Monday Open Thread | Peabo Bryson Week!

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Mr. Peabo Bryson.


Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson, April 13, 1951, given name changed from “Peapo” to Peabo c. 1965) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing soft-rock ballads (often as a duo with female singers) and his contribution to several Disney animated feature soundtracks.


As one of the oldest of four siblings, two sisters and a brother, he spent much of his childhood on his grandfather’s farm in Mauldin, South Carolina. His love for music stemmed from his mother, who often took the family to concerts of well-known African-American artists at the time, such as Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Billie Holiday.[citation needed]

At age 14, Bryson marked his professional debut singing backup for Al Freeman and the Upsetters, a local Greenville group. It was Freeman’s difficulty in pronouncing Bryson’s French West Indian name, ‘Peapo’, that led Bryson to change its spelling to Peabo. Two years later he left home to tour the chitlin’ circuit with another local band, Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. Bryson’s first break came during a recording session at Atlanta’s Bang Records.

Although Bang was not impressed with Dillard’s band, the young backup singer caught the ear of the label’s general manager, Eddie Biscoe. Biscoe signed Bryson to a contract as a writer, producer, and arranger and encouraged Bryson to perform his own songs. For several years Bryson worked with hometown bands and wrote and produced for Bang.[citation needed] In 1976, he launched his own recording career with “Underground Music” on the Bang label. His first album, Peabo, followed shortly thereafter. Although only a regional success, Bryson signed to Capitol Records in 1977.

I’m so into You Let the feeling flow


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52 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Peabo Bryson Week!

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:



    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
    In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.
    Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge’s approval to ink the deal after taking over the family trust that owns the team because doctors found Donald Sterling had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and couldn’t manage his affairs.
    The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal and the removal of her husband as a co-trustee was in good faith and not part of a secret plan to seize the team.

  2. Ametia says:

    Selfie with Kerry Washington, Met the Bloggess and More: My BlogHer 2014 Recap
    Awesomely Luvvie

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik · 1h
    The children who have survived and the parents who have lost. Indescribable pain. #Gaza

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    This is so horribly sad:

    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik ·
    2,500+ emergency workers for 9/11 have cancer. The number has doubled since last year. #WeTakeCareOfOurOwn #NeverForget

  5. rikyrah says:

    Appeals court strikes down Virginia same-sex marriage ban
    By Steve Benen 07/28/14 02:58PM

    Proponents of marriage equality have been on an extraordinary winning streak in the courts over the last year, but in nearly every instance, the judicial rulings have come by way of state and federal district courts. When federal appellate courts start weighing in, the decisions carry even broader consequences.

    Take today, for example. NBC News’ Pete Williams reports:
    Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — the second appellate court to rule on the marriage issue.

    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, said the state’s laws “impermissibly infringe on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.”
    The 2-1 ruling is available online here (pdf). Note, it was written by Judge Henry Floyd, who was appointed to the federal bench by W. Bush, but elevated to the 4th Circuit by Obama. He was joined by Judge Roger Gregory, who originally received a recess appointment from Clinton, before being re-nominated by W. Bush.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Cotton tripped up by his voting record
    07/28/14 11:22 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Much of Arkansas was ravaged by heavy flooding last month, so farmers and ranchers were relieved last week when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 23 eastern Arkansas counties as disaster areas. The designation makes agriculture producers in the affected areas eligible for emergency financial assistance from the federal government.

    Not surprisingly, Arkansas’ political leaders, including Senate hopeful Rep. Tom Cotton (R), applauded the Obama administration’s announcement. “I appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s quick approval of Governor Beebe’s disaster declaration request for the 23 impacted counties,” Cotton said in a press release. “I have heard from many farmers about the impact of the recent flooding, and I look forward to working with our friends in Arkansas to make sure farmers are able to access the emergency funds they need.”

    The problem, as Alex Lazar reported, is that Cotton opposed the disaster aid, which was included in the farm bill the congressman voted to kill.

    “It takes a special kind of arrogance for Congressman Cotton to take credit for disaster relief funds that he consistently and recklessly opposed,” Pryor campaign spokesman Erik Dorey said.

    “If Congressman Cotton wants credit for disaster recovery programs he voted against, he first needs to admit he was wrong when he opposed the Farm Bill and apologize to Arkansas’s farmers and ranchers for siding with his out-of-state billionaire buddies against our state’s rural economy,” Dorey added.

