Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama is briefed during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama is briefed during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 18, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza



Tara Culp-Ressler: The Obama Administration’s Strategy On Heroin Addiction: Treat It As A Public Health Problem

The Obama administration unveiled a new strategy to combat heroin abuse on Monday, pledging $2.5 million in additional funds to target five “high intensity drug trafficking areas.” The plan, which aims to pair law enforcement officials with health experts, is notable for its emphasis onconnecting heroin users with treatment rather than focusing on putting them behind bars. In the 15 states participating in the pilot program, a

public health official will coordinate “heroin response teams” and help track the number of overdoses in their region. More first responders will be trained about how to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers. The new strategy “demonstrates a strong commitment to address the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic as both a public health and a public safety issue,” according to Michael Botticelli, the Obama administration’s director of national drug control policy.

More here



Katie Valentine: Here’s How The Government Plans To Cut Emissions From Landfills

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Friday that aim to reduce landfill emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases by nearly a third, in an attempt to more tightly regulate a sector that accounts for nearly a fifth of total U.S. methane emissions. The proposals seek to update methane regulations on new and existing landfills. If enacted, the EPA says the regulations would reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills by487,000 tons a year beginning in 2025. Since methane is about 25 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide, that reduction would be equal to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 12.2 million metric tons — the amount emitted by more than 1.1 million homes.

Under the proposed rules, landfills would have to start capturing two-thirds of their methane and other hazardous emissions by 2023. That’s 13 percent more than they’re currently required to capture. The proposed regulations would apply to the more than 2,000 active municipal solid waste landfillsin the United States, which together make up the nation’s third-largest source of methane emissions. These emissions are produced when organic matter, such as food waste, decomposes in a landfill. Once the EPA’s proposed rules are filed in the federal register, they’ll be subject to a 60-day public commenting period.

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Tulip Mazumdar: Sierra Leone Records Zero New Ebola Infections

For the first time since the Ebola outbreak was declared in Sierra Leone, the country has recorded zero new infections. There were no new Ebola cases reported last week according to the WHO. At the height of the outbreak Sierra Leone was reporting more than 500 new cases a week. Last week, for the first time since May last year, there were zero new cases.

But authorities are warning against complacency. OB Sisay, Director of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), said: “This does not mean Sierra Leone is suddenly Ebola free. “As long as we have one Ebola case we still have an epidemic. People should continue to take the public health measures… around hand-washing, temperature checks, enhanced screening.”

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President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 18, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama talks with, from left, Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer in the Outer Oval Office before making a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Aug. 18, 2014. Photo by Chuck Kennedy

President Barack Obama meets the Weithman family: Joe, Rhonda, and their children, Rachel, 9, and Josh, 11, in their home in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama meets the Weithman family: Joe, Rhonda, and their children, Rachel, 9, and Josh, 11, in their home in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

118 Responses to “Rise And Shine”

  1. August 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    August 18, 2015 at 8:46 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂 🙂

    Thanks Nerdy for doing an unmatched job of keeping TOD going while Lady Chips is on vacay!

  3. 6 desertflower
    August 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good Tuesday morning everyone…congrats to you, rikyrah:)

    • 7 desertflower
      August 18, 2015 at 8:53 am

      me too..

    • August 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

      folks, the birthright citizenship thing is a smokescreen. The Republicans have been after the 14th Amendment ever since Brown v. Board. Please understand – every advancement that this society has made since then is couched in the 14th Amendment.
      See the forest for the trees, people.

      • August 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

        To attest to Rikyrah that the 14 amendment is much more than citizenship

        The Fourteenth Amendment, particularly its first section, is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade (1973) regarding abortion, Bush v. Gore (2000) regarding the 2000 presidential election, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) regarding same-sex marriage. The amendment limits the actions of all state and local officials, including those acting on behalf of such an official.

        The amendment’s first section includes several clauses: the Citizenship Clause, Privileges or Immunities Clause, Due Process Clause, and Equal Protection Clause. The Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship, overruling the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which had held that Americans descended from African slaves could not be citizens of the United States. The Privileges or Immunities Clause has been interpreted in such a way that it does very little.

