Friday Open Thread

All I Want for Christmas Is You  is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from her fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. It was released as the lead single from the album on November 1, 1994 by Columbia Records. The song was written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, the latter co-arranging and producing the song as well. As an up-tempo love song, it also incorporates pop music and traditional beats. The song’s lyrics describe an event in which the protagonist declares that she does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be with her lover.

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  1. Obama Issues First Pardons Of His Presidency

    WASHINGTON — President Obama, who had gone nearly 700 days without using his clemency power, finally issued nine pardons on Friday afternoon to a very minor rogue’s gallery of small-time felons who long ago did their time, if they did any at all.

    Far from sending a message about the excesses and errors of the judicial system, Obama picked minor and sometimes ancient offenses — such as a 1963 conviction for “mutilation of coins” — to forgive. He also chose not to commute any sentences at all.

    P.S. Ruckman Jr., the editor of the Pardon Power blog and a political science professor in Illinois, told HuffPost he was struck by the minor nature of the crimes that Obama selected.

    “Six out of the nine pardons are for people who didn’t even go to prison,” he said.

    Some observers had hoped that, as a constitutional lawyer by training and the first African-American president, Obama might issue pardons and commutations that made a powerful statement about the justice system past and present.

    But expectations diminished as the days and months went by, and Obama became the second-slowest president to issue a pardon at all. He was about two weeks away from surpassing even George W. Bush, who pardoned seven people just before Christmas of his second year.

  2. Ametia says:

    Senator Dick Durbin is on Hardball making the case for letting those Bush tax cuts EXPIRE!

  3. Ametia says:

    Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics

    By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    Friday, December 3, 2010;

    Sarah Palin has found a new opponent to debate: John F. Kennedy.

    In her new book, “America by Heart,” Palin objects to my uncle’s famous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, in which he challenged the ministers – and the country – to judge him, a Catholic presidential candidate, by his views rather than his faith. “Contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” Kennedy said. “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic.”

    Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy’s speech had “succeeded in the best possible way: It reconciled public service and religion without compromising either.” Now, however, she says she has revisited the speech and changed her mind. She finds it “defensive . . . in tone and content” and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, instead offered an “unequivocal divorce of the two.”

    • From a Huffington Post commenter:

      “Sarah….you will have to look long an hard before you can find
      a more un-American American as Palin. She cloaks herself in a
      flag to give the illusion of patriotism while she supports
      a_secessionist group in Alaska. Thinks a religious litmus test
      should apply in a country where the separation of church and
      state are specifically called for in the Constitution. She
      calls for “second amendment” solutions if things don’t go her
      way and places crosshairs over political
      opponents. Her_bigotry is pronounced. Her ignorance is
      substantial and her knowledge of the ideals and freedoms this
      country was founded upon….nonexistent. She keeps her face in
      the news not by thoughtful comments which is beyond her
      intellectual acumen. Instead she throws_bombs and_incites
      the_halfwits incapable of critical thinking with a mixture of
      indecipherable_drivel and
      inflammatory_rhetoric. Vile_and_repugnant she is the worst
      America has to offer…..and ignorant_bigot that feels
      compelled to flaunt the_ignorance within herself will insisting
      upon it in her followers.”

      Please tell it!

    • Ametia says:

      Hey now And I’ll bet the commenter was a white woman too. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was eloquent and truthful, and so was this commenter, she, like most sane Americans need to keep calling out this trash cloaked as patriotic.

  4. Ametia says:

    Keep telling the truth Alan Grayson

  5. Ametia says:

    Glenn Beck’s Ratings Sink into Irrelevancy
    Share|Posted by: Mark @ 5:37 pm

    If there is one thing for which Glenn Beck deserves some measure of credit, it is his ability to promote himself and inflate his influence on the media, and in society, outside of all proportion to reality. The way he is portrayed in the press would give a neutral observer the impression that he is the most beloved public figure in the country with a growing following that dwarfs his contemporaries.

    Of course the truth is that Beck is hated as much as he is loved. And in most polls the highest percentage of respondents are those that have no opinion or haven’t even heard of him.

    The most recent ratings for his Fox News program bear out these statistics. Even though Beck gets far more attention than his Fox colleagues, his program is not a top performer and it is not growing. In fact, it is the network’s biggest loser

  6. Ametia says:

    CNN Breaking News to textbreakingne.
    show details 10:07 AM (10 minutes ago)

    — President Obama has arrived in Afghanistan today on a surprise visit with U.S. troops.

    Watch live coverage now on

  7. <bBristol Palin Strikes Back At Keith Olbermann For 'Worst Person' Selection (VIDEO)

    Bristol Palin struck back at Keith Olbermann after the MSNBC host dubbed her the “Worst Person In The World” for her role as a spokesperson for abstinence with the Candies Foundation.

    On his Monday show, Olbermann mocked the selection of Palin as a role model for abstinence — and her ad promoting it with The Situation — given her status as one of the country’s most famous teen mothers.

    “That’s like saying George Bush kept us safe, except for that 9/11 thing!” he said.

    On Thursday, Palin posted a long reply to Olbermann on her Facebook page:

    Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy. I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the “worst person in the world” to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be. To Mr. Olbermann let me say this: you can attack me all you want. But you will not stop me from getting my message out about teen pregnancy prevention. And one day, if you ever have a daughter, you may change your mind about me.

