July 1, 2013 at 6:30 am #91829
The First Family continues their overseas trip in Africa. They are in South Africa.
Here are some videos from their trip.
At the University of Johannesburg – Soweto, President Obama discusses youth empowerment and leadership with young African leaders in a town hall meeting. June 29, 2013.
Audio of the President’s Speech at the University of Capetown.
As you begin a new week, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate.
Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.
Connecting Continents: A Conversation with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama
If you would like to see pictures of the First Family’s trip to South Africa, follow the links:July 1, 2013 at 6:31 am #91830
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 1, 2013 at 6:37 am #91831
You can follow a liveblog of the George Zimmerman trial here:July 1, 2013 at 9:21 am #91832
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs new abortion restrictions into law
By Juliet Eilperin, Published: July 1, 2013 at 8:09 amE-mail the writer
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed stringent abortion restrictions into law as part of his state’s budget Sunday night, just days after Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis thrilled abortion rights groups nationwide with her successful filibuster against proposed anti-abortion regulations in her home state.
The provisions in Ohio will make it more difficult for family planning groups to receive funding for preventive care; require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion; and limit abortion providers’ ability to get transfer agreements with public hospitals.
Democrats immediately seized on Kasich’s action as a sign that Republicans are out of touch with voters. Elisabeth Smith, spokeswoman for the Democratic Governors Association, sent out an e-mail late Sunday titled, “This is why Mitt Romney lost in 2012.”
“Governor John Kasich, surrounded by a smiling group of Republican male legislators, just signed a bill in Ohio that will defund Planned Parenthood and force women seeking abortions to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds,” Smith wrote in the e-mail. “These positions are controversial, unpopular, and well out of the mainstream in any state, let alone Ohio.”
Kasich did not take questions from reporters after signing the budget legislation.July 1, 2013 at 9:21 am #91833
Congrats to @Soledad_OBrien for joining Al Jazeera America! Big get for them.July 1, 2013 at 9:22 am #91834
Luvvie reviewed the BET Awards
* Was the BET Awards sponsored by Wilson’s Leather? Why was EVERYONE in hot ass cow hide? Isn’t LA HOT AS HELL DEGREES right now? Chile…
* Why am I petty and refusing to acknowledge Kendrick Lamar as a rapper because his mama named him that for him to be an R&B singer? If you wanna rap, you change your stage name to Yung Kendrick the Don or LIL KEN KEN. Or Kendreezy the Goon.
* Why did Tamela Mann take us all to CHU’CH so effortless? I couldn’t e’em tweet during her performance because I was rocking #bagginfoaf like an IKEA table as she SAING the house down. Chile… I love me some Cora.
* Why was Bow Wow in all white? Looking like a chaperone, if Heaven had a kindergarten. He’s adorabo.July 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #91835
Deen’s distinctions: ‘N—–s’ vs. ‘professional black men’
By Jonathan Capehart, Published: July 1, 2013 at 7:00 am
Something got lost in all the hullabaloo about Paula Deen and her desire to have a good ol’ Southern plantation wedding for her brother. Everyone focused on whether she dropped the N-word to described the black men and women who might work the event. But what Deen actually said in a deposition in the $1.2 million discrimination suit against her was far worse.
Deen acknowledged having said the N-word before. During a robbery, she told Matt Lauer last week. What Deen denied during that deposition was saying, “Well, what I would really like is a bunch of little n—–s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” She did admit to talking about the way the “middle-aged black men” were dressed at a restaurant she and her husband had visited that inspired her dream of Dixie nuptials. And then came this exchange during the deposition.
Q. Is there any possibility, in your mind, that you slipped and used the word “n—-r”?
A. No, because that’s not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job.July 1, 2013 at 9:25 am #91836
It’s also the start of a three-day two-a-day for me: guest hosting at Noon and 4pm on @msnbc M-W! @nowwithalex @BashirLive #alotgoingonJuly 1, 2013 at 9:26 am #91837
Horrible tragedy this morning
19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; ‘Our entire crew was lost’
(CNN) — The 19 firefighters were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop their destructive spread.
