August 28, 2013 at 8:29 am #95656
“The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a documentary narrated by Alfre Woodard, chronicles Whitney Young’s civil rights fight of the 1960′s that took him from segregated Kentucky to leader of the National Urban League. The First Lady graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL in 1981. August 27, 2013.
As you make it through Hump Day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful dayAugust 28, 2013 at 8:30 am #95657
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 28, 2013 at 8:42 am #95658
ok, this morning I have to gush about ORPHAN BLACK!!
It was in a word – FABULOUS!!
If you can watch it, please do. The young woman who plays the lead is absolutely a wonder to behold playing a new character pretty much every week, and doing all of them convincingly. She was totally robbed of an Emmy nomination.
Orphan Black had me from the first episode. You just want more and more of it.August 28, 2013 at 8:46 am #95659
Art Laptop for Sylv
I’m a disabled artist trying to raise funds to buy a new art laptop for my wife Sylv – also a disabled artist. Help me get her back in action!
My wife and I are disabled artists – I was born with a birth defect and am in a wheelchair, and my wife has severe auto-immune issues and is legally blind. She is able to create art digitally by working on a tablet screen with her face only a few inches away. Her current laptop is on its last legs, is past its warranty, and fairly outdated besides. I’m trying to put together funds to get her a Lenovo Thinkpad – a tablet-screen laptop capable of heavy-duty processing for art software. The laptop is also her only real link to the outside world as her health issues have left her housebound since 1999. You can see a portfolio of her work at http://somnambule.deviantart.com/. Once she’s back up and running, she’ll be coloring my covers for my Image book.
You will be, simply put, keeping my wife’s connection to the outside world alive, and helping her to once again create art as a healing process. We live below the poverty line, and there’s no way that I could buy her this laptop myself before the new year. I’d hoped to be able to wait until then, but her current laptop is dying, and it probably won’t make it.
I have several successful Kickstarters that helped me get my comic book deal, and a successful Indie Go Go campaign that helped me upgrade my own computer equipment last year and pay a few bills. I’m very transparent and keep in regular communication with my contributors, and have built a reputation for honesty.August 28, 2013 at 8:50 am #95660
Dr. King Said It: I’m Black and I’m Proud!August 28, 2013 at 8:53 am #95661
Obama Directs Contractors to Hire More Veterans, Disabled People
By Kathleen Miller – Aug 27, 2013 3:27 PM CT .
The Obama administration will require U.S. government contractors to set targets for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.
The Labor Department’s rules, announced today, are aimed at curbing unemployment in both groups. Dozens of companies have protested the proposals, saying they would increase costs.
The regulations would mandate that vendors set unspecified employment benchmarks for veterans, according to a document posted on an agency website. Contractors would be required to set a goal of having 7 percent of their employees — in each job category — be people with disabilities.August 28, 2013 at 8:55 am #95662
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Amazing 1964 Interview With Robert Penn Warren
Six months after the March on Washington, he discussed the obligations of “the Negro” in an integrated society, non-violence, and having eggs thrown at him in Harlem.
Garance Franke-RutaAug 26 2013, 12:15 PM ET
On March 18, 1964, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren sat down with Martin Luther King Jr. in King’s offices in Atlanta to interview him for what would become Warren’s 1965 book Who Speaks for the Negro? Warren, a Kentuckian who in the 1940s had been one of America’s first poet laureates (then called the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress), was going around the country interviewing civil-rights leaders and grassroots organizers, such as King, Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin, and Ralph Ellison. The tapes remained in Warren’s archives, and were scattered between universities for decades until a young scholar in 2006 sparked a conversation that led, six years later, to a unified collection of the tapes and other research materials for the Warren book at one university, in a digitized format that made them easily accessible online for the first time.
Housed online at the Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, which is part of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, and at the Vanderbilt University Library, the interview between Warren and King was publicly aired for the first time on C-SPAN Radio in October 2006, and was re-aired by C-SPAN Radio over the weekend in advance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
It’s really a treasure. “I’ve never heard him just talk. You only hear (recordings of) King preach or give a speech,” Mona Frederick, executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt, told The Tennessean when the digital archive finally went online in September 2012. “It’s pre-YouTube and social mediaAugust 28, 2013 at 8:55 am #95663
Maddow still pimping this is unlawful intervention in Syria. Wants to wait years when Syria war ends. Claims chem weapon attack not big deal
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Maddow has gone nuts.
