Wednesday Open Thread | Music of the 1980’s

The Top 10 Billboard Singles from the 1980’s.

Today – 1982

Position Artist Song Title
1 Olivia Newton-John —- Physical
2 Survivor —- Eye Of The Tiger
3 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts —- I Love Rock N’ Roll
4 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder —- Ebony And Ivory
5 J. Geils Band —- Centerfold
6 Human League —- Don’t You Want Me
7 John Cougar —- Jack And Diane
8 John Cougar —- Hurts So Good
9 Steve Miller Band —- Abracadabra
10 Chicago —- Hard To Say I’m Sorry


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107 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Music of the 1980’s

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Debate still going on in SC House. Watch live streaming:

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 4m4 minutes ago
    VIDEO: A Republican House member makes an emotional appeal to bring down the Confederate flag:

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 1h1 hour ago
    VIDEO: Police body cam captures scene of naked man driving away in officer’s cruiser:

  4. Rikyrah,

    Just wanted to tell you I loved Kenny Rogers’ ‘Lady’.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Keegan Stephan ‏@KeeganNYC 9h9 hours ago
    NYPD wants “crime predicting software,” to remove accountability from racial profiling, IMO

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Keegan Stephan ‏@KeeganNYC 10h10 hours ago
    Federal lawsuit accuses NYC of perpetuating residential segregation w/ “outsider-restrictions”

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    When are we going to hear the results of the DOJ investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson??

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Lawsuit claims NYPD cops smashed autistic teen’s head into sidewalk and punched him when he ‘failed to make eye contact’

  9. Ametia says:

    First lady toasts new White House social secretary at VIP ladies night

    Washington’s most powerful women, including first lady Michelle Obama, have a message for Deesha Dyer, who’s just two months into her new job as the White House social secretary: We’ve got your back, girl.

    Okay, no one actually said that but the sentiment was the same at the VIP ladies night on Tuesday. Debra Lee, CEO of BET, along with a host committee that read like the dream cast of the Real Movers and Shakers of Washington (Sharon Malone, Toni Cook Bush, Michele Norris, Sylvia White, Jeanine Liburd and Lauren Wesley Wilson) gathered a group of about 60 women to raise a glass (and open their arms) to Dyer at Lee’s Massachusetts Avenue Heights manse.

  10. Ametia says:


    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts will be replaced, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced.

    Batts drew widespread criticism for his response to riots that erupted after the April death of a young black man in police custody. In an interview with CNN in May, Batts acknowledged that police were not prepared for such massive demonstrations — particularly once they turned violent.

    • Anthony Batts AIN’T got to go home but he has to get the hell out of that Police Commissioner position.

    • Ametia says:

      He did a PISS-POOR job running that PD. PERIOD.

      • eliihass says:

        He’s done a piss-poor job everywhere he’s presided as police chief. He’s one of those with very little regard for his own people. But he’ll be ok. He ‘retired’ as Oakland Police Chief – full pension and all in 2011. Meanwhile Oscar Grant’s family don’t have their son or any sort of justice.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Pia Glenn @PiaGlenn

    I’m sick of addressing mainstream media’s obsession with/theft from #BlackTwitter

    but Triflin’ Cousin Yvonne isn’t

    Published on Jul 8, 2015
    Triflin’ Cousin Yvonne has had enough. Black Twitter runs things and it’s time to collect. Don’t come for us.

  12. BREAKING: Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner Anthony Batts

  13. Ametia says:

    I’m your Eye Of The Tiger so Let’s get Physical Centerfold. Don’t You Want Me Ebony And Ivory. I Love Rock N’ Roll with Jack And Diane. It’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry, because it Hurts So Good and it’s magic with Abracadabra

  14. rikyrah says:

    found this at POU:


    Last night I was watching the PBS show called First Peoples Africa. It’s broken into Africa, Asia, Americas and Australia. In the Africa episode they talked about a woman who was doing family genealogy. She was disappointed she could only go back to 1870. After watching a Skip Gates special she decided to go the DNA route. She asked a male cousin for a DNA sample. When the lab ran the DNA sample they said they’d never seen anything like it here. Her male cousins DNA was over 300,000 years old. I was like damn!

