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And such is the life of a happy slave.


It just gets more offensive from here... (Image of back cover credited to Teaching for Change)

from SCHOLASTIC:
A Birthday Cake for George Washington

Everyone is buzzing about the president's birthday! Especially George Washington's servants, who scurry around the kitchen preparing to make this the best celebration ever. Oh, how George Washington loves his cake! And, oh, how he depends on Hercules, his head chef, to make it for him. Hercules, a slave, takes great pride in baking the president's cake. But this year there is one problem — they are out of sugar.


And such is the life of a happy slave. That description is the premise for the zany adventures of Washington's chief slave, Hercules. The book strikes a joyful, child-like tone and is accompanied by many bright, colorful illustrations of Hercules smiling widely along with his happy children. Spoiler alert: Hercules finds what he needs and rushes back in time to bake the cake! Everyone then sings "Happy Birthday" to the delight of George and Martha. THE END

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/birthday-cake-george-washington#cart/cleanup



MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/1/17/1470884/-Scholastic-Publishes-Children-s-Book-on-Washington-s-Happy-Slaves
http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/01/15/happy-enslaved-africans-infuriates-twitter-as-backlash-grows-over-new-childrens-book-parents-launch-petition-to-end-falsehoods/
http://mic.com/articles/132719/author-of-george-washington-children-s-book-defends-portrayal-of-happy-slaves#.MGp8SPqj8

Welcome to America! Australia's 1st Female Muslim Lawmaker Dragged In For Interrogation At LAX

Australia’s first female, Muslim lawmaker was dragged in for interrogation at Los Angeles International Airport, according to Australian news reports.


Mehreen Faruqi is a member of the Australian parliament, representing New South Wales, ABC Australia reports. She posted to Twitter on Thursday that she flew into LAX and was promptly fingerprinted. Airport security then asked her how she and her travel companions “got” Australian passports.

“Welcome to America,”
she wrote wryly.
.................

“Being asked how ‘we got’ Australian passports and then about my Pakistani history clearly points towards racial profiling,” she said in a statement to the news agency.

“It is quite ridiculous, nerve wracking and scary to be treated so suspiciously for no reason and sent off to be interrogated,” she continued. “There is no excuse for treating people this way. I’ve come to the US to find out more about drugs policy reform and to meet family. To be treated with such hostility at Los Angeles airport is the last thing you expect.”






MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/welcome-to-america-australias-first-female-muslim-parliamentarian-interrogated-at-lax/

Put all drinks away before opening:

They're all about small government, until they need the actual government to fix their mistakes



https://twitter.com/UniteBlue/status/688455693158891520


imagine if THIS were a "Brown" person?


http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/uncucumbered/first_arrest_made_in_oregon_standoff

DELUSIONAL - Donald Trump takes credit for release of American prisoners from Iran



MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took credit for a prisoner swap between Iran and the United States that brought home four Americans, including a reporter for the Washington Post, on the same day that United Nations inspectors said that Iran has met its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal reached with six world powers.

"So I've been hitting them hard and I think I might have had something to do with it," Trump told a crowd of activists at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention. "You want to know the truth? It's a part of my staple thing, I mean, I go crazy when I hear about this, you go absolutely wild because how is it possible?"


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-2016-donald-trump-claims-credit-for-iran-release-of-americans/

Remember when Republicans made secret/illegal prisoner-release deals with Iran & Bush pardoned them?

Remember when Republicans made secret & illegal prisoner-release deals w Iran, a bunch of people were convicted, & GHW Bush pardoned them?



http://www.nlpwessex.org/docs/irancontra.htm




https://twitter.com/TheBaxterBean/status/688451042489581569/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

NEXT ON FOX NEWS: Oliver North explains why diplomacy is never as effective as unconstitutional lawbreaking

"What are you, a PRUDE?"



I just loved "Conan Unzipped"

peace,
kp

It's like the GOP wanted dead hostages for a talking point.



https://twitter.com/Marmel/status/688515624285282305
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gop-candidates-blast-problematic-iran-prisoner-swap/
http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/01/16/3740278/turns-out-diplomacy-works/

Wife Of Pastor Freed In Iran Just Demolished The Right-Wing Criticism Of Obama’s Actions

Wife Of Pastor Freed In Iran Just Demolished The Right-Wing Criticism Of Obama’s Actions (VIDEO)
AUTHOR: JAMESON PARKER JANUARY 16, 2016 9:27 PM


...........

One of the main criticisms Republicans leveled at Obama was that he didn’t care about the prisoners. Just days before the White House announced the release of the prisoners, Republican politicians and pundits were claiming Obama didn’t care about them at all.



In fact, we now know with certainty that nothing could be further from the truth. Secretary of State John Kerry has been working around the clock to get these Americans home. (Note: Obama isn’t the only one who gets no credit. Not a single Republican thanked Kerry for his efforts, either. Ted Cruz did thank God though.)


This political posturing might play well with the fringe right who love to hear about Obama’s “failures,” but the families of the victims are telling an entirely different story. According to the wife of one of the prisoners, Obama was dogged about getting these Americans home to their families.

On CNN, Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini (imprisoned in Iran since 2012), said Obama assured her that he and his administration were doing everything they could to bring him home – even while Republicans screeched on Fox News saying the opposite. Speaking with Wolf Bltizer, Abedini said:

“It’s been wonderful. Especially the last year. Constant communication. Constant updates. Of course last year, we met with President Obama. He was in Boise, Idaho, (and) we had a private meeting with (him]. The last year has been the best support. They were continually updating us… talks they were having with Iran and the side negotiations. I had a feeling in the last few months that it was coming to a close, but I wasn’t really sure and I wouldn’t trying to get my hopes up.”


In other words, the Obama administration had been doing all the things you would hope a president would when wrestling with a tense negotiation with a foreign country that doesn’t exactly love America.





MORE:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/01/16/wife-of-pastor-freed-in-iran-just-demolished-the-right-wing-criticism-of-obamas-actions-video/
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