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63 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | The Jackson 5 Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    KeKe Palmer’s going to be on Larry O tonight. If you want to, you can tweet him with questions for KeKe.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Fired Up Democrats Unveil A List Of Bills They Will Pass If They Take Back The House
    By: Sarah Jones
    Wednesday, August, 6th, 2014, 5:10 pm

    House Democrats are on the warpath. They’ve upped the ante against House Republicans by coming up with an entire slate of legislation meant to address the actual concerns of actual citizens. They’re calling it Middle Class Jumpstart. It’s meant to jumpstart the middle class and those trying to get into the middle class.

    House Democrats are promising to pass this legislation within 100 days a Democratic House Majority.

    They say the Jumpstart puts the middle class ahead of special interests. Jumpstart has three prongs: Good paying jobs, support for women, and affordable and accessible education.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Vlad is messing with their money. The oligarchs cannot be happy.


    Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama

    $74 Billion In Foreign Capital Have Left Russia in last 2 Quarters via @columbusceomag
    5:49 PM – 6 Aug 2014

  4. rikyrah says:

    zizi2 @zizii2

    US media’s disgraceful disinterest in continent of Africa is precisely reason why China, India, Brazil, EU will beat US biznesses there
    5:38 PM – 6 Aug 2014 Indiana, USA, United States

  5. rikyrah says:

    Anyone else watching Raising Asia on Lifetime?

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Associated Press ✔ @AP

    BREAKING: Liberia’s president declares state of emergency amid Ebola outbreak.
    6:18 PM – 6 Aug 2014

  7. rikyrah says:

    Some new shows bring ‘calculated ratchet’ to reality TV
    by Demetria Irwin | June 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    There is good news and bad news when it comes to black people and reality television. Let’s start with the bad.

    The deluge of reality television does not seem to be waning anytime soon. Mona Scott Young has taken on Diddy’s “can’t stop, won’t stop” mentality and doubled down on it. There is no escaping her reign of “reality” television and the motley crew of train wreck-ish characters who inhabit her storylines.

    The good news is that even though these controversial characters will still be making regular appearances on the small screen in less than stellar situations, there will at least be some diversity among them. There’s a tad bit of progress there.

    Now, the “hood rat stuff” you see on the screen will come not just from people who think Red Lobster is fancy eating but from Jack and Jill relatives who spend precisely 10.5 minutes at the family barbecue in order to avoid being forced into the Electric Slide.

    Lifetime is rolling out a new reality show called BAPs (no relation to that 1997 Halle Berry gem) that follows the lives of self-proclaimed “Black American Princes and Princesses” in St. Louis.

    “We are cultured, educated, generationally groomed,” says one of the cast members in the luke-warm trailer. There is “drama” in the clip of course, but it’s oh so tame, and most of it looks like it was take number three or four. Trailers usually include every ounce of extreme human behavior possible, so the fact that the “BAPs” trailer is devoid of almost anything resembling actual conflict is telling.

    Most people who go on reality shows these days are doing so in order to build or promote a product or brand. Gone are the days of people signing up for reality television to let America get a peek into their personal lives.

    The BAPs crew seems like they will not be engaging in the Ratchet Olympics like some of their other reality show counterparts. They are real people with real jobs and families, friends and colleagues with real opinions. They will surely turn up a bit for the cameras (everyone has to do a little extra to not seem completely boring), but my guess is viewers won’t get “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” level debauchery on “BAPs.”

    This is something of a good thing. We’re starting to see tremendous improvement in the types of black characters on scripted shows. Shonda Rhimes will own Thursday nights this fall with Scandal. And with reality television, we’re getting just a pinch more diversity in characters as well.

    Good ol’ Mona Scott Young recently put out a trailer of a possible new reality show about black sororities called Sorority Sisters.

    The clip showed grown women (all of them seem to be post-college) representing all four black Greek sororities. They all made catty, highly immature statements about sororities other than their own and parroted stereotypes that every black college-educated person has heard about each sorority. Like “BAPs,” the trailer was on the tame side, but the black Greek fraternities and sororities got together to rail against the show, and the trailer has been yanked from the web.

    It’s interesting that Mona Scott Young’s most docile reality show sizzle reel thus far is the one that has gotten the most immediate negative reaction.

    Is it that we (the college educated black folk) are okay with the tomfoolery on her other shows because it’s “those folks” who are like our relatives, not us, but once “we” are the subject of her cameras, we can’t take it? Many of us cackle and shake our heads at Stevie J and Peter Gunz storylines, but we watch, live tweet and tune in every week.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Freshman center loses basketball scholarship at Maryland after arrest
    by Carrie Healey | August 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Trayvon Reed, a promising freshman basketball player who was set to attend Maryland, will not be playing this season following a recent arrest.

    The 7-foot-1 center was arrested July 30 on charges of theft under $100, two counts of second-degree assault and resisting arrest, reports the Baltimore Sun.

    Reed was arrested after two plainclothes officers witnessed him steal an ice cream candy bar from a 7-Eleven close to the University of Maryland‘s campus.

    The university’s athletic department withdrew his scholarship and barred the incoming freshman from registering for fall classes.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Why Ghana is fast becoming a hub for African-Americans
    by Ezinne Ukoha | November 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    We are now living in a time when Africa evokes images of vibrancy and growth instead of poverty, war and struggle.

