Serendipity SOUL-Friday Open Thread

The Isley Brothers (pronounced /ˈaɪzliː/; EYES-lee) are a successful and long-running American group consisting of different line-ups of six brothers, and a brother-in-law, Chris Jasper. The founding members were O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and Vernon Isley.

Starting their careers in the gospel performing circuit in the early 1950s, they eventually crossed over to secular music first finding modest success in doo-wop until the release of their first million-selling hit, “Shout“, in 1959. After several flops resulted in them being dropped from their record label, they found success again with sixties hits such as “Twist & Shout“, later covered successfully by The Beatles and the Motown hit, “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” in 1962 and 1966 respectively. The group didn’t find success again until the end of the decade when their 1969 single, “It’s Your Thing“, (with Ernie Isley on bass guitar) was released. The song brought them success in the then-fledgling funk genre.

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113 Responses to Serendipity SOUL-Friday Open Thread

  1. opulent2 says:

    I am so sick of folks talking about the GOP snubbed O and didn’t go to the “SlurpeeSummitt’

    Darn near every write of alludes to this being about POTUS being a wuss and the GOP being ‘big dogs’ and Reid saying that the Dems never ever failed to meet with Bush.

    Well, you know what I think? I think the GOP is running scared. They are scared to meet with POTUS cause they are experience PTSD everytime they realize it will likely be another Baltimore massacre.

    The GOP are snubbing Obama from their leadership meeting because they don’t want to look like drooling fools again. The GOP are running scared because Obama but a verbal foot up their asses last year on national TV. I remember that meeting – Fox just stop airing it after a half hour. You may not like Obama’s politics, but like Clinton – he’s several times smarter than most of the ass hats on the other side. As the Daily Show said, trying to out-debate Obama is like fighting Aquaman in the water

    • Ametia says:


    • dannie22 says:

      Obama is not scared of these clowns. Just his bearing, his presence and intellect is intimidating to those repub mofos. They know they aren’t his equal. PBO is their master. When they look him in the eye the repubs know it. That’s why they don’t want to go.

      • Exactly. They’re scared little wussies afraid of the President’s intellect. That’s why they stated the President was trying to trick or ambush them. Our President got the bitches cowering.

      • opulent2 says:

        TELL IT!! these folks RUNNIN from POTUS!! They can’t handle it!! But the media wanna act like it is the opposite!! Shiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  2. Whoo Hoo!

    Happy Thanksgiving black farmers!

    Senate approves long-delayed $1.15 billion black farmer settlement

    The Senate on Friday afternoon approved $1.15 billion to fund a long-awaited legal settlement between the Department of Agriculture and African-American farmers who claimed government discrimination.

    The upper chamber also approved $3.4 billion to settle complaints that the Department of the Interior mismanaged Native American money accounts.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) touted one of the first legislative accomplishments of the lame-duck session.

    “Black farmers and Native American trust account holders have had to wait a long time for justice, but now it will finally be served,” Reid said in a statement. “I am heartened that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together to deliver the settlement that these men and women deserve for the discrimination and mismanagement they faced in the past.

    “This issue has been of great importance to me, and I am pleased these long-suffering Americans can now receive the closure that they deserve,” Reid added.

  3. opulent2 says:

    “The most far-reaching impact of Republican Party’s historic landslide in the 2010 election will be on redistricting.

    As a result of its gains at the state level, Republicans now control the governorship and state legislatures in 15 states — giving them near complete control of redrawing district lines before the next election. And the population growth in (primarily) GOP-friendly states means that many GOP strongholds, like South Carolina and Texas, will be gaining seats in the reapportionment.

    But because of the significant Republican gains in the House, the GOP is facing the daunting challenge of redrawing lines to protect its sizable House majority in states while also trying to protect incumbents who would like to run in safer districts.

    It puts GOP map-drawers in a catch-22 situation, especially in electoral battlegrounds like Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan. Republicans could draw the districts to maximize their number of pickup opportunities, but that would cause other members to run in less-friendly districts than they’re accustomed to. Or they could focus on protecting their own members, but that will come at the cost of expanding opportunities to maximize Republican gains for the next decade.

