Wednesday Open Thread| Slow Jams | Sade

SadeHelen Folasade Adu, OBE (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú; born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade (/ʃɑːˈd/ shah-DAY), is a Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award-winning English group Sade. In 2002, she received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and she dedicated her award to “all black women in England”.[1] In 2012, Sade was listed at number 30 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Women In Music.[2] Sade has a contralto vocal range.

Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.[4] Her middle name, Folasade, means “honour confers your crown”.[5] Her parents, Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria.[4] Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old[6] Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents.[

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51 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread| Slow Jams | Sade

  1. rikyrah says:

    Tiger Mom Amy Chua is back with ‘The Triple Package,’ arguing superiority of certain cultures in new book
    Opinion
    by Alexis Garrett Stodghill | January 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Tiger Mom Amy Chua is back with a new, controversial book claiming she is “better than.”

    With a theme similar to her 2011 hit, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which Chua argues that Chinese mothers are superior, The Triple Package: Why Groups Rise and Fall in America, tackles the qualities that make certain segments of the U.S. population more successful. Co-authored with her husband Jed Rubenfeld, the book measures success in terms of degrees earned and other traditional markers of achievement as the outcome of three factors — one of which is absent for African-Americans.

    Groups marked for success

    The people described by the Yale University law professors as possessing the most desirable qualities are as follows:

    Jewish (Rubenfeld’s background)
    Indian
    Chinese (Chua’s background)
    Iranian
    Lebanese-Americans
    Nigerians
    Cuban exiles
    Mormons

    What could groups as disparate as these share? Supposedly, having an inherent sense of superiority, coupled with an inferiority complex and impulse control, drives these groups.

    The sense of superiority allegedly generates a belief in deserving the best, while the underlying inferiority complex fuels the need to compensate for feelings of worthlessness. Impulse control is seen as not only the ability to delay gratification, but also the strength to persevere in the completion of difficult tasks.

    Accusations of racism for Triple Package

    The writers are careful to avoid saying race is a factor in achievement, even though conflating the ideas of race, ethnicity, and religion is inevitable in a discussion they state is purely about cultural values.

    “That certain groups do much better in America than others — as measured by income, occupational status, test scores and so on — is difficult to talk about,” they write in the tome. “In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged.”

    Yet, that is exactly how first reactions to The Triple Package have been. Reviews of the book poke holes in the thin veil dividing their logic from racist arguments.

    The New York Post calls the book “a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes,” adding that, “it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.”

    Like myself, many on social media have not read it, but are highly disturbed by the book, which is due out on February 4. The Triple Package reeks of the theories of human classification that justified the Holocaust and slavery. “Dear Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld, the 1920s called and want their theories back,” tweeted one disgusted person about this association.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/01/14/tiger-mom-amy-chua-is-back-with-the-triple-package-arguing-superiority-of-certain-cultures-in-new-book/

  2. rikyrah says:

    Responsible black fathers: America’s best kept secret?
    by Kunbi Tinuoye | January 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Dr. Roberta L. Coles is a white college professor and an unlikely advocate for black fathers.

    For the better past of a decade she has worked tirelessly collating a large body of research on an often-overlooked group — responsible African American dads, including black single custodial fathers.

    Her latest offering is a forthcoming book on social fathers: men who play an important or central role in raising a child.

    Unlike traditional definitions that focus on adoptive or stepfathers, Dr. Coles’ book, will include mentors which in the black community act as role models for kids growing up in female-headed households.

    Her most noticeable works on African American fathers are The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers and The Myth of the Missing Black Father: The Persistence of Black Fatherhood in America.

    While not attempting to romanticize fatherhood, both books set out to challenge negative stereotypes thrust on black males and fathers.

    “It’s important to get it out there that that’s not the whole picture,” said Coles, a professor of sociology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. “People need to know there are men out their trying to do their best.”

    Indeed, images of “happily married” young men like Georgia-based drummer Jorel Flynn a.k.a. JFly are not strongly embedded in our collective psyche.

    “It’s about being there, not just being present, but emotionally connected as well,” said Flynn, referring to his relationship with his 5-year-old daughter Ja’Rai. “It’s important for me that she has a positive male figure in the home to guide her to make educated decisions”, adds Flynn, who does not feature in Coles’ work.

