Wednesday Open Thread: Ashford & Simpson Week

The musical stylings of Ashford & Simpson. They weren’t just performers….they wrote and wrote and wrote….for themselves and many others in the music industry.

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46 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread: Ashford & Simpson Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    50 Best Michael Jackson Songs
    The stories behind the tracks that kept the planet dancing

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  2. rikyrah says:

    Did anyone else watch Tyrant on FX?

    • Ametia says:

      No I don’t. What’s it about?

      • rikyrah says:

        Arab man, father is one of those Dictators/Presidents for Life in the Middle East. He hasn’t been to the country in 20 years. Decides to attend the wedding of his brother’s oldest son. His wife, his kids, have never been to his homeland.

        Bottom line, by the end of the first episode, his father has died; his brother – the heir in waiting, is injured in a car crash, and the military comes to get him off the plane as he’s about to leave the country.

  3. Ametia says:


    Whole Foods fined for overcharging
    Source: UT San Diego

    In a case that will only reinforce its reputation as “Whole Wallet” or “Whole Paycheck,” Whole Foods Market got hit with an $800,000 fine this week after an investigation found it was overcharging California customers.

    State and local inspectors found that Whole Foods Market stores throughout the state charged more at checkout for certain items than was posted in its advertisements and in-store signs.

    Consumer protection units from the Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Diego city attorneys’ offices filed a formal complaint against the retailer, adding that it did not subtract the weight of containers before charging customers for food from its prepared-food and salad bars.

    It also was charging consumers per piece for kebabs and other prepared deli foods, instead of per-pound, as required by law. Prosecutors said the pricing discrepancies violated consumer protection laws prohibiting false advertising and unfair competition.

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  4. rikyrah says:

    CPS board warned of drought of librarians
    Wed, 06/25/2014 – 4:33pm
    Becky Schlikerman

    There is a drought of librarians at Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Board of Education heard Wednesday.

    “Professionally staffed libraries, a key contributor to student literacy, are disappearing from the CPS landscape,” CPS mom and librarian Megan Cusick told the board.

    Staffing projections show more than half of all CPS schools will lack a certified librarian next year, Cusick, a librarian at Jefferson Alternative High School told the board.

    She later told reporters the projections were made by a group of Chicago Teachers Union librarians using data collected by the union.

    And despite promises from the district, Cusick said 31 of the 50 schools that received children from closed schools do not have a “professionally staffed school library.”

    “Hundreds of thousands of CPS students will leave this system lacking the full range of 21st century skills that are required to succeed in college, work and life,” Cusick said.

    Cusick and other librarians and advocates appeared before the Board of Education after creating a task force out of “alarm and concern for the elimination of nearly 50 CPS librarian positions,” Senn High School librarian Ellen Damlich said at the meeting.

    CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the board there’s a lack of qualified people to fill librarian jobs.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Rainbow/PUSH joins North Siders to fight Lincoln Park school plan
    Wed, 06/25/2014 – 12:25pm
    Stefano Esposito

    Jonathan Jackson stood outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters Wednesday and blasted the administration for turning a blind eye to the safety of a group of elementary school kids.

    “I would challenge you to go to that neighborhood and see if a fire truck could go down any of those side streets,” said Jackson, national spokesman for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

    “Why take children off of the ground floor — a playground close to earth — and put them on a rooftop seven stories high? So we don’t think it’s safe.”

    But Jackson wasn’t talking about a school on the South Side, where his group’s efforts often have been focused. He was talking about Lincoln Elementary School, 615 W. Kemper Pl., in Lincoln Park.

    In an odd and rarely seen alliance, Rainbow/PUSH joined with affluent North Side residents who oppose CPS’ planned $20-million expansion of Lincoln.

    Jay Armstrong, who attended the protest, said he’s sent four of his kids to the elementary school.

    “We are embarrassed that the Chicago Public Schools system would … shut down 50 schools in primarily black and Hispanic neighborhoods,” Armstrong said. “And then spend $20 million in the most affluent neighborhood in Chicago.”

