October 22, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon Thread: Disco Days

TVOne has a 2-hour special of “Unsung” tonight dedicated to Disco! I LOVE DISCO! So for the rest of the week we’re getting our boogie on!

Today’s featured hits are from the songwriting library of Ashford & Simpson!

Diana Ross – The Boss

Ashford & Simpson – Street Corner

Ashford and Simpson – Found A Cure

Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman

Ashford and Simpson – Is It Still Good To Ya

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  • creolechild

    100% of electric capacity added in U.S. last month was renewable

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency which informed us that almost half of all new electricity generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2012 was renewable, has released its data for the month of January. You ready for this?[....] That’s right: Every single megawatt of new generating capacity added in the U.S. last month was renewable. Every single one.

    The full dataset from FERC is here [PDF], outlining the constituent additions: 958 megawatts of wind, 267 of solar, and 6 little megawatts of biomass. In total, 1,231 megawatts of capacity were added in January of this year compared to 1,693 in January 2012. The amount of wind and solar added last month was greater than the amount of coal and natural gas added a year ago.

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/100-of-electric-capacity-added-in-u-s-last-month-was-renewable/

    H/T Philip Bump

  • Alma98

    I’m looking forward to some Donna Summer who’s last was actually Sommer it was her German husband’s name. She Americanized it changing it to Summer.
    And don’t forget Walter Murphy’s- A Fifth of Beethoven. Get down get funky! lol

    • TyrenM

      Love to Love You Baby!

      • MsKitty

        I remember when that song came out there was this rumor going around that the moans came from a tape recorder being left under Donna Summer’s bed (LOL).

  • Miranda

    And yeah, he voted to impeach Clinton

    Former Republican senator reveals secret child with another senator’s daughter

    Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) admitted on Tuesday to fathering a child with Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada Gov. and Sen. Paul Laxalt (R) after what she called “one night’s mistake” more than 30 years ago.

    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1A1ce)

    • Alma98

      Hypocritical bastards, they won’t be made to pay for it though.

    • conlakappa

      Twisted, twisted web of D.C.: his son is with Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s former chief of staff and a member of the impeachment defense team.

      But back to Pete, ew, he impregnated a colleague’s daughter? Someone has already added the Laxalt kid to Domenici’s Wiki!

      • Alma98

        Now that is twisted indeed.

      • isonprize

        Twisted, twisted web of D.C.: his son is with Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s former chief of staff and a member of the impeachment defense team.

        Conla, WHOSE son with Cheryl Mills? I lost the conversation somewhere along the way…

        • conlakappa

          Sorry. One of the senator’s kids with Mrs. Domenici is Cheryl Mills’s man/the father of her children

          • isonprize

            Got it. Senatorial and political ratchetness… LOLOL

    • nellcote

      Domenici also got that Ast. AG fired.

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO

    https://twitter.com/FriendsOfHamas

    Friends of Hamas ‏@FriendsOfHamas
    Today is a very sad day for us. Nobody believes we exist. But if you can’t believe in a figment of your imagination what can you believe in?

  • creolechild

    Chill Pill for Liberals: Why Republicans Won’t be Able to Decouple the Defense Cuts to Restore Post-Sequester

    Lately there has been a new worry among the Left about the sequestration: by and large, progressives are happy to see the President hold the line on the automatic cuts unless the Republicans agree to replace at least half of them with additional revenue by making the tax code fairer. But some are worried that Republicans have a tough playbook on this one: once the automatic cuts go into effect – half in defense and half in the rest of government, they will move in with a bill to simply restore the Defense spending, putting the Democrats in a tough spot.[....]

    There are a few problems with that playbook, however: first, there is nothing keeping them from proposing such a bill right now, yet, they have not. Second, this president isn’t looking to play softball with Republicans when it comes to sensible cuts to the Pentagon.[....]

