Thursday Open Thread | Native American Dance

Native Americans- War Dance4War Dance – Many tribes practiced a War Dance on the evening before an attack to observe certain religious rites to ensure success. The warriors took part in a war dance while contemplating retaliation and the dance stirred emotions and filled the braves with a profound sense of purpose as they prepared for battle. Though the ceremonies varied from one tribe to another, there are common points among many including singing, often extending over an entire day and night, interspersed with prayers, handling of sacred objects or bundles, and occasional dancing. Often a sweat lodge or other purification ceremony was also held, incense burned, faces might be painted, and a pipe was frequently passed between the participants. Generally, the only musical instruments used in these ceremonies are rattles, drums, and whistles. In the Pacific Northwest, the Pueblos of the Southwest, and the Iroquois of the Woodlands, participants often were dressed and masked to represent the various gods or supernatural creatures and who acted out parts of the ritual.

War Dance names vary among Indian communities, with the Fancy Dance incorporating war dance rituals of the Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Kiowa – Apache tribes. To the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, the wolf is symbolically linked to a warrior and the ritual is called the “Wolf Dance.” The LakotaSioux ‘ Omaha dance is named after the Omaha tribe, who taught the dance to the Lakota, and the war dance is known to Utah’s Paiute tribe as the Fancy Bustle, in reference to part of the dancer’s costume.

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110 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Native American Dance

  1. Woman thows shoe at Hillary Clinton.

  2. rikyrah says:

    From the guy who does the Scandal Cartoons:
    Iyanla Fixes Olivia Pope’s Life

  3. rikyrah says:


    another video that I hope we can post.

    The Vernon Jordan interview with Joy Ann Reid today.


    The Reid Report 04/10/14
    Was Lyndon Johnson ‘the civil rights president’?
    Civil rights figure and former Bill Clinton advisor Vernon Jordan joins Joy Reid to talk about the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the continued fight for equality as national leaders mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  4. rikyrah says:


    can we get this as a postable video?

    what these people had to go through was ridiculous.

    an hour and forty-five minutes to get to a fucking polling place?


    The Ed Show 04/10/14
    Exclusive look at the long trip to vote in Ohio
    Republicans know the only way to secure victory in the midterms is through suppressing the vote. Ed Schultz takes an in-depth look at the long trip to vote in Ohio with candidate for Secretary of State Nina Turner.

    • Liza says:

      I’m in awe of Rep John Lewis. Not very many folks have lived such an exemplary life. He’s a national treasure at this point.

  5. rikyrah says:

    anyone see The Reid Report today..
    there was Vernon Jordan, pretty much quoting Hank Aaron… when talking about the Supreme Court and the attack on voting rights..

    “they don’t come in sheets, they have on suits”.

    I’m telling y’all..

    The Elders are just not having it anymore.
    They don’t care.
    They not pretending that they care.

  6. rikyrah says:

    When history is inconvenient, rewrite it
    By Liberal Librarian

    The above is an actual quote by Heritage Foundation president and Teabagger extraordinaire Jim DeMint, formerly of the Senate until he found a way to make more money off the rubes principled conservatives.

    Yes, the slaves were eventually freed because, according to DeMint’s conflation of history, it was in the Constitution that “all men are created equal and have inalienable rights”. They were also freed due to the efforts of William Wilberforce, noted English anti-slavery campaigner, who just happened to die in 1833, thirty years before the Emancipation Proclamation and the `13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. Government had no role in the freeing of the slaves. It was all people power!

    But, wait, why did we need amendments to the Constitution if the freedom of slaves was in it from the start? Because, of course, nothing of the kind was in the Constitution. Slavery was allowed to continue, and the slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person for purposes of the census. I’m sure they were very glad to know that not only were they not full human beings under the Constitution, but that even that diminution of their humanity allowed slave states to have an outsized influence in Congress, since those slaves counted towards apportionment of House seats.

    The fact is that history doesn’t look too kindly on the successors to those slave holders. They are, rather correctly, excoriated.

  7. Yahtc says:

    Benjamin Crump, Esq. ‏@attorneycrump 57m
    Join @SybrinaFulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis) and I on @PoliticsNation tonight at 6pm EST on @msnbc.

