October 23, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X




We continue our look at Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X


  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. My thought for the day is ‘I wonder if Prince likes coffee breath?” lol. I’m going to try my very best not to drink the dreaded coffee for my hubby. Good Luck to Venus who advanced to the Semis at the Pan Pacific Open.

    • LOL.

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, cc!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Good rikyrah, 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Videos of the 3 African-Americans that won MacArthur ‘ Genius’ Grants




  • Admiral_Komack

    Top Nevada GOPer: 2014 Will Be ‘Great’ Because Minorities, Young People Won’t Vote

    Tom Kludt – September 26, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT

    The top Republican in Nevada’s state assembly predicted earlier this week that his party will triumph in 2014 in part because minority and young voters will be more apt home in a non-presidential year.

    State Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R) made the comments in an interview with conservative talk radio host Dan Mason.

    “We have some real opportunities in 2014,” Hickey said Tuesday. “This is a great year in an off-presidential election. Seemingly no Democrat on the top of the ticket against [Gov. Brian] Sandoval. No Harry Reid. Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012, we’ll have like 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential. It’s a great year for Republicans.”

    Hickey told The Huffinton Post on Wednesday that he was merely discussing historical trends in off-year elections.

    “What I was trying to say, in Nevada, historically, off presidential years have historically been lower turnout models,” Hickey said, while defending his record on issues important to the Hispanic community.


    • This is what they’re counting on, and that’s why GOTV is so important. Dems can’t make the same mistake twice.

    • Miranda

      Its a shame that to the GOP…its so great when young people and minorities don’t vote. It says so much about them when they express such glee with that.

  • rikyrah

    The Affordable Care Act: a personal experience

    By Liberal Librarian

    The media is swamped with news about the roll-out for the Affordable Care Act, from newspapers and broadcast media outlets and blogs giving primers on the act’s machinery, to Republicans mounting a last ditch and futile effort to derail it. The efforts to derail it are laughable, and veer into Looney Tunes territory; the fact is that the law will be in effect come next Tuesday, and a tsunami wave of information about it is starting to come out detailing its parameters and costs. Politically, this means that the act will be the defining topic for the 2014 elections; once people start applying for coverage, and fully discover all the benefits, they’ll start to appreciate it, and look very askance at any politician who wants to repeal it.

    You can’t swing a dead fly on Twitter without hitting a tweet about Obamacare’s imminent birth. But this one struck me quite strongly:

    Senator Harry Reid ✔ @SenatorReid

    Next year, 129 million with pre-existing conditions can #getcovered. Tell Republicans to stop shutdown threats over health reform.

    4:34 PM – 25 Sep 2013

    Let that sink in. Over 100 million of our fellow citizens have a pre-existing condition. Before Obamacare, if they had insurance from their job, lost that job, and found work with a company which didn’t provide health coverage, they would either be denied coverage on the open market, or only be able to buy expensive and almost useless insurance.

    I’m one of those 129 million people


    When opponents of Obamacare fulminate about repealing it, what they mean is that they want to allow insurance companies to discriminate against people like me and my wife, who have pre-existing conditions. They want to toss 129 million Americans onto the tender mercies of an unregulated market, where the conditions mean that, if they have insurance through employers, they are tied to those employers in a semi-feudal state; if they have no coverage from their workplace, then they’re out of luck.

    “Affordability” takes on many guises in this act. Yes, the premiums people will pay are proving to be even cheaper than first envisioned. But affordability extends to no copays for yearly exams, mammograms, and cancer screenings. Affordability extends to closing the prescription doughnut hole for Medicare recipients. Affordability extends to forcing insurance companies to spend 80% of the money it collects in premiums on health services, not overhead and administration. And affordability means that 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be able to get affordable health coverage, not tied to work, something which was denied to them for decades.

    I have no intention of leaving my job any time soon. I love the work I do. But now many people who would stay with a job they hated solely for the benefits can strike out and try something new—write a novel, start a new business, work for a non-profit—without worrying that they’re one illness away from homelessness. Telling someone that they can’t get health coverage for a condition which is the entire point of getting health coverage is not the mark of a civilized society. That it’s the inferred position of one of the two major political parties is very instructive of their ideology, and how they see the people whom they say they wish to serve.


  • rikyrah

    McCain: ‘The people spoke’

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:21 PM EDT.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) heard Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argue last night that his critics remind him of Nazi appeasers, and to his credit, the Arizona Republican criticized his right-wing colleague this afternoon, calling Cruz’s comments “a great disservice.”

    But that’s not all McCain said (thanks to my colleague Mike Yarvitz for the heads-up).

    For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s a partial transcript of the senator’s remarks:

    “Many of those who are in opposition right now were not here at the time, and did not take part in the debate and I respect that. But I’d like to remind them that the record is very clear of one of the most hard-fought, fair — in my view — debates that has taken place on the floor of the Senate in the time that I’ve been here.

    “And then I’d remind my colleagues that in the 2012 election, ‘Obamacare,’ as it’s called — and I’ll be more polite, the ACA — was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. I campaigned all over America for two months, everywhere I could, and in every single campaign rally I said, ‘And we have to repeal and replace Obamacare.’

    “Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they reelected the president of the United States.”



    • I bet that physically hurt for him to say that.

      • conlakappa

        Eh, with The Mack Daddy, it’s personal. Cruz said he regrets voting for him in 2008.

  • rikyrah

    Chris Matthews rips Ted Cruz: ‘He seeks to divide, he seeks to destroy, he seeks to demoralize’
    By Arturo Garcia
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:17 EDT

    MSNBC host Chris Matthews tore into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday, accusing him of appropriating the legacy of Matthews’ personal hero, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

    “Cruz is out to make a name [for himself] — not by uniting a country in danger, as Churchill did, not by building up a country’s defenses and morale, as Churchill did,” Matthews argued. “His calling card is just the opposite: He seeks to divide, he seeks to destroy, he seeks to demoralize until the country is so divided, its ability to govern so destroyed, its morale so depressed, that even someone like the freshman senator from Texas starts to look credible.”

    Matthews also criticized Cruz, who completed a 21-hour speech on Wednesday railing against the Affordable Care Act (that included his recitation of a Dr. Seuss story) for then turning around and voting alongside everyone else in the Senate to pass a spending plan that will be eventually include funding for the law, fending off the government shutdown Cruz had called for before passing the buck to House Republicans on the issue.

    “Ted Cruz, whatever else we decide he is or he decides he wants to be, is no Winston Churchill battling Hitler, any more than Snoopy was battling the Red Baron,” Matthews said dismissively.


    • Town

      I thought JFK was Chris Matthews’ personal hero.

