Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Kenny G Week

I know it’s early, but here goes… Kenny G. and a few Christamas songs to get ya’ll in the spirit early.


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23 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Kenny G Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    how comes we don’t see this in the MSM?


    Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM PDT
    The scandal that threatens Alaska Republicans

    by kos

    This has been brewing up in the Great White North:

    A federal investigation into rape and fraud allegations in the Alaska National Guard has found shocking abuses. Two state officials have now resigned and the governor is on the defensive about what he knew with only a few weeks left before election day. Alaska Public Media’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.

    ALEXANDRA GUTIERREZ: The findings were worse than expected. Sexual assault reports were mishandled. Recruiting officers took advantage of young women. Military helicopters were used for personal reasons. And money was embezzled from the Guard’s family assistance programs. Now, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell is being questioned about why he took so long to investigate the Guard when he first received complaints four years ago.

    SEAN PARNELL: I’m sorry it did. It’s not – that’s not acceptable.

    Want more details? The Anchorage Dispatch News was happy to oblige with a front-page Sunday paper splash:


    The issue has blown up big in the state. Schools have banned Guard recruiters. Anchorage police are still opening up new investigations.

    And while this has put the incumbent Republican governor on the defensive, in a race he already trails, it’s now making the leap to the Senate race, where Republican Attorney General Dan Sullivan narrowly leads incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in recent polling. From last night’s local news:

    Did Senate candidate Dan Sullivan know about the allegations of sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard? Sullivan was attorney general at the time Governor Parnell found out about the problems within the guard. KTVA 11’s Kate McPherson joins us with more. US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan won’t answer our questions regarding the national guard and whether he was informed about the allegations.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Inside Hollywood’s Shocking Blackface Problem

    A civil rights fight that was thought to have been eradicated years ago is nevertheless taking place in the entertainment industry. So why is Hollywood still “painting down” stuntpeople?
    posted on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
    Kelley L. Carter

  3. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 5:11 PM UTC
    Rove’s shady ACA ploy: Constructing an anti-Obamacare “mandate” out of nothing
    With less than two weeks to go, Karl Rove argues the election is all about Obamacare again. Here’s what’s behind it
    Simon Maloy

    One of the biggest themes of the 2014 election cycle has been the slow, steady disappearance of the Affordable Care Act as its central issue. In late 2013 and early 2014, Republicans were positively ebullient about the coming GOP electoral tsunami, powered entirely by voter anger with Obamacare. The website didn’t work, plans were being canceled, people weren’t signing up – Republicans couldn’t have been happier. “In the Senate, a lot of things are going for us,” Reince Priebus said in March. “Obamacare is in the tank and is total poison across the country. It is an issue they can’t get away from.”

    Then things changed. The website was fixed, people signed up for coverage, uninsurance rates began falling, predictions of “skyrocketing” rate increases didn’t materialize, and Republicans began backing off the Affordable Care Act. Spending on anti-ACA ads plummeted over the summer as Republicans realized that they couldn’t just ride Obamacare to victory in November. GOP governors began embracing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, complicating the arguments of pro-repeal candidates who started feeling pressure to reconcile their stance with the reality that Obamacare was actually working. GOP Senate candidates like Mitch McConnell, Scott Brown and Thom Tillis have all twisted themselves into knots trying to explain how they’d get rid of Obamacare but also retain the most popular and effective parts of the law.

    As this slow, steady retreat was happening, there was a general assumption that Republicans would make a superficial late-game push to resurrect the ACA as the defining issue of the midterms so that whatever gains they claim on Election Day could be dressed up as an anti-Obamacare “mandate.” Well, here we are, less than two weeks from the election, and Karl Rove has a Wall Street Journal column arguing that “ObamaCare Returns as an Election Albatross.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 08:42 AM CST
    Andrew Cuomo uses “I’m not a scientist” line as cop-out on fracking
    The New York governor borrowed a line from the climate deniers
    Lindsay Abrams

    I’m not a scientist”: It’s not just a cop-out for climate deniers anymore! New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo trotted out the much-maligned non-answer in a debate Wednesday night, Buffalo news station WIVB reports, when asked whether he supports lifting the state’s six-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

    “I’m not a scientist,” Cuomo said. “Let the scientists decide. It’s very complicated, very controversial, academic studies come out all different ways. Let the experts decide.”

