Monday Open Thread | Classic Blues Week! | Muddy Waters

Happy Monday, Everyone. this week’s featured artist are incomparable BLUES SINGERS from back in the day. These artist didn’t get much credit artistically or financially for their creative efforts. Often white artists would replicate their songs and thereby getting credit for it’s originality on white radio stations.

Music: White men sing the blues

Muddy Waters gave them their name. They stole riffs from Chuck Berry. And as for Jagger’s funky chicken dance… The Rolling Stones wouldn’t be were they are today without black music.








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98 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Classic Blues Week! | Muddy Waters

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:
  2. eliihass says:

    Finally! Tuskegee University has posted the full 32 minute power and truth speech from the fearless, the incomparable, the inimitable, the unsurpassable First Lady of the United States, Mrs Michelle Obama:

    p.s: Allan West does not approve. He’s trying to re-op his hustle by telling white right-wingers and all those uncomfortable with the powerful truth Mrs Obama shared, that she was wrong. Lol..

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hang in there until around 2:00.

    Nothing to describe what this Congressman does other than call it ETHER!


  4. rikyrah says:

    well, tv news from CBS


    CBS Renews Person of Interest, NCIS, Five-0, Good Wife and 11 More Shows

    Nearly all the remaining question marks in TVLine’s 2015 Renewal Scorecard have just been answered, courtesy of CBS.

    The Eye network on Monday renewed 15 series for the 2015-16 season, including established bubble dramas Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0 and Elementary, as well as freshman entries CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple.

    Also scoring pickups were NCIS, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Survivor, Undercover Boss, The Amazing Race, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

    They join previously renewed Eye programs Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Mom and 2 Broke Girls.

    With the recent cancellations of Battle Creek, Stalker and The McCarthys, that leaves CSI as the only remaining CBS series in limbo. According to reports, the network is finalizing plans to bring the long-running procedural back for an abbreviated final season.

  5. rikyrah says:

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    Zimmerman beat wife, beat his father in law, beat his girlfriend & been involved in numerous gun incidents, but Trayvon was the menace. #OK

  6. rikyrah says:


    Pope Frankie breaking it all the way down REAL!!

    Pope Francis said Monday that “many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war”. The Argentine pontiff made the hard-hitting comment in response to a question from one of the 7,000 children taking part in an audience held with the Peace Factory organisation. “This is serious,” Francis told the children.
    “Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms.
    “It’s the industry of death”.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush endorses his brother’s Iraq invasion
    05/11/15 12:45 PM—UPDATED 05/11/15 01:36 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    At some point in recent months, members of Jeb Bush’s campaign staff probably sent him a strategy memo, encouraging him not to embrace his brother too closely. Given recent events perhaps the former governor missed the word “not.”

    The Washington Post reported yesterday on the Florida Republican’s latest effort to connect his unannounced candidacy to some of his brother’s most striking failures.
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as his brother and then-president George W. Bush did, he told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in an interview to be aired Monday.

    “I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” the likely 2016 presidential contender said.
    To top this off, the unannounced presidential candidate added, “[S]o just for the news flash to the world, if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.”

    [Update: Bush was specifically asked ”Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” He replied, “I would have.”]
    Note the evolution in Jeb Bush’s approach to the issue. Just three months ago, asked about the disastrous war in Iraq, the Florida Republican told reporters, “I won’t talk about the past…. If I’m in the process of considering the possibility of running, it’s not about re-litigating anything in the past.” Soon after, Jeb Bush was willing to concede “mistakes were made,” but he wouldn’t say who made the mistakes or how he would have done anything different.

    By last month, the GOP candidate was willing to say his brother’s policies are “not really relevant” in the 2016 campaign, as if we weren’t still dealing with the consequences of Bush/Cheney-era decisions.

    But now, Bush is throwing caution to the wind, declaring on national television that there’s no “big space between” him and his brother when it comes to launching a disastrous war in Iraq for reasons that weren’t true.

  8. rikyrah says:

    from TOD:

    a word from eric five

    It is funny how the Elizabeth Warren cultists are unable (or unwilling) to see her con for what it is.

    She fudges her claim that “nobody” knows what is in the trade deal by pointing to the fact that it is not available to the general public, but overlooks the fact that she has the ability to read the text of the proposed deal.

    She is also an attorney so should be able to decipher what is actually in the deal that is suppposedly causing her distress, instead of stoking fears using hypothetical situations.

