Serendipity SOUL | Wednesday Open Thread | Santana Week!

Oh oh, guess what day it is. Guess what day it is. Huh… anybody? LOL

Hope you’e enjoying Santana week.




In the Sixties, Carlos Santana pioneered an innovative fusion of rock, fiery Afro-Latin polyrhythms, and contrasting cool, low-key vocals. In time, he was drawn to jazz-rock fusion and worked outside the band with John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, and others. The group continued to perform off and on into the Nineties. In 1999, Clive Davis signed Santana and paired them with a host of current hitmakers to orchestrate one of the most phenomenal comeback stories in rock history.

Carlos Santana is a fourth-generation musician and the son of a violinist father who played mariachi music. His father tried for many years to teach him violin, but at age eight, Santana discovered the guitar and started listening to the electric blues of B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. In 1955 the family moved from the small village of Autl án de Navarro to Tijuana, where Santana began playing guitar in nightclubs. During his teens, the family moved to San Francisco. It was there, working as a dishwasher, that he formed his own band.

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36 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Wednesday Open Thread | Santana Week!

  1. rikyrah says:

    Bill De Blasio Nears Runoff-Proof Majority In New NYC Mayoral Poll

    A Quinnipiac University poll of the New York City mayor’s race released Wednesday showed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio firmly in first place with 36 percent of the vote, just shy of the crucial 40 percent threshold necessary for avoiding a run-off with the second place finisher.

    The poll found City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in second place with 21 percent and former Comptroller Bill Thompson in third with 20 percent. There was a margin of error of four points, meaning Quinn and Thompson were essentially tied. Quinnipiac also found de Blasio would beat Quinn or Thompson by substantial double digit margins.

    De Blasio is up six points from the last Quinnipiac poll, which was released August 13. Quinn dropped three points since that poll and Thompson went down two points. A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4/Marist poll released Aug. 16 showed de Blasio and Quinn tied for first place with 24 percent each.

  2. TyrenM says:

    Good Evening 3Chics. Thanks for the Santana backstory along with dusties to go with the 2000’s music.

  3. Ametia says:

    To any and all rightwing punditry, emoprogs and the like on commentary about todays events at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony 3 CHICS weighs in with their meter.


  4. rikyrah says:

    GOP Rival On Speculation That Booker Is Gay: ‘I Personally Like Being A Guy’

    The Republican who’s running against Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) in New Jersey’s special Senate election said Tuesday that speculation surrounding his opponent’s sexual orientation is “kind of weird.”

    In an interview with Newsmax, businessman Steve Lonegan made a point to trumpet his masculinity when he was asked about speculation that Booker is gay. The popular mayor — an overwhelming favorite to win the special election — told The Washington Post that he has no problem if people think he’s gay.

    “It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy,” Lonegan said. “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”

    Lonegan then brought up nail care again.

    “I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure,” Lonegan said. “It was described as his peculiar fetish . . .I have a more peculiar fetish. I like a good Scotch and a cigar. That’s my fetish but we’ll just compare the two.”

    Booker said that he hopes the speculation will “challenge people on their homophobia.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Boehner’s phony new ransom demand

    By Alex Seitz-Wald, Published: August 28 at 10:11 am

    Boxed in by his caucus’ demand to defund Obamacare on one side, and a steeled White House on the other, House Speaker John Boehner seems ready to throw in the towel and enter the last phase of the Kabuki dance he’s staged for the benefit of his insolent Republican base.

    Of course, he won’t say this, and his recent comments at a fundraiser in Idaho appear on their face to be a doubling down, but, when read correctly, they actually suggest the opposite. “I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to increase the debt limit without cuts and reforms [to mandatory entitlement spending] that are greater than the increase in the debt limit,” he said yesterday.

    This entitlement demand is mostly new. While we got hints that Boehner might put Social Security and Medicare on the table back in early July, we’ve hardly heard a peep about it since. Instead, Republicans have been focused defunding Obamacare.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Can a made-up story revive a ‘movement’?

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:39 AM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal has a 2,000-word, front-page piece today, letting the public know that the Tea Party may have struggled for a while, but it’s back now. What’s more, there was one issue in particular that lit a fire under the so-called movement, getting Tea Partiers back on track.

    After a tough 2012 election season, the tea-party movement is on the rebound. [Jenny Beth Martin], head of the Tea Party Patriots, is riding a revival of interest sparked by controversy over the IRS’s much-publicized targeting of conservative groups. She says the Patriots, the tea party’s largest umbrella group, suffered because of the IRS’s refusal to grant it tax-exempt status but now is benefiting from the backlash. Her group’s monthly donations, she says, have tripled recently, and its staff has doubled.

    The uproar has revived media attention and renewed the intensity of many tea-party supporters…. “This is beyond anger and frustration,” she says…. Political operatives on both sides of the aisle acknowledge that the IRS scandal has reinvigorated the tea party.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Boehner doubles down on looming debt-ceiling crisis
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:55 PM EDT.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made some strikingly reckless comments this week on his appetite for yet another debt-ceiling crisis, telling donors at an Idaho fundraiser that his position “may be unfair,” but he’s going to put Americans through this anyway.

