Wednesday Open Thread | Oldies |Friends of Distinctions

Friends of Distinction1The Friends of Distinction are an American vocal group best known for their late 1960s hits, “Grazing in the Grass”, “Love or Let Me Be Lonely”, and “Going in Circles”. Founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, The Friends of Distinction also included Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Jean Love (plus Charlene Gibson, who replaced Love during her pregnancy).

Elston and Butler’s involvement in music entailed several groups, including the Hi-Fis, Ray Charles‘ backing band. The Hi-Fis also included Lamont McLemore and Marilyn McCoo, who would go on to be members of The 5th Dimension. When the Hi-Fis disbanded in 1966, Elston and Butler recruited Cleaves and Love for a new band; initially, Elston came up with the name of Distinctive Friends, but Love suggested reversing the words to Friends of Distinction.

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98 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Oldies |Friends of Distinctions

  1. rikyrah says:

    NPR: In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare

    There’s plenty of criticism of the Affordable Care Act and how it’s being implemented.

    But let’s introduce you to someone who is quite pleased with her Obamacare experience: Lela Petersen of Flagler, Colo. She’s a small business owner with a very big health insurance bill.

    But thanks to the health law, she expects that bill will be cut by more than half in January.

    Petersen is 57, and her husband, Mike, is 60. They have some pre-existing conditions. He has diabetes. She has a back injury. The HMO policy they’ve carried since 1992 has risen over the years to $1,950 per month, just for the two of them.

    …. At the beginning of October she checked out Colorado’s insurance exchange and found the exact same policy from the same insurer for only $832 a month. “It’s dropping us down about $1,100 a month. We can retire. We can go fishing. We can actually see a future,” says Petersen.

    See what they said – they can retire. I’ve been saying that there are so many ramifications for Obamacare. I know that there are people out there clinging to jobs that they don’t like because of healthcare; and there’s another group – people with the years to retire, but don’t, because of health insurance. My sister is one of those people, but she just bit the bullet and retired anyway and now pays the amount of a car note for a very nice car monthly for health insurance. If these people now believe that they can retire, then what will that mean for companies and people’s abilities to move within companies…Obamacare is a gamechanger.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Cocky McSwagsalot @MoreAndAgain

    Someone point me to the directions in the handbook on what Black ppl should do, in case of emergency, that won’t result in us being shot.

    1:50 PM – 6 Nov 2013

  3. rikyrah says:

    GOP’s Obamacare posturing goes awry
    11/06/13 04:15 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has overseen creation of the federal health care marketplace, said earlier this week that it will soon release the preliminary enrollment numbers – and they’re going to be very low. It’s a message the White House has reiterated with reporters in recent days.

    House Republicans have responded to the pending release of the data by … subpoenaing the data the administration has already pledged to release to the public.

    Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued a subpoena to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide all data the agency has on enrollment in the Exchanges. The subpoena, which is the second Camp has issued as Chairman, comes after CMS refused to provide enrollment data for the ObamaCare Exchanges. The data was first requested by Camp during a hearing with CMS Administrator Tavenner and again in a letter Friday, November 1.

    In a letter to CMS accompanying the subpoena, Chairman Camp stated, “Millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices for their insurance policies, and yet the Administration has failed to create and implement viable Exchanges where Americans can enroll in affordable coverage.”

    This is all manner of silly. Why subpoena information that the White House has already vowed to publish? Because too often, House Republicans see administrative oversight as a game to be played for partisan advantage. The folks who believe “messaging” is more important than governing are the same folks who see federal subpoenas as some kind of toy.

    For that matter, the administration didn’t “refuse to provide enrollment data”; the administration didn’t have the data to share. It’s putting the (likely to be horrible) figures together now, and soon we’ll all get a closer look.

    As for the “cancellation notices,” this is a nice Republican talking point, but (a) Americans received plenty of cancellation notices under the old system, too often when they got sick; (b) if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, I can think of many millions of Americans who’d receive cancellation notices for no reason other than partisan spite; and (c) those receiving cancellation notices now are poised to get an insurance upgrade.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Just finished Person of Interest…
    they’ve been killing it with their final scenes.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Pope Francis Kisses Severely Disfigured Man And Prays With Him
    Pope Francis blessed a man covered with boils during today’s general audience at the Vatican. posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:46pm EST

