June 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #91095
President Obama delivers remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. June 19, 2013.
ON the 18 and 19th of June 2013 US president Barack Obama visited the German captical city Berlin. Here the motorcade is seen going from his hotel at Potzdamer Platz (Potzdam Plaza), past the Brandenburg Gate (seen in the far distance of the video), westbound on 17th of June Street, a quarter around the Victory Column towards the Bellevue Palace.
Around 8000 policemen from many different German police services (et al. Riot Police forces from the states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and Saxony) were in Berlin to secure Obama’s visit.
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And always, have a peaceful day.June 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #91096
Good Morning, EveryoneJune 20, 2013 at 8:46 am #91097
two good comments about Paula Deen
What’s really sad is knowing the number of people that simply took Paula Deen’s bullshit because they needed the job. They had families to take care of and just took it. Just think, its one woman that had enough and came forward. Reminds me when I was in college, I worked for the lead attorney on the Shoney’s class-action lawsuit. The abuse imposed on black employees was nothing short of complete maniacal torture. It was corporate practice and employees at Shoney’s, Captain D’s, Big Boy – were treated like less than stray dogs. But they took it because they were limited in education and had families to feed. The abuse was staggering. It took one young woman, a college student…who didn’t even get hired, but discovered her application in the trash can before she could leave the restaurant….she stepped forward and the ensuing investigation led to racism that would blow your mind. It was so awful that the other lady that worked with me to input the depositions and claims, just started crying one day from reading one of the claim forms….and this was a woman who was born and bred in rural north Florida (which is really south Georgia) – she was as redneck as they came – she just cried.
Just think about that…there are black people enduring that kind of racism at their job and feel they have no choice but to take it….in 2013, just have to take it.
And a response:
This is exactly why this stop being funny to me. Decent people need to petition Food Network to get this hillbilly off the air. I tell you I cringed when Oprah did that interview with this bitch. I’m sorry to keep saying this but my black spidey senses told me this bitch was as racist as they come; I have never like Paula Deen. It just amazes me how many black people did not pick up on that especially Oprah being from the South and all.
At any rate yea I have been there with racist bosses and co-workers. I got some stories from my military days that would make you sick. I honestly believe black folks encounter the most racism in the workplace. Damn shame we cannot even make a living without dealing with racism. I think most black people just want to be left the hell alone.June 20, 2013 at 9:05 am #91098
How many times does this have to be said..
THEY DO NOT CARE
THEY ARE FUCKING SOCIPATHS
the entire lot of them.
and fuck every person that voted for these muthafuckas and put them in the position where they could hurt people like this.
They Don’t Do Empathy
Wed Jun 19th, 2013 at 09:48:57 PM EST
By happenstance, I know a young couple who had a child at a very young age. The father is in his early twenties and underemployed. The mother is probably 19, has a job, but isn’t exactly well paid. The baby is two. The couple isn’t really a couple, though, because they split up about a year ago. The father has primary custody despite his basic unemployment because the mother really wasn’t interested in having the responsibility. It’s not that she doesn’t love her baby, but she tends to drop him off early when she has visitation because her new boyfriend is more interesting, if you know what I mean.
The father hasn’t touched a drug in years. The mother? She might be high right now.
So, let’s think about how this law would impact these parents and their two year-old boy.
The House late Wednesday voted to give states the authority to conduct drug testing on people applying for food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
By voice vote, members approved the idea as an amendment to the farm bill that was proposed by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). Hudson said the proposal would help ensure SNAP benefits go to needy families and children.
“If adopted, this amendment would join a list of good-government reforms contained in the farm bill to save taxpayer money and ensure integrity and accountability within our nutrition system,” Hudson said.
They get SNAP money because they are living in poverty. Under this new law, would they both have to go piss in a cup every time they wanted to feed their kid? Because that might not work out too well. The mother might not show up. And she might fail the test if she did. Maybe the father could argue that he has primary custody so only his pee should count. But she’s the one who receives the benefit because she’s the one who applied for it. I’d hope their child wouldn’t go hungry while they sorted that out.
But let’s think about this some more. Does the mother’s disinterest and occasional pot habit make her child less needy? You might think that the drug test would dissuade her from getting high and that, thereby, she’d become a better parent. But this young woman can’t even be counted on to spend 20 hours a week with her child because she has things she’d rather be doing.
You might argue that the state should intervene and take the baby away, but he’s in the caring hands of his father, who only lacks the resources to make ends meet on his own. There is no reason to take the baby away, and it would actually be quite harmful to everyone involved.
