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Rise and Shine

First Lady Michelle Obama greets visitors as they enter the Blue Room during their tour of the White House, Feb. 16, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Presidential Schedule (The Week Ahead):

Today: The President will remain at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate, and has no public events scheduled.

Monday: The President will return from Rancho Mirage, California.

Tuesday: The President will deliver remarks at an event on the economy in the Washington, DC area.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Toluca, Mexico, to participate in the North American Leaders Summit.

Thursday: The President will return from Mexico and attend the Democratic Governors Association dinner.

Friday: The President will meet with the Democratic governors in town for the annual National Governors Association Winter Meeting to discuss his Opportunity for All agenda and the Year of Action.

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Today is Jordan Davis’s birthday. He would’ve turned 19.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: On The Killing Of Jordan Davis By Michael Dunn

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents of black boys already know this. Except the parents of black boys have long said this, and they have been answered with mockery.

Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition.

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Keith Boykin: We Continue To Wait For Justice For Jordan Davis

“We will continue to wait for justice for Jordan.” Those were the powerful words by Jordan Davis’ mother Lucia McBath Saturday night after a 12-person Florida jury could not reach a verdict on the shooting death of her son. The partial verdict in the trial means there is no conviction for killing Jordan Davis, only for shooting at the three other young males in the car the night he was killed. That means at least one juror believed Michael Dunn was justified in killing Jordan Davis, in fleeing to his hotel, in ordering a pizza, in taking his dog for a walk, in misleading his fiancée, and in never reporting the shooting to police. The problem is bigger than prosecutor Angela Corey or her team. It’s even bigger than Michael Dunn, the man who hated “rap crap” and fired 10 shots at a carload of unarmed teenagers.

We have a problem with our attitude toward guns in America. We have a problem with white racial entitlement in America. We have a problem with the objectification and demonization of young Black men in America. And we have a problem with a legal system that enables private citizens to take the law in their own hands and execute Black kids on the street. Dunn’s perceived victimhood personifies white privilege. Young Black men are not allowed the freedom to wear a hoodie, walk in a white neighborhood at night, play loud music in their cars, or get upset in a TV interview without being labeled thugs. And even when they do what society tells them to do, their Black maleness makes them inherently suspicious unless it exists within the ever-changing boundaries that are acceptable for white men who define them.

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SmartyPants: Jordan Davis And The Heritage Of Racism

Those who didn’t watch the trial might not know that Dunn’s testimony was that he had a verbal altercation with Jordan and “thought” he saw a weapon. In response, he started shooting. As the car Jordan was in tried to flee, Dunn got out of his car and continued shooting at it, narrowly missing killing the driver. It was this latter shooting that the jury agreed was attempted murder.

I join those who suggest that Dunn’s account of what happened between he and Jordan is simply not credible. Police found no gun in the car, no one but Dunn heard any threats from Jordan, Dunn fled the scene without calling the police and he didn’t say anything to his fiance about a gun over the next 24 hours as he tried to reassure her. But as I understand the law, the prosecutors had to prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that Jordan did NOT have a gun. It is almost impossible to prove a negative. That, my friends, is the result of the odious and racist Stand Your Ground law.

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Margaret Morton: In My Eyes, Obamacare Literally Saved My Life

I’m so thankful for being able to tell my story—I’ve cashed in all my karma chips and then some, and I work every day to earn more back. In my eyes, Obamacare literally saved my life. In 2011, I knew something was wrong. And when my neck swelled to the size of my collarbone, I knew something was very, very wrong. They caught the top of my tumor: It was non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The cough I had was the result of my lungs being strangled.

Now, I was 22 when I started going to doctor after doctor. In May 2011, I turned 23—the age that I would have had to go off my parents’ health insurance plan. But luckily that was the year the Obamacare provision allowing children to stay on their parents’ plan until 26 went into effect. I’m in remission now. October was my two year anniversary. Right around then, my mother told me: “Some people are one-issue voters. Well, my issue is that my daughter wouldn’t be alive without Obamacare. The President saved her life.”

