Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Marvin Gaye Week

Happy Friday! Hope you’re enjoying Marvin Gaye week.

I Heard it Through the Grapevine; “People say believe half of what you see son, and none of what you hear.”



Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”, often shortened to “Inner City Blues”, is a song by Marvin Gaye, released as the third and final single from and the climactic song of his 1971 landmark album, What’s Going On. Written by Gaye and James Nyx, the song depicted the ghettos of inner-city America as it discussed how the bleak economic situation would lead to someone wanting to holler and throw ones hands up. The song was recorded in a mellow funk style with Gaye playing piano. Several of the Funk Brothers also contributed, including Eddie “Bongo” Brown, and bassist Bob Babbitt.

The song helped Gaye make history by being one of the few artists to have three or more Top 10 songs off Billboard’s Pop Singles chart peaking at #9 and one of the first to have three consecutive #1 hits on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart where it stayed for two weeks.[1] Although not certified by the RIAA at that time, all three releases from the What’s Going On album gained Gold status by selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

In its unedited version as it appears on the album, the final minute of the song (and of the LP) is a reprise to the theme of “What’s Going On”, the album’s first song, then segues into a dark ending. This final minute was cut off of the single version, as well as other sections of the song so the single edit runs under three minutes–this edit appears on subsequent reissues of the LP.

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71 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Marvin Gaye Week

  1. Yahtc says:

    “Washington museum builds cultural collection of Black America”

  2. rikyrah says:

    The Only Thing Republicans Really Hate About ‘Obamacare’ is ‘Obama’

    By Bob Cesca ·
    October 11,2013


    It’s no secret that the most loathsome character in the
    extraordinarily loathsome U.S. House of Representatives is Rep. Steve
    Stockman (R-TX). In case you’re not aware of Stockman, he’s the first
    term congressman from Ron Paul’s former district in Texas who invited
    Ted Nugent to the State of the Union and who produced a bumper sticker
    calling for the arming of fetuses to prevent abortions (a not-so-veiled
    statement about killing abortion doctors).

    It’s also no secret that this week was perhaps one of the most dismal
    polling weeks for members of Congress. The polling has been so horrendous it led bipartisan pollsters for both NBC News and the Wall Street Journal to refer to Thursday’s numbers as “jaw-dropping.”

    In spite of the harrowing numbers, including ones that suggested dog poop and hemorrhoids are better than Congress, Mr. Stockman tweeted this:

    “57% of Americans oppose ObamaCare. @BarackObama and @TheDemocrats call them ‘terrorists’ and refuse to open the government.”

    Let’s do the second part first. I’ve never heard the president refer
    to Americans as “terrorists,” and the only Americans who some
    congressional Democrats have compared to terrorists are the
    congressional Republicans. But, naturally, the House Republicans only
    make up around 0.00007 percent of the American population. So right
    there, Mr. Stockman is just making things up.

    Now the first part. Mr. Stockman tweeted that 57 percent of Americans
    oppose Obamacare. He didn’t provide a link, so I initially didn’t know
    what poll he was referring to. But I looked it up and, sure enough,
    Stockman was right. It’s from a CNN poll released on October 1. And since Mr. Stockman seems to enjoy quoting poll numbers, let’s give him some poll numbers to tweet.

  3. rikyrah says:

    House GOP is desperate for Obama to rescue it

    By Jonathan Capehart

    And here’s the truly breathtaking part: The House Republican leadership is desperately looking to a president it has disrespected for four years to rescue Republicans from a dangerous fight they never wanted. That they want him to lead them out of the political hole of their own making with the full faith and credit of the United States on the line is what’s irresponsible.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The 31 Most Gut-Wrenching Moments In The “Glee” Episode Honoring Cory Monteith

    Tissues. The whole box.
    posted on October 11, 2013 at 1:56am EDT

  5. rikyrah says:

    john miller @deaconmill

    GOP hates Obama because 1) he is Dem, 2) he is black and 3) he turned out not to be Stepin Fetchit like they hoped.
    11:04 AM – 11 Oct 2013

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: The secret GOP plot to salvage victory, or at least postpone defeat
    By Greg Sargent, Updated: October 11, 2013

    Today House Republicans will roll out their plan for a six-week debt ceiling hike, and the general tone in Washington is that the prospects for a “deal” have brightened. But if you dig deeper into this emerging deal, it becomes obvious the core disagreement driving this whole dispute remains entirely unresolved — and that Republicans remain fully committed to the posture that caused this crisis in the first place.

