Thursday Open Thread | Midnight Soul

baby faceKennethBabyfaceEdmonds (born April 10, 1959) is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 11 Grammy Awards.

Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, (some sources say 1958), in Indianapolis, Indiana,[1][2] to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a production operator at a pharmaceutical plant. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (including future After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.[3] When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds’ father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise her sons alone.[3] At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in music.

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him “Babyface” because of his cute face while he was still a teen. He also performed in the group Manchild (which had a 1976 hit “Especially for You” with band member Daryl Simmons), as he was a guitarist for the band. Then, as a keyboardist in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele (which also included drummer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, with whom he would later form a successful writing and producing partnership).

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  1. rikyrah says:

    an open letter
    By Liberal Librarian

    Well, we now have two declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (If we’re being charitable, three, but who’s counting Lincoln Chafee?)

    Hillary Clinton is on her “listening tour” (didn’t she do that in 2008?), and seems to be listening somewhat. She gave a speech calling for the end of mass incarceration; a mass incarceration she called for back when her husband was president. But, people change, that was 20 years ago, and being the good rationalist I am I will keep an open mind. I’m certainly not going to dismiss her out of hand if she wins the nomination, because the thought of someone more conservative and unhinged than Antonin Scalia taking his seat on the Supreme Court should give even the most side-eyed Democratic Clinton-hater a bucket-full of pauses.

    And then we have Bernie Sanders. I really don’t know why he’s running. He might have made an impact as an independent; but, props to him, he didn’t want to split the left vote, so he’s giving it the old college try. But an old guy with unkempt hair who looks like he should be feeding the pigeons probably won’t have the financial wherewithal to take on the Koch/Adelson money machine (something Hillary will have no problem doing should she win). Bernie running is part vanity, and part to get his issues out beyond his acolytes. (This is assuming that the media give him any attention, even if he is running as a Democrat. The media is good at ignoring those who are inconvenient.)

    Some are rooting for Deval Patrick to enter. Many are pinning their hopes on Martin O’Malley. And, of course, there’s always Jim Webb. (I jest.)

    Of course, I have questions.

    Which Democratic candidate will run on the Obama legacy, rather than running to reset to Year Zero, before the Black Guy came and shook up American politics like no president before him? Which candidate will embrace the Obama program, promising to build on it, improve it, take it forward, keep perfecting it? That’s what the Obama coalition wants to hear; not, “We need new ideas for a new time”, but, “We’re going to take what’s been working for 8 years and make it even better.”

    Hillary has been on a waffling mission, at times embracing President Obama’s legacy, at others striking out in a most clanging fashion. Bernie, of course, thinks Pres. Obama is another corporatist stooge, so don’t expect much praise from him. (TPP!!!)

    Which Democratic candidate can keep the Obama coalition together? It’s the coalition which has won 2 elections in a row. And not only that, but which candidate can continue the work of getting that coalition to turn out to vote in midterms?

    Hillary, to her credit, has announced that she’s going to set up a 50-state grassroots campaign. In that she is following the Obama playbook. But will that bring in the Obama voters, or is she trying to completely sideline that coalition? And if so, will she be able to build a strong enough coalition to not only win the presidency, but affect down-ticket races? Bernie? Well… TPP!!!

    Which Democratic candidate can unite all the Big Tent factions? Who can speak to Obama voters, Conservadems, the minority interests, labor? Who can unite the party?

    I have no doubt that Hillary will try her hardest to unite all the Democratic factions. But, as readers of this essay are aware, there is already a huge backlash against her among Obama loyalists, who see her at best as a fair-weather ally. I don’t think Obama voters will go PUMA on her, but I don’t think they’ll rally around her with enthusiasm. Bernie, meanwhile, will appeal to a very small slice of the Democratic electorate, the one which thinks Democrats need to be even more to the left. It’s a needed voice, but speaks for not even a plurality of Democratic votes, much less general election voters.

    Of course, there is one person who ticks off all these boxes.

    He can’t run away from the Obama success (not that he would want to) because he’s been intimately involved in it.

    He’s viewed by the Obama coalition as the heir apparent, a loyal soldier ready to take over the leadership from Pres. Obama.

    He can speak to all the Democratic factions, because he’s worked with them throughout his long and honored career.

    That man, of course, is Joe Biden.

    No other Democrat has the standing Joe does.

    As Pres. Obama’s loyal lieutenant, he has furthered Administration goals, arguing passionately for them.

