Friday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2018

This Christmas is a song by American soul musician Donny Hathaway released in 1970 by Atco Records. The song gained renewed interest when it was included in 1991 on Atco Records’ revised edition of their 1968 Soul Christmas compilation album[1] and has since become a modern Christmas standard, with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers reporting that it was the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time.[2]

Phil Upchurch said the song was “absolutely the premiere holiday song written by an African American“. It was written by Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor.[3]

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76 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2018

  1. Trump gon learn. Nancy Smash ain’t scared of you………..

  2. Trump thought he could bully Nancy Pelosi and got checked. Democrats told him….

  3. rikyrah says:

    Just dust 😥😪😥😪

  4. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed.


    Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills

    The residents of Harlan County, Ky., depend heavily on federal assistance. That hasn’t deterred, and may explain, their swing to Republican voting.
    Harlan County is the nation’s fifth most dependent on federal programs, according to the government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2016 some 54 percent of the income of the county’s roughly 26,000 residents came from programs like Social Security and Medicaid, food stamps — formally known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and the earned-income tax credit. That is up from 28 percent in 1990.
    Surrounding counties are similarly dependent. Part of a coal-mining region in long, inexorable decline, this pocket of the nation exemplifies a political paradox: Why are so many American voters hostile to the government hand that feeds them?

    “The SNAP card works every month; the kids eat two meals a day, but people don’t think about where the food comes from and go vote for Republicans,” said Larry King, a farmer who is chairman of the Democratic Party in nearby McCreary County, whose residents get 55 percent of their income from federal transfers.
    Take Daniel Lewis, who crashed his car into a coal truck 15 years ago, breaking his neck and suffering a blood clot in his brain when he was only 21. He is grateful for the $1,600 a month his family gets from disability insurance; for his Medicaid benefits; for the food stamps he shares with his wife and two children.

    “Every need I have has been met,” Mr. Lewis told me. He disagrees with the governor’s proposal to demand that Medicaid recipients get a job. And yet, in 2016, he voted for Mr. Trump. “It was the lesser of two evils,” he said.
    Mr. Jones, a Republican who not long ago was a Democrat, speaks from a deep well of grievance over the fact that generations of Harlan residents have had to turn to the government for sustenance. That sentiment mixes in with a vague but powerful resentment across the county toward a political system that people here blame for allowing, encouraging even, the decline of coal, its economic backbone.

    Many people blame Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan for killing coal and credit their vote for Mr. Trump to his promise that he would revitalize the industry. Some are skeptical of a government that saved Detroit’s automakers but not Appalachia’s lifeline. And this feeling is going to be hard to shake.

  5. Give me strength, Lord! This mofo @MikeFrankelSNJ so blinded by his bias, thinks this is the epitome of a team player. That BISH is CUTTING off the kids locs. I feel absolute RAGE. My boys have LONG locs and Mike Frankel need to read up on how long it takes to grow dreads. It’s their culture, their identity. I could WAIL! The referee humiliated him. Why do the sob still have a job?

    • Ametia says:

      What in the ever-loving fuck?

      Where are this boy’s parents? I’m just asking, because, they can’t be on board with this racist as fuckery

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Demise of the ‘Young Guns’
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    December 21, 2018

    Less that two months before the 2010 midterms election swept Republicans into a majority in the House, three GOP upstarts published a book titled, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders. You might remember that the three white guys who assumed they were about take over leadership of their party were Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy.

    Each of those men assigned themselves a role as the vanguards of a new Republican Party. Cantor was the leader, Ryan the policy wonk, and McCarthy the strategist. Their so-called “blueprint” was nothing more than the warmed-over policies that generations of Republicans have embraced: tax cuts and deficit reduction via gutting of the social safety net. As Politico noted at the time of the book’s release, it was “long on platitudes and personality but short on policy details.”

    Frankly, it was a bit audacious—even for Republicans—to anoint themselves the “new generation of conservative leaders.” But in the midst of the red wave of 2010, those were heady days for the GOP. Even so, the audacity of the young guns was relatively short-lived.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Trump Becomes More Dangerous as a Day of Reckoning Draws Near
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    December 21, 2018


    Additional attempts to obstruct justice

    The administration is also shoring up its efforts to either infect the Mueller investigation or stop it in its tracks. If not for all of the other bombshells dropping this week, the story about acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s move would have gotten a lot more attention.

    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an “abundance of caution,” a senior official said Thursday.

    Whitaker’s past criticism of the Russia investigation has raised questions about whether he can oversee it fairly. The ethics official said this week that a recusal was “a close call” but suggested that Whitaker remove himself, even though he was not required to do so.

    Whitaker decided not to take the advice.

