Wednesday Open Thread | Holiday Music

Christmas candles 80Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a pop standard with words and music by Frank Loesser. The song is popularly associated with winter weather, and although it does not refer to any specific time or holiday, it is commonly played alongside Christmas carols and popular winter holiday music.

Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. Lynn considered it “their song,” and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.[1]

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150 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Holiday Music

  1. rikyrah says:

    best bi @hermosx
    White people will always get mad when for the first time, their mediocrity isn’t praised like it’s always been. #StayMadAbby

  2. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid ✔ @JoyAnnReid
    Video shows another Chicago PD controversy: Philip Coleman beaten to death in his jail cell http://rollingout.com/2015/12/09/watch-chicago-police-beat-philip-coleman-to-death-while-he-was-sleeping-in-jail/

  3. rikyrah says:

    Company gives all employees $100K Christmas bonusCompany gives employees six figure bonus
    POSTED:DEC 09 2015 10:02AM PST

    HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston company is giving all of its employees, no matter what their position is, a Christmas bonus they’ll never forget.

    Employees say the company issued the generous pat on the back for a job well done throughout the year.

    All 1,380 employees at Hilcorp, one the largest privately held oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, received a $100,000 Christmas bonus this year.

    “It’s just a true gift and I don’t think that myself along with everyone is not going to give less than 100% every day” said receptionist Amanda Thompson.

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/56626557-story

  4. rikyrah says:

    C. Gerald Fraser, Longtime Reporter for The Times, Dies at 90

    C. Gerald Fraser, who covered the aftermath of the bloody Attica prison uprising in upstate New York and the pioneering presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm in his 24 years as a reporter for The New York Times, died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 90.FROM OUR ADVERTISERS

    His partner, M. Phyllis Cunningham, said the cause was complications of cancer.

    Before joining The Times in 1967, Mr. Fraser reported for The Daily News in New York, covering riots in Harlem and civil rights marches in Alabama.

    The Times hired him as a metropolitan reporter; one of his beats was covering the courts. He also wrote about the condition of black prisoners, including those involved in the 1971 Attica rebellion. His reporting on the Chisholm campaign, in 1972, traced the making of political history: Ms. Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress, was the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

    He later worked in The Times’s cultural news department and wrote columns for the weekly television guide and the Sunday Book Review.

    When Mr. Fraser joined the paper, he became one of only two black reporters on the staff at that time. The other, Thomas A. Johnson, had been hired a year before. Mr. Fraser became a vocal advocate for improving coverage of issues important to blacks and expanding opportunities for black journalists.

    When he was hired by The Times in 1967, “it was the summer in which Newark exploded,” he recalled in an interview with the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, adding that many blacks in and out of newsrooms across the country were stirred by appeals for black power.

    “We wanted to identify with a community and people who were calling themselves black,” he wrote.

    Charles Gerald Fraser Jr. was born in Boston on July 30, 1925, the son of Caribbean immigrants. His father, a cook, came from Jamaica. His mother, the former Bernice Love, was a seamstress from Guyana. A great-grandfather had founded the newspaper The Jamaica Advocate, and Mr. Fraser recalled that his family subscribed to three newspapers, which he read cover to cover.

    Attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Fraser worked on the student newspaper and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1949. He later earned a master’s degree at what was then the New School for Social Research in New York.

    In another interview with the Maynard Institute, Mr. Fraser recalled that most mainstream newspapers were not hiring blacks in the 1950s. But the Urban League, he said, managed to arrange an interview for him at The Boston Globe, where he had worked as a copy boy in high school.

    Arriving for the interview, he said, he was met by a man who asked him, “in a rich Irish brogue,” his purpose for being there.

    “I want to get a job,” he told the man. The man replied: “Oh, you can’t get a job here. You’re not in the janitors’ union.’ ”

    After nearly three years of washing pots and pans and working in a post office, Mr. Fraser landed a job in 1952 as a reporter for The Amsterdam News, the Harlem-based weekly, whose editor was also a Wisconsin alumnus. He worked there until 1956.

