August 23, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous Depictions of African-American Stereotypes and Blackface

It’s hump day POU Family! This week’s theme is about African-Americans who became famous for depicting stereotypes and blackface. 

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William “Willie” Best (May 27, 1916 – February 27, 1962), sometimes known as Sleep n’ Eat, was an American television and film actor.

Best was one of the first well-known African American film actors and comedians, although his work, like that of Stepin Fetchit, is today sometimes reviled because he was often called upon to play stereotypically lazy, illiterate, and/or simple-minded characters in films. Of the 124 films he appeared in, he received screen credit in at least 77 of them, an unusual feat for a bit player.

 A native of Sunflower, Mississippi, Best had arrived in Hollywood as chauffeur for a vacationing couple, and began his performing career with a traveling show in southern California. He became a regular character actor in Hollywood films after a talent scout discovered him on stage.

Best appeared in more than one hundred films of the 1930′s and 1940′s. Although several sources state that for years he was only billed as “Sleep n’ Eat,” Best received credit under this moniker instead of his real name in only five movies: his first film as a bit player (Harold Lloyd’s Feet First) and his next four films that followed (The Monster Walks (1932); Kentucky Kernels and West of the Pecos (both 1934) and Murder on a Honeymoon(1935)). He thereafter usually received credit as “Willie Best” or “William Best.”

Best was alternately loved as a great clown, then reviled, then pitied, finally virtually forgotten. Hal Roach called him one of the greatest talents he had ever met. In a similar gesture, Bob Hope acclaimed him as, “the best actor I know,” as the two worked together on The Ghost Breakers in 1940.

As a bit player, Best, like many black actors of his era, was regularly cast in domestic worker or service-oriented roles (a few times he played the role that echoed his previous occupation – that of a private chauffeur), and was usually seen making a brief comedic appearance as a hotel, airline or train porter; but also as elevator operators, custodians, butlers, valets, waiters, deliverymen – and at least once as a launch pilot (in 1939’s Mr. Moto in Danger Island).

Best’s work as a bit player was unusual in that he received screen credit most of the time. The largest part of bit players in 1930′s and ’40′s did not. Walter Brennan, for example, made 125 movies between 1930 and 1939, but was credited on only 57 of them.

Best’s career was also unusual because he was regularly – in over 80 of his movies – given a proper character name (as opposed to simple descriptions like ‘room service waiter’ or ‘shoe shine boy’), starting with his second film. By comparison, Lucille Ball wasn’t billed with a proper character name until her 14th film,  and some bit players like Robert Dudley and Ethelreda Leopold were only rarely billed with anything more than a character description.

Best played “Chattanooga Brown” in two Charlie Chan films, 1945’s The Red Dragon and 1946’s Dangerous Money. He also played the character of “Hipp” in three of RKO’s six Scattergood Baines films with Guy Kibbee: 1941’s Scattergood Baines, 1942’s Scattergood Survives a Murder, and 1943’s Cinderella Swings It. (Actor Paul White, who played a young version of Best’s “Hipp” in the first film, went on to play “Hipp” in the next three films. Best returned to the role in the last two).

Best died on February 27, 1962 at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, of cancer, at age forty-five. He was buried (by the Motion Picture Fund) on March 5, 1962 at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Best’s “Sleep n’ Eat” moniker surfaced again in the 2000 motion picture satire Bamboozled, directed by Spike Lee. In the film a “twenty-first-century minstrel show” is televised, starring two African American performers, one of whom (portrayed by Tommy Davidson) plays a character named “Sleep n’ Eat.” In a nod to one of Best’s most respected contemporaries, his on-stage counterpart is named “Mantan.”

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  • rigoletta

    Morning and welcome to the apocalypse!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, rigoletta and Everyone :)

    • conlakappa

      T minus 15:19… and counting…

      • rigoletta

        Holding out hope that the approach of the deadline will do something or that Obama says screw it and uses the 14th amendment tonight.

        Either way I think I might be drunk posting here tonight.

        AQ mentioned some Hornitos yesterday and that sounds fabulous for giggling and possibly passing out as your country burns.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning Everyone. Have a great day

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    A year ago today, Pres. Obama said “Please Proceed, Governor” and the rest is history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXpKq4UYtXw

    7:16 AM – 16 Oct 2013

    • AxelFoley

      Dat. Ether.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    -PRAYIN’ EARNESTLY. AMEN.

  • rikyrah

    Premiums on Obamacare marketplaces beat expectations, report shows

    When open enrollment begins on the online, state-based marketplaces established under Obamacare, premiums nationwide are expected to be around 16 percent lower than originally predicted, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said in a new report released Wednesday.

    The administration sees the lower-than-expected premiums as a sign that the plan to drive down health costs for consumers by increasing competition is working. They also point to the insurers entering the individual health insurance market for the first time as a sign of strong competition, as well as the variety of plans that will be available on the market.

    For families nationwide, “these new options will finally make health insurance work within their budget,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Tuesday.

    She noted that, according to the report, six in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to find coverage for less than $100 a month, while the average consumer in one of the 36 states with a federally-run marketplace will be able to choose from an average of 53 different plans.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57604498/premiums-on-obamacare-marketplaces-beat-expectations-report-shows/

    • rigoletta

      The media of course is doing its part to discourage people from signing up just like the GOP.

      It won’t work though thankfully.

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

      But glitches, tho.

  • rikyrah

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page has had enough: “It’s time to wrap up this comedy of political errors.”

    “President Obama called their bluff, no doubt in part to blame the disruption on the GOP and further tarnish the party’s public image. Now the most Republicans will get out of this is lower public approval and a chance to negotiate with Mr. Obama again before the next debt-limit deadline. If the Senate passes its compromise, Mr. Boehner will have little choice other than to bring it to the floor and let it pass with votes from either party. Mr. Obama will have to deliver enough Democratic votes to pass it.”

    “At least that’s better than getting the blame for whatever happens if Treasury stops sending out Social Security checks in order to prioritize debt repayments. The politics of that are little better than defaulting on debt. Republicans can best help their cause now by getting this over with and moving on to fight more intelligently another day.”

    • rigoletta

      President Obama called their bluff, no doubt in part to blame the disruption on the GOP and further tarnish the party’s public image.

      Simple bastards.

      This is why we are in this mess because these fools can’t understand the simple concept of how taking the govt and the world’s economy hostage is bad for everyone.

  • rikyrah

    It’s still extortion for the sake of extortion
    By Jonathan Bernstein
    October 15 at 4:23 pm

    We have two interesting theories today about what’s happening in the House. One is from Neil Irwin, who posits that it’s all about a sunk costs fallacy — Republicans are mistakenly continuing to ask for things they can’t get because that’s the only way to justify what they’ve already given up by following their current strategy. The other theory, well-articulated by Greg Sargent, Jonathan Chait and Danny Vinik, is that Republicans are still fighting for the principle of extortion.

    I strongly agree with the latter theory — way back in May, I argued that radical Republicans were fighting over the principle of extortion for the sake of extortion:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/10/15/its-still-extortion-for-the-sake-of-extortion/

  • rikyrah

    October 15, 2013 3:44 PM
    Boehner’s Moment of Truth Approaches

    By Ed Kilgore

    This report from Salon’s Brian Beutler, which echoes others, indicates that any idea John Boehner had of supplanting a nearly-done Senate deal with his own is falling apart:

    It didn’t take Democrats long to react to the House GOP debt limit plan, and thus for Boehner to begin dragging the outline to the right, aware that it will either pass with 217 Republican votes, or fail completely, leaving him at the mercy of the Senate.

    Harry Reid called the House GOP position “a blatant attack on bipartisanship” and vowed that it “won’t pass the Senate.” Boehner is already reacting, scrounging for more GOP votes by promising to stick it to Congressional staff. National Review’s Robert Costa reports that Boehner is reversing his position that aides should be held harmless in this fight, and will agree to nix the federal government’s contribution to their health insurance as well. It could move further right still. And as before it may not pass anyhow.

