October 18, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: Happy Birthday Rev. Joseph Lowery

Joseph Echols Lowery (born October 6, 1921) is a minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the American civil rights movement. He later became the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his immediate successor, Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, and participated in most of the major activities of the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Joseph Lowery was pastor of the Warren Street Methodist Church, in Mobile, Alabama from 1952 until 1961. His career in the civil rights movement began in the early 1950s in Mobile. After Rosa Parks‘ arrest in 1955, Lowery helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott. He headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places. In 1957, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and subsequently led the organization as its president from 1977 to 1997.

Lowery’s property was seized in 1959 along with that of other civil rights leaders by the state of Alabama as part of the settlement of a libel suit. The Supreme Court of the United States later ordered this court decision to be reversed. At the request of Dr. King, Lowery led the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965. Lowery is a co-founder and former president of the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of Black advocacy groups. This Forum protested the existence of Apartheid in South Africa from the mid-1970s through the end of the white-minority rule there. Joseph Lowery was among the first five Black men to be arrested outside the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, during the Free South Africa movement. Lowery served as the pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta from 1986 through 1992, adding over a thousand members and leaving the church with 10 acres of land.

Lowery is now retired from the ministry, but he remains active in the civil rights movement and in Christian activities.

To honor Reverend Lowery, the city government of Atlanta renamed Ashby Street for him. Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard is just west of downtown Atlanta and runs north-south beginning at West Marietta Street near the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and stretching to White Street in the “West End” neighborhood, running past Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Clark Atlanta UniversitySpelman CollegeMorehouse College, and Morris Brown College. Perhaps not coincidentally, this street intersects both Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive and the Ralph David Abernathy Expressway.

Reverend Lowery has advocated for LGBT civil rights, including civil unions and, in 2012, same-sex marriage. 

On January 20, 2009, Dr. Lowery delivered the benediction at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. He opened with lines from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Negro National Anthem,” by James Weldon Johnson. He concluded with the following, an interpolation of Big Bill Broonzy‘s “Black, Brown and White”:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get [in] back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen! Say Amen! And Amen! 

Before Barack Obama gave his talk in Selma, Alabama, on 3/4/07, Rev. Joseph Lowery gave a talk on “Good Crazy” and “Something crazy may happen in this country.” Referring to the possibility of Barack Obama becoming President of the United States.

On September 26, 2013, Rev Lowery lost his beloved wife, Evelyn, to a massive stroke.

On the eve of his 92nd birthday, civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery talked to CBS Atlanta.

It’s also the first time we are hearing from him since the recent death of his wife, Evelyn.

Lowery said the kindness of others has lightened the burden of his wife’s death.

By phone, he said Sunday’s star-studded birthday celebration at Morehouse College, benefiting his institute, is what she would have wanted.

“Oh, she wanted us to carry on, and we are doing it in her name and in her spirit. A wonderful spirit is still with us and always will be, and so many people are coming in honoring her,” said Lowery.

Proceeds will help support programs to end youth violence.

Actor Jamie Foxx, media mogul Tyler Perry, along with comedian Steve Harvey, are among those expected to attend. 

  • Miranda

    Spread this far and wide…..these treasonous bastards are getting a pass in the cable and network news shows…call out every reporter that refuses to discuss this.
    A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

    WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

    Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

    It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/us/a-federal-budget-crisis-months-in-the-planning.html?hp&_r=1&

    • crazycanuck

      Unbelievable, no scratch that it’s very believable. Good Morning everyone, i’m off to the #runforthecure, this rainy Sunday morning.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Sunday MornTin’ crazycanuck. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) — —

        BLESS U♥

        Good 2 C U. :>) —

    • Whoa! We need to use social media resources to force cable news to report on this story. Tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, email it…etc.

      BTW, I noticed how the article was trying to spin the Koch brothers’ involvement, saying they don’t support defunding the government, even though they’re financing groups who are working to defund it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      WOW&1/2!! —THIS is a “BFD” – – Just like the – -DAY 1 -PLOT AGAINST MR. PRESIDENT!! –geesh.

      – —“STRAP UP”– BLAH TWITTER! – -Woo! Hoo! —

      Also — -“lookin 4′ the –BLAH Journos/Media.”- -[***eye roll***]

      —-Barack Obama: “We Have a Lot of Work to Do”

      —–“SPEAK TRUTH!!”♥ —
      Thank U 4 this revelation, Miranda. :>) –

    • aleth

      aided and abetted by America’s media.

    • Alma98

      Disgusting, I have now words, none.

    • rikyrah

      no shock in the least.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —☻THANK U Dr. Lowery♥– –

    – — – – ☺IN “Da STRUGGLE”: –He later became the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,. .

    ————- At the request of Dr. King, Lowery led the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965. Lowery is a co-founder and former president of the Black Leadership Forum,. .

    —- — — —Joseph Lowery was among the first five Black men to be arrested outside the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, during the Free South Africa movement.BLESS U -SIR♥


  • jds09

    Morning POU Fam!

    I could only get thru half of this. (H/T to TOD commenter). These people are SCARED, the waves of their fear is insanely intense. Underneath it all, they are grounded a couple of simple truths, a pound of white privilege does not go as far as it used to and their right Obama HAS won. As PBO has said “the ground has shifted beneath them.”


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — –YEP! — YESTERDAY —was – -a GOOD DAY: —

    – – —Two raids in two countries net two of the world’s most-wanted terrorist— –


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – –THIS is a GOOD follow-up —–
    — –Dem pushes mental health bill after shooting on Capitol Hill– —

    —- –Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is urging Congress to pass her mental
    health reform bill after a woman reportedly suffering from schizophrenia
    was killed on Capitol Hill.

