109 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Education”

  1. July 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      July 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      How appropriate that LL is first on a post about literacy and FLOTUS!!

      July 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm


    • July 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Even though this is a well established pattern in the United States, I still recoil every time I am confronted with the myriad ways in which we try to ignore, suppress, justify, deny, and now pressure a family to “get over” their loss/injustice/tragedy all so white people can move on and pretend that this is the greatest country in the world. Enough! We have been suffering too long in a country that cannot seem to reconcile the reality of structural racism, misogyny, economic injustice, etc with this mythology we have created about ourselves.

      What more do we need to suffer before we realize the cost of trying to “explain away” the structural racism that is a matter of life and death for our black and Native American sisters and brothers? Seeing the nonsense, disrespect, indifference, and hostility of too many white progressives is disturbing.

      One of the reasons I am so appreciative for TOD, is because this is an inclusive and honest community. This is a tremendous resource and refuge for compassionate people.

  2. 6 GGail
    July 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The UC president is doing all he can to ensure that the University doesn’t get sued by Mr. Dubose’s family.

  3. 9 misspat
    July 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    They did, already? They are better than I am, I wouldn’t, not yet.

  4. 10 GGail
    July 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks NW for keeping TOD moving along 🙂

  5. 11 Linda
    July 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It is NOT illegal to drive without a front plate. Plus, if I heard right, the plate was inside the car.

    • 12 GGail
      July 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Here in California it is, but when I lived in Georgia, it wasn’t illegal.
      And yes, he did have the license plate in his glovebox. It is clear from the audio on the video, that this officer was cruising for a bruising by the constant way he kept bringing up the drivers license situation. The Campus Cop escalated his own aggression and was truly in the wrong.
      A citation to have the plate put on in 30 days was all that was initially warranted. Then he could have cited the driver for having a open liquor container in his car and for not having his drivers license on him, BUT THAT’S ALL!

      • 13 CBO
        July 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        The liquor bottle was not opened.

        That’s why he gave it to the cop to confirm for himself

        It hadn’t been opened and in fact, I think even the seal hadn’t been broken.

        Otherwise the cop would have asked him if he was driving impaired and he didn’t

        • 14 GGail
          July 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm

          I couldn’t see whether it was open or not, but if it was, that could have warranted a citation. Regardless, none of the concerns should have cause the situation to end in death.

        • 15 0388jojothecat
          July 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

          In California only the highway patrol can site you for not have plates or parking division’s in cities if you are parked on public property, i.e metered parking, public streets, but not driving. If you are on private property without a plate or tabs, no one can give you a ticket. I was stopped by a police officer in Inglewood for not having my current tabs (just bought the car and had not received them) but he could not give me a ticket as a moving violation just a warning. Bastards only pulled me over to flirt….

    • July 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      From my informants on Twitter from OH, it apparently is illegal to drive without front and rear plates. That’s besides the point, of course. That shouldn’t lead to a trigger happy school cop putting a bullet in your head.

  6. July 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  7. 22 Linda
    July 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm


    Abby Huntsman keeps calling the murdering officer DuBose instead of Tansing

  8. July 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love our FLOTUS

  9. July 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I just cannot with these murders. I feel sickened again and again and again. Every day it’s another person, just living their life, murdered in cold blood.

    I hope for justice for this family. We need to keep shining a spotlight on these wretched police until our communities are thriving. PRESS ON.

    • 27 GGail
      July 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      In_Deed meta, press on {{{hugs for you}}}

    • 28 0388jojothecat
      July 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      I know meta and to everyone else whose eyes have been opened to decades of police murders and lies about deaths of minority men & women. We (in the AA and minority community) have known this to be the case, that police lie, police murder, and when they say “he went for his waist band” or “I feared for my life” it was a straight out license to get away with murder. Since the invention of the cell phone camera and Youtube we have found out the truth. It’s just that it’s too late for these racist cops they can’t shut off their hate to not get caught. People and in some cases the media is giving these reasons a 2nd look.

