October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: The March on Washington in Pictures




Kathleen Johnson of Newark, NJ receives help from members of the crowd after falling into the Reflecting Pool while trying to take a photo. (Photo: AP)

She had on her Sunday best, as everyone else did.

In her pretty, embroidered dress, done hair and cat-eye glasses, Kathleen Johnson was stretching to see the speakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and to snap a better photo of the crowds when — splash! — in she went.

“It was the most embarrassing thing that could’ve happened to me,” Johnson said, describing the day she lost her balance and fell into the Reflecting Pool.

Hundreds of people watched her fall. Later, the whole nation would see her in that water, because it happened during the March on Washington 50 years ago, and the nearly biblical photo of an outstretched hand reaching to help lift her out of that deceptively slippery pool was printed in magazines and newspapers across the nation.

“It was slimy, and I kept trying to get up. You think you can get right back up, but you can’t, you just keep slipping back in,” she said, powerfully describing much more than her own struggle in Washington that day.

Johnson, who prefers to describe her age as “upper 70s,” lives in Laurel and grew up in New Jersey, where she had a good job at a bank, was married and had two children.

As the civil rights movement unfurled around her in the 1960s, she would talk about it with her best friend, Jean McRae. They were both moms of little kids at the time, neck-deep in child-rearing yet longing to be part of the movement.

For a while, her New Jersey-born husband didn’t quite understand what was happening in the South.

But Johnson knew.

With family in North Carolina, she was familiar with the way the world changed once the train clanked south past Washington, when her family would have to move to the back of the car.

She knew what it was like to be afraid while driving, to be directed to a different and dirty water fountain.

“We were young at the time, but those things stay with you,” she explained.

When she brought her Northern husband to the South, it stayed with him, too.

He never forgot the day they sat down at a drugstore counter to have an egg cream and the entire shop fell into an ominous silence as they sat and sipped quietly, all eyes on them.

They were served in paper cups, rather than glasses, her grandfather later explained. And that meant they were supposed to leave, not sit down and sip.

Johnson’s husband told everyone about it back up North.

When word spread that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be in Washington, the Johnsons knew they had to go. The McRaes were in, too.

“We received really negative responses from some of our own relatives and friends when we told them we were going to Washington,” McRae said. “They told us it was a huge mess, and why were we going?

“But that didn’t deter us from planting our feet in Washington that day,” she said.

The relatives, though still grumbling, watched the kids.

“That journey was mixed with emotions of fear, excitement, and we had the determination of the marchers with us,” McRae said.

The day was electric. Everywhere they looked, people had come, dressed in their best. They managed to get a great spot along the water, near the speakers.

When Johnson fell into the Reflecting Pool, she was mortified. Clinton McRae, Jean McRae’s husband, pulled her up. She smoothed her dress and quickly dried off in the hot August sun.

As soon as she got home, one son said, “Mommy, you fell in the water!” He, too, had seen her picture in the paper.



(Photo: The Guardian)

(Photo: The Guardian)

One Came By Plane: The March as a Civil Rights Gathering

The man in this photo was Marlon D. Green, the son of a cook who grew up in Jim Crow Arkansas. He was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, having just fought his own six-year Civil Rights battle to obtain employment as a commercial pilot. The Tuskegee Airmen and other pilots trained in the military had been unable to obtain employment as commercial pilots when they left the service. Green was able to use new Civil Rights laws to challenge Continental Airlines in court, which had refused to hire him in 1957 even though (with 9 years of military training) he was the most qualified of a cohort of pilots they interviewed. The case went up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and was decided in Green’s favor in April 1963. After many years of unemployment, the publicity for the case quickly brought Green a job offer, flying for the Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Floyd E. Dominy. Dominy’s work often brought my father to Washington, and he was able to stay over on August 28 to attend the March. This photo shows him with his plane in Washington, one week before the March.

Green had fought his fight against Continental alone, aided only by his wife and a small cohort of supporters, including his lawyer who donated much of his time. The experience of attending the March, with 250,000 people, allowed him to experience viscerally the connection of his own painful struggle against discrimination and that of the nation. Marlon Green was my father, and I attended to 20th anniversary March with him in 1983.

(SOURCE: The Guardian Witness)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • rigoletta

      Good morning.

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • AxelFoley

    Ewww, the reflecting pool at the Mall is dirty as hell. Duck shit every where.

    • conlakappa

      I think it was better maintained back then. You know, when keeping national parks beautiful was considered a good thing. Ever since the Congressman and the stripper took a dip, it just hasn’t been the same!

  • GreenLadyHere



    – — –☺OBVIOUSLY —Ms. JOHNSON will NEVA 4-get her SPECIAL —BAPTISM-esque EXPERIENCE. :>) — My Sista-from Detroit remembers putting her feet in the “pool” —:>)

    — – —-☺THANK U Mr. Green — 4 your COURAGE –In “Da STRUGGLE” – — Green was able to use new Civil Rights laws to challenge Continental Airlines in court, which had refused to hire him in 1957 even though (with 9 years of military training) he was the most qualified of a cohort of pilots they interviewed.

    – — – –ENJOY YOUR TREAT♥ —B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ – –

  • Miranda

    So she was played by a child?

    Athens-Clarke County TEA Party Leader Under Investigation for Theft By Deception
    by Andre Walker

    Georgia Unfiltered has obtained a police report indicating that Athens-Clarke County TEA Party leader Keyantwon Stephens is currently under investigation due to allegations of theft by deception.

