President marks 7th anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

11:0: President Obama marks the 7th anniversary of the first bill he signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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  1. 3 No Child Left Behind
    January 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

  2. 4 No Child Left Behind
    January 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

  3. 5 MightyPamela
    January 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

  4. January 29, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Morning/afternoon/evening everyone!!!!

  5. 7 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 10:52 am

    • 8 Don
      January 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

      This is a very good read.

    • 9 kid kanga
      January 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Very good link! thanks!

      What struck me about the establishment put down of Hillary from Bernie, is this: Its not like Sanders just showed up to DC last week as some outsider. He is a career politician. It doesn’t get much more establishment than a craky old white guy who has been in politics his whole life. Kettle meet pot.

    • 10 MadameSoph
      January 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      57&F, this article put into words a general feeling I have been having lately regarding the attitude and behavior of many of Bernie Sander’s supporters and the candidate himself. The sheer vitriol I have read in the online comments made by Sanders supporters is reminiscent of “Gamergate” and it occurred to me that the Hillary hate was particularly hateful because she is a woman seeking the most powerful position in the world, just as the hatred against PBO went far and beyond the usual right wing bs because his color and the color of his family and their presence in the White House scares the sh*t out of those who see a threat to the status quo as a personal one.

      I was not a big fan of Hillary Clinton and have still not forgotten her and Bill’s encouragement of the racist/birther elements on the left in order to undermine then Senator Obama in ’08. However, two wrongs do not make a right and, just because the victim of these tactics is now Clinton and the tool is now misogyny, it is just as disgusting to me.

      Sanders’ own angry dismissal of Planned Parenthood (women), the Human Rights Campaign (LGBT) and the fierce Nancy Pelosi as “Establishment”, as well as his historical and current dismissal of PBO as ineffective, not pure enough and another tool of said “Establishment”, strikes me as the rantings of an angry online commenter; he’s just making those comments from behind a podium.

      This line from the article was deep; even though I am a woman, this hadn’t yet occurred to me:

      “There is a person in this Democratic primary who can be visibly angry, who can shout, who can use any tone and show any emotion, who can show up to campaign events looking like they just rolled out of bed after a bender. Who can coast by on the double-standard defined and enforced by the establishment.

      It is not Hillary Clinton.”

      • 11 57andfemale
        January 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        You vocalized exactly how I feel. Of course I still feel the pain that the Clintons unleashed on PBO. However, I have seen Hillary “evolve”, if I can use that shopworn word. She’s just not that good an actress to look as sincere as she does concerning PBO. I wish the whiny left on the radio would start actually looking at Hillary in the debates and on the campaign trail. This is a very different candidate. I will never love the Clintons like I naively did in the 90’s, but I am comfortable with her as POTUS. Bernie would be a disaster.

        I was busy tweeting yesterday (in homage to the person I wish could succeed PBO): “Noun, verb, “Establishment!” Noun, verb, “Revolutions!”

        • 12 MadameSoph
          January 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm

          “I will never love the Clintons like I naively did in the 90’s, but I am comfortable with her as POTUS. Bernie would be a disaster.”

          You also vocalized how I feel.

          LOVE your homage to VP Biden too! I’m going to steal that one 🙂

          I was so disappointed that he decided not to run, but I am very excited he is heading the moonshot! Knowing this administration, I don’t think they would have made this a goal if they didn’t think major progress was attainable. VP Biden will passionately and personally see this realized.

          • 13 57andfemale
            January 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

            Speaking of our beloved Joe – he is what, we call in Yiddish, a mensch. If he couldn’t do and be what’s best for the country, he wasn’t going to do it out of ego.

            That Bernie had that same heart and patriotism………

            • 14 MadameSoph
              January 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

              O.k. 57, I have a Yiddish question for you. My mom used to refer to a toe cramp (when one of your toes straightens uncontrollably and painfully and sticks out) as an “ishkabibble”. I think this is a nickname she and her sisters and possibly my grandma gave to toe cramps and I always thought that they had made the word up themselves. I was surprised to find out later that ishkabibble is some sort of Yiddish word, although I am confused as to the meaning. Here is the odd thing: we are not Jewish 🙂 My Aunt’s first husband was Jewish, so maybe that’s where the family’s use of it came from, but I can’t figure out how they came to refer to a toe cramp with that term 🙂 Any theories?

              • January 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

                This has some information. Maybe the phrase was commonly known because of the comedian Merwyn Bogue whose stage name was Ish kabibble and your family picked it up to use in that situation, or maybe it was a reference from the show.

