Thursday Open Thread | Original Music & Covers

Hope you’re enjoying this trek down memory lane.



“California Dreamin'” is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and first recorded by The Mamas & the Papas, released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone‍‍ ’​‍s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] The lyrics of the song express the narrator’s longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter in New York City.

The song became a signpost of the arrival of the nascent counterculture era.

“California Dreamin’ ” was certified as a Gold Record (single) by the RIAA in June 1966[4] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.


The song was written in 1963 while John Phillips and Michelle Phillips were living in New York. He dreamed about the song and woke her up to help him write it. At the time, John and Michelle Phillips were members of the folk group “The New Journeymen”, which evolved into The Mamas & the Papas.

They earned their first record contract after being introduced to Lou Adler, the head of Dunhill Records, by Barry McGuire. In thanks to Adler, they sang the backing vocals to “California Dreamin'” on McGuire’s album This Precious Time. The Mamas and the Papas then recorded their own version, using the same instrumental and backing vocal tracks to which they added new vocals and an alto flute solo by Bud Shank. P. F. Sloan did the guitar introduction. McGuire’s original vocal can be briefly heard on the left channel at the beginning of the record, having not been completely wiped.

The single was released in late 1965 but was not an immediate breakthrough. After gaining little attention in Los Angeles upon its release, Michelle Phillips remembers that it took a radio station in Boston to break the song nationwide.[9] After making its chart debut in January 1966,[10] the song peaked at #4 in March on both the Hot 100, lasting 17 weeks, and Cashbox, lasting 20 weeks.[11] Sharply dividing the popular music market that month, rivals “California Dreamin'” and “Ballad of the Green Berets” eventually tied for the #1 record of 1966, according to Cashbox. “California Dreamin'” also reached #23 on the UK charts.

Other versions

Some high profile artists who have recorded this song include R.E.M., The Beach Boys, America (two versions), Wes Montgomery, Gary Hoey, Dead Artist Syndrome, José Feliciano (B-side on his 1968 hit single Light My Fire), The Carpenters, Baby Huey & the Babysitters, the Four Tops, Melanie, Bobby Womack, Queen Latifah, The Seekers, George Benson, Hugh Masekela, Eddie Hazel, Raquel Welch, Benn Jordan, Wilson Phillips, Dik Dik and John Phillips without The Mamas & the Papas.



Hugh Masekela

The Carpenters

Geroge Benson

Queen Latifah

Bobby Womack

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83 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Original Music & Covers

  1. eliihass says:

    “…I’m calling for automatic registration to vote once you turn 18…. unless you want to opt out…”

    Oh my God!!!! Epic!!! Life-changing!!! This is huge!!!! Bold!!! Taking it to them!!!! Bravo!!!

  2. Ametia says:

    Check out this site. Tons of African–inspired wear for every BODY type.

  3. Ametia says:

    U.S. officials believe the recent hack of federal employee data could be the biggest breach ever of the government’s computer networks.

    Officials initially said 4 million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked. But the breach is beyond the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Interior, with nearly every federal government agency hit by the hackers, government officials say. An assessment continues, and it is possible millions more government employees may be affected.

    American investigators say they believe they can trace the breach to the Chinese government.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Jeopardy contestants fail to identify Loretta LynchBy NICK GASS
    6/4/15 8:35 AM EDT

    She is the first female African-American attorney general in American history, with a distinguished track record as a top New York prosecutor. But apparently that does not mean some of the country’s brightest game-show contestants can identify her.

    For $600, not a single “Jeopardy” contestant could identify Attorney General Loretta Lynch during Wednesday’s broadcast.

    “Here she is at her confirmation hearing to be our nation’s top cop,” host Alex Trebek said, showing a photo of Lynch.

    None of the contestants even took a guess with their signaling device.

    • Ametia says:

      Should we be surprised by this, Politico?

      After all, Jeopardy is supposed to be a TRIVIA GAME SHOW, except when there are REAL history answers to the questions about REAL AMERICANS!

  5. rikyrah says:

    Naw, mofo.

    Hell Naw.

    Uh uh.

    You stood by them…now, let them be your albatross.


    Mike Huckabee Pulls the Duggar Family’s Endorsements From His Campaign Site

    • Ametia says:

      Ha! Theyr’e running like rats on a sinking ship now. Huckabee and his ilk are so transparent. The Duggar’s on Fox last night REVEALED their UGLINESS, some of their audience ain’t rying to flow with that kind of FUCKERY. (no pun intended)

  6. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama to put international spin on core initiatives with coming European visit
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
    JUNE 4, 2015 — 1:36PM

    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama plans to put an international spin on her core initiatives when she visits Europe later this month.

