Monday Open Thread | Simply Red Week

Happy Monday, Everyone. This week’s feature artist is Simply Red.


Simply Red are an English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to reggae and jazz. From their early days, the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band was disbanded in 2010, was the only original member left.At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group.

Pre-history: The Frantic Elevators (1977–1984)
Simply Red’s origination dates from a 1976 Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Manchester art student Mick Hucknall was one of the few young music fans present, along with Mark E. Smith of The Fall as well as original members of the bands Joy Division, The Smiths and Buzzcocks. The first incarnation of the band was a punk group called The Frantic Elevators, whose 7-year run produced limited releases on local labels and ended in 1984 upon critical acclaim for their final single, “Holding Back the Years”.


Formation and early success (1985–1988)[edit]
After the demise of The Frantic Elevators, Hucknall linked up with manager Elliot Rashman. By early 1985, Hucknall and Rashman had assembled a band of local session musicians and begun to attract record company attention. The group adopted the name “Red” (after Hucknall’s nickname, denoting his hair colour).[3] The name “Simply Red” came about when the manager of a local venue was confused about the band’s name and Hucknall replied that it was “Red, simply Red”. The resulting misnomer was printed on publicity posters as “Simply Red”, and the name stuck.

The initial Simply Red line-up consisted of Mick Hucknall (vocals), David Fryman (guitar), Tony Bowers (bass), Fritz McIntyre (keyboards and vocals), Tim Kellett (brass and live backing vocals) and Chris Joyce (drums). Bowers and Joyce had both previously been members of post-punk bands The Durutti Column and The Mothmen; Kellett had also been a member of The Durutti Column, though not at the same time as Bowers and Joyce.

Simply Red signed a contract with Elektra in 1985, but after recording one track (“Red Box”), Fryman left the group and was replaced by guitarist Sylvan Richardson, who was billed only as ‘Sylvan’.

“Red Box” would eventually see release in 1985 as a B-side to the group’s first single, “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”, a cover of a soul song originally recorded by The Valentine Brothers. “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)” gained international success, reaching the UK and Irish Top 20, then later the American, French and Dutch Top 30, and the Italian Top 5. It was included on their debut album, Picture Book, also released in 1985.

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68 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Simply Red Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    IDAHO FALLS — On the last weekend of August, Jason and Jenny Steinke talked about their future. For the first time in a while, it looked positive. Jason had just landed a good-paying mechanic job with benefits. Jenny was set to be a grandmother.

    That weekend, they found time to escape for a quick Island Park camping trip, one of their favorite activities. Several weekends prior the couple drove from their home in Idaho Falls to Grand Targhee Ski Resort, where they listened to music and rode the chairlift to the top of the mountain.

    “We just enjoyed each other’s company,” Jason, 43, said recently. “I’m grateful for those three weeks, because they were three really good weeks.”

    Yet something weighed on the couple. During the Island Park trip, Jason and Jenny talked at length about her worsening asthma. Nearly a decade ago the 36-year-old had been diagnosed with the condition that inflames and narrows the airways.

    The asthma flared up every so often, once requiring hospitalization, but hadn’t usually required much attention. Without insurance, Jenny sometimes obtained short-acting inhalers from a community health clinic. Other times, she bought them off friends who had extras.

    The inhalers usually helped. But over the summer months Jenny needed them more frequently. On the camping trip she was using her inhaler every hour, Jason noticed. The more she used it, it seemed, the shorter the duration of relief.

    Still, the Steinkes didn’t panic. With Jason’s new job at Utility Trailer, they would finally have health-care coverage. The insurance was set to kick in Sept. 1, two days after they returned from the camping trip. Surely Jenny could wait until then to see an asthma specialist, they told each other.

    “Now that I had insurance, we were going to try to get the asthma under control,” Jason said.


    Pro life my ass. Can you guess what happens next?

