Monday Open Thread | Because I love them : Nat King Cole

I just need music that makes me feel good. The voices and music that make me go to a good place.

These are men this week whose voices….’are like butter’ for me….

Today – Nat King Cole…



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67 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Because I love them : Nat King Cole

  1. Liza says:

    This young couple killed in #Orlando planned to marry. Now they'll have a joint funeral. 💔— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) June 14, 2016


  2. rikyrah says:

    Artist ‏@silverspoonart Jun 12

    Obama Administration sent to SENATE to Reinstate Assault Rifle Ban 1994
    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

  3. Ametia says:
  4. Ametia says:
    • Liza says:

      They are so young.

      • rikyrah says:

        Yes, they are Liza. They’re at that age where parents finally breathed a sigh of relief, because they got them over ‘fools hill’ (my mother calls 15-22), and now, you can just enjoy your child, watching them in their adulthood, right before they decide to settle down and have a family (which gays of this generation can do without a second thought). They’ve been through the growing pains of ‘ coming out’ with their kids, and have seen them growing into their own.

        I can’t imagine the parent’s pain…because, part of a parent’s fear is that they didn’t want their child’s life to be impacted because they were gay. No parent wants their child to be hurt because of their mere existence. And yet, that fear, sadly became the reality for these parents.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Jeet Heer ‏@HeerJeet 1h1 hour ago

    Media outlets: if Trump is not revoking your press credentials, what are you doing wrong?

  6. rikyrah says:

    From the moment I heard about this case, it didn’t smell right.

    The ‘radical Islam’ never hunted for me.

    You drive 118 miles from your home to go to a GAY CLUB to target?



    Then, we heard about his background. Immigrant parents. Married and divorced- so abusive HER family supported her leaving him.

    Then, the father said that he saw two men together and it angered him.

    Uh huh.

    uh huh.

    Yeah, ok.

    It ‘angered’ him.

    IMO, he hated what he was, which is gay. He’s in the closet. Beat the wife when she wouldn’t ‘ cure’ him of being gay. Couldn’t reconcile it, and decided to kill what he hated in himself. How dare these gay men be out, open, and expressing themselves freely as gay. And, don’t forget the timing – during Pride Month – so, of course, the club would be even more crowded than usual. This was a hate crime, from beginning to end.

  7. sunshine616 says:

    I had a feeling they may have made the wrong assumption about where his rage came from

  8. Y’all see this. And so it begins. Look for more to come. This is what war hawk Hillary Clinton believes. True colors shining through.

  9. rikyrah says:

    The debate over ‘Islamic terrorism’ goes off the rails
    06/13/16 12:46 PM
    By Steve Benen

    In a way, it’s incredibly difficult to satirize the far-right line on counter-terrorism because, in reality, the conservative rhetoric is already pretty laughable.

    President Obama has launched strikes that have killed the head of al Qaeda, the head of the Taliban, the head of ISIS in Libya, a senior leader of al-Shabaab in Somalia, the al Qaeda operative in charge of suicide bombings and operations involving explosives, among many, many others. In The Atlantic, in which Jeffrey Goldberg, hardly a liberal, wrote, “Obama has become the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency.”

    It’s against this backdrop, the joke goes, that Republicans say, “Sure, but Obama doesn’t call it ‘Islamic terrorism.’ Counter-terrorism successes are fine, but what really matters is word choice.”

    Except, the joke has become real. Here was Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, on Twitter yesterday:

    “Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

    Though others weren’t quite so clownish, Trump wasn’t alone. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) whined, “As a matter of rigid ideology, far too many Democrats – from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton – will refuse to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’” Republican media personalities echoed the same line.

  10. rikyrah says:

    For Hamilton Fans, TONY Award Winner Leslie Odom, Jr., has been doing this series on, called Aaron Burr, Sir- backstage at He’s up to episode 4. You never know who will show up in his episodes. This week, he was like, ‘ we’re at this eatery, and I’m going to see Josh.’

    To myself…does he mean Josh Groban?

    Yes, he does.

    One week, Shonda Rhimes showed up.

    I’ve been watching the clips on youtube.

  11. sunshine616 says:

    This is starting to look like a case of homophobia and self hate than a radicalized cuckoo! Irresponsible reporters and politicians

  12. rikyrah says:

    How Marco Rubio hopes to avoid a debate over guns
    06/13/16 10:56 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After learning of the massacre in Orlando, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) traveled to the area and met with many of his constituents. The far-right lawmaker, who’s reportedly ready to abandon his promise not to seek a second term, had a quick response yesterday afternoon to an obvious question.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told reporters in Orlando who asked about guns and terrorism: “The issue isn’t the weapons they are using. The issue here is ideology.”