    The “stick it to Congressional staff” bit is a reference to the Vitter Amendment, that demagogic favorite of the Defunding Obamacare crowd which bans the federal health insurance subsidies that would have been made available after a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act forced Members of Congress, their staffs, and executive-branch political appointees into the Obamacare exchanges. The initial Boehner proposal, which I’ve called Vitter Lite, would have applied the provision only to principals, not staff. So restoring the original language is a trophy for the Right and a concession that this proposal will in no way be “bipartisan.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_10/boehners_moment_of_truth_appro047333.php

  • rikyrah

    October 15, 2013 5:59 PM
    Three Theories of House GOP Brinkmanship—And One More

    By Ed Kilgore

    As we await the next development in the fiscal saga, it’s worthwhile to look at three theories kicking around today for exactly why House Republicans are continuing to engage in economy-risking and popularity-damaging brinkmanship, even after they’ve abandoned their earlier audacious demands for (serially) a disabling of Obamacare and “grand bargain” budget negotiations with higher taxes left off the table.

    One fairly straightforward hypothesis is from WaPo’s economics writer Neil Irwin, who suggests House GOPers are suffering from the “sunk cost fallacy:”

    House Republicans pushed a hard line in the runup to the government shutdown, demanding a repeal of Obamacare in exchange for agreeing to fund the government. There was never any way that the White House or Senate Democrats would go along with that, but that was their strategy, and it led to the shutdown of the government.

    Two weeks later, Republicans have started to accept that they will not get a full repeal of the health reform legislation, and are trying to work on more attainable goals. But there is a strong current within their caucus that sees the fact that they have shut down the government and attendant decline in popularity as a reason that they must continue to fight.

    So they have to “win” something Democrats don’t want to give them, or the “sunk costs” of a bad strategy will have been for naught.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_10/three_theories_of_house_gop_br047335.php

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: John Boehner’s `moment of truth’ arrives

    By Greg Sargent

    October 16 at 9:01 am






    From the very beginning of this whole crisis, two facts have been plainly obvious to anyone who cared to appreciate the basic dynamics of the situation:

    1) The incentives always argued overwhelmingly in favor of Dems refusing to concede any meaningful ground to the GOP demand for major unilateral concessions in a context where Republicans were using the threat of extensive harm to the country to get their way. This was the only way to prevent this from happening to Dems — and the country — again.

    2) There was never any compromise that could prove acceptable to both Tea Party conservatives on one side, and Obama and Senate Dems on the other. One side believes it must reserve the threat of widespread damage to the country as leverage to cripple the Obama presidency before it destroys the country. The other wants to end use of that as leverage for good. That core difference was inherently unbridgeable.

    Today, with Senators close to a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt limit, John Boehner may finally have to come to terms with those two facts, and accept their implications: The only way out of this mess is through an alliance of non-Tea Party Republicans and Democrats.

    The collapse of the House’s plan to end the crisis — precipitated by conservatives who said it didn’t extract enough in concessions on Obamacare in exchange for averting widespread harm to the country – once again confirms point two above. Meanwhile, Jackie Calmes has a good piece reporting on the White House’s conclusion early on that the only real option was to refuse to legitimize GOP extortion tactics, having been badly burned in 2011. This basic White House motive should have been obvious for weeks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/10/16/the-morning-plum-john-boehners-moment-of-truth-arrives/

  • GreenLadyHere

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    PBOMB♥ — –THANK U 4 THIS SERIES. –SEEMS AS IFF WE R STILL LIVIN’ IN – –THIS ENVIRONMENT —of DISCRIMINATION!! -SADLY!!
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    — ☺-YET —HONORED: Hal Roach called him one of the greatest talents he had ever met. In a similar gesture, Bob Hope acclaimed him as, “the best actor I know,” — -

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  • rikyrah

    Default Was Never An Option

    by BooMan
    Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 09:03:53 AM EST

    A few days ago, Rolling Stone published a Tim Dickinson article on the inner doings of “the Republican suicide machine.” It’s a big piece, and on page four there is a description of John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and their relationship to the business community.

    Boehner and Cantor have learned to speak the language of the Tea Party – the majority leader more fluently than the speaker – but their real job is to keep the old Republican-patronage machine humming. In their political bloodlines and in their donor networks, both Boehner and Cantor are deeply connected to the politics of Rove. Boehner’s signature accomplishment was steering George W. Bush’s education initiative No Child Left Behind to passage – a law that [Heritage Action president Michael] Needham decries as “a gargantuan federalization of education” and “an anathema to conservatives.” For his part, Cantor was a key member of the 2003 Tom DeLay whip team that twisted arms in an infamous all-night session required to pass the deficit-financed Medicare prescription-drug plan, a Rove-driven gift to Big Pharma and the most sweeping expansion of the program since the days of Lyndon Johnson.
    Looting Main Street

    Boehner is renowned as a “Chamber of Commerce Republican” – and the campaign-finance data are unambiguous: In the 2012 election cycle, Boehner was the House’s top recipient of campaign cash from 34 different industries, from hedge funds and investment firms to coal mining, student­loan companies, hospitals, nursing homes and Big Tobacco. He was also the top recipient of campaign cash from lobbyists themselves, raking in $393,000 according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. In D.C., the speaker’s clubby network of staffers and lobbyists is known as “Boehnerland,” and its members include heavy hitters for Citigroup, UPS, Altria, AmEx, Akin Gump and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “The Boehner folks barbecue on Sunday together, they go on vacations together, they name their kids after each other,” says the former leadership aide.

    Although he’s positioned himself as a kindred spirit of House insurgents, and has even joined the RSC, Cantor is perhaps more deeply knitted into the Republican establishment than Boehner is. It was Cantor’s prodigious fund­raising talents that elevated him to the fast track in 2003, when he became chief-­deputy whip after just one term in Congress. Married to a former Goldman Sachs VP, he speaks the language of the investment class and is said to sell financiers on the “return on investment” of their political donations to the party. He’s been a fierce defender of the hedge-fund loophole that taxes the income of top investors at less than the rate of their secretaries – once arguing that taxing “carried interest” at normal rates would hurt “the average blue-jean-wearing American.” Over his career, he’s raised more than $2.4 million from the investment community.

    John Boehner and Eric Cantor are a little different than freshman lawmakers like Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida whose day job in 2009 was cutting the balls off large mammals in his veterinary clinic. Rep. Ted Yoho was recently quoted saying that a default on the debt would “stabilize” global markets. That’s the kind of clown that Boehner and Cantor have been trying to humor and placate.

    If you want to know why I have been so serene about the threat of default, it’s because John Boehner and Eric Cantor are creatures of big business, and they have almost nothing in common with the Tea Baggers who forced this crisis upon the Republican leadership.

    From there, it was easy to game this thing out. Boehner would never get his caucus to pass anything, and he’d be weakened and forced to rely on Democratic votes. He would never default.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/10/16/9353/3839#1

  • rikyrah

    IF you live in New Jersey, suck it up and go vote for Cory Booker today.

  • rikyrah

    Chad Pergram ✔ @ChadPergram

    Reid & Pelosi spoke just a bit ago. Expecting roll out of Senate deal this am. There’s a scenario to move this in Senate & Hse today.

    8:04 AM – 16 Oct 2013

  • rikyrah

    From Charles Pierce:

    A great portion of the courtier press that now expresses horror at what is going on now went gleefully along for the ride as it became inevitable. Any members of that courtier press who relished the pursuit of Bill Clinton’s penis, or conducted the absurd campaign of untruth that was waged against Al Gore between 1999 and 2000 lost the right years ago credibly to denounce conservative extremism and Republican vandalism. That means you, Roger Simon of Politico, who was so shocked the other day to discover that racism may have afflicted the process of government since the president’s election, but who once claimed to right to make candidates like Gore “jump through hoops” for the pure hella-fun of it. That means you, Chris Matthews, who chased the presidential dick for two years, all the way through an impeachment process that was a constitutional absurdity, but who now discovers that the campaign of destruction never truly stopped. That means you, Andrew Sullivan, with your current existential torment over How It Came To This. (Pro tip: The Bell Curve? Betsy McCaughey on health-care? Fifth-column liberals? You helped.) This means you, David Brooks, sucking your thumb on book leave while the monster that you got rich feeding grows into its full power. This means all of you who went along for the ride on torture, and on Iraq, and who hid under the bed after 9/11. This is how the power came to rest with Ted Yoho, who is a fool and a know-nothing. This is how historical inevitability is created. This is how its momentum becomes unstoppable. This is how the wreckage piles up.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/today-in-the-reign-of-morons-101613

    • rigoletta

      OMG ALL OF THIS!

