August 24, 2013 at 12:28 am #95378
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, Bo took on the important role of big brother, the President honored the undefeated, 1972 Miami Dolphins at the White House, and laid out fundamental reforms that would bring real change to the way that we pay for college education in this country during a two-day bus tour in New York. That’s August 16th to August 22nd or “The Welcome Sunny, Back-to-School, Make College Affordable Edition.”
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.August 24, 2013 at 12:30 am #95379
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 24, 2013 at 12:31 am #95380
In North Carolina ‘Eligible Voter’ is Newspeak for Rich White Male Republicans
By: Adalia Woodbury
Aug. 23rd, 2013
North Carolina is an example of how quickly fascists masquerading as libertarians can turn a once progressive state into a right wing backwater. While the State’s lawmakers are enjoying a break, their minions at the local level continue the work of disenfranchising people Republicans don’t consider eligible voters.
It’s time to cut to the chase. In Republican newspeak, eligible voter is code for voters who are rich, white, male and Republican. When Republicans speak of “widespread” voter fraud, what they are really saying is votes by African Americans, Hispanics, women and the poor are “fraudulent.” That’s what happens when you let the crazy tail wag the once moderate dog.
When Colin Powell served as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration, he was well respected across party lines. In those days, bi-partisanship was possible, things got done and ideas were discussed. Negotiation meant each side gave a little to reach a compromise in the name of doing what’s best for the country.
Republicans never “forgave” Americans for electing a black man to lead the country n 2008. Since then the Republican Party became more extreme. Preaching ignorance, sexism and racism while claiming to be “good Christians” became the new normal.
Colin Powell is one of the few Republicans that you can let out in pubic and he is also one of the few Republicans worth listening to.
Powell was the keynote speaker at the CEO Forum in Raleigh North Carolina on Thursday. After the state’s governor made his opening remarks, Colin Powell smashed GOP talking points about North Carolina’s vote suppression law. According to the Raleigh News Observer, McCrory left before Colin Powell commented on the state’s vote suppression law.
Considering that Pat McCrory didn’t know what was in the law when he signed it, it’s too bad he didn’t stick around. He might have learned something about reality. He might have learned that you need to broaden your appeal beyond ignorant racists to win elections. Powell’s comments would have explained the law that McCrory signed but knew nothing about.August 24, 2013 at 12:37 am #95381
New stamp commemorates 1963 March on Washington
Rep. John Lewis remembers the moment well: More than 250,000 people marching toward the Lincoln Memorial, rallying for jobs and justice, as he prepared to deliver a passionate speech at the March on Washington.
Almost 50 years later, Lewis returned to that day as he gazed at an image of marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. The moment is captured on the newest postage stamp, unveiled Friday, to commemorate the civil rights movement.
“I’m more than lucky. I am very blessed to come here and see the unveiling of this beautiful stamp,” Lewis said during a ceremony at the Newseum. Now 73, he is the last surviving organizer of the historic march.August 24, 2013 at 12:51 am #95382
Sarah Palin Took a 75% Pay Cut To Get Her Job Back at Fox News
By: Jason Easley
My how the mighty have fallen. It turns out that Sarah Palin had to give up a whole lot of money to get her job back at Fox News. The Wasilla Washout had to surrender about $750,000/year.
Back in January, Palin turned down a new contract from Fox News because the money wasn’t good enough. Howard Kurtz reported then that,”The new contract offered by Fox, say people familiar with the situation, would have provided only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary. It was then, they say, that Palin turned it down and both sides agreed to call it quits. A friendly announcement was planned for Friday, but a source close to Palin leaked the news in the afternoon to Real Clear Politics, saying the former Alaska governor “decided not to renew the arrangement” and ‘remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism.’”
It was widely reported that Sarah Palin took a pay cut to come back to Fox News. What wasn’t known was how large of a cut she took. Now we know, and boy did Roger Ailes sock it to Palin.
In a report on TV Guide’s list of the highest paid people on television, TVNewser revealed how big of pay cut Palin had to take in order to get her Fox News gig back, “Other notable names: Megyn Kelly’s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin’s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.”
