Wednesday Open Thread

William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson is one of the primary figures associated with Motown, second only to the company’s founder, Berry Gordy. Robinson’s consistent commercial success and creative contributions to the label have earned him the title “King of Motown.”

As an original member of Motown Records’ first vocal group The Miracles and as a solo artist, Robinson delivered thirty-seven Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987. He also served as the company’s vice president from 1961 to 1988.

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46 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Roschelle says:

    Even the Vatican has a sense of decency ..

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  2. Trinity’s Married Couples Dance!

    These couples put it down!

    My! My! My! I love it!

  3. Ametia says:

    U.S. Supreme Court
    Elena Kagan Quote Provides a Runner-Up in Dictionary’s ‘Words of Summer’
    Posted Sep 8, 2010 7:44 AM CDT
    By Debra Cassens Weiss

    A quote from the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice generated so many lookups on that the dictionary has proclaimed it one of its “Top Words of Summer 2010.”
    The word is “vapid,” used by Elena Kagan in a 1995 law review article, the Associated Press reports. The article calls the confirmation process “a vapid and hollow charade.”
    Merriam-Webster lists the other top words in a press release. At the top of the list was Sarah Palin’s own coinage, the word “refudiate,” a combination of “refute” and “repudiate.”
    Another word used in a legal setting is on the online dictionary’s new Trend Watch highlighting words generating the most interest. On Aug. 30, the top word was “acrimonious,” used by to describe a breakup leading to a divorce filing by Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash.

  4. Ametia says:

    RNC’s Steele visits U.S. territories, prompting talk of a reelection bid
    By Amy Gardner
    Wednesday, September 8, 2010; 4:04 PM

    For a man hoping to lead his party to major congressional victories in November, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele has packed his travel schedule with some unusual destinations in recent weeks: Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Steele’s itinerary is fueling speculation that he’s positioning himself to run for a second term as chairman – and concern among some that he may be spending time on that effort instead of on winning elections.
    Steele won his job narrowly when the RNC’s 168 committee members elected him chairman in January 2009. And he did so with a large measure of help from from the U.S. territories, which, thanks to the peculiar structure of the RNC, each carry as much voting clout as any of the 50 states.

  5. Ametia says:

    Virginia court: Suspect’s rights weren’t violated by warrantless GPS tracking

    By Tom Jackman
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    The rights of a convicted sex offender, who was being tracked as a suspect in a string of sexual assaults, were not violated when Fairfax County police secretly placed a global positioning system device on his vehicle without a warrant, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

    The ruling creates a precedent in Virginia, but only adds to conflicting rulings about whether putting a GPS tracking device on someone’s car violates that person’s right to privacy.

    In the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, the court ruled that placing a GPS device on a man’s Jeep for four weeks violated his Fourth Amendment right to privacy, and state appeals courts in New York and Massachusetts ruled last year that warrantless use of a GPS device violated their states’ constitutions.

    But a federal appeals court in California ruled in January that the tracking of an Oregon man with a GPS device was legal, as did a federal appeals court in Illinois in 2007. In the latter ruling, Judge Richard A. Posner wrote: “One can imagine the police affixing GPS tracking devices to thousands of cars at random, recovering the devices, and using digital search techniques to identify suspicious driving patterns. One can even imagine a law requiring all new cars to come equipped with the device so that the government can keep track of all vehicular movement in the United States.”

  6. Vettte says:

    The POTUS served it up and dished it out today, let’s see if the Rethugs can handle it. You go Mr. POTUS!

  7. Renacci Civil Rights

  8. GOP House Candidate On Civil Rights: ‘We Need To Get Our Federal Government Out Of The Way’

    Fireworks occurred during a town hall in Canton, OH, last night when Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) unexpectedly showed up at his Republican opponent’s public event. Challenger Jim Renacci and Boccieri sparred for about 70 minutes in an unofficial first debate. And ThinkProgress was in attendance.

    During the event, an African-American constituent named Robert Thompson asked Renacci what he would do on the issue of civil rights. Renacci’s response: local control. He called civil rights “local issues” and said the solution is “to get our federal government out of the way” because “it’s not the federal government’s job”:

    the solution is “to get our federal government out of the way” because “it’s not the federal government’s job = States Rights!

