Sunday Praise & Worship

Photo Credit:R. Andrew LepleyJonathan Butler (born October 10, 1961, Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music.

Born and raised in Cape Town during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records.[1] His first single was the first by a black artist played by white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa and earned a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

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51 Responses to Sunday Praise & Worship

  1. Liza says:

    Y’all need a treat on Sunday evening. John Mayer…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Two Major Credit Reporting Agencies Have Been Lying to Consumers

    A CFPB investigation concluded that Transunion and Equifax deceived Americans about the reports they provided and the fees they charged. Mike Stewart / AP

    • Liza says:

      This latest Klan rally really speaks to Trump’s state of mind. He keeps returning to his campaign glory days for the reassurance that he is still the hero of the white “working class” (whether they are employed or not).

      Strange behavior.

  3. rikyrah says:

    REPORT: Argentina Drops Humanitarian Award For Jimmy Carter Upon Demand Of Trump Administration

    April 30, 2017 News, Politics

    The Buenos Aires Herald reports:

    The Mauricio Macri administration reverted a decision to award former US president Jimmy Carter the Order of the Liberator General San Martín — the maximum distinction that the country can give to a foreign personality — under the pressure from US President Donald Trump’s administration, CNN Español reported this week.

    The official tribute, which had already been approved by the foreign ministry and was published in the Official Gazette, was cancelled after receiving a specific request by the US government, which suggested it would be better to delay it. Carter was to be given the award for his work in promoting human rights during Argentina’s last military dictatorship.

    After being informed about the decision, the foreign ministry had again requested that President Macri give the award in spite of the rejection by Trump’s government since it had been made official, according to an anonymous foreign ministry official consulted by CNN’s David Cox.

    Like Trump, the Argentine president was born into wealth and the New York Times reports that they’ve long had a “personal relationship” via business dealings.

    Macri met with Trump in the White House on Thursday and it seems likely that Carter’s award was spiked so that the spotlight remained on Trump during his visit.

    And you know that the relentlessly petty Trump would want to take revenge on Carter, who last year denounced Trump’s “lack of moral and ethical principles.”

  4. Liza says:

    Author and death penalty opponent Bryan Stevenson: We do not deserve to kill
    Glenn Coin on April 29, 2017 at 6:30 AM, updated April 29, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Syracuse, N.Y. — The rush to execute eight prisoners in Arkansas this month shows how “perverse” the death penalty is in America, said civil rights lawyer and author Bryan Stevenson.

    “I do think there is something really perverse that has emerged in in our thinking that we would kill people to avoid expiration dates on drugs that are deemed cruel,” said Stevenson, who will speak in Syracuse Tuesday night. “I think this says something deeply disturbing.”

    The numbers are startling – half of all inmates in America suffer from mental illness, one innocent person sits on death row for every nine that are executed – but Stevenson’s stories of his clients are even more compelling.

    Near the end of “Just Mercy,” Stevenson says the real question behind the death penalty is not whether people deserve to die for their crimes, but: “Do we deserve to kill?”

    “When you have a system so compromised by error, and so weighted against the poor and people of color, I don’t think you deserve to kill people,” Stevenson told this week. “Taking someone’s life requires a kind of perfect judgment. If you take someone’s life, you don’t have the ability to recover from that.”

    Stevenson argues that we are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done, and that requires us to treat others with compassion and to dispense justice with mercy.

    “If someone tells a lie they’re not just a liar. Even if someone kills someone, they’re not just a killer,” he said. “But that means the rest of us have to be willing to care about what else that person is before we judge them. That requires a commitment to human dignity.”

    • Liza says:

      I know that Mr. Stevenson is right about this. When the “system” is viewed in its entirety, too many mistakes are made for there to be irreversible punishment. And there is also the whole other issue about mercy.

      But then there are those cases of “perfect judgement” like Dylann Roof, for example. Death certainly seems like the right punishment for him.

      To avoid irreversible mistakes in a system that is weighted against the poor and POC, we have to be willing to let someone like Dylann Roof live the remainder of his life in prison.

  5. rikyrah says:


    Van Jones: Obama should do ‘poverty tour’
    04/30/17 01:31 PM EDT

    Former Obama adviser and CNN political analyst Van Jones suggested President Obama go on a “poverty tour” as a way to mitigate some of the criticism surrounding news he’ll make $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street firm’s healthcare conference.

    “We need a Bobby Kennedy in this country,” Jones said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

    He suggested the former president “go to Appalachia, go to Native American reservations where they’re shoving these pipelines down their throats and they don’t even have clear, running water. Go to South Central, go to the Arizona border where you have a lot of poverty.”

    He noted that most recent presidents have made such paid remarks after leaving office, and said Obama “should not be the first president to have to be broke.”

    But, he added, “If he would do a poverty tour first, from a moral point of view, it would be great for him to do.”