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Josh Israel: Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places

On a party-line vote, a Florida county’s Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee County’s voting sites. The board accepted a proposal by Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett (R) by a 6-1 vote to trim the number of precincts, despite unanimous public testimony against the move — and complaints by the lone Democratic Commissioner that it would eliminate half of the polling places in his heavily minority District 2.

Bennett, in his first term as elections supervisor, proposed reducing the number of Manatee County precincts from 99 to 69. In 2011, while serving in the Florida Senate, he endorsed making it hard to vote: “I wouldn’t have any problem making it harder. I would want them to vote as badly as I want to vote. I want the people of the state of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who’s willing to walk 200 miles…This should not be easy.”

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Catherine Thompson: Joe Biden: ‘There Isn’t A Republican Party’

Vice President Joe Biden seized on disorganization in the GOP to rally House Democrats on Friday at a policy conference in Maryland. “There isn’t a Republican Party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican Party,” Biden said. “I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from, make a deal, make a compromise and know when you got up from that table it was done.” “All you had to do was look at the response to the State of the Union, what were there, three or four?” he added. “I’m not being facetious.”

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Justin Sink: Obama: Immigration Reform Will Get Done By End Of Presidency

President Obama predicted that Congress would pass an immigration reform bill before the end of his presidency in a Univision Radio interview airing Friday. “I believe it will get done before my presidency is over,” Obama president said. “I’d like to get it done this year.”  “The main thing people can do right now is put pressure on Republicans who have refused so far to act,” he said. “And I think sending a strong message to them that this is the right thing to do, it’s important to do, it’s the fair thing to do, and it will actually improve the economy and give people a chance.”

Obama also looked to deflate hopes that he could take executive actions to end deportations if Republicans don’t move a bill. “I’ve been able to prevent deportations of younger people with, the Dream Act kids, by administrative action,” he said. “But the problem is that’s just a temporary action that I’ve been taking. That’s not yet the law that’s been passed by Congress. And it doesn’t help their parents and others who are in the similar situations.”

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Caitlin MacNeal: McCain: The GOP Needs Immigration Reform

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday called on House Republicans to pass immigration reform and said that the GOP needs to pass immigration reform to fulfill any hopes of winning a national election.

“States like mine, over time, the demographics will overtake, not only mine but throughout the whole Southwest and many other parts of the country,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” reiterating his belief that Republicans need to embrace reform in order to win over Hispanic voters.

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Becca Aaronson: Without Medicaid Expansion, Hospitals Seek Long-Term Solution

Citing shortfalls in Medicaid financing and billions in annual uncompensated care costs, the president and chief executive of the Texas Hospital Association said Friday that it was time for medical facilities to join together on a long-term strategy to compensate for the program’s shortcomings.  “Texas hospitals have the power to work together to propose a solution and shape our own future,” Ted Shaw, the head of the hospital association, said in a statement. “We recognize how contentious this issue is but understand the importance of a hospital-led solution to ensure that the losses are minimized and gains maximized.”

Texas’ Republican leadership decided not to expand Medicaid for low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act, saying that the program needed to be fixed, not expanded. If the state had expanded Medicaid eligibility, it would have received $100 billion in federal funds over 10 years and would have to pay $15 billion from general revenue, according to a report by Billy Hamilton, a tax consultant and former deputy comptroller, for Texas Impact and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. “With federal health care reform, Texas had an unprecedented opportunity to cover a large portion of the state’s adult uninsured population,” Shaw said. “But because the state’s leadership made a philosophical point of rejecting this option, more than one million Texans will remain uninsured.”

