Monday Open Thread | 60s Genre Music| British Pop

Happy Monday, Everyone. This week 3 Chics is featuring the music of the Sixties from a variety of genres.

Today’s feature is Female British Pop singers LuLu, Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark.




Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948, Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day. She is internationally identified, especially by North American audiences, with the song “To Sir With Love” from the film of the same name and with the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest winning entry “Boom Bang-a-Bang” and in the UK for her first hit “Shout”.

To Sir With Love


Dusty Springfield

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Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien[note 1] OBE (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.[1] She is a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde bouffant hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties.[2]

Born in West Hampstead, London to a family that enjoyed music, Springfield learned to sing at home. In 1958 she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, and two years later formed a pop-folk vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom. Her solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, “I Only Want to Be with You”. Among the hits that followed were “Wishin’ and Hopin'” (1964), “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” (1964), “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1966), and “Son of a Preacher Man” (1968).

As a fan of US pop music, she brought many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience by hosting the first national TV performance of many top-selling Motown artists beginning in 1965.[2] Although never considered a Northern Soul artist in her own right, Springfield’s efforts contributed a great deal to the formation of the genre as a result.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

I Only Want to Be With You

Petula Clark



Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades.

Clark’s professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English, with such songs as “The Little Shoemaker”, “Baby Lover”, “With All My Heart”, and “Prends Mon Cœur”. During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including “Downtown”, “I Know a Place”, “My Love”, “Colour My World”, “A Sign of the Times”, and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”. She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.[1]


“I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”

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87 Responses to Monday Open Thread | 60s Genre Music| British Pop

  1. rikyrah says:

    LOD did a segment about the case of the New Mexico state troopers that opened up gunfire on the minivan full of children.

  2. Ametia says:

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  3. rikyrah says:

    ALEC Mulls Assault On Constitution’s 17th Amendment — The Direct Election Of Senators

    [….] In an agenda for a December meeting posted on ALEC’s website, one of the items up for review is language for a bill, called the Equal State’s Enfranchisement Act, that would allow state legislatures to add a candidate’s name to the ballot for a U.S. senate seat, along with the names of those nominated by voters.[….] If ALEC’s members decide to further pursue this act and manage to get it passed in any state, it would be an assault to the 17th Amendment of the Constitution.

    For over a century, Senators were elected by state legislatures. This often led to stalemates, leaving Senate seats open for months at a time. But in 1913, the country ratified the 17th Amendment, which stipulates that Americans are to directly elect their senators[….]

  4. rikyrah says:

    A ‘moral outrage’ in Cleveland
    11/18/13 02:18 PM
    By Steve Benen

    When progressives push for better wages, and conservatives argue that interference with the free market is unacceptable, keep stories like this one from the Cleveland Plain Dealer in mind.

    The storage containers are attractively displayed at the Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard in Canton. The bins are lined up in alternating colors of purple and orange. Some sit on tables covered with golden yellow tablecloths. Others peer out from under the tables.

    This isn’t a merchandise display. It’s a food drive – not for the community, but for needy workers. “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” read signs affixed to the tablecloths.

    The food drive tables are tucked away in an employees-only area. They are another element in the backdrop of the public debate about salaries for cashiers, stock clerks and other low-wage positions at Walmart, as workers in Cincinnati and Dayton are scheduled to go on strike Monday.

    The takeaway from a story like this is disheartening: Walmart employees, at least at this Cleveland store, feel the need to take up collections to help feed other Walmart employees. Many like to think those who work for a living shouldn’t struggle to put food on the table, especially in the wealthiest nation on the planet, and yet, here we are.

    Norma Mills, an organizer with Stand Up for Ohio, told the Plain Dealer, “That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers – to me, it is a moral outrage.”

    A company spokesperson responded that employees caring about other employees is a positive: “It is for associates who have had some hardships come up. Maybe their spouse lost a job. This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships.”

    Vanessa Ferreira, an OUR Walmart organizer, didn’t find that especially persuasive: “The company needs to stand up and give them their 40 hours and a living wage, so they don’t have to worry about whether they can afford Thanksgiving.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    A thin message gets thinner
    11/18/13 12:30 PM
    By Steve Benen

    On Friday, The Hill published an interesting item noting that when it comes to this Congress and next year’s midterms, House Republicans are focused on their hatred of the Affordable Care Act “and little else.”

    Nearly midway through the 113th Congress, House Republicans don’t have much to show for their majority. Party leaders this week signaled they will punt on two of the major items that began the year at the top of its agenda: immigration and tax reform.

    And while the GOP has focused all year on highlighting problems with President Obama’s healthcare law, a vote on a replacement for ObamaCare is nowhere in sight.

