Serendipity SOUL- Friday Open Thread

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52 Responses to Serendipity SOUL- Friday Open Thread

  1. Vettte says:

    When one of those teabaggers spits on “turncoat Alveena King” and one of Sharpton’s Posse goes off, who will the PoPo blast with the water hoses?

  2. I Have A Dream

    August 28th 1963

  3. Vettte says:

    The Teabagger might be arriving but Negroes are coming out of the shadows and falling in line behind Sharpton like roaches.

  4. Vettte says:

    Okay, so here’s the link for the 2 Rallies tomorrow. Sharpton is leading his posse from the high school (you know we like to gather at the school) then up to the Lincoln Memorial (to the King Memorial site) where the Beck Rally will also be (projected 500,000 teabaggers). I haven’t heard how many are projected to “follow” Sharpton in the march to justice. Does anyone know Sharpton’s numbers? But, don’t be surprised at the turnout, because AA “ain’t liking this” Beck Scheme. So, as the saying goes, “Don’t start nothing, Won’t be Nothing” . I think tomorrow might prove to be “something.” It’s on and popping now, who will draw their guns first? Showdown with the teabaggers.

  5. Ametia says:

    Mississippi Middle School: White Students Only For Class President

  6. Levi Johnston Takes Back Apology To Sarah Palin: It ‘Makes Me Sound Like A Liar’ (VIDEO)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, says he wishes he hadn’t apologized for telling lies about the former Alaska governor because he’s “never lied about anything.”

    Johnston said in an interview on CBS’ “The Early Show” to air Friday that he wishes that he hadn’t issued the apology to Palin.

    “I don’t really regret anything,” Johnston said, who has appeared nude on the cover of Playgirl. “But the only thing I wish I wouldn’t have done is put out that apology ’cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I’ve never lied about anything. So that’s probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with.”

  7. Ametia says:

    Here kitty, kitty, kitty…

    Tranquilised tiger cub found in suitcase of stuffed toys
    A tiger cub was found hidden in a suitcase amongst stuffed toys at Bangkok airport
    By Laura Roberts

    Published: 6:51AM BST 27 Aug 2010
    The two-month-old animal had been sedated, according to Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
    The 31 year-old Thai woman had tried to check in a large suitcase on a flight from Iran.
    However officials became suspicious when X Rays appeared to show the presence of a real cub in the suitcase.
    Officers from the Livestock Development Department and the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department were then called in to open the bag for inspection and discovered the tranquilized cub.
    Authorities are now trying to determine whether the cat is wild or captive-bred.

    This has the makings of another animal mauling, just like that Chimp in Connecticut who bathed and drank wine with it’s owner.. Lawdy

  8. Ametia says:

    Uneven Katrina recovery efforts often offered the most help to the most affluent
    By Michael A. Fletcher
    Friday, August 27, 2010; 12:12 AM

    IN NEW ORLEANS The massive government effort to repair the damage from Hurricane Katrina is fostering a stark divide as the state governments in Louisiana and Mississippi structured the rebuilding programs in ways that often offered the most help to the most affluent residents.
    The result, advocates say, has been an uneven recovery, with whites and middle-class people more likely than blacks and low-income people to have rebuilt their lives in the five years since the horrific storm.

    “The recovery is really the tale of two recoveries,” said James Perry, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. “For people who were well off before the storm, they are more likely to be back in their homes, back in their jobs and to have access to good health care. For those who were poor or struggling to get by before the storm, the opposite is true.”

    Louisiana’s program to distribute grants to property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Katrina was found by a federal judge this month to discriminate against black homeowners.

    • Vettte says:

      This goes on in every city across this country. It’s still known as redlining. I don’t know if its done intentionally but it is a institutionalized practice. I work in an area of construction in Dallas. Recently I did some work in Oklahoma City after the March Hail Storm. White roofers naturally gravitate to white neighborhoods first for these reasons: cultural familiarity and when they roll up into the AA community they arent always received with open arms; bottom line is still cultural. We live in a very race conscious America, so what happens is, the white neigborhoods get their work totally completed. There are not a lot of AAs in the construction trades, particularly ones that can meet the US government qualifications to get the work, also they are left out of the loop on how to get the contracts. I have a friend in NOLA who’s mom had two contractors, both of whom walked away from completing the job. When they come into our neighborhoods they often are scared to be there and we don’t go out of our way to make them comfortable. In the roofing industry in the AA community there is always plenty of work because you don’t have the mad rush of contractors bombarding you to do the work like white roofers do in white neighborhoods. Then white contractors, because they don’t identify with us, half ass do the work so they can get away from us. Well, to alleviate the problem, the government will not actively try and determine why AA contractors don’t get the work or make efforts to recruit them. Invariably the goverment officials handing out contracts in devastated communities for FEMA or the government don’t look like us.