        The Due Process Clause prohibits state and local government officials from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without legislative authorization. This clause has also been used by the federal judiciary to make most of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states, as well as to recognize substantive and procedural requirements that state laws must satisfy.

        The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. This clause was the basis for Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court decision that precipitated the dismantling of racial segregation, and for many other decisions rejecting irrational or unnecessary discrimination against people belonging to various groups.


  4. 10 GGail
    August 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family. I see a couple of meta tweets 😊

  5. August 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Good morning, NW and TODers. Thanks so much for this R&S, Nerdy. It’s so great to look back at these great memories each morning!

  6. August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am


  7. 17 Linda
    August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning…

    So…. Bobby Jindal also wants to get rid of the 14th amendment….

    Does he realize that he disqualifies himself since he was conceived in India, then born here ? He is an anchor baby.

  8. August 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    And still, the estate is back in the Black (pun intended), making money hand over fist.


    Michael Jackson Kids Cost $4.3 Million: Court Documents Reveal Jackson’s Kids Living Expenses

    Michael Jackson’s kids cost $4.3 million a year between housing and other living expenses according to court documents. AZCentral reports that Michael Jackson’s three kids, Prince, 18, Paris, 16, and 13-year-old Bigi (formerly known as Blanket), have quite the set-up, and don’t seem to need a thing based on the detailed documents.

    Aside from $450,000 a year for a house in Calabasas, California, the kids also have their school paid for, as well as staff, workers, vacation expenses, and more.

    “A total of $75,000 in fees for Buckley School was also spent for Prince and Paris, before the latter dropped out, with $30,000 also being spent on a separate school for ‘young performers.’ Other expenses included chartering a private plane for $140,000, $470,000 on staff at their properties as well as $47,000 on other workers, $935 on Bigi’s 11th birthday bash and $428,000 for a trip to Hawaii with Prince and Paris’ biological mother, Debbie Rowe.”

    Michael Jackson’s kids’ $4.3 million a year in living expenses is shocking to some people who couldn’t imagine spending one million a year on their whole family (some people don’t even see that kind of money over a lifetime). The bottom line is that Michael Jackson made sure that his kids would be well taken care of in the event that something happened to him.

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2345559/michael-jackson-kids-4-3-million/#sTOhxz2ZBXCEEJ6V.99

  9. August 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Menendez will announce his decision on the Iran Deal today and I have no doubt it will be a NO vote.
    But we did pick up another YES vote from Sen. Mazie Hirono.


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I guess Menedez will hold a news conference or write a op-ed like Schumer.

    • August 18, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Men ended is such a loser.

    • 26 arapaho415
      August 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Haven’t read Harwood’s article yet, but it seems as though PBO may know what he’s doing (snark):

        • 28 arapaho415
          August 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

          The great thing about @johnjharwood’s tweets is that he spills the beans (polar opposite of click-bait HuffPo who makes you click regardless of your interest because you wonder what the hell they’re tweeting about):

        • August 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

          it is disingenuous…his focus is how the President is the cause of the dysfunction and polarization and the not the GOPs policy of dysfunction…extremism…obstruction…..

          It is not that the GOP disagrees with the President..it is their policy of being against what ever the President proposes….this is how the Press…misleads…distorts and lies to the American people

          then he ends with this….

          Mr. Obama polarized the debate further by asserting that Iranian “hard-liners chanting ‘Death to America’ ” were “making common cause with the Republican caucus” in fighting the deal. In this case, polarization represents his shortest path to victory.

          • August 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

            but what he is right about….
            is that the President is using the GOP’s obstruction against them to win the day

          • August 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

            Yeah, I agree. I was replying to the way he was framing the debate in the headline. The NYT is now just a heap of the crappiest journalism. Every effort is made to “balance” criticism for the purpose of making everything seem “fair.” I’m not even clicking on their articles much anymore unless I want to see who the author is and then it’s a crapshoot.

          • 33 MightyPamela
            August 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

            Makes me wonder how they will survive without the all-consuming ODS which breathes them, which drives them all to get up every day and wreak havoc in every corner of the country and the world. Their already empty lives will seem incredibly empty when they no longer have ODS to sustain their bitter hatred. Too eff’ing bad for them, I say.

