Thursday Open Thread | TV Show Theme Songs

In The Heat of The NightIn the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O’Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1994. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O’Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.

In the premiere episode, Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia police department detective, has returned to his childhood home (the fictionalized Sparta, Mississippi) for his mother’s funeral. By virtue of his previous dealings with Gillespie, he is eventually persuaded by local politicians to remain in Sparta as its police department’s new head Chief of Detectives, in an effort to improve the local squad’s poor reputation of being racist and underskilled. Although the team have their friction such as with Tibbs’ dissatisfaction with the department’s limited resources and racial attitudes while Gillespie is annoyed at Tibbs’ condenscending suspicion of his hometown, they prove highly effective enforcing the law in Sparta and the surrounding area.

Scenes from the film…

Eventually, Tibbs entered the bar as a lawyer and resigned from the force to practice in Jackson, Mississippi with occasional cases in Sparta while Gillespie was finally dismissed as Police Chief by Sparta city council and replaced by Hampton Forbes (Carl Weathers) the town’s first African American in that position. Fortunately, Gillespie finds a new post of equivalent authority as County Sheriff and the two senior police officers find they get along in excellent fashion both in the professional and personal spheres as they deal with their home’s problems.

The first season of the show was filmed in Hammond, Louisiana. There were many conflicts between the first executive producer, Juanita Bartlett, and series star Carroll O’Connor. A total of eight episodes (the two-hour pilot, plus six regular episodes) were filmed. O’Connor threatened to quit the series at the end of season one if Bartlett remained executive producer, so she was eventually replaced.

The episodes this season were mostly “recycled material from other crime shows,” in O’Connor’s words.[where?] O’Connor was promised the head writing position of Story Editor, but scripts would come back marked, “FINAL NO REWRITES.”[citation needed] Episodes often focused on grisly murders or crimes, not the lives of the “New South“-era characters. Anne-Marie Johnson, who played Virgil’s wife Althea, summed up what it was like to film the show in the little town of Hammond: “My high school was bigger than this town.”

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  1. Ametia says:

    More Than A Million Young People Enrolled In Obamacare Last Month

    Obamacare experienced a surge in enrollment last month, as nearly 3.8 million people selected a plan through the exchanges, including 1.2 million young people, administration officials announced on Thursday. The rush represented “an 89 precent increase in the cumulative number of individuals” who enrolled in a health care plan through the exchange between March 1 and April 19.

    Cumulatively, more than 8 million people have enrolled in an Obamacare plan though state or federal marketplaces since the beginning of open enrollment. 2.2 million of those people — or 28 percent — are between the ages of 18 and 34.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Seriously, D.L. Hughley, You’re Telling Columbus Short’s Wife to Shut Up?

    Everyone’s innocent until proved guilty, but mocking a woman for reporting domestic abuse isn’t helping anyone.

    By: Britni Danielle

    Posted: April 30 2014 2:57 PM

    I’m not sure what D.L. Hughley’s problem is with Columbus Short’s estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short—or, in general, with women who have been subjected to domestic violence—but on a recent episode of his online radio show, the comedian had some raw advice for McCall-Short, who says she was attacked by Short: “Shut the f–k up.”

    Excuse me, D.L.?

    That’s pretty cold, to say the least, considering that she’s the mother of Short’s children, and he’s alleged to have held a knife to her throat.

    Earlier this month, news broke that McCall-Short had filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order, saying that Short had threatened to kill her, and himself, during an argument. Although McCall-Short did not go public with the allegations, TMZ obtained the couple’s court documents and broke the story on its website.

    Once the article was picked up by news outlets worldwide, everyone was talking about Short’s behavior—which reportedly included a bar fight in March, punching a man out during a pickup basketball game, and prior domestic incidents with his wife. After Short called in to the Tom Joyner Morning Show April 18 and gave a “bizarre” interview—and dropped the n-word—he was let go from his coveted Scandal gig.

    It’s been a rough couple of months for the actor, but according to Hughley, Short’s estranged wife—whom he described as a “thirsty bitch” and a “ho”—should have kept her mouth shut about the alleged violence because going public was against her financial interests.

    “I think that broad shouldn’t be telling all his business if she gone take him to court,” Hughley man-splained.

    • Ametia says:

      D.L. Hugley’s a trifling MOFO, who helps fosters this kind of domestic abuse, by spewing this kind of nonsense. What an ignorant, misogynist fucker.