    In The Myth of the Missing Black Father, Coles and co-editor Charles Green acknowledge that black men are less likely to marry than their counterparts (backed up by statistics) but they assert many continue to co-parent through cohabitation or informal caretaking if they are outside the home.

    Professor Green from Hunter College in New York said it is also essential to recognize that there is a host of external factors, such as economic inequality, that affect the ability to parent. “There are a variety of variables, structural factors and macro influences that make it more difficult for black men to navigate.”

    Coles’ book The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers puts the spotlight on single custodial fathers who have became lone parents through divorce, widowhood, adoption or cohabiting relationships simply falling apart.

    Over five years she interviewed twenty black fathers mainly from Wisconsin who were bringing up their kids alone. What she discovered is many of these men had the option of transferring legal custody to a relative or state custody but significantly they choose to raise their children.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/01/15/responsible-black-fathers-americas-best-kept-secret/#s:me-and-my-men-1

  3. rikyrah says:

    Beyonce Takes Us Inside Blue Ivy’s Jungle Bash + New Year’s Eve Bash With Jay, Kelly, Michelle & More

    Beyonce is giving us a major peek inside Blue Ivy’s recent birthday bash and how the whole fam spent New Year’s Eve (it involved wild times at the Versace mansion in Miami).

    http://theybf.com/2014/01/15/beyonce-takes-us-inside-blue-ivys-jungle-bash-new-years-eve-bash-with-jay-kelly-michelle

  4. Yahtc says:

  5. rikyrah says:

    One of my favorite openings of any movie is The American President. And, it always hits me, one day, Barack Obama’s portrait will hang in the White House just like the others. As will the First Lady’s.

    tickles me pink everytime I think about it.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: Dems sound alarm about right wing money
    By Greg Sargent
    January 15 at 9:14 am

    Democrats are increasingly alarmed that the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is swamping vulnerable Dems with anti-Obamacare ads, leaving them with no way to fight back, the New York Times reports this morning.

    AFP has spent $20 million on ads hitting red state Senate Dems and marginal House members, including nearly $2 million in Michigan and Iowa, most funding ads that blast Dems over Obama’s claim about people keeping coverage and higher costs Obamacare will supposedly bring. Glenn Kessler explains what’s fair and what isn’t in the AFP line of attack, which telegraphs the main GOP messaging this year.

    “Democrats need money at this early stage in order to fight back against the limitless spending from the Kochs,” the head of the DSCC tells the Times. “The limitless spending from the Kochs means we need Democratic donors to step up in a bigger way immediately.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/15/the-morning-plum-dems-sound-alarm-about-right-wing-money/

  7. Woman Texter’s Close Encounter With Accused Movie Theater Gunman

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-texters-close-encounter-accused-movie-theater-gunman/story?id=21543422

    A Florida woman says the retired police captain accused of shooting a man in a movie theater because he was texting had angrily harassed her over texting in the same theater last month.

    “It could have been us,” Jamira Dixon told ABC News affiliate WFTS.

    Dixon was referring to the shooting Monday in which Curtis Reeves, 71, allegedly shot and killed Chad Oulson in the Wesley Chapel movie theater.

    Oulson was texting his daughter’s babysitter when Reeves got angry, according to police. The two men argued and then Reeves shot him, police said.

    Dixon, 34, and her husband say they shared a chilling encounter with Reeves at the same theater on Dec. 28 when he objected to her texting during the movie previews.

    “He gets up, he’s like ‘can you do me a favor? Can you please just stop texting,'” Dixon told ABC News affiliate WFTS.

    She says Reeves went to find the theater managers to complain.

    To placate Reeves, Dixon says she turned off her phone, but that Reeves harassed another moviegoer for texting before focusing his attention again on the Dixon family.

    “He followed me to the bathroom, and I felt uncomfortable,” Dixon told WFTS.

    She also said the Reeves’ anger appeared to keep escalating. “With every situation you could just his level going more and more,” she said.

    Dixon said Reeves wife, who was with him at the theater on Dec. 28 and again on Monday, appeared to encourage her husband.

    “She was egging him on, telling him to look at me,” Dixon said.

    After the movie, she said that Reeves was visibly upset and drove from the theater parking lot erratically.

