Rise and Shine

Medgar Evers July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963 (by Sam Hundley)



10:0: The President departs the White House

11:25: Arrives Boston

1:45: Delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury Crossing, MA

2:45: Departs Boston

5:40: Arrives Miami

7:05: Delivers remarks at a DNC event (Private Residence)

8:55: Delivers remarks at a DNC event (Private Residence)

9:55: Departs Miami

12:20: Arrives the White House



AP: Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to remain mired in bitterness and anger, 50 years after a sniper’s bullet made her a widow.

Instead, she’s determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers — a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Events including a black-tie gala are being held this week to remember Evers, the first Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was 37 when he was assassinated on June 12, 1963.

“We are cursed as human beings with this element that’s called hatred, prejudice and racism,” said Evers-Williams, now 80. “But it is my belief that, as it was Medgar’s, that there is something good and decent in each and every one of us, and we have to call on that, and we have to find a way to work together.”

More here




In this June 15, 1963, file photo, mourners march to the Jackson, Miss., funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

ABC: It has been 50 years since the shocking slaying of Medgar Evers. The civil rights activist and NAACP field secretary fought for equality on many levels, from organizing voter drives and protests against discrimination, to calling for legal investigations into school segregation and the lynching of Emmett Till.

Evers was returning from a meeting when he was gunned down by a white supremacist in the driveway of his Mississippi home. His death, coming just hours after a speech on civil rights by President John F. Kennedy, sparked a national outpouring of mourning and outrage.

More here









Francis Wilkinson (Bloomberg): The immigration crucible begins this week in the Senate, where conservatives opposed to legalizing undocumented immigrants will begin a summer siege.

The legislation will both expose and challenge the core pathology of the Republican Party – that recurring tic by which the least constructive faction on any particular issue calls the ideological tune. (A budget compromise to put the nation’s fiscal policy on track? Nah. Let’s hold the global economy hostage over the debt ceiling instead. Negotiate improvements to Obamacare? No way: Better to cast toy repeal votes by the dozens.)

Immigration is different from other issues in a powerful way.

After five decades of using race as a political wedge to win elections, a process that transferred Dixie from Democratic to Republican control, Republicans can draw upon little goodwill from racial minorities. The party’s undisguised efforts to destroy the first black president will cement black allegiance to the Democratic Party for decades to come…..

More here



Reuters: The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to begin consideration of a White House-backed bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, burying a procedural roadblock that opponents regularly use to delay or kill legislation.

With last November’s election indicating broad support for the landmark measure, even some senators who have expressed opposition voted to allow the debate and amendment process to commence.

By a vote of 82-15, the Senate cleared the way for consideration of the measure that could stretch through the end of this month.

Foes quickly offered amendments to change or even kill it.

More here



Washington Post: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made history Tuesday, becoming the first senator of the modern era to deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in Spanish as he explained his support for a bipartisan immigration bill up for consideration.

Over the course of a 14-minute speech, Kaine said he wanted to use the Spanish-speaking skills he learned working in Honduras in order to explain aspects of the bill to the roughly 40 million Spanish speakers living in the United States.

“El senado ha comenzado un debate histórico sobre una reforma migratoria comprensiva,” Kaine said at the start of his remarks. Roughly translated, he said that “The Senate has started an historic debate about comprehensive immigration reform.”

More here



Steve Benen: Senate efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform got off to a very strong start with an 82-to-15 vote on the motion to proceed, getting the debate underway in earnest. All 15 opponents were, not surprisingly, Republicans.

This does not mean, of course, that the bipartisan legislation has 82 supporters or will end up with 82 votes, but given last week’s skepticism about the fate of the bill, the lopsided vote on the motion to proceed sent a fairly loud signal that the bill is in reasonably good shape.

So good, in fact, that one of the Senate’s most right-wing opponents of immigration reform, on the very first day of the floor debate, is already signaling defeat….

