Tuesday Open Thread | Charles Mingus Week!

Happy Tuesday. and MOANIN’ Everyone!  More of the Marvelous Mingus!



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  1. Liza, Looky here! Do you know any of these women?

  2. My daughter and kids were eating out at Los Cabos tonight. Haley is a very friendly little girl and was just speaking to the people seated next to them and when their baby dropped the bottle, Haley got up and picked it up for them. When the couple left they paid for my daughter & kids food. How about that! What a beautiful act of kindness.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Lupita Nyong’o & Singer K’Naan In A Relationship? [PHOTOS]


  4. rikyrah says:

    Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize.
    by Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst, RH Reality Check

    March 4, 2014 – 12:22 pm

    The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund has just rolled out its campaign to help educate voters about candidates’ positions on women’s health. “We know that women’s health is a winning issue and that no candidate will be able to win without a plurality of women,” the group’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a statement announcing the launch of the effort, dubbed the “Women are Watching” campaign, which is expected to spend more than $18 million in at least 14 states.

    All this is great news for those of us who are big supporters of access to birth control and safe abortion care. And yet, the announcement has left me feeling cold and disconnected.

    It was just over a week ago that I was ravenously reading the #TakeRoot14 hashtag on Twitter, inspired by the activists who had converged in Oklahoma at this year’s Take Root conference (“red state perspectives on reproductive justice”). Attendees were there to discuss, among other things, how the reproductive rights movement must get beyond the traditional pro-choice framework, which fails to account for the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect and converge to shape the lives of women of color.

    Consider the recent election of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In each of those races, Black women propelled the candidates to victory. Yet, Planned Parenthood credited “women” with the victory in Virginia. Not Black women. Women. And yes, the distinction matters, because in this white-centric world in which we live, claims that McAuliffe’s victory was driven by “women voters” leaves the indelible impression that white women were the deciding factor, and that’s simply not true.

    Left in the hands of white women, Republican candidate Ken Cucinelli, who would have been a disaster for reproductive rights, would be in the Virginia governor’s mansion right now. (Although, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the McAuliffe win may not turn out to be as much of a coup as Planned Parenthood has touted it as, considering, as RH Reality Check’s Erin Matson recently wrote, that Gov. McAuliffe reappointed William Hazel, who was instrumental in adopting and carrying out anti-choice policies as Gov. Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s health secretary.)

    Let’s also not forget that if it wasn’t for Black women, we would be face-palming our way through a Mitt Romney presidency right now.

    So where is our recognition? Where is the campaign strategy that centers our concerns? Where is the voter education model that emphasizes the unique importance to women of color of issues beyond abortion and birth control? Where are the NARAL Pro-Choice America candidate score cards that include candidates’ positions on, for example, voter ID laws? And really: Can a sister get a shout-out for keeping Mitt “Planned Parenthood? We’re Gonna Get Rid of That!” Romney out of the White House?


  5. rikyrah says:

    And a child shall lead:

    8-Year-old Helps Pay Off Students’ School Lunch Debt

    A super-sensitive Michigan elementary school student felt really sad
    when a child in the lunch line in front of him who had to put his tray
    down because he didn’t have enough money in his account. After
    that experience, Cayden Taipalus decided to help raise money for the
    kids who could use a few extra bucks for their lunch account.

    He is returning bottles to earn the recycling cash, and asking friends to
    donate. After just two weeks, he has paid for 295 lunches! The school will always provide an alternate lunch, but Cayden wants his classmates to have equal access to all the choices in the cafeteria.[…]


  6. rikyrah says:

    Rick Scott’s ‘literally flying under the radar’
    03/03/14 11:45 AM—Updated 03/04/14 12:24 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Not many governors have their own private jets. It’s something Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) apparently takes full advantage of, and not just for the sake of convenience at the airport.

    By using his personal jet for public business, Florida Gov. Rick Scott can shield his itinerary from websites that track flights, and when his plane lands, he uses a public records exemption to tighten the cloak of secrecy.

    Wherever Scott goes, he is shadowed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents. In citing a records exemption that protects FDLE “surveillance techniques” from publication, he withholds the members of his traveling party, restaurants and homes he visits, and people at meetings – all in the name of security.

    To a much greater degree than the past three governors, Scott, former chief executive of the nation’s largest private hospital chain, conceals information from the public about his travel

    Scott has struggled with transparency before. The Republican governor launched something called “Project Sunburst” a couple of years ago, vowing to put all executive-staff emails available online for public scrutiny. A year later, Scott’s team had failed to meet their commitments. The governor’s daily schedule is also published online every morning, but it’s routinely incomplete.


  7. rikyrah says:

    The wrong position in the wrong state
    03/04/14 09:31 AM
    By Steve Benen

    From time to time, some on the right still question the merit of President Obama’s 2009 rescue of the American auto industry. But as a rule, Michigan Republicans know better.

    Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters planned Monday to put Republican Terri Lynn Land on the defensive in their U.S. Senate race by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which is widely credited with saving the U.S. auto industry.

