September 2, 2014

Sunday Brunch Open Thread: Zapp and Roger

It’s Sunday and it’s time for our weekly musical brunch. As a kid, I would love it when my mom played Zapp and Roger on the record player.  As an homage to those great memories, we are going to jam to some Zapp and Roger.

Zapp & Roger (1996) - The Compilation - Greatest Hits II & More A

 

Zapp (also known as the Zapp Band or Zapp and Roger) is a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, Terry Troutman, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson. Known for hits such as “More Bounce to the Ounce”, “Dance Floor” and “Computer Love”, the group was a partial source of inspiration to West Coast hip-hop and G-funk, which came out of the hand clapped-drum beat styled funk of Zapp’s records, with Roger’s use of the talk box becoming another reason for the group’s impact and its success.

The nucleus of Zapp circled around two of the five Troutman brothers: Lester and Roger. The duo of Lester and Roger started several groups including Little Roger and the Vels. Larry eventually joined his brothers when their name became Roger and the Human Body, which also included youngest brother Terry, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson [Cincinnati Ohio Funk Keyboardist]. Larry was then the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections.

Computer Love

 

I Wanna Be Your Man

 

Dance Floor

More Bounce to the Ounce

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning all!This cruel heartless dick right hereBill Would Tie Welfare Benefits to Child School Performance

    State Sen. Stacey Campfield has proposed legislation that would cut welfare benefits to parents whose children fail to make “satisfactory academic progress” in school, a move he says should inspire parents to take a more active role in helping students learn.

    While the Knoxville Republican says SB132 is a step toward “breaking the cycle of poverty,” Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says it could make life more difficult for parents and children who are already struggling.more here: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2013/01/bill-would-tie-welfare-benefit.html I initially read about this here, where the comments are just sickhttp://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2013/01/25/tennessee-state-senator-reduce-welfare-payments-to-families-if-children-dont-do-well-in-school/

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

      WTF??? How can you deprive someone NECESSITIES because they don’t get good grades?

      Folks, this goes to show you that the battle didn’t end with PBO’s re-election….It’s just begun.

      And instead of Tavis and nem whining about MLK’s Bible, they need to tackle this because we all know this will affect US the most.

      • rikyrah

        this is the evil that they are…they show themselves all the time.

  • Miranda

    Barack Obama is Not Pleased: The president on his enemies, the media, and the future of footballhttp://www.newrepublic.com/article/112190/obama-interview-2013-sit-down-president#

  • trose1

    I cannot believe this is happening. This is really unbelievable and our tax dollars support this country.

    Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

    A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.

    Health Ministry Director General Prof. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course.

    The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-admits-ethiopian-women-were-given-birth-control-shots.premium-1.496519

    • Miranda

      Not shocking. Don’t forget this country willfully gave black men syphilis and states were sterilizing poor women until as recently as 30 years ago and trying to hide it.

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

      Not surprising. Look at this:

      Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
      Ian Black, Middle East editor | The Guardian, Sunday 20 December 2009

      Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend.

      The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”.

      MORE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/21/israeli-pathologists-harvested-organs

      ———————————————–

      Israel isn’t as innocent as the U.S. media would have you believe.

      • trose1

        smdh they are a sick people

    • GN

      There have been riots against Africans in Israel. This is not surprising to me at all.

    • rikyrah

      not shocked in the least.

  • Miranda

    Mother mourns loss of fourth child to gun violence January 26, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A shooting early Saturday morning in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood claimed the life of one man and wounded another.

    The slain victim is the son of a woman who has now lost all of her children to gun violence.

    Shirley Chambers, mother of four, grieved again on Saturday.

    “Right now, I’m totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son,” Chambers said. More here: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8969039

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

      Damn. *smh*

      God bless her.

    • GN

      Beyond words.

    • rikyrah

      this just makes the heart ache.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB/POU FAM♥. – - -HERE IS A SONG of ENCOURAGEMENT 4 MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joe annnd US♥. – - -YES! — WE! — CAN!! – MAKE IT! – -THIS SECOND TIME AROUND! :>) – -

    – — – –☻SUPPORTIN’ HIS NOMINATIONS: – -Weekly Address: Two Nominees Who Will Fight for the American People – -
    – — – -President Obama discusses his nomination of Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. – - -

    — -☻Obama: ‘Harkin will be missed’ – –
    ———President Barack Obama released a statement Saturday on Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s announcement that he would not seek re-election.
    “By the time Senator Harkin finishes his fifth term, he will have represented the people of Iowa in the United States Congress for an incredible 40 years,” Obama said. “He has served in the U.S. Senate longer than any Democrat in Iowa’s history. During his tenure, he has fought passionately to improve quality of life for Americans with disabilities and their families, to reform our education system and ensure that every American has access to affordable health care. Senator Harkin will be missed, and Michelle and I join Iowans in thanking him for his long-standing service and wish him and his wife, Ruth, all the best in the future.”
    — –

    – - – —ENJOY – –YOUR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH!! :>)-

    - — – PBOMB♥ – –I usta luv jammin’ 2 THIS. :>) – FUN WORDS!! LOL –
    - -Zapp & Rogers – Do Wa Ditty. –***hands inda air*** :>) – –THANK U. :>)

    — -B BLESSED♥- -:>)—

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - -***S –I – –G – –H!**** – -Da SKY is FALLIN’! – - –DA SKY is FALLIN’!! — -MR. PRESIDENT is STRAPPED!!

