Thursday Open Thread | Kool & the Gang Week

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  1. eliihass says:

    Finally…someone brave enough to tell the truth in this election cycle..

  2. The Clinton campaign is in the midst of an historic collapse —much of it due to the unraveling among nonwhite voters.

  3. sunshine616 says:

    #bernieinthebronx over 20000 people in the Bronx and not a peep on MSM. Total BS!!!!



    • eliihass says:

      It’s sad to see Americans being worked over like dumb-dumbs…

      Your enemies enemy is not necessarily *your* enemy…nor is your pretend-friend’s enemy, friend or ally – temporary, expedient, or long-term – necessarily *your* enemy, friend or ally…

      And especially, your greedy, ambitious, corrupt politician’s convenient, temporary, expedient, short-term, long-term enemy, friend, ally, is not necessarily your enemy, friend or ally…

      None of this stuff has anything to do with principle, decency, genuine moral outrage or anything that makes a positive or real difference to common folks lives…

      It’s all about the base ambitions of power hungry politicians, a corrupt and non-existent professional media…and the plutocrats who own them all..

      All this trampling going on at the moment with Trump as their convenient fall guy, is not about what they’d have the American people believe it’s about…

      I can’t stress it enough, Donald Trump is the least of our problems…

      Don’t be distracted fam…

    • eliihass says:

      Isn’t it ironic that in the past 2 days, her newfound go to line is Maya Angelou’s ‘…when people show you who they are, believe them…’ LOL..

      The woman completely lacks self-awareness…

      Nothing captures her and her cynical attempt to revise history before our eyes, with her all empty boasts that are glaringly contradicted by reality… She’s hard-pressed to actually produce evidence of what exactly it is she’s done or led on in all her so-called 30+ years of public ‘service’ – not just specifically for ‘the blacks’, but in general…besides of course together with Bill, destroying the lives of at least a generation of black folks…while slickly striking up mutually beneficial alliances and ‘friendships’ with the most corrupt, greediest and most compromised self-professed black ‘leaders’ – and only for the purposes of controlling and exploiting the black demographic for their political ambitions…

      Shame on ‘the blacks’ if they not only let the likes of bloody Charlie Rangel and ’em speak for and mislead, or worse help or let this woman get away with this..

  5. Why won’t Charlie Rangel go sit his old ass down somewhere? Retire already and go away!

  6. Ametia says:

    America’s poor can now get cheaper Internet access
    By Brian Fung March 31 at 4:05 PM

    Federal regulators have approved a historic expansion of subsidies for the poor, fleshing out for the first time a set of Reagan-era discounts on phone service to include home Internet access.

    The 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission Thursday will let roughly 40 million Americans on food stamps, Medicaid or other federal assistance register for and use an existing benefit worth $9.25 a month to purchase broadband service, either as part of a voice bundle on cellular or fixed networks, or on a standalone basis with no voice plan attached. Of those eligible for Lifeline, more than 13 million have no Internet service, according to federal officials.

  7. Hillary was at the Apollo yesterday. All she has to do is scream FIREWALL & here they come…


    • Liza says:

      Now that’s what I’m talking about! Folks waking up, the firewall coming down. I keep wondering what voter suppression tactics the Democrats and/or Republicans are going to use to steal Wisconsin from Bernie.

      • Folks are double checking their registrations to see if someone has switched parties on them.

      • Liza says:

        I just checked on Wikipedia and Wisconsin is listed as a state with an open primary. So, they’ll have to think of something else and they probably already have.

    • Ametia says:

      Please, don’t tell me, these people are switching voters party…

      This is some low down, dirty, filthy, fuckery, going on right here.

  8. Lizz Brown did some mind blowing unpacking on the story of this image here. It’s deep! I’m still absorbing. It’s gut wrenching indeed. I had to shed some tears.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I just read all of LizzBrown’s tweets relating to this photo. What Bill Clinton symbolically did there sickens me.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s DISGUSTING, what Bill Clinton did to the Democratic Party.

      Is it any wonder he and Hillary are so HELL BENT on getting back into the White House to regain that POWER.

    • Liza says:

      This photo is so disturbing, words fail me. Good Lord, a campaign photo op at a southern prison in Stone Mountain, GA? The prisoners lined up behind Clinton and the three other white supremacists in their clean white uniforms, Sunday best for the photo op, and HANDCUFFED? Or were they just told to hold their hands behind their backs? Does it make any difference?

      This is one of the most disgusting and truly horrible pictures I have ever seen from a political campaign. More Clinton hypocrisy, the hypocrisy just oozes out their pores.

      All this to pander to white male supremacist voters in the Deep South and win their hearts and minds.

      How does Bill Clinton sleep at night? Hell, he’s pulled so much of this sh!t he probably doesn’t remember a third of it.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon
    Today begins my weekend.
    I took the time off to spend the latter part of Peanut’s spring break with her.

  10. Liza says:

    Seriously, Mr. Robb? Then tell me why Eric Garner is dead, choked to death by a cop on a public street in broad daylight and there are no consequences for the perpetrator. That’s just one question, I have thousands of others.

    These folks live in a social, cultural, economic, and political BUBBLE. They should not be allowed to rule a homeowners association let alone a nation. They cannot connect two dots, one to the other, or make sense of anything that happens in the real world. They have no context, no knowledge of history, no sense of how events flow into one another, how everything that happens is somehow related to what has already happened. And the reason for this is that they do not know the people, they have no desire to know the people or understand anything about what their lives are like, how they get by from day to day. They just want power.

