Thursday Open Thread | Sweet SOUL Music Week

Hope you’re having a SOULFUL week! Mr. Otis Redding Jr., the EPITOME of SOUL. yes sir & Mam.

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  1. Ametia says:

    David Axelrod on switch from MSNBC to CNN: Didn’t want to be ‘simply a surrogate for the Democratic Party’

    NBC News and MSNBC added an A-list name to their roster of commentators back in February 2013, when they signed David Axelrod as a senior political analyst. A former White House senior adviser and a top strategist for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, Axelrod brought fresh familiarity with Washington politics plus an enviable list of contacts.

    Not for long, however.

    Just a couple of weeks ago, CNN announced that Axelrod would now be analyzing politics under its logo. The Erik Wemple Blog caught up with Axelrod last night in the Spin Room of the CNN presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Why the switch, CNN senior political commentator?

    “CNN has really made a huge investment in covering this campaign and, you know, I think I’m a reflection of that,” said Axelrod. “They wanted my expertise and wanted to offer my expertise,” he continued, a reference to his past not only with Obama but also as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune.

  2. rikyrah says:

    When even conservative justices aren’t conservative enough
    09/17/15 09:34 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) added a new line of attack to his offensive against his party’s Beltway establishment: the Republican presidential hopeful insisted that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts just isn’t far enough to the right.

    In fact, the GOP senator, who was an enthusiastic Roberts booster in 2005, even criticized former President George W. Bush for his reluctance to “spend some political capital” in support of a genuinely right-wing nominee.

    Jeb Bush was asked in last night’s debate whether Cruz was right, and though the former governor’s answer meandered a bit, Bush suggested he’d nominate different kinds of justices than his brother: “Roberts has made some really good decisions, for sure, but he did not have a proven, extensive record that would have made the clarity the important thing, and that’s what we need to do. And I’m willing to fight for those nominees to make sure that they get passed. You can’t do it the politically expedient way anymore.”

    Cruz added in response:
    “I’ve known John Roberts for 20 years, he’s amazingly talented lawyer, but, yes, it was a mistake when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. […]

    “It is true that after George W. Bush nominated John Roberts, I supported his confirmation. That was a mistake and I regret that. I wouldn’t have nominated John Roberts.”
    Watching this unfold last night, some viewers might have been left with the impression that Chief Justice Roberts is, well, retired Justice David Souter. One President Bush nominated a jurist who seemed conservative enough, but who turned out to approach the law from a center-left perspective, and then another President Bush did the same thing.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Jeb leaves a vacuum. Who fills it?

    ‎September‎ ‎17‎, ‎2015

    Matt Bai

    If you were in Washington watching the Republican debate last night, you might have felt a small tilt in the floor, or heard the plates rattling gently in their cupboards.

    That was the sound of the Republican establishment shifting its collective weight away from Jeb Bush — and inching a little bit closer to their best available alternative.

    And no, it’s not Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina.

    Not to overstate the crisis here, because one poll can change everything at this stage of a race, but the way I saw it, last night was another minor disaster for Bush. He seemed, yet again, oddly tentative and squirmy, the earnest student body president shoved aside by the boorish quarterback at the pep rally.

    That performance probably didn’t do much to help Bush among the millions of Republicans who tuned in, especially in the early primary states. But make no mistake: His most important audience right now is the one that pushed him onto that stage in the first place.

    Because if Bush has a natural base in the party, it’s the powerful assemblage of Washington Republicans — politicians, theorists, lobbyists and lawyers — who can be counted on to unify every four years around a known, governing candidate. That’s why he entered the race as the presumed favorite despite an eight-year absence from office. That’s why his super-PAC rolled up more money than the cash-counters at Trump Taj Mahal.

  4. rikyrah says:

    These cops didn’t have anything better to do than to stand around bus stops to harass Black children.
    There’s no other REAL CRIMES that they could be handling right now.


