Thursday Open Thread | Jimi Hendrix Week


Hey Joe

“Hey Joe” is Jimi Hendrix’s first single, though he didn’t actually write it. It’s a garage rock standard popularized by the California band the Leaves in 1966, though most rock fans completely forget their rendition when they heard Hendrix’s take on it. It’s a pretty sordid tale of a man who caught his wife cheating, shot her to death and then headed down to Mexico. Former Animals bassist Chas Chandler caught a largely unknown Hendrix playing the song at New York’s Cafe Wha? in 1966 and brought him over to England to cut his debut album.


Red House

“Red House” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and originally recorded in 1966 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It is a slow twelve-bar blues, which music writer Keith Shadwick calls “one of the most traditional in sound and form of all his official recordings”.[2] It was developed during Hendrix’s pre-Experience days while he was performing in Greenwich Village, and was inspired by earlier blues songs. Hendrix recorded several studio and live versions of the song during his career. “Red House” has also been recorded by a variety of blues and other artists.

“Red House” was inspired by blues songs Hendrix was performing with Curtis Knight and the Squires in 1965 and 1966. Music critic Charles Shaar Murray calls the Hendrix/Knight version of “California Night” as “a dead ringer, both in structure and mood, for his 1967 perennial ‘Red House'”.[3] “California Night” (sometimes misidentified as “Every Day I Have the Blues”[1] – both songs use the verse “nobody loves me”) was originally recorded by Albert King in 1961 as “Travelin’ to California”.[a]”Travelin’ to California” is a slow (70 beats per minute) twelve-bar blues in the key of B♭ with lyrics that follow the common blues theme of the rambling man and his lost love.

“California Night” features an early vocal performance by Hendrix and uses Albert King’s lyrics and arrangement. Two versions were recorded live and issued on European bootleg albums in the 1970s and 1980s.[4] Hendrix biographer Harry Shapiro notes that these were recorded December 26, 1965, at George’s Club 22 in Hackensack, New Jersey,[4] and in one, Hendrix reminded the band “B♭” before counting off the song. Shadwick describes it as “a staggering display of blues guitar playing that is worthy of mention in the same breath as his later efforts with the Experience”.[1] Although Shadwick compares his guitar tone and phraseology to that of Buddy Guy, he adds that his techniques “simply transcend any previous models, and breaks new ground” and shows that “his ability to spin out long and consistently surprising lines across the standard blues changes is already full grown”.[1] In 1966, during his residency as Jimmy James and the Blue Flames at the Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Hendrix continued to develop his slow blues number that became “Red House”.[5]

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166 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Jimi Hendrix Week

  1. Clyburn would not be endorsing Hillary if Bernie Sanders was not closing in. Clyburn is such a hankyhead, Bill Clinton talked real ish to him and called folks bastards and just look at Clyburn. Got dammit!

  2. eliihass says:

    Tom Perez our tax payer funded Cabinet Secretary is in the audience and in Las Vegas campaigning for Hillary during the Democratic primaries…

    Along with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge who hasn’t had an opinion on the murders of innocent black people…including Tamir Rice from her State…or rallied for poor families in Flint..

    Family, just sit back and think about that…

    Meanwhile, Hillary keeps taking credit, telling tales and lying through her teeth…’She took President Obama to Myanmar…’ LOL…You can’t make this stuff up..

    This was just a DNC/Telemundo organized rally for Hillary…

    But as usual, God has His own plans….and a healthy sense of humor…

    • Liza says:

      Yes, Hillary opened the doors and others (PBO, John Kerry, etc…) walked through taking the credit. I read that somewhere yesterday.

  3. eliihass says:

    Even with this ‘town hall’ set up entirely in her favor, Hillary still comes off looking and sounding so awful…so petty, entitled…huffy..

    Her act is so thin and so bad…she hasn’t learnt a thing even after all these years and with every resource at her disposal to learn and do better…

    She really can’t help herself…

  4. Ametia says:

    SHE PIMPIN’ HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. eliihass says:

    She was the first to call Trump out…she told him ‘Basta!”…LOL

    Suuuuuuuure Hillary…we’ve all been here watching and listening all this time…

  6. eliihass says:

    As usual, it’s an audience stacked with Hillary’s people…And she’s once again had the chance to watch and listen to Bernie Sanders first – they should have had her isolated…

    And she’s still tattling and pretending she wasn’t even more strident and vicious in her objection to and hostilities towards President Obama…still is..

    But as usual, even coming in with all the advantages, Hillary overplays her hand…

  7. Ametia says:

    NOTICE Jose giving Hillary the “100 DAY” cue to get immigration on the table if POTUS.


    Hillary’s PANDERING & PIMPING, and WHORING HARD. Like a HO’ in upper Manhattan.

  8. Ametia says:

    Wow, the audience reading QUESTIONS at a TOWNHALL?

    What a SET UP.

  9. eliihass says:

    How unfortunate that that young black man has bought into the corporatist lie that raising the minimum wage will negatively impact things…

    And that rude young woman reading the question that was prepared for her about free college …

    These questioners seem more like plants than anything..,And I put nothing over Jose Diaz-Balart…he’s slimy…

    Meanwhile Hillary gets to watch from the wings and preemptively refine her answers based on Bernie’s and the stacked audience’s responses..