      • 34 Nena20409
        August 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

        John H. left the WSJ as Murdoch was about to purchase the paper. he was adamant not to work for Murdoch. He feared that the WSJ would be Foxified. He was right. He is a solid……Business reporter. He is one of a handful that would today qualify as a Good Journalist………..Business Journalist.

    • 35 Judith Fardig
      August 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Yay for Mazie! Menendez is practically on a perp walk, so how dare he think he has any influence or credibility. UGH!

  10. August 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning TOD Family~ Hope everyone is having a fantastic day today. Cloudy day here in GA. Thanks Nerdy for your excellent post. Always love seeing my President doing what here does. Looks like he is giving Putin
    “What For” in that one photo up there~ Hope Chips is OK. I only saw her one day and she was gone again! Maybe needed a rest up after that vacation;-) Have a Beautiful Day Everyone ;-))

  11. 39 CEB
    August 18, 2015 at 9:22 am

    GM, TOD ohana.
    Our PBO and NW, energizer bunnies who get shit done!
    In preparation for Hamilton the musical, I have added the Federalist Papers and Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton (Lin’s major source material) to my Summer Reading List. I almost wish that I was still teaching so that I could involve my A P Lit. students in this experience. My students would always tell me with whiny voices: “This is not a history class” when I would spend time helping them to build background information to help them to understand whatever text we were reading. I would give them the look and happily continue.

  12. August 18, 2015 at 9:26 am

    They continue to want us to entertain them. Buy a ticket to a Beyoncé concert if you want to be entertained.
    Folks have a PhD and think somebody should entertain them.
    get da phuq outta here.

    Black academics expected to ‘entertain’ when presenting, new study says

    by Joan Brasher | Aug. 17, 2015, 2:21 PM

    Black faculty members are expected to be “entertaining” when presenting academic research to mostly white peers, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

    Thirty-three African American faculty members from institutions across the country were surveyed on their personal experiences, providing a unique perspective on “presenting while black.”

    Ebony O. McGee, assistant professor of education, diversity and urban schooling at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development co-directed the study.

    Interviews with the scholars revealed that an overwhelming majority were advised regularly by white peers to be “more entertaining” when making research presentations, as well as to “lighten up” and “tell more jokes

    Black females additionally noted being subject to their colleagues’ preoccupation with their clothing choices and hairstyle, and reported being admonished to play down their “passion” and “smile more.” In addition, nearly all reported overt racist remarks in regards to their academic presentations.


  13. 42 arapaho415
    August 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

    GM TODville.

    Best wishes for the indefatigable ((( JackieG ))), preparing for the local Dem Salsa Festival this weekend, at her doctor’s visit today.

    LP posted a comment on the overnight thread re: Jay Carney and Amazon.

    Jojo knows people with personal experience of the horrors of working at Amazon, and had an excellent point — that Unions shouldn’t be pigeon-holed as working class, that they’re needed in this century for all workers:

    • 43 0388jojothecat
      August 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

      I heard an NPR piece on the radio yesterday regarding Amazon and they mentioned some of the problems employees had such as being harshly critiqued by peers, some having miscarriages due to stressful work conditions then expected to travel the next day and hearing Steve Bezos saying he did not recognize that Amazon depicted in the NYT article. He said to his employees if they know or knew of these types of situations to contact him personally. How can an employee do that without retaliation? That is why unions are needed in the private sector to avoid this. From reading the article on Google, this is the environment you sign up for and everyone knows it. Jay Carney was just hired this past February so it was not under his tutelage that this occurred.

    • 44 Nena20409
      August 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Finally, more Americans are seeing through the Propaganda against The Unions, especially, since Ronald Reagan.

  14. 45 arapaho415
    August 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

    More juicy tweets about #Jindal’s clueless hypocrisy:

    • 46 hopefruit2
      August 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Let’s be honest: Jindal still hasn’t recovered from his “Post-Obama-Speech-Rebuttal-EpicFail-Disorder.”

      • 47 arapaho415
        August 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

        Why are some GOP (like Jindal, Pataki, etc.) running for President, how can they be so deluded?

