April 18, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: The March on Washington in Pictures

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

We conclude our March on Washington pictorial with a look at “The Big Six”…

 

US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King (3rd R) and other major American leaders of the Black civil rights movement (L from R) John Lewis, Whitney Young, Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, James Farmer and Roy Wilkins, meet 06 March 1963 in Roosevelt Hotel in New York during a meeting dedicated to the organization of the "March on Washington"(Photo: OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

(L from R) John Lewis, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, James Farmer and Roy Wilkins, meet 06 March 1963 in Roosevelt Hotel in New York during a meeting dedicated to the organization of the “March on Washington” (Photo: OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Baynard Rustin outlines the marchers’ plan of action on a map of Washington. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Baynard Rustin outlines the marchers’ plan of action on a map of Washington. (Photo: NY Daily News)

 

Civil rights leader gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial before the march (Estate of Stanley Tretick)

Civil rights leader gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial before the march (Estate of Stanley Tretick)

Portrait

On the morning of the march, civil rights leaders (including Martin Luther King, foreground left, and John Lewis, foreground right) first met with members of Congress (Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, center). (Photo: Estate of of Stanley Tretick)

On the morning of the march, civil rights leaders (including Martin Luther King, foreground left, and John Lewis, foreground right) first met with members of Congress (Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, center). (Photo: Estate of of Stanley Tretick)


Courtland Cox and John Lewis and others pause to discuss the March on Washington (Photo: Ebony Magazine)

Courtland Cox and John Lewis and others pause to discuss the March on Washington (Photo: Ebony Magazine)

 

Dr, King comforts Sylvia Johnson after girl was overcome in crowd. (Photo: Frank Hurley/NY Daily News)

Dr, King comforts Sylvia Johnson after girl was overcome in crowd. (Photo: Frank Hurley/NY Daily News)

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Civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson after the march (Estate of Stanley Tretick)

Civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson after the march (Estate of Stanley Tretick)


Engraved pocket watch given to Baynard Rustin from Dr. King (Courtesy of National Museum of American History)

Dr. King gave this engraved pocket watch to Baynard Rustin (Courtesy of National Museum of American History)

 

  • gn

    NYC mayoral race:

    According to a new New York Times/Siena College poll out this morning, Mr. de Blasio is now head-and-shoulders above his rivals, with 32 percent of the vote. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Ms. Quinn appear to be fighting it out to for a slot in the expected run-off, with Mr. Thompson at 18 percent and Ms. Quinn at 17 percent.

    http://politicker.com/2013/08/two-new-polls-put-de-blasio-in-lead-quinn-in-third/

    • Miranda

      I don’t live in NYC but I find myself really hoping de Blasio wins.

      • gn

        I’m not that deeply involved in local politics, but I’d prefer him or Thompson. The Republican frontrunner is a nightmare, he’s a complete douchebag (actually am glad that he’s running because there haven’t been enough discussions about the agency he used to head {MTA} and an unconscionable series of fare raises which IMO are a flat tax hurting the poor). But not surprised that Quinn has slipped: Bloomberg’s obstinacy re: Stop and Frisk has cost her dearly.

    • rikyrah

      I am glad he’s in the lead. just a little bit more and he’ll pass the no-run-off threshold.

  • jziglar

    I must say that the blog “we are respectable Negroes” is really annoying with the constant Obama “Scolder in chief” of the black community nonsense.

    I really couldn’t be in the President’s shoes because I would be telling plenty of people to go to hell.

    • Miranda

      Those same “respectable Negroes” are the ones that won’t go NEAR majority black areas unless its to get takeout at the soul food restaurant or get some black greek paraphenalia.

    • gn

      I haven’t listened to the speech or read many of the reactions, but I have a really hard time believing that PBO said this:

      I come from similar stock. Obama knows that most black folks are not ghetto underclass cartoon caricatures of humanity.

      But he panders to that meme nonetheless and runs down black folks as the Scold-in-Chief.

      (from the comments section at respectable Negroes.)

      • nellcote

        too often framed as a mere desire for government support

        ===
        I think PBO agrees with you that it’s other people doing the framing but the line reads in a way that you can take wrong. Especially if you’re looking to find something to criticize.

        • gn

          Especially if you’re looking to find something to criticize.

          The end.

        • edp4bho

          Exactly the way I took it as well. It was a bit difficult to decipher but needed to be read in context of the whole quote, which some obviously decided would hamper their argument. F’em.