    The ongoing investigation by Athens-Clarke County Police stems from a incident report filed by Crystal Wright, who says Stephens contacted her about speaking at event scheduled for 29 June 2013.

    Wright runs the website, Conservative Black Chick.com.

    more here: http://georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com/2013/07/athens-clarke-county-tea-party-leader.html?m=0

    • goldenstar

      Interesting. He looks older and he’s one different operative. He announced candidacy for head of GA Dem Party. Oy.

    • rigoletta

      This sounds like something off of the show American Greed.

      These fools got played because of their own egos.

      I know there are some precocious teenagers out there but how the heck does a 17 year old organize a conference where people where people are getting paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak?

      The question isn’t why didn’t Wright and the others get their money the question is why the hell would anyone pay more than the lint at the bottom of their coat pocket to hear any of these people speak?

      • conlakappa

        Scenes from Catch Me If You Can go across my mind as well as hearing Come Fly With Me… Some times it seems that folks are just born grifting.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –MR. PRESIDENT continues 2 COLLECT DATA RE: Syria: —

    – —Obama gets needed support from ally France on Syria strikes — –

    – — –French President Francois Hollande said he supports taking firm action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, even after the British parliament on Thursday rejected a preliminary vote authorizing military strikes.

    [THIS: — -SLANTED] –Hollande’s stance gives President Obama a much-needed ally as the president tries to rally public and congressional support for a military strike in response to last week’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
    IMHO —Mr. President is trynta —GET FACTS -ONLY. —-He has made NO DECISIONS!! —

  • GreenLadyHere


    —-Not-so-happy meal: Fast food workers continue low-wage protests – –

    – — –Thousands of workers walked off the job in the biggest protests yet over low wages. Walk-outs and demonstrations were held in 60 cities across the United States. So far, fast food chains have not changed their wage policies. They say higher pay will lead to fewer jobs. Gayle King reports.

    NOTICE – – – -***crickets*** from the CEO’s! humph!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — —“BOY BYE!!” – – –CRIMINAL!! –

    – – – – –San Diego Mayor Bob Filner leaves office

    The embattled mayor is stepping down less than nine months into his four-year term, after 18 women accused him of sexual harassment. The 70-year-old faces a lawsuit from one of his alleged victims. Filner
    insists he’s innocent. The former 10-term congressman was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in decades.
    – – –
    — -LET da LAWSUITS -BEGIN! -[Gloria Allred] —

  • Town

    GOPBlackChick exposed(again): http://chirpstory.com/li/129894

    • AxelFoley


    • Miranda

      She doesn’t even know HOW to run a good hustle and steady trying!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Do I have to look?
      She ugly…and stupid.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Of course, implementing health reform won’t be flawless at every step of the way. But it’s also not exactly the train wreck that opponents claim. Here are five popular myths circulating about Obamacare’s presumed impact that you shouldn’t be so quick to believe:

    1. Obamacare will cause young people’s insurance premiums to skyrocket.
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  • Miranda

    Is this guy snorting mushrooms?? And note how now the media is rushing to defend the GOP and provide cover for their cowardness in not attending the MOW.
    But the RNC’s Spicer said it should have occurred to organizers to make a special effort to invite Scott, given the fact that he’s the only African-American U.S. senator.

    “Overlooking Tim Scott would be like overlooking the president for the State of the Union speech,” he said.


    • Town

      “Overlooking Tim Scott would be like overlooking the president for the State of the Union speech,” he said.

      No, boo boo. Not the same thing.

    • rigoletta

      You know damn well Tim Scott would have needed help if he attended the anniversary event.

      Thousands of people giving you the side eye at the same time could be fatal. LOL.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Jones Officially Sworn In As ATF Director

    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday swore in B. Todd Jones as
    director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    (ATF), the Justice Department said in a statement. Jones was confirmed by the Senate in July, giving the bureau its first permanent director since 2006.[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/jones-officially-sworn-in-as-atf-director

    H/T Tom Kludt

  • creolechild

    11-Year-Old Admitted as College Freshman

    [….] Huey-You will be studying quantum physics, more specifically. In addition to his science study, Huey-You will be taking calculus, history and religion—making it a full-load of semesterly college courses. He is currently the youngest student the University has ever had.[….]

    Huey-You was co-valedictorian of his senior class, scored a near-perfect 1770 on his SAT, speaks Mandarin Chinese and plays the piano. According to his mother, he was able to read by age one. By five, he was doing pre-algebra, and eventually calculus, which he says relaxes him. If he stays on the track that his teachers and parents predict, and graduates within the next four to five years, Huey-You will have his college diploma before he gets his driver’s license….

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/11-year-old-admitted-college-freshman

    H/T Rod Bastanmehr

  • creolechild

    So, he apologizes yet still manages not to tell the “absolute” truth…unsurprising.

    Bill O’Reilly Forced to Apologize for His GOP Not Invited to March on Washington Lie

    O’Reilly said, “Last night during my discussion with James Carville
    about the Martin Luther King commemoration, I said that there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong, I was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak. They declined, and that was a mistake. They should have spoken. Now, the mistake, entirely on me. I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans were excluded.”[….]

    Bill-O never admitted that all Republicans had been invited to the event.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/29/bill-o-reilly-forced-apologize-republicans-invited-march-washington-lie.html

    H/T Jason Easley

    • conlakappa

      He’s always had problems with numbers, hasn’t he? 233 members of the House + 46 member of the Senate = 279 Rs. Or “some,” as characterized by Loofah Man. He keeps his audience ignorant by staying ign’nt.