    • Liza says:

      I’ve been watching “First Peoples” too. What they’re finding out from DNA analysis is that all of the people on earth right now are hybrids. We have DNA from modern humans and archaic humans. For example, between 1 and 3 percent of the DNA of Europeans is Neanderthal DNA. They think that groups of modern humans left Africa and met up with Neanderthal humans just outside of Africa. The Neanderthals were moving south because they were getting away from areas that were too cold to inhabit at that time. Breeding with archaic humans provided genetic shortcuts for modern humans. Archaic humans would have had tens of thousands of years to build up immunities, for example, and those could be passed on to modern humans by breeding. Anyhow, it is a totally fascinating series that I highly recommend.

  15. rikyrah says:

    I love both these actors, so I can’t wait to see this.


    Sophie Okonedo & Adrian Lester Set to Star in BBC 6-Part Political Thriller – ‘Undercover’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 8, 2015 at 10:36AM

    Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester are set to star in Peter Moffat’s original 6-part BBC political thriller – “Undercover.”

    To be broadcast on BBC One (not ETA yet), the series is described as bold and gripping, starring Okonedo as lead character Maya, who’s about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions, and Adrian Lester as her husband, Nick. Just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. Is he concealing an affair, or is it something altogether more sinister? If she digs up his real past, will she be safe? And who wants her in this new job and why? Twenty years ago, Nick was a fearless and dedicated undercover officer, infiltrating organisations considered a danger to society because of their political beliefs. Nick built himself a fake past and now with his wife unsuspecting, and his conscience killing him – his secret identity may compromise the new Director of Public Prosecutions – Maya, his wife.

  16. Did y’all see the CNN clip of Hillary’s interview? So Hillary is disappointed in Donald Trump? WTFF?

  17. rikyrah says:

    they wanna bring back slavery…we done told you…


    Marco Rubio’s Economic Plan Calls For Students To Sell Themselves To Private Investors

    by Alice Ollstein Posted on July 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio described his economic platform in a speech Tuesday in Chicago, touching on well-worn GOP priorities including slashing corporate taxes from 35 to 25 percent, further deregulating the private sector, restricting family immigration, and resisting calls to raise the minimum wage. Taking several specific shots at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Rubio said his plan would avoid “pumping more of today’s money into yesterday’s programs,” and bring the U.S. into the future.

    In the speech, Rubio also called for a “revolutionized” higher education system. If elected president, he promised to “bust…the cartel of existing colleges and universities” by loosening the rules for accreditation so that “innovative, low-cost competitors” can court students. But critics say the government accreditation process is already far too loose, allowing predatory for-profit chains like Corinthian Colleges to win federal approval and funding even as they mislead students into paying for essentially worthless degrees.

    He also touted the “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” he co-sponsored with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden — a plan extremely similar to one President Obama pushed for last year that ranks colleges by how much their tuition costs and how much money their graduates make.

    Lamenting the “shadow of debt hovering over millions of graduates,” Rubio then proposed a model already suggested by his rival Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ): allowing rich individuals or hedge funds to pay a students tuition and collect their investment back post-graduation.

    “It may result in a profit for the investor or it may not – but unlike with loans, none of the risk lies with the student,” Rubio said.

    He expanded on this idea in a speech last year:

    But these “Student Investment Plans,” which also have the Orwellian name “human capital contracts,” raise many serious concerns. For one, investors may refuse to cover entire fields of students not likely to bring in the big bucks after graduation, or would charge them a staggeringly high percentage of their income. For those backing this plan, such as the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), this poses no problem.

    “Isn’t this ‘unfair’ to those wanting to be librarians, teachers, social workers, etc., since they would have to forego more of their incomes to satisfy the human capital contract? Not really,” writes AEI Adjunct Scholar Richard Vedder. “Society puts a relatively low value on those jobs.”

