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  1. February 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Back later, be good-ish!

  2. 2 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    LIVE NOW: Bill Clinton holds a Get out the Vote event at the University of Central Oklahoma. http://www.msnbc.com/shift/watch/live-bill-clinton-campaigns-in-ok-632636483896

  3. 5 arapaho415
    February 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    GM TODville.

    Following up on NCLB’s tweet post on previous thread:

    Here’s some text of that @nytimes article:

    The response to this “strategy” of course is for Dems to VOTE in November, and regain rightful control of Senate (shame on Dems for not voting in 2010).

  4. 9 MightyPamela
    February 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

  5. February 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

    “Most people rarely stop and look at the billions-year-old fireball in the sky if for no other reason than to avoid temporary blindness. Now, however, NASA is saving you the pain with a yearlong time lapse of the sun and detailed play-by-play of just what goes on up there. The time lapse was recorded every day of 2015 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

    “What we’re looking at right now is imagery from the Solar Dynamics Observatory,” Nicholeen Viall, a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, says in the video. “All of the dynamics and activity that’s going on in the solar corona — the sun’s atmosphere — which is what I study.”….Viall proceeds to lead an explanation of the different workings of the sun, going over filaments, magnetic loops, prominence, active regions and “coronal mass ejections.” Viall also talks about unresolved issues, including why the solar corona is significantly hotter than the sun’s surface. “We know that it has to do with a magnetic field, which is constantly dynamic and evolving and ejecting energy into the solar corona,” she says.”

  6. February 27, 2016 at 10:31 am

    “Tuition to U.S. universities has surged 500 percent since 1985 and continues to rise. But German universities offer free education to everyone — including Americans. The number of American students enrolled in German universities has risen steadily in recent years. Currently, an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens are studying at German colleges — nearly all of them for free, according to NBC News. German universities in most federal states have traditionally been free for German citizens as well as many foreigners, including many American, Chinese and British students. One reason German taxpayers foot the bill is to help attract more skilled workers to the country. In recent years, German companies have been unable to fill thousands of jobs because of a lack of qualified applicants. Although Germany has one of the world’s most generous welfare systems, its resources are increasingly strained as more workers retire. The central European economic powerhouse also has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates — making the problem even worse…..

    ….Back in 2012, Lars Funk, a representative for the Association of German Engineers (VDI), explained that “the current labor shortage in Germany could inflict lasting damage.” According to Funk, foreign students could help fill that gap. Since then, the problem has increased. To attract talent from abroad, many Germany universities have started to offer courses on an undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in English. According to a data analysis by the website studyportals.eu — which collects information on available college courses all over the world — there are at least about 900 entirely English-language courses in Germany. The subjects include social sciences, politics and engineering — a particular strength of the country’s education system. Getting into those courses is easier than one might assume: In some cases, a potential student doesn’t even have to submit a formal application. There are other countries that offer even more such courses, including the Netherlands, as well as English-speaking Ireland and the United Kingdom. However, Germany is the only country without any tuition fees….continued”

  7. 15 GGAIL
    February 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Charisma in full effect

  8. February 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    “For months, Germans have been engaged in a heated debate about how to assimilate an unprecedented wave of more than a million refugees, but Firas Alshater just wants them to lighten up. The Syrian asylum seeker has become Germany’s latest social media sensation by launching a web series presenting life in his newly adopted country from his own, very funny, point of view. Hundreds of thousands Internet users have seen Firas Alshater’s short clip, in which he pokes fun of German quirks like a perceived tendency for needing a long time to warm up to new people and circumstances. It shows Alshater standing in Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz, blindfolded and with his arms wide open. A sign next to him reads “I’m a Syrian refugee. I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug!” But while the fluffy-bearded 26-year-old looks more teddy bearish than terrorist, at first nobody takes him up on the offer. Only after a woman finally breaks the ice do other passers-by follow suit, one man even leaping into Alshater’s arms. The video then shows the Syrian comically running away from hordes of hug-obsessed Germans. “I learned that Germans need some time, but then nothing can stop them. Therefore, I think that integration will work out,” Alshater said, summing up his experiment into the camera….

    ….Alshater, who came to Germany two and a half years ago after being imprisoned and tortured as an opponent of the Assad regime, uploaded the clip last Friday. When he returned to his job at a film production company on Monday, several journalists were already waiting for him. His phone hasn’t stopped ringing since and his inbox is overflowing. Everyone in Germany, it seems, wants to get to know the guy dubbed the country’s “first refugee YouTuber.” “I never thought this would happen. I uploaded the video for no particular reason and never expected to become famous,” Alshater said in a recent phone conversation. He thinks the success of his video can partly be explained by the fact that many Germans are fed up with the gravity of the integration debate, especially since the mass assaults on women in the West German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve by gangs of men, some of whom are believed to have been asylum seekers….continued”

  9. 19 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 10:36 am

    // ………………………………

    That is a list of the way Republicans in Congress have taken unprecedented actions against President Obama. Of course it doesn’t include the unprecedented use of the filibuster by Senate Republicans to block his nominations, appointments and legislative agenda when they were in the minority. Nor does it include all the times that Republican politicians, candidates and officials have questioned his citizenship, love of country, and clearly professed religious beliefs.

