July 17, 2013 at 8:42 am #92942
The Right wing response to Zimmerman verdict
Is there Blind justice in America?
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And always, have a peaceful day.July 17, 2013 at 9:08 am #92943
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 17, 2013 at 9:09 am #92944
Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%
By RONI CARYN RABIN and REED ABELSON
Published: July 16, 2013
Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.
State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.
Supporters of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, credited the drop in rates to the online purchasing exchanges the law created, which they say are spurring competition among insurers that are anticipating an influx of new customers. The law requires that an exchange be started in every state.
“Health insurance has suddenly become affordable in New York,” said Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for health initiatives with the Community Service Society of New York. “It’s not bargain-basement prices, but we’re going from Bergdorf’s to Filene’s here.”July 17, 2013 at 9:15 am #92945
Howard University Trayvon Martin “Am I Suspicious?” Campaign VideoJuly 17, 2013 at 9:17 am #92946
Zimmerman Verdict Reactions Prove That The New Initials Of Racism Are G.O.P.
Jul. 16th, 2013
Whether most Americans like to admit it or not, there is still belief among a large segment of the population that race determines superiority, or inferiority, and that a person’s inborn biological characteristics predetermines their social and moral traits. Racism’s primary characteristic is the belief that another person is less than human based on skin color that they presume reveals the basic nature of that person, and there are indications that when George Zimmerman set out stalking Trayvon Martin the night he shot and killed him, racism played a key role in the tragedy.
Without knowing what went through jurors’ minds when they elected to acquit Zimmerman, it is only conjecture that they considered the teen’s race when weighing whether or not Zimmerman was justified in ending Martin’s life. What is abundantly clear, is that it is time to call out the blatant racism that has been in vogue since the day after Barack Obama was first elected President, and instead of being a turning point in racial America, it ushered in a new round of racial animus Republicans took advantage of when Congress defunded ACORN, continued unabated with Republican’s African American voter disenfranchisement the racist conservative Court gave their blessings to, and punctuated with Zimmerman’s acquittal last Saturday in Florida.
President Obama said that “we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken” and that “we should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.” The President certainly is right a jury spoke, and Americans do have to accept it, but they do not have to like it and unfortunately there is little any American can do to prevent future tragedies like Trayvon Martin’s death. Regardless the Florida laws that led to the jury’s decision, it is the mindset among racially motivated Americans that informs racism and racial profiling is a plague on this nation and it is legal to stalk and kill unarmed African American youth, because that is the signal the “nation of laws” jury sent the public. The President wisely said he would not get involved in the Department of Justice’s decision to investigate the stalking and murder as a civil rights issue because he is aware that just speaking to the nation about the case inflamed the racists as much as his occupancy in the White House. If Americans have learned nothing else in the four-and-a-half years President Obama has been in the Oval Office, it is that despite the rampant racism in the population and GOP in particularly, it is forbidden to point out racial animus among a larger percentage of the population than anyone likes to admit.July 17, 2013 at 9:18 am #92947
Liz Cheney launching Senate campaign in Wyoming
By Steve Benen
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:34 AM EDT
In recent years, as Republican politics has shifted to the far right, we’ve seen plenty of primary challenges to sitting GOP officials. In every instance, they follow a fairly predictable pattern: the party base deems a lawmaker to be insufficiently conservative, they’re challenged from the right, and more often than not (Lugar, Bennett, Inglis, et al), they lose.
However, there are no recent examples of a Republican eyeing a sitting GOP official and effectively arguing, “I have a famous last name and I want your seat, so get out of my way.”
And yet, there’s Liz Cheney.
Following up on Rachel’s segment from last night’s show, the far-right Fox News personality confirmed late yesterday that she will, in fact, launch a campaign against Sen. Mike Enzi (R) in Wyoming, a state Cheney moved to just last year. There’s nothing especially wrong with Enzi by Republican standards — he’s a popular incumbent and one of the Senate’s most conservative members — and yesterday, the senator sounded a disappointed note with a phrase that’s become an instant classic.July 17, 2013 at 9:20 am #92948
San Diego mayor faces calls for resignation
By Steve Benen
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:14 AM EDT.
After a decade on Capitol Hill as a successful Democratic congressman, Bob Filner was elected mayor of San Diego last year. It was not an easy task — San Diego very rarely elects Democratic mayors, and Filner won with only 51% of the vote.
But just a half-year into his first term, it’s no longer clear whether the mayor will be able to remain in office much longer.
Turning up the pressure on Mayor Bob Filner to resign, three former supporters Monday released details of his alleged sexual harassment of women, including the forcible kissing of two constituents and grabbing the buttocks and breast of a staff member.
In a City Hall elevator, Filner told a female staffer that women employees would do better “if they worked without their panties on,” attorney Marco Gonzalez said at a news conference outside City Hall.