      I’m so sick of hearing from these Republicans who are now denouncing their party like they had nothing to do with this.

      This is the culmination of 40 years of paranoid racial bigotry.

      White right-wingers would rather destroy the world economy than share the money and resources that most of them don’t even have with their own countrymen because of the color of their skin.

      All the Lee Atwater, Ronald Reagan, Nixon supporting assholes need to stop acting like they had nothing to do with it.

      • itgurl_29

        Yes, lawd!! You said it all. These people don’t have a problem with Obamacare. They’re mad that Obamacare isn’t for whites only.

  • rikyrah

    The hollow men

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Posted by Liberal Librarian at 6:34 PM

    This crisis was manufactured, yes, but for a purpose.

    The country as it is trending is a country which frightens an unfortunately significant number of Americans. Not significant enough to win elections, as one does in a democratic republic, but significant enough so that it adheres to itself the power of destruction.

    If the Tea Party caucus in the House was its own party, and not part of the GOP, it would be a toothless, useless animal. It doesn’t have the votes to pass the renaming of a post office, much less matters of national import. But, it is part of the GOP caucus, and its power doesn’t lie in numbers. Its power lies in what any mafioso would recognize: that of extortionate threats. And any Republican who might want to make an accommodation with the Democrats has to look over his shoulder, wondering what Freedom Works will do when the next primary comes up. If they were men and women of honor, they would damn the next election and do what’s right to save the country. But we have to come to the point where we stop deluding ourselves: there is no moderate GOP caucus. If one existed, it would have revolted by now, siding with House Democrats and ending this farce. It hasn’t. And it won’t.

    Today’s GOP, all of it, from John Boehner down to Louie Gohmert, consist of hollow men and women. They’re not in government to serve the commonwealth. They don’t believe in the United States, not the country as it exists. They believe in a country which never existed, where everyone knew one’s place, and people like them were at the top, or, more frankly, local capos.

    There are no moderates. They all serve an ideology of death, one which says that if the country can’t conform to their vision, then they will destroy it, and take the rest of the world with it as well.

    I would like to believe that Boehner will come to his senses. But he has shown no hint of that. He has no sense. Whether it’s fear or brute callousness is immaterial. The results are the same. He can’t lead because he doesn’t want to lead. The scuppering of yet another House GOP plan by conservative interest groups because it wasn’t bloody enough is evidence of this. Boehner’s plan was another awful one, but not awful enough. So he has again abdicated all responsibility.

    This is a manufactured crisis, but one manufactured with a purpose.

    The hollow men who fund the GOP don’t care a whit for the Constitution, only insofar as it can be interpreted to benefit them. And if it stands in their way, better that the whole house burn. They’ll survive, or so they think. They think themselves masters of the universe, able to thrive in any environment, even one of chaos. But chaos respects nothing but brute strength, and they may find that the skills which served them well in a regulated market will be as ash in the brave new world towards which they wish us to slouch.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/the-hollow-men.html

  • rikyrah

    Karma is a bitch and remains UNDEFEATED.

    I have NO sympathy for these people.

    ………………………….

    South Dakota Conservatives Abandon the Tea Party Government Shutdown

    By: Adalia Woodbury
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, 9:12 pm

    The Tea Party’s claim that a government shutdown will force Washington into fiscal responsibility doesn’t mean much to its supporters in South Dakota. A devastating blizzard that destroyed 80,000 heads of cattle earlier this month is showing them the hard way that there are circumstances in which people need government. The only thing more traumatic is realizing that government isn’t there because of the very shutdown they supported.

    When Hurricane Sandy devastated businesses in eastern States, Tea Party members of Congress opposed Sandy aid to rebuild businesses because that’s ”pork”.

    The Tea Party doesn’t believe in pork, because that leads to a culture of dependency which is bad unless they are the dependents .

    When supporters of the Tea Party shutdown start sounding like liberals, it’s the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Take Silvia Christen, the executive director of South Dakota’s Stock-growers Association.

    Some ranchers lost all their cattle. They’ve yet to find one alive… They’re facing absolute destruction. … one appropriate role for these guys is to lend a hand after disasters like this … and they’re not here.

    Then there’s Scott Reder who lost all of his cattle in the blizzard. Since the shutdown, Reder passes a federal Farm Services Administration office whose doors are closed. Like most ranchers, he subscribes to solving his own problems and when help is needed he looks to his neighbors.

    In other words, Reder isn’t someone who subscribes to this imaginary culture of dependency that Tea Party lawmakers talk about. Losing his cattle and his livelihood through no fault of his own, Reder is seeing that government actually can be a friend when you’re in need.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/15/south-dakota-conservatives-abandon-tea-party-titanic-government-shutdown.html

  • GreenLadyHere

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

      Mornin’ GLH! Just a small correction:

      Carney bitch slaps the press.

      :-P

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

    Joe Madison talked about this article this morning…

    U.S. May Join Germany of 1933 in Pantheon of Defaults
    By John Glover – Oct 14, 2013 7:39 AM ET

    Reneging on its debt obligations would make the U.S. the first major
    Western government to default since Nazi Germany 80 years ago.

    Germany unilaterally ceased payments on long-term borrowings on May 6, 1933, three months after Adolf Hitler was installed as Chancellor. The default helped cement Hitler’s power base following years of political instability as the Weimar Republic struggled with its crushing debts.

    …The debt reparations piled onto Germany, which in 1913 was the world’s third-biggest economy, sparked the hyperinflation, borrowings and political deadlock that brought the Nazis to power, and the default. It shows how excessive debt has capricious results, such as the civil war and despotism that ravaged Florence after England’s Edward III refused to pay his obligations from the city-state’s banks in 1339, and the Revolution of 1789 that followed the French Crown’s defaults in 1770 and 1788.

    Failure by the world’s biggest economy to pay its debt in an
    interconnected, globalized world risks an array of devastating
    consequences that could lay waste to stock markets from Brazil to Zurich and bring the $5 trillion market in Treasury-backed loans to a halt. Borrowing costs would soar, the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency would be in doubt and the U.S. and world economies would risk plunging into recession — and potentially depression.

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-13/u-s-risks-joining-1933-germany-in-pantheon-of-deadbeat-defaults.html

  • Miranda

    The Houston Chronicle regrets endorsing Cruz….little late for “I’m sorry” dont cha think?
    ——————————
    Why we miss Kay Bailey Hutchison

    Things surely would look far different with Sen. Hutchison in office in the nation’s capital
    Houston Chronicle October 15, 2013 6:38pm

    Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?

    We’re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor,Ted Cruz.

    For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we know she worked just as hard for Dallas, San Antonio and a hundred smaller Texas cities and towns.

    more here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Why-we-miss-Kay-Bailey-Hutchison-4898405.php?cmpid=opedhprr

    • Kennymack1971

      The Houston Chronicle may kindly STFU. They knew what Cruz was when they endorsed him. Live with it.

      • Miranda

        Exactly…..every newspaper editorial board now trying to back up off the fools they helped put in office..can all go to hell.

    • conlakappa

      KBH was just there for window dressing. Never sponsored a bill, never had a signature issue but, hey, no one could rock a Chanel suit harder!

      • goldenstar

        So she wore Chanel? I saw her wear some not-so-Chanel…

        • conlakappa

          Ha! She was one of the wealthiest people in the Senate. It was probably Chanel or St. John’s Bay. I saw her nearly drop her wriggling kid on the floor outside her office. So, yeah, her staff were babysitters to the child she adopted when she was nearly 60.

  • Miranda

    A United States Supreme Court Justice y’all…………….
    ——————————
    Scalia: Amendment protects all, not ‘only the blacks’
    By David K. Li October 15, 2013 | 11:22pm

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the post-Civil War 14th Amendment protects everyone — not “only the blacks” — during a racially charged debate on affirmative action Tuesday.

    The high court appeared poised to uphold a Michigan voter initiative that would ban race as a consideration for college admission.

    Scalia took the already-heated argument to another emotional level, targeting African-Americans in his remarks.

    “My goodness, I thought we’ve . . . held that the 14th Amendment protects all races,” the conservative Scalia said. “I mean, that was the argument in the early years, that it protected only . . . the blacks.

