night owl chat – soul music revue

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, brothers and sisters, welcome to LibLib’s TOD Soul Music Revue, guaranteed to get you dancing and soothe the day’s cares away.

Arthur Conley – “Sweet Soul Music”

Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

Jackie Wilson – “Higher and Higher”

Otis Redding – “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

Aretha Franklin – “Chain of Fools”

Diana Ross & The Supremes – “Reflections” and Medley

This is your deep soul night owl open thread.

133 Responses to “night owl chat – soul music revue”

  1. 1 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm


  2. 7 Grab a Mop Grace
    June 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm


  3. 9 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Had to bring this over:

    Absolutely correct.


    June 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    And Tien Le’s perfect response…which is basically what I said on the last thread

    Tien LeJune 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM
    I recall previous summers when important issues took a back seat to silly season sensationalism. Ratings go down during the summer–they just do. Most people, and by that I mean real people who are busy living their lives, don’t give a rip about any of this. They want good weather, backyard barbecues, vacations, graduations, new babies, weddings. There just isn’t any significant room left to care about the NSA. They don’t care about the IRS, Benghazi, leaks, Syria, immigration reform. They care about how to pay their bills and what to do with their kids now that they’re out of school. They’re more worried about the weeds in their yard than infrastructure.

    Two weeks from now only the most paranoid noise-makers will still be beating the NSA drum. Everyone else will be onto the next tropical storm and flooding and tornadoes and mass shooting.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      June 7, 2013 at 7:27 am

      DF, Tien Le always makes sense. And she gives us an excellent reason to guard our blood pressure. Among many things, this constant drumroll of faux scandals is designed to distract us from our task of electing Democrats. We’ve got too much work to do to allow ourselves to get too distracted.

  4. June 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Hope everyone enjoys my soul music tastes.

  5. June 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Goooooooorgeous, thank you LL!!!

  6. 17 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Sorry if someone already posted this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/06/how-congress-unknowingly-legalized-prism-in-2007/

    On Sept. 11, 2007, the National Security Agency signed up Microsoft as its first partner for PRISM, a massive domestic surveillance program whose existence was reported by the Washington Post today. That’s barely a month after Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, the Protect America Act.

    The Bush Administration portrayed the PAA as a technical fix designed to close a gap in America’s surveillance capabilities that had been opened by a then-recent ruling of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). It proved to be much more than that.
    While the details are still classified, reports suggested that the FISC had ruled that it was illegal for the government to intercept communications between two foreign endpoints if the communications happened to pass through the United States. Warning that the U.S. would suddenly lose the ability to continue its surveillance of terrorists, the administration pushed the PAA through Congress in a matter of days.

    In reality, the PAA represented a sweeping change to American surveillance law. Before conducting surveillance, the PAA only required executive branch officials to “certify” that there were “reasonable procedures” in place for ensuring that surveillance “concerns” persons located outside the United States and that the foreign intelligence is a “significant purpose” of the program. A single certification could cover a broad program intercepting the communications of numerous individuals. And there was no requirement for judicial review of individual surveillance targets within a “certified” program.

  7. 19 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Lovely music night LL 🙂

  8. June 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    To echo Tien Le’s thoughts:

    The thing we have to remember is that we’re politics nuts. The vast majority of Americans ARE NOT. They want to pay the bills, be with family and friends, and get by day to day. I can tell you that NO ONE was buzzing in my library about the latest news. Not a single person. Not staff and and not patrons. And they know I’m a political person, and can talk to me about politics. It’s just not important to most Americans. And when people learn that PRISM targets foreign communications which happen to pass through US networks, they’ll care even less. That’s the reality.

    As Smartypants said in her post, PBO *has* invited the nation to a serious discussion about our national security regime. Most citizens don’t care, and the people who do care are more interested in “winning” than in doing what’s right. Am I discouraged? No. We’ll find our way through this. But it does tire me.

    • 21 desertflower
      June 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Amen, brother. Amen.

      • 22 HZ
        June 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

        Yes, Yes, LL!!!! Thank you. We must not get discourage. Think about it, TOD Family: If POB is frustrated at times, and he is a brilliant president, you know we will be even more because we are not in that Oval Office. But we know that he will always put ‘team players’ on our team for the American people, even though so many do not appreciate his brilliant appointments and nominations to help him fight for all of us.

        President Obama has team players like us. We fought hard, long hours, and carried him over the top because we believe in POB. You all can count on it, when POB leaves in 2017, these chatters will have missed their opportunities to help us and this president make an even Bigger Difference in this country simply because they refused to stay focus and keep things in context about POB’s Administration trying to do the best for a nation and world who was on the brink of totally falling apart.

