June 30, 2013 at 11:51 am #91808
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful .June 30, 2013 at 11:52 am #91809
Good Morning, EveryoneJune 30, 2013 at 11:59 am #91810
Attorney Washington: Civil Rights Activists Defending Paula Is Insulting
By: Daryl K. Washington
I’ve finally had the opportunity to review the complaint filed against Paula Deen. For one, many people have been making this incident about the “N” word only, but it’s much more than that. I personally find it to be offensive whenever someone from another race is accused of using the “N” word they are somehow given a pass because of the use of the “N” word by some in the black communities. Let me be the first to say that I find the use of the word by anyone to be wrong. However, when it’s used in a racist or insulting manner, it hurts more.
I think individuals who are trying to defend Paula Deen’s use of the “N’ word should probably familiarize themselves with all of the facts of the case against her. Just so you know, in case you didn’t know, the person who initiated the complaint against Paula Deen and her brother is not “Black.”
She is a “white female” who was subjected to years of abuse and was finally fed up with her black employees being treated like animals, so stop thinking it was a black person complaining about Paula Deen’s use of the N word. Furthermore, Paula Deen indicated that she used the N word over 20 years ago. That is not what’s being alleged against her. That lady is something else and I’m glad I never supported any of her ventures. I personally find it insulting that so many black people are coming to the defense of Paula Deen after reading what she and her family subjected their employees to. When I learned about the major companies dropping Paula Deen without being demanded to do so, I knew it was deep. The fact that any civil rights activist is supporting Paula Deen is insulting and is a slap in the face.June 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm #91811
Sat Jun 29th, 2013 at 10:45:57 PM EST
I suppose some Republican heads will explode when they learn that President Obama compared Nelson Mandela to George Washington. But there’s one big difference between them. They both stood up to an oppressive colonial regime. They both won in that struggle. They both helped found their countries. They both served as their country’s first presidents. They both stepped down voluntarily in the interest of promoting democracy.
But Nelson Mandela never owned any slaves.June 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm #91812
Here are the REAL reasons why Paula Deen’s empire is crumbling
Okay, I got through reading Lisa Jackson’s complaint, her deposition and Paula Deen’s deposition. It can safely be said that Paula Deen’s brother Earl BUBBA Hiers is one of the main reasons for the fall of her business.
Also, Paula Deen permitted a violently hostile, sexist, and racist environment that is the complete OPPOSITE of her onscreen persona. It’s not about the N-word. In fact, from what Lisa Jackson said she only said in the context of the “little n..i..i.gg..ers” slave themed party. It was her brother Bubba who said it practically everyday, even in front of strangers.
Here are the highlights from Lisa Jackson’s Complaint:June 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm #91813
A complicated family history places black Md. woman in DAR’s ranks
By Darryl Fears, Published: June 29
Reisha Raney’s role in Friday night’s Daughters of the American Revolution ceremony for the military was minor. She carried Virginia’s flag in a procession that walked a few steps down a carpeted aisle at Constitution Hall and then stood perfectly still.
But for Raney, an African American raised in Prince George’s County, it was one of the most pivotal moments in her life. Her place in the DAR, a predominantly white organization whose annual convention at Constitution Hall in the District ends Sunday, was proof of her extraordinary family history.
The group certified research that traced Raney’s roots to William Turpin, a patriot who fought against the British in the Revolutionary War. Turpin’s mother was Mary Jefferson, the aunt of the nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson.
Raney respects her ties to Jefferson, but he’s not the reason the 39-year-old Fort Washington resident went to a beauty salon, slipped on a flowing white gown and smiled like a beauty-pageant contestant as she walked the halls of a group that at one time barred black people.
She was honoring William Turpin’s son, Edwin, Jefferson’s second cousin, who purchased a slave, Mary, and married her in Canada. The two lived in neighboring houses on a plantation in Goochland County, Va. The houses were burned when word got out, and then were rebuilt, according to a family memoir. Before his death in 1868, Edwin wrote in a will that the children he had with “my woman Mary” were to be free.
“What I’m going to think about as I walk down that aisle is Edwin and Mary rebuilding that house,” Raney said as she prepared for the DAR ceremony honoring national defense, where an Army band played “This Is My Country.” “I’ll think about those torches. I’m doing this for my family.”
Raney, a systems engineer and mathematician with degrees from Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, talks less about Jefferson than about the couple who intertwined her black family’s line with that of the Turpins.June 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm #91814
Obama pledges $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa
By Faith Karimi and Laura Bernardini, CNN
updated 7:46 AM EDT, Sun June 30, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years.
Obama and Mandela’s relationship
“More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access,” the White House said in a statement.
Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the statement said.
The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria , Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.
“These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth,” the statement said.
Obama’s announcement came during his trip to South Africa, the continent’s biggest economy. The visit is part of his three-nation trip that started in Senegal and will end in Tanzania this week.
The trip aims to bolster U.S. investment opportunities, address development issues such as food security and health, and promote democracy.June 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm #91815
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
POTUS on Power Africa: “A new initiative that will double access to power in sub-saharan Africa.” Helps homes & schools into the 21st Cent.
