ years under the constitution there has been a peaceful transfer of power from the in party to the out party as the election results demanded. Democrats did not like the SCOTUS decision that gave Bush the presidency but they accepted it They then worked within the system to try and get their voices heard. The tea party does not accept the legitimacy of the last two elections, period. The list of demands for raising the debt ceiling is the 2012 GOP platform, the one rejected by the voters. If Obama gives in in any way he might as well resign and turn the white house over to Romany/Ryan.

    Win or lose you play be the rules. The tea party position is ‘what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine’ and if you don’t like it I’ll take my football and burn your house down. Our system doesn’t work that way. A parliamentary system allows for votes of no confidence and early elections but they still have rules. If the government survives the no-confidence vote it remains in power and the minority goes off to try again later.

    The last time the losing party refused to accept the election results was in 1860 and 5 years of bloody civil war followed, Of course for many of the tea parties it is called the war of northern aggression. This is rather ironic for GOP tea partiers since the President that held the union together was a Republican.
    The global impact of the Civil war was small. Sure it affected the cotton trade but the importer’s of cotton adjusted. The pound was the worlds reserve currency and the Royal Navy enforced Pax Britannica. So chaos in the US did not have a major spillover into world affairs. Today the US is the linchpin of the global economic/military/ diplomatic order. There is an old cliché that when the US catches a cold the rest of the world get pneumonia. Well what happens if the US gets pneumonia? That is why the comments of the Asian diplomat are important. What happens in Washington no longer stays in Washington. It no longer is just a domestic political/constitutional issue but one that bleeds into the global order as well.

  21. A Visit to Mississippi

  22. Yahtc says:

    Visionary Leon Kennedy: “Believe in Myself.”

  23. Fareed Zakaria government shutdown ‘extortion’.

  24. rikyrah says:

    The GOP has two choices: break the Tea Party or break America. They’re doing the second. So much for #countryfirst. #GOPshutdown

  25. rikyrah says:

    daddy pope hell and high water

  26. rikyrah says:

    It’s Not Always Good News for Republicans

    by BooMan
    Sun Oct 6th, 2013 at 10:10:31 AM EST
    The headline is misleading, but I get what Reid Wilson is saying. For Republican governors who are thinking of running for president, the government shutdown offers them an opportunity to be a little above the fray. They can badmouth Washington in general terms, which is always popular on both sides of the aisle. And they can point out that their governments are open for business.

    But I don’t think the government shutdown actually helps these governors’ chances of winning the presidency. And it isn’t going to help Tom Corbett win reelection in Pennsylvania or Rick Snyder in Michigan.

    Ground zero is obviously Virginia, where so many people work for the federal government. Open up an Electoral College Calculator and try to find a path to victory for the GOP that doesn’t involve them winning Virginia. (Hint: if the Dems win Virginia in 2016, they can cede Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida and still win the election with 272 votes). Anything that damages the GOP brand in Virginia should be of the utmost concern to any potential Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016.

    As Dan Balz documents in this morning’s Washington Post, the country is growing increasingly polarized, which means that there are lot of areas of the country where the people think what the Republicans are doing makes some kind of sense. Northern Virginia is not one of those places. The Philly suburbs are not one of those places.

    In my opinion, the shutdown is increasing polarization on a lop-sided battlefield that favors the Democrats on the presidential level. It will increase passions on both sides, but the only movement from one party to the other will come from people in the middle who will be alarmed at the financial brinksmanship of the Republicans or who have directly detrimental experiences as a result of the shutdown.

    It isn’t good news for Republican gubernatorial candidates who are running for election or re-election in blue states, and it isn’t good news for whoever wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

    It’s also creating real stressors on the Republican coalition because they have quite a few representatives who are serving in states like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California that are culturally alienated from the ObamaCare revolt and whose base is centered in the financial industry. These seats, along with the ones the GOP holds in Virginia, will be the ones that become vulnerable and that could fall if the backlash is severe enough.

    On the whole, the shutdown isn’t doing the Republicans any favors, which is one main reason why the Democrats aren’t too worried about it lasting a while.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday to Rev. Joseph Lowery.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Does Michelle Nunn Know What She’s Doing?

    by BooMan
    Sun Oct 6th, 2013 at 01:33:45 AM EST
    Maybe it is because I grew up as the son of an advertising executive, next door to a senior partner at a major Manhattan law firm, with classmates whose parents worked at places like Cantor Fitzgerald or the Institute for Advanced Study, but I’ve never been really comfortable with the language of the Occupy Movement. I understand the usefulness of discussing the 1% vs. the 99%. I certainly understand the impulse to bash Wall Street. In any case, we need to have some kind of language for discussing rising income inequality and its causes. I just choose to use my own terminology.

