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Upbeat economic news round-up. Yes, upbeat. #BlameObama

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Moment of Happy, upbeat

Every morning I hold my Los Angeles Times newspaper (key word: paper) in my hands and read it cover to cover. By the time I'm done, I usually need a Valium, a six-pack of wine, and some Pepto Bismol. But today's Business section actually cheered me up! I only ended up requiring an IV of wine due to the horrific front page headlines about Israel and the Malaysia crash. It wasn't too hard to resist the Pepe Le Pew-like enticement of Le Valium, and I loaned the Pepto to the neighbor down the street with the very teenagey teen. Why? Because the economic news was actually upbeat.

You read that right.

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Don't believe me? I don't blame you. Usually economic news makes us want to haul out our old GW Bush dartboards and start throwing.

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But here's proof:

  • Stocks buoyed by strong earnings (no link to that either, but that title with the accompanying article is in my paper, honest)

Yes, things could be better. But seeing all the positive headlines was encouraging.

Of course, this is clearly some commie fascist Marxist socialist plot by President Obama, who we all know controls every news organization except Fox, which doesn't report news at all. So you'll have to read the reports and draw your own conclusions. But IMHO, this can serve as today's Moment of Happy.

I retort, you deride.

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Trail to Riches The California Gold Rush and Settlement of the Pacific Northwest

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How the Gold Rush brought about statehood for California which, in turn, affected the remaining United States.

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Another CA city sues over voting rights law

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Voting rights, schmoting rights. Who needs 'em in this post-racial day and age? We've clearly evolved, says the Supreme Court. Says Republicans. Says anyone who doesn't want Democrats to have voting rights. After all, if you can't win on the merits of your arguments, on your policies (or lack thereof), your talent, or on your powers of persuasion, then hey, cheat.

It's the 'Murican way!

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Unless, of course, you get called out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Bellflower, right here in my home state of California, is getting sued. Why? Voting rights are being violated... allegedly:

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and two law firms filed a Superior Court complaint Monday afternoon, on behalf of three minority Bellflower residents alleging the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

The act seeks to ensure that minorities have an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.  The suit alleges that Bellflower's practice of electing council members citywide instead of by geographic districts has hindered Latino and African American candidates.

The plaintiffs said they have found patterns of racially polarized voting in the southeast Los Angeles County city of about 77,000. They want the city to switch to by-district elections to give voters in strongly minority neighborhoods an opportunity to elect at least one representative to the City Council.

What? Restricting the rights of not-white voters? In this day and age of GOP outreach? Don't be ridiculous...

It's not like Bellflower's population is 66% Latino and African American, but the council members are monochromatically pale. Come on.

Bellflower's population is 52% Latino and 14% African American, according to the city's website.  All five council members are white.

Oh.

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Why They Come … the Children Swarming Our Borders

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NBC's Stephanie Gosk is one of the few investigative journalists out there who can do a field report that actually puts you in the field.

Where you find facts and things Fvx Nation tend to bypass in favor of whatever agenda The Tundra Twit is fancying herself in charge of this week.

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When it appeared that she [Gosk, not La Palin. Ick.] had gone into Central America to see just what was motivating the humanitarian crisis growing on our southern borders, I was all ears.

See if this doesn't inform your view of why these families are in a domino effect of extreme measures, and how the United States is most certainly culpable in the larger picture.

This echoed a brilliant interview MSNBC had aired earlier in the day, when Josè Díez-Balart premiered his new hourly news program on the cable news network, which gives a great segue to the view of both sides of the border from a teenager's eyes.

This young woman is not naive, don't think that for a moment. You don't have to be as impressive as Stephanie Gosk to read pragmatic understanding in her being. Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza joined in.

These are very important portraits, are they not? Not black and white sentences of moral judgment … these are kids and families. Possible neighbors. Every egg that might escape an IUD is vital, but these actual human beings … not so much?

When does the Pro Life come in, again? Harry Reid may have the right of it, this is all at about Judge Judy level in terms of genuine graspable gravitas.

Going to take a LOT more than a village. Governor Good Hair Perry and Congress seem disinclined to act. SCROTUS would evict.

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Anybody got this? We can figure out why they came. Where do they go now?

A bit of a bonus as he's such a welcome addition to the troubled MSNBC lineup … Josè Díez-Balart Monday on what it means to have a more public liberal microphone - a voice to keep an ear out for.

