Wednesday Open Thread: Tony Winners of the 1950’s

1954: Kismet


Kismet is a musical with lyrics and musical adaptation (as well as some original music) by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on Kismet, the 1911 play by Edward Knoblock. The story concerns a wily poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with the young Caliph.

The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954. It was also successful in London’s West End and has been given several revivals. A 1955 film version was released by MGM.

1955: The Pajama Game

the pajama game

The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. The book is by George Abbott and Richard Bissell; the music and lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.

The original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, at the St. James Theatre, and ran for 1,063 performances, with a brief stop at the Shubert Theatre at the end of the run. It was revived in 1973, and again in 2006 by The Roundabout Theatre Company. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical, and the 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The musical is a popular choice for community and school group productions.

The original London West End production opened at the London Coliseum on October 13, 1955 where it ran for 588 performances.



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75 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread: Tony Winners of the 1950’s

  1. rikyrah says:

    This isn’t 1968. Baltimore isn’t Watts. And Hillary Clinton isn’t Michael Dukakis.
    By Radley Balko May 6 at 6:16 PM

    I wish I could introduce Richard Cohen and Lloyd Green to Antonio Morgan. Cohen of course is my Washington Post colleague and columnist. Green is a former Justice Dept. official and former opposition research counsel for the Republican Party.

    The two wrote remarkably similar columns this week about Hillary Clinton’s response to the protests and riots in Baltimore. Both compared the civil unrest of 2015 to the civil unrest in 1968. Both cited Nixon’s “tough on crime” campaign, which even members of that campaign team have since admitted was an overt, often racist appeal to white fear of black people. Both scorned Clinton for being “soft on crime,” and daring to criticize mass incarceration in a speech given the same week as the riots. Both mentioned New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his shift in tone from gently criticizing the New York City police department for excessive force after the death of Eric Garner to robustly defending the officers after they were accused of roughing people up at a recent protest. Both columns noted polls suggesting that much of a America, especially white America, is fed up, and both cite one particular poll which found that 96 percent of respondents expect more racial strife this summer. Both referenced the recent shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, and note that he’s the fifth officer to be shot since December. And both concluded that all of this means that Hillary Clinton is setting herself up to be the next George McGovern or Michael Dukakis.

    Green complains that Clinton’s “campaign rollout video had no footage of cops or firefighters” and concludes, “Message to Hillary Clinton: Law and order still counts.” Cohen concludes that Clinton’s bleeding heart means, “We might be heading back to Nixonland.”

    I’ll get to Antonio Morgan in a bit. But first, let’s unpack all the wrong in these two columns.

  2. rikyrah says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite Letterman bits

    never fails to crack me up

  3. rikyrah says:

    when you can get told by anyone from Politico, you know you’re pitiful.

    h/t POU for these tweets:

    Damn, this journo for PoliticoMag went all in on whiny Dems. BUCKIT!

    Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald · 10h10 hours ago
    1. So Hill D’s “who have been starving for attention from the Obama administration” are delighted that Hillary is promising to change that.

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 10h10 hours ago
    2. These public servants feel “like a neglected stepchild.” They hate how Obama “only comes around when he needs something.”

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 9h9 hours ago
    3. Translation: Obama only sucks up to them when he needs their support for public policies that he thinks will help the country.

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 9h9 hours ago
    4. It’s true that Obama doesn’t like chitchatting with attention-starved politicians. It’s one of his most human qualities.

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 9h9 hours ago
    5. It’s also true that Obama would be more popular on the Hill if he invited congressmen to more parties and generally sucked up to them.

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 9h9 hours ago
    6. Who cares?

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 9h9 hours ago
    7. I can think of zero examples of important public policies stymied by Obama’s insufficient care and feeding of insecure Democrats.

    Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald · 9h9 hours ago
    8. The stimulus/Obamacare/financial reform passed because he had the votes. Cap-and-trade failed because he didn’t. Chitchat was irrelevant.

    Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald · 9h9 hours ago
    9. The funniest part was the D’s saying Hillary’s early suckups are a welcome contrast to Obama’s only-when-he-wants-something approach.

    10. She wants something!

    11. I could rant about this all day. But it really seems like a lot of members of Congress don’t understand how the modern Congress works.

    12. And the more I think about it, the more I get why Obama doesn’t bother sucking up to these bozos. It’s one of the perks of the office!

    13. Obama can’t get coal-state D’s to back his energy agenda. He can’t get R’s to back any of his agenda. But at least he can blow them off.

    14. I love that D who thinks Hillary will be different because “she understands the pathos that exists here.” That’s literally pathetic!

    15. In conclusion: Congress is silly. The end.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Key & Peele’s ‘Negrotown’ Is a Black Person’s Dream Come True
    The comedy duo’s “Negrotown” definitely doesn’t sound like a bad place to live.

    Posted: May 6 2015 2:26 PM

    Pushing the comedy envelope is something that Key & Peele have been doing on their show since it premiered on Comedy Central in 2012. And as a teaser for their upcoming season, which starts July 8, the comedy duo posted a special sketch called “Negrotown.”

    As a response to the ongoing plague of black people being racially profiled and getting killed by cops, “Negrotown” is definitely apropos. In the sketch, Keegan-Michael Key’s character is stopped by the police for no apparent reason. Sound familiar? Of course it does. When the character questions the officer, the officer becomes belligerent. Sound familiar? Of course it does.

    As Key’s character is being arrested, his head “accidentally” hits the car, and he’s seemingly knocked into a dream sequence where he’s welcomed to “Negrotown.”

    Negrotown is every black person’s dream come true. You’re not harassed on the streets by cops. You can get your home loan approved. Plus, it even has dating benefits for black women: There are no white women around to take all the black men.

    And most importantly, “You can wear your hoodie and not get shot!”

  5. eliihass says:

    So, right-wingers are up in arms again with their faux outrage. Something about Mrs Obama calling museums ‘white spaces’. All lies. Here’s the story.

