Afternoon Open Thread

28 Feb 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a major address focused on the efforts of the Let’s Move! initiative to meet the needs of parents in Alpharetta, Georgia, on February 9, 2011.

Good Afternoon.

As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

Sunday Open Thread

27 Feb 2011

Good Morning.

As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

This week, President Obama outlined his goals for an evenhanded approach to cutting the deficit. In doing so, President Obama offered his attempts to get the ball rolling on domestic spending by highlighting his proposed five year budget freeze. President Obama also remained open to further cuts in areas such as defense, Medicare and Medicaid, and tax breaks and loopholes.

President Obama finished his address by cautioning against political stalemates in Washington, and stressing the need for both parties to work together on a short-term budget:

“Next week, Congress will focus on a short-term budget. For the sake of our people and our economy, we cannot allow gridlock to prevail.

Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have said they believe it’s important to keep the government running while we work together on a  plan to reduce our long-term deficit. Given that, I urge and expect them to find common ground so we can accelerate, and not impede, economic growth.”

President Obama’s Weekly Address:

Saturday Open Thread

26 Feb 2011

The White House Celebrated Motown This Past Week, so why don’t we celebrate Hitsville, USA.

Motown is a record label that was originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on April 14, 1960. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Now headquartered in New York City, Motown is a subsidiary of Universal Motown Republic Group, itself a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and now operates as Universal Motown Records. Motown Records was also the name of Gordy’s second record label; the first, Tamla Records, began on January 12, 1959.

Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, as it was the first record label owned by an African American even if it was not the first to feature primarily African-American artists. Motown achieved a crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.

In 1959, Billy Davis and Berry Gordy’s sisters Gwen and Anna started Anna Records. Davis and Gwen Gordy wanted Berry to be the company president, but Berry wanted to strike out on his own. On January 12, 1959, he started Tamla Records, with an $800 loan from his family. Gordy originally wanted to name the label “Tammy” Records, after the popular song by Debbie Reynolds. When he found the name was already in use, he decided on Tamla instead. Tamla’s first release was Marv Johnson’s “Come to Me” in 1959. Its first hit was Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1959), which made it to #2 on the Billboard R&B charts.

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Afternoon Open Thread

25 Feb 2011

hat tip-3CHICSPOLITICO:

President Obama Speaks at Northern Michigan University

Good Afternoon.

As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

* Wisconsin State Republicans Pass Bill So Public Workers Can Lend a Budgetary Hand, Not Have Rights of Any Kind [NPR]

* Libyan Protesters Inch Closer to Capitol, Gaddafi Breaks Out His Fiddle [Reuters]

* Protesters Are Gettin’ Buck in Iraq [Voice of America]

* Puzzling or Poetic? Half of the Performers at Obama’s Motown Review Were White [The Daily Mail]

* Brazilian Blowout Lowers Frustration of Hard-to-Manage Hair, Raises Concerns of Developing Cancer [Yahoo News]

* At a Town Hall Meeting, Rep. Paul Broun Was Asked Who Was Going to Shoot the President and Broun Didn’t Really Denounce the Question [Politico]

* Remember in 2007 When Pacman Jones Made It Rain in That Strip Club and Punched a Stripper and Three People Got Shot and One of Those Shot People Got Paralyzed from the Waist Down? Well, Pacman’s Getting a Year of Probation [Las Vegas Review Journal]

Penultimate Thought: I like ‘The Best Man’ as a movie, but still, this little bit of the plot has always vexed me: Morris Chestnutt was basically guaranteed to read the book at some point, no? I’m of the opinion that his finding out after the fact would have done anything to keep Taye Diggs from getting suplexed onto a coffee table.

Final Thought: Friday, JJPers. Don’t you be somebody loving everybody this weekend.

hat tip-ProfGeo

from TPM.com

Town Hall Attendee Asks GA Republican When Someone Is Going To Shoot Obama

An audience member at a town hall hosted by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on Tuesday asked the Tea Party congressman who was going to shoot President Barack Obama.

The unidentified town hall attendee’s question got a big laugh from the audience, reports Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald.

