Thursday Open Thread

Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958) is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has been known under the unpronounceable symbol Prince logo.svg, which he used between 1993 and 2000. During that period he was frequently referred to in the media as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince“, often abbreviated to “TAFKAP“, or simply “The Artist[1]

According to Robert Larsen in his book, History of Rock and Roll, Prince is “one of the most talented and commercially successful pop musicians of the last 20 years”, producing ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career.[2] Prince founded his own recording studio and label, writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings.[2] In addition, Prince has been a “talent promoter” for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6,[2] and has written songs for these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, and Sinéad O’Connor).

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43 Responses to Thursday Open Thread

  1. “oh man, i seriously need to lose weight”

    President Barack Obama jokingly puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, unaware to the President’s action, weighs himself as the presidential entourage passed through the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010.

    LMAO! Too funny!

  2. Ametia says:

    Happy Birthday, Bishop Tutu!

    South Africa’s Desmond Tutu retires from public life
    By Jon Herskovitz
    JOHANNESBURG — South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, who used his church pulpit as a platform to help bring down apartheid, officially retired from public duties Thursday.

    Tutu, whose last major appearances came this summer when South Africa hosted the soccer World Cup, said shortly after he would step out of the spotlight to spend more time at home with his family.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement: “For decades he has been a moral titan, a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice, and a dedicated peacemaker.

    “We will miss his insight and his activism, but will continue to learn from his example. We wish the archbishop and his family happiness in the years ahead,” Obama said.

  3. Ametia says:

    Damn shame the media is not covering PBO’s rallies.

    Got to go on a fucking scavenger hunt to find coverage. SMGDFH

    Obama Praises O’Malley At Bowie Rally
    POSTED: 6:28 pm EDT October 7, 2010

    Can’t show PBO with all of dem colored folks, now can they?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ametia says:

    Damn shame the media is not covering PBO’s rallies.

    Got to go on a fucking scavenger hunt to find coverage. SMGDFH

    Obama Praises O’Malley At Bowie Rally
    POSTED: 6:28 pm EDT October 7, 2010

  5. Michigan Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To Health Care Overhaul

    Detroit— A federal judge on Thursday upheld the authority of the federal government to require everyone to have health insurance, dealing a setback to groups seeking to block the new national health care plan.

    The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in Michigan by a Christian legal group and four people who claimed lawmakers exceeded their power under the Constitution’s commerce clause, which authorizes Congress to regulate trade.

    But Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit said the mandate to get insurance by 2014 and the financial penalty for skipping coverage are legal. He said Congress was trying to lower the overall cost of insurance by requiring participation.

    “Without the minimum coverage provision, there would be an incentive for some individuals to wait to purchase health insurance until they needed care, knowing that insurance would be available at all times,” the judge said.

    “As a result, the most costly individuals would be in the insurance system and the least costly would be outside it,” Steeh said. “In turn, this would aggravate current problems with cost-shifting and lead to even higher premiums.”

    Julian Davis Mortenson, a University of Michigan law professor and former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk, said the decision affects only the parties in the lawsuit and is not binding on any other federal judges hearing challenges to the law.

  6. whiterosebuddy says:

    Hey Ametia & Southern Girl!!

    This article needs to go viral.

    Why Obama Will Win in 2012

    “Of course Barack Obama is likely to be reelected. For starters, American presidents usually get reelected. In the last 75 years, incumbents have lost a grand total of three times: in 1976, 1980, and 1992. And what did Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush all have in common? They had serious primary challenges within their own party (from Ronald Reagan, Ted Kennedy, and Pat Buchanan, respectively). The last president who lost reelection without a major primary challenge was Herbert Hoover in 1932.

    A president who isn’t challenged in his own party can usually count on a decent turnout from his party’s base. (If party activists aren’t alienated enough to throw up a primary challenger in the spring, you can usually drag them to the polls in the fall.) A president without a primary challenger also has the space to move to the center to neutralize political weaknesses: That’s what Reagan did in 1984, when he toned down the Cold War rhetoric that was frightening moderates; it’s what Bill Clinton did when he signed welfare reform in 1996; and it’s what George W. Bush did when he signed a prescription-drug bill in 2004.

    I doubt Obama will move as sharply to the center over the next two years as did Clinton, but he can do so to neutralize key weaknesses if he wants, because there is zero prospect that he’ll be seriously challenged in the primaries. No challenger would have any chance of stealing the black vote, of course, and even among white lefties, for all their grumbling, Obama has no national rival. In 1996, Clinton was petrified about a primary challenge from Jesse Jackson. But there’s only one Democratic pol who could keep Obama up at night, and she’s safely tucked away at the State Department.