    — -Obama says he goes skeet shooting ‘all the time’ at Camp David – –

    – - – -President Obama says he regularly skeet shoots at Camp David and called on gun-control proponents to “do a little more listening” to gun owners in the national debate over firearms.

    In an interview with The New Republic posted on Sunday Obama said that he and guests “do skeet shooting all the time” at the presidential retreat and said he understood why many rural voters were protective of their gun-ownership rights.

    “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations,” said the president. “And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.”

    Obama suggested that the divide over gun reform could be traced to the split between rural and urban areas and said he hoped to “bridge those gaps” in his push to stem gun violence.
    THERE IS MORE. – — —LOL —

    Watchin’. . . .the reactions. LOL –

    • TyrenM

      So much for he’s coming to take all your guns.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-UPDATE: – - – -GR8 SUPPORT 4 MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joe: – –:>) – -

    - —-Americans march for gun control in Washington DC protest – -

    — —Thousands of people, many of them holding signs with the names of gun violence victims, joined a rally for gun control on Saturday in Washington DC, marching from the US Capitol building to the Washington Monument.

    Leading the crowd were marchers with “We Are Sandy Hook” signs, paying tribute to victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December.

    The crowd stretched for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue.
    Participants held signs reading “Gun Control Now” and “Background checks save lives” among other messages.

    Other signs were simple and white, with the names of victims of gun violence.

    About 100 residents from Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six teachers, travelled to Washington together, organisers said.
    THERE IS MORE!! – — – - -GR8 –ACTIVIST – - -NEWS!! – -:>) – - -

    • conlakappa

      Of course WashPost says it was only 1,000 though everyone else says thousands. The lies, they pile up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – –FIRST: – -Shiva(Moderator)
    We have a congress that wants to legislate over us, not for us. This is criminal.
    – - -TRUTH!! —

    —-Republicans Decide the Solution to Their Problems is to Screw America with a Smile – –

    – – — -Most people would be inclined to agree that being assaulted by a criminal with a smile on their face is still being assaulted, especially if the assailant has a history of attacking them at every opportunity. Whether an attacker is smiling or scowling, the damage they inflict is still painful, and even semi-intelligent human beings would avoid any situation that might give the assailant another chance to inflict harm on them or their loved ones. Politicians learn early on to smile regardless if they are proposing legislation that helps or harms their constituents, and it does not take long for the public to learn that it is the politician’s record and position on issues that matters and not whether they present themselves and their agenda in a friendly manner or with a smile on their face. Republicans have not proposed one idea over the past decade, or longer, that benefits the population, and in fact have been purveyors of pain and suffering for Americans far removed from the wealthiest 1% of income earners and fundamentalist Christian fanatics. After three days of meeting to plot strategies to continue inflicting damage on the American people, the Republican National Committee decided that if they present detrimental legislation with a smile on the faces, their harmful agenda will be embraced by Americans.

    The message coming from the 2013 RNC Winter meeting in Charlotte this week is that substantive policy changes are not the answer to garner support from voters because Republican leaders insist there was nothing wrong with their message that lost them the 2012 election, it was how and who delivered the messages of doom. The consensus among GOP leaders is that Americans want to be assaulted by Republicans; they just want them to smile as they implement Draconian spending cuts, lower taxes for the rich, anti-women legislation, and religious edicts straight out of the Old Testament. Republican leadership is so out of touch with the American people, and so stuck on their ideologically backward agenda, that one member said “We can stand by our timeless principles and articulate them in ways that are modern, relevant to our time and relatable to the majority of voters.” They then unanimously approved a resolution by voice vote calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood despite a majority of Americans oppose defunding the organization.
    THERE IS MORE — – - – - -EVIL/VILE – - — -HYPOCRITES!! – - -

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    P.S. First Class Stamp –UP – -1 penny 2-day. 45 cents. — – -***Sendin this by email*** :>)

    — -B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) –

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    NLRB ‘Respectfully Disagrees’ With Court Decision On Obama Appointments

    Mark Gaston Pearce, who was appointed chairman of the National Labor Review Board in August of 2011 by President Obama, said on Friday that the Board disagrees with an appellate court decision ruling several Obama labor appointees unconstitutional because they were made while the Senate was on “recess.”

    “The Board respectfully disagrees with today’s decision and believes that the President’s position in the matter will ultimately be upheld,” Pearce said in a statement. “It should be noted that this order applies to only one specific case, Noel Canning, and that similar questions have been been raised in more than a dozen cases pending in other courts of appeals.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/nlrb-respectfully-disagrees-with-court-decision-on-obama

    H/T Igor Bobic

  • creolechild

    WUH?!!