    I also noticed and was somewhat annoyed that the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, Michelle Nunn, came out of the box talking about the need to address the country’s debt. It annoyed me on the merits, not so much on the politics.

    I have long argued that progressives can win in the South without adopting the DLC/Blue Dog model, so long as they can figure out how to finance their campaigns. On balance, I think someone who talks about Wall Street the way Elizabeth Warren talks about Wall Street will do better with your average Georgian voter than one who talks constantly about lowering our debt.

    But let’s also be realistic. Go down to Georgia hill country and a spend a little time. “The massive Primal Scream coming from the children of the DixieCrats” that currently has the government shut down has to be taken into account.

    Michelle Nunn can win this race, but she is going to have to significantly cut into the Republicans’ advantage with the white vote. Maybe she can count on some x-chromosome solidarity, but she can’t sound like she’s going to Washington to be a big help to the president.

    The most obvious route to victory for Michelle Nunn is for her to brand herself as a newer, hipper, more estrogen-endowed version of her father, and to take advantage of the radicalism of her opponent. It’s not too distinct from the path Kay Hagan took to win a seat in North Carolina, and Sen. Hagan looks like she is in decent shape to win a second term.

    Now, playing it safe may not be good enough, but going populist is probably the harder challenge. For starters, I’d hesitate to recommend a strategy that isn’t genuine. The daughter of a senator isn’t necessarily a natural anti-establishment candidate. Secondly, we need to think of what type of white voters she can attract, and how she can attract them?

  29. rikyrah says:

    Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:53 AM PDT
    GOP Wants Nothing We Dems Have To Offer In Trade…

    by cskendrick

    but our political extinction.

    You cannot look at the standoff in Washington as an exercise in game theory, or in terms of rational self-interest, or even in terms of political gamesmanship.

    If you do, you are going to be magnificently wrong in your assessment of Republicans’ perceptions, assessments of conditions, decisions based on those assessments, motivations and reactions to your own existence and behavior, and the more subtle clues of mobilization, communications and morale.

    Last but not least, you are going to come up with a completely wrong synthesis of WTF Are These People Up To?


    Thing is, the President doesn’t seem to be very good at destroying America. So the Tea Partiers, the energizing heart of the modern Republican Party, are very thoughtfully helping him fulfill the destiny they’ve assigned him.

    You might wonder what does default get them?

    One, it destroys the reputation of Obama’s presidency.
    Two, it moots any issue about Obamacare; defunding’s a given.
    Three, it defunds everything else.
    Four, if the government ever plans to borrow ever again it will have to do so at much higher interest rates. That will crowd out ALL domestic spending programs, even force the government to lapse some of them
    Five, there will be far less money to fund national security initiatives among them drones and NSA super surveillance
    Six, because it kicks Democrats’ asses, that’s why. Less crassly, it’s a specific, achievable goal with immense impact that accomplishes specific ideological ends in which Republicans and Tea Partiers in particular embrace.
    Seven, a hollowed-out catastrophically underfunded Federal government will be incapable of stopping subsequent initiatives toward the goal of creating a much more conservative-friendly regime.
    Eight, yeah about 2014 elections. We’ll probably have them but, wow. Polling places are expensive to maintain so we’ll be consolidating those. You know, since the default… there’s just no money…

    And this is why I think Democrats have nothing to offer in trade that Republicans want in lieu of the default.

    They get everything they want by pushing America over the edge.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Frankenstein Goes to Congress
    Published: October 4, 2013

    Our question for today is: Why don’t the Republicans just throw in the towel? Really, this is not going well for anybody.

    Lots of reasons. There’s Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the General Patton of the government shutdown. And people like the Republican in the House who said he and his colleagues “have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” Also, Ted Cruz.

    “So many Democrats have invoked my name as the root of all evil in the world,” Cruz complained on the floor of the Senate Friday. This is true. Senate Republicans merely regard him as the root of most of the evil in the world.

    But here’s my long-term theory. Over the past few years, Republicans have terrified their most fervent followers about Obamacare in order to disguise the fact that they no longer knew what to say about their old bête noir, entitlements. Now they can’t turn the temperature down.

