Wednesday Open Thread | Sacred Spirit Drums |Return Journey

Following a sequel in 1996 titled Sacred Spirit Drums, their 1999 release Drum Medicine entered Billboard’s Top New Age Albums chart in April, 2000,[1] and also in 2000, received the Coalition of Visionary Retailers Record of the Year and Best World Album awards and the New Age Voice Native Heart Award[8] and was listed in the top 5 albums of New Age specialty distributors for two years.[2]

From the mid-1990s and into the 2000s, David & Steve Gordon produced albums by recording artists Zingaia, Sophia Songhealer, EverStar and Jaya Lakshmi.[8] Through their record label Sequoia Records, they released albums by recording artists Gary Stadler, Wendy Rule, Shajan, Christina Lux, Alquimia and Gleisberg;[5][9] and several compilations of meditative and world-influenced New Age music including Musical Healing in 2001 and Perfect Balance in 2006.

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70 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Sacred Spirit Drums |Return Journey

  1. eliihass says:

    What is with John Apatow’s deep obsession with Bill Cosby? Why is this the one time he’s offended and being vocal about tales of women being sexually abused in Hollywood or anywhere else for that matter.

  2. eliihass says:

    I know President Obama is smart and very diplomatic, but I can’t help feeling queasy about John Podesta’s sojourn into the President’s circle – albeit brief. And now he departs to go lead Hillary’s campaign.

    I’ve never trusted those Clintonistas and never will – and while Podesta on the surface at least, does not come across as outright dirty and evil as the others, he’s still the ultimate Clintonista. He just plays a savvier game. But why does it feel like Podesta was sent to the White House to study, copy, spy and collect info for future bad-mouthing and strong-arming purposes?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Justin Sink ✔ @JTSTheHill
    WH: Obama will sign a memo giving six weeks paid paternity/maternity sick leave to federal employees
    3:47 PM – 14 Jan 2015

    • eliihass says:

      There’s a special place in hell for Paul Lepage.
      Some of these evil racists who think that adopting a black kid will provide them cover for their evil hearts, will never fool the world.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Oliver Willis @owillis

    My mom had a heart attack today so any good vibes, prayers etc you could pass along to whatever you believe in would be appreciated, thanks

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sunny Hundal @sunny_hundal

    After 7 years as President, George Bush was at 33% approval rating. Obama is 47%

  6. eliihass says:

    “…I want to be president…” Mitt Romney.
    That’s all we really need to know about what motivates him.

    So, No Mitt.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul takes on disability claims
    01/14/15 03:19 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Of all the people Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) could have complained about, he picked people who receive disability benefits?

    Actually, yes. At an event in New Hampshire this morning, the unannounced presidential candidate suggested many Americans who rely on disability insurance don’t actually deserve it.
    “The thing is, in all of these programs there’s always somebody who’s deserving, but everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system.

    “What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting your disability check. Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a little back pain.”
    Let’s unpack this a bit. First, the Republican senator’s statistics appear to be off – as the Huffington Post reported, “In its latest annual report, the Social Security Administration says 14 percent of disability beneficiaries suffered ‘mood disorders’ and 27.7 percent had diseases of the musculoskeletal system or connective tissue, which would include back pain.”

    But more important is the implicit argument that Americans on disability are committing some degree of fraud, “gaming the system,” and receiving benefits they do not deserve.

    And on this point, Rand Paul doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

  8. Ametia says:

    This is another hit piece on the movie SELMA. They aren’t slick!

    When the 2015 Academy Award nominations are announced early tomorrow morning, we’ll learn whether or not the Academy’s members took historical accuracy as well as artistic accomplishment into account when filling out their ballots.

    “Selma,” Ava DuVernay’s piercing movie about Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and the push for the Voting Rights Act, has come under the most intense scrutiny for its diversions from the historical record, but it’s hardly the only movie about the facts of the past that viewers have not been content to let be fiction. “The Imitation Game,” a handsome biopic about computer science pioneer Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), has come under fire for a plot line in which Turing is blackmailed. Clint Eastwood leaves Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) tendencies to embellish his own life story out of “American Sniper.” “Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller’s unnerving movie about murder and Olympic dreams, has been met with criticism for the sexual tension between two characters who were both straight.

