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(CNN)   Howard Buffett says he bought the Rosa Parks memorabilia collection for $4.5 million because "his mother would have wanted it"   (money.cnn.com) divider line 47
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2014-08-31 08:51:58 PM  
Howard had some great 80's music. Big Country was a great song.

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2014-08-31 10:02:40 PM  
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Best CNN logo yet!

/ Rumor has it that CNN's legal drones sued to stop Fark from posting their logo for copyright/IP reasons or whatever.  Nevermind that Fark links drive traffic to your increasingly irrelevant lite-news website.  MSM self-destruct in action.
 
2014-08-31 10:16:24 PM  
Let's have a daily contest to name Chicken Noodle News.
 
2014-08-31 11:10:39 PM  
I wish Warren Buffet was 20 years younger
 
2014-08-31 11:11:49 PM  
that's cool I guess
 
2014-08-31 11:16:36 PM  

Cerebral Infarktion: I wish Warren Buffet was 20 years younger


I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.
 
2014-08-31 11:24:52 PM  
Great that's what I was gonna get MY mom for Christmas.

Thanks asshole.

*buys socks online instead*
 
2014-08-31 11:25:02 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: Cerebral Infarktion: I wish Warren Buffet was 20 years younger

I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.


I'd like a couple of thousand shares of BRK.A
 
2014-08-31 11:25:25 PM  
At least it wasn't Jimmy Buffet.
 
2014-08-31 11:27:26 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: Cerebral Infarktion: I wish Warren Buffet was 20 years younger

I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.


I wish I was a little bit taller...

/earworm
//earwormed myself too
///earworm slashies
 
2014-08-31 11:33:14 PM  
Buffet runs the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, which works...

Good on him for using some of his billions of trust fund money for charity, but it really does irk me when they simply name it after themselves.
You could donate money to REAL organizations that do things far better, but instead you want to buy publicity for yourself.
 
2014-08-31 11:37:16 PM  
I hate all that Margaritaville parrot-head crap
 
2014-08-31 11:39:58 PM  
Ok, but where is he going to put it?
 
2014-08-31 11:41:42 PM  
Things can only get better. . .
 
2014-08-31 11:43:43 PM  
Well, now that all of the hoopla, medals and memorabilia relating to a woman who started a movement because she was too damn tired to give up her bus seat - are safely in the hands of billionaires, I think we can all join, as Americans, and celebrate all of the freedom and equality we have and honor it's symbolic tokens.
 
2014-08-31 11:43:45 PM  

Splish: Ok, but where is he going to put it?


I would imagine, in the back of a museum.
 
2014-08-31 11:51:26 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: Splish: Ok, but where is he going to put it?

I would imagine, in the back of a museum.


That's a Grade-A groaner right there.
 
2014-08-31 11:59:09 PM  
Did it come with the big steaming dump they took on Claudette Colvin?
 
2014-09-01 12:24:58 AM  
So they found her airplane?
 
2014-09-01 12:27:56 AM  

djwebb1127: So they found her airplane?


That was Maya Angelou.
 
2014-09-01 12:34:30 AM  
so he bought an old bus?
 
2014-09-01 12:57:01 AM  
Rosa Parks... memorabilia.. collection? So like Rosa Parks pennants, pins and posters? Or Parks's collection of pennants and posters?
 
2014-09-01 01:20:27 AM  

moothemagiccow: Rosa Parks... memorabilia.. collection? So like Rosa Parks pennants, pins and posters? Or Parks's collection of pennants and posters?


Letters, photos, her Presidential Medal of Freedom, her furniture (seriously). Basically all of her effects. Other news articles have said he's planning on giving it all to a museum or museums, but he hasn't decided which ones yet. You'd think the curator of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History has been on the phone a few times already, I'd have to think that that's where most of it winds up.
 
2014-09-01 02:13:58 AM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: Cerebral Infarktion: I wish Warren Buffet was 20 years younger

I wish I had a pencil thin mustache.


I wish he was african american.
 
2014-09-01 02:15:15 AM  

SushiJoe: so he bought an old bus?


The bus is in the Henry Ford museum in Detroit.
 
2014-09-01 02:16:20 AM  

djwebb1127: So they found her airplane?


That was Howard Hughes.
 
2014-09-01 02:19:43 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: Buffet runs the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, which works...

Good on him for using some of his billions of trust fund money for charity, but it really does irk me when they simply name it after themselves.
You could donate money to REAL organizations that do things far better, but instead you want to buy publicity for yourself.


You have no idea how charitable trusts work, do you? Or comprehend why Howard Buffett doesn't just want to "donate money to real organizations that do things far better". His foundation is already doing things far better, you simpleton, and I'll wager dollars to donuts you never heard of it before right this minute.
 
2014-09-01 02:22:32 AM  
Come on Howard, I thought your dad's mantra was to research the heck out of what you're doing.