    The reporting today suggests Republicans will continue to insist Dems enter into formal talks on spending and debt as a precondition to lifting the debt limit. On the surface, that seems like standard Washington posturing. Republicans want to be able to say they won something — we forced Democrats to come to the table to deal! — in exchange for a debt limit hike, which they are defining (falsely) as a big concession. But Republicans are privately confiding that a lot more is at stake than merely “saving face.” Here’s how they describe the situation to David Drucker:

    For House Republicans, the fight over the debt ceiling isn’t just about fiscal reform. The battle that spawned a government shutdown is also very much about preserving the GOP majority’s relevance in future policy debates.

    At issue isn’t whether House Republicans should accept a bad deal to raise the federal borrowing limit and ensure the U.S. does not default on its $16.7 trillion debt. Republicans are concerned that the refusal of President Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate those issues with Republicans would establish a precedent making it impossible to haggle over future debt limit increases or to use them as leverage in other policy negotiations.

    That has only reaffirmed to House Republican leaders — who wanted to avoid a government shutdown — that they have no choice but to stand their ground on the debt ceiling. Surrounded by a hostile White House and Senate, and with few legislative avenues beyond borrowing and spending bills to impose their agenda, Republicans said capitulating to Obama would cede to Democrats the only institutional authority Republicans possess.

    For Republicans, simply agreeing to raise the debt limit, without getting anything in return, represents a surrender of their ability to use future debt limit deadlines as leverage in policy disputes. This gets at precisely the crux of the disagreement between the two parties.

    Democrats believe standard policy negotiations should proceed outside a context in which the threat of harm to the country — whether through default or a continued government shutdown — gives one side unilateral leverage. Republicans want to retain that leverage; indeed, they see it as crucial to the House’s “institutional authority,” at least while they are in control of it. But even if you accept this definition of the House’s “institutional authority,” Democrats believe that what’s at stake here is governing norms, and that if they aren’t restored, this cycle will repeat itself, making future default and widespread economic destruction all but assured.

    Republicans will argue they are removing the threat of default from the discussions, at least temporarily. But they continue to insist the government remain shut while these talks proceed, damaging the economy, and Politico’s report on the GOP proposal gets at the heart of the matter: “There’s no guarantee Republicans would stop using the debt limit as leverage in the future and Obama could find himself in the same position once the temporary extension expires.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Dems to GOP: No more extortion. No more extortion. No more extortion.
    By Greg Sargent, Updated: October 11, 2013

    Reports are dribbling out about a possible offer House Republicans are floating to get out of the crisis. The Associated Press reports they are suggesting funding of the government plus a temporary debt limit hike, in exchange for formal talks designed to ease the sequester by replacing it with entitlement cuts.

    Democrats are taking this seriously — as a sign of a genuine shift in tone on the part of House Republicans, and as a sign they are seriously looking for a way to put an end to this mess. But they still think Republicans aren’t prepared to come to terms with the fundamental view of the situation that is motivating Democrats, and to work within that framework.

    A Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Dems aren’t prepared to comment directly on the House GOP offer — because details involving things such as duration are unclear — but reiterated to me that the general framework underlying the offer is still not acceptable.

    “What we don’t want to do is give away any policy concessions now, if part of the deal is having a second phase of negotiations,” the aide tells me. “If they are offering a six week thing, or a couple of months, we’re not going to give them policy concessions so they can seek more during a second phase of negotiation.”

    The aide described the Dem principle as follows: “Is this deal a stopgap? Or will it take the CR and debt ceiling off the table for a year or so? We can have a negotiation, but we can’t have it be backstopped by the threat of default later.”

    “No major concessions in exchange for anything that sets us up for another round of crisis negotiations,” the aide added. “If we’re talking about a global deal here that puts us in an entirely different place, then we’re more open.”

    In an interesting twist, Dems believe that by floating the six-week debt limit hike, House Republicans have paradoxically “lit a fire” under Senate Republicans to move towards a deal with Senate Dems, as the aide puts it — because Senate GOPers don’t want to be back in the same place later this fall.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Greg Sargent ✔ @ThePlumLineGS

    I see media is entering the “scrutinize every syllable of Dem rhetoric for any fake sign of a cave we can find” mode.
    3:59 PM – 11 Oct 2013

  9. rikyrah says:

    When a a near-50 gal looks like THAT in a lace micro-mini and fuck-me pumps, these two fashion queens need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

    It doesn’t matter a bit that the dress is kinda bleh. What she’s doing to that dress is all that matters.

    We also appreciate that someone gave her hair a little life and bounce to it. More of that, please.

    Pft. As if anyone’s looking at her hair.

    sandra bullock gravity premiere

  10. rikyrah says:

    mallala from pakistan in the oval office
    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11
    —Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

  11. Ametia says:

    LOL PBO to GOP: “You ain’t got to go home, but you got to get the hell out of here!”