    Published on Sep 16, 2015

    The kid got stopped for “jaywalking” when he barely got out of the bus he was 2 feet away from the sidewalk when the cop stopped him for jaywalking. The cop was telling him to take a sit but the teen kept walking to his bus but the cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cops hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton, that’s when all this happened

  5. Ametia says:

    عُمر @OmarImranTweets
    He wanted to impress just a teacher but Allah said no, you are impressing Mark Zuckerberg, Obama & the rest of the world. #IStandWithAhmed


  6. Ametia says:



  7. Ametia says:

    Shhhhh! Listen. Have you heard any Republicans Tweet or get on TV and defend Ahmed.

    What we did hear and see were thoughful, intelligent, compassionate Americans speaking out against the bigoted, fearful, ignorance of RIGHTWINGERS.

  8. Ametia says:

    Show us your accomplishments, Ms. Fiorina, since Hillary Clinton doesn’t have any except getting on an airplane.

    HP’s Carly Fiorina era is finally over…good riddance

    • Ametia says:

      Interesting these two women running for POTUS and neither can TELL the TRUTH.

      America ain’t ready for truth-telling, because if they were, we’d elect a Sister to run for POTUS, and you know they would do some TRUTH-TELLING.

      The majority of politicians in genreal are immune to TRUTH., though.

  9. Ametia says:

    MEMO to Irving MCArthur school teacher/principal and those fucking cops who handcuffed Ahmed Mohamed.


  10. Liza says:

    GOP Candidates, Asked to Name Iconic American Women, Cite Foreigners and Their Relatives
    By Ben Mathis-Lilley

    CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the 11 candidates in Wednesday night’s main-event Republican presidential debate which woman they would want to put on the $10 bill. In other words, “name any historically important female American.” Here are their answers:

    Rand Paul: Susan B. Anthony.
    Mike Huckabee: His wife.
    Marco Rubio: Rosa Parks.
    Ted Cruz: Rosa Parks (but on the $20; he’d keep Hamilton on the $10).
    Ben Carson: His mother.
    Donald Trump: His daughter or Rosa Parks.
    Jeb Bush: Margaret Thatcher.
    Scott Walker: Clara Barton.
    Carly Fiorina: Wouldn’t change the bill.
    John Kasich: Mother Theresa.
    Chris Christie: Abigail Adams.

    Forty-five percent of those people are not historically important female Americans.

  11. Ametia says:


    SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (The Borowitz Report) – A thorough fact checking reveals that Wednesday night’s Republican Presidential debate was four per cent fact, fact checkers reported Thursday morning.

    According to HonestyWatch, a Minnesota-based fact-checking organization, over the course of three hours the Republican candidates served up between eight and twelve facts, not including their names and job descriptions.

    While few of the facts that were dispensed during the debate related to policy matters, viewers did learn that Jeb Bush smoked pot in high school, and that Donald Trump had not yet ridiculed Rand Paul’s looks, the fact checkers found.

    At CNN, the debate moderator, Jake Tapper, said he was proud of the role he played in keeping the evening’s fact content to a minimum.

    “Whenever I felt the candidates were straying into the issues, I tried to goad them into insulting each other,” he said. “I didn’t succeed every time, but all in all I feel good about the night.”

    While Tapper might be happy with Wednesday’s contest, it failed to match the benchmark set by August’s Fox News debate, which came in at three per cent fact.

  12. Ametia says:

    Ass-KISSING, BOOT-LICKIN’ TOADY CARSON. Trump’s not an ok doctor, you idiot. HE’S NOT A DOCTOR.

  13. Ametia says:

    BWA HA HA Liza, where are you? Bernie agrees

    • Liza says:

      Ha ha, gotta love Bernie. The fact is, he’s the only declared candidate with a lick of sense. The Democrats don’t want him though, Hillary is going to be crowned come hell or high water if they get their way.

      • Ametia says:

        I want Joe Biden. I could take a bundle of switches and light up Debbie W. Schultz’ AZZ.

      • Liza says:

        DWS needs to go, that’s a fact. She has been absolutely terrible for the Democratic party.

