Monday Open Thread | Midnight Soul

midnight soul 3Don’t Let Go (Love) is a song by American R&B group En Vogue. It was written by Andrea Martin, Marqueze Etheridge, Ivan Matias and produced by Organized Noize for the Set It Off soundtrack (1996), also appearing on the group’s third album, EV3 (1997). The song was the band’s last single to feature former band member Dawn Robinson and became En Vogue’s biggest international single, peaking in the top ten of many countries. It hit #5 in the UK in early 1997 and spent 13 weeks in the UK top 40, eight of those weeks in the top ten. “Don’t Let Go (Love)” became the third En Vogue track to peak at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 where it was the group’s fifth and final Top Ten hit. The song was a #1 R&B song for 1 week becoming En Vogue’s sixth and final #1 R&B Hit to date.

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48 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Midnight Soul

  1. rikyrah says:

    anyone have this on tape?

    January 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    Jay Carney had finished the press briefing and was walking off the podium when Mark Knoller began spewing nonsense about how Pres. Obama had racked up huge spending, had authorized multiple spending bills and then he began spewing nonsense about the debt ceiling. Carney turned around walked back to the podium (his expression was “Motherfucker what did you just say about Pres. Obama?”) he looked Knoller dead in the eye and began responding to Knoller’s nonsense. He pretty much told Knoller that it was a lie regarding what he said about Pres. Obama and spending. He told Knoller that it’s disingenuous for him to ascribe spending bills that were passed in the Bush Admin to Pres. Obama. He told Knoller that everyone knows who turned a surplus into a deficit so let’s not pretend that Pres. Obama is at fault.

    Knoller kept trying to interrupt him and Carney cut him off and gave a rundown of spending bills, how Bush turned a huge surplus into a deficit, how the debt ceiling doesn’t mean Pres. Obama spent recklessly but it means congress spent the money and should now pay its bills. Knoller muttered something and Carney told Knoller point blank that Pres. Obama will not negotiate with a congress that threatens to abdicate its obligations.

    Then Carney did the equivalent of “Good Day Sir” and walked away.

    • Mark Knoller has also been spewing nonsense daily about the President signing the American Taxpayer Relief Act with the autopen. He is a GOP Hack to the 10th power.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Service Members Dismissed Under DADT Since ‘04 To Receive Full Separation Payment
    Pema Levy – 5:29 PM EST, Monday January 7, 2013

    Military service members who were dismissed under the now-repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy since Nov. 10, 2004 will receive their full separation payments under a settlement between the ACLU and the U.S. government, BuzzFeed reports.

    All people discharged from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” since November 10, 2004 — who had only received one-half separation pay following their discharge — now will be entitled to full separation pay, according to the terms of a settlement agreement reached Monday between the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal government…

    The case involved approximately 181 honorably discharged veterans who had their separation pay cut in half because of the discriminatory policy, according to the ACLU.

  3. rikyrah says:

    My people……my people…

  4. rikyrah says:

    RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates

    After two disappointing election cycles, Republican leaders demanded that conservative groups end their war on electable primary candidates or risk handing the Senate to the Democrats in 2014. This week, the groups delivered their reply: “Nuts!”

    Activists on the right launched a volley of criticism at 2014’s first major Senate hopeful on Monday, Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV). Capito is considered a strong contender for the seat held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), especially if he decides to retire, but her conservative detractors are demanding a purer candidate.

    It’s all very reminiscent of the kind of primary fight a lot of Republicans are desperate to avoid after 2012’s Senate shellacking. But the groups who helped get candidates like Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin on the ballot this year say they’re ready to fight it out with the establishment again in 2014. West Virginia is just the first battlefield of what could be many.

