Tuesday Open Thread | Holiday Spirit

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (also known as God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen) is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in Aeolian mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.[1]

Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth century church, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. However, in the as-yet earliest known publication of the carol on a circa 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a “new Christmas carol,”[2] suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among “new carols for Christmas” in another 18th-century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780-1800.[3]

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38 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Holiday Spirit

  1. rikyrah says:

    oh really

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    Ferguson Activist: We Don’t Need A Visit From Obama Anymore
    “We need the backing of our black president to say that this is a racial issue and that he stands behind us. We don’t need him to come and put boots to the ground; he should have done it 100 days ago.”
    posted on Dec. 2, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
    Evan McMorris-Santoro
    BuzzFeed Staff

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/ferguson-to-obama-dont-come-here-now

  2. rikyrah says:

    I saw this at BJ and just went…

    2520’s…..

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    Rosie Gray ✔ @RosieGrayFollow

    well, here we are. horribly enough, this article exists. http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/01/thedc-investigates-is-wapos-wesley-lowery-black/

    8:17 PM – 1 Dec 2014

    TheDC Investigates: Is WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Black? Via @dailycaller

    A police report says noThe Daily Caller @DailyCaller

  3. rikyrah says:

    GOP readies Obama immigration response: No shutdown, but a nod to conservatives

    Late Tuesday, Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) called for Boehner to not invite Obama to deliver the State of the Union address next year. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) suggested that the budgets for White House operations, including for Air Force One, should be decreased. Other conservatives have mentioned censuring the president, impeaching him or suing the administration over its immigration actions.

    “I’d rather defund Air Force One,” Huelskamp said. “Congress took a 19 percent cut on its budgets — we should do the same for the White House.” On the State of the Union, he added: “In the spirit of George Washington, he could send it to us in writing. It’d save some time.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-readies-obama-immigration-response-no-shutdown-but-a-nod-to-conservatives/2014/12/02/46e7c2ee-7a5b-11e4-b821-503cc7efed9e_story.html

  4. rikyrah says:

    Zandar @ZandarVTS
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    No, electing Obama as President did not magically fix police brutality and a 400 plus year old system of racism in this country.

    Sorry.
    10:04 AM – 2 Dec 2014

    • Electing a blackman as president re-lite the fuse of racism. Sadly black folks thought a black president was going to be the black messiah. But he is the president of the Unites States and he is president of all the people. He feels the racism you can believe that. But he can’t be bais no matter how much we want him to be. To change the judicial system we need our young lawyers to fight and ammend with the laws created by the constitution.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Someone should send this to Ferguson. Marching is one thing; where is your plan?

    Have said it before:

    There is very little going on there that can’t be resolved at the ballot box.

    Every last mofo that has been a problem is a public employee and can be fired

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    The End of Activism and the Renaissance of Organizing

    Posted by Al Giordano – February 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    By Al Giordano

    Booman, thoughtful as usual, comments on my correction-critique of claims made by Open Left blogger Chris Bowers that Obama’s “silence” had somehow been “deafening” regarding the Stimulus tug-of-war in Washington. Still, I thought Booman’s title, Philosophical Differences in Activism, and its implicit presumption that we’re all part of something called “activism” (or even all on the same side in politics) could use some punk-rock negation from me.

    That’s probably my fault, for not saying something explicitly which I will shout from the mountaintop right here, right now:

    I am not an activist.

    I don’t believe in activism.

    I think activism, as it is generally practiced in the United States, is more often than not a cop out and an excuse by some to avoid doing the heavy lifting of organizing.

    What is the difference, you might ask, between activism and organizing?

    To me, it’s this:

    Activism is the practice of preaching to the choir, rallying the already converted, and trying to convince other “activists” to do your work for you (say, call your Congressman, or write your Senator for or against a piece of legislation). Activists like to make declaratory “statements,” hold “meetings,” invite other activists (usually fairly hegemonic of the same socio-economic demographics as them), engage in group “process,” make “decisions,” veto (or attempt to do so) others from taking initiative outside of the groupthink that too often happens in activist projects, declare “party lines,” enforce them, and claim that one is part of a “movement” even when there is no evidence that one really is.

