Friday Open Thread

Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008) was a South African singer and civil rights activist. The Grammy Award winning artist is often referred to as Mama Afrika.

Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer-herbalist). Her father, who died when she was six years old, was a Xhosa. When she was eighteen days old, her mother was arrested for selling umqombothi, an African homemade beer distilled from malt and cornmeal. Her mother was sentenced to a six-month prison term, so Miriam spent her first six months of life in jail.[2][3] As a child, she sang in the choir of the Kilmerton Training Institute’ in Pretoria, a primary school that she attended for eight years.[4][5]

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18 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. Barbara Walters asked some got d*mn stupid ass questions. Pray tell? What is wrong with these mofo people? I mean really. Did she really expect Michelle to respond to some Sarah Palin bullsh*t? Who the fk is Sarah Palin? Barbara made me cuss at her. Ugh.

  2. Ametia says:

    CNN Breaking news…

    President Obama gets 12 stitches after being elbowed in lip during basketball game, White House says.

  3. Obama Gets 12 Stitches After Basketball Injury

    “After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House.”
    According to a pool report, Obama received a special type of fiber that should leave a smaller scar:

    The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches.

    Whose elbow hit my President, got d*mmit? They’d better watch it. Keep the fking elbow away from my President.

  4. Michael Steele ‘On Very Thin Ice’ As GOP Chairman

    WASHINGTON — A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members.

    More than four dozen interviews with members of the 168-member central committee found fear that a badly damaged Steele could emerge from the wreckage of a knockdown, drag-out fight to head the party as it challenges President Barack Obama in 2012. While most agree that Steele’s time has been rough – and costly – the members also recognize that a leadership fight could overshadow gains that Republicans made in the midterm elections.

    With balloting set to take place in just two months, many just want Steele to go.

  5. Tom DeLay: The Hammer Gets Nailed

    It’ll never stand up on appeal,” a defiant but obviously shaken Tom DeLay told reporters moments after his recent conviction for money laundering and conspiracy. It was the first time I’d seen him looking anything but aggressive, smarmy and confident. He just looked small and scared. DeLay’s crime ripped a hole in Texas democracy. It’s serious. His conviction carries a penalty of up to life in prison, though no one really expects him to do hard time. As a politician, however, he’s deader than a truck-squashed armadillo.

    DeLay spent his early life as an exterminator. He entered local politics in 1978, eventually rising to become Republican Speaker of the House and earning the nickname, “The Hammer.” In 2005 he resigned in disgrace after close ties to another politics felon, Jack Abramoff, and after this set of charges was filed. He has pompously proclaimed his innocence ever since, while quietly using trick after trick in a cowardly attempt to put off the trial.

    Tom DeLay made an entire political career out of insider dealing. In retrospect, it’s likely what got him elected in the first place. And this was the consummate insider deal. The purpose of his money laundering was to elect more state representatives so they could gerrymander federal election districts so that the Texas congressional seats remained forever in Republican control. His seat included.

    May he never walk out of those prison doors. Slimey mofo.

  6. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!

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