    City of New Orleans wants out of NOPD consent decree

    U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan signed off earlier this month on a long-anticipated federal consent decree aimed at reforming the New Orleans Police Department and, in a surprise move, the city of New Orleans immediately said it wants out from under it.[....]

    n a separate court filing, labeled “Order and Reasons,” Morgan said the city had “informed the Court that it intends to file a motion seeking relief from the judgment entered in connection with this order under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” The city has until Jan. 31 to file a motion with Morgan saying why it should be released from the consent decree, which comes with an estimate price tag of up to $55 million to the city, according to past comments made by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.[....]

    Read more: http://www.louisianaweekly.com/city-of-new-orleans-wants-out-of-nopd-consent-decree/

    H/T Tom Gogola

  • creolechild

    NY attorney general recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud in 2012

    On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office recovered over $335 million for the state in 2012 that had been improperly claimed through fraud or abuse in the Medicaid system. According to a press release, this amount is the second highest annual recovery total ever by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), and the highest recovery in seven years.[......]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/ny-attorney-general-recovers-335m-medicaid-fraud-2012

    H/T Kelsey Brimmer

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    They should’ve neva given y’all YouTube and video editing software! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JI1kq6CA_38#!

    • isonprize

      Sepia, can you imagine her and Tongue Tied?? LOLOLOLOL

  • creolechild

    Just so you know….

    US makes it illegal to unlock cellphones

    As of Saturday, unlocking a cellphone is against US law. The process, which allows you to use your handset with a network other than the one you bought it from, has just become illegal again as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).[....] Now, you must obtain your carrier’s permission to unlock your phone or face a potential fine of up to $2,500. Anyone found unlocking handsets for profit could be forced to pay up to $500,000 and may even go to jail, according to ABC.

    That said, “it’s not like police officers will come knocking on your door if you decide to unlock your cellphone,” the New York Times assures. It’s more likely suspected offenders will get warnings from phone companies. And you can still legally purchase an unlocked phone new (though usually for a higher price), tech site All Things D points out, while some networks will agree to unlock your handset once your contract with them is up.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130126/unlock-cellphones-illegal-dcma

    H/T Jessica Phelan

  • creolechild

    INFOGRAPHIC: What Republicans Could Do With $3 Million Other Than Defend Discrimination – Posted on January 25, 2013

    This spring the Supreme Court will issue a final ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. [....] As shown in an infographic released today by the Center for American Progress, here are nine alternative ways that House Republicans could use $3 million other than defending discrimination before our nation’s High Court:

    *Provide health care coverage to 1,497 children through state Medicaid programs.
    *Help 37,443 victims of domestic violence access emergency shelters and related services.
    *Provide nutrition assistance to 1,873 people through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP).
    *Give 203 homeless youth access to transitional living programs.
    *Increase employment opportunities through job training for 17,422 workers.
    *Offer job training to 12,167 veterans, many who were forced out of the military due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
    *Ensure that an additional 75,000 people are tested this year for HIV.
    *Pay back 500 same-sex couples for the $6,000 in additional taxes they pay because of the discriminatory effects of DOMA.
    *Rent a billboard in the center of Times Square promoting anti-bullying initiatives for gay and transgender youth.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/25/1497181/infographic-what-republicans-could-do-with-3-million-other-than-defend-discrimination/

    H/T Crosby Burns

  • creolechild

    Job Market Probably Kept Making Progress: U.S. Economy Preview

    The job market in the U.S. probably kept making headway in January even in the face of Washington’s budget battles, economists said before reports this week. Employers added 160,000 workers to payrolls last month after a 155,000 December increase, according to the median of 67 forecast in a Bloomberg survey before a Feb. 1 Labor Department report. The average monthly gain over the past two years was 153,000. Other data this week may show manufacturing is stabilizing, housing is improving and consumers are spending.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-27/job-market-probably-kept-making-progress-u-s-economy-preview.html

    H/T Alex Kowalski

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

    CNN confirms Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter was lying about ObamaCare price increases
    Posted by Will Stabley on Jan 25, 2013 in Featured, News, Politics

    …Ahead of the 2012 Presidential election, Papa John’s founder “Papa John” Schnatter claimed that he would be raising the price of his pizzas by eleven cents to cover the increased costs on his business due to the “ObamaCare” Patient Protection And Affordable Health Care Act instituted by President Barack Obama. Liberals decried the move as a partisan attempt to sway the election on the part of a wealthy republican business owner, as ObamaCare simply requires that corporations allow their full time employes to pay for their own health care, and does not involve a financial component for employers one way or the other. CNN subsequently did some research into the issue and confirmed that Papa John is, in a word, lying…