    Because Republicans control the redistricting process in so many states, there will be a strong temptation to overreach to create what, based on the 2010 election results, appear to be Republican-friendly districts — a temptation the GOP has succumbed to in the past and that later backfired.

    National Republicans are well aware of that temptation – and sound like they prefer the more conservative approach of protecting their own over expanding the map.”

  4. opulent2 says:


    “Sarah Palin was at the butt end of an insult from former Clinton aide Jami Floyd on Friday, when Floyd called the former Alaska Governor and potential presidential fascination an “extraordinary ass.”

    “Never underestimate your opponent and the governor says she’s an extraordinary asset to her party,” Floyd said on MSNBC. “I say she’s an extraordinary ass, frankly.”

  5. opulent2 says:

    I wonder if all those tea baggers and angry white males are gonna reMEMber this Thanksgiving by standing in food lines, sleeping in shelters and going to pantry shelves for their canned good Thanksgiving dinner….just think NO turkey for THE turkeys that voted for these folks! O they reaping what they sowed!!

    “Congress has given the unemployed up to 73 weeks of benefits (on top of the 26 weeks provided by states) to combat the worst recession since the Great Depression. But even though the unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent, Congress is on the verge of taking the benefits away — something it has never done before in such dire economic times.

    “Not when we’ve had high unemployment,” Edwards told HuffPost in an interview in her office after the speech.

    Lawmakers have routinely given the unemployed extra weeks of benefits in every recession going back to the 1950s, and the benefits have never been dropped with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent. Extra weeks of unemployment benefits have never been as controversial as they are today. Many lawmakers, particularly Republicans, have said the benefits discourage people from looking for work.

    “We’ve always just done it. It’s never been partisan. We’ve done it under Republican presidents, Democratic presidents, Republican Congress, Democratic Congress. And the timing just couldn’t be worse — couldn’t be worse. And so we all get to go home, we have our paychecks, we buy our turkeys. It’s shameful,” Edwards said.

    The bill defeated Thursday would have pushed back the eligibility deadline for extended unemployment insurance until Feb. 28. Currently, that deadline is Nov. 30 “

    • Ametia says:

      The Indies and right leaning voters are going to REAP what they’ve SOWN, by vopting these mofos back in the majority.

    • Let them weep! Stoopid mofos need to feel it for voting against their interest. How the hell are you gonna vote for someone to cut off your unemployment check when you don’t have a job & no food. It’s fking stupidifying!
      Weep beyotches!

  6. opulent2 says:

    PreeeeeACH Donna Edwards!! Get in the face of the GOP and say this repeatedly when they do want to cut ‘handouts’ when they do not want to ‘extend’ umemployment benefits. Maybe those angry white unemployed males might hear you…ooops! I forgot you black.AND female .they not gonna even listen!

    “A campaign finance system that encourages both parties to recruit wealthy candidates who can fund their own races has led to a Congress that no longer accurately represents the American people, a Democratic congresswoman said after Thursday’s House vote to cut off long-term unemployment insurance benefits. Such a vote could never take place if members understood what it means to struggle to find work, she said.

    “Increasingly, both sides, Republicans and Democrats, are spending much more of their time recruiting people who are just wealthy. And then, when you think of the kinds of decisions that we have to make — decisions about unemployment, about food stamps, about, you know, basic human needs, about jobs — it raises a question of whether it’s a representative body,” Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) told HuffPost.

  7. opulent2 says:

    LMAO!!! that’s right Joe…GOOD Answer!!


    “Vice President Biden appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, where the hosts showed him a clip of former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) telling Barbara Waters she thinks she could beat President Obama in 2012. Biden literally laughed, before telling the hosts he should say no more.”

  8. opulent2 says:

    This is nothing but obstructionism. Racism is creating a national security isssue where partianship is being place before patriotism…all so they can deny the WH a victory.


    “It is genuinely insane that Senate Republicans would ignore U.S. national security interests and kill the pending arms control treaty with Russia, New START.