    Jackson said that kind of spending is part of a pattern: residents in white, wealthier neighborhoods are given more access to better schools, and the concerns of their local school councils are heard.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Emanuel confident he’ll win court fight over Lucas museum
    Wed, 06/25/2014 – 3:04pm
    Fran Spielman

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s confident his plan to give movie mogul George Lucas free lakefront land to build an interactive museum will survive a court challenge from lakefront protectionists.

    “We feel very comfortable from a legal perspective….That’s why you’re paying for that high-priced advice up on the 10th-floor…You always check to make sure you’re on solid legal ground. Anything we’ve done…we do with the Law Department sitting there,” the mayor said.

    “[Corporation] Counsel’s been there the whole way. And we think we’ve come up with, what is a sound process. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be taking the steps we’re taking . . . It’s an incredible addition to have that type of educational and cultural opportunity, let alone the economic development. And it is done in a way — in fact the Sun-Times editorial page noted — this is consistent with the lake protection act that exists.”

    Cassandra Francis, president and CEO of Friends of the Parks, said Wednesday she’s prepared to do “what it takes” to block Lucas from building along the lakefront.

    “If that means a lawsuit, we are prepared to file a lawsuit,” she said.

    “The grounds will be it’s in contradiction and violation of the Lakefront Protection Ordinance. It is new private development east of Lake Shore Drive. It’s currently public open space. The public controls how that site is accessed. That will no longer be the case. At some point at night, it’ll get locked up. That to me says private development. You’ll have to pay to get in. There will be days that are free, but that is not open clear and free for use of the public.”

    Francis said she is also wary of the mayor’s claim that there will be no public subsidy for the museum beyond the free land.

    She noted that the parking lots now functioned as “engineered barriers for the containment of contaminated soil underneath” left behind from the Soldier Field renovation project that will be costly to remove.

    It will also be a “very expensive proposition” to move 3,000 parking spaces underground, at a cost of $45,000-a-space, especially considering the “high-water table” that will require “permanent de-watering,” she said.

    “That eats up close to half of his $300 million budget for the building,” she said.

  7. rikyrah says:

    John Boehner’s Lawsuit Is The First Step In A Republican Plot to Impeach Obama
    By: Jason Easley
    Wednesday, June, 25th, 2014, 1:42 pm

    It was only a matter of time until the other shoe dropped after word leaked out that Speaker of the House John Boehner is planning on suing President Obama. It turns out, the lawsuit is the first step in a plan to impeach the president if Republicans take back the Senate.

    Yesterday, Boehner told his fellow House Republicans that he will be suing President Obama over his use of executive orders. Boehner didn’t know which executive orders he would sue over, but he is certain that he will be suing. On its surface, the lawsuit looks like more Republican sour grapes over the fact that Barack Obama is president, but Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post started putting a few pieces together, and what is emerging is a plan to impeach Obama.

    Capehart writes what everyone knows about the Republican plan to crush President Obama, “The plan all along has been to crash the Obama agenda and then climb on top of the wreckage and seize power. Not only are Republicans complicit in the “failures” they rail against, but they are also the reason the president has had to resort to executive action to get some things done. Even (George) Will agrees Obama is within his authority to do this. He just doesn’t like the degree to which he has done it.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    June 24, 2014, 06:30 am
    Romney wants Hillary’s ‘Three F Plan’

    By John LeBoutillier, contributor
    Here is the dirty little secret of the GOP donor class, i.e. the rich establishment bundlers who funded the recent presidential campaigns of the Bushes, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.): They are actively trying to recruit Romney to run again in 2016 — and Mitt is indeed interested.

    Their first choice coming out of the 2012 election debacle was Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), but his candidacy has virtually crashed and burned — despite his desperate self-denial. Other than his uber-patron, Ken Langone, the donors have moved on.

    Many of these professional donors have hopes that former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) will replace Christie as their guy, but there is one major problem: Jeb doesn’t appear to have the fire in the belly and there is substantial doubt that he will, in the end, actually run. At least that was the word sweeping through emails and conference calls heading into mid-June’s exclusive Romney-sponsored GOP ideas summit out in Utah.

    The truth is that the entire Utah event was actually aimed at beginning the process of having Romney again be the candidate of this Establishment Money Machine — only with some severe, but reachable, caveats.

