Tuesday Open Thread


The Brothers Johnson is a band consisting of American musicians, and brothers, George aka ‘Lightnin’ Licks’ and Louis Jagger Johnson aka ‘Thunder Thumbs’

Guitarist/vocalist George and bassist/vocalist Louis formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy, and their cousin Alex Weir, while attending school in Los Angeles, California.[1] When they became professionals, the band backed such touring R&B acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. George and Louis Johnson later joined Billy Preston‘s band, and wrote Music in My Life and The Kids and Me for him before leaving his group in 1973. In 1976, The Brothers covered the Beatlessong, Hey Jude, for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II.

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47 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Vettte says:

    I will never understand this about men, never! Throw entire careers away over sex! Totally obsessed with and by wimmen flaunting coochie, particulary those who have wives at home with children.

    Okay, take Bill Clinton and how possessed he became over Lewinsky. Rhodes Scholar POTUS, carried a “black card” for a while which was hard fought, AAs defended him like they did OJ (the first trial). Attorney with a brilliant legal mind, LET THE WOMAN WALK OUT THE DOOR WITH THE DNA ON THE DRESS!!

    Elliot Spitzer, Governor of the most powerful state in the union, BUSTED with a $4K a hit call girl. I will never understand the power that SEX, Testosterone has over men. Explain this to me please somebody.

  2. Vettte says:

    Bishop Eddie Long, Creeping WITH THE SAME SEX! Say it ain’t so – oh no! HAMMERCY!


  3. Vettte says:

    Jesse Jackson JUNIOR, creeping! As if he didnt have enough to worry about with the Blago scandal luming over his head. NOW THIS! A little “Tiger” in his tank. SMDH!


  4. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Obama tells Woodward in new book,
    September 21, 2010 11:31:11 PM

    A new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward describes the Obama administration as barraged with warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. President Obama told Woodward in an interview for his “Obama’s Wars,” “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever. . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

    For more information, visit washingtonpost.com

  5. Ametia says:


    Breaking News Alert: Summers to leave Obama administration to return to Harvard University
    September 21, 2010 5:24:07 PM

    Lawrence H. Summers, who heads the Obama administration’s National Economic Council, will leave that post to return to Harvard University at the end of the year, the White House announced Tuesday.

    For more information, visit washingtonpost.com

  6. Hat-Tip: Field Negro

    Here we go again, folks!

    Joseph Vignola Jr. admits attacking woman he met on Craigslist


    Joseph C. Vignola Jr., son of a former Philadelphia city councilman and controller, pleaded guilty Monday to beating an 18-year-old woman he met on a website and slashing her throat in a City Avenue hotel room.
    He had been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and possession of an instrument of crime in the May 28, 2008, attack, in which he had left the woman for dead.

    With his parents in the courtroom, Vignola, 21, repeatedly answered in a subdued voice, “Yes, Your Honor,” when Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes asked him if he knowingly was entering guilty pleas.

    Sentencing guidelines call for up to 30 years in prison, the judge said, noting that defense lawyer Norris Gelman had recommended 41/2 to 7 years. Hughes set sentencing for Nov. 3.

    Vignola’s victim did not attend the hearing.

    In detailing the case against him, Assistant District Attorney Robert Foster said evidence, including DNA and confessions to police, linked him to the attack.

    Vignola met the woman on Craigslist’s “erotic services” section in May 2008, Foster said. The two got together at the North American Motor Inn on City Avenue about 9 p.m. that May 28.

    The two had consensual sex, then began to argue. Vignola punched the woman in the throat and pinned her to the floor, sitting on her abdomen and placing his knees on her arms until she was unconscious. With a knife, he made a six-inch slash on the right side of her neck.

    Vignola then took back the money he had given the woman and left her for dead in the hotel room.

    Before confessing to police, Vignola blamed the attack on a “light-skinned black man” who burst into the room as he and the woman were having sex.

    On Monday, the judge sternly told him, “You need to own up to what you did.” She said he could also have been charged with robbery.

    “You told a heinous lie about a black man,” Hughes said, adding that the victim “didn’t make any decision to justify getting her throat slit.”

    She warned him: “What you say on Nov. 3 is going to have a great deal to do” with the sentence she hands down.

    • Ametia says:

      This:”On Monday, the judge sternly told him, “You need to own up to what you did.” She said he could also have been charged with robbery.

