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Doug Mills: President Obama addresses the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. #ObamaInEthiopia @POTUS

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  1. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    July 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

    • 8 misspat
      July 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Good morning folks. What would I do without Nerdy Wonka? I am always late, nobody wakes me up. I love this paragraph, he said so much and I do hope the leaders are listening. Watch our MSM harp on his comment about winning again!

  2. July 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

  3. 11 amk for obama
    July 28, 2015 at 9:36 am


  4. 14 GGail
    July 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, NW & TOD family.
    Thanks Chips for the video of PBO speech for there was no way I would have been awake at 3:00am PST 😳

  5. 15 MightyPamela
    July 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Oh Wow! ❤

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

  7. 18 Gazelle
    July 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

    OT, hope this hasn’t been discussed. They are now saying that Sandra Bland had pot in her system which she could only have had while in jail. How on earth does someone get pot in local jail in the time she was locked up? This makes no sense to me.

    • 19 misspat
      July 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Lies, lies and more lies, trying to taint her, that’s what the do all the time. Blame the victim.

      • 20 Gazelle
        July 28, 2015 at 10:29 am

        Misspat, this just seemed so ridiculous. So the cops are running a drug ring from country jail? Can’t even blame the victim here. As the saying goes: tell the truth & shame the devil.

  8. 23 Vicki
    July 28, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good morning TOD. Another snoreysleepyhead checking in.
    Moving and important address this morning, Mr. President. I wonder how the African leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms are over felt about POTUS’ remarks.

    The media will no doubt focus on the “I could win again,” part.

    • 24 pkayden
      July 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I’d also like to see if President Obama’s remarks about LGBT rights resonates with Kenyans. It’s great that we have a President who speaks out about civil rights even if they are not respected in other countries.

  9. 25 amk for obama
    July 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Killer robots: Tech experts warn against AI arms race

    More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons.

    In the latest outcry over “killer robots”, the letter warns that “a military AI [artificial intelligence] arms race is a bad idea”.

    Among the signatories are scientist Stephen Hawking, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

    The letter will be presented at an international AI conference today.

    “Killer robots” are currently the subject of much debate and have recently been discussed by committees at the United Nations, which is considering the potential for a ban on certain types of autonomous weapons.

    Now, the experts have called for a specific ban on the use of artificial intelligence to manage weapons that would be “beyond meaningful human control”.

    “Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons – and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so,” they add.


    But Eric Horvitz – a Microsoft Research chief who signed the autonomous weapons letter – has posted a video online in defence of other AI research.

    “You look at how much computation has done for our society, for socio-economics, in applications like healthcare – it’s been incredible. AI will change so many things,” he said.

    “With that comes a lot of hope, a lot of possible benefits and also some concerns.

    “I think there are very interesting questions that need to be solved along the way, but I expect largely positive beneficial results coming out of this research largely because we guide it.”


  10. July 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good morning, Chips, NW and TODer OBOTs.

    LOVE this new quote from PBO about winning a third term. There is NO DOUBT he would win in a landslide against any of these GOP mopes. That’s probably why they all waited until he was leaving the WH!!

  11. July 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    • 28 pkayden
      July 28, 2015 at 10:14 am

      This is a great idea. Hopefully, people will ask sensible questions that will help to educate the public on how good this deal is for America and the world.

    • 29 GGail
      July 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

      meta, this is an AWESOME idea by our smart Obama Administration!

  12. July 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Heard it on the radio this morning.

    New poll out from New Hampshire….

    Guess who’s winning?

    Man with rat on top of head.


    He’s leading Jeb by 2-1.

    tee hee hee

    • 31 99ts
      July 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Shows how much the republicans like the politicians they voted for – Trump is (I think) the only current pretender who isn’t – a current or former governor or a current or former member of congress.

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      July 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Which one, Rand or Trump?

  13. 33 amk for obama
    July 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    kenyan has taken the no-more-fucks-to-give to a totally new level.