    Activism seeks media attention through protests and other means, errantly thinking it will draw others to its cause by doing so. This dominant tendency in “activism” becomes a circular, self-reinforcing, self-marginalizing, chest-thumping, bureaucratic and anally-retentive activity and a big waste of time with little impact on the issues or policies it seeks to change or defend.

    Organizing is something completely different: It is based on attainable and quantifiable goals (be they small, as in, “put a stop sign in the neighborhood,” or be they large, as occurred last year: elect an underdog as president of the United States). Here’s a simple yardstick by which to measure: If it doesn’t involve knocking on doors, making phone calls or otherwise proactively communicating with people demographically different than you, it’s not organizing. If it doesn’t involve face-to-face building of relationships, teams, chains of command, and, day-by-day, clear goals to measure its progress and effectiveness, it’s not organizing. If it happens only on the Internet, that’s not organizing either.

    http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/end-activism-and-renaissance-organizing

  6. rikyrah says:

    Mediaite @Mediaite

    Ferguson PD Chief: ‘Pursuing’ Investigation Into Whether Brown Stepdad Incited Riot http://bit.ly/11O2jeD (VIDEO)

  7. Ametia says:

    By Craig Whitlock and Missy Ryan
    December 2 at 1:30 PM

    President Obama will nominate Ashton B. Carter, a physicist with long experience in national security circles and at the Pentagon, as his new secretary of defense, according to a person familiar with the decision.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would succeed Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator who is being pushed aside by the White House after less than two years in the job. Hagel, a Republican, fell out of favor with Obama’s inner circle as the U.S. military became embroiled in a new war in the Middle East, a challenge that is expected to preoccupy the Obama administration for its remaining two years in office.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/ashton-carter-to-be-nominated-as-next-defense-secretary/2014/12/02/837af250-7a31-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboPN

  8. rikyrah says:

    Putin’s failures leave Russia reeling
    12/02/14 09:50 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It was poised to be the biggest arms deal ever between a NATO country and Russia. France had a deal worth more than 1 billion euros to deliver a warship to Russia, and given Europe’s economy and the number of jobs involved, French President Francois Hollande really wanted the deal to go forward.

    But it did not. President Obama urged Hollande to leave Vladimir Putin isolated and the French president agreed, announcing last week that the warship delivery was off “until further notice” in light of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

    Late yesterday, Putin suffered yet another failure.
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West.
    The New York Times characterized this as a “rare diplomatic defeat” for Putin, though I’m not sure why. Indeed, diplomatic defeats appear to be the only thing the Russian president has accomplished lately.

    As Kevin Drum noted, “Ukraine is more firmly allied to the West than ever. Finland is wondering if it might not be such a bad idea to join NATO after all. The Baltic states, along with just about every other Russian neighbor, are desperate to reinforce their borders – and their NATO commitments. Russia has been dumped from the G7 and Putin himself was brutally snubbed by practically every other world leader at the G20 meeting in Brisbane. Economic sanctions are wreaking havoc with the Russian economy. China took advantage of all this to drive a harder bargain in negotiations over the long-planned Siberian gas pipeline. Even Angela Merkel has finally turned on Putin.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/putins-failures-leave-russia-reeling

  9. rikyrah says:

    John Nichols @NicholsUprising
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    ABC Poll: 62% of liberals; 51% of moderates AND 29% of conservatives open to Fed civil rights charges in #Ferguson. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/racial-generational-political-divisions-mark-americans-attitudes-on-ferguson/blogEntry?id=27295525&ref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FBeddok5BeU
    7:40 AM – 2 Dec 2014

  10. rikyrah says:

    This is Sad News for Young & The Restless Star Kristoff St. John…
    By: Examiner.com

    Mental illness can affect anyone. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor. It doesn’t matter if you are talented artist, or your father is a famous actor. Fans watched as Robin Williams suffered in silence and decided to end his life just a few months ago. Mia and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters on “Young and the Restless”) announced on Twitter on Nov. 28 that their son, Jullian decided to end his suffering from mental illness.

