Friday Open Thread | Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Dirty dancing6(Baby) She becomes intrigued by the sexy dancing and receives a brief, impromptu lesson from Johnny. Later, Baby discovers that Johnny’s regular dance partner, Penny Johnson (Rhodes), is pregnant by Robbie Gould (Max Cantor), a womanizing waiter who dates (and cheats on) Baby’s sister Lisa. Baby learns that Robbie plans to do nothing about the pregnancy (as he says, “Some people count, some people don’t”), so Baby secures the money from her father to pay for Penny’s illegal abortion. Jake agrees to give the money to Baby despite her secrecy regarding what it will be used for, because of the trust Jake has always held in her. In her efforts to help, Baby also becomes Penny’s substitute dancer for an important performance at the Sheldrake, a nearby resort where Johnny and Penny perform annually. The upcoming show requires Johnny to train Baby to learn the required routine.

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50 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

  1. rikyrah says:

    From Esquire‘s Tom Junod and Mark Warren, a tale about fighting cancer, being brave because there’s no other choice, and the dubious honor of having a fly created in your genetic image:

    On May 7 of this year, I received a Facebook message from a woman named Stephanie Lee:

    Hey Mark, I found that I have colon cancer today. I go for surgery Thursday morning. Please keep me in your prayers.

    At the time, Stephanie was thirty-six and lived on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, in the town of Ocean Springs. I had met her eight years before, when I worked with Tom Junod on a story for Esquire (“Mississippi Goddamn,” November 2005) about how Hurricane Katrina had affected military families already enduring the calamities of the war in Iraq—the families whose suffering had been doubled by the wind and the rain and the floods. Junod and I met Stephanie at her grandmother’s house in Lucedale, Mississippi, where she told her story. She was a small woman who worked as a pipe fitter at the Northrop Grumman shipyard, a fine-boned beauty with an intimidating reserve of tensile strength, a single mother whose face settled easily into stoicism and whose eyes lit up with challenge and dare. She’d spent most of her life bedeviled by inconstant men until she met Terrance Lee where she worked. He was a welder. He was younger than Stephanie, and quiet, but she thought he was like her in that he had a plan for making something of himself. Like her, he’d joined the Mississippi National Guard. They married and she e-mailed with him every night after he was called to Iraq in January 2005. She was seven months pregnant when his Humvee went over an IED. She was nine months pregnant when Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, and she got in her truck with her husband’s .45 and drove nearly eight hours on snarled roads to Shreveport to find a generator so that her baby—Terrance’s baby—wouldn’t have to be born in darkness. Three days later, she gave birth to Marchelle, who never stopped reminding Stephanie both of her life with Terrance and of the impossibility of life without him…

    A week later came another. I am well. The surgery went great, just waiting for the biopsy to find out if the cancer spread to my lymphoid. I’m sore and tired and feel so helpless right now, but I know it will get better.

    A week after that: I have to have chemo, Mark. Keep me in your prayers.

    Stephanie was not alone. She had her seventeen-year-old daughter, Kamri, a student at the local high school, and she had Marchelle. She had friends and an aunt with whom she was close. Thanks to Terrance, she also had health insurance. Thanks to Terrance, she was able to walk into the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi and receive treatment for a cost no greater than the utterance of a number. It was the last four digits of Terrance’s Social Security number, and now it was her number, for her war. She had stage-three colon cancer. Following the surgery to remove the tumor from her colon, her oncologist wanted to treat her as aggressively as possible—six months of a combination of toxic chemicals known as FOLFOX6, administered every two weeks through a port installed between her left breast and her collarbone. The port was implanted under her skin on June 10, a week before her chemotherapy was set to start. It was supposed to be minor surgery, but two days later Stephanie woke up in such agony that there was fear that perhaps the surgeon who had installed the port had accidentally perforated her chest wall. He hadn’t, but the news was even worse. She went to Keesler for a CT scan, and after she was done, she was waiting in the ER and an attending physician walked into the room. She said, “You know it’s in your liver, right?”…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Obama, GOP and political cruelty

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one thing is clear: We are living in an age of strange and persistent cruelty, and our politics is making things worse.

