October 21, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.! We hope you’re enjoying your weekend.



This concludes our series on Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

  • rikyrah

    Welcome to this week’s West Wing Week, this week we take you from Pennsylvania Ave to the heartland of America, to the Rocky Mountains, to the Big Apple and south of the boarder for a packed week of travel with the President and Vice President.


  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Pres. Obama:
    Saved Economy ✔
    ObamaCare ✔
    Women On SCOTUS ✔
    Repealed DADT ✔
    Rid Syria Of CW ✔
    Dialogue With Iran ✔
    Ended War ✔
    OBL ✔
    8:22 PM – 27 Sep 2013

  • rikyrah

    Kurt Eichenwald: Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?

    What is it about Obamacare that compels seemingly intelligent people to explode in bubbling spasms of stupid? Are they misinformed? Unable to see past the rage-fueled partisan sweat dripping into their eyes? Or just plain dishonest?

    No matter. At this point, it has become obvious that history will look back on the four-year war on Obamacare as one of the saddest, most bizarre, and most dishonestly embarrassing episodes of our time. I have given up trying to understand the vehement opposition of so many who cannot offer up truthful reasons for their objections, and instead fuel the hatred and fears of the uninformed with the most illogical, mendacious, and fundamentally bizarre arguments that have ever been marshaled. By comparison, Joe McCarthy’s McCarthyistic McCarthyism was an exercise in reason.


    • isonprize

      Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?


  • rikyrah

    Obamacare Is About to Go Live. Here’s Why It Was Worth the Wait.

    Obamacare’s new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business on October 1, just a few days from now. For all the attention that date has received, it is less important than it might seem. Because new coverage won’t actually begin until January 1, most people looking to get insurance on their own won’t start shopping until the end of the year. But October 1 is still a milestone. And with Republicans threatening to let the government shut down or default if Obamacare takes full effect, it’s also a good moment to take a step back and assess the law—to think, in the broadest possible terms, about whether the reforms it has enacted are worthwhile.

    The public remains unconvinced, although feelings are more mixed than Senator Ted Cruz would have you believe. While poll results vary depending on wording and source, people tend to have negative views of the law but don’t want Congress to defund it or block implementation; they support the component pieces but doubt the whole package will help them personally. One reason for the ambivalence is confusion: Most people don’t know what the law really does. Americans are also reacting to the unrelenting, frequently dishonest attacks by the law’s opponents. Two weeks ago, this campaign of misinformation reached a new level of absurdity when Betsy McCaughey, a discredited advocate from the 1990s, suggested that Obamacare would turn doctors into “government agents” demanding information about patients’ sex lives. The claim is not true. It went viral anyway.

    Still, some misgivings about Obamacare are reactions to what’s actually in the law, because pretty much everybody can find something in it not to like. Liberals are disappointed the law doesn’t cover everybody—and won’t guarantee everybody’s insurance is adequate. That’s true. Conservatives are furious that Obamacare means higher taxes and more regulation. That’s also true. Some employers will alter company benefits or hours for part-timers. Some people will pay more for insurance. Some of the fancy new websites for buying insurance won’t be fully functional, maybe for a while. These are real problems, even if they affect relatively few people.

    But compromises, trade-offs, and, yes, unintended consequences have been part of every reform in American history. The minimum wage and child labor laws took money out of the pockets of employers. Social Security raised taxes on workers. Today, Americans cherish those programs because the good far outweighs the bad—because what the country gained, in economic security, health, and freedom, more than made up for what it lost. The same standard should apply today.

    If you’re going to judge Obamacare, you can’t do it by looking simply at the minuses or the pluses, as even its advocates are prone to do. You need to look at the whole thing—to see what’s getting better and what’s getting worse. And you can’t do that until you ponder a question few bother to ask: What would the United States look like today if Obamacare hadn’t become law?


  • rikyrah

    James Fallows: Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead

    A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years

    Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us. They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing of public functions via “the sequester”; and a possible vote not to raise the federal debt ceiling, which would create the prospect of a default on U.S. Treasury debt.

    ….. As a matter of journalism, any story that presents the disagreements as a “standoff,” a “showdown,” a “failure of leadership,” a sign of “partisan gridlock,” or any of the other usual terms for political disagreement, represents a failure of journalism and an inability to see or describe what is going on….

    ….This isn’t “gridlock.” It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us – and, should there be a debt default, could harm the rest of the world too.