    Julian has often described as a very talented artist. He has suffered from severe depression most of his life. At one time, he was homeless, sleeping in public restrooms or the occasional hotel room. He battled addiction, mental illness, and scrapes with the law.

    http://www.dallasblack.com/entertainment/y-r-kristoff-st-john-s-son-died-mia-st-john-says-he-was-set-free-from-pain

  11. rikyrah says:

    Bulletinman @Bulletinman1

    @WendellPierce Look at what happened 2 journalist trying 2 expose corruption in Missouri http://tinyurl.com/ol83kbf

  12. rikyrah says:

    Pnthrgrlgail @Mama4Obama1

    .@TheRoot @cornelwest went to Ferguson for a photo-op,hasn’t been back. He’s an opportunist!Stop holding him up as an arbiter of ANYTHING!

  13. rikyrah says:

    isn’t this just chitlins?

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    The French delicacy made of 25 layers of pig intestines
    By Carolyn Brown
    BBC Radio 4

    Guemene-sur-Scorff in north-west France may not be well known internationally, but a popular French delicacy was born in the town. The andouille de Guemene is a pork sausage made from pigs’ intestines and stomachs.

    A local andouillerie, Rivalan Quidu, advertises its presence on the outskirts of Guemene-sur-Scorff in Brittany, France, with a sculpture in the corner of its vast car park.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30229697

  14. rikyrah says:

    Long Read: “In Conversation: Chris Rock”
    Posted by Anne Laurie at 8:48 pm Dec 012014 Frank Rich, in NYMag, gets some amazing quotes from Mr. Rock on “What’s killing comedy. What’s saving America“:

    The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect. This time they had two conversations in a New York hotel lounge as Rock prepared for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star…

    You recently hosted Saturday Night Live, and in the monologue, where you were talking about the opening of One World Trade, my wife and I both felt just like you: No way are we going into that building. But you look online the next morning, and some people were offended and accused you of disparaging the 9/11 victims. The political correctness that was thought to be dead is now –

    Oh, it’s back stronger than ever. I don’t pay that much attention to it. I mean, you don’t want to piss off the people that are paying you, obviously, but otherwise I’ve just been really good at ignoring it. Honestly, it’s not that people were offended by what I said. They get offended by how much fun I appear to be having while saying it. You could literally take everything I said on Saturday night and say it on Meet the Press, and it would be a general debate, and it would go away. But half of it’s because they think they can hurt comedians.

    That they can hurt your career?

    Yeah. They think you’re more accessible than Tom Brokaw saying the exact same thing…

    ***********
    What do you think of how [President Obama]’s done? Here we are in the last two years of his presidency, and there’s a sense among his supporters of disappointment, that he’s disengaged.

    I’m trying to figure out the right analogy. Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there’s a little more peace. Not as much peace as we’d like, but I mean, that’s kind of the gig. I don’t recall anybody leaving on an up. It’s just that kind of job. I mean, the liberals that are against him feel let down because he’s not Bush. And the thing about George Bush is that the kid revolutionized the presidency. How? He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?

    He pandered to his target audience.

    He’s the first cable-television president, and the thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get…

    ***********
    We still have some white people taking the Sarah Palin line about blacks and immigrants alike. They want to “take back the country”— and we know from whom. I find it depressing. The increments of change seem to be so much tinier than we wanted to believe when the Civil Rights Act passed 50 years ago, or when Obama was elected in 2008.

    Yeah. The stuff you’re talking about is pockets though. There’s always going to be people that don’t know that the war’s over. I’m more optimistic than you, but maybe it’s because I live the way I do. I just have a great life, so it’s easier for me to say things are great. But not even me. My brothers drive trucks and stock shelves. They live in a much better world than my father did. My mother tells stories of growing up in Andrews, South Carolina, and the black people had to go to the vet to get their teeth pulled out. And you still had to go to the back door, because if the white people knew the vet had used his instruments on black people, they wouldn’t take their pets to the vet. This is not some person I read about. This is my mother…

    And there’s a bunch more good stuff, from the difficulty of doing stand-up in an age when every audience member is “wired up like Sammy the Bull”, to the way his daughters perceive the President’s daughters, to the difference between stand-up and directing, to how he’d report from Ferguson…

    I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people….Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before…

    … Which leads directly to the Ike & Tina Turner analogy that several commentors have quoted in previous threads. And when you go read the whole interview, you’ll admire the quote in context. But you’re cheating yourself if you don’t read the other stuff.