    • jds09

      I think this crowd is craving some sort of acknowledgement from PBO. Along the lines of praising them as the current crop of the “talented tenth”, they’re enraged that one of their own (PBO is an academic himself) does not stroke them. IMO, PBO sees his education as a means to an end….being in service to others, not an end in itself. As far as accomplishments go, all they have is their diplomas.

      • edp4bho

        Good day, POU. PBO is like a mirror to them, and they aren’t liking what they see, on whole. He is one who doesn’t feel the need to blame others for his failings, takes great responsibility for his own blunders and successes, yet will acknowledge the difficulties POC face. Like he once said, he is defined by his race, but not limited by it. I thought that’s what we are all expected to do. I’d be first to call out white oppression, but that same white person had best get out of my way. I am compelled by my God-given rights, and not defeated by someone else’s view of who I am.

        • jds09

          “compelled by my God-given rights” I’ve been thinking about that concept a lot lately. Harriet Tubman had it “only God can kill me” and Frederick Douglas had it…his letter to his former slave master is a classic, “God determines whether I’m free or not, not you. You cannot lose (his labor) what you never owned.” It’s the most powerful yet truly humble personal place you can come from.

      • gn

        Another of the comments there directly cited the President’s mixed race background as an impediment to him genuinely connecting with and feeling love for the black community. This to me is a personal ax to grind, that has nothing to do with policy. Almost no descendant of slaves in the US and Caribbean has a pure African bloodline. Being mixed is actually another commonality which PBO has with the vast majority of black people in this country, and to suggest that he doesn’t love the black community is completely ludicrous. I think you’re absolutely right about this crowd.

        • edp4bho

          Hee hee, how many black folks “from” the black community do not have black folks interest at heart? Crabis, Corny?

        • jziglar

          This is the issue. The emos have always had problems with President Obama since he announced his run for president. The mixed race talking point has to be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard. But it’s funny that these same guys had no problem with the “First Black President” Bill Clinton when he was in office.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ jziglar :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -

      – — Here’s a – –UN-RESPECTABLE SIGN —-4 ALL DA Negras/HATAS! – - –http://25.media.tumblr.com/d155353f3ce9eb321f72b23191368adc/tumblr_mp1lyz6zn61s9kd6yo1_400.gif – - —

      SO — – —- http://d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net/image_cache/1352262507905680_animate.gif – - -geesh!— -

      Good 2 C U jziglar. :>)

      • jziglar

        Good morning Green Lady.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY jziglar. :>) – -Have a good day. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    - — -GoOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – - -***BIG HUG*** :>) — ONE of the CENTRAL THEMES —KEEP YOUR EYES on the PRIZE – –HOLD ON. :>) -”The BIG SIX” Did Just THAT —Throughout Their Lives. —-

    Sepia♥ – –THANK U 4 THIS SERIES. -FINALLY —I’ve been able 2 –EXHALE – –from the EXCITEMENT annnd INSPIRATION of THIS SPECIAL 50th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MEMORIAL Commemoration. :>) – -Bless U♥ – –

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

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- —We continue 2 pray 4 –MR. PRESIDENT —as he CONSIDERS OPTIONS —-

    – — -Obama: Syria ‘a challenge to the world’

    —–UPDATE: – - –White House to hold Senate Syria calls

    —-The White House will continue its push to sell Congress on taking action in Syria Saturday, scheduling separate unclassified conference calls for Senate Republicans and Democrats with senior administration officials.

    The afternoon calls will “continue the administration’s consultations regarding the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in Syria on August 21,” according to a senior administration official.

    The administration’s briefers on the call will include Secretary of State John Kerry, who made President Barack Obama’s case for attacking Syria Friday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and James Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    A similar group of officials briefed senior members of Congress Thursday. Obama himself has been calling members invidually to press his case.
    THERE IS MORE – - —
    –THANK U 4 YOUR EFFORTS annnd LEADERSHIP-SIR♥ –

  • Miranda

    Stratford man jailed for shooting himself; blamed men in hoodies
    Published 4:46 pm, Thursday, August 29, 2013

    STRATFORD — Turns out a local man, who claimed he was the victim of a shooting by a Bridgeport gang, actually made poor choice of having a loaded gun in his waistband while out bicycling.

    But Wendell Docteur’s poor choice has turned out to be a prescription for jail time.

    On Thursday, the 22-year-old Docteur, of Hollister Street, was charged with making a false statement, unlawful discharge of a firearm and failure to report a lost firearm.

    Docteur, who later posted a $10,000 bond, didn’t return calls for comment. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Sept. 5.

    On May 3, police were notified by Bridgeport Hospitalstaff that they were treating Docteur for a gunshot wound to the right leg.

