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Darn, I was hoping to attend!
But take heart maryl – you came 1st! Congrats
Today represents what GOP and corporations want US to be. Allow voter suppression and ignore major climate change speech. I'm so proud. Not— john miller (@deaconmill) June 25, 2013
Obama's Climate Change Speech Is a B.F.D: Directing EPA 2 develop CO2 limits on existing power plants. It's important newrepublic.com/article/113610…— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
#Obama Climate Plan Is Big Deal 4 Environmentalists theatlantic.com/politics/archi… Bypassing Congress allows major progress against Carbon pollution— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
No time 4 a Flat-Earth society nbcnews.to/14VKyYq "time to roll up our sleeves & get 2 work implementing @barackobama's #climate agenda"— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
Just so people are aware – the same parent company that owns Weather Channel also owns NBC and MSNBC. However, that does not excuse what they did there. The speech was historic enough that they SHOULD have shown it on MSNBC along with the Weather Channel. Presidential speeches are rarely, if ever shown in full on weather TV stations – regardless of the topic. Climate change or not, no one would have thought to put on the Weather Channel to hear PBO give a major speech unless they were specifically told to do so. That was a very sneaky move on the part of Comcast.
In 2011, MSNBC showed the entire 1hr-long “I’m not running for prez” televised statement of Chris Christie – showing reporters asking the same damn questions over and over again for 45 minutes after he spoke. Yet they only show 41 seconds of a Presidential speech on a serious issue facing this planet, and which has resulted in extreme loss of life, disability, economic plight, etc?
Unbelievable isn’t it? Priorities, how do they work?
Kind of shocked that MSNBC couldn’t just show the whole speech. Even Faux Noise showed more.
Espn and the weather chsnnel gives the President good reports.
Those 2 are the only channels that cover him without bias.
Give them some love!
We Need to Act: @BarackObama unveiled theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/… most ambitious #climate change plan in American history http://t.co/Ar60dUWLwJ— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 25, 2013
@AVD911 @politico Now this is one issue where I will have to disagree with the President ;)— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) June 25, 2013
I disagree with him on this issue too. (shhhhhh…can I have a naughty mat, please?)
Did CBS and other network channels cover it?
No. Only 2 from what I gathered – CSPAN & Weather Channel.
It will be aired again on C-Span 2 at 8 ET tonight (prime time scheduling). I rather expect Louie Gohmert will be holding his nightly prayer meeting on C-Span at that time. But the speech will be on the overnight loop on C-Span and is already available to view at anytime from their archives.
Thanks Sharon for that info. Will try to tune in because I missed it earlier today.
Now here’s Little Nate to tell us that the Voting Rights Act doesn’t really matter after all!
Majority-Minority Districts Are Products of Geography, Not Voting Rights Act nyti.ms/14pZKKZ— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) June 25, 2013
I don’t recall an argument about the makeup of Congress, but then again I am not on Twitter. Every argument I am familiar with relates to voting rights. There is a tremendous correlation in the turn of events we are now witnessing and what happened after the election of Black men in 1875. What we are witnessing is a reenactment of the Mississippi Plan. I put the chronology together if you care to read it.
Entirety of Justice Ginsburg’s descent on VRA
We certainly do have a crappy media that’s for sure. *Sigh*
Apparently it's only called 'judicial activism' when you're expanding basic rights. Torching them is just fine. #scotus— Randi Rhodes (@randiradio) June 25, 2013
Funny how the party of freedom and rights shits its pants when the gov’t tries to give MORE of these things to its people.
No kidding. Rights enshrined in the 18th century (excuse me, ONE right enshrined in the 18th century) can have no modern interpretation. But a law from that archaic era of 1965 – we’re done with that.
I feel sick to the core about the gutting of the VRA. At the end of the day, I’m glad I practiced my civil duty and went out this morning to vote for Ed Markey. Screw Scotus. Now we have to work harder than before to register people to vote, help them with acquiring the various required docs so as they can vote. Aluta continua.
You, and 12.5% of the Boston electorate as of 3:00 p.m.
What can we accomplish when Democrats don’t bother to exercise the rights they have?
