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Friday, April 25, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Friday, April 25, 2014

Hello, Headliners. Today's birthday boy is Egbert Roscoe Murrow, aka Edward R. Murrow. who read a lot of Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:

Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:


Gay veteran, 74, denied burial
with spouse because of Idaho law


GET THE FRACK OUT OF HERE:


In Landmark Ruling, Jury Says
Fracking Company Must Pay
$3 Million To Sickened Family


ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


Two Former LA Sheriff Deputies Charged With Planting Guns At Marijuana Dispensary

GOP STANDS FOR "GOT OVERLY PLASTERED"


Mormon GOP Senator
Who Claims to Abstain from
Alcohol Arrested for DUI


GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:


What Georgia’s expansive
new pro-gun law does


Georgia Governor Signs Bill
Allowing Guns In Bars,
Churches, Libraries And Schools


IT'S A SERIES OF TUBES:


US proposes pay-for-priority
Internet standards


Net-Neutrality Advocates Angered
by FCC’s Planned New Rules


F.C.C. On Track To Ruin Last Truly Democratic Institution: The Internet

WAR IS HELL, UNLESS YOU'RE A CONTRACTOR:


The Real Winner of the Afghan War
Is This Shady Military Contractor

The State Department paid out $4 billion
to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of
that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past.

IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS:


Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Allege Minimum
Wage Violations In Lawsuit Against Team


$COTU$ WATCH:


Dawsey: The Ban on
Affirmative Action Is About
Preserving the Caste System


8 Times the Supreme Court
Was Bewildered by Technology


WHACKO WATCH:


Libertarian Hero Cliven
Bundy Shockingly Turns
Out to Be Gigantic Racist



Cliven Bundy is part of a long tradition: corporate mooching

Cliven Bundy’s Slavery Delusion

FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox News' Anti-Gay Selective Outrage In One Chart

Fox Goes Silent On Bundy
After Racist Tirade


Fox's Krauthammer Blasts Conservatives For Their
Support Of Cliven Bundy


ROGER AILES IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare

Did Roger Ailes Dupe James Rosen,
Or Did Rosen Dupe 'Merka?


SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Sean Hannity Claims That He
Is The Real Victim of Cliven Bundy’s Racist Comments


Hannity Addresses Bundy on Fox: Comments ‘Downright Racist’ and ‘Bigoted’

Hannity: ‘I Think Jon Stewart Is Extremely Talented and Funny’

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


O’Reilly on
Bundy Fallout:
‘Be Careful Who
You Partner Up With’


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Greta: ‘I Condemn What Cliven Bundy Said About African Americans’

WRETCHED GRETCHED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox’s Gretchen Carlson
Shuts Down Democrat’s
Attempt to Bring Up Bundy


BRAIN BRIAN KILMEADE IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox's Brian Kilmeade Mocks
His Own Prom Photo,
Says It's "A Little Gay"


ΤΟ ΜΕΓΑΛΎΤΕΡΟ ΗΛΊΘΙΟΣ TANTAROS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox's Tantaros: Supreme Court
Rolling Back Civil Rights Laws Is
What "Martin Luther King Wished For"


CNN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy
and Biased Press Conference Question


IN INNER SPACE:


Watch as swarms of micro-robots run around making stuff

TODAY IN ART:


Dozens of Never-Before-
Seen Andy Warhol Works
Found on Floppy Disks


IN BEATLES NEWS:


Paul McCartney sets Aug. 14 Candlestick show

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello there, Headliners. Today's birthday girl is Barbra Streisand, still going strong. Before looking at today's Headlines Du Jour, let's have a look at a few from yesteryear:

And now, today's Headlines Du Jour:

$COTU$ WATCH:




THE END OF THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT:



Financial fast track to replace level competitive playing field

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:



DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE:



FREE THE WEED!!!







ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:



MSNBC IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




THE FIVE IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN INNER SPACE:



IN OUTER SPACE:





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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Who Fixed the Charles Avenue Historical Marker? ► A Coconut Grove Mystery

The condition of the historic marker on April 21, 2014.
It was just a week ago I posted  Surprises on the Latest Visit to Charles Avenue, a summing up of the latest information about Charles Avenue, designated a Historic Roadway by the city of Miami in 2012. However, yesterday's visit to Coconut Grove provided the biggest surprise of all:

The Charles Avenue Historical Marker has been repaired!!!


This is actually a big deal for me, forget the neighbourhood.

It was the physical condition of this historical marker that alerted me I had stumbled across an interesting story about Race Relations in 'Merka. You can take the journalist out of the newsroom, but you can't take the newsroom out of the journalist.  I just didn't realize how deep into the Coconut Grove rabbit hole this story would take me.

The condition of the marker on January 16, 2009, the first
time I saw it. The bags of garbage covered up a broken base.
Follow the bouncing ball, dear readers:

I stumbled across the Charles Avenue Historical Marker in 2009. At the time I was still embedded in my long-form performance artist character of Aunty Em Ericann. When Aunty Em wasn't tickling the internets, I was freelancing for a banking clearinghouse, inspecting and taking pictures of houses in foreclosure.

Still new to South Florida, it was a great way to learn my way around. My route took me from Florida City -- called the Gateway to the Keys -- north to Hollywood. The real estate failures I visited ran the gamut from condemned properties to multimillion dollar homes in some of the most exclusive gated communities in the entire country.

