October 25, 2013 at 9:17 am #98903
President Obama says that we should pass immigration reform that’s good for our economic and national security, and we should do it this year. October 24, 2013.
As you make it through the day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful dayOctober 25, 2013 at 9:18 am #98904
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 25, 2013 at 9:19 am #98905
Rasmussen: Obama job approval jumps to 4-month high. 52%; http://bit.ly/wIIvC8October 25, 2013 at 9:23 am #98906
a good Maddow segment on Virginia purging FORTY THOUSAND VOTERS right before an election
Rachel Maddow 10/25/13
Rushed Virginia voter purge meets resistance
Lawrence Haake, General Registrar for Chesterfield County, Virginia, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he’s resisting purging voters from voter rollsOctober 25, 2013 at 9:35 am #98907
Cartoon Scandal Has Slayed Me and You Must Watch
[ 43 ] October 24, 2013 | Luvvie
It’s SCANDAL Thursday, y’all! I hope you’re getting ready for tonight, because you know we got some stuff waiting for us. If you haven’t caught my recap from last week, you better getchu a piece of Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington!
Anywho, you know us Gladiators go really hard in the paint for our show. KevOnStage, a YouTuber and comedian has created a series called “Cartoon Scandal” where he recaps each episode of the show in cartoon form. And when I tell you I CRIED laughing, it’s not an exaggeration. I watched it five times in a row and each time, tears poured from my eyes as I did the silent laugh.
Watch it below and check out the rhetorical questions I got for Kev because he is FOOLISH for this!October 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm #98912
‘Dark is Beautiful’ movement takes on unfair India
Mumbai (AFP) – Looking to find a husband, make friends, and get ahead at work? Then you need to have lighter skin. That’s the all-pervasive message in India, and it’s something that one actress is fighting to overturn.
The new poster girl of the “Dark is Beautiful” campaign, Nandita Das, has called out India’s obsession with fair skin — a prejudice she says has driven some young women to the brink of suicide.
“Magazines, TV, cinema — everywhere being fair is synonymous with being beautiful,” Das told AFP.
Described as having “dusky” skin as opposed to a fair complexion, the 43-year-old is well used to Indian preoccupations with colour, and not just in the film industry, where she has refused requests to lighten her skin for roles.
“How can you be so confident despite being so dark?” is a question regularly asked of Das, who has preferred to star in unconventional, issue-based films but says she would struggle to get ahead in mainstream Bollywood movies.
In May, Das became the face of the Dark is Beautiful campaign, launched in 2009 by activist group Women of Worth to celebrate “beauty beyond colour”.
Her backing has helped to generate increasing debate in the media, but the response has underlined just how ingrained the preference is for fairer skin, which has long been associated with higher social classes and castes.
“I started getting tonnes of emails from young women pouring their heart out about how they were discriminated against. Some wanted to commit suicide because they couldn’t be fair,” she said.
Das found her own photograph had been lightened by a newspaper even for a feature on the campaign. When looking for a nanny, she was told one candidate was “good, but quite dark”.
Amid such pressures to be pale, India’s whitening cream market swelled from $397 million in 2008 to $638 million over four years, according to market researchers at Euromonitor International.
Indian actress and director, Nandita Das, pictured …
Indian actress and director, Nandita Das, pictured during a photocall for the Cinefondation and Shor …
Skin-lightening products accounted for 84 percent of the country’s facial moisturiser market last year, their report shows.
The bias facing darker-skinned women was raised again in September when an Indian-origin woman, Nina Davuluri, won the “Miss America” contest in the United States.
“Had she been in India, far from entering a beauty contest, it is more likely that Ms Davuluri would have grown up hearing mostly disparaging remarks about the colour of her skin,” said an editorial in The Hindu newspaper.October 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm #98913
Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady 3m
BEYOND done. RT @ZandarVTS: Just about done with Mr. Ezra Klein’s #psychobetaclickdown freakout act on Obamacare.October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm #98914
Great interview of Morgan Freeman and his view of the Tea Potty….