  • lamh36

    Have the calls started to get rid of that warmonger Pelosi, yet?

    Pelosi Expresses Support For Military Action In Syria

    • conlakappa

      Nah, they’ll claim the mean President made her do it.

  • creolechild

    Goodwill Worker Finds $10,000 In Donation Pile And Turns It In

    Goodwill employee Lakeisha Williams found $10,500 in cash stuffed
    inside a book while sorting through donations to the charity. She said
    she thought of keeping it, but she didn’t. “My concern was, someone is out that money and I’d like for them to get it back,” she told News 10.

    Nobody has realized their mistake yet and called the store. The good news for Kakeisha is that she gets ten percent of the cash if no one claims the money over the next few months. (WATCH the video below, or READ the story from News10)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/goodwill-worker-turns-in-105k-in-cash-she-found.html

    H/T News10 and GNN

  • Miranda

    David Miranda was carrying password for secret files on piece of paper

    A journalist’s partner who was detained carrying thousands of British intelligence documents through Heathrow airport was also holding the password to an encrypted file written on a piece of paper, the government has disclosed.
    By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
    2:35PM BST 30 Aug 2013

    In a written statement handed to the High Court in London, a senior Cabinet Office security adviser said it showed “very poor judgment” by David Miranda and other people associated with him.

    Senior judges agreed to issue a court order which allows Scotland Yard to continue to examine data from nine electronic devices seized from Mr Miranda on August 18.

    But the terms of the order were widened so police have specific permission to analyse whether Mr Miranda, and others, have breached the Official Secrets Acts or a section of the Terrorism Act 2000 which make it an offence to possess information which may be useful to terrorists.

    more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10276460/David-Miranda-was-carrying-password-for-secret-files-on-piece-of-paper.html

    • rigoletta

      What in the heck?

      A password on a piece of paper?

      Can the media stop trying to spin that Snowden, Greenwald and his crew are a bunch of masterminds. And can they stop it with how judicious they’ve been with the information.

      You don’t do this with your own info let alone govt info.

    • morphus

      LOL … the password to encrypted files was written on a piece of paper! Oops … Just the other day they bragged about their high level encryption.

    • Alma98

      My mama is 79yrs old and knows better lol.

      • conlakappa

        I would love your mother being interviewed with an “any fool would know” look on her face. C’mon, can dude be just that dim? He’s not good looking enough to get away with being that ditzy.

        • Alma98


    • creolechild

      Do you think Miranda didn’t know what he was carrying like he claimed? And if he didn’t, but does now, do you think it’ll make a difference to him that he was used by his boo?

      Me thinks not on both counts but sometimes life is stranger than fiction.

      • Miranda

        Ya know….if I had to guess, I would say…right around Fall Sweeps Week, if by that time Greenwald hasn’t secured some 7 figure book deal or other lucrative deal outta all this that will afford Miranda the lifestyle he damn sure expecting outta this…we will see David Miranda sitting across from somebody on 60 Minutes or maybe even Oprah – talking bout how he was the naive partner of Greenwald and how he didn’t know nothing, didn’t see nothing, didn’t hear nothing – just loved his man and now he feels abandoned and blah blah blah – and then we will see David Miranda doing all the antics of other pseudo-celebrities that come into our lives via scandal/ratchet mess. A reality show, guest appearances on various D-list sitcoms, movies, paid appearances at Vegas & Hollywood clubs – soft porn and finally celebrity rehab.

        • creolechild

          Yeaaaah, I can see that. But I also imagine that if he’s not comfortable outside of Brazil doing the US talk show circuit that he may just dump Gigi if there’s someone waiting in the wings who is younger and more affluent.

  • creolechild

    Americans are driving less in nearly every state

    [….] Young people everywhere are driving far less than prior generations — while 97 percent of 19-year-olds had driver’s licenses in 1983, only 69 percent did in 2011. The average driving miles for people between the ages of 16 and 34 also dropped dramatically between 2001 and 2009.

    Meanwhile, public transit use has risen steadily over the past two years, but investment in public transportation has stagnated. As driving continues to decline, PIRG concludes, infrastructure funds
    may be shifted away from building new highways and more toward repairing decrepit roads and bridges and expanding investment in public transportation.

    Read more: http://grist.org/climate-energy/americans-are-driving-less-in-nearly-every-state/

    H/T Aviva Shen

    • nellcote

      Implications for voter ID. No, not everyone has a driver’s license, even less so now.

      • Aquagranny911

        That’s a really important point. None of my own kiddos had a driver’s license before 18 due to various reasons & that was 25 years ago for my oldest.

        With the cost of gas, insurance & keeping a vehicle road worthy, a lot of young people are opting out of driving if they can. Quite a few that I know, walk, ride bikes or bus to school & work.

        • conlakappa

          One of the ways that “no-new-taxes” R governors raised revenue was by raising fees on things like licenses and vehicle registration, making it driving cost prohibitive for people already living on the margins. The hipster-urban population is still going to keep their licenses because they use things like Zipcar.

          • Aquagranny911

            Vehicle registration plus yearly re-new can be pricey here, plus you also have an annual fee of $25 for emission test if your vehicle is older than a certain year, every two years if newer.

            That may not seem like a lot but for peeps living on the edge of poverty that can be too much. This is why several young people I know gave up their cars in the last few hard years & now get around as best they can.

