Wednesday Open Thread | Dixie Chicks | Country Music Week

Dixie Chicks1The Dixie Chicks are an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces“.

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83 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Dixie Chicks | Country Music Week

  1. John says:

    Grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks and respected them even more when they stood up for themselves. I consider country radio to be one of the sexist formats around now. Has anyone noticed how few women artists get played on that format? It’s ridiculous.

  2. Yahtc says:

    My friend DOCJT is having a great night on an NBC article. (I closed my NBC Newsvine account in May.)
    Take a look at her replies:

    DOCJT:

    “Actually, it takes the whole American community to address the problems. To attempt to limit the solution to a single community when the problem is the result of attitudes of the whole society is narrow minded and victim blaming.
    Why should the Black community change their culture to fit the standards that you, as a white individual, believe are the only acceptable standards? Culture derives from cumulative life experience, tradition, values, and norms. The Black experience is decidedly different from that of the White experience, and as such, culture will be different. You appear to be quite ethnocentric, bigoted, and limited in your perspective.”

    “The U.S. never has been, nor will it ever be, a melting pot. And the fact that you seem to believe that all should become the same, no matter their history, shows exactly how ethnocentric and bigoted you truly are.”

    “Quite obviously, you know nothing of Black culture. And yet you expect your post to be considered anything more than impotent and ignorant. You do realize that folks such as yourself are the new minority. Scares you, doesn’t?”

    “You see Black culture from a white perspective, and you are placing your bets from a white perspective. How limited of you not to be able to see the error of your own bigotry and ethnocentrism.”

    “Assimilation is never productive, and is always limiting. The only people who believe in assimilation as a viable option are those that are afraid of the instability of their own culture, and therefore must attempt to force it on others. It is a fear reaction. Don’t be so afraid of loosing your white privilege.
    African American/Black American culture is extremely productive. In fact, to make such a statement does nothing more than demonstrate how totally ignorant you are not only of Black culture, but of your own White culture, as well.”

    “Says the ignorant white racist. Which means the statement has no validity what so ever.”

    “Oh, look. More ignorance. Go figure.”

    “It is truly amazing how the racist faction of our society believes that what they have to say has any value what so ever, and that the more they repeat their ignorance, the more it will be acceptable. You are powerless and impotent people. The only ones giving you any credibility are those like yourself, and you are not the majority. Get over your fear and move into the 21st century.”

    • Yahtc says:

      And here are some more of DOCJT’s replies:

      “I know it isn’t polite to laugh at stupid people, but racists crack me up. Their ignorance is really hysterically funny. And especially funny are the ones that try to cite statistics without even being able to spell the word, lol.”
      .

      “Nope. But your comments are side splitting.”
      .

      “They can when there is a legitimate reason, and the racists just keep providing those legitimate reasons over and over and over. The funny part is, they are so ignorant, they don’t even have a clue as to the number of times they out themselves.”
      .

      “Ignoring racism, minimizing racism, catering to racist ideas, beliefs, and values is what allows it to continue.”
      .

      “Oh, look. Another polly parrot from the tree house. If you people are going to attempt to spread your racism and lies, the least you can do is make an attempt to be credible and come up with something that can be substantiated, lol. One idiot repeats what the first idiot said, and the 3rd idiot believes it. And you think you have some sort of influence in society. LMAO.”
      .

      “Only when that viewpoint is so blatantly racist and ignorant. You can’t have an honest, productive discussion with a racist. They simply do not have the intellectual capacity for such.”

  3. Yahtc says:

    I have a few copies of this 1963 “Songs of the Southern Freedom Movement WE SHALL OVERCOME booklet by Guy and Candy Carawan that was used Freedom Summer. You can still find it on internet book sites.

