Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Marvin Gaye Week

3 Chics can’t have Marvin Gaye week without featuring The duet of Marvin and Tammi Terrell.


Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery; April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye.

Terrell’s career began as a teenager, first recording for Scepter/Wand Records, before spending nearly two years as a member of James Brown’s Revue, recording for Brown’s Try Me label. After a period attending college, Terrell recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in 1965.

With Gaye, Terrell scored seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”. Terrell’s career was interrupted when she collapsed into Gaye’s arms as the two performed at a concert at Hampden-Sydney College on October 14, 1967, with Terrell later being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had eight unsuccessful operations before succumbing to the illness on March 16, 1970 at the age of 24.

In early 1967, Motown hired Terrell to sing duets with Marvin Gaye, who had achieved duet success with Mary Wells and Kim Weston as well as having recorded duets with Oma Heard. During recording sessions, Gaye would recall later that he didn’t know how gifted Terrell was until they began singing together.[2]

At first the duets were recorded separately. For sessions of their first recording, the Ashford & Simpson composition, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, both Gaye and Terrell recorded separate versions. Motown remixed the vocals and edited out the background vocals, giving just Gaye and Terrell vocal dominance. The song became a crossover pop hit in the spring of 1967, reaching number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the R&B charts, making Terrell a star. Their follow-up, “Your Precious Love”, became an even bigger hit reaching number five on the pop chart, and number-two on the R&B chart. At the end of the year, the duo scored another top ten single with “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”, which peaked at number ten on the pop chart and number-two on the R&B chart. The song’s B-side, the Marvin Gaye composition, “If This World Were Mine”, became a modest hit on both charts, reaching number sixty-eight on the pop chart and number twenty-seven on the R&B chart. Gaye would later cite the song as “one of Tammi’s favorites”.

All four songs were included on Gaye and Terrell’s first duet album, United, released in the late summer of 1967. Throughout that year, Gaye and Terrell began performing together and Terrell became a vocal and performance inspiration for the shy and laid-back Gaye, who hated live performing. The duo even performed together on TV shows to their hits. While Terrell was finally being established as a star, the migraines and headaches that she suffered with as a child were becoming more constant. While she complained of pains, she insisted to people close to her that she was well enough to perform. However, on October 14, 1967, while performing with Gaye at Hampden-Sydney College, just outside the town of Farmville, Virginia, Terrell fell and buckled onstage; Gaye quickly responded by grabbing her by the arms and helping her offstage. Shortly after returning from Virginia, doctors diagnosed a malignant tumor on the right side of her brain.

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Sheer Poetry:

If I Could Build My Whole World Around You

Oh, if I could build my whole world around you, darlin’
First, I’d put Heaven by your side
Pretty flowers would grow wherever you walked, honey
And over your head would be the bluest sky

Then I’d take every drop of rain
And wash all your troubles away
I’d have my whole world wrapped up in you, darlin’
And that would be alright, oh yes, it will

If I could build my whole world around you
I’d make your eyes the morning sun
Oh I’d put so much love where there is sorrow
And I’d put joy where there’s never been none

And I’d give my love to you
For you to keep for the rest of your life
Oh, and happiness would surely be ours
And that would be alright, oh, yes, it would

Oh, if I could build my whole world around you
I’d give you the greatest gift that any woman could possess
And I’d step into this world you created
And give you true love and tenderness

And there’d be something new with every tomorrow
To make this world better as days go by
That is if I could just build my world around you
If I could build my whole world around you
And that would be alright, oh, yeah

If I could build my whole world around you
If I could build it, build it all around you
And that would be alright, oh, yeah
If I could just build my world around you
If I could build it build it my whole world around you
And that would be alright


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57 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Marvin Gaye Week

  1. sherp says:

    So sad for both of them. Love Marvin and Ms. Terrell.

  2. Ametia says:

    Cyrus to Prez Fitz: “You NEED to GROW some PRESIDENTIA BALLS.”


  3. Yahtc says:

    “Slavery American Family Business in the North”

    Published on Dec 18, 2012 by Johnhorse1823

    • Yahtc says:

      I am 33 minutes into watching these descendants of the Dewolfe slave traders who lived in Bristol, RI come to grips with their family history. The Dewolfes were the second wealthiest family at that time in the United States with a triangle of trade–sugar, molasses, rum, slaves–Bristol, RI to Ghana to Cuba and back to Bristol.