You picked up Rosa Parks memorabilia when the real thing to bring to light was Claudette Colvin did it first but was too dark, too pregnant, and too young for even the NAACP to canonize properly.
http://madamenoire.com/346496/rosa-parks-refused-give-seat-bus-claud et te-colvin/
 
2014-09-01 02:27:33 AM  

ChefJoe: Come on Howard, I thought your dad's mantra was to research the heck out of what you're doing.

You picked up Rosa Parks memorabilia when the real thing to bring to light was Claudette Colvin did it first but was too dark, too pregnant, and too young for even the NAACP to canonize properly.
http://madamenoire.com/346496/rosa-parks-refused-give-seat-bus-claud et te-colvin/


Yeah, that's important, because. . . Oh wait, I forget,  Why is that important?
 
2014-09-01 02:28:22 AM  

bunner: Well, now that all of the hoopla, medals and memorabilia relating to a woman who started a movement because she was too damn tired to give up her bus seat - are safely in the hands of billionaires, I think we can all join, as Americans, and celebrate all of the freedom and equality we have and honor it's symbolic tokens.


You forgot... Not just billionaires...White billionaires. I myself don't consider these artifacts to be worth it but certainly with all those billions he could have bought them and donated them to a museum or other worthy cause (maybe even with a requirement that on his mothers birthday he be given a special after hours visit so he can dress up like Rosa Parks or whatever he wants to do).
 
2014-09-01 02:31:11 AM  

doomjesse: bunner: Well, now that all of the hoopla, medals and memorabilia relating to a woman who started a movement because she was too damn tired to give up her bus seat - are safely in the hands of billionaires, I think we can all join, as Americans, and celebrate all of the freedom and equality we have and honor it's symbolic tokens.

You forgot... Not just billionaires...White billionaires. I myself don't consider these artifacts to be worth it but certainly with all those billions he could have bought them and donated them to a museum or other worthy cause (maybe even with a requirement that on his mothers birthday he be given a special after hours visit so he can dress up like Rosa Parks or whatever he wants to do).


Whoops he is donating it. Sorry DRTFA completely. Damn ads.
 
2014-09-01 02:37:50 AM  
I think my point was that we tend to revere the tokens, the trophies, the tchotchkes and the doodads associated with things, be we do very little to act upon that the event was supposed to mean.  From either social strata involved.
 
2014-09-01 02:40:02 AM  
but we do very little
 
2014-09-01 02:53:32 AM  
Gotta love Fark.

Non-obtrusive billionaire does something nice for non-self-aggrandizing reasons; and all anyone around here can do is biatch about how he should have spent the money for something else, and how Rosa Parks didn't really do anything that special and how he's really just an attention whore or whatever.

I'd roll my eyes, but I have a headache.
 
2014-09-01 03:07:38 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Gotta love Fark.

Non-obtrusive billionaire does something nice for non-self-aggrandizing reasons; and all anyone around here can do is biatch about how he should have spent the money for something else, and how Rosa Parks didn't really do anything that special and how he's really just an attention whore or whatever.

I'd roll my eyes, but I have a headache.


She did, but by accident.  there's no such thing as an unobtrusive billionaire.  And if he wasn't trying to get fitted for a halo, this news story wouldn't exist.
 
2014-09-01 03:27:27 AM  

bunner: Gyrfalcon: Gotta love Fark.

Non-obtrusive billionaire does something nice for non-self-aggrandizing reasons; and all anyone around here can do is biatch about how he should have spent the money for something else, and how Rosa Parks didn't really do anything that special and how he's really just an attention whore or whatever.

I'd roll my eyes, but I have a headache.

She did, but by accident.  there's no such thing as an unobtrusive billionaire.  And if he wasn't trying to get fitted for a halo, this news story wouldn't exist.


Regardless of whether she did it by accident or by design, the important thing is that her taking a stand helped spark a protest movement that changed a bad policy.
 
2014-09-01 03:35:35 AM  

HighOnCraic: Regardless of whether she did it by accident or by design, the important thing is that her taking a stand helped spark a protest movement that changed a bad policy.


Amen.  Funny what you can do by just refusing to be kicked around anymore.  Bus company about sh* a Miata, too.
 
2014-09-01 05:25:46 AM  

ChefJoe: Come on Howard, I thought your dad's mantra was to research the heck out of what you're doing.

You picked up Rosa Parks memorabilia when the real thing to bring to light was Claudette Colvin did it first but was too dark, too pregnant, and too young for even the NAACP to canonize properly.
http://madamenoire.com/346496/rosa-parks-refused-give-seat-bus-claud et te-colvin/


TIL the civil rights movement started in 1995
 
2014-09-01 06:16:36 AM  
One mans trash is another...
 
2014-09-01 07:03:27 AM  

Stoj: Great that's what I was gonna get MY mom for Christmas.

Thanks asshole.

*buys socks online instead*


I got a replica for my mom through the Franklin Mint.
 
2014-09-01 08:27:35 AM  

djwebb1127: So they found her airplane?


