Wednesday Open Thread | Steve Winwood Week

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  1. rikyrah says:

    People forget..

    Harry used to feed himself through boxing…

    he ain’t scurrred…



    Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, disrupting a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in front of dozens of staffers and members of Congress.

    Grayson (D-Fla.), who Reid vehemently opposes in his bid for the open Florida Senate seat, arrived at the meeting with Reid’s February statement in hand, according to two sources in the room. In that statement, Reid said Grayson has “no moral compass” and “used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds.”

    As each member took a turn to speak to Reid, it was Grayson’s turn. He asked Reid if the Nevada senator knows who he is. After Reid answered in the affirmative, Grayson went on the attack.

    “Say my name, senator. Say my name,” Grayson told Reid as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tried to shut the confrontation down. Ellison chided Grayson, asking him what he was doing and why he was distracting from the meeting’s goals.

    Grayson responded by angrily waving a printout of Reid’s searing February quote that called on Grayson to drop out of the primary race against Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.).

    “Why’d you say that?” Grayson said, insisting Reid’s statement was false.

    Reid calmly faced his inquisitor: “I want you to lose. It’s true.”

    Ellison and other Progressive Caucus members then shut the questioning down, turning it over to Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.). One source in the room said that members rarely get meetings with Reid and were frustrated that they were unable to strategize over the Supreme Court, Donald Trump’s nomination and other issues due to the outburst.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Commentary: Handicapping Saudi Arabia’s audacious plan to save itself


    When Saudi Arabia’s King Salman replaced his oil minister and reshuffled his cabinet on Saturday, he did so with the goal of executing an audacious plan to transform the country’s economy. “Saudi Vision 2030,” the brainchild of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, seeks to end the Kingdom’s oil addiction and improve government transparency and

    Highlights of the plan include listing 5 percent of Saudi ARAMCO on the Saudi stock exchange and internationally in New York, London and Hong Kong; reducing unemployment from 11 percent to 7 percent; increasing the role of women in the work force; privatizing huge swaths of Saudi Arabia’s economy so as to increase the private sector’s share of GDP; and creating a military industrial holding company that will supply half of Saudi Arabia’s weapons, thereby reducing the government’s yearly defense spending.

    If even half of these milestones are achieved, it will be the Saudi equivalent of the moon landing.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Lobbyists: NC Lawmakers turn up pressure to quiet HB2 opponents
    Posted 6:00 p.m. today

    RALEIGH, N.C. — While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.

    Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders.

    Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them.

    WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business.

    One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Damon Young, 5/11/16

  5. rikyrah says:

    Loving, Lamenting, Losing, Obama.

    As a boy, I’d often be taken aback whenever my father would express his platonic love and appreciation for different men in many ways. He loved Jim Brown. The pro football player, actor, and activist who embodied the ultimate in black manhood and machismo. Sydney Potier held for my father, grace, elegance and uncompromised sophisticated black maleness. Singer Eddie Kendricks, represented fun, independent spirit, and inner-city smoothness. Although he would never use these words, he adored them. It was always strange for me to watch someone so brainy, manly and athletic as my father gush over men. My youthful perception of manhood I’d acquired, taught me to like or appreciate with aloofness other men.

    Enter Obama. Now I get it. As black men, we are often conditioned to display a limited range of emotions. Now, I see why my father broke all the rules of displaying openly black male affection and adoration. President Obama broke all the rules of black men for me and in large part the world. He held the grace of Portier. The spiritedness of Kendricks. The power, activism and the manliness of Brown. What he did in this way was nothing new. We grew up with men equally as regal. Obama had the opportunity to put it all on display and modernized it. He emotes. For many grown ass men, this is taboo. He steps around anger, as presidents do, but he will go there as well. And like Jesus, Obama wept. It’s oxymoronic to say, but he’s no punk about his emotions. Perform a random Google search for images of our President. You’re walloped with a vast display of emotion, character, and personality. His sincerity towards us makes him easy to love. And will make him easy to miss. we’ve lived through our own Camelot. A shining, rich, Black Camelot. And era replete with an iconic queen and not one, but two darling princesses. Now my son spies my gush.

