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Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama browses crafts and antiques at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama browses crafts and antiques at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. Photo by Pete Souza

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SPLCenter: We’ve Lost A Champion

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century,

Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors. With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all

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WSJ: Pell Grants To Be Restored For Prisoners

The Obama administration plans to restore federal funding for prison inmates to take college courses. The plan would allow potentially thousands of inmates in the U.S. to gain access to Pell grants, the main form of federal aid for low-income college students. The grants cover up to $5,775 a year in tuition, fees, books and other education-related expenses. Prisoners received $34 million in Pell grants in 1993, according to figures the Department of Education provided to Congress at the time.

But a year later, Congress prohibited state and federal prison inmates from getting Pell grants as part of broad anticrime legislation, leading to a sharp drop in the number of in-prison college programs. Between the mid-1990s and 2013, the U.S. prison population doubled to about 1.6 million inmates, many of them repeat offenders, Justice Department figures show. A 2013 study by the Rand Corp. found that inmates who participated in education programs, including college courses, had significantly lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who didn’t.

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President Barack Obama has breakfast with small business owners at RauschÕs Cafe in Guttenberg, Iowa, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug.16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama has breakfast with small business owners at Rausch’s Cafe in Guttenberg, Iowa, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug.16, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2097, the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act, at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Aug. 16, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2097, the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act, at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Aug. 16, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

Television microphones hang in the air as the media listens in while a Park Ranger explains the site to President Barack Obama and family during a tour of the Grand Canyon, August 16, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Television microphones hang in the air as the media listens in while a Park Ranger explains the site to President Barack Obama and family during a tour of the Grand Canyon on Aug. 16, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama looks at the vista before him during a tour of the Grand Canyon, August 16, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama looks at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama talks with people at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama talks with people at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. Photo by Pete Souza


138 Responses to “Rise And Shine”


  1. 1 a4alice
    August 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Morning TOD Hope everyone is going to have a great Sunday! 😀

  2. 3 Vicki
    August 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Good morning TOD.
    Now to see what has been going on.

  3. August 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

  4. 7 99ts
    August 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    gm TOD. Congrats on 1st alice – and many thanks NW for your posts – especially these last weeks – now to read this one 🙂

  5. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    August 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Nerdy, this is nothing short of fantastic–I learned so much from this morning roundup. Thank you!! I have been crazy busy getting ready for next Saturday’s fiesta and have had little chance to sit down, let alone absorb what’s going on. Plus I’m on more stomach churning antibiotics, have a medical test on Tuesday and a big one on August 24, so I’m operating on low grade anxiety at all times. But coming to TOD for even short times helps me feel plugged in to the important things that are happening in the world, for which I’m deeply grateful.

    On a side note, not only was Julian Bond a great civil rights leader, he was one of the handsomest men of my generation and I frankly confess that I had a serious crush on him, despite the fact that I was a married woman. Age only made him handsomer, in my opinion.

    Added note: I woke up and ordered Biden for President buttons on line in a spirit of hopeful anticipation. May it please be so.

    • August 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

      jackie, I so appreciate all you’ve done for the Latino community. I hope you have the time to get some good rest at the end of the day. We need you strong and healthy. XO

    • August 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Good morning Jackie, I hope you be well, rest well, and enjoy life. 🌞🌈 🌞🌈 🌞🌈

    • 12 GGail
      August 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

      JackieG, yes, Julian Bond was a serious, smart and determined civil rights activist who was also very handsome. I loved to hear him speak.

      I hope the medication doesn’t prevent you from doing the great work for the fiesta. (((Hugs)))

    • 13 Nerdy Wonka
      August 16, 2015 at 11:37 am

      You are simply amazing, Jackie and TOD is lucky to have you.

      I wish you well on your tests and know that we are all pulling for you.

    • August 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Jackie take care of you too. Silly me read Biden for Breakfast! I blame it on a floater in my reading eye. 😂

    • August 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Jackie, I continue to pray for your health and well-being. Earlier this year I read an article in one of the PA Dem mags/blogs/newsletters, citing your group’s Latino outreach as a model worthy of statewide emulation. Unfortunately, thus far, my county has failed to heed the call…

      On a lighter note — LOL @ your crush! YOU WERE NOT ALONE! Mr. Bond was 15 years my senior, 8 years my Mom’s junior, and young enough to be the son/grandson of the little old ladies in my town and the NAACP; yet, WE WERE ALL CRUSHING ON HIM AT THE SAME TIME. As a kid, the first time I saw him, I said out loud (got me a side-eye from an adult) “Damn, he’s fine!” As an adult, I’ve crossed paths with him on many occasions, and my first thought was always “He’s STILL fine!” LOL.