    Let’s review. Not so very long ago, worrying about entitlements was central to Republican identity. Then, they began to notice that the folks at their rallies looked like the audience for “Matlock” reruns. The base was aging, and didn’t want to change Social Security or Medicare. The base didn’t even want to be reminded that Social Security and Medicare were federal programs.

    During the last Republican primary debates, Gov. Rick Perry called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Mitt Romney jumped all over him, then raced off to tell a conservative talk show host that if the Republicans nominated someone with Perry’s view on Social Security “we would be obliterated as a party.”

    This year, when President Obama proposed a budget that actually did reduce the rate at which Social Security benefits would rise in the future, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee denounced it as “a shocking attack on seniors.”

    People like Paul Ryan still fiddled with Medicare, but only in wonkese that didn’t trickle down to the public. There were vague references to the need to “protect” programs for the elderly. But the party had lost its old rallying cry. Enter health care reform.

    Just this week, Rick Perry called Obamacare “a criminal act.” He appears to be gearing up for another presidential run, and you are not going to hear any Ponzi talk this time around. However, he’s so set against the new health care law that he’s refusing to let 1.5 million really poor Texans qualify for federally financed coverage. When Rick Perry has a principle, no sacrifice is too great.

  31. rikyrah says:

    The rise of the New Confederacy

    By Colbert I. King, Published: October 4

    It took on new force with fears of the federal government in Washington interfering with their cherished way of life. It gathered steam with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. And it all came into full flower when shore batteries fired on Fort Sumter. It was the spirit of the Old Confederacy, a state-sponsored rebellion hellbent on protecting its “peace and safety” from the party that took possession of the government on March 4, 1861.

    The rebels launched a grisly war against the Union. In his inaugural address, Lincoln warned the Confederacy: “You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”


    Federal government as the enemy.

    Today there is a New Confederacy, an insurgent political force that has captured the Republican Party and is taking up where the Old Confederacy left off in its efforts to bring down the federal government.

    No shelling of a Union fort, no bloody battlefield clashes, no Good Friday assassination of a hated president — none of that nauseating, horrendous stuff. But the behavior is, nonetheless, malicious and appalling.

    The New Confederacy, as churlish toward President Obama as the Old Confederacy was to Lincoln, has accomplished what its predecessor could not: It has shut down the federal government, and without even firing a weapon or taking 620,000 lives, as did the Old Confederacy’s instigated Civil War.

    Not stopping there, however, the New Confederacy aims to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States, setting off economic calamity at home and abroad — all in the name of “fiscal sanity.”

    Its members are as extreme as their ideological forebears. It matters not to them, as it didn’t to the Old Confederacy, whether they ultimately go down in flames. So what? For the moment, they are getting what they want: a federal government in the ditch, restrained from seeking to create a more humane society that extends justice for all.

    The ghosts of the Old Confederacy have to be envious.

  32. rikyrah says:

    CBS Host Takes Apart GOP’s Shutdown Argument

    By Zack Beauchamp on October 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was unable to explain why Republicans needed to threaten economic disaster to try to get their way on Obamacare during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday.

    Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation’s host, repeatedly asked Cornyn why, instead of using normal legislative procedures like passing laws, Republicans were refusing to pass a continuing resolution funding the government or raise the debt ceiling absent changes to several parts of President Obama’s signature health care law. Schieffer compared this strategy to saying “I’m going to throw a brick through your window unless you give me $20:”

    SCHIEFFER: The law has been passed. Why not keep the government running and then everybody can sit down and decide what they want to do about it.

    CORNYN: Well there should be a negotiation, and this government would still be up and running in full if President…if Harry Reid had allowed Democrats to vote to eliminate the Congressional carve-out which treats them favorably under Obamacare and to treat average Americans the same way the President has decided to treat business with regard to Obamacare penalties.

    SCHIEFFER: Senator, isn’t there something wrong when you say I won’t fund the government unless i can attach my personal wish list to the legislation every time we vote? I’d love to see the government find a cause, uh, cure for cancer, but I don’t think you can say I’m not going to pass and pass any funds for the rest of the government until [the National Institutes of Health] finds a cure for cancer. I mean, isn’t that just kind of the same thing here?