    Pope Francis was departing St. Peter’s Square after Wednesday’s general audience when he saw a severely disfigured man amidst the crowd of worshippers. Ignoring the boils covering the man’s face and neck, Pope Francis descended from his vehicle, walked to the sick man, and kissed him on the forehead. The pope then laid his hands on the man’s head and began to pray.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Since I didn’t want Fox to spoil my Election Night, I had no idea about Rove until I saw it on Rachel Maddow’s opening segment the next night. I was like W-T-F?
    It was obvious.
    Those mofos thought that they had ‘ fixed’ Ohio.
    But, somewhere along the line, the co-conspirators chickened out. They knew that the Obama campaign and the DOJ was on their asses like White on Rice, and they left Karl holding the bag.
    When I found out that Willard’s SON was owner in the company of the electronic voting machines used in Ohio, the tinfoil hat was on point.
    But, I was also fortified by the amount of early voting, and the fact that the County that contains Cleveland, one of the largest vote areas of OH, doesn’t use electronic machines for Early Voting – they only use paper ballots.
    Watching Rove’s meltdown on Fox was fucking hilarious.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Kanye West: Target of Boycott by NAN for Confederate Flag Clothing
    November 5, 2013 by EurPublisher

    *The National Action Network of Los Angeles, a leading national civil rights group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton calls for a national boycott of hip hop superstar Kanye West new clothing line featuring the confederate flag symbol.

    Why? “Kanye West already has several pieces of merchandise from his Yeezus tour that are emblazoned with the controversial Southern Cross at his tour store in Los Angeles. Our organization is determined to shut down that and any other store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans the confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies. When Kanye embraces and adorns this confederate flag, He also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it.” I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community,” stated Najee Ali political director of the Los Angeles National Action Network.

    “Kanye West selling jackets with the Confederate flag on them is a
    disgrace and embarrassment. many of our ancestors were brutalized,
    kidnapped , raped, and murdered during slavery under this flag. Its
    inexcusable for West to be promoting and merchandising this flag. We’re determined to boycott and shut down any other stores that attempt to sell this merchandise, stated Rev K.W. Tulloss President National Action Network Los Angeles

  8. rikyrah says:

    Virginia – Blacks make up 20% of Virginia’s population.
    Were 24% of the voters yesterday.
    Uh Huh
    WE know how McAuliffe won.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Any DEM w/ 2016 hopes MUST focus on 2014 midterms since the main way to fight GOP voter suppression is to restore & enforce #VRA. @sfpelosi

  10. rikyrah says:

    Black Voters Were Big Reason McAuliffe Won VA Still believe “voter fraud” was reason Cuccinelli wanted #voterID?

  11. Detroit Woman Shot To Death Seeking Help After Car Accident

    Renisha McBride, 19 (pictured above), was shot to death in a Dearborn Heights, Michigan neighborhood after seeking help following a car crash, reports The Detroit News.

    At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, McBride knocked on the door of a home, hoping for assistance. Instead, she got a gunshot wound to the head.

    “He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said McBride’s maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”

    “You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” asked Spinks. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.

    “There was no windows broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone,” said Spinks. “She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”

    The Dearborn Police Department have confirmed the shooting, but have not released the name of the suspect. They initially told McBride’s family that her body was “dumped,” but have now admitted that she died on the man’s porch, reports FOX 32.

  12. rikyrah says:


    Your Hillary Effect “white paper” is aptly named & secondary to #Obama Effect in #VAgov where AA voters caused the D win @American_Bridge

  13. Ametia says:

    Ms. Marvel returns as Muslim teen

    Activists say new superhero could help dispel stereotypes about the female Muslim American experience

    Ms. Marvel, the 1960s-era comic book heroine who inspired a generation of teenage girls as a crime-fighting former U.S. Air Force officer in an impossibly tight costume, is making a comeback. But in the iconic character’s next incarnation, she will look very different. The role of the previously blonde, blue-eyed Ms. Marvel will be filled by a Muslim teen, Kamala Khan.

    Khan, a 16-year-old high school student who lives in Jersey City with her Pakistani immigrant parents, can grow and shrink parts of her body and shape shift into other forms, The Associated Press reported.

    But her real power might reside in helping teach the American public about what it means to grow up as a Muslim girl in the United States, activists said. Khan is the first Muslim lead character in a Marvel comic series.

    “She is going to be a window into the American Muslim experience,” said Fatemeh Fakhraie, the founder of Muslimah Media Watch, a forum on Muslim women’s representation in popular culture.