    A few days ago, FLOTUS was at the dedication of the newly opened Renzo Piano designed Whitney museum in the West Village/Meatpacking district. She gave yet another brilliant, heartfelt and fantastic speech where she once again urged the inclusion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are mostly invisible to the New York elite. Her speech was so inspiring and effective, it jolted some important rich people in the audience who actually committed to doing exactly what she asked. I read an article written by one high society art columnist who was in complete awe of FLOTUS after meeting her at this event.

    Once again, as First Lady, she’d effectively taken the opportunity of addressing a gathering of elites at another of their hoity-toity pastimes, to make a case for using their resources to actually make a tangible difference in the lives of poor kids in forgotten neighborhoods.

    Here’s the video of the event and the transcript of her remarks. The video is worth watching from start to finish, but FLOTUS speaks at at 31:00 minutes. She was so genuine, heartfelt, so fantastic and so beautifully and respectfully introduced by the Gertrude Whitney’s granddaughter, Flora Miller Biddle:

    And here’s the text:

    “…You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.

    And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself. So I know that feeling of not belonging in a place like this. And today, as First Lady, I know how that feeling limits the horizons of far too many of our young people.

    One visit, one performance, one touch, and who knows how you could spark a child’s imagination. “

  6. Ametia says:

    Nothing to see here, folks with the Tom Brady and his DEFLATED BALLS, since he was ‘generally aware’

    what the fuck does that mean? He lied, he knew, he threw, but it’s ok. Afterall, he didn’t join his team mates at the WH for their POTUS congratulations. That’s punishment enough, dontcha think?!

  7. eliihass says:

    Yeah for Prince!

  8. Ametia says:

    Guess who got touched, LITERALLY by Sir Elton John?

    So I Met Sir Elton John Yesterday and OMG OMG OMG

    • eliihass says:

      I’m still side-eying Elton John. So many of these people showed their butts in the past 7 years, and it wasn’t pretty.
      I just can’t separate some of their specific words, actions and behavior when it mattered most, from who they mostly purport to be in general. It gave me a glimpse into the workings of many a mind, and I didn’t like what I saw. Many failed the test. And no amount of subsequent fluffing with random black people can change that for me.

  9. rikyrah says:

    COLUMN ONE : Forgotten Oasis of Freedom : Val Verde, the ‘black Palm Springs,’ provided an escape from racism–if only for a weekend. For years, families swam, socialized and celebrated their culture in a town they built themselves.

    March 02, 1994|

    The beauty queens and bronze musclemen have become grandparents, their brief moments of glory now legends told and retold at family gatherings.

    Weekends and holidays pass by, but the people with picnic baskets and blankets and laughter no longer fill the space carved for them to help ease the pain.

    No pimply faced teen-agers dance the “Hully Gully” to a nickel jukebox at the park clubhouse; no society women hold “fellowship dinners.” There are no Fourth of July parades, “Juneteenth” celebrations or hilltop sunrise services on Easter Sunday.

    History, lived by generations of African Americans who spent summers and holidays in secluded Val Verde when it was a resort town for black Angelenos, endures only in fading memories and the yellowing pages of scrapbooks and photo albums.

    But something enduring about this community’s past eludes the ravages of time.

    Val Verde is a reminder of possibilities, a little-known success story that older generations hold dear, and a place that still pulls some of them back.

    “It meant more than I can express,” said Darnell Watson Sr., 70, who spent many vacations and weekends in the Santa Clarita Valley town. “I look forward to retiring there, to spending my last days there. I’m still in love with Val Verde.”

    Val Verde, “the black Palm Springs,” was founded in 1924 during an era in Los Angeles history when discrimination kept African Americans from enjoying the basic amenities of California life: sunny beaches, picturesque parks, resorts and hotels.

    During those years–when supporters of Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey organized meetings on Los Angeles’ Central Avenue and black newspapers carried ads for hair- and skin-care products manufactured by millionaire entrepreneur Madame C. J. Walker–black leaders created something of their own, something that ultimately became more than just a place to have fun.

    They founded an unincorporated town that at one point was home to at least 750 families and attracted thousands more for vacations.

    Frank D. Godden, 81, spent much of his life helping shape Val Verde into the kind of community envisioned by pioneers who sought peaceful recreation in the hills a few miles northwest of what is now Magic Mountain. These days Godden relives the past through the pages of a book he is writing on the town’s history.

    “I was trying to get something there that we could point to with pride,” Godden said. “I wanted to build a first-rate community where black people could come up and just enjoy–and they did for a long time.”

    Mention Val Verde and people remember: the smell of hot concrete and chlorine at a pool finally open to all races. The pride of owning your own home. The aspirations of a generation that knew what it was like to be denied.

  10. rikyrah says:

    At the intersection of reproductive choices and discrimination
    05/06/15 12:56 PM—UPDATED 05/06/15 01:01 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    Under current law, in every state in the union, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. That, however, is the floor – some areas choose to go further.

    Irin Carmon recently reported on a new policy in the nation’s capital, where policymakers approved a bold new law – the “D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act” – which adds “reproductive decision-making to anti-discrimination provisions.”

    So, for example, an employee in D.C. cannot be fired for being on birth control, using in vitro fertilization, exercising her right to terminate a pregnancy, or getting pregnant outside of marriage. Those are private matters, the D.C. law says, which cannot serve as the basis for a dismissal.

    As it turns out, this quickly became the latest twist in the right-to-discriminate debate, and Roll Call reported late last week on congressional Republicans intervening in city law.
    In a largely symbolic move, the House voted mostly down party lines late Thursday night to block a District of Columbia bill that D.C. officials say would combat workplace discrimination.

    A corps of mainly Republicans passed a joint resolution of disapproval 228-192…. Conservatives argued the act could force employers to violate their religious beliefs.
    It was, the article noted, the “first time in nearly 25 years the entire House voted to block a D.C. law.”

