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  1. 14 JER
    February 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  2. February 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Oh great, Manchester United are losing to teeny Preston 🙄

  3. 22 Dudette
    February 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  4. 24 kasai
    February 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Happy President’s Day Todders:-)

    an update of Fox news on air “Apology”

    thank you all for writing and calling….even though they thought that on air apology wasn’t needed.. I believe the pressure got to them:-)


  5. 35 Judith Fardig
    February 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Congrats TrumpDog!

  6. 37 TrumpDog
    February 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Saw the story on my homepage about the news station that posted a picture of Obama when reporting a rape case. Headline said it was a “mistake”. I call bullshit. No way was this a mistake. That was purposeful
    And then they had to be drug kicking and screaming to apologize (remember they first said they wouldn’t because it was no big deal)?

    Glad many of us were paying attention and called them out. #ILoveObama

  7. February 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Uniiiiiiiiiiiited scored, 1-1!!!!!!!

  8. 47 JER
    February 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

  9. 48 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Au ⭐ for TrumpDog, 😉

  10. 49 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Great Question and Comment.
    Thanks Rep Ellison.

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      February 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      The ‘only’ reason voter registration is required by states is ensure that there are as many bureaucratic barriers as possible to vote. The states that allow same day registration or voting by mail have just as miniscule a number of so-called voter fraud cases as those that set high barriers to voting. There should be a way to ensure that people only vote once without making them jump through hurdles to exercise their constitutional rights. Think how many people are employed just to process and ‘police’ registrations. It’s an insane, archaic and costly way to operate in 2015.

  11. 51 GGail
    February 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    GOOOOOOOOAL! thanks Herrera 😀

  12. 52 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  13. 53 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    23M plus watched the SNL 40 last night.

  14. 66 kasai
    February 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Still in shock W.Indies lost..:-(

  15. 68 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Good. I hope he gets life without parole in a maximum security prison with many very fierce Muslim inmates.

  16. 70 Nena20409
    February 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm

  17. 71 susanne
    February 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    happy president obama day!
    yes, i always loved celebrating the birth of presidents lincoln and washington, but now and forever this will be president obama day for me. thank you tod ohana for this wonderful place, where celebrating our great president is the main event every day.

  18. 72 MadameSoph
    February 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Hello TOD! And Congrats on the Man U score Chips!

    Peeking in to say Happy President’s Day. For me it is “So glad that Barack Obama is our President Day” 🙂

    Kasai, congrats on getting Fox to right a wrong. I didn’t even know that happened – how awful, but how typical! Did you see the SNL anniversary and Jane Curtain’s burn on the Fox Fake News bimbos? Ha ha!

    The Fox burn is at about 1 minute in:

  19. February 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Penalty for United!!!!!! Although, it hasn’t been taken yet……

  20. 108 arapaho415
    February 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Reposting from the last thread, since I see no other comments about this:

    Heard on the radio at noon a brief story about a train derailment in West Virginia. CBS radio news said it was 170 (!) car train that apparently has fallen into a river (!!).

    Evacuation order expanded after train derailment near Adena Village and Boomer Bottom

    Two entire towns EVACUATED:
    From the blog post:
    2:30 p.m., UPDATE:

    Dispatchers have announced that the towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom are being evacuated because of a nearby train derailment.

    3:00 p.m., UPDATE:

    Water intakes in Montgomery and Cedar Grove have been closed because of the train accident along the Kanawha River. That is according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health.

    It is confirmed that the train was carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the Kanawha River. While the intakes are closed, customers are urged to conserve water. The Montgomery Water System is part of West Virginia American Water Co. The company released a statement regarding the accident.

    • 109 arapaho415
      February 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      57F replied to my comment on the previous thread, and said “remember when there would be one train derailment a generation…”

      WV train derailments seem to be happening twice a year now.

      Google tells me that the standard RR car is 60 feet long, which, if my math is correct (and I’m terrible with math) means the train is over 2 miles long!!!

      Why the heck are trains of that (unmanageable) length allowed to travel with harzardous cargo?!?!?

      • 110 jackiegrumbacher
        February 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        Good question, Arapaho. I will hazard the guess that money trumps safety standards and that there have been steep staff cuts that make longer trains necessary. Why hire two people if one will do?

