September 20, 2014

Thurday Open Thread: Black Nobel Prize Winners

Toni Morrison is the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. She is best known for her novels focusing on intimate relationships, especially between men and women. These stories are set against the backdrop of African American culture.

In 1949 Morrison entered Howard University, where she received a B.A. in English in 1953. She earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University in 1955. After graduation, Morrison became an English instructor at Texas Southern University and then returned to Howard to teach English.  In 1965, she worked as an editor at the New York City headquarters of Random House. She also taught at Yale University and Bard College during these years. As an editor, Morrison played a vital role in bringing black literature into the mainstream, editing books by authors such as Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Angela Davis, and Gayl Jones.

Morrison began writing her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), while she was in a writers’ group at Howard University. The story is about an African American girl who wishes that her eyes were blue and fit a different image of beauty. Thirty years later the book still speaks to a universal audience and was chosen to be an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. Sula (1974), Morrison’s second novel, was nominated for a National Book Award.

Her third book, Song of Solomon (1977), won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. It was also chosen as the second novel by an African American to be a Book-of-the-Month selection. Tar Baby was published in 1981. Beloved (1987) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Jazz was published in 1992 and Paradise followed in 1997. Meanwhile, Morrison worked as writer-in-residence at the State University of New York, first at Stony Brook and later at Albany, before moving on to Princeton University in New Jersey.

In 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her citation reads: Toni Morrison, “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.” She is currently the last American to have been awarded the honor.

 
(Novelist Toni Morrison is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama during an East Room event May 29, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images))
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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Mornin’ POU!

    VA State Senator Henry Marsh is gonna be on Joe Madison’s show in a few minutes to discuss the re-districting drama. Listen here: http://blackplanet.songza.com/listen/wol-am-1450-RadioOne/?omcamp=LSAP_WashingtonDC_woldcnews.com

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

    AP Source: Obama picks Mary Jo White to lead SEC
    By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent
    Updated 5:19 am, Thursday, January 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes to lead an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.

    A White House official said the president would announce White’s nomination during a ceremony in the State Dining Room Thursday afternoon.

    At the same event, Obama will renominate Richard Cordray to serve as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the official said. The president used a recess appointment last year to circumvent Congress and install Cordray as head of the bureau. That appointment expires at the end of this year.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-Source-Obama-picks-Mary-Jo-White-to-lead-SEC-4219722.php#ixzz2ItpyfeaV

    • Miranda

      I forget where, but I read she makes Wall Street nervous because of her prosecutorial background.

      GOOD.

      • jds09

        Plus she’s doubly “white”, Mrs. Greenspan should approve. lol

        • AxelFoley

          LOLOLOLOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- – – –UH! OH!- – – – – -YA MEAN- – -THIS Ms. Mary Jo White?—-

      – — – –White spent nearly a decade as the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, building a reputation as a tough prosecutor with an expertise in complex securities and financial fraud cases. White House officials say that makes her well positioned to implement Wall Street reform legislation.- – –Ooooowweeee!

      She BAD!! :>) — — -BUT will B GOOD 4 HIS ADMINISTRATION! :>)- — —BEST Wishes. . . :>)- – -

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

    Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

    U.S. jobless claims fall to 330,000 in latest week from 335,000 in prior week; lowest in five years #BREAKING

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -Jus’ comin’ 2 post. :>) – — WOW&1/2!! – – –

      LOVELY SIGHT: – – -WATCHIN’ the FIGURES – – DROP!! – – —

      Unemployment Week Ended Initial Claims 4-Week Avg. Continued Claims rate (pct)

      01/19/13 330,000 351,750 N/A N/A
      01/12/13 335,000 360,000-R 3,157,000 2.5
      01/05/13 375,000-R 366,750-R 3,228,000-R 2.5

      CONGRATULATIONS – – – -MR. PRESIDENT – — SECOND TIME AROUND. :>)

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>) – -

  • MonieTalks

    Sen. Shelby has been a particularly disgusting obstructionist…he once put a blanket hold on all of PBO nominations. Don’t trust him…and this is probably a move to calculated move to soften the widespread racist tactics of the GOP, but nevertheless I would enjoy seeing this come to fruition.

    Alabama Seeks Congressional Medal to Honor Girls Killed In ’63 Church Bombing

    On January 20, while President Barack Obama was in prayer following his inauguration a delegation from Alabama announced they would seek a Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously, in honor of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing, one of the most horrific attacks of the Civil Right struggle.

    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, U.S. Representatives Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus stood next to Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. in a sign of bi-partisan political unity.

    read more: http://blackstarnews.com/news/135/ARTICLE/8647/2013-01-22.html

    • conlakappa

      Is it the comb-over or the heinous dye job that you think makes him even look untrustworthy? A Blue Dog D who switched to R long after everyone else had. It was right after one of his young aides was murdered in D.C. and he couldn’t get the death penalty enacted here. It is ridiculous that it has taken 50 years for a push.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2./POU FAM♥ ***BIG HUG*** – –

    – -WOW&1/2!! – – – -What an EXCITING FOCUS!! :>)

    —A FIRST – -Toni Morrison is the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. — She is currently the last American to have been awarded the honor. – –Woo! Hoo! —

    Sooo HAPPY that She was given an AWARD by MR. PRESIDENT. – –A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT!! :>) – —

    – –THANK U 4 THIS SERIES. – -IT MAKES US sooo PROUD!! :>) – — – –B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -YES! – -IT’S ON – – -On DA HILL! – – –

    —-Report: Feinstein to introduce assault-weapons ban Thursday – —

    — – – -Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will introduce a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips on Thursday, according to reports.

    Feinstein’s bill will expand the criteria for classifying military-style assault weapons from a 1994 law, which lapsed a decade later. Her new measure will ban the sale of about 150 types of firearms, including some rifles and handguns, as well as the sale of high-capacity magazines, according to USA Today.

    The bill will exempt firearms used for hunting and will grandfather in guns and magazines owned before the law’s potential enactment. However, the grandfathered weapons will be logged in a national registry.

    The measure is expected to face a tough fight in the Senate, with many GOP lawmakers and the nation’s gun lobby vowing to oppose any new restrictions on gun ownership.

    But Feinstein, a longtime proponent of gun reform, said she is ready to push her measure in the face of heated opposition from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

    “I have worked on this for a long time,” said Feinstein in an interview with USA Today. “I’m not a newcomer or a novice to guns.

