President Obama looks out of the “door of no return” during a tour of the ‘House of Slaves‘ on Goree Island
Hello; I am back.
Gorgeous picture WOW
…and powerful, haunting at the same time.
@BarackObama '05 nyti.ms/16BU9Tw "You've got 2 give me some time, I can’t just wing a note to Nelson Mandela” http://t.co/zXvdHg8Vei— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 27, 2013
Good Morning. Congrats CEB. It’s a beautiful morning here. I’m so far behind. I forgot my hair appointment. It has been a busy few weeks. 3ChicsPolitico helped by posting this song. I needed a cry.
@BarackObama swag in Africa wapo.st/13aux1H “I’m glad he won re-election b/c I got 4 more years of this dress” http://t.co/6nlNcg8Q5M— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 27, 2013
LONDON — Serena Williams sailed past Wimbledon’s wave of upsets and now faces an opponent more than a decade older than her.
The five-time champion beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday, avoiding the sort of early exit that has sent many top players tumbling from the tournament. Next up for the 31-year-old Williams is Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42 became the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open era.
Keep up the good work Serena. Forget all the other crap and work on you tennis.
What a powerful image!
This picture gives me chills up my spine. Powerful, historical and so relevant. Thanks, Chips.
Breaking: Paula Deen hired as chef at Rick Perry's hunting lodge. #AllTheHateRolledIntoOneJoke— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 27, 2013
Yeahhh for roadkill!!!!!!
Look at that ocean, as far as the eye can see. I think about how my people were pack on ships like animals. FLOTUS being a descendent from slaves had to think about that.
Yes it’s very powerful.
Buzzfeed took a break from their SnowdenWald love fest, and posted this gallery of 7 close-up photos. Very powerful indeed!
I’m surprise they took a break…..thanks Hope, the President look very pensive in those pictures……
Wow. Powerful images.
Yes, anniebella, I think about your people, too, and I am so so sorry and ashamed that we
did that, we human beings. It is a stunning piece of grief that closes my throat almost completely shut.
Please forgive, if you can.
I can forgive Sara. Forget never, but forgive yes.
Texas’ Perry tries mansplaining abortion to Wendy Davis
By Steve Benen
The Washington Post’s James Downie summarized the problem well this morning, noting, “I don’t care what your stance on abortion is. Using an opponent’s teen pregnancy in any debate is unbelievably vile.”
I’ll confess that when I saw some emails about Perry’s comments, I thought someone must have made a mistake. The Texas governor is out there, but is he really that far gone?
Alas, the quotes are real. This really is Perry’s character on full display.
How’s that outreach initiative going, Reince?
Thy hypocricy cup runneth over:
Just yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called for a second special session of the Texas Legislature, specifically in the hopes of passing sweeping and legally dubious new restrictions on abortion rights. The Republican governor said such a move is necessary because “Texans value life.” (Perry’s administration executed a 52-year-old woman a few hours later.)
See the graphic from eclectablog below.
Thank you for your righteous comment in the previous thread, LH!
Hey Desert! I found one of the disbursement reports, though this one is not as detailed as the one I had. This report covers three months, for every Congressman. Go ahead…get pissed. :)
“Go ahead…get pissed.” You KNOW I will:)
Oh…and thank you, FayPax!!! :)
He’s scared of her.
…as he should be!
So the usual rethug rw tactic smearing the opponent again ? These fuckers never learn, do they?
Perry (and people who think like him) don’t respect women’s right to choose. So what if Ms. Davis chose to have a child and is the child of a single parent? What does that have to do with denying other women’s right to choose? NOTHING. This is sickening. I hope Ms. Davis runs for Texas governor next year and gives Perry a run for his money.
She was proven unworthy because of what she chose as a teen, and therefore unfit to ever utter a statement or have an opinion ever again..
What does that make Bristol Palin?
I’m just trying to find some consistency here, if indeed any exists.
I'm independent, but noticed: Republicans raise a woman from state to national attention & it's Sarah Palin; for Democrats it's Wendy Davis.— Anil Dash (@anildash) June 27, 2013
Democrats are awesome when they stand up for what’s right. We need more Wendy’s these days.
4:00 Senate Immigration vote.
Does anyone know if VP Biden is in DC? VP sometimes presides over important votes.
