Sunday Open Thread


To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under
the heaven:

The East St. Louis Gospelettes recorded three albums for Checker in the early seventies before moving to Nashboro where they recorded two albums in the late seventies. In the eighties they recorded one album for Birthright.
Frances Moore was leader of the East St. Louis Gospelettes at that time, later she married Girland Lee.

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  1. Ametia says:


    Obama’s philosophy, character still elusive

    by Stephen Collinson Stephen Collinson – Sun Oct 31, 7:42 pm ET
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Despite two years under unforgiving scrutiny, President Barack Obama’s true political philosophy remains elusive, as his White House braces for a sickening blow in congressional elections.

    With Republicans poised in Tuesday’s mid-term polls to shatter the Democratic monopoly on power in Washington, the answers Obama finds to questions about his character and politics may decide whether he can win a second term in 2012.

    After a stratospheric political rise, Obama made himself, in his euphoric 2008 campaign, the epitome of hope for the future.

    His “Yes We Can” mantra, made him the personification of the idea that a grassroots movement could change America.

    But after two years, the deep national pessimism about the economy has taken a toll, and it is Republicans, seemingly poised to seize the House of Representatives on Tuesday, who are posing as “change” agents.

    “Americans haven’t experienced the change President Obama promised,” House Republican leader John Boehner charged Saturday.

    With unemployment at 9.6 percent and the budget deficit at over a trillion dollars, Republicans say Obama can hardly argue things have got better.

    Obama’s answer is simply that “change takes time” — and that former president George W. Bush left a “mess” it will take years to fix.

    The president admitted Friday that “some of the hoopla and the excitement” of 2008 had faded, but warned the “spirit” of change must not die.

    As a candidate, Obama appeared more moderate than ideological, vowing to unite “red America” (Republican) and “blue America” (Democratic) in one nation.

    But though he made symbolic efforts to court his foes as president, the attempt fizzled amid staunch Republican obstruction tactics. As a result, Obama has no longer appeared as the “post-partisan” president many voters yearned for.

  2. opulent2 says:

    I need to get an early start tomorrow…so I am headed down for the nite.

    Will be back on in the A.M.

  3. opulent2 says:

    Hey SG2 & Ametia!!

    Just returned from the EdSchultz show…that was me off camera in the front row (red jkt/white shirt/red scarf tie applauding.)

    The show was great …Clark did a good interview…although I was not pleased with her reluctance about PBO! Unlike Ellison who came strong for PBO, healthcare, LedbetterAct and the Recovery Act. The turnout was good for Clark.

    The two MN pundits, were OK, except for the journalist…who basically said Clark had no chance. I don’t know why he was so pessimistic, Bachmann only won by 3% last time!!

    We have a fightin chance, Clark does have a good ground game …when she was out last November, we told her then what her message should me and she changed her talking points. It will be close but Clark may just win this one. Bachmann has not campaigned at all in her district.

    I beleive Sherrod Brown is gonna win and if Strickland wins he can thank Obama for GOTV in Cleveland with that rally.

    PBO has rallied this country well, bringing out over 200K voters in the last week before this election. There is lots of enthusiasm in this nation on the part of Democrats the MSM just refuses to cover it.

    I absolutely loved Schultz’s montage on Bachmann’s psycho talk where the title was BAT CRAZY….I hope you guys can find that and post it.

    All in all, the Democrats are fired up and ready to vote in MN!


    • Ametia says:

      Hi Opulent. Thanks for the report. Looks like Ed won’t have a podcast/video of the show up until tomorrow.

      What is Clark’s reluctance?

      • opulent2 says:

        She was asked was she backing away from POTUS…and she gave this oblique vague answer about how she had just been out with President Clinton…just jumpred right over Obama and talked about WJC like he was the second comin of jesus. So, she did not say anything negative just completely re-focused to Clinton.

        In contrast, Ellison gave a full throttle support of POTUS said that he was proud to have voted for Healthcare reform, financial reform and the Ledbetter Act…he asked who would NOT be proud to have voted for that.

  4. Ametia says:

    October 31, 2010, 3:28 pm Thin Crowd for Cleveland Campaign Rally
    CLEVELAND – President Obama wrapped up a weekend of last-minute campaigning here on Sunday, addressing Democrats in an indoor arena that, in a sign of the “enthusiasm gap” that the president is working so hard to close, was little more than half full.

    About 8,000 people attended the Democratic National Committee’s “Moving America Forward’’ rally at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, a hall that can seat 13,000. The rafters were largely empty.

    Organizers noted the president was competing on a Sunday afternoon with church, football and Halloween. And Mr. Obama drew a huge crowd of about 35,000 when he was in nearby Columbus earlier this month. Still, the thin crowd was perhaps a foreboding sign in the waning days of the mid-term races, when Mr. Obama – who was joined Sunday by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. – considers getting Democrats to the polls his most important mission.

