Thursday Open Thread |Unrequited Love Songs| Ray Charles

Ray CharlesThis beautiful song performed by one of the greatest Soul legends, Ray Charles. He sings to the girl he’s in love with all those words he doesn’t have the courage to tell her in person, hoping that some day she will love him, too.

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59 Responses to Thursday Open Thread |Unrequited Love Songs| Ray Charles

  1. rikyrah says:

    CBC Week: It’s Time Again for DC’s Annual Freaknik for Old People

    The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference is essentially Black College Weekend for people who already have too many degrees.
    By: Danielle C. Belton
    Posted: Sept. 24 2014 6:41 AM

    This week I plan to drink more than normal, stay out later than I should, put on more makeup than I’d normally bother with and wear dresses that I only wear around this time of the year.

    Yes. That’s right. It’s time, once again, for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th annual Freaknik for old people: the Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    If you’re not from D.C., you might not get it, but once a year, bougie black people and aspiring bougie black people from all over the nation converge on the now Not-So-Chocolate City to socialize among their own kind, reveling in their own self-appointed gloriousness of having degrees while tossing back free alcohol at parties they most certainly were not invited to.

    These are black America’s “best and brightest,” now dressed in their finest, dropping down and hitting that “nae nae.” Which is just dandy, because everyone knows that when you drop that nae nae with your graduate degrees, it looks more sophisticated. And degrees also improve twerking—twerking while having papers is pretty much the Bavarian waltz. Those degrees and elaborate job titles class everything up, no matter how low you plan to go with your CBCF debauchery.

    Of course, getting bougie-black-day-party wasted wasn’t the original purpose of the CBC’s legislative conference. It’s supposed to be about the free exchange of ideas to figure out how we can move forward as a people on an economic, political and policy level.

    In theory: In other words, it’s about black progress.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Rev. Al had a good segment on AG Holder’s resignation today. Hope you post it.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire

    Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money
    By Tim Dickinson | September 24, 2014

    The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today’s GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year’s midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.

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  4. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Eric Holder: A nation of cowards
    In honor of Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement today, I’d like to invite you to listen to the speech he gave to staff at the Department of Justice during Black History Month 2009. No U.S. Attorney General has ever spoken more boldly or acted more aggressively on behalf of civil rights for all Americans.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Oliver Willis @owillis

    the best part of holder is how he made the right so angry by just doing his job and neither he nor obama backed off
    10:10 AM – 25 Sep 2014

  6. rikyrah says:

    ThisMagicalEarth @MagicalEarth

    Due to AG Holder’s efforts, federal prison population DROPS by roughly 4,800. 1st time in decades. … #ProudofAGHolder
    1:34 PM – 25 Sep 2014

  7. rikyrah says:

    Nancy LeTourneau @Smartypants60

    To understand AG Holder’s legacy, you have to start with some awareness of just how much Dubya’s admin f*cked up DOJ’s Civil Rights Division
    12:30 PM – 25 Sep 2014

  8. rikyrah says:

    Cheerio Politico @LawSexAndMagic

    I have truly enjoyed seeing portraits of two prominent black men (Eric Holder and Pres. Obama) whenever I enter a Federal Courthouse.
    2:06 PM – 25 Sep 2014

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good panel on Joy Reid’s show about AG Holder.

    would love to see it posted.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Jordan Ashby @JM_Ashby

    Maybe they just aren’t aware that the DOJ never dropped any of the cases and pursued them all the way to settlements for tens of billions

  11. rikyrah says:

    Black Ivy League Student Leaders Form Civil Rights Coalition

    Students pledge to help bring about racial equality
    by Courtney Connley Posted: September 25, 2014

    In the aftermath of the Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford and many other killings of unarmed African Americans, black college students from Ivy League schools across the nation are coming together to bring about social change in order to further prevent incidents like these from happening.

    Forming the Black Ivy Coalition, student leaders from Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania are making it their duty to ensure that the current generation is taking a lead in bringing about change. In its statement titled, “A Call to Action: Our Generation and the Evolution of the Civil Rights Movement,” the students state in their tagline, “It is now time for our generation to lead the movement against injustices toward people of color in the 21st Century.”

