Thursday Open Thread | Gone But Not Forgotten Week: Whitney Houston

The Voice…

The Voice..

Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

The Voice that will never be forgotten.whitney houston

This is Whitney Houston’s very first television appearance. Clive Davis, head of Arista Records, shown here are the head of the clip, had just signed her and taken her under his wing. She hadn’t even started recording her first album but Merv had seen her perform in a nightclub and was anxious to have her on his show. She’s singing “Home” from The Wiz


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57 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Gone But Not Forgotten Week: Whitney Houston

  1. Yahtc says:

    5:09 p.m. EST January 3, 2014

    The bitter cold that gripped the snow-covered northern tier from Cleveland to Boston on Friday shows no sign of easing, as another arctic blast roaring out of Canada threatens to drive weekend temperatures to all-time record lows.

    The National Weather Service said “dangerously cold temperatures” will slam the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through the weekend, driving wind chill temperatures in some areas to below -60 degrees F.

    The weather service warned that “wind chills colder than 50 below can cause exposed flesh to freeze in only 5 to 10 minutes.”

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that all schools in the state would be closed on Monday. All-time record cold temperatures are possible in Minneapolis on Monday, according to the weather service.

    The combination of arctic air with the gusty winds is expected to lower wind chill temperatures to the single digits over the Mid-Atlantic while areas of New England can expect wind chill readings into the -10s and -20s, the weather service said.

    Before the full force of the Arctic blast roars in, another winter storm will spread snow and ice from the central Plains to the Great Lakes states this weekend. The heaviest snow is forecast to hit St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo, AccuWeather predicts, from late Saturday into early Monday.

    The storm will also bring snow and slippery travel to much of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, AccuWeather meteorologist Courtney Spamer said.

    Much of the eastern half of the country is already reeling from Thursday’s killer storm that has shut down airports and major roads and forced school closings in much of the Northeast.

    At least 13 people died in the storm: Slick roads were blamed for traffic deaths in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Authorities said a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

    The storm — which brought plummeting temperatures as low as 8 degrees below zero to Burlington, Vt., early Friday with a wind chill of 29 below zero — dumped 23 inches of snow in Boxford, Mass., by early Friday and 18 inches in parts of western New York near Rochester. Ten inches of snow fell in Lakewood, N.J., and up to 7 inches fell in New York City.

  2. Yahtc says:

    Ancient math of Ethiopia amazing method of Mathematics calculation

  3. Yahtc says:

  4. Deer Flock to Woman’s Doorstep to Feed

  5. rikyrah says:

    Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 01:09 PM PST
    President Obama’s year of failures
    by Craig Hardegree

    President Obama has had the absolute worst, most-horrible, unspeakably-terrible year of any president in the history of the republic. The year 2013 was worse for President Obama than the year 476 was for Romulus Augustulus, when he was removed as the last emperor, by Odovacar, as Rome fell to the Goths. It was even worse than the year Adam had, the year God kicked him out of the Garden.

    We should have expected a year of miserable failures. After all, at the end of 2012 President Obama was reelected with 51% of the popular vote, making him one of only three presidents in more than 100 years to have won twice with at least 51% of the popular vote each time. The only other two presidents who achieved this feat since 1900, were Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. A terrible way to start the year.


    A year ago, we were bracing to go over the “fiscal cliff” on December 31, 2012, as a result of a combination of the Bush tax cuts automatically expiring and “sequestration,” which was a 10% across-the-board cut on all government spending.

    The Bush tax cuts did expire on January 1, 2013, but the crisis was averted by congress passing the Obama Tax Cuts on January 2nd and kicking sequestration down the road for two more months. This allowed Republicans to threaten a government shutdown again in two months. And again in the Fall of 2013.

    Republicans were able to keep threatening government shutdowns, because congress had not passed a full budget since President Obama had been in office, not even when the Democrats held control of the House. The government was funded through “CRs” or continuing resolutions which congress would pass every few months to continue funding the government at present levels. Democrats had originally started this unusual method of funding the government through merely continuing a previous (Bush) budget, probably to keep from having unpopular expenditures in the budget pinned on them. But once Republicans gained control of the House, they were able to wield this as a weapon, periodically seeking to extract unrelated concessions from President Obama in exchange for them funding the government, something that had been done on a routine basis before President Obama was elected.

