Tuesday Open Thread | Remembering Those Lost in 2016: Natalie Cole

2016 isn’t three weeks old, and it’s been rough. There have been major losses in the Arts Community. They have come so close together, that in a way, it’s sort of overwhelming.

But, I don’t want us to dwell on their deaths…I want to dwell on the wonderful contributions that they made to the world through the Arts.

Today, we remember Natalie Cole.


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91 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Remembering Those Lost in 2016: Natalie Cole

  1. rikyrah says:

    Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?
    The Vermont senator’s political imagination is active against plutocracy, but why is it so limited against white supremacy?



    For those of us interested in how the left prioritizes its various radicalisms, Sanders’s answer is illuminating. The spectacle of a socialist candidate opposing reparations as “divisive” (there are few political labels more divisive in the minds of Americans than socialist) is only rivaled by the implausibility of Sanders posing as a pragmatist. Sanders says the chance of getting reparations through Congress is “nil,” a correct observation which could just as well apply to much of the Vermont senator’s own platform. The chances of a President Sanders coaxing a Republican Congress to pass a $1 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill are also nil. Considering Sanders’s proposal for single-payer health-care, Paul Krugman asks, “Is there any realistic prospect that a drastic overhaul could be enacted any time soon—say, in the next eight years? No.”


    This is the “class first” approach, originating in the myth that racism and socialism are necessarily incompatible. But raising the minimum wage doesn’t really address the fact that black men without criminal records have about the same shot at low-wage work as white men with them; nor can making college free address the wage gap between black and white graduates. Housing discrimination, historical and present, may well be the fulcrum of white supremacy. Affirmative action is one of the most disputed issues of the day. Neither are addressed in the “racial justice” section of Sanders platform.

    Sanders’s anti-racist moderation points to a candidate who is not merely against reparations, but one who doesn’t actually understand the argument. To briefly restate it, from 1619 until at least the late 1960s, American institutions, businesses, associations, and governments—federal, state and local—repeatedly plundered black communities. Their methods included everything from land-theft, to red-lining, to disenfranchisement, to convict-lease labor, to lynching, to enslavement, to the vending of children. So large was this plunder that America, as we know it today, is simply unimaginable without it. Its great universities were founded on it. Its early economy was built by it. Its suburbs were financed by it. Its deadliest war was the result of it.


  2. Hey Chicas, watch this sweet adorable little boy.

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  3. eliihass says:

    There’s just something weird about the way Katy Tur the MSNBC reporter assigned to Trump, covers him…

    She seems very invested in Trump the man…She defends him fiercely most times – not like a reporter should…and then there are those moments when she sounds like she and him just had a lovers tiff and she’s mad at him and she goes negative…

    • Ametia says:

      LOL He’s slipping something to her behind the scenes, and don’t think for one minute that Palin didn’t get PHAT $$$ for her 17 minutes of RUN-ON FUCKERY.

      • eliihass says:

        Trump is a very cheap man who will not part with a penny if he can find a way around it…He’ll find other non-monetary inducements like his ,presence’, his flirty ‘good looks’ or his ‘charm’ to entice you…

        Of course Palin is being paid obviously – the woman will not leave Alaska without a cashiers check deposited in her account…she’s enjoying some of those ad dollars the media has been mad at stingy Trump for not spending…

        Katy however I believe is more in line to become wife number four if Melania isn’t watchful…How one goes from being live-in lover to Keith Olbermann to a weird 2016 ‘political’ version of Trilby to Trump’s Svengali baffles me…

      • eliihass says:

        Casey Hunt also acts as if she’s under the spell of the other Republican candidates..

      • eliihass says:

        Sorry that’s Kasie Hunt…

  4. Ametia says:



    Today is a big day for Sarah Palin. She is in Iowa to endorse Donald Trump, which will shore up Trump’s standing with Real Americans and once again give the Palin family a moment in the national spotlight. But things back home aren’t as rosy: Last night, Palin’s son, Track, was charged in Wasilla on domestic violence and weapons charges.


  5. eliihass says:


    Trump sucked all the shout and air in that room with his long, rambling intro…By the time Ms thing got on the stage, the crowd had nothing left…

    And Ms Thing is sounding like she’s the one running..’I’m in it to win it…’

    This will go downhill very fast…

    Can’t imagine what a media brawl between Trump and Palin would look like..

    • Ametia says:


      Two of the most despicable clowns together, ALSO TOO!

      Republican Party IS NO MORE.

