Tuesday Open Thread | Music of the 1980’s

The Top 10 Billboard Singles from the 1980’s.

Today – 1981

Position Artist Song Title
1 Kim Carnes —- Bette Davis Eyes
2 Diana Ross and Lionel Richie —- Endless Love
3 Kenny Rogers —- Lady
4 John Lennon —- (Just Like) Starting Over
5 Rick Springfield —- Jessie’s Girl
6 Kool and The Gang —- Celebration
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates —- Kiss On My List
8 Eddie Rabbitt —- I Love A Rainy Night
9 Dolly Parton —- 9 To 5
10 REO Speedwagon —- Keep On Loving You


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80 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Music of the 1980’s

  1. Ametia says:

    Republican National Committee chairman to Trump: Tone it down
    BRYAN LOGAN0JUL 9, 2015, 07.32 AM

    Donald Trump has the GOP worried.
    Weeks into his 2016 presidential campaign, the billionaire entrepreneur’s fiery rhetoric on illegal immigration has gotten the attention of Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, the Washington Post reports.

    In an hourlong phone call with Trump Wednesday, the Post says Priebus urged Trump to “tone down his inflammatory comments that have infuriated a key election constituency.”

    Other lawmakers have echoed those sentiments. The Post cites former senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) who says “if Trump can ke


  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Nick Cave Made a Soundsuit Inspired By Trayvon Martin”


    Excerpt from linked article below:

    TM 13 was created in 2015 in memory of Trayvon Martin

    The sculpture takes the form of a black man in a hooded sweatshirt—a nod to Martin’s much-discussed attire at the time of the attack—with blow molds of Santa Claus, a teddy bear, an angel, and other traditional symbols of childlike innocence strapped to the figure with netting.

    Enclosed in the woven net, the figure resembles a hunted animal that has been captured. The toe of a single sneaker pops out from beneath the covering. The title of the work refers to Martin’s initials and to the year Zimmerman was acquitted.

    “Being caught in someone else’s perception of one’s own skin, own home, own self, makes navigating your own path infinitely more dangerous,” Cave said of the work in an email to artnet News.

    “The original Soundsuit was conceived in the emotional aftermath of the Rodney King beating,” curator Laura Mott told artnet News by email. “At the exhibition opening, I spoke to a guest who was standing in front of TM13, completely overwhelmed. She explained that as an African-American she was feeling paralyzed by recent events (it was two days after the Charleston shooting), but in front of the sculpture she was able to think and grieve. Cave’s artwork has proven relevant and profound in the face of these tragedies, and it speaks to the psychological boundaries of society that have real, tragic consequences.”


  3. eliihass says:

    Just saw that FLOTUS’ hair stylist Johnny Wright did a Twitter Q & A courtesy of the freaking New York Post!! WTF?

    I’m so averse to stuff like this. Where’s the discretion? It’s only just for two more years and he can go on his way and yap and self-promote all he likes.. I’m sorry but I just can’t abide this sort of thing.


  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Wesley Lowery ‏@WesleyLowery 2h2 hours ago
    Update: felony charges dropped against Michigan student who drove to well-lit parking lot before pulling over”

  5. eliihass says:

    Happy belated 4th ladies! Hope everyone had a good and safe one.. So much going on all at the same time.

    About Bernie Sanders, sorry but I’m one who’s highly suspicious of this flood of faux outrage over Sanders and his various sentiments. Call me crazy, but at least we know where he stands. He’s not faking or grandstanding. He’s telling us exactly what he thinks, without sugarcoating anything.

    I have more respect for that any day than those who woo – not us necessarily, but our votes specifically – and will patronize and humor us, and yes even disrespect us with the most transparently condescending gestures and overtures that don’t even bother to pretend to respect our intelligence and our ability to know when we are being manipulated or played.

    We can take our pick of the crap, sorry crop.

    As with most white folks and some brainwashed, over-conditioned black folks, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have been raised and conditioned to see white people and hence themselves, as more competent and intellectually superior to us.