    “The NRA sort of specialized in trying to denigrate me, but I don’t think there’s anyone around that’s spent 20 years on this subject, plus some,” she added.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – -U! GO! GUUURRRLL! – – -:>) – – – -Watchin’. . . .:>) – –

    • nellcote

      If she doesn’t support fillibuster reform, I question her sincerity.

  • GN

    @Reuters
    U.S. jobless claims fall to 330,000 in latest week, lowest in five years #BREAKING

    • AxelFoley

      I blame Obama.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – –THIS NOMINATION is BACK ON – –

    – – -After Gen. John Allen Cleared, Nomination Back on Track – —

    —–A day after the Pentagon cleared Gen. John Allen of any wrongdoing in email exchanges with a Tampa socialite, his nomination to take over as NATO’s supreme allied commander is back on track.

    Currently serving as the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Allen’s nomination was placed on hold last November when the Pentagon inspector general began an investigation into his conduct.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said at Wednesday’s White House briefing that President Obama has decided to go forward with Allen’s nomination.

    “The investigation is now complete,” said Carney. “We welcome its findings. And, therefore, we intend for the nomination to proceed.”

    Carney expressed hope that the Senate would consider the nomination “in a timely manner. And you know, we will press the Senate to do just that.”
    THERE is MORE. – – –Watchin’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — -Geesh!! – – -THESE RE-THUCKERS!! – – –

    – – -How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures – —

    – —- -Yesterday, Virginia Republicans took the first step to move a GOP plan to rig the Electoral College forward in that state. Similar plans are under consideration in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

    The Republican election rigging plan targets blue states that President Obama won in 2008 and 2012, and changes the way they allocate electoral votes to give many of these votes away for free to the Republican candidate for president. Under the Republican Plan, most electoral votes will be allocated to the winner of individual Congressional districts, rather than to the winner of the state as a whole. Because the Republican Plan would be implemented in states that are heavily gerrymandered to favor Republicans, the resulting maps would all but guarantee that the Republican would win a majority of each state’s electoral votes, even if the Democratic candidate wins the state as a whole.

    Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a white paper detailing how this Republican election-rigging plan works — including this rather striking visual demonstration of just how effectively Republicans gerrymandered six states that are likely targets of their plan:

    COMMENT: – – -Holly Siegel
    saw them try to rig last election myself as a POL watcher – hard to believe unless you see it with your own eyes as I did – this must be stopped for fair elections sake!
    – —

    – – — -WE GOT WORK 2 DO!! — – -YES WE DO!! – – -

    • Town

      This is just funny to me. Virginia has voted for the Republican for 40+ years but only when the black guy wins VA 2x does the system need to be changed.

      This is racist and people are seeing it for what it is: racist.

      With this plan, they are saying the votes of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and those in the 96/64 corridor’s votes don’t count.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Town. ****BIG HUG** :>)

        – –THIS:- – –>This is racist and people are seeing it for what it is: racist.- – –OF COURSE it is!!- –

        They cain’t make him a – –1-TERM PRESIDENT —-soooo they R usin’ OTHER DIRTY TACTICS- –2 PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENIN’- – – -AGAIN.- -humph!!

        Annnnd- — -they C the Hispanic/Latino population – -ON THE RISE!!- — [BUT they 4-get- -- -THEY R becomin' the MINORITY!! -- - -HAH!!]- — –

        Good 2 C U Town. :>)- – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — – -LOL – — -DEY – –DELUSIONAL!- – -LOL – —

    —-Quote of the Morning – —

    – – - “Given what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.” John Boehner.

    No, see, the Republicans are doing just fine with annihilating themselves. – –
    -TRUTH!! — – – -DEY R in – –MAJOR —DISARRAY!! LOL – – –

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

  • Miranda

    This man’s children clearly do not love him or else they would come get their daddy and take him back to the house for some obvious rest that he needs. He is delusional and wondering around rambling in front of every TV camera he can find and making himself look more and more foolish with each passing day.

    McCain Rips Clinton’s Benghazi Testimony (VIDEO)
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mccain-rips-clintons-benghazi-testimony-video

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He would have felt right stupid if she had brought up the fact he and Cousin Goober were posing for the cameras when the Adminsitration and Intelligence were briefing Congress on what happened.

    • conlakappa

      Or at least get him from off his front lawn, shaking his fist at the clouds.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Chortle*

    How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton in gifs

    http://feministing.com/2013/01/24/how-to-deal-with-a-mansplainer-starring-hillary-clinton-in-gifs/

  • GN

    chickenhawks; love to promote war so long as erryone else’s kids are the ones fighting them…

    @LOLGOP:
    Now that women can serve in combat that leaves the only group that apparently can’t serve in war is neo-cons.

    • Admiral_Komack

      …ahem…emoprogs…

      • AxelFoley

        LOLOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    buh—but I thought we bought property values DOWN?!?

    White House Value Increases With Obamas In Residence

    It’s certainly not your round-the-way single-family home, but it’s a residence nonetheless that has a hefty price tag of $294.9 million. The White House, which has been the official residence and workplace of every president of the United States since John Adams, has actually gone up in value since the Obamas moved in four years ago, according to the online real estate database Zillow.

    The value growth of the White House actually exceeds the national average over the same period. When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle moved in to the famed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., address, the home had an estimated value of $275.6 million.

    By comparison, the home value index in Washington, D.C., rose almost 13.6 percent to $397,000 from $349,600 over the period of January 2009 to November 2012.

    more here
    http://newsone.com/2148876/white-house-value-obamas/

    • nellcote

      Well the Obamas did fix the plumbing, no thanks to congress.

  • Miranda

    UPDATED: Virginia Republican State Senator Declines To Back GOP Electoral College Rigging Scheme

    In a subcommittee vote Wednesday, Virginia State Sen. and former Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) abstained on a key vote on a bill to rig the state’s electoral college vote. The bill advanced (on a three-to-three party-line vote) to the full Committee on Privileges and Elections, without recommendation.

    National Republicans, frustrated with their failure to win the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections, are pushing to change the electoral allocations only in states Obama carried. With control of the state governments in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and elsewhere, they are hoping to pass legislation to ensure that most of those states’ electors go to their 2016 nominee — even if he or she does not carry those states.

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/23/1486841/virginia-republican-state-senator-opposes-gop-electoral-college-rigging-scheme/?mobile=nc

    • Town

      She doesn’t need to back it or not back it b/c it will pass anyway.

      The Lt. Gov (although a Repub) wasn’t going to back it, that’s why they waited until Marsh left town to ram it through. If he was going to back the GOP they would’ve just waited to take the vote when Marsh was there and then the Lt. Gov would be the tie-breaker.