    “It is our mission to compel our society to revalue Black lives and end the violation of human and civil rights of Black people. We aim to correct the misconception that the Civil Rights movement is over and the United States exists in a paradigm of post-racism—that the slew of recent deaths is nothing more than a series of isolated incidents,” student leaders of the coalition say in their statement.

    The coalition was formed shortly after the death of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown, which not only highlighted major tensions between the black community and law enforcement, but also served as a call to action for many students to do something about the value placed on black life in America.

    Across the nation, several peaceful protests took place on college campuses, with many HBCU’s bringing their student bodies together for a powerful “Hands up, don’t shoot” photo that proved their solidarity and support around the issue in Brown’s honor.

  12. Ametia says:

    *Tears* as AG Holder speaks.

  13. Ametia says:

    Another “Becky” who can’t handle all that Shonda love!

    How much of television can Shonda Rhimes conquer?
    By Alyssa Rosenberg September 25 at 3:10 PM

    There is not really a serious contender who could take on Shonda Rhimes for the role of most powerful female showrunner or most powerful black showrunner in television. This is particularly true tonight as ABC launches freshman legal drama “How To Get Away With Murder,” a creation of Rhimes protégé Pete Nowalk that is produced under the auspices of Rhimes’ company ShondaLand, that makes Thursday nights on the network all Shonda, all the time.

    “Still, I look forward to the day when Shonda Rhimes’ banner is splashed all over a comedy about a laconic lady slacker, a bright, unconflicted romantic comedy, or a melancholic, lingering indie drama. Rhimes is such a distinct, fabulous soloist. It would be missing the point to use her considerable influence.”

    Then write, produce, and direct these kinds of shows yourself, lady.

  14. rikyrah says:

    From Kay over at BJ about AG Holder:

    Kay says:

    25, 2014 at 11:57 am

    He was the best and most aggressive on voting rights in my adult life.

    He gets it, completely. They fought suppression everywhere, and NOT just in
    areas where it could mean the winning margin for Democrats, because that
    shouldn’t matter.



    Yup. He was also good on juvenile justice and zero tolerance,/public schools
    division/school to prison pipeline.



    He has. I don’t think we’ll get anyone better. I think the voting rights
    advocacy and action is where a lot of the conservative vitriol comes from. I
    think they’re uncomfortable with suppression politically, aware that it’s a
    short term tactic that may cost them dearly, long term, but they can’t stop now
    because a huge part of their base believes it. Rand Paul knows it’s not a good
    position for them, and you saw how big consumer brands ran from ALEC voter
    suppression and SYG laws. Not a good look for them. Ultimately, politicians
    attacking voters is dumb. It’s one thing to go after “ACORN”. It’s a
    whole ‘nother thing to look at those voting lines in Florida, or the crazy witch
    hunts of individual voters, where they had names and faces.


    rikyrah :

    Democrats won’t listen to me. I’d take half the money they put toward tv ads
    and send people to Alabama and Arkansas and Mississippi to do voting rights.
    They should have a voter protection staff member in every county to find and
    organize the lawyers. They won’t even have to pay the local lawyers. It’s one
    day training, a bunch of electronic communication and reading and then election
    day. They don’t pay them in Ohio, and it’s the same people year after year. I
    bet there’s a Democratic or liberal lawyer in every county in the south

  15. rikyrah says:

    TV One Airs First-Ever Original, Scripted Work of Horror – Trilogy Titled ‘The Fright Night Files’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and ActSeptember 25, 2014 at 10:58AM

    This Halloween, TV One will treat viewers to an anthology of three short films of deadly romance with the premiere of The Fright Night Files airing October 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM/ET. The horror trilogy marks the first scripted production for Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One Inc., and production partner Susan Banks, who together have helmed nearly 50 high profile interviews for the network. Joining forces with award-winning director Russ Parr of Up To Parr Productions they usher in another first – the network’s first-ever horror themed scripted film.

    “Since the inception of TV One, it has been one of my greatest desires to provide our audience with a wide spectrum of programming, and paramount to this effort has been to develop a horror film to thrill, shock and amaze our viewers,” remarked Ms. Hughes. “Though we have been successful in the past with genre-based programming with our Easter and Christmas offerings, it was important to expand into this specific space, where there are so few representations in African American programming.”