  • This is the woman who’s responsible for Dwayne Wade and Russell Westbrook’s high water couture: http://www.complex.com/style/2012/09/10-celebrity-stylists-you-should-know/calyann-barnett

    • Miranda

      Ya know… I was gonna do a week of black celebrity sylists…but I couldn’t convince myself that I was looking at fashion forward individuals as opposed to just “put on something to shock folks” individuals.

  • rikyrah

    Kerry backs arms treaty; right preps major freak-out

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:53 PM EDT.

    Following up on a segment from last night’s show, Secretary of State John Kerry took a sensible step today that the right won’t like at all.

    The United States signed a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms on Wednesday and the Obama administration sought to allay the fears of the powerful U.S. gun lobby which says the pact will violate the constitutional rights of Americans.

    The treaty, which relates only to cross-border trade and aims to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals, still requires ratification by the U.S. Senate and has been attacked by the influential gun rights group the National Rifle Association (NRA). […]

    The United States, the world’s No. 1 arms exporter, became the 91st country to sign when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put pen to paper on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.


  • rikyrah

    A Malevolent Agenda

    by BooMan
    Thu Sep 26th, 2013 at 08:45:59 AM EST

    A few minutes into his long-winded speech, Sen. Ted Cruz said something that made me want to punch him in his throat.

    “Yet I will tell you, Madam President–you and I have both served in this institution some 9 months, not very long, but in the time we have been here we have spent virtually zero time even talking about jobs and the economy. It doesn’t make the agenda. It apparently is not important enough for this body’s time. We spent 6 weeks talking about guns, talking about taking away law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, and we spend virtually no time talking about fundamental tax reform, about regulatory reform, about getting the economy going. And politicians wonder why it is that Congress is held in such low esteem. This is unfortunately a bipartisan issue, on both sides.”

    Set aside the idea that we responded to the murder of twenty first-graders and their teachers with an effort to take “away law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.” What really angered me was the idea that Congress isn’t focused on jobs because it isn’t on the agenda.

    Let’s talk about what is on the Republicans’ agenda. Right now, the leaders in the House are cobbling together a bill that is supposed to pay our debts so we don’t destroy the full faith and credit of the United States of America. Let’s take a look at the goodies that Boehner is attaching to that bill.

    The debt-limit measure, which was still being loaded with new provisions late Wednesday, amounts to a grand conservative wish list. In addition to delaying implementation of the health-care law for one year, the bill would establish a timetable for tax reform, squeeze $120 billion from federal health programs over the next decade — in part by tightening medical malpractice laws — and cut federal civil service pensions.
    The measure also would approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and advance other GOP economic goals, including increasing offshore oil drilling, blocking federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and restricting most forms of federal industry regulation.

    About the only major piece of the Republican agenda missing from the bill is a ban on late-term abortions — and some lawmakers who oppose abortion were arguing to add that, GOP aides said.

    Quite a “jobs” agenda, isn’t it? Slashing people’s pensions, cutting down on their earned benefits, denying them medical attention, making it harder to sue bad doctors, allowing and enabling people to pollute the environment with impunity…these are supposed to be job-creating policies. And the Senate Democrats and the president are supposed to go along with these policies or we get to default on our debts.


  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    – -Sepia♥ – – —MEDIA ALERT: – – -10:55 AM – –Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act.
    – –Lookin’ FORWARD – – –> :>)

  • About those DMs between Cory Booker and the stripper….I think it’s a stunt to squash the gay rumors. #TinFoilHatRealness

    • rikyrah


      I shall not lie…that was one my first thoughts.

      my second thought was…Cory hasn’t put a ring on somebody’s finger…as far as we know…

      • Good point! We all know that pols are quick to wife up someone to kill gay rumors.

        Honestly, I don’t believe Booker’s gay. The root of the gay rumors is none other than Sharpe James, who was trying to deflect from the gay rumors about himself. Also, word on the street is that when Booker was a councilman, there were a trailer load of white girls running in and out of his apartment in the Brick Towers.

        I’m more concerned about his relationship with Christie.

        • conlakappa

          It’s the Gayle thing that made it questionable for me. He could have gotten a more credible beard while not seeming to serve as someone’s merkin.

          • Shadetastical!

          • conlakappa

            I’m just saying. Double-bearding is so old Hollywood and been done to death.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ – — -Was really confused when I posted this. —THANK U 4 –some THOUGHTS. :>) —

      ***http://barbaraschwarz.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/34.gif *** – – – – WATCHIN’ – —

    • rikyrah

      she was a stripper for vegans?

      • LMAO! The pole was made out of recycled bamboo!

    • Miranda

      can’t resist – this is Booker’s new campaign theme song!

  • rikyrah

    These young people simply don’t get it. Not only will they be made an example of now that they are ‘guests’ of the criminal justice system, the folks in the know are just laying a trap…letting so many of this incidents happen…so, that when they decide to lower the boom, and the ones that try this nonsense in a bit wind up in the morgue…nobody’s gonna say anything and those that do complain will be dismissed.


    3 girls arrested following South Loop pepper spray attacks

    SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE September 26, 2013 7:05AM

    A group of girls shot two women with pepper spray during separate attacks in the South Loop Wednesday night.

    Police said the first attack occurred about 10:30 p.m., when a group of three girls approached a 24-year-old woman on foot and sprayed her as she stood outside in the 1100 block of South State Street. The woman was treated and released from Mercy Hospital, police said.

    Shortly after, a 26-year-old woman was also sprayed in the 1300 block of South State Street. The woman’s injuries were treated on the scene, police said.

    Three female juveniles were in custody for the attacks early Thursday. Charges against them are pending, police said.

    Police could not offer a motive for the attacks.


    • Miranda

      SMH…..this was just mean – a mean act – oh well, now they’ll really understand what “mean” is.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – -THIS STOOPID PHOOL — –

    — —Shellie Zimmerman says George Zimmerman has changed since trial — – —-SHE MAD!! — -THAT! – -IS! ALL! — –ENUFF!! —

    • Hey GLH!

      To Shellie: No, boo. Zimmerman has been the same violent, racist, entitled asshole he’s always been.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia♥ – – -LOL – —***BIG fist nump*** – – – -SPEAK TRUTH!! :>) SHE KNOWS!! – – –Just wants da $$$$$$. —-WE KNOW.

        C’MON KARMA!! — -GET ‘EM –ALL –HAH!

        Have a good day. Sepia♥ – —

      • conlakappa

        I think he was going to start talking post-nup agreement so she wouldn’t have access to the ill-gotten money coming his way.

    • Town

      All I see is a Walmart ad that I can’t get rid of.

      At any rate, Zimmerman has always been an ass. It’s just that now he’s being a bigger ass to YOU.

      She’s mad because they can’t find Zimmerman to serve him divorce papers because he keeps moving around. All she needs to do is have her lawyer post the divorce notice in the Orlando paper (or hey, a billboard) for the next 90 days and that’s his notice.