      The GOP knew he wasn’t down (for whatever reason) and that’s why they waited until Marsh left town to take the vote so there wouldn’t be a tie…therefore the Lt. Gov couldn’t vote on it either way.

      He’s already pissed off at the GOP and I don’t think Monday’s scheme will make him any happier because not only was it a screw you to Democrats, the voters of VA and black people, it was a SCREW YOU to the Lt. Gov too.

      They pretty much guaranteed he will run for Gov as an independent. If the Democrats are smart (which they aren’t) they will use this issue in the Governor’s race.

      • MonieTalks

        Yep!

        Democrats (especially the DP of VA) need to be running commercials about this but I doubt it.

        If Republicans can create hysteria and spread propaganda over healthcare plan and individual mandate that they touted themselves for over 25 years than surely Democrats can cause a stir that is truly steeped in concerns these illegal and unethical shenanigans.

        So far, all I have seen is this from the Democratic Governors Association…a petition.
        http://action.democraticgovernors.org/page/s/stop-va-gop-power-grab-fb

        • Town

          Don’t sit around like “DUH,” make this mass voter disenfranchisement scheme by the GOP the #1 central issue of the VA Gubernatorial campaign.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Kerry to divest some financial holdings

    Senator John F. Kerry and his wife, seeking to avoid possible conflicts of interest, will sell nearly 100 separate investments in the United States and abroad if the Massachusetts Democrat is confirmed as secretary of state. [....] Kerry said he and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, pledged to divest shares in such companies according to an agreement reached with the Obama administration and released Wednesday.[....]

    [....] The divestitures will include his shares of Cenovus Energy Inc., the Canadian company that would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.[....] Kerry was also advised to dump a series of other energy-related holdings, including shares of ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP, and the electric and gas provider Wisconsin Energy Corp.

    A pair of Kerry’s family trusts, which are separate from his wife’s, will also be divested of shares in Waltham-based defense giant Raytheon Co.; Pentagon contractor United Technologies; drug maker Pfizer; communications giant Qualcomm Inc.; and American Express, among others.[....]

    Read more: http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/01/23/senator-john-kerry-and-terese-heinz-kerry-agree-divest-nearly-holdings-avoid-conflicts-interest-state-department/Es8i9l9Vg3wW58p7eZGZUO/story.html

    H/T Bryan Bender

    • Town

      Wasn’t Susan Rice roasted by the left for this:

      The divestitures will include his shares of Cenovus Energy Inc., the Canadian company that would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.[....] Kerry was also advised to dump a series of other energy-related holdings, including shares of ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP, and the electric and gas provider Wisconsin Energy Corp.

      • creolechild

        Yup! Matter of fact, I expect the emos/PL to descend upon the blogsphere any moment now to vociferously denounce his nomination!

        Oh, wait…they won’t.

        • TyrenM

          Right. And will all this be brought out in confirmation hearing today? Yeah, I already (k)no(w.)

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

        YEP! Matter of fact, the group that led the charge against Rice were Kerry supporters!

        Back on Nov. 28, “OnEarth,” published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, dug into U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s financial disclosures and found that she and her husband have a stake in TransCanada, the company pushing for the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built.

        NRDC officials say it’s an important issue that must be discussed during the nomination process. But the timing of the report raises questions, as it is being surfaced by an environmental activist community that has previously given support to another potential secretary of state candidate – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.
        http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/08/15763366-rice-under-fire-from-left-as-kerrys-name-wont-go-away?lite

        This solidifies my suspicions that Kerry was behind the Rice black balling, too.

      • Guns3000

        Kerry is in the Boys club. He can do what he wants.

  • creolechild

    Domestic Violence Screenings Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare

    In a stark shift from 2004 — when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force did not find ample evidence to recommend regular domestic violence screenings — the influential panel of scientists and medical professionals has now concluded that screening all women aged 14 to 46 for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) produces a “moderate net benefit,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

    While the panel did not find sufficient evidence to recommend even more widespread screenings, their recommendations bear the full weight of the law, since Obamacare requires insurers to cover any preventative services deemed appropriate by the task force — for free.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/23/1485911/domestic-violence-obamacare/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning folks. A very sunny bright day here, but very very cold.

    Miranda I should of listened to you yesterday and stayed under my cover. Whoa, megacold lol

    PS. I saw a guy wearing just a sweater and shirt, NO COAT. Canadians, we ain’t afraid of no cold.

  • creolechild

    Bloomberg calls Quinn’s unemployment-discrimination effort ‘misguided’

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg may support City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but he described her latest effort to prevent discrimination against unemployed people as “one of the most misguided pieces of legislation.”

    “It will damage lots of small businesses,” he said.

    Today, Quinn will allow the City Council to vote on a bill that makes it illegal under the city’s human rights law for an employer to reject a job candidate based on that candidate’s employment status. It also makes it illegal for employers to list current employment as a prerequisite in job advertisements.[....]

    Read more: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/01/7302132/bloomberg-calls-quinns-unemployment-discrimination-effort-misguided

    H/T Dana Rubenstein

    • TyrenM

      BS. One more way to box out those who need work the most. If he’s against it, I’m more for it.

  • MonieTalks

    Ummm..how is this a so-called crime? Whether one thinks downloading massive documents/intellectual property is trivial, accessing a restricted area is TRESPASSING.

    …It’s worth reviewing the so-called crime which put Swartz in the government’s crosshairs. From September 24th, 2010 to January 6th, 2011, he accessed MIT’s network to scrape an “extraordinary volume of articles” from the academic database JSTOR. Initially, he used the university’s open wireless network to grab the files. But after several attempts by JSTOR and MIT to block him, Swartz gained access to a restricted closet and directly hardwired his laptop to the network, leaving it there to pull data.

    ..On January 6th, 2011, MIT and Cambridge police, with the help of special agent Prickett, arrested Swartz on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. As blogger Marcy Wheeler suggests, the early involvement of the Secret Service “makes it clear that this was a nationally directed effort to take down Swartz.”

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123#ixzz2IuTXvF1r
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    • MonieTalks

      Is depression now used as a scapegoat for breaking law, because I am sure there are plenty of inmates today who were not only depressed but lived in abject poverty, abuse, basically “hell on earth” and they still had to serve a prison sentence for their crimes. Is this the new defense for so-called “information tampering and hacking warriors”?

      Despite admitting that Swartz wasn’t financially motivated by his act – and even after learning that the 26-year-old had battled depression – Ortiz and Heymann refused to offer a deal that didn’t include at least six months of prison time and a guilty plea on all 13 charges.

      Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123#ixzz2IuVOmczv

      • creolechild

        Justice Department Study Finds One in Four Women in Jails Have Serious Mental Illness, With Co-Occurring Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders – Released on 1/19/2013

        http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2013/ojppr010913.pdf

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

          And not a sound from GG, Adam Green or Baby Jane.

          • Admiral_Komack

            …because it’s not Adam Swartz.

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

      FYI: Marcy Wheeler = Empty Wheel

      What part of RESTRICTED don’t they understand?

    • Admiral_Komack

      Swartz was a thief.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – – -Good News:- -This poll seems righteous — -:>)- —

    – — -Americans Back Obama’s Gun Control Proposals- –

    – —- -A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a slight majority of Americans give positive marks to new gun control proposals put forward by President Obama, 53% to 41%.

    Fully 76% of Democrats rate Obama’s proposals favorably, while 72% of Republicans say the opposite. Independents tilt positively toward the newly announced restrictions: 51% favorable and 44% unfavorable.

    Gallup: “Given the chance to vote ‘for’ or ‘against’ each of nine key proposals included in President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence, Americans back all nine.”- – –[Gallup:- - -IZZAT-chu??] LOL

  • creolechild

    Top court rejects hospitals’ Medicare claims suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a bid by a group of 18 hospitals to reopen a specialized group of Medicare reimbursement claims that are up to 25 years old.[....] The hospitals based their claim on a separate lawsuit that found in 2006 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services used a flawed process to determine the number of low-income patients treated by hospitals. The miscalculation resulted in underpayments, the hospitals said.

    [....] The government argued the hospitals missed their opportunity to challenge the payments because the Medicare law imposes a six-month limit for appeals. Although the review board could have extended that deadline up to three years for “good cause,” the hospitals filed their claims more than 10 years after the six month deadline expired.[....]

    Read more: http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2013/01_-_January/Top_court_rejects_hospitals__Medicare_claims_suit/

    H/T Terry Baynes

  • Miranda

    Please proceed Orly

    Orly Taitz: I Can Arrest Obama In Connecticut!
    Taitz posted on her website Wednesday night that she has three supporters in Connecticut who are willing to sign a petition claiming that Obama has violated election law in the state. Under Sec. 9-368 of the state’s election code, if “three electors” in a town sign complaints to a judge claiming violations of election law then an arrest warrant can be issued. Taitz had earlier posted a request for Connecticut residents to sign complaints and asked her supporters to move to one town in the state.

    more here: http://www.alan.com/2013/01/24/orly-taitz-i-can-arrest-obama-in-connecticut/

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Dear Orly,

      Your mother, soon to be ex husband and a homeless guy you met on the street 2 days ago don’t count.

      Her relatives are probably so happy for Obamacare because now she can not only get the help she needs but the red tape to get the committment papers processed has been cut in half.

    • jds09

      The comments to this article are hilarious.

    • Guns3000

      This woman needs medication.

  • creolechild

    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Provides $27 million to Drug Courts and Mental Health Programs in Fiscal Year 2012 – Released on October 05, 2012

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2012/OJP_WNB-100512.pdf

  • creolechild

    Distressed dolphin seeks out diver for help

    Diving in waters near Hawaii recently, a group of photographers were surprised to see a Bottlenose dolphin swim right up to them seemingly in distress. As they discovered on the night of Jan. 11, the dolphin had a hook embedded in its mouth and fishing line wrapped around one of its pectoral fins, and it was wound so tightly that it had cut into the creature’s tissue.

    Diver and photographer Martina Wing made sure her cameras were rolling when an associate took out a pocket knife and began trying to cut the line away.[....] Once they freed the creature from its snare, it sped off into the darkness, leaving behind eight minutes of absolutely incredible video.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/23/distressed-dolphin-seeks-out-diver-for-help/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster and KMFB-TV, San Diego

    • crazycanuck

      Wow! Great story. Dolphins are an interesting species.

  • creolechild

    The Corporate Mentoring Challenge: Strengthen Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The Corporate Mentoring Challenge (CMC) addresses America’s dropout crisis by encouraging and promoting corporate support of mentoring both locally and nationally. The CMC recognizes outstanding corporations from all over the country that have created, expanded or partnered on mentoring initiatives this year.

    The Corporate Mentoring Challenge is sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. This recognition challenges private corporations to create or expand an existing mentoring initiative within their companies to encourage employee participation in mentoring programs for youth in communities across the country.[....]

    Read more: http://corporatementoring.challenge.gov/

  • creolechild

    Democratic Representative Introduces Two Bills To Overturn Citizens United Ruling

    One day after the three-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling for Citizens United, the fight to overturn it has begun. Two bills were introduced by U.S. Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts: one that declares that corporations are not people, and one that says that Congress has the power to regulate the financing of political campaigns.

    Both pieces of legislation are the first step in what will likely be a long and bitter fight to make an addition to the U.S. Constitution. If successful, it would mark the 28th Amendment to this country’s sacred document of governance. The last time an amendment was ratified was in 1992. It took over 200 years for it to pass the 2/3 majority of both Houses and the 3/4 majority of the states to meet the requirements.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/01/23/democratic-representative-introduces-two-bills-to-overturn-citizens-united-ruling/

    H/T Wendi Petit

  • Miranda

    This is just sick.

    New Mexico Lawmaker: Rape Victims Who Get Abortions Should Be Arrested For ‘Tampering With Evidence’

    A New Mexico bill introduced Wednesday would force rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term during their sexual assault trial or be charged with “tampering with evidence.”

    If a woman ended her pregnancy after being raped, both she and her doctor would be charged with a felony under HB 206, punishable by up to 3 years in state prison:

    Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/24/1490691/new-mexico-lawmaker-rape-victims-who-get-abortions-should-be-arrested-for-tampering-with-evidence/

    • Daltex82

      She is an evil cow. I can’t come up with any other reason for a woman to propose such vile nonsense.

      • jds09

        Where do they get these women from?

        “And another New Mexico lawmaker, Gov. Susana Martinez (R), advanced a proposal to require women who become pregnant from rape to prove they were “forcibly raped” in order to qualify for childcare assistance.”

        And this is from one of their “rising stars” that spoke at their convention. Crazy.

        • Daltex82

          It’s scary.

      • Aquagranny911

        I think these women hate all other women because they hate themselves most of all & really wish to be men. Somehow they believe that if they do caca like this, the men will like & accept them into the “men club.”

        That’s the only thing I can figure for some of this bizarre behavior.