  12. Ametia says:

    National News Alert
    White House rejects House debt-limit proposal

    Speaking after the markets closed, White House press secretary Jay Carney welcomed a “new willingness” among congressional Republicans to open the government and avoid default but said the president would not agree to tie budget negotiations to a six-week debt-limit extension. “What we think is not the right way to go is to try again to link extension of the debt ceiling to budget negotiations, and therefore link the possibility of default to whether one side gets what it wants in those negotiations.”

    Carney’s statement came after President Obama spoke by phone with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner’s office issued a terse statemement, saying they agreed “that we should all keep talking.”

    Read more at:

    BWA HA HA HA We need a graphic!

  13. rikyrah says:

    The fear of ‘precedent’
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:47 PM EDT.

    For President Obama and his White House team, negotiations over the 2011 debt-ceiling increase are an area of major regret. At the time, the president looked at this as a straightforward opportunity — he and Republican leaders were both interested in a long-term debt-reduction deal, so this seemed like a suitable time to work on one. GOP officials, meanwhile, saw it slightly differently — the White House was expected to meet Republican demands or they would create a deliberate economic catastrophe.

    Obama and his aides learned from the experience and came to a clear conclusion: no more negotiating over the debt ceiling. Indeed, the president has been candid on this point throughout 2013: he’ll negotiate on just about anything, but not if Republicans hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage. For Obama, it’s simply too dangerous to set a precedent in which Congress threatens the nation’s well-being every time the debt-ceiling needs to be raised.

    Oddly enough, congressional Republicans are thinking along identical lines, just from the opposite perspective.

    National Journal reported yesterday, “Many House Republicans have sworn never to support a clean debt-ceiling extension, no matter the length, because of the precedent it would set.” David Drucker added this morning:

    For House Republicans, the fight over the debt ceiling isn’t just about fiscal reform. The battle that spawned a government shutdown is also very much about preserving the GOP majority’s relevance in future policy debates. […]

    Republicans are concerned that the refusal of President Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate those issues with Republicans would establish a precedent making it impossible to haggle over future debt limit increases or to use them as leverage in other policy negotiations. […]

    Surrounded by a hostile White House and Senate, and with few legislative avenues beyond borrowing and spending bills to impose their agenda, Republicans said capitulating to Obama would cede to Democrats the only institutional authority Republicans possess.

  14. Ametia says:

    GTFOH Boner
    Republicans Said to Insist on Conditions to End Shutdown

    Republican senators wait at the Capitol for a shuttle bus ride to the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama on settling the debt limit and government funding issues, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

    House Republicans offered a plan to raise the U.S. debt limit and end a partial government shutdown that would require the president to accept policy conditions attached to a spending measure, said two congressional aides.

    Republicans sent a list of policy options to the White House following a meeting yesterday, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity. President Barack Obama has insisted that he won’t accept conditions for ending the shutdown, which is in its 11th day.

    “There will be some matters that we’re discussing now that would be added to that, hopefully,” Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in an interview today. “I hope there’s specific matters but that’s under discussion.”

    House Republicans also want Obama to agree to a framework for future negotiations on long-term fiscal and health care policy. If that happens, the House could vote as soon as today on pushing the lapse of U.S. borrowing authority to Nov. 22 from Oct. 17, according to the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private offer.

  15. Ametia says:


    Carson: Obamacare is ‘worst thing … since slavery’

    October 11, 2013 11:50 AM EDT — Fox news contributor Ben Carson compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery at the Values Voters’ Summit Friday, saying, “It was never about health care; it was about control.” (The Washington Post–since-slavery/2013/10/11/e40289d6-328d-11e3-89ae-16e186e117d8_video.html

  16. rikyrah says:

    Marriage fight intensifies in New Jersey

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:07 AM EDT.


    Associated Press

    Two weeks ago, a state judge in New Jersey offered civil-right proponents some heartening news: Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ordered the state to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21. The ruling was largely based on the Supreme Court precedent set in the Defense of Marriage Act case.

    After Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration appealed the decision, it was widely assumed that the order would be put on hold, leaving the current law in place, while the case is litigated further.

    But that’s not quite what’s happened.

    A judge on Thursday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to start in New Jersey in two weeks, dismissing the state’s request to prevent the weddings until after an appeal of the court decision allowing them is completed.

    “There is no ‘public interest’ in depriving a class of New Jersey residents their constitutional rights while appellate review is pursued,” wrote Judge Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County, who also wrote the decision last month that ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages. “On the contrary, granting a stay would simply allow the State to continue to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be considered a public interest.” […]

    Judge Jacobson said in her opinion that the state had not demonstrated that its appeal was likely to be successful. And she denied the state’s argument that New Jersey would suffer “irreparable harm” if marriages began happening, ruling instead that the people harmed would be the same-sex couples who would have to wait even longer to gain access to the federal benefits that the United States Supreme Court guaranteed them in a decision in June.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Cruz has some explaining to do
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:33 AM EDT

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on CNN last night, and suggested Americans should look no further than national polling to see how right he is.