      I am not related to the Dewolfe family nor any inhabitants of Bristol, RI who by profession
      supported this heinous trade or shipbuilders along the coast who supplied the ships to DeWolfe, BUT I am a White American who is responsible for doing everything possible to correct the damage. I mourn deeply for the fear, pain, suffering, and cruel deaths of my fellow human beings who were stripped of their homeland, enslaved, mistreated and treated like a commodity doing the work that should never have been their to do.

      When will we as whites admit to our savage nature that drove us to directly participate in slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and more…both in the North and the South… or that drove us to be passive bystanders looking the other way?

  4. Yahtc says:

    Women Writers Celebrate African-American Fatherhood In Unique Essay Anthology


    Twenty notable women writers, such as Karen Good Marable, Corynne L. Corbett, Hillary Crosley and Harriette Cole and share their stories about the impact their fathers and step-fathers have had on their lives, some funny, others insightful or tear-jerking. More than write love letters to their fathers, they each examine their own relationships, while many imperfect, all have been nurturing and fulfilling. Each writer tackles climatic moments in their relationships with their fathers that showed memorable examples of fatherhood in their own way, including overcoming absenteeism, fathering while incarcerated, remarrying and maternal death.
    Contributor Hillary Crosley discusses the effects of her father’s death in her essay. She has no memory of him at all, even asking her family members why they were crying en route to his burial. “I contributed to Bet On Black for an opportunity to share what it feels like to live in his shadow,” she says, “and my hope that he’s looking down and smiling.”

  5. Yahtc says:

    “Glendale boy becomes youngest African-American Eagle Scout ever”

  6. Yahtc says:

    “6 Shocking Facts About Slavery, Natives and African Americans”

    Vincent Schilling


  7. Yahtc says:

    “Magic Johnson leaves ESPN NBA studio; Doris Burke joins”

  8. Yahtc says:

    “Obama Considers Republican Debt Proposal, Meets Lawmakers”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Indiana Sues To Prevent Its Own Residents From Receiving Obamacare’s Insurance Subsidies

    By Sy Mukherjee on October 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This week, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) challenging its authority to fund Obamacare’s insurance subsidies for individuals and enacting penalties against public employers (such as state and local governments) that don’t meet the health law’s minimum worker coverage requirement. If successful, the challenge would prevent Americans from receiving the government assistance that makes Obamacare’s insurance marketplace plans affordable in the first place.

    Zoeller claims that the health law doesn’t permit people living in the 36 states that have refused to set up their own Obamacare marketplaces — including Indiana — to qualify for federal insurance subsidies. He also says that local government employers which don’t meet Obamacare’s requirements cannot be penalized under the law to help fund those subsidies.

    The argument is based on a technical ambiguity in the law that state-level GOP officials and congressional Republicans have previously seized on in an attempt to undermine the ACA’s consumer assistance. The IRS has issued regulations saying that the law permits and intends the agency to extend subsidies to Americans in all 50 states.

    “The fact that many citizens lack health insurance is an issue for policymakers, and my office takes no position regarding the congressional debate over funding the ACA. I never complain when private plaintiffs file lawsuits to challenge the state authority that my office defends; but now our role is reversed and Indiana has initiated this lawsuit asking the court whether the IRS has exceeded its federal taxing authority over state governments,” said Zoeller in a statement. “This respectful challenge is an appropriate role for the Office of the Attorney General to vigorously assert the ability of the State and its political subdivisions to manage their workforces in our American system of federalism.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    The House GOP’s Little Rule Change That Guaranteed A Shutdown
    Dylan Scott – October 10, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT33954

    Late on the night of Sept. 30, with the federal government just hours away from shutting down, House Republicans quietly made a small change to the House rules that blocked a potential avenue for ending the shutdown.

    It went largely unnoticed at the time. But with the shutdown more than a week old and House Democrats searching for any legislative wiggle room to end it, the move looms large in retrospect in the minds of the minority party.

    “What people don’t know is that they rigged the rules of the House to keep the government shut down,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, told TPM in an interview. “This is a blatant effort to make sure that the Senate bill did not come up for a vote.”

    Here’s what happened.