    The ridiculous push from House GOP lawmakers didn’t change city policy – the Senate chose not to act on the matter – and the local law took effect over the weekend.

    But as it turns out, there’s a presidential angle to this.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Tennessee GOPers Lament Koch Group Influence Over Medicaid Bill

    Americans for Prosperity aims for Tennessee influence
    Chattanooga Times Free Press 6:25 p.m. CDT May 5, 2015

    Republican Rep. Kevin Brooks of Cleveland says all he did in January was ask fellow GOP lawmakers to keep an open mind on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.

    But the House assistant majority leader quickly found himself under attack in his own back yard from a barrage of radio ads, courtesy of the Tennessee chapter of a powerful national group, Americans for Prosperity.

    Nearly two years ago, AFP, associated with conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, planted roots in the Volunteer State, hiring a state director. The tree had already borne fruit in 2014 campaigns. And now, a hail of coconuts was raining on the assistant leader’s head.

    “Kevin Brooks promised to fight against Obamacare,” AFP’s 60-second spot charged. “Now he’s fighting for it. Why is Kevin Brooks betraying us?”

    Brooks said all he was doing was asking fellow Republicans to keep their powder dry and let Haslam make his case. AFP, meanwhile, used direct mail to attack Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, R-Jackson, and Rep. John Holsclaw, R-Elizabethton, because of the lawmakers’ perceived support of Insure Tennessee. The group launched more generalized statewide ad blitzes in both January and March.

    In the end, Haslam’s proposal failed twice in this year’s General Assembly. Once was in a Senate committee during a special session Haslam had called to consider his plan to use federal dollars and extend Medicaid health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. It failed again when a bipartisan coalition sought to resurrect the plan during the regular session.

  12. rikyrah says:

    May 06, 2015 12:26 PM
    Jebbie Needs to Start Spending His Money

    By Ed Kilgore

    Recalling the post from last week (which led to a fairly extensive Twitter discussion with Nate Cohn and others) about what you can and cannot legitimately infer from early presidential polls, let’s take a quick look at the new Quinnipiac survey of Iowa, which is getting some attention today from horse-race enthusiasts.

    What do the internals say about Jeb Bush’s basic standing among Iowa Republicans? They really don’t much like him, though not as much as they don’t like Chris Christie. Jebbie’s favorable/unfavorable ratio among likely caucus-goers is at 39/45 (down from 41/40 in February). Christie’s is at 32/56. The only other underwater proto-candidate is Lindsey Graham, at 15/37. Ben Carson’s at 53/9; Ted Cruz: 59/19; Carly Fiorina: 26/8; Mike Huckabee: 64/27; Bobby Jindal: 45/9; John Kasich: 20/8; Rand Paul: 59/23; Rick Perry: 51/30; Marco Rubio: 69/9; Rich Santorum: 56/28; Scott Walker: 59/11.

    As compared with QPac’s February poll, Bush has now passed Christie as the guy most named as someone likely caucus-goers definitely will not vote for, at 25%. 45% say Bush’s positions are “not conservative enough,” more than for any candidate other than Christie (52%).

    That, not “Bush fatigue,” seems to be the problem (at least among Republicans—I’m guessing revulsion at his last name is a big factor in general election trial heats, which in turn affects his electability street cred among Republicans, but none of that is measured here). W.’s favorability ratio is a robust 81/16, and Poppy’s is 80/13.

  13. rikyrah says:

    What the Debate on Inequality Is Missing

    The United States economy is one of the most effective on earth in terms of generating new wealth. But for all the wealth it generates, it does an exceptionally dismal job at sharing it broadly among Americans.

    Is this the best we can do?

    Over the last four decades the debate in Washington about poverty and inequality has been bogged down in a somewhat pointless, often surreal debate about the size of government and the amount spent on behalf of the poor.

    Over that same period, the earnings of workers in the bottom half of the income pile have progressed little. American society has buckled under the strain.

    The actual size of government? Measured by the taxes we pay, it was about 25 percent of our gross national product in 1970. It is still about 25 percent of our G.D.P. today. And the share of our wealth spent on the poor, apart from money devoted to the rising cost of health care, has not changed very much, either.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Inside Jeb Bush’s long game: A bet on peaking late

    By Matea Gold and Robert Costa May 6 at 12:48 PM 

    At a luxury Miami hotel last month, one of Jeb Bush’s chief strategists stood before hundreds of top GOP fundraisers to deliver an unsubtle message: The former Florida governor will not be one of the “presidents of August.”

    During his closed-door presentation at the 1 Hotel in South Beach, Mike Murphy dismissed buzz-fueled candidates who rise fast early only to flame out once the primaries begin. Murphy ridiculed the early spate of presidential polls — many of which show Bush lagging, particularly in Iowa — as “noise meters.” And he insisted that the Bush team is patiently playing a long game, one that will not be upended by the actions of his rivals.

    Murphy’s talk was aimed in part at quieting pockets of anxiety that have been percolating among Bush supporters who are beginning to worry whether he can excite Republicans in the same way that many of his younger rivals are already doing.

    “They are loyal to him and support him, but they’re watching closely to see if he can campaign in a way that says, ‘Yes, he has energy to get the base electrified,’ ” said David McIntosh, president of the conservative advocacy group Club for Growth. He said there is growing “angst” in the Bush bloc of the Republican donor community.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare creates choice. That’s why people like it.
    Updated by Sarah Kliff on April 24, 2015, 8:10 a.m. ET @sarahkliff

    Obamacare enrollees are more satisfied with their health insurance plans than those who get coverage outside the health law’s marketplaces, a new survey finds.

    J.D. Power and Associates on Thursday published a consumer satisfaction survey that looked at both people getting coverage through Obamacare and those who get coverage elsewhere, typically through their employer. They used a 1,000-point scale to measure how much people liked their coverage.