    I’m pretty sure this is exactly backwards. There can be plenty of people with dangerous ideologies, but if they lack the tools necessary to commit mass murder, the threat to society is far less severe.

    This point is not lost on the terrorists themselves. The Washington Post reported yesterday, “Terrorist groups have taken note of the widespread availability of assault rifles and other guns in the U.S. In 2011, al-Qaeda encouraged its followers to take advantage of lax guns laws, purchase assault-style weapons and use them to shoot people.”

    Speaking in English, an al Qaeda spokesperson said in that 2011 video, “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”

    By Rubio’s reasoning, all of this is irrelevant, and U.S. policymakers should pay it no mind.

  13. Ametia says:

    REPOSTING here too. So who is briefing POTUS on American history?


    • Ametia says:

      It seems the government, media, and a host of other folks are REWRITING HISTORY, when it comes to MASS KILLINGS.

      Apparently, in 2016, an election year, we can now declare yesterday’s massacre the worst ever!!!!

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, I noticed. They want to redefine “mass killing” to exclude those carried out by mobs of white supremacists. Or they can’t be bothered with old massacres, but that sort of contradicts their use of the word “history.”

        So many folks seem to be allergic to truth.

  14. Liza says:

    PBO yesterday afternoon: “We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism.”

    Now this. Draw your own conclusions, folks.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s a political football for both Trump & Clinton. She’s trying to ONE-UP him on the rhetoric. I LOATHE these people, really, I DO.

    • Liza says:

      And this is a former Secretary of State, the nation’s chief diplomat. We get to say “I told you so” before she is even nominated. Keep it up, Hillary, make your apologists work overtime.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Never doubted she would say whatever she felt she needed to. She’s not loyal to anyone or anything but the quest for the office.

  15. sunshine616 says:

    And for all those idiots with the good guy with a gun response….here u go…three good guys with a gun, trained officers, unable to stop this maniac with an assault rifle. Take all the stadiums in the worlds worth of seats for me

    • Ametia says:


      • sunshine616 says:

        Will no amount of common sense ever supersede the greed, hate and supremacy? People losing their shit over their guns are simply scared of losing their perceived supremacy over a perceived enemy. Gtfoh!!!!!

  16. Liza says:

    Thurgood Marshall…

    49 yrs ago today, President Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the US Supreme Court. He was confirmed on Aug 30.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 13, 2016


  17. rikyrah says:

    Cruz sees Orlando massacre as possible wedge issue
    06/13/16 10:09 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When President Obama addressed the massacre in Orlando yesterday, he took time to recognize “all our friends – our fellow Americans – who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” Hillary Clinton’s statement did the same, noting, “The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them.”

    Congressional Republicans, by and large, chose to overlook this relevant detail. GOP officials, including staunch opponents of gay rights, were eager to condemn the mass shooting, but most were silent on the fact that the gunman targeted not just Americans in general, but LGBT Americans in specific.

    In an interesting twist, though, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a notable exception. The right-wing Texan is a fierce opponent of expanding civil rights to the LGBT community, but note how his statement yesterday referenced the Orlando gunman’s targets.

    “For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians.

    “ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all stand against it. Every human being has a right to live according to his or her faith and conscience, and nobody has a right to murder someone who doesn’t share their faith or sexual orientation.

    “If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.”

  18. sunshine616 says:

    I’m really skeptical about the narrative being put out there. Don’t look, go give blood. Don’t look, Isis. Don’t look, here’s this grieving mom. Distractions from the truth. Wake up, america

    • Liza says:

      Skepticism is right. I haven’t heard a word on any televised network news program about banning assault weapons, the gun lobby, or the Congress people who take money from the gun lobby, or how any of this affects the probability and likelihood of massacres.

      We will ignore all of the elephants in the halls of Congress and state legislatures, etc… and just say that the guy radicalized himself and joined ISIS if only in his mind. So, apparently we should let the politicians handle this and we should continue praying and telling each other that eventually love will conquer hate if we keep saying it.

      I had to stop watching this on TV. Starting to get blood pressure spikes.

