Tuesday Open Thread | 60s Genre Music |Classic Light Rock

Today’s 3 Chic’s feature is classic rock bands. I’ve always loved the lyrics of these songs and the manner in which they were sung. They are sheer poetry.

The Turtles


The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo and Eddie.[1] The band became notable for several Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” in 1965. They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song “Happy Together”.[2]

The band, originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires, was formed in 1965 in Westchester, California, by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. With the help of DJ and club owner Reb Foster, the Crossfires signed to the newly formed White Whale Records and adhering to the prevailing musical trend, re-branded themselves as a folk rock group under the name the Tyrtles, the intentional misspelling inspired by the Byrds and the Beatles. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long.

As with the Byrds, the Turtles achieved breakthrough success with a Bob Dylan cover. “It Ain’t Me Babe” reached the Billboard Top Ten in the late summer of 1965, and was the title track to the band’s first album. Their second single, “Let Me Be,” reached the top 30, while their third hit, “You Baby,” charted in the top 20 in early 1966. The band’s second album, You Baby, failed to reach Billboard’s Top LPs chart, and of several singles released in 1966, “Grim Reaper of Love” and “Can I Get to Know You Better” barely entered the Billboard Hot 100. One single, the tough “Outside Chance”, written by Warren Zevon, and featuring guitar work in the style of the Beatles’ ‘Taxman’ didn’t chart at all. In 1966, the Turtles made an appearance in Universal’s beach party spy spoof film Out of Sight, singing “She’ll Come Back” on screen.

At the start of 1966 drummer Don Murray and bassist Chuck Portz quit the group. They were replaced by Joel Larson and then John Barbata on drums, and by Chip Douglas on bass (October 1966). In 1967, rhythm guitarist Jim Tucker left the band, allegedly after being publicly insulted by John Lennon when the group were in England on a promotional tour. Tucker, a Beatles fan, apparently never got over the experience and quit the group and the music business.[3]

The first of several key Turtles singles co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, “Happy Together”, seemed almost a parody of itself, and had already been rejected by countless performers. “Happy Together”, both their biggest hit and their signature song, signaled a turning point for the Turtles and for Chip Douglas, who provided the arrangement. The single replaced the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1967. The Turtles’ only No. 1 remained there for three weeks. An album of the same name followed and peaked at No. 25. “Happy Together” reached # 12 on the UK singles chart.[4] This same year saw the Turtles performing the title song for the Twentieth Century-Fox bedroom farce, A Guide for the Married Man.

You Showed Me

“She’d Rather Be With Me”

Happy Together

The Bryds

The Byrds

The Byrds /ˈbɜrdz/ were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964.[1] The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn, a.k.a. Jim McGuinn, remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973.[2] Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones for a short period (1965–66), The Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s.[1] Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of The Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music.[3] As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.[1][4][5]

The band’s signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn’s jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day.[1][6] Among the band’s most enduring songs are their cover versions of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)”, along with the self-penned originals, “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “Eight Miles High”, “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”, “Ballad of Easy Rider” and “Chestnut Mare”.

Turn, Turn, Turn

Tambourine Man



Bread was a rock band from Los Angeles, California. They placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977 and were a prime example of what later was labeled soft rock.

The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Robb Royer (bass, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals), Mike Botts (drums; joined in the summer of 1969) and Larry Knechtel (bass, guitar, keyboards, harmonica; replaced Royer in 1971).




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105 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | 60s Genre Music |Classic Light Rock

  1. rikyrah says:

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  2. Kmart Hunks Play “Jingle Bells” With Their Junk

    Show Your Joe

  3. Ametia says:

    Investigators believe Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then shot himself in an early morning altercation in their home, state police said.

    Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed repeatedly in the head and torso, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. His son, 24-year-old Austin “Gus” Deeds, died from his gunshot wound.

  4. rikyrah says:


  5. rikyrah says:

    The Massive Republican Campaign to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act
    Posted on November 19, 2013 at 7:55 am by Bob Cesca

    We’re entering a bizarre end of the year edition of Silly Season in which the news media is laser-focused on the wrong things. As stories about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act begin to dissipate, it looks like we’ve segued into an especially nonsensical “British Anchor Wants to Poop in Palin’s Mouth” meets “Wacky Toronto Mayor Does Wacky Stuff” news cycle.