    And yet, Republicans seem oddly confident about their political standing just a month after their government-shutdown fiasco. Congressional Republicans have no legislative accomplishment, no policy agenda to speak of, and no interest in tackling popular measures, many of which have already passed the Senate.

  6. BREAKING: George Zimmerman arrested in Seminole County.


    George Zimmerman was involved in a disturbance in Seminole County today, according to a WFTV report.

    Seminole deputies have been called to the incident in unincorporated Apopka. It’s unclear what the disturbance was.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Climate deniers dominate in Colorado GOP
    11/18/13 11:52 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It may seem a little early in the 2014 process for a candidates’ debate – Election Day is still 351 days away – but in Colorado last week, all four Republicans running for governor got together for the election cycle’s first forum. And for the most part, state Sen. Greg Brophy (R), former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R), Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R), and former state Sen. Mike Kopp (R) did what you’d expect them to do: bash incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

    But the fine folks at Colorado Pols highlighted a segment of the televised debate in which the candidates were asked if they think climate change is true and whether they think carbon emissions are affecting Colorado’s environment (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the tip

  8. rikyrah says:

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Well, here’s the start of a pro-Obamacare pushback campaign: a Washington Post op-ed, by the governors of Kentucky, Connecticut, and Washington State, titled “How We Got Obamacare to Work


    That’s great. I hope it helps change the narrative from “Obamacare sucks” to “Obamacare’s problems are primarily matters of implementation, and they can be solved.” But this is a reminder that, because states were allowed not to implement Obamacare in a uniform way, and because the rollout at the federal level was so poor, the program is part of a balkanization trend in America.

    I know that a lot of gay marriage supporters think marriage equality is eventually going to be recognized as a fundamental American right, like the right to interracial marriage, but I find it unimaginable that the reddest states are going to accept gay marriage via legislation or referendum anytime in the foreseeable future, and if it comes via the courts, especially the Supreme Court, I think there’s simply going to be noncompliance — which could turn ugly if the federal government tries to do anything about it. Consider the number of states where, right now, the feds are unable to get the same-sex marriages of National Guard members recognized, even though the state National Guards ultimately report to the president.)

    Abortion is readily available in some states and all but illegal in others. There’s gun control in the bluest states and a gun free-for-all in most of the others. They’re fracking the bejeezus out of Pennsylvania while New York holds out, at least so far, just across the border. On hot-button issue after hot-button issue, a national consensus is not evolving.

    Many of the smart people who laughed at Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare now think it’s on life support, quite possibly subject to repeal in the near future by veto-proof majorities that include terrified Democrats. Yeah, possibly — possibly the Republicans whining about policy cancellations are willing to throw all the people who can now get insurance for the first time off the rolls, because those people are, y’know, the wrong kind of people.

    But I wonder if ways will be found to sustain some form of the Obamacare system in states where it’s working and is not politically toxic. If that happens, it’s probably a better fit with what America has become than a nationwide system. Because we really are two nations now, irreconcilable and divisible.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Doc Hamrick @mch7576
    30 subpoenas issued, search warrants, investigating Gov Scott Walker’s recall Campaign –

    10:54 AM – 18 Nov 2013

  10. rikyrah says:

    Barneys Cancels Party for Jay Z Holiday Collab
    By Charlotte Cowles

    Today, Barneys announced that it has cancelled Wednesday’s party for Jay Z’s holiday collaboration “due to unforeseen circumstances,” reports WWD. It goes without saying that the retailer is trying to minimize further attention from the allegations of racial profiling made by two African-American shoppers earlier this month.

  11. rikyrah says:

    The wrong message, the wrong messengers
    11/18/13 11:10 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Over the last five or six years, Republicans have gone after President Obama with quite a bit of ferocity, launching attacks that most Americans have no doubt heard many times. Indeed, we can recite them from memory: Obama’s a radical socialist, power-mad tyrant who hates American traditions, wants to grab your guns, and is too dumb to speak without a teleprompter.

    Putting aside whether that critique is in any way sane, Republicans generally haven’t had too much to say about President Obama’s trustworthiness. That changed rather dramatically in recent weeks, as we learned that instead of 100% of Americans gaining health care coverage or keeping the health insurance they like, about 95% of Americans will gain health care coverage or keep the health insurance they like.

    And this has led some poor messengers to deliver an odd message. Here, for example, is Dick Cheney:

  12. rikyrah says:

    another gif for 3CHICS

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  13. rikyrah says:

    eclecticbrotha @eclecticbrotha 7m
    How the fuck you call yourself starting a revolution by getting a Park Service permit to yell at the White House from across the street?