    Additionally, following Rubio’s math of 4 percent over 10 years, a graduate would have to earn an extremely low salary for the investor not to make a profit. Vedder and other advocates of the plan are less cautious, and have voiced support for plans that take as high as 25 percent of a graduates salary for multiple decades after they enter the workforce.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Brownback tests marriage-equality ruling with executive order
    07/08/15 10:49 AM—UPDATED 07/08/15 10:51 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Even the fiercest anti-gay officials must realize at a certain level a Supreme Court ruling leaves them few options. When five justices brought marriage equality to the nation two weeks ago, the law of the land came into focus – in the United States, couples enjoy equal marriage rights, whether the couples or straight or gay.

    The challenge for conservative Republican officials is no longer how to prevent same-sex unions; that fight is over. Rather, the next phase is figuring how to permit at least some discrimination going forward.

    The Wichita Eagle reported late yesterday, of example, on a new policy from Kansas’ Republican governor.
    Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting state government from taking action against clergy members or religious organizations that deny services to couples based on religious beliefs.

    Among other things, the order is intended to protect religious organizations that provide adoption services for the state from having to place children with gay couples if that conflicts with their beliefs.
    The full text of the executive order is online here.

    In a public statement, the governor said his order protects “Kansas clergy and religious organizations from being forced to participate in activities that violate their sincerely and deeply held beliefs.”

    At the surface, such a policy seems wildly unnecessary. There’s been some chatter in far-right circles about ministers being forced to officiate at same-sex weddings, but the argument has always been ridiculous – the government has never been able to dictate to clergy which kind of services they must perform. The recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality doesn’t change this at all.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Aniyar Uoke @eclecticbrotha

    If ya can’t make any trades
    I feel bad for ya son
    I got 99 problems
    but a glitch ain’t one. #NYSE

  20. rikyrah says:

    Obama, Dean, McCarthy: What Presidential Candidate Does Bernie Sanders Most Resemble?

    PublishedJULY 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    As Bernie Sanders’ crowd sizes and early-state poll standings rapidly rise, a lot of pundits who are seeing the veteran senator in a new light are undoubtedly beginning to ask the question: Who is this guy, really? And the answer the pundits crave cannot be found in his biography or his campaign message, but involves the precedent we can use to understand what he represents. What iconic—or for that matter, completely forgotten—presidential candidate of the past does he most resemble?


    The answer Bernie’s backers might be tempted to offer is Barack Obama, who defeated an allegedly “inevitable” front-runner named Hillary Clinton on the passion and muscle of liberal activists and went on to become a two-term president. There are three problems with that analogy, all of them important. First, Sanders is running as much against Obama’s legacy as against anything pertaining specifically to Hillary Clinton. Second, all the revisionist history in the world won’t erase the fact that Obama, despite his strong appeal to liberal activists angry at HRC’s vote for the Iraq War, had a trans-ideological and even bipartisan appeal that Sanders is too consistently credentialed to rival. (Bernie is not going to get any primary endorsements from, say, Sam Nunn or David Boren).

    Third, and most importantly, Sanders has zero demonstrated history of support from the African-American and Latino voters who will play a huge role in the nomination contest after Iowa and New Hampshire. Obama won well over 80 percent of the African-American vote and an estimated one-third of the Latino vote against Clinton, who had strong initial backing in both communities. Particularly if HRC gets implicit or explicit support from Obama next year, her residual strength among minority voters could well stop Sanders in his tracks even if he sweeps the exceptionally honkified first two states.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Minn. woman part of Obama’s ‘Generation Indigenous’; will visit Washington this week
    By Crystal Dey / Forum News Service on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:16 p.m.
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    CASS LAKE, Minn. – It began with Generation X, then Y and now, Generation I.

    The nation’s capitol will welcome 800 Generation Indigenous, or Gen I, members for the “Two Worlds, One Future: Defining Our Own Success” tribal youth gathering in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

    Keezer, 19, was selected out of a nationwide pool of Native American youth between the ages of 14 and 24 to participate in President Barack Obama’s summit at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, where administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs will meet with youth.