    Lost in the mix, of course, is the ongoing far-right effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

    I’m not talking about the myths and propaganda — the “death panel” nonsense and the like. This is serious business: the well-financed, broadly implemented sabotage campaign designed to rig the law for failure, while also making it more difficult for Americans to receive insurance.


  6. Ametia says:

    ‘Selfie’: 2013’s word of the year
    By Henry Chu
    November 19, 2013, 4:33 a.m.

    LONDON — In what was described as an unusually unanimous decision, “selfie” has been chosen as word of the year by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out “twerk” and a host of other Internet and social-media-related terms, such as “bitcoin,” that have exploded onto the verbal scene in recent years.

    “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog, without offering an accompanying selfie of the writer. “If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.”

    Use of “selfie,” to mean a self-portrait typically snapped with a smartphone and shared over social networks, has risen 17,000% in frequency over the past 12 months, Oxford Dictionaries said. “Twerk” experienced a notable midyear surge, thanks to Miley Cyrus, but has not proved quite as popular or universal.

    Although it was the “runaway winner” for the panel charged with selecting the 2013 word of the year, “selfie” was already on Oxford Dictionaries’ list of words to watch last year, like a song moving up the Billboard singles chart. It made it into Oxford Dictionaries’ online version three months ago, but hasn’t yet broken through to the magisterial Oxford English Dictionary, or OED.

    Perhaps surprising to some, the term was first recorded in Australia, not the U.S. or Britain, in 2002. An abashed and probably hungover participant in an Internet forum posted a self-portrait taken after a drunken accident on a set of stairs.

    “I had a hole … right through my bottom lip,” the post said. “And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”


  7. rikyrah says:

    This Is What Happens When a Pipeline Bursts in Your Town. Conflicted about Keystone? Consider the horrific impact of an oil spill in Arkansas.

    Jason Thompson used to love fishing in the lake he can see from his window in Mayflower, Arkansas, but these days, when he throws a line out into the water, the lure he reels back is covered in a sour, stinking black tar, the skirt of the jig stuck uselessly together. When he brings the fingers that touched the line up to his nose, he gets a whiff of the same putrid stench that filled the air for weeks after the oil pipeline burst—the smell that still rises out of the ground every time it rains.

    Thompson hasn’t been fishing much. Ever since Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline burst in March and spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of Canadian heavy crude oil two miles from his house, he’s had headaches of preternatural intensity, so bad they wake him up in the middle of the night. He has nosebleeds, and hemorrhoids even though he’s only 36; there’s a rash on his neck that has only gotten worse in the eight months since the spill; and some days he feels so weak that he can hardly get out of bed. He estimates that he has lost almost 35 pounds since the rupture, falling from a fit 220 down to 185. When he went to see a doctor in April, he was told he has a mysterious spot on one lung—but he hasn’t been able to afford to go back.

    Hundreds of people in this working-class town of 2,200 have complained of symptoms like Thompson’s. And their maladies—respiratory disorders, nausea, fatigue, nosebleeds, bowel issues, throbbing headaches—echo the ones that appeared in Marshall, Michigan, where an Enbridge Energy pipeline burst in 2010. The two pipelines were carrying the same kind of oil: a heavy crude, or bitumen, mined in the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, which is thicker and rawer than the oil extracted in the United States. This is also the oil that would flow in record quantities through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, if President Barack Obama decides to approve it.

    The Mayflower spill should alarm communities along Keystone’s proposed route. Experts believe it happened in part because the leaden crude from the Alberta tar sands erodes pipelines faster than the oil the U.S. is used to shipping: Bitumen is so thick, it has to be transported at higher pressures and temperatures, and it must be diluted with gas before it can flow, which can lead to violent pressure swings inside the pipeline. This new danger isn’t inspiring much caution in the energy industry, judging by the Associated Press’s recent revelation that 300 spills have occurred in North Dakota alone in less than two years, and all were kept secret. On average, U.S. pipelines spilled over 3.1 million gallons a year between 2008 and 2012, according to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). As for the Keystone project, Public Citizen released a report this month documenting over 125 patches, dents, and other worrisome anomalies in its southern half.