    In Washington, where lawmakers are taking yet another break from a Congress that has been the least productive in a generation, three truths have ground the entire governing project to a halt: Barack Obama exists.

    And because Barack Obama exists, Republicans have deemed that nothing of substance will pass the House of Representatives. And by ensuring that nothing of substance will pass the House of Representatives, Republicans hope to regain power, so that they can ensure that nothing of substance passes the Senate, either.

    House Speaker John Boehner made the bizarre pronouncement in July that Congress should be judged, not on how many laws they pass (the name “lawmaker” apparently being a term of art) but on how many laws members repeal. First among the things to be repealed, must be the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature achievement, which Democrats managed to pass during the five-month stretch, from July 7, 2009 — when Al Franken was finally seated following the disputed Senate race in Minnesota — until January, 2010, when they enjoyed a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and before they lost the House in the 2010 midterms and the new Congress was sworn in.

    At any cost, Republicans have said, Americans must not have access to the benefits of universal healthcare, and so they would rescind the right to coverage despite pre-existing conditions, the ability of young people to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, the end of lifetime coverage caps and rescission and, most important, the opportunity for as many as 40 million Americans — many in the rural South — to get health insurance for the first time in their lives. They must not have these things, because Obama exists, and this achievement of his cannot be allowed to stand.

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  3. I watched 12 Years A Slave. I can’t talk about it right now. I will when I can.

  4. Liza says:

    Ha, I knew it. O’Mara and West want to their share of the 400K which has either vaporized or George is hiding it.

    George Zimmerman’s $2.5 million debt is entirely in legal fees

    By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, November 28, 2013, 9:42 PM

    Freedom doesn’t come for free, something George Zimmerman is, incredibly, still learning.

    The $2.5 million debt the broke and embattled 30-year-old owes is strictly in legal fees, his defense attorneys in Florida have revealed.

    Whatever additional debts he incurred, be it housing, recent bail and cost of living — including firearms and ammunition — were not stated.

    The change of heart follows Zimmerman and his family’s efforts to raise funds online.

    In the beginning the fundraising proved successful, netting more than $400,000 for his legal defense fund, but the money proved to be not only insufficient but soon stopped coming in.

    By the hour O’Mara charges $400, he told the Sentinel, and West $350. Each has billed Zimmerman for about 3,000 hours.

    Zimmerman contributed “a minute amount” immediately after his acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, O’Mara said.

    O’Mara and West are hoping to receive more but, according to court documents released last week, the pair may have to hold their breath for some time.

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  5. Haley and I baked cookies today. I wasn’t suppose to be going near a stove today but I promised her we’d bake some cookies with chunky macadamia nuts. She’s gone home and took all her cookies with her. lol

  6. rikyrah says:

    The rise of ‘Obamacare McCarthyism’
    11/27/13 03:04 PM
    By Steve Benen

    We talked yesterday about Rep. Jack Kingston, one of several House Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, who infuriated the right. His transgression? The congressman pushed a bill to add a conservative provision to the Affordable Care Act.

    Conservatives were livid, not because of the idea itself, but because House Republicans aren’t supposed to try to “fix” the health care law. To take even a modest step towards moving the law to the right, some conservatives said, is to “surrender on Obamacare.”

    We’re seeing a similar situation play out in Wyoming.

    A conservative nonprofit group is set to launch a TV attack ad Monday intimating that Republican Sen. Mike Enzi is less than pure in his opposition to Obamacare.

    Americans for Job Security highlights the incumbent’s support for exchanges during the 2010 debate over Obamacare…. “I like the exchanges,” Enzi says in a brief clip. “These exchanges can be good.”

  7. Ametia says:

    Why Isn’t Idris Elba A Bigger Movie Star?
    By Rawiya Kameir
    November 29th 20135:45 am

    Idris Elba is a hunk, a bonafide sexiest-man-alive type whose every move is figuratively and literally soundtracked by impassioned oooohs and aaaahs from his motley contingent of adorers. Even President Obama is aware of Elba’s babeliness, having had to implore attendees at a recent White House screening of Mandela to “give [Elba] a break, ladies.” It’s undeniable and overpowering: now 41, Elba is six feet and three inches of smooth muscle, with a pleasantly symmetrical face, smouldering eyes, and the type of wink-heavy charm conferred only on fictional Disney characters and mythical movie stars.