    The second reason Obama will likely win reelection is, oddly, the economy. Historically, when voters evaluate a president for reelection, they judge the economy not against some abstract standard but against the economy he inherited. That’s why Franklin Roosevelt could win 48 states in 1936 with the U.S. still mired in depression, and Ronald Reagan could win 49 in 1984, even though unemployment on Election Day was still 7.5 percent. Obama doesn’t need the economy to be booming in 2012 to win reelection, he just needs voters to feel that it is better than it was when he took office and heading in the right direction. If that’s the case, and most economists seem to think it will be, Republicans won’t get very far by harping on the deficit. In 1984, you may remember, a presidential candidate told voters to ignore the nation’s nascent economic recovery and focus instead of the country’s swelling debt. His name was Walter Mondale.

    Finally, Obama’s third big advantage is his opposition: the GOP. The party has

    Read rest here:

  7. Gingrich brands Democrats ‘party of food stamps’

    Gingrich: Choice is between Democrats as ‘party of food stamps’ vs. GOP as `paychecks party.’

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is advising Republican candidates on November’s ballots to frame the choice for voters between Democrats as “the party of food stamps” while selling the GOP as “the party of paychecks.”

    With a month to go before the election, Gingrich brought his branding effort to Minnesota on Wednesday. He raised money for Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer and the state GOP during a private fundraiser.

    In Newt’s dog whistle world, The Party of food stamps = blacks= niggas!

    • Ametia says:

      Gingrich has got NOTHING but race-baiting rhetoric. It’s so old and lame.

      You hard working white people ain’t paying for the lazy niggas. Well, you’re not hard working. You steal, cheat, and lie and kill to get what you want in life.

      Black folks know the deal Newty Newt. White folks stole, pilaged, raped, maimed and murdered Native Americans, Africans, and anybody else they could to get what they wanted to claim their superiority. In the end, y’all just white folks. That’s all, just white, crazy, possessed, fearful, greedy, insecure, white people, who don’t think black folks should have a pot to piss in.

  8. Ametia says:

    Ametia —

    I come into this election with clear eyes.

    I am proud of all we have achieved together, but I am mindful of all that remains to be done.

    I know some out there are frustrated by the pace of our progress. I want you to know I’m frustrated, too.

    But with so much riding on the outcome of this election, I need everyone to get in this game.

    Neither one of us is here because we thought it would be easy. Making change is hard. It’s what we’ve said from the beginning. And we’ve got the lumps to show for it.

    The fight this fall is as critical as any this movement has taken on together. And if we are serious about change, we need to fight as hard as we ever have.

    The very special interests who have stood in the way of change at every turn want to put their conservative allies in control of Congress. And they’re doing it with the help of billionaires and corporate special interests underwriting shadowy campaign ads.

    If they succeed, they will not stop at making our work more difficult — they will do their best to undo what you and I fought so hard to achieve.

    There is no better time for you to start fighting back — a fellow grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever you can chip in today.

    Please donate $15 — and see who wants you to re-commit to this movement.

    I know that sometimes it feels like we’ve come a long way from the hope and excitement of the inauguration, with its “Hope” posters and historic crowds on the National Mall.

    I will never forget it. But it was never why we picked up this fight.

    I didn’t run for president because I wanted to do what would make me popular. And you didn’t help elect me so I could read the polls and calculate how to keep myself in office.

    You and I are in this because we believe in a simple idea — that each and every one of us, working together, has the power to move this country forward. We believed that this was the moment to solve the challenges that the country had ignored for far too long.

    That change happens only from the bottom up. That change happens only because of you.

    So I need you to fight for it over the next 26 days. I need your time. I need your commitment. And I need your help to get your friends and neighbors involved.

    If you bring in a new donor today, your $15 donation will become $30. And our Vote 2010 campaign will have twice the resources to make important investments like putting staff on the ground, providing materials for volunteers, and turning out millions of voters come Election Day.

    Please donate $15 — and renew your commitment today:

    If we meet this test — if you, like me, believe that change is not a spectator sport — we will not just win this election. In the years that come, we can realize the change we are seeking — and reclaim the American dream for this generation.

    Thank you for being a part of it,

    President Barack Obama

  9. Ametia says:

    Plouffe: For GOP, anything short of sweep would be ‘colossal failure’

    By Anne E. Kornblut and Philip Rucker
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, October 7, 2010; 4:06 PM

    Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.

