Monday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Gladys Knight

I couldn’t think of a theme for this week. So, I’m gonna give you a week of women that I simply love.

Today is Gladys Knight.



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32 Responses to Monday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Gladys Knight

  1. Rev Al showing his ass. LOL Did this negro forget he didn’t win black voters when he ran for President? STFU Al and have a BIG old stadium full of seats.

    • eliihass says:

      Everyone including Al is jigging and lining up for his pay day…

      It’s sad and shameful..

      Nothing was learned these past 8 years…Absolutely Nothing..

      It’s still all about self-serving and opportunism…

      It’s all still about gigs and hustles…with the hustle ever so slightly adjusted for the times..

  2. Liza says:

    Same story, different day. Big turnout for Bernie in Irvine, CA. Interesting because Orange County is thought to be generally conservative. But MSM ignores it, does not report, Bernie does not exist except as a nuisance to Queen Hillary who has already declared herself the nominee. If treated fairly by the corporate media, Bernie could easily be the front runner. Instead, corporate media cheers for the Hillary/Trump showdown because they are officially at the level of tabloid reporting. It’s all they can do.

    More than 20000 attended @BernieSanders Rally in Irvine! MSM remains quiet. SHAME on @CNN @MSNBC @NBCNews @CBSNews— World For Bernie (@WorldForBernie) May 23, 2016


    • eliihass says:

      That’s nice…

      Perhaps it’d be far more laudable and preferable if generations of their families and their communities weren’t and aren’t deliberately preyed upon, haunted, damaged and destroyed in the first place…

  3. Liza says:

    Well, I wouldn’t expect fair and unbiased reported any time soon.

    There're cracks starting in media machine. Jake Tapper began "fact or fiction" posts via CNN – online only so far— Sara Cohen (@saracohennyc) May 23, 2016


  4. Ametia says:

    Norah O’Donnell Interviews Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Advisor

    Norah O’Donnell: Valerie, this is probably one of the last big fights of the president’s term in office. And he can’t even get Senate Republicans to give him a hearing. Most Republicans won’t even meet with Judge Garland. Does that say something about President Obama’s inability to reach across the aisle? To have friends on the other side?

    Valerie Jarrett: Absolutely not. I don’t think this is about friendship. This is about politics. I think the Republicans have made the political determination that in this election year, in this very toxic election year, I would add, that it’s in their political advantage not to do so.

    Norah O’Donnell: But in two terms, seven years, why hasn’t the president been able to find a Republican that he can call up and say, “Help me out on this”? Does he have any Republican friends?

    Valerie Jarrett: Oh, absolutely. He can call them. And they want to help him out. But the fact of the matter is their leader won’t let them.

    Their leader in the Senate, Republican Mitch McConnell, has told President Obama there will be no hearing on his Supreme Court choice. Despite the fact that Garland was confirmed to the D.C circuit — considered the second highest court in the land — back in 1997 with the majority of Senate Republicans voting for him.

    Norah O’Donnell: Isn’t that part of the president’s job? Is to convince people on the opposite side to do something like this? To get a judge up on the Supreme Court?

    Valerie Jarrett: Well, the way you convince them is to try to put enough political pressure on them so they’ll do the right thing. And I think that that momentum is building from the American people, and that’s where the pressure will come.

    Norah O’Donnell: So that’s the strategy?

    Valerie Jarrett: That is the strategy.

    Norah O’Donnell: So since the president doesn’t have a personal relationship with Republicans, instead you’re gonna go to the American people–

    Valerie Jarrett: This isn’t the matter. I– I have to–

    Norah O’Donnell: –and put political pressure on them? It’s a campaign? It’s a political campaign–

    Valerie Jarrett: I have to interrupt you to say this is not about personal relationships. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not they’re chummy. This has to do with whether or not they’ve made the political calculus, the raw political calculus that it is in their self-interest not to give a hearing to Judge Garland. When they decide–

    Norah O’Donnell: Does the president–

    Valerie Jarrett: –when they decide it is in their self-interest, they’ll do it. And it is our job, yes, to launch a campaign to encourage them to do their jobs. Just as the president did his. Nothing to do with personality. Nothing to do with schmoozing. Nothing to do with whether or not they’re buddies. This is raw politics, from their perspective. And has nothing to do with what is been in the best interest of the American people.

    Norah O’Donnell: Isn’t politics about schmoozing, though? And isn’t politics about friendship?