      Yes it is ashamed that there is a disparity in the work being completed in NOLA. But I see that big old “red line” surrounding communities in Texas. But it all comes back to the same age old problem in the heads of all Americans: RACE and HOW TO RELATE. And sadder, we don’t even know how to begin to talk about it save the little bit that comes from the lips of Shirley Sherrod. Eric Holder spoke truth to power when he said when it comes to race we are a nation of cowards.

    • Ametia says:

      Intentional and institutionalized practices are basically the same color when it comes to this story. As a black contactor you bring first hand experience with these types of practices.

      Sounds like we need more POC in the construction buisness. But again it won’t solve the issue of institutioanlized racism will it?

      Do you get many contacts to serve black consumers, and if so, do you serve them any differently than you would white consumers?

      I agree that we don’t have an honest and open dialouge when it comes to race. And beleive we won’t until the perps of racism deal with their stuff.

      • Vettte says:

        Let me spell it out this way:
        Black people WILL contract with White people because it is truly believed “there ice is colder”.

        Black people will contract with Black people because it’s cultural and acceptable but you have to PROVE to AAs that your quality of work is equal to or better than whites.

        Whites and Hispanics RARELY contract with AAs unless they know that their work is 100 times better than any other White they can find.

      • Ametia says:

        This: “Black people will contract with Black people because it’s cultural and acceptable but you have to PROVE to AAs that your quality of work is equal to or better than whites.”

        It also gives some credence to the mentality that Blacks are fine as long as they’re working in a domestic compacity

        I agree wholeheartedly with this. The white man’s ice water is colder is total bullshit.

        I did a lil experiment last month. I hired a white woman to clean my house. She came with high praise from a white friend.

        The cleaning lady did ok, but she didn’t clean to the specifications I had outlined for her prior to cleaning.

        Does this mean that all white cleaning ladies can’t clean. No, but I concluded that this woman didn’t think I had high expectations for an emaculate home. And her work was mediocre at best.

        Anyhooo. I asked her to return to my home and CLEAN IT. And then she was paid for her work.

        Obviously, I wouldn’t give my business to this woman again.
        Just thought I’d throw that in the mix.

      • Black people WILL contract with White people because it is truly believed “there ice is colder”.

        Black people will contract with Black people because it’s cultural and acceptable but you have to PROVE to AAs that your quality of work is equal to or better than whites.


  9. Vettte says:

    Okay, so this weekend we’re on “Glenn Beck Watch” with his “I Have a Scheme Weekend”. So to make light of him and his “Beckafalooza” here’s a clip from Jon Daley on the debacle and its hilarious:

  10. Ametia says:

    News Alert: Bernanke: Fed will take action only if economic conditions worsen
    10:13 AM EDT Friday, August 27, 2010

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledges that the pace of the country’s economic growth “recently appears somewhat less vigorous” than expected, but that it is on track to continue growing.

    He said the central bank would only take new action if conditions worsen further.

    For more information, visit

    • Ametia says:

      LMBO You know the folks that are listening to Glen Beck on the regular, have to be cowardly sheeps to absorb this nonsense. This nut is talking out the sides of all of his body orifices.

  11. Glenn Beck’s MLK Dream is Perverse, But What’s Our Vision?–but_whats_our_vision.html

    Glenn Beck says it’s “divine providence” that his “Restoring Honor” rally coincides with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Maybe so. It’s been a little over a year since the beer summit eclipsed the debate over whether health care is a fundamental right, and these past 12 months have brought a steady parade of similar perversions. Beck parodying King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial seems an apt finale.

    Beck has spent the past several months needling today’s civil rights leaders with the charge that they screwed up King’s dream. He’s asserted that groups like the NAACP and, most menacingly, ACORN lost their way when they veered into the murky waters of “economic justice” and “social justice.” King’s vision, he has lectured, was about equal rights—about discarding racial markers of any kind so every individual can compete in the true American tradition.

    “Far too many have either gotten just lazy or they have purposely distorted Martin Luther King’s ideas of judge a man by the content of his character,” Beck said last week in June when defending the timing of his rally, which will be held on Saturday’s anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. “Lately, in the last 20 years, we’ve been told that character doesn’t matter. Well, if character doesn’t matter, then what was Martin Luther King asking people to judge people by?”