More here



The Atlantic: Joe Biden went nearly full Biden at a fundraiser for Democratic Representative Ed Markey tonight, covering everything from gun control to Al Gore to the “two freshman senators” that he just can’t fathom anyone is really listening to.

…. “I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky — or the old senator from Kentucky. Think about this,” he said. “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate? That is not hyperbole.”

More here



NYT: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a sharp escalation in the battle over gun control, is seeking to punish Democratic senators by taking away the one thing they most need from New Yorkers: money.

On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg will send a personal letter to hundreds of the biggest Democratic donors in New York urging them to cut off contributions to the four Democratic senators who helped block a bill in April that would have strengthened background checks on gun purchasers.

The move could inflame tensions that have simmered for weeks between Mr. Bloomberg, who blames the four Democrats for the defeat of the bill, and Democratic Senate leaders, who have privately told City Hall that the attacks can serve only to empower a Republican majority openly hostile to Mr. Bloomberg’s priorities.

…. the four Democratic senators who sided with Republicans filibustering the background check bill — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — have raised more than $2.2 million from New York.

More here



Headline of the week?

‘Darrell Issa Refuses To Release ‘Evidence’ That Obama Conspired With IRS To Target Tea Party’ (ThinkProgress)

He thinks it would be “reckless”.

L, O and L.




158 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Allison
    June 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    GM all!!

  2. June 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

  3. 14 GGAIL
    June 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks. What a Rise n Shine!

  4. 20 Linda
    June 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

    IMO This is the best Freedom song ever.

  5. June 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Double whammy as far as the weather today…Hot AND Humid. Will be doing as little as possible outside.

    Everyone have a great day!

  6. June 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Made this comment at the end of the last post, not realizing Chipsticks already had us Rising and Shining…

    Whenever we hear that a planned terrorist attack was thwarted, how do they think the CIA/NSA was able to do that? The MSM represents their “journalists” as being knowledgeable…more knowledgeable than we are. If this is how they show it, someone is being overpaid…much like those private contractors.

  7. June 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Sorry if already posted. What Snowden suggests he COULD HAVE DONE with data is actually ILLEGAL. From the LAT:

    Analyst overstated claims on NSA leaks, experts say
    Amid questions over how Edward Snowden gained access to critical data, experts cite the technical limits and far-reaching oversight within the agency.


    But analysts said that Snowden seems to have greatly exaggerated the amount of information available to him and people like him.

    Any NSA analyst “at any time can target anyone, any selector, anywhere,” Snowden told the Guardian. “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had a personal email.”

    Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer at the NSA and CIA, called the claim a “complete and utter” falsehood.

    “First of all it’s illegal,” he said. “There is enormous oversight. They have keystroke auditing. There are, from time to time, cases in which some analyst is [angry] at his ex-wife and looks at the wrong thing and he is caught and fired,” he said.

    NSA analysts who have the authority to query databases of metadata such as phone records — or Internet content, such as emails, videos or chat logs — are subject to stringent internal supervision and also the external oversight of the foreign surveillance court, former NSA officials said.

    “It’s actually very difficult to do your job,” said a former senior NSA operator, who also declined be quoted by name because of the sensitive nature of the case. “There are all these checks that don’t allow you to move agilely enough.”

    For example, the former operator said, he had go through an arduous process to obtain FISA court permission to gather Internet data on a foreign nuclear weapons proliferator living abroad because some of the data was passing through U.S. wires.

    “When he’s saying he could just put any phone number in and look at phone calls, it just doesn’t work that way,” he said. ” It’s absurd. There are technical limits, and then there are people who review these sorts of queries.”

    More here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-spy-access-20130611,0,171405.story

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      June 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

      So, meta, this tells us that Snowden was well and truly set up. He does not personally know what he’s talking about, so either he’s a wealthy free lance lunatic who can afford to stay in high end Hong Kong hotels, or he was deliberately misinformed, or the people setting up thought they could slide by on squishy information. They did manage to create a stir, but now the rat stench is getting stronger.