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Chuckie TOAD, See Bernie, she really worked hard on that question about 2 party system.

      Wow, you worked to hard trying to convince us she’s not a plant and was given the script to read. SOOOOO TRANSPARENT.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Nothing or Nothing At All
    by BooMan
    Thu Feb 18th, 2016 at 11:33:51 AM EST

    If, as seems reasonable, Greg Sargent is correct that the spectacle of Senate hearings on an Obama-nominated Supreme Court Justice will empower hardliners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the Republican Establishment has a powerful incentive not to allow them.

    At this point, though, we’re almost to the point where the Establishment should just give up on the prospect of having anyone other than Trump or Cruz as their nominee. We’ll soon know more when we get the results from South Carolina’s primary, but right now it looks very likely that Trump will win there, possibly in a walk, and that Cruz will come in second place. Among the also-rans, only Marco Rubio seems to be showing any life. And, after watching him get eviscerated by Chris Christie in New Hampshire, do the Republicans really want to hitch their wagon to the remote hope that Rubio will surge to win the nomination and then prove a match for the Democrats’ candidate?

    Part of the problem with this whole plan to reject any Obama Supreme Court selection is that the Republicans are looking so unlikely to get their act together in time to win in the fall.

    We can debate where this whole subject falls on the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t scale, but I’m not convinced it helps the Republicans’ cause in November to simply refuse to consider any nominee by declining to give them the courtesy of a hearing and a vote. The logic of it is that the Republican base will be so dejected if partisan control of the Court is lost before the election that they won’t turn out. If, on the other hand, they think control hangs in the balance, they will turn out in droves. They won’t turn out to vote for a nominee they might hate or distrust, but they’ll turn out to keep the Court from flipping to a liberal majority.

    That makes a lot of sense, and I’m sure that they would experience different turnout numbers depending on which road they take. But base mobilization is more of a midterm strategy than a general election strategy. The Republicans have only succeeded in winning the popular vote once in the last twenty-eight years (in 2004), and they barely won the Electoral College that year. They need to change the shape of the electorate in their favor, because their base just isn’t big enough.

    And, consider, since 2012 they’ve definitely done damage with their prospects with Latino and Asian voters. They’ve further alienated the academic/scientific/technical/professional class with their anti-science lunacy. They’ve lot the youth vote over a variety of issues, including hostility to gay rights. They’re doing everything they can to maximize the black vote. Muslims will vote almost uniformly against them despite sharing some of their ‘family values.’ Women won’t be impressed if Cruz or Rubio are the nominees because they both oppose abortion including in cases of rape or incest. They’ll be unimpressed with Donald Trump because he’s a sexist, womanizing boor. I don’t think any of these groups will be more favorably inclined to the Republicans if they block Obama’s nominee without a hearing.

  11. rikyrah says:

    This young man has too many skills to wind up in the Prison Industrial Complex. He needs a mentor.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Beware of the angry white male public intellectual

    Richard Dawkins is a bestselling author and atheist pundit who’s been credited with “redefining the role of the public intellectual in Western culture.” As recent events have shown, he’s also part of a largely unacknowledged problem with online harassers.
    Late last month, Dawkins approvingly posted a video of a feminist activist known as Chanty Binx, blasting it to his more than one million followers. The video, created by men’s rights activists, features a cartoon caricature of Binx singing a duet with an “Islamist” about how similar they are. It concludes with the cartoon Binx inviting the man to rape her, because “it’s not rape when a Muslim does it.”
    When feminist writer Lindy West noted on Twitter that Dawkins was actually pointing his followers at a real woman who’d received death threats for her views in the past, Dawkins deleted the post. Then he apologized for deleting it and went right back to name-calling, declaring that Binx was probably lying about her (documented) harassment. “I was momentarily persuaded, probably wrongly, that a human life (however vile) might be threatened,” he wrote. (Dawkins has since had a minor stroke and has yet to respond to requests for comment. He said in a message recorded Feb. 13 that stress related to his involvement in recent controversies–and his subsequent disinvitation from an upcoming conference–may have contributed to his stroke.)

  13. rikyrah says:

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots When PBO was IL state senator it was he who sponsored & led on legislation for racial profiling. Building at the STATE level

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots When PBO was IL state senator it was he who sponsored & led on legislation for racial profiling. Building at the STATE level

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots Changes need to be made at every level, with local & state being ever so important. But linking former, PROVEN leaders w/ today’s

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots is a photo-op? Just ridiculous to say. No damn sense of a ground up strategy. We hand out the title “activist” too liberally.

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots These are rhetoric chasers & click-baiters. Meanwhile GOP decimating us with SC court cases under the radar & state legislation

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots Every modern movement in this world has looked upon the CRM as a model, a beacon. Because it was grassroots at its best.

    Monie @MonieTalks_1
    @PragObots A President saying, please take the torch. How you gonna be a forward revolutionary when you can’t even stop making it him.