    In this context, Ghana is fast becoming a mecca for black Americans who are looking for lucrative opportunities in a new environment. According to recent reports, about 10,000 African-Americans visit Ghana yearly. Currently almost 3,000 American blacks reside in the capital, Accra, the major hub of Ghana.

    Signs of a growing trend

    While these numbers are not huge, they are still significant. Almost six years ago there were only 1,000 African-American expatriates living in Ghana, so clearly the numbers are rising steadily.

    What has attracted them? The fact is this burgeoning nation has consistently enjoyed a peaceful political climate without many threats of internal or external strife since it gained its independence from the British back in 1957. The temperate weather also makes it an attractive choice.

    But most importantly, there are elements that could resonate with anyone seeking a more laid back lifestyle. The pristine beaches, affordable living and a sense of spiritual calm that permeates the landscape makes Ghana an attractive alternative to the proverbial American “rat race.”

    Ghana is living up to that hype, in addition to being a land of economic opportunity and bountiful resources.

    Why relocate to Ghana?

    Most Americans are starting to grasp the notion that they may have better luck financially in another country. As the American economy continues to falter, some blacks are finding that places new and unfamiliar could challenge them in ways leading to upward mobility.

    Monies saved and invested elsewhere can yield bigger dividends. The educational attainment of many African-Americans can be put to immediate use in countries that have not been able to offer their populations similar luxuries until recently.

    Much has been written about American blacks moving to South Africa for these very reasons, but I would like to suggest Ghana be added to the short list of locales for those considering planting new roots in the Motherland.

    Technology, teaching and more opportunities

    There are a plethora of companies in Ghana eager to recruit foreign applicants. If you are lucky enough to be well versed in all things digital, securing employment with a well-established technology firm is a strong possibility. Organizations such as Blogging Ghana have created platforms for interactivity within the social media realm that are reaching a global audience. Employees of such firms will have the opportunity to be proponents for change in an emerging field.

    Or you can more easily start a family business. More than half of the African-Americans that reside in Accra are entrepreneurs. Local chiefs are often more than willing to grant prized land and other resources to budding entrepreneurs interested in real estate development, or other commercial ventures. This could also lead to a lucrative life in farming – or “agribusiness” – for those interested in a totally new, yet viable way of making a living.

    Teaching is another highly desirable profession. English is the official language of Ghana; thus, entering academia as a teacher of the language could be one means of entrance into a coveted class. Plus, there are many supports extended to foreign pupils and the qualified staff who instruct them. You and your family could benefit from this aspect of the economy as native speakers.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Oprah Winfrey stuns, showcases her curves on the ‘O’ cover
    by Lilly Workneh | August 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Each month, Oprah Winfrey poses for the cover of O, the Oprah Magazine — and each month, the media mogul stuns.

    But the September issue of the magazine dons a picture of Winfrey on the front page like we’ve never seen her before.

    Wearing a sleek, all-black Capezio catsuit, Winfrey shows off her curvaceous body as she stands tall with arms raised and head forward. The result? Striking.

    “I feel phenomenal on this cover,” Winfrey said, according to E! News — however, the OWN creator did admit that she initially had reservations about casting her curves on the cover.

    “I was a little apprehensive about doing this cover in a bodysuit because, as Maya Angelou says in her ‘Phenomenal Woman,’ ‘I’m not built to suit a fashion model size.’ But it’s like something I’ve never done,” the OWN creator said. “It’s really kind of exciting.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Political Animal Blog
    August 06, 2014 5:08 PM
    The Huck Straddle on Impeachment
    By Ed Kilgore

    So you’ve got Republicans who want to sue the president, and Republicans who want to impeach him.

    I suspect the triumphant “third way” was just articulated by Mike Huckabee on a popular conservative radio show in (where else?) Iowa (per Brian Tashman at RightWingWatch):

    Mike Huckabee appeared on Monday’s edition of Iowa-based Steve Deace’s radio talk show, where he said President Obama “absolutely” deserves to be impeached but cautioned that Republicans should not pursue impeachment at this time since the GOP doesn’t have the votes to convict him in the Senate.

    “There’s no doubt that he has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment,” Huckabee said.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Democrats throw kitchen sink at Republicans ahead of midterms

    By Mike Lillis – 08/06/14 06:00 AM EDT

    Democrats are throwing the kitchen sink at Republicans in a bid to keep the Senate and erode the GOP’s House majority in November’s elections.

    While the Democrats’ official campaign strategy focuses wholly on the economy, education and women’s rights, party leaders have charged into the August recess with a much broader message that paints Republicans as too tough on immigrants, too easy on corporate election donors and too focused on toppling President Obama in lieu of helping the middle class.

    The wider emphasis could pay dividends in November’s midterms, as the Democrats are highlighting issues that tend to poll strongly in their favor. But the strategy is not without its perils, as calling attention to a spectrum of topics also risks muddling their message ahead of the elections.

    “There is always a danger of throwing too many issues at the voters,” said Julian Zelizer, political historian at Princeton University. “If everything is a problem, it is hard for the voter to see how realistically the Democrats will resolve all of this — especially in an era of political gridlock.”

