Thursday Open Thread | 70′s Soft Rock

Hall and OatesDaryl Hall & John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, is an American musical duo from Philadelphia.

Daryl Hall is the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide range of musical instruments. John Oates primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals, but also contributes other instruments in recordings and live performances. The two also write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed “rock and soul.” Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and J. Scott McClintock write,[1] “at their best, Hall & Oates’ songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave.” While much of their reputation is due to the sustained pop-chart run in the 1980s, they continue to record and tour, and remain respected by various artists for their ability to cross stylistic boundaries.

They are best known for their six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch”, as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40. In total, they had 34 chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums.[2] Because of that chart success, Billboard magazine named them the most successful duo of the rock era, surpassing The Everly Brothers.

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45 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | 70′s Soft Rock

  1. Yahtc says:

    Hey, I can play the Bible game :)

    How about this:

    I wonder if the Supreme Court realized that it violated “Separation of Church and State” when it ruled that a corporation was a person?

    Basically, in doing this the Supreme Court rewrote a bit of the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

    Original (Genesis 1:26-27):

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them; male and female created he them.

    The Supreme Court’s rewrite of the Bible’s Genesis (Chapter 1 – verses 26-27):

    26And God said, Let us make CORPORATIONS in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    27So God created CORPORATIONS in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    So now, do people (or employees) with the religious belief that God created “man” and NOT “corporations” have to accept any Supreme Court rulings that are based on a “Corporation” being a person?

  2. Yahtc says:

    Now this!!

    “Supreme Court sides with Christian college in birth control case”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/2014/07/03/622f7b12-02f8-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html

    Excerpt:

    “The Supreme Court late Thursday sided with a Christian college in the court’s latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage, prompting a sharp rebuke from the three female justices that the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago.

    Wednesday’s decision involved a different part of the law than the one considered in Hobby Lobby. It was an emergency request from Wheaton College in Illinois, which objected to the process the administration has offered to religious organizations, hospitals and colleges.

    EBSA Form 700 requires the groups to register their religious objections and enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control.

    The organizations do not have to pay for the coverage, and the cost is borne by the government in other ways.

    But Wheaton Colllege and a host of other organizations have filed suits across the country saying they should not be forced to file the forms. They say doing so authorizes third parties to provide the contraceptives, making them complicit in actions that offend their religious beliefs.

    The ruling Wednesday says Wheaton need only file a letter with the federal government stating its religious objections. Presumably, the government then would notify the third party to provide the contraceptives.

    “Nothing in this interim order affects the ability of the applicant’s employees and students to obtain, without cost, the full range of FDA approved contraceptives,” the order said.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    REPORT: MALIA OBAMA TOURS COLLEGES, FAVORS UC BERKELEY

    Jun 27, 2014

    Is Malia Obama thinking of Berkeley? Maybe so. The eldest daughter of President and First Lady Obama was recently spotted while touring college campuses in Northern California, and UC Berkeley was one of the schools that she seemed to favor the most.

    An eye witness told media that Malia liked the atmosphere of Berkeley more than any other school she visited in the Bay Area, and even considered it to be as great as Stanford University in Stockton. “She made it clear Berkeley compared very favorably with Stanford,” said the source.

    Malia seems to favor the state of California as a whole, since getting her first gig as a production assistant on the set of ‘Extant.’ The teen joined the working force of Hollywood a few weeks ago, as she served coffee to the stars and managed traffic onset.

    http://www.blackcelebkids.com/2014/06/27/report-malia-obama-tours-colleges-favors-uc-berkeley/

  4. rikyrah says:

    BEHIND THE SCENES OF QUVENZHANE WALLIS’ ARMANI JR. SHOOT [VIDEO]

    Armani Junior has released a behind-the-scenes video during Quvenzhane’s campaign shoot for the fall/winter collection for Armani Jr. The video highlights Quvenzhane’s ease in front of the camera as she goofs, dances, and even poses with a puppy, laughing all the while.

