Sunday Open Thread

Hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

And SG2 – you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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32 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Yahtc says:

    Jessie Redmon Fauset was born on this day in 1882.

    Excerpts from Wikipedia:

    “Jessie Redmon Fauset (April 27, 1882 – April 30, 1961) was an American editor, poet, essayist and novelist.

    “Fauset was the editor of the NAACP magazine ‘The Crisis.’ She also was the editor and co-author for the African American children’s magazine Brownies’ Book. She studied the teachings and beliefs of W.E.B Du Bois and considered him to be her mentor. Fauset was known as one of the most intelligent women novelists of the Harlem Renaissance, earning her the name ‘the midwife’. In her lifetime she wrote four novels as well as poetry and short fiction.

    “Jessie Fauset’s time with the Crisis is considered the most prolific literary period of the magazine’s run. In July 1918, Fauset became a contributor to the Crisis, sending articles for the ‘Looking Glass’ column from her home in Philadelphia. By the next July, W.E.B. Du Bois requested she move to New York to become the full-time Literary Editor. By October, Fauset was installed in the Crisis office, where she quickly took over most organizational duties. As Literary Editor, Fauset fostered the careers of many of the most famous authors of the Harlem Renaissance, including Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Langston Hughes. In fact, Fauset was the first person to publish Hughes. A few of his early poems appeared in The Brownies’ Book, The Crisis’s children’s magazine edited by Fauset. In his memoir, The Big Sea, Hughes calls Fauset the ‘midwife’ of the Harlem Renaissance, though the truth of this moniker has only recently been fully appreciated by critics.

    “Between 1924 and 1933, Fauset produced four novels: ‘There is Confusion’ (1924), ‘Plum Bun’ (1928), ‘The Chinaberry Tree’ (1931), and ‘Comedy, American Style’ (1933). Inspired by T.S. Stribling’s novel ‘Birthright,’ Fauset recognized a dearth of positive depictions of African American experience in contemporary literature, and thereby set out to portray African American life as realistically, and as positively, as possible.

    • “Fauset’s first novel, ‘There is Confusion,’ was praised widely upon release, especially within the pages of the Crisis. This novel traces the family histories of Joanna Mitchell and Peter Bye, who must each come to terms with the baggage of their racial histories.

    • “Published in 1923, her second novel ‘Plum Bun’ has warranted the most critical attention. Plum Bun centers on the theme of “passing.” The protagonist, Angela Murray, eventually reclaims her African American identity after spending much of the novel passing for white.

    • “Fauset’s third novel, ‘The Chinaberry Tree,’ has largely been ignored critically. Set in New Jersey, this novel explores the longing for “respectability” among the contemporary African American middle class. The protagonist Laurentine seeks to overcome her “bad blood” through marriage to a “decent” man. Ultimately, Laurentine must redefine “respectable” as she finds her own sense of identity.

    • “Her last novel ‘Comedy, American Style,’ explores the destructive power of ‘color mania’ The protagonist’s mother Olivia ultimately brings about the downfall of the other characters due to her own internalized racism.”

  2. Yahtc says:

    August Wilson was born on this day in 1945.

    From Wikipedia:

    “August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the twentieth century.

    “Wilson’s best known plays are ‘Fences ‘(1985) (which won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award), ‘The Piano Lesson ‘(1990) (a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award), ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ and ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.’

    “Wilson stated that he was most influenced by “the four Bs”: blues music, the Argentine novelist and poet Jorge Luis Borges, the playwright Amiri Baraka and the painter Romare Bearden. He went on to add writers Ed Bullins and James Baldwin to the list. He noted “From Borges, those wonderful gaucho stories from which I learned that you can be specific as to a time and place and culture and still have the work resonate with the universal themes of love, honor, duty, betrayal, etc. From Amiri Baraka, I learned that all art is political, although I don’t write political plays. From Romare Bearden I learned that the fullness and richness of everyday life can be rendered without compromise or sentimentality.” He valued Bullins and Baldwin for their honest representations of everyday life.

    “Like Bearden, Wilson worked with collage techniques in writing: ” I try to make my plays the equal of his canvases. In creating plays I often use the image of a stewing pot in which I toss various things that I’m going to make use of—a black cat, a garden, a bicycle, a man with a scar on his face, a pregnant woman, a man with a gun.” On the meaning of his work Wilson stated “I once wrote this short story called ‘The Best Blues Singer in the World,’ and it went like this— “The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.” End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I’ve been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story.”

