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D-BOWIE

David Bowie week continues with…

Modern Love

Under Pressure No contest Vanilla Ice…

You go, Gail Ann Dorsey…

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Pittsburgh woman finds incredible deal with Affordable Care Act
    Gail Roach says she couldn’t believe astonishing low premium rates
    UPDATED 6:30 PM EDT Oct 29, 2013

    While most of the country haggles and laments over the busted government website for health care, Gail Roach simply picked up the phone and asked a specialist to walk her through her options.
    Roach, 57, said she found plenty, and suddenly she realized she would have the opportunity to walk away from her retirement health care package that required her to pay $509 a month for her premium.

    Roach has Type 2 diabetes, which drove up her costs. However, through the Affordable Care Act, she found a policy offering a monthly premium at only $70.

    After cashing in on a tax credit and taking advantage of a feature called the Cost Sharing Benefit, Roach saw her premium drop to a measly $1.11 a month.

    “I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it. But it was within my budget,” Roach said.

    Now she’s telling everyone who’ll listen that they must exercise patience while the administration straightens out problems with the website.

    “I’m telling people they need to look into it. They need to be patient about it,” said Roach. “Go to the website. If you can’t get on, call the number on the website and just be very patient because it’s very much worth it.”

    Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/pittsburgh-woman-finds-incredible-deal-with-affordable-care-act/-/10927008/22698256/-/l53xqa/-/index.html#ixzz2jB0OsbYE

  2. rikyrah says:

    Fox News’ Dr. Siegel: Too Many People Have Health Insurance Under Obamacare (VIDEO)

    [….] Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel revealed that his number one concern was not how well the ACA covers his patients or even how affordable it is but that too many people will wind up with health
    insurance. And that inconveniences him and the “haves” he treats.

    Siegel said: Before they started this, we were all in trouble with insurance to begin with. There’s too much health insurance. It covers too much. Too many people have it and they can’t in my office to see me. I’m full. …I can’t see all these people. There’s a shortage of doctors. So what do they do? They’re going to pay us less.[….]

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/29/fox-doctor-obamacare/

  3. rikyrah says:

    Fiscal Scolds Demand ‘Reforms’ to Social Security and Medicare Based on a Myth

    By: Crissie Brown
    Monday, October 28th, 2013, 7:14 pm

    With a joint budget committee mandated in the deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, the fiscal scolds at Fix The Debt are again demanding ‘reforms’ to Social Security and Medicare. Their entire argument is based on a myth.

    An Aging Population

    The U.S. population is aging. In part that’s because families are having fewer children. It’s also because more Americans are living longer. Put those two facts together and the Administration on Aging at the Department of Health and Human services estimates that the percentage of Americans over age 65 will rise to 19% by the year 2030 from the current 13.5%. Urban Institute charted Census Bureau data to make that change clearer:

    In fiscal terms, our aging population will increase the costs of caring for seniors by roughly half by the year 2040, and that increase may be even more depending on how we pay for seniors’ retirement and health care.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/28/long-term-debt-most-cost-effective-care-debunking-fix-debt-myth.html

  4. rikyrah says:

    Senate advances Obama’s NLRB counsel nominee
    By Ramsey Cox – 10/29/13 03:05 PM ET

    Eight Republicans joined Democrats in advancing President Obama’s nomination of Richard Griffin to serve as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    On Tuesday, the Senate voted 62-37 on a motion to end debate on Griffin’s nominations — 60 votes were needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

    Some Republicans criticized Griffin for being a labor advocate rather than an “umpire” while briefly serving on the NLRB, which settles major disputes between employers and employees.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/331259-senate-advances-obamas-nlrb-counsel-nominee#ixzz2j9qS8mhI
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  5. rikyrah says:

    Bernie Sanders Exposes Ted Cruz and Explains Why He is a Koch Fueled Threat to Democracy

    By: Jason Easley
    Monday, October 28th, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) connected the dots and explained that by blocking Tom Wheeler’s FCC nomination, Ted Cruz revealed himself to be a Koch fueled threat to democracy.

    http://youtu.be/FG0MCmny-ko

    Ed Schultz asked Sen. Sanders about Ted Cruz blocking the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the chairman of the FCC.

    Sanders answered,

    What Sen. Cruz is talking about is an issue of huge huge consequence. At the end of the day, these guys have gotten Citizens United, and that means that the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and all of these guys can spend hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns often without any disclosure. They want to go further. What they want to do is they want to make sure that individuals will be able to spend as much money as they want on campaigns, giving money to individuals without any disclosure whatsoever.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/28/bernie-sanders-exposes-ted-cruz-explains-koch-fueled-threat-democracy.html

  6. rikyrah says:

    KNEEGROW, PLEASE

    ………………….

