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Thursday, October 31, 2013

A new book 10 years in the making examines how many major U.S. universities — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Williams and the University of North Carolina, among others — are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves.

A new book 10 years in the making examines how many major U.S. universities — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Williams and the University of North Carolina, among others — are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves. In "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities," Massachusetts Institute of Technology American history professor Craig Steven Wilder reveals how the slave economy and higher education grew up together. "When you think about the colonial world, until the American Revolution, there is only one college in the South, William & Mary ... The other eight colleges were all Northern schools, and they’re actually located in key sites, for the most part, of the merchant economy where the slave traders had come to power and rose as the financial and intellectual backers of new culture of the colonies," Wilder says.

U.S. Child Poverty Second Highest Among Developed Nations: Report  Only Below Romania! 

George Zimmerman’s Estranged Wife Told Cops He Left Bullet-Riddled Marksman Target — Nailed To The Wall — In Their Home After Divorce Dispute | Radar Online

Orlando Sentinel - Muslim mom says she was victim of road-rage assault

Justice and America do not seem together. Inequality and a lack of justice seems permanently engraved in this racial stratified society birthed in error twin evils of ethics in cleansing and slavery/segregation. Genocide and racial stratification is as American as apple pie.   If there is justice in this universe America will pay a have price for it's continuing practices of pure evil.

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." From the Declaration of Independence 1776.

NYTimes: Tablets on a Plane

FAA to allow tablets and e-readers during all phases of flight - NBC

FAA to allow tablets and e-readers during all phases of flight - NBC

NYPD Chief Ray Kelly at Brown University - WPRO

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Snowden Leak: NSA Tapped Google, Yahoo Data Centers

HBCU Presidents at a New Crossroads - Higher Education

Only three months into the academic year and headlines have been littered with announcements about HBCU leadership turnover. There have been a plethora of reasons, including university presidents being fired, being encouraged to leave their posts by their boards of trustees or opting for retirement. Gone are the days of decades of top-down leadership, now replaced by a need for charismatic personalities who are well-skilled at fundraising while navigating internal needs and external stakeholders, as well as politics and long-standing traditions.
The burning question that remains is about the fate of HBCUs and how to stop the trend that’s making it difficult for presidents to lead.

Bangladesh’s clothing industry: Bursting at the seams | The Economist

White House approved spying on allies, officials reportedly claim | Security & Privacy - CNET News

NYTimes: Black Shoppers at Barneys and Macy’s Say They Were Profiled by Security

Monday, October 28, 2013

Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News? -

an excellent conversation on journalistic values and practices in the revolutionary media world brought on by new media.

John H. Armwood

"Much of the speculation about the future of news focuses on the business model: How will we generate the revenues to pay the people who gather and disseminate the news? But the disruptive power of the Internet raises other profound questions about what journalism is becoming, about its essential character and values. This week’s column is a conversation — a (mostly) civil argument — between two very different views of how journalism fulfills its mission."

Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News? -

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Santorum: Cruz 'Did More Harm' Than Good With Shutdown

Bill de Blasio for Mayor -

The rise of Bill de Blasio, New York City’s public advocate, has been remarkable. In a clamorous primary campaign against better known, more seasoned candidates, he won the Democratic nomination without a runoff, by appealing directly and doggedly to struggling New Yorkers who see a city of lofty wealth rising out of their reach. With the election only 10 days away, Mr. de Blasio is polling so far ahead of the Republican, Joseph Lhota, that commentators have already anointed him leader of a national rebirth of left-wing populism.

NYTimes: In Fed and Out, Many Now Think Inflation Helps

The Slavery Reparations Calculations - The Numbers Guy - WSJ

Scholars dispute the best way to calculate reparations. “One must first ask how much the damaged parties would have accepted (or been awarded by a court) at the time of the injury,” Franklin M. Fisher, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote in an email. “Then one brings that to the current time using the safest interest rate.” He added, “However you do it, the result, I think, is bound to be mind-bogglingly large.”

