Friday Open Thread

Santa Baby was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Heri René and his orchestra in New York city on October 6, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in USA)[3] and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice as catalog numer B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record. A sequel, “This Year’s Santa Baby”, was recorded by Kitt in 1954, to no commercial success; Kitt also reprised the original song in a 1963 re-recording for Kapp Records, with a more uptempo arrangement. (Madonnas popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas is based on this latter version.) The song was featured in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.

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63 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. woman comforts a young girl during a vigil for victims of Hook Elementary school shooting

    a woman comforts a young girl during a vigil for victims of Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting

  2. Ametia says:

    National Rifle Assn: All Recipients
    Among Federal Candidates, 2012 Cycle

    Total: $719,596

  3. Ametia says:


    The blood of these children is also on their hands. FUCK THE NRA!

  4. Ametia says:

    Matt Murphy‏@MattMurph24

    Ironic how NRA and gun extremists lie & always say Dems and PBO are coming for their guns but today the guns came for & took 20 of our kids

  5. Twitter


    Too much to bear! **tears**

  6. Ametia says:

    Where are McCain, Graham & Ayotte, today? why aren’t they speaking out on the shooting and MASS MURDERING of our Children? Yet they went after Ambassador Rice for reading talking points aboout 4 people killed in Benghazi.

  7. Ametia says:

    Don’t buy the bullshit about MENTAL ILLNESS. It’s a load shit. Mofo was hooked on guns, lilely a Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, FOX fan.

  8. Brandon Edwards‏@EdwardsOhio

    The National Rifle Association has taken down its facebook page in response to citizen response to the events in Newtown.

    You cannot hide, bitches! Blood on your hands!

    • Ametia says:

      Why are they taking it down? Whatever happened to the FIRST AMENDMENT? Freedom of Speech… See how this works, MOFOs.

      We need to call America’s CONGRESSMAN/WOMEN to count on these senselses acts too. Escpecially the ones who are in the NRA’s pocket.

  9. Ametia says:

    Carolyn from TOD

    I’m very tired of hearing about gun owners’ “rights” I’d like someone to care about the rights of those school children to go to school and be safe; about the rights of young people to walk safely in Chicago and not get shot; the rights of people to go to a movie or shopping, or to worship, and not be shot, and not have to worry about being shot. These people make a mockery of our Constitution, and hide behind a misinterpretation of the 2nd amendment. Is there an anti-NRA organization that I can contribute to, and become part of?
    I hate it that when I go to Europe I feel safer than when I’m in the U.S., that I can even walk alone at night in the big cities and not feel threatened, but people in schools are threatened here…..and now Michigan’s new laws……There are NO words!!!

  10. Ametia says:

    A Guide to Mass Shootings in America

    There have been at least 62 in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally.

    —By Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan

    | Updated: Fri Sep. 28, 2012 7:40 AM PDT

    Update, December 14: On Friday morning, 27 people were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Among the fatalities are 20 children, six adults, and the shooter. We’re following this story closely with regular updates here.

    It’s perhaps too easy to forget how many times this has happened. The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20, another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, and another at a manufacturer in Minneapolis on September 27 are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We’ve mapped them below, including details on the shooters’ identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed

  11. Ametia says:

    If you’re watching the garbage that is cable tv, they’e putting the black guys out there to bemoan the shootings and call for STRICTER GUN LAWS. Michael Dyson and Rep Keith Ellison. Umm, where are the white congressmen and talking heads, calling for GUN CONTROL OF THOSE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, & MAGAZINES?

  12. Breaking Politics ‏@breakingpol

    House Speaker Boehner says Republicans will not offer Saturday radio address to cede time to President Obama – @AP

  13. Hours after Connecticut kindergarten shooting, Michigan GOP calls for allowing guns in schools


    What a cold heartless slug.

  14. NRA

    Do you see the monster you’ve created? He’s out of control now. Are you happy with yourselves? Is it enough blood for you OR are you thirsting for more?

    • Ametia says:

      Here’s the ticket. White men don’t want to own their DEVIANT, CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS. PERIOD. Better to hide behind a gun, you that SYG bullshit, than to admit they are racists, fucking cowards.

