Kanye West Tries to Shame the Disabled into Standing

By Tuesday, September 16, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

Last Friday Kayne West asked all of his fans to stand before he could perform his next song. When he was told by the shouting crowd that two of the fans he was yelling at were disabled—one of them waving their prosthetic leg in the air as proof—he stopped the entire concert and asked his security to confirm the claim, saying that the only people exempt from his command were those with a handicapped pass and free parking.

It is reported that he asked some concertgoers to show their handicap passes and told his audience that “everybody who is not in a wheelchair or handicapped will stand up. If you cannot prove to me that you are in a wheelchair you need to be standing, if you can it is okay to sit down.”

Kayne’s wife Kim Kardashian defended her husband on Instagram:

Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.

There are no rules saying that fans need to be able to stand to enjoy a Kanye West concert, so the question is why West felt the need to go to that level of humiliation just to make a statement about people rising for his performance.

White House Plans to Ramp up Support in West Africa

By Tuesday, September 16, 2014 0 Permalink 0

President Barack Obama is finally going to announce plans to ramp up the United States’ role in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The terrifying and deadly virus has claimed as many as 2,400 lives in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, growing exponentially throughout the region.

Obama has made plans to speak to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta today, categorizing this as a top national security priority. This comes about just days after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sent a letter to Obama imploring his urgent assistance to help them control the disease that has infected nearly 5,000 people at this point.

“The goal here is to surge American expertise,” says White House staffer Lisa Monaco, “including our military logistic and commanding control expertise to try and control this outbreak at its source in West Africa.”

The President will speak to the nation about how American leadership will work together with international partners to curb the issue. One way the U.S. plans to control the outbreak is by building 17 treatment centers in West Africa. What they need now are more beds for the ceaselessly growing amount of ill civilians, and the region requires a commanding group of leaders and experts to take this matters into their own hands. The White House is pushing Congress for an additional $88 million for drugs and personnel to be dispatched to the epicenter of the affected area.

Watch Mika and Joe talk more with Monaco on Morning Joe.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski on ISIS, Ukraine, and the Future of American Power

By Sunday, September 14, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

Last Monday, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson (1966–1968), national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981), and awardee of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for his contribution in the normalization of U.S.-China relations, attended a private dinner at the White House with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and other top policy experts to discuss critical U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges. Before that meeting, he spoke with MSNBC on those same issues.

Read the transcript of the interview here:

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Morning Papers: Remembering 9/11

Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Willie Geist share the top news headlines of the day. They talk about stories from NFL scandals to Scotland’s possible independence, highlighting a special report about a 13th anniversary 9/11 event where singer Francesca Picerno sang God Bless America as a beautiful tribute to her father who was lost in the towers.

Check out what the team has to say about these top stories.

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Obama ‘Dovish’ and ‘Hawkish’ in Terror Speech

By Friday, September 12, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 0

President Barack Obama has drawn some criticism in op-eds from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York times. The articles all focus on President Obama’s speech about military operations in the Middle East. The consensus is that the solution to the ISIS problem will likely involve more than aerial attacks. If that holds true, the President will be faced with the decision of deploying boots on the ground. . Watch the Morning Joe panel opine on President Obama’s perceived ambivalence and the complicated choices he faces going forward.

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