    Likewise, in a report released November 6, PHMSA found that Exxon knew it was gambling when it repurposed the 65-year-old pipeline, which stretches 858 miles from Illinois to the Gulf Coast in Texas, in 2006. (Built to carry lighter oil from south to north, it was converted to carry tar sands crude from north to south.) Tests the company performed before reversing the line “provided more than adequate information for the pipe to be considered susceptible to seam failure,” PHMSA chided, and yet, “The operator failed to establish a five-year reassessment interval” for the section that ultimately burst on March 29, 2013. PHMSA’s assessment may have been scathing, but the fine it proposed is barely a slap on the wrist: just $2.6 million, or .0003 percent of the company’s $7.8 billion profit in just the third quarter of 2013. In other words, Exxon took a calculated risk, and the residents of Mayflower are paying the price.


  8. Yahtc says:


    George Zimmerman hearing coming up!

  9. Ametia says:

    Let’s watch it live

  10. rikyrah says:

    MEDIA ALERT: First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on BET’s 106 & Park today at 6pm EST to discuss higher education and PBO’s “North Star” goal!

  11. rikyrah says:

    Tom Joyner ‏@TJMShow 3h
    @DonLemonCNN asks: Would you change your race for three days, if you could?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive: Grosse Pointe cops film, humiliate black men
    Most of the videos are shot from squad cars while African American men are told to sing or “dance like a chimp.”
    by Steve Neavling

    Grosse Pointe Park police officers are capturing humiliating photos and videos of black men and texting them to friends and family, the Motor City Muckraker has found.

    One of the main culprits is Officer Mike Najm, who texted a picture of a black man in the back of a trailer and typed, “Gotta love the coloreds.” In one video, Najm can be heard telling a mentally ill black man to sing.

    Most of the videos are shot from squad cars while African American men are told to sing or “dance like a chimp.” Some of the subjects are even in the back of police cars.


  13. rikyrah says:

    David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod1h
    We interrupt the handwringing in DC for this bulletin: health care sign ups are surging; state exchanges on target.

  14. ***************
    Why isn’t Klayman in jail?

  15. Former Florida Secretary Of State Katherine Harris’ Husband Commits Suicide


    The husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has committed suicide, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

    Police confirmed to the AP that Anders Ebbeson, Harris’ husband, was found dead of apparent suicide at the couple’s home in Sarasota.

    Ebbeson, a Swedish businessman, was 68. According to Pastor William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church, Harris’ husband had been dealing with health issues in recent years.

    “On behalf of the family, Katherine’s husband took his own life,” Hild said at a news conference, according to the Herald Tribune. “They are asking for privacy, prayer, thoughts and love from the community.”

    Harris was thrust into the national spotlight during the controversy over Florida’s ballots in the 2000 presidential election. The Republican Secretary of State certified that George W. Bush had defeated Democrat Al Gore in the Sunshine State, a decision later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In 2002, Harris was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 13th District. In 2006, she unsuccessfully attempted to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Harris left Congress in 2007.

  16. Ametia says:

    Police: Katherine Harris’ Husband Commits Suicide

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Sarasota police say the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide at the couple’s home.

    Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Tuesday that Harris’ husband, 68-year-old Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide.

    Officers were called to the home between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    During a news conference at the police station, Pastor William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church confirmed that Ebbeson had taken his own life.

    Ebbeson was a Swedish businessman. Hild, the family’s pastor, says Ebbeson suffered from health issues in recent years.


  17. Deeds critically wounded; son dead from gunshot


    Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his home and his son Gus is dead from a gunshot wound, law enforcement sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning.

    Deeds is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

    “Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning,” the news release said. “Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to U.Va. Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence.”

    Regarding Deeds’ son, state police would only say that “a second individual at the residence is deceased.”

    Deeds, 55, has served in the state Senate since 2001, representing Bath County. He lost two statewide contests to Republican Bob McDonnell, for attorney general in 2005 and for governor in 2009 by 17 percentage points.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Latest Macy’s Allegation: NYPD Officer Says Macy’s Racially Profiled Her in Black Friday Arrest
    By James Fanelli and Murray Weiss November 18, 2013 9:47pm

    A Hispanic NYPD officer taking advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales at Macy’slast year was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting after the store’s security lied that she confessed to the crime, a new lawsuit charges.

    Jenny Mendez, 29, is suing the department store for $40 million, claiming its workers racially profiled her — and the bogus arrest got her bounced from the police department after less than a year on the job.