  5. Ametia says:

    This MOFO, right here. Someone said Crist would end up in black churches wearing his Sunday best.

    <Crist tells audience "Yes, we can" on Obama agenda

    Associated Press
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist is employing President Barack Obama’s famous “Yes, we can” campaign slogan as he heads toward the finish line in Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate race.

    Crist is running as an independent since leaving the Republican Party in April. He trails Republican nominee Marco Rubio in the polls going into Tuesday’s election.

    At an early morning stop Sunday at a senior citizens facility, Crist responded “Yes, we can” after former state Rep. Addie Greene said the election was not about Republicans or Democrats, but moving Obama’s agenda forward.

    Crist also stopped at two black church services. He told congregants he is a “common sense, no nonsense,” social moderate and fiscal conservative.

    Read more:

  6. Ametia says:

    Our President looks tired.

    • opulent2 says:

      and he is hoarse…..he needs an AMEN corner!!

      O that is somethin to behold…he responses like you would not believe…just fires him up.

      He has done what 4 rallies in 2 days…AF one is busy….

    • Ametia says:

      AMEN!!! This is the only rally I’m interested in. I still want to know when the rest of the Democratic Party is going to GROW balls, stand up and boldly & courageously support this PRESIDENT and his agenda.

    • Ametia says:

      POTUS is giving VP Biden mad Props too. He’s calling out the negative ads, the pundits, etc. He’s calling on folks to keep in the game with him. It’s a tough row that his admin. has to hoe, but we can do it!

  7. Ametia says:

    Ametia —

    A couple things are going to happen in the next half hour.

    Partisan attack ads funded by big banks and big oil will air over and over on national cable television.

    Outrageous right-wing smear messages will arrive in inboxes around the country.

    And dozens of voters in Eden Prairie will make a decision about whether they’ll be voting in this year’s election.

    They’re people who might not currently be planning on making it to the polls in two days.

    They’re people who might not know what’s at stake — who might not know the choice we all have in this election.

    All of that is happening in the next 30 minutes. The only question is, will you be the person who changes the equation by picking up the phone and calling just 10 voters today?

    If each one of us calls just 10 voters in our area right now — it could make a huge difference at the polls on Election Day.

    Grab your phone and click here to connect with voters in your area right now.

    We’re not the only ones who want to get voters out to the polls this election season.

    The other side has a plan, too.

    Theirs is a plan that outsources its messaging to big special interest groups that don’t have to disclose where they’re getting their millions in donations.

    It’s a plan that thinks that big money deserves a big mouthpiece.

    And right now, it’s a plan at work in close districts around the country.

    So in this moment, you can choose whether or not to counter it with your voice.

    You can join the thousands of supporters around the country calling from their kitchens and their living rooms — coffee shops and cubicles.

    Because we know that this is when our most important work is done. And we know that we are the very best ones to do it.

    There are just two days left until Election Day — two days to have the kinds of one-on-one conversations that we know make the difference in close races.

    And right now, the single best way you can affect how many people are at the polls on November 2nd is by using your voice, right now.

    Click this link and reach out to just 10 voters in your area today:



    I’ve already received a couple of calls from shadow groups that are snooping for voter info. GTFOH!!!

  8. opulent2 says:

    “A new SurveyUSA poll in Oregon shows former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) heading into the final weekend with a seven point lead over Chris Dudley (R) in the race for governor, 48% to 41%.”

    POTUS stompin all over the land…everywhere he has been folks are rallying for Dems,…OH, PA, CO, WA…

    and they try to claim he ‘doesn’t connect with people’

    oh what bullshyt!!

  9. opulent2 says:

    “The Morning Call/Muhlenberg tracking poll in Pennsylvania shows the U.S. Senate race tightening again with Pat Toomey (R) barely edging Rep. Joe Sestak (D), 45% to 43%.

    Just two days ago, the tracking poll had Toomey ahead by eight points.”

  10. opulent2 says:

    “The sense that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has the edge to become the next majority leader is hardening in New York and Washington… Among the factors working in Schumer’s favor are that he has developed respect among his colleagues as a political practitioner… Another Democratic insider suggested what is needed for the Democrats in the Senate now is a ‘war-time consigliere,’ and that that an asset in Schumer’s column.”

  11. opulent2 says:

    “But we live now in hard times, not end times… The country’s 24 hour politico pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder… If we amplify everything, we hear nothing… The press is our immune system; if it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker and perhaps eczema.”

    — Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, in his closing address at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” taking aim at the media.

