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The Medal of Freedom Recipients

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  1. 1 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi!!

  2. November 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ah, this was just added to YouTube, so added to the post!

  3. November 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Bringing this over:

    Now, I assume any nuclear deal with Iran has to be approved by the Senate. Earlier, McCain and his confreres were supportive of negotiations. I wonder if they’ll be able to put aside the filibuster issue and do what’s good for the country and the world.

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    November 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    As we TODers have long suspected….

  5. 12 yardarm756
    November 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Admiral Chips and TODers be advised that yardarm 756 will be taking in the mooring lines and getting underway for the North woods…….It was good to see C.T. Vivian. I did some community organizing with him and others shortly after Dr. King was assassinated…….Hail and farewell.
    BTW I got an old book for you LL. I’ll put it up as soon as I can find the damn thing. πŸ™‚

  6. November 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    More great progress:

  7. November 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hope you folk don’t mind me re-posting this particular tweet, but I’m just so proud of the OFA Truth Squad for the quality of graphics they have consistently created, this being yet another instance. It appears they’ve been recruited by Senator Reid, as well – his tweets yesterday were really powerful messages re: need to nuke the filibuster.

    Also, am thrilled that so many folk are bringing attention to Federalist #22. Highly relevant!!!

    #TrustBarack

  8. 43 CaliCat
    November 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Netroots/Daily Kos are taking full credit for the filibuster change. They think they forced Reid’s hand with their online petitions. Lol why am I surprised?

  9. November 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  10. 50 yardarm756
    November 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    LL here’s a little known book that I had to use several times, back in the day.

    The Negro Motorist Green Book is the subject of today’s “Little-Known Black History Fact.”

    The Negro Motorist Green Book was a publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That’s when they turned to “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company. Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was Now we can travel without embarassment.

    The Green Book often provided information on local tourist homes, which were private residences owned by blacks and open to travelers. It was especially helpful to blacks that traveled through sunset towns or towns that publicly stated that blacks had to leave the town by sundown or it would be cause for arrest. Also listed were hotels, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, garages, liquor stores, ball parks and taverns. It also provided a listing of the white-owned, black-friendly locations for accommodations and food.

    The publication was free, with a 10-cent cost of shipping. As interest grew, the Green Book solicited salespersons nationwide to build its ad sales.

    Inside the pages of the Green Book were action photos of the various locations, along with historical and background information for the readers’ review. Within the pages of the introduction, the guide states, There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States .”

    The Green Book printed its last copy in 1964 after the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

    οΏ½

    http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negro_motorist_green_bk.htm

    οΏ½

    Here is the 1949 book in its entirety

    The Negro Motorist Green Book is the subject of today’s “Little-Known Black History Fact.”

    The Negro Motorist Green Book was a publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That’s when they turned to “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company. Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was Now we can travel without embarassment.

    The Green Book often provided information on local tourist homes, which were private residences owned by blacks and open to travelers. It was especially helpful to blacks that traveled through sunset towns or towns that publicly stated that blacks had to leave the town by sundown or it would be cause for arrest. Also listed were hotels, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, garages, liquor stores, ball parks and taverns. It also provided a listing of the white-owned, black-friendly locations for accommodations and food.

    The publication was free, with a 10-cent cost of shipping. As interest grew, the Green Book solicited salespersons nationwide to build its ad sales.

    Inside the pages of the Green Book were action photos of the various locations, along with historical and background information for the readers’ review. Within the pages of the introduction, the guide states, There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States .”

    The Green Book printed its last copy in 1964 after the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

    οΏ½

    http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negro_motorist_green_bk.htm

    οΏ½

    Here is the 1949 book in its entirety

    • 51 yardarm756
      November 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Oh my some how this thing doubled up on me. Sorry folks.

    • November 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Yardarm. Damned infuriating that such a book was needed.

      • 54 yardarm756
        November 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        It saved a lot of lives. I had to use it as a USNavy Petty Officer to drive from coast to coast twice in the ’60’s.

        • 55 jacquelineoboomer
          November 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

          Although I’m part of the “older” generation and should know better, I’ll hesitate saying that the younger generation should hear of this book … because I’ve never heard of this before, in my life, to my recollection. I don’t think I’d have forgotten hearing of it. Unbelievable. Glad you had that book with you in the ’60s (and protection of a higher power, of course), Sailor!