    At only 10 years old, the actress made history earlier this year when she became the youngest ever Oscar nominee for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Now, she’s making history once again as the first black girl to play the role of Annie in the upcoming big-screen remake.

    Quvenzhane has a lot to be excited about with her acting career starting off with a bang. But in regards to this new gig for Armani, the young star enthusiastically told People,”With acting you have lots and lots of lines. When you’re doing modeling you make faces, you dance, you just play around! And it doesn’t really matter what you do. With acting you have to be very precise with what you’re doing.”

    http://www.blackcelebkids.com/2014/06/30/quvenzhane-8/

  5. rikyrah says:

    John Lewis: Civil Rights Act ‘would not pass’ today
    07/03/14 08:01 AM—Updated 07/03/14 08:14 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Congress arguably has no greater champion of American civil rights than Rep .John Lewis (D) of Georgia, whose lifelong commitment and years of sacrifice give him unrivaled stature on the issue.

    And so it matters when Lewis declares, on the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, “If the Civil Rights Act was before the Congress today, it would not pass, it would probably never make it to the floor for a vote.”

    It’s speculative, obviously, but does anyone seriously question whether this is true?

    Writing in Politico yesterday, Todd Purdum accepted the premise, agreeing that the landmark measure “couldn’t pass today,” and highlighted the shifts in the political landscape.

    The climate in today’s Washington is so different from the one that produced what many scholars view as the most important law of the 20th century that celebrating the law’s legacy is awkward for Republicans and Democrats alike. Neither party bears much resemblance to its past counterpart, and the bipartisanship that carried the day then is now all but dead.

    That’s true, though let’s not brush past the contextual details. Bipartisanship was possible a half-century ago because there was a Republican minority in 1964 that included liberal lawmakers eager to compromise. That GOP is clearly long gone.

    Congress is deadlocked on every big question, from immigration reform to a grand bargain on taxes and spending…. Now Boehner is suing President Barack Obama for failing to faithfully execute the laws, and Reid inveighs daily about the Koch brothers’ contributions to GOP causes.

    That’s also true, but again, the details matter. On immigration, debt reduction, tax policy, and government spending – the specific issues Purdum highlighted – Democrats have demonstrated a willingness to compromise. Republicans have done the opposite.

    I’m also not sure I see the parallel between Reid complaining about far-right billionaires financing a massive campaign operation and Boehner trying to stop the president from governing.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/john-lewis-civil-rights-act-would-not-pass-today

  6. rikyrah says:

    Colorado’s Beauprez joins the ‘47 percent’ club
    07/03/14 10:17 AM—Updated 07/03/14 01:57 PM
    By Steve Benen

    One of the more striking developments in the last presidential campaign was Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video. It wasn’t just the elitist attitude the failed Republican candidate displayed when he thought the public couldn’t see him; it was also the underlying ideology. Romney laid bare an ideology that looks at roughly half the American population as lazy parasites.

    What we didn’t know at the time is that he also helped mark the beginning of a trend. In North Carolina, for example, Senate hopeful Thom Tillis had his own 47-percent-style video in which he called for a “divide and conquer” campaign against Americans who rely on public assistance to get by. Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) ran into a similar problem, as did Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli (R).

    It looks like Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez (R) has joined the club.

    On Wednesday, as Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured Colorado to “build unity,” a video surfaced that Democrats say shows his divisiveness.

    The video shows Beauprez in a speech to the Denver Rotary Club in 2010 making comments that echo those that hurt Mitt Romney’s challenge to President Barack Obama two years later.

    “I see something that frankly doesn’t surprise me, having been on Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax,” Beauprez said in the video. “I’m guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent – God bless you – but what that tells me is that we’ve got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and most of that half is you all.”

    In fairness, it’s worth emphasizing that the video is four years old – unlike the Romney video, which was recorded during the campaign – though Beauprez continues to believe exactly what he said in 2010. Indeed, the Denver Post report added, “Reached while traveling, Beauprez’s campaign stood by the remarks.”