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  9. rikyrah says:

    Mitch McConnell is ‘Irritated’ Because Everyone in Kentucky Hates His Bridge To Poverty Plan
    By: Adalia Woodbury more from Adalia Woodbury
    Wednesday, June, 25th, 2014, 11:00 am

    Mitch McConnell is in big trouble when even reliable conservatives reject his plan to repeal a federal prevailing wage law (the Davis-Bacon Act) to pay for the Brent Spence Bridge replacement. The idea is even less appealing when you consider it will take 10 years to get the funds to build the bridge. It’s based on the same old failed Republican ideology of cutting taxes for the rich while slashing the wages of people who earn their income through their labor.

    Following McConnell’s announcement he became irritated with journalists because they were skeptical.

    Amanda Van Benschoten points to an even more serious problem – the fact that almost nobody in the reliably conservative region of Northern Kentucky supports McConnell’s plans to build a bridge by screwing construction workers over.

  10. Ametia says:

    This scene is some hokie bullshit right here. Look at McTurtle & Boehner.

    They don’t even know the words and are literally crawling out of their skins linked are-in-arm singing We Shall Overcome.

    How about singing, WE SHALL END OBSTRUCTION, fools!

  11. rikyrah says:

    Syria? Disarmed. Russia? Backing down. Obama? Still black.
    By Liberal Librarian

    Over the past two days, the Obama Administration has scored two major foreign policy triumphs. (Yes, despite what the darker corners of the neocon bazaar may say, for the most part the Obama record on foreign policy has been quite fruitful.)

    First, all of Syria’s declared chemical weapons have been destroyed. This was after the usual critics were calling Pres. Obama weak, feckless, and abandoning the Syrian people by not bombing them. (You have to bomb them to free them, of course. Lesson no. 1 in the Bush/Cheney Manual To Win Hearts and Minds.)

    Secondly, Vladimir Putin ordered his version of the Senate to rescind the authorization it gave him to intervene militarily in Ukraine. (That’s the wonderful thing about being a strong man: you can tell your legislature to give you authority to invade a neighboring country, and then turn about and tell it to take it away.) Meanwhile, the West is warning Russia that harsher sanctions are still on the table should this be but yet another of Putin’s many feints. And again, this was after the usual critics called Pres. Obama weak, feckless, and abandoning the Ukrainian people by not skirting with starting World War III. (You have to destroy the world to make it free.)

    Of course, if George Bush the Second had accomplished any of his objectives without impoverishing the Republic and stirring animosity abroad, every second high school in the country would be named after him. (The ham-fistedness was a feature, not a bug, however.) Pres. Obama achieved two signal achievements: getting the Assad regime to declare and allow its chemical weapons to be destroyed, and herding the European cats to stand against Putin by squeezing his economy. All without firing a shot or spending treasure. This, by any measure, should win accolades.

    But, obviously, the usual sectors of the media are deathly silent on this. Entranced by trivialities, and firmly entrenched in their anti-Obama narratives, they can’t acknowledge that on most issues, Pres. Obama has been correct. He was correct to foster the Arab Spring, in spite of the setbacks. He was right to not threaten to send Germany-based US troops into Ukraine. He was right to pursue nuclear negotiations with Iran. He was right to not give the al-Maliki government a blank check as ISIL rampages over the country. (And on that, al-Maliki has rebuffed US and regional demands that he form a national salvation government.)

    But like Wile E. Coyote, no matter how many “meep meep” moments Pres. Obama dishes out, the rut stays firm. “Obama is a failure internationally, has sunk US prestige, and has coddled our enemies.”

    What could it be that’s different about this President from all the previous ones? The mind boggles.

  12. rikyrah says:

    To foil Medicaid expansion in VA, GOP lawmakers broke into governor’s office
    By David Edwards
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 15:58 EDT

    The Virginia Speaker of the House has recently used a series of gimmicks and unusual tricks — including having Capitol Police enter the governor’s unoccupied office, and refusing to recognize line-item vetoes — to push through a budget that blocks expanded health care for the poor.

    After being sworn into office earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe pledged to fight to use the funds provided by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to expand Medicaid. Virginia Republicans, however, eventually convinced a Democratic state senator to resign, giving them the ability to pass a budget that included two amendments that blocked federal dollars for expanding Medicaid, and required the governor to get express permission from the Legislature before attempting any type of expansion.