    Read more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/02/chill-pill-for-liberals-why-republicans.html

    H/T Deaniac

  • creolechild

    Help! They keep reeling me in with these intriguing stories/facts about dolphins…

    Study: Dolphins know to call one another by name

    [....] Researchers have known for some time that dolphins have unique, individual whistles that identify themselves to fellow dolphins nearby, but what caught the ear of researcher Stephanie King, a research fellow at University of St. Andrews, was entirely new.

    “Animals produced copies [of the unique whistles] when they were separated from a close associate and this supports our belief that dolphins copy another animal’s signature whistle when they want to reunite with that specific individual,” she told Discovery News.[....]

    “We found no evidence for the use of copying in aggression or deception,” the study’s authors explained. “This use of vocal copying is similar to its use in human language, where the maintenance of social bonds appears to be more important than the immediate defense of resources.”

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/20/study-dolphins-know-to-call-one-another-by-name/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster

    • Alma98

      I find dolphins fascinating too creolechild, thanks for the link.

    • conlakappa

      And you keep posting them… I fear you are their emissary… those future overlords…

      ::backs away slowly from the keyboard::

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO! Creolechild would be a perfect emissary. If she forms a PAC for dolphins I will contribute. I am so all over having a dolphin take McCain’s Senate seat.

        I don’t know for sure but I really think dolphins would be really okay with immigration reform since they also migrate a lot.

        Just saying….

        • nellcote

          They don’t respect borders!

  • MsKitty

    Never understood why people think Disco is a dirty word. Yeah, there were some songs that should have never made it out of the studio (Rick Dees and Disco Duck, I’m looking at you). But don’t know what is bad about music that gets you moving and makes your forget about your problems for a minute.

    Some of my best college memories involved taking the train over to NYC and making my way to clubs like Paradise Garage (aka The Garage), Underground, the Tunnel, and Funhouse. Come back to the dorm next day with blisters on my feet, hair all frizzed out, and makeup long sweated off. Those were the days.

    (old fogie reminiscing moment)

    • nellcote

      Ethel Merman Does Disco!

      Yeah, there was some real crap amongst the dance music. I think a big problem was that it was cheap to produce and took over the radio blocking out a LOT of other genres.

    • Alma98

      I myself think Disco was more funk than Disco, some songs that folks called Disco we called it funk or soul. But I tell you what today’s kids are so out of shape, they would drop dead trying to dance to our songs from back in the day. Songs lasting up to more than fives and longer lol. When I workout I mostly listen to old school music cause it makes me happy and forget I’m working out.

      • Miranda

        HA! A good Disco song lasted 15 minutes easy LOL

        • Alma98

          I know right, everybody getting down looking shiny as hell lol.

          • MsKitty

            And you knew it. was. on. when the ladies started taking off their pumps and stashing them in the corner. It was like okay I’m so over trying to be cute, time to get serious with this jam.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! When I’m serious about dancing the first thing I do is take off my shoes no matter how cute & gorgeous are those shoes!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            People came back to their tables needing a towel.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

        • Daltex82

          It sure did! After about 10 minutes in I would be saying to myself enough already, damn I need a drink.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          And Mark Rubio thought he needed water.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! Not to brag but back at Christmas before I hurt my knee, Hubby & I put some young ones to shame who got off the dance floor before we did.

        We may be old but we’ve still got what it takes!

        • Alma98

          You better work it AG! LOL!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        I think the watered down stuff was the more mainstream. Not all of it of course but for me this and others like it is funk.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTFr37w_eLA

        • Alma98

          I hear ya woody.

        • isonprize

          Woody, I make a distinction between funk and disco. Funk has jammin’ bass lines and isn’t as fast as disco.

      • isonprize

        But I tell you what today’s kids are so out of shape, they would drop dead trying to dance to our songs from back in the day. Songs lasting up to more than fives and longer lol.

        Girl, WHAT!?!?!!

        Funkadelic’s “Knee Deep” was 15 minutes long!!! LOLOLOL I have said that so many times. Plus, when you look at Soul Train videos, all those kids were bone skinny!!

