November 28, 2014

Monday Open Thread: The Great Migration

Good Morning OBots!

Hope you’re over your Super Bowl hangovers and ready for the week! As we embark on the official celebration of Black History Month (though we celebrate it 24/7 here at POU), I thought a good subject to tackle would be The Great Migration. As you know, the moderators and regular commenting Fam hail from all over the country. We have born and bred southerners and born and bred northerners, and a few westerners too. Yet we are still all one.

There were actually two waves of this migration. Most historians recognize this first wave, illustrated by the map above, and a second wave after World War II, that lasted until 1970.

I asked my father years ago how people wound up in various cities up north. How did our cousins wind up in Detroit, Cleveland? Why are so many born and bred Mississipians, related to folks in Chi-town? My dad replied “because that’s where the bus stopped.”

So we’ll take a look at stories and research into this very interesting transformation of African Americans in this country. Paintings, music, books, papers….everything dedicated to The Great Migration.

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  • GN

    When I read the following, the piece which Creole posted about the sole patrol preaching an ironically counterproductive nihilism came to mind:

    Dr. Boyce: Perhaps Black People Should Stop Expecting Equality

    [excerpt paraphrased for clarity and conciseness: “NOBAMA!!!!1111!”]

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/02/black-news/dr-boyce-perhaps-black-people-should-stop-expecting-equality/

    And here I was thinking that the teaparty Congress and Republicans in the states laying off workforces is a significant issue and impediment to black progress; silly me…

    • JojoRaze

      I refuse to read any more articles like this. So asinine, so little time. My pressure is low and i want to keep it that way.

    • rikyrah

      W-T-F?

      That is what Black folks have been working towards since we got here. If not working towards this, then W-T-F should we be doing?

    • Miranda

      He’s such a sniveling lil prick.

    • rikyrah

      I just want to know if he’s written columns explaning just where the spike in Black unemployment has come from – THE ELIMINATION OF PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS AT THE STATE LEVEL.

      Black people were disproportionately affected by those cuts because Black people were disproportionately employed by the Public Sector.

      Has Dr. Boyce been beating the drum in the defense of the United States Post Office, which has been a target of the GOP, and where ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE POSTAL EMPLOYEES IS BLACK?

      Just asking.

      In addition, has he beat the drum for the President’s American Jobs Act, which would lower the unemployment rate by at least 2 points?

      • Kennymack1971

        Nope. Far easier to to bitch about President Obama.

      • JojoRaze

        No, because PBO was suppose to be superman and Jesus rolled into one–saving black folks from stuff we ourselves have neglected without any advocacy on our part.

        PBO’s rise had not only showed how ineffective the sole patrol is, it is shown me how ineffective we as blk people have been in advocating for ourselves. The 1980s and 1990s seem like lost decades for us because crime and crack fractured us to the point where we can’t talk to each others kids b/c we’re scared said kids will hurt us. We just go into our corners and try to eke out a way, that’s what most striving blk people I know do. I help my sis to raise my nephew and we have him under lock, but I see so many kids in my neighborhood, especially boys, whose parents have them out and straggling at all hours and into al sorts of trouble and I would never say anything to them because I’m scared of retaliation. That’s the predicament we are in. We are bystanders in our neighborhoods out of fear. But yet, PBO, is supposed to fix an issue like that when my city council dude couldn’t b/c he was skimming money for his own benefit. I have to work on my little sphere first and then nationally.

        By the way, my ex-city council man is in jail, and who knows if the person who replaced him will be any better.Butte larger point is that politicians can only go so far as the Zeitgeist allows. We have black reps who only represent black people, limiting their influence, and no ELECTED black senators, which diminshes our influence. PBO not immediately fixing our problems doesn’t t reflect badly on him, but we as a people who’ve let things slide for
        30 years.

        • Miranda

          ALL. OF. THIS.

        • crazycanuck

          Amen, it’s the same here, maybe on a smaller scale.

        • Daltex82

          THIS!

        • Guns3000

          Just to piggback off of what you said. Black voters don’t hold their city, state and federal politicians accountable. When Kwame Kilpatrick, William “Dolla Bill” Jefferson, Marion Barry and myriad of other folks get into their legal quagmires. It’s quite obvious that these characters are guilty. And these shady politicians try to escape their punishment by hiding behind some manufactured racial witch hunt. And their black constituents blindly back them because of some fraudulent racial solidarity after these politicians have betrayed the very black constituency that they have been elected to represent.

          • Miranda

            Saw that here in Atlanta when Bill Campbell was busted. You will find that the local black talk radio hosts and the black-owned newspapers which should be holding them accountable the most, are nothing more than their sidekicks. That’s why it does my heart good to see how they hate on Kasim Reed – I know he’s doing alright just on that alone.

          • MsKitty

            That’s how they roll in Atlantic City too. There’s only been a few Black mayors there, but when they get busted for corruption (James Usry) or their rank incompetence catches up with them (Lorenzo Langford) it’s time to whip out the “I’m a victim of the system” shtick.

            Very frustrating to say the least.

      • conlakappa

        Disproportionately affected and targeted. Not unironically, just as the stereotypical face of the welfare cheat is a black woman, so too is that of the government worker.

    • Kennymack1971

      Negro please. I can’t with this bullshit. I just can’t.

    • MsKitty

      Got nothing more to say, except all that bitterness and hate has turned Boyce’s brain to mush.

      • conlakappa

        You gotta wonder what’s going to happen to him and his fellow sufferers of Obama Derangement Syndrome when January 20, 2017, rolls around. Will they start the pivot to talking about how great a President he has been starting the year before? Should we start a building fund now on an appropriate asylum/rehab center for the lot of them? They will not have the stage, microphone, or respectable forum to peddle their BS once he is out of office. They sure as heckfire won’t be asked to comment regularly on any white holder of the office.

    • Daltex82

      Until I see any of the following:

      1. The Boyce Watkins Foundation for Black Growth

      2. The Boyce Watkins Black Students College Initiative that encourages black kids to go to college

      3. The Boyce Watkins Night of Hoity Toity Folks Fundraiser for black kids who go to college but are struggling financially

      4. The Boyce Watkins sponsored Fight the Blight Neighborhood clean up event.

      5. The Boyce Watkins Guns for Groceries event

      6. The Boyce Watkins feed the homeless food drive

      7. The Boyce Watkins Career Fair

      8. Boyce in a beret walking through various neighborhoods running off criminals and drug dealers.

      Until he can show proof that he has done any of these things he needs to STFD and STFU.