    Sen. Warren is a prime example of why I truly loathe the extreme left.

    They are ideologues who value their own perceived “purity” (or the purity of their chosen hero of the moment) over getting anything done politically.

    They are exactly like the right-wingers who place symbolism over achievement.

    They fail to understand that politics is not for their personal catharsis.

    This impulse for purity lead to the rise of the Naderites, who made the election close enough for the Bush crime family to steal the election in 2000.

    They prey on the naivety of young voters (or those new to following politics) who lack the historical perspective to understand the implications of any course of action.

    They, the extreme right and left, both seem to share the view that the country deserves to suffer for not seeing things their way.

  9. rikyrah says:

    May 11, 2015 1:01 PM
    The Conservative Path Not Taken

    By Ed Kilgore

    When you point out to Republicans that most conservative parties in other countries in the developed world manage to keep their souls while accepting things like legalized abortion, same-sex marriage, modest limits on gun rights, and universal health coverage, they just intone “American exceptionalism” and change the subject. But playing off David Cameron’s smashing electoral victory last week, David Frum makes the more nuanced point that parties of the Right elsewhere are pretty damn conservative when it comes to some other issue-areas:


    In other words, U.S. conservatives don’t have to give up their nativist and neo-con tendencies or even the Islamophobic portion of their culture-war portfolio, to move along into the 21st century—but they do have to give up some other things:

    Center-right parties in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have all made peace with government guarantees of healthcare for all. These conservatives do not abjectly defend the healthcare status quo; they attempt to open more space for competition and private initiative within the health sector. But they accept that universal health coverage in some form has joined old-age pensions and unemployment insurance in the armature of an advanced modern economy. In this, their American counterparts are the true outliers…..

    These parties have updated for the 21st century their core message of respect for family, work, and community. None seek to police women’s sexual behavior or to impose restrictions on women’s reproductive choices. All have accepted gay equality, with Australia on the verge of a parliamentary vote to permit same-sex marriage. They are parties comfortable with racial inclusion and competitive with ethnic-minority voters—the Canadian Conservatives particularly so; people of Chinese origin are Canada’s second-largest non-white ethnic group, and in the country’s 2011 election, Canadian Conservatives won two-thirds of the vote among Canadians who speak Cantonese at home….

    Unlike their U.S. counterparts, these conservatives don’t fetishize the music, fashion, or religious practices of some of their voters in a way that prevents them from reaching all of their potential voters….

    [W]hat they all show their American counterparts is that the fear of a “tipping point” beyond which a state plunges into socialist dependency is utterly misplaced.

    • sunshine616 says:

      So much for learning his lesson. The poster boy for guns rights proves, again, that a fun just isn’t right for everyone. He is going to kill someone else and hide behind I was scared for my life. The ugly precedent set by his case and the cases of police brutality is that intelligence and common sense are not requirements for gun ownership only knowing the phrase, I was scared for my life, is all that is needed to take a human life.

  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    MON MAY 11, 2015 AT 08:48 AM PDT
    “Let’s be clear: The brutal death of Natasha McKenna was not an accident”,/strong>

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Tim Wise May 5th article:

    “The Crime of Innocence: White Denial, Black Rebellion and the Cost of American Obliviousness”

  12. rikyrah says:

    the man who only became President because of the SUPREME COURT…
    his election harkens back to a ‘simpler time’.

  13. Ametia says:

    Ladies, your thoughts?


  14. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Wow! So many great articles and comments to read here. Thanks everyone!

    Thanks for bringing us Muddy Waters today to launch your classic Blues week, Ametia!

  15. Ametia says:

    My experience as a nurse, is that Black folks were def treated differently when it came to pain med prescriptions. They, and myself included had to fight tooth and nail to get adequate pain relief.

    • Ametia says:

      SERIOUSLY, unless this issue & TRUTH is mentioned in this policy FORUM, it ain’t worth shit

      Chronic Pain, and the Denial of Care for Black Women
      by Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
      March 4, 2014 – 12:12 pm

      have spent the better part of this millennia in and out of hospitals with consistent and unexplainable kidney infections, fevers, and severe joint pain. While I was in college, doctor after doctor shrugged their shoulders and sent me home without a diagnosis and occasionally a day’s worth of pills for pain management. Regardless of who I saw, doctors eyed my frequent emergency room visits with suspicion, and I was referred to a therapist and/or psychiatrist on more than one occasion.

