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(VIDEO) Marine Band Performs AWESOME Rendition Of “Thrift Shop” | 11/22/13

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band Published on Nov 22, 2013 --- So this is our 3rd year doing these knock-down/drag-out Birthday Ball concerts; first it was "Bohemian Rhapsody" then it was "Gangnam Style" and "Thunderstruck", and now it's "Thrift Shop" (which we rewrote the lyrics to and called "Cash Sales") and "Can't Hold Us." If you've ever been in the military I'm sure you know what Cash Sales is so please listen to the lyrics, they're pretty clever. SSgt Justin Lienemann did an awesome job rewriting the lyrics and SSgt Josh Lively did a great job putting the whole thing together. Here's to 238 years of the Marine Corps doing things like no one else. Semper Fidelis!


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American Military News..........."The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band is awesome! They have covered many hits in the past and this year took on “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore…and they KILLED! Check out this AWESOME video and share it with your friends and family for an instant smile!"

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"Obama Reunites With Half-Sister In Kenya" | HuffPost - Black Voices | 07/24/15

"Obama Reunites With Half-Sister In Kenya" | HuffPost - Black Voices | 07/24/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama was greeted in Nairobi, Kenya, by his half-sister Auma Obama. Auma Obama met the president at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, where he arrived ahead of a two-day visit. Obama was also greeted
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.....This is Obama's first presidential visit to Kenya, where his father was born.

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Sandra Bland and "driving while black": Federal data shows big racial gap in traffic stops | VOX Identities | 07/22/15

Was Sandra Bland a victim of "driving while black"?
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....YES she was a victim of "Driving While Black'!!  America, we have a problem that needs a National Response!!

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"NASA Experiments with Drones and a Showy Delivery to a Rural Nonprofit" | NPQ | 07/21/15

"NASA Experiments with Drones and a Showy Delivery to a Rural Nonprofit" | NPQ | 07/21/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
On Friday, the first FAA-approved drone deliveries were made—transporting packages of medical supplies to a Virginia health fair. So why does this feel like an odd PR stunt?
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.....Now this could be a 'God-Send' for Frontier and Rural America.   Critical Access Hospitals could deliver medicines directly to the  elderly!

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"The First Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral" | APOD | 2015 July 19

"The First Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral" | APOD | 2015 July 19 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The First Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral
Image Credit: GRIN, NASA

Explanation: A new chapter in space flight began this week in 1950 July with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper V-2. Shown above, the Bumper V-2 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program that topped a V-2 missile base with a WAC Corporal rocket. The upper stage was able to reach then-record altitudes of almost 400 kilometers, higher than even Space Shuttles once flew. Launched under the direction of the General Electric Company, the Bumper V-2 was used primarily for testing rocket systems and for research on the upper atmosphere. Bumper V-2 rockets carried small payloads that allowed them to measure attributes including air temperature and cosmic ray impacts. Seven years later, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I and Sputnik II, the first satellites into Earth orbit. In response in 1958, the US created NASA.

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.......From Cape Canaveral, Florida to Pluto in 65 Years!! Where To Next??

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"NASA Actually Recorded Sound In Space, It’s Absolutely Bone Chilling" | DAMN! | 07/18/15

"NASA Actually Recorded Sound In Space, It’s Absolutely Bone Chilling" | DAMN! | 07/18/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"While we see space as a visually mysterious environment and relish in all the amazing photographs of the planets, galaxies, and solar systems, we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the audible aspect of space. As in sound! Wait a minute, is there even any sound in space? Technically, yes. There is sound as it exists in electromagnetic vibrations which pulsate in wavelengths.Wouldn’t it be cool to record what space actually sounds like? NASA thought so. They rigged up some instruments that would record these electromagnetic vibrations. These were then transformed into sounds which our ears can pick up.


Check out these sounds from space. Really amazing! Nothing was added or tweaked either, these are the beautiful sounds which emanate from that mysterious world above and beyond. Enjoy!"

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

....The Universe is communicating with us.  We just don't have instruments to translate the sounds into Earthly Languages.