    That sense of superiority is not always necessarily paired with a hostility and contempt, even though it more often than not is. I say that to say, that as much as this sudden outrage over Bernie Sanders has caught fire, I can’t help seeing through a lot of the b.s. There’s nothing so offensive Bernie Sanders can do or say that will ever trump any of what Hillary and Bill have said and done over the years. And still continue to do and say themselves behind the scenes, or via their surrogates. Even with scores of former Obama staffers working for her, she’s still not naturally spontaneous or effusive in her support of or aligning with the President and his successful policies. She still looks pained and uncomfortable as she carefully searches and choose her words every time.

    That someone is choreographed so she doesn’t say the ‘wrong’ thing even if she can’t really be naturally effusive, does not an ally make.

    I judge people by that wisdom: when a person shows you who they are, believe them. Hillary showed her butt ages ago, and not much has changed as far as I see except they’re keeping her out of sight and allowing her to speak only on the rare occasion and to handpicked questioners in tightly controlled spaces. So Bernie Sanders isn’t prioritizing or playing to minority constituencies, perhaps because he’s only ever run for office in Vermont where we really don’t exist. We might take him at his word that he really is so naive to believe that focusing on economics and other sundry big umbrella issues, miraculously soothe what ails minorities in racially charged times.

    As easy as it is for more than a few of us to picture Hillary and Bill and yes, Chelsea, disparaging us very easily and even in racialized tones behind closed doors, I don’t necessarily see Sanders in that same way. I think he spouts off much the same in front of cameras as he does behind closed doors. Sure like most white folks, he consciously or unconsciously thinks he’s smarter and better than we are, but I think he’s also myopic and dare I say, naive to wholesale and retail politics on a national scale, and what that ought to look and feel like. And to the black experience in general – of which knowledge of and familiarity with does not necessarily mean a caring understanding, empathy or determination to not only even out the playing field, but work to make things so much better. So much better in fact that a black person could potentially stand a chance in the future to win again and again over Chelsea’s daughter Charlotte at school and in life. I don’t know that Hillary wants that either.

    In a bid to maintain his version of ‘authenticity’ and to not be seen as ‘pandering’ or changing course midway, or seen as ‘fickle’, Sanders isn’t as expected, running out and hiring up Marc Lamont Hill, van Jones and a bunch of black for hire types to make him seem more black-focused. I don’t know if that means he just doesn’t care about us and our issues – or if he’s just obtuse to racial politics and optics played out on a national level in 2015.

    • Ametia says:

      Agreed, eliihaas. Hillary’s camp is behind the set up, and Sanders is really showing us who he is. We get to see them all. The Clinton’s are a low down dirty, self-entitled family who will do and say whatever it takes to get Hillary in that White House in 2016. She cannot fail again. The dynasty cannot take another fail like 2008.

      I don’t like Hillary, and I certainly don’t care for Bernie Sanders. He’s so outdated, his appeal as we’ve seen to the majority Northern white liberals. He doesn’t stands a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.

      Chris Matthews was slurping up Bill Clinton’s behind last night on Hardball. Saluting him for going to Vietnam and giving a speech. It was all about him.

      …”Finally, he spoke of how President Obama is trying to add to this record of economic cooperation with the TPP negotiations. He said he hoped “more than anything else that there will be as much bipartisan support for it as there was 20 years ago for the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.” He said if our country can get good labor, human rights and environmental standards, the TPP will command the support of a broad swath of the American people.”

      What a difference a generation makes. A country we fought and bled for is now a diplomatic and economic partner…and Bill Clinton had a lot to do with it.


      • eliihass says:

        Yup Ametia! What many of us forget also is that a bunch of the suddenly ‘vocal for a candidate’ black bloggers/twitterati/media going to bat for Hillary have been specifically wooed by her campaign via invites to the one cocktail with promises of more to come. They’re dancing for their cocktail a- nd some are hoping to be hired for something.

        I had to laugh just now as I was watching Lawrence O’Donnell who’s asking Joy Ann Reid why Hillary didn’t take the opportunity of the moment to call out Trump about his sustained vile birther attacks against President Obama.