    • rikyrah

      crazy ass mofos

  • creolechild

    Facebook Friends Fronting Debt Collectors Draw U.S. Regulation

    Kathryn Haralson had already fielded calls from debt collectors at her home and work. They even phoned her daughter at college. So when Haralson, 47, logged into her Facebook account one day, she was surprised by an unwelcome inbox message: a request to call “Mr. Rice” about her debt. “It’s not like they needed to go on Facebook to find me,” Haralson said. “I was in contact with them all the time. That crossed the line.”

    Federal regulators could wind up agreeing with Haralson as the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission weigh new restrictions on how debt collectors may use social media websites like those run by Facebook Inc. (FB) and Twitter Inc. to contact potential debtors. The rule is one of a series of actions contemplated by U.S. regulators in 2013 as they impose comprehensive federal oversight for the first time over the debt collection industry, which generated 180,000 consumer complaints to the FTC in 2011.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-24/facebook-friends-fronting-debt-collectors-draw-u-s-regulation.html

    H/T Carter Dougherty

  • creolechild

    Americans Take Steps To Combat Obesity Epidemic, Consume Less High Fructose Corn Syrup

    [....] According to a new 2013 projection by the US Department of Agriculture, the amount of corn used to produce the sweetener will drop to its lowest level in 15 years. This latest data is part of a steady decline in the sweetener’s popularity. Americans consumed an average of 131 calories of high fructose corn syrup every day in 2011, a 16 percent drop since 2007. At the same time, consumption of soft drinks, the main vehicle for the corn syrup, dropped 21 percent from 1998 to 2011.

    High fructose corn syrup is linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity. [*Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's "Let's Move" Campaign combined with efforts by*] Several cities have launched anti-obesity campaigns that may be partially responsible for public opinion turning against the sweetener. Another factor may be the rising cost of corn in recent years; high fructose corn syrup has been heavily subsidized by American taxpayers, keeping production costs artificially low:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/23/1484181/americans-less-high-fructose-corn-syrup/

    H/T Aviva Shen

    • TyrenM

      Creolechild. Shh. Don’t tell Ben, he might get jealous.

      • creolechild

        Okay, Tyren. It’ll be our secret.LOL!

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO! Loved your comment!

        • TyrenM

          Thanks. Fight for Coca-Cola (disclosure: I drink too much Coke) but not election rigging left and right. Ugh.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! I prefer Pepsi but don’t drink it very often. I have to confess that one of my daughters irritated me a bit at the groceria in the past reading every label & refusing to buy anything with the high fructose corn syrup.

            Now, I am thinking I should be more proud of her for standing tough on this.

          • isonprize

            yea, give the kid a break. I here that most European countries have banned HFCS pretty much in everything.

          • Aquagranny911

            I do give her a break, lol!

            Every time I remember my own self at the groceria nearly 40 years ago with MY list of “will not buy” items from various companies & the junk additives I refused to feed my Kiddos.

            This so beautiful little cumquat did not fall too far from her own Mama’s tree, LOL!

  • nellcote

    This summer, on June 1-2, 2013, citizens in cities across the Nation will join together to improve their communities and governments as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.

    Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans. While civic hacking communities have long worked to improve our country and the world, this summer will mark the first time local developers from across the Nation unite around the shared mission of addressing and solving challenges relevant to OUR blocks, OUR neighborhoods, OUR cities, OUR states, and OUR country.

    National Day of Civic Hacking is a call to action for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on their town, city, and country. A coalition of leading organizations, companies, and government agencies have banded together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens. These partners will support Civic Hacking Day by hosting activities across the country that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker community—whether you’re a newbie or an expert—and by connecting people in person or online during the weekend celebration.

    The event is taking place in conjunction with Random Hacks of Kindness and Code for America’s Brigade meetings and is being modeled after the Innovation Endeavors’ Super Happy Block Party. A number of Federal agencies, including NASA, the Census Bureau, and the Department of Labor, are participating by offering specific challenges for hackers to work during the event.

    This is an opportunity for citizens in every town and city across the Nation to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve our society by cultivating an ecosystem for innovation and change. Activities are already being planned in Augusta, GA; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Lexington, KY; Miami, FL*; Oakland, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA*; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Tucson, AZ.

    Ready to get involved in YOUR community? You can learn more about the National Day of Civic Hacking at: http://www.hackforchange.org/.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/22/roll-your-sleeves-get-involved-and-get-civic-hacking

    • Aquagranny911

      GO Tucson AZ! I think I will drag Sis there for this event so we can both learn something new, lol.

  • creolechild

    Here’s another initiative that received minimal attention last year.

    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Awards Funds to Improve Safety in Distressed Neighborhoods – Released on September 28, 2012

    Attorney General Eric Holder and the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Director Denise E. O’Donnell recently announced more than $11 million in awards to address neighborhood-level crime in 15 locations nationwide.[....]

    Read more: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2012/OJP_WNB-092812.pdf

    • TyrenM

      That must be why I have a new FBI building literally across the street from me. Barney Fife (town cops) to my left, the House that Hoover Built to my right. And they don’t stop shit.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – — -Ooooweeee.- – –Missed her FASHIONS.- – -Sooo HERE SHE is in all here LOVELINESS!- —

    — – First lady wears Naeem Khan to National Prayer Service- – -[STILL- -- RAWKIN' - -her BANGS!! :>)]

    – – –President Barack H. Obama started his first day in his second term of office at the National Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. He and first lady Michelle Obama were joined by dignitaries, guests, family, friends, members of Congress, and cabinet officials. Attending with the president and first lady were Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

    This ceremony is held each year on the day after the inauguration. The experience was no less meaningful this year, despite it being the second such prayer service held for President Obama following his historic 2009 swearing-in ceremony. Mrs. Obama was dressed in a stunning ivory-colored texture-patterned dress with a matching wool applique jacket custom designed for her by Naeem Khan. She also wore “J.Crew Valentina patent pumps in Apricot Mist,” according to the style blog, Mrs. O.

    Her new bangs were complemented with a low gather of curls at her neckline. Gold earrings finished off the classic, elegant look.

    The president was dressed in a dark suit, with a grey, patterned tie.- – ———— -[Annnnd--MR. PRESIDENT was STYLIN' :>)] – – –
    THERE IS MORE

  • creolechild

    ‘Useless’ Business Help: Inside a $200 Million Fraud Case

    [....] Scams promoting work-from-home businesses are among the most common online frauds, preying on people who believe they’ll earn back the money they’re handing over to fraudsters. The FBI tracked more than 17,000 reports of online work-from-home scams in 2011, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The victims reported losses of more than $20 million that year. An unknown number, like James, never go to authorities, so the full scope of the losses is hard to know.[....]