    He has given counsel. It hasn’t always been accepted (as with the Osama bin Laden raid), but has never been given in a self-serving manner.

    He has defended the Administration and his president with the tenacity of a bulldog, gleefully highlighting the hypocrisy of our opponents.

    And he has a good will among Democrats which no other Democrat has. He’s affable. He’s charming. He’s down-to-earth. He has no pretense.

    I don’t know if he’ll run. I don’t think he knows if he’ll run. He’s run twice already, and lost both times. But neither of the previous two times that he’s run has he done so possessing the well of good-feeling which he has now. He wouldn’t be running as one of one hundred senators; he’d be running as the one man who would guarantee the continuation of the Obama program.

    I will respect his decision if, after a career of service, he decides he wants to spend more time with Dr. Jill. But, I hope he has one more fight left in him. We all hope he does.

  2. rikyrah says:

    despite himself. I hope he accepts the sincere counsel that Elders have been trying to provide him

  3. rikyrah says:

    Trio of Florida teens stalked and murdered Hispanic immigrant during ‘Guat hunting’ game: police
    Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:22 PM

    A group of Florida teens could face hate crime charges stemming from a murder they committed during a “game” where they targeted Hispanic immigrants to rob, police in Jupiter said.

    Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos, 18, was found dead, his head bashed in white a large white rock, early April 18, cops said.

    Three teens, David Harris, 19, Austin Taggart, 19 and Jesse Harris, 18, allegedly targeted Lopez-Ramos in a game of “Guat hunting,” during which the hatemongers stalked and robbed people of Guatemalan descent, according to an arrest report.

    “The suspects in this case specifically targeted members of our Hispanic community, they sought them out and this young man was ultimately killed as this crime unfolded,” Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow said at a news conference, according to WPBF-TV.

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    United States of Amnesia: What White America Doesn't Understand About the Baltimore Protests | Alternet— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) April 30, 2015

  5. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Panel votes to dump delay in military lending rulesBy Leo Shane III and Karen Jowers, Staff writers3:54 p.m. EDT April 30, 2015

    House lawmakers narrowly voted to remove controversial language delaying new rules on payday lenders from their annual defense authorization bill early Thursday morning, calming concerns from advocates who saw the move as potentially undoing financial protections for military families.

    By a 32 to 30 vote, members of the House Armed Services Committee stripped provisions from the legislation that would have delayed Defense Department plans to expand the scope of the 2006 Military Lending Act by requiring a new report due next spring on DoD’s rule-making procedures in that regard.

    Opponents of the clause said the rules are already long overdue, and accused supporters of giving predatory lenders a new opportunity to victimize troops.

    “Each day we delay, we put more service members in harm’s way,” said Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who led efforts to remove the provisions.

    But proponents of the move said they worry that legitimate lenders are being caught up in the efforts to protect troops, hurting those companies as well as troops and families in need of short-term loans.

  6. rikyrah says:

    just another scheme to destroy the public schools


    Snyder plan would create new debt-free DPS

    By Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press 1:15 p.m. EDT April 30, 2015

    Gov. Rick Snyder today announced plans for a sweeping overhaul of Detroit’s education system, including a proposal to split Detroit Public Schools in two as a way to deal with its crippling debt but at the expense of other districts across the state.

    “It’s important to create a system of success for students in the city of Detroit,” Snyder said, adding that the future of Detroit and the state are linked to having strong city schools. He said he did not see the plan as a bailout.

    The proposal calls for each entity to be overseen by its own school board and both the old and new districts would be subject to a financial review board, similar to what was used in Detroit’s bankruptcy, until the debt is resolved. Legislation would have to pass this fall so the split could take place by July 1, 2016, under the proposal.

    Officials said the new DPS — called the City of Detroit Education District — would have its own seven-member school board, with Snyder appointing four people and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan three. Its members would be gradually replaced by elected members in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The board would hire a superintendent.

  7. rikyrah says:

    itgurl @itgurl_29

    If you’re pumping out 100s of tweets a day, you should be making money. If u’re updating your popular blog everyday, it should be monetized.

    itgurl @itgurl_29

    There are Black ppl #onhere who could be making tens of thousands of dollars a month from the content they provide on twitter & their blogs.

    Nik @harlemchik

    @itgurl_29 buzz feed stole so much content but the hired a couple of blk Twitter faves so they stay quiet

  8. rikyrah says:

    O’Malley 2016 Just Committed Suicide in Baltimore
    He was supposed to be Hillary’s main rival. But when Martin O’Malley rode back into his battered hometown, he was told to GTFO.
    It could have been a breakthrough moment for former Governor Martin O’Malley.

