Saturday Open Thread

Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a pop standard with words and music by Frank Loesser. The song is popularly associated with winter weather, and although it does not refer to any specific time or holiday, it is commonly played alongside Christmas carols and popular winter holiday music.

Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. Lynn considered it “their song,” and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.[1]

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40 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Hey 3Chics!

    http://frederickleatherman.com/2012/12/01/3chicspolitico-protest-the-killing-of-trayvon-martin/

    Professor Leatherman front paged our video. I am so honored. I wanted to do this one for so long, but I had to get the hang of it. My son usually works with me to help get the timing and visual effects down. He was out of pocket so I was on my own. It took awhile but I think I’ve got it. I sure didn’t expect the response tho. I am so grateful! Thank you so much!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Today is the 57th Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat


    President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012.
    —Photo by Pete Souza

  3. rikyrah says:

    A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid

    The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

    Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door neighbor’s home, sending regular updates on the renovation. He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

    ………………………………………….

    By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-detached-romney-tends-wounds-in-seclusion-after-failed-white-house-bid/2012/12/01/4305079a-38a9-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story_1.html

    • rikyrah says:

      they were ENTITLED to win.,

      and how dare you peons think that the great Willard and Ann don’t belong in the White House…

      it is his DESTINY

      DESTINY!!!!

      bwa ha ha ha h aha ha ha ha

      they really believed that prophecy bullshyt

      • Ametia says:

        Yes; it was the Romney’s DESTINY to sit before Diane Sawyer and tell President Obama to ‘START PACKING; IT’S OUR TURN NOW.”

        Maybe Ann can put those drapes she had measured for the WH in Rafalca’s stall.

  4. rikyrah says:

    No Leadership, No Plan

    by BooMan
    Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 07:26:56 PM EST

    My brain has already initiated an auto-destruct program for all neurons containing any information about Mitt Romney’s campaign. It won’t take long for the program to reach completion because Romney ran a campaign about nothing. He was supposedly going to fix the economy because he supposedly was good with numbers. But he wouldn’t give us any details about how he intended to create jobs or fix the budget deficit or anything else. So, really, what is there to remember? That corporations are people?
    Because Romney never articulated any plan, and eventually adopted Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Ryan budget plan became official Republican orthodoxy. It’s no surprise, then, that the Republicans don’t have any counteroffer for the president other than the Ryan Plan.

    They accuse the president of upping the ante, but they literally have no idea how to respond. They say, “We’re not giving the president what he asked for,” but they don’t know how to come together around an alternative plan. And that is because no one is in charge. It would be bad enough on its own to have their presidential candidate leave the stage defeated. But, when Bush left no heir-apparent, and Romney took no leadership, the party just began to drift aimlessly. The only affirmative things they did were aimed at opposition and obstruction. They built the Tea Party to kill the health care bill. Then they won power, instead. They still control the House of Representatives but they are terrified to suggest anything that the government actually ought to do. And they are also terrified to articulate in plain legislative language any translation of the nihilist ideology they’ve cultivated.

    Why? Because people don’t want massive tax cuts for the rich coupled with shittier Social Security and Medicare. They would rather give themselves AIDS than support the Ryan Plan or any conceivable alternative the modern GOP might ralph up on them.

    Who is going to pull it all together and make a proposal to the president? John Boehner? Didn’t we learn that John Boehner has no clout with his own caucus during the debt ceiling fiasco?

    Seriously. Who is going to step up?

    I predict that we are going over the cliff for the simple reason that there is no head on the GOP chicken

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/1/192656/680

  5. rikyrah says:

    Did Overconfidence Hurt Romney?

    by BooMan
    Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 10:34:11 AM EST

    I’m still having trouble wholeheartedly accepting the idea that the Romney campaign believed they were going to win and were totally shocked when they didn’t. I still think they told a lot of lies to their donors and that they are kind of locked into a narrative that they were sincere in their confidence. When I saw that they had leaked some of their battleground polls from the last weekend of the campaign, it didn’t convince me otherwise, since those polls still showed Obama on track to win.
    But, if there is any real evidence that Romney personally thought he had the election in the bag, it has to be his performance in the last two debates. Romney’s performance in the last debate, in particular, seemed to me to indicate that he thought he was in the lead and just needed to make no gaffes and he would win. The subject of the last debate was foreign policy, and Romney went out of his way to agree with the president’s policies even in areas where he had spent more than a year being a strident critic. I found his performance inexplicable at the time. Some analysts thought he was trying to move to the middle, but I felt like he was pulling his punches. He seemed like a boxer who knows he is ahead on the judges’ cards and just wanted to avoid a 12th round knockout.

    I still don’t know if Romney really thought he was going to win, but he acted like it in the last debate. I have yet to see any rationale for him feeling that way, however.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/1/103411/433

  6. Ametia says:

    MSNBC is speculating on what is Hilary’s next move. Will she run in 2016?
    Hillary Clinton can run her ass on back to NY or wherever she and Bubba are living. I will never, ever, vote for her as President. NEVER!

