July 12, 2013 at 9:11 am #92560
TGIF and Good Morning.
As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 12, 2013 at 9:12 am #92561
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 12, 2013 at 9:12 am #92562
HARRIET TUBMAN WE NEED YOU!!!
You and your gun
Black People for Paula” Group To Host a “We Forgive You, Paula” Rally in Times Square
JULY 11, 2013 BY CLUTCH
“Black People for Paula,” want you to know that Paula Deen supporters aren’t just white people who are mad they can’t use the “N-word.” There are black people standing in solidarity with the disgraced cook show host, who admitted to planning a slavery-themed wedding and calling black people racist slurs.
Said black people have created a fanpage called “Black People for Paula,” detailing why they’ve forgiven Paula Deen for her “mistake.” An excerpt from their page:
“The word Paula used was horrible. She has admitted that what she said was wrong and hurtful. She gave an extremely heartfelt apology and I forgive her, my family forgives her and the African American community forgives her. We have all made at least one mistake that we wish never happened. Paula Deen should not have to continue to suffer for one mistake. [...] Black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have forgiven Paula. The Black community has forgiven Paula, it’s time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.”
Who wants to tell them Paula’s under fire for more than just one word?July 12, 2013 at 9:13 am #92563
White People Won’t Save You
Thu Jul 11th, 2013 at 07:03:08 PM EST
Alan I. Abramowitz and Ruy Teixeira understate the stupidity and futility of the GOP doubling-down on the all-white electoral strategy. Why? Because, while they prove that the strategy won’t work, they neglect to point out that any effort to get more of the white vote will almost by definition cause the Republicans to get even less of the nonwhite vote.
Republicans are doing pretty well with white voters currently, but to do better they need to increase the percentage of whites who see their political interests in racial us-vs.-them terms. Even if the language they use is carefully constructed, the dog whistle can be heard just as well by people of color as it can be by whites. And there a lot of whites, particularly the younger generations, who are as hostile to racial messaging as blacks, Latinos, and Asians. You don’t just add white votes when you engage in this kind of politics; you lose some white votes, and you lose even more minority votes.July 12, 2013 at 9:14 am #92564
MSNBC’s Joy Reid: GOP Immigration Plan ‘Sounds Like Indentured Servitude,’ They Don’t Want ‘More Brown People’
by Josh Feldman | 4:21 pm, July 11th, 2013
On Now with Alex Wagner, Wagner got into a heated argument with Republican congressman Raúl Labrador over the party’s immigration platform and whether the GOP is doing a good job reaching out to minority voters. Wagner et al. clearly still believe they haven’t, with panelist Joy Reid saying today that the Republicans’ immigration plan “sounds like indentured servitude” and they just don’t want more “brown people” in the United States.
Business Insider’s Josh Barro said that the Republicans may end up going with an amendment proposed by Rand Paul that would cut a pathway to citizenship. Wagner remarked that it basically means illegal immigrants will have to pay taxes, but won’t be able to vote.
Reid couldn’t help but think this proposal bears too many similarities to indentured servitude.
“I mean, didn’t we do this before? Wasn’t this called indentured servitude, right? Where you come and you pay all this money out, you’re not a citizen, but you’re legally allowed to work on the farm? Like, this sounds like indentured servitude is what they want. Because, as Josh said, what Republicans are afraid of is they don’t want to make these folks citizens because they don’t think they’ll vote for them… It’s also a very ugly, sort of, ethnic argument that they don’t want to add more brown people to the population of the United States.July 12, 2013 at 9:17 am #92565
Posted by mistermix at 7:56 am .
In Alex Pareene’s review of the book This Town that DougJ posted yesterday, there’s this aside:
(Strangely, one person who comes out fairly well in the book is Barack Obama, who is both barely present and also inescapable. Obama genuinely hates This Town. It is a sincere and unflagging hatred. Many of his staff happily sold out, obviously, taking lobbying jobs and media gigs and massive speaking fees, but the president clearly has nothing but contempt for the entire city and its self-important longtime fixtures. He hates Politico, hates old Clinton hangers-on, hates the parties, hates it all. And he should!)
One of the manifestations of Obama’s attitude towards DC is the way he treats the press. He doesn’t even bother to fuck with them the way Bush did by giving them nicknames and making cutting little remarks about their appearance. He just tolerates them the way an old dog tolerates a puppy. He tries to pretend they don’t exist, and gives them a nip when they get on his nerves. Since the DC press corpse can’t just sit down and write a story with the headline “Obama hates us”, it all leaks out in oblique references to how “aloof” or “cool” he is, and how he doesn’t have the right number of the right kind of drinks with Members of Congress.
Obama’s clear and longstanding hatred of the DC press is probably a little part of the reason that lefty bloggers expected more from him, since we both view them as an anachronism, obstacle and enemy.July 12, 2013 at 10:38 am #92566
Zimmerman acquittal is license to kill
The number of African-Americans watching and keeping up with the George Zimmerman trial in Central Florida is approaching the number of Black viewers that saw the trial of O.J. Simpson.
We seemed to be very, very concerned about the following, the stalking and the deadly shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman’s defense lawyers moved for a summary judgment in the case shortly after the prosecution rested saying that Zimmerman honestly acted in self defense. After everybody in court and everybody watching at home laughed, some out loud, the judge promptly dismissed the ridiculous defense motion.