  33. vitaminlover says:

    Father, I want to thank You for President Obama and his tireless efforts to advance and bring benefits to this country. Thank You for breaking the stronghold being put against his efforts to advance healthcare in particular. Thank You, Sir, ending this shutdown quickly and speedily and with such a force that it cannot be denied that it was You. Thank You for continuing to guide, guard and protect our beloved President and his family and Vice-President and his family and giving them continued wisdom as they keep their hearts and minds on helping the American people. Shower them with Your Love, in Jesus Name. Amen.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Nearly 11,000 Complete Kynect Application For Coverage

    Kentucky officials have released the latest data on kynect, the new health benefit exchange.

    They say nearly 11,000 applications have been completed to obtain health insurance under the state’s new online marketplace, and almost 5,000 individuals or families have picked a health plan and signed up for coverage.

    Enrollment began Tuesday through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange – the online guide to a variety of insurance policies. Such exchanges across the country are the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    Kentucky officials said Friday more than 137,000 people have browsed the website, and 93 percent of them have gone through pre-screenings to determine if they qualify for subsidies or Medicaid.

    Gov. Steve Beshear says he’s pleased with the response and says Kentucky is the “gold standard” for implementing the program.

    The system encountered some first-day glitches, but those were fixed in a few hours.

  35. rikyrah says:

    A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

    WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

    Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

    It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

  36. rikyrah says:

    2014 poll: GOP could lose the House

    By LUCY MCCALMONT | 10/6/13 10:54 AM EDT

    The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show.

    In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group,

    Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House – something the polling reveals could be within reach.

    One district that shows a favorable position for a Democratic challenger is N.Y.-19, the high-profile contest in which Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic owner Chris Hughes, is looking to unseat the Republican incumbent, Chris Gibson. However, Eldridge’s name does not appear on the survey as the challenger

    Read more:

  37. rikyrah says:

    iegoUK ‏@DiegoUK15m
    Remember to mark the moment the Republicans realize their mistake and quietly switch from calling it Obamacare.

  38. rikyrah says:

    another great comment by aleth:


    I think they want to default.. For them destroying the legacy of the black man and expansion of the new new deal via ACA is more important than country. Don’t mistake this is the goal. The wealthy including the media will be okay. They have a delusion tht the President will bend to their will but they forgot its 2nd term bitchez. They will count on the left and media to muddy the water on how the president should aid them etc. because the bottom line is they still got the skin for protection. Koch bought these assholes awhile ago and trigger of trying to overthrow democracy in exchange for corporate theocracy is on the move. We need to continue to back the president with words of encouragement and push back from to the left.

    The media entity known as fox could have been destroyed at the beginning of the Obama administratin but for people on the left, msnbc and gg, stating Obama media team is silencing speech. Recall the Obama team called them nothing but arms of GOP, now you see that they have contributed vastly to the corruption of all press include al-j America. They want a default don’t forget it.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Schumer To Boehner: Prove That A Clean CR Won’t Pass Share

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) challenged Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) contention Sunday that “there are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR” and reopen the government.

    “Well, first, the speaker said there aren’t the votes on the floor to re-open the government. Let me issue him a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week” appearing just after Boehner. “We have just about every Democrat, 21 Republicans have publicly said they would. There are many more Republicans who have said that they privately would.”

    “So, Speaker Boehner, just vote. Put it on the floor and let’s see if you’re right.”

    White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a similar challenge on Twitter:

    Jay Carney (EOP) ✔ @PressSec
    The Speaker says there are “not enough votes” to pass a clean CR? If he’s right, why not prove it? #JustVote

  40. rikyrah says:


    The fact is the Dems in the Senate offered the GOP a chance to do budget negotiations EIGHTEEN TIMES and they refused. They wanted to play games and threaten PBO with a shutdown to get their way and the Dems said, ‘Please proceed GOP’. Even Blue dogs who always yell ‘PBO ain’t the boss if me’, notably Sen Landrieu, who’s up for reelection next year, is all, ‘let them GOP suckers own this mess. no quarter for these bums, the president is right.’ The media has been continually wrong about PBO at very turn, so I have them on continuous ignore. There is nothing to negotiate with the GOP until they reopen the gov’t and raise the debt ceiling.

    I believe the GOP when they say they didn’t,t want a shutdown. No, they wanted to threaten PBO with a shutdown, and they are surprised he called their bluff because to them, since the Dems are big gov’t liberals they’d do anything to avoid a shutdown. That,s why they’re all backtracking. PBO was supposed to save them and the American people from GOP crazy but PBO told errybody, ‘Y’all gonna learn today not to mess with a G’.