    • Ametia says:

      No disrespect to Stewart and Colbert, but President Obama has said every thing these two spoke on yesterday. Now the media wants to give these guys attention and credit for pulverizing the media. They are part of the media who can construct, instruct, destruct our national discourse. BYE!

      • opulent2 says:

        I FEEL ya!!

        At this point though….I just want the MESSAGE to get out there!!

        Since they will not cover my POTUS when he tells it…someBODY else doin it is FINE!!

      • Ametia says:


      • Ametia says:

        They had no message, as far as I’m concerned. Stewart & Colbert are idolized by the white liberals.

        That rally was for them to let POTUS know that their shit don’t stink. that crowd of 200,000 or so can vote for Dems, Teabaggers are Rethugs, they just need to vote. Where were they for the last 2 years, when the media and teabaggers, and corporate America was bashing POTUS and the Dems?

        They were sitting on the tv sets mocking our political system, just like they’ve always done.

        I don’t really give a flying fuck about what Colbert & Stewart say.

        Folks just put your votes where your mouth is

        That’s all that matters at the end of the day.

      • Ametia says:

        Opulent, are you going to report back to 3 Chics on the Ed Schultz/ Clark event? I loathe that Michelle Bachman. Interesting in hearing what Clark’s supporters have to say.

  12. opulent2 says:

    IOW’s he finally realized who the actual base IS in the Democratic party..thanks to POTUS!!

    “A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio shows John Kasich (R) leading Gov. Ted Strickland (D) by just one point in the race for governor, 49% to 48%.

    Key finding: “What Strickland has done over the last two months is bring the base home. He’s now winning 87% of the Democratic vote, up from only 78% in the previous poll. Democrats also look like they’ll now account for a larger share of the electorate, as the party’s voters have increased their interest in turning out as the election has moved closer.”

  13. Ametia says:

    Cuomo, Schumer, Gillibrand lead GOP opponents in poll
    John W. Barry • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 31, 2010

    As Election Day approaches, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, all Democrats, are leading their Republican opponents, according to a Marist poll.

    The polls were conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion among likely voters, including those who have voted early and those who are undecided, but leaning toward a candidate . The data was collected last week. Election Day is Tuesday.
    Cuomo, the state attorney general, has a 19 percentage-point lead over Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. Cuomo received 56 percent, compared to Paladino’s 37 percent.

    Cuomo leads Paladino among likely voters by a very wide margin in New York City, according to the poll. Cuomo has a double-digit lead in the suburbs of New York City, but the two candidates are closely matched upstate. Cuomo, however, leads Paladino by more than 2-to-1 among women. Among men, the race is close.

    In the other poll, Schumer leads his Republican opponent, Jay Townsend, by 24 percentage points. Schumer received 60 percent to 36 percent for Townsend.
    Schumer leads Townsend among likely voters by a big margin in New York City and has majority support over Townsend upstate and in the New York City suburbs.
    In the race for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the incumbent leads Republican opponent Joe DioGuardi by 15 percentage points. Gillibrand got 55 percent, compared to 40 percent for DioGuardi.

    Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in New York City support Gillibrand, but she has a slim majority in the New York City suburbs and upstate.
    Also, 41 percent of registered voters are very enthusiastic about voting Tuesday, according to the poll.–Schumer–Gillibrand-lead-GOP-opponents-in-poll

  14. Sarah Palin: ‘Corrupt Bastards’ In Media Tried To Find Child Molester In Joe Miller Crowd

    WASHINGTON — Former Governor Sarah Palin launched a broadside attack on the news media Sunday, charging the industry with wholesale corruption in support of liberals and insisting that a local CBS affiliate was staffed with “corrupt bastards.”

    Coming to the defense of her preferred Senatorial candidate, Joe Miller, Palin aired some explosive accusations aimed at the fourth estate. Reporters, she said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, had been caught on tape trying to find a child molester in the crowd at a Miller rally — or, similarly, hoping to witness a bit of violence among the attendees — in hopes of making the Tea Party candidate look bad.

    Just last night it was revealed that, at the rally I had for Joe Miller on Thursday, it was revealed and we have the tape that proves it, that the CBS reporters, the affiliate in Alaska, conspired to make up stories about Joe Miller. We have the tape, Chris. I can’t wait until it busts out all over the nation to show what it is that we, kind of what I put up with for two years now with the media, but what Joe Miller is faced with, in dealing with someone who feels, Lisa Murkowski, so entitled to seat that she and some of her people including some complicits in the media will do anything, they will stop at nothing.

  15. opulent2 says:

    Good Morning E’rybody!!

    SG2 you are doing such an awesome job with those slideshows!! Love the music and just seeing the happiness on folks faces at POTUS’ rallies.

    He plays the Horizon song from the Boss at his rallies…and he also plays Ain’tNoStoppinUsNow…it just gets you fired UP!!

