Tuesday Open Thread

Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.

(April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), better known by his stage name Marvin Gaye, was an American singer-songwriter and instrumentalist with a four-octave vocal range.[2] Starting as a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows in the late fifties, he ventured into a solo career after the group disbanded in 1960 signing with the Tamla Records subsidiary of Motown Records. After starting off as a session drummer, Gaye ranked as the label’s top-selling solo artist during the sixties.

Because of solo hits such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)“, “Ain’t That Peculiar“, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, he was crowned “The Prince of Motown”[3] and “The Prince of Soul”.[4]

His mid-1970s work, including the albums What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On and I Want You, helped influencing the quiet storm, urban adult contemporary and slow jam genres. After a self-imposed European exile in the early eighties, Gaye returned on the 1982 Grammy-Award winning hit, “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album before his death. Gaye was shot dead by his father on April 1, 1984. He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.[5]

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  1. Lethal Bomb Found Along MLK Day Parade Route


    SPOKANE, Wash. — The FBI offered a reward Tuesday for information about a potentially lethal bomb found in a backpack along the downtown route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

    The discovery before Monday’s parade for the slain civil rights leader raised the possibility of a racial motive in a region that has been home to the white supremacist Aryan Nations.

    “The confluence of the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable,” said Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the Spokane FBI office. “But we are not at the point where we can draw any particular motive.”

    He called the planting of the bomb an act of domestic terrorism that was clearly designed to advance a political or social agenda.

    The suspicious backpack was spotted by three city employees about an hour before the parade was to start, Harrill said. They looked inside, saw wires and immediately alerted law enforcement.

    The parade route was changed to avoid the device. A bomb disposal unit disabled it without incident, he said.

    Harrill declined to release details of the device, other than to call it a functional bomb that could have caused multiple casualties.

    “The potential for injury and death were clearly present,” Harrill said.

    The FBI received no warnings in advance and did not have a suspect, Harrill said. No one has claimed credit for planting the bomb.

  2. Ametia says:

    A public servant passes
    Shriver is remembered at W.H.
    By POLITICO STAFF | 01/18/11 6:06 PM

    President Obama released this statement after Sargent Shriver, the former Peace Corps director who was a nominee for vice president, died:

    “I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Sargent Shriver, one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation. Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sarge came to embody the idea of public service. Of his many enduring contributions, he will perhaps best be remembered as the founding director of the Peace Corps, helping make it possible for generations of Americans to serve as ambassadors of goodwill abroad. His loss will be felt in all of the communities around the world that have been touched by Peace Corps volunteers over the past half century and all of the lives that have been made better by his efforts to address inequality and injustice here at home. My thoughts and prayers are with Robert, Maria, Tim, Mark, and Anthony, and the entire Shriver family during this sad time.”


    RIP Sargent Shriver.

  3. Howard Fineman: ‘Sarah Palin Just Does Not Get It’ (VIDEO)


    On MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” HuffPost’s Howard Fineman told host Lawrence O’Donnell that Palin “just does not get it.”

    Fineman was responding to Sarah Palin’s interview with Sean Hannity in which the former governor defended herself against criticism following the Arizona Shootings.

    “It made no sense,” said Fineman. “She seemed rattled. I think she seemed uncomfortable. Her answers didn’t add up or make sense.”

    In contrast to President Obama, whose reaction to the Arizona shootings received a 78% approval rating from both Republicans and Democrats, Fineman believes that Palin’s remarks even failed to win over her core supporters: “Maybe it is unfair to ask Sarah Palin to have the kind of grasp of the American psyche that at least this week the president seemed to have had. But she doesn’t have it here… She refuses to accept the possibility of anything she has done or said is worthy of second-guessing.”

    Commenting on Palin’s future propects, Fineman points out the fact that even her friends at Fox News question whether she can pursue elected office: “When someone’s asking if your career is over, it is never a good thing.”

    • Ametia says:

      C’mon Howie. Palin get it. She gets that you and the news rags will continue proppig up her ignorant ass. USA Today ran a poll on our political leaders. and they threw this woman in the mix. Pray tell what elected politcal office does this woman hold? NONE! She’s a quitter half term governor.