  • rikyrah

    Republicans ready to trade one hostage for another
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    There are just five days remaining for Congress to pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and overnight, the odds of some modicum of success appear to have improved. In the Senate, where a spending measure was on track to pass Sunday night, a bipartisan agreement was reached that will “accelerate” the process — the chamber should now wrap up its work on Saturday.

    In theory, this could give House Republicans time to reject the Senate bill, push another far-right alternative, and practically guarantee a shutdown, but all evidence suggests that’s unlikely. As National Journal reported, “Conservative Republicans in the House appear ready to back off their demands that the short-term funding resolution Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown also defund or delay Obamacare.”

    So, for those hoping congressional Republicans don’t shut down the government, this is good news, right? On the surface, yes. Based on overnight developments, a shutdown appears less likely than it did a few days ago.

    The problem is, as the Washington Post and others are reporting, GOP lawmakers appear eager to trade one hostage for another — and the next hostage crisis will be far more serious.

    With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama’s health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation’s debt limit.

    If it works, the strategy could clear the way for the House to approve a simple measure to keep the government open into the new fiscal year, which will begin Tuesday, without hotly contested provisions to defund the Affordable Care Act.

    But it would set the stage for an even more nerve-racking deadline on Oct. 17, with conservatives using the threat of the nation’s first default on its debt to force the president to accept a one-year delay of the health-care law’s mandates, taxes and benefits.


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — GOOD EDUCATIONAL NEWS – -:>)

    – – –Jet magazine presents ‘The Best Man Holiday’ scholarship – – -:>)

    – – – – Jet magazine has teamed up with NBCUniversal’s movie The Best Man Holiday to present a scholarship awarded to five deserving college students.

    The two partners have announced that they will be providing The Best Man Holiday Spring 2014 Scholarship – which has also received sponsorship from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

    “Jet is committed to the advancement of education for all individuals, especially those in the Black community, and I’m very excited that we have the opportunity to partner with NBC Universal to offer five students scholarship funds that may help further them toward earning a college degree,” said Jet magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Mitzi Miller in a statement.

    – –BEST WISHES. . . :>)

  • rikyrah

    September 25, 2013 3:50 PM
    Clintonism and Obamaism

    By Ed Kilgore

    The relationship between the 42d and 44th presidents of the United States has gotten sufficiently cozy that no one saw anything surprising in this development, as reported by WaPo’s Philip Rucker:

    The pair of presidents settled into their plush armchairs Tuesday, crossed their legs and tried to demystify the new health-care law, which, as President Obama explained, has become “a little political.”

    On this afternoon, on the glistening stage of his annual charitable gathering, former president Bill Clinton asked the questions. And Obama, as is often the case, wasn’t short with his answers.

    The two men who stand as bookends for the modern Democratic Party made a united sales pitch to millions of uninsured Americans to enroll when new insurance marketplaces open Oct. 1.

    “I don’t have pride of authorship for this thing,” Obama said of the law that could determine his legacy. “I just want the thing to work.”


    The incident should serve as a reminder of a couple of big-picture realities that are easy to forget: Clinton and Obama are simply two figures in a long struggle for universal health coverage that dates back to Harry Truman. And Obama, the first since LBJ to succeed in a major step in that direction (though Clinton did make some incremental progress in health care for kids), wound up basing his plan on the very individual mandate that Hillary Clinton embraced in her 2008 primary fight with Obama.

    More generally, as memories of that 2008 fight fade, and as some of the more chiliastic expectations of Obama’s presidency are buried, it’s probably time to suggest that the two men are part of the same political tradition that has dominated the Democratic Party—and to a remarkable extent the country—for a long time.


    • edp4bho

      “….chiliastic expectations of Obama’s presidency are buried,”

      Who says? Had to look up chiliastic, which means idealistic, created by revolutionary action. I’d say just going toe to toe with the scum in DC was revolutionary in itself. To come out twice-elected amidst all the hate from all points, and to keep his promises as best he could under unfathomable circumstances, discounting all the nay-sayers, and “disappointed” little boys and girls of the so-called 4th estate (yeah, right), I’d say the expectations of clear-minded, level-headed folks are being met and appreciated, agree or disagree.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — GLOATIN’ NEWS – – -HAH! —

    – – —Tea Party support falls to near-record low – –

    — —-Public support for the Tea Party has fallen to a near-record low, with just 22 percent of people supporting the grassroots conservative movement, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. – – -LOL —-LOL—

    – —C’MON —KARMA!! – — –
    – –[Gotta “bounce” early. :>) C YA —as son as. . .♥ — -B BLESSED♥]

  • rikyrah

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu

    #MSNBC rating in free fall. But #MSNBC’s privileged folks are obsessed with PBO’s poll numbers. Please Proceed, #MSNBC.

    8:37 AM – 26 Sep 2013

  • rikyrah

    Yesterday at 2:38 PM

    Someone Tell Ted Cruz the Obamacare War Is Over
    By Jonathan Chait

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal editorial page compared Ted Cruz and his band of Obamacare defunders to kamikaze pilots. Today, as he neared the end of his long, weird diatribe against Obamacare, Ted Cruz thanked the staffers who “endured this Bataan Death March.” So now Cruz and his critics agree that the most apt comparison to Ted Cruz is the World War II–era Japanese military. The analogy does capture the defunders’ sheer obsessive determination to resist and utter inability to formulate a plausible strategy.

    The Obama administration today released the final numbers on the premiums in the state health exchanges. This is the single most important piece of data we have to gauge the plausibility of the exchanges, which are the crucial mechanism of Obamacare. The premiums are not spin, they are the collective judgment of the marketplace. The conservative judgment of Obamacare has been a ceaseless litany of doom — rate shock, fumbling bureaucracy, unreasonable regulations. If that indictment were true, insurers would be charging higher rates than the administration initially forecast. Instead, the premiums are clearly lower than forecast — 94 percent of customers in the exchanges will have the chance to pay below-forecast premiums.

    In 2010, conservatives were highly confident that the inherent awfulness of Obamacare was such that premiums would rise. James Capretta, writing at National Review, criticized the Congressional Budget Office for issuing “rosy premium scenarios.” Capretta argued “this CBO analysis is terribly optimistic … the premium estimates are based as much on judgment as analytics, and CBO’s judgment is clearly on the optimistic side.” Too optimistic! Clearly! Conn Carroll, then at Heritage, enthusiastically endorsed Capretta’s critique.

    But now we know the CBO’s forecasts of the premiums were not too optimistic but too pessimistic. Surely this might budge their evaluation of Obamacare, even a teeny bit, right? Their response? Total silence.


  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: The GOP’s debt limit strategy is insane. People should say so.