    …[T]he thing is, we treat racism in this country like it’s a style that America went through. Like flared legs and lava lamps. Oh, that crazy thing we did. We were hanging black people. We treat it like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. You’ve got to get it at a lab, and study it, and see its origins, and see what it’s immune to and what breaks it down

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/12/01/long-read-in-conversation-chris-rock/

  15. rikyrah says:

    @WendellPierce

    It is a deliberate effort by McCollough to present this as a done deal as if there was a trial and the outcome is fait accompli. IT IS NOT

  16. rikyrah says:

    He IS a racist…
    but, didn’t Karma already come a knockin’ with the revelation of his own DNA search that found him being like, 16% Black???

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    The father of DNA is selling his Nobel prize because everyone thinks he’s racist
    By Rachel Feltman December 1 at 11:56 AM

    James Watson, known to many as one of the “fathers of DNA” for his scientific discoveries, is putting his Nobel prize on the auction block this Thursday with a reserve price of $2.5 million. Why part with the prestigious award now, over 50 years after winning it? After all, no living recipient of the award has ever sold it before.

    In short, Watson said some racist things back in 2007, and the publication of those comments had an impact on his income. In what certainly has the appearance of the most passive aggressive gesture of all time, Watson is selling his award in the hopes it will bolster the income he receives from his academic appointments – and perhaps finance the purchase of some new artwork.

    But the 86-year-old Watson, who told the Financial Times that he’d become an “unperson” after his 2007 remarks (more on those in a second), isn’t getting much sympathy: Instead, the widely publicized sale is drawing attention to the very comments that got him ostracized from academia in the first place.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/12/01/nows-your-chance-to-buy-james-watsons-nobel-prize-because-racism/

  17. rikyrah says:

    Ben Carson connects violence to ‘women’s lib movement’
    12/02/14 08:35 AM—UPDATED 12/02/14 08:54 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-activist Ben Carson continues to move forward with his presidential ambitions, though he realizes he faces long odds. Carson recently told the Des Moines Register, “The way I have kind of looked at it is it’s the same thing with some of the so-called inoperable brain tumors. Everything’s impossible until to you do it. And then it’s possible.”

    How refreshing. So few candidates compare their campaigns to inoperable brain tumors.

    But as it turns out, Carson is quite adept at making unusual connections. Right Wing Watch reported yesterday on the right-wing activist’s latest appearance on America Family Radio, where Carson reflected on Michael Brown and the violence that claims the lives of too many young African Americans.

    “Certainly in a lot of our inner cities, in particular the black inner cities, where 73 percent of the young people are born out of wedlock, the majority of them have no father figure in their life. Usually the father figure is where you learn how to respond to authority. So now you become a teenager, you’re out there, you really have no idea how to respond to authority, you eventually run into the police or you run into somebody else in the neighborhood who also doesn’t know how to respond but is badder than you are, and you get killed or you end up in the penal system,” Carson said. […]

    When host Lauren Kitchen Stewards broke in to tie his remarks to young people’s “sense of entitlement,” Carson traced it all back to the women’s liberation movement.

    “I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.’ ‘What’s in it for me?’ I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement. You know, ‘I’ve been taking care of my family, I’ve been doing that, what about me?’ You know, it really should be about us,” he said.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ben-carson-connects-violence-womens-lib-movement

  18. rikyrah says:

    Fox’s renewed interest in presidential pronouns
    12/01/14 03:58 PM—UPDATED 12/01/14 04:00 PM
    By Steve Benen
    As best as I can tell, the right’s interest in President Obama’s pronouns began in earnest in 2010. Indeed, in February 2010, Fox News began publishing occasional reports that carefully counted the number of times Obama used the word “I” or “me” in a given speech, in the hopes of proving … something.

