Monday Open Thread | Let’s Dance Week

We will continue our Let’s Dance Week.

We are finishing up the list of the Best Party Songs from Timeout New York.


“Beat It” by Michael Jackson

“Express Yourself” by Madonna

“Celebration” by Kool and the Gang

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

“Give Up the Funk” by Parliament

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations

“What’d I Say” by Ray Charles

“Do You Love Me” by the Contours

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

“Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

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77 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Let’s Dance Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    When Schools Overlook Introverts

    As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings.

    When Susan Cain published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book criticizes schools and other key institutions for primarily accommodating extroverts and such individuals’ “need for lots of stimulation.” Much to introverts’ relief, it also seeks to raise awareness about the personality type, particularly among those who’ve struggled to understand it.

    It seems that such efforts have, for the most part, struggled to effect much change in the educational world. The way in which certain instructional trends—education buzzwords like “collaborative learning” and “project-based learning” and “flipped classrooms”—are applied often neglect the needs of introverts. In fact, these trends could mean that classroom environments that embrace extroverted behavior—through dynamic and social learning activities—are being promoted now more than ever. These can be appealing qualities in the classroom, of course, but overemphasizing them can undermine the learning of students who are inward-thinking and easily drained by constant interactions with others.

    Just last week the University of Chicago library announced that in response to “increased demand,” librarians are working with architects to transform a presumably quiet reading room into a “vibrant laboratory of interactive learning.” One writer on Top Hat, a popular online resource for educators, argued in a post last month that “cooperative learning strategies harness the greatest part of human evolutionary behavior: sociality.” And earlier this month, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, promoted their installation of “active learning classrooms” with “multiple desk formations” in which “professors must change their mindsets” because “the lectures should be designed to learn by doing.” Hamoud Salhi, a professor and acting associate dean, explains, “This project is not just about changing the classroom environment; it is also about changing how instructors approach teaching.”

    Meanwhile, some advocates for “active learning classrooms” write about “breaking students and faculty out of their comfort zones” like it’s a good thing, and other teachers continue to conflate introversion and an inability to self-advocate. Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric advertises a pedagogy that “seeks to overhaul the model of education” and challenges students to “forego passivity in favor of contribution and participation…students must overcome isolation in order to learn to write.” And Liz Sproat, head of Google for Education—an organization that doesn’t see a profit when students simply read quietly and think introspectively—situates “the increase in collaborative working” as an agreed-upon premise in an article on, one that Google can make more “cost-effective.”

    Introverts “feel at their most alive and their most switched-on when they’re in quieter, low-key environments.”
    This growing emphasis in classrooms on group projects and other interactive arrangements can be challenging for introverted students who tend to perform better when they’re working independently and in more subdued environments. Comprising anywhere from one third to about half of the population, introverts sometimes appear shy, depressed, or antisocial, when that’s not always the case. As Susan Cain put it in her famous TED Talk, introverts simply “feel at their most alive and their most switched-on and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments.”

    I started reflecting on this recently after observing classes at a public high school in California. (I teach English at a different public high school and visited the school as a professional-development activity.) All but four of the 26 teachers I witnessed had their students arranged in groups or with partners. Such formations aren’t necessarily irreconcilable with the needs of introverts, but these arrangements can inherently enable noisy, distracting conditions that make learning particularly difficult for certain students.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Congressional agenda thrown into disorder with Boehner’s departure

    By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell
    September 26
    House Speaker John A. Boehner’s stunning resignation throws the congressional agenda into disarray, with short-term hope for passing crucial items offset by the long-term fear that old battles will only be repeated.

    By defusing a conservative revolt that threatened to end his speakership, Boehner’s announcement effectively ended the immediate threat of a government shutdown. And because he is not leaving Congress until Oct. 30, some Republicans and many Democrats are hoping the speaker finds the resolve to push through legislation that enjoys bipartisan support but has been stalled by conservative objections.

    Yet any progress may be hampered by the internal politics of the House Republican Conference and the leadership races to replace Boehner and his lieutenants.

  3. eliihass says:

    Watching the United Nations sessions – besides being a congregation of the worst megalomaniacs and narcissists, is the easiest way to confirm that countries hack each other. The speeches are so telling. When they aren’t suggestive of having been ripped off, they confirm that there was some pre-knowledge of the President’s own speech. And it’s not solely from pre-speech interviews..