    The House and Senate were at an impasse on the night of Sept. 30. The House’s then-most-recent ploy for extracting Obamacare concessions from Senate Democrats and the White House — by eliminating health insurance subsidies for Congress members and their staffs — had been rejected by the Senate. The ‘clean’ Senate spending bill was back in the House’s court.

    With less than two hours to midnight and shutdown, Speaker John Boehner’s latest plan emerged. House Republicans would “insist” on their latest spending bill, including the anti-Obamacare provision, and request a conference with the Senate to resolve the two chambers’ differences.

    Under normal House rules, according to House Democrats, once that bill had been rejected again by the Senate, then any member of the House could have made a motion to vote on the Senate’s bill. Such a motion would have been what is called “privileged” and entitled to a vote of the full House. At that point, Democrats say, they could have joined with moderate Republicans in approving the motion and then in passing the clean Senate bill, averting a shutdown.

    But previously, House Republicans had made a small but hugely consequential move to block them from doing it.

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Anatomy of a Capitulation

    by BooMan
    Thu Oct 10th, 2013 at 10:19:30 AM EST

    Robert Costa has his fingers on the pulse of the House Republicans. His twitter feed is a good place to look for the latest thinking on the Republican side of the aisle. What we can see is that the leadership is now exercising its will to avoid a default on our debts, and they are doing it as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is testifying before the Senate Finance Committee.

    The wingnuts are being told that they need to cave on the debt ceiling or Harry Reid will gain the initiative and dictate the terms. Their idea is that they can raise the debt limit for six weeks without passing a continuing resolution to open the government. But that’s bullshit. That’s just what the leadership is telling the mouth-breathers to force them to provide the votes they need to avoid default without having to ask Pelosi for support.

    Once the debt ceiling is raised for six weeks, the Democrats will just stare blankly at the Republicans until they open the government.

  12. rikyrah says:

    So Kanye West was on Jimmy Kimmel Last Night

    [ 2 ] October 10, 2013 | Luvvie

    Last night, Kanye West went on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show to talk about their recent beef. Some people think it was the most brilliant interview they’ve ever seen and some wanna get Kanye to his therapist ASAPtually. We’ve all become armchair psychiatrists in the process.

    Let me give a quick synopsis for those who missed the drama from last week.


    The interview was really colorful though, as Kanye expressed himself in his best Kanye way. And it was great to see the two men hash out their issues, in a calm way. Kanye did admit that he may have overreacted and Jimmy seems to have been sorry for offending ‘Ye. But there were many moments of side-eye from my end.

    * Kanye said he doesn’t do publicity stunts. THE DEVIL IS A LAH! As if his last three years haven’t read like one giant publicity stunt. I need him to STOP (drop, shut em down and open up reality).

    * Kanye told Jimmy that since they KNOW each other, he doesn’t understand why Jimmy would make fun of him. Ummm… Mr. West, he’s a comedian and you’re RIPE for roast. Kimmel tells Kanye that he always does skits where he replaces celebrities with kids who say their words. He even did it to Lady Gaga.

    * Kanye was talmbout “I’m not a rapper. I’m a messenger.” Lemme find out he’s also one of Jesus’ disciples because he will just stop short of that.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Boehner wants to keep one hostage, briefly let the other go
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:58 PM EDT.

    Have you looked at the major Wall Street indexes this morning? As I type, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 200 points, and as a matter of percentage, the S&P and Nasdaq indexes are doing even better. After weeks in which stocks were on a downward trend, what caused the sudden spike?

    Wall Street is now under the impression that congressional Republicans are not going to use the debt ceiling to crash the economy on purpose. This leads to a variety of questions, not the least of which is whether Wall Street’s exuberance is rational.

    It may not be. Jane Timm reports from Capitol Hill:

    On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner proposed a short-term debt ceiling increase — if President Obama will negotiate on opening the government.

    That plan may be presented to Obama this afternoon, when a delegation of Republican negotiators will meet at the White House.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Big Business feels neglected by GOP allies
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT.

    There are natural constituencies in party politics that have been cultivated for generations. In general, the Democratic coalition includes groups like labor unions and civil rights activists, while the Republican coalition features the NRA and evangelical conservatives.

    But on the GOP’s side of the divide, there’s one powerhouse that’s generally dominated: Big Business. Private-sector industry leaders and corporate lobbyists are accustomed to getting their way in Republican politics, and it’s precisely why so many deep-pocketed donors spent so heavily in support of GOP candidates in 2010 and 2012, expecting an impressive return on investment.


