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Jackie Robinson with his son David at the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, August 28, 1963.  Photo source to me from @BeschlossDC


 OND is a community feature  on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary.  Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00AM Eastern Time.  I tend to look at newspapers' web sites around the world and country.  I especially look for not the headline, but a separate aspect of the story.  And I love followups.  

                    OND Editors consist of founder Magnifico, regular editors jlms qkw, maggiejean, wader, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors palantir, BentLiberal, Oke and ScottyUrb, guest editor annetteboardman, and current editor-in-chief Neon Vincent.   We invite our readers to comment & share other news.

*   Have you thought about writing an Overnight News Digest?  Do you have news, opinions, or snark to share?  Contact any editor, especially Neon Vincent  **


Mandela Day

 Following the success of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr Mandela’s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.

Sometime this week, please spend 67 minutes doing something for a neighbor.  

Diary title refers to this parable from Jesus:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Notes:  v. 27 is found in the Hebrew scriptures of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.  

It's easy to be a news junkie.  Refresh, look at other sites, look at twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc.  After this week, I wanted to share this passage.  And with Mandela Day coming this week, I wanted to ask all of you to be a neighbor.  Whatever that means to you.  


Official: 7 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Sudan attack
AP at USAToday

Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever attack single attack on the international force in the country.

The assault included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, which included two female police advisers, the force said in a statement.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault. Cycmanick declined to give the nationalities of those killed and wounded in the attack.

USA Today thinks a "related story" is Kate's last public appearance before birthing.  

Online leaker exposes Mugabe's secrets
Jane Flanagan, The Age

President Robert Mugabe has offered a $US300,000 reward to anyone who can unmask an anonymous whistleblower behind a string of leaks about alleged Zimbabwean government assassination plots, corruption and plans to rig this month's election.

The well-informed mole, who calls himself "Baba Jukwa" and appears to be operating from within the heart of the regime, began posting revelations on a Facebook page four months ago.

    Under the nation's sweeping security laws, it is an offence to undermine the authority of the president.

The page has been viewed more than a million times and he has amassed more than 239,000 followers, with hundreds of responses and shares to every update. Efforts to track down the mole have so far failed. His postings have accused government ministers of corruption and senior police chiefs of brutality, publishing their private mobile telephone numbers.

Reassuring government statements about 89-year-old Mr Mugabe's health have been contradicted regularly, so infuriating the president that he offered the reward for exposing the mole - details of which were revealed by Baba Jukwa.

Determined attempts by senior Zanu-PF party officials to persuade Facebook to close the page failed and the president has now reportedly appealed to friends in the Chinese government for technical support to censor the site and identify its user.

Mugabe seeking help from the Chinese.  Noted.  Although I hear that if others start tagging everything on someone's FB page with "porn", FB will ban that person.  

China new route to smuggle fake currency into India
Deeptiman Tiwary, TNN, Times of India

Days after a consignment of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth Rs 37 lakh coming from China was apprehended in Delhi, another consignment of comparable value from the same country has now been seized on the Indo-Nepal border. This is the first time evidence of FICN being routed from China has been found and the development has caused much concern in the security establishment as China was not used as a fake currency channel till now.

Agencies suspect that the well-established drug cartels in China and Pakistan spy agency ISI's influence in that country's Xinjiang province are being used to push FICN into India. The development poses a tough challenge as Indian agencies have little network in China to stem this rot.

Based on information provided by Indian intelligence agencies, authorities in Nepal on June 24 arrested one Ranjit Jha from Birganj (a city on the Indo-Nepal border) while receiving a consignment of Rs 30 lakh in fake currency. The notes were hidden in electronic dolls, piano and a cradle imported from Hong Kong.

Sources said the consignment was actually coming from Pakistan and Hong Kong was the transit point from where it landed in Nepal through Thai Airways. It was headed to Motihari in Bihar.

Spy novelists couldn't make this up.  Nearly 3 billion people, 3 major religions, some corporate & religious extremists in 3 countries.  

Senate committee to be briefed on foreign climbers’ killing
Amir Wasim,

The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan is meeting here on Monday (today) to receive a briefing on the killing last month of foreign tourists at the base of Nanga Parbat and the progress so far made in the investigations.

Talking to Dawn here on Sunday, the chairman of the committee, ANP’s Haji Muhammad Adeel, said the panel had invited the former inspector-general of police (IGP) and former chief secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan to hear their points of view on the terrorists’ attack that gave a bad name to the country.