    “Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle,” also often referred to as his “Century Cycle,” consists of ten plays—nine of which are set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, an African-American neighborhood that takes on a mythic literary significance like Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, or Irish playwright Brian Friel’s Ballybeg. The plays are each set in a different decade and aim to sketch the Black experience in the 20th century and “raise consciousness through theater” and echo “the poetry in the everyday language of black America”. He was fascinated by the power of theater as a medium where a community at large could come together to bear witness to events and currents unfolding.”from Wikipedia

  3. Yahtc says:

    Alice Allison Dunnigan was born on this day in 1906.

    “Alice Allison Dunnigan ( April 27,1906– May 6,1983) was an African-American journalist, civil rights activist and author She was the first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, and the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. She has written an autobiography entitled Alice A. Dunnigan: A Black Woman’s Experience. She also has a Kentucky State Historical Commission marker dedicated to her.
    “Alice chronicled the decline of Jim Crow during the 1940s and 1950s, which influenced her to become a civil rights activist. She was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 1982.

    “During her time as a reporter, she became the first black journalist to accompany a president while traveling, covering Harry S. Truman’s 1948 campaign trip……

    “……During her years covering the White House, Dunnigan suffered many of the racial indignities of the time, but also earned a reputation as a hard-hitting reporter. She was barred from entering certain establishments to cover President Eisenhower, and had to sit with the servants to cover Senator Taft’s funeral.

    “When she attended formal White House functions, she was mistaken for the wife of a visiting dignitary; no one could imagine a black woman attending such an event on her own.

    “During Eisenhower’s two administrations, the president resorted first to not calling on her and later to asking for her questions beforehand because she was known to ask such difficult questions, often about race. No other member of the press corps was required to submit their questions before a press conference, and Dunnigan refused.

    “When Kennedy took office, he welcomed Dunnigan’s tough questions and answered them frankly.”Wikipedia)

  4. Yahtc says:

    Ann Peebles was born on this day in 1947.

    Ann Peebles (born April 27, 1947) is an African American singer-songwriter who gained celebrity for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s on the Hi Records label. Two of her most popular songs are “I Can’t Stand the Rain” and “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down”, which she wrote with her husband, Don Bryant, and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller and were subsequently popularized in cover versions by, among others, Eruption (1978) and Paul Young (1984), respectively.from Wikipedia)

  5. rikyrah says:

    LEO Weekly: Mitch McConnell Enters A High-Risk Pool On Kynect Opposition

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the almost-final enrollment numbers for Kentuckians gaining access to health care coverage under Kynect before the spring deadline, in which a staggering 413,410 people — 9.6 percent of all Kentuckians — now have health insurance. Roughly 300,000 of these people previously did not have health insurance, and 52 percent of Kynect enrollees are under the age of 35. Sen. Mitch McConnell is beating the drum of repealing Obamacare “root and branch,” though he occasionally slips up and talks about a “fix.” Where this stance becomes dicey for him is when he’s asked what he would do for those 413,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through Kynect, 300,000 of which were previously uninsured, if he succeeds in repealing the ACA. When cornered with this question, McConnell usually goes into talking points mode to avoid specifics, but last week His Swaggerness got McConnell to bite. Asked what he would do for terminally ill Kentuckians who would lose their new insurance if the ACA is repealed, McConnell actually presented what appears to be a specific answer

    McConnell is referring to here is Kentucky Access, the state’s former high-risk pool that helped provide insurance on the private market for Kentuckians who were otherwise turned down by insurance companies due to their pre-existing condition. The program operated from 2001 until the end of last year, when it was rendered moot by the ACA. However, Kentucky Access was not very popular, as it was still too expensive for people to buy insurance. In 2013, only 3,988 Kentuckians gained coverage through the program — which did not provide the same consumer protections under the ACA — with the average basic premium for an individual being $680 a month, and the most popular plan with a pharmacy rider having a monthly premium of $1,118 for a male aged 64.