    Mr. Fraser later edited a hotel workers union newspaper and covered the United Nations for West Indian periodicals before being hired by The Daily News.

    He left The Times in 1991 and joined Earth Times, a monthly that reported on environmental and development issues at the United Nations. He became a senior editor there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/business/media/c-gerald-fraser-former-times-reporter-dies-at-90.html?smid=pl-share

  5. eliihass says:

    So, FLOTUS has sent a very important message…Sort of in line with my thoughts that in a society where so many don’t live or have a concept of what healthy, intact, functioning relationships – marriage, family look like – and are wont to take their cue from pop culture, it helps to have healthy, positive images and story lines in the pop culture we consume, that help positively shape and bolster our character and our values – personally and as a society…So much damage is being insidiously done by so many of these shows, not only to the psyche, but in the chipping away at moral values and social mores that form and support our functioning society and the formal boundaries and good choices that are necessary to support order and maintain healthy, respectful societal structures…

    FLOTUS says her favorite t.v show is the family-oriented Black-ish…A healthy, functioning, loving family helmed by a loving, accomplished, professional couple lovingly raising their 4 kids…

    Her favorite book for 2015 is The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander’s fantastic memoir about the sudden death of her husband Ficre after years of a loving, beautiful marriage and 2 sons…It’s a beautiful book – A must read! I bought it after I watched a White House poetry event hosted by POTUS and FLOTUS earlier this year – Ms Alexander, a professor at Yale, was the featured poet and she read from her book…so full of love and emotion..

    FLOTUS’ favorite movie for 2015 is Inside Out…Very telling for a mom of two young daughters living out their tween/teen years in the public eye after being uprooted from the only hometown they’d ever known to Washington D.C…the White House..

    It’s a 3D animated film with very poignant subject matter that plays out in the mind of a young girl. Five personified emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust —try to lead her through life as her parents move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she tries to adjust to a new life there. The film was directed and co-written by Pete Docter and came about after Docter started noticing changes in his daughter’s personality as she grew older.

    • eliihass says:

      A few reviews of FLOTUS’ favorite book of 2015:

      “..Elizabeth Alexander met Ficre Ghebreyesus in New York City. He of the shaved head, the amazing recipes (he was a chef as well as an artist), they fell in love quickly and stayed in love and involved throughout their marriage. It appears to have been a marriage of spirits, souls, bodies and minds. Alexander, called Lizzie by her husband, was born and raised in the United States, a writer, a poet, a teacher. Ficre was from Eritrea; he was sent away by his family so he would not be fodder for a war and became a part of his large family’s world-wide diaspora.

      This is a story of a love, of loss, of longing, laughter, tears, dancing, family near and far, art, music, terrible grief, memories, Africa, friends, a garden, food, children. It is the story of an incomplete life, told by the half left behind. Ficre died of a massive heart attack shortly after his 50th birthday, without warning, leaving his Lizzie and two teenage sons.

      It is difficult to describe how special this book is. Alexander is a poet and her mastery of the language shines, allowing us to see the depths of emotions in her words. But beyond the mastery of the words is her ability to evoke so many emotions, the conflicting emotions that come when one loses someone they love. Somehow she is able to let us in–just far enough to get glimpses of this man she loved, the father of her sons.

      Ficre did not paint what he saw. He saw in his
      mind, and then he painted, and then he found the
      flowers that were what he painted. He painted what
      he wanted to continue to see. He painted how he
      wanted the world to look. He painted to fix something
      in place. And so I write to fix him in place, to
      pass time in his company, to make sure I remember,
      even though I know I will never forget. (loc 1230)…”
      ——————– ————————– —————————– —————————–
      “…At only 15 pages in, I so desperately wanted to change the ending – extend the love story. Knowing what was to be shared in the coming pages, for a moment, I close the book – cherishing Elizabeth’s, Simon’s and Solomon’s beloved Ficre as a living breathing husband and father. Thinking, so unrealistically that if I stop now, they will still have him. When I next opened the book, I read without pause to the last word. Elizabeth’s memoir shared her personal story of love, grief, continuing love, and life in a way that leaves an indelible mark and a desire to know more…more about Ficre’s legacy of love as lived through the ones he left behind.

