Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., walks the beach with his daughters Malia, 10, left, and Sasha, 7, Aug. 12, 2008
And there I was answering your answer to my metric post – I c u r plotting with Ms Chips :) WTG LL
I owe it all to the rather yummy Manhattan I am now imbibing.
Liquid courage (to be first!), eh?
And I’m not even pictured here because I’m way, way ahead of everyone….
NOW you’re talkin’… :) :)
You sticky-legged cheat :roll:
Off to claim my 1st prize!
Boy, Chips, when you put somebody down, you really go for the jugular. That “sticky-legged” part must hurt. Ha! #TooNiceForMyTaste
It is a well-known fact that I’m a Cuban version of Mr. Bolt.
Hey baby. Come here often?
Can I put my name on the waiting list for Amazon drones? Because this two day shipping is bullshit.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) December 22, 2013
Try living in Australia – they quote 18 DAYS minimum unless you pay about $30 postage. I can get a package from the UK in 4 days at a cost of less than $US10
UPDATE: IAC fires Justine Sacco for offensive tweet calls her "employee in question” bit.ly/JQ2f4T @nycjim http://t.co/CXHQTaz0rm— (@NewsBreaker) December 22, 2013
I guess privilege isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, eh?
I’m guessing she’ll be hiding out for a long time. When your previous employer can’t even say your name and wipes your name off their entire website, and you can’t go out in public as the person you once were … well, paying back a bitch is also a bitch, if you’ll pardon my language. I hear various AIDS relief charities have amassed a bundle of donations after her tweet, and that’s the only part that should continue of this sordid tale.
She’s got to get back from Africa, doesn’t she? I wonder how that’s gonna work out…. Talk about going from sugar to sh*t in a heart beat.
Yes, believe she lives in NYC. Don’t know if rumors are true, but supposedly her father is from SA, so maybe she can hide out with him? And you’re right about that last part!
She might even have to dye her hair. :lol:
Yeah, that’ll work! :)
Wonder if the ink is dry on #JustineSacco's contract with @FoxNews or is @CNN @NBCNews @CBS @ABC in a bidding war? twitter.com/NewsBreaker/st…— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 22, 2013
Well done LL ;)
Thanks amk …. and Chips :)
per Africa’s tweet at the bottom of the previous thread …
@meetthepress @NBC thinking #MorningJoke & #Mika can resuscitate #MTP proves your STUPID. Ask @TheReidReport to host & RATINGS WILL SOAR!— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 22, 2013
And, hope all of you saw that #OBAMACARE total enrollments is now > 5.3 MILLION … https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AheStIw2-5S0dGkwbEJTalVNcERJQjBlWUcxbFp6M3c&usp=sharing#gid=6
I nearly spit out my Manhattan when I read NBC is considering putting Scar and Mika on MTP. Nearly. Bourbon survives shills.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) December 22, 2013
Obamas Xmas. http://t.co/O2lQoxhaI6— (@amk4obama) December 22, 2013
Night friends :) http://t.co/JMM3VW4G8c— Olivia M (@AnchorTrec) December 22, 2013
This New Year’s, we’re making a resolution to be healthy & #GetCovered. What’s yours, #TN? ofa.bo/EppMMc http://t.co/PJxrRDRkea— OFA TN (@OFA_TN) December 22, 2013
We still have work to do, but our economy is growing under President Obama's leadership. http://t.co/Bc9V7PghF5— Taylor J. Barnard (@T_Barnard) December 22, 2013
More good news. President Obama has done a great job in turning around the disastrous Bush economy.
On the sixth day I created mankind and I've been doing damage control ever since.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) December 22, 2013
LOL. Yup, you are.
God was thinking of Justine Sacco when he posted this tweet.
I guess she let her alligator mouth overload her hummingbird ass. Where’s the outrage, I wonder? Surely the rwnj’s got somethin’ to say about free speech, right?
Always loved this picture of the Senator and his daughters. So much love.
