Serendipity SOUL-Tuesday Open Thread

 Wiki:  Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983)[1] is an English singer-songwriter, known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz.[2] Winehouse is best known for her powerful contralto vocals[3] and substance abuse and mental health issues.[4][5] In 2005, she went through a period of drinking, heavy drug use, violent mood swings and weight loss.[6]

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album Frank was critically successful in the UK, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album Back to Black led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British singer to win five Grammys,[7][8] including three of the “Big Four“: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She has won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me“, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab“, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game“, among other prestigious distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.[9] Winehouse has agreed to form a group with The Roots drummer ?uestlove

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  1. Gabriel Aubry to Halle Berry: My Kid is White, ‘One Drop Rule’ My Ass, Black Girl

    So here I was, just sitting and enjoying yet another day of Black History Month as I basked in the glow of post-racialness of the Obama era. And then my buddy @BenJoBubble just had to ruin the ambiance of it all by introducing me to the fuckery that follows involving Halle Berry and her ex; yup, the white boy:

    A simple split has become a nasty race war, and now, it’s going back to the ugliest time in American history.

    Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, battling for custody of their daughter Nahla, have both thrown some mud, but after word about Aubry’s alleged racism got out, Berry is firing back.

    In a new interview with EBONY Magazine, Berry says (via TMZ), “I feel she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.”

    That goes against the wishes of Aubry, who, allegedly, doesn’t like when people call Nahla black. That’s inconvenient for Berry, who, according to sources, told Aubry he was only good for one thing — sperm of a different genetic makeup than her own.

    Berry’s people have also leaked out that Nahla is supposedly afraid to go near Aubry, though the truth seems far too elusive to grab at this point. (source)

    First off, lemme just say that both of these parents should be chopped in the throat for this mess. Yes I know divorce isn’t always amicable, but the nerve of these clowns bringing the kid into the mix. And about race, too? OK, yeah, it’s alleged that Gabriel called Halle a “nigger”. But isn’t something like the race of any potential kids something that should’ve been established in the pre-nup?

    Berry, who, according to sources, told Aubry he was only good for one thing — sperm of a different genetic makeup than her own.


  2. Vettte says:

    THIS to Mubarak: PACK!!

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Hi Vette. Maybe you can arrange for the movers to assist Hosni.

      • Vettte says:

        Hey! Chile I think he’s going out the back door in the middle of the night with whatever he can get in the car(s). Forget the furniture, the lewders will shortly be walking in the town square with gold-plated sofas!! LMBO!

      • Vettte says:

        No know SG2 he has to be as worried as all those people who burned down the plantation in ‘Gone With the Wind’! They need to be mapping out the get away route on the back alleys.

        The mob is going to start walking down that street his way shortly. He said he would “die on Egypt soil” and he’s going to fool around and get his damned wish. They ain’t playing with him. This revolution will not be televised; it will be blogged and texted. Check your email Hosni to know when to duck!!

        He’ll be ducked down in the back seat and they’ll be “Driving Mr. Hosni”

  3. Hey 3 Chics!

    Hilarious or racist? What are your thoughts?

    • I thought it was hilarious. And I laughed when the girl got clocked too. Uh huh, that’s what she gets. You don’t disrespect the wife!!!

    • Ametia says:

      My son-in-law weighed in on the video.

      “now if they had a white couple and the white man wanted the black woman, that would be entertaining..but thats too daring for network tv during a super bowl.”

  4. Ametia says:

    8 February 2011 Last updated at 15:29 ET
    Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak’s concessions rejected

    Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the latest protest calling for Hosni Mubarak’s government to step down.

    Correspondents say it is the biggest demonstration since the protests began on 25 January.

    It comes despite the government’s announcement of its plans for a peaceful transfer of power.

    President Mubarak has said he will stay until elections in September.

    In Tahrir Square, attempts by the army to check the identity cards of those joining the demonstration were abandoned because of the sheer weight of numbers.

    Our correspondent says the message to the authorities is simple – there is huge support from all walks of Egyptian life for the protests, and the government’s concessions are not enough.

    Wael Ghonim, a Google executive was detained and blindfolded by state security forces for 12 days, was feted by the crowds as he entered Tahrir Square.