    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/music/lrg_html/weshall.htm

    Here is a typical page:

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/We-Shall-Overcome-Songs-of-the-Southern-Freedom-Movement-Civil-Rights-Vintage-/00/s/Nzk2WDEwMDA=/z/IdgAAMXQLs5RsRbX/$(KGrHqVHJEQFGSDlcLmpBRsRb(!JZQ~~60_14.JPG

  4. rikyrah says:

    Alycee @jazziz2

    New Evidence In Georgia Infant’s Death Points To Parents, Not Two Black Teens: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/24/new-evidence-in-georgia-infants-death-points-to-parents-not-two-black-teens/
    4:38 PM – 24 Jul 2013

  5. rikyrah says:

    @GarrettHaake
    Biggest applause for POTUS: “If you think education is expensive, you should see how much ignorance is going to cost in the 21st century.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    gn

    Jay Z continues to blast Zimmerman in public + defend Trayvon. Thanking him and everyone who does likewise; Trayvon’s a good kid; Zimmerman’s a bum:

    @MichaelSkolnik
    Jay-Z on George Zimmerman: “This guy’s a fucking mall cop.”

    @MichaelSkolnik
    blown away by Jay-Z’s comments on Trayvon… http://bit.ly/15JWXxh

    @trymainelee
    Go to 11:58: Jay Z Talks Trayvon Martin. Says he didn’t sleep for days after verdict (VIDEO) http://bit.ly/15JWXxh via @globalgrind

  7. Yahtc says:

    Have fun taking this quiz……then tell me what you think of the questions:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/0606/How-much-do-you-know-about-the-Trayvon-Martin-case-Take-our-quiz/Million-hoodie-march

  8. rikyrah says:

    [caption id="attachment_47581" align="alignnone" width="620"]First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Wendell Pierce at Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero. She visited the grocery story to continue highlighting a theme of healthy food access after she addressed the 2013 National Council of La Raza Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Pierce serves on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and opened the grocery store to expand the healthy, affordable options available in a neighborhood affected by Hurricane Katrina. First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Wendell Pierce at Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero. She visited the grocery story to continue highlighting a theme of healthy food access after she addressed the 2013 National Council of La Raza Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Pierce serves on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and opened the grocery store to expand the healthy, affordable options available in a neighborhood affected by Hurricane Katrina.[/caption]

  9. rikyrah says:

    flotus marrero la-3

  10. rikyrah says:

    flotus marrero la-4

  11. rikyrah says:

    [caption id="attachment_47578" align="alignnone" width="620"]a hug from Beasts of the Southern Wild actor Dwight Henry at Sterling Farms grocery store a hug from Beasts of the Southern Wild actor Dwight Henry at Sterling Farms grocery store[/caption]

  12. rikyrah says:

    [caption id="attachment_47577" align="alignnone" width="620"]Naomi Bouie, a 5-year-old Uptown resident wearing her blue Princess Jasmine costume modeled after the character from the animated movie Aladdin, gave Obama a prolonged hug as she continued greeting other shoppers. Naomi’s mother and grandmother said afterward that they told her about Obama’s health and fitness campaign, which is called, Let’s Move!, and that the girl dutifully told the first lady that she loves broccoli…. Naomi Bouie, a 5-year-old Uptown resident wearing her blue Princess Jasmine costume modeled after the character from the animated movie Aladdin, gave Obama a prolonged hug as she continued greeting other shoppers.
    Naomi’s mother and grandmother said afterward that they told her about Obama’s health and fitness campaign, which is called, Let’s Move!, and that the girl dutifully told the first lady that she loves broccoli….[/caption]

  13. rikyrah says:

    Far-right support for GOP shutdown threat grows
    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:45 PM EDT

    As best as I can tell, Sen. Marco Rubio was first. At a speech two weeks ago, the Florida Republican argued that Congress should shut down the government instead of funding the federal health care system. If Democrats agreed to defund “Obamacare,” then Rubio would back off the shutdown threat.

    A week later, campaigning in Iowa, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the same thing. On Fox this week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) endorsed the idea. And all of a sudden, the shutdown threat is metastasizing.