      • Remember when Palin was crying after she & McCain lost? Well, these folks that keep propping her up want payback from that scene! They want her to beat the black guy!

  4. Ametia says:

    Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 01/18/2011
    Regis Philbin stepping down as host of ‘Live! with Regis and Whoever’ [video]
    By Lisa de Moraes

    Rege is retiring!

    Regis Philbin announced Tuesday morning that this is his last season as host of his infotainment show “Live! with Regis and Whoever.” His current contract to do the show expires this year.

    Here’s how it went, in case you missed it:

    Rege: I’ve got one of those announcements to make today. Yeah. You know, every now and then, you have an announcement to make around here. And I don’t want to alarm anybody, but I have to tell you this because it’s going to happen and the station needs to know and Gelman needs to know and we all need to know. But this will be my last year on this show.

    Audience: Awwww….

    After Rege’s announcement, Disney, which owns the outfit that syndicates his show, sent out an email alerting the press that the “Live!” franchise will continue, Rege-less and that “in the coming months Disney/ABC Television Group” will be naming a new co-host “to join the talented and captivating Kelly Ripa.” Presumably, one who will be paid paid less — Forbes reported that his contracted previous to his current one was worth more than $20 million

  5. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: R. Sargent Shriver has died
    January 18, 2011 5:09:08 PM

    Robert Sargent Shriver, the former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee, has passed away.


  6. Ametia says:

    Society Of Professional Journalists Pulls Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award
    by Alex Alvarez | 10:34 am, January 18th, 2011

    Helen Thomas may be writing again – she’s resumed her column for the Falls Church News-Press – but that doesn’t mean the Society of Professional Journalists are keen on having her name associated with their honorees after her much-discussed comments regarding Jewish people.
    Late last week, the SPJ quietly announced that it would “retire” its Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, effectively doing away with a lifetime achievement award altogether. Not that the organization is against free speech of anything, it’s just, uh. Complicated:
    A prominent objection to taking any action was that of Helen Thomas’ free speech rights. SPJ staunchly believes Helen Thomas and all people in the United States have a right to free speech. The Society defends that fundamental legal right as a core organizational mission, even when the speech is unpopular, vile or considered offensive.
    However, the controversy surrounding this award has overshadowed the reason it exists. To continue offering the award would reignite the controversy each year and take away from its purpose: honoring a lifetime of work in journalism. No individual worthy of such honor should have to face this controversy. No honoree should have to decide if the possible backlash is worth being recognized for his or her contribution to journalism.

  7. Inner City Blues

    Rockets, moon shots
    Spend it on the have nots
    Money, we make it
    Fore we see it you take it

    Oh, make you wanna holler…

  8. Breaking:

    7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Reported In Pakistan


    A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has been reported in southwestern Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

    The quake struck 6.2 miles underground and took place 25 miles west of Dalbandin, Pakistan. No injuries were immediately reported.

  9. Ametia says:

    Updated at 1:29 p.m.

    North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad announced today that he will not seek reelection, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state.

    “After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012,” Conrad said in a letter to constituents. “There are serious challenges facing our state and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America’s dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection.”

    President Obama said in a statement that he was “saddened” about the news of Conrad’s retirement but added: “I look forward to working with him during the next two years on the important issues facing our country.”

    Conrad, who currently chairs the Senate Budget Committee, has been in office since 1986 and risen to become one of the most influential — and intellectual — policy makers operating in the nation’s capital.

    Conrad had been open about his ambivalence about running for another term and had taken several actions in recent months that suggested he was leaning against running again.

    Conrad turned down a chance to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee — an industry of huge import in North Dakota — to stay on at the helm of the Budget committee and supported the debt commission report, a decision that would have almost certainly put him in political hot water in the context of a political campaign.

    Those doubts almost certainly increased following a 2010 election that decimated the Democratic party.

    Former Sen. Byron Dorgan retired in the face of a challenge from popular Governor-now-Senator John Hoeven while former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) was defeated by Rick Berg.

    Outside interest groups — the conservative American Future Fund and liberal-aligned Commonsense Ten — have already run ads in North Dakota, suggesting that the race would be a major priority for both national parties.