        Joe could win this, he could re-assemble the Obama coalition, none of the other Democrats can do that. I do believe that even without Joe many people would vote against the GOP out of sheer terror. But an enthusiasm gap might affect voter turn out with a disproportionate effect on the Democrats. It’s too early to tell but if the Democrats are counting on a huge turnout of voters terrified of having one of these GOP clowns in the WH, they better not count on it, they need more.

        I hate this election.

      • Ametia says:

        It’s early enough, for folks to get a handle on the crazy. I expect things to get REAL before the holidays and gain even some steam after the New Year partying is over.

  14. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning 3Chics.

    Please see my comment on the Natasha McKenna page.

  15. Ametia says:




    [caption id="attachment_65003" align="aligncenter" width="450"]U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson[/caption]

  16. rikyrah says:

    Read this yesterday and went EEEEEKKK!! I’m going to have to get myself to Vegas. Lionel Richie’s going to do a stint in Vegas!!

    • Ametia says:

      Read it where? Link please. Let’s coordinate and go see Mr. Richie. It will be a BLAST!

      • rikyrah says:

        Lionel Richie Talks Las Vegas Residency, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Split Rumors
        by SAMANTHA SCHNURR Today 8:49 AM PDT

        “It’s Vegas, baby! We’re doing it!”

        Lionel Richie was all smiles as he announced plans to add his name to the line of celebrity marquees along the Las Vegas strip come April 27, 2016. During an appearance on Today, the “All Night Long” crooner made the big reveal, sharing that he will be moving in at Planet Hollywood, the current home of Britney Spears, for a 20-show residency. Can’t miss this legendary event? The tickets go on sale Sept. 18.

        Richie sat down with E! News to talk more about this major moment in his legendary career of over 50 years.

        “It’s the hippest thing on the planet. It’s a destination again,” the 66-year-old said of being offered a residency in the city. “Every artist I know is trying to either be in Vegas from time to time or the residency.”

        The perks of the accommodation are seemingly endless, offering Richie the opportunity to perform without travel—or better yet— limits.
        “I get to go in and everything you can’t do on the road because it’s just too awful expensive, we can do it there so if there’s anything I want to play with or experiment with or do the drama thing, it’s in Vegas,” he explained.

  17. Ametia says:

    LOL So Jeb Bush said George kept us safe? GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!

  18. rikyrah says:

    This is the GOP. This is who they’ve always been.


    The ‘Everything is Bad’ party
    The debate made it official: For the GOP, Morning in America is now Darkness at Noon.


    America’s potential, said Carly Fiorina, is being “crushed.” America’s military, said Marco Rubio, is being “eviscerated.” Working people, said Mike Huckabee, are “taking a gut punch.” The idea of America, said Bobby Jindal, is “slipping away.”

    Donald Trump, as usual, went even further: “We don’t have a country.”

    Last night’s Republican debate in the Reagan Library was not about Morning in America. It was more like Darkness at Noon. Jeb Bush did call for the party to embrace a Reaganesque sense of optimism, which he contrasted with “the Donald Trump approach of ‘Everything is bad, everything is coming to an end.” But with occasional exceptions, usually involving the softer-edged John Kasich, the Trump approach dominated. For five hours, the candidates stood in front of Reagan’s plane and described America as a declining nation in a dystopic world, as they pledged, to borrow a phrase, to Make America Great Again.

    The big question of 2016 could well be whether Americans agree with the Republican portrait of Obama-era malaise. It was taken for granted last night that the national debt is out of control, the economy is deteriorating, the government is corrupt, and the world, as Lindsey Graham put it, is “on fire.” Rubio complained that “our left-wing government is undermining all the institutions that support the family.” Ted Cruz declared that the Iran nuclear deal would turn the Obama administration into the world’s largest financier of Islamic terror. Chris Christie said the middle class “is getting plowed over by Barack Obama.” The one thing the Republicans didn’t seem too concerned about was climate change, which they agreed was not a problem worthy of solutions that might increase utility bills at a time when average Americans, as Rick Santorum put it, “are losing ground.”