And Zizi, yes we want you to teach here.
We are Obamalovers, but Informed Obamalovers, right?
We will fight ignorant MSM hate with truth.
Vicki, I think he attends in case of a tie vote, then he becomes the deciding vote.
yess, layla, but for gun legislation he showed up in support.
That’s one haunting pic. Both beautiful and horrific at the same time.
Haunting, Beautiful, Horrific
Thanks amk. What an incredibly powerful image. I have been staring at the photo for some time and I did not know exactly how to describe it. It kinda leaves your speechless. But your comment really captures the essence of the photo perfectly for me.
It captures nature’s beauty and man’s cruelty together. The door of no return is such a shocking phrase ringing with a fatalistic finality. …goosebumps…
GRAPHICAL MEME: Texas hypocrisy
Because he’s not saying anything negative here about Trayvon Martin’s friend, who’s on the stand, I will not comment back to him on the last part of it – which is basically his daily persona.
In re: Rachel Jeantel, I was once a witness in a mock trial for my wife's law school class. I was a babbling panicked fool under cross.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 27, 2013
But, seriously, he has a wife? Is it a mock wife in a stage play or something?
The lawyer West is a complete jerk.
I’m trying not to watch too much of this trial because I cannot bear to see Trayvon Martin’s dad’s heartbreak, not to mention his mom’s.
But I’ve caught a bit of this cross-examination. I won’t tell you the phrase I’m using in my head about that defense attorney, every time he speaks to this witness.
Did you hear that the monster of a defense attorney wanted Trayvon’s family removed from the court so they wouldn’t influence the jury? The judge told him to take a hike – facing the victim’s family is facing the victim.
Only heard a snippet of that, after the fact – what the judge said – but it is beyond contemptible.
I’m not even sure what his damn point point is here? Is he being patronizing to her (you were terrible on the witness stand, but I was much worse in my mock trial)? Is he just looking for attention – trying to making it all about him?
I don’t get it. He certainly is not complimenting her that’s for sure.
Perhaps, he’s speaking to the people who say she does not sound credible and seems unsure of herself. He might actually be defending her. Stranger things have happened. :)
I think that may be true, because he’s putting himself in her place (although the comparison in importance is very, very weak). Well, I’m at least trying to hold that thought, which would be decent on his part.
Truthfully, since all roads lead to him in his mind, I think he senses her discomfort and is making it all about his discomfort at the “mock trial.” His comparison of one with the other is as foolish as he is, but – in his head – I think he’s trying to show empathy for her on the witness stand. And, of course I realize that may be giving him way too much benefit of the doubt.
He does not realize he needs to just quit tweeting, talking, hosting a show, etc. He needs to go do research on the Internet about anything, and then try to write it up and sell it. From his basement.
I agree JoB – there are thousands around on the intertubes (including media trial pundits) accusing the lass of all sorts of things – and the prosecution of “bearing false witness” – Hayes is trying to show empathy – thinks his explanations solve all the world’s problems. Pundits have to make everything about themselves – otherwise their lives have no meaning – sigh
Actually he is a babbling panicked fool hosting his show, what’s his point anyway?
That’s what caught my eye.
Good point Christie- LOL!
My point exactly.
.@chrislhayes – You mean like you do in your shows? What's your point anyway?— (@amk4obama) June 27, 2013
Zing!! Good one amk.
You still is a babbling panicked fool Chris Hayes
So true, jacquelineoboomer. First of all, Chis needs to be reminded that 1) this is Not a “mock trial.” 2) This is not his wife’s law school class. 3) He is Not this young lady. 4) THIS IS A REAL TRIAL, CHIS HAYES. So STHU NOW!!!!!!!! HZ
A bit more light-hearted after the somber pics of the house of slavery.
That is wonderful. Wonder if that leg of his visit was on video?
Very nice photos and videos. When I win the lottery, Senegal is going to be on my list of countries to visit. Hubby speaks French so he’d be my spokesperson (lol).
He looks REALLY good in that picture…
One hell of a 're-branding' @Reince maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/… @WendyDavisTexas will continue to transform TX to a brilliant BLUE cc @stevebenen— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 27, 2013
Yes We Can
Texas is introducing a new map and you can bet they will gerrymander as many Democrats out of their districts as they can. Had the Attorney General not stopped their prior attempt there would be no Wendy…they had eliminated her district.