      “You told a heinous lie about a black man,” Hughes said, adding that the victim “didn’t make any decision to justify getting her throat slit.”

      Now aint that the wildest shit you’ve ever heard of? A light skinned black man rolled up him and his woman while they were knocking boots! GTFOH!

      Vignola is a filthy animal and needs to be put down or caged.

  7. Velma Hart on Hardball


    Seems Velma’s real struggle is she compromised & delayed in getting a new car to send child to private school. That’s the struggle! Mutha….

    • Ametia says:

      LOL That negro is loving every minute of media attention. And of course the right and left are eating up every word Vera says. The struggle continues,…. *sigh*

  8. Ametia says:

    Velma sings the praises of THAT ONE

    Faith in the future, gratefulness for the present. (The Big Question).

    Faith in the future, gratefulness for the present. (The Big Question).(personal and business resilience)

    History tells us that successful companies have always managed to survive tough times. There is the legendary story of Thomas J. Watson, the Depression-era IBM chief who kept all of his workers employed while other companies were shutting down. The loyalty to his workers paid off: Thanks to the resulting large inventory of equipment, IBM was more than ready when the Social Security Act of 1935 brought the company a landmark government contract to maintain employment records of 26 million people. What was called “the biggest accounting operation of all time” went so well that orders from other federal departments quickly followed.

    I’m certain that years from now, the history of our United States will chronicle those businesses that withstood the threat of terrorism in our society and managed to prosper in the face of this wave of uncertainty and seemingly chilling hostility. The methods that these businesses use to remain afloat and succeed will vary, but the one common characteristic each will portray will be resilience–the simple ability to bounce back, to effectively deal with downturns and change. These organizations speak to the strength and courage that we individuals all must possess to endure the trials and tribulations of change in an ever-evolving world.

    Resilient organizations overcome trying times not by corporate policy or doctrine. Nor do they wait patiently to follow the fashionable trends of the times. Most businesses thrive, I believe, because they are made up of outstanding individuals who think creatively and who are willing to challenge conventional wisdom. These are people who, paradoxically, somehow use existing difficult conditions in their favor.

    When I think of people who project resilience, I think of leaders like comedian Bill Cosby, who through his humor has influenced generations of parents in child rearing. In Bill Cosby, Himself (1983, Twentieth Century Fox), he tells in his uniquely funny way of how parents must be–and are–resilient. Cosby himself has shown a level of nearly unimaginable resilience, a brand of resilience we all hope we will never need. The 1997 murder of his only son surely brought Cosby unfathomable grief; nevertheless, he continues to share his life-affirming comedy with the world.

    But resilience is not an attribute of public figures alone. As children we all saw resilience in physical form when we witnessed the bounce of a ball. We would repeatedly drop the ball from our hands and marvel at the simple way it would carom off the ground and return to us. The ground might even leave a momentary impression on the ball, but by the time it had bounced back into our hands, the ball had returned to its original shape. We took pleasure in repeating the action, watching the ball’s down-and-back path over and over again. This experience with an inanimate object suggested to us two ingredients necessary to overcome difficult moments in our personal lives: consistency and recuperation.

    My husband, Karlton Hart, from day to day shelters and nurtures his family with a gentleness and humbleness, yet in his mind’s eye is always planning–creating–the brightest of futures for his family. Karlton even plans resilience. As we say in the association community, he is an expert at risk management, purchasing insurance and creating other financial safety nets for the unimaginable–if something were to happen to him.

    Not only is Karlton my rock of support, fueling my own resilience, he has served as a volunteer in the public schools of Southeast Washington, D.C., a place where resilience is an absolute necessity if the children who grow up there are to transcend their environment. In fact, students whom Karlton has mentored have returned as adults to thank him for the influential part he played in their lives. As resilient people do, Karlton has played a part in fostering resilience in others.

    Within unique, resourceful individuals of resilience beat hearts that don’t shy away from adversity, and their minds stay focused on the critical matters at hand. Resilient people believe the old adage: Tough times don’t last but tough people do. In times of trouble, many people become so overwhelmed and fixated on the problems at hand, they resist trusting their intuition, their hunches, and their best judgments for making it through. Why, in crucial situations, do most of us ignore what has worked for us so well across the years? In part it is a lack of good old-fashioned optimism.