  8. Ametia says:

    You Own This, Republicans

    You own all of it.

    You knew who Trump was when you nominated him, when you elected him, when you supported him – when you enabled him.

    Trump didn’t appear out of nowhere, with no history to be looked to as a measure of his worth. You knew about the bankruptcies, the endless lawsuits, the scams that bilked people of their money, the shady business dealings – you knew all of it.

    Read the entire post here:

  9. Ametia says:

    I say enough of this fucking tweeting and talking.

    LET’S SEE SOME ACTION from Congress on getting that POS 45 out of office.

  10. Ametia says:

    Maggie Haberman ain’t SHIT

    Maggie Haberman: ‘Disgusted’ Republicans Now Privately Admitting They Regret Supporting Trump

    Who the fuck is “THEY” Republicans that are disgusted about trump?

  11. Ametia says:

    I’ve noticed this too. have you? Pushing lies about Mueller wrapping up his investigation. They want us to move on.


  12. rikyrah says:

    Mattis departure exposes chaos within Trump administration

    Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about how the resignation of Defense Secretary Mattis exposed the rift between Donald Trump and his national security apparatus on an already chaotic day when Trump’s intransigence pushed Congress toward a shutdown of the federal government.

  13. Ametia says:

    These are the INBREDS running our country

  14. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Tucker Carlson is best known for mainstreaming white nationalism – but he’s also the heir to the Swanson frozen foods fortune. Famous for ‘Hungry Man’ dinners, Swanson’s empire, and in turn Tucker himself, grew rich off undocumented migrant labor in meat packing + in the fields.— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) December 20, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    Now a third county is caught up in NC elections board’s ballot investigation

  16. Ametia says:


  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump infidelity to allies drives Mattis to resign in protest

    Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the backstory on Gen. Jim Mattis’s resignation as Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, and what it means for U.S. allies and initiatives around the world.

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, Senator Hirono said BULLSHIT. SO!

      “I would like us to come together and figure out what is the best way to proceed,” Hirono told ABC News on Wednesday evening.

      “Not this seat-of-the-pants stuff,” she added. “The latest, being a letter from the chairman to the Democrats saying, ‘We have done everything we can to contact her.’ That is such bullshit, I can’t hardly stand it.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump Already Souring on Next Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Over ‘Terrible Human Being’ Jibe, Says Report

    Donald Trump is reportedly already turning on Mick Mulvaney—who hasn’t even started his new job as acting White House chief of staff yet—due to a two-year-old video uncovered by The Daily Beast, which shows Mulvaney calling the president “a terrible human being.” Mulvaney is due to start his new job at the end of the year. Trump’s announcement of Mulvaney’s appointment followed a troubled hiring process that saw several of his preferred picks refuse the role. Trump reportedly started regretting his appointment after seeing the video of Mulvaney from a week before the 2016 election saying: “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.” Axios reports Trump was “furious” when he heard about the footage—he reportedly asked one adviser: “Did you know [Mulvaney] called me ‘a terrible human being’ back during the campaign?” A spokeswoman for Mulvaney dismissed the remarks as “old news” and said he changed his mind about Trump after they met.

  19. Ametia says:

    If Trump’s actions aren’t impeachable, then what is?

    By Michael Gerson
    Columnist—December 20 at 5:20 PM

    As Mueller time approaches, it is likely that President Trump’s defense will consist of two phrases: “But that is not illegal” and “But that is not impeachable.”

    It is a strategy that prevails by the lowering of standards. Because Trump did not plot election fraud directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin by Skype, and because Trump’s various crimes and misdemeanors do not constitute high crimes and misdemeanors, we should consider the president vindicated. Unable to make the case for his own virtues, Trump must aver that his vices are commonplace and inconsequential.

  20. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : December 21, 2018

    Solstice: noun SAHL-stiss

    1 : either of the two points on the ecliptic at which its distance from the celestial equator is greatest

    2 : the time of the sun’s passing one such point on the ecliptic which occurs about June 21 to begin summer in the northern hemisphere and about December 21 to begin winter in the northern hemisphere

  21. Ametia says:

    Turkish president announces delay of planned offensive in Syria, welcomes Trump decision to pull out troops

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish forces are still planning to invade northeast Syria in the coming months and “cleanse” the region of both Kurdish militias and Islamic State forces. Turkey has long opposed the U.S. partnership with Kurdish forces in the battle against the Islamic State.

    And there you have it, folks:

    Wait, watch, listen. IS Turkey still sounding the alarm about AMERICAN journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of Saudi Prince MSB?

    Don’t Fall for it, folks!

  22. rikyrah says:

    They seriously think that Nancy Smash is going to put that twit on WAYS AND MEANS?😡😡

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😀😀😀

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