            You might find this cool. A person I know recently clubbed together with some friends to support one vehicle for getting to work, grocery shopping etc. So far it is working okay & all four are happy with the arrangement. We will see if this keeps up but I do applaud their cooperative creativity.

          • conlakappa

            I think our emissions is biannual and cheap but they get you on the late fees–those things just seem to sneak up on you.

            Yes, I do find that cool and innovative. They’ve formed their own Zipcar!

          • Aquagranny911

            You can’t get away with that here because you can’t re-new the registration without the emission stamp & that will show on your license plate. Get stopped for no current registration & you get big fines & even could lose your driver’s license.

            We live in a state that is large. Not being able to drive, not having a car or access to easy transportation can be a real hardship.

          • conlakappa

            Emissions lateness by a couple of weeks. Half the time the first notice doesn’t show up so the second one comes with $25 added.

    • rikyrah

      I didn’t get a drivers license until after I finished college

  • Alma98

    Morning all, and a little green for GLH. lol

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.
      the humidity was at 80% when I woke up at 5am..
      that should tell you how the day is going

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah, it’s hotter than hades today lol. And now we have severe storm warning on top of the heat warning, smh.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Almaaaaaaaaa —-***BIG HUG*** :>) —-

      THANK U!♥ — How SWEET of U. :>) – -LUVIN’ this – –“SPECIAL JOY of the DAY”. :>) – – —
      ***HUGS 2 your daughter. :>)– B BLESSED! :>) – –

  • creolechild

    White House Briefs Congressional Leaders On Syria

    Senior Obama administration officials held an unclassified conference call with Congressional leaders Thursday night to seek their input on a response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime’s use of chemical weapons, according to the White House.[….] Administration officials that participated in the call included National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnefeld.

    Below is a list of members of Congress who participated in the briefing, according to the readout:[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/white-house-briefs-congressional-leaders-on-syria?ref=fpb

    H/T Catherine Thompson

  • Miranda

    NO. HE. DIDN’T.

    Cornel West ‏@CornelWest6m
    We saw the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the @BarackObama plantation, our dear brother @TheRevAl. http://snd.sc/19SK1YS

    • Tunisia

      Nothing but jealousy.

    • JB20005

      Did he tweet it from a round table discussion sponsored by Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo?

      • conlakappa

        Or HuffnPuff’s yacht?

    • conlakappa

      That’s just foul. What a joke he is.

    • aleth

      Says the guy who works for an ivory tower institution. He is still on Obamas dick, doesn’t he have a job? Oh we’ll Hillary campaign will soon start. All these inferior men with their ego problems. Obama or sharp ton ain’t losing sleep over you bro, u in the footnotes of words with no action. Crabs in a barrel,

    • creolechild

      Yawn. Same tired language; same baseless accusations.


    • Kennymack1971

      Whatever. Comb your afro and shut your bitter, jealous catty ass up Cornel.

    • jziglar

      Boring ! The guy says the same thing over and over again. Will see if he will be equally vocal when Hillary runs for President.

    • Daltex82

      Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    • AxelFoley

      Rev. Al gonna drop the hammer on that coon.

  • creolechild

    This is not right that we have young children going hungry in this country while sending $$$ billions in aid packages to foreign countries overseas. Not right at all…

    A rising number of teachers are paying the cost of feeding breakfast to students

    Some teachers are paying out of their own pockets to feed breakfast to children in their classrooms too hungry to do school work, plagued with headaches, stomach pains, and lack of energy or having low blood sugar tremors and anxiety from lack of healthy nutrition over a long period of time. In some classrooms three out of five children come to school hungry each day.

    The survey, “Hunger In Our Schools: Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report 2012,” was conducted among more than 1,000 K-8 public school teachers nationwide. Three out of five teachers surveyed report that they see students regularly come to school hungry because they’re not getting enough to eat at home. A majority of these teachers who witness hunger say the problem is getting worse.[….]

    Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-rising-number-of-teachers-are-paying-the-cost-of-feeding-breakfast-to-students

    H/T Anne Hart

    • Aquagranny911

      “Plus se change….” (did I say that correctly, Creolechild? I think you speak French) anyway, way back in the day when I was a new teacher, before school breakfast programs, I provided a big bowl of apples or oranges for my students because I knew some came to school hungry. All knew they could help themselves & the bowl was usually nearly emptied each day. It took a bite out of my meager paycheck but I couldn’t bear to see hungry kiddos. At the time it was the best I could do.

      This makes me so sad that we seem to be going back to starving children and our teachers who have been denigrated & blamed for being “incompetent & over-paid” are picking up the slack in compassion & care for our little ones. It is disgusting that anyone, especially children should go hungry in this abundant country!

      • creolechild

        My French is very rusty but you were close (Plus ca change). What’s sadder still is that some school districts are making trying to make it difficult for teachers who are taking the initiative to feed students, with money out of their own pockets, by claiming that it’s “disruptive to the learning process.” What could be more disruptive than being so hungry that you can’t think straight?!!

        • Aquagranny911

          The goatfigging Repugnants are what is “disruptive to the learning process,” imo! I would just bet those districts are GOP run.

  • Miranda

    My what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

    Glenn Greenwald✔@ggreenwald
    Anyone claiming that David Miranda was carrying a password that allowed access to documents is lying. UK itself says they can’t access them.

    David Barrett‏@davidbarrett
    This password allowed them to decrypt one file on his seized hard drive, adds Oliver Robbins, Cabinet Office security adviser #miranda

    • Alma98

      LOL… GG gets busted as soon as he puts his lies out.