    “Congresswoman Capito has a long record of support of bailouts, pork, and bigger government,” Club For Growth president Chris Chocola wrote in a press release. “She voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for massive expansions of government-run health insurance, giveaways to big labor, and repeatedly voted to continue funding for wasteful earmarks like an Exploratorium in San Francisco and an Aquarium in South Carolina. That’s not the formula for GOP success in U.S. Senate races.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Farrakhan: I’m Grateful To ‘Brilliant’ Tyler Perry For Creating ‘Madea’ [VIDEO]
    Jan 6, 2013
    ByKirsten West Savali

    In a special edition of “Farrakhan Speaks,” during which he is asked a wide-range of questions from the staff of the Final Call, Minister Louis Farrakhan calls film-maker and humanitarian, Tyler Perry, one of the most brilliant young entrepreneurs of our time, and says that he is grateful to him for bringing ‘Madea’ to the forefront of America’s consciousness:

    “I have never seen his portrayal of ‘Madea’ as a man cross-dressing. I saw his wonderful portrayal of Madea as bringing to the forefront the strongest person in the history of our sojourn in America, and that is Madea. That strong, Black woman who was the cornerstone of her family. She always was that figure that guidance [of] correction, reprimand, discipline, and Tyler Perry brought her to the screen in funny ways, but what I was seeing was the greatness of the strong, Black woman who saw us through, from yesterday until today.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    I’m gonna say it now:

    that old man is gonna beat his ass.


    Cory Booker: I Want To Give Lautenberg ‘Space To Make His Own Decision’ (VIDEO)
    Tom Kludt 8:35 AM EST, Monday January 7, 2013

    Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) on Monday said he has yet to speak with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), whose seat Booker will pursue in 2014, indicating he wants to give the 88-year-old incumbent “space to make his own decision.”

    Appearing on CNN’s “Starting Point,” Booker said he was scheduled to meet with Lautenberg recently, but those plans fell through.

    “I want to give him the space to make his own decision. I’ve announced my intention to run, but the reality is is we’ve got a good senator,” Booker said. “He’s been loyal. He’s been there for a long time. And I think he’s got a decision to make. So, I’m focusing on my job for now. And I hope to talk to him. We’ve reached out to him a number of times. In fact, I had a plane trip going down to meet with him, but unfortunately with a lot of the challenges going down in Washington, he had to cancel the meeting.”–1

  7. Witness: Christopher Reynolds’ shooting of Ernest Hoskins did not appear accidental

    Less than two months after 21-year-old Ernest Hoskins was shot to death by his boss during a lunch meeting at the boss’ home, an eyewitness has come forward, in an exclusive interview with theGrio, to describe what she saw.

    TheGrio spoke with Rachel Watkins by satellite on Monday. She was inside the home, and standing near Hoskins, when he was shot.

    Christopher Reynolds, 34, was arrested on first degree murder and assault charges in November, nearly three weeks after he shot Hoskins to death inside his Ward, Arkansas home. According to the arrest affidavit issued by the circuit court in Lonoke County, Arkansas, Reynolds told police he pointed the .44 magnum Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistol at Hoskins as the two discussed Hoskins’ sales figures, and that after cocking the gun once and pulling the trigger — and the gun failing to go off — Reynolds “pulled the slide back on the pistol” and it went off. striking Hoskins in the face. He died at the scene.

  8. Ametia says:

    How the Chuck Hagel Brawl Exposes Neocons and Reveals the Limits of American Power
    January 7, 2013 |

    Ever since Susan Rice’s botched nomination, it seems to be open season on President Obama’s top cabinet picks for a second term. As Russ Baker explained here, the substance-free fight over Ms. Rice revealed much .

    The kerfuffle over Hagel as a pick for Secretary of Defense does much to outline the contours of prevailing wisdom among the intellectual classes of DC and New York.

    more about her accusers and Washington than it did about her. Similarly, the recent kerfuffle over Chuck Hagel as a pick for Secretary of Defensedoes much to outline the contours of prevailing “wisdom” among the intellectual classes of DC and New York, and the clashing currents within post-Cold War foreign policy doctrine

  9. Ametia says:

    This Clintonista MOFO right here:

    January 07, 2013 10:00 AM
    Rendell Attacks Safety Net While Calling for More Elected Republicans
    By John Amato

    (h/t Video Cafe for the vid) The corporatist elites have been relentless in their attacks on earned benefits for Americans and are trying to seize upon Disaster Capitalism tactics to try and swindle the 98% out of needed entitlements using the mask of bipartisanship. The loathsome Ed Rendell was back on MSNBC and continued his assault on working-class Americans. He even went as far as to throw support for the election of more Republicans like Steve Latourette, who wanted to cut government spending tremendously.