    A former mayor/governor/turned potential presidential contender cuts short a series of paid speeches in Europe to return to the still-smoldering city he once governed and where he still lives.

    “I just wanted to be present. There’s a lot of pain in our city right now, a lot of people feeling very sad,” O’Malley said Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. “Look, we’ve got to come through this together. We’re a people who’ve seen worse days, and we’ll come through this day.”

    But as he hopped in and out of a black Suburban that ferried him from neighborhood to neighborhood torn apart by fire, looters, and poverty, he just became a joke. Worse, for some people, he revealed himself to be a root cause of Baltimore’s problem.

    “There are a lot of cameras here in town and some people are looking for attention,” Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m just focused on the crisis. I’m here to answer your questions, but we’re really here trying to heal the community.”

    O’Malley was even heckled, according to the Post, as he walked around the streets.

    A Baltimore police veteran talking with MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon took it a step further.

    “If he’s coming back to town, you may see a riot,” retired Baltimore police officer Neill Franklin said. “I would encourage him to not come to Baltimore.”

    One former Maryland Democratic official, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about O’Malley, said his return to Baltimore only hurts his chances for 2016 because it reminds voters elsewhere how unpopular O’Malley was in the state when he left.

    “If you look up the street to Philadelphia or you look down the street to Washington, D.C.—those cities have really turned the corner and Baltimore has not turned the corner. Going back there reminds everybody of that,” the official said. “If you are somebody in Iowa or New Hampshire and you are looking for the next president and you send a reminder that this was the city you were mayor of, and you are sitting in your living room in East Des Moines watching the city burning, and he says, ‘I can do for the country what I did for Baltimore’? I don’t think so.”

    It became very clear that his staff’s insistence that his visit was not a photo-op was true. Or at least, the trip did not paint the picture that he had hoped.

    O’Malley’s flirtation with the presidency and return to Charm City even sparked criticism from an old foe: David Simon.

      • eliihass says:

        O’Malley, Hillary, Hogan. They’re all jokes. Not one of them cares about you, me, Freddie Gray, black people, black children, black mothers, any of us. Period.

        How is O’Malley and Baltimore any different from Hillary and the many disastrous policies she and Bill supported and implemented that have wreaked major havoc on black communities and set the country backwards?

        Why and how is O’Malley’s sin worse than Hillary’s?

        Why is his sin a presidential ambition killer, and hers instantly absolved simply because she gave one blah speech yesterday written by a slew of overpaid consultants?

  9. rikyrah says:

    Check Out a Trailer & Several Clips From a New Kenyan TV Series, ‘How to Find a Husband’

  10. rikyrah says:

    Thanks for the years, Dave.


    David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television


    APRIL 29, 2015

    In a single bound, David Letterman seemed to leap the full length of the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater, racing from backstage as if he’d been thrust forward by the fanfare played by his longtime bandleader, Paul Shaffer, and his CBS Orchestra, and by the rumble of his announcer, Alan Kalter, bellowing his name — “Daaaaay-vid Leh-terrrr-maaaaaaaan!”

    It was a routine Mr. Letterman, 68, has performed countless times but will repeat no more after May 20, when he will preside over his last episode of“Late Show,” the CBS franchise he established and has hosted since 1993. Like the veteran slugger who comes to the ballpark for batting practice, he was here on this April afternoon partly to warm up his swing on a few easy pitches, but mostly to put on a show.Continue reading the main storyRELATED COVERAGE

    Letterman on Letterman: 11 Key QuotesAPRIL 29, 2015

    No home viewers were watching as he twirled his microphone around like a Wild West lasso, walked it across the floor like a dog and leaned on an expensive broadcast camera. This was a pretaping ritual Mr. Letterman was doing only for the few hundred audience members in the theater. Or maybe he was doing it only for himself.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Is the House of Saud teetering on the edge of collapse?
    A top Iranian figure thinks that the Saudi government is about to crack. Is he right?

    What do the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and that guy from the old E.F. Hutton commercial have in common? When they talk, people listen.

    According to Iran’s government-run outlet Press TV, IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said some pretty blunt things about Saudi Arabia early Monday:

    A top Iranian commander has lashed out at the Saudi aggression against Yemen, saying Riyadh is on the verge of collapse.