    Fakhraie said the new superhero “normalizes this idea of the American experience as Muslim,” adding that “A lot of us are bumping up against that the idea that a lot of America is white, while that isn’t what America is, we’re not all white and Christian.”

    Previously, Marvel’s Muslim characters played minor roles, and included Dust, who can transform into sand and needed saving by Wolverine from a slave trafficking scam in Afghanistan.

    Debunking stereotypes

  14. rikyrah says:

    Putting the minimum wage back in the spotlight
    11/06/13 12:41 PM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s been nearly eight months, but President Obama’s State of the Union address pushed for, among other things, an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Obama went on to argue, “[H]ere’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.”

    The proposal caused a bit of a stir – the public overwhelmingly endorsed the president’s idea – before petering out in the face of near-unanimous opposition from congressional Republicans. Indeed, in the wake of Obama’s appeal, some GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) not only balked at a minimum-wage increase, but also argued that the minimum wage shouldn’t exist at all.

    But away from Capitol Hill, the issue hasn’t gone away. In New Jersey, for example, Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a minimum-wage increase approved by the state legislature, but voters overrode Christie yesterday, easily approving a ballot measure that will “take the minimum hourly wage to $8.25 on Jan. 1 and then step it up annually to keep pace with inflation.”

    What’s more, as my colleague Tricia McKinney reminded me, Democrats and union members in South Dakota have put a minimum-wage increase on the statewide ballot for next year. The measure would increase the state’s minimum “from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and it would include annual cost-of-living increases.”

    Even in D.C., proponents recognize Republican opposition, but haven’t given up the fight.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Far-right suffers another setback in Virginia
    11/06/13 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    On paper, Republicans were poised to have a very good year in Virginia’s off-year elections. For over a generation, whichever party controlled the White House invariably lost in the commonwealth. And in Virginia this year, Democrats nominated a gubernatorial candidate who’d never held public office, didn’t have deep political roots in the state, and wasn’t especially well liked by voters.

    It looked like a recipe for GOP success. It wasn’t. As the dust settles on Election Day, Terry McAuliffe (D) has narrowly won Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Ralph Northam (D) was easily elected Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring (D) very narrowly leads the still-uncalled race for state attorney general.

    The Tea Party wing of Virginia’s Republican Party got the extremist candidates they wanted, and it looks like they lost in a clean sweep.

    There’s no shortage of relevant angles to the Virginia elections, but there are two of particular interest. The first relates to the Affordable Care Act.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Alycee @jazziz2

    You know your sh*t stinks if the Washington Times drops your azz! Washington Times drops Rand Paul: … via @slate

    11:57 PM – 5 Nov 2013

  17. rikyrah says:

    How a Black First Lady Will Change New York

    Chirlane McRay is a political activist and will undoubtedly have an impact on the way her husband leads.

    Last night Bill de Blasio became the mayor-elect of New York City. But even more exciting for some of us New Yorkers, Chirlane McCray became the first lady-elect.

    When history looks back at what led to de Blasio’s landslide, some will credit the missteps of his primary opponents, particularly sexting-prone Anthony Weiner, and Bloomberg clone Christine Quinn, but much of the credit will ultimately go to his family. Here was the groundbreaking ad starring de Blasio’s teenage son, Dante, and Dante’s Afro, which became so famous that Jon Stewart dedicated an homage to it on The Daily Show.

    While some say behind every great man is a great woman, in de Blasio’s case, beside him has long been a great woman. De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, who is African American, is a well-respected writer and political operative in her own right. A Wellesley graduate, she met de Blasio while both were working in City Hall during the Dinkins administration. Many are already speculating on how de Blasio’s administration will transform New York, but a more interesting question may be how his wife will transform New York.

    The Big Apple has been without an official first lady for more than a decade. Donna Hanover, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s wife, was the last first lady of the city. (The duo ended up in court over whether or not Giuliani’s then-mistress Judi Nathan would be permitted in the official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, where Hanover and some of Giuliani’s children were still residing.) The city’s next mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has been divorced for a long time, and though he has been in a long-term relationship, he has never remarried.

    And now there is Chirlane McCray. Though she will not be the first black first lady (that honor goes to Joyce Dinkins, wife of former Mayor David Dinkins) McCray will be the first first lady like her. An outspoken feminist and progressive activist, she previously identified as a lesbian before meeting and beginning a love affair with de Blasio. In a previous interview with The Root, he described their early meeting as love at first sight, recalling he felt like he was jolted by a thunderbolt. He also recalled the level of hostility and harassment they occasionally faced as an interracial couple two decades before multiracial families would become an American norm. But the couple endured, and now they are set to become the first couple of America’s most famous city.

