Wednesday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA),[2] and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt re-recorded the sing for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement (Madonna‘s popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas was based on this latter version). In 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled “This Year’s Santa Baby”, to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change.

The song is heard in the films Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Elf (2003), and Boynton Beach Club (2005).

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121 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

  1. rikyrah says:

    Tavis Smiley too?
    Uh uh uh 😒😒😠

  2. Y’all better listen to Doug Jones. @Democrats better follow and take a page from his play book. He has shown how to get it done. The Jones campaign knocked on 300, 000 doors and rang 1.2 million phones.


  3. DAYUMM Oh they brutally kicked Omarosa to the curb and danced about it.

    • majiir says:

      My day just keeps getting better and better. Jones wins in Alabama and Omarosa Manigault is kicked out of the WH! I never want to hear anyone say ever again that God doesn’t answer prayers. I donated to Jones’ campaign and watched the race closely, but I never stop praying and asking God for a miracle, and He delivered right on time!

    • eliihass says:

      There’s a special place in hell for Mitch McConnell and his cohorts..

      When his and their various Karma finally comes a-visiting, it will be mighty and well-deserved..

  4. rikyrah says:

    Congressman announces cancer diagnosis months after characterizing illnesses as personal failings

    — ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) December 13, 2017

    • eliihass says:

      Fortunate he has that incredibly generous and superior congressional Cadillac health insurance coverage on the taxpayer dime..

      While denying fellow Americans, even the most basic..

      If only congressmen like him would think about that..

  5. rikyrah says:


    April Ryan on CNN discussing what her sources told here about Omarosa’s “resignation” and the drama involved!!

    • eliihass says:

      April Ryan needs to stop.. Seriously..


      Incredibly petty and unbecoming of a supposed serious news journalist…

      You’ve got KellyAnne Conway etc. still desecrating the People’s House, and yet Omarosa who never really had any presence …not even as window dressing, is getting all this entirely gossipy attention..

      Not even Sebastian Gorka who did real damage got a sliver of this coverage..

      Just look at the gleeful look on the faces of the complicits republican ‘spokeswoman’ Dana Bash and the slimy Gloria Boger..

      April Ryan ought to know better..

      This is for those 2 women and others like them, more than about Omarosa..

      I’ve read all the tsk-tsking on just how ‘vulgar’ she was, and the emphasis on other such negatives and fast stereotypes …

      By the very same folks who think it’s funny and ‘harmless’ when the buffoon and folk like Bannon curse and rage.. and abuse even complete strangers..

  6. rikyrah says:

    Shouldn’t overlook the impact Rep. Terri Sewell, the lone Democrat and African American in Alabama’s congressional delegation, likely had in turning out black voters for Doug Jones the Alabama senate race.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Josh Barro‏Verified account
    Oh man. @ AprilDRyan says Omarosa tried to get into the residence to take up her firing with the president over John Kelly’s objection, and had to be stopped by Secret Service and escorted from the grounds.

  8. rikyrah says:

    The incomparable Angela Rye on Omarosa’s firing:

    “Brooke, I’m gonna do what you can’t do and what April and Symone are too good of people to do, and that’s just gonna petty for a minute. Aaaahh! Bye girl, bye!”

  9. rikyrah says:

    John Schindler‏Verified account @ 20committee
    OF COURSE CI pros were totally freaked out in 2015-16 when Trump, whom they knew was under Moscow’s thumb, ran for POTUS & got #GOP nom. /7

    The sordid truth about our 45th President is coming out, no matter what. It will rock the USA to its core.
    As it damn well should.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Proof we’re living inside a graphic novel: Omarosa, the most prominent black woman in Trumpworld (sorry Rayon and Cubic Zirconia) gets fired the same day black women snatch a U.S. Senate seat like a loose wig off Trump and Bannon.

    — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 13, 2017

  11. eliihass says:

    Who is this 5-prong-tongued opportunist Joe Lockett..?

    A self-described black republican who works in radio and caters entirely to rural alt-right types in Alabama – by his own admission..

    And why does MSNBC feel the need to use him as the voice of black Alabama when it’s clear that he’s just another semi-literate, self-serving, massa-suck-up, hustler..

  12. eliihass says:

    Ametia, what are your thoughts re: this concern about your Governor’s selection..

    Matt Mean
    I really like Tina Smith. My worry:

    1) the president of the Senate, a GOPer becomes lieutenant gov
    2) Dayton drops dead, and the LG becomes gov
    3) with a GOP governor and legislature, they turn MN into WI and pass voter ID

    I really like Tina Smith. My worry1) the president of the Senate, a GOPer becomes lieutenant gov2) Dayton drops dead, and the LG becomes gov3) with a GOP governor and legislature, they turn MN into WI and pass voter ID— Matt Mean (@repMattMean) December 7, 2017

  13. rikyrah says:

    This narrative about Black voters “saving” Alabama would imply that majority of white voters–the majority of people in the state–wanted to be “saved” from Moore. They didn’t. Black voters protected themselves

    — Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) December 13, 2017

    • Ametia says:

      On point. White folks want the perks that any other party except GOP works to ensure American citizens/voters, but if the face behind the leadership is any color other than white……. FILL IN THE BLANK

  14. eliihass says:

    I don’t get it..

