Monday Open Thread

Steely Dan is an American rock band; its core members are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The band’s popularity peaked in the late 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop.[1] Rolling Stone magazine has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies.”[2]

The band’s music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies played by Becker and Fagen along with a revolving cast of rock and pop studio musicians.[1] Steely Dan’s “cerebral, wry and eccentric”[1] lyrics, often filled with sharp sarcasm, touch upon such themes as drugs, love affairs,[3][4][5][6] crime,[6] and their true-to-life “contempt of west coast hippies.”[5][6] The pair are well-known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio,[7][8] with one notable example being that Becker and Fagen used at least 42 different studio musicians, 11 engineers, and took over a year to record the tracks that resulted in 1980’s Gaucho — an album that contains only seven songs.[9]

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  1. Ametia says:

    President Obama Headed To Arizona Wednesday
    Categories: National News

    09:08 pm

    January 10, 2011

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    by Eyder Peralta

    A person familiar with the president’s schedule has told NPR’s Scott Horsely that President Obama will travel to Tucson on Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of Saturday’s shooting rampage. Details of his trip are still sparse.

    Earlier today, the president, First Lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of White House staffers observed a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. The president also signed a proclamation asking that flags be flown at half staff to honor the victims of Saturday’s shootings.

    Six people were killed and more than a dozen wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a Tucson Safeway. Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.

    Obama’s trip follows in the long tradition of presidents leading the nation in mourning over great tragedies. Horsely reports Obama has been reaching out to the victims’ family members and Arizona’s political leaders in preparation for a memorial. In his address to the country, the president said he hoped this tragedy would bring Americans together.

  2. Ametia says:

    Auburn vs. Oregon in the BCS National championship.

    Let’s go Cam Newton & Auburn!

  3. Ametia says:

    President Obama is going to Arizona Wednesday.

    Secret Service better do their jobs.

  4. Ametia says:

    Ted Williams Not Equipped to Deal With Pressures of Instant Fame, Experts Say
    By Jo Piazza
    Published January 10, 2011

    Ted Williams’ journey from homelessness to the “Today Show” made the man with the golden voice a media darling last week. But when the dust settles, what will likely be left is a man unequipped to deal with the pressure of fame and instant fortune, experts say.
    “Williams is the latest pawn in the media game which celebrates what is hot at the moment and leaves it behind as soon as the next ‘it’ thing comes along,” says Cooper Lawrence, author of “The Cult of Celebrity.” “The job of the media was to use Williams to get eyes on their shows, without regard for how it affects him down the road.”

    Just one example that the Williams’ story hasn’t been a true-life narrative unfolding in real time was the battle last week between NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’s “The Early Show” that kept Williams from reuniting with his 90-year-old mother for 24 hours as the networks tried to get the reunion live on film.

  5. Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To Set Fire To Senate Dem’s Office, Shoot Staff

    DENVER — A Colorado man is accused of threatening to set fire around Sen. Michael Bennet’s office and shoot members of his staff, prompting authorities to step up patrols around the senator’s home and office.

    John Troy Davis, 44, faces a charge of assault on a federal employee. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    The alleged threat happened two days before six people died in Saturday’s shootings at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting constituents. A federal judge, a congressional aide and a young girl were among the six killed, while Giffords and 13 others were wounded.

    Jeff Dorschner of the U.S. attorney’s office said there were no indications that the cases were related.

    FBI agent Jonathan D. Grusing said in an arrest affidavit that Davis called Bennet’s office Thursday to complain about his Social Security benefits. At one point, according to the document, Davis told a Bennet staffer that he is schizophrenic and needs help and that he “may go to terrorism.”

  6. Ametia says:

    Howard Fineman is a small man who is seethingly jealous of President Obama. pray tell when have you ever heard President Obama think of or call anyone ignorant, Howie? YOU’RE IGNORANT!

  7. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Tom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison
    January 10, 2011 3:27:09 PM

    Judge sentences ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to 3 years in prison in money laundering scheme.

    For more information, visit

    • Ametia says:

      Tom DeLay Is Probably Not Going to Get Life in Prison
      Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted Wednesday of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The money laundering charge carries a 99-year maximum sentence — in other words, life in prison.

      But don’t expect DeLay to be sent away for the rest of his days.

      “It is absolutely impossible he would get anywhere near life,” Philip Hilder, a Texas criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, told the Associated Press. “It would be a period of a few years, if he gets prison.”