    Stabenow called for attention to her
    Excellence in Mental Health Act,
    which would expand access to mental
    healthcare and standardize available services, as details emerged about
    Thursday’s lethal confrontation.

    THERE IS MORE — – –Best wishes –Sooo much needed. :>)

    • Alma98

      It shouldn’t have took a shooting on the hill for them to do something, I’ll take it though.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-NOT supportin’ –BUT — -CALLIN’ OUT –THEIR —STOOPIDITY!! – —

    Republican Convention Features Sexist Anti-Hillary Buttons: ’2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts’

    – —–Last March, after an election cycle that featured one Republican candidate opining on “legitimate rape,” another candidate labeling pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God,” and a vice presidential candidate that wanted to treat terminating that pregnancy as a homicide crime, the Republican National Committee urged the GOP to back away from offensive rhetoric towards women. Republican candidates, the RNC urged, “need to use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them.“

    Here’s how Republicans were fighting for women during the California Republican Party convention on Saturday:
    – — SNIP- – –

    – – –Whatever steps the Republican Party is taking to remove offensive buttons after they are discovered by journalists or to otherwise convey that Republicans are “fighting” for women, actual women don’t seem to be buying it. A recent National Journal poll found that 33 percent of women believe the GOP has drifted further away from them, while only 14 percent believe that the Republican Party is closer to them in viewpoint since losing the 2012 presidential election. —[HAH! — LOSERS!!]
    THERE Is MORE – —

  • aleth

    I think they want to default.. For them destroying the legacy of the black man and expansion of the new new deal via ACA is more important than country. Don’t mistake this is the goal. The wealthy including the media will be okay. They have a delusion tht the President will bend to their will but they forgot its 2nd term bitchez. They will count on the left and media to muddy the water on how the president should aid them etc. because the bottom line is they still got the skin for protection. Koch bought these assholes awhile ago and trigger of trying to overthrow democracy in exchange for corporate theocracy is on the move. We need to continue to back the president with words of encouragement and push back from to the left.

    The media entity known as fox could have been destroyed at the beginning of the Obama administratin but for people on the left, msnbc and gg, stating Obama media team is silencing speech. Recall the Obama team called them nothing but arms of GOP, now you see that they have contributed vastly to the corruption of all press include al-j America. They want a default don’t forget it.

    • jziglar

      Actually the wealthy won’t be okay. If a default happens a lot of wealth will evaporate and the world economy will be in trouble. That’s why the financial industry and other major corporations are telling the GOP to back off, but the tea party doesn’t care. The only way we get around this is when John Boehner puts a bill raising the debt ceiling on the floor which will get total democratic support and a good amount of republican support.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-U know how we –look – -**side eye* –@ POLLS —BUT-

    – – —2014 poll: GOP could lose the House
    The Republican party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show.

    In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org
    – – – -SNIP – –

    – —The poll also found that a majority of respondents opposed the government shutdown as a means to “to stop the health care law from being put into place.”

    The 24 state surveys were conducted Sept. 2 to Sept. 4 and with sample sizes ranging from 600 to 700 voters.
    — –“WE GOT WERK 2 DO.” :>) — —

    • jziglar

      Wow this is actually good because these polls were conducted prior to the shutdown. So the GOP is in a worse position now then it was prior to the shutdown.

  • Miranda

    Schumer To Boehner: Prove That A Clean CR Won’t Pass Share

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) challenged Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) contention Sunday that “there are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR” and reopen the government.

    “Well, first, the speaker said there aren’t the votes on the floor to re-open the government. Let me issue him a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week” appearing just after Boehner. “We have just about every Democrat, 21 Republicans have publicly said they would. There are many more Republicans who have said that they privately would.”

    “So, Speaker Boehner, just vote. Put it on the floor and let’s see if you’re right.”

    White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a similar challenge on Twitter:

    Jay Carney (EOP) ✔ @PressSec
    The Speaker says there are “not enough votes” to pass a clean CR? If he’s right, why not prove it? http://wapo.st/1bAEOJr #JustVote


    • rikyrah

      everybody is clowning Orange Julius

      • conlakappa

        Seriously. First the President basically double-dog dared him. Now I guess this is a triple-dog dare from Schumer.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        As they should.

  • Alma98

    Happy Birthday Rev. Lowery, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

  • Miranda

    SMH…..I can’t…I can not even…this is our shit for media y’all.

    Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd32m
    There is no choice but for their to be a negotiation on debt limit if only to negotiate on how much to lift it.

    • aleth

      new meme… This is why GOP continues…the frat boy always cover for the other rich frat boys. This is the meme for the week. Dems just need to stick together, this is ur chance to win the house back. For once follow the PResident lead and screw these corporate shills for once. Fuck this moron. I hate him so much because he is unqualified for the job he holds

    • goldenstar

      Mr. Journalist needs to learn the differences between “their* and “there.”

    • jziglar

      The GOP shills in the media can go on and on about this but the democrats are not negotiating. The democrats are not going to save the GOP when they have them on the ropes.

    • JojoRaze

      The fact is the Dems in the Senate offered the GOP a chance to do budget negotiations EIGHTEEN TIMES and they refused. They wanted to play games and threaten PBO with a shutdown to get their way and the Dems said, ‘Please proceed GOP’. Even Blue dogs who always yell ‘PBO ain’t the boss if me’, notably Sen Landrieu, who’s up for reelection next year, is all, ‘let them GOP suckers own this mess no quarter for these bums, the president is right.’ The media has been continually wrong about PBO at very turn, so I have them in continuous ignore. There is nothing to negotiate with the GOP until they reopen the gov’t and raise the debt ceiling.