Besides receiving briefing on the incident from the senior officials of the GB, the chairman said the committee members would also like to know about the impact of the incident on tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The committee, according to the agenda, will also receive a briefing on prevailing “water crisis in Gilgit, its reasons and steps taken by the GB government to resolve the problem”.

You can have tourism, or you can have religious extremists acting hatefully.  Rinse, repeat.  Note: this is not isolated to Pakistan, by any means.  

After the Flood: Life in Germany's Disaster Zone
Der Spiegel

As soon as the first aerial pictures came out, it was clear this was a catastrophe of historic proportions. Entire swaths of land were under water, with only treetops and roofs visible, but no streets, train tracks, or people.

Between May 26 and June 2 of this year, 22.76 trillion liters (6.01 trillion US gallons) of rain fell in Germany, an amount equal to roughly half the volume of Lake Constance, which makes up a section of Germany's southern border. This was also 3 million liters (800,000 gallons) more than the rains that preceded the so-called "flood of the century" in 2002 along the Elbe River, which devastated Dresden and other cities. The Chiemgau region of Bavaria received 275 liters of rain per square meter (about 7 gallons per square foot) within a 48-hour period -- more than normally falls in that area during the entire month of June.

Oddly, the driest part of Germany in June was Saxony-Anhalt -- the same eastern state that was particularly badly affected by the flooding. Emergency response teams worked there for four weeks, not wrapping up their work until July 2. A state of emergency was in effect during the same period for the area around the city of Stendal, where the Elbe River breached a dike and flooded several villages, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Many lost their homes, their possessions and livelihood. Farmers will have no harvest this year and cities and towns have a great deal of infrastructure to rebuild, including the high-speed rail link between Berlin and Hanover that connects the German capital with important cities like Frankfurt and Cologne.

This links to a multi-media slide show thing.  

Nine militants killed in drone, air force strikes in Pakistan
Jibran Ahmad, Mail & Guardian

At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, have been killed in Pakistan's lawless tribal region in a US drone strike and a separate Pakistan military operation, security officials said on Sunday.

Pakistan has seen a spate of militant attacks since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office last month, putting pressure on his team to act more aggressively to curb the insurgency.

Missile strikes by unmanned US aircraft have inflicted the most damage against Taliban fighters in the mountainous areas straddling the Afghan border in past years, sometimes with heavy civilian casualties.

In the third such attack since Sharif came to power, two suspected militants riding a motorcycle were struck by missiles in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan on Saturday night, one official said.

"The two men, probably Arab nationals, were passing through Mosaki village when the drone fired two missiles and hit them," said the official.

Their identities were not clear. Another security source said they were foreign militants of Turkmen origin.

Still drone attacks? Is this CIA or military?  

Argentina litigation with hedge funds; ‘US could end siding with Buenos Aires’ says Washington Post

“A 10-year legal and lobbying battle that pits a prominent Republican campaign donor against the government of Argentina has drawn the attention of the Obama administration, which may end up siding with Argentina,” the piece written by Tom Hamburger and Carol D. Leonnig affirms.

The Washington Post adds that the US Justice Department had already supported Argentina in its million-dollar battle with hedge funds NML –commanded by US billionaire Paul Singer- and Aurelius which, unlike 93% of Argentina’s creditors, refused to enter the country’s debt swap in 2005 and 2010.

The Obama administration must decide whether to back a foreign government against a group of U.S. hedge funds and other investors who bought Argentine debt, some of which was purchased at a steep discount after the country defaulted in 2002. Argentina says that if the case goes against the country, the investors stand to gain more than one billion dollars in profits.

This story also looks like it came out of a novel, or should be in one.  


My parents were right-wing extremists
Claire Conner,

Excerpted from "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right"

My parents had gotten their views about African Americans and the civil rights movement from Robert Welch, an old Southern boy [and co-founder of the John Birch Society]. He’d always thought the Negroes had it good in the United States, a view he explained in a pamphlet published in the early 1960s, Two Revolutions at Once.

In it, Welch claimed that “educational opportunities [for Negroes] have tremendously improved” with “some states [in the South] spending as much as fifty percent of their total school budget on Negro schools, while deriving only fifteen percent … from taxes paid by the Negro population.” He claimed that job opportunities for the Negro had “markedly increased despite a determined undercover effort by the Communists to prevent this trend.” This assertion was unproven, but that didn’t stop Welch from repeating it. Welch even believed that “separate but equal” had been “gaining substance in the matter of equality and losing rigidity in the matter of separateness.”