SNAP is a supplemental nutrition program set up to assure that children don’t suffer from malnutrition or a detrimentally poor diet. The idea that you might take this nutrition away because one parent likes to smoke a joint now and then and isn’t particularly responsible, seems beyond cruel. It’s self-defeating.June 20, 2013 at 9:13 am #91099
Ohio Republican does not care if state probes your ladyparts
By Laura Conaway
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Ohio Republicans would like to get in on state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasound craze. A new bill sponsored by Republican state Representative Ron Hood — and co-sponsored by more than half the majority Republican caucus — would require women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound as a condition of exercising that constitutionally protected right.
At a legislative hearing today, Democratic state Representative Dan Ramos remembered the time in 2011 when his Republican colleagues had a fetus “testify” by means of ultrasound. It took a while, Ramos remembered.
Representative Ramos: She took quite a long time to find the fetus, approximately a half hour, 45 minutes … because she was relatively early on in her pregnancy and they said, the person performing the ultrasound said, that for even earlier times in gestation, the only real way to find the fetus in an ultrasound is not through a surface ultrasound but through a transvaginal ultrasound — basically a machine that is inserted into a woman to detect whether or not there is a fetus in there.
There’s no, um, exemption in this bill for if nothing can be found in a surface ultrasound. Is it your intention that we require transvaginal ultrasounds if that’s the only way that can be done to find the fetus, in this bill? Because my understanding of medicine is at very early stages of gestation, that’s basically the only way of finding or detecting by ultrasound.
Representative Hood: You know, Mr. Chairman, Representative, the bill does not specify what type of ultrasound would be used. It just specifies that there is an ultrasound to where the baby can be seen.
In other words, under his bill, those state-mandated ultrasounds could be transvaginal. Hood has not written his bill to make that explicit. Neither will he explicitly rule it out. It would appear not matter to him much.June 20, 2013 at 9:18 am #91100
E.W. Jackson just can’t help himself
By Steve Benen
Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:10 AM EDT.
Shortly after E.W. Jackson was chosen as the Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia, the far-right activist tried to dismiss questions about his extraordinary rhetorical record. His controversial comments on a wide range of issues, he said, “were spoken in my role as a minister, not as a candidate.”
In other words, Jackson’s record apparently doesn’t count. But what about the absurd arguments he continues to make as a candidate for statewide office?
For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s what Jackson told voters at an event yesterday
“My great grandparents, Gabriel and Elijah Jackson were slaves and sharecroppers in Orange County, Virginia. I am a direct decedent of slaves. My grandfather was born there, to a father and a mother who had been slaves. And by the way, their family was more intact than the black family is today and I’m telling you that slavery did not destroy the black family even though it certainly was an attack on the black family, it made it difficult. But I’ll tell you that the programs that began in the ’60s, the programs that began to tell women that you don’t need a man in the home, the government will take care of you, that and began to tell men, you don’t need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman and take care of these children. That’s when the black family began to deteriorate.
“In 1960, most black children were raised in two parent, monogamous families. By now, by this time, we have only 20% of black children being raised in a two parent, monogamous families with the married man and woman raising those children. It wasn’t slavery that did that, it was government that did that. It tried to solve problems that only god can solve and that only we as human beings can solve.”
Got that? Slavery was bad for families, but not as bad as the Great Society programs that reduced poverty nationwide.June 20, 2013 at 9:22 am #91101
Reminder: 10/10 of the top educated states voted for O, while 9/10 of the least educated states voted for Romney.June 20, 2013 at 9:23 am #91102
Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert
can you even *imagine* NYT pundit writing a column in 2005 bemoaning fact W. Bush hadn’t made lots of trips to VT? http://nyti.ms/144zuWm
Donna NoShock @NoShock
@EricBoehlert It’s pure and simple ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) #MoreMediaFail
6:49 AM – 20 Jun 2013June 20, 2013 at 9:25 am #91103
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hillary Clinton has some work to do
President Obama won re-election by mobilizing the coalition of the ascendant…people of color and young voters. Everyone knows that the Republicans are toast unless/until they find a way to connect with the changing face of America.
I don’t know yet if Hillary Clinton plans to run in 2016 – at this point I’d give it slightly better than even odds. But if she does, the one thing I’ll be watching is whether or not she is able to match President Obama’s appeal to that winning coalition.
The truth is that due to some of the tension that arose during the 2008 primary, the Clintons have some bridges to rebuild with the rank and file in the African American community (a major player in that coalition). My word of advice to her right now would be that this is a good time to start doing that.
I know that many in the black intelligentsia (ie, the Wests and Smiley’s of the world) feel perfectly comfortable in criticizing the President. But based on what I’m hearing, the folks on the ground are having none of that. And so when Bill Clinton suggests that President Obama is a “wuss” if he doesn’t intervene in Syria – he might be speaking his mind but he’s doing his wife’s potential political aspirations no favors. Running against Obama and the coalition he built is definitely not going to work – for the Clintons or anyone else.