  14. rikyrah says:

    another gif for the 3CHICS collection:

    negro please

  15. rikyrah says:

    Alaska rejects Medicaid expansion
    11/18/13 10:23 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Alaska loves to receive funds from Washington, D.C. On a per capita basis, literally no other state benefits as much as Alaska when it comes to collecting federal funds – the state takes in nearly twice the national average.

    But on Friday afternoon, Gov. Sean Parnell (R) apparently made the rare discovery of federal funds Alaska doesn’t want: Medicaid expansion.

    Expansion would have benefited 40,000 or more Alaskans, many of them low-income adults without children who currently have no health insurance. It also would have helped hospitals and doctors by reducing the amount of uncompensated care they have to write off and would have brought billions of federal dollars into the Alaska economy.

    But Parnell, a Republican running for re-election next year, described it as one of many troubled parts of health-care reform.

    “I believe a costly Medicaid expansion especially on top of the broken Obamacare system is a hot mess,” Parnell told reporters at a news conference in Anchorage called to announce his decision.

    The governor didn’t explain why he thinks the Affordable Care Act “system” doesn’t work – Republicans do realize that websites can be fixed, don’t they? – or why his administration would deliberately put Alaska at a financial disadvantage.

    The move was immediately panned by the state Chamber of Commerce, state AARP, Alaska Native organizations, local hospitals, and prominent religious organizations, each of whom said Medicaid expansion is a great deal that shouldn’t be rejected out of partisan spite. Making matters slightly worse, the Alaska Dispatch noted that many involved in the debate “blasted the administration for keeping secret a state-commissioned report on the topic.”

    There’s clearly a preferred Beltway narrative when it comes to health care: what matters is turning implementation issues into a national scandal and presenting a sliver of the population that will pay more for better insurance as if it were a widespread crisis. But I continue to believe Republicans governors rejecting Medicaid expansion – leaving struggling families behind for no reason – is the far more serious scandal that much of the political world seems wholly uninterested in.

  16. rikyrah says:


    Kanye continues to try it in regard to the Obamas. He’s gonna end up getting his ass whooped:

    After his idiotic rant he did on Ryan Seacrest’s
    show a few weeks ago (that we purposely didn’t post for a few reasons
    and it would only spread the unnecessary disrespect), Kanye is saying
    some more ish. This time, on Hot 107.9 in Philly before his show there
    this weekend.

    He’s explaining why he compared our First Lady to his baby mama Kim K.–when he basically said she’s more influential than Michelle Obama and how the First Lady should take a page out of Kim’s “sexy IG pic” book to be more influential–and throwing shade at the same time. So, since we like to let celebs explain themselves…

    He talked about whether he and the Obamas would ever break bread and what caused him to say what he said:

    Oh you talking about how he use to come and visit me and
    my mother and tell me he’s about to run for President? I just think
    that we’re pop icons and the President likes to use that type of thing just to be down.

    People were fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about 5
    years. This is the person we love to hate so if you want to distract
    people from everything that’s going on or you gotta a problem with your
    father…..just say you hate Kanye and there’s gonna be 30 other people
    who say they hate Kanye and that was kinda my position in culture and he
    kinda used that too “oh he’s a jack*ss” cuz that’s how the world felt
    but I don’t care if someones the President or not. I care about thoughts
    and how you helpin’ people and what you bring to the world. My music
    brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people.

    Sounds like he’s feeling some kind of way that President O called him
    a “jackass” and didn’t have him stomping on the campaign trail like he
    did other rappers….

    When asked about him mentioning Michelle and if he’ll leave her alone

    Well, uh I think he should mention MY babymama name
    because we both from Chicago. But no, I’m not gonna mention him no more.
    I’m passed that. That’s out my thoughts. That’s lowering my priority of
    thinking at this point.

    Um, Ok ‘Ye.

  17. Yahtc says:

    “No man is anymore than the context to which he owes his existence.  

    Therefore, it is impossible for whites to live in this racist society and not be racist consciously or unconsciously.

    Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga from

    “The Quotable Karenga”

    • Yahtc says:

      Unconscious Racism

      David Kairys
      Temple University – Beasley School of Law

      April 11, 2011

      Temple Law Review, Vol. 83, pp. 857-866, 2011

      This article is the introduction to a law review symposium on unconscious racism and social science and statistical evidence of bias as bases for race discrimination claims, focusing concretely on discrimination in employment and housing. The article starts with an example of unconscious racism in the bail-setting court in Philadelphia. Two drunk-driving cases about a week apart were identical in all respects except the races of the defendants, but the judge, who was not an overt or self-perceived racist, showed empathy to the white drunk driver while his reaction to the black one was dominated by fear.

