December 18, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

HAPPY HUMP DAY, P.O.U.!

 

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We continue our look at Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

PART III

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Have a good one,it’s midweek YEAH! Btw, stop saying Canadian Cruz, HE’S YOURS, ALL YOURS, OWN HIM lol

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    President Obama and President Clinton Talk Health Care Reform

  • rikyrah

    Here’s why Obama won’t delay the individual mandate

    By Sarah Kliff, Published: September 24 at 3:19 pm

    The White House is no stranger to Obamacare delays. Over the last three years, it has held off on multiple health law provisions as it races to get the Affordable Care Act off the ground.

    Don’t expect it to happen during this round of budget negotiations.

    Congress needs to pass a new continuing resolution to fund the government by Oct. 1 in order to avert a government shutdown. Republicans want to include a one-year delay of Obamacare in that legislation. There’s also some discussion of delaying the individual mandate by one year and still allowing the rest of the health care law to go forward. They figure that the Obamacare has already delayed significant parts of the legislation — why not delay a few more?

    But all the delays so far do have one thing in common: They erased political headaches for the law while barely denting the number of people that the health overhaul will cover in 2014. The delays Republicans are asking for now would cause major political and substantive headaches for the law while sharply reducing the number of people it covers.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, without an individual mandate, 11 million fewer people would gain coverage next year.

    That would happen for two reasons. First, fewer people would buy health insurance coverage without a federal law requiring them to do so. Second, the people who signed up would likely be sicker people, who really thought they would use the coverage. That would cause premiums to spike, making the market a tougher sell for healthy people.

    “Clearly the individual mandate is much more of a cornerstone, holding the individual market together,” Linda Blumberg, an economist at the Urban Institute, says.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/24/heres-why-obama-wont-delay-the-individual-mandate/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

  • rikyrah

    September 24, 2013 5:07 PM
    Bibi Wrestles With Himself

    By Ed Kilgore

    As though Barack Obama doesn’t have enough on his plate in dealing with Syria, Iran and the U.S. Republican Party, he’s scheduled to meet with another unfriendly force-to-be-reckoned-with next week: Bibi Netanyahu. TAP’s intrepid Israeli correspondent Gershom Gorenberg takes a look at this encounter, and suggests Bibi’s actually the one who should be worried since the threads of his own foreign policies are getting very tangled:

    Obama and Netanyahu must always discuss two issues, Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace, which they see in ways so different that they are not quite talking to each other. Netanyahu’s goals next week are to get Obama to commit himself to conditions for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that Tehran will reject and to avoid paying with any concessions to America’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian talks. Syria will also be on the agenda. As always, Netanyahu will try to get Congress to take his more hawkish stance against the president, with encouragement from AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group. But there are contradictions—logical, strategic, political, and personal—in Netanyahu’s stance that weaken him even before the conversation with Obama begins.

    First, the logical problem: Netanyahu categorically insists that any relatively moderate rhetoric from Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is “spin,” obscuring his intentions. The problem is that Netanyahu also insisted that all extreme statements from Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were precise expressions of what he planned to do. By this measuring stick, all Iranians have the same policy and can be trusted only to the extent that they are as crude as Ahmadinejad. Negotiating with Iran is therefore a dangerous waste of time.

    …………………

    All in all, Netanyahu is in an unfamiliar position of weakness himself as he meets with Obama:

    He truly believes that Israel stands alone and must therefore decide itself on how to deal with Iran—and also that the United States must do what is necessary to protect Israel. The former belief precludes seeking accommodation with Washington; the latter makes accommodation essential, not just on Iran but on the Palestinian issue as well.

    Netanyahu, in other words, will arrive at the White House with a strong voice and a set of expectations that don’t hold together. He will arrive in a weaker position than at previous meetings.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/bibi_wrestles_with_himself047030.php

    • conlakappa

      When has Bibi not been in the weaker position? He can flex all he wants but he gets big checks from the U.S. Next.

      • jds09

        And didn’t AIPAC get exposed during the Syrian negotiations?

        • goldenstar

          Really?

          • jds09

            Read some stuff the suggested that stalwart Republican AIPAC funded hawks where suddenly doves. Thought that was interesting.

          • goldenstar

            So, do you think that their turnaround was due to AIPAC influence?

          • jds09

            My mistake, I thought AIPAC where hawks. I’ll read up on it more.

          • rikyrah

            they lost out to Obama Derangement Syndrome.
            The Congress wasn’t the only ones who didn’t want to take a vote.
            AIPAC went ALL IN for the Syria bombing vote…and they were coming up snakeeyes.
            AIPAC lost to Obama Derangement Syndrome. …quiet as it’s kept.

    • goldenstar

      Wonder if he has the chutzpah to lecture PBO this time around? Clearly, the Master chess player has the moves and not the lard-ladened bully.

  • rikyrah

    September 24, 2013 3:57 PM
    Higher Ed’s Mysterious Tipping Point
    By Daniel Luzer

    A common background worry many education policy analysts have is that college costs are rising so rapidly that the country may be reaching a “tipping point.” Students and their families may conclude that college just isn’t worth it anymore. They haven’t, but they may also not realize how much they’re paying.

    As Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology President Bill Path wrote earlier this year:

    The general public watches helplessly as the cost of college tuition goes up every year. They have observed that more and more students are burdened with overwhelming school loan debt after college. They have seen unemployment lines growing longer across the country, and have noticed a rise in the number of recent college graduates waiting in these lines. Out of loyalty and respect to its many revered institutions, the public has been very slow to hold higher education accountable in such affairs. But make no mistake — if substantive changes do not take place, the tipping point of public opinion will shift to be against higher education. Even now, many college graduates are recognizing they have been ill-prepared for today’s workforce, and they are beginning to ask, “Was my college education worth it?”

    We’re not there, but a lot of the problem may have to do with just how complicated its become for students to discern how much education really costs, and how they might pay for it.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/higher_eds_mysterious_tipping.php

    • conlakappa

      It’s a real discussion of what value college brings and if there is a tangible ROI. With the Higher Ed Act’s reauthorization coming up, I think it will be a deep discussion.