        POB had a lot of shit on his plate when he came into office, but yet he sat down at the table and tried to clear the shit up day in and day out. And might I say, night in and night out. POB has worked his ass off for us. These pundits, and some lazy citizens do not want this nation to make progress because their hatred will not allow them to do so. They want to so make this president a “none ever existed POTUS that they will do any and everything in their power to bring the nation down. That is what small minded people do and how low their hatred will carry them.

        But count on it TOD Family, karma is something when it hits and it will hit. There is every need for all of us to get behind and alongside of POB and VP Biden and roll up our sleeves and make our nation Together a better nation after what W and company left us with. And some of these sorry ass dems are just plain useless. That hurts us, and it hurts and frustrates POB. However, he knows what is his core, and he will go on and do whatever he can to find a decent way to make things work.

        He will make it. But he also wants all of us to make it as well. I truly feel sorry for those who constantly try to make him stumble; but he will not fall. Trust me. So rest up tonight, keep your focus, trust in a better space for all of us, and pray much for our POTUS.

        Have a beautiful and peaceful evening, TOD family and Please Do Not Give Up. We got through 2012 with POB, and we Will get through these 3 1/2 years with him as well. Trust in yourself; Trust in your goodness of spirits; Trust in a Power higher than you are; and Trust POB to do the best by this nation. That is what he wants to do, but he also needs a nation to trust and help him as well.HZ

        • 23 jackiegrumbacher
          June 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

          Thank you, HZ. Nobody can speak clearer or with more hope than you do. You’re the best!!

        • June 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

          “”No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17

          I am so glad I can come here and be uplifted by the faith on our president. I was looking at Planet POV Sunday Funnies today – a thing I normally don’t do – and I was appalled at cartoon after vicious cartoon against our president. It was horrible. Now I’m in a facebook discussion with a woman who believes every lie Fox tells. It is so good to come here. I know we will ride out these waves and we will be vindicated. I believe deeply in the goodness of Barack Obama and I trust him implicitly.

  9. 25 99ts
    June 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Can’t think of another country in the world that has a media(R,USA) operating in this fashion. I have no idea if anything is true/lies or unmitigated hype – but the whole thing is utterly stupid. Why does this only happen during democratic administrations. Why do the right wing politicians (world wide – not just the US) think they have the divine right to rule – and why don’t oppositions call them out on their obscene behavior in and out of power.

    I hope you are all enjoying the music together with a bottle from the Margaret River vineyards – other than TOD – I have stayed well away from US media today.

    • 26 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Not Margaret River tonight, just the old standby, Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz…. I like the full-bodied reds…

      • 27 99ts
        June 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Hi Pamela – I do love Margaret river wines – should have known you would know about them 🙂 – enjoy the Bin 50

        • 28 HZ
          June 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

          MightyPamela and 99t, I am on another glass of my Ale. Game is over, so I need to regroup and take a gentle spirit within my space as I retire tonight.

          Enjoy your delights and know that we will all get through this together and we will leave this nation a better place as we look back on this history that we help to help make with a great man, our beautiful President, Barack Obama.HZ

  10. June 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Watching Finals Game 1……..but if anybody wants to pass this along, official DNI statement….. BBL

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      And thus endeth the “scandal”.

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Oh, and btw, GO SPURS!!!!

      • 33 HZ
        June 7, 2013 at 12:34 am

        Yes, LL!!!!! I like both teams, but I am an old Spurs fan. However, I have love for both. I just want to enjoy the beautiful talent from both teams. I know we will have a championship winner, but it nice to see how we will get their. I need that beautiful cap that I saw the other day to wear.

        Thank so much LL for the music. It brings back so many wonderful memories, plus we need the healing power of great music. I am so happy that our TOD family can pull from the arts as well to keep us as One.

        Thank you, Mr. President and your Cabinet for the good that you are doing for our nation. God bless you, Mr. President and our nation.HZ

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      DNI Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISA
      Thursday, June 06, 2013

      June 6, 2013

      DNI Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISA

      The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They contain numerous inaccuracies.

      Section 702 is a provision of FISA that is designed to facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States. It cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located within the United States.

      Activities authorized by Section 702 are subject to oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Executive Branch, and Congress. They involve extensive procedures, specifically approved by the court, to ensure that only non-U.S. persons outside the U.S. are targeted, and that minimize the acquisition, retention and dissemination of incidentally acquired information about U.S. persons.

      Section 702 was recently reauthorized by Congress after extensive hearings and debate.

      Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats.

      The unauthorized disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans.

      James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

  11. 40 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Chips, if I say ‘Tim Howard’, do I get a pat on the back (for my increasing football knowledge)?

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Only if you can tell us what club he plays for during the regular season.