      Unconscious racism specifically, and the biases and motivations of alleged discriminators in general, were not of much interest in civil rights law or litigation until the Supreme Court began, in the mid-1970s, to require specific proof of purposeful discrimination to make out a constitutional violation (less-demanding proof is required for certain statutory violations). The article presents a historical perspective on the development of perceptions of racial wrongdoing in law and in society generally, starting with the relatively recently accepted understanding that racism is wrong. About 50 or 60 year ago, racism on the part of government, private institutions and individuals became socially, morally and culturally wrong. Before that, racism in words and deeds was acceptable and not unusual, if not something like the norm.

      However, deep-seated notions about race from slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation were still very much alive and persist today – notions of inferiority and superiority and racially attributed, stereotyped characteristics, like intelligence, perseverance, morality, tendencies to violence and sexual promiscuity. But in the legal realm and in society generally, we wound up focusing our attention almost exclusively on overt, explicit and formal inequality. Once they were banished, we declared a pre-mature victory in the struggle for racial equality. Explicitly racist and overtly segregationist measures were banned, and racial epithets became taboo. But we left in place the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and segregation, and the remaining racism – the deep-seated, unconscious parts that do not just go away because a court declares explicit racism wrong. Progress was hindered further by a multi-faceted retrenchment by the courts. The adoption of the purposeful discrimination rule in the mid-1970s, which requires specific proof of a racial purpose or motive to establish a discrimination case, made it near impossible for minorities to win. The Supreme Court embraced a formal insensitivity to minority claims, even in circumstances that resemble the worst forms of the discrimination, segregation and disenfranchisement of African Americans that characterized the pre-civil rights past. Then a hypersensitive version of the purposeful discrimination rule was applied to invalidate good-faith affirmative and remedial action, by taking any consideration of race – even if done in good faith to open opportunities and eliminate discrimination – as sufficient proof of purposeful discrimination. Alongside and not unrelated to these legal developments, non-explicit forms of discrimination against African Americans and other minorities grew in number and significance, and became more easily non-explicit.

      The use of social science and statistics to prove unconscious racism presents a possibility of dealing with at least some of these problems in the current context.

    • Yahtc says:

      “Study: Racist Attitudes Are Still Ingrained”
      By Eben Harrell Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009

      Abraham Lincoln concluded his first Inaugural Address in 1861 by expressing confidence that the “better angels” of the American psyche would one day prevail over racism. But as the country prepares to inaugurate its first black President on Jan. 20, new academic evidence suggests that the demons of unconscious racism still hold startlingly powerful sway.

      A study in the Jan. 9 issue of the journal Science presents strong evidence that even people who aspire to tolerance — who would consider themselves nonracist — still harbor unconscious biases powerful enough to prevent them from confronting overt racists or from being upset by other people’s racist behavior. The authors say the results suggest attitudes so deeply ingrained that protective legislation and affirmative-action programs are required to overcome them. The results may even offer clues as to how other societies have spiraled into genocide.

      The study, by researchers at Yale University and Toronto’s York University, involved 120 nonblack students who were told they were being recruited for an experiment on team-oriented problem-solving. They were broken into three groups. The members of the first group were individually placed in a room with a black actor and a white actor, both posing as fellow participants in the study, and watched as the black actor slightly bumped the white actor while leaving the room. After the black actor had left, the white actor played out one of three scenarios, saying, “I hate it when black people do that,” “Clumsy n______” or nothing at all. None of the people in the two other study groups experienced the interactions directly; one group watched them on video and the other simply read about them. (See The Cure for Racism.)

      After the incident, students were asked to choose one of the two actors — still posing as fellow participants — for the teamwork assignment. More than 80% of the students who watched a racist exchange on video said they would not work with the white student. Those who read about racist behavior showed a similar aversion, with 75% preferring the black actor as a teammate. Participants in both groups said they were deeply upset by the racist comments.

      The same did not hold true for the participants who experienced the racist event firsthand. None intervened to correct or disparage the white actor, nor did they report being upset by his comments when questioned later. In fact, 71% of the students chose the white actor as their partner for the assignment when he made a racist comment; a similar percentage chose the white partner when he did not make a racist comment.

      The study’s authors speculate that people who witnessed the event in person were less offended by the racist behavior because of a psychological phenomenon known as the impact bias of affective forecasting, which is the tendency for people to overestimate how strongly they will react to emotional events. Failing to feel outrage, the participants may have then rationalized the racist comment as somehow acceptable and let it pass, the researchers say.