    People who had coverage through Obamacare had an average satisfaction score of 696 in 2014, thinking back to their last year of coverage. During that same year, people in mostly employer-based plans had a satisfaction rating of 679 — 17 points lower.

    This is a bit surprising: we know that the marketplace plans tend to offer less robust coverage than employer plans. Plans that get sold on the Obamacare market, for example, typically have higher deductibles and co-payments, meaning there are more out-of-pocket costs for the consumer.

    So why would these plans score higher? The J.D. Power survey suggests that there’s another variable enrollees think a lot about: choice. Their research also shows that people with employer-sponsored coverage who have “multiple plan options” have the exact same satisfaction rating as the people on Obamacare.

    • Ametia says:

      Apparently folks who scream about ‘freedom of choice’ are very selective in who gets to actually practice this ‘freedom’ to choose.

  16. rikyrah says:

    May 05, 2015 5:00 PM
    Just What These Goons Wanted

    By Ed Kilgore

    Guess I wasn’t paying attention to the run-up to yesterday’s violence in Garland, Texas, but turns out Pamela Geller wasn’t the only agent provocateur involved. As you may have heard, the famous Dutch Islamophobic politician Geert Wilders was on hand in Garland, and may have even been the target for the now-deceased shooters. But he was in the U.S. at the invitation of exactly the kind of people you might expect (per Dave Weigel):

    Last week, Iowa Representative Steve King brought Dutch politician and speaker Geert Wilders to Washington for a series of briefings with conservatives. The visited culminated in a daytime, outdoor news conference, where King, Wilders, and Texas Representative Louie Gohmert took 30 minutes of questions. Many focused on Wilders’s criticism of Islam as not a religion, but a violent ideology that had to be defeated. King kept bringing the discussion back to free speech.

    “He brings with him a message of the experiences they had in Western Europe,” said King. “Open dialogue is what’s taking place.”

    Just days later, gunmen opened fire on a Garland, Texas, contest that encouraged attendees to draw the prophet Muhammad, in defiance of Muslim extremists who claim that any such portrayal is offensive. “I have been dragged to court on hate speech charges for speaking the truth about Islam. I was acquitted, but now the authorities are prosecuting me again,” said Wilders. “We are harassed, but sympathizers of the Islamic State are left in peace.”

    I’ll say it again: Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders are protected by the First Amendment, and obviously no one has a right to try to forceably silence them, by gunfire or any other method. But they, and King, and Gohmert, where clearly trying to provoke a reaction that justifies their efforts to demonize Islam and shut down immigration, and they succeeded on this occasion.

    • eliihass says:

      Tom Brady is a weasel. Those beady eyes are a dead give away. The windows to a dishonest soul. Shifty Brady.

    • Ametia says:

      ‘PROBABLE’? WTF Either the balls were deliberately deflated or not.

      ‘generally aware ‘ WTF Watch the language here folks, they don’t want to flat out say Tom Brady new about the DEFLATED BALLS.

      That’s why the lying, cheating, Brady boy didn’t come to the White House a few months ago.

  17. eliihass says:

    Interesting watching the British elections play out with former Obama advisers in the mix.

    David Axelrod staying true to his liberal/progressive roots, is advising Ed Miliband leader of the Labour Party, while Jim Messina is working for Tory leader, David Cameron, the conservative prime minister.

    In the end for some, it isn’t about ideals, values or principle, but money anywhere and any way they can get it.

    • rikyrah says:



      AAmom @AVD911

      @Freefree0Bobbie Republicans voting against everything was just an illusion.
      we imagined it.
      @LVBurke @MichaelEDyson @PenielJoseph

      BJW2 @Freefree0Bobbie

      @LVBurke @MichaelEDyson @PenielJoseph Yep, should’ve went with Miss Daisy. Us po folk only knows massa is the only one that can save us.

      Eugene Harris @LinsieJr

      @LVBurke @MichaelEDyson @PenielJoseph I think this is unfair. He tried to push severals bills through early in his administration.

      Carole Troll @Thejazzchick

      @PragmaticObot Easier to not look at what we could have done. But decades of elected Dems who did nothing for us get a pass cuz #OMagic~~~

    • Ametia says:

      Welcome to Coontastic Voyage!

  18. rikyrah says:

    Carole Troll @Thejazzchick

    Dismissing the work Pres. Obama has done in the face of catastrophic Dem midterm failures & #rw crazy hate is now a religion. See ya in 2017

  19. rikyrah says:

    cjtown @ladyc10

    @HillaryClinton is basically telling elected Dems, I’m not like PBO, I will give you free food & drinks and screw you over at same time!

    • eliihass says:

      If this is how you run for and win presidential elections, then sign me up, because I too can easily be the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer and win.

      I’m a woman after all, and if this is about ‘finally getting a woman president’, then why not moi? I’ve been watching our farce of a pre-Democratic nominee selection play out and I’m certain I and just about any other woman on this smart blog can be the candidate.

      If it’s all about having the cowardly party bigwigs help you preemptively shut out any potential competition and then:

      Hiring every resource expert and political strategist and operative there is to be hired out there, including voice inflection and how to hug warmly, purse your lips, cock your head and walk presidentially just right experts, and:

      Having one highly choreographed roundtable with roughly 5 handpicked folks once every 2 weeks or so, where you:

      Make one highly-polled and focus-grouped to death ‘policy’ non-statement, as you:

      Read with such dullness, your rehearsed to death, generic, platitude-filled said statement, complete with laughably obvious stagecraft designed to help you project fake presidential:

      Your one rehearsed statement written by 37 advisors read to a group of five ‘locals’, is immediately cheered on as an ‘aggressive, strong and boldly progressive move that exceeds President Obama’.

      The largely bought and paid for media posse immediately lauds it a ‘bold’ stance, the most progressive they’ve yet seen, as they proceed to fluff you up and talk you up, all while they mock and tear down any potential competition.