I know, 57. I was and I’m still making calls and reminding friends and my fellow students to go out and vote. You will be surprised at the number of people that weren’t even aware that we have an election today. it’s so sad indeed.
Since it’s a work day, is there any hope there will be a groundswell of voters early evening?
Hope so. Most I reached said they will go after work, but you never know with all the traffic and other excuses. It took me 2 mins in and out and the place was literally empty.
Thank you for your vote, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Markey wins. But it should have been a much bigger turnout, of course.
You are welcome. But, job, it was sad that I hard to tell some of my friends the name of the person they should vote for, and that he was replacing John Kerry. Can you believe that with all that is going on in congress and at the state level that many people aren’t paying any attention?
No, I can’t believe it, but life goes on for so many people and they don’t want to pay attention. Arghh.
This may all backfire. Dems should get up and start registering people right now and make sure that our voters have the proper id long before 2014. Not throwing up the white flag.
Today, the Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 25, 2013
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is one of the most effective pieces of legislation Congress has passed in the last 50 years.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 25, 2013
– The outrageous defense of Trayvon’s murderer,
– The gutting of the VRA,
– The excuses being made for Butterball Deen and her racist kin,
– Justifications made for NYC’s stop and frisk,
– The gerrymandering of congress which enables these travesties,
– A national press that ignores these issues to focus on Snowden’s magical white privelege treason tour,
I don’t want to hear not a damned word about post-racial anything.
This graphic shows you everything that's wrong with cable news' coverage of climate change: thkpr.gs/12hCnEP http://t.co/moMehDR3n9— (@igorvolsky) June 25, 2013
It's been a banner day for those of us still trying to get the far left to understand what they created in 2000 and 2010.— Ethan Peretz (@MperiousRex) June 25, 2013
Some folk at The Onion seriously need to acquire a brain soon:
“Yo, my name’s Trayvon, and I’m here to say/Suckers mess with me, I will make them pay.” onion.com/12hAVlZ— The Onion (@TheOnion) June 25, 2013
It’s pathetic, disgusting, and vile. He was murdered. He is a child who was murdered. An innocent life snatched away senselessly. An innocent life whose parents still grieve daily and they do this? They make a mockery of this hurt? Shame on them.
They learned nothing since their awful name calling via Twitter of the 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis during the Oscars. This tweet is worse, of course.
Might as well tweet it to them, since everybody here already gets it.
Utterly moronic and offensive, Jacqueline. I presume they’re trying to make a point about the smearing of Trayvon, but this is not the way to do it.
Yes, apparently they only have one moronic way of satirizing, which doesn’t work when it’s related to Trayvon or any other young person. There should be different rules, at least because of their ages. Gag.
@TheOnion Did you learn nothing after your awful name calling of 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis during the Oscars? This is far worse.— (@JOBoomr) June 25, 2013
So Texas is going to require photo ID card. If you do already have appropriate ID, i.e. drivers license or concealed carry permit, you are fine. If not, to get voter ID card you must prove citizenship. Should be noted proof of citizenship is not required for either of those acceptable forms of ID.
TX will require voter ID. To get must prove citizenship. However, acceptable ID includes concealed carry permit which does not require same— john miller (@deaconmill) June 25, 2013
How disgusting is the media? This is what @MSNBC @CNN did when Pres. Obama delivered historic #ClimateChange remarks http://t.co/sTgkaQlBMW— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2013
@MSNBC and @CNN wonder why their ratings are tanking and the public has disdain for them. This is one reason why. http://t.co/ySlQF3Y5bI— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2013
WASHINGTON — It was another good year for the Chamber of Commerce at the nation’s highest court, which has increasingly taken a corporate tilt under Chief Justice John Roberts.
The Chamber had a 78 percent success rate in the Supreme Court cases it intervened in this term. In other words, it won 14 and lost three cases in which it filed amicus briefs. An additional case was considered neither a win nor a loss because the Court ruled on a separate matter.
In the most controversial cases — the ones that divided the court 5-4 along ideological lines — the Chamber was undefeated, winning all eight.
Tom Donnelly, counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, has been tracking the Chamber’s success rate. He noted in the last Supreme Court term, the Chamber actually went undefeated. Nevertheless, there’s no question that the most recent term was a victory for the business lobbying group.
