Building On A Legacy

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  1. February 3, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Good Morniing, TODers! Thanks, Nerdy!!!

  2. February 3, 2021 at 9:58 am

  3. February 3, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Marie Van Brittan Brown- Inventor of Home Security System

    African American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown contributed to a safer society with her invention of the first home security system. Her invention was the first closed-circuit television security system and paved the way for modern home security systems used today.

    Brown was born in 1922 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She started off her career working as a nurse. Her husband, Albert Brown, was an electronics technician. As a nurse, Brown worked long hours and would return home late at night. Her husband, too, had irregular hours so she was often alone at night. Crime in their neighborhood was high, and police were often slow to respond to emergency calls.
    Brown needed a way to feel safer in her apartment. Specifically, she wanted a way to see and hear who was at the door — from any room in the house.

    In 1966, Brown, along with the assistance of her husband, invented a security system which consisted of four peepholes, a sliding camera, television monitors, and two-way microphones. These items created a closed-circuit television system for surveillance also known as CCTV. With multiple peepholes, the sliding camera was able to capture images of people who were different heights. The two-way microphones allowed Brown to communicate with the person outside. She also had a remote that would allow her to unlock the door at a safer distance. Lastly, she could press an emergency button that would send an alarm to police or security.

    Brown filed the patent for her “home security system utilizing television surveillance” on August 1, 1966. Her husband’s name got second billing. It was the first patent of its kind. Three years after filing, Brown was awarded her patent on December 2, 1969. Her invention was recognized in The New York Times and she received an award from the National Scientists Committee for her work.

  4. February 3, 2021 at 10:01 am

  5. February 3, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Cpngrats, SWbluega! What are the devilish details of the “power-sharing” agreement, and why do the Dems have to share power when they represent 41 million MORE of us than the GOP?

  6. February 3, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Speculation is that it will lead to a Senate run.

    Nonetheless, Pelosi has given her approval to Schiff’s bid, a clear sign she thinks she can manage without him. according to people familiar with the matter. Spokespersons for Schiff and Pelosi declined comment.

    The attorney general’s job also would better position Schiff, a high-profile Democrat who led the Russia investigation into then-President Trump, to run for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat, should the 87-year-old decide not to run for reelection in 2024.

  7. 16 pkayden
    February 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

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    • February 3, 2021 at 10:40 am

      Based on the comments, there are a number of people who do not recall the $1,400; they just heard $2,000 and assumed it was in addition to the $600 already paid out.

      I think, even if the package stays intact, there will still be people who aren’t happy with what they *are* getting.

    • 27 todjey
      February 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

      And really only those who need it ought to get it … ‘tighter income limits on who gets the stimulus’ – totally makes sense.

  14. 28 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

  15. 29 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 11:31 am

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  17. 31 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 11:55 am


  18. February 3, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters:
    Trump “Absolutely Should Be Charged With Premeditated Murder”
    “Rep Maxine Waters “says she knows what Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez was feeling, recalling the threats she has received over her career. Congresswoman Waters also says Trump should ‘absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost with this invasion, with this insurrection.’”

  19. 33 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Soon – Pres. Biden meets with Democratic Senators in the Oval Office – https://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-3

  20. February 3, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    DR. FAUCI:
    How to avoid another Covid surge in the U.S.
    “If we double down uniformly and consistently with the public health measures at the same time as we phase in increasing numbers of people getting vaccinated, we shouldn’t see that,” says Dr. Fauci on how we can avoid another Covid surge in the U.S.
    —-Hayes asks about a “4th wave”, another surge.

    ‘Global effort’: Dr. Fauci on the need for vaccination push across the world:
    “If there is a good degree of infection and spread in any part of the world, it’s always a threat to where you are. So, if we really want to crush a pandemic, it has to be a global effort,” says Dr. Fauci.

  21. 35 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm

  22. February 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    GOP trying to block Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland:
    “Stauber, a Republican from northeastern Minnesota, cited Haaland’s opposition to mining and fracking and her support for the Green New Deal, which emphasizes renewable energy sources over nonrenewable sources like oil and natural gas.”
    “Tribal leaders were particularly displeased that Stauber did not notify them before working to build opposition to Haaland.
    “Among the actions Stauber singled out was Haaland’s vote to outlaw copper mining on 234,000 acres of the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota.” (startribune)

    • February 3, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      Of course Rosendale (MT) is trying to block Interior nominee Haaland’s nomination:

      “For the last several years, the Bureau of Land Management has been holding a near perpetual fire sale of public lands in Montana, selling out hundreds of thousands of acres to the lowest bidders.