      “People expect to feel much more emotion than they actually do. We are good at rationalizing responses,” says Jack Dovidio, a Yale psychologist and co-author of the study. “If there are certain costs — we don’t want to get involved, maybe because we aren’t quite as committed to equality as we thought we were — then we go through a series of rationalizations: ‘Maybe it wasn’t that bad.’ That’s the danger — that we explain everything away. It justifies our behavior.”

      “I think this helps explain the big discrepancy in [North American] culture between what people say and think about racism and the actual persistence of racism in our society,” he says. (The study’s participants were students in Toronto, but Dovidio says the results reflect North American, rather than strictly Canadian, biases.)

      The study, titled “Mispredicting Affective and Behavioral Responses to Racism,” adds to the emerging but still controversial “implicit association” theory of racism. Researchers have long known that people hold culturally instilled associations with certain objects — English-speaking North Americans are faster to recognize the word butter if they have just seen the word bread momentarily flashed on a screen (ditto soy and rice for East Asians). Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji has found that Americans recognize negative words such as angry, criminal and poor more quickly after being exposed to a black face (often blacks do too), suggesting unconscious racist associations with black people.

      But some psychologists have questioned the link between unconscious racist attitudes and real-world discrimination. In an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in 2005, Philip Tetlock, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Amy Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, mocked the notion that “we are all racists at heart,” claiming that “no research demonstrates that, after subtracting the influence of residual old-fashioned prejudice, split-second reactions in the laboratory predict real-world decisions.”

      Dovidio says his study provides strong evidence to the contrary and argues that tacit acceptance of racism is enough to influence outcomes in a society. “The most worrying aspect is that even if a small proportion of a society is active, old-fashioned racists, and if the majority of people who believe they are not racist rationalize away racist behavior and don’t intervene or even get upset when it occurs, then the society is going to be an unfair, unequal society,” Dovidio says. Kerry Kawakami, a co-author of the study at York University, goes even further, claiming it shows how societies can degrade into genocide: “The results may explain how Nazi Germany happened.”

      Dovidio and Kawakami say the study suggests North Americans need help, in the form of regulations such as workplace quotas and affirmative action, if they expect to realize their egalitarian ideals. “We shouldn’t push policies that focus on intentions but rather on outcomes,” Dovidio says.

      He adds that similarly executed “deception studies,” in which experimenters withhold disclosure about the nature of the experiment to participants, have revealed troubling examples of human callousness before. It was studies in the 1970s, he points out, that identified the psychological phenomenon of “diffusion of responsibility,” which gained notoriety following the brutal public slaying of Kitty Genovese in New York City in 1964, during which none of her neighbors in the surrounding apartment buildings responded to her cries for help or called the police.

      But Dovidio says that unconscious biases can be overcome through self-awareness as North Americans learn to free blacks from the negative associations that have metaphorically fettered them for so long. As a measure of the difficulty of allowing our better angels to prevail, however, consider this question: Do you imagine those angels to be black?,8599,1870408,00.html#ixzz2l18HM6RC

    • Yahtc says:

      Studies of Unconscious Bias: Racism Not Always By Racists
      Most racism today is done by those who vow they are not racist.
      Published on April 25, 2012 by Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D. in Between the Lines

    • Yahtc says:

      “You’re probably more racist and sexist than you think”

      Acts of explicit bigotry make the headlines. But the evidence for subconscious prejudice keeps growing

      • Yahtc says:

        From above article:

        “And then there’s the finding that more intelligent white people are more likely to disavow racism, but no more likely actually to support policies that might remedy the effects of racial inequality.
        ( )
        “This news was reported as showing that clever people are just better at concealing their racism from others while harbouring bigoted thoughts. But isn’t the more worrying possibility that they’re concealing their racism from themselves?”

  18. rikyrah says:

    GOP searches for an excuse on immigration
    11/18/13 09:35 AM
    By Steve Benen

    If House Republicans are going to once again kill comprehensive immigration reform – and by all appearances, that’s exactly what they intend to do – they’re going to need a good excuse. This won’t be easy.

    President Obama recently drew laughs by mocking the very idea that Congress would kill a popular, bipartisan proposal: “Obviously, just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labor and the evangelical community and many Democrats and many Republicans – that does not mean that it will actually get done. This is Washington after all.”

    It’s left Republicans in the awkward position of explaining why they’re prepared to kill the bill anyway. In September, some congressional Republicans actually suggested, out loud, that the conflict in Syria meant lawmakers wouldn’t be able to tackle immigration reform, which is obviously silly. Then Republicans said they wouldn’t have time to work on immigration, which wasn’t much better. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently suggested the House can’t take up immigration because the legislation has too many pages.

