October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am #99011
President Obama says that new FBI Director James Comey has “dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.” October 28, 2013.
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.October 29, 2013 at 9:01 am #99012
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 29, 2013 at 9:02 am #99013
The Netroots Did Not Fail
Mon Oct 28th, 2013 at 11:06:44 PM EST
It would be easier to understand Jerome Armstrong’s argument if he wrote in English because I don’t know what he means by “I didn’t see Lieberman’s 2006 win in quite as pinnacle a light at the time” or “I certainly peg the crux of lost movement with the rise of Obama’s campaign.” The premise of his word salad is that the Netroots movement somehow failed. And I don’t really see it that way.
I think we were an organization that came together organically to achieve certain limited aims that we all pretty much agreed about, and that the movement splintered once those goals were accomplished because it turned out there were things we didn’t agree about.
There were technological and economic reasons that the Netroots didn’t endure as a united force into the Obama Era, too, and I’d say that our primary failure in that regard was an inability to realize that advertising wasn’t the right model. Obama showed the way with his army of small donors. If we had insisted on and worked collectively to build an army of subscribers who were willing to sign up to pay for free content, we might have been able to thrive economically enough to have actual political pull. But we directed our donors to give more to political candidates than ourselves. And then the advertising dried up. The users grew accustomed to free content and even learned to filter out our advertising so that our own most loyal readers were denying us revenue. But there were progressive values at play that hampered our vision. We weren’t doing it for the money, and our readers would have been suspicious of our motives if we had tried both to profit handsomely and assign ourselves as political leaders directing their money with prudence and wisdom.
But, back to Jerome’s argument, I just find it bizarre to be lectured by a man who first came to my attention as Mark Warner’s agent to the blogosphere. I like Mark Warner and think he is a good man and a decent senator. But I would never confuse him with a progressive. And then Jerome jumped on the Clinton bandwagon, which may have seemed like a solid career move, but it wasn’t where most progressives were going. And then he bailed out to work on Gary Johnson’s libertarian campaign for president, which was definitely a move out of the DLC camp, but a move that traded agreement on some issues like the Drug War and surveillance for disagreement about just about everything else in the progressive playbook.
I have never thought of Jerome as a progressive, and insofar as he immersed himself in the progressive backlash against Obama’s presidency, which was led by Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald, I think he excommunicated himself from about 90% of progressives in this country.
It’s telling that he still resents Barack Obama for not coming to him with his hat in his hand.
It was an awful place to be in with Clinton vs. Obama, in the 2008 primary. My basic impulse (after Edwards –who had the populist message– imploded) was, like many bloggers (not the masses), to go with Clinton because she at least showed signs of being accountable to the netroots movement, unlike Obama. He didn’t need the netroots for his message and candidate-movement, he had places like Politico to push out of, and was basically an identity-politics cult for many new to politics that flooded the blogs.
According to his own telling, he moved from Edwards to Clinton not because of any policy differences but because Obama didn’t seem accountable to the Netroots Movement. I saw that complaint from the consultant class a lot around that time, and it always struck me that these people expected Obama to pander to them and offer them jobs. I would have liked that, too, but I never resented Obama for not needing me. I’m not sure what the Politico resentment is about in this context, but I don’t like the sound of “identity-politics cult” because it sounds an awful lot like he’s arguing that people only liked Obama because he was black.October 29, 2013 at 9:08 am #99014
New York attorney general targeting Barneys, Macy’s over racial profiling claims
BY KENNETH LOVETT, DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 2:30 AM
ALBANY — The state attorney general has launched a probe into Barneys and Macy’s after four complaints about alleged racial profiling at the New York City shopping havens surfaced in the past week, the Daily News has learned.
Eric Schneiderman’s office on Monday sent letters to both retailers seeking an array of information on their policies for stopping, detaining and questioning customers based on race.