    Democratic campaign operatives are quick to defend the sweep of their message, arguing that each of the issues they’re highlighting — from the minimum wage to immigration to campaign finance to the perceived threat of impeaching Obama — reveals the Democrats to be the only party fighting to boost the middle class.

    “Democrats are intensely focused on drawing the contrast between Republicans who have the backs of special interests and the Tea Party, and Democrats who have the backs of middle class families,” said Josh Schwerin, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

  13. rikyrah says:

    Clyburn: Republicans will try to impeach Obama next year
    August 5, 2014 by Matt Long

    South Carolina’s only Democratic congressman Jim Clyburn insisted Tuesday that House Republicans will try to impeach President Obama next year if they keep control of the chamber in November’s election.

    Democrats have gone on the offensive on the topic ever since the GOP-led House of Representatives voted to file a lawsuit against the president last week. A few popular conservative commentators like Sarah Palin and radio talk show host Mark Levin have publicly called for the president’s impeachment over what they say is his refusal to enforce federal law. But even the most conservative members of Congress have distanced themselves from the idea up to this point.

    In a meeting with local reporters Tuesday, Clyburn claimed the House lawsuit is the first step in the process to make a case for eventual impeachment.

    “If Republicans maintain control of the House, Barack Obama will be impeached,” he said. “There were 225 votes for this lawsuit, well beyond the 218 (majority) that’s needed to impeach. That’s my expectation. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    The Associated Press ✔ @AP

    BREAKING: AP source: Bank of America agrees to pay between $16B and $17B in Justice Department deal:
    5:06 PM – 6 Aug 2014

  15. rikyrah says:

    Alabama’s ‘war on whites’ congressman digs deeper
    08/06/14 09:19 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama generated quite a bit of attention for himself this week, declaring that Democrats have launched a “war on whites” by telling white people they “hate everybody else.” The far-right congressman hasn’t offered any evidence of this, or explained why Dems would wage war against 77% of the population, but he seemed quite certain about his thesis.

    The ensuing controversy gave Brooks a platform to elaborate on his perspective and perhaps even walk it back a bit. But the Alabama Republican refuses to change course.
    In an interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax [on Tuesday], Alabama Republican congressman Mo Brooks said he “absolutely” stands by his recent complaint that Democrats are staging a “war on whites.”

    “Look at what the Democrats do on a daily basis,” Brooks said. “They appeal to specific racial groups, saying we will protect you, that racial group. And who are they talking about protecting them from? They’re talking about protecting them from Republicans. But at the same time, what do they say about those Republicans? That they’re whites.”
    Brooks then told USA Today that “if you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians – whites.”

    Indeed, in his Newsmax interview, note that the GOP lawmaker asked, “What is the one race that can be discriminated against? … All whites.” Brooks added that there’s “reverse discrimination” going on.

    Remind me, how’s that Republican rebranding campaign going?

  16. rikyrah says:

    A great photo diary celebrating the President’s Birthday

  17. rikyrah says:

    Annals in “Missing the Point”
    By Liberal Librarian

    Erika Andiola @ErikaAndiola
    Talked to “Cantaloupe Calves” @SteveKingIA & asked him 2 rip up my DACA card if he wants to get rid of it. Will Obama stand up 2 King too?
    8:51 PM – 4 Aug 2014

    This tweet has gnawed at me for a couple of days.

    Let me start by saying this. As a son of legal immigrants, I of course have lived a life far different than that lived by Ms. Andiola. I’m a citizen, I’ve gone to the best schools without fear, I’ve walked the streets without fear, I’ve been able to leave the US and return without fear. In other words, I’ve been able to live without a fear that I would suddenly be uprooted and expelled from the only home I’ve known. I know I have lived a very blessed life.

    I wish the same freedom from fear for Ms. Andiola. And in confronting Rep. Steve King, she certainly shows that she’s taking her fate into her own hands. I commend her for that.

    But. Ms. Andiola betrays a tic of certain sectors. That last part of her tweet—”Will Obama stand up 2 King too”—is not only gratuitous and discourteous, but lacking in all appreciation of the realities of what Pres. Obama is doing.

    To start at the most recent point in time, here is President Obama’s statement on the travesty passed by the House GOP last week, before it secured final passage:


    Too often on the Left people have an image of Barack Obama as Rush Limbaugh’s “Barack the Magic Negro”: he’ll come in waving his hands and make everything better! And when they’re brought back to reality that politics is hard, dirty work, and nothing is guaranteed, the yelling commences, in expectation that by harrangues the Overton Window will magically move leftwards. The fact is that his voters were unsatisfied with his progress up to 2010, or were lured by the siren song of the Tea Party, and by not turning out to vote—”We voted in 2008! That’s all we thought we had to do!”—were responsible for the dysfunction in our politics since then.

    President Obama never promised an easy path. That people took his words to mean that he would fix everything by fiat is on them, not him. “You are the change” has been his refrain, not “I am the change”. And Ms. Andiola, in many respects, is fighting for that change. But that tweet exemplifies the disrespect and dishonesty exhibited towards the president. It starts with a righteous condemnation of Steve King, bigot extraordinaire, but ends with a barely veiled “holding his feet to the fire” snark against Pres. Obama. The man, as I’ve just detailed, is the only one standing between Steve King and his greatest wish of deporting 11 million undocumented migrants.

