February 1, 2015

Friday Afternoon Thread: Shalamar Week

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Jody Watley - Everything … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Weekly Address, Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady

In this week’s address, the President and First Lady wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops for their service. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Christmas Around the World

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South of the Equator, Christmas is in the middle of summer. In Brazil, though it is blazing hot, Santa Claus, named Papa Noel, arrives in his red suit and black boots to spread joy among children. Brazil as a whole celebrates Christmas with verve … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Christmas Traditions around the World

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In other countries, the 12 Days of Christmas are recognized, but in Mexico, the nine days of posadas leading up to Christmas Eve − Noche Buena (Holy Night) − are observed.  The Christmas holiday in Mexico continues through January 6th, which is El … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Christmas Traditions around the World

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Christmas in Cuba Christmas or Nochebuena in Cuba used to be a big celebration.  Families gathered and shared a special “Cena de Navidad” at 9:00 pm. After dinner, the Catholic population -almost the entire island – attended Misa de Gallo or mass … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: West Wing Week

This week, the President traveled to Fort Dix to thank our troops, took action to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay, and announced historic changes to America's relationship with Cuba. That's December 12th to December 18th or, "Todos Somos Americanos." … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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Thomas L. Jennings (1791–1856) was an African-American tradesman and abolitionist in in New York City, New York. He was a free black who operated a tailoring and dry-cleaning business, and in 1821 was the first African American to be granted a … [Read more...]