August 27, 2013 at 8:39 am #95509
President awards Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Staff Sergeant Carter is the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. August 26, 2013.
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And always, have a peaceful day.August 27, 2013 at 8:40 am #95510
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 27, 2013 at 8:47 am #95511
Ed Schultz Roars Back to Weekdays and Obliterates Republican Obamacare Lies
By: Jason Easley
Aug. 26th, 2013
On his very first show back on weekdays, Ed Schultz brought the fire back to MSNBC by tearing apart the Republicans’ anti-Obamacare summer tour of lies.
Schultz explained that the Republicans movement to kill Obamacare is really all about power:
Now, this summer, we’ve heard a lot of lies. Here’s what you need to know about Obamacare and nothing more to simplify all of this. The linchpin in this is that the Republicans want to give the power to the insurance companies. They want the insurance companies to control your life. They want the insurance companies to send you those letters and pick up the phone and call you and deny you because you might be sick. Think about that. this is who the Republicans want to give the power to.
President Obama wants to give the power to you. The consumer. The sick consumer who will never be denied. You can hear everything you want about losing jobs, about what kind of care you’re going to getting and how long the lines are going to be, and the lot. Here’s all you need to know. It’s when all these real live stores come home to roost to these guys a year from now, they’ll realize how much trouble they’re in in the midterms. How will Republicans run against a popular program that they have been so vehemently against? That they have lied about, and the public’s going to know about it. You see, there are people out there right now that it’s helping.
For Republicans, killing Obamacare is about taking power away from individuals and giving it back to powerful corporations. The goal of the Republican Obamacare misinformation campaign is to get the American people to beg for the the insurance companies to jack up rates and determine whether you live or die based on what is good for their bottom line.
Ed Schultz has been missed on weekdays by MSNBC viewers because he is the only host on cable news who believes in the empowerment of the poor, blue collar, and middle class America.
He doesn’t intellectually think about the theoretical outcomes of power like Chris Hayes. He doesn’t dive into the political science aspects of the applications of power like Rachel Maddow. He doesn’t get excited by the politics of power like congressional veterans Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell. The closest thing to Ed Schultz on the MSNBC evening lineup is Al Sharpton, but Rev. Al is more interested in empowerment through civic activism than the mobilization of political power.August 27, 2013 at 8:53 am #95512
Rand Paul Tells Poor People That Food Equals Slavery
By: Jason Easley
Aug. 26th, 2013
Rand Paul says that the only way the poor can be free is if they are liberated from the servitude that comes with having food.
National Review Online reported on Rand Paul’s conversation with a group of students at the University of Louisville:
“There’s a philosophic debate which often gets me in trouble, you know, on whether health care’s a right or not,” Paul, in a red tie, white button-down shirt, and khakis, tells the students from the stage. “I think we as physicians have an obligation. As Christians, we have an obligation. . . . I really believe that, and it’s a deep-held belief,” he says of helping others.
“But I don’t think you have a right to my labor,” he continues. “You don’t have a right to anyone else’s labor. Food’s pretty important, do you have a right to the labor of the farmer?”
Paul then asks, rhetorically, if students have a right to food and water. “As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care,” Paul muses. “But it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do. . . . It really shouldn’t be seen that way.”
Let’s follow Paul’s ideology to its logical conclusion. Poor people are enslaved when the government provides them with food or housing assistance. Thus, inn order for the poor to be free, the government must take away all assistance so that the poor are free to be homeless and starve. That is Rand Paul’s definition of freedom.
Rand Paul views any benefit that the people receive from the government that they fund as a form of servitude. Unemployment insurance is slavery. Medicare is slavery. Health insurance for children, and medical care for pregnant women are both slavery. In Sen. Paul’s view, the government only gives people things in order to enslave them.