  8. Sing Mavis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mavis Staples sings acoustic rendition of ‘We Shall Overcome’

  9. rikyrah says:

    Rick Scott doubles down on ACA falsehood

    04/10/14 11:30 AM—Updated 04/10/14 02:24 PM
    By Steve Benen

    What’s worse than a politician saying something that’s demonstrably untrue? The politician repeating the falsehood after learning it’s demonstrably untrue.

    Gov. Rick Scott is standing by two misleading campaign ads that falsely suggest 300,000 people in the state already lost their health insurance plans due to Obamacare.

    “Clearly, the ad’s accurate,” Scott told reporters Wednesday in Miami, declining to elaborate.

    Clearly, Scott isn’t being honest with the public.

    At issue is Florida Blue, the state’s largest private health insurer, which has already said Florida’s Republican governor, in the middle of a tough re-election fight, is wrong.

    In a public statement, Florida Blue spokesman Paul Kluding said, “To date, most of the members in our pre-ACA plans have kept their plans…. Technically, there were a couple of hundred members with unique plans that were not continued. We chose to migrate those plans to new ACA-complaint ones instead of making changes to their existing benefits.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Pretty harrowing segment:


    Sex scandal exacerbated by insider silence

    Rachel Maddow reports on a burgeoning sex scandal made even more outrageous by the mishandling of a police report and the silence of high level politicians who allowed a man with serious allegations against him to ascend in political rank.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Nancy Pelosi: ‘Race Has Something To Do With’ Delay On Immigration Reform
    Posted: 04/10/2014 11:25 am EDT Updated: 04/10/2014 12:59 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had some harsh words Thursday for Republicans who won’t allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, saying she believes it would be an easier haul for the GOP if undocumented immigrants were mostly from somewhere like Ireland.

    “I think race has something to do with the fact that they’re not bringing up an immigration bill,” she said at her weekly press conference. “I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it were just you, this would be easy.'”

    Pelosi and other Democrats have urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote on an immigration bill that has support from a majority of the Democratic caucus and three GOP members.

    So far, they haven’t had any luck: Boehner promised a piecemeal process, if anything, and has said passing even smaller-scale legislation could be difficult given distrust of the president within the Republican conference. Despite releasing principles for reform in January, there have been no votes on immigration legislation since then.

    Pelosi said she believes the bill would pass if Boehner allowed a vote.

    “Let’s have a debate,” she said. “We think the votes are there. We’re absolutely certain that they’re there.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama: “It may be true that the law can’t make a man love me, but it can keep a man from lynching me and that’s pretty important.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
    Mavis Staples singing “We Shall Overcome” at the #CivilRightsSummit at the LBJ Library is giving the crowd chills. Woman: “Yes indeed!”

    12:07 PM – 10 Apr 2014

  14. rikyrah says:

    Five US Museums to Put Famous Art on 50,000 Billboards

    [….] 50 works will be reproduced in tens of thousands of public spaces, including billboards, bus stops, and subway stations, providing chance encounters with great works of art nationwide. It’s called Art Everywhere US, a first of its kind collaboration for US museums, based on a successful version in the UK last summer.[…]

    Billed as the biggest art exhibition in history, the project hopes to
    inspire everyone to visit their local museums, and start a national
    conversation about the importance of creativity in our schools and daily lives. Vote for your favorites at, where the final list of 50 artworks will be announced June 20.[….]

  15. rikyrah says:

    Watching The Chappelle Show on Amazon Prime..

    Huck from Scandal was on it..LOL

  16. Mavis Staples singing “We Shall Overcome” is making me cry.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Look who showed up for the President’s Speech in Texas?

    Reeve Hamilton @reevehamilton Follow

    On hand for Obama’s speech: Wendy Davis, Royce West, Rodney Ellis (escorting Jesse Jackson), Sylvia Garcia. #CivilRightsSummit #TexasSenate

  18. rikyrah says:

    New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line

    [….] Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.

    “I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said. Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated.[….] The state’s next-most populous counties, Broward and Palm Beach, told the Sun Sentinel they would not implement this policy.

  19. President Obama Speaks at a Civil Rights Summit to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act. 12:50 PM EDT

  20. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
    400K more people signed up, boosting #ObamaCare’s enrollment to 7.5M. This is expected to grow as more numbers are tallied.

    @GOP weeps.

    9:53 AM – 10 Apr 2014

  21. rikyrah says:

    What I loved about this was that 80% of the Village didn’t even get what Colbert did that night.