      I believe the GOP when they say they didn’t,t want a shutdown. No, they wanted to threaten PBO with a shutdown, and they are surprised he called their bluff because to them, since the Dems are big gov’t liberals they’d do anything to avoid a shutdown. That,s why they’re all backtracking. PBO was supposed to save them and the American people from GOP crazy but PBO told errybody, ‘Y’all gonna learn today not to mess with a G’.

      • gn

        PBO told errybody, ‘Y’all gonna learn today not to mess with a G’.

      • jds09

        Last fews days I’ve been thinking of that Pete Souza photo of PBO sitting across from a bust of Lincoln. PBO knows this is truly a constitutional crisis and is prepared. Once again, they have underestimated him to their own demise. He will have to crush them.

        • rikyrah

          I don’t believe the President will let this country default. he’ll do what he has to do.

          • jds09

            Then they’ll flip to impeachment proceedings.

          • creolechild

            I don’t know…there’s a side of me that wants to believe that he find a way to keep the country from defaulting. But at this point it may be out of his hands–unless as a constitutional scholar he’s aware of a mechanism that allows him to legally block the GOP’S stated intentions of doing so.

            There’s also the matter of setting a precedent for how the GOP operate in the future if PBO capitulates to their demands. And quite frankly I don’t think see it happening given how unified and on message the Democratic party is in support of his decision not to negotiate and the public’s attitude about Republicans causing this mess in the first place…but I could be wrong.

    • Kennymack1971

      FAIL. The reckoning has arrived for the GOP. As everyone here has said, the wingnuts and their MSM enablers thought they could keep pulling these stunts with impunity. They planned this shutdown they WANTED this fight and now that the President has called their bluff the water carriers in the MSM are trying to save their asses. It will not work.

      • jds09

        And watch the credibility/trust of Americans toward the media drop another 10 points.

    • gn

      Every single one of the 110 characters in that tweet exemplifies how the beltway media has brought us to this place, just like Aleth said.

  • Alma98


    • GreenLadyHere


      It’s rather sunny here annnd my ROSES continue 2 bloom. :>)
      Thank U 4 our –DAILY JOY♥. —B BLESSED –U/DAUGHTER.♥ :>) – –AMEN. :>) —

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH. I love roses sadly mine have suffered the last couple of years because of the heatwaves. I have one bush left, hopefully I can start some new ones next year. Blessings to you and your family too. ***HUGS*** backatcha!

        • conlakappa

          And who would have thought those words would be typed in Wisconsin?! Meanwhile here in the Mid-Atlantic on October 6, it is freakin’ 90.

          • Alma98

            I know right! LOL

    • vulcan_girl

      Good Morning! It’s soggy here, so I appreciate the sun!

      • Alma98

        Good morning vulcan_girl! We’re drying out after a few days of much needed rain.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah, it’s another beautiful day here. I might venture out to the store lol.

    • qosine

      I’m late saying “hi” Alma.
      Good afternoon:)
      Beautiful warm sun.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine, thank you.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -MORNTIN’ chuckle :>) – —

    – —Cartoon of the day – Oct. 6th, 2013 – —

    —LOL — -SADLY – –da STOOPIDS believe their —HYPE/LIES! — -LOL.

    • conlakappa

      In today’s Wash Post editorial cartoon, there is a liquor bottle and a glass next to Orange. Lo, will the media finally call out the obvious with this guy?

  • aleth

    No, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, RON FOURIER, HUFFPOST, CNBC, WHITE HOUSE PRESS, NPR, politico and the rest of the majority frat boys network including NYT, Washington post etc.. You do not get to act like you were not involved in creation and encouraging of this new breed of GOP. They were on your shows from 2009-2010 pushing birtherism, false flag, tea party started by a corporate hack icon cnbc, guns at Obama events, orchestrated demonstration by AstroTurf planning of Koch bros at the representative meetings etc… You pushed the ridiculousness for ratings.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not know of make Obama a one term president movement or the treason that occurred after he was elected with the meeting with the GOP.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not push the right wing media to the forefront with the bogus Obama socialist meme where his speech with his professor was treated as a breaking story or inviting briethart to your tv screens.

    You don’t get to pretend you did not try to take credit away from the President for everything he has from Osama to saving the economy. We all know the lucky black man came from you all. You don’t get to act like you were not in the business of delegitimizing him from your countless shows on question his birth to articles question is Americanness.

    You don’t get to act like you did not question every deal he made in framing of “caving” “weak” “carter” etc. yet a month after you all go he was lucky.

    You don’t get to be innocent in any of these because you all played a role in creation of current state of Government. Like the so called tea party or shall I call the plutocrats with a mix of theocracy, the thought of a black man in authority drives you off the wall, especially one smarter than you all. Funny thing is the black man is also tired of you all. You don’t get it yet. He is going to be fine, his legacy will be one denoting how he triumphed over your racism. It will be one in the books were it will say, their bigotry was stronger than love for country or economics.

    You enable the GOP and its corporate entities. You enabled them since 2009 with 95% negative coverage of the President. You are still enabling them till this day.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ aleth. – —***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

      — -U! –JUS’! –DO! – – -THIS!! –>http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg —THANK U♥ —-Have a good day. :>) —

    • rikyrah

      this is so much win….

      thank you.

      They were the ones, who let all that birther bullshyt slide..

      instead of saying, ‘ These folks are stupid and crazy’..

      they said, ‘ well, there must be something else there’.

      No, there was nothing else behind their racism.

      Even when proven that they were nothing but bought and paid for astroturf grifter…they said nothing.