    RENDELL: The people want us to get together and do something. That’s why I was sad to see Steve not run for re-election because we need Republicans, we need more Republicans who are going to stand in there and say, spending is the issue, but we gotta have reasonable revenue to come in into the mix and we got to look at everything when it comes to spending. Defense cannot be a sacred cow, we’ve got to look at everything and we’ve got to have legitimate entitlement reform. .

  10. FLASHBACK: GOP Senators Praised Chuck Hagel’s Statesmanship, Foreign Policy Expertise

    As Republicans plan their opposition strategy on Chuck Hagel’s anticipated nomination as the next secretary of defense, Democrats are digging up and circulating examples of top GOP senators saying nice things about their former colleague in the past.

    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in particular was a vocal advocate for Hagel’s character — even after his dissent on U.S. foreign policy regarding Iraq and Israel were well-known.

    In 2006, while he was preparing to run for president, McCain was asked whether he’d consider Hagel for a cabinet post. “I’d be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity,” he said. “He’d make a great secretary of state.”

    Two years later, McCain reaffirmed that position after securing the Republican nomination, telling The Associated Press that Hagel is a “respected leader in America” who “served his country admirably, with honor and distinction.”

    At a 2007 fundraiser, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called Hagel “one of the premier foreign policy voices (and) one of the giants in the United States Senate,” according to the Nebraska-based Lincoln Journal Star.

    The following year, McConnell, bidding farewell to his retiring colleague, praised Hagel as a “great statesm[a]n” and “leading voice in foreign affairs.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: No, we are not ‘finished’ with the tax debate

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

    In the wake of the fiscal deal raising taxes only on income over $450,000, Republicans are declaring that the debate over taxes is finished. The next fiscal deal will contain nothing in new revenues. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell said:

    “The tax issue is finished. Over. Completed. That’s behind us. Now the question is what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and that’s our spending addiction. We didn’t have this problem because we weren’t taxing enough.”

    As Jonathan Cohn notes this morning, this talking point may have some potency: Hey, we just raised taxes on the rich, so the next bite at the apple should be focused on spending cuts, right? So it’s worth putting the GOP demand in clearer perspective. What Republicans are saying here is that they intend to use the debt ceiling as hostage to ensure that all of the deficit reduction in the coming “grand bargain” is paid for by spending cuts — such as cuts to entitlements and other social programs — with not a penny coming from new revenues via the closing of loopholes and deductions enjoyed by the rich.

    But as always, this requires the willful forgetting of an inconvenient fact: Dems have already agreed to massive spending cuts. They supported well over $1 trillion in cuts as part of the 2011 debt ceiling deal. What’s more, as Cohn notes, achieving substantial deficit reduction only through spending cuts is not even remotely realistic and would require cuts that are truly draconian:

  12. rikyrah says:

    January 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    The President nominates Chuck Hagel as the “first person of enlisted rank to serve as Secretary of Defense; one of the few who have been wounded in war, and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department.” That, alone, would work for me. But I also take the advantage of knowing that if I ever were to have insomnia (which I won’t), I could just replay the video of Chuck’s takedown of Petraeus and others, one day while he served in the Senate, especially the parts where he repeated to them, “For what?!” – over and over until I fell asleep knowing our country’s in good hands, once again, thanks to this great selection process PBO leads.

  13. rikyrah says:

    McConnell demands unbalanced deal

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jan 7, 2013 9:36 AM EST.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a busy morning yesterday, appearing on NBC, ABC, and CBS to repeat his favorite talking points. For example, viewers got to hear the Republican complain, five times, that the nation has a “massive spending addiction,” though the rhetoric has no basis in reality. McConnell also insisted President Obama is “unwilling” to cut spending, suggesting the Minority Leader may be suffering from a poor memory.