Another thing we spoke about last time was the craziness of the Tea Party, which reared its ugly head again with the recent government shutdown.
The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the fuck is that?
Whose country are you talking about? They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country. Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart!
That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have
pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money.
The Koch Brothers and company?
Yes. And the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world. All those … strange people.October 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm #98916
Orlando Bloom raves about kissing his Romeo and Juliet co-star in TV interview… but stays silent on Miranda Kerr split
By Heidi Parker
PUBLISHED: 10:20 EST, 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 EST, 25 October 2013
Orlando Bloom didn’t talk about Miranda Kerr when he stopped by Live With Kelly And Michael on Friday.
After all, it had only been hours since he announced he was splitting from his supermodel wife of three years.
But he did enthusiastically discuss kissing Condola Rashad for his Broadway run of Romeo And Juliet, and even offered to show host Kelly Ripa what ‘snogging’ was. Not exactly the behavior of a heartbroken man who has just seen his marriage crumble.
The movie star got dramatic when talking about locking lips with Condola, 26, the Tony award-winning daughter of Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad and football player Ahmad Rashad.
‘We sometimes get applause after our first kiss because it just goes on,’ he starts. ‘Sometimes I’m like, I’m not letting go.’
Condola has appeared on the TV series Smash and The Good Wife.
Orlando started the play this summer and is committed to star as Romeo until at least January.
It’s obvious he’s become close to his co-stars as he tells the hosts, ‘After the show, people go for a drink to certain different places.’
As far as the play, the star seems to be having the time of his life. ‘I feel so fortunate to be doing it,’ he told Kelly and Michael. ‘I mean, it’s a monster of a play, a wonderful play, but it was really one of those things where my mom was like so, so you decided to climb Everest on the first trip out the gate? That was your thinking, without oxygen.’October 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #98917
African-Americans making waves at Disney foodie festival
by Kunbi Tinuoye | October 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Jeff Henderson’s story is a real-life rags to riches tale. The ex-convict has reinvented himself to become one of the most sought after chefs of California French Cuisine.
Raised on the tough streets of Central L.A. and San Diego, Henderson dabbled in petty crime until peddling crack cocaine became a quick fix to maintain a lavish lifestyle.
Then he got caught. While incarcerated, Henderson, now 49, discovered a passion for cooking and a renewed vigor to transform his life.
Henderson, also known as Jeff Chef, became executive chef at the renowned Café Bellagio in Las Vegas. He wrote the New York Times bestseller COOKED and currently fronts a brand new syndicated television show entitled Family Style with Chef Jeff.
Now, this month he is one of around 270 handpicked professional chefs participating in the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival which is underway.
“This is my seventh year,” says the award-winning chef in an interview with theGrio. “I love the way Disney has created a festival built around family, education and entertainment.”
The 46-day food and wine extravaganza at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, kicked off on September 27 through November 11. Celebrating its 18th year, the festival is expected to attract somewhere in the region of 20,000 attendees.
He says unlike other foodie events which focus on celebrity chefs, Epcot also showcases culinary offerings from lesser known chefs and home-grown talent, layered with different family orientated experiences.
“Most of the other festivals focus on celebrity chefs,” says Henderson. “Epcot has a great mix of cuisiniers, cook book authors, restaurant owners and Orlando-based talent.”October 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm #98918
this were excellent segments from Rev. Al
please post them
GOP Obama disrespect gone too far?
Rev. Sharpton is joined by Ryan Grim and Joe Madison to discuss how the disrespect for President Obama has gone so far.
Exposing Obama derangement
Rev. Sharpton is joined by Karen Finney and Goldie Taylor as they discuss Sarah Palin’s latest antics and the ongoing derangement over Pres. Obama.
Understanding the right wing talking points
Jonathan Capehart and Karen Finney join Rev. Sharpton to discuss Capehart’s interview with one of President Obama’s big critics, and where some of his false talking points come from.