      Prosecutors told the Austin-American Statesman on Wednesday that they had not decided whether to ask Judge Pat Priest, who will sentence DeLay, for a prison sentence. Other potential punishments include probation and fines.

  8. Lisa MB says:

    Good Afternoon 3Chics!

    Not sure if this is a repeat, and if so, I apologize. I came across this post entitled, “I’m Grateful” and it lists the reasons the blogger is grateful for Prez Obama. Hope you enjoy.

  9. Ametia says:

    ABC’s Bob Woodruff Offers Experience, Hope To Giffords In Recovering From Brain Injury
    by Mark Joyella | 12:27 pm, January 10th, 2011
    ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who suffered a traumatic brain injury on assignment in Iraq five years ago, is offering his unique perspective to the family of Gabrielle Giffords. “There is hope,” Woodruff writes in a “Reporter’s Notebook” piece on the ABC News website.

    Woodruff, who’d just been named a co-anchor of ABC’s World News, was severely injured by the explosion of an IED.

    In telling his story online and on Good Morning America, Woodruff notes just how many similarities exist between his injury and Rep. Giffords’, both suffering trauma on the left side of their brain, and both being fortunate enough to get treatment within 40 minutes:

    Like the doctors who saved me almost five years ago, her surgeons knew exactly what to do. Her brain was swelling just like mine. They removed part of her skull on the left side of her head almost exactly like mine, and she is now in a drug-induced coma so that her brain can recover. For me it was 36 days before I woke up.

  10. Gabrielle Giffords Wrote Email Calling For ‘Centrism And Moderation’ On Eve Of Shooting

    WASHINGTON — On the eve of the shooting that left her critically injured, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) wrote an email to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R), asking his help in toning down the partisan rhetoric in the country.

    “After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation,” wrote Giffords. “I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”

    Grayson recently announced that he would be stepping down from his public position to become director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Giffords’s note was a congratulatory email in response to the news.

    In an interview with cn|2 Politics, which received the email, Grayson said that he and Giffords became acquainted as part of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship program, and they often discussed the divisiveness in politic

  11. Breaking

    Congressional Affairs Director Found Dead In Burning Car

    Ashley Turton, director of congressional affairs for Progress Energy, was found dead in a burning car Monday morning in Washington, Politico reports. Turton’s husband is White House deputy director of House legislative affairs, Dan Turton.

  12. Ametia says:

    Per the doctors, with each hour, Gabby Giffords is improving. She’s able to communicate & respond appropriately. So encouraging. God bless her.

  13. Ametia says:

    I don’t want to hear shit from Chris Matthews about “Obama’s America.”

  14. President Obama is leading a moment of silence…


  15. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Filed By Birther Queen Orly Taitz

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a lawyer who has been in the forefront of the challenge to President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

    The high court on Monday did not comment in refusing to hear the appeal filed by California lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz. She was contesting a $20,000 fine for filing what a federal judge determined was a frivolous lawsuit.

    The suit was filed on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, who sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming Obama wasn’t born in the United States and thus, is ineligible to be president and commander in chief.

  16. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Biden arrives in Afghanistan on unannounced visit
    January 10, 2011 10:21:23 AM

    Vice President Joseph Biden made an unannounced trip to the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday for a round of high-level meetings to discuss the Obama administration’s strategy for the region.

  17. Ametia says:

    MEDIA & MARKETINGJANUARY 10, 2011.CNN Mulls Show Shake-Up

    CNN May Dump Kathleen Parker

    Eliot Spitzer may soon need another leading lady: CNN executives are rumored to be considering replacing columnist Kathleen Parker, the conservative half of the network’s prime-time show ‘Parker Spitzer,’ because they are unhappy with the debate. “We still think that form of show is the right idea for a network like CNN at 8 o’clock, but the execution has not been what we have been happy with up to date,” chief executive Phil Kent said. Kent said they are working to improve the show, which he said is already “smart.” CNN has been ailed by plummeting ratings, and ‘Parker Spitzer’ was the first part of its turnaround strategy. But the show only averages 468,000 viewers, while in the same time slot Fox News gets 2.6 million viewers and MSNBC gets 874,000.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal

    TRANSLATION: CNN It’s All about the ratings. We’re going to get another media hack like Fox to get down and dirty with Spitzer, for drama and ratings

  18. Ametia says:

    West Wing Briefing
    After shootings, Obama must find not only right words but right time to say them
    By Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 10, 2011; 5:37 AM

    In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, President Obama canceled his travel plans and called for a national moment of silence, which he and first lady Michelle Obama will observe on the South Lawn at 11 a.m. Monday.