    The conservative Club for Growth is pushing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use the threat of a government shutdown to deny funds for ObamaCare.

    The group urged McConnell on Wednesday to back an effort led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to filibuster any government funding bill that includes money for the healthcare law.

    Lee has been circulating a letter summarizing the plan. It has 15 signatures so far, according to the Club.

    Whether the letter actually has 15 signatures is unclear, but a related letter has circulated among House Republicans, and according to proponents, it’s picked up 64 signatories and counting.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/24/19659018-far-right-support-for-gop-shutdown-threat-grows?lite

  14. rikyrah says:

    What’s the Matter With North Carolina?
    The state went from beacon of tolerance to bastion of voter suppression in a month.

    By Dahlia Lithwick|
    Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 11:20 AM

    North Carolina is proving itself to be the poster child for all that is wrong with modern American democracy and—with thanks to Moral Mondays—also highlighting all that may someday save it.

    Once a temperate and tolerant beacon of the South, the state is poised to enact a rash of inexpressibly awful legislation, rushed through a Republican legislature. Because the GOP has veto-proof super-majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor—for the first time since Reconstruction—the party has been on a spree. Republican-controlled redistricting was fantastically effective. So much so that in the 2012 elections, nearly 51 percent of North Carolina voters picked a Democrat for the U.S. House, yet Republicans won nine of the state’s 13 House seats, as Chris Kromm and Sue Sturgis recently pointed out.

    Some of the gems advanced recently in the legislature include an abortion bill tacked first onto an anti-Sharia law and then snuck in through a motorcycle safety law (new TRAP regulations may shutter all but one clinic in the state). Another bill forces all educators to teach seventh graders that abortion causes preterm birth (it doesn’t). Lawmakers also enacted legislation (described here and elsewhere as “the harshest unemployment insurance program cuts in our nation’s history”) that resulted in 70,000 North Carolina citizens losing their unemployment benefits. The state is one of the 15 to have refused Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. A proposed education bill would slash teacher compensation, (already ranked among the lowest in the nation), eliminate tenure, and use vouchers to reallocate $90 million of public-school funding to private schools (The school superintendent issued a statement this week saying that in light of the proposed deep cuts to the education budget “For the first time in my career of more than 30 years in public education, I am truly worried about students in our care.”) Don’t forget the embarrassing proposed resolution allowing counties and cities to enshrine a state religion. Or the proposed ban on nipples.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/07/north_carolina_s_voter_id_law_is_the_worst_in_the_country.single.html

  15. rikyrah says:

    Rick Scott Thinks That He Can Buy Another Term As Florida Governor

    By: Jason Easley
    Jul. 23rd, 2013

    Gov. Rick Scott thinks that Florida voters will be fooled by $80 million in television advertising into electing him for a second term as the state’s governor.

    According to the National Review, Scott thinks he can win another term because he is going to spend big, “The other question, of course, is: Can he win? The incumbent, Governor Rick Scott, says he can’t. When I ask him why he’s so confident, Scott, who is on message with metronomic reliability, says, “I will have $25 million in the bank by the end of the year and will use it in early 2014 to define my opponent.”

    The problem for Scott is that is looking more and more likely that he will be running against Charlie Crist. While the conventional wisdom is that the state’s Republicans will turn out in droves to vote against Scott, but Crist still got 13% of Republican support in the latest Quinnipiac poll. The problem for Scott is that he has the support of 75% of Republicans, but Crist has the support of 83% of Democrats and leads with Independents by 12 points.

    The Tampa Bay Times’ unscientific insider poll of Florida’s political elite found that Republicans are gaining optimism. The reason for this optimism is both dubious and familiar, “When it comes to Rick Scott being re-elected, never underestimate the power of a strengthening economy and $80 million on TV. Scott will pound into the frontal lobes of every Floridian that he promised jobs and delivered on his promise. He wins on this critical question: Did you do better under four years of Charlie Crist or four years of Rick Scott?”