    “Expanding our original movie slate with a trilogy of terror required a relatable entry point and what better than tales of fatal attraction, as many of us have experienced relationships that end up feeling more like nightmares,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP Programming and Production, TV One. “The Fright Night Files delivers a perfect cinematic blend of romance, fear and excitement, just in time for Halloween.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Read What YOU Thought About ‘Black-ish’ After Last Night’s Premiere…

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    September 25, 2014 at 12:21PM

    It finally debuted last night, although it’s been available on iTunes (for free) for about a week now – the pilot episode). Wednesday’s premiere drew a strong 10.79 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Only “Modern Family did better for the evening, drawing 10.93 millions viewers. “Modern Family” is also on ABC by the way.

    I did watch it via iTunes initially, but also watched it again last night. And I still feel the same way I felt when I shared some early thoughts a week ago. In short, after just 1 episode, I wasn’t swayed strongly one way or the other. So I guess I’m in that uncertain middle. I need to see more. One thing that I do hope is that every episode isn’t loaded with scenario after scenario that ends in some identity lesson – specifically, on what it means to be black. I’d love to see this upper middle class black family, just be a family, tackling issues that every other family (regardless of class, and/or in consideration of class) faces on a day-to-day basis, with the occasional “lesson in blackness,” if you will, incorporated. This pilot episode felt a tad *stuffed* to me, and I would prefer more subtle handling of those matters that the title of the series suggests will be in focus.

    However, I’ll be back for more next week, and the week after. I typically like to give new series at least 3 episodes before deciding on whether it’s for me.

    By the way, we spoke to “Black-Ish” Creator Kenya Barris about the new series. Read that post here:

    Last night, on Twitter, I asked for your thoughts on the show last night, after it ended, and below is a sample of the replies I received:

  17. rikyrah says:

    What’s the Matter With Sam Brownback?

    How the Kansas governor’s red-state experiment could turn Kansas purple.

    —By Patrick Caldwell

    | Thu Sep. 25, 2014 6:15 AM EDT

    One Wednesday afternoon in mid-August, Govs. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Chris Christie of New Jersey stopped for a photo op—and $54 worth of pork ribs and sausages—at Oklahoma Joe’s, a gas station barbecue joint on the outer fringe of Kansas City. Along with hickory smoke and diesel fumes, there was a mild aroma of desperation in the air. Brownback’s approval ratings hovered in the mid-30s, and one recent poll had his Democratic opponent, state House Minority Leader Paul Davis, beating him by 10 points. Now Christie, the chair of the Republican Governors Association, had parachuted in to lend some star power as Brownback made a fundraising swing through the wealthy suburbs outside of Kansas City. A day earlier, the RGA had announced a $600,000 ad buy in support of Brownback. “We believe in Sam,” Christie assured the scrum of reporters who’d accompanied the governors to Oklahoma Joe’s.

    That the RGA had been forced to mobilize reinforcements in Kansas spoke to just how imperiled Brownback had become. After representing Kansas for nearly two decades in Congress, he had won the governorship in 2010 by a 30-point margin. Once in office, Brownback wasted no time implementing a radical agenda that blended his trademark social conservatism with the libertarian-tinged economic agenda favored by one of his most famous constituents, Charles Koch, whose family company is headquartered in Wichita and employs more than 3,500 people in the state. Other GOP governors elected in the tea party wave, such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, garnered more ink for their brash policy maneuvers, but in many ways Brownback had presided over the most sweeping transformation.

    Early in his tenure, he said he wanted to turn Kansas into a “real, live experiment” for right-wing policies. In some cases relying on proposals promoted by the Kansas Policy Institute—a conservative think tank that belongs to the Koch-backed State Policy Network and is chaired by a former top aide to Charles Koch—Brownback led the charge to privatize Medicaid, curb the power of teachers’ unions, and cull thousands from the welfare rolls.

    But his boldest move was a massive income tax cut. Brownback flew in Reagan tax cut guru Arthur Laffer to help sell the plan to lawmakers, with the state paying the father of supply-side economics $75,000 for three days of work. Brownback and his legislative allies ultimately wiped out the top rate of 6.45 percent, slashed the middle rate from 6.25 to 4.9 percent, and dropped the bottom tier from 3.5 to 3 percent. A subsequent bill set in motion future cuts, with the top rate declining to 3.9 percent by 2018 and falling incrementally from there. Brownback’s tax plan also absolved nearly 200,000 small business owners of their state income tax burdens. Among the “small” businesses that qualified were more than 20 Koch Industries LLCs. “Without question they’re the biggest beneficiaries of the tax cuts,” says University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Holder has also been excellent also with changes in the Prison Industrial Complex. You think any other AG would be talking about getting rid of mandatory minimums, breaking down the disparity in sentencing for powder and crack, and making the reduction of sentences retroactive?