#p2 #Congress #GreenParty http://t.co/WOGAUvB6YK— (@Aine) December 22, 2013
@moore44 @AngryBlackLady Oh, lawd.— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) December 22, 2013
#Paris surgeons say the first recipient of long-term heart implant is "doing very well", as human trials continue aje.me/1kuJ6Uu— (@AJELive) December 22, 2013
Bobby The stupid Party Jindhal Exposed:
Duck Dynasty affair exposes Jindal's political cowardice: ow.ly/rZhzM— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) December 22, 2013
"Ouch http://t.co/EkNfBdesj3"— FreeFlowerThinker (@FreeFlowerThink) December 22, 2013
Merry Christmas @NRA @FoxNews @Reince @GOP @SpeakerBoehner @McConnellPress cc @VP @SenatorReid @NancyPelosi @OFA http://t.co/RX3OW7ZrJf— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 22, 2013
Claire Davis, shot at her Colo. school Dec.13, dies with her family at her side bit.ly/JQ3ctY @ryanparkerdp http://t.co/gLXIC6nzBU— (@NewsBreaker) December 22, 2013
States Cite Surge in Obamacare Sign-Ups Ahead of First Deadline – ABC News abcn.ws/1bZpqjs— majii (@miglsi) December 22, 2013
Frankly, I think the deadline should be extended by another 3 months at least.
Open enrollment does not end until 31 March 2014, amk. Moreover:
“There are 3 key dates you’ll want to mark on your calendar:
October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment started
January 1, 2014: Health coverage can start
March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends
Use the timeline of the health care law to learn more about what’s changing and find out how the law protects you.
Deadline extended to January 10, 2014: Many health insurers have decided to give you more time to pay your first month’s premium, extending the deadline until January 10, 2014. Not all issuers are extending the payment deadline and some may still require you to pay on or before December 31, 2013. Check with your insurance company to confirm the date your premium is due. Learn how to complete your enrollment.
You can apply for Medicaid and CHIP any time
The Marketplace will tell you whether you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, your coverage can begin immediately. You can also apply for either of these programs right now. Follow the the links above to learn more.”
Beyond 31 March 2014:
“The period of time during which individuals who are eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan can enroll in a plan in the Marketplace. For coverage starting in 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014. For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014–January 15, 2015. Individuals may also qualify for Special Enrollment Periods outside of Open Enrollment if they experience certain events. (See Special Enrollment Period and Qualifying Life Event – links below.)”
Really good summary Bob – shame the GOP is doing all they can to make sure people don’t see it.
I know Bob. What with the time lost initially lost during roll-out and year end family spending, I think it would attract more people if the pay by date is pushed back. Simple demand / supply situation.
They’re trying amk. We may see a further extension of the pay date given the obvious surge of customers. Let’s see what happens on Monday as the numbers expand. The folk doing the selling may be only to eager to reap $$$ in mid to late Jan rather than have to wait until 1 April :)
Screw the insurance cos. If 5 million sign-up for private insurance by March, @200 a pop on average, that’s one billion bucks a year. The fuckers can afford to wait.
Different climate 1.usa.gov/1dixsXk http://t.co/XX8pwxCYuA
@cspanwj @UniteBlue #sctweets— 'Wheat (@hamackey) December 21, 2013
That awkward moment when the soshulist Obama delivers a 4.1% quarterly GDP growth.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) December 22, 2013
@EdVeracity @Beakybasil they already are http://t.co/FXf8mKdtox— MichaelLoBurgio (@MikeLoBurgio) December 22, 2013
This baby hippo got separated from his family by a tsunami and a 103 year old tortoise became his best friend. http://t.co/6CRPSKFoEq— Fascinating Pictures (@Fascinatingpics) December 18, 2013
I’m drowning in tears – seriously!
Talk strange bed fellows. :)
I love the last pic. Baby hippo looks blissful.
Are you feeling fragmented vc…….
Counting ‘chips’ carefully.
