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24 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Sunday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Stunning photo as OH Gov Kasich signs away women’s reproductive rights

  2. rikyrah says:

    GrooveSDC @GrooveSDC

    Republicans who question black loyalty to Democrats but never question Southern rural whites loyalty to Republicans @larryelder
    8:42 PM – 30 Jun 2013

  3. rikyrah says:

    The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time

    Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We’re talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow.

    1. Luke and Laura’s Wedding, General Hospital (1981)
    A record 30 million people — many who skipped class or called in sick to work — watched as raucous rebel Lucas Lorenzo Spencer (Anthony Geary) married his earth angel, Laura Baldwin (Genie Francis). It’s been 31 years and those two still make us swoon.

    2. BJ’s heart, General Hospital (1994)
    After a devastating school-van accident, the heart of little BJ Jones was transplanted into her dying cousin, Maxie. Tragedy met ­catharsis when BJ’s dad, Tony (Brad Maule), laid his head on his niece’s chest and quietly listened to his daughter’s heart, once again pulsing with life.

    3. Marlena’s possession, Days of Our Lives (1995)
    Satan raised holy hell in the sleepy town of Salem, desecrating the local Catholic church and fighting for the body and soul of trusted shrink Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). In one cheesetastic scene, Marlena levitated. So did the ratings.

    4. Bert’s diagnosis, Guiding Light (1962)
    In daytime’s first social-issue storyline, Springfield mom Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) contracted uterine cancer but found out in time, thanks to an early pap smear. Public response was huge and positive, proving soaps don’t just entertain, they also educate — and maybe even save lives.

    5. Karen’s testimony, One Life to Live (1979)
    In a scorching courtroom meltdown, Llanview hausfrau Karen Wolek (Judith Light) was forced to reveal her secret life as a prostitute. Her blindsided hubby, ­Larry (Michael Storm), immediately demanded a ­divorce. The upside: Light won an Emmy.

    6. Katherine’s facelift, The Young and the Restless (1984)
    When daytime’s most daring diva, Jeanne Cooper, had a cosmetic overhaul in real life, so did her rich-bitch character, Katherine Chancellor. In a pioneering preview of reality TV, graphic footage of Cooper’s actual surgery aired on Y&R.

    7. Erica’s abortion, All My Children (1973)
    Fashion model Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) found herself with child but chose to end the pregnancy — without telling her husband — in TV’s first post-Roe v. Wade abortion. In the dumbest writer decision ever, the fetus was “unaborted” in 2005. Don’t get us started.

    8. Jeff’s death in a car crash, As the World Turns (1962)
    Young marrieds Penny and Jeff (soaps’ first superstars, Rosemary Prinz and Mark Rydell) were all set for happiness when legendary scribe Irna Phillips abruptly ended Jeff’s life. CBS’s switchboards blew up, and we called it the “automobile accident that shook the nation.”

    9. Viki’s out-of-body experience, One Life to Live (1987)
    Ushering in the new, anything-goes era in soaps, Llanview’s premier citizen (Erika Slezak) “died” during brain surgery and wound up in heaven. Fortunately, it was a round-trip. In a kooky follow-up plot, Viki visited the lost underground world of Eterna!

    10. Reva’s dip in the fountain, Guiding Light (1985)
    When hot-to-trot Reva (the ferocious Kim Zimmer) was accused of infidelity by her ­bitter stepson Josh (Robert Newman), she didn’t deny it. Instead, she stripped down to her undies in the country club fountain and baptized herself “the slut of Springfield.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    500 years oppressing African Americans–but we’ve had 40 years of begrudging tolerance. Doesn’t that cover it?

  5. Ametia says:

    Saturday, June 29, 2013
    Yes, George Zimmerman is in Fact a “Creepy Cracker”
    WARN-Chauncey Devega

    A trial should be a crucible for the truth. While the legal outcome remains much in doubt, George Zimmerman’s murder trial is a reminder of the semi-permanence of race and the reality of the color line in post civil rights America.

    While talking on the phone to his friend Rachel Jaentel, Trayvon Martin apparently called George Zimmerman, the man who followed him in a vehicle, exited it with a gun, and pursued him against police instructions, a “creepy ass cracker.” In a twist of thinking, and an inversion of what studied, learned, and reasonable people understand about the realities of race and power in America, for colorblind conservative racists, George Zimmerman has been magically transformed into a victim of “reverse racism.”

    Such a troubled relationship to the truth would be the stuff of a great comedy sketch if these serious matters did not involve a young person shot dead by a wannabe cop who imagined himself as possessing a license to kill.

    The truth can also be inconvenient: by virtue of his actions and character, George Zimmerman is in fact a “creepy cracker.”

    The origins of the word cracker are uncertain. What we do know is that Trayvon’s use of “cracker” drew on a long history of mass racial violence by whites against African-Americans that began with the transatlantic slave trade and the plantation system in the “New World.”

    “Cracker” is evocative of the sound of the whip, wielded by a white overseer or slave owner, as it lashes and tears black flesh. Cracker is a word that embodies white on black racial violence and tyranny.

    Cracker is in no way equivalent to the word nigger.

  6. rikyrah says:

    June 29, 2013 11:23 AM
    Wendy Davis shows why progressives need to nurture the grassroots

    By Kathleen Geier

    Allow my to mount a hobbyhorse of mine.

