Wednesday Open Thread

Charles Kent “Charlie” Wilson (born January 29, 1953) is an American R&B/soul singer and the lead vocalist for the Gap Band.

He was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At age 3, he was taught to sing in church which led the way for him to sing in his junior high school’s choir, which was a precursor to his musical career with The Gap Band and later his solo career.

According to the Gap Band’s website, he is sometimes colloquially known as “Uncle Charlie”. This name was given to him by rapper Snoop Dogg[1], with whom he is good friends.

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26 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    Obama warns Democratic donors against ‘sulking and sitting back’ in midterms
    By Nia-Malika Henderson
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010; 9:51 PM
    CRESSKILL, N.J. – President Obama returned Wednesday night to his get-off-your-duffs message, warning Democrats at a low-key million-dollar fundraising dinner against “sulking and sitting back.”
    “One of the strengths of Democrats is that we don’t march lockstep. We like to have internal arguments and we’re very self-critical. We tend to look at the glass as half-empty. And that makes us better,” he said to a dining room filled with donors. “But that’s also a weakness, particularly four weeks before an election.”
    Fifty people paid $15,200 per person to hear Obama in the suburban New York home of Michael and Jackie Kempner, raising money for the Democratic National Committee.
    Borrowing a line from Vice President Biden, Obama said that he shouldn’t be compared to the Almighty but to the alternative. He also warned of gridlock in Washington, should his party lose majorities in both houses of Congress

  2. First Lady Michelle Obama wins the 2010 Blueberry Award for Excellence

    The Blueberry Award has announced that First Lady Michelle Obama is the recipient of its 2010 “Award for Excellence.” The Award for Excellence is given annually to an outstanding American who inspires children, teens and families to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Ms. Obama has set an example for untold numbers of people by planting an organic White House food garden, by putting the focus on overcoming childhood obesity through children’s eating more locally grown fruits and vegetables and by asking restaurants to add more healthful options to their menus.

    In addition to giving an annual Award for Excellence, The Blueberry Award recognizes book writers and illustrators of those children’s books that best present fruits, vegetables, nuts and/or seeds in a positive light and encourage healthy eating and lifestyles for children.

  3. Michelle Obama Shines In Yellowy-Gold Sheath On Tuesday (PHOTOS, POLL)

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted the Diplomatic Corps Reception in the East Room on Wednesday. For the occasion, Michelle donned a yellowy-gold, satin Jason Wu sheath. She accessorized with silver pointed pumps, earrings and bangles.

  4. Alito’s ‘Not True’ Retort Was Not True

    When President Obama warned in last January’s State of the Union address that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision “will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our election,” right-wing Justice Samuel Alito infamously mouthed the words, “Not True.” Watch it:

    Yet we now know that Alito’s remark was, well, “not true.” As Lee Fang reported yesterday on ThinkProgress, the Chamber of Commerce raises hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign corporations every year, and then funnels that money into “the Chamber’s 501(c)(6) account which is the vehicle for the attack ads.”

    The Chamber has issued a series of weak denials of Fang’s reporting, alleging that they “have a system” to ensure that money donated by BP or other foreign corporations does not directly fund attack ads, but they provide no details on this elusive system. Referencing ThinkProgress’ work, the New York Times points out in a well-written editorial today that the Chamber has lobbied hard to maintain the cloud of secrecy over it corporate electioneering:

    Because the United States Chamber is organized as a 501(c)(6) business league under the federal tax code, it does not have to disclose its donors, so the full extent of foreign influence on its political agenda is unknown. But Tuesday’s report sheds light on how it raises money abroad. Its affiliate in Abu Dhabi, for example, the American Chamber of Commerce, says it has more than 450 corporate and individual members in the United Arab Emirates who pay as much as $8,500 a year to join.

    Because of a series of court decisions that culminated in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling earlier this year, these and similar 501(c) nonprofits have become huge players in the year’s election, using unlimited money from donors who have no fear of disclosure. (Not surprisingly, the chamber has been a leading opponent of legislation to require disclosure.) One such group, American Crossroads, organized by Karl Rove, announced on Tuesday a $4.2 million ad buy to support Republican candidates, bringing the group’s total spending to about $18 million so far.

  5. Hillary Clinton Responds To Obama-Clinton 2012 Rumors

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed rumors on Wednesday that she will replace Vice President Biden on the 2012 ticket.

    “I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories and moving on. We have so much to do and I think we’re both happy doing what we’re doing,” Clinton said at Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” summit.

    The rumors began Tuesday after Bob Woodward said in a CNN interview that the possibility is “on the table.”

    “With all due respect, I don’t believe anything I read in the press,” Clinton said in response to a question from Ann Moore asking her to confirm or deny the rumors.

    “I think the Vice President is doing a wonderful job. He’s a great friend of mine. We work closely. He’s an expert on foreign policy. I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than dismissing these stories and moving on. We have so much to do and I think we’re both happy,” she said at the event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. “We have a great relationship.”

    And that’s that!

    Phuck cables news chatter. They’re so pathetic.

    • Ametia says:

      And now that Woodward’s got that book on the hotlist, he thinks he’s the cat’s meow. How the fuck did he deduce that a bid for Hillary as VP was on the table, hmm?

      • He made it up. Now Chris Matthews is harping on it with Andrea Mitchell. The MSM continues with the same old meme about the President having trouble with white voters. I’m so sick of their tired make up the news asses.

      • Ametia says:

        The president isn’t having any troubles, Chris and his white bretheren are having trouble.

  6. Ametia says:


  7. Nancy Pelosi: We’ll Tie The GOP To Corporate Cash ‘Like Doggy-Doo Stuck On Your Shoe’

    With less than a month until the election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging her fellow Democrats to highlight the ties between Republicans and corporate interests and aggressively respond to attacks by Republicans that attempt to portray the Democratic Party as out of touch with the economic concerns of voters.

    In an interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, Pelosi said she was unsure how much help Democrats will get from outside political groups that the Supreme Court has ruled can spend without limit on federal elections, and House Democratic candidates have grown increasingly nervous as corporate money pours into district after district, while union money and help from environmental and women’s rights groups has been much more restrained.


    If Democrats can’t match them in spending, said Pelosi, the party would tar Republicans by connecting them to corporate cash. “Of course, they all have euphemistic terms, “For Seniors” or “For Prosperity,” or whatever it is, but really it’s just cover,” she said.

    “Whenever you get hit with an overwhelming weight, you have to jujitsu it. So we want to turn it against them… I want to tattoo them right on to the Republican candidate,” she said, smacking her hand for emphasis. “Big oil, big banks, big health insurance: We’re going to tattoo you with that, so it’s like doggy-doo stuck on your shoe. Wherever you go, people will know.”


    Go Nancy, Go!

    I love her!!!!!!

  8. Ametia says:

    ****MUST SEE VIDEO****

    Wake up Call 2010: The Truth About the Tea Party (Documentary)

  9. Ametia says:

    Raw Video: Presidential Seal Falls During Speech

  10. Ametia says:

    Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart

    September/October 2010 Issue
    Read also: The rest of this special report and MoJo’s daily political coverage.

    When it comes to corporate donors, Democrats and Republicans may be closer than you think.

  11. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody. Happy Hump day! :-)

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