September 21, 2014

Monday Open Thread: African-American Bankers

GOOD MONDAY MORNING P.O.U.!

This week’s series will focus on African-American Bankers.

 

JESSE BINGA

(1865-1950)

bingaBinga State Bank

Chicago, Ill

Jesse Binga’s rise from relative poverty to become the wealthiest African American entrepreneur and banker in Chicago in the late 19th century earned him a national reputation. Binga was born on April 10, 1865, in Detroit to William W. Binga, a barber and native of Ontario, Canada, and Adelphia Lewis Binga, the owner of extensive property in Rochester and Detroit.  He dropped out of high school and at first collected rents on his mother’s property in Detroit.  He later moved to Seattle and Tacoma, Washington and then Oakland, California, working as a barber in each city.  Binga also worked as a Pullman porter and during that time acquired property in Pocatello, Idaho which he profitably sold.

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Binga State Bank in 1925 (Photo Credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)

Binga finally settled in Chicago in 1893.  His first real estate ventures were relatively modest. He began by purchasing run down buildings, repairing, and renting them. By 1908 Binga had built up enough wealth that he was able to establish a private bank.  Binga also married Eudora Johnson who provided him with additional assets and considerable social prestige.  As the African American population of Chicago began to grow in the first two decades of the 20th Century Binga opened the Binga State Bank in 1921 with deposits of over $200,000.  Within three years the bank had deposits of over $1.3 million. Binga, now the owner of a number of South Side Chicago properties was also a leading philanthropist.

The Binga State Bank provided Chicago’s African American community with an option other than relying on the large white-owned banks, which often discriminated and with predatory lenders who often entrapped working class black residents who wanted to purchase homes or establish businesses.  The bank also employed a number of African Americans in rare, well-compensated white collar occupations and created a sense of pride and achievement in African American community business ventures.

In 1929 Jesse Binga opened the Arcade Building, a five story office building which was resplendent with a richly decorated interior. Built at the corner of 35th and South State Streets, just north of Chicago’s existing black business district, the Arcade signaled Binga’s impressive entrepreneurial achievements and solidified his place among Chicago’s African American elite.

A group of store-front apartments owned by Jesse Binga, known as "Binga Row", located on State Street between 47th and 48th streets. (Photo Credit: Chicago Defender Archives)

A group of store-front apartments owned by Jesse Binga, known as “Binga Row”, located on State Street between 47th and 48th streets. (Photo Credit: Chicago Defender Archives)

However, as a successful entrepreneur, Binga chose to move his family into a previously all-white neighborhood.  With this move, he and his family became a target of terrorists who opposed his residence outside the African American district.  His home was bombed five times in 1919 in an attempt to get him and his family to leave the neighborhood.

Binga faced other challenges with the beginning of the Great Depression.  In 1930 the Binga State Bank was closed. In 1933, Binga was convicted of embezzlement $22,000 from bank funds and was sentenced to ten years in prison.  Binga was released after three years thanks to petitions from his supporters in Chicago, including prominent attorney Clarence Darrow and religious leader, George Griffing.  After his release Binga spent the rest of his life working as a handyman and usher at Saint Anselm’s Catholic Church. 

Jesse Binga died in Chicago on June 13, 1950. 

(SOURCE: BlackPast.org)

 

For a more in-depth look at the life of Jesse Binga, check out “The Saga of Jesse Binga”.

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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Kiera Wilmot’s lawyer Larry D. Hardaway was on Joe Madison’s show this morning.

    He said she hasn’t been expelled; she had a 10 day suspension. The state has not formally filed felony charges, and he doesn’t think they will. She’s presently in an alternative school.

    Attorney said she received a 4 page doc from her bio teacher that said (and I’m paraphrasing) that the student have to come up with an experiment on their own to present to the class. Her classmates suggested this particular experiment. She was going to present this experiment to the class, but her friends said she should try it outside first.

    She did not run away when the principal and assistant principal came.

    It wasn’t an explosion; principal said it sounded like a firecracker.

    State attorney has NOT filed charges.

    They’re setting up a defense fund. Madison he will post the info on his Facebook page.

    If you have SiriusXM, Madison’s show repeats at 8pm EST.

    • gn

      Great update; I hope that they are fighting that suspension tooth and nail; how are you going to suspend a kid for trying to learn and displaying curiosity—just ludicrous. I also hope that Kiera’s atty knows that people are already raising money to help them: https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/help-keira-with-her-legal-bills-she-was-expelled-and-charged-with-felony-after-a-harmless-science-mistake

      Just gotta say how beautiful it is to see a grassroots really stepping up for this kid on blogs like this and other social media.

      • rikyrah

        thanks for this info too

      • jds09

        And this incident has an affirming unintended consequence, for those who think we are hyper-sensitive about the double-standard and the unequal application of the law…this is a classic example of what happens on a regular systematic basis. The only thing that’s new is the random social media spotlight.

    • http://twitter.com/Tafr4 Tafr

      I think they were ready to ruin this child up until folks starting calling them out.

      • rikyrah

        ya think?

        • http://twitter.com/Tafr4 Tafr

          LOL I know I am stating the obvious. The school admin and the prosecutor are probably unhappy about the national attention this mess has gotten. They thought they were gonna get away with this injustice which tells me they have probably pulled this type of crap before. Thank god people are paying attention.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – -**BIG HUG*** :>)
      Woo! Hoo! — -I KNEW that an ATTORNEY would seek out the CORRECT PROCEDURES! — -:>)

      Annnd —the Administration MUST give a 10-day NOTIFICATION of an EXPULSION HEARING. — ACCURATE TIMELINES MUST B adhered 2 orrr her DUE PROCESS RIGHTS will B —WRONGED. :>) —

      THANK U 4 this UPDATE. :>) – – -Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • rikyrah

      thanks for this

    • qosine

      This is great news! The bio handout makes sense. Students come up with ideas, testing them out, before they choose the one they’ll present in class. Plus, she moved her experiment, from what she apparently believed, away from people and
      buildings. By that section 7.05, her intent was to present
      this experiment, or most likely another one considering the
      results, to her bio class.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    And this is why you can’t trust the Clintonistas…

    Carville Calls Cruz ‘The Most Talented And Fearless Republican Politician’ In 30 Years
    Igor Bobic 7:54 AM EDT, Monday May 6, 2013

    Democratic strategist James Carville showered Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with high praise on Sunday, calling the conservative firebrand the “most talented and fearless Republican I’ve seen in the last 30 years.”