  7. Ametia says:

    OMG WTF happened to Lynn Sweet’s face? It’s not moving.

  8. Ametia says:

    In an apparent murder-suicide, a Kansas City Chiefs player shot himself in the head in front of his coaches at a team training facility after earlier shooting to death his girlfriend at her residence, police said.

    Kansas City, Missouri, police spokesman Darin Snapp identified the player as linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, according to NFL.com.

    The player took his life in the parking lot near Arrowhead Stadium as officers pulled up to park and saw him with a gun to his head talking to coaches, Snapp told reporters.

    About 20 minutes prior to his suicide, the player shot his girlfriend in her nearby home, Snapp said. The NFL.com reported that Snapp said the mother described the relationship as “on-again, off-again.”

    Also, Snapp told NFL.com that before his suicide, the player was talking to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel and an unnamed Chiefs staff member. Pioli and Crennel “neve r felt like they were in danger,” Snapp said.

    The player thanked the general manager and coach for all they had done for him, according to NFL.com. When officers arrived, the player walked away from the three Chiefs personnel and “a couple seconds later, they heard the gunshot,” Snapp told NFL.com.

    The Chiefs are scheduled to play at home against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

  9. Ametia says:

    Repost

    Susan Rice: Just Another ‘Incompetent’ Black Woman
    Dec 1, 2012 4:45 AM EST

    You can disagree with Susan Rice, but our U.N. ambassador is not an incompetent liar, as conservatives have implied. Sophia Nelson on the old stereotypes at play in the GOP’s attacks.

    SNIP

    Why all this anger and investigation now into Ambassador Rice’s every decision, dating back to 1998 when she was assistant secretary of State under President Bill Clinton? Did I miss a memo? Has she been nominated for a new job yet in the second Obama administration?

    Sorry folks, it just doesn’t add up.

    I have a plausible explanation for all of this rancor, but many of you won’t like it. The fact is that stereotypes die hard, particularly when they are about accomplished black women in America. Ambassador Rice, like Michelle Obama and millions of other well-educated professional black women, catch hell everyday in corporate America, whether they be in industry, government, entertainment, journalism, or academia. It is a fact borne out in countless studies, surveys, books (mine included), and reports: black women are the hardest demographic to retain and advance, and the most likely to file EEOC complaints or allege other problems of race and gender bias.

    The problem for us as black women is that we never really know if it is our gender or race. How could we? We have the unique burden of being both black and female. Unlike our white female counterparts, we are not white. And unlike our black male counterparts, we are not male. They each have one “advantage,” while we have neither.

    SNIP

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/01/susan-rice-just-another-incompetent-black-woman.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Genius of Obama’s Opening Move: Tightening the Rope Around the GOP’s Neck

    The president is in a fighting mood. Starting today, he’s barnstorming the country, getting the American people to pressure Congress to extend the middle class tax breaks, and to do so now. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented the leaders of Congress with the Administration’s opening offer. That offer is heavy on revenue, tax fairness, and Medicare savings without affecting benefits. Here’s a short summary of what the president has proposed, from leaked details.

    •$1.6 trillion in additional revenue through:
    •Raising the rates to Clinton rates for incomes over $250,000.
    •Taxing dividends paid to this class as ordinary income (rather than special “capital gains” rates).
    •Raising the inhertiance tax to 45% with an exemption for up to $3.5 million, from the current rates of 35% with an exemption of $5 million.
    •$50 billion in immediate stimulus spending, and replacement or extension of the payroll tax cut, for a full stimulus price tag of $200 billion.
    •Mortgage refinancing help from the federal government.
    •End Congressional control over the debt limit, except with a veto-proof, two-thirds majority.
    •$400 billion in spending reductions in entitlements (Medicare, mostly) through controlling cost, not cutting benefits.
    •$1.2 trillion in reductions from discretionary spending, including defense, counting savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    This is shrewd, and has Obama written all over it. Sure, it was the GOP aides that leaked the details, but how much would you like to bet that Geithner and Obama fully counted on them to do so? Look at the details of tax portion of the proposal again: there is nothing remotely radical or unrealistic about it. Not only does a overwhelming majority agree that taxes should be raised on the rich, the vast majority of Americans have never been seen $3.5 million, let alone worried about the taxes needing to be paid for inheriting a sum greater than that. By restricting the dividend taxation increase to the top 2% as well, the president taps into a sense of fairness for the American people. If and when the president negotiates down from this, he will seem eminently reasonable and the Republicans crybabies.

    The president also likes the payroll tax cut – it’s a real stimulus given the fact that it affects most those who earn the least, and thus have a much larger propensity to spend every additional dollar in their pocket (simply out of necessity). The president’s challenge to the Republicans is obvious: do you want to tell hard working Americans that you are going to raise their taxes?