In 1963, Welch was still insisting that “separate but equal” was “surely but slowly breaking down, with regard to public facilities, wherever Negroes earned the right by sanitation, education, and a sense of responsibility, to share such facilities.”

As jarring as these words are today, they worked well for the John Birch Society in the 1960s — so well that, by 1965, JBS could boast more than one hundred chapters in Birmingham, Alabama, and its surrounding suburbs. The New York Times reported that “the society is capitalizing on white supremacy sentiment, as well as on a general social, religious and political conservatism in the south.”

As a Birch kid, I wasn’t a bit surprised. The JBS had been fighting the civil rights movement since its founding, and the events of 1962 and 1963 added even more grist to their racist mill.

This is your history lesson, connect-some-dots example, and sorry about Salon's popups.  

Stand Your Ground and the Zimmerman Verdict
Dan Gelber, blog

In 2005 the Florida Legislature fundamentally changed the analysis used by juries to assign blame in these cases. When the legislature passed the Stand Your Ground law it changed the rules of engagement. It eliminated the duty to avoid the danger and it eliminated any duty to retreat.

If the Trayvon Martin killing was tried prior to the Stand Your Ground law being passed, the jury would have been told that self-defense was not available to Zimmerman unless he had used every reasonable means to avoid the danger. The jury would have been told that even if they believed Zimmerman had been attacked wrongfully by Trayvon, he could not use deadly force if he could have safely retreated or run away.

In this case, did Zimmerman use “every reasonable means within his power…to avoid the danger” or did he follow Trayvon despite admonitions that he did not need to?

Notwithstanding the forensics that Zimmerman suffered injury, could he have safely run away, or retreated from an unarmed teenager?

The jury did not get to analyze the case in these terms because the law of Florida after Stand Your Ground eliminated the duty to avoid the danger and the duty to retreat.

The Fight to Protect Voting Rights in Texas
Theresa Riley at Bill
During the 2011 redistricting map case, state lawyers unsuccessfully argued that the 2011 map was nothing more than a partisan power grab that had nothing to do with race. The fact of the matter is that in Texas – and in many other Southern states – partisan politics has everything to do with race. Since 1965, Thomas Edsall writes in The New York Times, the number of black representatives in southern statehouses “has grown from fewer than five to 313, all but a handful as Democrats.” But during those same 40 years, Southern whites defected from the Democratic Party in huge numbers. And in 2012 — with the addition of Arkansas after 138 years of Democratic rule — the GOP has gained control of all 11 statehouses in the former Confederacy.

For the moment, things in Texas “remain highly unsettled.” The San Antonio Express-News editorial board put it that way in a recent op-ed in which they also characterized Attorney General Greg Abbott’s rush to push through the state’s voter ID law as “unseemly.” The state has asked the courts to dismiss the cases brought last week, but both three-judge panels appear to be considering the challenges seriously.

As Texas Redistricting blogger and Dallas attorney Michael Li told Star-Telegram reporter Mike Norman, “There’s no question this is new territory for everyone.”

If you’re interested in following the events in Texas, we recommend Li’s excellent blog and Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog for updates on the redistricting cases.

Weber County commissioner: Libraries ‘don’t need to be Taj Mahals’
By Cathy McKitrick| The Salt Lake Tribune
In June, Weber County voters OK’d a $45 million bond to upgrade and expand the county’s cadre of public libraries.

According to longtime Library Director Lynnda Wangsgard, bond supporters were buying into the vision of libraries as community space where people of all ages can gather, gain new insights and connect with one another.

However, at least one of the county’s three commissioners hopes to scale back the scope and cost of the plan that Wangsgard said has been three years in the making.

"I’m hoping to spend quite a bit less," said Commissioner Matt Bell, who took office in January. "Libraries need to be nice, they need to be adequate, but they don’t need to be Taj Mahals."

Where was this dumb-ass commissioner when the bond issue was written, campaigned for, and voted upon?  They are the worst kind of sore loser, sticking their nose in AFTER the voters approved this.  And this is a pointed remark against Salt Lake City's utterly beautiful Main Library, which was a Library of the Year, and is having its 10th anniversary soon.  