      • Miranda

        2. The Boyce Watkins Black Students College Initiative that encourages black kids to go to college
        ________________________

        See…that right there is why I dont give a damn, Tom Joyner is alright in my eyes. He been putting helping kids at HBCUs for decades now…DECADES. He was giving back long before it became the fashionable thing to do so. None of these other hucksters can say the same. Damn a book, damn a seminar or another useless panel. That doesn’t pay nary a bill..Tom been raising money and getting kids CHECKS to stay in school for years. Not these other clowns.

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

          Mofos like Boyce don’t even want to teach at HBCUs, yet they’re trying to question someone’s allegiance to Black people? GTFOOHWTBS!

  • GN

    Wow, so all was not lost to fundamentalists and poachers/art thieves after all:

    As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age

    TIMBUKTU, Mali — When the moment of danger came, Ali Imam Ben Essayouti knew just what to do. The delicate, unbound parchment manuscripts in the 14th-century mosque he leads had already survived hundreds of years in the storied city of Timbuktu. He was not about to allow its latest invaders, Tuareg nationalist rebels and Islamic extremists from across the region, to destroy them now.

    So he gingerly bundled the 8,000 volumes in sackcloth, carefully stacked them in crates, then quietly moved them to a bunker in an undisclosed location.

    “These manuscripts, they are not just for us in Timbuktu,” Mr. Essayouti said. “They belong to all of humanity. It is our duty to save them.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/world/africa/saving-timbuktus-priceless-artifacts-from-militants-clutches.html?hp#h

    God bless you, Mr. Essayouti!

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

      Whew! This is good news!

    • rikyrah

      this is good news.

    • crazycanuck

      Thank god, yes very good news

    • JojoRaze

      From the article, it seems as if people have communal memories of invaders of all sorts coming in and trying to destroy this cultural heritage; so, from they heard the Taureg Islamists were coming, folks just got their manuscripts and hid them. I’m glad to hear there is a community network, independent of Western museums, that can handle issues like this since I’m of two minds about museums and much of PoC’s heritage. They can be great educators, but come off as white people showing dominsnce by catologing and controlling what gets seen or known.

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    I guess someone had a lil’ chat with Mr. Ware.

    Black delegate decides against Va. GOP’s redistricting map
    By Laura Vozzella, Published: February 2

    RICHMOND — After a brief flirtation with the GOP’s surprise Virginia Senate redistricting plan and fierce backlash from unions, a black House Democrat has soured on supporting it.

    Del. Onzlee Ware of Roanoke announced on the House floor Friday that he has decided to vote against the new Senate map, which would create a new majority­-black district in Southside but also disperse black voting power in at least eight other districts.

    …Democratic legislators and union leaders pounced after Ware and another black Democratic delegate, Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg, said in interviews with The Washington Post that they were open to the map.

    …Dance, who lives in the newly created Senate district, did not address the matter on the House floor and could not be reached to comment.

    But another union member, Julia Newton of Service Employees International Union Virginia 512, said that Dance told her she has decided to abstain from voting on the measure. The plan could come up for a vote in the House as early as Wednesday.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/black-delegate-decides-against-va-gop-map/2013/02/02/da2b89a4-6cad-11e2-8740-9b58f43c191a_story.html?wprss=rss_social-politics-rss&Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • rikyrah

      yep…somebody sat his ass down and read him the riot act.

      • conlakappa

        Senior pastor at his church? An older relative who had to put up with much in Virginny?

    • Town

      …Dance, who lives in the newly created Senate district, did not address the matter on the House floor and could not be reached to comment.
      ——-

      Because Dance is trying to Dance her way into that new black Senate seat. She hasn’t done jack for Petersburg but wants a promotion to do jack for Petersburg. OK.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Another weekly open thread topic winner, I see!

  • rikyrah

    A legacy Steven Chu can be proud of

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Feb 4, 2013 8:46 AM EST

    Long-time viewers of The Rachel Maddow Show may recall the “Geek Week” segments aired in May 2010, which included an interview with Energy Secretary Steven Chu. (The segment also noted why At Least I Am A Nerd.com still redirects to the show’s video player.)

    Nearly three years later, we’ve learned that Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, will leave his post in President Obama’s second term, stepping down from the Department of Energy later this month. With this in mind, it’s worth pausing to appreciate the significance of Chu’s first-term efforts, which haven’t generated front-page news, but which carry extraordinary significance.

    Time’s Michael Grunwald flagged this gem from Steve LeVine, which argued that Chu took important steps to put the United States “on course for a new economic revival, led by energy technology.”

    The idea has been to provide fixed sums of concentrated, multi-year funding for scientists to solve really big problems. They have been housed within two Chu creations. The first is Energy Frontier Research Centers, which have been granted $2 million to $5 million a year to find novel ways to revolutionize solar power, nano-scale materials engineering, advanced batteries, solid-state lighting, superconductivity, and more. […]

    Chu’s second creation has been more ambitious: the creation of a series of “innovation hubs.” With $125 million in funding spread over five years, each of the five hubs has been tasked with unraveling big, seemingly intractable problems: how to emulate photosynthesis; make nuclear power safe; make buildings superlatively efficient; create a battery more or less equivalent in energy performance with fossil fuels; and invent a host of inventive new materials to replace ones in short supply in the US, such as rare-earth elements.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/04/16837636-a-legacy-steven-chu-can-be-proud-of?lite

    • JojoRaze

      Gosh, such great work. Wish he hadn’t left. He was doing big things.

    • nellcote

      I liked the way he worked under the radar and got a lot done. I’ll really miss him. I don’t like to think that no one else can do the job but he really is unique.

  • rikyrah

    Friends of Fraud

    By PAUL KRUGMAN

    Published: February 3, 2013

    Like many advocates of financial reform, I was a bit disappointed in the bill that finally emerged. Dodd-Frank gave regulators the power to rein in many financial excesses; but it was and is less clear that future regulators will use that power. As history shows, the financial industry’s wealth and influence can all too easily turn those who are supposed to serve as watchdogs into lap dogs instead.

    There was, however, one piece of the reform that was a shining example of how to do it right: the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a stand-alone agency with its own funding, charged with protecting consumers against financial fraud and abuse. And sure enough, Senate Republicans are going all out in an attempt to kill that bureau.

