Saturday Open Thread

Parliament was a funk band most prominent during the 1970s. It and its sister act Funkadelic, both led by George Clinton, began the funk music culture of that decade.

Parliament was originally The Parliaments, a doo-wop vocal group based at a Plainfield, New Jersey barber shop. The group was formed in the late 1950s and included George Clinton, Ray Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, and Grady Thomas. Clinton was the group leader and manager. The group finally had a hit single in 1967 with “(I Wanna) Testify” on Revilot Records. To capitalize, Clinton formed a backing band for a tour, featuring teenage barbershop employee Billy Bass Nelson on bass and his friend Eddie Hazel on guitar, with the lineup eventually rounded out by Tawl Ross on guitar, Tiki Fulwood on drums, and Mickey Atkins on organ.

Make my funk the P.Funk
I want my funk uncut

Make my funk the P.Funk
I wants to get funked up.

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  1. Chris Cornell surprises with moving rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’
    Feb. 18, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Artists from all around the music world have been paying tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The six-time Grammy winner was honored by friends and family today at a private funeral service in Newark, N.J., with emotional performances by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly.

    But perhaps one of the most interesting musical tributes so far was by Chris Cornell, former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman.

    At an Obama 2012 rally in San Francisco on Thursday night, Cornell armed with just an acoustic guitar and a mic, belted out Houston’s signature tune “I Will Always Love You.”

  2. Teacher Sues For The Right To Say N-Word In Class

    Lincoln Brown, a 48-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher, has filed a federal lawsuit against the district after being suspended without pay for five days for using the “n-word” as a part of a lesson highlighting the “perils of racism,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The incident occurred last October when Brown said he used the n-word after two of his students were passing notes with rap lyrics that included it, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit alleges Brown used the word during a “teachable moment” in the context of the book Huckleberry Finn in order to show how such language can hurt. But as the words left Brown’s lips, the school’s principal walked in to the Murray Language Academy classroom.

    Murray Principal George Mason charged Brown with “using verbally abusive language to or in front of students” as well as “cruel, immoral, negligent, or criminal conduct or communication to a student, that causes psychological or physical harm.”

    Brown has just served the first of his five days of suspension, but told WLS-TV he’s worried that this has ruined his reputation as a teacher.

    “This cannot be a part of what people think I am,” Brown told the station. “My character has been assassinated.”

  3. Shady_Grady says:

    Love the P-Funk. They just still do not get the credit they deserve, from a variety of sources. I wish that Clinton and co. have taken better care of business.

  4. Go, Melissa Harris-Perry! Whoo Hoo!

  5. rikyrah says:

    I Believe in Nothing, Lebowski

    by BooMan
    Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:51:09 PM EST

    Teddy Kennedy was one of the greatest senators in the history of our country but, when he decided to run for president, he couldn’t articulate a reason why he wanted the job. People are beginning to notice the same thing about Mitt Romney. What’s his motivation? It can’t be anything Obama has done because Romney ran for president four years ago when Obama was merely a low-seniority member of the U.S. Senate. It can’t be the issues, because Romney flips his positions on issues to fit whatever constituency he’s facing at that moment. It appears Romney is running for president because being too rich to work is boring the crap out of him. If he has another reason, I can’t discern it.

    In any case, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has no idea why Romney wants to be president. And he thinks Romney sucks as a candidate, especially when compared to the Frothy One.

    The former Pennsylvania senator possesses strengths that neatly fit some of Romney’s weaknesses. Santorum combines a deeply held social conservatism with an authentic blue-collar appeal. Romney has trouble competing in either category. While Santorum is very conservative, he avoids being a conservative caricature. He was one of the Senate’s main advocates of global health programs and a champion of faith-based anti-poverty efforts.

    There’s a certain truthiness to these observations, but let’s not overdo it, Michael. Santorum has some blue-collar appeal, but it’s limited by him being the biggest sanctimonious ass in American politics. And can there be a bigger caricature than to have your name redefined as the sometime unfortunate byproduct of a popular sex act involving fecal matter and lube?

    But, yeah, anything is better than watching Mitt Romney try to win the vote of a unionized auto worker.

    Gerson continues:

    And Santorum has an additional advantage over Gingrich as the anti-Romney. The GOP establishment — party types and elected Republicans — viewed the prospect of Gingrich’s nomination with undisguised horror. Having worked with him, they did everything they could to defeat him — a revealing commentary. Santorum is hardly the party favorite, but establishment objections are many degrees less heated.

    I’d like to make this more succinct and say that, despite John McCain’s desire to saw Santorum in half with a Vietnamese tent-pole, Sticky Ricky is still several times more popular in DC than Newt Gingrich. Not that that really matters:

    And Romney is unable to directly exploit Santorum’s main electoral weakness — his occasional, off-putting relish for the culture wars. Santorum has gone out of his way to question the role of women in the workplace and in the military, and emphasize his opposition to contraception. “One of the things I will talk about,” he said in October, “that no president has talked about before, is, I think, the dangers of contraception in this country.”

    I don’t know if Gerson has noticed but opposing contraception is now a mainstream Republican position. Romney can’t exploit a weakness like that. He can’t get to the right of that. But he can play along.

    Romney believes in nothing. Maybe not even himself.

  6. Whitney Houston Funeral Program

  7. Jeanne, 90-Year-Old Grandma, Dances To Whitney Houston

  8. Marine Helicopter Squadron One Arrives at Everett’s Paine Field ahead of President Obama
    Feb 17, 2012

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