      When I was in graduate school in Chicago, I was diagnosed with lupus. While lupus is a notoriously difficult diagnosis, there is quite a bit of evidence that women are generally taken less seriously, and even treated with suspicion, when they show up in the emergency room with pain as a primary symptom.

  16. Ametia says:

    Great series of videos here:
    Systemic Racism: Videos and Readings Storify

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Fabulous page! I listened to all the videos.

      Thanks for posting the link, Ametia.

      I will pass it on to others.

  17. rikyrah says:

    ‘Empire’ Season 2 Gets 18 Episode Order Split Into 2 Halves + Cast Concerts This Summer + Ne-Yo & Timberland to Write Music

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    May 11, 2015 at 9:59AM

    Fox executives revealed via a conference call with reporters today that season 2 of “Empire” will unfold over 18 episodes (the first season had 12), split into 2 halves, premiering in the fall this time (instead of as a mid-season replacement, which was the case during its first season), with the second half in the winter of 2016.

    Also revealed, in an effort to maintain fan engagement until the fall, the cast of the hit series will be doing concerts this summer, in addition to other promotional efforts that kick off in June.

    Fox says fans should expect even more “big-time” guest stars for next season, although they didn’t offer any specific names.

    And finally, Ne-Yo and Timberland will write songs for season 2.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Perry identifies the top issue of the 2016 race
    05/11/15 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s easy to rattle off some of the top campaign issues of the 2016 race, largely because candidates talk about them every day. The economy, national security, the climate crisis, immigration, the future of health security, and access to a quality education will all dominate the public discourse for much of the next year and a half.

    But over at Bloomberg Politics, Sahil Kapur reported over the weekend on a South Carolina event, where former Gov. Rick Perry (R) highlighted a central national issue that doesn’t generally get as much attention.
    “Something I want you all to think about is that the next president of the United States, whoever that individual may be, could choose up to three, maybe even four members of the Supreme Court,” he said. “Now this isn’t about who’s going to be the president of the United States for just the next four years. This could be about individuals who have an impact on you, your children, and even our grandchildren. That’s the weight of what this election is really about.”

    “That, I will suggest to you, is the real question we need to be asking ourselves,” he continued. “What would those justices look like if, let’s be theoretical here and say, if it were Hillary Clinton versus Rick Perry? And if that won’t make you go work, if I do decide to get into the race, then I don’t know what will.”
    Whatever one might think of Perry or his skills as a potential president, that’s actually an excellent summary of an underappreciated issue. ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser, whom I wouldn’t describe as a Perry proponent, said the Texas Republican made “last week’s single most incisive statement about the 2016 election.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    Fox Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule: Moves ‘Sleepy Hollow’ to ‘Scandal’ Time Slot, More

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    May 11, 2015 at 10:37AM

    I have a feeling there’ll be lots of TV-related news this week, as networks shore-up and reveal their final line-ups for the 2015-2016 season, after a flurry of activity last week (series cancellations, renewals, pilots ordered to series, etc).

    Here’s more from Fox, following my post just below this one about “Empire” season 2…

    The network unveiled its fall season primetime schedule this morning, and, of note, they moved “Sleepy Hollow” (a series I thought would actually be canceled, for reasons I previously gave here) to Thursday nights at 9PM, putting it against “Scandal” on ABC, which I’d argue certainly doesn’t help, and I would say may be a death sentence for the series. As we all know well, Thursday primetime belong to Shonda Rhimes; she owns all 3 timeslots – “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8pm; “Scandal” at 9pm; and “How to Get Away with Murder” at 10pm. If fox’s hope is that moving the already ratings-troubled “Sleepy Hollow” to Thursday night will positively-affect the supernatural drama’s ratings/audience draw, I would argue the opposite.

  20. eliihass says:

    So the whole world is discussing FLOTUS’ speech. Conversations are being started, and polls are asking black women in England for instance, if they can relate..

    And back here at home, the right-wingers are mad as hell. Throwing hissy fits and ‘outraged’ at just how ‘ungrateful’ The Obamas are, even as they immediately validate FLOTUS’ observations by attacking her in the most racist and vilest of ways…

    Right-wingers completely lack self-awareness.