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! Thanks Nerdy for this wonderful Sunday R & S round-up. 🙂 Happy Sunday everyone!

    Congrats a4alice on #1 🙂

  7. 18 Vicki
    August 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Julian Bond. RIP. A Giant in our time.

  8. 19 0388jojothecat
    August 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Good morning TOD family. So sorry to hear the passing of Julian Bond.

    Congrats alicevon being furst.

  9. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good Sunday morning, Nerdy Wonka and TODville.

  10. 21 MightyPamela
    August 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

  11. August 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats Alice, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely blessed and spirit-filled day today. TGIF ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  12. 23 a4alice
    August 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

    that british article about Ferguson was very interesting NW thanks for bringing that to your post – and the explanation about how ISIS came to be? Seriously succinct and to the point.

    Thanks for all you are doing. I feel so much more informed when I come here as opposed to watching MSM. 🙂

  13. 25 0388jojothecat
    August 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    America has some nerve telling other countries they have a human rights issue when they need to fix their own human rights issues at home.

  14. 26 desertflower
    August 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Good morning everyone. So sorry to hear about Julian Bond’s passing this morning…an icon of civil rights, to be sure. He will be missed…

    http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2015/8/16 Can someone please work their magic and post this?

  15. August 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Hi everyone …. I deleted my @mittromnesia Twitter account and now am posting under my real name! let me in!

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      August 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      What username are you using now? Because, it looks like you can still post comments using the MittRomnesia username.

  16. 29 desertflower
    August 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

  17. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    August 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

  18. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    August 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I am always scared when I wake up or log onto social media and I see the name of a person I treasure, trending……..

    in the last few hours, we have a lost a civil rights treasure – Mr. Julian Bond. What a life well-lived, what a huge sacrifice he made for everyone of us.

    We owe a huge debt to people like Mr. Julian Bond, other civil rights leaders, and ordinary people in the civil rights movement.

    this death hurts so deep given the current challenges of our time.

    and yes, we are challenged to pick up where the great ones left of and carry on the struggle – or as they say “Keep on Keeping On” …. with “Our Eyes on the Prize”

    • August 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

      As a child, I remember being so impressed by the voices of people like Julian Bond. Their authority came from their honestly and commitment to our common humanity. I believe it was then that I was in the process of becoming a Democrat.

      • 33 globalcitizenlinda
        August 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

        true, you can tell a good & great person from the way he/she treats the marginalized and how he/she conducts his/her self daily and especially in the face of upheaval or challenges

      • 34 0388jojothecat
        August 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

        What I admired about Mr. Bond was it was never about him. He never sought the limelight or fame, it was ALL about fight for justice for all.

        • August 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

          This is also what I think about President Obama. It is not about him, not about him wanting to be president; it’s about what he can do for OTHERS as president.

  19. August 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

    As I think about the life of Julian Bond, the contrasts of our current political state intrude with stark clarity. I mourn the passing of a generation of good people.

    • August 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

      • August 16, 2015 at 10:24 am

        • 39 GGail
          August 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

          Meta – Awesome 💙

        • 40 CEB
          August 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

          I just know that members of the Nobel Committee must have almost worn out their hands high-fiving themselves for selecting PBO. Their belief and faith has been realized even more than they or any of us could have ever imagined. How ironic in some ways, but so appropriate in others, that the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military has worked so consistently and so successfully to bring peace more than any other person at any other time.

          PS. On the other hand, he will not allow himself or his country to be punked. I love this photo of PBO in an aggressive appearing posture over Putin; the caption should read: Come at me bro’, but if you come for the king you best not miss.” When the administration does not say much about a situation for awhile, we know that a lot is going on behind the scenes. Putin’s days are almost over.

          • 41 globalcitizenlinda
            August 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

            are you sure that you are not “inside my brain” – you captured m sentiments exactly

          • 42 0388jojothecat
            August 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

            LOL had to take a 2nd look…. I thought PBO was talking to Bibi. Same sentiment about pooty goes to Bibi.

          • 43 CD4Biden
            August 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

            Oh Meta, these tweets bring tears to my eyes. They are so beautifully worded, and so true, for Julian Bond, for President Obama, and for many more of the world’s great leaders.