  19. rikyrah says:

    Holder Backs Suit in New York Faulting Legal Service for Poor
    By MATT APUZZOSEPT. 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who last year
    declared a crisis in America’s legal-defense system for the poor, is
    supporting a class-action lawsuit that accuses Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State of New York of perpetuating a system that violates the rights of people who cannot afford to hire lawyers.

    The lawsuit claims that public defenders in New York are so overworked and overmatched that poor people essentially receive no legal defense at all. It describes a system in which indigent defendants navigate courts nearly alone, relying on spotty advice from lawyers who do not have the time or money to investigate their cases or advise them properly.

    Because of substandard legal aid, children are taken from their parents, defendants in minor cases are jailed for long periods and people are imprisoned for crimes for which they might have been acquitted, the civil rights lawyers who filed the suit said.

  20. Ametia says:

    What in the living fuck?!

  21. Ametia says:

    Holder dealing with the “TRASH”

    Cleaning out the sewer is a bitch, AG Holder. WE know it.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Joe Adalian ✔ @TVMoJoe

    #BLACKISH debuts with a strong 3.3 A18-49, retaining a stellar 90% of its MODERN FAMILY (3.7) lead-in.

    • Ametia says:

      I missed “Blackish” last night and don’t record any shows. I’ll catch it later when repeated. Did you watch it, Rikyrah?

      • rikyrah says:

        I did watch it. Hope that you can watch it online, Ametia. I really liked it. Definitely going to give it a chance. There were some moments in the show that were so on point with regards to being Black, I had to LOL, because I could do is shake my head in agreement.

  23. Ametia says:

    Attorney General Eric Holder will announce today that he will resign after six years at the Justice Department helm. He will stay in the position until his successor is confirmed, he said in a statement.

    Holder was sworn in as the 82nd attorney general in February 2009 after serving as President Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general.

    Previously, the Columbia Law School graduate was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and served during President Ronald Reagan’s administration as an associate judge at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

  24. Breaking News: Attorney General Eric Holder will resign.

  25. rikyrah says:

    A faulty memory trips up Scott Brown again
    09/24/14 04:45 PM
    By Steve Benen

    A New Hampshire Public Radio reporter asked former Sen. Scott Brown (R) this week about a controversial bill he co-sponsored while serving in his other home state of Massachusetts: it would have imposed a 24-hour abortion waiting period. What’s more, Brown’s bill would have required women to review information about fetal development before terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

    The Republican candidate apparently can’t remember the proposal he used to support.
    “I’m not familiar with the specific bill that you’re referring to,” Brown said in response to a question from Knoy about the Women’s Right To Know Act. “I’m not sure if it’s wrong, but I’ve voted on probably 8,000 bills give or take in my lifetime.”
    That may be true, though the question wasn’t about a bill he voted on; it was in reference to a bill he co-sponsored. This requires a very different level of commitment, beyond casting a vote on an unfamiliar piece of legislation. Asked if he thought his bill sounds like “a good idea,” Brown dodged and said, “I’m not familiar with what you’re referring to.”

    Benjy Sarlin added that the Massachusetts bill, which did not pass, shouldn’t be too obscure to the Republican candidate – Brown’s support for the so-called “Women’s Right To Know” bill was used against him repeatedly during his 2010 and 2012 U.S. Senate campaigns in a nearby state.

    Of course, it’s certainly possible that Brown’s just forgetful. Maybe he doesn’t remember endorsing the legislation. Perhaps he no longer recalls being asked about the legislation during two of his statewide campaigns over the last four years.

    But if so, is it safe to say Brown’s memory is just really bad? Consider recent history.

    In May, for example, Brown blasted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for having raised the debt ceiling and preventing U.S. default. He apparently forgot that he’d voted for the exact same measures at the exact same time, making his criticism appear pretty foolish, even for him.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Court clears way for investigation into Wisconsin’s Walker
    09/25/14 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) economic record doesn’t undermine his political future, his scandals might.