    Valerie Jarrett: No, politics is about figuring out what you think. This kind of politics is about trying to fi– is about figuring out what you think you have to do to get reelected. And what we’ve seen, Norah, time and time again, is the Republicans decide they can’t even come to the White House and go through a receiving line. They can’t even show up at a state dinner, because they’re afraid of– about what the consequences will be if they do.

    Norah O’Donnell: Maybe they don’t feel welcome here.

    Valerie Jarrett: Oh, that’s not true. I– and I think if you ask them, they will say, “Absolutely.” They’re more than welcome. They’re more than invited. This has absolutely nothing– nothing to do with the president’s willingness to reach out to them. He has, time and time again. And he has on the Supreme Court–

    Norah O’Donnell: But Valerie, it’s front page news when the Republicans come here to the White House. That shouldn’t be front page news.

    Valerie Jarrett: No, they should be here all the time. And if they would accept the invitations, they would be here all the time. I want to completely–

    Norah O’Donnell: This has nothing to do with the president’s style of leadership, or his ability to reach across the aisle?

    Valerie Jarrett: I want to completely debunk–

    Norah O’Donnell: It’s all the Republicans’ fault?

    Valerie Jarrett: I want to completely debunk this notion that if the president were just simply more friendly and more outgoing and schmooze that this would change. This is simply about the Republicans making the political calculus that to be friendly to the White House is not in their interest. That’s the decision that they made when he was first elected. And they’ve stayed steadfastly true to that for the last seven years, to the detriment of the American people.

    There’s no stronger defender of the president than Valerie Jarrett. And in a town where power and influence are measured by proximity, few are closer to the president. You can measure her importance by her address in the White House West Wing.

    Norah O’Donnell: Who else has had this office?

    Valerie Jarrett: The two that I’m aware of are Hillary Clinton and Karl Rove.

    Norah O’Donnell: There’s a lot of history then in this office.

    Valerie Jarrett: There is a lot of history and I’ve tried to make a little bit of my own.

    Part of that history comes from Valerie Jarrett’s unique position in the White House. It’s different from Karl Rove’s. He was known as President Bush’s brain and served as his political advisor. She’s got at least three formal job titles, including senior advisor. But perhaps the most important part of her job description is the role that doesn’t get listed — being first friend.

    Norah O’Donnell: You are a senior advisor to the president, but you are also his best friend. I can’t think of another example in a White House where there’s been that kind of relationship since Bobby Kennedy and President Kennedy. It’s a very unusual role.

    Valerie Jarrett: It is.

    Norah O’Donnell: And doesn’t that create a conflict?
    Valerie Jarrett: No, not at all. Not at all. I think it enables me to do my job really well. And everybody comes to the table with different strengths and different perspectives. And so the fact that I’ve known the president and the first lady for 25 years gives me a perspective that maybe others don’t have.

    And a relationship that none of his other advisors has either. She’s probably the only White House aide who calls the president Barack when they’re off the clock. She also told us, she considers the president and first lady the siblings she never had.

    Valerie Jarrett grew up an only child in an extraordinary family: one of the most prominent African-American families in Chicago. Her grandfather, Robert Taylor, built much of Chicago’s public housing. Her father, a doctor, helped integrate St. Luke’s hospital. And her mother has a Chicago street named after her for her work in early childhood education.

    Jarrett, a lawyer, made a name for herself in Chicago politics working for Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    And that’s where she met Michelle Obama who had recently graduated from Harvard law and was looking for a job.

    Valerie Jarrett: I invited her in for an interview. It was supposed to be 20 minutes. It lasted about an hour and a half. About halfway through I realized I was no longer interviewing her and she was now interviewing me. So a few days later I called her up and I said, “Well, what do you think? We’d love to have you.” And she said, “Well, my fiancé doesn’t actually think it’s such a great idea.” And I said, “What?” And so she said, “Yeah, that’s right.” So she said, “But I really am interested. So would you be willing to have dinner with us?”

    At that dinner, she met Barack Obama for the very first time. And they shared an instant connection, in part shaped by a world view by childhoods spent abroad.

    President Obama was born in Hawaii and lived for four years in Indonesia. Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran, and spent the first five years of her life there, where her physician father went to help start a new hospital.

    Valerie Jarrett: That bond that we had from having lived in cultures very different than our own and how that shaped our view of the world was a bond that we had that day. And I remember being struck by how talented the two of them were.

    Norah O’Donnell: Who impressed you more?

    Valerie Jarrett: They both impressed me. They impressed me individually and they impressed me as a couple.

    Michelle Obama took the job with the city and that began a quarter-century long friendship.

    The Obamas bought a home on the same street as Jarrett’s family.