      That’s why we applaud the executive order that President Biden signed recently, pausing all oil and gas leasing on public lands. This will give the new administration and Congress time to enact new policy and pass laws that will reform the country’s oil and gas leasing system, and steer management of public lands towards bolstering conservation, improving public land access, and supporting business and economic opportunities that fuel our outdoor recreation economy.

      During the Trump administration, the BLM offered up more than 442,00 acres of public lands in Montana
      for oil and gas development. Thirty percent of the leases the BLM auctioned off during that time went for the minimum bid of $2 an acre — a rate that hasn’t been updated since 1987. Many leases not bid on were sold non-competitively for $1.50 an acre. In fiscal year 2018 alone, the BLM leased more than 262,000 acres of public lands in Montana for that absurd amount.”
      (Marine Haye and Aubrey Bertram)
      = $2 an acre to O & G.

    • February 3, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      “Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about 10 percent of annual US oil and gas production. Extracting and burning those fuels generates the equivalent of almost 550 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a 2018 study.
      –Gianforte is already offering up public lands for oil and gas drilling in MT.
      —He has been in office for about 3 minutes.

    • February 3, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      END fossil fuels before they END us.

    • 40 pkayden
      February 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Hope she gets through!!

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  24. February 3, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I think Republicans like the chaos that these crazies tend to cause; especially if it obstructs Democrats’ agenda. Look how much time is being spent talking about and dealing with Greene.

    • February 3, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      • 44 pkayden
        February 3, 2021 at 10:27 pm

        Boebert definitely needs to be scrutinized after tweeting Secretary Pelosi’s location during the insurrection.

    • February 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      A small LOUD manufactured disinformed percentage of the country.
      Yes GOP can act nice towards the insane deadly seditionist base which threatened to hang Pence.
      Or they can do the right thing about Greene and Trump et al.
      Either way, it is not just their primaries. Their lives are in danger.

  25. February 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss during the ceremony for Police Officer Sticknick last night,
    said he wants the Insurrection at the Capitol to be memorialized like 9/11.

    “We had a close call and must never forget.”
    He made the case in two places: During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and on Twitter.

    “Conceivably, this could have taken away our democracy and this is one reason why I think we have to observe the 6th of January every single year as a time that we had a very close call to remind us that we have to be eternally vigilant because democracy is fragile,” he told Maddow, mentioning how “close” the rioters were, in his opinion, to “assassinations and/or hostage-taking.”
    “January 6 should be an annual day of national remembrance from now on. Americans should never forget exactly how close our democracy came to being fractured and how zealously we must always work to protect it.”

    Beschloss went on, “On both September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021, terrorist haters of democracy tried to attack our Capitol and Congress. But on January 6, they actually managed to invade the building and put our leaders and our democracy in danger. We had a close call and must never forget.”

  26. February 3, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Theortis “Butch” Jones, retired Capitol Police Officer, speaks to Maddow:
    “My heart really goes out for the family.
    This brings back memories in 1998 when Officer Chestnut and Officer Gibson – was also in the Rotunda.
    It’s a very sad day for all police officers especially Capitol Police.”
    “Capitol Police officers and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers were both involved in that effort to protect the Capitol on January 6th. It’s been hard for those of us on the outside reporting on this and watching this, to really understand the trauma. And also the camaraderie among those police officers and within those police police forces at a time like this. It’s a policing job that’s unlike any other in the country. And for me it feels fitting that tonight is set aside essentially for Officer Sicknick’s colleagues. Rather than having Congress there tonight, lawmakers will pay their respects afterwards. Does that seem right to you?”
    “Yes. I think it’s very appropriate that the officers get a chance to have their moment with their fellow officer. And only because of the grace of God, it could have been much more that had passed on January 6th. So I think it is appropriate for the Capitol Police allow their officers to spend time with their fellow officer, fallen officer.”
    “What we’re watching here, is his remains being carried up the east front steps of the Capitol.”