    • Ametia says:

      COSIGN. And the media goes mightly along and pretend as though what the GOP is doing and how they re behaving is normal and acceptable. FUCK’EM!

  41. rikyrah says:

    John Boehner Threatens to Destroy the Economy If Obama Won’t Give Him What He Wants

    By: Jason Easley

    On ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner issued threatened President Obama and the country with default on debts if his demands aren’t met.


    GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me press that. There have been some reports that you have told your own members that you would be willing to put a debt limit on the floor that would pass with democratic votes, even if it didn’t get a majority of the republican caucus. Is that no longer true?

    BOEHNER: My goal here is not to have the United States default on its debt. My goal is to have a serious conversation about those things that are driving the deficit and the debt up and the president’s refusal to sit down and have a conversation about this is putting our nation.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: He continues to refuse to negotiate, the country is going to default?
    BOEHNER: That’s the path we’re on. The president canceled his trip to Asia. I assume — he wants to have a conversation. I decided to stay here in Washington this weekend. He knows what my phone number is. All he has to do is call.

    The faux Republican position of compromise has now shifted to one of threats. President Obama has refused to give Boehner what he wants, so now he is threatening to blow up the economy. Speaker Boehner is sticking to the extremist position that Obamacare must be delayed, or the economy gets it.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Michael Steele on shutdown: ‘We have elected a bunch of children to run our government’
    by Michael Steele | October 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Look ma, no federal government!

    At some point the entire BS that is the government shutdown sinks in and we have to deal with reality: We have elected a bunch of children to run our government.

    One reality that must not change about America and the free enterprise economy is that the root of America’s success has always sprung out of the hard labor of its entrepreneurs: the men and women who risk it all on a dream. Government doesn’t do that; government can’t do that. When a job is created by a small business owner they make an investment in people in a way that government can’t match. So when those same business owners have legitimate concerns about government policies that affect them, elected officials must listen in order to preserve the conditions that allow small businesses to thrive.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Report: Halle Berry Has Delivered a Bouncing Baby Boy!
    October 5, 2013 by EurPublisher

    *Halle Berry has given birth! Yep, congrats are in order.

    According to E! News, Saturday, the Oscar winning actress gave birth to a baby boy at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

    This is the second child for Halle and her first with her husband, Olivier Martinez. Berry has a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.

    In telling People, back in May that Ms. Berry was pregnant with a boy, Martinez said, “My son will remain an American, but I will remain French.”

    He continued: “I remain a Frenchman in America, but I adapt to American culture. I feel good there—but I’m still a foreigner. My son will be an American.”

    As of this posting no other details were available regarding the baby’s health, weight name.

    Meanwhile, in other news about Halle, as we reported on Friday, she’s set to star in Steven Spielberg’s new CBS drama “Extant,” in which she’ll play an astronaut who returns home after a year-long solo mission in space.

    The series is scheduled to air in summer 2014.

  44. Please sign petition.Tell NBC News: Correcting Republican lies is part of Chuck Todd’s job.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Brilliant comment by aleth:


    No, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, RON FOURIER, HUFFPOST, CNBC, WHITE HOUSE PRESS, NPR, politico and the rest of the majority frat boys network including NYT, Washington post etc.. You do not get to act like you were not involved in creation and encouraging of this new breed of GOP. They were on your shows from 2009-2010 pushing birtherism, false flag, tea party started by a corporate hack icon cnbc, guns at Obama events, orchestrated demonstration by AstroTurf planning of Koch bros at the representative meetings etc… You pushed the ridiculousness for ratings.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not know of make Obama a one term president movement or the treason that occurred after he was elected with the meeting with the GOP.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not push the right wing media to the forefront with the bogus Obama socialist meme where his speech with his professor was treated as a breaking story or inviting briethart to your tv screens.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not try to take credit away from the President for everything he has from Osama to saving the economy. We all know the lucky black man came from you all. You don’t get to act like you were not in the business of delegitimizing him from your countless shows on question his birth to articles question is Americanness.

    You don’t get to act like you did not question every deal he made in framing of “caving” “weak” “carter” etc. yet a month after you all go he was lucky.

