Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

beautiful-christmas-candlesAll I Want for Christmas Is You is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from her fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. It was released as the lead single from the album on November 1, 1994 by Columbia Records. The song was written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, the latter co-arranging and producing the song as well. As an up-tempo love song, it also incorporates pop music and traditional beats. The song’s lyrics describe an event in which the protagonist declares that she does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be with her lover.

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39 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

  1. vitaminlover says:

    Ladies, I just want you to know that even though I don’t know you physically, I know you mentally and spiritually and I love you all! (smile)

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  2. eliihass says:

    Sorry, but I couldn’t resist…A megalomaniac overcompensating clearly..

    https://mobile.twitter.com/MelaniaTrummp/status/803793619421302784?p=p

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  3. eliihass says:

    LOL…
    It’s like watching a really bad SNL skit…not even a full length satirical comedy…like those Eddie Murphy movies of yore…

    This is a joke…

    We are being seriously punked..

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  4. eliihass says:

    These racist suckers deserve to be scammed blind by this megalomaniac Trump and his cronies…but they won’t take the rest of us down with them..

    In one breath he mocks and insults, in the next, he reads the TelePrompTer talking about ‘uniting’ the country…

    LOL..

    The man-child and his Dum-Dum racist supporters deserve each other..

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  5. eliihass says:

    Try as hard as the media may, there will never be anything normal …and folks will never get used to or embrace the use of the prefix ‘president’ before Trump’s name…

    It will always sound like a joke…it will always be a joke..

    It will always sound as if we are being punked…

    There’s nothing normal or ok with it..

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  6. Liza says:

    John Kerry isn’t going quietly into the night
    By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan DECEMBER 01, 2016

    When John Kerry steps down as secretary of state, it will be with the sinking knowledge that President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo with the stroke of his pen nearly every accord Kerry labored over for four years and logged 1.3 million miles to achieve: climate change, trade, Iran’s nuclear deal, restored ties with Cuba, sanctions on Russia, and more.

    Their fate depends on whom the president-elect chooses to replace Kerry and whether Trump makes good on his rhetoric. But Kerry, who has done his time in the loyal opposition, says he isn’t giving up. Having traveled a few hundred thousand miles with him during his time as secretary, I can attest that Kerry at 72 has more energy than most people decades younger. He’s not saying if he’ll work with a global organization, a university, or the private sector, but whatever he does, he’ll fight for what was — before Trump — seven decades of largely bipartisan support for US leadership in global security and economics.

    “We’re going to have one hell of a debate over the course of the next few years . . . and I can promise you this . . . I am not going to go quietly into the night,’’ Kerry declared to raucous applause from the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, which gathered in Washington Tuesday for what was billed as a valedictory address.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/12/01/john-kerry-isn-going-quietly-into-night/7dtkQ0Ws5dJSMbTdJVVNfL/story.html

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  7. Ametia says:

    Did you watch this last night?

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  8. eliihass says:

    Whoever coined the phrase ‘poliTRICKS’ needs to get an award..

    Are we really watching the media show us live video of Trump’s plane…parked and in flight…

    Ar we really watching the media punctuate every sentence with, and talk excitedly (and impressed) of the ‘gilded elevators’ at Trump towers…the very same Trump we know is up to his nose in debt …

    Are we really watching a the media talk up this scam Pence just perpetrated with taxpayer dollar payout to Carrier on behalf of Trump in Indiana with the magic card game of the more you look the less you see so-called 1000 jobs ‘saved’..

    Are we really watching the same media that poo-poohd the saving of the auto industry and millions of jobs, pretend like Trump just pulled off something great with this maybe 1000 jobs scam..

    Are we really watching Robert Gates, Condoleeza Rice and ’em make pilgrimages to Trump towers….folks who just a few weeks ago were telling us what a fraud this man is, and just how grossly unqualified and disastrous ….and how he must never be allowed into our White House…

    Are we really watching Heads of States who were just a minute ago praising and jostling to be in the presence of and boasting of being best buddies with our historic President….and who just weeks ago all couldn’t distance themselves far enough from Trump…and couldn’t wait to be on put on record sharing their contempt of and disgust with Trump…all now tripping all over themselves boasting of the friendships they’ve struck up with their ‘brilliant businessman bestie’ Trump in just one phone call…and watching and listening as Rasmussen the most recent former NATO chief, who President Obama helped get nominated, praise Donald Trump even as he outrightly threw President Obama under the bus …

    Are we really watching as some of the same folks who even after being appointed by the historic President to lush posts, treated him as if they were doing him the favor, and as if he were their subordinate…

    Are we really watching these very same know-it-all folks now deferring and kowtowing to Donald bloody Trump…a dumb a*se….talking about ‘appealing’ to him,….and yes, begging him… begging the guy who lost the popular vote and dubiously ‘won’ the electoral college …begging him to be merciful…and not to unilaterally undo the progress made ….telling us how Trump is not to be underestimated and wants to be appreciated and not challenged…since challenging him and disrespecting him only pushes him to be nasty and to fight back …(I’m looking at you Rev. Al)…

    The same folks who would not give the historic President-elect an inch…or any breathing room in 2008…or 2012 even though he won both times with a clear mandate, and with both EC votes and popular votes with impressive historic numbers.redness same folks who shot the election result down both ties, insisting the historic President did no really have a mandate, are suddenly insisting that everyone must get on board to help out the dumbass so he can be successful… No great….they’re all suddenly kowtowing to a bloody buffoon who is still trying to wrap his head around …and was completely taken aback by his fluke of a dubious win’..