    “I further think that he’s going to run for president and he is going
    to create something,” Carville told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ “I’m not sitting here saying he’s going to win, and I think Senator DeMint is right. I’ve listened to excerpts of his speech in South Carolina. He touches every button, and this guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. And he is going to be something to watch.”

    MORE: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/carville-calls-cruz-most-talented-fearless-politician-in

    • gn

      Are these dudes serious? (stupid question to ask either Carville or Stephanopoulos, I know…)

      • jds09

        I think this is a case of Cruz being the candidate that they want. If Feinstein could punch Cruz in the face, Hillary would cut him and fry him.

        • TresL

          I wonder if ol’ snake face knows Cruz was born in Canada. He can’t be president.

          • TyrenM

            Wow. A Cruz in Texas frontin as Latino from Canada. Alrighty then.

        • qosine

          A Todd Akin kind of candidate?

          • jds09

            Cruz has so much stupid and inflammatory stuff on tape already…it boogles the mind.

    • Kennymack1971

      Carville needs the taste slapped out of his mouth for saying something that stupid.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

    • Daltex82

      Keep talking Hillary supporters, keeeep talking.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Seth Harris, the acting Secretary of Labor was just on Madison’s show. Madison asked him about the high Black unemployment rate and what PBO is doing to help bring down unemployment in the Black community. Secy Harris said the following:

    The government sector, which disproportionately employs Black people, has shrunk significantly.

    PBO has proposed in his budget:

    Promise Zones

    Summer jobs strategy to help teens

    Money for jobs training..etc.

    • TyrenM

      Good. Put it back to Congress while telling what the Administration will do.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    I hope she got a pre-nup.

    Paige Johnson, daughter of BET co-founders, weds Dudley Payne in the Bahamas
    Posted by The Reliable Source on May 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

    There’s one less heiress on the market: Paige Johnson got married Saturday.

    The gorgeous daughter of BET founders Bob and Sheila Johnson wed Dudley Payne III in a sunset ceremony at the Ocean Club in the Bahamas. The bride and groom picked the site because they’re fans of the James Bond movie “Casino Royale,” which was set at the famed luxury resort.

    More than 200 guests attended the lavish four-day celebration, which kicked off with a rehearsal dinner Thursday. A beach party on Friday got hit with some rain, but we’re told there was perfect weather for the ceremony and reception Saturday, where Grammy-winning R&B star Ne-Yo sang Elton John’s “Your Song” for the couple’s first dance. There was also entertainment by in-demand DJ Cassidy — who has spun discs at the White House as well as at Jay-Z’s house — and a Motown band. Guests trickled out after a farewell brunch Sunday.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/05/06/paige-johnson-daughter-of-bet-co-founders-weds-dudley-payne-in-the-bahamas/

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    I can’t y’all. I just can’t!

    The Time Marion Barry Live-Tweeted Scandal http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/film/2013/05/03/the-time-marion-barry-live-tweeted-scandal/

    • Miranda

      ROFLMAO!!!

    • MsKitty

      Just the headline itself has me LMAO.

    • qosine

      I nominate that as one of the top headlines of 2013! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** :>) — – CHA-CHING!!$$$ — — THIS is GON B –A LEARNIN’ EXPERIENCE — -IN DA GREEN(BACKS). :>)

    – – -☻WHAT a FASCINATING HISTORY: – —
    – – – — -☺Jesse Binga’s rise from relative poverty to become the wealthiest African American entrepreneur and banker in Chicago in the late 19th century.
    – – — – – ☺His home was bombed five times in 1919 in an attempt to get him and his family to leave the neighborhood. – -“IN DA STRUGGLE” – – -SADLY: – –
    – — – – — ☺ SAD ENDING: – -In 1933, Binga was convicted of embezzlement $22,000 from bank funds and was sentenced to ten years in prison. – –

    Sepia – – -Lookin’ FORWARD 2 THIS $eries. :>) – -THANK U♥. – — :> —

    – – -ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY POU FAM♥ — -

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    WOW.

    Behind the Scenes at Fox
    By BRIAN STELTER Published: May 5, 2013

    A few days before the presidential election last November, Roger Ailes,
    the chief executive of Fox News, ordered that Geraldo Rivera’s
    microphone be cut off after Mr. Rivera angrily defended the Obama
    administration against charges levied by others on Fox. So says a
    forthcoming book about the 2012 campaign by Jonathan Alter, a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributor to MSNBC, a Fox competitor.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/business/media/book-looks-behind-the-scenes-at-fox.html?ref=media&_r=2&

    • gn

      smdh. Doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -Lookin’ FORWARD – — -> –ON DA ROAD –:>) – –

    – –Obama’s Texas trip
    – —– -Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest discussed President Barack Obama’s trip to Austin, Texas, scheduled for Thursday:
    “Starting next week, President Obama is embarking on a series of ‘Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours.’ He will visit these places to learn what has helped them become successful and use these models of growth to encourage Congress to act.
    First, the President will travel to Manor New Tech High School near Austin, TX where students are learning the real-world skills they need to fill the jobs that are available right now.”

    Earnest also said: “The President’s trip will be similar to previous ‘White House to Main Street’ events that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act.”
    THERE IS MORE—-
    -TAKIN’ IT 2 DA PEOPLE! — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • jds09

      Battleground Texas must be doing pretty good. I hope the crowds PBO inspires strikes some fear into the republican machine. Meanwhile back in San Diego one of the hottest republican future stars (young, handsome, veteran, articulate, and moderate), Nathan Fletcher just became a democrat.

      • qosine

        Really? Good to hear this. I really, really hope this is a trend.

