Saturday Open Thread

The J.B.’s (sometimes punctuated The JB’s or The J.B.s) were James Brown‘s band during the first half of the 1970s. On record the J.B.’s were sometimes billed under various alternate names such as The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and the Macks, A.A.B.B., The First Family and The Last Word. In addition to backing Brown the J.B.’s played behind Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins and other singers associated with the James Brown Revue, as well as performing as a self-contained group.

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20 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    Palin warns of China’s rise in visit to India

    NEW DELHI — U.S. politician Sarah Palin stressed the importance of America’s ties with India, saying they were based on the shared values of freedom and free-market capitalism, while sounding a warning note on China’s rise during a speech Saturday in New Delhi.

    The visit to India is a rare foreign venture for the ex-Alaska governor and reality TV star, who was John McCain’s running mate in his failed 2008 campaign for president. The trip, which also includes a stop in Israel, is raising speculation Palin wants to burnish her foreign policy credentials ahead of a possible 2012 presidential run.

    Palin told a well-heeled audience of Indian business leaders, professionals and socialites that U.S.-Indian relations were “key to the future of our world.”

    “We’re going to need each other, especially as these other regions rise,” she said, in an apparent reference to China, during a Q&A that followed a keynote speech titled “My Vision of America.”

    (…)

    Reporters who had been assured access were barred at the last minute.

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/palin_warns_of_c

  2. Ametia says:

    This MOFO right here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3dLfa_lwSs&feature=player_embedded

    Social Security is something WORKING Americans have paid into for over 75 years. SOCIAL SECURITY IS NOT A FUCKING ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. IT OUR, BECAUSE WE HAVE EARNED IT!!!!!!

    The GOP are THUGS.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hello everyone :)

  4. Ametia says:

    **sigh*speak* Can’t these talking heads STFU and let the Brazilian people and POTUS?

  5. Ametia says:

    Helen Thomas: When do I get my apology from Obama?
    posted at 5:22 pm on March 18, 2011
    by Allahpundit

    Of all the things this guy theoretically should apologize for, calling out one of the left’s heroes for telling Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” doesn’t even crack the top million.
    “I want an apology from the president,” Thomas, 90, said Tuesday to the hundreds of student journalists and their advisers attending the keynote session of the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers (CMA) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City…

    “Her comments were offensive,” Obama said [at the time]. “It’s a shame because Helen’s someone who has been a correspondent through I don’t know how many presidents, was a real institution in Washington, D. C. But I think she made the right decision. I think those comments are out of line, and hopefully she recognizes that.”…
    At one point during the session, Shira Kaminsky, a 23-year-old student journalist at the University of Massachusetts, stood up and announced that she was a third generation Israeli.

    “You said that Israelis should leave their country,” Kaminsky said, standing at the rear of the crowded room. “Where should we go?”
    “Where are your grandparents from?” Thomas asked.
    “Poland and Romania,” Kaminsky replied.
    “Then come to America,” Thomas responded.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/18/helen-thomas-when-do-i-get-my-apology-from-obama/?print=1

  6. Ametia says:

    Obama: Jobs at top of Latin America agenda
    By President Obama
    Updated 1d 21h ago |

    In recent weeks, we’ve seen how turmoil and tragedy around the globe can affect our own prosperity and security; how events abroad often have implications for everything from markets on Wall Street to families’ wallets on Main Street. And as a nation, we will continue to do everything we can both to promote stability and democracy in the Middle East and help the people of Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    But in this increasingly interconnected and fiercely competitive world, our top priority has to be creating and sustaining new jobs and new opportunities for our people.

    Lately, we’ve seen signs that we’re moving in the right direction. Our economy added nearly a quarter of a million new private sector jobs last month, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly two years. And to keep that progress going, we’ve got to keep competing for every new job, every new industry, and every new market in the 21st century.

    That’s one of the reasons I will travel to Latin America this week — to strengthen our economic relationship with neighbors who are playing a growing role in our economic future.