    The woman said Reeves made such an impression on her that she could not forget his face.

    The Dixon family recently met with police in connection with the Oulson shooting and say they will do whatever it takes to keep Reeves in jail, including testifying at a potential criminal trial, WFTS reported.

  8. rikyrah says:

    I find this amusing from a country, that when its President died, had his mistress standing right there next to his wife at the funeral.

    …………………………………………………….

    Monsieur le Président plus one for White House state dinner
    By Julian Pecquet and Emily Goodin

    The French president’s burgeoning sex scandal is emerging as a diplomatic headache for the White House amid uncertainty as to whom exactly François Hollande plans to bring to next month’s state dinner.

    Hollande confessed Tuesday to French and foreign reporters in Paris that he is facing “struggles” in his relationship with his partner, former political reporter Valérie Trierweiler. This admission comes in the wake of reports that he is involved with the 41-year-old French actress Julie Gayet.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/europe/195484-monsieur-le-president-plus-one-for-white-house-state-dinner#ixzz2qV0jT561
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  9. rikyrah says:

    Joe Scarborough Can’t Figure Out Why Morning Joe Is Covering ‘Tedious’ Bridgegate
    by Evan McMurry | 8:57 am, January 15th, 2014

    Arguing that the Bridgegate story had become tedious without any proof that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had knowledge of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, Morning Joe host Joe Scarboroughwondered at the excess of attention paid to the story, including on his own show.

    “The story can now officially be labelled tedious,”Mike Barnacle said. “It’s so overblown. Again, if nothing occurs, nothing comes out, the story dies.”

    “Right now, we’re just reading the tea leaves,” Scarborough said. “I guess people can keep putting this—I didn’t want to put it at the top of the show, because I thought it was tedious. But Mika said some things broke yesterday, where he was, the timeline.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/joe-scarborough-cant-figure-out-why-morning-joe-is-covering-tedious-bridgegate/

  10. rikyrah says:

    Published on Jan 14, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & Bruce Springsteen rework “Born To Run” to address the Fort Lee, NJ bridge scandal.

    http://youtu.be/VKHV0LLvhXM

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Sopranos Would Have Loved Sandy Aid
    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 14th, 2014 at 11:39:59 PM EST

    Longtime Newark Star-Ledger editorial editor Tom Moran has some observations about Gov. Chris Christie’s predicament:

    It is no surprise that these guys were nasty and petty enough to do something like this. They stripped the security team from [former governor] Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) when he dared to push back against them. They cut funding for an internship program run by an elderly Rutgers professor after he sided with Democrats on the redistricting fight. They froze out newly elected Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop after he refused to endorse the governor. This list goes on. It is Christie’s style.
    The surprise is that they were so stupid about it this time, that they caused hardship for thousands of people as if that would not blow back at them, and then put it all in writing for investigators to find.

    Note to all those who compare Christie to Tony Soprano: Tony’s crew would have been smart enough to use code words.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/1/14/233959/922

  12. rikyrah says:

    Governor’s Crazy Reason For Denying Representation To Minority-Heavy District: ‘Not Much Goes On’

    By Josh Israel on January 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) dismissed concerns that a district with a majority of non-white voters may go unrepresented for an entire year, suggesting that delaying the special election until November would not hurt citizens because Congress gets nothing done in the fall anyway. Though Rep. Mel Watt (D) resigned his seat on the first day of the legislative year to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Governor Pat McCrory (R) announced last Monday that his replacement will not be elected until November 4.

    The comments came on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown on Wednesday. Host Chuck Todd grilled McCrory on why nearly 1 million citizens in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District — which which includes a long swath of central North Carolina running from Charlotte to Greensboro and has a majority of voters who are minorities — will have no representative for more than 300 days. McCrory noted that under his state’s election law, he could only have sped up the elections by a couple of months at best:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/01/15/3164621/north-carolina-governor-unrepresented-district/

  13. rikyrah says:

    NC: Steal From the Poor, Play Jim Crow

    by BooMan
    Wed Jan 15th, 2014 at 12:22:42 PM EST

    I was never a fan of the Republican Party but it didn’t used to be like this. It has always been a party primarily concerned with rich people, but they did not used to be cruel. And they used to have some shame.

