Saturday Open Thread | These Eyes

The Guess Who

The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in Canada, the group also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with numerous hit singles, including “No Time“, “American Woman“, “These Eyes” and “Share the Land“. Several former members of The Guess Who, notably Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (of Bachman–Turner Overdrive), have found considerable success outside the band.

The band was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.[1] In 2002, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts, for The Guess Who’s contribution to popular music in Canada.[2]

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90 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | These Eyes

  1. rikyrah says:

    from POU:

    Mario Yoshi
    The NCAAP & all these butt hurt Black academic mofos really are revealing themselves with this mess. They’ll go after the Obamas, Alicia Keys, & other light-skinned brothers & sisters in the Black community & hold them to the fire but will give an immediate pass to a White woman who lied about her background while draped in both Blackface & hair extensions?!! Felicia are you f’ing serious? Are the Wayans Bros. using this for a sequel to “White Chicks”? WTF!!

    Like someone else said: The NAACP came to Rachel’s defense harder than they came to Shirley Sherrod’s defense. That alone tells you everything about their faltering influence in the Black community.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Florida Walmart calls police on black customers for shopping too slow
    June 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    A Walmart in Pensacola Florida in under fire after video surfaced of the police being called on some shoppers who were doing nothing wrong.

    When the police showed up, they became aggressive with the shoppers, who were African-American, and asked them to leave. When the group tried to finish up their shopping before they got out, the police thought they were taking too long to leave and arrested one of them.

    What’s more, this incident comes on the heels of another recent Walmart video, this one involving two white women.

    In the video, two women came to blows, brawling in the aisle of a Walmart as one woman’s 6-year-old son gets involved and begins throwing shampoo. In stark contrast to the Florida shoppers, these women were not arrested and were in fact gone by the time police arrived. Their descriptions were not taken down by security, either.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Video shows Arkansas cops slamming cooperative blind, black man to the ground
    12 JUN 2015 AT 10:12 ET

    A legally blind Little Rock, Arkansas man who can be seen on video complying with police officers is asking why the officers roughly threw him to the ground in a June 1 incident, resulting in a back injury, local station Fox 16 reports.

    In a police report obtained by Fox 16, one of the officers claims that Eric Wilson “pulled away violently causing me to lose grip,” and he was “afraid that Wilson would strike myself or my partner with the handcuff.”

    But video of the incident shows nothing of the sort.

    Wilson, who told reporters he can only see shadows, can be seen walking toward the two police officers when they summon him. When they tell him to take his hands out of his pockets, he does so. The video shows Wilson standing quietly with his hands behind his back as the officer goes to handcuff him. The officer then suddenly pushes Wilson to the ground.

    “When they tell him to ‘come over here,’ he walked towards them,” Wilson’s attorney Reggie Koch told Fox 16. “When they tell him ‘take your hands out of your pockets,’ he takes his hands out of his pockets. What more do they want?”

    The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. after Wilson had gotten off work at Lighthouse for the Blind. He missed his bus and began to walk home. Police were called by someone who reported a man “fitting Wilson’s description” who was either running away or chasing someone, and who looked afraid, the station reports.

    Police reported seeing a black handle sticking out of Wilson’s pocket. That turned out to be a clock designed to read the time for blind people.

  4. rikyrah says:

    from POU:

    It may take a while but their days are numbered

    Kurdish-Syrian force advances on key border town held by Islamic State

    BEIRUT — A Kurdish-Syrian force is advancing toward one of the Islamic State’s most strategically vital possessions, capturing territory in the group’s landmark province of Raqqa and threatening to inflict what could be the most significant defeat yet for the militants.

    The Kurdish-led force, backed by U.S. airstrikes, closed in from the south, east and west on Saturday on the Syrian-Turkish border town of Tal Abiyad, a key Islamic State stronghold on which the militants rely for trade with the outside world and also the flow of foreign fighters who sustain their strength on the battlefield.

    The money quote:

    “No longer can the Islamic State claim control of an entire province in either Syria or Iraq.”

    Yeah the news is bad from time to time but ISIL is starting to get squeezed.