  2. rikyrah says:

    How to Remove Set in Oil Stains from Your Clothing

    It’s one of the biggest clothing nightmares there is. Whether you splash oil on your shirt while cooking or you spill olive oil on you while dressing your salad, there’s no clothing issue more troubling than getting an oil stain. I’ve definitely lost a few great shirts to the oil stain battle. But that’s because I didn’t have this technique on my side. When specialty cleaners don’t work at returning your clothing to its unspoiled state, just grab these ingredients.

  3. rikyrah says:

    This would make a good movie


    She Was the Richest Black Girl in the World and It’s a Shame We Barely Know Her Name

    BY: Joann Fisher – 23 Oct ’15 | On the Web

    She was 10 years old when she went from being a poor negro girl to becoming one of the richest African Americans in the early 1900’s. Born and raised on a Creek Indian plantation, Sarah Rector came into millions after her leased Oklahoma land, thought to be worthless, was discovered to be flush with oil and they began extracting 2500 barrels per day.

    So, here’s what happened. As a result of an agreement between the United States and the Creek Indians, Creeks, and their former slaves, were allotted a plot of land and Sarah and her family each received a portion of rock infested land making it difficult to near impossible to farm. But what was meant for her bad, turned out for her good.

    After her income leaped from pennies to over $15,000 per month (considered a fortune in 1912) and her identity was revealed, the then 12 year old was bombarded with everything from loan requests to plain old handouts. Topping things off were the barrage of marriage proposals from white males even as far away as Germany.

    Things got so out of hand that there were even efforts made to pass a law that would declare this brown skinned millionaire – white. The Chicago Defender reported, “the white people have become so alarmed at the enormous wealth of this young girl that they do not like such wealth belonging to a girl of Afro American blood.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Daily Mail US ✔ @DailyMail
    United Airlines apologizes after passenger with Cerebral Palsy is forced to CRAWL off plane

  5. Ametia, you know I love “Holding Back The Years” Yasss

    dancing close 55

  6. rikyrah says:

    I’m so tired of Blackademics using the real life person – Bill Cosby’s troubles, to attack The Cosby Show – a fictional show. Some of them just make me sick.

    • eliihass says:

      They’re not as smart as they’d have you believe Rikyrah…

      Who throws out the baby with the dirty bath water..?

      Only fools don’t understand that you don’t tear down your few meaningful institutions even when you feel the need to distance yourself from the unacceptable actions of one of the original architects..

      A-list actors still fall all over themselves lining up to be cast in Woody Allen directed movies —

      Nobody has pulled Roman Polanski or Woody Allen movies from the libraries – nor are they seen as evil men…The most some will allow of them is that they’re ‘eccentric’…

      Even as Woody Allen married and cohabits with the exhibit A – and the damning evidence of his supposed crimes…

  7. rikyrah says:

    UK Firms Agree to ‘Name Blind’ Hiring to Cut Discrimination
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSOCT. 25, 2015, 8:03 P.M. E.D.T.

    ONDON — Britain’s civil service and several major companies have agreed to recruit university graduates and apprentices without knowing the applicants’ names in an effort to eliminate bias against people from ethnic minorities.

    Prime Minister David Cameron said last month it was “disgraceful” that people with “white-sounding” names were twice as likely as others to be shortlisted for jobs.

    Cameron’s office said Monday that firms including bank HSBC, accountants Deloitte, broadcaster the BBC and the state-run National Health Service had signed up to the “name blind” recruitment plan, in which employers do not know applicants’ names when they are selecting them for interviews.

  8. rikyrah says:

    I just watched The Man in the High Castle on Amazon. Not too bad.

    • rikyrah says:

      A response to the author:

      <blockquote."In answer to your question, yes, I have spoken to people of color about slavery. But no, I did not explore “what the black community would want” because I’m not even sure how I would go about that. I imagine thinking individuals of color would have a variety of nuanced responses. "

      You ask them. You get African American beta-readers. You ask multiple sources from many different walks of life. As a white woman who just finished a YA novel with quite a few Latina characters, I was able to find over a dozen Latina beta-readers who dedicated their time and honesty to my work by simply putting out a call on Twitter. That's for a 90,000+ word novel. This is a picture book. There is no excuse for not seeking out African American's thoughts and feelings about a book like this. That should have been considered ESSENTIAL in a book like this. It is the epitome of white privilege that you thought it'd be okay to a) not seek out opinions and b) proudly declare it without seeing the problem.