    • Kennymack1971

      Damn. GG faceplants in record time.

    • WELP!

  • JB20005

    UK deputy national security adviser informs judges that David Miranda was in possession of more than 58,000 files, including highly classified British Intelligence information, including personally identifiable information on UK intelligence operatives.

    Because of the size and scope of the materials, he believes that Edward Snowden “indiscriminately appropriated material in bulk”.


    Response from the emo-left:


    • conlakappa

      Booga-booga-booga, no UK action on Syria!!! They’ll dodge. They’ll weave. And so it goes.

    • aleth

      I don’t care for the left after their reaction to the underwear bomber. I recall them saying Obama is seeding ground on national security and etc. these assholes will be the first to win God forbid something happens. They will act like they did not damage the NSA. In all honest GG works for Russia and china. No ifs and buts. It’s not about privacy ( for a lawyer he is pretty dumb on the limits of privacy as a fundamental right). It is about damaging us security apparatus and given these two countries leg up on that arena. He is a useful idiot which is idiotic fanbase think he smart. Dumbest lawyer on earth.. Coming from another lawyer. He will end up on jail. Brazil can’t do nothing because of their relationship with Russia. White toll rather destroy their country than let a black man save it better than the last 43

    • Scopedog

      “Response from the emo-left:

      Well, like the Talking Heads once said…”Same as it ever was.”

      • Farrod

  • Miranda

    Oh snap…………LOL………Rev Al’s PR rep responds to Cornel West’s tweet..or rather responds to people inquiring if there WILL be a response!

    Rachel Noerdlinger ‏@rachelnoerd17m
    No, we generally don’t respond to people that have no base & are tweeting from their Ivory Tower. We are busy fighting inequity & injustice

    • Alma98


    • Kennymack1971

      Crossover. Slam Dunk. Game Over.

    • Aquagranny911

      I Loooooooooove it!

    • Dayum!! LOL!

    • AxelFoley


    • Scopedog

      Damn…now that’s cold-blooded (but very, very true!).

    • Daltex82

      That’s gonna leave a mark!

      • jds09

        Corny gonna need a bag of frozen peas or a raw steak for that one.

        • Aquagranny911


    • gn

      Hahahaha, that deserves this classic!

    • GreenLadyHere

      OooooooouuuuuuuCH!! Miranda. ***BIG HUG*** LOL

      – — – –TRIPLE Shaaade!! :>)- — No BAND-AID- –big enuff! LOL

      Thanks 4 the LIFT! :>)- – -Good 2 C U. :>)

  • creolechild

    ‘The Snowy Day’: Children’s book with black protagonist is focus of exhibit – Posted on August 28, 2013

    [….] Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved 1962 book, “The Snowy Day,” is credited as the first mass-market children’s storybook to feature a black protagonist — a preschooler named Peter joyfully exploring the snow-covered sidewalks in his New York City neighborhood. The National Museum of American Jewish History is presenting a retrospective, “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” from July 19 to Oct. 20. The exhibit includes more than 70 original works, ranging from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages.[….]

    Peter’s world was also a reflection of Keats’ own environment, Perelman said, “the city streets where he felt comfortable, where he called home and that happened to be inhabited by working-class and poor folks and by African-American folks. “Keats, who died in 1983, illustrated more than 85 books. In six more books after “The Snowy Day,” readers followed Peter growing up from a kindergarten age boy to an adolescent. His race was never mentioned.

    Read more: http://www.communityjournal.net/the-snowy-day-childrens-book-with-black-protagonist-is-focus-of-exhibit/

    H/T MJC Staff

    • Aquagranny911

      I wish I could see this exhibit. Keats was not only an inspired writer but a wonderful creative artist. My kiddos loved “Snowy Day.” We still have the book & grandchildren are enjoying it now.

    • conlakappa

      Weird. I’ve already seen that exhibit at that museum last year. New hype?

      • creolechild

        I went back to check the date of the article and it was correct. So, I suppose it is new hype. What did you think of the exhibit?

        • conlakappa

          It was awesome. I talked about it here when either you or GLH posted something about the the author/chidren’s books a couple of months ago, IIRC. My mother was any early-childhood educator and heard about the exhibit, which coincided with a trip we made to NYC in January 2012. It’s well worth a visit. Another exhibit there at the time was curated by Maurice Sendak but about menorahs through the ages. I don’t know how often the non-Jewish population goes or what they know about the museum but it is quite lovely.

    • edp4bho

      Planning to see this in about a week. Read that some blacks were “offended” by a Jew writing a book about a little black boy. Ho hum, so why hadn’t they written one? Majoring in the minors.

  • creolechild

    This Is What Obamacare Outreach Looks Like (VIDEOS)

    With a month to go until the Affordable Care Act’s online health
    insurance marketplaces open for business, the race is on to reach the public and let them know what’s going to be available to them on Oct. 1. Television ads are a logical starting point to raise public awareness, and many marketplaces, also known as exchanges, have debuted video advertisements. They’re consciously playing to the home crowd.

    The Oregon exchange’s ad emulates the state’s famously quirky
    personality; Vermont’s clip ends with the tagline: “For Vermonters, By Vermonters”; New York’s video opens with the New York City skyline intercut with images of the state’s rural countryside. Some are catering to young people, others to families and still others to small businesses.[….]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/08/how-the-obamacare-health-exchanges-are-marketing-themselves.php

    H/T Dylan Scott

    • jds09

      Those clips are fabulous, especially NY and Kentucky. Those images and message must drive the GOP crazy, the multicultural pro-small business Obama Coalition is on the move. Beautiful.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Great diaries this week, Gracias Sepia!