    Beck insists the event was originally planned for September 12, but that date fell on a Sunday and he couldn’t make folks work on the Sabbath. Picking August 28 as the alternate, he says, was a mundane decision: It was the only date that worked for all the principals’ schedules. But Beck welcomes the timing. “This is a moment that we reclaim the civil rights movement,” he declared on his radio show in May. “It has been so distorted and turned upside down, it’s an abomination.”

    • From a ColorLine commenter:


      “I’m wondering if those who support that so-called Tea Party Movement really know where Republicans are leading them? It seems like the Tea Party rank & file are being USED by a bunch of vain, self-serving, evil, power mad, greed stricken, K-Street Con Artists. Paid for by wealthy silver spoon trust fund babies who want to turn the American PEOPLE into peasants. The scum of the earth who hide their hideous faces by using Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as spokespersons. SUCKERS!

      READ: (“Covert Operations, the Billionaire Koch Brothers who are waging war against Obama” by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker

      Just look at their agenda items. It‘s like wet dream for Ken Lay, Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich or Jack Abramoff:
      1) Repeal Health Insurance Reform
      2) Privatize Social Security or abolish it.
      3) End Medicare
      4) Extend Bush Tax Cuts for wealthy and Big Oil
      5) Repeal Wall Street reform
      6) Protect all those responsible for Gulf oil disaster and future environmental catastrophes
      7) Abolish or cut funding to Department of Education
      8) Abolish Dept. of Energy
      9) Abolish Environmental Protection Agency
      10) Repeal 17th Amendment
      11) Rewrite Bible and school textbooks,
      12) Replace JESUS with Glenn Beck, Frank Church with Joe McCarthy…
      13) After USA is destroyed by Republican Party low grade thought processes, BLAME Democrats/Liberals
      14) be flunkies, soldiers and slaves for silver spoon trust fund babies like George W. Bush, Saudi Prince Bandar and the Koch Bros.

      REALITY NOW! What leadership, character or morals have Republicans displayed since Obama was sworn in? NO solutions, NO rational plans, clear agendas or common sense policy… JUST Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck groupies parroting talking points! (I heard rumors someone in the Palin entourage is smuggling meth/coke on the tour charter flights)

      COME ON, are you right-wing wackos #*~/‘n INSANE? Am I missing something here but didn’t Conservatives just have 8 YEARS of Bush/Cheney and Republican controlled Congress (1994-2006) to put their warped ideology into practice? AND IT ALMOST DESTROYED THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH!

    • Ametia says:

      The commenter is on point. It’s SSDD. Same Shit, Different Day.

  12. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody!

    To get anywhere spiritully, you have to love what you;re doing. If you love what you’re doing, then you’re going to do the very best at whatever you do.
    ———-Harold Klemp, The Drumbeat of Time

  13. Vettte says:

    If the Republicans win the House in November, they will make life miserable for the White House by launching multiple investigations:

    • If republicans win the House, what we are seeing now from them is a piece of cake. They intend to make President Obama’s life a living hell. IMO… It’s a warning sign to any other black man that would dare think about running for the highest office in the land.

    • Ametia says:

      The GOP has nothing substantive to offer Americans but more gridlock, shenanigans, and a BIG FAT NO! to any and everything that will benefit average Aemricans. Just one big a political sideshow.

  14. Carter gains freedom for American held in N. Korea
    Former president escorting released prisoner to Boston

    SEOUL, South Korea — Looking gaunt but relieved, an American freed after nearly seven months jailed in North Korea left Pyongyang on Friday in the company of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    Aijalon Gomes, 31, hugged Carter just before they boarded a plane at Pyongyang’s airport, footage aired by broadcaster APTN in North Korea showed.

    Carter had flown to the North Korean capital three days earlier on a rare private mission to negotiate Gomes’ release.

    The former president “courteously requested” a special pardon for Gomes, which leader Kim Jong Il granted, North Korean state media said. Gomes had been sentenced in April to eight years of hard labor and a hefty fine for trespassing and committing a “hostile act.”

    They were due to arrive in Boston on Friday to be reunited with Gomes’ mother and other family members, Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in Atlanta.

    In Washington, the State Department welcomed the news of Gomes’ release.

    • Ametia says:

      Glad Gomes was released. This scene is getting really old. American glides into forbidden territority, gets captured, and cries, I don’t know nothing bout’ no unforbidden territory? Older American Statesman**President Carter, Clinton comes to rescue…

    • Vettte says:

      Maybe North Korea had heard about the “Mandinka African Warrior” and wanted to see for themselves how strong he really was. When they captured a black man and sentenced him to hard (slave) labor, they may have wanted to know how “big and bold” everything about him and his body was (LOL). Interesting! Is that what Lisa Ling’s sister was sentenced to, slave labor, before Clinton went to fetch her?

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