        • 48 hopefruit2
          August 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

          They are not running for President on serious terms. They are “running” to get media (and lobbyists) attention, to raise funds for their pockets, and to divert voters’ attention from the GOP Establishment’s desired candidate.

          • 49 MightyPamela
            August 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

            No doubt praying no one takes them seriously, heaven forbid they would have to take on any level of responsibility. Just the $$, thanks.

  15. 50 MightyPamela
    August 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

  16. 51 arapaho415
    August 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Before the Internet, my personal belief was that Americans didn’t want someone smarter than them in the WH (e.g., Adlai “egghead” Stephenson).

    Of course, all Presidents are smarter than most Americans (i.e., have IQs above room temperature), but style points such as Southern accents (Carter, Clinton, etc.) make people think they’re smarter than that candidate.

    With Trump’s ascendance we now have proof that my theory was true 😉 :

    • 52 0388jojothecat
      August 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

      I am hoping the rest of us do not want to vote in another dumb, ignorant, president who says things his mouth can’t back up. I really don’t see Trump as being the next Ronnie Raygun although many of the GOP voters see him as their great white hope.

    • August 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

      That is alot of Bull Sh!t, these people who are so behind Trump are racists bigots who just want a white man in the White House, they don’t give a darn if he is qualified or not.

      • 54 nospin
        August 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

        or they are folks like me who takes advantage of every poll to choose Trump over all other GOPers. Kinda rig the numbers if you will. 🙂

        I want Trump to win the nomination. Then and only then will the GOP realize they have truly hit the bottom of the barrel.

        I think it is hilarious. They get what they deserve.

    • 55 0388jojothecat
      August 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      He only knows foreign policy from “talk shows”. I wish someone would ask him what is ISIS and how did it get formed, who are the leaders, or explain in his own words what is ISIS? I am sure he could not put two sentences together that made sense. No one will ask him a serious question like they did Sarah Palin and be astonished that he is an empty racist suit.

    • 56 Nena20409
      August 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      WTG, Trump.
      Keep Trumping. get the GOP nomination.
      Dems and Lefties of all stripes……..Watch out, so We The People do not repeat a ‘Reagan’ reincarnation in TRUMP.

  17. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    August 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    What. An. Idiot.

      August 18, 2015 at 10:10 am


    • 59 Nena20409
      August 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Golden, NW 🙂 🙄 🙂 🙄

  18. 60 vcprezofan2
    August 18, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Good morning, TODobots and friends! Here’s hoping everyone has a good week – whatever ‘good’ translates to in your life this middle of August.

    August 18, 2015 at 10:08 am


  20. 62 Allison
    August 18, 2015 at 10:14 am

    August 18, 2015 at 10:15 am


  22. August 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

    To be sure, there is a huge uptick of diplomatic activity all around. The Iran nuclear deal has shaken up old assumptions and there are signs of a new willingness by the Gulf players to cross the fences they had previously erected with deliberation.

  23. August 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Congrats on 1st rikyrah 🙂

    Another outstanding R&S, NW. You are an unstoppable force for truth and justice!!!

    Furthermore …..

  24. August 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

  25. 75 57andfemale
    August 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Scott Walker has a health care plan to replace ACA. Of course it doesn’t make any sense of add up. Here’s a quote that is Alice Through the Lookinglass:

    “Walker’s campaign said the plan would be paid for by eliminating $1 trillion in taxes that are levied under the current law and by making other changes to Medicaid and how health insurance is taxed.”

    The plan would be paid for by eliminating taxes?!?!? The only way it works is if Medicaid is slashed insurance plans are taxed. I know Cadillac plans are now taxed, but this would mean taxing everyone. Instead of those who can well afford an extra percent.


  26. August 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I watched that video of HRC talking to members of BLM and I’m still trying to find out why she got so lit up.

    • 77 idon
      August 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      I watched it too and I loved it. I thought both parties did an excellent job of representing how one starts a difficult conversation. I also thought HRC did a wonderful job of tying the BLM movement to our long history of change through protest. I thought that was masterful. She also gave them some great advice – take the problems u have identified and turn it into a reform platform. I was impressed by the exchange. The BLM reps were smart and respectful.