    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the House had told McAuliffe’s administration to be prepared to receive the budget no sooner than the Monday after Father’s Day. But the House pushed it through earlier than expected, and House Speaker William J. Howell ordered his clerk to have Capitol Police enter the governor’s office to deliver it, even though the executive suite was unoccupied during the holiday.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Why Mississippi’s Black Democrats Saved an Elderly White Republican

    They saw Chris McDaniel for what he is: A classic Southern reactionary.
    By Jamelle Bouie

    On Tuesday, black Democrats saved an elderly white Republican from political oblivion in the nation’s most racially polarized state.

    That’s not an exaggeration. On June 3, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran lost Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary to Chris McDaniel, a talk radio host and Tea Party–backed state senator with a long history of divisive and extreme rhetoric. But because of their vote totals—neither candidate broke 50 percent—the race went into a runoff. And the assumption from then until Tuesday was that Cochran would lose. After all, if there’s a rule in American elections, it’s that turnout goes down in a small, obscure contest like a Senate runoff. With his intense grass-roots support and wide backing from national Tea Party groups, McDaniel was the favorite.

    Cochran had a choice: He could play the game the way its always been played and lose his seat, or he could bend the rules to his favor. He went with the latter. “His campaign,” wrote the New York Times last week, “is taking the unlikely step of trying to entice black voters to help decide the most high-profile Republican contest in the country.”

    Between open primaries (anyone can vote in any primary, as long as he or she didn’t vote in a previous one), low turnout in the Democratic Senate primary, and racially polarized voting (the vast majority of whites are Republicans and the vast majority of blacks are Democrats), Mississippi contained a huge number of eligible black voters who could turn the tide if persuaded to vote for Cochran.


    n which case, black voters had to choose between the man they knew—a relative moderate who deals in earmarks and largess—and a new man. If you know anything about Chris McDaniel, this wasn’t a hard choice. For as much as he’s described as a generic Tea Partier—an angry, abrasive conservative extremist—the truth is a little more complicated. Remember, the “Tea Party” isn’t a single ideology as much as it’s a collection of related ideologies under a single banner. The civil libertarianism of Sen. Rand Paul, for instance, is distinct from the compassionate conservatism of Utah Sen. Mike Lee, which is distinct from the Goldwater libertarianism of Sen. Ted Cruz.

    If McDaniel resembles anything, it’s not a libertarian—although he swims in the current of right-wing libertarianism—as much as it’s a Southern reactionary whose appeal is built on resentment of assorted others, which in Mississippi, inevitably includes black Americans. Take these clips from his radio show, circa 2006, where he mocked complaints of racism, railed against hip-hop as a “morally bankrupt” culture that “values prison more than college,” and promised to stop paying taxes if reparations were ever passed: “How you gonna make me pay for something that I had nothing to do with? How you gonna do that to me? I don’t get it.”

    As a state senator, McDaniel has spoken to gatherings of the Sons of Confederate Veterans—a neo-Confederate group that promotes present-day secessionists—and delivered the keynote to a SCV event last fall. Indeed, his rhetoric decries the rise of a “new America” and pines for days of old. “There are millions of us who feel like strangers in this land, an older America passing away, a new America rising to take its place,” he said in a speech after the June 3 election. “We recoil from that culture. It’s foreign to us. It’s alien to us. … It’s time to stand and fight. It’s time to defend our way of life again.”

    I think we can agree this is ridiculous. Cochran was well in his rights, and the law, to expand the map of the electorate. To appeal to new groups of voters—to ask them to consider your policies and their impact on their communities—is to play politics in its purest form. Cochran didn’t cheat, he changed the game. And because of his views and his rhetoric, McDaniel couldn’t play.

  14. Ametia says:

    LMBAO She’s right though.

    Lupita Nyong’O’s Lancome Ad Won’t Kill Me Die! LOVE!
    Posted: 25 Jun 2014 05:00 AM PDT

  15. rikyrah says:

    White school district sends black kids back to failed schools
    06/25/14 06:52 AM

    Hundreds of mostly poor minority students who used a controversial Missouri law to transfer out of failing schools will be sent back to their home districts next school year, following a tense battle in the legislature and a slew of politically charged decisions by the department of education.