    Meanwhile, looks like everyone’s jumping on our FLOTUS’ girls education passion. It seems to be the latest hot cause de jour for serf and first ladies alike. Even Xi Jinping’s wife gave a speech in english to tell you she’s passionate about girls education:

  4. rikyrah says:

    well, Fox is happy


    ‘Empire’ Season Two Premiere Audience Hits 22 Million in First Three Days

    Categories: Broadcast TV,Network TV Press Releases

    Written By Dani Dixon

    September 28th, 2015

    According to Nielsen’s Live +3s, the Season 2 premiere of EMPIRE drew an 8.7/27 rating among Adults 18-49, up +4% from its Season 2 finale (8.4/27) and up +64% from its Season 1 premiere (5.5/15).

    With all available data, including streaming on Hulu and, the EMPIRE Season 2 premiere rolled up to 22.5 million viewers after 3 days – up +39% from its same day multi-platform audience (16.2 mil). And 2.9 million of the EMPIRE premiere’s three-day audience came from VOD and streaming on FOX NOW and Hulu, further underscoring why it’s important to put more emphasis on the full picture of multi-platform viewing.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Michael B. Jordan, Here’s the Thing About Going for White Roles Only and Wanting to Be Post-Racial

    That the actor actively pursues roles written for white guys so as not to be pigeonholed shows that it’s Hollywood that doesn’t know how to be post-racial.

    Posted: Sept. 24 2015 3:46 PM

    Michael B. Jordan’s interview with GQ magazine gives a prime example of the kind of well-intentioned, young black person who seems to think that it’s black people who are unnecessarily obsessed with race, and that everyone else is trying to get on with their lives and move the ball forward on race relations.

    After he portrayed real-life Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, he spoke about how he wanted to make sure he wasn’t pigeonholed as a black actor who only does stories about black experiences.

    “The first time I sat down with multiple agents at the agency, I told them […] ‘Understand the situation that I’m in and the opportunities that are presented in front of me and the expectations that come with doing a film like Fruitvale Station moving forward,’” Jordan recalled. He cautioned his agents to be mindful of how he’d be perceived as a result of playing Grant.

    “You know, for my community, the African-American community, there was a certain expectation. You do a role that represents African Americans, of Oscar Grant being wrongfully accused, wrongfully killed by the police […] a certain expectation comes with it to be the one to speak out,” Jordan explained.

    But in Jordan’s attempt to communicate how he wanted to expand his horizons, he unknowingly supported the idea that Hollywood is at fault because it only creates black roles when it wants to tell a social-justice story. Whereas white roles are far more creative and span the spectrum of what a film might be about.

    In fact, Jordan came out and basically suggested that outright.

    “I told my team after I finished Chronicle that I only want to go out for roles that were written for white characters,” Jordan said. I wonder if he realizes that his preference suggests that Hollywood is very open-minded when it comes to white roles and the stories white actors can tell.

    “I want to be part of that movement that blurs the line between white and black,” he said.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s Big, White Lie: On Planned Parenthood, Racism and Convenient Christians
    The Republican Party’s push to defund Planned Parenthood once again exposes its racism and “pro-life” hypocrisy.

    Posted: Sept. 28 2015 3:00 AM

    Escalating tensions between establishment Republicans and members of the Tea Party over Planned Parenthood has pushed the GOP into chaos and the government to the brink of another shutdown, with Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner announcing his resignation last Friday.
    The consensus is that Boehner decided to leave before he was pushed out, in large part because of his refusal to force a bill through Congress to President Barack Obama’s desk that would defund Planned Parenthood, a bill the POTUS has already said he would veto.


    The Grand Old Party accuses Planned Parenthood of genocide, particularly in the African-American community—yes, you, Ben Carson—while fighting to eliminate or reduce every single public policy that financially assists marginalized and disadvantaged citizens of color in this country.

    Do you see that hypocrisy? Let’s cut welfare and health care for communities of color, but save their fetuses. Let’s focus more on prison creation than equitable job creation, then vilify and shame women, particularly of color, who choose abortion because they refuse to raise children in poverty. Let’s continually evoke the name of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, and the lie that she was out to “exterminate” the black population, while screaming out bloodthirsty support for the death penalty, which disproportionately leads to the execution of black people.


    They don’t want us to question why conservative states in the Deep South with the most restricted access to abortions, such as Mississippi and Louisiana, often have the highest (for-profit) prison populations. Instead, we’re supposed to follow a party of convenient Christians wrapped in their false sense of moral superiority as they tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. We’re supposed to ignore how they ignore the plight of underprivileged children already here, including children of color trapped in a dehumanizing foster-care system who are too often left homeless when they age out of that system.

