Saturday Open Thread |Sarah Vaughn Week

Happy Saturday, Everyone. Here’s more Sarah Vaughn. Enjoy your weekend.


Sarah Lois Vaughan was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 27, 1924. Outside of their regular jobs—as a carpenter and as a laundress—her parents were also musicians. Growing up in Newark, a young Sarah Vaughan studied the piano and organ, and her voice could be heard as a soloist at Mount Zion Baptist Church.


Sarah Vaughan grew up with a love of music and performing. Winning a talent competition held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater launched her singing career. She worked with bandleaders Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine before becoming a successful solo performer who commingled pop and jazz. At age 66, Vaughan died in Hidden Hills, California, on April 3, 1990.

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43 Responses to Saturday Open Thread |Sarah Vaughn Week

  1. Rikyrah, I’m still laughing about this. Too funny.

  2. Hey folks! Y’all stay vigilant. They’re sitting it up for some loon to shoot people at the polls.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames

    Suddenly? RT @steenfox: LMFAO RT @HuffPostCrime: Why the police are suddenly terrifying:

  4. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames

    POC: “Cops are terrifying!”
    non-POC: “Well what were you doing/wearing?”

    *A few years later* Non-POC: “Cops are terrifying!”
    POC: *BLINK*

  5. rikyrah says:

    GOP Hits a New Level of Crazy: Quitter Sarah Palin Implies President Obama is High
    By: Sarah Jones more from Sarah Jones
    Saturday, July, 12th, 2014, 1:32 pm

    If she doesn’t get to impeach President Obama, can the bitter quitter from Alaska at least growl at him daily?

    Yes, she can! Because Fox News will find a way to make a buck off of their failed Palin investment if it kills them. So on Friday they published an “op-ed” from Palin in which Palin called Obama a teenager and repeatedly inferred that he was high, because only real adults quit their job half way through in order to chase after taxpayer-funded reality TV shows that bomb.

    Clearly jealous that the President is able to fundraise so easily off of the crazy Palin used to have a trademark on but Speaker John Boehner has encroached upon, Palin sniped about Obama eating pizza. How dare he. “President Obama was absolutely swamped the other night, staving off the munchies at a pizza party in the Mile High city, hobnobbing as headliner at numerous Democrat shindigs, collecting big bucks from big donors all day.

    In case you missed that you’re supposed to picture him as a high, lazy loser now who, and this is a bit of a problem for her imagery, sits around being fed big dollars by lobbyists, she spells it out for the reader later, “Whew. Racking balls, getting buzzed on suds, maybe humming ‘Rocky Mountain High’ while kicking it in those Rockies, hard choices had to be made – stripes or solids?”

    So in Palin world, Obama is both high and collecting big bucks. Collecting big bucks is always a good thing when a rich white man does it for the GOP. Then it’s because they are good at their job and anyone who objects to CEOs getting million dollar bonuses while Americans starve is just lazy and jealous. But when Obama does it, well, he’s high.

    The person who quit her job just accused the person who is doing his job of being high. For no reason.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Glenn Greenwald Decries The Spying He Helped Enable When He Supported Bush!

    GGGWI have this fantasy that there are real journalists left in the world of cable news. But just like my other fantasies, they never seem to come true. (Insert Rimshot here)

    Glenn Greenwald’s latest piece of “advocacy” journalism deals with events that started in 2002 and ended in 2008. It involves the NSA under President Bush spying on 5 prominent Americans who are Muslim. For the record, at the time the Cheney/Bush administration was selling their lies to the American people, I was marching against their march to war.

    What was Glenn Greenwald thinking in 2002, when this spying began. From the preface to one of Glenn’s books, his own words…

    I believed that Islamic extremism posed a serious threat to the country, and I wanted an aggressive response from our government. I was ready to stand behind President Bush and I wanted him to exact vengeance on the perpetrators and find ways to decrease the likelihood of future attacks.

    Think about that for a minute. Greenwald was 36 years old at the time, according to my calculations. Not some young naive kid. Whenever he has tried to refute my pointing that out, he usually says something like, “everyone was doing it.” As my mother would occasionally say, if everyone jumped off a cliff, does that mean you should too?