      • Aquagranny911

        What I would like to see is a real assessment of a college or university’s merits not just their names. I’m calling out some of the Ivies & other institutions who are coasting on their past reps, long faded into rich old white dude clubs.

        A lot of Brand X colleges & state universities provide a superior education. My two pesos…..

        • conlakappa

          Agreed. The bigger names are also struggling with the issue though. College has become a job-skills-acquisition place rather than somewhere to expand one’s intellect/increase hunger for learning. The good news about the Ivies is that (1) they do have endowments that are richer than Croesus so there is creativity in getting the underrepresented folks in and (2) legacies come in all colors now, thanks to the diversity efforts 40 years ago. Both of my sister-in-law’s daughters went to the Ivy where their parents met. And for the non-Ivy folks like me from good schools are getting, “hey, send your kid here!” communications.

          • Aquagranny911

            I hear you! Good schools are looking out for legacies. That happened even 20 years ago. Daughter applied to two of the schools Hubby & I attended & the ink was hardly dry on her apps before she got acceptance letters & in one case an offer of a scholarship. Of course, she was an excellent student with good SAT’s.

            I’m not trying to put down the Ivies too much & I know they do get the big $$$. I just don’t want them to be so over rated that students overlook what might be right in their own back yards.

          • conlakappa

            Of course. It is only a small percentage of people who could be educated at the Ivies, leaving plenty of room for the other schools to do the job. Add that to the list of things for us to talk about when your sister’s Winnebago gets you guys here!

          • TyrenM

            I’d like to be a fly on the wall for THAT rap (and eating) session.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! We’re going to take over the world, one common-sense idea at a time. Aquag is the same age as one of my aunts. I’ll mostly sit at her feet and gain knowledge.

          • TyrenM

            How can you not? You know ERRYBODY out East. She know people out West. 100+ years of “common sense” at the same place at the same time.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! We’re going to take over the world, one common-sense idea at a time. Aquag is the same age as one of my aunts. I’ll mostly sit at her feet and gain knowledge.

  • jds09

    Ya know POU Fam the GOP might be having a “jenga” moment (think the kids game) between Cruz/gov shutdown, serious talks with Iran and Obamacare coming in under cost projections, they just may collapse before our very eyes.

    • goldenstar

      I dunno. From your lips to God’s ears.

  • JB20005

    Popular Science shutting down comment sections on their web stories. From the explanation:

    A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

    30 years of Reagan, Bush, Gingrich, et al. have done their damage.

    • conlakappa

      That’s deep. Perhaps it was inevitable though an unintended consequence of making science for the people.

    • rigoletta

      Good to see but it is the internet. Kinda have to expect idiocy especially if moderation is light.

    • Miranda

      This is a damn shame.

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  • JB20005

    So, after Cuban-Canadian Rafael Cruz is done with his wankery, will he put on one of those “THE END IS NEAR!” sandwich boards and head for a street corner?

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

      Is that fool still talking?

  • rikyrah

    Timing is Everything: How Ted Cruz’s Government Shutdown Gambit is Helping Democrats

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:10 PM

    Ted Cruz is conducting a talk-a-thon on the Senate floor, hoping to force his colleagues to defund Affordable Care Act as condition to keep the government running beyond September 30. But Republicans in the Senate are abandoning Ted Cruz and the Tea Party like the plague. And Ted Cruz’s tactics are actually playing out in the Democrats’ favor.

    House Republicans last week passed a bill that actively takes funding away from implementing the Affordable Care Act, a measure they attached to the Continuing Resolution, the bill to keep the government funded and running. They did so all the while knowing, of course, that Senate Democrats will strip the Obamacare defunding provision from the bill, keep the government funding, and send it back to the House. Then, Speaker Boehner would have the choice to put the Senate-passed bill to a vote and pass it or conference with the Senate.

    The question isn’t whether these things will happen, but when. Timing is all important here, and Ted Cruz’s move is moving the timing in favor of Democrats. Unless both houses of Congress act, the government shuts down on Tuesday, October 1. The closer to that date the Senate passes its bill, the less time House Republicans have to either posture or to negotiate, increasingly leaving them with the lone choice of voting on the Senate bill as is.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/timing-is-everything-how-ted-cruzs.html

  • rikyrah

    Jamming the President on Keystone XL

    by BooMan
    Wed Sep 25th, 2013 at 09:23:18 AM EST

    Smart people understand that Ted Cruz’s antics are working against the Republicans by allowing Harry Reid to delay the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government to the very last moment, leaving John Boehner with a take-it-or-leave-it dilemma. But there is also a potential downside to letting everything go to the last minute. If the House Republicans are smart and somewhat restrained, they could approve the Senate’s CR but attach approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to it and force the Senate into a take-it-or-leave-it situation. There are enough pro-energy Democrats, like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, that such a provision could pass the Senate. And then the president would be in the position of having to veto the CR and allow a government shutdown or acceding to the Keystone demand and cutting the State Department’s deliberative process off at the knees.
    The president might not mind a brief government shutdown that is unambiguously the Republicans’ responsibility and that is understood to be about their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. He’d be much less happy with a shutdown that is understood to be about his refusal to approve the Keystone pipeline.

    But I said that the Republicans would have to be restrained in order for this plan to work. If they limited their demands to the pipeline, they might be able to jam up the president. But the rumors that have been circulating have said that they want to attach the Keystone demand to the debt ceiling, and that they want Medicare and tax reforms as part of the package. Boehner is fishing for votes, and the Keystone provision may be insufficient, by itself, to get Boehner the majority he needs. In any case, he’d have to attach it to the CR, not the debt ceiling, in order for this gambit to work.

    Still, it’s something to be mindful of as we come down to the wire.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

  • Miranda

    Dule Hill gets a ‘West Wing’ moment with Obama
    by Mark Kennedy, Associated Press | September 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Few people get to meet a U.S. president. Dule Hill has met three — one fake and now his second real one.

    The actor and dancer, who played a personal presidential aide on “The West Wing,” got a chance to perform a song Monday night for President Barack Obama and other world leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly session.

    Hill and cast members of the upcoming Broadway show “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem, sang a few numbers at the Waldorf Astoria, a swanky Park Avenue hotel. Hill sang “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and cast members sang the songs “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and “Creole Love Call.”