      What is so appalling about this book, other than the glossing over the atrocities of slavery, is that you keep saying it's to "educate children about slavery" but what you really means is "educate white children about a glossy, nice version of slavery so they don't feel too bad" Black children do not even enter into your equation. Have you considered how a black child would feel picking this book up and seeing the smiling faces?

      I am horrified by your cavalier attitude and multiple excuses (seriously, 2/3 of slave children were kept with their mothers, so it's totes okay!? The father is gone, so we can totally assume he was sold off! Realism! Living with the constant threat of being separated from your parents is totally not traumatic! Let's all eat dessert that if we were caught, we could get whipped to death for eating!)

      You create books for all children–not just white children. You might want to remember that. And think about the kind of damage you could be causing to an African American child and what kind of problematic views of slavery you are introducing to privileged white children.

  9. rikyrah says:

    and yet, nothing from the 2 piece and biscuit clergy who pimped this lowlife mofo for Governor.


    One State’s Struggle to Make Ends Meet: Why Illinois Is Without a Budget
    By JULIE BOSMANOCT. 26, 2015

    CHICAGO — Illinois, notorious for its debt and dysfunction, is poised to begin its fifth month without a state budget, the consequence of a long-simmering ideological and political dispute between Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican who took office in January, and the Democrats who hold a supermajority in both chambers of the state legislature.

    As the conflict threatens to drag into 2016, even those in power are issuing dire warnings about the consequences. Illinois is spending more money than it is taking in, said Leslie Munger, the state comptroller, who cautioned that the state would have about $8.5 billion in unpaid bills by the end of the year, partly because of the expiration of a temporary increase in income tax.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois last year. Mr. Rauner filed a brief at the Supreme Court, though he had not meant to speak for the state, the governor’s general counsel said.

    Mr. Rauner has tied passage of the budget to changes in workers’ compensation and collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees, measures that he says will help revive the Illinois economy and bring in much-needed revenue. Democratic Party leaders in the state reject those suggestions, saying that the governor is making demands that are unrelated to the budget.

    Some residents are losing patience, directing their anger at lawmakers and calling on state leaders to end the stalemate. Even members of Mr. Rauner’s own party are questioning his handling of the situation.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Steve Marmel ‏@Marmel 20h

    Walker signs law allowing 2016 election to be rigged w/out repercussion.
    Wisconsin is lost.

  11. rikyrah says:

    GOP creates a mess it doesn’t know how to clean up
    10/26/15 11:21 AM—UPDATED 10/26/15 11:24 AM
    By Steve Benen
    According to the Treasury Department’s most recent written warning to Congress, the nation’s debt ceiling needs to be raised by Nov. 3, which is just one week from tomorrow. Republican leaders know they’ll have to do the right thing fairly soon – sometime over the next eight days – but they have no idea how.

    House Republicans thought they had a plan. The strategy called for passing a right-wing plan, called the “Terms of Credit Act,” on Friday, tying the debt-limit increase to a series of conservative goodies that GOP lawmakers couldn’t get through actual legislating.

    That plan, however, was scrapped late last week when House Republicans decided it wasn’t good enough. Some GOP members wanted it to go further; some didn’t like the fact that the bill was bypassing the committee process; while others didn’t see the point in wasting time on a bill that would die in the Senate soon after.

    With Republican leaders once again discovering that their own members don’t like their own party’s bill, House Speaker John Boehner and his team have no choice but to move to their backup plan. Except, at this point, no one knows what that looks like. Politico reported, “Congress has a debt-ceiling problem again. A big one.”
    Boehner, McCarthy and other GOP leaders are refusing at this point to move ahead with a “clean” debt ceiling bill insisted on by President Barack Obama. Senior leadership aides said they couldn’t find the 30 Republican votes needed to join with all 188 Democrats to pass that proposal – a bleak indication of the current state of play.
    This is roughly the point where some anxiety starts to kick in.