    Any chance the Speaker’s office might walk this back a bit, turning down the temperature and reassuring the world that Republicans will not deliberately trash the full faith and credit of the United States? Apparently not.

    Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, said the speaker had long espoused a policy of spending cuts tied to an increase in the debt ceiling. “The speaker’s comments are consistent,” he said. “Any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by cuts and reforms greater than the increase.”

    Great. The White House will negotiate over the budget, but it will not negotiate with those who threaten to hurt Americans on purpose by holding the debt ceiling hostage. The Speaker of the House, meanwhile, knows the debt limit has to be raised, but says unspecified conservative goodies “must” accompany the increase.

    The last time Republicans pulled this incredibly irresponsible stunt, it did real, lasting harm to the nation, our economy, our job market, our credit rating, and our global credibility. Boehner and other GOP leaders know this, but they say they’re prepared to do it, regardless of the consequences.

    Why this isn’t considered a major scandal is something I’ll never fully understand.

  8. rikyrah says:

    There’s no Obamacare ‘tsunami’ on the way
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:12 AM EDT.

    The far-right campaign to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund the federal health care system isn’t going well, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is undeterred. Asked a few days ago how he intends to win this fight, the Texas Republican said there’s a “grass-roots tsunami” on the way that will convince lawmakers to follow his lead.

    Cruz is likely to be disappointed. The latest report from the Kaiser Family Foundation asked Americans about defunding the Affordable Care Act, and a clear majority disapprove of the idea

    While a 57% majority oppose cutting off funding, only 36% endorse the Republican scheme. This is consistent with other recent polling that found similar results.

    As a rule, “grass-roots tsunamis” are rare when they enjoy the support of barely a third of the country.

    Of course, Cruz isn’t the only one making fanciful health-care claims. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus recently argued, “People know what Obamacare is.”

    Looking over the KFF results, it’s clear that people really don’t know what Obamacare is.

  9. rikyrah says:

    I know there has to be an appropriate 3CHICS gif for this story:


    Atlanta School Shooter’s Brother Upset About Obama’s Phone Call To Antoinette Tuff – Posted on August 27, 2013

    [….] Hill’s brother, Timothy, recently appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight and discussed growing up with the alleged shooter. From being on the receiving end of threats from his brother, a house being set on fire, and seeing his brother involuntarily committed 10 times, Timothy doesn’t exactly think the system failed his family, but thinks it could have done much more. Timothy isn’t pleased with attention President Obama has given Tuff.

    While sitting in the green room waiting for his segment, Timothy watched a clip of Anderson Cooper 360 and got agitated when he learned Tuff received a thank-you call from Obama. Piers Morgan decided to call him out on that and wanted to know what angered him. “I’m pretty sure she’s been thanked by 100s and 100s of people,” he said. I honestly did not see it necessary for President Obama to call her up when he could have been focusing more on what could be done to prevent things like this.”[….]

    • rikyrah says:

      This comment explains alot about possibly, why Ms. Huff was able to get Michael to stop:

      August 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

      well that is not surprising that his brother would say that. after the incident, it came out that michael’s family had abandoned him and a local church, run by a black pastor and his wife, took care of him and helped out as best they could. as a matter of fact, the pastor’s wife was in the news after the incident in tears saying that michael was not a monster, he was just sick and not on his meds while his OWN FLESH AND BLOOD brother, was saying to media that
      it was only a matter of time before something like this would happen blah blah blah. i think michael really connected with ms. tuff because she looked like the people who had showed him compassion.

    • Ametia says:


      HAVE A SEAT CHILD-tumblr_mh1fe2Fh3z1qlxyddo1_400

      there, this should take care of it.

  10. Yahtc says:

    Live steaming on C-Span of Commemoration of March on Washington:

  11. rikyrah says:

    Rickey Smiley Shares His Experience Meeting President Obama [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

    Aug 27, 2013

    By Rickey Smiley

    Rickey Smiley had the chance to meet President Obama over the weekend along with others like Rev. Al Sharpton, Tom Joyner, and Russ Parr. Listen to the audio player to hear all the details of the two hour long meeting with the president including some hilarious moments like Russ Parr asking about the weed in D.C.!

  12. rikyrah says:

    Why the 2011 Debt Ceiling Deal was Obama’s Smartest Political Move and How it Broke the Elephant’s Back

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:54 PM

    Though he admits that not enough votes exist to threaten defund the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz insists it must be done anyway. Jim Demint, head of the Heritage Foundation and former Senator, thinks that any Republican who doesn’t vote to shut down the government unless 30 million people can be denied health care is not to be returned to office.

    Fine by me. If Republicans want to make their last stand against Obamacare by threatening to shut down the government or by holding the debt limit hostage, they will be inviting massive public opposition and punishment at the ballot box. And if the Republican leadership rolls on both, as it seems likely now, they will be subject to the wrath of their insane base.

    Of course, in the real world, the Republican leadership has no choice but to cave. The president has been clear for some time now – and it was just re-iterated by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew – that he won’t be negotiating with the Republicans over the debt ceiling. Nor will he indulge the Republican effort to dismantle his signature domestic achievement.