    Too many people don’t get the point: You don’t defecate on your ally because “he’s not doing enough”; you mobilize action so that he can do more. Will you get out and donate to Democrats? Will you make sure every Democrat you know in a competitive district or state will get out and vote in November? If not, then you are merely taking the easy way of blaming someone else for your lack of effort. And that’s something we can’t afford this year.

    Ms. Andiola is correct in assessing that Rep. King is her enemy. I wish she could realize that Pres. Obama is her friend.

    • Ametia says:

      This is what these fools do, folks like Andiola. they go in with the intentions of speaking up for themselves and in the meantime, totally trash the only allies they have to gain recognition. It’s open season on PBO, so why not. It might get her even more recognition.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Poll: People Disagree With Latest Obamacare Challengers On Subsidies
    ByDylan Scott
    PublishedAugust 6, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

    A new poll has found that a substantial majority of respondents believe that Obamacare’s subsidies should be available to everyone, regardless of whether they purchase coverage on a state or federal insurance exchange.

    The Morning Consult poll, first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, found that 58 percent of registered voters said that all exchanges — federal and state — should offer the law’s financial assistance. That puts them at odds with the law’s latest legal challengers, who argue Obamacare prohibits subsidies on federal exchanges.

    Another 27 percent didn’t share opinion, and only 15 percent said they should not be available on every exchange.

    Average Americans, of course, are not legal scholars. And just 14 percent of those polled said they had been following the legal challenge to the Obamacare subsidies closely; 30 percent said they’d followed it some, 29 percent said not much and 28 percent said not at all.

  19. rikyrah says:

    DREAMer: Rand Paul Can’t ‘Run Away’ From Immigration If He’s Serious About 2016
    ByCatherine ThompsonPublishedAugust 6, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

    The immigration activist who recently confronted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at a fundraiser said Wednesday that she believes Paul can’t just “run away” from the issue of immigration if he wants to be a serious presidential contender.

    Erika Andiola, co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, approached Paul and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Monday night to talk about the U.S. House’s legislation to end the program. King spoke with her and another activist for several minutes, but Paul got up from the table at his aide’s behest right after shaking Andiola’s hand.

    “If he really wants to run, he’s gonna have to face this issue,” Andiola told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart. “It’s a tough issue, but reality is that if you have someone who is actually affected by it try to talk to you, you don’t run away. You actually sit there and actually try to talk.”

    She noted that King, whom she called “one of the most extreme anti-immigrant folks in Congress,” took the time to speak with them while Paul, who is mulling a 2016 presidential run, “didn’t even finish his burger and bailed out.”

    “I don’t know if Rand Paul actually learned a lesson from Mitt Romney, but Mitt Romney lost his election with the Latino vote because he didn’t support the DREAM Act and because he believed in self-deportation,” Andiola added. “So I hope he thinks about it twice before he shows up with Steve King and talks about things like immigration.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    Accuser: McDaniel Spokesman Paid Me To Lie About Vote-Buying

    ByDaniel Strauss
    PublishedAugust 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    The man who said he was paid $2,000 to falsely accuse Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of a vote-buying scheme to get African-Americans to vote for him in the runoff election of the Mississippi race for U.S. Senate is now saying state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R) spokesman, Noel Fritsch, was the one who paid him to do the interview, according to the Clarion-Ledger and WJTV.

    The man, Stevie Fielder, was the main source in a report by conservative blogger Charles Johnson that said Cochran’s campaign promised to pay African-Americans $15 a pop to vote for the incumbent senator in the runoff, which Cochran won by beating McDaniel.

    Last Wednesday Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) said his office was investigating whether Johnson himself paid Fielder to point the finger at Cochran. At the time Hood said he did not know who paid Fielder. On Monday evening Hood spokeswoman Jan Schaefer confirmed to the newspaper that Fielder said it was Fritsch who paid him.

  21. Ametia says:

    Repost- because 3 Chics will never get enough of Rand Paul running away from Hispanics! LOL

  22. rikyrah says:

    got it on video him RUNNING AWAY…

    but, you can’t believe your lying eyes.

    Someone from Latino community should just put some of these DREAMERS at every event Paul has planned.

    Get that video of him running away…..and away….and away…..


    Rand Paul: I Didn’t Avoid Immigration Activists’ ‘Kamikaze Interview’ (VIDEO

    ByCatherine Thompson
    PublishedAugust 6, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Tuesday that he didn’t dash away from his meal Monday night at an Iowa fundraiser in order to avoid having a conversation with immigration activists.

    A video posted to YouTube shows two immigration activists with the Dream Action Coalition, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, approaching Paul and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and shaking their hands. Paul is shown being led away from the table, leaving behind a half-eaten hamburger, as soon as Andiola hands her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) card to King and tells him he can rip it up.

    “About two minutes before that, the video doesn’t show that another reporter came up and said ‘will you do an interview,'” Paul explained on Fox News’ “On The Record.” “And I said, ‘I need to take a couple more bites and we’ll do an interview.’ And then I was told we had to leave and I had to do the interview. So actually, I stand about ten feet from those people, who were doing sort of a kamikaze interview, and I stood ten feet from them and did another interview.”