    [....] FTC spokesman Frank Dorman says the agency got more than 600 complaints about the Tax Club. There are no criminal charges associated with the case. The FTC, along with the attorneys general of New York and Florida, are suing to shut down the businesses and freeze the owners’ assets.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-23/useless-business-help-inside-a-200-million-fraud-case#p2

    H/T John Tozzi

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- — – -WATCH da PUMAs- -COME OUT!! — -LOL- -[BUT- –WHERE was da – – -OUTRAGE- –when it went afta- — -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY?? -[ with a - --RACIST/SEXIST- cover??]- – –

    – – – — New York Post Goes After Hillary Clinton With Blatantly Sexist Cover- –

    – – – –Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is taking flack from conservatives over her angry outburst during a Senate committee hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks. When pressed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on whether or not she could have immediately determined the motive of the attack, Clinton snapped, “The fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest? Or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    – -The New York Post, owned by conservative mogul Rupert Murdoch, responded to the instantly viral moment with a blatantly offensive cover on Thursday morning:- — – – -MURDOCH- – -needsta- – -GIT-GONE!!- –jus’ ’cause.]- —
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – – Waitin’. . . . .:>)

    • crazycanuck

      Yup waiting myself.

  • Alma98

    Good morning!

  • Alma98

    Well the gerrymandering is under way here in Milwaukee. Of course the only districts they’re messing with are black ones. Thanks alot white democrats who put Walker’s slimy ass back in the governor’s office. Why? because you didn’t think he should be removed because of his policies. Now what dumb-asses?

    • TyrenM

      What. Did they must have thought they were safe or something? Maybe Mr. Ed will come back again. Fight!

      • Alma98

        They plan on fighting it let’s hope we have a good outcome.

  • creolechild

    Hmmm….not quite sure what to make of this. Interesting timing but I’m also curious as to the methods, and manner, in which the issue will be assessed as well as the results.

    UN launching investigation into drone killings

    The United Nations is launching an investigation into the impact drone killings and targeted assassinations have on civilians. Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, said there is a need for “accountability and reparation where things have gone badly wrong,” according to the BBC. The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights will determine whether drone attacks constitute a war crime. Al Jazeera said the inquiry was launched in response to requests from Russia, China and Pakistan.

    “This is not an investigation into the conduct of any particular state. It’s an investigation into the consequence into this form of technology,” Emmerson told Al Jazeera. “The reality is that the increasing availability of this technology [...] makes it very likely that more states will be using this technology in the coming months and years and includes raising the specter that non state organizations – organizations labeled as terrorist groups – could use the technology in retaliation,” he said.

    Twenty-five attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and the Palestinian territories will be investigated, the BBC said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/130124/un-investigation-drone-killings-war-crime

    H/T Priyanka Boghani

  • crazycanuck

    Hmm something strange is going on on Twitter. I noticed a name popping up on my timeline. At first I thought it was just being retweeted, but then I looked closely and no, it was def someone I’m supposedly following. I noticed the number of followers stayed the same. Who is this new follower? IsTwitter adding people on your timeline without letting you know? I unfollowed btw.

  • creolechild

    THEY GOT JOKES! Who knew? This is rich coming from the political party whose members include the likes of Nikki Haley, Michelle Bachmann, Jan Brewer, Sarah Palin, and Sharron Angle. LOL!

    Conservative Women’s Group Questions Obama’s SEC Nominee

    A conservative women’s group called into question President Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, claiming the nomination was “tainted” by gender-based accusations.

    “Unfortunately President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White is tainted with the question of whether it was done to satisfy liberal feminists, or because she’s really qualified for the job,” said Sabrina Schaffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum. “Women shouldn’t be used as tokens to satisfy an obsession over gender parity coming from the left. Ultimately ideas and policy prescriptions should trump gender.”

    “We applaud Ms. White for her achievements, but I hope the president doesn’t consider such a narrow lens as gender sufficient for nominations,” she added.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/conservative-womens-group-questions-obamas-sec-nominee

    H/T Igor Bobic

    • TyrenM

      You left out Gov. Inprison Rape Victims Martinez.

  • conlakappa

    Biden is having a Google+ hang starting at 1:45 p.m.

  • Miranda

    This is an actual column from The Associated Press…its not The Onion

    Mrs. Obama has bangs: Let the analyzing begin
    http://www.accessatlanta.com/ap/ap/entertainment/mrs-obama-has-bangs-let-the-analyzing-begin/nT5Nx/?icid=buzzlink

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

    Mark Zuckerberg to hold fundraiser for Chris Christie
    Posted by Rachel Weiner on January 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is wading into East Coast politics by hosting a fundraiser in Silicon Valley for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

    It’s yet another sign that Democrats have little chance of unseating a governor who has reached sky-high approval ratings and national fame in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    Zuckerberg previously donated $100 million to the Newark school system after striking up a friendship with Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), who declined to run against Christie this year. (He is instead planning a bid for Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat.) Booker, Christie, and Zuckerberg announced the donation together on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” There has been some controversy over how that money has been spent.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/01/24/mark-zuckerburg-to-hold-fundraiser-for-chris-christie/

    —————————————————————

    Uh, huh….There’s no doubt in my mind that Booker and Christie made a deal.

    • rikyrah

      Uh, huh….There’s no doubt in my mind that Booker and Christie made a deal.

      me too

  • rikyrah

    The emergency-room argument just won’t die

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:36 AM EST

    I keep hoping this argument will go away. It never does.

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) doesn’t like President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. It’s too expensive and too intrusive, he says.

    And Bryant has another reason to oppose the law, he revealed in an interview with Kaiser Health News: It’s not necessary because everyone’s doing just fine now: “There is no one who doesn’t have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program

    I assume regular readers know how misguided this is, but in case anyone’s forgotten, let’s set the record straight again. It’s true that under the preferred Republican system — the U.S. system before the Affordable Care Act became law — if you were uninsured and get sick, you could probably find public hospitals that would provide treatment.