    “We saw this week President Obama’s approval ratings are at 37%, the lowest it has ever been. The Wall Street Journal poll just came out, and Democrats have the lowest support among the middle class they’ve had in 40 years of polls.”

    First, the 37% approval rating for Obama came from an online poll that also put Congress’ approval rating at 5% — the “lowest it’s ever been.” Second, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll Cruz cited shows support for the Republican Party collapsing to a degree unseen in modern times. And third, every major national poll conducted over the last two weeks shows Americans blaming Republicans for a wildly unpopular shutdown — including a poll commissioned by a guy named Ted Cruz.

    And now the right-wing Texan wants to go on national television to talk about public opinion? Seriously?

  18. rikyrah says:

    Why Face-Saving Won’t Work

    by BooMan
    Fri Oct 11th, 2013 at 10:40:59 AM EST

    I like Charlie Cook and I think he’s an excellent analyst, but he does sometimes exhibit some blind spots that I attribute to being too much of a creature of Washington DC. It’s not his fault; I find that I begin to lose my compass after just a day or two in the capital.
    When it comes to the government shutdown, Mr. Cook’s blind spot is that he has not correctly identified what the Democrats are trying to accomplish. He thinks that the Democrats are trying to avoid a default and reopen the government, and their main concern should be related to enticing the Republicans to stop punching themselves in the face.

    But the Republicans will never intentionally default on our debts, and it was never much more than the remotest possibility that they would do so by accident. That was a hostage that wasn’t a hostage. The GOP leadership has already ceded this point. As to the government shutdown, it’s very unfortunate, but really no more unfortunate the sequester which has been grinding people down all year long and has been hurting the economy. For the Democrats, the shutdown is undermining the people’s faith in effective government, which is a big problem. But, in every other respect, it is working in the party’s favor.

    What the Democrats are trying to do is not to end the shutdown for its own sake, but to break the cycle of crises governance, where they are constantly being asked to make absurd concessions merely to keep the government operating. They want to take away the Republicans’ ability to hold a gun to our country’s credit rating and take away their will to shut down the government. And, since this is the priority, helping the Republicans save face by giving them some reward, no matter how paltry, is entirely counterproductive.

    To put it in parent/child terms, if you have a boy who throws a lot of tantrums, your problem isn’t the particular tantrum he is throwing right now, but the fact that he throws tantrums whenever he doesn’t get what he wants. When you bargain with the child, you ensure that he will continue the behavior in the future because it is effective.

    It’s very important to understand that the GOP is not going to default on our debts. They do not, in fact, have a gallon of gasoline and a match that they will light if we don’t give in to their tantrum. We don’t have to worry about that. All we have to worry about is the government shutdown. And we can wait on that.

    I remember that the singer Joe Cocker once answered a question about how he decided to stop using drugs and he said, “You can only hit yourself in the face for so long before it hurts.”

    We’ll just sit here and see how long that takes.

  19. rikyrah says:

    October 11, 2013, 10:18 am 7 Comments

    The War On The Poor Is A War On You-Know-Who

    Lots of people have been referencing this Democracy Corps report on focus-group meetings with Republicans, and with good reason: Greenberg has basically provided a unified theory of the craziness that has enveloped American politics in the last few years.

    What the report makes clear is that the current Republican obsession with attacking programs that benefit Americans in need, ranging from food stamps to Obamacare, isn’t about some philosophical commitment to small government, still less worries about incentive effects and implicit marginal tax rates. It’s about anxiety over a changing America — the multiracial, multicultural society we’re becoming — and anger that Democrats are taking Their Money and giving it to Those People. In other words, it’s still race after all these years.

    One irony here is that at this point it’s the liberals who believe in America, while the conservatives don’t. I believe in our ability to change while retaining our essential nature; I believe that today’s immigrants will be incorporated into the fabric of our society, just as Italian and Jewish immigrants — once regarded as fundamentally incompatible with American ways — became “white” by the middle of the 20th century.

    Another irony is that the great right-wing fear — that social insurance programs will in effect buy minority votes for Democrats, leading to further change — is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The GOP could have tried to reach out to immigrants, moderate its stances on Obamacare, and stake out a position as the restrained, sensible party. Instead, it’s alienating all the people it needs to win over, and quite possibly setting the stage for the very liberal dominance it fears.