  19. sunshine616 says:

    this man was also homophobic and racist….let’s not forget this. Homophobia and racism is taught here everyday, every minute….ask the republicans and Trump. Why is no one talking about that radicalization?

  20. sunshine616 says:

    No one is talking about the fact that he targeted a gay club on Latin night!!! No the republicans and their horrible rhetoric has nothing to do with this??? Get the fuck out of here. Every single politician that embraces hate and the instruments used to disseminate that hate can go take several seats and really just shut the fuck up

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Congress needs to BAN THE ASSAULT RIFLE NOW.

    • rikyrah says:

      I have no doubt that this club was targeted. Now, did he wait for Latin night, I don’t know. The timing is also because this is Pride time. They are celebrating all month long.

  21. sunshine616 says:

    I can’t with the gun nuts and their illogical responses to our gun problems. The one thing in common in all of these occurrences is the guns!!! Damnit it’s the guns!!! Enough protecting of an amendment that no longer applies to a modern society. I post one thing in Facebook about how disgusting this all is and it’s taken as an invitation for people to tell me how more guns can help this problem. It’s really unbelievably stupid and tone deaf.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Debate over guns, terror watch list to begin anew
    06/13/16 09:23 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 09:30 AM
    By Steve Benen

    NBC News reported this morning, “How does a man investigated by the FBI for possible links to terrorism buy an assault-style weapon in America? Easily.”

    In the case of Omar Mateen, the apparent gunman in the worst mass shooting in American history, the Floridian legally bought an AR-15-style weapon and a semiautomatic pistol recently, despite the fact that the FBI was aware of him and looked into him twice.

    It was not immediately clear what if any watch list [the apparent shooter] was on at the time of the Orlando massacre – though he had come across the FBI’s radar on more than one occasion.

    He first came to the FBI’s attention in 2013 after co-workers reported he’d made “inflammatory” comments to them about radical Islamic propaganda. A year later the FBI looked into him again because of his ties to an American who traveled to the Middle East to become a suicide bomber.

    Information is still coming together as part of the investigation. There’s more than one terrorist watch list and we don’t yet know if the Orlando shooter was on any of them.

    But the detail that’s newly relevant is that even if the gunman was on all of them – even if he couldn’t legally purchase a plane ticket anywhere in the United States – it wouldn’t have made a difference when he tried to purchase the weapons he used to murder 49 people.

  23. rikyrah says:

    After Orlando massacre, Trump faces leadership test – and flunks
    06/13/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 08:10 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In the wake of the brutal murders in Orlando, President Obama delivered a somber address from the White House, asking Americans to consider what kind of country we want. The massacre, he said, is “a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

    His remarks followed a related, measured statement from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country,” she said.

    And then there was Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who seemed quite eager to talk about Donald Trump. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin reported:

    Trump, however, boasted that he had predicted the attack and thanked supporters for giving him credit for his achievement.

    “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “We must be smart!” He posted a similar statement on Facebook.

    He kept up the self-proclaimed victory lap in a longer statement that afternoon, again demanding recognition for noticing the threat of Islamic terrorism. […] “Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse,” Trump said.

    Here’s a good general rule: if you learn about the slaughter of 49 innocent civilians, and the first three words you’re eager to share with the public are, “Appreciate the congrats,” perhaps a career in public service isn’t for you.

  24. rikyrah says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Trump suggests President Obama may be terrorist sympathizer
    06/13/16 08:46 AM—UPDATED 06/13/16 09:02 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Yesterday, Donald Trump responded to the mass shooting in Orlando in indefensible ways. This morning, as Politico reported, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee actually managed to make matters slightly worse.

    “He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said of Obama on “Fox & Friends,” speaking on the phone. “And either one is unacceptable.” […]

    And Trump again implied that the president was not a trustworthy leader when it comes to fighting terrorism. “We’re led by a man who is a very – look, we’re led by a man that either is, is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said. “And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot – they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”

    There isn’t much in the way of ambiguity here. As Politico’s Blake Hounshell summarized, “This morning, Trump implied President Obama is a terrorist sympathizer.”

    Update: On NBC’s “Today,” Trump added, ”Well there are a lot of people that think maybe [the president] doesn’t want to get it.”

    • sunshine616 says:

      And they let this irresponsible piece of shit to spew this inflammatory and untrue statements unchecked. You know if this is what this country really wants and what they are ready to protect then maybe the USA ain’t really what these politicians say it is. What they say and what they want are clearly different. This country is in a shitload of trouble now

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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