    • Liza says:

      Sarah Palin’s son Track arrested on domestic violence charges
      Alaska Dispatch News
      January 19, 2016

      Track Palin, son of failed vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is facing several charges in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident at the former Alaska governor’s home Monday night.

      The charges were announced by Wasilla police on the same day that Sarah Palin endorsed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

      According to a statement from the Wasilla Police Department issued Tuesday, Track Palin was arrested after police responded at about 10 p.m. Monday to a disturbance at Sarah Palin’s home on Lake Lucille along the West Parks Highway.

      “An investigation revealed Track Palin had committed a domestic violence assault on a female, interfered with her ability to report a crime of domestic violence, and possessed a firearm while intoxicated,” police wrote.

      Wasilla police investigator Dan Bennett said Tuesday afternoon that the department had no further comment on Track Palin’s arrest, routing questions to charging documents against him filed in Palmer court.

      According to a criminal complaint in the case filed by investigator Andrew Kappler, police responded to a 911 call at the home where a female said she had been punched in the face and mentioned the involvement of a firearm. Upon arrival, police found Track walking in the area with a “a visible injury to his right eye.” When asked about the call, Palin denied that a gun was involved but said several were in the home.

      “Due to Palin’s escalating hostility, the unknown whereabouts of the 911 caller, and officer safety, Palin was placed into handcuffs,” Kappler wrote.

      Palin was ultimately charged with fourth-degree domestic violence assault and misconduct involving weapons, as well as interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence crime. He was held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.


      • Ametia says:

        Total TRAILER TRASH! Watch when the media finally gets around to reporting on this POS, Wasilla Hillbilly Sarah will of course say the media is out to get her for speaking about the Kenya & endorsing the DUMPSTER!

      • eliihass says:

        Sadly, a very dysfunctional family…And the national exposure has done them no favors and only worsened an already bad situation…

        Clearly his forced stint in the military did nothing for the young man…

  6. eliihass says:

    That moment when all major t.v networks are tuned in awaiting and discussing Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump… You couldn’t make this stuff up..

    The world has gone completely mad..

    • Ametia says:

      Shameful, Ms Snow HO, Wasilla Hillbilly takes the stage for Trump, and MSNBC is waiting with bated breaTH.

      Meanwhile their cameras are NOWHERE NEAR FLINT MICHIGAN, where Black & poor citizens of Flint are being POISONED.

      It’s all entertainment for them

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush mispronounces the name of Obama’s daughter
    01/19/16 03:48 PM EST

    In sharing an anecdote about cultural differences with China on Tuesday, Jeb Bush mispronounced the name of President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, and flubbed the date of the anecdote.


  8. Ametia says:

    Really? Wow

    01.19.1612:01 AM ET
    Erin Brockovich Is Back To Fight in Flint

    Two decades after exposing water contamination in a small town, she helped blow the whistle on the disaster in Flint.

    Two decades after Erin Brockovich instigated the largest direct-action lawsuit in history, the gutsy mother of three is still fighting for clean water.

    Her most recent crusade in Flint, Michigan, reached the national stage last week, prompting President Obama to declare a state of emergency and the state’s governor to activate the National Guard.

    In a post on Michigan Live, Brockovich is credited with bringing the controversy to a “fever pitch” early last year—something few other outlets have highlighted.


    • Ametia says:

      DAMN, that Tweet is


      Just like the poisoned water sanctioned by Governor Snyder via his appointed-unelected Emergency Manager.

  9. Ametia says:

    The fact that Trump is leading GOP field as potential president, tells me that white folks would rather have ANYONE, and I mean anyone in that White House besides a BLACK PRESIDENT.

  10. I’m in shock at Evangelicals clapping for Trump and he said TWO CORINTHIANS. TWO CORINTHINANS? Trump doesn’t even read the Bible. If he did he’d know to say 2nd Corinthians. Those who clapped are blinded by their own racist hate.

    Racists have called Potus names including the Anti-Christ. They’d better pay attention to Trump. He’d be the very one to claim he is GOD.

    Keep playing with God, Trump.

  11. Ametia says:


    The hair though… don’t judge me. Oh the irony of the request.

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  13. Ametia says:

    Please go check out this sight on the REGULAR.