      ———————- —————————— ——————————- —————————-
      “…There is nothing straightforward about Ficre’s death. Alexander gives countless glimpses into their rich, extraordinary lives while weaving together stories of her sorrow. She pauses to ask ancient questions that are new to her. “I lost my husband. Where is he? I often wonder. As I set out on some small adventure, some new place, somewhere he does not know, I think, I must call him, think, I must tell him, think, What would he think? Think what he thinks. Know what he thinks.” Her complex answers raise questions in the reader’s mind…”

    • Ametia says:

      AMEN! ‘Black-ish’ &, ‘Fresh off the Boat “are must sees! for me.

      Saw Inside Out with my friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Hands down, my favorite movie this year. My grandson loves it too. He requests to watch it repeatedly.
      Both books are on my lists for winter reads.

      We have to consciously choose what we take internally from the external.

    • rikyrah says:

      Peanut didn’t like Inside Out. I went to see to see if I could understand why she wouldn’t like it, and I think do. I think for a 7 year old, forgetting what you know is a very scary concept. I enjoyed the movie – thought it was poignant, but I’m an adult with an adult’s sensibilities.

      I love Black-ish.

      • eliihass says:

        I can see how a bubbly, engaged, well-adjusted 7 year old surrounded with so much love would have a hard time with a movie like this… It takes her completely out her secure place and that can be frightening… There’s a reason adults love it…it’s more useful to them – it serves as a means to helping them deconstruct and resolve the impossibly frustrating changes that happen with their kids – and helping kids navigate those tough years as best as possible – especially in our strange world today…

  6. Ametia says:

    That EVIL MOFO domestic terrorist Robert Dear that shot up a planned Parenthood clinic and killed 4 people, confesses guilt, all over the tee vee, babbling on about killing babies for a split second, and then on those MOOSLIMS!

    Watch this, he will be declared mentally ill.

    Is it the number of victims that determine how much coverage a DOMESTIC TERRORIST gets?

  7. rikyrah says:

    FROM TOWN AT POU:

    Town
    Here’s how it will work:

    Blacks are too slow for regular college, so send them to slow college (what is a “slow” college …oh yes, Scalia means a HBCU)

    Slow colleges aren’t up to par with regular colleges and they are discriminatory…why are we spending money on slow college (shut down the HBCU)

    Blacks are too slow for college, so why are we even putting them in college prep classes? (cut all college prep classes at majority black schools)

    Blacks are too slow for school period…why are we wasting money on public schools? (Shut down the public schools)

    Wake up…Scalia doesn’t want your black ass going to school period… you’re too slow (back to the fields for you)

    • eliihass says:

      Scalia is that stark reminder of just how selective, disingenuous and laughable all this faux ‘outrage’ over Trump’s ‘offensive words’ are –

      Scalia is the living, breathing, acting, spouting, implementing, doing, personification of hate, racism and bigotry in action…and officially in our government ..

      He sits on our country’s highest court – a senior presider presiding over one of the 3 equal arms of our country’s government…His is usually the last word on most laws that govern our still imperfect union today…

      And yet we’re supposed to be appalled and worked up over Donald Trump’s words and knee-jerk and frankly, random policy prescriptions on the campaign trail…?!

      LOL..