    Of particular interest, though, were McConnell’s thoughts on creating a new debt-ceiling crisis

    For those who can’t watch clips online, McConnell remains unembarrassed by the notion of threatening to hurt Americans on purpose to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare — cuts he expects the White House to initiate in the hopes of making Republicans happy (and giving them cover). But David Gregory also asked specifically about applying new revenues, not through higher tax rates, but through tax reform. McConnell replied:

    “Yeah, that’s over. I’m in favor of doing tax reform, but I think tax reform ought to be revenue neutral as it was back during the Reagan years. We’ve resolved this issue. Look, we don’t have this problem because we tax too little. We have it because we spend way, way too much. So we’ve settled the tax issue.”

    This was an important quote because it suggests the Republican-created crisis is much more likely to get worse before it gets better.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Dobson on Obama’s Reelection: ‘Nearly Everything I Have Stood for these Past 35 Years Went Down to Defeat’

    Submitted by Brian Tashman on Monday, 1/7/2013 10:10 am

    James Dobson in his January newsletter for his Family Talk radio program reflected on President Obama’s re-election and the Democrats’ gains in Congress by lamenting that “moral and spiritual issues” took “a beating on November 6th.” “Nearly everything I have stood for these past 35 years went down to defeat,” Dobson said, arguing that the Democratic Party’s platform “represents a kind of spiritual warfare that has not been seen before in American politics.”

    The Focus on the Family founder went on to state that “Barack Obama is the worst president in American history” and claimed Obama holds “dictatorial powers.” He also called judges “the most dangerous” threat to America and warned that “the family and the nation will never be the same” if gay marriage becomes legal across the country.

    In his post-election Family Talk broadcast, Dobson said that Obama’s re-election was God rejecting the prayers of his wife’s National Day of Prayer Task Force and will bring about divine judgment on America.

  15. Ametia says:

    Whelp; it’s a no go for Inauguration Ball tickets for me. I tried for a solid hour after receiving the email last night. Of course the original email alert for Ticket Master was supposed to go out today. It was sent in error while testing the site.

    The site CRASHED within minutes of the email going out. But once I was able to log in, the ball tickets were already gone. There were tickets for a few parade routes, and that’s it. There are currently NO MORE TICKETS left for any formally scheduled events.

    I’ll be in DC within walking distance of the swearing in ceremony though. And I’m still holding out for a miracle Inaugural ball ticket. Ever the OPTIMIST!

    • rikyrah says:

      and folks say people weren’t interested in this inauguration.

      I’ll cross the fingers fo you, Ametia.

      • Ametia says:

        Folks aren’t interested in folks who say folks are’nt interested in this inauguration. There FIXED! LOL. It was surreal, like folks were sitting by their computers staring at the screen waiting for that email..

  16. Ametia says:

    Delaware Town Takes Down Anti-Hispanic Signs After Public Outrage
    By Adam Peck on Jan 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

  17. rikyrah says:

    Obama sees ‘a path forward’ on GOP hostage standoff
    By Steve Benen

    Mon Jan 7, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    Nearly every weekend, President Obama and a Republican deliver competing weekly addresses on an important topic of the day, and ordinarily, the rhetoric is unremarkable. But there was something in the president’s address from Saturday that caught my eye.

    The bulk of Obama’s message was about the recently-passed fiscal agreement, approved by Congress and signed into law this week. But the president also looked ahead, pointing to the next Republican-created crisis on the horizon, and suggesting “a path forward.”

    After noting he’s “willing to do more” to add to the $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction he’s already approved, the president argued:

    “I believe we can find more places to cut spending without shortchanging things like education, job training, research and technology all which are critical to our prosperity in a 21st century economy. But spending cuts must be balanced with more reforms to our tax code. The wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations shouldn’t be able to take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    It’s Divide and Conquer or Doom

    by BooMan
    Sun Jan 6th, 2013 at 08:48:22 PM EST

    Chris Cillizza is concerned about the possibility that it may no longer be possible for the politicians in Washington to work out some grand compromise on anything of consequence to the country. I agree that it is a problem and I acknowledge that Cillizza puts most of the blame for it on the Republicans. But, what I’d like to see is a recognition that a Grand Bargain with lunatics might not be a good idea in the first place, as well as some acceptance of the idea that the only way out of this impasse is for the Democrats to get the power they need to govern.

