Friday’s Potpourri: Too Much To List……A Little Of This & A Lot Of That


By Jueseppi B.

 

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What’s Up, Camera Man?”

 

This week, the President honored our nation’s top scientists and innovators, nominated a new Secretary of the Interior, and worked toward reducing gun violence, enacting immigration reform, and reducing our deficit in a balanced way.

 

 

West Wing Week: 02/08/13 or “What’s Up, Camera Man?

 

This week, the President honored our nation’s top scientists and innovators, nominated a new Secretary of the Interior, and worked toward reducing gun violence, enacting immigration reform, and reducing our deficit in a balanced way.

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 1st

  • The winners of the 2011 National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation received their awards at the White House.

 

 

Sunday, February 3rd

  • The President sat down with CBS News to discuss a range of issues currently facing our nation.

 

 

Monday, February 4th

  • In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the President met with men and women who are on the front line of the fight to prevent gun violence.

 

 

Tuesday, February 5th

  • The President hosted a meeting with progressive and labor leaders to discuss the ways in which immigration reform would strengthen the economy in communities across the country.
  • In the Press Briefing Room, the President addressed the sequester.
  • The President called up the coach of the Baltimore Ravens to congratulate them on their Superbowl victory.
  • Business leaders met with the President to discuss ways in which immigration reform would benefit their businesses.
  • Speechwriter Cody Keenan gave an update on the progress of next week’s address to the Joint Session of Congress.

 

 

Wednesday, February 6th

  • The President announced Sally Jewell as his nomination to head up the Department of the Interior, and congratulated outgoing Secretary Ken Salazar.

 

 

Thursday, February 7th

  • The President, Vice President and First Lady attended the annual Prayer Breakfast.
  • The President met with his Cabinet to talk about immigration reform.
  • Magic Johnson visited the White House.

Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:

Common-sense reforms: On Monday, President Obama traveled Midwest to Minneapolis to speak with local police, community leaders and folks who have experienced gun violence in their family. The President firmly believes “law enforcement and other community leaders must have a seat at the table.”

 

With mounting support for universal background checks, President Obama is driving Congress to listen and take action. While pressing for background checks, the President did not let up.

 

“We shouldn’t stop there. We should restore the ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines,” said President Obama. “And that deserves a vote in Congress — because weapons of war have no place on our streets, or in our schools, or threatening our law enforcement officers.”

 

Watch the full speech here and read our blog post tracking the two weeks since President Obama released his plan for reducing gun violence.

 

Sequester Delay: On Tuesday, President Obama talked about the sequester and urged Congress to act before automatic spending cuts are put into place starting March 1. If a new deal is not struck by March 1, automatic spending cuts, which are known as the sequester will begin.

 

Billions of dollars in cuts would hinder education and research, along with defense spending to name a few. President Obama called for “a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms” as he is prepared to work with republicans to strike a deal for the American people.

 

 

Newest Cabinet Nominee: On Wednesday, President Obamanominated Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department. If the current CEO of the outdoor retail giant REI is confirmed, she will play a critical role in protecting our country’s land and natural resources. Along with an enthusiasm for the outdoors, she carries with her experience as a former oil engineer and commercial banker, which will be vital in dealing with our energy sector and creating jobs for Americans.

 

Jewell is very excited to work with the Interior and “sharing their hopes and their dreams for our public lands, our resources, our people — especially our first people — our history and our culture.”

 

 

Revamped Immigration Page: On Wednesday, the White House released a new issue section laying out what is at stake for comprehensive immigration reform. The President’s proposal calls for the strengthening of our borders, cracking down on companies that hire undocumented workers, creating a path to earned citizenship and streamlining our legal immigration system.

 

 

National Prayer Breakfast: On Thursday, President Obamaattended the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Citing the importance of faith in his life, the President discussed the comfort Scripture gave President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I thought about their humility, and how we don’t seem to live that out the way we should, every day, even when we give lip service to it,” said the President.

 

The biggest hope from the breakfast was Americans, especially our public servants, should embrace cooperation and humility to avoid the constant bipartisan rhetoric in Washington. Watch the full speech here.

 

SOTU Preparation: This Tuesday, the President will speak to the country through the annual State of the Union address. President Obama will discuss the most demanding issues facing our country and offer solutions to tackle these challenges. On February 12, at 9 pm ET head to our State of the Union page to watch a live enhanced version with charts, graphs, and data to coincide with his address. Before Tuesday, check out our page to view the 2012 enhanced version and discover new ways you can participate in this year’s State of the Union.

 

President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal

 

Last April, President Obama called on the public to help identify outstanding Americans for the 2012 Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. After receiving more than 6,000 submissions from the public, the President has selected 18 outstanding Americans to receive the award for performing “exemplary deeds of service for their country and their fellow citizens.”

 

Each winner is called, and told that the President has personally selected them to receive the Citizens Medal:

 

 

The 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal: Informing the recipients

 

Published on Feb 8, 2013

Members of the White House Office of Public Engagement place calls to inform the recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal that they will be receiving the honor. The ceremony will be on Friday February 15th, and you can learn more about the award at whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal.

