Serendipity SOUL-Thursday Open Thread


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55 Responses to Serendipity SOUL-Thursday Open Thread

  1. Anson Asaka says:

    Coltrane is the man!

  2. Vettte says:

    And more than that, pueny azz James Carville shouldn’t ever talk about anybody else’s balls (as I hold up my littlest finger)

  3. opulent2 says:

    *********** BREAKING NEWS!**************

    House recommends censure for Rangel.

  4. Ametia says:

    November 18, 2010
    House to Vote on Extending Cuts for Middle Class Only

    Greg Sargent reports that the House will definitely have an up-or-down vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for middle-class voters only.

    “The move indicates that House Dems are growing more resolved to draw a hard line on the Bush tax cuts, forcing Republicans to choose between supporting Obama’s tax plan and opposing a tax cut for the middle class. However, the way forward still remains murky. Even if such a measure were to pass in the House, it’s unclear whether the Senate will agree to such a vote, and the White House has not endorsed the approach.”

  5. opulent2 says:

    HmmmmHUH! so what ELSE is new? Everybody wants their own slice of the pie. They are all NIMBY when it comes to CUTS…but yet they voted for it…so CUT away…give ’em what they voted for..they didn’t know when to hold and when to folks so give ’em what they CLAIMED to want!…as they say be careful what you ask/vote for you just might GET IT!

    “President Obama and many lawmakers say they will work to cut the federal deficit, but a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey underscores the challenges they may face in taking specific steps that could help reduce the red ink.

    Key findings: 57% said they were uncomfortable with gradually raising the Social Security retirement age to 69 over the next 60 years, 70% were uncomfortable with making cuts to Medicare, Social Security and defense in order to reduce the deficit, 60% said they were uncomfortable with increasing tax revenue through measures such as raising the gasoline tax, limiting tax deductions on many home mortgages and altering corporate taxation.

    Said pollster Peter Hart: “Everybody wants to cut the deficit and cut the spending. But at the end of the day, everybody wants a choice that doesn’t affect their well-being.”

  6. opulent2 says:

    O puleeeease!! The war was always unpopular..POTUS had to finish what the GOP started. IOW’s has there EVER been a ‘popular” war? GMAB!!

    “A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters think that the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan by a 50% to 44% margin — the first time a majority has opposed the war.

    Key findings: Democrats opposed the war, 62% to 33%, while Republicans support it, 64% to 31%. Independent voters also oppose the war by a 54% to 40% margin.

    Said pollster Peter Brown: “President Obama is in somewhat of a tenuous position politically on the Afghan war. If Republicans should desert him, he’d find himself with a very unpopular war on his hands.”

  7. opulent2 says:

    O please!! Didn’t he learn anything from Meg Whitman?!!

    “Donald Trump told ABC News he is seriously considering a run for the White House and will make a final decision by June.

    Said Trump: “I am thinking about things. And I’m looking at this country… and what’s happened in terms of respect. And the respect for this country is just not there. I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us. They feel we’re fools. And almost being led by fools. And they can’t believe what they’re getting away with.”

    Trump would run as a Republican and didn’t rule out a self-funded campaign on which he could “very easily” spend more than $200 million. “

  8. Ametia says:

    Nov 18, 4:21 PM EST
    AZ boycott over immigration law sees mixed results
    Associated Press

    PHOENIX (AP) — A boycott brought on by Arizona’s controversial immigration crackdown raised the specter of vacant convention centers, desolate sports arenas and struggling businesses throughout the state.

    Seven months later, the boycott’s effects are coming into focus, showing it has been a disruptive force but nowhere near as crippling as originally feared.

    Businesses have lost lucrative contracts and conventions have relocated, performers called off concerts, and cities and counties in about a dozen states passed resolutions to avoid doing business with Arizona. A report released Thursday says the boycott has cost the state $141 million in lost meeting and convention business since Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law in April.

    But the state’s economy hasn’t come to a screeching halt – as some who organized the boycott hoped. In fact, more people went to the Grand Canyon this summer than last year, and more stayed in Arizona’s hotels and resorts, according to a review by The Associated Press.

  9. opulent2 says:

    Stay out? Sure riiiight! …this’ll happen when pigs fly!!