  22. rikyrah says:

    When they poisoned the water for 1/3 of his state,

    couldn’t find his ass nowhere to be found.

    but, NOW, he can speak up?



    Dem Senator Defends Koch Brothers: ‘They’re Not Breaking The Law’ (VIDEO)

    Caitlin MacNeal – April 10, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Thursday morning defended the Koch brothers, the wealthy conservative donors who have been repeatedly bashed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Senate floor.

    “People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing — paying their taxes,” Manchin said on “Fox and Friends” when host Brian Kilmeade asked if Reid’s speeches criticizing the Koch brothers “helps or hurts the cause for the country and for Congress.”

    “They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,” Manchin continued.

    The senator said that criticizing the Koch brothers is not going to help Democrats with voters.

    “If you’re trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied,” Manchin said. “It’s us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    Champagne Charlie makes me RME, but like I said yesterday..

    The Elders do just tell it.


    Rangel: The Tea Party Came To Power In Slave-Holding States (VIDEO)

    Tom Kludt – April 10, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT408

    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that many of President Obama’s harshest critics reside in the states that made up the Confederacy.

    The New York congressman, who’s never hesitated to accuse the tea party of racism, said Thursday that he’s been dismayed by the level of opposition the Obama administration has faced.

    “So it seems to me that if you were to follow where the slave-holding states were and where the Confederate flag flown, you will see even today not only Obama’s most serious critics but those people that don’t abide by the Voting Rights Act even today,” Rangel told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. “So it’s a painful thing to see that with all of the progress we’ve made that a handful of people with so much hatred in their heart are willing to take this great Congress and country down because of that.”

  24. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    SO, he had no problem with Bush and Ryan, but thinks Hillary’s OK?

    UH HUH

    Rupert Murdoch Reveals His Top Choices For 2016, Says He ‘Could Live With Hillary’

    Tom Kludt – April 10, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

    Billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch provided a wish list for the 2016 presidential race in a rare interview published Thursday.

    Murdoch told Fortune that his top choices are “between four or five people.”

    “It’s not necessarily, although slightly, in order of preference: Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, whom I have particular admiration for. I do for both. [Chris] Christie could recover,” he said. “Scott Walker, whom I don’t know, and Rand Paul, whom I agree with on a great number of things but disagree strongly on some things — too strongly perhaps to vote for him.”

    Murdoch said he disagrees with Paul most strongly on foreign policy. He then detailed what he likes so much about Bush and Ryan.

    His kind words for Ryan come as no surprise. After the Wisconsin congressman was tapped to be Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, Murdoch hailed it as an “almost perfect choice.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Analysis: Top White House Women Out-Earn Their Male Colleagues

    Thursday that although an American Enterprise Institute study
    showed that female staffers earned 88 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earned last year, the salary data also showed that women actually out-earned men among the highest-paid White House staffers.

    Based on the same 2013 salary data, the Examiner found that 70 of the 150 White House staffers making more than $100,000 were women. Those top female aides earned $128,600 on average compared to $120,600 for top male aides, the publication found.

    As the Examiner pointed out, those salary figures represent an
    increase in the number and percentage of women in top-earning White House positions over the last two years.[….]

  26. rikyrah says:

    Randy Prine @randyprine
    The White House has answered more questions about website glitches than W was asked about crashing the entire world economy.

    9:11 AM – 10 Apr 2014

  27. rikyrah says:

    NewsBreaker @NewsBreaker 4s
    .@brianstelter: Stephen Colbert takes over “The Late Show.” Five-year contract, CBS says.

  28. Ametia says:


  29. The Potus and Flotus are thisclose to me and I can’t go see them. :'(

  30. rikyrah says:

    Kiss me, deadly: If Vance McAllister had hired a hooker, he’d be talking about Benghazi today

    By TBogg

    December in Louisiana – sultry and damp as a Fox News blonde. I was working late, signing a stack of letters to district voters to go out in the morning mail. The usual song and dance. Looking for funding to repair potholes in front of their crackerbox homes, 90th birthday wishes to some drooling old-timer in a home for the nearly dead, promising to look into impeaching that ‘colored boy in the White House.’

    We call it ‘constituent relations.’ I call it greasing the wheels for some 2014 campaign donations.