    And, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk (R) had already announced an exploratory committee to pursue a challenge to Conrad. The GOP field is likely to expand considerably in the wake of Conrad’s retirement. One name already being mentioned is former Gov. Ed Schafer who served as the secretary of agriculture in the Bush Administration.

    “Senate Republicans fully expected North Dakota to be a major battleground in 2012, but Senator Conrad’s retirement dramatically reshapes this race in the Republicans’ favor,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Brian Walsh.

    Among Democrats, Pomeroy as well as former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp and her brother Joel Heitkamp are seen as possibilities.

    Democrats insist they will contest the seat with no Hoeven-like figure on the horizon for Republicans. “There are a number of potential Democratic candidates who could make this race competitive while we expect to see a contentious primary battle on the Republican side,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray (Wash).

    Conrad is the first Democrat to decide not to seek reelection. Last week, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) announced she would not run again. There are 23 Democrats and Democratic-aligned independents up for reelection in 2012 as compared to 10 Republicans.


  10. Ametia says:

    Gov.-elect Robert Bentley intends to be governor over all, but says only Christians are his ‘brothers and sisters’
    Updated: Monday, January 17, 2011, 6:14 PM

    MONTGOMERY — Gov.-elect Robert Bentley in a speech at a Baptist church this afternoon said he plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and be color-blind, but he also said people who aren’t ”saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.

    Bentley told a big crowd at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once was pastor, that he believed it was important for Alabamians ”that we love and care for each other.”

    ”I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor … I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind,” Bentley said in a short speech given about an hour after he took the oath of office as governor.

    Then Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave what sounded like an altar call.

    “There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit,” Bentley said. ”But if you have been adopted in God’s family like I have, and like you have if you’re a Christian and if you’re saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister.”

    Bentley added, ”Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”


    These crackers, I tell you, who the hell would want to be associated with someone this intolerant? Newly elected governor.. SMH

  11. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Comcast-NBC Universal joint venture is approved
    January 18, 2011 2:03:10 PM

    The Federal Communications Commission has approved Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation’s biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider.


  12. Lieberman Faces Challenge From The Left


    Susan Bysiewicz, who earlier this month ended her 12-year tenure as Connecticut’s secretary of state, is expected to announce Tuesday plans to challenge independent Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2012.

    • Ametia says:

      Let the games begin!

      • Joe Lieberman, Facing Crowded Field, May Resign


        WASHINGTON — The 2012 Senate primary contest in Connecticut is quickly becoming crowded. Two prominent House Democrats, Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney, are eyeing a bid, with Joe Lieberman’s future uncertain. Susan Bysiewicz, a thrice-elected former secretary of state, is also jumping into the race.

        Lieberman, who lost a 2006 primary to netroots insurgent Ned Lamont, will announce on Wednesday whether he will run as an independent, a Democrat or a Republican. Those close to him are unusually tight-lipped about his plans, leading to speculation among Connecticut operatives that he had seen the same polling data they had and would be dropping out.

        “Senator Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday,” a Lieberman spokesman said. In 2006, Lieberman ran under a party he created called Connecticut for Lieberman. Anti-Lieberman activists, however, have since taken it over.

        Good riddance, Joe. Just go!

      • Ametia says:

        The exodus of these senators is just the beginning. The 2012 elections will be anything but dull.

        Oh, and Joe, don’t let the door hit cha where the goo Lord split ya!

  13. Former GOP Leader: Health Care Is ‘Law Of The Land,’ GOP Should Drop Repeal And Build On It


    WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans ready themselves for a largely symbolic effort to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law, at least one former GOP leader is urging them to drop the charade and build on the legislation instead.

    Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who caused a stir during the construction of health care reform when he said he’d vote for the bill, said it was important to consider the bill the “law of the land” and move on from there.

    “It is not the bill that [Republicans] would have written,” said the Tennessee Republican. “It is not the bill that I would have drafted. But it is the law of the land and it is the platform, the fundamental platform, upon which all future efforts to make that system better, for that patient, for that family, will be based. And that is a fact. I know the discussion of Washington is repeal and I’m sure we will come back to that discussion…”

    “[The bill] has many strong elements,” Frist added later. “And those elements, whatever happens, need to be preserved, need to be cuddled, need to be snuggled, need to be promoted and need to be implemented. But how do you do it? How do you do a lot of what is in this law?”