Paul’s views are no different than Romney’s 47% comments, or the Republican belief that Americans only support President Obama because they want free stuff. Rand Paul dresses up his rhetoric in the language of libertarianism, but he is really just the same old far right ideologue with some new buzzwords.August 27, 2013 at 8:54 am #95513
Neil Armstrong Dead; Apollo 11 Astronaut Was First on Moon
Aug. 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became first to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11, has died at the age of 82, his family said today.
Armstrong had heart surgery several weeks ago, and a statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.
“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” his family said. “He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. … He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.”
On July 20, 1969, half a billion people — a sixth of the world’s population at the time — watched a ghostly black-and-white television image as Armstrong backed down the ladder of the lunar landing ship Eagle, planted his left foot on the moon’s surface, and said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Twenty minutes later his crewmate, Buzz Aldrin, joined him, and the world watched as the men spent the next two hours bounding around in the moon’s light gravity, taking rock samples, setting up experiments, and taking now-iconic photographs. The third member of their crew, Michael Collins, orbited overhead in the Apollo 11 command ship, Columbia.
“Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the mission of Apollo 11,” said Aldrin today in a statement. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.”
Collins said, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.”
President Obama issued a statement from the White House: “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time,” it said. Armstrong and his crewmates “set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable — that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible.”August 27, 2013 at 8:56 am #95514
The Plot Thickens on Edward Snowden’s Sino-Russian Love Affair
Monday, August 26, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 6:05 PM
You know how Edward Snowden – the hero of the anti-security libertarians – suddenly showed up in Hong Kong and then in Russia, and how the Russian government claimed that they had no idea he would show up at Moscow before eventually granting him asylum? Well, the plot just thickened a little. It turns out – and I am sure this will completely surprise every Snowden-Greenwald worshiper – that Snowden was in contact with the Russians well in advance of his not-so-surprising arrival in Moscow.
He lived in the Russian consulaate while in Hong Kong, and depending on who you believe, he either showed up on his own or was invited by the Russians, reports the Washington Post, quoting a Russian news source:
Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June — an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise — he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday. [...]
Kommersant cited conflicting accounts as to what brought Snowden to the consulate, on the 21st floor of a skyscraper in a fashionable neighborhood. It quoted a Russian close to the Snowden case as saying that the former NSA contractor arrived on his own initiative and asked for help. But a Western official also interviewed by the newspaper alleged that Russia had invited him
Curious choice, don’t you think, for the paragon of government transparency to show up and seek help from one of the most secretive, pro-spying, anti-free speech and anti-free press governments on earth?
Sure, it would be a curious choice for Snowden, if he were what his worshipers and his media backers tell you he is: a modern day fearless hero who is outraged by what he sees as pervading surveillance intruding on the rights of innocent people. But his now-exposed Sino-Russian love affairs raises a lot of interesting possibilities, or at least a lot of grave questions.August 27, 2013 at 8:57 am #95515
Venus Williams Debuts Purple Hair in US Open Win (Pics)
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President Obama Talks with Tom Joyner & Sybil Wilkes About Dr. MLK’s Legacy, ‘The Butler’ & More
Aug 27, 2013
Radio legend Tom Joyner and co-host Sybil Wilkes of the Tom Joyner Morning Show were invited to the White House for an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office!
President Obama opened up to the syndicated radio hosts about Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Affordable Care Act, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and more.August 27, 2013 at 8:59 am #95517
Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance
As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was able to instantly zero in on why Intersectional Feminism is so necessary if the feminist movement is to progress.
Because Miley’s performance last night, and the subsequent ignoring of the racial implications of what she did is just the latest incident in the long line of things that shows me as a black woman, that white feminism does not want me, or care to have me.
Jezebel’s piece on the performance chose to focus on the slut shaming that has been thrown Miley’s way in the wake of the performance. All fine and good. Slut shaming is bad, don’t do it. On that we can all agree. What it didn’t acknowledge was the incredibly racist nature of that performance. So I brought it up.