  14. rikyrah says:

    From Town:

    This is what people are pretending not to see:

    Bernie Sanders is raising money for his own 3rd party/independent candidacy off the backs of the Democrats.

    He’s not going to get the Democratic nomination and when he doesn’t, he will launch an independent campaign which will siphon just enough votes away from Hillary to give the WH to the GOP. He gets to go back to VT and MSNBC and say that it’s Obama’s fault and Hillary’s fault President Kasich and VP Cruz is in office.

    He will not say one word against President Kasich, either.

    NOBODY who is trying to really win the Democratic nomination would be going out of their way to alienate the very people who propelled Obama into office TWICE and Bernie Sanders is simply not that stupid.

    This is all about the grift, the 3rd party/independent candidacy and if Hillary/Debbie were smart they never would’ve allowed it. But they will pay the price for being cute. And us, too

  15. rikyrah says:


    The President doesn’t have time for your foolishness.


    Black Struggle Is Not a Sound Bite: Why I Refused to Meet With President Obama
    Thursday, 18 February 2016 00:00
    By Aislinn Pulley, Truthout | Op-Ed

    On February 18, civil rights activists and leaders from around the country were invited to the White House for what the Obama administration has called a “first-of-its-kind” intergenerational meeting to discuss “a range of issues, including the administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform” and “building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” The event’s guest list includes high-profile civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton, student organizer DeShaunya Ware and others.

    As the cofounder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, I was issued an invitation to this event, and various news outlets have already listed me as an attendee. But as a radical, Black organizer, living and working in a city that is now widely recognized as a symbol of corruption and police violence, I do not feel that a handshake with the president is the best way for me to honor Black History Month or the Black freedom fighters whose labor laid the groundwork for the historic moment we are living in.

  16. eliihass says:

    Marcia Fudge, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dolores Huerta, Henry Cisneros…all flown out to Nevada to marshall the black and Latino firewalls for Hillary..

    This is just the 3 State in the primaries against Bernie Sanders who only entered the race just several months ago…The race has only just begun and these congresswomen surrogates who should be in D.C doing the peoples business, are instead in Nevada working for Hillary the inevitable…

    Then there was DeBlasio’s wife getting a little testy this morning because Tamron told her that Bernie Sanders has more in common with her husband – and that the very same attacks being leveled against Bernie Sanders are exactly what was said about Bill DeBlasio when he was running for Mayor…Also turns out that both the DeBlasio kids are Bernie supporters…LOL..

    • eliihass says:

      They can’t be demanding ‘assurance’ after most of them have already kowtowed to the Clintons and are running around singing loudly for Hillary…Like securing the empty safe deposit box after the thief has made away with all the precious jewels…

      I’m waiting for Rev. Al and Marc Morial to formally announce their Hillary endorsement…we already know where they all stand…The rest of the ‘undeclared’ have tried to find something to hang on Bernie so they can have something to grab onto as justification for going with Hillary…But Bernie is an old hand and refuses to fumble and give them an out…They’ll have have to tell him why …he’s not going to provide the out…

      • Ametia says:

        Lord, that METAPHOR: “Like securing the empty safe deposit box after the thief has made away with all the precious jewels…”

        No words could be TRUER!

  17. eliihass says:

    Remember her…The same one now running around telling black folks how much she cares…

  18. eliihass says:

    And this was Bill still full of spite and resentment even after then senator Obama had locked up the nomination…

  19. Ametia says:

    “I Am Not Rooting for Jeb”

    Unvarnished opinions from Michael Dukakis on the Bush family, his law-school classmate Antonin Scalia, and Obama’s foreign policy missteps.
    By Isaac Chotiner

    I didn’t know who Scalia was until the last semester of my last year, when I took a class called Federal Courts and the Federal System, with a great man named Henry Hart. It is 1960. We are in the middle of the civil rights revolution.

    And there’s this guy in class who begins engaging Professor Hart every day in these long dialogues over whether it was appropriate for federal judges to reach in and take cases away from Southern criminal courts, in cases where, as everyone knew, if you were a black defendant, forget it. And this went on for about three weeks. (Laughs.) I finally turned to the guy next to me and said, “Who the hell is that guy?” He said, “That’s Scalia, he’s on the law review.” And I said, “Does he know what it’s like to be black in the South?”

    He was no more an originalist than the man on the moon.

    What was originalist about Bush v. Gore? What was originalist about the Second Amendment decision? What was originalist about Citizens United for God’s sake, Isaac? We have been regulating campaign contributions since the late 19th century. Where in the Constitution does it say that money is speech? Originalism? Are you kidding me?

  20. eliihass says:

    Remember when we were condescendingly told via Clinton surrogate Paul Begala that we could not expect to win elections with eggheads and African Americans..? But now…FIREWALL!!! LOL…

    The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone…

    Irony of ironies…

  21. Ametia says:

    Pope Francis on Trump: Building walls instead of bridges ‘is not Christian’

    Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump “is not Christian” if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

    The Pope, who was traveling back to Rome from Mexico, where he urged the United States to address the “humanitarian crisis” on its southern border, declined to say whether American Catholics should vote for Trump.