    The aide who whisked Paul away from the immigration activists, Sergio Gor, previously told the National Journal that Paul “had a media avail after the event and that’s where we had to be.”

    The Kentucky Republican said he doesn’t shy away from debate on immigration.

    • Liza says:

      Ha ha, another interview. Liar, Liar, pants on fire.

      Now, if he had said he suddenly got diarrhea and had to get to a toilet, I might have believed that.

      • Ametia says:

        This is what Rand “RUGHEAD” Paul and the Romney’s do, they go from interview to interview and LIE, all the while thinking the onus is really ON US to dig up the evidence of said lies.

  23. Ametia says:

    So the media is pitching the “Obama’s poll numbers are lower than dirt” MEME.

  24. rikyrah says:

    August 06, 2014 9:34 AM
    Roberts Survives

    By Ed Kilgore

    So in what was generally billed the last big 2014 Tea Party primary challenge to the Republican Establishment, at least in Senate contests, Pat Roberts dispatched Milton Wolf by a 48-41 margin, comfortable enough though nothing like Roberts’ lead in most polls. It’s reasonably clear in retrospect that a stronger candidate than Wolf (whose chance of winning was probably destroyed when it came out that the radiologist had posted on Facebook videos of his own self making mocking commentaries on X-ray images of people with terrible injuries) could have taken out Roberts.

    It’s also worth remembering that Roberts (who has a lifetime rating of 86% from both the American Conservative Union and Americans for Prosperity) scrambled to cover his right flank when it became obvious he was in potential peril. He voted against an appropriations bill that included a long-cherished project at his alma mater, Kansas State University, and opposed a UN treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities over the objections of Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum. A conservative Republican Senator became more conservative and survived. That’s pretty much the story of the 2014 GOP Senate primary cycle, really.

  25. rikyrah says:

    August 04, 2014 3:02 PM
    The Color-Blind White Man’s Party

    By Ed Kilgore

    You have to hand it to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). One of the drivers of the House GOP’s lurch into nativism on immigration, Brooks very nicely crystalized the recent conservative attitude towards race in an interview with another ultra, Laura Ingraham (per a report from HuffPost’s Sam Levine):

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn’t think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party’s standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters.

    “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true….”

    Ingraham didn’t seem to be on board with Brooks’ “war on whites” remark, telling him it was “a little out there.”

    I dunno: it strikes me as entirely consistent with the twisted logic we hear all the time about the only racists being race-card-playing liberals that demonize conservative white folks who are “color-blind” in their hostility to anything black and brown folks deem highly objectionable. I mean, can’t we all just get along in the paradise that is a conservative-governed nation, where’s there’s no “racist” affirmative action or voting rights or government safety net for “looters” and “the Welfare?” Under this assault, Republicans are naturally honor-bound to defend those white folks explicitly. If that makes them the White Man’s Party, so be it.

  26. rikyrah says:

    August 05, 2014
    Hillary could use a push


    I’m less disturbed by the ancient “new formula” of standing for winning only than I am by Democrats’ seeming contentment with it. I suspect the party is blowing an enormous opportunity.

    In 2016, congressional Republicans will have obstructed all intelligent progress under President Obama for six years. Throughout the quite discontented electorate there will be a hunger for movement, for action, for some sort of discernible plan. If Hillary has one, she seems intent on keeping it a secret, since–egads–taking a stand could possibly alienate a bloc or disrupt her coalition or send a few liberals scurrying or centrists packing. Such is her worry. But it’s baseless, I think. Hell a Democratic dark horse could beat whatever nominee the Republicans throw up in 2016; the Electoral College map is by now an indelibly blue one.

    In short, Hillary can’t lose, yet she’s needlessly protecting a soft win. That’s a mistake–one which Democrats are abetting by their cooperative silence. A (pre)Rose Garden campaign will suffer from an absence of voter enthusiasm and thus lack the kind of coattail effect President Clinton will need to actually accomplish some things in Congress (whatever those “somethings” might be).

    If the anti-GOP tsunami is to come in 2016, then Hillary had best learn how to take a stand and intrepidly express an opinion, notwithstanding the potential fallout. What she loses in bland unanimity she would gain in broader voter enthusiasm. Controversy is inspiriting.

    Will she? Will she learn, or will Democrats demand that she learn how to run with some daring? I’m not betting on it. The likely result? What a waste.

  27. rikyrah says:

    The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton, Ctd

    Aug 5 2014 @ 11:21am

    Anne Applebaum actually managed to read the book. Money quote:

    Hard Choices also cannot be called a work of political philosophy or political science. There is no overall argument in the book, no marshaling of evidence to make a particular case or to set forward a particular strategy or thesis. This is not an argument for “realism” or “idealism.” It is not an analysis of America’s priorities … [I]t is an argument about process, not about policy; about the means, not the ends. Most of the time Clinton prudently stays away from thorny debates about just what those core national interests should be.

    Clinton’s developing a new formula for politics: stand for nothing but winning power. And the Democrats seem perfectly happy with it.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Chicago’s violence: ‘So heavy on your head’
    After being 2013’s murder capital of the U.S., Chicago’s violence continues to plague families and communities.’s Trymaine Lee discusses.