      It’s either they’re mentally ill or angry, or they spew that second amendment bullshit about rights to bear arms. If you know the Second Amendment, it indicates MILITIA. These domestic terrroists running around shooting up folks are not a “MILITIA.”

  15. Ametia says:

    Unfreaking believable! A co-worker just told me that it’s possible these murderers have been programed to kill others and then themselves to get rid of gun laws. Sweet Jesus!

  16. Ametia says:

    Ryan Lanza Identified As Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter

    the video has been removed

  17. rikyrah says:

    States get back on their feet, fear austerity push
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:12 AM EST

    Reuters has an interesting report today on U.S. states benefiting from an economic upswing, and now reaching a level of “financial prosperity they enjoyed before the recession.” The recovery is “slow and uneven,” according to the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers, but revenue and investments are finally improving.

    The report’s caveats notwithstanding, the news is generally encouraging. It’s an economic detail that often goes overlooked, but state cutbacks have been a significant drag on the economy in recent years. The Recovery Act stemmed the tide in 2009, but when stimulus money ran out, states, which do not have the luxury of running deficits, were forced to slash spending and public-sector employment, necessarily slowing the larger recovery.

    As 2012 draws to a close, however, most states have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and are ready for a rebound. There’s just one problem: federal austerity.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Stoking the Star Maker Machinery
    By mistermix December 14th, 2012If you want an indication of how low Sarah Palin’s fortunes have sunk, the first time I’ve seen anything written about her in a long time is the news that her son Track is divorcing his wife who he shotgun married when she was 6 months pregnant with his child. Bristol was on Dancing with the Stars this year, but Sarah no longer has the juice to make her rapidly-dwindling fanbase call in thousands of times, so America’s most famous single mom was voted off early in the festivities. Sarah’s reality show didn’t get picked up for another season, her buscapade is over, and even though she’s still working for Fox News, nobody’s paying attention. She’s the one-hit wonder of Republican politics.

    It didn’t have to be this way. One of our trolls likes to point out that I predicted that Palin would run for President. I only remember praying for Huckabee, but no matter. If anything is clear from Palin’s fall to obscurity, it’s that she would have been better off if she had made a run. Look at Newt and Santorum. When the Republican race started, they were both minor lights compared to Palin. Neither is much better as a debater than Sarah would have been, had she been willing to take some coaching and do some work. Yet both of them have increased their stock within the wingnut branch of the party immeasurably, while Sarah’s left wishing and hoping that Roger Ailes doesn’t cancel her contract.

    Sarah’s problem is that she thought she could become a real celebrity instead of a political one. The reality show, Bristol’s two left feet on DWTS, the books and attendant bus tour pilgrimages to America’s finest strip malls, not to mention using Facebook as her main mode of communication, are all symptoms of the same disease. She wanted to go Hollywood, or at least Burbank.

    But try as she might, she can’t dodge the fact that her politics take all the fun out of a D-list career that could have rivaled the Kardashians. What’s interesting about the Palin clan is the fucking and fighting. But it doesn’t matter that she’s somewhat-hot and that her family is reality show trashy if her main message is buzz kills like abstinence and hating the gays. Staying married to Todd is also a liability, because the only reality show she could sell in her current state is “Sarah Palin, Single and Dating”.

    Sarah’s past her sell-by date as a celebrity, and with the decline of the Tea Party, as a politician. After Ailes drops her contract, she’ll be running some kind of multilevel marketing scam or making infomercials with Ron Popeil, if she’s lucky.

  19. rikyrah says:

    A ‘Republican civil war’ is not Obama’s goal
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    For decades, when Democrats and Republicans agreed to work on deficit reduction, we saw a familiar dynamic: Democrats would seek new revenues, the GOP would push for spending cuts, and the larger argument was over the ratio between the two.

    As Republicans moved sharply to the right, it became clear that their leaders were really only interested in looking at one side of the budget ledger. What’s less well known is how they perceive Democratic efforts on the revenue side — some prominent conservatives are convinced, apparently, that President Obama is just trying to be mean.