    On the other hand, these same people — and hundreds of thousands more — can now gain coverage through Kynect, along with a subsidy to reduce their premium cost and new consumer protections that make their insurance more valuable if they have a medical emergency and cover the costs of basic check ups and screenings. What McConnell is essentially saying is that we should just go back to the way it was before, with vulnerable Kentuckians having to rely on expensive insurance through an unpopular program that did not provide the same protections they have now. Kynect? 413,000 Kentuckians signing up for insurance in the exchange shows you what a popular insurance pool looks like. And yes, 413,000 is greater than 4,000.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Irin Carmon: Texas Women Are Running Out Of Options

    There is no more birth control at the flea market. And if there ever were abortion pills, they’re long gone, too. At the Rio Grande Valley’s biggest outdoor market, known as la pulga, locals can buy car parts and fertilizer, watermelons out of a pickup, a parakeet, an iPhone case or stickers from their favorite Mexican fútbol team. But since this flea market was among several raided last August over suspicion it was selling abortion pills, if you even ask for birth control you’ll hear voices lower to a fearful whisper. You’ll be sent to the vendor who sells nuts, or the women selling jewelry. On a recent afternoon, all those destinations were a dead end. “Not anymore,” a woman whose table bore aspirin and homeopathic remedies said in Spanish. She shrugged. “Obama wants us to have more babies.” In fact, it wasn’t the federal government that raided four flea markets’ thriving illegal pharmaceutical trade, making undocumented residents that much more terrified to shop in them. The Sheriff of Hidalgo County, who took the lead, didn’t find any abortion pills, but he did charge nine people with selling prescription-drug contraband like diet pills and Viagra from Mexico.

    The arrests came a month to the day after a front page New York Times story about how the state’s new omnibus law restricting abortion – the one Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis famously tried to block – was expected to close the Rio Grande Valley’s two abortion clinics.The combined crackdown by state and local authorities in Texas has done more than make it harder for the women of the Valley to get an abortion. They’re now having trouble getting any reproductive health care at all, since the same state legislature that shuttered the abortion clinics also slashed family planning funds and closed family planning providers. And Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid means its distinction as the uninsured capital of the United States isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, making the state’s broader health care crisis even worse.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Blocking health care for 500,000 people is huge plus in GOP primary

    By Greg Sargent
    April 25 at 1:20 pm

    “Thom Tillis has a proven record of fighting against Obamacare. Tillis stopped Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and it’s because of Thom Tillis.”

    The expected GOP Senate nominee for North Carolina is boasting, in effect, that he is the sole reason 500,000 people in the state he would represent will not get health coverage under the Medicaid expansion. This quote comes from a radio ad Tillis ran this week in the GOP Senate primary.

    This will be another interesting test of how the actual GOP position on Obamacare — get rid of it and its benefits for millions — will play politically, as the law’s implementation has made it harder and harder for Republicans to campaign on abstract notions of “repeal and replace.” It’s slowly sinking in with the national press that Democrats are not uniformly running away from the law, and that the GOP repeal stance just might have problems of its own.

    The backstory: Tillis, who has to avoid a primary runoff, has been under fire from conservative rivals as soft on Obamacare, because he suggested the law’s general goals might not be uniformly awful and even said Obamacare is a “great idea that can’t be paid for.” Senator Kay Hagan’s campaign then ran a radio ad tweaking Tillis over that quote, in a move observers speculated was designed to hurt him among GOP primary voters. Now Tillis is up with the radio spot — flagged by North Carolina Dems — reinforcing his anti-Obamacare cred:

  8. Ametia says:

    rikyrah, I just finished watching the Scandal season finale. Whew! Talk to me, lady.

    Papa Pope LARGE & IN CHARGE.

    • rikyrah says:

      Daddy Pope is the Devil. But, damn, I love the man. Can’t help it. Not in the least. Olivia and B613 being BOTH his babies, and Fitz fucked around with both. Take a man’s children, and you don’t know what he’s capable of doing.

      I thought Charlie would physically harm Quinn and Huck. Not that he might not still do it, but the bomb he put in Quinn’s lap was truly evil, because HE was there when Huck was forced to give up his family the first time – Quinn wasn’t. She doesn’t REALLY understand what it cost Huck – Charlie does, which is why that envelope was beyond cruel.

      Been thinking about it, and I don’t think Mama and Papa Pope were working together. Remember what Mama Pope said to Adnan when she said she would find the bomb maker and Adnan thought SHE was the bomb maker.

      ” I don’t make Bombs. I make MONEY…..besides, who would be the patsy? Certainly, not me.”

      Papa Pope made Mama Pope his patsy.

      Mama Pope being locked up for 20+ years, she didn’t know how things had advanced. Remember, she was shocked that you could use a cellphone to detonate a bomb.