  18. Ametia says:

    Let’s do the “SMACKDOWN” LIVE.

  19. Liza says:

    Miami Dolphins coaches reportedly asked Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin

    By Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel
    8:17 p.m. EST, November 5, 2013

    Miami Dolphins coaches asked player Richie Incognito, who was the offensive line’s undisputed leader, to toughen up teammate Jonathan Martin after he missed a voluntary workout last spring, multiple sources told the Sun Sentinel.

    The sources told the paper they believe that Incognito, who is accused of using racially incendiary language and bullying tactics against Martin, may have taken those orders too far.
    It’s not clear whether those marching orders will now become part of a pending investigation by the NFL into the Dolphins’ locker room culture, and the alleged bullying that took place between Incognito and Martin.

    “I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass,” Incognito told WSVN-TV when reached outside a doctor’s office.

    Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team for his tactics involving Martin, the team’s 2012 second-round pick, who left the team last week and later accused the Dolphins of having an unsafe working environment.

    Martin’s smoking gun is a threatening, and racially offensive voice mail Incognito left him in April. In that voice message Incognito calls Martin, who is bi-racial, a “half n—–,” threatened to slap his mother across the face, and uttered the words “I’ll kill you.”

    Sources say that communication took place when Martin skipped two days of the team’s OTA program, and Incognito was encouraged by his coaches to make a call that would “get him into the fold,” one source said.

    Read more…,0,1628986.story

    • Ametia says:

      So true, because y’all know damned well the GOP don’t give two shits about BLACK women aborting babies. Hell, the more the merrier. It’s the white wimmens VA-JAY JAY ‘S they’re trying to control, along, with fair pay increases.

      • LOL!

        It’s the white wimmens VA-JAY JAY ‘S they’re trying to control

        Yep! The GOP want white women to have those babies so they can have the numbers to stay in the majority.

  20. ******************
    wassamattu, Bloomberg?

    Crying with Laughter

  21. rikyrah says:

    Pot Reform’s Race Problem
    The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.
    Carl L. Hart
    October 30, 2013

    As a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent the past fifteen years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, I find this particular effect of pot prohibition most disturbing. Each year, there are more than 700,000 marijuana arrests, which account for more than half of all drug arrests. And now, largely because of the selective targeting of African-American males, one in three black boys born today will spend time in prison if we don’t take action to end this type of discrimination. The gravity of this situation contributed to Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks about mass incarceration, which he described as “a kind of decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.”

    Throughout its study of marijuana, the scientific community has ignored this shameful marijuana-related effect. There are virtually no articles in the scientific literature addressing it. One possible reason is that the National Institutes of Health has not made it a priority to understand or prevent racial discrimination, even though the devastating impact of racism on health is well documented. The NIH, specifically the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), funds no less than 90 percent of the world’s research on marijuana. If that doesn’t include studies on race, then the research is not likely to be done.

    Another reason for this blind spot is that the researchers themselves are overwhelmingly nonblack and thus shielded from this kind of segregation. The luxury afforded to scientists as a result of working in a racially homogeneous field is apathy and willful ignorance, while the price paid by black people is high rates of arrest and incarceration.

  22. rikyrah says:

    a comment from TOD:

    November 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I’m seeing a lot of hand-wringing about the VA gov race and Christie’s NJ win, with too much focus on minutiae and not enough appreciation for the big picture – which is OVERWHELMINGLY in the Democrats favor.

    1. CHRISTIE’s Win – This was not a surprise, and contrary to media (or some other) reports I’ve been seeing, this does not in any way shape or form indicate that Christie will be a formidable Presidential candidate. Christie’s win was the result of NJ’s peculiar state politics, AND also because of what happened in NJ during hurricane Sandy. The media will NEVER admit it, but Christie sealed his fate when he decided to appear to cooperate with PBO at a time when the state was hurting, with all the pictures, nice words, etc, etc., and that is still fresh in NJ’s mind. Christie’s win in NJ was a statement about how NJ-ians felt about his attitude towards PBO (whether we want to call it naive or not).

    2. White women voted for Cuccinneli than McAuliffe – Again, why is that surprising? Most whites in VA are Republican (openly identified or closeted), therefore, it stands to reason that white women (who are also mostly Republican) would vote for the Republican candidate! 56% of white women in the entire US voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 for the same reason.