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/09/24/dule-hill-gets-a-west-wing-moment-with-obama/

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

    Seizing Iran’s Slice of Fifth Avenue
    By JULIE SATOW
    Published: September 24, 2013

    …The office tower at 650 Fifth Avenue, built in the late 1970s by the
    Shah of Iran, has been the subject of seizure proceedings by federal
    prosecutors who contended that the ownership groups engaged in money laundering for their government and also violated economic sanctions imposed against Iran.

    Earlier this month, a judge ruled in the prosecutors’ favor, in what prosecutors described as the country’s largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture. The decision, which is likely to be appealed, has only added to the uncertain fate of the building, which is a highly coveted trophy
    property with notable tenants, like a Juicy Couture flagship store,
    offices for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and the Doris Duke
    Charitable Foundation.

    The government’s aim is to sell the property, which brokers said could
    bring at least $800 million. Proceeds from a sale would probably be used to pay some of the $6 billion in damages claimed by family members of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, including victims of the 9/11 attacks.

    …The building’s ownership, under the legal name 650 Fifth Avenue Company, has consisted of the Assa Corporation and Assa Company Limited, which owned 40 percent of the property, and the Alavi Foundation, which owned the remaining 60 percent. The court ruled that the Assa entities are a front for Bank Melli Iran, an institution that is wholly owned by the Iranian government. It also ruled that both Assa and Alavi laundered money.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/realestate/commercial/with-judges-ruling-seizure-of-650-fifth-avenue-grinds-on.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • Miranda

    Crazy loons…this will NOT end well.

    ‘Armed Citizen Project’ giving homeowners shotguns near where Trayvon was killed
    By David Edwards
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:16 EDT

    A gun advocacy group has announced plans to give away shotguns to homeowners in Florida about 20 miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

    WESH reported that members of the Armed Citizen Project had gone door-to-door in Orlando passing out fliers to advertise the free firearms.

    Armed Citizen Project program director Ron Ritter explained that giving away shotguns was “perfectly legal” in Florida because the guns were being transferred by dealers with a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

    But not every resident who got a flier thought that the program was a good idea.

    “That doesn’t mean we should all have a firearm,” Robin McLaughlin told WESH. “I would not need to have a shotgun.”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/25/armed-citizen-project-giving-homeowners-shotguns-near-where-trayvon-was-killed/

  • Miranda

    Within Senate GOP, frustration with Cruz
    By Erik Wasson and Peter Schroeder – 09/25/13 05:30 AM ET

    A number of Sen. Ted Cruz’s colleagues on Tuesday expressed frustration at the Texas Republican’s tactics in the fight over ObamaCare and government funding.

    As Cruz prepared to speak for hours on the Senate floor to try to delay work on the government-funding measure, many fellow GOP senators exited a conference meeting said they thought his strategy would backfire on their party.

    “We have an obligation to govern and it does not make sense to link defunding ObamaCare, as much as I’d like to see that come about, with a measure that is essential to keep government funding,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.). “That includes vital money for the Department of Defense that pays our troops in harms way.

    “I don’t think its good policy and good policy and good politics usually go together,” she said.

    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who has previously criticized the strategy, said threatening a government shutdown was never a good tactic.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/324413-within-senate-gop-frustration-with-cruz#ixzz2fukY82fE

  • rikyrah

    At the intersection of self-defeating and self-aggrandizing

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    The last time I checked, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was still on the Senate floor, taking his pointless talk-a-thon past the 16-hour mark. I don’t doubt that the far-right Texan is pleased with himself — Cruz loves both attention and the sound of his own voice, and this spectacle offers both — though I can’t help but wonder if the Republican realizes the extent to which he’s undermining his own supposed cause.

    Even on the surface, Cruz’s marathon session is without meaningful purpose. Is he blocking a vote on a bill? No. Is he persuading skeptics to reconsider their position? No. Is he making a powerful policy argument? No, he’s barely talking about policy at all. Rather, this is about Ted Cruz hosting a lengthy and high-profile celebration of Ted Cruz — the far-right senator scripted some political theater and cast himself as his star, giving himself lines that position him as the Last Honest Man in Washington. I can only assume the senator ordered roses for himself, and left them waiting on his desk for his return, at which time he’ll take a long bow in front of the largest mirror he can find.

    As a New York Times editorial noted, Cruz’s “combination of grandiosity and pure nastiness helps explain why the senator has become the least popular man in Washington

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/25/20690351-at-the-intersection-of-self-defeating-and-self-aggrandizing?lite

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is the GOP’s stance on Obamacare

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: September 25, 2013

    As Ted Cruz’s filibuster continues to drone on this morning, two new pieces of news illustrate yet again the degree to which the GOP’s continuing crusade against Obamacare is unmoored from basic constructive governing norms and is completely disconnected with the American people’s conception of the same.

    First, there’s the news that the Obama administration has released a new report showing premium prices are estimated to be lower than expected in three dozen states (more on that soon). And second, a new New York Times/CBS News poll signals Republicans are now on very dangerous ground as the shutdown fight proceeds. It finds:

    * Eighty percent of Americans, including 83 percent of independents and 75 percent of Republicans, say threatening a government shutdown is not an acceptable way to negotiate.

    * Americans say overwhelmingly that Republicans are not trying to work with Obama by 70-23. By contrast, 51 percent say Obama is trying to work with Republicans.

    Republicans are rapidly distancing themselves from Cruz’s tactics. But it needs to be reiterated, as Jonathan Bernstein spelled out yesterday, that in broad terms, Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is not fundamentally different from the overall GOP stance on Obamacare. House Republicans have endorsed defunding Obamacare and have even voted only to keep the government open if Obama and Dems unwind the Affordable Care Act. It remains to be seen whether House Republicans will actually pass something funding the government that doesn’t include a defunding of Obamacare.

    Which is to say that, for all the criticism of Cruz, the Republican posture is opposed by 80 percent of Americans, who don’t see it as a fundamentally acceptable way of governing.

