Thursday Open Thread

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s, and began his solo career in 1971.

In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs including “Beat It“, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller“, were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerous hip hop, pop, contemporary R&B and rock artists.

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  1. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Breaking News: Virginia executes Teresa Lewis by lethal injection
    September 23, 2010 9:25:08 PM

    Virginia has executed Teresa Lewis, 41, by lethal injection, making her the first woman put to death in the state in nearly a century. Lewis was convicted for her role in arranging for the murder of her husband and stepson in a scheme to collect insurance money. The case drew international attention because Lewis had a low I.Q. and the two triggermen got life sentences, not the death penalty.

    For more information, visit

  2. David Axelrod Leaving White House In 2011: Will Work On Obama’s Re-Election Campaign

    White House senior advisor David Axelrod is coming back to Chicago in 2011–where he will work on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

    A White House aide told the Chicago Tribune that Axelrod will remain in his current position until “well into 2011,” but then heads back to Chicago, where his wife still lives.

    From the Tribune:

    Axelrod, who calls himself a “Chicagoan on assignment,” has long made clear he missed his hometown and would return before the end of the four-year term.
    . . .
    One of Obama’s most trusted aides, Axelrod occupies a small office just steps from the Oval Office. On a wall in Axelrod’s office hangs a picture of the White House drawn by his daughter. The Chicago skyline is shown in the reflecting pool.

    CBS Chicago reports that Axelrod will likely leave Washington in the Spring, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs could replace him as senior advisor to the president.

    Get her done, Axelrod! 4 More Years, Baybee!

  3. Ametia says:

    Senate Democrats again fail to pass campaign


    By Dan Eggen
    Thursday, September 23, 2010; 4:29 PM

    Senate Democrats failed again Thursday in their attempt to require corporations, unions and other interest groups to provide more details about their political spending.

    The measure, known as the Disclose Act, fell one vote short of the 60 needed to break a GOP filibuster in the divided Senate, with Republicans uniformly opposed to the bill. The legislation had also been blocked by Senate Republicans during an earlier vote in July.

    The 59-39 vote marks a bitter defeat for Democratic leaders and President Obama, who has repeatedly urged Congress to pass the bill in response to a Supreme Court ruling lifting restrictions on corporate and union political spending.

    The outcome represents a major victory for Republicans and major business groups, which lobbied hard against a proposal that they said was an attempt by Democrats to silence GOP-leaning business groups.

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) called the proposal a “cynical, partisan bill designed to silence the free speech of Congress’s critics and to protect Democrat incumbents

  4. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Diabetes drug Avandia to be restricted in U.S., withdrawn in Europe
    September 23, 2010 12:06:50 PM
    The controversial diabetes drug Avandia can remain on the American market but with tough new restrictions, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. Meanwhile, European regulators announced the drug will be withdrawn from the European market.
    There are concerns that the drug, produced by GlaxoSmithKline, increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes
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  5. Sharron Angle Pans Mandated Health Care Coverage For Autism Treatment, Maternity Leave (VIDEO)

    Speaking at a Tea Party rally last year, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle appeared to mock the notion that health care coverage for autism treatment and maternity leave should be mandated.

    “Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States,” she charged in making remarks that were captured on camera and now are being circulated by the Nevada State Democratic Party. “You know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things that you don’t even need. They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism’.”

    In video shot of Angle making the criticism, she can be seen making air quotes as she says “autism.”

    The Tea Party darling went on to say, “So, that’s a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave? I’m not going to have anymore babies, but I sure get to pay for it on my insurance. Those are the kinds of things that we want to get rid of.”

    Anyone that would dream up the idea of eliminating maternity leave for expectant mothers is crazy. Psycho! Ain’t no 2 ways about it.