    “I’m very excited to go, but then I’m kind of nervous,” Keezer said. “I’ve never been to Washington, D.C., or flown on a plane before.”

    Keezer said a visit to the White House was canceled due to the number of youth attending the conference and whether Obama will make an appearance is not known.

    “I heard both the president and first lady will be there, since it’s actually their campaign,” Keezer said.

  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Joy Reid is tweeting updates on the SC House debate over the confederate flag:

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Joy Reid ‏@JoyAnnReid 37s38 seconds ago South Carolina, USA
      Rep. Pitts now opining on the beauty and pleasing scent of yellow jasmine. This is a filibuster in all but name. #ConfederateFlagDebate

  23. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    United Airlines, Wall Street Journal and NY Stock Exchange are all having computer glitches.

  24. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h2 hours ago
    Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration, finds name may be disparaging:

  25. Ametia says:

    I’m just gonna drop this right CHERE

  26. Ametia says:

    Check out this series

  27. Ametia says:

    FAA announces all United flights grounded due to automation issues

    Read more »

  28. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates ‏@tanehisicoates 11h11 hours ago
    “There is no aspect of Confederate “heritage” that is uncontaminated. The heritage is white supremacy.”

  29. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Roger James stunned me with his painting of Lupita in our present day and in her agonizing movie role that tore/tears my heart:

  30. rikyrah says:

    Cinema In Noir @CinemaInNoir

    Netflix To Streamline And Release Idris Elba’s ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ In Theaters On Oct.16 |

  31. rikyrah says:

    Drama Series Based on Documentary ‘Muscle Shoals’ (On the Uniting Power of Music) in Development

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

    July 7, 2015 at 5:23PM

    Currently in the works is a TV series based on a documentary that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, titled “Muscle Shoals,” from director Greg “Freddy” Camalier, which tells the story of the tiny Alabama town called Muscle Shoals, where a group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more.

    Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, is teaming up with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and City Entertainment, to develop what will apparently be a scripted series (not a documentary series), which will go behind the music to tell the stories of Muscle Shoals.

    During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and give birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”

  32. rikyrah says:

    TV News Roundup: Jay Pharoah, Cornelius Smith Jr, Janine Sherman Barrois, Rockmond Dunbar, Others…

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

    July 7, 2015 at 2:52PM

    – Showtime has announced that it will premiere “Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?” from standup comedian and impressionist Jay Pharoah, on Saturday, August 1st at 10 pm ET/PT. This is Pharoah’s first hour-long comedy special from The Cutting Room in New York City, which weaves in his most popular celebrity impressions, and offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture.

    – Cornelius Smith Jr.’s has been upgraded to series regular on “Scandal,” reprising his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5.

    – Janine Sherman Barrois (“Criminal Minds,” “ER,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “The PJs,” “Third Watch”) has inked a new multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television that will see her create and develop new drama and comedy series.

    – Rockmond Dunbar has booked a co-starring role opposite Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan in the Hulu original drama series “The Way,” which is created by Jessica Goldberg, and follows a couple, Eddie (Paul) and Sarah (Monaghan) struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Dunbar will play a Detective Abe Gaines, described as a thorough FBI investigator who seems to be the only agent suspicious of the mysterious religious sect that recently responded to a natural disaster.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Walker’s office tied to open-records controversy
    07/08/15 08:03 AM—UPDATED 07/08/15 08:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The front-page, above-the-fold headline in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel probably won’t make Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) happy. “Walker office admits role in open records proposal,” it reads.

    At issue is a controversy we covered on Monday. To briefly recap, last Thursday, shortly before the start of a holiday weekend and in a late-night session, Republican state legislators quietly added a provision to the budget to gut Wisconsin’s open-records laws. The point wasn’t subtle: the policy would have “dramatically curtailed the kind of information available to the public about the work that public officials do.”

    GOP lawmakers approved the change, but when reporters noticed, they quickly backpedaled – not only was the proposal soon dropped, but the Republicans involved each denied having anything to do with it.