    Meanwhile, a key takeaway for us wonks is that none of the ostensible debates we’re having — say, the debate over rising disability rolls — can be taken at face value. Yes, we need to crunch the numbers, but in the end the other side doesn’t care about the evidence.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Cowering Delusional Fools

    by BooMan
    Fri Oct 11th, 2013 at 09:58:35 AM EST

    According to Jonathan Strong at National Review, Republicans are beefing up security at their district offices because federal workers are going to miss their paychecks today. He also says that Republican lawmakers are spooked by the polls.

    A new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal is putting a new sense of fear into the hearts of House Republicans. The poll showed Republicans’ favorability had dropped to its lowest rating ever for that poll while Obama’s ratings remained stable.

    Nonetheless, they are still engaged in delusional thinking.

    Still, Boehner allies fear a CR without something in it related to Obamacare would face the wrath of the right flank of the conference. However, Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise suggested on CNBC last night he would be fine with some concessions unrelated to the health-care law.
    The options on the table for a small Obamacare win are the same that have been talked about for some time: delaying the individual mandate, repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, repealing the medical-device tax, and eliminating the Obamacare subsidy for congressional staffers.

    They are not going to get any ObamaCare win. They aren’t delaying the mandate. They aren’t eliminating the “Death Panels.” They aren’t going to get to screw their staffers out of their employer subsidy. And, if the medical-device tax is going to be eliminated, it will only happen after the Republicans capitulate, and only if the revenue is completely replaced.

    But, whatever. Let them keep their delusions a little while longer. At least they’ve smartened up enough to be afraid.

  21. rikyrah says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing at the beginning of the show with the scene of Daddy Goon in his best Bill Cosby sweater at their weekly dinner. I’m like…oh no he isn’t doing his Bill Cosby impersonation.

    Huck…I still love you, Huck.

    We have to wrap our minds around that Huck feels as if the world just exploded.

    I mean, the crazy ass assassin that betrayed him and killed his ‘perfect’ play family is NOTHING compared to Huck believing Olivia betrayed him.

    That scene was hard as hell to watch, but Huck doesn’t have anything to hold onto now….Huck is so lost.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Daddy goon might have been tryna do Cos, but I loved it when he told Livie to sit down and enjoy her sunday breakfast with him, and she got the fuck up and walked out.

      For me, the flashbacks were hard to watch.

      Jake comes stumbling at Olivia’s door. What’s in it for her and Jake?

      Cyrus to Prez Ftiz: “You need to grow some presidential BALLS.”

  22. rikyrah says:

    Paying the Piper

    by BooMan
    Thu Oct 10th, 2013 at 12:12:43 PM EST

    Beyond all the sturm und drang, the basic reality is that pretty much everything the Republicans have been doing all year has been bullshit. They don’t know how to get their party unified enough to make a deal with the president on the budget. That’s why they tried to compel the president to make a deal under duress, so they could avoid actually spelling out their demands in any specific way.

    Here’s the best rule for determining what John Boehner will do in any situation: If there is a way for him to delay a moment of confrontation or political risk, he will do it. That’s why Boehner’s current plan is to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks while keeping the government shut down.
    Business is freaked out and will be furious with him if he triggers a default. So he’s raising the debt ceiling for long enough to get them off his back. And tea-partiers will be furious if he abandons their quest to defund Obamacare by shutting down the government. So he’s leaving that part in place.

    Is there a plausible strategic logic to this plan? None that I can see. The putative reason for delaying the debt limit is to open fiscal negotiations with Democrats. But Republicans have been dodging fiscal negotiations with Democrats for most of the year. Why? Because they don’t want to compromise on the budget. They want unilateral concessions.

    Obama won’t give Republicans unilateral concessions. Any deal Boehner strikes with Democrats will have to contain some concessions to Democrats, which will further enrage the tea party. So there’s no deal Boehner can cut on the budget that won’t anger the base, which brings us back to the same stalemate — waiting until the next debt-limit hike, when he needs to prevent catastrophe again.

    Meanwhile, he’s keeping the government shut down because a shutdown, while damaging, carries no hard-and-fast deadline like the debt limit. The damage is cumulative. But the damage is also very real, both to the country as a whole and to the GOP’s image. Since there’s no particular moment when he absolutely has to confront his own crazies, Boehner will just wait.

    When your base is riding around on Medicare scooters, you don’t want to make slashing Medicare and Social Security your number one priority. But it is their number one priority. Everything we’re witnessing is a consequence of this simple fact.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Republican support in ‘jaw-dropping’ free fall
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:48 AM EDT.

