Serendipity SOUL-Tuesday Open Thread

Stevland Hardaway Judkins (born May 13, 1950), name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris,[1] known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist.[2] Blind from shortly after birth,[3] Wonder signed with Motown Records‘ Tamla label at the age of eleven,[2] and continues to perform and record for Motown.

Some of Wonder’s best known works include singles such as “Superstition“, “Sir Duke“, “I Wish” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You“. Well known albums also include Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life.[2] He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist.[4] Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday a holiday in the United States.[5] In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.[6] In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s fiftieth anniversary, with Wonder at number five.

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29 Responses to Serendipity SOUL-Tuesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Next to AS….Living for the city is my second all-time fav of Mr. Wonders.

  2. Ametia says:

    Watch America vote for that trailer trash Bristol Palin. the worst dancer in the whole bunch. GO BRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ametia says:

    Black Caucus members dissatisfied with Pelosi’s plan

    By Krissah Thompson
    Washington Post staff writer
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010; 4:11 PM

    A compromise designed to end a nasty political fight in the Democratic Party has left an important contingent dissatisfied – the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has forged a tentative deal in which she would remain the party’s leader in the House when Democrats become the minority in the next Congress, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) would take the No. 2 spot and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn would move down to the third-ranking position, which Pelosi has called “assistant leader.”

    Clyburn (S.C), a congressional veteran and member of the black caucus, accepted the position but is still discussing what his new role will entail. After meeting with other members of the CBC on Monday night, he told reporters, “We’re still working on it.”

    Several caucus members suggested that they would withhold their votes from Pelosi (Calif.) if more details are not provided about what Clyburn will be responsible for or that the caucus could go along with a bloc of moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog caucus and vote to limit Pelosi’s authority as minority leader.

    “We had a full discussion about this, and we [decided we] actually wanted to look at the portfolio that is being developed with Mr. Clyburn’s input, and we wanted to see what that portfolio would be,” CBC chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said, explaining the decision to withhold support for Pelosi’s plan.

  4. Ametia says:

    Ted Koppel: Olbermann, O’Reilly and the death of real news
    By Ted Koppel
    Sunday, November 14, 2010
    To witness Keith Olbermann – the most opinionated among MSNBC’s left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts – suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a whimsical, arcane holdover from a long-gone era of television journalism, when the networks considered the collection and dissemination of substantive and unbiased news to be a public trust.
    Back then, a policy against political contributions would have aimed to avoid even the appearance of partisanship. But today, when Olbermann draws more than 1 million like-minded viewers to his program every night precisely because he is avowedly, unabashedly and monotonously partisan, it is not clear what misdemeanor his donations constituted. Consistency?
    We live now in a cable news universe that celebrates the opinions of Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly – individuals who hold up the twin pillars of political partisanship and who are encouraged to do so by their parent organizations because their brand of analysis and commentary is highly profitable.
    The commercial success of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for me. While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend is not good for the republic. It is, though, the natural outcome of a growing sense of national entitlement. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s oft-quoted observation that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” seems almost quaint in an environment that flaunts opinions as though they were facts.

  5. Ametia says:

    Can we lift Southerngirl up in prayer? Thanks!

  6. Ametia says:

    CNN breaking: Ethics subcommittee finds Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty on multiple violations of House rules.

    • Ametia says:

      Breaking News Alert: House ethics panel finds Rangel guilty of violations
      November 16, 2010 11:58:14 AM

      Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty Tuesday of breaking 11 separate congressional rules related to his personal finances and fundraising efforts for a New York college.

      A House ethics subcommittee that handled the trial now sends the case to the full committee for the equivalent of sentencing.

      For more information, visit

  7. vettte says:

    The First African American President of the United States doesn’t ask much of us. He is a proud black man who believes in buying his children and family things from his own money. He wasn’t fortunate like other POTUS’ to own a major league baseball team. So we can support our own during this holiday season by buying President Obama’s new book, “Of Thee I Sing” released today; $17.99.
    Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans –

  8. Ametia says:

    Angry left to Obama: Stop caving on agenda
    By Sam Youngman – 11/16/10 06:00 AM ET

    Liberals furious with a White House they view as constantly telegraphing compromise with Republicans are pressuring President Obama to get tougher, arguing that is the only way he will win both progressives and independents in 2012.

    Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and an outspoken critic of the White House, said liberal anger has less to do with fears of a Clintonian move to the middle by Obama and more with a misreading of the election results by the administration.

  9. Ametia says:

    Obama Leads Potential Challengers

    While a new Politico poll shows President Obama trailing a generic Republican opponent for reelection, 40% to 37%, he comes out at least 6 points ahead when matched up with likely Republican contenders Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour.

  10. Ametia says:

    Barbara Walters to interview Obamas next week
    (AP) – 52 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s Barbara Walters will interview President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for a network special to air the day after Thanksgiving.

    The veteran newswoman has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon. It will be her second time sitting down with the Obamas, not counting a presidential visit to “The View.”