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Maher: American Dream Now 'Pathway To Indentured Servitude'

GOP Senator Breaks Ranks From Tea Party: 'I'm In The Take-Charge-Of-The-Government Crowd'

Less than two weeks removed from 2013's government shutdown, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was clear about where he stands within the Republican Party on that strategy.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post published Friday, Alexander offered an inside look into how he worked to help broker a deal to reopen the government, distancing himself from the tea party in the process.

U.S. Spying On Angela Merkel's Phone May Date Back To 2002: Report

Explore the Shocking Effects of Climate Change on 6 Continents

Hardball with Chris Matthews on msnbc

Hardball with Chris Matthews on msnbc

Mississippi to make history by opening civil rights museum | Black Politics on the Web

Mississippi to make history by opening civil rights museum | Black Politics on the Web

Crooked Cops - Jasiri X

"Do We Need to Start a Riot?" - Jasiri X

How Texas voter ID laws undermine women | MSNBC

How Texas voter ID laws undermine women | MSNBC

1 Black Man Is Killed Every 28 Hours by Police or Vigilantes: America Is Perpetually at War with Its Own People | Alternet

From the war on drugs to the war on terror, law enforcement's battle against minorities serves as pacification

Majority of Americans want to experiment with pot legalization | MSNBC

Will Democrats Continue To Win The Young?

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on msnbc

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Suppressing the Vote - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 10/23/13 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Suppressing the Vote - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 10/23/13 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Is The Tea Party Racist? What Some Actual Racists Think

Stormfront -- whose motto is "White Pride World Wide" -- is among the most popular white nationalist (WN, in the community's lexicon) gathering spots online, and discussion of the tea party is a regular part of the chatter. One thread, started in 2011 and still active recently, debates just how racist the tea party is. In the evil, upside-down world of white supremacy, the label of racist is meant as a compliment and, to many Stormfront posters, the tea party earns high marks.

Approval ratings: Obama, 50%; Obamacare, 46%; Democratic Party, 46%; Republican Party, 32%; Tea Party, 26%.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

12 Years a Slave (2013)

A true story of the brutally and barbarity of America history of slavery. It puts in a clear light America's failure to pay damages for slavery, segregation and discrimination' intentional torts which unjustly enriched and continues to unjustly enrich generations of Americans while leaving the victims of these evils and their descendants without their legal right to compensation. Reparations for these torts are long overdue.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bloomberg: Lack of Housing Is a ‘Good Sign’ -- Daily Intelligencer

Who raised this callous,  cold hearted man?  "

Mayor Bloomberg has never been known for his tact, but he's really letting his out-of-touch rich guy flag fly now that his twelve-year reign is almost at its end. Back in September, he repeatedly expressed his desire to "get every billionaire around the world to move" to New York, which he believes would be "a godsend" for the city. Yesterday, on his weekly radio show, Bloomberg addressed the topic of affordable housing for New Yorkers of more modest means. "Somebody said that there’s not enough housing. That’s a good sign," he explained. "As fast as we build, more people want to live here. Doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. But there are no vacancies. And that will bring in investment for people to build at all income levels different kinds of housing."

‘Ebony and Ivy,’ About How Slavery Helped Universities Grow -

Mr. Wilder, a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a new book, “Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities,” which argues provocatively that the nation’s early colleges, alongside church and state, were “the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage.”

Cory Booker's Win Exposes Glaring Senate Reality

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"SACRAMENTO: ABOLISH THE SHU TODAY!" (CA legislative hearings Oct. 2013)

Police unlawful harassment and racial profiling 9/27/13 Philly,Pa.

Obama to GOP: 'Win an election' to change policies - First Read

Obama to GOP: 'Win an election' to change policies - First Read

A Good Listen on Umano: Hatred of ObamaCare Leads Tea Party To Brink Of Disaster

Belafonte Sues Heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. -

At issue are three documents that used to be in Mr. Belafonte’s collection of memorabilia, along with other photos and letters on the walls of his apartment, chronicling his long friendship with Dr. King. Mr. Belafonte says the papers were given to him by Dr. King himself; by his widow, Coretta Scott King; and by Dr. King’s close aide Stanley Levison.