  5. Ametia says:

    More Than Half Of The Responses To Issa’s Job Creation Survey Came From Lobbyists »

    Yesterday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the responses he received to a request he made last month for business, trade associations, and think tanks to identify regulations that they’d like to see eliminated or reduced. Many of the responses took aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, but there was plenty of concern reserved for regulations from both the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

    Issa is pitching this product as the manifestation of Congress finally listening to “job creators.” In fact, his new website for soliciting further responses is located at “” “This project is an opportunity for private industry to put forward detailed and specific examples so that both the American people and policymakers can determine for themselves what actions can be taken to create jobs,” Issa said in a statement paired with the release of the responses

  6. rikyrah says:

    Morning everyone :)

  7. Ametia says:

    February 7, 2011
    On Health Care, Justice Will PrevailBy LAURENCE H. TRIBE
    Cambridge, Mass.

    THE lawsuits challenging the individual mandate in the health care law, including one in which a federal district judge last week called the law unconstitutional, will ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court, and pundits are already making bets on how the justices will vote.

    But the predictions of a partisan 5-4 split rest on a misunderstanding of the court and the Constitution. The constitutionality of the health care law is not one of those novel, one-off issues, like the outcome of the 2000 presidential election, that have at times created the impression of Supreme Court justices as political actors rather than legal analysts.

    Since the New Deal, the court has consistently held that Congress has broad constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce. This includes authority over not just goods moving across state lines, but also the economic choices of individuals within states that have significant effects on interstate markets. By that standard, this law’s constitutionality is open and shut. Does anyone doubt that the multitrillion-dollar health insurance industry is an interstate market that Congress has the power to regulate?

    Many new provisions in the law, like the ban on discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, are also undeniably permissible. But they would be undermined if healthy or risk-prone individuals could opt out of insurance, which could lead to unacceptably high premiums for those remaining in the pool. For the system to work, all individuals — healthy and sick, risk-prone and risk-averse — must participate to the extent of their economic ability.

    In this regard, the health care law is little different from Social Security. The court unanimously recognized in 1982 that it would be “difficult, if not impossible” to maintain the financial soundness of a Social Security system from which people could opt out. The same analysis holds here: by restricting certain economic choices of individuals, we ensure the vitality of a regulatory regime clearly within Congress’s power to establish.

    The justices aren’t likely to be misled by the reasoning that prompted two of the four federal courts that have ruled on this legislation to invalidate it on the theory that Congress is entitled to regulate only economic “activity,” not “inactivity,” like the decision not to purchase insurance. This distinction is illusory. Individuals who don’t purchase insurance they can afford have made a choice to take a free ride on the health care system. They know that if they need emergency-room care that they can’t pay for, the public will pick up the tab. This conscious choice carries serious economic consequences for the national health care market, which makes it a proper subject for federal regulation.

    Even if the interstate commerce clause did not suffice to uphold mandatory insurance, the even broader power of Congress to impose taxes would surely do so. After all, the individual mandate is enforced through taxation, even if supporters have been reluctant to point that out.

  8. Ametia says:

    10:45 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks on the Administration’s plan to build a 21st century infrastructure – from roads and bridges to high-speed rail (audio only)

  9. Edward Lazarus says:

    Even as a Democrat I have a high degree of admiration for Ronald Reagan the man….but it is important to remember that his refusal to heed the scientists and medical professionals regarding the oncoming disaster called HIV allowed that disease to gain a frightening foothold while the Reagan administration chose to literally IGNORE the situation.

    A prompt response may well have begun an effort that could have resulted in fewer deaths and misery….but it was not to be.

    If there is a reason for such a “hands-off” approach to a communicable disease of such magnitude it seems safe to assume that this do-nothing approach was based on the desire of the administration to please—or at least not offend—the religious right who saw this horrible disease as “punishment” for gay people.

    Serious thought and discussion ought be given to the question; “Would the reaction of the Reagan administration have been different if they had realized early on that this was to be a disease that would affect tens of thousands of “straight” people as the magnitude of the disaster became clear?”

    To my knowledge, during the course of the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Mr. Reagan never publicly used the terms “HIV,” or “AIDS!”

    His decision to ignore this danger surely gave this terrible disease an opportunity to gain ground—costing lives and misery.
    This too is a part of the Reagan legacy and deserves public examination.

  10. Ametia says:

    Keith Olbermann to Join Current TV [REPORT]
    Ben Parr Ben Parr – Mon Feb 7, 4:59 pm ET
    Keith Olbermann, the controversial liberal pundit and former host of MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann, will announce tomorrow that he’s joining Current TV.