    But Francis left little doubt where he stood on the polarizing issue of immigration reform.

    “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel,” the Pope told journalists.

  22. Ametia says:

    Seven Years After the Recovery Act: My Trip Up the Mississippi to Check in on America’s Communities’ Infrastructure
    Vice President Biden

  23. Obama announces Cuba visit

    Washington (CNN)—President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, when he visits Havana in March, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced Thursday.

    The visit, which is scheduled for March 21-22, is another big step by the administration in ongoing efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

    The President announced the news via Twitter on Thursday.

    “14 months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba – and we’ve already made significant progress,” he tweeted. “Our flag flies over our Embassy in Havana once again. More Americans are traveling to Cuba than at any time in the last 50 years.”

    “We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly. America will always stand for human rights around the world,” he tweeted. “Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.”

    The White House also announced Thursday that the President will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, as well as entrepreneurs and different members of Cuban society.

    The President aims to continue to “chart a new course” for U.S.- Cuban relations by connecting U.S. and Cuban citizens through travel, commerce and access to information, according to Earnest.

    The President will be joined by the first lady on his trip to Cuba, after which they will visit Argentina for two days.

    The last sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

    “President Coolidge traveled to Cuba on a U.S. battleship, so this will be a very different kind of visit,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes wrote in a post on Medium.

    • Ametia says:

      The President will be joined by the first lady on his trip to Cuba, after which they will visit Argentina for two days.

      The last sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge in 1928.


  24. Ametia says:

    President Barack Obama will skip the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, opting instead to attend the public farewell as the jurist lies in repose in the court’s Great Hall on Friday.

    Obama will be accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

    “It will be an opportunity for the president and Mrs. Obama to pay their respects to Justice Scalia, who will be lying in repose at the Supreme Court,” Earnest said.

    Earnest did not say why Obama opted not to attend the funeral, and when asked whether Obama would be golfing Saturday, he said the president was focused on honoring Scalia’s life and service.

    Vice President Joe Biden will attend Scalia’s funeral Mass Saturday, which is to be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception near the campus of Catholic University.

  25. Ametia says:
      • Liza says:

        A racist is a morally inferior person, there can be no question. And I believe, just from my own life experience, that this moral inferiority has a range all the way from a kind of moral weakness, if you will, to severe mental illness, a willingness to kill and maim, to destroy and slaughter.

        The morally weak simply do not see, do not acknowledge, do not concern themselves and they look the other way. This is the kind of racism that I am most familiar with, the kind that I grew up with. It is extremely destructive. These are the folks who impede progress, who cause social change to be the equivalent of turning a giant ship in the ocean and making it go the opposite direction. They make everything difficult for everyone, they are fodder for racist politicians, bureaucrats, pundits, etc… And it only gets worse from there until you arrive at the likes George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn, Darren Wilson, Johannes Mehserle and all of their predecessors, an incomprehensible list of the most evil racists.

        It is moral inferiority. But I’ve never been able to understand where it comes from. Are they wired this way? Is it in their DNA?

      • Liza says:

        All of their predecessors and peers, I should say. Because this problem from hell is very much with us and, so far, shows no signs of going away.

  26. rikyrah says:

    February 17, 2016 11:30 AM
    When the Anti-Trump Movement Fails
    By Martin Longman

    In the course of writing an obituary of sorts for the Grand Old Party, Jacob Heilbrunn notes that Donald Trump has attracted some heavy-hitting enemies.

    Exhibit A is the Wall Street Journal. Last Thursday its editorial page, which has historically functioned as a kind of conservative Politburo, bashed Trump for his heresies on eminent domain and property rights. “Mr. Trump,” it huffed, “is spinning property seizure as the price of admission for economic progress … but it isn’t true.” Meanwhile, Karl Rove exhorted on the Journal’s opinion page, “Messrs. Kasich, Cruz, Bush and Rubio must resist the temptation to go after one another—which only wastes vital time—and instead concentrate on Mr. Trump.”

    And, of course, the National Review recently launched an entire anti-Trump issue of their magazine.

    There’s no doubt that there’s a full-court press going on right now to try to derail Trump’s candidacy, but these people and organizations would be nothing without the Republican Party. Assuming they fail in their efforts to stop The Donald, the question is, how long will it be before they come to the Real Estate Tycoon on bended knee and offer to kiss his huge ring?

    I expect this is something Trump’s ego would enjoy very much and he’d probably have little trouble being magnanimous. In exchange for a promise of complete fealty in the future, Karl Rove and the Wall Street Journal and the National Review would be forgiven for past sins and enlisted into the new Borg.

  27. Ametia says:

    Biden: GOP calls to delay filling Scalia’s seat don’t make sense
    Updated: 7:35 a.m. | Posted: 5 a.m.

    Vice President Joe Biden will speak at St. Paul’s Union Depot Thursday morning about President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus program and the private investment it spurred.

    Ahead of his visit to Minnesota, Biden said in an interview with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer that calls from some Republicans for Obama to pass on nominating a new Supreme Court justice don’t make sense.

    Some Republicans argue that a new justice shouldn’t replace Antonin Scalia, who died last weekend, until after a new president takes office in January.