    “But I thought we rejected that. You, you say now that we have to proceed as though its purpose is not to protect whites, only to protect minorities?”

    more here: http://nypost.com/2013/10/15/scalia-14th-amendment-protects-everyone-not-only-the-blacks/

    • Admiral_Komack

      What…a…dick…

    • rikyrah

      CAUSE you know, more than Blacks, were caught in the chattel slavery thing

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —- -GOTV!! – —4-get the NEGATIVITY — -

    – -Cory Booker, far ahead in NJ Senate polls, cast his vote today – –

    — – -Democrat Cory Booker voted Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in downtown Newark, while Republican Steve Lonegan cast his ballot in his hometown of Bogota, the town he led as mayor for three terms.
    THERE IS MORE – — -GOTV!! – - -:>)

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

    Here’s who’s funding GG new venture:

    Exclusive: Greenwald exits Guardian for new Omidyar media venture
    By Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:06pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Glenn Greenwald, who has made headlines around the world with his reporting on U.S. electronic surveillance programs, is leaving the Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, according to people familiar with the matter.

    …Two sources familiar with the new venture said the financial backer was Omidyar. It was not immediately clear if he was the only backer or if there were other partners.

    …Omidyar, who is chairman of the board at eBay Inc but is not involved in day-to-day operations at the company, has numerous philanthropic, business and political interests, mainly through an investment entity called the Omidyar Network.

    Forbes pegged the 46-year-old Omidyar’s net worth at $8.5 billion.

    Among his ventures is Honolulu Civil Beat, a news website covering public affairs in Hawaii. Civil Beat aimed to create a new online journalism model with paid subscriptions and respectful comment threads, though it is unclear how successful it has been.

    Omidyar, a French-born Iranian-American, also founded the Democracy Fund to support “social entrepreneurs working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public,” according to its website.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/us-usa-security-greenwald-idUSBRE99E18D20131015

    • Miranda

      I don’t believe for one minute that Greenwald left the Guardian on good terms, regardless of that benign statement they put out. Mark my words, after about a year or two, he will fall out with this guy too.

    • Admiral_Komack

      BULLSHIT TONIGHT!
      A GG bitchfest.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –Always –LOOKIN’ FORWARD –2 my – –MORNTIN’ “TOAST” —2 —MR. BOB – — :>) – -

    – — Why Isn’t the GOP Complaining About the Deficit? Because It’s Dropping — Fast.- -

    – - – -As we careen headlong toward the debt ceiling deadline, with the House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner in full Three-Stooges-Trying-To-Fix-The-Plumbing mode, the issue area that’s been overshadowed by the grandstanding, political props and brinksmanship is government spending itself.

    The budget deficit is really the 4,000 pound gorilla in the room and the Republicans refuse to discuss anything other than the fact that employer mandate for the dreaded Affordable Care Act begins a year after the individual mandate. Yes, we’re in the middle of a showdown over the debt because of Obamacare rather than, you know, spending and fiscal responsibility.

    Why aren’t they talking about the deficit? That’s easy: they can’t say anything bad about it because the Obama administration’s record on the deficit is kind of stellar.

    Let’s review some numbers. — HAH! –FIERCELY –BRUTAL!! —

    THERE IS MORE – —–GLOATIN’ Time. .– HAH!

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

    Clinton addresses trade group that fought Obamacare
    Posted by CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby

    (CNN) –- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the putative frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, delivered a paid speech Tuesday to a trade association that strongly opposed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, the signature achievement of his time in office and a long-sought goal of progressive movement.

    …The trade group represents the U.S. convenience store industry, a $700 billion annual industry representing both large chains and small “mom and pop” operations, as well as their suppliers around the country.

    …But the NACS, as the trade association is more commonly known, fought against the Affordable Care Act when it was being debated in Congress, and the group’s lobbying arm continues to oppose the employer insurance mandate, a provision the Obama administration has delayed until 2015.

    In 2009, when the bill was still in draft form in the House and Senate, John Eichberger, a lobbyist for the group, wrote in the group’s
    magazine that “an employer mandate is a threat to the industry and all
    businesses.”

    Around the same time, NACS circulated a document to its members
    outlining its opposition to many of the bill’s “onerous” requirements
    and regulations, titled “The Top 15 Reasons the ‘Affordable Health Care
    For America Act’ Increases Costs, Limits Choices and kills Competition.”

    Today, after the Supreme Court upheld the law, the trade association’s opposition to Obamacare is more narrowly focused on changing the definition of “full-time employee” under the employer mandate to one who works 40 hours a week, rather than 30.

    MORE: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/15/clinton-addresses-trade-group-that-fought-obamacare/?on.cnn=1

    • itgurl_29

      She can’t help but show her ass. She’ll never get my vote. Never.

    • Kennymack1971

      Between this and the shot at Ride or Die Joe….not a good look. The Obama coalition is not here for it.

      • itgurl_29

        And I guarantee behind the scenes she’s telling these people “Support me and I’ll see what I can to do chip away at Obamacare.”

      • Admiral_Komack

        If Joe Biden runs for President in 2016, he’s got my vote.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-TWEETIN’ – - -TRUTH :>) –

    – — ☺@keithboykin
    Ouch. RT @rosierifka Ted Cruz’s hometown paper regrets its endorsement of him: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Why-we-miss-Kay-Bailey-Hutchison-4898405.php?cmpid=opedhprr
    View conversation

    – —☺@keithboykin
    More than 68,000 people signed up for Obamacare in California and New York alone.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/california-tops-28-000-in-health-exchange-enrollment.html

    – –☺@keithboykin
    If Cory Booker gets elected tonight, as expected, the number of blacks in the United States Senate will double (from 1 to 2).

    — – ☺ ‏@keithboykin
    Silicon Valley/Bay Area job market back at pre-recession levels, headed toward levels of the dot-com boom. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24317543/bay-area-job-market-at-five-year-high

    – –[JOBS! -- --JOBS! --- JOBS! ----***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT :>)***]

    – –☺@keithboykin
    WP analysis of http://healthcare.gov site in week 1: 9.47 million visitors, 1 million registered, 36,000 enrolled. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/15/analysis-obamacare-glitches-scare-off-many-web-site-users/
    View summary – –[Woo! Hoo!]
    MORE L8R –:>)

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      1 million registered is the big number. 3 months in advance of the start date.

    • qosine

      Yeah, it’s such a failure that HHS is afraid to publish the
      facts. 36K people are insured who were not 1 week ago.
      36K people have the peace of mind that they are covered
      as of Jan 1.

      One million people are registered, who have plenty of time to enroll before the Dec. 15 deadline to get covered by Jan 1. They have the peace of mind that a pathway exists to get covered — for as LONG AS THEY NEED IT.

      No pre-existing, no lifetime caps, prevention coverage, affordable co-pays, available subsidies just like you get from your employee on a group plan.

      I will honor, respect, and love President Obama and First Lady Michelle until the day I die.

  • Miranda

    It is my hope that the National Park Services Director…DOES NOT GIVE A FUCK…NOT ONE….PLEASE LET THIS DIRECTOR GIVE THEM THE FINGER.

    Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree9m
    Rep Darrell Issa R-CA says Congress had to subpoena the Park Service chief to get him to appear at hearing

    • Town

      A hearing for what? To demand to know why the Park System is shut down?

    • qosine

      Well, of course, you did, Issa. Wrong move, Torquemada. Guess who go to National Parks? Millions of families, millions of kids, and they like Park Rangers. VP Joe likes Park Rangers.

  • Miranda

    David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster43s
    Senate dem and GOP leadership say @SpeakerBoehner has agreed to bring Sen bill to house floor and pass with mostly dem votes. #finally

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -HAH! —FINALLY —FILNER —FALLS!

    Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to mistreating women – -

    — – - – -A few months ago, Bob Filner was this city’s most powerful political figure — a new Democratic mayor pledging to help those he said had long been ignored or mistreated by local government.
    But Tuesday, less than two months after he resigned in disgrace, Filner stood meekly in San Diego County Superior Court, ready to plead guilty to mistreatment of women under a deal with prosecutors that bars him from ever seeking or holding public office again.