      • I can’t stand him. He disgusts me to no end. I’m still ticked about the Rutgers comment. Ignorant trifling mofo!

      • Ametia says:

        Word, SG2 No doubt Hugley supports this kind of behavior, and it would not shock me in the least, if we hear he’s beating the shit out of some woman.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Don’t Knock V. Stiviano’s Gold-Digging Hustle

    She Matters: The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal isn’t selling herself short.
    By: Demetria L. Lucas

    Posted: April 29 2014 1:31 PM

    Like every other adult with Internet access, I’ve been following the Donald Sterling saga since TMZ released the hidden recording of his racist rants on Friday night. Over the past many days, it’s all anyone seems to talk about. Surely, recently departed Scandal co-star Columbus Short is somewhere thanking the gods for taking the attention off him.

    I’ve taken to calling this whole affair As the Plantation Turns (which I can’t take credit for). The unique cast of characters—the geriatric billionaire racist sugar daddy, his not-so-estranged wife and the biracial mastermind mistress; the guest appearance by basketball legend, businessman and HIV activist Magic Johnson (who was unfairly dragged into all this mess); and the setting of professional basketball during the high-stakes playoffs are better than anything a novelist could create. This all lends credence to the popular joke that sports are reality TV for men.

    At the heart of this drama is V. Stiviano—a mysterious woman who apparently has gone by several different names—whose voice is heard on the TMZ tapes that started this whole debacle. So the story seems to go like this: Sterling’s billionaire wife was angry that her husband spent around $2 million on gifts for his lady “friend” of four years, a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. The Los Angeles Times reports that over four years, Sterling bought Stiviano four luxury cars and a $1.8 million duplex home in Stiviano’s name and gave her $240,000 in “living expenses.”

    The wife wanted the gifts returned. Now, this amount is chump change to a billionaire family. This wasn’t about the money—it was about principle, maybe jealousy. Maybe both or even more. (To be clear: I find no fault with the wife about this.)

    Stiviano refused to give back her goods. The wife sued. Suddenly, tapes of Sterling’s wildly racist beliefs went public. It’s a pretty perfect revenge, although Stiviano—through her lawyer—denies releasing the tape.

  4. rikyrah says:

    A Raisin Still in the Sun

    100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: Beyond its star-studded Broadway revival, Lorraine Hansberry’s play remains relevant.

    By: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Posted: April 28 2014 4:00 AM

    The sheer star power, including Denzel Washington in the lead role, lighting up the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun, 55 years after its original run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, would no doubt delight Hansberry, and the play’s first director, legendary black Canadian Lloyd Richards. Yet beyond its mega-watt casting, the tale of a black Chicago family divided by money and competing dreams about how to spend it resonates on multiple levels for black America, remaining just as relevant for our community today as when it opened.

    The play, which debuted just a year before the great year of African independence when no fewer than 17 former African colonies gained their independence, leaves no doubt about which character makes the better argument in the penultimate scene, during a debate over the degree of racial progress black people have made since slavery and what the future bodes for people throughout the African diaspora.

    Were our people merely doomed to march in “one large circle, around and around,” as 20-year-old aspiring doctor Beneatha Younger bemoans upon learning that her big brother, Walter Lee Jr., has just thrown away their share of their late father’s life-insurance policy? Or was black history “a long line … that reaches into infinity,” as Beneatha’s Nigerian suitor, Joseph Asagai, counters, hoping to inspire her to marry him, move to the continent and take part in the decolonization movement then lifting the grip of European colonial rule in the late 1950s?

  5. rikyrah says:

    Audra McDonald Soars as the Legendary Billie Holiday

    In a Q&A with The Root, the performer, who has just been nominated for a Tony Award, describes her apprehensiveness about and preparation for this extraordinary role.

    By: Greg Thomas

    Posted: May 1 2014 6:23 AM

    Audra McDonald’s Tony nomination this week for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her work in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill isn’t a surprise to anyone who has seen her channel Billie Holiday. I did, closing my eyes during the performance, imagining that I was in Philadelphia in 1959 listening to Lady Day. This performance by McDonald—who is rightfully celebrated as one of our most accomplished contemporary stage and concert artists—captures Holiday’s style so well that it’s almost frightening.

    In this interview, The Root peers into the creative process of a modern master, who, if she wins another Tony this year, will have received the most by any actor ever.

    The Root: When and why did you decide to take on this role?