    The lawsuit, filed Friday in Bronx Civil Supreme Court, also accuses bosses at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square of encouraging security to lie in their internal theft reports.

    Mendez, who lives in the Bronx, was acquitted of the shoplifting charges in September. During the two-day bench trial, a store detective took the stand and admitted her supervisors told her to fudge paperwork.

    The store detective, whom the lawsuit only names as Trouche, testified that she checked “yes” in a section of her report in which it asks if Mendez admitted the theft.

    Trouche said she lied about the confession because it was “something our boss told us” to do, according to court records.


  19. Ametia says:


    November 18, 2013 | 11:30AM PT
    Story to focus on George Bailey’s grandson; actress who portrayed ‘Zuzu’ in the original returning to play angel

    Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

    The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.

    Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.


  20. rikyrah says:

    the music is rocking it!!!

  21. rikyrah says:

    Carole Troll @Thejazzchick 2h
    While we’re focusing on #MayorCrack from Toronto, our judiciary’s collapsing by filibuster, & the top 10% is LOL in our faces. #ShinyObjects

  22. rikyrah says:

    now they can’t pass a
    but, they can tackle the ‘ problem’ of
    ‘being President While Black’.


    Citing overreach, Republicans ponder new checks on executive powers
    By Molly K. Hooper – 11/19/13 06:00 AM EST

    Congressional Republicans are considering various options to curb President Obama’s use of executive powers, which they say are excessive.

    GOP officials have long claimed that the president has violated the law and the Constitution through administrative actions on issues ranging from immigration to nominations to the U.S. military involvement in Libya

    But the president’s recent move to change ObamaCare through an administrative fix has sparked a new round of discussions within the conservative base and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week said he was “highly skeptical” Obama could find a fix for the cancellation of health insurance plans that was both “legal and effective.”

    “I just don’t see, within the law, their ability to do that,” said the Speaker.

    An hour later, Obama was outlining such a change to reporters at the White House.

    House Republicans passed a bill that would allow people to keep their health plan. Despite a veto threat, 39 Democrats backed the legislation written by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

    “I know there’s a lot of discussion about the validity of the president just unilaterally changing the law. … There are a lot of us that are very concerned about it,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in an interview with The Hill.

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, said, “We’re exploring options to try to somehow try to rein in this president’s total disregard for the Constitution.”


  23. rikyrah says:

    A word from Donna Dem:

    Mr. President, I am forever grateful for your patience, tolerance, intelligence, kindness, thoughtfulness and service to our Nation at a time in history when we so desperately needed your distinct leadership. How you have been able to do this in the face of constant hate from the right, non-stop negative focus by our media and at times what appears to be people in your own party who let the media and the right cause them to lose their spine is beyond my comprehension.

    The enemy hates you but you continue to fight for them even while they don’t deserve your hard work and effort. I will ALWAYS have your back. ObamaCare is your signature legislation and you will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of all time because of it. Your adversaries know this and it drives them crazy. You make all those in the media and on the Right appear so small minded. They focus on petty, negative things that in the big picture mean absolutely nothing to the average person seeking affordable health care. All the noise surrounding the launch of ACA will be forgotten because we your supporters will work our hearts out to make sure that everyone who needs insurance signs up (by whatever means necessary) to get insurance. We will promote ACA until we are blue in the face, if that is what it takes to make ObamaCare a complete success.

    I’ve watched over these past six years as the media, the right and some on the left question time and again as to who you are. I’ll end this by sharing with the rest of the public what those of us who have been paying attention already know.

    You are a man of strong character. You have the biggest heart of any politician I have ever seen. You are a family man. Family means everything to you. The service and sacrifices you are making today are all being done so that you will leave this world a better place for Malia and Sasha. Your spine is reinforced by a great, brilliant and beautiful woman in Michelle Obama. You look out over the universe and although there is so much negativity and ugliness to weigh you down you see the good in people. Somehow you are able to push past the filth and pinpoint the positive.

    Obamacare is a gift that will keep on giving well into the future. No amount of media bashing, rightwing thrashing or some spineless Dems gnashing is going to stop this train from rolling on down the track.

    The Obamacare train has left the station and its destination is affordable health care


  24. Grosse Pointe Park officer Mike Najm made African American men sing or “dance like a chimp” in videos from squad car.