      • June 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

        Yes, those are all very good questions that need answers.

        I’m wondering why/how he was probing and how he purportedly saw things he shouldn’t have and assumed he could go further without confronting the built-in safeguards? Just plain stupidity and/or the goading from those who were grooming him? We know Glenzilla is likely testing the limits for his own self-gratification. Poitras has an axe to grind with the government, so her story about Snowden reaching out to her also enhances her career. A very tangled mess. I hope we get to the TRUTH and they are all exposed.

      • June 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        It’s a shame, because by the end of the week he’s probably going to be arrested and/or assassinated — watch.

    • 30 57andfemale
      June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

      The media is a disgrace. Days later, has anyone in the press bothered to find out what an ‘infrastructure analyst’ does? He allegedly worked for Dell before Booz Allen, who had a contract with the NSA. He was apparently not an NSA employee, but gained his clearance through this outrageous privatization of our intelligence apparatus. What did he do there? Was he a computer technician? What what in his actual job description?

      I was on my way to work listening to Stephanie Miller and didn’t hear the whole interview with Markos, but he actually made sense (at least at the beginning of the interview). Oversight. There needs to be better, comprehensive, non-political agenda oversight by either Congress, a truly independent judiciary or even a more ‘imaginative’ approach.

      Markos said (I couldn’t believe it): The ‘oversight shouldn’t be the NYT.

      If we cut out all the nonsensical hyperbole, that should be an idea we can all get our brains around. Dianne Feinstein said she’d be happy to have ongoing oversight. The problem, of course, if what has to be classified or we lose all intelligence defenses. But there is opportunity for abuse of this uber-expensive, uber-powerful intelligence apparatus and the turning over of WAY too much of our government to profit-driven private companies.

      There is real substance to discuss here, and hopefully find some better balance and checks. It is ridiculous and unhelpful for the loony left to call PBO names over this when the problem is institutional, not personal.

  8. June 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good morning everyone. So thankful to see the honour paid to those who came before. Although the memories are, in many cases harsh, the retrospective helps to put the present in perspective. Those early civil rights leaders inspired not only their local environment but the world. Personally, I have always been inspired by Evers, King, Malcolm X, Carmichael. These enduring legacies serve to help us move forward. Thanks, Chips, LL, UT. The past two days have been terrific.

  9. June 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. June 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    “Joe Biden Can’t Believe Republicans Listen to ‘Two Freshman Senators”


    Joe Biden went nearly full Biden at a fundraiser for Democratic Representative Ed Markey tonight, covering everything from gun control to Al Gore to the “two freshman senators” that he just can’t fathom anyone is really listening to.

    “I’m not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the people I’m going to mention. But the last thing in the world we need now is someone who will go down to the United States Senate and support Ted Cruz, support the new senator from Kentucky — or the old senator from Kentucky. Think about this,” he said. “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate? That is not hyperbole.”

    “I called 17 senators out, 9 of whom were Republicans,” he added. “Not one of offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn’t vote for the background check. But almost to a person, they said, ‘I don’t want to take on Ted Cruz. I don’t want to take on Rand Paul. They’ll be in my district.’

    “I actually said, ‘Are you kidding? These are two freshman,’” Biden added. “This is a different, party folks.”

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Our wonderful VP just described a party sick to its core. When fear is your only operating motive–fear of a loud mouth, fear of the tea party, fear for your job, you are unworthy to serve in any public post, let alone the US Senate. I wish Joe Biden would say this publicly every day. There is only one sane party left int he US, however imperfect it may be. Individual Democrats may be fearful, but at least they’re trying . Republicans have simply given up, surrendering everything they may ever have stood for to the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party–oops, I repeated myself.

    • June 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thank a million swbluega, added a clip and link to the post

    • 37 debz
      June 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

      What are they so afraid of? What power do these 2 lunatics have? none. The idea that the tea party right is so powerful is absurd. The repugs who have been voting for these guys for years will continue to vote for them.

