Serendipity SOUL- Monday Open Thread

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From the Wiki:  Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is notable for jazz, soul, R&B, and folk music. Flack is best known for her Hot 100 #1 singles “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face“, “Killing Me Softly with His Song“, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love“, as well as “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get to You“, two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won the 1973 Grammy Record of the Year, and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” won the same award at the Grammy Awards of 1974.[1] She and U2 are the only artists to win the award in back-to-back years.

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33 Responses to Serendipity SOUL- Monday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech September 14
    This post is re-published from

    Washington, D.C. — As students begin their school year, President Barack Obama will deliver his second annual Back-to-School Speech at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 14 at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, PA, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country. Last year, President Obama encouraged students to study hard, stay in school, and take responsibility for their education.

    “Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide,” President Obama said to students last year.

    President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on For more information about watching the speech, visit This event is by invitation only, and additional media coverage details will be released soon.

    This entry was written by pkickbush, posted on September 10, 2010 at 5:42 am, filed under News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

  2. Ametia says:

    WTF knows… She was someone they put a camera and mic in front of, and she spouted the talking points.

    CNN & MSNBC rarely if at all put anyone on their shows who will give an credit to th president, you know that.

    Check out the video. Plouffe is good though.

  3. Ametia says:

    September 13, 2010
    Plouffe slams Gingrich’s line of attack
    Posted: 09:07 PM ET

    (CNN) – The architect of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign Monday sharply criticized remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the weekend that President Obama follows a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.

    “Two words that come to mind are ‘sad’ and ‘reprehensible,'” David Plouffe told CNN’s John King on John King USA.

    “It makes me think . he’s probably pretty sure he’s going to run for president,” Plouffe added, suggesting Gingrich may have been trying to appease the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.

    Gingrich has recently made a number of trips to earlier primary states, fueling speculation that a 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination is on his mind.

    The former House speaker made the comments in an interview with the National Review that was published over the weekend on their website.

    “This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” he said, adding later “I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating – none of which was true. In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve…He was authentically dishonest.”

    “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” he also said. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

  4. Ametia says:

    NCAA Champion Student Athletes Recognized At White House

  5. Ametia says:

    Just received this email.

    David Plouffe: “One on one”Posted in Obama News | @ September 13th, 2010

    David Plouffe just sent the following email to supporters:
    Over the next two months, Organizing for America volunteers like you will talk to millions of voters about what’s at stake this fall.

    Our Vote 2010 goals are ambitious — but meeting them is the only way President Obama will be able to continue moving our country forward with strong allies in Congress.

    We know these one-on-one conversations are incredibly effective. In 2008, volunteers like you turned out millions of voters — many for the first time. And in our increasingly fractured digital environment — when so much competes for our time and attention — conversations between friends, family members, and neighbors remain the most trusted and impactful method of political persuasion.

    I have a tremendous amount of confidence in this strategy — and you — because I saw how it changed politics in 2008. You connected personally with more voters than any campaign in history — and we won.

    This year, the strategy is the same.

  6. Ametia says:

    Senate Republicans say they’ll block tax increase

    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer – 47 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on wealthier people while preserving cuts for everyone else appears increasingly likely to founder before Election Day.
    Senate GOP leaders declared on Monday that Republicans are, to a person, opposed to legislation that would extend only middle-class tax relief — which Obama has repeatedly promised to deliver — if Democrats follow through on plans to let tax rates rise for the wealthiest Americans. The GOP senators forcefully made their case one day after House Republican leader John Boehner suggested he might vote for Obama’s plan if that ends up the only option.

    Both Republicans and Democrats are using the looming expiration of Bush-era tax cuts as a defining battle in elections to determine control of Congress.

    It would take numerous Democratic defectors to pass the Republicans’ version — extending all the Bush tax cuts — or the issue could be left for a postelection congressional session if Republicans block the measure with a filibuster. Obama last week declined to say whether he would veto a bill that preserved the tax breaks for the wealthy.