    Olbermann did not reply directly to Palin, but he did respond to someone on Twitter, who said Palin had shown “the class and kindness Keith will never know.”

    “So what if she’s leading to more teenage pregnancies by pushing abstinence-only, which DOES… NOT… WORK,” Olbermann shot back.


    Here we go, y’all. Like mother, like daughter!

    • Ametia says:

      “Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. ”

      BWA HA HA HA HA You know damn well Bristol did NOT write any of this. She doesn’t know what canard means, let alone spell it!

      • LOL

        That’s exactly what folks were saying on Huffington Post. No way she fking wrote this. She can’t spell the word & neither can Sarah. Who do they think they’re fooling? Wasilla trash!

      • Ametia says:

        This bitch, right here… following in the Sno Ho’s footsteps

        Christine O’Donnell has book deal.
        Thu Dec 2, 5:58 pm ET
        NEW YORK – Christine O’Donnell has lost an election, but gained a book deal.

        The Delaware Republican and Tea Party favorite, defeated in last month’s voting for the U.S. Senate, will offer her take on the campaign and her “frustrations” with the political process, St. Martin’s Press announced Thursday.

        Publication is scheduled for August 2011.

        Backed by Sarah Palin, O’Donnell was a surprise winner in the GOP primary, but was widely ridiculed for her lack of experience and for past comments, including statements about her youthful interest in witchcraft and her opposition to masturbation.

        Look for this book to be tossed in the 50 cent bin in the dollar store.

      • Good grief. It doesn’t take much to get a book deal these days. Palin set the standard. One doesn’t even have to read to write a book and make money.

  8. rikyrah says:

    this is one of my favorite Christmas songs, though I LOVE the original video for this the best.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  10. Ametia says:

    Hey, Dannie, where are you? I know you showed Lebron some LOVE. LOL@that Covergirl cover.

    Heat 118, Cavaliers 90
    After the Decision, the Drubbing
    Published: December 2, 2010

    CLEVELAND — Six months after the jerseys burned and the fury raged, after “The Decision” and the betrayal, LeBron James returned home and indulged the hatred.

    James jogged, and Cavaliers fans booed. James skipped, and they jeered. Profane chants echoed across the arena. James grinned and strutted and threw his talcum cloud in defiance of it all.

    The villain’s role suited him, even in northern Ohio, his birthplace.

    The enmity was palpable Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena, but not nearly as powerful as James’s pure athleticism and skill. The louder the taunts, the stronger he looked, carving up his old team for a season-high 38 points and leading the Miami Heat to a shockingly easy 118-90 rout

    • dannie22 says:

      Morning all!!

      Yea I watched that game. Lebron got off. I was glad. The fans here are stupid. They should be mad at the owner of the Cavs for not building a proper team around Lebron. Besides, the people of Akron still love him. He still does a lot for that community.

    • Ametia says:

      Mornin’, Dannie!
      **sigh** fans are fickle and whiners like spoiled SELFISH kiddie brats.

  11. Ametia says:

    The GOP’s Fiscal Time Bomb
    by Howard Kurt

    Call it the revenge of George W. Bush: The GOP temporary tax cut has exploded nine years later, forcing Democrats to duck and cover. Howard Kurtz talks to the Bush aides behind the plot.

    George W. Bush set the trap just over nine years ago, and the Democrats are still trying to extricate themselves.

    In a largely symbolic vote designed to score political points, the House voted Thursday to extend the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans, and Harry Reid plans to follow suit as early as today with a similar Senate vote, plus one on extending the tax breaks for everyone.

    The Democratic move, which will vanish into Senate quicksand, infuriated Republicans and triggered a round of partisan nastiness that made the pledges of cooperation at President Obama’s sit-down with GOP leaders this week seem like a distant memory.

    But in Washington, where anything beyond last week’s news cycle is considered ancient history, the jury-rigged nature of the Bush plan—and the fiscal sleight-of-hand involved—have been all but forgotten.

    “We knew that, politically, once you get it into law, it becomes almost impossible to remove it,” says Dan Bartlett, Bush’s former communications director. “That’s not a bad legacy. The fact that we were able to lay the trap does feel pretty good, to tell you the truth.”

    As the vote approached in the summer of 2001, the Senate had just flipped to Democratic control when Jim Jeffords defected from the GOP. Had the tax breaks been made permanent—or even extended beyond Sept. 30, 2011—the fledgling Bush administration would have had to muster a 60-vote Senate majority under the so-called Byrd Rule, named for master parliamentarian Robert Byrd. (The final version, cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion, garnered 58 votes.) And by moving up the expiration date by nine months, the Bush team saved $100 billion and made the bill’s deficit-busting impact appear smaller.

    “The fact that we were able to lay the trap does feel pretty good, to tell you the truth” – Dan Bartlett

    As an added bonus, the “sunset” provision, in Beltway-speak, was a political time bomb: At some point in the way distant future, Democrats could be accused of raising taxes if they tried to undo the Bush breaks and return to Clinton-era levels of taxation$O-dB8WIbaFv

  12. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, & Happy FRY-day, Everybody! :-)

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