    As far back as 1966, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, called family planning a “special and urgent concern” for black families living in cyclical poverty in the United States, a critical issue that the country had the resources to address. Yet here we are, almost 50 years later, with Republicans—armed with cherry-picked religious conjecture and a capitalist agenda—moving to defund an organization that addresses that critical issue, apparently governing by the creed that support of life begins at conception and ends at birth.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush’s Claim That Blacks Want ‘Free Stuff’ for Votes Insults Our Dignity and History of Struggle
    The GOP presidential candidate’s statement perpetuates a mythology of ignorance that casts black folks as a lazy mass of people dependent on government largesse for their existence.

    Posted: Sept. 28 2015 3:00 AM

    Jeb Bush’s recent comments in South Carolina about Democrats getting black people to vote for them by promising them “free stuff” during election season is a powerful reminder that a leading Republican presidential candidate is woefully ignorant about contemporary race relations and the history that’s shaped the racial-justice struggle.

    Ironically, the former governor of Florida’s statement echoed Mitt Romney’s infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who longed for government handouts, said while discussing minority-voter outreach and the Republican Party.

    During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush doubled down on his comments. “We need to make our case to African-American voters and to all voters that an aspiration message fixing a few complex things will allow people to rise up,” explained the Republican presidential hopeful. “That’s what people want. They don’t want free stuff. That was my point.”

    Bush’s demonization of African Americans as a group whose loyalty to the Democratic Party has been purchased via big-government spending continues the Republican assault on black dignity and citizenship, a struggle marked by contemporary voting-rights battles taking place across the nation.

    Black Americans have been the hardest-working and least-rewarded group in American history. African-American rates of employment, income and wealth pale in comparison with those of whites, the result of a long and continuous history of institutional racism that Bush simply ignores.

    Racial insensitivity is a Bush family trait. George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, defeated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988 by running the infamous Willie Horton ads that played upon national fears of black criminality and racial violence.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Calif. Kindergartner Kicked Out of Christian School for Having 2 Moms
    The school’s parent-and-student handbook, which was revised over the summer, declared the school’s right to refuse admission and discontinue enrollment of a student who is “living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality, practicing homosexual lifestyle … ”

    Posted: Sept. 28 2015 3:25 PM

    A 5-year-old San Diego girl is at home, instead of starting kindergarten with her friends, because her school, the Mount Erie Christian Academy, refuses to welcome her any longer because she has two moms, KGTV reports.

    The child, who had attended Mount Erie for preschool and summer school, was abruptly cut off when her parents were called in the Friday before Labor Day, just before school started, and a pastor broke the news.

    “It was heartbreaking,” one of the mothers, Sheena, who didn’t want her last name disclosed, told the news station. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”

    “They told us, ‘Oh, this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child,” the stay-at-home mom added.

  9. rikyrah says:

    University of Mo. Student Posts Epic Facebook Response After Being Called ‘N–ger’
    Payton Head, a senior and president of the Missouri Students Association, posted a long rant on his Facebook page, which has been shared over 900 times, after passengers inside a pickup truck began hurling racial slurs at him.

    Posted: Sept. 16 2015 8:02 AM

    It wasn’t the first time that Payton Head had been called “n–ger” on the University of Missouri campus, but this time he figured he was going to do something about it.

    So the senior and president of the Missouri Students Association took to his Facebook page to vent about the most recent event during which passengers inside a pickup truck began yelling racial slurs as Head walked down a street

    “Some guys in the back of a pickup just started yelling the n-word at me,” Head told the Columbia Missourian. “I could either not say anything and go about my night, or I could finish my term and stay angry, or I could say something.”

    So he wrote about how it feels to be marginalized and disrespected.

    “I really just want to know why my simple existence is such a threat to society,” Head wrote in a Facebook post. “For those of you who wonder why I’m always talking about the importance of inclusion and respect, it’s because I’ve experienced moments like this multiple times at THIS university, making me not feel included here.

    “Many of you are so privileged that you’ll never know what it feels like to be a hijab-wearing Muslim woman and be called a terrorist or a towel head. You don’t have to think about being transgender and worrying about finding a restroom where you can go and not be targeted for violence because you don’t fit into the gender binary,” he wrote

  10. rikyrah says:

    Just finished Quantico – I liked it.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Things You Never Thought You’d See
    by BooMan
    Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 12:44:05 PM EST

    There are some things that, through either well-earned experience or cynicism, I just don’t expect to see a national politician do. For example, I never thought I’d see a vice-presidential candidate wink at me during a debate. And I never thought I’d see a presently serving president sit down with a bunch of black and Latino inmates at a prison and talk about their families, how they got into crime, why they copped a plea, what kind of businesses they’d like to start, how they might get financing to start those businesses, what kind of responsibilities they have as parents and to their communities, the reasons for and against the War on Drugs, and the impact of the cycle of mass incarceration on communities of color.