  • rikyrah

    Tea Party Can Get Bent

    by BooMan
    Sat Sep 28th, 2013 at 09:21:20 AM EST
    Other than their ability to destroy the Republican Party, I am just not sure why any of us should care about this.

    The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama’s health-care law has lit up tea party groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party.

    The standoff, which threatens to plunge the federal government into a financial crisis, has served as a rallying cry for a cadre of conservatives, who are bombarding lawmakers with phone calls, e-mails and social media messages backing a last-ditch effort to hobble the health-care law.

    I don’t think these people can be told to “go fuck themselves” with enough emphasis.


  • rikyrah

    Hispanics Grow Cool to G.O.P., Poll Finds
    Published: September 27, 2013

    A new survey shows that Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority group, have grown increasingly negative toward the Republican Party during the political battle over changing immigration law and lean surprisingly liberal on social issues like gay marriage — a combination of factors that presents a steep challenge for Republicans in trying to win back Hispanic voters.

    More than 6 in 10 Hispanic respondents said they felt closer to the Democratic Party than they had in the past, while only 3 in 10 said they felt closer to the Republican Party. When Hispanics were asked to offer descriptions of the parties, 48 percent of the responses about the Republicans were negative associations like “intolerant” and “out of touch,” while 22 percent of the responses for the Democrats were negative.

    The outlook for Republicans has grown increasingly negative since 2004, when President George W. Bush won re-election with 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. The survey, released Friday by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit research group in Washington, found that 56 percent of registered Hispanic voters identified with the Democrats, while 19 percent said they identified with Republicans, and 19 percent as independents.


    • Aquagranny911

      Message to Ms Goodstein:

      No caca, Sherlock! When the GOP candidate for Prez tells folks to “self-deport” among other demeaning things, it kind of gets on our last nerves.

      • pamelabrown53

        Dearest Aquagranny,

        While I know from every comment you’ve written is that you are a hard worker, a true activist. How can we help to increase Latino voting voting rates, especially in the mid-terms?

        Please don’t think for a New York minute that I’m placing blame: this is a problem for democratic voters in general.

        We just have to beat all those “cactus sucking goatfiggers”!

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m working on it Pamelabrown. I really only know what goes on in my state. AZ has done everything they could to suppress the Latino vote, both overt (SB1070) to covert (closing & moving polling places at the last minute & making it harder for mail in balloting for some.)

          One of the things I have worked on so hard is to dispel a rather entrenched belief especially among older voters here that their votes don’t count so “why bother.” It can be a real uphill battle. Thankfully our younger folks are flexing their political & voting muscles & they turned out way better in 2012, especially in our Southern counties.

          Maricopa county still controls a lot of our politics here because they have the largest population, a strong contingent of retirees and Anglo transplants with the $$$$$$ & power to keep electing goatfiggers like

          Sheriff Arpiggio.

          A lot of people get frustrated & just give up believing they have a voice at all. Too many just lay low & try to survive, especially if they have any undocumented family members, somebody owes a traffic ticket or one of their kiddos got in trouble at school. Intimidation is a powerful tool & believe me the Repugs use it!

          There is also a lot of suppression of the Native American vote. I can’t tell you what the Native peoples on the northern reservations have to go through to vote. Some have had to drive over 120 miles round trip for a polling place. They get cut out of mail in balloting because they don’t have “proper addresses” Isn’t it ironic that our First People, undeniably “American” can get treated like this?

          It’s complicated. IMO, each state will have to deal with this issue in it’s own way. Believe me that we are doing our very best to get people active & participating. We are having success with the young people who have been energized by PBO to not only hope but to strive for more.

          I think Latinos suffer from a lack of unity. When you get down to it, we share a language & a culture but we are racially diverse & there are certain levels of prejudice that can be at play among us.

          I got carried away here, sorry. Like I said, it’s complicated. We have to do our best to help folks understand that their votes and voices matter. I hope that helps some.

        • Aquagranny911

          Pamela, more….

          Getting people involved in their local elections like school board, city council is also key. I have smacked people in the head (figuratively) regarding a local election where a teapotty asswipe won by only 19 votes and people were so unhappy.

          19 votes! I blasted some really hard with this. I asked: “How many members to your familias? Did you & every voter in your familia vote? If you answer ‘No’ then do not cry about what you get. You have the power. Use it!”

          Maybe I can get away easier with the tough talk to some because they know me & I take no prisoners!

          But I do believe that getting people involved in the smaller, local elections really does help them see how much every vote does count.

