The John Birch Society started the ‘Support Your Local Police’

The John Birch Society opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, claiming it violated the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped individual ‘states rights’ to enact laws regarding civil rights.

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Saturday Open Thread |Quiet Storm Week

baby faceKennethBabyfaceEdmonds (born April 10, 1959) is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 11 Grammy Awards.

Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, (some sources say 1958), in Indianapolis, Indiana,[1][2] to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a production operator at a pharmaceutical plant. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (including future After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.[3] When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds’ father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise her sons alone.[3] At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in music.

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him “Babyface” because of his cute face while he was still a teen. He also performed in the group Manchild (which had a 1976 hit “Especially for You” with band member Daryl Simmons), as he was a guitarist for the band. Then, as a keyboardist in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele (which also included drummer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, with whom he would later form a successful writing and producing partnership).

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Friday Open Thread |Quiet Storm Week

Smoky Robinson 25Known as the “King of Motown,” Smokey Robinson founded the R&B group The Miracles, which delivered 37 Top 40 hits for Motown Records.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 19, 1940, Smokey Robinson is second to only Berry Gordy in the founding of Motown. A prolific songwriter, he is credited with 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits, including “Tears of a Clown,” “Tracks of My Tears” and “Love Machine.” Robinson also served as vice president of Motown records, writing and producing hits for groups such as The Temptations (“My Girl”) and Mary Wells (“My Guy”).

Singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson was born William Robinson Jr. on February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Robinson started out singing in local groups. In the early 1950s, he formed the Matadors, which later became the world-famous group The Miracles. A chance meeting with record producer Berry Gordy Jr. led to a contract with Motown Records as well as an important working relationship.

The Miracles scored their first big hit with “Shop Around” (1960) and developed quite a following with their energetic R&B sound. The group has numerous hits, including “You Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962) and “I Second That Emotion” (1967).

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Thursday Open Thread |Quiet Storm Week

ANITA BBaker joined the group in 1975 and the group toured relentlessly until securing a deal with Ariola Records in 1979. The group’s first album, Chapter 8, was released that year and featured the singles “Ready for Your Love“, a duet between Baker and band mate Gerald Lyles, and the Baker-led “I Just Want to Be Your Girl”. After Ariola was bought out by Arista Records in 1979, Chapter 8 was dropped by the label who were convinced that Baker, as the group’s lead singer, didn’t have “star potential”.

Baker returned to Detroit and became a waitress and a receptionist of a law firm. In 1982, Otis Smith, a former associate of Ariola, called Baker and convinced her to start a solo career under his Beverly Glen label.

Baker eventually signed with the company, releasing her debut solo album, The Songstress, in 1983.[1] The album produced four singles: “No More Tears” and its B-side, “Will You Be Mine”, “Angel” and “You’re the Best Thing Yet”. “Angel” became Baker’s first top ten single, reaching number five on the R&B charts in late 1983. “You’re the Best Thing Yet” followed it in the R&B top 40 early the following year.

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“Loretta Lynch…is asked to sit in the back of the bus…” So Says Illinois Senator Dick Durbin

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It’s been over 130 days since President Obama announced nominated Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States. And no vote, which means the GRAND OBSTRUCTIONIST PARTY is doing what they promised to do…OBSTRUCT!

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Senator Durbin: “Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” Durbin, of Illinois, said on the Senate floor this morning. “That is unfair. It is unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate. This woman deserves fairness.”

Keep reminding them, Donna. WE WILL NOT BE GOING TO THE BACK-O-THE-BUS.

Petition to get the GOP to either vote YEAH OR NAY on Ms. Lynch’s nomination

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Wednesday Open Thread |Quiet Storm Week

anita bakerAnita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958 is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late-1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single “Sweet Love”. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album to her credit. Baker’s vocal range is contralto.

Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio. When she was two, her mother abandoned her and Baker was raised by a foster family in Detroit, Michigan.[7] When Baker was twelve, her foster parents died and her foster sister raised her afterwards.[7] By the time Baker was sixteen, she began singing R&B at Detroit nightclubs. After one performance, she was discovered by bandleader David Washington, who gave her a card to audition for the funk band, Chapter 8.

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Scott Walker Unravels Before 7 Year Old Aaron Stark With Gibberish on Climate Change

No! Scott Walker is not SMARTER than a Second Grader.

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7 year old Aaron Stark asks Governor Scott Walker 2 questions:

Aaron: 1. If you were President, what would you do about climate change?

Governor Scot Walker:

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Aaron: 2. Do you care aboout climate change?

Governor Scott Walker:

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Dumb as a bag-o-ROCKS, Walker, you can’t bullshit kids who are smarter than you.

Do NOT, I mean DO NOT ever underestimate our children’s ability to bring it to us straight, NO CHASER.

And 3 Chics’ own Haley’s response after seeing this video:

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SG2: Hey Chicas! Haley & Jay are on Spring Break this week. She noticed the cartoon video I was playing and she had this look and frowns while watching the video. Then she said, granny, I don’t like that video b/c they’re doing black people bad. Well, there you go, folks!

Haley on 3Chics!

Aaron & Haley are America’s future VOTERS & LEADERS, if there’s still any semblance of a democracy left.

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