    Translation: Selma should not get the Oscar because LBJ was not shown in his white light.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I saw “SELMA” yesterday. It was so powerful, and I think overall VERY historically accurate based on my reading of John Lewis’s “Walking With the Wind” and Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson’s book “Bridge Across Jordan.”

      • Ametia says:

        Hi yahtzee. did you see it alone? That piece was no more than a piece of garbage to make the case or excuses for for Selma not to get the Oscar.

        Sorry, but no gold en statute can ever deny the TRUTH of SELMA!

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I went with 3 friends including my new friend whom I had met at the Trayvon rally.

        So many painful parallels with what is occurring today.

        (Did you watch the live streaming when protesters crossed the bridge in St. Louis? The were blocked by the riot police who were tapping their shin guards with their batons… but ultimately the police line opened up and the protesters were allowed to continue across on their way to U of SL)

  9. rikyrah says:

    Phil Mattingly ✔ @Phil_Mattingly
    “There are plenty of people who don’t like her. They happen to be incarcerated.” – @RobertRaben on Loretta Lynch
    9:53 AM – 14 Jan 2015

  10. Ametia says:

    The more progressive this country and its people become, the more the rich few try to STIFFLE, MANIPULATE, LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, & YES KILL to drag us backwards

  11. Ametia says:

    If it weren’t for Twitter and other social media……

    So this morning, I turn on the tv, and the lead story is about the Nigerian massacre…. after over a week and before the Paris shootings. WE SEE MSM

  12. rikyrah says:

    Voting Rights Act faces Republican opposition
    01/14/15 01:08 PM—UPDATED 01/14/15 01:44 PM
    By Steve Benen
    In theory, congressional support for a renewed Voting Rights Act shouldn’t be too heavy a lift. On a substantive level, a legislative remedy to the Supreme Court ruling gutting the law is necessary, and there’s at least some bipartisan backing for a new law.

    And on a political level, Republicans have been forced to deal with some racially charged controversies of late, and restoring a landmark voting-rights statute from the civil-rights era would go a long way towards helping the GOP’s standing with minority communities.

    The problem is, Republicans just don’t want to expand voting rights. In fact, as of this morning, one key lawmaker suggested he doesn’t see the point.
    House Republicans have determined that it’s not “necessary” to enact a legislative fix to the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a centerpiece of the law, the chairman with jurisdiction over the law told reporters on Wednesday.

    “There are still very, very strong protections in the Voting Rights Act in the area that the Supreme Court ruled on, which is the question of whether or not certain states – there were, I think 11 states, all Southern states that were required by law to seek precleareance of any changes in where polling places are located and other matters like that,” House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
    The Virginia Republican added that the Supreme Court “found that the instances of discrimination were very old” – a claim that might even appear true if one ignores all of the minority voters disenfranchised by GOP-imposed restrictions in recent years.

    I suspect some voting-rights advocates may see Goodlatte’s comments and respond, “Well of course a Republican Congress isn’t going to work on the Voting Rights Act.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Detroit bistro owner claims racism is prompting eviction
    Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:14 PM EST

    Resurget Cineribus. The second half of Detroit’s motto translates into “It shall rise from the ashes” and it’s happening. The City of Detroit is transforming and nowhere is that more evident than Downtown. Except for one business who says they’re being forced out because they’re black.

    At the heart of Detroit’s rebirth, a racial battle is brewing.

    “It’s very painful. We were just trying to do good business and wanted to make things nice for the people for Detroit,” Marilyn Hall said.

    Hall had big dreams for her restaurant. She sunk her life savings in to this place, leased the space, and in November 2013, she and her son, Gerald Watson, opened Mo Better Blues on Adams in Detroit. But she says, new building owners came in and now Mo Better is no more.

    “They allowed us to build this place out, spent over a quarter million dollars in it, and then wanted to get us out and put somebody else in it,” Watson said.

    Gerald Watson says they’ve been in a legal battle for months with owners Kales Grand Circus Park, from rent payments to building conditions. An attorney for Kales did not return our calls for comment. Watson says he believes he and other black business owners are being forced out of this new Detroit…

    “I think it’s racist,” Watson said. “We feel like they don’t want blacks downtown.”