  5. rikyrah says:

    User Actions FollowGet.a.way‏@purtheil
    @JoyAnnReid White math: you have to be 100% white to be white but only 5% black to be black.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    Trading Places
    Posted by Zandar
    For now, fast track trade pact authority for President Obama is off the table as House Democrats folded and Republicans didn’t have the votes

    Hours after President Obama made a dramatic, personal appeal for support, House Democrats on Friday thwarted his push to expand trade negotiating power — and quite likely his chance to secure a legacy-defining accord spanning the Pacific Ocean.

    In a remarkable blow to a president they have backed so resolutely, House Democrats voted to end assistance to workers displaced by global trade, a program their party created and has supported for four decades. That move effectively scuttled legislation granting the president trade promotion authority — the power to negotiate trade deals that cannot be amended or filibustered by Congress.

    “We want a better deal for America’s workers,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, who has guided the president’s agenda for two terms and was personally lobbied by Mr. Obama until the last minute.

    The vote that prevented the president from obtaining trade promotional authority now imperils the more sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement with 11 other nations along the Pacific Ocean that affects 40 percent of the global economy on goods ranging from running shoes to computers.

    “They have taken their own child hostage,” said Representative Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania, adding, “Does it hurt the president? Of course it hurts the president, but it hurts America more.”

    The Democratic revolt left Republican leaders trying to summon support from their own party for trade adjustment assistance, a program they have long derided as a waste of money and a concession to organized labor. Eighty-six Republicans voted for the program, more than double the 40 Democrats who supported it. But the trade adjustment assistance bill failed when 303 voted against it.

    Republican leaders then passed, in a 219-to-211 vote, a stand-alone bill that would grant the president the trade negotiating authority he sought. But that measure cannot go to the president for his signature because the Senate version of the legislative package combined both trade adjustment and trade promotion.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Crystal4Obama @crtconsu
    @SusieMadrak, if we took you seriously, ACA wouldn’t exist and DADT would be in effect. I like hope & change. @PragmaticObot @Kennymack1971

    • eliihass says:

      I remember that Susie Madrak. Awful PUMA. She’s one of those that made me quickly realize that we might be Democrats, but some amongst us never embraced us or saw us as part of the Dem family or as equals deserving of respect.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Maybe if y’all had been as scared of the GOP in 2010 & 2014 like you supposedly are now we wouldn’t have a GOP Congress..

  9. rikyrah says:

    From POU:

    I want to make another point about TPP. An article by Ron Brownstein in the National Journal pointed out that Democrats are out of step with the times and their own constituents. The kind of manufacturing we see today in America is more on a high tech level. The day of the blue collar manufacturing job with no skills or degree is never coming back. Also the point about NAFTA being mainly responsible for certain manufacturing leaving is not true. Studies have shown that because of globalization those jobs would have gone away NAFTA or no NAFTA. Actually NAFTA helped keep some of those jobs in America because they only moved apportion of operations to countries in a back yard (Mexico). Now NAFTA wasn’t the best deal but it was not the monster that the emos like to make it out to be.

    The TPP will increase exports and move more people to high level manufacturing jobs that pay higher wages. We will also gain greater connections and influence in these fast growing countries. The Democrats fail to understand that their base is no longer white blue collar workers. The party is more white collar and ethnically diverse with a large presence in urban centers that depend heavily on trade. These anti-TPP democrats need to realize that some of these unions like the AFL-CIO are useless and out of date. The emos may say that rank and file democratic voters don’t support trade deals like TPP, but polls have showed that they actually do. Like others have pointed out a majority of blue collar whites vote for the GOP not the Democratic party.

  10. rikyrah says:

    sportjames23 @sportjames23
    @PragObots @HillaryClinton Wonder if @tavissmiley will “hold her accountable”? Wait, who am I kidding?

  11. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    We know of Khalief Browder’s tragic life at hands of unjust system. But as Senator of NY, how often did HRC devote time to stories like his?

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @Kennymack1971 and that is based off what?…her largely non-progressive voting record. Or just because they assume her ice is colder?

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Let’s be real.Hillary’s progressive record is really flat considering she became Senator in NY. Any progressive road she travels, PBO paved

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    When your husband signs Newt Gingrich’s Contract w/ America into law, then turn around and say you were dead broke after WH, can’t trust it.

