Sunday Open Thread

Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. They are an American Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) troupe who express their history as women of color through song, dance, and sign language.[1] They have together worked from four women to the difficult five-part harmony with a sixth member translating with sign language. Although the members have changed over 3 decades, they continue to sing and have helped to produce several children’s records as well as those intended for adults.

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73 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Gingrich: “It’s not that I’m a good debater. It’s just that I articulate the deepest values of the American people.”

    Translation:“It’s not that I’m a good debater, It’s that I articulate the deepest feelings of the American people who are blinded by racism.

  2. Ametia says:


    • Ametia says:

      The New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime on Sunday to take the NFC title and advance to Super Bowl XLVI.

      The Giants will play the New England Patriots, who defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 earlier Sunday to earn a fifth AFC championship in 11 seasons.

  3. Ametia says:

    Survey paints portrait of black women in America
    By Krissah Thompson, Sunday, January 22, 7:31 PM

    Rich or poor, educated or not, black women sometimes feel as though myths are stalking them like shadows, their lives reduced to a string of labels.

    The angry black woman. The strong black woman. The unfeeling black woman. The manless black woman.

    Black women haven’t really defined themselves,” says author Sophia Nelson, who urges her fellow sisters to take control of their image. “We were always defined as workhorses, strong. We carry the burdens, we carry the family. We don’t need. We don’t want.”

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  4. Ametia says:

    Saul Alinsky- that good old fashoned modern day founder of community organinzing

    Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.”[4] He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.

  5. SandygoObama Tetnowski:

    “RIP Joe Pa… I wonder if he’ll be buried looking the other way.”

    KA POW

    …An uppercut to the jaw!

  6. Ametia says:

    “STRING’EM UP!” Listen at 9:08 mark

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  8. RawStory:

    Scarborough: GOP ‘base is revolting’ against Romney

  9. Ametia says:

    Everywhere I GO…

  10. Chuck Todd, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina because of RACISM. Stop trying to pretty up ugly.

  11. First Lady Michelle Obama watches backstage as President Obama delivers a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Sept. 25, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

  12. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down from Congress


  13. BreakingNews:

    Rep Gabby Giffords will step down from US Congress this week; will focus on recovery from 2011 shooting – @azcentral

  14. ‘String Him Up’ Comment Heard at Newt Gingrich’s Victory Celebration Ignored by News Media

    According to hundreds of Tweets and Re-Tweets posted on Twitter, someone at Newt Gingrich’s victory celebration in South Carolina last night yelled out these chilling words when Gingrich mentioned President Obama’s name: “String Him Up!”

    When Tweeters got word of the comment, their Re-Tweets went viral. Major news media’s response? Crickets.

  15. Gov. Christie: Newt Gingrich ‘Has Been An Embarrassment To The Party’

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on Meet the Press today to do damage control for Mitt Romney and to explain why Newt Gingrich would not be an ideal Republican nominee despite his strong victory in South Carolina last night. He claimed that Gingrich’s past actions have embarrassed the Republican party, and Mitt Romney was more suited to be the nominee because of his record and how he conducted himself in office as opposed to Gingrich.

  16. Ametia says:

    This will happen before Newt sits his big, fat, pink, sweaty ASS in the Oval Office Leather.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Newt Gingrich is angry

    Gingrich, like other candidates for the Republican nomination, has a fondness for quoting the Founding Fathers, but he now says that when they wrote “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, it did not mean what we think it means.

    “Happiness in the 18th century meant wisdom and virtue, not hedonism,” Gingrich says without a scintilla of embarrassment, even though he, himself, has pursued a fair amount of hedonism in his lifetime.

    And they promised us the right to pursue,” Gingrich continues. “There is no provision for a Department of Happiness. They issued no happiness stamps. And if you said that you were going to take happiness from some and distribute it to others, the Founding Fathers would have asked by what right?”

    So if we don’t have happiness to look forward to, what does Gingrich offer?

    Work. Effort. Struggle.

