Saturday Open Thread

 Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. Ray was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm & blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records.[1][2][3] He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums.[4][5][6] While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.[

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  1. That Spirit of Christmas

    Christmas is the time of year
    For being with the one’s we love
    Sharing so much joy and cheer
    What a wonderful feelin
    Watching the one’s we love
    Having so much fun

    I was sittin by the fire side
    Taking a walk through the snow
    Listening to a children’s choir
    Singing songs about Jesus
    The blessed way that he came to us
    Why can’t it remain
    All through the year
    Each day the same
    Heyeah, that’s what I wanna hear
    Heh heh
    It’s truly amazin
    That spirit of Christmas

    All the kin folk gather round
    The lovely Christmas tree
    Hearts are glowing full of joy
    Sense the gifts that we’re giving
    And the love that we’re living
    Why can’t it remain
    Ohhh all through the year
    Each day the same
    Heyeah, that’s what I wanna hear
    I’ll tell ya
    It’s truly amazin
    That spirit of Christmas ……

    More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/ray_charles/#share

  2. Ametia says:

    Auburn beat… I mean slaughtered the Gamecocks 56-17!

  3. Ametia says:

    DEMS WHO VOTED NO FOR TAX CUTS FOR MIDDLE CLASS:

    RUSS FEINGOLD
    JOE LIE-BERMAN
    BEN NELSON
    JOE MANCHIN
    ?

    • Democrats in name only and Joe Lie-berman is a snake in the grass.

    • Ametia says:

      IL-SEN Sat Dec 04 2010
      Durbin Votes With GOP On Extending Bush Cuts For Up To $1 million
      Speaking of Illinois senators, today the Senate held two votes on the Bush tax cuts. The first was to retain the Bush-era tax cuts for incomes only up to $250,000. The second was to do the same for incomes up to $1 million. Both bills were defeated. A number of Democrats voted against each respective bill. According to Talking Points Memo, the Democrats who voted with the GOP on the second bill included Illinois’s Sen. Dick Durbin:

      The vote was 53-36. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA) Lieberman and Feingold voted with the GOP on the second. That vote was 53-37, and reflected progressives’ unease with redefining the middle class at the $1,000,000 income threshold

      http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2010/12/04/durbin-votes-with-gop-on-extending-bush-cuts-for-up-to-1-million/

  4. dannie22 says:

    Hello everyone!!

  5. THE FLOODGATES ARE OPEN
    Super Wealthy Used Super PACs To Pour Tens Of Millions Into 2010 Elections

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/04/72-super-pacs-spent-837-m_n_791997.html#comments

    The newly created independent political groups known as super PACs, which raised and spent millions of dollars on last month’s elections, drew much of their funding from private-equity partners and others in the financial industry, according to new financial disclosure reports.

  6. Ametia says:

    Votes underway for the Bush tax cuts on Capitol Hill. should have news in the next half hour… 10:30 am EST/9:30 CT.

  7. Ametia says:

    President Obama lauds U.S. and South Korean trade deal

    WASHINGTON | Sat Dec 4, 2010 9:27am EST

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday a new trade deal with South Korea will boost U.S. annual exports of automobile, agricultural products and other goods and services by $11 billion.

    Obama said the free-trade deal, reached after intensive negotiations in the past few days, would boost exports to South Korea by $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs.

    He said the U.S. car and truck manufacturers would gain more access to the South Korean market “and a level playing field to take advantage of that access.”

    “Last month in Seoul I directed our negotiators to achieve the best deal for American workers and companies and this agreement meets that test,” Obama said in a statement.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B31D220101204

    ****CRICKETS**** from the tv talking heads

  8. Ametia says:

    Dem Senator: Negotiating with Republicans “Almost” like Negotiating with “Terrorists”
    December 03, 2010 2:57 PM

    ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports: Did Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) just compare Republicans to terrorists?

    Well, not really. But he did compare negotiating with Republicans to negotiating with terrorists.

    At a press conference with fellow Democrats, Menendez lashed out at Republicans for opposing Democratic efforts to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class while allowing the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire.

    He accused the Republicans of holding middle class tax cuts “hostage” to tax cuts for the wealthy. That’s a common Democratic line, but Menendez took the analogy a step further.