    Police said Docteur told them he had been out riding his bicycle on California Street when he was confronted by a half dozen men, dressed all in black with hooded sweatshirts covering their faces.

    more here: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Stratford-man-jailed-for-shooting-himself-4772109.php

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Ad Agency Gives Workers 500 Paid Hours to Pursue Passions

    Executives at a Minneapolis advertising agency founded 7 years ago, decided to give each of their 18 employees a free summer. Each was given paid leave and full benefits for 12 weeks to do something meaningful.[....] The opportunity was even offered to the company’s loyal freelancers. They were hired for 100 hours and then given back that time to pursue their passion.[....]

    The 500 hours wrapped up the first week of August and commerce resumed. Executives hope the company will be improved from the experience.

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/business/ad-agency-gives-workers-500-paid-hours-to-pursue-passions.html

    H/T Boyd Huppert and GNN

    • nellcote

      I hope someone follows up this story. It’s an interesting concept.

  • creolechild

    Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to shutter

    [....] Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday that it will power down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant next year.This is just the latest in a string of bad news for the industry. Nuclear plants are also being shut down in California, Florida, and Wisconsin, and plans to build new ones are being canceled.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/vermont-yankee-nuclear-power-plant-to-shutter/

    H/T John Upton

    • TyrenM

      I can’t say I have a problem with this. Never mind Japan last year, a lot of these plants built in the 50′s are seriously outdated. Hanover in Washington has had several issues over the years. I’d hope we have newer proven technologies if they do rebuild. I don’t know what’s “cleaner” between nuclear, coal (Sherco here in MN) or fracking. I just hope the people paid to figure this shit out…do.

      • creolechild

        I think one of the primary reasons these plants are being shuttered is they’re outdated and some are starting to leak. Then, there’s the question of what to do with the atomic waste that is generated. I could be wrong but I think all of the energy sources you mention can’t be considered “clean” by any stretch of the imagination because of the health problems they cause, combined with irreversible damage to the environment.

        • TyrenM

          Thanks. That was an “unfinished thought.” Seriously hoping for more spent on wind energy. Far too much unharnessed here in the midwest.
          Yeah. Yucca is overfilled. Harry Reid’s successor will start saying hells no to anymore waste.

      • nellcote

        Hanover is still a huge problem. Shut down decades ago, leaking radioactive waste is still creeping towards the Columbia River and that is a BFD.

  • Miranda

    Judge plans to appoint monitor for controversial Arizona sheriff
    PHOENIX | Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:21pm EDT

    (Reuters) – A federal judge plans to appoint a monitor to watch over the operations of hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose office had been found by the judge to have racially profiled Latino drivers during the lawman’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

    U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said in a court hearing on Friday that the Maricopa County lawman, who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” needed an independent check on his actions to prevent such profiling from continuing in the future.

    “I intend to approve a monitor,” Snow said of his plans, despite stiff opposition from the six-term sheriff of Arizona’s most populous county. A ruling outlining changes to be made at the sheriff’s office could come as early as mid-September.

    Arpaio, 81, has attracted national attention with his get-tough stance on illegal immigration in Arizona, which borders Mexico. He faces an investigation and lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department, which accuses him of civil rights abuses.

    The same judge handed down a decision in May ordering the sheriff to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions, in response to a class-action lawsuit that tested whether police could target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.

    The judge, who ruled Arpaio had violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers, had ordered lawyers for the sides to try to agree to steps to correct the abuse, but their efforts were largely unsuccessful.

    Arpaio attorney Tim Casey told the court on Friday that he was concerned about a court-appointed monitor usurping the sheriff’s power.

    “Who will resolve the disputes with him?” Casey asked the judge during a four-hour hearing. The judge responded, “I will resolve the disputes.”

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/31/us-usa-arpaio-arizona-idUSBRE97U00O20130831

  • crazycanuck

    CT Voter ‏@CTVoter9m
    Drones are awful. Gassing citizens? Eh….not so much. Hard to understand logic.

    • jds09

      Yeah, you could be gassed at a coffee house.

  • creolechild

    Perot Foundation donates $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

    [....] The gift was specified as undesignated, meaning that the funds can be applied however Planned Parenthood sees fit. The Perot Foundation has long been a supporter of women’s health issues in Texas, having donated to Planned Parenthood for more than twenty years and established the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants. The Perot Foundation was founded by Texan businessman and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/30/perot-foundation-donates-1-million-to-planned-parenthood-of-greater-texas/

    H/T Scott Kaufman

    • nellcote

      Wow!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia —- -BWAHAHA – —Briefly —-”JOKE of the DAY”—-LOL -

    - —Rep. Fitzpatrick touts GOP jobs plan in weekly address

    — -What an OXY-MORON —”JobsRe-THUGS!!” – - -LOL —

    BTW – –CONGRESSIONAL JOB —DIS-APPROVAL —LOL
    — – - -http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval-903.html

  • gn

    I’m sorry, PBO’s speech was not scolding or talking down to black people, or promoting caricatures of a race. THIS is talking down to black people and trafficking in racist imagery:

    I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.”