    White Supremacy and Property Rights: Tamir Rice and the Oregon Standoff


  14. rikyrah says:

    “The idea that blame for the political divisions we confront lies solely or even primarily at his door is positively deranged.”
    January 19, 2016

    There’s no doubt that when historians assess the Obama presidency, they will pay a great deal of attention to the deep political divisions within the country, and how those divisions shaped political events. There are racial divisions, class divisions, and, most of all, political divisions. Within Congress, for instance, the parties have been moving apart for the last 40 years, as fewer and fewer moderates get elected and the median of both parties moves toward the edge. But the reality is that while Democrats have moved left, Republicans have been moving right much more sharply — a fact not only established by political science but evident to anyone remotely familiar with Capitol Hill.

    Yet Republicans are sure that the fault for all this — long-term trends and recent developments alike — can be laid at the feet of Barack Obama, who is terribly, appallingly, despicably divisive.

    If we are divided, it’s only because Obama has divided us. “We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history” as Barack Obama, Marco Rubio said in 2012. Four years later, his opinion hasn’t changed; last week he tweeted, “This president has been the single most divisive political figure this country has had over the last decade.” After Obama’s recent State of the Union address, Ted Cruz fumed, “He lectures us on civility yet has been one of the most divisive presidents in American history.” Or as one Republican congressman said last week, “There probably has not been a more racially-divisive, economic-divisive president in the White House since we had presidents who supported slavery.” You won’t find too many Republicans who would disagree.

    Yet if you spend some time investigating what evidence Republicans offer when they call Obama divisive, what you find is not actually evidence at all, but their own skewed interpretations of events. “He says ‘It’s my way or the highway’ on legislation!”, they charge — although he doesn’t actually say that. It’s just that he has a different legislative agenda than they do. “He crammed ObamaCare down our throats!” — this is a sentence that has been written and spoken a thousand times (just Google it for yourself). Back on Planet Earth, the Affordable Care Act spent over a year going through endless hearings, floor speeches, and debates, and in the end passed the House and Senate and was signed by the president, which you may recall is how a bill becomes a law.

    Here’s the truth: You might like Barack Obama or you might not; you might think he has been a good president or a bad one. But the idea that blame for the political divisions we confront lies solely or even primarily at his door is positively deranged.


    • Ametia says:

      “But the idea that blame for the political divisions we confront lies solely or even primarily at his door is positively deranged.”

      Yes; it’s all PBO’s fault, that his daddy was a Black Kenyan & his momma was a White woman from KANSAS!

      It truly has been an eye-opener to witness some of these racist white folks turning themselves into PRETZELS and not able to come to terms with the fact that the majority of AMERICAN VOTERS voted for that BLACK MAN.


  15. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The standoff in Oregon? Let’s face it, the heavily armed occupiers of the federal facility have a COLD-BLOODED plan to shoot and kill any LE agents who try to evict and arrest those in the Bundy group. They are ruthless with violent intentions.

    We are learning more about them as individuals:

    Excerpt from this link:

    By leaving the would-be revolutionaries to their own devices, authorities have given them enough rope to hang themselves.

    In the last week alone, the militiamen have made headlines–not for forcing the government’s hand on federal lands or helping free the Hammonds–but for throwing boxes of dildos on the floor in protest against the mocking mail they have been receiving, for getting arrested after allegedly driving an official refuge vehicle into town to get groceries, for ransacking government files and for using government computers.

    With each odd incident, the media and the public gets more insight into the individuals holed up at the wildlife preserve and their puzzling and incongruent motivations. It does not appear that all of the men at the refuge subscribe to one ideology or another. A report from the Anti-Defamation League actually chronicles that the men hold a hodgepodge of views and have some varying disagreements on how to tackle the standoff.

    By taking a hands-off approach to the incident, the government has actually given the militiamen room to stew, to fight with one another and ultimately, to undermine their cause.

    Take for example Jon Ritzheimer, the man who recorded himself throwing boxes of sex toys onto the floor at the compound. Before he appeared in Oregon standoff videos, Ritzheimer was not known for taking up land disputes, but for putting together threatening, anti-Muslim protests and videos. He was well known in Arizona for organizing a protest where more than 200 individuals –many with guns– showed up outside of a Phoenix mosque. In November, he once again came on the FBI’s radar for announcing he planned to travel to a Muslim hamlet in New York.

    Kenneth Medenbach, the man arrested for allegedly driving a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vehicle into town, was actually out on bail for another seven-month government land occupation he was allegedly involved in last year. According to the Guardian, he was also convicted of squatting on government land in 1996 when the 62-year-old now chainsaw sculptor resided in a tent on government land and guarded his assumed property with “50 to 100 pounds of the explosive ammonium sulfate, a pellet gun, and what appeared to be a hand grenade with trip wires.”