    By Greg Sargent, Published: September 26 at 8:55 am

    So here’s the question that is, or should be, central to grasping the true nature of the current fight over the GOP drive to block Obamacare. How, exactly, would Republicans be making any concessions in agreeing to raise the debt limit?

    This morning brings new details about the GOP’s strategy. With the Senate set to send a “clean CR” stripped of Obamacare defunding back to the House, Republicans are close to accepting that the shutdown push will fail. So they will ask for a comical list of concessions in exchange for raising the debt limit – including an Obamacare delay.

    House Republicans will apparently vote on this before voting on funding the government. The game is to mollify conservatives now and get them to accept the need to fund the government with the promise of a bigger fight later. The Post has the latest rundown on what Republicans will ask for in exchange for raising the debt limit, and note the consideration given to the item involving abortion:


  • And Jake Tapper should STFD and STFU because at least Booker’s “beard” looks better than Monica Lewinsky.

    Jake Tapper Verified account @jaketapper
    Good Lord. Even @CoryBooker’s DMs to strippers are earnest.

    • PBomb

      And that is honestly not setting the bar too high, considering those strippers look like garbage. Poor Jake…

  • rikyrah

    Nevada Republican accidentally speaks his mind
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:23 AM EDT

    Ordinarily, if one asks a prominent elected official about their party’s prospects in the coming elections, you can expect generic optimism. “Our party has great ideas, a great record, and great candidates,” he or she will say, “and I think voters will respond well to our great message.”

    But once in a great while, politicians will slip and accidentally speak their minds. Jon Ralston, for example, caught Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey’s (R) appearance on a conservative radio talk show, and noticed Hickey getting “careless.”

    “Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012; we’ll have like 700,000 [in 2014]. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential year. It’s a great year for Republicans!”

    Dear Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, your party doesn’t want you to say this out loud.

    If Hickey wants to make the case that 2014 will be “a great year for Republicans” because the party is offering the electorate a better vision for the future, more power to him. But that’s not what he said. Rather, the Nevada GOP leader think it’ll be “a great year for Republicans” because he assumes black, Latino, and younger voters won’t vote on Election Day.


  • rikyrah

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 1h


    Story after story fails to explain clearly that Rs are asking for concessions in exchange for not destroying economy.

    • Miranda

      They’re not failing to explain..they’re intentionally not explaining that point.

      • rikyrah

        I know that..you know that….

  • rikyrah

    Treasury warns government shutdown would be ‘catastrophic’

    The Congress, struggling to avert a government shutdown next week, was warned by the Obama administration that the Treasury was quickly running out of funds to pay government bills and could soon face a debt default if they did not “act immediately.”

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pleaded with Congress to raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit and said the government would not be able to borrow funds past Oct. 17. The results would be “catastrophic,” he wrote.

    After that date, only $30 billion would be left in the Treasury’s checking account, putting the country on course to miss crucial debt payments, Lew said.

    Amid Treasury’s dire default warning, lawmakers grappled with another potential crisis: federal agency shutdowns that could begin with the new fiscal year next Tuesday unless Congress comes up with emergency funds.


    • conlakappa

      The Congress, struggling to avert a government shutdown next week…

      since when? I cannot process any article whose premise is prefaced with a lie.

  • rikyrah

    ‘Essentially, DeMint is declaring a mistrial’
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT

    Remember the 2012 elections? The one in which Republicans ran on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and then lost?

    If you’re Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, helping lead the anti-healthcare crusade, the apparent answer is no.

    DeMint thinks the election results don’t accurately reflect national sentiment and therefore can’t be used to argue against his desire to move the party to the right. True conservatism never got a hearing — particularly not in regard to Obamacare, which was, after all, modeled after a Massachusetts law signed by Romney. “Because of Romney and Romneycare, we did not litigate the Obamacare issue,” he says. Essentially, DeMint is declaring a mistrial.


    And they don’t count, he argues, because that darned Republican presidential candidate just didn’t push the health care issue. Sure, if you have the memory of a fruit fly, you might not recall Romney promising in every speech for a year and a half to repeal the health care law, the adds promising the destroy the law on Romney’s first day in office, or the central role the anti-Obamacare message played in the Republican pitch in 2012.

    But for the rest of us, it’s getting increasingly difficult not to just laugh out loud when Jim DeMint starts talking.


  • Miranda

    Soooooo……the media gonna ignore this huh? I didn’t see a word about it on the national news this morning.

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Near 6-Year Low
    By AP / Christopher RugaberSept. 26, 2013

    (WASHINGTON) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years. Steady declines in applications show that very few companies are laying off workers.

    The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average declined 7,000 to 308,000, the lowest since June 2007.

    All states reported their first-time applications on time, a department spokesman said. Applications plummeted three weeks ago because computer upgrades in California and Nevada prevented them from fully reporting their data. Those states have cleared their backlogs, the spokesman said.

    Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/09/26/u-s-unemployment-aid-applications-near-6-year-low/#ixzz2g0ZhUljw

  • But I thought PBO’s administration was in bed with Wall St.?

    JPMorgan in talks to settle government probes for $11 billion: sources

    By David Henry and Karen Freifeld
    NEW YORK | Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:47pm EDT

    (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks with government officials to settle federal and state mortgage probes for $11 billion, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

    The sum could include $7 billion in cash and $4 billion for consumers, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.

    The talks are fluid and the $11 billion amount could change, the people
    familiar with the matter said. The discussions include the U.S.
    Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York State Attorney General, the sources said.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-jpmorgan-probes-idUSBRE98O12O20130925

    • jds09

      Walk them down PBO, walk them down. I love this.

    • Miranda

      Wait…is JPMorgan one of those “oligarch” type institutions that Cornel West is so fond of talking about?

    • goldenstar

      My favorite AG be done did! We need the thermometers that are used in fundraising in the sidebar!

      POU can keep track of the $$$$ that have been collected for the American people since PBO appointed AG Holder and the DOJ has been serving justice.

    • edp4bho

      Slow and steady, just the speed emos hate about PBO.

  • Very sad news, fam….

    Evelyn Lowery dies after suffering stroke
    ATLANTA, Ga. —

    Channel 2 Action News has learned Evelyn Lowery has died.

    The condition of Joseph Lowery’s wife was critical since she suffered a
    stroke one week ago. Her family thought she’d be more comfortable at
    home, and brought her back from the hospital on Wednesday.Longtime family friend David Stokes confirmed that she died Thursday morning.

    MORE: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/evelyn-lowery-back-home-after-massive-stroke/nZ7Xq/

    • Miranda

      I felt this was coming when they bought her home. So sad. I love the Lowery’s like they’re my own grandparents.

    • rikyrah

      Prayers to the family

    • jziglar

      This is so sad.

    • Daltex82

      May she rest in peace.

