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Josè Díaz-Balart Meets With President Obama and Reports to All In


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You can almost hear Morgan Freeman, the voice of God, intoning over the National Guard that Governor Good Hair Perry saw fit to deploy on women and children, "This is NOT what Jesus Would Do, Governor Perry!!"

With a few lightning bolts and a suitable coda of thunder to punctuate.

Chris Hayes really went All In Friday evening, when he got the early scoop on colleague Josè Díaz-Balart's enviable interview with President Obama on the day of his historic meetings with Central American rulers on the other end of the humanitarian crisis on the borders.

Díaz-Balart went there, thoroughly, about the complicity of the United States' recreational drug habit in the traffic, and the trafficking, that lie at the heart of this current disaster. He is not wrong, in saying that every line of cocaine done in the U.S. impacts cultures in Central and Southern America.

His MSNBC morning program will offer more interview footage next week. Here is the first look.

Then the promised footage with Chris Hayes in the evening lineup.

Prior to that, Hayes had done a powerful segment on the actual face of the ongoing deportations, with some fascinating facts on the Obama administration's quieter policies.

Do you suppose we could trade the Statue of Liberty back to France for a working guillotine? It would take care of immigration reform and the death penalty glitches in one fell swoop.


For contrast, perennially thirsty Senator Marco Rubio and Pundette Megyn Kelly are cozying up at Fox Noise, hyping their unique, peculiar brand of 'immigration reform assassination' that works so well over at Fvx Nation.



Who Hurts GOP Women The Most, Men Or Women?



"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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Four Star Female Admiral Michelle Howard: GO Navy!

Four Star Admiral Michelle Howard. Image, Forbes.

Four Star Admiral Michelle Howard. Image, Forbes.

Admiral Michelle Howard was given the status of First Female Four Star Admiralty member this summer, a national first on two fronts: gender and ethnicity.

Those are some mightily impressive Firsts. The 239-year United States Navy had never before given four stars to a female. She is also the highest-ranking African-American woman in a male-dominated military that did not even allow the promotion of women to general or admiral (of any number of stars) until 1967.

Image, U.N.C. Greensboro Archives

Image, U.N.C. Greensboro Archives

As she told the New York Times, speaking of her early attendance of the newly-Co-Ed Naval Academy,

“There were angry men at Annapolis, but we got through it,” she said. “And there were issues on the first few ships because it was all brand new. Change is hard in society.”


Melissa Harris-Perry was among the first to congratulate the Admiral, on her weekend MSNBC program recently.

The New York Times ran an evocative piece on Admiral Howard's epic move, excerpted below.

WASHINGTON — Adm. Michelle J. Howard was looking for new insignia for her white Navy dress uniform when she ran into an unusual problem.

“I said, ‘I need to order a four-star women’s shoulder board,’ and there’s this silence,” Admiral Howard recalled. “Then the lady goes, ‘Um, I’m not seeing any in the system.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I thought that might be the case.’

“I didn’t know it was possible to grow up to be anything more than a one-star,” Admiral Howard, 54, said in a recent interview, referring to the rank of rear admiral. She said today’s sailors “have never known a life when there hasn’t been a woman admiral, women three-stars, women in command of ships, women in command of destroyers.”


Morning Joe Backs Gov. Good-Hair Perry on the Texas Tea Obama Wackadoo



Slightly better than giving you Fvx at this hour, Morning Schmoe is semi-back from break, and Scarborough is all about kicking some PBO hiney about the humanitarian crisis at the Border. Governor Good Hair Rick Perry's stretch o' the fence.

We have all said or thought this a gazilion times about some of the asshats he has to interact with, but "Poor President Obama."

This time it's a Hairy Perry bully demand, not a respectful request for a presidential visit from a sitting governor. Perry has puffed out his Texas chest and bellowed that he wouldn't be doing any handshake on the tarmac with Barack Obama.

This comes on the egregious heels of Perry's Tin Foil Hat PBO latest … Obama himself is behind the humanitarian crisis at the Border. [Perry may be even less in touch with reality than we currently suppose.]


So, according to MSNBC sourcing, the president and the guv'nah will be meeting behind closed doors … and we so wanted a 'shake your fist in Obama's face' photo op, blast. Which fired Ole' One Way Joe, have a gawk for yourself and I'll see you with shared frustration on the other side.

The smug is getting worse as Obama gets closer to the clean exit, it's like Regressive Right blood in the water.


Perry and his glasses may not be running again (Hah!) in 2016, but as Rachel Maddow illustrated Monday night, he has some culpability in this Border Crisis.

President Obama does head out to Texas today, for two days of fundraising and with no advance-noticed plans to visit the border … which some have blown up into a faux Fvx Hair Aflame Scandale, and some conservative hate baiter editorialized this - ahead of time - "Obama's Katrina Moment."

Horse shite.

President Obama isn't a showman. He's not going to announce ahead of time that he is going to go down to the borders and see what is happening to the women and children, primarily, caught in this tragic cycle of entry, detention and legal action.


There are not many good options. The president visited the border from Texas in 2011, and though no official plans have been put forward for Obama to re-route there in the next couple of days, liberals can easily seeing him doing that.

Without the hype and Regressive Right sportscasting. For a sane look at the immigration crisis, Lawrence O'Donnell had a factual look.

Praise Jeebus for the evening Voices of Reason.