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Jack Fitzpatrick: Voting-Rights Bill’s Backers Say There’s No Doubt It Will Pass

Civil-rights advocates are selling a bill amending the Voting Rights Act as a wholly bipartisan fix and saying it will pass this year, despite the partisan divide over voter-ID laws and other voting-rights issues. “It will pass this Congress,” said Scott Simpson, spokesman for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which has advocated for an update to the law. “If anything can pass this Congress, it’s this.” The bill would revive a portion of the Voting Rights Act that gives the Justice Department final say on all changes to elections—from voter-ID laws to polling place relocations—in states with a history of discrimination.

The provision, known as the “preclearance” requirement, was included in the Voting Rights Act in 1965, but the Supreme Court in June 2013 struck down its outdated method of choosing which states would be placed under that requirement. Rather than choosing states based on discrimination in the 1960s, the new formula would be based on voting-rights restrictions in the last 15 years, and would be updated after every election. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a January interview with MSNBC that many states’ voter-ID requirements are passed by Republicans “for partisan advantage.” Reactions to the new preclearance formula have varied widely. Holder said he did not think the bill went far enough, and was concerned that Justice Department objections to voter-ID laws would not count as violations against states.

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NYT: Kerry Says Obama Wants New Options For Syria Strife

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that President Obama had asked aides to develop new policy options to deal with the deteriorating situation in Syria. Mr. Kerry said that none of the policy options had yet been presented to the White House for a decision. “He has asked all of us to think about various options that may or may not exist,” Mr. Kerry said at a news conference during a visit here to meet with China’s leaders about North Korea and other regional issues.

“The answer to the question ‘have they been presented?’ No, they have not,” he said. “But that evaluation, by necessity, given the circumstances, is taking place at this time. And when these options are ripe and when the president calls for it, there will undoubtedly be some discussion about them.” Mr. Kerry’s comments reflect increased concern within the American government and nongovernmental organizations over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria. In an oblique criticism of Russia, Mr. Kerry said the Security Council’s inability to take stronger action than the issuing of the nonbinding request reflected “the opposition of certain countries.”

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On This Day:

President Obama meets with senior advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama signs a wall during a tour of the International Brotherhood of Electricians (IBEW) Local 26 headquarters in Lanham, Md., Feb. 16, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a taping for the “Biggest Loser” in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 16, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the general public as they enter the Blue Room during their tour of the White House, Feb. 16, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Feb. 16, 2012: “Chuck Kennedy made this photograph of women reacting in the Red Room after being surprised by First Lady Michelle Obama during their White House tour.”


125 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    February 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

  2. 5 Carol
    February 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

    good morning

  3. 6 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Critical Mass: 10 Million Reasons Why Obamacare is Already Impossible to Repeal

    by Spandan Chakrabarti

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2014/02/critical-mass-10-million-reasons-why.html

  4. February 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

    GM TOD. Wonderful R&S UT! Hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend! Here is a great round-up to Team USA’s hockey win over Russia:

  5. 9 Cindy
    February 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    A Prayer for Mr. and Mrs. Ron Davis (Jordan Davis parents) and Family

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Davis,

    I can’t open with a greeting that says; good morning, how are you today? Last evening, the world watched, and we witnessed no justice for your baby, Jordan Davis.

    Today is Jordan’s birthday, and he is no longer with you; celebrating life and enjoying his day. He would have been 19 years of age but a racist murderer took him from you. I paced the floors last evening, trying to keep busy, and holding on to a minuscule of hope that justice would prevail for Jordan but to no avail; sadly, as we have traveled this road too many times.

    Today, my heart aches for you and your family; as a parent, an African American, and as an aunt who has 4 male nephews who happened to be born black in America. I haven’t walked in your shoes so I can’t pretend that I know how you feel, so I offer these words of comfort, that while you are in your storm, God will carry you through.
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    Dear God,

    Please bless Jordan’s parents, family and friends as they carry this heavy burden. They lost their baby because of hate and they are hurting deeply. Please give them comfort and hold them close to your heart, especially today, as Jordan would have celebrated his 19th birthday today-with his parents. We don’t understand this crime of hatred, and injustice perpetrated against blacks in America but You do.

