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  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/02/2016 4:58:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    We have a ‘carrot issue’ in our household. Whenever we go grocery shopping, my husband throws a big 2-pound bag of carrots into the cart. When I tell him that we already have a bin full (from his previous purchases) his response is, ‘I think I used some of them’ or ‘It’s ok, they last a long time’; and then he blithely wanders off, singing along with the Muzak, toward the meat counter - where he will find Great Deals on meat that we also don’t need, and for which there is no room in the freezer ;-) If we...
  • The History Channel's Unhistorical 'Roots'

    06/08/2016 10:42:24 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 9, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    The Lie That Won't DieWow. White folks really are wicked. At any rate, this is the only judgment for a viewer to make upon watching the History Channel’s recent remake of Alex Haley’s Roots. A mini-series coming in at over eight hours and airing over four nights, the newest Roots features numerous white characters: men, women, and children; Union and Confederate soldiers; British Red Coats and colonial American troops. With a single exception—a white female Union spy—they are all portrayed as evil. Granted, some white characters are more sadistic than others, but virtually all—including the children—are indistinguishable from one another...
  • John Amos Says Roots Remake Shows Hollywood Is ‘Creatively Bankrupt’

    05/19/2016 4:15:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    The Root ^ | May 16 2016 | YESHA CALLAHAN
    ohn Amos isn’t known for biting his tongue, and that has been well-documented, especially when his character James was killed off of Good Times. But now that the Roots remake is airing soon, the actor has voiced his opinion about the History Channel series and how he’s not sure that it’ll be as impactful as the original version was. SNIP “I guess it will be contingent upon how well it’s done, but I don’t think it’s gonna have the same impact for a number of reasons,” he said. “One, the circumstances that Roots was originally shown under was totally different...
  • Snoop Dogg rails against ‘Roots’ remake, calls for boycott – does he have a point?

    05/31/2016 9:33:28 AM PDT · by Paradox · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 5/31/2016 | Frieda Powers
    Rapper Snoop Dogg will not be watching the remake of the miniseries “Roots,” and is calling on others to follow his lead. In a profanity-filled video on Instagram, the 44-year-old rap star and actor slammed the History Channel’s remake of the landmark 1977 miniseries about slavery, which began airing Monday. “I’m sick of this s—. How the f— are they going to put ‘Roots’ on, on Memorial Day?” he said in the video posted Monday. “They going to just to keep beating that s— into our heads about how they did us, huh?” Starting the video by saying “No disrespect,”...
  • Snoop Dogg lambasts Roots remake: 'I can't watch it'

    05/30/2016 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | May 30, 2016
    The remake of Roots has gained widespread critical acclaim – but not from Snoop Dogg, who posted a short video on Instagram on Monday criticising the show, and suggesting that African Americans should not watch it. In the video, the rapper said that he was fed up with watching films and TV shows that depicted the abuse of black Americans. “12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground, I can’t watch none of that shit,” Snoop Dogg said, also taking aim at the Steve McQueen-directed Oscar-winning film and the WGN TV series about slaves in Georgia escaping via an underground railroad, which...
  • TV Review: Did We Really Need a Roots Remake? No, but …

    05/30/2016 11:03:36 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 80 replies
    The Root ^ | May 30, 2016 | MARTIN JOHNSON
    I vividly recall the original iteration of the TV miniseries Roots. It was January 1977, and I was 17. Like most young people that age, my life was rapidly growing independent of my parents, who were increasingly consumed by the vagaries of their workplaces. Yet, when the series debuted, it was must-see TV in the Johnson household. We stopped what we were doing and watched it together and enthusiastically each night. We even cheered during the show, notable since we were often too darned middle class to cheer while watching football games on TV. The miniseries cleaned up during awards...
  • Roots: The Groundbreaking Series Reimagined

    05/18/2016 9:52:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    History Channel ^ | May 17, 2016
    HISTORY® premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
  • Annapolis Celebrates its "Roots"

    06/13/2002 8:43:51 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine · 9 replies · 60+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2002 | Penny Riordan
    ANNAPOLIS – For Chris Haley, yesterday was the culmination of a storynearly 230 years in the making, as the third and last phase of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial was dedicated at the foot of the City Dock here. About 150 people sweltered during the dedication ceremony along the concrete wall of the dock, where elected leaders unveiled 10 plaques on pedestals telling the story of the late Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Roots,” and his quest to document his family’s history from its African origins to present day. “It is unbelievable that it has grown into an almost national...
  • Annapolis Commemorates arrival of Kunte Kinte, life of Leonard Blackshear