      And, she probably wasn’t up on foreign accounts and wire transfers. She hadn’t had the time to set up her own accounts in offshore banks. She only trusted the money she could feel, and Papa Pope knew this, which is why he tricked Harrison into giving up the location of the bank, which he knew was Mama Pope’s weakness.

      He doesn’t kill her, because she’s Olivia’s mother. Has no problem holding her hostage, but won’t kill her.

      Same reason she won’t kill him – he’s Olivia’s father. Some goon code, I guess.

      I’m hoping that Harrison isn’t dead – so that they can re-cast or bring back Columbus Short.

      David gets on my nerves. After all he’s seen, he still thinks he’s wearing the White hat. he needs to stop. He’s going to get himself killed, and if it comes to pass, I would feel sad, but not really because he’s just so stupid.

      The moment where Olivia told Mellie’s truth about Big Jerry, there was no other way around it. What woman could go off into the sunset with another woman’s husband knowing the true reason as to why the relationship went into the crapper in the first place. You’re already fucking another woman’s husband, but to think that that wouldn’t come back to bite you seriously would be delusional.

      Fitz on his knees in the Oval?

      Uh uh uh.

      They can reset the entire show now. I don’t know when they’ll come back. 6 months from now, or 2 years…it would be interesting.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Andrew McCarthy is Clueless About Crack

    by BooMan
    Sun Apr 27th, 2014 at 12:03:17 PM EST

    I wish the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy would stop to consider the implications of his own words. As he acknowledges, under The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, possession of 5 grams of crack or 500 grams of powder cocaine were treated the same way: a mandatory prison sentence of five years was imposed. Now, consider the practical difference. A group of white suburban teenagers might purchase an “eight-ball” of coke to have some fun on a Saturday night. Possession of two eight-balls would be equal to possession of seven grams of powder cocaine. In other words, someone who brought a slightly more than average amount of coke to a party would have been subject to a five-year sentence if powder cocaine had been treated the way that crack was. Looked at another way, possession of five grams of crack was not a true indicator that someone was a a significant narcotics dealer, or a dealer at all. A crack addict might buy five or more grams at a time for simple convenience, or because they were buying some for their friends, too. So, the disparity wasn’t just that crack-dealing and coke-dealing were treated differently, but that the crack sentences netted a lot of people who were mere addicts or, at worst, couriers. Casual users of cocaine did not commonly possess 500 grams of it at any one time. Casual users of crack often possessed 5 grams at one time.

    That’s why the following is so myopic:

  10. rikyrah says:

    NYT: Slavery Nostalgia Is Real, And It’s Dangerous

    Northerners may be a little shocked that anyone could feel a bit nostalgic for slavery, in the manner of the government-hating Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy. But in the South, such sentiments are hardly unheard of, even if they are usually muttered in private over a few bourbons rather than spoken at a news conference. Occasionally, in fact, they are expressed or embraced by public figures. A particularly relevant case started about 14 years ago, when Maurice Bessinger, owner of a chain of South Carolina barbecue restaurants called Maurice’s Piggie Park, began distributing pro-slavery tracts in his stores. One of the tracts, called the “Biblical View of Slavery,” said the practice wasn’t really so bad, because it was permitted in the Bible. It argued that many black slaves in the South “blessed the Lord” for their condition, because it was better than their life in Africa.

    When the tract was discovered, Mr. Bessinger was denounced and his restaurants boycotted. Many retail stores pulled his distinctive (to be kind) yellow mustardy barbecue sauce from their shelves. But one prominent South Carolinian decided to stand up for Mr. Bessinger. Glenn McConnell, then a state senator from Charleston, stocked the sauce in his Confederate “art gallery,” which was loaded with secessionist flags and uniforms, as well as toilet paper bearing the image of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. When a local power utility banned its trucks from the parking lots of Piggie Park, Mr. McConnell threatened a legislative vendetta against the company. Mr. Bessinger died in February. Mr. McConnell is now the lieutenant governor of South Carolina.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Dylan Scott: NYT Poll Blows Up GOP’s Obamacare Narrative

    A poll released Wednesday offers yet another data point showing the politics of Obamacare aren’t as set in stone as the conventional wisdom would have you believe. Embracing Obamacare isn’t necessarily a political loser, and obstructing it isn’t necessarily a winner. The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed four Southern states that will help determine control of the Senate this fall. It earned headlines for finding the Democrats in better shape in the Senate races than most would have expected. But it also assessed the popularity of four governors who have taken vastly different approaches to Obamacare — and the findings are a direct contradiction of the narrative that the law is a loser, plain and simple, especially in states like these.