They have until Friday to comply, according to the letters obtained by The News.October 29, 2013 at 9:16 am #99015
Official Edward Snowden site for his legal defense fund has just launched http://freesnowden.is/October 29, 2013 at 9:21 am #99016
Affordable care facts
Chris Hayes looks at the issue of people’s (bad) insurance policies being canceled due to Obamacare.October 29, 2013 at 9:22 am #99017
Nevada Assemblyman: I’d Bring Back Slavery If Constituents Wanted
Sandra Chereb – October 29, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.
His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.
“Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”
“It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am #99018
At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high
By Jim Tankersley,
ROME, Ga. — Tom Hackett’s life in the meat business was nearly gone by 4 p.m. on Thursday. What remained behind yards and yards of polished glass were a few scattered remnants of his final inventory — a couple of flank steaks, some shrimp, a lonely half a pound of bologna.
Hackett stood behind the case and lamented that in a few hours he would be closing the store he has run for five years. The weak local economy killed it, he said, and so did the new chain grocery store down the street and the bank that said it couldn’t lend to him anymore. But the biggest culprit, he said, was a man in Washington whose name Hackett could not bring himself to speak.
“I’m going to go hide for two years,” he said, until “he” — President Obama — is on his way out. “It’s sad. People are hurting. There’s no reason for it to be happening, other than what he’s doing.”
If you want to understand the congressional Republicans who have forced confrontations with Obama on the “fiscal cliff,” the government shutdown and the debt ceiling — and whether those lawmakers might feel encouraged to force more confrontations in the future — you need to understand the economic struggles of the Republicans’ home districts.
People in those districts are poorer and more likely to be unemployed than in the nation at large. They have focused their anger about their economic circumstances on Obama, and they want someone, anyone, to make him improve things for them. This is why Hackett praises his congressman, Tom Graves, for voting against the plan to end the budget impasse with Obama that produced the shutdown. “I think he’s great,” he said of Graves. “Somebody’s got to stand up to him.”
Forty-five House Republicans have most consistently pushed their caucus to brinkmanship over the past several years, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting patterns.
On average, the economy in the districts those Republicans represent is significantly worse than it is in the nation at large.
The median income in those districts last year was 7 percent lower than the national median, according to the Census Bureau. The unemployment rate averaged 10 percent. That was almost two percentage points higher than the national rate, and two percentage points higher than the overall rate in the states that contain each district.
The epicenter of that economic distress lies in the Deep South. Four of the congressional districts are in North Georgia. A dozen others are close by in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and North and South Carolina. Nearly all of them ended 2012 with jobless rates in the double digits.October 29, 2013 at 9:27 am #99019
House Republicans exhausted by failure
10/29/13 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen
Following up on a segment from last night’s show, it appears the U.S. House of Representatives, just nine months into the current Congress, can’t think of anything to do. The Republican leadership hasn’t scheduled many work days for the remainder of 2013, and they’re now considering a plan to scale back even further.
For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.
Need evidence? The House votes Monday evening and will finish its work week Wednesday. After that, the House is out of session until Nov. 12. Internally, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and senior Republicans aren’t discussing coming back early from the scheduled recess, but instead, they are wondering if they’ll cancel some of the remaining days in session.
This Politico item was published yesterday, so there are really only 18 legislative days remaining until New Year’s Eve – it’s great work if you can get it – a total which may be poised to shrink.October 29, 2013 at 9:28 am #99020
‘The Butler’ Becomes 1st Black Film To Break $100 Million Sales Mark In Over 20 Years
Oct 28, 2013
By Myeisha Essex
Lee Daniels’ The Butler has reached a new milestone!
According to reports, the drama is the first black film of 2013 to surpass the $100 million sales mark at the box office. In addition, it’s now the first “black film” directed by a black filmmaker to reach the achievement in the last 23 years.
“You’d find very few films that tell stories about black people, and that were directed by black filmmakers, with grosses of over $100 million,” Indie Wire reports. “Part of the reason for that is that, within the studio system, black directors just haven’t always been given the opportunity to direct “black films” – especially those that did gross over $100 million in recent years, like Django Unchained, Dreamgirls, The Pursuit Of Happyness, and even Big Mommas House, which all grossed over $100 million, in their years of release, un-adjusted for inflation.”