    • June 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Great article. Hell, even Marco Rubio and Scott Brown (thanks to Senators Nelson and Kerry, respectively, who I’m sure “reminded” them who the senior senators from those states were/are) knew their place when they got to the Senate.

  11. June 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a super-fantastic day today. Thank God that President Obama is still The President of United States of America.

  12. 41 LDS
    June 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Congratulations Allison!
    Ms. Chips, what a powerful Rise and Shine to wake up to. Mrs. Edgers just makes by heart burst with pride.
    Talk about standing in grace…..she is definitely one of my sheroes. When I look at the picture of her consoling her son, I am reminded of Yolanda Adams’ song, “What About The Children?”
    I am so glad POB is our President. A gentle soul who cares.

  13. 43 utaustinliberal
    June 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Chiparoo, this is a fantastic tribute to the hero Medgar Evers. What a powerful Rise and Shine! Medgar is the perfect example of a hero. One who fought for justice, fairness, equality; and gave his life to those honorable causes so that future generations would live free to pursue their dreams. Thank you so much for this.

    • June 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

      My pleasure UT, thank you so much. An extraordinary man with an extraordinary family. A true hero.

    • 45 99ts
      June 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

      GM Ms Chips and UT – I can only second every word you say – I am learning, learning about US history – soon I should be able to teach civics. 🙂 What amazing heroes are the many civil rights campaigners.

      I do find it so sad – that even today, young men can still die for the crime of walking while black. What is worse, are the many who think his death was “justified”. One hopes there is some sanity left in Florida.

  14. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    June 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, Chips, and thanks for the great R&S. Here are my two takeaways from this week so far: 1) privitization of national security (or prisons or schools, or any public institution) rarely works and has to be severely curtailed; and 2) now more than ever our president NEEDS a Democratic Congress–so everybody get out and work like we’ve never worked before. LEAVE NO VOTE UNCAPTURED in 2014!! Instead of being demoralized by these ludicrous faux outrages, as was the intent, I am now mad as hell and am not going to take it. We not allow all the work we did in 2008 and 2012 to die in the hands of a disreputable, cowardly Republican Party. I’m in for PBO in 2014 and I’m in it to win!

  15. 48 carolyn
    June 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    These memorials to Medgar Evers bring up powerful memories in me. I was a young, white woman, who had not lived where these events took place, but was powerfully impacted. When I watched the TV newscasts, what struck me was the total dignity of the sufferers, and the inhuman ferocity of the attackers. Those painted an indelible picture on my mind.
    I always tie that in with a dinner my family had in about 1952 in San Francisco. An African American family from Cleveland who were wonderful singers came to our church for a morning service, and to our house for dinner that Sunday noon. I’ll never forget their talking about the rising of the AAs in our country. They faced us with the fact of what the white oppressors had done, and that some day life would be quite different, that the people of color would come into their own and, one day there would be a president of color. My folks’ mouths dropped open.
    In San Francisco I attended school with people of every country and every shade of skin. My friends were of all kinds……a wonderful youth experience. I listened with fascination.
    When I heard President Obama’s 2004 speech, I was taken back to that dinner, and I think of it all the time. I hope and pray that those wonderful people lived to see what I have been privileged to see. We all have vivid scenes in our memories, and that dinner has remained with me. I’m thankful for that experience, and so thankful for President Obama.

    • 49 LDS
      June 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Carolyn, what beautiful memories. That is what matters.
      I am the experience and it is the white people who were kind that helped me to calm the anger. As children we were never taught to hate. I am so grateful for that. As a child I could never understand why we had to pray for people who hated us. Now, I do and I am a better person for it all. My grandparents told us things would be different, if we had hope. Thank God they had enough for us to believe it cold happen. Our dinners were special, also. Thank you for reminding me this morning how special.

  16. 50 MightyPamela
    June 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Morning, everyone. 51F, breezy, partly cloudy….. Summer in Seattle.