    The more outspoken, bold and hungry the militiamen are for attention, the more peculiar their standoff becomes. While federal officials have been wildly criticized for leaving the militiamen to their own devices, those still at the compound are giving feds plenty of evidence to help government officials charge them later.

  16. Ametia says:

    Rik, have you seen this?

  17. Ametia says:

    TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE Don’t fuck with our PRESIDENT!

    • Ametia says:


      The issues are the same.

      The difference is TECHNOLOGY.

      We didn’t invent RESISTENCE.

      We didn’t discover INJUSTICE.

      TECHNOLOGY has allowed us to AMPLIFY these MESSAGES in ways that we couldn’t before. It has excelerated the PACE of ORGANIZING in was that are really POWERFUL.

    • Ametia says:

      In other words, Bernie, you can go sit your AZZ down, somewhere, ANYWHERE.

      • eliihass says:

        It was common knowledge that a very progressive-left Bernie Sanders was unhappy that the President wasn’t as extreme left as they’d have liked, and the Emoprogs did try to recruit Bernie Sanders to run, but he didn’t. In much the same way he complained bitterly when the Democratic candidates were announced for this round, and there appeared to be no “progressive” candidate among them. He was only persuaded to run by the likes of Ed Schultz who kept pushing him to go for it – but I do believe Bernie Sanders’ original plan as in 2012, was simply to raise awareness and push for progressive issues he cared about but felt were not always front and center for most centrist candidates – to be addressed…or at the minimum, not ignored entirely. I don’t believe Bernie Sanders actually planned to go all the way…he just wanted to influence the debate – until of course, his candidacy caught on..

        It is important to remember that Jeremy Bird – like most of other Democratic political operatives, now work for Hillary – or are indirectly connected to her campaign through their former cohorts – And those who aren’t – just like those who are still working for the President in the White House, are hoping to be hired if she wins. It’s about opportunism and job preservation not principle. These are not honest brokers. They are all political opportunists.

        These are those guys who thought because we rallied for Senator/President Obama, that somehow they had something to do with it…that they were the catalyst…And they were so sure that they were going to run around getting paid for working ‘their magic’…Except many of us had to remind them that it was the Obamas who attracted us – they were the magic not any of the political operatives – or the perceived political wizardry of said operatives…And they’re all finding out the hard way…

        With all of Hillary Clinton’s so-called ‘seasoning’ and 30 years and counting in politics, and with the field completely cleared for her, and with every supposedly whiz Democratic political operative and group working for her, she’s still struggling against Bernie Sanders..

        Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart are the co-founders of 270 Strategies. 270 Strategies did all the legwork and laid the groundwork for Hillary’s run via ‘Ready For Hillary’. If you recall, Jeremy Bird was also behind ‘Battleground Texas’ the group that was supposedly trying to flip Texas. He backed and worked unsuccessfully to get Wendy Davis elected.

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, just because they’re affiliated with President Obama or the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012, doesn’t mean they’re good or principled or have integrity. They are first and foremost political opportunists. Greedy, self-promoting and unprincipled in many instances. Didn’t take most of them a second to jump on Hillary’s bandwagon – In much the same way most were resume-shuffling from politician to politician in D.C, when they stumbled into then Senator Obama’s office and later his campaign.

        For the same reason I’ve often said that most of these people aren’t sh*t – and unlike some supporters, I do not transfer my love of and loyalty to the Obamas to those who work or worked for them..

        So please, take all these people with as much skepticism as you can muster – and if possible, throw in a fistful of salt…

      • Liza says:

        I had to laugh when Hillary talked about the 21st century in the debate. She has lived in a bubble for 30 years, and I daresay the 21st century has eluded her. Her reliance on talking points and rehearsed, recently learned answers in the debate was too obvious except perhaps when she could relate her answer to when she was SoS. That part seemed less rehearsed. She failed miserably on the question about police brutality. “We must make a concerted effort blah blah retrain police blah blah. Bernie did the best on that question and scored some points with me when he talked about the DOJ. But getting back to Hillary, if elected, we will see the same old Clinton fossils, those who aren’t dead, and whoever else has bowed before the Queen like Lil’ Debbie and then it’s back to the 1990s as far as the Clintons are concerned because that is where they are hardwired.

        I ask myself if I am overly pessimistic but I’m never able to think of a leopard who changed its spots.

    • Liza says:

      Somehow, I missed this. I guess I wasn’t paying attention to Bernie Sanders back then. It is interesting that Hillary is trying to use this to her advantage, given how she has treated PBO, especially in 2008.