    - —SNIP – - -

    Under the plea bargain with the state attorney general’s office, Filner, 71, will not serve time behind bars.
    But he must serve three months of home confinement, undergo mental health counseling and give up most of his mayoral pension. During three years of probation, he cannot vote, serve on a jury or possess a firearm.
    - – –SNIP — -
    Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who filed a civil lawsuit against Filner on behalf of his former director of communications, applauded prosecutors for bringing the charges, and the victims for stepping forward to tell how they had been mistreated by Filner.

    THERE IS MORE – - –

    JUSTICE IS SERVED—[More than less] -

    • qosine

      I don’t like the word “mistreated.” Soft pedals his aggression, more or less like the sentence handed down. You know what
      I mean, GreenLady?

  • Alexander2

    (Maureen hits a new low)

    Pope Trumps President
    MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: October 15, 2013

    Why hadn’t President Obama used a pretext to lure John Boehner, Ted Cruz and Harry Reid to the White House, locked them in a bunker and kept them there until they hammered out a deal to save America’s reputation? . . .

    Liv Pope is appealingly relentless and brass-knuckled compared to
    President Obama. Her mantras are, after all, “It’s handled,” and “I’m never out of options.”

    David Axelrod admitted to The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser that the Obama team should have involved Obama more in interacting with Capitol Hill from the beginning, so the aloof president who breezed through the Senate could learn how the velvet-and-vise game is played. Instead, negotiating with the Hill was outsourced to Rahm Emanuel, who makes Pope seem like a defeatist.

    “If I rethink it,” Axelrod said, “maybe we were too reliant on Rahm and should have engaged the president more in those early months and years.”

    When the ship of state turns into the ship of fools, we all sink.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/opinion/dowd-pope-trumps-president.html?hp

    • Town

      Translation: A fictional black woman is more manly than President Obama.

      • conlakappa

        Translation: why hasn’t he locked me in a bunker?!

    • rigoletta

      Does she understand that Olivia Pope isn’t real?

      She needs to put the bottle down.

      • conlakappa

        That or her battery-driven friend.

        • rigoletta

          I will hate you forever for the visual that is now in my head. OMG.

          • conlakappa

            Whatever. I get the sense that the woman is no stranger to chipped-tooth incidents. What? You were already vomiting/hating me.

          • rigoletta

            Why are you talking about what she and Thomas Friedman get up to?

          • conlakappa

            Ha! His wife is stinking rich. No way is he going to go fishing in those waters but thank you for the visual!

          • rigoletta

            Just wanted to return the favor.

          • Miranda

            Go to the bad lounge and dont even think of turning on the TV….just sit…you need some quiet time.

            ______________________________________________*done*

        • MsKitty

          If i didn’t think it might get me arrested I would actually order something from Toys in Babeland and ship it right to the NYT Building.

          MoDo should just go ahead and write a column that says what she really wants: “Take me Barack! Throw me on the floor and ride me until I can’t walk straight for a month!”

          (Heads to Bad Lounge with the last few issues of Travel and Leisure and a spiked pumpkin latte)

    • Miranda

      She is really pitiful.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      What is it with these people and their obsession with transferring fictional characters into the real world?

      I can’t tell you how many times I went to the voting booth and wrote Spencer Tracy’s name in because he was so good in Stat of The Union.

      Dumbkoff.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2- –***BIG HUG*** —

      – ***sigh*** —-HOWcome she can say sooo much —when –THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS.?? — -geesh!!

      – - -☺ -http://divadeesdiscussions.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/shaking-my-head-picture.gif — -TELL HER – –”MA-AM” —LOL

      — ☺-Annnd —”MA-AM’s -FRIEND” – - LOL-http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/attachments/game-room/128543d1342629798-things-make-you-shake-your-head-smart_guy_shaking_head_no_md_clr.gif

      —Good 2 C U ALEXANDER2 :>)– -

    • Admiral_Komack

      The bitch wants The Presidential Staff…real bad.

      • rigoletta

        Is there a record for the number people sent to the Bad Lounge from one post?

        • conlakappa

          He doesn’t count–he was already there. Whether on spec or by deed!

    • qosine

      She’s been living out her fantasy as Catherine Earnshaw to Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights on the pages of the NYT,
      but one day she’ll realize, what we’ve all known along,
      that she’s really Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca.

      • MsKitty

        I love it. Every time I watch Rebecca I’m always yelling at Joan Fontaine to push Mrs. Danvers down a flight of stairs LOL.

      • Miranda

        Perfect analogy!

        • qosine

          Thanks!

      • rikyrah

        bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Miranda

    Just so we know how they’re gonna pivot tomorrow, its gonna be a hard turn to paint the ACA rollout as total chaos and nobody at all signed up successfully…..yep..that’s our media for ya!

    Ryan Lizza ‏@RyanLizza2m
    We may need a new term for people who deny that the ACA rollout this month has been a disaster.

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

      I propose that the Twitter Warriors let Ryan Lizza that we see him trying to create a media narrative.

      • MsKitty

        From what I see he’s getting dragged pretty good at the moment. Can’t wait to see the inevitable “Obamabots are attacking me” tweet.

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

          Even ol’ Joanie is calling bs:

          Joan Walsh @joanwalsh 1h
          C’mon @RyanLizza, are you trying to parody false equivalence? You’re way smarter than that!

          • goldenstar

            She’s calling him smart, too.

    • qosine

      Great Media Forecast, Miranda.
      New title: Miranda, the Mediaologist

    • gn

      I guess new iPhone was a “disaster” too because some people had to stand in line for days to be the first to get it. “website glitches” is one of the most trifling concern trolls I’ve seen out of the beltway yet, and that’s saying a lot in light of the IRS, NSA, and Benghazi trumped up scandals and lies.

  • MsKitty

    If you picked October 16 as the date Joe Lhota would get all racial dog whistle in his ads, you win a prize (or something). 0:25 in the ad is especially subtle.

    • Miranda

      All that was missing was Rev Al when he was 100 pounds heavier wearing an adidas track suit.

      Other than that….thumbs up there Lhota! You win the “Willie Horton Vangaurd” Award for 2013!

      • goldenstar

        LOL! Adidas track suit. POU needs to do some fashion postings following individuals through the eras. Oh, Lord.

    • Town

      Well, black men sitting on the subway minding their business with briefcases & headphones are very dangerous and criminal, don’t cha know?

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

      Damn. I shouldn’t be surprised. Lhota is a disciple of Rudy Guiliani afterall.

      BTW, speaking of the biker attack, I think there’s way more to the story than what the media is reporting.

      • gn

        Yup, IMO it was a road rage incident and no one has clean hands. The driver was beat up but one of the bikers may be paralyzed for life.

    • rigoletta

      Rethugs do what rethugs do.

    • gn

      lmao, he pulled that right out of his ass. “Violent biker gangs” is hardly perceived as a city problem right now—soaring cost of living in general, lack of affordable housing specifically, gentrification, education—no1curr about biker gangs. He’s just phoning it in.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT :>)[BLAH POWA! ---IT -STARTED a CIVIL RIGHT ---REVOLUTION.]

    45th anniversary of John Carlos-Tommie Smith ‘black power salute’ at ’68 Olympic– -

    - — –October 16th marks the 45th anniversary of an iconic moment in sports history, in African-American history and in civil rights history.
    On this day in 1968, at the Olympics Games in Mexico City, two black U.S. medalists—Tommie Smith and John Carlos—took the victory stand with their heads bowed and eyes closed, their hands raised with black gloves,and fists clenched. Their “black power salute” during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner was a silent protest by these athletes against racial injustice, and their statement, viewed then as a controversial combination of Olympic sports and politics, sent shock waves throughout the games.

    Although the now legendary photo of the two men standing with
    clenched fists is universally recognized, the story behind the story is
    seldom mentioned, much less taught in schools.

    The actions of Smith—the gold medalist in the 200-meter race—and Carlos—the bronze winner—must be viewed within the context of the times in which the men lived. And the times were turbulent and divisive.
    – — -SNIP – - -.

    Enter Harry Edwards, author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete. Edwards was the organizer of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), an effort of black athletes to boycott the Olympics in protest of racial discrimination. The project was part of a push to have black athletes speak not only to the interests of athletes, but to show a concern for their communities and connect to the larger civil rights movement as well.
    THERE IS MORE – — —COMMENDATIONS 2 ALL. :>)

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Loved Willie Best in Ghost Breakers. Him and Bob Hope had great chemistry.