    It is, however, extremely expensive to treat patients this way. It’s far cheaper — and more medically effective — to pay for preventative care so that people don’t have to wait for a medical emergency to seek treatment.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16679724-the-emergency-room-argument-just-wont-die?lite

  • rikyrah

    Virginia GOP ‘freaking out’ over gerrymander bill

    By Laura Conaway

    Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:05 PM EST

    First, a correction. In our segment last night about Virginia changing the rules for electing a president, we reported that the bill had gone to a full committee of the Virginia Senate, and that the committee has a 10 to five GOP majority. That was incorrect, and my mistake. Republicans hold a majority of eight to seven. As Think Progress reports, one of those Republican senators is not sold on the idea of rigging the election. Senator Jill Vogel told them:

    “… I am generally not in favor right now of the bill and it’s very unlikely that I will vote for it in full committee or the Senate floor.”

    A couple of factors argue against Virginia Republicans gaining from a change in the way they apportion the state’s electoral college vote. For one thing, under that system them would have given votes to Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Al Gore. For another, the history of openly changing election rules to benefit one side does not end well for that side.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16680562-virginia-gop-freaking-out-over-gerrymander-bill?lite

    • Town

      The House of Delegates might be freaking out because every single one of them is up for re-election in November.

      So if they vote for this plan, the voters of VA just might turn their butts out in Nov. And more people running to the polls to vote AGAINST the Republicans just might mean more people voting for McAuliffe.

  • rikyrah

    The pot accuses the kettle of having an ‘adoring media’

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:55 AM EST

    At yesterday’s Senate hearing on September’s Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a series of questions, all of which seemed rather familiar. Indeed, the odd thing about McCain’s inquiries is that he would already know the answers to all of his questions if he’d familiarized himself with the publicly available information, including the findings (pdf) of the independent investigation.

    And while I was willing to let that go, McCain’s appearance on Fox News this morning was even more difficult to endure.

    ……………………………..

    Clinton never said it “didn’t matter” how the four Americans were killed. She said the opposite.

    ——————————————————————————–

    As was obvious to anyone paying attention, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was preoccupied with preliminary intelligence reports about a possible protest in Benghazi and Clinton said that was irrelevant as compared to the death of four Americans — and she was correct.

    If McCain found this too confusing to understand, perhaps the Senate Foreign Relations Committee isn’t the best place for him to serve

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16679208-the-pot-accuses-the-kettle-of-having-an-adoring-media?lite

  • rikyrah

    Boehner: Obama intends to ‘annihilate’ the GOP
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:12 AM EST.

    It’s often hard to understand how House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sees the world, but his whining at the Ripon Society this week seemed especially odd.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, this quote, which comes at the 9:56 mark, seemed the most newsworthy:

    “[G]iven what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me and should be clear to all of you that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

    There’s quite a bit to this. Boehner noted, for example, that President Obama can’t achieve “any” of his policy goals so long as House Republicans maintain their majority (and since they’ve already rigged the congressional-district lines, they don’t intend to cede that majority any time soon). This may have seemed like a throw-away line, but it’s significant — the policies the president addressed in his inaugural address enjoy strong public support, but as far as Boehner is concerned, less than a month into the new Congress and days into Obama’s second term, the president’s agenda is already a non-starter.

    But it’s the dramatic rhetoric about “annihilation” that raises eyebrows. As Boehner sees it, the even-keeled, technocratic Democrat, who’s spent four years pursuing a fairly moderate agenda, endorsing Republican ideas, appointing Republicans to his cabinet, and expressing a willingness to compromise on practically everything, this guy has launched the audacious goal of “annihilating the Republican Party.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16678758-boehner-obama-intends-to-annihilate-the-gop?lite

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

    Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 1/24/13 4:45 AM EST

    National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state, strategists familiar with the plans told POLITICO.

    The organization, dubbed “Battleground Texas,” plans to engage the state’s rapidly growing Latino population, as well as African-American voters and other Democratic-leaning constituencies that have been underrepresented at the ballot box in recent cycles. Two sources said the contemplated budget would run into the tens of millions of dollars over several years – a project Democrats hope has enough heft to help turn what has long been an electoral pipe dream into reality.

    At the center of the effort is Jeremy Bird, formerly the national field director for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, who was in Austin last week to confer with local Democrats about the project.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/democrats-launch-plan-to-turn-texas-blue-86651.html#ixzz2IvFlLITw

    • PBomb

      I am all in for this. There are plenty of Dems in Texas and we overshadowed by the crazy.

      • conlakappa

        I was at an event that wasn’t a just Dems sort of thing and the prediction was that Texas would be blue by 2020 maybe but perhaps it was aspirational and 2016…

    • Daltex82

      Yippee!

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Obama as the anti-Reagan
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Little by little, it’s sinking in that Obama’s inaugural speech has the potential to be a turning point in American history, one akin to Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address in 1981, in which he declared: “Government is not the solution to our problem; it is the problem.” That speech did more than articulate the conservative philosophy of governance; it was a declaration of ideological victory, a proclamation that the nation had opted for a new ideological direction.

    Obama’s speech was every bit as ambitious, recasting progressivism in the eyes of the nation, declaring that the country has opted for a fundamentally new philosophical and ideological course. In a must read, E.J. Dionne explains:

    Like Reagan, Obama hopes to usher in a long-term electoral realignment — in Obama’s case toward the moderate left, thereby reversing the 40th president’s political legacy. The Reagan metaphor helps explain the tone of Obama’s inaugural address, built not on a contrived call to an impossible bipartisanship but on a philosophical argument for a progressive vision of the country rooted in our history.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/24/the-morning-plum-obama-as-the-anti-reagan/

  • rikyrah

    January 23, 2013 11:16 AM
    Liberalism and Freedom

    By Ed Kilgore

    Whatever else you think about the president’s second inaugural address—its combative tone, its choice of issues to emphasize or ignore, its relationship to current disputes in Washington, and even its treatment of the Declaration of Independence—all subjects of great controversy during the last two days—its basic framing deserves a bit more attention that it’s getting.

    In particular, Obama made the long-lost liberal case that collective action is necessary to the achievement of individual freedom, instead of implicitly conceding that social goals and individual interests are inherently at war. Consider these lines:

    ………………………………..

    Obama chose to embrace an old but often-forgotten tradition of closely associating liberalism with the “positive freedoms” necessary to make “negative freedoms” meaningful (remember FDR’s “Four Freedoms?” It’s the same idea). And he articulated the progressive conviction that there are forces just as if not more powerful than government with threaten freedom—notably privilege and prejudice.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_01/liberalism_and_freedom042570.php

    • conlakappa

      Combative tone? Ah, guess we’re back to him being an Angry Black Man.

  • rikyrah

    Violence Against Women Act proponents get to work

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:12 AM EST

    After decades of bipartisan support, the Violence Against Women Act expired a few weeks ago, after House Republicans blocked a bipartisan Senate bill that would have kept the law alive. For supporters of the 1994 law, which assists victims of domestic and sexual violence, the GOP’s indifference to VAWA was outrageous.