    “By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”

    Three weeks out, both parties are in a mad scramble to define what success would look like on Election Day. Although Republicans held a significant lead last month, it has appeared to narrow some, and whichever party winds up controlling Congress might do so by a narrow margin. Democrats would like to be considered winners if they merely hang on to the Senate, which some strategists in both parties expect them to do.

    Plouffe, speaking to reporters at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, argued that Democrats are turning their trajectory around and are poised, 26 days out, to fare better Nov. 2 than it appeared they would last month.

    LOL! while the GOP back peddle on sweeping victories, Plouffe is annoucing anything less a defeat. BWA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    The Dems had better get their shit together and help get their constituents to the polls too.

  10. Say it ain’t so…

    HYPOCRITE: Lou Dobbs Has Been Using Undocumented Workers For YEARS, Nation Reports

    Dobbs has become notorious for his hard-line stance on undocumented immigrants–and the people who hire them. Yet, as an explosive investigation released Thursday in The Nation uncovered, Dobbs has been relying on undocumented workers for years to maintain the upkeep of his homes and of the horses he bought for his daughter.

    In the article, “Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite,” author Isabel Macdonald spoke to at least five undocumented immigrants who were hired by Dobbs. Some were hired to help with the care and transport of the horse Dobbs’ daughter Hillary, who is a champion show jumper, used in her professional career. Maconald spoke to one immigrant, whom she called Marco Salinas:

    An old friend of Salinas’s worked as a groom with some of the horses owned by Dobbs, and he had sent word that Salinas could be hired on as a groom at the Vermont stable contracted to care for the Dobbs Group horses.
    Salinas got the job, he said, and worked at it for more than two years without documents until he was finally able to obtain a guest-worker visa designed for seasonal foreign workers (the same kind of visa denounced as a form of “indentured servitude” on Dobbs’s CNN show).

    I asked Salinas, still clad in his work clothes–a polo shirt and jeans–about Dobbs, the owner of the horses he cared for. But the father of three simply flashed a disarming grin, let out an easygoing laugh and politely declined to comment.

  11. Vettte says:

    Mean-spirited Tom Coburn also holds up Haitian Relief Funding, says it needs “further research”. 1.3 million still homeless and what research does he need????

    Since Coburn’s voicemail is full…click this link and fill out the webform. Choose agriculture for Tom Coburn.

  12. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all !!

  13. Vettte says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,

    Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma is all by himself holding up the $1.5 billion settlement for black farmers.

    At 9:01 a.m. eastern, call ALL of Sen. Coburn’s offices. Washington, DC: 202-224-5754Tulsa: 918-581-7651 Oklahoma City: 405-231-4941.

  14. Ametia says:

    Robert Gibbs, unplugged, lets loose
    By Dana Milbank
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010; 3:23 PM

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday morning gave the best performance that nobody will ever see.

    Actually, his performance was good precisely because nobody will see it, at least nobody beyond the few dozen who were in the room. Gibbs ordered the cameras off for a blissful half hour, and the result was a throwback to the good old days when reporters asked serious questions and the president’s press secretary actually answered some of them.

    The morning’s Web and cable chatter was all about the rumor, started by Bob Woodward in a CNN appearance, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might replace Vice President Joe Biden as President Obama’s 2012 running mate. There was also continuing buzz about whether Gibbs would leave to run the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

  15. Ametia says:

    Primary election early voters up 50%
    By John Fritze, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — The number of voters who cast early ballots in this year’s primary elections increased 50% over the 2006 midterm, a USA TODAY review of key states shows, the latest uptick in a trend that is reshaping political campaigns.
    Nearly 6 million people took part in early voting during this year’s primary elections in the 13 states reviewed, including California, Florida and Texas. That’s up from just over 4 million voters in those same states during the 2006 primary election.

    The growth in early voting, which is driven in part by state laws that make casting a ballot before Election Day easier, is forcing campaigns and advocacy groups to readjust their calendars as they reach out to voters in advance of the Nov. 2 election.

    MAP: Track House, Senate and governor races

    Early voting, in which a voter may cast a ballot at an elections office, is underway in 14 states. In all, 33 states and the District of Columbia offer some form of in-person early voting, while others allow voters to file absentee ballots early, according to the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

    “You need to be talking to these people now,” said Max Fose, an aide to Arizona GOP House candidate Paul Gosar. Early voting begins there today.

  16. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3Chics & All!

    Ah, The PURPLE ONE, love him… Thanks, SG2.

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