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  1. 5 No Child Left Behind
    September 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Good Morning TODVille

  2. 6 amk for obama
    September 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

    wingnut toonists freaking out over the mountain out of molehill is really heelayrious.

  3. September 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

    That drawing is powerful!

    When you have time, TOD, please read this article: Why Black Lives Matter is Crucial, All Lives Matter is Unnecessary, and White Lives Matter is just Racist
    It is the best explanation for the BLM movement that I have read. When you read it, you will see my comments to him.
    Justin Dametz is white, which makes his article all the more potent.
    It is the best rxplanati

  4. 10 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Did I read somewhere that Bernie’s stump speech says he will never negotiate any trade deals?

    None? Ever?

    Ralph Nader 2.0………..

    • 11 donna dem 4 obama
      September 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      One of his applause lines in his stump speech is that “we need trade policies that are based on fair trade, not unfettered free trade.” Yet, I have never heard him spell out what a “fair trade deal” would look like. It’s just all more fairy dust.

  5. September 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Good morning TOD

    Congrats on 1st amk 🙂

    More Iran updates in the sidebar …..

    bbl …

  6. 20 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

  7. 21 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Hi Everyone!

    This is way off topic, but WHOA! Have you seen this trailer? Oh my goodness, I’m blown away by the whole thing — the story, Will Smith’s performance, the impact it will have. It’s a sports movie, it’s David and Goliath, it’s about science, it’s an immigration story, it’s a morality play. It’s all about America and humanity and … EVERYTHING — just WOW!

    By the way PBO’s Harvard classmate is in it too.

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      September 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I saw the trailer yesterday and my jaw dropped!!!!!!

      I’m excited for Concussion and Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

      • 23 Dudette
        September 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        Yes… jaw-dropping! Exactly! That was my reaction! Followed by a couple of involuntary expletives! I will most definitely be in the theatre for the first local showing! 😀

        Saw the Johnny Depp trailer too. Scary SOB there. Dunno if I can take that one. Will have to gird myself for it big-time.

        Man, this is gonna be some holiday movie season!

    • September 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Wow! This is a heavy movie, about a real subject. The NFL owners are going to love this!

      • 25 Dudette
        September 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        Love as in HATE for sure! 😀

        • September 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

          Not to troll American football, but I honestly don’t know how it’ll survive for much longer without major changes. There was one NFL player who was a couple of years into his career. He left the game and left millions on the table because he didn’t want to risk living a life with concussions and the attendant effects. You take a risk with any sport (soccer and rugby have issues with concussions as well), but it seems that American football can’t be played the way it’s played now without the risk of serious injury.

          • 27 tnmtngirl
            September 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

            I believe there’s been three or four players in the past year or two who have left the game, millions on the table because of this concussion issue. I agree, LL, about it surviving the way things are now.

            This movie–WOW! KABOOM for sure.

          • 28 Dudette
            September 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

            “I honestly don’t know how it’ll survive for much longer without major changes” << Absolutely! This why this story is such a threat to the owners and the league. It's also exactly why this story MUST be told!

            • September 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

              I mean, you have HS kids with concussions. A HS kid’s brain is still developing; they should be kept as far away from getting concussions as possible.

              • 30 Dudette
                September 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

                Absolutely! I know several parents who won’t let their kids play not matter how much they beg. I see this more and more in the news too. I say “Good”!

    • September 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi all,
      Does anyone else Will Smith’s physical look in this movie trailer as nice prep for PBO biopic?

  8. 33 cd4biden
    September 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Morning TOD. Congrats AMK on furst. Holding good thoughts for jackie and her son on Sept 15th.

    Can’t wait to see photos, etc. from PBO’s hike and boat trip today. Two amazing experiences he and his staff will have today. I hope the SS gets some time to actually look at and take in the beautiful scenery instead of always focusing on looking for danger. Course I hope at the same time they keep our beloved President safe.

  9. 35 Judith Fardig
    September 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Chips – attempting to share the cheesy puff photo I sent you by email yesterday. Not sure this link works. Much naughtiness by Dave Engledow (author/photographer: Confessions of the World’s Best Father)

  10. 46 JER
    September 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    “One of our greatest honors”: Seward manager details presidential preparation

  11. September 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    One of his last tweets to us mere mortals:

  12. 53 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  13. 54 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hello TOD.
    This week is going to be hotter than July……91-93F with High Humidity, No Rain in sight, mostly sunny and hardly any breeze. Stay Inside folks. It is going to be Near Desert Heat…….Waves 😦
    Congrats to Furst Amk and NCLB on your Twin Golden ⭐ ⭐
    Awesome Early Bird Rise and Shine post, Chips.