    • Miranda

      I remember watching that movie a long time ago. Now I wanna see it again.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        They were the Scared brothers.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: —PERHAPS A DEAL —FROM –both sides??

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

    Charles Olgetree, lawyer for Harry Belafonte, talks to the TJMS and RoRo, and explains why Mr. Belafonte is suing the King children and why he wanted to auction off MLK items: http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2013/10/charles-ogletree-explains-belafontes-lawsuit-against-the-king-estate/

    • Town

      I don’t know the details but the King children have always seemed shady to me and I’ve always found it curious that none of them married/procreated until after Mrs. King died…they were all in their mid 40s. What’s up with that?

      • itgurl_29

        I find that strange too. Not that there’s anything wrong with not marrying or waiting until your 40s/50s to do so, but for ALL four of them? I don’t know. It’s almost like they were extremely cautious about letting anyone into their little family unit. I wonder why.

  • Miranda

    Detroit CFO resigns after accusations of racism, Trayvon Martin reference
    By Joseph Lichterman Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:48pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall resigned on Tuesday after allegations arose last week that he made racist remarks during a meeting and demeaned a co-worker.

    Bonsall, who is white, met with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on Tuesday afternoon to tender his resignation, according to Orr’s spokesman Bill Nowling.

    Bonsall had been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation into his conduct, Nowling said.

    In a statement issued last week, Bonsall said: “I apologize and am sorry for having offended coworkers over comments I made during a recent meeting. Regardless of the outcome of the internal investigation or whether I keep my job as a result of it, it was never my intention to offend anyone.”

    The allegations came to light after City Treasurer Cheryl Johnson sent a letter to Orr, Mayor Dave Bing and other city officials outlining Bonsall’s alleged behavior, according to Nowling.

    In a meeting, Bonsall asked if he could “shoot somebody in a hoodie” during Angels’ Night, when volunteers patrol neighborhoods throughout the city to prevent arson in the days leading up to Halloween, local media in Detroit reported.

    Bonsall’s comment appeared to allude to Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teenager who was shot and killed last year. Detroit’s population is about 83 percent black.

    Johnson, who is black, wrote in her letter that Bonsall “has demonstrated a pattern of behavior that has created a hostile work environment,” adding that most of his actions were directed at minority women, local media reported.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/us-usa-detroit-cfo-idUSBRE99E1A220131015

  • Miranda

    Amazing….really and truly amazing what we’re witnessing here. Its so completely idiotic, I just…I have nothing.
    ———————————–
    Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert1m
    Sen. Graham: “this will be a period of self evaluation for the party.” #GOP

    John Harwood ‏@JohnJHarwood2m
    Senate GOP aide: “I’m not sure Ted Cruz is even dumb enough to delay this to point where we go over cliff. But he may prove me wrong.”

    • Tunisia

      Whatever….weren’t they suppose to be self evaluating after the election??

      • Miranda

        That is what they said….guess they gotta dig a lil deeper.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “Sen. Graham: “this will be a period of self evaluation for the party.” #GOP”

      Translation: Some people are are going to get thrown under the bus. The GOP war is a go.

  • Miranda

    Why didn’t the passerby just call 911? He felt compelled to confront the man himself because he had a gun and now we have a man dead and half a story.

    —————————–
    Hollywood shooting death of naked man baffles family and friends
    Was man left on beach without clothes only trying to get home?

    By Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel
    6:36 p.m. EDT, October 14, 2013

    HOLLYWOOD — Jandei Cherry, a free-spirited musician and doting father of a daughter about to turn 3, lost his life in circumstances strange even by South Florida standards.

    Abandoned at the beach by a friend who took his clothes and skateboard, Cherry apparently decided to run home — naked.

    The 22-year-old busboy was less than a mile into a 10-mile journey to Pembroke Pines when, police say, he got into a fight with a passing motorist who stopped to check on the nude man running west on Hollywood Boulevard.

    “It is not normal for someone to be running naked down Hollywood Boulevard,” said Hollywood police Lt. Osvaldo Perez. “I think that’s what spiked the other guy’s attention.”

    During the pre-dawn tussle, Cherry was shot in the stomach. He was pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital, said police.

    more here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-naked-man-shot-hollywood-20131014,0,2472105.story

    • Town

      The motorist was IN HIS CAR. Obviously if the guy was running down the street naked, he was unarmed, unless the motorist wants to assert that the naked guy could’ve used the sidewalk to kill him.

      All the motorist had to do was stay in his car and call 911. What is with these potbellied Billy Bad Asses jumping up out their cars trying to confront sombody?

  • Miranda

    Judge in Landmark Case Disavows Support for Voter ID
    By JOHN SCHWARTZ Published: October 15, 2013

    It is the kind of thought that rarely passes the lips of a member of the federal judiciary: I was wrong.

    But there was Richard A. Posner, one of the most distinguished judges in the land and a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, saying he was mistaken in one of the most contentious issues in American politics and jurisprudence: laws that require people to show identification before they can vote.

    Proponents of voter identification laws, who tend to be Republican, say the measures are necessary to prevent fraud at the polls. Opponents, who tend to be Democrats, assert that the amount of fraud at polling places is tiny, and that the burdens of the laws are enough to suppress voting, especially among poor and minority Americans.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/us/politics/judge-in-landmark-case-disavows-support-for-voter-id.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  • Miranda

    *blank stare*

    Mike O’Brien ‏@mpoindc1m
    Rep. Labrador says it’s “absolutely false” that GOP sought Obamacare repeal. ” We have never asked for a full repeal of Obamacare…”

    • rigoletta

      What the ever loving fuck!?!?!?!?!?!

      I’m done. Just done.

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

      Is this mofo serious????

    • qosine

      Key words: absolutely, and full
      It’s absolutely true that you are a full liar, Labrador.

    • GreenLadyHere

      —Miranda — -REPEAT —http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SlhWIKe50ZI/UbCykqmNA6I/AAAAAAAAFLQ/ksfITWhwAz8/s1600/Delusional.gif

      IGNANT – -LYIN’ – - -RACIST! – –

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Sounds like somebody got some bad numbers about ACA enrollment in their district.

      • conlakappa

        Or dealing in The Big Lie. Whatever Orwell imagined has nothing on what these people have actually done.

    • rikyrah

      they truly believe this isn’t the age of the internet and youtube

      • conlakappa

        Or reading the Congressional Record?!

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

    Dan Pfeiffer was the man with a plan
    By Amie Parnes - 10/16/13 06:00 AM ET

    Dan Pfeiffer’s fingerprints are all over the White House’s strategy
    of not negotiating with congressional Republicans over the government
    shutdown and debt ceiling.

    The senior adviser to President Obama has been plotting the White House’s every move, and is described by some within the administration as the “relentless guardian” of Obama’s no-negotiations stance.

    “He’s been the most ferocious on that principle,” one senior
    administration official said. “He was quite adamant and relentless about
    this. And on the face of it, it’s not an easy argument to make.”

    (WTF??)

    …Observers wondered if he was dabbling in tasks way beneath his pay grade when he inadvertently landed in hot water last week for mistakenly tweeting out the N word.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328741-dan-pfeiffer-was-the-man-with-a-plan#ixzz2htvSFJuX

    ETA: Here’s more on the accidental N word tweet: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/dan-pfeiffer-n-word-twitter-apology-97988.html

    • Miranda

      See how they tried to throw a lot of shade at him in this faint praise? LOL – Pfeiffer is very engaged with the masses and he’s picked up a few pointers from the twitterati – as in – Two Terms! DGAF!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Pfeiffer was following through on doing exactly what his boss wanted him to do. This wasn’t Pfeiffer’s idea. It was the guy he works for.

      • gn

        I like Pfeiffer very very much but I agree with you. Anything to try to credit someone white for PBO’s good works.

    • qosine

      All from the renown “one senior administration official” with scribe characterizing the “plotting” Pfeiffer as the “relentless guardian,” who’s just “ferocious,” “adamant” and, you know, just “relentless” like, you know, Cerberus, that loyal watchdog
      of Hell, aka Hotel California, where “you can check out any time you want, but you can never, ever leave”

      • conlakappa

        Okay, you went from salty and extra crispy a couple of weeks ago to literary and mythological, though no less shade throwing–what is up?