    Let’s put it this way: if this poll were a campfire story, it’d leave Republicans shaking uncontrollably in their sleeping bags. The GOP wasn’t in especially good shape before, but the shutdown crisis and the threats to crash the economy on purpose have been an unmitigated disaster for the party, causing the sort of collapse in public support pollsters simply don’t see very often.

    What’s the good news for Republicans in the poll? There is no good news.

    * Approval ratings: While President Obama’s approval rating improved after GOP lawmakers shut down the government, Republican support has collapsed. In the new poll, 70% of Americans disapprove of the way in which GOP lawmakers are doing their jobs. Republicans have reached a level of unpopularity unseen in the history of the poll.

    * Shutdown: Asked who bears responsibility for the shutdown, a 53% majority blame congressional Republicans. Less than a third (31%) blame the president.

    * “Obamacare”: Despite the difficulties the Affordable Care Act has encountered since the open-enrollment period began, support for the law has increased.

    * Generic ballot: Democrats enjoy an eight-point advantage in the congressional midterm elections (47% to 39%), as compared to a three-point advantage last month (46% to 43%).

    * Government activism: By a 52% to 44% margin, Americans believe the government should do more, not less, to solve problems. In June, the results were evenly split.

    * Patriotism: A 70% majority believe congressional Republicans are “putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country.”

    Professional pollsters for major news organizations are notoriously cautious people who avoid hyperbole. So when Democratic pollster Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff conducted the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and described the results as “jaw-dropping,” it’s worth appreciating why.

  24. rikyrah says:

    @sarahkendziorToday my toddler punched me in the face then asked for comfort because he hurt his hand. Now I’m worried he’s a Republican.

  25. 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.

  26. rikyrah says:


    Guess Who’s Gooning at Dinner: Scandal Episode 302 Recap

    [ 11 ] October 11, 2013 | Luvvie

    If there’s one thing Scandal continues to do, it’s to out-goon itself. There’s just so much bad-assness in this show, and I am now comfortable truly crowning Rowan Pope as King Goon of the World. My man has no chill and no dambs to give about anyone but the republic. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” spilled A LOT of tea and I am just ready to talk about it so let’s get into it.

    Back to the Past (flashback) – The show starts with a flashback from five years before, with Olivia rocking her past pain wig. She’s at dinner with Poppa Goon, and is irritated by him. She’s just there so he can pay her law school loans and he’s there to make up for sending her away after her Mom died (I’ont think she’s dead). After he tells her he’s trying, she tells him she’s dating Senator Pudding Pop (Edison Davis), who wants to marry her but hasn’t met Pops.

    Olivia returns to the train station after dinner and muggers try to come for her but Hobo Huck comes outta nowhere and hands out a serious can of ass-whooping as Liv runs away.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Mark Murray ✔ @mmurraypolitics

    Headline from the new NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate badly damages GOP, while Obama’s approval ticks up to 47%

    5:30 PM – 10 Oct 2013

    • rikyrah says:

      Mark Murray ✔ @mmurraypolitics

      By 22pt margin (53%-31%) public blames GOP more for the shutdown than Obama — a wider margin of blame than GOP got in poll in ’95-96

      5:31 PM – 10 Oct 2013

      • rikyrah says:

        Mark Murray ✔ @mmurraypolitics

        Just 24% have fav opinion of GOP, and only 21% have fav opinion of Tea Party — all-time lows for both. Dem Party fav is at 39%

        5:32 PM – 10 Oct 2013

      • rikyrah says:

        Mark Murray ✔ @mmurraypolitics

        And Dems have a +8 advantage on the poll’s generic-ballot test, up from +3 last month before the shutdown

        5:32 PM – 10 Oct 2013

  28. rikyrah says:

    Tea Party: Obama’s too mean
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:06 PM EDT

    Tea Party Republicans are not known for their timidity. We are, after all, talking about a group of right-wing activists and lawmakers who push an agenda that’s as aggressive as it is regressive, reject compromise, and demand brutal policy consequences for everyone who stands in their way.

    It is therefore rather amusing to hear about President Obama being a big meanie.

    When tea-party Republicans arrived in Congress in 2011, many were energized and ready to shake up Washington — whatever the cost. But now, some are claiming that it is President Obama who is playing too rough.

    Amid the government shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff — which has raised rhetoric sharply — they say the president has demonized what they consider healthy political opposition.

    “The difference is, I don’t think his predecessors have antagonized the other side,” says Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., who was president of the tea-party-packed House Republican freshman class last session.

    The sentiment was echoed by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who said Obama’s willingness to antagonize Republicans is “not good for the country.”

    Wilson is perhaps best known for heckling the president during a speech to a joint session of Congress. He’s the guy complaining about Obama antagonizing him.