22,917,574 hits!!! OK everyone one letter per post!
Have you been reading e.e. cummings?
Made the mistake of starting my Christmas decorations.
"@TheWorldStories: A Puppy's First Christmas http://t.co/9PO4Y68Zo8" Melting like chocolate in a hot pan!— Colleen (@YoursAlwys) December 22, 2013
Hey #tcot who vote #GOP and depend on UI benefits – 2014 is going to suck for you. #ShouldHaveVotedDemocrat— Jonathan Jewel (@JonathanJewel) December 22, 2013
Espionage is even better at deterring wars than winning them. If you pay attention to East Asia, you'll understand why #SnowdenOp is v bad.— John Schindler (@20committee) December 22, 2013
PBO continues 2 move us #FORWARD w/Out #GOP, he's on a well deserved/earned vacation with his family. #2013TaughtMe: http://t.co/r2UvJW8w7B”— Ms. Net (@NETRetired) December 22, 2013
I love that. Chips do you have a HD version of that???!?
The petition to reinstate Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson passes 100K signatures j.mp/19FpAjV Klan Membership Too?— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) December 22, 2013
WTH!!!!!! T partiers can read!!!!!!!
prolly their petition started thusly : dEaR sanNti cLaws.
Bob, may be we need to start a petition against his reinstatement and see how many signatures it receives.
#Christmas is such a joyful season, and that joy is hard on @FoxNews b/c their job is to make us scared and angry. on.cc.com/19CBHOB— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) December 22, 2013
“In Saturday’s paper and online, author Joseph Epstein mourns the collapse of what he describes as the “genuine ruling class, drawn from what came to be known as the WASP establishment,” (WASP, the commonly-held acronym for White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant). Instead, he argues, we are living in a meritocracy, governed not by an elite subset of the uppermost crust of society but rather by a group of people who overcame some kind of adversity and achieved success thanks to their own merits, not based on what family they were born into. This, according to Epstein, is a tragedy.
Epstein’s embrace of white privilege (or is it power?) is almost too transparent, resembling something closer to satire than to outright racism. And yet he gives no reason to believe that he isn’t completely serious when he argues that modern day “corruption, scandal and incompetence” are hallmarks exclusive to this new era of non-white rule. Or when he memorializes the virtues of keeping those not born into the “WASPocracy” away from the halls of power. Or when he faults the leadership of the country’s top colleges for its role in ending white rule by “lessening the number of legacies automatically admitted, and using racial preferences to encourage the enrollment of blacks.”
Instead, Epstein argues, we should return to an era of WASP rule. Why? Because rich, white men born into rich, white christian families would never lead the country astray ….”
link in the tweet ….
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Bemoans The End Of White Rule In The United States | ThinkProgress thinkprogress.org/home/2013/12/2…— John Stoehr (@johnastoehr) December 22, 2013
Oh yes indeedy we are in a culture war and, as noted many times in past comments, the election of President Obama in 2008 heralded the ‘beginning of the ending of the Civil War’ and his re-election in 2012 affirmed that the majority of Americans want the “3rd Reconstruction” to proceed.
With #OBAMACARE now clearly going to be a mega-success and the economy getting stronger every day, the whitey plutocrats are in full-blown freak out mode. And, now they have a Pope and a President speaking ‘EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITY” …. talk about ‘nightmares of the rich & evil’ that script is writing itself, 24/7, on Twitter and all other forms of Internet-powered social discourse.
Gird yourselves, this is not going to be easy, but we will PREVAIL.
Yes We Can
Forward thinking, Bobfr. FORWARD.
Hope you are doing well. You’re in my daily thoughts as are Layla, Fred, MightyPamela and many of our other TODers.
Ah, the 1%er watb whine. sweet schadenfreude.
