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President Obama Has a Full Day of New Conferences on Africa - LIVE FEED


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The president has had at least six weeks from the depths of hell.

We've seen the Regressive Right and Fvx Nation pound President Obama, pummeling him about Gaza, Israel, the crisis at our southern borders, and the neo-con backlash that festers away, Obamacare Delusionalz, Ebola hysteria … and being facetiously sued by John Boy Boehner.

No wonder the man is growing grayer than most presidents have in only six years.

The Lipton Brigade and luminaries like Man Coulter, Rushee Limpbaugh and ole Sean Hannity have turned hate and disdain into a bloody cottage industry.

Today, President Obama will take some tough-as-nails questions and fierce follow-ups as the Summit on Africa closes for the day. Other vids here at

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Obama had already spoken today on the hot topics of foreign affairs rather beautifully earlier on the situations in Africa that we as a country need to hear. 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

And he then addressed economic issues of the continent.

From John Podesta at

This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.

The actual press conference is slotted for 5 p.m. +/- VT, 2ish in California. Will get that code in when available.


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Steve King Is at It Again - This Time Goes Absolutely Apeshite on Immigrants #RANPaul


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Infuriating, knicker twisting, deplorably inept, xenophobic, a Major Faux Pas Pas Pas …  is the Representative from Iowa, Steve King.

Have a horrified couple of YouTube - huge tip o' the hat to GottaLaff for the story spotting and video linkage. [Laffy Note: Check out Rand Paul making a quick exit. Hence the hashtag... #RANPaul. More on this in Nicole Sandler's post and podcast later.]

Okoboji, Iowa (CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve King was confronted Monday night at his own fundraiser by an undocumented immigrant and activist who argued with the Iowa congressman over his stance on immigration.

Erika Andiola, who’s involved with the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, mostly took issue with King’s vote last week to curb the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows certain young people - who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children - to delay deportation.

Image courtesy Sergio Hernandez, Cartoonist

Image courtesy Sergio Hernandez, Cartoonist

The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”
– George Carlin

And on CNN and Youtubes Vids, below, you get a TMI closeup of King's execrable exploits.


For a refresher on past Steve King level excoriating, a 2013 high for him on the satanic Amnesty attacks.

I think we absolutely crown him … King of the GOP.Tea Asshattery … and I literally mean the more modern 'crowning the Dude".  A marble one ought to do -- the desperately needed for Iowa and America herself -- hat trick.




Breast Cancer Isn't Contageous - Ignorance About It Is


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One week ago today, the New York Times front page garnered a lot of attention with a lead story and picture about breast cancer. Awareness to this all too common disease was the intended purpose. The controversy it caused wasn't. But in drawing such vast outcry, much for the wrong reason, it may net out at doing some major good.

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, this one's bringing down the house. From Yahoo News:

Criticism was fierce, though, both in the newspaper’s comments and letters section and elsewhere online, on blogs and in social media. People noted a variety of reasons for being shocked and offended, from the tattoo, which reminded some readers of the Holocaust, to the fact that the disembodied image did not include the woman’s face or head. But the biggest problem seemed to be that of the nearly exposed nipple, which readers called “trashy,” “inappropriate” and “risqué.” The Drudge Report called the photo a “Peep Show” in a headline, while freaked-out tweets talked about “boobs” and warned, “Areola above the fold!” The shots continued: The Daily Caller criticized the paper for using "boob shots," while Bustle noted that "the New York Times has managed to titillate and enrage the always-prim-and-proper Internet."

The truly shocking thing here is that there is a discomfiture at all. That we've become so "modest" or even juvenile in treating medical issues with silly, guilty little snickers and holier than thou stands on something that is killing women and men everyday. The guilt should be that we can do something about breast cancer in many of the cases, yet instead, some people resort to giggles or gazes in titillated awe (yes, purposeful choice of adjective). It used to be women and men all had to wear full body bathing suits because or puritanical values. We got over that. Is dealing with a life threatening disease going to become victim of the same primitive thinking? Can't we act as adults here?

There is one thing offensive to this photo. It's that it stirs up controversy at all. It only points out the ignorance of so many in this country. That's both shocking and alarming. Millions of people are dying from this disease. Grave stones and memories are all that are left for far too many.

Here's how the woman in the photo feels about this perceived "immodest" picture, as quoted in the NYTimes:

When I first saw the photo I did not find it either provocative or inappropriate. I thought it was powerful and told my story – I am a proud, young Jewish woman who had breast cancer, and I have a scar that proves it. I am not ashamed or embarrassed by the scar. Most of my breast was not exposed and the small part that was does not make the picture “cheap.” I think it’s very artistic.

Unless we get over our bigotry and educate ourselves, millions more marble headstones will be sent to the stone cutters when it's diagnosis, prevention and treatment of breast cancer that should be the focus of our attention.

Fortunately for us, the Affordable Care Act will soon allow millions to be provided with pre-screenings, early diagnosis and treatment. Early detection is the key to survival. This picture is doing what it's intended to do -- bringing about attention to prevention -- of unnecessary deaths.

So let's stop the childish prudishness. There's  nothing in the picture you can't see on regular network TV. No new ground is being plowed her. The human body is something we have to live with and accept, not snicker and hide. Certainly videos on breast self-exams are far more graphic. But they save lives. So let's step out of the closet, turn on the light. Your life may depend on it.