    You don’t get to be innocent in any of these because you all played a role in creation of current state of Government. Like the so called tea party or shall I call the plutocrats with a mix of theocracy, the thought of a black man in authority drives you off the wall, especially one smarter than you all. Funny thing is the black man is also tired of you all. You don’t get it yet. He is going to be fine, his legacy will be one denoting how he triumphed over your racism. It will be one in the books were it will say, their bigotry was stronger than love for country or economics.

    You enable the GOP and its corporate entities. You enabled them since 2009 with 95% negative coverage of the President. You are still enabling them till this day.

  46. Yahtc says:

    “Supreme Court term begins with contentious topics”


    Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial topics that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer.

    • Yahtc says:

      “Supreme Court to Hear Mount Holly Discrimination Suit”
      by Tom De Poto/Star Ledger

      The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to decide whether federal housing discrimination laws extend to policies and actions that inadvertently discriminate against minorities in Mount Holly.

      The case will also go a long way toward either upholding or cutting down a favored White House approach to challenging discrimination and obtaining settlements from banks.

      The case centers on a 2002 plan by Mount Holly to raze Mount Holly Gardens, a distressed and one-time troublesome neighborhood of two-story attached rowhomes that housed a majority of the township’s African-Americans and Latinos. At the time, minorities made up about 30 percent of the Burlington County township’s population.

      The justices will decide if Mount Holly can be held liable for housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act for redeveloping the depressed neighborhood and reducing the number of homes are available to minorities.

      Unintended discrimination, known as “disparate impact,” occurs when a policy affects a greater number of minorities than non-minorities, even though it isn’t the policy’s intent.

      The Fair Housing Act doesn’t specifically outline disparate impact, but other courts have ruled it must be taken into account in other areas.

      In 2002, Mount Holly declared the 30-acre Gardens neighborhood blighted and in need of redevelopment.

      The township drew up plans for a mixed-use neighborhood with apartments, townhomes and a retail center. It offered to buy the 329 homes for between $30,000 and $50,000, along with other incentives that could total as much as $85,000.

      The new homes would cost about $200,000 to $250,000, which would have been out of reach for a significant number of people in the Gardens.

      Many of the homes have been purchased and razed since then, and the township has spent upwards of $18 million on the plan.

      But about 60 homeowners held fast and sued the township in 2008, claiming the actions had an unfair impact on racial minorities.

      State courts agreed Mount Holly had the right to declare the Gardens in need of redevelopment, but they didn’t address the disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act, which lacked specific language supporting the doctrine.

      Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said she hoped the court would “use this case as an opportunity to continue our nation’s progress to ensure that all families have a fair opportunity to find a good place to call home.”

      James Maley, special redevelopment counsel for Mount Holly, who has been involved with the case since the beginning, said the township continues to have discussions with the holdout homeowners, but no progress has been made.

      He said a ruling would be significant not only in Mount Holly, but would also have a ripple effect in banking, insurance, mortgage and employment cases as well.

      “The justices will decide the broad aspects of the case with our facts in mind,” he said.

      The Obama administration has used the disparate impact standard in lawsuits against banks over housing and auto loans. Bank of America and Wells Fargo agreed to pay $510 million to settle claims they discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers based on statistical evidence.

      According to some in the lending business, the effect has been to make lending more difficult for fear of discrimination lawsuits.

      Andrew Sandler, chairman of BuckleySandler, which offers legal counsel to the financial industry, said a ruling could end “the period of overreach in fair lending enforcement.”

      He said a “Supreme Court decision that would eliminate or significantly reduce the use of the disparate impact theory … would be a good thing for minority access to credit by reducing a significant impediment to constructive product innovation.”

      During the Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term, it agreed to hear a similar case to the Mount Holly case, Gallagher vs. Magner, in which St. Paul, Minn., argued that allowing disparate impact claims under FHA wasn’t Congress’ intent and leaves local governments vulnerable to discrimination suits. The parties settled under a deal with the Justice Department before arguments were heard.

    • Yahtc says:

      “Supreme Court agrees to hear Michigan affirmative action case.
      Supreme Court justices will weigh in on Michigan’s Proposal 2 to bar race as a factor in admitting university student applicants.”

      March 25, 2013 By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau

      WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed to weigh in on college affirmative action for a second time in a year and decide whether Michigan’s voters can forbid “preferential treatment” based on race in their state universities.

      The justices are closely split on whether school officials may ever use race as a factor for deciding who is admitted. A decade ago, the high court, by a 5-4 vote, upheld a limited use of race as a means to achieve classroom diversity in a case from the University of Michigan Law School. But that victory for liberal advocates of affirmative action was soon overturned by Michigan’s voters.

