117 Responses to “Facts”

  1. February 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Love the tweets Nerdy. Thank you!

  2. February 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Good afternoon Nerdy and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday afternoon. Congrats Don, on being first.

    To all, I hope you have a fresh, energetic, and zippy day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  3. February 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  4. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    The Black Power, Black Love, Black Pain, Black Strength, Black Beauty, Black Courage, Black Culture, Black Girl Magic, Black Everything is still giving me SO. MUCH. LIFE.


    • February 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      We Struggle….We TRIUMPH…Our spirit continues to fight for what is right…Each in our own way…


      We have the strength of Kings and Queens in our Wings…

    • 12 MadameSoph
      February 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      This is my absolute favorite Beyoncé video and song ever! Someone posted this late night on TOD the other night right when it came out and I was blown away by how powerful and beautiful and hard it is.

      I don’t have any Beyoncé tunes – don’t hate me – I really appreciate her as a huge talent and great artist, but I tend to prefer less mainstream stuff. That being said, I know that if I saw her in concert she’d be one of those artists that I would end up surprising myself by knowing every song and dancing the whole time.

      I LOVE this song Formation and the video is BEAUTIFUL and DEEP on so many levels. I’m buying this and playing it endlessly for sure!

      P.S. I carry hot sauce in my bag too – ha ha 🙂

      • 13 MadameSoph
        February 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Also, just saw that she will be creating a fund in order for her fans to help Flint residents recover from the water crisis long-term. Was trying to find a way to donate to it, but I guess it’s not yet in operation. Nice to see about these other artists helping too:


        • 14 Nerdy Wonka
          February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

          Yup. One of the many things I appreciate about she and Jay Z is that they don’t look for recognition for their activism, they just do it. In addition to helping out with the Flint water crisis, she has donated over $7M to homeless causes in her native city of Houston. She and Jay Z provided funds to bail out many Black Lives Matter activists, and she and Jay Z just donated $1.5M to the Black Lives Matter movement.

          I love it when artists are as they say, “woke.” 🙂

          • 15 MadameSoph
            February 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

            Nice to hear about all of their good work, NW. Yes, I love when artists are “woke” as well as talented and entertaining. I didn’t know about all of what she and Jay Z do, but the fact that all of their activism and charity is not front paged all the time is also, I think, because they don’t do it for promotion or publicity but because it is just who they are; good people doing good because they can. Their weren’t any big news stories about it, but Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina and funded every single South Carolina Donor’s Choose teacher request by himself, to the tune of $800,000. He’s another “woke” one 🙂

            Loved this from Stephen’s “Midnight Confessions” segment the other night:

            “Sometimes I use slang I don’t understand to connect with young people. I guess I’m just woke like that on fleek bye Felicia.”

      • 17 Nerdy Wonka
        February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        “P.S. I carry hot sauce in my bag too – ha ha”

        YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS….Rock on, MadameSoph! 🙂

    • 19 idon
      February 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      “Best revenge is your paper” and “I’m a Black Bill Gates in the making” Bey just let us know the Carters are billionaires and I’m totally and completely here for it. We have built a large socially responsible #BLACKWEALTH and #BLACKPROFESSIONAL class and if we get a Bernie presidency, he’s gonna make sure that all goes away. This is why #ImWithHer

  5. February 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  6. February 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Clinton doesn’t appear to know how to cut the outside noise and establish clear channels of authority and communication. She needs to figure this out PRONTO.

    • 24 Don
      February 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Excuse me, but didn’t President Obama write the bible on how to run for the Presidency and win? For goodness sakes doesn’t anyone over there in Clinton land know what they are doing?

      • February 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        If she’s tussling with Joel Benenson, that is not a good sign. He’s a polling strategist, so not sure why he’s in a more visible role. He and Plouffe were the ones that put together that famous spreadsheet in 2008.

        This is the same problem she had the last time. She can’t seem to keep her old friends out of her ear. All it does is create chaos and blur the lines of authority. PBO knew how to organize and manage his staff from the start, that’s for damn sure.