    Which is all well and good, except for the fact that it’s not the scientists who are in charge of making decisions like, say, whether or not to allow fracking in New York.

    And as Cuomo’s opponent, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, pointed out, he hasn’t exactly been leaving the science to the scientists. A recent report from Capital New York found that the Cuomo administration had been interfering with politically inconvenient research, providing “unusually extensive feedback” to U.S. Geological Survey scientists that, while not substantially changing any findings, did appear to soften their implications.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Ernst’s new game in Iowa: run out the clock
    10/23/14 03:58 PM—Updated 10/23/14 04:20 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    Like many candidates this time of year, Joni Ernst, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Iowa, scheduled a series of sit-down interviews with the editorial boards of local newspapers. It’s a rite of passage, of sorts – candidates are expected to endure questions, murder-board style, in the hopes of impressing editors and earning a newspaper’s endorsement.

    Today, however, she decided to scrap those meetings.

    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst snubbed The Des Moines Register, Iowa’s biggest and most influential newspaper, by canceling her scheduled Thursday endorsement interview with the editorial board.

    Ernst was scheduled to sit down with the Register for one hour on Thursday in advance of the paper’s endorsement, which could come Sunday. Her Democratic opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley, met with the board earlier this month.

    According to one editor at the paper, the right-wing state senator also scrapped upcoming meetings with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. At this point, it appears none of the interviews, which Ernst had already agreed to, will be rescheduled. In other words, these were cancellations, not postponements.

    In a press statement, an Ernst aide said the candidate is “barnstorming the state” and “time is precious.” Perhaps. But the Republican Senate hopeful agreed to participate in these interviews with editors, well aware of her schedule.

    So what changed her mind? Ernst’s spokesperson also suggested that the Des Moines Register’s editorial board has already made its position “perfectly clear,” but (a) that doesn’t explain why the far-right candidate scrapped meeting with the other papers; and (b) the DMR has occasionally gone out of its way to give Ernst extraordinarily favorable coverage.

    With this in mind, there’s probably something else going on here.

    My suspicion is that Ernst doesn’t see interviews with newspaper editorial boards as an opportunity; she sees them as a threat. According to nearly all recent polling, the Republican leads this race, despite her often bizarre radicalism and conspiracy theories. Why sit down for lengthy, in-depth interviews, face questions about her extremist ideology and fringe ideas, and risk making matters worse for herself with inadequate answers in the campaign’s closing days?

  6. rikyrah says:

    New archbishop chooses modest rectory over traditional mansion

    BY FRANCINE KNOWLES Religion Reporter
    October 22, 2014 11:26AM

    Archbishop Blase J. Cupich said Wednesday he would live in more modest quarters at Holy Name Cathedral rectory instead of the traditional home of archbishops in Chicago — the North State Parkway mansion.

    The mansion has been the home to every archbishop in Chicago since it was built in 1885, and the move by Cupich sends a strong signal.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Because drug kingpins are of course, the natural allies of terrorists.






    Senate Candidate Claims Islamic Jihadists Could Collaborate With Drug Cartels To Attack His State

    by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    During a recent tele-town hall, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) claimed that
    border security could be compromised because the terrorist group Islamic
    State and Mexican drug cartels could collaborate to “expand outside the
    drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism” and
    potentially attack his home state, audio recorded by the Arkansas Democrats revealed. As Washington Post’s Greg Sargent
    reported, “some Republicans apparently believe they need to go to
    extraordinary lengths to conflate terrorism and illegal immigration into
    one giant, terrifying, hydra-headed threat to the country,” including
    suggesting that there is collaboration between two nefarious agencies.
    Cotton’s claim, then, goes beyond the standard fear-mongering talking point, which peaked in July when the conservative website WND claimed that Islamic jihadists could sneak the United States through the southern border.