    Grosse Pointe Park police officially opened an internal investigation today following our report Thursday that officers were capturing humiliating videos and pictures of black men and texting them to colleagues and family.

    “On Thursday, November 14 2013, the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department was contacted by an individual who said that he was in possession of video clips and a photo of African American males,” police said in press release to Huffington Post. “The video clips and photo are allegedly made by an officer of this department. The department has begun an internal investigation of this matter. The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department does not tolerate unprofessional conduct by its officers when interacting with any citizen they may come in contact with.”

    Police have declined to update us on the investigation, but we provided them with more images from the text messages today. We’ll be giving them additional evidence this weekend.

    Most of the videos are shot from squad cars while African American men are told to sing or “dance like a chimp.” Some of the subjects are even in the back of police cars.

    One of the main culprits is Officer Mike Najm, who texted a picture of a black man in the back of a trailer and typed, “Gotta love the coloreds.” In one video, Najm can be heard telling a mentally ill black man to sing.

  25. rikyrah says:

    – –☺@ReignOfApril
    If you weren’t clear, @cnn has showed us who they really are. They’ve rewarded @DonLemonCNN’s recent self-hating behavior with a show.
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka

    ‏ – –☺@NerdyWonka
    @ReignOfApril I saw that yesterday. Now we know why @DonLemonCNN was disparaging and demeaning Black people. Money is a hell of a drug @CNN

  26. rikyrah says:

    Unequal Pay Is Even More Unequal For Women Of Color
    By Bryce Covert on November 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    While women overall still made just 77 cents for each dollar men made last year, that gap is far wider for women of color. In an analysis of recent Census data, the National Women’s Law Center finds that an African-American woman working full time, year round made just 64 cents for every dollar a white man made and Hispanic women made just 54 cents.

    NWLC notes that these racial and gender wage gaps mean that black women lost $18,650 compared to white men and Hispanic women lost $24,111.

    Even worse, the gap seems to be growing. The year before, black women made 69 cents for every dollar made by a white man and Latinas made 60 cents.

    Women of color face gender discrimination that means 13 percent of women report being denied a raise because of their gender and about a third say they would be paid more if they were a man. Seventy percent of women say that being paid less than men is a major problem. A third of women say they have experienced discrimination based on their gender and 15 percent say they’ve been passed over for a promotion or other opportunity for the same reason.

    But they also face racial discrimination that means black workers earn $22,552 less than white workers a year on average and Hispanic workers earn $16,861 less. Income for black workers fell 14.6 percent between 2000 and 2010 and the recession doubled the wealth gap between white and black households. Black workers have also experienced a decade of consistently high unemployment but when they do get hired are often kept from the top ranks.


  27. rikyrah says:

    Five days a week, the Rev. Al Sharpton tapes his MSNBC show PoliticsNation at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Every time he walks through the entrance, he says, he thinks about his mother, Ada, and how she sacrificed for her family. Watch as the reverend is overcome with emotion while talking about his late mother, a woman who believed and invested in him.


  28. rikyrah says:

    The Rev. Al Sharpton believes that everyone should do what he or she is called to do. The reverend says he was called to defend civil rights and enact social justice, but someone like President Barack Obama has a different purpose. Watch as the Rev. Sharpton defends the president and shares his own definition of black pride.


  29. Yahtc says:

    A New Life For An Old Slave Jail

    Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013


  30. Yahtc says:

    Privatization is undoing Brown v. Board of Education

    November 19, 2013 08:30AM EST


  31. Yahtc says:

    November 18, 2013

    Race project | African American English a valid dialect


  32. Yahtc says:

    Louisiana has biggest wage gap between African American women and white men, study says


  33. Yahtc says:



  34. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth Warren: EXPAND Social Security benefits


  35. rikyrah says:

    Eileen Burns @ceburns2003
    JPMorgan Reportedly Near $13 Billion Mortgage Settlement With Gov’t http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/11/18/a_13_billion_settlement_between_jpmorgan_and_justice_department_could_be.html … via @slate

    1:24 AM – 19 Nov 2013

  36. rikyrah says:

    ♭oſsi(GobbleGobossi) @thisisbossi
    Can’t help but question a guy who stands when there are open seats beside black folk but sits when the seat with me opens up. #wmata

    7:32 AM – 19 Nov 2013

  37. rikyrah says:

    Leftfielder™ @DaleMoss2

    @tmwinsett @docrocktex26 that’s why anti-ACA lobbying encouraging young adults to skip coverage is so scary. Sh*t happens to anybody.