    ……………………………….
    …. The evidence flies in the face of Republicans and pundits who attempt to turn this whole approach on its head and claim that it is the President who is being divisive. ………………………..
    …………………………..//

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2016/02/unprecedented.html

  10. 20 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

    turtle McConnell has a record of promising political things he ultimately can’t deliver (remember one-term PBO);

    – dropping the xenophobic monster of presidential candidate is just the latest.

    – turtle over-estimates his power and political acumen;

    I will also not be surprised if he is out-maneuvered by PBO and Sen Reid and there is another PBO-appointee voted into the SCOTUS

  11. February 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

    My most fervent wish for ALL TODers is to someday meet President Obama. He just exudes an abundance of charm and magnetism and so much warmth and light, it’s undeniably phenomenal. His voice and gestures, so familiar to us now, are beautifully unforgettable. If you EVER have a chance to see him, RUN DO NOT WALK AND DO IT. It will always be an experience that will warm your soul, that you will never forget. That’s my wish for you.

    • 22 carolyn
      February 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

      You are so right meta. We saw him in February 2007 when he was just beginning his campaign. We bought $25 tickets and waited for him. He was, even at that point, phenomenal. His message was what it has remained. Every time he came on TV, my husband would say “We saw him!”
      The last TV my husband watched was Senator Pinckney’s funeral, so he could hear President Obama speak once again. The speech moved him to tears, and he felt confident for the country, as he knew he was leaving. My husband was born when Hoover was president, so remembered every president since FDR. All his life FDR had been the model, until President Obama. He said toward the end of his life that President Obama was the greatest president of his lifetime…..84 years. ( he was in the demographic that was NOT supposed to like President Obama, but he loved him) Right now he would say regarding the SCOTUS nomination, “Relax. He’s got this.”

      • February 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

        Ah, carolyn, what a lovely memory of your husband. I’m so happy he was able to see PBO’s very moving eulogy and that you are able to savor that.

        The first time I saw PBO was also in 2007 for $25 at a mid morning weekday event. The large auditorium wasn’t full so we got to greet him after and he was so gracious to us. Afterwards, we walked down the street to a restaurant for lunch where we were so thrilled we couldnt stop talking about it and just had to tell everyone in the restaurant that we’d just met Barack Obama!! We raised a glass of champagne to our next President and walked out still feeling the glow of having witnessed a great man.

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        February 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Carolyn, thank you for sharing that beautiful memory of your husband. What a wonderful man he was. It must be so comforting to know that you shared a love of our president with him..

      • February 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        Thank you so much for sharing your memories of your husband with us…

    • 26 Judith Fardig
      February 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      For sure! Michelle, too.

    • February 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Just to imagine it makes my heart sing and brings tears to my eyes Meta!!!

  12. February 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Question of the Day:

  13. February 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

  14. 36 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    luckily for the US, the slime bags that the gop is putting up as candidates have revealed themselves very early when there is still time to work on a solid winning strategy in the months ahead;

    clearly, the racial demons that have been at the center of this country’s finding are now prominently and unapologetically on the ballot and are at the center of open political discussion => no dog whistles to hide behind;

    hope all the democratic party and the two Dem presidential candidates put more emphasis on registering voters;

    you can’t get-out-the-vote of people who did not register early on in the process (especially given the gop-enacted laws that cancelled same-day registration);

    it is also important to remember that it is not only the Hispanics who care about immigration and the crap that the gop has been saying.

    there are many other groups of immigrants and their supporters that will need to be registered and mobilized to come out to vote;bu

    we need all hands on deck and a robust voter registration drive

  15. 39 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

  16. February 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Last time I will be ordering White House commemorative Easter eggs. 😦 Now I need to get ahold of a set of the Obama china and the Obama Christmas Ornament.

  17. February 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

    “Are you tired of sleeping through your alarm? A team of entrepreneurs based in Vancouver and Hong Kong have created the Ruggie, a small rug that doubles as an alarm clock that forces you to get out of bed to turn it off. Simply set the alarm at your desired wake up time and when the Ruggie sounds your alarm, you need to stand on it for at least three seconds before it shuts off. Doing so will get you out of bed and on your feet, making it more likely for you to get on with your day than hitting snooze and going back to sleep.”

    • 45 Obama Grandmama
      February 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Sounds like what I had to do when I was a teen. I lived in a house with no heat in the upstairs bedrooms. My bed and desk were on each side of my bedroom door. The alarm clock was on my desk. I had many blankets on my bed keeping me from freezing at night. When I woke up to the alarm and had to take a few steps to get to it to turn it off it was like a sudden jolt of cold air waking me up. Ha ha.