  29. rikyrah says:

    NBC/WSJ poll: Nearly two-thirds say not raising debt ceiling would be a serious problem

    By Mark Murray, NBC News

    With House Republicans set to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss raising the debt limit and ending the government shutdown, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 63 percent of Americans believe refusing to raise the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem.

    Andrea Mitchell talks to Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Rep. James Clyburn about the recent developments to avoid debt default while still keeping the government shutdown.

    That’s up from the 55 percent who said this in July 2011, during the last political fight over raising the debt ceiling.

    That opinion might explain why House Republicans have proposed temporarily raising the debt limit — though not ending the government shutdown — when they meet with the president at the White House.

    But there is a partisan divide here: 72 percent of Democrats believe not raising the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem, versus 57 percent of Republicans and independents who think this

  30. Yahtc says:

    You can see a promotional video for the film “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez”: A new film by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, with musical score by Evan Solot.

  31. Yahtc says:

    “How I visited a closed national park”

    Steve Chapman
    4:47 p.m. CDT, October 9, 2013

    I’m the sort of person who normally takes pains to obey the law and follow the rules. But last week, my wife and I departed from those habits. Along with a lot of other people, we ventured into a national park that was officially closed. And we got away with it.

    We had planned a vacation in Utah to visit a few national parks, starting with Zion. Luckily, we arrived there on Sept. 29, giving us a couple of days before the government shutdown that began on Tuesday. But the day it went into effect, we decided to find out how tightly Zion was shut down. The answer: not very.

    The reason is that a state highway runs through a major section of the park, and the National Park Service elected not to close it to all traffic. So when we drove up to the ranger station, we were told we could drive though but couldn’t stop. The ranger on duty made no warnings of the consequences if we did stop, and he didn’t make an effort to sound intimidating. So we drove in, and along the 14-mile stretch of road, we found dozens of cars parked at various spots, with vacationers gazing at the spectacular scenery and taking photos.


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    When we exited at the other end of the park, we turned the car around and re-entered. We were greeted by a ranger who said that on our way through, we could stop to look at scenery and take photos. “But don’t go off on any hikes, because we can’t rescue you,” he said with a smile.

    We didn’t listen. We found a promising spot, parked the car and set off down a dry creekbed on a rogue expedition, flushing a herd of desert bighorn sheep on the way. And when we got back to the car an hour later, there was no citation on it.

    On our way back to the first entrance, we saw several roadside turnouts that earlier were blocked off with orange traffic cones earlier — but the cones had been neatly moved out of the way, presumably by fellow tourists.

    My suspicion is that the rangers didn’t have much appetite for a crackdown, even if they had the manpower. They didn’t go into this line of work to keep people out of nature, and I got no sense from any of them that they had suddenly acquired that desire.

    Back in Washington, people may be at each other’s throats. But out in Zion, a tacit detente between citizens and federal employees prevailed.,0,1987602.column

  32. Yahtc says:

    “The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County”

    Published on Sep 27, 2013 by Robert Brown

    “Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond, Virginia’s Cultural Ambassador, will engage children young and old in take-home craft making and the stories in which they live. Youth and their families can learn about culture — art, heritage and history — through the stories told visually in handmade crafts.”

    The festival took place on September 28.

  33. Yahtc says:

    “Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History”

    The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only African American Museum in the Central Savannah River Area.

    The museum, which opened in 1991, is a small house museum that was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney. Ms. Laney dedicated her life to providing educational opportunities for Black youth in the Augusta area and was the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. She started the first kindergarten for Black children in Augusta and founded the Lamar School of Nursing for Black women.

  34. Yahtc says:

    “African-American businesses honored”
    Thursday, October 10, 2013:

    The Carolina Panorama newspaper will honor 18 local businesses at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street.

    The event – “A Tribute to the Legacy of Black Businesses” – will honor African-American -owned businesses in the Midlands that have been in continuous operation for 40 years or longer and have been run by at least two generations of the same family.

    “Black businesses are a pillar of our community. It is important that we honor those on whose shoulders modern businesses are built,” Nathaniel Abraham Jr., current editor in chief of the newspaper, said in a statement.

    The celebration will honor Abraham’s father, Nathaniel Abraham Sr., who founded the newspaper more than 50 years ago.

    The other businesses being honored include: AP Williams Funeral Home, Angeline’s Beauty & Wig Salon, Cooper & Cooper, Davis Paint & Body Shop, Damon’s Son Ornamental Iron Works, Frazier Signs & Designs, Glymph & Sons, Howard’s Garage, Johnson’s Restaurant, JP Holley Funeral Home, Koger Paint & Body Shop, Leevy’s Funeral Home, M&Z Style Maker, Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, Outen Fencing, Palmer Memorial Chapel, Taylor Brothers Construction Co. and Trezevant Funeral Home & Crematorium.