    Tina Winsett @tmwinsett
    @DaleMoss2 @docrocktex26 It’s infuriating!! My 20 y/o Dtr ended up w/ a $20K hospital bill after an accident. Her injury- broken arm

    9:06 PM – 18 Nov 2013

  38. rikyrah says:

    Hussein Ibish @Ibishblog
    Amberin Zaman looks at why and how Turkey is backing away from its support of Islamist rebels in Syria & consequences

    7:04 AM – 19 Nov 2013

  39. rikyrah says:

    Post Polls @PostPolls
    52% say Obama told Americans what he believed to be true on #ACA plan cancellations, 44% “intentionally misled” http://wapo.st/17iXRUw

    6:31 AM – 19 Nov 2013

  40. rikyrah says:

    Rita A @ritaag
    @docrocktex26 @desertcronenm GM. And in ABC/WP poll 52% says PBO didnt lie because he blv what he said. There goes ‘He lied’ msm bs

    6:44 AM – 19 Nov 2013

  41. Yahtc says:

    Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Skee Week: Social Justice and the African American Community


  42. rikyrah says:


    New anti-Obamacare ads are Classic Koch

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse talks with Rachel Maddow about the state level campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers to discourage sign-ups for health insurance.



  43. Yahtc says:

    New Loan Options Encourage Wisconsin’s African-American Entrepreneurship


  44. rikyrah says:

    Horse-drawn carriage takes Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to present credentials to Japan’s Emperor Akihito
    November 19, 2013

    TOKYO U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled by horse-drawn carriage into the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to Japan’s emperor on Tuesday, giving the public a rare look at a diplomatic tradition.

    Hundreds of onlookers lined the avenues near the moat-ringed palace to snap pictures and wave as Kennedy, 55-year-old daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, waved back from inside the carriage.

    In an unusual move, national broadcaster NHK showed Kennedy’s arrival at the Imperial Palace live, following the entourage from the air once it entered the palace gates.


  45. rikyrah says:


    I now get it it, the press is really mad Romney did not win as predicted. It’s personal as they were all part of the 60 percent white voters 😄😄😄😄😄😄😂😂😂😂 so sad. Their ego is deflated, likewise their power to influence anything. So they are aiding and abetting the GOP., heck even hoping for impeachment. And even the Clintonistas on GMA are trying, it’s gonna be a long three years. They need to pace themselves since they went too hard in the last four years. So angry about the website lol… American yellow journalism at its finest. Most people of color get it. They can only influence dude bro, tea baggers and ignorant white folk like themselves. Really the worst thing they could find is ACA is not helping people quick enough? Oh America.

  46. Yahtc says:

    African-American actors are appearing in Kansas City Productions in unprecedented numbers


  47. rikyrah says:

    O’Donnell Tears Apart Police Officers Who Shot at Minivan: Getting Guidance from ‘TV Cop Shows’
    by Josh Feldman | 11:23 pm, November 18th, 2013

    The video of a New Mexico police officer opening fire on a minivan full of young kids is shocking, to say the least, and Lawrence O’Donnell went off on Monday night against the cops who, he suggested, have been taking their guidance from “TV cop shows” instead of how real police officers are supposed to conduct themselves in the line of duty.

    O’Donnell said the officer who opened fire “violates the law” with his “completely unconstitutional use of deadly force.” He dispelled the “mythical practice” of firing warning shots, explaining that “most bullets fired by police miss most of the time.”

    He kept going on about how horrible and unlawful what the cops did was, and concluded the segment by explaining that after everything that’s happened, “Those two officers have been charged with nothing.”


  48. rikyrah says:

    Obama Vows To Fight: The ACA is Law That Will Last for Generations To Come
    By: Jason Easley
    Monday, November, 18th, 2013, 10:56 pm

    In a call with supporters tonight, President Obama explained the big picture behind all of the white noise about websites. He said that the ACA is a law that will last for generations.