A moment of privilege. Well worded.

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President Obama Gives the GOP Justifiable Hell Over The Border Crisis

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The optics of the 5th Grader level kerfluffle between President Obama and Tea'd Up Republicans on the border crisis clambered down to new rhetorical lows this week. Bovine lows.

And President Obama fired back.

According to the Regressive Right, Tea Party Edition, Kenyan President Obama is going Straight To Hell because he chose not to make a full-stop photo-op at the Texas border when he travelled to Governor Perry Land this week.

Deja Moo

Bull Shite.

Let us remember a few differences between the Koch Addicted, money grubbing 1% Driven GOP, aka Fvx Nation, and the sitting president:

♦   Obama gives a rat's bum about what happens to kids, especially the Borned Ones. The GOP won't fund education or healthcare for the Amurrikan Children born on our Exceptional Soil as it is. Bonus: Barack Obama has not only visited Mexico for a vacation or two, he has actually LIVED in other countries and has the intellect to see the global picture.

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♦   The sitting president just begged a non-functioning GOP-led Congress for 3.7 billion USD to address the Humanitarian Crises on the range of state borders seeing the influx of homeless children. The Do Nothing GOP.Tea Congress will pinch-penny every last red cent.

♦   The influx of South American minors, and some mothers and the occasional brother, uncle or father, is not an occasion to don combat gear like Governor Good Hair Perry and shoot the shite with Sean Hannity about what exceptional human beings They are because they flew down to get their pictures taken at 'ground zero' ... and the hypocrites will oppose any positive efforts, financial or policy wise, to actually assist the victims of this crisis: the kids.

Melissa Harris-Perry covered this so superbly I'll let her inform or re-inform you, her own perspective and nuanced panel discussions do credit to the complexity and global nature of this Border issue.

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First, a recap of the president slamming the GOP on their Idjit and Petty Politics. Democratic pollster Margie Omero, Juan Cartagena from Latino Justice and Republicans strategist Lenny Alcivar join Melissa to discuss the topic. Rationally.


Then a look at what is truly happening at the Border itself in terms of the politics and 'optics' [you too beginning to loathe that word?] of the crisis.

Then some real life facts ... i.e. what you're not seeing at Fvx News or on Morning Schmoe ... they just want to scream and yell about a non-existant 'Brownie' Border moment. Victoria Defrancesco Soto joins this time.

Conclusion? The GOP can and will throw faux outrage and tons of money at opposing any damned thing President Obama tries to do with the betterment of individuals, foreign, domestic or, especially, innocent children.
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Overnight: Whole Foods Parking Lot: Revenge of the Black Prius

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From YouTube:

Music: del nel
-"Revenge of the Prius" single now available at the itunes store!-
Lyrics & Performance by Delia Brown
Produced by Nelson Marquez

Video:
Produced and Directed by Delia Brown
Photography by Dillon Moore
(shot on a Canon 7D and a Go Pro)
Edited by Ted Gianopulos

Appearances by:
Delia Brown, Nelson Marquez, Rick Brown, Danielle "if you've got five dollars" Vaughn, Huey Pritchard, Joel Virgel, Lisa Kellogg (www.hiphopdancer.com), Stefano Martinelli, Keith Bataille, Fernando Martinez, Frankie de Goya, Matilda the chihuahua
Shout-outs: Justine Bateman, Marianne Brown, Adam Johnston, Christine Nichols.
And especially, Thank You to Fog and Smog for the inspiration...

Lyrics

intro:
Feather hair extensions? Check.
Om tatoo? Check.
Boutique Microbrew? Check.
Lululemon leggings? Check.
Camouflage hoodie? Check.
Prius Limosine? (don't you want to ride) Check...

Verse 1:
When I rolled up, this guy in a Clippers Cap
Was flippin' flack. Who you yellin at? You can't handle the heat in the parking lot of Whole Foods? What are you, some old dudes? Yo fools! Just like the GZA is a master of the Pro Tools, I'm ballin while you're followin the old rules. Quit stallin, y'all are growin toad stools. You drink kombucha? Why you sippin O'Douls?
Please. Let me get my space. I'm not in the mood cuz I got the taste for an iced soy latte mate, in my body...
I don't know karate, but I gotta get some kale to saute, so, please move your misguided hybrid out the way. I get vociferous when shopping for cruciferous veggies...!! Lemme hear you hollah. Pop the top on your favorite Odwalla (you can get one if you've got five dollahs)!!