Sarah Palin came groveling back to Fox News, because she realized that without Fox she was nothing. While she was on her own, Palin had vanished into the oblivion of her Facebook page. Even more important than the lack of media attention that she no longer received, her PAC slush fund that she has used to maintain her lifestyle dried up. Fox News is the hub of conservative fundraising, and Sarah Palin needed to get the cash flowing back into her PAC, so she needed Fox News a whole lot more than Fox needed her.August 24, 2013 at 12:55 am #95383August 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm #95388
Complaint of racial discrimination at restaurant taken to Facebook
Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:13 PM CST
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 12:00 PM CST
By Sujata Jain
Michael Brown says he was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston last month at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston. He says after his party of 25 waited two hours for a table, the shift manager told them there was a “situation.”
“She said there’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” explains Brown. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”
Brown says while he was talking to the shift manager, someone in his group began videotaping the conversation. Brown says that’s when the manager became upset and refused to seat them.
“I asked her I want to be clear with you,” says Brown. “I said so you’re telling me I have to leave. She said I have a right to deny you service. I said so you’re asking me to leave because you’re upset because he was recording you, after we’ve waited for two hours, and after you’ve already pretty much discriminated on us, and she answered yes.”
Brown says several calls were made to the corporate office in Mt. Pleasant, but he says they did not receive a call back, so he took to Facebook with this post Thursday.
I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again! We (Party of 25 family and friends) waited 2hrs, patiently and were refused service because another customer (White) felt threatened by us. This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT. The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT… PLEASE SHARE THIS POST… We need your help
That caught the restaurant’s attention.August 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm #95389
Minority Students At University of Texas Attacked By An Epidemic Of ‘Bleach Bombs’
By Ian Millhiser on August 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm
On Wednesday, University of Texas student Bryan Davis, who is African American, was struck by a bleach-filled balloon while he was walking to visit a friend in a neighborhood populated by UT students. Moreover, this attack appears to be part of a chain of similar assaults targeting students of color on the Texas campus. Last October, Austin police launched an investigation into four similar attacks on UT students, all of which targeted Asian or African Americans.
The October incidents sparked a wave of protests on Texas’ campus.
Davis told the Burnt Orange Report’s Ben Sherman that he doesn’t “feel safe walking around West Campus by myself” after the incident, and worried that incidents such as this one can poison the entire campus. “I talked to my sister an hour ago,” said Davis. “She’s a freshman at Xavier University. I always tease her about how she should come to UT, but when I was talking to her on the phone about it, I was talking about why that was no longer a good idea, for her physical safety. UT is supposed to have the atmosphere of the entire city, it’s supposed to be progressive and forward-thinking, and here we are with hate crimes still taking place.”August 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm #95390
New Jersey Senate Candidate To Single Mothers: Stop Relying On Food Stamps And Go To Work!
By Igor Volsky on August 24, 2013 at 9:59 am
New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on Saturday that single mothers don’t need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, because his mother raised a family by working hard and building a successful career following the death of her husband.
“We never had to have SNAP, when I was a kid,” Lonegan said during an appearance on Up with Steve Kornacki. “Ok, so, this thing that every single mother is the poster child for the welfare state is nonsense… I know a lot of single moms go out to work and do very, very well for themselves.”
Lonegan, who is the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, encouraged single mothers to roll up their sleeves and go to work, adding that free market policies and less government will free “individuals to achieve their best potential.” Watch it:
Asked how he would help single mothers balance the demands of family and work, Lonegan advocated for “cutting the size of government across the board, freeing up businesses and cutting regulation.” He specifically proposed sunsetting regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, so that lawmakers could review their impact. “We need to start from scratch. That’s one step in the right direction,” he said.August 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm #95391
Eric Holder Terrifies Republicans By Vowing to Fight For the Vote at March on Washington
By: Jason Easley
Aug. 24th, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a wave of terror through vote suppressing Republicans by vowing to fight for the right of all Americans to vote.
Eric Holder’s remarks were heavy on remembering the history of the day, and honoring those brave Americans who stood up and fought against an unjust system for their right, but he also connected yesterday for today and committed himself to protecting the vote from those who seek to take it away.