Okay…. but can we talk about the problematic and racist nature of her performance? Her literal use of people as props? Her association of her newfound sexuality with the traditional codifiers of black female culture, thereby perpetuating the Jezebel stereotype that black women are lewd, lascivious and uncontrollably sexualized? Can we talk about the straight up minstrelsy of that performance? Can we talk about how not a single black person won an award last night even though the people who did win awards have been mining black music and culture for years?
No? Ok… I’ll just sit at the back of the bus then. #solidarityisforwhitewomen
See the problem isn’t that they talked about slut shaming. That deserves attention. The problem is that they completely sidestepped the other glaring teddy bear in the room, and that is the commodification of black female sexuality in Miley’s performance. But it’s not a thing that white women deal with, so it didn’t warrant inclusion or discussion by the white-led mainstream feminist media.
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No, , Obamacare is NOT Forcing Thousands of UPS Spouses to Lose Coverage
Friday, August 23, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:08 PM
Did you catch the meltdown in conservative land yesterday when UPS announced that beginning next year, they will drop 15,000 spouses of employees off their health care plan, citing partly Obamacare? Oh, the horror! Obamacare is forcing employees to cut coverage, and Barack Obama was obviously lying when he said that under the Affordable Care Act, those who liked their health insurance plan could keep it! Obamacare is a disaster!!
Except that UPS’ own memo and its vague mention of the ACA belies the make-belief conservative hyperventilation. First, let’s clear up the facts about who this applies to, and what, if anything, they are really losing. Kaiser helpfully provides the entire UPS memo for you to read (Heaven forbid), and here’s what you find out from it:
Don’t tell anyone, but the change applies only to non-union employees of UPS. Union employees are covered under their union contract. So, when will we see conservatives come out swinging about how the lack of unionization is hurting health care benefits?
UPS is dropping optional coverage for only those spouses who have coverage available through their own employers. Employee spouses who either do not work or work for employers who do not provide coverage are still eligible under the UPS plan. UPS points out that, as a result of Obamacare, the employers of the spouses must also provide coverage that meets minimum standards so they will still have good coverage.
Those are the facts from UPS’ own Take the quote in the USA Today/Kaiser article being used the most by right wingers to discredit and blame Obamacare, for example:August 27, 2013 at 9:02 am #95519
Treasury gives Congress a debt-ceiling deadline
By Steve Benen
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
U..S. military intervention in Syria appears increasingly likely; a government-shutdown deadline looms; and congressional action is needed on everything from agriculture to immigration. Is there anything else that can make matters a little more complicated for Washington this fall? Of course there is.
We’ve known for months that Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling later this year, but it wasn’t clear when, exactly. There was some speculation that action may not be necessary until November or possibly even December.
Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that the deadline would actually be far sooner.
Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling, the Treasury Department said on Monday that it expected to lose the ability to pay all of the government’s bills in mid-October.
That means a recalcitrant Congress will face two major budget deadlines only two weeks apart, since the stopgap “continuing resolution” that finances the federal government runs out at the end of September.August 27, 2013 at 9:07 am #95520
‘Human beings will adjust’
By Steve Benen
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 PM EDT.
We talked last week about one of the right’s favorite arguments: the United States doesn’t need a system in which Americans have health insurance because if the uninsured get sick, they can just go to the emergency room. Of all the awful arguments against reform, I consider this the worst of the worst.
What I didn’t know until today is that Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) has an especially interesting take on the issue.
A Democratic source flagged this amazing clip in which Virginia’s right-wing attorney general was asked about the health care system, and he called for limiting something called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (or EMTALA). If this sounds unfamiliar, it’s the ’80s-era law, signed by President Reagan, that requires emergency rooms to provide care regardless of citizenship, legal status, or a patient’s ability to pay.
Cuccinelli has his own vision for what to do about it. Help Americans have access to affordable care so they won’t have to wait for a crisis and show up at the E.R. for expensive treatment? No, of course not. In Cuccinelli’s vision, we’ll just scale EMTALA back so emergency rooms won’t have to treat the uninsured facing medical emergencies.
