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  1. June 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Chips, you’re losing Tom Cleverley. Is your world bereft?

  2. June 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Yikes – visitors to Democratic Underground might remember a regular there, NYC_SKP, always really liked him, a big PBO supporter …. I see today that he was banned for calling Hillary a c—-. Gulp.

    • June 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm


      Look, I’m not a Hillary stan, but I also want to see liberals fill the 3-4 slots which will be coming up. And she’s running a far different campaign this time around than in 2008, incorporating many of PBO’s priorities, as he has moved the Dems to the left, in spite of what the dudebros say. Hillary PUMAs were disgusting in 2008; I don’t want there to be PBO PUMAs this time around. In politics, winning is what matters.

      • June 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        “I don’t want there to be PBO PUMAs this time around. In politics, winning is what matters.”


      • June 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        + 1,000,000,000

        That place truly became a cesspit a few years back, the venom towards PBO – even before he was elected – was a sight to behold – from supposed Democrats. Even racist remarks were let go. I don’t know what happened in this case but I remember NYC_SKP being a decent guy, so gawd knows what’s going on now that he resorted to that. Had a look at the place a little earlier and it just seems to be war between PBO/Hillary/Sanders supporters, so: here we go again.

        • June 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

          Back in the 60s, with the Dixiecrats, one could say that some GOPes were better than Dems. You can’t say that anymore. The worst Democrat (with the usual caveats) is generally better than the best GOPer, as the GOP has gone so far to the Right. I probably wouldn’t have been a Yellow Dog Democrat in the 60s; in 2015, it’s insane not to be.

          • June 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

            Too true. I know so many here loathe Hillary, and I completely understand, but damn, when you look at that Republican field….

            I think Allan said it all:

            • 15 57andfemale
              June 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm


            • 16 arapaho415
              June 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm


              Though WJC rattling around the WH still gives me the jitters.

              GOP-SCOTUS justices have skewed the Constitution to favor plutocrats, so GOP vote from me.

              • June 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

                “WJC rattling around the WH still gives me the jitters.”

                🙂 Me too arapaho415, me too.

                “so GOP vote from me.”

                Is there a NO missing in there???? 🙂

            • 18 desertflower
              June 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm


            • 19 Vicki
              June 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

              I agree entirely and I have been encouraged by Hillary’s emphasis on voting rights and making voting easy. She sounded sincere to me which is a first.

              Yet, I hope there is a candidate who can win (Joseph Biden) who I don’t have to strain to approve of.

              • June 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm

                “… who I don’t have to strain to approve of.”

                It’s a tough one Vicki, it was soooooooo much easier in 2008 and 2012 🙂

              • 21 GGail
                June 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

                I had a thought yesterday when I saw the pain on VP Biden’s face that he might not have the fight in him anymore to wage another campaign. He just might want to go and spend more time with his family after his VP term ends. I would like for him to run, but I would understand if he doesn’t.

            • 22 nospin
              June 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

              #anybodybutaclinton #nomoreclintons #none

            • 27 Obama Grandmama
              June 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm

              I also am not a Hillary fan, but then again who could ever fill PBO’s shoes? I did like that Hillary was calling out the GOP by name and deed concerning voter suppression.

      • 29 57andfemale
        June 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

        Exactly, LL.

      • 30 Judith Fardig
        June 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        We need to stick together and not give the GOP any fodder to hit us with.

  3. 31 Nena20409
    June 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats LL on your Gold ⭐ Win 🙂

  4. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    June 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    • 33 theo67
      June 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      …and private jets, so says Creflo Dollar

    • 34 Sandy1110
      June 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      That’s the danger of religion – using one’s God to justify any action.

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        June 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

        Yes, in many, many cases. In this case, I think the victim had also suffered a concussion and was in a state where it seemed like a good idea, once “God’s will” was kicked in to the confusing mix. Awful, in any case, because it makes a mockery of the beliefs of truly well-intentioned people, who wouldn’t act this way and are guided by a moral compass outside of religion.

  5. 36 Nena20409
    June 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde?
    Oh yeah, Right?