    • Ametia says:

      They ALL sounded like spoiled, rich, white kids, including Ben Carson, who don’t think for one moment, the rest of the pack wouldn’t kick his black ass to tthe curb, if he didn’t tout their bullshit–their token black for covering their own racial animus towards BLACK PEOPLE.

  19. Ametia says:

    To Ben Carson, talk about pushing POISON, when it comes to vaccines., by not FLAT out telling Trump he is a LIAR And he’s a doctor.

  20. Ametia says:

    Most of these GOP candidates want to tout their anti-washington stance, while already in washington or trying to get to washington.

    The lasst 7 years has been an attempt to totally DISMANTLE our DEMOCRACY.

    All of a sudden, what worked for centuries and for other presidential administration, (SUCH AS THE 43 PREVIOUS WHITE MALE PRESIDENTS), no longer apply.

    We see you motherfuckers, and you’re not going to get away with it.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Can Congress behave itself when the pope visits?

    So last week, four House members — Democrats Dan Lipinski (Ill.), Juan Vargas (Calif.), and Republicans Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.) and Tim Murphy (Pa.) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, asking them to put out some sort of guidance “to the House and Senate on the appropriate decorum, protocol and behavior. . . .”

    Members could use info on “how to greet the Pope, proper attire [no jeans?] . . . among other matters of etiquette,” the letter said.

    • Ametia says:

      The letter being sent to John Boehner speaks to the CHILDISH FOOLISHNESS that permeates the US CONGRESS.

      Pathetic, to literally beg members of US Congress to BEHAVE themselves when Pope or any other dignatary VISITS.

      You can’t be repectful and show any dignity to DIGNATARIES, when you don’t have any.

      But then we all KNOW they lost any sense of respectability or decorum here:

  22. Ametia says:

    HA HA HA HA So the media has moved on from the Donald’s eh?

  23. rikyrah says:

    Here’s an interview with Ahmed. He can probably fix your car too, if it’s broke. I’m still pissed at what the did to him.


    All In Exclusive with Ahmed Mohamed
    Chris Hayes talks with the Texas 14-year-old who was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade digital clock to school, after a teacher said it looked like a bomb.

    • Ametia says:

      Thank you, FLOTUS. Others have tried to co-op your Let’s Move initiatives, but we know your efforts have made the greatest IMPACT.


  24. rikyrah says:

    Fiorina bests Trump while stumbling over facts
    09/17/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 09/17/15 08:06 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Most well-adjusted Americans who don’t cover politics for a living probably came to an important conclusion last night: there was simply no way to endure more than five hours of continuous Republican debating on CNN. And that means many news consumers woke up this morning wondering who “won” the night.

    The political media has an answer. Carly Fiorina “crushed it.” She won “hands down.” She had a “breakout performance.” She “stepped up to the big stage on Wednesday night and won this debate.”

    MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin highlighted the exchange that generated the most attention of the night.
    In one of several skirmishes, businesswoman Carly Fiorina – who did not qualify for the first debate – responded to recent remarks by Trump deriding her physical appearance.

    “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said.

    The audience burst into massive applause in response, easily the loudest of the night. Trump, who seemed caught off guard by the explosive reaction to the field’s only female candidate, said that Fiorina “has a beautiful face” and is a “beautiful woman.”
    In case it wasn’t obvious, Trump’s response was nearly as insulting as the comments that got him into trouble in the first place. Adding condescending misogyny to mean-spirited misogyny does not make a problem go away.

    It was arguably the first time since the start of the campaign that Trump, the current GOP frontrunner, was caught off-balance and flat-footed. Time will tell whether, and to what degree, Republican primary voters cared, but many observers saw this debate as the event that may finally help burst the Trump bubble.

    But while much of the political establishment seemed eager to applaud Fiorina’s debate “victory,” there was just one problem that’s been largely overlooked: much of what she said last night wasn’t true. Indeed, as a substantive matter, Fiorina, who’s running for president despite never having held public office, spoke with great confidence and poise, but generally seemed clueless.