The Supreme Court has given us a piss poor Constitutional decision. But ultimately, demography is destiny. The Supreme Court has handed to the Republicans a double-edged sword and to the Democrats an opportunity to cement the feelings most minority voters already correctly have – that our right to vote is under attack by the Republican party – national, state and local. If Republicans play further into that impression – as they already seem poised to – they will lose more support. Played right, this issue can be as potent as immigration reform and lay the foundation for Democratic governance for at least a generation.
Voting rights should not be a wedge issue. That it may be one reflects on how far right the Republican party has gone to alienate and suppress the non-white voter. But if we have to use it as a wedge to beat back their attempts to suppress our votes, then so be it. Let’s put the fear of everything holy in them so they think twice before coming after our votes again.
Here's what CNN decided to cover from Obama's climate speech today at Georgetown http://t.co/aPR5syBNDR— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 25, 2013
Really, teh Stupid is too much today.
Ah, the American media. Is there a more pointless waste of space? one of this nation’s biggest tragedies.
That’s all CNN felt the need to cover. Wow. The speech talked about saving the planet, and all CNN cared about was the President taking his jacket off. Is their any wonder why CNN isn’t worth shit.
She’s the Democrat who’s been filibustering the disgusting SB5 bill. She’s been at it for hours. Her twitter handle is @WendyDavisTexas. Send her some love!
Proud of @wendydavistexas RT and let her know We have her back!! #SB5 #txwomen #txlege http://t.co/8xA9k6pcRf— TMF (@TMFtx) June 25, 2013
Lord, I hope she can hold out 8 more hours.
Here’s the link of live streaming of TX State Senator Wendy Davis filibuster
It is people like her and all other women and men fighting this fight in Texas that have helped me to deal with today’s disappointments. More determined than ever to keep fighting and moving forward.
Go girl! Hope she’s successful.
I stepped away for a little bit. When I returned, Senator Davis was being questioned by another senator (male physician). What is going on with that?
They were trying to derail her testimony. Didn’t work. She remained calm and focused and her filibuster is back on.
Good for her!
Just heard Sen. Lucio pretty much concede that Sen. Davis is going to kill the bill, although he is still trying to wear her down.
Is she the only one who will filibuster? I’m not sure if the rules allow only one person…
I think they might be taking a page from the “West Wing” show, when other Senators stepped in with questions to give a filibustering Senator a much needed break – some kind of Senate rule.
Wooohooo! Audra McDonald for the win.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" MLK #StandWithTXWomen #StandWithWendy— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 25, 2013
Great tweets from her, UT
Justice Clarence Thomas certainly seems to be someone who made it to the door of opportunity, walked though and then slammed it shut.— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 25, 2013
So damn true. Clarence Thomas gives the impression that since he didn’t experience racism then it doesn’t exist. He is on the Supreme Court because others before him marched, protested and died to get equal rights and opportunities
Remember what Michelle said about people who slam the door of opportunity after them in her speech at the DNC in 2012? Uncle Tom is the type of person that she was speaking about.
I have always admired Audra’s talent; good to know that she is a warrior for equality as well.
Whether he experienced racism or not, it’s hard to believe that he doesn’t know anyone who has. It’s hard to believe that he never heard stories from his parents, grandparents, or some other relative or childhood friend (I guess he had friends when he was young) about their experiences with racism. Is he that apathetic to the plight of others?
I imagine if his skin were light enough, he would deny his race altogether.
Tore down the door and put a brick wall! The man is vile.
Thomas is just another “I’ve got mine, Jack” heartless “conservative” (aka greedy SOB with absolutely no empathy for anyone who isn’t rich or well-connected).
I so want her to play the role of FLOTUS when the Broadway version of Obama! comes out. And Brian Mitchell Stokes will play PBO.
So now Chris Matthews is realizing that the so called IRS Scandal was not a scandal at all. A little too late tweety
Yeah, but he had to get in his dis against the White House for how it handled the non-scandal, even so far as to go to Michael Stele for his opinion.
When Tweety went to Michael Steele…I turned the channel.
