Wednesday Open Thread | Because I love them : Marvin Gaye

Today is the wonderful Marvin Gaye.


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64 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Because I love them : Marvin Gaye

    • eliihass says:

      “…Use specific hits to muddy the waters around ethics, transparency and campaign finance attacks on Hillary…”


      That they’ve done and so much more…and all completely aided and protected by a very complicit, corrupt and agenda-driven media…

    • eliihass says:

      Can’t wait..

      A bit behind on stuff SG…finishing a project that’s due …should be free and back on top of stuff by the weekend hopefully…I’ve got quite a bit to share …

  1. Liza, what’s this about?

    Why the DNC Won’t Call Hillary Clinton the Nominee

    The Democratic nominating contests are over and Hillary Clinton claimed victory a week ago. Most of the country has moved on to what is gearing up to be her epic confrontation with Donald Trump.

    But Bernie Sanders has also refused to concede the race and the Democratic National Committee has yet to acknowledge Clinton as the party’s nominee — unlike its counterpart on the other side of the aisle.

    “We congratulate both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for finishing strong today in the District of Columbia,” DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in statement Tuesday night after Clinton won the final primary of the year in Washington, D.C.

    “Now that our 2016 primaries are officially at their end, Democrats are ready to unify and take on both Trump and the Republican Party that he represents. At our convention in July, we’re going to nominate a qualified, capable candidate who will build on the hard-won progress of the last seven years,” she added.

    Not included anywhere in Wasserman Schultz’s statement: Who that nominee will be.

    Asked by NBC News’ Chuck Todd Tuesday if the party considered Clinton their presumptive nominee, Wasserman Schultz replied, “we are not presuming anything.”

    • eliihass says:

      They think they’re slick..

      They’re sitting on the lid of a pot that’s starting to boil over…but they hope that if they can plant this idea of history being made in as many people’s heads…and get buy-in from as many …and it all becomes ‘sentimental’…LOL

      They’re hoping that folks will pooh-pooh any eventual revelations about Hillary that come out…

      They’re hoping folks are so stupid and so easily manipulated and worked over …that between their non-stop coverage and bombarding them with how ‘evil’ and ‘dangerous’ their dear, dear former buddy Trump is …and the whole Hillary/woman president long over due, and oh how historic and historic and sentimental it all is…*eye-roll**..

      They’re counting on folks to dismiss any eventual bombshells, exposés about matter how much worse they are than any of their be afraid narratives about Trump…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Black Aesthetic, White Supremacy: Steve Perry’s Tweet Needs Cutting More Than Black Boys’ Hair
    The notion that traditionally black hairstyles are synonymous with being unsuccessful speaks directly to the pathologizing of blackness that this country is known to do—and our “leaders” are too often the ones elevated to do it.

    Posted: June 15, 2016

    Furious responses to educator Steve Perry’s tweet last week regarding Steve Harvey’s National Mentoring Camp for Young Men is a healthy sign that black people won’t accept self-loathing as a viable solution for underachievement.

    Perry, who founded the all-male Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., recently announced a partnership with hip-hip mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs to open a new charter school in Harlem.

    If you follow Perry, his tweet didn’t surprise you. Perry built a career on “fixing” black boys. As the title of one of his books, Man Up! Nobody Is Coming to Save Us, suggests, Perry asserts that black folks’ salvation is primarily an internal matter. Accordingly, schools (and boot camps) provide close quarters for Perry to recondition youths to have the skills, values and mindsets necessary not to join gangs, leave school early or stay on their mama’s couch.

    According to Perry’s pull-your-pants-up logic, white achievement should be credited to things that black people “fail” in doing.

    Let’s be clear: Belt wearing isn’t the reason white children are educated in wealthier schools. Haircuts and etiquette classes don’t lead to the technological innovations of Silicon Valley. Lower incarceration rates aren’t because whites use drugs less often. The wage gap isn’t caused by white men’s hard work ethic.

  3. rikyrah says:

    In Whitewashing The Pulse Shooting, We Dehumanize The Victim

    I find out, as I do with nearly everything these days, via Facebook updates. Initial reports say someone has killed 20 people and injured 50 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in the midst of Pride weekend there. The numbers rise Sunday morning as the reports gain some clarity, and sometime around when the number stabilizes at 50 dead and 53 in the hospital, it’s also becoming clear that it was Latin night at Pulse, with drag performers headlining.

    Not “just” gay, but queer and trans people of color.

    Some social media user icons go full-black in mourning. A few others revert to the rainbow overlay that many of us used to celebrate the legalization of “equal” marriage. Far more make no change. I think about the flood of “Je suis Paris!” “Nous sommes tous Charlie!” and the tricolor overlay that was so pervasive after the Charlie Hebdo bombings.

    Maybe it’s just that now we’re tired of the superficiality of overlays on Facebook profile pictures. Or maybe it’s that Facebook didn’t make it easy for us this time.