Holder said their march is our march and it must go on. Attorney General Holder said that the march must go on for gays, Latinos, African-Americans, the disabled and others. He said that we must remember all of those who stood up to racist governments and governors. The Attorney General said that without all of the people who stood up for civil rights he would not be Attorney General and Barack Obama would not be the president of the United States.
Holder said, “Today we look at the work that remains unfinished…We want this nation to be all that it was designed to be and all that it can become.”
The Attorney General said that until every eligible American has the right to vote unencumbered the struggle must go on. Holder also talked about the confrontation of special interest forces that are opposed to the common good.
As much as Attorney General Holder gets criticized by some on the left, it is clear that he and President Obama are personally committed to stopping the Republican efforts across the country to suppress the vote. Republicans are determined to take “their country back” to Jim Crow era voter suppression.
It is easy to see why Republicans both hate and fear Eric Holder. The Attorney General is committed to opposing their efforts to create a group of non-voting second class citizens. Today’s rally confirms that the election of Barack Obama wasn’t the end of the struggle for equality, but the beginning. The election of Obama unleashed a wave of racism on the right.August 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm #95392
Parting And Leaving You With Some Obvious S**t
Josh Marshall August 23, 2013, 1:45 PM
I’m going on vacation for a week. Honestly, I really need it. But before I do I couldn’t help leaving with you not with anything particularly insightful but something actually pretty obvious to anyone who has a brain and/or doesn’t harbor a lot of racial animosity toward black people that needs to find some comeuppance or ‘I told you so’ about Trayvon Martin.
So here goes.
For the last week or so, the right-wing racial resentment-o-sphere has been aghast about the horrific murder of Chris Lane, 22, a young Australian in the United States on a baseball scholarship. Lane was jogging when three young kids (two black, one either mixed race or white) decided to follow and kill him. The really sociopathic nature of the crime was brought home by the fact that one of the accused assailants allegedly told the police, “We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”
In other words, it’s the Trayvon Martin case in reverse but now the liberal media is mum and President Obama isn’t rallying his gangbanger peeps to get all up in arms about it. Except of course when you consider that unlike the Martin case — where the press buzz and scandal was basically exclusively tied to the fact that George Zimmerman wasn’t arrested let alone charged with anything — two of the three boys allegedly behind Lane’s killing were arrested and immediately charged with capital murder. So young thugs kill an innocent man in cold blood and then get to walk free to death row or life imprisonment in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Yeah, except that.
If you have any profile on the web and thought there was any problem with the Martin killing you’ve probably been inundated with a lot of emails or tweets or whatever jagging about the ‘double standard’ when the same thing happens and the races are reversed. And it’s always a bit of a challenge to distinguish the people who simply are lazy or dimwitted and haven’t considered the pretty obvious difference in the case that led to the media uproar in the Martin case and the majority of people searching for the ‘anti-Trayvon’ and hankering for evidence of the increasing struggle of white people to get a fair shake in America.
Stepping back from the projectile vomit of ignorant nonsense about this tragic murder, the response to it is part and parcel of the mass of writing on the right about the growing tide of black ‘mobs’ killing white people. Read World Net Daily and you’ll find virtually every other issue has a Birth of a Nation-like story along these lines (actually a topic I’ve wanted to commission a piece on for some time and one well-mocked by Cord Jefferson here.)
Young black men commit murders in this country at a vastly disproportionate rate to young white men. But murder victims of both races are overwhelming killed by members of their own race. 86% of white murder victims were killed by other whites and 94% of blacks were killed by blacks. Those numbers are from 1976 to 2005, a period that includes the highest murder rate era of the late 20th century. The differential today is likely lower today since as murder rates have declined to historic levels over the last 20 years, the fall has been particularly sharp among black men – a small data point that among other things lends some additional credence to the theory that lead poisoning was a significant driver of crime rates in the late 20th century.