  14. July 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    This is a very good read:

    Also note this important change:

    “….other outside petitions platforms are starting to tap into the We the People platform. We’re excited to announce today that Change.org is choosing to integrate with the We the People platform, meaning the future signatures of its 100 million users will count toward the threshold for getting an official response from the Administration. We’re also opening up the code behind petitions.whitehouse.gov on Drupal.org and GitHub, which empowers other governments and outside organizations to create their own versions of this platform to engage their own citizens and constituencies.”

    And this will be happening today:

    • July 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

      I’ve searched the petition web site and can’t find any trace of the 47 traitors petition. Does anyone remember how it was worded? I searched “47 traitors”, “Iran”, “Logan Act.”

    • July 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Here’s who’s taking questions today:

      Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on @VJ44: 11:30am-12pm
      U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil on @DJ44: 12pm-12:30pm
      Cori Zarek, Senior Advisor to the CTO for Open Government, on @OpenGov 1pm-1:30pm
      @TheIranDeal from 1:30pm-2pm
      Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman on @CEAChair from 2pm-2:30pm
      Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman on @Goldman44 and Director of Digital Content Lindsay Holst on @Holst44 from 3:30pm-4pm
      The White House Facebook page: Ongoing throughout the day

  15. July 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Have not seen anything about the response from Latinos of Jeb basically saying that he doesn’t support a path to citizenship for the undocumented.

    Oh, you can stay, work, pay taxes, but you’ll never be a citizen.

    Am I the only one looking side eye at this?

    But, because he said it in Frank Luntz-approved ‘respectful’ language, it’s supposed to be all good?

    • 53 amk for obama
      July 28, 2015 at 10:21 am

      It’s high time latinos turned out at the polls. Their participation rate last few cycles has been piss poor.

      • July 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

        Compared to who? 48% of Hispanic eligible voters turned out to vote in 2012.

        • 55 amk for obama
          July 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

          48% with all that pushing and prodding is not something to celebrate. And what about non-presidential years?

          • July 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

            I’m not celebrating. I’m just saying that voting in this country is dismal across the board.

            • 57 amk for obama
              July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

              True. But if you are the ones that are getting screwed by the teabaggers in cong, you make that extra effort to push back. self interest. self preservation and all that.

            • 58 amk for obama
              July 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

              Historically, Hispanic voter turnout rates are among the lowest of any race or ethnic group in midterm elections. In 2010, 31.2% of Hispanics voted, compared with 48.6% of whites, 44% of blacks and 31% of Asians. (More precise voter turnout numbers won’t be available until the Census Bureau releases its data in spring 2015.)


              • July 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

                You’ll notice it’s not that far off from the Asian vote.

                This issue is too close to home for me so I’m going to end it here.

                • 60 amk for obama
                  July 28, 2015 at 11:12 am


                  • July 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

                    I think I’m just feeling very exhausted by and defensive about the escalating heightening of RW negativity and scapegoating toward Latinos lately: murderers, rapists, lazy dropouts who are taking everyone’s jobs, etc. etc. etc. There is a long history of this with little to no understanding of the POV of Latinos, especially first and second generation (very true w/r/t voting). President Obama and his admin have done a great deal to relieve a lot of these misconceptions but we have a very long way to go.

                    My feelings are not in any way personal to you. I hope you understand.

                    • 62 EricFive
                      July 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

                      I see the GOP letting latinos know how they really feel about them as a good thing. In today’s GOP climate, no candidate supportive of Latinos will win the primaries. Racial panic and hate has forced the GOP into abandoning the long game, which would have entailed coopting latinos by making them “honorary Whites” or at least not being so openly hostile toward a growing demographic. Latinos will remember the hate, bile and disrespect and only the most delusional will vote for the GOP. Many Latinos who thought they were “White” are getting a wake up call. This can only help Dems keep the White House.

                    • 63 amk for obama
                      July 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

                      Heh, of course. We were just discussing. That’s all.

                      And I am sorry that you had to listen all that bilge from racist whackos.

                    • July 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

                      Thanks very much.