  7. rikyrah says:

    onservatives On Supreme Court Lied and Immediately Violated Their Hobby Lobby Ruling
    By: Rmuse
    Saturday, July, 12th, 2014, 10:06 am

    Americans have been led to believe that of all the institutions in government, they can depend on honesty from the members of the highest court in the land. However, since the justices on the Supreme Court are above the law, and ethics requirements every other judge in the nation are held to, it is not surprising the conservatives on the Court lied and immediately violated their own ruling to fit their religious worldview.

    In the Hobby Lobby ruling, Justice Samuel Alito stated the ruling was narrow in scope, and “should” only apply to religious corporations opposed to certain forms of birth control. That sentiment lasted less than twenty-four hours until the High Court quietly ordered all lower courts to rehear any cases in which private for-profit religious companies sought to deny coverage for any type of contraception; not just the specific types Hobby Lobby was opposed to because in their religious minds, they are abortion.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, there are 20 forms of contraception that were required to be covered as preventive services and necessary to women’s health. Although the Court did not dispute the science, or a compelling need for women’s health, they agreed with Holy Hobby Lobby that Plan B, Ella, and two types of IUD were abortion and violated the corporate religious principles. Justice Samuel Alito, in writing for the majority, used several questionable qualifiers he claimed limited the ruling’s scope, but the very next day they issued a series of orders contradicting the “narrow interpretation” of the decision.

    The Justices vacated two separate decisions by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Autocam Corp. v. Burwell and Eden Foods v. Burwell, and ordered the appeals court to rehear the cases and issue rulings in accordance with the Catholics’ Hobby Lobby decision. The Sixth Circuit rejected requests from Catholic-owned businesses that demanded exemptions because Catholicism considers artificial birth control abortion and is therefore a sin against god. The Court also ordered the District of Columbia Appeals Court to reopen a similar case, Gilardi v. Department of Health & Human Services, and waste taxpayer money because “the conservative majority endorsed the idea that religious objections to insurance that covers any form of preventative healthcare for women have merit” according to Catholic Church doctrine.


    As Americans are witnessing, regardless what Alito and the other conservative Catholic justices claimed, their decision set a deliberate precedent the religious right and United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will use to affect the change Church dogma demands. Besides giving lower courts permission to expand their logic in the Hobby Lobby decision, they immediately broadened their decision’s scope by ordering other appeals courts to rehear and reopen (rule according to Catholicism) prior cases to issue the correct (Catholic) ruling. The Supreme Court’s conservatives are doing precisely what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted in her dissent noting the logic in Alito’s decision went far beyond the limited scope the conservatives claimed. When she wrote that, “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” she misread the intent of the conservatives. They did not randomly “venture into a minefield,” they planted the mines and opened the floodgates for Catholics and the religious right cohort to do what they yearned after all along; ban contraceptives and put an end to married and single women alike from having “consequence free sex.”

    For centuries, the Catholic Church ruled the so-called Christian world unchallenged until England’s King Henry VIII broke the cycle of religious tyranny when he informed the Pope in Rome that his authority ended at England’s borders. Unfortunately for American women, and soon the gay community, there is no King Henry to hold the Catholic Church in check. Now that the conservative Court empowered the Church to define contraceptives as murder and abortion, the GOP gained a powerful ally in their war on women. With assistance from the religious right, Catholics are a step closer to impose personhood on a zygote and ban contraceptives they, and Papal Supremacy, regard as murder.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    Still trying to stop the vote, and picking on poor people.

    Shout out to Judge Terry Lewis for recognizing shenanigans when it looms its ugly head.

    “A Florida judge has tossed the state’s congressional map, ordering two districts to be redrawn, in a move that may affect neighboring districts and strongly impact Republican influence, the New York Times reports.

    In his scathing decision late Thursday, Judge Terry P. Lewis of the state’s 2nd Judicial Circuit demanded that two of Florida’s districts be redrawn: the 10th, represented by Republican Rep. Daniel Webster, and the 5th, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown.

    Lewis blasted Republicans for making “a mockery” and taking advantage of Florida’s Fair Districts Amendments, passed in 2010.

    “Republican political consultants or operatives did, in fact, conspire to manipulate and influence the redistricting process,” the judge wrote in his 41-page decision, according to Politico.

    “They made a mockery of the legislature’s proclaimed transparency and open process of redistricting by doing all of this in the shadow of that process, utilizing the access it gave them to the decisionmakers, but going to great lengths to conceal from the public their plan and their participation in it.”” [Source]

    Your Honor, I could not agree more.