Zimmerman lied George Zimmerman is a liar. If you lie about what actually happened, you also have to lie some more to explain the lie. There has been no evidence presented that Trayvon, the skinny teenager, beat Zimmerman by raining blow after blow to Zimmerman’s face and broke Zimmerman’s nose.
That scenario is impossible because you can’t hit someone in their bloody face over and over again and fail to get blood, skin cells or DNA on your clothes, hands and fists.July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am #92567
A matter of priorities
By Steve Benen
Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
After House Republicans narrowly approved a stripped-down farm bill yesterday, McKay Coppins seemed to chide journalists covering the story. There’s a group of people who may care about the farm bill, Coppins argued, and there’s a group of people who keep up on politics, but the overlap on the Venn diagram is about 14 Americans.
That may be true, though it suggests to me that those of us in media will have to do a better job to either get those who care about the issue to take an interest in current events, or get those with an interest in current events to care about the issue.
Let’s try to put aside some of the inside baseball and make this plain: the farm bill, for decades, has paid for food stamps and subsidies for the agricultural industry. This year, the bill fell apart because House Republicans weren’t satisfied that it sufficiently punished poor people who want to eat.
So, yesterday, GOP lawmakers came up with a solution to their problem: they’d give money to the agricultural industry and get back to punishing struggling Americans at some point in the near future. The former would get $195 billion over the next decade; the latter, for now, would get nothing.
Why should anyone care? Well, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who rely on some level of public assistance to barely get by, you should care quite a bit — the same Republicans who are cutting jobless benefits and making it harder for you to vote are now literally interfering with your ability to purchase food.
If you’re a taxpayer who cares about national priorities, you might also care that a majority of your U.S. House of Representatives is eager to give your money to agribusinesses, while equally eager to deliberately and consciously ignore the needs of the poor. For decades, the farm bill has been an easy-pass piece of legislation because it tackled both elements at the same time, but as Republicans have become radicalized, they see virtue in rewriting the old rules.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently boasted on MSNBC, “I’m focused on poverty these days.” Yeah, I bet he is. What Paul neglected to mention is that his focus was coming up with new ways to make those in poverty struggle more, not less.
So, what happens now, other than arguments with media professionals about why people should give a darn about this story?July 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm #92584
John Guy: Trayvon Martin was a son, a brother, a friend, and the last thing he did on this earth was try to get home.
John Guy: “this case is not about race. It’s about right and wrong.” #ZimmermanTrial
John Guy: “if the situation was reversed and 17 year old TM was driving around in a car, followed and shot GZ what would your verdict be?”
That last bit was brilliant. John Guy said it’s not about race, and then made as close to an ‘A Time to Kill’ argument as he could. #J4TMJuly 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm #92585
John Guy: Why didn’t Trayvon Martin go home? Use your common sense. Did he really want to lead Zimmerman to his house? [went on to note that the only other person home was a 12 year old boy]July 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm #92586
John Guy’s best line yet: “This case is not about standing your ground. It’s about staying in your car.”July 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm #92590
Day 24 – As I sit in the courtroom I’m realizing that God is using
me to stand up for my son, your son and all teenagers black, brown and those that wear hoodies. The bottom line is you all have rights too. If you don’t stand up for something positive you will fall for anything. No weapon formed against us will prosper. In the name of Jesus. XOXOXOJuly 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #92591
Tina Turner Getting Hitched
Will wed Erwin Bach, beau of 27 years
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach, her record producer beau of 27 years, are making things official. Sources tell the New York Post the couple, living together in Switzerland since the 1990s, will wed July 21 either at their Lake Zurich home (according to some sources) or at their French Riviera villa (according to others). Turner, 73, recently said she is “happier than I could have ever dreamed of.”July 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm #92592
Jay-Z Bashes Agents Who Criticize His Ability To Represent Athletes
Jay-Z is convinced that the sports agent profession is comprised of a group of lazy individuals. He has a few things for those agents to recognize — Jay-Z is coming, there are new rules and he is going to be a problem for them going forward.
This week, in an interview with The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1 radio station, Jay-Z said in reference to the agents who criticize him that, ”Those guys have been sitting around just doing the typical things…knock on the same doors. They go to Nike, they do the contract and then they sit back. They don’t do anything else. So they’ve been sitting around for 20-30 years just not doing anything.”July 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #92593
McDonnell allies ‘privately express doubt’ about his political survival
By Steve Benen
Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
If you haven’t already put your “McDonnell 2016″ swag on ebay, because you think there’s still a chance the Virginia governor can bounce back, forget it.
With a federal investigation well underway, downcast McDonnell allies say they see little hope that the governor’s reputation will recover, and some privately express doubt that he’ll be able to serve out his term. They describe a pervasive mood of shock and gloom throughout the governor’s extended political family.
The editorial board of the Washington Post, which is hardly reflexively liberal, slammed the governor awfully hard yesterday: “Mr. McDonnell’s head-spinning hypocrisy has stained his reputation and shredded the bonds of trust that any governor must maintain with the public if he wishes to be effective and credible. It’s time for him to stop dodging hard questions and hiding behind legal niceties; it’s time for Mr. McDonnell to level with Virginians about what has become the state’s most toxic scandal in years.”
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