Right wing unfiltered, part 2
In part two of his interview with Jonathan Capehart, North Carolina resident David Jackson explains why he hates the Affordable Care Act, and doesn’t believe the president loves America.October 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm #98920
Octavia Spencer in talks for ‘Murder, She Wrote’ reboot on NBC
by theGrio | October 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is reportedly in talks to take on the lead in a planned reboot of the classic TV series Murder, She Wrote.
Spencer, who is currently generating Oscar buzz for her supporting role in the acclaimed film Fruitvale Station, would play an amateur sleuth (and hospital administrator) similar to Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer who stumbled upon and solved murders for 12 years on CBS.
The new series, which is being developed for NBC, will be more in the vein of Fox’s hit show Bones and the movie Fargo, according to Deadline.com.
Alexandra Cunningham, who served as an executive producer on Desperate Housewives, will be running the show along with producer David Jallonari.
“Octavia and I are both huge true crime buffs, amateur criminologists, and fans of Angela Lansbury,” said Spencer. “To get the chance to re-imagine Murder, She Wrote for a dynamic and multi-faceted actress like Octavia is a thrill and a pleasure.”
This would be Spencer’s first time anchoring a series on the small screen.October 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm #98921
Raising Medicare age eligibility doesn’t work
10/25/13 09:05 AM
By Steve Benen
Talk of Medicare “reforms” have become a familiar political refrain, though the word doesn’t always mean the same thing to everything. The Affordable Care Act, for example, includes cost-saving reforms for the Medicare system that Republicans endorsed, then condemned, then endorsed again. For their part, GOP lawmakers frequently push ideas such as expansive “means testing.”
And then there’s raising the Medicare eligibility age, which is a perennial favorite on the right, and which President Obama was reportedly willing to entertain as part of the 2011 “Grand Bargain” talks before congressional Republicans rejected the offer. It nevertheless remains a key GOP “reform” goal, premised on the assumption that a higher eligibility age would save a fortune.
Raising the eligibility age for enrolling in Medicare won’t produce nearly the cost savings that had been assumed previously, said a new report issued Thursday.
The Congressional Budget Office analysis says that phasing in an increase in the eligibility age from 65 to 67 years old would lower the budget deficit by just $19 billion over the coming decade.October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm #98922
Cruz tackles wealth concentration
10/25/13 11:35 AM
By Steve Benen
Watching Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), it’s sometimes difficult to gauge his sincerity. One of the more common knocks I’ve heard this year, even from some who agree with Cruz, is that the right-wing senator isn’t dumb, but he assumes everyone he’s talking to is.
And as Cruz heads to Iowa this weekend – take a wild guess as to why – it’s never been tougher to know who’s fooling whom when the Texan shares his views with voters. Financial Times reports today on a recent Cruz speech.October 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm #98923
Nebraska scientists balk at GOP orders
10/25/13 10:08 AM
By Steve Benen
In a variety of states, Republican legislators have a bad habit of interfering with climate scientists. It never turns out well.
Last year in Virginia, for example, state Republican lawmakers insisted on changing the wording of a study prepared by scientists, replacing “sea level rise” with “recurrent flooding.” According to one GOP official, the change was necessary because “sea level rise” is a “left-wing term.”
Around the same time, state Republican lawmakers in North Carolina went even further. A state-appointed science panel warned officials that sea levels will rise 39 inches over the next century and said North Carolina needs to prepare. Republicans balked and demanded that the scientific evidence be rejected, relying instead on a historical model to set expectations. North Carolina would prepare for only 8 inches of sea level increase, since that’s what happened over the previous century.
But in Nebraska, state Republican lawmakers decided they’d like to affect scientific reports before they’re published, not after. Lindsay Abrams reported yesterday:
A study on the impact of climate change on Nebraska, recently approved by the state, may not be carried out – because its own scientists are refusing to be a part of it.
The problem, according to members of the governor-appointed Climate Assessment and Response Committee, is that the bill behind the study specifically calls for the researchers to look at “cyclical” climate change. In so doing, it completely leaves out human contributions to global warming.
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