        • Alma98

          HA!

    • conlakappa

      Years ago at the NYC Public Library Museum there was a disco exhibit. I organized a field trip of some online buddies with whom I’d talk about entertainment stuff. It was the awesome, with real iconography from that era. It also had random disco selections like the Muppets, Sinatra, and, yes, Ethel Merman recordings.

      • nellcote

        Don’t know why Ethel Merman has stuck but I guess it’s a early version of jumped the shark.

        • conlakappa

          I’d submit that Sinatra was also cleaning shark bits from his teeth. The Muppets spoofed everything so that seems right.

    • Aquagranny911

      Disco is not a “dirty word” at least in my vocabulary! I love to dance & that so called era provided some music to move your ass. I really enjoyed it. Hubby & I had kiddos so we couldn’t do the dance clubs but we could “cut the rug” at home or when with family & friends.

      • conlakappa

        Turn it on now and you can get a room full of little ones to moving.

        • Daltex82

          Those extended versions tire them out and before you know it you’ve got sleeping little ones all over the place, best babysitting tool eva!!!!

          • Aquagranny911

            Absolutely! When we are babysitting the grandkiddos we do ‘dance time’ before naps & bed in the evening. Works every time!

        • Aquagranny911

          Way ahead of you! We got all our kiddos dancing then & we keep the grandkiddos dancing now too.

    • crazycanuck

      Disco came in when the music industry was dying. It brought in the ‘dollars’. Suddenly it was ‘disco sucks’ and shit. The backlash to Disco was also incredibly racist imho.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Oh yeah. I still remember disco demolition night at Comisky Park.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night

        Darryl Hall of Hall and Oates who was at the game said that was the most racist thing he’d ever seen.

        • Miranda

          wow…nothing’s new under the sun I see.

        • AxelFoley

          The Original Tea Party there.

      • isonprize

        The backlash to Disco was also incredibly racist imho.

        TRUTH.

    • isonprize

      I heard Niles Rodgers on Tom Joyner this morning. Chic was the bomb!! The orchestration on ‘Le Freak’ was ridiculous.

      But they also had slow, sexy cuts too (“a warm summer night” almost got me in SERIOUS trouble… te quiero, papi LOLOLOL)

      Le Freak, C’est Chic… Freakout!

      • Aquagranny911

        Memories….Great share!

    • sagittarius

      Disco was the music of society’s discarded and rejected… Blacks, Latins, gays and others. That’s one of the reasons it had to be destroyed.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
    • Alma98

      Well now you learn something new every day.

    • isonprize

      Love KOOS in the video!!

      “What the f#$k is this?” He was too funny.

  • Miranda

    #whitehistoryclasses

    bfnh. ‏@bfnh
    African American Post Digestion Sleeping Disorder: A Scientific Approach To “The Itis.” #whitehistoryclasses

    Elyse Mofo Anders ‏@dELYSEious
    Ending Slavery: How it Affected Small Business Owners, Inflation and Fair Wages in a Once-Perfect Free Market Economy#WhiteHistoryClasses

    domme cheadle ‏@dopegirlfresh
    Reverse Racism: A Guide to Crying Your Way Through Privilege#whitehistoryclasses

    S. ‏@inomallday
    I’m Not Talking About You, You’re Different: How to Identify and Befriend the Acceptable Negro #whitehistoryclasses

    Brokey McPoverty ‏@brokeymcpoverty
    Remember the Alamo, but Forget Slavery Already: Your Guide to Selective Cultural Amnesia #whitehistoryclasses

    Pepper Labeige-ja ‏@FreedomReeves
    Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers: Playground Politics and Colonization #whitehistoryclasses

    Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
    “I Have A Dream: How Selective Memory of Black History Builds Bonds” #whitehistoryclasses

    • MsKitty

      Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
      “Thomas Jefferson: Sally Hemmings’ #WhiteBoo” #WhiteHistoryClasses

      ______flatlines____________

      • Miranda

        I have been in tears for the last 30 minutes____________

        • Alma98

          Miranda now you got hooked I’ve been reading them for the last 20 minutes lmao!