  8. Ametia says:

    ICYMI RESIGN RAHM EMANUEL

  9. Liza says:

    Yep…

    “He’s portraying a stupefying ignorance that makes him unfit to be President.” @MayorofLondon on @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/fQlPLRFcgv— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) December 9, 2015

    • eliihass says:

      And here lies my concern with this focus on Trump and the wily route taken by well-known racists like Boris Johnson.. Attempting to distract from, revise and absolve their own ugly personal bigotries and history of racist comments and actions, with faux-outrage and ‘scapegoating’ the convenient fall guy…

  10. rikyrah says:

    War On Zandarmas @ZandarVTS
    Things I worry about:
    [ ] Putin
    [ ] ISIS
    [ ] Cellular metadata
    [ ] Banks
    [ ] Meteors
    [X] Kennedy siding with Scalia’s racism

  11. Rikyrah, Ima take out your address to me so I can screen shot it. I’ll put it right back tho.

  12. rikyrah says:

    SG2 please tweet:

    TWO POINTS about this case:

    1. She was too phucking lazy to do the work to get her ass into the top 10% of her class, which would have gotten her into UT. But, heavens forbid anyone non-White get in over her.

    2. The thing is…..I think that there were 54 people, I think, that got in before her. But, she only focuses on the 5 or 6 NON-WHITE people on that list. Has anyone ever asked her about all the WHITE people that got in over her?

    https://twitter.com/irin/status/674585261091586049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  13. Ametia says:

    LOL Trump has NEVER recovered from this RIGHTEOUS BEATDOWN

  14. Ametia says:

    The USA news has become REALITY TV.

  15. Ametia says:

    Naw, Frank, you can’t convince us that you have any control over this DISASTER

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_GVTSkSiZA

    AND to allude that Black folks were more agreeable than white working class folks.

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE.

  16. Here we go, y’all. It has started already. My Merry Christmas sign has fallen off the wall. It’s sitting on top of my tv. :(

  17. Ametia says:

    ONE YEAR LATE, MAYOR EMANUEL

    “I Own it”
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he’s sorry for circumstances surrounding Laquan McDonald’s death, including the fact that it took 13 months before police dashboard camera video of the 17-year-old’s shooting was released and the officer who killed him was charged.

    During a special City Council meeting he convened, Emanuel said that officials, police and citizens of his city “need a painful and honest reckoning in what went wrong” surrounding the death of McDonald and other instances in which police officers have allegedly used excessive force.

    “I own it,” the mayor said. “I take responsibility for what happened, because it happened on my watch.”

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/12/09/rahm-emanuel-chicago-violence-nr.cnn

  18. rikyrah says:

    My run-in with hate speech at a Minnesota Vikings game

    It was my first Minnesota Vikings game and my first NFL game. I am not new to football, though. As an undergrad at Boston College, I went to many Eagles games, and I played junior varsity football. I knew what to expect on the field. I was excited, and, as I found my seat, I thought about bringing my family to a game in the new stadium.

    What I didn’t expect was for a man to push aside other people and point his finger in my face, demanding to know if I was a refugee. He needed to make sure I wasn’t a refugee, he said. There was anger in his face and vehemence in his accusation.

    I was stunned. He didn’t know anything about me. We were complete strangers. But somewhere in his mind, all he saw was a terrorist, based on nothing more than the color of my skin. He was white, and I wasn’t. He didn’t see anything else.

    He didn’t know that I have lived in Minnesota for the past four years, that I was born and raised in New York and that the words “Never Forget” may mean more to me than to him. He didn’t know that when I went home and my children jumped on top of me and asked “How was the game?” that I’d be holding back tears as I told them about racism instead of touchdowns. He didn’t know that I am an attorney and the director of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at the Advocates for Human Rights.

    It was also abundantly clear that he didn’t know about refugees, dignity or freedom. He didn’t know that if he were speaking to a refugee, he’d be speaking to someone who feared persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. He didn’t know that many refugees are victims of some of the worst human-rights abuses occurring on the planet, ranging from being sold into sexual slavery to being killed in mass executions. He didn’t know that being a refugee is a badge of resilience and honor, not danger.