          As you can see I am passionate on this issue.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning GLH, and everyone. Those breakfast pics,why can’t that be my morning breakfast?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — – Good MornTin crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>)
        —I KNOW -HUH!. -:>) – — -I’ll tryta –“get there” annnd “BRANG it” –F’REALZ! :>) —

        U have a good day. :>)

  • JB20005

    I’m a federal employee, my Dad is on Social Security retirement, my brother’s on Social Security disability. Any shutdown of the government will hurt my family in a direct and immediate way.

    That said, a line needs to be drawn in the sand here and now. Don’t give the TeaRacists an inch, President Obama. Not one fucking inch.

    • jziglar

      I agree. I think this confrontation has to happen and I have to say (Manchin excluded) I’m really proud of the Democratic unity behind this issue. Every democrat so far has stayed on message.

      • isonprize

        So far… There’s always time to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

        And while Rahm Emaneul isn’t currently on my ‘favorite’ list, he was a force to be reckoned with when folks needed to be ‘reminded’ of how to stay on message.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ JB20005. **BIG HUG*** —

      THANK U 4 THIS — -F’REALZ —testimony. – –

      – – -THOSE -“TEARacists” –R –RACIST –Anti-PEOPLE — –HATA-B**TURDS!! — —

      YET —-KARMA — has YET 2 – -FULLY SPEAK!! — –

      Annnd – – –THIS – –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw – –GOTTA KEEP da FAITH. :>)

      Good 2 C U. PRAYIN’ 4 U/Family –ALL AFFECTED. AMEN.

    • Aquagranny911

      Same here, JB & I stand right with you on this & told PBO that in an email. I’m prepared to hang tough & weather whatever comes. No Retreat! No surrender!

    • pamelabrown53

      I’m really not worried about President Obama giving a “fucking inch”. He knows that by doing so he will subvert our Democracy.

      Another thing that brings me comfort is that our president thinks ahead and I’m certain he has a Plan B that the “TeaRacists” won’t see coming. After all, he’s a constitutional scholar,a seriously disciplined thinker and strategist (2 qualities our “first black president Clinton” lacked.).

      Just maybe President Obama will luck out for his gazillionth time!

      • jziglar

        I think the president is leaving the option open for invoking the 14th amendment if they don’t raise the debt ceiling. I think the option is on the table because the white house has not taken it off the table like before.

        And I would love seeing republicans fight that in court because even the pro corporate conservative judges like John Roberts will not go along with a default that will ruin our economy and the world economy.

      • Aquagranny911

        Didn’t you mean to put “luck out” in quotes. I think it was Captain Kirk who said once: “Fortune follows the brave.” PBO is most definitely courageous & one hell of a poker player, lol.

        I say to the GOP who are prepared to go “all in” “Just fold em. PBO does not bluff & he probably does have those aces.”

    • Miranda

      My sister works for the CDC and her job is funded by a federal grant…she said they’re all in a “wish a mutha****** would” stance regarding the GOP. They’re all like “go head mofos…shut if down, see what happens”.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -Sooo sorry 2 hear this. PRAYIN’ 4 him. —

    – — –Marvin Gaye III pleads for kidney donation

    Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant.

    The son of late singer Marvin Gaye announced earlier this week that he’s been receiving dialysis for renal failure for three years and he’s having trouble finding a suitable kidney for transplant.

    He said he is sharing his condition publicly to help draw attention
    to the challenges blacks and Hispanics face in finding healthy organ donors. He also says he plans to donate some proceeds from his forthcoming album to a kidney research organization.

    THERE IS MORE – – — -PRAYIN’ – – -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –ANOTHER —BEAT DOWN on da DANG RE-THUGS!! — –YES!!—

    — —-Senator Bashes House Republicans: ‘They Hate Government. They Don’t Want Government To Work.’

    – — — –Sen. Angus King (I-ME) tore into House Republicans on Saturday for roadblocking passage of government funding, saying that “they hate the government,” and are “holding the entire United States hostage” because they “don’t believe government can or should work.”

    Speaking on MSNBC’s Up With Steve Kornacki, King also
    trashed the so-called ‘Hastert Rule,’ an informal agreement by
    Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) not to bring a bill up for a vote unless it can win the majority of the Republican caucus:

    KING: If [Bohener] brought the continuing resolution that we sent him yesterday… chances are it would pass. It would get most of the Democratic votes and enough Republican votes to achieve a majority, but they’ve got this rule that if they can’t have a unified caucus then nothing comes to the floor. That’s one of the things I think people should realize: Out of 535 people in Congress, this is like 120 or so that are — you know, it’s the tail wagging the dog.