    But imagine how Russia feels.

    Russians are mystified. They can’t quite believe that the U.S. Senate might fail to ratify the nuclear arms treaty, and they see no good from such an outcome.

    The list of possible harmful effects they cite encompasses a minefield of global concerns: no more cooperation on Iran, a setback for progressive tendencies in Russia, new hurdles for Russian membership in the World Trade Organization, a terrible example for nuclear countries such as China and India, dim prospects for better NATO relations. And to top it off, the United States and its president would look ridiculous.

    Sergei M. Rogov, director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, told the Post he simply didn’t believe Republicans would go through with this, unambiguous threats notwithstanding. “In arms control, Russian and American cooperation is crucial,” Rogov said. “I really don’t think Republicans want to kill arms control.”

    The problem, I suspect, is that much of the world assumes Republican officials in the United States place the country’s well being above all else. International observers, in other words, believe elected American politicians want to do things that would benefit America. It’s a simple matter of self-interest, which tends to motivate practically everyone in international affairs.

    In this case, we’re talking about a treaty that would keep tabs on Russia’s long-range nuclear bases, bolster American credibility around the globe, weaken Iran and North Korea, improve Russian cooperation in Afghanistan, and diminish the political strength of hard-liners in Moscow. For Americans who want to help America, it’s a no-brainer.

    But Obama Derangement Syndrome doesn’t just lead right-wing activists to believe ridiculous things, it’s also a sickness that causes powerful Republican officials to put partisanship over patriotism.”

  9. opulent2 says:

    More news to affirm that GOP folks are not the brightest bulb in ANY box!

    “House Republicans have not yet decided who’ll chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but we’re down to three finalists. The competition tells us quite a bit about the state of the GOP caucus.

    A leading contender is currently the committee’s ranking member, Texas’ Joe Barton, best known for apologizing to BP for its oil spill and being Congress’ most pro-pollution lawmaker. He’ll fight for the gavel with Illinois’ John Shimkus, who’s made a name for himself by refuting science with his understanding of the Bible.

    The third competitor is Michigan’s Fred Upton, a conservative Republican, but a relative moderate by 2010 standards. He’s facing far-right attacks this week over, of all things, light bulbs.

    Hoping to counter attacks from his right, Rep. Fred Upton is promising to reexamine a controversial ban on incandescent light bulbs if he becomes chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    The Michigan Republican told POLITICO on Thursday that he’s not afraid to go back after an issue he once supported but that has come under withering assault on the conservative airwaves, including on Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck’s talk shows.

    “If I become chairman, we’ll be reexamining the light bulb issue, no problem,” Upton said.

    Upton’s bid to be the next Energy and Commerce Committee leader has been rocked by allegations that he’s too moderate for the post.

    Beck called him “all socialist” for cosponsoring legislation phasing out incandescent light bulbs that made it into a 2007 energy law signed by President George W. Bush. An unsigned 22-page document highlighting Upton’s voting record on a range of fiscal, social and policy has also been circulating around Capitol Hill this month.

    Just so we’re clear, one of the central issues for Republicans in the 21st century, when picking a lawmaker to chair a committee dealing with energy, is protection for a 19th-century-style light bulb.”

  10. opulent2 says:

    O just listen to this GOP talking point..I wonder it this talking point warmed the hearts of all those angry UNemployed white males..who voted for NO HANDOUTS?!!

    “Rep. John Kline (R) is poised to become chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, giving him quite a bit of power over issues of great concern to the public. He’ll be succeeding Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), who’s proven himself to be an exceptional champion of working families.

    Kline prefers a different approach.

    Yesterday, the conservative Republican talked with Minnesota Public Radio about his opposition to extended unemployment benefits, pointing to the budget deficit. Specifically, he was asked, “[W]hat do you tell those folks hanging on by a thread who really need those benefits?” Kline responded:

    “Well, they, heh, the best thing to do for them is to get the economy back on track and get businesses hiring so that they have a job that they can go to. We simply don’t have the money to keep extending unemployment benefits indefinitely. We just don’t have the money.”