    So at the end of this terribly awful year for President Obama, where are we in terms of the Republicans being able to use the threat of a government shutdown to force President Obama to do something they want (like repeal Obamacare)? The threat is totally gone. The weapon has been completely taken away from Republicans. On December 18, 2013, congress finally passed a full budget, a TWO YEAR budget. So for the next TWO YEARS, the government is fully funded leaving Republicans with no weapon. What a horrible outcome for President Obama.


    During most of 2013, conservatives were confident that Obamacare would be destroyed this year. The Supreme Court was expected to rule on the constitutionality of it and strike it down. The Republican-controlled House would hold more than 40 votes to repeal it. Ted Cruz would stall the workings of the Senate to force President Obama to defund it. The Tea Party wing of the House Republicans would shut down the government until President Obama agreed to defund it. Insurance companies would cancel policies which had been specifically grandfathered in, in a deceptive attempt to make policyholders THINK they HAD to buy super-expensive, suggested policies from the insurer, instead of telling the policyholders that they could go to the Obamacare Exchange and get a new policy for much less money, using tax credits. PolitiFact would call this the “lie of the year” and attribute the deception to President Obama, instead of the insurance companies. Mainstream media would attempt to pump up ratings by pushing undocumented and unsubstantiated horror stories from people who had an axe to grind (hated President Obama and Obamacare in the first place) and by blatantly refusing to report documented success stories and, by failing to do corrective reporting when the horror stories fell apart.

    And at the end of this terribly awful year for President Obama, where is Obamacare? None of the weapons formed against the law prospered. All attempts to destroy it, failed miserably. When the dust cleared, the only thing still standing was Obamacare. Every day, more and more people are signing up for it, including a million people in December, and every day, more and more people are finding out exactly what Obamacare really is and, they are LOVING it! A terrible outcome for President Obama in 2013.

  6. Yahtc says:

    So beautiful…can’t get enough of her singing!

    Love her!

  7. rikyrah says:

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady

    No PoC thinks EVERYTHING is about race. But if a PoC says something is about race, it’s not up to white people to say it isn’t. EASY PEASY.

  8. Yahtc says:

    Have any of you had the chance to see “Mandela…Long Walk to Freedom” yet?

  9. rikyrah says:

    May 28, 2013 3:14 PM
    The Wingnut Hole

    By Ed Kilgore

    As noted earlier, we’re having to come to grips with the fact that about half the states appear unlikely to participate fully in the Medicaid expansion provided for in the Affordable Care Act. But the picture is complicated: some states (Arkansas definitely, and Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio potentially) are expanding Medicaid roughly along the lines provided for in the ACA, but with special “flexibility” provisions (most famously Arkansas’ waiver allowing it to move all Medicaid services into private health insurance plans). Others (notably Wisconsin and most recently Iowa) are covering the newly-Medicaid-eligible populations through state funds while using Medicaid dollars elsewhere.

    But that leaves quite a few (including most of the South) just flat out refusing to do anything for people with incomes under the federal poverty line. And that creates a very large “coverage gap,” leaving an estimated 5.7 million folk who don’t qualify for Medicaid or for the Obamacare health exchange subsidies.

    While this coverage gap is reminiscent (though much larger and more devastating to those affected) of the “doughnut hole” that existed in Medicare Part D before the Affordable Care Act began closing it, we don’t have a name for it just yet.

    I’d suggest the “wingnut hole.

  10. rikyrah says:

    MAP: The 5 Million People The GOP Cut Out Of Obamacare
    Starting Jan. 1, nearly five million people who were supposed to be covered under Obamacare won’t be because their states have refused to expand Medicaid.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Original Lee says:
    January 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Just wanted to add another Obamacare success story. My sister and her husband are both self-employed and have 5 kids. They were paying $20,000 a year for a bare-bones health insurance policy because my brother-in-law has a work-related preexisting condition, plus two of the kids had minor birth defects. They were able to get a better policy for $3000 a year on the exchange. (It might actually be even lower than that, as it wasn’t clear to me whether or not they were including the subsidies.) This is so huge for them.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Prison Culture ‏@prisonculture

    I ask you to imagine for just one moment though… How all of this would have gone down and would still be going down if Snowden were black.