    Is it really the media’s job to keep going on about how the buffoon desperately ‘needs a win’.. And they go on about it even as they push this with regard to what are potential policy ‘wins’ that are obviously terrible and potentially devastating to so many.. But get the buffoon wired..

    Why won’t they spend time instead explaining in detail, the bogus, lopsided, awful policies in the making, like the tax cuts for the wealthy etc., to Americans in general ..and the buffoon and his dumb alt-right supporters in particular..

  15. eliihass says:

    Beware, the Republicans are scrambling re: tax cuts for their oligarch owners..

    McConnell and Ryan the sleaze are up to no good..

    Their desperation will be the undoing of this country …if we let them..

  16. I feel like dancing! Black women DID IT in Alabama!

    If you want it, yeah
    You can have it, oh, oh, oh
    If you need it, ooh
    We can make it, oh
    If you want it
    You can have it


  17. #BlackWomen did the damn thing. 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽#STAYWOKE! Don’t you close your eyes….

    • eliihass says:

      Curious to see how it’s exploited.. How it’s going to be used to foist their selectively handpicked, ‘acceptable’ token versions of ‘black women’, on the masses..

      Even more curious to see, how fleeting the ‘realization’ and ‘acknowledgement’ before it’s back to the back of the bus..

      We’ll see..

  18. rikyrah says:

    Black Women have saved the country from #RoyMooreChildMolester so while we say #ThankYouAlabama we are really saying thank you Black Women

    — Stephen Sipila (@StephenSipila) December 13, 2017

  19. It was BLACK WOMEN who did it @CNNPolitics. Black women voted for Doug Jones 98%. White women voted for Roy Moore 63%. THAT’S THE NEWS!

  20. eliihass says:

    Good morning Fam..

    Hope everyone’s having a great day..

    • eliihass says:


      Omarosa’s ‘vulgarities’ certainly can’t touch, don’t begin to touch, and don’t get any worse than the buffoon’s ..Same buffoon entrusted with our nuclear codes… Same buffoon Kelly, the Alt-Right former general, staked his military service, dead son and whatever ‘credibility’ he once was said to have for, .. and proudly ‘clicks’ with ‘ideologically’’ ..and how parades about with, proudly exerting his ‘influence’ over, and puffing his chest as his chosen Svengali du jour..

      Omarosa was always an opportunist .. she and the also opportunistic to the ‘nth buffoon used each other for their various base purposes.. It was a transparently warped symbiotic ‘relationship’…

      They never liked, respected or trusted her ..and neither did she them..

      Omarosa may be a lot of things, but she’s keen on self-preservation, and is no fool..

      She will squeal eventually.. A lot..

      But, right now, Omarosa is the least of the country’s worries… or ours..

      She’s not our concern ..

      I take neither pleasure or sadness in her leaving the racist hellhole she purposely, opportunistically, and deliberately inserted herself into …albeit, forcibly relegated to the fringes of it for the duration..

      April Ryan might get a petty kick out of her firing since she and her once ‘bestie’ Omarosa fell out …but we need to keep our focus on what actually matters..

      ‘General’ Kelly is not our friend.. neither is he worthy of this framing of him as somehow so ‘offended’ by vulgarity..

      He isn’t..

      He’s as usual only just racially selective in his pearl-clutching.. and rather glaringly all around disingenuous ..

      He is as much a disgrace and self-serving and dishonorable and hollow, as is Omarose and the treasonous buffoon they’ve all knowingly hitched their wagons to..

  21. rikyrah says:

    24s24 seconds ago
    Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because #BlackWomen led us to victory. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period.

  22. The right wing is pissed at Bannon but if Moore would have won they would have been praising him. I see them.

  23. rikyrah says:

    On the back of strong turnout from African-Americans and a superior campaign, Doug Jones pulled an upset that will echo into next year’s midterms

    — New York Magazine (@NYMag) December 13, 2017

  24. rikyrah says:

    This is Patricia Gaines, whose father, a liberal minister, was driven out of Selma in 1961 by Klansmen on horseback. She went back to Selma for the first time today to drive black voters to the polls.

    — Molly Ball (@mollyesque) December 13, 2017

    • majiir says:

      My mom was from Selma, and she was one hell of a woman, wife, and mother. If she were still alive, she probably would have joined Patricia Gaines to GOTV.

  25. rikyrah says:

    I’m crying. For a year now, I’ve barely cried. Because I knew if I let myself fully feel what’s in my heart, I’d get nothing done. I had a lot to do.

    So I’m gonna let myself cry and cry, because tonight it finally feels like I can. With joy, relief, and gratitude.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 13, 2017

  26. rikyrah says:

    It’s really nice of black people to save America–after slavery, Jim Crow, and everything else.