Breaking: Hobby Lobby and Corporate Contraceptive Power Upheld by SCROTUS *Updated*

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Image, Cagle Cartoons

Supreme Court Rules for Companies in Hobby Lobby Case.

SCROTUS screwed us again. When Alito was rumored to be writing, we knew.

As feared, they ruled for the Green Family and Hobby Lobby and Born Again Wackadoos everywhere this disappointing Monday in late June. Poli-comedian John Fugelsang summed it up.

The women's movement just took a giant hit. From MSNBC news, the initial shock and awe. Craig Melvin had the anchor chair.



Absolutely catch Nicole Sandler's program now or later on Radio Or Not, as she superbly gives the Progressive view on Hobby Slobby and other SCROTUS rulings coming down the pike. And catch her post "Supremely Wrong", fresh this morning right here at the Carnival.

Some fine background from Think Progress should catch you up to where we are - still reeling from the decision and seeing how the ruling is explained to We the People.

From the day the justices agreed to decide whether employers with religious objections to birth control can refuse to follow a federal rule requiring employer-provided health plans to cover contraception, a broad array of Court watchers have treated the Hobby Lobby litigation as the single most important issue facing the justices this term,this site has probably given this impression as well.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Updates below on this absurd Hobby Lobby Ruling!

8:55 a.m. PST UPDATE From The Caucus Blogs at the New York Times:

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the Court, declared that family-owned corporations like Hobby Lobby cannot be forced to pay for contraception for employees. The ruling means that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 applies to corporations, that the contraception requirement placed a substantial burden on companies like Hobby Lobby, and that the government has not chosen the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest — the most demanding test in constitutional law.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court’s four-member liberal wing, said the contraception coverage requirement was vital to women’s healthy and reproductive freedom. Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan joined almost all of the dissent, but they said there was no need to take a position on whether corporations may bring claims under the religious liberty law.

On that point, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said the court’s decision “is bound to have untoward effects” in other settings.

“The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, “invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling was greeted by cheers from anti-abortion groups that gathered at the court Monday morning. As soon as the decision was announced, chants arose of “Hobby Lobby wins! Hobby lobby wins!”


Lori Windham, a lawyer representing Hobby Lobby, celebrated the decision but was cautious in interpreting it, noting that the ruling was “narrow and careful.”

10:30 PST Analysis continues to grow. Ronan Farrow Daily at MSNBC had a roundtable to discuss.
Akhil Amar, Terry O’Neill, Karen Finney and Robert Traynham have a look at the Supreme Court’s ruling that once again puts businesses before people.

10:40 a.m. PST Nicole Sandler posted Supremely Wrong -- a Progressive do not miss.

1:30 p.m. PST Alex Wagner had some fine analysis on her MSNBC program, Now, at the top of the hour.

If you want to make your voice heard, Daily Kos paved the way.


Good Morniiiiing, Fvx Nation! Hasselbeck and Zerlina Maxwell re #YesAllWomen


Good Mornniiiiiing, Fvx Nation!

That's how I imagine they open the so-called 'mews' program Fox and Friends every day, with Hasselbeck singing bass.

Morning Mika and Schmoe were off cavorting, and that's dull, so a quick flip to what serves as the cable news channel between MSNBC and CNN delivered: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, we formerly loathed her on The View, was hawking an upcoming segment on ... The War On Men.

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The teaser alone was Librul Platinum: when we return, the panel discusses whether or not there really is a GOP War on Women.

Hasselbeck furrows her blonde brows … she's perpetually perplexed, that woman. How did Barbara Walters manage to sit anywhere near her for all those years on The View?

How can there be, when all races and sexes turned up at a #YesAllWomen-induced gathering in support of feeble females and the heroic men who tolerate them??!?? The so called "Men's Rights" movement got a Fvx moment in the sun.


Gag. I've got on my trusty Orvis Waders and Method™ Troll Repellant Spray, so let's check out the Tea Party stylings of Ms. Hasselbeck, and Fvx Morning Men, on her new and more fitting couch. (She was in über-suck-up mode as The Donald's Hair had just phoned in for his regular Monday bloviation.)

The splendid Zerlina Maxwell was, albeit briefly, there as a voice of reason. Unfortunately, they put her across from Miss America(?) … but Zerlina did make a great case for not scapegoating feminism with the so-called Men's Rights movement. Have a listen to Ms. Maxwell ably summarizing #YesAllWomen on MSNBC recently.

Poor Maxwell had to sit near Hasselbeck on the Fox and Friends couch this morning around 7:20 VT. She must have vintage Orvis Waders, as well.

"Some would argue that feminism is the cause of 'them' [presumably men] having less "right" in the courtroom,", brayed uncompassionate conservative, Palin Defender and (apparently) open hate-mongerer Hasselbeck.

Aarrghh. Just have a listen,  and again, so sorry to give Fvx this early in the morning. [They opted not to post video ICK , so I had my handy dandy digital voice memo app recorder to commit it to the interwebz.]


They pimped the be-jeebus out of the above mini-segment, saying how fair and balanced it was going to be … then gave it about 2.6 minutes of  'discussion'. [I've peskily Tweeted and contacted Ms. Maxwell for comment on the brevity, will Update if a reply flies in.]

Even for Hasselbeck, that was downright sad. Female Fail. Fact Fail. Fvx Fail.



Props to Zerlina Maxwell for going into the Lions Den of Delusion for #YesAllWomen.