    “Today, Saudi Arabia is brazenly and obnoxiously bombarding and massacring a nation, which is seeking the denial of the hegemonic system,” said commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Monday.

    “Today, Al Saud is teetering on the edge of collapse,” the top commander said.

    The remarks by the IRGC chief come as Saudi Arabia keeps pounding neighboring Yemen (emphasis added).

    Well, that’s quite a thing to say. And Jafari is not the only one saying it, according to the New York Times’ Tehran correspondent.

  12. rikyrah says:

    For the GOP, ‘one man, one vote’ becomes ‘one billionaire, one ballot’

    By Dana Milbank Opinion writer April 27

    The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.

    GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns — and they are, by the billions of dollars.

    But the Law of Unintended Consequences frequently rules the practice of politics, and it has once again. Republican candidates are hauling in so much money that the flood of cash has washed away the Darwinian system of natural selection that previously allowed parties to pick their nominees.

    In the past, there was a money primary: If candidates polled poorly, their fundraising would dry up and they’d have to drop out of the race. But such market principles no longer apply, because a large number of inviable candidates are artificially subsidized — kept in the race by a beneficent billionaire, or even a friendly multimillionaire or two. With no easy way to push weak candidates from the race, Republicans are being hoist by their own gilded petard.

    My Post colleagues Matea Gold and Ed O’Keefe reported Monday that no fewer than 15 White House hopefuls are being assisted by outside groups typically formed as “super PACs” and run by the candidate’s allies. For the first time in the modern political era, political operatives say it’s possible the eventual nominee need not win in either Iowa or New Hampshir

  13. rikyrah says:

    GOP lawmakers take aim at constitutional principle
    04/30/15 09:22 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution doesn’t leave much in the way of wiggle room: the rights of American citizenship are given to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” It’s principle generally known as “birthright citizenship,” and after its enactment following the Civil War, the Supreme Court has protected the tenet many times.

    But as Republican politics moved sharply to the right, and anti-immigration sentiments within the GOP became more extreme, the party’s “constitutional conservatives” decided the principle, championed by Republicans nearly 150 years ago, needs to go. Shortly after the “Tea Party” gains in 2010, ending birthright citizenship was added to the far-right’s to-do list.

    And yesterday, as Dana Milbank explained, a congressional panel actually considered a plan to scrap the existing constitutional provision.
    A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the question Wednesday afternoon, prompted by legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and 22 other lawmakers that, after nearly 150 years, would end automatic citizenship.

    The 14th Amendment, King told the panel, “did not contemplate that anyone who would sneak into the United States and have a baby would have automatic citizenship conferred on them.” Added King, “I’d suggest it’s our job here in this Congress to decide who will be citizens, not someone in a foreign country that can sneak into the United States and have a baby and then go home with the birth certificate.”

    It’s no small task to undo a principle, enshrined in the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court, that defines the United States as a nation of immigrants. It’s particularly audacious that House Republicans would undo a century and a half of precedent without amending the Constitution but merely by passing a law to reinterpret the 14th Amendment’s wording in a way that will stop the scourge of “anchor babies” and “birth tourism.”
    That’s no small detail. In the American system of government, if federal lawmakers want to alter constitutional law, they have to actually amend the Constitution. But King and his cohorts have a different idea: they intend to simply pass a regular ol’ law voiding the unambiguous language of the 14th Amendment.

  14. rikyrah says:

    that this was a even a case before the court is ridiculous


    Breaking News and Analysis: #SCOTUS Upholds Ban on Judicial Candidates Personally Soliciting Campaign Contributions

    Posted on April 29, 2015 7:12 am by Rick Hasen

    In a surprise and very important development, the Supreme Court has rejected a First Amendment challenge to Florida’s ban on the personal solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates. Even more surprising, the Court’s opinion (a plurality in part) is authored by Chief Justice Roberts, who usually sides with First Amendment challengers in these election/campaign cases. This is a case which makes it much more likely that limits on money and speech in judicial elections will be upheld, and it seems to offer some broader important nuances on the scope of narrow tailoring in analyzing First Amendment challenges under the First Amendment.

    This is a HUGE win for those who support reasonable limits on judicial elections—and getting Roberts on this side of the issue is surprising, welcome, and momentous.

    Here are some detailed thoughts.

