Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Cleveland, OH. October 5, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)



108 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 4 Roberta in MN
    October 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning Don & Congrats on 1st. Hellloooo Chips & Danny. Have a great day. So, the TPP is done. Wooot!!!

  2. October 5, 2015 at 8:31 am


    • 6 hopefruit2
      October 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

      BOOM. Fantastic news! 🙂

      G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Sir Don on #1! Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

    • 7 Don
      October 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      I’ve done a lot of reading on this issue, its a very complex partnership. To get 12 nations to agree on anything is difficult, and to introduce money to an agreement is beyond difficult. I’ve always admired President Obama’s intellect and his leadership skills, for me this deal represents President Obama at his best.

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Good news. Thanks, meta. Maybe the reality of this agreement and its provisions for worker standards will calm some of the union hysteria surrounding TPP.

    • 12 Vicki
      October 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Now off to read the complete account.
      Thank You, Meta for keeping us informed about this wonderful news!!!

      • October 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

        You’re welcome! I’m so thrilled for PBO and for the future of our economy.

        • 14 Vicki
          October 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

          OK I’m back.
          90 days Congressional Review. This should be fun—sarcasm here. I am so unhappy when there are attacks on The President and his policies and this one will be a doozey.
          For the record: HRC was in favor of the TPP when she was SOS. Now, she’ll probably take whatever makes PBO look bad and/or polls best .
          Bernie, we already know what’s coming. Ignore.
          The GOP support a lot of this deal but must reflexively oppose POTUS no matter what. Should be fun to watch.

          In the end, well, we know how this story ends, don’t we, Don? “When you come at the King………………………………

          • October 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

            I think HRC will once again bow to the unions on this. Remember, she was against TPA for President Obama!

            She’s in a real double bind here because POTUS will clearly demonstrate the positives, and there are MANY.

    • 16 arapaho415
      October 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

      GM Meta, TODville.

      So there’s a press conference in 10 minutes? Will it be livestreamed?

      From the linked article:
      “Obama, who announced in 2011 that his administration would take a leading role in the negotiations, stands to realize a major victory with just over a year left in office. Initially skeptical of large trade deals when he entered the White House, Obama came to embrace the Pacific Rim pact as a way to bolster his strategy of rebalancing U.S. foreign policy toward Asia and maintaining an economic edge in the face of China’s growing clout.”

    • October 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

  3. 20 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    you see the windows 10 action center icon?

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    I found a way to get rid the annoying lil blighter today. 8-). FU m$.

    • 21 arapaho415
      October 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

      GM even amk.

      Mentioned before that I’m the late adopter of late adopters, and wary of loading anything new onto computer.

      Read somewhere that the old Hearts and Solitaire games are part of Windows 10 (old-school gamer here, cards not video). Is that true?

      What do you think of Win10?

      • 22 amk for obama
        October 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

        w10 is no great shakes over w 7 or 8. They brought back the start button and now updates are automatic. There ain’t gonna be w11 or whatev crap name in future. It’s gonna be only w10 with regular updates. So I would use the free upgrade now than pay for it later since m$ threatens no more updates for w 7 & 8 in future.

        Yes, it comes with games but you have to go online to play them which is total bs. Luckily I have a xp solitaire exe file and I use it.

        • 23 arapaho415
          October 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

          Thanks amk.

          Had no idea that Microsoft would begin charging for Win10, since all other versions were free.

          Guess I’ll give it a whirl. (Do you know when they’ll stop offering for free?)

          Jealous of your solitaire (hearts?) exe file. So many things I miss about XP (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but removing the card games for mindless time-wasting is one I resent the most.

  4. 27 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    tpa deal reached. cue lefty whines.


  5. 29 hopefruit2
    October 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

    LOL – this is the new meme for this week put out by the HRC stans….someone must be really feeling the pressure. They’re going to try to cast VP Biden as “establishment” simply because he’s a white male…but it’s not the outer skin covering or his gender that makes the difference.