    To briefly recap his most notable controversy, Wisconsin election laws prohibit officials from coordinating campaign activities with outside political groups. There is, however, reason to believe Walker and his team were directly involved in overseeing how outside groups – including some allegedly non-partisan non-profits – spent their campaign resources during the governor’s recall campaign.

    For his part, the governor has dismissed the controversy, repeatedly pointing to a court ruling that “didn’t buy into the argument that has been presented” by prosecutors. Yesterday, a federal appeals court overruled that lower court.
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed an injunction halting an investigation into whether the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated with conservative groups on fund-raising and spending as he sought to overcome a recall effort two years ago.

    The decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit raised the prospect that prosecutors could eventually resume the investigation even as Mr. Walker, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, is engaged in a tight battle for re-election.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Yep, We Need Dashcams
    ByJosh Marshall
    Published September 24, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT 19123 views

    This video will blow your mind.

    On the plus side, the officer in question was fired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol and has now been charged with aggravated assault. But here’s the story (with video). White Highway Patrol officer stops a black man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia, SC. The state trooper Sean Groubert, 31, asks the driver for his license. The driver, Levar Jones, reaches into the car to retrieve his license – at which point Groubert screams “get out of the car” and proceeds to unload four or five rounds from his pistol into Jones at close to point blank range.

    Dashcam video after the jump …

    As you can see, the shooting is followed by a macabre and surreal dialog between Groubert and Jones in which Jones asks Groubert why he shot him. Jones seems genuinely dumbfounded, in addition to (one presumes) a mixture of fear, shock and anger. Groubert comes off not so much as consciously malevolent as bumbling and almost ridiculous – a frightening example of someone who should not be a cop or have a firearm. (Groubert’s casefile has a series of citizen complaints against him.)

    Would Groubert have lost his badge and be facing charges had there not been a dashcam video revealing the reality of what happened? Let’s put that down as a rhetorical question.

    Jones survived the attack and is now out of the hospital and recuperating.

  28. rikyrah says:

    America’s richest and poorest states
    These states had the highest — and lowest — median incomes in 2013.

    By Alexander E.M. Hess, Alexander Kent, Thomas C. Frohlich and Robert Serenbetz, 24/7 Wall St.

    Rich state, poor state
    The United States added more than 2.3 million jobs in 2013, the most in any year since 2005. Despite this, income levels and poverty rates did not improve in most of the United States last year, according to recently released figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

    While many American households continue to struggle to make ends meet, those in the richest states continued to earn far more than households in the poorest states. The wealthiest state in the U.S. last year boasted a median income of $72,483, compared to a median income of just $37,963 in America’s poorest state.

    One of the most important determinants of income is employment, because most Americans rely on their jobs as their largest source of income. Several states with high incomes also had low unemployment rates.

    A strong labor force matters, David Cooper, economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, told 24/7 Wall St. When the labor market improves, “that tends to disproportionately help low income folks,” Cooper said. “When there’s less unemployment, when employers are maybe having to raise wages in order to attract new workers.”

    Still, unemployment rates do not tell the full story. In fact, by some measures, the job market remains distressed. The total number of jobs only surpassed pre-recession levels this year. Also, the percentage of Americans in the workforce — either working or looking for work — has fallen considerably since the recession.

    The types of jobs available in a state also play a major role in determining income levels. For example, low-paying manufacturing jobs as well as jobs in the retail sector were generally more common in states with low median incomes. In the nation’s richest states, by contrast, high-paying jobs in the financial, information and professional services sectors were more common.

    Cooper added that “there are good jobs and bad jobs,” and that clearly some industries pay better than others. “Obviously, things like the sciences, and information technology, health care. Those tend to be sectors that pay better,” he noted. One major reason for this, Cooper said, is the educational background needed for such jobs.

    To identify the richest and poorest states with the highest and lowest median household income, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed state data on income from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). Median household income for all years is adjusted for inflation. Data on health insurance coverage, employment by industry, food stamp recipiency, poverty and income inequality also came from the 2013 ACS. Income inequality is measured by the Gini coefficient, which is scaled from 0 to 1, with 0 representing perfect equality and 1 representing perfect inequality. We also reviewed annual average unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2012 and 2013.

    These are America’s richest and poorest states.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  30. Ametia says:

    Brother Ray! Yaasss!

  31. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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