  15. rikyrah says:

    October 10, 2013 1:31 PM
    The “Grand” Perspective

    By Ed Kilgore

    As we all go down our various rabbit-holes in trying to understand the fiscal crisis situation, much of which seems to be playing out in John Boehner’s nicotine-soaked brain, it’s appropriate to step back and look at it all from a broader perspective.

    What’s ultimately going on here is that congressional Republicans (and their “conservative base”) are determined to do something big on “entitlements,” despite their loss of the White House and the Senate in 2012. Yes, they are strategically divided between conventional conservatives pursuing Paul Ryan’s well-trod path of indirectly undermining the entitlement status of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid though stealth and gimmicks, and Tea Folk determined to make a frontal assault on Obamacare as the “tipping point” after which America lurches into socialist slavery. But it’s all part of the same big policy goal of stopping any extension of the New Deal/Great Society legacy and then reversing it.

    But the Republican obsession with their version of what is so imprecisely referred to as “entitlement reform” is exceeded by another obsession of theological dimensions: opposition to high-end tax increases. Their nemesis, Barack Obama, has refused to give them “entitlement reform” (even a pale version of it) without high-end tax increases. So they are stymied unless fearful liberals are correct that Obama will, with enough pressure, cave and give GOPers what they want without what they refuse to accept as a price. This whole hostage-taking exercise is a test of whether they can generate enough pressure to make Obama surrender his iron equation of “entitlement reforms” and tax hikes. That’s what the current Republican demand for “grand bargain” talks is really about, as Ezra Klein noted this morning at Wonkblog:

    Republicans don’t want to raise taxes. They want to get the spending cuts they support in return for nothing. And that’s what the shutdown/debt-ceiling fight is about now. The Republicans believe that instead of trading taxes for entitlement cuts they can trade reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling for entitlement cuts. Since they actually support reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling that means they’re not trading anything at all.

  16. rikyrah says:

    If they ever do a movie about Tammi Terrellm Taraji P. Henson should play her

  17. rikyrah says:

    Former Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Detroit’s former mayor, convicted earlier this year on wide-ranging corruption charges, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 28 years in prison.

    Prosecutors had asked for at least that long a sentence.

    Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, was found guilty March 11 of 24 of 30 counts of corruption, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges. On three counts he was found not guilty, and on the remaining three no verdict was reached.

    Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Harold Gurewitz, had asked for 15 years. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds made the final decision, commenting on the tens of millions of dollars lost to city workers’ pensions and how Kilpatrick took bribes from vendors. She said she would have a hearing within 90 days to determine restitution.

    “One thing is certain,” Edmunds said. “It was the citizens of Detroit who suffered.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    House GOP leaders look for a way out

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: October 10, 2013

    House Republican leaders just rolled out their new plan for a way out of the crisis: A temporary debt limit hike, through November 22nd, coupled with a demand that Democrats enter into budget talks. The government would remain closed.

    The White House has said it is open to a short term debt limit increase, as long as it remains clean. However, in a statement today, a White House official reiterated that no negotiations would take place unless Republicans agree to a clean debt limit hike and to reopening the government.

    Here’s the core point that remains unclear. Will Republicans agree to lift the debt limit temporarily and cleanly if Democrats don’t agree to enter into negotiations?

    I put that question to a House GOP leadership aide. His answer: “We’ll see.”

    For all practical purposes, what this means is that we still don’t know whether the House GOP plan to raise the debt limit temporarily is conditioned on what Democrats do. In other words, Republicans still appear to be trying to use the debt limit as leverage to force Dems to enter into talks, without the government getting reopened — even as they are suggesting they may be willing to raise it temporarily.

    It’s also unclear how these talks would be structured, in the sense of whether they would be tied to any future raising of the debt limit. The embrace by House Republican leaders of a temporary debt limit hike would appear to indicate that they are not prepared to allow default under any circumstances. But Paul Ryan reportedly told Republicans in a closed door meeting yesterday that the next debt limit hike would be contingent on how much in spending cuts Dems are willing to concede.

    At their presser today, House GOP leaders didn’t offer any clarification on how (or whether) the talks they desire would be tied to any future debt limit hike.