Dr. King’s heirs — Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther King III — have said the documents were taken without permission and belong to the estate.

Mr. Belafonte, who often supported the King family financially during the civil rights struggle, said the dispute pains him. He said in his view, Dr. King’s children had drifted away from their father’s values. “The papers are symbolic,” he said. “It’s really about what happened to the children, and I feel that somewhere, in this one area, I really failed Martin.”

The Racist Redskins - The Daily Beast

There’s a debate brewing—yet again—about whether the name of Washington’s football team is racist. Of course it is, says Michael Tomasky

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Democracy After the Shutdown -

Here’s the question we should be asking ourselves right now: What next?

Even if the immediate crises — the partial shutdown and the looming debt default — are resolved, we will still be living in a dangerous political moment. The danger in question is because of the recent emergence of a political philosophy — and I mean that in the loosest sense — which threatens to unravel our joint commitment to a common democratic enterprise.

Senate agrees to a bill to end government shutdown.

The agreement represented a victory for Obama and Democrats over conservative Republicans, who had tried to use the shutdown and debt ceiling deadline to wring concessions on spending cuts and dismantling the Obama's signature health care reforms.

The Real Rebels of the Civil War

"Frederick Douglass wasn’t fooled by white Southerners’ rhetorical illusion. In 1862, he declared: “I really wish we had some other expressive title for the traitor and rebels who are now striking at the heart of the country which has nursed and brought them up. REBELS and TRAITORS are epithets too good for such monsters of perfidy and ingratitude. Washington, Jefferson, John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and many other brave and good men have worn those appellations, and I hate to see them now worn by wretches who, instead of being rebels against slavery, are actually rebelling against the principles of human liberty and progress, for the hell-black purpose of establishing slavery in its most odious form.”

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson “Jumps Jim Crow” | Black Politics on the Web

"Does Dr. Carson really believe that the ACA is worse than the Tuskegee syphilis experiment of 1932?  This infamous clinical study was conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service on 399 African American men from 1932 to 1972 to trace the natural progression of untreated syphilis.  These human “laboratory animals” thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government.  By the end of the experiment, 28 of the men had died directly of syphilis, 100 were dead of related complications, 40 of their wives had been infected and 19 of their children had been born with congenital syphilis.

Would Dr. Carson have us believe that the ACA is worse than the government sanctioned, racially motivated attack on the Greenwood district of Tulsa Oklahoma in 1921?  The Greenwood district of Tulsa, also know as Black Wall Street, was the wealthiest African American community in America. During a 16 hour period from May 31 and June 1, 1921 whites rioted, attacked the community and burned it to the ground based upon the rumor that an African American shoeshiner named Dick Roland touched a white female elevator operator named Sarah Page.

An estimated 10,000 African American residents were left homeless and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire. The official death count by the Oklahoma Department of Vital Statistics was 39, but other estimates of African American fatalities have been up to about 300.

From 1920 – 1970 the state of North Carolina forcibly sterilized more than 7,600 women.  Most of these women were poor and African American.  This eugenics program began as a means to control the birth rates of poor white woman and quickly expanded as an attack on African American woman. Woman were being sterilized like cats and dogs are spayed and neutered. Dr. Carson wants us to believe that the ACA is worse than this?

As Carson is being promoted in conservative political circles as an informed spokesman on the talk circuit he has quickly become a political minstrel show.  He’s jumping Jim Crow. Jump Jim Crow is a song and dance that was performed in blackface by a white comedian named Thomas Dartmouth around 1830, the early minstrel era of American entertainment.  It made a mockery of African Americans; lampooning them as dim-witted, lazy, and buffoonish.  The expression to Jump Jim Crow came to mean “to act like a stereotyped stage caricature of a black person” usually by a white person.

