Friday Open Thread: Ashford & Simpson Week

I hope you have enjoyed the music of Ashford and Simpson, because the rest of the music industry does too.

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26 Responses to Friday Open Thread: Ashford & Simpson Week

  1. I log on to Twitter and see the news of Bobby Womack’s passing. Breaks my heart. That beautiful soulful voice gone. Sad. #RIPBobbyWomack

  2. Hey, Chicas!

    Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70

    Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed the singer has died to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.

  3. Yahtc says:

    May you rest in peace, Bobby Womack.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats


    July/August 2014

    Memo: From Nick Hanauer
    To: My Fellow Zillionaires

    You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine. Multiple homes, my own plane, etc., etc. You know what I’m talking about. In 1992, I was selling pillows made by my family’s business, Pacific Coast Feather Co., to retail stores across the country, and the Internet was a clunky novelty to which one hooked up with a loud squawk at 300 baud. But I saw pretty quickly, even back then, that many of my customers, the big department store chains, were already doomed. I knew that as soon as the Internet became fast and trustworthy enough—and that time wasn’t far off—people were going to shop online like crazy. Goodbye, Caldor. And Filene’s. And Borders. And on and on.

    But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?

    I see pitchforks.

    At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

    But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

    And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last.

    If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Dem Party hires few minority firms
    By JOSE DELREAL | 6/25/14 11:00 AM EDT Updated: 6/25/14 11:42 AM EDT

    Less than 2 percent of the money disbursed by the Democratic Party’s three largest committees went to firms with full or partial minority ownership, according to a new report released Wednesday that suggests a disconnect between the party’s increasingly diverse voter base and its Beltway leadership.

    The report, compiled by PowerPAC+, a political action committee funded by Democratic megadonor Steve Phillips, takes the Democratic committees to task for their failure to solicit a broad group of minority consultants to compete for the hundreds of millions of dollars they dole out for political activities.


    Of the $514 million paid to consulting firms overall, the study found, only $8.7 million went to firms with “any ownership share African-American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American individuals.” That amounts to 1.7 percent of all the money disbursed to consultants by the three committees.

    The total share of contracts given to firms with partial minority ownership — without considering the amount money involved — is also low. Of the 284 firms contracted by the three committees, only 13 had minority principals.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Cracker Barrel fires 79-year-old Vietnam vet for giving corn muffin to homeless man
    By Scott Kaufman
    Friday, June 27, 2014 14:08 EDT

    A 73-year-old Florida man was fired from his job at Cracker Barrel earlier this week after he gave a corn muffin to a man who looked homeless.

    Vietnam veteran Joe Koblenzer had worked as a greeter at Cracker Barrel for three years before he was fired for handing a man who “looked a little needy” the muffin.

    The unidentified man came through the door and “asked [if] I had any mayonnaise and some tartar sauce,” Koblenzer said. “He said he was going to cook a fish.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    Ohio man arrested after friends parade AR-15s through neighborhood, spouting racial slurs
    By Travis Gettys
    Friday, June 27, 2014 14:06 EDT

    Police arrested one of four people who walked through a Cincinnati neighborhood while openly carrying AR-15 rifles and repeatedly using racial slurs and profanity.

    One of two men in the group, which included two women, filmed their open carry rally in the East Price Hill neighborhood, where they walked past District 3 police headquarters and marveled that they were exercising their constitutional rights.

    “Broad day, you see this? Walking down the street with a AR-15,” says the man filming the demonstration, who police later identified as Jesse Deboard.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Evening, Everyone :)

    I’m glad everyone has enjoyed Ashford & Simpson. They were a musical gift to the world.

  10. Yahtc says:

    “Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, US Faces Greatest Curbs on Voting Rights Since Reconstruction”
    Friday, 27 June 2014

  11. Mississippi tea party lawyer in connection with taking photos of Thad Cochran’s wife at nursing home dead of suicide.

    Mark Mayfield, a Mississippi tea party leader and lawyer facing charges in connection with taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife at her nursing home, has died of apparent suicide, police told local reporters Friday.

    “Deborah and (I) are saddened to hear of the loss of Mark Mayfield,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. “He was a long-time friend, and he will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family in this tragic moment.”

    A tea party leader emailed activists to say Mayfield killed himself in the garage, the Madison County Journal reported.

    A woman who answered at Mayfield’s home number declined to comment. A Ridgeland police investigator did not respond to phone messages.

    Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Tuesday’s primary runoff.

  12. Obama Slams Boehner Lawsuit: He’s Not Going To Apologize for Being President

    In an exclusive interview with ABC on Thursday, President Obama refused to give merit to Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit threat, dismissing it as a stunt.

    The President tossed the ball back at Boehner, saying he refuses to apologize for trying to get something done while they do nothing. Basically the President’s message was that he will not apologize for being President and using those powers to do what is in his authority as president to do, so Boehner better just get over it.

  13. Ametia says:

    The Rude Pundit – You Wanna Keep Harassing Women at Clinics? Then Let’s Play

  14. Ametia says:

    PBO will be speaking at the Lake Harriet Band shell in Minneapolis this morning. 10:50 a.m,

  15. Ametia says:

    Happy FRY-day, Everyone!

    Reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can. Beautiful anthem written by the dynamic Ashford & Simpson.

    Thanks for this series Rikyrah. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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