    But silence is the easy part. In the hours and days that follow, will Obama speak out?

    And after an event so inexplicable – and at the same time so politically polarizing, with liberals and conservatives assuming their assigned battle stations over whether guns and partisan rhetoric are to blame – what larger message could the president send?

    As John Dickerson of Slate notes, it would be difficult for some Americans to see Obama as anything other than a Democrat – a partisan, in other words – if he delivered a speech on the importance of civility, although there may be powerful reasons for him to try. He was, after all, the candidate who tapped into a collective hunger to end partisan rancor, and who confronted the seemingly thornier issue of race.

    The question is whether this is the moment that calls for such a speech. It is unclear whether ideology motivated the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner. And Obama’s advisers may well view as unwise the idea of using the tragedy to prompt a national conversation on mutual respect.

    So now, it’s up to Obama to clean up the media and other nasty, ugly behaviors of the politicians and bigoted Americans.

    • dannie22 says:

      These folks have a lotta nerve.

    • Ametia says:

      The media as a whole is running, ducking, and spinning to avoid their culpability in the very violence that they either perpetuated or completely ignored reporting the obvious hate-filled, violent atmosphere created by the culprits.

  19. Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Releases Statement On Shooting

    On behalf of Gabby and our entire family, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. Gabby was doing what she loved most — hearing from her constituents — when this tragedy occurred. Serving Southern Arizonans is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in Congress.

    Like all Americans, we mourn the loss of Judge John M. Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabe Zimmerman, a fine man and beloved member of Gabby’s team. We must never forget them, and our prayers are with their families. Our hearts go out to everyone injured yesterday; we hope and pray for their quick recovery. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders, medical personnel, law enforcement, and Arizona citizens who acted swiftly on Saturday and continue to assist our community through this tragedy. Many stories of heroism are emerging, and they are a source of strength for us during this difficult time. We are forever grateful.

    Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling. If you are inspired to make a positive gesture, consider two organizations that Gabby has long valued and supported: Tucson’s Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

    Community Food Bank
    3003 S Country Club Rd # 221
    Tucson, AZ 85713-4084
    (520) 622-0525
    American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
    2916 East Broadway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    (520) 318-6740

  20. Here it goes, y’all….

    After Tucson: Why Are The Mentally Ill Still Bearing Arms?,8599,2041448,00.html?xid=huffpo-direct

    When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban in the nation’s capital in 2008, Representative Gabrielle Giffords applauded the ruling, calling gun ownership “an Arizona tradition.” That she had co-signed a congressional amicus brief against the ban came as no surprise: she has always been pro-gun, and she represents a state with a history of proud gun ownership and lax gun laws.

    The MSM is pushing the “mentally ill” meme. If the shooter had been a 22 year old Arab, he wouldn’t be labeled “mentally disturbed”. He’d be labeled a fking terrorist. But no, they cannot and will not attach that label to a white shooter. Damn you, MSM!

    • Ametia says:

      And they are still calling the MURDERER “THE GUNMAN.” They’re trying to disassociate this white boy from the killing.

      And the MEDIA, CNN, FOX, MSNBC CAN KISS MY ENTIRE BLACK ASS, they are blaming twitter and bloggers now for the political rhetoric? GMAFB!

      These bitches are trying to take the heat off their malfeasence and incompetent reproting of facts.

      And you’re DAMN SKIPPY to blame Chuck Todd!

  21. Ametia says:

    Thanks for the Steely Dan this morning, SG2. Stay tunned friends; this is Steely Dan week at 3 Chics!

  22. Hey, 3 Chics!

    Notice how quiet Sarah Palin has been since the shooting? GDMFB

    Mike Barnicle said on Morning Joe that Palin’s camp need to stop insulting the public by saying the image is not gun crosshairs!

  23. Moment Of Silence For Arizona Shooting Victims Announced By President Obama

    “Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

    The President will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn. The moment of silence will be pooled press.

    Today, the President has signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.

    Also, the planned trip by the President to Schenectady, New York, on Tuesday, January 11, to the General Electric energy division is postponed. The trip is expected to be rescheduled.

  24. dannie22 says:

    Morning all!

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