    Here is the audio via our friends at The Obama Diary:


    After listing the benefits of the ACA, President Obama talked about the half a million Americans who have already will have access to healthcare as of January 1, 2014. The president said, “That still leaves a whole lot of people that we’ve got to get signed up.” President Obama said that 12 million people have visited the site.

    The president talked about the difficult battle to make this change a reality, “We knew it was going to be hard because change is hard, and there are a lot of vested interests, and obviously we haven’t gotten a lot of cooperation from the other party, so I’ve run my last political campaign, but I’ve got one more campaign in me, and that’s to make sure that this law works. We’re not backing off one bit.”

    The most important thing that that the president said was, “All along at every step there have been folks who said that this wasn’t going to happen. Folks who said this is dead. Folks who said it’s never going to work. You know, that’s been going on for three years, and it’s not any different now. But the difference is that we can actually actually make sure that people get signed up, and start experiencing those benefits right off the bat, and if we do that consistently and effectively over the next six months then this law is going to be one that lasts for generations to come, and people will see why we fought so hard to do it.”


  49. Yahtc says:

    New Coast Guard cutter honors African-American ship cook and hero Charles David Jr.


  50. rikyrah says:

    The Kochs and Their Astroturf Tea Are Demanding an Exemption From Campaign Finance Rules
    By: Rmuse
    Monday, November, 18th, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Americans should hope that their government weighs decisions affecting the outcome of America’s electoral process on laws and reality; not out of sorrow for fabricated suffering and misfortunes of billionaires claiming they are targets of disparaging public commentary and scorn. A little over three years ago, the conservative Supreme Court was overwhelmed with pity and sorrow for the Koch brothers and their surrogate conservative non-profit, Citizens United, and ruled that after being put upon by Federal Elections Commission rules regarding corporate campaign finance laws, the wealthiest corporations were entitled to First Amendment protections prohibiting government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations.

    Up until the time the High Court ruling on Citizens United was handed down, the public was oblivious to the Koch brothers’ machinations to hijack the electoral process resulting in little to no public outcry against exempting the richest corporations in the nation from buying elections. It appears Americans are being kept unawares again as the Koch’s so-called grass-roots organization, the teabaggers, have asked for an FEC exemption on campaign finance disclosure rules.

    The teabaggers appealed directly to the Federal Elections Commission in September with the outrageous claim they are being assailed by, and encounter unprecedented harassment from, both government officials and private actors. Their appeal claimed their wealthy corporate contributors face widespread hostility and “a reasonable probability of threats, harassment, or reprisal” because of their extraordinary desire to “curb increasing government infringement of their individual liberties.” The Koch brothers’ organization also asserted that all they are comprised of are besieged individual groups who share common values including “limited federal government, respect for the original meaning of the Constitution, fiscal responsibility, and returning political power to the states and the people.”


  51. rikyrah says:

    The myths of Obamacare’s ‘failure’

    By Michael Hiltzik
    November 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

    Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You’d think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices.

    You’d think the entire reform is on “life support,” as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.

    Don’t buy the hype. The numbers tell an entirely different story. What they also demonstrate is that the myth of Obamacare’s “failure” is a product of the same Republican noise machine that has been working to undermine this crucial reform since Day One. It’s assisted by news reporting about canceled health policies that typically ranges from woefully misinformed to spectacularly ignorant, and even at its best is incomplete.

    Indeed, the spectacle of Democrats panicking over bad news on Obamacare resembles the herds of giraffes one sees on the Serengeti being stampeded by swarms of tsetse flies. Here’s a lesson the giraffes could teach the Dems: Stampeding leads only to injuries and death, and doesn’t solve the tsetse fly problem.

    It’s true that there are several ways that Obamacare can be improved. We’ll explain some of them in an upcoming post.

    In the meantime, let’s take a look at what’s actually happening on the ground. What’s essential here is to examine how many people are being thrown off their existing health plans by Obamacare and forced into costlier plans with lesser benefits — the category of Obamacare “victim” garnering most of the hand-wringing attention. It’s also important to measure that figure against the number of people who will unquestionably be helped by Obamacare.

    You’re about to learn that the number of victims is much smaller than you’re being led to think and is swamped by the ranks of beneficiaries.


  52. Yahtc says:

    First Artifacts arrive at Smithsonian’s African American History Museum

    “Two cranes lift an old rail car, encased in shrink-wrap at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.”


