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Pride & Joy, Mom retires from U.S. Navy

Posted by Kind of Blue | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 07:46 AM (4 replies)

On the campaign trail, Sen. Harris pays respect to Rep. Waters.


Yeah, Ms. Baker, so charming an Italian count and an Hungarian calvary

captain fought a duel over her with swords! until she stopped them from killing each other when the captain injured the count.

Anyway, she and Lucky Luciano may have known each other. Luciano once said, "When I was Charlie Lucky Luciano I dated some black celebrities and the mob called me a corleone." I don't know the meaning of corleone but the rumor is he dated Baker and Dorothy Dandridge.

Her life was amazing, besides being a celebrated singer/actress/dancer/French Resistance spy during WWII/Civil Rights activists making her the Colin Kaeparnickof her times, she was the only female speaker during the March on Washington, speaking just before Dr. King. After King's assassination, Coretta Scott King asked Baker to become the leader of the movement. She declined stating that she had too many young children (12 adopted) to care for.

She said in the speech, "I am not a young woman now, friends. My life is behind me. There is not too much fire burning inside me. And before it goes out, I want you to use what is left to light that fire in you. So that you can carry on, and so that you can do those things that I have done. Then, when my fires have burned out, and I go where we all go someday, I can be happy."

Posted by Kind of Blue | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 06:19 AM (1 replies)

Me dealing with 2nd, 3rd dislike of Matrix comments while on my way to see the 4th

Posted by Kind of Blue | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:52 AM (0 replies)

This is what #Sisterhood looks like. The future looks good.

Posted by Kind of Blue | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:37 AM (2 replies)

Diagnosis: What if social media could save lives?

From The New York Times Column

Based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ popular column in The New York Times Magazine, Diagnosis follows various patients on their respective journeys toward finding a diagnosis, and potentially a cure, for their mysterious illnesses. By combining the power of global crowdsourcing, social media, and established medical expertise, each case is untangled with illuminating new insights that had previously eluded doctors. From award-winning executive producers Scott Rudin, Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, and in association with The New York Times, Diagnosis explores the life-changing impact of receiving a diagnosis for individuals who’ve been searching for answers, and the healing that comes with connecting with others who can empathize with their experiences. Only on Netflix August 16.

When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist

There are too many juicy excerpts in this amazing story writing by Ian Frazier. As Frazier travels from the present to the past, he covers so much relevant and intriguingly evil content of the era that has not gone away. IMO, it's a long read but well worth it.

In March, 1929, the Chicago Forum Council, a cultural organization that included white and black members, announced the presentation of “One of the Greatest Debates Ever Held.” According to the Forum’s advertisement, the debate was to take place on Sunday, March 17th, at 3 p.m., in a large hall on South Wabash Avenue. The topic was “Shall the Negro Be Encouraged to Seek Cultural Equality?”

The Forum Council did not oversell its claim. The Du Bois-Stoddard debate turned out to be a singular event, as important in its way as Lincoln-Douglas or Kennedy-Nixon. The reason more people don’t know about it may be its asymmetry. The other historic matchups featured rivals who disagreed politically but wouldn’t have disputed their opponent’s right to exist.

Stoddard had to have known that the audience would be mostly black. Home-field advantage would be with Du Bois. Why did Stoddard agree? Like any author with books to sell, he probably thought he could use the publicity. (He had two new ones, “The Story of Youth” and “Luck: Your Silent Partner.”) Also, Stoddard probably believed that he could overawe any audience of blacks. He had denied being a member of the Ku Klux Klan but endorsed its tactics passionately in his books. And, in 1926, he gave a lecture before two thousand at Tuskegee University, in Alabama, informing them that the Nordic race was superior to nonwhites and that, for the good of all races, the world must continue to be governed by white supremacy. A black newspaper reported that the students “sat awestricken during the address, which terminated without any applause.”

The defining moment of the debate occurs as Stoddard describes how bi-racialism will provide each race with its own public sphere. The Forum Council later printed the debate in a small book, which records the moment when Stoddard said:

The more enlightened men of southern white America . . . are doing their best to see that separation shall not mean discrimination; that if the Negroes have separate schools, they shall be good schools; that if they have separate train accommodations, they shall have good accommodations. [laughter]

There is just that one bracketed word, “laughter.” The transcription is being polite.

As the reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American put it: A good-natured burst of laughter from all parts of the hall interrupted Mr. Stoddard when, in explaining his bi-racial theory and attempting to show that it did not mean discrimination, said that under such a system there would be the same kind of schools for Negroes, but separate, the same kind of railway coaches, but separate. . . . When the laughter had subsided, Mr. Stoddard, in a manner of mixed humility and courage, claimed that he could not see the joke. This brought more gales of laughter.


Craptastic Poll

"A total of 1,001 adults were interviewed by telephone nationwide by live interviewers calling both landline and cell phones. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Among the entire sample, 28% described themselves as Democrats, 26% described themselves as Republicans, and 46% described themselves as independents or members of another party."

For the subset of 402 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who are registered to vote, it is +/- 6.1 percentage points.


Elizabeth Warren meets her lookalike at Minnesota rally

Stephanie Oyen is not Elizabeth Warren. But try telling that to a crowd of fans gathered to see the U.S. senator and 2020 presidential candidate at a town hall at Macalester College on Monday evening.

Oyen arrived at the rally wearing a blue blazer and clear glasses — her Elizabeth Warren costume from Halloween — as a lark. “I thought it would get some giggles,” said the Edina resident. “Then people started yelling, ‘Senator Warren!’ People were clapping and running up to me to take photos. I kept saying ‘I’m not her!’ but I looked up and hundreds of people were staring at me.”

“It got weird very fast,” said Oyen, whose short blond hair is nearly identical to Elizabeth Warren’s cropped cut. “I talk with my hands and shake my head, which only made me look more like Elizabeth Warren. I was saying ‘I’m not her!’ but I could have been saying ‘Medicare for all!’ ” Oyen says she eventually ditched the blue blazer and the glasses and “hid behind a tall guy” because she felt sorry for confusing people.

She put the blazer and glasses back on when she lined up with hundreds of supporters to take a selfie with Warren, a regular feature of her town hall meetings. Then Warren pointed at her outfit and said, “We need to talk!” Oyen got her photo with Warren and was called back for a second photo a few minutes later. “I guess the staffers wanted a picture,” she said.

Drama aside, Oyen said she is glad she went to hear Warren speak. “People were teary-eyed. She’s their hero. It was really inspiring.” The experience solidified her support for the candidate, she said. Though she might think twice before slipping on that blue blazer again.

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