  7. Ametia, I love Peabo Bryson. I’m waiting on my song. I won’t say the title. I’ma wait and see. :)

  8. rikyrah says:

    How not to debate the border crisis
    07/28/14 12:43 PM—UPDATED 07/28/14 12:48 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Congress’ newly-chosen House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), appeared on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, and Chris Wallace asked the far-right lawmaker about a possible solution to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S./Mexico border. The Louisiana Republican said, “Well, Chris, we’re going to keep working until we get this problem solved.”

    Asked if that meant possibly delaying the month-long August recess, which begins this Friday, Scalise refused to answer, instead pushing a loosely strung-together list of talking points, many of which didn’t make a lot of sense.

    “We want to actually fix the law, and wouldn’t it be good to allow the governors of those border states to be able to call the National Guard and to help security the border? This all has to start with securing the border, not writing the president a blank check, to keep doing what he’s doing that’s not working…. And ultimately, this is the president’s responsibility. He could fix the problem today. He’s chosen not to, but the House is going to lead. […]

    “It’s ironic, we’re here in Congress right now, and the president doesn’t want to work with us while we’re in town. He wants to wait until we’re gone. The president has a lot of time on his schedule to secure fundraisers. He has no time to secure the border…. He’s flying around doing fundraisers. He doesn’t have time to come and sit down and work with Congress. We’re going to get this problem solved. […]

    “The House is going to take leadership…. And if the president wants to sit back and just continue to point fingers at other people, he’s the president of the United States. He could solve this problem today. He’s been AWOL on it. He doesn’t want to solve this problem. But we do…. We’re going to actually do our job.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Morning Plum: Hillary sharpens up stance on border crisis

    By Greg Sargent July 28 at 8:57 AM 

    As the political battle in Congress over the border crisis comes to a head this week, you can already see the contours of the immigration issue developing for the 2016 presidential election.

    In a smart move, Hillary Clinton firmed up her position on the crisis in an interview that aired over the weekend — in a manner that, intentionally or not, sharpened the contrast with the position of most Republicans.

    Speaking to Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Clinton came out against any changes to the 2008 trafficking law, which Republicans are seeking to expedite deportations of arriving minors as a condition for supporting any money to address the debacle.

    “I don’t agree that we should change the law,” Clinton told Ramos. She added that she wanted a more strenuous effort to distinguish between “migrant” children and “refugees,” to ensure that those who genuinely qualify for humanitarian relief in the U.S. obtain it. “I’m advocating an appropriate procedure, well funded by the Congress, which they are resisting doing, so that we can make individual decisions,” Clinton said. “We should be setting up a system in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, to screen kids over there, before they get in the hands of coyotes.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Sighting: Bipartisan governing in Congress!

    By Paul Waldman July 28 at 11:46 AM 

    As Congress approaches the August recess, something incredible may be about to happen. A piece of reform legislation addressing a problem could actually pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law. I’m not talking about immigration (a bill there is possible too, though I wouldn’t bet your life savings on it), but about the problems at the Veterans Health Administration.

    House and Senate negotiators will be announcing today that they have reached a compromise bill, one that is likely to pass and President Obama will certainly sign. This is very good news, but it’s the exception that proves the rule on congressional inaction. The fact that it’s this hard to get a piece of reform legislation that should have been able to be accomplished in a couple of days shows just how impossible the GOP has made governing.

    Take a look at what characterizes the VA issue. First, there was a dramatic and troubling scandal. Second, the scandal involved victims that everyone in both parties wants to be seen supporting. Third, the way to fix the problem, at least in the short term, was fairly obvious. Fourth, that solution involved at most some mild ideological discomfort for both parties, but nothing they couldn’t tolerate. Finally and most importantly, addressing the problem involved zero political cost to either party.

    How often does an issue like that come around? Once or twice a decade? But that, apparently, is what’s required to actually pass meaningful legislation to get government functioning properly.

  11. rikyrah says:


    Ross Douthat is sorting things into categories again, something he’s very fond of doing without making any reference to how those things actually sort themselves out in the real world:

    WHEN Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he did so in an unusual way for a Democrat: As the candidate of the rich. He raised more in large-dollar donations than any of his rivals and raked in more cash from Wall Street than John McCain. In November, he won the upper class’s votes: By 52 percent to 46 percent, according to exit polls, Americans making more than $200,000 cast their ballots for Obama.

    There were several reasons for this shift, some specific to 2008 (elite exhaustion with the Bush presidency, the power of Obamamania) and some reflecting deeper trends: The Republican Party’s post-1970s gains among white working-class voters; the Democratic Party’s post-1980s attempts to shed its anti-business reputation; the increasing cultural liberalism of the affluent; and the rise of the so-called “liberal rich.”