    Disqus can bite the biggest cactus!

    • Alma98

      Hey AG!

    • Thanks, AG! Glad you enjoyed them.

    • gn

      Ditto! This series is fantastic!

  • creolechild

    United States and Switzerland Issue Joint Statement Regarding Tax Evasion Investigations

    [….] Under the program, which is available only to banks that are not
    currently under criminal investigation by the department for their
    offshore activities, participating Swiss banks will be required to:

    *Agree to pay substantial penalties
    *Make a complete disclosure of their cross-border activities
    *Provide detailed information on an account-by-account basis for accounts in which U.S. taxpayers have a direct or indirect interest
    *Cooperate in treaty requests for account information
    *Provide detailed information as to other banks that transferred funds into secret accounts or that accepted fundswhen secret accounts were closed
    *Agree to close accounts of account holders who fail to come into compliance with U.S. reporting obligations

    Banks meeting all of the above requirements will be eligible for
    non-prosecution agreements. Banks currently under criminal
    investigation related to their Swiss banking activities, and all
    individuals, are expressly excluded from the program.[….]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-tax-975.html

    H/T US Department of Justice

  • creolechild

    RPM International Inc. and Tremco Inc. Pay Nearly $61 Million for Failing to Provide Government Discounts Provided to Others

    [….] Tremco failed to provide the government with price discounts provided to non-federal government customers. Tremco also allegedly marketed expensive materials to government purchasers without disclosing the availability of the same materials at lower cost that were manufactured and sold by the company. Tremco is a manufacturer of construction products and services and is a subsidiary of the RPM Building Solutions Group.[….]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-civ-968.html

    H/T US Department of Justice

  • Miranda

    This makes no sense….he says he doesn’t want to support drug dealers (?) and only gonna test those that admit to using drugs? does any of this make sense?
    Drug tests for welfare pushed

    Senator: Those who admit use would be subject
    By Catherine Candisky
    The Columbus Dispatch Thursday August 29, 2013 7:55 AM

    A central Ohio lawmaker is renewing efforts to require adults seeking welfare to pass a drug test.

    Sen. Tim Schaffer plans to introduce legislation today that would establish a drug-testing pilot program for Ohio Works First applicants.

    “It is time that we recognize that many families are trying to survive in drug-induced poverty, and we have an obligation to make sure taxpayer money is not being used to support drug dealers,” Schaffer said. “We can no longer turn a blind eye to this problem.”

    more here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/08/29/drug-tests-for-welfare-pushed.html

    • conlakappa

      Sounds like he needs to get off the pipe.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL & stop smoking his dirty socks!

        • conlakappa

          No doubt, he’d give up his blue pills only if pulled from his cold, dead hands. Or his spray-on hair. How can we trust people in a permanent state of seeing blue yet with tinted scalps?!

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh Please! Like peeps are going to say: “I’m a drug using, drug dealer & I want a welfare check.” Schaffer has more peanuts on the brain than a Payday candy bar!

    • morphus

      Similar to … Hospitals testing pregnant moms for drugs near low-income neighborhoods or other so-called neighborhood health plan? There is also evidence of entire neighborhoods tested for drugs at local waste management plants.

    • jds09

      Ummm..Senator, instead of using legislation to prop up your conservative bona fides and your attempt to confirm welfare recipients as drug crazed and lazy….how about supporting funding drug treatment centers for everybody? Makes more fiscal sense.

      • Aquagranny911

        How bout finally declaring that we have totally lost “The War on Drugs,” decriminalize possession & addiction, while funding real effective treatment programs that actually support people from admission to aftercare?!?

        My two pesos!

        • jds09

          Amen AG!

  • creolechild

    Perhaps the emoprog critics of PBO on the left should invest more time and energy promoting and supporting initiatives that help our children rather than attempting to nitpick and micromanage his speeches. That would be much more productive for all concerned…

    College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 Graduation Recognizes Young Black Men Headed to College – Posted on June 17, 2013

    African-American young men from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who have graduated from high school and are heading to college in the fall will be recognized June 19 at a special graduation ceremony.[….] Together, the two foundations are investing more than $1 million in grants and other resources to support the Brotherhood’s efforts to reach 500 African-American young men this year, connecting them to resources that will ensure access to college and degree completion.

    As part of that effort, the Brotherhood will provide $150,000 in scholarships to African-American males graduating high school who will enroll in college in the fall of 2013. The scholarship application process for 2013 closed on June 7, and scholarship awardees will be announced at the graduation ceremony. College-bound young Black men from around the country can join the celebration online by posting pictures in their caps and gowns to the Brotherhood’s Tumblr blog, along with a brief caption about the college or university they are attending.

    Read more: http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/06/college-bound-brotherhood-2-0-graduation-to-recognize-bay-area-young-black-men-headed-to-college/

    H/T Oakland Local

  • creolechild

    Michigan gets home-based primary care

    A Michigan pilot to bring primary care to the home for patients living with advanced chronic illness will now spread across the state. Priority Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan, tested the concept last year with Spectrum Health Medical Group for 90 of its patients. Among Spectrum’s pilot patients, emergency room and hospital inpatient visits have dropped 47 percent, said Priority Health in a recent news release.[….]