          Hearing of this kind of “old” stuff still makes me want to be sick to my stomach. Earlier, Yard, you mentioned “fear of the unknown/tomorrow” and I thought perhaps that was the perfect way to describe the root of some of our country’s ills. This book is another historical proof toward that.

          • 56 yardarm756
            November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

            Sorry jc. I didn’t to offend your sensibilities. It just that there’s a lot of this country’s history is hidden/ignored.

            • 57 jacquelineoboomer
              November 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

              You didn’t offend my sensibilities, you gave me information I didn’t have, which was still tough to swallow, 50+ years later! Glad you shared it. More importantly, I wish it hadn’t been a necessary part of a normal road trip back then. God continue to help us.

    • 60 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Yardarm, I have several of these annuals. My Aunt and Uncle worked for a wealthy NY family and one of their duties was to drive the Caddie to Miami in the fall and retrieve it right before Passover.

  11. 62 JER
    November 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  12. November 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Rock’n and Roll’n in Geneva – note it’s 1:24 am there at the time I’m posting these tweets from Laura Rozen

    #TrustBarack

  13. November 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    WOW!!!

    BTW folks, Twitter + global citizenry = corporate media’s irrelevancy πŸ™‚

  14. 75 dotster3
    November 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Americans and their guns——-a sickness

  15. 80 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Who has some good info on the Iran talks….articles?

  16. November 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    From the tail end of the last thread.

    This is what Vicki said (I think she’s not on Twitter — I took the liberty of correcting a minor typo).

    I would add upChuck Todd to her list; he’s been spewing non-stop about this President being a lame duck, displaying his ignorance for all to see. Presidents become lame-ducks after the Nov election of his/her final year in office, if Congress and/or Senate will be controlled by the other party.

    Chips joined Vicki with this theme:

    • 85 Vicki
      November 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you so much Arapaho for highlighting the positive things going on in the Actual World not the RW alternate.
      Chips and I are definitely on the same page.

  17. November 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    GENEVA – Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Geneva, raising hopes that a historic nuclear pact with Iran could be signed as early as Saturday. If a deal materializes, it will mark a personal and professional triumph for Kerry, of course. But it will also be one for a low-profile British diplomat who shuns the press and had long been derided as a lightweight……

    Lady Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top diplomat, has spent much of the week locked in painstaking negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. An unassuming former member of the British House of Lords, Ashton got her job four years ago because of a byzantine political dispute involving former British Prime Minister Tony Blair……

  18. November 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Things move along so quickly here at TOD!

    Desertflower posted this in the “Early Birds” thread.

    A must-see (really!!!) for all cat lovers — you can even hear the sweetheart purring.

    And what is their accent? Scottish? Irish? (Obviously linguistics isn’t a strong suit of mine.)

  19. 91 a4alice
    November 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    how about it? saw this go by on my timeline.. couldn’t agree more

    https://twitter.com/denniswortham/status/404054327691468800

  20. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    November 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    For anyone who’d like to listen to this simple, meaningful song one more time before Nov. 22 comes to an end …

  21. 98 forus50
    November 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • 99 forus50
      November 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Hey TODers! Happy Friday! Thanks for a weeklong of great posts from the Blog Tyrant and UT and LL.

      I hope all of you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I am over the moon excited about the Iran US diplomacy efforts. I can’t imagine that it might truly happen! And we all know it wouldn’t have happened without our Nobel Peace Prize Winner President. πŸ™‚ A long way from Cowboy Axis of Evil huh? From a nightmare to a dream.

      Many years ago when I was in my twenties and riding the “Tube” in London the most beautiful man I ever saw was across from me and was totally flirting with me. He said he and his two friends were from Persia. I remember getting off the train thinking, “Damn, why didn’t I go wherever he was going?” lol, oh the days of youth. https://twitter.com/FORUS50/status/404061277317627905

  22. November 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Photos of Caroline Kennedy’s daughter Tatiana paying her respects to her grandfather at the JFK memorial in England:

    http://makoleko.blogspot.ca/2013/11/photo-caroline-kennedys-daughter.html

  23. 101 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    TV shows and commercials are really a fantastic way to introduce audiences to fabulous musicians or unknown artists. Loved this PS4 ad and just found out the song ‘Perfect Day’ is by Lou Reed! Funny how one knows a lot of songs without remembering the artist. Without the commercial, I wouldn’t have had a clue. Great job, ad makers!

