September 10, 2013 at 8:46 am #96436
As you go through your 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.September 10, 2013 at 8:46 am #96437
Good Morning, EveryoneSeptember 10, 2013 at 8:51 am #96438
Syria says it accepted Russian weapons proposal
Sep. 10 7:46 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Syria said Tuesday it has accepted Russia’s proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting
with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly “agreed to
the Russian initiative.”
Al-Moallem added that Syria did so to “uproot U.S. aggression.”September 10, 2013 at 9:18 am #96439
Excellent comments by JoJoRaze and nathkatun about the Russia/Syria situation and POTUS:
I’ve been personally upping the prayer for PBO since this Syria situation popped off. I’ve been slacking since the reelection, since hey, he won, but the devil is busy so I was really praying for PBO to use wisdom in this situation and I am glad to see it bear fruit in that Putin basically told Assad PBO ain’t no joke so he better give over those weapons or both their money was gonna be messed with.
In any event, I get the feeling, especially the fact that Netanyahu stayed super-quiet, that PBO low key cussed out the G20 leaders so bad for caping for Assad and Putin on the Security Council that Hollande and Cameron started slow-clapping like at the end of that movie ‘Lucas’, and Angela Merkel looked over at Putin and told him he and PBO need to have a talk ALONE because her name is Bennett and she ain’t in it. And all the other leaders save PBO and Putin left the room and PBO told Vladimir that it ain’t the first or second time you’ve disrespected me, and you are working my last, good nerve. And if you don’t talk to your two bit mistress in Syria, I will risk the impeachment and personally target Assad for death, which will mess with your money.
nathkatun7 > JojoRaze
You know JojoRaze, for Putin to pressure Assad to surrender his chemical weapons, Putin must have been convinced that President Obama was deadly serious about his intent to take them out and probably take Assad out in the process. Putin is not a fool. Yes Russia is a military power, but it cannot match the military power of the United States. Both Assad and Putin know this. That is why, in my opinion, they caved and offered to surrender Syria’s supposedly non existent chemical weapons. regrettably, the U.S. media hates President Obama so much that they have feverishly been spinning this as a win for Putin. Yet no one in the media has yet been able to articulate a credible explanation as to why this is a win for Putin (who never once acknowledged that Syria had, or used, chemical weapons) when it’s President Obama who was aggressively insisting on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons to make sure that they would NEVER be used again to inflict horror on innocent people. His forceful stand on this issue led us to this development. However, don’t count on the folks in the MSM, who, because they are white, think they are way smarter than President Obama, to give him any credit.
At 67, I never Imagined I would be around to witness the U.S. media promote the false meme that the President of Russia, and the current Syrian dictator, who is alleged to have gassed his own people, were more believable than the duly elected President of the United States; the U.S. Secretary of State (a highly decorated veteran), and the U.S. Secretary of Defense
(another highly decorated veteran).September 10, 2013 at 9:20 am #96440
another great comment by JojoRaze about DeBlasio and Bloomberg:
Bloomberg is mad because here’s a white man with a black wife and two black children, who lives in Brooklyn, in a plain house- trust, that house is so nondescript it’s not funny, who said from the beginning that stop-and-frisk was gonna make his innocent black son a target, so he wasn’t down for it. and then, Bloomy had to admit that if he had a child targeted, he’d be upset too. DeBlasio exposed his hypocrisy by just living his life, and Bloomy lashed out because he couldn’t say anything intelligent against a white dude saying stop-and-frisk puts a white man’s black child in danger that DeBlasio is scared for his son in Bloomberg’s NYC. Because Bloomberg knows that if Dante was walking down the street with his Afro minding his own business in Park Slope, which is is neighborhood, and no one knew he was the public advocates son, he’d be thrown up on a wall and police car if he wasn’t adequately obsequious to the police.September 10, 2013 at 9:23 am #96441
The media is speechless. They wanted a war so badly. They will spin this resolution in Syria as Potus being weak. We won’t believe the spin.
7:13 AM – 10 Sep 2013September 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #96444
International Students: Separate but Profitable
A boom in foreign undergrads is shoring up the finances of America’s flagship universities, but at a price.
By Paul Stephens
When Luodan Li told his parents he wanted to go to college in the United States, his mother teased him, saying he was just running away from the gaokao, China’s high-stakes, famously anxiety-inducing national entrance exam for domestic universities.
Luodan, who is from Shanghai, relented and did well enough on his exams to be placed at East China Normal University, a nationally renowned research institution in his hometown. But Luodan was disappointed that “all the emphasis was just on getting in,” and it wasn’t long before his parents changed their mind. “They saw all their friends’ children were going to America,” Luodan said, “and they thought that I was falling behind.”