            And some of my tears are for how sad it is that these qualities have completely escaped almost everyone running for the presidency. There is one obvious choice for who this country needs, to be able to continue to bring these qualities to the world. I pray he decides soon.

        • 44 MightyPamela
          August 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

          Amen, meta! NW, thank you, thank you, for the continued education and unflagging attention to detail. You are a most blessed person, and I am deeply appreciative of the work you put in every hour of the day.

        • August 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

          wonderful…beautiful tweet…meta..i retweeted every one of them!

    • 48 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much meta – These tweets of wisdom should be re-tweeted by every TODer who has a twitter account!!! 🙂

    • August 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      All the GOP candidates are vanity candidates. Not one wants to serve the country; just have a big stage for their own personal egos. This is why I am not of the “get-the-popcorn” group.

  20. 53 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Paging Mr. Bernie “economic populism” Sanders….

  21. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    August 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hope everyone has a better day, today, tomorrow, and every other day

  22. August 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  23. August 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    NW,
    Once again, I thank you. You are fabulous in gathering the best tweets for us. Always terrific information.

  24. August 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

    • 63 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Dun dun dun dun dun….

    • 64 Vicki
      August 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Very interesting. This is some rollout we are witnessing.

      The media pundtwits arguments are so silly. The one where they say all the consultants have signed on with HRC already. LOL

      • 65 hopefruit2
        August 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

        The MSM so badly wants HRC to be the Dem nominee…that alone gives me tremendous pause about her candidacy.

    • 66 MightyPamela
      August 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

      No one like VPB to bring all the madness into perspective. I believe we will hear an audible sigh of relief, if and when Joe Biden announces. ❤ Like I keep saying, may as well cut to the election, it will be over on day one! (Not to cut short one single hour of PBO's 4th quarter, he is so totally awesome in every way!) 🐻

  25. 68 amk for obama
    August 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

    gobinment of the dumb, by the dumb and for th dumb.

  26. August 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Did the media talk about what happen in Barnes and Nobles? I haven’t seen to much news this morning.

  27. August 16, 2015 at 11:15 am

  28. August 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    GM TOD! Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend 🙂

    …sorry if these were posted! I’ve been busy of late…

  29. August 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    good day TOD ….

    updates in the sidebar …

  30. August 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    New FOX poll has Trump at 25%, Carson in 2nd w/ 12% ..poor Bush is down 6pts & in 4th w/ 9%…now his PAC announced a 10 million $ ad buy 😀

    • 76 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      August 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

      COULDN’T HAPPEN TO A NICER..RACIST AND SELF CONSUMED COUNTRY!….BOLOGNA IT IS!…MORE LIKE HEAD CHEESE IF YOU ASK ME!!!!

    • August 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      These Republicans are scared to go after Trump. If Trump ran against President Obama, POTUS would wipe the floor with Trump.

    • 78 Jeff
      August 16, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      the Trump sandwich is full of maggots and rotted meat. Yet his supporters will call it a feast to remember.

  31. August 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Good morning good people.

    Spare a thought for my boys. We’re down 1-0 at the Etihad.

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  33. August 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Did I mention it is 19 days until Auburn kicks off its National title run 😕

    • August 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Babies are the Star attraction!

    • 85 globalcitizenlinda
      August 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Hey LP, as a member of Team Buckeye, this is one search for a seasonal goal I will not be wishing you & Auburn well;

      can tell you however, that Buckeye Nation is really full of anxiety about defending our title – you know how it is => every decision of the coach and players is under scrutiny

      • August 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        I don’t think you have anything to worry about. I just saw Braxton Miller running routes during ESPN’s CFB tour & he looks so fluid…there won’t be a linebacker in the country that will be able to cover him….plus when he lines up in the backfield w/ JT or 12-gauge it will be frightening! I haven’t even mention Ezekial Elliot…you guys are loaded. That is just the offensive side of the ball…Nick Bosa will most likely be thee #1 pick in next year’s NFL draft…plus his brother a 5* recruit has already committed to OSU. The toughest game you will have all season will be against V-Tech with the 4 suspensions…but OSU will still win that game by a minimum of 20 pts…If I were you I would be sleeping very well 😎 …Auburn has a murderers row of a schedule….right now scheduled to play 7 Top 25 teams…only good thing is we get Bama,Georgia, Ole Miss, MSU all at home…I will know how AU’s season is going to turn out after the play LSU at Death Valley in week 3!