    Asked if Democrats have a responsibility to move forward with a bill that can become law – in other words, a bill Republicans will support and not block– here’s what Menendez said:

    “Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”

    Republicans are crying foul.

    “It’s astounding that Senators from New York and New Jersey would compare people who want to prevent a tax increase to terrorists.” said Brad Dayspring, spokesperson for incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “. In the 10 seconds it took to utter the phrase, they effectively revealed why people don’t trust Democrats on issues of fiscal or national security. They just don’t get it.”

    Menendez spokesman says Republicans are taking the senator out of context.

    “Not surprisingly, Republicans would take a comment out of context in order to change the subject from their millionaires-first tax plan,” Menendez spokesman Afshin Mohamadi told ABC News. “The critical point for middle class Americans remains that Republicans have chosen to jeopardize tax cuts for every middle class family in order to guarantee an average tax cut of $104,000 for each millionaire.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/12/dem-senator-negotiating-with-republicans-almost-like-negotiating-with-terrorists.html

  9. Charles Manson had cell phone under prison mattress

    http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/03/5574585-charles-manson-had-cell-phone-under-prison-mattress?gt1=43001

    Charles Manson didn’t post to Facebook using a smart phone, but he did make calls using a cell phone from prison.
    The infamous convicted murderer had an LG flip phone hidden under his mattress which was found by prison officials. Manson used the phone to make calls and send text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, told the Los Angeles Times.

    What? Who gave Manson a cell phone? Guards?

  10. Ametia says:

    VP Biden in for POTUS this weekend

  11. Establishment Republicans urge party to ‘Stop Palin’

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Establishment+Republicans+urge+party+Stop+Palin/3926669/story.html

    The knives have started to come out for Sarah Palin in the Republican Party.

    With the former Alaska governor now actively exploring a White House bid in 2012, establishment Republicans have begun urging party leaders to begin a Stop Palin movement aimed at preventing her from romping to the Republican presidential nomination.

    Describing her alternately as “maniacal,” “dopey” and “hated by millions,” former Florida congressman Joe Scarborough and longtime GOP strategist Ed Rollins this week called into question Palin’s fitness for office, telling fellow Republicans she stands no chance of defeating President Barack Obama in a head-tohead contest.

  12. Ametia says:

    Wife of Justice Thomas says call to Hill ‘a mistake’
    Incident was ‘a private matter,’ she tells political website
    updated 12/3/2010 4:21:19 PM ET 2010-12-03T21:21:19

    BOSTON — The wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on Friday that a recent telephone call to Anita Hill, the woman at the center of a 1991 furor at Thomas’ confirmation hearing, was probably a mistake.

    In October, Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist, left an unexpected voicemail suggesting Hill consider apologizing “for what you did with my husband” at the hearing 19 years earlier.
    Hill is now a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The message was left on her office answering machine.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40496954/ns/politics-more_politics/

  13. Fox News Lawyers Up, Responds To Allegations Of Campaign Finance Law Violations

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/03/fox-news-lawyers-up-respo_n_791754.html

    WASHINGTON — The Fox News network has solicited the services of a prominent D.C. law firm and an equally prominent campaign finance lawyer to ward off a suit alleging that it made illegal in-kind contributions to a Republican gubernatorial candidate.

    The conservative-leaning network has hired Larry Noble, a well-known attorney at the firm Skadden Arps, to defend itself against a suit filed during the height of the 2010 campaign by the Democratic Governor’s Association.

    In a filing with the Ohio Elections Commission in late November, Noble argued that the allegations leveled by the DGA were not just baseless but also designed to have a “chilling effect” on future press coverage.

    In early August, the Democratic campaign arm accused Fox of illegally helping to raise money on behalf of incoming Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) by running a chyron featuring his website at the same time that he was soliciting donations during an interview on Bill O’Reilly’s show.

    Filed shortly after it was reported that Fox’s parent company, NewsCorp. had made a million dollar donation to the Republican Governor’s Association, the DGA’s complaint seemed politically-motivated. And in his response, Noble makes the case that there was little precedent to interpret campaign finance law with such sweeping conclusions.

  14. Top of the Morning, 3 Chics!

    Happy Saturday!

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