    And that’s the problem.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/colorados-beauprez-joins-the-47-percent-club

  7. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Have Been Secretly Helping To Elect Bill and Hillary Clinton By Watching Fox News
    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, July, 2nd, 2014, 8:38 pm

    By watching Fox News, Republicans were helping to get Bill and Hillary Clinton elected as Rupert Murdoch has donated $3 million to the Clintons.

    …………………………..

    The chart revealed much of what is already known about the Clintons. Wall Street and the financial sector love them, and they dominate with big donors, in a way, that President Obama never has. The great irony is that eighth biggest donor to the campaigns of Bill and Hillary Clinton has been News Corp. Before the phone hacking scandal caused the company to split their media and publishing holdings into two separate companies, News Corp was the parent company of Fox News.

    It is a delicious irony that some of the people who hate the Clintons most were responsible for profits that in a small way went towards supporting the Clintons. News Corp has donated $3 million to the Clintons since 1992. The more Fox News viewers hated the Clintons, the more they watched Fox News. By supporting Fox News, they were helping to finance campaigns against their own Republicans.

    This is the latest example of how Fox News is selling a lie to their viewers. The network is built on marketing itself as a counterweight to the liberal media while their parent company was donating millions of dollars to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/02/republicans-donating-bill-hillary-clinton-watching-fox-news.html

  8. rikyrah says:

    Obama Drops a Truth Bomb On The GOP: Move To The Center or Never Win The Presidency Again
    By: Jason Easley
    Thursday, July, 3rd, 2014, 9:20 am

    President Obama laid it out for Republicans. If the GOP doesn’t move to the center, they will never win the presidency again.

    Transcript from President Obama’s interview with Marketplace:

    Ryssdal: Another culture question — the culture of this town. Your mantra this year has been “pen and phone,” right? “I am going to do whatever it takes with executive order to govern,” basically. And you have done that on immigration, you have done it on the minimum wage for new federal contract workers — all kinds of things. The question, though, is — and I understand your frustration with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives — is that where we are now? That it’s one guy with a pen in this town, who is running the American economy?

    President Obama: Well, unfortunately, we have a Congress that’s broken down. And I know that a lot of times people who are watching what’s happening in Washington sort of feel like, “You know, a plague on both their houses. Democrats, Republicans, they’re all the same. None of them care about us.” But the truth is that we have a very specific problem. We have a House of Representatives that is so ideologically driven at this point that they are not able to carry out basic functions of government. So we saw this during the government shutdown. The idea that we would shut down the government based on a notion that we’ve got to drastically cut the basic safety net — despite the fact that the deficit has come down by more than half during my presidency — is not based on common sense, it’s not based on any sound economic theories. It’s based on the ideological predispositions of a handful of folks who are currently calling the shots in the House of Representatives. The same is true, we just recently saw, with immigration reform; we have bipartisan support for immigration reform. We know that the economy would grow faster, that we would end up seeing $1.4 trillion in additional growth in the United States if in fact we passed immigration reform. We know that there are companies across the country, particularly in the high-tech sector, that are begging to have highly skilled immigrants — who we’ve trained, we’ve paid for and are now going back to their home countries to start businesses — stay here in the United States. Despite all that, we still couldn’t get the House of Representatives to act, primarily because of politics, primarily because they’re captive of a small ideological band inside their caucus. And so, I don’t think this is a permanent state of affairs; I think over time the Republican Party will move back to the center, mainly because if they don’t, they’ll never win the presidency again.

    Obama was right. Republicans have no choice, but to move back to the center. Republicans haven’t even begun that process. In fact, they have responded for calls to move to the center by moving harder to the right. This isn’t rocket science. Since the Great Recession, the country has been moving more to the left. The GOP has responded to this shift by resisting all change and purging their party of anyone who isn’t a far right ideologue.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/03/obama-drops-truth-bomb-gop-move-center-win-presidency.html

  9. rikyrah says:

    After Getting Busted Congress Caves and Will Require Members To Disclose Trips From Lobbyists
    By: Jason Easley
    Thursday, July, 3rd, 2014, 6:40 pm

    The House Ethics Committee caved to public pressure, and quickly reversed itself two days after a secret ruling that changed eliminated a rule requiring members of Congress to publicly disclose the free trips they were getting from lobbyists.