    So the DemocraticParty became the “party of the rich”? Really? Well, if so, then the “liberal rich” were people willing to vote to raise their own taxes — everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was promising to raise taxes on the rich, while John McCain was promising more Bush-like tax cuts. There were surely some mega-rich people who voted for Obama in the belief that they had the clout to prevent him from doing this, but most merely upscale voters voted for Obama on the assumption that an Obama victory was going to raise their tax bill. So “party of the rich” loses its meaning in Douthat’s formulation. In 2008, which was the party of making the rich much, much richer at the expense of everybody else?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Obama braces for daughter’s college years
    David Jackson, USA TODAY 9:27 a.m. EDT July 28, 2014

    Two years out, President Obama is bracing for the trauma that visits many parents: Sending their first child off to college.

    The Associated Press reports that Obama “is practically weepy” about the fact that daughter Malia will be starting college in the fall of 2016.

    In a recent commencement address at a high school in Worcester, Mass., Obama said: “I’ve got to practice, because Malia is graduating in two years. So I’m trying to get used to not choking up and crying and embarrassing her. So this is sort of my trial run here.”

    First lady Michelle Obama has also cited the coming milestone, telling high school graduates in Topeka, Kansas: “Days like this make me think of my own daughters, so forgive me if I get a little teary.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    LEO Weekly: Medicaid Expansion Leads To Booming Reimbursements, Plunging Uninsured Rate In Kentucky

    Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services has also provided this map that shows how the uninsured rate has plummeted within each county since 2012, assuming that 75 percent of Kynect enrollees did not previously have insurance (as indicated in their Kynect application): While this drop is staggering through the state, it is most pronounced in the four eastern Kentucky counties of Harlan, Letcher, Leslie and Perry, who went from 17-20 percent uninsured to less than 5 percent. These four counties went from some of the highest uninsured rates to the lowest in the entire state. Thanks, Obama.

    While rural hospitals in Kentucky still face unique challenges that must be addressed, including how well Medicaid managed care is able to meet the increased demand for providers, the rosy estimates given by Gov. Beshear last year on the effects of embracing the Affordable Care Act appear to be coming to fruition. The question still remains whether Kentucky’s legislature will decide to continue these efforts next year, or whether a possible new Republican majority in the state House will decide to roll back the clock.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Pregnant woman apparently put in chokehold by NYPD cop over illegal grilling dispute

    Photos released Monday by an East New York advocacy group show Rosan Miller, 27, struggling with a cop who appears to have his arm around her neck in a move prohibited by the police department.
    Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:59 PM

    Police are investigating whether a cop put a seven-months-pregnant woman in a chokehold while busting her for illegal grilling in Brooklyn — an incident caught on film.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Listening to Rev. Al right now. He says that the case in California, when the CHIP beat that woman – she had put in papers about him harrassing her long before that beating. He knew her. He called her by name.

  16. rikyrah says:

    AP: President Barack Obama to rename Young Africans program for Nelson Mandela

    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

    President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is set to announce the name change at a town hall-style event Monday in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa.

    The youngsters are participating in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Looking Back: An American History Lesson from the year 2034
    Trevor LaFauci | July 27, 2014

    “Today’s topic: The Obama Years. First off, let’s generate some background information from you, the students. What are some things that you’ve heard or that your parents might have experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency? Call them out and we’ll make a list on the board.”

    “He helped my Dad get home from Iraq!”

    “He helped my grandparents regain their lost savings!”

    “He helped my mom make more money from her job!”

    “He helped give rights to my Dads!”

    “He helped my parents save money with their health care!”

    “He helped get my aunt home from Afghanistan!”

    “He helped my uncle get a job making cars!”

    “He helped my cousins go to college!”

    “Good, so the themes I have listed here on the board are jobs, rights, health care, money, and family. Based on your own personal responses, how do you think the country as a whole felt about President Obama? Call out some words that you think people used when they talked about our 44th President.”










    “Great! Let me stop you there. Students, you’ve come up with a great list here. However, let me add a few more words that people called President Obama when he was in office.”














    “Now why do you think some people felt this way about our President, even though he helped so many of your families?”