  12. rikyrah says:

    **UPDATED: Barack Obama and the myth of the progressive ‘majorities’

    JULY 16, 2011

    To progressives who complain about Barack Obama “squandering” the progressive majorities he supposedly had going for him when he was elected president, I refer you to the following chart (from Wikipedia):

  13. rikyrah says:

    Senator Warren on How America Excluded Black Families From the Middle Class
    September 28, 2015
    by Staff

    United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on Sunday at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, as part of the Institute’s “Getting to the Point” speaker series.

    pdf of remarks

  14. Ametia says:

    McCarthy announces he will seek to succeed Boehner as House speaker
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced in a letter to colleagues that he is officially seeking to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker of the House. “I am running to be your Speaker because I know that the People’s House works best when the leadership you elect listens to members and respects the legislative process entrusted to committees,” he wrote. “If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people.”

    Read more »

  15. rikyrah says:

    water is wet news

    NewsOne @newsone

    Research shows killers of black men are less likely to get executed

  16. rikyrah says:

    GOP To Launch New Assault On Obamacare, Planned Parenthood

    House Republicans have a plan to get their bills past the Senate.

    Michael McAuliff
    Senior Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post

    WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are probably the two things the GOP hates most. House Republicans are targeting both this week with an obscure procedural move that could finally advance opposition bills to President Barack Obama’s desk.

    The procedure is called budget reconciliation, and legislation advanced that way cannot be filibustered in the Senate, is subject only to limited amendments and needs only simple majority votes to pass, according to House and Senate rules.

    It would then be up to Obama to veto the measures, which he would be all but certain to do. But the process would move two cherished GOP goals through the Senate, pushing them further than they’ve ever gotten before.

    “Obamacare remains as unpopular as ever, and this package gives us our best shot to put a repeal bill on the president’s desk,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is leading the Obamacare attack and rolled out his plans Monday.

    Congress set up the moves last spring when it passed a budget plan that included reconciliation provisions — essentially instructions for various committees to draw up legislation targeting the Affordable Care Act and other unspecified issues. Senate committees are expected to take similar steps to those in the House.

  17. TyrenM says:

    Now that I’ve had lunch, let me thank you 3Chics for reminding me of my 1st soap eating. Mom’s Parliament Live album. Me repeating Shit! Got damn! Get off your ass and jam!

    I ain’t been right ever since. Have a great afternoon all.

  18. rikyrah says:

    For the far-right, it’s one leader down, one to go
    09/28/15 12:54 PM
    By Steve Benen
    There may be 54 Republicans in the Senate, but only one has publicly expressed support for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). That endorsement came from none other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Paul’s grudging home-state partner.

    With this support in mind, it was curious to see Kentucky’s junior senator on Fox News this morning, confronted with a simple question: do you support McConnell’s position as majority leader? Three times the Fox host asked Rand Paul for an answer, and as TPM noted this morning, three times the senator dodged.

    The furthest Paul was willing to go was this faint praise for his colleague: “Well, there is no election. There is no battle going on.” In other words, Paul supports McConnell insofar as he has no other choice right now.

    But for many Capitol Hill conservatives, the fact that there is “no battle going on” is precisely the problem. Far-right members have helped force House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) out of Congress, and Politico reported late last week that many of these same lawmakers are equally eager – if not more so – to change Senate leaders, too.
    Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a hardliner who frequently worked at odds with Boehner, was texting Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Friday morning to make a suggestion: “Next guy in the crosshairs is probably gonna be McConnell.” Lee, who chairs the conservative arm of McConnell’s GOP conference, texted back to doubt that conclusion.

    But Salmon and many other House conservatives are unswayed.

    “Mitch McConnell is infinitely worse as a leader than Boehner. He surrenders at the sight of battle every time,” Salmon said.
    To the extent that reality matters, Mitch McConnell, perhaps more than any Republican in the nation, has been the embodiment of anti-Obama obstructionism. No GOP lawmaker of the Obama era has gone as far as McConnell to reject every White House proposal – regardless of merit, regardless of consequence, regardless of whether or not Republicans actually agreed with the administration.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush stumbles on ‘the way it is’
    09/28/15 10:01 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Jeb Bush’s tax plan, outlined a couple of weeks ago, is burdened by some fairly serious flaws. It is, for example, a multi-trillion package that the Republican can’t pay for. It’s also built on a series of trickle-down assumptions that are hard to take seriously.

    But there’s also the plain, political reality: in a year in which economic populism is striking a chord, the former governor is pushing a plan that disproportionately benefits the very wealthy. Fox News’ Chris Wallace pressed Bush on this specific point yesterday, and pay particular attention to the Florida Republican’s closing response.
    WALLACE: Then there’s another complaint, and that is the issue of who benefits. The Tax Foundation says the middle class would see after tax income increase 2.9 percent. But the top 1 percent would get a boost of 11.6 percent. An analysis of your tax returns for the last six years, which you have released to the public, the last six years indicates that you would save, under your tax plan, $3 million. Does Jeb Bush need a $3 million tax cut?

