Saturday Open Thread

Willard ChristopherWillSmith, Jr.(born September 25, 1968)[1] is an American actor, film producer and pop rapper. He has enjoyed success in music, television and film. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor on the planet.[2] Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith transitioned from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films that received broad box office success. In fact, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office as well as being the only actor to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.[3]

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32 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    CNN BREAKING

    One of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, Saif al Arab Gadhafi, was killed in a NATO airstrike, a spokesman for Libya’s government said Sunday.
    Moammar Gadhafi and his wife were also in the house when it was targeted, spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said.

  2. rikyrah says:

    This is from Coates:

    Let me double down:

    Yes, it’s about Obama’s race–but it’s part of a larger attempt by the right to delegitimize any Democrat in the White House, black or white, according to the negative cultural stereotypes they favor.

    This formulation contains the seeds of the problem. It admits a double standard–“yes, it’s about race”–and then implicitly asks black people to ignore that fact, in favor of some larger, presumably more relevant, truth.

    This is wrong.

    You are admitting that our foes are trafficking in one of the oldest evils in this country’s history,but asking us to not make that our primary focus. Meanwhile people are going on television demanding Obama get off “the basketball court.” Did they say that about Clinton? Did they call him boy? Did they assert that his wife was a black supremacist? Did they claim he had a “hatred of white people?”

    Why should we not focus on this? Who’s going to point this out, if not us? The white liberals who don’t want us to even say the word “racism?” The NAACP who was shouted down for noting that their were elements of racism at work in the Tea Party? Shirley Sherrod who was drummed out for trying to speak forthrightly about race?

    Where is this conversation to take place? Who is supposed to do this?

    The difference between the “negative cultural stereotypes” that you would like to see focused on, and “race” is that race is always with us. We don’t have to speak. We don’t have to wear certain clothes. We don’t have wind-surf. All we have to do is exist, and we become illegitimate.

    Please forgive us for having the temerity to be disturbed by this.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/the-right-to-be-here/238070/

    • Ametia says:

      Let me repeat this from Thursday’s open thread:

      What a load of bullshit. I loathe how these white folks try to minimize, negate, skirt the issue about the fact that this issue is RACISM, pure and simple.

      I don’t want to hear jackshit about Hill & Bill and other Democratic POTUS’ NARY a one of them where ever hounded and pounded with racist chants and dog-whistling to produce a fucking piece of paper.

      Nope, not buying this other Democrats go throught similar thrashing like Obama. OWN THE RACISM! OWN YOUR SHIT!

      BIRTHERISM =RACISM. THE .END.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon parents of twins

    (AP) – 2 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their third anniversary with another milestone — becoming parents to a baby girl and boy.

    Carey’s representative, Cindi Berger, confirmed the births to The Associated Press. The singing superstar gave birth Saturday at 12:07 p.m. EDT at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles. Berger says the baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long; her brother was next, at 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches.

    Berger says the couple has not named the children yet. Cannon drove Carey to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom. Berger said the 41-year-old Carey, who had gone through false labor, was calm, thinking that it was another false alarm.

    Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Cannon was so nervous he went to the wrong department at the hospital, and was guided to the maternity ward by a nurse.

    “It was like right out of an ‘I Love Lucy’ skit,” said Berger.

    Berger says they were listening to Carey’s “We Belong Together” after the children were born.

    The couple are expected to renew their wedding vows on Sunday. The pair got married in 2007 after a whirlwind romance. They were the subject of endless baby rumors, and the couple actually were expecting shortly after their marriage, but Carey had a miscarriage; they did not reveal the miscarriage until she announced her pregnancy last fall.

    The couple plan to live a bi-coastal life, and have luxurious nurseries in both New York and Los Angeles.

    As far as more children, Carey recently declared she’s done.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jkMcvpYNnbAxI-gn94z2jlwDUeUw?docId=d402953e682142e584f75d6382a9d9e4

  4. ‘AFTER-BIRTHERS’ swimming in the muck ! Good luck GOP.

    http://current.com/entertainment/comedy/93187592_after-birthers-swimming-in-the-muck-good-luck-gop.htm

    This is hilarious. Here’s the new name Ziggy, your going to love it “After-Birthers”

    I’m trying to come up with a term to describe the Birthers’ frenzied attempts to definitively uncover evidence that Obama’s long form birth certificate is a forgery. ‘After-Birthers’ seems about right.

    Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft debunked the document in fifty two seconds on YouTube. He declares it’s a fraud. Wow, wouldn’t you think Obama could come up with something a little better than that? He does have the CIA at his disposal. Hoft easily unmasked the counterfeit because he’s a graphic artist and can tell. I was always waiting for him or some other lunatic like Pam Geller to break into the hospital in Hawaii to try and locate the original. G. Gordon Liddy and his crew of plumbers are too old now.

    I wasn’t really down with Obama releasing it, but watching these nutcases make fools of themselves makes it pretty much worth it. They just can’t handle that Obama is a Democrat and black.

  5. Ametia says:

    Barack Obama’s online army quietly gears up
    By BEN SMITH | 4/30/11 7:07 AM EDT

    President Obama’s aides have quietly turned the key in the engine of the massive campaign-in-waiting that’s been operating under the name Organizing for America for the past two years, and will begin his reelection with the sort of online and field organizations most presidential campaigns would be glad to have 16 months from now.

    The leadership of the field organization — with hundreds of employees, tens of thousands of volunteers and massive online assets (primarily, a giant email list) — is shifting from the Democratic National Committee to the new campaign in Chicago. And in mass emails and in a quiet series of one-on-one meetings with volunteer leaders, the group is resetting its relationship with its supporters.

    And while many Democrats have complained that Organizing for America’s vaunted abilities began to sputter once Obama became president, people watching the organization closely say it has succeeded in what may have been its central mission all along: building an unparalleled reelection organization while staying under the political world’s radar.

    “Nothing like this has ever happened this early or this big,” said Natalie Foster, a former DNC new media director.

    Obama’s reelection campaign may lack the novelty, and the purity, of his first campaign. Aides hope, though, that any enthusiasm gap — which they believe will close as the race begins to take shape — will be made up for by the sheer scale and capacity of the newly re-tuned organization.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53941.html#ixzz1L1M1xpbH

  6. Ametia says:

    April 29, 2011, 5:33 pm
    CNN Hires Erin Burnett and Plans New Show
    By BRIAN STELTER

    CNN said Friday that it had hired the anchor Erin Burnett away from CNBC and was planning to develop a daily show for her that would start in the summer.

    Ken Jautz, the executive in charge of CNN/U.S., said he had not determined a time slot for Ms. Burnett’s show. But the deal to bring her to CNN was a sign of the direction Mr. Jautz, who has been on the job for six months, wants to take the channel.

    He wants to emphasize “substance and depth” and make its programs more clearly delineated during the day and night, he said in an interview on Friday. “We are going to develop a show with her and for her,” Mr. Jautz said, indicating that she would not be placed into any existing program, like “American Morning” or “CNN Newsroom,” which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays with various anchors throughout the day. He would not rule out any time slot. “I’m going to keep my options open,” he said.

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/cnn-hires-erin-burnett-and-plans-new-show/?partner=rss&emc=rss

  7. rikyrah says:

    The Freak Show Begins
    by BooMan
    Sat Apr 30th, 2011 at 09:49:30 AM EST

    The freak show begins. Last night the Manchester, New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity hosted the first (sort of) debate between Republicans aspirants for the White House. It didn’t go well.

    Beginning with Tim Pawlenty, each candidate spoke for eight minutes and then took one or two questions from an AFP official on stage. There was no debate and the question were softballs; no was going to be challenged. So the evening became a competition to see who could spin the most outlandish conservative fantasy. Pawlenty had the misfortune of going first and might not have realized what a gimme the event was going to be. He called only for “getting the government off our backs,” made the customary paeans to American greatness, and used the question-and-answer segment to apologize profusely for having once supported cap and trade (“I changed my position…it was a mistake, I’m stupid and I’m sorry…it was ham-fisted…I no longer have that position…it was really ham-fisted”).

    Herman Cain upstaged him by specifically calling to lower the corporate income tax, the personal income tax, temporarily abolish the payroll tax (individual and employer), abolish the capital gains tax, repatriate profits from overseas (abolishing any taxes on those profits), and, the coup de grace, declaring that all this would pay for itself by spurring economic growth.

    Michelle Bachmann called for an immediate 25 percent cut in federal discretionary spending, the cancellation of outstanding stimulus projects, and the privatization of vaccine development (she cited polio as an example). The debt ceiling? Keep it right where it is. She joined Cain in calling for the abolition of the capital gains tax, the “death tax,” proposed limiting income-tax rates to 20 percent, and then decided to scrap the federal tax code outright. “Let’s get rid of what we’ve got and start over,” she said.