    (blank faces)

  18. rikyrah says:

    Congress reaches preliminary deal on veterans’ aid
    07/28/14 08:43 AM—UPDATED 07/28/14 08:54 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As of Thursday, a pending bill to expand veterans’ benefits appeared to be just about dead. What had been a bipartisan issue had turned into yet another partisan food fight, with House Republicans rejecting multiple compromise offers and walking away from the negotiating table. The Senate Democratic caucus, led in this fight by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was apoplectic, blasting House GOP lawmakers for killing legislation that should be approved easily.

    If the goal of the Democratic outrage was to force House Republicans to reconsider, the apoplexy worked. GOP lawmakers, reluctant to get blamed for killing another veterans-aid package, were shamed into renewing talks, and last night, negotiators struck a deal.

    According to a summary of the agreement obtained by CQ Roll Call, the negotiators agreed to $15 billion in emergency mandatory spending – $10 billion for a new private care option for veterans and another $5 billion for improvements within the VA, like hiring doctors and nurses and upgrading facilities. That’s $5 billion more than Miller offered on Thursday and about $10 billion less than Sanders sought.

    To qualify for the private care option, veterans would have to be experiencing long wait times or be located more than 40 miles from a VA facility. They would be able to access providers who already participate in Medicare.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Last Call For Blaming The Victim

    Republicans are getting cute now over impeachment. They realize the Tea Party demands it and will turn on them like a rabid animal if they don’t…but the country as a whole is very much against impeachment and they know it. So how long will the Village let them play both sides?

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday did not rule out impeaching President Obama after he was asked three times by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

    When first asked whether he would consider impeaching Obama, Scalise dove into a response pinning impeachment talk on the White House.

    “This might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president. Ultimately, what we want to do is see the President follow his own laws,” Scalise said. “The Supreme Court unanimously said 12 times the President overreached and did things he doesn’t have the authority to do.”

    Scalise gave a similar response the second time Wallace asked if impeachment was on the table.

    “Well, the White House wants to talk about impeachment and they’re trying to fundraise off that, too,” he said.

    “I’m asking you, sir,” Wallace quickly responded.

    Scalise dodge the question for a third time.
    “The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the President’s failed agenda,” he said. “The president isn’t solving the problems. We’re going to try to solve problems for everyday people. I would like to see the President engaged in that, too, that’s his job, but he wants to change the topic, talk about things like this.”

    Blaming the White House for impeachment talk. Pretty much like blaming the victim in, oh, anything requiring abuse of power, persecution, and whatnot. Get a pair, Scalise. You don’t get to blame the White House for impeachment talk, when Sarah Palin is making an ass of herself demanding you do it.

  20. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy MUN-dane! :-)

  21. rikyrah says:

    How to fix an enthusiasm gap
    07/25/14 12:11 PM—UPDATED 07/25/14 12:17 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The Pew Research Center published an interesting poll on the 2014 midterms, which offered a little good news for both parties. But there was one major takeaway that will be of particular significance between now and Election Day.

    On the generic congressional ballot, Democrats enjoy a slight edge, 47% to 45%. But as we know, that’s not as important as turnout – the parties were fairly close on the generic ballot in 2010, too, right before Republicans gained 63 House seats and took the majority.

    And that’s where the results get interesting. Pew found greater Republican enthusiasm about the elections, but the advantage over Democrats is much smaller than four years ago.

    What’s more, there’s still time for Democratic leaders to get their voters in the game – a point that does not appear to be lost on the party’s major players.

  22. rikyrah says:

    GOP lawmakers balk at Pentagon’s climate concerns
    07/25/14 12:50 PM
    By Steve Benen

    In general, when Defense Department leaders alert Congress to a national-security threat, we expect Republican lawmakers to take it seriously. Rebecca Leber reported this week, however, Pentagon concerns about climate change affecting military operations are being ignored by GOP officials.

    At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing [on Tuesday], a Department of Defense representative laid out how climate change is exposing its infrastructure in coastal and Arctic regions to rising sea levels and extreme weather, and that it’s even impacting decisions like which types of weapons the Pentagon buys. This is only the latest in a series of recent warnings from the military, which raised the issue as far back as George W. Bush’s second term.

    In March, the Pentagon warned, in its Quadrennial Defense Review, that the effects of climate change “are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions – conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.” In other words, increased drought and water shortages are likely to trigger fighting over limited resources.

    What’s striking is the Republicans’ indifference. In fact, it’s worse than indifference – GOP lawmakers aren’t just ignoring the Pentagon’s concerns about climate and national security; they’re actually pushing hard in the other direction.