    Why is consumer financial protection necessary? Because fraud and abuse happen.

    Don’t say that educated and informed consumers can take care of themselves. For one thing, not all consumers are educated and informed. Edward Gramlich, the Federal Reserve official who warned in vain about the dangers of subprime, famously asked, “Why are the most risky loan products sold to the least sophisticated borrowers?” He went on, “The question answers itself — the least sophisticated borrowers are probably duped into taking these products.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/opinion/krugman-friends-of-fraud.html?ref=politics

    • nellcote

      not all consumers are educated and informed.
      ===
      Just look at all the people that fall for spam and phishing emails!

  • Rhoda

    Morning POU!

    Listen, this is MAJOR!

    The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

    The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say. That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor.

    The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas.

    The new WiFi networks would also have much farther reach, allowing for a driverless car to communicate with another vehicle a mile away or a patient’s heart monitor to connect to a hospital on the other side of town.

    If approved by the FCC, the free networks would still take several years to set up. And, with no one actively managing them, con­nections could easily become jammed in major cities. But public WiFi could allow many consumers to make free calls from their mobile phones via the Internet. The frugal-minded could even use the service in their homes, allowing them to cut off expensive Internet bills.

    “For a casual user of the Web, perhaps this could replace carrier service,” said Jeffrey Silva, an analyst at the Medley Global Advisors research firm. “Because it is more plentiful and there is no price tag, it could have a real appeal to some people.”

    The major wireless carriers own much more spectrum than what is being proposed for public WiFi, making their networks more robust, experts say.

    Designed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the plan would be a global first. When the U.S. government made a limited amount of unlicensed airwaves available in 1985, an unexpected explosion in innovation followed. Baby monitors, garage door openers and wireless stage microphones were created. Millions of homes now run their own wireless networks, connecting tablets, game consoles, kitchen appli­ances and security systems to the Internet.

    “Freeing up unlicensed spectrum is a vibrantly free-market approach that offers low barriers to entry to innovators developing the technologies of the future and benefits consumers,” Genachow­ski said in a an e-mailed statement.

    Click through for the whole story. It’s a big deal and a MAJOR fight; this would be huge book to AA communities and rural America. Imagine you’re poor, you don’t need a cellphone bill, you can make a phone call through skype for free anywhere in America or google talk, you can get a $250 chromebook, you can write, you create your resume, you aren’t tethered to the library. The options this opens for people is AMAZING. Not just the poor: college students, small businesses on a budget, families needing to make cuts. This is a gamechanger. This is something the CBC should be ON and making noise about; but a lot of them are bought by the telecom industry.

    I really hope this happens; it’d be a huge accomplishment.

    • ch555x

      Sounds interesting…

    • MsKitty

      And of course the GOP is fighting it. Something about it takes away from choice and free enterprise, blah, blah, blah.

      • conlakappa

        I was thinking about those miscreants and their use of choice when it comes to free enterprise and online stuff as I cleared out my spam folder with its vulgarities in the subject line. I was taken back to one of the first things the House did the last time it was taken over by Rs was to loosen up the restrictions on unsolicited electronic mail. So the next time you see “welcome to your free online F***book,” think of it as another reason to thank Orange an’em.

    • rikyrah

      this would be amazing. I head this over the radio

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG*** :>) – — BUSY DAY as MR. PRESIDENT is ON DA ROAD 2 MINNEAPOLIS; – – -ANOTHER EXCITIN’ SERIES – -2 HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THANK U miranda. :>) – – –

    — – – -☻Obama Heading To Minneapolis To Promote Gun Proposals – –
    – ——President Barack Obama on Monday will travel to Minneapolis where he will meet with local leaders and law enforcement personnel and deliver remarks on his gun policy proposals, the White House announced.

    Obama is expected to deliver his remarks at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center at 1:30 p.m. CST. He will return to Washington in the evening.

    – –☻IN HONOR of THIS SERIES: – -Great Migration Blues – – – -LOOKIN’ FORWARD – –> miranda —THANK U. :>) –

    — — -ENJOY YOUR TREAT! – -[Brrrr. . :>)]

    – – — – -B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –THESE PA. -RE-THUCKERS – – -NEVA STOP!! – – – –

    – – -Pennsylvania Republicans To Introduce New Election-Rigging Plan
    – – — -Last month, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called up “states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red” to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are allocated. Under Priebus’ proposal, blue states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania would stop awarding electoral votes to the winner of the state as a whole, and instead would award them one-by-one to the winner of each congressional district. Meanwhile, red states would continue to award 100 percent of their electors to the Republican. This plan appears to have lost steam, however, as several top Republicans in key states announced they will not support it.

    Even as Republicans in key states such as Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Virginia came out against this election-rigging plan, however, Pennsylvania Republicans have been eerily quite. We now know why. According to the New Castle News a local paper in western Pennsylvania, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R) will introduce legislation this month that will effectively give away a large chuck of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to the Republican presidential candidate, regardless of who wins the state as a whole.
    THERE IS MORE

    — -C’mon — KARMA!! —:>) – -

    • nellcote

      Since the goopers like to ram stuff through in the dead of night, I don’t believe any of them will stop trying this bs. They’re just waiting for a time when people are distracted.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –***fist bump***- –***eye-2-eye***- —

        As much as I would like 2 STOP readin’ THIS HEADLINE—
        IT is important – -2 KEEP OUR –“FOCUS annnd FIGHT”!!

        – — –Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –MR. PRESIDENT will B – –“MIGRATIN’ –ON DA ROAD – -AGAIN” [so 2 speak. :>) – —

    —–Obama takes second-term agenda to the campaign trail
    – – —-A frenzied crowd waved signs from the November election and chanted, “Si, se puede,” when President Obama took the stage at a Las Vegas high school. Someone yelled, “I love you,” and the president gave a finger-point and his standard: “Love you back.”

    Reelected and re-inaugurated, Obama is going back to one place he knows he can succeed: the campaign trail.

    Last week, it was Nevada for immigration reform. On Monday, he’s off to Minneapolis to talk about gun control. The next week, he’ll make his State of the Union address, followed by yet another trip out of Washington.

    After the audience cheered Obama’s immigration plan in the Del Sol High School gym, a top political advisor explained the thinking on his return to the stump. “Show me the Republican who could do that right now,” said the official, who asked not to be identified when talking about White House discussions. “The president’s voice is one of the best tools we have.”