    In a piece titled “Fact-Checking Papa John’s CEO,” the cable news network attempted to piece together the math behind Schnatter’s claim. “Papa John” refused to disclose to CNN how many pizzas he sells a year, or how many full time employees he has, presumably in the name of keeping the math more difficult to calculate. But CNN ultimately concluded that “the math doesn’t matter” because ObamaCare places no financial burden on corporations. As it turns out, Papa John’s was making false claims that it would need to pay for health care for part time workers, which ObamaCare does not apply to…

    MORE: http://www.stableytimes.com/featured/cnn-confirms-papa-johns-ceo-john-schnatter-was-lying-about-obamacare-price-increases/1095/

  • creolechild

    HIPAA final rule alters marketing practices

    [....] According to Deven McGraw, director of health privacy project at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a member of the federal advisory Health IT Policy Committee. “The initial set of rules was tilted toward meeting the needs of the industry. That appears to have significantly changed in the final rule,” she said in comments to Government Health IT.[....]

    [....] Overall, consumers will have greater privacy and security protections with the final rule. “The HIPAA protections travel along with the information a lot more than in the past in that business associates or subcontractors are subject to HIPAA. And we have certain restrictions, such as on the sale of protected health information,” Greene said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/hipaa-final-rule-alters-marketing-practices

    H/T Mary Mosquera and Tom Sullivan

  • jds09

    Douhat maintains his stupidity, but the first few commentators under reader’s picks are especially thoughtful and clear.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/douthat-divided-by-abortion-united-by-feminism.html?smid=tw-share

    • conlakappa

      Too clear for someone who is willfully obtuse. Can a week pass without pitting camps of women against each other? The MSM could maybe concentrate on things that matter, liking tying benefits to school performance without additional funding to get students (and teachers, for that matter) at level. I know that might seem too much like work and some man inserting himself into the conversation, not from a male POV but to talk about women relating with each other is definitely a necessary addition to the conversation. /eyeroll

  • creolechild

    The fight to prevent hostile takeovers of public education goes national

    The fight to save public education and retain local control of those schools against hostile takeover attempts has now attracted nationwide attention. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, representatives from school districts around the country who find themselves under siege in much the same way as Detroit Public Schools are joining together to participate in a hearing in Washington D.C. to air their grievances at the highest levels and make sure their story gets told – and acted upon.[....]

    “More than 10 cities have filed, or are in the process of filing, Title VI Civil Rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, citing the closing of schools and the criteria and methods for administering those actions as discriminatory toward low-income, minority communities. Representatives from 11 cities will testify at the hearing on the impact of school closings including the civil rights violations and the destabilization of their children and their communities resulting from the criteria used for school closings and the current accepted movement to privatize schools.[....]

    [....] So far the “Journey for Justice 2013″ will have representation from Atlanta, GA; Europa, MS; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; the District of Columbia; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Wichita, KS; Newark, NJ; Oakland, CA; Kansas City, MO.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/fight-prevent-hostile-takeovers-public-education-national.html

    H/T Black Liberal Boomer

  • Miranda

    Saw this on my timeline (thanks Dannie!) Absolutely GORGEOUS Pics! FASHION: Francis > African Digital Art http://kalamu.posterous.com/fashion-francis-african-digital-art

    • crazycanuck

      Wow, beautiful

  • rikyrah

    Attack on family in Compton latest incident in wave of anti-black violence

    A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It’s part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area.

    By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
    January 25, 2013, 6:46 p.m.

    The trouble began soon after they arrived.

    The black family—a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy—moved into a little yellow home in Compton over Christmas vacation.

    When a friend came to visit, four men in a black SUV pulled up and called him a “nigger,” saying black people were barred from the neighborhood, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. They jumped out, drew a gun on him and beat him with metal pipes.

    It was just the beginning of what detectives said was a campaign by a Latino street gang to force an African American family to leave.

    The attacks on the family are the latest in a series of violent incidents in which Latino gangs targeted blacks in parts of greater Los Angeles over the last decade.

    Compton, with a population of about 97,000, was predominantly black for many years. It is now 65% Latino and 33% black, according to the 2010 U.S. census. But it’s not only historically black areas that have been targeted.

    Federal authorities have alleged in several indictments in the last decade that the Mexican Mafia prison gang has ordered street gangs under its control to attack African Americans. Leaders of the Azusa 13 gang were sentenced to lengthy prison terms earlier this month for leading a policy of attacking African American residents and expelling them from the town.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0126-compton-20130126,0,977110.story

    • Town

      I had heard about the Mexicans trying to expel black people from Compton. You don’t even hear any rappers talking about Compton anymore.

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

      Meanwhile, Chez YT is trying to create laws to suppress Black AND Brown people.

    • ch555x

      Fighting for control of a street they don’t own, redux…@_o

  • rikyrah

    The Ice Is Breaking

    By Joe Klein Monday, Feb. 04, 2013

    I came to political consciousness with John F. Kennedy’s magnificent 1961 Inaugural Address. It seemed the start of something fresh and exciting, and it was. “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” said Kennedy, the first member of the Greatest Generation to hold the office. It was a moment of high idealism, the beginning of a decade that would see the birth of Medicare and Medicaid, the passage of monumental civil rights legislation and a new style of populist protest: the civil rights and antiwar marches, which presaged the struggles for gay and women’s rights.

