April 19, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: The Sounds of Muscle Shoals

In an obscure northwest corner of Alabama, two hours and change south of Nashville, Tenn., and about twice that west of Atlanta, legends were born. The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was a recording mecca for rhythm and blues, rock and pop artists in the ’60s and ’70s.

In 1969, four local session players known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section decided to open up their own recording studio. David Hood, the group’s bass guitarist and studio co-founder, says the studio’s name was a joke of sorts.

“There was a Motown sound, there was a Nashville sound, there was a Memphis sound, and I said, ‘Muscle Shoals Sound,’” Hood tells NPR’s Debbie Elliott. “And we all thought that was just the funniest thing. And then after a bit we thought, ‘Heck, why not?’”

In fact, that sound was already developing in Muscle Shoals at a studio called Fame — the first studio in the region to cut a hit record. That was 1961′s “You Better Move On,” by local bellhop Arthur Alexander, and it was the first of a string of R&B hits recorded there by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Clarence Carter.

Music was Muscle Shoals’ main export to the world in the 1960s and 1970s, to the point that this tiny hamlet (population 11,924) provided the soundtrack to multiple generations. Percy Sledge’s ultimate torcher “When A Man Loves A Woman” and Arthur Alexander’s soulful “You Better Move On” were among the earliest Muscle Shoals hits. Aretha Franklin began her long and successful association with Atlantic Records here. The foundations of modern R&B were cemented with recordings by Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and dozens of others. Over the course of 25 years, pop and rock artists, including Bob Seger, the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones, and Paul Simon, would record here, drawn by the town’s inimitable collection of musicians and producers.

Muscle Shoals seemed an unlikely place for a celebrity crowd: the nicest hotel was a Holiday Inn, and sometimes the area’s studios would put artists up in mobile homes at the local trailer park. But the music kept the stars coming, and in its heyday in the mid-70s, the area was home to eight studios.

“I think they just got funkier records here than they did anywhere else,” says Fame studio president Rodney Hall. “And it’s a lot more laid back than any other music center in the country.”

Artists from outside the South also found their sound there. Detroit rocker Bob Seger’s signature song — “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” — began as a demo tape at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. An engineer’s mistake gave the song its distinctive da-da-da intro. Seger liked the sound and kept it in the final song.

Clarence Carter, who has been recording in Muscle Shoals for nearly five decades, says there’s a vibe in the town that he could never capture when he recorded in California.

“There is some soul in Alabama that you can’t find in Los Angeles,” Carter says.

That sound is a blend of country, gospel and R & B, says Alabama Music Hall of Fame curator George Lair.

“You can draw a triangle from Nashville to Memphis to Muscle Shoals, and while Nashville is the country center, Memphis is generally known as the blues center,” Lair says. “Muscle Shoals, being between those two places, has been able to combine those two styles into a real Southern rhythm and blues that was very appealing.”

Among those drawn to the area was Paul Simon, who came in search of the band behind the recording that many call the essence of the Muscle Shoals sound: “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers. Simon’s collaboration with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced the hits “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock.”

The Rolling Stones paid a visit in December 1969 in search of R&B inspiration for their Sticky Fingers LP (1971). Steve Apple­ford, author of a behind-the-recording-sessions look at the Stones called Rip This Joint, describes the visit as “. . . three impossibly productive days within the concrete tomb of Muscle Shoals Sound [which left the Stones] with backing tracks for ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ and ‘You Gotta Move,’ each song a career-defining an­them.” Though the Stones didn’t use the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, all three tracks were engineer­ed by its guitarist, Johnson.

The Stones’ visit indicated how oblivious Muscle Shoals’ music-makers were to their growing fame within the music business. The Stones didn’t try to fit in with the denim of the Deep South, preferring their flamboyant snakeskin and boas. At a diner a waitress asked if they were in a music group, to which bassist Bill Wyman replied dryly, “Yes. We’re Martha & The Vandellas.” David Hood remembers that despite such obviousness, Atlantic Records had asked the Muscle Shoals studio crew to keep quiet about the Stones’ presence there. “We were naive enough not to capitalize on that,” he says ruefully.