      Except of course dear old Bernie Sanders, who they keep in the mix to give the laughable impression that contrary to our protestations, there’s ‘competition’ and not a coronation in progress. Poor Bernie is the helpful idiot, the stooge to be used to help Hillary practice her debates in readiness for the general, while pretending there was ‘competition’ and a ‘primary’. Wink, wink.

      And don’t forget the army of white feminists – including the spiteful young lady from Emily’s list, and the little nice old lady – a former White House press photographer who’s just published her picture book of sweet Hillary though the years – and the desperate to be accepted into the exclusive arena pathetic black women – all wannabes, rah-rahing on her behalf.

      In one breath, talking up womanity, and in the next, denigrating any woman who even remotely represents a threat to Hillary’s contrived greatness and inevitability. Making it clear by their aggressive and entitled actions and their arrogant, condescending and demeaning words, that it’s really all about white women and their specific preferred causes and picks – and for the purposes of the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton, their standard-bearer.

      All other women be damned. In particular the black ones, and specifically the unassuming, confident black one in the White House at the moment, who’s got too much of a mind of her own, isn’t needy, beholden or a suck-up, and isn’t playing along to their specific script.

  20. rikyrah says:

    From POU:


    Afternoon POU. Rev Al just made some of the most sense he’s ever made. He just stated that there are liberal groups trying to turn our young people against their parents, instead of against the very population who set things in motion to fail black youth. People had better pay attention to this man. He doesn’t have the pedigree of the so-called blackademics, but he has more common sense than the whole of them.



    If you will notice, some of these black “liberals” are quick to talk “respectability” – these nuts have twisted a whole lot of young folks minds into believing that “respectability” equates to accepting racism therefore you should just act any ole way. Racism doesn’t care what you wear or if you can read or write or if you vote. But your self-RESPECT ought too! You should want to pull your damn pants up, you should cover your ass, you should want to be educated, you should VOTE – not because you’re trying to get Mr. Whitefolk to respect you, but because you respect your SELF.

    These hypocrites who went to college for 8 years, that only visit the “hood” for haircuts and soul food and yearn for white media’s attention are now encouraging all manner of ill behavior from our youth so that they can then go on MSNBC and CNN to talk about the youth “crying out” – like they’re the gotdamn hood interpreter translating ebonics to a white audience.

    These blockheads are dangerous. They bash parents who are trying to defend their children – from being mad at a Dad who snatched up his daughters from standing on their heads shaking their asses for clicks, to a Mom who went ballistic because all that was running through her head was seeing her child with a brick in his hand and next, seeing him in a morgue. They yell at…THE PARENT. Its fucking ridiculous.

  21. rikyrah says:

    this is so cute


    Michelle Obama on Sasha & Malia Growing Up: ‘They’re Conditioning Us for Empty Nest Syndrome’

    • eliihass says:

      It’s no secret how much I love, respect and remain in complete awe of this strong, confident, very aware, fearless and fun woman. Someone so aptly described her as deliciously perceptive, and I couldn’t agree more. She’ll let you keep thinking that you’re slick, but she knows and she sees EVERYTHING. Nothing gets past this brilliant woman. Nothing.

      I love how she’s completely unassuming, and unapologetically herself and goes right ahead making positive and tangible change without much fanfare or demanding credit for herself – and all within the tricky and suffocating and racist hate-eliciting confines of her historic and traditional role.

      Getting real stuff done in very unconventional ways, not for her own benefit or to toot her horn, but for the least of us, and in ways that empower and uplift and doesn’t in the least demean or make the beneficiaries feel like poor victims.

      All this to the chagrin of the ‘here’s how it’s always been done, though we’ve made no headway’ and ‘let’s convene a never ending roundtable’ tsk, tskers.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan loves talking about poverty, but he keeps getting the basic facts wrong
    Updated by Dylan Matthews on May 5, 2015, 8:00 a.m. ET @dylanmatt

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is back to talking about poverty, taking to CBS’s Face the Nation this past weekend to lay out his plans for tackling it. Some of his ideas on the topic are worthwhile — he’s right that the Earned Income Tax Credit needs to be increased — and the fact that a major national politician has taken an interest in the topic at all is a cheering development.

    But for all Ryan’s rhetoric on poverty, he’s also the author of a series of budgets that would absolutely wreck programs for the American poor, inflicting massive human suffering on the nation’s most vulnerable residents. It’s never been exactly clear how Ryan would resolve this tension, but his appearance on Face the Nation suggests he’s going to try to make his poverty programs work with his budgets‚ which is to say he’s going to argue that taking trillions away from the poor is somehow actually good for them.

    It doesn’t help that the first policy statement he makes is an out-and-out lie:

    After a 50-year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we still have the same poverty rates.

    This sentence suggests that either Paul Ryan has absolutely no clue how poverty rates work, or he does know and is actively deceiving viewers. First of all, the specific claim in question isn’t even technically accurate. The poverty rate was 19 percent in 1964, when the War on Poverty was announced. In 2013, it was 14.5 percent. We do not have the same poverty rates we did then. Ryan is just wrong.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan still struggling with the basics on poverty
    05/06/15 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Nearly two years ago, not long after his failed bid for national office, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared on msnbc and told Joe Scarborough, “I’m focused on poverty these days.”

    It seemed like an odd thing to say. Ryan was, and is, perhaps best known for his far-right budget plan that cuts taxes for the wealthy by hundreds of billions of dollars, while slashing investments in programs that benefit working families. For the Republican congressman to say he’s “focused on poverty” was belied by his actual policy agenda, which is brutal towards those actually in poverty.

    But Ryan’s comment on msnbc wasn’t an offhand remark. The Wisconsin lawmaker quickly started convincing the Beltway media that he’s now committed to “fighting poverty,” en route to inner-city tours, multiple speeches, and a sloppy report on the efficacy of domestic anti-poverty programs.