  6. Flashback: Bush National Security Strategy Said We Must Be ‘Able To Absorb The Impact’ Of A Terrorist Attack

    In an interview with Bob Woodward earlier this year, President Obama said, “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.” That confident portrayal of American resilience has been seized upon by right wing pundits. As Ken Gude notes on the Wonk Room, “conservative critics won’t tolerate this kind of reasoned leadership” from Obama. For instance, consider the following statement Liz Cheney released today:

    This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation.


    Recall, Cheney’s father — the former vice president of the United States — told Meet the Press’s Tim Russert in 2002 that another terrorist attack was “almost a certainty.” He added it that it was only a matter of time before the U.S. got hit again:

    Is Liz Cheney outraged that her father stated that another terrorist attack on the homeland is a certain eventuality? She’s probably unaware that the Bush White House put out the following national security document that laid out a strategy of being “better able to absorb the impact” of a terrorist attack:

    For each CI/KR [critical infrastructure and key resources] sector, we must collectively work to ensure the ability of power, communications, and other life sustaining systems to survive an attack by terrorists, a natural disaster, and other assessed risks or hazards. In the past, investments in redundant and duplicative infrastructure were used to achieve this objective. We must now focus on the resilience of the system as a whole – an approach that centers on investments that make the system better able to absorb the impact of an event without losing the capacity to function.

    According to Liz Cheney, it’s ok if Dick Cheney uses the word absorb but God forbid President Obama uses it. These mofo ass clowns!

  7. Ametia says:


    BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Eddie Long_Sex Scandal_EXPOSED

  8. Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

    President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

    Frustrated with his military commanders for consistently offering only options that required significantly more troops, Obama finally crafted his own strategy, dictating a classified six-page “terms sheet” that sought to limit U.S. involvement, Woodward reports in “Obama’s Wars,” to be released on Monday.

    According to Woodward’s meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives.

    “This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,” Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. “Everything we’re doing has to be focused on how we’re going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It’s in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room.”

    • Ametia says:

      Obama caught the top brass with their pants down. They had no exit strategy, so he came up with one, being, WE’RE GETTING THE HELL OUT OF IRAQ, TAKE CARE OF BIZNESS IN AFGHANISTAN, AND GET THE FUCK OUTTA THERE TOO.

      **SIGH* These war hawks want war, plain and simple.

      • The president is quoted as telling Mullen, Petraeus and Gates: “In 2010, we will not be having a conversation about how to do more. I will not want to hear, ‘We’re doing fine, Mr. President, but we’d be better if we just do more.’ We’re not going to be having a conversation about how to change [the mission] . . . unless we’re talking about how to draw down faster than anticipated in 2011.”

        The President ain’t playing w/ them. He means business.

  9. Ametia says:

    FYI: Now It’s Obama’s fault that Jessie Jackson Jr. can’t keep his dick in his pants for his wife.

    Worst thing to happen to Jackson Jr.? Barack Obama
    Jackson wants respect. We want answers.

    September 22, 2010

    BY CAROL MARIN Sun-Times Columnist
    As we watch his once-promising story careen out of control, I can’t help thinking that one of the worst things that ever happened to Jesse Jackson Jr. was Barack Obama.

    Long before Obama caused a nation to swoon with his soaring red-state-blue-state Democratic convention speech in 2004, Triple-J, once upon a time, stood at that very podium. It was 1988 and he was there — young, strong and commanding — to introduce his dad, who had twice failed in bids to win the presidency
    Want to talk about “dreams of my father”? Triple-J can rightfully claim the same expertise as Obama.

    But timing and talent are only two of 10,000 factors that result in one man’s ascent and another’s disappointment. Maybe it was just coincidence, but in the aftermath of Obama’s speech, which instantly transformed an anonymous state senator to matinee idol, Jesse Jr. suddenly slimmed down. Citing exercise, diet and some “shots in the butt” to explain a drop of 50 pounds, Jackson couldn’t bring himself to tell the truth. We’d learn only later of his weight-loss surgery.,CST-EDT-CArol22.article

  10. Ametia says:

    Two of Obama’s closest advisers among those likely to leave in White House shuffle
    By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, September 23, 2010; 2:36 AM

    In his nearly two years in office, President Obama has relied on a very small clique of advisers that serves as his most trusted sounding board on politics and policy.