    • nellcote

      I do not like PBO going to Texas. ever.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia –SPEAKIN’ of $$$ – —He may B —HITTIN’ DA ROAD – -HAH! —

    – —Rush Limbaugh may leave Cumulus
    ——- -The Rush Limbaugh Program is considering ending its affiliation agreement with Cumulus Media at the end of this year, a move that would bring about one of the biggest shakeups in talk radio history, a source close to the show tells POLITICO.
    Should the move take place, 40 Cumulus-owned radio stations would
    lose the rights to the most popular talk radio program in the country. In addition, the show might be picked up by competing regional radio stations in Washington, New York, Chicago, Dallas and other major markets.

    -According to the source, Limbaugh
    is considering the move because Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey has blamed the company’s advertising losses on Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student. In Feb. 2012, Limbaugh referred to Fluke as “a slut” because she had called on congress to mandate insurance coverage of birth control. The subsequent controversy over those remarks resulted in a significant advertising boycott.
    – –
    – —A CASE of LOSIN – –MONEY – — -where HIS MOUTH WAS! LOL- –WATCHIN’ —

    • qosine

      Wonder if he’s going to join Glen Beck.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ qosine.♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – —***fist bump**- –2 RACIST – — SAME POD!-– – -ewww!- – — –WATCHIN’. . .

        Good 2 C U. Have a good day. :>)- –

        • qosine

          SNAP!

      • nellcote

        Glenn Beck is coming back to teevee via Cablevision in New York.

        • qosine

          Really?

  • rikyrah

    Happy Hour Roundup: New report confirms GOP obstructionism is unprecedented

    Posted by Jonathan Bernstein on May 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has released an important new report that details Barack Obama’s record on nominating judges during his first term. It’s no surprise: Republican obstruction against his selections was unprecedented. For example:

    President Obama is the only one of the five most recent Presidents for whom, during his first term, both the average and median waiting time from nomination to confirmation for circuit and district court nominees was greater than half a calendar year (i.e., more than 182 days).

    A quick look at the report’s summary confirms that Obama’s nominees have been treated more roughly than those of Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the other Bush.

    That’s only half the story. George H.W. Bush had to deal with an opposition party Senate for his entire first term, and Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had that during about half of their first terms. It’s at least plausibly legitimate for opposite party Senators, when they have the majority, to argue that they should have a larger role in filling judicial vacancies, and to act accordingly. At the very least, if they simply oppose some of those nominees, they will defeat them in “up or down” votes.

    But Obama, like Ronald Reagan, had a same-party Senate majority during his first term. He should have had among the best results over any recent president, all things being equal.

    What changed when Obama took office, however, was the extension of the filibuster to cover every single nominee. Republicans didn’t always vote against cloture (or even demand cloture votes), but they did demand 60 votes for every nominee. That’s brand new. It’s true that Democrats filibustered selected judicial nominations during the George W. Bush presidency, but only at the circuit court level, and not every single one.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/03/happy-hour-roundup-new-report-confirms-gop-obstructionism-is-unprecedented/

    • qosine

      Those reports from the Congressional Research Service are excellent. Thx for this.

      • nellcote

        Look for the goopers to defund it.

        • qosine

          Along with the census, unemployment statistics, Community Survey, among others.

          They want to redirect federal funding to manufacture and sell their own right wing package of polls, indices, surveys, and position reports.

          A while back, before the CRS and GOP House pulled the reports offline, you could see which representative or senator ordered what topic from the CRS. These right wing elected officials get the real info, then plot how to lie about the facts to sell their cruel agenda.

  • rikyrah

    Progressive Ed Markey gears up for a tough Senate race

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Markey is preparing to go after Gomez hard on women’s issues and on the need for more regulation of Wall Street (two themes that lifted Elizabeth Warren to victory last year). He will cast Gomez as an opponent of Obama’s agenda and will hammer his refusal to accept a “People’s Pledge” to keep outside money out of the race — which puts Gomez out of step with Scott Brown, who agreed to such a pledge.

    A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Markey leading by only four points, 44-40, with Gomez up among independents, 47-31.

    “There are going to be polls coming out every single day — you just can’t pay attention to them,” Markey told me when I asked if the poll suggested an uncomfortably close race. “I just won by 16 points three days ago in the primary. Not one poll had it right.”

    Markey – who has backing from national progressives because of his liberal positions on health care, energy, the environment, guns, and other issues — will aggressively attack Gomez for his work for an anonymously funded group of former SEALs and other military personnel behind a documentary that accused Obama of jeopardizing troop safety by leaking confidential information to take credit for Bin Laden’s killing — a potential liability in a blue state where Dems outnumber Republicans by three to one.

    “The vast majority of people in Massachusetts disagree with Gabriel Gomez on the work that the president did to kill Osama,” Markey said. “But I think it’s very telling that he is now aligning himself with the secret money that the Super PACs brought to the rest of the nation in 2012 but was kept out by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. By not signing the People’s Pledge, Gabriel Gomez is making himself the poster boy for politics as usual.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/03/progressive-ed-markey-gears-up-for-a-tough-senate-race/

  • rikyrah

    Florida GOP puts politics over people
    By Steve Benen
    Mon May 6, 2013 8:25 AM EDT

    It seemed like a breakthrough moment. In late February, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who had made hating “Obamacare” his raison d’etre, announced his support for the Medicaid expansion policy in the Affordable Care Act. The Republican governor said at the time, “I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care.”

    It was an open question whether Scott’s principal concerns were with the uninsured or the state hospitals he’s been friendly with in the past, it was nevertheless welcome news for health care advocates. Florida’s governor, an unlikely ally, had cleared the way for bringing health care access to 1.3 million Americans, expanding the reach of Obamacare to new heights.

    At least, we thought so at the time. What was unexpected was Rick Scott’s own legislative allies ignoring the governor’s wishes and punishing Florida on purpose.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18083976-florida-gop-puts-politics-over-people?lite

  • rikyrah

    Anyone want to be a senator?

    By Steve Benen
    Mon May 6, 2013 9:07 AM EDT

    In early January, Vice President Biden, fulfilling his duties as the president of the Senate, swore in the newly elected senator and posed for family photos. Because Biden is Biden, he appeared to be having a terrific time, which the VP didn’t want to end. Towards the end, during a lull, Biden jokingly asked the people on hand for the event, “Anybody else want to be sworn in as a senator today?”