    At a certain level, all of this may seem at least a little encouraging. Too often, much of the GOP is simply inclined to ignore poverty as a chronic national issue, so the congressman’s interest is welcome. But as Dylan Matthews explained yesterday, more discouraging is the fact that after years of work on the issue, Paul Ryan still “keeps getting the basic facts wrong.”
    It doesn’t help that the first policy statement he makes is an out-and-out lie: “After a 50-year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we still have the same poverty rates.”

    This sentence suggests that either Paul Ryan has absolutely no clue how poverty rates work, or he does know and is actively deceiving viewers. First of all, the specific claim in question isn’t even technically accurate…. But even that dramatically understates the progress that has been made. The official poverty rate is a travesty of a statistic, and using it at all in this context is irresponsible. It’s literally based on food prices in 1955. But more relevantly for these purposes, it excludes the very anti-poverty programs Ryan is talking about.

    The full Vox takedown is worth reading in detail, but stepping back, what does it tell us about the seriousness of Ryan’s approach to policymaking when he focuses on poverty for years and still doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about?

  24. rikyrah says:

    GOP won’t budge on immigrants, military service
    05/06/15 10:00 AM—UPDATED 05/06/15 12:48 PM
    By Steve Benen
    As controversial as immigration policy has become as Republican politics shifts further and further to the right, the one area where compromise has appeared possible relates to military service.

    Almost exactly a year ago, there was rare, bipartisan support for a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in the American military. As we discussed at the time, the plan was pretty straightforward: young, undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 15 would be welcome to enlist. After their service, so long as they’re honorably discharged, these immigrants would become legal permanent residents and be eligible to apply for citizenship.

    The idea is entirely in line with American traditions – for generations, many immigrants to the U.S. became citizens by serving in the military – but House Republicans nevertheless killed the proposal.

    A year later, proponents of the idea have considered adding a related policy to this year’s defense spending bill (the “National Defense Authorization Act,” or “NDAA”). At least that was the idea.
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Tuesday shot down a proposal that would move toward allowing some illegal immigrants to serve in the military. […]

    “It would not be accepted by the House. I’ve got to have a House agreement; they would never agree to putting that on the NDAA,” McCain said. “If I put it on the defense bill, what happens in the House? The whole bill crashes…. The defense bill is for defense, not for Dreamers.”
    Keep in mind, we’re talking about an idea that the White House supports, many lawmakers from both parties have endorsed, and would be broadly popular with the American mainstream. But McCain knows House Republicans don’t like it, so the senator isn’t willing to press the issue.

    We’re not even talking about an overly ambitious idea. If The Hill’s reporting is accurate, the relevant provisions “encourage the Secretary of Defense to study allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and are shielded from deportation through President Obama’s executive actions to serve in the military.”

    But for GOP lawmakers, even this is apparently a bridge too far.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Waiting for the ‘Christie comeback’ is a bad idea
    05/06/15 09:20 AM—UPDATED 05/06/15 01:37 PM
    By Steve Benen
    In one of my favorite “Simpsons” episodes, Lisa becomes a vegetarian and decides to sabotage a barbecue hosted by Homer and Bart. She hijacks their grill and sends lunch on a wild ride, as Homer and Bart chase after it, hoping their food can be salvaged.

    When lunch rolls into the street, Homer says, “It’s just a little dirty! It’s still good, it’s still good!” When lunch lands in a river, Homer says, “It’s just a little slimy! It’s still good, it’s still good!” When lunch gets stuck in a dam before water pressure launches it into the sky, Homer says, “It’s just a little airborne! It’s still good, it’s still good!”

    Bart, resigned to defeat, tells his father, “It’s gone.” Homer, crestfallen, replies, “I know.”

    I think about the scene whenever New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) presidential ambitions come up. As the Republican’s odds of national success roll downhill, just like the Simpsons’ family barbecue, Christie’s admirers say of his campaign’s prospects, “It’s just a few criminal indictments! It’s still good, it’s still good!”

    As the Garden State’s fiscal conditions deteriorate, thy say, “It’s just a few debt downgrades! It’s still good, it’s still good!” As the governor’s electoral support collapses, they proclaim, “It’s just a few polls! It’s still good, it’s still good!”

    As Simon Maloy noted yesterday, the next “Christie comeback” always seems to be right around the corner – though it never arrives.
    The Christie Comeback! If it feels like we’ve been predicting and discussing Chris Christie’s imminent political rebirth for a long time, that’s because we have. All that’s been missing has been the actual comeback. Christie’s 2016 primary numbers have steadily eroded from their November 2013 high of 15 percent to his current five percent share. His approval rating in New Jersey has also collapsed to a record low 35 percent. The New Jersey economy is stumbling along, Christie’s paths to victory in early primary states remain highly questionable, and even his own state party is starting to turn on him. But when each new “Christie Comeback” flames out, there seems to be a new one ready to step up and take its place.
    What’s missing is someone to play the role of Bart, conceding, “It’s gone.”

  26. rikyrah says:

    it’s been a scam and a hustle.
    so, now that the scam is going to be cut off….they’re gonna stop phone calls?


    Why American Jails May Drastically Curtail Inmate Phone Calls
    May 01 2015 10:58 AM EDT

    For decades, every time an inmate picked up a phone to dial a friend or family member, that correctional facility received a percentage of the cost of the call, typically around 50 percent. With millions of people locked up nationwide, the prison phone industry has flourished, growing to a $1.2 billion year business.

    But the jail phone industry is at a crossroads — and upcoming regulations that threaten to limit commissions might prompt sheriffs around the country to severely curtail prison phones altogether. “It’s very possible that sheriffs could elect to eliminate the calls,” Jonathan Thompson, the executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, said in an interview this week. “They don’t have to provide a call service.”

    Regulators and prison advocates have long-claimed commissions have provided perverse incentives for jails and prisons. Commissions, they say, motivate jails to choose phone providers (like Securus and Global Tel*Link) that charge exorbitant rates — while family members of inmates are left to foot the bills.