        • qosine

          I’m an English Major, both undergrad and grad, conlakappa. lol I spent my childhood, too, going
          to Constitution Hall, the Arena Theater, Sylvan
          Theater, the Smithsonian, Library of Congress,
          you name it, with my mom. I never watched TV
          until I was in high school! I never had a chance. lol

          • conlakappa

            A’ight. I’ll have to tell a friend about the Cerberus reference–one of my favorite characters in mythology, however minor. I’ll also start singing “Wuthering Heights” by Pat Benatar whenever I see MoDo/DoDo, “It’s me, I’m Cathy, I’ve come home now…”

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

    *real tears*

    Brian Beutler @brianbeutler 1m
    EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans act out their NEXT debt limit strategy http://bit.ly/16aIkrA must credit …

    • Miranda

      OMG______________________________

    • rigoletta

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    • Alma98

      LOL!

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU. GAH!

    Greenwald’s backer: eBay founder Omidyar

    The secret is out: Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, is the benefactor behind Glenn Greenwald’s forthcoming media venture.[....]
    Omidyar, a 46-year-old Iranian-American with an estimated net-worth
    of $8.5 billion, will personally fund the web-based media project. He confirmed the news to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday after Reuters broke the news Tuesday night.[....]

    Source: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/?ml=bl_db

    H/T Dylan Byers

    • gn

      Meg Whitman’s old boss. More trolling from megalomaniacs and wealth hoarders.

      • creolechild

        Speaking of megalomaniacs, just saw a headline stating that Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill will be joining gigi’s flustercuck. You know, birds of a feather…

        • gn

          Exact same crew which colluded on the dishonest NSA reporting. Nothing about the corruption of the beltway media is surprising to me. They’re scrambling to try to put a concern troll together for the 2014 elections. ACA/stimulus/bailouts won’t work anymore; NSA “reporting” got controversial with Snowden’s defection to Russia (!) and people pointing out the mountains of horseshit; IRS/Benghazi trolls have completely deflated; and the GOP shutdown has liberals ready to act within best interests during the next midterms. They’re going to try to flood the US media with trumped up anti-PBO scandal to lessen the damage to the far right next year and also try to pave the way for some nutjob like Rand Paul to run for the WH in 2016. I don’t think it will work. Especially if people have learned from 2010. GG and the rest of the Snowden ring are fraudulent sensationalists and whores. I hope they take this ebay guy to the cleaners (a fool and his money). /popcorn lol

          • TyrenM

            Put Sochi Olympics on your ’14 calendar of bs.

          • gn

            GG said AngryBlackLady would applaud the President raping someone on television. He’s a POS and his media “venture” will reflect his values and pet hates. Maybe his first guest will be the white supremacist he represented pro bono.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —CONGRESS WATCH. . http://www.hulkusa.com/watch-msnbc-live-streaming/ — –
    – –☺SENATE IN SESSION http://www.c-span.org/Events/Shutdown-Day-16-Congress-in-Session-Senate-Leaders-Continue-Agreement-Talks/10737442041-1/

    The HOUSE is IN SESSION also, 2, annnd , plus. . . :>)

  • creolechild

    Mostly-White Ohio Suburb Gives In, Allows Mostly-Black Bus-Riders Into Community

    After being threatened with the loss of millions of dollars in federal
    highway funds, politicians in a mostly-white Ohio community are backing down in their quest to keep out mostly-minority bus-riders from a nearby city.[....] However, that decision came under scrutiny after a local group, Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton, filed a discrimination claim in August 2011.

    The Federal Highway Administration agreed with the group, finding
    that Beavercreek’s actions violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act by
    harming minorities who relied on the bus to get to work, medical
    treatment, school, or commerce. If the city didn’t reverse itself and
    allow the construction, the FHA ruled, it could lose more than $10
    million in federal highway funds.[....]

    Read mre: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/10/15/2779621/ohio-bus-riders/

    H/T Scott Keyes

    • conlakappa

      How white of them. /eyeroll

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

  • creolechild

    Wonder if the TP faction of the party is onboard? I’d be surprised if they were…

    Jeff Flake: Shutdown Will End Today

    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a tweet that the shutdown will end on
    Wednesday, now that House Republicans failed to pass their own bill last night.

    Having exhausted all alternatives, today looks to be the day we do the right thing and end the shutdown.
    — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 16, 2013

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/flake-shutdown-will-end-today

    H/T Caitlin MacNeal

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Boehner never needed them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: –REID is on msnbc —ANNOUNCING –A FISCAL DEAL. —NOW -” mcTURTLEman” —is SPEAKING. – - -

    — –cruz —will announce that —HE WILL NOT BLOCK LEGISLATION!
    -STILL —HE’s DESPICABLE!! —A TRUE —ARROGANT RACIST –PUNK!!

    – –WATCHIN’ – - -http://www.hulkusa.com/watch-msnbc-live-streaming/

  • annvic

    Lord, I am on pins and needles watching this session. Jesus, please let this thing go through.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ annvic♥ — -**BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -HANG in there. :>) – - – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw

      B BLESSED♥ – –:>)

      • annvic

        Ah, thank you Greenlady.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD MornTin’ annvic. ***BIG HUG** :>)
          :>) – –My pleasure. annvic. – –:>) B BLESSED. ♥ – — -Have a good day. :>)

          • annvic

            Thank you! :) I hope you have a good day, too.

          • GreenLadyHere

            annvic – –***smilin’ @-chu*** :>)

  • Miranda

    I’m rolling laughing at this…Cruz commandeered the cameras from McConnell..Dear GOP…..you’re done.

    Ari Fleischer ‏@AriFleischer2m
    Did I just see what I saw what I saw? Did CNN just cut away from Mitch McConnell to go to Ted Cruz? Even Wolf objected…

    • annvic

      They did the same on MSNBC! I hate Ted Cruz, but his shady antics had me rolling. Scheduling his press conference to cut in on Mitch McConnell’s speech so he could blame senate republicans was hilarious.

    • Alma98

      And the clown show continues. LOL

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

      You built that, Ari.

    • rikyrah

      there MUST be video…
      PLEASE tell me there’s video

      • Miranda

        God I hope so.

  • Miranda

    Redford: Racism drives some Obama critics

    David Jackson, USA TODAY 12:16 p.m. EDT October 16, 2013

    Actor Robert Redford says some of President Obama’s critics are intentionally trying to wreck his administration, and some of it is driven by race.

    “There is a body of congressional people that wants to paralyze the system,” Redford said on CNN. “I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there’s probably some racism involved, which is really awful.”

    Saying that Obama’s opponents are trying “to destroy this person,” Redford said that “they wanted, if it meant destroying the government, anything to keep him from succeeding.”

    more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/10/16/obama-robert-redford-cnn-interview-racism/2993485/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=825998

    • gn

      I’m glad to see people getting less reluctant to call a duck a duck. The racial backlash which has accompanied the PBO Presidency and which IMO all black people have felt, is real.

  • creolechild

    Goldman Must Turn Over Female Employee Complaints in Suit

    [....] The order came in a 2010 group lawsuit alleging Goldman Sachs engages in a pattern and practice of sex discrimination against female associates and vice presidents. Francis ruled for the plaintiffs’ lawyers in finding that New York-based Goldman Sachs must turn over internal complaints by all female employees in the divisions targeted by the lawsuit, and not just complaints by associates, vice presidents and managing directors.

    “These employees may also have felt, either directly or indirectly, the negative impact of a pattern or practice of discrimination,” Francis said. Michael DuVally, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs, declined to comment on the ruling.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-15/goldman-must-turn-over-female-employee-complaints-in-suit.html

    H/T Karen Gullo

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -WALL STREET —REALLY — JUMPED – -:>) – -

    – - –Dow Jumps 200 on Deal Reports -[Market breathes a sigh of relief]- – -

    – — -Investors sprang into action today on reports that a Senate deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit “is in hand,” sending stocks soaring. At one point the Dow was up as much as 200
    points in midday trading, and as of 11:39am was still up 193, at 15,361.
    The Nasdaq and S&P were up 42 and 21, respectively. “Investors are
    relieved that it looks like we’re not going to go over the cliff,” one
    research analyst tells Bloomberg. “It takes the worst case scenario off the table.”
    – –STILL WATCHIN’ – - -

  • creolechild

    The Perpetual Budget Crises Have Already Cost 900,000 Jobs

    [....] The study, “The Cost of Crisis-Driven Fiscal Policy,” finds that the uncertainty created by short-term spending bills and perpetual brinkmanship around the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff, and other manufactured crises has pushed the unemployment rate 0.6 percentage points higher than it would otherwise have been in 2013.

