May 9, 2013 at 8:51 am #87675
The First Lady Presents the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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 day.May 9, 2013 at 9:02 am #87676
Here is what The Field Negro had to say about the situation in Cleveland:
The po po in Cleveland was playing more defense than the 1985 Bears at their news conference today.
One thing is certain, they did not give the people in that neighborhood where those girls were found the same attention they would have given the citizens of a more affluent neighborhood in Cleveland.
I believe that those people called the po po about that house, and I believe that the po po ignored those calls or downplayed them. I might be wrong, but I doubt it.May 9, 2013 at 9:09 am #87679May 9, 2013 at 9:12 am #87681
May 08, 2013
Why Republicans are in Trouble
Pew Research finds that Mitt Romney received just 17% of the non-white vote in last year’s presidential election.
“Non-whites were 26.3% of all voters in the 2012 election, a record high share. But they compose an even higher share of all U.S. adults age 18 and older — 33.9%. By 2020 this share will rise to 37.2%, and by 2060 it will be 54.8%, according to Census Bureau projections. If the racial voting patterns from the 2012 election persist, the electoral playing field for future Republican presidential candidates will become increasingly difficult.”May 9, 2013 at 9:15 am #87683
House Republican Compares President Obama to Convicted Murderer Jodi Arias
By: Jason Easley
May. 8th, 2013
After the Jodi Arias verdict, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) wrote one of the most tasteless tweets that you will ever read. Stockman compared President Obama to Jodi Arias.
Rep. Steve Stockman @SteveWorks4You
Right now Jodi Arias is regretting not killing an ambassador or Philadelphia infant.
3:28 PM – 8 May 2013
Wow, this tweet was repulsive in so many ways. Here is a House Republican who whined that the media would rather cover a murder than a fake conspiracy theory that Republicans can’t prove. House Republicans are under the belief that if they just keep screaming Benghazi enough, people will begin to believe their bogus claims.
While the media should have better things to do than cover a murder trial, the Jodi Arias coverage was more justified than listening to Republicans repeat their tired Benghazi talking points again.
This most disgusting element of Stockman’s tweet is that he believes that President Obama and a woman who gruesomely murdered her ex-boyfriend are at the same level. What Jodi Arias did to Travis Alexander was a crime. Unlike what House Republicans have been doing with Benghazi, prosecutors proved to a jury that Arias was guilty of committing a crime. President Obama has committed no crime. The evidence shows that there was no crime committed by President Obama relating to Benghazi. Obama did not murder Amb. Stevens and the three other Americans who died in the attack on the embassy.May 9, 2013 at 9:16 am #87684
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10:13 PM – 8 May 2013May 9, 2013 at 9:25 am #87685
I think it’s obvious why they hate our wonderful FLOTUS.
Why Do They Hate the FLOTUS?
by Steven D
Thu May 9th, 2013 at 08:13:29 AM EST
Check out the comments to the screenshots of these photo tweets by Michelle Obama and Pro Football sensation, Colin Kaepernick posted at this San Francisco 49er Fan Blog. Compared to some comments I’ve seen regarding her, these are actually pretty tame, but still the nastiness is raw and palpable. She’s called a hag, fat, a vampire, classless, and one person suggests she is flashing gang signs. The way they talk you’d think she killed a former boyfriend and got away without even a slap on the wrist. Oh wait, that was someone entirely different who was greatly esteemed while her husband held office. You know, the guy who had to call off a trip to Europe for fear of being arrested as a war criminal.
I simply don’t know what Michele Obama did that is deserving of such animosity. Do you (yes, that’s a rhetorical question folks)?May 9, 2013 at 9:25 am #87686
Matt Murphy @MattMurph24
Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa are the new leaders of Bullshit Mountain. #benghazihearing
10:09 PM – 8 May 2013May 9, 2013 at 9:28 am #87687
Karen Heller: Tiny church unintimidated by hate message
By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Posted: May 08, 2013
The sign adjacent to historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Woolwich Township, a one-story white frame building, usually reads, “All Are Welcome.”