    • February 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Good Afternoon TODVille!

      Yes, this story is alarming.

    • 113 Linda
      February 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet In The Air


      That just happened on Jan 27 th……while Manchin was pimping for keystone.

    • 114 arapaho415
      February 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Also, ZERO mention of this on @nytimes home page, and this happened over 2 hours ago.

      I mentioned on the previous thread that the lead story at 3 pm EST on CBS radio news was an annoying female reporter whining about how cold it was (either in Boston or NYC, that’s how bad her reporting was).

      This ticked me off, because whining does no one any good. The bitter, record-setting cold is a legitimate story to lead the news, but how about giving people news they can use — how to help someone caught/trapped/stuck in the cold — are government offices open to help? What to do if your electricity is disrupted?

      What pissed me off what that this reporter made the news all about her, not for the audience.

      The news segment closed with a woman who claims to hold the world record for catching bridal bouquets — as if this is important to anyone besides this loser woman?

      If I didn’t know better, I swear that news segment was edited by Rush Limbaugh.

      • 115 jackiegrumbacher
        February 16, 2015 at 4:55 pm

        This kind of lazy reporting speaks of the contempt ‘news shows’ have for their audience. They feed people pap on the assumption that people who watch are too stupid to notice.

  21. 116 forus50
    February 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    What an awesome song, a message that should be broadcast all over the world every morning because too many men still think they have to the right to tell women how to dress, what to say and what to do with their body.

    • 117 arapaho415
      February 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Heard this on the radio, forus, and very saddened.

      I remember her when the Bossa Nova was the rage, and all the girls wanted flip hairstyles like her (and Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke show).

      But what pops to my mind is “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry If I Want To)” — in fact, I can’t get it out of mind (hat tip to another 1960s song).

  22. 121 forus50
    February 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  23. February 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Woooooooooot: United won 3-1. Next in the FA Cup: Arsenal. Easy 😎

  24. 127 forus50
    February 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

  25. February 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm


    “The Book of Negroes” miniseries starts tonight on BET!

  26. February 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I already bought it at Amazon

    Why aren’t PBS stations airing the new Thurgood Marshall documentary in prime time slots?

    Martin Luther King, Jr. is the face of the civil rights movement, but the architect who tore down the framework of legalized discrimination, Thurgood Marshall, is often overlooked except, perhaps, during Black History Month despite his impact on American history.

    That’s why filmmaker Mick Caouette made “Mr. Civil Rights,” a documentary about Marshall’s early life, the time period before he successfully challenged separate public schools for black and white students in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education.

    Caouette said he first set out to do a story about civil rights activist and former NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins. But Roger Wilkins, Roy’s nephew and past publisher of The Crisis Magazine, thought Marshall made for a more interesting character study.

    “He’s been largely forgotten and I couldn’t understand why that was,” said Caouette recalling his conversation with the younger Wilkins. “I wanted to do something that would bring his name back to the forefront again. I found there was little on this part of his life, and I wanted to expose the courage of this part of his life and remind people of who he was.”

    “Mr. Civil Rights” was completed more than a year ago, but unfortunately, many public broadcasting stations have yet to air it. Of the more than 351 public television stations that receive support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; “Mr. Civil Rights” has aired on about 200 of them, Caouette said.

    The film was scheduled to be shown in 115 cities on Martin Luther King’s birthday, including Marshall’s hometown. WHUT at Howard University is also airing the film. But WETA, which broadcasts in Washington, D.C. have has not aired the film, and has no plans to at this time.

    Caouette said that some public broadcasting stations, like WETA, may be waiting to air the documentary during black history month.

    “They want to pigeonhole it into a black history day or a month. But that’s a little disappointing to me because this is everybody’s history,” Caouette added. “Thurgood Marshall is American history. My main complaint is not even that PBS has ignored it, or if it is even conscious, but the film has been placed in the ‘Black History’ mold, when in fact it is all of our history, black or white, good or bad.”


    To see the film in your area, please contact your local PBS affiliate and ask when the station will air the documentary.