    The 900,000 poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike from the conservatives who swept state legislature elections in 2010.
    The change took effect at the beginning of 2014, meaning that the taxes those families file this spring will be the last to feature the state’s tax break for the working poor. The provision, known as the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC, will also be 10 percent less generous in its final year. State-level EITCs work by tacking on an additional benefit to the federal EITC, and the law repealing North Carolina’s EITC for 2014 also cut the credit from 5 percent to 4.5 percent of the federal benefit.

    In order to qualify for the federal or state-level tax credit, tax filers must earn less than about $50,000. The goal of the credit is to buoy the incomes of working people whose employers pay them too little to provide the economic stability that having a job is supposed to ensure.

    So, they take away money from nearly a million working North Carolinians and then what do they do with the money savings?

    Along with the disappearance of the EITC, low-income North Carolinians will be paying higher taxes in order to pay for a tax cut for the richest people in the state. Republicans moved from a two-tiered, progressive income tax system to a flat tax rate of 5.8 percent. A person who earns a million dollars per year will get a roughly $10,000 tax cut thanks to that move, but the bottom 80 percent of the income distribution will see their taxes rise. That means that four out of five taxpayers in the state were going to pay more next year even before the EITC repeal

    They’re not satisfied with screwing over working folks, though. Check this out:

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) dismissed concerns that a district with a majority of non-white voters may go unrepresented for an entire year, suggesting that delaying the special election until November would not hurt citizens because Congress gets nothing done in the fall anyway. Though Rep. Mel Watt (D) resigned his seat on the first day of the legislative year to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Governor Pat McCrory (R) announced last Monday that his replacement will not be elected until November 4.

    Mel Watt served in the most ridiculously gerrymandered district in the country. And now the North Carolina Republicans are simply going to deny the Democrats a seat in Congress for the rest of the year.

    I’d like to know how this is different from Jim Crow. The district is about 50% black, but they can’t vote for a new representative until November.

    Jesse Helms would be proud.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/1/15/122242/057

  14. US: Defense contractor tried to smuggle F-35 blueprints to Iran; arrested before flight:

    http://abcn.ws/1alllH2 pic.twitter.com/iGcfAEMHSA

    An engineer for a major American defense contractor tried to smuggle thousands of secret documents, including blueprints, on America’s multi-billion-dollar F-35 stealth fighter to Iran in boxes labeled as “household goods,” U.S. prosecutors say.

    Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was reportedly arrested late last week as he was attempting to travel to Germany and then on to Iran. Weeks earlier, Khazaee had arranged for a shipping company to take boxes containing “sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material” related to the F-35 and its engines to a contact in Iran, according to an affidavit filed by a Special Agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

    The reams of documents were discovered in November when Customs officers inspected a truck shipment Khazaee had sent from Connecticut to California, which was intended to go on to Hamadan, Iran, the affidavit said. The 44 boxes, which had been described to the shipping company as containing “books and college-related items, two suitcases, a vacuum cleaner and some other items,” actually held “thousands of pages contained in dozens of manuals/binders relating to the JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter] program.”

    Court documents describe Khazaee as having worked as an engineer for several defense contractors, leaving his most recent employer last August. None of the contractors are identified in the court documents, but the latest employer, Company A, is described as a Connecticut-based contractor that produced the F-22 Raptor’s F-119 engine.

  15. rikyrah says:

    This Democrat thinks he can win in 2016 as the anti-Obama
    01/15/14 04:00 AM—Updated 01/15/14 12:11 PM
    By Benjy Sarlin

    Brian Schweitzer, the former two-term Democratic governor of Montana, is rarely speechless. Once he gets going on a topic, he’s almost impossible to stop. As he builds up steam, he’ll slap his knee to emphasize his points. He’ll slap your knee to emphasize his points. Good luck getting a word in edgewise for that follow-up question.

    But at the moment, Schweitzer is rubbing his chin, looking up at the ceiling, searching – unsuccessfully – for just the right words. The question was simple enough: Is there a single thing President Obama has done that you consider a positive achievement?

    Finally, he spoke.

    “My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” he said.

    But he couldn’t help himself, slamming Obama’s record on civil liberties (the NSA revelations were “un-effing-believable”), his competency (“They just haven’t been very good at running things”), and above all, Obamacare (“It will collapse on its own weight”).

