December 21, 2014

Wednesday Evening Thread: ICYMI Videos

In Case You Missed It Today:

Joy-Ann Reid talks to Rod Vereen, the Attorney for Rachel Jeantel:

PoliticsNation discusses the Medical Examiner’s testimony: 

From the July 2nd show, On The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell is joined by Joy-Ann Reid to discuss the latest absurdity with the Snowden comedy: 

 

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  • Miranda

    The Problem With Saying ‘Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt’
    Can you really put a price on a child’s life?
    STACIA L. BROWNJUL 1 2013, 3:28 PM ET

    Every year, I teach writer Elna Baker’s essay, “Babies Buying Babies” to my freshman composition classes as an introduction to narrative and critical thinking. We listen to her This American Life recording and I watch the students cringe, chuckle, and scoff as she recounts her former job at FAO Schwartz, where white Upper East Side moms refused to buy certain dolls because of their skin color. In the end, as non-black minority dolls gradually begin to be “adopted,” Baker admits, “What were left were incubator upon incubator of black baby dolls.”

    Class discussion is predictable. “It’s [insert year here]! I can’t believe we haven’t gotten past this!” Obama is often evoked as an arbiter of how much less racist these18-year-olds think the country is now than it was “back in the day.” Usually my goal, to remind students of the insidious ways in which racial prejudice impacts even the most innocuous of activities, is achieved. But last year, a black student raised her hand. “I don’t see that much wrong with this,” she shrugged. “My mom only bought me dolls that looked like me, too.” As other students nodded, I thought to myself, it’s time to reassess this lesson.

    more here: http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/the-problem-with-saying-black-babies-cost-less-to-adopt/277452/

    • Town

      LOL I remember one Christmas Eve about 5 years ago there were no more white Cabbage Patch dolls left at Walmart. There were plenty of black Cabbage Patch dolls and all the white people who came in at the last minute to get a CP doll were left sad and dejected b/c the only CP dolls left were black………….and it was too late to run around to various stores to find a white doll. LOL!!

      • Aquagranny911

        I have a funny story about CP dolls. The year they first came out, ’82 or ’83 I think it was. My girls all wanted one. There was an insanity & frenzy over the dolls that offended me & they were expensive for my budget. So I told the girls not to expect one under the tree. They were almost impossible to get where we were living then unless I wanted to take up mugging successful shoppers in mall parking lots.

        Unknown to me, Mama went to Mexico & purchased three of them there. The girls were thrilled & so was I a bit because these dolls were ethnically Hispanic with subtly browner skin & dark hair & eyes.

        Youngest daughter came home indignant one day because another child told her;

        “Your doll isn’t a real Cabbage Patch doll. She’s brown not pink & she has a funny name.”

        This gave us one of those opportunities to have the Discussion (I’m sure you know the one I mean)

        Anyway, I read somewhere that these dolls are big collectors items now because there were so few of them made. My daughters still have theirs, in fact their own children play with them.

      • conlakappa

        I worked with a woman whose mother hadn’t looked carefully when buying her a “Barbie bighead” so on Chrristmas Day everyone was shocked when it was the black version. She said they all stopped for a minute and she shrugged and started combing there.

    • isonprize

      OK, I have to admit that I agree with some of the comments. This was a very strange article, or at minimum, very poorly written. There are a whole bunch of mixed messages.

      The author compares the ‘left-over’ black dolls with lower adoption rates for black babies. She conflates newborn adoptions with foster care adoptions. It’s just a weird little article all the way around, in my opinion.

      • Aquagranny911

        I agree that the article was really disjointed.

  • creolechild

    Laissez le bon temps rouler, chere…

    Sweeping NOPD reform strategy outlined in federal consent decree – Posted on June 24, 2013

    Taking aim at a long history of civil rights abuses, corruption and slipshod oversight within the New Orleans Police Department, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu unfurled a bevy of sweeping reforms Tuesday afternoon in the nation’s most expansive consent decree to date.

    The long-awaited agreement, to be overseen by an appointed monitor and U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan, amounts to a 492-point, court-enforced action plan for overhauling NOPD policies and practices — from when officers can pull their weapons to the kind of data they track.[….]

    Read more: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/07/federal_consent_decree_outline.html

    H/T Brendan McCarthy

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEEY creolechild. —***BIG HUG** —:>)

      – – -Uhhhhh – -Did U ax’ 4 DIS??– -LOL – –

      – Annnd – — -Woo! Hoo!—ON THIS – – ->Taking aim at a long history of civil rights abuses, corruption and slipshod oversight within the New Orleans Police Department, U.S.
      Attorney General Eric Holder and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu unfurled a bevy of sweeping reforms Tuesday afternoon
      - – –

      — -BLESS this –“DYNAMIC DUO” [of “BROTHAS” –RESPECTFULLY. ] :>) – – –

      Creolechild – -Good 2 C U. :>)- –

  • JB20005

    “Liberal” Mother Jones columnist Kevin Drum gets in touch with his inner teabagger and calls the POTUS a “Chicago Thug”.

    But he meant it in a totally ironic hipster sort of way, so that makes it all bet…

    No, fuck Kevin Drum’s racist carcass.