    I didn’t vote for PBO twice because he was black…if that were the case, right now I would be knocking on doors, making calls, etc for Ben Carson…

    • 30 amk for obama
      October 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      typical ‘ton triangulation. #alliteration 😎

    • 31 Don
      October 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

      “I didn’t vote for PBO twice because he was black…if that were the case, right now I would be knocking on doors, making calls, etc for Ben Carson.”

      That’s the truth!

    • 32 Vicki
      October 5, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Outside the human race—-more like a Mittbot—-maybe

    • October 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

      she’s been in politics since the 80’s…and she’s the anti-establishment?


    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Hf, I am not a supporter of HRC, although I would work and vote for her over any Republican. But we can’t underestimate the heartfelt support she has among many women. I have had random Democratic women come up to me and whisper how outraged they are about Hillary’s treatment in the press and how much they’re looking forward to voting for her. I’ve seen the quiet pride a lot of older women have as they sport their Hillary buttons or line up to take photos with Hillary cutouts. This is where her support is and we will have to tread with empathy and care if/when VP Biden declares. These women feel they’ve waited a long time for a female president and they are going to feel betrayed if they feel she’s been slighted. In 2008, the Hillary supporters I knew eventually fell in line and worked hard for candidate Barack Obama, so when and if the time comes, I will try to extend the same courtesy back to them. This is what makes us decent, caring human beings and Democrats.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        October 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Jackie, I hear what you’re saying, and I agree 100% with you that at the end of the day, we’re Democrats. However, voting simply on race or gender lines, is problematic – if not dangerous. As I said, I didn’t vote for Obama simply because of his race. The idea that HRC should be elected because it’s “time” for a female president is a bogus argument. It also implies that PBO’s election was all about his race – which is FALSE.

        If VP Biden decides to enter the race, I don’t think his supporters should “tread lightly” in their support for him simply out of fear of alienating HRC voters. PBO has a large coalition, and if people are truly about policies and not about race/gender superficialities, they will find Biden’s policies quite appealing. I’m sorry but adult voters should not require “empathy and care” when making serious decisions about this nation’s future.

        If HRC wins the Dem nomination through a fair and square democratic process, I will be ADULT about it, and vote for her in the general election, regardless of whether or not she was my first choice in the primary. I won’t require “empathy and care” to make a responsible voting decision.

        • 37 jackiegrumbacher
          October 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

          Hf, I didn’t mean to imply that these people were supporters simply because she is female. It’s an added incentive for them and I respect their opinion. All I’m saying is that we temper our language about HRC when we try to convince her supporters to go with another candidate. The people I’m talking about never once said anything nasty about PBO when they switched their support in 2008 and that’s the kind of courtesy I’m talking about.

          • 38 hopefruit2
            October 5, 2015 at 9:22 am

            “The people I’m talking about never once said anything nasty about PBO when they switched their support in 2008.”

            You’re talking about after PBO won the nomination through a rigorous democratic process. And as I said above, I will support whoever the Dem nominee is 100% AFTER the Dem primary. But currently, we’re not yet at that point, and I can’t help but feel that there is a coronation process being implemented – and I don’t like it.

      • 40 amk for obama
        October 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

        egg.sack.lee. she has a strong base of supporters. then why does she have to pander to the flavor of the day game, especially when it is ridiculous. Either you are deliberately lying about your outsiderism or you don’t understand what it means to the voters (both left and right).

      • 41 Vicki
        October 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Jackie—I believe there might be support in your neck of the woods but in NYC NONE is visible.
        In Broward county last week (DWS Territory) an event in a small, looked like school gymnasium, space was sparsely populated, if I’m being kind. 1/2 or more empty if I go for truthful.

    • October 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

    • October 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I agree.