    Meanwhile the Georgia ‘Principal’ — no words. Ignorant and dumb as a rock – and sadly completely unaware of how stupid she comes across. And this is who is running a school? God help us all!

    • Ametia says:

      See ALSO TOO, FLOTUS commencement thread!

      For all those folks who took offense to FLOTUS’ commencement address


    • sunshine616 says:

      Don’t worry. The devil made her do it, and that should be enough to absolve the principal of her words and actions. And maybe the devil made the rest of the rwnj spew their hate and continue to show their face to the rest of the world. And the devil assuredly made sure that the rest of the world remained blissfully ignorant to the rampant and horrifically transparent racism that occurs in this country. I will say this, it is only GOD, that prevents us from losing our shit and really looting and rioting in this country, cuz we all know that the devil of white supremacy has long been in control.

  21. rikyrah says:

    15 Black Films From the 1970’s You Must See

    By Sergio | Shadow and Act
    May 8, 2015 at 11:04AM

    Initially planning to make a list of just 10 films, it was easy at first, but then I quickly realized that the 70’s were a great time for black films and there was such a wide diversity of films, that I couldn’t just list 10 blaxploitation flicks, but instead, expanded the list to include other films from that period that would not easily fit into the blaxploitation genre. Keep in mind that this is my list and not the last, definite word on the subject. Feel free to add, subtract or argue with my choices. We still have freedom of speech.

    1) “Three The Hard Way” – (1974 dir. Gordon Parks Jr.) The great Gordon Parks’ son had quite a ride in the 70’s cranking out films actively, with this film, as well as “Super Fly,” and another one we’ll get into later. But for my money this is da’ bomb. A low rent, low budget (though at the time, with it’s $1.5 million budget, it was considered the most expensive black film) James Bond rip-off about three friends who get together to stop a white supremacist organization from killing all black people by poisoning the water supply, giving them all sickle cell. Now c’mon, who today would make a film about 3 brothers saving the entire black race? Yeah, I thought so. And you couldn’t even do a remake of this today. Name me 3 super-macho black actors today who could play the parts. Idris Elba? Michael Jai White? Who else can you think of? (Available on Warner Home Video DVD).

  22. rikyrah says:

    Watch Wesley Snipes & Damon Gupton in First Trailer for NBC’s ‘Endgame’ (Set for Thursday Nights at 10pm)

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    May 10, 2015 at 12:38PM

    NBC has ordered to series a thriller now called “The Player” (it was initially titled “Endgame”) which hails from the producers of “Leverage” and “The Blacklist, and stars Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes in what the network calls an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert (Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.

    Snipes plays the highly intelligent, analytical, and unflappable “pit boss” of the game that Winchester’s character is caught up in.

  23. rikyrah says:

    I love Tom & Lorenzo’s Mad Men posts


    Mad Style: Lost Horizon

    Posted on May 06, 2015

    Lots of ground to cover, so let’s put on our shades, light our cigs and get to work.

    Could the visual metaphor be any more obvious? Don is being squeezed into a box – literally. That is the face of a man in hell.

    Note that he’s the only man in blue on the elevator, which makes him stand out some from all the other men. He’s also the only one carrying a hat because men simply weren’t wearing them anymore. Have you noticed how many scenes this season depicted him holding that hat? Especially those scenes of him standing in the middle of his empty apartment or outside it after the place was sold – a man out of time with nowhere to live and no one who wants him. Literally, hat in hand.

    Most of Don’s costuming in his McCann scenes served to illustrate how badly he fits into the place.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Thruma Bakhowt, Esq. @eclecticbrotha

    The people who’ve spent the last eight years throwing rocks at the Obama family are very upset Michelle won’t let them hide their hands.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Business Insider ✔ @businessinsider

    New York’s nail salon industry is getting overhauled after damning investigative reports

  26. rikyrah says:

    ‘I don’t have to defend everything that I’ve ever done’
    05/11/15 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Last week, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was pressed on the dubious use of his massive mailing list – the former Arkansas governor has routinely cashed in, peddling ridiculous goods and services by renting out his list to sketchy business partners. Huckabee tried to defend his enterprise, though it didn’t go well.

    But when it comes to his “hucksterism” problem, the issue goes beyond the Republican candidate’s mailing list. On “Face the Nation” yesterday, CBS’s Bob Schieffer brought up a recent informercial in which Huckabee hawked an “amazing” treatment that can “reverse” Type 2 diabetes.
    SCHIEFFER: Well, Governor, I have diabetes, and I agree with you, and most doctors will tell you, you have to lose weight. You have to have a nutritious diet. But you were also selling pills of some sort, were you not?