    The reversal puts the academic fate of some of the state’s most needy and disadvantaged students at risk.

    Last summer, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling that allowed students from unaccredited school districts to transfer to better schools. Thousands of students from the African-American suburbs of St. Louis streamed across the border to much wealthier, white districts and better-performing schools closer to home. But the exodus triggered a number of unexpected consequences. The failing districts were financially responsible for paying all transfer-related expenses, including tuition and transportation costs.

  16. rikyrah says:

    How big cities will suffer in states that snubbed Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion
    BY EMILY BADGER June 24 at 2:52 PM

    Cities stood to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a provision of the Affordable Care Act expanding access to Medicaid. The low-income are disproportionately concentrated in urban America. So are major regional medical centers like Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta that provide care for and attract the uninsured from far outside of cities. Urban residents also frequently foot the bill for local taxing districts that help pay for this care.

    For all these reasons, the Medicaid expansion contained in the law was a no-brainer for big-city mayors: The federal funding promised to cover anew tens of thousands of residents in many cities who had otherwise been turning up in hospitals with no insurance at all.

    Some of the country’s biggest cities, though — Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia — are so far missing out on these benefits. Governors and state legislatures in their states have rejected the Medicaid expansion, following a Supreme Court ruling that allowed them to do so. The scenario highlights two conflicts: one between Democratic cities and their Republican-leaning state capitals; the other between local officials steeped in the practical reality of governing, and state officials for whom Medicaid opposition has been much more philosophical.

  17. rikyrah says:

    A Black College Student Has The Same Chances Of Getting A Job As A White High School Dropout

    By Abigail Bessler June 25, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Updated: June 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    African-American students need to complete two more levels of education to have the same probability of getting a job as their white peers, a new study by Young Invincibles finds.

    The researchers looked at data mainly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census, isolating the effects of race and education on unemployment. They found that an African-American male with an associates degree has around the same chance of getting a job as a white male with just a high school diploma. “At every level of education, race impacts a person’s chance of getting a job,” Tom Allison, a research manager and one of the study’s authors, told ThinkProgress.

    The gap in employment chances between whites and African Americans leads to a huge gap in unemployment rates, even long after the recession. In May of this year, African-American millennials faced a 16.6 percent unemployment rate, compared to a 7.1 percent rate for whites of the same age range (18 to 34 years old).

  18. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans block funding for D.C. marijuana decriminalization

    By Aaron C. Davis June 25 at 3:40 PM

    House Republicans on Wednesday blocked funding for a new D.C. law that would eliminate the threat of jail time for pot possession, leaving the fate of one of the country’s most liberal decriminalization efforts unclear.

    The D.C. law is supposed to take effect next month and make possession in the nation’s capital punishable by a fine of just $25.

    A spokesman for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said the city would proceed with implementing the law, even as its authority to mete out the smaller penalties beyond October would remain up in the air.

    Gray’s office also warned that as drafted, the city needed to determine if the action taken by House Republicans could force the city to shutdown its entire medical marijuana program, which started last year.

    Marijuana advocates, meanwhile, were pushing a legal theory that House Republicans’ actions could leave D.C. with no enforceable marijuana law, effectively legalizing possession.

    The interference from House Republicans, however, was broadly seen as another defeat for D.C. home rule and the ability of its Democratic mayor and left-leaning council to self govern. The council voted overwhelmingly in March to eliminate jail time for possession, calling it necessary to combat deep racial disparity in drug arrests in the District. Studies have shown use among teens varies little by race, but nine out of 10 arrested in nation’s capital are African American, contributing to an estimated 10 percent of D.C. residents who have criminal records, and trouble finding jobs.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Maine governor draws hard line on undocumented immigrants

    By Dave Sherwood

    BOWDOINHAM Maine Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:25pm EDT

    Maine Governor Paul Lepage has threatened to cut state funding from the General Assistance Program to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants, a move that highlights increasing national anxiety over immigration reform and its trickle-down effect to the states.