But on Sunday, parishioners discovered vandals had scrambled the letters to produce “No Nigers Welcome.”
So the hoodlums were racist and stupid.
But they were meddling with the wrong church.
All 11 congregants.
“I thought people had gotten past that,” said the Rev. Myrtle Daniels, who was a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in the 1960s before moving north for school and a more tolerant racial climate. “I am incensed. It’s not something that I intend to let die on the vine.”
Mount Zion has survived plenty.
The church was founded in 1799. The building was consecrated in 1834 when the area was known as Small Gloucester, a community of black farmers who walked to worship.
Mount Zion, yards from the tracks, became an important stop on the Underground Railroad’s Greenwich Line operated by Harriet Tubman. Runaway slaves hid in the dank crawl space below a trapdoor in the vestibule.
Over the decades, the neighborhood changed from peach orchards to subdivisions, from predominantly black to mostly white.
The cemetery, its headstones worn and listing in a marshy copse, is the final resting spot for 200 worshipers, including freed slaves and members of the U.S. Colored Troops who fought in the Civil War.
Both church and cemetery, the latter now incongruously surrounded by luxury homes, are on the National Register of Historic Places and the state’s list of most endangered historic sites.
This is not the first hate crime against Mount Zion.May 9, 2013 at 9:29 am #87688
Killing Our Credit Rating
Thu May 9th, 2013 at 09:27:16 AM EST
Today, the House will vote on a bill that would authorize the Treasury Department to prioritize debt payments in the event that the debt limit is exceeded. The bill has no chance in the Senate and would be vetoed by the president in the unlikely event that it landed on his desk. So, the bill is a 100% ass-covering exercise. But will it really cover their ass? It seems to me that the mere discussion of prioritizing debt payments might be enough to warrant another downgrade in our credit rating.
Just imagine if you loaned money to someone and then overheard them talking about how they couldn’t pay off all their debts. You’d like to know that your loan is a high priority, but how willing would you be to make another loan?
The credit rating agencies operate with the same logic. Any discussion of partial default is ample reason to downgrade our rating.May 9, 2013 at 10:24 am #87689
Boehner Accidentally Explains Why His Deficit Position Is Phony
Yesterday, in an interview with Bloomberg Television, House Speaker John Boehner warned that the U.S. government must balance its budget. After all, he said:
We have spent more than what we have brought into this government for 55 of the last 60 years. There’s no business in America that could survive like this. No household in America that could do this. And this government can’t do this.
It’s hard to think of better evidence for the sustainability of budget deficits than the fact that we have run them for 55 of the last 60 years. If our fiscal practices haven’t caught up to us after 60 years, when will they? Or does Boehner take a David Stockman-like position that the last several decades of American advancement have in fact been a ghastly failure?
Of course, budget deficits work because the government is different from a household. A government does not have a life cycle, does not ever expect to stop generating income to support itself, and, therefore, does not ever have to retire its debt. It must keep its debts at a manageable size relative to the economy, which the U.S. has done over that 60 year period. If the economy is growing over the long term, that means the government can run a deficit and grow the debt every year — sustainably.
Boehner is right that no household could keep borrowing like that. He’s not quite right about a business though. Look at the accompanying chart. The orange bars show the net debts of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. They have soared — up 5,760 percent since 1987. By comparison, the roughly 600 percent rise in the U.S. public debt over the same period looks restrained. Is Wal-Mart mad? How long can it go on just borrowing and borrowing and borrowing?May 9, 2013 at 10:27 am #87691
With a whimper
By Steve Benen
Thu May 9, 2013 7:48 AM EDT
One of the key challenges for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his congressional Republican colleagues yesterday was expectations. There have already been multiple hearings and reports on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and Americans already know what happened. For those willing to look past silly and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, there really aren’t any remaining unanswered questions.
But wait, Issa and his friends said, this hearing will be different. Now we have whistleblowers. This is will be The Day Everything Changes. This was a hearing so significant, so monumental, that Republican staffers on Capitol Hill felt the need to make movie posters to help promote it.