    Kanye West Explains Why He’s Using the Confederate Flag in His ‘Yeezus’ Merchandise

    By Alicia Diaz Dennis on October 28, 2013

    In an interview with 97.1 AMP Radio, West didn’t seem too concerned with how people interpreted his move to use the Stars and Bars, imagery frequently associated with the racism and prejudice.

    “React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy,” West said. “I represented slavery, my abstract take on what I know about it, I wrote ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. What are you going to do?”

    http://www.zimbio.com/Music+News/articles/Sa6YXv2mkkw/Kanye+West+Explains+Using+Confederate+Flag?utm_source=Zimbio-News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Zimbio-News-29-oct-13

  7. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Won’t Admit that Cutting Social Security Is Stealing From the American People

    By: Rmuse
    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 10:02 am

    A bellwether is an entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings, and in America one can arguably cite the New Deal as a bellwether that three generations of Republicans have sought to destroy. Chief among the New Deal’s features conservatives have spent nearly 80 years attempting to eliminate is the Social Security Trust primarily because it helps the American people and does not enrich corporations and the wealthy.

    Over the past five years, the GOP and their conservative backers have spread lies and misinformation about Social Security and were successful in labeling it an “entitlement” to portray it as a handout that contributes to lazy Americans’ culture of dependency on government. However, Social Security is an entitlement only in the sense that people who paid into the program all their working lives are “entitled” to a return on their investment that in reality makes Social Security a “mandated retirement savings plan” Republicans lust to hand over to their wealthy Wall Street supporters.

    There are myriad reasons Republicans hate Social Security including it is proof a government program can be successful, it helps the people, reduces poverty, pumps $2 into the economy for every benefit dollar spent contributing to economic growth, is wildly popular, and it has trillions of dollars in reserves conservatives believe belong to the rich. Republicans and Wall Street CEOs have spent no small amount of time, money, and energy portraying Social Security as going broke, blowing up the deficit, and an existential threat to America’s economy that Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfien said “we can’t afford.” Two months ago Speaker of the House John Boehner claimed Republicans would engage in a “whale of a fight” to slash discretionary spending on “entitlements” like Social Security as a primary feature of a deficit reduction plan in the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/29/republicans-admit-cutting-social-security-stealing-american-people.html

  8. rikyrah says:

    Another Phony Obamacare Victim Story

    Paul Waldman

    October 29, 2013

    The exemplar temptation produces bad journalism.

    In the last couple of decades, a particular technique of news-story construction has become so common that I’m sure you barely notice it as something distinctive. It’s the use of a device sometimes referred to as the “exemplar,” in which a policy issue is explained through the profile of one individual, whose tale usually begins and ends the story. It’s ubiquitous on television news, but print reporters do it all the time as well.

    As the Affordable Care Act approaches full implementation, we’re seeing a lot of exemplar stories, and I’ve been noticing one particular type: the story of the person who seems to be getting screwed. If it were true that most Americans were indeed being made worse off by the law, that would be a good thing; we’d learn their stories and get a sense of the human cost of the law. The trouble is that in the real world, there are many more people being helped by the law than hurt by it, and even those who claim to be hurt by it aren’t being hurt at all.

    To see how misleading some of these exemplar stories can be, let’s take this piece from last night’s NBC Nightly News, which uses an exemplar named Deborah Cavallaro, a self-employed realtor from Los Angeles who buys insurance on the individual market:

    http://prospect.org/article/another-phony-obamacare-victim-story

  9. rikyrah says:

    Barneys: We didn’t stop black shoppers

    By Kevin Fasick and Jeane MacIntosh

    Barneys CEO Mark Lee publicly apologized to two black shoppers – but insisted “no one” at the luxe retailer racially profiled the pair.

    “No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”

    Sharpton and his National Action Network demanded a face-to-face with Barneys brass– and threatened to put shopping at the high-end retailer “on hold” — after Christian and Phillips accused Barneys of sending cops to question and detain them after they made big-ticket buys at the Manhattan flagship.

    http://nypost.com/2013/10/29/sharpton-barneys-ny-ceo-discuss-racial-profiling/

    The pic accompanying this story:

    Reverend Al Sharpton meets with Barneys New York Chief Executive Mark Lee at the National Action Headquarters in New York

  10. rikyrah says:

    @linnyitssn
    Let me help the media a bit. #Obamacare website will be ok. We already knew the #NSA was spying. Benghazi is not a scandal. You’re welcome.