    Man can’t live on NRA blood money alone.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Asymmetric Stupidity

    April 7, 2014, 5:05 pm

    Ezra Klein’s new venture Vox is up, and so far, so OK — some fairly interesting pieces, and nothing like Nate Silver’s lamentable decision to make a professional concern troll his chief writer on climate. I am troubled by Ezra’s big inauguratory think piece, but that’s because I think the piece raises a genuine intellectual puzzle.

    What Ezra does is cite research showing that people understand the world in ways that suit their tribal identities: in controlled experiments both conservatives and liberals systematically misread facts in a way that confirms their biases. And more information doesn’t help: people screen out or discount facts that don’t fit their worldview. Politics, as he says, makes us stupid.

    But here’s the thing: the lived experience is that this effect is not, in fact, symmetric between liberals and conservatives. Yes, liberals are sometimes subject to bouts of wishful thinking. But can anyone point to a liberal equivalent of conservative denial of climate change, or the “unskewing” mania late in the 2012 campaign, or the frantic efforts to deny that Obamacare is in fact covering a lot of previously uninsured Americans? I don’t mean liberals taking positions you personally disagree with — I mean examples of overwhelming rejection of something that shouldn’t even be in dispute.

    Or look at how liberals reacted to the woes of We heard a lot of talk about how it was Obama’s Katrina, or his Iraq. But was there anything like Bush’s “heckuva job” moment — which was matched by widespread insistence on the right that he was actually doing a great job? Was there anything like the years-long denial that anything was going wrong with the Iraq occupation? On the contrary, liberals were quick to acknowledge that the rollout was a disaster, and in fact sort of freaked out — which, as Noam Scheiber says, is what they usually do in the face of setbacks. And what’s more, as Scheiber says, that’s a good thing: faced with setbacks, liberals rush to fix things, rather than denying the problem. Hence the stunning Obamacare comeback.

    At this point I could castigate Ezra for his both-sides-do-it article — but instead, let me pose this as a question: why are the two sides so asymmetric? People want to believe what suits their preconceptions, so why the big difference between left and right on the extent to which this desire trumps facts?

    • Ametia says:

      Yes; but according to Jim Demented, it’s the government’s fault that cracker is pouring acid into the pool. And that cracker can self-regulate his own ugly, bigoted, racist behavior.

  32. rikyrah says:

    UPS Rehires 250 Workers After Firing Them For Protesting
    The Huffington Post | by Kevin Short
    Posted: 04/10/2014 11:05 am EDT Updated: 04/10/2014 11:05 am EDT

    UPS, one of the country’s largest shipping and logistics companies, has reached an agreement to give 250 New York-based drivers their jobs back. The workers were dismissed last month after protesting the firing of a longtime co-worker.

    The deal was struck following Wednesday’s negotiations between top executives at the delivery company and union representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 804, according to the NY Daily News.

    The agreement will restore the jobs of those who protested the firing of longtime coworker Jairo Reyes in February. Reyes was fired after a dispute over the number of hours senior staff were able to work.

    As part of the agreement, the workers will receive a 10-day, unpaid suspension. The union also will pay UPS for damages from the lost productive time.

    “The company received acceptable terms and acknowledgement that the walkout was non-contractual,” wrote UPS spokesperson Steve Gaut in an email to The Huffington Post. “Our desire is to return to normal operations.”

    The UPS workers welcomed the news. Steven Curcio, who has worked as a UPS driver in Queens for more than 19 years, attributed the reversal to the “insane amount of support from the local communities we deliver to.”

    “Thank God it’s over,” Curcio told HuffPost by phone. “It affected communities. It affected families. It affected employees, but we can all get back to normal now.”

    During recent weeks, more than 100,000 people have signed petitions calling on UPS to rehire the workers. On one day, more than 3,000 supporters called UPS CEO D. Scott Davis to complain about the firings, according to Joe Dinkin, the communications director at the Working Families Party, a progressive politics group that mobilized support for the employees.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Scarborough: Obama And Holder Should Stop Playing The Race Card (VIDEO)

    Tom Kludt – April 10, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

    Joe Scarborough said Thursday that the Obama administration plays the race card too often when addressing its critics.

    A day after Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech that he and President Obama have dealt with unprecedented levels of criticism, MSNBC’s resident conservative mocked Holder for suggesting that racism is at play.