    Geir Scott Henriksen @ScottyBurberry
    @Kennymack1971 @SusieMadrak it’s very telling how privileged white folk go after POTUS on this issue and give Hillary a pass

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    The abuse & deaths of Amadou Diallo, Abner Louisa and Sean Bell occurred while HRC was senator of NY. Point to me where she invoked change.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Geir Scott Henriksen @ScottyBurberry
    @Kennymack1971 @SusieMadrak it’s very telling how privileged white folk go after POTUS on this issue and give Hillary a pass

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nancy LeTourneau @Smartypants60
    @lehimesa @SusieMadrak @msnbc It’s not a good idea to dismiss racism as less real/serious than sexism.

    • rikyrah says:

      Nancy LeTourneau @Smartypants60
      @SusieMadrak Surprised at the level of gendered venom coming at HRC? You obviously missed the racist venom coming at PBO all this time.

      • eliihass says:

        Or better yet, the even worse dehumanizing venom – gendered and deeply racist – coming nonstop at our first black First Lady – and with nary a peep from the same self-appointed vocal defenders of women and black people. How is it that somehow, these folks always seem to miss – or pretend not to notice, the most obvious target of said gendered *and* racist venom.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Kasai™ @Kahsai
    What PBO got Done? – #’S Don’t Lie.. Journos Do!
    – Unempl. from 10%.To 5.4%
    – Stock Mrkt From 7,940 To 18,000
    – 16 Mil Insured
    – 13Mil Jobs

    Kasai™ @Kahsai
    What PBO got Done! – Numbers Don’t Lie..Journos Do!
    -Fed. Deficit from 9.8% of GDP to 2.8%
    -Pell Grant Funding From $18Bl to 33B
    -OBL 1 to O

    Kasai™ @Kahsai
    What PBO got Done..For LGBT??
    >Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
    >Passed Historic Hate Crimes Legislation
    >Expanding Access to Health Coverage

    Kasai™ @Kahsai
    What PBO got Done..For LGBT??
    >Ensuring Hospital Visitation Rights
    >Ensuring Equality in Housing & Crime Prevention
    >Preventing Bullying

  15. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Who remembers when HRC said MLKJr dream was realized when LBJ did it, it took a president to get it done. That downplay still sticks with me

  16. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    @SusieMadrak You’re a policy wonk? And this means what to me? You’re griping about double standards w/HRC when you practice them w/PBO..

  17. rikyrah says:

    Allan Brauer @allanbrauer
    So if you come and tell me how HRC is “more liberal” than PBO, I have less respect for your political analysis skills.

    • rikyrah says:

      Allan Brauer @allanbrauer
      Because of PBO, the baseline any new Dem candidate must meet is more liberal than 8 years ago. HRC gets that. She’s shifted w/the times.

      • rikyrah says:

        Allan Brauer @allanbrauer
        PBO’s election validated his generally liberal positions, and his administration moved the needle on many fronts to the left.

      • rikyrah says:

        Allan Brauer @allanbrauer
        When PBO announced in 2007, he took several strong liberal stances other Dems still shied away from.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    Miss me with compassion, cis-racial, trans-racial.Rachel Dolezal faked hate crimes against her imagined self.Too many died from real crimes.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Black Girls Golf ™ @BlackGirlsGolf
    If you’re in the #cleveland area, be sure to sign up for your free membership. You don’t want to miss anything.

    • eliihass says:

      There’s something inexplicable about how human beings can be so detached and refuse to see the humanity of another human being, especially a child, and have no problem shooting dead another human being. And feel no remorse afterwards. This idea that these ‘loving’ men and women in the police force who are themselves parents, spouses and even self-proclaimed Christians, are completely devoid of empathy for a fellow human being – and have no qualms shooting dead a kid and walking away…We really need to examine this mindset that completely devalues the lives of black people in America.

    • Liza says:

      Paramedic: “He like reached for my hand,”

      This tears my heart into a thousand pieces. It is like Trayvon begging his murderer for his life, Jordan’s friend holding him after he was shot, Oscar telling his murderer that he has a daughter, Sean celebrating with friends before his wedding, Eric telling his murderer that he couldn’t breathe, and it just goes on and on.

