May 13, 2013 at 8:22 am #87925
they’ve been moved here.May 13, 2013 at 8:45 am #87928
Published on Jan 8, 2013
Trailer for the new short film, SCHOOL OF MY DREAMS, from EMMY-winning Out of The Blue Films, Inc. and Executive Producer Deborah Santana. An engaging portrait of students of Daraja Academy, a free Kenyan boarding school for exceptional girls living in poverty. In their own words and art, Daraja’s first graduating class demonstrates how education is expanding their vision and unlocking their dreams. They commit to transforming their communities and the world.May 13, 2013 at 8:51 am #87932
Clintons freeze out Weiner
Last Updated: 12:17 AM, May 13, 2013
Posted: 12:14 AM, May 13, 2013
Bill and Hillary Clinton will not support Anthony Weiner in his dream of becoming mayor even though they love his wife, Huma Abedin, sources say. “The Clintons wish Weiner would just disappear. Every time he pops up, it’s a reminder of Bill’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn’t helpful to Hillary’s hopes for 2016,” one Democrat told Page Six. Abedin has worked for the former US senator and secretary of state for many years, and traveled with her as her “body woman,” her closest aide. It is believed that Abedin is still on the Clintons’ payroll although she isn’t working at the Clinton Foundation. Abedin will no doubt be one of Hillary’s first hires for her presidential campaign team. “The Clintons love Huma. She has a job for life, no matter how much of an embarrassment her husband is,” said our source. “Hillary considers her to be another daughter.” Bill flew to Los Angeles last month to campaign for Wendy Greuel, who is up against Eric Garcetti in the May 21 election for mayor. But he is not expected to endorse any of the New York mayoral candidates.May 13, 2013 at 8:55 am #87933
Why the GOP keeps trying to destroy Obamacare
By Jamelle Bouie, Published: May 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm
This afternoon, President Obama will hold an event at the White House where he will discuss the benefits his health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has for women. In particular, he will ask mothers to encourage their children to take advantage of the law and sign up for coverage through the health exchanges. This is key; the exchanges only work to control costs if a large number of healthy young people sign up. Otherwise, they become a dumping ground for sick and older Americans, who have much higher health costs.
This is part of the White House’s general push for implementation, which has emerged as a key political issue. Republicans are convinced the law will be a disaster, and Democrats are worried they’re right. Of course, as Greg pointed out the other day, for Democrats, nervousness is a good thing — it helps them stay careful and cautious as they move forward with the law, which can help them avoid implementation mistakes. Republicans, on the other hand, see the potential hazards of implementation as another reason to repeal the law. Earlier this week, in fact, House Republicans announced another bill to repeal Obamacare, and Senate Republicans have opted to ignore a provision that requires them to pick someone for the Medicare cost review board.
Attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act didn’t pay off politically last year, but it’s not hard to understand why Republicans continue with the effort. Even if implementation is full of problems — and it will have its challenges — it’s still true that when all the parts go online, millions of Americans will receive health insurance when they didn’t have it, and millions more will be able to afford new, more comprehensive insurance. Real people will receive real benefits, which they won’t want to give up. Eventually, if things progress on the current path, Republicans will be left in a position where they long opposed an entitlement their own voters have come to rely on. At this point, their only hope is to stop the law from going into effect.
It should be said that Republicans had a chance to prevent this outcome. During the fight for health care reform, Democrats were desperate for bipartisan cover. It’s not a stretch to think that Republicans could have dramatically watered-down the health care law if just a few agreed to support it. Instead, by opposing it completely, they kept it a purely Democratic bill, and thus a much more liberal law than it might have been. And so, if the GOP finds itself stuck with a comprehensive overhaul of the health care system — one that they can claim zero credit for — they only have themselves to blame.May 13, 2013 at 8:57 am #87934
‘We don’t want to have some sort of a stage show’
By Steve Benen
Mon May 13, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
There were several oddities about the House Oversight Committee’s Benghazi hearing last week, but one of the unanswered questions related to Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) choice of witnesses. Yesterday, on “Meet the Press,” this grew even more problematic.
The hearing was supposed to be about the committee getting more answers about the attack, but Issa chose not to invite former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, a veteran diplomat from the Reagan and Bush administrations, who helped oversee the independent investigation into the events in Benghazi. If the goal was to get more information, why not ask Pickering to appear?
Issa said yesterday, “Ambassador Pickering, his people and he refused to come before our committee.” Pickering, who was seated next to Issa at the time, said the far-right congressman was lying. “I said the day before the hearings, I was willing to appear to come to the very hearings that he excluded me from.”
So it would appear that Mr. Issa said something he knew to be untrue. I mention this, of course, because we’ve been told that saying something untrue on a Sunday show — deliberately or not — is deeply scandalous, and reason to keep someone from positions of power and authority. So why the congressman say Pickering “refused to come before our committee” when that’s the opposite of the truth?
Issa’s response was even more amusing:
<I>”The fact is, we don’t want to have some sort of a stage show. We had fact witnesses. They testified. We have the Ambassador and Admiral Mullen who conducted and oversaw the [independent review]. We’re inviting them on Monday. We’ll go through, not in front of the public, but in a nonpartisan way.”</I>
Oh, really. Issa was so excited by the prospect of last week’s hearing that his staff made movie posters to help promote it, and made sure it received all kinds of media coverage and live feeds for the public. But when it comes to getting information from the two respected officials — with experience in Republican administrations — who oversaw an independent investigation of the crisis Issa is interested in, the committee chairman doesn’t want “a stage show’ and doesn’t want the public to see the testimony.
If Republicans want Americans to take their Benghazi conspiracy theories seriously, maybe they shouldn’t have Issa leading the crusade.May 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #87936
Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning
November 07, 2005 |Patricia Ward Biederman and Jason Felch | Times Staff Writers
The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California’s largest and most liberal churches that it is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status because of an antiwar sermon two days before the 2004 presidential election.
Rector J. Edwin Bacon of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena told many congregants during morning services Sunday that a guest sermon by the church’s former rector, the Rev. George F. Regas, on Oct. 31, 2004, had prompted a letter from the IRS.
In his sermon, Regas, who from the pulpit opposed both the Vietnam War and 1991′s Gulf War, imagined Jesus participating in a political debate with then-candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. Regas said that “good people of profound faith” could vote for either man, and did not tell parishioners whom to support.
But he criticized the war in Iraq, saying that Jesus would have told Bush, “Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine. Forcibly changing the regime of an enemy that posed no imminent threat has led to disaster.”
On June 9, the church received a letter from the IRS stating that “a
reasonable belief exists that you may not be tax-exempt as a church … ” The federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections.May 13, 2013 at 10:31 am #87945
Fruitvale Station (originally titled Fruitvale)was one of the most acclaimed films to emerge from this year’s Sundance
Film Festival. And now its official trailer is available online.
The movie, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and is directed by Ryan Coogler, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film.
It dramatizes the last hours in the life of Oscar Grant, a real life black youth who was shot and killed by an Oakland transit cop early on New Year’s Day in 2009.May 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm #87992
john miller @deaconmill
GOP never demands accountability from Republicans. Funny, neither does MSM.
Coincidence? I think not.
10:46 AM – 13 May 2013May 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm #87996
they’ve been moved here.
That finally dawned on me, LOL.May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm #87998
a free Kenyan boarding school for exceptional girls living in poverty.
That’s nice, but what about the girls living in poverty who aren’t deemed “exceptional”?May 14, 2013 at 8:30 am #88076
glad to see you Plants
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