      They pretended that the GOP didn’t begin committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country, during the worst economic times since the Great Depression on January 20, 2009.

    • gn

      Tell it Aleth! The “fourth estate” has been complicit in everything from selling the Bush admin’s clear lies during the runup to Iraq, to degrading one of the most forward-thinking and helpful pieces of legislation of this generation, ObamaCare. Their corruption has enabled the GOP’s extremism full stop. And they’re not done, still carrying water for every grifter and liar with an ax to grind against this admin from the Ron/Rand Paul to GG. Feeding people lies, sensationalism, and lowest common denominator garbage for ratings and totally abandoning their responsibility to report the TRUTH (remember Chuck Todd’s shock that anyone could expect the media to make sure that Americans have correct information about the ACA; this is what too much of the beltway media has become).

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – -Waitaminute – -PHOOL!! –LISTEN — -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw – -Annnd BELIEVE!!

    —-John Boehner Threatens to Destroy the Economy If Obama Won’t Give Him What He Wants

    — —On ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner issued threatened President Obama and the country with default on debts if his demands aren’t met. – —

    [Gotta “bounce” —C YA as soon as♥ – –B BLESSED.♥ — -Good luck -NFL :>). . .]

    • aleth

      Have any of you heard any of these reporters say..you cannot negotiate on a law? Have you heard them say point black debt ceiling is your job? No no no

      The frame is OBama this or that… Even from Clinton’s lapdog. Protect GOP ie corporate puppet by all means necessary.

      • jziglar

        Nope, the media is working overtime trying to save the gop from the mess they created. They are looking at the congressional polls and right now the GOP house majority is in trouble.

  • Miranda

    So glad to see the commenters calling out Steele’s bs “both sides” meme.

    Michael Steele on shutdown: ‘We have elected a bunch of children to run our government’

    • MonieTalks

      You gotta be kidding me the way they tossed him like a $5 hoe. Simple ass was not even invited to their Klan convention last summer. SMH

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I was watching some show on MSNBC where he admitted that he helped elect these radical TPers. Hmmmm… might make a good tweet. “Thanks, Michael, for helping to infiltrate our government with these anarchists in the house.”

      ….what’s his twaddress again?

  • TyrenM

    SERENA WINS! 6-2, 6-2 China Open Champion.

    • Alma98

      I’m watching it now someone put the match on you tube.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Link please?


        • Alma98

          Here ya go! Part 1 & 2

          • BarbinAtlSouth


    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY TyrenM- – ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —
      Woo! Hoo! – —SHE’S – – -#1!!! – – -BLESS HER♥

      Thank U TyrenM :>) –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. Contrary to what some of the naysayers are spouting…

    No, The Fact That People Aren’t Immediately Signing Up For Obamacare Doesn’t Mean It’s Failing

    Approximately 8.6 million people visited HealthCare.gov since Tuesday but many were unable to successfully sign-up for coverage. The Department of Health and Human Services had taken down the website for weekend maintenance in an effort to fix the technical errors.[….]

    Still, insurers are reporting an uptick in the number of completed applications and “anticipate sign-ups will increase as technological issues in the enrollment process are corrected and consumers gain familiarity with their options.”

    ThinkProgress learned that at least 90,000 people have now signed up for accounts in the 14 marketplaces fully operated by the states, though it was not immediately clear how many have fully enrolled in coverage.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/05/2737981/no-the-fact-that-more-people-arent-enrolling-in-obamacare-doesnt-mean-that-its-failing-2/

    H/T Igor Volsky

    • nellcote

      It’s so ridiculous to judge the ACA on one week. Over and aside from the technical glitches, consider that there are millions of people who have never had health insurance before and are having to learn a new language (deductable? co-pay? wtf?) to even begin to make choices. It’s also a two step program so people registered for the ACA haven’t necessarily decided on which plan to chose. It’s too early to be flinging numbers around except to say that the early response to the ACA has been tremendously positive.

      • creolechild

        “It’s too early to be flinging numbers around except to say that the early response to the ACA has been tremendously positive.”

        That’s why they’re criticizing it right out of the box because it fills a need and the public is displaying an interest in it…contrary to what has been said since the bill was passed into law.

  • creolechild

    Wow! This must be their idea of America’s exceptionalism that we’ve heard so much about as we were growing up, but couldn’t find with a microscope…

    Arizona Is Only State To Stop Welfare Checks During Shutdown

    [….] Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration announced this week that 5,700 families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would not be receiving their checks, which average $207 a month, while the federal government is shut down.

    Federal officials have told state welfare directors that they could
    use alternative sources of funding during the shutdown to keep
    assistance programs funded, and they will be reimbursed when the federal government re-opens.[….]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/arizona-is-only-state-to-stop-welfare-checks-during-shutdown

    H/T Dylan Scott

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Afternoon POU

    Now I’ll read about Rev. Lowry. I hope there’s some consolation for him at this sad, sad time.

  • Miranda

    ÐiegoUK ‏@DiegoUK15m
    Remember to mark the moment the Republicans realize their mistake and quietly switch from calling it Obamacare.
    Indeed….remember last week the media declaring it would no longer use “Obamacar”. As if they were fooling anyone with WHY.

  • creolechild

    Rude, Arrogant GOP Rep. Who Rebuked NPS Ranger Has Ethics Complaint Filed Against Him

    [….] The crowd that witnessed the incident was supportive of the Ranger, who admirably displayed grace under pressure as the Congressman dressed her down for his actions. But some supporters went further than just words: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint against Rep. Neugebauer with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The watchdog
    group filed the complaint on Friday.[….]