    – — SNIP – —

    Obama isn’t waiting. He’s running opinion leaders through the White House at a daily clip to build support for immigration reform and gun control, as well as his economic vision. And, more than any other president, he’s using his campaign’s grass-roots network to amplify his message in social media and email inboxes.
    THERE IS MORE. ———Movin’ FORWARD – –>Woo1 Hoo! – –

    — – [Gotta “bounce” early. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY ♥. :>)] —

  • MsKitty

    Looking forward to this series. My Mom’s side of the family came to Jersey from Fayetteville, NC and my Dad’s side from SC (not sure what part).

  • crazycanuck

    Just saw on twitter that a school in Oklahoma was on lockdown because a student committed suicide.

  • crazycanuck

    Crying, last day of the penny. Thanks google

  • edp4bho

    Morning POU. I attempted to post a very interesting link, but something’s strange in Disqus-land….LOL. Anyhow, interesting story on how the Queen of Netherlands celebrates its parades. Check out the story of the carriage.

    http://dilemma-x.net/2013/01/29/netherlands-queen-beatrix-abdicates-for-her-45-year-old-son/

    • Alma98

      Thanks for the link edp4bho.

    • dannie22

      thanks edp. great website and article

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -PERHAPS as a COMPANION PIECE 2 this GR8 SERIES- — -WE can tell about OUR MIGRATION. :>)

    – – — -I’ll SHARE:- — I was BORN/RAISED in PENNSYLVANIA.

    — — – –I MIGRATED 2 – CALIFORNIA.- -:>)

    Again, THANK U 4 this SERIES. Lookin’ FORWARD – — -> :>) —

    • nellcote

      I was born and raised in San Francisco and migrated a couple of hundred miles up the coast. Options a limited because I need to live near the ocean. :)

      • Guns3000

        Florida isn’t bad. And it’s cheap without any state tax. And plenty of coastline.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Thank U 4 sharin’ nellcote.♥ :>) – —

  • rikyrah

    Extortion politics that cannot stand
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Feb 4, 2013 11:07 AM EST

    It’s not exactly news that Senate filibuster rules have been abused to the point of breaking the institution. Though the Senate operated by majority rule for about two centuries, there are now mandatory supermajorities for just about everything.

    That said, some filibusters matter far more offensive than others, and some may even rise to the level of a constitutional crisis.

    President Obama nominated Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about a year ago, and no one could find any objections to his qualifications. But Republicans don’t believe the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should exist, so they blocked Cordray’s nomination in order to stop the law from being implemented. Indeed, GOP senators said they would indefinitely refuse to allow the agency to function — or do any work at all — unless Democrats agreed to weaken the CFPB’s powers and lessen consumer protections.

    Just so we’re clear, this had never happened in American history. There was no precedent for the Senate blocking a qualified nominee solely because a minority of the chamber did not like the existence of the agency the nominee was selected to lead.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/04/16838726-extortion-politics-that-cannot-stand?lite

  • rikyrah

    Welcoming the Conservative Victory Project to the field

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Feb 4, 2013 10:11 AM EST

    Despite their reputation for unity, Republicans are increasingly finding deep schisms within their ranks. GOP policymakers and their allies are fighting amongst themselves on everything from immigration to gun safety, fiscal strategies to defense.

    But just below the surface, perhaps the most striking disagreement relates entirely to electoral consideration.

    In public, Republicans insist their biggest problem is rhetorical — they need to identify a better way to sell their ideas to voters. In private, Republicans focus more on their primary problem — GOP leaders are convinced that the party would be in far better shape right now were it not for rank-and-file Republican voters nominating unelectable loons in so many key races.

    It’s a problem the party establishment is desperate to fix. Indeed, in the wake of their 2012 defeats, Republicans have taken some steps to strengthen the party establishment and prevent fiascoes like the ones the GOP has seen in Delaware, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, and elsewhere.

    But it’s easier said than done. Indeed, party leaders seem to believe earlier endorsements from the GOP establishment might send unmistakable signals to the base and would-be challengers, but that misses the point — the Republican base doesn’t much care who the establishment prefers. If the party’s heavyweight players are going to make a real difference in crushing extremist clowns before they win primaries, it’s going to cost a lot of money

    Enter Karl Rove’s operation to the rescue.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/04/16838280-welcoming-the-conservative-victory-project-to-the-field?lite

  • rikyrah

    GOP searches for a standard-bearer in Massachusetts
    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on February 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    When President Obama announced that he would nominate Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to helm the State Department, I assumed that this would clear the path for Scott Brown to reenter the Senate, just a few months after losing his re-election bid to Elizabeth Warren. But Brown isn’t running, and Republicans have few options. Former state Senator Richard Tisei was one possible contender, but he announced on Saturday that he would not be running for the seat. And this morning, former governor Bill Weld released a statement saying the same — he will not enter the race.

    Simply put, there aren’t many options left for the Massachusetts Republican Party. There’s been some indication that former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey would join the fray, but her electoral record leaves much to be desired — she hasn’t been popular with the state’s voters.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/04/gop-searches-for-a-standard-bearer-in-massachusetts/

    • morphus

      Report in Boston Herald suggests GOP encouraging Tagg or Ann Romney to run. Quote from Political Animal’s Romney ’13:

      Could the Lord be so beneficent as to give Massachusetts Democrats a second chance to defeat the Romney family in much less than a year?

    • Town

      It’s like everybody is like I’ON’T WANT IT. YOU TAKE IT.

      NAW, I’ON’T WANT IT.

    • Camille

      LOL, good.

  • conlakappa

    More from the VoteVets on Hagel. They are not happy about that mess last week.

    Dear [conlakappa],

    What a disgrace. Vietnam Veteran and President Obama’s nominee to be Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, was treated with utter disrespect by Republicans in the Senate, at his confirmation hearings, last week.

    What has become clear is that this is no longer about Chuck Hagel. It’s about neoconservatives wanting to maintain their influence, and they know Chuck Hagel will shut them out. They will fight this nomination with as much slime as they can sling. You are the best voice to fight back.

    SEND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR BACKING HAGEL, HERE

    It’s time to get out there, in public, and tell people why it is imperative that Chuck Hagel be confirmed. Letters to the Editor are the most read section of the daily newspaper, so it is the perfect place to make your case.

    Your friends will see it. Your family will see it. And most importantly, your Senators will see it.