    Looking back, part of me wonders how many folks might have seriously replied, “No.”

    Regular readers know I’ve been fascinated of late by the recent exodus of sitting senators from the chamber. All told, the World’s Most Deliberative Body is poised to lose at least 42 of its members since 2009 — and 25 of those 42 are voluntary retirements. What’s more, most of those 25 were members who could have won re-election with relative ease, but just didn’t want to be there anymore.

    But there’s another angle to this. Sitting senators are suddenly eager to do something else, which has created a slew of vacancies. Clearly, that creates exciting opportunities for ambitious politicians, right? Actually, not so much.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18084579-anyone-want-to-be-a-senator?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – –O SNAP!! – -CALLIN’ OUT! the EVIL/VIL RE-THUCKERS!! – – – –House Republicans Are Planning to Eliminate Food Assistance for 13 Million Americans – –

    — -It is safe to say that all human beings have at one time or another experienced a compelling desire for food, and in extreme cases, hunger produces a painful sensations or a state of weakness caused by the lack of food that most Americans assume is not a problem in the richest nation in the history of the world. It is also safe to say that any American who deliberately withheld food from other Americans when they had resources to feed them would epitomize profound immorality or in the Christian biblical sense, sheer evil. There is an epidemic of evil in America characterized by Republicans who are intent on withholding food from Americans knowing full well that nearly 25% of children living in poverty and one out of six American adults experience hunger on a daily basis, and as part of the conservative agenda are on an active crusade to increase those numbers to enrich the wealthy.
    THERE IS MORE — —THEY —EVIL/VILE!! –

    [Gotta "bounce" early. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U ---IN MY♥]

  • gn

    Mr. Cee is a legendary hip hop dj and producer; he’s married and was just caught in public (again) soliciting sex from a male sex worker. This is his business, but he has a wife, is in serious denial, and doesn’t seem to get it that her health is being placed at risk. People make excuses for these guys and it really irritates me:

    @bevysmith
    Ladies, instead of blaming Mr.Cee TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

    @bevysmith
    So let’s not act like Mr. Cee picking up trannies for oral pleasure is the reason WHY Black Women have high HIV rates, don’t mix the two!

    *********
    With all due respect to her (and much is deserved) HIV certainly isn’t a gay disease, but as I think a couple of people noted here, downlow men who are deeply in denial and are at a higher risk of spreading HIV to women, shouldn’t be getting a pass either. Kind of not buying the argument that when it comes to men: “please be understanding, society is so hard” but when it comes to women: “personal responsibility! the diseases you get, even in situations of deep deception, are your own fault!” Meh. Live private lives behind closed doors and simply disclose bisexuality to intimate partners; I’m kind of not buying what’s so hard about that but perhaps I’m being judgmental.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I understand what she’s saying. The problem isn’t “downlow” sexual activity. The problem is UNPROTECTED sexual activity, regardless of sexual orientation.

      And why the hell is Mr. Cee’s wife still with him?? This is SECOND TIME he got busted soliciting a prostitute! I think his wife staying with him is an example of what Bevy is saying.

      • gn

        Srsly, I don’t get why she’s still with him, but then I see the situation as abusive (now, as then, he’s vehemently denying what’s taking place) and I don’t know what it’s like to deeply love someone who is doing this but insists that he’s not and that others are out to get him. Just a sad situation all around but I hold him primarily at fault.

      • MonieTalks

        His wife suffers from the same school of thought that Hillary Clinton did….the cheating allegations , and in this case, arrests, are part of a vast conspiracy.

    • Town

      70% of black children are born out of wedlock, so there’s a lot of unprotected sex going on. I think we need to protect ourselves, whether our partner is on the DL or not.

      • gn

        Majority of all kids born to mothers under 30 are out of wedlock; yes we need to protect ourselves but at all times, no doubt, but DL men shouldn’t get a pass either.

  • rikyrah

    Obama Might Actually Be the Environmental President

    His climate-change policy has been an abject failure, says Al Gore and just about everyone else. They’re wrong. Here’s why.
    . By Jonathan Chait
    Published May 5, 2013

    State of the Union addresses are wearying rituals, in which stitched-together lists of never-gonna-happen goals are woven into idealistic catchphrases, analyzed as rhetoric by an unqualified panel of poetry-critic-for-a-night political reporters, quickly followed by a hapless opposition-party response, and then, in almost every case, forgotten. This year, plunked into the midst of the tedium was a gigantic revelation, almost surely the most momentous news of President Obama’s second term. “I will direct my Cabinet,” he announced, “to come up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

    Here was a genuine bombshell. It sounded a little vague, and the president did not explain precisely what he intended to do or how he would pull it off. But a handful of environmental wonks had a fairly strong grasp of the project he had committed himself to, and they understood that it was very, very real and very, very doable. If they were to have summarized the news, the headline would have been OBAMA TO SAVE PLANET.

    Few outside the green community grasped the meaning of the revelation, and it sank beneath the surface with barely a ripple as bored reporters quickly turned to other matters. Several elements of the Obama agenda—immigration reform, gun control, the budget wars—have since churned busily away in plain view, while his climate pledge has generated no visible action. (Which, as we’ll see, may be just how the administration wants it.)

    More than anything, though, Obama’s announcement was shrouded in the pervasive miasma of failure, the stench of too little, too late, that has surrounded his climate agenda. Obama’s election “was accompanied by intense hope that many things in need of change would change,” lamented Al Gore in a 2011 Rolling Stone essay. “Some things have, but others have not. Climate policy, unfortunately, is in the second category.” Matters appear only to have gotten worse since then, especially as climate activists chain themselves to the White House gate to protest the president’s likely approval of the Keystone pipeline. Obama himself has taken an apologetic tone, telling green-minded donors that the politics “are tough,” as people “struggling to get by” care more about providing for their immediate needs than forestalling long-term environmental degradation and climate change.

    http://nymag.com/news/features/obama-climate-change-2013-5/

    • gn

      From the piece:
      By the normal standards of progress, Obama has amassed an impressive record so far on climate change.

      Bingo.