  11. rikyrah says:

    The implosion of the GOP brand, in one more chart

    By Greg Sargent

    October 29 at 2:09 pm

    With Democrat Terry McAuliffe taking a double digit lead in the Virginia gubernatorial contest, leading observers are increasingly looking at Virginia as an indicator of national political trends.

    New Washington Post/SRBI polling in Virginia, which puts McAuliffe up 51-39, also demonstrates very clearly the dangers these trends pose to Republicans.

    The crack Post polling team has produced a chart based on this poll that shows the GOP brand has collapsed among the very constituencies Republicans must improve their standing among in order to remain competitive in the future, both in Virginia and at the national level:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/10/29/the-implosion-of-the-gop-brand-in-one-more-chart/

  12. rikyrah says:

    Why Losing Your Junk Insurance is a Good Thing

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 11:42 AM

    For the past week or so, the media has been replete with stories about people getting letters from their insurance companies that cancel their current coverage and replace it with a more expensive health insurance plan, providing the insured the option to look into their state’s exchange for coverage. Insurance companies are doing their damnest to blame the Affordable Care Act and President Obama for this, but the truth is that the policies that are being canceled are being canceled for one reason and one reason alone: they do not meet the minimum coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

    So what are these minimum coverage requirements? They are simple and essential:

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/why-losing-your-junk-insurance-is-good.html

  13. rikyrah says:

    Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible
    By Greg Sargent
    October 29 at 9:01 am

    Foes of Obamacare are excitedly citing a rash of new stories claiming untold Americans are “losing” their insurance, as CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell puts it. One of them is this NBC News story, which reports that “millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.”

    Critics of the law are right to ask whether it is having an adverse impact on these millions of Americans. And the White House could have been clearer in laying the groundwork for this political argument: It wasn’t sufficient to say people who like their plans will be able to keep it, which is narrowly untrue.

    But the GOP outrage about Americans supposedly “losing” coverage is largely just more of the same old misdirection. It’s a subset of a larger Republican refusal to have an actual debate about the law’s tradeoffs — one in which the law’s benefits for millions of Americans are also reckoned with in a serious way.

    On the substance of this argument, Igor Volsky has a good response, noting that these Americans aren’t “losing” coverage at all:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Who’s Really Behind Campbell Brown’s Sneaky Education Outfit?

    The former CNN anchor says her nonprofit seeks to protect kids from predators in the classroom. Its real agenda may be union-busting.
    —By Andy Kroll| Tue Oct. 29, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    Early one morning in July, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, pen in hand, notes fanned out in front of her. Viewers might have mistaken her as a fill-in host, but Brown had swung by 30 Rock in her new role as a self-styled education reformer, a crusader against sexual deviants in New York City public schools and the backward unions and bureaucrats getting in the way of firing them. “In many cases, we have teachers who were found guilty of inappropriate touching, sexual banter with kids, who weren’t fired from their jobs, who were given very light sentences and sent back to the classroom,” Brown, the mother of two young sons, explained.

    Brown was there to plug her new venture, the Parents’ Transparency Project, a nonprofit “watchdog group” that “favors no party, candidate, or incumbent.” Though its larger aim is to “bring transparency” to how contracts are negotiated with teachers’ unions, PTP’s most prominent campaign is to fix how New York City handles cases of sexual misconduct involving teachers and school employees—namely by giving the city’s schools chancellor, a political appointee, ultimate authority in the process.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/campbell-brown-new-york-schools-rhee

  15. rikyrah says:

    Democratic Congressman Blows Up At GOP During Obamacare Hearing: ‘Are You Really Serious?’
    BY IGOR VOLSKY ON OCTOBER 29, 2013 AT 12:36 PM

    Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) slammed Republicans for failing to support the Affordable Care Act once it became law, challenging them to go back to their districts and tell their constituents that they’ll be taking away their coverage.

    http://youtu.be/9owwg1LALxk

  16. rikyrah says:

    @EmoNegro1
    Why didn’t Obama use Two Brothaz And a Stick of RAM to fix the http://Healthcare.Gov website? #wheresthesupportforblackbusinesses #poverty

  17. rikyrah says:

    @AaronBlakeWP
    94% of libertarians are non-Hispanic white. 68% are men. http://wapo.st/1hqsGuO

  18. rikyrah says:

    From itgurl_29

    So now Kanye’s is saying Kim Kardashian is more influential than Michelle Obama because Kim posts bikini pics on instagram and FLOTUS doesn’t. This nigga is gone. Freakin’ gone and now coming back. How in the hell you gonna even fix your mouth to put some porn star above Mrs. Michelle Obama?