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  28. February 3, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    “The head of the Capitol Police, the House sergeant at arms, the Senate sergeant at arms, all resigned in the immediate wake of the attack. Of course, no politician has.” (Maddow)
    Police Officer Brian Sticknick rushed to defend the Capitol against a deadly Insurrection and “we can give his family no justice”. (Senator Booker)

    speaks about Capitol Police Officers in the wake of the deadly Insurrection to Maddow:
    “When I talk to the officers, the morale, many of them felt like they stood in against extreme danger,
    and then faced a lot of public scorn afterwards for decisions that were not made by rank and file officers, but perhaps by their leadership and decisions that were made much higher up.

    These are folks that love their job and they honor the space in which they work. And so I’m glad that you talked. We lost Officer Sicknick. We lost two other officers to suicide. But the injuries of some will be lifetime scars and pain and adjustment.

    And then there is still a force here that is getting up every day.
    They’ve been running 14 hour shifts without days off here still, trying to protect us at a time that the threats of white supremacists attacks are in an extraordinary high moment.

    And this is a time where they are still grieving for the loss of their officers, with a lot of attention paid to the 535 of us that make up the Senate and House. But this is a place that operates with thousands of people, but for (them) the work of our government would not get done. Whether it’s Capitol Police officers, people who are working in the Sergeant of Arms office or parliamentarians, or who work in our cafeterias, or who work maintaining the grandeur of this place. All of them, many of them, are still feeling the weight of what happened.

    Many of them were experiencing the fear and the trauma, being present when the attack happened.
    There’s a bigger story here. There’s a lot more pain, there’s a lot more grief, and people are still experiencing trauma. And so I know that there is a lot of stuff that’s capturing the headlines. But I hope that we don’t forget the depth and the texture of all that happened. And I hope it informs us.
    I really do hope that we don’t just move on as a country.”

  29. February 3, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Looks like Capitol Police Officers and National Guard at the Capitol are working still working grueling schedules, on top of the Insurrection trauma and loss of colleagues.
    When you do this to people, when you deny them time with family and their children (start at early finish late),
    you increase the chances of suicide.
    I know someone who is guarding a federal facility alone doing 12 hour shifts.
    —Stop this worker exploitation.

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  31. 54 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      February 3, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      Allan Rohan Crite

      Born: Plainfield, New Jersey 1910
      Died: Boston, Massachusetts 2007

      Brought up in Boston, Crite received his art training al the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Harvard University Extension School in 1968. He worked for most of his life as an illustrator in the Planning Department of the Boston Naval Shipyards, retiring in 1976, but continued to paint at the same time.

      His work has been widely exhibited and well received in Boston, where a square is named after him. Crite’s early paintings depict the daily life of Boston’s African-American community, a community that was to be transformed in the following decade by urban renewal and housing projects. According to the artist, he sought to show viewers the ​“real Negro” as opposed to the ​“Harlem” or ​“jazz Negro,” that was created by white people.

      In his later paintings, magic-realist visions in which a black Virgin and Child ride on public transportation or float above the city streets, Crite used a bright palette rather than the more somber tones of his ​“neighborhood paintings.” Compared with these earlier paintings, the religious works offer a message of hope and deliverance. During the 1950s Crite lectured on liturgical art and wrote and illustrated books with theological themes telling ​“the story of man through the black figure.”
      ……………………. //


  32. February 3, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Speaker Pelosi
    issues statement blasting ‘cowardly’ GOP leader ‘McCarthy (Q-CA)’:
    “After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene,”
    the release stated.

    “As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget. McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther.”

    The release said McCarthy’s “cowardly refusal to deal with Greene
    breaks with calls from Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Republican Jewish Coalition and several prominent members of the party to take action against Greene.”

  33. 58 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see it! ❤️

  34. 59 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    They hate is for our freedom (to vote)!

  35. 63 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:17 pm


  36. 64 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Unfreakingbelievable! SMDH

  37. 70 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:20 pm


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    February 3, 2021 at 5:22 pm

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    February 3, 2021 at 5:23 pm

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  41. February 3, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Oh. They didn’t cater to his organic food demand?

  42. 76 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 5:40 pm

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    February 3, 2021 at 5:42 pm

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    February 3, 2021 at 5:43 pm

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  46. 80 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 6:42 pm

  47. 81 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 6:45 pm

  48. 83 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 6:47 pm

  49. 84 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 6:55 pm

  50. 85 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Now, we are talking. Kick off the thugs from policy making.

