Serendipity SOUL-Friday Open Thread



Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) is an American singer and actress who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

Best known for her partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick ranks as the 20th most popular hit-maker of the entire rock era (1955–1999), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. According to Billboard Magazine, Warwick ranks second only to Aretha Franklin as the most popular female vocalist with 56 chart singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.


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  1. Voter Intimidation At McDonald’s: Employees Told That, Unless Republicans Win, They Won’t Get Raises Or Benefits

    WASHINGTON — There may be something rotten at McDonald’s — and it’s not a year-old Happy Meal.

    The owner of a franchise in Canton, Ohio enclosed a handbill in employees’ paychecks that threatened lower wages and benefits if Republicans don’t win on Tuesday.

    “As the election season is here we wanted you to know which candidates will help our business grow in the future,” reads the letter. “As you know, the better our business does it enables us to invest in our people and our restaurants. If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected, we will not. As always, who you vote for is completely your personal decision and many factors go into your decision.”

    The note ends with a list of candidates McDonald’s believes “will help our business move forward.” It names Republicans John Kasich for governor, Rob Portman for Senate, and Jim Renacci for Congress. With the letter was a biography of Renacci.

    Ain’t this a mutha…

    Fighter Jets Escort Passenger Plane To JFK… Al Qaeda Cargo Plot Feared

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that authorities had uncovered a “credible terrorist threat” against the United States following the overseas discovery of U.S.-bound packages containing explosives aboard cargo jets. Obama said both had been addressed to Jewish organizations in the Chicago area.

    The disclosures triggered a worldwide alert amid fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.

    The events “underscore the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism,” the president said. The packages both originated in Yemen, but Obama did not explicitly assign blame to al-Qaida, which is active in the Arab nation and long has made clear its goal of attacking the United States.

    The events unfolded four days before national elections in which discussion of terrorism has played almost no role.

    Obama stepped to the podium in the hours after officials disclosed that authorities in Dubai intercepted an explosive device bound for a Chicago-area Jewish institution. The second package was aboard a plane searched in England, and officials said it contained a printer toner cartridge with wires and powder.

    That second package was aboard a plane in East Midlands, north of London.

    Obama did not identify any institution that had been targeted.

    That’s my President! He’s handling his business in keeping America safe!

    Thank You, Mr President!

    • Ametia says:

      DAMN! This is some fishy smelling shit right chere. To close to the elections…

      But our President is on it. Thank you, President Obama!

  3. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: President Obama says suspicious packages found on two cargo planes
    October 29, 2010 4:32:11 PM

    President Obama said suspicious packages found aboard two cargo planes bound for the United States “do apparently contain explosive material.”

    For more information, visit

  4. Ametia says:

    Céline Dion Was Expecting Triplets, Lost One
    Now that her new twins are finally home from the hospital, Céline Dion is currently experiencing a mother’s elated joy.
    But sadly, that wasn’t always the case during her well-documented pregnancy.
    The singer’s rep confirms to E! News that Dion and hubby René Angelil were originally expecting triplets, but devastatingly lost one early on in the pregnancy.
    PHOTOS: Baby Bumpin’

    Read more:

  5. opulent2 says:

    “The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was unable to reach a quorum today to vote approve a report critical of the Justice Department’s handling of the civil voter intimidation case once brought against members of the New Black Panther Party. Democratic Commissioner Michael Yaki, who would have allowed the panel to reached a quorum, walked out of the meeting.

    “This process for this entire investigation has been a farce from the beginning and done in a way to diminish the opportunity of those who oppose this investigation to participate,” Yaki told reporters.”

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was supposed to vote today on its report “exposing” the purported politicization of the Obama Justice Department but one of the Democrats on the commission walked out to deny the majority Republicans a quorum — so instead the commission griped about TPM publishing a leaked copy of the report yesterday.

  6. opulent2 says:

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was supposed to vote today on its report “exposing” the purported politicization of the Obama Justice Department but one of the Democrats on the commission walked out to deny the majority Republicans a quorum — so instead the commission griped about TPM publishing a leaked copy of the report yesterday.

  7. opulent2 says:

    “A new Public Policy Polling survey in Texas finds Gov. Rick Perry (R) leading challenger Bill White (D) by nine points in the race for re-election, 53% to 44%.

    Key finding: “For White it may be a classic case of the right candidate running in the wrong cycle. He has strong favorability numbers at a 46/39 spread while Perry can only break even on his approval rating at 45% giving him good marks and 45% bad ones. White leads with independent voters 50-44… Ultimately though to win as a Democrat in Texas you’re going to have to win a fair amount of crossover support from Republican voters and in the end White just wasn’t able to do it. Just 11% of GOP voters are planning to support him, a number equivalent to the 11% of Democrats who plan to vote for Perry.”