    Norah O’Donnell: So your house is, like, a block away from the president’s house?

    Valerie Jarrett: A block away, yes, indeed.

    She’s the only White House advisor who at the end of the day regularly joins the president in the private residence. She says she keeps the personal and political separate but she earned the unflattering nickname, “Night Stalker,” because some at the White House felt she could influence his thinking.

    Norah O’Donnell: You’ve clashed with Robert Gibbs about the first lady. He’s gone…

    Valerie Jarrett: Oh my gosh. That’s nearly seven years ago, Norah. You’re going back to ancient history–

    Norah O’Donnell: Well– but that– well, that’s the point. Rahm Emanuel, the first chief of staff, you clashed with him, he’s gone. Another White House chief of staff, Bill Daley, he lasted just about– a year. You’re one of the few advisors that’s still here.

    Valerie Jarrett: Yeah. Yeah.

    Norah O’Donnell:: Is your relationship with the president more important than any other advisor?

    Valerie Jarrett: No. No, and I– as I have said to you many t–

    Norah O’Donnell: Oh, come on.

    Valerie Jarrett: No, I don’t think it is. And I think, look. There are many people with whom– I have had great relationships who’ve left. Much to my regret. Sorry to see many of them go. I think this is a real tough environment.

    Norah O’Donnell: Really? The word is, Valerie, that you were, in part, responsible for their leaving.

    Valerie Jarrett: Well, I think that the only– many of the people left on their own, because of their own decisions. I’m single. My daughter is grown. I live a mile away. I’m able to give this job my 24/7 in a way that many people aren’t. And it’s reasonable to say that people would burn out.

    Norah O’Donnell: But the president’s had five chiefs of staff. He’s had one–

    Valerie Jarrett: It’s a tough job.

    Norah O’Donnell: –he’s had one Valerie Jarrett.

    Valerie Jarrett: Yeah. Yeah. My tenure is unprecedentedly long. That’s true, as a senior advisor. But I came in knowing I was going to stay until the end, if the president would have me. That’s the commitment that I made to him.

    She’s also made a commitment to push the issues she cares about.

    [“Every single day families around our country share the bond of devastating grief caused by losing their loved ones to gun violence.”]

    In the president’s second term she helped write executive actions on gun control and immigration that went around Congress after the president failed to find common ground.

    She’s at the center of the administration’s efforts to raise the minimum wage across the country and to expand paid parental leave. She’s also pushed for criminal justice reform — one of the few areas where the president has found bipartisan support.

    [ “It is one of the few regrets of my presidency the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”]

    Norah O’Donnell: Does the president think he’s contributed at all to that rancor?

    Valerie Jarrett: Not to the rancor, no. I think his tone and his approach has always been one of bringing people together. He’s been the unifier. He’s one that focuses on what we have in common, not what our differences are.

    Norah O’Donnell: But he said it’s one of his regrets.

    Valerie Jarrett: Well, it’s his regret that he wasn’t able to break this terrible fever in our country among the Republican Party. So sure, he says to himself, you know, came– he came to Washington elected with this enormous– optimism, which he still has about our country. But he’s deeply frustrated and disappointed that he hasn’t been get– been able to get the Republicans to work with him on issues which were traditionally bipartisan/

    Norah O’Donnell: I keep thinking of the president’s elections, and those posters that said, “Hope. Change.” And in his final year in office, where’s the hope and the change? You can’t even get a Supreme Court nominee a hearing.

    Valerie Jarrett: Well, the hopes and change, Norah, doesn’t come from Washington. The hope and change comes from the American people. And the president’s still extraordinarily optimistic about the future of our country. I mean, just look at what’s happened in the last seven years. Our unemployment rate going from 10 percent down to five percent. Our automobile industry back. Ending two wars. 20 million people with health care, many for the first time. We have a great deal to be proud of– in terms of our accomplishments.

    Valerie Jarrett is now helping to shape President Obama’s legacy after being by his side for the last seven years. She says if there’s one thing she’s learned: it’s that the president needs a friend in the West Wing.

    Norah O’Donnell: What’s the lesson, then, of your relationship with the president and the first lady?

    Valerie Jarrett: Well, I think my advice to the next president would be to make sure that in your circle of advisors, you have somebody you’ve known for a long time. People who can set the tone of being– being comfortable pushing back. Telling you when they don’t think that you’re right.

    Norah O’Donnell: The next president needs another Valerie Jarrett.

    Valerie Jarrett: I didn’t say that. I said the next– one good thing is the next president gets to start all over again.