    HUCKABEE: No. No. There was not – that’s a misnomer. One of the elements of the plan was dietary supplements but it is not the fundamental thing. The fundamental thing is always as you and I both know, it’s exercise it’s good eating habits, it’s maintaining sugar levels, it’s not eating a bunch of junk food, processed food, lots of carbs, sugar those type of things.
    Note how Huckabee insisted quickly that he wasn’t selling pills of some sort, only to quickly follow that up by saying the pills he wasn’t selling were part of the dubious diabetes treatment he was pushing.

    He neglected to mention, of course, that in the same infomercial, Huckabee also specifically suggested diabetes patients shouldn’t trust the advice of medical professionals: “They’re only going to keep you a loyal, pill-popping, finger-pricking, insulin-shooting customer so Big Pharma and the mainstream medical community can rake in over $100 billion a year annually.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    House GOP readies new abortion ban, states go even further
    05/11/15 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    As the new Congress got underway in January, the massive House Republican majority was eager to impress the social conservatives who make up so much of the party’s base. In fact, one of the first priorities tackled by GOP lawmakers this year was a bill to ban abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy.

    The proposal had deep substantive flaws, and the House knew it wouldn’t become law, but Republican leaders put it near the top of the to-do list anyway – even vowing to pass it before the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and the “March for Life.”

    The plan failed miserably when GOP House members couldn’t agree among themselves about the specific provision. As we discussed at the time, the ban was willing to exempt rape victims, for example, but only if they reported the rape to police – a condition that many believed would discourage victims from seeking assistance. The whole plan unraveled.

    Roll Call reports, however, that this week, it’s back.
    Republicans are aiming to reconsider this week the so-called “pain capable” abortion bill, which would prohibit abortions, in most cases, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. […]

    Leaders haven’t released the final language of the bill, but they seemingly have worked out the issues – though it wouldn’t exactly be the first time they’ve miscalculated where the conference is on the issue.
    Remember, for House Republican leaders, this is about passing an abortion ban just to pass an abortion ban. The chamber has real work to do, but it’s investing time in a measure that everyone involved already realizes won’t become law. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nevertheless considers this a priority, despite the serious problems surrounding 20-week bans in general.

  28. rikyrah says:

    May 10, 2015 12:45 PM
    Ron Fournier is Confused About President Obama’s Clemency Initiative

    By Nancy LeTourneau

    In the aftermath of Baltimore, Ron Fournier came up with an interesting critique of the President.

    President Obama is trying to help Americans understand why their cities are erupting in protests and violence. With eloquence and empathy, he speaks of grievances over race and a toxic stew of social failure: bad policies, bad politics, bad policing, and bad parenting. “We as a country have to do some soul-searching,” Obama said in the aftermath of rioting in Baltimore. “If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could.”

    Which is why I can’t figure out why he hasn’t done his part. For all of the causes and solutions outside a president’s control, Obama has virtually ignored his singular power to send a message that judicial reform is now a priority in Washington: executive clemency.

    I’ve been closely following President Obama’s Clemency Initiative, so – of course – that peaked my interest. Fournier is reacting to this recent article by Gregory Korte in USA Today and provides this quote to back up his contention that the President “hasn’t done his part” when it comes to providing executive clemency.

    Under the Constitution, the president “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States.” And for much of the nation’s history, presidents have used that power frequently in order to forgive past crimes, restore civil rights, show mercy, and correct injustices.

    But that power has withered over the last 40 years. President Nixon pardoned 51 percent of applications received, according to statistics compiled by political scientist P.S. Ruckman Jr.

    For Bush, the rate was 7.6 percent. And for Obama, it’s half of that.

    As his argument progresses, it becomes clear that Fournier is confusing the statistics above (which have to do with the number of “pardons” presidents have granted) with the focus of President Obama’s Clemency Initiative (which is the “commutation” of a sentence). Typically pardons are granted as forgiveness of a crime after the sentence has been served while commutation is an early release for those currently in prison.

