Monday Open Thread | Out of Africa

Samburu dance - KenyaThe Samburu people reside in the Rift Valley province of Northern Kenya.
The striking traditional Samburu dress consists of red cloth that is wrapped around
the body , tied with a white sash and accessorised with colourful beaded necklaces,
earrings & bracelets. Traditionally Samburu men are responsible for the safety of the tribe and look after the cattle, which are fundamental to the tribe’s semi nomadic way of life. The traditional role for the Samburu women is to take care of the household by looking after the children, collecting water and gathering the roots and vegetables.

Dancing is part of the Samburu culture, musical instruments do not accompany the symphony of Samburu traditional singing and hand clapping. Two groups are formed, one of the Samburu men who gather in a circle and jump considerable heights from standing position; and the other group of Samburu women, although apart their movements are in perfect synchronization.

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36 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Out of Africa

  1. eliihass says:

    It pains me when I hear stuff like what’s happening in Colorado. Our Hispanic brethren ought to know that being mad that Udall hasn’t specifically reached out, and staying home and letting that evil, lying, slimy scumbag Cory Gardner win, only makes matters worse not better.

  2. IF Democrats stay home and sabotage Potus like they did to him in 2010 to let the tea party obstruct him…The party can KMA after this.

    • eliihass says:

      The problem is that not everyone is as engaged as you imagine. Some are so caught up in the personal stresses of day to day life, that they’re not even aware that elections are happening. And those who know, can’t even begin to tell you who the candidates are, what they stand for, or what the ballot issues are all about. The right wingers and special interests buying up the media – radio , tv and print, has only made matters worse. Radio stations that once had boisterous discussions about the issues at election time, are gone, tv hosts play to their benefactors as do the few remaining newspapers. You saw Chuck Todd running around making sure to further dampen enthusiasm. Sad to say that the serious business of our democracy is nothing more than a game to the silly, greedy juveniles like Todd. We no longer have journalists or news, and our country and democracy is poorer for it.

  3. rikyrah says:

    I vote because my father would have been 42 years old, if he had stayed in the state of his birth before he would have had the chance to vote. I vote because my grandmother, who had her Masters Degree before she married in 1905, couldn’t pass the ‘ Literacy Test’ in the Police State known as Jim Crow Mississippi, in order to register to vote. I vote because I know my history. I vote because there is always a choice, no matter how slight. I vote because perfect candidates don’t just happen….and waiting for unicorns and ponies is a waste of my time. I vote because I know the influence of government over my life, no matter the level. I vote because it is my responsibility as a citizen.

  4. Don’t let Robert McCulloch win tomorrow. Write in a candidate. Don’t let him have it.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Science Committee chair shrugs off terrifying new climate data
    11/03/14 11:19 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    Over the weekend, the United Nations published a synthesis report of its “most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever.” As Jane C. Timm noted, “The 40-page report sums up 800 scientists’ thousands of pages of research from over 13 months, using an enormous amount of science to argue that carbon emissions must be dramatically reduced.”

    The findings can fairly be described as terrifying. The New York Times’ report noted, “Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.”

    The U.N. report pointed to the “increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

    And though the document was specifically intended to help provide guidance to policymakers, Republican officials just don’t care.
    The chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee said on Sunday that a United Nations report that said the earth is heading toward “severe, pervasive, and irreversible” climate change impacts is “nothing new.”

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement that he appreciates efforts “to better understand the complex science of our ever-changing planet,” but adds that the new report “says nothing new.”

    “Similar to previous reports, the latest findings appear more political than scientific,” he said. “People are tired of the re-packaged rhetoric. It’s time to stop fear mongering and focus on an honest dialogue about real options.”
    Smith may not fully appreciate what the word “scientific” means.

    • eliihass says:

      It’ll only get worse if we let the republicans take the senate. James Inhofe a climate denier gets to take over as chair of the Senate climate committee. John McCain, the Armed Forces committee. If this isn’t enough to make some of the emo-progs get off their rant horses and rally people to vote, I don’t know what else would.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Georgia’s Perdue: ‘Sure, we closed down plants all the time’
    By Steve Benen 11/03/14 12:52PM
    When Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) announced his retirement, Republicans were pretty optimistic about keeping the seat. After all, Georgia is a state in the Deep South, led entirely by GOP officials. When David Perdue emerged from a crowded Republican primary field, he was assumed to be the frontrunner.