    Just last week the Detroit News published a story about black-owned businesses evicted from the Himelhoch Building after leasing there for 30 years. Darnell Smith, the owner of the Tangerine Room next to Atwater Brewery, says he’s being forced out as well by building owner Rivertown Holdings

  14. rikyrah says:

    Marco Rubio’s awkward fight for the future
    01/14/15 11:28 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s among the most repeated of all political cliches: “Elections are about the future, not the past.” Overused or not, the principle is one most political professionals take very seriously.

    Note, for example, a Jeb Bush backer arguing the other day, “If donors are wistful about the past they can wait for Mitt [Romney].” Note, neither Bush nor Romney has won an election since 2002 – and both of them got a head start in politics because of their fathers – so there’s an inherent challenge associated with them presenting themselves as the Face of the Future.

    But then there’s Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who can at least claim a more forward-thinking outlook. In fact, the Florida Republican is arguably preoccupied with the subject.
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with Katie Couric for Yahoo News, saying her policies are “20th century relics.”

    “If we don’t begin to address 21st century problems with 21st century ideas, we’re going to leave millions of people behind permanently,” Rubio said. “We can’t afford that. That would be a death blow to the American dream.”
    The senator used similar rhetoric on Fox News the other day: “[T]he truth is, the 20th century is over. The 21st century is here. The future is now. We need to begin to address 21st century problems with 21st century ideas. “

  15. rikyrah says:

    EMPIRE FANS: Preview for tonight

  16. rikyrah says:

    In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank Reform

    WASHINGTON — In the span of a month, the nation’s biggest banks and investment firms have twice won passage of measures to weaken regulations intended to help lessen the risk of another financial crisis, setting their sights on narrow, arcane provisions and greasing their efforts with a surge of lobbying and campaign contributions.

    The continuing assault on the 2010 Dodd-Frank law has achieved remarkable success, especially compared with the repeated failures of opponents of another 2010 law, the Affordable Care Act.

    The financial industry has been methodical, drafting technically complicated legislation that can pass the heavily Republican House with a few Democratic votes. And then, once approved, Wall Street has pushed to tack such measures on to larger bills considered too important for the White House to block.

  17. If free speech is protected, why ISN’T freedom of religion or the right to peaceful assemble protected? Or does it depend on who’s doing it?

  18. rikyrah says:

    Huckabee takes aim at Obamas, Beyonce
    01/14/15 08:02 AM—UPDATED 01/14/15 10:04 AM
    By Steve Benen
    As former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) considers another national campaign, he’s releasing a new book, “Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” with some provocative content. The former Fox News host writes, in reference to airport security, “After years of this indignity, much of the flying public thinks little of it, and they usually don’t complain. They just dutifully stand there, bend over, and take it like a prisoner.”

    In light of Huckabee’s rape joke, it seemed rather ironic that the same book complains about Beyonce and Jay-Z for promoting sexually suggestive entertainment.

    Indeed, it turns out Huckabee has a certain preoccupation with the superstars.
    Potential 2016 candidate Mike Huckabee seems to be dedicating a disproportionate amount energy to criticizing pop star Beyonce.

    In a recent interview with People magazine, Huckabee skewers President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s parenting skills because they allow their teenage daughters Malia and Sasha to listen to the “Drunk In Love” singer.
    Huckabee concedes in the interview that the Obamas “are excellent and exemplary parents in many ways,” but added, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyonce, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House].”

    I continue to think it’s a shame when the right tries to bring the president’s children into the political debate. For that matter, given Huckabee’s apparent ambitions, it’s probably not a great idea for a politician to keep going after one of the most popular and accomplished entertainers in the world.

  19. rikyrah says:



    Team Romney: if Mitt had won, there’d be no ISIS
    01/14/15 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Shortly before he lost his second U.S. Senate race in as many years, Republican Scott Brown presented a curious argument to New Hampshire voters: if Mitt Romney had won in 2012, Brown said, “I guarantee you we would not be worrying about Ebola right now.”

    Three months later, I still have no idea what Brown was talking about. But the thought experiment itself is nevertheless a fun parlor game for Republicans: what would conditions be right now if Romney’s 2012 campaign hadn’t failed?

    As the Boston Globe reported overnight, some folks in Team Mitt apparently have some thoughts on the subject.
    If Romney were president, one longtime adviser said, “There wouldn’t be an ISIS at all, and Putin would know his place in life. Domestically, things would be in better shape.”