        • 26 Don
          February 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

          Yes, PBO knew how to organize but more importantly he didn’t attract the type of element that the Clintons seem to attract. Birds of a feather flock together.

        • 27 Gazelle
          February 9, 2016 at 1:07 am

          Seems like she can’t do without those sycophants. If one can’t learn from past errors, then they will never learn. Truly thought she would finally find her own voice, if it was ever there to begin with, but not looking good, if this is where she’s heading. Uggh!

      • 28 debz
        February 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        You would think she would have learned something from POTUS’ campaign. She needs to start by putting Bill on ice somewhere, whatever he was saying this weekend about Sanders reminded me of ’08, also having Albright and other women out there pushing the “I am woman” thing is awful. She seems to be running the same campaign as last time.

        • February 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm

          I agree. There’s a difference between standing up for yourself, holding everyone accountable and inflaming resentment. She’s going to need Berne’s supporters sooner or later. Bill, et al, need to cool their jets.

          • 30 debz
            February 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

            She also needs to start speaking to the needs of young women. They don’t pay enough attention to what is going on and Hillary would be the perfect person to talk about the GOP wanting to take away birth control, and equal pay etc. They aren’t interested in having a woman president and I’m sure they don’t care about who is the most progressive politician.

    • February 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Maybe she should ask fellow First Lady Michelle Obama to handle her communications …..

    • 40 Don
      February 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Of course Mark Penn is on the payroll, I think the Clintons still owe this guy money from the last trip. Which by the way if my memory serves me correctly the Clintons wanted President Obama to pay off their campaign debts. The Clintons are in the process of getting the band back together again replete with grafters, flim-flam men, long and short con artist, and assorted bag men. When these motherfuckers come to town, hold on to your wallets.

      • 41 Sandy1110
        February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Between the incompetence, tone-deafness, and/or obliviousness of Hillary and Bernie coupled with the extreme nuttiness of the BernieBot/Bros, a President Trump/Cruz/Rubio is a more disturbing possibility than it should ever be.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

  7. February 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  8. February 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I really liked A Ballertina’s Tale: for me, it was the tale of Black women uplifting Misty every step of the way, pushing her towards this moment in history.


    Tonight: Nelson George’s Misty Copeland Doc – ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ – Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    February 8, 2016 at 1:44PM

    Tonight on PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS film series, Nelson George’s “A Ballerina’s Tale” makes its TV premiere, so many, many more of you will finally be able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes.

    The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.

    On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history.

  9. 52 Allison
    February 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  10. 53 MightyPamela
    February 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

  11. 54 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm


  12. 55 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  13. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    February 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Flipped on MSNBC, where Chris Matthews is ranting like a raving maniac who lost it yesterday, in prep for his interview with Trump. Luckily, none of this is “required viewing.” *click*

  14. 63 yardarm756
    February 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    G’day mates. I’ve been lurking off and on while hold a small “pity party” for my chronic health issue. A friend sent me this link and it helped. The message is awesome….and Nerdy you do one helluva job!

    • 73 Sandy1110
      February 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      She’s exactly right and it can’t be said enough:

      “This is the crux of the whole thing; this is what racism is, the lowest, most uneducated, toothless, inbred, southern white man still believes that his white skin makes him better than the President. Until we can get around that, racism will always be with us.”

      That’s why the GOP field is chock full of ignorant, morally bankrupt jackasses. If a black man can be President, surely any of them can get over, they think.

  15. 74 Linda
    February 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Rudy did not like Beyonce’s act at the SuperBowl. Aww……maybe he wishes he and The Donald were asked to perform.

    • 75 0388jojothecat
      February 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      These two ran or is running for the highest office in the land, President of the United States, but the current President is to “flashy” for going on talk shows, making short clips to encourage young people to get insured, independent radio and internet showing the human side of him is just too Unpresidental….go figure.