    I’m glad I was never a fan of this fool.

    ……………………………………

    Here’s the quote:

    “There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” he said, noting that reality stars have often been overlooked by mainstream fashion magazines. “And collectively, we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.”

    When his girl landed the cover of CR Fashion Book, West saw it as a transcendent moment. “[Former French Vogue editor] Carine Roitfeld supports my girl. That’s a breakthrough,” he explained. “There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through.”

    ……………………….

    Ok, SG2, Ametia, where are those gifs?

    • rikyrah says:

      Epic reply:

      Miranda

      Does he not realize his “girl” is on video on her knees swallowing up Ray J like his sperm holds the key to immortality? Negro PLEASE. Let’s keep it real now…Kim and Ray J planned that shit. They planned it out and marketed it by pretending it WASN’T on purpose. The only reason even THAT video parlayed into national notoriety was because her Mother is a better pimp than Iceberg Slim ever could be. He needs to stop with this mess.

    • rikyrah says:

      This comment from lipstick alley really sums it up for me:

      This is deeper. I know a LOT of young black males–mostly those coming from fatherless homes–who would agree with Kayne. There is a not-so-subtle attempt to redefine the influence of a black woman and it is being spearheaded by a BLACK MAN. Now, an Ivy League attorney and First Lady is less than a woman made famous for having been peed on

  19. rikyrah says:

    CBS News’ Misleading Obamacare Report: Woman’s Plan Paid $50 Per Service, Doesn’t Cover Hospitalization
    by Tommy Christopher | 4:10 pm, October 28th, 2013

    …On CBS This Morning, Crawford reported that 56-year-old Dianne Barrette received a letter last month “from Blue Cross Blue Shield, informing her that as of January 2014, she would lose her current plan. She pays $54 a month. The new plan she’s being offered would run $591 a month, ten times more than what she currently pays.”

    “What I have right now is what I’m happy with,” Barrette says in the report, “and I just want to know why I can’t keep what I have. Why do I have to be forced into something else.”

    There are very good answers to her questions, answers which Crawford, either deliberately or through ignorance, failed to report, answers which are available to anyone with a passing familiarity with health insurance.

    First of all, the plan that Barrette paid $54 a month for is barely health insurance at all. It’s part of a subset of insurance that Consumer Reports calls “junk health insurance” (and which even the company that sells it recommends that customers not rely solely upon) and it pays only $50 towards most of the services it covers. That’s it. If Dianne went to the doctor every week for a year, her plan would pay, at most, $2600. Meanwhile, based on average office visit charges, Diane would pay about $5,600.00. She probably doesn’t go to the doctor every week, of course, which means her plan pays a lot less, while her premium buys her a lot less. If she goes to the doctor, say, six times in a year, she’s paid a $648 premium for the privilege of spending another $600 on office visits. The plan also pays up to $15 per prescription, which will get you a few milligrams of most prescription drugs. The one decent deal on her plan is that it covers 100% of in-network lab services.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cbs-news-misleading-obamacare-report-womans-plan-paid-50-per-service-doesnt-cover-hospitalization/

  20. rikyrah says:

    @victoriarowell
    @victoriarowell: I exist because ancestors bore the brutality. I NEVER forget.

  21. TyrenM says:

    Good Afternoon 3Chics.

    Queen/Bowie… classic. I liked the story on Illinois coal mining and slavery. Also, when you do your 60’s music week, you gotta bring back the Angela Davis pic. Loved it. Have a good day.

    • Ametia says:

      Hi Brotha, Tyren. Will do.

      • Yahtc says:

        More here about the book that the PBS video was based upon:

        http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/the-book/

        In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—when a cynical new form of slavery was resurrected from the ashes of the Civil War and re-imposed on hundreds of thousands of African-Americans until the dawn of World War II.

        Under laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks, tens of thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests. With no means to pay these ostensible “debts,” prisoners were sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries and farm plantations. Thousands of other African Americans were simply seized by southern landowners and compelled into years of involuntary servitude.

        Government officials leased falsely imprisoned blacks to small-town entrepreneurs, provincial farmers, and dozens of corporations—including U.S. Steel Corp.—looking for cheap and abundant labor. Armies of “free” black men labored without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced through beatings and physical torture to do the bidding of white masters for decades after the official abolition of American slavery.

      • TyrenM says:

        I read the book years ago. U.S. Steel, DuPont, most of the early NYSE.

  22. Michelle Obama: Vote on November 5th

  23. Nevada Assemblyman: I’d Bring Back Slavery If Constituents Wanted

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nevada-assemblyman-i-d-bring-back-slavery-if-constituents-want-me-to

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.