    Now, the fact that the president’s administration has drawn an absolute red line against negotiating over the debt limit is seen by some of the liberal intelligentsia as a tacit admission by the White House that the 2011 negotiations were a mistake. In truth, it was the smartest political move the president made against a united Republican opposition. Not simply because the deal itself left John Boehner hat in hand, but also because the president foresaw its repercussions on the Republican party coming a mile away.

    Consider this: at the time the 2011 debt ceiling deal was struck, the Republican party was invigorated, united, determined to blow up the economy in order to hurt the president and fresh off its greatest electoral victory in recent memory. Today, it is fractured, demoralized, sufficiently afraid of being blamed for a shutdown and fresh off an ass-whopping from the 2012 presidential elections. Ted Cruz and Jim Demint are trying to putthe rope around John Boehner’s neck, and Boehner doesn’t know what to do. This demoralization, this fractiousness, and even their fantastic election loss is due in good part to the 2011 debt ceiling deal.

    Why would I say such a thing? First, let’s take the election dynamics. While John Boehner publicly claimed victory in the 2011 deal, the crisis and the negotiations themselves irreparably harmed the Republican brand, while it cemented the president’s status as the adult in the room who is willing to make tough compromises in the interest of this country. The Republicans stupidly highlighted this very contrast in their primary debates in 2012, most notably refusing to accept even a $1 tax increase in exchange for every $10 in spending cuts.

  13. rikyrah says:

    –☺ -@JeffersonObama
    Maddow still pimping this is unlawful intervention in Syria. Wants to wait years when Syria war ends. Claims chem weapon attack not big deal

    – -☺ -@JeffersonObama
    Maddow has gone nuts.

    — -☺ –@JeffersonObama
    Now Maddow pimping Teapartier Republicans who hate Pres. Obama on her show since they agree with her anti-Syrian intervention. WOW

    – –☺ – -@JeffersonObama
    Maddow assumes the Russians will not VETO their ally Syria if inspectors point fingers to Damascus. What bull shit and she knows it. —

    – – ☺ — ‏@JeffersonObama
    Maddow was steaming mad at the idea we might hurt Assad and his regime. She’s completely gone Glenn Greenwald bat shit crazy. —

  14. rikyrah says:

    Obama Directs Contractors to Hire More Veterans, Disabled People

    By Kathleen Miller – Aug 27, 2013 3:27 PM CT .

    The Obama administration will require U.S. government contractors to set targets for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.

    The Labor Department’s rules, announced today, are aimed at curbing unemployment in both groups. Dozens of companies have protested the proposals, saying they would increase costs.

    The regulations would mandate that vendors set unspecified employment benchmarks for veterans, according to a document posted on an agency website. Contractors would be required to set a goal of having 7 percent of their employees — in each job category — be people with disabilities.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Art Laptop for Sylv

    I’m a disabled artist trying to raise funds to buy a new art laptop for my wife Sylv – also a disabled artist. Help me get her back in action!

    Short Summary

    My wife and I are disabled artists – I was born with a birth defect and am in a wheelchair, and my wife has severe auto-immune issues and is legally blind. She is able to create art digitally by working on a tablet screen with her face only a few inches away. Her current laptop is on its last legs, is past its warranty, and fairly outdated besides. I’m trying to put together funds to get her a Lenovo Thinkpad – a tablet-screen laptop capable of heavy-duty processing for art software. The laptop is also her only real link to the outside world as her health issues have left her housebound since 1999. You can see a portfolio of her work at Once she’s back up and running, she’ll be coloring my covers for my Image book.

    The Impact

    You will be, simply put, keeping my wife’s connection to the outside world alive, and helping her to once again create art as a healing process. We live below the poverty line, and there’s no way that I could buy her this laptop myself before the new year. I’d hoped to be able to wait until then, but her current laptop is dying, and it probably won’t make it.

    I have several successful Kickstarters that helped me get my comic book deal, and a successful Indie Go Go campaign that helped me upgrade my own computer equipment last year and pay a few bills. I’m very transparent and keep in regular communication with my contributors, and have built a reputation for honesty.

  16. rikyrah says:

    ok, this morning I have to gush about ORPHAN BLACK!!

    It was in a word – FABULOUS!!

    If you can watch it, please do. The young woman who plays the lead is absolutely a wonder to behold playing a new character pretty much every week, and doing all of them convincingly. She was totally robbed of an Emmy nomination.

    Orphan Black had me from the first episode. You just want more and more of it.

  17. rikyrah says:

    “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a documentary narrated by Alfre Woodard, chronicles Whitney Young’s civil rights fight of the 1960’s that took him from segregated Kentucky to leader of the National Urban League. The First Lady graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL in 1981. August 27, 2013.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone at 3CHICS!

  19. blkheavyweight says:

    I lol me some Santana!!

  20. Loving, loving, loving this! My asthma’s got me up just short of 4 AM my time. I’m sucking my inhaler & getting high on Santana. ♥ Chicas!

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