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Now Maddow pimping Teapartier Republicans who hate Pres. Obama on her show since they agree with her anti-Syrian intervention. WOW
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Maddow assumes the Russians will not VETO their ally Syria if inspectors point fingers to Damascus. What bull shit and she knows it. –
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Maddow was steaming mad at the idea we might hurt Assad and his regime. She’s completely gone Glenn Greenwald bat shit crazy. –August 28, 2013 at 8:56 am #95664
Why the 2011 Debt Ceiling Deal was Obama’s Smartest Political Move and How it Broke the Elephant’s Back
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:54 PM
Though he admits that not enough votes exist to threaten defund the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz insists it must be done anyway. Jim Demint, head of the Heritage Foundation and former Senator, thinks that any Republican who doesn’t vote to shut down the government unless 30 million people can be denied health care is not to be returned to office.
Fine by me. If Republicans want to make their last stand against Obamacare by threatening to shut down the government or by holding the debt limit hostage, they will be inviting massive public opposition and punishment at the ballot box. And if the Republican leadership rolls on both, as it seems likely now, they will be subject to the wrath of their insane base.
Of course, in the real world, the Republican leadership has no choice but to cave. The president has been clear for some time now – and it was just re-iterated by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew – that he won’t be negotiating with the Republicans over the debt ceiling. Nor will he indulge the Republican effort to dismantle his signature domestic achievement.
Now, the fact that the president’s administration has drawn an absolute red line against negotiating over the debt limit is seen by some of the liberal intelligentsia as a tacit admission by the White House that the 2011 negotiations were a mistake. In truth, it was the smartest political move the president made against a united Republican opposition. Not simply because the deal itself left John Boehner hat in hand, but also because the president foresaw its repercussions on the Republican party coming a mile away.
Consider this: at the time the 2011 debt ceiling deal was struck, the Republican party was invigorated, united, determined to blow up the economy in order to hurt the president and fresh off its greatest electoral victory in recent memory. Today, it is fractured, demoralized, sufficiently afraid of being blamed for a shutdown and fresh off an ass-whopping from the 2012 presidential elections. Ted Cruz and Jim Demint are trying to putthe rope around John Boehner’s neck, and Boehner doesn’t know what to do. This demoralization, this fractiousness, and even their fantastic election loss is due in good part to the 2011 debt ceiling deal.
Why would I say such a thing? First, let’s take the election dynamics. While John Boehner publicly claimed victory in the 2011 deal, the crisis and the negotiations themselves irreparably harmed the Republican brand, while it cemented the president’s status as the adult in the room who is willing to make tough compromises in the interest of this country. The Republicans stupidly highlighted this very contrast in their primary debates in 2012, most notably refusing to accept even a $1 tax increase in exchange for every $10 in spending cuts.August 28, 2013 at 9:01 am #95665
Rickey Smiley Shares His Experience Meeting President Obama [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]
Aug 27, 2013
By Rickey Smiley
Rickey Smiley had the chance to meet President Obama over the weekend along with others like Rev. Al Sharpton, Tom Joyner, and Russ Parr. Listen to the audio player to hear all the details of the two hour long meeting with the president including some hilarious moments like Russ Parr asking about the weed in D.C.!August 28, 2013 at 9:11 am #95667
Dr Martin Luther King Jr, August 28, 1963:
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm #95675August 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm #95686
Atlanta School Shooter’s Brother Upset About Obama’s Phone Call To Antoinette Tuff – Posted on August 27, 2013
[....] Hill’s brother, Timothy, recently appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight and discussed growing up with the alleged shooter. From being on the receiving end of threats from his brother, a house being set on fire, and seeing his brother involuntarily committed 10 times, Timothy doesn’t exactly think the system failed his family, but thinks it could have done much more. Timothy isn’t pleased with attention President Obama has given Tuff.
While sitting in the green room waiting for his segment, Timothy watched a clip of Anderson Cooper 360 and got agitated when he learned Tuff received a thank-you call from Obama. Piers Morgan decided to call him out on that and wanted to know what angered him. “I’m pretty sure she’s been thanked by 100s and 100s of people,” he said. I honestly did not see it necessary for President Obama to call her up when he could have been focusing more on what could be done to prevent things like this.”[....]August 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm #95691August 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm #95693
There’s no Obamacare ‘tsunami’ on the way
By Steve Benen
Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:12 AM EDT.
The far-right campaign to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund the federal health care system isn’t going well, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is undeterred. Asked a few days ago how he intends to win this fight, the Texas Republican said there’s a “grass-roots tsunami” on the way that will convince lawmakers to follow his lead.
Cruz is likely to be disappointed. The latest report from the Kaiser Family Foundation asked Americans about defunding the Affordable Care Act, and a clear majority disapprove of the idea
While a 57% majority oppose cutting off funding, only 36% endorse the Republican scheme. This is consistent with other recent polling that found similar results.
As a rule, “grass-roots tsunamis” are rare when they enjoy the support of barely a third of the country.
Of course, Cruz isn’t the only one making fanciful health-care claims. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus recently argued, “People know what Obamacare is.”
Looking over the KFF results, it’s clear that people really don’t know what Obamacare is.
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