  51. 86 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, george, you and your ilk including that fugly wife of yours built this up. Now you can’t clutch your pearls.

  52. February 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm

  53. 88 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Yup. 2020 was just a dry run. The thugs will get worse.

  54. 90 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 7:34 pm

  55. 91 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Way to go Joe!

  56. 92 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm

  57. 93 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Yay Jaime!

  58. 94 Dudette
    February 3, 2021 at 7:39 pm

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  63. February 3, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    • February 3, 2021 at 8:51 pm

      Awww! Breaks my heart, but glad something is being done to correct the Virus45 horror. 😪😣

    • February 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

      While the best result would be to reunite ALL the children with their parents, I’m so happy to see that the process of reuniting families has already started and that we are already seeing some successes.

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  66. 106 pkayden
    February 3, 2021 at 8:47 pm

  67. 107 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    That’s a stupid question. 3rd rate 4th estate.

  68. 108 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Given the way the corrupt cowardly rethugs are more afraid of the traitorous thug and his seditious minions even when he is out of power than when he was in power, I don’t have much hopes.

  69. 109 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    qop is the new gop.

  70. 110 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Don’t talk, just do it, ffs

  71. 111 pkayden
    February 3, 2021 at 9:45 pm

  72. 113 pkayden
    February 3, 2021 at 10:19 pm

  73. 114 pkayden
    February 3, 2021 at 10:22 pm

  74. 115 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 10:30 pm

  75. 116 jer44
    February 3, 2021 at 10:36 pm

  76. February 3, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Woah! Watching Lawrence. Nearly 400 Hill Staffers signed on letter urging their Senators to convict Virus45. This is huge!

  77. February 3, 2021 at 10:57 pm

  78. 119 amk for obama
    February 3, 2021 at 11:43 pm

  79. February 4, 2021 at 5:26 am

    TOD Fam at opening of The Obama Library (in my head it’s “Center”), we just got to dance. OK, not sure I can do those dance moves in vid below, but we can pretend to make those moves, or just shake a leg, booty, head or clap hands & we’ll be so hawt! We’ll try to not embarrass friends & family. Rest are game! 😂😂💃

  80. 125 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Psaki should retort with we don’t answer to pox news lies and propaganda. We all know the role they played in insurrection.

    Let them burst their collective heads. Enough with the dems trying to appease rw noise.

  81. February 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    If they feel so strongly about it, why not both…or is this a ruse to cause some discord?

  82. February 4, 2021 at 8:55 am

    I watch all the chaos within the Republican party and wonder why the media isn’t questioning whether McCarthy has control of his caucus as they often did with Nancy Pelosi.

    I wonder (tongue in cheek) whether Republicans went through some type of lobotomy or programming that has deprived them of their decision-making ability and their ability to feel empathy; especially over the last four years. Or is it they are just used to being told what to do and can’t function without guidance for their leadhur. It makes it easy for someone like MTG to come in and run the show.

  83. February 4, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I don’t see it as a joke, but rather as an exhibit of the truth many of us live daily.

  84. February 4, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Of course, they are happy with the distraction. They can’t be let off the hook.

  85. February 4, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Republicans already up to their old games. Don’t fall for the Okie Doke, Schumer.

  86. February 4, 2021 at 9:09 am

    GOP MO is “JUST SAY IT”. It doesn’t have to be true. You don’t even have to believe it. Just say it.

    That’s probably what MTG was told to do in disavowing some of her previous claims. No way does she make a 180 that quickly and without reason.

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    • February 4, 2021 at 9:28 am

      ” I’m only a child, and I don’t have all the solutions. But I want you to realize, neither do you. You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.
      You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up in a dead stream.
      You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct
      And you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert.

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  92. February 4, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Black History that is ongoing….systemic anti-black racism

    • February 4, 2021 at 10:02 am


  93. February 4, 2021 at 10:09 am

    We often talk about the achievements of African American people during Black History Month…HOW WE SUCEEDED AGAINST ALL ODDS…

    i would like to highlight the systemic anti-black racism that America continues to throw on to Black Americans…

  94. February 4, 2021 at 10:18 am

  95. 143 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 10:44 am

  96. February 4, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I don’t think this was a trap..

    more like this is what America needs!! and Biden knew it!👍🏼

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