    • Yahtc says:

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pieces of African-American history made their way through Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
      Tractor trailers carried a 1922 Pullman rail car and a prison tower from Angola, the Louisiana state penitentiary, to the National Mall.

      The Southern Railway passenger car was modified with segregated seating, to comply with Jim Crow laws. Furthermore, the prison tower illustrates the incarceration of African-Americans in the 20th century and the link between the prison system and slavery.
      They’re being installed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is under construction.

      The above article includes a video of this event:


    • Yahtc says:

      Tourists, passersby and history buffs took pictures of steel and shrink-wrap and machinery. Onlookers pressed against the fences and peered through binoculars, straining to get a better view. They took pictures of themselves taking pictures of history being made, just to say “I was there.”

      There to see the 44-seat Southern Railway car, which required its black passengers traveling into the pre-civil rights South to contort physically and psychically in order to conform to the smallness of their second-class citizenship.

      Many were also there to see the platform and legs of a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, lowered into the pit, followed by its concrete tower with a corrugated steel roof.

      They were there as the museum, scheduled to open in late 2015, completed the first of perhaps 10,000 artifact installations. The nearly 80-ton rail car and the concrete guard tower — too big to be installed into a completed museum — are the only two artifacts to be put into place during construction. They’ll be part of “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1978,” one of 11 inaugural exhibitions. Both had been restored in Stearns, Ky., arrived at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum on Friday and were escorted down 14th Street by police at daybreak. The crowd was young, old, racially diverse.

      The museum “is something that’s way overdue,” said Hennrietta Smith, a human-resources consultant from Northeast Washington. She and her boyfriend, Keith Beale, had heard about the installation on the radio while getting ready for church. “You don’t usually see artifacts being placed, and to see it, bit by bit, it’s historic.”

      “I really think it’s spiritual,” said Beale, a commercial food worker from Northeast Washington. “There are certain things you feel when you see a process like this. Just to think, what did the guards see? How were those inmates treated?”

      Barbara Savarese, a clinical researcher, came in from Silver Spring to watch the installation. “I’ve been following the whole gen­esis for years and years,” said Savarese, a charter museum member. She leaned against a chain-link fence on Madison Drive, near a scaffolded Washington Monument, a block from where the newest addition to the Mall will rise. “This museum has been a long time in being built, and it’s just a milestone.”

      These are artifacts “with size and substance to them,” said the museum’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch. The 1920s rail car was refurbished in 1940 and 1950 to serve Southern routes. Three-fourths of the car was for white passengers. Signs over entryways said “Colored” or “White.”

      “Part of why we collected this is the recognition of how difficult it is to explain to a new generation about segregation.” It shaped black life, Bunch said. “It was not just the law of the land, it was the environment” people walked in and the myriad things that came from that.

      In her poem “Train Rides,” Nikki Giovanni tells of black passengers protected by other black people as they traveled to Southern places:

      “And you will sit near your fire and tell tales of growing up in segregated America and the tales will be so loving even the white people will feel short-changed by being privileged.”

      Part of the challenge and the nuance of the museum is portraying the complexity of the African American experience, Bunch said. “Its not the great horrors or the great celebrations, it’s that middle that lets you know you can’t celebrate the resiliency and faith in America without understanding where that faith was tested.”

      Angola, built on the site of a 19th-century plantation, today is one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the country. Run initially by a Confederate army officer, it gained a reputation for cruelty and convict-leasing, a post-Civil War practice that let private individuals lease inmates for labor. The state of Louisiana took over the penitentiary in 1901.

      “The tower helps us talk about the impact of incarceration as a way to control black males in the late 19th and into the 20th century,” Bunch said. It’s also a way of talking about the effect of incarceration on the African American community. Bunch calls it an unvarnished truth that navigates the tension between what Americans want to see in a museum and what they need to know.

      As the rail car, still encased in shrink-wrap, was lowered into its final position in the construction pit, the crowd broke out in applause. Kenneth Johnson, a federal auditor visiting from Atlanta who is planning to move to Washington, noted the diversity and size of the crowd.

      “So many people came out to stare at a hole, but it’s more than that,” he said. “It’s history.”


  53. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning, Ametia and Everyone :)

    So happy together!

    Great music choices today….no matter how you toss the dice. Thank you!

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