    Fifty-two years later, Barack Obama’s second Inaugural seemed a bookend to the Kennedy speech. It announced the final ratification of the progressive agenda launched by Kennedy and enacted by Lyndon Johnson, and the moral agenda proclaimed by Martin Luther King Jr. It closed the era of neo-imperial wars that began with Vietnam and ended with Iraq and Afghanistan. The turmoil that followed the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the economic crash of 2008 is on the wane as well. Indeed, the speech seemed more the end of something than a new beginning.

    There was unanimity, for once, among the Washington commentariat that it was a liberal speech–but, with the exception of climate change, this was not an agenda-setting address. It was a proclamation that the Reagan reaction to the events of the 1960s had come to an end. The welfare state would not be repealed. And while the fate of some social issues, like abortion rights and affirmative action, remains in doubt, equality has now been woven into the national fabric. The speech confirmed the November results: that a political party tethered to a white, regional, rural base no longer has the electoral firepower to govern the country.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2134496,00.html

  • rikyrah

    January 25, 2013 1:22 PM
    Stupid Is As Stupid Does

    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s not taking anyone much time to figure out exactly what Bobby Jindal was talking about in his Great Big Defining Speech at an RNC meeting last night when he said Republicans should “stop being the stupid party” and referenced “bizarre and offensive comments” being made by unnamed candidates. Slate’s Dave Weigel is all over it:

    Jindal’s Sermon on Gaffes assumes that the audience still blames Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” tape for his defeat, and blames Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment for blowing the key Senate races. Sure: Both were huge, inarticulate mistakes. Romney’s spitballing about makers and takers was in line with contemporary Republican theories about the tax code and the entitlement state, and Jindal doesn’t back off from them, either. “Where do you go if you want a handout?” he asks. “Government. This must stop.” He doesn’t mention entitlement spending except to call for “re-thinking nearly every social program in Washington.”

    Akin’s gaffe was even more explicable. He believes that life starts at conception, and he’s against abortion in cases of rape. Jindal doesn’t talk about abortion at all, except to accuse liberals of “supporting abortion on demand without apology.” But in practice, he’s signed restrictions on abortion, requiring women to see ultrasounds and hear fetal heartbeats before they terminate their pregnancies. Following a 2012 law signed by Jindal, a woman can only opt out of the ultrasound results if she affirms in writing that she was raped or the victim of incest. But Jindal doesn’t go around talking about it

    Bingo. Saying “bizarre and offensive” things can often be just a matter of poorly articulating bizarre and offensive policies. And if they are so bizarre and offensive that they can’t be made attractive, then the idea is to follow Kellyanne Conway’s advice and just refuse to talk about it, which seems to be the brave “reformer” Bobby Jindal’s guidance as well. If you can’t avoid stupid policies, then at least have the good sense to STFU about them.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_01/stupid_is_as_stupid_does042630.php

  • rikyrah

    Avoiding Wall St. shuffle’s perils

    By ELIZABETH WARREN | 1/24/13 9:24 PM EST

    It’s that time again when jobs open up across Washington and the big shuffle starts: People on Wall Street angle for key economic policymaking jobs, and people in key economic policymaking jobs angle for jobs on Wall Street.

    This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. People with Washington experience bring expertise to Wall Street — often a sense of public service — and people with Wall Street experience bring expertise to government.

    When I worked to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, we hired a number of people with industry experience. We built a team that had diverse expertise and different worldviews because that meant smarter, more effective policies. It’s pretty clear that you can’t write good rules or effectively enforce the law if you don’t know how the game is played.

    But as past experiences have shown, there is also real peril in this Wall Street shuffle. Big business orthodoxy against rules and regulations can seep into the bones, including the bones of new policymakers who are charged with protecting consumers and strengthening markets. Industry groupthink and overconfidence can prevent clear and evenhanded analysis of problems. The result can be a group of decision makers who are self-confident in the extreme and who end up clearing the path toward the sort of recklessness and excessive greed that have already broken the economy once.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/elizabeth-warren-oped-key-indicators-for-filling-economic-posts-86690.html#ixzz2JCMzFR4z

  • rikyrah

    How Jon Husted ruined Chuck Todd’s day

    By dirtgirl On January 27, 2013

    NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

    ………………………..

    I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period of time.

    But, the fact is, Husted has destroyed his reputation with his voter suppression antics in 2012. And, as a result, his innocuous tweet about agreeing with a national political reporter about redistricting reform has set the left wing on fire. Here’s a snapshot of the responses to Husted’s initial tweet:

    http://www.plunderbund.com/2013/01/27/how-jon-husted-ruined-chuck-todds-day/

    • jds09

      What should concern Chuck Todd’s employers, is the same point made about Husted.