    1. NONE of this ‘ whistleblower’ shyt. It would have been labeled TREASON from DAY ONE.
    2. They woulda gotten all into the fake educational credentials.
    3. They would have trotted out every WHITE MAN ever turned down for a job with Booz Allen, complaining how this UNQUALIFIED BLACK MAN got a job over them.
    4. If Snowden’s Black Daddy got on tv talking the bullshyt that White Snowden’s father did…they would have gotten his ass fired from his job too.

    do I need to go on?

  13. Ametia says:

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. warned in his year-end report that sequestration cuts to the federal judiciary budget have imperiled public safety and delayed both civil and criminal cases.

    The cuts meant less money for security guards at courthouses, fewer court clerks to process new cases, and fewer public defenders to represent criminal defendants, Roberts wrote in the report (PDF). If “a hard freeze at the sequester level” continues, he wrote, “the future would be bleak.” There would be additional delays in criminal cases, posing a threat to public safety. And delays in both civil and bankruptcy cases would create “commercial uncertainty, lost opportunities, and unvindicated rights,” he wrote.

  14. Ametia says:

    Op-Ed Contributor
    The Obamacare We Deserve
    Published: December 31, 2013

    See this HIPPO can do it better. /SNARK

    TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.

  15. Ametia says:

    Rikyrah, this Whitney thread is fabulous. It’s a fitting tribute and the photos are breath-taking. Thank you.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Retired General Wants March on White House and Citizens Arrest of Obama
    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson

    When we last met retired Army general Paul E. Vallely, he was demanding that President Barack Obama be forced to resign because of imaginary crimes. These crimes, apparently, are daring to disagree with the path chosen for America by Republican leadership.

    A month later, Vallely is saying that Obama should be subject to citizen’s arrest and that the United States needs Egypt-like uprisings behind a “new George Washington.” He says 33 million Egyptians stood up and told their government “No” and he sees no reason we can’t do the same here.

    Just as a thought…finding 33 million people as crazy as yourself might be a problem. Look how Klayman’s march on Washington turned out. Just sayin’. But don’t tell Vallely that. Methinks he thinks he is the “new George Washington” he says we need:

    It’s fallen upon senior, retired military to take stands against the overreach and tyranny of a corrupt government. I think for people, they respect what the military has gone through. Senior military guys are very well educated, they’ve gone to the right schools, gone to combat for the most part, have had to manage enormous budgets, were involved in major financial decisions and are heavily steeped in foreign policy and national security.

  17. rikyrah says:

    I have finished shoveling for the 4th time in two days. And, the snow’s still coming. I have to hope this has had a purpose..not letting the snow build up.

  18. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,
    I heard “My Love is Your Love” on the way in today. Missing some Whitney.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Attacks On Melissa Harris-Perry Can’t Hide Their Racist Agenda
    By: Sarah Jones
    Tuesday, December, 31st, 2013, 11:25 am

    Republicans have their panties in a wad today over the nerve of Melissa Harris-Perry voicing an opinion on a photo of Mitt Romney, man of the 2%, holding one of his kid’s adopted black baby.

    Harris-Perry was doing an episode on ridiculous moments in 2013 during her Sunday show, which included much poking fun of Democrat Anthony Weiner’s weiner problems. She even handed out three “race cards” to her panelists to play at any time during the show.


    But Melissa doesn’t get to say these things just because she’s black. This special privilege of black people has to end, according to Fox News and the GOP.

    Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted, “Disgusting: Harris-Perry should apologize immediately for mocking Romney’s adopted grandchild.”

    Melissa Harris Perry apologized, as liberals are wont to do after right wing persecution takes hold of the media’s endless pity and blind spots. But she never personally attacked the grandchild, and it’s obtuse to pretend that no one gets how absurd it is that the man who ran one of the biggest race-baiting races in history has an adopted black grandchild. It reeks of blind privilege and a failure to connect the dots.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Mitch McConnell Hatches a Plan for Revenge on Harry Reid That May Cost Him His Senate Seat
    By: Jason Easley
    Tuesday, December, 31st, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have hatched a plan for revenge on Harry Reid that is toxic that it could cost the Kentucky senator his seat in November.