    “Work is something you need,” Gingrich says. “I don’t think it’s inappropriate for a 12- or 13-year-old to push a mop. We have the finest food stamp president in American history. I want to be the finest paycheck president in history.

    “We will never give somebody 99 weeks of money for doing nothing!”

    The crowd cheers its approval. Imagine people getting unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. For doing nothing! The average weekly unemployment benefit in America in 2010 was about $295, which is hardly a princely sum. But if people faced actual starvation instead of getting food stamps and unemployment insurance, wouldn’t this be a better country? As long as you had a job, that is.

    There are now three Republican contenders with gold medals: Rick Santorum (Iowa), Mitt Romney (New Hampshire) and Newt Gingrich (South Carolina).

    But Gingrich is unworried about Santorum and unworried about Ron Paul, who has yet to win anywhere. Only Mitt has the money and organization to beat him, Gingrich believes, but Romney will fail because Romney’s speeches are filled with optimism and other infantile notions.

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  18. rikyrah says:

    Friday, December 23, 2011
    Newt Gingrich the Republicans and the Loony Religious Fringe
    Every single one of the sops Newt Gingrich and the other Republican candidates are throwing the far right have been scripted for them by generations of so-called Reconstructionist “thinkers”, Roman Catholic ideologues and Christian Zionists that have been pushing the religious community — and America — steadily in the direction of overthrowing democracy and replacing it with some version of an Americanized theocracy.

    I’ll look at Gingrich here but what I say below could be said of every Republican candidate this year.


    Newt Gingrich has been making a series of outrageous statements in ascending rhetorical volume as a means to throw the religious right scraps of validation that he is “one of us.” What Gingrich has done is to sign on to the extremist Dominionist/Roman Catholic agenda. Since I used to be a leader and the son of a leader on the Religious Right (in the 1970s and 80s) what Gingrich is saying invokes a bad case of déjà vu for me

    What he’s really doing is sending signals to 3 overlapping constituencies that now control the Republican Party: The “Pro-Israel” Lobby; The Reconstructionist/Dominionist Lobby and The Conservative Roman Catholic Lobby. We’ll look at these groups’ and their influence one at a time.

    The Gingrich Context

    Wanting to outdo the rest of the Republican field on support for the hardliners in the State of Israel Gingrich told America that the Palestinian people are really a fiction an “invented people”, illegitimate and don’t actually exist.

    Not wanting to let the far right down on his purity when it comes to abortion politics Gingrich corrected himself on when “life begins” and got his “position” in line with the American Roman Catholic bishops and declared that when he said it “begins” with the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall what he really meant was that it begins with fertilization, thus putting himself squarely in the corner with the extremist bishops who would like to lump the pill in with abortion as a means that ” destroys a life.”

    And when it comes to the rule of law Gingrich advocates the arrest of judges that rule against “Christian values.”

    So much for the separation of powers let alone the separation of church and state. And now Gingrich wants to further expand protection for religion and its meddling in politics saying that as president he’d roll back, examine and generally bulk up the rights of believers – rather the rights of far right believers — to flout the law when it comes to gay rights, abortion, stem cell research and so on.

  19. In the morning when I rise / In the morning when I rise…

  20. rikyrah says:

    This is Not Excellent News for Romney

    by BooMan
    Sun Jan 22nd, 2012 at 10:49:02 AM EST

    People and pundits on the right tell themselves so many lies that it is often difficult to know if they are deceiving themselves or simply trying to deceive the rest of us. Now, I am willing to concede one thing from Hugh Hewitt’s analysis of last night’s result. If Mitt Romney is the eventual Republican nominee, he will get some benefits out of having to fight for it. Barack Obama had something like 19 debates with Hillary Clinton. He got better as he went along, and a lot of the ammunition McCain might have used against him had become old news. Using Hillary’s words against Obama had some impact, but not enough to outweigh the other considerations. And by forcing Obama to compete in every state, Clinton also assured that Obama’s team had organized in every state. I didn’t like it while it was going on, and Clinton wasn’t doing it for the health of the party, but the process did not weaken Obama.