  14. Ametia says:

    Jan 18, 2011
    CNN: ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier arrested after surprise return from exile

    Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been arrested after his surprise return from exile after 24 years, CNN reports.

    Earlier posting: Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who made a surprise return to Haiti after 24 years in exile, will be questioned by authorities to determine whether he should be prosecuted for past crimes, Reuters reports, quoting a senior government official.

    The 59-year-old Duvalier showed up unannounced in Haiti on Monday and has been holed up in a hotel in the capital. Today, he was visited by Haiti’s chief prosecutor as SWAT teams secured the hotel.

    Duvalier inherited control of the impoverished country in 1971 at the age of 19 following the death of his notorious father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who had ruled the country from 1957.

    Human Rights Watch, which has called for Duvalier’s arrest, says the Duvaliers ordered the deaths of some 20,000 to 30,000 civilians during their bloody reign.

    “Official torture and murder were commonplace under both father and son,” the human rights organization says. “The Duvaliers stunted civil society with harsh repression of any signs of independence among political parties, trade unions, and the press.”


  15. Ametia says:

    Nothing like a black male contributor for MSNC telling this woman to be quiet….

    Palin’s egocentric umbrage
    By Eugene Robinson
    Monday, January 17, 2011

    In the spirit of civil discourse, I’d like to humbly suggest that Sarah Palin please consider being quiet for a while. Perhaps a great while.

    At the risk of being bold, I might observe that her faux-presidential address about the Tucson massacre seemed to fall somewhat flat, drawing comparisons to the least attractive public moments of such figures as Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. I could go so far as to observe that Palin almost seemed to portray herself as a collateral victim. Surely a former governor of Alaska – who served the better part of an entire term – would never seek to give the impression that she views any conceivable event, no matter how distant or tragic, as being All About Sarah.

    Yet this is the unfortunate impression that Palin’s videotaped peroration seems to have left. I am at a loss to recommend any course of corrective action other than an extended period of abstinence from Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

    Palin doubtless understands by now that characterizing her alleged persecution by journalists and commentators with the term “blood libel” was a semantic faux pas. One must question, however, not only the tone of her complaint but the content as well. Did she, indeed, have a legitimate grievance? I must be frank: The evidence suggests not.


  16. dannie22 says:

    Hello everyone!!

  17. Doctor: Giffords Could Be
    Released In ‘Days Or Weeks’


    TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was recovering well from a pair of weekend surgeries to remove a breathing tube from her nose and the repair her right eye socket, doctors said on Monday.

    Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of Neurology at University Medical Center in Tucson, said Giffords’ next milestone would be discharge from the hospital, marking her graduation from recovery to rehabilitation.

    “It could be a matter of days or weeks,” Lemole told reporters at a press conference.

    Giffords, 40, was struck in the head by a single bullet during the shooting rampage, which killed six people and injured 13, including the congresswoman.

    She was upgraded from critical to serious condition on Sunday, after she had been removed from a ventilator and the critical risk of brain swelling had passed.

  18. Kent Conrad Retiring From Senate: Report


    Kent Conrad, a Democratic senator from North Dakota, will announce that he is retiring later today, according to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

    Earlier in January, Conrad aired a radio ad in advance of a possible 2012 reelection campaign.

    Conrad is the first Senate Democrat to announce he will not seek reelection in 2012.

  19. Christina Taylor Green Cornea Donation Saves Eyesight Of 2 Children


    TUCSON, Ariz. — Donated corneas from the young girl killed in the Arizona mass shooting have saved the eyesight of two children, the girl’s father told The Associated Press on Monday.

    John Green said the Donor Network of Arizona told him and his wife about the successful transplants.

    He said he doesn’t know whether any of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green’s other organs have gone to any other children, but he’s under the impression that her wounds rendered her internal organs unusable.

    Christina was the youngest victim of the shooting that left a total of six dead and 13 others wounded – including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – on Jan. 8. Green said he and his wife Roxanna didn’t hesitate to allow doctors to use Christina’s organs.

    “The fact that her organs were able to help people, that was an amazing thing to me,” he said. “It’s just another thing that this little girl has given the world.”