    “The Associated Press reports that U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue has decided “that the giant trade association will stay out of the 2012 presidential elections” and will work with the administration on key issues, despite the clashes between President Obama and the chamber during the midterms.

    “The declaration comes after the chamber spent more than $32 million in political ads during the midterm elections, most of them aimed against Democrats. Obama criticized the chamber during the campaign for not disclosing its donors… Though more closely aligned with Republicans, the chamber worked with the Obama administration to win support for continuing the $700 billion rescue of the banking sector, for its $800 billion economic stimulus and to assist financially reeling “

  10. opulent2 says:

    “Another set of findings from the NBC/WSJ poll is that attitudes about the White House and the economy have largely returned to where they were in May, before the impact of the BP spill was felt and before the Greek debt crisis turned into big problems for the administration. Obama’s approval/disapproval stands at 47%-47%, which is the first time since May when his job-approval hasn’t been a net-negative. Also, his fav/unfav crept up to 49%-39%, which is nearly identical to where it was in early May. And the percentage believing the economy will improve in the next 12 months (37%) is the highest since May (when 40% said that). Perhaps the biggest news in the poll as it relates to 2012: 60% say the worst of the recession is behind us, which is up 15 points from August.”

  11. Ametia says:

    Dancing’ toward reform
    Voting method questioned after Bristol survived over Brandy
    November 18, 2010

    BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist
    After Brandy was booted from “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night, a solid source at “DWTS” told me, “People here went crazy.

    “Not only was everyone stunned that Bristol [Palin] will be in the finals,” the staffer said, “it just made everyone realize the voting system really needs to be changed. This is going to lead to a reworking of the entire voting system.,zwecker-dancing-111810.article

    • opulent2 says:

      O this is the oldest BS in the world…we know Brandi was ROBBED…hey we back in the 50s..when if you a POC…you can’t win..despite being the undisputed best!!

    • Ametia says:

      Rumor has it, blacks wil be voting en mass to unseat that trifling heffa Bristol.

      • opulent2 says:

        lol lol…rumors, rumors…what’s that song?

      • Ametia says:

      • Vettte says:

        We voting for the black chubby guy EN MASSE!

        • Ametia says:

          Ya know, you’re telling the truth Vette. Personally I think these old white guys would get a tremendous thrill if PBo pulled out his balls and told them all to suck’em!

          They have PENIS envy.

      • Vettte says:

        I’m sure that y’all have discussed James Carville’s comments today “that the POTUS needed to borrow one of Hillary’s balls”, but I wanted to add my two cents into this discussion that the POTUS needs to “man-up”:

        I recall last year when the POTUS called a meeting of the Rethugs to ask for their input into the health care plan. How strong Obama was. How he told John McCain to STFU and the campaign was over. Obama is strong, but when he shows that strength it scares white people. So, its a damned if I do and damned if I don’t. In that meeting, I figured then that the POTUS was going to reap some backlash from being a strong black man in the room full of old white men. We will never know how much of the midterm vote was because of jobs/economy vs. their reaction to Obama when he is at his strongest. I have no doubt that he has “both balls” the question is, can old ass white men handle it when he uses them. (Hammercy!!)

      • opulent2 says:

        Thanks for the Vid!!
        yeah, that was the ONE I was thinkin bout!!
        hahahhaha!! : )

      • opulent2 says:

        ‘last year when the POTUS called a meeting of the Rethugs to ask for their input into the health care plan. ‘

        ALSO known as the Baltimore Massacre….we have a thread on this!!

  12. opulent2 says:

    Two folks opine on budget defecit:

    Fareed Zakaria: “The fate of the U.S. is going to be decided over the next year. O.K., I know that’s overly dramatic, but here’s why I say it. The deficit-reduction commission co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson has put the long-term fiscal health of the country front and center on the national stage. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a serious debate about it. We could decide that we are willing to undertake real reforms and fix the problem. Or we could once again kick the can down the road. If we do the latter, things get worse, the political deadlock hardens, and costs rise. Historians may well look back and say this was the point at which the U.S. began its long and seemingly irreversible decline.”