    What’s more, Republicans are actively committed to undermining Obamacare through a tactic that risks wreaking far more destruction and havoc than anything Cruz is doing. They are currently drawing up a wish list of demands they will make in exchange for raising the debt limit — including the delay of Obamcare — which is to say, they are going to demand extensive concessions in exchange for not destroying the economy. If Americans don’t view threatening a government shutdown as a legitimate way to negotiate, imagine how they will react if we breach the debt ceiling and the economy crashes, all because of the GOP drive to delay a law that has survived a national election and a Supreme Court challenge?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/25/the-morning-plum-ted-cruzs-stance-on-obamacare-is-the-gops-stance-on-obamacare/?print=1

  • Miranda

    So cute…and the media trying to make it “something”…LOL, this is why folks love The Obamas.

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

      Much ado about nothing. And unfortunately, I saw someone, who is usually rational, complaining about this saying they’re tired of PBO using “ball and chain” jokes to humanize himself and FLOTUS. It’s really not that serious.

      • goldenstar

        Think about the metaphor in that complaint, “ball and chain.” Maybe the complainer should check the listings for some cultural competency courses.

      • Miranda

        Sounds like that someone is in need of intimate relations.

        • Guns3000

          LOL…..well played

  • rikyrah

    Health insurance ‘for less than the cost of your cellphone bill’
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:47 AM EDT

    The timing could have been better for the right. On the one hand, the political world marveled at the spectacle on the Senate floor, where far-right senators condemned a federal law that brings health care security to millions of Americans.

    And on the other, while the pointless political theater played out, the political world also learned that the maligned law continues to work even more effectively than expected.

    The Obama administration on Tuesday provided the first detailed look at premiums to be charged to consumers for health insurance in 36 states where the federal government will run new insurance markets starting next week, highlighting costs it said were generally lower than previous estimates. […]

    “I can tell you right now that in many states across the country, if you’re, say, a 27-year-old young woman, don’t have health insurance, you get on that exchange, you’re going to be able to purchase high-quality health insurance for less than the cost of your cellphone bill,” Mr. Obama said Tuesday, speaking at a health care forum in New York City with former President Bill Clinton.

    The political bookends were almost amusing: Republican senators were talking about higher-than-expected premiums while the Obama administration was boasting about lower-than-expected premiums. Only one side of the divide knew what it was talking about, and it wasn’t the former.

    The information was published in this HHS report, which comes less than a week before the open-enrollment period begins through exchange marketplaces. On the whole, for silver-level health care plans, the Obama administration found that premiums will, on average, be 16% more affordable than the original estimates published by the Congressional Budget Office

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/25/20691232-health-insurance-for-less-than-the-cost-of-your-cellphone-bill?lite

  • MsKitty

    David Plouffe ‏@davidplouffe 2m
    Ted would not go to bed. Hoping to strengthen Tea Party cred. To Iowa he soon fled. But Obamacare will never be dead.

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

      Alright now MC Plouffy P!

      • TyrenM

        If Susan is a Colonel, David is a General #Team NoFucks!

    • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      No.fucks.to.give.

  • goldenstar

    I couldn’t pick up the tweets so folks hafta read the post. HILARIOUS!!!

    Ari Fleischer’s Attack on the Might of Obama’s Twitter Account Hilariously Backfires

    The nice thing about Twitter is that it’s a platform where people, no matter who they are or how famous they are, can interact as equals. Well, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer was pretty convinced today that President Obama either struck a deal with Twitter or somehow has a super-feed, because one of Obama’s tweets today… had over 140 characters! Gasp!

    Except it didn’t. The tweet was less than 140

    characters.

    Ari Fleischer’s Attack on the Might of Obama’s Twitter Account Hilariously Backfiresby Josh Feldman | 8:38 pm, September 24th, 201381

    The nice thing about Twitter is that it’s a platform where people, no matter who they are or how famous they are, can interact as equals. Well, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer was pretty convinced today that President Obama either struck a deal with Twitter or somehow has a super-feed, because one of Obama’s tweets today… had over 140 characters! Gasp!

    Except it didn’t. The tweet was less than 140 characters.

    Fleischer was referring to this tweet, promoting President Obama’s appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative talking about health care.

    http://goo.gl/wNrGYp

    • Miranda

      Dammit why didn’t Black Twitter pick up on this one!!?!?!? Oh it would have been gooooo-ooood!

    • Aquagranny911

      Some of the tweets were priceless!

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

      BWA HAHAHAHAHA

    • rikyrah

      OBAMA DERANGMENT SYNDROME IS REAL

    • conlakappa

      I ran into Fleischer a couple of years after he’d left the White House. He was a bloated, greasy mess. I think he wanted to get his name in the news.

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

    U.S. to Contact Borrowers With New Options for Repaying Student Loans
    By TAMAR LEWIN September 24, 2013

    When President Obama last month announced proposals to make college more affordable, many critics focused on his plan to rate colleges based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, and the debt and earnings of graduates, and eventually to link financial aid to those ratings.

    Largely overlooked was a more immediate change that could make a dent in the rising number of student-loan borrowers going into default.
    Starting next month, the Department of Education will contact borrowers who are struggling to repay their federal loans to make sure they know all the options available to them.

    “We think there are lots of people who could benefit from our
    income-based repayment programs but haven’t signed up, and we want to get to them before they default,” said Arne Duncan, the education
    secretary. “The challenge is getting the word out.”

    To do that, the department is planning to send e-mails to those who seem most likely to benefit from the programs, explaining debt-relief plans based on the borrower’s income.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/education/us-to-contact-borrowers-with-new-options-for-repaying-student-loans.html?pagewanted=all&pagewanted=print

  • MsKitty

    This foolishness right here:

    ‘I’m 124 sandwiches away from an engagement ring’

    My boyfriend, Eric, is the gourmet cook in our relationship, but he’d always want me to make him a sandwich.

    Each morning, he would ask, “Honey, how long you have been awake?”

    “About 15 minutes,” I’d reply.

    “You’ve been up for 15 minutes and you haven’t made me a sandwich?”

    To him, sandwiches are like kisses or hugs. Or sex. “Sandwiches are love,” he says. “Especially when you make them. You can’t get a sandwich with love from the deli.”