    BUSH: Look, the benefit of this goes disproportionately to the middle class. If you look at what the middle class pays today compared to what they would pay in our tax plan –

    WALLACE: But they get a 2.9 percent increase in after tax income –

    BUSH: Because higher income people pay more taxes right now and proportionally, everybody will get a benefit. But proportionally, they’ll pay more in with my plan than what they pay today.

    WALLACE: Well, I mean, forgive me, sir, but – but 2.9 seems like it’s less than 11.6.

    BUSH: The simple fact is 1 percent of people pay 40 percent of all the taxes. And so, of course, tax cuts for everybody is going to generate more for people that are paying a lot more. I mean that’s just the way it is.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Ben Carson makes his case in support of discrimination
    09/28/15 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s been about a week since Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson appeared on “Meet the Press” and said that Muslim Americans, regardless of any other consideration, should be disqualified from the presidency. In the days that followed, the retired neurosurgeon has, at different times, insisted he “meant exactly what I said” while also falsely claiming he was taken out of context.

    Yesterday, CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Carson for an explanation. The back and forth between them went on for a while, but it culminated in this exchange.
    TAPPER: I think one of the things is just you are a member of a church that there’s a lot of misinformation about, the Seventh Day Adventist church. You know what it’s like for people to make false assumptions about you. And you seem to be doing the same thing with Muslims.

    CARSON: In which way am I making a false assumption?

    TAPPER: You’re assuming that Muslim-Americans put their religion ahead of the country.

    CARSON: I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have a very difficult time abiding under the Constitution of the United States.

    TPM noted that it was around this point that a Carson adviser intervened and ended the interview.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Carly Fiorina stubbornly pretends fiction is fact
    09/28/15 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The novice White House candidates have every reason to be pleased with their current standing, but they nevertheless find themselves at a crossroads, The Amateur Trio of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina – who, between them, have zero days of experience in public office – have done well enough in the cycle’s opening round to claim first-tier status.

    And while it’s challenging for any national candidate to maintain that status, it’s especially difficult for someone who’s literally never won an election.

    For a candidate like Fiorina, the goal appears to be demonstrating – to voters, to donors, to potential endorsers, et al – that she’s the real deal. She may have struggled badly in the private sector, and she may have failed in her only other bid for public office – Fiorina lost a Senate campaign in 2010 in her home state by double digits – but the Republican is eager to prove that’s she’s a legitimate presidential contender anyway.

    Brazen dishonesty is likely to make that task far more difficult.
    Carly Fiorina on Sunday stood by her disputed description of a scene from the videos targeting Planned Parenthood, but refused to say definitively that Republicans should force a government shutdown to defund the organization.

    “Not at all. That scene absolutely does exist, and that voice saying what I said they were saying – “We’re gonna keep it alive to harvest its brain – exists as well,” Fiorina said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” […] In a testy exchange with host Chuck Todd, Fiorina repeatedly insisted that the practice she described “is happening.”
    Except, it’s not. She’s still lying.

    Look, I don’t want to belabor the point. Fiorina made a very specific claim in the most recent GOP debate and that claim wasn’t true. Since then, she and her aides have repeated the lie, over and over again, pretending fiction is fact. ABC offered Fiorina a chance to clarify, but she refused, sticking to the falsehood. Then Fox News pressed the Republican to acknowledge reality, and Fiorina refused again.

  22. Ametia, you got mail.

  23. rikyrah says:



    Texas ‘good guy with a gun’ shoots carjacking victim in head — then runs away

    ouston police say that an armed man’s attempt to stop a carjacking went terribly wrong on Saturday night when he shot the vehicle’s owner in the head, then fled the scene.

    According to KHOU Channel 11 News, the shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. at a Valero gas station in north Houston.

    Police officials say that two men jumped the owner of a Chevrolet pickup truck and absconded with his vehicle.

    As the men struggled with the car-owner, a passerby produced a gun and fired multiple shots, missing the thieves but striking the victim in the head.

    The shooter quickly gathered up his shell casings from the pavement and fled the scene.

    The injured man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

  24. Watch me now, oh
    (Work, work)
    Ah, shake it up, shake it
    (Work, work)
    Ah, shake ’em, shake ’em down
    (Work, work)
    Ah, little bit of soul now

  25. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush defends ‘free stuff’ comments
    September 27, 2015, 10:38 am

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday said he did not mean to insinuate that black voters choose Democrats because they want “free stuff.”