    Audra McDonald: A very good friend of mine, who has also directed me in a few shows over the years, Lonnie Price, brought it up to me about two years ago. He said, “This is something we were going to do in London with Vanessa Williams, but that fell through and she’s got other commitments. Do you think it’s something that you might be interested in?”

    I took a look at the script and said, “Wow, this looks incredibly difficult. And I don’t know if I can pull this off.” But I’m a sucker for a challenge, so I was like, OK.

    TR: What looked difficult? What did you find so daunting?

    AM: Because she’s such an iconic, historic character. If I played Harriet Tubman—who existed, but we don’t have a lot of record of how she sounded and how she spoke—I could interpret it my way. But with Billie Holiday, there’s so much historical documentation, video and audio. And she’s famous for, more than anything, her iconic sound. So I wasn’t sure if it was something I could find in my voice. That was the thing that scared me the most.

    TR: Yet you so powerfully captured, even channeled, her voice, sound and manner of speaking. What process did you go through to achieve that?

    AM: A lot of studying, a lot of driving my poor husband crazy with sharing every tidbit there was about her. And also going to bed, night after night, playing her singing and speaking voice in my ears. It was the last thing I’d hear before falling asleep, and the first thing I’d hear waking up. I absolutely immersed myself in her life, her voice and her sound. That’s what I’ve been doing, on and off, for the last year and a half.

  6. rikyrah says:

    A ‘little secret’ on immigration reform?

    05/01/14 12:56 PM—Updated 05/01/14 01:14 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Looking back at the debate over immigration reform over the last year or so, it’s hard not to think of “Peanuts.”

    You’ve seen the bit: Lucy holds the football and tells Charlie Brown that this time she’ll let him kick it. He’s skeptical – Lucy’s fooled him so many times before – but his optimism always gets the best of him. So, Charlie runs, excited by the prospect of long-sought success, only to have Lucy pull the ball away at the last moment, just as she always does.

    It captures the legislative fight over immigration reform quite nicely: I’m Charlie Brown; congressional Republicans are Lucy. I know they’re going to pull the ball away, even as my inner optimist pushed back, hoping against hope that this time might be different.

    Roll Call ran a compelling item this week, noting eight related data points suggesting immigration reform isn’t as dead as it appears, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) openly and publicly mocking his own members for their reluctance to work on the issue. The same day, one of the leading Senate Democrats on the issue sounded a very confident note.

  7. rikyrah says:




    Jack Bauer is Back in New ’24: Live Another Day’ Teaser (Video)

    25 March 2014 2:31 PM, PDT

    What’s a four-year hiatus when you’re Jack Bauer?

    Fox has released a minute-long teaser for the reboot of its mega-hit skein, “24,” and in it, counter-terrorism agent Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back for more. The clip shows Bauer trying to foil an assassination attempt against the U.S. president all while trying to evade his own capture.

    The limited series event, “24:Live Another Day,” will follow a 12-hour timeline instead of the show’s original daylong format. But it seems having only a half day makes no difference. Bauer will be doing everything in his power to complete his mission, which looks like involves drones and a “full-scale attack.”

    Benjamin Bratt and Tate Donovan are all set to star alongside Sutherland. The role of Margot (Judy Davis) has been recast and will be played by Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”).

    Jack Bauer returns to the small screen May 5.

    • Yahtc says:

      Oh, my gosh! I collect beach pebbles. Those are beautiful!

      I have picked out 5 of those.

  8. rikyrah says:

    ACLU sues Ohio over early voting cuts


    Ohio’s cuts to early voting and elimination of same-day registration discriminate against racial minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act, a new lawsuit alleges.

    The suit, filed Thursday in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, offers a chance that the controversial cuts, enacted in the nation’s most pivotal swing state, could be blocked before the November election. And it will provide the latest test of the recently weakened Voting Rights Act’s ability to stop the wave of Republican-backed voting restrictions enacted in recent years.

  9. rikyrah says:


    By Charles P. Pierce


    Of all the examples of conservatives and their vandalism that we’ve seen since the inauguration of the Kenyan Usurper, their performance on infrastructure repair is the most delicate mixture of negligence and hypocrisy that they yet have produced. Everybody in Congress knows that the country is falling apart. Hell, everybody who drives knows the country is falling apart.