    “Because of racism, I mean, Holder, that’s what Holder suggested, the attorney general suggested yesterday, right?” Scarborough asked Politico’s John Harris.

    “There’s no question,” Harris said. “That’s what he’s trying to get at. I don’t see any other reading of it.”

    From there, Scarborough was off.

    He argued that Holder, the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress, has received the same treatment as Janet Reno, the attorney general under Bill Clinton.

    Reno, he said, “was accused of murder by Republicans” after the Waco siege.

    Scarborough went on to say that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), the tea party congressman who’s dabbled in birtherism, would have been just as hard on Reno as he was on Holder. Moreover, Scarborough contended that Clinton dealt with just as much hostility as Obama.

    “So when you’re going to say that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have been treated worse than anybody else in the history of American politics because of their race, well, you’re not even going back 20 years let alone 200,” Scarborough said.

    • Ametia says:

      GO STRAIGHT TO HELL MURDEING JOKE. Until you’ve walked in PBO & Eric Holder’s shoes, you can shut the fuck up.

      How did Joe Scarborough ever get away with not being charged with the murder of that office INTERN? Being white had NOTHING to do with it, I suppose.

    • Liza says:

      OMG. This ass-clown’s argument is that another AG, a white woman serving under a Democratic president, was also treated badly so therefore this can’t be about race.

      How do such stupid people get on television? Oh, wait, I do know how. Corporate media is all about dumbing down the masses and who else could do that for them?

  34. Ametia says:

    Obama: ‘Obstruction May Actually Be A Good Political Strategy’ If Dems Don’t Vote In Midterms

    In an equally forceful rebuke to Republicans, Obama accused the GOP of seeking to restrict access to voting in Texas and elsewhere. When one donor shouted out that the GOP effort was “un-American,” the president concurred.

    “How is it that we’re putting up with that?” Obama asked incredulously.

  35. Yahtc says:

    “Texas board ducks Mexican-American studies vote”

  36. Yahtc says:

    “Civil society: Four presidents mark an equal-rights milestone”

  37. Yahtc says:

    “Old Claflin School gets one last chance before feds get it”

  38. Yahtc says:

    “How ‘colorblind’ education reform policies actually ignore racial inequality”

  39. rikyrah says:

    MSNBC Forbids Ed Schultz From Dem Fundraiser But Allows Joe Scarborough to Raise GOP Cash

    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, April, 9th, 2014, 3:47 pm

    The MSNBC double standard is on full display as the network made Ed Schultz cancel an appearance at a Democratic fundraiser, but is allowing Joe Scarborough to speak at a Republican cash grab.

    In December of 2013, Ed Schultz was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Broward Democratic Party’s big Unity Dinner in Florida, but he was forced by his bosses at MSNBC to cancel the appearance and claim that he didn’t know it was a fundraiser.

    However, Republican Joe Scarborough is being allowed to deliver a keynote address for Cheshire County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in New Hampshire in May. The fundraiser that Scarborough is appearing at costs $50 per person, and all of the money goes to the Republican Party.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Holder says GOP treats him differently
    By Mario Trujillo April 10, 2014, 08:49 am

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday castigated House Republicans for their treatment of him.

    During a speech in front of a civil rights group founded by Al Sharpton, Holder said the administration has made significant strides “even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.”

    “Forget about me, you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee — it has nothing to do with me, forget that,” Holder told those attending the National Action Network convention in New York. “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

  41. rikyrah says:

    Opposition to Medicaid Expansion Killing Republican Governors’ 2014 Election Hopes

    By: Keith Brekhus
    Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 8:44 am

    Forget the media narratives that say Democrats could lose because of their support for Obamacare. While that convenient narrative is easy for beltway reporters to regurgitate, it is not supported by polling evidence. Polling data suggests that contrary to the dominant narrative, health care is a winning issue for Democrats not Republicans. This has become especially apparent in the many contests or the state house across the country.

    Recent polling done by Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that five incumbent Republican Governors who oppose Medicaid expansion are in danger o losing their bids or re-election. Not surprisingly, Maine Republican Paul LePage and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett trail in their bids for re-election as their right-wing policies are far out of line with their blue-leaning electorates. However, even in Georgia and Kansas, Republican incumbents are losing to Democratic challengers. Even in these deep red states, a solid majority of voters want their Governors to expand Medicaid.