    As I reflect on these traits of resilience within the context of the organization for which I work, I think of people like Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who showed remarkable resilience and tenacity not only in surviving his imprisonment but in taking that experience to propel him toward becoming a successful politician. Senator McCain even made a strong run for the United States presidency in 2000. Were he not a person of resilience, he could have become beaten, defeated, and bitter following his war experience long ago. But his resilient heart beats on to this day. In spite of his failure to win the Republican nomination for the 2000 election, Senator McCain continues to fight for his causes, passionately championing campaign finance reform in Congress.

    A unifying characteristic of resilience, then, is optimism and faith–faith during trying times that things will get better. Yet people of resilience do not simply live their lives looking to the future; somehow linked to that optimism is a gratefulness for the present–in spite of any difficulties that may be a part of that present. When I was growing up, my family members and I were always grateful that there was simply food on the table every day, and we felt blessed to have meat on Sundays and holidays.

    So I’d like to think that I myself possess resilience, at the core of which lies my faith in a higher power. This faith furthers my optimism, fueling my soul to be resilient.

    Velma Hart, CAE, is national finance director and chief financial officer of AMVETS National Headquarters, Lanham, Maryland. Hart chairs ASAE’s Diversity Committee.

    E-mail: vhart@amvets.org.


    • As I reflect on these traits of resilience within the context of the organization for which I work, I think of people like Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who showed remarkable resilience and tenacity not only in surviving his imprisonment but in taking that experience to propel him toward becoming a successful politician. Senator McCain even made a strong run for the United States presidency in 2000. Were he not a person of resilience, he could have become beaten, defeated, and bitter following his war experience long ago. But his resilient heart beats on to this day. In spite of his failure to win the Republican nomination for the 2000 election, Senator McCain continues to fight for his causes, passionately championing campaign finance reform in Congress.

      Ah Ha! And there you have it! I see you, Velma “I’m tired of defending you” Hart!

  9. Ametia says:

    BWA HA HA !@ the lawn jockey alert!

  10. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Empty Guns and Sex Bombs

    Bristol Palin


    Mark Ballas choreographed a really nice cha-cha for the first week of competition. Not too hard, not too easy. Bristol was clearly nervous out on the floor tonight, and I feel for her. It’s not easy to strip off your buttoned-up suit and hair helmet to shake it. She’s braver than me. But this is a dancing competition and her posture was just awful and her rhythm was off. On the other hand, her footwork was pretty good. If she makes it past the first elimination Bristol could be a contender. Len put it best: “That was a very acceptable performance … for week one.”

  11. Ametia says:

    3Chics have to keep reminding folks why they NEED to vote DEMOCRATIC!

    September 21, 2010 07:00 AM
    The New Adventures of the Old Christine
    By Susie Madrak

    CREW is calling for a criminal investigation into her use of campaign funds, so it looks like Christine O’Donnell will have a lot of explaining to do.
    But last night I interviewed a high school classmate of hers, a 37-year-old Texas immigration attorney, a Democrat named Laurel Scott who gave me a new perspective on O’Donnell’s candidacy — or “Chris,” as she called her
    “We both came from large families. My older sister was friends with her, her little sister was in my class. The person I knew in high school was a wonderful, wonderful person. She’s a sweet person. Even though I don’t agree with what she stands for politically, I have to say that,” she said.
    She said O’Donnell’s family was “very liberal, I’m surprised she’s gone over to the Tea Party. Moorestown a town of progressive Republicans, very feminist. You were expected to excel in math, for instance.”
    But, as she points out, “It was a very wealthy town, and she was not from a wealthy family. I know there were situations where that was uncomfortable for her.”
    She also knew Christine because they both hung out with the “very liberal” theater crowd. “The whole witchcraft thing has been blown out of proportion. If she did anything, all she did was dabble. She wasn’t into anything dark or illegal — she was very open, very honest, very sincere. She may have dabbled, but she may have done it and then just stopped. I think in your late teens, early twenties, it’s healthy to try things,” Scott added.
    “I always found her to be very inclusive, she didn’t shut anybody out. I disagree with her [positions], but I think her personality would be very refreshing in politics. She’s not a millionaire like most of the people in Congress, she doesn’t come from money,” she said. “And I’m a Democrat.”
    (Well, although I’m appalled at the idea that someone as extreme as Christine O’Donnell would ever be in the Senate, I can’t argue with the idea that it would be refreshing to have someone in politics who relates to being poor.)