    And maybe we should think about why.

    I see people noting the conjunction between the fact that it’s Pride weekend in Orlando and also Ramadan.

    I witness those of who of us who see toxic masculinity pervading all mass shootings and other types of violence share meme images and write impassioned posts about how we all knew the shooter would be “he.”

    I hear exasperated pleas for less fanatical approaches to gun availability.

    None of these are unimportant discussions to have. But they all leave out an essential part of the dialogue.

    We must not forget that the victims are primarily Boricua—of Puerto Rican ancestry, Latinx and Afro-Latinx—and black. It was Latin night, with Latinx drag headliners. It was a night of celebration for a community within a community, because so many queer spaces are, like the rest of the U.S., very white.

    “There’s very little talk about the fact that the victims are primarily Boricua.”_

    In the aftermath of the tragedy, as my wall becomes overwhelmed by the outpouring of shock and grief, I see a pattern emblematic of how white mainstream culture has taught us to empathize—by inserting ourselves into the narrative. Can you imagine? What if it had been me? What if it were my child/my brother/my niece/my . . . ?


    The cis-straight white people on the periphery of Pulse—the people used to being the central viewpoint from which all major media stories are told—who’ve said, “Look! Marriage equality! Gays in the military! Ellen! Neal Patrick Harris! George Takei! Progress!” are centered in mainstream media. This becomes a moment of shock about the intrusion of homophobic reality on the happy dream of newly minted “it doesn’t matter who you love” America.

    “This becomes a moment of shock about the intrusion of homophobic reality.”_

    During the vigils, they call out the names of the dead. I hear some of them tripping on unfamiliar-to-them Spanish syllables. I want to be glad they’re standing in solidarity, but wonder what all these cis-white people on the periphery of the story have done not only about the transphobic laws being passed everywhere, but also about the fact that trans women of color have such a high rate of death, and that Latinx people are assumed to be job-stealing “illegals.”

    This massacre didn’t happen on Fire Island. It wasn’t a gathering of Log Cabin Republicans. It wasn’t the fabled clandestine Grindr match-ups of Republican party insider gatherings. It wasn’t the bland suburban “we’re just like you except we’re not straight” nuclear family units. It was Latin night. A refuge within a refuge, where Latinx beauty is a matter of “us” and not a sexy temporary trophy for the rich white gay man who will go find a white gay lawyer to take home to his parents. Latinx singles and couples and a mother and son, out to dance in celebration of Latinidad, to music by Latinx for Latinx. It matters that this is what was targeted, just as it matters when it’s a Black church, or an engineering department that welcomes women.

    We are all human. It is important that we are not dehumanized.

    Intersectionality is sometimes misunderstood to mean “[white] LGBT and [white] disabled and black and Latinx and Muslim, standing together,” as if those categories neatly separated out, one per person. Intersectionality is about the way that being Latinx and queer is inseparable and intensifies the marginalization. And the way that these were not just gay deaths. These were people who were living without the shield of whiteness, in a heated political environment that talks about building a wall against Spanish-speaking people even as two of the people pursuing the presidential nomination were children of Spanish speakers.

    “The shooting didn’t happen on Fire Island. It wasn’t a gathering of Log Cabin Republicans.”_

  4. rikyrah says:

    Best FLOTUS ever! I just love her.


    Michelle Obama Reveals That Yes, President Obama Has Always Been ‘Swagalicious’

    ….Another thing the first lady also hasn’t gotten over is the president’s frequent walk back to the White House from Marine One.

    “Good lord. Watching my husband walk off of Marine One and go to the Oval Office, it’s like, mmm, mmm, mmm,” she said. “And you know he’s got that walk, right?”

    The exchange prompted Winfrey to ask whether or not President Obama has always had so much swag or whether he’s gotten “swaggier.”

    “No, he was very swagalicious,” the first lady said. “Look, I told people this from the very start, when I — started running — Barack Obama is exactly who he says he is. We both are. That’s what I’ve been trying to tell people. Ain’t no surprises. We’re telling you who we are, and no tricks up our sleeves.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Education Department Wants To Shut Down The Accreditor That Legitimized For-Profit Colleges
    For-profit college watchdog under federal scrutiny
    June 14, 2016

    BOSTON —Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools.

    The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is meant to be a watchdog for hundreds of for-profit schools, wielding the stamp of approval that colleges need to receive federal money. It’s one of many accreditors authorized by the U.S. Education Department to ensure the quality of schools. But the nonprofit is being accused of employing lax standards and failing to stop schools from preying on students.

    Institutions that have operated under the group’s certification include the Corinthian College chain, which closed in 2015 amid fraud allegations, and the ITT Technical Institute chain, which now faces federal charges of fraud. Even after the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began investigating both in 2013, the council found no major problems during its own reviews. In 2014, it included two Corinthian schools on its annual “honor roll.