On January 16, 2009, I was working my way up from Florida City, through Cutler Bay into Miami. The GPS told me to go up Main Highway and turn left onto Charles Avenue. Almost immediately I saw the Charles Avenue Historical Marker. Markers this size are rare on a residential street. Since I'm a history buff, I had to stop. This is what I read:
The first black community on the South Florida mainland began here in the late 1880s when Blacks primarily from the Bahamas came via Key West to work at the Peacock Inn. Their first hand experience with tropical plants and building materials proved invaluable to the development of Coconut Grove. Besides private homes the early buildings included the Odd Fellows Hall, which served as a community center and library, Macedonia Baptist Church, home of the oldest black congregation in the area, and the A.M.A. Methodist Church, which housed the community's first school. At the western end of Charles Avenue is one of the area's oldest cemeteries.
Since I've studied Race Relations all my adult life -- and possibly because I was in the middle of reading Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen -- instinctively I translated the sign and read between the lines:
Had it not been for the Black Bahamians of Coconut Grove the White folk would have starved in this God-forsaken swamp. Had the Bahamians not built it, this neighbourhood never would have existed.
My second visit on March 2, 2009
While 6 years of subsequent research only confirmed Aunty Em's original conclusion-jumping, it was the garbage bags piled up all around the marker that set off my Racial Radar™. Here was a marker memorializing the first residents -- Black residents -- yet it became just another stop for garbage collection along the street. Six weeks later I came by the same spot only to discover a new assortment of garbage at the foot of the marker. However, this time I was able to see that the base had been broken, and not recently.

Because I never metaphor I didn't like, for me this summed up race relations in 'Merka over the last century. That simple discovery 5 years ago led to all my subsequent research on Coconut Grove, Charles Avenue, Trolleygate, Soilgate, the [allegdly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff and the E.W.F. Stirrup House.



Why is the E.W.F. Stirrup House culturally important to Miami?
Please read:  Happy Birthday Coconut Grove!!! Now Honour Your Past




The E.W.F. Stirrup House across the street from the marker.
January 16, 2009 was also the day I first set eyes on the lovely E.W.F. Stirrup House, catercorner to the historical marker, on the south side of Charles. It was empty the first I spied it and it remains empty, as Aries Development allows it to undergo continued and deliberate Demolition by Neglect.

For the longest time nothing changed at the historical marker, either. It remained broken, leaning back against the fence. However, a few years back I noticed the sign had been straightened out. A short time later a small plant, which only recently started to justify its existence with beautiful red flowers, had been added between visits. 

However, that's all that has been done . . . until quite recently. Between my last visit and yesterday the Charles Avenue Historical Marker has been given an entire new base and pole about 2 feet east of the former location. The new pole is round steel and feels much more substantial than the previous flimsy aluminum one. The base also seems better and more deeply embedded in the ground, with concrete surrounding it. It's also been set on a slightly different angle, giving it a greater prominence to on Charles Avenue.

IRONY ALERT: The biggest surprise of all is that no one seems to know who repaired the sign. I have now interviewed representatives of the Charles Avenue Historic Preservation Committee, the Coconut Grove Collaborative Development Corporation, and the Coconut Grove Village Council. So far it remains a mystery to everyone I've interviewed, as well as everyone they've spoken with.

Eventually we may solve the mystery of who fixed the Charles Avenue historical Marker.

April 21, 2014 panorama • Right: The refurbished Charles Avenue marker at the beginning of the historic roadway. Charles Avenue was laid out by E.W.F. Stirrup and ends at Douglas Road, the site of the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery. This quaint cemetery is named after the childhood sweetheart and, later, wife of E.W.F. Stirrup. At one time it was the only cemetery where Black folk could be buried in the Miami area. Far left: The 5-storey Grove Gardens Residence Condominiums looming over the modest 2-storey house E.W.F. Stirrup built with his own hands for his family. The developers of The Monstrosity have been allowing the 120-year old E.W.F. Stirrup House to undergo Demolition by Neglect for more than 8 years.
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Headlines Du Jour ► Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Howdy Headliners. Celebrating birthdays today are Shirley Temple and Roy Orbison, both responsible for their share of Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:

Let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:




TODAY IN RELIGION:



ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:




TACO BELL IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




How many lies can you spot in this graphic?

FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



STEVE DOOCY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




FOX & FRIENDS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hey there, Headliners. Today we are all celebrating the birthday of Bettie Page, gone but not forgotten. She launched a few Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:

Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:




TODAY IN INCOME INEQUALITY:



FREE THE WEED!!!




IT'S A SERIES OF TUBES:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





BOB BECKEL IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



STEVE DOOCY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN OUTER SPACE:



An image taken by the Hubble
Space Telescope ranges from
cosmic near neighbors to objects
seen in the early years of the universe.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday, April 21, 2014

Hello there, Headliners! It's the birthday of writer John Mortimer, who brought us the incompatible Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey. He was known to read the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:

Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

TODAY IN THE NEO-CONFEDERACY:




TODAY IN RELIGION:





ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK:



TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:



FREE THE WEED!!!






CNN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN OUTER SPACE:




VIDEO DU JOUR:





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