Dr. Carson has once again put his black face on political ideology that is contrary to the interests of the African American community and validates denigrating stereotypes perpetuated by its enemies. Earlier this year Carson told a CPAC audience that “Nobody is starving on the streets (of America). We have always taken care of them. We have churches which actually are much better mechanisms for taking care of the poor because they are right there with them. This is one of the reasons we give tax breaks to churches…”

He is lending his voice and using his personal narrative to validate the conservative “blame the poor” political agenda and undermine the social safety net in America"

NYTimes: Senators Near Fiscal Deal, but the House Is Uncertain

Rupert Murdoch calls for Google to be 'exposed' | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

Utter Stupidity

So I am imagining Rupert Murdoch on Sunday night, slurping on a glass of fine, golden beer, seated in a red velvet smoking jacket.
Clutching his phone, filled with the kind of irritating news a boss often receives, he cast his frustrations to the wind. Or, rather to the Twitterati.
For Sunday night, News Corp.'s heart and soul offered: "'Please expose Eric Schmidt, Google' etc. Just wait!"
There is so little here, and yet so much. Firstly, what secrets can possibly be hidden by the always open government of Google? What dark insinuations are being proposed here?
Is it merely to do with the alleged theft of all the world's news? Or might there be something even more menacing and filled with acronyms such as NSA, LSD, or LOL?
And why single out Executive Chairman Schmidt? Why not Google's true self-driving force, Larry Page? Is there something of a personal nature that Murdoch would like exposed?

The Flag of Traitors displayed by American Veterans in Washington DC . Shame on them.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - The Two Faces of Illegal Immigration Aasif Mandvi learns that America is worse for illegal immigrants than illegal immigrants are for America.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Medican't - "Taker" States If statehood was health care, moocher states like Mississippi and Missouri would be rejected as having a preexisting condition.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Medican't Health-challenged states like Texas and Mississippi refuse to take advantage of a federally subsidized Medicaid expansion.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

Fox News' Ed Henry Walks Out Of White House Briefing (VIDEO)

Who with any common sense watches Fox News? It is appalling how they play to the lowest common denominator, lie an deceive for profit and then call it news.

Florida's history of suppressing blacks' votes | Tampa Bay Times

Sources: Cash-Strapped FreedomWorks In State Of Financial Disarray - BuzzFeed Mobile

The tea party group had to take out a $1 million line of credit, and its fundraising efforts have tanked this year, sources say. FreedomWorks dismisses the accusations as claims made by “bored former employees.”

Modern GOP Still The Party Of Dixie How the South poisons American conservatism and sabotages our politics

Rand Paul at Black Pastor Conference: Democracy Hurts Minorities

This cynical piece of human horse dung, who opposes the section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits private businesses from blocking access to Blacks has the nerve to seek support from Black pastors in his 2016 run for the Presidency.

New poll: Republicans slammed over shutdown as pressure increases to end impasse

Saturday, October 12, 2013

O'Reilly's Grave Warning For Republicans

Bill O'Reilly: Republicans Will Lose In 2014, 2016 If They Don't 'Solve Problems'

HUFFPOLLSTER: Reviewing Ted Cruz's Poll "Unskewing"

POLL BEARS BAD NEWS FOR THE GOP - An NBC/WSJ poll released Thursday night found Republicans taking a drastic hit. Per Chuck Todd, both members of its bipartisan team of pollsters described the results as "jaw dropping." HuffPost: "The Republican Party has been 'badly damaged' by the government shutdown, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday evening, which finds public opinion souring on the GOP and some of its core positions. Americans blamed Republicans over President Barack Obama for the shutdown by a margin of 22 percentage points, with 53 percent saying the GOP deserved more blame, and 31 percent saying Obama did….Voters were 8 points more likely to say they'd prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress over a Republican-controlled Congress, a 5-point shift toward the Democrats since last month. Support for the new health care law, the touchstone of the government shutdown, rose a net 8 points from September, while the belief that government should do more to solve problems was up 8 points from June."