    Things were moving at a natural pace, but I wondered what it would take for him to propose. I’m in my mid-30s, and my parents have been happily married for more than 35 years. I have always valued the commitment and dedication it takes to get married and stay married. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d like to raise a family with someone who feels likewise.

    Maybe I needed to show him I could cook to prove that I am wife material. If he wanted 300 sandwiches, I’d give him 300 sandwiches — and I’d blog about it.

    I made sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I made sandwiches to get myself out of the doghouse — like No. 67, a scrambled egg, smoked salmon and chive creation that combined some of Eric’s favorite things to make up for my being 45 minutes late for dinner the night before.

    Even after covering movie premieres or concerts for Page Six, I found myself stumbling into the kitchen to make Eric a sandwich while I still had on my high heels and party dress.

    Today, I’ve made and blogged about 176 sandwiches. Over the months, my creations have grown more complex — lobster rolls, bánh mìs, pulled pork. No matter what’s on the menu, Eric smiles and says thank you. He’s just happy I cook for him at all.

    “You women read all these magazines to get advice on how to keep a man, and it’s so easy,” he says. “We’re not complex. Just do something nice for us. Like make a sandwich.”

    http://nypost.com/2013/09/24/i-wooed-my-man-with-a-sandwich/

    God help her if while she’s concocting sandwich #299 another woman makes Eric the BLT of his life. She’ll always have the blog though.

    • conlakappa

      Bwa! Or what if he decides some other food, dunno know kabobs, are the expression of love. Get a life, lady, if there is this kind of impediment in the way of him putting a ring on it, there’s something a lot deeper going on.

      • Town

        There’s no impediment b/c that implies that if the impediment were removed he’d marry her. In fact, if she dumped him today, the only thing he’d miss about her would be the sandwiches.

    • sagittarius

      What kind of mayo vs Miracle Whip foolishness is this? This gal needs some meaning in her life…

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

        I see what you did there, and I like it!

      • Alma98

        LMAO!

    • Miranda

      “You’ve been up for 15 minutes and you haven’t made me a sandwich?”
      ——————-
      http://images.wikia.com/glee/images/3/31/Excuseme.gif

      • Tafr

        Thank you! No ring on her finger but got the nerve to want to be waited on.

        • conlakappa

          Even with a ring on the finger, my husband is keenly aware that he’d be presented with the finger next to it if he tried that mess with me. Or an offer to call a doctor so that his legs or head might be examined because, clearly, something is wrong with one of ‘em!

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL!

      • Aquagranny911

        I wouldn’t even say excuse me before I flushed this dude’s head in the toilet!

        An aside: We have been married over 40 years & Hubby still thanks me for every meal I prepare. He has always mostly made his own sandwiches unless I decide to be especially sweet to him & make him one when I make one for me.

        • conlakappa

          So does my husband! I shared with him in the beginning that I grew up thanking my mother [as did/does my stepfather] for every meal she made us. The understanding was while she was required to feed me, she didn’t have to put effort into it.

          • Aquagranny911

            You were raised right & so were Hubby & I. There was no taking for granted those who fed us!

        • rikyrah

          I grew up spoiled the other way. In our home, if there were 100 meals made, Daddy cooked 95 of them.

          In his mind – ‘ I don’t do housework and I don’t like washing, but I have to contribute to this house in some way – I’ll do the cooking and grocery shopping.’

          It wasn’t that Mama couldn’t cook – she wasn’t half bad…but, Daddy was better and thought that a man should contribute to the household in ways additional to that paycheck. People would come over our house and go ‘ Um, everytime I’ve been here, your father has cooked….so, it’s not something he does on ‘ special occasions’?’
          Me: Nope.
          Other person: Wow.

          • Aquagranny911

            Did you thank him for his meals? Just asking….

          • rikyrah

            All the time.
            I learned how to cook from him. He was so patient with me and my culinary disasters…LOL

          • Aquagranny911

            My Papi helped in the kitchen & all my brothers learned to cook but Hubby is hopeless. He did try but the Kiddos thanked him for NOT COOKING!

            Sometimes he did have to manage dinners but no matter how carefully I provided instructions he always managed either to under cook or burn something. Once he almost set the kitchen on fire because he got distracted.

            When he was in middle school, my son took a “Home Arts” class so he could hang out with girls. He really got into cooking & I could trust him way better to make dinner if I was late home.

          • conlakappa

            Due to birth order/a lot of Southern men knowing how to cook then, my husband’s father taught my husband’s mother to cook. He was one of the older kids in the family and she was lower. As was my mother but she taught herself to cook and can throw something together with just a few ingredients.

          • Aquagranny911

            I think you are so right about birth order in the old days. Mama had 5 boys before Sis & I came along. You better believe that those boys did their share of kitchen duty. Plus our Papi was all about ‘equality’ There was no such stupidity as “woman’s work or man’s work.” We all shared equally & did what needed to be done at the time in our casa.

      • rikyrah

        I was like….are you serious?
        SERIOUS?

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

      *looks at pic of Eric*

      Oh, hell no, sista! Is this heffa serious??? Sista needs to wake up and smell the Emancipation Proclamation papers, for real.

      But sandwich #176 sounds tasty, tho.

      • MsKitty

        That’s the messed up thing. I’m all about trolling food blogs and some of the recipes do look good, but it’s hard to get past the nonsense behind it.

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

          I’m hoping that she doesn’t suffer from “A 2520 By Any Means Necessary” syndrome, and instead this is some kind of marketing ploy that she’s using to get a show on Food Network.

          • Alma98

            I know what you mean Sepia.

    • Alma98

      Awww hell naw! I’m sorry for cussing, but I’d slap the shit out of my daughter’ And ask her is she crazy or desperate. Dude ain’t all that hot either, he looks like a damn lemming with blond hair.

      • conlakappa

        Right? Somewhere Alexander Skaarsgard is saying, “what, they think he looks like me?!!!”

        • Alma98

          LOL!

    • Town

      Things were moving at a natural pace, but I wondered what it would take for him to propose.
      —————

      He’s not proposing to you b/c he can do better than you. The person he will marry will be the 27 year old chick that tells him he better get his ass up and fix his own damn sandwich. In fact, he’ll be fixing HER a sandwich.

