Phil Bryant, Asshole of the Day for July 28, 2014
Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up almost the entire tab for the Medicaid expansion, many Republican-controlled states have refused to take it, thus leading to 5,000,000 people going without coverage who would otherwise qualify.
If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.
Bryant and his state refused the Medicaid expansion. Had he accepted it, 137,800 more people would be covered. And yet Bryant is blaming Obama for these people going without insurance. But of course he does, and for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Phil Bryant’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo
Today in History: The Silent ParadeOn July 28, 1917, thousands of African-Americans marched in silence down New York’s 5th Avenue to protest lynching.Via The Crisis Magazine
"It’s only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse to them, it’s not terrorism.” .. (Noam Chomsky)
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On July 27, 1789, the House committee appointed to confer with the Senate to prepare joint rules to be established between both houses relating to the “inrollment, attestation, publication and preservation of the acts of Congress, and to relgulate the mode of presenting addresses, and other acts to the President of the United States” submitted this report to the House. The Senate agreed to the rules on August 6.
Report on rules of enrollment and publication of acts of Congress, Sen 1A-J2, Records of the U.S. Senate
Had you any idea that Emmett Till’s final words were some of boldest in American history?
Milam: “You still as good as I am?”
Milam: “You still ‘had’ white women?”
Keep in mind that that’s after two grown men had tortured him for hours. Milam would later say that, following that exchange, he had no choice but to kill the 14-year-old boy:
"Well, what else could we do? He was hopeless. I’m no bully; I never hurt a nigger in my life. I like niggers—in their place—I know how to work ‘em. But I just decided it was time a few people got put on notice. As long as I live and can do anything about it, niggers are gonna stay in their place. Niggers ain’t gonna vote where I live. If they did, they’d control the government. They ain’t gonna go to school with my kids. And when a nigger gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he’s tired o’ livin’. I’m likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights. I stood there in that shed and listened to that nigger throw that poison at me, and I just made up my mind. ‘Chicago boy,’ I said, ‘I’m tired of ‘em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble. Goddam you, I’m going to make an example of you—just so everybody can know how me and my folks stand.’"
- Emmett Till, a black boy from a Chicago, was visiting his grandfather and grand-uncle Mose Wright in the town of Money, Mississippi, population about 360. Although warned by his mother not to talk to whites, he disregarded that warning, saying “Bye, baby” to Carolyn Bryant, a white woman working at Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market. Till and his cousin, Curtis Jones, were told to leave town. They did not. One week later, J. W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant arrived at Wright’s house, and abducted the “nigger here from Chicago.” They beat him to death, gouging out one of his eyes, and dumped his weighted body into the Tallahatchee River. An all-white jury found the two not guilty. Emmett’s mother, Mamie, insisted on an open-casket funeral where his beaten, pulpy face was visible to the public, hoping her child did not die in vain.
"Look what they did to my boy."
Dear parents of LGBT+ young people:
You should be less worried about your offspring being influenced into their LGBT+ identities by people they met online, and more worried about the fact that they go online to meet people that will give them the acceptance and support that you haven’t.
This needs more notes