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We took our granddaughter to the museum today and she knew as soon as she saw it

We spent the day with Madisen. We took her to Joslyn Museum. Yes I enjoy museums.

Marta gave me a high quality print of "The Grief of the Pasha" about 20 years ago for Christmas. It is displayed next to the coat rack.

We have a Karl Bodmer print (see below) in the living room. Madison commented on both the moment she saw them. We will take her back next month when the Rembrandt goes on display: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014773408

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904),
The Grief of the Pasha , 1882
oil on canvas mounted on masonite, 36 3/8 x 29 in., 92.4 x 73.6 cm
Gift of Francis T. B. Martin, 1990.1



We watched Disney's "Jungle Book" with our granddaughter last night

Memories of my childhood came rushing back. Mom didn't drive. We took the bus downtown and had lunch at "Kings". There was a guy getting signatures on a "SAVE free TV" petition. It was 15 years later that Omaha got cable. This is the theater where I saw the film back in 1966.


The first time our kids saw the film was on a faded VHS bootleg. The Star Wars films and Disney animated films (Dumbo was the only Disney animated film on home video at the time) were bragging rights back then.

We gave all our grandkids 1 share of Disney stock for Christmas last year. Madison now tells her friends she "owns 1/2 of Disneyland". We just smile when she says it. Here is what it looks like.


Nebraska boy gets his (make a) wish: flying like Iron Man


By the Associated Press April 16, 2014

LONE TREE, Colo. (AP) — Seven-year-old Max Vertin has a disease that is weakening his muscles, but not his imagination.

Make-A-Wish Colorado says Max, who loves to pretend to fly like a superhero, soared Tuesday at an indoor skydiving facility near Denver called SkyVenture Colorado. The Hastings, Nebraska boy donned a yellow-and-red Iron Man costume and red helmet and broad smile for his wind tunnel adventure.

Max and his two brothers have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that primarily affects boys, often manifesting itself when patients are very young and causing their muscles to slowly deteriorate.

Until recently, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, patients did not survive much beyond their teens, when the disease begins to affect the heart and respiratory muscles. Life expectancy has been increasing because of advances in cardiac and respiratory care.

Photos and video at link.

Plant accident survivor: "I thought I was going to die in there"


By Joe Duggan

LINCOLN -- In moments of pain, darkness and fear following Monday's industrial building collapse in Omaha, Erik Ocampo focused on his wife and their baby daughter.

As he held onto those thoughts, he somehow made it out alive.

“I thought I was going to die in there,” he told his wife after surviving the ordeal at the International Nutrition plant.

Ocampo rested comfortably at the burn unit of a Lincoln hospital Tuesday as his mother and wife of two years counted their blessings.

FULL story at link.

PayPal testing easier checkout for online shoppers


Jan 13, 2:05 PM (ET)

NEW YORK (AP) - EBay's payments service PayPal has redesigned its online checkout process to let shoppers complete their payment on merchants' websites, rather than go to a separate PayPal site.

Simplifying the checkout process - and having shoppers stay on an e-commerce site rather than click over to a separate PayPal page - means they are more likely to complete the transaction. That could also mean more people will use PayPal.

PayPal said Monday that it is testing out the new checkout process with a few merchants and will make it available to large businesses in the first half of this year. Medium- and small-size businesses will also be able to use it down the line.

Look at who met President Obama (video corrected)


Husker spring game star Jack Hoffman meets with President Obama

President Barack Obama greets Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Neb., in the Oval Office on April 29, 2013.

Jack Hoffman's big month just got bigger.

The 7-year-old cancer patient who became an Internet sensation for his touchdown run in Nebraska's spring football game has yet another fan — President Barack Obama.

Jack, his family and former Husker running back Rex Burkhead visited Obama for 15 minutes in the Oval Office on Monday. Obama presented Jack with a new football and told him he was proud of him.

"I thought it was awesome," Jack said.

FULL story at link.

Related news at link.

Shatel: Cameras catch little of Jack's long journey
World-Herald editorial: Little Husker and big hearts
Man, woman and child ... what a run!