    Two days ago, I wrote about the House Ethics Committee secretly eliminating a rule that required members of Congress to disclose free trips worth tens of thousands of dollars that were paid for by lobbyists. It was ironic that the House Ethics Committee made a secret decision that was designed to avoid transparency.

    After a great public outcry, the House Ethics Committee quickly reversed course.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/03/busted-congress-caves-require-members-disclose-trips-lobbyists.html

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Koch Brothers Respond To Getting Busted For Running a Dishonest Ad With Bigger Lies
    By: Jason Easley
    Thursday, July, 3rd, 2014, 3:43 pm

    The Koch brothers had to pull an ad they were running against Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX) after a television station refused to air it because it was dishonest. The Kochs responded by editing the ad to make it even more dishonest.

    …………..

    The problem is that the allegation made in the ad is false. The ad claims that Gallego was against the VA Management Accountability Act, but the Democratic congressman voted for the bill.

    ……………

    The Gallego campaign responded with a statement, “We appreciate this Koch Brothers front group admitting that their first ad was a lie and taking it down but this new ad is actually even more dishonest. Texas veterans deserve much better than to be the target of this misinformation campaign from our opponent’s extremist friends.”

    One of the biggest problems with our current campaign finance system is that not only can the Koch brothers lie at will, but there is no penalty for their lies. In fact, it can be beneficial to a Republican candidate to flood the airwaves with lies about their opponent as long as the source is a shady dark money group that can never be held accountable.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/03/koch-brothers-respond-busted-running-dishonest-ad-bigger-lies.html

  11. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Gauvin @JeffersonObama
    Follow

    DOW 17K, 9 million new jobs, record US energy independence, record trade exports, record low crime rates….Impeach Obama
    4:09 PM – 3 Jul 2014

  12. rikyrah says:

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  13. rikyrah says:

    33 House Republicans to Obama: Deport Dream Act kids
    07/03/14 11:21 AM—Updated 07/03/14 01:41 PM
    By Steve Benen

    This is a very bad idea.

    Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who at one point was said to be writing his own immigration overhaul legislation and this week is at the Texas border visiting detention centers, has sent President Barack Obama a letter calling for an end to the 2012 executive order granting stays of deportation to children brought into the country illegally by their parents.

    Reversing the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, known as DACA, would “send a clear signal to all individuals that our immigration laws will be enforced,” the California Republican and thirty-two House GOP cosigners wrote.

    Remember, the deferred-action policy doesn’t actually relate to the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the Southern border – none of these unattended children who crossed the border illegally recently will be able to stay under DACA.

    But Issa, who found 32 other House Republicans to sign onto his letter, believes more deportations will send a “signal” to families in countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

    In other words, nearly three dozen House Republican lawmakers have a message for Dream Act kids: “Sorry, but if some Central American families have been misled by unscrupulous smuggling groups, the appropriate solution is to deport young people from the only home they’ve ever known.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/33-house-republicans-obama-deport-dream-act-kids

  14. Ametia says:

    How The Websites Of Fox News, MSNBC, And CNN Are Covering The Jobs Numbers

    Blog ››› 7 hours and 43 minutes ago ››› MATT GERTZ
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/03/how-the-websites-of-fox-news-msnbc-and-cnn-are/199973

  15. rikyrah says:

    Job creation trips up GOP message machine
    07/03/14 01:01 PM—Updated 07/03/14 01:38 PM
    By Steve Benen
    The more America’s job market improves, the tougher it is for Republicans to explain what’s happening. According to GOP talking points, tax hikes, regulations, and “Obamacare” are dragging down the economy, making it impossible for employers to create jobs.