    Instead of focusing on the absolute figure of white women voting for Cuccinneli, we should focus on the fact that the proportion of white women who voted for the Dem candidate INCREASED relative to the last VA race held in 2009. Think about this – PBO won the state of VA TWICE where Bill Clinton lost! This suggests a trend (even among whites) towards Democrats and away from the GOP in the state of VA. And this should be the significant take-home message from this race. No one should expect a Dem candidate to win in a landslide in a purple state like VA (especially in an off year!). A win is a win, and it’s a GOOD sign for Democrats.

    3. Bill de Blasio’s win is FAR more significant than Christie’s NJ win. The media will shy away from discussing de Blasio because it is simply to painful for them to even consider what that win (and the near 50% margin) means for the GOP, who had won the NYC mayoral races for the last FIVE elections. NYT had a very lukewarm “de Blasio is elected Mayor of NY” headline, which told me all I needed to know.

    So the media is NOT happy – regardless of what they spin, or pretend to think, last night was not a good night for the GOP or the media. You can know when the media is not happy based on the number of anti-Obama narratives they are pushing at a given moment. And their one-sided almost exclusive focus on the NJ race without providing proper context is VERY telling. They know deep down that PBO’s influence is beginning to show up in state and local races, and it’s bothering them immensely. Their ability to influence outcomes of election is waning, and dramatically so. The population demographics are shifting, and the public is becoming more aware – despite huge numbers of people who are still apathetic.

    • Liza says:

      “Christie’s win was the result of NJ’s peculiar state politics, AND also because of what happened in NJ during hurricane Sandy.”

      That’s it right there. Events of that magnitude, that impact so many people, are way past partisan politics. Those folks in NJ saw Christie as being on their side, doing his best for them. No one can compete with that unless they had pictures of him stomping on puppies, and they didn’t. It doesn’t say anything about his chances of becoming the POTUS in 2016, that is a whole other world.

  23. rikyrah says:

    GottaLaff @GottaLaff

    It would have been 40,000 votes LESS close in Va. had they not purged voters.

    8:18 PM – 5 Nov 2013

  24. rikyrah says:

    Sister Outsider @FeministGriote

    The VA women voter stats exemplifies a bigger problem among white women, their inability to divest from white supremacy & see WOC as peers.

    10:29 PM – 5 Nov 2013

    • Liza says:

      I would be interested in an age breakdown. I suspect that the largest number of white women who voted Republican in VA are over 50, at least, and within that group many of them would be over 60.

      • Ametia says:

        I cocur, Liza. These women are past their child-bearing years, they are conservative, and they are uppr middle income to wealthy

      • Liza says:

        Something else that happened in VA is that 5.5 percent of the vote for governor went to the Libertarian candidate. That’s fairly significant because those are throw away votes that seem to indicate dislike for both the Democratic and Republican candidates. I know that Dems wanted this to be a big win for McAuliffe to show their strength in a swing state, but it is also possible that McAuliffe just wasn’t that appealing. However, a win is a win and the Dems need to be satisfied with that and focus on the disenfranchisement of their voters. That is a much larger problem than not being able to win the votes of elderly, conservative, wealthy white women in the Confederacy or anywhere else in the country. Those women are not going to change, but they will eventually die.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Michael McDonald @ElectProject

    Herring takes small lead overnight in VA AG. There’s still outstanding vote so we’re now waiting for certification then possible recount

    6:36 AM – 6 Nov 2013

  26. rikyrah says:

    South Forward @SouthForward

    With @TerryMcAuliffe’s win tonight there will be 4 Southern Dem Govs. AR (Bebee), KY (Beshear) & WV (Tomblin). Let’s add more in 2014!

    9:33 PM – 5 Nov 2013

  27. rikyrah says:

    EAKING: Illinois Gay Marriage: Illinois Just Became 15th State To Allow Equality – Posted November 5, 2013

    Illinois gay marriage is almost a reality after the state’s House barely
    passed the bill, 61-54-2, earlier on Tuesday. The Governor is expected
    to sign it.[….] The bill now returns to the Democratically controlled State Senate. The Senate had previously passed an earlier version of the bill. Unlike New Jersey, Illinois’s governor Pat Quinn said that he will gladly sign it into law–the one last hurdle to legalizing Illinois gay marriage.[….]