    In 2013, the Federal Communications Commission began its first sweep of prison phone reform by capping phone rates of interstate phone calls. But a second round of regulations its on its way. Later this summer, the FCC is expected to expand its initial regulation that will attempt to make phone calls more affordable for family members. They are considering a variety of changes, including capping the rates of in-state calls, limiting ancillary “set-up” fees, and — perhaps most interestingly — eliminating the commission structure altogether.

  27. rikyrah says:

    ou know ‘the look’ that we get, when they think that we look like something else, and then we turn up for the interview?
    I bet he’s gotten ‘the look’ too.


    6 Words: ‘My Name Is Jamaal … I’m White’
    MAY 06, 2015 4:32 AM ET

    Jamaal Allan is a teacher in Des Moines, Iowa. His name has taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.

    NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, in which thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.
    People make a lot of assumptions based on a name alone.

    Jamaal Allan, a high school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa, should know. To the surprise of many who have only seen his name, Allan is white. And that’s taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.

    Those experiences prompted him to share his six words with The Race Card Project: “My name is Jamaal … I’m white.”

    Allan grew up in southern Oregon, in a house on 18 acres with a commune on one side and a llama ranch on the other.

    The origins of his name weren’t that remarkable, Allan tells NPR Special Correspondent Michele Norris.

    “My parents decided they wanted less traditional names for their children. … My dad was a Los Angeles Lakers fan and they had had a player named Jamaal Wilkes, and that name kind of came up,” he says.

    His mother — who was pregnant with Allan’s sister at the time — fell in love with the sound of the name. Their parents named his sister Madera, and they named their son Jamaal — “just to spice things up a bit, I guess,” he says.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Black college student arrested for public intoxication even though officers knew he wasn’t drunk
    06 MAY 2015 AT 07:43 ET

    A black University of Virginia student whose violent arrest for public intoxicationsparked protests was not drunk at the time, his lawyer says – and Alcoholic Beverage Control agents apparently knew it.

    A state police report on the March 18 arrest of Martese Johnson has been completed and turned over to prosecutors, reported the Richmond Free Press.

    The 20-year-old Johnson, a third-year student, suffered facial injuries when agents slammed him to the ground after he was denied entry to a pub.

    Three apparently white agents held down Johnson, who repeatedly told the officers he was a UVA student and called them racist, while bystanders yelled that the student was bleeding.

    His injuries later required 10 stitches.

    The agents apparently targeted Johnson because they believed he might have been trying to use a fake ID to get into the bar.

    He was charged with public intoxication — even though the agents’ statements indicate they knew he was not drunk — and obstruction of justice without force.

    Witnesses, however, said Johnson cooperated with the agents and showed them his ID before they grabbed him and threw him to the brick sidewalk

  29. Ametia says:

    I was there

  30. rikyrah says:

    THIS is who they are


    Register Minority Voters in Georgia, Go to Jail

    By Spencer Woodman

    In the weeks leading up to the 2012 election, Helen Ho, an attorney who has worked to register newly naturalized immigrants to vote in the Southeast, made an alarming discovery. Some new citizens that her group, then known as the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, had tried to register in Georgia were still not on the rolls. Early voting had begun and polling places were challenging and even turning away new citizens seeking to vote for the first time.

    After more than a week of seeking answers from the office of Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, which oversees elections, AALAC issued a sharply worded open letter on October 31 demanding that Georgia take immediate action to ensure the new citizens could vote.

    Two days later Ho received her response. In a letter, Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, offered few specific assurances about the new voters in question and informed Ho that his office was launching an investigation into how AALAC registered these would-be voters. Kemp’s office asked that AALAC turn over certain records of its registration efforts, citing “potential legal concerns surrounding AALAC’s photocopying and public disclosure of voter registration applications.”

    Ho was aghast. “Our genuine desire was to help the secretary of state clear these people through to vote, so it was interesting that their response was to investigate us,” she told me. “I’m not going to lie: I was shocked, I was scared.”

    The investigation targeted her group not for any voter fraud, per se, but for more technical issues, such as whether canvassers had people’s explicit, written consent to photocopy their registration forms before mailing the originals to the elections office. Kemp’s investigation into AALAC lasted nearly two-and-a-half years. This past March 12th, it ended with no finding of violations.

    Now that the state has concluded its investigation, Ho is speaking out about her story for the first time. “We were retaliated against,” said Ho, now the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, which encompasses what used to be known as AALAC.

    Ho’s experience with the elections authorities in Georgia is not unique. Republicans have long amplified the threat of voter fraud to justify restrictive voter ID laws. In Georgia, any whiff of impropriety surrounding voting registration has come to carry tremendous personal stakes. Kemp’s office has aggressively policed minority-focused voting groups for potential breaches of the state’s lesser-known voting regulations, raising questions about whether the state has taken a selective approach to its zealous pursuit of such infractions.

    Last September, before the midterms, for example, Kemp announced a criminal investigation into the New Georgia Project, a voter registration effort that was attempting to bring 120,000 mostly-minority voters onto the rolls. “We’re just not going to put up with fraud,” Kemp said of the New Georgia Project in an interview with a local news station. In a subpoena, Kemp demanded that the voter group turn over massive portions of its internal records relating to the campaign.

    Before Kemp’s announcement, the New Georgia Project had received media attention for its putative potential to turn Georgia—with some 700,000 unregistered black voters—into a more Democrat-friendly state. Brian Kemp seemed to take note.

    “Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines,” Kemp told a group of Republicans in an Atlanta suburb on July 12th. “If they can do that, they can win these elections in November. But we’ve got to do the exact same thing.”

    • Ametia says:

      This is the kind of shit that is happening in 2015. Blacks don’t have the ECONOMIC$$$$ power to buy elections, so let’s wipe them out and stop them from voting.

      Voting is the first & last bastion of DEMOCRACY in this country, folks.