    • qosine

      And that, my friends, is how PBO does everything. All these others just blah, blah, blah, while PBO gets it done. Every. Time.

  • rikyrah

    Mark Sanford Comes Unglued and Runs Around SC Asking Women if They Hate Him

    By: Jason Easley
    May. 5th, 2013

    It’s looking like Mark Sanford has some issues. In order to prove to the media that women don’t hate him, Sanford walked up to random women in Summerville, SC, and asked them if they hated him.

    NBC reported on the House candidate’s latest burst of bizarre behavior,

    On Saturday, after answering several questions about whether he thought a trespassing charge at his ex-wife’s home might compromise his standing with female voters, Sanford led reporters on a foray in downtown Summerville, S.C., stopping women to ask them their opinion of him, specifically referring to the question posed by a reporter for NBC News.

    Sanford then walked across the street to begin his meet-and-greet, flanked by two campaign staffers and three reporters, telling the reporter who asked the questions about his status with women that he rejected the “premise” that women wouldn’t vote for him because of his personal life.

    He then indicated he wanted to seek out women who “hated” him.

    “Let’s go to this woman – does she look biased?” he asked as he crossed the street, the NBC reporter walking next to him.

    As a car whizzed by, he told the reporter, “Watch out, I don’t want you to get run over. Actually I kind of do, but that’s a different story.”

    Wow, Mark Sanford is batsh*t crazy.

    http://www.politicususa.com/mark-sanford-unglued-runs-south-carolina-women-hate.html

    • Miranda

      He has no friends. If he did, they would have pulled him to the side by now.

  • rikyrah

    Teen Moms For Everyone: Fox News Touts The Upside of Teen Pregnancy

    By: Jason Easley
    May. 5th, 2013

    Fox News thinks that the “answer” to the abortion question is to celebrate teenage girls who get pregnant, and have their babies.

    Transcript via Fox News Sunday:

    WALLACE: President Obama and a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America disagreeing over what age girls should be able to buy the Plan B contraceptive. And we’re back now with our panel. Nina, the Obama administration, had as a policy making the Plan B morning-after pill available for,-you know, they say women, girls, women, 17 and over. They have now changed that to 15 and older. And a federal judge has ruled it should be made available to people of all ages. It’s kind of a tough spot for the administration.

    NINA EASTON, FORTUNE MAGAZINE: It’s a tough spot. I just think there’s a case to be made for conservatives or anybody who cares about the rate of abortions in this country, to deregulate birth control more, there’s a case we made all the way — I although understand a need for parents to be involved. One of the things that — of all of these news, and including the president’s speech to Planned Parenthood in his Gosnell case with murdering babies, is we’re looking at a culture that produces 1.2 million abortions a year. We’re losing sight of that fact. And I would say that in addition to deregulating birth control, another thing we need to do is celebrate young women who bring a baby to term and find an adoptive parent. There’s such a stigma today to being an adoptive birth mom, that you’re more willing to admit that you’ve had an abortion than that you’re delivering a healthy newborn to a loving family. What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with our culture that that’s where we are today? So, I would encourage viewers, there’s a new campaign out by the National Council for Adoption, it’s called ichooseadoption.org. And I would say, on the eve of Mother’s Day next week, that we should all check that out and start celebrating these young women who choose life for their babies.

    http://www.politicususa.com/family-values-fox-news-endorses-teen-pregnancy.html

    • MsKitty

      DISCLAIMER: This does not apply to young women who are Black or Hispanic, in which case we will continue to refer to you as immoral, uneducated drains to our society.

  • rikyrah

    How to break the budget process

    By Steve Benen
    Mon May 6, 2013 10:11 AM EDT

    For about three years, congressional Republicans had a talking point they were quite fond of: they wanted Congress to pass a budget through “regular order,” but Senate Democrats have made that impossible by failing to pass a budget. In an interesting twist, GOP lawmakers have abandoned their own talking points — and Democrats have picked them up.

    I realize talking about the federal budget seems a little dry and wonky, but stick with me; it gets interest.

    First, let’s back up and explain what “regular order” is. The budget process is supposed to follow a certain trajectory: the House approves its budget blueprint, then the Senate does the same, and a conference committee featuring members from both chambers get together to work out the differences. There are no secret deals, no shutdowns, and no stopgap measures — just good ol’ fashioned policymaking through a process that’s been in place for many decades.

    And it’s this “regular order” that Republicans insisted they liked. It was a perfectly defensible position so long as GOP leaders assumed Senate Democrats wouldn’t actually pass a budget, but then a funny thing happened: Senate Democrats actually passed a budget and said they too wanted regular order.

    At which point Republicans dropped their talking points and said they now want the exact opposite. Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has, on multiple occasions, tried to appoint Senate members to the budget conference committee — just as Republicans said they wanted — only to find the Senate GOP blocking his efforts. House GOP leaders won’t agree to appoint conference members at all.

    It’s quickly becoming farcical.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18085260-how-to-break-the-budget-process?lite

  • rikyrah

    Kansas, Justice Department on nullification collision course
    By Steve Benen

    Mon May 6, 2013 10:39 AM EDT

    few weeks ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed into law a measure called the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” which states that, “Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”

    At the time, a far-right activist and nullification enthusiast told a local paper, “The Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, in my opinion, is potentially the most important state level bill passed in modern American history.”

    Clearly, that was hyperbolic, but there is a burgeoning legal fight underway that’s worth following closely.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18085674-kansas-justice-department-on-nullification-collision-course?lite

  • rikyrah

    Things Go Horribly Wrong For Fox News When They Ask GOP Congressman for Benghazi Evidence

    Fox News tried to push their Benghazi conspiracy theory today, but things went horribly wrong when they asked Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz for evidence and he couldn’t provide any.

    ……………………..

    Notice that Chris Wallace provided Chaffetz with the perfect setup. He let him weave the conspiracy theory. Wallace never stopped him, or challenged him. But when it came time for Rep. Chaffetz to deliver the money shot, he threw up all over his own shirt.