He and Sam Stein also agreed with Michael Steele that the WH handled the IRS story worse than Issa. I wanted to break my teevee.
MSM is pathetic.
They seem only care about stories that involve themselves (journalists) and then slant the news (“IRS targeting,” without bothering to inform audience that the IRS was reviewing for tax-exempt status, and approved all applicants — in what universe can this seriously be considered a “scandal?).
Benghazi & IRS scandals end w/whimper. Immigr. reform about to clear Senate. New CO2 regs coming tomorrow. What a difference a month makes.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) June 24, 2013
We're halfway through the first year of Obama's second term and he's spent it fending off scandals and seeing gun control fail…— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 06, 2013
May 13 (saved the best for last)
Benghazi, IRS, AP…next thing you know we're going to find 2 missing girls in the basement of the White House.— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) May 14, 2013
I think Molly Ball is considered a liberal.
She’s part of the MSM echo chamber who circle the wagons when their “rights” are threatened (e.g., AP and #Snowden/Greenwald) and consider the scandalbra trifecta to be worthy of one-sided reporting.
If she’s liberal, how could she possibly think these 3 items are worthy of the “scandal” category?
There’s so many things in the #Snowden/Greenwald that drive me nuts, but the biggest one is when someone compares to Snowden to Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers. People who do that have no memory of having to register for the draft on their 18th birthday (vast majority of MSM are men) and don’t remember their history: that the Pentagon Papers proved that the Government lied about Vietnam (1967 Gulf of Tonkin), resulting in the loss of life of thousands of teenage boys and young men.
There is no comparison of Vietnam to the digital “freedom” (given away by users to corporations) that #Snowden/Greenwald are so “concerned” with.
So the President gets a negative critique about how he handled the faux scandal because he didn’t lose his mind and panic like they wanted him to? President Obama is not playing along with their games … at least not the way they want him to…and they can’t stand it!
Sometimes I think the pundits do not understand PBO plays by different rules than they understand in their feeble minds.
Most of these people have no idea what a real leader looks like, think like, act like, react like…so, yes “their feeble minds” don’t know what to really think about PBO.
1965-2008: Minorities should be able to vote.
2008, 2012: Black guy elected president.
2013: Let’s rethink that voting rights thing…— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) June 25, 2013
1965-2008: Minorities should be able to vote.
2008, 2012: Black guy elected president.
2013: Let’s rethink that voting rights thing…— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) June 25, 2013
I just have to vent…To all those so-called “Black” people who leaped to defend Paula Deen and her “Sambo Burgers”, you must be so tickled with the Supreme Court gutting the Civil Rights Act today. Before you know it, we’ll be all be working at parties dressed as slaves, tap dancing and being called out of our names with no recourse! Please effing get a clue before it’s too late!
Preach. To be fair though, I had no idea that Paula was so racist. I used to kind of like her — except that her food looked nauseating and unhealthy. Never guessed that she was so backwards.
I hear you pkayden. I’m always willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt. However, after the details of depth and the abusive nature of her thinking and how she conducted her business were made, I can’t see how any Black person could come out in support of her…and they did!
I saw a snippet from Paula Deen last night from some tv thing she did, where she was calling for her little black friend to come out from where he was standing because they couldn’t see him in front of the black board. I literally choked on my dinner. She’s vile.
Paula is who she is (and has always been)…she has not changed and will not change. She is so used to using those words, it hasn’t and will not occur to her to think before she speaks. I have never paid her much attention in the past and I won’t in the future. She is nobody to me.
I know, right. Sometimes I wonder how many reside on the plantation, still. And Clarence Thomas makes me shudder. What a disgraceful man.
Good afternoon wonderful TOD family. I have company so am just now getting news. I am so sick at heart at what these Repubs are doing to our country. I will need a short time to grieve and then it’s to work and being mad as hell!!!! I will not let them make such a mockery of all that has been done. We will fight.
Chips, thank you again for this place and to all the blog tyrants and you wonderful people who have come to this community.
I know we will win in the end.