        Where have these people been? Bill Clinton answered that question on CNN. Bill said then that Trump had been ‘very kind, gracious and generous’ to him and Hillary, and that he enjoys very much golfing with Trump. Meanwhile, Trump himself told Letterman that he and the Clintons have very extensive conversations particularly some heartfelt ones after ‘the blacks’ betrayed the Clintons after everything the Clintons had done for them.

        Hillary won’t dare speak one cross word about Trump. Notice all she said about Trump’s anti-Mexican tirade, was that she was ‘disappointed’. Lol. Trump and the Clintons run in the same circles and are part of that coalition of opportunistic ‘No labels’ compadres. Their only ideology is self, and their only commitment is to themselves and that which specifically boosts, enriches and elevates them..

        Besides, if Hillary ever dare poke Trump, he will in his shallow, petty, gossipy way reminiscent of a fish seller in the market place, tell everything he knows about the Clintons. And trust me, Trumps knows a lot of crap about them.

    • Ametia says:

      When I heard Chris Matthews last night lapping up Bill Clinton, I told hubby. That MOFO’s looking to get on the good foot with the Clintons, he and his wife Kathleen. They want up in that circle soo bad, they can taste the champaigne like yesterday.

      For a brief moment, I thought I saw them sitting up front at a State Dinner or WHCD gig.

      All the usual suspects are rearing their ugly heads, and yes, that includes the NEGROES. Tavis Smiley will be out soon. He’s her #1 fan

      • eliihass says:

        Ametia, Kathleen, Chris Matthews’ wife is running for Chris Van Hollen’s congressional seat in Maryland. (Van Hollen among others, is running for retiring Barbara Mikulski’s Senate seat).

        I believe the Matthews’ are looking first and foremost to piggy back on Hillary’s inevitability to also propel Kathleen (she’s a woman you know), to the Congress. Hence the Mister is doing his darndest to make nice with the Clintons. But of course, singing hard hard for his supper with hopes of invites to White House dinners if Hillary gets in, isn’t terribly far-fetched..

        But Chris Matthews can’t help himself. The man is so bipolar you never know with him. Who knows what or where he’ll go next..

      • eliihass says:

        Just watched the video you posted Ametia..Lol!
        Look at Tavis falling feet first into massa’s wife’s mouth… Tavis thought he had it made since he was so sure Hillary had it locked up and he was first in line for Ambassador to Bahamas as thanks for being a faithful servant…LOL!! No wonder he still hates The Obamas. They so ruined his plans..
        And Hillary is so insincere and so transparently scripted, conceited and phony, it hurts to watch..

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Watch @POTUS call the @USSoccer_WNT to congratulate them on their World Cup victory. #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/uIty0Gu5Dg— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 7, 2015

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Shay Ture Tell’em retweeted
    Minkah Makalani ‏@minkmak 6h6 hours ago
    “My hiphop students art work on drug wars & racism. #HipHopEd #charlestonsyllabus @raptjr @Dr_ChadWilliams @chrisemdin”


  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    BrownBlaze retweeted
    The New York Times ‏@nytimes 19h19 hours ago
    A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States http://nyti.ms/1CjrPtf

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson retweeted
    WMC Action News 5 ‏@WMCActionNews5 1h1 hour ago
    #BREAKING: City Council passes the resolution to move the body of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park.

  10. rikyrah says:

    But….THEY SAY….

    Donald Trump doesn’t speak for the Republican Party

    The nation’s largest Latino advocacy group says it invited every presidential candidate to annual convention next week.Not a single Republican plans to attend, a spokesman said.

    Democrats Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, will appear at a lunch Monday in Kansas City, Mo., before the National Council of La Raza, an advocacy and civil rights organization for Latinos. Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont originally had a conflict but now plans to appear as well, his spokesman said…

    Spokesmen for several Republican candidates did not respond to requests for comment…


  11. rikyrah says:

    Black twitter truth not here for the Bernistas and their phuckery:


    • eliihass says:

      Here’s who wrote it; The woman has got serious issues. This was her 2010, the hate, condescension, disrespect was on full display:



      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        In her sassy manner, she makes it sound like it is bad for a President to play golf. I have always heard of the past Presidents playing golf.