    Where are those so-called ‘checks and balances’ they keep telling us our democracy has in place to safe-guard the country and the voiceless from devastation and abuse and to correct elections that inadvertently vote in mad men…? Where are those checks and balances we are told protect us from accidental ‘presidents’ and mad men and those who inevitably control him by flattering him and slyly navigating his megalomania…

    The embarrassing and unbelievably ridiculous kowtowing, ‘appeals’ and shameless groveling to this megalomaniac that we’ve all been witness to since November 8, can’t possibly be it…

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    • Ametia says:

      It’s ABSOLUTELY MADDENING, eliihass. They’re all but erasing any and everything President Obama worked his ASS off to help a country that was floundering economically.

      We already knew all the FAUX OUTRAGE over Trump was part of the dog & pony show.

      Remember this is the same media that would cut away from PBO’s trip, etc., and have a camera pointed at a stage with an empty podium, with the jouros salivating feverishly for that orange piece-o-shit to appear on stage.

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      • eliihass says:

        It’s insane Ametia…

        You want to ask, do these people know we can see and hear them…

        Do they know that we’ve been listening for so long…and that we do have brains and memories…and do remember stuff…

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  9. Liza says:

    Timothy Randall Korr’s mugshot:

    Tutor charged in ‘despicable’ assault that broke 7-year-old’s jaw, knocked out teeth, police say
    by: Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Dec 1, 2016 – 8:53 AM

    http://www.fox25boston.com/news/tutor-charged-in-despicable-assault-that-broke-7yearolds-jaw-knocked-out-teeth-police-say/472060873

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  10. Ametia says:

    The STUPID BURNS DEEPLY

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  11. rikyrah says:

    When Voter ID Laws Lead to Disenfranchisement
    by Martin Longman
    November 30, 2016 12:50 PM

    Having worked as a county coordinator for ACORN perhaps gives me some unique perspective on how Voter ID laws are likely to play out in real life. But if I know firsthand, the designers of these laws have known from strategic, psychological, statistical and practical points of view that the laws would cause lower turnout in poor urban neighborhoods. In other words, the laws are designed to do the exact opposite of what I was trying to do with ACORN.

    Though it’s difficult to quantify the effect of voter suppression in 50 states, Hajnal reports in a new study that after Texas implemented a strict voter-ID law, Latino turnout dropped sharply between 2010 and 2014, and the gap between white and Latino turnout increased by 9.2 percentage points. In the rest of the country, the gap between white and Latino turnout decreased over the same period.

    Wisconsin adopted a tough photo-ID law, and in Milwaukee, where a large number of African Americans don’t drive or have licenses, turnout declined in 2016 by 41,000 compared with 2012, a 15 percent drop. Turnout was significantly lower than in 2004 and 2008 as well. The dropoff was steepest in the poorest precincts.

    “No matter how hard one tries to attribute this to lower voter interest in this election, the stark drop must be attributable to impact of the photo-ID rule,” argues Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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  12. rikyrah says:

    “Islam Is Not a Religion”: The Real Reason Michael Flynn’s Appointment is Ominous
    by Steven Waldman
    November 25, 2016 9:36 AM

    American history is full of moments when it was broadly acceptable to malign particular religions. For years, people in public life attacked Catholics, Mormons, and Jews in particular.

    But we’re now witnessing something new. No successful presidential candidate has ever been as overtly hostile to a major religion as Donald Trump was to Islam.

    As with so many other things Trump said, we all had a slender hope that maybe it was just hot air and he wouldn’t follow through. The selection of Michael Flynn as national security advisor is an ominous sign.

    The media has been focusing on Flynn’s tough stance on radical Islam. (“Flynn a Frequent Critic of Muslim Militancy, Culture,” ABCNews reported). That wildly misses the point. What’s astonishing is Flynn’s claim that Islam is not a religion, but rather an ideology.

    Why is that such a big deal?

    Some background. Conservative Christians have been attacking Islam since 9/11 – not only because of its connection to terrorism but because they believe Muhammed was a false prophet and pedophile. But they’ve also spent the last eight years arguing that religious freedom is under attack (because bakers are not allowed to refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding).

