Tuesday Open Thread

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (b. 1934), Pervis (b. 1935), Yvonne (b. 1936), and Mavis (b. 1939). They are best known for their 1970s hits “I’ll Take You There“, “Respect Yourself“, and “Let’s Do It Again“.

The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed their first professional contract in 1952.[1] During their early career they recorded in an acoustic gospel-folk style with various labels: United Records, Vee-Jay Records, Checker Records, Riverside Records, and then Epic Records in 1965. While the family surname is “Staples”, the group used the singular form for its name, resulting in the group’s name being “The Staple Singers”.

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56 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:


    That ‘Laskin, heffa did not win the mirror ball on DWTS!!!

    • Ametia says:

      BWA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bristol Palin DID NOT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

      And they didn’t keep the camera on her cracked swollen face either. Go on back to ‘laska, from wince you came. No dancing, moved like a 3 legged dog, unwed baby mama from wasilla, gon back home!

      • dannie22 says:

        Fat, ugly, 12 sandwich eating heffa.

      • Ametia says:


        HA HA HA HA HA And old Sarah wasn’t there to see her old Bristol DEFEAT!!!! got to give it to Bristol, at least she didn’t quit like her half governor mama.

      • CPL says:

        There was too much shyt about how the contest was being rigged in her favor for those mofos to pull off giving her the award, especially with people threatening boycotts of the show if she’d won.


    • Ametia says:

      HA HA HA!!! That’s what my daughter said. She said American have lost their damned minds.

      That heffa can barely walk, let alone dance.

  2. Ametia says:

    Joe Biden update: He has wounded warriors over for early Thanksgiving
    November 22, 2010 | 4:50 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, had about 10 wounded veterans and their families over for an early Thanksgiving dinner Monday night, as they did last year.
    In unusually brief remarks for the former senator, Biden said he was both “humbled” and “flattered” that the families had joined them in the VP’s official residence at the Naval Observatory. “There’s no way of really thanking you all,” he added.
    Mrs. Biden recalled their son Beau had served in Iraq. “I know what it means,” she said, “to all those thousands of families who gather at tables this Thanksgiving, and someone they love is missing.”
    “It’s really a joy for us to have you here tonight,” she added.
    The menu: turkey, of course. Also pumpkin and pecan pies.


  3. Ametia says:

    Airtime: Tues. Nov. 23 2010 | 12:34 PM ET


    Velma Hart, who told Obama she was ‘exhausted’ from defending him and became
    Recession Hits Home for Velma Hart


  4. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Federal Reserve lowers growth expectations through 2011
    November 23, 2010 2:41:22 PM

    The Federal Reserve has lowered expectations on economic growth through 2011, according to the minutes of their early November meeting, which were released Tuesday. Officials expect unemployment to remain around nine percent at the end of next year, the forecast said, helping to explain what drove the central bank to take new action to boost the economy three weeks ago.

    For more information, visit washingtonpost.com

  5. Ametia says:

    ANN ARBOR: Ecology Center celebrates 40 years with Van Jones
    Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010

    The Ecology Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday with a birthday celebration at the Michigan League, complete with a silent auction and keynote speaker Van Jones.

    The Ecology Center, which was founded in 1970, has had an environmental impact of the entire nation, playing a major role in the national Coming Clean and Safer States coalitions and working with the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health.

    “This is possible because there are so many people in this community who are passionate about these issues right here and around the globe,” said Mike Garfield, director of the Ecology Center.

    “This is the reason real change has happened, not just in Washington. It happens right here in our communities, our schools, our homes. It happens during events like this, where people of Ann Arbor join together, united by a vision for a better future.”


  6. Ametia says:

    Van Jones’ msg to liberals in Ann Arbor: Don’t give in to despair! (w/PHOTOS)
    by: eclectablog
    Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 08:53:30 AM EST

    Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com.
    Last week in Ann Arbor, Van Jones spoke at the Ecology Center’s 40th anniversary. Held on the campus of the University of Michigan, the event was a fundraiser but also an opportunity for Van Jones to share his thoughts on Michigan’s role in the environmental movement, the success of places like the Ecology Center and why now is not the time for progressive liberals to give in to despair. In fact, NOW, he said, is the time when we’re most needed.


  7. Ametia says:

    Velma Hart, “Exhausted” Woman Who Lost Her Job Still Supports President Obama

    CNBC talks to her and reports that she still supports President Obama and is worried that he’s been hurt by the mid-term elections. Clip from today’s Squawk Box


  8. OMG! I can’t get enough of pomegranates! They’re so good! Somebody stop me…

  9. Ametia says:

    Tuesday Talk: Health Care Reform with Nancy-Ann DeParle
    Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, will be answering your questions on health reform implementation in a live video chat today at 2:15 p.m. EST.
    Submit your questions and watch live.

  10. Ametia says:

    We need to keep our eyes on this:

    Posted at 3:33 PM ET, 11/22/2010
    Creator of the Web calls for continued open Web
    By Melissa Bell

    Tim Berners-Lee in 1999. (Dayna Smith)Almost 20 years ago, the World Wide Web went live on the computer of Tim Berners-Lee in Geneva. “The simple setup demonstrated a profound concept: that any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere,” he writes. Now Berners-Lee is fighting to keep that setup still in existence.