    SPEAK OUT IN YOUR NEWSPAPER, TO BACK CHUCK HAGEL, HERE

    A vote is expected on the nomination soon. So we have little time to spare. Please click on the link above, and let’s send Chuck Hagel to the Pentagon!

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    Iraq War Veteran
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  • Miranda

    I have no words…..

    Amanda Marcotte‏@AmandaMarcotte
    http://pinterest.com/pin/222154194091023342/ … Bush’s former FEMA director makes fun of the people he abandoned after Katrina.

    • crazycanuck

      I’ve got some, and they start with F and U

    • conlakappa

      Yikes. Yuck. Shouldn’t he be mucking Rafalca’s stable at this point? Attending to other fancy-dancing horses?

  • Town

    My paternal grandmother’s family migrated to VA from Anderson SC.

  • Miranda

    We were questioning the practice of how companies claim the rights to inventions by employees (or their slaves as it were with slaveowners)….and how its a common practice, well………
    _____________________________________

    Maryland county school board to own all students’ work with copyright policy

    A county school board in Maryland has proposed a copyright policy that would allow it to take ownership of all work produced by students and faculty — even work created off campus during personal time.

    A Prince George’s County Board of Education proposal obtained by WTOP says that “any works” created by students or employees “are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with the use of their materials.”

    University of Missouri law professor David Rein told The Washington Post that some universities have “sharing agreements” with students and faculty, but he had never heard of a local school board of trying to profit from a student’s work

    more here
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/04/maryland-county-school-board-to-own-all-students-work-with-copyright-policy/

    • conlakappa

      Don’t school districts barely have art classes and/or supplies? This would present a helluva legal challenge if the teach bought the supplies with her personal funds, which is more often the case.

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    Tagg Romney considering run for Kerry’s Senate seat

    Tagg Romney, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is mulling a run for the Massachusetts Senate seat recently vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

    The Boston Herald on Monday reported that Republicans were pushing Tagg and his mother, Ann, to consider a campaign for the Senate after former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) announced he would not run.

    Tagg often accompanied his father during campaign events and at one point even told a radio host that he want to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama because he felt that his father had been depicted as a “liar” during one of the presidential debates.

    more here
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/04/tagg-romney-considering-run-for-kerrys-senate-seat/

    • Alma98

      Please proceed Tagg, please proceed.

    • conlakappa

      Like daddy, doesn’t he live in NH?

    • rikyrah

      yeah…come on, Tagg

  • Miranda

    And appaerently it is NOT a parody accout

    NewsBreaker‏@newsbreaker
    Former executive director of the South Carolina GOP @ToddKincannon tweeted this last night: pic.twitter.com/Iq47G6Vc ht: @AntDeRosa

    • dannie22

      that is one sick mofo

    • MsKitty

      They are who we thought they were.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Generally, I’m not litigious, but isn’t there a real nasty lawsuit sitting there just waiting for either (or both) of Trayvon’s parents?

      • crazycanuck

        I would hope so

    • Rhoda

      Let the evil come to light: POTUS and his family, and Bey, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keyes at the Superbowl is blowing their damn minds.

      I say, let’s see the evil and let the light shine on these animals so America can look them in the eye.

      We will not be denied our place in this country we helped built; they can kill themselves over the fact of it for all I care. They can do NOTHING about it. Let them look at Barack Obama and think long and hard that their are black and brown and yellow and red folk coming after him and they will come HARD and PREPARED for this shit.

    • QOakaJP

      WOW. And if you check his feed, he hasn’t stopped. I just…well, they’re bold now. And no one on the right will say anything about it. Trust.

      • conlakappa

        Nor will the MSM Heathers ask Sen. Scott about it. Or Reince Priebus.

    • rikyrah

      evil ass muthafucka

    • Camille

      Wow. Wow. Wow.

      This must not be tolerated. There is simply no reason for this. None whatsoever.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all, I’m so damn glad my mama packed our bags and left the south. My father couldn’t handle the north so they ended up getting divorced. But my mom made it on her own she found a good job and eventually married again. She made effing 50 cents an hour in the south, after awhile all her siblings ended up leaving. They migrated all over from Philadelphia to Minnesota. Their parents encouraged them to do so.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – —Jus’ — -CONNECTIN’ – -some- — FAMILIAR – -annnd OBVIOUS –☻-☻- —

    – —-The NRA: Beholden to Gun Manufacturers and Betrayers of Their Country - –

    – —- An error stemming from ignorance, misinformation, or sheer delusion is sometimes labeled a formal fallacy or simply an invalid argument, and in America, it is the identifying feature of a segment of the population steeped in paranoia that government tyranny threatens their existence. Most sane human beings rightly categorize paranoid anti-government advocates as delusional, and hardly consider them a threat to society, but after the tea party inflicted damage on the nation over the past two years, most Americans realized political power in the hands of lunatics is as great a threat to America as a foreign invader. The 2012 election gave voters an opportunity to marginalize the tea party, but instead of reconsidering the efficacy of their anti-government rhetoric and tempering their outrage, they have embraced the National Rifle Association’s “tyrannical government” oratory and are threatening armed resistance against the government.

    Since the Newtown school massacre in December, the national gun control discussion incited the tea party to ignore the immigration and budget debate in Congress leaving just one thing on their agenda; guns.- —
    -SNIP —

    – — – The rising calls for civil or revolutionary war are the result of President Obama’s re-election. Nearly a year ago, Virginia Republicans called for a revolution if the President was re-elected and the gun crowd is answering their call. Teabaggers carried signs during the healthcare reform debate that read, “We came unarmed this time,” and they are fulfilling their promise at tea party gun rallies across America today. Their tyranny rhetoric, guns, and calls for war will never garner widespread support, but with NRA, Republican backing, and a cause based on a fallacy, a well-armed group of lunatics cannot be taken lightly.- – –

    – – — WATCHIN’ -annnnd WORKIN’ — -AGAINST ‘EM!!- – –

    – —***NOT givin’ them any BAND AIDS!!*** HAH!

  • creolechild

    White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels: report

    A plan developed last summer by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to arm and train Syrian rebels was rebuffed by the White House, The New York Times reported on Saturday.[….] Some administration officials expected the issue to come up again after the November U.S. elections, but the plan apparently died after Petraeus resigned because of an extramarital affair and Clinton missed weeks of work with health issues, the Times said.

    Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state on Friday, declined in a recent interview with the Times to comment on her role in the debate over arming the rebels.[….]