 PETA Wants Your Kids to Protest Lagoon
Renee Estrada, City Weekly

Lagoon—it's what fun is. But, according to PETA, it's also where animal abuse happens. The animal-rights group has organized a protest specifically for kids Saturday.

According to Jordon Kasteler, who's organizing the protest, “Lagoon has received 18 citations from the USDA for violating the animal-welfare act, and some of the citations involve failure to provide adequate care, filthy enclosures, untrained employees and staff."

USDA last cited Lagoon in September 2011, for an "indirect" non-compliance issue. According to the report, two leopards were treated for having three-plus ascarids each. After treatment, the leopards were not given subsequent fecal tests to "ensure that the ascarids were successfully eradicated." Lagoon hasn't had any violations since.

Those leopards live relatively near my former in-laws.  

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  •  because you needed this (26+ / 0-)


    goats riding on turtles.  it was a gif but i apparently did not save or upload it properly.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:04:49 PM PDT

  •  "Let's Kill All The Lawyers" (12+ / 0-)

    Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" premiered last year to much media analysis and many mixed reviews. On the one hand, the show has Sorkin's trademark writing style, good actors, and attempts to be a satire of the news media & major public issues. On the other hand, the first season of "The Newsroom" was criticized for among other things having a sexist depiction of female characters, being a rehash of familiar Sorkin plot-lines and dialogue from other Sorkin TV shows, and most importantly having plot elements that did not work story-wise at all.

    Tonight, season 2 premiered on HBO. Have things gotten better?

    From the A.V. Club:

    Throughout the second season première of The Newsroom, it’s evident that Aaron Sorkin is desperate to get this one right. To his credit, he seems to have listened to many of the criticisms of season one, and he’s attempting to fix them. In most cases, this would amount to mainly cosmetic fixes, in hopes of giving the series a newer, shinier surface. Sorkin has done that, to be sure. (The title sequence, for instance, is new, with a new version of the main title music, and it feels less insufferably self-important as a consequence.) But he’s also dug down a bit and tried to find ways to address other problems people had with the show last season, more systemic ones. The opening scene—with Will at a deposition—indicates that at some point in the story of this season, the NewsNight team is going to get something horribly, horribly wrong (some sort of military operation named Genoa), and that promises to at least be different from the 20/20 hindsight that dominated season one. We get to see Mackenzie have those moments of competency at her job that were too infrequent in season one. The way Will is written has been subtly tweaked so it’s obvious more often what an asshole he can be.
    Full disclosure, I haven't watched the season 2 premiere yet. Although, I do know that among the changes this season is that the storylines will not be as rooted in the characters reacting to events from the "real" world of the past. For example, the big story-arc of this season, the characters reporting on the military event called "Genoa," is fictional.

    I've always thought that setting the show in our reality was a mistake. I think the show would work much better, and its points would come across as far less preachy, if it was set in "The West Wing" universe and dealt with the fictional equivalents of the Tea Party, surveillance, etc.

  •  I Need To Go Back To College (11+ / 0-)

    From the New York Times: Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too

    At 11 on a weeknight earlier this year, her work finished, a slim, pretty junior at the University of Pennsylvania did what she often does when she has a little free time. She texted her regular hookup — the guy she is sleeping with but not dating. What was he up to? He texted back: Come over. So she did. They watched a little TV, had sex and went to sleep.

    Their relationship, she noted, is not about the meeting of two souls. “We don’t really like each other in person, sober,” she said, adding that “we literally can’t sit down and have coffee.” Ask her why she hasn’t had a relationship at Penn, and she won’t complain about the death of courtship or men who won’t commit. Instead, she’ll talk about “cost-benefit” analyses and the “low risk and low investment costs” of hooking up.

    “I positioned myself in college in such a way that I can’t have a meaningful romantic relationship, because I’m always busy and the people that I am interested in are always busy, too,” she said... It is by now pretty well understood that traditional dating in college has mostly gone the way of the landline, replaced by “hooking up” — an ambiguous term that can signify anything from making out to oral sex to intercourse — without the emotional entanglement of a relationship.

    Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters. But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too.

  •  I Wrote About Jackie Robinson (13+ / 0-)

    ... in this diary a few years ago - Great Athletes Who Thrilled Us and Enriched Our Lives.

    An excerpt from the diary, which includes a personal story about Olympics Great Jesse Owens.

