Barack and Michelle Speak with Mandela Family, Visit Goree Island

By |June 29th, 2013|

President Obama and First Lady talk to Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, on the phone in South Africa [Official White House photo by Pete Souza] AS THE world sends meditations and prayers out to Nelson Mandela, on their trip to the African continent President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with the Mandela [...]

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Zimmerman Neighbor Testifies Trayvon Martin on Top Before Shot

By |June 29th, 2013|

Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year in self-defense as Trayvon Martin was banging his head into the concrete sidewalk behind the townhomes in a gated community. But under prosecution questioning, Jonathan Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin. - Physician [...]

Rare Bird, White-Throated Needletail, Sighted, But Sad Ending

By |June 29th, 2013|

White-throated needletail was seen flying in the sky, exciting onlookers, who then saw the rare beauty killed when it flew into a wind turbine. IT'S ONE of those stories people like me, who are bird enthusiasts (though not experts), long to read, the story of a sighting of a very rare bird. The [...]

Zimmerman’s Lawyer Don West & the Unpardonable Ice Cream Shot

By |June 29th, 2013|

"We beat stupidity celebration cones," followed by three emoticons and the hashtags, "#zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit." IT WAS the photo that was more talked about than any other so far. The offensive ice cream shot of George Zimmerman's lawyer Don West. The Daily Beast grabbed a shot of it, shown above, before it could [...]

Wendy Davis, Unapologetic About Women’s Self-Determination

By |June 28th, 2013|

Senator Wendy Davis "Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test." - Senator Wendy Davis THERE ARE quite a few politicians in [...]

Walmart, Target, Home Depot and More Dump Paula Deen *Updated*

By |June 28th, 2013|

The fallout continues for Paula Deen. In a brief statement Friday, Ballantine Books announced it had canceled publication of "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up. Sears Holdings Corp and J.C. Penney Co. [announced] Friday that they're cutting ties with Deen... - CBS News [update] THE EMOTIONAL apology on the [...]

It’s Not the Pipes, It’s What’s In Them: Toxic Tar Sands Sludge

By |June 28th, 2013|

Pipelines, in and of themselves, aren't the fundamental problem, although whenever someone digs a big trench through your property, it's problematic, even when they cover it and absolutely, positively promise you it's totally safe, and even it should leak or break or whatever, they'll be there for you, to make the repairs and do any [...]

Pelosi Says Dems Coalescing Around Hillary, Who is Receiving the Liberty Medal

By |June 28th, 2013|

from Tumblr's "Texts for Hillary" [Original image by Diana Walker for Time.] JEB BUSH will present Hillary Rodham Clinton with the National Constitution Center's Liberty Award on September 10, 2013. This news comes as Rep. Nancy Pelosi pronounces that Democrats are coalescing around Hillary, even if the former speaker isn't offering her endorsement [...]

Queer Talk: Respect for Marriage Act Filed in House, Senate

By |June 28th, 2013|

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), filed by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) in the Senate and by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House, would completely repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). The Supreme Court decisions were a big step in that direction, but not complete. From The New Civil Rights Movement, Jean Ann Esselink [...]

Queer Talk: Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy Deletes Sad DOMA Tweet

By |June 28th, 2013|

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, tweeted his sadness about the Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and Prop 8, but then rather quickly deleted it. That seems a fair representation of Cathy's efforts to somehow balance an anti-LGBT "“ at least related to marriage equality "“ while also, as a spokesperson put it, provide "genuine hospitality [...]