    Her rhetoric about Planned Parenthood was plainly at odds with reality. She said it takes “two-thirds of the states” to ratify a constitutional amendment, but it actually takes three-fourths. Her comments about the criminal justice system were simply untrue. She insisted that Democrats, who’ve been pleading with Republicans for years to pass immigration reform, “don’t want” to pass immigration reform. Her defense of her failed tenure at HP was hard to take seriously. Her rhetoric about foreign policy was “bizarre.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Trailer: Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner in Film Based on Controversial 1988 Carter High School Football Team

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    September 15, 2015 at 2:24PM

    Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner and Pooch Hall all star in the upcoming feature drama “Carter High,” which centers on the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, a formidable high school football team in Texas that overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship. However, it is what happened after their championship season that rocked the world of sports: 9 of the 18 Division 1 scholarship players went on to commit a string of robberies, and all were apprehended before the start of their freshman college seasons, leading to national headlines, courtroom drama and eventual prison sentences. Their state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned, the record book revised, and a best-seller titled “Friday Night Lights” was born

  26. rikyrah says:

    Twitter is a game changer…


    Meet the woman behind #IStandWithAhmed.

    A Texas college student wanted to show her support for Ahmed Mohamed. Twenty-four hours later, her hashtag has started a movement.

    More than 700,000 people have taken to Twitter to support Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb.


    The hashtag was created by Amneh Jafari, who wrote, “If his name was John he would be labelled as a genius. Since its Ahmed he’s labelled as a “suspect”. #doublestandards #IStandWithAhmed.”

    Jafari, a 23-year-old psychology student at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), was shocked that such a young student was arrested in her state.

    She told BBC Trending that as the oldest of nine children, with two siblings around Ahmed’s age, “it was so close to home.”

    • Ametia says:

      Ahmed would do well, as would other Black boys & girls to aspire to build & own their own TECH companies. *LOOKING@ACEBOOK-TWITTER-APPLE, etc., etc., ecetra!

  27. rikyrah says:

    This is Rafael’s choice….


    Ten Things You Should Know About The Federal Judge Accused Of Racism
    JUN 5, 2013 3:47PM

    Earlier this week, several civil rights groups filed an official complaint against Judge Edith Jones, a former chief judge of the powerful United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, alleging that she claimed that African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed towards violent crime and that the death penalty is a public service because it allows inmates to “make peace with God.” Though these allegations will need to be proven during the formal ethics process, they are entirely in line with Jones’ past record. Here are some other facts you should know about Judge Edith Jones:

    1. Edith Jones Waved Off Horrific Sexual Harassment
    A paper mill worker named Susan Waltman’s supervisor told her to have sex with a co-worker, “pinched her buttocks with pliers and tried to put his hands in her back pockets,” and fellow employees hung used tampons from their lockers. When she complained to a manager, she was told she should “expect this type of behavior working with men.” After she complained, an employee of another company that worked in the mill grabbed her arm while she was carrying a vial of hot liquid, and another worker stuck his tongue in her ear. One of her co-workers told her “he would cut off her breast and shove it down her throat.” He later dangled her over a stairwell thirty feet above the floor. Though she met with senior managers about these incidents, the harassment continued. At one point, a co-worker “grabbed Waltman’s breasts and directed a high pressure hose at her crotch.”

    Judge Jones wrote a dissenting opinion claiming that this woman’s sexual harassment suit should be thrown out.

    2. Edith Jones Thinks Victims Of Employment Discrimination Should ‘”Take A Better Second Job Instead Of Bringing Suit”
    In a speech at the University of Texas, Jones claimed that employment discrimination suits “seldom turn on evidence of race- or sex-based discrimination” and generally involve “petty interoffice disputes, recrimination, second-guessing and suspicion.” She advised workers claiming discrimination to “[t]ake a better second job instead of bringing suit,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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