    • MsKitty

      RIP and prayers to the family

    • Alma98

      RIP, condolences to the Lowery family.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥- —When I saw the word -“critical” —I anticipated this –even through PRAYERS. –AMEN.

      -☺ – -RIHEP — http://1.bp.blogspot.com/–KV0AxXwD20/UKnzzbLxJwI/AAAAAAAAArQ/-aTIaUV5uD8/s1600/rest_in_peace.gif – —

      – -☺ –CONDOLENCES 2 ALL-♥ —***raises hand*** AMEN.

    • rigoletta

      RIP. Prayers to the Lowery’s.

  • rikyrah

    Mayor 1%

    Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%

    How did a city long dominated by a notorious Democratic Machine become a national battleground in the right-wing war against the public sector? In Mayor 1%, veteran journalist Kari Lydersen takes a close look at Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and his true agenda.

    With deep Wall Street ties from his investment banking years and a combative political style honed in Congress and the Clinton and Obama administrations, Emanuel is among a rising class of rock-star mayors promising to remake American cities.

    But his private-sector approach has sidelined and alienated many who feel they are not part of Emanuel’s vision for a new Chicago—and it has inspired a powerful group of activists and community members to unite in defense of their beloved city.


  • rikyrah

    Republicans Will Raise The Debt Ceiling For One Year Only If Obama Becomes A Republican

    By Igor Volsky on September 26, 2013 at 9:25 am

    As the nation moves dangerously close to a government shutdown on Oct. 1, House leaders are shifting their focus to the next big fiscal fight: raising the nation’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit by one year before Oct. 17. On Wednesday night, Republicans circulated an outline of demands, threatening to push the nation into default unless President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate agree to enact a wish list of Republican priorities.

    Though Obama has repeatedly insisted that he would not negotiate over the must-pass legislation, leadership is hoping to satisfy conservative members by including every “major piece of the Republican agenda” save a “ban on late-term abortions — and some lawmakers who oppose abortion were arguing to add that,” the Washington Post reports. Below is a look at some of their demands:


    • BarbinAtlSouth


  • rikyrah

    The Next Campaign To Paint Obamacare As A Failure

    By Igor Volsky on September 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Next week, as uninsured Americans begin signing up for coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplaces, Republicans will seize on the trickle of early beneficiaries and technical glitches to paint the measure as a failure. But administration officials tasked with implementing President Obama’s signature domestic policy accomplishment are anticipating these attacks and are confident they will win the public debate and meet their enrollment targets over the long term.

    On Tuesday, the nation’s 48 million uninsured will be able to log on to Healthcare.gov, dial a federal hotline, or visit a community “navigator” and begin enrolling in health care coverage through the law’s state-based exchanges to receive coverage next year. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 7 million enrollees will participate in the marketplaces in 2014; 9 million will sign up for Medicaid. By 2023, the exchanges will hold 24 million people and the law’s Medicaid expansion will accompany another 13 million.

    But health care experts caution that enrollment may prove to be more of a marathon than a sprint and will work best in states that are actively helping uninsured people sign up for coverage.

    “It just takes time,” Stan Dorn, a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, says, pointing to the nation’s experience in encouraging people to sing up for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a bipartisan Clinton-era initiative that primarily provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. Enacted into law in August of 1997, the plan began enrolling children in 1998, but initially fell short of enrollment goals. Four years later, the Congressional Research Service issued a disappointing report noting that just 60 percent of eligible kids were enrolled in the program. Today, 87 percent of eligible children have coverage in CHIP or Medicaid.


  • Miranda

    Why did Good Morning America need to devote a segment to Samuel Jackson’s comments about PBO’s speech patterns? What the hell was the point? Oh wait…was it to tell the nigras..AGAIN..that PBO is not one of us and that he only appeases us by speaking like “da regular joes”??…..or the regular leroy’s, as it were.

    I’m so sick of that meme. I do not speak the same way in every situation. I do not speak to the President of my company the same way I speak to my college roommates. I do not curse in front of my parents, but do so freely with my friends. Everybody in LIFE does a switch, ALL THE FREAKING TIME.

    • jziglar

      It’s all part of the anti Obama strategy. They will use anything no matter how miniscule in order to make the president look bad. We really don’t any more evidence to see that the beltway press is in the tank for the GOP.

    • goldenstar

      Haven’t seen the clip but I think that it’s deeper. It’s to objectify the black Other further.

      Alla them all talk differently in different situations. In fact, if a person is not multilingual in this multiculti society and world, what’s their value???? just sayin’….

      So all the tongues and terminology of those White and Privileged are certainly different from the tongues and terminology of those White and Hip.

      • conlakappa

        Sam is serving as the Negro Interpreter of their venom. In their minds, it makes it more palatable.

    • itgurl_29

      Samuel Jackson is on my shit list. I can no longer stand that coon.

      • Daltex82

        I’ve been giving him the side eye for some time now. I really wish he would just stick to what he does best acting.

        • Farrod

          I’m reminded of Denzel las

      • edp4bho

        I welcome your stance. Never could stand him, even when everybody thought he was “the Man”. Just something about his rowdiness caught me.

    • THIS.

      It’s ironic Samuel Jackson criticized PBO about this because he clapped back at Spike Lee when Lee called out Quentin Tarantino for using the n-word so many times in “Jackie Brown”, and Sam damn sure didn’t criticize Tarantino when he unnecessarily used the word at the Golden Globe Awards last year. So he needs to have several seats.

      • itgurl_29

        As bad ass as he likes to pretend he is, Sam Jackson is one of those scared old school negros who, deep down, thinks white is right. So he just goes along with any criticism some ignorant jealous white reporter throws at PBO.

      • AxelFoley

        Indeed. Fuck that slave-catching coon.

  • crazycanuck

    @miranda except samuel, samuel never does it

    • Miranda

      But we alI know if Samuel Jackson was being honored at the Kennedy Center or paying a tribute at the NAACP Image Awards he would not be up there dropping F bombs and going muthafucka this and muthafucka that while he spoke..and he knows it too. He’d speak the Queen’s English and not ebonics.

  • rikyrah

    Pelosi’s prudent promise

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:39 AM EDT.

    House Republicans, despite winning 1.4 million fewer votes in the last election, are nevertheless in the majority, and feel justified in holding the debt ceiling hostage until their ridiculous demands are met. But what happens if, in the near future, there’s a Democratic House majority and a Republican White House?

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was Speaker once and may yet become Speaker again, fielded an interesting question on this yesterday.

    TPM asked her during a Capitol Hill press availability if she would categorically rule out threatening default by taking the debt limit hostage, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is doing now.

    “Yes, I would be willing to say, don’t mess with the debt limit. Don’t mess with the debt limit,” Pelosi said. “Whatever luxury you want to be afforded to make your point, get attention — that’s a luxury we can’t afford. So yes, I would say yes to that question.”