Filner’s behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a “dirty old man” and coined the phrases “the Filner headlock” and “the Filner dance” to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, Gonzalez said.July 17, 2013 at 9:23 am #92949
Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter Exploited The Death Of A Child For Partisan Gain
By: Sarah Jones
Jul. 16th, 2013
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner called out the Right on their ‘disgraceful’ abuse of Trayvon Martin’s murder, saying that Nugent, Limbaugh, and Coulter exploited “the death of a child for partisan gain.”
Wagner went through the Right’s response, from Coulter tweeting, “Hallelujah” immediately after Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering an unarmed teenager, while Geraldo Rivera on Fox News suggested Trayvon Martin got what he deserved, “If you dress like a thug people are going to treat you like a thug.”
And Rush Limbaugh said the verdict was a win for conservatives, because liberals get everything else. It’s an “interruption in a string of victory after victory”. Alex Wagner said Limbaugh was the first conservative to “put a killer’s acquittal on par with historic progress, including passage of the nation’s first healthcare law and the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.”
Wagner made an excellent point that Limbaugh demonstrated how to use the verdict as a button to press to create more division, “His killing and Zimmerman’s exoneration have now officially joined the conservative arsenal as weapons to be deployed, buttons to be pressed, in service of division.”
Ted Nugent, “working from the very same playbook”, used the Zimmerman verdict to fan the flames of division and indict the President. Nugent accused the President of causing a surge of in “black racism”:July 17, 2013 at 9:25 am #92950
How Harry Reid Effectively Neutered Republicans in the Senate
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:33 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken a lot of grief (including from yours truly) for not changing the Senate rules to eliminate the forced tyranny of the minority enforced by the Republicans through the use of the silent filibuster. But the old boxer from Searchlight, Nevada pulled it off this time.
This time, he threatened the use of the “nuclear option” – using a majority to change the rules so that the filibuster couldn’t be used to block executive branch nominees. He held fast on that threat, and in the end, Republicans caved. They caved by agreeing to give the 7 hold-up positions – the heads of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the EPA, and positions on the National Labor Relations Board, – an up-or-down vote, although President Obama will have to send in two new NLRB nominees (whom the Republicans have promised not to filibuster).
One nominee has already cleared the filibuster hurdle: Richard Cordray, who now seems headed to a Senate confirmation to his job as the Director of the Consumer Protection Bureau.
Although this specific agreement applies only to the seven hold-out nominations, Harry Reid and the Democrats have effectively neutered the only obstructions Senate Republicans alone are capable of.
“They’re not sacrificing their right to filibuster and we damn sure aren’t giving up our right to change the rules if necessary,” Reid said.
What today’s deal proves is that Republicans took Harry Reid’s threat to use the nuclear option seriously. They understood that he was not bluffing. They knew that he had the votes to pull this off. That they took the threat seriously means that the threat remains for the rest of this Congress, ready to be used if Republicans go off the reservations again. That the threat remains real and the fact that Republicans were willing to back off in the face of that threat means that that specific use of the filibuster has been canned for the rest of this Congress.
Still, it’s only applicable to the executive branch nominees, and even then it only ensures such votes for the next year and a half. Where’s the big victory? To understand that, you have to dig a little deeper on how Washington works. A veteran of Senate rules and maneuvers, Harry Reid knew that there is no point in disturbing the rules of the Senate do anything that requires two chambers of Congress to agree. Anything the Republicans would want to block in the Senate, absent the filibuster, could be blocked in the House, which is Republican controlled. So he wasn’t going to mess with the filibuster when it comes to legislation. He didn’t need to lose political capital doing so, because it would have been ineffective at the end of the day.July 17, 2013 at 9:28 am #92951
Women Roar and Power Democrat Terry McAuliffe To A 4 Point Lead In VA Governor Race
By: Sarah Jones
Jul. 16th, 2013
In the Virginia gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe (D) is leading Ken Cuccinelli(R) by 4, 41-37. Democrats also lead in the down ballot races according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday, July 16th.
McAuliffe leads based on his 7 point advantage with women, which is a great victory for women given Cuccinelli’s very Republican, very anti-women stances. This is a great example of when the women vote matters, and why the Republican Party is making a mistake writing off women votes in order to appease the old, white men known as their only reliable base.
Fringe extremist, female voter alienator and ethics impaired Ken Cuccinelli is viewed in a mostly negative light by the state, with only 32% of the state having a favorable opinion of him, while 47% have an unfavorable opinion — including 57% of independents. This leaves Fringe Ken with a -15 net favorability rating. Oopsie.July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am #92952
Obama meets with leaders of black sorority
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
7/16/13 4:09 PM EDT
President Barack Obama hosted members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the White House on Tuesday as members of the group gather in Washington for their annual convention.