    • Liza says:

      I think my head will explode if another one of these professional opinionators tells President Obama what he should do.

      Good Lord, why can’t they all just sit down and shut up?

  6. rikyrah says:

    Another perspective about Boente:

    President Obama may have been baiting Donald Trump by demoting DOJ’s Dana Boente

    Near the end of President Obama’s tenure, he signed an executive
    order which changed the line of succession at the Department of Justice for the sole purpose of demoting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente in that line.
    It seemed odd, both because Boente was a fairly recent Obama appointee, and because it was an uncharacteristically feeble move which Donald Trump was quickly able to undo. But based on recent developments, Obama may have been baiting Trump into doing precisely that.

    After a series of chaotic moves including the recusal of Jeff
    Sessions and the departure of Mary McCord, yesterday it was rather
    predictably announced that Dana Boente has taken over the Trump-Russia investigation at the DOJ. The development seemed inevitable. After all, Obama had telegraphed that Boente was the one guy he didn’t trust to prosecute Trump-Russia properly, so of course Trump eagerly put Boente in charge of the investigation. But here’s the thing.

    Hours after Boente took over, a report leaked out that multiple
    Trump-Russia grand juries are underway. Based on initial impressions, it appears Boente is handling the investigation properly and aggressively.

    And in hindsight, perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise. After all,
    Boente is someone whom President Obama clearly trusted when he appointed him back in 2014. So why on earth did Obama make a big show of demoting Boente before leaving office? That’s the key here.

    Obama’s executive order didn’t actually remove Boente from his job or
    change anything about his position. All it did was state that Boente
    would be passed over if recusals began. So Obama did’t punish Boente in any real world sense; he merely created the appearance that he had. And it may have been enough to bait Trump into concluding that Obama didn’t trust Boente, and therefore Trump should trust Boente. If this was the plan all along, it means the person in charge of prosecuting Trump-Russia is precisely whom Obama wanted in charge of it all along – and now it’s realistically too late for Trump to stop it.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Interesting question posed at BJ:

    Thru the Looking Glass… says:
    April 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Since this an open thread, I will ask this here…

    There seems to be rumors afloat that the by now infamous dossier from Christopher Steele may be longer than originally thought. Over at the Palmer Report, which seems to be well thought of, there was an article posted yesterday discussing new allegations of direct involvement by the Trump campaign in the Russian hacking… and the article in turn referred to another article at the Guardian, also well thought of, that talked about this…

    So my question isn’t about the reliability of these claims… it’s about that dossier and whether it might turn out to be longer than what’s been circulating since January, meaning ‘we’ haven’t seen all of it yet…

    And I question this for several reasons…

    The pdf of the dossier I found on line was 35 pgs long, but those numbers – 1 thru 35 – were all HAND WRITTEN on those pages, and not numbered 1 thru 35 coming out of a printer… also, the dates on each individual report showed some pretty big gaps in the sequence… some reports were weeks apart by the calendar, and the actual numbers assigned to each report (not the page numbers) jumped accordingly.

    The first report is #080 and is dated June 20, 2016.

    The next report is #086 and is dated July 26, 2016.

    The final report is #166, with the date December 13/2016.

    From 080 to 166, there are 86 numbers and from June 20 to December 13 is almost 6 full months.

    We have 16 reports in the dossier, out of a possible 86, if the numbering is accurate. Are there possibly an additional 70 reports out there?

    Are there possibly 79 reports out there that were issued sequentially prior to Report #080, dated June 20, 2016?

    For the 16 reports included in the dossier, the report numbers and dates are consistent, which is to say, as the report numbers get higher, the dates stay consistent chronologically. There is one exception to this: Report #086 is dated July 26 and report #094 is dated July 19, one week earlier. All the other reports are consistent in regards to their numbering and dates. And in some cases, while the numbers are consecutive, the dates are the same, as w/ reports #0111, 0112, & 0113, which are all dated September 14, 2016.

    There’s a gap of five numbers (081 to 085) and over a month between dates. Does that mean a) no reports were written between June 20 & July 26?

    Or b) that the missing numbers in that sequence were used for company reports done on other subjects?

    Who passed the dossier to McCain? Who did the redacting? And it was pointed out somewhere (don’t recall exactly) that no Russians potentially associated w/ this died until the dossier reached the FBI’s hands…

    Just asking…

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  11. Pence is up to his NECK in this. Paper trail! Paper trail!

  12. Liza says:

    File this under life goes on or too adorable for words…

    Little Boy Steps Up for His Cousin After She’s Stood Up for Prom
    Hayley FitzPatrick
    Yahoo Style April 27, 2017

    A high school student in Prescott, Arkansas was left without a date for prom when she was stood up right before the big dance. In a heartwarming turn of events, her 5-year-old cousin came to her rescue.

  13. Look at this ISH, folks. This is disturbing.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning , Everyone 😄😄😄

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