But Broun didn’t exactly condemn the remark, according to the newspaper report.

“The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year,” Broun said in response to the question. “Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Here are his phone numbers:
Phone: (202) 225-4101
Fax: (202) 226-0776
Phone: 706-447-3857
Fax: 706-868-8756
Phone: 706-549-9588
Fax: 706-549-9590
Phone: 706-886-1008
Fax: 706-886-1009

I’m tired of these CAC who think somebody’s playing with them.

Friday Open Thread

25 Feb 2011

Today, in honor of her appearance TODAY on the Oprah Winfrey show…..

Ms. Diana Ross

One of the most widely-known female performers in the world since the 1960s, Diana Ross was born in Detroit and spent most of her childhood living in the city’s Brewster Housing Projects. Despite an extremely shy disposition, at a young age she began singing with the choir of her family’s church, and soon afterward became determined to establish herself as an entertainer. At the age of 15, Ross was invited to join a girl group being organized by manager Milton Jenkins as accompaniment for his doo-wop outfit The Primes; already enlisted into the group were three of her classmates and neighbors: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Betty McGlown, and with Ross rounding the line-up out to a quartet, The Primettes set to work performing in local clubs and talent shows. Not long afterward Travis was replaced by Barbara Martin, at which time the group launched an aggressive campaign to secure a deal with Motown Records, spending as much time as possible hanging around in the label’s reception area.

It wasn’t until 1961 (after they had completed high school) that Motown label head Barry Gordy finally agreed to sign the four young women to a record deal — although with the stipulation that they find a different name for the group. Ballard came up with The Supremes, and it was under this name that their first single I Want a Guy appeared in April of that year. Neither this single nor the other three that were released between ’61 and ’62 fared particularly well; in fact, of the eight singles issued before August of 1964, only one (When the Love Light Starts Shining) managed to crack the top 30. With the release of Where Did Our Love Go, however, this slump was abruptly turned around: the song climbed to the top of the charts, and would be followed to this position by eight of the singles released during the next three years. By this time, Ross had fully assumed the role of The Supremes’ lead singer — a situation that was clearly established by the replacement of Florence Ballard (who sang lead on some of the earlier recordings) with Cindy Birdsong and an alteration of the group’s name to Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1967.

In November of 1969 Ross publicly announced her plans to leave The Supremes and embark upon a solo career, her eponymous first album subsequently materializing early in 1970.

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so says the lie he told Greta Van Sustren on Fake Noise (Hat Tip, Heather at Crooks and Liars):

Walker claimed he’d never spoken to the Koch brothers before and he was just taking a phone call from one of the countless people who call him every day when he allowed the… you know… fake Koch brother to take up twenty minutes of his time.

It’s pretty amazing that someone he’s never talked to before managed to get twenty minutes with him when Democratic legislators and union leaders have said he’s not taking their calls.

So, Walker claims he’s never met the Koch Brothers before, and never spoke to that bucket of pus better known as Andrew Briebart.  Note to anyone doing business with Brietbart: if he owes you any money, you’d best try to collect after Shirley Sherrod gets her cut of his shyt.

Walker obviously thinks the Wisconsin voters are really, really stupid:

Good grief what a horrible liar. Walker obviously thinks the voters of Wisconsin are idiots incapable of listening to a recording or reading a transcript. When John Nichols was talking to Ed Schultz about Walker’s potential ethical and legal problems after this prank, he said there hasn’t been anything that the voters of Wisconsin have been paying as much attention to since Brett Favre quit the Packers. I hope as many of them as possible get a chance to watch this little lie-fest with Greta since they’re obviously paying attention to what’s going on.

Brietbart is the blog version of Typhoid Mary – anyone he comes into contact with gets harmed big time.  Now he’s playing a big role in whether or not Scott Walker can continue as Wisconsin’s governor, while Walker denies even meeting the brothers who poured millions of dollars into his campaign to make sure a Tea Bagger got elected.  If that’s not ingratitude, I don’t know what is, especially since that transcript clearly shows he thought he was talking to David Koch when he said he had a baseball bat waiting on his opposition.