  10. Yahtc says:

    “African American Businessman Changes Lives in Ghana”

  11. Yahtc says:

    “Black side of silver screen: Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux paved his own path to Hollywood”

  12. Ametia says:


    Star Wars Casting Isn’t Done; There’s Still Room for Lupita Nyong’o
    by Joanna Robinson-

  13. rikyrah says:

    Michael Grunwald: The Huge Obama Transportation Bill You Heard Nothing About

    “Infrastructure spending is popular on both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said. “Infrastructure investment is an area where we should work together,” House Majority Whip Eric Cantor once tweeted. And Republican-friendly business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for American Manufacturing are huge supporters of public works. Republicans have urged the Obama Administration to propose a major transportation bill, calling America’s crumbling infrastructure a natural issue for bipartisan cooperation. Well, on Tuesday, the Administration unveiled a four-year, $300-billion transportation bill. It included a 22% increase in highway funding, a 70% increase in transit funding, and a provision allowing states to put tolls on interstates. At a time when one in nine U.S. bridges are rated “structurally deficient,” and nearly half the public lacks access to public transit, it’s a pretty ambitious piece of legislation. And this is probably the first you’re hearing of it, because it got virtually no media attention.

    This is partly because Washington reporters are more interested in politics than the nitty-gritty details of policy. They opposed his $50 billion “roads, rails and runways” proposal in 2010, and then again when it was expanded and incorporated into his American Jobs Act in 2011. They’ve blocked Obama’s plans for an infrastructure bank and a national high-speed rail network. They’ve also blocked Obama’s proposals for corporate tax reform, which is relevant, because the new GROW AMERICA Act depends on tax reform for much of its financing. Infrastructure advocates often complain that Obama hasn’t used his bully pulpit enough to push for an investment program. But he barnstormed the country for the American Jobs Act. He has talked about rebuilding America in every State of the Union address. His problem is not a lack of will or poor messaging. His problem is that he doesn’t have the votes. Republicans control the House, and they can block legislation in the Senate. If they were willing to pass an Obama infrastructure bill, then an Obama infrastructure bill might make news.

  14. rikyrah says:

    April 30, 2014

    Nigeria’s Stolen Girls

    Posted by Alexis Okeowo

    “I thought it was the end of my life,” Deborah Sanya told me by phone on Monday from Chibok, a tiny town of farmers in northeastern Nigeria. “There were many, many of them.” Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group, kidnapped Sanya and at least two hundred of her classmates from a girls’ secondary school in Chibok more than two weeks ago. Sanya, along with two friends, escaped. So did forty others. The rest have vanished, and their families have not heard any word of them since.

    Sanya is eighteen years old and was taking her final exams before graduation. Many of the schools in towns around Chibok, in the state of Borno, had been shuttered. Boko Haram attacks at other schools—like a recent massacre of fifty-nine schoolboys in neighboring Yobe state—had prompted the mass closure. But local education officials decided to briefly reopen the Chibok school for exams. On the night of the abduction, militants showed up at the boarding school dressed in Nigerian military uniforms. They told the girls that they were there to take them to safety. “They said, ‘Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you,’ ” Sanya told me. The men took food and other supplies from the school and then set the building on fire. They herded the girls into trucks and onto motorcycles. At first, the girls, while alarmed and nervous, believed that they were in safe hands. When the men started shooting their guns into the air and shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Sanya told me, she realized that the men were not who they said they were. She started begging God for help; she watched several girls jump out of the truck that they were in.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The Growing Evil of Boko Haram
    Slate’s Eliza Griswold writes that the Nigerian terrorist organization — responsible for the recent kidnapping of 191 girls — will likely expand its terror beyond Nigeria

    Much like the straggling members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram thrives in places where civil society is failing or totally absent. Both inhabit lawless zones where a combination of a failing state and a shifting climate make it nearly impossible for others to live. Both thrive in chaos and rely on fear. Menacing and destroying civil society is more than symbolic; it is a practical weapon of insurgency. Although Kony’s disparate band of wayward stragglers poses no strategic threat to the United States, Boko Haram decidedly does.

    So far, their attacks have been limited to within Nigeria’s borders. But that’s unlikely to remain so. Already, their ideology, funding, and foot soldiers are bleeding over the border into their northern neighbor, Niger. Boko Haram is already linked to a global network of killers, including offshoots of al-Qaida. There are eight direct flights a day from Nigeria to the United States. This time, we ignore the fate of these some 190 young women at our peril.