    — David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 13, 2017

  27. rikyrah says:

    Black women when they left the voting booths in Alabama:

    — Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) December 13, 2017

  28. rikyrah says:

    Roy Moore won 80% of white evangelicals, 76% of non-college whites & 62% of rural voters, per exits. Gillespie held those voters in VA Gov, too. But in both that couldn’t top strong D #s w/Millennials, non-whites & col+ whites. Transformation beat restoration tonight, even in AL

    — Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) December 13, 2017

  29. rikyrah says:

    I did have to crack up at the tweet of the Brotha who used his MUGSHOT as proof of Government ID.

    We are inventive people:)

    • eliihass says:

      Watched a bit of it.

      Can I just say that that overly dramatic Jim Jordan guy from Ohio, has a lot to hide..

      He strikes as one who’ll be found out soon… and the skeletons will come tumbling out..

      When congressmen like him (Anthony Weiner comes to mind), are so over the top, they’re usually hiding some serious skeletons, and so tend to aggressively overcompensate – mostly to distract, preemptively whip up support, and to curry favor of wealthy party donor-owners … and it’s usually some perverted stuff ..

    • Ametia says:

      Her black ass was never really IN to begin with.


      • coach4divas says:

        Damn, gurl. Spit coffee all over my computer laughing so hard. You gotta warn a sista ;)

      • majiir says:

        She’s late in learning that when push comes to shove, she was always going to be kicked out before Sanders, Conway, Hicks, and the other females. I don’t want to see or hear her do a Michael Steele. It was only after Steele was in trouble at the RNC that he suddenly remembered he is black. Omarosa was kicked out because she was useless and was a constant sower of dissent in the WH. She may have played a role in helping getting Trump elected, but in the end, her extreme loyalty to him wasn’t returned because Trump is loyal to no one other than himself.

    • Ametia says:

      Hey there diva! I.CAN.T with the foolishness LOL

  30. rikyrah says:

    Omarosa is OUT….
    Oh well…


  31. rikyrah says:

    .@StarrDunigan is tweeting reaction from Alabama’s minority communities this evening:

    — (@aldotcom) December 13, 2017

  32. rikyrah says:

    America: No way Black Women will pull off this upset in Alabama.

    Black Women in Alabama:

    — Deontée Gordon (@deongordon) December 13, 2017

  33. rikyrah says:

    Lisa McNair, sister of one of the four girls killed in the 1963 church bombing, is hugged as U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is declared the winner @MGMAdvertiser #alpolitics #alsen #dougjones

    — Mickey Welsh  (@mickeywelsh) December 13, 2017

  34. rikyrah says:

    Absolutely right. The task for @SenateDems is clear: SLOW. IT. DOWN. No votes until Jones is seated. Don’t let GOP ram their agenda through with a lame duck senator. We won big tonight – don’t surrender on us now.

    — Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) December 13, 2017

  35. rikyrah says:

    Let this sink in – Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’ Senate seat was taken by a civil rights lawyer who convicted Klansmen. Justice is sweet.

    — Lily Adams (@adamslily) December 13, 2017

  36. rikyrah says:

    Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson, who coordinated a state-wide effort focused on organizing black women: “We knew somebody had to carry [Jones] over the line, and we knew it was going to have to be us.”

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2017

  37. rikyrah says:

    Turnout matters. Turnout made the margin outside of a recount, which they were prepared to steal.

  38. rikyrah says:

    I love that the DNC kept the extent of their support for Jones on the downlow, not bragging about it, but just cutting the checks and doing what the Jones campaign said that they needed.

  39. rikyrah says:

    African American Voters Made Doug Jones a U.S. Senator in Alabama
    The state’s “black belt” made big turnout gains in support of the Democratic candidate, providing his margin of victory in the Senate special election in a deep red state.

    Marvin Gentry / Reuters
    VANN R. NEWKIRK II DEC 12, 2017


    The grassroots organizing in black communities by groups like local NAACP chapters was more muscular than it had even been in the 2016 general election. In the lead-up to Tuesday’s contest, voting-rights groups registered people with felonies, targeted awareness campaigns at people who might not have had proper ID, and focused specifically on knocking down the structures in place that keep black voters away from the polls. Their efforts immediately become a case study in how to do so in a region that has, since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision curtailing the 1965 Voting Rights Act, become a bastion of new voter-suppression laws, including new voter-ID laws.

  40. rikyrah says:

    This thread explains in detail how the Mobile County NAACP worked in tandem with the Jones campaign to turn out voters.

  41. Ametia says:


  42. Ametia says:

    Minnesota governor set to name Franken’s Senate replacement
    By Kyle Potter | AP December 13 at 1:13 AM

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.
    Dayton has declined to answer questions about the appointment since Franken announced his impending resignation last week following allegations of sexual misconduct. In making the appointment, Dayton was weighing a short-term replacement against pressure from top Democrats in Washington to name someone who would run in 2018 in a special election to complete Franken’s term ending in 2020.
    A Democratic official told The Associated Press last week that Dayton was ready to choose Smith as a placeholder before being pressured to appoint someone who could leverage the appointment into a 2018 run.

  43. rikyrah says:

    This will make you smile

    Black excellence at work

  44. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning, rikyrah.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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