    He added, “We can’t fund everything.”

    In general, that’s true; we can’t “fund everything.” It’s up to policymakers in a position of power to exercise good judgment and choose between competing priorities.

    On the one hand, we have hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts that will benefit millionaires and billionaires, and all of which would be added to the deficit. Kline supports the cuts enthusiastically. America, apparently, “has the money.”

    On the other hand, we have 2.5 million Americans, all of whom are struggling badly, poised to lose jobless benefits. These benefits tend to have an impressive stimulative effect — when the unemployed get a check, they spend it — which improves the larger economy. Kline opposes the benefits, and voted against them yesterday. America, apparently, “doesn’t have the money.”

  11. opulent2 says:

    Blah, blah, blah…with all the islamophobia in his party they are not electing a Mormon!!

    “Romney would not be seeking the GOP presidential nomination in a vacuum. In reality, if he’s going to lose, some other candidate is going to have to beat him, and right now, all of the other prospective Republican candidates have their own set of weaknesses… And despite his weaknesses as a candidate, he also brings a number of advantages. Romney would enter the race with far higher name recognition than he did his first time around and a broad national political organization that has been building up good will by helping Republican candidates in key states. He also enjoys a vast fundraising network.”

  12. opulent2 says:

    Pelosi riding Herd!! Go head MS. LEADER…whip it!

    “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.”

  13. opulent2 says:

    What a classLESS act!!

    “If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize.”

    — James Carville, quoted by Politico, sticking by his harsh assessment of President Obama.

  14. opulent2 says:

    Seems to me that they have determined they want to out fundraise OFA!!..Ickes as we all know is a serious Clintonian and was the political strategist on HCR’s team who failed to count delegates correctly. This unrest in the party is just an end run around the money Obama already has LOCKED up!! Sounds like an opposing primary from within the party is being funded. That is what this is. POTUS is not bringing a knife to a gun battle.

    “Frustrated by what they see as President Obama’s weakness in battling Republicans, “leading Democratic donors and tacticians have begun independently plotting their political recovery — including building a network of outside fundraising and campaign organizations to compete with those formed this year by Republicans,” McClatchy-Tribune reports.

    A dozen prominent Democrats — led by longtime Bill Clinton adviser Harold Ickes and labor leader Andy Stern — will meet next week “to discuss whether to form a new operation to combat the many outside groups launched this year by Karl Rove and other Republican strategists, according to multiple participants.”

    “Such a move by Democrats comes despite Obama’s long-standing opposition to political spending by outside groups, particularly those that refuse to disclose their donors, and underscores the deep dissatisfaction with the White House’s strategy on several fronts.”

  15. opulent2 says:

    ICAM!!! Rum Bloomberg, RUN!!

    “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) told CNN he may or may not run for president in 2012 but he doesn’t want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make a bid.

    Said Barbour: “I hope Mayor Bloomberg won’t even consider that. But if there were a strong third party candidate there’s no question in my mind, that candidate would draw votes away from the Republican.”

    He added a third party bid by Bloomberg would be “the best thing that can happen to President Obama.”

  16. opulent2 says:

    UH OH!!!…Maxine in some really dirty water!! How coincidental is it that 2 of the longest serving members are up for ethics it a witch hunt. I wanna feel sorry for ’em but I can’t since neither of these SOB’s backed Obama…they ran with HRC and I ain’t forgetting nor forgiving that transgression against POC.

    “The House ethics committee announced it has “delayed indefinitely” its trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) due to the discovery of new evidence in the case, The Hill reports.

    “The decision is a setback for the ethics committee, which had hoped to conclude the Waters trial during the lame-duck session of Congress.”

  17. opulent2 says:

    “A new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows a deep reluctance among California voters to side with a GOP candidate and broad swaths of the state holding views on government’s role that conflict with Republican positions.

    Key findings: “Strikingly, almost one in five California voters said they would never cast a ballot for a Republican. Among Latinos, that rose to almost one in three. Only 5% of California voters were as emphatically anti-Democrat.”