    In that moment, I was terrified. But what scared me the most was the silence surrounding me. As I looked around, I didn’t know who was an ally or an enemy. In those hushed whispers, I felt like I was alone, unsafe and surrounded. It was the type of silence that emboldens a man to play inquisitor. I thought about our national climate, in which some presidential candidates spew demagoguery and lies while others play politics and offer soft rebukes. It is the same species of silence that emboldened white supremacists to shoot five unarmed protesters recently in Minneapolis.

    The security staff talked with him privately. I don’t know what was said. He was not removed. Apparently, the Vikings do not think that hate speech and racism are removable offenses. My gameday experience was ruined. I tried to focus on the players, but I continued to take glances at the man who sat just a few yards away. I couldn’t help looking over my shoulder, wondering if he had inspired someone else. It was clear that I would not be bringing my family to a Vikings game.

    I am deeply troubled by what happened to me. Hate speech is a warning for us all. It is like smoke. Imagine your office, church or stadium filling with smoke, while everyone acted like nothing was wrong. That smoke eventually becomes an unstoppable fire, the type of fire that has consumed people around the world to commit horrendous crimes, the type of fire that can bring down the entire building. As President Obama stated in his address from the Oval Office on Sunday evening: “[I]t is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination.” It is up to us all, from individual bystanders to institutions as big as the Vikings, to respond to and to stop the spread of racism and hate.

    http://m.startribune.com/my-run-in-with-hate-speech-at-a-minnesota-vikings-game/361117251/

  19. Ametia says:

    Just so everyone’s clear on exactly what the 13th Amendment is ALL ABOUT.

  20. President Obama Speaks at the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

  21. Ametia says:

    COON CENTRAL YA’LL

  22. rikyrah says:

    SG2,

    Please tweet this in response to this clown:

    What DA PHUQ does he think Trump being the BIRTHER-IN-CHIEF was, IF NOT PURE, UNADULTERATED RACISM?

    Get outta here, pretending that Trump just became a RACIST.

    https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/674552521378037760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  23. rikyrah says:

    Watch a Preview of BET’s New Scripted Series, ‘Zoe Ever After’ (Starring Brandy Norwood & Dorian Missick)

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    December 8, 2015 at 5:19PM

    Here’s your first look at BET’s new scripted series “Zoe Ever After,” starring Brandy Norwood – a comedy that centers on Zoe Moon (Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (played by Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex, and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

    Zoe is surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including her smart and precocious eight-year-old son Xavier (Jaylon Gordon), her fashion-forward and fun assistant Valenté (Tory Devon Smith), her publicist and best friend Pearl (Haneefah Wood) and sexy contractor Miguel (Ignacio Serricchio).

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-a-preview-of-bets-new-scripted-series-zoe-ever-after-starring-brandy-norwood-dorian-missick-20151208

    • Ametia says:

      This is the country we live in folks, when a 12 year old boy gunned down and KILLED with hands in pocket needs experts to confirm he had his hands in his pocket.

      Meanwhile white boy kills 4 people drunk driving and he gets off with case termed” Afluenza.”

      FUCKING DESPICABLE!

    • Liza says:

      Tamir Rice was murdered by a cop. Period. They can spin this until hell freezes over, examine every pixel in the video looking for the slightest excuse for the cop to have killed him, but it isn’t there. The kid was executed, like so many others, for no justifiable reason at all.

  24. rikyrah says:

    twitter truth:

    Oliver Willis @owillis

    perhaps if the press hadn’t spent so much time bothsidesing the issues and instead reported the truth we wouldnt have our fascism problem

  25. rikyrah says:

    BWD @theonlyadult
    The media who thought Trump’s racism was cool when he directed it towards the first black president, wakes up now. https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/674555358476705792

  26. rikyrah says:

    How do you know you watch too much kids tv?

    When you can have a conversation that goes something like this?

    Peanut: Auntie, I liked that episode. I loved the skating.
    Me: Me too.
    Peanut: Auntie, do you think that they are going to make Prince Hugo Sophia’s boyfriend?
    Me (after giving it SERIOUS THOUGHT): Um, I don’t know. Why do YOU think so?
    Peanut: Prince Hugo is the only boy with Sophia that isn’t James (her brother)
    Me: Good point. I don’t know.

