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Helping the Homeless in Los Angeles Is an Under-discussed/funded Issue

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Despite its status as one of the country's largest urban areas, the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles is a vastly under-discussed and under-addressed issue.

It was heartening to see Josè Díez-Balart, newly in the MSNBC morning lineup from 10-11 a.m. EST, host advocate Dr. Sophia Momand to get to the heart of the matter.

Her religious credo as a Muslim included a highly unusual promise she made when she became a doctor -- a very personal and unique oath to give care to all in her path, and give harm to none by choice.

A little further research on Dr. Momand proved edifying. From Southern California Public Radio, a bit more on that particular oath she swore more than twenty years ago. When homelessnessness was an equally large and looming plight.

Momand says she became a doctor because she enjoys helping people, "but it’s also part of my faith. I happen to be a Muslim, and part of our religion is that you have to be active helping humanity. For me it’s pretty easy, so it’s not like I’m giving up a whole lot of time, but whatever little I can help has really made a difference in their lives."

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So we have been hearing a deal from the popular Jesuit hippie Pope about caring for the poor, the homeless, the sick ... now Muslims are stepping up. Who is it that lags behind ... again?

Oh rihhght right right, the Religious Right.

The 'Turn Back Time' crowd.

They that listen to La Palin and worship at the feet of hate-mongorers extraordinaire Hannity and Limbaugh ... the station of Fvx Nation.

Apparently less free with their charity than other organized religious bodies of work.

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

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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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Who Hurts GOP Women The Most, Men Or Women?

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"Why, I do declare," Miss Elmers said," how awfully hard these men folk make it on us demure ladies. Seems so burdensome, doesn't it now, with all those fancy big numbers and those complicated words they use. Why, it's all a woman can do to not take to the salts and feel the vapors without a man at her side to tell her what she should think. Another Mint Julep?"

If you think that awful made-up dialogue is from some old MGM costume Civil War piece, it certainly could be. But this kind of talk is actually being spewed right now as we speak. And it's being done by a North Carolina congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, who believes that the Republican Party would make more headway with women voters if it could bring policy discussions “down to a woman’s level.”

Raw Story:

The problem, she said, is that male politicians are making the policy discussion too complicated for women to understand.

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”

“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” she said.

Can you really believe this woman was elected to her office in Congress? She's about as contemporary as a hooped skirt and a whale bone corset. What is going on in this country that backwards thinkers like this are being allowed to ruin the lives of other women?

North Carolina by its mere antiquated, backwards and restrictive actions has a lot to apologize for -- but Renee Elmers's election to Congress might take the cake.

Wake up people. Your votes count. Make sure you use them and use them for your best interests. You don't need someone to tell you what's right nor do you need someone to talk down to you. You deserve better than this.

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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.

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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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Bikini Graph time! "No point in cherry picking because all the jobs news is good." #BlameObama

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Before we get to the jobs news o' the day, how's about a little upbeat update from everyone's favorite news source, the always reliable Fox Biz, hmm? Via an email alert:

The blue-chip average broke past the 17000 mark for the first time in history as traders cheered a strong jobs report. The Dow is up 58 points, or 0.35%, to 17035.

And this happened on whose watch again? Oh yeah.

President Obama is the worst. Socialist. Ever.

Now on to Ye Olde Bikinie Graphe, because, yes, once again, it’s job creation time! Which means it's time to bring back the really-not-so-old Bikini Graph! This time around, the conclusion is that "few expected the data to be this good." That sound you hear is the protesteth too mucheth from the moutheths of the GOPeth:

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As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration.

Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog, more on the new report from Bureau of Labor Statistics, including how we added 288,000 jobs in June, "well ahead of forecasts." The unemployment rate is now at 6,1%, which is the lowest it's been since September 2008. That's six-- count 'em, six-- years ago. Last fall, it was a full point higher. At one point, we were at 10% (thank you, BushCo).

Benen even manages to squeeze in some excellent Benghazi!!!! snarkitude:

For the fifth consecutive month, public-sector layoffs did not drag down the overall employment figures. Though jobs reports over the last few years have shown monthly government job losses, in June, the private sector added 262,000 while the public sector added 26,000. The latter may not sound like much, but after several years in which that total was negative, it’s heartening. [...]

Overall, the report suggests the jobs landscape is clearly improving, which is no doubt proof that American employers are in on the conspiracy to distract Americans from Benghazi.

All told, over the last 12 months, the U.S. economy has added over 2.49 million jobs overall and 2.43 million in the private sector. What’s more, June was the 52nd consecutive month in which we’ve seen private-sector job growth – the longest on record.

At this point, with the year about half over, 2014 is currently on track to be the best year for U.S. job creation since 1999.

Benen is also reporting that this is "actual" good news, because "job creation was strong, even as the labor force grew. This is, in other words, how people rooting for the economy want to see the jobless rate drop."

But my favorite part was this: "There’s no point in cherry picking because all of the news is good."

Say it with me now:

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"The Pitchforks Are Coming for the Millionaires", says Zillionaire to Politico

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Mike Allen swung by MSNBC to tell us just how up front even a center-leaning outfit like Politico is featuring on the stars of the new American plutocracy. Or oligarchy. The folks you see on the business end of a briskly waving pitchfork.

Personally, the Koch Broz. seem more like oligarchs, but that may because I always picture them in crowns that would put the ones adjacent to the Great Tower of London in the shade.

That's why they, the 1%er oligarchy plutocrats like the Koch Sons-a'-Bitches Brothers are so easy for us pitchfork wielders to find … they're large and sparkly. And probably slow.

 

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Give a gander to mogul and model of American capitalism, Nick Hanauer. He kinda sorta helped blow up Amazon. And he's the one saying "I see pitchforks."

 

The actual article over at Politico is worth the read, excerpted here for a quickie.

Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires
You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine. Multiple homes, my own plane, etc., etc. You know what I’m talking about. ...

Now I own a very large yacht. But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger, GoComics.com

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger, GoComics.com

I see pitchforks.
Now that is refreshing. A rich guy who remembers what it was like to take his first big risk - who sees income inequality.

By Jeebus, he probably even believes in climate change. And I wonder what he thought about the SCROTUS Hobby Lobby debacle.

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