    “To leave the seat vacant at this critical moment in American history is a little bit like saying, ‘God forbid something happen to the president and the vice president, we’re not going to fill the presidency for another year and a half,'” Biden said.

    Almost immediately after Scalia’s death went public, presidential hopefuls made filling his vacancy on the high court a top campaign issue.


  28. Liza says:

    Sounds crazy given the subject matter, but I love “Hey Joe.” Here is a much lesser known version by Buckwheat Zydeco, the best zydeco band ever, IMHO.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Hold up…
    FLOTUS is going with POTUS to Cuba?

    Hey now!!!!

    The reception will be OFF THE CHAIN!

  30. rikyrah says:

    They wanna do this..go ahead..folks are ready and not having this foolishness.


    Political Animal Blog

    February 18, 2016 10:00 AM

    The Last Stand of the Insurgency

    By Nancy LeTourneau

    Conservative groups are lining up to get behind Majority Leader McConnell’s stand to obstruct ANY nominee President Obama puts forward to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Hugh Hewitt echoes the sentiment in a column titled: No hearings. No votes.


    The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order, and so all forms of legal and illegal resistance are justified when it tries…

    The Confederate sees a divinely ordained way things are supposed to be, and defends it at all costs. No process, no matter how orderly or democratic, can justify fundamental change.

    That “divinely ordained way things are supposed to be” includes white supremacy, control of women’s reproductive choices, marriage between one man and one woman, and the elevation of gun rights over every other constitutional right.

    But America is changing. And all of those things are threatened. That is what has conservatives so terrified and angry…to the point that people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz now lead the fight for the next Republican presidential nomination.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Political Animal Blog

    February 18, 2016 8:25 AM
    Our Divisions Have Gone Beyond Policy to Tribalism
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    Greg Jaffe has taken an interesting look at how Democrats and Republicans respond very differently to anything President Obama says. To make his point, he zeros in on the President’s most recent State of the Union speech – specifically the part where he talked about our political polarization and called for “a better politics.”


    I have often suggested that since 2009, the Republican Party has become post-policy. That is because, after their domestic and foreign policies were demonstrated to be utter failures during the Bush presidency, they had a choice to either re-examine them through a pragmatic lens or ignore all the failure and simply drill down with the same-old, same-old. They more or less chose the latter option. But to avoid the kinds of difficult questions we’re seeing now in the presidential race as Donald Trump points to those foreign policy failures, they swept them under the rug and instead fanned the flames of anger and fear about our new President in order to bolster their plan of total obstruction. Thus was the tea party born.

    What we are witnessing now is that Democrats are having a robust and often difficult argument in the presidential race over policy differences, while the Republicans seem to be looking for the biggest bully who can take on their object of fear and anger…the two-headed monster of Obama/Clinton. In other words, it is no longer about policy – it’s all a matter of tribalism.

  32. rikyrah says:

    two new GOP Polls:

    latest Monmouth University poll, which has the primary shaping up this way: (done completely after the last debate)

    1. Donald Trump: 35%

    2. Ted Cruz: 19%

    3. Marco Rubio: 17%

    4. John Kasich: 9%

    5. Jeb Bush: 8%

    6. Ben Carson: 7%

    These results came just a few hours before the release of the latest Bloomberg Politics poll. (done partially after the last debate)

    1. Donald Trump: 36%

    2. Ted Cruz: 17%

    3. Marco Rubio: 15%

    4. Jeb Bush: 13%

    5. Ben Carson: 9%

    6. John Kasich: 7%

  33. Ametia says:

    Why the Democratic candidates need to get Obama’s record straight
    By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer February 17 at 8:59 PM

    There is an imbalance in the argument at the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign that threatens to undercut the Democrats’ chances of holding the White House.

    You might think otherwise. The divisions among Republicans are as sharp as they have been since 1964. Donald Trump may be building on the politics of resentment the GOP has pursued throughout President Obama’s term. But Trump’s mix of nationalism, xenophobia, a dash of economic populism and a searing critique of George W. Bush’s foreign policy offers a philosophical smorgasbord that leaves the party’s traditional ideology behind.


    The Democrats offer, well, a more nuanced approach. True, Hillary Clinton has embraced Obama more and more, seeing him as a life raft against Bernie Sanders’s formidable challenge. In particular, she knows that African American voters deeply resent the way Obama has been treated by Republicans. (No other president, after all, has ever been told that any nomination he makes to the Supreme Court will be ignored.) Tying herself to Obama is a wise way of shoring up her up-to-now strong support among voters of color.

    Nonetheless, because so many Americans have been hurt by rising inequality and the economic changes of the past several decades, neither Democratic presidential candidate can quite say what hopefuls representing the incumbent party usually shout from the rooftops: Our stewardship has been a smashing success and we should get another term.
    Sanders, in fact, represents a wholesale rebellion against the status quo. He tries to say positive things about Obama and how the president dealt with the economic catastrophe that struck at the end of George W. Bush’s term. But the democratic socialist from Vermont is not shy about insisting that much more should have been done to break up the banks, rein in the power of the wealthy, and provide far more sweeping health insurance and education benefits.