    • Ametia says:

      3 white candidates left in the race for POTUS, so that fact should make all the white folks who are pining for WHITENESS back in the White House….

  6. rikyrah says:

    Missouri limits public access to police body camera videos 2 years after Ferguson
    Posted: May 10, 2016 – 2:36pm
    The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Legislation limiting public access to police body camera videos won final approval Tuesday in Missouri, nearly two years after a fatal police shooting in Ferguson spurred massive protests over the way police interact with residents.

    The Missouri measure would bar public access to videos from police body and vehicle cameras while investigations are ongoing. And even after a case ends, videos taken at homes, schools, medical facilities and other “nonpublic locations” could remain closed to the general public.

    Some lawmakers said they hope more police will begin using body cameras if the know there are privacy protections.

    “If the goal is to get body cameras on police officers on the street, this is how we do it,” said Republican Rep. Kenneth Wilson, a former police chief from suburban Kansas City who sponsored the legislation.

    The measure now goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not said whether he will sign it.

  7. rikyrah says:

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans in the chamber who have been unwilling to support Donald Trump.

    “Some Republicans, including members of their leadership, have said they cannot support the vile rhetoric and radical proposals of the Republican front-runner,” Pelosi said at the outset of a news conference convened by House Democrats. “Today, we have gathered to ask, since when? Since when have the House Republicans been so concerned about intolerant statements and discriminatory ideas?”

  8. eliihass says:

    The entire media running interference for Hillary…They even have ‘confident’ Sid Blumenthal making the rounds…

    You really can’t make this stuff up if you tried…

    Blanketed coverage of awful, terrible, horrible Trump – who just happened to be a dear, dear friend until just now..

    Beware attempts to distract with shiny objects…

    Beware those who hold, still hold – and actually espoused even worse hate, bigotry, racism etc..but are now presented as ‘outraged’, ‘decent’ folks …’appalled’ at Trump’s ‘incendiary’ language and message..


    Contrary to the overblown narratives, Trump is and will always be the least of our problems ..

    Don’t fall for the okey-doke fam…

    There isn’t one decent or honorable one in the bunch of the suddenly vocal and outraged persons now weilding faux-outrage and Trump as a foil to advance their own various personal, financial and political agenda –

    Agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with the common good, the greater good …of our country, of the world …and especially, nothing to do with you and me…

    The faux-outrage is not about goodness, decency, honor or integrity …or defending the oppressed, abused and downtrodden…

    This is all about power, power grab, access and control of power and consequently, money and resources – and domination…

    Look at the alliances…look who’s backing who…

    Don’t you wonder where all these suddenly loud, ‘decent’, ‘honorable’, defiantly ‘outraged’ voices ‘standing up for right and good’ have been all these past 8 years…

    This is certainly not about party or ideology…or sorry to say, ‘protecting’ one President’s legacy…

    It is certainly about manipulation of the masses – and snookering folks to achieve buy-in..

    Don’t fall for the okey-doke fam..

  9. Happy birthday! May God continue to bless. And thank you for your service, Sir.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Nate Moore, the Secret Weapon Behind Marvel’s on-Screen Blackness
    Marvel’s universe grows even more diverse with Black Panther, which is slated for a feature release in 2018. Moore is now getting his due for his behind-the-scenes influence.

    Posted: May 7 2016 9:34 AM

    Nate Moore has achieved a “marvel” feat of his own: going from reading comics as a kid to landing as executive producer alongside Marvel mastermind Stan Lee himself for the iconic brand’s latest global smash, Captain America: Civil War.

    To say that this is worlds away from what he knew growing up with a single mother, two sisters, an older brother and a love for the movies in Clovis, Calif., a midsize town over three hours from Los Angeles, would be far from cliché. An internship at Columbia Pictures led to Moore’s first industry job as an assistant, as well as his first brush with Marvel, working on Spider-Man. A little over six years ago, he officially joined the universe and has helped spread the Marvel magic to a new generation on the big screen.