      I’m not blind to the fact that, yes, being a woman running for Potus represents a specific challenge. However, the Hilllary campaign will be seen as ridiculous. She is a Clinton and the ultimate INSIDER. Americans will laugh at this. Democrats too. Come on. It’s well known that Hillary and Bill are extremely well “connected” with the establishment. She IS the establishment candidate.

      Who do they think she will fool ?

      I think Bernie Sanders will have fun with this in the debate. And Joe Biden too, if he’s there.

      • 44 norah
        October 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

        i think that they will be using the gender argument now against both bernie and joe biden – how can she be considered an outsider when she has been around for years and years – really mind boggling logic –

  6. 46 hopefruit2
    October 5, 2015 at 8:43 am


  7. October 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 50 hopefruit2
    October 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

    This is a mark of STRENGTH. This is the mark of a true LEADER. Let this be a lesson to those in the MSM who want to believe that Putin and NutnYahoo are symbols of strength and leadership…

  9. October 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Chips, having listened to a lot of union guys, there are very few of them who dig beneath the surface of ‘catch phrases.’ Nafta was bad, so TPP must be worse is the extent of the thinking. Right now Bernie and his rants, especially his digs at PBO, are revving up the disaffected who have not been able to keep up with changing global dynamics. Bernie tells them there are real villains and good guys and he will magically make this a better world for them and they believe him. He doesn’t do complexity and he yells. His supporters don ‘t do nuance or research. Mercifully for all of us there won’t be enough primary Sanders voters in enough states to make him the nominee.

      • October 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

        “Bernie tells them there are real villains and good guys and he will magically make this a better world for them and they believe him. He doesn’t do complexity and he yells. His supporters don’t do nuance or research.”

        + 1,000,000,000 Jackie!

        As the VP said, “I’m not Bernie Sanders …… I’m not a populist. I’m a realist.”

      • 54 57andfemale
        October 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

        perfect, jackie.

    • 55 hopefruit2
      October 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Not just being white & male, but not being black. Notice that he felt that by endorsing PBO over HRC in 2008, the union “made a mistake.”

      Sanders’ appeal to this guy rests with Sanders’ continued attacks on PBO, and the veiled racism in his speeches. That’s the underlying theme with this Brannon guy…his HATRED of PBO as a black President.

      • October 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

        Absolutely Hopefruit, that’s what I meant by mentioning “white”, despite this character obviously knowing absolutely nothing about Sanders, he’s still prepared to support him because, well ……

        As BWD said on Twitter, it’s comical that Weigel brushed over the race issue in that piece, truly comical.

    • 57 Linda
      October 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Coal mining is a dying industry so I guess it is time to blame Obama.

      There are currently about 80,000 jobs,. It peaked way back in the 1920’s at 784,000.

  10. October 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Let’s Hope he does…

  11. 63 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Some public spirited lawyer should take up the cudgels on behalf of the mental illness patients and sue the collective asses of the thug pols who keep making them the fall guys whenever there is a mass murder.

  12. October 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Presser on TPP about to go live:

  13. 66 GGail
    October 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    The rain was much needed, but the after effects are devastating here on our freeways. Drive safe everyone!

  14. 67 JER
    October 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  15. October 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Sadly, meta, you and I both know that those who complain the most loudly about this agreement and its co-called secrecy will NOT take the time to read it. They will rant and rave about imaginary points and put their fingers in their ears if you try to tell them the facts. This is one very important reason (among thousands) why VP Biden needs to enter the presidential race. He actually KNOWS what he’s talking about and can put down the pandering idiocy among the D presidential candidates and members of Congress.

      • October 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        THIS !!!!! I want Joe Biden to bring back REALITY and FACTS into the democratic race. Bernie Sanders is over simplifying things. Hillary is going where the wind blows. Joe Biden would tell it as it is. And defend this SUCCESSFUL administration.

  16. 73 MightyPamela
    October 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

  17. October 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

  18. 80 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    if only the corrupt media would ask the thugs these types of questions.