    “If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.

    His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    “Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”

    U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”

    Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”

    “It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.

    Wheeler, a freshman lawmaker representing District 39, said his remarks were taken out of context and that he was trying to make a point that he was elected to represent his constituents.

    At the August GOP meeting, Wheeler referenced a blog post from conservative activist Chuck Muth, who in June 2010 wrote about Wheeler’s candidacy and said, “what if those citizens decided they want to, say, bring back slavery? Hey, if that’s what the citizens want, right Jim?”

    Wheeler told his audience he responded to Muth and said, “yeah, I would.”

    Reached late Monday, Wheeler said he was falsely being portrayed as a bigot.

    “Anyone who knows me knows that I could never vote for something like that,” he said of slavery. “It’s disgusting. It’s beyond disgusting.”

    He added, “There is absolutely no room in my life for any bigotry.”
    *********************

    TRY IT ANYTIME, MOFO

  24. Yahtc says:

    ‘Xero’ Skidmore’s poetry slams racism, religion

    http://theadvocate.com/news/7343759-123/story.html

    ‘I like to cross lines that I’m not supposed to cross’

    BY KYLE PEVETO
    October 28, 2013

    Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore wants to get under your skin.

    He’s an agitator, a button-pusher, he says.

    At the microphone, the poet rattles off line after line of staccato verse he designs to make listeners think and feel and understand others.

    “I like to cross lines that I’m not supposed to cross,” said Skidmore, the executive director of Forward Arts Inc, a nonprofit organization that connects students with the arts. “Most people know me as someone who likes to experiment and take risks.”

    Earlier this month, Skidmore placed first in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Wash., a competition that pits spoken word poets head-to-head reciting their work on stage.

    In his theatrical, aggressive style, Skidmore recites poetry filled with concerns that crowd his mind. As an African-American atheist man living in the South, issues of racism and religious discrimination regularly work their way into his poems.

    “You push back the hardest against the thing you are bombarded by the most,” Skidmore said.

    His piece “Blood Curdling (The Black Man’s New Survival Tactic)” focuses on society’s perception of black men. He starts his performance, captured on video from a poetry slam in Tulsa, Okla., with a shrill scream.

    “I guess I got to put this brown voice into Amber Alert until it’s an emergency for black folks to go missing,” he says.

    “I guess I’ve got to scream bloody murder to get some respect around here.”

    These dramatic readings place him in spoken word poetry’s avant-garde, said Donney Rose, a spoken word poet who teaches poetry with Skidmore.

    “His style is definitely a push toward originality with a layer of controversy,” said Rose, 33. “Xero writes poems that spark conversations that people have to leave and talk about and think about.”

    Raised in Plaquemine, Skidmore wrote his first poem for an elementary school teacher’s birthday card. He wrote for school and always received compliments, which, he said, led him to continue writing.

    Music led him to his current style of poetry. He played trombone and loved hip-hop music, leading him to major in music at Southern University.

    When his daughter was born 21 years ago, he dropped out of college and started working in the warehouse of a paper distributor.

    During a poetry slam in Baton Rouge, Skidmore recited one of his raps a cappella and received applause.

    “While you’re on the microphone for those two, two and a half minutes, you’re the only voice in the room that matters,” he said. “Everybody’s going to shut the hell up and listen and, regardless of whether or not they agree with it, they’re going to applaud when you’re done.”

    He wrote raps and poems on Xerox paper he took from work and folded into neat squares and placed in his pocket. Dropping the final “x” off Xerox led to his stage name, which is loaded with meaning.

    “When everybody was adopting these really kind of self-aggrandizing stage personas and stage names, I was trying to disappear behind my words,” he said, “which is where the name Xero kind of came from.”

    Continuing to write poetry, he began competing at poetry slams across the country in 2000.

    In 2005, Skidmore started teaching poetry workshops in schools and in after school sessions through the Big Buddy Program’s Word Play project. He teaches students to craft poems and improve their writing and communication.

    “He’s a pusher,” Rose said. “He pushes himself to be great and therefore everyone around him, whether he’s talking about me or the kids, anyone who does spoken word, he pushes them.”

    Along with Rose, Skidmore separated from Big Buddy and founded Forward Arts Inc. in 2012 to bring poetry and other forms of art into more students’ lives.

    “I’m not trying to create an army of poets,” Skidmore said. “I’m trying to create an army of effective communicators and they can take that life skill into whatever career they choose to.”

    By encouraging students to pursue art, Skidmore said he hopes to improve all areas of their future work lives.