    And yet, the unemployment rate is at a six-year low, we’re on track for the best year for jobs since the Clinton era, and we just broke the record for the most consecutive months of private-sector job gains. For the right, this just shouldn’t be possible.

    So how do Republicans reconcile the reality and their rhetoric? At least at Fox News, the answer is to ignore the inconvenient truths. Dylan Byers noted:

    We won’t do the screen shots this time, but per usual FoxNews.com is the one major news site downplaying Thursday’s positive employment report. CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are all leading their sites with the news (in large fonts, no less). Fox News has it buried in fine print on a sidebar.

    It’s hard to argue that such a decision is a matter of unbiased editorial judgment.

    Ya think?

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/job-creation-trips-gop-message-machine

  16. Ametia says:

    Father whose son died in hot car to face Georgia grand jury
    By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
    updated 4:42 PM EDT, Thu July 3, 2014

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/justice/georgia-hot-car-toddler-death/

  17. rikyrah says:

    David Corn ✔ @DavidCornDC
    Follow

    Dow Jones at 17K. 288K jobs created. Wow, this Kenyan socialist secret Muslim who wants to destroy US economy not doing such a good job.
    11:36 AM – 3 Jul 2014

  18. rikyrah says:

    Forbes ✔ @Forbes

    Eden Foods’ insurance plan won’t cover drugs that “prevent procreation:” http://onforb.es/1j0U1rj pic.twitter.com/veSOvHnecj

  19. rikyrah says:

    Salon.com ✔ @Salon
    Follow

    The Christian right’s plan is simple: Dominate courts, state legislatures & create a corporate theocracy http://slnm.us/cAMSqc4
    2:10 PM – 3 Jul 2014

  20. rikyrah says:

    FROM POU:

    Sepia

    BREAKING

    U.S. gains 288,000 jobs in June; unemployment 6.1%

    Economists predicted 215,000 jobs added.

    Overall Black unemployment rate DROPPED from 11.5% to 10.7%. Participation rate INCREASED from 60.8% to 61%.

    Black men UER DROPPED from 11.5% to 10.9.
    Black women UER DROPPED from 10% to 9%
    Black teen UER rose from 31.1% to 33.4%.

    The participation rate increased for Black men and women. It dropped for Black teens.

    Per Marketwatch this is the 5th straight month of at least 200,000 jobs added.The last time the US did that was in the 2nd half of 1999.

    Can’t wait to see how the media and Blackademics spin these numbers

  21. Ametia says:

    Barack the Bear
    JULY 2, 2014

    The president is growing hostile to being held hostage — both by the very insular nature of the presidency itself, and by the more stultifying intransigence of Congress.

    During a walk a few weeks ago from the White House to the Interior Department, the president proclaimed, “The bear is loose.”

    At a Minneapolis town hall last week, Obama said: “With Secret Service, I always tease them, I’m like a caged bear and sometimes I break loose.”

    That, however, is the lighter side of things, the side in which the grizzly is merely grumpy because he’s feeling a bit stir-crazy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/opinion/charles-blow-barack-the-bear.html?_r=0

  22. Ametia says:

    Bank risk-taking ‘unfinished piece of business’:President Obama
    Interview by Kai Ryssdal
    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 16:57

    In a wide-ranging interview covering the economy, President Obama on Wednesday said that despite financial reforms, Wall Street continues to take big risks, and for his administration, “that is an unfinished piece of business.”

    LISTEN HRE:
    http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/bank-risk-taking-unfinished-piece-business-obama

  23. So now black people voting in a republican primary is now worthy of a criminal investigation?

  24. Ametia says:

    U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June; unemployment rate at 6.1 percent.

    The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent.

    Analysts expected the report to show that the country had added 215,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate would remain at 6.3 percent.

    Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    OBAMA FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  26. Yahtc says:

    “NBC profiles African-American men who tried to integrate Bessemer lunch counter as teens in 1964″

    http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/07/nbc_profiles_african-american.html

  27. Yahtc says:

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  28. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning :)

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