Now that he had his chance, Luodan realized that he didn’t know where to start with the complex process of applying to an American college, so he contacted an agency in Shanghai, one of thousands across the country that have made an industry of helping wealthy Chinese students apply to American colleges. For anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000, the agency takes care of every detail of the application process, from assisting students in writing their essays to providing letters of recommendation. The agency gave Luodan a list of schools based on rankings from the U.S. News & World Report and told him to choose six. Luodan’s parents paid the agency, half up front and half a few months later when he got his acceptance letter from Purdue University.
In the fall of 2010, when Luodan got to Purdue, in West Lafayette, Indiana, he was part of an enormous wave of new Chinese undergraduates arriving on campus. In the past five years, the number of Chinese undergrads at Purdue has grown from just 127 to 2,755, mirroring a similar trend at colleges and universities across the U.S.
Since 2006, the total number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities has ballooned by roughly 200,000—growing to more than 764,000 in less than six years, according to data collected by the Institute of International Education and the Department of State. The biggest single group of new international students is from China, which now sends more students than any other country to the U.S. In a trend that is expected to continue, China has increased the number of students it sends to the U.S. by 20 percent every year since 2008, reaching 194,029 last fall.
These new Chinese students have enrolled at American institutions large and small, public and private, with the greatest numbers going to the public, flagship campuses of state universities like the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington, or the Big Ten. Big state schools, like Purdue, already had sizable international student populations, but they have increased their undergraduate Chinese student enrollment dramatically, doubling or even quadrupling their total international enrollments in just a few years.
While administrators promote the diversity and global perspectives these new students bring to campus, it’s clear that such high-minded goals are not the only motivation for enrolling large numbers of foreign students. With state spending on higher education declining sharply over the last five years—it’s down an average of 28 percent nationwide—out-of-state and international students who pay full tuition (and sometimes even additional tuition) have kept these institutions in the black. As state assemblies have cut back, the people of China have picked up the tab.September 10, 2013 at 10:36 am #96445
“For the last couple of weeks, President Obama has been running a
two-tiered strategy: on one hand, scaring the holy bejeezus out of Assad
and Putin, while simultaneously offering enough time for Assad regime
to save face as it contemplate how to wiggle out of this mess.September 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #96446
NYC mayor primary day: Candidates make mad dash as black vote is up for grabs
by Donovan X. Ramsey | September 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM
In days leading up to the Tuesday’s primary election, Democratic candidates in the hotly contested New York City mayor’s race made their final push to persuade voters and get out the vote.
A shift in polling from last week shows the public is still undecided. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is leading among likely Democratic voters with 39 percent of support, according the latest Quinnipiac University poll – not enough to avoid a runoff and a four-point drop from where he was a week prior. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson made gains over the week, going from 20 to 25 percent and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rounds out third with 18 percent.
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is in fourth place with 6 percent, followed by Comptroller John Liu with 4 percent.
“It looks as if Public Advocate Bill de Blasio couldn’t hold that 43 percent in a week when he was in the spotlight and he got walloped by everybody. His support by black voters slipped just enough to make a runoff possible. But he’s ever so close,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Black voters are expected to comprise nearly 30 percent of the primary electorate in the race for New York City mayor. With 15 percent of black voters still undecided and 18 percent of respondents saying there is still a “good chance” they’ll change their mind before Tuesday, the candidates hit the trail hard to shore up support.September 10, 2013 at 11:42 am #96447
Commentary: The Legacy of Trayvon Martin Hangs Over New York’s Mayoral Election
Candidate Bill de Blasio’s focus on racial profiling has catapulted him to the front of the primaries.
By Keith Boykin
Posted: 09/09/2013 02:18 PM EDT
If Bill de Blasio wins this week’s Democratic primary for New York City mayor, he can thank a Black teenage boy for his victory. No, I’m not referring to his biracial son, Dante, whose TV campaign commercial introduced voters to de Blasio’s interracial family and Dante’s huge afro.
Instead, I’m talking about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old unarmed Florida boy who was shot and killed last year by George Zimmerman. After all, it was the Martin case, and the Zimmerman verdict that followed, that prepared New Yorkers for Dante de Blasio’s subtle but powerful message against racial profiling.
All summer long, the momentum against racial profiling in New York has been building. It started with outrage after the Zimmerman acquittal on July 14. It continued when a federal judge ruled against the city’s stop-and-frisk tactics on Aug. 12. And it came to a dramatic head when the city council overrode Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto of a police oversight bill on Aug. 22.
During this time, de Blasio’s anti-Bloomberg, anti-stop-and-frisk message moved him in the polls from a second-tier candidate to the clear frontrunner. The week after the Zimmerman verdict, de Blasio was in fourth place with 15 percent of the vote. Today he’s in first place with 39 percent of the vote, almost enough to meet the 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff election.