    On CNBC this morning, Chuck Schumer gave the idea of a temporary debt limit hike the thumbs down, but didn’t rule out supporting it. “We prefer it to be much longer — the longer the better,” he said. “If they’re already admitting that we should raise the debt ceiling without these political fights that they’ve been causing, then why not just do it for a good period of time, and get it out of the way.”

  19. Yahtc says:

  20. Yahtc says:
    Uploaded on Jan 18, 2010 by Chicago Tribune

    A look back at Martin Luther King’s tumultuous stay in Chicago
    during 1966, when he rallied with local activists from the Chicago Freedom
    Movement for open housing and against segregated schools in the city. This
    video was originally produced in 2006, which was the 40th anniversary of
    King’s extended stay in Chicago.

    • Yahtc says:

      Uploaded on Apr 2, 2011 by Lyon a la Carte

      The Chicago Freedom Movement, also known as the Chicago Open Housing Movement, was led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Al Raby. The movement included a large rally, marches, and demands to the City of Chicago. These specific demands covered a wide range of areas, including housing, education, transportation and job access, income and employment, health, wealth generation, crime and the criminal justice system, community development and quality of life. The Chicago Freedom Movement was the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North of the United States, and lasted from mid-1965 to early 1967.

  21. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Boehner blinks

    By Greg Sargent, Updated: October 10, 2013

    The House GOP game on the debt limit has long been painfully obvious for anyone who cared to pay any attention to the ruse at its core. GOP leaders insist Dems must give them whatever they demand in exchange for averting economic catastrophe — without saying whether they will actually allow default in the end. This “strategic ambiguity” has allowed Republicans to claim the debt limit as leverage while shielding themselves from charges that they are recklessly putting the economy at risk to get their way.

    Today brings more confirmation that, No, John Boehner will not actually allow default in the end.

    Multiple reports this morning tell us that the House GOP is set to roll out yet another strategy. They appear ready to support a “clean” six week debt limit hike, while keeping the government shut down and using that as their leverage to keep up the fight against Obamacare. Byron York has this key tidbit from a private meeting, revealing why GOP leaders are prepared to take the debt limit off the table:

    At the meeting, Boehner pointed to the events of September 2008, when the economy was in free-fall and lawmakers first considered TARP, to illustrate the risk of pushing past the debt limit. Back then, the House at first rejected the hastily-conceived TARP proposal, and the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 700 points. Now, with the House facing a debt limit standoff that could result in default, the Speaker doesn’t want a replay of unhappy events. “Boehner said it’s too hot,” said the House Republican of the debt fight. “He doesn’t want to go there.”

    Right, so Boehner is not prepared to allow default in the end. But what happens after this clean debt limit hike? Per the Wall Street Journal, House Republicans want to set up talks that would use the next debt limit deadline as leverage:

    Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, outlined a plan Wednesday to fellow conservatives to extend the nation’s borrowing limit for four to six weeks, paired with a framework for broader deficit-reduction talks, according to lawmakers briefed on the proposal. The greater the spending reduction the talks produced, the longer the next extension of the debt ceiling would be under Mr. Ryan’s plan.

    This is a neat illustration of the basic disconnect here. GOP leaders won’t allow default — and are explicitly proving it right now by coalescing around a clean debt limit increase. Many conservatives prefer to use the shutdown as leverage against Obamacare. And yet, Republicans still won’t let go of using the debt limit as leverage to force other concessions later because … well, just because.

    Meanwhile, some GOP leaders are backing off the idea of winning any substantial concessions on Obamacare, and want to “refocus” on entitlements and broader fiscal issues, while some conservatives want the war on Obamacare (via the shutdown as leverage) to continue. Republicans can’t decide where their real leverage lies, and they can’t agree on what concessions they should be using that leverage — wherever it does lie, if anywhere – to extract.

    The new idea appears to be that if Republicans keep the government shutdown status quo alive long enough — deferring default for the time being — then vulnerable Dems will ultimately cave and give up…something. But what? No one knows. And at any rate, all of this chaos will only make it more likely that Dems remain united behind their insistence that there will be no negotiations until threat conditions are lifted.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Remember that young student from the HBCU that was at the center of the big North Carolina voter suppression case…he was running for city council and the GOP man tried to have him kicked off the ballot because him being a student didn’t qualify as residency.