    Like every other progressive in America, I was thrilled, inspired, and utterly gobsmacked by Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s heroic filibuster to stop a bill that was a monstrous imposition on women’s reproductive, and thus existential, freedom. It was a brilliant piece of political theater and a rare, albeit brief, moment of stunning triumph for progressives. And yes, I agree with everyone else that single-mom-community-college-student-turned-Harvard-Law-alum Davis is made of awesome sauce — to quote immortal P.G. Wodehouse, the woman is the bee’s roller skates.

    But here, I want to focus not so much on the abortion rights issue, or on Davis as an individual, but on something else. Davis is a great example of the potentially large payoffs to progressives of diverting more activist energies away from national issues and towards the state and local ones.

    Let me explain. First of all, I believe that progressives pay too much attention, relatively speaking, to national politics, especially at the presidential level. While electing a Democratic presidential is crucial, progressives who pin their hopes on electing a liberal president are all too likely to get burned. If you’re looking for a liberal savior (a highly dubious proposition to begin with), the presidency is likely to be the last place you’ll find him or her. Historically, Americans have never tended to elect progressive presidents. For one thing, we have an electoral college which gives disproportionate representation to smaller, whiter, more conservative states. For another, the unprogressive mainstream media, wealthy political donors, and political elites often more or less decide which candidates each party nominates, well before a single political primary vote is cast.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Here are the REAL reasons why Paula Deen’s empire is crumbling

    Okay, I got through reading Lisa Jackson’s complaint, her deposition and Paula Deen’s deposition. It can safely be said that Paula Deen’s brother Earl BUBBA Hiers is one of the main reasons for the fall of her business.

    Also, Paula Deen permitted a violently hostile, sexist, and racist environment that is the complete OPPOSITE of her onscreen persona. It’s not about the N-word. In fact, from what Lisa Jackson said she only said in the context of the “little” slave themed party. It was her brother Bubba who said it practically everyday, even in front of strangers.

    Here are the highlights from Lisa Jackson’s Complaint:

  8. rikyrah says:

    Attorney Washington: Civil Rights Activists Defending Paula Is Insulting
    By: Daryl K. Washington

    I’ve finally had the opportunity to review the complaint filed against Paula Deen. For one, many people have been making this incident about the “N” word only, but it’s much more than that. I personally find it to be offensive whenever someone from another race is accused of using the “N” word they are somehow given a pass because of the use of the “N” word by some in the black communities. Let me be the first to say that I find the use of the word by anyone to be wrong. However, when it’s used in a racist or insulting manner, it hurts more.

    I think individuals who are trying to defend Paula Deen’s use of the “N’ word should probably familiarize themselves with all of the facts of the case against her. Just so you know, in case you didn’t know, the person who initiated the complaint against Paula Deen and her brother is not “Black.”

    She is a “white female” who was subjected to years of abuse and was finally fed up with her black employees being treated like animals, so stop thinking it was a black person complaining about Paula Deen’s use of the N word. Furthermore, Paula Deen indicated that she used the N word over 20 years ago. That is not what’s being alleged against her. That lady is something else and I’m glad I never supported any of her ventures. I personally find it insulting that so many black people are coming to the defense of Paula Deen after reading what she and her family subjected their employees to. When I learned about the major companies dropping Paula Deen without being demanded to do so, I knew it was deep. The fact that any civil rights activist is supporting Paula Deen is insulting and is a slap in the face.

    • Ametia says:

      These old-timers of the Civil Rights era who are defending that bitch Deen don’t speak for the rest of us. They’re part of the problem in our communities. Just doing and saying enough to keep blacks who think of them as their leaders that they are on their side. They’re tired, older, and cannot mobilize like Rev. Al still can. They’re being paid to tamp down their rhetoric about racism and injustice.

  9. Ametia says:

    India Irie on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” today.

  10. Ametia says:

    Ecuador president: Snowden can’t leave Moscow
    June 30, 2013 10:54 AM EST

    PUERTO VIEJO, Ecuador — Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has told The Associated Press that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is “under the care of Russian authorities” and can’t leave Moscow’s international airport without his U.S. passport.

    In an interview with the AP Sunday morning, Correa said he had no idea Snowden’s intended destination was Ecuador when he fled Hong Kong for Russia last week. He said the Ecuadorean consul in London committed “a serious error” without consulting any officials in Ecuador’s capital when the consul issued a letter of safe passage for Snowden.

    Correa said “the case is not in Ecuador’s hands” and said Snowden must assume responsibility if he broke U.S. laws. But Correa said the broader legitimacy of Snowden’s action must be taken into consideration and Ecuador would still consider an asylum request.

  11. Ametia says:

    SG2, where’s that paddle graphic?

  12. Ametia says:

    A complicated family history places black Md. woman in DAR’s ranks
    By Darryl Fears

    Reisha Raney’s role in Friday night’s Daughters of the American Revolution ceremony for the military was minor. She carried Virginia’s flag in a procession that walked a few steps down a carpeted aisle at Constitution Hall and then stood perfectly still.

    But for Raney, an African American raised in Prince George’s County, it was one of the most pivotal moments in her life. Her place in the DAR, a predominantly white organization whose annual convention at Constitution Hall in the District ends Sunday, was proof of her extraordinary family history

  13. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-)

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