    Over the holiday weekend, this started up again, with Fox Nation publishing this not-so-gripping report.
    Leaving aside passages in which he quoted a Chicago pub owner and a letter from a citizen from Georgia, President Barack Obama used the first person singular—including the pronouns “I” and “me” and the adjective “my” – 91 times in a speech he delivered in Chicago Tuesday to explain his unilateral action on immigration.

    But as often as Obama used “I,” “me” and “my” in Chicago this week, it was no match for the speech he delivered in Austin, Texas, on July 10, when he used the first person singular 199 times.
    There’s no real point to the criticisms, per se, and Fox never seems to draw any meaningful conclusions from these word-counts. They’re simply presented as controversial in their own right – as if it’s obvious that Americans should care how often a president uses “I” or “me” in a speech.

    The trouble is, we already know that this is absurd, because by some measures, Obama actually uses first-person pronouns less, not more, than his modern predecessors.

    Remember this BuzzFeed research from October?
    BuzzFeed News analyzed more than 2,000 presidential news conferences since 1929, looking for usage of first-person singular pronouns – “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine,” and “myself.” Just 2.5 percent of Obama’s total news-conference words fell into this category. Only Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt used them less often. […]

    While Obama has shied from the first-person singular, he’s leaned heavily on the first-person plural – “we,” “our,” “ourselves,” and “us.” In fact, he’s used it more than any president in the dataset.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/foxs-renewed-interest-presidential-pronouns

  19. rikyrah says:

    House GOP struggling as shutdown deadline looms
    12/02/14 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Current funding for the federal government runs out a week from Thursday, just nine days from now, and it’s apparently up to House Republicans to avoid another government shutdown.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    The basic dynamic is pretty simple: the parties already agree on spending levels, but GOP lawmakers claim to be outraged by President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. A variety of congressional Republicans want to leverage a spending bill to undo the White House policy – a move that would guarantee that the government’s lights would go out on Dec. 11.

    GOP leaders desperately hope to avoid this, and they believe they may have a way out.
    House Republicans are reviewing a plan by Representative Tom Price of Georgia, who is popular among more conservative members, that offers a hybrid solution: a combination of a broad-based spending bill that would keep the government funded through September 2015 and a stopgap spending measure to pay for operations of the Department of Homeland Security, the agency with primary responsibility for carrying out Mr. Obama’s immigration action.

    That plan, which is being called the “Cromnibus” for its combined elements of a continuing resolution for the short-term portion and omnibus for the broader-based spending, is likely to be considered when House Republicans gather Tuesday morning in a closed-door meeting.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-gop-struggling-shutdown-deadline-looms

  20. rikyrah says:

    Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce

    Every special prosecutor appointed was because of circumstances that needed further review.Because of bias or lack of cross examination

  21. rikyrah says:

    We Save Lives
    by BooMan
    Tue Dec 2nd, 2014 at 12:17:26 AM EST

    Do you want to read about why it matters whether or not people have access to affordable health care? The Los Angeles Times has a piece that looks at what happens when a state expands access to health care and what happens when access contracts.

    Among the Medicaid services [Arizona] cut four years ago was podiatry, an important benefit for diabetics, many of whom lose feeling in their feet and become more prone to infections as the disease wastes nerves and arteries.

    At the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Dr. David Armstrong still sees the impact.

    Nearly every day, Armstrong and Dr. Joseph L. Mills, who co-direct the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, don surgical scrubs and step into an operating room to amputate limbs or cut away diseased bones and flesh of patients with diabetes who put off seeing a doctor.

    One afternoon, Armstrong’s team labored to save the black, gangrenous left foot of a 30-year-old diabetic, sawing out infected bones, stitching healthy tissue and grafting skin in a bid to spare him life in a wheelchair.

    “If it was just a couple of months earlier, we probably could have stopped some of these problems,” Armstrong said later. “We’re constantly shaking our heads.”

    Armstrong and other researchers documented a 37% increase in hospital admissions for diabetic foot ulcers between 2006 and 2011, according to a study they published in the journal Diabetes Care.

    Patients also stayed longer in the hospital with more severe outcomes, they found. Amputations, surgical complications, life-threatening infections and deaths increased by nearly half.