    But Perdue’s race against Michelle Nunn (D) has proven to be far more competitive than expected, thanks to Georgia’s woeful jobs landscape — the state ranks 50th out of 50 in unemployment — and Perdue’s controversial private -sector background.

    As recently as this morning, the Republican still finds it difficult to explain his record in business. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today:
    The biggest thing holding Perdue back from securing a Senate seat in the past couple months has been outsourcing. He faced another press question on the topic this morning, particularly as to why he gave a flat “no” when asked if he outsourced jobs when his companies did close plants as he increased jobs overseas. Said Perdue:

    “Sure, we closed down plants all the time. I mean, but it was never in direct relationship to things going on offshore.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Republicans keep blasting Dems for being too conservative
    11/03/14 09:12 AM—UPDATED 11/03/14 09:26 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Rep. Ron Barber’s (D) re-election campaign in Arizona’s 2nd district is one of the most competitive – and expensive – House races in the country. The congressman narrowly prevailed against Martha McSally (R) in 2012, and this year’s rematch is neck and neck.

    Dylan Matthews reported late last week that the Arizona Republican Party is so eager to help tip the scales that it sent out direct mail last week, condemning Barber for voting with … House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    “What makes Ron Barber so scary?” the flier asks voters. “His vote for the terrifying Paul Ryan budget.” The Arizona Republican Party’s piece, which leans heavily on a Halloween theme, goes on to call Paul Ryan’s plan a “bone-chilling” budget that “cut vital assistance programs.”

    Before we consider the politics, let’s not brush past the relevant facts.
    It’s important to clarify that the mailer is not attacking Barber for supporting the House Republican budget, which Ryan designed and which is often referred to as the “Ryan budget.” Barber voted against that budget in both 2013 and 2014.

    What the mailer is attacking Barber for is supporting a small-bore budget compromise worked out by Ryan and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D-WA).
    This compromise budget was far less extreme than the original Ryan blueprint, which Barber rejected. It did include some harsh cuts, but it was Republicans who demanded those cuts – which didn’t go as far as the right had hoped. Barber voted for the compromise, which avoided another government shutdown, but so did most House GOP lawmakers.

    What we’re left with is the Arizona Republican Party attacking a Democrat for being too conservative.

    It’s not just Barber and it’s not just Arizona – this keeps happening.

    As we discussed last week, a wide variety of centrist Democrats are under attack – from Karl Rove’s operation, among others – for not loving Social Security and Medicare enough.

  8. November 4th 2014 is where the rubber meets the road. Take a neighbor, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or elderly in your community to the polls & VOTE!

  9. rikyrah says:

    Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren’t Optional


    A new data set suggests that more than three million people would have gained health insurance across 24 states if the Supreme Court had ruled differently.

    Where the uninsured are

  10. rikyrah says:

    November 02, 2014 6:00 PM
    Days of Infamy, Days of Hope: Part V

    By D.R. Tucker

    On October 27, 2010, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann warned America of the chaos and mayhem that would be inflicted upon this country if Tea Party radicals seized control of Congress:

    Every word Olbermann said in this commentary has been proven true. We have had four years now of deliberate incompetence, extremist rhetoric, raw hatred of President Obama, and shameless obedience to the one percent by those who own the House of Representatives and a significant portion of the Senate…and yet today, there is a distinct prospect that the Senate will fall into radical hands this Tuesday.

    But not if you have anything to say about it. Not if you vote. Not if you make your voice heard.

    If you don’t want the Senate to completely ignore the gathering storms of human-caused climate change, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

    If you don’t want both houses of Congress to be influenced by those who want to impeach President Obama, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

    If you don’t want President Obama to be forced into nominating a wingnut to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy within the next two years, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

    If you don’t want the United States political system to turn into even more of a circus, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

    Remember Olbermann’s words about these radicals:

    You are willing to let these people run this country? This is the America you want? This is the America you are willing to permit? These are the kinds of cranks, menaces, mercenaries and authoritarians you will turn this country over to?

    If you sit there next Tuesday and let this happen, whose fault will that be? Not really theirs. They are taught that freedom is to be seized and rationed. They can sleep at night having advanced themselves and their puppeteers and to hell with everybody else.

    They see the greatness of America not in its people but in its corporations. They see the success of America not in hard work but in business swindles. They see the worthiness of America not in its quality of life but in its quality of investing. They see the future of America not in progress, but in revolution to establish a theocracy for white males, with dissent caged and individuality suppressed.