#1 ESPN this month: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_784508&feature=iv&src_vid=CH-g0mEUJq8&v=_Jmisv1Spck

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Chavez Foundation, UFW, Chavez family Applaud President Obama for Chavez National Monument Designati

Source: UFW

Cesar Chavez’s widow, Helen Chavez, his middle son, Paul F. Chavez, president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez have responded to President Obama’s announcement today (Oct. 1) establishing the Cesar Chavez National Monument. The President travels Monday to the National Chavez Center at La Paz in the Tehachapi Mountain hamlet of Keene, Calif. for the official ceremony marking the designation.

We thank President Obama and Secretary Salazar for establishing this national monument and ensuring that La Paz, where Cesar lived and worked his last 22 years and where he asked to be buried, will always be preserved. But the President is doing more than honoring one man. Cesar knew there were many Cesar Chavezes, men and women who made genuine sacrifices and accomplished great things but whose names are largely forgotten. If Cesar were here, he would say the President isn’t acting to recognize him; he’s honoring the farm workers and all of those who sacrificed by joining the cause. It is in that spirit that we acknowledge the President’s designation and we are grateful to him.
--Helen F. Chavez, widow of Cesar Chavez

My father inspired farm workers, millions of Latinos and people from all walks of life who never worked on a farm. So we are happy that the story of La Paz, which was a spiritual harbor and a place where my dad and thousands of selfless people worked for social justice over the years, will forever be shared with the nation through the National Park Service.
--Paul F. Chavez, Cesar Chavez’s middle son and president, Cesar Chavez Foundation

Even though Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to the farm workers, his legacy, reflected at La Paz where he spent his last quarter century, transcended farm labor and even Latinos because it became a universal message of hope, empowerment and social justice.
--Arturo S. Rodriguez, president, United Farm Workers of America

FULL story at link.

Read more: http://www.ufw.org/_board.php?mode=view&b_code=news_press&b_no=12655&page=1&field=&key=&n=866

The reason I stopped eating grapes one summer as a child. Gov. Reagan got Nixon to buy grapes for the US ARMY because Reagan didn't support the grape boycott.

I own one of these original buttons:

On March 10th, 1968, Cesar Chavez breaks his 25-day fast by accepting bread from Senator Robert Kennedy, Delano, California.

Left to right: Helen Chavez, Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez

After Bobbi joined Cesar at the hunger strike, entire precincts voted Kennedy and was the voting block that won the CA. primary for the Senator.

One of Robert Kennedy's least glamorous assignments in the Senate was a seat on the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. He was appalled, of course, to learn of the miserable working conditions endured by farmworkers, at the mercy of big agricultural businesses. But with a lot of issues on his mind -- Vietnam, and the new Bedford-Stuyvesant renewal project in his own state -- it hardly seemed like one he could take on.
Read on at the PBS link.

Bobby Kennedy Smacks Republicans Joins picket line

¡Si, Se Puede! (Yes, It Can Be Done!): Bobby Kennedy Visits Cesar Chavez-REVISED

Raw television outtakes of Senator Robert F. Kennedy arriving at Delano, Calif., to help United Farm Workers union president Cesar E. Chavez break his nearly month-long "spiritual and penitential fast for nonviolence," March 10, 1968. (For background on this visit, see the video "Walking the Gauntlet: Bobby Kennedy's Mission to Delano-REVISED" on this YouTube.com channel).


Kennedy arrived in a car driven by the Rev. Jim Drake, Chavez's administrative assistant, with UFW co-founder and vice president Dolores C. Huerta (beginning at 00:47) and shook hands with LeRoy Chatfield, another aide (beginning at 00:43).

Three months later, on the evening of June 4-5, Huerta would share the platform with Kennedy at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel (now the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools) when he addressed his ecstatic supporters after winning the California Democratic presidential primary with the strong support of the Chicano, or Mexican American, and "black" communities. After leaving the dais to address a news conference, Kennedy was mortally shot in a pantry and died the following day.