  12. Ametia says:

    — Vatican Bank being investigated for possible violations of money-laundering regulations, Bank of Italy tells CNN.

  13. Ametia says:


    Op-Ed Columnist
    Neglecting the Base By BOB HERBERT
    Published: September 20, 2010

    Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it was striking, nevertheless
    The mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty, one of the so-called postracial black leaders, suffered a humiliating defeat in his bid for re-election last week when African-American voters deserted him in droves. The very same week President Obama, the most prominent of the so-called postracial types, was moving aggressively to shore up his support among black voters.

    Mr. Obama, who usually goes out of his way to avoid overtly racial comments and appeals, made an impassioned plea during a fiery speech Saturday night at a black-tie event sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. “I need everybody here,” he said, “to go back to your neighborhoods, to go back your workplaces, to go to the churches and go to the barbershops and go to the beauty shops. And tell them we’ve got more work to do.”

    It’s no secret that the president is in trouble politically, and that Democrats in Congress are fighting desperately to hold on to their majorities. But much less attention has been given to the level of disenchantment among black voters, who have been hammered disproportionately by the recession and largely taken for granted by the Democratic Party. That disenchantment is likely to translate into lower turnout among blacks this fall.

  14. Ametia says:

    September 21, 2010, 8:05 am
    Promise to Repeal Gay Ban Faces Filibuster

    In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama repeated a campaign-trail promise to the gay community.
    By the end of the year, Mr. Obama said, he would seek a full repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which bars gay, lesbian and transgender people from serving openly in the armed forces.
    The president called it a “law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” and he said repealing it was “the right thing to do.”
    The promise faces a critical test today as supporters of the current policy say they will try to filibuster military defense policy legislation that allows the repeal. With midterm elections just six weeks away, a unified Republicans filibuster would likely mean a delay in fulfilling the president’s pledge until next year.
    Opponents of an unrelated immigration measure included in the annual defense authorization bill are also vowing to filibuster, increasing the odds that both issues will be put off.


  15. Ametia says:

    Boxer at 50% Over Fiorina in California

    Raleigh,N.C. – California is the rare state that appears to have no enthusiasm gap.
    Compared to their GOP counterparts, Democrats in the Golden State are just as enthused
    about voting as they were in 2008. In that environment, Democratic Senator Barbara
    Boxer is no less endangered for re-election than she was in PPP’s last survey of
    registered voters in July. She led Carly Fiorina by a 49-40 margin then, and now tops
    her, 50-42, in PPP’s first survey of likely California voters.


  16. Ametia says:

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2010.
    Obama Hints at High-Level Changes

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama raised the prospect of changes to his economic team Monday, saying his over-worked staffers were “going to have a whole range of decisions about family that’ll factor into” their career decisions.

    The White House said no changes were planned. “He was signaling nothing more than support for the tough decisions they have made together and the hard work that has gone into helping the economy get on a path to recovery,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

    There has been speculation for months that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers could take the fall for potentially bad election results—and the economy souring the national political mood against Democrats.

    Two years into his first term, President George W. Bush forced out his first Treasury secretary and National Economic Council director after midterm elections.


  17. Ametia says:

    Obama chides liberal critics to “wakethe fuck up”
    By Matt Spetalnick
    PHILADELPHIA | Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:59pm EDT

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama had some friendly advice on Monday for liberal Democrats who say he has not achieved everything on their wish lists — quit complaining.

    Making a whirlwind fund-raising tour of Philadelphia to rally support for his embattled Democrats before U.S. congressional elections in November, Obama offered a hint of his exasperation with parts of the liberal base that helped sweep him to power in the 2008 election.

    “When I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying … ‘the health care plan didn’t have a public option’, and … ‘the financial reform — there was a provision here that I think we should have gotten better’, or, ‘you know what, yes, you ended the war in Iraq, the combat mission there, but you haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet’, this or that or the other, I say ‘folks, wake up’, ” Obama told wealthy donors at a Democratic National Committee dinner.

    The bulk of Obama’s remarks – he headlined three events in a single evening — were devoted to trying to fire up supporters just six weeks before midterm elections where the country’s economic woes threaten Democrats’ hold on Congress.


  18. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3Chics & ALL! Feeling all funky now. The Bros. Johnson, love’em!

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