      • rikyrah

        these tweets have been fabulous

    • Alma98

      bfnh. ‏@bfnh
      African American Post Digestion Sleeping Disorder: A Scientific Approach To “The Itis.” #whitehistoryclasses

      HAHAHAHAHA!

  • Miranda

    #whitehistoryclasses

    Cameron James ‏@cameronjames
    Are You Down?: Adapting speech and mannerisms for Negro acceptance #whitehistoryclasses

    Michelle Jones ‏@michellej
    Why Do They Want to Exclude Me?: The Impact of “Black Twitter” on the White Psyche #whitehistoryclasses

    @brokeymcpoverty: They’re Just Mentally Ill: Why There Are No White Terrorists#whitehistoryclasses

    @marshonica #whitehistoryclasses “Deciphering Black Children’s Names” – taught by Prof. Barry Wczipopdczowicz

    A$AP Delly ‏@mr_wrightaway
    Field Educator: A Trip to the Corner Store in June#whitehistoryclasses

    • isonprize

      @marshonica #whitehistoryclasses “Deciphering Black Children’s Names” – taught by Prof. Barry Wczipopdczowicz

      DAMN.

      TRUTH.

      • AxelFoley

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • crazycanuck

        LMAO

  • Miranda

    last ones…I am cracking up!

    #whitehistoryclasses

    Nisha ‏@utternappyness
    I See Black People 101 (Women’s Only class): How to Clench Your Purse For Dear Life & Speedwalk to your Vehicle#whitehistoryclasses

    Dani Alexis ‏@danialexis
    No Hood? You’re Good!: Identifying the REAL Racists in America#whitehistoryclasses

    Federal Cox ‏@Federal_flashes
    “I’m not racist. My neighbor was 1/4th black.” – A Guide On How To Recover After Making Clearly Racist Statements#WhiteHistoryClasses

    dar ‏@dammitdar
    You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is Important: Watching “The Help” in Mixed Company #whitehistoryclasses

    @brokeymcpoverty: It’s Okay, I’m Here: The Dynamics of Saving People Who Didn’t Ask For Your Help

    Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
    How Whites Saved Jazz & Blues From Depraved Black Indifference#WhiteHistoryClasses

    • conlakappa

      To your post before this one:

      There was liberal outrage in D.C. when a store called Da Sto’ opened in a “changing” neighborhood. That one of the owners was black [half of a lesbian interracial couple] didn’t matter because the title was racist, you know.

      To this post:

      While living in Italy and from time to time in D.C., if I saw white tourists, I’d clench my bag while purposefully staring at them. Woe betide a young white man who walks directly behind me in the daytime, he’s getting a feral “I have already dialed 9 and 1!” look. Freaks ‘em out e-v-e-r-y time. Non-verbal communication is a real mother for ya.

      • Miranda

        Oh Lawd______________your anecdote about the “changing” neighborhood made me have to post this one:

        AnacosTico ‏@southeastgaucho
        Gentrifying 322 B: Are Your Chicken And Waffles Free-Range and Organic? #whitehistoryclasses

        • Alma98

          “Free range or organic” LMBAO!

        • MsKitty

          It’s a damn shame that I can put that tweet to several people I know very well.

          Hipsters, gotta love ‘em.

          • Aquagranny911

            Oh do it! I have already so taken that for re-posting myself.

        • Aquagranny911

          OMG! I just can’t….

          Yes, I can! That was great!

        • isonprize

          AnacosTico ‏@southeastgaucho
          Gentrifying 322 B: Are Your Chicken And Waffles Free-Range and Organic? #whitehistoryclasses

          Damn, Miranda. I had really just stopped laughing. DAMN.

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

          LMBAO!!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • trose1

        Da Sto?