    Last we checked in…he had won his case at the State Board of Elections in North Carolina, so the next stop was the election..

    HE WON the City Council Seat!!!

    Here’s the Maddow segment with the update on him.

  23. Yahtc says:
    Published on Mar 31, 2013 by FanSmiles


    On Thursday, March 28th, 2013, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a special women’s history month discussion with special guest Claudette Colvin, an unsung heroine of the Montgomery Bus Boycott! This special gathering took place at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 224 West Kinney Street, in Newark, New Jersey. While the December 1, 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks is world renown, several months earlier on March 2nd, Colvin, only a 15 year old student and member of the NAACP Youth Council in Montgomery at the time, similarly refused to give up her seat to a white woman and faced arrest. Because her action was more spontaneous and because her personal profile was not as “reputable,” Colvin’s action did not get the attention that Parks would later. Unlike Parks, Colvin also endured a terrible beating when she was arrested. Colvin and her family were not deterred, however. Later on, lawyers on her behalf, and on behalf of three other young women, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald and Mary Louise Smith, who also dared to faced arrest protesting Montgomery’s segregated busing, filed a case in federal court that would ultimately be the case that would be used to ban segregated busing in Alabama. The case is known as Browder v Gayle. It was on June 5, 1956 that federal judges ruled that segregated busing was unconstitutional citing the historic Brown v. Bd. of Education case of 1954. Knowing that the city and the bus company would appeal the ruling, Dr. King vowed to continue the boycott until the ruling was put into action. That would not come until December 20, 1956 when the Supreme Court upheld the earlier decision. Ms. Colvin’s moving story was also captured in the book, Twice Towards Justice, by Phillp Hosse, a recipient of the National Book Award. “We are honored beyond words to have this brave and heroic freedom fighter in our midst,” said a humbled but impassioned Lawrence Hamm, the organization’s chairman.
    “The People’s Organization for Progress will proudly aid every effort to see to it that Ms. Colvin gets the proper official recognition she is most certainly due.”

  24. rikyrah says:

    Ted Cruz struggles to explain fiasco of his own making

    By Steve Benen

    Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:11 AM EDT.

    Back in August, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) assured his fellow Republicans that a “tsunami” of public support was on the way. If the GOP fought to take away health care benefits and shut down the federal government, everything would turn out great.

    Cruz no doubt considers himself a man of many talents, but political prognostications don’t appear to be his strength. Neither, it turns out, is the ability to read a poll.

    The “tsunami” certainly didn’t materialize, and Republicans’ popularity, which was weak before, is abysmal now. The party hoped to avoid blame for the shutdown crisis, and that hasn’t worked out, either. One would like to assume Cruz is feeling a little sheepish right about now.

    Except, as David Drucker reports, the right-wing Texan is actually doubling down on his bad bet.

  25. rikyrah says:

    October 09, 2013 5:02 PM
    Race and Anti-Government Fanaticism

    By Ed Kilgore

    There’s a useful piece available at ThinkProgress today from Zack Beauchamp about the recent racial history of the Republican Party and its contribution to conservative radicalism. You should keep it on hand for the next time Rand Paul or Kevin Williamson tries to convince you that the GOP is the uninterrupted party of civil rights.

    But Beauchamp’s piece is valuable beyond its utility as a mental laxative for use against revisionist histories and outright lies. He helps us understand how racial fears helped turn the white southerners who were busy switching parties from the 1960s to the 1990s into hard-core economic as well as cultural conservatives.

    For one thing, obviously enough, long before Goldwater became the first GOP presidential nominee to oppose a major civil rights bill, southern segregationists got into the habit of cooperating with the more rigorously conservative northern Republicans who fought the New Deal and the Fair Deal much as they later fought the Great Society. So once they switched parties, their natural allies were the more conservative Republicans who shared their generally reactionary (in the literal and figurative senses of the term) outlook.

    But in addition, after Jim Crow died, the anti-civil-rights agenda became more overtly anti-government:

  26. rikyrah says:

    My It’s not about Obamacare, it’s about OBAMA shutdown post is up

  27. rikyrah says:

    Where there’s a Will there’s no way
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Oct 9, 2013 4:02 PM EDT.

    A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave a speech in Maryland, mocking Republican apoplexy surrounding the Affordable Care Act. He quoted one state lawmaker in New Hampshire comparing the law to the Fugitive Slave Act, causing the audience to audibly gasp.

