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Biggest Gaffe Ever At MSNBC?

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In the words of of Belle Carroca (Lanie Kazan) in the film classic, My Favorite Year, "This I did not even know."

And I'm willing to bet, MSNBC didn't know it either.

Joy Reid needed smelling salts after collapsing on stage hearing this. Reports are that she's fully recovered and won't miss any additional work at MSNBC.

MSNBC Fact checkers? Can you please clean up the mess in front of the White House lawn. Her name is Chris Jansing and she needs some schooling. Oh, and a washcloth to remove the egg from her face.

It seems the mush-headed thinking reporter, Jansing (who must have taken too much of her medication before going on air) claims she was talking about the President's father, not the President.

But if you hear her go on, she's absolutely talking about the President as she refers to his election and his expectations he'd do great things for Africa after his election sure make this reporter look awfully unprepared and quite ignorant.

The President's Kenyan father was never elected to anything as far as anyone fact checking can find. Quite a gaffe from a woman who will most certainly be the laughing stock of MSNBC for years to come. Her next assignment will probably be getting someone coffee at the news outlet, not reporting from the White House.

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Africa - Along the Rift Valley 2 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary

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Africa Rift Valley

Image: BBC Travel

From YouTube

Explore - Africa - Along the Rift Valley 2 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary, recorded 19.02.2011

Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a spectacular journey down east Africa's Rift Valley.

From the tiny country of Djibouti, which is the centre of America's military presence in Africa, to the wide open plains of Kenya, the team encounter awe-inspiring landscapes, rich culture and amazing wildlife.

The Rift Valley in Africa is described in detail here.

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President Obama Has a Full Day of New Conferences on Africa - LIVE FEED

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The president has had at least six weeks from the depths of hell.

We've seen the Regressive Right and Fvx Nation pound President Obama, pummeling him about Gaza, Israel, the crisis at our southern borders, and the neo-con backlash that festers away, Obamacare Delusionalz, Ebola hysteria … and being facetiously sued by John Boy Boehner.

No wonder the man is growing grayer than most presidents have in only six years.

The Lipton Brigade and luminaries like Man Coulter, Rushee Limpbaugh and ole Sean Hannity have turned hate and disdain into a bloody cottage industry.

Today, President Obama will take some tough-as-nails questions and fierce follow-ups as the Summit on Africa closes for the day. Other vids here at WhiteHouse.gov

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Obama had already spoken today on the hot topics of foreign affairs rather beautifully earlier on the situations in Africa that we as a country need to hear. 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

And he then addressed economic issues of the continent.

From John Podesta at Whitehouse.gov

This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.

The actual press conference is slotted for 5 p.m. +/- VT, 2ish in California. Will get that code in when available.

Voilà.


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Overnight: Africa - Along the Rift Valley 1 of 4 - BBC Travel

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Africa Rift Valley

Image: BBC from the Rift Valley documentary.

From YouTube:

Explore - Africa - Along the Rift Valley 1 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary, recorded 19.02.2011
Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a spectacular journey down east Africa's Rift Valley.

From the tiny country of Djibouti, which is the centre of America's military presence in Africa, to the wide open plains of Kenya, the team encounter awe-inspiring landscapes, rich culture and amazing wildlife.

The Rift Valley in Africa is described in detail here.

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Overnight: Africa: Overland from Nairobi to Cape Town

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Africa Overland

I've been in Africa several times, North Africa and in Kenya and Tanganyika.  I loved it.  

I'm not sure how it would be now. To Michael Crichton who taught school in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and later at a university in Uganda as he details in Dark Star Safari, it had changed dramatically upon his return.  I'd love to travel through it overland for a longer period. I have alternated between taking a group overland trip, such as you'll see in this video, and outfitting a Land Rover or a Unimog to travel on my own.  The former is much less expensive - very reasonable - and has the advantage that the drivers know the routes and the borders and you're always among friends.  Taking your own vehicle is far more complicated and expensive, but you can travel on your own schedule.  

Incidentally, Africa's size is misrepresented on most maps: in reality, it is enormous.  

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Doctor builds his own rural hospital equipment out of scrap

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Time to Speak Up

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Eric Ohena Lembembe, Gay Rights Activist, Tortured And Killed

This is the headline of an article by Robbie Corey-Boulet that caught my attention, especially during the honeymoon of the victories that the LGBT community has been celebrating since the US Supreme Court rulings. Sometimes we forget how awful things are in other parts of the world.

DAKAR, Senegal -- A prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon was tortured and killed just weeks after issuing a public warning about the threat posed by "anti-gay thugs," Human Rights Watch said.

One friend said Lembembe's neck and feet looked broken and that he had been burned with an iron.

I started to get curious about something. Cameroon. Is this the same Cameroon that I read somewhere was getting billions of dollars in US foreign aid?

Where is it exactly?And what part do we play in their existence. If we have any sway over them, maybe it's time we start using it. So I Googled U.S. foreign aid -- okay, first I Googled a map of Cameroon to get my geography right, then I found the foreign aid numbers.

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It's hard to get a real grasp on what we're really spending and even harder to know why. According to the U.S. official development assistance office, the most recent numbers are from 2007 and 2008. In the first of those two years, we officially gave $1.908 billion in aid to Cameroon. We dropped that nearly three-quarters to a mere, $524 Million in 2008. Maybe we need to drop it again, or see to it that it's being put to good use -- educating the people there.

Lembembe was among the most prominent activists in one of Africa's most hostile countries for sexual minorities. First as a journalist and later as executive director of CAMFAIDS, a Yaounde-based human rights organization, he documented violence, blackmail and arrests targeting members of Cameroon's gay community.

Homosexuality is punishable by prison terms of up to five years in Cameroon, and the country prosecutes more people for gay sex than any other in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Human Rights Watch.

We have to start holding countries accountable for human rights if they want our handouts.  From a strategic position, Cameroon offers us little. But from a human standpoint, it offers us a lot. It's a chance to show the world that even small countries matter. But they also have to treat their citizens with respect and dignity or the money for friendship will stop.

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