  17. 52 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Congrats Allison on #1! Thanks again Chips for this excellent tribute to Medgar Evers and great round-up!!

  18. 54 utaustinliberal
    June 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

  19. 55 LDS
    June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Jackie, I am feeling the same way. I thought I was going to leave the country in 2016 and forget about everything and everybody.
    I know now that was my emotions trying to take over……again.
    Too many people died. Too much blood was shed. FOR NOTHING!
    This will never end. This is life. Ours and those to come. Those who were the first ones here, born and raised here, coming here.
    This different party of Repubs are evil. This will never end until the end, whichever comes first. I’m in it to win it 2014 and beyond!

  20. 56 Jovie
    June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I don’t like it when Bloomberg comes out more forcefully against Democrats than Republicans, on gun control.
    It’s not even close both sides do it crap, and yet if you read this, you would think democrats are against gun control, all the headlines.
    RNC shit right there!

  21. 65 Jovie
    June 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

  22. 66 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    • 67 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

      And Snowden adds another brick to the wall he is building?

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        June 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

        Quote from above mentioned article: ‘Ex-CIA contractor speaks to reporter from secret location in Hong Kong, revealing fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China.’

        “People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” said Snowden told the Post earlier today.

        He vowed to fight any extradition attempt by the US government, saying: “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system.’’

        {I am not hiding, but I want you to protect me. Contradictory much?]

        • 69 57andfemale
          June 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

          What about the cyber attacks BY China on the U.S.?!?!? This guy is an effing traitor, if he’s defending China from the big, bad U.S.


        • 70 jacquelineoboomer
          June 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

          Yeah, here’s there to “reveal criminality.” His own.

      • 71 globalcitizenlinda
        June 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

        Snowden is determine to remain the focus of global headlines

  23. 72 Jovie
    June 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Debt ceiling battle coming right up- they want another sequester on top of the one we have.
    Holy shit !


  24. 75 JER
    June 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    LIVE NOW: The President departs for Boston: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  25. 76 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

  26. 78 Jovie
    June 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

  27. 86 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • June 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Oh my gaaaawd….. “revealing fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China”

      Okay, I think we know what ‘side’ he’s on now.

      • 88 99ts
        June 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

        This is just horrible – there are no words – not only about Snowden – but the media – talk about being duped!

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Yes, Hf, this is the article I shared the quotation from at comment #60 above. Snowden is not afraid to speak out, but he’s putting his fate in the hands of HK leaders. 🙄

    • 90 Lovepolitics2008
      June 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      What is this guy’s AGENDA ?? It’s impossible he doesn’t know that China is doing a lot of espionage in the US. So what the hell is he doing undermining the capacity of the US to defend itself?

      WHO is he working FOR ?????? Or is he NUTS ?

      One thing for certain: he’s not going to get too much support in America. CHINA ? Really?

  28. 91 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • 92 CEB
      June 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Treason, pure and simple. Something serious needs to be done about this guy and whoever set him up to be a mole; the sooner the better.

      • 93 jackiegrumbacher
        June 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Honestly, CEB, I think there’s something pathological about the guy. He’s definitely not normal and has clearly lost any moral compass he might once have had. Think about this situation if it were reversed and a Chinese informer were in the US spilling beans to NSA. How would China regard him? What label would you think would be applied to the guy in the China media?

    • 94 Linda
      June 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Now he is a defector too.

  29. 95 sonjiaduncan
    June 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Chips thank you so much for the information on Medgar Evers. I was able to send it to my younger family and friends who knew little of this history.

    • June 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      My pleasure Sonjia, thank you. There was so much I didn’t know about the man and his work, so the videos and articles were a real education for me.

  30. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    June 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

    thanks a lot for the content of this blog post – what a legacy!

    what a blessing for me and others that so many people of courage where determined to make such personal contribution to human dignity, equality and fairness.

    We owe so many people so much!