      So in his last moments of consciousness, 12 year old Tamir Rice is bleeding out on the ground, and his murderer(s) wouldn’t allow his sister to comfort him. He reaches out to a stranger.

      Dear God, please show us the way. This must end.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Jon Swaine ✔ @jonswaine
    Cuyahoga County prosecutor releases report on investigation into fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland

    • rikyrah says:

      I will continue to pound on this. They CANNOT explain, to any logical satisfaction, how, this completely unqualified man became an officer on the Cleveland Police Department. So, they continue to try and defame a 12 year old boy.

      I will point out again that Ohio is an OPEN CARRY STATE.

      So, unless you’re going to tell me that Officer Unqualified asked for Tamir’s Open Carry Permit in the 2 seconds before he MURDERED HIM…

      WE’re back to how this unqualified man got on the Cleveland Police Department.

      • eliihass says:

        “…I will point out again that Ohio is an OPEN CARRY STATE.
        So, unless you’re going to tell me that Officer Unqualified asked for Tamir’s Open Carry Permit in the 2 seconds before he MURDERED HIM…”


  21. Liza says:

    Meet Robert Johnson…

    “Robert Johnson has been the District Attorney of Bronx County since January 1, 1989. He is the first African-American District Attorney in the history of New York State. And, in 2005, he became the longest-serving District Attorney in Bronx history.”


  22. Liza says:

    Former Rikers Island inmate killed himself days before facing new charges in court
    BY Ben Kochman , Shayna Jacobs , Bill Hutchinson
    Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:30 AM

    A Bronx man who spent three nightmarish years as a teen in Rikers Island awaiting trial killed himself just days before he was due back in court to face new charges his lawyer blasted as “baseless.”

    Kalief Browder, who hanged himself with an air-conditioning cord on Saturday, suffered flashbacks from his Rikers experiences when busted in April for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to his brother. “It definitely brought back some bad memories,” Kamal Browder told the Daily News.

    A judge rejected a request from his attorney, Paul Prestia, to dismiss the charges but Bronx prosecutors said they would toss the case once they received a death certificate. “The last time Mr. Browder had a case in Bronx County, it took them three years to dismiss the charges, and that’s why he’s no longer with us,” an angry Prestia said at the hearing.

    Browder and his brother, Kamal, 23, were arrested after cops broke up an April 20 fight they were involved in on Prospect Ave. near their Bronx home.

    Kamal explained he had been mugged earlier that evening and his brother agreed to help confront the robber. When they caught up to the mugger, a yelling match ensued causing the culprit’s mom to come out of her house and shoo them away.

    But as the Browder brothers backed off they were followed by friends of the man they accused, including one who incensed Kalief by slapping Kamal.

    “He was defending me,” Kamal said of his brother.

    He said he was trying to get Kalief to walk away about 9:30 p.m. when cops rolled up.

    “I was trying to hug my brother, tell him, ‘Come on, ‘Come on’ when cops pushed me and my brother away and arrested us,” Kamal told The News.

    A criminal complaint says the brothers ignored orders to move along. “They wrapped their arms around each other tightly, and they further refused to let go of each other,” the complaint reads.
    The brothers, according to the complaint, “flailed their arms and twisted their bodies, refusing to be handcuffed.”

    Officers took the pair to Central Booking, where they were held for the night and released the next morning on their own recognizance.

    “We talked about it, talked about how we got locked up for no reason,” said Kamal, who appeared at Wednesday’s court hearing.

    Prestia noted the April arrest was “eerily similar” to one in 2010 that led to a then 16-year-old Kalief being locked up for three years at Rikers awaiting trial on robbery charges.

    “They were baseless charges,” the lawyer said of the recent arrest. “They will never prove this case, they’ll never try this case, they’ll never win this case.”

    Prestia said Kalief’s torturous ordeal at Rikers is what drove him to suicide. But his recent arrest “underscores their incompetence,” he said of Bronx prosecutors.

  23. Liza says:

    Well, I asked for names.

    Robert Johnson – Bronx District attorney is guilty for the death of Kalief Browder #Justice4Kalief #CloseRikers— Millions March NYC (@MillionsMarch) June 13, 2015

  24. Ametia says:

    FOX channel is not covering Dallas SHOOTING. SURPRIZE!