    “The negative overlay both explained and helped determine the fates of the party’s candidates in November. As a GOP tide swept the nation, Republicans here lost all statewide offices, with one contest, for attorney general, still unresolved but leaning toward the Democrat. Republicans here also failed to gain any congressional seats and lost a legislative seat.”,0,1562210.story

  18. Joe Scarborough Suspended From MSNBC Over Political Donations

    MSNBC has suspended “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough for the same violation that took Keith Olbermann off the air earlier this month.

    In a statement, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he has suspended Scarborough for making political donations to candidates in Florida without seeking prior approval:

    This morning Joe Scarborough informed me that he made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates in Florida between 2004-08. In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago, he did not recall these contributions. Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy. He will be immediately suspended for two days without pay and will return to the air on Wednesday, November 24th. As Joe recognizes, it is critical that we enforce our standards and policies.
    Under NBC News policy, employees must seek prior approval if making political donations.

    Scarborough apologized in a public statement, saying, “I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter.” His full statement appears below.

    It was recently brought to my attention that I made political contributions over the past several years that are not consistent with MSNBC’s guidelines. These contributions were to close personal friends and family members and were limited to local races.
    Despite the fact that these races were local and not relevant to my work at MSNBC, I have been told they violated MSNBC guidelines.

    I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter. I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.

    • opulent2 says:

      What is this mess about? Bipartianship? Olberman gave to Dems and Scar gave to GOP so now it is his turn to get suspended so that the network does not ‘appear’ partisian? GMAFB!!

    • Ametia says:

      Who cares about Joey Scar. This is another attempt by MSNBC to boost their ratings & profits. Look at all the attention KO got. over 300, 000 signed a petition. The liberal blogosphere went nuts over his suspension. Does Phil Griffith think the right wing folks will bust a nut over Scarborough? UGGGGH1

  19. Witness: NOLA cop laughed after burning man’s body

    A New Orleans police officer was laughing after he burned the body of a man who had been gunned down by police in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, a fellow officer testified Thursday.

    The testimony came during the trial of officer Greg McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, who are charged with burning the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover in a car after he was shot and killed by a different officer outside a strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005. Three other current and former officers also are charged in Glover’s death.

    Lord Have Mercy upon the soul of the victim! Only a psychopath with no feelings, no morals, & no soul would do such a thing to another human being. Purge him from the face of the earth. Don’t allow this animal to breathe air again. Cast him into everlasting darkness where he belongs.

  20. Ametia says:


    Senate expected to pass black farmers settlementBy the CNN Wire StaffNovember 19, 2010 11:52 a.m. EST
    Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Senate is expected to approve $1.15 billion Friday to fund a settlement initally reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago, according to Senate sources.

    The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge’s terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.

    “This is much long overdue justice for black farmers,” said John Boyd, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association.

    The Senate is also expected to clear — in the same piece of legislation — $3.4 billion to fund a separate settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling of a trust fund managed for Native Americans.

    In July, the House approved a war supplemental bill that included money to pay for the settlements. At the time, however, the Senate failed to approve the measure.

    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, dropped an objection to the package this week after Senate leaders agreed not to finance it through additional deficit spending.

    Prominent members of both parties have voiced support for paying out the settlements.

    If the Senate measure passes, it will have to be approved by the lame duck House before moving to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

  21. Ametia says:

    Obama at NATO summit to plan Afghan pullout
    At meeting, leaders set to endorse plan to pull majority of foreign troops from Afghanistan by end of 2014 news services
    updated 11/19/2010 7:59:56 AM ET 2010-11-19T12:59:56

    LISBON, Portugal — LISBON, Portugal — President Barack Obama arrived in the Portuguese capital Friday for two days of meetings that will put his Afghanistan war strategy in the spotlight.

    Obama met with Portugal’s president and prime minister before attending the opening session of the NATO summit.

    NATO countries are expected to back plans to pull most of the 150,000 foreign troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

    NATO leaders will announce the exit strategy from a war widely seen as going badly for the United States and its allies, but approve a new 10-year vision statement underlining the need for the alliance to be ready for similar missions in the future.