Today the studios are mostly gone, but thanks to a new partnership with rap producer Dr. Dre and his partner Jimmy Iovine, the recording studios in Muscle Shoals are about to be revitalized. 

Dre’s company, Beats Electronics, is entering a new partnership with the the renowned Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals to preserve the studio’s history and restore it to its former glory.

The announcement was made on November 26, 2013 and the project includes a massive renovation that would make Fame a fully-functional studio for the first time in years.

The studio will serve as a proving ground for up-and-coming young aspiring musicians, producers and engineers.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, GLH **BIG HUG**

        Blessings to you!

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! It’s snowing!
        You have a good day too (((HUGS))).

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah:)

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – - – - — ☻GOOD NEWS: :>)
    - —– – — – –The announcement was made on November 26, 2013 and the project includes a massive renovation that would make Fame a fully-functional studio for the first time in years.
    The studio will serve as a proving ground for up-and-coming young aspiring musicians, producers and engineers.
    – –Woo! Hoo!

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    • Aquagranny911

      “People Get Ready” Great share! Happy Sunday, Green Lady. BIG HUGS!

      • GreenLadyHere

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        — -THANK U. :>) —Annnd 2 U♥/Family♥ – - -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —ACA POSITIVITY :>) –

    – —Another Obamacare Success: More People Sign Up In 2 Days Than Signed Up In October – –:>)

    – —- -Here’s some more ACA good news. More people signed up for the ACA in two days this week than were able to sign up during the entire month of October.

    CNN reported that a source familiar with the ACA enrollment numbers said, “The data is still being scrubbed but looks like we will be 29,000 for enrollment in federal exchange for the first two days since the site improvement deadline at the end of November (midnight Sunday to midnight Monday),” the source said, noting the number reflects people who have successfully selected a plan, but that haven’t yet paid for it.”

    The 29,000 people that enrolled over two days this week were 2,000 more than the total that signed up in October. Over the course of a 31 day month, this projects to 884,500 enrollees, and as the deadline approaches the enrollment pace will quicken.

    These numbers reveal that there will be millions of people signed up for the ACA very soon. This is why some Republicans are looking at these numbers and backing away from their position that the law must be repealed. The tide is turning, repealing the ACA is becoming a very unpopular position outside of the GOP. However, Republicans who are up for reelection next year continue to beat the drum of repeal, as a get out the Republican vote effort for 2014.
    THERE IS MORE —–GR8 NEWS. – -

    -YET –WE HAVE WERK 2 DO. :>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – - -HAH! – - -Hope THEY know that THIS may NOT go well!! -

    – - – -☻http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/07/hate-group-westboro-baptist-booking-flights-protest-mandelas-funeral.html
    – — Hate Group Westboro Baptist Church Says They Are Going to Picket Mandela’s Funeral —-

    —–☻http://www.parade.com/23052/parade/nelson-mandela-turns-95-10-timeless-quotes/ – —Remembering Nelson Mandela: 10 Timeless Quotes

    – - — – -☺3. “No one is born hating another person because of the
    color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must
    learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to
    love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its
    opposite.”
    – - — –
    — –WATCHIN’. . . .

    • morphus

      Attention seekers trying to remain relevant. Another situation where the old like Oprah says needs to die out, the younger generation is in flight.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      They betta purchase a one way ticket, because they must not know the South Africa they are going to NOW is not the OLD South Africa. I dare their dumbasses.

      • AxelFoley

        This right here. They gon’ learn if they try to pull that shit in South Africa. Freedom of Speech don’t apply everywhere, mitches.

        • isonprize

          Them crackas ain’t EVEN trying to spend the money it would take to fly to South Africa. This is just a publicity stunt. I’m not giving them any more oxygen.

          • Aquagranny911

            Absolutely! Short notice flights to Africa cost $$$$ plus if you can even get a seat on a flight. It’s not like there are tons of flights leaving the USA for Africa every hour.

