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Aug
14

Rise and Shine

On this Day: Sen. Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, his Vice Presidential pick Sen. Joe Biden and his wife Jill wave from the steps of the Old State Capitol August 23, 2008 in Springfield, Illinois. The Obama campaign confirmed that morning that Biden had been selected as Obama’s running mate

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Six Years Ago Today

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On This Day

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets Holli Benson during a visit with wounded warriors in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 23, 2012. Benson accompanied her brother, SSG Michael Benson, during a tour of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

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 And for GGail: Goooooooooooal!

President Obama kicks a soccer ball during a stop at the Tully Junior-Senior High School soccer practice in Tully, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Moooooorning again everyone – another lazy R&S, hope to be more dynamic-ish next week :???:

23
Aug
14

Early Bird Chat

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Good MoooOOOooorning TOD – Happy Saturday!

22
Aug
14

‘The Boy In The Street’

Charles Pierce: The Boy In The Street

I keep coming back to what seems to me to be the most inhumane thing of all, the inhumane thing that happened before the rage began to rise, and before the backlash began to build, and before the cameras and television lights, and before the tear gas and the stun grenades and the chants and the prayers. I keep coming back to the one image that was there before the international event began, before it became a television show and a symbol in flames and something beyond what it was in the first place. I keep coming back to one simple moment, one ghastly fact. One image, from which all the other images have flowed.

They left the body in the street.

Dictators leave bodies in the street.

Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street.

Warlords leave bodies in the street.

A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in small countries where they have perpetual civil war. Bodies lie in the street for four hours on back roads where people fight over the bare necessities of simple living, where they fight over food and water and small, useless parcels of land. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in places in which poor people fight as proxies for rich people in distant places, where they fight as proxies for the men who dig out the diamonds, or who drill out the oil, or who set ancient tribal grudges aflame for modern imperial purposes that are as far from the original grudges as bullets are from bows. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street, as object lessons, or to make a point, or because there isn’t the money to take the bodies away and bury them, or because nobody gives a damn whether they are there or not. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street.

More here

(Thanks for the heads up Japa, this is stunning)

22
Aug
14

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama visits the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Morning – Happy Friday!

21
Aug
14

‘Black Rage Is Founded On These Kinds Of Things’

Ferguson

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Ambrosiaforheads.com: Lauryn Hill Releases a Chilling Dedication to Michael Brown

Read here

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BLACK RAGE is founded on two-thirds a person
Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens
Black human packages tied up in strings
BLACK RAGE can come from all these kinds of things

BLACK RAGE is founded on blatant denial
Squeezed economics, subsistence survival
Deafening silence and social control
BLACK RAGE is founded on wounds in the soul

When the dogs bite
When the beatings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember all these kinds of things, and then I don’t fear so bad

BLACK RAGE is founded: who fed us self hatred?
Lies and abuse, while we waited and waited
Spiritual treason, this grid and its cages
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things

BLACK RAGE is founded on draining and draining
Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining
Poisoning your water, while they say it’s raining
Then call you mad for complaining, complaining

Old time bureaucracy drugging the youth
BLACK RAGE is founded on blocking the truth
Murder and crime, compromise and distortion
Sacrifice, sacrifice, who makes this fortune?

Greed, falsely called progress
Such human contortion
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things

So when the dogs bite
And when the ceilings
And when I’m feeling sad
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad

Free enterprise, is it myth or illusion?
Forcing you back into purposed confusion
Black human trafficking or blood transfusion?
BLACK RAGE is founded on these kinds of things

Victims of violence, both psyche and body
Life out of context is living unGodly
Politics, politics
Greed falsely called wealth
BLACK RAGE is founded on denial of self

So when the dogs bite
And when the beatings
And when I’m feeling sad
I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad…. so bad

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21
Aug
14

Rise and Shine

Randomness: Students show their excitement at meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Morning again everyone, chat on. More later in the day.




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