  19. 81 yardarm756
    October 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Monday morning in Chi-town…….ugh!

  20. October 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

    This ranks up there with the Somali Pirates having a spokesman, and Al Qaeda having a Human Resources Dept, complete with expense account reports.
    TRUTH is stranger than fiction.


    ISIS unveils two shocking theme parks for children

    Oct 4th 2015 4:50PM

    As much as these photos may resemble Banksy’s Dismaland theme park, this is unfortunately no joke. ISIS has unveiled two new theme parks to mark last week’s Eid Al-Adha.

    The Islamic State showed off photos of its two new fairgrounds on social media. The Daily Mail posted the photos, which show children spinning on tea cup rides, playing bumper cards and miniature train rides.

    According to Yahoo News, the parks reportedly opened last week. ‘Ride City’ in ISIS’ self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria, and the other in Fallujah in Iraq, are both known as war zones.


  21. 84 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

    worth hammering this. are you listening, hillary/bernie?

  22. 85 desertflower
    October 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good Monday morning everyone!! Bernie…why do you hate workers so much? Proud of my President:) as always….

  23. October 5, 2015 at 9:22 am

  24. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    October 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

    We are so freaking lucky to have President Obama. His long term thinking will help us for decades to come.

  25. October 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Now, it is a crime to STARE WHILE BLACK.
    Uh huh.
    Uh huh.
    Our very EXISTENCE is a CRIME.


    Ohio Boy Suspended From School for Staring at White Girl; Court Upholds School’s Decision

    A 12-year-old boy claims that he and another student were playing the ‘staring game’ yet he was suspended in 2014 for reportedly intimidating his female classmate. A court recently upheld the suspension.

    By: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

    Posted: Oct. 5 2015 8:37 AM

    A 12-year-old Ohio boy was suspended last year for staring at another student while playing the “staring game” and recently, a court has upheld the suspension.

    According to Fox 19, the incident happened in September 2014 at the St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale, Ohio. According to the boy’s parents, who didn’t want him interviewed on camera, the two teens were engaged in a “staring game” when they claim their son was disciplined.

    “The perception is he intimidated her,” Candice Tolbert, the boy’s mother told the news station.

    “My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game,” she said. “She giggled the entire time.”

    The boy’s parents filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get the suspension lifted from their son’s record, noting that the school didn’t give their son due process. The Tolberts told the news station that the incident happened on a Monday. The girl’s parents contacted the school about the incident on Tuesday and on the same day; their son was suspended and apparently wrote an apology letter without their knowledge. They claim that they were not aware of the suspension until Wednesday.

    According to court documents viewed by the news station, the girl claimed she “felt fearful.” In the apology letter written by the 12-year-old, he stated, “I never knew she was scared because she was laughing.”


  26. October 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Malia Obama’s College Pick: Ivies, Liberal Arts or Public University?
    OCT. 4, 2015\

    WASHINGTON — President Obama recently had some fatherly counsel for his 17-year-old daughter, Malia, even as he acknowledged that she might not listen to him.

    “One piece of advice that I’ve given her is not to stress too much about having to get into one particular college,” Mr. Obama told a group that included high school students in Des Moines last month. “Just because it’s not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get a great education there.”

    His second piece of advice, the president said as the room broke into laughter, “is keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass.”

    It is college application season in America, including at the White House, where Malia Obama, a senior at the elite Sidwell Friends School in Washington, is in the middle of the pressure-filled process of writing personal essays, asking for teacher recommendations and narrowing her choices.

    Reports from college newspapers and conversations with campus tour guides indicate that Malia, perhaps the nation’s most eligible 2016 college applicant, is winnowing a list of Ivy League schools, liberal arts colleges and at least one top-ranked public university. Her current grades and SAT scores are not publicly known — the first lady’s office declined to comment for this article — but Mr. Obama, for one, told the students in Des Moines that his daughter was a “hard worker” and that he did not expect her to “start feeling a little slack” in her senior year.