    • August 19, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Excellent commentary on the interview from Nancy LeTourneau. Great quote from Dr. King. http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2015/08/on-changing-hearts.html

  27. August 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Delaware Gov: I Will ‘Absolutely Support’ Biden If He Runs For President

    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) said he would “absolutely support” Vice President Joe Biden if he decides to run for President in the 2016 election, according to The News Journal newspaper.

    Biden, who served for more than 35 years as a U.S. senator from Delaware, has “a lifetime of advocacy on behalf of the middle class and unbelievable experience, knowledge and insight into foreign policy,” Markell said Monday, according to the newspaper.


  28. August 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

  29. August 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Good morning, TOD! Nerdy, you are absolutely fantastic; THANK YOU for keeping this train rolling!

  30. August 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

  31. August 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Another first for POTUS:

    Former National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan became the first openly transgender official to work in the White House on Tuesday.

    The Obama administration appointed Freedman-Gurspan to serve as Outreach and Recruitment Director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

    “Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions,” Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, said in a statement. “Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”
    While sad to see her employee go, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said she is “elated” over the “historic appointment.”

    “President Obama has long said he wants his administration to look like the American people,” she said. “I have understood this to include transgender Americans.”


  32. August 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  33. 89 0388jojothecat
    August 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Just heard on the radio about some poll that GOP women like The Donald more than men……must be old women.

    • 90 0388jojothecat
      August 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      sorry, the poll shows women have a lower favorability than men do regarding Trump. That is not the unfavorable, they are just comparing favorable between men and women.

  34. 91 Vicki
    August 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Checking in late today. Unusually busy, despite the NYC heatwave.
    Thank you Nerdy. You are indefatigable and a treasure.

    I see, thanks to meta and others, that Mazie Hirono has registered her Yes vote. Good!!!!!
    Senator Hirono was expected to be a Yes so the math doesn’t change—-30 Yes votes are either nailed down—21—or almost nailed down.
    We still need 4 more to uphold the Veto.
    And 41 Yes votes will stop Bibi and the GOP in their tracks. Not easy to get to 41—Schumer, Menendez—but Not Impossible.

  35. 92 Ladyhawke
    August 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Greg Pinelo ‏@gregpinelo Aug 17


    GOP primary so far: deport 15 million people, force child rape victims to have babies, reinvade Iraq, start new war with Iran. #nothanks


  36. 93 Linda
    August 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Yesterday MSNBC showed the same clip of Chuck Todd with Trump 79 times.

    The network promoted the interview on three of its morning shows Sunday. Since then, it has run the same clip of Donald Trump and Chuck Todd in the reality TV star’s private plane a whopping 51 times. In total, MSNBC has featured parts of the clip 79 times up until “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” Tuesday evening.

    • 94 Vicki
      August 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      YIKES!!!! 79 times! What exactly are they promoting? Somebody please explain this to me.

      • 95 Linda
        August 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        What is going on is just awful. Being retired I have the tv on in the background a lot. Mostly with the sound muted.

        I have noticed that CNN, MSNBC and Fox ALL have the exact same pundits. It seems like they just walk from one studio to the next all day long.

        • 96 Vicki
          August 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

          Yes, Linda. I get the idea that they are using the same message and messengers, but what is the goal? Donald Trump next pres?
          Chuck Todd has a brain?

    • 97 nospin
      August 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      didn’t see it.

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  39. 100 Vicki
    August 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Oh my. I just watched the HRC encounter with Black Lives Matter activists and I have a personal recommendation for All Democratic Presidential candidates.
    Read Ta-nehisi Coates book, “Between the World and Me,” several times and very slowly and carefully. It is only 152 pages, some with photos, so not a huge effort.
    Then, if you have understood what you have read, make a comment on what we need to do and how as President how you will work to change the sad reality of institutionalized racism.
    Institutional racism is a fancy way of saying that current policy that is monetizing the labor and the exploitation of one race so that the powerful in this country—-now, not just pre Civil War—retain and increase their power and profits.