    I imagine there are Republicans who heard this and thought to themselves, “Sure, that’s easy for Pelosi to say now, but if the roles were really reversed, she might try the same strategy. It’s easy to make this promise when it’s purely hypothetical.”

    But therein lies the point: it’s not hypothetical at all and we don’t have to struggle to guess whether Pelosi’s promise has merit.


  • Live Stream of PBO speaking about the Affordable Care Act is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ — -THANK U. :>) —

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Have an exceptional day!

    • Alma98

      Good morning sagi, you have a good one too!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag

    • GreenLadyHere

      – –GOOD MORNTIN’ sagittarius♥—***BIG HUG***
      —Have a BLESSED day. :>) Prayin’ 4 U/Family♥ —

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon, GLH **BIG HUG**

        Good to see you – thank you for your prayers!

        • GreenLadyHere

          sagittarius- –***smilin’ @-chu♥***

  • Miranda

    There he go…being all blackety-black again…trying to “relate” I guess…can’t wait for the analysis from the media. LMAO
    President Obama Praises Hairstyle of Bill de Blasio’s Son, Dante
    The president said “my Afro was never that good”
    Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 | Updated 4:40 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama praised the teenage son of Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio for his notorious hairstyle at a New York City fundraiser, recalling he had once sported the same look.

    Obama spoke to a crowd of about 250 people at the Waldorf-Astoria event Tuesday night to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

    He introduced the elder de Blasio and pointed out the mayoral candidate’s son, Dante, saying he has “the same hairdo I had back in 1978.”

    The crowd laughed and applauded, and the president went on.

    “Although I have to confess, my Afro was never that good,” Obama said. “It was a little unbalanced.”

    Dante de Blasio’s hair has become an element of his father’s campaign, and even has its own hashtag, #GoWithTheFro.

    more here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/President-Obama-Dante-de-Blasio-Afro-Bill-de-Blasio-DNC-Fundraiser-225182942.html

    • conlakappa

      “ZOMG, he is always claiming black male children!!!1!!! Clearly he wants a son!!!”

    • MsKitty

      I’m in too deep, I’m shipping Dante and Malia as a couple. You have to admit they would be cute together LOL.

      • Alma98


      • rigoletta

        Ha! Dead.

        You know somewhere on the internet some fool has some Dante/Malia fanfic already written.

    • “But why won’t Obama wear a fro now?? Is he running from his Black side?” – Some Member of Blacker Than Thou, Inc who wears his hair in a long, straight ponytail.

      • Miranda
        • MsKitty


          • Miranda

            I couldn’t resist! Sepia knows she set me up! Sent it nice slow and high right across the plate! I had no choice but to knock it out the park! Total setup!

          • LOL! Every time I see him, I think of the VH-1 sketch about light skinned Black being extra militant to make up for their light complexions.

    • sagittarius

      But why does Dante’s hairstyle haveta be ‘notorious’ though?

      2520s, I swear…

  • Great News!!

    Marissa Alexander will get a new trial
    Irin Carmon, @irin 10:33 AM on 09/26/2013

    Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm in Florida despite pleading Stand Your Ground against her husband, will get a new trial. Alexander, 32, said she fired a bullet at the ceiling because she was afraid of her husband. No one was injured. It took 12 minutes for the jury to convict her.

    “We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to
    grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” wrote Judge James H. Daniel, “but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.”

    MORE: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/26/marissa-alexander-will-get-a-new-trial/

    • Daltex82

      This is good news! I always thought her conviction was nothing more that a warning to black folks that Stand Your Ground is to be used on you, not by you.

    • Miranda


    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥- —http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu216/rhymz4jesus/COMMENT%20GRAPHICS/CHRISTIAN%20COMMENTS/PRAISETHELORDMYFRIEND.gif

      Woo! Hoo! – — –JUSTICE — -IS BEIN’ –SERVED! :>)

    • Alma98

      About damn time!

    • rikyrah


  • Miranda

    Shorter : In order to get poor white folks to sign up, we can’t even THINK about saying “Obama” AT ALL. We have to save these fools from their own hate.
    To promote ‘Obamacare,’ some advocates leave out the Obama part
    by Perry Bacon Jr. | September 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    ATLANTA-“We never mention Obama,” says Riley Wells.

    In Washington, talk of “Obamacare” is constant. Republicans created that term in 2009, looking both to heighten the political divide over the health care reform process and also because they argue the law’s official name, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” inaccurately depicts a provision Republicans say will eventually increase health costs for millions of Americans. Democrats, including President Obama, accepted the moniker, at first with reluctance and now proudly.

    But not outside of Washington. Many of the officials, most of whom are Democrats, who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act are eager to avoid the term “Obamacare,” and all of its accumulated baggage. To them, one of the keys to the success of “Obamacare” is that it stops being “Obamacare” and turns into just another part of a broader health care system most Americans use without fully understanding.

    So these officials, particularly in more politically-conservative states, are selling “Obamacare” aggressively, just without the Obama part.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/09/25/to-sell-obamacare-some-advocates-leave-out-obama/#s:on-may-10-2013-in-washington-dc-2

    • itgurl_29

      Pathetic. And this is why I call it OBAMAcare and will always call it OBAMAcare. I want these racist 2520s to know exactly who’s saving their worthless lives.

      • rikyrah

        that’s how I feel about it.

  • itgurl_29

    Mr. President is reading republicans for FILTH over Obamacare right now!

    • Miranda

      Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka14s
      POTUS on GOP: “What is it they’re so scared about?” Men in crowd: “YOU!” Audience laughs and applauds. #ObamaCare



    • rikyrah

      say it again…

  • Alma98

    Morning POU.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma 🙂

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah 🙂

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • rikyrah

        Morning, Sag.
        Did you see that the Mayor was booed…LOL

        • sagittarius

          Hi, rikyrah!

          I did not… when and where? Saw your comment below about the book ‘Mayor 1%’. Don’t think I’ll buy it, but might get it from the library.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD AUTUMN MORNTIN’ -Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —-The “LEAVES” R GORGEOUS!- -The “sun” makes me ***smile”. THANK U♥– – –

      — -Nice weather here. KOOLER- -WHEW! :>)
      Continuin’ PRAYERS 4 U annnd DAUGHTER. :>) B BLESSED♥- –

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, I’m glad you’re getting cooler weather there. Thanks for thinking of my daughter, blessing to you too. And have a great day!