  9. Right Wing Leaders Plan To Use September 11th Anniversary To Make Money

    Last year, Glenn Beck and a variety of right-wing organizations and corporate front groups exploited the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to stage a protest of President Obama. This year, many of the same groups are planning yet another rally with the same themes as last time.

    But in addition to using September 11th as a launching pad to score political points, the right is now using the day to rake in cash. A sampling of the 9/11 profiteers:

    – This weekend, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are hosting a rally in Anchorage, Alaska to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Ticket prices range from $73.75 per person (including taxes and fees) to a high of $225. As the Hill newspaper reports, “there was no indication as to whom or what the proceeds will go.”

    – Disgraced lobbyist Ralph Reed is using his consulting firm Century Strategies to host a “Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing” with an assortment of conservatives, including Brent Bozell, Tony Perkins, Rich Lowry, Tucker Carlson, Grover Norquist, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Erick Erickson, and others. The event is on September 10th-11th, and costs $95 for early registration.

  10. Piers Morgan To Host CNN Interview Show Starting In January


    After a summer of speculation, CNN and Piers Morgan have finally reached a deal to bring the “America’s Got Talent” judge to the network to replace Larry King in the 9PM time slot.

    Morgan will host “a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program on CNN beginning in January,” CNN said in an announcement.

    “Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds,” CNN/US President Jon Klein said. “He is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process. He is a natural fit with Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker in our prime time line up, and the ideal choice to update the storied tradition of newsmaker talk on CNN.”

    Morgan, who will remain as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” is also expected to “retain a role on ITV, the British network,” the New York Times reports.

  11. Haley Barbour: We Know Less About Obama’s History Than Any Other President

    Republican Governor’s Association Chair Haley Barbour said on Wednesday that he takes President Obama at his word that he is a Christian and that, “as far as” he “knew,” Obama was born in the United States.

    But in response to some of the more insidious rumormongering about the president, the Mississippi Republican chose a response suggestive enough to grab the attention of the reporters in attendance.

    “I don’t know why people think what they think,” said Barbour. “This is a president that we know less about than any other president in history. But I have no idea why. I accept just totally at face value that he is a Christian. He said so throughout the time he has been in public life. That’s good enough for me. Do I think there is a vast right-wing conspiracy? No ma’am.”

    Maybe if Haley Barbour got off his lard ass & read the “Audacity of Hope” he’d find out a few things about our President? Redneck cac!

  12. Ametia says:

    The White House Blog

    Open for Questions: Boosting the Recovery with Austan Goolsbee
    Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on September 08, 2010 at 10:27 AM EDT

    Today, President Obama will speak in Cleveland, Ohio about his vision for the future of the American economy and about specific ways to move our economy forward. Earlier today, Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer previewed the President’s remarks and laid out the three additional steps the President is proposing to help grow the economy and help businesses spur hiring.

    You can watch the speech live on Immediately following the President’s remarks, Austan Goolsbee of the Council of Economic Advisers will be answering your questions about the economy. Be sure to tune in and join the discussion on Facebook.

  13. Haley Barbour To Republicans: Social Issues ‘Ain’t Going To Change Anybody’s Vote’

    Republican Governor’s Association Chair Haley Barbour cautioned Republican candidates on Wednesday against bringing social issues into the campaign, arguing that any discussion beyond the economy would prove distracting and problematic to their election hopes.

    In a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, the Mississippi Republican was asked for his take on remarks made earlier in the year by Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Governor, who had urged social and fiscal conservatives to reach an informal truce for the purposes of 2010.

    “I think what Mitch said is very similar to what I have responded to today,” Barbour replied. “The voters have on their mind the economy, jobs, spending, debt and taxes and good campaigns are about the issues that are on the peoples minds.

    “I’ll put my bonafides up against anybody as a social conservative,” he added, noting that as governor, Mississippi was voted the safest state in the country for an unborn child. “But that ain’t going to change anybody’s vote this year because people are concerned about job, the economy, growth and taxes… you are using up valuable time and resources that can be used to talk to people about what they care about.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, all :)

  15. Ametia says:

    7 September 2010 Last updated at 19:06 ET
    Good dancing may be sign of male health, scientists say
    By Pallab Ghosh

    Science correspondent, BBC News

    Dr Nick Neave looks at the difference between “good” and “bad” dancing
    Scientists say they’ve carried out the first rigorous analysis of dance moves that make men attractive to women.