      “But, the fact is, Husted has destroyed his reputation with his voter suppression antics in 2012.”

      The salient fact is, Todd should have been interviewing Husted not “having lunch” with him. Todd has destroyed his reputation by carrying GOP water.

    • crazycanuck

      SO now chuckles the clown is the innocent duped one

    • Town

      All the Chuck Todd stans are climbing out of the woodwork to save him.

      Nope, no, no ma’am.

      1) Why is Chuck Todd speaking at a lunch for secretaries of state? Covering, ok. Speaking, why?

      2) If Chuck was there as a reporter, I’m sure there were other reporters there, so why Husted agreeing with CHUCK?

      3) Now he’s calling people ignorant on Twitter. Why? Because he busted, that’s why.

      • rikyrah

        his ass got busted. ..and now, he’s trying to reflect suspicion off his ass.

  • rikyrah

    Did Harry Reid Choose to Lose a Battle to Win the War?

    Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 1:56 PM

    Yesterday, I wrote a piece criticizing Harry Reid and senate institutionalists who went for protecting the silent, call-in filibuster. That criticism, with all my distaste for the instituionalists’ pursuit of extraordinary power, stands. But. And there’s always a but, isn’t there. For all the explanations of the deal I read yesterday, I kept coming back to this: Harry Reid wouldn’t do this if he didn’t want the Republicans to use the filibuster. Well, does he? I think he might, as a trap. What if Harry Reid here chose to lose a battle in order to win a war? The war would be the 2014 election, and more broadly, breaking the back of the current Republican intransigence. Harry Reid is after all a boxer. He’s been known to whoop Republicans with political strategy before. So, I think this is worth another look.

    For all the disappointment of the reformers, including myself, let’s consider what Harry Reid actually did by preserving the easy filibuster while limiting it on motions to proceed. Basically, 8 senators from each side, including the majority and minority leaders, can bypass a filibuster to move a bill to the floor, or the majority leader can do it by himself, as long as he allows votes on two amendments from the minority.

    So? So, by preserving the silent filibuster on actual votes but essentially eliminating it on bringing the bills to the floor in the first place, Harry Reid ensures that Republicans can easily filibuster bills, but only after they are brought to the floor. The silent filibuster is also preserved for actual votes on cabinet-level nominees. In fact, Reid may be daring the Republicans do exactly that on wildly popular parts of the president’s agenda, like immigration reform, gun safety legislation, and education reform. Reid is also daring the Republicans to filibuster nominees like Chuck Hagel.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/01/did-harry-reid-choose-to-lose-battle-to.html

    • nellcote

      I don’t know that Harry had the votes for a tougher reform bill. The only part I’m dissapointed in is not making it easier to get people confirmed.

  • rikyrah

    Ada Bryant and Robert Haire

    By MARGAUX LASKEY

    Published: January 27, 2013

    Ada Laurie Bryant and Robert Mitchell Haire were married Saturday in Hockessin, Del. Robert L. Bryant, a Universal Life minister and a son of the bride, officiated at his home.

    The bride, 97, is keeping her name. She graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.

    She is the daughter of the late Ada Lee Laurie and the late Richard Laurie, who lived in Hingham, Mass.

    The groom, 86, a chemical engineer, retired as a manager of labor relations from E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in Wilmington, Del. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and received a master’s degree in history from the University of Delaware.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/fashion/weddings/ada-bryant-robert-haire-weddings.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&

    • jds09

      Gotta love those younger men. lol Seriously. I love them.

    • conlakappa

      I just finished reading that! They are so cute and she looks younger than he, in my opinion. That it was on the opposite page from an article about people planning their weddings years in advance, absent a fiancé or even a boyfriend, seemed ironically fitting.

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

      That’s so sweet! :-)

  • rikyrah

    Bearing Arms

    Selling a New Generation on Guns

    By MIKE McINTIRE

    Published: January 26, 2013

    Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.

    The industry’s strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for “junior shooters” and sponsoring semiautomatic-handgun competitions for youths; and developing a target-shooting video game that promotes brand-name weapons, with links to the Web sites of their makers.

    The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying one — the author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.

    “Who knows?” it said. “Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/us/selling-a-new-generation-on-guns.html?hpw

    • Miranda

      That’s so sick.

      • conlakappa

        Indeed. Thinking that having children compete using AK-47s was somehow a god idea… the mind, she boggles.

  • rikyrah

    The Testimony of Myrlie Evers-Williams

    by massappeal
    Sat Jan 26th, 2013 at 08:34:01 PM EST

    I know this is a few days old, but I just read it (something I should do more often – read our diarists) and it seemed an appropriate post to promote to our front page. I hope you agree – Steven D
    Myrlie Evers-Williams has come in for some criticism for her invocation at President Obama’s inauguration on Monday. Some is from those who think religion has no place in the public rituals of a republic whose constitution forbids the establishment of religion. Some is from Christians of varying political persuasions who objected on theological or liturgical grounds to the content of the prayer offered by the first woman (and the first lay person) in U. S. history to deliver an inaugural invocation.

