July 19, 2013 at 8:57 am #93112
TheObamaDiary.com: Michelle Obama at Urban Alliance Chicago
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 19, 2013 at 8:58 am #93113
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 19, 2013 at 8:59 am #93114
President Obama explains how the Affordable Care Act is putting money back into the pockets of millions of Americans thanks to a provision in the health reform law that requires insuranceJuly 19, 2013 at 9:08 am #93115
PARDON Abused Mother Marissa Alexander for Standing Her Ground
Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Sponsored by: Susan Vaughan
The Stand Your Ground Defense failed domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander – who didn’t shoot anyone.
Only after enduring a year of violence from her husband Rico Gray, who has a documented history of abuse, did she arm herself for protection.
The next threat came just nine days after giving birth to their daughter. Gray, in a rage, cornered her and threatened to kill her. But instead of shooting him, she aimed upward. The only thing she hit was the ceiling.
Gray ran into the street, claiming she threatened to kill him and his boys. Marissa, on his word alone, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
For protecting her life and children she was just sentenced to twenty years in prison, even though Gray has since admitted his intention to harm her. There’s no excuse for Florida to deny this responsible mother her freedom.
Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her conviction. Tell Governor Scott to PARDON Marissa NOW!July 19, 2013 at 9:13 am #93116
Hey Juror B37, It’s Time to Shut the Fuck Up
Juror B37 — the most outspoken member of the most hated jury in America — is looking to have a normal life. A normal life full of book deals (sorry, B37) and Anderson Cooper interviews and the ability to repeatedly say stupid things that she’s never held accountable for. You know, a life just like yours or mine!Related
A mere two days after finding George Zimmerman innocent of the murder of Trayvon Martin, juror B37 in the case has signed on with a prominent… Read…
She also wants us to know that she’s plain sick over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who she once referred to as a “boy of color” and whose killer she recently acquitted of murder. In fact, Juror B37′s outline returned to Anderson 360 this morning with the sole intention of making that very clear:July 19, 2013 at 9:22 am #93117
Texas’ Perry signs new restrictions on reproductive rights
By Steve Benen
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
The result was not in doubt, but today’s bill-signing ceremony on Austin was nevertheless disappointing for proponents of reproductive rights.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed sweeping new abortion restrictions that sparked weeks of protests at the state Capitol into law.
Perry signed the legislation at a ceremony Thursday morning. The bill will require abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, restrict abortions to surgical centers, dictate when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken and ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
During prepared remarks, Perry spoke about the bill’s intent to “support life.”
“In signing House Bill 2 today, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built,” Perry said.
The talking point is more compelling if we overlook the women who’ll be forced to put their health in jeopardy as a result of the legislation (and if we ignore the hundreds of Americans executed by Texas’ government in recent years).July 19, 2013 at 9:25 am #93118
Detroit is Paying Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr a Quarter Million to File for Bankruptcy
By: Black Liberal Boomer
Jul. 18th, 2013
The surprise is not that Detroit is filing for bankruptcy. The road signs have been pointing toward this conclusion at least since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took the job – and the leash – offered to him by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Detroit has been headed toward bankruptcy for years, because Detroit’s accounts have been screwed for years. Management of Detroit’s finances has been the equivalent of a shell game for quite some time, so those who say that the bill has come due are correct on that point. I am 100 percent opposed to Orr’s appointment, and I will never stop saying that his presence here is illegitimate. Gov. Snyder’s decision to disregard the will of his own voters and force them to accept an EM was nothing short of criminal.
But it would be a lie to say that Orr is responsible for the bankruptcy. As a matter of fact, I suspect the only reason he didn’t move to file on his first day behind the desk was because he had to at least appear to be trying alternative strategies. Strategies like offering to take Detroit’s creditors on a bus ride through the Detroit ghettoes so they could see firsthand how bad things are here. And then, after a good cry, find it within their hearts to forgive all debts because surely no creditor would have the heart to collect on a debt after seeing that the debtor is having a hard time, right?