  6. rikyrah says:

    This Couple Killed in the Orlando Shooting Hoped to Get Married. Now They Will Have a Joint Funeral

    A couple who was deeply in love when they were killed during a gunman’s shooting rampage inside an Orlando nightclub will have a joint funeral service, their families said Monday.

    Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and his 32-year-old boyfriend, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, were among the 49 people who lost their lives Sunday in the worst mass shooting in American history. Services still need to be planned by the reeling families, but they want the two to be side-by-side when loved ones bid farewell, said Guerrero’s father, who has the same name as his son.

    “I think my son wanted to do that. That’s why,” the elder Juan Ramon Guerrero, 61, said through tears. “I don’t care what the people think. I don’t care.”

    The younger Guerrero and his boyfriend lived together and had been dating for nearly two years, family members said. Guerrero’s family was “really loving and accepting” when he came out as gay to them about three years ago, Aryam Guerrero, the victim’s 24-year-old sister, told TIME.

    “They were honestly so in love. They were soul mates. You can tell by how they looked at each other,” she said. “It’s a little comforting that they died together.”

    “If it’s not a funeral, they were going to have a wedding together,” she added.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory That Obama Supports ISIS
    Jun 15, 2016, 1:36 PM ET

    Trump is no stranger to pushing conspiracy theories. He practically gave birth to the “birther” movement, which aimed to prove President Obama was not a U.S.-born citizen. That saga ended in dramatic fashion after the president produced his birth certificate to the public. Trump also has a history questioning Obama’s Christian faith, once claiming that this birth certificate may list him a Muslim.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Linda Johnson Rice will be on the morning show on WVON radio 1690AM tomorrow. The show is from 6 am -9 am . Don’t know what time she will be on.

  9. sunshine616 says:

    Just looking at the news reports about the Orlando shooting….Americas politicians are an embarrassment. Either way….are there any interviews with the people swat says they saved. Just curious….now it’s coming out that police may have shot some of the club goers. Wondering how far they will go to cover up how many the cops In Fact, killed.

  10. rikyrah says:

    How Did I Get an Abortion in Texas? I Didn’t.
    JUNE 15, 2016

    Austin, Tex. — ANY day now, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether women everywhere have full access to the right to an abortion, or just those who live in the right ZIP code — and whether any other woman in Texas, where I live, will have to go through what I did last fall.

    The abortion restrictions that the court is currently considering, which were passed in 2013 under the pretext of protecting women’s health and safety, are really nothing more than unnecessary obstacles. In my life, they made a devastating situation much worse.

    Nearly six months after my abortion I still carry the scars of the experience — not of the procedure itself, which was a blessing I will never regret, but of how hard it was to get the care I needed in the state where I live.

    I’m already a mother of two. And after years of being told I couldn’t have any more children, I was shocked when my doctor told me last summer that I was pregnant. I wanted another child, and I immediately began prenatal care.

    Because of high blood pressure, mine was considered a high-risk pregnancy and I had to have ultrasound scans every two weeks. At my 12-week scan, I was told that there was a possible anomaly in the baby’s brain, but more testing was needed. For the next several weeks, I went in for additional tests. I barely slept.


    The sonogram clearly showed my son’s brain hadn’t developed into two halves, and there was a hole between the brain and the spinal cord. My doctor confirmed the diagnosis: Alobar holoprosencephaly. My doctor gave me two options: I could try to carry the pregnancy to term, which would most likely end in either miscarriage or the delivery of a stillborn baby. At best, the doctors said the baby might live a couple of minutes. Or I could terminate the pregnancy.

    I was devastated by the diagnosis and these two terrible options. I knew immediately, though. Once I saw the pictures of his brain, I knew that continuing to carry this pregnancy would have traumatic emotional and physical consequences. And not just for me but also for my two children, who were excited about having another sibling.


    Through a friend, I was connected to a clinic in Florida that caters to women who are terminating for medical reasons, and I spoke to the doctor and nurse there. The doctor explained that Florida didn’t have a 24-hour waiting period, and they could get me in the next day.

    I booked the first plane ticket I found. I got a hotel room and rental car. I flew to Florida on Friday, and my procedure was over by Saturday afternoon. Including the cost of the procedure, I had to spend close to $5,000.

    I remember thinking: What happens to women in my situation who don’t have the ability to do what I just did? My heart aches for those women.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm

    Contrast between Obama and Trump, really the best the country has versus the worst. Hard to imagine a more extreme contrast.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😄

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah & Everyone.

      Inner City Blues;;;;::: Make me Wanna Holler.

      • Rockets, moon shots
        Spend it on the have nots
        Money, we make it
        Fore we see it you take it
        Oh, make you wanna holler
        The way they do my life
        Make me wanna holler
        The way they do my life
        This ain’t livin’, this ain’t livin’……

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