    Kate Sheppard noted a few months ago that House Republicans “passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill … that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    The real party of civil rights
    07/25/14 03:38 PM—UPDATED 07/25/14 05:37 PM
    By Steve Benen

    About once a year, the right will roll out a stale argument: Republicans are the real party of civil rights, because Southern Democrats supported segregation during the civil-rights fights in the middle of the 20th century. National Review’s John Fund walked the well-traveled ground this week.

    Fund’s piece was essentially an advertisement for a booklet published by the conservative American Civil Rights Union titled “The Truth About Jim Crow.”

    “Available for free at, it sets the record straight on a hidden racial past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet,” Fund raved.

    Fund went on to invoke arguments familiar to anyone who’s heard a conservative try to explain why Democrats are the real racists, reminding readers that Woodrow Wilson had a horrible record on race relations, that a larger percentage of congressional Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and that the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Jay Bookman took a closer look at the pamphlet Fund’s piece was promoting, highlighting some of its more glaring errors of fact and judgment.

    What’s more Jamelle Bouie notes that it’s curious that National Review would push this line, given its own history: “It would be nice if Fund had reckoned with National Review’s early defense of segregation, including William F. Buckley’s assertion that ‘the cultural superiority of White over Negro’ is a ‘fact that obtrudes’ and that ‘National Review believes that the South’s premises are correct…. It is more important for the community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.’”

    But let’s dig deeper still, highlighting the historical details and context that’s invariably ignored by the right every time they broach this subject.

    We talked about this over a year ago, but since it continues to come up from time to time, let’s set the record straight again.

    The Democratic Party, in the first half of the 20th century, was home to two broad, competing constituencies – southern whites with abhorrent views on race, and white progressives and African Americans in the north, who sought to advance the cause of civil rights. The party struggled with this conflict for years, before ultimately siding with an inclusive, liberal agenda.

    As the party shifted, the Democratic mainstream embraced its new role. Republicans, meanwhile, also changed. In the wake of Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act, the Republican Party welcomed segregationists who no longer felt comfortable in the Democratic Party. Indeed, in 1964, Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater boasted of his opposition to the Civil Rights Act, and made it part of his platform.

    It was right around this time when figures like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond made the transition – leaving the progressive, diverse, tolerant Democratic Party for the GOP.

    In the years that followed, Democrats embraced their role as the party of inclusion and civil rights. Republicans, meanwhile, became the party of the “Southern Strategy,” opposition to affirmative action, campaigns based on race-baiting, vote-caging, discriminatory voter-ID laws, and politicians like Helms and Thurmond.

  24. rikyrah says:

    House GOP leader leaves presidential impeachment on the table
    07/28/14 08:00 AM—UPDATED 07/28/14 08:06 AM
    By Steve Benen

    House Republicans recently had to elect new leaders, and rank-and-file conservatives insisted that at least one far-right Tea Partier join the team. They succeeded: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a fan of debt-ceiling crises and a lawmaker who believes President Obama may be trying to create a “dictatorship,” was chosen as the new House Majority Whip.

    Yesterday was something of a coming-out party for the Louisiana Republican: Scalise sat down with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” his first Sunday show appearance of this Congress. It didn’t go especially well. As Adam Serwer noted, the congressman, recently chosen as the third-ranking GOP official in the House, refused to take presidential impeachment off the table.

    Wallace: Will you consider impeaching the president?

    Scalise: This might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president. Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow the laws. But the president took an oath to faithfully execute the laws of this land, and he’s not. In fact, the Supreme Court, unanimously, more than 12 times, unanimously said, the president overreached, and actually did things he doesn’t have the authority to do.

    First, that’s not even close to what the Supreme Court said, and the fact that a member of the House Republican leadership team would repeat such nonsense on national television – in response to a question he was no doubt prepared for – is alarming.

    Second, and perhaps more important, was the fact that Scalise didn’t answer the question. To his credit, Wallace followed up, asking, “So if he overreaches again on executive action to defer more deportations, what will the House do?” Again, the new House Republican leader dodged. So Wallace asked again whether or not impeachment is “off the table.”

    Scalise responded, “The White House wants to talk about impeachment and ironically they’re going out and trying to fundraise off that, too.” Once more, the host said, “I’m asking you, sir.” The GOP lawmaker again refused to answer, saying, “The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the president’s failed agenda.”

    Of course, Congress won’t approve the president’s agenda, making the criticism rather odd, but even putting that aside, Wallace gave the new House Majority Whip multiple chances to answer a straightforward question. In each instance, Scalise refused.