    But the fight isn’t over. This week, Sens. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the lead sponsors of VAWA reauthorization in the last Congress, introduced their bill again, and yesterday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), herself a victim of domestic assault, introduced an identical measure in the House.

    So, is there reason to hope this effort will fare better than last year’s bill? Yes. For one thing, as Adam Serwer reported, the new VAWA proposal resolves some procedural concerns House Republicans used as an excuse to ignore the Senate version.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16678168-violence-against-women-act-proponents-get-to-work?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – – — – -A little “glitch”- – -in his HEARING- – —

    — –Protester Interrupts Kerry Confirmation Hearing (VIDEO)- – –

    — –A protester demonstrating against violence in the Middle East briefly interrupted Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) secretary of state confirmation hearing Thursday. She was escorted out of the room shortly after speaking out.

    “I respect, I think, the woman who was voicing her concerns about that part of the world,” Kerry said. “People measure what we do. In a way, that’s a good exclamation point to my testimony.”— -[GRACIOUS reaction].- –

    cAIN’T rattle him. HAH..Prolly got that from – — MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

  • rikyrah

    If you can’t win elections, rig them
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    We’ve been keeping a close eye on state Republican officials hoping to rig electoral-vote distribution so that only GOP candidates are able to be elected president. As Rachel noted on the show last night, there are several states considering election-rigging schemes — Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — but Virginia is the first to advance an actual plan.

    Dave Weigel had a terrific report yesterday afternoon on the efforts of Virginia Republicans, noting that if the preferred GOP system had been in place last year, President Obama would have defeated Mitt Romney by 150,000 votes, but when it came time to distribute electoral votes, Romney would have won nine votes to Obama’s four. Or put another way, the Democrat would win 51% of the popular vote, but 30% of the electoral-college vote. It is, quite obviously, a plan “designed to disenfranchise Democrats,” Weigel concluded.

    Jamelle Bouie highlighted a detail that would be hilarious were it not so offensive: the bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator Charles W. “Bill” Carrico, “says the change is necessary because Virginia’s urbanized areas can outvote rural regions, weakening their political strength.” Got that? Virginia Republicans feel the need to rig democracy in their favor because they think it’s unfair that there are more Democratic voters — so the GOP needs to level the playing field.

    Eric Kleefeld added last night, “The openly stated goal of GOP electoral bills is to win while getting fewer votes. Think about that.”

    ……………………………………………..

    Republican policymakers are looking ahead, concluding that they’re likely to lose future elections, and moving forward on plans to ensure they get power even when the American people don’t vote for them. That may sound insane, but that’s the plan on the table.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/24/16677359-if-you-cant-win-elections-rig-them?lite

    • Aquagranny911

      SIGH!!! How many times have I said that when goatfigging Repugs can’t win fair, they cheat.

      None of us can be surprised because we all knew this would happen. Now we got to STAND & FIGHT!!!

  • creolechild

    Here’s a primer that explains the budget process and the U.S. debt limit.

    The Debt Limit Explained

    H/T CGPGrey

  • creolechild

    MAP: Does Your State Let You Carry a Gun on Campus?

    On Tuesday, a dispute between two people at Lone Star College in Houston ended in a gun fight. Three people were wounded (including suspects in the shooting), and a fourth person was reportedly hospitalized with an unspecified “medical emergency” in connection with the incident. It was the sixth shooting on or near a US college campus this month.

    [....] Texas would join five states* that, to varying degrees, now allow weapons to be carried on campuses. And lawmakers in at least seven other states are aiming to follow suit.[....] States with laws allowing guns on college campuses: Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. States in which lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow guns on campuses: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Wyoming.[....]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/gun-laws-college-campus-lone-star-shooting

    H/T Gavin Aronsen, Jaeah Lee, and Andy Kroll

    • Aquagranny911

      The only reason AZ isn’t on this list is because our Board of Regents who actually have a little clout here went totally ballistic at this idea.

      Colorado should be ashamed! Some years ago when oldest Daughter first attended UC, she was delayed moving into her quarters because a person occupying the room next door tried to stow away a loaded rifle that accidentally discharged & shot a round through the wall & into the bed Daughter would have been occupying.

      The University got way stricter with firearms on campus & needless to say, Daughter requested a change of quarters!

      • TyrenM

        One would have thought the home of Columbine might have thought otherwise… Nevermind.

        • Aquagranny911

          How soon they forget! I’m thinking, but have no back up as yet that this came from El Paso County, the ‘spiritual’ home of the RWNJ Teapotty in CO.

          I’m hoping it will be DOA in the Legislature because really CO is pretty sane & progressive.

  • creolechild

    CHARTS: Everyone Is Throwing Away Too Much Food

    It’s no secret that Americans throw away an enormous amount of food, sending day-old leftovers and slightly wilted spinach straight to the garbage. But what about the food that never even makes it to the kitchen table? A new report released by a British engineering society reveals that worldwide, billions of tons of food are squandered each year because of poor agriculture practices, which include inefficient harvesting and inadequate infrastructure and storage—and it’s depleting Earth’s water supply.[....]

    [....] The charts below illustrate some of the stats from the report. Now, go home and revisit the Chinese food that’s been in the fridge for three days. It’s probably fine. (But of course, this isn’t medical advice, so don’t sue Mother Jones, please.)[....]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/food-and-water-waste-worldwide

    H/T Dana Liebelson

  • creolechild

    I came across this article and posted it because of recent discussions on POU about various challenges that our communities face.

    Champions of Change: Fatherhood

    President Obama has said that being a father to Malia and Sasha is the most important job he has. At the same time, growing up without a dad himself, the President understands firsthand the holes that fathers leave in their families when they are absent. Over the past two years, President Obama has joined with fathers around the country through the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative to send a strong message about personal responsibility while supporting dads who want to be there for their kids.

    This Initiative has included support for local fatherhood programs, town halls around the nation, partnerships with outside organizations and a new http://www.fatherhood.gov website. In honor of Father’s Day, we honor these Champions of Change who recognize the importance of good fathers as role models in young children’s lives and have dedicated themselves to mentoring and supporting fathers across the country.[....]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/fatherhood

    • Aquagranny911

      My son recently got involved in something like this through our church that involves older, more experienced Dads helping, encouraging & supporting young new Dads.

      He’s enjoying it but he says it does give him a few laughs time to time. As the Papi of four he has some real experience!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!