This dog would marry you now that dog man marriages are inevitable!
This dog who would frankly make a wonderful husband and would probably serve you breakfast every day in bed.
So dignified looking! A real catch, I say! Wonder if Rand Paul knows him!
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a bouquet as they arrive on Goree Island near Dakar, Senegal http://t.co/tgL2mIMbAV— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 27, 2013
I just love the white dress the lady is wearing….cute!
The warmth and mutual respect that this pic conveys is beyond imagination….
Lovely picture of POTUS and FLOTUS with the little girl
I love that FLOTUS automatically bent her knees to get more connected with the little girl. :-) I love that.
Key:”left it in there too long” What on earth are we becoming!
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police in Memphis, Tenn., say a puppy was killed when a man put it in a dishwasher and ran the machine.
Police charged 27-year-old Marcus Curry with aggravated abuse to animals. He is being held on $40,000 bond.
Police were called Wednesday by an apartment maintenance man who found a dead mixed-breed puppy in a trash bin.
A police affidavit states Curry told officers he didn’t put the dog into the dishwasher, but did say he put it in a bag and threw it into a trash bin.
A witness, however, told investigators that Curry told him he put the dog in the dishwasher and “left it in there too long.” Another witness saw the animal in the dishwasher and said when Curry took it out, the puppy was not moving.
No attorney was listed for Curry.
President Obama arrives by boat at Goree Island near Dakar, Senegal http://t.co/rJj4STBAn1— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 27, 2013
Lawd Have Mercy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Breathe Donna Breathe
Donna I’m sentencing you and theo straight to the naughty mat!!! :) :)
President Obama greets drummers in Senegal! http://t.co/uin2aQFkwc— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 27, 2013
The hypocrisy is maddening….I have no problem with all those companies dropping her, she is a racist, she deserve what she’s getting….but they have no problem with the racist pig Rush Limbaugh?…..
@homedepot dropped Paula Dean but not Limbaugh? Hypocrites! You support his attitudes towards women and minorities? Not hers? #stoprush— rey (@LightOnLies) June 27, 2013
Though a pathetic representative…Paula Deen is a woman.
Yes, in the “hierarchy,” she’s one step down from Rush because of it. Unreal.
That don’t make any sense because that dam idiot Limbaugh is more of a racists than Paula Deen.
Relating to Trayvon Martin’s friend, who’s on the stand, and her recollection of a “name” Trayvon called Zimmerman, while speaking to her on the phone that night:
Here's some of the history behind the term "Florida Cracker": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_c…— (@JOBoomr) June 27, 2013
According to the young lady, Trayvon also referred to him by the “n” word. Wonder why he isn’t playing that up?
Just heard the prosecutor bring it up, by asking her if both names are just the vernacular of her age group or community (not a direct quote), which is a good way to handle it. It was a teenager talking to a teenager.
When he brought it up she said it was slang among the kids. I’d be in contempt. :)
I’m talking about the defense, of course.
I keep thinking I’d know what to call that old defense attorney, but I’ll stop there. :)
Until 1966 when the Braves moved to Atlanta, the minor league baseball team there was named the Atlanta Crackers.
And in the Wiki description, there’s a list of “Notable Crackers.”
The term is “crazy assed cracker”. :)
And/or “creepy,” think they said. Either way, there are definitely some “notables.” :)
It wouldn’t matter one iota if Trayvon Martin stood screeching slang on the corner of the street at the armed stranger who was stalking him in his father’s neighborhood. It would never amount to a reason to shoot a kid. This trial is driving me crazy, because it’s like they’re looking for societal reasons why Trayvon deserved to die that night at the hands of this racist vigilante. There was no reason. He should be alive and well, listening to music, hanging out with his friends, figuring out who he will be in life. There’s absolutely no reason for what happened that night.
Yes, of course. But in the trial the defense must find anything they can to point to, no matter what it is. I’m hoping it all backfires.
Trayvon could have been my son or grandson or great grandson, on their way back from the local convenience store. That’s the way we should all look at it, from my perspective.