    Robinson's place in sports history is firmly secure.  Making his debut in 1947 as the first ever African-American baseball player in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he endured more humiliation and racism than many of us can ever imagine.  Yet, he carried himself with great dignity and paved the way for many who followed in later decades, notably Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

    Robinson entered MLB at age 28 after excelling in several sports in college. Baseball was probably his fourth best sport at UCLA

    Jackie Robinson pictured on a Brooklyn Dodgers magazine during his rookie year in 1947 (left) and sliding safely into home plate and history books

    :: ::

    Robinson transferred to UCLA, where he became the school's first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track.  He was one of four black players on the 1939 UCLA Bruins football team... At a time when only a handful of black players existed in mainstream college football, this made UCLA college football's most integrated team.  Belying his future career, baseball was Robinson's "worst sport" at UCLA; he hit .097 in his only season, although in his first game he went 4-for-4 and twice stole home.

    At the end of Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had become National League Rookie of the Year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a .297 average.  In 1949, he was selected as the NL's Most Valuable player of the Year and also won the batting title with a .342 average that same year.  As a result of his great success, Jackie was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

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    by JekyllnHyde on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:15:53 PM PDT

    •  i didn't know he'd been at the march (10+ / 0-)

      'til i saw the tweeted photo.  so many of those black athletes did so much for all of us - - - i'm glad he was in the march.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:27:06 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, in the Civil Rights Era (6+ / 0-)

        In our times, ever since Michael Jordan famously replied when asked as to why he didn't get involved in political or social issues, "Republicans buy sneakers too"... um, not so much.  Modern-day professional sports is largely about commercialism and being obsessed with making the nightly highlight film on ESPN.

        An example of the first kind from my diary on Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier - He Was, and Will Always Be, "The Greatest."

        In a bygone era of professional sports -- when athletes were unafraid to express opinions on political issues -- Ali received a great deal of support from other prominent black athletes, notable among them Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar).  

        Read more about this meeting organized by Jim Brown in Cleveland, Ohio and Brown's thoughts on it many years later

        I ain't draft dodging.  I ain't burning no flag.  I ain't running to Canada.  I'm staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years.  I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain't going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people.  If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese.  You my opposer when I want freedom.  You my opposer when I want justice.  You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you?  You won't even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs.  You won't even stand up for my right here at home.

        Source: Ali, a biographical film in which actor Will Smith played the role of Muhammad Ali.  Photo credit: Cleveland Plain-Dealer, "NBA 'Free-agent Summit' a Reminder of a 1967 Event in Cleveland That Wasn't about Money" by Branson Wright.  Pictured above are Front row: Bill Russell, Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor).  Back row: Mayor Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten.

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        by JekyllnHyde on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:47:48 PM PDT

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    •  He stole home (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Knucklehead, JML9999, wader, jlms qkw

      Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball...

      Like Obama he had to be way better than the competition.

  •  Particularly great opening photo! (10+ / 0-)

    What a slice of history.

    "This is the best bad idea we have by far..." ~Argo

    by MsGrin on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:18:21 PM PDT

  •  jlms qkw (14+ / 0-)

    Thank you for a very interesting series of articles in your OND.

    And more of these.


    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:20:56 PM PDT

  •  SEC takes Goldman's 'Fabulous Fab' to trial (9+ / 0-)

    SEC takes Goldman's 'Fabulous Fab' to trial in civil fraud case

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission heads to trial Monday against a former Goldman Sachs bond trader in a case it says highlights what went wrong on Wall Street in the financial crisis.

    Jury selection begins in federal court in New York in the civil fraud case against Fabrice Tourre, 34, who the SEC says misled investors in an ill-fated mortgage securities investment called Abacus 2007-AC1.

    It is the highest-profile trial to date stemming from the SEC's investigation of the events leading up to the 2008 crisis and, legal experts say, presents a chance for the SEC to hold an individual responsible at trial.

    The SEC's case, as summed up by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest last month, is that Tourre "handed Little Red Riding Hood an invitation to grandmother's house while concealing the fact that it was written by the Big Bad Wolf."

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:22:46 PM PDT

  •  Election news from Michigan (12+ / 0-)

    Schauer caps eventful week with fundraiser in Ypsilanti

    Democratic candiate for Governor Mark Schauer swung through Washtenaw County on Saturday to end a week that began with two political publications moving the Michigan gubenatorial contest from tossup/tilt Republican to pure tossup.  In between, he threw out the first pitch at Howell High School's alumni baseball game.