        • conlakappa

          The Store as in “I’m going down to da sto.”

    • Admiral_Komack

      @brokeymcpoverty: It’s Okay, I’m Here: The Dynamics of Saving People Who Didn’t Ask For Your Help

      -OK now, quit playing!
      Is this The Cory Booker Story?

      • Miranda

        _______________________________________

  • Daltex82

    **Running into thread**

    Wait, wait did someone say disco!!! Can I add one of my all-time favorites

    Work that fan Sylvester!

    I love disco, well most of it. I will be taping tonight

    • Alma98

      YES!

    • Aquagranny911

      Si, Si!!!

    • isonprize

      Daltex, you got me started. Sylvester was the shot!!!

      The video quality here is horrible, but the energy is over the top!

      • Daltex82

        I don’t know if it’s floating around the internet or not Ison but you should checkout his story on TV One’s Unsung. Loved me some Sylvester

        • isonprize

          I’ve seen it! Excellent.

    • isonprize

      Oooh, found a short clip of Dick Clark’s interview of Sylvester. (video quality is MUCH better)

      This was 1978. Sylvester was very comfortable with who he was. But it was rare that an openly gay person was on TV, let alone being interviewed. Given the times, network censors and the fact that he had a “teen” show, Dick Clark came as close as he could to acknowledging that Sylvester homosexual. Very interesting…

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

        Hey! That’s The Weather Girls (originally known as Two Tons of Fun) with him!

        • isonprize

          YAS!!! Lawd, these girls can sang, y’all. SANG!!!

          One of the videos tell the story of how they met. If I find it, I’ll post it for you.

      • Daltex82

        Very good find!

  • Miranda

    OMG________________________this hashtag gonna get me FIRED!

    @obaa_boni: Seeing the Negro at night : Anderson Cooper trains the white eye #WhiteHistoryClasses

    @Vivaciously_Val: Is Oprah Our Mammy?: The Infatuation With Motherly Black Women #whitehistoryclasses

    @blunted215: Black History: Why Nothing Happened From 1863-1964 #whitehistoryclasses

    • Daltex82

      LOL!

  • Miranda

    I think we have a winner!

    Afroqueerized Bee ‏@afroqueerizdbee
    History 223: “Slavery By Another Name” White Anarchists Speak about Resisting Capitalism on a Trust Fund. #whitehistoryclasses

    • MsKitty

      What’s making the hashtag even funnier are the trolls trying to get a rise out of everybody and being totally ignored. Win-win all around.

      • Miranda

        They’re trying so hard to derail and it is SO not happening! This hashtag is a definite WIN!

        SM∆LLS ‏@dachevision
        Mama I Want To Sing: A History of Blue-Eyed Soul #WhiteHistoryClasses

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    See, now this is why I sometimes cannot eat a philly chicken sandwich while I’m on here. You are gonna choke me to death with these. LOL!!!

    • Miranda

      THESE ARE HILARIOUS!

      @blunted215: Your Booze Ain’t Like Mine: An Examination of Malt Liquor #whitehistoryclasses

      @thewayoftheid: Ass So Fat: How To Embrace Cultural Aesthetics You Once Shunned And Appropriate Them #whitehistoryclasses”

      @dustybluemage: For The Wire Tells Me So: Coopting Experiences through Television #whitehistoryclasses

      • isonprize

        For The Wire Tells Me So:

        I.AM.DONE.

        • JojoRaze

          I know…the Twitterati are serious with it, though.

      • PBomb

        This is just too awesome!

      • AxelFoley

        ¡Muerte!

  • nellcote

    J.C. Watts’ Nonprofit Seeks to Boost GOP Credibility With Minorities

    As Republicans continue to grapple with their diversity problem, former Rep. J.C. Watts has moved to fill at least one void by launching a nonprofit charged with recruiting and placing ethnic minority staffers in GOP congressional offices.