    In the spirit of Sen. Lamar Alexander (a phrase never before used on this blog)—who, citing Tennessee author Alex Haley, said at the inauguration, “Find the good, and praise it”—here are some additional thoughts about Ms. Myrlie Evers-Williams’ invocation:

    1.Ms. Evers-Williams will celebrate her 80th birthday in a few weeks. Anyone who looks that good after eight decades on this earth has something to say that’s worth hearing.

    2.If it’s true that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”, then any American citizen interested enough in politics to pay attention to a presidential inauguration should also be aware that the Evers family was the fulcrum around and by which that arc was bent in Mississippi (and thus, across the United States) in 1963. Decades after his assassination, Medgar Evers’ blood still stained the driveway of the family’s home. Any American citizen interested enough in politics to pay attention to a presidential inauguration has, dare I say, a civic and moral obligation to listen to—and take seriously—pretty much anything Myrlie Evers-Williams chooses to say on such an occasion.

    3.More to the point, anyone who grew up in Jim Crow Mississippi, worked with her husband when they more-or-less were the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and early 1960s, continued working for the next 30 years to bring his killer, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., to account under law, and (this is the important part) survived whole in body, mind and spirit as Myrlie Evers-William did, has wisdom worth learning from.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/23/154636/032

    • Miranda

      80?!?!?! She looks fabulous!

      • isonprize

        Black don’t crack. TRULY!!! She is amazing.

    • Miranda

      80?!?!?! She looks fabulous!

  • rikyrah

    8 Unusual Uses For Antiseptic Mouthwash

    by Mrs. Fixit

    Antiseptic mouthwash is designed to kill germs in your mouth and keep your teeth clean. It’s those very properties that make mouthwash a perfect cleaner and disinfectant for other surfaces in your home too. So grab a bottle of Listerine and try these eight unusual ideas for yourself!

    Tip: All of these tactics should only be attempted with a sugar-free, alcohol-based antiseptic mouthwash. At a few bucks a bottle, you can’t go wrong!

    View the slideshow above for more unusual uses for mouthwash.

    http://www.homesessive.com/view/8-unusual-uses-antiseptic-mouthwash?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D261790

    the slideshow will make you go…HUH?

    • Alma98

      Okayyy?

    • Miranda

      WOW

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

      Thanks! I love this kind of stuff!

      BTW, to keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up, wipe it with shaving cream. Works like a charm!

  • Miranda

    The Daily Edge ‏@TheDailyEdge
    Chuck Todd: “Great lunch with Jon Husted. Finally learned what ‘teabagging’ is. Plus, dessert was great too.”

    • nellcote

      OMG! Is that a real quote?

      • Miranda

        No….just making fun of idiot Todd.

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

      Violation!! LOL

  • Miranda

    Ole Chuck Todd tries to fire back with #twitterignorance….and gets promptly pimpslapped by the twitterati.

    Fresh Brew ‏@TheFreshBrew
    All you ignorant twitter people leave @ChuckTodd alone! He knows whats best for you and your elections. #twitterignorance

    Jody ‏@FishHawkRdJody
    LOL laughing at the #twittertrolling of @chucktodd #twitterignorance is listening to this clown & believing anything he says. #toddtantrum

    Jody ‏@FishHawkRdJody
    @chucktodd melting down attacking others on twitter crying: Wa-a-a I know you are but what am I! LMFAO #twitterignorance

    Arrogant Demon ‏@ArrogantDemon
    Seems I missed Chuck Todd being put out on Front Street ina short skirt & fuck me pump & mad he’s being called a hoe #twitterignorance

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

      And here come Jamil Smith to save the day!

      Jamil Smith ‏@JamilSmith
      Spoke to @chucktodd re: the @JonHusted tweet. Chuck spoke at a gathering of secretaries of state, not just Husted.

      Jamil Smith ‏@JamilSmith
      Per @chucktodd, the real problem in Congress is gerrymandering, and that’s what Husted claimed to agree with. Hope that helps clear this up.

      Jamil Smith ‏@JamilSmith
      Folks, there’s a difference between @JonHusted being opposed to gerrymandering, and wanting you to believe he’s opposed to gerrymandering.

      So Chuck sends his Black, progressive co-worker to plead his case in order to calm us down?

      And here go Jon Husted…

      Jon Husted ‏@JonHusted
      @chucktodd @politicolnews @davidshuster seriously?Redistricting reform not a partisan issue. Chuck gave remarks at lunch, said nothing wrong

  • dannie22

    http://www.soultracks.com/story-sugarfoot-dies RIP Sugarfoot of the Phio Players

    • Miranda

      *pours some out for Sugarfoot*

      • Joy

        Hums “Heaven Must Be Like This”

        • isonprize

          blue lights in the basement!! Whewww Lawd!!!

