Friday Open Thread

Ricardo Treviño, Jr. (born May 16, 1971, in Houston, Texas), known professionally as Rick Trevino, is an American country music artist of Mexican American descent.[1] Signed to Columbia Records in 1993, Trevino began his career that year with the release of his debut single, “Just Enough Rope”, the first mainstream country music single to feature separate English and Spanish-language versions. The song was included on his debut album Dos Mundos; a self-titled album followed a year later. Trevino has charted a total of fourteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded seven studio albums. His highest-charting single, “Running Out of Reasons to Run”, spent one week at Number One in 1997.

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  1. Virginia Delegate Wants To Bring Back Confederate Money, Or Something

    As longtime Eat The Press readers may know, I have lived most of my life in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I schlepped around this state for many years, doing time in its finest universities and bars and auto impound lots before finally settling in Arlington County, a small Northern Virginia community founded by people who like voting and Salvadoran-style chicken. A lot of you might be reading the news these days and wondering to yourselves: “Virginia: are they fixing to secede from the Union?” And the answer is: “Probably, I think?”

    Consider, if you will, House Joint Resolution No. 557, which will establish “a joint subcommittee to study whether the Commonwealth should adopt a currency to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System,” probably backed by Jefferson Davis’s Secret Gold Stash and minted on tobacco leaves.

    The Washington Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman has the details:

    The Commonwealth of Virginia would begin minting its own gold and silver coins as an alternative currency to the U.S. dollar under a bill that Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) says he will file in coming days. Marshall will ask the General Assembly to consider the idea when it convenes for its annual legislative session Jan. 12. It is a companion bill to a proposal he has already filed to establish a study committee to examine alternative currencies to that distributed by the Federal Reserve System “in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System.”
    Marshall said his intention is to inject competition into the national economy and force the federal government to change monetary policy he believes is leading to hyperinflation. According to his bill, “many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future.” His critique mirrors that of the Tea Party movement, some of whose members have called for the end of the Federal Reserve system.

  2. UFC Fighter Visited By Secret Service After Making Threat Against Obama (VIDEO)

    Jacob Volkmann, the MMA fighter who said that he wanted to “knock some sense into that idiot” President Obama during a recent victory interview, has since gotten a visit from the Secret Service.

    Here’s what Volkmann told in a recent interview:

    “It happened on Tuesday, I was coaching youth practice, and then two guys came up and one of the other coaches that was helping me out, they said there was a cop and another guy out there waiting for me,” Volkmann told “I went out there and the guy introduced himself and said he was from the Secret Service and he wanted to ask me some questions about UFC 125 and my quote. He said there were people calling in to D.C. telling them that somebody, me, was threatening the President.”

  3. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: At least one package ignites at a D.C. postal facility, WTOP reports
    January 7, 2011 4:00:15 PM

    WTOP is reporting that at least one package ignited at a Northeast D.C. postal facility.

    The administration of Mayor Vincent C. Gray is looking into a possible incendiary parcel at Brentwood Post Northeast D.C. post office, according to a city official.

    The post office is located at 900 Brentwood Road NE.

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  4. Ametia says:

    Small businesses offering health care. Re: Obamacare

    The first statistics are coming in and, to the surprise of a great many, Obamacare might just be working to bring health care to working Americans precisely as promised.

    The major health insurance companies around the country are reporting a significant increase in small businesses offering health care benefits to their employees.


    Because the tax cut created in the new health care reform law providing small businesses with an incentive to give health benefits to employees is working.

    We certainly did not expect to see this in this economy,” said Gary Claxton, who oversees an annual survey of employer health plans for the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. “It’s surprising.”

    Via Los Angeles Times

    How significant is the impact? While we won’t have full national numbers until small businesses file their 2010 tax returns this April, the anecdotal evidence is as meaningful as it is unexpected.

    United Health Group, Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer, added 75,000 new customers working in businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

  5. Ametia says:

    Brian Williams to Boehner: Do you feel responsible somehow for the Birthers?

    Two clips here, one of the Birther question and the other, more substantively, about which programs Boehner would like to see cut. As usual, he has no answer — and not only that, he goes on to say of entitlements, “Clearly, I believe in the safety net” and “I think we have a responsibility as a people to help those who can’t compete.” If you’ve been wondering why the Republican leadership hasn’t championed Paul Ryan’s roadmap, wonder no longer.