    Nearly 600 million people live in Latin America. The region’s economy grew by about 6% last year. Between 2010 and 2015, it’s expected to grow by one-third. And as these markets are growing, so is their demand for goods and services — goods and services that, as president, I want to see made in the United States of America.every new industry, and every new market in the 21st century.

    That’s one of the reasons I will travel to Latin America this week — to strengthen our economic relationship with neighbors who are playing a growing role in our economic future.

    Nearly 600 million people live in Latin America. The region’s economy grew by about 6% last year. Between 2010 and 2015, it’s expected to grow by one-third. And as these markets are growing, so is their demand for goods and services — goods and services that, as president, I want to see made in the United States of America.

    Every $1 billion we export supports more than 5,000 jobs here at home. That’s why last year, I set a goal for this country: to double our exports of goods and services by 2014. And we are on track to meet this goal: exports were up 17% in 2010.

    The impressive growth that we’ve seen in Latin America in recent years is good for the people of the hemisphere, and it’s good for us. Thanks in part to our trade agreements across the region, we now export three times as much to Latin America as we do to China, and our exports to the region — which are growing faster than our exports to the rest of the world — will soon support more than 2 million jobs here in the United States.

    I’ll begin my trip by visiting Brazil to work with its new president, Dilma Rousseff, to strengthen the relationship between the hemisphere’s two largest democracies and economies. With around 200 million people, a growing middle class, and a per-capita income rising by almost 7% a year, Brazil imports more goods and services from the United States than from any other nation — mainly high-tech, manufactured goods from aircraft to chemicals to clean energy components. In 1990, Brazil was the 16th largest market for our goods. Last year, it was the eighth largest. In 2010, our exports to Brazil grew by more than 30% to just over $50 billion, supporting more than 250,000 jobs here at home.

    In Brazil, I’ll be joined by hundreds of business leaders from both countries for a forum on how we can create jobs by deepening these economic ties. That’s good for large U.S. companies such as Sikorsky, whose helicopter sales to Brazil help sustain a large, skilled workforce in Connecticut, Alabama and Pennsylvania. It’s good for small businesses such as Rhino Assembly in Charlotte, N.C., a supplier and repairer of aerospace and automotive assembly tools whose recent relationship with a distributor in Brazil has resulted in new sales and new employees here. And it’s good for Brazilian companies
    that invest in the U.S. — in fact, in 2008, U.S. subsidiaries of Brazilian-owned firms employed more than 42,000 people in the United States.

    We’ll also work to strengthen our relationship when it comes to energy. Brazil holds recently discovered oil reserves that could be far larger than ours, and as we seek to increase secure-energy supplies, we look forward to developing a strategic energy partnership. We’ll also continue our shared leadership in green economic growth and clean energy, including everything from biofuels to renewables such as wind and solar power. And as the host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil is expected to invest more than $200 billion in upgrading its infrastructure — an area where America is primed to be a partner.

    Then, I’ll travel to Santiago, Chile, a country with an economy estimated to have grown by more than 5% last year, and expected to grow even faster this year. Since the Chile Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 2004, our exports of goods there are up 300%, supporting an estimated 70,000 jobs in the United States today. We will work with Chile to deepen that relationship and address other common economic, hemispheric and global challenges.

    Finally, I will visit El Salvador, a nation where we not only share an economic and trade relationship with great potential for future growth, but also strong ties through one of the United States’ largest Hispanic populations.

    Our neighbors in the Americas are bound to us by shared history, values and interests. What I will convey this week is that we are partners in progress. Strengthening these partnerships will advance the common prosperity and common security of all our people
    creating new jobs and new growth across the hemisphere, and helping our economy remain an engine of strength and opportunity for all our people.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-03-18-column18_ST3_N.htm?csp=hf

    Make the case, to the American people, Mr. President!
    Every $1 billion we export supports more than 5,000 jobs,

  7. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody! :-)

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