    Watts, an Oklahoma Republican and African-American who left Congress 10 years ago, said it could take years for his party to build the kind of outreach with ethnic minorities capable of countering Democrats’ success with such groups, which helped propel the party’s candidates to key victories in last year’s elections. Now a lobbyist, Watts hopes that his new organization, Insight, is one solution to a multifaceted problem.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/jc_watts_nonprofit_seeks_to_boost_gop_credibility_with_minorities-222546-1.html

    we need some moles in this project.

    • Miranda

      recruiting and placing ethnic minority staffers in GOP congressional offices.
      ______________________

      So their goal is to try and get young black and brown college students to work in these offices and that will somehow mold them into thinking republican policies are great and then they will go back out into various communities spreading the gospel of the GOP? Is that the plan?

      The GOP should stop getting their strategies from I Love Lucy. I’ve seen this whole plot before.

    • GN

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      Now a lobbyist, Watts hopes that his new organization, Insight, is one solution to a multifaceted problem

      dolla dolla bill yall

      • conlakappa

        Given that he had no friends in his own party, who can he convince to have placements?

    • trose1

      So basically he is getting paid to find lawn jockeys for GOP? He is scamming GOP because he knows majority of Black people not hearing the GOP noise.
      Watts and GOP deserve each other.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY trose1♥ —-***BIG HUG*** :>) —-

        – — LOL —HERE YA GO. :>)- – –:>)

        I’ll KEEP ‘EM a-comin’ 4 U. :>) – – —- –Seems as ifff more –PHOOLS may emerge. LOL- —

        Good 2 C U trose1. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      “J.C. Watts’ Nonprofit Seeks to Boost GOP Credibility With Minorities”

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Good luck with that!

  • rikyrah

    Being young, black, and safe
    Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
    Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 8:25 AM


    The Lindner family: Parents Donna and Steven with Sam and Sophia

    Whenever 13-year-old Samuel Lindner goes out with his friends, his parents remind him to “act like you’ve been somewhere.”

    The phrase has been a constant in the Lindner household since Sam was in preschool. It means he should present himself with confidence, bred of education and experience. Be polite, on his best behavior, and make smart choices.

    On the surface, the advice sounds like typical parental nagging. But Sam, his 15-year-old sister, Sophia, and his parents know those five words connote much more – a set of unwritten rules that can mean the difference between success or failure, even life or death. The Lindners, who live in Ardmore, are African American – and that simple fact adds layers of concerns for the welfare of their children.

    “Sam knows racism exists, and he understands why,” says Steven Lindner, 48, a Lower Merion commissioner and corporate trainer. “But that doesn’t make it any easier. . . . We don’t want him to fester over it. We just want him to be aware of these situations.”

    The Lindners and other African American parents say they need look no further than the daily headlines to validate their heightened awareness. This month, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 18th birthday. Instead, the Florida teenager’s death a year ago next week remains a stark reminder to black parents of the dangers their children face.

    The Lindners tell Sam not to travel in groups of teens – to avoid any suspicion of hooliganism. And whenever Sam or Sophia head to the store, the mantra is: “Don’t forget to get a receipt. Don’t forget to get a bag.” Because, the Lindners have told their children, blacks too often are profiled as shoplifters.

    “It does make me angry,” Sam says, his usually soft-spoken voice rising a notch. “But just certain times when I’m going to have to let it go.”

    His mother, Donna Lindner, 44, a school administrator on the Main Line, says: “I think these conversations are essential. The costs are too high to take a chance.”

    • Alma98

      Geez the comments, I’m gonna have to stop reading them.

  • GN

    @adbridgeforth
    RT @newsbreaker: BREAKING: Florida Gov. Scott will expand Medicaid in state, reversing opposition to federal health overhaul – @AP #p2 #p2b

    • Miranda

      Although that’s a good thing, I know there are nefarious motives behind it.

      • GN

        Indeed, he’s shady as hell.

      • nellcote

        You mean like scamming Medicaid with his wife’s medical business…like he did with that drug testing for welfare benefits? like that?