    Finally, some politicians think it’s cool to demonize poor people. Especially poor black people, because, unlike poor white people, they choose to be poor.

  9. rikyrah says:

    A “nationwide gentrification effect” is segregating us by education

    By Emily Badger July 11 at 3:03 PM

    Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about 57 percent. By 2011: 73 percent.

    These figures, though, reflect only part of the inequality that has pushed the lives of college and high school graduates in America farther apart. As the returns to education have increased, according to Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond, the geographic segregation of the most educated workers has, too — and not by neighborhood, but by entire city.

    This effectively means that college graduates in America aren’t simply gaining access to higher wages. They’re gaining access to high-cost cities like New York or San Francisco that offer so much more than good jobs: more restaurants, better schools, less crime, even cleaner air.

    “With wage inequality, you could just observe the average wage of a college graduate, and the average wage of a high school graduate,” says Diamond, whose research has gone a step further to calculate what she calls “economic well-being inequality.” “But then on top of that, college graduates also live in the nicest cities in the country. They’re getting more benefits, even net of fact that they’re paying higher housing costs.”

    It’s easy to recognize this phenomenon in San Francisco, or even Washington. College graduates have flooded in, drawn by both jobs and amenities. Yet more amenities have followed to cater to them (luring yet more college graduates). Housing costs have increased as a result, pushing low-wage and low-skilled workers out. At the neighborhood level, this cycle sounds a lot like how we describe gentrification. At the scale of entire cities — picture low-skilled workers increasingly excluded from Washington and San Francisco and segregated into cities like Toledo or Baton Rouge — Diamond describes this as a kind of nationwide gentrification effect.

  10. rikyrah says:

    What it’s like when Michelle Obama shows up to the restaurant where you’re dining
    By Tom Sietsema July 11 at 6:39 PM

    It’s true what they say about Michelle Obama. She has amazing arms. I saw this up close when she unfurled her bare right limb in front of me Thursday night, while the two of us were doing tapas at the jumping Barcelona on 14th Street NW.

    Clearly the first lady works out, clearly she moisturizes and clearly L’Oréal should hire her as its pitchwoman after she leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    “Ma’am, you rock,” I wanted to tell her, even though I was seated a table away from her party of eight, which included White House chef Sam Kass, and was separated by a table occupied by two Secret Service agents. (They ate, too, but didn’t drink anything stronger than soda.)

    A food fan who has eaten around the world (Le Diplomate, Cafe Milano, Zentan) around town, the first eater’s better half and I hadn’t exactly planned on seeing each other. She was at Barcelona for what looked like a celebration, seated in the back of the Spanish restaurant’s private room; I was there for the last of three visits in my role as food critic for The Washington Post.

    To be clear, our eyes never met. Throughout dinner, Mrs. Obama sat facing the rear wall, and not once during my 90 minutes in the restaurant did she turn around. Her attention was totally on the three men and four women who had joined her for dinner. Only when a server dropped something to her right did she turn in the direction of the crashing noise, and then only briefly. The dark suits next to me, on the other hand, stopped chewing and fixed their gazes on the situation until they deduced the problem was something that didn’t require retreating to an undisclosed location (“Let’s really move!”), but merely a sweep or three of a broom.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

    Did my swim and errands.

    Back home to do chores.

  12. Ametia says:

    See & hear what Barack Obama’s presidential election has REVEALED about the MEDIOCRITY, and white privileged in America?

  13. Ametia says:

    Real Time With Bill Maher
    Episode 324 Guests: Jason Box – Donna Edwards – Sandra Tsing Loh – Reihan Salam – Ron Suskind

  14. Ametia says:

    Florida Judge Rules State GOP’s Redistricting Was Illegal
    by Josh Feldman | 6:28 pm, July 11th, 2014

    A Florida judge ruled late Thursday that the state Republican party illegally redrew the state’s districts and ordered both the fifth and the tenth districts to be redrawn (which would obviously affect neighboring districts).

    According to The New York Times, Judge Terry Lewis declared that the state Republican party “made a mockery” of the law and said, “Republican political consultants or operatives did, in fact, conspire to manipulate and influence the redistricting process.”

  15. Eating fresh cantaloupe sprinkled with a little salt & pepper. Hmmm

  16. Shameful and disgusting! Folks are profiting from putting people in jail.

  17. Good morning, everyone!

    Happy Saturday!

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