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"How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex" | NationofChange | 07/16/15

"How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex" | NationofChange | 07/16/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"It is being considered by President Obama to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Here is why he should sign it immediately.

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EXCERPT: "Fifty six years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of the dangers of an unbridled “military-industrial complex,” as he called it. Now it’s a military-industrial-congressional complex. After Citizens United, it’s less bridled than ever.


That’s why President Obama shouldn’t stop with an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political contributions.


He should ban all political activities by corporations getting more than half their revenues from the federal government.

That includes Lockheed and every other big defense contractor."

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ANTHONY WEINER: "I have one big question for Bernie Sanders" | Business Insider | 07/11/15

ANTHONY WEINER: "I have one big question for Bernie Sanders" | Business Insider | 07/11/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
"I totally get Bernie Mania. However, I’m deeply conflicted about it."
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......In spite of all his great qualities, if Bernie wants to lead the Democratic Party as it's Presidential Nominee, he needs to explain why he will not register as a Democrat in his home state.


My guess is that he plans to get Independents and Republicans to vote Democratic in the Open Primary States and get them to register as a Democrat in the others.  Here's a link to a website that has been setup to do this -- http://voteforbernie.org/.

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"Winston-Salem at center of debate over race and state’s election law during federal trial" | Journal Now 07/12/15

"Winston-Salem at center of debate over race and state’s election law during federal trial" | Journal Now 07/12/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Monday will be the start of what state NAACP president the Rev. William Barber calls “our Selma” — a closely-watched federal trial on the constitutionality of the Voter Information Verification Act.
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....It's time for the Voting ID Laws to join the Confederate Battle Flag in the history museums!!

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"What Was the Confederate Flag Doing in Cuba, Vietnam, and Iraq?" | The Nation | 07/07/15

"What Was the Confederate Flag Doing in Cuba, Vietnam, and Iraq?" | The Nation | 07/07/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop offering Confederate items for electronic auction.
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......Mr. President!  It's time to rid this divisive symbol from our Arm Forces.  It has no place in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

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"How Mixed Are African Americans?" | The Root - History | 02/11/13

"How Mixed Are African Americans?" | The Root - History | 02/11/13 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: Find out the percentage of African ancestry in black Americans. Five key facts: Exactly How "Black" Are Black Americans?

  1. According to Ancestry.com, the average African American is 65 percent sub-Saharan African, 29 percent European and 2 percent Native American;
  2. According to 23andme.com, the average African American is 75 percent sub-Saharan African, 22 percent European and only 0.6 percent Native American;
  3. According to Family Tree DNA.com, the average African American is 72.95 percent sub-Saharan African, 22.83 percent European and 1.7 percent Native American;
  4. According to National Geographic's Genographic Project, the average African American is 80 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 1 percent Native American; and
  5. According to AfricanDNA, in which I am a partner with Family Tree DNA, the average African American is 79 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 2 percent Native American.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

......I received my DNA results several years ago and found it to be within the percentages listed above.


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"Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act" | The Nation | 06/25/15

"Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act" | The Nation | 06/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Two years ago, the Supreme Court gutted the VRA. Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman John Lewis, among others, have a plan to fix that.
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.....It's time to make Voting a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right!!

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"Five myths about why the South seceded" | Washington Post - Opinion | 02/26/11

"Five myths about why the South seceded" | Washington Post - Opinion | 02/26/11 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"One hundred fifty years after the Civil War began, we’re still fighting over its meaning.

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VIDEO: "Church shooting shows how reform is needed" | Al Jazeera America| 06/19/15

VIDEO: "Church shooting shows how reform is needed" | Al Jazeera America| 06/19/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Jay Denise Cromwell, Board member of the North Charleston Civic Coalition for Reform breaks down why change is needed
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....I am so proud of the leadership and work of my niece, Denise Joann Williams-Cromwell, in the Low Country Region of South Carolina!  Stay strong and your entire Jackson-Williams Clans are praying for you!!