  29. Ametia says:


  30. Ametia says:

    Christie Blew $300k on Food and Booze

    The vast majority of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s expense account budget went to food and alcohol, according to an analysis of his ledger records by monitoring group New Jersey Watchdog. Records show shopping sprees averaging nearly $1,500 at Wegmans supermarkets, and $82,594 paid to the operator of a concession stand at MetLife Stadium. Christie gets $95,000 annually for expenses, on top of a $175,000 salary. He’s spent roughly $360,000 from that expense budget, with $300,000 going to food, drinks, and desserts.

  31. rikyrah says:

    The Cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Vanity Fair Magazine

    Posted on May 08, 2015

    Fanboy and Fangirl salivating may now commence. Drink it all in, nerds

  32. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Last Call For The Paranoid Style

    Posted by Zandar

    Leonard Pitts has had enough of the modern Confederacy in our midst.

    “Twenty years ago,” I wrote, “the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Twenty years later, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party. And while certainly no responsible figure on the right advocates or condones what he did, it is just as certain that McVeigh’s violent antipathy toward Washington, his conviction that America’s government is America’s enemy, has bound itself to the very DNA of modern conservatism.”

    That’s the argument conservatives found “hateful” “sickening,” and “dishonest.”

    So it is, depending upon your religious outlook, a fortuitous coincidence or superfluous evidence of God’s puckish sense of humor that a few days later comes news of conservatives accusing the federal government of trying to take over the state of Texas. It seems the four branches of the U.S. military are gearing up for Operation Jade Helm 15, an eight-week training exercise across seven states. Right-wing conspiracy theorists online and on radio are claiming the exercise is actually a pretext for a federal takeover of the Lone Star State, with — get this — abandoned Wal-Marts to be used for the processing of prisoners!

    Nor is this being laughed off by conservatives in positions of authority. To the contrary, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state guard to monitor the exercise to safeguard Texan’s “civil liberties.” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert has asked the military to change the exercise. Senator and presidential wannabe Ted Cruz said he checked with the Pentagon and while he accepts that it has no plans to conquer Texas — how magnanimous of him — “I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty” because the Obama administration “has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy.”

    Forgive me if I don’t spend a lot of space pointing out that this is stupid, though I can’t resist asking: If the Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force were, indeed, planning to take over Texas, just what does Gov. Abbott think the state guard would be able to do about it?

    There is, however, a more pressing observation to be made. After all, chances are good you’ve never heard about any of this — the story hasn’t garnered major headlines — and that, hearing of it now, you are not terribly surprised. That speaks pointedly of how inured we have become to the insane, paranoiac, anti-government prattle flowing like sewage from the political right. Duly elected leaders, putatively responsible people, give credence to the crazy idea that the federal government is about to attack its second most populous state and we shrug because it’s just another Tuesday in the lunatic asylum of American politics.

    And yet, we tolerate the GOP doing this. Most of us roll our eyes and look the other way, you can’t stop people from being ignorant by choice. And attacking them for that purposeful ignorance has only made them more stubborn.

    If they can’t have “Their” America back, then they will burn it all down. That was always the plan, and has been since at least 1992, frankly.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    What It Means to be a Pragmatic Progressive

    I tend to be uncomfortable with labels. But when I need a short-hand version of where I fit on the political spectrum, “pragmatic progressive” works pretty well.

    The word “progressive” means that I align myself with progressive goals. For example, I wouldn’t disagree with much of anything on this list of Senator Bernie Sanders’ positions (although I definitely think that marijuana should be legalized and I’d add some things to his priorities – like criminal justice reform and gun control).

    But the word “pragmatic” indicates that I think the process we use to reach those goals is as important as identifying what they are. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends.” I am not going to assume that I know what Dr. King would describe as “immoral means,” but I’ll give you some ideas about my own thoughts.

    One way that plays out is in “not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.” To illustrate, I share Sen. Sanders’ belief that single payer health insurance is the ideal. But it was Sanders himself who pointed out that, at the time Obamacare was passed, there were perhaps 8 votes in favor of single payer in the Senate. Meanwhile, people were literally dying for lack of health insurance and medical bills were the single most frequent contributor to bankruptcy. To wait until there were 60 votes in the Senate for single payer would have been to ignore the very real and present needs of people in this country. Crafting Obamacare and getting the 60 votes it needed to pass was the pragmatic thing to do precisely because it was doable and a significant improvement on the status quo. That’s why, in the end, Senator Sanders voted for it.

