Sunday Afternoon Potpourri


 

By Jueseppi B.

Potpourri

 

 

The Twitterverse – August 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week Ahead:

 

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Monday: The President will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

Tuesday: The President will host a reception at the White House in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Thursday: The President attends meetings at the White House.

 

Friday: The President will welcome President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia to the White House.

 

 

 

 

The Ed Show: Obamacare

 

 

 

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ObamaCare Facts: Obama’s Health Care Reform

 

 

 

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Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

 

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The College Affordability Bus Tour: Day 1

 

 

President Obama’s Plan for Making College More Affordable

 

 

The White House: Join The Conversation On Making College Affordable

 

 

The College Affordability Bus Tour: Final Day

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

 

Join The March Online

 

 

50 Years And The Struggle Continues: The MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington, D.C.

 

 

Are You A Trayvon Voter?

 

 

Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on College Affordability

 

 

President Obama Holds a Town Hall on College Affordability

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: “Make College More Affordable”

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Carolyn Kaster, AP

 

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August 24, 2013
12:14 PM EDT

 

It was an honor to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under the law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach – so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it.

 

And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more – and no less – than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out – in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets, and bombs – for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal.

 

Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road – from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched – in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality – because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans.

 

As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment. We recognize that we are forever bound to one another and that we stand united by the work that lies ahead – and by the journey that still stretches before us.

 

This morning, we affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice – until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. It must go on until our criminal justice system can ensure that all are treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law. And it must go on until every action we take reflects our values and that which is best about us. It must go on until those now living, and generations yet to be born, can be assured the rights and opportunities that have been too long denied to too many

 

 

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‘The Butler’ stays on top of box office with $17 million

 

NEW YORK (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

 

That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall moviegoing season. Daniel’s historical drama about a long-serving White House butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.

 

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Two new releases failed to catch on. The teen fantasy “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” adapted from the popular young adult book series, opened tepidly in third with $9.3 million for Sony Screen Gems.

 

Edgar Wright’s pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedy “The World’s End” opened with $8.9 million for Focus Features.

 

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16 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Despite the fact that we now have a wonderful President of color, racism is alive and well. We need to understand what is really happening. The Suffragettes and the Abolitionists worked together for these causes. I propose it is once again the time.

  2. Hi. This is wonderful. I realize now that I didn’t understand that racism continues. just as sexism continues. Thank you. Yesterday, I reblogged a blog on the klan. I thought you might like to read it.

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