As he explains it in the video, “I would expect we would ratchet back EMTALA so that those are the people you’re left dealing with, not the people who come in with a cold who clog up the ER, the emergency rooms and use those facilities for maintenance…. There’s going to be a period of time where people are going to have to adjust…. Human beings will adjust.”
In context, “Human beings will adjust” appears to be a remarkable euphemism for “We’re going to let poor, sick Americans die on the streets.”
Adding insult to injury, in 2008 as a state lawmaker, Cuccinelli also sponsored a measure intended to make it harder for poor, sick people to avoid hospital bills. Specifically, he wanted to empower hospitals to fingerprint patients to make sure they got stuck with medical bills they couldn’t afford.August 27, 2013 at 9:10 am #95521
Black Republicans try to appropriate Martin Luther King
By Dana Milbank, Published: August 26
Now it can be told: All the prominent black Republicans in America really can fit into one room.
In fairness, it was a pretty big room.
Republicans, who got just 6 percent of the African American vote in 2012, saw this week’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington passing them by. So they held their own commemoration. They sent an invitation “far and wide,” as one party official put it, asking black conservatives to lunch at party headquarters. About 150 accepted the invitation for chicken, cheesecake and cheeky suggestions that the late civil rights leader would have supported the causes of today’s conservatives.
As the speakers fired staccato fragments of the speeches at the participants, techs scurried to repair the system, an RNC official sighed and the droning of a power drill on a nearby floor added to the mayhem.
“You know, Republicans can’t turn on a microphone,” quipped Ada Fisher, RNC committeewoman from North Carolina, when she came onstage to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
After a pause, the audio troubles were fixed for the rest of the event. But there remained a good deal of static in the message that came out over the next two hours. Those speaking to the group agreed on the desirability of appropriating King and the anniversary, but they proposed different and contradictory ways.
She said, “For me, it’s not as much anymore about politics and affiliations,” adding, “I am a Republican and I’m glad to be a Republican.”
Robert Brown, who worked in the Nixon White House, suggested that Martin Luther King’s spirit might inform leaders in Congress and the White House that “this nation was built on compromise and if we don’t get it all together, we’re going to sink this ship and we can’t afford to do that.” This received scattered applause.August 27, 2013 at 10:07 am #95523
First lady to pay tribute to Whitney Young during civil rights documentary
By Katherine Skiba Tribune reporter
1:05 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON—First lady Michelle Obama, an alumna of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, will pay tribute to the school’s namesake Tuesday at a screening of a documentary film depicting his crusade for civil rights.
Obama will make remarks at the screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” at 3 p.m. Chicago time.
The event will be live-streamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov//live.
The film, which aired on PBS stations beginning in February, chronicles Young’s civil rights battles during the 1960s and his journey from segregated Kentucky to the leadership of the National Urban League, aides to the first lady said. He lived from 1921-1971.
The film was written and produced by Bonnie Boswell, Young’s niece and an Emmy Award-winning journalist, aides said, and Boswell will introduce the first lady before her remarks.
The film is narrated by actress Alfre Woodard.
The event is on the eve of the 50th anniversary, on Wednesday, of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington.
The first lady, who is 49, was born the following year. She graduated from the Chicago high school in 1981.
She’s invited students from Washington, D.C., and Virginia to the screeningAugust 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm #95526
Oprah, Whitaker, Foxx to Join Obama for ‘March on Washington’ Events
August 27, 2013 by EURpublisher02 Leave a Comment
Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker will join President Barack Obama and former chief executives Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most memorable moments — the March on Washington.
Georgia Representative John Lewis, now one of the Democrats’ congressional elders but then an aide to King, will address the commemoration as he did the original march.
Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper will host the anniversary celebration, whose title is “Let Freedom Ring.”
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