    • 80 MadameSoph
      February 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Here is some info on the new Italian President. I’ve been so caught up in our election season here, I didn’t even know that Italy’s Parliament had elected a new President (Matteo Renzi is still Prime Minister). My Italian boyfriend, who lives in Italy, didn’t even mention it; in our most recent conversation he talked about Sanders vs. Clinton – ha ha.

      A quote from the article:

      “Traditionally in Italy, when a right wing government is in power, a left leaning president is elected. This is exactly what Berlusconi and Co were pushing for.

      This time round though, in a break from tradition, and a display of Matteo Renzi’s power and, it has to be said, of his skill at the political game, a left leaning government has succeeded in electing a left leaning president of the republic. This represents a major victory for Mr Renzi and, on the face of it, something of a drubbing for Silvio Berlusconi and Italy’s right leaning politicians, some of whom, ironically, helped vote in a reputedly anti-fascist president.”


  16. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm


    • 82 MadameSoph
      February 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Cool, I didn’t miss it! I’m painting my toes and am enjoying this while they dry 🙂

      • 83 MadameSoph
        February 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        OMG! I’m totally overcome with joy and emotion seeing these girls. I can’t imagine how their parents feel with them performing at the White House like this. FLOTUS is echoing my thoughts with her words 🙂

    • 84 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Nerdy for posting! I enjoyed this immensely. What a feast for the eyes, ears and soul. 🙂 And these little girls showing their excellence – WOW!

  17. 86 Linda
    February 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Hello Linda,

    Thank you for contacting Current Employment Statistics. Since March 2010—the month the Affordable Care Act was signed into law— the health care industry has added 1,619,400 jobs. We have all other industry employment data, including more detailed health care industry data, available in our Peak-Trough tables on our website, found here: http://www.bls.gov/ces/cespeaktrough.htm. Simply click the “Current peak-trough tables for published CES time series” link at the top of the page. There you will find each published industry’s employment levels for each month going back to 2006 and the over-the-month net job changes.

    If you have further questions, feel free to call us back at (202) 691-6555 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, or email us back at this address.

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  18. February 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • February 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      I am amazed at a grown man Rob Lowe, who was caught rolling around in bed with teenage girls can question some one else character. That is a Republican for you, they are the biggest hypocrites ever.

  19. February 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Bravo to those young girls. They did well.

  20. February 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness
    Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty—and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism.


    There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, “An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him.” Johnson’s essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson’s rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited explanatory power when looking at the socio-economic problems which beset African Americans. “We continue to reach for old modes of analysis in the face of a changed world,” writes Johnson. “One where blackness is still derogated but anti-black racism is not the principal determinant of material conditions and economic mobility for many African Americans.”

    Johnson goes on to classify racism among other varieties of -isms whose primary purpose is “to advance exploitation on terms that are most favorable to investor class interests.” From this perspective, the absence of specific anti-racist solutions from Bernie Sanders, as well as his rejection of reparations, make sense. By Johnson’s lights, racism is a secondary concern, and to the extent that it is a concern at all, it is weapon deployed to advance the interest of a plutocratic minority.

    At various points in my life, I have subscribed to some version of Johnson’s argument. I did not always believe in reparations. In the past, I generally thought that the problem of white supremacy could be dealt through the sort of broad economic policy favored by Johnson and his candidate of choice. But eventually, I came to believe that white supremacy was a force in and of itself, a vector often intersecting with class, but also operating independent of it.

  21. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

  22. February 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh

    SUNDAY, FEB 7, 2016 05:01 AM CST

    It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system

    Sanders has ended the coronation and fired up the grass roots. Now Clinton’s electability argument is crumbling too


    It would be hard to overstate what Bernie Sanders has already achieved in his campaign for president, or the obstacles he’s had to surmount in order to achieve it. Not only has he turned a planned Hillary Clinton coronation into an exercise in grass-roots democracy, he’s reset the terms of the debate. We are edging closer to the national conversation we so desperately need to have. If we get there, all credit goes to Bernie.