    It’s okay to exhort the Republicans to compromise, but it is unseemly and childish to do the same to the Democrats. The Democrats cannot make the Republicans behave. All they can do is offer them something tolerable and crush them if they won’t take it. Part of crushing them is dividing them and then running over them piecemeal. In the short term, with the GOP still in control of the House, this means forcing Boehner to allow votes like the Fiscal Cliff bill that pass with a majority of Democrats and a minority of Republicans. There is no other way that we can pass anything remotely sane and responsible on virtually any topic.

    The sooner the Village press understands this, the better.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Boehner’s Plan is Reckless and Irresponsible

    by BooMan
    Mon Jan 7th, 2013 at 08:26:22 AM EST

    It looks like Speaker Boehner doesn’t plan on actually letting the country default on its debts. Yet, he doesn’t plan on extending the debt ceiling, either. At least, he doesn’t plan on extending it for more than a month or two at a time.

    I ask Mr. Boehner if he will take the debt-ceiling talks to the brink—risking a government shutdown and debt downgrade from the credit agencies—given that it didn’t work in 2011 and President Obama has said he won’t bargain on the matter.
    The debt bill is “one point of leverage,” Mr. Boehner says, but he also hedges, noting that it is “not the ultimate leverage.” He says that Republicans won’t back down from the so-called Boehner rule: that every dollar of raising the debt ceiling will require one dollar of spending cuts over the next 10 years. Rather than forcing a deal, the insistence may result in a series of monthly debt-ceiling increases.

    Creating an atmosphere of monthly crisis and permanent uncertainty over whether or not we will honor our debts is not going to protect our nation’s credit rating. Boehner’s current plan will probably result in a downgrade of our credit rating.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall» ✔

    Folks who think Chuck Hagel won’t be confirmed need to stop smoking crack because crack is not good for you.… via @TPM

  21. rikyrah says:

    White House eyes ‘far broader’ gun-control agenda

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jan 7, 2013 8:55 AM EST

    Just five days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., President Obama launched a new task force, given a mission to develop comprehensive proposals to address gun violence. Vice President Biden is leading the panel, which is set to report later this month on an administration’s agenda.

    Though we don’t yet know exactly what Obama and his team have in mind, the latest trial balloon suggests they’re thinking big.

    The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.

    A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Disaster relief for me, not for thee
    by Steve Benen

    Mon Jan 7, 2013 8:25 AM EST

    Though it took far longer than it should have, Congress approved $9.7 billion on Friday for the National Flood Insurance Program, giving a boost to victims of Hurricane Sandy. In all, only 67 lawmakers opposed the relief, and in this case, all 67 were Republicans, who opposed the spending under pressure from far-right lobbying groups like the Club for Growth.

    Of the 67 opponents of the bill, failed vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was easily the highest-profile member of the bunch, but TPM flagged another lawmaker whose vote against the emergency aid was even more striking

    Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), whose Mississippi district is situated on the Gulf Coast, was one of 67 Republicans on Friday to vote against a $9.7 billion relief package to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District, which Palazzo has represented since 2011, includes the city of Biloxi, one of the most heavily damaged communities in the region by Hurricane Katrina. Congress quickly passed an initial $10.5 billion relief package in the immediate aftermath of Katrina in September of 2005.

  23. Ametia says:

    Sen. Rand Paul’s son arrested at North Carolina airport, charged with underage drinking
    By CNN Staff
    January 7, 2013 — Updated 1034 GMT (1834 HKT)

    CNN) — The 19-year-old son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct after being arrested over the weekend at North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport, authorities said.

    William Hilton Paul was arrested Saturday following a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte.

    Authorities did not say whether Paul, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was believed to have been drinking on the airplane or at the airport.

    The senator’s office released a statement calling the issue a private family matter.

  24. Ametia says:

    President Barack Obama will nominate Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA this afternoon, according to a senior administration official.

    Brennan will replace Gen. David Petraeus, who stepped down from his post in November amid revelations he had engaged in an extramarital affair with his biographer.

    The announcement about Brennan is expected at the same time the president nominates former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.

  25. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy MUN-dane! :-)

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