                “In his 1989 autobiography, Bogue explained his stage name, which he took from the lyrics of one of his comedic songs, “Isch ga-bibble.”[1]

                The song derived from a mock-Yiddish expression, “Ische ga bibble?”, which was purported to mean “I should worry?”, prompting a curious (and perhaps not coincidental) association with the “What, me worry?” motto of Mad Magazine’s mascot, Alfred E. Neuman.[citation needed] While this derivation has been widely quoted on the Internet and elsewhere, the expression “ische ga bibble” is not Yiddish and contains no Yiddish words at all.[2] However, there is a Yiddish expression, “nisht gefidlt,” meaning “it doesn’t matter to me,” from which the term “ish kabibble” may derive.”


                • 16 MadameSoph
                  January 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

                  Hmnnn… thanks Maryl1 Nothing from the Wikipedia post rings a bell. However, it just occurred to me that I don’t remember ever asking my mom about the origins of the nickname. She may not know either, but I’ll ask her.

                  • January 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

                    Let us know what you find out.I’m curious now. I remember a game in kindergarten where we sat in a circle, each holding a ball, and when the teacher said, “Ishkabibble!” we all rolled the ball across the circle and tried to catch one coming at us. I don’t remember if there was more to it. I loved that game. That was in the mid fifties; maybe it was a common all purpose sort of word.

  6. 18 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

  7. 19 amk for obama
    January 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

    so lil jebbie lost his $20 bet that donald dreck would will show up?

    clueless and cheapskate and loser.

  8. 20 carolyn
    January 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Good morning TOD, I just want to bring a progress report. You all have been with me through the journey of my husband’s deteriorating health, to his passing, through my adjustment to being alone. I have now passed the six month mark, which is a milestone for me. I am learning to cope, and thanks to my friends and support and love, I am making progress, I think.

    However, today is an important anniversary for me. Fifty years ago today, my darling and I met on a blind date. It was like a bolt of lightning for both of us. After meeting, we never looked away or back. I have had the privilege of loving him for fifty years. I have learned that love, doesn’t stop, it expands. We always celebrated January 29th, it was our special day. So, I called a very good friend and invited her to go to lunch with me in honor of Darwin. It won’t be the same, but she is a marvelous friend and counselor.

    Two weeks ago my son and family came. (This was the first time they had been emotionally to come since the funeral). As we sat around the fireplace,something clicked inside me that said You will have a life. Also, the house felt like a home again for the first time in six months. We visited his grave Sunday morning. Emily had brought special dressup clothes for the visit!

    So, again, thanks to all of you. I am reading every day, thought not commenting.

    • January 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

      your comments about the journey you are taking is heartwarming and healing to all of us carolyn…thank you for sharing so much with us..((huggs))

    • 22 mtmarilyn
      January 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Carolyn, what a beautiful comment. Thank you for including us in your journey. I know that what you are sharing has helped many of us go thru our journey’s. Sending you love and strength.

    • 23 Betsy
      January 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Thank you so much for sharing. What a lovely memory that you can draw upon whenever you think of him. I can’t even imagine my life without my husband, so I haven’t been able to say much as I don’t know what it’s like. However, you are so generous to share your thoughts and feelings with us and I am learning from you each time. Thank you.

    • January 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I love how you are taking your time to process this in your own way, remembering and honoring, working through the pain and difficulty as best you can. How fortunate you both were to know true love for so many years. I send you hugs and peace for your luncheon today. Raise a glass to love and life. {{{{carolyn}}}}

    • 25 Nerdy Wonka
      January 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Hello Carolyn, this is a beautiful comment. I am glad that your house feels like a home again and you are progressing day by day. Please know that TOD is always here for you.

      January 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm


    • 27 GGail
      January 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hey carolyn, It’s so good of you to continue to include us; your TOD family on your journey of life. Your writing tells a lot about how you are progressing and that’s good. Take your time and cherish your memories of your life with your beloved husband and look forward to living a healthy, loving and productive life. Our lives have many chapters – you are beginning another one. ❤

    • 28 Judith Fardig
      January 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Dear Carolyn, special hugs to you in your “love-at-first-sight” anniversary. What a touching remembrance! Thanks for sharing your tender thoughts with TOD.

    • 29 nospin
      January 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      hugs to you carolyn. My prayers are with you as you take this journey. Happy Anniversary! May your day be filled with wonderful memories and light.

    • 30 MadameSoph
      January 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      {{{Carolyn}}}} I am so glad you’re getting better every day and that you will celebrate his birthday with a good friend. Even though your hubby is now on the other side of the veil, I am sure he can feel your love for him, and he will be there in spirit.