  10. July 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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  12. July 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  13. 36 GGail
    July 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Unbelievable tweet on WCPO9

    “I know this cop has been charged with murder, but I don’t think he did anything wrong in this case. The individual in the car stopped him from opening the door, started the car, shifted to drive, and tried to steer out into the officer while taking off. I honestly think that this is just a witch hunt, the officer was polite, respectful, and simply asked the man repeatedly for 3 minutes to show him a license, which he refused.

    I wonder if the media would even make a peep out of this case if the officer had not shot, they had gotten into a high speed chase, and then this individual had run someone over and killed an innocent individual.”

    • July 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Hey Gail – I need more details on the SamD case, but it seems, from the little I’ve read, that the cop went over the line in trying to detain someone beyond a traffic stop.

      This is a decent article with an interview with an attorney on the Sandra Bland case… and what our rights are if we’re pulled over for a traffic violation (not a DUI or something major..) http://www.attn.com/stories/2498/sandra-bland-arrest-lawful

      “After Officer Encina pulls her over, he has the right to resolve the issues of the traffic violation he observed. That’s through identifying her, and she cooperated in that. That’s through writing her the ticket, or the warning, which he was able to do. He ran her for any wants or warrants, and he returned and issued the citation.

      At that point, the question is, what’s his legal right to continue her detention? Why is he allowed to keep her there by the side of the road? So, the first problem that I see– and I’ve watched it twice, but I may have missed some details or intricacies– but I don’t know what exists at the point where the confrontation begins that allows him to continue the detention. Meaning, why is he allowed to keep her there? There’s no basis under the facts as seen in the dashcam video to order her to put out her cigarette. Then the question becomes, what happened there? What happened is, there’s a term we hear in the criminal law field– “somebody failed the attitude test.” And when somebody fails the attitude test, things escalate. Again, there is no “attitude test” that’s permissible as a basis for police encounters, meaning police officers don’t get to harass you because you have a bad attitude, or you don’t show them the proper deference.

      You see in that moment where he orders her to put out her cigarette, a breakdown in police training. Basically, being a police officer, you’re going to run into people having a bad day, not wanting to engage with you, not wanting to chat and not wanting to continue an encounter beyond the legally permissible scope of the encounter. And that’s what happened here. She’s allowed to leave at that point, and he’s like “hey put out your cigarette.” He has no lawful basis to order her to do so under the facts of this case. If she was doing something that was interfering with him conducting the traffic stop, the officer may issue a lawful order for her to stop doing that. But officers continue encounters with people smoking cigarettes all the time. She’s not doing anything unlawful, she’s not doing anything that increases the danger to the officer. But beyond that, the question becomes, why is he telling her that? Why is he telling her to put out her cigarette? What is his lawful authority to do so? Because his right to detain her ended the minute he was done with his traffic investigation and written the ticket or warning. At that point, the detention became unlawful. At that point, he is no longer acting in his capacity as a police officer, rather he is just a man in uniform harassing a woman stopped alone in her car by the side of the road.

      Again, this is where the Fourth Amendment controls the encounter. Once the investigative detention relating to the traffic stop was complete, he had no basis to detain her, no basis to order her to put out her cigarette, and no lawful basis to order her out of her vehicle.”

      • 38 GGail
        July 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Hey Tally I think this statement “somebody failed the attitude test” can apply to both SandraB and SamD, the citizen failed and the cop who also failed, and lost their professionalism.

  14. July 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm


    Megyn Kelly tonight: Cecil was no angel.

    • July 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      What these white ass people don’t seem to understand is just because you may have done wrong in your life, it does not mean that it is okay for any police officer to be your judge and jury. What would Ms. Lilly White kelly have to say if it was a member of her her family? Kelly and those people at Fox are the kind of people who would say Emmit Till wasn’t so innocent.

  15. July 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Photos of Trump’s sons hunting game in Africa resurface:


  16. July 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    • 44 Roberta in MN
      July 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Let us know how it goes. My son says it has lots of bugs. Will be interested in your take.I keep getting anotice to reserve my Windows 10. I have no idea on what to do. Please LL, Update. 🙂

  17. 47 Allison
    July 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    He’s a sick fuck..