    At the Saturday afternoon fundraiser hosted by Matt and Rene Greff of Ypsilanti, Schauer criticized Governor Rick Snyder for a failure of leadership.

    "You know, I think we need to see a little more toughness out of an individual who campaigned as a Tough Nerd. Right now, we’re seeing an ineffective leader," Schauer told Michigan Radio.
    Schauer's week began on Tuesday, when Stuart Rothenberg of Roll Call moved the Michigan Governor's contest from tossup/tilt Republican to pure tossup.  Rothenberg wrote that Schauer's candidacy was "rejuvenating Democratic hopes of defeating GOP Gov. Rick Snyder in Michigan next year."

    More at the link in the headline, including Schauer describing what he'd do to get Medicaid expansion passed, John Dingell praising Schauer, and Schauer having fun at Howell High School. article on Schauer fundraiser

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:33:13 PM PDT

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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:43:39 PM PDT

  •  stand your ground - end times 21 (4+ / 0-)
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    Corporate Groups that Promotes 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    Zimmerman is free because of a “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida that grants anyone who feels threatened with the right to hurt or kill anyone whom they perceive to be dangerous, regardless of whether the purportedly threatening person is armed. Trayvon Martin, for example, was carrying a package of Skittles and an iced tea.
    USA Today reports that “Stand Your Ground” laws have been passed in 21 states

    Just as it is not surprising that the NRA is behind the “Stand Your Ground” laws, the fact that the Koch brothers, funders of the tea party astroturf mobs, are major supporters of ALEC is also hardly a shock.

    What is surprising is that among ALEC’s dozens and dozens of corporate sponsors are some of the biggest consumer brands in the United States — from Microsoft to American Express, from Dell to Sara Lee and from AT&T to Mary Kay Cosmetics.

    You’ll find a complete list of ALEC’s sponsors at this link, but here are just a few of the corporations that are funding ALEC’s extreme corporatist agenda:

    American Express
    AmericaWest Airlines
    Bank of America
    Dell    FedEx
    Fruit of the Loom
    General Electric
    General Mills
    General Motors
    JC Penney
    Kentucky Fried Chicken (Parent)    Mary Kay Cosmetics
    Miller Brewing
    Nestle USA
    Outback Steak House
    Pepsi Cola
    Pizza Hut (Parent)
    Sara Lee
    Sony    State Farm
    Taco Bell(Parent)
    Time Warner
    The Travelers
    United Airlines
    Variety (Parent)
    ALEC’s success has bred imitators, of course. A case in point is Americans United for Life, which is responsible for drafting the boilerplate language for the the ultrasound “shaming wand” bills that were passed in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere recently, according to report from Addicting Info:

    The thing that bothers me most about the new GOP is how down on America they are. How they talk about things that have no relationship to reality. All in the name of making sure that the people at the top do very well. ~ V.P. Joe Biden

    by anyname on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 11:03:00 PM PDT

    •  pressure from those with the most to lose (2+ / 0-)
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      EXCERPT ~ Pat Paquette

      I truly want to believe that we’re on the threshold of a leap in human consciousness, possibly so significant that we might mutate in to a higher species. But I also know from history that we’ve been in that place before, and the transformation either was aborted or sabotaged.

      The example that comes immediately to mind is the revolution that was taking place in Occitania in the 12th century. The region was the first to emerge from the Dark Ages, with flourishing music, literature, and a culture that respected women. The Church wasn’t having any of it, and conspired with the king of France to overrun the region, slaughter much of the population, and burn dissenters as heretics. So much for the revolution.

      We can’t take it for granted that an evolution in human consciousness will happen all by itself. It faces enormous pressure by those who stand to lose the most. We need to support each other in waking up and staying awake.

      By “support,” I don’t mean attempting to convince others that they need to “wake up” and think like you. Spiritual awakening is a deep, mysterious internal process. It’s not going to happen by shouting down people who don’t agree with your politics.  

      The thing that bothers me most about the new GOP is how down on America they are. How they talk about things that have no relationship to reality. All in the name of making sure that the people at the top do very well. ~ V.P. Joe Biden

      by anyname on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 11:09:30 PM PDT

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    •  Stand Your Ground - NOT USED (1+ / 0-)
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      Zimmerman's defense did not use the 'Stand your ground' law.

      •  please see dan gelber's blog post (0+ / 0-)

        it explains how the legislation language included w/ SYG affected the trial.  

        Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

        by jlms qkw on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 03:48:34 AM PDT

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