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"Ultraviolet Rings of M31" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 24

"Ultraviolet Rings of M31" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 24 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Ultraviolet Rings of M31
Image Credit: GALEX, JPL-Caltech, NASA

Explanation: A mere 2.5 million light-years away the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, really is just next door as large galaxies go. So close and spanning some 260,000 light-years, it took 11 different image fields from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite's telescope to produce this gorgeous portrait of the spiral galaxy in ultraviolet light. While its spiral arms stand out in visible light images of Andromeda, the arms look more like rings in the GALEX ultraviolet view, a view dominated by the energetic light from hot, young, massive stars. As sites of intense star formation, the rings have been interpreted as evidence Andromeda collided with its smaller neighboring elliptical galaxy M32 more than 200 million years ago. The large Andromeda galaxy and our own Milky Way are the most massive members of the local galaxy group.

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....Where is Captain Kirk when you need him.  Just a quick 2.5 million mile trip over to see this up close!!

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Obama sister: He sang 'Amazing Grace' | CNNPolitics.com | 07/22/15

Obama sister: He sang 'Amazing Grace'  | CNNPolitics.com | 07/22/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's half-sister is amazed at how well her brother sang "Amazing Grace" last month, while eulogizing one of the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church-shooting.
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......Watch the full interview at 2pm EST Today on CNN!!

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"Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 20

"Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 20 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution)

Explanation: A comet has brightened quickly and unexpectedly. Discovered last year, Comet C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS) is expected to be visible now for a few days to the unaided eye, just after sunset, from some locations. The comet rounded the Sun on July 6 and apparently has shed quite a bit of gas and dust. Today it is now as close as it will ever get to the Earth, which is another factor in its recent great apparent brightness and the large angular extent of its tails. In the featured image taken two days ago, Comet PanSTARRS is seen sporting a short white dust tail fading to the right, and a long blue ion tail pointing away from the recently set Sun. A crescent moon dominates the image center. Tomorrow, Comet PannSTARRS will pass only 7 degrees away from a bright Jupiter, with even brighter Venus nearby. Due to its proximity to the Sun, the comet and its tails may best be seen in the sunset din with binoculars or cameras using long-duration exposures.

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.....Wish I was still in Montana to see this today and tomorrow!  Who amongst my Social Networking Friends are gonna get some pics for me??

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VIDEO: "Fly Over Pluto" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 18

VIDEO: "Fly Over Pluto" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2015 July 18 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Fly Over Pluto
Video Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Explanation: It took 9.5 years to get this close, but you can now take a virtual flight over Pluto in this animation of image data from the New Horizons spacecraft. The Plutonian terrain unfolding 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers) below is identified as Norgay Montes, followed by Sputnik Planum. The icy mountains, informally named for one of the first two Mount Everest climbers Tenzing Norgay, reach up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface. The frozen, young, craterless plains are informally named for the Earth's first artificial satellite. Sputnik Planum is north of Norgay Montes, within Pluto's expansive, bright, heart-shaped feature provisionally known as Tombaugh Regio for Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930.

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...Just Whoa!! Where to Next??

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"Sanders & O’Malley Appear Politically Tone Deaf To Black Lives Matter Protest In Phoenix" PoliticUsUSA | 07/18/!5

"Sanders & O’Malley Appear Politically Tone Deaf To Black Lives Matter Protest In Phoenix" PoliticUsUSA | 07/18/!5 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Sanders and O'Malley both failed to address the "Black lives matter" protesters in a substantive or even symbolically meaningful way.
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.....EXCERPT: "Sanders and O’Malley are two of the most progressive candidates in the 2016 presidential race, and yet they both seemed unable to escape their comfort zones of white privilege to address the “Black lives matter” protesters in a substantive or even symbolically meaningful way. Their inability to do so, isn’t so much an indictment of the two men, as it is a recognition that White America has much work to do to address the state of emergency Patrisse Cullors alluded to.

White progressives, in particular, need to recognize that not only does White America have work to do, but so does “progressive” White America. If that wasn’t obvious before, it should be now.

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"Alaska Governor Unilaterally Moves To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare" | TPM | 07/17/15

"Alaska Governor Unilaterally Moves To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare" | TPM | 07/17/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Alaska will be the 30th state plus the District of Columbia to participate in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, if Gov. Bill Walker's effort to bypass the resistance of state legislators goes as planned. The governor -- formerly a Republican but now an independent -- announced Thursday that he would be using his executive authority to bring the expansion to his state.