      They adopted Proposal 2 in 2006, forbidding university officials from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to students based on their race, ethnicity or gender. It was patterned after a similar ballot measure in California in 1996 that also prohibited race-based admissions policies at the state’s colleges and universities.

      But the defenders of affirmative action in Michigan took their fight to the federal courts and won a surprising 8-7 decision last year from the U.S. 6thCircuit Court of Appeals that struck down the state ballot measure as unconstitutional. The judges in the majority, all Democrats, said the ban on affirmative action wrongly took away a civil rights provision that had benefited minorities. The dissenters, all Republicans, said forbidding discrimination based on race does not violate the “equal protection” clause in the Constitution.

      Few doubted that the justices would hear Michigan’s defense of its ban on race-based affirmative action. The only surprise was that the justices announced Monday they would hear the appeal before they ruled on a pending affirmative action case involving the University of Texas.

      In the Texas case, lawyers for a rejected white student urged the court to rule that giving preferences to applicants based on their race violates the Constitution and the guarantee of equal protection of the laws. A decision in that case, Fisher vs. University of Texas, is expected this spring.

      The justices may well limit affirmative action in the Texas case, but they are not likely to forbid it entirely.

      Michigan Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette appealed the 6thCircuit ruling to the Supreme Court, and said his state’s voters had adopted a race-neutral admissions policy that many of the justices favored. It told the state universities to admit students without regard to their race or ethnicity. He argued it made no sense to say that a state provision forbidding race-based discrimination is unconstitutional.

      But the defenders of the race-based policies could point to Supreme Court rulings from the late 1960s that faulted state and local governments for repealing civil rights provisions in actions that appeared to target minorities.

      Lawyers for the Legal Defense Fund of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People said the Michigan case “raises an entirely distinct issue” from the challenge to affirmative action in the Texas case. They said the ballot proposition amended the state constitution and thereby barred citizens from working in the Legislature or at the university in favor of diversity policies.

      “We trust that the U.S. Supreme Court will reaffirm the bedrock constitutional principle that our democratic processes must be open and accessible to all citizens,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the defense fund’s president. She said the percentage of African American undergraduates at the University of Michigan had fallen from 6.7% in 2006 to 4.5% in 2010 after the enactment of Proposal 2.

  47. Yahtc says:

    “Susan L. Taylor: 01 You Bring You a Whole Person”

    Uploaded on Youtube by UVvideos

  48. Yahtc says:

    “2011 Poem of the Year By New Comer Janette Ikz”

    Uploaded on Mar 10, 2011 by Style Magazine

  49. Yahtc says:

    “An Introduction to the Maroons”

    Published on Aug 20, 2012 by The Thoughts of Microdac
    Jamaicans have always played a vital part in fights for Freedom. From Marcus Garvey to Bob Marley. Then there were the Maroons who fought the British in Jamaica for 84 years.

  50. Yahtc says:

    Richmond Planet

    First published in 1882, and founded by 13 former Richmond slaves, the Planet was initially edited by Edmund A. Randolph. Two years later, 21-year-old John Mitchell, Jr., succeeded Randolph and continued as editor for the next 45 years, until 1929. Mitchell wasted little time: he replaced much of the press equipment, contributed his own artwork to the paper’s always impressive design, and increased circulation to the point that the Planet eventually turned a modest profit. The Planet by 1904 had reached a weekly circulation of 4,200. The paper also quickly gained a reputation as a staunch defender of the African-American community and a voice against racial injustice—“daring to hurl thunderbolts of truth into the ranks of the wicked. . . . No stronger race man is known among us.”

    The Planet covered local, national, and international news, especially focusing on segregation, the depredations of the Ku Klux Klan, voting rights, and the scourge of lynching. Mitchell—“courageous almost to a fault”—never wavered in his loud protests, even in the face of frequent death threats. He once armed himself and personally went to investigate a lynching.