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-rebuffed-clinton-petraeus-plan-arm-syrian-023937923.html

    H/T Reuters

    • aleth

      Good

      We don’t know who we are arming

      • JojoRaze

        I can’t believe they thought this was a good idea when we armed the mujahadeen in the 1980s against the Soviets and the mujahadeen morphed into Al qaeda.

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

          Meanwhile…

          So Hillary Clinton was behind Obama success in Burma & tried to rescue him from his failure in Syria nyti.ms/Y199Ef— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 3, 2013

          • Camille

            It’s started already.

            Every success these past 4 years, has been thanks to who else but Hillary Clinton.

            LOL.

          • Admiral_Komack

            She couldn’t stop her man from straying…as far as I know.

          • Admiral_Komack

            She couldn’t stop her man from straying…as far as I know.

          • JojoRaze

            I’m so upset by this. Hillary wanted more troops in Afghanistan, and wanted to do a more aggressive foreign policy in syria she’s the reason for success in foreign policy…some days Hillary’s hype men sicken me. I’d vote for her only as a last resort.

  • crazycanuck

    Where is Lamh, I need to know about creme brulee oatmeal. HRP posted a pic of that. It’ looks delicious

    • lamh36

      I’m here, but sick as a dog. I have a cold, I think, but of course new job, no PTO/sick time. so I’ve still gotta work, just been doubling up on undergarments..lol.

      I’ve never heard of this creme brulee oatmeat. It sounds good though.

  • creolechild

    This Colorado library lets patrons check out packets of seeds

    In these computer-obsessed days, when books are falling out of favor, libraries are getting more creative. They’re getting in on e-readers, letting kids borrow dolls, and helping patrons garden by lending out packets of seeds. Yes, lending. Borrowers can’t exactly grow seeds and return the exact same ones, but this library in Colorado has figured out a way around that fact of life. NPR reports:

    Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-colorado-library-lets-patrons-check-out-packets-of-seeds/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

  • creolechild

    Housing Packs Punch for U.S. Growth in 2013 and Beyond

    The housing rebound is broadening to other parts of the U.S. economy and will likely lend impetus to growth through 2013 and beyond. Climbing home prices are lifting household wealth and boosting the purchasing power of consumers. Declining mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures are buttressing bank balance sheets, giving them greater leeway to lend. And rising property- tax revenue is fortifying the finances of state and local governments, alleviating pressure on them to cut budgets.[….]

    Housing has helped lead the economy out of every recession since 1950 except for the last one in 2007 to 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Homebuilding climbed 12 percent in 2012, the first annual increase since 2005. As Americans move into new homes, they buy appliances and furniture, giving growth an added lift. Construction-equipment makers to paint- and building-materials businesses also benefit.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/housing-packs-punch-for-u-s-growth-in-2013-and-beyond.html

    H/T Rich Miller and Shobhana Chandra

  • nellcote

    What in the hell is wrong with Tamron Hall?

    • Miranda

      What happened?

  • crazycanuck

    #BlackHistoryMonth is a time to mark progress and redouble our efforts to continue fighting for justice and equality.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 4, 2013

  • crazycanuck

    Who is this guy?

    ProBlackNationalism ‏@Strong_BlackMan

    @RepBarbaraLee How can we redouble our efforts in fighting when our Blk leaders are afraid2 hold our POTUS accountable 4not fighting w/ us?

    • conlakappa

      One of the 4 New Black Panthers?

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

      Sounds like another Felonious Negro (tm Miranda) who read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, swore off pork and now thinks he’s the second coming of Stokely Carmichael.

  • creolechild

    GOP Rep. To McCain: Don’t ‘Make Racist Jokes’

    Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) on Monday swiftly denounced Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for a joke about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the former Republican presidential nominee made on Twitter.

    After McCain faced accusations of racism for a tweet in which he alluded to Ahmadinejad as a monkey, the senior Arizona senator told his critics to “lighten up.” Amash reacted with surprise to the original tweet before telling McCain to “wisen up” and stop making “racist jokes.”[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gop-rep-to-mccain-dont-tell-racist-jokes?ref=fpb

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • conlakappa

      I didn’t bother to look because boring men bore me but I did notice it’s part of the banner now at the WashPost, which means it’s one of the top online articles being talked about there. Could it be the lovefest with The Mack Daddy and his media minders is crumbling? They wouldn’t dare have talked about it in the past without saying they heard that someone heard that someone else heard. That’s pretty much how his past “jokes” have been reported.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Someone please remind me why anyone thought this evil little gnome was qualified to be president.

  • rikyrah

    For insiders, community group UNO’s charter schools pay

    By DAN MIHALOPOULOS AND TIM NOVAK
    Staff Reporters dmihalopoulos@suntimes.com
    February 4, 2013 12:22AM

    Built in 2011 with $25 million from Illinois taxpayers, the curvy, stainless-steel structure that houses the UNO Soccer Academy Elementary Charter School leaps out from the neighboring landscape of boxy brick houses on the Southwest Side.

    The school on South Homan Avenue isn’t just eye-catching. It has provided opportunities for working-class, Hispanic parents who want an alternative to crowded, poorly performing public schools for their children, says the head of the United Neighborhood Organization, the increasingly influential group that built and operates the school.

    But the way it and other UNO schools were built also has provided a financial boon to people close to the group’s leaders, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

    A $98 million state grant — approved by the Illinois Legislature in 2009 and believed to be the nation’s largest government investment in charter schools to date — funded the construction of Soccer Academy Elementary and other new schools built by UNO.

    More than one-fifth of the taxpayer money spent on the Soccer Academy Elementary project went to four contractors owned by family members of UNO’s political allies and a top executive of the group, records show:

    http://www.suntimes.com/17920483-761/for-insiders-community-group-unos-charter-schools-pay.html

  • rikyrah

    Nazi Goebbels’ Step-Grandchildren Are Hidden Billionaires

    By David de Jong – Jan 28, 2013 8:47 AM CT

    In the spring of 1945, Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the German Luftwaffe, was being held as a prisoner of war by Allied forces in the Libyan port city of Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from his mother, Magda Goebbels — the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

    The hand-written note confirmed the devastating news he had heard weeks earlier: His mother had committed suicide with her husband on May 1, after slipping their six children cyanide capsules in Adolf Hitler’s underground bunker in Berlin.