  18. July 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

  19. 59 Linda
    July 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Cecil the Lion’s killer donated 5k to Romney in 2012. Why am I not surprised ?

  20. 60 Allison
    July 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  21. July 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I hope so

  22. July 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm

  23. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    So very profound!

  24. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    The full transcript:

  25. 67 Vicki
    July 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Foreign Minister Fabius of France was in Tehran today. Warmly welcomed by the Iranians.
    The World has embraced The Deal and moved on with fixing the long rift.
    Only our racist and retarded politicians funded by WAR, INC. are acting as though this isn’t a done deal. Sigh.

  26. July 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

  27. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    • July 29, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      “If this is OFA’s future, President Obama, with the help of his “family,” could remain a central player in American politics for years to come. This prospect will undoubtedly send Republicans into fits. The prospect of this president with his loyal following, charisma, and rhetorical flourish, staying on stage after his curtain call likely does not thrill Hillary Clinton either.”

      But, it will THRILL the 45th President of the United States of America – Joe Biden 🙂

    • July 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      From the article:
      Indeed, former President Obama may well keep OFA intact after he leaves office. With its state of the art digital platform, 30 million e-mail addresses, 3 million donors and 2 million active participants, OFA 4.0 could continue to be a useful ally to progressive politicians and causes. In a fractious political environment where loose coalitions of interest groups, think tanks, PACs, and wealthy mega-donors have filled the vacuum left by atrophying national parties, the broadly focused OFA could perhaps provide some much-needed coordination and direction just as party bosses once did.

      If this is OFA’s future, President Obama, with the help of his “family,” could remain a central player in American politics for years to come. This prospect will undoubtedly send Republicans into fits. The prospect of this president with his loyal following, charisma, and rhetorical flourish, staying on stage after his curtain call likely does not thrill Hillary Clinton either.


      Thank you for bringing this article here Donna…it helps to explain much of the problems with the DNC…but it also give insight to what OFA will be after the President leaves office…it is truly exciting….

      and i know we laughed at the fits that media had when the President said that he could win a 3 election…but i just wonder how that went with the DEM candidates…smilin

  28. July 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  29. 80 Linda
    July 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Alabama Is Fighting A Woman’s Abortion Rights By Appointing A Lawyer To Represent Her Fetus


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  33. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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  35. July 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    White House chef becomes NBC senior food analyst, Congratulation Sam Kass.

    • 95 Vicki
      July 29, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Sam Kass—senior food analyst and Tom Colicchio has some other food related analyst title.
      Not journalism or political actual news.
      The New MSNBC—food and gossip, police shootings and disaster porn. Sure this will work. Not.

  36. July 29, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Wow….the magnitude of the that…losing a species

  37. July 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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  39. July 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Despite all of the rhetoric about the liberals threatening ALEC’s very existence, during lunch they touted their influence in state legislatures, the halls of Congress with 86 sitting members of Congress and 13 Senators former ALEC members, and even in the current Republican presidential primary, where four candidates, including Scott Walker, are former ALEC members.

    Since the tea party wave in 2010, the liberals hadn’t slowed them down, as evidenced by not just the cookie cutter ALEC laws passing state legislatures across the country, but by the proliferation of ALEC policy makers at the highest levels of government.

    See more at: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/07/12892/under-shroud-secrecy-and-security-alec-conference-gets-underway#sthash.ymiO9Am9.dpuf

  40. 100 Vicki
    July 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    DK has a piece up where Steve Israel talks about the DNC’s “message” for 2016.
    I’d tell you what it is but I started to snore after I read a little.

    Guaranteed to produce the same results as 2014.

    • 101 donna dem 4 obama
      July 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      He’s awful and I found it simply amazing that Nancy Pelosi but him in charge of communication after his failure of 2014. The DNC is completely tone deaf.

    • July 29, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      He blocked me on twitter because I asked him (after 2014 elex) what the DNC did with the results of their surveys.

  41. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    July 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    FLOTUS AND POTUS each made The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful List. Well, this is a no-brainer to me

  42. 107 JER
    July 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

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