Sunday Open Thread

The Winans Family is an African-American family of Gospel music artists from Detroit, Michigan.

Delores and David Winans recorded together as “Mom and Pop Winans” and separately at various times as “Mom”, “Pop”, “David” or “Delores”. They received a Grammy nomination for their CD “Mom & Pop Winans” in 1989.[4] Delores is currently signed to daughter CeCe’s label PureSprings Gospel. Delores and David met while in the Lucille Lemon Choir conducted by James Cleveland. They organized yearly Christmas concerts at Mercy Hall in which their ten children participated.

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16 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    John Legend Does Not Approve of Donald Trump Right Now
    4/8/11 at 10:35 AM

    He needs to stop saying that racist bullshit birther shit,” John Legend told us at the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Annual Gala last night, referring to a certain conspiracy-minded real-estate tycoon/reality-TV star. “Quote me please,” he added (done!). “He should be ashamed of himself. It’s awful, really.”

  2. For Idaho Republicans Rape is Part of God’s Plan

    You probably remember Nevada Republican Sharron Angle’s rape lemonade. Angle claimed that “two wrongs don’t make a right” and insisted that she told young victims she had counseled to look for alternatives to abortion, “And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” It is Angle’s opinion that women should have no control over their reproductive systems even in cases of rape and incest because it would interfere with God’s plan.

    Because nobody likes raping young girls like God, right Sharron?

    Angle may have been defeated, Nevada women safe (at least temporarily) but if Idaho Republicans have their way, rape lemonade will be the only remedy to pregnancies caused by rape in that state.

    The Idaho House on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 1165 on a 54-14 vote, which bans abortion after 20 weeks on grounds of fetal pain (something legislators in 12 other states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oregon — are considering). But SB 1165 is particularly pernicious in that it includes no exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother.

    The only way a woman can get an abortion is if the pregnancy threatens her life or physical health. For Republicans, rape is no excuse. Though of course for Republicans, rape is increasingly not even rape.

    The justification for their insane position, you ask?

    The bill’s House sponsor state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, who claims to be fighting for your family, freedoms, and finances, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways.” Echoing Angle, the equally crazed Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.

    Yes. the god of Republican Christofascism is a rapist.

    Disingenuously, Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton says, “Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”[…]

    Of course, the women raped didn’t ask to be raped, whatever Republican spin says on that issue. And they’re the real victims in this, being, after all, the ones who were raped.

    It is difficult to believe the law will stand. Even Idaho’s attorney general has twice ruled that it is unconstitutional as it violates Roe v. Wade. Despite having failed before to impose Christofascists nonsense on the women of their state, Republicans in Idaho are determined to run the legal gauntlet to get it done in 2011.

    Talk about an all out assault on women! WTF? The country has gone to hell!

  3. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ Fuzzy Math Doesn’t Add Up in Wisconsin Race

    GAB is sending staff to Waukesha County to review vote totals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race after Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ announced yesterday that she left the city of Brookfield off of the totals she initially reported. She explained that she uses Microsoft Access and that she forgot to hit “save” after manually inputting the numbers. She “found” 14,000 votes yesterday, which led to a net 7,500 votes in favor of Prosser, who now leads at 7,319. This total gets Prosser just over the 5%, under which the state will pay for a recount. However, there’s a problem with these found votes; Nickolaus’ math doesn’t add up.

    It’s my understanding that Microsoft Access does an automatic save while it’s being used, but I have to question why any clerk is being allowed to keep votes only on her computer, refuses to share them on the county computers, and trusts her own inputting of numbers that she doesn’t save, especially with her track record of criminal investigations and reprimands from county officials regarding the failure of security in her procedures. Kathy goes way back with the Republican Party, and this isn’t her first go at electioneering, if you will, on behalf of the party. Kathy seems at best incompetent, but since all of her errors benefit only one party, it begs the question of whether or not she is engaging in fraudulent activities. In either case, I’m unclear as to why she has been entrusted with the votes of taxpaying citizens.

    To add to all of that, a friend of mine who happens to be an attorney did some math on the Wisconsin situation, and Nickolaus’ numbers don’t add up. He sent me the following breakdown, to which I’ve added editorial information. According to the 2010 census, there are 38,649 living in Brookfield. Of these Male 48.4% Female 51.6%, Median Age 42.

