Saturday Open Thread

Macy Gray (born Natalie Renee McIntyre; September 6, 1967),[1][2] also credited as Natalie Hinds in her music, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her distinctive raspy voice[3] and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.

To date, Gray has released five studio albums, one compilation album, and one live album, with her fifth studio album, The Sellout, released on June 22, 2010; and has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues and Idlewild. Gray is best known for her international hit single “I Try“, taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. She was the second contestant eliminated with a total score of 15 from the judges.

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33 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. WILL TEXAS PULL THE PLUG?
    Conservatives Pushing For Statewide Withdrawal From Medicaid

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/07/texas-weighs-medicaid-withdrawal_n_780003.html#comments

    Some Republican lawmakers — still reveling in Tuesday’s statewide election sweep — are proposing an unprecedented solution to the state’s estimated $25 billion budget shortfall: dropping out of the federal Medicaid program.

    I’m serious folks. It’s getting really scary. Please pray for my state before these hateful people destroy it.

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  2. Ametia says:

    LOVE & BASKETBALL on BET NOW! Love this movie.

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  3. Ametia says:

    Hat tip, Booky

    The rightwing media won the elections

    It took George Bush and his gang 8 years to destroy or demonize the “Republican brand” to the point that all Republicans in congress that voted almost 100% with George Bush wouldn’t call themselves Republicans for the next 2 years (Magically transformed into fiscal conservatives).

    President Obama being elected and there were celebrations all over the World, not because of people loved Obama so much or because of his color, but the whole World was celebrating that George Bush, the Republican right-wing nightmare was finally over, as if we had overthrown a World-Wide dictator.

    How did the “Democratic Brand” go from World-Wide celebration, to losing an election 2 years later? …. The only answer I have is “Rightwing media monopoly” that ranges from extreme far right Glenn Beck on radio & TV all the way to the center-right NPR that gave 1000s of “un-biased” hours of airtime to the Teaparty.

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2010/11/rightwing-media-won-elections

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  4. Ametia says:

    CNN -Fredricka Whitfiled is interviewing Kerry Washington and Kimberly Elise from Colored girls now.

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  5. Ametia says:

    Obama signals tough stance on prickly India issues

    NEW DELHI | Wed Nov 3, 2010 12:43pm EDT

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Days ahead of his visit to India, President Barack Obama has signaled he will take a tough stance on prickly issues such as outsourcing, and limits on exports of sensitive technology.

    Indian news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), which interviewed Obama on Wednesday, quoted him as saying it was “very difficult and complicated” to meet key Indian expectations such as ending a ban on U.S. exports of dual-use technology to India.

    New Delhi wants the United States to allow exports of dual-use technology, which can be used for both civilian and military purposes and which was banned after India carried out nuclear tests in 1998.

    “Our teams continue to work hard to reach an agreement that strengthens the international non-proliferation system while treating India in a manner that is consistent with our strategic partnership,” Obama told PTI news agency.

    Obama’s visit will come days after his Democrats were punished in mid-term elections over the sluggish economic recovery and high domestic unemployment. These problems have heightened tensions over the outsourcing of American jobs to low-cost countries like India.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A24UN20101103

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  6. They’re determined to drive the country into the ditch and voters gave them the mofo keys! Why? Because a black man is in the White House. Hope the bitches are happy when their jobs are gone & the asses find out the safety net they railed against is gone. No unemployment benefits for the lazy. Remember that, ignoramus mofos.

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    • Ametia says:

      Stand firm, Mr. President! Make the Rethugs look like assholes, because if they don’t agree to extend tax cuts for the middle class and continue holding out for tax cuts for the rich, he’ll have called these MOFOs out for the greedy, ruthless, SOULESS bastards they are.

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  7. opulent2 says:

    Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

    • ABC, This Week: Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), former Reagan administration Budget Director David Stockman.

    • CBS, Face The Nation: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC).

    • CNN, State Of The Union: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen.-elect Pat Toomey (R-PA).

    • Fox News Sunday: House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

    • NBC, Meet The Press: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ).

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  8. GOP PLAN HIT FROM ALL SIDES
    Tea Party Thinks It’s Not Enough … Economists Think It Doesn’t Make Sense

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/06/gop-plan-hit-on-all-sides_n_779880.html#comments

    Republicans are mapping an agenda for the new Congress that calls for a radical reduction in government spending, a hard-line stance against new taxes and a “sustained” battle against federal regulators – all aimed at easing the concerns of voters desperate for jobs and anxious about the soaring national debt.

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    • opulent2 says:

      This is great news!! They are going to overreach and it is going to create an economic disaster…there is already water on board the ship…and the GOP is about to torpedo the ship…it is going to drown the white ‘working class’…like they have never seen…only their grandparents can tell them what it was like in the 30s.

      O what a web we weave when first we practice to decieve.

      This is gonna be sad but necessary for them to WTFU!!