 

 

 

 

On Friday, February 15, 2013, President Obama will welcome the recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal to the White House for a special ceremony to recognize their efforts to serve their communities, and inspire others to do the same.

 

Take a moment to read the incredible stories of this year’s Citizens Medal recipients. If you know someone like the recipients below, please take a moment to nominate him or her by Sunday, March 31, 2013.

 

 

Dr. Terry Brazelton (Boston, MA)
Brazelton is one of the foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development as well as an author, and professor. One of Brazelton’s best known achievements was the development of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), which is now used worldwide to recognize the physical and neurological responses of newborns, as well as emotional well-being and individual differences. In 1993, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center® (BTC) at Boston Children’s Hospital where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early education settings around the world.

 

 

Adam Burke (Jacksonville, FL)
Burke is an Iraq combat veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart which he received for injuries occurred by a mortar attack while running combat operation in Iraq. In 2009 he opened “Veterans Farm,” a 19 acre handicap-accessible farm that helps teach veterans of all ages how to make a living from the find healing in the land. He has been awarded numerous accolades for his work, including the 2011 Good Person of the Year award from the Good People Foundation and the Star of Honor from Work Vessels for Veterans.

 

 

Mary Jo Copeland (Minneapolis, MN)
Copeland founded Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985, which has served as a safety net to those in the Minneapolis area through the provision of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical and dental assistance. Sharing and Caring Hands assists thousands of people a month, and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Copeland, who currently receives no salary for her work, has served as its director since its opening and still greets every client entering the center and conducts intake interviews.

 

 

Michael Dorman (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Dorman is the founder and executive director of Military Missions in Action, a North Carolina-based non-profit that helps veterans with disabilities, both physical and mental, achieve independent living. All veterans who have served are eligible to receive services including home modification, rehabilitation and family assistance. Since 2008, the organization has completed more than 100 home modification projects and shipped thousands care packages to soldiers.

 

 

Maria Gomez (Baltimore, MD)
Gomez founded, Mary’s Center 25 years ago with the mission to build better futures through the delivery of health care, family literacy and job training. Mary’s Center is part of the working group launching First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Read Let’s Move Campaign.” Prior to establishing Mary’s Center, Maria was a public health nurse with the D.C. Department of Health. She has also worked for the Red Cross, directing community education programming and disaster services, and with the Visiting Nurses Association. She currently serves as Regional Representative for the South East to the National Council of la Raza, and previously served two terms on the board of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

 

 

Pamela Green Jackson (Albany, GA)
Green Jackson is the Founder and CEO of the Youth Becoming Healthy Project (YBH), a non-profit organization committed to reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity through nutrition, fitness education and physical activity programs. YBH was created in memory of Pamela Green Jackson’s only brother, Bernard Green, who died in 2004 from obesity-related illnesses. YBH provides resources for during and after school wellness programs for elementary and middle school students as well as a summer wellness camp where the students learn about exercise, nutrition and can participate in martial arts, walking club and dance programs.

 

 

Janice Jackson (Baltimore, MD)
Jackson is the creator and program director of Women Embracing Abilities Now, (W.E.A.N.) a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities. She is also a professor at The University of Baltimore. Jackson has actively advocated on behalf of people with disabilities and currently serves on the board of directors for The League for People with Disabilities, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, and The Image Center of Maryland. She also serves on the Community Advisory Council at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is a counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Center. She has also founded two support groups, We Are Able People (W.R.A.P.) and Women On Wheels & Walking (W.O.W.W.).

 

 

Patience Lehrman (Philadelphia, PA)
Lehrman is an immigrant from Cameroon and the National Director of Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), an immigrant integration initiative at the Intergenerational Center of Temple University. SHINE partners with 18 institutions of higher learning, community-based organizations, and county and city governments across the country. SHINE engages college students and older adults to provide language and health education, citizenship and civic participation lessons to immigrant communities. Lehrman also mentors inner-city high school students, provides free meals to low-income children in the summer and serves as an election official. She holds three Masters Degrees from Temple University.

 

 

Jeanne Manford (New York, NY)
Manford and her husband, Jules, co-founded in 1972 a support group for parents of gay children that grew into the national organization known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Manford had always supported her son Morty, but was inspired to act after the police failed to intervene while Morty was beaten and hospitalized during a Gay Activists Alliance demonstration in April 1972. In the years that followed, Manford continued to march and organize, even after losing Morty to AIDS in 1992. Today, PFLAG focuses on creating a network of support and advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Manford passed away in early January at the age of 92.

 

 

Billy Mills (Alexandria, VA)
Mills co-founded and serves as the spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that supports cultural programs and provides health and housing assistance for Native American communities. Mills gained prominence during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when he unexpectedly won a Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter run. Today, he remains the only American to ever win this event. At the time Mills competed in the Olympics, he was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After the Olympics, Mills, an Oglala Lakota, was made a warrior by his tribe. In 1986, Mills and Eugene Krizek, president of Christian Relief Services, joined forces to found Running Strong.