    In a radio address Tuesday, Lepage – a Republican who is seeking re-election in November in what is expected to be a tight race – called on Mainers to “tell your city councilors and selectmen to stop handing out your money to illegals.”

    Maine’s General Assistance Program provides benefits to families with children in emergencies, and receives as much as 90 percent of its funding from the state, according to Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

  20. rikyrah says:

    I was listening to the local Black talk radio station. They were discussing the election in Mississippi. Folks called in with relatives down there, and they were like, do you know that Mississippi gets FORTY-FIVE PERCENT of its state budget from FEDERAL MONIES.
    Cochran is responsible for a lot of that…the other guy said he would cut it out. Black folks voted their economic interests.

    • Ametia says:

      So Cochran basically is playing all sides. This is the big mistake folks make when it comes to us voting our best interest, and not because “HE’S BLACK”

      He’s not as DUMB as we thought, huh? lEthe poor white crackas will die poor white crackas

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Evening,Everyone.

  22. Ametia says:

    Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘World News’

    It’s a generational change of the guards at ABC News, as World News anchor Diane Sawyer will be stepping down and succeeded by 20/20 anchor David Muir. However, there is a twist in the news, as George Stephanopoulos is being made chief anchor, meaning he, not Muir, will lead the network’s coverage of breaking stories and election nights. Sawyer, meanwhile, will focus on Barbara Walters-style interviews and specials. This may set up a battle between Muir and Stephanopoulos, because this move relegates Muir to what one insider said is a mere news reader “doing six intros a night.”

  23. Ametia says:

    Here we go with the false equivalency “BOTH SIDES DO IT”

    A 15-part plan to restore democracy to America’s states

    Democracy is in trouble, a group of high-level former officials say in a new, sweeping report based on a year and a half of deliberations.

    The nation is polarized, Congress is gridlocked, and Americans are disengaged, argue the authors of the report produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, released Tuesday. Things have gotten so bad that the commission’s co-chairs — three former senators, a former governor and a former cabinet member — ask in their opening letter “Can our democracy function effectively in such a partisan era?”

    The answer, they say, is yes, but the nation will have to implement reforms to ensure that the nation’s democracy “will once again be able to respond to national challenges, despite our ideological differences,” they argue. Many of those reforms start in the states.

  24. KARMA! It’s what’s for dinner.

  25. Ametia says:

    Putin Waves a White Flag on Ukraine

    Russia’s president signals he won’t invade, but that doesn’t mean he’s really serious about ending the crisis there.

    Is the Ukraine crisis over? Not yet, maybe not even close. But Russian President Vladmir Putin is sending plenty of signals he’d like to be done with it—and avoid any further sanctions against his country and his cronies.

    On Tuesday, a day after Putin and President Barack Obama discussed the conflict over the phone, Putin made a curious move in the Federation Council, the Russian senate. Only a few weeks ago, as Putin massed troops on the frontier with Ukraine, threatening imminent invasion, he asked the council to give him the authority to use the Russian military outside Russia’s borders. The world held its breath. War seemed imminent. But on Tuesday Putin asked the council to repeal the authority it had given him and on Wednesday it did just that.

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  26. Ametia says:

    Syria? Disarmed. Russia? Backing down. Obama? Still black.
    by Liberal Librarian

    Over the past two days, the Obama Administration has scored two major foreign policy triumphs. (Yes, despite what the darker corners of the neocon bazaar may say, for the most part the Obama record on foreign policy has been quite fruitful.) First, all of Syria’s declared chemical weapons have been destroyed. This was after the […]

  27. Ametia says:


    Supreme Court limits police searches of cellphones without warrants

    A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts says that because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them.

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  28. Ametia says:

    One by one, the states are falling in line.

    Appeals Courts rules against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rules against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, finding that gay couples have a fundamental right to marry. The ruling marks the first time a federal court of appeals has struck down a same-sex marriage ban.

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  29. Ametia says:

    UH UH UH. Adults using their children to scam for $$$

  30. Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh, it feels so right…..

    Michael Jackson-You Rock my World

  31. Ametia says:


    • Yahtc says:

      Good Morning, Ametia and Everyone :)

      James Meredith was born on this day in 1933. From Wikipedia:

      James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi,an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

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