    ABC said Tuesday that the interview will be conducted at the White House on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and air Friday at 10 p.m.

    The recent midterm election results will be a big topic, as it was when Steve Kroft of CBS’ “60 Minutes” talked to the president two weeks ago.

  11. Ametia says:

    Review: “Revival,” Richard Wolffe’s look inside Obama White House
    By Jeff Shesol
    Special to The Washington Post
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010


    The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House

    By Richard Wolffe

    Crown. 312 pp. $26

    If the word “revival” has been associated with anyone this year, it is the Republican Party, which has raised itself from the dead, or the tearful televangelist Glenn Beck, who led an old-fashioned camp meeting on the Mall in August. The president of the United States would not seem to have an especially strong claim.

    Which gives Richard Wolffe’s new book — or, at least, its title — a counterintuitive quality. In “Revival,” Wolffe, a cable news commentator and veteran journalist, zeroes in on the first few months of 2010, a brief but, he contends, “defining period” in which President Obama “was forced to reexamine himself and his team” and emerged wiser and stronger. Wolffe’s central piece of evidence is the improbable passage of health-care reform, thanks largely to the president’s constancy and grit. Progress in other areas — the economy, especially — was more incremental, as Wolffe recounts.

    This is, of course, as recent as recent history gets. At such a short distance, what — beyond a premature nostalgia for Democratic control of the House — would prompt today’s reader to revisit, say, the Stupak amendment and its undoing? An eagerness for two things, most likely: new details and deeper insights. Indeed, the publicity campaign on behalf of “Revival” promises both; a pre-publication embargo, dictating precise terms for handling the book, implies that its contents are highly combustible. It is therefore disappointing to find that Wolffe’s account adds little to our understanding of these events or, more importantly, what they portend for Obama’s (and our) future.

  12. Ametia says:

    Pete Souza and the White House Photo Office published a new set of behind the scene photos from the month of October to the White House Flickr feed. Check out photos of the President’s visit to the Daily Show, the Obama family dog Bo peeking into the Oval Office, the President and the First Lady handing out Halloween treats at the White House, and about 50 more photos you don’t want to miss.

  13. dannie22 says:

    Good moring all

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Dannie! What’s shakin’, in OHIO?

      • dannie22 says:

        Ohio is a mess. I think the people finally realize who they voted for. Ahhh… Too late.

        The new governor elect is sticking by cutting the light rail project. $400 million will have to go back to the federal govt. Kasich, the gov elect, also says he’s cutting aid to education by at least 15%. Meanwhile, 1 of 7 Ohio families can’t afford to buy food. Ohio is in the top ten for hungry states. All of the hungriest states are red states by the way. You know, Arizona, Alabama , Arkansas, Mississippi , etc. It’s maddening.

      • Ametia says:

        SMGDH And we know it’s the folks who don’t have a pot to piss in.. the white folks who ALWAYS vote against their own best interest. They keep this up, they’ll surely be a dying breed.

  14. Ametia says:

    PBS edits Tina Fey’s remarks from Twain event
    By Paul Farhi
    Tina Fey got a little political airbrushing from PBS Sunday night during its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

    Fey, this year’s recipient of the prize, caused a few ripples during her acceptance speech at the ceremony on Tuesday when she mock-praised “conservative women” like Sarah Palin, whom Fey has so memorably impersonated on “Saturday Night Live.”

    “And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women – except, of course –those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff,” Fey said. “But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years – whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know – actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”

    (Video: Watch Fey’s unedited remarks; the key passage is in the second video, starting at about 12 minutes, 30 seconds)

    The Noise rags have reports on Palin’s reality show…. getting thre picture here. The MSM is propping up this hussy for her 2012 presidential run. BANK IT.

  15. Ametia says:


    November 15, 2010 6:32 PM
    Lisa Murkowski: Sarah Palin Lacks “Intellectual Curiosity” to be President

    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowki told CBS News’ Katie Couric today that she would not support Sarah Palin for president because Palin lacks the “leadership qualities” and “intellectual curiosity” to craft great policy.

  16. Ametia says:

    Ok folks, your THOUGHTS?

    Powell: Obama failed to focus on what’s ‘most important’By the CNN Wire StaffNovember 16, 2010 5:26 a.m. EST

    CNN) — While saying he talks regularly with President Obama and his administration’s officials, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that the nation’s 44th president has overreached and lost focus in his first term — and lost votes because of it.

    Powell, a self-described moderate Republican who served as a top military, national security and diplomatic official under presidents ranging from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, said he did not regret backing the then-Illinois senator over Republican Sen. John McCain during the 2008 election campaign.

    But he said that Democrats suffered “a real body blow” in the recent midterm elections — when the party lost seats in the Senate and control of the House — in large part because Obama didn’t prioritize or communicate effectively enough.

    “He should have focused on the economy … to the exclusion of most everything else domestically,” Powell told CNN’s Larry King. “When you’re starting out as a president, you have to figure out (what) is most important.”

  17. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Beautiful People! :-)

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