    It also cost 0.3 percentage points of GDP growth per year since 2010. The report also finds that cuts to discretionary spending from 2011 to the present have cost the country 1.2 million jobs and 0.7 percentage points of GDP growth. About three-quarters of the $2.4 trillion in total deficit reduction enacted since the fall of 2010 was in the form of spending cuts.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/10/16/2788321/budget-crises-jobs/

    H/T Alan Pyke

  • creolechild

    More Companies Pay Workers To Volunteer on Work Days

    In Minneapolis, employees at the U.S. Bank can draw up to 16 hours of
    pay per year for doing things like serving breakfast to the homeless or
    reading to kids, and this kind of thing is happening at lots of other
    companies nationwide.Volunteer programs can help make workers feel more engaged — and keep them from quitting, which is costly. That’s a big deal at a time when many employees are unhappy with their jobs.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/business/more-companies-pay-workers-to-volunteer.html

    H/T GNN

    • TyrenM

      We get 7.5.

  • gn

    This will just never get old:

    @TheObamaDiary
    A Year Ago Today: “Please Proceed, Governor.”

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BWtHT_gCUAAlcFR.jpg:large

    • Town

      Lady Romney looking like she was getting ready to break down and ugly cry on Election Night never gets old either.

      • itgurl_29

        Her face was red and her hair was all disheveled. I am convinced that she had a wild crazy breakdown backstage. She looked a mess on that stage. She was probably on the ground kicking and screaming like a three year old who doesn’t want to take a nap. Probably throwing things and just acting a complete fool. She had literally picked out drapes, remember. I know her entitled ass straight up lost it.

        I can’t wait to hear the story of what really went on with Team Romney on election night.

        • Town

          I personally think Lady Romney wanted the White House more than Lord Romney did. He seems like the type to be like “Whatever Ann wants, Ann gets.”

          Not only did Lady Romney have the drapes picked out, she had the fumigators scheduled, paint swatches picked out, interior decorators on stand by and guest lists for the next 50 White House parties.

          • rikyrah

            REMEMBER
            it was THEIR TURN

        • conlakappa

          Drapes? She had china and furniture on order. Their advisors had signed leases for mini-mansions in Northern Virginia. I don’t doubt that Mittens was in talks with M&M/Mars on just how those candy boxes should look.

        • Miranda

          The daughter-in-law that flees first will be the one to tell it in her book…”Life After Romney”.

      • rigoletta

        Can you imagine the temper tantrums she would be having regularly if she were first lady?

        OMG.

        • Town

          Half of the WH service staff would have quit, retired or been fired within the first 6 months of the Romney Reign.

          Ann Romney would have regularly been wearing $10K jackets and $5000 dresses and not one of the idiots would’ve said jack about how much Ann Romney was spending or what she was wearing.

          She seems like the type who would’ve torn up Michelle Obama’s WH Garden while the Beltway Boys & Republican Windbags cheered her on.

          • MsKitty

            The first order of business would have been to make the garden into a stable for Rafalca and his equine buddies.

    • rikyrah

      will NEVER EVAH get old

  • creolechild

    Southern Democrats Outraise Republicans in Nearly Every Competitive Senate Contest

    [....] It’s not good news for Republicans that even Southern Democrats are outraised them in the third quarter, and it’s even worse news that this happened before the government shutdown, which started October 1 (funding ended September 30). Without the South, the Republican Party is officially dead.

    The GOP has been relying on the Southern strategy for so long that
    for the last few election cycles, they had to face the inevitable results of that strategy — a shrinking tent, a reputation for bigotry, and an alliance with noxious brands like the KKK, the Birchers/Birthers/Tea Partiers, and the Confederate flag. If they lose the South, it’s over.[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/16/south-rise-again-dems-outraise-competitive-senate-contest.html

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • annvic

      Oh. Shit.

      • conlakappa

        Rancid Priebus, that you?

        • annvic

          Naw. I think that Rank Paynus is off having some Norma Desmond-esque breakdown where he decends down a staircase announcing to Mr. Reagan that he’s ready for his close-up.

          • sagittarius

            LOL!

          • Alma98

            hahahahahahaha!!!

  • rikyrah

    Why We Had to Cleave the GOP

    by BooMan
    Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 11:18:02 AM EST

    President Obama sat down with Univision reporter Claudia Botero and told her that he would begin pushing anew for a comprehensive immigration reform bill as soon as the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis is resolved. Now, it’s still a bit premature to begin talking about the likely fallout from the shutdown crisis, but one of the arguments I have been making throughout is that the Republicans need to be cleaved in two if we are going to be able to do things like pass a transportation bill, end the sequester, or pass immigration reform.
    I can’t say that I am confident that we’ve made a sufficient breakthrough, but we’ve done the preliminary work. Here’s the deal. So long as Speaker Boehner was adhering to the Hastert Rule that says that he can’t bring a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the support of the majority of the Republican Caucus, then most of the president’s agenda was dead on arrival in the House.

    That was a very bleak prospect for the president’s second term. There have been a few discrete times when Boehner has been willing to break the Hastert Rule…to avoid the fiscal cliff, for example, and to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. But Boehner had to be very selective with these transgressions, lest he invite an internal revolt. Obviously, he was unwilling to stick his neck out to avoid a government shutdown or keep us from coming up against a debt default.

    Yet, the Hastert Rule is an artificial rule. It isn’t part of the Constitution or the official rules of the House. There are several parts of the president’s agenda that actually have the support of the majority of the House, if not the majority of Republicans in the House. There is probably majority support for turning off the sequester and transportation and farm bills. There is almost definitely majority support for comprehensive immigration reform.

    To get movement on these issues, the prerequisite is that Republican moderates in the House get comfortable with defying the Tea Party movement and working with the president. That is no easy task, considering the way the Republican base feels about Obama. A second prerequisite is that the Speaker, whether Boehner or some replacement, be willing to bring bills to the floor. That is also a heavy lift.

    But, if it is going to happen, the only way it could happen is if there is a major rift in the Republican Party between the sane Republicans and the crazy ones. There is no guarantee that this will be sufficient, but it can’t happen without the rift.

    Most of the focus on the administration’s strategy has been on their desire to get rid of the leverage the Republicans have used through hostage-taking. What makes this element so important is that the Congress has to pass a budget eventually, and without the hostages, they have to do it sooner rather than later. And they’ll have to actually make concessions rather than just pocketing the administration’s concessions and governing through sequestration. This will quickly put a final inglorious end to the Norquist Pledge, which is a major achievement.

    But the cleavage in the Republican Party is arguably more important because, without it, there is no hope of building a governing majority in the House.

    I don’t think this governing majority will emerge smoothly, if at all, from the current crisis, but I expect it to kind of evolve over the next few months as the GOP really begins to digest how badly they are divided. Immigration reform could be the vehicle. A battle over the Speakership could be the vehicle. A battle over the Farm Bill could be the vehicle. The next budget or debt ceiling deadline could be the vehicle. In every one of these debates, the fissures in the GOP will be coming to the fore.

    So, this battle is going to have real consequences

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/10/16/11182/204

  • creolechild

    Pretty vacants: Urban communities fill empty lots with gardens, skate parks, and creative possibility

    In 2011, videogame developer Tami Johnson, then 29, wanted to create an outdoor community space for her neighborhood in Brooklyn. In search of just the right spot, Johnson found an unusual website that mapped all the borough’s vacant lots.[....] The website linked Johnson to neighbors who also wanted to build something on Bergen Street.

    Together, they got the owner’s permission to borrow the lot, then crammed it with amenities: a working farm, beehives, a garden raising ingredients for a local dinner church, and a natural dye garden for a nearby arts center. They started a community composting operation and hosted exhibits, concerts, and classes. They named the place A Small Green Patch.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/cities/pretty-vacants-urban-communities-fill-empty-lots-with-gardens-skate-parks-and-creative-possibility/

    H/T Christopher Weber

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!