While the New York Times, New York Daily News and New York Post have all endorsed establishment candidate Christine Quinn for mayor, the public has been sending a decidedly different message. Some see Quinn’s campaign as a fourth term for Mayor Bloomberg after she helped him amend the city charter on term limits to allow the mayor to run for a third term. And because Quinn had long failed to take a strong position on stop and frisk, she has come across as a typical, cautious politician afraid to stand up against a powerful mayor.
When the city council debated police oversight legislation last October, Quinn refused to be pinned down on her position. “I support the idea of ongoing reform,” she said, but she quickly added, “I have not yet taken a position on these four specific bills.” Now, a year later, after watching de Blasio’s late summer campaign surge, Quinn is finally denouncing stop and frisk. It may be too little, too late.September 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm #96451
Virginia Dem strategist backs Cuccinelli over McAuliffe
By Cameron Joseph - 09/10/13 09:26 AM ET
Longtime Virginia Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders is backing Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) over former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) in his state’s gubernatorial race
Saunders, a former top advisor for Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and John Edwards’s presidential campaign, rips McAuliffe as a “corporatist” and says he can’t back his party’s nominee.
“I can’t support a corporatist. I just can’t. This guy is not my kind of Democrat,” Saunders tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “I just can’t sit here anymore and watch this coin-operated government continue. Wouldn’t I be a hypocrite if I came to Richmond last year and jumped on Eric Cantor for it and then came back and supported Terry McAuliffe?”
Saunders also worked for Cantor’s opponent last election cycle.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/governor-races/321271-virginia-dem-strategist-backs-cuccinelli-over-mcauliffe#ixzz2eVmuz570
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*Cough* You mean his proposal. MT @AP: AP source says Obama agrees to UN discussion on Russia’s proposal for Syria’s chemical weapons.
- —-☺ @NerdyWonka
He’s trolling, trolling, trolling. RT @kasie: GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announces his opposition to president’s Syria plan.
– – ☺@ReignOfApril
Wait. Wait. Wait. They’re talking about impeaching you again? Over #Syria?? pic.twitter.com/TxzojWKHv2
Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka
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- – -☺@AngryBlackLady
Don’t worry about giving Obama credit in Syria. Black folks are used to Russian bear-riding homophobes taking credit for our work. #wait
Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka — – — FIERCE!! –September 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm #96454
Sitting back reading the media on twitter and its absolutely hysterical. They are so effed up over all this! Their talking points destroyed, they are outright lying and conjuring up the strangest hypotheticals to try and save face. They’re running into each other trying to come up with SOMETHING…but its all crashing.
Kennymack1971 > Miranda
Oh they are PISSED. They thought this was going to be the moment they finally got that Uppity Negro in the WH only to discover their asses just got checkmated…again. Meep Meep Muhfukkas.September 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm #96463
Mayoral campaign celeb Dante de Blasio is just a student to his friends
Dante de Blasio, the famous face of his father Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, is just a normal student to his classmates in Brooklyn Technical High School.
By Tanay Warerkar , Rachel Monahan AND Jennifer
Fermino / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013, 11:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 1:53 PM
To most of New York, he’s the smiling teen whose towering afro and small-screen charm catapulted his father’s mayoral campaign into first place.
But to many of his classmates at Brooklyn Tech High School, he’s just that tall kid from AP History.
Dante de Blasio went back to school Monday after a summer in which he starred in memorable campaign ads for his dad, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who quietly dropped him off for the start of classes.
Fellow students seemed to take Dante’s status in stride.
“They were cool about it,” Dante said at a campaign event after school with his father.
Aaliyah Sherman said she is taking an AP American History class with Dante this year.
“He isn’t treated like a celebrity at the school,” she said. “He is just a guy who happens to be the son of a politician running for the mayor’s office, so people know his father is running for mayor.”
Shane Gohrman, a 15-year-old sophomore, agreed.
“I’ve heard about him of course. There is a lot of talk about him being a mayoral candidate’s son,” he said. “But he seems like a normal guy.”September 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm #96464
The Morning Plum: If we avoid war, American people won’t care about process that got us there
By Greg Sargent, Published: September 10 at 9:14 am
President Obama, in an interview with CNN, has now signaled openness to the Russian proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. He called it a “positive development,” adding: “We’re going to run this to ground, to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious.”
I don’t know how seriously to take this, but the relief among Hill Dems is palpable. And it seems likely the Obama administration would like to find any way out it can at this point. Because clearly, the American people have said No to war, and Congress — for once — very well may reflect the American people’s wishes.
The polling this morning is absolutely brutal. A new New York Times/CBS poll finds that 61 percent oppose strikes on Syria; 69 percent say Obama should not go forward if Congress says No; 79 percent say the administration hasn’t explained its goals clearly; and only 33 percent approve of his handling of the Syria crisis.
Meanwhile, a new NBC/WSJ poll finds that 58 percent want their member of Congress to vote against strikes; only 44 percent support military action; and only 28 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the situation.
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