  27. 91 desertflower
    October 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

    And then there is this: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/focusing-guns-and-mental-health-means-talking-about-the-aca

    But in recent months, a focus on mental health – which must have tested well with focus groups – has become one of the GOP’s principal talking points. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), the day of the mass-shooting in Oregon last week, urged President Obama to back Cornyn’s bill “to address mental health factor in mass violence incidents.”

    In the Washington Post over the weekend, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack described some provisions of Cornyn’s proposal as “helpful and constructive,” but highlighted a missing piece of the puzzle.
    Cornyn’s proposal does not address the most glaring issue in American mental health policy: the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion was always the public health cornerstone of ACA. It remains the single most important measure to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment, serving severely vulnerable populations such as the homeless, addressing the complicated medical and psychiatric difficulties of many young men cycling through our jails and prisons.
    I suspect that for many Republicans, the idea of “Obamacare” playing a meaningful role in preventing mass-shootings must sound ridiculous. After all, “Obamacare” is inherently bad, even when it’s good, and all of its provisions must be rejected because, well, just because.

  28. October 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I am with those that believe Jeb will be the ultimate nominee….but, even I don’t see how. I just don’t think the GOP Establishment has ever lost. So, while I never thought Trump would be the nominee, I always wanted him to stay in as long as possible. Now, we’re in October and he’s still in…teee hee hee


    Latest polls likely to make the GOP establishment sweat
    10/05/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 10/05/15 08:17 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In July, it was fairly common to hear the Republican establishment and much of the media see Donald Trump atop 2016 GOP polling and ask, “Sure he’s leading now, but can he sustain this advantage into August?” And then in August, they’d ask, “Sure he’s leading now, but can he sustain this advantage into September?” And then in September, they’d ask, “Sure he’s leading now, but can he sustain this advantage into October?”

    It’s October. Here are the latest national results from the Pew Research Center.

    1. Donald Trump: 25%
    2. Ben Carson: 16%
    3. Carly Fiorina: 8%
    3. Marco Rubio: 8%
    5. Ted Cruz: 6%
    6. Jeb Bush: 4%
    7. Mike Huckabee: 2%
    7. Rand Paul: 2%


  29. 95 desertflower
    October 5, 2015 at 9:45 am



    Carly Fiorina is so opposed to Planned Parenthood, which she believes is “pushing women into late-term abortions so they can more successfully harvest body parts,” that she would shut the government down in order to prevent it from receiving any federal funding. But she doesn’t oppose Planned Parenthood enough, it seems, to care if the organization that controls the Fiorina Foundation, her mysterious charity outfit, also distributes funds to the group—nearly half a million dollars since 2011.

  30. October 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good for you, Ms. Rhimes.


    Shonda Rhimes Shares How She Lost 117 Pounds but Hated Every Minute of It

    Rhimes said her children were a huge motivation when it came to getting healthy.

    By: Yesha Callahan

    Posted: Oct. 2 2015 7:54 AM

    Shonda Rhimes is probably the busiest woman in Hollywood. Between juggling her popular TV shows and being a mother, Rhimes realized that there was one thing she was neglecting, and that was her health.

    In a recent interview with Extra, during the ShondaLand TGIT party, she explained that she lost 117 pounds by changing her eating habits and regular exercise.

    But it wasn’t easy, and she said she hated it the whole time, but Rhimes had some pretty big motivators.

    “I just decided I was going to get it together and get healthy. I have some little kids, and I want to be around them,” Rhimes told Extra.

    Rhimes has also gotten used to her new healthy lifestyle and says it’s a little bit easier.

    “Once I decided it wasn’t going to be fun, I lowered my expectations,” she explained. “It got kind of easier.”

    She added, “I actually eat everything I want to eat. I tried to make it much less and smaller portions, but what’s happened is, is that you change what your palate wants. I’m suddenly craving fish and salad. It’s upsetting,” Rhimes stated. “I’m like, ‘Where’s my cake?’’’