    Democrats won’t negotiate with those who threaten to hurt the nation on purpose. Indeed, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters last week, “Let me be clear, the full faith and credit of the United States of America is not negotiable.” President Obama has been equally clear.

    This means, of course, that Congress will have to do what it’s been doing: pass a clean debt-ceiling bill with no strings attached by either party, except GOP leaders insist they don’t have the votes do complete this basic task.

  12. Where have black people heard this line before? Slavery was for your own good?

  13. Ladies, check your mail.

  14. rikyrah says:

    where are the parents?


    Arizona 13-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself With Homemade Gun

    Published OCTOBER 26, 2015, 9:45 AM EDT
    A Buckeye, Ariz., teen accidentally shot himself in the ribs Sunday afternoon with a gun he made himself, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

    The 13-year-old was injured after he shot himself with an “Internet inspired homemade gun,” according to KPNX.

  15. rikyrah says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails.

    A new appeal being filed Monday by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires tax-raising bills to originate in the House of Representatives.

    Pacific Legal Foundation lawyer Timothy Sandefur said the problem with the law is just one example of how “Obamacare is so unconstitutional in so many ways.”

    Sandefur said the justices will face one challenge to the law after another until it is significantly changed or repealed.

    The court has twice turned back major challenges to the health care law, in opinions written by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2012 and in June. The court also has allowed family-owned businesses with religious objections to opt out of paying for contraceptives for women covered under their health plans. A related case involving faith-oriented colleges, hospitals and charities is pending.

    The new appeal, filed on behalf of small-business owner Matt Sissel, stems from the Constitution’s Origination Clause, which requires that the House be the first to pass a bill “for raising revenue.”–politics.html

  16. rikyrah says:

    Dr. J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne University president, was featured as a guest columnist in the July 23 edition of the St. Louis American.

    Why Black Lives Matter

    My wife Cathy and I could easily be classified as upper middle-class, middle-aged, white Americans. I serve as president of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, and Cathy is pastoral associate at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Parish.

    We have seven biological children, ranging in age from 20 to 32. We have an adopted daughter from Ecuador who joined our family as she was entering young adulthood. We have four African-American children who were adopted in 2011 and now range in age from 6 to 10. We also have an African-American son-in-law.

    Cathy, the youngest four children, and I moved to St. Louis in July 2014, just before the Michael Brown Jr. death in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

    Not too long ago, our 9-year-old son David asked why we did not have a “Black Lives Matter” sign in our yard. A valid question, to be sure.

    Several weeks later, with the help of a colleague at Fontbonne, we had secured a sign, which we put on display in our front yard. We happen to live in the university president’s home on Wydown Boulevard in the affluent Clayton suburb of St. Louis.

    On June 30, one of my young adult and white daughters was sitting on the front porch when a middle-aged white gentleman came walking by. He gestured to the sign and said to my daughter, “They never have and they never will.”

    She sat flummoxed and unable to respond as the stranger proceeded on his way.

    Later that evening, my wife, two of our young adult white daughters, and I were sitting on the porch when another middle-aged white gentleman came running by. He stopped, looked up at us on the porch, and asked, “Don’t all lives matter?”

    We responded surely, all lives matter, but at this time in our history, given what is happening in our country, and given the racial make-up of our family, that special attention needed to be paid to the plight of black Americans, especially black young men who seem to be targeted by law enforcement.

    He responded that he recently attended his son’s graduation from Washington University in St. Louis, and he seemed to be put off by the fact that Ken Burns, the commencement speaker, drew a standing ovation when he invoked “Black Lives Matter.”

    We went back and forth with him a little, and he ended with something like, “I hope middle-aged white male lives matter as well.”

    I have to admit that my emotions ranged from outraged to really ticked off to contemplative as I sought to understand what had happened. The exchange has led me to pen this reflection. Black lives matter now more than ever!

    Consider the recent violence allegedly carried out by Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina against a group of people gathered to pray and study sacred scriptures. Roof appears to be a young man radicalized via the internet by a culture of hate focused on those whose only difference is the color of their skin.