    Ever since it was revealed that Boston bombings weren’t carried out by an overseas terrorist group, Fox News has gone back to relentlessly pushing Benghazi conspiracies. It has been subtle, but you can see it in Chaffetz’s remarks, the focus of the Benghazi conspiracy has shifted away from Obama and to the State Department.

    Their conspiracy theory focus has shifted because the runaway favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination just so happens to be the same woman who used to be Secretary of State. Fox News is only the propaganda arm. Chris Wallace did his job, but the Republican/Fox News plan to bring down Hillary Clinton with Benghazi fell flat on its face when Rep. Chaffetz has zero evidence to back up his charges.

    http://www.politicususa.com/horribly-wrong-fox-news-gop-congressman-benghazi-evidence.html

  • rikyrah

    There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights
    by Michael Tomasky May 5, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Nearly every idea in the Bill of Rights comes with restrictions and limitations. To think that the Second Amendment should be any different is absurd, writes Michael Tomasky.

    Every time I write a column on guns, the howl arises that I am talking about a right that is enshrined in the Constitution, buddy, and I better watch myself. The howl then transmutes into an extended harangue that this right is absolute, and no libtard fascist, whether me or the Satanesque Dianne Feinstein, is going to limit the right in any way. The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent. The only problem is that it’s an ahistorical, afactual, and barbaric argument. No right is absolute. In fact, the Second Amendment arguably has fewer restrictions on it these days than many of the other first ten, and there is and should be no guarantee that things are going to stay that way. In fact, if we’re ever going to be serious about trying to stop this mass butchery that we endure every few months, they cannot.

    Let’s begin by going down the list and reviewing various limits placed on nearly all the amendments of the Bill of Rights (I thank Doug Kendall of the Constitutional Accountability Center for helping me out here). The First Amendment, of course, guarantees the right to free speech and assembly, and to worship as one pleases. There haven’t been that many restrictions placed on the freedom to worship in the United States, although there is a steady stream of cases involving some local government or school board preventing someone from wearing religious clothing or facial hair or what have you. Sometimes a Christian school or church is denied a zoning permit; but more often it’s the freedom to worship of a minority (Muslim, Sikh, etc) that is threatened.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/05/there-are-no-absolute-rights.html

  • rikyrah

    An Argument for Repealing or Clarifying the Second Amendment

    Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:06 am by Bob Cesca

    My Monday column begins the week with some fireworks:

    Before I begin, I hasten to underline that the chances of this happening are pretty much zero: there’s simply no way the Second Amendment will be repealed or clarified. But it should be, and I’m open to either possibility. But I think it makes sense, in the broader gun debate, to debate the validity and applicability of the Second Amendment in our modern context. What’s its purpose? Why is it still necessary? Why acquiesce the points of its loudest supporters?

    The only legitimate reason it exists in 2013 is to provide a disproportionately sacrosanct, nearly biblical cover for the corporate, for-profit gun manufacturing industry. There’s simply no other use for it, especially within a document filled with timeless and fully legitimate human rights.

    Put another way: the Second Amendment is no longer a necessary means of self-preservation, as perhaps it might’ve been in a rural, agrarian, semi-hostile, slave-holding, post-colonial America. Absent the hazards of the late 18th Century, it’s strictly become a means of protecting the availability of a retail product. Hardware. A hobby. Guns are a product which we don’t really need, and which is statistically bad for you, that is unless you’re a beneficiary of the corporate success of the businesses marketing and selling these products.

    Therefore, I have no hesitation declaring the original intention of the Second Amendment to be dead

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/05/an-argument-for-repealing-or-clarifying-the-second-amendment.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — -THESE RACIST OBSTRUCTIONISTS- – -NEVA STOP!!

    – – — Sequestration Cuts Strapped Domestic Violence Services Amid Increased Need- –
    – ——– After Republicans stalled the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for months, it was finally signed back into law in March. Yet another act of Congress, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, could undo VAWA’s impact.
    Programs that serve the victims of domestic violence have already suffered decreased funding from tight state budgets and previous federal cuts, and now they are grappling with a big blow from sequestration, Tim Murphy of Mother Jones reports:
    -

    [T]he Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women sent an email to the hundreds of non-profits and government agencies around the country that rely on its annual grants. The message was grim: Due to cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, better known as sequestration, programs that fight domestic violence and sexual assault would see a $20 million drop in funding over the next year. […]- –
    – — –SNIP- —
    – –Congress rushed to fix sequestration-related flight delays and has passed some fixes to other programs, but domestic violence services are among the programs that have yet to be considered for a fix, along with Head Start, Meals on Wheels, and other important services.

    THERE IS MORE.- —-
    – —C’mon- –KARMA!!- —THEY R EVIL/VILE!!– -geesh!!

  • gn

    UGH:

    The president himself made things worse in a press conference held at least partly to fight the momentum gathering around the notion that he’s lost his mojo. Suddenly the debate focused on Obama’s petulant answer to ABC’s Jonathan Karl asking if he still had “juice.”

    Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home. (Laughter.) Golly. You know, the — I think it’s — it’s a little — (chuckles) — as Mark Twain said, you know, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.

    http://www.salon.com/2013/05/06/no_obama%E2%80%99s_not_a_lame_duck/

    Always a little character attack, no matter what the piece. How the f- was President Obama’s remark “petulant”???? It was a gracious and humorous answer to a f-ing stupid question. The author of the above is none other than Joan Walsh of course.

    • MsKitty

      Miss Ann can kiss my black ass. Twice.

      • jds09

        I hope twitterverse is tearing her a new one. Seriously, “petulant” like she’s his mother. She can kiss my black ass too.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          She views Black people as children that need to be scolded. Classic Miss Millie Syndrome.

    • qosine

      WTF. Nobody, I mean nof(*&(%body, thinks PBO’s “lost his mojo.” Walsh et al have been pushing this s(*&&^ since Jan. 20, 2013.

      • gn

        It was a stupid question which makes President Obama’s gracious answer even more striking. To describe PBO as petulant is ridiculous. The immature fauxgressive clique on the other hand…

        • qosine

          President Obama had that amused, quizzical look — u mad?

          • gn

            Exactly; and he’s dealing with people, some of whom are simply too self-important to detect when someone is amused and just playing with them. I saw that exchange reported elsewhere as Pres O supposedly despondent; went whoosh right over that reporter’s head.