  29. rikyrah says:

    August 05, 2014
    One final mention of Hillary for the day Reid Cherlin’s Rolling Stone piece on the White House’s “sour” press relations stopped me cold when I arrived at this passage, although what stopped me had nothing to do with Cherlin’s thoughts on this WH or the press:

    I worked in Obama’s press operation for four years, two on the first presidential campaign and two as a spokesman at the White House…. I’m biased in that I think Obama is right about most things. I also believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent president. Which is strange to say, because if you are a consumer of any kind of political news these days, the only impression you get is that the Obama presidency is on the verge of collapse, and that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t seem to care.

    I agree with Cherlin’s anticipatory assessment of Obama’s presidency. History will be kind, not only because of what Obama managed to accomplish in his first two years, but what he managed to tolerate in the next six. The man’s patience is as inexhaustible as his temperament is admirable. But what really stopped me was how instantly, even mechanically, this thought gripped me: Sandwiched between George W. Bush’s and Hillary R. Clinton’s, Obama’s administration will likely leap from history books as a lone island of competence. Bush’s negation of such is already well known, while Hillary, I admit, only augurs the same. But I have a bad, bad feeling about this. She doesn’t seem to know where she’s going or particularly why, and yet her neoconservatism seems pretty well baked in.

    • Kathleen says:

      The so called mainstream media make me ill. They are morally and spiritually bankrupt. They cause more harm than Fox because they treat the hatred and obstruction displayed by Rethuglicans as normal behavior that deserves “unbiased” comment. That’s why I refer to them as “mainslime media” – they have mainstreamed hatred, bigotry, thuggery and bulllying as “acceptable”.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Ann Romney enters McDonnell soap opera
    Ann Romney’s been dragged into the federal corruption case of fmr. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Dana Milbank and Matt Zapotosky join Lawrence.

  31. rikyrah says:

    He didn’t even finish his burger’
    08/05/14 04:58 PM—UPDATED 08/05/14 09:52 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) traveled to Iowa, a state he’ll be visiting quite a bit in the coming months, and sat down for a burger with far-right Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) at an event in Okoboji. It was all going fine, right up until a couple of young people wanted to say hello.
    Two of the country’s most outspoken DREAMers – young immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. as children – confronted Rep. Steve King at a fundraising event this week. And while the Iowa Republican is known for his extremely reactionary positions on immigration, the activists say he managed to surpass their expectations.

    “At one point, he was not only condescending, but insulting,” activist Cesar Vargas, who confronted King, told msnbc. “That really shows how extreme the congressman is even at this point.”
    If you haven’t seen the video, it’s worth your time. Pay particular attention to the first 22 seconds.

  32. rikyrah says:

    ACA works (in states that want it to work)
    08/06/14 08:47 AM—UPDATED 08/06/14 08:55 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The Affordable Care Act’s critics on the right haven’t had much luck lately, but they’ve held out hope that some good news was on the way: maybe health care premiums for 2015 would skyrocket, punishing consumer with a steep bill, which Americans would hear about before this year’s midterm elections.

    Why would that be good news? For consumers, it wouldn’t be. But for conservatives rooting for setbacks, anything that casts “Obamacare” in a negative light, even a little, is welcome.

    But in keeping with the larger pattern, Republicans will have to look elsewhere for bad news. Jonathan Cohn reported this week that the massive premium hikes the right was counting on aren’t happening at all, at least not yet. Cohn talked to one economist who said, “This is a collective judgment that these markets are working, contradicting the Cassandras once again.”

    It looks like we can add this to the very long – and still growing – list of Republican health care predictions that turned out to be wrong. After a while, when a group of folks are this wrong, this often, it’s tempting to think their credibility would be called into question.

    None of this, however, is causing ACA opponents on the right to rethink their knee-jerk opposition to the law. At the state level, their obstinacy only ends up punishing their own neighbors – Margot Sanger-Katz reports on the latest data on where the system is working best.

    A new survey from Gallup shows that states that have fully embraced the health reform law are doing much better at getting the uninsured covered than those that have rejected it. States with the biggest gains were all those that both expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all poor residents and participated to some degree in setting up marketplaces where middle-income people could shop for commercial health insurance.

    I’ve written before about the “two Americas” in health care, with richer Democratic-leaning states expanding coverage to more of their populations and poorer Republican-leaning states sitting out the expansion. The Gallup numbers demonstrate the big difference the Affordable Care Act could have for the country’s poorer states.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Military Charity Caught Funneling Donations Towards Tea Party PACs
    by Tina Nguyen | 5:23 pm, August 5th, 2014

    A prominent charity that’s enlisted Presidential help in raising money for troop care packages not only misrepresented their achievements, but also funneled “millions of dollars in revenue” to its founder’s political allies and Tea Party consulting firms, Pro Publica (via The Daily Beast) reported today.

    Move America Forward, a charity that sent care packages to troops deployed overseas, employed all sorts of tactics to raise money — from actual events like throwing telethons at the Ronald Reagan Library with conservative celebrities like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and both President Bushes, to completely fabricated claims, like boasting a partnership with Walter Reed Medical Center (which the Department of Defense claims has never existed), or using stock images of veterans and other charities’ photos in their testimonials. But the care packages they purported to send never made it to the troops: in one case, they bragged about sending packages to 800 Afghanistan-based Marines part of a battalion nicknamed Geronimo, failing to realize that the battalion was actually based in Japan.