Hillary Clinton already has the white baby boomer women’s vote all locked up. If she wants to go for it, she needs to get out beyond that demographic NOW – before the spotlight of a campaign begins to shine – and start mending some fences. And she probably needs her husband to STFU when it comes to critiquing President Obama’s policies.
Clinton isn’t going to win with a majority of white votes any more than the Republicans are. So far I haven’t seen that she or her political supporters have recognized that. If she wants to run – she’s got some work to do.June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm #91115
Back to the rhetorical drawing board
By Steve Benen
Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:50 AM EDT
OK, Republicans, you now know that the pending immigration-reform bill drastically reduces the deficit without raising taxes, boost economic growth, improve the finances of the Social Security and Medicare systems, help private-sector employers, and begin to repair the damage between the GOP and Latino voters — the fastest growing segment of the American electorate. Every argument you’ve floated thus far has been discredited, and you’re out of excuses.
And yet, many of you still intend to kill the popular, bipartisan legislation.
The trick, at this point, is the difficulty in explaining why. “Because we hate immigrants” probably won’t cut it. “Because our base hates immigrants” isn’t any better. Your challenge is to come up with new talking points, and to do so quickly. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), maybe you have an idea on how to counter the fact that immigration reform will boost economic growth?
“This increased GDP will be at the expense of poor and working-class Americans. The benefit will go to the business owners while the wages of U.S. workers — which should be growing — will instead decline.”
Right. So, according to Sessions, who has never expressed the slightest interest in looking out for low-income Americans, immigration reform will do too much to benefit the folks Republicans like to describe as “job creators.” Business owners, he says, will benefit — and for the first time in Sessions’ adult life, he thinks that’s a bad thJune 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #91116
GM Passes Toyota for First Time in J.D. Power Quality Survey
By Susanna Kim | ABC News Blogs
General Motors passed Toyota Motor Corp. to lead J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study for the first time since the survey started 27 years ago.
J.D. Power’s survey of new vehicles was redesigned for 2013 to measure the quality and problems related to new technologies, the marketing information services company said.
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GM’s four American brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, ranked above average in its study this year. GM’s truck brand GMC ranked second, the highest it has ever ranked, and Chevrolet was fifth while the Toyota brand ranked seventh.
GMC and Chevrolet both jumped considerably from last year’s rankings. Last year, GMC ranked 12th while Chevrolet was 15th and Toyota was eighth.
General Motors as a corporation had eight model-level segment awards, five of which were for Chevrolet.
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/gm-passes-toyota-first-time-j-d-power-204552854.html;_ylt=ArC4odAO0KzdFasEH3HJibrLn.R_;_ylu=X3oDMTR1Z2QzNnI3BGNjb2RlA2N0LmMEbWl0A01vc3QgUG9wdWxhciBNb25leQRwa2cDOGY3ZTY2MjktMjFiMC0zY2I3LTk1YzYtNWQ1Y2MwNmYyZjhjBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNNZWRpYUJMaXN0TWl4ZWRNb3N0UG9wdWxhckNBVGVtcAR2ZXIDYTU0MjkyNzItZDkyZi0xMWUyLWJiZmYtN2YzNzQwYjgwMjM4;_ylg=X3oDMTM4YmJvZXFrBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDZDVjZTVkOTEtOTVjMi0zNzg2LTk2ODItZjFlM2U2OGVhMDNmBHBzdGNhdANtb25leXxwZXJzb25hbGZpbmFuY2UEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=3June 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm #91117
Rental Car Co. Run by Teenagers Undercuts Hertz, Avis
ABC NewsBy ALAN FARNHAM | ABC News – Tue, Jun 18, 2013 4:24 PM EDT
Said three teenagers to themselves last year: “Yeah, sure, we could go to college. But wouldn’t it be more fun to up-end the airport rental car business?”
They opted for the latter.
So positive were they that they had happened on a better business model than Hertz or Avis, that they turned their backs, respectively, on Harvard, Princeton and MIT — the three institutions to which they had gained (or been offered) admission.
The idea was this: At every major airport, acres of cars sit idle, left parked by owners who have jetted off. Why couldn’t these same cars be rented to arriving travelers? Rates could be dramatically cheaper than those charged by traditional car rental companies, since, under this model, the rental company wouldn’t have to pay for or maintain the fleet.
Owners would have a fourfold incentive to participate: free parking, a free car wash, a cut of the rental fee and a guarantee their car would be waiting for them when they returned.