      He knows she’s in her mid-30s and desperate to marry & have babies before her uterus dries up. He knows he can dangle the promise of marriage in front of her. He’s not going to marry her because he knows if this chick, who is attractive, accomplished & willing to be in the kitchen is clamoring for him, then some other chick will be clamoring for him too.

      • Alma98

        Say it Town!

      • rikyrah

        the truth is the light

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

        Church!

      • conlakappa

        He’ll leave her with the apartment, which she seems really keen on as well.

    • AxelFoley

      Eric is a BAWSE! Got ol’ girl constantly makin’ him sammiches. That’s whassup.

      *runs away swiftly*

      • Alma98

        And you better keep running til you hit home. LOL

      • Aquagranny911

        You better RUN! Don’t even think of hiding in the Lounge because we will hunt you down & it won’t be pretty!

        I hear that Siberia can be nice this time of year. You might want to check it out!

      • Miranda

        LOL!! OMG, reminds me of the time my foolish friend Rodney had us cracking up when he casually said (talking about what men want) “look..all we want is sex and a sandwich”….it was so funny the way he said it – in a real exasperated voice. Then he added “silence”…yeah that’s the ticket he said “sex, a sandwich and silence”.

        • Aquagranny911

          Does Rodney still have all his appendages? Just asking…..

        • TyrenM

          Chris Rock: fuck me feed me shut the fuck up (or something along those lines.)

          • Aquagranny911

            Are you hoping to join Axe in Siberia?

          • TyrenM

            No Ma’am. Minneapolis is cold enough lol. Just paraphrasing Miranda’s friend.

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • Miranda

            _____________________OK *mercy!!!*

        • Alma98

          You know there was this article a few years back where a wife gave the husband sex every day for a week. The husband ended up hating it, he said it was tiring and the spontaneity was gone. He also said be careful what you wish for you just might get it.

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

        *trips Axel*

        • Alma98

          LOL

      • Tafr

        LOL you telling the truth! This fool don’t even have a promise ring up there making gourmet sandwiches for this clown. The look on his face is priceless because he knows this chick will do anything to keep him. Oh and she looks so proud of herself with is just sad as hell. I wish my husband would say oh you been up for 15 minutes but I don’t have a sandwich. Lord I wish he would.

        • Aquagranny911

          You really don’t want to hurt your husband that bad…do you?

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning sag

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, rikyrah!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Sag! I’m here early today! You have a great day too! I know I will. Sis will be here this afternoon for the great fig drying experiment.

      • sagittarius

        Hola, AG! I can wait to hear how the fig experiment turns out!

      • conlakappa

        Aw, is that what you’re sending me for Christmas? How lovely of you! You shouldn’t have! What, you didn’t?!!! /cheesy grin

        • Aquagranny911

          “cheesy grin” right back at you! Don’t you have your own fig tree? I thought you said that once. I’ll send you the drying instructions so you can “DIY” & then you will have your own holiday presents.

          Mumble, mumble, grumble…..

          • conlakappa

            No, I have neighbors who do [didn’t I tell the story of the produce police coming after me when he saw me in his next-door neighbor’s yard? It was special]. Figs are too yummy to not just enjoy in the moment

          • Aquagranny911

            “produce police?” Obviously you don’t know how to poach your neighbor’s fruit without getting caught. I have a few tips on that I can share.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! No, the woman who owned the tree told me I could get some of her figs. It was the guy next to her, who exercised his entitled right to question me taking figs in the middle of a Sunday afternoon in broad daylight carrying a bowl to put them in. She said he told her he felt bad later and that he might have been heavy handed. He could have come as heavy as he wanted I was paying him no mind.

            My aunt and uncle told the story of poaching the fruit trees of whatever kid wasn’t hanging with them the night they went out to do such! From another neighbor, I didn’t know how many figs would be too obnoxious to take, so I’d take 10. He called me one day leaving a message [he’s Italian so Imma write it like he said it], “[conlakappa,] you musta come-a take-a my figs, I have too MANY!”

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi! Sending good vibes your way, have a fantastic day.

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, Alma! Sending good vibes to your daughter!

  • MsKitty

    I love the animated reenactments of athletes showing out. This one is on the Jacoby Jones bottle assault.

    • Miranda

      That is HEELARIOUS!

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

      LMBAO!

    • Daltex82

      LOL!

  • rikyrah

    Mainstream Republicans in worse shape than Ted Cruz

    By Jonathan Bernstein, Updated: September 24, 2013

    Senator Ted Cruz Speaks At The Heritage Action Defund Obamacare Town HallTed Cruz is engaged this afternoon in a faux-libuster — he’s taken the Senate floor and threatened to speak for as long as he’s physically able, but it’s totally irrelevant to the parliamentary situation. He’s not delaying the next Senate procedural vote on the continuing resolution, which is scheduled for tomorrow whether or not Cruz is still standing by then. He’s just using the Republican allotted time.

    Meanwhile, while Cruz has presumably been preparing for his extended remarks, he’s been steadily losing votes. His “outside” strategy may get him plenty of press coverage, but he’s proving terrible at actually doing the job of lining up votes.

    But the truth is that Cruz’s faux-libuster — not actually a filibuster at all, but just a pointless speech in support of a losing strategy that will do exactly zero about the issue — perfectly typifies the GOP position on health care.

    The truth is that it’s totally legitimate to bring up problems with health care reform on a budget bill, and use it to pressure the White House to make changes to improve the system. Republican constituents really are complaining about problems with the Affordable Care Act, which like every government program ever won’t be perfect.

    But Republican politicians aren’t (contrary to what Cruz says) listening to those constituents. They’re not preparing fixes for real problems with Obamacare; indeed, they’re mostly trying to undermine the program.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/24/mainstream-republicans-in-worse-shape-than-ted-cruz/?print=1

  • Miranda

    carl hulse ‏@hillhulse4m
    Sen Cruz thanks Capitol Police for manning the fort. And they thank him for the overtime earned during the all-nighter.