Yes, it looked like a giant Tylenol, but that's not important now.
 
2014-09-01 10:46:37 AM  

BalugaJoe: SushiJoe: so he bought an old bus?

The bus is in the Henry Ford museum in Detroit.


Technically Dearborn, which has the advantage of being not Detroit.

www.mediabistro.com

Anyway, it's really cool because you can walk right through the bus and see where she sat.  Anyway, +1 for the Henry Ford museum, it's an awesome place to check out.
 
2014-09-01 11:35:43 AM  

bunner: Gyrfalcon: Gotta love Fark.

Non-obtrusive billionaire does something nice for non-self-aggrandizing reasons; and all anyone around here can do is biatch about how he should have spent the money for something else, and how Rosa Parks didn't really do anything that special and how he's really just an attention whore or whatever.

I'd roll my eyes, but I have a headache.

She was part of an NAACP chapter which took a large dump on the 15-year-old girl who actually took a principled stand and then kicked her to the curb while staging one of the most scripted incidents in  history did, but by accident.  there's no such thing as an unobtrusive billionaire.  And if he wasn't trying to get fitted for a halo, this news story wouldn't exist.


FTFY

The end result was good, but Claudette Colvin was utterly abused by those people.

Also, take your head out of your ass. The transfer of ownership of this collection is newsworthy. No matter where it ended up, there'd have been a story about it.
 
2014-09-01 12:07:47 PM  

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Other than the bus, her medal, any statements she made or paperwork regarding the act itself, I don't really see any of Rosa Park's possessions as being historically significant.  He wants to have them and save them for posterity or any other reason, who cares?
 
2014-09-01 01:51:50 PM  

Carousel Beast: bunner: Gyrfalcon: Gotta love Fark.

Non-obtrusive billionaire does something nice for non-self-aggrandizing reasons; and all anyone around here can do is biatch about how he should have spent the money for something else, and how Rosa Parks didn't really do anything that special and how he's really just an attention whore or whatever.

I'd roll my eyes, but I have a headache.

She was part of an NAACP chapter which took a large dump on the 15-year-old girl who actually took a principled stand and then kicked her to the curb while staging one of the most scripted incidents in  history did, but by accident.  there's no such thing as an unobtrusive billionaire.  And if he wasn't trying to get fitted for a halo, this news story wouldn't exist.

FTFY

The end result was good, but Claudette Colvin was utterly abused by those people.

Also, take your head out of your ass. The transfer of ownership of this collection is newsworthy. No matter where it ended up, there'd have been a story about it.


By that definition, every incident where people were arrested at sit-ins was equally scripted.  The whole point of getting arrested was to draw attention to how stupid Jim Crow laws were.

It was be difficult to describe Colvin's experience as "abuse."

From wiki:

Colvin was among the five women originally included in the federal court case, filed on February 1, 1956 as Browder v. Gayle, and testified before the three-judge panel that heard the case in the United States District Court. On June 13, 1956, the judges determined that the state and local laws requiring bus segregation in Alabama were unconstitutional. The case went to the United States Supreme Court, which upheld their ruling on December 17, 1956. She was the last witness to testify and was considered the "star" witness. Three days later, the Supreme Court issued an order to Montgomery and the state to end bus segregation in Alabama. 

For a long time, Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's pioneering effort because she was a teenager and became pregnant while unmarried. Given the social norms of the time and her youth, the  leaders worried about using her to represent their movement.

Although Colvin did have a "spark" that may have ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement, she rarely told her story once she moved to New York City. Conversation in the black community focused on black enterprise by this time rather than on integration issues. NPR's Margot Adler said that black organizations felt that Rosa Parks made a better test case for integration because she was an adult, and she had the right hair and look to make her appear as middle class.[7]
In 2005, Colvin told the Montgomery Advertiser that she would not have changed her decision to remain seated.
"I feel very, very proud of what I did. I do feel like what I did was a spark and it caught on."[18] "I'm not disappointed," Colvin said. "Let the people know Rosa Parks was the right person for the boycott. But also let them know that the attorneys took four other women to the Supreme Court to challenge the law that led to the end of segregation."[15]
Colvin has often said that she is not angry she did not get the recognition she deserved, but instead disappointed. She said she felt as if she was "getting her Christmas in January rather than the 25th."
 
2014-09-01 01:59:51 PM  

HighOnCraic: It was would be difficult


D'oh!
 
2014-09-01 02:03:31 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: BalugaJoe: SushiJoe: so he bought an old bus?

The bus is in the Henry Ford museum in Detroit.

Technically Dearborn, which has the advantage of being not Detroit.

img.fark.net

Anyway, it's really cool because you can walk right through the bus and see where she sat.  Anyway, +1 for the Henry Ford museum, it's an awesome place to check out.


The Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom will perhaps one day go on rotating tours of different museums.
If the Henry Ford Museum gets a turn, hopefully the curator remembers to put the medals on one of the front seats, not at the back of the bus.
 
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