    This thought process should sound familiar to anyone who followed the Mitt Romney campaign last year. Republicans are trying to take an unpopular candidate, wrap him around the economy, and carpet bomb voters with advertising. This is the same strategy that led to Mitt Romney’s collisional failure as a candidate in 2012, but the GOP brain trust is sure that it will work in 2014.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/23/rick-scott-thinks-buy-term-florida-governor.html

  16. rikyrah says:

    Steve King fills a vacuum left by Boehner
    By Steve Benen

    Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    The Democratic Party’s general approach to immigration policy is pretty straightforward: create a legal process through which millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States can become legal citizens, while taking concrete steps to improve border security. The Republican Party’s position on immigration is … less clear.

    GOP officials are divided, confused, and overwhelmed by uncertainty. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was asked over the weekend for his personal opinion on a pathway to citizenship, and the Republican leader was so overwhelmed by weakness and fear that he refused to give an answer.

    This in turn creates a vacuum within the Republican Party, which is filled by folks like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

    For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s what the GOP lawmaker told a right-wing website about Dream Act kids:

    “There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing they were breaking the law. And they will say to me and others who defend the rule of law, ‘We have to do something about the 11 million. Some of them are valedictorians.’ Well, my answer to that is … it’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/24/19655714-steve-king-fills-a-vacuum-left-by-boehner?lite

  17. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice: The 1st female president of Morehouse School of Medicine
    by Kunbi Tinuoye | July 24, 2013

    Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has made history. The natural born leader has been appointed the new president of Morehouse School of Medicine – the nation’s first African-American woman to lead a free-standing medical school.

    And when you consider the under-representation of black women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Montgomery’s selection is a remarkable accomplishment.

    But for those who have followed her impressive career it does not come as a surprise. The Macon, Georgia, native has an outstanding resume.

    When asked about the secret of her success the Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist says in no uncertain terms that it is her “passion.” She adds, “The one thing I have always been fortunate to have is passion.”

    Indeed, she is a renowned infertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist. Her work in women’s health and research has earned her international recognition, especially her steadfast commitment to eliminating disparities in women’s health.

    Rice says women make the majority of health care decisions for the family so it is important they take better care of themselves and make the right choices. “It is critical for women to be healthy because they play a very pivotal role in determining the health and welfare of their family.”

    Among her many triumphs is her founding of Meharry’s Center for Women’s Health Research in Nashville, Tennessee. The center has been credited as one of the nation’s first research facilities devoted exclusively to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

    By all accounts, Rice’s journey to the highest position at the medical school is expected to be a seamless transition. Unlike external candidates who she beat to get the job, Rice is already settled as dean and executive vice president of the Morehouse School House of Medicine (MSM), a role she assumed in 2011.

    She will spend the next months in his current job as well as preparing to take the helm alongside the current president John Maupin Jr., who will retire in a year. Her inauguration as the medical school’s sixth president is slated for July 1, 2014.

    In a new arrangement, Rice will also retain her position as dean alongside her new role.

    Rice says despite her success she still has more to accomplish. She is on a mission to keep MSM relevant, while staying true to its original ideals to diversity the workforce and work towards the elimination of health disparities.

    Some of the school’s main areas of research include neuroscience, HIV intervention, cardiovascular diseases and cancer prevention, she says. “We focus our research on areas where we see disproportionate inequalities in under-served communities.”

    In fact, a recent study ranked MSM as the number one medical school in the country in the terms of social mission. This is something the incoming president is especially proud of.

    The community-based medical school has achieved great success with the majority of graduating physicians – more than 60 percent – opting to practice primary care and work in underserved areas, she says.

    Still, despite the handful of HBCU medical schools there is a notable shortage of African-American doctors. Moreover, according to a recent report from the American Association of Medical Colleges a decreasing number of black males are applying to medical school.