    - See more at: http://bossip.com/827694/full-version-of-rant-from-gop-goon-who-insulted-mlk-with-racist-version-of-i-have-a-dream-speech-painting-black-people-as-welfare-dependent-drug-addicted-and-fatherless/#sthash.sdT9afsM.dpuf

    White people are the biggest welfare recipients, just hands fucking down, not only re: food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, but also re tax credits, mortgage programs, government contracting—overwhelmingly, government and laws have been used to give a disproportionate amount of this country’s resources to white people. As well, the above speech included a depiction of black people as violent drug addicts, promiscuous and all in gangs. THAT is racist scolding. Not seeing where PBO did anything equivalent.

  • gn

    @assholeofday

    Is Betsy Karasik asshole of the day for saying sex between teacher and student should not be criminalized? http://ow.ly/21Z4dX

    Bizarre episode. This person wrote a piece “asking” whether teachers having sex with students should be so severely punished (written in the context of a teacher getting 30 days in jail for having sex with a 14 year-old girl who ended up killing herself at 16). I’ve noticed that there have been several of these arguments afloat challenging age of consent laws. I think it’s sick.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, everyone :)

  • creolechild

    Student Creates App That Helps College Students Get Money For College

    Many families across this country are still trying to rebound from the economic slowdown increasing the reliance upon scholarships to pay for college. Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier. Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds. He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.

    Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help. There has to be a faster way.” Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight
    specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter
    through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.

    Source: http://destee.com/index.php?threads/student-creates-app-that-helps-college-students-get-money-for-college.77428/

    H/T Destee

    • AxelFoley

      Thanks, cc. Send a text to my daughter so she could check that out.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning folks, I need to go somewhere and chill my mind, because these effing snowbird planes making a racket, a very LOUD racket ( I swear the planes are coming through my windows)is really pissing me off. My whole quiet weekend has been shot. This will be going on for the WHOLE DAM LONG WEEKEND. I’m so PISSED.

    I’m sorry for the whining.

    • gn

      What’s a snowbird plane? (I’d be pissed too)

      • crazycanuck

        Those military planes that do the acrobatics

        • gn

          Thx. There’s a lot of noise around me this weekend too—this is unpopular but I really can’t stand it. Honestly thinking of going up to CT.

          • crazycanuck

            I was so looking forward to a nice quiet relaxing long weekend. This dam noise will be going on for at least 3 hours everyday till Tuesday.

          • gn

            You’re lucky it’s only 3 hours; here it’s carnival for the entire weekend, all hours, all day. 10 years ago I felt differently but now I just deeply resent the lack of peace and quiet. Tired of music being blasted into my home without my consent. And I had a tough work week too.

          • EpiphanySweet

            I am having a noise issue with my downstairs neighbor. I completely feel your pain.

        • EpiphanySweet

          I hate those planes. They are so loud. We have air show every year near my job. I always know when they are coming sounds like a bomb is about to drop.

          • nellcote

            It must be really hard on Vets with PTSD.

          • EpiphanySweet

            I didn’t even think of them. You are probably right I am traumatized when I hear it and I have never been to war.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            THANK U 4 the –PERSPECTIVE. –***tears***

            BLESS them – -4 their service. AMEN :>)

            Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) – -

          • crazycanuck

            Exactly!

  • creolechild

    Nonprofit hospital tax breaks questioned

    The benefit of nonprofit hospitals to their surrounding community has increasingly been coming under scrutiny – at least in relation to
    whether or not the benefit is equal to their tax-exempt status.[....] In an effort to make sure nonprofit hospitals are providing the appropriate amount of community benefit in exchange for its tax breaks, the federal government and state and local governments are creating legislation.

    The Affordable Care Act mandates that nonprofit hospitals create a community needs assessment every three years. In the assessment, nonprofit hospitals must demonstrate their community benefit and provide a plan for addressing identified needs.[....]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/nonprofit-hospital-breaks-scrutinized

    H/T Tammy Worth

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —-YES! – - – -WHAT HE SAID! :>)- -

    – - -Don’t Underestimate Barack Obama

    —- -The selective amnesia of so many anti-Obama liberals has reached new depths of ridiculousness. Regardless of where you land on the Syria issue (and I remain undecided), suggesting that the president and this administration is at all similar to the Bush administration is laughable. I mean, last night Chris Hayes might as well have interviewed an empty chair, pretending it was the president.