    Read more at EBONY

  16. rikyrah says:

    Dick Cheney just can’t help himself

    05/01/14 09:26 AM—Updated 05/01/14 09:48 AM
    By Steve Benen

    For a failed former official, Dick Cheney sure does spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill, telling lawmakers what he thinks they should do.

    Former Vice President Cheney (R) spoke to a large group of House conservatives at the Capitol on Wednesday, denouncing President Obama’s foreign policy and urging them to resist a rising tide of isolationism.

    Cheney attended the weekly meeting of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives on which he served as a member of the House in the 1980s.

    The former vice president focused on foreign policy, touting the importance of U.S. leadership in the world while criticizing proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget. He received multiple ovations during a private discussion that lasted more than 90 minutes in the Capitol basement.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Conservatives Now Making Claims That Racist Donald Sterling Was Setup By Magic Johnson

    By: Justin Baragona
    Wednesday, April, 30th, 2014, 1:45 pm

    On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the league. This was in response to racist comments made by Sterling that were caught on tape by his then-girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Sterling is not allowed to have any association with the team or the league, and it is widely expected that the league’s Board of Governors will force Sterling to sell his interest in the franchise he’s owned since 1981.

    Around the league and the country, the lifetime suspension was met with relief and a certain sense of gratification, as Sterling’s long history of racism and discrimination was finally punished. However, there are a few conservative voices that have popped up that feel that Sterling got a raw deal or that he was even setup by others. Prior to the NBA announcing Sterling’s punishment, both Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh essentially defended Sterling. After the suspension was handed down, we saw not only Limbaugh jump into conspiracy theory territory, but other prominent right-wing voices.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s selective, sporadic interest in deficit reduction

    04/30/14 12:43 PM—Updated 04/30/14 01:45 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The House Ways and Means Committee voted yesterday to make six tax breaks permanent, at a cost of $310 billion over the next 10 years. Where did Republicans find the money to pay for all of these tax cuts? They didn’t bother to try – the tax breaks would be deficit financed.

    Democrats found it curious that Republicans only seem to care about deficit reduction when it suits their partisan purposes, but Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) had a defense ready.

    [Camp] responded that the tax breaks have been passed year after year without any offsets. “This bill has been extended, unpaid for, probably 30 times,” Camp said of a research tax credit. “I think it’s important we extend this … supporting permanency, not a temporary extension.”

    Team Camp also points to another argument: They believe the jobs that come from tax breaks are worth adding some red ink to the deficit.

    “These are things that people feel are extremely worth adding to the economy,” said Camp spokeswoman Sarah Swinehart.

    As talking points go, that’s actually pretty interesting. Because if Camp and his Republicans are sincere, and agree that it’s important to embrace policies that produce jobs whether it increases the deficit or not, it would represent a fascinating breakthrough.

    For example, Congress could invest in infrastructure, create a lot of jobs, lower the unemployment rate, and make it easier to move people and products around the country. To borrow a phrase, “these are things that people feel are extremely worth adding to the economy,” too.

    Congress can also extend federal jobless benefits, which according to independent CBO estimates, would be worth 200,000 jobs just this year. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected the idea again yesterday, but in terms of bang for the buck, if GOP policymakers are now willing to argue that jobs are worth a little red ink, great.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Enraged Viewers Flee As MSNBC Plunges to Lowest Ratings Since 2007

    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, April, 30th, 2014, 7:02 pm

    MSNBC has screwed things up so badly with their viewers that the network now has its lowest ratings since October 2007.

    According to TVNewser:

    Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was down -12% in total viewers and -19% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was down -10% and -26%, respectively.

    “Morning Joe” slipped to third among the cable news morning shows in April, delivering its lowest-rated month in total viewers since December 2009.

    All three of MSNBC’s primetime shows were down across the board compared to April 2013: “All In with Chris Hayes” was down -7% in total viewers and -27% in the demo, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was down -4% in total viewers and -32% in the demo, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -19% and -33%, respectively.

    MSNBC has several problems. The decline of Morning Joe was predictable, as many regular viewers of the network find Scarborough’s unabashed support of the Republican Party intolerable. Once CNN put together a watchable morning show, it was logical that the “Scarborough hostages” who felt like they had nowhere else to go would change the channel.

    The Lean Forward network can’t claim to be wonky and liberal, and also feature an early morning block (Morning Joe and The Daily Rundown) that is sympathetic to Republicans. That’s just bad branding, and even worse programming.

    MSNBC decided that they were going to be “liberal and nerdy,” as Michael Smerconish put it, without asking their viewers.