  28. rikyrah says:

    A Pete Souza wonder.

    potus reflections

  29. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: New Jersey Votes To RaiseMinimum Wage Over Strong GOP Opposition – Posted on November 5, 2013

    New Jersey enthusiastically voted to amend the state constitution to
    raise the New Jersey minimum wage a dollar and tie future increases to the rate of inflation. Indeed, the state’s voters decided to make the ridiculously pathetic $7.25 an hour in a state with one of the highest costs of living (I’m from here), a slightly less pathetic $8.25 an hour.

    Governor Christie, who just won reelection and can now finally focus on (2016) the state’s crushing problems, previously vetoed a bill that would raise the New Jersey minimum wage.[….]

  30. rikyrah says:

    McCauliffe polling had race 2 to 4 in final weeks and race finished there. Myth of anti-Obamacare surge offers Tea Party false comfort. 1/2

  31. rikyrah says:

    Colombian women get their road fixed by refusing to have sex

    Good roads can be a matter of life and death. This is definitely true
    in Barbacaos, a little town in southwest Colombia. You can only access the town by one dirt road, and it’s in horrible shape: A trip to the closest hospital can take up to 14 hours. As you can imagine, it’s not unusual for people die on the way — including women in labor.Now the ladies have taken things into their own hands.

    They’re staging a real-life Lysistrata and refusing to put out until the road is fixed.[….] And it seems to have actually worked this time! As reporter John Otis told PRI: Just this month, the Army Corps of Engineers has announced, “Yes, we are rebuilding that road,” and the bulldozers are in there and they’re getting going on it. So there appears to be a happy ending this time.[….]

  32. rikyrah says:

    SURVEY: Despite Website Woes, Most Uninsured People Plan To Keep Trying To Enroll In Obamacare

    By Sy Mukherjee on November 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    The beleaguered website prevented many of the Americans who are eligible for new insurance coverage options under Obamacare from enrolling in a health plan in October. But that won’t stop the majority of them from trying again, according to a new survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

    The survey found that 17 percent of adults who might be eligible for coverage through Obamacare visited either a state or the federal marketplace in October, and that 60 percent of respondents are aware of the marketplaces’ existence. That’s nearly a 33 percent spike in awareness, compared to a similar survey in September.

    The vast majority — 76 percent — did not enroll in a plan, while just one in five adults surveyed did enroll. But three of five adults who either hadn’t yet visited a marketplace or visited one without enrolling said they’ll be back. Those people plan to either enroll in a plan, find out if they’re eligible for financial assistance to buy a policy under Obamacare, or find out if they’re eligible for Medicaid by the end of the initial open enrollment period:

  33. rikyrah says:

    IRS Cracks Down on Breaks Tied to Land of Rich Americans

    By Richard Rubin – Nov 5, 2013 7:00 PM CT

    Behind the glazed white terra cotta facade of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans is a 16-year legal battle with the Internal Revenue Service.

    The developers of the hotel, which is housed in a former department store on the edge of the French Quarter, say their promise to preserve the century-old facade entitles them to a $7.4 million deduction. The U.S. tax agency disagrees.

    In this case and dozens like it, the IRS is challenging a complex and obscure tax break that benefits some of the nation’s wealthiest property owners. Without giving up land, they donate the hard-to-calculate value of a perpetual promise to leave the property undisturbed. For that, they claim a big tax deduction.

    “They’re overwhelmingly to high-end individuals and provide little to no benefit to the public,” said Dean Zerbe, who examined easement donations as a Republican aide on the Senate Finance Committee. “I don’t know if I could design a tax break that’s more targeted toward the millionaire set.”

    The conservation easement break is one of hundreds scattered throughout the tax code that members of Congress are reviewing as they consider making the most significant revisions since 1986. The lawmakers are looking for ways to curtail breaks that benefit the richest Americans to offset the revenue that would be lost through lower tax rates

  34. rikyrah says:

    @sfpelosi the majority of white women voted for cuccuinelli, as you can clearly see. not sure what the point in sugar-coating it is.
    — SheriffFruitfly (@sherifffruitfly) November 6, 2013

  35. rikyrah says:

    Christie barely mentions ACA, wins big. Cuccinelli focuses on ACA, loses. Pundits: Shows ACA a problem for Dems!

  36. rikyrah says:


    VA electorate in ’13 mirrored ’12. Obama won VA +4- TMac won it by +3. Why the freak out about closeness?

  37. rikyrah says:

    This week’s selections have me humming along and dancing under my desk..LOL

  38. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day, Everyone! :-)) We’re grazing int he snow this morning. LOL

    Loving the oldies this week, SG2. Thanks.

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