  31. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    June 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

      • 100 globalcitizenlinda
        June 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

        it may be my imagination but it seems that PBO, the senior staff at the WH and most of the former advisors are deliberately remaining mum.

        they seem to be ignoring the mass hysteria and going about their business of trying to solve priority problems.

        even BFD VP Biden is not saying a thing.

        • 101 Layla
          June 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

          Hey, no it is not your imagination! PBO knows exactly who did what and when. He is just giving people enough rope to hang themselves.

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      June 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Love that!

      • 103 Layla
        June 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Hey JB, hope you are feeling well this morning. I am still decompressing from the events of the last few days. I cannot wait for PBO to go BOOM! Remember in one interview when PBO stated he gives people the benefit of the doubt but when he has had enough, he stated “I will crush them” I am anxiously waiting for that moment.

        • 104 jacquelineoboomer
          June 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

          I am well, thank you.

          “I will crush them,” he said. Well, “We will wait to see that, Mr. President!!!!!!!!!”

  32. 105 Linda
    June 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Did anyone catch Morning Jokes meltdown this morning ? Tweety was laughing in his face……Ratner smacked him around….Sam Stein also disagreed….that Roberts person also not in line with him…..Mika even got him yelling.

    The only person I saw that agreed was that sad sack Jeffrey Sachs.

  33. 108 Gazelle
    June 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Chips, what a fabulous R&S. Thank you.

  34. 111 Linda
    June 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Sales of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” have jumped over 7,000% since the beginning of the week, according to the Wall Street Journal…….

    Americans are so easily led around by a ring in their noses……May they need to read Animal Farm too…since they are SHEEP !

    • 112 Layla
      June 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

      according to the Wall Street Journal…….that tells you pretty much all you need to know!!!

    • 113 globalcitizenlinda
      June 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      question is : will be just a fashionable accessory for one’s bookshelf or to carry on the commuter train or will people really read it

  35. June 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    LIne to see President Obama in MA…… #enthusiasmgap

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    • 115 globalcitizenlinda
      June 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

      well, it seems that people are not listening to those who are trying hard to convince us of how bad PBO is to the people he leads

    • 116 debz
      June 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I guess none of these people have been listening to GG and Chris Hayes! Don’t they know they are supposed to hate the President?

    • 117 Gazelle
      June 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      LOL! I only see Old White Men! 😉

  36. 118 arapaho415
    June 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Lawrence was on fire last night. His segment on “50 Years Ago Today” should required viewing for all Americans and students.

    He begain his piece with JFK’s Friday (June 11) speech in response to sending in a NATIONALIZED Alabama National Guard against George Wallace illegal racism (with a guest appearance of a reference to Vietnam), to Medgar Evers murder just after midnight that night, concluding with the degregation of Boston schools.

    10:22 minutes

  37. 119 amk for obama
    June 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

    messi in tax fraud mess to the tune of 4 mil euros.


  38. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    June 12, 2013 at 11:17 am


    Chips – This entire post is stunning, from start to finish. I will try to read all of it.

    The young widows of the ’60s, from Jacqueline Kennedy on, were the most gracious women I’ve ever seen, before or since, other than in my own family. Somehow, they were able to bring a whole nation in mourning back onto the road less traveled, toward equality for all. Those widows were heroines to many of us. The heart breaks thinking of them.

    We all know we’re not where we should be, even now. But ya can’t say we didn’t have role models, and that’s the only thing I’m really sure about.

    • June 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Morning Jacqueline! You know, the videos are almost too painful to watch, and the photos too, what an amazing life.

    • June 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

      You make an excellent point, one that I hadn’t quite really put together. They were all amazing women in their own right and exhibited tremendous courage at all times.

      • 129 jacquelineoboomer
        June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

        I’m not sure I had put it together myself, before this.

        Chips brings us inspiration every day, to try to figure out all the stuff running through our brains!