    The GOP presidential hopeful said his comments were taken out of context.

    “They don’t want free stuff, that was my whole point,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.”

    Bush said he meant to say increased economic opportunity would allow African Americans to lift themselves out of poverty and off of welfare.

    “I think we need to make our case to African American voters and all voters an aspirational message fixing a few big things will allow people to rise up, that’s what people want,” he said.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Please Proceed, House Republicans

    Posted by Zandar at 9:14 am .

    Sep 28, 2015

    With Orange Julius on the way out, the conventional wisdom is that the nutjobs will be sated long enough to get some long-term funding deals done and to get America out of “lurching from GOP-created crisis to GOP-created crisis” mode. I’m not buying that simply because when you reward bullies, they don’t back down. But if House Republicans really do want to shut the government down this week over Planned Parenthood, they’re not going to have very much support.

    Nearly seven in 10 Americans — 69 percent — oppose shutting down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood, according to the results of a new national Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

    Just 23 percent support closing the government over the dispute. Even among Republicans, a majority of 56 percent to 36 percent opposes a shutdown due to Planned Parenthood.

    At the same time, 44 percent to 39 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, with a significant gender gap. Among women, 50 percent to 35 percent approve of the group, while men disapprove, 43 percent to 38 percent.

    But as far as cutting off funding to the group, 52 percent said they would oppose doing so, compared with 41 percent who supported such an action. Women opposed such an action by a wide margin — 60 percent to 34 percent — while men responding to the survey supported an end to federal funding 49 percent to 44 percent.

  27. rikyrah says:


    George Zimmerman retweets photo of Trayvon Martin’s body

  28. rikyrah says:

    Shonda Rhimes: See the Cover (and Read an Excerpt!) from Her New Book, The Year of Yes

    By Julie Jordan
    @juliejordanc 09/28/2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

    Shonda Rhimes has created television’s mega-hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal with swoon-worthy leading men and mind-blowing twists. Now, the showrunner is adding “author” to her long list of accomplishments as well.

    Rhimes’ new book, The Year of Yes, chronicles a year of her life after she decided to say “yes” to unexpected invitations in December 2013.

    Saying yes for an entire year turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made,” she says in a statement. “It was also a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing. So this is not a story I ever planned to share with anyone.”

    When Simon & Schuster approached her about writing a book, Rhimes, 45, added that she “had no choice – what else could I say but yes?”

  29. rikyrah says:



    Some St. Louis County cities fear new police requirements are meant to put them out of business

  30. Ametia says:

    Thanks, Mr. Blow!


    Jeb & his take on Southern strategy. FUCK YOU

  31. rikyrah says:

    Inside the battle for the next House speaker
    Mon September 28, 2015

    Washington (CNN) – Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is quietly locking down support to be the next House speaker, is privately assuring Republicans he’ll take a tougher stand against the White House — and also the Senate GOP leadership, according to people familiar with the talks.

    Hours after Rep. John Boehner abruptly announced Friday that he’d resign his speakership, the California Republican has spoken to nearly every GOP lawmaker in his caucus, seeking their input and calling for party unity, according to a person with knowledge of the conversations.

    He’s hearing from members angry that the GOP Congress has not advanced the conservative cause more forcefully, and he’s responding with a clear message: He is willing to take a more confrontational stand with the White House and the Senate to achieve the results the party has sought to enact, according to several people who have spoken to the House majority leader.

    Related: John Boehner’s resignation spells trouble for Jeb Bush

    That pitch could appease conservatives who have grown frustrated that Boehner had not been aggressive enough with President Barack Obama or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who is deeply unpopular in much of the House GOP conference. That approach would immediately be put to test in what will likely be a contentious fall and winter, when Congress will have to deal with a spate of fiscal matters.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Found at POU:

    Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    “If you think this stuff is simple, you don’t understand.”

    That’s how St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan concluded his column about LaDonte Gaines-Gracy. (The February 1 piece is, sadly, trapped behind the Post-Dispatch’s paywall.) McClellan had attended Gaines-Gracy’s trial in Jennings Municipal Court. He watched the 21-year-old take a deal offered by the prosecution, opting to plead guilty to littering rather than going to trial to fight charges for resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and walking in the street.

    McClellan was clearly disturbed by what he’d witnessed. Gaines-Gracy, a high school graduate who made his living by caring for a disabled great-uncle, had been stopped by a Jennings police cruiser on February 14, 2014. The stop ended with the officers slamming Gaines-Gracy to the ground, tasing him twice and placing him under arrest.