  • rikyrah

    How to Conduct a Coup

    by BooMan
    Thu Sep 26th, 2013 at 11:07:21 AM EST

    I think Noam Scheiber’s analysis is very interesting. As he sees it, the only way that John Boehner can emerge from this fiasco with his speakership intact is if he intentionally causes a government shutdown, allows his party to be flayed alive for it, and then convinces them that their only option is to back down on making demands on the debt ceiling. For Mr. Scheiber, the post-shutdown public outcry is a prerequisite to any degree of reasonableness from Boehner’s caucus. And, in any case, since Boehner will have to pass his CR with primarily Democratic votes, he can only hope to be forgiven for it if his caucus comes to see, in a very vivid way, just how politically isolated they have become.
    Maybe Mr. Scheiber has correctly sussed out Boehner’s thinking. But he hasn’t exhausted all of Boehner’s options, nor has he anticipated all the ways that the Democrats can make mischief.

    Let’s walk through this. First, let’s assume that the Democrats are telling the truth and that they will never negotiate on the debt ceiling, nor will they make any concessions on ObamaCare in order to avoid a government shutdown.

    Whether a shutdown happens next Tuesday or is pushed off for a week, Boehner will eventually have to pass a CR that relies mainly on Democratic votes. There is no reason that the Democrats have to accept the clean CR that the Senate is offering. If Boehner needs their votes, the Democrats can attach conditions. Steny Hoyer, who is hardly a liberal firebrand, has already said, “I am not going to vote to continue the sequester. I believe it is inimical to the interests of the United States of America — to our government, to our economy and to our national security.”


    • conlakappa

      It’s all a game of liars poker. Real people’s lives are at stake but Johnny Orange has to punish the bad actors to get to a reasonable place. Just silly.

  • Miranda

    Business groups woo Michelle Obama
    By Emily Goodin and Kevin Bogardus – 09/26/13 06:00 AM ET

    Business groups are cozying up to Michelle Obama, aiding her signature initiatives to make inroads with the White House.

    Trade associations say working with the first lady on the “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign and Joining Forces veteran aid initiative has improved their relationship with the administration, helping them on unrelated issues.

    “We have earned their trust. We have earned their respect because we have delivered on what we have promised,” said Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

    Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/324743-business-groups-woo-michelle-o#ixzz2g0zGTC1e

  • Miranda

    Yet the GOP leadership still being led to the abyss by them…interesting
    Tea Party support falls to near-record low
    By Rebecca Shabad – 09/26/13 08:11 AM ET

    Public support for the Tea Party has fallen to a near-record low, with just 22 percent of people supporting the grassroots conservative movement, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.

    As Congress tries to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1 and deal with the debt ceiling again, the movement is losing its base, the poll found.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/324771-tea-party-hits-a-low-point-#ixzz2g0zaauoF

    • Alma98

      First of all they were never a grassroots organization, it was run by corporate whores like Dick Army. His name is so appropriate for the teaparty nuts. Also I think these yahoos are finally beginning to understand this is not just about black folks and PBO.

    • jds09

      And it’s a Gallup poll? The actual number is probably in the teens.

      • Miranda

        Probably negative.

  • Miranda

    I would never promote a column from HuffPo without good reason, so this is a good reason…Bill Bynum, who is vice-chair of the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, has been heading up seminars and meetings in his homestate of Mississippi about the CFPB. He wrote this piece and I only see it at HuffPo (sorry) – but its a good read about the citizens questions and concerns – especially given that many of these SAME people the CFPB is trying to protect, vote earnestly against their own interests ALL THE TIME.

    Mississippians Report Financial Challenges to Consumer Protection Bureau

  • Miranda

    *sigh*….in today’s Dems suck as teammates news:
    Manchin OK with Obamacare individual mandate delay
    By TAL KOPAN | 9/26/13 12:04 PM EDT

    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he would vote for a government funding bill that delays Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year if it came up in the Senate.

    “There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.”Continue Reading

    Manchin’s support defies the position of the rest of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, who have said they would not negotiate over Obamacare in the government funding debate.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/joe-manchin-obamacare-delay-97403.html#ixzz2g147kAe5

    • conlakappa

      He was on with Schieffer this past Sunday. He has been a questionable ally from jump. At least he’s consistent in his douchebaggery.

    • jziglar

      Manchin is horrible. The guy has been this way from the beginning.

  • Miranda

    Hold up….it isn’t the President who’s threatening to shut down the government..its the fools on the other side. See how the media tries to make this a “both sides do it” meme when it clearly isn’t??
    Poll Shows Disapproval of Threat of Government Shutdown
    By ALLISON KOPICKI Published: September 25, 2013

    Eight in 10 Americans find it unacceptable for either President Obama or members of Congress to threaten to shut down the government during budget negotiations in order to achieve their goals, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Fewer than 1 in 5 think the stalemate between Mr. Obama and the Republicans in Congress is acceptable.

    Republicans, Democrats, independents and Tea Party supporters alike object to the threat of a shutdown, the poll says.

    “What they’re doing has so many repercussions, and I just don’t think that they should hold the budget over everyone’s head the way they are,” Barbra Torres, a retired health care administrator living in Cape Coral, Fla., said in a follow-up interview.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/us/politics/poll-shows-disapproval-of-threat-of-government-shutdown.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • Alma98

      They’re all in the tank for the GOP, I don’t want to here another word about liberal media bias.

      • jds09

        Plus they’re locked into “he said, she said” type of “reporting” require no thought just some dictation skills. Really, high school newspaper reporters would do a better job.

        • conlakappa

          As would younger children. The kids who interview the President and First Lady have always (1) come prepared, (2) asked thoughtful questions, and (3) been civil about it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥—- -MORE – – –GR8 – EDUCATIONAL NEWS! – – -:>)

    – —SAT scores remain stagnant for most, but better for blacks – -:>)

    —–Scores on the SAT college entrance exam were largely stagnant for a third year, although African-American students made slight gains, the College Board said Thursday.

    Average scores in reading, math, and writing were the same in 2012 and 2013.

    Students scored an average 496 in reading, down one point from 2011.
    Average math scores have remained stuck at 514 over the last three years. And the average writing score, 488, was down one point from 2011.

    The top score possible on each section is 800 and the highest
    possible score is 2400. A perfect score was achieved in 2013 by 494 people — less than a third of 1 percent of all test takers, according tothe College Board, a nonprofit membership organization of schools and colleges that owns the exam.

    Men, on average, scored better in reading and math, while women on average did better in writing.

    — –THIS –>African-American students on average scored 431 in reading, 429 in math and 418 in writing. That’s slightly higher than the previous two years.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ –He said—WHA’ Ha’ Happened. . –LOL

    – —Cory Booker DMs stripper, dismisses controversy– –

    – —– -SNIP–

    Booker took to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, making light of the reports:

    – —SNIP- —

    “I think it’s pretty well known that the mayor talks with people from all walks of life on Twitter,” Booker campaign spokesperson Kevin Griffis told Buzzfeed. “There have been a couple of stories about that over the years. Really, the most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.”