        • Miranda

          Yep…that.

    • AxelFoley

      Never trust Lex Luthor.

      • Admiral_Komack

        You got a kryptonite ring we can give him?

  • rikyrah

    The sequester slideshow that may haunt the Speaker
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:43 AM EST

    When it comes to next week’s sequestration cuts, here’s what matters: coming to terms with the scope and severity of the damage, and understanding who’s prepared to compromise to reach a solution. Here’s what doesn’t matter: who came up with the idea in 2011.

    And yet, it’s the sequester’s origin story that fascinates Republicans, not for any substantive reason, and not because it will help the country in any way, but because finger pointing is easier than governing.

    While it’d be infinitely more satisfying to argue over the important questions, there are no efforts underway to sidestep this self-inflicted wound. So, if we’re stuck in the argument GOP leaders insist on having, we might as well note they’re wrong about this, too.

    For Republicans, President Obama “proposed and demanded the sequester.” We know this isn’t true. Indeed, at the time, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) bragged about Republicans getting the sequester into the Budget Control Act.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/20/17031418-the-sequester-slideshow-that-may-haunt-the-speaker?lite

  • rikyrah

    Leave the 17th Amendment alone
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:56 PM EST

    For a couple of years, specifically 2010 and 2011, far-right activists pushed a muddled constitutional message. On the one hand, conservatives claimed to be the true, unyielding champions of the Constitution and all it represents. On the other, these same conservatives said the Constitution needed to undergo major changes to bring it more in line with the right’s expectations. This never really made sense, but we apparently weren’t supposed to note.

    As a practical matter, the latter goal of giving the Constitution a touch-up led to some fairly radical proposals. Conservative Republican lawmakers and candidates, for example, said they might want to scrap at least one part of the 14th Amendment. The right also hoped to “restore” the “original” 13th Amendment. A variety of conservatives, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), said the 16th Amendment should also probably be removed from the Constitution, too.

    And for quite a while, the right seemed especially animated by the idea of repealing the 17th Amendment — the one that lets Americans choose their own U.S. senators — so much that it became “part of the Tea Party orthodoxy.” Dave Weigel noted yesterday that this idea hasn’t completely faded, at least not yet.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/20/17033667-leave-the-17th-amendment-alone?lite

  • rikyrah

    Reality 1, Boehner 0

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:18 AM EST

    We’re down to just nine days before brutal sequestration cuts kick in, undermining the economy, the military, and public needs. At this point, it’d be a mistake to suggest the bipartisan talks have stalled, since there no talks — Democrats have unveiled a sequester alternative, and Republicans have not; Democrats have said they’re open to compromise, and Republican have said they aren’t. The probability of avoiding next week’s mess is quickly approaching zero.

    With this in mind, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a 900-word op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the subject, devoted almost entirely to a desperate attempt to avoid blame. In the larger context, it’s only mildly annoying that Boehner invests more energy in pointing fingers than working on a solution, but it’s far worse that the Speaker peddles blatant falsehoods, lacking enough respect for the public and the political world to be honest with them.

    During the summer of 2011, as Washington worked toward a plan to reduce the deficit to allow for an increase in the federal debt limit, President Obama and I very nearly came to a historic agreement. Unfortunately our deal fell apart at the last minute when the president demanded an extra $400 billion in new tax revenue — 50% more than we had shaken hands on just days before

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/20/17030297-reality-1-boehner-0?lite

  • nellcote

    Actress Ashley Judd is moving closer to a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meeting in recent days with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic donors and strategists in Kentucky to discuss a potential run.

    A source familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill that she met with the Democrats’ campaign arm earlier this week. The DSCC declined to comment on recruitment, but it’s an early indication that Judd is taking the necessary steps to challenge McConnell.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/284071-judd-meeting-with-dscc-kentucky-donors-on-senate-bid#ixzz2LU3LoKGJ

    • rikyrah

      YES YES YES

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    Evening thread is up!

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