Just read the oped. It was, actually, a rather interesting piece. It wasn’t so much racist, but classist. And of course, classism and racism are of a piece. The piece was a lamentation for a lost idyll—which was, of course, dominated by a white elite. But the whiteness of that elite is taken as a given. It’s taken as a given that it was the founding culture of the country, and should have been deferred to perpetually. It was a sort of soi disant racism, not the virulent racism we’ve become used to in the Age of Obama. It was, actually, rather sad. “Don’t you miss how things used to be?” it asks, acting like a culture of King Arthurs waiting on Avalon to be called to rescue the Republic. And it makes mention of WASPocracy’s deficiencies while simultaneously minimizing them. As a balancing act, it was quite a pleasure to read.
If the meritocracy means we have to endure the travesty of a Ted Cruz to revel in the sublimity of a Barack Obama, I’ll take the tradeoff. Because true merit shines through in the end. That was almost never the case with the WASPocracy.
“If the meritocracy means we have to endure the travesty of a Ted Cruz to revel in the sublimity of a Barack Obama, I’ll take the tradeoff. Because true merit shines through in the end. That was almost never the case with the WASPocracy.”
Albeit a very tedious, and not at all assured process of yielding ‘equitable opportunity’ what has been in motion since the slave owning, misogynistic Founders pushed the ‘go’ button on the American Promise experiment is that a sufficient number of those with power prevailed in expanding opportunity based on merit. That process was severely thwarted by the actions of SCOTUS in 2000 – anointing a 40 y/o WASP flunky President. But, 8 years later a majority of Americans accelerated the process and added even more fuel to it in 2012.
President Obama gets it – it’s all about that “North Star” and NEVER losing site of it irrespective of how the path toward it is buffeted by opposing forces.
We get it, as well. That’s why we are among the tens of millions who would not be denied our right to vote.
We will prevail.
Ahhh. The North Star and thoughtful insights, all around. I’ll drink to that!
Yes, I kinda think we will prevail. Even with the rough seas … and the continuing tedious processes …
And look how far we’ve come! We don’t often have time to look, because we can’t take our eyes off anything and just sit back and enjoy it, but we’ve changed the set and rewritten the play on the American stage quite a few times, and will continue.
LL, I think you’re much too kind. The author basically says that “meritocrats”, more often than not, means comformism, greed, selfishness, weakness of character and lack of leadership.
What the ???
The WASP culture has produced good people, people of honor, but also plenty of selfish, corrupted jerks. The “meritocracy” culture has produced selfish and ultra-competitive jerks but also plenty of people of character with great leadership skills.
There are good and bad people in every segment of society.
That article made me cringe. So much that at first I thought it was snark.
Bob and LL and everyone who read that – I’m glad you did, and I’m also glad you gave us your well-thought-out comments on the op-ed.
I choose not to read it – only because I’m saving what’s left of that had-enough spot inside me, which is nearing its saturation point, for something … I dunno … worse. But I appreciated knowing about it, and reading your take(s).
Understood, Jacqueline. I’ve just added some additional comments in response to LL’s insights.
Will read them!
By the way, Bob, you are a wonderful writer.
Very kind of you, Jacqueline. Thank you!!
Bob, It has never been easy for privileged people to accept change, That’s why movies like “The Birth of The Nation” and “Gone With The Wind” were so popular.
Agree, nath. And, it’s why I’ve never watched either of those movies, btw, and never will.
Good for you Bob! I confess I did go watch “Gone with the Wind” when I was in college because it had such rave reviews. It was at the time when I was still totally ignorant about the history of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed. I also watched the very long and tedious silent movie, “The Birth of the Nation,” as part of a class project in the history of American film. Thankfully, the professor made sure to highlight the racist aspect of the film and the fact that it was based on Thomas Nelson Page’s book, “The Klansman.” I don’t know about you, but some of the teachers I had in the 1960s were absolutely the best in teaching us critical thinking. To this day, almost 45 years later, I still use what I learned in my film class on how to view movies and T. V. programs. It wasn’t until my junior year in college that I switched my major from Economics to History. My history professors (by the way one of them was an Iranian with a PhD from Stanford University in U.S. History) had such a profound and lasting impact on me.