    Even as they grudgingly have come to accept that they can’t prevent the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, Republicans have increasingly started explaining this pitiable state of affairs to themselves as the product of President Obama’s unique malevolence. The operating theory here is that Obama is not demanding higher taxes on the rich because it advances his public policy goals. No, his goal, writes Karl Rove today, is to “kick off a Republican civil war.” This odd theory has likewise found expression from Charles Krauthammer (“Obama’s objective in these negotiations is not economic but political: not to solve the debt crisis but to fracture the Republican majority in the House,”) Peter Wehner, and other luminaries of the right.

    The psychology on display here is familiar to anybody who has seen a petulant teenager, who assumes that any restriction that causes them to feel anger must have been intended to produce that emotion. Republicans are feeling humiliated and divided, so Obama’s goal must have been to humiliate and divide them.

  20. rikyrah says:

    these are some very evil mofos.


    Let them suck ice cubes”
    by Steven D
    Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 10:42:37 AM EST

    In another stunning legislative maneuver, Michigan Republicans passed a bill last night (attached as an amendment to an appropriations measure) that provides Michigan grocery store clerks may refuse to accept Food Stamps (under the Federal Government’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program or SNAP as it is more commonly known) for payment of qualifying purchases if they have “moral objections” or believe that accepting food stamps as payment for food is a “matter of conscience.” Furthermore, the clerks may not be fired by or otherwise penalized by their employers for refusing to accept food stamps or other means of federal food assistance such as EBT cards. The Obama administration has refused to make an announcement regarding the legislation until Governor Snyder signs the Bill into law, which he is expected to do later today. However, several activist organization have indicated they intend to file lawsuits to overturn the legislation.
    A separate bill expected to come to a vote today proposes to remove charitable status from shelters and soup kitchens that provide meals to the homeless, as well as local food banks. Sponsors of the bill say they believe they have the necessary votes needed to pass the legislation before adjournment.

    State Senator Rob D. Poor defended the measure this morning at 4:00 a.m. when contacted at his suite at the East Lansing Marriott Residence Inn. “Listen,” he said, “hard working people should not be required to subsidize lazy, unemployed bums with their tax dollars just because the Federal Government is currently headed by a dedicated Marxist determined to turn this country into a socialist hellhole.” He went on to add that “if people refuse to work they shouldn’t expect the rest of us to feed them or their kids with our money. Where I come from I call that extortion.”

    When questioned if this wasn’t a hardship for the many unemployed and economically stressed individuals in Michigan unable to find work or those who have jobs that don’t pay enough to cover food, health care and other necessary expenses, he claimed all that would be resolved by the recent Right to Work law passed by the lame duck Republican controlled legislature. “Our state will soon be flooded with new jobs, so I don’t really see that as an issue. Anyone who wants to work will be able to find a job, assuming they are willing to work hard and accept the going wage for their labor.”

    When questioned about the Congressional Research Service statistics that show “right to work” states have a significant decline in workers’ income, and that other studies demonstrate right to work laws have provided no statistically significant increase in job creation, he dismissed the question by saying, “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics. Why should I accept the word of some lazy communist bureaucrats in Washington or pointy-headed professors at secular liberal colleges. I know for a fact that once we eliminate the power of unions in this state, which hold back the economic engine of free markets, we will experience a surge in economic growth like Michigan has never before seen in its history.”

    What should families on food stamps do in the meantime if supermarkets, grocery stores and store clerks refuse to accept their food stamps, he was asked. “Most of these folks have refrigerators, don’t they, along with their Cadillacs, 50 inch HDTV’s, smartphones and video game players,” he responded. “Well, they can sell some of that crap for real American money and buy their food the old fashioned way. Better yet let them suck ice cubes. Most of them are fat slobs anyway, and could afford to lose some weight. Last I heard ice cubes are a great diet food. Now watch me drink this martini! Shaken not stirred!”