  16. July 28, 2015 at 10:29 am

    United front:

  17. 66 JER
    July 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

    LIVE NOW: Secretary Kerry Testifies At Iran Hearing – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  18. 67 Judith Fardig
    July 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Each one of us should tweet to the 47 traitors to express our outrage! Let’s give POTUS and VP some backup. I wish there was an official censure under the Logan Act, but it doesn’t look like it.

  19. 69 Dakota
    July 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Good Morning TOD Family.

    Here to check out the President’s speech. Such a successful trip to Africa, but I’m glad he’s on his way home. Volunteer day so will check in later. Hope everyone has a great one.

  20. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    July 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

  21. July 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

  22. 76 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

    The MSM is so scared that PBO could actually very well WIN (and by a damn landslide too) if he were able to run for a 3rd term…that they are scrambling to “poll” that notion…to reassure themselves and their GOP/teabag followers

    His comments have them going off on a tear…

    • 77 GGail
      July 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

      PBO knew that this comment would cause heads to explode and I bet he’s on Air Force One reading the fallout comments and chuckling to himself.

      Fourth Quarter Baby 🙂

      • 78 hopefruit2
        July 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

        Yup…that’s what he’s doing. I wish someone would post the pic of he and VP Biden both reading something on a cellphone and laughing about it. And the caption would be: “PBO trolls the MSM about winning 3rd term, and they took the bait and are scrambling!”

      • 79 Vicki
        July 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

        I agree that PBO’s remark was deliberate. It may be another way to signal that VP Biden is, indeed, going to run in 2016.
        “Not me, exactly, but the next best thing.”

      • July 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        One has to wonder what the candidates on the DEM side think of POTUS saying that he could win a 3rd term….hahaha…he just dismissed them…as rikayah would day…uhh huh.., uhhh huh

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Of course, Hf, they will poll only Republicans and rig the results.

    • 85 Nena20409
      July 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Now……this law was passed by Congress……passed after FDR won his 4th Term.
      It has Never been challenged, Constitutionally.
      Just like Citizenship and Eligibility have Never been challenged before SCOTUS.

  23. 86 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

    LOL – We predicted this “crash & burn” FAIL a year ago. ROTFL…

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Oh, Hf, this is priceless. The guy is a loser. How did those working for him expect it to be fun?

    • July 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      HF, what makes it so bad, is that he started ahead of all the other losers. 🙂

    • 92 amk for obama
      July 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      LOL. Every whacko thinks they are Obama.

    • 93 Nena20409
      July 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      He has Zero Substance.
      No Core Beliefs.
      He is running On Pure Nepotism……coattails of his father, Ron Paul.
      His Mask has been unmasked.
      As it was said:
      You can fool some of the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
      Fool me once, shame on me……fool me……er, er, er, if you fool me, you just can’t get fooled again……….GW Bush 😉

  24. 94 Jeff
    July 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I wonder if the dodos in congress realize that their vote on the Iran deal really isn’t as significant as so much of the media seems to believe it to be.

    • 95 Vicki
      July 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Jeff—-It’s an elaborate dance and display for their donors.
      Here is what I think will happen:

      The first Senate vote to approve the Iran Deal may fail as Schumer and other AIPAC senators vote against it.
      Then PBO vetoes the failed vote.
      Schumer and others won’t join the vote to Override the veto and…….

      Deal is approved!!!!
      PBO Wins!!!!! The World wins!!!
      Schumer, et al protect themselves. have it both ways.

      Since this is my view I am largely ignoring the nonsense coming out of our legislators, many of whom still can’t pronounce nuclear.

      • 96 EricFive
        July 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

        I think you are correct. Kabuki theater for the benefit of fundraising, nothing more. Our fact free media will of course play up the drama.

    • 97 Nena20409
      July 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Even Sen Manchin from West Virginia is leaning to voting for the #IranDeal.

  25. July 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

  26. 100 Jeff
    July 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Ahh Ann Rule is dead… Quite sad. 😦

    I read a couple of her books and the one about Ted Bundy, “The Stranger Beside Me.”

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