    09/30/2006 4:19:10 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine · 18 replies · 471+ views
    The Capital ^ | September 30, 2006 | Nicole Young
    Kunte Kinte, Alex Haley, and Leonard Blackshear - three lives that have forever changed the face of Annapolis.Last night, more than a hundred people joined the bronze children around the statue of Alex Haley as if they were listening to stories from the book that forever lay open in his lap during the annual commemoration of the arrival of Kunte Kinte in America in 1767.Snip"Would we be here today if Alex Haley and Leonard Blackshear had not decided to explore their rich heritage?" asked Anne Jenkins, a poet and long-time Annapolis resident.Snip"History is a powerful source and a shining light,"...
  • Why was fraud Alex Haley quoted at inauguration? Similarities between famed author, Barack Obama

    02/07/2013 1:13:27 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 41 replies
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 2-7-2013 | Jack Cashill
    At the inauguration just past, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee shoehorned a quote by Alex Haley into his introduction of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “The late Alex Haley, the author of ‘Roots,’ lived his life by these six words: ‘Find the good and praise it,’” said Alexander. “Today we praise the American tradition of transferring or reaffirming immense power as we inaugurate the president of the United States.” Ads by Google No More 2-Day Workweeks Congress should work 5 days a week, not 2. Agree? Sign the petition. NoLabels.org Join with Billy Graham, Declare: "I still have hope...
  • LeVar Burton: 'It was time' to remake 'Roots'(Uh, no.)

    04/06/2016 7:52:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 85 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/6/2016 | THOMAS ADAMSON
    LeVar Burton was initially skeptical of remaking "Roots," the groundbreaking miniseries that launched his career in 1977. But Burton, who played a young Kunta Kinte, overcame those concerns after seeing the educational value in helping the new generation of Americans better relate to the plight of slaves and African-American history, particularly after the election of Barack Obama, the United States' first black president.
  • Roots miniseries remake gets intense first trailer

    02/12/2016 8:47:12 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    ew.com ^ | 2/11/2016 | James Hibberd
    The all-star remake of the iconic miniseries Roots has an intense first trailer.
  • Kunta Kinte fights for his freedom in the explosive and star-studded first trailer for the [tr]

    02/12/2016 8:41:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2016 | Ashley Collman
    The first trailer for the remake of Roots was released on Thursday, promising all of the drama and heartbreak that captivated audiences nearly thirty years ago. The History Channel's remake of the 1977 miniseries, based on Alex Haley's novel of the same name, is due out on Memorial Day and features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Roots follows the struggles of one African American family told over several generations, starting with Kunte Kinte, an African warrior sold into slavery, through to his great-grandchildren fighting for their freedom during the Civil...
  • Danny DeVito On Oscars Diversity Controversy: "We Are A Bunch Of Racists"

    01/24/2016 9:20:12 AM PST · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ross A. Lincoln
    While on the scene at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Danny DeVito took a moment to comment on the tinderbox subject diversity in the entertainment industry, and the actor-producer didn't mince words at all. Bluntly attributing the lack of diversity in Hollywood and subsequently in awards-recognized films to systemic racism, he said that "it's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country."
  • 'Roots' remake, set to begin New Orleans filming in mid-August, issues casting call for extras

    07/23/2015 2:36:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/22/15 | Dave Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    New Orleans-area filming on a "Roots" remake, slated to air on three A&E networks in 2016, is expected to begin in mid-August. An open call for background actors was issued Tuesday (July 21) by Caballero Casting. The project, to be simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, was announced in April. The four-night, eight-hour project will film here through December. Filming will also take place in Africa, an A&E spokesman said Wednesday. Laurence Fishburne will portray Alex Haley in the "Roots" remake, based on Haley's novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" as well as new historical scholarship, according to...
  • Roots’ on the History Channel: Remaking a Lie (Roots ghost-written and plagiarized)

    06/13/2015 5:08:48 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 60 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | 05/29/2015 | Jack Kerwick
    In 1976, Alex Haley authored the nearly 1,000 page, Roots: The Saga of An American Family. The following year, ABC aired a mini-series that was based upon it. Both book and television show proved to be tremendous successes. Now, the History Channel has officially announced that it will remake Root There’s only one problem: Roots is a fake and Haley is a fraud—and a fraud on multiple levels.
  • Obama urges persistence in confronting deep roots of racism

    12/07/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/07/14 | David Nakamura, Vanessa Williams
    President Obama on Sunday sought to calm tensions in the wake of racially charged protests in New York and Ferguson, Mo., saying the nation has made progress on race relations but emphasizing that the distrust between minority communities and law enforcement “will not be solved overnight.” “This is something that’s deeply rooted in our society, that’s deeply rooted in our history,” Obama said in an interview on the cable network BET. **SNIP** “We have to be persistent,” Obama said in the BET interview. “Typically, progress is in steps. It’s in increments. When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as...
  • Will America Ever Be Forgiven For Slavery?