  8. Haley and friends1

    Danielle, Haley, & Rihanna. Danielle is so shy. I don’t know why she is holding her mouth that way. She is so soft spoken.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Got The Heat and Red2 from the Redbox yesterday.
    Enjoyed them both.

  10. Yahtc says:

    YPSILANTI: Black Stone Bookstore seeks to be a ‘beacon of cultural literacy’ for black community

    Published: Friday, November 29, 2013

  11. Yahtc says:

    On this day in 1961

    Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became the first African-American to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.

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  12. Yahtc says:

    Posted: 11/29/13 EST

    The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

  13. Yahtc says:

    In North Carolina, a hard-right shift hits a roadblock

    11/29/13 10:00 AM

  14. Yahtc says:



    Some films are like battles. In the shock and horror that is left behind, it is gross to talk of victory, the deft strokes of tactics, or even the radiant courage of the parties. Emerging from 12 Years a Slave, one fears the TRITENESS of saying how convincing the acting is or how beautiful the photography. It’s not that those claims would be unjust. But it is more to the point to say that some films, like some battles, were necessary.


    Necessity goes on. In 2015, we face a challenging anniversary. It will be the centenary of D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation.” What will we do in our land of anniversaries to mark that occasion? How will the film business greet the awkward occasion, when no movie ever did more to create this business than “The Birth of a Nation”? It made the money that built theaters and production companies, and was the film that encouraged the audience to be patient and excited with long-form narratives.

    It is now—as it always was—a work of FLAGRANT racism in which white actors in blackface play treacherous and irresponsible black characters and in which the white plantation class is idealized, not least in its formation of the Ku Klux Klan as a “chivalrous” band meant to suppress “supposed” black excesses. It is a shaming birthday that awaits us for a film that cannot be played as an entertainment or even a mark of history. It can be offered only in a spirit of apology and necessary recompense.

    What do we mean by recompense?

    Well, the edifice of the movie business was built on this shaming film. Should monies be paid to black citizens to make good the horror of purchased souls? A redistribution of resources? Perhaps the awkward and often inept attempts to open American institutions to black participation should be persisted with until slavery is forgotten. It is indelible and it stains our independence. And if we are prepared to be honest about “The Birth of a Nation”, then we might examine the inner complacency of “Gone with the Wind”, a venture that has not yet really come under the lash for its racism.

    Is it mere coincidence that the second most important film in the history of this business also deals with the South and has its black characters (all minor) as fond onlookers at the turbulent romantic history of its white boys and girls? Gone with the Wind is not directly offensive in what it does and says, but it is a work that Mistress Epps, the Sarah Paulson character in 12 Years a Slave, might have been happy to read. Gone with the Wind is still a favorite, the film of films, the Hollywood monument, and a goldmine that kept a company like Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer going for at least another ten years.


    It is not that 12 Years a Slave is a “must see” in terms of normal entertainment, or a rival to the candy of The Help or The Butler. No, it is a film that necessity and education demand seeing. But it was being opened gradually by Fox Searchlight (123 theaters in its third week), as if they feared that it could prove discomforting for the necessary audience. One of the most piercing things in 12 Years is seeing the damage that slavery did to the white race. The Epps characters are odious in their cruelty and mendacity, and that devastation is still active. This is an era in which we nurse our own protection from confounding truths. Similarly, the publication of Linda Spalding’s exceptional novel The Purchase, about a Quaker who becomes a slave-owner at the end of the eighteenth century, has gone largely unreviewed in this country, no matter that it won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Fiction. It is about time such side tables were dragged into the center of the American room.

    • Ametia says:

      So in essence is this article saying that 12 Years a Slave is the anecdote to the movies “Birth of a Nation” and “Gone With the Wind”? Hmmm,… Let me ponder this a bit.

  15. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

    How was your Thanksgiving?

    No shopping for us today or this weekend…..just going to get a Christmas tree this morning.

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