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  1. CarolMaeWY says:

    Eleven days after you revied “The Butler” I got to see it. I can’t believe it came to my town.

  2. Yahtc says:

    I have been rereading John Oliver Killens “Black Man’s Burden” (1965) today.

    Two quotes from his book:

    There is much inhumanity, violence, and brutality in our country’s history. We must face that. For neither a people nor a nation can free itself from its past by denying or distorting it. White Americans have been sheltered from their history. History is a people’s memory, and people have a habit of remembering the very best about themselves. It is an all too human trait. But in the final analysis, a people must face its history squarely in order to transcend it.


    We are not fighting for the right to be like you. We respect ourselves too much for that. When we advocate for freedom, we mean freedom for us to black or brown, and you to be white and yet live together in a free and equal society. This is the only way that integration can bring dignity for both of us. I, for one, am growing weary of those well-meaning white liberals who are forever telling me they don’t know what color I am. The very fact that they always single me out at every cocktail party to gratuitously make me the beneficiary of their blessed assurances gives the lie to their pronouncements.

  3. Yahtc says:

    Evening Song

  4. The Race-Baiting of America

  5. Liza says:

    Like a Wheel, but Turning Slower
    Linda Ronstadt Discusses Her Memoir and Parkinson’s
    Published: August 28, 2013

    In recent years, Ms. Ronstadt has drawn more attention for her outspoken politics, decidedly liberal, than for her music. Full of opinions — don’t get her started on current immigration law — she pours them forth in a fluent, hyper-articulate rush.

    But for many, she remains her generation’s premier female pop vocalist, and they wonder why she hasn’t released an album since 2006 or appeared in concert since her mariachi show in 2009. For a trouper like Ms. Ronstadt, a steady presence for 40 years, silence so prolonged must have a reason. True, she is 67, but age hasn’t stopped contemporaries like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Emmylou Harris.

    “I can’t do it, because of my health,” Ms. Ronstadt said. “I have Parkinson’s.” (The news was first reported in the AARP Magazine online on Aug. 23.) She held out a slightly trembling hand. Her vocal cords are also affected. “I can’t sing at all,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I’m truly not able. I can’t sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ really.”

    Read more…

    • Liza says:

      • Yahtc says:

        At the end of this medley with Linda Ronstadt, Andy Williams says, “Ladies and Gentlemen, a new star who’s going to be around for a long, long time.”

      • Liza says:

        I saw her in Houston shortly after she released “Prisoner in Disguise” in the mid 70s. They were still billing her as a country music singer back then. She was just this small woman who was too shy to talk to the audience, but she had such a beautiful voice. I eventually lost track of her as she made her way through half a dozen or so music genres, but in the mid to late 90s she kind of made her way back to the “California rock” style that made her famous. There is one album from that period that I really like, “We Ran.” It is really sad that she can’t sing at all anymore.

    • Ametia says:

      I really appreciate Linda Ronstadt’s talent and her duos. Sending prayers to you, Ms. Ronstadt.

  6. Ametia says:


    Because we can NEVER get ENOUGH.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Tom Corbett is a Dead Parrot

    by BooMan
    Thu Aug 29th, 2013 at 09:33:01 AM EST

    Tom Corbett has been a terrible governor here in Pennsylvania, but the odd thing is that almost everyone seems willing to acknowledge that he’s been terrible. If you move over to Ohio, John Kasich has been no better, but he at least gets some good press. Not that I hang with too many of them, but I don’t even hear Republicans defending Corbett.
    Maybe he’s just not likable, but he hasn’t engendered much loyalty. The polls bear this out, with only 38% of Republicans currently saying that he deserves to be reelected. Considering that only 22% of independents and 7% of Democrats support his reelection, he’s basically a dead parrot. The upcoming shenanigans on the budget and debt ceiling from Washington Republicans are only going to further tarnish the GOP brand in this blue state, so there isn’t any relief for Corbett on the horizon.