    06/12/2014 6:29:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/12/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    Growing up in the South, the narrative surrounding slavery I heard was that the Africans were walking around free in their own country, minding their own business when white men came over in ships. The white men attacked, chained, kidnapped and forced the Africans aboard ships. This storyline was repeated both at school and in the black churches. However, the chain of events never quite added up with me. I remember the first time I raised a question about this narrative to my sixth grade teacher. I asked her how was it that these white men could invade a foreign...
  • Roots on BET Today (Merry Christmas & Kwanzaa!)

    12/24/2013 8:11:42 AM PST · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    BET.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Unattributed
    Watch the epic, century-spanning saga of Alex Haley’s family with Roots, Roots: The Gift and Alex Haley's Queen this holiday on BET. Roots tells the story of the journey of Alex Haley’s family from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom. An incredible cast, which includes Cicely Tyson, John Amos, Maya Angelou and LeVar Burton, helps make Roots a must-see event for any generation.
  • Shabbat Night Live – December 14, 2012 (Michael Rood)

    12/16/2012 12:33:21 PM PST · by Errant · 42 replies
    A Rood Awakening International ^ | December 14, 2012 | Michael Rood
    Michael Rood broadcasts SNL (Sabbath Night Live) from Dallas Texas at the debut of his new book, “The Chronological Gospels.” A former Christian minister and U.S. Marine, many of Michael’s teachings come from his own life experiences. He seeks to teach the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith, unsoiled, pure scripture without any added non-Biblical traditions or beliefs. At approximately 1 hour and 39 minute minutes into the broadcast Michael explains the confusion in Matthew 1: …the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham, and in Luke. An accurate interpretation is required to support...
  • GBTV: Obama’s communist roots (video)

    05/15/2012 10:17:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 5/15/12 | GBTV
    Glenn Beck waxing poetic on our fearless leader
  • Author Q&A: New book delves into Obama roots (sort of)

    02/11/2011 2:31:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/10/11 | Emily Cahn
    Author Q&A: New book delves into Obama rootsBy Emily Cahn - 02/10/11 06:52 PM ET It’s the rumor that just won’t go away: President Obama is not a U.S. citizen. But in his book, The Obamas, which chronicles the history of the president’s Kenyan ancestors, former BBC journalist Peter Firstbrook writes that that rumor is baseless. Firstbrook spent a year traveling through Kenya learning about Obama’s family there, and calls the finished product a prequel to Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father. The Hill spoke with Firstbrook about the book and his experiences researching it. Q: The topic of your...
  • David Wolper, producer of 'Roots,' has died

    08/11/2010 11:37:46 AM PDT · by Borges · 36 replies
    8NewsNow.com - AP ^ | 08/11/10 | LYNN ELBER
    David L. Wolper, whose 1977 miniseries Roots - a generational saga of an American family - became a landmark in television history, has died. He was 82. Wolper's spokesman, Dale Olson, said Wolper died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday evening while watching television with his wife Gloria. Olson said Wolper died of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease. During a long career, Wolper also produced the children's classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." But his TV work remained his best-known accomplishment, particularly "Roots," based on the best seller by Alex Haley. The ABC series was...
  • The Root Bridges of Cherrapungee: Centuries-old bridges, grown from tangled roots

    06/25/2010 10:27:16 PM PDT · by Crimson Elephant · 11 replies
    n the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built - they're grown. The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams. On the slopes of these hills, a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes. The Ficus elastica produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed...
  • Bert Corona and the Communist Roots of the "Immigrants Right" Movement"

    05/16/2010 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 257+ views
    New Zeal ^ | 5/16/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Illegal immigration, especially from Mexico is once again a huge issue in the United States. It is an issue that could provoke violence from both sides and has the potential to cause major social disruption if President Barack Obama presses forward with plans to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants this year. Like most radical social movements in the United States, the "immigrant rights" was initiated (and is maintained) by communist and socialist forces. Communist Party and Democratic Socialists of America member David Bacon is a leading immigration rights activist. He made an interesting admission in an article published...
  • Spiritually Rooted Diseases [H Wright et al via Life Application Ministries]