        From the article linked below:

        President-elect Barack Obama will become the 15th of the past 18 American presidents who has played golf. He doesn’t play often, but he did during a vacation in Hawaii in August. Vice President-elect Joe Biden, who discovered golf less than 10 years ago, has a Handicap Index of 8.2. Here’s our ranking of the golfing presidents, with an assist from Don Van Natta Jr., author of the book, First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.

        1 John F. Kennedy Despite chronic back pain, averaged 80.
        2 Dwight D. Eisenhower Had a green outside the Oval Office.
        3 Gerald R. Ford Clumsy, but was a legitimate 80s-shooter.
        4 Franklin D. Roosevelt At 39, polio robbed him of a powerful golf swing.
        5 George H.W. Bush Once got his handicap down to 11.
        6 George W. Bush Outgoing prez is a capable 15-handicapper.
        7 Bill Clinton Can break 90, especially using his “Billigans.”
        8 Barack Obama The lefty plays more hoops than golf.
        9 Ronald Reagan Didn’t play often or well (best was low 90s).
        10 Warren G. Harding Struggled to break 95.
        11 William Howard Taft As hapless a golfer as he was a chief executive.
        12 Woodrow Wilson Played more than Ike but almost never broke 100.
        13 Richard M. Nixon He shot 79 once and quit the game.
        14 Lyndon B. Johnson Played with senators to secure votes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
        15 Calvin Coolidge When he vacated the White House, he left his clubs behind.


      • Ametia says:

        Good grief, this BUG-EYED bitch standing on the outside, trying to look in. Yes, the DISDAIN just dripping from every pore.

        folks like her really do believe First Lady Michelle Obama & President Obama don’t deserve to be where they are, didn’t earn the fucking right to be on a fucking vacation, let alone residing in the White House.

        Now that’s some real white privilege & self-loathing right there.

        How dare they, those NERGRO USURPERS!

      • eliihass says:

        Ametia, the jealousy is dripping from every pore. ‘The prez’, ‘the missus’, ‘Michelle’..

  12. rikyrah says:

    The First Family’s going on vacation…yeah


    Inside the Obama’s $12m summer vacation spot: Seven bedrooms, a tennis court, an infinity pool and a manicurist on call
    The president and his family have spent almost every single summer on the Massachusetts island since he was elected into the White House in 2008

    The Boston Herald reports that Mr Obama will be spending August 8-23 at the same $12million Chilmark cottage where his family stayed last year

    A manicurist has been booked for three days a week for their stay, according to the newspaper

    By Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com

    Published: 14:37 EST, 6 July 2015 | Updated: 12:17 EST, 7 July 2015

    As the weather heats up in Washington, DC, the Obamas as planning their summer vacation.

    The Boston Herald reports that President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia will be staying on Martha’s Vineyard from August 8-23.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3151338/President-Obama-spend-summer-vacation-Martha-s-Vineyard-renting-12million-retreat-year.html#ixzz3fElB1Qk6
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  13. rikyrah says:

    The challenge facing Paul LePage’s defenders
    07/07/15 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The controversy surrounding Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is still very much underway, with the threat of impeachment looming on the horizon. But for the beleaguered governor to be forced from office, LePage will have to lose the support of his fellow Republicans in large numbers. How likely is that?

    The Bangor Daily News’ Mike Tipping had a good piece yesterday noting that the Maine GOP hasn’t quite made up its mind. Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R) has, to date, taken the matter seriously, saying that while he’s still acquiring information, “I am very saddened by this situation and shocked by what is being alleged.” Other GOP state lawmakers have already endorsed the investigation into LePage’s alleged misdeeds.

    But Tipping stressed an important detail that’s worth remembering:
    Others, the more stalwart of LePage allies, have attempted to carry the governor’s water, but that has proven a difficult thing to do. Without any real defense for what LePage did, they’re left instead attempting to smear House Speaker Mark Eves.
    Ordinarily, when a politician is accused of wrongdoing, the defense from his or her backers is incredibly simple: they say the charges are baseless.

    That doesn’t work in LePage’s case – he’s already admitted to doing exactly what he’s accused of doing. The governor’s supporters can’t push back against the allegations when their hero has made no effort to deny the allegations’ accuracy.