Yeah. Strategies like that. Well thought-out strategies. Brilliant strategies. Strategies that make it so wonderfully clear why Michigan is paying this man Orr his $275,000 salary; to offer bus rides to creditors. And then, when the creditors decide they’d rather not take the ride because they don’t want their pictures taken and because they would have to sign a form that basically lets the city off the hook in case they get shot or killed or whatever (because, after all, they were going to the ghetto and chances are they would indeed stand out just a tad), then Orr moves forward on what was most likely the plan all along.
Funny thing is, we really didn’t need to pay Orr all this money to file bankruptcy. I’m pretty sure that’s a course of action our own elected leaders could have figured out how to do on their own. And once the bankruptcy is in place, once again, why exactly do we need Orr? Because we’re the biggest municipality to file bankruptcy means we need an emergency manager to make sure everything goes OK?July 19, 2013 at 9:27 am #93119
Morally Depraved Cowards Accuse African Americans of Race Baiting Over Trayvon Martin
By: Sarah Jones
Jul. 18th, 2013
Even Godwin’s law has its day.
As awful as it is for people to deny the Holocaust, and in many countries it is a hate crime to do so, imagine what it would be for Germans to accuse German Jews of not only making up the Holocaust, but actually baiting the Nazis and the mass murders if they bring up the Holocaust. Not only are they denying history and the real victimization of an entire class of people, but blaming those people for creating the problem Nazis had with Jews by accusing them of Jew-baiting.
That’s what the Right is doing when they accuse anyone trying to discuss the very real problem of racism of being “race-baiters”.
The practice of transatlantic slavery was genocide. The death toll from four centuries of slave trade is estimated at around 10 million. (2) Between 1.2-2.4 million Africans died on their way to becoming slaves.(3) That’s not even including the numbers who died due to the harsh working conditions or the massive numbers murdered in the “gathering” and procurement (theft) of them from their homeland. So, it is appropriate to make this comparison to the Holocaust.
I say this repeatedly, but apparently not enough. Racism is not something that white Americans can claim as equal to racism experienced by black Americans, and other minorities, but specifically in this case, African Americans and black Americans.
Racism is more than prejudice. An honest discussion about racism will include historical context, just like an honest discussion of discrimination against Jewish people will include the lead up to the Holocaust, and the atrocities of the Holocaust itself. You see, suggesting that all Jews run the banks doesn’t seem so bad without the historical context, just like suggesting that black Americans are violent criminals without the historical context that they were the victims of massive, unspeakable crimes perpetrated by white Americans upon them doesn’t sound so bad.
To speak about Trayvon Martin’s hoodie making him a thug (thanks Fox News) is not only ignorant for modern day reasons, but it also obscenely ignores the fact that if things were really equal, then African Americans and black Americans would not statistically be more likely to be impoverished than white Americans. Because it’s poverty, not skin color, that increases crime rates.
However, Trayvon Martin was not a criminal. He was a kid, not yet 18, doing things kids do. Wearing a hoodie like kids do. He got shot down because George Zimmerman profiled him as black and therefore possibly a criminal.July 19, 2013 at 9:30 am #93120
Why the EPA’s Gina McCarthy matters
By Steve Benen
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:12 AM EDT
In March, when President Obama chose Gina McCarthy, who previously served as the EPA’s chief air quality regulator, to lead the entire Environmental Protection Agency, Brad Plumer said she might well be the administration’s “most significant” nominee.
I still think that’s right, and now that McCarthy has been confirmed — she overcame Republican opposition was approved late yesterday — it’s worth pausing to appreciate why McCarthy is so important.
The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders.
She’s charged with doing the things that Republicans warned she would do: Sweeping crackdowns on toxic pollution from power plants, a massive expansion of federal greenhouse gas regulations, and steps to stem the increasingly controversial water pollution problems caused by coal and minerals mining. Her work as EPA administrator may determine whether Obama’s legacy on climate change is a historic shift in carbon pollution or a fizzled effort, lost to lawsuits and bureaucratic fumbling.