    A new Blum & Weprin poll also shows Perry with a comfortable lead, 49% to 37%. “

  8. opulent2 says:

    I hate FAUX News…for shyt like this:

    “A Bloomberg National Poll finds that by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won’t be recovered.

    The facts: The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters and expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks.

    Said pollster Ann Selzer: “The public view of the economy is at odds with the facts, and the blame has to go to the Democrats. It does not matter much if you make change, if you do not communicate change.”

    • Ametia says:

      Of course they leave out that detail of how we got into the shithole in the first place. I can’t watch the foolishness. It’s maddening!

  9. opulent2 says:

    “The latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg tracking poll finds Pat Toomey (R) still leading Rep. Joe Sestak in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 42% with 12% still undecided. “

  10. opulent2 says:

    “A new Monmouth University Poll in Delaware finds Christine O’Donnell (R) has narrowed Chris Coons’ (D) lead in the U.S. Senate race from 19 points to 10 points, 51% to 41%.

    Said pollster Patrick Murray: “While Coons still has the advantage, it has to be uncomfortable knowing that O’Donnell was able to shave 9 points off his lead in just two weeks. The interesting thing is that while her vote total has risen, the majority of Delaware voters still say she is unqualified for the post.”

    Interesting side note: This poll was conducted prior to the publication of a story on O’Donnell’s personal life that created a backlash of sympathy for her. “

  11. opulent2 says:

    A new Mason-Dixon poll in Florida shows that Marco Rubio (R) has built a “commanding and insurmountable” lead in the U.S. Senate contest.

    Rubio leads with 45%, followed by Gov. Charlie Crist (I) at 28% and Meek at 21% with just 6% still undecided.

    Said pollster Brad Coker: “There is simply no mathematical formula by which Crist or Meek can approach Rubio’s 45 percent support level.”

    • Ametia says:

      Screw the polls, Dems should vote Dem. It’s a lesser of the 2 evil nonsense that just doesn’t make sense. You vote for the candidate who will serve your best interest, not let folks use polls and evil to scare you into voting for evil.

      Wake the fuck up, folks!

      • opulent2 says:

        Here’s the deal Ametia,

        While Meeks earned the spot on the ballot, he has not had the cash to run an effective campaign. If he had had money, his job was to eliminate Crist, and drive down his numbers first because folks that will vote for Crist will vote for Meeks over Rubio.

        Meeks did not do that! He let the independents and Democrats keep Crist in the race.

        Thus, he has no chance and Crist has no chance unless one of them drops out.

        Who can pressure Crist to get out? Who can offer him a plum job to get him off the ballot.

        The truth is Meeks never earned the majority of Dem votes.
        If you do not earn the majority of Dem votes, then the solid voting bloc of blacks/lations will NOT put a win in the column.

      • Democrats should support Democrats! Charlie Crist is a republican. This is rank bullshit in the Democrat establishment throwing support to a republican. You can’t play with a scorpion. A scorpion will always be a scorpion…give him a chance and he will fk you up!

      • Ametia says:

        Hey Opulent, I’m moving our comments on Meeks to the Florida thread. Ok? Thanks. We want to keep it going and send this message viral.

  12. opulent2 says:

    Please note this change in reporting for the upcoming Election Night reporting:

    “Starting Tuesday night, the results of statewide races will be reported by giving the percentage of ‘expected vote.’ The votes reported at the state level at any given time will be divided by the estimate of the total votes that will be cast in the state to come up with the percentage of expected votes.”

    The reason? “‘Percentage of precincts reporting’ is no longer accurate because the increase in early and absentee voting can provide a skewed picture of how much of the vote has actually been counted.”

  13. Ametia says:

    State Democrats to show stomping incident in TV ad against Rand Paul
    Anti-Paul message to get limited Run

    By Jack Brammer – SHELBYVILLE — The Kentucky Democratic Party is featuring video of a Rand Paul supporter stomping a liberal activist in a television ad that it plans to air Friday night in Lexington and Bowling Green.

    Party spokesman Matt Erwin said the ad will appear only after 10 p.m., when children are less likely to see it.

    “We think it’s so frightening for children that we don’t want parents to have to explain why a woman is getting beat up,” Erwin said.

  14. Ametia says:

    After midterms, net neutrality could take a hit

    By Cecilia Kang
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, October 28, 2010; 5:31 PM

    If the forecast of strong Republican gains in Congress holds true Nov. 2, the battle over net neutrality – the most contentious tech policy issue – isn’t likely to be resolved anytime soon.