  34. rikyrah says:

    deray mckesson @deray

    And @MarilynMosbyEsq and her husband are seated on the stage. Prince brought them out on center stage and everyone cheered.

    • Ametia says:


      BALTIMORE (AP) —

      Prince has taken the stage in Baltimore before thousands of fans who were dressed in gray in tribute to a man whose death in police custody prompted riots and drew international attention.
      The pop star announced Sunday’s “Rally 4 Peace” concert at the Royal Farms Arena Baltimore after weeks of protests over the death of Freddie Gray. During the show, Prince debuted a song he wrote for the city in the wake Gray’s death.
      “For those who have lost loved ones, we’re here for you tonight,” Prince told the crowd before launching a set that included his most famous hits.
      Prince also called on the city’s youth to fix a “broken system.”

      <b.At one point, Prince invited onstage Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who has charged six officers in Gray's death.

      • Ametia says:

        Prince had announced he would come to town to play live. Audio from the concert was streamed free via the digital live music service TIDAL.

        Mosby on stage

        In addition to “Baltimore,” Prince played many of his hits, opening with “Let’s go Crazy.” But he hatched a surprise when he invited State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby to join him on stage, the Baltimore Sun reported.

        Mosby is heading the prosecution in the Gray case and has lodged charges against six police officers. The officers’ attorneys have filed a motion to have Mosby’s office taken off the case.

        They claim she has a conflict of interests, which she has denied.

        The concert tickets were a Mother’s Day gift from Mosby’s husband, Councilman Nick Mosby, the Sun reported.

        Curfew jab

        Early on, Prince took aim at recent curfews that followed the rioting.

        “To those who have lost loved one, we are your servants tonight, we’re here for you. They said there wasn’t no curfew, so I don’t know how this is gonna go,” Prince said.

        He played several encores into the night.

        Cell phones off, on

        Injustice has few contemporary foes more formidable than the cell phone camera. And the device took center stage before Prince did — and got kicked straight off.

    • eliihass says:

      Will this be one more perceived sin to be used by the FOP to argue for her to recuse herself…?

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        In my mind ALL police departments should be recused from investigating their own.

      • Ametia says:

        Sa Mosby has every right to attend this event with her family.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Exactly, Ametia!

        I am tired of hearing all the negative stuff from Mosley’s detractors.

        No way should Marilyn Mosley even consider recusing herself. We need her on this case!

      • Ametia says:

        They think she’s going to go in hiding. Don’t want her actually out there among the good folks of B-More, filling her brain with all that TRUTH.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Yes. She’s got this one!

      • sunshine616 says:

        And besides, she represents Mr. Gray, not the cops, so I really see no conflict of interest. Now if she was representing the cops I could see that. Whatever to the naysayers. They can kick rocks!!

  35. rikyrah says:

    Big appetite: Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account

    Christie Spent $82K on Food at Football Games
    May 11, 2015

    Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.

    Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.
    Gov. Chris Christie’s “most notable spending spree occurred during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium, where the New York’s Giants and Jets play their home games. New Jersey’s governor traditionally enjoys free use of luxury boxes for games and other events at the government-owned venue, but food and beverages cost extra,” according to New Jersey Watchdog.

    “On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife. The governor’s office did not provide any receipts, business reasons or names of individuals entertained, but defended the expense.”

    • sunshine616 says:

      Must be nice. As the people he’s supposed to serve still haven’t recovered from Sandy! What a pompous, disgusting, jerk he is.

  36. rikyrah says:

    How Racism Doomed Baltimore
    MAY 9, 2015

    The Baltimore riots threw a spotlight on the poverty and isolation of the African-American community where the unrest began last month. The problems were underscored on Friday when the Justice Department, in response to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s request, started an investigation of the Police Department, which has an egregious history of brutality and misconduct.

    Other cities are plagued by the same difficulties, but they have proved especially intractable in Baltimore. A new study from Harvard offers evidence that Baltimore is perhaps the worst large city in the country when measured by a child’s chances of escaping poverty.

    The city’s racially segregated, deeply poor neighborhoods cast an especially long shadow over the lives of low-income boys. For example, those who grew up in recent decades in Baltimore earn 28 percent less at age 26 than otherwise similar kids who grew up in an average county in the United States.