    CREW says that the Congressman violated House Rule 27, which states that all members of the House must conduct themselves “… in a manner that reflects creditably on the House…” at all times. By attacking the NPS Ranger, who was essentially volunteering her time for the WWII Veterans, they maintain that Neugebauer abused his position. While they don’t expect an investigation, CREW hopes that the Congressman will at least get a letter of reprimand.

    Read more:http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/06/ethics-charges-filed-gop-representative/

    H/T T. Steele

  • Miranda

    Where is Mitch McConnell? Will anyone ask him and Rand Paul why 11,000 citizens of their state should not have been able to do this?
    Nearly 11,000 Complete Kynect Application For Coverage

    Kentucky officials have released the latest data on kynect, the new health benefit exchange.

    They say nearly 11,000 applications have been completed to obtain health insurance under the state’s new online marketplace, and almost 5,000 individuals or families have picked a health plan and signed up for coverage.

    Enrollment began Tuesday through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange – the online guide to a variety of insurance policies. Such exchanges across the country are the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    Kentucky officials said Friday more than 137,000 people have browsed the website, and 93 percent of them have gone through pre-screenings to determine if they qualify for subsidies or Medicaid.

    Gov. Steve Beshear says he’s pleased with the response and says Kentucky is the “gold standard” for implementing the program.

    The system encountered some first-day glitches, but those were fixed in a few hours.


    • qosine

      This really could be the “gold standard” for other states,
      particularly for the South. Our gov in TN is going to get
      well deserved pressure.

      Right now, they’re lying about a) dropping the horrible plan CoverTN “because of Obamacare” and b) “expanded Medicaid” by claiming an additional 47K enrollees, who in fact, were eligible all along..

      So now the state has to pick up most of the tab (almost
      a billion — that’;s right), unlike the Medicaid under the ACA with its initial split of 90/10. I’m thrilled that 47K will get their deserved health care, yet so many more are left . . . waiting.

      • nellcote

        Medicaid under the
        ACA with its initial split of 90/10

        It’s worse than that. The first 3 years the feds cover 100% of expansion. It’s 90/10 after that.

        • qosine

          You’re right, nellcote! My figures are wrong. It IS even worse – first 3 years 100/0. I remember
          now. Our gov resisted expanding Medicaid, b/c
          of the “uncertainty” and might/prob would “overburden” our state once the first 3 years were up.

        • goldenstar


  • creolechild

    There’s a secret library in the New York City subway

    [….] I just heard about the tiny New York Public Library branch (the Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Branch, officially) tucked away in a subway station. The underground branch lives outside the turnstiles at the 51st Street 6 stop.[….] Most people who use this branch “don’t come here for serious research,” says the branch manager — they want page-turners for the commute — but don’t think the librarians don’t offer reference services.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/theres-a-secret-library-in-the-new-york-city-subway/

    H/T @debchau and Jess Zimmerman

  • rikyrah

    CBS Host Takes Apart GOP’s Shutdown Argument

    By Zack Beauchamp on October 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was unable to explain why Republicans needed to threaten economic disaster to try to get their way on Obamacare during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday.

    Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation’s host, repeatedly asked Cornyn why, instead of using normal legislative procedures like passing laws, Republicans were refusing to pass a continuing resolution funding the government or raise the debt ceiling absent changes to several parts of President Obama’s signature health care law. Schieffer compared this strategy to saying “I’m going to throw a brick through your window unless you give me $20:”

    SCHIEFFER: The law has been passed. Why not keep the government running and then everybody can sit down and decide what they want to do about it.

    CORNYN: Well there should be a negotiation, and this government would still be up and running in full if President…if Harry Reid had allowed Democrats to vote to eliminate the Congressional carve-out which treats them favorably under Obamacare and to treat average Americans the same way the President has decided to treat business with regard to Obamacare penalties.

    SCHIEFFER: Senator, isn’t there something wrong when you say I won’t fund the government unless i can attach my personal wish list to the legislation every time we vote? I’d love to see the government find a cause, uh, cure for cancer, but I don’t think you can say I’m not going to pass and pass any funds for the rest of the government until [the National Institutes of Health] finds a cure for cancer. I mean, isn’t that just kind of the same thing here?


    • conlakappa

      That explains why his boyfriend The Mack Daddy wasn’t on. Ashy Johnny was the sacrificial lamb.

    • TyrenM

      Where was THIS Schieffer during the Debate?

      • conlakappa

        At a lemon party with The Mack Daddy and Huckleberry Graham?

  • creolechild

    Ohio Students Fight Back Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    The battle against Stand Your Ground has migrated from the south to the midwest and young people are in the trenches. The Ohio Student Association (OSA)—a growing organization of low-income youth and young people of color building local political power—has launched a new campaign against the impending implementation of Stand Your Ground in their state in the form of House bill 203.[….]

    On October 3, hundreds of students and community members marched on the Ohio statehouse in protest of the Stand Your Ground proposal.[….] A die-in outside the statehouse bringing attention to the realities of Stand Your Ground followed the press conference. Organizations including Stand Up for Ohio and Progress Ohio were among many in support of OSA’s #UnafraidTogether campaign focused on killing the bill.

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/176507/ohio-students-fight-back-against-stand-your-ground-laws

    H/T Isabelle Nastasia and Student Nation

    • conlakappa

      Reason 1,002 of why they don’t want young folks voting.

  • rikyrah

    The rise of the New Confederacy

    By Colbert I. King, Published: October 4

    It took on new force with fears of the federal government in Washington interfering with their cherished way of life. It gathered steam with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. And it all came into full flower when shore batteries fired on Fort Sumter. It was the spirit of the Old Confederacy, a state-sponsored rebellion hellbent on protecting its “peace and safety” from the party that took possession of the government on March 4, 1861.