    The Root caught up with Moore in Atlanta and talked about his rise at Marvel and, of course, lots of Black Panther.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Media Glare Claims Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Dream House
    The celebrated writer nixes plans of purchasing a historic Brooklyn, N.Y., brownstone after hopes of privacy vanish.

    Posted: May 10 2016 1:00 PM

    The landmarked brownstone in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, a New York City borough, where writer Ta-Nehisi Coates had been planning to live

    Ta-Nehisi Coates has given up his dream of moving back to his old Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood, he wrote on Monday, after the celebrated writer’s purchase of a $2.1 million townhouse drew such media attention that he feared for his family’s safety should he move in.

    “You can’t really be a black writer in this country, take certain positions, and not think about your personal safety. That’s just the history,” Coates wrote on his Atlantic magazine blog.

    “. . . No one keep secrets in Brooklyn,” Coates wrote. “A few weeks after we bought, another friend sent an item from a local blog gossiping about our possible purchase. We didn’t expect to live anonymously. We thought there might be some interest and we took some steps to dissuade that interest. Those steps failed.


    “Within a day of seeing these articles, my wife and I knew that we could never live in Prospect-Lefferts Garden, that we could never go back home. If anything happened to either of us, if anything happened to our son, we’d never forgive ourselves. Even the more likely, more benign, examples were disconcerting — fans showing up at your door (this happened once) or waiting for you on your stoop. Our old neighborhood was not as quiet as we thought. Nothing is quiet anymore — least of all us.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh


    Ted Cruz already looking beyond 2016 election
    05/11/16 02:02 PM
    By Vaughn Hillyard
    WASHINGTON – Ted Cruz suggested last month Republicans are “looking at a bloodbath of Walter Mondale proportions” if GOP voters send Donald Trump out of Cleveland as the party’s nominee for president.

    Mondale, the Democrats’ 1984 presidential nominee, won just one state over Ronald Reagan.

    “This ain’t complicated – if the top of the ticket is blown out of the water by 10 points, we’re losing the Senate,” Cruz said at the time, addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. “And there’s not a thing that can be done to stop it.”

    Cruz, the 45-year-old freshman senator from Texas, has already called Trump amoral, a serial philanderer, a bully, a pathological liar and “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen.” And he has refused to back Trump after being peppered by reporters at least a dozen times with the question in just the last two weeks.

    But Cruz received more than seven million votes across the country in the three months since his Iowa caucus victory.

    He repeatedly said on Tuesday the “conservative movement,” as he calls it, “will only continue to get stronger.”

    But with Cruz seemingly its shepherd, there’s uncertainty in what the path ahead looks like for the “millions of grassroots activists” who Cruz praised on Tuesday as heralding it.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Trump prepared to keep tax returns hidden from public
    05/11/16 12:42 PM—UPDATED 05/11/16 12:54 PM
    By Steve Benen

    And what of this fine physical specimen’s tax returns? The Associated Press reported this morning:
    Despite pressure, the billionaire also doesn’t expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends. But he said that he wouldn’t overrule his lawyers and instruct them to release his returns if the audit hasn’t concluded by November.

    “There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.
    I can’t speak to what voters may or may not find interesting, but if the AP report is correct, it appears Trump will be the first major-party nominee in the modern era to simply refuse to disclose his tax returns. Mitt Romney spent months delaying disclosure and making excuses, but in his 2012 race, even he eventually released his 2011 returns and a topline summary, including his effective tax rate, for the previous 20 years.

    Trump, in contrast, is prepared to move forward with no disclosure in this area at all, prompting all kinds of questions about what, exactly, the Republican may be hiding from the public. Is he far less wealthy than he claims to be? Has most of his income come by way of television, rather than the purported success of his business?

    We could know the answers – even if Trump is telling the truth about being audited, there’s nothing stopping him from releasing these materials – but according to the GOP candidate, we won’t.

    It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the media gets tired of asking for the materials Trump doesn’t want to share, or if this will become a major issue in the fall.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s Gorgeous Goodbye

    Frank Bruni
    MAY 11, 2016

    In this twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver much in the way of meaningful legislation.