    “My dear son! By now we’ve been in the Fuehrerbunker for six days already, Daddy, your six little siblings and I, to give our national socialistic lives the only possible, honorable ending,” she wrote. “Harald, dear son, I want to give you what I learned in life: Be loyal! Loyal to yourself, loyal to the people and loyal to your country!”

    Quandt was released from captivity in 1947. Seven years later, he and his half-brother Herbert — Harald was the only remaining child from Magda Goebbels’ first marriage — would inherit the industrial empire built by their father, Guenther Quandt, which had produced Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft missiles for the Third Reich’s war machine. Among their most valuable assets at the time was a stake in car manufacturer Daimler AG. (DAI) They bought a part of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) a few years later.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-27/nazi-goebbels-step-grandchildren-are-hidden-billionaires.html?cmpid=otbrn.leaders.story

    • TyrenM

      Bush got paid. Why not the Goebbels?

  • creolechild

    Senate Republicans vow to block consumer bureau chief’s nomination

    Nearly all Senate Republicans have pledged to block the confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, adding to the uncertainty about the agency’s leadership after a recent court ruling threatening his recess appointment to the position.[….] The letter was signed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and 42 of his GOP colleagues — enough to filibuster a vote on Cordray’s nomination.[….]

    The senators demanded changes to the bureau’s structure before they would allow a vote on Cordray or any nominee to be its director. They want the single director position to be replaced by a bipartisan board similar to those that run most other government agencies. The senators also want the bureau’s funding to be part of the congressional appropriations process instead of flowing directly from the Federal Reserve. And they want to make it easier for other banking regulators to block actions by the consumer bureau.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-consumer-financial-protection-bureau-cordray-senate-republicans-2013020

    H/T Jim Puzzanghera

  • rikyrah

    Impeachmentum

    By Doug Galt February 4th, 2013

    I no longer think that House Republicans have the balls to impeach Obama, but maybe I’m wrong:

    If the president authorized the disclosure of national security secrets that exposed a covert action and undermined a U.S. ally in an effort to gain a political advantage in his reelection campaign, that would be a scandal of gigantic proportions. As one former top Justice Department official told me “if done for political gain, rather than for a bona fide purpose advancing the public interests of the United States, it could be grounds for impeachment.”

    In other words, at best ObamaLeaks may be a crime; at worst, they could be an impeachable offense. So the question is: What are those senior Obama administration officials telling investigators when confronted “with evidence of contact with journalists”? Were the leaks unauthorized? Or are they defending their disclosures by invoking the President’s personal authority to declassify national security information without formal process?

    If the former, then we could see senior Obama administration officials put on trial. If the latter, then it is the president who should be on trial — in the chamber of the United States Senate.

    That’s Marc Thiessen, a crazy motherfucker from around the way, even by WaPo standards. I wonder if this will gain any traction with serious people.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/02/04/impeachmentum/

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it short and sweet:

      I wish a muthafucka would.

  • rikyrah

    NJ Dems the Worst in the Nation

    by BooMan
    Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 09:02:57 AM EST

    As a native of the Garden State, I can tell you that New Jersey is a cesspool of political corruption that is outpaced in only a few states, like Louisiana. If a politician has fought his or herself to the top of the food chain in either party (but especially the Democratic Party), they have by definition compromised themselves many times over. HBO’s The Sopranos depicted the mob’s relationship with the state Senate fairly accurately. That was north Jersey and the ports. Then there is south Jersey and Atlantic City. One reason a lot of progressives welcomed Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine as governor and senator was because we knew he didn’t have to commit any felonies (in any official capacity, anyway) to get the nominations. New Jersey politics is that bad.

    If Louisiana could shrug off David Vitter’s diaper-wearing visits to prostitutes, Bob Menendez probably has little to worry about, even if the worst allegations are true. The problem is that the only clean politicians the Democrats have created in New Jersey in my lifetime have entered politics at the highest levels rather than working their way up. Frank Lautenberg used his private fortune to win a U.S. Senate seat in 1982. Bill Bradley used his fame to do the same in 1978. They were (and are) politicians that we can be proud of who didn’t shame New Jersey. But they are about the only ones. Even Corzine, who followed that model, turned out to be a scoundrel.

    As for Sen. Menendez, he’s always been suspect to me. I know what it takes to get where he is, and it ain’t pretty.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/4/9257/31203

    • MsKitty

      While I have my issues with BooMan, there’s nothing he said here that isn’t the truth.

  • rikyrah

    Wanker of the Day: Howard Kurtz

    by BooMan
    Mon Feb 4th, 2013 at 12:02:55 PM EST

    Howard Kurtz wants Al Gore and the president to stop whining about right-wing media. Maybe he just doesn’t like the sound of their voices, but his analysis is ridiculous. Take a look at the logic in this paragraph.

    Now it’s true that Fox or Limbaugh can boost or batter any lawmaker, and that they can help drive a controversy into the broader mainstream media. But we’re talking here about the president of the United States. He has an army, a navy and a bunch of nuclear weapons, not to mention an ability to command the airwaves at a moment’s notice. And he’s complaining about a cable channel and a radio talk-show host?

    Well, it’s true that the president can command the airwaves at a moment’s notice, but he can’t command the air waves twenty-four hours a day like Fox News, and he can’t spend three hours a day, five days a week, hosting a highly rated radio program like Rush Limbaugh. Moreover, of what use is the army, the navy, and our nuclear arsenal in shaping public opinion on immigration or guns or climate change or the economy? I might as well argue that Rush Limbaugh has an advantage over the president because he owns a riding lawnmower.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/4/12255/87081#8

  • creolechild

    U.S. carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994

    [….] Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy, the report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy said.

    The reduction in climate pollution – even as Congress failed to act on climate change – brings America more than halfway towards Barack Obama’s target of cutting emissions by 17% from 2005 levels over the next decade, the Bloomberg analysts said. By the end of last year, America’s emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions had fallen 10.7% from the 2005 baselines.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/01/u-s-carbon-emissions-fall-to-lowest-levels-since-1994/

    H/T Suzanne Goldenberg

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is a big effin’ deal; but will the holier than thou environmentalist crew give credit where it’s due? (Lookin’ at you Chris Hayes.)

  • rikyrah

    Skeet Birthers Can’t Afford to Admit the Truth, So They Explode with Insanity

    By: Sarah JonesFeb. 3rd, 2013

    Yesterday I wrote an article about the “skeet birther” movement sweeping the right wing paranoiacs, only to be regaled with tall tales explaining in no uncertain terms that the President is so busted. He never went skeet shooting, the picture is a lie! If only I would take off my Obama blindfold, I would see the truth.