    Uopon his arrival, Obama on praised Portugal’s government for committing itself to “a very vigorous package of economic steps” as it dealt with challenges created by the global economic crisis.

    “We are going to be working with all of Europe as well as Portugal in support of these efforts,” Obama said after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

  22. Endowment fund will honor Obama’s mom

    HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii Foundation is forming an endowment fund that will honor the late Stanley Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama’s mother.

    Fundraising is just beginning for the endowment, a partnership between the UH Foundation and the East-West Center.

    University officials say the fund will support an endowed chair in the anthropology department and scholarships for students focused on that field and other social sciences.

    The fund is in the name of Ann Dunham Soetoro, the moniker Obama’s mother adopted after marrying her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. She also used the name during years of anthropology studies.

    She received a bachelor’s, a master’s and a doctorate degree from UH.

    Way to go, Hawaii!

  23. Ametia says:


    • Ametia says:

      THIS: “I don’t think it needs to be pulled off the market,” he said. “I’m a 100% advocate for personal responsibility. You have to read the label. You can’t just load up and think it won’t do anything.”

      The thing is, some folks don’t want to take 10% responsibility for themselves.
      So the FDA, which is government run is in place to protect Americans from harmful substances that are marketed for consumption.

      Now with the increased mantra of “I want government out of my life,” these same folks will scream about harmful substances, if they live, that they consumed of their own free will.

      These drinks are designed for the young, they are cheap, and the companies profit, they don’t give a fuck about anybodies health. It’s all about the bottom line.

      • These drinks are designed for the young, they are cheap, and the companies profit, they don’t give a fuck about anybodies health. It’s all about the bottom line.

        Amen. It’s all about the dollar and how much they can make.

    • opulent2 says:

      OoooooKAY now!!

      Herman Harris, 27, of Baton Rouge, said he and a friend who loves Four Loko are planning a sendoff party: “Four Loko: The Last Call Edition.” Harris, normally a Miller Lite drinker who shuns fruity drinks, has tried Four Loko several times.

      “I don’t think it needs to be pulled off the market,” he said. “I’m a 100% advocate for personal responsibility. You have to read the label. You can’t just load up and think it won’t do anything.”

      The ban, he said, is a sales boon.

      “People are going out and buying Four Loko like hotcakes,” Harris says. “If you didn’t know about it before the ban, you know about it now.”

  24. Ametia says:

    Facebook and MySpace joint announcement: MySpace welcomes Facebook users
    By Melissa Bell
    Update: No exciting merger, folks. MySpace will be introducing a feature that allows its remaining users to log on to the site with their Facebook IDs, hereby finally ceding the social networking crown to the reigning champ.

    The new project, dubbed “Mashup with Facebook,” could help the newly redesigned MySpace by introducing its entertainment content to the huge user-base of Facebook. Mashable reports that MySpace will also be introducing “like” buttons to its content, “meaning MySpace content like music and videos will start getting shared back to Facebook.”

    Update II:

    YouRockRadio writes, “Being in the music industry, I believed that MySpace missed the boat on their true calling years ago. Instead of pandering to silly games and nonsensical karaoke contests, they should have concentrated on what they really were… The largest collection of independent music artists in the world! What a wasted opportunity.”

    Al Hilwa, a Seattle tech analyst, writes, “The question is whether money changed hands to enable this and whether this is a pre-cursor for acquisition? I am guessing that News Corp has not achieved its goals with MySpace and may be losing patience at this stage. Of course the scary thing is all the accumulation of data about individuals. What if my insurance companies, my banks, my doctors and my retailers decided to pool what they know about me together? What is left of my privacy to protect?”

    12:18 p.m.

    On Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern, the two great giants of social media networks will come together for a surprise announcement. Of course, it’s really only one great giant now, and the announcement will likely knell the final death toll for MySpace.

    Just last week, MySpace’s CEO said his site is no longer a social network. It recently underwent a massive redesign, to become a “social entertainment destination.”