    The fact is, the president never said that he was against all wars —
    just dumb wars. So enough delusional, revisionist history about how he’s renegging on a campaign promise.
    —SNIP– -

    After you finish reading it, tell me again how Obama is just like Bush. And I’ll tell you you’re out of your blessed mind.
    THERE IS MORE — — –TELL IT! :>)

  • creolechild

    My shero, Ms. Yolanda Prim, looking out for our babies one day at a time.

    The Importance of School Breakfast

    H/T Elisabeth Parker, Yolanda Prim, and No Kid Hungry

  • creolechild

    Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice

    On a dare, six young men, ages 10-13, broke into a giant chemical
    processing plant in Colorado. What occurred that night transformed one policeman who previously sought to deliver the maximum punishment for every crime. He realized after witnessing the process that restorative justice actually had some teeth. It imposes real, face-to-face accountability for actions, and makes offenders listen directly to the victims of their crimes.

    He realized that six young lives might be saved from years of cycling in
    and out of the prison system, and instead of seeking vengeance, justice should require that we work to restore all parties involved in a crime.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/six-boys-one-cop-on-road-to-restorative-justice.html

    H/T Molly Rowan Leach and GNN

  • rikyrah

    Vice President Biden swears in B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and announces new Executive Actions to reduce gun violence

    • jds09

      I’m pleasantly surprised that there was no contentious senate confirmation hearing. There must be a serious back story here. Imagining PBO, Holder and Jones in the same room…lawd have mercy.

      • nellcote

        I think somewhere there was a trade off for killing gun control legislation.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - -Mr. Charles Blow – -weighs in — –YES! —decisions R difficult –annnd complex– –

    – - — War-Weariness– -
    — – -America may have lost its stomach for military intervention.

    The Obama administration has made its case that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons against his own people and that a “limited” military response is in order to demonstrate that international norms will — and must — be enforced.

    President Obama said during a news conference on Friday, “It’s important for us to recognize that when over a thousand people are killed, including hundreds of innocent children, through the use of a weapon that 98 or 99 percent of humanity says should not be used even in war, and there is no action, then we’re sending a signal.”

    The president is attempting to assure the American people that any action in Syria will not involve American boots on the ground and will not be a sinkhole like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that is a hard case to make.

    The problem is that America seems war weary.

    If the administration is correct, this is a human rights tragedy.
    Something should be done. But must we always be the ones to do it? Does protecting America’s interest mean policing the world’s horrors?

    THERE IS MORE – — – - -

    – - – -As difficu;t as his options R— -I’m always convinced that MR. PRESIDENT is considering MORE FACTORS than we have know knowledge of. – -Always think about his decision 2 “deal with” – -OBL.
    Soo – —-IMMA B patient 4 THIS also. :>)- -BLESS U SIR.♥ – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — – -THIS has sooo disturbed me — -BLESS the memory of the young lady — AMEN –

    — –Judge G Todd Baugh Protest – Billings, MT

    – - -OH! Annnd THAT – –FAUX-pology – –HAH!- –

    —- – - – - -http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mont-judge-apologizes-comments-teens-rape-20100859 –BLESS U –mother/Family♥

    – — -VOTE HIM OUT!! – –He’s – -BEYOND DISGUSTING!!! – -

  • creolechild

    2014 in 214 words

    There’s a lot to the health care law. But it’s based on a few simple
    principles, which we’ve described below in a mere 214 words. Follow the links for more details.

    *If you have health coverage you like, you can keep it. Children under 26 can stay on a parent’s health insurance plan.

    *If you don’t have coverage, you can use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to buy a private insurance plan.

    *Pre-existing conditions are covered. So are many preventive services and 10 essential health benefits.

    *Depending on your family size and income, you may get lower costs on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

    *You may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many states are expanding Medicaid to cover more people in 2014.[....]

    Read more: https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/2014-in-214-words/

    H/T Healthcare.gov

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -UPDATE: —Dear MADIBA♥ – –

    – - –Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in critical condition despite claims he was being released- –

    —— Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition, the office of South Africa’s president said today.

    In a statement, the office of President Jacob Zuma denied reports that the former freedom fighter, who was the first black president of South Africa, had been released from the hospital.