    The rebels launched a grisly war against the Union. In his inaugural address, Lincoln warned the Confederacy: “You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”


    Federal government as the enemy.

    Today there is a New Confederacy, an insurgent political force that has captured the Republican Party and is taking up where the Old Confederacy left off in its efforts to bring down the federal government.

    No shelling of a Union fort, no bloody battlefield clashes, no Good Friday assassination of a hated president — none of that nauseating, horrendous stuff. But the behavior is, nonetheless, malicious and appalling.

    The New Confederacy, as churlish toward President Obama as the Old Confederacy was to Lincoln, has accomplished what its predecessor could not: It has shut down the federal government, and without even firing a weapon or taking 620,000 lives, as did the Old Confederacy’s instigated Civil War.

    Not stopping there, however, the New Confederacy aims to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States, setting off economic calamity at home and abroad — all in the name of “fiscal sanity.”

    Its members are as extreme as their ideological forebears. It matters not to them, as it didn’t to the Old Confederacy, whether they ultimately go down in flames. So what? For the moment, they are getting what they want: a federal government in the ditch, restrained from seeking to create a more humane society that extends justice for all.

    The ghosts of the Old Confederacy have to be envious.


    • qosine

      A neo-confed group, The League of the South, is
      coming to our area the week of October 12th. Their
      Facebook page instructs participants to tuck their
      shirts in, smile, and show how we’re here to help
      like-minded “Scots-Celts” push back from “Southern displacement.” Protests against them are planned
      and city leaders told the LOS to remove the city seal
      from the promo materials.


      • conlakappa

        Creepy. I think I told you about a high-school friend leaving Vandy and the full ride she had there years ago after seeing the Klan march down the middle of town on a Saturday afternoon.

        • qosine

          I didn’t know about your friend, but I
          don’t blame her one bit, conlakappa.
          I’m hoping that these the local
          Tea Party/GOP get tied firmly to the LOS.

    • nellcote

      FINALLY! someone in the msm acknowledges that there’s literally a Civil War 2.0 going on!

  • rikyrah

    Frankenstein Goes to Congress
    Published: October 4, 2013

    Our question for today is: Why don’t the Republicans just throw in the towel? Really, this is not going well for anybody.

    Lots of reasons. There’s Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the General Patton of the government shutdown. And people like the Republican in the House who said he and his colleagues “have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” Also, Ted Cruz.

    “So many Democrats have invoked my name as the root of all evil in the world,” Cruz complained on the floor of the Senate Friday. This is true. Senate Republicans merely regard him as the root of most of the evil in the world.

    But here’s my long-term theory. Over the past few years, Republicans have terrified their most fervent followers about Obamacare in order to disguise the fact that they no longer knew what to say about their old bête noir, entitlements. Now they can’t turn the temperature down.

    Let’s review. Not so very long ago, worrying about entitlements was central to Republican identity. Then, they began to notice that the folks at their rallies looked like the audience for “Matlock” reruns. The base was aging, and didn’t want to change Social Security or Medicare. The base didn’t even want to be reminded that Social Security and Medicare were federal programs.

    During the last Republican primary debates, Gov. Rick Perry called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Mitt Romney jumped all over him, then raced off to tell a conservative talk show host that if the Republicans nominated someone with Perry’s view on Social Security “we would be obliterated as a party.”

    This year, when President Obama proposed a budget that actually did reduce the rate at which Social Security benefits would rise in the future, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee denounced it as “a shocking attack on seniors.”

    People like Paul Ryan still fiddled with Medicare, but only in wonkese that didn’t trickle down to the public. There were vague references to the need to “protect” programs for the elderly. But the party had lost its old rallying cry. Enter health care reform.

    Just this week, Rick Perry called Obamacare “a criminal act.” He appears to be gearing up for another presidential run, and you are not going to hear any Ponzi talk this time around. However, he’s so set against the new health care law that he’s refusing to let 1.5 million really poor Texans qualify for federally financed coverage. When Rick Perry has a principle, no sacrifice is too great.


    • conlakappa

      So the famewhore decides to act coquettish about getting attention while attentioning? He really is that little girl twirling in her new dress…

  • rikyrah

    Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:53 AM PDT
    GOP Wants Nothing We Dems Have To Offer In Trade…

    by cskendrick

    but our political extinction.

    You cannot look at the standoff in Washington as an exercise in game theory, or in terms of rational self-interest, or even in terms of political gamesmanship.

    If you do, you are going to be magnificently wrong in your assessment of Republicans’ perceptions, assessments of conditions, decisions based on those assessments, motivations and reactions to your own existence and behavior, and the more subtle clues of mobilization, communications and morale.

    Last but not least, you are going to come up with a completely wrong synthesis of WTF Are These People Up To?


    Thing is, the President doesn’t seem to be very good at destroying America. So the Tea Partiers, the energizing heart of the modern Republican Party, are very thoughtfully helping him fulfill the destiny they’ve assigned him.

    You might wonder what does default get them?

    One, it destroys the reputation of Obama’s presidency.
    Two, it moots any issue about Obamacare; defunding’s a given.
    Three, it defunds everything else.
    Four, if the government ever plans to borrow ever again it will have to do so at much higher interest rates. That will crowd out ALL domestic spending programs, even force the government to lapse some of them
    Five, there will be far less money to fund national security initiatives among them drones and NSA super surveillance
    Six, because it kicks Democrats’ asses, that’s why. Less crassly, it’s a specific, achievable goal with immense impact that accomplishes specific ideological ends in which Republicans and Tea Partiers in particular embrace.
    Seven, a hollowed-out catastrophically underfunded Federal government will be incapable of stopping subsequent initiatives toward the goal of creating a much more conservative-friendly regime.
    Eight, yeah about 2014 elections. We’ll probably have them but, wow. Polling places are expensive to maintain so we’ll be consolidating those. You know, since the default… there’s just no money…

    And this is why I think Democrats have nothing to offer in trade that Republicans want in lieu of the default.