  6. 39 Nena20409
    June 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm



  7. June 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Remember those absolutely insane Wolverine claws from last year? The ones that were preeetty much guaranteed to take someone’s eyeout?

    The latest take on the ever-evolving DIY Wolverine Claw concept (sadly?) makes the whole thing a bit less absurdly dangerous, but brings an awesome twist into the mix: flex your arms, and the claws auto extend. So, how do the claws know when you’re flexin’? They were actually built as a demonstration of a sensor called the MyoWare, which is currently in the middle of an already-successful Kickstarter campaign.

    Strap a few pads to your arm and flex. As you do so, the MyoWare detects whether or not you’re flexing (or even how hard you’re flexing) through electromyography. It converts your flex into a digital signal, then fires that off to an Arduino for whatever commands you might have wired up…continued”

  8. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    June 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Am I the last to know Lincoln the Hawk has its own official WH twitter account? Ha.

    • June 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      😆 No you are not Jacqueline, I had no clue!!

      • June 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        “A red-tailed hawk that has made the White House grounds its home has a name: Lincoln. The presidential moniker was announced Friday. It comes courtesy of a group of fourth-graders from New Hampshire’s Lincoln Akerman school. The White House invited them to name the bird after their efforts to have the hawk named New Hampshire’s official raptor was defeated in a very public fashion. As part of a civics lesson, the students proposed honoring the red-tailed hawk, but the measure was mocked by some lawmakers as frivolous. Another legislator pulled the abortion debate into the hawk bill. The White House blog says the name is fitting: Abraham Lincoln was a visionary leader, his monument stands near the presidential residence and the name is a nice plug for the kids’ school.”

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    • 62 globalcitizenlinda
      June 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      The WH had a naming contest

  9. June 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Bozar expo presents a series of 3D printed works from the fields of art, design, science and engineering. the exhibition, ‘making a difference / a difference in making’ explores the extent to which the technology can contribute to individual and social developments. the event also celebrates the 25th anniversary of materialise, a Belgian company that specializes in the evolution of 3D printing applications…. also with a curious eye towards direct interaction is the ‘fix3d’ bike frame by James Novak. the lattice structured frame is both lighter and stronger than most traditional bikes, and is manufactured in its entirety in one print. the bike is significant in its energy and resource saving abilities and the thoughts it brings to the future of human mobility….

    …The ‘098XYZ shoe’, designed by earl stewart, is an example of the hybridization between printing technologies and traditional crafts. looking to the future, many see that advanced fabrication processes can be integrated into and perhaps revitalize craft industries. iris van herpen is well-known for her couture designs that introduced the world of 3D manufacturing into the world of high fashion. the ‘escapism dress’, designed in collaboration with daniel widrig and materialise, features highly intricate geometries that form around the body…continued”

  10. 70 arapaho415
    June 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Seems like a slow news day, since PBO is putting his personal thoughts into Beau Biden’s eulogy today (per Josh Earnest in today’s WHPB), seems like a good time to post some tweets from this week.

    Nothing to see here, re: climate change.

    And this from May 23:

    I’ve been to Eagle AK, which is basically a handful of houses with one multipurpose establishment (store, café, showers — which were great, BTW) adjacent to Eagle Village, which is where the Native Americans live. It had a community basketball court, where the basketball is left so that anyone who wants to can shoot a basket or two.

  11. 71 arapaho415
    June 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Here’s long article about PBO’s #Selma speech, which is probably his best speech during his second term.

    (Apologize if this was posted early here, have been remiss in my TOD-lurking duties.)

    • 72 kid kanga
      June 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      No one has such a way with words, the ability to weave both history and future, the personal and abstract together as beautifully as our president.

  12. 73 JER
    June 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    • 77 kid kanga
      June 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Question: Is this new $250million hole in the budget in addition to the prior deficit I heard reported out of WI for about $300million? or are they part of the same deficit?

  13. June 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    • June 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      As much as I would like to see a Joe Biden presidency, I wouldn’t be surprised — nor would I blame him — if he decided to forego a run for POTUS to instead spend more time with his family.