    Olbermann made headliens last month when he abruptly announced his departure from MSNBC. Speculation has been rampant over his next move, with Olbermann teasing his Twitter followers about his plans.

    According to The New York Times, Olbermann will not only get a prime spot in Current TV’s lineup; he will also be receiving an equity stake in the company. As the channel unabashedly leans to the left of the political spectrum, Olbermann is likely to be more candid and off-the-cuff on any new show he may be hosting on the channel.

    Current TV, founded in 2005, is owned primarily by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, businessman Joel Hyatt and Comcast (which has a 10% stake). It focuses on news and public affairs content, though it has added more entertainment content since former MTV Networks President Mark Rosenthal took over as CEO.

    Olbermann is said to also be pursuing other ventures, including a potential Internet destination. It’s no secret that he’d like to build a media empire of his own.

    Olbermann will likely bring new energy and attention to the struggling TV channel. In 2009, it laid off 80 employees, about 20% of its staff at the time. It also doesn’t have the distribution that MSNBC has on cable. The pairing of Olbermann and Current TV could give the channel the boost it needs to regain relevancy.

  11. Ametia says:

    Possible Exile in Germany
    Clinic Near Baden-Baden Considered For Mubarak
    By Björn Hengst and Christoph Schwennicke

    Will Hosni Mubarak travel to Germany as a patient as part of a graceful exit strategy for the Egyptian president? Plans for a possible hospital stay here appear to be more concrete than previously believed. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that a luxury clinic near Baden-Baden is being favored.

    The United States government’s scenario for an end to the political chaos in Egypt appears to be this: President Hosni Mubarak travels to Germany for a “prolonged health check” that would offer the 82-year-old a dignified departure. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that secret talks to that effect were being held between the US government and Egyptian military officials.

    According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, plans for a possible hospital stay in Germany are far more concrete than had been assumed so far. Talks are already being held with suitable hospitals, particularly with the Max-Grundig-Klinik Bühlerhöhe in the southwestern town of Bühl near Baden-Baden, SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned from sources close to the clinic. The hospital management declined to comment.

    The luxury clinic has an excellent reputation, as well as a respected oncology department, and says on its website it offers “first-class medical care” and the “comfort and service of a top hotel.” Patients are accommodated in suites up to 200 square meters (2,152 square feet) in size. Former Ukrainian President Vickor Yushchenko and former Russian Economics Minister German Gref have been treated there.,1518,743998,00.html

  12. Ametia says:

    The GOP’s selective memory on Ronald Reagan

    By Eugene Robinson
    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

    The Republican Party tries to claim the Reagan mantle but has moved so far to the right that it now inhabits its own parallel universe. On the planet that today’s GOP leaders call home, Reagan would qualify as one of those big-government, tax-and-spend liberals who are trying so hard to destroy the American way of life.

    Some Republicans, I suppose, might be so enraptured by the Reagan legend that they are unaware of his actual record. I hate to break it to Sarah Palin, but Reagan raised taxes. Often. Sometimes by a lot.

    Read on

  13. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!!

  14. Ametia says:

    CORRECTED: Statement by the President on the Intent to Recognize Southern Sudan
    Feb.7, 2011

    On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Southern Sudan for a successful and inspiring referendum in which an overwhelming majority of voters chose independence. I am therefore pleased to announce the intention of the United States to formally recognize Southern Sudan as a sovereign, independent state in July 2011.

    After decades of conflict, the images of millions of southern Sudanese voters deciding their own future was an inspiration to the world and another step forward in Africa’s long journey toward justice and democracy. Now, all parties have a responsibility to ensure that this historic moment of promise becomes a moment of lasting progress. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement must be fully implemented and outstanding disputes must be resolved peacefully. At the same time, there must be an end to attacks on civilians in Darfur and a definitive end to that conflict.

    As I pledged in September when addressing Sudanese leaders, the United States will continue to support the aspirations of all Sudanese—north and south, east and west. We will work with the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition to independence. For those who meet all of their obligations, there is a path to greater prosperity and normal relations with the United States, including examining Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. And while the road ahead will be difficult, those who seek a future of dignity and peace can be assured that they will have a steady partner and friend in the United States.

  15. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody! :-)

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