    HRC with her bobble-head nodding and exasperated angry delivery . Really? This is the candidate black people feel comfortable with? I don’t get it.

    • August 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      She would never be capable of comprehending Ta-nehisi Coates message because, if you have to read his book to recognize systemic racism in America you’re already brain dead or in total denial of the blatantly obvious.

      • 102 nospin
        August 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        ” if you have to read his book to recognize systemic racism in America”…. <— this right here Bobfr. No one can legitimately say they are unaware. Better off saying, don't care because it doesn't affect me.

        • 103 CD4Biden
          August 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

          I respectfully disagree.

          If you are taught to never look beyond what you are told by your parents, if you are taught to never question or challenge, if your world has been drawn around the lives of minorities so that you never see their circumstances, then you can easily be legitimately unaware as to their plight.

          I was raised in an upper middle class Republican household and this was my life until my divorce at age 41 when I began to look outwards in an attempt to figure out who I was instead of my father’s daughter, my husband’s wife, my children’s mother. Up until that point I had spent my entire life doing as I was told, even voting for the candidates and issues my husband told me to vote for. I was totally unaware, outside of what my father or husband told me, of the situations of more than half of the people in the world.

          Since then it has been quite an education and a journey to learn to think for myself and to discover the truth about so many things. But for over half my life, like so many others in controlling relationships, be they Republican, evangelical, Hasidic, abusive, etc., I was totally unaware.

          So, yes, I need to read the book in order to recognize systemic racism. Thank you, Vicki, for the recommendation.

          P.S. I believe this is why so many Republican women support Republican candidates. Because they have been taught very well, from a very early age, to never question or think for themselves, but to, instead, do as their father or husband tells them to do. Stepford Wives.

          • 104 nospin
            August 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

            I hear you CD4Biden and that may have carried some weight way back when and even in the early phases of the creation of the Internet…. but in 2015 with access to the internet via laptops, phones, twitter etc.and the ease in the ability to connect with people across the world and knowing what is going on by watching videos made by regular folks on youtube and other medium. Whether you want to or not (with all the pop up notices)…you can’t pretend you don’t know.

            Even for those who claim to never had a smart phone or access to the internet, it doesn’t take more than turning on your tv in your own home to witness first hand in 2015 the atrocities across this country based on race (i.e. Ferguson, Baltimore, the killing of people sitting in church etc.), feigning ignorance on systemic racism based on political affiliation or having female genitalia is not a legitimate excuse. It has absolutely nothing to do with what your parents taught you or didn’t teach you. There is no excuse (outside of having vision issues) for the inability to see what is right in front of your own eyes.

            It has everything to do with willful ignorance. The ability to say well my parents never taught me how to look beyond xy or z or I watch only Fox news isn’t a legitimate excuse. Not in 2015.

            Better off saying….don’t care because it does not affect me. That at least would be an honest response.

            appreciate your comment though. thanks for reaching out to engage.

    • 106 EricFive
      August 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I must say Bernie Sanders makes HRC look good by comparison. I don’t think Black people are wedded to any particular candidate at this point, they just don’t like Bernie Sanders (remember Black folks were more comfortable with Clinton at this point in 2007 too). Although both Sanders and Clinton covet white voters who left the Dem party due to racial animus, Clinton seems to realize how important the Black vote is to her candidacy while Sanders appears to be attempting to win only with whites (which is a fools errand). As an historical matter, Black voters have been very astute. There were very few Black Naderites. The stakes are too high.

    • 107 idon
      August 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      I saw the exchange in a more positive light. My comment is above.

    • August 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      I posted a reply earlier but it never appeared so I’ll try again.

      I thought I was the only one who had that response. IMO, she barely seemed to give the BLM air to express their thoughts, cutting them off a bit. Maybe that’s how she “listens.” Her words were fine but I thought she sounded almost mocking and caustic in her tone, bordering on confrontational. She seemed very aggressive and her behavior made me think that this issue really lights her up. But lots of people are heaping praise on her for this, so whatever.

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  42. 114 Ladyhawke
    August 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary


    Secretary Julián Castro and other Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials briefed reporters on recovery efforts in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.



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  45. 117 JER
    August 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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