    No Governor has made opposition to Medicaid expansion more a cornerstone of his campaign than Rick Scott in Florida. Yet, by a 58-33 margin, Florida voters want their Governor to accept the federal funding for Medicaid expansion. More than four in ten Florida voters say Rick Scott’s dogmatic opposition to Medicaid expansion makes them less likely to vote or him. In a head to head match-up with Democrat Charlie Crist, Rick Scott is losing 49-42 percent. GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion will prove to be Rick Scott’s undoing.

  42. rikyrah says:

    The Disingenuous Leftist Defense of Vladimir Putin (No, Crimea is Not the Same as Iraq)

    Spandan Chakrabarti| April 9, 2014

    The ideologue Left – more aptly referred to as the emoprog cadre – a meltdown over President Obama’s comments in Brussels, part of which took on the callous, fundamentalist, and anti-American talking point spread by Russia and its allies that the United States’ invasion of Iraq makes it hypocritical for Americans to now criticize Russian annexation of Ukraine. President Obama, reiterating both that he opposed the American invasion of Iraq and that he’s the president that withdrew American troops from Iraq, nonetheless laid out the prima facie case why Russia’s assertions held no merit.

    Nothing exemplified the Left’s latest jump-all-over-Obama phrase than Common Dreams’ hair on fire bloviating about Obama “defend[ing] US invasion of Iraq” – something the President, you would be shocked to learn, never did. This is the passage of the President’s speech to European youth that seems to have sparked so much Leftist poutrage at home:

  43. rikyrah says:

    Why GOP Wins In 2014 Could Mean A Democratic President In 2016

    Dylan Scott – April 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT3668

    This fall, in a strange aligning of the electoral stars, Republicans will defend governorships in several key presidential swing states: Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Ohio. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin could also be added to that list, which expands the proverbial map a little bit more.

    One might think that, if the GOP manages to hold onto those seats, they’d be setting themselves up to take back the White House in 2016. In conversations TPM had with a few independent strategists, that conventional wisdom was the norm. It feels like it makes sense: Why wouldn’t holding the state’s highest office help? Especially if the governor is popular, he can show up at campaign events with the presidential candidate and mobilize the ground game.

    Flip five of those six states in the GOP’s favor on the 2012 map, and we’d currently be in the 15th month of the Mitt Romney administration. So Republican wins in 2014 should therefore give the party a better chance of seizing the White House two years later, right?

    But it doesn’t. In fact, according to the same kind of political analysis that shattered the horse-race perception of the 2012 presidential race, the opposite is true: GOP gubernatorial wins this year would actually hurt the party’s chances of reclaiming the presidency in 2016.

    Three Columbia and Harvard University professors, often cited by the now-famous Monkey Cage blog, explored this question in September 2012. They concluded that the governor’s party loses three percentage points in presidential elections. Especially in the two biggest swing-state prizes, Florida and Ohio, the lost votes could mean the difference between winning and losing the state.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Poll: Republican Guvs Trail Dem Challengers In 5 Races

    Daniel Strauss – April 9, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT13586

    A new set of polls by Public Policy Polling finds Republicans on the defensive in a number of governor’s races.

    The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning PPP on behalf of found the Democratic candidates in Maine, Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida leading the Republican candidates.

    • In Maine PPP found Republican Gov. Paul LePage (pictured) trailing Rep. Mike Michaud (D) 37 percent to 44 percent.

    • In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) trails Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis 41 percent to 45 percent.

    • In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is behind the generic potential Democratic candidate by double digits. PPP found Corbett trailing the generic candidate 56 percent to 34 percent.

    • In the Georgia gubernatorial race, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) just barely leads Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) 43 percent to 42 percent.

    • In Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads Gov. Rick Scott (R), 49 percent to 42 percent.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Linda Kyambadde @globalcitizenln
    focus, focus, focus:

    At this time, Dems winning the 2014 Mid-term elections is more important than who is running for POTUS in 2016

    6:47 AM – 10 Apr 2014

  46. rikyrah says:

    Charles Gaba @charles_gaba
    #ACASignups Guess what? I think we just hit 7.5M QHPs, 7.0M Paid (or paid soon): … #ACAOvertime #Obamacare #ACA

  47. rikyrah says:

    What to do now

    Liberal Librarian| April 4, 2014

    Friends, I’ve been feeling down for a couple of weeks.

