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Finally Some Good News: Disabled Puppy Learns to Walk


The last few weeks have been pretty gloomy around these parts, so here's a very necessary reminder that there are still some positive things taking place in the world.

Take, for example, the story of a six-week-old Boston Terrier named Mick.

The poor pup was born with a cute-sounding-but-actually-pretty-nasty disorder called Swimmer Puppy Syndrome.

Due to his condition, Mick was unable to sit, stand, or walk.


Trayvon Martin’s Father To Speak On Capitol Hill Wednesday

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to provide the opening remarks to a hearing of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

The hearing, entitled "The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men," will be the caucus' first, according to a press release from co-chairs Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Danny Davis (D-IL).

The witnesses scheduled to testify are David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University; and Kweisi Mfume, former congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman and former NAACP president.


Norton and Davis Announce Tracy Martin, Father of Trayvon Martin, will Join Inaugural Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys Hearing, Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) announced that Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, will attend and give opening remarks at the inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, entitled “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men,” tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Rayburn House Office Building 2237 (House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room). The newly formed Caucus is co-chaired by Norton and Davis. Norton spoke with the Martin’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, who confirmed Martin will be able to attend and offer remarks.

The hearing, which is open to the public and the media, will also feature three prominent Black men, each speaking on a stage in the life of an African American male in the U.S. today – David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, on issues facing black boys; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author and Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, on issues confronting Black youth; and Kweisi Mfume, former Congressman, Congressional Black Caucus Chair and President of the NAACP, on manhood. Members of the Caucus will question the witnesses following their testimony.


Helen Thomas: Pics

Thomas speaks to President Lyndon B. Johnson during a news conference in the White House Oval Office on April 25, 1968.

Thomas, third right, takes notes as President John F. Kennedy speaks on the phone in the Oval Office on August 23, 1962.

Thomas, right, walks behind President Richard Nixon and a large group in China on February 1, 1972.

Obama surprises Thomas with cupcakes to celebrate her birthday in the White House briefing room on August 4, 2009. Thomas and Obama share the same birthday.

President Jimmy Carter and press secretary Jody Powell, right, chat with reporters, including Thomas, on Air Force One on October 20, 1979.

Thomas poses for photographers as she leaves the White House on October 16, 2007.

President Bill Clinton and Thomas blow out candles during a surprise 75th birthday party for Thomas in the briefing room at the White House on August 4, 1995.

In this Oct. 1, 1971, file photo first lady Pat Nixon motions to Helen Thomas, left, and Douglas B. Cornell to join her on a platform at a White House reception. Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who scooped so many, was herself scooped by the first lady who announced their engagement near the end of the impromptu reception. Thomas, who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/File)

Rest In Peace, you will be missed!

more pics at links

Cecile Richards: Go, NC! The Capitol balcony is filled to overflowing with supporters

The Capitol balcony is filled to overflowing with supporters #moralmonday #standwithncwomen

Go, NC! RT @Bflo2LKN The Capitol balcony is filled to overflowing with supporters



Formed a circle & asked all young boys 2 come 2 center & we held them. THESE R OUR BOYS!

'The Wire' creator on Zimmerman verdict: 'The season on African-Americans now runs year round'

David Simon — co-creator of The Wire, co-creator of Tremé, card-carrying Person With Thoughts To Share — has some thoughts to share about Trayvon Martin. In a blog post titled simply “Trayvon,” Simon has written his reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict.

“You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead,” Simon notes. “In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all. And bring a handgun.” He continues:

“If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own … Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.“


Cecile Richards: Let's hear it for Houston -- more than 1,000 people are here tonight (pic)


Let's hear it for Houston -- more than 1,000 people are here tonight to #standwithTXwomen! pic.twitter.com/6GXA4L41h1


Dr. Dryden reminding us how things were like before Roe...

"Texas deserves better" @KirkPWatson #standwithtxwomen pic.twitter.com/ISzpDPWBT5

The Last Word @CecileRichards on the last word from TX: I’ve never seen in my yrs of organizing the kind of outpouring and concern about this legislation
As we take this bus around Texas, we are noticing there is overwhelming opposition to this bill from the state.


Tonight the TX House passed a bill that will take women back decades--and we're not going.

The crowd at the Texas Capitol (pics) Sen Davis speaking (Transcript)


Overflow crowd stretches to Congress Avenue.

Greg Mitchell
See photo of plane flying "Stand With Wendy" banner buzzing protest rally in Austin today.

Leticia Van De Putte

Rally being shown
Law and order star Stephanie March (Bobby Flay's wife) was AWESOME!





Great to be here today -- with a couple thousand of our closest friends.

The crowd roars as Senator Wendy Davis takes the stage
Now singing and playing the song RESPECT

The crowd via @TexasTribune

A Lot more pics here

Transcript - Sen. Wendy Davis Remarks at Stand With Texas Women Rally -


Cecile Richards tweet
UPDATE: #HB2 hearing has been moved to 3:30 tomorrow. #standwithTXwomen


From Texas Statehouse to YouTube, a Filibuster Is a Hit

Wendy Davis turned into a progressive political hero in the span of about 12 hours last Tuesday as a result of the stand (literally) that she took against a Texas Senate bill that would have placed strict new limits on abortions in that state. By Sunday, the two-term state senator was a guest on the Sunday political talk shows on ABC, CBS and NBC.

But her abortion rights advocacy and her pink sneakers might have never gained national attention had she been in a state without a reliable live stream of the Legislature. Ms. Davis’s 11-hour filibuster inadvertently illuminated the stark technological differences that exist from state to state when it comes to broadcasting the public’s business.

Some of Ms. Davis’s supporters and detractors will surely be watching on Monday when the Texas Legislature reconvenes and takes up the bill again. In Texas last week, The Texas Tribune made up for the state Senate’s digital shortcomings. Months before Ms. Davis’s vivid protest, the nonprofit news organization, based a few blocks from the state Capitol building in Austin, had gained access to the stream provided by state-controlled cameras there and set up a live YouTube channel for the legislative session.

“It’s great to see a channel like The Texas Tribune using YouTube to take a local story national — and probably won’t be the only time we’ll see this happen,” said Kevin Allocca, a trends manager at YouTube.


President Obama: Marriage benefits should cross state lines

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage were a victory not just for gays and lesbians, but for American democracy.

He says as president, he believes federal benefits should be granted to couples married in a state that recognizes gay marriage even if they move to a state that doesn't.

Obama says he asked his lawyers to start evaluating how to update federal statutes to grant gay couples federal benefits even before the high court ruled.

Obama spoke in Dakar, Senegal, at a joint news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall. Obama said different customs and religious beliefs must be respected in different countries, but states and laws should treat everyone equally.


President Obama: 'It's my personal belief -- and I'm speaking now as a president not as a lawyer -- if you're married in Massachusetts and you move someplace else, you're still married'

Obama Praises Supreme Court's Rulings On Gay Marriage, Says Benefits Should Cross State Lines

Sen.Wendy Davis: What happened yesterday was a victory for the people of Texas – but our

What happened yesterday was a victory for the people of Texas – but our fight isn't over yet


I am humbled and honored by the thousands and thousands of messages of support I have received from Texans and our friends around the nation. What happened yesterday was a victory for the people of Texas – but our fight isn't over yet. Less than 24 hours after our filibuster, Governor Perry has once again chosen the low road of partisanship over the common good by calling a second special session. I have no doubt that our state's failed leadership will do everything they can to thwart the will of the majority of Texans and pass this harmful bill that we have worked so hard to defeat. But the voices of Texas inspired me last night, and I stand ready for another fight. I hope you will continue to stand with me.

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