    The first lady’s itinerary includes stops in London and the Italian cities of Milan, Vicenza and Venice from June 15-21.

    Mrs. Obama will lead members of a still-to-be-named presidential delegation to the Milan Expo and highlight her program to combat childhood obesity.

    She’ll visit U.S. service members stationed in Vicenza as part of her work supporting military families.

    The London stop will focus on her initiative to help girls worldwide attend and stay in school.

    Unspecified cultural stops are on tap for Venice.

    The first lady will be accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.

  7. Chicas,

    We have to learn to be the story like Riley! LOL!

  8. rikyrah says:

    ok, I was just listening on the train this morning when a woman began talking about this show.


    Arranged: Happily Ever Arranged?
    Three American couples from very different backgrounds prepare for their arranged marriages. Christian and Maria, a teenage Gypsy couple from New York, are alone for the first time at their wedding. Will they even like each other? The other couples are a Southern Baptist, and an Indian.

  9. rikyrah says:

    still awaiting the apology for the votes for this man.


    Rauner prepares to close state museums, shutter some prisons to balance ‘phony’ Democratic budget

    Written By Becky Schlikerman Posted: 06/02/2015, 04:52pm

    Gov. Bruce Rauner threatened real financial pain for all Illinois — from businesses and prisons to the poor and the elderly — as he took Springfield’s stalemate over state spending to a new level Tuesday.

    “House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and their caucuses passed a budget for the 2016 fiscal year beginning July 1 that is nearly $4 billion in the hole,” said the governor’s office on Tuesday as it announced planned cuts to programs in nine different state departments.

    Rauner announced cuts affecting families, the poor and the elderly as well as the immediate shelving of the Illiana Expressway project and business incentives and film tax credits.

    In all, the cuts will save about $400 million, the governor’s office said.

    “Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton and the politicians they control refuse to act responsibly and reform state government,” Rauner spokesman Lance Trover said in a press release. “It is time they come to the table with Governor Rauner to turnaround Illinois.”

    But this isn’t about governing, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, shot back. It’s about politics. The governor’s own proposed budget was $2.2 billion out of balance.

    “The governor has declared all-out war on the citizens of the state of Illinois because he’s peeved with the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate,” Lang said, adding: “It’s a path that’s carefully chosen to strike at the values and principals of what the majority of the members of the Legislature believe in.”


    The following are cuts the governor’s office will roll out:
    •Starting July 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation will “ground” state plane passenger service.
    •Starting July 1, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will suspend the program that helps the poor pay for winter heat. The $170 million federal money earmarked for the program will continue.
    •The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice will begin to identify one or two prisons that can be closed because the facilities are not filled, the governor’s office said.
    •The Illinois Department of Corrections will begin the process of closing Hardin County Work Camp, and 180 inmates will be moved.
    •The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will audit nursing home payments to make sure they’re complying with new rates, and it will recover any money overpaid while implementing penalties for improper billing.
    •The Illinois State Police will freeze new vehicle purchases.
    •The Illinois Department on Aging will raise the requirements to qualify for the agency’s Community Care Program, which keeps seniors at home and out of nursing homes. The AARP Illinois office said 39,000 seniors will be affected.
    •The Department of Human Services will increase copays for parents using the Childcare Program and freeze intake and create waiting lists. It will also begin background checks for relatives providing child care.
    •The Department of Natural Resources will close the five state museums, and it won’t award grants to local governments to develop parks or open space.

  10. rikyrah says:

    in case you need reminding…this Presidential bid is ALL ABOUT THE GRIFT.


    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, earned between $8.9 million and $27 million in a recent 16-month period, largely fueled by book royalties, speaking engagements and Mr. Carson’s service on the board of directors for two big companies.

    The figures were included in Mr. Carson’s personal financial disclosure, a copy of which was viewed by the Wall Street Journal.

  11. Ametia says:

    MEANWHILE, cheering for daughter’s GRADUATION gets parents ARRESTED in that backwards, hick state MISSISSIPPI

  12. Ametia says:
  13. Ametia says:


    06.04.1512:36 AM ET

    The Duggars’ Fox News Interview Was an Unholy Disaster

    At various times downplaying their son’s molestation of their daughters and playing the victims themselves, the Duggar family dug themselves a bottomless PR hole.