  7. Ametia says:

    Study: ‘People Who Matter’ To Sunday Talk Shows Are ‘White, Male, Senior, and Republican’

    NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, CNN’s State of the Union, and ABC’s This Week are the five major Sunday talk shows that aim to bring “a diverse group of voices” that “reflect the cultural, economic, and political landscape” of the U.S. However, according to a new study published by George Mason University School of Law this month, the Congressional guests featured in 2009 were anything but diverse, failing not only to represent the demographics of the American population but also the diversity of Congress. In fact, according to the study, the congressional voice was disproportionately represented by one type of guest in 2009: “white male, senior, and Republican”:

  8. Ametia says:

    White House Considers Naming Warren ‘Interim’ CFPB Head
    American Banker | Tuesday, September 14, 2010
    By Cheyenne Hopkins

    WASHINGTON — The White House is considering appointing Elizabeth Warren as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, bypassing a likely Senate confirmation battle, according to sources.

    Under the Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law signed July 21, the Treasury Department has the power to appoint a temporary head of the new agency until a permanent one is nominated and confirmed.

    By naming Warren interim head, the White House would sidestep — for now — a likely fight over her nomination. Obama can still choose to formally nominate Warren sometime next year, or select another candidate if she becomes too polarizing.

    Warren supporters are urging the White House to make the appointment quickly, which would give the Harvard professor time and authority to get the new agency running.

    “We would like the appointment fast-tracked because of the need to establish the bureau and set standards for the industry,” said David Berenbaum, chief program officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

    Sources cautioned the White House has not made a final decision yet and could still pursue other options, including nominating Warren directly without an interim appointment or choosing an alternative candidate.

  9. Ametia says:

    Gtting harder and harder to decipher the news these days. Got to scavenger hunt for clips that have any semblance of information and truth

    GRITtv: Melissa Harris-Lacewell: Countering Election Spin

  10. Ametia says:

    Gibbs: ‘Can’t Raise Taxes on Middle Class’

  11. Vettte says:

    Oprah is taking her entire audience of 300 “ultimate fans” to Australia for 8 days. This final season is going to be something to behold. How can you get tickets?

  12. MSNBC’s New Anchor Lineup

    MSNBC is in the midst of some major changes to its anchor lineup.

    The channel, which is finally adding a new show at 10PM (in place of the “Countdown” repeat), is also shaking up dayside.

    TVNewser reported that Tamron Hall will be getting a branded hour at 2PM, and ex-“Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir will be anchoring at 3PM.

  13. Coby Dillard says:

    I was given a direct order to check in, so I’m doing as I was told. Won’t be by often, but wanted to say hello.

  14. rikyrah says:

    hi all. have a good day.

  15. Obama hails nation’s black colleges

    The president said that HBCUs are on the front line of his goal to make the United States the world leader in college graduation rates

    “We can’t get there unless all of you are improving your graduation rates,” Obama said. “We can’t get there unless all of you are continuing to make the dream of a college education a reality for more students. We want to help you do that in every way that we can.”

    Obama praised the organizations — all of which were established at a time when most U.S. colleges and universities did not admit African-Americans — for their history of working to combat illiteracy in the face of discrimination.

  16. Breaking News:

    House Side Of Capitol Evacuated After Suspicious Substance Found In Chamber

    WASHINGTON — Police briefly evacuated part of the Capitol building Monday after a powdery substance was found in the visitors’ gallery overlooking the House chamber.

    Capital Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said the gallery and surrounding areas were cleared “out of an abundance of caution” while police investigated the substance. It was reopened less than an hour later. Schneider said the nature of the substance was unclear but it was determined not to be hazardous.

    Reporters in the House press office overlooking the chamber were also asked to move to other areas of the building, which were not affected. Schneider said there were only a few House pages in the gallery when the substance was discovered.

  17. I’m loving First Time Ever I Saw Your Face! Roberta sings so lovely!

  18. Ametia says:

    Prof. Ron Walters, Authority On The Politics Of Race, Is Dead At 72

    by Ken Rudin

    Ronald Walters, a scholar at the University of Maryland who was among the nation’s foremost authorities on race and the politics of race, died Friday night. He was 72 years old and suffering from cancer.

    The author of many books and articles on the topic, Walters was the deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid in 1984. He was also a policy adviser to former Reps. Charles Diggs (D-Mich.) and Bill Gray (D-Pa.)

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody!

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