    Liberal and nerdy has been an absolute debacle. It turns out that the only liberal nerd that viewers want to watch on MSNBC is Rachel Maddow. Chris Hayes’ show is drawing a laughable 500,000+ viewers a night. Often, the non-nerd shows that air before Hayes are drawing more viewers. The Ed Show, Politcs Nation, and Hardball all do better than All In.

    • Ametia says:

      Murdering Joey Scar had on that loser Bob Woodward this morning, along with a host of other Obama haters pushing that Benghazi-Obama admin nonsense. MSNBC is a sinking ship, and has been since 2012.

  20. rikyrah says:

    ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Fox News Try to Fool the Public with More Bogus Benghazi Emails

    By: Sarah Jones
    Wednesday, April, 30th, 2014, 7:43 pm

    The right is in high froth mode this afternoon because Jonathan Karl — who misled the American public by claiming he had Benghazi emails that implicated the Obama administration, when it turned out that he had actually relied upon notes taken by a Republican who misinformed him — is sure that this time he’s got President Obama. Wanna guess what he’s basing it on? Yep. Another “Benghazi email!!!” No kidding.

    Watch his Daily Caller inspired performance aimed at White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during Wednesday’s presser

    Per their description of the video, conservatives once again think they have the smoking gun that proves, “White House senior aide discussing preparing then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video.” However, the actual email is about violence in the region.

    Jonathan Karl accused the White House of knowing that the Sunday shows were going to be “dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right?” Thus, this proves that the Rhodes email was only about Benghazi and thus it’s Benghazi prep.

    The reason Karl tried so hard to make this case is because Fox News has been trying to revive the Republican Benghazi narrative recently and just yesterday released emails from Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes to national security aides, with the claim via Media Matters, “New Benghazi Documents Lead Directly To The White House”. But of course, the new documents reveal nothing new, and thus there is no smoking gun.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Polls Show Republicans Have Enthusiasm Edge but Nobody Agrees with Them

    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Thursday, May, 1st, 2014, 7:52 am

    An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday reveals that Republican voters going into the midterms are more enthusiastic than Democrats. As CNN describes it,

    Seventy percent of registered Republican voters questioned in a CBS News poll conducted late last month said they are very or somewhat excited about voting in November, compared to 58% of Democrats. Only 47% of independent voters said they’re very or somewhat excited to cast ballots in the midterms. And 81% of registered Republicans said they’ll definitely vote in November, compared to 68% of registered Democrats.

    This is hardly surprise, given that the GOP has become a party of extremists: religious extremists, ideological extremists, ethnic nationalist extremists, and so forth. Extremists by definition, are more “enthusiastic,” shall we say, than the run of the mill person on the street. This is why “enthusiastic” minorities have been able time and again to triumph over what we commonly think of as the silent majority (i.e. the rest of us).

    The poll shows the electorate evenly split between those who want a Republican-controlled or a Democratic-controlled Congress, as does an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday. The latter poll shows a close to even split as well when asked if they think most Democrats or Republicans in Congress deserve to be re-elected, or not, with 30 yes/60 no for Democrats and, more ominously, 25 yes/65 no for Republicans.

  22. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s selective, sporadic interest in deficit reduction

    04/30/14 12:43 PM—Updated 04/30/14 01:45 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The House Ways and Means Committee voted yesterday to make six tax breaks permanent, at a cost of $310 billion over the next 10 years. Where did Republicans find the money to pay for all of these tax cuts? They didn’t bother to try – the tax breaks would be deficit financed.

    Democrats found it curious that Republicans only seem to care about deficit reduction when it suits their partisan purposes, but Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) had a defense ready.

    [Camp] responded that the tax breaks have been passed year after year without any offsets. “This bill has been extended, unpaid for, probably 30 times,” Camp said of a research tax credit. “I think it’s important we extend this … supporting permanency, not a temporary extension.”

    Team Camp also points to another argument: They believe the jobs that come from tax breaks are worth adding some red ink to the deficit.

    “These are things that people feel are extremely worth adding to the economy,” said Camp spokeswoman Sarah Swinehart.

    As talking points go, that’s actually pretty interesting. Because if Camp and his Republicans are sincere, and agree that it’s important to embrace policies that produce jobs whether it increases the deficit or not, it would represent a fascinating breakthrough.