    As shocking as they are, these facts make perfect sense in the context of the century-long assault that Baltimore’s blacks have endured at the hands of local, state and federal policy makers, all of whom worked to quarantine black residents in ghettos, making it difficult even for people of means to move into integrated areas that offered better jobs, schools and lives for their children. This happened in cities all over the country, but the segregationist impulse in Maryland generally was particularly virulent and well-documented in Baltimore, which is now 63 percent black.

  37. Kathleen says:

    A friend of mine shard this video he found on Daily Kos on Facebook. It features a self proclaimed “redneck” who used to be a racist and he challenges white people to take responsibility for the racism that permeates the culture. Powerful stuff (warning – includes quite a few f bombs):–Redneck-s-viral-video-calls-for-other-whites-to-post-their-own-white-racial-responsility-videos?detail=facebook_sf#

  38. rikyrah says:

    May 08, 2015 9:47 AM
    No, Scott Walker Hasn’t Peaked Too Soon

    By Ed Kilgore

    Having tried carefully a few times recently to glean significant material from early GOP presidential polls, I’d now like to offer a reminder of the kind of excesses in journalistic malpractice that can occur from dwelling on the less significant material. Here’s a sample of breathless horse-race madness from The Hill’s Jonathan Easley:

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit a bump in the presidential race as new candidates have crowded the field, and his national poll numbers have faltered.

    He was seen as an early favorite to win the Iowa caucuses after taking the race by storm with a well-received speech in January at GOP Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit.

    Since then, some air has come out of the Walker balloon.

    A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday still shows him with a big lead in the Hawkeye State, with 21 percent support. He leads Rubio, the next closest candidate, by 8 percentage points.

    But Walker’s support has fallen in Iowa. In a Quinnipiac poll from February, Walker had taken 25 percent support and led the next closest candidate by 12 percentage points.

    Easley goes on in this vein for graph after graph, suggesting Walker’s loss of a few points in this or that poll shows he’s falling like a stone, having somehow failed to preempt the potential appeal of every candidate to the right of Jeb Bush. And there’s the usual hysteria from Iowa where it’s never too early to declare total victory or total defeat:

  39. rikyrah says:

    A movie catchphrase is not a foreign policy
    05/11/15 08:40 AM—UPDATED 05/11/15 08:50 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    About a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls appeared in South Carolina over the weekend at the “Freedom Summit,” a showcase sponsored by Citizens United, and most of the rhetoric was consistent with expectations. But as msnbc’s Benjy Sarlin reported, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered one line that stood out.
    Rubio told the audience he would model his approach to terrorism on Liam Neeson’s catchphrase in the film “Taken”:

    “We will look for you, we will find you and we will kill you.”
    If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a handy clip of Neeson delivering the line.

    This wasn’t some offhand comment that the far-right senator mentioned in an interview; this was in the prepared text. Indeed, Rubio’s campaign operation followed up on the speech by celebrating the line on social media. It’s also worth appreciating the efficacy of the rhetoric – it was met, by some accounts, with “thunderous applause.”

    I should note for context that the Florida Republican didn’t just take the line and present it as his own – he’s not Rand Paul – but rather, he credited the film directly. “On our strategy on global jihadists and terrorists, I refer them to the movie Taken,” Rubio said on Saturday. “Have you seen the movie Taken? Liam Neeson. He had a line, and this is what our strategy should be: ‘We will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you.’”

  40. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush fails to impress at Falwell’s Liberty U
    05/11/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seems to understand how much work he has to do to impress social conservative voters, many of whom are deeply skeptical of his unannounced presidential campaign. The weekend offered a unique opportunity: the Republican was the commencement speaker at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Virginia.

    As msnbc’s Jane C. Timm explained, Bush didn’t exactly wow his evangelical audience.

    The former Florida governor struggled to impress the evangelical audience at the university founded by Southern Baptist pastor Jerry Falwell. That could signal trouble for Bush, who, as seen in recent polls, is already struggling to woo evangelical and far-right conservatives. Saturday’s address did nothing to change that, as the governor delivered a speech about faith and religious persecution to a subdued audience that didn’t always acknowledge applause lines. […]

    [I]n a handful of instances, [Bush] talked through cheers or waited for applause that never came.
    Bush’s super PAC – which, at least for now, is effectively his national campaign operation – published a transcript of his remarks over the weekend, and in a striking departure from expectations, the Florida Republican neglected to even mention the issue of marriage rights, which is one of the highest priorities for the religious right movement.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  42. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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