    Hoping to influence change from within, Mitchell rose to considerable prominence within banking circles as well as the Republican Party and served on the Richmond city council from 1888 to 1896. But he gradually lost faith in any chance of blacks and whites uniting politically or in the cause of labor solidarity. After the segregation of Richmond’s streetcar system in 1904, Mitchell’s frustration and anguish erupted—“Let us walk.” “A people,” he added, “who will willingly accept discrimination . . . are not sufficiently advanced to be entitled to the liberties of a free people.” It is not surprising then that in editorial after editorial Mitchell increasingly shunned the more moderate strategies of leaders such as Booker T. Washington. He thereafter repeatedly positioned the Planet as one the South’s most forceful black voices, even once advising blacks to arm themselves in self-defense. The Planet thus reached far beyond Richmond, achieving prominence—and a degree of notoriety—throughout the South.

    After numerous legal battles over his ownership of the paper and his several business failures, Mitchell died in poverty in 1929. The Planet, however, continued until 1938, when it merged with the Afro-American.

    • Yahtc says:

      John Mitchell, Jr. (July 11, 1863 – December 3, 1929) was an African American businessman, newspaper editor, civil rights activist, and politician in Richmond, Virginia. As editor of the Richmond Planet, he frequently published articles in favor of racial equality. In 1904, he organized a black boycott of the city’s segregated trolley system.
      He founded and served as president of the Mechanics Savings Bank in the city. He served as a city alderman for two terms, and was active in fraternal and professional organizations. He ran unsuccessfully as a Republican Party candidate for governor in 1921.

      For more see,_Jr.

  51. Yahtc says:

    By Patrick McGreevy
    October 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation prohibiting law enforcement officials in California from detaining immigrants in the country illegally for transfer to immigration authorities if they are arrested for minor crimes.

    Under the new Trust Act, such immigrants would have to be convicted of a serious offense to be eligible for an immigration hold and transfer to federal authorities for possible deportation.

    The measure is the second milestone bill on immigration signed by the governor in three days. On Thursday, he approved a measure allowing immigrants in the country illegally to receive California driver’s licenses.

    “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said. “I’m not waiting.”

    Immigrant advocates rallied across the country Saturday, calling on Congress to end the gridlock on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policies.

    Brown chose the day to sign eight immigration bills, including measures allowing immigrants in the country illegally to be admitted as attorneys at law, making it a crime to threaten to report the immigration status of an individual, and imposing restrictions on those who offer to help immigrants gain legal status.

    The bill garnering the most attention from the immigrant community in recent months is the Trust Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from holding immigrants arrested for minor offenses so they can be transferred to federal immigration authorities for deportation.,0,6384695.story

  52. Yahtc says:

    2005 article about Edisto Beach in SC:

    Civil rights warriors revisit a battleground

  53. Yahtc says:

    “Archeologist Excavating Historic African-American’s Home”

    Published on Jun 29, 2013 on Youtube by Wics ABC 20

    For almost 150 years, the memory of Jameson Jenkins has been a fence and his grave site in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. On Thursday, archeologists made a discovery and unearthed a part of Springfield history.

    Little is known about Jameson Jenkins. Besides being a driver of a hauling cart, he was the only African-American that lived on the same street as Abraham Lincoln. In fact, he was the driver that took Lincoln to the train station when he was headed for the White House.Jenkins, who we think was born of a free black in North Carolina but made his way to Illinois, Lincoln Home historian Tim Townsend said. That’s some risk, traveling through slave states to get here.

    Townsend believes the excavation holds historical value for Springfield, especially since his home may have helped many slaves get to freedom.Somebody like Jenkins who played an important role with the Underground Railroad, in the Springfield community, Townsend said.

    And it all plays into a better understanding of Lincoln through understanding of his neighbors in the Springfield community.Just this week, the dig has made discoveries of clothing, tools, and even meals. Dennis Naglich has worked on many findings on this property. He gets excited to show off what he’s uncovered to the crowds watching. It’s like this immediacy with the past, Naglich said. Here’s an artifact that’s been in the ground for 150 years that hasn’t been touched since then.

  54. Yahtc says:

    “”Waitress” – LJP on HBO Def Poetry”

    Uploaded on Dec 3, 2008 by LizaJP7
    Liza Jessie Peterson

  55. Yahtc says:

    Oh, rikyrah…thanks for posting such moving deliveries by Aretha and Whitney Houston! I feel it!

    You know, this is what means so much to me when I listen to gospel music. It is not music that taps you quickly on the head with a wonderful message that requires your mind to digest it and then send it to your soul.

    No, to me, gospel music is a laying on of hands directly to my soul. Gospel music rejoices in the repetition of the words of the message and then stays and embraces while the “listening” soul is “watered”, nurtured, and then blooms right then and there in the midst of the singing.

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