    • Morning, beautiful Opulent!

      How’s the queen this morning? ;)

      Thank you for the compliments. I try to add the same music Potus uses at his rallies & Brooks and Dunn is one of my favorite country bands. I’ma country girl!

      I love big trucks, big buckles and cowboys in tight jeans! (wink wink)

    • Ametia says:

      Hey Opulent & SG2! The media continues to underscore PBO’s administration and hype up the rethugs. I hope the Republicans get blown out of the water on Tuesday. some man just called to ask what time of the day I’ll be voting. WTF? never heard of this group before. “democracy forum.. or some such nonsense.

      I told him if he were a true Democrat, if he wants to figure out if folks are going to vote. Just ask folks if they’re going to vote. It was clearly a Rethug trying to poll Dems. Click1 hung up on this mofo.

      OFA/GOTV are all I answer to. GTFOH

    • Ametia says:

      Yee Haw! Ride’em, CowGirl! :-) LOL

  16. Michael Steele: Even If We Fall Short In The House It’s A Success

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele said on Sunday that Republicans would claim a successful election in November even if it resulted in them not taking control of the House of Representatives.

    “First off we need 39,” Steele told CNN’s State of the Union. “If we get 39 seats and take the majority that’s success. If we get 37 seats that’s success. Keep in mind, I mean we’ve got to keep this thing in context here. We were a party out of power. We were a party that on the covers of magazines around this country were called an endangered species. We were going to be regionalized, marginalized to the lower, you know, portions of the political spectrum. We have battled our way back here, so to have the kind of night that we’re anticipating on Tuesday is not just a blessing but it comes from the hard work of our candidates out there engaging with the people.”

    In a purely numerical sense, Steele is right. A switch of 37 seats, even in a mid-term election, would be historically vast. But the context is different this cycle. For starters, the 2010 elections will, for better or worse, be compared with the 1994 results, when there was a 54-seat swing in membership from Democrats to Republicans in the House. Secondly, the GOP has raised expectations for pickups well beyond 37. Talk has, for weeks, circled around the idea of 50, 60 or even 70 pickups. At one time, it was reported that 99 seats were in play.

    • Ametia says:

      No Michael steele. A success for the GOP is to become the extinct dinasaurs they are. The firebaggers are in control of that party. That’s the plan.

    • opulent2 says:


      My 2 favorites are “My wife thinks I am walking the Appalachian Trail”

      and the all time favorite is courtesy of AntoineDodson it says:

      Hidez your kidz
      Hidez your wifez
      Hidez your husband
      cause they keeping
      fear alive in here!!!

      I FELL out laughing!! BWAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, some of those posters were a hoot. Now these folks need to get their ASSES to the polls and vote their poster’s message.

  17. Ametia says:

    Obama makes closing arguments before Election Day

    By Nia-Malika Henderson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, October 31, 2010; 12:53 AM

    CHICAGO – Though he acknowledged that the fervor and excitement of 2008 has largely slipped away, President Obama barnstormed across three states Saturday as he sought to shore up his party’s midterm prospects by reigniting the energy that propelled him into office.

    He kicked off the weekend campaign swing with a seven-minute get-out-the-vote pitch to volunteers in Philadelphia, and ended the day with a full stump speech here in his home town, where Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias is locked in a neck-and-neck race for Obama’s old Senate seat – a race that will help determine whether Democrats lose control of that chamber.

    Obama opened up each event with a question that recalled his presidential campaign: “Are you fired up and ready to go?”

    And he urged the crowd at Midway Plaisance Park in Chicago to defy the conventional wisdom. “In three days, you’ve got a chance to say what?” he asked his audience as he cupped his ear.

    “Yes we can!” they cheered.

    • opulent2 says:

      If the press wasn’t so biased folks would find the same fervor and excitement across this country.

      The press just wants to downplay all the wonderful things he does. I noticed today that they were more than happy to show some hecklers about Aids Funding…when he was at a rally.

      Only the negative will get coverage…not all the positive.

      This is what makes me hate America…it is just completely unjust when it comes to successes of people who are not white. They demeaned and dimished Powell in the same way, until they could discredit him, with that phony ass WMD presentation!!

      But that is OK…like my POTUS always says…the arc of the moral justice is long but it bends…even though it bends slowly.

      We will prevail and keep on winning….ain’t no stoppin us!!

      • Ametia says:

        Just posted the BridgePort, CT rally on the donkey/asses thread. POTUS shut down that heckler too. These mofos just want to scream and holler, nothing more. GTFOH

  18. Top of the Morning, 3 Chics!

    I use to sing in a gospel group with my sisters. We were in concert with this group once. One of my sisters sure could hit those high notes. :)

    Happy Sunday, everyone!

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