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  5. rikyrah says:

    How many justices would a President Trump add to the high court?
    05/23/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    A couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump said he expects to name “as many as five” justices to the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming years, each of whom would oppose reproductive rights. In remarks to the NRA on Friday, the presumptive Republican nominee used a similar figure.

    [Trump] said he expects the next president to appoint between three and five justices to the high court.

    The GOP candidate caused quite a stir last week when he released the names of 11 specific, far-right jurists, explaining that they represent the kind of people – if not literally the exact people – he’d consider for Supreme Court vacancies. Reviewing the list satisfied conservatives and gave chills to liberals, which was probably the intended goal.

    But is Trump right about his expectations? If elected, should Americans expect him to nominate a literal court majority by himself?

  6. rikyrah says:

    Obama admin adds to counter-terrorism record, kills Taliban chief
    05/23/16 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Among Republicans, it’s simply assumed that President Obama and his administration are passive and indifferent when it comes to counter-terrorism. In recent months, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for example, has said the White House’s approach to defeating terrorists is simply “rhetorical,” and barely exists in practice. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) added in November, “I recognize that Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country.”

    And yet, reality keeps getting in the way of ridiculous conservative talking points.

    The leader of the Taliban has been killed in a U.S. airstrike, officials in Afghanistan said Sunday, setting up a potential succession showdown in the deeply-divided insurgent group.

    A statement from the Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security was the first official confirmation of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s death. It was soon followed by an announcement from Afghanistan’s chief executive – but no acknowledgement from the Taliban.

  7. rikyrah says:

    GOP loses at Supreme Court over Virginia Redistricting Map.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Found at TOD:

    May 23, 2016 at 9:57 am
    I usually avoid sharing any negative thoughts that I have because I want this glorious place to be a light that informs, uplifts, and challenges us to be our best selves. But this is something that I have been thinking about: all other minority groups (with the possible exception of Puerto Ricans and Mexicans) until the advent of 9/11 (for Muslim Americans) and Trumpism (for everyone) lived in this world where they thought that they were White. Many anglicized their names (looking at you Bobby Jindal), took on the White racist attitudes toward A-A’s, voted Republican, and walked around in the bubble that was their experience of the American Dream. Now, Trump and his media enablers have rolled up the carpet and pulled the sheets from the heads of the haters to show all other minorities that You Are Not One Of Us. Suddenly they are afraid; the whiteness that they thought that they were so covered in that they joined in the attitudes toward A-A that they now decry because they are being affected by it. At least, they are not being shot down like dogs (yet). When the mob comes for anyone it is always our duty to speak up and to speak put and to act. If we do not, there will be no one around to left to help when the mob turns its hateful eyes on you. While racism, sexism, homophobia or any other hateful -ism is a stain on our humanity and our national identity, a part of me just nods my head and thinks: see, now YOU see and feel only a small part of what A-A’s have lived with since Jamestown; what are you prepared to do?

    I had to agree with this. When Trump came out with the comments about Mexicans, I was there. When he came out with this nonsense about Muslims. I was there. NOT because I have any special affinity towards Muslims, or because they have shown themselves to be allies of the Black Community, but because, I know, that anything that is applied to ANYONE ELSE THAT IS NOT WHITE IN AMERICA….will find its way to be applied to Black folk. So, Black people, by default, pretty much stand up for others, because we know…WE KNOW..that if we don’t stop it at someone else’s door…it will wind up on OUR OWN door.

  9. rikyrah says:

    POTUS is eating with Bourdain in Vietnam..

    Coolest President EVER!

  10. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Donald Trump’s ‘shady’ support for veterans
    05/23/16 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Democrats make the case that Donald Trump has a controversial background when it comes to veterans’ issues, it’s not just wishful thinking. The presumptive Republican nominee, for example, has drawn criticism for supporting a privatization plan for veterans’ care. His associations with the sketchy Veterans for a Strong America exacerbated the problem.

    And it certainly didn’t help matters when Trump, who avoided military service during the Vietnam War, said he “felt” like he’d served in the military because his parents sent him to a military-themed boarding school as a teenager. The Republican went so far as to boast that his expensive prep school gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

    Making matters much worse are new questions about Trump and veterans-related fundraising.

    In January, the New York Republican skipped a debate in Iowa to instead hold a fundraiser for veterans. Trump repeatedly boasted at the time that, thanks to his bold leadership, he’s raised $6 million for vets. Trump added that he’d contributed $1 million out of his own pocket.

    Whatever happened to all of that money? The Washington Post took a closer look.

    Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the fundraiser actually netted about $4.5 million, or 75 percent of the total that Trump announced.

    Lewandowski blamed the shortfall on Trump’s own wealthy acquaintances. He said some of them had promised big donations that Trump was counting on when he said he had raised $6 million. But Lewandowski said those donors backed out and gave nothing. […]

    Lewandowski also said he did not know whether a $1 million pledge from Trump himself was counted as part of the $4.5 million total. He said Trump has given that amount, but he declined to identify any recipients.

    The number of questions, which the campaign does not want to answer, represents a real problem. Exactly how much did Trump raise for veterans? His campaign doesn’t know. How much of it has been allocated? His campaign doesn’t know that, either. Who were the beneficiaries of Trump’s $1 million contribution? The campaign doesn’t want to talk about it.

  11. rikyrah says:

    What is this bullshyt about him PHONING IN to programs?

    I don’t think Hillary PHONES IN to programs, does she?


    Stage set for historic 2016 showdown over guns
    05/23/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Over the last generation or so, presidential elections have generally followed a predictable trajectory when it comes to guns: Republicans have partnered with the NRA, warning voters that Democrats are going to pursue dramatic changes to gun laws, while Democrats, feeling defensive, have insisted that little, if anything, will change.

    Indeed, about a year ago, the Washington Post explained, “For at least the past several decades, Democrats seeking national office have often been timid on the issue of guns for fear of alienating firearms owners.” It was an observation rooted in fact: guns have served as a powerful wedge issue, drawing lines Dems were afraid to cross.

    This year is poised to be very different.

    On the Republican ticket, Donald Trump has abandoned some of his previous positions and sworn fealty to a right-wing vision on gun policy. Late Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual gathering and condemned, of all things, gun-free school zones. Yesterday, Trump went just a little further.

    Phoning in to “Fox & Friends” Sunday, Trump contradicted himself multiple times when asked to respond to [Hillary] Clinton, saying, “I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly,” because “the things that are going on in our schools are unbelievable.” Then, he said, “I’m not advocating guns in classrooms, but remember in some cases … trained teachers should be able to have guns in classrooms.”

    Hmm. So the GOP’s 2016 candidate doesn’t want guns in the classrooms, except for all the guns brought into classrooms by teachers.

    Not surprisingly, Trump has also spent a fair amount of time condemning Hillary Clinton for advocating progressive gun reforms, but instead of getting into a defense crouch and pretending to love the status quo, Clinton has largely responded by bragging about her support for progressive gun reforms.

  12. rikyrah says:

    So, in public, he’s all ‘ No, they shouldn’t be let into the country.’

    But now, he’s talking to them on the side?

    Yeah, ok with that.


    Trump camp quietly courts Muslims
    Jonathan Easley

    Donald Trump’s top foreign policy adviser has quietly opened backchannels within Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. in an attempt to win over a small but increasingly important voting bloc.

    Walid Phares, a top national security adviser for Trump, has been courting prominent Muslim Republicans and conservative Middle Eastern activists in the U.S.

    Some Muslim Republicans and conservative Middle Eastern activists have also engaged with other top campaign officials about furthering Trump’s outreach to those communities.

    In a Friday phone interview with The Hill, Phares said Trump campaign officials had not directed him to engage with the groups. Rather, he described the talks as a natural extension of the relationships he’s built over decades of policy work on Middle Eastern affairs.

    Phares said that he initiated contact with several individuals and groups to ask them to organize for Trump or to sell them on Trump’s positions in hopes that they’d at some point support the likely GOP nominee.

    But the bulk of the discussions, Phares said, were initiated by curious Muslim Republicans or Middle Eastern conservatives seeking additional information on Trump’s views or hoping to influence his policies – particularly as they pertain to the temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.

    “Most of those who reached out said they want to support Mr. Trump, but they’re not clear about some of the statements he’s made,” Phares said.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nora O’Donnell being disrespectful to Valerie Jarrett.

  14. rikyrah says:

    I spent a lot of time the past two or three weeks talking to women, suburban white women in states like Virginia, also in places like North Carolina and Ohio, and even among women who voted for Romney in 2012, there is just a lot of reluctance about signing up to vote for Donald Trump. They worry about him across a range of issues. And if you think about this election in terms of margins, Barack Obama won 41 percent of white women. Even though he won women overall. If Clinton can hold Obama’s margins with minorities and pick off just a couple more percentage points among white women that makes it very difficult for him to win. ~ Julie Pace, Associated Press

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning☺, Everyone 😉

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