    “To be able to think creatively, why would that not serve a doctor or a lawyer well?” he said. “If they can get that from having an artist enter their classroom, I don’t see anything but good in that.”

  25. Yahtc says:

    “Four Corners – an interview with Everton Wright”
    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    http://www.designweek.co.uk/industry-voice/four-corners-an-interview-with-everton-wright/3037435.article

    Excerpt:

    Everton Wright is one of a handful of designers of African-Caribbean origin who has successfully run and sold his own mainstream London design consultancy. He created highly influential, impactful and celebrated work, particularly in the fields of music and popular culture, that remains relevant and respected to this day. Wright is a man, who, through his thirst for the new, continues to evolve his art, which defies age or categorisation.

  26. Yahtc says:

    >Poynter Institute president Karen Dunlap to retire

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/poynter-institute-president-karen-dunlap-to-retire/2149543

    Excerpt:

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thirty years ago, Karen Brown Dunlap visited the Poynter Institute as a summer student and knew she had to come back. The former reporter and university professor joined the faculty in 1989, and became its president in 2003.

    Now Dunlap, 62, is ready to try something new. She announced Monday that she will retire in January.

    Dunlap, the first African-American member of the Times Publishing Co. board, said it was time to step down because she felt fatigued and figured “it’s time for me to take a new direction.”

  27. Yahtc says:

    Illinois’ Teachable Moment: The True Cost of Coal, Slavery and Historical Markers

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/illinois-teachable-moment_b_4172108.html

  28. Yahtc says:

    5 highly polluted urban areas you don’t want to live if you can help it

    http://grist.org/cities/5-highly-polluted-urban-areas-you-dont-want-to-live-if-you-can-help-it/

  29. Yahtc says:

    “Black Community; Money Talks.”
    October 28, 2013

    http://thyblackman.com/2013/10/28/black-community-money-talks/comment-page-1/

    Excerpt:

    Two years ago, Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association released a report on the state of the African American consumer. Among the findings, that study indicated that by 2015, the Black buying power is projected to reach $1.1 trillion. That’s a lot of dollars. Where and how we spend those dollars will depend on who learns to recognize and value that power. From this day forth, we can no longer continue to fund companies that dehumanize us and refuse to alter their practices all around. From the lawyers to the sub-contractors, corporations must diversify who they hire and who they include in their business dealings. From the shopping floor to the boardroom, racial profiling and racial exclusion must end. And we will hold all those accountable that fail to rectify their ways.

  30. MSNBC Contributor Tells Hugh Hewitt Obama Deliberately Lied About Obamacare

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/msnbc-contributor-tells-hugh-hewitt-obama-deliberately-lied-about-obamacare/

    MSNBC contributor and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page joined conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday and admitted that when President Obama said Americans would be able to keep their plans if they like them, he was fully aware he was lying and exaggerating about it.

    Page told Hewitt that Obama knew “there was no guarantee everybody was going to keep their insurance because people couldn’t keep their insurance under the old system.”

    Hewitt asked, “He knew he was lying?”

    Page replied, “Probably, but that’s one of those political lies, you know.”

    Page partly defended Obama by saying that “most people” will be able to keep their insurance policies and Obama was simply being “too grandiose.” Hewitt found it striking that this wouldn’t really bother Page that much, but Page maintained that Obama is mostly guilty of overselling a program.
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    dancing coon

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Clarence did not have the balls to do a face-face with Hewitt and call POTUS a liar.

      Why Clarence? We want to see those shiney tap shoes and your cheezy grinnin’ & skinnin’

      coonbusters-copy

  31. rikyrah says:

    Concern troll is very concerned so maybe you should be too
    By TBogg
    Monday, October 28, 2013 18:50 EDT

    Rand Paul fanboy and holder of the Megan McArdle Memorial ‘Seemingly Reasonable If You Aren’t Hung Up On Facts’ Chair at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf is having trouble sleeping at night because he is way stressed out about Dronebama’s legacy and whether it will drone kill the shit out of Hillary Clinton’s chances to be the first woman second Clinton to be elected President.

    During President George W. Bush’s tenure, most Republicans felt that criticizing him would just help Democrats. Only the end of his presidency freed them to see its flaws clearly. Staunch conservatives who voted for him twice suddenly found themselves swept up in a Tea Party rebellion against his team’s approach to governing. They felt chagrin at the ways he had transgressed against their values, and they resolved to change the GOP so that the same mistakes would never recur.

    Will some Democrats behave similarly when President Obama leaves office? Right now, most feel that criticizing the White House can only help House Republicans. But one day soon they’ll be able to look back at Obama’s two terms with clearer eyes. How many will feel chagrin at policies that transgressed against their values? How many will pressure their party’s establishment to change?