    Look, I realize Romney and his party are in a tough spot. They’re not exactly able to say, “If Romney had won, we’d see a big drop in unemployment, cheaper gas, and much stronger economic growth,” because Obama won and we got all of those things anyway.

    But we should at least try to stick to reality here. ISIS, an outgrowth of Al Qaeda in Iraq, would exist regardless of the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Vladimir Putin already knows his place in life – it’s the place where President Obama has outmaneuvered him at every turn and in every way.

    I half-expect Romney backers to start telling us if Mitt had won, we’d all have unicorns and sports cars, too.

  20. rikyrah says:

    There are things in it that scare me’
    01/13/15 05:00 PM—UPDATED 01/13/15 06:49 PM
    By Steve Benen
    There isn’t a democracy on the planet in which even conservative candidates take aim at citizens’ access to health care. At a certain level, the very idea seems a little silly – a national candidate would presumably fail if he or she told their electorate, “Vote for me and I promise to leave some of you behind without access to basic medical care.”

    But the United States is the exception. The Republican Party is the only major party in any major democracy that believes citizens are not entitled to medical care as a benefit of citizenship. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), as we discussed yesterday, wants the GOP to abandon universal coverage as a worthwhile goal.

    The Affordable Care Act may have extended new health security to tens of millions of families, but Jindal and Republicans believe voters should elect them to deliberately take that security away.

    In theory, this should be a very tough sell. Why in the world would any Americans consider voting, on purpose, for a platform that could deliberately punish their own family?

    The answer, I suspect, has a lot to do with the power of fear.

    The New York Times recently published a fascinating piece on Kentucky’s triumphs in implementing the Affordable Care Act, and the article highlighted a woman named Amanda Mayhew. On paper, the piece presents Mayhew as a classic example of an “Obamacare” success story: thanks to the ACA, she been able to receive free, overdue dental care; she was able to see a dermatologist for free; and she received medication to treat depression for free. This one law has made a big, positive difference in her life.

    And then came the twist.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Arapaho415 @arapaho415
    Kudos to @TomHanks, who couldn’t afford 4-yr college, for penning @nytopinion “I owe it all to #CommunityCollege”
    7:43 AM – 14 Jan 2015

  22. rikyrah says:

    Block Samson @insanityreport

    How many years are necessary before folks start telling Jewish ppl to “get over the holocaust it was a long time ago” like they do slavery?

    Block Samson @insanityreport

    Just saying. Black folks get all kinds of excuses: “slavery was a long time ago”, “I never owned any slaves”, “slavery wasn’t that bad”

  23. rikyrah says:

    Review: Lifetime’s Angela Bassett-Directed ‘Whitney’ is Surprisingly Fresh
    By Aramide A Tinubu | Shadow and Act
    January 13, 2015 at 6:35PM

    Admittedly, I was skeptical when I heard that Angela Bassett would be directing a film about Whitney Houston’s life for Lifetime. Ms. Bassett knew Whitney personally, having worked with her in “Waiting to Exhale” (1995), and her husband Courtney B. Vance, also worked with Whitney on the film “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996). Perhaps it was because of this friendship and reverence for the star that allowed Ms. Bassett to make the, surprisingly, honest, passionate, and well-done “Whitney.”

    Instead of a biography of Ms. Houston’s entire career and life, Ms. Bassett chose to focus on her passionate, obsessive and often tumultuous relationship with her then husband Bobby Brown. The film follows the duo from their initial meeting at the 1989 Soul Train Awards, through the end of her “The Bodyguard” tour.

    Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston paints a portrait of a loving and beautiful woman struggling to remain present as her status as an icon swiftly overwhelms her. Whitney was clearly a woman who struggled, as many of us do, with the duality of the desires of her head and her heart.

    Relative newcomer Arlen Escarpeta, while in no way favoring Bobby Brown, portrays a man in love, but still very much a product of his environment, which is evidenced by his wild ways. Only twenty years old when they initially meet, Bobby wrestles with his own demons, as he faces a career stalemate, and Whitney’s continues to soar expeditiously.

    As the film tells us, at the height of their fame when they are first introduced to one another, Whitney and Bobby quickly embark on a romantic and erotic relationship. The film was especially sexy, highlighting the fact that, despite their trials and tribulations, the pair was always consumed with one another. Outside pregnancies, a miscarriage, the pressures of work, as well as drug and alcohol abuse, heighten the tension between the pair, until it seemed they could no longer function together or apart.