    Lord, bring comfort and peace. Peace is your name. We ask why? But help us to ask “how?” How can we move forward in a country that has devalued the life of a black person in America, and set up a system that is not designed to help us? Please help us all as we seek for answers because we just don’t understand.

    My words can’t remove the pain you feel Mr. and Mrs. Davis, your grief is real, and your heart is aching but I pray that God will hold you tight in His mighty arms, and carry you through the storm. Jordan’s life on earth is done, but I believe that he is in Heaven, with the angels having fun.
    I pray that he is dancing to his music, and that Trayvon is there celebrating with Jordan, as they have both turned 19; wearing hoodies and eating skittles, smiling down on their families and celebrating a new life-free from hatred. I pray for your strength as you continue the fight for Jordan’s day of justice.

    Lord, we lift the Davis and Martin family up to you in prayer; praying for changes in a law that allows an individual to murder an innocent soul because we look different. Help us all to do our part to make a difference in a world that is tormented by the past. Give us compassion to understand the pain that the Davis and Martin families must carry forever; regardless of our race, creed or color.

    Yesterday it was Jordan; tomorrow it could be our son, daughter, grandchild, niece and or nephew. In reality, in this imperfect world that we all reside in; it could be me or you because someone has decided that they don’t like who we are. Individually, we are all Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin.

    Happy birthday Jordan Davis, you are gone but not forgotten. Amen.

    Warmest Blessings Mr. and Mrs. Davis,
    Cindy

  6. February 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    An incredibly powerful R&S Nerdy, so many thoughtful, moving responses to the verdict. Thank you so much for this, and for your endless work the past few days, you’re just the best. Will catch up with everyone later, thank you again Nerdy.

  7. 16 Cindy
    February 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Good morning Chipsticks, DannyBoy and TOD family,

    Wishing everyone a Beautiful and Blessed Day!

    Happy Sunday!

  8. 17 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Good Morning Friends!

  9. 18 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    G’morning NW and thanks for this excellent and deeply moving R & S. G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Marlz on #1 :)

  10. February 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    THANK YOU so much, NW. You are a treasure.

  11. 22 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Notorious!

    • 23 Nerdy Wonka
      February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Powerful.

    • 24 sherijr
      February 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      These #DangerousBlackKids posts make me think of my 14 yr old son’s music choices…. a few days ago he was loudly playing the music of Tom Lehrer… today it was Pharrel Williams… then Tom Lehrer again. Black children are people too, America.

  12. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    in the prior post, Nena wondered how we can break through the media focus on trivial matters and fight the constant distractions the media constantly generates ;

    some of these media distractions include:

    – professional liberals & libertarian attention-seekers and personalities who are more dedicated to destroying PBO than challenging middleclass-destroying gop-policies;

    – constant focus on 2016 rather than 2014,

    – failed presidential and vice presidential candidates getting many platforms to repeat the same garbage voters rejected;

    – trivial matters instead of so many complex challenges we face as a nation and world;

    the challenge for us is how to break through the noise and distractions to keep people focused on what matters – this is hard but it can be done;

    here is how I have chosen to start:

    – tempting though it is at times, I decided long ago never to mention the names of those people/politicians which the media seems determined to force down our throats. I never forward stories about them – this means I have not contributed to advertising them further;

    – I try to look for positive stories about PBO and his team and I keep forwarding these no matter how many times they come across my timeline;

    – I try to encourage and support those people who stand up for my rights and those who speak out in praise of PBO and his team;

    – and more importantly, I talk to anyone in my network about the changes PBO is trying to create or has already created and I give my spare time to local/grassroots efforts to mobilize voters and push policy that I support;

    • 26 Judith Fardig
      February 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Linda, That is a great template for being our own media. Chips and all the blog helpers who give us so much truth via TOD are a crucial part of this in my life.

    • 27 Nena20409
      February 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Here, Here.