    —– -TELL HIM — -“MA-AM” —LOL http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/oh-lord-no.gif LOL

    Annd —“MA-AM’s FRIEND” —http://www.poorwilliam.net/gif-ani/smart_guy_shaking_head_no_md_clr.gif –LOL.

    – -Don’t let this B a – –“STRIPPER-GATE.” –LOL

  • Miranda

    (full speech now posted also – they’re getting much quicker these days with putting up the vids! WooHoo for progress! LOL)

    Obama Ridicules GOP Fear Mongering Of Obamacare

  • rikyrah

    ‘Will White House staff enroll in Obamacare?’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:16 AM EDT.

    There was an odd exchange at the White House press briefing yesterday between Fox News’ Ed Henry and press secretary Jay Carney, after the reporter asked, “Will White House staff enroll in Obamacare? Let’s start with you. Are you going to enroll?”

    At the risk of sounding picky, the question itself is flawed because “Obamacare” isn’t just one thing. If a couple keeps their 24-year-old daughter on their family health plan, have they “enrolled” in the Affordable Care Act? How about if a senior citizen gets a break on prescription-drug costs? Or if a sick child no longer has to worry about lifetime limits? Or if an adult with a preexisting condition can suddenly get affordable coverage?

    But assuming Henry is referring to exchange marketplaces, I get the impression, more than three years after the Affordable Care Act became law, Fox News’ White House correspondent is still struggling with the basics. Here was their back and forth;

    Q: Would you enroll?

    CARNEY: Absolutely.

    Q: It’s a simple question.

    CARNEY: Absolutely.

    Q: Okay. So you are going to enroll?


    The question is still rather bizarre.

    Why wouldn’t Carney want health insurance for his family? Why would he consciously and deliberately ignore affordable coverage?


  • rikyrah

    Of Course Jay Carney Wants Health Care
    By Matthew Yglesias

    Ed Henry, White House correspondent for Fox News, must have thought he was being very clever today. Why not ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a simple question—if Obamacare’s so great, would you sign up for it?

    Except as far as “gotcha” questions from hostile reporters go, this one is an incredible softball. Of course a 48-year-old man with a wife and two kids is going to prefer to have an insurance plan than to leave himself and his whole family uncovered. Assume the Carneys are affluent and have a household income of over $94,200 (i.e., 400 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four) and thus aren’t eligible for any subsidies. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation (PDF) report, a “silver” insurance plan for the whole family in the District of Columbia would cost them $845 a month, or $10,140 a year. That’s a lot of money. But it’s clearly a price the hypothetical Carneys can afford. And if the kids get a broken bone on the playground or Mom gets diagnosed with cancer, they’re going be really glad they had it. Unlike a less affluent family, the uninsured version of the Carneys probably aren’t at risk of someone dying due to a lack of medically necessary care. Instead, they’re at risk of bankruptcy as in the case of major illness or accident the health care industry will take them for every penny they have.

    But either way, signing up for the exchange should be a no-brainer. There really is a smallish class of people out there—primarily affluent single men in their late 20s and early 30s with no chronic ailments—for whom you could try to make the case that signing up is a bad financial move. But asking Carney this question simply serves to underscore that for most uninsured Americans the exchanges are a great deal.


    • conlakappa

      A BFD even. I love the concept of trying to convince affluent men in that age range that it’s not a good idea–cancer isn’t unfamiliar ground for that cohort but, hey, chance it!

  • rikyrah

    The Empress of Europe
    Angela Merkel is dull, frumpy, and uncharismatic—and that may be exactly why Germans have re-elected her chancellor for the third time.

    By Anne Applebaum

    If one were writing a guidebook for would-be political leaders, one might well use Angela Merkel as a negative example. She is not media-friendly. She is not charismatic. She is not physically fit or well-dressed. She does not give off an aura of decisiveness and indeed has been known to leave extremely important decisions until it is almost too late. Her political campaigns are boring, her personal life even more so. She sometimes likes to compare her economic policies to those of a “Swabian housewife.”

    Nevertheless, this frumpy, unassuming East German has just been re-elected chancellor of Germany, and therefore leader of Europe, for the third time. Or maybe empress of Europe is the more appropriate title, since Merkel doesn’t really lead: She reigns. She doesn’t tell people what to do, she doesn’t give orders, she isn’t bossy or pushy. She doesn’t throw Germany’s weight around or make demands. She simply sets parameters, and then lets everybody else make “choices” themselves.

    During the Greek euro crisis, she never shouted at Greek politicians or denounced Greek economic policies in public. Although some German tabloids tried to drum up anti-Greek sentiment, she stayed well away from such talk. Instead, she saw to it that European Union bureaucrats went to Athens where they quietly insisted on dull but important things like shortened vacations for the civil service, higher taxes on swimming pools, and lower expenditures on public housing. Over time, the crisis ceased to be a crisis, and Greece drifted off the front pages.


    • conlakappa

      Frumpy, eh? Opening volley in an article larded with gendering but, hey, it’s Miss Anne so it’s okay.

  • Miranda

    OH SNAP________________________________________*GONE*

    Brett LoGiurato ‏@BrettLoGiurato2m
    Oh man. Jay Carney says he’s surprised there wasn’t a “birther bill” attached to GOP debt ceiling demands.

    • rikyrah


    • DAMN!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – -Ya MEAN- – -THIS RACIST PHOOL- -??? —

    –http://www.whatnowtoons.com/images/Marco-Rubio-SOTU_what-now-473.jpg —HAH! – – –

    — —Just One Senator Is Single-Handedly Preventing The First Gay Black Federal Judge From Being Confirmed– —

    – —–William Thomas is a county judge in Florida, where there have been more exonerated death row inmates than in any other state, the Stand Your Ground law yields racially discriminatory acquittals, and a mandatory minimum sentence sent Marissa Alexander to prison for 20 years for firing a warning shot during an incident with her abusive husband.

    Thomas would become the first gay black male federal judge if confirmed by the Senate. But his own senator, Marco Rubio (R-FL) is opposing his nomination, suggesting he is not tough enough on crime. Rubio, who is facing backlash from Republicans for supporting immigration reform, says his objections are based on rulings by Thomas in two cases, the New York Times reports.

    —-“2CASES” – – –out of – –HUNDREDS!!!- -SAAAA-LAP!!!

    THIS COMMENT: — Len Carrier
    Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the dregs of the Republican Party. The first is a genuine nutcase and the second is a racist. Yes, anyone who filibusters to deprive people of healthcare even though he knows he’s wasting his breath (may he soon run out of it), is a brainless boob. As for Rubio, he’s a little Cuban whippersnapper who thinks he’s the future of the anti-black element of the GOP. Someday I might see a headline in a newspaper announcing that Rubio somehow got knot on his head that didn’t come down till New Year’s.
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