            The best part for me would be if they actually spent the money to fly there & get refused entry at passport & customs. You can’t just waltz into to any African country, especially South Africa & expect to be admitted without scrutiny.

            I would laugh & laugh if that happened!

    • Aquagranny911

      These Westboro scum are completely loco. They try something like that & they won’t leave South Africa alive.

    • Alma98

      I encourage these wackos to go, please proceed WBC.

    • rikyrah

      snicker snicker

      hee hee hee

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

      OH PLEASE, LET THEM BE THIS FUCKING STUPID!@

      • Alma98

        I know right! LOL

    • sagittarius

      Westboro gon’ learn THAT day – please let it be filmed!

    • conlakappa

      So low classed.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — -DEY betta —LISTEN. . . –

    Obama to Congress: Back down on Iran – - -

    – — -President Obama is sending two of his top diplomats to Capitol Hill next week in a final bid to stop new sanctions on Iran.

    Secretary of State John Kerry and his lead Iran negotiator, Under
    Secretary Wendy Sherman, will testify in public before House and Senate panels about the preliminary deal reached last month in Geneva.

    Their goal: Convince skeptical lawmakers that levying new punishments on Iran could derail the sensitive nuclear negotiations.

    “Passing any new sanctions right now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to this issue by giving the Iranians an excuse to push the terms of the agreement on their side,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said this week.
    THERE IS MORE – — -
    – —WATCHIN’. . .

    —[Gotta "bounce" --C YA as soon as♥ - --Good luck -NFL] – –:>)

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • jds09

    Can someone go on a cleansing fast and still have coffee? Asking for a friend.

    • Aquagranny911

      No. The person should stick with herb teas & water. Avoid anything with caffeine or sugar.

      • jds09

        Thanks. They’re not ready.

    • isonprize

      ummm, probably not. The caffeine will wreak havoc on the fasting part. Caffeine is a stimulant. There is a reason why folks like coffee and donuts…

    • conlakappa

      I’d ask your friend, why a cleansing fast? Try to work on getting your body in a state that cleanses on the regular. Drink enough water daily. Have succulent fruits and green, leafy vegetables daily. it would be less of an issue then.

  • rikyrah
  • crazycanuck

    lochelle ‏@lochelle14m
    Fox Expands Sleepy Hollow Season Finale, Pushes Back Following’s Return http://www.tvguide.com/News/Following-Return-Pushed-Back-1074372.aspx … via @tvguide

    • rikyrah

      YEAH!!!

  • rikyrah

    Nelson Mandela’s death: the newspaper front pages – in pictures
    How papers, magazines and websites around the world marked the death of Nelson Mandela

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/gallery/2013/dec/06/newspapers-national-newspapers#/?picture=424312320&index=0

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Happy Sunday to all.

    • crazycanuck

      Hola AG, happy Sunday to you too and POU. Today is Samosa day.

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, cc!

      • Alma98

        Good morning cc! Thanks for the snow lol.

        • crazycanuck

          i”m ignoring you, It’s sunny here right now.

          • Alma98

            Not for long! (evil cackling) BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Just kidding cc you know I love ya lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            Now I know who to blame for our freezing weather here. Usually I blame California but now: “Blame Canada!”

          • Alma98

            LOL

      • Aquagranny911

        I went to church early this AM. I’m still in a prayerful state so I will ask the Santos to bless your efforts.

    • sagittarius

      Hola, AG!

      • Aquagranny911

        Blessings to you Sag. Have a great day!

    • Alma98

      Hola AG, the same to you!

      • Aquagranny911

        Sunday report: We took our produce to Brother’s church to give away after the early Mass. A lot of elders go to that one & some people with young children.

        We had the jar for donation to the food bank if people could afford a few pesos. Most gave something. One elder insisted on giving us 50 cents even though we begged him not to. He said: “This is for somebody worse off than me.” Bless him! A lady donated $10 & refused to take anything.

        Best part is that Father P would like for us to come again & suggested that if we have enough maybe we could visit some other churches who have people in need. We are all up for this. I told him that we have a lot of citrus coming ripe.