    01/19/2010 12:24:35 PM PST · by Quix · 61 replies · 1,169+ views
    PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH, THOMASTON GEORGIA ^ | unclear Jan 18 2010? | unknown; Henry Wright a source;
    "If you are sick & tired of being sick & tired, I believe that Life Application Ministries (LAM) may be your missing link. This is a ministry based on the Word of God. It is the Word of Truth that sets people free, ALL people!" "Life Application Ministries, LAM, ministry, Word of God, word of god, Linda Lange, linda lange, six basic principles, spiritually rooted diseases, diseases and their root cause, the meeting place, healing and health in body, soul and spirit, introduction & foundation, relationship with god, spiritual roots preventing healing, blocks preventing healing, five r's to freedom, family...
  • Losing Our Religion (Christianity will be history if we cut ourselves off from our roots)

    02/08/2010 2:06:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 602+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Even with its centuries-old roots throughout the continent, is Christianity history in the West? In a speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., the visiting archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, warned that “trends questioning the Christian foundation of Europe, and aggressively opposing it, are becoming stronger in several countries and in the European political arena in general.” He explained that “Christianity is for many a foreign element in a world determined by reason, Enlightenment and democratic principles.” He contends that “this Europe, and the Western world as a whole, will not survive without the foreignness Christianity...
  • Eugenics - the evil root of abortion

    01/24/2010 9:53:58 AM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 660+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 1/22/10 | Charlie Butts
    A documentary and expose' on the abortion business has caught the attention of some members of Congress.The documentary, Maafa 21, traces the history of Planned Parenthood to its founder, Margaret Sanger, who believed in eugenics -- controlling and eliminating certain population groups, especially including minorities such as African-Americans. Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics produced the film. He says the project has proven itself effective after having been shown and discussed by a number of churches and media outlets. "We're seeing committed people who are on the pro-choice side coming over saying, 'This thing has totally, completely turned me around on the abortion issue. I...
  • The Roots of Obama Worship

    01/16/2010 4:04:15 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 849+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 25, 2010 (print) | James W. Ceaser
    ... Although Obama never conceived himself as playing a universal role when he launched his presidential bid, he awakened at some point in the campaign to the realization that he was no longer running merely for president of the United States. He was being selected for the much grander “office” of leader of a new world community. His credentials for this position were impeccable. Humanity as a concept formally includes everyone, but it is especially favorable to those who have previously been excluded from full recognition. (The old aristocrats, in Comte’s description, were hardly part of Humanity.) Having decided as...
  • Op-Ed: Allen West “The Liberal Roots of Harry Reid’s “Negro Talk” Comment”

    01/11/2010 10:14:25 AM PST · by don-o · 37 replies · 813+ views
    Hip Hop Republicans ^ | January 10, 2010 | Lt Col Allen West
    “The revelation of Senator Harry Reid’s comments referencing “negro talk” is just indicative of the true sentiment elitist liberals, and indeed the Democratic party, have toward black Americans. The history of the Democrat party is one of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism. It is this new aged socialism born from the Johnson Great Society programs that have castigated blacks as victims needing government dependency. One need only to look upon the city of Detroit to ascertain what liberal social welfare policies have produced for the inner city…..the new plantation for black Americans. The Ku Klux Klan was birthed by...
  • Romney's Radical Roots (his "John Birch Society" connection)

    01/09/2010 9:09:37 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 149 replies · 3,006+ views
    The National Review ^ | August 6, 2007 | Mark Hemingway
    ...Romney’s argument with the Iowa talk-radio host starts with the two discussing their shared affinity for W. Cleon Skousen. “You and I share a common affection for the late Cleon Skousen,” the radio host says. The former governor agrees, affirming Skousen was his professor." Who is Cleon Skousen you might ask? In answering that question, it’s hard to even know where to begin. Skousen was by turns an FBI employee, the police chief of Salt Lake City, a Brigham Young University professor, consigliore to former secretary of agriculture and Mormon president Ezra Taft Benson and, well, all-around nutjob. Skousen was...
  • Before Dreams, There Was Roots (Both Are Fiction)