  21. rikyrah says:

    The GOP Really is Being Dismantled
    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 12:37:43 PM EST

    I’m beginning to think that, simply by standing pat, the president really is going to dismantle the modern Republican Party. I agree with Jon Chait that Obama isn’t doing this out of meanness or spite, but I think he knows what he is doing and that it is part of his desire to be a transformative president. He wants new revenues because the government needs new revenues to keep its obligations, but he’s presiding over the total crack-up of the GOP and he isn’t lifting a pinkie to help them out of their dilemma.

    I think we are witnessing the end days of the Reagan Revolution, and I didn’t really see it coming, even a couple of weeks ago.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Questions About Daniel Inouye
    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 09:47:06 AM EST

    There are rumblings within the Senate Democratic caucus that Daniel Inouye (D-HI) should give up his gavel as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Basically, some senators think he is too old and infirm to run the committee, and that he has delegated too much to his staff which just does the bidding of the Obama administration.
    I don’t have an opinion on the merits of this critique, but I want to point out that such a move would have big implications. If Inouye were to step down, Patrick Leahy of Vermont would take over. He would have to give his chair of Judiciary to Diane Feinstein who would have to give her gavel of Intelligence to Barbara Mikulski.

    And Daniel Inouye has enough seniority to claim the chair of Commerce (Rockefeller), Rules (Schumer), or Indian Affairs (Cantwell).

    I don’t think anything is going to happen, but Inouye was recently hospitalized with problems breathing. If he doesn’t continue his role chairing Appropriations, there could be a big reshuffling of power in the Senate.

  23. Ametia says:

    Madeleine Albright On Susan Rice’s Withdrawal: ‘It’s Appalling What Happened Here’

    Source: huffpo

    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she found the treatment of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice by Republican senators “appalling,” arguing that her consideration to be the next Secretary of State became a “political football” that had very little to do with her actual career and record as a public servant.

    “I just think it’s appalling what happened here. Appalling,” she told The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday morning, noting she had known Rice since she was 4 years old. “I think there are many aspects to this which … are just completely fabricated and unfair, and just not the right way to treat someone who has dedicated her life to serving the United States.”

    On Thursday, Rice called President Barack Obama and formally took herself out of the running to be the next secretary of state. In a Washington Post op-ed, Rice said she decided to withdraw after “it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle.”

    “I think it was a political attack, in many ways, that had not much to do with her,” said Albright on Friday, saying Rice had become a “political football.”

    Read more:

  24. Ametia says:

    And the maddnes continues

    A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation says “close to 20” people have been killed in a school shooting in Connecticut. That number includes at least 10 children, the source says.

  25. Ametia says:

    Orange County Judge Denies That Rape is Even Possible; Blames Rape Victim for Not Fighting Her Rapist
    Dec 14 2012

    by Imani Gandy (ABL)
    Steve Benen flagged this story this morning — of an Orange County judge who was reprimanded by the Commission on Judicial Performance for stating in court that a rape victim couldn’t have been really really raped because she didn’t put up a fight, and that the rape wasn’t a “real, live criminal case,” but only […]

  26. The National Organization of Women sat on their ass while a qualified black woman was attacked & vilified in the media daily. They came to the defense of Sandra fluke & called for Clear Channel to take Rush Limbaugh off the air when he insulted her womanhood. They defended Hillary against sexism directed at her but remained quiet as white men viciously attacked Susan Rice every day for weeks. Is Susan Rice not a woman? Or is this the white woman’s club?

    Where the hell was EMILY’s list? Isn’t EMILY’s list about the advancement of women? The silence from you is fucking deafening.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s PBO’s fault, don’tcha know! These organizations along with the media can go STRAIGHT TO HELL. NOW has NEVER, EVER, ONCE, come out in defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, so why would they for Ambassador Rice? And Emily who?

      These groups/folks are selective in their support of women. Remember women-American-white is the winning combo here.

      Personally, I don’t look to these folks to support or validate my existence, since I don’t support their causes nor do I feel it necessary to validate their existence. They’ve made it crystal clear with whom their alliances lay.

    • rikyrah says:

      tell it

  27. Ametia says:

    Why I made the right call
    By Susan Rice,
    Dec 14, 2012 12:43 AM EST

    The Washington Post
    Susan Rice is U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

    On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security.