    “These people’s feet were literally killing them,” Armstrong said.

    What’s frustrating, he said, is that the solution is straightforward. “It doesn’t need big, fancy machines…. It’s just good, quality primary care.”

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/12/2/01726/4940

  22. rikyrah says:

    Congressmen Blasting Obama For Special Immigration Exceptions Have Made Special Immigration Exceptions

    by Josh Israel Posted on December 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm Updated: December 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing with the less-than-impartial title, “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration.” But many of the same members of Congress who are decrying the president’s unilateral decision to halt the deportations of some undocumented immigrants are using their own unilateral power to effectively halt deportation of individuals of their own choosing.

    Sunday, Senator-Elect and current Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), sharply criticized last month’s executive action. “The president just lost an election, in no small measure because wages for working families are declining and unemployment is still too high in too many places, and the first big action he took after the election was to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get jobs, not for working families to get jobs,” he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. In earlier interviews, he threatened to defund such action and suggested the possibility of blocking judicial nominees to retaliate for what he termed “President Obama’s lawless actions.”

    But a little-noticed bill filed by Cotton in June would grant similar protections to a trio of non-citizens, “Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” His bill would have allowed Meriam Yahya Ibrahim (a Sudanese woman later granted asylum after being sentenced to death for apostasy after converting to Christianity) and her children eligibility “for issuance of an immigrant visa or for adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence upon filing an application for issuance of an immigrant visa.” While the House never acted on Cotton’s bill, it was not necessary.

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2014/12/01/3597715/executive-immigration-action-private-bill/

  23. rikyrah says:

    Messy messy messy

    ……………

    DeMarco Murray Being Named As “Other Man” By Ex-Teammate

    The league’s leading rusher is named as having been involved with the wife of one of his college teammates.

    The Dallas Cowboys have had their share of off-the-field distractions the past few years, with the Josh Brent story undoubtedly the biggest. This season has been relatively quiet in that area, while other teams have been dealing with much bigger issues, such as those surrounding Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

    Recently, a story has cropped up involving DeMarco Murray, who has garnered a great deal of positive attention as the leading rusher in the NFL. As covered originally by Deadspin, Brennan Clay, another running back from the University of Oklahoma, has made accusations against Murray. Clay, who was on the Sooner team with Murray in 2010, accused him, on Twitter, of having an affair with Clay’s wife. This was the Tweet that started it all:

    So Demarco Murray was having an affair with my wife ..I’m done ..@demarcomurray and @gina_edagos0126 ..1 has a baby momma and she has 2 kids
    — Brennan Clay (@BrennanClay24) November 30, 2014

    By the next day, reports were out in places like the New York Post that Clay was filing for divorce from his wife of four months, Gina D’Agostini, apparently because of his belief that she was involved with Murray. Clay has stated that Murray was his “idol” at Oklahoma, but made a rapid reevaluation after he made a disturbing discovery.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/demarco-murray-being-named-as-other-man-by-ex-teammate/ar-BBgdFrT?ocid=HPCDHP

  24. rikyrah says:

    My 12 Thoughts on the 2014 Soul Train Awards
    Luvvie — December 1, 2014 3 29

    Last night was the airing of the 2014 Soul Train Awards, which taped last month. How did we know? Because pictures got out and we all saw Devante from Jodeci rocking a meatball on his head. I don’t know how I’m supposed to have peace when he’s walking around like that. But y’all know I already roasted him at length. Read that, if you missed it.

    Moving on, here’s 12 thoughts I had during the Soul Train Awards.

    1. Wendy Williams was SNATCHED TO THE POWER OF ZEUS! Those boobs were sitting so high that I’m sure her chin grazed them. Her waist was cinched to within an inch of her life and she probably had to breathe all shallow for the entire taping. Whew. The price of drag beauty. Werk, Wendy.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/12/2014-soul-train-awards.html

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Co-sign with Ametia. SG2 never fails with her Holiday Spirit posts…just another reason to love December.

  26. Ametia says:

    Morning, Everyone! SG2, I’m so loving the “Holiday Spirit” post.
    I always look forward to December. :-)

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