    But he’s giving us a pointed, powerful civics lesson.

    Consider his speech to new graduates of Howard University last weekend. While it brimmed with the usual kudos for hard work, it also bristled with caveats about the mistakes that he sees some young people making.

    He chided them for demonizing enemies and silencing opponents. He cautioned them against a sense of grievance too exaggerated and an outrage bereft of perspective. “If you had to choose a time to be, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, ‘young, gifted and black’ in America, you would choose right now,” he said. “To deny how far we’ve come would do a disservice to the cause of justice.”

    He was by no means telling them to be satisfied, and he wasn’t talking only or even chiefly to them. He was talking to all of us — to America — and saying: enough. Enough with a kind of identity politics that can shove aside common purpose. Enough with a partisanship so caustic that it bleeds into hatred.

    Enough with such deafening sound and blinding fury in our public debate. They make for entertainment, not enlightenment, and stand in the way of progress.

    • Ametia says:

      PBO’s H.U. commencement address was spot on.

      And I for one, will never give up my right to voice my feelings, thoughts, and belief, no matter how much someone agrees with them. And this includes my right to vote for whom I choose.

      I will not compromise principles, ethics, or morals, for anyone.

  15. Protesting police brutality & holding police accountable for their actions is NOT a hate crime. Police are NOT victims.

  16. Look at this Chicas. They want to kill black people freely and be protected. They’re not going to stop until the wrath of God come down.

  17. Breaking News: SC officer Michael Slager indicted on federal civil rights charges.

    • Ametia says:

      Take him down. It’s glaring how the justice system it set up to work in America.

      One system for some and the Civil Rights system for the ‘OTHERS’

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s promise: ‘I will appoint judges that will be pro-life’
    05/11/16 09:21 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared on Fox News last night, where he fielded a question from a viewer who wanted him to “name one specific thing he would do to protect the sanctity of human life.” The GOP candidate quickly turned his focus to judicial nominees:
    “I will protect [life] and the biggest way you can protect it is through the Supreme Court and putting people in the court. And actually the biggest way you can protect it, I guess, is by electing me president.”

    Trump added that he expects to name “as many as five” high court justices in the coming years, adding, “I will appoint judges that will be pro-life, yes.”

    I think there are two broad angles to keep in mind with a quote like this one. The first is the extent to which Trump’s position relates to his party’s Supreme Court blockade. Senators like Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and others don’t like to see it framed this way, but Republican lawmakers aren’t just holding open a court vacancy for a year in order to empower Trump, they’re also doing so to help guarantee the confirmation of “judges that will be pro-life.”

    Or put another way, GOP senators are operating from an informal plan: partner with Donald Trump so the Supreme Court can roll back the clock on reproductive rights.

  19. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    AP Interview: Trump says big rallies his key campaign weapon
    May. 10, 2016 10:11 PM EDT

    EW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump, GOP nomination virtually in hand, is planning a general election campaign that banks heavily on his personal appeal and trademark rallies while spurning the kind of sophisticated data operation that was a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s winning White House runs.

    “I’ve always felt it was overrated,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday. “Obama got the votes much more so than his data processing machine. And I think the same is true with me.”

    Trump met with The Associated Press at his office in New York, where he’s been huddling with advisers to plan for a fall campaign that came upon him more quickly than even the confident billionaire expected. His remaining rivals abruptly exited the race last week, leaving him an open path to the Republican nomination.

  20. Ametia says:

    Cheryl Mills listens as Hillary testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

  21. Tyren M. says:

    Good morning 3Chics,
    First up, thanks for the daughter love yesterday. She enjoyed seeing her photo in the blogosphere and your warm comments. I can’t wait to take her to the NAAMHC next Summer. I’m digging Steve Winwood Week! I know most, but not every song you’ve shared, so I’ll be back to continue my…education. Have a great day all.

    • Ametia says:

      Good morning, Tyren. Delighted to hear your beautiful daughter enjoyed seeing her photo.

      Wouldn’t it be a blast to meetup with you and your daughter in DC. My grandson lives there.