    Before we dive in, I’d like to point out that the photo accompanying Young Conor’s article is from this weekends #StopWatchingUs rally that drew a small libertarian-heavy crowd whose size would be embarrassing for a small town Friday night high school football game but would be a stunning haul for a Reason magazine subscription drive.

    But, please Conor, go on about those primaries coming up several years down the road:

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    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/28/concern-troll-is-very-concerned-so-maybe-you-should-be-too/

  32. rikyrah says:

    ‘The Butler’ Becomes 1st Black Film To Break $100 Million Sales Mark In Over 20 Years
    Oct 28, 2013

    By Myeisha Essex

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler has reached a new milestone!

    According to reports, the drama is the first black film of 2013 to surpass the $100 million sales mark at the box office. In addition, it’s now the first “black film” directed by a black filmmaker to reach the achievement in the last 23 years.

    “You’d find very few films that tell stories about black people, and that were directed by black filmmakers, with grosses of over $100 million,” Indie Wire reports. “Part of the reason for that is that, within the studio system, black directors just haven’t always been given the opportunity to direct “black films” – especially those that did gross over $100 million in recent years, like Django Unchained, Dreamgirls, The Pursuit Of Happyness, and even Big Mommas House, which all grossed over $100 million, in their years of release, un-adjusted for inflation.”

    Thanks to the success of the film, Lee Daniels says big box office bucks are no longer a concern for his future projects.

    “I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made $100 million for The Butler,” he said. “I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.”

    http://blackamericaweb.com/178559/the-butler-becomes-1st-black-film-to-break-100-million-sales-mark-in-over-20-years/

  33. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans exhausted by failure
    10/29/13 08:00 AM

    By Steve Benen

    Following up on a segment from last night’s show, it appears the U.S. House of Representatives, just nine months into the current Congress, can’t think of anything to do. The Republican leadership hasn’t scheduled many work days for the remainder of 2013, and they’re now considering a plan to scale back even further.

    For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.

    Need evidence? The House votes Monday evening and will finish its work week Wednesday. After that, the House is out of session until Nov. 12. Internally, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and senior Republicans aren’t discussing coming back early from the scheduled recess, but instead, they are wondering if they’ll cancel some of the remaining days in session.

    This Politico item was published yesterday, so there are really only 18 legislative days remaining until New Year’s Eve – it’s great work if you can get it – a total which may be poised to shrink.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-exhausted-failure

  34. rikyrah says:

    At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high
    By Jim Tankersley,

    ROME, Ga. — Tom Hackett’s life in the meat business was nearly gone by 4 p.m. on Thursday. What remained behind yards and yards of polished glass were a few scattered remnants of his final inventory — a couple of flank steaks, some shrimp, a lonely half a pound of bologna.

    Hackett stood behind the case and lamented that in a few hours he would be closing the store he has run for five years. The weak local economy killed it, he said, and so did the new chain grocery store down the street and the bank that said it couldn’t lend to him anymore. But the biggest culprit, he said, was a man in Washington whose name Hackett could not bring himself to speak.

    “I’m going to go hide for two years,” he said, until “he” — President Obama — is on his way out. “It’s sad. People are hurting. There’s no reason for it to be happening, other than what he’s doing.”

    If you want to understand the congressional Republicans who have forced confrontations with Obama on the “fiscal cliff,” the government shutdown and the debt ceiling — and whether those lawmakers might feel encouraged to force more confrontations in the future — you need to understand the economic struggles of the Republicans’ home districts.

    People in those districts are poorer and more likely to be unemployed than in the nation at large. They have focused their anger about their economic circumstances on Obama, and they want someone, anyone, to make him improve things for them. This is why Hackett praises his congressman, Tom Graves, for voting against the plan to end the budget impasse with Obama that produced the shutdown. “I think he’s great,” he said of Graves. “Somebody’s got to stand up to him.”

    Forty-five House Republicans have most consistently pushed their caucus to brinkmanship over the past several years, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting patterns.

    On average, the economy in the districts those Republicans represent is significantly worse than it is in the nation at large.

    The median income in those districts last year was 7 percent lower than the national median, according to the Census Bureau. The unemployment rate averaged 10 percent. That was almost two percentage points higher than the national rate, and two percentage points higher than the overall rate in the states that contain each district.