    To address this imbalance MSM has put together a strategy to expand its pipeline programs to K-12 students interested in exploring STEM fields, says Rice. There are also plans to extend these ongoing initiatives with MSM alumni, she adds.

    Mindful that the Affordable Care Act will likely increase the demand for primary care physicians, Rice is passionate about plans to continue to “incrementally increase the number of students each year” from an entering class of 70 to 100 by 2016.

    She also believes change is an opportunity to diversify. “We’re looking at a physician assistant program as a viable career option for students,” that are not interested in becoming physicians but want to work within the profession.

    The medical school already has a close partnership with Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital. But it is set to forge new alliances and partnerships to keep the program relevant and on the cutting edge of emerging medical science.

    Rice’s future vision is to provide creative, holistic and culturally appropriate patient care by “educating and training clinicians and scientists who will lead the nation in the elimination of health disparities.”

    “It’s not just about medical intervention but social intervention,” she says. “We have to engage people in their communities to make sure we can get patients engaged in the research.

    “We have to provide patients with resources to help them self-engage in their care.”

    http://thegrio.com/2013/07/24/dr-valerie-montgomery-rice-the-1st-female-president-of-morehouse-school-of-medicine/

  18. rikyrah says:

    @Yamiche
    [Eleanor Holmes] Norton says the death of #TrayvonMartin has focused this nation on the lives of black men and that should be Trayvon’s legacy.

  19. rikyrah says:

    a searing essay

    ……………………..

    The Worst of White Folks

    Way back in the day when Twitter was a bootleg reindeer name, David Rozier invented farting during Mass. A few minutes before we marveled at the six Catholics at Holy Family Catholic School sipping out of one gold goblet, and right after Father Joe suggested we offer each other “a sign of peace,” David tapped me on my shoulder, swung his right arm around his back and farted in his hand. Father Joe rolled his eyes from the pulpit as David proceeded to shake the hands of Ms. Bockman, Ms. Raphael, and all the other sixth-and seventh-graders in our row.

    Side by side, David and I looked as different as two Mississippi black boys could look. He reminded me of a shorter version of my cousin Jermaine, who lived up in Chicago. David had the forearms and calves of a wiry point guard, with the teeniest head you’d ever seen in your life. He had bright, curious, clear eyes, a voice that was octaves deeper than you’d expect, and these elephant ears that Angela Williams would pluck on field trips. David wasn’t the flyest dresser in the seventh grade, but he—like our boy Lerthon—came to school fabric-softener fresh with just a whiff of fried eggs and canned biscuits. I, on the other hand, was slightly less husky than the Human Beat Box and smelled like stale sweat and off-brand dishwashing soap.

    The day David offered us his sign of peace, Ms. Bockman, who initially thought David was finally being respectful of Catholic tradition, went off on me in homeroom. When I wouldn’t tell her why I was laughing, she walked me into the hallway and pointed down to the principal’s office.

    “Kiese, you’re not giving me a choice,” she said. “Move it!” As I walked down the hall to the principal’s office with Ms. Bockman at my side, our homeroom door opened behind us. “Hold up!” It was David Rozier. “Kiese ain’t do nothing,” he told Ms. Bockman. “It’s my bad he was laughing. I’m responsible.” I looked at David and waited for something more, something familiar.

    http://gawker.com/the-worst-of-white-folks-882334097

    • Ametia says:

      Searing and all TRUTH.