    In fact, Governor Corbett’s weakness is so stark, that it is enticing more Democrats to consider entering the race. Former State Auditor Jack Wagner, a moderate who got more votes than Obama in 2008, is sensing an opportunity and may make a bid. But, for now, Rep. Allyson Schwartz looks like the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. If elected, she would be the first woman to govern the Keystone State, and the first challenger to beat an incumbent governor since 1974. Also, since 1938, Pennsylvania gubernatorial voters have chosen against the president’s party 18 out of 19 times.

    However, none of those statistics carry as much weight as Corbett’s leaden personality

  8. rikyrah says:

    snowden leaked the pentagon’s black budget to wapo, revealing internal info on threats facing the us. great.… …

  9. rikyrah says:

    Under Bush the media protected Admin sources who outed Plame. Under Obama the media outs our intel work. I’m appalled, consistently.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Sorry Republicans, But Sen. Tim Scott Was Invited To the March On Washington

    By: Jason Easley
    Aug. 29th, 2013

    Sen. Tim Scott’s office claimed that he wasn’t invited to the March on Washington event yesterday, but the truth is that every member of Congress including Scott was invited weeks ago.

    The latest in Republican false meme creation began when ABC “Benghazi emails” News reported, “The only African American serving in the Senate, Republican Tim Scott, wasn’t invited to partake in the festivities today, a spokesman confirmed to ABC News.” This statement was also reported by the Newscorp owned Wall Street Journal, which was then quoted by The Washington Post.

    But according to the event organizers, this isn’t true. Roll Call broke with the mainstream media tradition of taking a Republican’s word for it by actually asking the organizers of the event if Republicans were invited. In an email statement, a spokesperson for the event said, “This was truly a bipartisan outreach effort…All members of congress were invited to attend and the Republican leadership was invited to speak. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office was very helpful in trying to find someone to speak at the event. Making this commemoration bi-partisan was especially important to members of the King family, too.”

    In fact, organizers of the event were desperately trying to find Republicans who would be willing to come and speak to the crowd of 100,000.

    Organizers tried to find Republicans to come and speak, but Tim Scott claims that he wasn’t invited.

    It appears that the Republican senator from South Carolina isn’t being honest.

  11. rikyrah says:

    GOP leader chose oil industry over MLK marchers

    By Alex Seitz-Wald, Published: August 29 at 9:36 am

    There are 233 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 46 in the Senate and 30 in governor’s mansions across the country. Guess how many made the effort to appear at Wednesday’s giant rally commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Zero. Ed O’Keefe reports:

    Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.

    Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health.

    Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, weren’t there either, having attended a July commemoration of the march especially for lawmakers — which also included Republican leaders House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia — but the Democratic party was well represented Wednesday by three presidents and a smattering of lawmakers, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

    It seems pretty obvious, but if you want to change the fact that your party is viewed skeptically by minorities, and you want to claim Martin Luther King Jr.’s mantel — I’m looking at you Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) – then blowing off the highest profile civil rights event of the year is probably not a smart move, if for no other reason than “optics.” After their losses in the 2012 election, Republicans vowed to make a better effort to reach out to minorities, and just two weeks ago at its summer meeting, the GOP launched a program to attract minority voters by highlighting young “rising stars” in the party.

  12. rikyrah says:

    GOP senator: ‘Our military has no money left’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT.

    Plenty of compelling concerns have been raised about possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, but yesterday, a far-right senator gave voice to an unusual argument that I haven’t heard from others.

    The Pentagon’s dire fiscal situation due to defense spending cuts under sequestration has left U.S. armed forces unable to afford possible military action in Syria.

    “Our military has no money left,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.

    Due to the $500 billion in budget cuts slated for the Pentagon over the next decade, the Obama White House “further undermines future military readiness and capabilities” to deal with the growing crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the world, according to Inhofe.