    The other thing that I think that’s important, and it didn’t come up in your earlier discussion, is there is a pernicious inner logic to what these characters are doing. They hate government. They don’t want government to work. They don’t believe government can or should work. Crashing the economy, crashing the government, is a kind of weird success and it’s very hard to reach agreement with people who don’t share a kind of basic appreciation of the institution. This is dangerous. We’ve never been here before.

    — —BRUTAL — – -TRUTH!! http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/StickManInc/ThrowStick.gif

  • crazycanuck

    EHSadeghi ‏@EHSadeghi5m
    CNN Website is now UNBLOCKED in #Iran.@BBCKimGhattas @camanpour @andersoncooper @lrozen

    That is the one site they should keep blocked lol.

    • Miranda

      Oh they’ll be blocking it back in a month…after they watch it and realize that mess deserves to not be seen. LOL

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

    • crazycanuck

      Hey Alma, morning. Great Sun

      • Alma98

        Morning cc.
        You bored yet? LOL

        • crazycanuck

          LOL, no just lazy today. Just finished washing my hair, now I should really do laundry, but here I am on the internet.

          • Alma98

            LOL…. Well I’m gonna grocery shop in a little bit before I get lazy and not do it.

          • Aquagranny911

            Dang! Can I give you my list? I’m putting off shopping until I know how much I will have to actually spend. I still have a few things at hand so hubby won’t have to eat sand.

          • Alma98

            Well my mother already gives me her list so maybe next time lol. I’m not getting much just the essentials. I have three guys in the house and they eat all the snacks and lunch stuff up. And they go through paper towels & toilet paper like crazy.

          • Aquagranny911

            Exactly where you should be! You know you like hanging out with us especially when you are bored. The laundry isn’t going anywhere but you never know where we may go unless you hang around.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD BEAUTIFUL MORNTIN’ Alma98. – –Annnd HERE U R –BRANGIN’ the BEAUTIFUL SUN. – – -***BIG HUG** – — –Thank U 4 our — UNIQUE –DAILY JOY”♥– –

      — -B BLESSED — U/”DAUGHTER”Alma. :>)

      • Alma98

        Good beautiful morning GLH! And it is beautiful here this morning. Glad you liked the sun, daughter is doing good she went to a Motown block party yesterday. I’m glad she’s getting out and about. Blessings to you, and have a great weekend.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Woo! Hoo! Alma. :>) GR8 news. :>) PRAYERS R —WERKIN’ :>) –

          • Alma98

            ***fist bump***

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! Today’s sun kind of made me dizzy when I stared at it for a bit. We got up early & planted more stuff, mostly flowers…marigolds, giant sunflowers & cosmos.

      • Alma98

        Morning AG! I’m trying to hypnotize you lol. I grew giant sunflowers year before last and still have seeds from them. I also grew some that were green they were so pretty. I love cosmos I grew them all the time when I lived in FL & NC.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      thanks for this sun. non-traditional as it is.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

    • MsKitty

      Love that sun. Reminds me of something that would be made on a Spirograph.

      • Alma98

        That’s why I liked it MsKitty, it reminded me of making them in art class as a kid.

        • crazycanuck

          OMG, I’ve been trying to remember the name of that thing all day

          • Alma98

            hahahahahahahaha! I loved my spyro gyro!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – —GLOATIN’ Time —-STOOPID — -ELEPHANTS!! —

    — – –The Forgetful Elephant: A Quick History Lesson for Today’s GOP – –

    —–<i>Some beliefs are hard to change.
    Today, we have a major political party that believes the President of
    the United States is a tyrant and a dangerous man. This major political party also believes that the president is abusing his political power and is not properly working with Congress, which best represents the American people. They also believe that the government is overreaching and that this overreaching will ultimately lead to the demise of our great country.

    This political party is doing everything it can to get the word out
    about these issues and concerns. Its backers have major influence in today’s media.
    This party is aided by its ties to the churches, who often implore their members to vote for this party. This party has a wide variety of supporters from all socio-economic backgrounds; however,its opponents have been successful in casting this political party as the party of the wealthy.
    Despite all this, this major political party is being pulled about by
    the major social issues of its day. The broad coalition within this
    part is being torn apart and cannot seem to come to a consensus
    concerning major issues affecting today’s average American citizen. At a time where the economy is doing fairly well, many of the best and brightest minds of the political party are opting for other, more lucrative careers rather than getting into politics.
    Such is life here in 1850′s America.