    The update on the 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero’s condition is unchanged from last week, when Zuma said Mandela showed ‘great resilience’.
    THERE IS MORE – — –BLESS HIM♥- –

    — — REST COMFORTABLY –Dear MADIBA – - -ENJOY YOUR MUSIC. :>)– -

  • creolechild

    U.S. bike-sharing fleet more than doubles in 2013

    Today’s opening of the San Francisco Bay Area bikeshare brings the
    combined fleet of shared bikes in the United States above 18,000, more than a doubling since the start of the year. The United States is now home to 34 modern bike-sharing programs that allow riders to easily make short trips on two wheels without having to own a bicycle.

    With a number of new programs in the works and planned expansions of existing programs, the U.S. fleet is set to double again by the end of 2014, at which point nearly 37,000 publicly shared bicycles will roll the streets.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/cities/195888/

    H/T Janet Larsen

    • TyrenM

      We have those. They were just downtown Minneapolis. Now I see them around varying suburbs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –MR. PRESIDENT – - –with the WEEKLY ADDRESS – -F’REALZ :>) –

    – - –Weekly Address: Commemorating Labor Day – - -

    – — – President Obama discusses Labor Day and reflects on the contributions of the working men and women in our country.
    BLESS U –SIR♥ —:>)

  • creolechild

    Hurricane Katrina ‘message in a bottle’ comes home to New Orleans, nearly 8 years later

    Angela Caballeros, 22, stands in her family’s living room in Broadmoor looking out the front door. Her mother and her grandmother are there, too. They can hardly wait to see the letter and meet the man who saved it, treasured it and vowed to return it to “the unknown Angela.”[....] Angela was on her grandmother’s side of the double when she wrote the letter. She drank a pineapple Big Shot that morning, and she put the letter inside the empty bottle and closed it tight. Then she stood on the front porch and dropped it into the rising tide swirling around the house. “The water was coming up pretty fast,” she says.

    She tells Rob she thought about the letter when she was graduating from Ben Franklin High School in 2009. She had started her freshman year a week before the storm hit, and her class was known as “the Katrina class.” She mentioned the letter to her friends in passing. “I wondered if anyone had ever found that bottle,” she says. She never thought about it again, until two weeks ago, when I called to tell her about the park ranger who had her letter and wanted to get it back to her.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ssf/2013/08/hurricane_katrina_message_in_a.html

    H/T Sheila Stroup

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - –LET the — GAMES BEGIN – –with the “DRUM MAJORS” – - -:>) – -

    – - – -Jackson State Drum Major Story on CNN 2013 :>)

    - – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqDj77Sycxg

    — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXiX9BFblRA

    – -Maybe there should B a MOVIE – — like – -”DRUM LINE” — –:>) – -

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Alma98 :>) – –***BIG HUG*** :>)- — – -

      Ooooweee – - –THAT 1 is —a “SPECIAL JOY of the DAY” :>) – - – -THANK U. :>) How’s the weather? – -

      -We got a “rain drop” or 2. LOL- -Sooo it cooled off a little. :>)
      ***HUGS*** 2 Daughter. :>) Have a good day. :>) – -

      • Alma98

        Afternoon GLH the weather is a little cooler and we too got one drop of rain lol. Will tell daughter you said hello. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – —Alma – –:>) —-Thank U. :>) – –

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      Rain has stopped. doing some BBQing

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah! I don’t have to bbq this holiday sis is going to do it, yeah! lol

  • Miranda

    David Nakamura ‏@DavidNakamura8s
    Obama to deliver statement on Syria at 1:15 pm in Rose Garden

  • gn

    @TheObamaDiary
    1:15 EDT: President Obama will make a statement on Syria

    This cannot be an easy decision. Whatever it is, due to evidence and past experience, I trust and already know that PBO’s decision will be made with good faith and honesty. God bless him; I couldn’t do his job and almost no one else could either.

    • Tafr

      This is the quiet before the storm. I am seeing folks on twitter acting a damn fool with no evidence of what PBO will decide. I have a feeling twitter is about to blow up; I want no part of that madness. Off to read my new book.