    As the right wing media jumped around like frogs from lily pad to lily pad, desperately hoping to land on The Accusation That Stuck, they screeched that the gun angle was wrong, the gun was wrong, the smoke angle was suspicious, the President threatened them not to photoshop the picture, “questions must be asked”, etc.

    Then the Holy Grail of Skeet Birthers: The President could not have been skeet shooting on that fateful day in August, in spite of the picture provided by the White House. You see, he was golfing that day.

    http://www.politicususa.com/skeet-birthers-explode-insanity-day-2.html

  • rikyrah

    The Problem Isn’t Just McCain’s Racist Tweet, but Conservatives Defending Racism

    By: Sarah JonesFeb. 4th, 2013

    The John McCain dustup this morning over his tweet comparing Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey has revealed the thinking behind conservative values. One Republican congressman accused McCain of being a racist, and then a conservative stepped into the fray to explain that it’s okay to be a racist/hater when making jokes about someone who is an “anti-semite”, which is the same argument six year olds use to excuse their bad behavior.

    John McCain tweeted, “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?” In this tweet, he linked to a story about Iran launching a monkey into space. After some backlash, McCain pulled out his “I was just joking, lighten up” card, which is crumbling from over-use but this is John McCain.

    Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) tweeted, “Maybe you should wisen (sic) up & not make racist jokes. “@SenJohnMcCain: Re: Iran space tweet – lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?”

    It’s true that John McCain can’t get out of the locker room long enough to realize how inappropriate he can be. McCain is known for making tasteless “jokes” while taking great umbrage at things he imagines others did or said.

    George W. Bush supporter John Podhoretz, columnist for the New York Post and a speechwriter for former President Ronald Reagan as well as former President George H.W. Bush, stepped into the fray in order to defend McCain by explaining that it’s okay to be a racist against an anti-semite, “How dare McCain say something demeaning & disparaging abt the foremost anti-Semite on the planet.” He added, “So…it’s defend-the-Jew-hater-from-the-war-hero day.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/conservative-defends-racism-people-hate.html

    • MsKitty

      You just know he probably calls PBO a nigger at least 10 times a day.

    • Town

      “Amash” sounds Middle Eastern.

  • rikyrah

    How House Republicans can kill immigration reform

    Posted by Greg Sargent on February 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    The papers are filled with hints that a bipartisan group of House members is putting together its own immigration reform plan, which is a big deal, since it means bipartisan groups are moving forward on reform in both chambers.

    But there’s still one thing we don’t know about the talks in the House, which are shrouded in more secrecy than the Manhattan Project. Specifically: Does their emerging framework even include a path to citizenship, as the Senate framework does?

    That’s the key thing to be looking for tomorrow, when the House Judiciary Committee holds its first full hearing on the issue, and it goes directly to the possibility that the House GOP could still kill immigration reform. Check out this quote about tomorrow’s hearing from House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte:

    “I am confident that we will pass legislation dealing with immigration, but I don’t know the extent of what we can do yet, because the members need to be educated, the issues need to be discussed, and a lot of questions need to be answered about where on a spectrum between deportation and citizenship we can find common ground to bring people who are living in the shadows out of the shadows.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/04/how-house-republicans-can-kill-immigration-reform/

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -Haven’t seen this in some time- —“Mr. Earl- – – IZZAT CHU?. .

    – —- -President Obama Alone Can’t Stop Black Murder Plague- —

    – —- --The murder of 15 year old honor student Hadiya Pendleton on Chicago’s South Side drew national attention because she performed at President Obama’s inauguration. Her murder defied the well-worn and infuriating pattern that when a black is gunned down in a poor or any other neighborhood it draws barely a public yawn and scant press mention. Because of the press attention to her murder, the clamor started for Obama to speak out on the carnage in his hometown, and other inner city neighborhoods.>

    But this is not the first time that some have called for Obama to put White House muscle behind an anti-violence campaign in ghetto neighborhoods, starting with Chicago. That’s the same muscle he’s put behind the gun control fight and his willingness to travel to Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut and express symphony to those who lost loved ones in the mass killings there.

    While it’s a commendable and certainly appropriate idea for the President to call for a national anti-violence campaign in black communities, it still begs the question of why so many young black males strap guns to their waists and wantonly kill or are killed by each other. Recent reports on the murder violence show that the murder rate among blacks is seven times greater than among whites. The disproportionate rate is even more staggering since it comes at a time, despite the heinous, and media sensationalist mass shootings, the overall murder rate has plunged nationally to the lowest since 1961. – — -SNIP- – –

    – — – – It will still take a coordinated effort by educators, health professionals, drug counselors, violence prevention specialists, gang intervention activists, victims of violence and local community activists and leaders, and most importantly parents to stem the violence. They must devise and coordinate short- and long-term strategies and programs to provide jobs, training, better education, and boost the self-esteem of at-risk young blacks. Public officials must provide the political muscle and resources to implement these programs.

    If young whites were killing other whites in the same appalling numbers as blacks, the public and policy makers would declare a national crisis and rush to address it. The murder of Pendleton and the dozens of others in black communities demands the same response.

  • creolechild

    Study: Republican Gerrymandering Cost Democrats 1.7 Million Votes In Just 7 States

    [….] A new study by Princeton molecular biologist and neuroscientist Sam Wang digs deeper into the effect of the Republican gerrymander, and finds that the gerrymanders in seven states were so powerful that they are the equivalent of 1.7 million Democrats simply deciding not to show up at the polls:[….] Such gerrymanders can exist because five conservative justices refused to block partisan redistricting in a case called Vieth v. Jubelirer.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/04/1534201/study-republican-gerrymandering-cost-democrats-17-million-votes-in-just-7-states/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

  • creolechild

    Bernette Johnson sworn in as Louisiana Supreme Court’s first black chief justice

    Bernette Johnson was sworn in Friday as the first black chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, less than four months after her colleagues resolved a dispute over whether she was entitled to the position. Johnson took the oath of office during a brief ceremony a day after her predecessor, Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, formally retired. A public ceremony marking her investiture is scheduled for Feb. 28 on the courthouse steps in the French Quarter.[….]

    Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/bernette_johnson_sworn_in_as_l.html

    H/T Associated Press

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!