    Wait, what?
    — –SNIP —-

    — – – –Fortunately for Democrats, Republicans have never been too keen on picking up on these historical patterns. The truth is that today’s Republican Party is essentially the Whig Party reincarnated one-hundred and sixty years later. The are deeply, deeply fractured.

    Dey ‘ON’T –KNOW — -MATH orrr —HISTORY!! – –

    –How the — STOOPID BURNS!! — -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jWNhyMUpjSE/TSDicxbE7bI/AAAAAAAAH9o/JcKpDeU0ttQ/s1600/funny-picture-the-stupid-it-burns.jpg – — TRUTH!! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — – -WATCHIN’ — – -SADLY —COUNTDOWN —2 DAYS

    – – –As Shutdown Odds Rise, Federal Agencies Scramble

    — – –John Boehner planned a strategy session later today with House Republican leaders to plot their next move, but the prospects of avoiding a government shutdown before Monday’s midnight deadline are getting bleaker by the hour, reports Politico.
    For one thing, no negotiations between Republicans and Democrats are even on the horizon, because both sides feel they’ve already staked out their positions. The Hill also thinks a shutdown is “increasingly likely,” and USA Today has rolled out a primer on what it would mean to ordinary citizens: Yes, you’ll get your mail, and neither Medicare, Social Security, nor Medicaid will be affected.

    But scores of other federal programs and activities will come to a halt:
    Forget visiting a national park or museum, and expect delays in
    everything from passport applications to gun permits to mortgage
    approvals. USA Today estimates that 40% of non-defense federal workers will be furloughed during the shutdown, and the Washington Posthas details on how the Pentagon is scrambling to prepare. In short, it’s a logistical mess, with about 400,000 civilian employees told they’d have to stay home unless a deal is reached. “The planning itself is disruptive,” says the Defense Department’s comptroller.



    Annd SOME people –SUPPORT THEM!! —-PHOOLS!! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -Sepia♥ —TWEETIN’ – — TRUTH! :>) – – –

    – -☺@keithboykin
    ‏So it looks like we’re headed for a government shutdown on Tuesday. When will they ever learn? http://politi.co/19cIo4K
    View summary

    —☺ ‏@keithboykin
    ‏Sorry Tea Party. Government spending has fallen faster than anytime since the 50s. Get a new talking point. http://nyti.ms/16wRsaC

    – – –☺@keithboykin
    Republican states have the most government workers. That means you Wyoming! http://nyti.ms/16wRsaC
    View summary

    — -☺@keithboykin
    Bad news for the GOP. Hispanics are becoming more Democratic. Only 19% identity as Republican. http://nyti.ms/1bhFd3h
    View summary – — -HAH! — –GOTV!! :>)
    MORE — L8R :>) – —

  • crazycanuck

    Was just about to buy these jeans,but it’s on reserve 🙁

    • Aquagranny911

      Those are definitely NOT “Mom Jeans” Really cute & I love the pockets.

      • crazycanuck

        That is what sold me AG, the pockets, they have another one but the pockets were a hot mess.

    • GreenLadyHere

      crazycanuck – –LOL- — —-My first thought —

      — –THIS –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkl4Y0sxerQ

      —I’m GOIN’ – – – ->http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1151255/walking-away-o.gif — –LOL —- I LIKE ’em. :>)

    • pamelabrown53

      If you look that good in those gorgeous jeans then put your name on the list!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —GIFTED – – -YOUNG –BLAH Miss :>) – —

    — —Kaylen from Fox’s ‘MasterChef Junior’ (She Makes a Mean Burger) – –

    – — – – –*If you’re expecting Gordon Ramsay to berate, humiliate, scream at and curse out a bunch of kids on Fox’s new
    “MasterChef Junior,” thankfully, you’ll be disappointed.

    Premiering Friday (Sept. 27) at 8 p.m., the kiddie version of
    Ramsay’s “MasterChef” (formerly known as “Junior MasterChef”) will startout with a group of 24 youngins, aged 8 to 13, who will be whittled down to a Top 12 in the one-hour premiere.