Who's that in the shades? Pres Obama holds baby while on Goree Island in another great photo by @dougmillsnyt. https://t.co/iV7PtDoHhQ— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 27, 2013
aww, look at that little hand resting on President Obama’s chest. Sweet. The little guy looks awfully comfortable handing out with PBO.
I need a fainting couch!!!!
Beutiful, haunting photo. Many years ago we visited Elimina Castle in Ghana, same cruel history. The tour took us to the dungeons where Africans were packed in these teeny cells. When the tide came in, the water would come into those cells via these tiny holes in the wall (I think the slavers thought those were windows). Many drowned. I could still sense fear and the smell of urine after all those years. It was horrifying. I remember not being able to breath, I ran out looking for air. The only “breathable air” I could find was outside those castle walls. The pathological inhumanity of mankind is so destructive. I would find Goree Island traumatizing.
I think PBO, FLOTUS, family and group visited Elmina Castle when they were in Ghana.
Elmina Castle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmina_Castle
#NSA fake scandal has zero impact on Pres @BarackObama approval rating. Holding steady at 50% gallup.com/poll/113980/Ga… …— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) June 27, 2013
Have to wonder what Freud would say about GOP's fascination with controlling vaginas and beastiality. Seems somewhat disturbing to me.— john miller (@deaconmill) June 27, 2013
I read an explanation somewhere that Republicans and religious conservatives believe sex is bad and it must be punished.
Yes, that’s in their Neanderthal Handbook.
Apparently religious conservative have never read the Song of Solomon.
Connecting Continents: Join a Google+ Hangout with First Lady Michelle Obama from South Africa: This week, the… 1.usa.gov/19yoJ5I— White House Blog (@WhiteHouse_Blog) June 27, 2013
A brilliant soul, stands in “the door of no return” and yet he will go in the history books for eternity as; ‘an instrument’ of goodness of heart, peaceful solutions, an ocean of compassion, a pause in his mind to be able to listen to the few as well as the masses. a forward focused world leader, and a great man who looks out on the waters and see a new birth to a justice that can and will be felt for generations to come. An Ocean that in the past swept up so many hopes and dreams, but he can and will do his best to open up “Doors of Dreams and Opportunities” in humble remembrance of precious lives that were stolen from us and their ambitions smothered and drowned in the tempest of a sea turned into a marker in our history as a world and as a nation of dreams and hopes washed away forever. (As I see him in this powerful photo.)HZ
Knowing our great President of the United States as we do: I would be willing to say that his mind is so full as he stands in that door on this visit: full of so many powerful emotions that will carry his spirits to the height of compassionate determination to make sure he always stand in the doors that will lift the hearts and minds of all mankind to a higher level of justice. And try his best to open every ‘door of future opportunities’ with “A Returning Hope” that will pave a fair and just path for a journey to freedom and justice for all.
So there will be “Opportunity Doors” that will give hope and determination to steady the’ Reins of Justice.’ that they both will ring out so all can hear their sounds and feel in their lives their ‘Sweet Power’. Bless you, Mr. President as you stand there with your private thoughts today.
Mr. President, as you step through doors in his life as a son, a grandson, a husband, a father, and the leader of the free world, may your actions give life to the breath of generations to come a full measure of ‘Sweet Justice for Eternity’. May Almighty bless you throughout this trip, Mr. President.HZ
Do what is Chris Hayes referring?
Finally this effing ordeal is over.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 27, 2013
His effing show? LOL!
It would be too good to be true.
Lawd YES! Alas, he was probably pushing himself into the Zimmerman trial. Twit!
I was hoping……..
He’s off the air,,,,I hope
The cross examination of Rachel is over….I think that what he’s referring too,……..
I figured that out eventually. I was hoping he meant his show.
@chrislhayes You mean @MSNBC has shown mercy on us and canceled your show ….— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 27, 2013
dang!!!!! that left a mark.
The Nelson Mandela left prison:
New post, chat away:
Forgive my ignorance!
This door of no return, it was where these Slave ships would pick up Slaves and then being them to America?
is that right?
Here’s a Wiki page on it:
@BarackObama Called bbc.in/19wtNHO African Gov's 2 Give Gay People = Rights, Decriminalising Homosexual Acts. http://t.co/BHJlinKPni— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) June 27, 2013
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