    Whether or not Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar are hypocrites, I suppose, is still a matter of debate. Whether they are despicable asshats, however, most certainly is not.

    Appearing on Fox News to answer Megyn Kelly’s questions about the scandal they’ve found their sprawling brood of holier-than-thou religious conservatives embroiled in, the matriarch and patriarch of the family featured in the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting dug themselves into a PR hole no amount of high-minded righteousness can get them out of.

    • Ametia says:

      They have used their fame to preach principles that, to many, could be construed as hateful, but they’ve defended as pure and moral. Women who have abortions are complicit in a “baby Holocaust,” they’ve said. They’ve damned the gay community. Michelle has recorded robocalls implying that transgender women are pedophilic child molesters.

      They’ve campaigned against proposed ordinances that would have protected gay parents from lawful discrimination when it came to raising their children. And they’ve taught their daughters that women should submit to men.

      All while their son molested children, and they helped to bury it.

  14. Ametia says:

    Media goes back to dc killer of that couple and CRICKETS on WACO BIKER MURDERS


  15. rikyrah says:

    Va. lawmaker denied vote to restore DC Metro funding
    By Cristina Marcos – 06/03/15 11:51 PM EDT

    A proposal to increase funding for the D.C. Metro system by $50 million to offer relief from steep proposed budget cuts failed to secure a House floor vote Wednesday night.

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose northern Virginia district includes many workers who commute to the District every day using the Metro, tried to offer an amendment to the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to increase funds allocated for the Metro. But Connolly’s amendment was ruled out of order because it didn’t contain any spending offsets.

    House appropriators crafted a spending bill for the DOT for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 that would slash funding for the D.C. Metro in half. The federal government typically provides about $150 million per year to the Metro system, which is the second-busiest transit network in the country. The measure reported out of the House Appropriations Committee this year, meanwhile, provides only $75 million.

  16. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh


    Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.

    JUNE 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss.

    While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses.

    Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.

    “I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly,” said one former worker, an American in his 40s who remains unemployed since his last day at Disney on Jan. 30. “It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can’t grasp it.”

    Disney executives said that the layoffs were part of a reorganization, and that the company opened more positions than it eliminated.

    But the layoffs at Disney and at other companies, including the Southern California Edison power utility, are raising new questions about how businesses and outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas, known as H-1B, to place immigrants in technology jobs in the United States. These visas are at the center of a fierce debate in Congress over whether they complement American workers or displace them.

  17. Ametia says:
  18. Ametia says:


    Since when is a CRIME to cheer on your children when they GRADUATE COLLEGE And a mistake when your son MOLESTERS HIS SIBLINGS?

    Take your time with the answer.

  19. I love the Mamas and the Papas

  20. rikyrah says:

    GOP lawmaker takes helicopter ride over wealthy PA schools — insists poor ones doing just fine
    04 JUN 2015 AT 10:29 ET

    You may have heard of helicopter parenting, but Pennsylvania state Senator Scott Wagner just invented – in very literal terms – helicopter governing.

    In an effort to prove that Pennsylvania schools are sufficiently funded, the Republican lawmaker chartered a helicopter and flew over three schools in affluent districts with local TV news reporter Dennis Owens, noting from the sky that the schools had tennis courts, so why worry?

    “If you look at the sports fields and, they have tennis courts down there,” Wagner said while flying over Central York district. “We spend a lot of money on schools.”

    Wagner’s stunt was his volley in a budget battle over education funding currently underway. What he ignores is that while districts in wealthier communities are humming along just fine, schools in economically depressed communities are struggling, the York Daily Record points out in an editorial. The editorial reads,

    The bulk of school funding comes from local property taxes, which are inherently regressive — and which allow richer districts (such as Central and Cumberland Valley) to spend more on students. Compounding the problem, the state formula for distributing the state’s share of education money is badly outdated and in many cases is unfair to districts that lack the kind of tax base that allows them to raise revenue to operate.

    Wagner flew over Cumberland Valley, Northeastern and Central York, which the Daily Record points out are districts in wealthier communities. WHTM reported Senator Wagner lives in Northeastern’s boundaries, and he is someone who can apparently afford to rent out a helicopter.

    “Senator Wagner should get out of the helicopter and actually go visit a school,” Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s spokesman, Jeff Sheridan, told WHTM in response to Wagner’s flyover.

    WHTM reported that because Pennsylvania schools are overly-reliant on local versus state taxes for funding, wealthier districts have an unfair advantage. There is bipartisan agreement the education funding structure in Pennsylvania is problematic and while Democrat Wolf proposes increasing the state’s funding share, Republican Senator Lloyd Smucker said he would consider cooperating on that.