    The Donor Network of Arizona declined to comment on any donation, citing confidentiality.

    I had a brother that was blind. He went blind when he was six years old. The best brother a sister could ever have. I’m so sorry & heartbroken that Christina died. But I’m happy to hear she can live on through someone else. Bless all involved and bless Christina’­s soul.

  20. Ametia says:

    JANUARY 18, 2011
    Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama plans a government-wide review of federal regulations, aiming to eliminate rules that stymie economic growth.
    In an article published in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Obama said he intends to issue an executive order initiating a review to “make sure we avoid excessive, inconsistent and redundant regulation,” focusing on rules that “stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.” He also suggested future regulations must do their job “while promoting economic growth.”
    The move is the latest effort by the White House to repair relations with corporate America, hoping to spur investment by the nation’s largest multinationals and reduce unemployment.
    Business leaders say an explosion in new regulations stemming from the president’s health-care and financial regulatory overhauls has, along with the sluggish economy, made them reluctant to spend on expanding and hiring. Companies are sitting on nearly $2 trillion in cash and liquid assets, the most since World War II.
    In recent weeks, the administration has made new efforts to push stalled free-trade agreements with Korea and others through Congress, and signaled its eagerness to consider an overhaul of the U.S. corporate tax code. The president invited chief executives to the White House last month, where they formed task forces to work on specific issues, including export growth and taxes.
    On Feb. 7, Mr. Obama will visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—a chief opponent to his administration’s regulatory approach—for a discussion on how the White House can work with the group to create jobs. The efforts are designed to give companies more confidence in the president’s stewardship of the economy, and bolster his re-election prospects among a wealthy constituency not traditionally allied with Democrats.
    In Tuesday’s article, the president defended his administration’s efforts to strike “the proper balance” between protecting the public and not interfering with economic growth.

  21. Ametia says:

    What Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill could teach Washington today
    By Chris Matthews
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    A vigorous debate over the role of government is always at the heart of our democracy. Since the shootings in Arizona, however, many have said that our partisan ferocity is unhealthy.

    So it seems like a good time to reflect on Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill. It would serve us well to understand how these very different politicians managed to temper their philosophical divide with a public, and sometimes personal, cordiality.

    About this time of year three decades ago, Reagan went to the Capitol to deliver the State of the Union address. His designated “holding room” was the speaker’s ceremonial office just off the House floor. I was a senior aide to the speaker, and I thought a little kidding was in order.

    “Mr. President, welcome to the room where we plot against you,” I said.

    “Oh, no, not after 6,” he replied. “The speaker says that here in Washington we’re all friends after 6.”

    Reagan was warm – and he meant his words. For years, he and O’Neill engaged in tough partisan competition. They gave no quarter and expected none. The president believed that government wasn’t the solution; it was the problem. The House speaker believed that people, especially the old, the sick and the young, needed help along the way.

    There was something the American people liked about this test of wills. Voters saw these political heavyweights jousting over ideas and dealing with each other as worthy opponents. Citizens clearly felt satisfied that these politicians were fighting the good fight on their behalf.


    Good luck with this, Matthews. Reagan & O’Neil were white, noticed that? I’m sure that sends a tingle down your legs too.

  22. Ametia says:

    January 17, 2011, 5:09 pm
    Cheney Considering Heart Transplant’- HE DOESN’T HAVE ONE, HE’LL NEED TO BUY ONE OR STEAL IT!


    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he has not decided whether to seek a heart transplant for what he called his “end-stage heart failure” but said he will make that decision “at some point.”

    In his first interview since major surgery to implant an artificial pump to assist his heart, Mr. Cheney also said President Obama is likely to be a one-term president because his policies are unpopular with the public.

    “His overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector,” Mr. Cheney said in an interview with Jamie Gangel for NBC News. “Those are all weaknesses, as I look at Barack Obama. And I think he’ll be a one term President.

    So this heartless piece of shit is accusing POTUS of all the shit that he and bush left our country in a complete shambles. And how does he know that PBO will be a one term president? Cheney had better watch it, we’ve already seen one of Bush’s top aides found dead.


  23. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody! :-)

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