      • Ametia says:

        At this junction, since Hillary’s stunning 2008 FAIL, she is again pulling out all the stops to get her pasty AZZ into the Oval Office LEATHER

  18. Twitter suffers one of the worst outages, down in several countries


    Paris: Millions of Twitter users were blocked from their feeds on Tuesday as the social networking site went down in several countries, suffering one of the worst outages in its 10-year history.

    “Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution,” the US site said, without giving details of the cause of the outage.

    A spokesperson for Twitter Europe confirmed the site was down, while users in South Africa, Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria and Uganda also reported problems accessing the site with the hashtag #twitterdown on Facebook.

    Users in affected countries were met with the message: “Something is technically wrong.”

    After a shutdown lasting about an hour on Tuesday morning, the site was back online in London and Paris — but users in both cities experienced intermittent service in the afternoon.

    Users elsewhere, including Russia, were also still experiencing problems.

    Many took to Facebook to report the outage with the hashtag #twitterdown.

    The shutdown was also the butt of jokes from some social media channels, with British TV channel E4 posting on its Facebook page: “Twitter is down. Worker productivity hits record levels. UK is out of recession!!!”

    Rick Devens, a local US radio host, posted on Facebook: “We may never get back some of the clever thoughts I had during this tragic outage.”

    Twitter has regularly suffered outages since its launch in 2006, but generally of a shorter duration. Its social media rivals Facebook and Instagram have also had to deal with brief shutdowns.

    During a site breakdown in July 2012, frustrated Twitter addicts were unable to post for two hours due to problems at its data centres.

    Twitter shares have tumbled 20 percent on the New York stock exchange since the start of the year — notably on rumours that it may scrap the 140-character limit that has kept its posts pithy for the last decade.

    Tech news website re/code reported this month that tweets of up to 10,000 characters could be available from March, winning a mixed response from netizens.

  19. rikyrah says:



    Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David Petraeus

    The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.

    The decision now rests with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who is said to be willing to consider overruling an earlier recommendation by the Army that Petraeus not have his rank reduced. Such a demotion could cost the storied general hundreds of thousands of dollars—and deal an additional blow to his once-pristine reputation.

    “The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, because he wants to be consistent in his treatment of senior officers who engage in misconduct and to send a message that even men of Petraeus’s fame and esteemed reputation are not immune to punishment.


  20. rikyrah says:

    David Oyelowo Goes Off on Oscars: “I Am an Academy Member and It Doesn’t Reflect Me”
    by Stephen Galloway 1/18/2016 11:15pm PST

    “For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.”

    Actor David Oyelowo — who was famously overlooked for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma when the Oscar nominations were announced last year — broke off his prepared remarks to blast the Academy at a gala honoring Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs Monday night.

    “The Academy has a problem,” said the British actor, speaking at the
    King Legacy Awards, held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, where he was presenting Boone Isaacs with an award named after civil rights icon Rosa Parks. “It’s a problem that needs to be solved.”

    He revealed that Boone Isaacs had met with him privately to discuss
    his omission from the nominations. “A year ago, I did a film called Selma, and after the Academy Awards, Cheryl invited me to her office to talk about what went wrong then,” he said. “We had a deep and meaningful [conversation]. For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.”

    While urging the audience to pray for Boone Isaacs, he continued: “The reason why the Oscars are so important is because it is the zenith, it is the epitome, it is the height of celebration of artistic endeavor within the filmmaking community. We grow up aspiring, dreaming, longing to be accepted into that august establishment because it is the height of excellence. I would like to walk away and say it doesn’t matter, but it does, because that acknowledgement changes the trajectory of your life, your career, and the culture of the world we live in.”


    • eliihass says:

      “…I would like to walk away and say it doesn’t matter, but it does, because that acknowledgement changes the trajectory of your life, your career, and the culture of the world we live in….”

      Not true. For most people it actually spells doom career-wise and otherwise: Cuba Gooding jr. Halle Berry, Marisa Tomei, Adrien Brody…

  21. I’ve Got Love On My Mind is my favorite. Thank you for the tribute, Rikyrah.

  22. Ametia says:

    Tue., Jan. 19, 2016 9:31 a.m.

    Supreme Court to review Obama program to protect millions from deportation
    The program would allow the parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents to remain in the U.S. and apply for work permits if they have been here for at least five years and have not committed felonies or repeated misdemeanors.


  23. Ametia says:

    UK don’t want that MOFO in their neck-o-the-woods

  24. rikyrah says:

    The original Horror Writer.

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe!


  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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