Just last month, President Obama unveiled a sweeping policy on combating the climate crisis, using his authority under the Clean Air Act to, among other things, sharply reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It now falls on McCarthy to sharpen, defend, and enforce those public protections.July 19, 2013 at 9:31 am #93121
Investigators looking into whether Va. first lady got free dental work, 2 people say
By Laura Vozzella and Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: July 18
RICHMOND — Investigators looking into gifts to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his family have asked questions about whether first lady Maureen McDonnell received cosmetic dental work for free, according to two people familiar with the probe.
Federal officials have been investigating allegations that a dentist within the large Richmond-area practice of W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. provided cosmetic dentistry services at no charge to the first lady, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Questions about gifts to the McDonnell family expand, two people familiar with the investigation say.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/investigators-reportedly-looking-into-whether-va-first-lady-got-free-dental-work/2013/07/18/d53e5646-efdf-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story.html?hpid=z3July 19, 2013 at 9:34 am #93122
Hear That, George Zimmerman? That’s Justice Catching Up to You
By: Black Liberal Boomer
Jul. 18th, 2013
This is why it is so damned important to not just have white males in positions of power making all the decisions about everyone else’s life.
Just watching United States Attorney General Eric Holder during his press conference on Tuesday remembering what it was like for him as a young black man in America whose father had to give him ‘the talk’ about how he should behave if ever he was stopped by the police was, I’m quite sure, a revelation to a large segment of the nation. And not the darker segment, because we already know. And as I watched him describe how he felt certain that his father didn’t think his son’s generation would likely have to give that same wise but fearful advice, and then how he wove that into the tragic verdict excusing George Zimmerman for murdering an unarmed black teenager, I couldn’t help but think about the fact that only a black man could offer that perspective on the verdict. No matter how sympathetic many of our white fellow citizens may be, only a black man can talk with authority about what this really means for young black men.
But more importantly, this wasn’t coming from some anonymous black man interviewed on the street. This opinion was coming from the nation’s top lawyer, the man who is in charge of the United States Justice Department. And this man talked about one night not all that long ago when he was stopped by the police in Georgetown as he was running to get to a movie – simply because he was running while black at night in Georgetown. He was a federal prosecutor at the time.July 19, 2013 at 9:38 am #93123
Voting-rights remedies face long odds on Capitol Hill
By Steve Benen
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:39 AM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act did not actually strike down the entire civil-rights law, but rather, gutted it by rejecting Section 4 of the VRA. The burden then shifted to Congress to find a remedy, adopting a new formula that would meet judicial muster.
In the aftermath, there was some debate as to just how despondent voting-rights advocates should be, with some arguing this might be an issue where bipartisan cooperation is possible, while others predicted congressional failure. (I was in the latter camp.)
Yesterday, the House held its first hearing on the VRA since the court ruling, and if the public comments were any indication, the odds of success in the near future appear long.
If House Republicans are interested in patching the Voting Rights Act, they aren’t showing it.
“Historically I fully understand why they addressed the situations they did,” Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who chairs the House judiciary subcommittee that would handle new voting rights legislation, said to reporters after the hearing. “I am just of the opinion today that we should do as the court said and that is to not focus on punishing the past but on building a better future.”
Most of the Republican members of the panel apparently didn’t think the hearing was especially important — which is to say, they didn’t show up — and the witnesses GOP lawmakers called reinforced fears that the party simply isn’t interested in a constructive debate.
The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, for example, was called by Republicans to offer his “expert” testimony on voting rights, despite the fact that von Spakovsky is best known for the loathsome voter-suppression tactics he championed during his tenure in the Bush/Cheney Justice Department. If this is the guy GOP lawmakers are turning to for guidance, the future of the Voting Rights Act is bleak.
Indeed, von Spakovsky assured the Judiciary Committee panel that the “the systematic, widespread discrimination against blacks has long since disappeared.”