    A caller asked Cotton, the Republican Senate candidate in Arkansas,
    what he would do to secure the border. Cotton responded that he would
    build a border fence, a move he insists worked in San Diego, since
    terror groups could “infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us
    right here in places like Arkansas.” Cotton slammed incumbent Sen. Mark
    Pryor (D-AR) and the President for creating a “crisis” after promising
    or granting “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants, a situation that has
    led to them “refusing to secure our borders.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Fake ‘Progressive’ Group Pits Blacks Against Immigrants In Nasty TV Ad

    by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    An anti-immigrant group, dubiously named Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR), released a 30-second ad this week seizing on anxiety over African-American joblessness and Hurricane Katrina to slam on prospects of immigration reform. The PFIR ad criticizes the President and some Louisiana lawmakers for endorsing “amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.” Suggesting that immigration reform could strip jobs away from African Americans is a political tactic employed time and again by anti-immigrant groups to manufacture tension between blacks and immigrants.

    African Americans were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, devastated by joblessness with the Great Recession. Now we face another challenge — our own President. He wants to double immigration and bring in millions more immigrant workers to take jobs, when many of us still can’t find jobs. He wants amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who will take jobs too. Ask Louisiana’s leaders where they stand on millions more immigrant workers

  9. rikyrah says:

    you gotta be kidding me


    Craigslist Ad: Cool Black Kids Wanted to Hang Out With Bullied Son

    A person placing a New Orleans Craigslist ad is looking for black children to befriend the poster’s bullied kid.
    By: Diamond Sharp
    Posted: Oct. 23 2014 11:59 AM

    A parent who posted a Craigslist New Orleans ad is looking for “cool black kids” to befriend the poster’s bullied son, reports Jezebel.

    According to the parent, his or her son is experiencing intense bullying, and the parent muses that perhaps if “cool black kids” were to hang out with that son, the bullying would stop. The ad asks that potential friends meet up with the bullied boy at the 7-Eleven or Stop and Shop.

    Payment for the cool black kids is $15 an hour, plus other expenses such as movies and pizza.

    It’s possible that this post is an attempt at satire. The worst-case scenario is that the person placing the ad is completely serious.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Last Night’s Black-ish Whupping Episode Was Genius—Too Bad It Didn’t Air a Month Ago

    Yes, it’s only a sitcom, but if we’d seen the spanking episode when the Adrian Peterson controversy was in full swing, it probably could have helped everyone out.

    The jury’s still out on whether ABC sitcom Black-ish has what it takes to ultimately break into the pantheon of all-time-great black televison shows. I love the show, but I’m not sure it’ll be able to keep up the pace it’s on now over multiple seasons.

    And while Wednesday night’s episode about the parental dilemma around spanking kids might never achieve the status of The Cosby Show’s pilot—with its classic “regular people” scene between Cliff and Theo—my hat’s off to Black-ish’s creators for threading the needle and finding a way to deal with corporal punishment in a way that was balanced, culturally relevant, funny and ultimately came down with the right answer: that there are far better ways to discipline kids than by whupping them.

    How do I know? Because studies show that physically disciplining kids yields short-run compliance but doesn’t serve much purpose for kids’ long-term development. And lest you think that I’m speaking from some lack of experience with the subject matter, please rest assured that I caught the occasional “strapping” back in my day.

    Which is the point—and that’s what made this Black-ish episode so outstanding. The multigenerational cast made it possible to acknowledge that getting whupped was a completely normal occurrence for a previous generation (and we turned out OK), but it’s a tradition whose time has come and gone.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Shaun Mc @ShaunMcCrary

    •The look.
    •Being “on punishment.”
    •A whoopin.

  12. rikyrah says:

    under KNEEGROW, PLEASE for the day

    Black Voters Need to Wake Up

    Posted: 10/22/2014 4:24 pm EDT

    I am a registered Republican. And I’m black.

    I’m for civil and equal rights. A raise in minimum wage, I’m for a woman’s right to choose an abortion. My switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party was not about ideology but about power.

    I looked at the Democratic Party as largely taking my vote for granted because close to 90% of blacks vote Democratic, according to the exit polls from the last five presidential elections. While the black community has delivered for the Democratic party, it has done little to deliver for the black community, which finds itself mired at the bottom rung of just about every statistical category from unemployment rates to incarceration rates.

    My party affiliation change came with much thought. It happened during the 2010 mid-term election cycle when the Republican Party was catapulted to success on the coattails of a fractional element calling itself first Teabaggers (until someone told them what that actually meant). The Tea Party Movement changed not only the face of the Republican Party offering up more than 130 candidates for Congress–50% elected to the Senate and 31% to The House. The Tea Party also pushed the Republican Party to the fringes on social issues, in particular.