This is the part where this kind of article falls back to say, well, race is complicated. It’s not as simple as it was in the old days. But actually, it’s still not that complicated. This whole episode amounts to little more than another plea from the subsection of aggrieved white Americans who still crave both social dominance and and the seat at the front of the racial victimization bus.August 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm #95393
‘This is Trayvon Martin in reverse, only worse,’ right-wingers say
Adam Serwer, @adamserwer
12:51 PM on 08/22/2013
Conservative media have seized on the killing of an Australian student in Oklahoma by three local teenagers as racially motivated.
Twenty-two year old Christopher Lane, a student at East Central University, was shot dead in Duncan, Okla., on Aug. 16. Lane’s death has drawn national attention because the teenage suspects allegedly told police that they shot him because they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do.” Many Australian press reports have have focused on the easy availability of firearms in the United States.
Conservative media however, have honed in on the argument that the three suspects are black and the victim is white. In fact, one of the suspects is white, an official from the Stephens County District Attorney’s office told MSNBC Wednesday. “That is not the case,” the official said when asked whether all three suspects were black. “One is black, one is half-black half-white, the other is white.” Conservative media appear to have relied on an erroneous report in the Australian media about the identity of the suspects. Right-wing outlets have since singled out tweets from one of the suspects that include derogatory language aimed at white people.
Much of the initial public outrage regarding Martin’s shooting had to do with the lack of charges against Zimmerman. Unlike the suspects in the Oklahoma shooting, Zimmerman was not initially charged with any crime. Martin was shot in February of 2012; Zimmerman was initially let go by Sanford police based on lack of evidence and not charged until April. According to the charging document filed by local prosecutors in Oklahoma, the three suspects were found and apprehended hours after Lane’s death and charged the next day.
Martin’s death left many in the black community feeling that Martin had been profiled based on race, something Zimmerman has denied doing, and that the initial failure to arrest Zimmerman was based on a sense that Martin’s life was not valued because he was black. If incorrect, that feeling is nevertheless motivated by centuries of American history that include chattel slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. “I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” Obama said shortly after Zimmerman was acquitted.
On the one hand, that prism includes a history of institutionalized racism against black people that went on for most of the republic’s existence. On the other, Obama’s been president for five years and conservatives don’t like him much. In some corners of the parallel universe of conservative media and talk radio, these experiences are roughly equivalent narratives of harrowing racial oppression, except we haven’t overcome the latter yet.August 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm #95394
Anti-Obamacare cred as litmus test in GOP primaries
By Greg Sargent, Published: August 23 at 4:39 pm
We’ve already seen that the right’s push to shut down the government to defund Obamacare has become an issue in the Kentucky Senate GOP primary, with Tea Partyer Matt Bevin regularly deriding Mitch McConnell as a liberal squish over his failure to hop aboard the Ted Cruz Shutdown Express to Nowhere.
Now the defund-Obamacare battle is flaring up in Louisiana, among Republicans challenging Senator Mary Landrieu, one of several vulnerable red state Dems.
Two Republicans in that race — GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, a physician, and Rob Maness, a former member of the Air Force and self-described “true Constitutional conservative” — have been showcasing their anti-Obamacare cred, with the question of the push for a shutdown at the center of their duel.
Cassidy is regarded as the far more prominent opponent (Maness polls far, far behind), but as National Journal notes, the state’s unusual election rules, in which all candidates are on the general election ballot, may require Cassidy to “protect his right flank.”August 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm #95395
Defunding ObamaCare ‘not realistic,’ says House GOP leader
By Bernie Becker – 08/23/13 04:35 PM ET
A member of the House GOP leadership team on Thursday said Republicans faced an uphill battle in trying to defund or repeal all of President Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), the No. 4 House Republican, said the party would be better served by trying to chip away at the law piece-by-piece.
“To get the entire bill repealed, or defunded, is probably not realistic,” McMorris Rodgers said in Spokane, Wash., according to the Spokesman-Review. “But I do think there are provisions in the law that we can get delayed, or provisions in the law we can get defunded.”
The Washington Republican’s comments dovetail with the fiscal strategy outlined by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and underscored the divide among congressional Republicans over how to approach upcoming fiscal deadlines.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/318575-top-house-republican-defunding-obamacare-not-realistic#ixzz2cvw9vez7
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