      • 80 Obama Grandmama
        June 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

        I remember when my husband died I had a long period of time where my mind was not sharp. Everyone has their own way of grieving but some parts are totally out of your control. Running a major campaign while being a VP and grieving may be an impossible task. He would be my number one choice to replace PBO under normal circumstances.

        • June 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm

          At this point, I can see him putting the needs and well-being of his family ahead of the demands of a campaign, not to mention the demands of the office of the President. Of course, he is the one that will determine what is in his family’s best interest as well as the best interest of the country.

  14. June 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    June 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm


  16. June 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Take a few minutes to read this:

    “Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama went through the fires together: two presidential campaigns, economic collapse, war, terrorism, destabilization of the Arab world and societal change that spawned the Tea Party and gay marriage waves simultaneously. But aides say it is the men’s shared experience with personal grief, and an unexpected bonding of their wives, daughters and grandchildren, more than their tests as officeholders, that have turned a political partnership between two men separated by race, age and temperament into a deep, if mostly unsung, friendship. That’s a dynamic many Americans will see on Saturday, when Obama delivers the eulogy for Biden’s son Beau, a husband, father, veteran and rising political star who seemed destined to carry on his father’s legacy before his death from brain cancer on May 30 at age 46. Obama called Biden on the night Beau died. By the time the call ended, he had been tasked with a humbling assignment: To say the final words about Beau that the vice president and his wife Jill are too grief-stricken to utter….

    …And an aide close to both men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biden wanted Obama to deliver the eulogy because he felt that Obama would know instinctively what the family would want others to know about Beau. The aide said the men “understand each other on a deep level based on their shared experience with loss and the deep void that creates.” …Obama had gotten to know Beau Biden on his own, during time together during both campaigns. He also saw him on a visit to Iraq, while the vice president’s son was stationed there. Their embrace was memorialized in photos. “The president respected Beau a lot as a rising star in our party, as a person who had taken on some great fights and done a great job and served our country in Iraq,” Klain said. “The president independently had a relationship with Beau and a great deal of respect for everything he stood for and had fought for.”…Earlier this year, on St. Patrick’s Day, Biden addressed a group in Pennsylvania and recounted how he had felt when researchers discovered that his own great-great grandfather and Obama’s great-great-great grandfather each had been shoemakers in Ireland who emigrated within five weeks of one another. “I thought to myself, isn’t that the Irish of it,” Biden said. “All their dreams, could they ever [have] dreamed 160 years later, two shoemakers’ great, great grandsons would be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America. At the time, Biden had been confronting his fears about his son’s prospects. What he told the audience was this: “There’s an old Irish toast that says, may there be generations of children, on the children of your children.”

  17. June 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    USA! USA!

  18. June 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Happy Friday everyone!

    Sending Congratulations and Best Wishes to L.L. And the missus.

    L.L: Hubster and I were married 35 years ago this past Mays past May in Reno, NV.

  19. June 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    This is the earliest I’ve ever seen a live video appear on the WH YouTube channel!

  20. 99 57andfemale
    June 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  21. 100 Linda
    June 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Texas Teachers Give ‘Ghetto Classroom Awards’ To Students

    Two middle school teachers in Sulphur Springs, Texas handed out certificates to students as part of the “8th Annual Ghetto Classroom Awards,” television station KLTV reported on Thursday.

    The certificates, for things such as “The ‘huh?’ Award,” were reportedly handed out Wednesday by two teachers at Sulphur Springs Middle School who were identified by television station KDFW as Stephanie Garner and Tim Couch.

    KDFW reported that the students in the eighth-grade class are part of the school’s special education program.

    On Thursday, the school’s principal, assistant principal and the two teachers who distributed the awards held a two-hour meeting with the families of the students involved, according to KDFW.

    One of the families at the meeting told the station that Couch, one of the teachers on the certificates, apologized. Couch is a pastor in Sumner, Texas, KDFW reported.

    The other teacher, Garner, reportedly offered to resign.

    KDFW did not report whether Garner’s offer to resign was accepted by the district.


    How Christian of the Pastor…..

  22. June 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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