    • Tafr

      This is the quiet before the storm. I am seeing folks on twitter acting a damn fool with no evidence of what PBO will decide. I have a feeling twitter is about to blow up; I want no part of that madness. Off to read my new book.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - –I cain’t wait — -’til 2016.- — -when da HATAS – - -go BACK 2 –da PLANTATION under the “massas” — – -

    – - – -’CAUSE — -THAT is what’s gonna happen –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6PnLnqZT80 –

    – -☺Virtually “NO FOOD” — -AS in — -”SNAP Program FUNDS CUT”

    – -☺Families TORN APART- —AS in – -http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2013/08/07/republicans-should-give-their-foolish-opposition-medicaid-expansion/PnQbShDgoWO2SqGZPRbKKP/story.html – —GOP stance against Obamacare hurts thousands of N.H. families

    – - -☺SLAVE WAGES —AS in –http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2013/08/activists_and_fast_food_worker.html – -MINIMUM WAGE will NOT increase under the NEXT administration- -

    – —–Oh. – - -Just got finished readin’ the NEWSONE article -by
    Kirsten West Savali — – who seems 2 SUPPORT – - -”"Cornrows” – — – - –http://25.media.tumblr.com/d155353f3ce9eb321f72b23191368adc/tumblr_mp1lyz6zn61s9kd6yo1_400.gif – - -TALK – –2 da Hand –’cause the face ain’t listening! – –geesh! — -

  • crazycanuck

    Vancouver subway ad

    • Aquagranny911

      WOW!

    • edp4bho

      Disgrace !

  • Miranda

    Oh wow…Serena v. Sloane!

    ‘It’s just showtime’: Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens set up match in 4th round of US Open
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUGUST 31, 2013

    Laura Robson of Great Britain returns a shot to Li Na of China during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Yet to be challenged even a tiny bit at this U.S. Open, Serena Williams now gets a sure-to-be-hyped match against one of only three women to beat her all year, Sloane Stephens.

    From the moment the women’s draw came out at Flushing Meadows, it was clear which potential fourth-rounder was the most intriguing: defending champion Williams against up-and-coming talent Stephens, the top two Americans in the rankings.

    “As I always say,” Stephens said, “I think it will be epic.”

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/avenges+loss+British+teen+Robson+advances+Open+round/8853561/story.html

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda – - –Whoa! — -I hadn’t expected THIS- -. :>) — -

      My♥ — -is WITH — -Ms. SERENA. . .:>)- – -

    • Alma98

      For the media it’s not about old guard vs new it’s about two black women. You can hear it in their voice when they’re talking about it.

      • crazycanuck

        bullseye

        • Alma98

          Sloane wants to be Serena so bad. I was embarrassed for her during the open ceremony. She was talking with Cuba Gooding Jr, she was ogling him, and trying to flirt with him. You could see he was uncomfortable and trying to shrug it off.

          • crazycanuck

            Sloan just doesn’t get it, does she think she will be exempt from receiving the same treatment the sisters got and still getting? Somebody needs to sit her down and explain things to her.

          • Alma98

            Yep

          • goldenstar

            She clearly has not been schooled on the realities of Playing Tennis While Being Black.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      The youngin need to slow her roll. #TeamSerena

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - – –FIRST: – -ENCOURAGEMENT: -http://a.wattpad.net/cover/159281-256-k921273.jpg – - – -

    —NOW: — -Brian Banks cut by Falcons-
    – — —Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison after a wrongful conviction, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

    NFL teams have until Saturday to cut their rosters to 53, and Banks was among 11 players let go by the Falcons on Friday.

    It’s still possible that the linebacker could land on the club’s
    practice squad. FoxSports reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was so impressed with Banks that he’s trying to find him a career
    opportunity in Atlanta around the team.

    “I’ve been fully consumed in making this team, trying to catch up on
    all these years I missed in football,” Banks told the Atlanta
    Journal-Constitution after Thursday’s preseason game against
    Jacksonville. “My learning curve was definitely different from a lot of
    guys here. I was learning a lot of one-on-on basic things in football,
    as well as the intermediate things in football and meshing it all
    together at once over a small period of time. It was definitely
    challenging but overall I enjoyed myself immensely.”

    THERE IS MORE- — – -BLESS HIM♥. – - –

    -He will B a SUCCESS! :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
    • crazycanuck

      Give him strength

    • jds09

      BAM! PBO is making congress do their jobs. It. Is. On.

      • crazycanuck

        yup

  • GreenLadyHere

    –MR. PRESIDENT: –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLa9Vn3TtIc -

    —FACTS!- –Attack on National Security. –
    – WE SHOULD TAKE — -LIMITED ACTION – -Annnd WE READY. –
    -WILL SEEK ADVICE annnd VOTE of CONGRESS!

  • crazycanuck

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka53s
    Pres. Obama: “For the last few days, we’ve heard from members in congress that they want their voices heard. I absolutely agree”

    • jziglar

      LOL ! I had a feeling that he would ask the Congress to vote for it. Now those punks have to be on record.

      • Miranda

        EXACTLY! They asked for it, they GOT IT.

    • jds09

      This is the serious business of governing. PBO just blew up their already prepared critque/talking points. He said basically, “Man the fuck up.” I love my president, I really do.