    The same could be true for Romney. But I think there are downsides that outweigh the upsides for Romney. To understand the difference you have to understand that Romney and Obama are not positioned in the same place. Obama was the anti-Establishment choice for the base primarily because he was against the war in Iraq. By November 2008, being against the war in Iraq was a positive. Mitt Romney is not the anti-Establishment choice. He is playing the role of Hillary Clinton. He’s playing it badly, and without the fervent base of support she enjoyed, but he’s the candidate that most elected Republicans and big donors want on the top of the ballot. In this cycle, Obamacare is what Iraq was in the last cycle. Romney was for it before he was against it, putting him in a position similar to Kerry and Clinton.

    The problem is that Romney is distorting himself in order to compensate for his past sins and in an effort to win the trust of conservatives. The more he has to distort himself and the longer he has to go on distorting himself, the less credibility he has and the harder it is for him to pivot back to the middle.

    Obama didn’t need to do any of that. First, he had mathematically wrapped up the nomination fairly early on, provided he didn’t implode. Obama’s opposition to the war didn’t place him out of the mainstream or hurt his chances with independents. For the most part, he didn’t have to make promises he couldn’t keep or that he had no intention of keeping. When Obama emerged as the nominee of the party, he didn’t have to move dramatically from the way he had been campaigning all along. That’s why the prolonged campaign ultimately did him more good than harm.

    Romney is in a completely different situation. He’s already abandoned almost every moderate or sane position he ever held, and he’s gained a reputation as a flip-flopper as a result. This makes it much harder for him the flip back to the middle without exacerbating his reputation for lacking any principles. But the more time he has to do it, the most subtle and gradual he can be about it. At a minimum, losing South Carolina has lost him valuable time.

    But I think his problem is more severe than that. If he continues to campaign as he has been, he’s going to lose the nomination to Gingrich. His strategy of being the inevitable, most-electable candidate has hit a stone wall. He’s going to have to go after Gingrich with real aggression, and Romney has never been appealing as an attack dog. It’s Gingrich who is appealing as an attack dog, at least to the Republican base. So, it’s not clear that Romney can change his campaign in a way that will be successful, but if he does, he will drive up his unfavorables to Newt-like levels with the general electorate.

    So, all in all, I believe Gingrich’s win in South Carolina is very bad news for Mitt Romney and for the Republican Party. You can try to make some lemonade out of it, and there could be some benefits, but the net result is unlikely to be anything less than disastrous.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Newt Rope-a-Dopes Mitt in South Carolina
    RightWatch: It was too easy for Newt to portray him as out of touch, but don’t count out Mitt yet.

    By: Jack White | Posted: January 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    In my last column, which appeared right before Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in the New Hampshire primary, I rather confidently predicted that the GOP’s political clown show was just about over and that the ever-flexible former Massachusetts governor was a lock for the nomination.

    Oops! I need a redo!

    In the wake of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s easy win in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, it’s clear that I and many other pundits underestimated the deep-seated revulsion that many in the Republican grass roots feel toward Romney. It’s easy to see why they feel this way.

    Here is a fat cat so wealthy and tone-deaf on the stump that he practically personifies the high-handed arrogance of the top 1 percent. He actually seems to think he can get the support of hard-pressed working people by dismissing the $374,324 he earned in speaking fees as “not much.” After five years of campaigning nonstop for the presidency, he still hasn’t figured out how to handle utterly predictable questions about his tax returns and his record as a swashbuckling venture capitalist. His ineptness is startling.

    The simple fact is that for all of his flexibility on the issues, Romney is a stiff campaigner, who looks as if he belongs on Mount Rushmore but acts as if he’s actually carved there. He does brilliantly when he sticks to the scripts that his high-priced speechwriters produce, but he fumbles when he is forced to extemporize. He can’t seem to think on his feet.