    Unlike other immigrants to the United States, our black brothers and sisters were enslaved for several hundred years. Lest we forget, they were granted basic civil rights less than 50 years ago. There are descendants of families remaining who fought to uphold the institution of slavery which was abolished during the Lincoln administration still alive today.

    Black lives matter.

    As the president of a University, I feel compelled to educate our students, our faculty and our community to leave this history of hatred and intolerance behind. As a president of a Catholic University, I feel compelled to challenge each of us to see all of humanity as created in the image and likeness of a loving God.
    So, to my middle-aged white neighbor who asked, “Don’t all lives matter?” the answer is this. Yes, all lives matter, but until we put behind us a violent, oppressive history which demeans black men and women in this country, we must pay special attention to the lives of our black brothers and sisters now and in the generations to come.

    J. Michael Pressimone is president of Fontbonne University.

    Published: 07/23/2015 10:53:19

  17. rikyrah says:

    Kathryn Stout Arrested in Black Lives Matter Vandalism Spree in Columbia, Illinois
    Posted By Sarah Fenske on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    For weeks, the Dersch family of Columbia, Illinois, had been tormented by a vandal who appeared to have become increasingly unhinged by the “Black Lives Matter” sign they’d erected in their yard — with the repeated destruction of the sign escalating to the gift of a dead raccoon and salt in their flowerbeds.

    So when one of Dersch boys spotted a woman pouring salt on their vegetation around 7:30 a.m. on October 16, Sue Dersch knew what she had to do. She hopped in her car and followed the woman, who was on foot — and managed to snap a photo.

    The photo turned out to be the breakthrough police were waiting for. After police circulated the image last week, saying it showed a “person of interest” and asking for help identifying its subject, they announced late Friday that they’d charged Kathryn Stout, 62, in five different incidents of vandalism at the Dersch home. She now faces four misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and one count of disorderly conduct.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Louisiana’s gubernatorial race takes an unexpected turn
    10/26/15 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When Sen. David Vitter (R) kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana, he was labeled the frontrunner by nearly everyone. The far-right senator has already won statewide races; he’s an effective fundraiser; and he has near-universal name recognition in his home state.

    But Vitter’s road to Baton Rouge isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped.
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter survived challenges Saturday from two GOP rivals who called his years-old prostitution scandal a stain on Louisiana, reaching a runoff against Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the governor’s race. […]

    While Edwards always seemed assured of a runoff spot, Vitter bested two other major Republicans to secure his position on the November ballot, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
    For those unfamiliar with Louisiana’s unique election system, it relies on what’s called a “jungle primary.” Every candidate runs on the same ballot at the same time – separate primaries for Democrats and Republicans do not exist – which generally means multiple contenders from both parties. If no one wins 50% of the vote, the top two candidates advance to a one-on-one runoff.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Carson sketches out plan for monitoring on-campus speech
    10/26/15 08:40 AM—UPDATED 10/26/15 08:43 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Choosing the single nuttiest part of Ben Carson’s Republican presidential platform is incredibly challenging – there are just so many options to choose from. Just over the weekend, the competitive GOP candidate talked about scrapping Medicare, compared abortion to slavery, and tried to defend his frequent Nazi references.

    But if we’re ranking the most ridiculous recommendations, Carson’s plans to “monitor” political speech on college campuses has to be near the top.

    To briefly recap, the retired right-wing neurosurgeon argued last week that he doesn’t want to shut down the federal Department of Education; he’d prefer to turn it into an investigatory body in which it would “monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias.” If a Carson administration decided it disapproved of the “extreme” political speech on a university campus, the school would lose its federal funding.

  20. rikyrah says:

    UM Takes Down State Flag
    University administrators heed campus-wide call to remove banner
    October 26, 2015 By Michael Newsom

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi Police Department officers lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened Monday morning. The flag will be preserved in the
    University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and
    staff calling for its removal.

    The university’s removal of the flag is the latest development in
    discussions within the state about whether to change the official state
    flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag in one corner.

    Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks first joined other state and university leaders calling for a change in the state flag in a statement last June.