    For those just joining us, let’s recap our report from last week. A Maine charter school recently hired state House Speaker Mark Eves (D). LePage, a fierce opponent of Democratic legislators, threatened the school – either fire Eves at LePage’s demand or the governor would cut off the school’s state funding. In effect, LePage played the role of a mobster saying, “It’s a nice school you have there; it’d be a shame if something happened to it.”


  14. rikyrah says:

    July 06, 2015 4:45 PM
    Why Universal Pre-K Will Be a Galvanizing Issue
    By Ed Kilgore

    At the Plum Line today, Greg Sargent argues that universal pre-K opportunities will bids fair to become “a central pillar of the liberal agenda — one that, if it is ever realized, could take its place alongside some of the great progressive reforms of the 20th Century, and possibly the Affordable Care Act, as a defining achievement of the Democratic Party.” He explains that Senate Democrats, led by Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, are about to roll out a bill that would create a $30 billion block grant for states that committed to create a real pre-K system—financed by new rules radically restricting the revenues lost to “corporate inversions” that reclassify multinational corporate income as foreign-earned.

    While Casey is talking optimistically about getting Republicans to support his bill, it’s not very likely, for reasons that actually make this a powerful partisan differentiator for 2016 and beyond. As Jonathan Chait noted in an important piece on this topic back in February, the whole idea of universal pre-K reflects a crucial social change:

    Our society is still constructed as if most households still consist of a working father and a stay-at-home mother, even though that old model has mostly disappeared. The costs of caring for children too young to attend public school is overwhelming for working-class and even middle-class parents. Because many parents can hardly afford decent child care on their incomes, huge swaths of the system are horrifying and even dangerous nightmares, as Jonathan Cohn documented two years ago. Parents are forced to stash their children in understaffed and frequently unsafe facilities.

    Conceived of this way, America’s child-care problem is a humanitarian disaster. It requires public subsidy because most parents cannot adequately finance their own child-care needs, just as Social Security came into existence because most Americans could not adequately provide for their own retirement. If society expects parents to work, it ought to make it possible to do so while raising children, which is a thing we want and need to happen. And this moral-justice logic is a strong enough rationale on its own.

    Pre-k also, of course, has an educational rationale, and via education, an additional economic rationale beyond the contributions to the workforce of women.


  15. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1

    If you spent any time bashing PBO over Guantanamo, but now salivating over Bernie Sanders, you are indeed a petty hypocritical mofo.

  16. rikyrah says:

    So, the Black Brute just didn’t haul off and sock the poor wittle Whte Woman ‘just cause’.

    Robert Littal @BSO

    Witnesses Say Woman Called Ex- FSU QB a N*gger Before He Hit Her http://bit.ly/1CkCJiq pic.twitter.com/VXqgWLrmyW

    This is not 1958.
    You roll upon a Black person and call them Nigger…..you roll the dice. You roll up on the wrong one, and you’re getting your azz beat. You call them a Nigger AND put your hands on said Black person…accept the consequences of your actions.

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Think you’ll enjoy this one :)

    ” Donald Trump Engaged a ‘Modern Family’ Writer In A Twitter Feud And Got Absolutely Served”

  18. Ametia says:

    WHO IS BURNING BLACK CHURCHES, CNN? Cosby did not murder or burn down churches

  19. rikyrah says:

    The First Lady ‏@FLOTUS 34m34 minutes ago
    The genie’s out of the lamp: @Aladdin is coming to the @WhiteHouse to perform at the #KidsStateDinner on Friday!

  20. rikyrah says:

    Robert Littal @BSO 1h 1 hour ago
    Witnesses Say Woman Called Ex- FSU QB a N*gger Before He Hit Her http://bit.ly/1CkCJiq

  21. rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha ‏@skepticalbrotha 12h12 hours ago
    7,500 come out to hear #BernieSanders in Maine in July, but they couldn’t get it together last November 2 rid themselves of #PaulLePage

  22. Ametia says:


    The South Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would remove the Confederate flag from capitol grounds.

    The measure passed by a 36-3 vote, and the bill now moves to the House.

    Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

  23. rikyrah says:

    from POU:


    President Obama has ruined White folks confidence. I mean it’s one thing for racist RWers to do what they do but now we got super liberal Bernie Sanders using RW talking points to discredit the President on unemployment. We also have President Carter dissing the President on foreign policy. SMH just further convinced that White folks regardless of political ideology would rather flush this country down the toilet than give a Black man any credit for making things better.

  24. Ametia says:

    Says this white man

    There’s no race war in America
    By Marc A. Thiessen July 6

    Did you know that this newspaper is named for a slaveholder? It’s right there on our masthead, the name of a man who for 56 years held other human beings in bondage on his Virginia plantation — a man, according to the official Mount Vernon Web site, who “frequently utilized harsh punishment against the enslaved population, including whippings.” This dreaded symbol of oppression is delivered to the doorsteps and inboxes of hundreds of thousands of people each morning.

    Sure, George Washington also emancipated his slaves in his will, won our independence and became the father of our country — but no matter. It is an outrage that this paper continues to bear the name of such a man.

    It is time to rename The Washington Post!


  25. Ametia says:

    South Carolina’s Senators Take Step to Remove the Confederate Flag

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — With protesters outside and the desk of a slain member draped in black, the South Carolina Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House.

    The 37-to-3 vote propelled the state toward a landmark moment that many hope could come within days: the lowering of the flag that has flown outside the seat of state power here for more than five decades, even as it became a symbol of the segregated South and white supremacy.

    The measure, sought by the state’s Republican governor, Nikki R. Haley, was voted on just weeks after the massacre of nine people at a historic and predominantly black church in Charleston. After a final vote in the Senate, widely viewed as a formality, the legislation will go before the State House of Representatives, where the outcome is less certain. Debate on the measure is expected to begin this week.

    A visitor viewing a Confederate flag that was carried by a Kentucky Infantry regiment. The flag was displayed in the exhibit “Colors of the Gray: Consecration and Controversy” at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.


  26. What happened to the flag debate? Who is burning black churches? The media is changing the narrative with Bill Cosby. I see them.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        That southern guy says the confederate flag is to honor those who died for it….”Black, white, Irish…”

        Honoring the Black slaves who were forced to fight on the confederate side in the name of slavery???? No, that part is the most evil part of the fight. And, continues to represent ALL the evil done to the Black community.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump finds a shovel, keeps digging
    07/07/15 08:01 AM
    By Steve Benen
    After his xenophobic comments in his campaign kickoff, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has become quite the lightening rod. It’s been challenging to keep up with all of the businesses that no longer want anything to do with the controversial candidate, though the list continues to grow – ESPN broke off its Trump ties yesterday.

    Given the circumstances, it’s tempting to think the GOP candidate would start to walk back his anti-Mexican rhetoric, for financial reasons if no other, but yesterday, he did the exact opposite. As Bloomberg Politics reported, Trump issued a 900-word statement yesterday afternoon, telling the world how right he was when he accused Mexican immigrants of being drug-carrying rapists.

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW, 7/6/15, 11:30 PM ET
    Trump doubles down on anti-immigrant rhetoric

    “I don’t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech,” Trump wrote. [….]

    Trump then turns his focus to Mexico. “I have great respect for Mexico and love their people and their peoples’ great spirit,” he wrote. “The problem is, however, that their leaders are far smarter, more cunning, and better negotiators than ours.”
    Even when bashing immigrants, Trump remembered how important it is to slam President Obama, too.

  28. rikyrah says:

    July 07, 2015 8:57 AM

    President Obama’s Succession Plan

    By Nancy LeTourneau

    As the former executive director of a non-profit, I can tell you that one of the tasks of any effective leader of an organization – no matter the size or mission – is to engage in succession planning. This would be even more true when a leader is term-limited in their position.

    That’s why around 2007 I started looking for signs from the Bush/Cheney White House about what they were doing to lay the groundwork for a next Republican president. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised when I didn’t see any indication of plans/work on that.

    On the other hand, almost as soon as he got re-elected to a second term, President Obama went to work on succession planning.