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        June 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        Well, I saw something about Man U – which is what caught my eye – but later in the article Everet (??) was mentioned. I think. Once I saw Man U I didn’t absorb much else. (That should gain me some points.) 😉 😉

        • June 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

          Everton. Don’t worry, hang around some more with Chips, UT, and I and you’ll be a raging football-holic.

          • 44 vcprezofan2
            June 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

            Thanks for the invite, LL, but I you don’t mind I think I’ll pass. 🙂 There is NO way I could survive the level of intensity you three ( and a couple of others) generate when the topic comes up. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve felt singed just trying to step lightly and discretely by when you all get engaged.

            Oh, and guess where I met Tim? – In a Neurology magazine.

    • 45 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm


      • 46 vcprezofan2
        June 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        Why, thank you! Today has been good. Your pat just reminded me that I got a hug, actually two, in the grocery store.

        • 47 vcprezofan2
          June 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm

          Now that you have reminded me I have to brag share. I went up to this stock clerk (?) to ask where something was located and I apparently looked (?) or sounded (?) quite pathetic so before answering me he asked in all seriousness – ‘Do you need a hug?’ I actually burst out laughing, but asked whatever gave him that idea. He told me, then when I admitted I hadn’t thought about it but maybe I did need one, he stepped forward and gave me a real good two-handed-wrap-both-arms-around hug! It felt good too. As we moved off to find what I was seeking I almost stumbled into another shopper, and as I was apologizing he suggested she may need a hug too. So what do you know, I ended up giving her a hug! And you know what, it was a totally positive, just-right, heart-warming experience AND I can’t believe I allowed it to happen and repeated it…. in the grocery store….. with perfect strangers!

          Did I mention that he was quite personable, older than the usual stock clerks, warm, friendly and very …. .. what’s that word UTAL used to use to describe certain guys ….. ? 😛 I had totally forgotten until you gave me the pat on the back. 😛

          • June 10, 2013 at 1:15 am

            If I got hugged by guys of that description when I went to the grocery store, there would definitely be more food on my (very empty) shelves!

            • 49 vcprezofan2
              June 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

              😆 It was a great AND UNEXPECTED ‘experience’, Maryl, and enjoyable particularly because he was so personable, happy, genuine and not at all creepy. Of course being of a shy nature re ‘relationships’ I haven’t gone back to the grocery store…. yet. (Truth is, if I saw him hugging anyone else I might have felt jealous 😉 Though I have shopped there regularly before and never witnessed anything like that. Hmmmmm. 😆

              • June 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

                vc, it was your sparkly personality that drew him to you like a moth to a flame! I would go back any time I felt like I needed an extra hug. My feeling is you can’t have too many (non-creepy) hugs in your life! Probably you wouldn’t even need a hug, Probably just seeing him would put a smile on your face 🙂

                • 51 vcprezofan2
                  June 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

                  You are too kind, Maryl. Need I remind you that this internet thingy is awfully misleading – ‘sparkly’ I am not. Have a great Monday, lazing around and letting your mind relax. 😛

  12. June 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    great music…thanks

  13. June 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    BTW LL, thanks for another fine set of tunes!


  14. 54 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    • June 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Hmmmmmmmm…. quite curious

    • 56 Ladyhawke
      June 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm


      By JOSH LEDERMAN — Jun. 6 10:49 PM EDT


      Clapper says articles about the programs contained inaccuracies and omitted key information. He’s declassifying some details about the authority used in the phone records program because he says Americans must know the program’s limits.

      Those details include that a special court reviews the program every 90 days. He says the court prohibits the government from indiscriminately sifting through phone data and queries are only allowed when facts support reasonable suspicion.


      Read more here ……..


    • 58 utaustinliberal
      June 7, 2013 at 1:09 am

      Hahahaha. GG’s sad.

  15. 60 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  16. 64 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  17. 66 anniebella
    June 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    No info on FLOTUS fundraiser in Virginia today. I would like to know if she was allow to speak today without being interrupted. I guess everything was about the big story of the day.

  18. June 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Can some one twitter this for me. I hate twitter jail. UGH
    “@admiralmpj @LibertyBelleJ
    Tell me about, ppl R tripping over like its something new.”
    and let them know I am in twitter jail.

  19. 71 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm


    I find that hard to believe. His overall polling would have decreased because he has not gained with GOP…..

  20. 75 professorx10
    June 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Oh yes and please tell Deborah ‏@SPeteDave
    that I am in twitter jail also. Thanks

  21. 78 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    • 79 Jovie
      June 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      I don’t even understand what he’s getting at, how he’s getting there, from where he is going?
      Can you explain it to me?

      • 80 hopefruit2
        June 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        When your mouth is full, and your otherwise empty brain is saturated with junk and sugar from all these donuts, your tweets just don’t make sense. That’s what we’re seeing with Knoller.

