Wednesday Open Thread

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter who gained fame in the seventies as the front woman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. Her signature hits, both with Rufus and solo, include “Tell Me Something Good“, “Sweet Thing“, “Ain’t Nobody“, “I’m Every Woman“, “I Feel for You” and “Through the Fire“.

Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens in 1953 in North Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Chicago’s rough Southside projects, Khan, who is of African American and Native American ancestry, was the eldest of five children to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Her sister Yvonne Stevens later became a successful musician in her own right under the name Taka Boom. Her only brother Mark Stevens, who formed the funk group Aurra, also became a successful musician.

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  1. Juan Williams Fired By NPR Over Muslim Comments Made on O’Reilly Factor

    NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.

    NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

    The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

    Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

    He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

    I’ll bet your ass is really nervous now, Juan?


    • Ametia says:

      Looks like NPR handed Juan Williams his “Niggra” card. When will these negroes learn? First Rick Sanchez, now Juan….

      Let’s see how soon he gets back on the air. Probably not as soon as The Nappy-headed ‘Ho’s guy, Don Imus.

  2. Voter Registration Group Targeted By TX Tea Party Group Received Threats (VIDEO)

    A group trying to register voters in Houston received threats and emails containing racist slurs after being targeted by a local tea party group accusing it of “voter fraud.”

    In emails obtained by TPM, the group Houston Votes was accused of being “a bunch of white guilt ridden assholes, NIGGERS and greasy mexican spics,” “fraudulent Marxist pigs,” and “American hating A-holes.”

  3. Ametia says:

    So now these numbnuts want to start printing the truth. The lame stream media, a day late & a dolla short!
    A Tea Party of populist posers
    By Dana Milbank
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010; A17

    On the morning of Oct. 14, a cyber-insurgency caused servers to crash at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    The culprits, however, weren’t attacking the chamber; they were well-meaning citizens who overwhelmed the big-business lobbying group with a sudden wave of online contributions. It was one of the more extraordinary events in the annals of American populism: the common man voluntarily giving money to make the rich richer.

    These donors to the cause of the Fortune 500 were motivated by a radio appeal from the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement, Glenn Beck, who told them: “Put your money where your mouth is. If you have a dollar, please go to . . . the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and donate today.” Chamber members, he said, “are our parents. They’re our grandparents. They are us.”

    They are? Listed as members of the chamber’s board are representatives from Pfizer, ConocoPhillips, Lockheed Martin, JPMorgan Chase, Dow Chemical, Ken Starr’s old law and lobbying firm, and Rolls-Royce North America. Nothing says grass-roots insurgency quite like Rolls-Royce — and nothing says populist revolt quite like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In describing the big-business group as “us,” Beck (annual revenue: $32 million) provided an unintended moment of clarity into the power behind the Tea Party movement. These aren’t peasants with pitchforks; these are plutocrats with payrolls.

  4. Ametia says:

    Washington Whispers
    Obama’s Autograph As Good as Gold
    By Paul Bedard

    Posted: October 20, 2010
    Washington Whispers
    Obama’s Autograph As Good as Gold
    By Paul Bedard

    Posted: October 20, 2010
    Share ThisHe might be kryptonite to Democrats, but President Obama is pure gold to autograph collectors. For the first time since taking office, a handwritten Obama letter has come on the market, and Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Autographs, thinks it will fetch $15,000. In the letter to a family, Obama expresses confidence that the nation’s economy will improve. Why so much? “With the advent of the autopen machine, authentically signed presidential letters and documents have become incredible rarities,” says Panagopulos.

  5. Ametia says:

    Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers
    By Kevin Sieff
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010; 12:53 AM

    textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War — a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery’s role as a cause of the conflict.

    The passage appears in “Our Virginia: Past and Present,” which was distributed in the state’s public elementary schools for the first time last month. The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, said she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    Scholars are nearly unanimous in calling these accounts of black Confederate soldiers a misrepresentation of history. Virginia education officials, after being told by The Washington Post of the issues related to the textbook, said that the vetting of the book was flawed and that they will contact school districts across the state to caution them against teaching the passage.

    “Just because a book is approved doesn’t mean the Department of Education endorses every sentence,” said spokesman Charles Pyle. He also called the book’s assertion about black Confederate soldiers “outside mainstream Civil War scholarship.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  7. Ametia says:

    Happy Hump day, Everybody! :-)

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