  • Miranda

    _______________________________is this the equivalent of “here, have some more rope! Oh go on! We got plenty!”
    ——————————
    Jeff Zeleny ‏@jeffzeleny6m
    Offered more time by Reid, Cruz says: “I will honor the Senate rules and allow my time to expire at Noon.”

    • Alma98

      LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      “Please proceed, Senator Cruz!”

  • Alma98

    Morning!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! We are both early today. Guess what? It is starting to cool enough at night that when I’m up early in the AM I can feel the Fall coming! Ole!

      • Alma98

        Morning AG! I bet Arizona is beautiful in fall. We drove through there a couple of times when we lived in CA. But it was always hot as hades when we came through and sodas where damn expensive lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          Soda has always been more expensive here & we don’t have bottle deposit like CA. I think they want people to drink more water. Soda does dehydrate a person.

          • Alma98

            We drank water too but we had to have a Pepsi at the time lol. When hubby saw the price he was like we can wait.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)
      Beautiful Fall day.

      • Alma98

        Good beautiful morning rikyrah :).
        The dog is loving this weather, he just lays out in the yard sunning himself lol.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Morning sagi!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – -GOOD – -“BEAUTIFUL FALL MORNTIN’ -Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG**- -Ohhh WHAT a LOVELY -FALL –SUN. :>)- — —Sooo UNIQUE. :>) —Makes me smile :>)

      — -Continuin’2 PRAY 4 U/Daughter. :>)- -BBLESSED :>) –

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! Daughter is off today and enjoying it lol.

  • Miranda

    OMG____________they are so wrong for this_____*choking*

    In describing Lhota’s dumb ass statement he put out on deBlasio, this is how the Times put it:

    With this statement, Mr. Lhota not only jumped the shark, he rode a Great White bareback through New York harbor.
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/lhota-attacks-de-blasios-marxist-campaign-strategy/?smid=tw-nytmetro&_r=1&

  • rikyrah

    Yesterday at 10:52 AM

    Why Obama Can’t Pay a Debt-Ceiling Ransom This Time
    By Jonathan Chait

    The debt-ceiling showdowns of 2011 and last spring both resolved themselves without triggering an economic meltdown, and so most people have come to assume the same will happen again this fall. I have been sounding the tocsins of doom for months. One cause for my alarm is that the Republican Party has grown even more rabid. Just as it responded to John McCain’s 2008 loss by moving right, it responded to Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss by moving right again. Republicans in Washington have completely abandoned any thought of pursuing their goals through compromise or other normal political channels, instead redoubling their tactic of extracting concessions by fomenting crises. Incredibly, in the face of a reelected Obama and a plunging deficit, the GOP’s demands for raising the debt ceiling are now more extravagant than the ones it issued in 2011.

    There’s a second reason why a debt default crisis has grown far more likely: President Obama cannot negotiate the debt ceiling this time.

    This reality is starting to dawn on the Republicans only very slowly. Republican leaders have spent the last few months trying to avoid a different, and far less severe, crisis, a government shutdown, by promising their members to hold the debt ceiling hostage. They shared the complacent, this-time-won’t-be-different conventional wisdom that has permeated Washington. It is slowly beginning to dawn on them that Obama may not submit this time around.

    David Drucker reports that House Republicans are “intent on forcing President Obama to the negotiating table” over the debt ceiling. Republican senator Orrin Hatch writes a Wall Street Journal op-ed today imploring Obama to fork over a ransom to lift the debt ceiling:

    ………………………

    Since Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Congress has lifted the debt ceiling 45 times. Only a handful of those debt-ceiling hikes included any changes to budget policy. The historic rule has always been that, when the debt ceiling needs to be raised, Congress raises it without extracting concessions in return. If the two parties happen to be negotiating budget policy, they do it on a separate track and append the debt-ceiling increase to the final vote.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/why-obama-cant-pay-a-debt-ceiling-ransom.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –LOL Mr.Bob – -CONTINUES 2 B – -BRUTAL!!- —
    – —Ted Cruz’s Filibuster to De-fund Obamacare Included Death Panels, Nazi References and Dr. Seuss- —
    — — –Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have voted 42 times to completely de-fund the law. Most recently, the House voted several days ago to continue to fund the government — everything except Obamacare, that is. Now the continuing resolution has been tossed to the Senate for approval.

    But Tuesday night tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) engaged in an old fashioned stand-up-and-talk filibuster to block the removal of the Obamacre de-funding language from the resolution. Clearly Cruz was trying to import some of the House Republicans’ knack for self-beclowning into the upper chamber of Congress, much to the delight of Senate Democrats and to the growing disgust of Senate Republicans who have been smartly distancing themselves from Cruz, especially after Cruz likened a vote to end the filibuster againstthe resolution as a vote for Obamacare.

    The fact remains that Cruz never had 60 votes to block the law — not even close. Therefore, much like the 42 House votes to de-fund the law, Cruz’s filibuster was pure cuckoo’s nest theater for the gawking delightof the radical tea party base, and yet another example of why the GOP would do well to amputate that festering wing of the party with extreme prejudice.

    So, what did the senator talk about for all that time?

    [CONTINUE READING]

    – —Here’s a CLIP:– –http://3fram.es/gifs/8/3C3.gif – –LOL

    • Alma98

      What a showboat idiot, smh.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- —***http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif – – -UP HIGH*** :>)

  • rikyrah

    Yesterday at 10:52 AM

    Why Obama Can’t Pay a Debt-Ceiling Ransom This Time
    By Jonathan Chait

    The debt-ceiling showdowns of 2011 and last spring both resolved themselves without triggering an economic meltdown, and so most people have come to assume the same will happen again this fall. I have been sounding the tocsins of doom for months. One cause for my alarm is that the Republican Party has grown even more rabid. Just as it responded to John McCain’s 2008 loss by moving right, it responded to Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss by moving right again. Republicans in Washington have completely abandoned any thought of pursuing their goals through compromise or other normal political channels, instead redoubling their tactic of extracting concessions by fomenting crises. Incredibly, in the face of a reelected Obama and a plunging deficit, the GOP’s demands for raising the debt ceiling are now more extravagant than the ones it issued in 2011.

    There’s a second reason why a debt default crisis has grown far more likely: President Obama cannot negotiate the debt ceiling this time.