    • 132 purpleshoesla
      February 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much for this info. Will be contacting my PBS station about this. I was doing a summer internship in Washington DC the summer of 78 when the Bakke decision (affirmative action) was handed down by the Supreme Court and got to hear and see Thurgood Marshall read his blistering dissenting opinion from the bench. Some of his words from that decision still ring true today:

      “In light of this sorry history of discrimination and the devastating impact on the lives of our Negroes, bringing the Negro into the mainstream of American life should be a state interest of the highest order.To fail to do so is to insure that America will remain a divided society.”

    • 133 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Rikyrah, due to your bring this to our attention, I’m now signed up to attend a screening and discussion at WHYY in Philly on Wednesday evening. The show will air on WHYY on February 26th.

      Rikyrah, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  27. 135 arapaho415
    February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Sorry to be a broken record on this, but I am worried sick about the people affected by the train derailment in WV.

    It must be getting dark soon there, it is freezing, where will those people evacuated from TWO TOWNS go?

    The only silver lining is that the cold should help lessen the damage to the river, hopefully.

    And NO mention of this catastrophe on @nytimes home page.

  28. 138 JER
    February 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  29. 139 JER
    February 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  30. 141 purpleshoesla
    February 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Grammy Tribute to Stevie Wonder airs tonight on CBS


  31. 143 amk for obama
    February 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm


  32. February 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    • 145 Vicki
      February 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Treason. Treason. Treason. “Giving aid and comfort to our enemies.” OK maybe not a perfect legal reading. But it sure feels correct.
      How is Boehner in charge of anything?

  33. 146 amk for obama
    February 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    preston??? who the hell is preston?

  34. 153 amk for obama
    February 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    1-1 and 2-1. perfect start by scots.

  35. February 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Speaking of PBS Documentaries, just recorded one last night called -Spies of Mississippi, about the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. A Government entity set up to sabotage the Civil Rights Movement. This was an Independent Lens production. The State Sovereignty Commission spies were the ones who fed the KKK the license plate and make/model of the car of Schewerner, Chaney, Goodman. The Sovereignty Commission had the exact location of their dead bodies long before they were ‘found’.

  36. February 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I notice that Google searches on #ILoveObama are only turning up results on how conservatives have hijacked the hashtag. Talk about how even the search engines are dominated by RW corporate entities….

  37. 159 amk for obama
    February 16, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    #jetlag #ciao

  38. 161 vcprezofan2
    February 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Okay, off to iron work outfits for the rest of the week – not sure about tomorrow yet, but definitely in Wed to Fri. Also intend to feed face before returning. C u l8er

    Congrats on your two wins, Ms Chips! Maybe the tides have started to turn in your favour.
    Good that you are safely back in your sun-land, Amk! Give Jenny a gentle pat on the head – if she still remembers you.

  39. 167 57andfemale
    February 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  40. February 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm



    Alabama Secretary Of State: It’s Time To ‘Forgive People’ For Voter Suppression And ‘Move On’


    Just weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of the violent clashes in Selma that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, lawmakers introduced a bill to restore that law’s power to protect voters against discrimination. Alabama’s newly sworn in Secretary of State John Merrill told ThinkProgress at a DC conference on Wednesday that he believes the new law should not cover his state, saying it’s time to “forgive people” for past voter suppression and “move on.”

    Civil rights groups and some lawmakers are already sharing concerns that Alabama — whose racially motivated redistricting case led to the gutting of the law in the first place — is not covered by the new version of the Voting Rights Act. But Merrill said he agrees with the authors of the bill that his state should not fall under the updated coverage formula.

    “I feel good about the kind of progress that we’re making and I don’t hear a hue and cry from our local officials about us not being able to meet the needs of all of our voters throughout the entire state,” he said. “I say, at some point in time, you’ve got to forgive people. If they’ve shown they are responsible and doing things the right way and have an extended period of success, then to me that ought to indicate that the strength is there, the desire is there, and you’ve got to move on.”

    When the Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the law in the summer of 2013, the federal government lost the ability to stop discriminatory changes to voting laws before they took effect in states and counties with a legacy of racism and voter suppression. Almost immediately after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Alabama pushed through the held-up redistricting as well as a voter ID law estimated to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters.

    Others say Alabama has not, as Merrill claims, demonstrated a “period of success” in protecting voting rights.


    February 16, 2015 at 6:32 pm


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