        We are covering the gardens during this cold snap. Supposed to get below 30 degrees tonight but warming up back to normal by Wed. If we can get through this we can keep feeding people.

        • Alma98

          You and your folks are good people AG.
          I hope the gardens don’t freeze, do you guys use those fire thingies to keep them warm. It was so cold here that I have to let my tree sit in the stand for a few days. It was frozen when we bought it. I thought AZ always got cold in the winter or is it just the desert?

          • Aquagranny911

            We always get some light freezes even hard ones in the desert here depending on elevation but this cold is really unusual for this early. We have this more in January where I am. Of course the Northern areas & some parts of Southeast AZ get plenty of winter snow & icy rain & cold weather.

            You will laugh but we use Christmas lights to keep the citrus toasty. I’m not to worried about them. More worried about tomatoes, cukes & peppers. Greens, broccoli & winter vege will be okay. But we have several bushels of tomatoes that just need a few more warm days to ripen.

          • Alma98

            Hey the Christmas lights thing is a cool idea.

          • Aquagranny911

            It works! We are thinking about doing that for the tomatoes tonight but we will have to go buy some more of those little lights. I will cry with sadness if we lose those tomatoes & the plants.

            Those tomatoes are gorgeous & people love a fresh home grown tomato in the winter!

          • Alma98

            I bought lights last night, I got a string of 140 lights at Lowes for 8.98. The Dollar Tree probably has them even cheaper but who knows how long they last lol.

        • rikyrah

          bless you, AG

  • isonprize

    (backatcha, GLH – hugs!!)

    People, get ready, there’s a train a-coming…
    written by Curtis Mayfield, performed by The Impressions

  • crazycanuck

    Anne Timmons-Harris ‏@beadbear23m
    Breaking news: House Republicans to torpedo President Obama’s Iran agreement http://petitions.moveon.org/s/XDbq9b @moveon

    • jds09

      I give a serious side-eye to anything coming out of MoveOn.org.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Alma – what a great sun!

      • Alma98

        Good morning sagi! Thank you
        Is it snowing there yet? it’s really coming down here.

        • sagittarius

          It is snowing here – not heavily, but it is a steady light snow. The walk is dusted with snow in front of my house. Better tell my nephew to grab salt while he’s at the store.

          • Alma98

            It’s been coming down for awhile here but it’s light and fluffy. The snow blower will make quick work of it lol.

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning

      • Alma98

        Hey snowbird lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma…

      I just made it…LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL…. Afternoon!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Need that sun today!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine, I hope you all aren’t suffering too bad. Keep warm & safe.

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag!

  • rikyrah

    Obama Threw Some Serious Shade At MSNBC’s Chris Matthews And Everybody Missed It
    Looks like the president probably took a shot in friendly territory.
    posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:32am EST

    During his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Mathews, President Obama told the MSNBC host that he believes the media prefers to focus on negative stories because “that’s what gets attention.” Obama specifically cited the critical reaction of “some so-called progressives” to accusations that the White House or Democrats had directed Internal Revenue Service to target certain conservative groups.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/obama-threw-some-serious-shade-at-msnbcs-chris-matthews-and

    • Aquagranny911

      I didn’t miss that! When I watched that clip & heard PBO say that I laughed & cheered! PBO is so totally an excellent leader of TNFTG!!!

  • rikyrah

    David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’
    The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact.
    David Simon
    The Observer, Saturday 7 December 2013

    America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It’s astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/david-simon-capitalism-marx-two-americas-wire

    • goldenstar

      Thank you for posting. Fabulous & fiercely compassionate.

  • rikyrah

    Fiscal idiocy: What states refusing Medicaid will cost their citizens
    By Michael Hiltzik
    December 6, 2013, 2:03 p.m.