    According to the Washington Examiner,

    Senate Republicans still smarting from a Democratic rules change that diminished their power to block President Obama’s appointees are vowing retribution against the majority when lawmakers return to work in January.

    Republicans blame Democrats for new tensions created by the rules change — especially the manner in which Reid pushed it through. Unlike other issues, where senators might dance around intentions to exact political retribution, Republicans are candid about their plans to retaliate over the filibuster.

    “If [Reid] decides that because he broke the rules he now wants to use the new rules to jam through a bunch of nominees and try and run over Republicans, obviously we’re not going to lay down for that,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Republican conference.

    Sen. Thune’s attempt to paint Senate Republicans as the victims of a Democratic power grab ignored the critical fact that for years, Democrats laid down and let Republicans abuse the rules and obstruct the Senate at will.

    Mitch McConnell and his caucus are throwing a prolonged temper tantrum over the loss of their ability to prevent President Obama from staffing up a functional Executive Branch.

    Republicans have couched their beef in the lofty language of the rights of the minority, but the cold hard political reality is that egos have been bruised, and as a consequence they are going to sacrifice the good of the country for some misguided personal retribution.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Wealthy Americans Prove Pope Francis’ Point by Threatening Economic Blackmail
    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Wednesday, January, 1st, 2014, 7:23 am

    It should – and the operative word here is should – come as no surprise that if Pope Francis is conveying Jesus’ message, it should contain scant regard for the concerns of the rich. After all, Jesus himself, the poor Jew from small-town Galilee, had nothing at all good to say about the rich. And, in point of fact, he said that in order to follow him, a rich person must give up everything they own (Mark 10:21; Matt. 19:21; Luke 18:22). This is hardly a message rich people at any time in history have wanted to hear.

    So Home Depot founder Ken Langone, a Catholic, was on shaky theological ground when, on Monday, he complained to CNBC that the Pope is being mean to rich Americans because unlike rich people in other countries, American rich people are benefactors. Langone, who is worth an estimated $2.1 billion, says there is a “vast difference between the pope’s experience in Argentina and how we are in America.” CNBC even helpfully cites the right wing American Enterprise Institute to say that “In places like Argentina, what they call free enterprise is a combination of socialism and crony capitalism.”

    I’m not sure which is worse: CNBC citing the AEI or failing to point out that the AEI is a conservative think tank and therefore disinclined to say anything negative about American capitalism.

    Langone’s lament is born of this same denialism: that the Pope’s focus on economic inequality and the poor is off-putting to what he calls “capitalist benefactors,” and he cites the case of a “potential seven-figure donor” for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, who has been made hesitant by, as CNBC puts it, “statements from the pope criticizing market economies as ‘exclusionary,’ urging the rich to give more to the poor and criticizing a ‘culture of prosperity’ that leads some to become ‘incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.’”

  22. rikyrah says:

    President Obama’s Approval Rating Jumps 5 Points as Millions Sign Up for Obamacare
    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, January, 1st, 2014, 2:09 pm

    President Obama is beginning 2014 on the upswing as millions are signing up for the ACA, and his approval rating has increased by 5 points according to Gallup.

    The Gallup Obama approval daily tracking poll reveals that the president’s approval rating has jumped five points since the days before Christmas from 39%-44%. Disapproval of the president has fallen from 54%-49%. President Obama’s approval numbers shift wildly based on the tone of the media coverage that he is receiving, but media’s negativity was hiding a convergence of positive things.

    Now that the ACA website is repaired, and millions of Americans are signing up, the media’s endless drumbeat of negativity has temporarily stopped. Without the Republican fueled Obama bashing from the corporate media, the president’s approval rating has gone up, and his disapproval rating has gone down.

    Republicans and the media have consistently failed to understand, and in many cases actively worked to undermine, the fact that President Obama remains basically popular. For the sixth year in a row, the president was named the most admired man in the world. For as much as Republicans try to project their hatred and contempt for this president on to the nation, the rest of the country has never shared their feelings.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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