    Now, the fact that I’ve watched enough Sophia the First to follow Peanut’s logic?
    I watch entire too much kids tv.

    LOL

  27. rikyrah says:

    There is a running joke that 27% is the crazy factor for the GOP.

    https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/674316492029169665?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    …………….

    Friday, October 07, 2005
    Lunch Discussions #145: The Crazification Factor

    …………………………

    John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

    Tyrone: 27%.

    John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.

    Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.

    John: Objectively crazy or crazy vis-a-vis my own inertial reference frame for rational behaviour? I mean, are you creating the Theory of Special Crazification or General Crazification?

    Tyrone: Hadn’t thought about it. Let’s split the difference. Half just have worldviews which lead them to disagree with what you consider rationality even though they arrive at their positions through rational means, and the other half are the core of the Crazification — either genuinely crazy; or so woefully misinformed about how the world works, the bases for their decision making is so flawed they may as well be crazy.

    John: You realize this leads to there being over 30 million crazy people in the US?

    Tyrone: Does that seem wrong?

    John: … a bit low, actually.

    …………….

    http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2005/10/lunch-discussions-145-crazification.html

  28. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Published on Dec 9, 2015 by Associated Press
    “A fight broke out at a board meeting to replace the town marshal of a western Indiana community Tuesday night. (Dec. 9)” :

    https://youtu.be/Y1xZJmIzZ9I&rel=0

  29. rikyrah says:

    what do you know? Christians acting like Christians towards ‘ the least of these’.

    https://twitter.com/CatholicDems/status/674385950387003392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    • Liza says:

      There is a fairly large Syrian Catholic community in Jacksonville, Florida, and I went to school with quite a few of their children. In fact, in my parish, I remember that the Syrian families were some of the most prominent, active church members. Those families have been in this country a long time and I’m glad to see that Catholics, at least some Catholics, are standing up for Syrians.

    • Ametia says:

      Here you go Indiana Governor Mike Pence!

      middle_finger_flame

  30. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush Floats Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Theory

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded to a poll promoted by Donald Trump — which showed the billionaire holding on to 68 percent of his supporters if he ran as an independent — by floating the theory that the GOP frontrunner’s candidacy might be a false flag operation planted by Hillary Clinton.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-hillary-trump-theory

  31. rikyrah says:

    This is link to the one-on-one video interview on Chicago Tonight show. Rahm faces City Council tomorrow at 9am and will be addressing this issue. Can only imagine the discussion because a bunch of the aldermen are up for re-election in March and some of them ain’t looking good either…

    Mayor Emanuel on Police Reform, Accountability

    The Chicago Police Department is the subject of national scrutiny following the shooting deaths of two African-American males at the hands of on-duty police officers.

    The release of video footage depicting the deaths of Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson – both killed in October 2014 – has raised questions about police accountability, training and use of force, in addition to how police-involved shootings are investigated.

    Tonight, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins political correspondent Paris Schutz for a one-on-one discussion about police reform and related topics. We’ll ask about the dash-cam video footage depicting the shooting deaths of McDonald and Johnson and the subsequent fallout from these cases, including the announcement Monday of a federal investigation into the CPD, questions surrounding a $5 million settlement paid to the family of McDonald, the firing of superintendent Garry McCarthy and calls for the mayor’s resignation and that of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

    We’ll also ask the mayor about a possible Chicago Teachers Union strike and forthcoming layoffs as Chicago Public Schools tries to close a $480 million budget gap. While Emanuel has called on the state to step up with aid for CPS, Illinois is in the sixth month of a budget standoff with no end in sight.

    Your questions

    We asked viewers of “Chicago Tonight” to tell us what questions you have for the mayor. Many of you wanted to know why the mayor signed off on a $5 million settlement to the family of McDonald prior to the release of dash-cam footage depicting his death. Others simply wanted to know, “When will the mayor resign?”