    They get everything they want by pushing America over the edge.


  • creolechild

    Carnegie Hero award is new start for felon who saved 91-year-old woman from fire

    [….] Locked up in a Minnesota prison over the past year for selling cocaine, Johnson was stunned to learn this week that he is among
    22 Americans named Carnegie Heroes for risking his life to save a
    91-year-old neighbor woman from a burning house in Brooklyn Park.

    The board that signed off on the prestigious award, which comes with a $5,000 prize and an educational scholarship, knew Johnson was a felon when their investigator started researching his story in June 2012, the same month he pleaded guilty to the drug charge. It isn’t the first time a prisoner has been honored, but it’s very rare[….]

    On Thursday, Johnson, 35, said from the Willow River Correctional Facility that he’s overwhelmed that the board saw beyond his criminal past to gave him a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get straight for good.[….] That fresh start will come Oct. 15, when he is released from Willow River, an intensive boot camp program[..]

    Read more: http://www.startribune.com/local/north/226314611.html

    H/T David Chanen

    • edp4bho

      Happy Sunday, POU. What a wonderful story of redemption. It’s not like he killed someone afterall. If this nation offered more choices for folks to live a productive life, they wouldn’t feel the need to sell drugs. This doesn’t excuse their behavior but petty drug dealing should be handled like more of a social failure and sentencing should be by rehabilitation and less through punishment. But that’s just me !!

      • creolechild

        Absolutely agree, edp4bho. If funding was increased for drug courts and restorative justice was used to deal with non-violent offenders, individuals would have an opportunity to choose an alternative and more productive path–without being hindered by a criminal record.

  • qosine

    Happy Birthday, Rev. Lowery.
    My deepest sympathy to the loss your dear wife of 70 years.
    I just love seeing you out and about.

  • rikyrah

    Does Michelle Nunn Know What She’s Doing?

    by BooMan
    Sun Oct 6th, 2013 at 01:33:45 AM EST
    Maybe it is because I grew up as the son of an advertising executive, next door to a senior partner at a major Manhattan law firm, with classmates whose parents worked at places like Cantor Fitzgerald or the Institute for Advanced Study, but I’ve never been really comfortable with the language of the Occupy Movement. I understand the usefulness of discussing the 1% vs. the 99%. I certainly understand the impulse to bash Wall Street. In any case, we need to have some kind of language for discussing rising income inequality and its causes. I just choose to use my own terminology.

    I also noticed and was somewhat annoyed that the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia, Michelle Nunn, came out of the box talking about the need to address the country’s debt. It annoyed me on the merits, not so much on the politics.

    I have long argued that progressives can win in the South without adopting the DLC/Blue Dog model, so long as they can figure out how to finance their campaigns. On balance, I think someone who talks about Wall Street the way Elizabeth Warren talks about Wall Street will do better with your average Georgian voter than one who talks constantly about lowering our debt.


  • rikyrah

    It’s Not Always Good News for Republicans

    by BooMan
    Sun Oct 6th, 2013 at 10:10:31 AM EST
    The headline is misleading, but I get what Reid Wilson is saying. For Republican governors who are thinking of running for president, the government shutdown offers them an opportunity to be a little above the fray. They can badmouth Washington in general terms, which is always popular on both sides of the aisle. And they can point out that their governments are open for business.

    But I don’t think the government shutdown actually helps these governors’ chances of winning the presidency. And it isn’t going to help Tom Corbett win reelection in Pennsylvania or Rick Snyder in Michigan.

    Ground zero is obviously Virginia, where so many people work for the federal government. Open up an Electoral College Calculator and try to find a path to victory for the GOP that doesn’t involve them winning Virginia. (Hint: if the Dems win Virginia in 2016, they can cede Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida and still win the election with 272 votes). Anything that damages the GOP brand in Virginia should be of the utmost concern to any potential Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016.

    As Dan Balz documents in this morning’s Washington Post, the country is growing increasingly polarized, which means that there are lot of areas of the country where the people think what the Republicans are doing makes some kind of sense. Northern Virginia is not one of those places. The Philly suburbs are not one of those places.

    In my opinion, the shutdown is increasing polarization on a lop-sided battlefield that favors the Democrats on the presidential level. It will increase passions on both sides, but the only movement from one party to the other will come from people in the middle who will be alarmed at the financial brinksmanship of the Republicans or who have directly detrimental experiences as a result of the shutdown.


    • conlakappa

      Jindal was complaining about the national party hurting the brand. After being fluffed and funded by the national party, the government, R governors are trying to draw workers to work for the State. It would seem a fool’s errand but, hey, they are nothing if not foolish.

  • creolechild

    I applaud her efforts. It has to be hard to interact with interact on a daily basis with young children who will eventually succumb to their illnesses.

    Mom Crafts Superhero Capes for Ailing Kids Nationwide

    One mother is giving more than 1,700 sick children a reason to
    smile. Robyn Rosenberger crafts capes to give children with terminal
    illnesses a chance to feel special – to feel like superheroes. “She
    doesn’t just deliver capes, she bolsters children,” one child’s mother
    told TODAY. “It’s Robyn that turns them into superheroes.” (WATCH the video below from NBC News)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/mom-crafts-superhero-capes-for-ailing-kids-nationwide.html

    H/T GNN

    • qosine

      What a wonderful, wonderful idea. Robyn Rosenberger is
      a truly loving woman, who “turns them into superheroes.”
      Thanks creolechild for never giving up on good news.