11:40 AM – 30 Jun 2013June 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm #91816
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Pres. Obama praises Nelson Mandela for his ability to use power for good and voluntarily give up power when the time was right. Crowd cheers
11:42 AM – 30 Jun 2013June 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm #91817
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Power Africa Initiative that Pres. Obama talked about will begin with these 6 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria & Tanzania
11:51 AM – 30 Jun 2013June 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm #91818
Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
Pres. Obama announces a summit with African leaders to help launch a new chapter in U.S.- Africa relations. Summit will be next year.
11:53 AM – 30 Jun 2013June 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm #91819
@DavidNakamura @WaPo did u ever hve a WORTHY hero when u were in college? #PBO’s reveres Pres #Mandela for his ability to luv those who hate
2:02 PM – 30 Jun 2013June 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm #91820
June 29, 2013 11:23 AM
Wendy Davis shows why progressives need to nurture the grassroots
By Kathleen Geier
Allow my to mount a hobbyhorse of mine.
Like every other progressive in America, I was thrilled, inspired, and utterly gobsmacked by Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s heroic filibuster to stop a bill that was a monstrous imposition on women’s reproductive, and thus existential, freedom. It was a brilliant piece of political theater and a rare, albeit brief, moment of stunning triumph for progressives. And yes, I agree with everyone else that single-mom-community-college-student-turned-Harvard-Law-alum Davis is made of awesome sauce — to quote immortal P.G. Wodehouse, the woman is the bee’s roller skates.
But here, I want to focus not so much on the abortion rights issue, or on Davis as an individual, but on something else. Davis is a great example of the potentially large payoffs to progressives of diverting more activist energies away from national issues and towards the state and local ones.
Let me explain. First of all, I believe that progressives pay too much attention, relatively speaking, to national politics, especially at the presidential level. While electing a Democratic presidential is crucial, progressives who pin their hopes on electing a liberal president are all too likely to get burned. If you’re looking for a liberal savior (a highly dubious proposition to begin with), the presidency is likely to be the last place you’ll find him or her. Historically, Americans have never tended to elect progressive presidents. For one thing, we have an electoral college which gives disproportionate representation to smaller, whiter, more conservative states. For another, the unprogressive mainstream media, wealthy political donors, and political elites often more or less decide which candidates each party nominates, well before a single political primary vote is cast.June 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm #91826
The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time
Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We’re talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow.
1. Luke and Laura’s Wedding, General Hospital (1981)
A record 30 million people — many who skipped class or called in sick to work — watched as raucous rebel Lucas Lorenzo Spencer (Anthony Geary) married his earth angel, Laura Baldwin (Genie Francis). It’s been 31 years and those two still make us swoon.
2. BJ’s heart, General Hospital (1994)
After a devastating school-van accident, the heart of little BJ Jones was transplanted into her dying cousin, Maxie. Tragedy met catharsis when BJ’s dad, Tony (Brad Maule), laid his head on his niece’s chest and quietly listened to his daughter’s heart, once again pulsing with life.
3. Marlena’s possession, Days of Our Lives (1995)
Satan raised holy hell in the sleepy town of Salem, desecrating the local Catholic church and fighting for the body and soul of trusted shrink Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). In one cheesetastic scene, Marlena levitated. So did the ratings.
4. Bert’s diagnosis, Guiding Light (1962)
In daytime’s first social-issue storyline, Springfield mom Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) contracted uterine cancer but found out in time, thanks to an early pap smear. Public response was huge and positive, proving soaps don’t just entertain, they also educate — and maybe even save lives.
5. Karen’s testimony, One Life to Live (1979)
In a scorching courtroom meltdown, Llanview hausfrau Karen Wolek (Judith Light) was forced to reveal her secret life as a prostitute. Her blindsided hubby, Larry (Michael Storm), immediately demanded a divorce. The upside: Light won an Emmy.
6. Katherine’s facelift, The Young and the Restless (1984)
When daytime’s most daring diva, Jeanne Cooper, had a cosmetic overhaul in real life, so did her rich-bitch character, Katherine Chancellor. In a pioneering preview of reality TV, graphic footage of Cooper’s actual surgery aired on Y&R.
7. Erica’s abortion, All My Children (1973)
Fashion model Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) found herself with child but chose to end the pregnancy — without telling her husband — in TV’s first post-Roe v. Wade abortion. In the dumbest writer decision ever, the fetus was “unaborted” in 2005. Don’t get us started.
8. Jeff’s death in a car crash, As the World Turns (1962)
Young marrieds Penny and Jeff (soaps’ first superstars, Rosemary Prinz and Mark Rydell) were all set for happiness when legendary scribe Irna Phillips abruptly ended Jeff’s life. CBS’s switchboards blew up, and we called it the “automobile accident that shook the nation.”
9. Viki’s out-of-body experience, One Life to Live (1987)
Ushering in the new, anything-goes era in soaps, Llanview’s premier citizen (Erika Slezak) “died” during brain surgery and wound up in heaven. Fortunately, it was a round-trip. In a kooky follow-up plot, Viki visited the lost underground world of Eterna!
10. Reva’s dip in the fountain, Guiding Light (1985)
When hot-to-trot Reva (the ferocious Kim Zimmer) was accused of infidelity by her bitter stepson Josh (Robert Newman), she didn’t deny it. Instead, she stripped down to her undies in the country club fountain and baptized herself “the slut of Springfield.”
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