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    • opulent2 says:

      LMAO!!!….folks already broke and homeless and the GOP about to YANK the safety net….let these folks choke on their anger anger and chew on the bile of their bitterness that their votes have wrought…lets see how content and full their bellies are when the GOP pulls off this strategy:

      “Republicans offer “a disciplined approach to removing uncertainty and to allowing the private sector to regain its footing and begin to grow again,” Cantor said in an interview. “Trying to prod business to do what Washington wants is not what is needed. We need to rein in this desire of Washington to tell business how to grow.”

      That hands-off strategy – combined with GOP plans for an immediate and dramatic reduction in government spending – would do more harm than good, said Bill Gale, a senior fellow in economics studies at the Brookings Institution.
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      “I don’t get what they think they’re doing to stimulate the economy right now,” Gale said. “I can understand that people are angry or upset about the economy. But I can’t understand how that anger and anxiety has turned into this set of legislative proposals.”

      To make good on their campaign pledge to reduce the size of government, Republicans say they are planning a series of quick moves to slash spending soon after they take control of the House in January. Among the likely options: a massive rescissions package that aides said would slice 20 percent from most domestic agency budgets and enact $160 billion in additional cuts endorsed by visitors to Cantor’s “YouCut” Web site.

      Such a package would trim more than $260 billion from this year’s $1.1 trillion budget for most government operations – the biggest one-year reduction at least since the military drawdown after World War II, budget experts said.

      Because Republicans propose to exempt the Pentagon, veterans programs and homeland security from these cuts, liberal analysts said the reductions would decimate education funding, the National Park Service and other worthy programs.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110507092.html?hpid=topnews

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      • LMAO!!!….folks already broke and homeless and the GOP about to YANK the safety net….let these folks choke on their anger anger and chew on the bile of their bitterness that their votes have wrought…lets see how content and full their bellies are when the GOP pulls off this strategy:

        I’m laughing along with you at these ignorant mofos. How the fk are you going to vote against your own damn interest?

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  9. opulent2 says:

    Anyone, who wants to protest the Olberman suspension can consider boycotting these sponsors of MSNBC:

    Alcatel
    Anheuser-Busch
    Ann Taylor
    Avon
    Banco Nacional de Mexico
    Cambridge Technology Partners
    Catalyst
    Champion International
    Chase Manhattan
    Choice-Point
    Chubb Corporation
    Coca-Cola
    Community Health Systems
    Dell Computer
    Delphi Automotive
    Fiat
    Home Depot
    Honeywell
    Illinois Tool Works
    International Speedy
    Internet Security Systems
    Invemed
    Morgan Chase & Co.
    Kellogg
    Kimberly-Clark
    Knight-Ridder
    Microtune
    Morgan Gauranty Trust
    National Service Industries
    New York Stock Exchange
    Oglivy & Mather
    Penske
    Planet Hollywood
    Scientific Atlanta
    State Street Bank and Trust
    Sun Microsystems
    Texaco
    TIAA-CREF
    Total Systems Services
    TRICON Global Restaurants
    Unifi
    Unilever
    WinStar
    ~~~
    This companies have members on the board of directors for GE/NBC…..Go after them too !

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  10. opulent2 says:

    I went to see Colored Girls last night. The acting was outstanding…all the main characters had superb performances…excellent. I just am not a fan of the theme it was just too depressing listening to all those woe stories. The recitation of the poems was beautiful by the characters but it was just sad.

    I thought it was profound when the part was read about how colored women refused to be sad cause colored and sad are just redundant.

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    • IIRC, I think Vettte is going to see it this week-end. I’ll have to check it out too.

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    • Ametia says:

      Morning, beautiful ladies! I slept in this morning, and I feel wonderful!

      I saw For Colored Girls last night too. It was a profoundly moving pic. And as with the play, it showcased the many levels of black women in all their glory, misery, beauty, complexities, woes, sorrows, joys, failures, and triumps. We live our lives fully, and we can move through these experiences in all their various shades, we chose to live LIFE, instead of dying.

      I thought it interesting in the marque at the theater I attended, they did not place the entire title of the movie. For ex., “For Colored G.”

      The acting was superb!

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      • Morning, Ametia!

        I thought it interesting in the marque at the theater I attended, they did not place the entire title of the movie. For ex., “For Colored G.”

        Hmmmmm… wonder why?

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      • Ametia says:

        hint: This movie is for and about BLACK folks!

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      • Ametia says:

        Seriously, while the movie featured Black actors and actresses, our stories depict the suffering and triumps of HUMANS.

        Black men and women are HUMANS, first. Folks will say the movie is dark and depressing, and it is some of that too, but the layers are of evolution are there.

        What I took from the movie is you’ve got to claim all of who you are, have been and will be. Why claim the end results, and deny the full journey it took for you to arrive.

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  11. dannie22 says:

    Hello everyone

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