    Dig what Sen Robb said in '89: Policies forged in the economic crisis of 30s & the social/cultural schisms of '60s are less & less relevant— Lizz Brown (@lizzzbrown) March 31, 2016


  11. Ametia says:

    WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association™ is pleased to announce that Larry Wilmore, host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central, will be the entertainer at our annual dinner on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

    “Larry’s edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he’s certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don’t expect the nation’s news media to escape unscathed, either,” said Carol Lee, White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association™. “We are thrilled that Larry has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner, which will be the last during the Obama White House.”

  12. On Stone Mountain
    White Supremacy and the Birth of the Modern Democratic Party

    Last month, in an article for The Nation on “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote,” Michelle Alexander detailed the toxic consequences for black families and communities of President Bill Clinton’s 1994 criminalization bill and his 1996 welfare-to-workfare act—and the first lady’s vigorous lobbying for both pieces of legislation. Considering these bills alongside Hillary Clinton’s blithe description of black youth as “superpredators” in need of being brought “to heel,” Alexander concludes that the Clintons did not “courageously stand up to right-wing demagoguery about black communities,” as they have claimed. Neither did they “take extreme political risks to defend the rights of African Americans” nor “help usher in a new era of hope and prosperity for neighborhoods devastated by deindustrialization, globalization, and the disappearance of work.”

    The title of Alexander’s article positions readers to anticipate a clear-eyed, full-throated endorsement of Bernie Sanders. Yet Alexander offers no such thing. “The biggest problem with Bernie,” Alexander writes, “is that he’s running as a Democrat—as a member of a political party that not only capitulated to right-wing demagoguery but is now owned and controlled by a relatively small number of millionaires and billionaires. . . . I am inclined to believe that it would be easier to build a new party than to save the Democratic Party from itself.”

    To this end, the real power of Alexander’s critique is in using the Clintons as a lens through which to consider larger questions about the modern Democratic Party. Is it capable of offering a truly progressive political vision that reflects the needs of working women and men and aspirations of communities of color? Indeed, how did it move so far to the right?

    One explanation sees the failures of today’s Democratic Party being sown in the 1980s. But narrating the ’80s as the Age of Reagan mistakenly suggests the left’s rightward turn was inevitable, and it obscures political battles that raged within the Democratic Party during that decade. Yes, Reagan and the Republican Party pulled the Democratic Party to the right, but at the same time Jesse Jackson and his National Rainbow Coalition were pulling the party to the left. We need to reckon with how the Democratic Party chose to deal with these competing pressures.

    • • •

    In 1983 Jesse Jackson announced his presidential platform in starkly multiracial terms:

    This candidacy is not for blacks only. This is a national campaign growing out of the black experience and seen through the eyes of a black perspective—which is the experience and perspective of the rejected. Because of this experience, I can empathize with the plight of Appalachia because I have known poverty. I know the pain of anti-Semitism because I have felt the humiliation of discrimination. I know firsthand the shame of bread lines and the horror of hopelessness and despair. . .

    Although Jackson lost the 1984 Democratic nomination to Walter Mondale, he managed to place third in the primary with more than 3 million votes. When Jackson ran again in 1988 he placed second, winning nearly 7 million votes and more than one thousand delegates—more than any runner-up in history, according to journalist JoAnn Wypijewski. Pulled between Reagan, Jackson, and an electorate that for five out of the previous six presidential election cycles had chosen a Republican, the Democratic Party was in crisis.

    When the GOP won white voters by dog-whistling white supremacy, Democrats wooed them back with a renewed commitment to “mainstream America.”

    To “solve” the Reagan-Jackson antinomy, centrist and conservative white Democrats from the South—led by political strategist Al From and including Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, Virginia Governor Chuck Robb, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, and Tennessee Senator Al Gore—established the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) in 1985 with the chief aim of “mov[ing] the party—both in substance and perception—back into the mainstream of political life.”

    The DLC repudiated Franklin D. Roosevelt’s development of the social welfare state through New Deal initiatives and what it perceived to be Lyndon B. Johnson’s partiality to special interest groups. No longer was the Democratic Party interested in speaking to, and representing, its core constituency since the 1960s: people of color, labor, women, the working poor, and the unemployed. Instead, the DLC couched its campaign rhetoric and policy platforms in the language of “mainstream America” and “the forgotten middle class.” The DLC was determined to make the party more palatable to the white men—especially the Southern white men—the Democratic Party had lost to the GOP after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other political victories won by people of color. If Nixon’s Southern strategy opened the GOP’s door to alienated white voters by dog-whistling an embrace of white supremacy, the DLC’s aspiration to move the party into the mainstream of political life was an attempt to court those same voters.

    More at the link above..

    • Liza says:

      I don’t think that Bernie had any choice but to run as a Democrat if he’s in it to win it. And, minus all of the corruption and media bias, he would be the clear winner. I am convinced of that.

  13. Liza says:

    Lizz Brown on Twitter, this should be good…

    This gut-wrenching picture/article connected some heinous Democratic political dots and ruined my day. Let's unpack— Lizz Brown (@lizzzbrown) March 31, 2016


  14. Liza says:

    SG2, I’ve been watching “Eyes on the Prize” for about the last three weeks. The episode about the march from Memphis to Jackson started by James Meredith is really interesting. Actually, the entire documentary is excellent, one of the best ever made. There is so much film footage I’ve never seen before, it is absolutely astounding.

    James Meredith recovered from this gunshot wound, thank God.

  15. Ametia says:

    Presidnet Obama: How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality

    By Barack Obama March 30 at 7:43 PM
    Barack Obama is president of the United States.

    Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons. That’s why, seven years ago in Prague, I committed the United States to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and to seeking a world without them. This vision builds on the policies of presidents before me, Democrat and Republican, including Ronald Reagan, who said “we seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”

  16. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyon. :))

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