Issa over-promised and under-delivered. The dramatic hearing that Republicans and Fox News hoped to use to bring down the Obama presidency and permanently derail Hillary Clinton’s still-unknown ambitions did neither — there’s still no conspiracy; there’s still no cover-up; there’s still no political scandal.
This is not to say we learned nothing from the hearing. When I read through transcripts and watched the back and forth betweeen lawmakers and witnesses last night, it was clear that Gregory Hicks, the former U.S. diplomat in Libya and Issa’s star witness, offered details of the attack itself that were riveting and previously unreported. That said, in terms of the larger story, the details may have been fascinating, but they didn’t break new ground. Indeed, conservative allegations that Hicks’ perspective had been deliberately suppressed as part of a cover-up is absurd — he’d already spoken at length to the independent panel that investigated the attack.
So what was the point of yesterday’s theatrics, beyond giving far-right activists a morale boost and giving Fox News a ratings boost? What do we know now that we didn’t know 24 hours ago? Eight months after the attack itself, I know Republicans think there’s been a cover-up, but I haven’t the foggiest idea what it is they think has been covered up. For all the talk of a political “scandal,” no one seems capable of pointing to anything specific that’s scandalous. For all the conspiracy theories, there’s no underlying conspiracy to be found.
Marc Ambinder noted last night, “There are plenty of intelligent criticisms of Obama’s foreign policy. Today’s Benghazi debate is the classic example of an unintelligent, fairly easy way out of actually engaging.”May 9, 2013 at 10:28 am #87692
The `you didn’t build that’ argument makes a comeback
Posted by Greg Sargent on May 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm
The battle over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech was central to the 2012 election, embodying a larger clash of ideas between Obama and Mitt Romney over the proper role of government in facilitating economic growth and over the true nature of individual achievement. Whether or not this particular argument was decisive, Obama won the election by a solid margin, suggesting Romney’s attack — that it showed Obama is hostile to private sector innovation and success — didn’t really carry much weight.
Now a new form of this argument has made a comeback — in the Massachusetts Senate race. It all started with this new ad from longtime Democratic Congressman Ed Markey, in which he touts his work passing a bill overhauling federal tele-communications laws, which a Boston Globe editorial credited with “the creation of millions of jobs — including many in Massachusetts.” Here’s the spot:May 9, 2013 at 10:40 am #87699
I keep on saying it.
The GOP is committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country.
Posted by Greg Sargent on May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm
In today’s exercise in Fiscal Fraudulence, Republicans are making it clear they’ve decided they don’t want to enter into budget negotiations with Democrats until the debt ceiling deadline gets a good deal closer. ”The debt limit is the backstop,” Paul Ryan says. “I’d like to go through regular order and get something done sooner rather than later. But we need to get a down payment on the debt. We need entitlement reform.”
In other words, Republicans know they don’t have the leverage to force spending cuts or tax reform right now — in standard budget negotiations – without agreeing to the increased revenues from the rich Obama and Democrats will insist on as conditions for any deficit reduction deal. So they would rather do nothing and wait until they can use the threat of default to game the process in their favor.
This is the GOP strategy, explicitly and openly. Brian Beutler aptly sums up the dynamic:
It really all comes down to the fact that Republicans can’t negotiate budget policy without the threat of a debt default looming over the whole process…Republicans don’t want to go to conference unconditionally because they’re concerned their position won’t hold politically and they’ll ultimately be forced to swallow a compromise that includes tax increases — unless the whole process gets swallowed by another debt limit fight.
Kevin Drum has similar thoughts:
Republicans are flatly refusing to even start budget negotiations until they can threaten default on the national debt if they don’t get their way. Apparently this is literally the only way they’re now willing to do business
It’s actually even crazier than Beutler and Drum say. Republicans are not willing to enter into fiscal negotiations without being able to wield the threat of crashing the economy to get their way — even as they have already revealed they are not willing to actually crash the economy to get their way.May 9, 2013 at 10:47 am #87701
Michael Hargrove @MichaelHargrov1
If you are Dem and gonna run away from Pres O when campaigning, expect me to run away from you when election day comes.
8:48 PM – 8 May 2013
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