  31. October 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Racial pattern in Alabama DMV closings suggests dirty trick

    Rachel Maddow reports on the closing of DMV offices in Alabama, ostensibly due to budget problems, but the closures are in predominantly African-American counties, and a driver’s license is the most common form of ID used to comply with the state’s new voter ID law.


  32. 100 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Pollsters surveyed by POLITICO have a unanimous warning for the Republican National Committee and the TV networks who are using public-opinion surveys to exclude presidential candidates from debates: Don’t trust polls to detect often-tiny grades of opinion in a giant field.

    Indeed, the unprecedented reliance on polls to winnow the Republican field is coming at a time when many pollsters feel they’re blinder than ever to trends in public thinking — and that using polls to keep out candidates who are otherwise well qualified could seriously alter the race.

    “Polls are being used to do a job that they’re really not intended for — and they’re not as qualified for as they used to be,” said Cliff Zukin, a professor at Rutgers University and past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

    Zukin warned that polling has become increasingly unreliable because Americans are harder to reach — nearly half of adults are unreachable on a landline phone — and roughly nine in 10 are unwilling to participate in surveys even when pollsters manage to contact them. The declining response rates, Zukin says, create a situation in which true public feelings are more difficult than ever to discern.


    then, why the fuck you unqualified mofos keep doing ‘unreliable’ polls day in and day out?

  33. 101 amk for obama
    October 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will challenge GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte next year, Hassan announced Monday — a decision that boosts Democrats’ chances of winning the swing-state Senate seat and taking back control of the chamber.

    “You can count on me to take my bipartisan approach, my common sense and my commitment to problem-solving and results to the Senate,” Hassan said in a video announcing her candidacy.

    Polls have showed the popular Hassan — who is forgoing a third two-year term — running close with Ayotte in early matchups.


  34. October 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

    He is fabulous on twitter

    Jesse Williams Discusses Biracial Privileges and Social Justice: ‘Black Americans Are Not Angry. They Are Hurting’

    He’s not running away from, or ashamed of, the insight he’s gained as a black activist who is half-white.

    By: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

    Posted: Oct. 2 2015 12:38 PM

    It has always been a pet peeve of mine when biracial people seem to ignore their white side and act as if the world perceives them as black through and through. I always felt that in their determination to identify solely and sternly as black, they were missing out on an opportunity to share some of the insight they may have about how white people feel and think about race relations. That they might be missing out on an opportunity to act as a conduit between both racial groups.

    In an interview with The Guardian, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams does a fantastic job of articulating the privileges and insights that being biracial affords him, and how he uses that knowledge to inform his work as an activist in working-class black communities. Williams’ mom is white, and his dad is black.


  35. October 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    good for him..reaching back.

    Terrence Southern Wants to Fill the World With Black Scientists

    The 37-year-old robotics engineer owes his career success to mentors, and now he’s paying it forward by giving support to the next generation.

    By: Nigel Roberts

    Posted: Oct. 5 2015 3:00 AM

    What will it take for African Americans to close the achievement gap in science, technology, engineering and math? It’s a complex issue that experts say involves, among other factors, the public education system, poverty and teachers’ unconscious racial bias.

    So far, the solutions have been elusive. But there’s a consensus that mentorship is a key.

    Terrence Southern, 37, knows the challenges that lie ahead for the next generation regarding STEM. He’s a robotics engineer with 15 years in the tech industry who grew up in Detroit, where his dreams were nurtured by an eighth-grade teacher. He wants to be that kind of support for as many young people as possible.


  36. October 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

  37. 108 Yvonne D. Baskerville
    October 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I am in my 79th year and nothing cheers me more than to read the comments of JackieGrumbacher and Hopefruit2. They give me serious hope for the real Democratic process. God bless each of you for all that you do. Ms. “B”

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