Thanks to the success of the film, Lee Daniels says big box office bucks are no longer a concern for his future projects.
“I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made $100 million for The Butler,” he said. “I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.”October 29, 2013 at 9:34 am #99021
Concern troll is very concerned so maybe you should be too
Monday, October 28, 2013 18:50 EDT
Rand Paul fanboy and holder of the Megan McArdle Memorial ‘Seemingly Reasonable If You Aren’t Hung Up On Facts’ Chair at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf is having trouble sleeping at night because he is way stressed out about Dronebama’s legacy and whether it will drone kill the shit out of Hillary Clinton’s chances to be the first woman second Clinton to be elected President.
During President George W. Bush’s tenure, most Republicans felt that criticizing him would just help Democrats. Only the end of his presidency freed them to see its flaws clearly. Staunch conservatives who voted for him twice suddenly found themselves swept up in a Tea Party rebellion against his team’s approach to governing. They felt chagrin at the ways he had transgressed against their values, and they resolved to change the GOP so that the same mistakes would never recur.
Will some Democrats behave similarly when President Obama leaves office? Right now, most feel that criticizing the White House can only help House Republicans. But one day soon they’ll be able to look back at Obama’s two terms with clearer eyes. How many will feel chagrin at policies that transgressed against their values? How many will pressure their party’s establishment to change?
Before we dive in, I’d like to point out that the photo accompanying Young Conor’s article is from this weekends #StopWatchingUs rally that drew a small libertarian-heavy crowd whose size would be embarrassing for a small town Friday night high school football game but would be a stunning haul for a Reason magazine subscription drive.
But, please Conor, go on about those primaries coming up several years down the road:
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@victoriarowell: I exist because ancestors bore the brutality. I NEVER forget.October 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm #99050
CBS News’ Misleading Obamacare Report: Woman’s Plan Paid $50 Per Service, Doesn’t Cover Hospitalization
by Tommy Christopher | 4:10 pm, October 28th, 2013
…On CBS This Morning, Crawford reported that 56-year-old Dianne Barrette received a letter last month “from Blue Cross Blue Shield, informing her that as of January 2014, she would lose her current plan. She pays $54 a month. The new plan she’s being offered would run $591 a month, ten times more than what she currently pays.”
“What I have right now is what I’m happy with,” Barrette says in the report, “and I just want to know why I can’t keep what I have. Why do I have to be forced into something else.”
There are very good answers to her questions, answers which Crawford, either deliberately or through ignorance, failed to report, answers which are available to anyone with a passing familiarity with health insurance.
First of all, the plan that Barrette paid $54 a month for is barely health insurance at all. It’s part of a subset of insurance that Consumer Reports calls “junk health insurance” (and which even the company that sells it recommends that customers not rely solely upon) and it pays only $50 towards most of the services it covers. That’s it. If Dianne went to the doctor every week for a year, her plan would pay, at most, $2600. Meanwhile, based on average office visit charges, Diane would pay about $5,600.00. She probably doesn’t go to the doctor every week, of course, which means her plan pays a lot less, while her premium buys her a lot less. If she goes to the doctor, say, six times in a year, she’s paid a $648 premium for the privilege of spending another $600 on office visits. The plan also pays up to $15 per prescription, which will get you a few milligrams of most prescription drugs. The one decent deal on her plan is that it covers 100% of in-network lab services.October 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm #99051
Here’s the quote:
“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” he said, noting that reality stars have often been overlooked by mainstream fashion magazines. “And collectively, we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.”
When his girl landed the cover of CR Fashion Book, West saw it as a transcendent moment. “[Former French Vogue editor] Carine Roitfeld supports my girl. That’s a breakthrough,” he explained. “There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through.”October 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm #99053
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