    Romney either chose to wing it or is simply rusty from not having been on the campaign trail. Though practically alone among the GOP candidates in not pandering to the fringes by questioning Obama’s citizenship, he made the strange choice to open with a birther joke about how, when Obama released his birth certificate last week, “there was no one more disappointed than that amiable, know-it-all windbag–Joe Biden.” Romney didn’t have a bullet-point fantasy list of tax cuts to abolish, so instead he parceled out bits of his old stump speech with charges that Obama had no private-sector experience and is trying to “Europeanize” America.

    Romney remains an exceptionally unnatural public speaker. To convey passion and excitement, he raises the pitch of his voice and imbues it with urgency. But it never quite clicks. His tone and affect are like that of an adult doing a dramatic reading of a pirate story to a wide-eyed three year old. It doesn’t help that he speaks too quickly and often trips over his lines. At points during his speech, Romney seemed to slip into a frenzy and start madly free associating economic buzzwords.

    This hurt him during the question-and-answer period when, in response to a question about high gas prices, he blurted out a Jimmy Carter-Barack Obama comparison about how just as Reagan had hung the “misery index” around Carter’s neck, so, too, would Republicans have to “hang” Obama with the country’s current economic hardship. Romney repeated the “we’re going to hang him” locution once more and then, all of a sudden, in mid-sentence, seemed to realize that metaphors about hanging a black man probably wouldn’t redound to his political benefit. He stammered that he meant it metaphorically, that “you have to be careful what you say.”

    Now, let’s remember that Mitt Romney is really supposed to be a serious candidate who can avoid dabbling in birtherism and outright insanity and retain some kind of viability as a general-election candidate. If he were to stop pandering to the Republican base and just run on his record as the governor of Massachusetts, he’d be positioned as a moderate Republican alternative to Obama who has some more business experience and, maybe, a plausible claim to improving the economic condition of the country. So, what does he do in his first competitive campaign appearance? He opens with a birther joke and then moves on to alluding to the lynching of the president.

    That’s an even worse Crazy Index than I would have predicted.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/4/30/94930/9986

  8. Member Of Maine Gov’s Cabinet Forced Out Over Shocking Racial Remarks

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/29/philip-congdon-racial-remarks_n_855789.html#comments

    PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine cabinet member who was forced out after offending rural residents, African-Americans and Native Americans all in one day said Friday that some of the comments attributed to him were misconstrued and others he didn’t even say.

    Two days after leaving his post as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Philip Congdon said the allegations against him are false and that much has been made over nothing. He blamed politics and a state representative who wrote a letter to Maine’s governor about his talk earlier this month in northern Maine.

    “It’s about to get messy and dirty really fast,” Congdon said in a phone interview. “You just wait and watch.”

    Congdon’s comments continued to draw criticism Friday from the NAACP and a Maine Indian tribe.

    Maine’s blunt-speaking governor, Paul LePage, who has been criticized himself for his choice of words, issued a statement saying, “I do not condone or tolerate the appearance of this type of behavior and I will not accept distractions from my jobs-creation agenda.”

    Congdon was quoted as saying affirmative action programs have contributed to a decline in higher education, that people of northern Maine were lacking in parenting skills and that it was time for them to “get off the reservation” if they wanted to succeed. He also said Maine’s potato farmers were wasting their spuds by selling them for french fries rather than vodka.

    He told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that when he spoke about affirmative action during a private meeting at a community college, “I thought I was talking to people who were sufficiently intelligent enough to understand my real meaning. I was mistaken.”

    • Ametia says:

      THIS: “I thought I was talking to people who were sufficiently intelligent enough to understand my real meaning. I was mistaken.”

      TRANSLATION: I THOUGHT I COULD GET AWAY WITH TRASHING NATIVE AMERICANS & BLACK FOLKS, ‘CAUSE, WELL, I’M WHITE AND MY BRETHERAN WILLL BACK ME UP.

      That female Rep fron Oklahoma needs to be FIRED too. Get her racist ass out of the public arena.

      Racism has been allowed to become mainstrain in America, and the MEDIA is COMPLICIT.

  9. Tancredo: Obama Withheld Birth Certificate To Make GOP Look Bad

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/29/tom-tancredo-obama-withhe_n_855718.html

    excerpt~

    The idea, according to Tancredo, is that Obama withheld his birth certificate until now simply for the purpose of making Republicans look foolish. And the analogy to Ali seems to suggest a begrudging admiration of the strategy.

    In his most recent foray into electoral politics, Tancredo ran for Colorado Governor last year, winning 37 percent of the vote on the American Constitution Party ticket against Gov. John Hickenlooper, far out-gaining Republican Dan Maes.

    They’re licking their wounds. President Obama out-smarted their asses.

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