    Joe Klein: “I’m not opposed to long-term deficit reduction, so long as it’s equitable. But I do wonder why these righteous burghers are leading the charge on this particular issue and are so obviously AWOL on a more pressing problem: finding a way to encourage productive investment that creates jobs while discouraging the financial speculation that creates bailouts.”

  13. opulent2 says:


    “In an WHO Radio interview, Mike Huckabee wanted to make sure everyone knew he might still run for president — even though he’s sounded ambivalent over the past few months.

    Said Huckabee: “I’m not ruling it out. And that’s not a yes, but it’s definitely not a no.”

    He added: “The honest answer is: I’m keeping it open as an option, I’m looking at whether or not there’s a pathway to victory. As I’ve told several people, I’m not jumping into a pool when there’s no water in it.”

  14. opulent2 says:

    “The question of whether Rahm Emanuel is a legal Chicago resident for the mayor’s race “is about to get real,” the Ward Room reports.

    “Next week a veteran election lawyer will file paperwork in an attempt to knock Emanuel off the ballot for allegedly failing to meet residency requirements that stipulate a candidate must live in the city for one year before election.”

    Key issue: Emanuel was twice dropped from voter rolls when it was determined he wasn’t a resident while working in the Obama White House.

    Update: Emanuel pushed back on his website, pointing out that the Chicago Tribune editorial board and three former presidents of the Chicago Bar Association have “stated clearly that Rahm was — and is — a Chicago resident.”

  15. opulent2 says:

    O so he gets it?!! haahaha

    “With Obama up for re-election in 2012, Carville noted that the presidential electorate is far more favorable to Democrats and will continue to be in the years ahead as the demographics of the country evolve.

    Carville described it as “a less white, younger, less married electorate,” all of which are positive indicators for Democrats.

    “The deck he’s going to play with in 2012 is going to be a fundamentally more favorable deck than he played with in 2010,” Carville said of Obama. Meanwhile, “Republicans are forced to double-down on older whites.”

  16. Ametia says:

    Charlie Rangel censure recommended by ethics chief counsel

    By William Branigin
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, November 18, 2010; 3:24 PM

    The House ethics committee on Thursday began deliberating what sanction to recommend against Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) after a public hearing in which he defended himself by conceding he made “mistakes” in violating House rules but insisted that he was not “corrupt” and did not seek personal gain.

    In a final plea before the committee went behind closed doors to consider a prosecutor’s recommendation of censure, Rangel urged his fellow lawmakers Thursday afternoon to treat him fairly and to absolve him of corruption in their report to the full House.

    “I leave the sanction to all of you as it relates to fairness,” Rangel said. “I just hope no matter what you decide in the sanctions that you put in that report that Charles Rangel never sought any personal gain.” Despite news media reports in his home city, “there’s no way to stretch this that I was a corrupted individual,” he said. “I never attempted to enrich myself.”

  17. Ametia says:

    Obama Names Buffett, Merkel as Medal of Freedom Recipients .
    NOVEMBER 18, 2010, 6:18 A.M. ET.

    WASHINGTON—A poet and a painter, a baseball legend and a basketball giant, a German chancellor and an American president all found themselves named as recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

    The medal is given from time to time by the president. Officially, it recognizes “especially meritorious contributions” across a wide range of endeavors: U.S. security or national interests, world peace and cultural pursuits among them.

  18. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!

    Feel better SG2!

    I love John Coltrane. He’s one of my favs!!!!

  19. Rashad says:

    Naima is such a pretty song..although oddly enough I used to listen to in college when I was depressed. I had it all wrong back then

    • Ametia says:

      Naima is a beautiful song. Naima was his wife back in the day. I can understand your lsitening to it while depressed. There are layers upon layers on striated moods. Dude wrote and performed some of the most complex jazz of a lifetime.

  20. Ametia says:

    General Motors’ public offering may net $20 billion

    By Steven Mufson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, November 18, 2010; 12:53 AM

    Seventeen months after veering into bankruptcy, General Motors has become the unlikely darling of Wall Street, poised to complete an initial public offering Thursday that will fetch more than $20 billion and rank as one of the largest in history.

  21. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3 Chics, Friends, & Lurkers! :-)

    Keeping SG2 in our hearts and prayers.

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