Sunday Open Thread

Donnie McClurkin (born November 9, 1959) is an American gospel music singer and minister. He has won three Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award for his work.

McClurkin was born and raised in Amityville, New York. When he was eight years old, his two-year-old brother was hit and killed by a speeding driver and the night of the funeral, McClurkin’s uncle raped him.[1] Domestic violence and drug abuse took hold in the family. At the age of thirteen, McClurkin was again raped, this time by his cousin, his uncle’s son. McClurkin found comfort through an aunt who sang background vocals with gospel music musician Andraé Crouch.

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12 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    Gary Bauer won’t reveal donors of his Israel ads

    Carbo Crowley did not challenge this clown.

  2. Ametia says:

    Chamber of Commerce Water Carrier Liz Trotta Attacks Think Progress — This is What Separates Real Journalists from Bloggers

    Liz Trotta attacks Think Progress for their reporting on the US Chamber of Commerce and their foreign funding. Trotta reads two lines from a New York Times op-ed that Think Progress has already thoroughly debunked as her proof that their reporting isn’t to be trusted because they’re a “far left” blog. Sadly Liz Trotta wouldn’t know what a real journalist looked like if one bit her in the nose.

    Here is the response from Think Progress to that NYT’s op-ed.

  3. Ametia says:

    Axelrod continues Democrats’ offensive on Chamber donations
    By Bridget Johnson and Shane D’Aprile – 10/17/10 09:59 AM ET

    White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod continued the administration’s offensive against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conservative groups Sunday, saying there had to be a shady reason behind non-disclosure of donors who were helping fund the groups’ campaign ads.

    Like last Sunday, when Axelrod told CBS’ Bob Schieffer that the burden was on the Chamber to disprove the allegations, Axelrod did not offer proof of the claims that have become a Democratic talking point in the last weeks before crucial midterm elections.

    On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Axelrod instead told host Candy Crowley that journalists needed to probe the source of the groups’ donations. Democrats allege that foreign influences and special interests are helping fund a blitz of campaign ads against their party.

    “They say, trust us, trust us, we’re — everything is cool, everything is kosher, don’t worry about it, but we’re not going to disclose,” Axelrod said. “Let me tell you something, people don’t disclose, there’s a reason.”

    He also alleged that the spending of 501(c) groups coupled with the lack of disclosure may not be on the up and up. “It’s perfectly legal if they spend a majority of their money on something else,” Axelrod said. “It would be interesting to see if that’s the case.”

    “You tell me if this is on the up and up,” he added.

    On “Meet the Press” Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs directly called out the executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber, challenging him to prove the group’s claim that foreign money isn’t used in the funding of its political ad campaigns.

    “Bruce Josten could simply open up the books,” Gibbs said. “It’s a pretty easy solution to simply show the American people where the money is coming from.”

    Host David Gregory asked Gibbs whether Democrats’ assertions about the Chamber funding ads with foreign dollars are “more smoke than fact.”

    “Absolutely not,” Gibbs fired back.

    Axelrod responded to a question about whether voters would prefer that Democrats focus on issues such as the economy by maintaining it was an issue of the economy, as Republican wins could mean danger for the administration victories of healthcare and Wall Street reform.

    “Ask these folks why they feel it’s necessary to keep these funds secret,” he said. “We tried to make them public, even the Democratic funds — Democratic-leaning funds. We don’t think anybody should keep these things secret.”

    He called the financing controversy “a threat to our democracy.”

    “These secret special interest funds will have a louder voice in the last three weeks of this cycle than the Democratic Party did throughout the cycle,” Axelrod said. “There’s something fundamentally wrong with that.”

    Gary Bauer, who serves on the board of the Emergency Committee for Israel, which has been running ads against Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, said on CNN that the President Obama had received tens of thousands of donations in his presidential campaign “that he did not disclose the names of,” adding there was evidence that some of it came from foreign citizens.

    “So for Mr. Axelrod and these guys suddenly to be on their high horse and say that they’re defending democracy when for years the left has done this including the unions and nobody’s said a word,” Bauer said.

    Gibbs didn’t answer the question of whether Democrats who have received the Chamber’s endorsement should reject that backing, though
    he did acknowledge that the Chamber “supported the president’s recovery plan.”

    “The chamber certainly has a constitutionally protected right to air ads, but the president has said that groups that support Democrats and
    Republicans ought to simply tell the American people where they get their money,” said Gibbs.

    The Chamber has thrown its support behind a number of centrist Democrats in tough races this fall, including Gov. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Reps. Frank Kratovil (Md.) and Glenn Nye (Va.).

  4. Palin personifies GOP divide

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – There were 19 Republicans sitting on stage behind Sarah Palin when she rallied GOP activists here Saturday, but none was named Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina.

    And just as the Republican candidates for governor and Senate here were physically absent from the event, they were also missing from Palin’s speech

    Not once during remarks that lasted just over 20 minutes did the former Alaska governor mention two of the national party’s most buzzed-about candidates running in the country’s largest state.

    It’s possible that Palin didn’t want to mention Whitman and Fiorina for fear of handing Democrats fodder to use in the final two weeks of the election. She was on safer ground launching attacks against familiar national Democratic bogeymen and the mainstream media to a couple thousand Republicans who paid at least $25 per-person to the Republican National Committee to hear their party’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee.

  5. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3Chics & Everbody!

    “As we give of ourselves, of our patience and love to someone else who needs it more, something changes inside us.” — Stories to Help You See God in Your Life. Harold Klemp

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