    “Governor Wolf wants to dump another billion dollars into the school district, and honestly if I had to vote on that today, my vote would be no,” said Wagner from his perch in the sky.

  21. rikyrah says:

    A game of two (other) halves! Newcastle footballer Papiss Cisse leaves girlfriend for holiday… and three days later marries Senegalese volleyball player fiancée in Paris
    Rachelle Graham says she kissed and waved star off on holiday last week
    But he failed to return her texts she went online and found wedding photos
    Beauty queen believed they had a future but he wed Diallo Awa in Paris
    She said: ‘I’m disgusted to learn he got married without me knowing’

    By Martin Robinson for MailOnline

    Published: 02:26 EST, 4 June 2015 | Updated: 09:30 EST, 4 June 20

    Read more:

  22. rikyrah says:

    NO, we can’t stand them because they are a cult that protects CHILD MOLESTERS

  23. rikyrah says:



    Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?

    Sixty two percent of Americans say Yes, as do 65 percent of independents. But Republicans say by 55-38 that the government should not do this, and conservative Republicans say the same by 66-27.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Kansas reaps the whirlwind of its right-wing experiment
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    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback meets with the media on Saturday. (Thad Allton/Associated Press)
    By Editorial Board June 3 at 7:33 PM

    That is the same Sam Brownback who, along with state GOP lawmakers, embarked on a bold conservative experiment in tax-cutting three years ago. The experiment failed, and Kansas is now in big, if predictable, trouble. Instead of spurring a treasury-filling economic boom, the deep tax breaks pushed the state’s budget far out of balance: Even after Republicans hacked away at education and highways and fiddled with payments for its pension program, the state still faces a $400 million gap.

    With the legislature deadlocked and state workers facing mandatory furloughs if lawmakers don’t have a budget by Sunday, Mr. Brownback bowed to reality and proposed raising more tax revenue.

    But he bowed only so far. He didn’t roll back his steep cuts to income and business taxes, instead proposing an increase in the sales tax from 6.15 percent to 6.65 percent.

    In theory, moving away from taxes on labor and business and toward taxes on consumption can have attractive economic benefits. But the way Mr. Brownback originally cut business taxes provided “an incentive to game the tax system without doing anything productive for the economy,” the Tax Foundation’s Joseph Henchman found. Raising revenue by reversing this distortionary policy would seem to be the obvious first step toward fixing the budget.

  25. rikyrah says:

    and watch the MSM try and cape as much as possible to sell this swill


    Morning Plum: How Republicans will try to blame Obama if the Court guts subsidies

    By Greg Sargent May 22 Senator Chris Murphy is getting lots of attention because he delivered a speech on the Senate floor while brandishing a poster bearing a “shruggie.” That, he says, is the actual GOP contingency plan for the millions who might lose health care if the Supreme Court invalidates subsidies in three dozen states.

    But Senator Murphy is wrong. Republicans do have a plan of sorts. As I’ve noted before, Republicans may try to pass a temporary patch for the subsidies, packaged with something like the repeal of the individual mandate, in hopes of drawing a presidential veto — so Republicans can then try to blame Obama for failing to fix the problem.

    Today, the Wall Street Journal editorial page helpfully confirms that this idea is very much in circulation, urging Republicans to carry out this strategy. The editorial suggests Republicans rally behind plans such as the one offered by GOP Senator Ron Johnson, which would temporarily grant subsidies to those who lose them. Of course, conservatives may oppose any fix for the subsidies, because that constitutes government spending to expand health coverage and keeps Obamacare going. The Johnson plan would include repeal of the mandate, presumably to get conservatives to support it. Then the grand plan would unfold this way:

  26. rikyrah says:

    I consider this water is wet news


    Morning Plum: The stakes in Obamacare lawsuit just got a whole lot higher

    Prepare to be shocked, shocked, shocked! It’s increasingly looking like Republicans won’t have any contingency plan in place if the Supreme Court guts subsidies for millions in three dozen federal exchange states. Jonathan Cohn has a must-read this morning in which he reports that there are no signs of any public Congressional debate among Republicans about this contingency fix.

    As Cohn notes, there’s a reason Republicans aren’t offering any temporary contingency fix or broader health reform alternative: They don’t agree with the idea of “creating a truly universal coverage system in which everybody has access, regardless of income or health,” because that “requires some combination of regulation, taxes and redistribution.”