    Eventually, he paused to acknowledge Obama’s historic role as the first black president. But by that standard, Obama’s usefulness ended the day he took the oath of office.

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/dem-thinks-he-can-win-the-anti-obama

  16. rikyrah says:

    GOP Congressional Candidate: Spousal Rape Shouldn’t Be a Crime

    Virginia state Sen. Dick Black fought to block a statue of Lincoln and invited a reporter to watch him viewing violent rape porn on a library computer. Now he’s looking for a promotion.
    —By Molly Redden
    Wed Jan. 15, 2014 3:00 AM GMT

    After taking a drubbing in last year’s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

    Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

    In 1998, Black was elected a delegate to the Virginia House. He sparked multiple battles over social issues until he was voted out of office in 2005. But Black wasn’t done. In 2011, after moving several times around Northern Virginia in search of a friendly district, Black was voted back into the Legislature, this time to the state Senate.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/gop-congressional-candidate-richard-dick-black-spousal-rape-not-a-crime

  17. rikyrah says:

    Wis. legislators circulate 7-day work week bill
    By Todd Richmond

    MADISON — Wisconsin manufacturing and retail workers could volunteer to work seven days straight without a day off under a bill two Republican lawmakers are circulating on behalf of the state’s largest business group.

    The bill promises to ratchet up tensions between the GOP and Democrats and their organized labor allies, who are still stinging after Republicans passed Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip most public workers of nearly all their union rights in 2011.

    The measure’s authors, Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Mark Born of Beaver Dam, say the bill brings Wisconsin in line with federal law, gives workers a way to make extra money and employers a way to boost production. But Democrats and labor leaders insisted bosses would use the bill to force their employees to work longer and effectively erase the weekend.

    “Even God said rest on the seventh day,” said David Reardon, secretary-treasurer for Teamsters Local 662, a union that represents about 10,000 workers across various industries in west-central and east-central Wisconsin, including manufacturing, truck driving, public workers and food service workers. “I would hate to see that Republican bill pass. Some employers would really take advantage of that.”

    http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/viewart/20140112/SPJ01/301120292/

  18. rikyrah says:

    Taxpayers’ tab for McDonnell legal bills tops $780,000

    Taxpayers’ tab likely to rise as state-appointed lawyers stay on case
    BY OLYMPIA MEOLA Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Virginia taxpayers have shelled out more than $780,000 for legal bills in connection with the resolved criminal case involving a former Executive Mansion chef and a gifts investigation into Gov. Bob McDonnell.A batch of invoices the governor’s office provided Thursday shows expenses of nearly $210,000 on top of the $574,000 that had been billed for work through at least the end of August.

    McDonnell faces state and federal investigations related to the more than $160,000 in gifts and loans that he and his family received from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., then-CEO of Star Scientific.

    With the investigations still unresolved, the legal bills could continue to climb.

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/taxpayers-tab-for-mcdonnell-legal-bills-tops/article_8ce4065c-3a28-55bb-869c-b32f93576eee.html

  19. Dr. King explaining to his daughter Yolanda why she can’t go to Funtown- a whites only amusement park in Atlanta.

    Dr. King explaining to Yolanda why she can't go to Funtown- a whites only amusement park in Atlanta

    • Yahtc says:

      The first day of the Montgomery Bus Boycott was coordinated to take place on the same day as Rosa Parks trial. Fred Gray represented her in the trial.

      That evening Martin Luther King gave the speech of what Fred Gray described as “what would become know as the pep-talk for each of the Monday night mass meetings” during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

      Attorney Fred Gray wrote in his book “Bus Ride to Justice” (pp. 57-58):

      These talks were for many their first glimpse of the genius that was within Martin Luther King, Jr. He was elected president of the MIA at a meeting at which he was not present, at Zion A.M.E. Church on South Holt and Stone streets. He presided over a cross section of preachers, three college professors (including one woman), two physicians, three housewives, a Pullman porter, and most of the rest being preachers. He soon became the favorite of all of them. He rose in stature to the point that many of the women who attended mass meeting after mass meeting could be heard to say, “Just let me touch his garmet.”