        • 87 globalcitizenlinda
          August 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm

          Good luck to you and Auburn!

          the season comes and goes by very fast – and on those days when the Buckeyes don’t do well, you see many people walking around, weeping openly, and so heart broken like they have lost someone.

          I live at the edge of campus so I see this and often have to offer words of encouragement to shell-shocked fans.

          when I first came to OSU, I was coming straight from my country of birth, I lived in the dorm and I couldn’t believe the emotional investment people have in their teams – you at Auburn know what I mean

  34. August 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Congratulations A4 Alice on being #1! Thank you NW for the Sunday morning news.

  35. 90 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

    GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY….SO BLESSED TO HAVE RAIN TODAY…HOPE EVERYONE HAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY…I MISSED CHURCH…SOMEWHAT OVERTIRED AND MY LEFT SHOULDER IS OUT OF COMMISSION AND QUITE GRUMPY TODAY…YOWZA!!!! CARRY ON!

  36. 92 desertflower
    August 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Set aside the callousness and offensiveness of this…no wonder this guy went bankrupt 4 times. He has no idea that his “policy” would throw the US into an economic depression with billions and billions of lost revenue….not to mention the fact that most of Americans feel that a pathway to citizenship is the right way to go…what a hateful, dangerous SOB

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-unveils-immigration-plan-calls-end-birthright/story?id=33114832

    • 93 MightyPamela
      August 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      “He has no idea”, that about covers this whole miserable example of a human being.

      • 94 desertflower
        August 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        On so many levels….fittingly, though some knuckledragging people among us think that he’s great because he “speaks his mind”…karma will be kind. That is the very thing that will get in into trouble and turn most people off…the more comfortable he gets, the more he’ll let the vomit come out his mouth…I don’t know if I can stand another year of this mess….

    • August 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      THIS is the mainstream GOP.

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  38. 98 desertflower
    August 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    h/t Progressive Eruptions

    Trump ACTUALLY said these things….smdh

  39. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    August 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    GM TOD. Just stopping by to pay my respect and honor a great pioneer of racial equality, Mr. Julian Bond. R.I.P.

  40. August 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Ok, Colts game is about to start….catch you on the flip side!

  41. 102 GGail
    August 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Julian Bond and John Lewis had a bitter fight for the Congressional seat in Georgia. I went to Rep Lewis’ twitter page to see if he had a tribute to Mr. Bond and he did. I’m happy to post it
    John Lewis ‏@repjohnlewis 46m46 minutes ago
    Julian Bond’s leadership and his spirit will be deeply missed.
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    John Lewis ‏@repjohnlewis 46m46 minutes ago
    Julian was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country.
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    John Lewis ‏@repjohnlewis 47m47 minutes ago
    We went through a difficult period during our campaign for Congress in 1986, but many years ago we emerged even closer.
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    John Lewis ‏@repjohnlewis 49m49 minutes ago
    Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends.
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  42. August 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    “But the laughs don’t stop there. Abrams was perturbed at Obama’s claim at AU that “many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal.” Obama warned that if there’s no deal, they’ll soon be calling for war against Iran. Abrams was incensed. He had every right to be. He was one of the most prominent people arguing for war in 2003 and opposing the Iran deal now. Who better than he to deny the charges?

    Not that they won’t call for war if it looks like Iran is getting a bomb. Those conservatives have been criticizing Obama for years for being too slow to open fire — in Syria, in Libya, in Iraq. They’ve repeatedly alleged that he can’t be trusted to exercise the military option against Iran, if war becomes necessary. And they’ve proven again and again that they have an extraordinarily low bar for what constitutes “necessary.”

    To protest today that war is suddenly the last thing on their minds is silly. To call the accusation anti-Semitic — to cry foul over the suspicion that they might do tomorrow what they’ve done every time before — is hypocritical, and offensively so.

    Let’s be clear: Conservatives have every right to advocate their views. Israel’s leader has every right to defend his country’s interests as he sees them, even if others see them differently. Even if he stands alone. But they cross a line when they call others bigots for noticing what they’re doing. And to do so in the name of an American Jewish community that didn’t sign up for this fight is outrageous.”

    • 104 globalcitizenlinda
      August 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Wow! Supporting the #IranDeal, and pointing out who is funding the NO vote, is now enough to qualify one to be labelled an anti-Semite …..? ?

  43. August 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Note that our Ambassador to Ukraine has been tweeting on the topic ….