Standing behind Kennedy at Delano, in a yellow shirt, was Andy Imutan (4:21), a UFW vice president and a leader of the Filipino American grape strikers.

At Delano, Kennedy wore on his left lapel a version of the UFW's black and red Aztec eagle button (00:45), perhaps given to him by Peter B. Edelman, one of his legislative aides and speechwriters, who was Kennedy's point man on the UFW's boycott against table grape growers. "The significance was to show support for Chavez and the work of the UFW," Edelman explained in a letter to the moderator of this channel (Peter Edelman email letter to Paul Lee, Sept. 6, 2010, 10:05 PM).


Edelman, who introduced Kennedy to Chavez, described the farm workers' struggle and how the senator became involved with it as follows:

"Farmworkers have always been badly paid and the work has always been performed under very bad conditions. Prior to Cesar Chavez, the various sporadic efforts to organize farmworkers into a union had always failed. In 1966 when Kennedy first became aware of Chavez and the United Farm Workers, he was impressed and wanted to know more.

"In March of 1966 he went to California with the Senate Migratory Labor Subcommittee, of which he was a member, for hearings designed to give Chavez and the UFW a national platform and enhance their leverage in organizing against the entrenched and powerful growers. The two men took an instant like to one another and bonded immediately into a close relationship that lasted until RFK's death. Kennedy became Chavez's leading advocate in Washington, and the two men and their close associates were in frequent contact.

"Through the efforts of Kennedy and others, the Fair Labor Standards Act was finally amended in 1966 to extend the minimum wage and overtime rules to some of the farmworkers -- about 1 percent of the nation's farms and a third of the country's farmworkers. ...

"Chavez ... went on a in early 1968. His staff was deeply worried that he would die, and that he was gravely at risk of permanent damage to his health. ...

"Chavez's staff got in touch with me and said the only way Chavez would break the fast would be if Kennedy came personally to see Chavez and ask him to resume eating. Kennedy agreed, and that was why he was on his way to Delano on March 10, 1968" (Edelman to Lee).


With passion and sincerity, in his typically halting manner, Kennedy spoke in support of Chavez's attempt to keep the struggle of the farm workers nonviolent:

"I think people are frustrated and I think they're terribly disturbed by the fact that they haven't had more success and that the federal government in Washington has not been helpful to them and that the state has not been helpful to them, and this is not only true here, but elsewhere in the country, so that there is this frustration and there is apt to be this explosion.

"I think that Cesar Chavez is very influential, but I think also what in the last analysis is the answer is that we pass the laws that will remedy the injustices. That's what we should do, that's what those of us in Washington should do. We shouldn't just deplore the violence and deplore the lawlessness. We should pass the laws that remedy what people riot about. We can't have violence in the country, but we should also not have these injustices continue."

NOTE: The moderator would like to thank Peter Edelman, Peter Goldman and UFW spokesperson Marc Grossman for their kind and generous assistance in properly contextualizing this historic video.

(Video Courtesy Producers Library)

Heineman (R-NE), Branstad (R-IA) scornful of Medicaid expansion

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Martha Stoddard

LINCOLN — Thousands of the poorest Nebraskans and Iowans could remain without health coverage under a path advocated by the states' Republican governors.

Govs. Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Terry Branstad of Iowa oppose the Medicaid expansion that was written into the federal health care law, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act gave states the right to opt out.

The prospect worries advocates in both states.

“It creates a huge gap in terms of making sure everybody has access to coverage,” said Becky Gould, executive director of the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest.

FULL story at link.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120708/LIVEWELL03/707089929/1685#heineman-branstad-scornful-of-medicaid-expansion

Lest We Forget Jul 2, 1964: Today in Democratic History

And this: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-signs-civil-rights-act

President Johnson signs Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.

In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause. Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955--sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman--and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

As the strength of the civil rights movement grew, John F. Kennedy made passage of a new civil rights bill one of the platforms of his successful 1960 presidential campaign. As Kennedy's vice president, Johnson served as chairman of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities. After Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, Johnson vowed to carry out his proposals for civil rights reform.

FULL story at link.

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