          • qosine

            So true. Defensiveness is the name of their game.

    • nellcote

      Suddenly the debate focused on

      ===
      And just who “suddenly focused” that “debate”? I fucking hate that passive voice that implies no responsibility on the part of the media.

      • gn

        Exactly; they choose to what to hype.

      • qosine

        Good catch, nellcote.

  • rikyrah

    The Chutzpah Caucus

    By PAUL KRUGMAN

    Published: May 5, 2013

    At this point the economic case for austerity — for slashing government spending even in the face of a weak economy — has collapsed. Claims that spending cuts would actually boost employment by promoting confidence have fallen apart. Claims that there is some kind of red line of debt that countries dare not cross have turned out to rest on fuzzy and to some extent just plain erroneous math. Predictions of fiscal crisis keep not coming true; predictions of disaster from harsh austerity policies have proved all too accurate.

    Yet calls for a reversal of the destructive turn toward austerity are still having a hard time getting through. Partly that reflects vested interests, for austerity policies serve the interests of wealthy creditors; partly it reflects the unwillingness of influential people to admit being wrong. But there is, I believe, a further obstacle to change: widespread, deep-seated cynicism about the ability of democratic governments, once engaged in stimulus, to change course in the future.

    So now seems like a good time to point out that this cynicism, which sounds realistic and worldly-wise, is actually sheer fantasy. Ending stimulus has never been a problem — in fact, the historical record shows that it almost always ends too soon. And in America, at least, we have a pretty good record for behaving in a fiscally responsible fashion, with one exception — namely, the fiscal irresponsibility that prevails when, and only when, hard-line conservatives are in power.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/opinion/krugman-the-chutzpah-caucus.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  • rikyrah

    Comment from austinliberal at TOD about the President and the Environment:

    utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Great round-up Chiparoo.

    Loved this comment under the Chait article. Pres. Obama really is a champion of the environment.

    “I’m surprised this article doesn’t mention the Global Change Research Program which was signed into law in 1990 by G.H.W. Bush and lay dormant for 15 yrs until Obama revived the program and began to quietly implement it (raising the question as to why Clinton/Gore didn’t implement it given Gore’s recent criticism of Obama). And it was implemented long before any of the other proposals, initiatives and recent State of the Union Address mentioned in the article.

    Obama’s Task Force recommended that federal agencies begin producing the climate risk-assessment studies mandated back in 1990. The first batch of these studies was made available for public comment in February. Consequently, my local environmental group has been meeting with the Forest Service in order to identify climate change vulnerabilities as well as adaptation and mitigation strategies. At least 13 Federal agencies are working on it. In effect, it is a major reshaping of the Federal bureaucracy to take climate change into account when issuing regs.

    This has all been done quietly under the radar to the point that most environmental groups know nothing about the program nor, it would seem, the author of this article. I suspect it has been done without fanfare because Repubs would obstruct if they were aware of it. This program alone will solidify Obama’s reputation as an environmental President long after he’s left office.”

    • qosine

      Very, very interesting about the revival and
      implementation of the Global Change Research
      Program. I’d like to hear Gore’s answer on this.

      • nellcote

        Gore: it’s not good enough.

        • qosine

          You’re so right!

  • rikyrah

    Obama hopes to keep economy in national spotlight
    By Steve Benen
    Mon May 6, 2013 11:44 AM EDT

    Remember when political leaders would occasionally talk about the economy as an important national issue? Sure, it’s been a while, but the White House announced yesterday President Obama hopes to remind folks about the economy with “a campaign-style tour to promote middle-class economic growth with a series of events,” starting this week in Austin.

    “The President’s trip will be similar to previous ‘White House to Main Street’ events that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. “Things are getting better, but our economic recovery is not as strong as it could be and far too many middle class families are still struggling. The question is, will Congress will join with the President to make sure the middle class is strong and secure.” [...]

    In his statement, Earnest took a preemptive swipe at Republican critics, saying “even though some in Congress are determined to create more self-inflicted economic wounds, there are things Washington could be doing right now to help American businesses, schools and workers.”

    A White House aide added yesterday, “There’s a lot on Congress’s plate. We also want to make sure part of the discussion includes a conversation about the economy.”

    Imagine that.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18086277-obama-hopes-to-keep-economy-in-national-spotlight?lite

    • nellcote

      I do not like PBO going to Texas.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say
    May 06, 2013

    On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.

    That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

    http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&external=2128787.proteus.fma&pageNum=-1

    • Miranda

      Interesting…. very interesting

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I’on know about this. Fox News and other right winger sites are the only ones posting this.

    • qosine

      Key hedge word is “effectively.”

    • nellcote

      chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

      ===
      He keeps trying to find something, anything. Now he’s going after Clinton. It will be interesting to see how the Clintonmachine pushes back.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Here’s Joe Madison’s interview with Larry D. Hardaway, attorney for Kiera Wilmot: http://snd.sc/12KBOQx

    • qosine

      Sepia, do I need SiriusXM to play this online?

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        No. It’s on Soundcloud.

        • qosine

          Thx

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -CIVIL RIGHTS- -BLACK HISTORY MOMENT- –[KINDA]

    – — -May 6, 1960
    President Eisenhower signed Civil Rights Act of 1960.

    – –Civil Rights Act Of 196- —

    —–Today in 1960: The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed into law—-

    – — -On May 6, 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the 1960 Civil Rights Act into law, the second civil rights act passed in the twentieth century.
    The Act sought to protect African Americans at the polls, who were facing intimidation of all kinds to prevent them from voting.

    To that end, the act provided penalties for anyone who obstructed another’s attempt to register to vote or actually vote, and also created a federal inspection agency of local voter registration polls.

    However, the Act was largely ineffective, as both this Act and Eisenhower’s 1957 Civil Rights Act only added an extra 3% to black voter turnout in the 1960 election.