    • Good morning, Tyren. Thank you for sharing the pics with us. Your daughter is just too cute. A little cutie pie! Loved all the pics from you and Ametia. For some of us, it’s as close as we’ll get to Paisley Park. Thank you guys so much.

  22. rikyrah says:

    This is the kind of shyt that just pisses you off.

    This is the kind of stuff that White Parents just don’t have to deal with.

    Every parent of a Black child knows that the day will come, when their child is disrespected because of their mere existence. The thing is, they don’t know WHEN it is coming. They just know that it WILL come.



    Messenger: Canceled ballgame teaches 5-year-olds about Delmar Divide
    By Tony Messenger St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    But the caller, one of the moms from the Mary Queen of Peace team, said there was a problem. She and some of the other Webster Groves parents, she said, were afraid to play at Metcalfe Park in University City because they feared the area was rife with crime and violence.

    For Claire LeGrand, who was standing next to her husband during the phone call, this was a Delmar Divide moment.

    Metcalfe Park is just a couple of blocks north of Delmar Boulevard, the east-west traffic way that has long divided St. Louis by race, literally, if not metaphorically, with blacks to the north, and whites to the south.

    The park where the children from Our Lady of Lourdes play their baseball games is north of the Loop, not far from the restaurants Blueberry Hill and Cicero’s.

    It is on the side of town that is closer to Wellston than it is Clayton. It is in a place where, this caller told a dumbfounded coach, some people from Webster Groves simply don’t want to take their children.

    “We were perplexed,” Claire LeGrand told me. “It is such a lovely park. It is where we play all of our games. We asked our visitors, could this woman really be saying what we think she was saying?”

    Told that the team from Mary Queen of Peace wouldn’t be there, the Our Lady of Lourdes coach canceled the game. Needless to say, the children, who had suffered through early season rainouts and were looking forward to a beautiful sunny day for baseball, were disappointed.

    “One of the assistant coach’s sons cried himself to sleep,” Claire LeGrand said.

    She decided to channel her anger over the unnecessary fear into a Facebook post that didn’t hold back many punches.

    “Dear Parents of the Mary Queen of Peace Kindergarten Baseball Team,” LeGrand wrote. “Congratulations on doing life wrong. You canceled our boys’ baseball game out of ignorance and fear. You successfully all got together in carpool pickup line this afternoon, clutched your pearls, and proclaimed that many of you ‘were uncomfortable with the location’ of our home field … What did you think might happen? That your darling boys would have to dodge bullets while they round the bases? That they gasp might see people who don’t look exactly like they do? … So instead of enjoying the hilarity that is kindergarten baseball on a gorgeous Saturday in May, your kids will be sitting on the couch watching SpongeBob, having their brains rotted out. Enjoy your day behind your closed doors, in your own neighborhood, with your backwards … racist attitudes.

  23. Ametia says:

    A first look inside the Smithsonian’s African American museum: Stunning views, grand scale
    By Peggy McGlon

    President Obama is expected to cut the ribbon at the September opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will feature exhibits on slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement as well as music, entertainment, sports and politics.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Fear the Walking Ted
    05/10/16 03:56 PM—UPDATED 05/10/16 04:26 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Ted Cruz was counting on a win in Indiana’s primary last week, and when he lost by nearly 17 points, the Texas senator wisely dropped out of the race. He’d already been mathematically eliminated from clearing the 1,237 delegate threshold, and if Cruz couldn’t win over Hoosier Republicans, he couldn’t prevent Donald Trump’s inevitable claim to the nomination.

    And yet, NBC News reported earlier that Cruz hasn’t ruled out the possibility of reviving his campaign from the dead.

    Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz declined Tuesday to say that he will support Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, leaving open the possibility of restarting his own White House bid if he sees “a viable path to victory.”

    Pressed by supporter Glenn Beck in an interview if he could consider jumping back into the 2016 race if he wins Tuesday’s nomination contest in Nebraska, Cruz said, “My assumption is that that will not happen.”

    But, he added, “The reason we suspended the race last week was that with Indiana’s loss I didn’t see a viable path to victory. If that changes we will certainly respond accordingly.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

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