    Each patient in the home-based primary care program receives care from a team that includes a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse case manager and social worker. Patients also receive routine and preventive care through the program. Initially, a nurse practitioner or nurse case manager conducts a health assessment, creates a care plan, which is reviewed by a physician, who then coordinates home visits based upon the patient’s needs.[…]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/michigan-gets-home-based-primary-care

    H/T Mary Mosquera

    • Aquagranny911

      I think we will see more of this under Obamacare. This really saves a bundle of $$$ by reducing hospitalizations & long term care in expensive, sometimes inadequate care facilities.

      People stay happier & healthier if they can remain in familiar home environments.

  • creolechild

    Misleading Headlines About Obama Granting Immunity For Bush War Crimes Are Not Accurate

    As the story goes, President Obama or the Department of Justice
    (depending on which source you are looking at) have filed court
    documents granting the Bush administration immunity for war crimes. Looking closely at the case in question and reading through the court documents which are cited as sources for these stories, it becomes clear that the headlines on this are, at best, misleading.[…]

    This motion to dismiss cites the Westfall Act, which actually has nothing to do with Obama granting George Bush or his administration immunity from anything, since it was first put in place in 1948 and updated in 1961, 1966 and 1988.[….]

    Aside from the fact that under long standing United States law, the
    individuals listed cannot be named in the suit, other legal issues
    mentioned in the Motion to Dismiss include the question of whether
    California District Court has jurisdiction in such a case and a question
    of whether the plaintiff’s attorney followed the correct procedure,
    exhausting all other remedies available, prior to filing the suit.

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/29/president-obama-grants-george-bush-immunity-for-crimes-not-quite/

    H/T Randa Morris

  • creolechild

    Investigations Of 2 Fatal Drug-Related Police Shootings Close With Jail Time, Payouts

    A judge awarded $3 million last week to the family of an 18-year-old honor student who was shot to death by undercover Drug Enforcement Agency officers in a Los Angeles shopping center parking garage. Just a few days earlier, another police officer was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in the manslaughter of a 20-year-old during a 2012 New Orleans raid for marijuana. The deaths of Zachary Champommier and Wendell Allen sparked outrage in their communities.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/29/2549361/investigations-fatal-drug-related-police-shootings-close-jail-time-payouts/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- -UH! OH! -NOW her recollections R- —VAGUE!!!- –WHA’!?-

    – – –Woman in Naval Academy sex accusations challenged on inconsistencies– –
    — – – –The Naval Academy midshipman who accused three men of sexually assaulting her was challenged by a defense lawyer on inconsistencies between prior assertions that the men should be convicted as rapists, and her contention during Thursday’s hearing that she was not sure whether she had had sex with them.

    Midshipmen Tra’ves Bush, Eric Graham and Joshua Tate, each a former member of the Academy’s football team, are accused of sexually assaulting the woman after she passed out drunk on April 14, 2012 at a party at an off-campus Annapolis, Md., residence known as the Football House. At the preliminary hearing on Wednesday, the female midshipman said she remembered waking up after the party with back pain and few memories of the previous night.

    On Thursday, the woman told the defense lawyer in the Article 32
    hearing, Andrew Weinstein, that she was unsure “on my own accord” if the men had had sex with her, consensual or not, on the night of the
    alleged assault.
    She also told Weinstein that she would have been “almost happy if I found out nothing happened” and that she didn’t consider the men “criminals.”

    The woman said she “didn’t have any factual basis for what happened” that night because she had been drinking excessively, and therefore could not definitively say whether the men assaulted her.
    THERE IS MORE- —- -***ANGRY SIDE EYE!!!***
    NO VALUE OF– – or CONCERN 4 their CAREERS!!- – geesh!!!

  • Miranda

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Wants Student Loan Breaks for Public Workers

    The agency is asking employers to better inform public servants about student loan repayment options and forgiveness programs
    By ALLIE BIDWELL August 28, 2013 RSS Feed Print

    Following President Barack Obama’s call to make college more affordable and ease the burden of student loan debt for graduates, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched an initiative Wednesday to urge public service organizations to better inform their employees about loan repayment and forgiveness options.

    In a report issued in tandem with the initiative, the CFPB reports that one in four American workers may be eligible for student loan debt forgiveness programs open to public service employees, such as teachers, health workers, police officers, firefighters and social workers.

    “People give up higher incomes to serve their city, their state, or their country,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in a call with reporters Wednesday. “We believe that people who contribute part of their talents, part of the benefits of their education, to society as a whole should not be mired in debt because they stir themselves to the calling of public service.”

    more here: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/08/28/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-wants-student-loan-breaks-for-public-workers

    • jziglar

      This another piece(this consumer agency) along with Health Care Reform among many things that will be a lasting legacy of President Obama.

  • creolechild

    The RLC Group and Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis Give Back to Underprivileged Youth During Ray’s Summer Days Weekend – Posted June 18, 2013

    Entrepreneur and author Temeko Richardson and two-time Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis recently presented youth excelling in the Ray’s Kids of Character program with laptops, iPads, and various other technology prizes donated through Richardson’s company The RLC Group.[….] In addition to donating prizes, Richardson provided 32 underprivileged children from the Philly Skills Football Academy (Philadelphia, PA) and Rosedale Jets Football Association (Queens, NY) with an all-expense paid trip to the Summer Days Youth Fitness Clinic hosted by her motivational and fitness movement Run Life’s Course on Saturday, June 15th.

    Newly signed Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brandon Copeland and retired Washington Redskins lineman Tre Johnson appeared with Richardson to offer additional motivation to the participants.[….]

