The count is in and the US Senate just advanced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a 61-30 cloture vote. Unfortunately, the bill is headed for the House where Speaker John Boehner dropped his two-cent nonsense earlier today with his claim that:
The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,
His office later added,
We have always believed this is covered by existing law, . . . this is not a new issue or a new position -- it's a longstanding position, and, frankly, not 'news' at all. This has been his position, on the record, for years, stated publicly many times.
Sounds like the same tired Republican defense against supporting equal rights for just about anyone but stodgy old straight white dudes. Got it. Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness we're joined by Wagatwe Wanjuki, Online Community Manager at RH Reality Check, with a special docket item about sexual assault on US university campuses. We also discussed what the hell happened to stop-and-frisk in New York, and we got some "sad but informative" analysis from TWiB! Legal Analysis Rad-Femme Lawyer on why we should care about what's happening to all those with uteri in Oklahoma and Texas. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed the millions of hungry and homeless Americans in the wake of massive SNAP cuts last week, an update on state voter ID laws, and a field trip to the piercing studio? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS (Cross-posted)

Don't you love it when our elected officials ask stupid questions because they don't understand how things like insurance work? "I would encourage you to be just like the American people," said Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, as he explained that  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should drop her current healthcare plan and sign up for the exchange. Because when you have something, it always makes sense to get rid of it to have it again, right?

And as even more blackface costumes keep appearing for Halloween, we decided it was time for some education. North Carolina State professor and author of the book Right to Ride Dr. Blair Kelley explained the history of blackface and why Tyler Perry really is a minstrel show.

On today's #TWiBRadio#TeamBlackness breaks down the use of Britney Spears to keep away pirates, why there are better ways to kill the one you love than setting them on fire, and that one Black friend does not a racist force field make.

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This morning on #amTWiB, the Morning Crew discusses the upcoming Red Bull liability suit, a Nevada politician willing to be pro-slavery, and Ray Kelly getting booed off stage.

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On the show last week, we discussed how major fast food companies rely on Federal assistance to keep their wages low (we had Jack Temple of the National Employment Law Project on the show to break down the details_. But little did we know that McDonalds was actively telling their employees to seek SNAP assistance and Medicaid to gain access to assistance for food and healthcare. One of the major planks of the Republican party platform is that we need to move the poor into jobs and off of welfare and so I'll just wait for the Congressional hearing about corporations stealing from American taxpayers any day now. Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed no twerking contracts, rebuking the spirit of everything from deafness to alcoholism, and lessons in how to avoid accidentally sending nude selfies. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS This morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed religious folks lying for money, the UC Davis pepper spray cop got a bigger settlement than his victims, and a Florida cop does something . . . nice? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS (Cross-posted)
Here's the thing, I don't disagree with Chris Matthews. Sen. Ted Cruz is a problem. Between his nonsensical not-a-filibuster, ignorance about how birth control works, and weird allusions to kidnapping, Ted Cruz has Democrats AND Republicans alike telling him to have a seat. But Chris Matthews, come on man! To cry racism at this comment, I call shenanigans. Racist dog-whistle terms are low-hanging fruit amongst the Tea Party Republicans, why climb the tree for an unripe piece? Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed astrology and Zoroastrianism (no, really) and Black folks are not allowed to shop at Barney’s or get blond highlights. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS This morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed poisoned dog treats, ObamaCare is installing microchips in America, and boobs are the fastest aging body parts. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS (Cross-posted)
In their hateful quest to save straight people from the horrors of homosexual life, Rick Scarborough and Peter LaBarbera decided to take matters into their own hands and sue homosexuality. Who is "Big Gay?" you might ask. We're not sure, obviously it includes organizations like Logo, folks like Anderson Cooper, and shows like ABC's Modern Family. Is Lady Gaga on their list? How about rainbows? Or IKEA? Bert & Ernie are surely on that list, but so are chairs, parades, hats, hybrid cars, and the Sun. Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed the lasting effects of childhood, President Obama caught a diabetic, pregnant lady who fainted during his speech yesterday, and Rand Paul's Lying Liar Show ... For Liars. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS This morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed legal marijuana for $1, breaking bad with jolly ranchers, and no one can tell L.Joy that scrubbing her tub isn't exercise. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS And on Sportsball today, our resident sports fans discussed the $8,000 Chiefs tickets? Parenta's love of Yankees relief pitcher's knee socks, and Don Lemon is still an asshole. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS (Cross-posted)
My name is Marissa Alexander, I am a mother of three children, but at the present time, I am not able to be with them due to the following circumstances. I am currently sitting in the Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville FL, Duval County awaiting a sentence for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. ... In an unprovoked jealous rage, my husband violently confronted me while using the restroom. He assaulted me, shoving, strangling and holding me against my will, preventing me from fleeing all while I begged for him to leave. ... I was unable to leave, trapped in the dark with no way out. For protection against further assault I retrieved my weapon; which is registered and I have a concealed weapon permit. Trapped, no phone, I entered back into my home to either leave through another exit or obtain my cell phone. ... The weapon was in my right hand down by my side and he yelled, “Bitch I will kill you!”, and charged toward me. In fear and desperate attempt, I lifted my weapon up, turned away and discharged a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling. As I stood my ground it prevented him from doing what he threatened and he ran out of the home. Outside of the home, he contacted the police and falsely reported that I shot at him and his sons. The police arrived and I was taken into custody. -- Excerpt from A Letter by Marissa Alexander to her supporters
As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, we were joined in-studio by Esther Armah, founder and Creator of Emotional Justice Unplugged, and co-founder of #31forMarissa, with Mariame Kaba of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Women. Ms. Armah discussed the cultures of silence within our communities around domestic violence, particularly amongst men. For more information: Free Marissa Now campaign Emotional Justice Unplugged #31ForMarissa Coverage at Ebony Read the Letters at The Swag Spot Donate to Marissa Alexander's Legal Fees For updates and more information, you can also follow @PrisonCulture and @esther_armah   Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed New Jersey finally getting something right and Eminem getting everything wrong. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS

And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed the Obama Administration taking heat for the glitchy Obamacare registration, breast feeding and an abortion may be used against you, and is Biggie too much for a street name?

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After Congress passed the debt ceiling extension and reopened the government, the owner of Smokin' Joe's Ribhouse in Rogers, Arkansas, Johnny Howard, decided to make this public statement on the road sign outside of his restaurant:

Obamacare_Slavery

The sign was up for approximately 45 minutes, and after it was taken down, Howard apologized and said:

It’s the policy and I made the mistake of wording it in the wrong fashion. The policy. It’s not the person it’s the policy, ... To me this health care plan is a job killer. I myself will have to eliminate at least one location if all the policies that were written originally go through.

Okay, so a policy to grant people access to affordable healthcare is somehow a punishment for slavery??!!  I. Just. Can't. Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed Republicans win ... nothing, the House of Representatives Stenographer ain’t takin' no more damn memos, and the punishment for slavery is ... health insurance? Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS

And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed burning history for money, a Florida school named after a KKK "Grand Wizard" might actually get a name change, and Japanese wine for kitty cats.

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Do you want to pay for billion dollar companies to make more money?

Of course not, but in a partnership study between the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center and the University of Illinois and another by the National Employment Law Project, we learned that we are, in fact, playing billions of dollar to support low-wage fast food workers for America's top seven restaurant chains. We were joined by writer and research analysis Jack Temple of the National Employment Law project who broke it down for us:

The low wages are forcing taxpayers to chip in to fund the profits of these companies. . . . In fact, if we want to save taxpayers money, we have to raise wages in the industry, we have to let the frontline workers form a union and bargain collectively for higher wages, and in the meantime we need to raise the minimum wage, that's how we demand that these companies, that are making billions of profits every year pay a living wage, and don't rely on the public safety net to help fund their profitable business model.

Indeed.

Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness we're joined by The Urban Scientist and newly crowned #ReasonableNegro Dr. Danielle Lee, we follow up on the EBT story in Louisiana, and Kenan Thompson says there’s no black women ready for SNL.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discuss how only Muslims can say Allah, designated driving could get you suspended, and the education of black boys with the producers of American Promise.

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Dr. Danielle Lee, aka The Urban Scientist, was asked by Biology Online to write for them. After she politely declined, Biology Online said this:
Because we don't pay for blog entries? Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?
In lieu of flying middle fingers or simply a blank stare, Dr. Lee made this thoughtful response: Clap back, Dr. Lee!

Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed running President Obama out of town on a rail, the state punishing citizens for doing the right thing, and I write a firmly worded memo.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discussed how apparently everyone wants a white Republican for president, virginity certificates, and how brothers in the 'hood are hustling Banksy.

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Riddle me this: In an AP-GfK poll conducted earlier this week, respondents seemed a bit . . . confused about how logic works, for example:
Six in 10 predict an economic crisis if the government's ability to borrow isn't renewed later this month with an increase in the debt limit — an expectation widely shared by economists. Yet only 30 percent say they support raising the limit; 46 percent were neutral on the question.
Really folks? You're saying that a huge part of our political decisions are based on polling and folks can't even follow simple cause and effect? Got it.

Also on today's #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed the great Jesus conspiracy, the productive habits of famous writers, and Captain Picard is outraged . . . and Black.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, we put together some of the greatest moments from the last year of #amTWiB.

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