  25. Ametia says:

    (Rachel Doze//// )…..I mean MHP is doing a segment on Kalief Browder & the HELL that is Rikers Island.

    • Liza says:

      I never watch her anymore. All of that nervous chatter and interrupting aggravates my anxiety disorder. Let us know if anyone says anything insightful.

  26. Ametia says:
    • Ametia says:

      Sorry Nerdy Wonka, the media has already laid the ground work for this POS, reporting that he’s mentally ill.

      You know what: When I go look in Websters for the definition and characteristics of ‘MENTALLY ILL’ :

      I should see the word= W.H.I.T.E P.E.O.P.L.E

  27. rikyrah says:

    And yet…….he lived to be arrested……imagine that…..

    Uh huh

    Uh huh

    Protection of complexion


    Published on Jun 13, 2015
    Shootout With Dallas Police & Armored Van June 13,2015 James Boulware

    • rikyrah says:

      Explosives found, suspect cornered after gunfire targets Dallas police headquarters
      By Ben Brumfield and Joe Sutton, CNN
      Updated 7:38 AM ET, Sat June 13, 2015

      (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 7:38 a.m. ET]
      Dallas police found a total of two explosive devices near their headquarters; all suspicious packages found there have now been cleared, police tweeted early Saturday. Police published photos of dozens of bullet holes shot through their headquarters’ windows.

      [Breaking news update, posted at 7:04 a.m. ET]
      — “Dallas SWAT disabled the suspect vehicle with a .50 cal rifle. Standoff is ongoing,” Dallas police said on its confirmed Twitter account Saturday morning.

      — Explosives experts detonated an explosive device found under a police vehicle, police said in a tweet. No one was injured. Officers are also investigating a suspicious package at a police substation.

      [Previous story, posted at 6:51 a.m. ET]
      (CNN) — Attackers opened fire on Dallas police headquarters early Saturday, then an armored van parked in front of the building drove off and rammed a squad car, authorities said.

      Police returned fire, and the van fled with the suspects.

      After the attack, police found suspicious bags near the headquarters. At least one contained explosives, prompting evacuations from areas around the police headquarters.

      As an explosives robot approached one of them, it blew up, Maj. Max Geron tweeted. No one was injured.

      Authorities believe up to four people may have opened fire from various locations with automatic weapons, including from the van, said Police Chief David Brown.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Don’t blow my cover?

    Told Y’all – she was doing the long con.


    Rachel Dolezal’s Brother Says She Warned: “Don’t Blow My Cover”

    Ezra Dolezal told BuzzFeed News that his adopted sister warned him to not tell anyone in Spokane that she wasn’t really black as she started a new life for herself.
    posted on Jun. 12, 2015, at 8:22 p.m.

    It was 2012, and Rachel Dolezal had a warning for her adopted brother as she prepared for a new life in Spokane, Washington.

    “She just told me, ‘Over here, I’m going to be considered black, and I have a black father. Don’t blow my cover,’” Ezra Dolezal, 22, told BuzzFeed News in an interview.

    Rachel also told him to tell people that he and her other adopted brother were her “blood brothers,” he said.

    His sister did not offer “any logical explanation” for why she was changing her identity, and Ezra never confronted her about it. But it was the next stage after growing apart from her parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, and leaving their home in Montana.

    “She wanted to make a new life for herself but she took it to the ultimate extreme,” Ezra said. “Not only did she move out to Spokane, but she created a whole new identity for herself.”

  29. Ametia says:
  30. Ametia says:

    Dallas police & swat team have shot the shupsect who set off a bomb and opened fire at the Dallas police dept.

    Apparently they don’t know who the MAN is. HE’S WHITE.
    but he has a history of mental health issues and 3 separate violent episodes.


  31. rikyrah says:

    This week’s music has been fabulous!!

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good MOrning, Everyone :)

    Off to swim and run errands.

  33. Ametia says:


    “The eyes, cry evey night for you. These arms long to hold, hold you again.
    These eyes, are crying, these eyes have seen alot of love, but they’re never gonna see another one like I had with you.”

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