    These businesses have been successful in “passing the baton” of operations to the next generation – a vital ingredient in their longevity, organizers said.

    University of South Carolina head track and field coach Curtis Frye will be the keynote speaker. James Solomon, who was one of the first African-Americans to integrate USC, also will be a special guest speaker.

    Read more here:

    • Yahtc says:

      Info on the founder of the Carolina Panorama newspaper from a 2008 article:

      “Nathaniel Abraham, Sr.Community Leader”

      Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. has devoted his life to making a positive impact on the Black community. His message has been clean and consistent: “The minority community needs a voice – A strong and resonant voice that’s not afraid to right that which is wrong, fight injustices and champion the causes of the underprivileged. Remember, if we are afraid to tell the truth, we don’t even deserve freedom.” He has used the voice of the print media to promote the Black community politically, educationally and economically.
      The fifth of eleven children born in Holly Hill to Edward and Mary Abraham, he moved to Orangeburg as a young child. He graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1952, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Abraham served in the Korean War as a paratrooper. He received an honorable discharge in 1959, and enrolled in South Carolina State College to pursue a degree in Business and Accounting. He transferred to Benedict College in 1964 to continue his education and work with the Palmetto Times.

      The 1960’s were a time of great social unrest. Working with Modjeska Simpkins and the Richland County Citizens Committee, Abraham used the power of the press to publicize issues affecting the Black community. In 1968, Abraham was sent to Orangeburg by Ms. Simpkins to serve as a liaison between civil rights leaders and the students fighting for social change. History would later recall this event as the “Orangeburg Massacre”.
      During the 1970s, Abraham worked as the Director of Development at Voorhees College in Denmark to ease campus unrest and increase Voorhees’ public and private revenues. He also served as an unofficial advisor to many political leaders, including U.S. senators, representatives, governors, mayors, etc.

      In the 1980s, Abraham went back into the newspaper business and founded a newspaper called the Palmetto Post, now known as the Carolina Panorama. Over the years, he has founded many other publications, including the Progressive South Magazine, the Palmetto Times in Greenville, Tri-Country Sentinel in Myrtle Beach, Southern Views Magazine and the Progressive American Magazine. Affectionately called the “Dean of Black Publishers in South Carolina,” he has also worked with and trained the majority of the state’s Black newspaper publishers.

  35. Yahtc says:

    Book Club: “Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama”
    A new book by the University of Minnesota Press details the history and influence of the Twin Cities’ African American theater company.“penumbra-premier-stage-african-american-drama”


    The Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is a story of African American experience. Since its founding on the wave of the Black Arts Movement, the artistic arm of Black Power, the Penumbra has staged more than 150 performances of African American drama and guided the narrative of Afro thought in American theater.

    A new book published by the University of Minnesota Press, “Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama” by Macelle Mahala, a University alumna and assistant professor of theater arts at the University of the Pacific, explores the history of the theater as an artistic and community catalyst in the Twin Cities and beyond.

    In 216 pages, Mahala tells a series of concise and vivid stories of the Penumbra’s development. Given the theater’s recent financial uncertainty — last year, the season was halted and more than 1,400 donors raised $359,000 to keep the lights on — Mahala’s book is a welcome reminder of just how important the Penumbra is.

    Before the theater’s establishment in 1976 (Twin Cities theater trivia: The West Bank’s Mixed Blood Theatre was founded the same year), few opportunities existed in the Twin Cities for actors of color. While the establishment of the Guthrie Theater in 1963 helped raise local theater to a more prominent stage, most performances at the time were lily white.

  36. Yahtc says:

    “International Politics and How the First African American Flight Attendants Were Hired”


    Victoria Vantoch tells the story of the first African American flight attendants in a chapter of her new book, The Jet Sex. Patricia Banks was one of the first black women to sue an airline for racial discrimination. She graduated from flight attendant training school at the top of her class and applied to several airlines. But it was 1956 and the U.S. airlines had never hired a black woman. After 10 months of trying, an airline recruiter pulled her aside and admitted that it was because of her race. Which, of course, it was; Airlines disqualified any applicants that had broad noses, full lips, coarse hair, or a “hook nose” (to weed out Jews).

    Banks sued. After four years of litigation, Capital Airlines was forced to hire her. She postponed her marriage and took the job (airlines only hired single women as flight attendants). When she put on her uniform for the first time, she said: “After all I had gone through, I couldn’t believe I was finally wearing the uniform. I had made it. I was going to fly. It was such an accomplishment.”

  37. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning, Ametia and Everyone,

    Thank you so much for this great week of Marvin Gaye!

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