    Sherry Glied and Stephanie Ma of the Commonwealth Fund have done the math to show how this calculation is affected by the refusal of 25 states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Thanks to Brad DeLong at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for the tip.) The bottom line is that as a pure fiscal and budgetary matter, refusing the Medicaid expansion is insane. The cost is $57 billion a year.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-citzens-20131206,0,7229746.story#ixzz2muPAcSQV

    • isonprize

      This is what HATE will do. HATRED has Governors refusing to provide Medicaid for the very people that need it.

      THIS ISHT needs to be publicized in EVERY STATE that has a Governor that is refusing to expand Medicaid.

      EVERY. SINGLE. STATE.

  • rikyrah

    U.S. unemployment rate drops to 7%, lowest since 2008
    The Labor Department says that employers added 203,000 non-farm jobs in November and that a large part of them were higher-paying positions.
    By Jim Puzzanghera
    December 7, 2013

    WASHINGTON — A surprisingly robust gain in new jobs last month helped drop the unemployment rate to a five-year low, fueling optimism about the nation’s economic recovery and raising the prospect that the government may finally start to ease a key stimulus effort this month.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-jobs-20131207,0,5416221.story#ixzz2muPtXa1w

  • Miranda

    Christo Brand, Mandela’s jailer, praises the anti-apartheid icon
    by Andrew Meldrum & Falzur Phillips, Associated Press | December 8, 2013

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — He was with Nelson Mandela during all those years the anti-apartheid icon was imprisoned on Robben Island. And, like millions around the world, he has been hit hard by Mandela’s death.

    Yet this South African was not one of Mandela’s fellow prisoners. Christo Brand was his jailer.

    Such was Mandela’s charm and ability to turn enemies into allies that even the black political prisoner and the white Afrikaans warden forged an unlikely but enduring friendship. Mandela used that same remarkable ability to forgive and to forge reconciliation to transform South Africa into a multiracial democracy after he stepped out of prison in 1990 and became the country’s first elected black president four years later.

    Mandela and Brand last met about two years ago when Brand, now in his 50s, brought his wife, son and grandson to see Mandela in Cape Town in a Sunday afternoon visit that lasted nearly three hours.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/12/08/christo-brand-mandelas-jailer-praises-the-anti-apartheid-icon/

    • Alma98

      Is it mean of me to say I don’t really care what this person has to say? The media dragging up all these white folks who did wrong to say (“see they’re not really bad people”) is b.s. He still embraced apartheid no matter how friendly he became with Mandela.

      • Aquagranny911

        It’s not a bit mean & exactly what I was thinking myself but then I’m not really a nice person. Nelson Mandela & Barack Obama both shame me with their goodness.

        • Alma98

          I’m not that gracious either AG especially after seeing the hate spewed at PBO.

  • Miranda

    Who is this golfer on twitter that has decided to try and find every negative slant he can against Mandela and tell us he’s not racist because of his black friends in high school??

    https://twitter.com/BobEstesPGA

    • Alma98

      I know it’s Sunday but I’m in no mood for this foolishness. What a racist dick!

      • Miranda

        He gone search the internet over for slanted bullshit and then act surprised when folks call his racist ass out.

        • Alma98

          And to top it off the stuff he’s reciting is from a racist group, what a buffoon.

  • Lisa M

    Afternoon everyone!!

    This is a little off-topic but … for people with Android phones, Amazon appstore has SeekDroid, anti-theft app, for free. It’s equivalent to Find my iPhone app for iOS.

    It’s also great for finding your phone even if it’s turned off. That’s pretty much what I had to use it for.

    http://dealnews.com/Seek-Droid-for-Android-for-free/928620.html

    • Alma98

      Afternoon Lisa! Thanks!

    • isonprize

      Thanks, LisaM. I’m #teamDroid so I really appreciate the headsup!!

  • Alma98

    O/T Even though my daughter will be here for Christmas I really miss decorating the tree with her. She loves Christmas and her enthusiasm is contagious. The men in the house could care less about decorating for Christmas lol. I have nearly all the ornaments the kids made in school. I have had to repair some over the years but they’re in pretty good shape.