    If Putin orders such an attack ….

    Those separatists are going to face a very different Ukrainian military than the one they faced a year ago. PBO and NATO have made sure of that. And, in the case of the Ukrainian soldiers, those gals and guys have proven themselves amazingly fierce and loyal to the Ukrainian people. The proxies and their Russian counterparts are undisciplined slobs in comparison.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/13/american-paratroopers-in-ukraine-have-putin-rattled.html

    #TrustBarack

  44. 113 Vicki
    August 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Tonight—on HBO—Show Me A Hero—–a six hour mini-series about the (successful) battle to build affordable (minority filled) housing in the segregated 85% white city of Yonkers, New York. Very close to NYC.
    Brought to us by David Simon.
    I will post a reminder to tune in if you get HBO later in the day.
    It will be 2 hours tonight 8EDT-10EDT. Then 4 more episodes one a week.

    Stars are Alfred Molina Oscar Issac, Clarke Peters, Catherine keener, and Terry Kinney, for starters.

  45. 117 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Keep it Coming, TOD. Nothing beats TOD’s Newsy posts, thanks NW.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 3 posts back.
    RIP Dr. Julian Bond. What a man. What a life. What a career. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  46. 118 Nena20409
    August 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  47. August 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Perhaps the worst part of this is that while the media is building up Bernie now so they can get the ratings from an imaginary close primary, as soon as they don’t need him anymore, they’ll discard him. In fact they’ll do more than that. Once it becomes clear he doesn’t have the delegates, or once he finally slips up and has an embarrassing moment like Howard Dean did in 2004, the media will turn Bernie into an instant punching bag. Instead of it being “Hey look the crazy old guy is winning,” it’ll simply be “Hey look at that crazy old guy.”

    • 121 Nena20409
      August 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Liberal Media?
      Heck no.
      Corporate Media is not pretending. This is designed to take her out. There has been a few independent reporting on how HRC is covered so differently than any of her GOPer opponents.
      MoDo is hard on her, so is the rest of the NYT, WashPost, Cablers, TV, etc.
      The Corporate Media would like a GOPer in 2016. They are ignoring Sen Sanders, disparaging VP Biden and their quest to take Mr. Obama down before he became Pres has not stopped after he became President and won re-election.

  48. August 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    • August 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      The Lord only knows our black folks history. I knew Bond look like he had some white blood in his family. That owner probably used Jane for his sex slave.

      • August 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        if you drill it down..just about every black person can fine a slave master in their family…

        • 126 0388jojothecat
          August 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

          Every AA has a slave in their background and every American born white has African blood in them.

      • 127 EricFive
        August 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        Of course the sexual exploitation of Black people during slavery has been whitewashed from American history. The countless rapes and sexual humiliations and tortures Black slaves (male and female) endured in this country at the hands of the white slave master and his minions is a reality this country does not have the courage or fortitude to acknowledge. In fact, it was not a crime to rape a Black woman during slavery.

  49. August 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  50. 132 Jeff
    August 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/us/politics/exclusion-of-blacks-from-juries-raises-renewed-scrutiny.html?_r=0

    and so much of the media and television tries to claim that the legal system is non-racist.

  51. August 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Whether Sanders’ increasing emphasis on racial issues will attract more African American voters and help him win his party’s nomination isn’t clear, but it was probably no coincidence that BLM did not disrupt Sanders’ rally in Los Angeles Monday night, and that the number of blacks among the 27,000 people in the crowd was considerably larger than in his other large events.

    By fusing the concerns of both BLM and OWS, Sanders is echoing Martin Luther King’s concerns with both racial and economic justice. “What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter,” he asked, “if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger?” He believed that America needed a “radical redistribution of economic and political power” as well as a dismantling of America’s racial caste system. It is often forgotten that the August 1963 protest rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and was funded primarily by donations from labor unions.

    Worth a read!

    • August 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      interesting point of view….but i do not trust Sanders or his supporters…

      • 135 EricFive
        August 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        So Sanders goes from saying racism no longer exists to “reviving MLK’s dream”. Give me a break. I was born at night, but not last night.

        • August 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

          i do not know if this is what Sanders is saying…or if this is what the author thins…but i do agree with the author that a combo is needed….i do not believe that Sanders is the one to carry this message

  52. 138 sjterrid
    August 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry to read about the passing of Julian Bond. A true hero. May his soul RIP. My sympathies to all his family and friends.


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