    Read more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10842861.htm

    H/T PRWeb

  • gn

    I see my timeline going in on Corny (as well as NAN in comments below); you know I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t want nor need to know the details of whatever he has said now. Dismissed in advance.

  • gn

    “There’s nothing like a bowl of soup on a cold day.” Are you serious? Have you not heard of blankets and long sleeved shirts?

    • Miranda


      Honest Toddler ‏@HonestToddler10m
      Tired of foods like cobb salad trying to catfish me into a relationship.

  • gn

    Watching the Food Network because going to the park with any regularity is too much to ask.

    Have you heard of Eggplant Parmesan? Wasting good cheese on a vegetable that looks like a growth on a witch’s neck.

    This lady is talking about how absorbent eggplant is. So are paper towels but people judge you when you eat those. #hypocrite

    • Aquagranny911

      ROTFL!!! I love eggplant. Oldest daughter had an abundant harvest from her garden this year. She has been cooking it in various ways. Her son age 9, declared the other day that he was done: “I’m reporting you to people who protect children, if you make me eat this again!”

      • conlakappa

        Caponata is a good way to use it up–she can can it. I love eggplant!

        • Aquagranny911

          Co-sign but she has no time for canning & Grandson is starting to get that “attitude” on. Seems to come earlier & earlier for this new generation.

          Daughter laughed at him & handed him the phone.

      • gn

        Hahahaha, he called the law on his mother: grandma! That is too precious.

      • PBomb

        See, at least he has tried it several times, by the sound of it. At least he knows what an eggplant is and he didn’t have a choice to eat it or not, until he had had it several times.


        • Aquagranny911

          When we were on our vacay & at daughter’s house for two days, I ate eggplant at least 4 different ways. I do have sympathy for him even though I really like eggplant.

          This does remind me of the year we had this huge cabbage harvest. I cooked it lots of different ways & then I tried grating some up in the Kiddos morning oatmeal & faced total rebellion.

          There are some days a mother can’t win & we just have to suck it up, lol.

  • lamh36

    Welp looks like ill be spending my weekend reading a nice book anf staying away from the whiter lib blogs i frequent Cause all the cries of warmongering aint gonna ruin my 3 day wknd

  • Farrod

    Hi Miranda,

    It’s that time again, ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Miranda

      Which park?!?!

      • Farrod

        grant park

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…by George…I think she’s got it. Well, most of it anyway.

    White progressive assumptions about African American politics

    I am becoming aware of something that I’ll bet many African Americans have known for a while now. So I’m hoping you’ll apply that sentiment of “better late than never” to my awakening consciousness. We all know that since the passage of the Civil Rights Laws in the 60’s and the Republican Southern Strategy, African Americans have been the most loyal base of the Democratic Party. [….] White progressives on the left have – for decades now – assumed that African Americans generally align with their political views (notice that word “assumed” – its always the basis of privilege).[…]

    The truth is that African Americans are often as divergent in their
    political positions as white Americans are – with the exception of
    things like voting rights. But there are strains within the community
    that part ways very strongly with progressives, not just on issues like
    education reform but on things like the value of military service and
    the role of religion in politics[….] Recently there was a lot of talk about how Republicans need to reach out to minority communities if they are going to survive in this new America. I’m beginning to understand that white progressives are going to need to do the same thing in order to avoid alienating themselves with their
    privileged assumptions.

    Read more: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/08/white-progressives-assumptions-about.html#comment-form

    H/T Smartypants

    • jds09

      What white progressives misunderstand the most is that we are in a marriage of convenience with the democratic party, we are not “drink your bathwater” in love with them. Their egos will not let them understand the distinction, hence the massive wake-up call they will have in 2014 and 2016.

      • Aquagranny911


      • jziglar

        I think they already realized that when they tried to primary Democrats that were not emo purity liberals and it failed.

        The democratic party has been a center-left party for a long time not a far left party. In simple terms the emo left are not the base of the party and though Democrats hold similar values and ideas. The party contains different elements. The emo left will never take over the party like the far right took over the republican party.

        • jds09

          I disagree. Their response would a logical one and we wouldn’t be living thru this “I have a drone” bullshit and they would begin to correct themselves. I don’t think they can, IMO they have a bone deep belief that their white privilege is earned, and we love them cause they’re correct in their positions. I’m hopeful that white folks with some sense will watch the ass whupping these emo purity liberals get in 2014 and 2016 and check their own racist expressions.

          • jziglar

            Well like the teabaggers they’re illogical. Johnathan Chair wrote an article 2 years ago about purity progressives always complaining about Democratic president dating back to FDR. I think they will continue to complain no matter what happens.

    • jziglar

      This is why the Democrats moderated on some issues after consecutive presidential election losses because the emo left were alienating too many voters with their arrogance and purity politics.

      It’s why I can’t stand the “we don’t need to do anything about reducing the debt” nonsense for the emo’s because it will eventually do harm to our economy and currency. And we need to be able to support the government programs everyone hold dear.

  • conlakappa

    I get to leave at 3:00 today. The firm started the policy that the Fridays before long weekends means dismissal at 3:00 p.m. [yay!] Bonus: the husband got to leave early from his supposed-to-be-a-work-week trip to Dallas! I’m never keen on him traveling solo in the South[west] so am happy he’s back. Later!

    • Aquagranny911


    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      –Good on U -BOTH! :>)- — – -BLESS♥ —:>)

    • rikyrah

      congrats and enjoy!!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!