    A good case can be made — and has been made by progressives throughout Obama’s term — that if Democrats said that everything was peachy, voters who were still hurting would write off the party entirely.

  34. rikyrah says:

    The G.O.P. Created Donald Trump
    Nicholas Kristof
    FEB. 11, 2016

    The betting markets now say that the most likely Republican nominee for president is a man who mocks women, insults Latinos, endorses war crimes like torture, denounces party icons and favors barring people from the United States based on their religion.

    He’s less a true-believer conservative than an opportunist, though, for he has supported single-payer health insurance, abortion rights and tighter gun measures. Lindsey Graham says he’s “crazy,” Jeb Bush says he would be worse than President Obama, and the conservative National Review warned that he is a “menace to American conservatism.”

    It’s Donald Trump, of course. He’s smarter than critics believe — he understood the political mood better than we pundits did — but I can’t think of any national politician I’ve met over the decades who was so ill informed on the issues, or so evasive, or who so elegantly and dangerously melded bombast and vapidity.

    So how did we get to this stage where the leading Republican candidate is loathed by the Republican establishment?

    In part, I think, Republican leaders brought this on themselves. Over the decades they pried open a Pandora’s box, a toxic politics of fear and resentment, sometimes brewed with a tinge of racial animus, and they could never satisfy the unrealistic expectations that they nurtured among supporters.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Why do my co-workers keep confusing me with other people? Because I’m Asian.
    Yes, it’s usually done without malice. No, that does not make it okay.

    By Iris Kuo February 12

    Hey,” a co-worker said. “Did you ask IT for help?”

    “Yes,” I said. “How did you know?”

    The IT guy had gone over to another co-worker’s desk to coach her on commands in Excel — a request I had put in. Why had the IT guy confused me with Chunzi? For the same reason Chunzi’s checks ended up on my desk, my mail ended up in her hands and an editor asked me about my trips to New York, which I never took but Chunzi did. It’s because we’re both young Asian women.

    We look nothing alike, of course. And it’s not something that happens only to us. Recently two white male journalists mistook my friend Ruth, a fellow Asian American journalist, for me, even though she and I no longer live in the same city. Another time a publicist enthusiastically called Ruth by my name while she was wearing a name tag supplied by the publicist. And a few years ago, a waitress dropped off my check and credit card — except they belonged to another person with an Asian-sounding name.

  36. rikyrah says:


    Is it too much to hope for that before his term is up he goes to Iran?


    Obama to visit Vietnam in May: White House


    U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May during a trip to Asia, a White House official said on Monday.

    Obama accepted the invitation by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a meeting at a summit of Southeast Asian nations in California.

    “The president and Prime Minister Dung discussed the continued strengthening of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 2015, which marked the 20th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations,” the official said.

    “The leaders noted the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, maritime security, and human rights to advancing bilateral relations,” he said.

  37. Ametia says:

    Generational divide may complicate courting of African American vote
    Abby Phillip: Reporter — Washington, D.C.
    February 17, 2016 7:09 p.m.

    “I do not believe that anyone who is a part of the black political elite class speaks for anyone but themselves,” said Charlene Carruthers, 30, the national director of the Chicago-based civil rights organization Black Youth Project 100. “That’s one of the biggest flaws in how candidates engage black people: They seek out representatives for all black folks, when in fact no one represents us but us.”

  38. rikyrah says:

    Is it cynical of me to just see this as an instance of

    ‘ one born every minute.’


    The ‘Uber for friends’ plans to save millennials from loneliness
    By Caitlin Dewey
    February 10

    Clay Kohut’s pitch for his new app, Ameego, is so absurd that it’s best to let him deliver it.

    “With Uber, you rent a stranger’s car,” he begins.

    “With Airbnb, you rent a stranger’s home.” Mhmm.

    “With Ameego … you rent a stranger!” What?

    “It’s a logical progression,” he reassures.

    The Texas-born developer and entrepreneur is, as you may have suspected, a full-on millennial, just shy of 26 years old. He’s a member of a generation in which “progress” follows slightly different rules. Upon sensing a problem — such as, say, the glut of young people who find themselves in new cities, without their old friends — Kohut and his cohort hesitate but a moment before deploying apps to solve it.

  39. rikyrah says:


    someone wasn’t invited to the White House…they had a temper tantrum on Periscope last night.

    Have a stadium full of seats, Pastor Bryant.

    • Ametia says:


      The only thing I can concur with is that it is not President Obama’s or any other black person’s responsibility to ADDRESS WHITE PRIVILEGE, to ask white folks to check themselves.

      If they have to be told by black folks how to acknowledge one’s HUMANITY, when they are so INHUMANE…

      I can NOT wait to read eliihaas’ take on this fuckery.

    • Liza says:

      Hillary has been around a long time and she has already revealed herself. Sorry, folks, but she doesn’t get to re-invent herself as the wise elder, the newly born authority on racism and white privilege. People do not suddenly have these kinds of realizations at the age of 68 when, in fact, they had literally thousands of opportunities in their lifetime to have these realizations and didn’t. The sad truth of the matter is that Hillary was in a position to advocate on behalf of black folks but she chose not to. She did just the opposite.