    • 102 a4alice
      November 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      yes I saw this the other day and had a chuckle. who knows where lou reed is going to show up! πŸ˜€

    • 103 forus50
      November 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Hey UT my sister bought me a Lou Reed cd for my birthday and have been playing it NON-STOP every morning before work. Love it.

  24. November 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  25. 108 Nena20409
    November 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s presser 11-22-13 at the WH

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SecJay

  26. 109 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-senate-newdems-20131123,0,385097.story#axzz2lQe3r3l9

    This newer class of Democrats came to Washington, not unlike the tea party Republicans, with a strong commitment to their ideals and policy goals. But while the tea party rule in the House has been characterized by attempts to stifle the president’s agenda, Democrats see their goal as helping to implement it.
    Thursday’s action to limit the use of filibusters β€” seen as so drastic it was termed the “nuclear option” β€” shows they are willing to carve out a different path to get there.
    “There’s a time to reach across the aisle and there’s a time to hold the line,” said Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn.), the body’s youngest member at 40, who was elected in 2012. “And I think so far this year Democrats in the Senate have done a very good job of mixing across-the-aisle compromise with some heretofore unseen spine-stiffening.”
    The time has come for Democrats to take a harder stance against the tea party Republicans, he said.
    “These folks have come to Washington to destroy government from within and will use any tool at their disposal,” Murphy said. “To the extent that we have the ability to take tools away from the tea party, we should do it. And one of the tools was the filibuster. Another was the belief that Democrats would cave in the face of another shutdown or debt default.”
    For Murphy, the failure of the Senate gun control bill earlier this year was the final straw. He took on the issue of gun violence after the Newtown school shooting in his state in 2012. A bipartisan bill crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) had 55 votes but failed to advance.
    “I was a proponent of filibuster reform coming into the Senate, but I became a revolutionary on this issue when we lost the gun bill,” Murphy said.
    The group also includes Elizabeth Warren, elected last fall in Massachusetts. Her firebrand style and unabashed liberalism have energized the party’s left wing.
    The senators’ influence has already been seen in other fights, most recently in the 16-day shutdown, when new Democrats lobbied party leaders to stand up to Republicans β€” a tactic that seemed to shock many on the other side of the aisle, who were betting that Democrats would blink first.

  27. 110 itgurl_29
    November 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Look at our amazing First Lady!

  28. 117 forus50
    November 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    • November 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Oh yes, forus, our wonderful Persian brothers and sisters are not only not our enemy, they can be our great friends. Your posting this video reminded me of this …

      We just all need to STAY CONNECTED!!!

      Yes We Can

      • 119 forus50
        November 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Bob, yes, I remember you had posted this back a few years ago. It’s so lovely.

      • 122 carolyn
        November 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        One of our three favorite restaurants here is called “Travel by Taste.” It is owned and hospitably run by an Iranian family, who moved here shortly after the overthrow of the Shah. The food is out of this world, and the family is host to every one who loves good, fresh food. They make everyone feel at home, and my student Ahmed, my Saudi prince (that’s what I always called him) said the food was just like home. In addition to being a restaurant, they are a grocery store, with wonderful supplies from all over. The wife is mother to all Middle Eastern students who visit, and the husband is a superb cook and elegant as can be. Their son also works some times…..the food is fresh….beautifully cooked, and the atmosphere is congenial and relaxing. I’m hoping this diplomacy works well…I think of them, and how this could lighten their relations with their home.

  29. November 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Sec Kerry should be landing in Geneva in ~ 4.5 hours (2:56am there, now)

  30. 130 Nena20409
    November 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Those people Fasting at the Mall Camp in DC, are they blogging, on Twitter or do they have any other means to keep their courageous activism publicly covered by the media?

    The VP going there today brought the issue alive to folks like me. I appreciated that.

  31. 133 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm


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