    Net neutrality – the idea that all traffic on the Internet should travel at the same speed – has been a point of contention for the Federal Communications Commission, which is proposing regulations that would ensure that broadband service providers treat all Web traffic equally. But analysts say the FCC could also find itself in a more hostile political environment as its embattled chairman pushes for rules that Republicans are expected to argue would hurt the telecom and cable companies responsible for a large chunk of American jobs.

    Aside from net neutrality, federal regulators and lawmakers are also expected to focus on Internet privacy rules, tax reform and reviews of Comcast’s proposed mega-merger with NBC Universal after the midterm elections.

  15. Ametia says:

    Ken Meeks to Crist and NEM!

    • LMAO!

      Tell it, Meeks!

      Chuck Todd, Bill Clinton & nem can go straight to he!!. You can bet Bill Clinton was up to some shenanigan bullsh*t. Still trying to play black people. I absolutely despise the Clintons. I can’t help it. I will never forget how they acted in the primaries. Phuck them now & forever!

      • Ametia says:

        Floridians Will get exactly who they deserve. Meeks will not go quietly into that good Sunshine State. Bubba Clinton is still as slick as ever, but you can fool some of the black folks some of the time, Bubba, but you can’t fool some of the black folks EVER!

        GO Ken Meeks!

      • Can you believe this ish? Bill Clinton still trying to fk over black people. After all what blacks have done for him? How blacks stuck by him while the republican party (whites) wanted to kick his ass out the door? Black people were loyal to him. But that all changed during the 08 primaries. We heard his fk dog whistle. Black people are a loyal people but once you betray that trust…that’s your ass!

        • Ametia says:

          The Dems in Florida would rather vote for a White turncoat**THIS MEANS YOU, CHARLIE CRIST** than a TRUE DEMOCRAT**DA[PS TO YOU KEN MEEKS** Black man.

          Then when black Dem voter don’t vote for Crist, they’ll try and blame it on BLACKs. FUCK THEM!

      • Precisely! I see these mofos. It’s all about keeping the Senate lily white. I’m on to your game mofos.

        • Ametia says:


          The slicksters are trying to SUPPRESS BLACK VOTES. Naw, folks, aint gonna happen. We will vote, but not for a Republican like Crist. GTFOHWTLABS!

          Ken Meeks is a Democrat and that is who Dems should be voting for, Black or White. But we know white folks. They scream we vote for blacks, because they’re black, but what the fuck do they do? Vote white like it’s always right. Nope, Ken Meeks is the better candidate of the 3 and if Floridians don’t get that. They’ll get who they deserve.

    • Ametia says:

      Where’s Opulent? We need her to weigh in on Meeks/Crist/Rubio.

  16. Ametia says:

    Five political memes that deserve to die.
    — By Kevin Drum

    EVERY ELECTION produces reams of analysis. Some of it is sharp, some—well, let’s be charitable and say no more. But how can you tell the difference?

    One quick way is to look for dumb ideas. Call them memes, urban legends, conventional wisdom. But whatever you call them, they’re ideas that deserve to die. As you plow through this year’s election commentary, here are five to watch out for.

    1 Obama has squandered the popularity he built up during the 2008 campaign. This one belongs in the “never deserved to live in the first place” camp. It’s true that Obama has lost popularity faster than his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush. But Obama’s popularity tracked Bush’s almost precisely right through September 10 of their respective first years in office: On that day, Obama’s approval stood at 52 percent compared to 51 percent for Bush. But then, according to Gallup, Bush’s approval rating jumped from 51 percent to 86 percent in the single week after 9/11. That’s the only real difference between Bush’s first two years in office and Obama’s.

    And what about presidents whose approval ratings didn’t rocket up after a terrorist attack on American soil? In the summer of their second year in office, Bill Clinton’s approval rating was at 43 percent, Bush Sr.’s stood at 60 percent, the Gipper rated 42 percent, and Jimmy Carter 39 percent.

    And Obama? Forty-five percent. So there’s just nothing very unusual here. This is what happens when a president’s honeymoon is over, the economy is in bad shape, and the opposition noise machine is in 24/7 attack mode.

    Plus, there’s this question to ask about Obama’s sinking popularity: compared to what? In an AP poll (PDF) over the summer, congressional Democrats scored 37 percent, Republicans scored 30 percent, and Congress as a whole scored a dismal 24 percent approval rating. Obama (who in that poll stood at 49 percent) may have lost some steam in the past couple of years, but by a wide margin he’s still the most popular thing DC has going for it.

  17. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Beautiful Peoples! :-)

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