    He is, in other words, the perfect foil for a mudslinging, unprincipled, opportunistic, bloviating egomaniac such as Gingrich, whose new nickname could easily be “the Sleazy Warrior.” Gingrich is the kind of guy who, back in elementary school, would have shaken down Romney for his lunch money.

    To get their big win in the Palmetto State, Gingrich and his supporters in the nominally independent super PAC known as Winning Our Future came up with a brilliant rope-a-dope strategy. They figured that the more Romney was forced to talk about his controversial record as a corporate-takeover specialist, the more vain and out of touch he would seem.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, January 22, 2012
    Republicans want a fight!

    I’d suggest that anyone pontificating as if they know what’s going to happen in this Republican presidential primary is full of hot air. That’s especially true of those that mindlessly compare this race to what has happened in past primaries. This is something new that we haven’t seen before. And while that newness is partially about things like the Super Pacs of Citizens United vs the grassroots of new media, its even bigger than that.

    To understand, I went traveling around conservative sites this morning – that’s where you get the real story of how this is playing. No one nailed it better than Erick Erickson at Red State.

    Newt Gingrich’s rise has a lot to do with Newt Gingrich’s debate performance. But it has just as much to do with a party base in revolt against its thought and party leaders in Washington, DC. The base is revolting because they swept the GOP back into relevance in Washington just under two years ago and they have been thanked with contempt ever since.

    Adding insult to injury, the party and thought leaders now try to foist on the base a milquetoast moderate from Massachusetts. Newt Gingrich can thank Mitt Romney and more for the second look he is getting…

    People are mad as hell they are about to be stuck with another boring, moderate, uninspiring choice that has at best a 50/50 shot at losing to the worst president since Carter. They are flocking to Newt not because they think he’s a great guy, but because right now, he’s the only one fighting for conservatism and GOP voters are looking for a vessel to channel their anger with Obama and their complete disappointment with the GOP establishment which is now embodied perfectly by Romney….

    Newt has taken the worst the media, Romney and the left can dish out, and he’s still standing and fighting with passion and eloquence. Sure, he’d probably be an erratic President, but right now Republican voters don’t care about his Presidency. They care about the fight with the left both Mitt Romney, and the Washington Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell don’t seem inclined to engage in.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, January 21, 2012
    POTUS and Father

    Over the last few decades, women have been struggling with balancing the various roles in our lives as a result of the options presented to us. Can we be good mothers as well as successful professionals is how it often plays out.

    But while we’ve been sorting that out – there’s also been increasing awareness about the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. I know that when I was growing up, just as women were only expected to be housewives and mothers, men were only expected to “bring home the bacon.” The second part of that equation is changing as well. The men I admire most are those who are stepping up to the plate on that one.

    That’s the backdrop I was thinking about as I read the very interesting interview Fareed Zakaria had with President Obama on foreign policy.

    As they were talking about the President’s relationship with foreign leaders, Zakaria brought up this idea that people think he’s cool and aloof, not just in terms of diplomatic relationships, but with Congressional leaders as well. Here’s how President Obama responded:

    You know, the truth is, actually, when it comes to Congress, the issue is not personal relationships. My suspicion is that this whole critique has to do with the fact that I don’t go to a lot of Washington parties. And as a consequence, the Washington press corps maybe just doesn’t feel like I’m in the mix enough with them, and they figure, well, if I’m not spending time with them, I must be cold and aloof.

    The fact is, I’ve got a 13-year-old and 10-year-old daughter, and so, no, Michelle and I don’t do the social scene, because as busy as we are, we have a limited amount of time, and we want to be good parents at a time that’s vitally important for our kids.

    What we have here is a man – who happens to be President of the United States – actually living out the rhetoric about “family values.” He knows the importance of a father’s role in the life of his daughters and has made a commitment to that as a priority. In other words, he’s working on finding the right balance in his own life (as is Michelle) between his responsibilities to us and to Malia and Sasha. Of all the things I admire about our President, this one ranks right up there at the top.