      • 31 MadameSoph
        January 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        Correction: I am so glad that you will celebrate the anniversary of your first meeting (not his bday). That’s even more special – that you and he made a regular celebration of it and that you are able to remember it with your friend (that’s a good friend, by the way). I hope you had a lovely time at lunch today

    • 32 MightyPamela
      January 29, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • January 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Carolyn, {{{HUGS}}} <3. "…You will have a life…" Thank you for sharing your journey. I love that you and Darwin annually celebrated your first meeting, True love never dies…

  9. 34 yardarm756
    January 29, 2016 at 11:24 am

    G’day mates.

  10. 36 JER
    January 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    President Obama listens to an aide in the doorway of the Oval Office yesterday.

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  11. January 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Make ’Em Cry, Cam: How Newton Will Drink Reporters’ White Tears
    Nothing succeeds like success (or makes haters weep like defeat), and Cam Newton is going to the Super Bowl.

    Posted: Jan. 25 2016 3:47 PM

    Cam Newton is not your father’s quarterback. He is a fun-loving, flamboyant-dressing, dab-dancing, Southern-sounding, in-your-face figure of black awesomeness who is rubbing white journalists all kinds of raw.

    And then, after thoroughly dismantling the Arizona Cardinals, Newton told the press gallery that he knew the process was going to be long like “slow-cooked collard greens.”

    “This has been a process,” he said. “It wasn’t going to be instant grits. It was going to be like long, slow-cooked collard greens. I think those collard greens are brewing right now. You can smell them from 100 miles away.”

    When he speaks like this and uses our language, he isn’t talking to the gaggle of white reporters who now fawn over the man whose ability many doubted. He is speaking directly to his people—to us. And for Newton, it’s always been about us.

    • 38 Don
      January 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      “This has been a process,” he said. “It wasn’t going to be instant grits. It was going to be like long, slow-cooked collard greens. I think those collard greens are brewing right now. You can smell them from 100 miles away.”

      Rikyrah, I can’t think of a better analogy to explain his development as a quarterback. With that one sentence he explained everything that needed to be explained.

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  14. January 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Is there anything that the President can do on Executive Action/Order re: voter registration…voter laws

  15. January 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

  16. January 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

    How to win a debate by not showing up
    01/29/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    How does a candidate who wasn’t there come out on top? By my count, there were five relevant angles to this.

    1. Trump won because his principal foe lost.

    In Iowa, among other places, the Republican frontrunner’s principal foe is Ted Cruz. And while the Texas senator may have the best raw debating skills of any GOP candidate in many years, last night’s event in Des Moines was rough for the Republican lawmaker. With Trump out, the remaining candidates (and the moderators) largely directed their fire at the candidate whom they (a) are trailing in Iowa; and (b) dislike personally anyway.

    Cruz turned in his worst debate performance of the cycle, appearing unsteady in the face of repeated criticisms, on the night he needed to shine. The result: Trump saw his closest competitor stumble, and he didn’t have to lift a finger to make it happen.

    • January 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      First of all Trump won because he knows how to play the stupid ass media. Instead of ignoring Trump, the media gave him all the attention he wanted.The media want to talk about how Trump supporters doesn’t turn away from him regardless what he says or how he acts, well neither does the media.

      • January 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Trump is sending a messes to the media, unless you treat me like the “Great White Hope” that I am, I will not give you any of my time. If Senator Barack H. Obama went around saying the things Trump says he would never have been elected. And the right wing haters would trash him even more then they have. Look at how some are treating the Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, all because Cam have confidence in his self, and he shows it. I am willing to bet that the ones who have problem with Cam Newton are white people. Not all white people. I hope Cam wipes the floor with Peyton.

        • 54 SUEDUVALL SMITH
          January 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm


        • 55 kid kanga
          January 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

          I’m with ya! And agree, something about confident, talented black men being successful that drives certain group of people crazy.

          I’ve seen it with other QBs in the league too…

          or like With Favre, its oh he just loves the game, hes like a big kid. with Newton its the opposite, feels like what they want to say is ‘uppity’.

      • 56 Judith Fardig
        January 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        Bella, you took the words I was thinking and stated them here first! YES!

  17. 57 JER
    January 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Posted on previous thread by amk.

  18. January 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Year-old document shows Snyder admin knew Flint water substandard
    Rachel Maddow shares a new report from the Detroit Free Press showing a year-old e-mail acknowledging that the public water in Flint “does not meet treatment requirements” for state employees to drink, even as the Snyder administration was assuring Flint residents about the integrity of their water.