White House spokesman Kevin Lewis said the Oval Office meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the African-Amercan sorority and the 51st anniversary of its convention. Obama met with members including the sorority’s president, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. Given the national dialogue on race since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case — and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Monday comments to the group about the case — it wouldn’t be unexpected for the conversation to veer in that direction.
“As parents, as engaged citizens, and as leaders who stand vigilant against violence in communities across the country, the Deltas are deeply, and rightly, concerned about this case,” Holder said Monday. “The Justice Department shares your concern – I share your concern – and, as we first acknowledged last spring, we have opened an investigation into the matter.”July 17, 2013 at 9:30 am #92953
Ted Nugent Claims The Obama Presidency Has Caused a Surge In Black Racism
By: Jason Easley
Jul. 15th, 2013
Ted Nugent blamed the death of Trayvon Martin on a surge in black racism that is caused by the Obama presidency.
Nugent wrote on the conservative website Rare:
And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.
With an obvious racist chip on his shoulder, referencing the neighborhood watch guy as a “creepy ass cracker” to his fellow racist female friend who admitted under oath that that is how non-blacks are referred to normally in their circles, Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do. See Chicago any day of the week.
With nearly 700 examples of this truism played out in Chicago in 2012 alone, no one can possibly dispute the recent surge in black racism increasing throughout Barack Obama’s presidency. To attempt to claim otherwise is a laughable lie.
It is interesting that Nugent calls Trayvon Martin a racist while using several racist stereotypes to portray a seventeen year old child. Nugent calls Martin a dope smoking, gangsta, with a chip on his shoulder. The fact that Martin used the term cracker seals the deal for Nugent, because to him cracker has such a long history of prejudice, violence, discrimination and bigotry against white people associated with it. Cracker is the equal to the n-word in Nugent’s mind.July 17, 2013 at 9:45 am #92954
Embattled Donor Tied To All Three Past GOP Nominees For Virginia Governor
Both McDonnell and Cuccinelli, who is currently running for governor, originally reported thousands of dollars in gifts from Williams and his company, only to have further gifts or financial ties come to light later.
But Williams’ ties to top Virginia Republicans go back further than the current administration. Williams and his company, Star Scientific, gave heavily to the 2005 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Jerry Kilgore. Kilgore, who served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2002 to 2005, lost to Democrat Tim Kaine. Currently a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods, Kilgore now serves as Williams’ attorney, and has acted as his spokesperson during the current scandal.
In other words, Williams and his company have had financial ties to Virginia’s past three attorneys general, and its past three Republican gubernatorial nominees. And one of those former attorneys general is now his lawyer. (McDonnell served as attorney general from 2006 to 2009.)July 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #92955
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) discusses the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on July 12, 2013. Senator Warren introduced the legislation with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME).July 17, 2013 at 10:13 am #92956
Liz Cheney’s Fatal Career Move?
Josh Marshall- July 16, 2013, 9:48 PM 340
As near as I can tell, besides her father and Erick Erickson, virtually every Republican I can think of came out crapping on Liz Cheney’s decision to carpet bag into Wyoming and trying to unseat resolutely boring sitting Sen. Mike Enzi. And TPM Reader LW thinks Cheney may end up rueing the day …
FWIW, I think Liz Cheney just made a fatal career move. Having lived in WY for 35 years, I do not believe that Liz can beat Enzi. I think this is going to cause all kinds of hard feelings in Wyoming because this kind of disrespect to a man who has done nothing to deserve being disrespected in this way will simply not sit well. It’s a very east coast kind of move (think Cory Booker) and will only serve to remind people that Liz Cheney has absolutely no real history in Wyoming.
She also seems to have forgotten a very basic element of the WY electoral process, i.e., we have same day voter registration and Democrats routinely turn into Republicans when they walk into the polling place for the primary and then switch back to Democrat on their way out. Personally, I’ve done this at least 4 or 5 times and I will surely do it again next year. Democrats often do this simply to meddle in the Republican primary, often to vote for the most conservative crazy in the field. But this time, I am sure a lot of Dems will happily switch just for the joy of voting against Liz Cheney.
Yes, she will have a bundle of money. But Enzi will have enough and money just doesn’t matter much in WY elections. It’s the personal connections because, literally, here you don’t just expect to meet the candidates, you KNOW the candidates. And if you don’t know them, your friends know them. Enzi will have all that — and many years of good will and humble, serious service which are values that Wyomingites appreciate — while Liz will have what? Money? A father? And the carpetbag she brought with her. I’ll be stunned if it works.
And where does Liz Cheney go after she loses a primary to a man as non-charismatic as Mike Enzi? I’d say that’s pretty much the end of her career. She should have talked to Pete Simpson — Alan’s brother, son of beloved former governor, Milward Simpson. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Pete Simpson. But when he ran for governor, he lost. Because we’re not big on dynasties here. And we’re not fond of people who think they are entitled to anything.
So have fun running, Liz. I will definitely enjoy having the unexpected opportunity to vote against you.
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