  6. Ametia says:

    January 07, 2011 11:30 AM EST
    .President Obama Speaks on Monthly Jobs Numbers


  7. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Unemployment rate falls sharply in December
    January 7, 2011 8:37:33 AM

    The Labor Department reports the unemployment rate in December fell to 9.4 percent from 9.8 percent in November. The U.S. economy created 113,000 private sector jobs in December, which was fewer than analysts expected.

  8. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!!

  9. NPR Exec Resigns Over Juan Williams Firing

    National Public Radio has completed an external, independent review of last year’s firing of then-NPR news analyst Juan Williams for comments he made about being a-scurred of people in “Muslim garb” on airplanes. Per NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, the review found that the Williams firing “was legal and within terms of contract.” Nevertheless, NPR was advised to undertake a thorough review of “ethics and other policies,” with an emphasis on “outside appearances by NPR News personnel.”

    NPR’s Mark Memmott has the organization’s statement, addressing what’s to come:
    “In light of the review and feedback provided to them, the Board has adopted recommendations and remedial measures designed to address issues that surfaced with the review. The recommendations and remedial measures range from new internal procedures concerning personnel and on air-talent decisions to taking appropriate disciplinary action with respect to certain management employees involved in the termination. Some of these changes have already been made and others are in process. Specifically, the Board adopted recommendations that NPR:

    “– Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR to review and update NPR’s current Ethics Code (the “Code”).


  10. Ametia says:

    In another move to center, president to name Sperling as economic adviser
    By Ian Swanson – 01/07/11 06:08 AM ET

    President Obama will announce Friday that Gene Sperling will serve as director of the national economic council.

    Obama will make the announcement during a trip to the Thompson Creek Window Company manufacturer in Maryland, where he will also comment on the December unemployment report. The report is expected to show the economy added as many as 170,000 jobs in December.

    Sperling, whose appointment has been widely anticipated, is a former Clinton administration official who has been serving as an adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He served as a national economic adviser for President Clinton, coordinating the administration’s economic policy, including passage of the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act.

    The appointment is another step by the White House to move to the center and to improve Obama’s relationship with business. It follows by a day Obama’s announcement that former Clinton administration Commerce Department Secretary William Daley will serve as chief of staff at the White House.

    During former President George W. Bush’s administration, Sperling worked in the private sector, and most recently earned nearly $900,000 working part-time on a philanthropic project for Goldman Sachs, and roughly another $150,000 delivering speeches primarily to financial firms.

  11. Ametia says:

    CBO says health care repeal would deepen deficit
    By Amy Goldstein
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 7, 2011; 12:00 AM

    Rescinding the federal law to overhaul the health-care system, the first objective of House Republicans who ascended to power this week, would ratchet up the federal deficit by about $230 billion over the next decade and leave 32 million more Americans uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts.

    The rough estimate by the Congressional Budget Office also predicts that most Americans would pay more for private health insurance if the law were repealed. The 10-page forecast was delivered Thursday to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), installed a day earlier to shepherd the new GOP majority. He immediately dismissed it.

    The CBO’s assessment, arriving as Republicans have mobilized to make the law’s repeal the first major House vote of the new Congress, touches on a sensitive area for the GOP. Republicans are vowing to take tough measures to reduce the deficit, although they already have exempted the health-care measure from rules requiring that any spending increases be accompanied by offsetting reductions so that the net effect on the deficit is null

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  13. Ametia says:

    Homeless YouTube sensation Ted Williams offered Hollywood movie role
    Last Updated: 7:10 AM, January 7, 2011
    Posted: 9:41 PM, January 6, 2011

    Global sensation Ted Williams, the homeless man with the pitch-perfect voice, has been offered a role in a Jack Nicholson movie, Entertainment Tonight reported Thursday.

    The 53-year-old Ohio man has been flooded with job offers after showcasing his pitch-perfect voice in a YouTube video recorded by a Columbus Dispatch reporter.

    He is currently weighing up an offer as an announcer for NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and was offered a commercial stint recording an ad for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that will air on ESPN during the Fight Hunger Bowl on Sunday.

    Now he may be making his way into Hollywood.



    “As a matter of fact, Jack Nicholson had contacted one of my in-laws who happens to be in Columbus Ohio,” Williams told entertainment news program ET.

    “They’re supposed to be making a movie in which Jack is playing opposite a disc jockey, which he would like me to portray in the movie.”

    The news comes after Williams reunited with his mother Julia Williams in New York Thursday for the first time in 20 years.

    Williams said, “Mommy, mommy” as he rushed to his mother in an emotional meeting at a Manhattan conference room, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

    “My prodigal son has finally come home,” his mother said.

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  14. Ametia says:

    Happy FRD-day, Everybody! :-)

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