    1. Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion for the Court, with the four liberals, over the dissent of the four more conservative Justices, is unusual—Roberts usually does not side with the liberals in these cases over the objections of the conservative Justices. So what motivated things? It comes from the very beginning of the case: Chief Justice Roberts says that judicial elections are different, and that therefore the First Amendment analysis is different. This is a huge change in Supreme Court doctrine, where in cases like Minnesota Republican Party v. White the Court did not accept such differences as a basis for restricting the speech of judicial candidates. This is an acceptance of Justice Ginsburg’s White, dissent in which she rejected the “unilocular” an election is an election.

  15. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    UH HUH


    Hillary Clinton Opposes Major Obama Trade Policy

    Posted: 04/30/2015 12:00 am EDT Updated: 23 minutes ago

    Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give corporations the right to sue sovereign nations over laws or regulations that could potentially curb their profits.

    The policy position is contained in her book Hard Choices, and was confirmed to HuffPost by a spokesperson for her presidential campaign. Obama and congressional Democrats are locked in a bitter public feud over TPP — a deal between 12 Pacific nations — with much of the controversy derived from concerns it will undermine regulatory standards.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Uptown church receives touching note with 18-cent offering

    Methodist Church in uptown Charlotte discovered 18 cents in an offering envelope Sunday, Pastor Patrick Hamrick said it was the note written on back that touched their hearts.

    “It so precious,” Hamrick said. “It has the note, ‘Please don’t be mad, I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.’ It really touched us that someone who had so little to give gave 18 cents and that could have been and very likely was a sacrificial gift.”

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Here's my demand: I want every African-American currently incarcerated for drug "crimes" or nonviolent offenses released from prison today.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 30, 2015

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:


  19. rikyrah says:

    ‘Revenge’ Canceled by ABC After 4 Seasons

    Categories: 1-Featured,Broadcast TV

    Written By Sara Bibel

    April 29th, 2015

    The ABC promo about the impending show finale was accurate. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Revenge has been canceled by ABC after four seasons.

    The cancellation does not come as a surprise. Revenge has struggled in the ratings for the past two seasons, hovering around a 1.0 for most of this spring.

    The show’s executive producer Sunil Nayar told EW, “Now that everybody has seen the finale—which is fabulous—everybody understands that as much as we all adore the show, it has hit exactly the mark it needed to to end. This is the series finale of Revenge that will be airing in a couple weeks.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    the only ones still supporting him are fools


    (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential hopeful, on Wednesday introduced a resolution to block new regulations on Internet service providers, saying they would “wrap the Internet in red tape.”

    The “net neutrality” rules, which are slated to take effect in June, are
    backed by the Obama administration and were passed by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable trade associations are challenging them in court.

    Paul’s resolution, if adopted, would allow the Senate to fast-track a vote to establish that Congress disapproves of the FCC’s new rules and moves to nullify \them.

    The move marks the most proactive position yet by Paul, a libertarian from Kentucky, on net neutrality, the principle that Internet providers should treat all Web traffic equally. The issue has grabbed national attention and prompted a record 4 million comments to the FCC, many of them from regular Americans calling to restrict Internet providers.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  22. Ametia says:

    Black mothers’ voices needed in national conversation about race
    By Donna F. Edwards April 29 at 12:31 PM

    Donna F. Edwards, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District in the House. She is a candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
    The first time, he was barely in middle school and just starting to venture out on his own after school.

    “Jared, if a police officer stops you, always make sure they can see your hands, don’t reach for anything, and please do not mouth off — you can do that when you get home safely.” Like most black mothers I know, I have had “the conversation” with my son, not once but many times over many years. Whether our sons are 15 or 25, we worry.

  23. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Hector Morejon, Unarmed Teen Shot, Killed By Police, Cried For His Mother: ‘Mommy, Mommy, Please Come'”

  24. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    NYPD van full of peaceful protesters including @NLGnews legal observer at Union Sq. #BaltimoreUprising solidarity NYC— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) April 30, 2015

  25. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

    ……on Wednesday, after a flurry of legal challenges, more than 100 people were freed from police custody, having been been held since Monday under what amounted to a suspension by Hogan of the writ of habeas corpus – the right to be released from an arrest made without lawful cause.

    Natalie Finegar, the deputy district public defender in Baltimore City, told the Guardian that after 82 habeas corpus petitions were filed to the attorney general’s office, a decision was made to release those who were yet to have charges read against them.

    Finegar said the decision to hold so many “without any respect for due process” could “further shake the confidence in the criminal justice system for those arrested”. She said many of those detained had complained of the harsh conditions in jail. Some said they went 18 hours without food and later were given inedible pieces of bread.

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