  19. rikyrah says:

    President Obama Should Never Apologize for Passing Obamacare

    Obama’s taken responsibility for and apologized to those who got cancellation notices. But he should never be sorry for passing a law to bring us affordable health care.
    By Jon Favreau
    November 18th 20135:45 AM

    It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. The man knows how to read a poll, and he is certainly not immune to the very human disappointment one must feel when the numbers show that a majority of your fellow citizens personally disapprove of you and the job that you’re doing.

    But Obama did not run for elected office because he needed to be loved. He has his family and friends for that, and he lacks the insecurity that lies just beneath the healthy egos of so many politicians. This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.

  20. Sybrina Fulton To Speak At Harvard Law

    The mother of Trayvon Martin will speak at Harvard Law School about changing “stand your ground” self-defense laws.

    Sybrina Fulton will be joined by her attorney, Benjamin Crump, at Monday’s event.

    Fulton’s 17-year-old son was shot in central Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July.

    Since his death, Martin has been speaking out against the controversial law.

    Last month, she told a panel of U.S. senators that the laws don’t work and must be amended. Democrat have supported Fulton’s call. Republicans said it should be left to the states that passed the laws.

    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 22 states have laws that allow that “there is no duty to retreat (from) an attacker in any place in which one is lawfully present.”

  21. rikyrah says:

    I’m the story Obamacare’s opponents don’t want you to hear
    By Amy Lynn Smith on November 18, 2013 in Obamacare

    I’ve officially enrolled in coverage through the marketplace. It was easier than I expected — and will save me about $10,000 a year.

    I just got covered under Obamacare. I already had insurance, but it was breaking my piggy bank. Now I have coverage with almost identical benefits, for less than half the price I’m paying right now.

    Even better, my coverage can’t be canceled or limited if I get sick, and I could choose any plan I wanted, despite living with type 2 diabetes. That’s all thanks to the Affordable Care Act or, if you prefer, Obamacare.

    Under my current insurance plan, I’m paying $1,400 a month for coverage. Yes, it’s comprehensive. At that price, it had better be. But my rates had been going up by $100 a month annually in the last few years and, as a self-employed woman with a pre-existing condition, I didn’t have a lot of choices.

    Starting January 1, I’ll be paying $530 a month for almost identical coverage. Actually, my deductible is less — $150 instead of $250. My prescription co-pay will be just a tad higher, but that still won’t bring me anywhere near what I’m paying per month now. The cost to see a doctor is just about the same if I stay in-network, and the nationwide network is huge. All the other benefits are comparable, with the added bonus of programs to help me better manage my diabetes. Plus, I can keep every single one of my doctors.

    This is what I call winning.

  22. Ametia says:

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  23. Ametia says:

    Maps: The Mysterious Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity

    States where doctors prescribe more antibiotics also have the highest obesity rates. Why?
    —By Kiera Butler and Jaeah Lee| Mon Nov. 18, 2013 3:00 AM PST

    Lately, I’ve been fascinated by a study on antibiotic prescription rates across the United States that was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers found a surprisingly wide variation among the states, and the rates—expressed in terms of prescriptions per 1,000 people—seemed to follow a geographical pattern: The Southeast had the highest rates, while the West’s were lower. West Virginia had the most prescriptions, and Alaska had the fewest. The rest of the country fell somewhere in between. Here’s a map of the findings:

  24. Ametia says:

    UPDATED: Globally, the Marvel sequel hammers its way past $479 million in ticket sales, already surpassing the entire lifetime gross of the first “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

    Thor: The Dark World stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend at the North American box office, but Malcolm D. Lee’s African-American comedy The Best Man Holiday came much closer than anyone expected to the hammer-wielding superhero in grossing $30.6 million to place No. 2.


    .. Best Man Holiday is expected to play primarily to African-Americans, similar to Tyler Perry’s pics.
    Which American race is Thor: The Dark World primarily expect to play to? Will that audience be a foreign dark race from some dark world?

    Seems movie psychiatrist-reviewers don’t discuss the subject of audience by race except for movies that feature majority black cast.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Why Isn’t It News When Republicans Make Poor People Pay More For Health Insurance?

    You’ve probably never heard of Sherilyn Horrocks.

    A 61-year-old woman with autoimmune disease, she was profiled by The Salt Lake Tribune before the governor of Utah’s health summit in September, as an example of someone who would benefit from Medicaid expansion but wasn’t being asked to speak at the event. Horrocks hasn’t had insurance since about 2000, when her husband’s company stopped offering spousal coverage.

    Her condition is incurable.

    “But there are medicines and procedures that would prolong my life if I could afford them,” she told theTribune‘s Kirsten Stewart. “I have a feeling I’m going to be one of those who falls through the cracks.”