    This created a dilemma. How could they square their love of religious freedom with their desire to clamp down on one particular religion? So about a decade ago, a new idea arose in conservative Christian circles: Islam it is not a religion.

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” Pat Robertson explained, “we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion. It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world. And it is meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law.” Ben Carson said Islam was “a life organization system,” not a religion.

    Republican Congressman Jody Hice explained the implications. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”[my emphasis]

    This notion had been on the fringes of the Christian right – until this month, with the appointment of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. “Islam is a political ideology,” Flynn said earlier in the year. “It definitely hides behind being a religion.” He repeated that idea in his book.

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Steve Bannon’s White Nationalist Agenda
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    November 30, 2016 3:17 PM

    Last week I noted something Steve Bannon told Kimberly Strassel.

    I never went on TV one time during the campaign. Not once. You know why? Because politics is war. General Sherman would never have gone on TV to tell everyone his plans. I’d never tip my hand to the other side. And right now we’ve got work to do.

    That was part of my argument for how Bannon thinks he is out-smarting liberals by inciting them to chase after inflammatory statements while he maneuvers strategically behind the scenes. It raised my curiosity about who this man really is, what he is trying to accomplish and how he plans to do that. Based on what we’ve seen from Bannon so far, I’d propose that he sees himself as the mastermind puppeteer who plans to chart the course for Trump’s presidency in much the same way that Karl Rove did for George W. Bush. Only Bannon isn’t simply interested in political power, he envisions leading a global nationalist movement.

    My curiosity about Bannon was further aroused when, in response to the charge that he is a white supremacist, he told Strassel, “we are going to bring capitalism to the inner cities.” What does that mean?

    Some of these questions were answered when I watched a documentary Bannon made with David Bossie (from Citizens United) in 2010 titled “Generation Zero.”

    ………………..

    But to understand what Bannon was referring to when he talked about bringing capitalism back to the inner cities, it is helpful to note how the film portrays one of the contributors to the housing crisis. For Bannon and Bosie it all goes back to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. Here is how it is discussed in the film:

    This policy that led to the subprime crisis and so forth came out of the fact that the civil rights movement had claimed that blacks were being red-lined. Banks then didn’t want to lend money to them. Here is another source of black victimization. Here’s another place where this fundamentally racist society is keeping blacks down. Since the mid- sixties, white Americans have been in a position where they constantly have to prove that they are not racist. It is that phenomenon of white guilt is what pressures people in the government to say things like, ‘Everybody has a right to a house,’ and unfortunately capitalism doesn’t work that way…

    When Bill Clinton became president he made turbocharging the Community Reinvestment Act one of his priorities. He got the Justice Department to go after mortgage lenders to say that if these lenders were not making proportionate loans they can be accused of racism. So this had the effect of corroding lending standards. This is what created the explosion of subprime lending during the Clinton years and the Bush administration years.

    Notice first of all that they say that the civil rights movement “claimed” that blacks were being red-lined. With all of the focus on the 1960’s it is interesting to note that this is the first time (and only time) that the civil rights movement was mentioned. Doing so would have stepped on the whole idea that the era was simply about spoiled narcissistic Woodstock kids. But redlining went far beyond a claim made by that movement. It was a documented fact that kept African Americans from being able to participate in one of the foundational parts of the American dream – home ownership.

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  14. rikyrah says:

    More Death to Our Hometowns
    by Martin Longman
    November 30, 2016 4:06 PM

    …………………..

    A real populist uprising might have gone after the greedy thieves whose crimes went unpunished instead of elevating a reality-show fraudster with narcissistic personality disorder and dozens of petty scores to settle.

    But Trump at least gave the middle finger to an establishment that enabled the housing crisis and looked the other way as families and factories were destroyed over the last several decades.

    Even this isn’t good enough to prevent the the return of the robber barons, though. Not when former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin is going to be Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury and Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn is in line to be his director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    ………………………

    And what about Mnuchin?

    Critics have raised many questions about Mnuchin’s financial dealings, from a lawsuit over pocketing profits in the Bernie Madoff case to his suspiciously quiet exit from the Hollywood production company Relativity Media just before it took huge losses and filed for bankruptcy. Just his association with “vampire squid” Goldman Sachs has motivated some anger. But another part of Mnuchin’s history is more relevant: his chairmanship of OneWest Bank, a major cog in America’s relentless foreclosure machine.

    Even among the many bad actors in the national foreclosure crisis, OneWest stood out. It routinely jumped to foreclosure rather than pursue options to keep borrowers in their homes; used fabricated and “robo-signed” documents to secure the evictions; and had a particular talent for dispossessing the homes of senior citizens and people of color.

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  15. rikyrah says:

    Sniff…The last time she will be doing this

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  16. rikyrah says:

    Morning, Everyone 😃😃😃😃
    The great of SG2’s Christmas music is here. Yeah😇😇😇😇

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