    The poll showed Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who expanded Medicaid under the law, are hugely popular. Their approval ratings are more than 20 points higher than their disapproval ratings; Beebe holds 68 percent approval, and Beshear is at 56 percent. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) are at best treading water with their constituents after they declined to expand the program to cover low-income residents.

    • Ametia says:

      The GOP will go to their graves fighting against OBAMACARE. It doesn’t matter what the American people want.

      As long as there’s breath in their wicked bodies, they’ll keep fighting against it. This is where their strength lies, in their consistency.

  12. rikyrah says:

    I’m gonna keep on saying this.

    IF they are stupid enough to cling to the Whiteness, instead of getting the help that they need because it comes from a Black man…


    Health Law
    APRIL 26, 2014

    “Literally, people thought there would be chips embedded in their bodies if they signed up for Obamacare,” Mr. Bryant said.

    Far to the east, at a branch of the Shenandoah Valley Medical System in Martinsburg, Sara R. Koontz, a social worker, said she had heard people express fears about chip implants as well as “death panels” as she sought to enroll uninsured residents. Some told her that they would rather pay a penalty than sign up for insurance, she said, and even people who did enroll paused in their excitement to ask, “Wait — this isn’t that Obamacare, is it?”

  13. Yahtc says:

    Yesterday, Ametia gave us an update on SG2′s health:

    Ametia says:
    April 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I’ve spoken with SG2 this morning, and she sends her most humblest THANKS.for all your well wishes and prayers. Right now the status is no surgery, lots of medicine via IV therapy and rest.
    Keep those prayers and well wishes coming! We’re grateful to you all.

  14. Vettte says:

    Southern Girl 2, God will turn your trial into a testimony. You’re in my prayers for health, strength and a complete recovery. You’re missed in this space~

  15. Yahtc says:

    James McCune Smith was born on this day in 1813.

    “James McCune Smith (April 18, 1813 – November 17, 1865) was an American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author. He is the first African American to hold a medical degree and graduated at the top in his class at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was the first African American to run a pharmacy in the United States.

    “In addition to practicing as a doctor for nearly 20 years at the Colored Orphan Asylum in Manhattan, Smith was a public intellectual: he contributed articles to medical journals, participated in learned societies, and wrote numerous essays and articles drawing from his medical and statistical training. He used his training in medicine and statistics to refute common misconceptions about race, intelligence, medicine, and society in general. Invited as a founding member of the New York Statistics Society in 1852, which promoted a new science, he was elected as a member in 1854 of the recently founded American Geographic Society. But, he was never admitted to the American Medical Association or local medical associations.

    “He has been most well known for his leadership as an abolitionist; a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, with Frederick Douglass he helped start the National Council of Colored People in 1853, the first permanent national organization for blacks. Douglass said that Smith was “the single most important influence on his life.”[1] Smith was one of the Committee of Thirteen, who organized in 1850 in New York City to resist the newly passed Fugitive Slave Law by aiding fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad. Other leading abolitionist activists were among his friends and colleagues. From the 1840s, he lectured on race and abolitionism and wrote numerous articles to refute racist ideas about black capacities.”from Wikipedia)

    “Danny Glover as James McCune Smith (produced by the New-York Historic Society)” :

  16. Yahtc says:

    Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.

    “Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King often participated in many of her husband’s exploits and goals during the battle for African-American equality. King met the future civil rights leader while in college and the two quickly escalated to the center of the movement.

    “Mrs. King played a prominent role in the years after her husband’s 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women’s Movement and the LGBT rights movement. King founded the King Center and sought to make his birthday a national holiday. King went through several procedures and was put down many times before in the mid-1980s, she finally succeeded with Ronald Reagan’s signing of the legislation legalizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She expanded her views to include opposition to apartheid and tried to establish homosexual rights as being part of her husband’s wishes.”from Wikipedia)

    Three quotations of Coretta Scott King:

    “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”

    “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

    “I’m fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.”

  17. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

    Thanks, rikyrah, for these soul-touching videos. Wow, these hymns delivered in gospel-style really “reached” me!

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