    For example, Congress could invest in infrastructure, create a lot of jobs, lower the unemployment rate, and make it easier to move people and products around the country. To borrow a phrase, “these are things that people feel are extremely worth adding to the economy,” too.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Ned Resnikoff: Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

    A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 died in the Senate on Wednesday, when Democrats failed to gather the 60 votes required to bring it to a clean vote. The only Republican to vote in favor of ending debate and holding a vote was Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially voted to move the bill forward, but switched his vote to “no” as part of a parliamentary maneuver which will allow him to bring the legislation back to the floor at a later date. Even if the proposed minimum wage hike cleared the Senate, there it was little chance it would ever receive a hearing in the Republican-controlled House. Yet recent polling shows growing popular support for raising the minimum wage, making Wednesday’s vote into a political win for the Democrats.

    Nearly the full Senate Republican caucus is now on record opposing a wage hike which most Americans support—a fact which Reid has not shied away from since the vote. In a press conference following the bill’s failure, he blamed the billionaire businessmen, Charles and David Koch. “They’re fighting for billionaires,” he said. “We’re fighting for people who are struggling to make a living.” President Obama made the minimum wage bill’s value as an electoral football even more explicit during a press conference held a couple hours after the vote. He urged supporters of a wage hike to put pressure on Republican legislators in the run-up to the 2014 midterms. “If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you’ve got to let them know they’re out of step,” he said. “And if they keep putting politics ahead of hardworking Americans, you’ll put them out of office

  24. rikyrah says:

    Published on Apr 30, 2014

    President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress said “no” to even allowing a vote in the Senate on raising the minimum wage, millions of hardworking Americans are going to have to wait for the raise they deserve. April 30, 2014.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce
    Great News. Sterling Farms Grocery is moving into the National Market. Today we announced development of new stores in Louisiana & Georgia!

    9:18 PM – 30 Apr 2014

  26. rikyrah says:

    White House: Philanthropic Organizations Pledging More Than $100 Million To Veteran And Military Communities

    Today, as part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that the Council on Foundations will lead the philanthropic community in establishing the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, which will be an enduring forum for donors to communicate and share best practices about supporting the veteran and military communities. “We’ve got to show our veterans and military families that our country is there for them not just while they’re in uniform, but for the long haul,” said the First Lady. The First Lady also announced that the philanthropic community is pledging more than $100 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families. These commitments will fund organizations that support service members, veterans, survivors, and their families.

    The First Lady also called upon more donors to join this effort in order to fully support all those nonprofits and community groups that do such wonderful work for the military and veteran communities every day. The announcement signaled the launch of the Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge, a new commitment to bring support to service members, veterans, and military family causes over five years. “To all the military families here today and across the country, I just want you to know that this is just a first step,” added the First Lady. “We’re going to get more donors involved in this effort. We’re going to keep reaching out to people all across the country so that no matter where you live or work, you will be surrounded by a country that truly honors your service and your sacrifice, now and in the years and decades ahead. That is our pledge to you.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    GOP’s fuzzy math on Obamacare enrollments

    05/01/14 08:00 AM—Updated 05/01/14 08:18 AM
    By Steve Benen

    If the point of a press stunt is to generate some attention for your cause, House Republicans are waking up this morning happy: stories like these were picked up by quite a few news outlets.

    House Republicans on Wednesday said they have data from insurance companies that shows only 67 percent of people who selected a health plan under ObamaCare have paid their first month’s premium. […]

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subpanel on Oversight and Investigations said it contacted every insurance company involved in the federal marketplace, and based its data on people who had paid by April 15.

    It’s the latest evolution in the GOP’s anti-healthcare line. What started with “no one will want to sign up” eventually became “no one should sign up,” which morphed into “not enough people are signing up,” and finally “those who did sign up don’t count.”

    Notice, of course, that Republicans involved in this debate make no effort to hide the degree to which they’re rooting for failure.

    In this case, though, the trouble with the new GOP argument is that’s painfully, demonstrably wrong. It’s so wrong, in fact, that I’m a little insulted – regular ol’ hackery is occasionally functional, but this latest scheme is just sad. It’s one thing for House Republicans to try to mislead the public, it’s something else for them to be lazy about it, treating voters and journalists as if we were all easily fooled children.

    How deceptive is the report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel? Let us count the ways.

    • Ametia says:

      Prayers Christieon is found alive and well. Love all the beads and baubles, it’s going to be hard not to spot her with all the hair ornaments.