    • AxelFoley

      They’re lighting his monkey ass up on Twitter.

      • Aquagranny911

        Good! I donate one of those rockets they light off for July 4th. Make sure it is aligned square in the orifice.

  • crazycanuck

    Where is everyone? I think I need an intervention. I’m becoming OBSESSED with Fleetwood Mac, yes you heard me, Fleetwood Mac. Discovered them on youtube, and I can’t get enough. Talk about DRAMA lol, This group could write the book. Along with the music, I’m hooked.

    • PBomb

      I was introduced to Fleetwood Mac in high school, senior year, when I worked at this cafe part time.

      Favorite song is Everywhere.

    • Aquagranny911

      I can’t help you at all. I like Fleetwood Mac myself.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL crazycanuck — –***BIG HUG*** :>) — -Me 2. :>)

      ENJOY. :>) – – -[HARMONY >) –My FAV.]

      Good 2 C U cc. :>)–

    • Admiral_Komack

      Don’t sweat it.
      I like Chicago.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —A PASSING: – — –

    – – –Visionary Inventor of Computer Mouse Dead – – —

    — –Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs, and the Internet, has died at the age of 88. Back in the 1950s and `60s, when mainframes took up entire rooms and were fed data on punch cards, Engelbart already was envisioning a world in which people used computers to share ideas about solving problems. He said his work was all about “augmenting human intellect,” but it boiled down to making computers user-friendly. One of the biggest advances was the mouse, which he developed in the 1960s and patented in 1970. At the time, it was a wooden shell covering two metal wheels: an “X-Y position indicator for a display system.”
    — — -SNIP – —
    –Engelbart’s lab also helped develop ARPANet, the government research network that led to the Internet.

    THERE IS MORE – – – –

    —RIHEP —CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/USERS. — –***raises hand*** :>) – – –

    Soooooo — -THIS –DI-INT HAPPEN: –Claim: Vice-President Al Gore claimed that he “invented” the Internet. – – –LOL –

  • JB20005

    On the 150th anniversary of the final day of Gettysburg: What history would say if written by Firebaggers…

    “Lincoln kills 4,708 confederate whistleblowers without due process.”

    “Confederates not traitors, just trying to shine a light on Executive overreach.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —-OUR BELOVED –Ms. JOY-d’ANN[ihilator] – – -is jus’ — -DA BIZNESS.♥ —:>)

    Because I don’t know all of her history, thought I’d post her bio :>)

    – – – -About Joy-Ann Reid- –
    — – — Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid is the managing editor of TheGrio.com and an on-air contributor on MSNBC. She is also a political columnist for the Miami Herald and editor of the political blog The Reid Report. Joy has worked in television and radio news since 1998, including for WTVJ and Fox station WSVN. In addition to the Herald, her columns have appeared on Salon.com, TheGrio, CommonDreams.org, in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the South Florida Times. From 2006-2007 she produced and co-hosted “Wake Up South Florida,” the morning show for Radio One’s then-Miami affiliate WTPS, alongside 30-year radio veteran James T. Ms. Reid is a graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in visual arts with a concentration in documentary film, and a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She has appeared as a political commentator on national and local television and radio, including MSNBC, CNBC, Miami PBS affiliate WPBT, on WTVJ/NBC 6, Britain’s Sky News and Miami radio stations Hot 105 and 103.5 The Beat. She and her husband are producing the documentary “The Fight Years” for WPBT in Miami.

    — –CONGRATULATIONS! – -PROUD of U♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- –2nd TIME AROUND – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) – – –

    – — Natasha Trethewey Appointed to a Second Term as Poet Laureate of the United States – – -:>) – –

    — — -Natasha Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, was reappointed to another term as Poet Laureate of the United States. She is also serving a four-year term as the poet laureate of the state of Mississippi.

    James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, stated, “The Library and the country are fortunate Natasha Trethewey will continue her work as Poet Laureate. Natasha’s first term was a resounding success, and we could not be more thrilled with her plans for the coming year.” – —
    THERE IS MORE. – — —CONGRATULATIONS -:>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT –JULY 3 – —

    – – -JULY 3, 1940 ->Fontella Bass, rhythm and blues singer noted for her recording of”Rescue Me”, is born. :>)

    – — –
    Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
    – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) –[d, 2012]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -Aww — What a TRIBUTE 2 his DAD – –:>)

    – — -Son of late rapper Nate Dogg to play football at U of Arizona – – –

    — -West coast rapper and singer Nate Dogg passed away tragically from complications from multiple strokes in 2011, but his legacy still lives on the football gridiron.Naijiel Hale, Nate Dogg’s only son, has accepted an offer to play collegiate football at the University of Arizona.

    The four-star recruit announced at The Opening on ESPNU yesterday that he will be taking his talents to Tucson.

    Hale attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California along with fellow top recruit Jaleel Wadood. Najijiel is listed as the 20th best cornerback in the country by Scout.com, 28th by 247Sports.com, and 33rd by Rivals.com.
    THERE IS MORE – – –CONGRATULATIONS! –PROUD of U

    — –MY FAV :>) - – :>) [RIHEP]

  • GreenLadyHere