    So how much money did MAF actually raise, and where is it going? Pro Publica estimates that the charity exaggerated how much it had raised, but its tax returns show that it funneled the money into conservative political action committes that lean towards the Tea Party — specifically, groups connected to MAF’s founder, Sal Russo:

  34. rikyrah says:

    NBC’s Jansing on Obama Meeting African Leaders: Helps That ‘He’s from Kenya’
    by Josh Feldman | 5:01 pm, August 5th, 2014

    NBC White House Correspondent Chris Jansing appeared on MSNBC’s The Reid Report today with a report on President Obama at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Unfortunately, there was just one tiny little problem with what she said: she accidentally said that the president’s from Kenya.


    In talking about the White House hopes for Africa becoming part of Obama’s legacy, Jansing said, “Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya,

    and that fact that when he was elected there were expectations from the

    African continent that he would do great things for them.”

    Ten minutes later, when Jansing was back on-air, she clarified that she had misspoken and meant to say Obama’s father was from Kenya.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Ryan Carr@HardRCarr

    Am I racist if I feel uncomfortable about a guy with a turban on my plane because this isn’t okay with me

    Ashishpal Singh @YungAshuSingh
    @HardRCarr ugh I know what you mean, I get really uncomfortable whenever I see a white man walk into a movie theater or elementary school
    4:00 PM – 5 Aug 2014

  36. rikyrah says:

    GOP fuels, downplays impeachment talk at the same time
    08/06/14 08:00 AM—UPDATED 08/06/14 08:10 AM
    By Steve Benen

    One of these days, congressional Republicans are going to have to make a decision: are they going to extinguish their party’s impeachment talk or will they fan the flames? Right now, GOP lawmakers are trying to do both simultaneously.

    For their part, some Republican leaders on Capitol Hill seem eager to make this story go away. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently dismissed the entire story as a “scam” that Democrats “started” as an election-year stunt. It’s an assessment shared by much of the Beltway media, which seems disgusted with Dems for turning this into a campaign issue.

    But the criticism keeps running into the same problem: Democrats aren’t the ones keeping this story alive.
    Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) said that while he thinks impeaching President Obama would be a bad move for House Republicans, a number of his colleagues would vote to oust the President.

    “If you were to ask persons and many folks in the House, has the president violated the law and will he be worthy of impeachment, I think a fair number of people would say yes,” Flores said during a telephone town hall last week, according to audio obtained by Buzzfeed.
    Flores went on to say he doesn’t see impeachment as worthwhile because the effort would ultimately fail, but the Texas congressman nevertheless told his constituents a “fair number” of his colleagues would support impeaching President Obama for reasons he did not identify – and suggested the cause has merit.

    This report surfaced the same afternoon as another Republican congressman, North Carolina’s Walter Jones, said he preferred impeachment over his party’s lawsuit idea. Also yesterday, a Republican congressional candidate in Tennessee told reporters, “I would be open to impeachment as an option to put a stop to the out-of-control executive orders and overreach this president has shown.”

    All of this comes just a few days after Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) raised the prospect of pursuing “that ‘I word’ that we don’t want to say,” and a week after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) refused multiple opportunities to say impeachment is off the table.

    Everyone in Washington asking, “Why won’t Democrats stop talking about impeachment?” appears to be asking the wrong question. Democrats are only talking about what Republicans are talking about.

  37. Ametia says:

    Why I helped Jim Brady fight for gun control
    By Beau Bridges August 5 at 9:31 PM

    Beau Bridges won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of James Brady in the 1991 television movie “Without Warning: The James Brady Story.”

    The man walked directly to me in the restaurant and placed the business end of his pistol between my eyes. This stranger quickly became the most important person I had ever met. Police responded. A gun battle ensued, and the man was ultimately apprehended. And I’m not the only one. Four out of seven members of my immediate family have had a loaded firearm pointed at them with bad intentions.

  38. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans Could Doom The GOP To 2014 Defeat As Fears Of a Government Shutdown Swirl
    By: Jason Easley
    Tuesday, August, 5th, 2014, 2:33 pm

    After last week’s border vote debacle, anxiety is growing among some Republicans that the House will doom the GOP’s 2014 election chances by shutting down the government next month.

    Roll Call touched on the growing anxiety among moderate House Republicans:

    Newly installed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise helped resurrect the GOP’s border legislation last week, but his strategy for shoring up the votes has left some members and aides wondering whether he will be able to keep an unruly flock in line.

    Worrying about making the rank and file happy, he assisted in salvaging a $694 million appropriations measure to bolster resources at the U.S.-Mexico border largely by giving in to the demands of the far-right contingent of the GOP conference — including Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota — rather than bringing down the proverbial hammer.

    There’s anxiety among more moderate parts of the party over how Scalise will help hold the conference together to avoid another government shutdown when the chamber reconvenes next month, and how his own desires to win re-election to the whip position in November could factor into how he does his job.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Farmers Who Grow Cocoa Beans Taste Chocolate For The First Time. Their Faces Say It All.
    The Huffington Post | By Cate Matthews

    Chocolate. Whatever your preferred form or flavor is, the love of it is something that feels universal, shared between us. We come together over dinner for it, celebrate birthdays and holidays with it. The industry that produces chocolate crisscrosses the entire world.