    As Obamacare was surging to success, I couldn’t quite delight in it. Something niggled at me. That’s why I wrote this piece. The hoops through which Barack Obama has had to go through just to get anything done is without parallel in US political history.

    But then it was revealed that Pres. Obama asked the major networks for primetime space to speak to the nation about ACA reaching its most generous enrollment targets, and what this meant for ordinary Americans, alone among industrialized nations denied the security of access to basic healthcare. The networks denied him.

    Now I’m riled up. This disrespect shown Pres. Obama by the Big 3 networks was the last straw.

    The media went on a jihad after the failed rollout of, loudly trumpeting every failure, every glitch, every frustrated user of the website. The blandishments were endless and incessant. For weeks, newscasts led with the problems faced by the website, as if the website were the totality of the Affordable Care Act. It would feature every detractor of Obamacare on its newscasts, would consign the entire enterprise to dismal doom. As AP so famously put it, it would “take a miracle” for the law to reach its target.

    But reach its target it did. In fact, it has surpassed it, to the consternation not only of the right wing wurlitzer, but of the perspicacious segments of our failed media experiment, the supposed gatekeepers of all that is newsworthy.

    For all the attention which the supposed failure of the law received, it hasn’t received even one tenth of the attention for the success beyond all media imaginings.

  48. rikyrah says:

    Jim DeMint’s History Lesson
    by BooMan
    Thu Apr 10th, 2014 at 08:16:12 AM EST

    There’s a certain splender to Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint’s retelling of the history of the Civil War. It’s almost as if DeMint and Sarah Palin are both graduates of the same finishing school for garbled buffoonery. I think this comment belongs on a plaque in the Smithsonian as a living testament to what has become of conservative “thought leaders” in this country.

  49. rikyrah says:

    The Spectacle of Stupid Goes On and On and On
    by BooMan
    Wed Apr 9th, 2014 at 09:29:57 PM EST

    The U.S. House of Representatives is run by and full of howling morons. I can’t stand it. The following is now an annual event that will probably never be killed until the Democrats retake control or there is a Republican president:

    The House on Wednesday handily rejected a GOP budget alternative based on President Obama’s 2015 spending blueprint.
    It was defeated 2-413, following a pattern seen in recent years in House votes to overwhelmingly reject Obama’s budget proposals. Today’s vote is just slightly better than the unanimous vote against Obama’s budget in 2012…

    …Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) offered a budget alternative based on Obama’s budget plan as a substitute amendment to the House GOP budget. Mulvaney made this move as a way to force Democrats to go on the record about the president’s spending plans.

    But Democrats have refused to play along, and have derided these GOP-sponsored options as a political tactic. Earlier in the day, House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) urged fellow Democrats in a “Dear Colleague” letter to vote against the Mulvaney amendment, calling it a “political stunt.”

    “I thought we didn’t even want to take up thousand-plus page bills. And yet now, supposedly, we’re going to debate and vote on something that is over 2,000 pages,” Van Hollen said. An Obama administration official agreed with House Democrats that the GOP substitute was not an accurate reflection of Obama’s budget plan.

    “The Administration would welcome votes on the actual provisions of President’s Budget,” said Office of Management and Budget spokesman Steve Posner. “That is not what this amendment represents, and a vote for or against this amendment is not a vote for or against the President’s policies.”

    • Ametia says:

      The powers that be have really set up our UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT the most reviled, ignorant, most disrespectful, hateful, arrogant, white privileged, uneducated, negro-cooning, males and females to turn us against the very entity that was designed to
      preserve, defend, protect our rights and liberties.

  50. Ametia says:

    Cost of drugs used by Medicare doctors can vary greatly by region, analysis finds
    By Peter Whoriskey, Dan Keating and Lena H. Sun, Published: April 9

    An analysis of government data released Wednesday shows that the cost of drugs administered by doctors accounts for a growing piece of Medicare’s spending and varies widely from region to region in the United States, raising questions about whether some physicians may be misusing the pharmaceuticals.

    Most of the 4,000 doctors who received at least $1 million from Medicare in 2012 billed mainly for giving patients injections, infusions and other drug treatments, those records show.

  51. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. I’m loving this series, SG2.

    I’ve been getting up in the morning and dancing to the video. It’s very sacred. Thank you.

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