    Peters and other Democrats were expected to draw attention to statements Land made at a Republican National Convention event two years ago in which she backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-bailout position. Asked at a Washington Times-sponsored event about Romney and the bailout, she said “I’m with him on that” and noted that Ford survived without the rescue package.

    For the record, Ford did not participate in the rescue, but it endorsed the policy and benefited from it indirectly.

    Land, the Republican Senate hopeful, echoed a familiar conservative refrain, arguing that GM had come to be known as “Government Motors.”


  8. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan’s ‘unfortunate’ poverty report
    03/04/14 10:26 AM—Updated 03/04/14 11:17 AM
    By Steve Benen

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been pretty aggressive in recent months about leaking word of his recent policy focus on poverty. The far-right congressman has periodically let major news outlets know he now hopes to “help” those who would suffer most under his own budget plan: low-income families.

    And so, as Ned Resnikoff reported, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Ryan yesterday issued a 204-page report, called “The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later,” condemning a variety of federal efforts to reduce poverty in the United States. It’s apparently intended to serve as a precursor to the congressman’s next budget blueprint, which, predictably, will seek more cuts to Medicaid, Head Start, and food stamps.

    Ryan will justify his efforts, working from the assumption that many federal programs, aimed at helping those struggling, unintentionally make matters “worse.”

    The editorial board of the New York Times did a nice job summarizing the degree to which Ryan’s ideas are “small and tired.”

    It’s easy to find flaws or waste in any government program, but the proper response is to fix those flaws, not throw entire programs away as Mr. Ryan and his party have repeatedly proposed. It might be possible, for example, to consolidate some of the 20 different low-income housing programs identified in the report, but Congressional Democrats have no reason to negotiate with a party that fundamentally doesn’t believe government should play a significant role in reducing poverty. (Similarly, Republicans complain endlessly about flaws in health care reform, but their sole solution is to repeal the entire program, not improve it.)

    The report notes that some programs, including the earned-income tax credit, have been effective, but it fails to draw the proper lessons from those examples. The most successful programs, including the tax credit, Medicaid and food stamps, have been those that are carefully designed, properly managed and well-financed. For all their glossy reports, Republicans have shown no interest in making these or any other social programs work better


  9. rikyrah says:

    Putin cost the money men $54 BILLION dollars yesterday in the Russian stock market.

    You don’t think phone calls were made?

    I’m just sayin’.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Boehner wants Obama’s immigration help?
    03/04/14 11:15 AM
    By Steve Benen

    On the surface, immigration reform is simply dead for the foreseeable future. House Republican leaders have retreated from their own policy “principles,” which rank-and-file GOP lawmakers chose to either ignore or reject. Barring unexpected Democratic gains in this year’s midterm elections, it would appear reform advocates will have to wait a long time for legislative relief.

    Even the discharge-petition idea, which would seem to offer hope, is an unlikely path to success — no Republicans are willing to sign it, at least not yet.

    And yet, the nation’s leading Republican lawmaker isn’t done talking about the issue, as if there’s still some chance of success. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) referenced immigration during an interview yesterday with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    In January, he and other GOP leaders outlined a set of principles to reform the immigration system. But shortly afterward, Boehner said he didn’t think he could move an agreement this year, arguing that Republicans didn’t trust Obama enough to implement border security measures.

    On Monday, he told The Enquirer immigration was a key area of agreement between him and Obama and they talked about it at the White House last week. “He wants to get it done. I want to get it done,” he said. “But he’s going to have to help us in this process.”

    It’s difficult to take any of this seriously. If Boehner wants to get immigration reform done, he can bring a bill to the floor and let the House work its will. The last I checked, he’s the Speaker of the House.


  11. My power just came back on. It’s been off since before 6am. Darnit, it’s cold in here. 7 hours in the cold. Talk about miserable. I may have frost bite.

  12. Ametia says:

    Ukraine: How it Got Harder for Snowden’s Russia Story to Pass the Laugh Test

    Spandan Chakrabarti | March 3, 2014

    Russian forces are occupying part of Ukraine right now in clear violation of international law. And yet, America’s self-proclaimed “anti-war” Left is eerily silent. There is no petition on MoveOn.org to urge the US and the international community to do everything possible to end the Russian invasion. Alan Grayson, the self-declared “Congressman with guts” evidently lacks the guts to even call Russia out. The dogmatic left, known for their propensity to scream and yell, is eerily silent. The screeching Left, best known for hitting the United States for “imperialism”, is barely even breathing a word against Putin’s moves to seize land from another sovereign country.

    Could the deafening silence be coming from wanting to avoid the discussion of an inconvenient reality? Could it be because of Edward Snowden?

    Raad more here:


  13. Ametia says:

    Obama proposes $600 billion in new spending to boost economy

    President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious budget that promised more than $600 billion in fresh spending to boost economic growth over the next decade while also pledging to solve the nation’s borrowing problem by raising taxes on the wealthy, passing an overhaul of immigration laws and cutting health costs without compromising the quality of care. Obama seeks to raise more than $1 trillion – largely by limiting tax breaks that benefit the wealthy — to spend on building roads and bridges, early childhood education and tax credits for the poor.

    Read more at:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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