    Members of his staff describe Obama as wary of outsiders and reluctant to widen his inner circle. As one of his advisers bluntly put it, the president “doesn’t like new people.”

    Like it or not, he will soon be surrounded by them as an expected staff shuffle will deprive Obama of two of his closest aides and an influx of replacements will take their places within the West Wing.

    The inner circle – Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, senior advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, press secretary Robert Gibbs and Vice President Biden – is breaking up, or at least breaking open. Emanuel is widely expected to run for mayor of Chicago, and Axelrod is likely to leave this spring to prepare for Obama’s 2012 reelection effort.

    Obama will soon lose other top advisers. His chief economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, announced that he will return to Harvard, where he is a professor; Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina is expected to join Axelrod in Chicago; and national security adviser James L. Jones is said to want out by the end of the year.

  11. Ametia says:

    Democracy NOW! •Tariq Ali on “The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad”

    AMY GOODMAN: Tariq Ali. He has a new book out; it’s called The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad. Some might say that’s a little harsh.

    TARIQ ALI: I know some of his supporters might feel it’s a little harsh, but I think that we’ve had two years of him now, Amy, and the contours of this administration are now visible. And essentially, it is a conservative administration which has changed the mood music. So the talk is better. The images of the administration are better, the reasonable looks. But in terms of what they do—in foreign policy, we’ve seen a continuation of the Bush-Cheney policies, and worse, in AfPak, as they call it, and at home, we’ve seen a total capitulation to the lobbyists, to the corporations. The fact that the healthcare bill was actually drafted by someone who used to be an insurance lobbyist says it all.

    So, it’s essentially now a PR operation to get him reelected. But I don’t think people are that dumb. I’ve been speaking to some of his, you know, partisan supporters, and they’re disappointed. So the big problem for Obama is that if you do nothing and promise that you would bring about some changes, you will not have people coming out to vote for you again. And building up the tea party into this great bogey isn’t going to work. It’s your own supporters you have to convince to come out and vote for you, as they did before. I can’t see that happening.

  12. Ametia says:

    NAACP leaders reach out to gay rights groups
    By Krissah Thompson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, September 23, 2010; 2:43 AM

    Even as the NAACP engages in a tense debate over same-sex marriage, the group’s leaders have begun reaching out more forcefully to gay rights groups.
    The outreach has been steered by former chairman Julian Bond and the group’s president, Benjamin Jealous. Both men are supporters of same-sex marriage rights, though the NAACP’s national board has taken no stance on the issue.

    Jealous, who is helping to lead a march for jobs and justice in Washington next month, will be in New York on Wednesday night to encourage members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to attend the rally.

  13. Ametia says:


    House Republicans to make a conservative ‘Pledge to America’
    By Paul Kane and Perry Bacon Jr.
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, September 23, 2010; 2:36 AM

    House Republicans will announce an expansive agenda on Thursday called a “A Pledge to America” that proposes to shrink the size of government and reform Congress, offering a conservative plan of action they will pursue if they win a majority in the midterm elections.

    Republicans would slash $100 billion in government spending on non-military agencies and replace President Obama’s landmark health-care legislation with a scaled-back version. Small businesses would be able to deduct from taxes up to 20 percent of their annual income, and the Pentagon would receive increased funding to more quickly implement a ballistic missile defense system.

    The plan would also eliminate any unspent money from last year’s $814 billion stimulus package and from legislation that authorized hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up failing Wall Street firms.

    There are no specifics about how the spending cuts would be carried out, and the agenda does not outline how Republicans would deal with Social Security and other expensive federal entitlement programs, saying only that lawmakers “will make the decisions that are necessary” to cut costs.

  14. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3Chics, Lurkers, & ALL! :-)

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