    It was an understandable reaction. What kind of person thinks of the Fugitive Slave Act when discussing a moderate health care law? What’s that, George Will? You have something to contribute to this?

    • Yahtc says:

      Excerpt from above article:

      Perhaps Will might benefit from re-reading the Federalist Papers.

      The system is intended to be difficult, it is NOT intended for a radicalized minority in one chamber to threaten deliberate harm until the winners of an election pay a ransom by embracing the policy goals of the election’s losers.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Editorial: Dear Rep. Yoho

    Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

    Last Modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

    Dear U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho:

    It has been nearly a year since you were elected to your first term in Congress. Given your Alachua County ties and two University of Florida degrees, we were cautiously optimistic that you would have a better appreciation of our community’s values and priorities than your predecessor.

    We’ve been proven wrong so far. The latest evidence is your recent comments to The Washington Post about being one of the tea-party backed Republicans who forced a government shutdown over funding for the Affordable Care Act.

    “Why in the world would Ted Yoho ever back down?” the story begins. You shared with the reporter messages from constituents supporting the shutdown, including a text message that said “Way to go, tiger” and another that simply said “Shutdown” with a smiley face.

    The Sun has received very different messages from your constituents. We received 11 letters to the editor about you on Sunday alone, the day the Post’s story appeared on our front page. Every one of them opposed your position, with writers saying they were “ashamed,” “disappointed,” and “horrified” by your actions.


    The Post story said you were “planning for a bigger act of defiance” in refusing to raise the debt ceiling before the Treasury runs out of money later this month. Your comment that the action would “bring stability to world markets” defies logic as well as the opinion of numerous economists who predict it would cause another recession.

    Maybe you just don’t care what anyone thinks, whether they be economic experts or your constituents. The Post story included you taking a call from a Gainesville resident who asked you to support a “clean” funding bill that would reopen the government. After telling the caller that you’re “working on getting something resolved” as fast as possible, you hung up and told the reporter that you would not budge another inch.

    Rather than give lip service to your constituents, it’s time for you to listen. End the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling without resorting to blackmail. If you’re so convinced that you’re right, do the right thing and go through the normal legislative process rather than threatening to cause a recession to get what you want.

  29. rikyrah says:

    GOP sets trap, falls in, seeks way out

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    Just a few weeks ago, congressional Republicans had high hopes about pending showdowns in Washington. They’d target an unpopular health care law; the public would rally behind them; Democrats would splinter; Republicans would unify; and President Obama would cave. It’d be … awesome.

    We now know, of course, that none of these things actually happened. Indeed, as Rachel noted last night, yesterday seemed to mark a turning point — Republican leaders started moving away from their “Obamacare” demands; powerhouse conservative groups publicly distanced themselves from GOP strategies; and polls pointed to a flailing and failing party.

    Last week, the consensus in Republican circles seemed to be, “We can win this thing.” Yesterday, party officials transitioned to, “We need to get out of this thing.”

    House Republicans, increasingly isolated from even some of their strongest supporters more than a week into a government shutdown, began on Wednesday to consider a path out of the fiscal impasse that would raise the debt ceiling for a few weeks as they press for a broader deficit reduction deal. […]

    At the same time, Congressional leaders from both parties began some preliminary discussions aimed at reopening the government and raising the statutory borrowing limit.

    It’d be an exaggeration to say a resolution is near. Rather, yesterday marked the point at which the prevailing winds started changing direction — Republican leaders who’ve pushed aggressive demands and made unprecedented threats shifted their posture, looking for a way out of the mess they created for themselves.

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  31. Yahtc says:

    It is wonderful to see school projects where students create interview videos relating to civil rights:

  32. Yahtc says:

    Luther, Oklahoma:

    Luther Town Hall recording reveals racist remarks

    Posted on: October 9, 2013, by Courtney Francisco

  33. Yahtc says:

    October 9, 2013

    Documenting the Delta, Then and Now


  34. Yahtc says:

    “How Racism Caused The Shutdown”


  35. Yahtc says:

    “D.C. Protests as Shutdown Suffering Continues”

  36. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning 3Chics and Everyone.


    I love the music that Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gage sang together!

    Thanks for posting the words to “If I Could Build My World Around You.” It is such a caring and giving song!

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