      Yet Martin appeared to have never lost the common touch. He could calm the rivalries which arose among some of the ministers on occasion. Before MIA board meetings, Martin was always alert to congratulate someone for some deed of kindness. He was jovial, at a well-bred ease and aware of events in the neighborhood, or asking those present about matters which might have escaped him. But those qualities were qualities which were generally not yet realized on the night of the first mass meeting.

  20. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,
    If I could begin errryday with Sade…

    Thanks.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Stand, Fight, Or Be Routed

    by BooMan
    Wed Jan 15th, 2014 at 08:47:37 AM EST

    According to Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan at Politico, the Republicans are going to campaign against two things: Obama and ObamaCare. According to Eric Cantor, they might talk about energy and education, too, but it’s basically going to be able about the president and his health care plan.
    The article suggests that polling supports this strategy, but it has no positive component and has no populist appeal. They aren’t even talking about the debt or the deficit, which is what supposedly animated the Tea Party. The answer to this is to first play strong defense by defending the health care law and the president, even in places like North Carolina. And then play offense: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.

    Although “work better” would be great, “sell better” is the key. And that means attacking Republicans for not supporting the bill and elements of the bill, regardless of how it polls.

    The Democrats can’t afford to be nervous.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/1/15/84737/3440

  22. rikyrah says:

    That Nashville Don’t Exist

    by BooMan
    Wed Jan 15th, 2014 at 06:07:14 AM EST

    I enjoyed Carrie Allen Tipton’s essay on ABC’s show Nashville. I haven’t seen the show. I didn’t even know it existed. I don’t think I have watched an episode of television on one of the networks in the last two or three years. If you exclude 60 Minutes, it may be five or more years since I’ve watched a non-sports, non-political program on the networks. And I’m not going to watch Nashville. It sounds awful.

    I’d much rather they depict Nashville as it is, than as it ought to be. Even worse, while I can tolerate a little music snobbery from the jazz scene, since part of playing jazz is being an expert on your instrument, and I can get with the low-rent purity of HBO’s Treme, I have a real problem seeing alternative country as some kind of pure and sacred exercise. In Nashville, it sells records or it don’t. It’s the Las Vegas of music. If you want purity, you’re better off in Memphis.

    Nonetheless, it is interesting that the writers of the show have decided that evangelical Christianity really isn’t a big part of its characters’ lives. I don’t know if that is a sign that a new South is arising, but it appears that the writers would like to believe that it is possible. Nashville without tinsel and pop and God!!

    God and Man at Yale!

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/1/15/6714/05287

  23. rikyrah says:

    As Republicans kill UI, a battle looms over safety net
    By Greg Sargent
    January 14 at 5:03 pm

    Today, Republicans successfully filibustered a version of the unemployment insurance extension, and UI is now in limbo. Republicans tossed out a host of procedural objections in the process. No surprise: the game plan all along has been to sink the extension while deflecting blame from Republicans by casting it as a casualty of inside-the-Beltway bickering.

    Meanwhile, McConnell’s Dem opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, attacked McConnell for opposing the extension, noting that more than 18,000 unemployed Kentuckians have lost benefits, ”including 1,200 coal miners in Pike County.”

    “We take care of our own in this state,” the Grimes campaign continued. “As Senator, Alison Lundergan Grimes will never turn her back on the hardworking men and women of the Commonwealth.”

    This is a reminder that the safety net is going to be front and center in many races this fall, even in red states. To read much of the commentary, you’d think Dems have two choices: either sink under the weight of Obamacare, or run away from it. As Charlie Cook put it, Dems are talking about inequality to “shift the focus” from Obamacare, because it has become a “sore subject.”

    That’s true in some ways, but the nuances of what Dems are up to are worth appreciating. Dems aren’t simply looking to shift away from Obamacare, but to shift the terms of the debate over it, by putting it in the context of a larger debate over the safety net, an argument Dems are already engaging pretty aggressively.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/14/as-republicans-kill-ui-a-battle-looms-over-safety-net/

  24. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  25. rikyrah says:

    Ms. Folasade Adu.

    Timeless beauty.

    Timeless voice.

  26. trekkiewife says:

    Sade is just plain pretty. She is so ageless!!! I need to go get some night cream, SHEESH!!

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