Millionaire GOP Congressman Tells Furloughed Workers To Take Out Loans To Pay Bills

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) has a suggestion for any of the hundreds of thousands of furloughed government workers worried about being able to pay their bills: take out a loan!

In a post on his personal Facebook page that was later deleted, Pearce urged government workers to call their banks and take out a short-term loan if money is tight.

Conservative Shutdown Architects Host 1 Percent Fundraiser As Nation Hurtles Toward Catastrophe

Bachmann Makes Curious Claim About GOP 

Bachmann failed to see that divide, saying Republicans were "excited" about the government shutdown.

“It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it," Bachmann told the Washington Post ahead of the Oct. 1 shutdown.

Melissa Harris-Perry Somehow Finds Guests Who Aren't All White Guys

Friday, October 11, 2013

Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking | Parents United for Public Education

The Only Hope For The GOP Is To Be More Like Chris Christie

Business Insider Christie's openness to Democrats has created openness to him. Dozens of local Democratic officials have endorsed him for re-election. Many polls show him drawing about a third of the black vote, an unheard of level for a Republican candidate.

The latest Fairleigh Dickinson poll shows him ahead by 8 points among non-white voters. Where else on this planet do Republican candidates win among non-whites?
I spoke with Michael Blunt, a black Democrat who has endorsed Christie. Blunt serves as mayor of Chesilhurst, a middle-class suburb of Philadelphia, which is about 50% black and gave 82% of its votes to Barack Obama in 2012.
Blunt had a simple explanation for how Christie has made inroads with black voters: "He talks to them. He makes them feel comfortable."

NYTimes: An Inadequate Offer From the House

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Big-Money Manipulators -

Congress Was Warned the Shutdown Would Delay Military Death Benefits - Atlantic Mobile

Jon Stewart Calls Out Republicans For Not Owning The Shutdown: 'Don't Fart And Point At The Dog'

2013 Worlds Yuna Kim FS Les Miserables (CBC)

All In : Why the debt ceiling isnt your family budget

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All In : Why the debt ceiling isnt your family budget

All In : Meet the GOP members burning down the House

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All In : Meet the GOP members burning down the House

All In : Where we stand on debt ceiling, shutdown

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All In : Where we stand on debt ceiling, shutdown

NYTimes: Uninsured Find More Success via Health Exchanges Run by States

Monday, October 07, 2013

NYTimes: Default Threat Generates Fear Around Globe

Boehner can’t count — MSNBC

But this time around Boehner is all tell and no show. He says he doesn’t have the votes, but he’s not proving it by putting a bill on the floor.
And there’s a good reason: the math’s against him.
As many as 22 Republicans could support a “clean” funding resolution according to NBC News, which sifted through tweets, official statements, and news reports for the whip count.
“My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there” to pass a clean funding bill, President Obama said on Monday. “Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let’s see what happens.”
The White House has said they believe 24 House Republicans will vote for the bill, too—a top administration official told NBC Boehner’s warnings are “not true.”

Sunday, October 06, 2013

MHP: Students raise their voices for school reform

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MHP: Students raise their voices for school reform

Get to know Wendy Davis’ likely opponent in Texas — MSNBC

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Get to know Wendy Davis’ likely opponent in Texas — MSNBC

23 hrs a day In a 6 by 9 cell For 42 years Released 2 days ago Dies in his sleep In a hospital bed Rest in Power #HermanWallace Forgive us

Conservatives' Biggest Fear: Being Called Racist | Mother Jones

John Armwood
Extended circles1 minute ago
For Black conservatives it would be Uncle Toms but if the shoe fits...

In Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs writes about a new study that tries to figure out why so many people love to watch and listen to "outrage-based radio and television programs." After conducting a series of in-depth interviews, their answer, in a nutshell, is that unlike conversations with actual friends and neighbors, these programs provide a safe space where you don't have to worry about saying something that might get you ostracized:
But why is their pull apparently stronger among conservatives, who gravitate to such programming in much greater numbers than liberals? Based on their interviews, the researchers believe the answer lies in the fact those on the right have more to fear in terms of social condemnation for their views.
In conversation with conservatives, liberals risk being called naïve or willfully blind to potential threats—not very pleasant labels, but not especially damaging ones, either. In contrast, conservatives risk accusations of racism—and “being called a racist carries a particular cultural force,” the researchers write.

Police arrest suspect in slaying outside billiards hall |

Westwood Student's alleged killer apprehended.  This was a horrible murder of a very nice man defending his wife from harassment.  Those of us who knew Ellis deeply miss him.

Police arrest suspect in slaying outside billiards hall |

“Scandal’”s racially charged motto: “You have to be twice as good as them” | Black Politics on the Web  I heard this all of my childhood but this is only the first part. The second part is "to receive half as much"

The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting | Black Politics on the Web

Saturday, October 05, 2013

As shutdown drags on, America’s vulnerable suffer — MSNBC

Wrong Side of History -

Sarah Palin finally got her death panels — a direct blow from the Republican House. In shutting down the government, leaving 800,000 people without a paycheck and draining the economy of $300 million a day, the Party of Madness also took away last-chance cancer trials for children at the National Institutes of Health.

And now that the pain that was dismissed as a trifle on Monday, a “slimdown” according to the chuckleheads at Fox News, is revealed as tragic by mid-week, the very radicals who caused the havoc are trying to say it’s not their fault.

It’s too late. They flunked hostage-taking. About 30 or so Republicans in the House, bunkered in gerrymandered districts while breathing the oxygen of delusion, are now part of a cast of miscreants who have stood firmly on the wrong side of history. The headline, today and 50 years from now, will be the same: Republicans closed the government to keep millions of their fellow Americans from getting affordable health care.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Police place Capitol on lockdown after shots are fired

Shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday afternoon and Capitol police were  telling people to shelter in place. The incident appeared to begin around 2:19 p.m. and Capitol police say the Capitol was locked down.
Officers with semi-automatic weapons were seen running for the exits on the first floor of the House side of the Capitol. Reports of shots inside were unconfirmed.

Juan Williams Deflates Fox's Claim That President Obama Is Being Unreasonable In Budget Negotiations | Video | Media Matters for America

All In : Fox News mocks Obamacare language diversity

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - March of the Dumbs.

Some of the people supporting the Republican government shutdown are spewing some of the most ignorant, hateful, dishonest venom I have ever seen. They are clueless, ignorant people who simply mimic the hate filled rhetoric market to them by Fox News. It is unbelieveable the level of mean spiritedness. I experienced some of this today which left me i shock and awe had how detached from reality some people are. It is very sad.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Jon Stewart's Rockin' Shutdown Eve If President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent mullahs in the world but not with House Republicans, maybe he is not the problem

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

The Enigma of Chinese Medicine -

A few years ago, while visiting Beijing, I caught a cold. My wife, who is Chinese, and wanted me to feel better, took me to a local restaurant. After we sat down, she ordered a live turtle. The proprietors sent it over. I startled as the waiters unceremoniously cut the turtle’s throat, then poured its blood into a glass. To this frightening prospect, they added a shot of baijiu, very strong grain alcohol. The proprietor and waiters, now tableside, gestured with obvious pride for me to drink the potent medicine. I winced, found the courage, and drank up.

The Enigma of Chinese Medicine -

U.S. Reckons With Impact of Shutdown -

WASHINGTON — Barricades and padlocks closed access to federal facilities across the country Tuesday as the vast machinery of the federal government began systematically shutting down operations for the first time in nearly two decades.

U.S. Reckons With Impact of Shutdown -

Republican Rep. Peter King: "Ted Cruz should be blamed [for a shutdown] is all I'm going to say."

Congressmen Boozing As Government Shuts Down