But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much.
The team was killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix — the deadliest wildland blaze for firefighters in more than 35 years.July 1, 2013 at 9:26 am #91838
HAPPY CANADA DAY!July 1, 2013 at 9:29 am #91839
‘More discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better’
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 1, 2013 8:40 AM EDT
Over the weekend, sponsors of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 made a last-ditch legal effort to stop same-sex couples from getting legally married in the state, which went nowhere — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy turned down the appeal without comment.
And right around the same time, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), now head of the Heritage Foundation, was on “Meet the Press,” arguing that discrimination against gay Americans hoping to marry is “better for children,” adding, “[I]t’s not about the desires of adults, it’s really about the best environment for children.”
Rachel’s response seemed noteworthy. For those who can’t watch clips onlineJuly 1, 2013 at 9:31 am #91840
Hey kids, it’s a white privilege checklist!
_ 1. I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
_ 2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
_ 3. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
_ 4. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
_ 5. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
_ 6. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the
music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the food I
grew up with, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can deal
with my hair.
_ 7. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can
count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial
_ 8. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
_ 9. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
_ 10. I can take a job or enroll in a college with an
affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I
got it because of my race.
_ 11. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
_ 12. I can choose public accommodation with out fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated.
_ 13. I am never asked to speak for all of the people of my racial group.
_ 14. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk with the “person in charge” I will be facing a person of my race.
_ 15. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits
my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my
_ 16. I can easily by posters, postcards, picture books,
greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people
of my race.
_ 17. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
_ 18. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
_ 19. I can walk into a classroom and know I will not be the only member of my race.
_ 20. I can enroll in a class at college and be sure that the majority of my professors will be of my race.July 1, 2013 at 11:03 am #91847
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka50s
POTUS on Kristin Welker’s dumb Q if he’s spying on EU leaders: “If I want to know what David Cameron’s thinking, I’ll call David Cameron.”July 1, 2013 at 11:05 am #91848
Ohio’s Kasich approves sweeping restrictions on reproductive rights
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 1, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
With Ohio’s state budget awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s (R) signature over the weekend, many in the state hoped the Republican governor would have the courage to eliminate sweeping new restrictions on reproductive rights, added to the budget with minimal debate, before he signed it into law.
That did not happen.
Gov. John Kasich last night vetoed language attempting to block him from moving forward with Medicaid expansion, but did not touch any of the anti-abortion language before signing the new two-year, $62 billion state budget.
The budget takes effect today, the first day of the new fiscal year.
The above video shows Kasich completing the budget process last night — surrounded, incidentally, by middle-aged white men — and was published online by Ohio Capital Blog.
As Rachel explained on Friday night’s show, everything about these new measures in the Buckeye State is quite jarring. For one thing, this was a budget bill, not legislation intended to address women’s health and/or abortion. For another, these provisions were added as amendments to the budget at the last minute, without debate, and without hearings in which lawmakers could hear, or even consider, the effects on those who’ll suffer as a result of the new policies.
And the policies themselves are nothing short of breathtaking in their scope:
* Rape crisis centers will operate under a state-imposed gag order — rape-crisis counselors will face new restrictions when telling impregnated rape victims that they can legally terminate their pregnancy.
* The budget effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.
* There’s a provision to require women seeking legal abortions to undergo a state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasound — even if women don’t want one, and if their doctor doesn’t recommend one. Ohio Republicans proudly declared they want to put themselves between patients and their physicians, prescribing specific procedures for no medical reason.
* Women will also be required to pay for state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasounds they do not want and their doctors do not think they need.
* Physicians will be legally required to deliver a Republican-written speech to women seeking legal abortions. Whether the doctor believes what’s in the script, or even wants to say those words to his or her patient, has been deemed irrelevant.July 1, 2013 at 11:08 am #91849
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Pres. Kikwete thanks Pres. Obama for America’s support of Tanzania in food aid, education, HIV drugs, healthcare.
9:11 AM – 1 Jul 2013
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