 

 

Terry Shima (Gaithersburg, MD)
Shima was drafted into the US Army on October 12, 1944 as a replacement for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This unit was composed of Japanese Americans who volunteered for combat duty. In November 2011, the US Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 442nd RCT, the 100th Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. Shima served as Executive Director of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), a nonprofit organization that publicizes and assists Japanese American military veterans and their families, from 2004 to 2012 and is now chair of its Outreach and Education Committee.

 

 

Harris Wofford (Washington, DC)
Wofford served as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995, and from then to 2001 was the chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 1970 to 1978 he served as the fifth president of Bryn Mawr College. He is a noted advocate of national service and volunteering. He began his public service career as counsel to the Rev.Theodore Hesburgh on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was an early supporter of the Civil Rights movement in the South in the late 1950s. He became a volunteer advisor and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1961, Kennedy appointed him as special assistant to the President for civil rights. He was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps and served as the Peace Corps’ special representative to Africa and director of operations in Ethiopia. On his return to Washington in 1964, he was appointed associate director of the Peace Corps. In 1966 he became the founding president of the State University of New York’s College at Old Westbury.

 

 

Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Victoria Soto, Mary Sherlach and Dawn Hochsprung (Newtown, CT)
On December 14, 2012, the names of six courageous women were forever etched into the heart of our Nation as unthinkable tragedy swept through Newtown, Connecticut. Some of these individuals had joined Sandy Hook Elementary School only weeks before; others were preparing to retire after decades of service. All had dedicated themselves to their students and their community, working long past the school bell to give the children in their care a future worthy of their talents.

 

 

 

Update from Bruce Reed on the President’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

 

Vice President Biden’s Chief of Staff Bruce Reed sat down with us to give us a quick update on the work the President and Vice President have been doing since the President released his plan to reduce gun violence.

 

The Administration is making good progress — and legislation is already working its way through Congress — but as Bruce Reed says: “We’re going to need your help, because we’re only going to get this done if you make your voice heard.”

 

 

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Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden Bruce Reed shares an update on the President and the Vice President’s work in the three weeks since President Obama released his plan to reduce gun violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

February 08, 2013

Statement by the President on the Lunar New Year

 

 

February 08, 2013

Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security

 

 

 

February 07, 2013

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

 

February 07, 2013

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

 

February 07, 2013

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

 

p020813ps-0950President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, joined by Sylvia Panetta, review troops during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary Panetta, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Jueseppi B.:

I Love this post Happy Huger. Thank you.

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The Daily Prompt is asking us the following today:  Reincarnation: do you believe in it?  They have also headed the post as “Karma Chameleon.”

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” Buddha quote
My understanding of karma is that we are living in a state of existence and have previously lived in states of exsitence.  That the things happening to us in our  present existence is due to our behaviour in our previous existence.  Having been taught Christianity growing up I realise that I have certain ideas that have stuck, but in my quest for the understanding of our existence I generally try to have an open mind to most beliefs and religions until such time, if ever, I have reached some sort of conclusion or understanding within myself about life, only then would I be able to  state what I…

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Jueseppi B.:

My favorite beef dish of all time is Beef Bourguignon. Don’t like beets much but I might try this. Thank you Stash.

Originally posted on Simple Kitchen Seasons:

To cooks worldwide, she is known by her first name, Julia. She needs no introduction, as without her, much of what we take for granted (food-wise) would probably be very different in the U.S. and the world today.

Things are very different now compared to 1963 when Julia Child first came on to the scene. Today, we have a universe of different diets, from veganism, to raw-foodism, to gluten-free, to juice cleansing. Back then, Americans were experiencing an epiphany in French culture, the result of which led to a dramatic rise in interest in cooking and eating, travel and hospitality, not only in this country but abroad as well.

While Julia is best known for introducing the world of French cuisine to her fellow Americans, as well as succeeding generations, she is also responsible for opening our eyes to the world of the possible. One of…

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Jueseppi B.:

Wake “The Samuel L. Jackson” up America. Thank you Ms. Kstreet607.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Gun Crazy Nation

Daily Kos is running a daily list on gun violence in America.  Following, is the latest installment…

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February 7, 2013 edition

Forest Meadows, Calif. — A 54-year-old man shot and killed his 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter with a Glock 9mm handgun before turning the weapon on himself late last week.

Plymouth, Wis. — A 59-year-old woman found dead in a barn about 8:30 a.m. yesterday was apparently shot by a male neighbor who later shot and wounded himself. He was listed in critical condition.

Los Angeles, Calif. — A former Los Angeles police officer wanted for the murder of a man and woman last Sunday has allegedly shot and killed a Riverside, Calif. police officer and wounded police officers from Riverside and Los Angeles. A manhunt is underway.

O’Fallon, Mo. — A 55-year-old woman was found dead at a home about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. She had been…

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Jueseppi B.:

Thank you for this post, Ms. Cat. Fish Friday is here!!!

Originally posted on Things My Belly Likes:

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If bacon is the gateway meat for vegetarians, then swordfish is the gateway fish for…well…people who don’t like fish (is there a word for that?)

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