    • Yahtc says:

      from the article:

      The worst of white folks inherited disproportionate access to quality health care, food, wealth, fair trials, fair sentencing, college admittance, college graduations, promotions and second chances, yet still terrorized and shamed other Americans who lacked adequate access to healthy choices at all. White Americans were wholly responsible for the worst of white folks, >>>>***** though they would do all they could to make sure it never wholly defined them.*******

  20. Yahtc says:

    neighborhood-watch-rallies

  21. rikyrah says:

    Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady37s
    Actually stunning: X Factor called out Obama for complimenting Kamala Harris, but calls Anthony Weiner’s sexual predation, “boring.”
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_

  22. rikyrah says:

    Replicating Nate Silver

    by BooMan
    Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 08:47:42 PM EST
    It takes a pretty smart mind for math to do what Nate Silver does with his statistical analysis, but it’s not like there aren’t a lot of people in the world who can easily understand Silver’s methodology and replicate it. He’s a good writer, too, but not to the point that people read him for his prose. If it’s true that the New York Times tried to keep him and was preparing to give him substantial staff and his own “mini-department,” then they should go out and recruit a statistician who can write and who has an interest in politics. I’m sure someone can be found, particularly since Silver has already laid the groundwork.

    His analysis may have irked AdNags and several other bigfoot reporters at the Grey Lady, but it was the most accurate and informative political reporting that the Times produced, which is why it drove so much traffic to the site. There is no good reason to abandon that type of analysis now that we know that it exists.

    For one thing, it provided countless people with reassurance when scoundrels like Dick Morris tried to psych us out with their “skewed polls” analysis. There was not one second during all of 2012 when I didn’t know with virtual certainty that Obama would be reelected, and my faith in Silver was the reason why. I probably owe him a couple years of my life that I didn’t lose to stress. The dogged truth, as expressed by Silver, was a powerful antidote to our horrible world of political punditry.

    We can’t let something so valuable just vanish. If the Times doesn’t figure this out, someone else will, and they’ll get all the traffic and attention.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/7/23/204742/902

    • Liza says:

      After the Democratic and Republican conventions were finished in 2012, I read Nate Silver exclusively, no one else. I kept my sanity and Nate called ’em for 50 out of 50. Not bad for a mathematical genius.

    • Ametia says:

      The NYT didn’t want none of Nate. He was way too smart for’em, too exact with the facts.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, that’s what happens when those who “manufacture consent” hire a genius with integrity. Too bad. I guess they’re stuck with Friedman, Dowd, etc…

      • Ametia says:

        I met Nate at the 2012 DNC in Charlotte. he stopped and took the time to shake my hand, make EYE contact. I thanked him for all the hard work he did on his FIVETHIRTYEIGHT blog. He was so gracious.. nerdy. Love that about him.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Racially Profiled in Palm Beach
    On a late-night bike ride, a law professor finds that neither his polite demeanor nor academic pedigree seems to outweigh the color of his skin.
    Kevin Noble Maillard Jul 23 2013, 2:20 PM ET

    Race is America’s Voldemort: That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named. Even when discrimination’s role in an event is obvious, there has to be another reason. It’s not about race, it’s about class. It’s about safety. It’s about line dancing. But we are arguably experiencing the greatest racial tensions since the 1960’s, Barack or not.

    The most prominent racial issue dividing America today is racial profiling. Trayvon, Stop-and-Frisk, Obama’s Beer Summit, and Arizona’s Show-Me-Your-Papers law are all about acting on racial presumptions.

    Three years ago, on a balmy summer night in Palm Beach, I went for a midnight bike ride. Earlier that day, I presented a paper at a law professor conference at the Breakers Hotel. The whole day and early evening was crammed with intense intellectual schmoozing, so I was glad to have some solitary time to explore the long, narrow island. I hopped on my rented beach bike and headed south and over a bridge.

    The air was warm and fragrant, the sky clear, and all was quiet. At moments like these, I start thinking about South Florida real estate and what it would be like to live there. Am I a bay person or an ocean person? What do you wear in the wintertime? Is there a beachside university in Florida, with an accredited law school?

    So I’m pedaling along, thinking about Miami Vice, imagining myself as an academic Philip Michael Thom–

    Suddenly I am blinded by a profusion of oncoming lights, accompanied by a siren, crossing against traffic into my lane on the two-lane road. Reacting quickly, I squeeze left and right brakes in addition to steering the bike sharply to the right. All together, it is perfect choreography for an overbar face-plant. I spill onto the blacktop.