    One senior Obama adviser says the administration “To Do list” after 2012 included thinking “about how you lock in the Obama coalition for Democrats going forward. Because it’s not a 100 percent certainty that they come out for the next Democrat.” Part of the answer, the adviser said, was to pursue aggressive unilateral action on “a set of issues where we have an advantage … and believe are substantively the right thing to do” and dare Republicans to oppose him.


  29. rikyrah says:

    knew they would be on getting to Cuba.


  30. rikyrah says:

    Now Is Probably a Good Time to Watch Nailah Jefferson’s ‘Vanishing Pearls’ (Find Out Why…)

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 6, 2015 at 5:13PM

    In case you haven’t heard, BP has agreed to pay up to $18.7 billion as part of a settlement reached late last week over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreement, announced over the weekend, includes the US federal government, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and settlement of claims made by more than 400 local government entities.

    BP will pay the $18.7 billion over 18 years.

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is officially registered as one of the worst oil spill disasters in an unfortunately rather lengthy history of similar devastating occurrences all over the world; The people who live in the Niger delta, for example, are just one ongoing example of a population that has had to live with resulting environmental catastrophes for decades. Their story has been documented on film more than a few times – films that were highlighted on this blog.

    The Deepwater BP Oil Spill takes center stage in this specific case, in Louisiana native Nailah Jefferson’s feature documentary, “Vanishing Pearls” – a 2014 Slamdance Film Festival selection, which was picked up by ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), last year, and released during the spring.


  31. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh


    A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States

    JULY 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Sixty-six percent of states that elect prosecutors have no blacks in those offices, a new study has found, highlighting the lack of diversity in the ranks of those entrusted to bring criminal charges and negotiate prison sentences.

    About 95 percent of the 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors across the country in 2014 were white, and 79 percent were white men, according to the study, which was to be released on Tuesday by the San-Francisco-based Women Donors Network. By comparison, white men make up 31 percent of the population of the United States.

    The numbers are being released as debate continues about racial imbalances in the criminal justice system in the wake of police-related deaths in Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island; and Baltimore.

    While the racial makeup of police forces across the country has been carefully documented, the diversity of prosecutors, who many law enforcement experts say exercise more influence over the legal system, has received little scrutiny. Prosecutors decide in most criminal cases whether to bring charges. And, because so many criminal cases end in plea bargains, they have a direct hand in deciding how long defendants spend behind bars.


  32. rikyrah says:

    White House Solar Plan Aims at Low- and Middle-Income People
    JULY 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday will announce an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials.

    The administration will announce that it intends to triple the capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems it installs in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make it easier for homeowners to borrow money for solar improvements and start a nationwide program to help renters gain access to solar energy, the officials said.

    The actions are to be announced in Baltimore by Brian Deese, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser for climate issues, and Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Democrat who represents the city.

    Mr. Deese, in a conference call with reporters, called the moves “part of a bigger-picture effort to try to drive innovation” toward cleaner, low-carbon energy solutions.

    Also to be unveiled on Tuesday are commitments totaling more than $520 million from charities, investors, states and cities to pay for solar and energy-efficiency projects for lower-income communities.


  33. rikyrah says:

    ‘Army of Moms’ Starts Patrolling South Side After Shooting
    By Sam Cholke | June 30, 2015 5:30am

    ENGLEWOOD — An army of mothers started patrolling their neighborhood on Monday, gathering on corners after a shooting.

    Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers in pink shirts were sitting in folding chairs and leaning against a mailbox at 75th Street and Harvard Avenue on Monday, hoping to prevent a violent retaliation after the death of Lucille Barnes a week ago.

    “People are very emotional about it, and we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Tamar Manasseh. “If people say there will be violence, there likely will be violence, and you go where you’re called.”

    According to police, a man walked by Barnes and two other women at 11:35 p.m. on June 23 in the 7500 block of Stewart Avenue and opened fire, fatally wounding 34-year-old Barnes.

    Manasseh mobilized the group for the first time after the shooting on the gamble that even the most embittered and determined on vengeance would not shoot under the glare of a motherly eye — let alone 15 sets of maternal eyes.


  34. rikyrah says:

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    Hillary Clinton will give an interview this afternoon to CNN’s Brianna Keilar in Iowa, her first sit-down with a national reporter since getting into the race.

  37. Ametia says:

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