      • Ametia says:

        The very fact that Hillary’s speaking on WHITE PRIVILEGE to this DEGREE during another presidential run is the EPITOME OF WHITE PRIVILEGE


      • Liza says:

        Well said. File this one under “Vote for Me.” It will never go any further. The Clintons can’t deliver but they can sure blow smoke in your eyes.

    • Ametia says:

      Posting this here too, so this negro who wrote this piece gets educated.

  40. rikyrah says:

    I think this is outrageous


    California Student Information Released to Nonprofit

    Information about millions of students will be released to the Concerned Parents Association

    By Consumer Bob

    Millions of public school students will soon have their personal information and school records handed over to a nonprofit community organization.

    The Concerned Parents Association fought for the data in federal district court and won over the objections of the California Department of Education.

    The nonprofit said it needs the information to see if California schools are violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other related laws. The database it will have access to includes all information on children, kindergarten through high school, who are attending or have attended a California school at any time since Jan. 1, 2008.

    The database contain students’ names, social security numbers, home addresses, course information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, mental health and medical information, along with suspensions, expulsions and more.

  41. rikyrah says:

    So sad….all this wasted potential….


    CDC investigates why so many students in wealthy Palo Alto, Calif., commit suicide

    In Palo Alto, Calif., the shrill horn of incoming trains bring a constant reminder of young lives lost too soon. In the past seven years, several teenagers have stepped in front of Caltrains in the Silicon Valley city, where the adolescent suicide rate has soared to five times the national average.

    It was in this way that a bright, popular, goofy kid named Cameron Lee ended his life in November 2014. By then, his classmates at Henry M. Gunn High School were all too accustomed to this sort of inexplicable tragedy. They hailed, after all, from a part of the country that had become known for its affluence, technical ingenuity and the number of kids that had been pushed to the brink.

    “I am 15 years old and I just organized a memorial,” Isabelle Blanchard, the sister of one suicide victim, told the Atlantic magazine.

    It is an eerie refrain that has played out again and again.

    Over the course of nine months in 2009 and 2010, six Palo Alto teenagers committed suicide. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 20 children and young adults killed themselves annually in Santa Clara County, where Palo Alto is located.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Yeah, we’ll see.


    New York Schools Wonder: How White Is Too White?

    FEB. 16, 2016

    How white is too white? At the Academy of Arts and Letters, a small K-8 school in Brooklyn founded in 2006 to educate a community of “diverse individuals,” that question is being put to the test.

    The school — along with six others in New York City — is part of a new Education Department initiative aimed at maintaining a racial and socioeconomic balance at schools in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods. For the first time the department is allowing a group of principals to set aside a percentage of seats for low-income families, English-language learners or students engaged with the child welfare system as a means of creating greater diversity within their schools.

    The continuing segregation of American schools — and the accompanying achievement gap between white, middle-class students and poorer minority children — has become an urgent matter of debate among educators and at all levels of government. Last week, President Obama lent his weight to the issue when he included in his budget a $120 million grant program for school integration aimed at de-concentrating poverty.

  43. rikyrah says:



    Annals of Wealth
    FEBRUARY 22, 2016 ISSUE

    The Golden Generation
    Why China’s super-rich send their children abroad.

    On a crisp Sunday morning in November, Weymi Cho picked me up at my hotel, in downtown Vancouver, in her new car, a white Maserati GranTurismo with a red leather interior. She had slept only two hours the night before. A new karaoke machine had been installed in her apartment, a four-million-dollar condo with a view of the city’s harbor, and she and some friends had spent the night singing and drinking Veuve Clicquot. Weymi is twenty years old and slim, with large eyes and waist-length hair that cascaded, on this occasion, over a silk Dior blouse. She has a reserved, almost aristocratic air. It was a little past ten, and we were going shopping.


    The West is the plan for many of China’s new rich. In the past decade, they have swept into cities like New York, London, and Los Angeles, snapping up real estate and provoking anxieties about inequality and globalized wealth. Rich Chinese have become a fixture in the public imagination, the way rich Russians were in the nineteen-nineties and rich people from the Gulf states were in the decades before that. The Chinese presence in Vancouver is particularly pronounced, thanks to the city’s position on the Pacific Rim, its pleasant climate, and its easy pace of life. China’s newly minted millionaires see the city as a haven in which to place not only their money but, increasingly, their offspring, who come there to get an education, to start businesses, and to socialize.

    The children of wealthy Chinese are known as fuerdai, which means “rich second generation.” In a culture where poverty and thrift were long the norm, their extravagances have become notorious. Last year, the son of China’s richest man posted pictures online of his dog wearing two gold-plated Apple Watches, one on each front paw. On Web forums, citizens complain that fuerdai are “flaunting what they haven’t earned” and that “their grotesque displays are a poison to the work ethic of Chinese society.” President Xi Jinping has spoken of the need to “guide the younger generation of private-enterprise owners to think where their money comes from and live a positive life,” and the government recently held an educational retreat for seventy children of billionaires, who were given a crash course in traditional Chinese values and social responsibility.