    This reality is starting to dawn on the Republicans only very slowly. Republican leaders have spent the last few months trying to avoid a different, and far less severe, crisis, a government shutdown, by promising their members to hold the debt ceiling hostage. They shared the complacent, this-time-won’t-be-different conventional wisdom that has permeated Washington. It is slowly beginning to dawn on them that Obama may not submit this time around.

    David Drucker reports that House Republicans are “intent on forcing President Obama to the negotiating table” over the debt ceiling. Republican senator Orrin Hatch writes a Wall Street Journal op-ed today imploring Obama to fork over a ransom to lift the debt ceiling:

    ………………………

    Since Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Congress has lifted the debt ceiling 45 times. Only a handful of those debt-ceiling hikes included any changes to budget policy. The historic rule has always been that, when the debt ceiling needs to be raised, Congress raises it without extracting concessions in return. If the two parties happen to be negotiating budget policy, they do it on a separate track and append the debt-ceiling increase to the final vote.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/why-obama-cant-pay-a-debt-ceiling-ransom.html

  • Alma98

    OMG! That Dr. Seuss tweet about Cruz from Plouffe is hilarious! hahahahahaha!

  • rikyrah

    What Republicans don’t understand about the politics of Obamacare

    By Ezra Klein, Updated: September 24, 2013

    The GOP’s strategy right now is entirely aimed at getting Democrats to begin dismantling Obamacare.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) hopes that by shutting down the government he can convince Democrats to defund it. Speaker John Boehner hopes that by threatening to breach the debt ceiling he can convince Democrats to delay it. If that fails, top Republicans quietly think they may be able to get Democrats to compromise on delaying the individual mandate.

    Republicans do have a theory as to why Democrats will ultimately agree to some of this. Obamacare is unpopular. A lot of Democrats are up for reelection in 2014. In the end, they’ll see a delay of the whole thing, or at least of the individual mandate, as a gift. The Obama administration may complain, but when vulnerable Senate Democrats begin voting with the Republicans, they’ll quickly cave.

    Senate Democrats find this logic baffling. “We’re dumb,” says an aide to a moderate Senate Democrat. “But we’re not that dumb.”

    Congressional Democrats are realists on Obamacare. It’s not popular now. They don’t expect it to be popular by the 2014 election. But they know they own it.

    …………………………………………..
    In other words, the GOP is trying to sell Democrats on a political nightmare they specifically wrote the law to avoid — and they’re doing so on the grounds that it would actually be a political boon!
    ……………………………………………………

    “They think Obamacare is in play,” says the Democratic leadership aide. “We don’t. We just take it for granted we’re not going to fundamentally change Obamacare.”

    Moreover, Democrats see a real silver lining in the GOP’s obstruction. The American people don’t like Obamacare. But they dislike the Republican Party’s kill-it-at-all-costs strategy even more.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/24/what-republicans-dont-understand-about-the-politics-of-obamacare/?print=1

    • TyrenM

      Ezra on bs. Who’s paying him for this non-sense? D’s shouldn’t be on “I hope…” By now they all should be on “I wish…”

  • Miranda

    Kenyan mall survivor: I was rescued by American security forces
    by Carrie Healey | September 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    American citizen Bendita Malakia was in the Kenyan mall when terrorists entered, and she believes it was an American team who found and rescued her.

    The 30-year-old Harvard educated lawyer was working for The World Bank in Kenya and went to the Westgate mall last Saturday.

    Malakia went to meet a collegue for lunch when terrorists starting attacking mall goers.

    “People were screaming,” she said. “You heard lots of running. You hear gunshots. You hear explosions. It’s complete chaos.”

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/09/25/kenyan-mall-survivor-i-was-rescued-by-american-security-forces/

    • TyrenM

      Hmm. World Bank. I don’t know if she’s embellishing her story but she…was a target.

  • Miranda

    Oh but this won’t stop them from carrying on with their grand conspiracy theories.
    —————————
    State Department watchdog finds no bias in Benghazi audit
    By Julian Pecquet – 09/25/13 11:24 AM ET

    The State Department’s watchdog says it has found no evidence of any bias in the independent audit of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, contradicting Republican allegations that it was set up to protect Hillary Clinton.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/324515-watchdog-no-bias-in-benghazi-audit#ixzz2fvU8k87m

    • Alma98

      Nope, they’re gonna ride it til the wheels fall off.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -VERY INTERESTING past-time- :>) —

    – – – –Black men embrace cycling- –

    — –It’s just like riding a bicycle.
    Dru Ryan, lives in Washington D.C. started riding as an adult as a way to reevaluate his life.

    “I got back into it after my divorce and it became my nirvana,” he said

    Ryan’s first bike was a hybrid, nicknamed Turtle, but after a couple
    of years he moved up to a road bike. As he has put in more miles, Ryan has increased his goals. Now in his fifth year of cycling, he has set larger goals as he hopes to participate in L’Étape du Tour, which is a stage of the Tour de France that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as the professional riders. But his lofty goals are not uncommon.

    Don’t call it a comeback

    While higher profile athletes such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been profiled in their love of cycling, there are thousands of people of color who have been riding their bicycles. Some are even doing it at a high level, including elite cyclists Rahsaan Bahati, and Williams Brothers, CJ, Cory and Justin, who in July of this year swept the podium at the Ontario Grand Prix.

    – -THIS: –>Across the country there are a number of cycling clubs that are named after Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor(1878-1932), who in 1899, became the second African-American to win a World Championship in any sport when he won the mile in cycling.

    From these groups, The National Brotherhood of Cyclist(NBC) was formed in 2008. It serves as a grass roots collection of cycling clubs around the country made up of predominately African-American cyclists. Developed more out of a sense of camaraderie than competition, it was formed in the same vein as The National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS).
    THERE IS MORE – – – –

    – – GR8 INFORMATION. :>)

    Also FOUND THIS: — -Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor- –

    ——Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.
    — -WOW&1/2!!!- :>)
    Maybe we could do a SERIES on- – -African-American[POC] CYCLISTS. :>) –

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    WooHoo! Sis has arrived! Lunch first & then work! Later Peeps….