With financing from angel investors, FlightCar, the trio’s brainchild, began renting cars in February to passengers arriving at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), for rates start as low as $21 a day, depending on the make and model of the car.June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm #91118
San Fernando Valley school named after Michelle Obama
School board members voted unanimously on Tuesday to rename a year-old San Fernando Valley elementary school after Michelle Obama.
The Los Angeles Unified board approved the plan to rename Valley Region Elementary School No. 13 in honor of the first lady and her “Let’s Move!” campaign, CBS Los Angeles reported. The $23 million elementary opened last August to relieve overcrowding at nearby schools.
“This name was selected by the school-site council because Michelle Obama supports active living and eating healthy, and the school models itself on that,” said LAUSD board member Nury Martinez, the Pasadena Star-News reported.
West Valley board member Tamar Galatzan said that while she admires Mrs. Obama, district policy rules say that schools should be named only for someone who has died, although that policy has been broken several times in recent years, the Pasadena Star-News reported.
“We do have rules about naming schools,” she said. “Over the summer I will be looking at that policy.”
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From Middle Class To Peasant Class: How Republicans Made America A Top Poverty Creator
National exceptionalism is when citizens perceive that their home country is extraordinary, special, and the best place on the planet to live, and in many Americans’ minds is based on absolutist ideology and gross lack of knowledge of comparative circumstances. There may have been a time that America was exceptional over thirty years ago when white people had the opportunity to attain the American dream of a middle class income through hard work and perseverance, and could live out their golden years with the knowledge their children would at least accomplish as much as their parents. However, about thirty years ago a b-movie actor ushered in the era of America’s decline when his directors gave him a script to convince ignorant Americans that handing over the nation’s wealth and assets to the rich and their corporations was the key to success and the results have been that America is no longer exceptional, or even mediocre, and is rapidly deteriorating into inferior and second-rate status compared to the rest of the developed world.
It is true that America is the richest nation on Earth, has the most powerful military in the world, and is home to the most millionaires and billionaires of any country on the planet, but that is where the exceptionalism ends. In just about every other category, America is inferior and that is being extremely generous. However, there are millions of ignorant Americans arming themselves to maintain the status quo and prove their belief that the United States is number one and it is down to their ignorance and acceptance that if it is American, it is the best. Many Americans are led to believe the country’s storied “great middle class” is proof positive the nation is exceptional, but according to the “Global Wealth Databook 2012″ the great middle class ranks 27th in the developed world behind poorer nations such as Spain, Ireland, France, and Cyprus. Even in countries struggling with double and triple-dip recessions, the middle class holds four times the wealth as the average middle class American who is watching what little they have left transferred to the richest one-percent due to thirty years of Republican policies.
Just a few of Republicans’ favorite policies that are creating a second-rate nation and a population of peasants are weak labor laws that give corporations and big business the ability to pay poverty wages without any benefits. In fact, the woefully inadequate poverty level minimum wage is 13th among developed nations, and in nearly every industrialized country, every job provides at least a month of guaranteed paid vacation and as many paid sick days as one needs to recover from illness or injury. Republicans are busy passing laws making it illegal to provide paid sick leave, suggest eliminating worker compensation rules for on-the-job injuries, and panting to abolish the pitiful minimum wage to put American labor on par with peasants in Communist China. The Republican House of Representative just passed legislation eliminating overtime pay, and ALEC’s Republican right-to-work states have more poverty-level residents while the states’ corporations haul in record profits.
America has the worst healthcare system in the world because few can afford it, and even if they can this country’s people have the worst health outcomes of “all other industrialized countries” on Earth. In the event of a serious health issue or injury, Americans are guaranteed to join the poverty ranks and it makes Republican and health insurance industry’s drive to destroy the Affordable Care Act all the more Draconian and informs keeping Americans sick and impoverished is their ultimate goal. In many Republican states, at the behest of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, Medicaid expansion is out of the question and the GOP is desperate to make senior citizens’ Medicare a thing of the past regardless they paid into it their entire working lives.
In nearly every country on Earth a college education is virtually tuition-free and yet in America, Republicans decry spending on any education and are driving college students into life-long unsustainable debt to enrich the banking industry. In most Republican states, ALEC templates are diverting public school funds to the private religious schools to enrich corporations and create the next generation of ignorant Americans claiming the nation is exceptional as they reject established science to assist their precious oil industry decimate the environment.June 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm #91120
Wyeth Ruthven @wyethwire
Good luck with SCOTUS everybody. This straight white male whose civil rights will be exactly the same 2 hours from now is pulling for you.
7:26 AM – 20 Jun 2013
Wyeth Ruthven @wyethwire
Privilege means never having to wonder if your Constitutional rights are about to change in the next 30 minutes
8:50 AM – 20 Jun 2013
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