    As time wore on, their love became toxic.

    After shooting “The Bodyguard” (1992) and giving birth to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, Houston desperately wanted to set her public life aside for a moment, to be a wife and mother. Houston was exceedingly aware of her public perception. She was concerned all along that her involvement with Brown would bring a lot of scrutiny to her image and life choices.

    But “Whitney” is made even better due to the fact that DaCosta and Escarpeta have amazing chemistry. It certainly helped to elevate the film from a “typical” Lifetime romance.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Romney rerun falls flat with Republican lawmakers
    The Hill

    Jonathan Easley

    Republican lawmakers aren’t jumping on the Mitt Romney 2016 bandwagon.

    Even among his onetime allies, the news that the former Massachusetts governor is considering a third consecutive run for president is being met with criticism or cool indifference on Capitol Hill.

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Romney’s congressional liaison for his 2012 run, said Tuesday he might support one of his Senate colleagues for president.

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who backed Romney before the 2012 Iowa caucus, said he’s going to “wait and see.”

    And another senator who spoke on background to offer a candid assessment of how Romney could affect the 2016 race offered a stark dismissal.

    “What we know about Romney last time, he lost the election with working Americans,” said the conservative senator, who backed Romney in 2012. “[Among] those making $30,000 to $50,000, he lost it by 15 percent, and [those making] under $30,000 by 28 percent. You can’t win an election like that. And it can’t just be words. I’ll be looking for candidates who are authentic, who have credibility.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    PBA’s Patrick Lynch spurs yelling, shoving among cops over NYPD-City Hall feud

    The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association was not so much on Tuesday as some cops shouted down Lynch regarding his demand that Mayor de Blasio apologize over comments related to race and police relations.

    BY Rocco Parascandola , Tina Moore /


    Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 3:53 PM
    Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 8:35 AM

    Not exactly the blueprint for a more perfect union.

    Members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association nearly came to blows on Tuesday during a meeting of delegates in Queens. There was pushing, shoving and lots of screaming at Patrick Lynch, president of the 23,000-member union.

    The in-house battle erupted over the issue of what patrol officers really need — an apology from Mayor de Blasio or better equipment and more officers to back them up on the streets.

    “This is what my members want!” a cop yelled near the end of the raucous meeting. “They want more cars, better vests, more manpower!”

    And then the cop — one of about 350 in attendance — took a verbal jab at Lynch, who has called on de Blasio to offer a mea culpa for his continued lack of support for police.

    “They don’t want an apology,” he

    • eliihass says:

      Patrick Lynch is not well in the head. He’s no different from and might actually be worse than George Zimmerman. The only difference is that he wears a police uniform and heads the police union. But he’s evil.

  26. rikyrah says:

    President Obama to Announce Support for Publicly Owned Internet Service
    JANUARY 13, 2015 | 05:23PM

    After pledging his support for a controversial regulatory approach to net neutrality, President Obamaon Wednesday will unveil a set of proposals to expand Internet adoption, including one that would enable more cities to offer their own broadband service.

    Obama will outline his proposals in a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    The administration will urge the FCC to move to preempt state laws that prohibit municipalities from offering their own broadband service, with an eye toward bolstering competition in markets where high-speed Internet offerings are lacking. Communities like Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., offer broadband service through utilities, but they have asked the FCC to prohibit state laws that prevent them from offering service in surrounding areas.

  27. rikyrah says:

    I posted a tweet of Archie getting married to Valerie. Lamh did further investigation.


    So I just saw the Archie Marries Valerie pic. So I asked @BlackGirlNerds about it and apparently, they married earlier last year, and they already have a child!!!

    Archie Valerie and baby

    • Liza says:

      Selective outrage is the invention of corporate “news” media. We are supposed to be outraged when we are told to be outraged, when they consider it to be appropriate and in support of right wing beliefs and policies. Anything that can be framed as anti-Muslim is, of course, worthy of outrage.

      This is not to say that spraying bullets at people who are just working for a satirical publication (no matter how offensive it is) does not deserve outrage. It most certainly does, but just for the simple reason that people have the right to live.

      The hypocrisy is almost incomprehensible.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  29. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day, Everyone! :-)

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