    As a matter of common sense, Inhofe’s complaints about gradual reductions to the Pentagon budget are hard to take seriously. If the Defense Department is subjected to modest cuts — cuts military leaders have already endorsed publicly — over the next decade, it affects our ability to intervene in Syria now? Even for Inhofe, this is silly. Besides, has Inhofe seen what’s happened to defense spending under President Obama?

    But putting that aside, I’m struck by the assertion that “our military has no money left.” First, the claim is literally unbelievable — the United States invests more money in its military than most of industrialized countries in the world combined. As tensions with Syria have intensified, there haven’t been any military leaders who’ve said the Pentagon is simply too broke to act.

  13. rikyrah says:

    ‘They asked a long list of Republicans to come’

    By Steve Benen

    Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

    We talked briefly yesterday about the lack of Republican representation at the 50th anniversary event honoring the 1963 March on Washington, but a day later, the questions persist: where were the GOP voices?

    Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond told MSNBC that organizers “asked a long list of Republicans to come, and to a man and woman they said ‘no.'”

    In fairness, some prominent Republicans had good excuses. Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were invited, but poor health kept them away. That said, former Gov. Jeb Bush was invited to represent his family, and he turned down the invitation, too.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is currently on a fundraising tour, and though his public schedule included no events yesterday, he declined the opportunity to appear.

    And how about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose office yesterday complained about only getting two weeks’ notice from event organizers? He was otherwise engaged in the afternoon (via).

    Cantor, hosted by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met with energy industry and community leaders at a crew camp in Williston, toured a drilling site and other oilfield locations in the Bakken and met with North Dakota Petroleum Council members in Watford City. […]

    “I hope to be able to tell the president that there’s a lot for him to learn here as far as energy production here in America,” Cantor said. “North Dakota seems to have gotten it right.”

    Oh, I see. Cantor couldn’t make it to the event on civil rights because he was visiting with oil industry representatives.

  14. Yahtc says:

    My husband just called from the Post Office telling me that he had just bought the MLK 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington commemorative stamps! I am so excited!

    I had thought that they would not be available until the 31st of August.

  15. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good Morning MDT! :) If a post is not an open thread is it a sin to post Good Morning, can’t wait to hear Pres. Obama speech today on a post dedicated to SheLie Z?

  16. Yahtc says:

    From the 1969 book entitled “Black Is” by Turner Brown, Jr.:

    Black is not needing a psychiatrist to tell you what’s bugging you.

  17. Ametia says:

    Bill Clinton: “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”

  18. Yahtc says:

    I imagine you 3chics will definitely have something to say to this! –

    • Ametia says:

      What a load of horseshit. Whorther’s piece is so convoluted. He’s another negro who wants black people to sit down and be quiet, while he spews the right wing talking points about blavck-black killings.

      I know that racism will never end. It’s been here since the beginning of time. But there will never be a time where I will not call it like I see it. White folks need and must OWN THEIR SHIT. That’s what the article should be addressing.

      Not when it comes to my rights as an American citizen. I ‘m not looking for, nor have I ever sought the approval of white folks.

      The bigger picture here which Whorther is not addressing is VOTING RIGHTS, FAIR PAY, MASS INCARCERATION OF BLACKS. He is not addressing white folks and their never-ending battle of hate and privliege, and their fight to take us back to the days pre-Civil Rights.

      We shape our own destiny, by being conscious of our world and not allowing any barriers to hold us back. If you get in my way, I’ll let you know, and you’d better back the fuck down.

      We have folks who vote for their own best interest, instead of voting against them in the name of whiteness. Then we have folks who create laws that create barriers for Blacks and othr POC, women, children, and they want us to sit down, shut up and take it?


  19. Yahtc says:

    See video as well as article.


    Mrs. Zimmerman refused to go into details about the argument she had with her husband the night before Martin died that ended with her going to stay with her father, and did not want to give many details about their relationship.

    “Does George have a temper? How volatile did it get evening before?” asked O’Connor.

    “Not going to answer that,” responded Zimmerman.