    “The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others,” Stocks said. “Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag.”

  21. Ametia says:

    Now we need WHO, a PANEL of 22 experts to tell us that processed meat causes CANCER?
    These fools probably dont’ even eat that shit.

    Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares
    By Peter Whoriskey October 26 at 6:15 AM

    A research division of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer, and that red meat probably does, too.

    The report by the influential group stakes out one of the most aggressive stances against meat yet taken by a major health organization, and it is expected to face stiff criticism in the United States.

    The WHO findings were drafted by a panel of 22 international experts who reviewed decades of research on the link between red meat, processed meats, and cancer. The panel reviewed animal experiments, studies of human diet and health, and cell mechanisms that could lead from red meat to cancer.

    But the panel’s decision was not unanimous, and by raising lethal concerns about a food that anchors countless American meals, it will be controversial. The $95 billion U.S. beef industry has been preparing for months to mount a response and some scientists, including some unaffiliated with the meat industry, have questioned whether the evidence is substantial enough to draw the kinds of strong conclusions that the WHO panel did.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush takes his campaign to ‘Blah blah blah’ territory
    10/26/15 08:03 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s not exactly a secret that Jeb Bush’s path to the Republicans’ presidential nomination has run into unexpected obstacles. Facing underwhelming fundraising totals, lackluster standing in polls, and increasingly public hand-wringing from the GOP establishment, the former governor’s standing recently reached new lows.

    Addressing his many troubles at a campaign event in New Hampshire over the weekend, Jeb Bush said, “Blah blah blah blah, that’s my answer, blah blah blah.”

    Note, that’s not my rude interpretation of a more substantive answer; as my colleague Will Femia reported, that’s literally what Bush said.

    But that’s not all he said.
    “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done,” Mr. Bush said, then “I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.”

    He added, “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”
    At different times in recent months, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have suggested they don’t much care for the process of running for president. It’s grueling, tiresome, and draining.

  23. rikyrah says:

    they are nuts


    Fuming over Ryan, some conservative voices turn on the Freedom Caucus

    By Mike DeBonis October 25 at 8:03 PM
    Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has been able to count on his Facebook page for stalwart support during his long-running battle with the House Republican leadership, including a successful effort to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

    “Keep up the great work,” read a comment posted last week. “We the people thank you for ridding us of John Boehner!”

    But in recent days, the tone of the comments on Meadows’s page, and those of the other members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, have changed significantly.

    “You truly should be ashamed,” one commenter wrote Thursday. “The people in the caucus will be held responsible come election day.”

    “You should all be replaced,” a critic told Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.). Another called Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho), one of the most persistent thorns in Boehner’s side, “a RINO establishment lap dog” and “another go-along to get along phony who will GLADLY step on the throats of the Conservative electorate.”

    • Ametia says:

      These gems:

      “The ability to create is the most empowering thing that can happen to an individual.”

      On his return 14 years ago, he found out that for every problem three things kept coming up; corruption, weak institutions, and the people who run them – the leaders. Patrick asked two very important questions: where are these leaders coming from? What is it about Ghana that produces leaders that are unethical or unable to solve problems?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Here is his excellent TED talk that was posted within the article:

  24. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh


    Hillary Clinton Accused of Revising History on Defense of Marriage Act
    Bernie Sanders and gay rights activists are not buying Clinton’s claim on why her husband signed the now-defunct DOMA into law.

    When the Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996, Bernie Sanders was a member of the House and Hillary Clinton was first lady. Nearly two decades later, they’re battling for the Democratic presidential nomination and have very different recollections of how the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage came about.

    On Friday, Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that her husband, President Bill Clinton, signed DOMA into law as a “defensive action” to stave off a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. “DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further,” said the Democratic front-runner.

    Sanders, who voted against DOMA, remembered it differently. “Today, some are trying to rewrite history by saying they voted for one anti-gay law to stop something worse. That’s not the case,” the Vermont senator said Saturday at the important Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa. “There was a small minority opposed to discriminating against our gay brothers and sisters. Not everybody held that position in 1996.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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