    Her story certainly has ended up between the cracks. She didn’t get to speak to the governor and her story never made it out of Utah.

    Welcome to America, where one middle-class woman in Florida having to pick a new plan is a bigger deal than five million poor people being denied Medicaid expansion.

  26. rikyrah says:

    3 Dem Govs write op-ed in WaPo about Obamacare in their states.

    How we got Obamacare to work
    By Jay Inslee, Steve Beshear and Dannel P. Malloy

    Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is governor of Washington. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is governor of Kentucky. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, is governor of Connecticut.

    In our states — Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut — the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is working. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.

    People keep asking us why our states have been successful. Here’s a hint: It’s not about our Web sites.

    Sure, having functioning Web sites for our health-care exchanges makes the job of meeting the enormous demand for affordable coverage much easier, but each of our state Web sites has had its share of technical glitches. As we have demonstrated on a near-daily basis, Web sites can continually be improved to meet consumers’ needs.

    The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Why Vance McAllister’s win matters
    11/18/13 08:36 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Republican Rodney Alexander resigned from Congress a few months ago, there wasn’t any real doubt that his Louisiana district would remain in GOP hands. The only question was which Republican would replace him in Louisiana’s ruby-red 5th district.

    State Sen. Neil Riser (R) looked like he’d win easily – he received endorsements from Alexander, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the NRA, and nearly all of Louisiana’s Republican congressional delegation. But then the votes were tallied in Saturday’s run-off election, and Vance McAllister (R), a first-time candidate, crushed Riser by nearly 20 points.

    In terms of the national significance, there’s one key takeaway from the results.

    While some thought the all-Republican runoff would be marked by each candidate running to the far right of every issue, McAllister took leave of the usual party line during a debate last week by coming out in support of optional Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act.

    McAllister said he disagreed with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision not to accept the expansion because of the economic make-up of the 5th District. […]

    Riser blasted McAllister for the admission, issuing an ad stating “a vote for Vance McAllister is a vote for Obamacare.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    USA Today Called “The Best Man Holiday” a “Race-Themed” Film

    [ 40 ] November 17, 2013 | Luvvie

    The Best Man Holiday was released in theaters this Friday and it beat Thor in ticket sales that day. But Thor came from behind and earned $38 million for the weekend, edging out BHM’s $31 million. I (and people who use logic) expected the film to perform well because there’s been a lot of buzz around it and people made it a group outing and folks have heard just how good it is.

    Scott Bowles of USA Today wrote a piece titled “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as race-themed film soars” and when outrage poured in, he changed it to “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as diverse films soar.” FAIL FAIL FAIL.

    The last thing Best Man Holiday was is “race-themed.” Try HOLIDAY-THEMED, FAMILY-THEMED, FRIENDSHIP-THEMED, FORGIVENESS-THEMED, LOVE-THEMED! But race? No.

    • Ametia says:

      The Best Man Holiday is making GREEN. But some folks can’t get past all that BLACKNESS in the movie. All that HUMANESS. White folks are making it about RACE as usual.

  29. rikyrah says:

    The Comedy Pioneer in the Floppy Hat
    Whoopi Goldberg’s Documentary on Moms Mabley


    Published: November 15, 2013

    With her toothless grin, floppy hat and tell-it-like-it-is persona, Moms Mabley may be one of the most influential comedians you don’t know. She rose to fame in the early decades of the 20th century on the chitlins circuit — the collection of stages around the country that employed black entertainers during segregation — and she would go on to a career that spanned more than 50 years. In that time, she pushed beyond racial and gender barriers, but she drew mainstream attention only starting in the 196os (she died in 1975) and little of her work has survived on film or video. That hasn’t deterred Whoopi Goldberg

    In the documentary “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” which will be shown on Monday on HBO, she traces the comic’s life and talks with performers who were influenced by Mabley, including Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.

    Though Ms. Goldberg has held many jobs — comedian, actress, talk-show host, screenwriter and film producer — this is her first time directing a feature. “I was never interested, because I really have no attention span,” she said.

    To make the film, she began with a development deal at HBO, but after disagreements over the project’s direction, Ms. Goldberg turned to Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site. Asked about the decision to raise money from the public, she was forthright. “I think you mean to be saying: ‘You seem to have enough money to do this. Why are you asking for help?’ ” she said. “Because I needed it. I didn’t have enough money to do it and run our company and take care of all the other things. I’m the only one working.”

  30. rikyrah says:

    GOP Ramps Up Smear Campaign Against Obamacare Navigators
    Dylan Scott – November 18, 2013, 6:15 AM EST

    Beware anybody trying to help people sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.