    • Liza says:

      So the sociopathic George Zimmerman was pissed off at this wife and decided to strap on his loaded gun and hunt for young black men. As I’ve said many times, this wasn’t very complicated.

      • Ametia says:

        Shellie was the one who beat the shit out of George Zimmernan. He became even more enraged, shot and murdered Trayvon Martin. They both should BURN IN HELL!

      • Liza says:

        The pieces of the puzzle are really falling into place. Zimmerman’s rage, the kind of rage that causes someone to murder a stranger, was so disproportionate to just seeing a black kid in his neighborhood and not wanting him there. But transferring that rage from this wife to a young black male makes more sense, given that he is both a sociopath and a racist. This has got to be unbearable for Trayvon’s family.

        • Notice she wouldn’t answer about if he had a temper? Shellie got game. I don’t believe anything she says. We listened to those jail house phone calls about “having such a good life”. She wanted to spend that blood money. May it be a curse to both of them.

      • Liza says:

        They’ll both end up renting a hole or a trailer in some white-trash tolerant town like Sanford, Florida, but probably not together. They’ll both be right back where they started. They can’t change who they are. Even their supporters will get tired of looking at them.

  20. Ametia says:

    TCU admits 11-year-old first-year student
    Carson Huey-You wants to become a quantum physicist

    By Evan Folan
    Posted August 26, 2013

    Related items: Piano prodigy keys into his abilities

    First-year student Carson Huey-You wants to become a quantum physicist. He scored a 1770 on the SAT, and he was co-valedictorian of his senior class.

    This semester he is taking 14 hours. His class load, which includes calculus and physics, has him moving between Beasley, Bass and Winton-Scott Halls.

    His mother, Claretta Huey-You, is never far away.

    That’s because Carson is 11 years old. He was admitted to TCU when he was 10.

    Dean of Admission Ray Brown said he cannot recall ever having an applicant so young.

    Carson couldn’t even apply online because the software is not set to accept someone born in 2002, Brown said.

    During his admission interview, Carson’s many talents were impressive. Brown said Carson spoke Mandarin Chinese, and played piano in the Admissions Center.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  22. Yahtc says:

    “What Do I Tell My Blond Son About Being Black?”

    by ANITA DEROUEN 8/17/13

    Introduction to article:

    “I think we should teach him to use his privilege to his advantage.”

    It’s Sunday morning, July 14, 2013. My husband and I are talking, have been talking, will always be talking about race in our world and how it shapes our understanding of race in our home. Melissa Harris-Perry’s show is on, and she’s wearing black, and she and her guests are subdued-yet-passionate as they do a post-postmortem on that dead black boy in Florida, on so many dead black boys, on what black parents should say to their sons and daughters about dead black boys. Our son is sitting next to me playing with his alphabet game while his father and I talk about him like he isn’t there.

    I am not sure where to take my husband’s statement, but the horse is out of the barn, so someone’s gotta ride it.

    “Why? He’s never going to be profiled the way Trayvon was.”

    And he won’t. My just-about-white-passing child is unlikely to ever have a person cross to the opposite side of the street when they see him coming, is unlikely to be followed through stores as he browses, is unlikely to wonder if a cop’s behavior on a traffic stop is shaped by the color of his skin.

    I know these things as sure as I know that a day will come when that sweet dirty-blond headed, blue eyed boy will have to decide whether he will see his half-blackness (and, therefore, me) as a blessing or a curse. My husband disagrees, though, and I find myself having a conversation about skin tones and shades of blackness that leaves me questioning the _facts_ I’ve long just _known_ about race in America.

  23. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    It is a new day…the sun is rising!

    The sun rises into a new day of hope and possibilities!
    Its warmth and glow can be ours to guide us through.

    We too rise and stretch ourselves to reach for our purpose.
    We can pass on the warmth and glow into our encounters.

    The world can be touched with the possibilities
    And bloom with the unfolding of souls connecting.

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