    Many of those obstacles were put in place by Democratic national party chair and Clinton apparatchik Deborah Wasserman Schultz. Without pretense of due process, Schultz slashed the number of 2016 debates to six, down from 26 in 2008, and scheduled as many as she could on weekends when she figured no one would be watching. To deprive would-be challengers of free exposure, Schultz robbed voters of free and open debate and ceded the spotlight to the dark vaudeville of the Republicans. That Sanders got this far in spite of her is a miracle in itself.

    • 96 nospin
      February 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      “he turned a planned Hillary Clinton coronation into an exercise in grass-roots democracy, he’s reset the terms of the debate. he turned a planned Hillary Clinton coronation into an exercise in grass-roots democracy, he’s reset the terms of the debate. ” <– THIS right here.

      HRC has done nothing to earn a win. Coronation my a*s.

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      February 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Even though I, myself, blame Debbie W-S on the lack of debates, I don’t blame her as though I thought it was her idea. She would have never gone against Hillary on something so substantial, without her initial blessing. In cahoots, I believe, is the term. Subsequent reasons range from incompetence, to lack of integrity, to Debbie’s total feeling of self-importance, which I never picked up on way back when I thought she was one of the cool kids.

    • 98 nospin
      February 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      “Without pretense of due process, Schultz slashed the number of 2016 debates to six, down from 26 in 2008, and scheduled as many as she could on weekends when she figured no one would be watching”

    • 99 0388jojothecat
      February 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      We’ll see come Super Tuesday and what is written about Senator Sanders. “Reverse racism”, AA’s refuse to elect a white man for president…..Although that is all we’ve done before PBO.

    • 100 99ts
      February 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      White man talking.

  23. 101 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  24. February 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. Mrs. Obama, these mentors and beautiful performers had me going! So incredible and inspiring. And so much love for FLOTUS and all the work she’s doing for our nation’s youth. BRAVA!!

    • 104 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Indeed meta. You can’t put a price on this!

    • 105 Nerdy Wonka
      February 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      It was a wonderful event, Meta! 🙂

      I thank First Lady Michelle Obama for truly opening the doors of the White House because it helps young girls like the brilliant performers we saw on that stage, dream big dreams, see what is possible, keep on hoping, and know that it is within their grasp.

      What she has done and keeps doing is so important, ground breaking, and changes lives for the better.

      • February 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        Everything she’s done is historic. There will never be another like her in the White House. I can’t wait to see where she puts her energy after 2016. I just hope we can still follow her work somehow.

        I had the great privilege of seeing Judith Jamison in her prime and the Alvin Ailey dance troupe a few times and it was revelatory. I’ll never forget their skill and artistry and how it changed my experience of dance. A real renaissance.

  25. 108 susanne
    February 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Hard to say which of PBO’s many, many accomplishments will be recognized as the most pivotal, but I’m betting on his shifting the whole damn world economy away from oil-tocracy. Gas prices low, petroleum stocks quivering, renewables booming– this is revolutionary. Which is why the pooor widdle rethugs are unable to get traction. Oil has been their deity, their agenda, their source of all support, and it’s just petered out. 🙂

    • February 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      YES, he’s turned the whole world on its ear. Really phenomenal.

    • 110 MadameSoph
      February 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      “Gas prices low, petroleum stocks quivering, renewables booming– this is revolutionary.”

      PBO has brought this and other major revolutions to this country. Just wish some of the Berniebots could acknowledge and appreciate it so we could build on and preserve them, not ignore them or try to tear them down in search of some imagined Utopia.

      • 111 0388jojothecat
        February 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

        As AA’s, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, Poor, Rich, Middle income folks fill up their tanks….but PBO has done NOTHING for AA’s and the poors like Donald or Sen. Sanders will…..

      • 115 susanne
        February 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Sometimes I think there’s been a decision to hush up PBO’s accomplishments because if people actually understood what he’s done they’d be even more reactionary. Reminds me of young folks paying respect to their elders, while quietly going about making the whole society in a new image. Don’t tell grandpa, but the world he thinks he knows is long gone!

  26. 116 Nena20409
    February 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm


    Please, don’t tell GOPers running for Prez, they will 100% deny it!

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