“This is the final option for me,” Walker said in a press conference Thursday, according to the New York Times. “We are not going to step away from this opportunity to help fellow Alaskans, period
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....We need this kind of leadership from the Governors of the 20 States that continue to make their citizens suffer!!

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"Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached After Long Negotiations" | The New York Times | 07/14/15

"Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached After Long Negotiations" | The New York Times | 07/14/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The agreement will lift international oil and financial sanctions, in return for limits on Iran’s nuclear production capability and fuel stockpile over the next 15 years.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.....Now we will see how much 'International Diplomacy' exist in the crop of Congressional Presidential Candidates.  I bet they will spend the next two months playing 'political football' with this important National Security Issue.  What Do You Think?? 

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"SC raised Confederate flag in 1961 to insult nine black protesters — and took it down to honor nine slain | RawStory | 07/09/15"

"SC raised Confederate flag in 1961 to insult nine black protesters — and took it down to honor nine slain | RawStory | 07/09/15" | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"A peculiar historical symmetry exists between South Carolina’s decision to raise the Confederate flag in 1961 and the state’s overnight vote Thursday to bring it down.


Just weeks before the Confederate battle flag was first hoisted, 10 black students from Friendship Junior College were arrested on Jan. 31, 1961, and convicted the following day after they refused to leave an all-white lunch counter in Rock Hill.


Nine of those students, who became known as the Friendship Nine, revolutionized the civil rights movement by refusing bail.


The students spent 30 days doing hard labor at the York County Prison Farm, and other demonstrators followed their example at white-only businesses throughout the south.


A York County judge tossed out the trespassing convictions against the former students – eight of whom are still living – on Jan. 28, 2015, saying the men, now in their 70s, should never have been charged in the first place.


Nearly five months later, on June 17, a white supremacist murdered nine black worshipers after a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.


Public sentiment quickly turned against the Confederate flag, which was removed from states across the South and by retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.


The South Carolina House voted 94-20 about 1 a.m. Thursday, after nearly 13 hours of debate, after the governor called a special session and asked for the flag’s removal.


The approved bill called for the flag to be taken down 54 years after it was raised during the civil rights movement and moved to a relic room at a military museum in the state capital.




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.....My spiritual words for the week.... 'The Power of  The Great Spirit can change things in the twinkle of a cosmic second'!!

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"At Least 5 Black Churches Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week" | Huff Post - Religion | 05/28/15

"At Least 5 Black Churches Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week" | Huff Post - Religion | 05/28/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
At least five predominantly black churches have caught fire in the last week, including at least three that have been the subject of arson, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.

The string of blazes, which have occurred in four Southern states and Ohio, comes a week after nine people were gunned down at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. Dylann Roof, 21, has been charged with nine counts of homicide and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime.
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....the FBI and ATF needs to come down hard on the 'Terrorist In Our Midst'!!

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"21 Incredible Photos of African-Americans in the 1930s and 1940s" | OffBeat Topix | 06/28/15

"21 Incredible Photos of African-Americans in the 1930s and 1940s" | OffBeat Topix | 06/28/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
These are so cool.
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....A Great Photography look at America during segregation and sharecropping!!

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▶ President Obama Delivers a Eulogy in Honor of Reverend Pinckney - White House YouTube Channel | 06/26/15

This is the full video of the Services for Reverend Pinckney.

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.....If you have have not watched this video of the Homegoing Services for Reverend Pinckney yet, please take the time to watch it today.  President Obama's Eulogy was a powerful message to America!!

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Rev. Barber: "There is a Message to America in the Midst of Our Mourning" | Fusion Films | 06/21/15

Rev. Barber: "There is a Message to America in the Midst of Our Mourning" | Fusion Films | 06/21/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Watch Fusion Films's There is a Message to America in the Midst of Our Mourning on Livestream.com. As America tries to make sense of the church killings in Charleston, SC, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II reveals that there is a message to all of us in the midst of our mourning.
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....Speak Truth To The People My Son!!

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