      1001% in agreement.

    • February 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Global…

      I agree that we do focus at times on the outrageous things that are said out of the mouths of the RWMedia…sometimes it is just so outrageous to be unbelievable…and sometimes I feel as you do…and I will not pass this outrageous stuff on thru RT or reposting….but this stuff has to be challenged…I agree that we have to challenge the racism thru activism…

      the RW likes to dictate how this struggle is to be waged…chastising us for using the so-called “race card” ..trying to muzzle our discussion of what it truly means to be Black in America…

      but we won’t be silenced…

      My heart is broken but my Spirit is NOT!

      #YesWeWill!

      • 29 globalcitizenlinda
        February 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

        oh yes, the outrageous pronouncements and stereotypes must challenged at all time – and for me it is best when I used rebuttals containing information to confront the outrage;

        no doubt about it – we can’t remain silent in the face of racism, discrimination, inequality, denial/destruction of rights etc;

        we have to keep on pushing the nation foward

      • 30 jackiegrumbacher
        February 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Good for you, PF. because ‘breaking the spirit’ is exactly what the hateful and racists among us want to do. The more you stand up proudly and work for what you believe in, the more you will defeat them.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      February 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Global, these are all important things to do, but if everyone of us concentrated on the last–talking to people in our own networks about PBO’s accomplishments–we would be doing a lot to send light into the world.

  13. 32 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

  14. 37 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

  15. 38 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    https://twitter.com/biyiat/status/435088521649725440

  16. 39 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

  17. 40 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    • 41 0388jojothecat
      February 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      All of these pics of dangerous black kids forced me to smile and touched my heart without my permission.

      Thanks Dudette and everyone who expressed in their way how the murders of Trayvon and young Mr. Dunn touched them deeply. I pray we have no more of this senseless taking of black youth lives.

  18. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Thanks from me, NW. The last photo of the women at the White House was my takeaway – lovely and touching!

  19. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    February 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    • 47 GGail
      February 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Good West Coast morning NW, Chipsticks & TOD family.

      Wonderful R&S NW!

      Thanks to y’all posting the #DangerousBlackKids tweets – they are POWERFUL.

  20. 48 hopefruit2
    February 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  21. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    focus on educating the prison population in preparation for “life after” their sentences;

    • 51 COS
      February 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      We never hear of any Republican governors doing anything like this. They are in the business of taking away.

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      February 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks for this, global. It’s a great, great idea. My 94-year old MIL has been working with prisoners for 40 years, teaching them to read and write, manage anger and develop valuable life skills. She has worked with hardened lifers and criminals of all kinds and they love her and call her “mom.” I asked her once if she was ever afraid and she said, “Never. They are my friends.” And they are. They make birthday cards for her, craft gifts out of ice cream sticks just to show her how much they love her back.

  22. 53 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  23. 55 JER
    February 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  24. 58 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  25. 59 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  26. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Deeply appreciative of the messages that are being sent on this harshtag => #DangerousBlackKids ;

    thanks for sharing!

  27. 65 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  28. 72 Nena20409
    February 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    FREEDOM. EQUALITY. LIBERTY?

    Hmm?

    But Not to People of Color? Males especially?

    Awesome R&S NW.

    Blood is supposed to be THICKER than water…….We The People. Out of Many, One. United States of America………Hmm?

    Do We Not all Bleed? The Color of Blood is Red.

    When does the Golden Rule Apply to ALL?

    Perhaps, those who Claim FEAR, yet use deadly weapons to Kill, what would happen if Male of Color start fearing those who are Using Fear to “hunt” them down in Reverse? Do they Not have rights to LIVE in many parts of USA too?

  29. 73 a4alice
    February 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    oh boy I finally got to the bottom of the thread now it’s back up to the top. Liking this #DangerousBlackKids hashtag. OK off to read and tweet stuff – thanks Nerdy W and TOD!