    One of the creators of the Web took to Scientific America on Monday to write an impassioned plea in support of an open Web, calling it a vital tool for democracy, a public resource owned by everyone and critical to free speech. Berners-Lee is among a number of top technology thinkers fighting against a possible tiered Internet system.

    The Web as we know it… is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments–totalitarian and democratic alike–are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.


  11. Ametia says:

    Franken wants antitrust probe of Comcast
    By Gautham Nagesh – 11/22/10 04:10 PM ET

    Comcast’s announcement of a new management team for NBC Universal may have been an illegal attempt to exert control over the company before the government has completed its antitrust review, according to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

    In a letter Monday to Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Christine Varney, Franken asked for an investigation.

    “Comcast has every right to promote its business and this merger,” wrote Franken, a former performer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

    It does not have the right to effect that merger absent explicit federal approval, or indirectly control or influence NBC Universal until that approval is granted. I urge you to investigate this conduct.”

    Franken suggested Comcast’s announcement last Wednesday may have been a violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, which bans merging companies from transferring control before the government’s review is complete.

    “The Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission have yet to complete their review of the proposed Comcast and NBC Universal merger,” Franken said. “And yet, by publicly announcing their intended managers of each component of NBC Universal, Comcast has effectively told employees at NBC Universal who their ‘real bosses’ are.”


  12. Ametia says:

    Dalai Lama wants to give up ceremonial duties
    By ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press 37 mins ago

    NEW– The Dalai Lama wants to give up his lesser known role as the ceremonial leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile, an aide said Tuesday, in what appeared to be another step in the aging leader’s efforts to prepare his people for life after he dies.
    However, he will remain the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the focal point of Tibetan national aspirations, said spokesman Tenzin Taklha.

    As head of the dominate Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is the top religious leader for Tibet. Many of his predecessors also served as Tibet’s political ruler, and the Dalai Lama himself served as head of government there after Chinese troops marched into his Himalayan homeland in 1950.
    Beijing claims Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans say the region was virtually independent for centuries.


  13. Palin: No time for Couric


    The former vice presidential candidate said she’s willing to talk to reporters, just not the CBS News anchor, heading into the 2012 election cycle.

    “As for doing an interview, though, with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that I would come out and say? Why waste my time?”

    Couric’s September 2008 interview with Palin was one of the few that the then-Alaska governor did with national press ahead of Election Day — and Palin’s responses to questions about foreign policy and her readiness to serve were problematic for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. The Couric interview also inspired one of the most-watched “Saturday Night Live” sketches of the 2008 race, with a rambling Tina Fey-as-Palin struggling to answer questions.

  14. Ametia says:

    Melissa Harris-Perry

    Princeton professor to discuss race, gender, politics, Nov. 30
    Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116
    Talk is part of URI’s fall Honors Colloquium

    KINGSTON, R.I. – November 22, 2010 – Melissa Harris-Perry, formerly known as Melissa Harris-Lacewell, will speak at the University of Rhode Island, Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Her lecture, “How Black Women’s Stories Complicate Race and Gender Politics,” will be delivered in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston. The talk, free and open to the public, is part of URI’s ongoing Honors Colloquium on Race. Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live here: http://www.uri.edu/news/urilive

    Harris-Perry, associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton University, primarily focuses on the daily challenges black Americans face to better understand their multiple, creative responses.

    She is at work on a new book, Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn’t Enough, touching on various aspects of racial and gender issues and how they influence political thought.


  15. Ametia says:

    Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support full-body scanners at airports

    People who set off the scanners’ alerts or who opt not to go through them are subject to a thorough pat-down by TSA agents. It is this alternative , which goes beyond earlier hand-screening, that has more detractors among those surveyed. The most objections came from those who fly with some frequency. Sixty percent of men who fly at least once a year say the new pat-down goes too far, compared with 48 percent of women.


    As usual, the media finds a few folks looking for a Youtube sensation to hype up the nontroversy

  16. dannie22 says:

    Morning all!

  17. Ametia says:

    TSA outcry is really a call for profiling

    By Eugene Robinson
    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    It’s hard to love the Transportation Security Administration, especially now that airport personnel seem so intent on touching people’s junk. But the TSA’s job isn’t to be adorable, it’s to be infallible – and, apparently, to suffer being unfairly maligned.

    Sure, the “don’t touch my junk” guy touched a nerve. I spend enough time fighting my way through airport security lines to share his frustration at ever-changing procedures that seem capricious, intrusive and sometimes just bizarre. But what, specifically, is the alternative?

    Last Christmas, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to bring down an airliner by detonating explosives concealed in his underwear. The device did not properly explode, but the incident sensitized the TSA to the danger of bombs that might make it past a metal detector – hence the rush to install full-body scanners that give a clear view of what’s beneath a person’s clothing, junk and all.


    Go on and tell the truth Eugene. You should know what this is all about.

    We know some white folks think they are immune to the law and are above it all. We know they only think and want POC to be profiled, while they get a free pass for being white. HELL NO! You want security, you have to compromise something, just like everyone else.

  18. Ametia says:

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

    Respect yourself, Velma!

  19. Good Morning, everyone!

    Happy Tuesday!

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