    – –SNIP – —

    Below, one of the show’s African American contestants, 11-year-old Kaylen of Culver City, Calif., tells us what it takes to be a good chef, and her favorite dish this season.
    THERE IS MORE – – — – BEST WISHES. – – BLESS her♥ — -:>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Cool share & good luck to Ms Kaylen! I think I shared it here last year that the AZ winner for Michelle’s Kids Cook Healthy was a young AA girl from Tempe (I think) She got great coverage & recognition from our local media. I think I shared the links & her appearance at the WH Kid’s Dinner.

      I am so proud of these kiddos!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – -Gotta “bounce” 2 an —ACA POSITIVITY — -Informational event. – –:>) – – -Woo! Hoo!

    C YA —as soon as. . .♥ —

  • Aquagranny911

    I’m going now to put on a pot of pinto beans. Let them eat beans! FU GOP, we like beans!

  • crazycanuck

    Ok, I’m heading out,and when I come back I’m hoping to buy those jeans. All I got to figure out is size.

    • Aquagranny911

      Go for it! This could be a total win/win. If you score those jeans, you will not only look fab but may be able to delay doing laundry as long as you have some clean undies. Just a thought….

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Jersey City Businesses Will Soon Provide Paid Sick Leave

    The Jersey City council voted on Wednesday night
    to mandate that businesses provide paid sick leave for their employees, making it the sixth city in the country to pass such a requirement.[….]

    The effort, which was approved by a 7-1 majority, will require businesses with 10 or more employees to provide up to five days of paid sick leave a year. Workers will be able to earn a day off for each 30 days worked.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/26/2684691/jersey-city-sick-leave/

    H/T Annie-Rose Strasser

  • creolechild

    Scholastic will donate 1 million books for kids in poverty

    Scholastic will donate 1 million books to Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit that gives free books to children living in poverty, the publisher announced Monday.[….] It plans to donate paperbacks and board books to the nonprofit, in English and Spanish.[….]

    Reach Out and Read’s method is to provide books at the doctors’ offices where kids are taken for regular checkups and vaccinations. Participating doctors and nurses even talk about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read will distribute the donated books through more than 12,000 healthcare providers nationwide.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-scholastic-donate-1-million-books-20130923,0,3202959.story

    H/T Carolyn Kellogg

    • morphus

      Unless Scholastic changed its ways this jester may just be more corporate “outreach” to poor children …

      Tell Scholastic: Stop Pushing Corporate PR in Classrooms: Trusted children’s publisher Scholastic is abusing its privileged position in schools. Scholastic’s InSchool Marketing division offers its services to corporations as a curriculum producer for hire.


  • creolechild

    Federal Court Allows DOJ To Make New Voting Rights Arguments In Texas

    In the first positive signal since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling would not deter him from enforcing the Voting Rights Act, a federal panel ruled Tuesday that the Department of Justice could intervene in a lawsuit to make its case.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/24/2675451/federal-court-allows-doj-to-challenge-texas-redistricting/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • creolechild

    Football Coach Suspends Entire Team Over Online Bullying (VIDEO)

    [….] According to a letter sent to team members and their parents, Labrum and his fellow coaches were unhappy with how team members were representing themselves in the community[….]
    The letter went on to say that the Cougars needed to do some serious work on building character before they can play any more football: As of tonight we are no longer playing Football until we meet certain criteria! TURN YOUR JERSEYS IN NOW!

    Labrum met with the team the next morning and said they’d have a
    chance to play again, but only if they meet some unusual and rigorous terms, which include:

    Performing two days of community service instead of practices
    Participating in a character education class
    Attending a study hall session
    Memorizing and reciting a paragraph on the value of good character
    Arriving at future practices on time
    Reciting and acting on a pledge to maintain grades, and show respect for teachers, students and other members of the community.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/27/football-coach-suspends-team-over-online-bullying-video/

    H/T Elisabeth Parker

  • creolechild

    Israel To Boycott Iran’s U.N. Speech, U.S. Will Attend

    [….] Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Proser won’t be attending Hassan Rouhani’s inaugural speech. Nor will his Minister of Strategic and Intelligence Affairs responsible for international relations Yuval Steinitz — the highest ranking Israeli official in New York for the General Assembly. They are both under instruction to not be present while Rouhani speaks.[….]

    [….] The United States won’t be joining in the boycott, however, as it did during the days of former president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[….] This leaves the door open for both U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power’s and Secretary of State John Kerry to attend Rouhani’s speech.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/09/24/2672651/rouhani-netanyahu-united-nations/

    H/T Hayes Brown

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!