  28. Ametia says:

    Mayor Rob Ford ‘ready to take a break’
    (I’m a Crack Addict) My caption here

    TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford says he’s “ready to take a break” from the mayoral election campaign to “go get help.”

    The decision to immediately step away from the campaign — while staying on the ballot — came after the Toronto Sun exclusively obtained a new raunchy audio recording of Ford ranting and swearing in an Etobicoke bar.

    The Globe and Mail also published a report that a new video surfaced of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what has been described as crack-cocaine early Saturday morning.

    Ford told the Sun columnist Joe Warmington that he realizes “it’s time” and that he “wants” to “deal with his issues.” He said he is being urged to not leave the mayoral race by people around him.

    The audio recording, covertly taped by a patron of Sullie Gorman’s Monday night, captures the mayor being unruly as he’s ordering booze at the Royal York Rd. bar, complaining about his wife Renata and making lewd comments about mayoral contender Karen Stintz.

    “I’d like to f—–g jam her (Stintz), but she doesn’t want … I can’t talk like this…I’m so sorry,” Ford is heard saying on the recording. “I forgot there’s a woman in the house.”

    According to one witness, Ford was seen buying shooters and tequila and trying to fight with patrons Monday.

    “He was really wasted,” said the witness. “And he was acting like a real ass.”

  29. Ametia says:

    Reposting here too

  30. rikyrah says:

    A Constitutional Amendment I Can Support
    by BooMan
    Wed Apr 30th, 2014 at 01:00:11 PM EST

    Under normal circumstances, when people talk about amending the Constitution, I just roll my eyes. But, this is different:

    Today, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate will vote this year on a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United and McCutcheon v. F.E.C.. The idea would be to give back states and the federal government the power to regulate campaign contributions that was taken away by those rulings.
    Yes, I know that it won’t go anywhere anytime soon. But you have to start somewhere. And making the bastards vote for plutocracy in the most explicit way possible is a smart thing to do. The movement to pass this amendment, should one arise, would attract people for all sides of the political spectrum. After all, we have 99% of the population to choose from.

  31. Yahtc says:

    Oliver White Hill was born on this day in 1907. From Wikipedia:

    “Oliver White Hill, Sr. (May 1, 1907 – August 5, 2007) was a civil rights attorney from Richmond, Virginia. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of “separate but equal.” He also helped win landmark legal decisions involving equality in pay for black teachers, access to school buses, voting rights, jury selection, and employment protection.

    “He retired in 1998 after practicing law for almost 60 years. Among his numerous awards is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

    “Hill began practicing law in Richmond in 1939. In 1940, working with fellow attorneys Thurgood Marshall, William H. Hastie, and Leon A. Ranson, Hill won his first civil rights case.The decision in Alston v. School Board of Norfolk, Va., gained pay equity for black teachers. In 1943, Hill joined the United States Army, and served in the European Theatre of World War II.

    “Returning to his law practice at the end of World War II, he won the right for equal transportation for school children in the Virginia Supreme Court. In 1949, he became the first African American on the City Council of Richmond since Reconstruction in the late 19th century.

    “In the early 1950s, Hill was co-counsel with Spottswood W. Robinson III in dozens of civil rights lawsuits around Virginia. In 1951, he took up the cause of the African American students at the segregated R.R. Moton High School in Farmville who had walked out of their dilapidated school.

    “The subsequent lawsuit, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County later became one of the five cases decided under Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954.”

  32. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • rikyrah says:

      Good Morning, Everyone at 3CHICS!

      • Ametia says:

        Good Morning, Ladies & Everyone! :-)))

        The Minni-Apple could sure sure some Heat in the Day & Night. Buuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Morning, everyone!

      Back in the day, I made sure I tuned in to hear the opening credits of In the Heat of the Night just to listen to Bill Champlin’s voice. No one could have told me that wasn’t a black man’s voice. I was shocked, shocked I tell you when I found out the voice belongs to a white guy! Bill Champlin’s voice gives me goosebumps! So much soul! Where’d he get that voice? :)

      Bill Champlin

      In the heeeaaaat of the night
      I’ve got trouble….. wall to wall
      In the heeeaaaat of the night
      Must be an enndddding to it all…oh oh oh

      • Ametia says:

        Old black Soul come back in white skin. Loved Anne-Marie Johnson on the show too!

        And who could ever forget that scene from the movie, where MR TIBBS smacked the living shit out of Mr. Endicott.

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