    But for the cocoa bean farmers from M’batto, Ivory Coast, seen in the video above, that connection didn’t come full circle until Selay Marius Kouassi, guest correspondent for Metropolis TV, visited and offered them a taste of their first chocolate bar.

    Ivory Coast, a small country on the west coast of Africa, is the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans, the primary ingredient in chocolate. As a result, many of the farmers in the video have been working with the crop — surrounded by it, really — for decades.

    But, unbelievably enough, they’ve never had a taste of the finished product.

    As explains, cocoa bean farmers are at the bottom of a global supply chain that stands “firmly against [them].” Because the traders, processors, exporters and manufacturers all sit above farmers on that chain and demand a profit margin, farmers have little bargaining power and receive the bare minimum for their product.

    N’Da Alphonse, the first farmer to take a bite, says that he doesn’t even know what the cocoa beans he’s working hard to harvest and dry are used for. For all his hard work producing the beans, he only makes seven euros a day. In M’batto, a bar of chocolate costs two euros.

    Kouassi offers him a bar to eat, and he immediately lights up. “I did not know that cocoa was so yummy,” he says. “Delicious.”

  40. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul goes after Hillary Clinton
    In Iowa on a three-day trip, Sen. Rand Paul (R) talks Benghazi, but carefully avoids immigration. Richard Wolffe and Josh Barro discuss with Lawrence.

  41. rikyrah says:

    War on Whites GOP Congressman Says Democrats Use Racism To Drive Up The Minority Vote

    By: Jason Easley
    Tuesday, August, 5th, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Rep. Mo “war on whites” Brooks (R-AL) is blaming Democrats for Republican racism by claiming that Democrats are using racism to divide the country and drive up minority voting turnout.

    Rep. Brooks (R-AL) doubled down on his war on whites comments in an interview with USA Today:

    “It is repugnant for Democrats time after time after time to resort to cries of racism to divide Americans and drive up voter turn out,” Brooks said. “That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there is no racial discrimination involved.”

    In fact, Brooks added, “if you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians — whites.”

    Brooks said he stands by his language accusing Democrats of a ‘war on whites’ because “I want Democrats held accountable . . . if Americans want a political party that regularly stokes unfounded racial fears, well then vote Democrat.”

    Brooks is spinning a new version of the tired excuse that President Obama only won election and reelection because he is black. Republicans, like Brooks, believe in their hearts that Democrats used racism to get President Obama elected. What the Republicans who subscribe to this belief never admit is that they have used racism to try to defeat the nation’s first African-American president at every turn.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Richmond councilwoman perseveres through hate speech

    Carolyn Jones

    Updated 5:25 pm, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Mark Wassberg took to the podium, wagged his finger at the Richmond City Council and said:

    “I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.”

    The comments during a July meeting of the council were directed at Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman. She sighed and listened impassively. After all, she’d heard it all before. For four years.

    Since she was elected in 2010, Beckles, 51, has endured taunts, rants and ridicule about her sexual orientation and race – she’s from Panama and identifies herself as a black Latina – during City Council meetings.

    Sometimes it comes from the public, and sometimes it comes from fellow council members.

    Sometimes police haul away hecklers or the council recesses until the shouting dies down. In July, Beckles proposed a crackdown on hate speech, which the city staff is looking into.

    Snapping back

    Mostly, Beckles ignores the jeers, but occasionally she snaps. After a meeting last month, Beckles told a heckler, Ken Davis, who was shouting homophobic slurs at her to “get the f- out of my face.”

    “I thought that was totally appropriate,” Councilman Tom Butt said last week. “They never leave her alone. She puts up with a hell of a lot more than I would.”

    Butt, a 19-year veteran of the council, described the rancor at City Hall as “the worst I’ve ever seen. … They love to taunt her because she’s openly lesbian. You’d think in 2014 in the Bay Area this wouldn’t happen, but it goes on meeting after meeting.”

    Beckles draws a level of vitriol that stands out even on the deeply divided Richmond council. Much of the wrath comes from Councilman Corky Boozé and a handful of community members, who attack her almost weekly.

    Boozé, who, like Beckles, was first elected in 2010, said Beckles instigates the trouble.

    “She’s got a short fuse,” he said last week. “Some people don’t care for her lifestyle. I don’t care for it myself, but she takes that in a homophobic way. I’m not homophobic – my ex-wife is a lesbian.”

    Boozé questions Beckles’ commitment to Richmond’s African American community, because she does not describe herself as African American even though she is of African descent. Beckles was born in Panama to Caribbean parents who had immigrated to work on the Panama Canal. She attended Florida A&M University, a historically black college in Tallahassee, and says she is deeply committed to civil rights issues.

    “She says she’s a black Latina. Well, you’re either African American or you’re not,” Boozé said. “If she’s really black, then why does she throw black people out of City Council chambers for speaking their mind? She just says she’s black around election time.”

  43. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  44. rikyrah says:

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks About Lack of Private Student Loan Relief Options

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