    – –THIS RA’CHERE!- —>This was partly due to Eisenhower’s lukewarm support for the civil rights movement, but this limited success is also because of what such civil rights acts represented.- – — – — —
    THERE IS MORE — –

    – – – –‘CAUSE- –RE-THUCKER RACISTS- -GON B –RACISTS!!- -NO NEWS HERE!- –

    • qosine

      Really, such a short time ago.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Qosine. — –***fist bump** – – – YET- —

        – — -The BATTLE RAGES ON!- -SADLY.- —

        – – – ***hummin’- –WE SHALL OVERCOME– ONE DAY*** LOL

  • Alma98

    Morning!

  • rikyrah

    From utaustinliberal
    May 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    If you get the chance, you must, must, must watch Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appearance on The View today. She is a force to be reckoned with and her sense of obligation, the way she approaches her role on the SCOTUS is an awesome sight to behold. She doesn’t take it lightly and she treats it with the honor and respect that we so longingly hope other Justices do as well.

    Her appearance has aired in some markets in the country and it hasn’t in others. Later today, The View will upload her appearance on the website. Watch it if you can. She’s that good.

    http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-view

  • qosine

    Meet Buford Rogers

    FBI: Minn. Raid Disrupts ‘Localized Terror Attack’

    “In an interview with authorities, Rogers admitted firing the weapon on two separate occasions at a gun range in Granite Falls, the affidavit said. Rogers has a past conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fbi-raid-minn-home-disrupted-terror-attack-19117844

    • Alma98

      Doesn’t surprise me at all.

    • Alma98

      Doesn’t surprise me at all.

      • qosine

        This guy is the market for those sick zombie things in TX.

        • Alma98

          Yep.

      • qosine

        This guy is the market for those sick zombie things in TX.

  • Alma98

    Have y’all seen this shit here! White folks are losing their ever gun loving minds. H/T Wonkette: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/national-rifle-association-bans-bleeding-obama-target-others

    • qosine

      These make me sick.

    • Miranda

      SMH…..Zombie Industries huh? How apropos.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – –GOOD EDUCATIONAL NEWS from KENYA — :>)–

    – —-Documentaries ‘Girls of Daraja’ & ‘School of My Dreams’ to Air on PBS May 9th- —

    – — – -Two short documentaries directed and produced by Barbara Rick about Daraja Academy in Kenya air back-to-back on PBS on May 9th, “Girls of Daraja” followed by “Schools of My Dreams.”
    Girls of Daraja:
    A boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.

    School of My Dreams:
    An engaging portrait of students of Daraja Academy, a free Kenyan boarding school for exceptional girls living in poverty. In their own words and art, Daraja’s first graduating class demonstrates how education is expanding their vision and unlocking their dreams. They commit to transforming their communities and the world.
    Watch the trailer below:

    THERE IS MORE.- —– -BLESS the YOUNG LADIES as they SUCCEED! :>)

  • rikyrah

    On immigration, it’s Heritage vs. the GOP

    By Steve Benen
    Mon May 6, 2013 12:41 PM EDT

    For many years, the Heritage Foundation has partnered with the Republican Party on, well, just about everything. When Republican policymakers need aides, they often hire Heritage staffers. When Republican policymakers want to give a speech to raise their visibility, they schedule an event at Heritage. When reporters call GOP offices, asking for evidence to bolster one of the party’s policy arguments, Republican staffers routinely send over Heritage materials.

    But on immigration, the party and its favorite think tank are at odds. In fact, they’re practically enemies.

    The Heritage Foundation held a press conference this morning to unveil its new condemnation of comprehensive immigration reform, arguing that it will cost at least $6.3 trillion — $9.4 trillion in government benefits, minus $3.1 trillion in tax revenue.

    As a substantive matter, independent estimates, including research from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, make clear that Heritage’s numbers are literally unbelievable.

    As a political matter, though, I couldn’t help but notice Republicans run to Politico to trash Heritage’s work before the report was released.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/06/18086980-on-immigration-its-heritage-vs-the-gop?lite

    • qosine

      Hmmm . . . . Heritage + NRA + Limbaugh . . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — -DANG RACISTS- – -come outta history 2- –CONTINUE their RACISM!!!– –

    – – – -Ralph Nader Attacks the Imperial Presidency but Ignores the Do-Nothing Congress- —

    – – – – It’s interesting that Ralph Nader took to the pages of AlterNet to rail against the “imperial presidency” but had nothing to say about our runaway, do-nothing Congress. It makes no sense to rail against the one while ignoring the other. The United States government is built on a system of checks and balances first articulated by John Adams in his Thoughts on Government (1776) and tinkering with any part of the whole will affect the whole.

    Nader, worrying about drone attacks and how the world perceives us, complains,
    – – – -SNIP – —
    - – – -THIS RA’CHERE!- – ->All right. I get that. But I’ve been kinda wondering myself what we can do about our Congress, which has hijacked Barack Obama’s presidency. Sure, there have to be limits to the president’s powers, but there have to be limits to those of Congress as well, particularly when it comes to Congressional obstructionism. In many ways, the president has far too little power. Since he took office in 2008, the Republicans in the Senate and House have treated Obama like a figurehead, insisting that he do exactly what they tell him.
    - – – –FIST BUMP***
    THERE IS MORE.- – – –

    – – – – -BWAHA- –REMEMBER THIS LOSER??- – -Sore Loser Ralph Nader Calls Obama an Uncle Tom [11-5-2008]- –
    – – — — Green Party representative Ralph Nader, who only polled 1% (513,347) of the votes,. . - –LOL

    • qosine

      I can’t stand Nader.
      What a day — creeps on parade.

    • gn

      The current media environment is an attention slores’ paradise. Mr. Nader: have a seat.

      • nellcote

        The current media environment is an attention slores’ paradise.

        ===
        THIS!!!

  • gn

    Really don’t agree with the WH on this:

    @bromoore
    Jason Collins Headlining Major Event With Michelle Obama http://zite.to/11OxWhZ via @zite

    • nellcote

      Better him than Dan Choi LOL

      • gn

        lmao, indeed, he gets at least that much credit; definitely a step up from Choi! Next stop: netroots nation.

    • Miranda

      I’m starting to despise him.

      • gn

        I’m still trying to understand what dude actually *did* to merit this sensation? Silly times that’s for sure.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!