Oh my, at last. I’ve been trying to impart this message for a long time, but it’s so difficult to write about race and believe me ….that’s what it comes down to. The recent focus on South Africa’s past should have reminded everyone why the Republicans are “really” objecting to “one man, one vote”.
Voting isn’t just about elections,nor is birth control about religion or even babies. clearly, if people of color outnumber whites and they vote, they will control politics…hence all the voters suppression, purging, etc. The need to end contraception has to do with population control. People who care about children don’t cut off their food stamps, education and healthcare. America passes out contraceptives in third world countries like it’s candy. Even the abortion story is misleading. They knew poor people (primarily people of color) would obtain abortions, but there was no expectation that so many white women would avail themselves to the procedure.
All Republican social concerns can be traced back to the need to remain in a majority position and in control of the political scene. President Obama is a constant and affirming reminder that their days are numbered and “something must be done” to assure white majority. If you can remember this fact when trying to understand their policies, it will suddenly all make sense.
I write about this a lot, hoping people will make the connection, but as a friend says, “writing about race is like trying to throw a grenade and finding it stuck to your hand.”
Ask yourself, what’s the real reason there’s no pathway to citizenship for people, many of whom have been in this country decades already? They are mostly people of color. When Mitt Romney was talking about “Anglo Saxon” concerns…what did he mean? They want us to look at voter identification, right to life, etc…it’s all about the population.
Remember boycotting businesses that say "Happy Holidays": Good.
Boycotting businesses because of racist and homophobic statements: Bad #tcot— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) December 22, 2013
The moving, heartbreaking statement by the parents of Claire Davis, the Co. h.s. shooting victim who died today….
Absolutely heartbreaking! I totally understand the unspeakable grief Claire’s family must be going through. The absolute worst thing that can happen to any parent is losing a child.The pain, emptiness and total disbelief stays with you for a very long time. I hope the media will honor and respect Claire’s family request and allow them privacy to grieve.
On a different, positive note… Listen to this beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night”
Today, we are all Claire's mother. Read and share our statement here: bit.ly/1gOznbE— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) December 22, 2013
Decided to take a peek in Hawaii, just in case…. but there wasn’t anything other than a few arrival pics (PBO greeting A or B)
There are 2 or 3 ‘new’ ones among the bunch.
Cuba’s Raul Castro calls for better relations with US.
Cuban President Raul Castro has called for “civilised relations” with the United States, saying the two countries should respect their differences.
President Castro said the US should drop its demand for regime change on the communist-run island.
That would allow both sides to continue work on improving relations, he said.
Mr Castro’s comments follow a public handshake with President Obama at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa earlier this month.
In a rare public speech, Mr Castro said Cuban and American officials had met several times over the last year to discuss practical matters, such as immigration and the re-establishment of a postal service.
That shows that relations can be civilised, Mr Castro explained.
But he warned: “If we really want to make progress in bilateral relations, we have to learn to respect each other’s differences and get used to living peacefully with them. Otherwise, no. We are ready for another 55 years like the last.”
The US broke off relations with in 1961 after the revolution and maintains an economic embargo against the island.
AMK, The U.S. Cuban relations is so absurd! The same year President Obama was born, the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on that tiny Island. By the time he leaves office, the Cuban Economic embargo would be 55 years old. Yet, the economic isolation has done nothing to change the regime in more than half a century. In the meantime, the U.S. was able to forge “civilized relations” with the giant communist countries of the Soviet Union and China. The U.S. Cuban relations reeks of hypocrisy!
It is snowing here…
Ok everyone, give me a few moments, and I’ll have another in my Xmas music posts.
Sam Kass went to Hawaii with the First Familyi, do you think Alex Wagner went too?
They’re newlyweds. Of course, she’s there. Wouldn’t you be?
The picture of POTUS and Sasha and Malia walking on the beach is so nice.
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