    I skid a little in front of my bike, scraping my elbows, wrists, and forearms on the road. Blood, but not too much. My childhood comes back to me in that odd mix of pain and nausea I felt from bike accidents in fifth grade.

    No one is getting out of the police car to help. They’re saying something through that electric bullhorn on the roof, unintelligible to me. I remember I’m in Florida, sprawled out in front of a police car, and consider the implications.

    Painfully, I stand. My shirt is ripped. I try to get my bike but I’m told to stop moving. I can’t see much because of the Klieg-like wattage pointing at my body. I keep my hands at my sides but away from my pockets, jazz-hand style. I wonder what I’ve done. I’m not wearing a helmet. My rental bike didn’t have one to fit my cartoonishly large dredlocked head. I also didn’t have a safety light or any reflective clothing. The man at the bike store said not to worry about it.

    The first policeman steps out of the car. “Where are you headed?” I tell him I’m on a bike ride. “Why so late?” I say I like it late. “What are you doing here?” I tell him I’m a law professor attending a conference at The Breakers.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/racially-profiled-in-palm-beach/278047/

  24. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone at 3CHICS!

  25. Yahtc says:

    I wish someone would sing this song and replace the words “to put an end to war” in this song to “to put an end to killing Black men” and replace “they would never fight again” to “they would never killed a Black child again”
    .

  26. cielo62 says:

    You forgot a Dixie Chicks famous “Good Bye Earl”, a rather controversial woman’s response to domestic abuse!

  27. Liza says:

    “Home” is my favorite Dixie Chicks album, but the “Not Ready to Make Nice” video is just so amazing and powerful. We should never forget how the rightwing colluded to completely destroy these women because of a lightweight and totally justified anti-war comment made by Natalie Maines. She was, of course, she was vindicated by time, and the 2003 US invasion of Iraq will be another terrible chapter in our history, thanks to neo-conservative rightwing warmongers.

    • Morning, Liza!

      I remember someone with a bulldozer running over all their CD’s. It was some crazy ish. But the truth revealed was more vindicating than anything. Wingnuts tried to destroy them but in the end looked like FOOLS!

      Big up, Dixie Chicks!

      • Liza says:

        Hey, SG2, Yeah, I remember the bulldozer. And Clear Channel Communications wouldn’t allow DC music to be played on their stations. I don’t listen to country stations but it’s my understanding that the blacklisting has persisted. “Shut Up and Sing” is an interesting documentary about what these women were subjected to during that time. I guess it’s hard to be both a liberal and a country music performer, you have to pretend to be apolitical.

    • Ametia says:

      @Liza. My all time favorite of the Dixie Chicks. Thanks!

      The conservative wingnuts are still on a rampage with their WAR ON WOMEN.

  28. Yahtc says:

    Who will ?
    .

  29. Yahtc says:

    http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/48920-panel-urges-naacp-to-keep-up-fight-for-voting-rights-act.html

    from the article:

    Jones called on the NAACP members to help them come up with evidence to convince Congress the Voting Rights Act is still needed.

    “They are betting we can’t get it done,” she remarked.

    “We will go where evidence takes us. We may include more jurisdictions (covered by the law),” she said, adding that when the law is rewritten, it will need a “tamper-free lock.”

  30. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day, Everyone! :-)))) Love the Dixie Chicks.

    I’m not ready to make NICE.

    • Good morning, everyone!

      cowboy take me away photo: Cowboy take me away cowboytakemeaway.jpg

      Cowboy take me away
      Fly this girl as high as you can
      Into the wild blue
      Set me free oh I pray
      Closer to heaven above and
      Closer to you closer to YOU…

  31. Yahtc says:

    Good morning everybody! Here’s wishing you a great day!

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