    That’s the line from top Senate Republicans, who have magnified their smear campaign against the law’s so-called navigators, groups that have received federal money to assist people in enrolling for coverage. Their latest shot: darkly warning that Americans could put their personal and financial safety at risk if they seek out assistance.

    Republicans have a longstanding animosity toward the navigators — state officials in a number of red states have put up roadblocks for them — but the comments of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are a new extreme in the party’s assault on those tasked with helping Americans navigate the health reform law.

    It all seems to have stemmed from a line of questioning that Cornyn posed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Nov. 6, at a hearing that was supposed to focus on

    “Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background, even though they will receive personal — sensitive personal information from the individuals they helped sign up for the Affordable Care Act?” Cornyn inquired.

    “That is true. States could add an additional background check and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement,” Sebelius replied.

    • roderick2012 says:

      What they are doing in FL is they are not allowing Obamacare navigators in county health departments based on the lie that they haven’t undergone thorough background checks and are potential identity thieves.

      But I believe that the counties in southern coast of FL are defying Rick “The Crook” Scott and allowing the navigators to have offices at county health departments.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters
    Posted by David Garber
    Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Who’d have ever thought you’d find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.

    The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He’s a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

    The man McAllister beat was a fellow Republican, Neil Riser, the Tea Party candidate.

  32. rikyrah says:

    FACT: The GOP Wants to Cancel Tens of Millions of Health Insurance Policies (That People Like)
    Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am by Bob Cesca

    Since 2009, the opponents of healthcare reform have successfully circulated a lengthy roster of narratives and agitprop against the policy and, eventually, the Affordable Care Act itself. You know the list. “Death panels,” “government takeover,” “failed law,” “socialized medicine,” and so forth.

    The latest is that the ACA is “Obama’s Katrina,” followed by the inevitable “Obama’s Watergate” on Fox News Sunday over the weekend. Regarding the latter, I thought Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious and, I don’t know, Solyndra were supposed to be Obama’s Watergate(s). Sorry, folks. Repeatedly comparing every presidential scandal to Watergate will never change the reality of Nixon’s dreadful, malevolent legacy.

    The hilariously preposterous idea that the Affordable Care Act is “Obama’s [Fill In Notorious Presidential Scandal Here]” is based almost entirely on one thing: the president’s pledge that folks who like their health insurance plan can keep it. This is usually followed by a series of overblown, oftentimes dishonest stories about people receiving cancellation notices from their insurance providers allegedly due to the minimum requirements of the ACA. In some cases, this is, indeed, true. In other cases, such as cancellation notices from UnitedHealthcare as the stated result of the corporation simply abandoning the non-group insurance market.

    Either way, yes, we can connect the ACA to many of the cancellations. Toss into the mix a temporarily problematic website, along with misleadingly reported enrollment numbers and there it is — Obama’s Katrina — because those two (or “three”) glitches in the system are somehow, in some universe, the equivalent of Katrina and the botched response to, you know, the most devastating hurricane in American history.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Jean Claude Van DAMME He Did That!

    [ 4 ] November 18, 2013 | Luvvie

    Have y’all seen the sickest ad that has come out in recent history? If you haven’t, then you need to.
    Jean Claude Van Damme, original action movie goon collaborated with Volvo for a commercial about their new trucks with power steering. And he basically told us that we all need to go sit down because this is what 56-year-old badassery can look like. See below:

    I’ve watched this about 20 times and I still go “AW SHITTTT!” every single time. Because DAMMMMMMBBBB!!! My dude hit a split between two trucks THAT WERE GOING BACKWARDS like it was nothing. He did it while looking all zen, like he was almost bored. CHILE WUT?!? I can’t e’em touch my toes without bending my knees. Meanwhile, AARP-eligible Jean Claude just came through and slayed us all.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Liz Cheney’s ‘traditional definition of marriage’
    11/18/13 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In August, Liz Cheney, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming, raised a few eyebrows when she announced her opposition to marriage equality. It came as something of a surprise – not only does her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, support equal-marriage rights, but Liz Cheney’s sister, Mary, is openly gay and married her longtime partner just last year.

    Yesterday, Liz Cheney appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and reiterated that her position has not changed. “I love Mary very much, I love her family very much,” she said. “This is just an issue on which we disagree…. I believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”

    A very public family feud unfolded soon after.

    After an appearance on Fox News Sunday in which Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney said she and her married gay sister “just disagree” on the subject of marriage equality, Mary Cheney posted a sharp rebuke to her Facebook page. ”Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” she wrote.

    Mary Cheney’s wife, Heather Poe, also took to Facebook to sound off. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

  35. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  36. Yahtc says:

    Good morning, Ametia and Everyone!

    I am listening to “Downtown” as I am writing this. I LOVE this song!

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