    These are the issues that deserve our focus, not a controversy about me. On Sept. 16, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unavailable after a grueling week, the White House asked me to appear on five Sunday talk shows to discuss a range of foreign policy issues: the protests against our diplomatic facilities around the world; the attack in Benghazi, Libya; and Iran’s nuclear program.

    When discussing Benghazi, I relied on fully cleared, unclassified points provided by the intelligence community, which encapsulated their best current assessment. These unclassified points were consistent with the classified assessments I received as a senior policymaker. It would have been irresponsible for me to substitute any personal judgment for our government’s and wrong to reveal classified material. I made clear in each interview that the information I was providing was preliminary and that ongoing investigations would give us definitive answers. I have tremendous appreciation for our intelligence professionals, who work hard to provide their best assessments based on the information available. Long experience shows that our first accounts of terrorist attacks and other tragedies often evolve over time. The intelligence community did its job in good faith. And so did I.

    I have never sought in any way, shape or form to mislead the American people. To do so would run counter to my character and my life of public service. But in recent weeks, new lines of attack have been raised to malign my character and my career. Even before I was nominated for any new position, a steady drip of manufactured charges painted a wholly false picture of me. This has interfered increasingly with my work on behalf of the United States at the United Nations and with America’s agenda.

    I grew up in Washington, D.C., and I’ve seen plenty of battles over politics and policy. But a national security appointment, much less a potential one, should never be turned into a political football. There are far bigger issues at stake. So I concluded this distraction has to stop.

    This was the right call, for four reasons.

    First, my commitment to public service is rooted in the belief that our nation’s interests must be put ahead of individual ones. I’ve devoted my life to serving the United States and trying to mend our imperfect world. That’s where I want to focus my efforts, not on defending myself against baseless political attacks.

    Second, I deeply respect Congress’s role in our system of government. After the despicable terrorist attacks that took the lives of four colleagues in Benghazi, our government must work through serious questions and bring the perpetrators to justice. We must strengthen security at our diplomatic posts and improve our intelligence in a volatile Middle East. Accomplishing these goals is far more important than political fights or personal attacks.

    Third, the American people expect us to come together to keep our nation safe. U.S. leadership abroad is and always has been strengthened when we transcend partisan differences on matters of national security. America is seriously weakened when politics come first. If any good can come out of the experience of the past few months, I hope that it will be a renewed focus on the business of the American people — and a renewed insistence that the process of selecting potential candidates for high national security office be treated in the best bipartisan traditions of our country.

    Finally, I have a great job. It’s been my highest honor to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. I’m proud that President Obama has restored our global stature, refocused on the greatest threats to our security and advanced our values around the world.

    I’m equally proud of the many successes of my tremendous team at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations: saving countless civilians from slaughter in Libya, imposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran and North Korea, steadfastly defending Israel’s security and legitimacy, and helping midwife the birth of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

    These efforts remind us that we can do so much more when we come together than when we let ourselves be split apart. That’s a lesson I will carry with me as I continue the work of the American people at the United Nations.

  28. Ametia says:

    What If There Is No Fiscal Crisis?
    —By David Corn

    | Thu Dec. 13, 2012 1:05 PM PST

    If there is no fiscal crisis, can there be a fiscal cliff?

    The current hullabaloo over tax cuts, spending cuts, entitlement programs, and the debt ceiling has yielded much fodder for policy-minded columnists, practically establishing a job creation program for budget-following wonks. Recently, there have been a rash of articles from this set advancing the essential point that raising the eligibility age for Medicare, a proposal that might be on the table (that is, if there is a table), would be awful policy because doing so would remove healthier seniors from the Medicare pool and place this older group into the non-Medicare pool and boost costs there. (Health care costs would presumably go up overall—and particularly for private employers who would have to carry these 65- and 66-year-olds on their policies.) Has this spate of policy op-edding influenced the negotiating positions? We don’t know.

    The talks are all hush-hush. And this week, another policymeister, in one of the most consequential columns of the past fortnight, added another significant contention to the discourse: There is no fiscal crisis.
    Read on:

  29. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy FRY-day! :-)

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