    Which is exactly what Democrats wanted to see.

  25. rikyrah says:

    A poor messenger with a dubious message
    07/25/14 04:31 PM—UPDATED 07/25/14 05:02 PM
    By Steve Benen

    If persistence mattered more than accuracy, then Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would be extremely well positioned to expand his base of support to traditional Democratic constituencies. After all, the Kentucky Republican rarely misses an opportunity to make his pitch to organizations committed to civil rights and the interests of minority communities.

    Benjy Sarlin reports today, for example, that Paul talked up his agenda at a civil rights conference in Ohio this morning.

    “I say we take a stand and fight for justice now,” said the Republican senator from Kentucky. The speech to the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati was part of a broader campaign by Paul to engage with minority voters ahead of a likely presidential run. […]

    “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act,” Paul said.

    On a surface level, that sounds like exactly the kind of message progressives and proponents of civil rights find appealing.

    It’s what happens when we look just below the surface that Rand Paul runs into trouble.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Blacks shouldn’t be fooled by Rand Paul
    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 6:05 a.m. EDT July 25, 2014

    (Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the mayor of Baltimore and the secretary of the Democratic National Committee.)

    Over the past few months, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been traveling across the country, speaking to African-Americans in urban communities, pitching himself and the GOP’s ideas.

    He thinks the GOP’s ideas are in our community’s best interest, and today he’s in Cincinnati to speak at the National Urban League Conference to try his spin out yet again.

    While I applaud anyone’s efforts to reach out to the black community and share ideas that would improve our families’ lives, Paul doesn’t understand a very important piece of the puzzle: earning our trust.

    For Paul to claim to stand up for our values while opposing policy after policy that advances our community is not the way to do this.

    Paul’s long and troubled history with civil rights issues is generally well known around Kentucky and in Washington, D.C., but for many Ohioans, it’s time to take a closer look.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, rikyrah and Everyone :)

      Helen Dorothy Martin was born on this day in 1909.

      Excerpt from her biography at this link:

      Education: Attended Fisk University and A&I State College, both in TN.
      Memberships: Founding member of the American Negro Theater, Harlem, NY.

      Stage and screen actress. Became one of the first serious African-American actresses to make a mark on Broadway; acted in Orson Welles’s production of Native Son, 1941; appeared in over forty stage productions, over a dozen films, and countless television sitcoms, including 227; Baby, I’m Back.

      Life’s Work
      Actress Helen Martin was a pioneer in theater. A founding member of the Harlem-based American Negro Theater, Martin was one of the first African-American actresses to appear on Broadway. In her prolific career she worked with such famed people as legendary director Orson Welles and screen giants Sidney Poiter, Warren Beatty, and Halle Berry. When she died on March 25, 2000 in Monterrey, California, Martin left behind an acting career that spanned sixty years.

      Helen Dorothy Martin was born July 28, 1909 to William Martin, a minister, and Amanda Frankie (Fox) Martin. Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, Martin grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She was drawn to performing at an early age and was active in local theater groups. Not limiting herself to acting, she also sang with her own band. However, her parents had other ideas for her future and insisted that she go to college. Wanting to please them, Martin dutifully went off to Fisk University in Tennessee where she studied for two years. She also did a stint at A&I State College, also in Tennessee, before finally breaking off on her own to pursue the acting career she longed for.

      Martin moved to Chicago in the thirties and became active in theater under the Federal Theatre Project, which was part of the Works Progress Administration, WPA, established under President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. By the end of the thirties Martin had made the leap to New York City’s thriving theater scene. She made her stage debut there in 1939 with the Rose McClendon Players. McClendon was a driving force in the effort to establish a black theater esthetic, and Martin shared those aspirations. Along with black theater legends, Abram Hill and Frederick O’Neal, Martin became a founding member of the American Negro Theater. This groundbreaking company firmly established African-American theater and provided a training ground for African-American actors, actresses, and playwrights. In addition to Martin, the American Negro Theater launched the careers of Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis–all legendary African-American performers.

      In 1941 Martin made her Broadway debut as Vera Thomas, Bigger Thomas’s sister in Orson Welles’s production of Native Son. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Orson Welles personally cast her” in the role. Martin’s performance in Native Son not only established her as a serious stage actress but as one of the first African-American actresses in a major role on Broadway. The performance also heralded the way in which legions of African-American actresses were to follow. Following its run on Broadway, Native Son toured the United States with Martin in her role.

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