    • 81 anniebella
      June 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      hopefruit2, it seem they were trying to feed us this Bull shit during the 2012 election and now they are trying to do the same.

      • 82 anniebella
        June 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        Seem like I remember we weren’t excited as the Republicans, the young voters wouldn’t turn out, the blacks wouldn’t turn out, women voters were even with Mitt. We were told alot of crap,

  22. June 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Hi everyone. Just got home from work and I thought I would watch a little bit of LOD…my mistake..turned on the TV and who do I see but that A@# GG! Lawrence lost a follower and viewer. I am also off twitter for the night. I know where to go to read what informed and brilliant supporters of the President go….it is here! Thank you all for posting links for me to keep up with.

  23. 84 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    The NSA Utah data center was just built out in the desert of Utah(probably on the land of Dugway AFB).
    It cost 1.9 billion dollars, has its own power plant, spies on foreign countries and can store 10 to the 24th power of information.

  24. June 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    So, to recap:

    The details of the phone records program are declassified so that people can be informed accurately.

    Then DNI releases a statement re: PRISM, where he reiterates that this doesn’t target US citizens or anyone within US borders, but only used for foreign intelligence gathering.

    Should I invest in tinfoil? Because this sure seems like the leaks were planned.

    Just when they think they have Barack Obama cornered, they discover he’s actually standing behind them.

  25. June 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

  26. 92 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Notice what Mr Clapper’s last statement was?

    ” The unauthorized disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans.”

    James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

    I hope they get the person/ people that is/are leaking this info.

    • June 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      I hope they slam his/her stinky ass in jail.

      I’m ticked tonight……

    • 94 theo67
      June 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      The same people who demand that Bradley Manning be released for leaking confidential and personal information, will also demand freedom for this person(s) who are jeopardizing national security.

  27. June 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  28. 104 carolyn
    June 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Some avid Pundits are going to have egg all over their faces in a couple of days,…….if that long.

  29. 108 Nena20409
    June 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Proud Mary: Tina Turner

  30. 109 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Matt Murphy ‏@MattMurph24 1h


    Why don’t the leakers just hand over all of our intelligence to the Taliban and al Qaeda? Again it’s national security for a reason.


  31. 110 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

  32. 112 Nena20409
    June 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Solomon Burke:
    ‘Am Leaving on that Late, Late Train

  33. June 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Cybersecurity Tops Obama’s Agenda For China Talks
    by The Associated Press
    June 03, 201311:18 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China’s leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security.

    The talks between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be followed by a July meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials focusing on cyberespionage, along with other strategic and economic issues. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S.-China meetings when he visited Beijing in April.

    The summit Friday and Saturday at a California estate also is aimed at establishing personal ties between Obama and Xi as relations between the two global powers grow increasingly complex.

  34. 114 cookemom
    June 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Rejoining TODdytown a little late, but just in time for some music. Nice choices LL. Here’s one that speaks to how all of today’s alphabet soup of NSA, DOJ, IRS, and LMNOP leaves us feeling

  35. 119 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  36. 123 Nena20409
    June 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Solomon Burke: Let Me Wrap my Arms Around

  37. 124 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  38. June 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    not an official account, but the Ambassador of Sweden to Australia is Sven-Olof Petersson

    Here’s Hugh White…

    Obama and Xi, a Meeting of Equals
    This week’s summit offers the U.S. and China a chance to trade risky escalation for diplomatic accommodation.
    Throughout history, the world’s biggest wars have occurred when a rising country challenges an established leading power. In the 21st century the countries that unmistakably fit this mold are China and the U.S. On Friday their leaders, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, will meet for two days in California. Their summit is perhaps the last, best chance for today’s major powers to break history’s ruinous pattern and lay the foundations for an accommodative peace.

    Few officials will admit in public that the stakes are so high. But for all that diplomats talk about cooperation and economic interdependence, China and the U.S. hold dangerously incompatible ideas about who will lead in the Asian Century. The U.S. expects to remain Asia’s primary power, perpetuating a U.S.-led order which has long upheld stability. China expects to take America’s place, regaining its historic regional pre-eminence.

    Recent flashpoints such as cyber-spying and maritime disputes are merely symptoms of this deeper rivalry, not its cause. Focusing on them will therefore achieve little when Messrs. Xi and Obama meet. Instead, the two Presidents must try to reconcile their countries’ conflicting ambitions in Asia.

  39. 132 Jovie
    June 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    They could have put GG on CH show or even Rachel. But they Chose the LO show!
    Strange, and he followed suit, no tough questions just ass kissing.
    What is it with this right wing Libertarian that the far left and msnbc loves so much?
    I don’t get it?

  40. 133 yardarm756
    June 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Since we’re doin’ oldies.

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