    The epicenter of that economic distress lies in the Deep South. Four of the congressional districts are in North Georgia. A dozen others are close by in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and North and South Carolina. Nearly all of them ended 2012 with jobless rates in the double digits.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/at-the-source-of-the-shutdown-the-economy-falters–and-anger-at-obama-runs-high/2013/10/28/67d51c90-3fe2-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html

  35. rikyrah says:

    Nevada Assemblyman: I’d Bring Back Slavery If Constituents Wanted
    Sandra Chereb – October 29, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.

    “If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.

    His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    “Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”

    U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”

    Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”

    “It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nevada-assemblyman-i-d-bring-back-slavery-if-constituents-want-me-to

  36. rikyrah says:

    New York attorney general targeting Barneys, Macy’s over racial profiling claims
    BY KENNETH LOVETT, DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 2:30 AM

    ALBANY — The state attorney general has launched a probe into Barneys and Macy’s after four complaints about alleged racial profiling at the New York City shopping havens surfaced in the past week, the Daily News has learned.

    Eric Schneiderman’s office on Monday sent letters to both retailers seeking an array of information on their policies for stopping, detaining and questioning customers based on race.

    They have until Friday to comply, according to the letters obtained by The News.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lattorney-general-probe-barneys-macy-incidentslretailers-accused-repeated-troubling-behavior-shopping-black-state-involvedlay-law-article-1.1499643#ixzz2j7EaHJIC

  37. rikyrah says:

    The Netroots Did Not Fail

    by BooMan
    Mon Oct 28th, 2013 at 11:06:44 PM EST

    It would be easier to understand Jerome Armstrong’s argument if he wrote in English because I don’t know what he means by “I didn’t see Lieberman’s 2006 win in quite as pinnacle a light at the time” or “I certainly peg the crux of lost movement with the rise of Obama’s campaign.” The premise of his word salad is that the Netroots movement somehow failed. And I don’t really see it that way.
    I think we were an organization that came together organically to achieve certain limited aims that we all pretty much agreed about, and that the movement splintered once those goals were accomplished because it turned out there were things we didn’t agree about.

    There were technological and economic reasons that the Netroots didn’t endure as a united force into the Obama Era, too, and I’d say that our primary failure in that regard was an inability to realize that advertising wasn’t the right model. Obama showed the way with his army of small donors. If we had insisted on and worked collectively to build an army of subscribers who were willing to sign up to pay for free content, we might have been able to thrive economically enough to have actual political pull. But we directed our donors to give more to political candidates than ourselves. And then the advertising dried up. The users grew accustomed to free content and even learned to filter out our advertising so that our own most loyal readers were denying us revenue. But there were progressive values at play that hampered our vision. We weren’t doing it for the money, and our readers would have been suspicious of our motives if we had tried both to profit handsomely and assign ourselves as political leaders directing their money with prudence and wisdom.

    But, back to Jerome’s argument, I just find it bizarre to be lectured by a man who first came to my attention as Mark Warner’s agent to the blogosphere. I like Mark Warner and think he is a good man and a decent senator. But I would never confuse him with a progressive. And then Jerome jumped on the Clinton bandwagon, which may have seemed like a solid career move, but it wasn’t where most progressives were going. And then he bailed out to work on Gary Johnson’s libertarian campaign for president, which was definitely a move out of the DLC camp, but a move that traded agreement on some issues like the Drug War and surveillance for disagreement about just about everything else in the progressive playbook.

    I have never thought of Jerome as a progressive, and insofar as he immersed himself in the progressive backlash against Obama’s presidency, which was led by Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald, I think he excommunicated himself from about 90% of progressives in this country.

    It’s telling that he still resents Barack Obama for not coming to him with his hat in his hand.

    It was an awful place to be in with Clinton vs. Obama, in the 2008 primary. My basic impulse (after Edwards –who had the populist message– imploded) was, like many bloggers (not the masses), to go with Clinton because she at least showed signs of being accountable to the netroots movement, unlike Obama. He didn’t need the netroots for his message and candidate-movement, he had places like Politico to push out of, and was basically an identity-politics cult for many new to politics that flooded the blogs.

    According to his own telling, he moved from Edwards to Clinton not because of any policy differences but because Obama didn’t seem accountable to the Netroots Movement. I saw that complaint from the consultant class a lot around that time, and it always struck me that these people expected Obama to pander to them and offer them jobs. I would have liked that, too, but I never resented Obama for not needing me. I’m not sure what the Politico resentment is about in this context, but I don’t like the sound of “identity-politics cult” because it sounds an awful lot like he’s arguing that people only liked Obama because he was black.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/10/28/23644/335

  38. rikyrah says:

    President Obama says that new FBI Director James Comey has “dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.” October 28, 2013.

    http://youtu.be/2N-6al2l0PE

  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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