    But the president isn’t stopping there. He’s looking to end Congressional control over the debt limit. Why? Well, substantively because this Speaker and his Congress has shown conclusively that they do not deserve to have such control. But it is also a good bargaining chip. You see, John Boehner thinks the debt limit is his leverage in the debate. But by putting its fate into doubt right now, the president takes that leverage and makes it his own. It’s like taking candy from a child

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/11/the-genius-of-obamas-opening-move.html

  11. rikyrah says:

    David Firestone (NYT): Republicans reportedly laughed when they saw the Obama administration’s initial offer in the fiscal negotiations yesterday. The idea that President Obama might actually want to enact his campaign promises – tax hikes on the rich, modest Medicare cuts, investments in infrastructure – is apparently considered a joke to the party that has shown virtually no flexibility in the last four years.

    But some of that laughter may contain nervousness, because there is more going on here than just a pathway to splitting the difference. The White House made clear yesterday that it is approaching these talks from a position of responsibility, and that it actually takes seriously the notion of old-fashioned bargaining. That’s something Republicans have refused to do — and now they realize they’ve been called out.

    http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/republicans-would-rather-laugh-than-bargain/

    • rikyrah says:

      ThinkProgress: With Republicans balking at the prospect of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent of Americans, Democrats are losing patience. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that the House GOP will not hold a vote on a middle-class tax bill that excludes the top income brackets, even though the Senate has already approved one.

      In response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that Democrats plan to bring the legislation to a floor vote next week no matter what. The Democrats plan to use a discharge petition, which can force a bill to the floor if it has been stuck in committee for 30 legislative days. In a new statement, Pelosi dared her Republican colleagues to reject the plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of the country…

      http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/30/1267341/pelosi-force-vote/

  12. rikyrah says:

    Joe Klein (Time): The Republicans are, reportedly, outraged by President Obama’s opening bid in the fiscal cliff talks. Republicans always seem to be outraged. It’s getting boring. They need to step up and make a counter-offer.

    …. It might have seemed “righteous” indignation when the GOP was deluding itself about representing a majority of Americans; now, it just seem puerile and petulant.

    … What is difficult for the Fox talking heads to understand is this: We had an election. The President won. This gives him greater leverage than the last election we had, in 2010, when the President’s party lost…

    …. the assorted Republican drama queens seem so two months ago, don’t they?

    http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/30/how-to-negotiate/

  13. rikyrah says:

    New Jersey GOP Uses Hurricane Sandy To Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

    By Pat Garofalo on Nov 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    The New Jersey State Senate voted yesterday to increase the Garden State’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, a $1.50 raise that would be effective March 1st. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has threatened to veto the bill, due to a provision that would automatically increase the minimum wage according to inflation.

    Several New Jersey Republicans tried to use the recent Hurricane Sandy — which decimated Jersey’s shoreline — as justification for opposing the increase:

    The aftermath of Sandy, which changed so much about the state, was ever-present in Thursday’s two-hour debate on the Senate floor, giving another wrinkle to a debate that’s largely a moral and philosophical battle. It was still that on the Senate floor Thursday, with Republicans saying a minimum wage increase would hurt businesses and could force layoffs, and Democrats asserting that it’s wrong for New Jerseyans to be paid so little in a place where it’s expensive to live.

    Republican Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Red Bank, said she supports raising minimum wage but said the storm made this the wrong time to do it. She told of small shore business owners “still sweeping up glass” and wondering if their businesses would survive the winter. “Our Legislature’s first response following a hurricane that devastated thousands is not a helping hand but a greater burden,” she said.

    Christie also used that line of reasoning:

    The Republican governor said Wednesday that he was “willing to consider a responsible minimum-wage package.” But with many businesses struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, Christie said, he has concerns about the bill, which would increase the hourly rate to $8.50 from $7.25 by March 1.

    “We’ve got thousands of businesses wiped out,” he said at a news conference Wednesday in Trenton. “Is this really now the moment to say to those folks, ‘We’re going to hit you with a $1.25 increase on March 1 and [cost-of-living increases] beyond that?’”

    Study after study has shown that minimum wage hikes do not, in fact, hurt business and force layoffs (even during rough economic times). And New Jersey was a premier test case: “University of California, Berkeley, economist David Card and Princeton economist Alan Krueger’s seminal study of the effect of the New Jersey 1992 minimum wage increase comparing fast food industry employment in New Jersey and Pennsylvania found no negative employment effect. In fact, it found stronger employment growth in New Jersey.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/30/1266861/jersey-minimum-wage-hurricane/

  14. 3ChicsPolitico – Protesting The Killing of Trayvon Martin

    • Ametia says:

      Powerful & always timeless song for the times. Thank you , SG2. The crackers are killing our boys. Didn’t a cop kill another teen boy ove loud music. It’s INSANE.

  15. Good Morning, everyone! Happy Saturday!

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