    New HHS numbers illustrate that the stakes have only grown higher: Some 6.4 million people are now at risk of losing subsidies nationally. The Kaiser Family Foundation has created a nifty new table that allows us to break down the situation by state.

    It shows that the greatest numbers of people who stand to lose subsidies live in states that are key presidential battlegrounds and home to some of the most contested Senate races of the cycle:


    Untold numbers of these people could lose coverage. In many of these states, vulnerable GOP incumbent Senators face reelection. If the Court rules against the government, presumably they’d be asked if they’ll support Congress doing a simple fix to keep subsidies flowing to hundreds of thousands of their constituents. (It’s no accident that vulnerable Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson rushed out his own contingency plan.) Two presidential contenders — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — come from the state where well over a million people will lose subsidies.

    It’s not yet clear how much all this will matter for the presidential and Senate races, but many Republicans appear worried. And Democrats will certainly try to make it matter.

  27. rikyrah says:

    who is actually dumb enough to believe that the GOP has a contingency plan for Obamacare?


    The Real Reason Republicans Don’t Have A Contingency Plan For Obamacare

    Posted: 06/02/2015 9:46 pm EDT

    If you want to know about the Republican Party’s priorities for health care, pay close attention to what transpired — and what didn’t transpire — on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    The House Ways and Means Committee held a session to consider a number of health care-related measures. In theory, it would have been an ideal time to take up, amend and maybe even vote on a contingency plan for King v. Burwell — the case before the Supreme Court that could wipe out health insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for more than 6 million people scattered across two-thirds of the states.

    The Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has said repeatedly that his party will have a contingency plan ready to go if the court sides with the law’s challengers. He’s also vowed, again and again, to craft an Obamacare alternative that will achieve better results at lower costs. It’s the same set of promises that countless other Republican leaders have made, although Ryan would seem uniquely positioned to deliver on them. He is supposed to be the leading policy intellectual of his party, plus he presides over a powerful committee with direct jurisdiction over health care financing.

    But take a look at the official agenda for the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. You’ll see a bill to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical device makers and a proposal to repeal the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board, which sets reimbursement rates under Medicare. You’ll see some other legislation, too, including some other adjustments to Medicare.

    Here’s what you won’t see: contingency plans for the upcoming Supreme Court ruling or alternative schemes for expanding insurance coverage.

    The omission is neither accidental nor incidental. On Monday, House Majority LeaderKevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that he and his colleagues have decided that publishing a detailed plan before the high court rules isn’t such a good idea after all. “Don’t expect us to pre-determine the Supreme Court,” McCarthy said. “We have to first see what their decision is and what we have to solve.”


    The cynical explanation (offered most recently by Salon’s Simon Maloy) is that Republican leaders aren’t serious about crafting a plan — that all the vague promisesof “off-ramps” and “transitions” away from Obamacare have been a public relations stunt, designed to make potential swing votes on the Supreme Court, particularly Chief Justice John Roberts, feel more comfortable about issuing a decision that could create so much chaos for the millions of Americans who can’t get health insurance without those federal tax credits

  28. rikyrah says:

    and yet, she still won’t get it.


    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Last Call For The Party Of Caitlyn Jenner

    Posted by Zandar

    America met Caitlyn Jenner (nee Bruce) Tuesday, and it took less than 24 hours for the Republican party she supports to turn on her completely. Brendan O’Neill at the Spectator:

    The worship of Caitlyn, and the hectoring of anyone who refuses to scrape before her icon, has graphically exposed the intolerant edge to trans thinking. The insistence that we not only refer to Bruce/Caitlyn as ‘she’ but also project this backwards – recognising, in the words of the Guardian, that she has ‘always been a woman’ – is borderline Orwellian. It’s a rewriting of history, a memory-holing of old inconvenient facts. Strikingly, the Guardian writer says people like Bruce/Caitlyn have ‘always been women… even when they were “fathering” children’. Notice it’s the ‘fathering’ bit that is in scare quotes, suggesting it wasn’t real, while the description of Bruce as a woman is treated as an incontestable truth. War is peace, freedom is slavery, man is woman.

    Nice. And then today, El Rushbo went on the offensive:

    Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday that liberals are trying to “redefine normalcy” in an effort to stigmatize conservatives and that conservatives shouldn’t agree to their terms by accepting Caitlyn Jenner as a woman.

    He likewise dismissed a conservative blog that wrote that Republicans should embrace Jenner as one of their own to seem more humane, saying that doing so would constitute falling into a liberal trap.