File this under the “You Can’t Make This Shyt UP” file.  At this rate, Scott Walker will outpace Governor Grifty Half-Term McQuitter for cornering the market on the burning STUPID.

Afternoon Open Thread

24 Feb 2011

hat tip-lamh34

For all of us Michelle O-files, a new book out discussing Michelle O’s iconic fashion style.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Good Afternoon.

As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

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Sounds steezy. Check it out:

The President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House on Thursday, February 24, 2011, for “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records.

The program will include tributes to Motown’s distinctive soul-infused pop music sound that solidified its popularity in American culture, and showcase Motown’s impact on all music. The event will include legends from Motown’s golden age and performances by artists from today, all in tribute to Motown’s 50-year legacy. Performers include Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks with Greg Phillinganes as the night’s music director. This concert will be held in the East Room…

Since 2009, the President and First Lady have hosted musical tributes to Jazz, Country, Classical, Latin, Music of the Civil Rights Movement and Broadway genres. Many of these evening events featured daytime educational workshops designed to educate and inspire talented young people to use their gifts and develop a future for themselves in the arts community whether as a hobby or as a profession.

That’s a great lineup. You can watch here on JJP live starting at 7pm EST. Do you have any great Motown memories? I remember as a little kid, my grandparents singing “Tears of a Clown” to each other and my parents dancing around to old Earth, Wind and Fire. Good times — and not just the TV show.

FYI if you missed it:

“The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” which is produced by public broadcaster WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Bounce, a division of AEG, and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. (ET). The program will also be broadcast via the American Forces Network on March 11 to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

1. He got punked yesterday.

If you want to read a detailed transcript of the call is right here.

2. He admits what the end goal is, and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with ‘FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY’

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I think this might be one of Jasiri X’s best videos yet and not just because it has a fresh hook. Fox News would have you believe that this is left vs right but that’s not the case. It’s the same fight we’ve been having that led to the Great Recession: it’s Wall Street vs Main Street. Even as the nurses, teachers, firefighters and prison guards of Wisconsin say they are willing to take a pay and benefits cut just so they can retain the ability to negotiate in the future, their governor – whose campaign some of the unions actually supported(!) — speaks of using negotiations only as a ploy to trick them. Fortunately for them, Gov. Scott Walker got punked and revealed his manipulative strategy of bad faith. One of the drivers of the recession was the fleecing of the American public via their mortgages. How long will the American people be pushed down and stripped of our basic means to live & work as our tax dollars go to fund wars we don’t support and prop up the wealthiest in our nation? How can we survive as a superpower if we fail to take care of those people whose work cares for our most urgent needs? How can we hope to grow our economy if the middle class is broke and broken?

Anyway, I’m gettin’ off my soap box. Here’s what Jasiri has to say about his vid:

Our latest video “American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires” was filmed on location in Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of hard working Americans came together in unity to fight back against a Governor bought and paid for by Billionaires to break up Unions and deny workers collective bargaining and a living wage. “American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires” was produced by Cynik Lethal and directed by Paradise Gray.

My favorite words Jasiri’s spittin’ are below. Full lyrics after the jump.

Can main street get a bailout
Tell the president our checks weren’t mailed out
Tell the house of representatives and senate
And whatever business got the stimulus and spent it
Now they getting record profit that’s tripling with no limits
But they cutting jobs and unemployment benefits have ended
How we gone live with no income coming in
And the little help we get is cut from the budget then
What’s the role of government
Do workers stand a chance if multi billionaires are running it
Oh now you worried bout the deficit and cutting it
But when them banks needed billions you had enough for them.
Them car companies you had bucks for them
2 wars rebuilding 2 countries guess we stuck with them
the average citizen just ain’t lucky then
cause we be getting pimped so I guess we getting f*cked again

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Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

* Gadhafi/Gaddafi/Qadhafi’s Loyalists Clap Back on Protesters [WSJ]

* Barack Obama, Socialist Muslim, Wants to Ruin the Sanctity of Marriage for the Men and Women Who Hold It Sacred 50% of the Time [The NY Post]