    “The whole situation could have been defused with a little cooperation,” Ethan Corlija, the Jennings prosecutor, told McClellan. Later, Corlija said, “I don’t see any abuse here.”

    But that’s not how Gaines-Gracy sees it. In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed earlier this month, he and his attorneys allege that the two officers turned what should have been a brief, peaceful interaction into a violent showdown.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Found this at POU:


    Designer Phillip Lim shares a cool moment he had with FLOTUS…

    From WWD:

    Lim said he was floored when Mrs. Obama walked out wearing one of his designs. “I had to do everything in my ability to hold it in. I wanted to scream,” said Lim, who was asked to work on an ensemble two weeks before his September runway show. It was an honor that he said his parents, who came to the U.S. as immigrants, “never in a gazillion, trillion years” could have imagined their sacrifices would ever lead to.

    …The New York-based designer got another jolt at Friday night’s state
    dinner before Ne-Yo performed. After chatting with such tablemates as
    Misty Copeland and Stephen Schwarzman (who made no mention of his morning at an East Harlem school with Pope Francis), Lim was tapped on the shoulder by FLOTUS’ social secretary because the First Lady wanted to see him.”I was like, ‘Oh my God, what?’ They pulled me into a room alone. I was like, ‘OK, no one else is here. I’m in trouble, uh-oh,’” Lim said. “Then they come in — Barack, Michelle, Xi Jinping and his wife. Michelle said, ‘I just wanted to make sure I found you tonight to say, ‘Thank you.’ and ‘Did you like it?’”

    “How amazing is that?” Lim said. “It was only me and them in the room. How do you respond to that? I just gave her a hug and she gave me a
    hug and said, ‘Thank you babe.’” Lim said. “I mean, this lady rules the
    world. You don’t even expect a single word because of all the formalities. For her to take a minute out…I mean, there were 100 people there — Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook…and I got tapped on the shoulder.”

  34. eliihass says:

    Good morning fam..Hope it was a lovely weekend for all…I’ve got so much to catch up on (and chime in on);

    Listening to the President’s excellent speech at the United Nations. He’s reminding them why the United Nations was formed in the first place. Excellent, excellent speech. Calling out China, Syria, Russia and their leaders by name. Reminding them that he is *the* Commander in Chief of the world’s most powerful army. No fear, but he opts not always use military force, but won’t hesitate to do so when necessary.

  35. TyrenM says:

    Good morning 3Chics,
    I’ll be here on and off all day jammin! Run Joe Run! Have a good day all.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Now Jeb Is On the Ropes

    by BooMan
    Sun Sep 27th, 2015 at 10:53:41 PM EST

    So, now it’s Jeb’s turn to experience the joys of panicking sugar daddies who want to see a return on their investment beyond a 7% rating in the polls.

    He’s got enough money (and the connections to raise more) that he can tough this out longer than Scott Walker, but this isn’t the kind of press his campaign wants to see.

    I learned from watching John McCain’s campaign come back from the dead, so I’m not going to pronounce Jeb’s campaign…

    …but it is definitely a very sick campaign. Very sick.

    And they’re worrying about Rubio when I think they should be more worried about Kasich.

    I don’t doubt that some Establishment types are ready to flee to Rubio, but these are the same people who thought Jeb was a cinch.

    What part of Donald Trump’s success or John Boehner’s demise makes these folks think that the Republican base wants a pro-amnesty U.S. Senator of Cuban descent as their standard bearer?

    Am I crazy?

    We have a full-on white nationalist freak-out revolt on our hands and they’re worried about Rubio?

    First, look at the fact that the Republicans’ top three choices now, who collectively have the support of over 50% of likely voters, are not members of Congress or even sitting or former governors. These folks hate Congress, hate the Republican leadership, hate the Republican establishment, and, above all, hate racial minorities.

  37. Ametia says:

    Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate if he declares his intention to seek his party’s nomination as late as the day of the debate, according to eligibility criteria released by CNN.

    So far, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb have been invited to the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate on October 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

    All five of the candidates have achieved an average of at least 1% in three polls, recognized by CNN, released between August 1 and October 10.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Federal judge orders ex-charter school director in SC to prison – now

    Federal Judge Terry Wooten has ordered former Lee County charter school director Benita Dinkins-Robinson to report to prison Tuesday to start a three-and-a-half year sentence.

    Wooten’s order likely will end a weeks-long effort by Dinkins-Robinson, 40, a mother of two school-age children, to stay out of prison.

    Instead, the former Bishopville public charter school director is to report to Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W. Va. That prison was chosen by the federal Bureau of Prisons as the best facility for her.