    The researchers say that movements associated with good dancing may be indicative of good health and reproductive potential.
    Their findings are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

    “When you go out to clubs people have an intuitive understanding of what makes a good and bad dancer,” said co-author Dr Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist at Northumbria University, UK.

    “What we’ve done for the very first time is put those things together with a biometric analysis so we can actually calculate very precisely the kinds of movements people focus on and associate them with women’s ratings of male dancers.”

    Dr Neave asked young men who were not professional dancers, to dance in a laboratory to a very basic drum rhythm and their movements with 12 cameras

  16. Ametia says:

    Google Homepage Mystery

    September 7, 2010 12:49 PM PDT
    Coming Wednesday: Live at Google’s search event

    Google’s taking over the Museum of Modern Art in downtown San Francisco Wednesday for a search event involving some of the company’s top engineers, and we’ll be covering the event live right here.

    The event, which was announced late last Friday, will be led by Google’s vice president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer. Also in attendance will be Johanna Wright, who heads up all development of the search user interface; Ben Gomes, recently profiled in the San Jose Mercury News as the leading force behind Google Suggest; and Othar Hansson, instrumental in the development of the Google Rich Snippets feature unveiled last year.

    It’s not exactly clear what Google plans to announce, but you can bet from that roster of names that something involving the look and feel of the search results page will be discussed. A recent Google test involving “streaming” search results based off Google Suggest seems like a possibility, as well as speculation from Search Engine Roundtable that Google could be ready to launch a search results page based on AJAX, the Web development technology that allows the content of a page to be refreshed without the user having to click that refresh button.

    Google hinted in a Twitter message Tuesday that the event could be related to the Google doodle it’s running on its home page today. The company has taken its logo and broken it up into a collection of little balls that can be moved around the screen by hovering over the logo with a mouse, showing how you can manipulate objects on a page without having to actually click anything.

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  17. Ametia says:

    ***SIGH*** When are these DEMS going to FULLY back this President?

    Top Democrats Throw Cold Water on Obama’s Jobs Plan
    By Jennifer Bendery and Matthew Murray
    Roll Call Staff
    Sept. 7, 2010, 6:18 p.m.
    House Democratic leaders are already writing off President Barack Obama’s $50 billion infrastructure proposal, saying that GOP opposition will likely doom any major bills on tap before the November elections.

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats are looking at Obama’s proposal to pass “additional legislation to invest in infrastructure,” but he warned, “It will be very difficult to get a very broad agenda through … because Republicans’ obstructionism has, in effect, not allowed us to do some of the job-creating actions that we want.”

    The most likely scenario over the coming weeks is action on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded past the end of the fiscal year, along with a continued push for passage of the small-business jobs bill that has stalled amid Senate GOP opposition, Hoyer said during an AFL-CIO conference call.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) signaled that Democrats could take on Obama’s $50 billion package, but not before the midterm elections.

    It’s all a game to these folks, all about winning elections for them.

  18. Ametia says:

    BP to admit partial blame for Deepwater oil spill
    Graeme Wearden,
    Wednesday 8 September 2010 10.22 BST

    Report likely to show BP workers misread crucial pressure readings hours before explosion, but will accuse rig owners Transocean over integrity of blowout preventer
    BP is expected to admit today that it was partly to blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but will also claim that other companies must accept some responsibility.

    The oil giant is due to publish its own report into the spill at noon today. This follows an internal investigation into the events leading up to the explosion on 20 April that killed 11 workers and began a devastating oil leak that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for almost three months.

    The report, which will run to around 200 pages, was led by BP safety chief Mark Bly. It is likely to say that BP workers on the rig misread crucial pressure readings in the hours before the explosion, which meant they did not spot that oil and gas was starting to leak into the well bore.

  19. Ametia says:

    The Vice President will appear on the Colbert Report this evening. That’ll be fun!

  20. Ametia says:

    The President will speak on jobs in Clevaland OH. this afternoon around 2:11 p.m.
    CNN will carry it live.

  21. Ametia says:

    Rachel Maddow- Obama realizes futility reaching out to Republicans

  22. Ametia says:

    Happy Hump day, Everybody! :-)

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