    They see America not for what is, nor what it can be. They see delusions, specters, fantasies; they see communists under every bed and a gun in every hand. They see tax breaks for the rich and delayed retirement for everyone else. They fight the redistribution of wealth not because they oppose redistribution, but because their sole purpose is to protect wealth and keep it where they think it belongs – in the bank accounts of the wealthy.

    They want to make the world safe for Bernie Madoff. But you know better. If you sit there next Tuesday – if you sit there tomorrow, and the rest of this week – and you let this cataclysm unfold, you have enabled this.

    It is one thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from without. It is a worse thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from within.

    But it is the worst thing to sit back and let it happen, to not find the time and the means to convince just one other sane voter to put aside the disappointment of the last two years and look to the future and vote. Because the disappointment of the last two years will be the good old days in a Tea Party America.

    • eliihass says:

      I remember well this rant by Keith. I was a diehard fan, and despite his ego, I thought his was a valuable, mostly informed and important voice in a bastardized media that’s now completely lost its way.

  11. Good morning.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Liberal catnip: Rick Scott could easily lose and that could mean health insurance for 1,000,000 Floridians.
    7:55 AM – 3 Nov 2014

  13. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul wants less GOP rhetoric on voting restrictions
    11/03/14 08:30 AM
    By Steve Benen
    More so than any other national Republican figure, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to be seen as the GOP’s voting-rights champion. While his Republican brethren nationwide impose harsh and unnecessary voting restrictions, as part of a campaign unlikely anything seen in the United States since Jim Crow, the Kentucky Republican routinely tells audiences, “Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”

    On the surface, it all sounds quite refreshing. And with this in mind, Chuck Todd asked the senator about the issue on “Meet the Press” yesterday.
    Paul, a likely 2016 presidential contender, said that one step towards that goal is deemphasizing voter ID as a campaign issue, although he said he still supports requiring identification at the polls.

    “It doesn’t mean that I think it’s unreasonable, I just think it’s a dumb idea for Republicans to emphasize this and say ‘this is how we are going to win the elections,” he said.
    The senator made similar comments on “Face the Nation,” telling Bob Schieffer, “I’m not really opposed to [voter ID laws]. I am opposed to it as a campaign theme.

    I’ll give Paul credit for creativity. Voting-rights advocates believe forcing Americans to show documentation they never before had to produce, just to cast a ballot in their own democracy, is outrageous. Proponents of voter-suppression techniques see these policies as beneficial to Republicans, while pointing to largely imaginary “voter fraud.”

    The junior Republican senator from Kentucky, however, thinks he’s found Door #3: voter-ID laws are reasonable, he says, but his party shouldn’t “emphasize” the issue while talking about elections.

    The problem, of course, is that Paul’s approach is a substantive mess.

    The way the GOP senator sees it, disenfranchising voters – folks who tend to be lower income and from minority communities – is fine. Republicans just shouldn’t talk about it too much.

  14. rikyrah says:

    The voting gap likely to define the 2014 midterms
    11/03/14 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When election watchers keep an eye on the polls, they’re right to focus on the attitudes of likely voters, not registered voters. After all, those who want to know who’s favored to win need to study the attitudes of voters who actually plan to participate in the election.

    But on the eve of Election Day, it’s worth pausing to note the gap that may ultimately define the cycle, at least as far as Democrats are concerned: the gap between likely voters and registered voters will probably make the difference between victory and defeat.

    This jumped out at me in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
    Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked heading into Election Day, with 46 percent of likely voters preferring a Republican-controlled Congress, and 45 percent wanting a Democratic-controlled one, according to the final national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll before the election. […]

    Among the larger universe of all registered voters in this new NBC/WSJ poll, Democrats hold a four-point edge in congressional preference, 46 percent to 42 percent, which is unchanged from last month.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Obama Warrior @EthanObama
    Remember when Dems accused Republicans of skewing the polls in 2012?

    Well, we were right. Same thing now. Its simple. We Vote We Win.
    7:34 PM – 2 Nov 2014

  16. rikyrah says:

    I could have sworn as I walked through the train station this morning, that, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx on the cover of Essence…But, I can’t seem to find the pic online.

    Anyone else see it?

  17. rikyrah says:

    If voting didn’t make a difference, we wouldn’t have one party that doesn’t want you to vote.
    3:03 AM – 2 Nov 2014

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.:-)

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