    I wasn’t worried about The Tea Party when their biggest star was Sarah Palin. But the more power it gained the more I saw rights eroding. Tea Party-friendly Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito have not only rolled back Affirmative Action, but they also threaten several tenants of the Voting Rights Act, as well as abortion.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Dems reverse course, take a renewed interest in Kentucky
    10/22/14 04:09 PM
    By Steve Benen
    It was just last week that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a surprise announcement: after having already invested more than $2 million in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, the party would divert resources elsewhere.

    The move from the DSCC, the party’s committee devoted solely to supporting Senate candidates, came as something of a shock to nearly everyone, and suggested the Democratic establishment no longer saw a path to victory for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

    A week later, however, Dems have changed their minds. Politico reported this afternoon:
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to go back on the air in Kentucky after the party has been encouraged by new polls suggesting the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is within reach.

    The party committee is reserving $650,000 in airtime to boost Alison Lundergan Grimes after reviewing recent internal and public polling, a DSCC official told POLITICO. The polling, the source says, suggested that independent voters are moving in the Democrat’s direction.
    This is no small development. When the DSCC announced it would walk away from Kentucky, it suggested party leaders no longer saw the contest as competitive. For Democrats to jump back in, there must have been data the DSCC found compelling.

    With that in mind, it’s worth noting that the latest Bluegrass Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA and released this week, showed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) ahead by the narrowest of margins over Alison Lundergan Grimes, 44% to 43%.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Paul LePage’s ‘early Christmas present’
    10/22/14 04:50 PM
    By Steve Benen
    The argument Democrats are making in Maine is pretty straightforward: Gov. Paul LePage (R), elected with less than 38% of the vote in a three-way race in 2010, is an embarrassment. But LePage may end up with a second term anyway, because Maine’s mainstream vote is being split once again.

    Polls show the Tea Party incumbent neck and neck with Rep. Mike Michaud (D), a dynamic made possible by Eliot Cutler’s independent, third-place candidacy. For Dems, the obvious solution is for Cutler to stand aside to prevent LePage from winning re-election. Since Cutler appears unlikely to prevail, the argument goes, the independent would be doing the right thing for Maine, at the cost of his personal ambitions.

    But last night, there was an unexpected twist: LePage himself said Democrats are correct.
    Another topic of the debate was the dynamic of the three-way race and how any new support for Cutler could pave the way for the governor’s second term. […]

    LePage was asked about saying Cutler’s campaign was one of the best things for his re-election bid.

    “It’s certainly an early Christmas present from the standpoint that he was here four years ago and we know what to expect, but I will tell you, four years ago we had Libby Mitchell running. This time we have Mike Michaud running. If it was Mike Michaud against Paul LePage, the election’s over,” LePage said.
    That’s quite an acknowledgement for a sitting governor to make out loud towards the end of the campaign. LePage effectively echoed the Democratic argument verbatim: in a head-to-head race, the Republican governor wouldn’t stand a chance.

  15. rikyrah says:

    McConnell leads with his chin in Kentucky
    10/23/14 08:00 AM—UPDATED 10/23/14 08:12 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knows the value of a strong closing message. The incumbent senator is in the midst of the toughest race of his lengthy career – polls show him clinging to a tiny lead over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) – and with very little time remaining, McConnell wants to sprint to the finish line with his strongest message.

    And yet, for some reason, the longtime lawmaker has chosen to emphasize women’s issues in his final pitch.

    Team McConnell unveiled this new ad late yesterday, featuring four women speaking to the camera. For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s the script:
    First woman: Alison Lundergan Grimes wants me to think that I’m not good enough.

    Second woman: That I couldn’t get a job, unless Washington passed more laws.

    Third woman: That I can’t graduate college, without raising your taxes.

    Fourth woman: She wants me to believe that strong women and strong values are incompatible.

    Third woman: She thinks I’ll vote for the candidate who looks like me.

    First woman: Rather than the one who represents me.
    After they say they’re voting for McConnell, the first woman says “he believes in me.”

    This is the sort of ad a politician runs if he’s convinced voters just aren’t very bright

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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