    • AxelFoley

      Dat ether.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    They should’ve neva given y’all Twitter!

    Ochocinco’s OCNN @ocnnreport

    Tim Tebow’s Text Messages After Being Released http://ocnnreport.com/?p=21292 pic.twitter.com/dBVcEsEzw8

    • Alma98

      LOL!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – -Oh “MR. COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF”

    – –HOW MANY TERMS were U ELECTED 2 SERVE – –BY the PEOPLE – -OF the PEOPLE annnd 4 the PEOPLE? – -

    – -http://nimg.sulekha.com/others/thumbnailfull/barack-obama-2008-11-2-23-5-27.jpg —-THOUGHT so. HAH – — :>) —

    THANK U SIR♥ –http://nimg.sulekha.com/others/thumbnailfull/barack-obama-2008-11-2-23-5-27.jpg –MASTER STRATEGIST! :>)

  • crazycanuck

    If only

    George Monroe ‏@Nupe1173m
    Can congress impeach itself LOL @cspanwj

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    re: We Are Respectable Negroes blog

    When your name is CHAUNCEY, you have no right to question PBO’s or anyone’s blackness.

    • Miranda

      _____________________________*cough*_____*tears*

    • AxelFoley

      SHAAAAADE

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    House GOP Leadership Statement on Syria

    Posted by Speaker Boehner’s Press Office
    August 31, 2013
    Press Release

    WASHINGTON,DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today issued the following joint statement.

    “Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with
    Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any
    military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions
    being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House
    to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the
    president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.” – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/house-gop-leadership-statement-syria#sthash.29HXfCzN.dpuf

    • Miranda

      THEY.ARE.SICK…….they totally do NOT want to have to make the decision.

    • Aquagranny911

      Goatfiggers just simultaneously dropped their caca. I hope they all made it to the bathroom in time.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Nicholas Kristof @NickKristof 16m
    Feels as if Obama boxed himself in, then was alarmed by polling. Seeking Congress’ OK feels poll driven, not policy driven

    Dave @D_v_E 1m
    .@NickKristof Or maybe the Pres. seeking congressional approval just undermines your preferred narrative? @iboudreau

    • Miranda

      Seriously, the media is trying so hard to paint this as PBO just gung ho to strike Syria with no thought or purpose. They are really showing how not only are they water carriers for the GOP, but that they are just plain STUPID.

      • goldenstar

        This move is sheer brilliance on the part of PBO. He’s a serious chess player. Now Congress has just got caught with a rook on the side and a knight in front with a bishop on the other side.

        Oooooops.

        • AxelFoley

          I don’t even know how to play chess and even I know that was a gangsta move.

    • Worldwatcher7

      “…feels poll driven, not policy driven.”

      Kristof’s comment is driven by his emotions and hopes not facts or logic. How in the hell can he even put something that stupid into writing? How can he “feel” what PBO is thinking?

    • Aquagranny911

      Nick Kristof, go sit on the big cactus & spin & spin & spin….
      you fool!

    • Tafr

      IMO Kristof is being inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive. Now is not the time for gotcha bullshit. These media clowns treat the most serious situations as a game that they watch and bet on. Thank god PBO is above all that.

    • gn

      Chattering class is just pissed because he made a bunch of them look like complete idiots. They don’t understand the President and tend to ascribe the most base motivations to him, only to end up with egg on their faces. If they think that PBO is driven by polls or ego, they are truly intellectually limited and unobservant.

      • nellcote

        Yes, they’ve spent the last week making bets on when the launch would begin. HaHa He fooled them again.

  • Aquagranny911

    My President is brilliant! I loved this tweet from The Axe:

    David Axelrod ✔

    @davidaxelrod

    Big move by POTUS. Consistent with his principles. Congress is now the dog that caught the car. Should be a fascinating week!

    11:15 AM – 31 Aug 2013

    • goldenstar

      Love this: “Dog that caught the car”

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too! A neighbor of ours had an Aussie Shepard dog who was a great herder but ‘Ding’ (dog’s name) also chased cars. I asked the neighbor: “What will he do if he ever catches one?” Reply was: “He doesn’t have a clue that’s why we named him ‘Dingbat’”

        Congress doesn’t have a clue either but they better figure something out so they don’t look any more estupido than they are!

  • Miranda

    NPR News ‏@nprnews13m
    .@deborahamos reporting that Syrian State TV broadcast the speech live, with translations. #Syria “Certainly a first in Syria.”

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Assad probably shayted on hisself.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • aleth

    Checkmate congress! I am sur they working with the press for next week talking point. You complain now debate.