* Since the Block is So Hot in North Africa, Speculators Are Shook and Wheat Continues to Plunge [Bloomberg]

* Is Chicago Past Racial Elections? (Just Indulge Us a Bit) [ABC 7]

* Rahm Emmanuel’s Victory Shows Crippled Leadership of Chicago’s Black Wards [Examiner]

* Anti-Abortion Billboard Targets Black Women Because Black Women Are Abortion Crazy–Like Boy Crazy, But with Abortions–and If They Don’t Receive the Benevolence of People Who Know Better, They’ll Just Keep Aborting and Aborting and…[HuffPo]

* Italy Asks for Help from EU for Fear of North African Refugees ‘Stinkin’ Up the Joint’ [The Canadian Press]

* Baron Davis Traded to Cleveland, Foresees a Lengthy Hamstring Injury in His Future [ESPN]

Penultimate Thought: If you request that I call you Triple A because you “get [your] advance in advance”, I’m gonna need you to account for that third ‘A’.

Final Thought: This Thursday is very special, JJPers. Have more sense than Qaddafi.

Thursday Open Thread

24 Feb 2011

Since we now have a Black judge on The SUPREME COURT who is now a MUTE, I thought I’d take today’s Black History moment to remember back when Black Judges had to be qualified and actually know how to discuss the law, and had meaningful, substantive careers before being appointed to the bench.

First up,William H. Hastie

William Henry Hastie, Jr. (November 17, 1904 – April 14, 1976) was an American, lawyer, judge, educator, public official, and advocate for the civil rights of African Americans. He was the first African-American to serve as Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, as a Federal judge, and as a Federal appellate judge.

Hastie was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of William Henry Hastie, Sr. and Roberta Childs. Hastie graduated first in his class, magna cum laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts, then earned a doctorate in juridical studies from Harvard Law School. He then became a professor at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. One of his students there was future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He also served as assistant solicitor for the Department of the Interior, advising the agency on racial issues.

In 1937, President Roosevelt appointed Hastie to the United States District Court for the Virgin Islands, making Hastie the first African-American Federal judge. This was a controversial move: Senator William H. King of Utah, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee called Hastie’s appointment a “blunder.”

Hastie served as a judge for two years. In 1939, he resigned from the court to become the Dean of the Howard University School of Law, where he had previously taught.

During World War II, Hastie worked as a civilian aide to the Secretary of War Henry Stimson. He vigorously advocated the equal treatment of African Americans in the Army and their unrestricted use in the war effort.

In 1943, Hastie resigned his position in protest against racially segregated training facilities in the Army Air Force, inadequate training for African-American pilots, and the unequal distribution of assignments between whites and non-whites. That same year, he received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, both for his lifetime achievements and in recognition of this protest action.

This was expected to be the end of his government career. But in 1946, President Truman appointed Hastie territorial Governor of the U. S. Virgin Islands—the first African-American to hold this position. Hastie served as Governor from 1946 to 1949.

In 1949, Truman appointed Hastie to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit—the first African-American appellate judge. Hastie served on the Appellate Court for 22 years.

As the first and most distinguished African-American on the Federal bench, Hastie was considered as a possible candidate to be the first African-America Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy considered appointing Hastie to succeed retiring Justice Charles Whittaker. But political calculations prevented Kennedy from making the appointment. On the one hand, an African-American appointee would have faced fierce opposition in the Senate from Southerners such as James Eastland (D-Mississippi), chairman of the Judiciary Committee. On the other hand, on issues other than civil rights, Hastie was considered relatively conservative, and Chief Justice Earl Warren reportedly opined that Hastie would be too conservative as a Justice. Kennedy appointed Byron White instead.

Kennedy remarked that he expected to make several more appointments to the Court in his presidency and that he intended to appoint Hastie to the Court at a later date.

In 1968, Hastie became Chief Judge of the Third Circuit. In 1971, after only three years, he stepped down as Chief Judge, and also took “senior status”.

and

Constance Baker Motley

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