  24. Ametia says:

    January 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    Romney partially caves on tax returns

    Watching Mitt Romney discuss his willingness to disclose his tax returns, it’s been hard not to marvel at the rapid evolution. It was only about a month ago when he was asked whether he’d release his tax returns, and Romney replied, “I doubt it.”

    About a week later, he said he’d “consider” disclosure. Then he was “not opposed” to releasing the materials. That was followed by his willingness to “probably” disclose. Two days ago, Romney came around to saying he will release returns, but not until April — after, presumably, he’s wrapped up his party’s nomination.

    This morning, after the issue has taken a considerable toll on his campaign, Romney gave up entirely on the position he took as recently as late December.

    Mitt Romney says he’ll release his tax 2010 tax returns and 2011 tax estimates Tuesday and says it was a mistake for his presidential campaign to hold off as long as it did in getting them out.

  25. Ametia says:

    Joe Paterno dies at 85

    By Leonard Shapiro and Special to The Washington Post, Sunday, January 22, 9:23 AM
    Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach who was among the most admired figures in the annals of collegiate sports but whose reputation was shattered in the wake of a child abuse scandal involving one of his longtime assistants, died Sunday morning of complications from lung cancer.. He was 85.

    The death was announced by his family.

  26. Ametia says:

    Romney to release his tax returns on Tuesday

    WASHINGTON—Mitt Romney says he’ll release his tax 2010 tax returns and 2011 tax estimates Tuesday and says it was a mistake for his presidential campaign to hold off as long as it did in getting them out.

    He says the attention paid to the issue had become a distraction for his campaign and he’s acknowledging it wasn’t the best of weeks for him.

    Romney, who lost to Newt Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina GOP primary, says he wants to shift the focus back to the main campaign issues and hopes that releasing his returns will help do that.

    The former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist tells “Fox News Sunday” that he pays his full and fair share of taxes and he says that what he pays is a substantial amount.

  27. Ametia says:


    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 85.
    Paterno became entangled in controversy after allegations emerged of long-term sexual abuse by an assistant coach. He was fired on Nov. 9.
    He became the winningest coach in major college football history in 2011 with 409 wins.
    Under the man affectionately known as “Joe Pa,” the Nittany Lions won two national championships, went undefeated five times and finished in the top 25 national rankings 35 times, according to his official Penn State biography.

  28. Yeah! I’m playing it again. He melted my heart…

    President Obama Sings Al Green REMIX!!!

  29. Losing On The Issues, Republicans Amp Up Their Racist Rhetoric

    American elections are torrid affairs that last far too long and often do not address pressing matters that could give voters a reason to stay engaged in the electoral process. The upcoming general election threatens to be an exercise in divisiveness from Republicans who yearn to take the country back, but not for the reason they would have most Americans believe. All of the Republican presidential hopefuls have, at some point or another, appealed to perceived racial purity that existed at the nation’s founding and are overtly resurrecting Aryan sensibilities of many Americans. In lieu of any real issues to challenge President Obama, Republicans are counting on winning over racially and economically insecure white voters who perceive the first African American president as an interloper who does not belong in the White House and to a larger extent, the United States.

    The Republicans have not assailed the president overtly for his racial make-up, but they have engaged in associative race baiting by contending that all African Americans are lazy interlopers who are robbing white Americans of their rightful place of privilege as the real Americans. Their racial bigotry appeals to fear, anger, and insecurity of white Americans who are repulsed at the thought of four more years of a usurper sitting in the Oval Office, and use “white fear, white anxiety, and white rage to try and defeat Barack Obama.” The racists in the Republican ranks are despicable, but there is a reason they have to resort to portraying the president, by association, with unsavory African Americans; they have nothing else whatsoever to protest about the president’s policies.

    • The GOP is playing with fire here. But let them keep on and see what will happen. In every presidenti­al election, African American people become the punching bag in presidenti­al races & I am damn sick and tired of it. Time to take these mofos to task for this sh*t.

    • Ametia says:


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