Chorus:
You can't handle the heat in the parking lot?
Did you run outta your prescription for medical pot?
Instead of sittin on the little shopping carts they got,
You could just park next to the Passat.
You can't handle the heat in the parking lot?
Listen man, there's a Vons right down the block.
Don't you know you got a choice where you can shop,
besides you said your kombucha is out of stock...

Verse 2:
That's right I got a date tonight, and I'm cookin. My date is tall and really good lookin. Ok, it's not a date, it's just my FBF (huh?) My fake boyfriend (what?) What, are you deaf?!
She's comin over and she's bringing her chihuahua, and if you don't move it I'm a slap you like Zsa Zsa slapped a cop, stop blockin or it's gonna get hotter...Don't make me spray you with my coconut water!!
Tom's on my feet, I'm hoping I'll meet
a hottie with allergies to dairy and wheat, so I'll
spend some time in the gluten-free aisle,
Flash him a Tom's of Maine smile,
Let him know, I do downward dog like a pro! "you want a goji berry?" - "No thanks, I gotta go..."
I don't mean to Bragg like liquid aminos, but I was just too sexy for his chinos.

[Chorus...]

Verse 3:
What? I shouldn't shop at Whole Foods cuz I'm broke? You think that I should eat an inorganic artichoke? Yo bloke, I'm no joke, I need my acai...Watch us do some tai chi...
I've got a lot of problems, not a problem with a lot,
Keep stressin me dude, and get a shot!!
Of wheat grass, or filet'd Chilean sea bass,
I keep it raw like my agave nectar sweet ass.
Oh, you're gangster cuz your tshirts made of hemp, ay?
I'm wearin a tampon made of tempeh!!
But now I gotta get to TJs. Sipping fifteen dollar pinot noir in my PJ? You think I give a f--k? I keep it real with the two-buck-chuck! what what.
(Charles Shaw up in the house.
Sauvingon blanc forevahhh)

[Chorus...fade out]
Category
Comedy
License
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'Redeeming the Dream' on Marriage Equality - GOP.Tea Warning?

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Perhaps 'GOP Progress' is an ambitious thought, but some of them art trying. And not just the famed Log Cabin Republicans.

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts chaired a roundtable hosting the lawyer-team authors of their book, Redeeming the Dream, excerpt here, based on the historic Prop8-Hate victory in Laffy Land, California pulled ahead of the Mormons and the millions and got this SCROTUS to agree to an evolved view.

Rob Reiner and wife Michele were involved from the outset, if you aren't familiar with the origins of the case. An historic lunch at the Polo Lounge with the legal dream team, Theodore Olson and David Boies, was lushly described in the book excerpt.

Thus, at the time of their Polo Lounge lunch, Rob and Michele Reiner and their colleagues were convinced that Proposition 8 would survive a procedural challenge under the California constitution and that the only hope for marriage equality in California was a federal constitutional case. They were also concerned that such a suit was inevitable, given the tens of thousands of gay Californians who yearned to be married. But they were worried that such a case would be brought by a lawyer inexperienced, unprepared, or otherwise ill-equipped for bringing a case that might well go to the Supreme Court of the United States.

No small feat. Clarence Thomas and Scalia alone must have had air sickness bags under their robes, 'cuz you know they weren't exactly cheering for all 'the gays' marrying 'the other gays'. This SCROTUS should be benched in Houston.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Tony Perkins and Teabagger paranoia aside, the GOP has to be freaking OUT about the number of states on the map of the country lit up with Gay Marriage Permission Lights. Isn't it the best when a new state joins in?

When Vermont legalized same-sex marriage I happened to be on an overnight in Burlington with my best gal pal, and the Inn staff was SO up for celebrating along with … they just assumed we were a psyched couple. (We've gotten that since a wildly fun Provincetown, Cape Cod trip 20 years ago, so it was a rather proud moment.)

It's a mighty fine summer for the LGBT community, and I hope they just rub it in the faces of their Regressive detractors with as much rainbowed-up bunting as possible.

Hate is on notice in this nation, GOP.Tea.

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