  • jziglar

    The republican party in California is so pathetic. Political wire has an article from AP about the Tea Party taking over the party at it’s convention. After getting their asses kicked over and over again they decided that moving further to the right will lead them to the promise land.

    The democrats are gaining ground in the few remaining republican strongholds in the state and the way things are going the republican party will be no more.

    • Miranda

      SMH…..they are nothing if not consistent…consistently illogical. California has completely turned its financial house around and they did it by getting rid of these loons in any facet of political power.

      • qosine

        Yes. It’s SO obvious. The GOP should default,
        so the rest of us can turn The United States of
        America turned around. Right now, it’s like living
        in different countries.

  • gn

    The GOP has two choices: break the Tea Party or break America. They’re doing the second. So much for #countryfirst. #GOPshutdown

  • gn

    Chicago Sun-Times | Obamacare worker reports tears of joy http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/22969003-418/some-state-residents-shed-tears-because-they-can-get-insurance.html … #hcr #hix #Medicaid #Obamacare

  • gn

    Democrats dare Boehner to hold a vote on a clean CR, suggesting he’s bluffing when he says it wouldn’t pass http://politi.co/GH3OBg

  • creolechild

    This is an example of what good “journalism” looks like. Too bad it doesn’t exist here in this country…

    The Tea Party’s take-no-prisoners, gut Obamacare budget showdown: Neil Macdonald

    It’s been asked before, but it’s worth asking again: If Democrats and Republicans share the blame for Congress’s stupendous incompetence, which is a widespread and rather facile presumption here, then what is the Democratic Party’s equivalent of the Tea Party caucus?[….]

    The Republicans have about 40 of these characters in Congress at the moment, a small band of extremists who in the name of ideological purity are now threatening to shut down and essentially bankrupt the U.S. government.[….] But when they take steps to shut down the federal government, as the House Republicans are now doing, and deprive people of crucial services (and probably jobs) at a time of fragile economic recovery, well, that’s entirely another order of political craziness. [….]

    So is forcing a catastrophic default on U.S. debt obligations, which is exactly what the Tea Party worthies are now rushing toward.

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/the-tea-party-s-take-no-prisoners-gut-obamacare-budget-showdown-neil-macdonald-1.1862514

    H/T Neil McDonald and CBC News – Canada

    • qosine

      Wow. Good journalism, indeed.

      “It’s been asked before, but it’s worth asking again: If
      Democrats and Republicans share the blame for Congress’s stupendous incompetence, which is a widespread and rather facile presumption here,
      then what is the Democratic Party’s equivalent of the Tea Party caucus?”

      Facile:(esp. of a theory or argument) appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial.

  • gn

    @digby56 @DavidOAtkins I’d love to see reckoning by “liberals” who praised Obama’s 2011 debt ceiling negotiations and sequester madness

    People like her helped to deliver the House to the teaparty in 2010 with their purity trolling. I don’t know who the hell she thinks she’s giving a “reckoning” to in terms of people who choose to SUPPORT the President rather than nitpick and criticize his every move. F- her.

    • jziglar

      I’m so sick of these people. I’m no fan of the sequester but the president picked the best option at that time in order to save the economy which was pretty weak in 2011. Instead of complaining she should be encouraging people to vote for democrats in 2014 since it looks like the house is in play.

      Another thing I can’t stand about Joan Walsh is her hypocrisy. She supported Hillary who had a similar healthcare plan and agenda as President Obama. I doubt that she would have been as critical if she was in office.

      • gn


        picked the best option at that time in order to save the economy which was pretty weak in 2011

        The hubris of some of these people astounds me, particularly because over and over again PBO has outstrategized both them and the GOP and just left them all sputtering about “eleventy billion dimensional chess” and having to purity troll around the edges (“ObamaCare websites are much more popular than expected right out the gate? Well, well, they should have allocated more server space, what a disappointment and betrayal!”). Most of these people would not be nearly as critical of any other President, spot on.

  • creolechild

    Members of Congress who will vote for a CR – Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Names and contact information for members provided in case the public wants to “encourage” them to stand firm and do the right thing.

    Read more: http://www.whatisworking.com/2013/10/members-of-congress-who-will-vote-for-cr.html

    H/T Linda H. and WhatISWorking

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Oakland classes offer black males hope

    [….] Over the past decade, the number of African American men killed on the streets of Oakland nearly matched the number who graduated from its high schools ready to attend a state university.[….] Against this backdrop of failure and death, school officials became the first in the nation to create a department with the sole focus of helping African American males while sponsoring a charter school specifically for black boys.[….]

    Robinson, an African American man with spotless tennis shoes, a shaved head and heavily tattooed arms, shut the door. “Brothers, let’s bring it in,” he began. The class quieted down, and Robinson started to teach. His goal this day – as it was every day – was to help these teens learn how to navigate the world in and out of school. To try and create strong, successful black males by demonstrating the man he’d become.[….]

    Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/local/bayarea/item/Even-Odds-Day-2-23198.php

    H/T Jill Tucker, Lacy Atkins, and WhatISWorking

    • qosine

      This is SO great.
      When I first read the headline, I thought I read:
      Classic black males give me hope

  • gn

    Setting the record straight:

    Cost of an unnecessary war 6.1 Tril
    Cost of keeping American healthy 1.1Tril
    While PBO keeps decreasing our deficits