  25. Hey guys,

    What’s up with Sarah Palin going after Michelle & Malia? I don’t wanna get upset. I’m trying to be calm. Going after Malia? A child? Oh, she need to be snatched but good.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s a stunt to get her RABID supporters to further show their hate and disdain for the BLACK family in the White House. The same family that won the presidency in 2008, the man and family that HANDILY BEAT her and John McCain to a pulp, and denied them the opportunity to come to Washington.

      Hate & Jealousy, NOT an attractive look for you Sarah, wanna be POTUS in 2012 Palin.

      • Palin is nothing more than filthy white trash. She knows she is trash and all she has is that rabid white trash base of supporters who are just like her. Decent people despise her & look down on her hillbilly ignorance. Michelle wouldn’t give this bish the time of day.

      • Ametia says:

        The Obama family is EVERYTHING the Palin family is NOT, everything that white America set as a standard for the idea American family.

        Good work ethics, 2 parent household, values, moral, ethics, good education. The Palin children are scattered all over the place, they lie, vandalize, name-call, are unwed and have babies, spit in the face of education, druggies.. the son…. Sarah’s a quitter & a grifter. Shall I go on?

        The only thing the Obamas aren’t is WHITE, and so Palin has nothing else in her bag of tricks but to attack. That’s what low education, no morals, ethics, and white entitlement will get you folks.

      • ALL OF THIS

      • Ametia says:

        I want this bitch to run in 2012. We’ll circulate every Youtube, twitter, facebook, word salad debacle she’s done and continues to do. RUN, SARAH, RUN. Your 5 million viewers of that fake ass reality show will vote for you, but don’t bank on any SANE Americans(IF THERE ARE ANY ALIVE) to fall for your game.

      • Michelle Obama was speaking about being proud of the political process in this country. We all know the process wasn’t pretty for black people. We were abused as citizens of this country, we couldn’t vote, & some were beaten and or killed for attempting to vote. Michelle said nothing wrong. America has an ugly stain for the mistreatment of African American people. It is what it is. America has been mean to African Americans. So what, pray tell, was wrong with Michelle’s words? We know what happen. It cannot be hidden under a rug and ignored.

    • opulent2 says:

      It is straight up racemongering!!

  26. Ametia says:

    Sen. Coburn Supports Increasing Taxes ‘If We Cut Spending’
    Last week, the co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission released a report outlining their recommendations to reduce the budget deficit. Since then, a raucous debate has erupted over the proper measures that should be taken to rein in the U.S. debt.

    Yesterday morning, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss his thoughts on the commission and the proper steps to reduce the deficit in general. At one point, the senator explained that even though he “has said we don’t need increased taxes, I’ll take increased taxes if we cut spending. We have to look down the road and solve problems for everybody, no matter what their label is”:

    HOST: The debt commission, the deficit commission rather. What is your take on their recommendations, and how realistic is it?

    COBURN: Well, let’s set the stage for it. We have to do something. […] Even though I’ve said we don’t need increased taxes, I’ll take increased taxes if we cut spending. We have to look down the road and solve the problems for everybody, no matter what their label is.

  27. Ametia says:

    Obama’s opportunity to be the decider
    By Eugene Robinson
    Friday, November 19, 2010

    We don’t define periods in American history by who held the majority in Congress. It was the Reagan Era, not the Tip O’Neill Era – just as we’re now living in the Obama Era, no matter what John Boehner or Mitch McConnell might hope.

    President Obama is being inundated with contradictory advice on what to do next, now that his party is losing its majority in the House and will have weaker control of the Senate. Most of the punditocracy’s counsel centers on how Obama should greet the strengthened and emboldened Republican opposition.

    With a defiant, Churchillian vow to fight in the committees, on the beaches, etc., but “never surrender” to the encroaching hordes? With a broad smile and an invitation to join hands in bipartisan compromise, and perhaps a singalong around the campfire? With a somewhat less genuine smile and a series of maneuvers, in concert with the Democratic leaders in Congress, that forces congressional Republicans to cast politically difficult votes?

  28. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!!

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