    Of course, it wasn’t a miraculous budget provision, appearing by magic; someone had to put it there. And so, we had a mystery – who tried to gut Wisconsin’s open-records law and why?

    Before anyone dismisses this as a story of little interest outside the Badger State itself, there’s a reason national outlets are keeping an eye on this one. Indeed, the Wisconsin State Journal reported overnight:
    Gov. Scott Walker’s office was involved in drafting dramatic changes to the state’s open records law that would have made it harder for the public to monitor how its government works, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

    Spokeswoman Laurel Patrick’s statement came after numerous inquiries from the State Journal in recent days and after Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday that Walker’s office collaborated with Assembly and Senate leaders to draft the changes.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Citizens United, folks.

    Citizens United.


    ‘Super PACs’ Take On New Role, Organizing Voters
    JULY 7, 2015
    IOWA CITY — College students supporting Rand Paul for president were out in force going door to door in this university town recently, using their iPad Minis to help identify Republicans committed to voting for the Kentucky senator in next year’s Iowa caucuses.

    And when Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana visited the state the same week in June for town-hall-style meetings in Waukee, Council Bluffs and Sioux City, his supporters collected voters’ names and emails with an eye toward caucus day.

    But the Paul and Jindal campaigns were not behind these time-honored grass-roots organizing efforts. Instead, in a twist that shows how even retail politics is being transformed by a flood of loosely regulated big money, the two candidates’ courtship of voters is being carried out by “super PACs,” which are using their abundant war chests to move into the nuts and bolts of campaign operations.

    In previous election cycles, super PACs — which can raise unlimited donations from corporations and individuals alike — largely channeled money from wealthy donors into political advertising. But now they are branching out into what had seemed a fundamental function of a campaign committee: organizing voters one at a time.

    • Ametia says:

      A slow but much needed, DISMANTLING of Jim Crow tactics.

      The $$$ NYC would make if it had arrested the WALL STREET, WHITE, WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS. They wouldn’t have to raise cash for bail.


    • Ametia says:

      Yes; those USURPING Obama’s are at it again, going on vacation. Why the NERVE of those NEGROES!

      white tears

      These types of articles, of petty jealousy, disdain, and outright degrading disrepect have appeared every summer, since the Obamas have been residing in the WHITE HOUSE. And I suspect they will continue UNTIL after they leave the WHITE HOUSE.

    • eliihass says:

      It’s still little Mz Fatal Attraction herself – Gayle Fee – hard at work stalking the Obamas.

  35. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Nathan ‏@nathantempey Jul 6
    In light of all the campaigning around the Confederate flag, I looked at how slavery is inscribed in NYC’s landscape”

    • Ametia says:

      Gee Wally! SMH@this foolishness.


      Such ignorance, so insulting. But so grateful to see PBO has shone that light on these COCKROACHES.

      Who the fuck do these fools think voted for the prior 43 white male presidents? Brown aliens?

  36. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day, Everyone!

  37. rikyrah says:

    from POU:

    from Lamh

    GIF of the night…great to use on emo-progs, faux-gressives, and the usual white privilege nonsense…lol

    • Liza says:

      For the love of God, Donald Trump, STFU.

    • TyrenM says:

      Good Morning Rik & 3Chics,

      I was wondering how long he’d take to circle back to us. Will the same Negroes still cape for him? I still hope he makes the debates so he can sprinkle the whole damn party with his stench.

      • eliihass says:

        When you realize that Trump is not even the worst of it..that his voice is far from being the ugliest or the meanest in the Republican party. That his is actually the ‘diluted’ version of the deep ugliness that permeates that racist party..

    • Ametia says:

      This is Trumps way of saying BLACKS ARE NOT HUMAN.

      What a projection, huh. This turd is lost, truly lost. Can’t rot into oblivion soon enough.

  38. rikyrah says:

    from POU:


    Best comment I’ve seen about Bernie’s campaign.

    From the comments at Salon:

    “In Bernie’s world, Trayvon could have been walking home with an even bigger bag of Skittles.”

  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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