    • conlakappa

      Aw, how sad. I was fussing at the husband yesterday for talking over the opening of Fire. We had the pleasure of seeing the O-H-I-O Players perform twice in less than a 6-month period, once at the D.C. Soul Fest and the other at a free outdoor concert in the middle of D.C. He got right raunchy at the former, telling a woman she had to put her legs down off the stage or he would have to stop the show. We still quote it though it has been 10+ years.

      RIP

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

      Aww…RIP Sugarfoot.

    • Alma98

      RIP

    • Joy

      Nooooo!!!!

    • MsKitty

      Damn. RIP Sugarfoot

  • Miranda

    GOP insists its not the message, just didn’t find the right messengers. *snort*

    GOP leaders insist no overhaul needed

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Republican Party honchos who huddled here for their first big gathering since the election devoted lots of time talking about the need to welcome Latinos and women, close the technology gap with Democrats and stop the self-destructive talk about rape.

    But the party’s main problem, dozens of Republican National Committee members argued in interviews over three days this week, is who delivers its message and how, not the message itself. Overwhelmingly they insisted that substantive policy changes aren’t the answer to last year’s losses.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/gop-leaders-insist-no-overhaul-needed-86757.html#ixzz2JCx5QKBm

    • gc

      “Just lie back and enjoy it” the Republican said smilingly. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Isn’t this the same shit they said four years ago? Damnit, 2016 its either President-elect Clinton, President-elect Biden, President-elect O’ Malley……..ONE OF EM WILL BE PRESIDENT!!!

    • Joy

      <<>>

      So we never struggled under Reagan, Bush I, Bush II? The economic struggle for blacks and Latinos started under PBO? They are so fudging arrogant, clueless and out-of-touch. Where the GOP fails is trying to govern over bedroom issues instead of economic ones.

      • Joy

        I don’t know what happened to my post…LOL. But I was responding to the piece where Pubis says Blacks and Latinos suffer disproportionately under PBO.

  • Town
  • Miranda

    Has anyone else seen “Beasts of the Southern Wild”?

    • Joy

      I haven’t yet, but I’ve heard a few friends and family rave about it. I’m plan on renting it next weekend during “me” time. Excited to see Quvenzhane Wallis’ performance.

      • Miranda

        I just watched it….this child needs to win the Oscar.

  • trose1

    So the face of rigging the electoral vote is a Black face. Ken Black well is a despicable man. He will cover for white GOP any chance he gets. Believe me this is what Chuck Todd was agreeing with Husted about at their luncheon.

    Guess Who’s Driving GOP Vote Rigging Scheme?
    On Friday, I wrote about the latest scheme the Republican Party is pushing in light of the failure of its voter suppression attempts last year. This scheme would award electoral votes by congressional districts — but only in certain heavily gerrymandered (to favor the GOP) swing states. This would have made Mitt Romney president now, despite losing by a ten times greater margin than George Bush lost to Al Gore in 2000.

    Guess who is helping lead this effort for the GOP? I guess it’s always good to go with proven experience. And when it comes to proven ability to corrupt an election, undermine its legitimacy, and thwart the will of the voters, few have the credentials of this man:

    http://www.ohiodailyblog.com/content/guess-whos-driving-gop-vote-rigging-scheme%3F?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • rikyrah

      yep…reported this back on Friday when I saw State Senator Nina Turner talking about it.

    • jziglar

      I don’t know if Todd was talking about the electoral vote rigging but he said he was talking about redistricting reform so that districts are made in a more fair way. I have no issue with that but I have an issue with a “journalist” having lunch with a SOS and one who has a history of trying to suppress the vote. I know that Husted has tried to back away from the things he did / said but he has no credibility and Todd should be more impartial.

      • Town

        but he said he was talking about redistricting reform so that districts are made in a more fair way.

        ————————————————-

        But see the problem is the person he was agreeing with has a history of redistricting and rigging everything in favor of Republicans. That’s why people are so suspect of Chuck Todd.

        It would be like you’re the Health Commissioner of say, Alabama, and you’ve put forth initiatives to force mandatory sterilization on women on welfare. And you’ve been blasted for it.

        So now you’re having a luncheon saying we need to encourage birth control among poor women, and Jake Tapper agrees. What are you agreeing to? On the surface, birth control for poor women sounds like a good idea but the person Tapper is agreeing with thinks poor women should be sterilized and has tried to do that in Alabama. What are you agreeing to? Why are you lunching with the State Health Commisisoner of Alabama and “agreeing” with him/her?

        And can Tapper then be fair when reporting on sterilization/birth control for poor women, since Tapper agrees with the State Health Commissioner who previously wanted mandatory sterilization of poor women?

        • rikyrah

          EXACTLY, TOWN.

          Husted went to the FUCKING SUPREME COURT in order to try and VOTER SUPPRESS.

          And, we’re supposed to give him ANY leeway for interpretation of the comments?

          G-T-F-O-H

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

      And guess who campaigned for Blackwell when he was running for governor of OH in 2006? None other than Jeff “Y’all Betta Not Put PBO Before MLK” Johnson.

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!