    • January 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      It just gets worse and worse. He’s running around blaming every one he can think of and the information that condemns him just keeps coming. He and his wife have moved into Ann Arbor, a real liberal bastion. I hope they’re booed every time they show their faces on the street.

  19. 64 JER
    January 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    LIVE NOW: Dr. Fauci Of The NIH On Zika Virus – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    January 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm


  21. 66 Allison
    January 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    • 67 carolyn
      January 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      I looked up the meanings of the German words I didn’t know: Wahnsinn=madness; hetzer=rabble-rouser. They really see him for what he is. I so wish our media would wake up.

  22. 68 Allison
    January 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Obama to address Illinois lawmakers in Springfield next month
    Illinois legislature
    A legislative session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield in 2014. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)
    Monique GarciaContact Reporter
    Chicago Tribune

    President Barack Obama will return to his old stomping grounds Feb. 10 and deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly.

    Obama will talk about “what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves,” according to a travel advisory from the White House.

    The visit will come nine years after Obama announced his candidacy for president, and amid a historic budget impasse between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly. Rauner name-checked the president during his annual State of the State address this week, citing his support for term limits and changing how legislative districts are drawn — ideas that ruling Democrats have resisted.


  23. 69 Nena20409
    January 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Hello TOD on a Sunny, Early Spring like Gorgeous day. It’s Friday, 😉 TGIF 🙂
    Congrats to NCLB on your many Gem awards 😉 Gold, Silver and Bronze ⭐ 🙂
    At the WH, Josh “Th Voice” Earnest is LIVE, already in Progress schooling the WHPC pretentious tools 😉

  24. January 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  25. 74 Nena20409
    January 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  26. 75 JER
    January 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    WATCH LIVE: Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Economy with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – http://www.governor.ny.gov/

  27. 77 Nena20409
    January 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  28. 78 Nena20409
    January 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  29. 79 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    God, Berniebots all over my TL.

  30. 80 57andfemale
    January 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Bernie on Twitter crowing about Medicare. I’m reminding him that we pay premiums, co-pays, deductibles, 20% of care given, supplemental insurance, & health care is rationed. Plus the donut hole that only PBO was able to at least reduce.

    Bernie’s single payer “plan” says none of those problems will exist. So STFU about how great Medicare is, when there are out-of-pocket expenses in Medicare that you magically think will disappear.

    I’m afraid of this guy. I really, really am.

    • 81 57andfemale
      January 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      I was talking to a woman at PT the other day. She had knee replacement surgery with complications. She needs additional PT but Medicare will only cover 19 visits/yr. It’s January. If she uses up her 19 visits, then she has to wait a year for surgery on the other knee.

      Where does Bernie think the 44% of “cost savings” are going to come from?

      These are the realities. Taxes cannot cover absolutely every expense, and all procedures, like Bernie implies will happen in the Magical Health Care Plan.

  31. 82 GGail
    January 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm


    Nostalgic Obama to relive launch of 2008 campaign in Springfield, Ill.

    President Obama likes to say he has no more elections to run. But these days, he’s feeling a bit nostalgic about his first White House campaign — and next month, the president will return to the place where it all began.

  32. January 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, man, here we go again.

    • January 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      None were classified, received or sent. Hillary remains in the clear. The “investigation” is not of Hillary but of the State Dept. procedures for classification. Any other talk is simply just rw politics and smear.

  33. January 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    True ….

  34. January 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Best Secretary of State …. EVER ….

    bbl …

  35. 94 GGail
    January 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    We are losing so many…

    Paul Kantner, a founding member and guitarist in the ’60s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane and its successor, Jefferson Starship, has died, the Grammy Awards Twitter page said. He was 74.

    The statement did not mention a cause of death.

    • January 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      One of the first bands I ever saw way back when at the Avalon Ballroom.

      • 96 GGail
        January 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        I could never pin Jefferson Airplane and then Jefferson Starship into one category – rock, acid rock, jazzyblues, they were all of the above. I bet K-EARTH 101 will play all their songs today and this weekend

  36. 97 Betsy
    January 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Saw that Joe Cocker has also died of cancer.

    • 98 mtmarilyn
      January 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      He died in 2014. I loved listening to Joe Cocker and Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. They were of my age.

      • 99 Betsy
        January 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        Really? I wonder why it was on my twitter feed today? Weird. Thanks for letting me know. Unless it was that he also died of cancer?

    January 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm


  38. 101 JER
    January 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

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