    Under this system, “conservatives and Republicans are the new weirdos, the new kooks,” the pundit said, “and that is part of the political objective here in normalizing all of this really marginal behavior. I mean, if less than 1 percent of the population is engaging in it, it’s marginalized behavior. It isn’t normal, no matter how you define it.”

    “We should not be celebrating this, we should not be lionizing this, we should not be encouraging this. These people have a very serious problem, and they need treatment,” he said. “They need help, not encouragement.”

    You didn’t honestly think that with Bruce being a long-time Republican that Republicans would accept Caitlyn, did you?

  29. rikyrah says:

    the pictures here are just fabulous!!!!


    All the Right Moves With its flashy mix of music and melodrama, Fox’s Empire ruled the ratings this spring — and topped itself, week after week. Now, as they prime for an even more divine second season, the producers and stars consider the moves that made their series a pop-culture sensation.

  30. rikyrah says:

    What phuckery is this?


    Friedman Turns Baltimore Uprising Into Commercial for Wife’s Charter School

    By Adam Johnson

    Today putative liberal and mustachioed wonker Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 6/3/15) did what he does best: take something vaguely topical and use it as a hook to promote whatever topic he and his billionaire friends want to propagandize that week.

    Whether it’s advocating collective punishment of Ukrainians to push his CEO friend’s “Green Energy” IPO during its quiet period, or unironically floating the idea of arming ISIS to demagogue Iran, it’s a tried and true formula for America’s most tedious Important Person.

    This morning, however, Friedman reached a new low, exploiting the Baltimore Uprising to run a rather shameless commercial for his wife’s charter school organization:


    Put another way: Friedman used the most influential media space in the world to run a totally pointless commercial for his wife’s charter school. And it’s OK, because he disclosed the commercial. Sort of—he doesn’t mention that the SEED Foundation lists him and his wife jointly as a million-dollar-plus contributor.


    The piece reaches peak whitesplaining when pro-charter school Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chimes in and parrots the pernicious trope that the Baltimore Uprising was the result of “absent fathers”:

    • Ametia says:

      Maybe if I get behind charter school SAMMING, I too can live in a $9 MILLION MANSION

      Don’t even get me started on SoE Arnie Duncan.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Marriage to Will Smith, Says “I’m Not His Watcher”
    by Francesca Bacardi Wed., Jun. 3, 2015 11:24 AM PDT

    Jada Pinkett Smith married Will Smith when she was very young, but that doesn’t mean she wants her children to follow in her footsteps.

    “Heck yeah, don’t do it,” she advised when she stopped by The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM. “Thank God I have a husband who is just a gangster partner because can you imagine taking that road together from 25 to 44? Woo!”

    The Gotham actress, who has been very honest in the past about her “open” marriage to Smith, also clarified what she meant by her famous comments that indicated she and Smith were free to date whomever. Host Howard Stern, however, noted that neither one seems to act on it.

    “You gotta trust who you’re with, and at the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher,” Pinkett Smith explained. “I’m not his watcher. He’s a grown man.”

    • eliihass says:

      Maybe I’m too much of a romantic, but I wish she’d stop with this open marriage talk…It’ll hurt her terribly in the end.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Tom Joyner lost his brother.
    Prayers to the family.

    Remembering Albert Joyner

    Jun 3, 2015

    Albert Joyner, one of the nation’s most successful owners of McDonald’s franchises and philanthropist, passed away in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday June 3, 2015. He was 69.

    Joyner was a fervent family man and is survived by his wife, Danita, and four children – Michael, Allison, Danielle and Albert Jr. He is also survived by his brother, Tom, and nephews Thomas Joyner, Jr. and Oscar Joyner.

    Albert shared his brother, syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner’s, passion for education and served as an active board member of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

    Known for his dry wit and keen business acumen, he bought his first McDonald’s franchise in Mobile, Alabama. With the success of this first restaurant, he formed My Joy, Inc. and went on to own numerous franchises in Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi. Mack Wilbourn, one of the first minority McDonald’s franchises in the Southeast, as well as Joyner’s mentor and friend, has said that one of his greatest accomplishments was mentoring Albert Joyner.

    Always with an eye to make something happen – Albert collaborated with his brother to break the regional record for the most cars served in a McDonald’s drive-through in an hour at one of his Jackson Mississippi locations. At the end of the hour, 419 cars had been served, breaking the previous record of 288 at a Baton Rouge McDonald’s.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  34. Ametia says:

    UH UH UH A house full of flithy criminals. CPS hasn’t stepped in yet.

  35. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-))))

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