Sure, Hans, whatever you say.
Anyone predicting congressional Republicans might do the right thing on voting rights should probably adjust their expectations accordingly. GOP policymakers at the state level are rushing to impose new restrictions to keep voters from participating in their own democracy, and GOP policymakers at the federal level appear content to do nothing to stop them.July 19, 2013 at 10:12 am #93124
The Other Health Care Reform Law Of Obama’s Presidency Is A Runaway Success
By Sy Mukherjee on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm
It’s not talked about too often, but Barack Obama actually signed two health care reform bills in his first term. Obamacare may get all the media attention — but the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, also took important steps to fix the broken American health care system. And now, it’s paying off big time as doctors flock to electronic health records (EHRs) that save money and improve Americans’ medical care.
The HITECH Act appropriated about $35 billion to expand the use of health information technology and implement a countrywide system of EHRs. This was seen as vital for overcoming the massive number of problems fostered by paper medical records, which ranged from the mildly inconvenient to the potentially fatal.
For instance, paper records are extremely susceptible to breaches of patient privacy, since their security is entirely dependent on the doctors and nurses who handle them. They’re also unwieldy, can get lost, contribute to significant backlogs in claims processing systems, and can lead to redundant tests and procedures. A particularly damning series of reports in 2006 and 2007 further indicated that paper records kill over 7,000 Americans every year and injure another 1.5 million through “unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing” that doctors write for prescription medication.
Providers and health information technology companies alike realized that the era of paper records had to end in order to curb these inefficiencies and preventable injuries and deaths. But upgrading to the new digital systems would require a massive up-front investment — and that’s what made the HITECH Act vital. Now, new government data shows that the law has fostered an environment where doctors’ use of EHRs has gone up by more than 250 million times compared to 2011. As The Hill reports, this included 200 million electronic prescriptions, 13 million appointment reminders, and four million care summaries.July 19, 2013 at 10:28 am #93125
TOWN on Governor Ultrasound:
McDonnell & his family need to go on somewhere.
Not only does the Commonwealth of Virginia now know that you are a broke ass busta, the entire country knows you are a broke ass busta.
He owns 4 houses and he’s underwater on all 4 of them. Didn’t the Republicans claim the people who were underwater with their homes are a bunch of deadbeats?
He’s so broke he can’t afford to pay for his daughters’ weddings, which means they should’ve just went around the corner to Richmond City Hall, had a cake & punch reception and called it a day.
He’s so broke, his wife is begging another man to buy her clothes. Bitch better skip down to Carytown and hit up one of the consignment shops to get her clothing fix.
He’s so broke, his wife had to get free dental care. Why? Wouldn’t the GOVERNOR and his wife, of ALL people, get health and dental insurance from the state?
Isn’t McDonnell retired Army? Don’t they still get insurance benefits? At any rate, why is his wife getting free dental care as if she was a resident of the projects five minutes away? You the wife of the governor and you have to get free dental care? This is a prime example of why we need Obamacare.
If he’s so broke, how are his son’s tuitions at UVa getting paid? Somebody needs to check into that, too.
Didn’t I tell y’all NEVER to trust a man with perfect hair?July 19, 2013 at 10:29 am #93126
GOP lawmaker: The Obamas use Air Force One as ‘personal toy’
By Pete Kasperowicz – 07/18/13 10:40 AM ET
Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) said Thursday morning that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are using Air Force One and other official aircraft as their “personal toys.”
“I’m not suggesting … that we compromise safety or security,” Coble said on the House floor. “But the first family, it seems to me, treats Air Force One and related aircraft as their personal toys — a very expensive toy, I might add.”
Coble’s comments drew a warning from presiding officer Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) not to make improper references to the President.
“I will admit … that Air Force One belongs to President Obama and his wife, but Air Force One also belongs to you and me, and to every taxpayer in America,” Coble continued. “I simply ask the president and his wife to exercise more prudence and discipline regarding their aircraft activities.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.