Remarks by the President on Climate Change
Georgetown University – June 25, 2013
Texas Dems should know what LBJ considered his greatest legacy (Eisenhower considered the St. Lawrence seaway his):
LBJ called the Voting Rights at stake before SCOTUS is greatest accomplishment bloom.bg/14k7cY7— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) June 24, 2013
#StandWithWendy is trending in the United States! Bravo @WendyDavisTexas and thank you. #SB5 #TXLege http://t.co/hofN4YgsDw— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2013
You can watch her here.
I’ll have a post ready for tomorrow. Today I just need to think and contemplate.
Over 37 women's clinics will be shutdown in Texas if #SB5 become law. That is what @WendyDavisTexas is fighting against. #StandWithWendy— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 25, 2013
UT – Forgive me for not paying better attention, but did Cecile Richards make it to the scene today?
I believe she spoke before the session began.
Just posted this on TPV:
To emphasize Spandan’s point about demography being destiny: both he and I live in California. Up until Prop 187, the state was more or less reliably Republican, at least in presidential elections. Things were more complex lower down, but the GOP had a lock on our electoral votes. Prop 187 was the galvanizing force which turned a reddish state into pure cerulean blue. How much so? For the first time, Democrats control a 2/3′s majority in both houses of the Legislature. And all statewide elected officials are Democrats. The 2/3′s majority is big, because that’s what you need to pass a budget. No more deals need to be made with the GOP.
Republicans look at what once was a bulwark and are scared shitless that the rest of the country is going that way. Look at what’s happening in TX. Here it was Prop 187; there it will be the attack on women’s health and voter ID laws. The mobilization over the abortion bill being filibustered by Democrats is something TX hasn’t seen in decades. The more white Republicans grasp to preserve their remaining power, the more they will lose.
(Ok, I think I have the beginning of a piece for tomorrow.)
We are taking donations today to feed the folks in the Texas legislature during what is going to be at least a 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis followed by citizen actions by hundreds of people. Last Sunday more than 1,000 people came out and we sent over $800 worth of food; now we are better prepared and setting up for tonight. RHRC however does not have the kind of budget to do this alone.
If you are interested and willing to help us feed the filibuster, please do. We will send sandwiches, coffee, water, cookies, fruit, chocolate, and Kind bars among other things. If you can pitch in even $5.00, you are helping.
Lowest donation amount is $10. Done in honor of utaustin. If I had another spare $10 I would donate again in memory of Molly Ivins.
Get ready for the next round of MSM crap: PBO’s trip to Africa. Indeed, it has already started….
@DavidNakamura Sorry, but that Kenyan "analyst" does not speak for Kenyans. How much did y'all pay him for his BS "opinion?"— (@aspirational12) June 25, 2013
@DavidNakamura Please. I'm sure if I look hard enough I could find more than a handful of people cynical about YOU & your crappy reporting.— (@aspirational12) June 25, 2013
Who is David Nakamura, and what are his credentials to speak on some “Kenyan analyst?” Is he an RNC operative?
Seems even Kenyans need to get it through their heads that President Obama is AMERICAN. NOT Kenyan!
This!!! Every time PBO travel abroad, folks like this sucker starts this kind of mess and are always proven wrong.
yeah like me, I consider him to be an effing d*ck.
I believe this Nakamura is the dam ugly idiot who work for WP, who had alot to say about POTUS and his family safari. Which they had to cancel.
It is possible to hold these thoughts at once: our civil rights are in jeopardy by our own Gov't AND #Snowden is a criminal. @ggreenwald— joe bruns (@jbb3rd) June 25, 2013
What's a hero: a guy who steals intel data and flees to parts unknown, or the woman single-handedly filibustering misogyny in Texas?— Ethan Peretz (@MperiousRex) June 25, 2013
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) and Republican candidate for governor is taking a state law to the SCOTUS which outlaws oral and anal sex, making it a felony. It pertains to gay and heterosexual couples. Can’t wait to see the vote on this one.
How exactly do they plan to enforce it?
Snowden is holed up in a Moscow Terminal with no country that will accept him. I hear he is hitting on the Stewardess Catherine zeta jones— Apollo1312 (@Jovie141) June 25, 2013
Wow! MSNBAINC is fucking pathetic and the rest of their oily buddies. You know that their is an underlining hostility that the media holds towards anything environmental.
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