    • Ametia says:

      Read this over the holidays

      Crazy Rich Asians

      When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

      On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Well, DUH!

    Like I said…folks thought just because we didn’t speak up everytime they insulted this President that we weren’t noticing. We have a ledger, and we notated ALL.


    Blacks See Bias in Delay on a Scalia Successor


    FEBRUARY 17, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — As he left Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a soul food institution here on Wednesday, Edward Gadsden expressed irritation about the Republican determination to block President Obama from selecting Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court.

    “They’ve been fighting that man since he’s been there,” Mr. Gadsden, who is African-American, said of Mr. Obama, before pointing at his forearm to explain what he said was driving the Republican opposition: “The color of his skin, that’s all, the color of his skin.”

    When Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said after Mr. Scalia’s death on Saturday that the next president, rather than Mr. Obama, should select a successor, the senator’s words struck a familiar and painful chord with many black voters.

    After years of watching political opponents question the president’s birthplace and his faith, and hearing a member of Congress shout “You lie!” at him from the House floor, some African-Americans saw the move by Senate Republicans as another attempt to deny the legitimacy of the country’s first black president. And they call it increasingly infuriating after Mr. Obama has spent seven years in the White House and won two resounding election victories.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Parents complain at Illinois high school choir singing Glory from the film Selma
    The Oscar and Grammy-winning song by Common and John Legend has aroused the ire of parents who claim it is one-sided against US police

    Parents in Illinois are outraged after students in Chatham-Glenwood high school’s choir decided to perform the theme song from the film Selma at its upcoming concert.

    The song, Glory, was featured in the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr biopic and has won an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe for its performers John Legend and Common, who co-wrote the song with Che “Rhymefest” Smith.

    The song choice has upset several parents and community members, high school principal Jim Lee told the Guardian. Lee said he has received about 15 phone calls and emails from adults complaining that the song is offensive and disrespectful to law enforcement.

  46. rikyrah says:

    Students And Veterans Turned Away From The Polls Under Wisconsin’s New Voter ID Law
    FEB 17, 2016 4:51 PM

    Wisconsin’s local primary election put the state’s new voter ID law to the test Tuesday, causing problems that left officials seriously concerned about how voters will be impacted this November.
    The election decided several mayoral contests and helped conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley clear a key hurdle to maintaining her seat on the state’s powerful Supreme Court.
    The law will be in place again for the presidential primary on April 5, which is likely to see greater voter turnout. But even in Tuesday’s local election, issues with ID arose.
    Though the law’s implementation was mostly smooth, some students and veterans were unable to cast regular ballots, because the state doesn’t recognize a federal veterans’ benefits card or a state university ID for voting purposes.
    After few overall complaints came in, Gov. Scott Walker (R) tweeted that all was well in the Badger State.

    • Ametia says:

      Wisconsin has become a shithole since Scotty Walker took over its governorship.

      It’s the goal for these GOP states to SUPPRESS VOTES in their favor, don’t you know!

  47. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush confronted like never before by worried supporters
    By Ed O’Keefe February 17 at 4:44 PM

    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — He’s stuck in the polls and just lost a major endorsement. And now voters are in open panic about the fate of Jeb Bush.

    The Republican presidential candidate was barraged by conflicting advice from supporters increasingly distressed by the rise of GOP front-runner Donald Trump and that the former Florida governor’s campaign has stalled.

    One guy urged him to talk more about his compassion. Another told him to take Trump’s attacks on the chin and stay substantive. A third man urged him to work harder to spread the word nationally.

    Never before had Bush faced supporters so annoyed and worried about his fate. They quickly turned a campaign rally on a country club gazebo here into an open campaign strategy session — with dozens of reporters watching.

    Adding to the awkwardness, the advice started flying just minutes after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced plans to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for the GOP nomination. It was a major blow to Bush, who personally likes Haley, campaigned for her and has helped develop her education policy. Bush was so eager to win her support that he deployed his brother, former president George W. Bush, to meet with Haley on Monday.

  48. rikyrah says:

    Jimi was a true American original.

    thank you for this week.

  49. Ametia says:

    Cliven Bundy, 4 others face federal indictment in Nevada
    By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Ammon Bundy, brother Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne and Peter Santilli — already indicted in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon — now face federal indictment along with Cliven Bundy in the 2014 armed standoff near the Bundy ranch in Nevada.

    The indictment charges the four with 16 felonies: one count of conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, one count of conspiring to impede or injure a federal officer, four counts of carrying a firearm in a crime of violence, two counts of assault on a federal officer, two counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer, three counts of obstructing justice, two counts of interfering with interstate commerce by extortion and one count of interstate travel in aid of extortion.

    It also levels five counts of criminal forfeiture against each defendant. If convicted of the offenses, they would have to forfeit property obtained from the proceeds of their crimes, totaling at least $3 million, including cattle at the so-called Bunkerville Allotment and Lake Mead National Recreational Area in Nevada. They also would have to forfeit firearms and ammunition used in the April 12, 2014, standoff with federal authorities.

  50. rikyrah says:

    Good MOrning, Everyone :)

  51. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :))))

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