    • 130 vcprezofan2
      June 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I do agree with CC that the videos are hard to watch. They seem to shatter something inside when I (try to) watch humans treating others so inhumanely, and on such a large scale, and no one to intervene. JO’B in a way you verbalized something I was thinking while watching the Myrlie Evers video. My approach though was to think ‘How did these men of courage, purpose and destiny know how to choose the women they did?’ Virtually all of them seem to have unerringly chosen strong, dignified women. Or are (all) (intelligent) women strong? {Yea, my last part is rambling, but I did note the grace under fire that so many of these wives displayed.}

      • 131 jacquelineoboomer
        June 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        Your point is well taken. We don’t know if those men of courage knew their full destinies when they chose the women they did, of course. But the widows certainly remained behind with the same courage and purpose as their fallen husbands, with words to continue saying and with children to raise.

        I also never quite verbalized this before. But I remember back in the ’60s, in my late teens/early 20s, first seeing the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy, a young woman herself at the time, when widowed. And then I compared the grace of Coretta Scott King, and they seemed equal. In my heart, I felt that Mrs. King – even with her burden of sorrow – knew that she was representing all of the black women who had suffered before her and were still suffering. I truly believed she knew intuitively (without even thinking) that she had to show that her husband’s death was JUST AS IMPORTANT as her former President’s death, white or black, black or white, down to the mantilla and gloves she wore, as Mrs. Kennedy had worn, although Mrs. King did not need to copy anyone. Anyway, as a young woman who noticed those style things, too, it hit me that way, and we were all talking about it back then.


        Mrs. King was the epitome of gracefulness and dignity (as was Mrs. Evers, of course). She made the two assassinations (not to mention the others in the ’60s) appear to be losses for ALL OF US. And, of course, they were losses for the world at large. I hate thinking, even now, how much further we might have come as a nation, if all of these great men were not assassinated in their prime.

  39. 136 arapaho415
    June 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Can someone please educate Edward Snowden wannabes what actual suppression of truth looks like?


  40. June 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

  41. 138 JER
    June 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    LIVE NOW: The President arrives in Boston – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  42. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    June 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m going to take the liberty of moving over two of Bobfr’s tweets from yesterday, ICYMI. They are both succinct and exotic, if Bob doesn’t mind that description! Bravo Zulu, Bob!

    (From land grabs to cash flow … and this is only part of the shame on our nation)

  43. June 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

  44. 150 amk for obama
    June 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

  45. June 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Will post a heads-up next for the Ed Markey event

  46. 152 desertflower
    June 12, 2013 at 11:52 am


    TODAY ‏@todayshow 2m
    Girl who sparked debate gets lung transplant: http://on.today.com/ZJELTP
    Retweeted by Goldie Taylor
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    I wish her well.

  47. 153 desertflower
    June 12, 2013 at 11:56 am


    (Reuters) – Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was responding better to treatment in hospital on Wednesday morning after a “difficult last few days”, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma said.

    Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was rushed to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday in a “serious but stable” condition suffering from a recurring lung infection. He was spending a fifth day under the care of its doctors.

    “We are very happy with the progress that he is now making,” Zuma said in a speech to parliament.

    “We urge South Africans and the international community to continue to keep President Mandela and the medical team in their thoughts and prayers,” he told parliamentarians who burst into applause.

    Good thoughts go out to him.

  48. 156 desertflower
    June 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Get the Money out of politics!!!!


    For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant.

    At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate lunch with lobbyists in a Capitol Hill town house. The day might wrap up in an arena sky box in downtown Washington, watching a basketball game with donors.

    In between, there is “call time” – up to four or five hours a day for lawmakers in tough re-election campaigns – in telemarketing-style cubicles a few hundred yards from the Capitol. The call centers, set up by the Democratic and Republican parties, allow lawmakers to chase the checks that fuel campaigns without violating rules that ban fundraising from their offices.

    For many lawmakers, the daily routine in Washington involves fundraising as much as legislating. The culture of nonstop political campaigning shapes the rhythms of daily life in Congress, as well as the landscape around the Capitol.

    It also means that lawmakers often spend more time listening to the concerns of the wealthy than anyone else.

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