    The prison is a minimum security facility housing some 1,200 female inmates, most of whom are serving time for non-violent offenses. Financial fraudster Martha Stewart served time there in the early 2000s. It has no barbed wire fences, and some have nicknamed it, “Camp Cupcake.”

  39. rikyrah says:

    Trump, Carson neck and neck as summer turns to fall
    09/28/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Donald Trump’s dominant position in the race for the Republican presidential nomination isn’t quite as imposing as it was a few weeks ago. The New York developer is still leading the GOP pack, but a FiveThirtyEight analysis last week noted the degree to which Trump’s support has slipped.

    WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT, 9/27/15, 12:15 PM ET
    New poll shows Carson one point behind Trump

    There’s a difference, though, between slipping and losing. Consider the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    1. Donald Trump: 21% (up two points from July)
    2. Ben Carson: 20% (up 10 points)
    3. Carly Fiorina: 11% (up 11 points)
    3. Marco Rubio: 11% (up six points)
    5. Jeb Bush: 7% (down seven points)
    6. John Kasich: 6% (up three points)
    7. Ted Cruz: 5% (down four points)
    8. Rand Paul: 3% (down three points)
    8. Chris Christie: 3% (unchanged)
    10. Mike Huckabee: 2% (down four points)

  40. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    Last Call For The Ref Works Back

    Posted by Zandar

    Washington Post political “journalist” Chris Cillizza sure as hell doesn’t like getting called out by those grubby plebes at Media Matters, and tries to defend the four dozen plus articles he’s written attacking Hillary Clinton for her e-mail “scandal”. Instead, all he does is peel back the curtain on the Village’s long knives out for her, 2015 Edition.

    I didn’t check Media Matters’s math, but I’m sure it’s either right or close to right. I have written lots and lots of blog posts about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail issues since the story came to light in March. And I stand by every one.

    Here’s why:

    1. Hillary Clinton began this race as the biggest non-incumbent front-runner for a party’s presidential nomination in the post-World War II era. The job she held just prior to running for president was as secretary of state. The best way to understand how she handles everything from the mundane day-to-day activities of governance to the crises that present themselves from time to time is by studying not just her public actions at the State Department but the thinking behind those decisions. Her e-mails provide a written record of how she thinks, who she relies on and how she navigates sticky situations. Her e-mails are essential to who she is. And, therefore, very much worth looking into — and writing about.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Royal Dutch Shell Abandons Disappointing Offshore Alaskan Well
    By STANLEY REEDSEPT. 28, 2015

    ONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said Monday that it would stop exploration off the coast of Alaska “for the foreseeable future.”

    The decision came after the Burger J well, which the company drilled this summer, produced disappointing results. The company said the well had “found indications of oil and gas, but these are not sufficient to warrant further exploration” of the Burger prospect, a geological structure.

    Shell said that the decision reflected not only the disappointing results from the well but “the high costs associated with the project and the challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska.”

    The decision indicates that even though the oil industry believes the Arctic has major resources, the costs, a tricky environment and other risks are so high in the area that the hidden oil and gas will be difficult to develop if oil prices stay low.

  42. Ametia says:

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    The so-called supermoon passes behind the peak of the Washington Monument during a lunar eclipse late last night. It occurs when the full moon comes closest to the Earth making it appear bigger. It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won’t again until 2033. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) 9-27-2015

  43. rikyrah says:

    Thank you, for the visit, Pope Frankie.

    God bless America,’ Pope Francis says as his East Coast tour ends
    PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis completed his pilgrimage to the United States with a Sunday Mass on Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sounding a clarion call for love and unity hours after telling sex abuse victims that God cried for them.

    A huge crowd of the faithful and the curious came for the Mass from all over the country and as far away as Vietnam, Angola, Burkina Faso and the pope’s native Argentina. The service was conducted at an altar in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Worshipers took communion and knelt on the asphalt, some weeping, with their eyes closed and their hands on their hearts.

    In his homily, the pope who has become beloved for his common touch, said the power of God could be found in “little miracles” of domestic life.

    “Like the warm supper we look forward to at night, the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work,” he said.

    Closing the Mass, he thanked people for their love. “I ask you to pray for me — don’t forget,” he said, eliciting shouts of “Viva papa!”

    The pope also made a farewell speech at the airport, where well-wishers included Vice President Joe Biden.

    “This land has been blessed with tremendous gifts and opportunities,” Francis said. The love of Jesus is shown in serving “the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life,” he said.

    “God bless America.”

    Earlier in the day, Francis held a private, unscheduled meeting with five victims of sexual abuse — three women and two men — at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Speaking with them one by one, he listened to their experiences and prayed with them, the Vatican press office said.

  44. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    The Mothership has laned, ya’ll. GIVE UP THE FUNK!

  45. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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