    On our website, Timothy Searl wrote, “Did individual Chicago police officers lie about the circumstances of the shooting? … Is there a systemic problem within the Chicago police department of a cover-up mentality?”

    Jayburd2020 said, “The City of Chicago has paid out more than a half billion dollars over the last decade to settle police-abuse cases … Why have you never attempted to reform the police department if only out of financial prudence … ?”

    On Facebook, Debra Jean asked, “Will you release TIF money to fulfill the City’s obligations and AVOID a teacher strike?”

    http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/12/08/mayor-emanuel-police-reform-accountability

  32. rikyrah says:

    Serena Williams wins 4th WTA Player of Year award in a row
    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game

    • Ametia says:

      Viola is the most logical, appropriate choice for the role of Harriet Tubman.

      In fact, I believe she is Harriet Tubman reincarnated.

      • eliihass says:

        I concur Ametia..

        She’s one of the great ones…Her face, her voice all naturally rich with deep emotion and natural expressions full of depth and meaning and without the sense that she’s acting and never ever any fear that she’s over-acting —

        No affectation on or off-screen…nothing feigned or pretentious about her – what you see is what you get..she’s not some marketing creation courtesy of a team of consultants looking to amass fans and followers on social media via a team of media-savvy techie types hard at work responding to every event on cue, with the appropriate emoji – praying hands for a shooting, or reminding you to vote for her to win some award, or to buy a product she’s pushing …she rides entirely on her raw talents — she really is one of the great ones –

        As I watched that Mr Bojangles video Rikyrah posted yesterday, I couldn’t help thinking and marveling at the contrast between what passes for ‘great’ talent/entertainers these days, and the effortlessly superior raw and refined talents of actual greats like Sammy Davis jr. – the crispness of that voice..the smooth tap dance incorporated into his routines…the wit, the humor…And to think he wasn’t even considered that great in his time..

      • Ametia says:

        ….And TOTALLY, UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK.

  33. rikyrah says:

    I will say this again…

    THIS IS THE GOP’s Problem..

    NOT, if Trump is a plant.

    https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/673993767632814080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    BAM!.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Someone at the Daily News has decided that they just have NMFTG

    https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/674399797860790272/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  35. rikyrah says:

    waltb31 ‏@waltb31 5h5 hours ago
    While Trump Spews Hate, These Muslims Just Raised $100,000 for San Bernardino Victims http://usuncut.com/politics/wh… …

  36. rikyrah says:

    Taraji P. Henson ✔ @TherealTaraji
    WOW!!!!! I have y’all #CookieMonsters to thank💋💋💋 https://www.instagram.com/p/_DjHGOOuDE/

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  38. Ametia says:

    Nancy Pelosi Drives Hard Bargain With Paul Ryan on Spending, Taxes
    By KRISTINA PETERSON
    Dec. 8, 2015 6:45 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON—In case House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) was in any doubt, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has made it clear this week that she drives a hard bargain.

    The two House leaders are facing their first serious battle of wills over Congress’s pile of year-end legislation. Republicans will grade Mr. Ryan, elected speaker in late October, on how many conservative policy measures he manages to attach to the spending bill needed to prevent a shutdown when the government’s funding runs out Friday night.

    Mrs. Pelosi, determined to block as many GOP policy measures as she can, is demonstrating to the new speaker that Democrats’ support on must-pass legislation won’t come cheap. As such, she is working to prevent Republicans from securing all but the slimmest of policy victories. The outcome, if these issues aren’t resolved, could be a delay in securing government funding for fiscal year 2016, or, worse, a shutdown.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/nancy-pelosi-drives-hard-bargain-with-paul-ryan-on-spending-taxes-1449618358

  39. Ametia says:

    It’s HUMP day, and Baby it’s Warm outside here! For December that is….

    Great Christmans music, SG2. Thank you!

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