  31. rikyrah says:

    I love a good murder mystery


    First-Look Images at Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph in Murder Mystery Series, ‘Spoils Before Dying’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    May 5, 2015 at 9:13PM

    Michael Kenneth Williams stars as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of the upcoming 6-part pulp-noir murder mystery series, “The Spoils Before Dying,” which will air on IFC this summer.

    He is joined in front of the camera by Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment .

    Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, “The Spoils Before Dying follows” Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (who will be played by Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock’s hard charging manager, Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment), obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.

  32. rikyrah says:

    First Trailer for Debbie Tucker Green’s ‘Second Coming’ (Idris Elba, Nadine Marshall Star)

    By Wendy Okoi-Obuli | Shadow and Act

    May 5, 2015 at 5:04PM

    Debbie Tucker Green’s feature film debut, “Second Coming,” has a premise that, religious or not, will probably pique your interest. That it’s set in present day London and that the family at the centre of the story is black, was another reason for me to get excited. Indeed, it was a delight to see a black family – a NORMAL – black family, portrayed on screen. No drugs, no knives, no guns… No drama. And therein lies the problem.

    Jax, played admirably by Nadine Marshall, has a dilemma. A dilemma the proportions of which you don’t really get too many clues about. Her husband, Mark, played by Idris Elba, is as perfect a husband as any woman could want. Her son, JJ (Kai Francis-Lewis) is a sweet-natured, sensitive, and intuitive child. A better realistic model of a black family you couldn’t find. However, all is not well in paradise, or indeed on earth, especially not in this particular household. Jax is in turmoil, albeit mostly internalised, leaving her husband frustrated, and her friends and family of origin knowing that something’s amiss, but waiting for her to announce her news.

  33. rikyrah says:

    I’ll give it a chance


    Trailer for Cuba Gooding Jr/Sharon Leal Underground Railroad Drama ‘Freedom’ + June Release Date Set

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    May 5, 2015 at 3:34PM

    First, a quick recap for a project we first profiled in 2012, and have been following since then… Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in a drama that was initially titled “Something Whispered,” was later retitled “Carry Me Home,” and is now called “Freedom” (which is the name it’ll be released under), which tells a tale set in 1850, following a man named Samuel (Gooding), who attempts to free his family from institutionalized slavery, heading north towards Canada, via the famed Underground Railroad, intent on escaping from the tobacco plantation they have been forced to call their home for two generations.

    Sharon Leal plays Cuba’s wife in a cast of many that also includes William Sadler as one of the other more prominent names. David Rasche, Terrence Mann and Michael Goodwin also feature.

    Director Peter Cousens’ resume is full of lots of TV work, so I previously automatically assumed that it would likely be a made-for-TV movie, possibly going to one of the cable TV networks; but with a June 5 release date now officially set, a theatrical release is indeed planned via Arc Entertainment, with a VOD and digital component to go along with it.

    • Ametia says:

      *SIGH* These movies are getting old. yes, SLAVERY is an AMERICAN CRIME. It’s real and it continues in one form or the other in 2015.

      After a while, all these movies do is desensitize folks to the reality of SLAVERY, because they watch the movie , eat a bucket of popcorn, drink sugary sodas, and go “Wow, how tragic!”

      How about freedom for black folks from the bonds of SLAVERY MOVIES?

  34. rikyrah says:

    Biggest. Field. Ever.
    05/05/15 04:14 PM—UPDATED 05/05/15 07:12 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee unveiled a schedule of party-approved primary debates for the 2016 presidential race. Between August and February, GOP candidates will meet for nine debates, a third of which will be hosted by a Fox network. (The Democratic National Committee unveiled its smaller debate schedule today.)

    Almost immediately, however, a problem emerged: how exactly are Republicans going to hold debates for the largest field of candidates in American presidential history? Zeke Miller reported yesterday on the challenge, which relevant players are still working on.
    Largely out of view, executives and journalists from Fox and CNN, with input from the national party, are weighing the entrance criteria for the first two debates. Among the options being considered is using polling as a rough inclusionary test, followed by a fundraising metric – dollars raised or the number of individual donors activated. All of these things are in flux as the networks and the national party struggle with the largest plausible debate field in history.

    “This is truly historic in that normally you are trying to get people into the debates and now you are trying to whittle people out of the debates,” said one Republican operative familiar with the debate process. “You’ve never had more than 10 candidates in either party on a debate stage. You could get to at least 16 to 17 candidates and make a legitimate case for them being there – easy.”
    That’s actually a fairly conservative number. I’d say there are probably 14 candidates likely to compete for the Republican nomination: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Kylie and Kendall Jenner file to trademark their first names


    Sorry Kendalls and Kylies of the world! You may soon be in violation!

    The Jenner sisters are apparently branding so hard right now, filing last month for several trademarks on their respective names, ETonline has learned.

    Seventeen-year-old Kylie filed to trademark “Kylie Jenner” for a line of products like tote bags, but also interestingly, she filed to trademark just “Kylie” for “entertainment in the nature of providing information by means of a global computer network in the fields of entertainment, fashion and pop culture; entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a celebrity, actress and model.”

    Basically, if you are Kylie Minogue, or a young Kylie with big dreams, you should probably follow along for if this goes through.

    Nineteen-year-old Kendall Jenner is trying to trademark her name for use on hair accessories, clothing, beauty products, and more.

  36. Ametia says:

    Israel’s Netanyahu Races to Form Narrow Coalition Government
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMAY 6, 2015, 6:07 A.M. E.D.T

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is racing to form a coalition government as a midnight deadline approaches. Netanyahu’s Likud won the highest number of seats—30—in a tense March election.

    He now has until the end of the day to cobble together 61 seats for a ruling government after losing the support of occasional ally Avigdor Lieberman. Instead, Netanyahu has to bargain with former aide Naftali Bennett. If he doesn’t form a government by the looming deadline, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will have to appoint someone else for the task.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  38. Ametia says:

    HUMP DAY! Riky check your email, please. Thanks! :-)))))

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