    • Aquagranny911

      Don’t they get into that light thing? Hubby lives for strewing Christmas lights over everything that isn’t moving. The Kiddos used to get so frustrated with him while he tweaked the lights before they could decorate the tree.

      I love all those ornaments the children made but I have now passed those back to them since all are married with children of their own. Those are the special ones lovingly added to the tree each year along with those made by the grandchildren.

      • Alma98

        Nope nadda lol. I have all these huge outdoor things that haven’t seen the light of day in years. My husband is just not into it. The only decorations that I have put up is a wreath. And considering what the Little monsters have done to some of my neighbor’s decorations I’m ok with it. My neighbor down the street had a huge santa & snoopy blowup in their yard stabbed. When they repaired them the little asses stabbed them again.

        • Aquagranny911

          That sucks! Even though I hate those blow up things & for some reason they deflate themselves here all on their own. Somebody said because of the sun. Anyway, that is just meanness!

          • Alma98

            Not only that they AG somebody even stole a decorated tree off a neighbors lawn, smh. Maybe I’ll put something in the windows this year. At least they can’t ruin that lol.

        • TyrenM

          Bebe Kids.

          • Alma98

            Yep.

          • rikyrah

            LOL

          • isonprize

            Bebe’s kids need to run up on the wrong one…

      • TyrenM

        Daughter, younger sis and i decorated the tree yesterday. So glad for the help.. It didn’t take 2 hours to do lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          When our Kiddos were real young we had this 6ft artificial tree. It took the four of them about 20 minutes to completely decorate the lower half of the tree. We then had some cocolate & a story while admiring the tree.

          As soon as the children were off to sleep. Hubby & I would re-distribute the ornaments in a more equitable manner. Next morning the Kiddos always congratulated themselves on how beautiful the tree & how good they decorated it!

          • conlakappa

            My mother did the same with me! I wasn’t ever as stoked about decorating a tree as she/her sisters are and used to put everything low.

  • rikyrah

    I love the Sprint commercials with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell…they crack me up

    • Aquagranny911

      Hubby hates those commercials. He said: “What kind of estupido caca (shit) is that?” I told him he needs to get with the 21st century. They are funny.

      • rikyrah

        they’re funny because they’re using two ‘ thespians’ to translate teen talk…..cracks me up.

        • conlakappa

          They are also funny to me because it was long said about Jones that people would sit and listen to him read the phone book. Maybe McDowell because he has long played freaks. Now they both are being 15-year-old girls. Awesome.

  • rikyrah

    Pope Francis Sneaks Out Of The Vatican At Night To Serve The Homeless
    By Scott Keyes on December 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

    The leader of the Catholic Church has been quietly sneaking out of the Vatican at night to minister to homeless residents, according to a new report.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/03/3011421/pope-francis-homeless/

    • Aquagranny911

      I worry about this. I hope no one tries to hurt Pope Francis while he is doing good works. There are so many ugly haters out there who want him to stop speaking truth to meanness & evil.

      • rikyrah

        To be honest, AG…

        I’m not worried about the folks in the street.

        I’m worried about the enemies he’s making within the Vatican.

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m not worried about the folks in the street either but those same enemies you mentioned. It would not be the first time for the Cardinals & their minions to take out a pope they did not like.

          The Catholic church has centuries of corruption to answer for. Pope Francis appears to be the new broom who plans to sweep clean & not under the rug.

          I will pray for his safety.

        • isonprize

          Rikyrah, you ain’t EVEN lyin’.

      • conlakappa

        It probably helps that he looks like every third man in Rome though.

  • crazycanuck

    AG what vege are you talking about?

    Mix turmeric,chili powder & salt together in a small bowl & add
    to vege along with the lamb

    • Aquagranny911

      I think that was the onions, peppers, garlic that you were supposed to saute before you added the lamb. I hope I’m right. Re-check the recipe. All those are vege.

      PS: I will try to stand by if you need anything else.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • conlakappa

    The documentary Muscle Shoals is great and a wonderful bookend to the 20 Feet from Stardom. Wow but was music a different thing.