  14. September 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Someone isn’t happy with Manchester United’s transfer work today


    Neither am friggin’ I!

  15. 68 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    That Toon up Thread is Perfect.
    I love reading, listening and watching GOPers’ collective heads imploding of returning the Original name of a Mountain. It’s predictable. They react with No, Indignation and Screaming Outbursts no matter what Pres Obama does.
    It is funny that the News Media parrots the righties’ evey utterance against Pres Obama and Never when in this case, Alaskans, including GOPers in AK are in favor of returning the Original name; Denali, back to The Great Mountain.

  16. 69 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Bobby Rush just came out in favor of Iran deal.

  17. 71 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  18. 74 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  19. September 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Bless these parents.


    Chicago Hunger Strike To Save Dyett High School Reaches Ninth Day, Goes Nationwide
    By Julia Glum @superjulia j.glum@ibtimes.com on August 25 2015 3:41 PM EDT

    The parent hunger strike at Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago grew nationwide and stretched into its second week Tuesday. Across the country, hundreds of people reportedly consumed nothing but liquids in solidarity with the 11 parents and community members striking in Illinois. The activists were demanding the Chicago Board of Education approve their proposal to turn Dyett into a leadership and green technology academy, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported. They also criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel, accusing him of ignoring them and mistreating the city’s black residents.

    “The true reason is the color of our skin. We are not valued in the city of Chicago. Low-income and working families are not valued here,” former Dyett mother Jeanette Taylor-Ramann told the Huffington Post.

    Chicago Public Schools announced in 2012 that it would phase out Dyett due to low performance and declining enrollment. After news of the closing plans broke, the community reacted negatively, even filing a civil rights complaint alleging the planned shutdown was racially motivated.

    In response, the board decided to accept proposals with the intent of reopening Dyett as a public or contract school for the 2016-17 school year. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett put forth the idea of focusing the school’s curriculum on the environment, economy, green technology and community, while the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy advocated for an arts and culture institute. [Dyett is named for a longtime music educator who died in 1969.]

    The third and final proposal would turn Dyett into the Washington Park Athletic Career Academy, centered around letting students explore sports-related jobs, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Dyett closed in June after its final class of 13 students graduated, and the meeting to choose a plan was set for mid-September. The group of strikers stopped eating Aug. 17, arguing that the Dyett situation exemplified Emanuel’s indifference toward Chicago’s black population.

    “We have to starve ourselves to have our voices heard,” protester Jitu Brown told DNAinfo. “We’ll be here until we get this school.”


  20. 76 Dudette
    September 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Nerd Alert!

    I just think she is so cool!

  21. 81 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  22. 83 57andfemale
    September 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  23. 84 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  24. 85 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  25. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  26. 89 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    • 90 tnmtngirl
      September 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Can’t get to full article. Says I’ve hit my three free this month. Sure I haven’t done that. It’s only September 1!!!!!!!!

  27. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    CNN is saying a police officer was shot “near Chicago” – three suspects at large. They were interviewing the Lake County, IL, sheriff.

  28. 93 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  29. 94 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  30. 95 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  31. September 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Today, I start in a new role at the White House serving as their first Director of Product. I’m as giddy, wide-eyed, and determined as ever. The White House has many digital products – from WhiteHouse.gov to the We the People Petition site. It’s a dream to be able to add to and improve this portfolio.

    In order to do that, my plan is to lean on the product ideals that I learned during the last four years building Branch and working at Facebook. Wouldn’t it be great if your government had a conversation with you instead of just talking at you? The Obama Administration has already responded to 255 online petitions that had collectively gathered more than 11 million signatures. Imagine if talking to the government was as easy as talking to your friends on social networks? White House officials have started to regularly host Q&As on Twitter. These initiatives represent amazing progress, and there’s so much more good work to be done. I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned in the technology industry to the ideals of our democracy. As a mentor of mine likes to say, “It’s gonna be great!”

  32. 97 Nena20409
    September 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  33. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    September 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Interesting to hear people who drove a oil-fueled car to work today, and are demanding lower gas prices into the future, then turn around & call PBO a hypocrite for trying to balance their concerns

  34. 100 idon
    September 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I’m watching breaking news on MSNBC regarding Fox Lake area manhunt for three alleged cop killers. Two of them are white and one is black. I’ll leave it there. the shooting happened at 8am local time (Chicago)

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