    11/01/2009 1:48:33 AM PST · by bogusname · 20 replies · 1,416+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Share | Jack Cashill
    "This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln," gushed Rocco Landesman, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman was referring, of course, to Barack Obama, specifically for Obama's presumed role as author of the acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. As evidence that Obama did not exactly write Dreams mounts, Landesman gives us a good indication of how America's cultural honchos will react. For a century, in fact, they have been heaping uncritical praise on undeserving artists of...
  • Prosperity and the Roots of American Order

    10/24/2009 4:25:05 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 12 replies · 514+ views
    FinancialSense.com ^ | 10/23/09 | J. R. Nyquist
    In the first chapter of Russell Kirk's The Roots of American Order we read the following statement: "Our own society, like that of any other people, is held together by what is called an 'order.'" Without order, society doesn't cohere. Instead, it flies apart, breaks up, and disintegrates. And, I would argue, a process of disintegration has been underway in the United States for many years. The breakup of the American order has been masked by American prosperity, which has continued throughout the process of social disintegration. To a very great extent, the financial crisis we are experiencing today is...
  • US First Lady 'slave roots' found

    10/08/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies · 1,569+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 October 2009 | staff reporter
    Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six. According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the girl was described in papers only as "negro girl Melvinia". In her early teens, working as a slave on a farm in Georgia, she was made pregnant by an unknown white man. The son she gave birth to around the year 1859, Dolphus, was Michelle's great-great grandfather. Megan Smolenyak, whose discoveries have been detailed in the New York Times newspaper, said she was not surprised by what she discovered....
  • In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery [White Great-Great-Great-GrandDaddy]

    10/07/2009 7:12:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,677+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 07th 2009
    In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery RACHEL L. SWARNS and JODI KANTOR October 7, 2009 WASHINGTON — In 1850, the elderly master of a South Carolina estate took pen in hand and painstakingly divided up his possessions. Among the spinning wheels, scythes, tablecloths and cattle that he bequeathed to his far-flung heirs was a 6-year-old slave girl valued soon afterward at $475. In his will, she is described simply as the “negro girl Melvinia.” After his death, she was torn away from the people and places she knew and shipped to Georgia. While she was still a...
  • Latinos with perceived Jewish roots, "returning" to Judaism

    09/25/2009 6:16:35 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 24 replies · 1,345+ views
    Folks, a while back I talked about Islamic Proselytism Increasing Among Latinos in New York and now this piece from CNN, Brooklyn family keeps Latino-Jewish traditions alive, sends me in the direction of an increasing "return to Judaism" movement in Latino communities that I've seen gaining exposure in the media: Every Friday evening, the Núńez family sits down to a traditional religious dinner. Like most families in their Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, their Jewish Sabbath meal includes blessings over the wineand bread, the company of family and friends and excellent food. But for the Núńez family, the...
  • ACORN Scandal Has Deep Roots

    09/19/2009 4:30:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,334+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kathryn Lopez
    ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a scandal. This story has become breaking news lately thanks to some recent guerilla journalism. But the problems of ACORN represent a broader, and even more scandalous idea: the conventional acceptance of the left's self-righteous claims to having a monopoly on all politics, policy and lifestyles that are good. ACORN, if you haven't heard, is a radical organization that devotes itself with laser-like intensity to the maxim that all politics is local. The group supposedly exists to find affordable housing and provide social services for low-income families. But when two...
  • Harvard Professor Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

    07/29/2009 11:29:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,078+ views
    abcnews ^ | July 28, 2009 | NIALL O'DOWD
    Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots. Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl. He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his DNA analyzed....
  • Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

    07/28/2009 4:25:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 1 replies · 784+ views
    ABC Nuz ^ | July 28, 2009 | NIALL O'DOWD
    IrishCentral.com Publisher Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots. Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl. He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his...
  • Tracking Michelle Obama's slave roots

    07/16/2009 3:09:31 PM PDT · by Repeal The 17th · 77 replies · 1,660+ views
    The White House is some 472 miles from Georgetown, South Carolina. But long before Michelle Obama was born, her great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, likely toiled in the fields here six days a week, from sunup to sundown.
  • Obama Renews Openness About His Muslim Roots Ahead of Egypt Speech

    06/03/2009 6:45:01 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 17 replies · 663+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/3/2009
    President Obama has spoken proudly of American Muslims, even referencing his heritage as the son of a Muslim man, ahead of his highly anticipated speech Thursday in Cairo aimed at shoring up relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. Obama's openness about his own Muslim heritage may seem startling after his presidential campaign last year went to great lengths to debunk false rumors about his religion -- he is Christian -- but the president showed long ago that he is comfortable talking about his roots, which are addressed in his two biographical books, "Dreams From My Father" and "The...
  • The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots

    06/02/2009 4:25:37 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 301 replies · 10,612+ views
    ABC ^ | 06/02/09 | Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller
    <p>During a conference call in preparation for President Obama's trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said "the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to -- or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world -- you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father -- obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago."</p>
  • The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots

    06/02/2009 5:13:14 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 36 replies · 2,779+ views
    blog.abcnews ^ | June 02, 2009 6:58 PM | Jake Tapper / Sunlen Miller
    ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign. During a conference call in preparation for President Obama's trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said "the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to -- or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world -- you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a...
  • The Roots of the Financial Crisis: Who Is to Blame?

    05/07/2009 9:58:05 AM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies · 616+ views
    The top subprime lenders whose loans are largely blamed for triggering the global economic meltdown were owned or bankrolled by banks now collecting billions of dollars in bailout money — including several that have paid huge fines to settle predatory lending charges. These big institutions were not only unwitting victims of an unforeseen financial collapse, as they have sometimes portrayed themselves, but enablers that bankrolled the type of lending that has threatened the financial system. These are among the findings of a Center for Public Integrity analysis of government data on nearly 7.2 million “high-interest” or subprime loans made from...
  • The 19th-Century Roots of Terrorism

    02/26/2009 9:28:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 557+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 26, 2009 | Chuck Leddy
    Terrorist bombings of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels are, unfortunately, the stuff of today's headline news. But the bombing of Paris's Café Terminus in 1894 was a new, stunning phenomenon made possible by a violent philosophy and the development of dynamite. Yale historian John Merriman does many things in "The Dynamite Club," his book about the bombing, and does them quite well, from explaining the intellectual and social underpinnings of anarchism to detailing the invention of dynamite to taking us inside the murky underworld of extremist Émile Henry, who built and then set off the 1894 bomb. Discuss COMMENTS (1) THE...
  • The Roots of Terrorism

    01/09/2009 1:34:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 424+ views
    America Magazine ^ | JANUARY 19, 2009
    A mong the array of challenges facing Barack Obama in his first year in office will be the ongoing struggle against terrorism, both at home and abroad. As the vicious terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November and the recent Hamas rocket attacks against Israel made clear, no nation involved in international politics and commerce is free from the threat of political violence. The past few years have shown that civilization rests on a much more precarious footing than we might have believed even a decade ago. But who is the real enemy in the global fight against terrorism? Even to...
  • Hitler won his war having left Nazi roots in the West

    12/08/2008 4:01:27 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 8 replies · 785+ views
    pravda ^ | 8-dec-08 | by Hans Vogel
    "Now that the true character of the US political system is increasingly apparent to the whole world, now that the parasitical nature of its economic system is causing ever greater numbers of victims, now that the lies that underpin the US domination of world politics are finally being exposed, the time has come to take a serious look at what the “US victory over the Nazis” has brought us."
  • The Financial Crisis: Getting to the Roots

    09/18/2008 1:22:30 PM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies · 172+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9/17/08 | Laura Rowley
    The root of the problem is a cocktail of debt with a chaser of pathological optimism, and many Americans got drunk on both. Awash in credit offers, they bought homes, cars, and lots of other stuff they couldn't afford, and hoped for a best-case scenario, in which their home values and rising salaries would take care of it. There were plenty of foolish, crooked, and greedy intermediaries who played key roles in the meltdown -- from the Federal Reserve, which held interest rates too low for too long; to mortgage brokers who defrauded borrowers; to the investment houses that securitized...
  • The website that lets you find out where your family came from online

    08/30/2008 8:33:55 AM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies · 1,421+ views
    The website that lets you find out where your family came from online Last updated at 02:23am on 30.08.08  Ever wondered where in the world you can find the most Crooks, Cranks and Losers?  Or, come to that, the places overrun by people called Smith or Jones?  Well, wonder no more. A website launched today can tell you everything you could possibly want to know about surnames  -  unusual or otherwise.   Pure Klass: Myleene   It uses more than one billion records to show which countries, regions and cities have the greatest concentrations of a given surname. Simply...
  • Vanity- Obama can forget Germany

    08/29/2008 1:41:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies · 191+ views
    my email? | August 29, 2008 | ME
    Just reading an email from a German friend of mine pointing out that Palin has English, Irish and German ancestry.