  30. 74 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  31. 79 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    TOD Headline for this one? :-)

  32. 80 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  33. 81 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

  34. 82 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    February 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  36. 84 Obama Grandmama
    February 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I want to say that I was mistaken about the trial results yesterday as I saw a list of convictions I thought meant that the outcome was a conviction on second degree murder instead of first degree. I did not realize the second degree was attempted on the other boys in the car. Sometimes charts are too simplified. So guess if they choose to try a conviction on a degree that may not align perfectly they can lose it all. Now I need to understand when they can and cannot try another trial again without running into Double Jeopardy?

    • 85 jacquelineoboomer
      February 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I think I know the answer to the Double Jeopardy part. There was no verdict (it was a hung jury) on count 1, so technically that part of the trial was dissolved as though it never happened … and a new trail on count 1 will thus not be “trying him again” for the same charge. Not allowing a person to be put in “Double Jeopardy” means that if there were an actual verdict of not guilty, you couldn’t keep trying him until he was found guilty. Simplified, obviously, but I think that somewhat explains it.

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        February 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        meant *trial* not trail in second sentence

        Coffee cup, where art thou?

        • 87 GGail
          February 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

          Eye glasses, where art thou? is what I’m saying J’OB, because I knew what you were saying, I never saw the word “trail” until you pointed it out :wink:

          • 88 jacquelineoboomer
            February 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

            Understand that! I always feel that way, too, when others point out a typo and I’ve totally missed it. Luckily, our brains read what we THINK is there!

            Hope you enjoy your Sunday! :)

  37. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    February 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  38. 91 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  39. 93 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  40. 95 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  41. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    February 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Bill Nye “The Science Guy” implored Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday to stop wasting time by denying that the climate was changing and to start leading the charge to do something about it. Nye began his debate with Blackburn on NBC’s Meet the Press by applauding President Barack Obama’s call to create a $1 billion fund to prepare for climate change.

    “What I’ve always said, we need to do everything all at once,” Nye explained. “And this is an opportunity for the United States to innovate, to be the world leader in new technologies.” Blackburn, however, shot back that Nye was just an “actor,” while she was a member of Congress.

    (Video at link)

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/16/bill-nye-schools-marsha-blackburn-on-climate-stop-denying-and-start-leading/

  42. 100 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  43. 101 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  44. 102 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  45. 104 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  46. February 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hope all of you have read Spandan’s latest at TPV. The link is in this tweet …

    #FORWARD Together

  47. 109 dotster3
    February 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    In today’s shooting news, 1 killed, 6 injured at a Fl. “house party”, multiple weapons used, shoot out at 6:00a.m., wonder if anyone was standing their ground. In other horrific shooting news, the 15 yr. old Chgo girl who was shot in the head this week while in her car with her mother leaving for school has died. Past time to do something about gun violence, at least make an effort to pass some kind of common sense gun control legislation. NRA can’t be allowed to continue to control this issue and affect all this damage on our citizens and communities.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-orange-county-killing-20140216,0,6228293.story

    • 110 Dudette
      February 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Was that you who used the word “obscene” to describe the gun culture and lack of action in this country?
      Perfect word for it. Absolutely OBSCENE!

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      February 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      I still have two grandchildren and one great grandson in Orlando, so I quickly looked to see where the first incident occurred, but – of course – that story could have happened in any state of the union, to any of our kids. So sorry about the heartbreak from Chicago. Thanks for helping keep these “shooting news” stories in our consciousness.

  48. 112 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Just cuz! :-D

  49. 113 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Snap!

  50. 116 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Democrats: Don’t Defend the CBO Report; Use It to Attack the GOP:

    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/02/democrats-dont-defend-cbo-report-use-it.html

  51. 117 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  52. 118 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Heart is still so heavy; so good to be reminded of the clarion call of the ancestors…

  53. 121 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  54. 123 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  55. 124 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Ran across this while flipping channels this afternoon. Found it online too.


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