    Most of the media has been focusing on the 38,649 number, which — given a 33% turnout over all — would yield about the 14,000 votes reported. This makes sense, and certainly Kathy Nickolaus knows how to break up demographics having made the computer program that breaks apart voting trends in different counties for the Republican Party.

    But the voting age and over population for Brookfield is 73.2%. This yields a possible voting base of 28,291. Registered voters? Doesn’t matter. Wisconsin allows folks to register on the day of the elections.

    So, let’s assume all of the 28,291 were registered. The figures don’t add up: Statewide turnout —and in the rest of Waukesha county — was 33%. Even assuming that all 28,291 over the age of 18 were registered voters, that 33% turnout — which was reported as very high — would have yielded no more than 9,430 votes.

    But Kathy Nickalous reported 14,315 votes, a surprising 53% increase of a voting surge, for that one city — over the rest of Wisconsin and from Wuukesha County — from 33% to 50.5%

    And in Brookfield, at least 75% of that total had to choose incumbent David Prosser against 25% for challenger Joan Klopenberg to reach just beyond the .5% margin to avoid a mandatory recount.

    I’m sorry, but the places we were likely to see the most motivated voters were not in conservative areas; this is proven in the recall efforts, for example, as well as by the shifts in rural areas that went for Walker in 2010.

    Emily Mills reported for the Daily Isthmus:

  4. Ametia says:

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi: ‘To My Republican Friends, Take Back Your Party’
    by Matt Schneider | 9:35 am, April 10th, 2011

    Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a speech at Tufts University in Massachusetts where she shared some “friendly” advice with the opposing side in Washington. Clearly frustrated with the lengthy and acrimonious budget fight, Pelosi said “elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do” and warned that it would be problematic for the country if both parties do not have shared values.

    Pelosi challenged Republicans:

    “To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors.”

    Might the old saying “elections have consequences” be replaced by Pelosi’s new version of “it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election?” Well until it does, Pelosi also stated “I think that President Obama is what is right for our country.”

    Watch the clip below from the Medford Patch:

    (h/t Real Clear Politics)

  5. Ametia says:

    **looks around for Dannie**

    Biggest rally kicks off (Ohio) SB 5 repeal campaign
    Source: Columbus Dispatch

    Sunday, April 10, 2011
    By Jim Siegel

    With chants of “We are Ohio,” an estimated 11,000 union supporters rallied at the Statehouse yesterday to launch the effort to overturn the law that would weaken public workers’ bargaining power.

    The crowd was the largest since the debate over Senate Bill 5 began in February. Many also signed up to help collect the 231,000 signatures needed to get a referendum on the November ballot.

    “We haven’t seen this type of energy since 1983,” Michael Weinman, a retired Columbus police officer who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in 1998, said of the year the collective-bargaining law was passed in Ohio. He also is the treasurer of We Are Ohio, a coalition of unions and their supporters that organized the rally and is leading the effort to overturn the law.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    April 10, 2011

    MUST BE ONE HECK OF A WALGREENS…. The budget fight, at least the current one, is just about over, but Fox News has a few more shots to take at Planned Parenthood and the White House as the dust settles.

    On yesterday’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” viewers saw this exchange:

    Steve Doocy: [President Obama] was talking about Planned Parenthood being this great provider where women can get blood pressure checks and pap smears and breast examinations…

    Brian Kilmeade: Which you can get at Walgreens.

    Steve Doocy: Exactly right.

    Seriously, that’s what they said. There’s video proof.

    I went ahead and did a little research on this, and while Walgreen’s press office wasn’t available last night, my cursory review suggests there isn’t a Walgreens in the known universe that offers pap smears and mammograms to its customers. The very idea is … what’s the word I’m looking for … crazy.

    Honestly, does the cast of “Fox & Friends” even know what pap smears are? For that matter, do they know drugstores do?

    To be sure, I understand the point of their claims. Republicans, like their cable news network, would like the public to believe the preventative health services provided by Planned Parenthood aren’t especially necessary or worthy of funding, since they’re readily available everywhere — as if every block in America has a Starbucks, an ATM, and screenings for cervical cancer.

    Except, that’s ridiculous, Fox News lying about it, ironically, only helps underscore the value of Planned Parenthood clinics.
    —Steve Benen 8:00 AM

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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