  18. February 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    On a previous thread, (don’t know which one; I’ve been catching up and have lost track), there was a comment regarding Sanders’ vote for the 1994 Crime Bill. This post by Fred Clark, as ‘slacktivist’ gives a very coherent view of the context surrounding the bill. He worked for its passage because of the VAWA act, as did most other progressives. Fred Clark is a religion/politics/life blogger who comes from a conservative Evangelical religious background but left that behind long ago and is now one of the most sane and thoughtful writers I know. Sanders’ vote for the bill is no more scandalous that Clinton’s. I don’t know whether he thought he had to make up a justification or if he just didn’t remember correctly, but people have to understand the context of that bill. If you are a progressive Christian (or even if you aren’t) his is a great blog to read. In particular he has been hilariously critiquing and tearing apart the “Left Behind” series for many years.

    “How did that happen? Well, we’re in the middle of a substanceless primary purity argument* centered around the 1994 Biden Bill — the omnibus crime bill that included VAWA. That argument never mentions VAWA, or any of the many other laudable ingredients in that sprawling, throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks legislation. That law was the product of political compromise — so it included things progressives loved (like VAWA and the assault weapons ban) as well as many other things that conservatives loved and progressives hated (grants to states to build prisons), but that progressives accepted to because that’s how divided government works. But the law was also a mixed bag because it was stuffed with trial pilot programs and untested new ideas. Some of those turned out to be good ideas. Some fizzled out fecklessly.”

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2016/02/17/the-1994-crime-law/

    • 47 57andfemale
      February 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

      First of all, Hillary did not vote for the bill! She was First Lady! Second, I think this has been debunked. Sanders points to a provision that was not in the bill. I’ll try to track down the link.

      No matter who we support, we must remain fact based. The Sanders camp is directly responsible for the meme that Hillary “voted” for the bill. I see it in tweets. Her super predator remarks were about those that recruited children, not the children themselves. And she has apologized anyway. And 20 years ago, there was a good deal of broad support to do something about gang violence and crime, much of that support coming from the AA community itself. The bill had unintended consequences and it should be amended. That is what should happen ás experience informs our actions.

  19. February 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    • 49 catrst
      February 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      I saw Mr Sellers for the first time on an interview side by side with Cornel West. Thought West was rude and thoughtless. Thought I want to see more of Mr. Sellers. He was great.

  20. 50 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

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  23. February 27, 2016 at 11:23 am

    In the #DiplomacyHasConsequences news of the day ….

    bbl ….

  24. February 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

    #TPP

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  27. February 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

    David Frum starts a long rant here trying to grapple with the rot that is the GOP. THEY BUILD THIS.

  28. 65 Dudette
    February 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

  29. 68 Dudette
    February 27, 2016 at 11:52 am

  30. February 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    THIS

  31. 70 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Iran election: Early results suggest gains for reformists.

    Reformists in Iran, including President Hassan Rouhani, are ahead of conservatives following Friday’s crucial elections, early results say.

    Mr Rouhani and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lead the race for the 88-member Assembly of Experts, the body that appoints the Supreme Leader.

    Votes for a new parliament are also being counted.

    The election was the first since a deal with world powers over Iran’s nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions.

    The outcome could affect reformist President Hassan Rouhani’s chances of re-election in 2017.

    Mr Rouhani and Mr Rafsanjani are leading the poll in Tehran province, both winning more nearly 700,000 votes.

    In contrast, the leading candidate of Islamic hardliners, Ayatollah Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, has come last with about 300,000 votes.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35678274

    contrast this with what’s happening in murka.

  32. February 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Beauty Break

  33. 73 57andfemale
    February 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

  34. 74 57andfemale
    February 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  35. February 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    For REAL ….

  36. 78 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I love my VPOTUS.

  37. 82 desertflower
    February 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Morning everyone:) Late start for me…I have Trumpty Dumpty stuck in my head…..(instead of Humpty Dumpty:)

  38. 83 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm

  39. February 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    HTGAWM fans will appreciate this:

  40. 86 amk for obama
    February 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Go foxes.

  41. 87 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  42. 88 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

  43. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  44. 91 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Couple of comments under the ‘toon:

    Kaffekup said:
    No, that one is the republican gesture to all of America. Especially after the rest of the fingers crumble.

    …………………

    ODon:
    Should he get the nomination who will be comfortable as his running mate? Second place is a loser in the world of Trump so should prove interesting.

  45. February 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    DA PHUQ?

    St. Louis Student, 9, Can’t Attend School Because He’s Black

    Edmund Lee, a third-grader at a charter school in south St. Louis, can’t attend the school next year because his family moved to the suburbs, from which, an archaic law states, black students can’t attend city schools.

    BY: STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.

    Posted: Feb. 26 2016 7:36 AM

    Nine-year-old Edmund Lee is a great student. He’s a third-grader at Gateway Science Academy, a charter school in south St. Louis. He’s been a student there since kindergarten, and he wants to stay there, but an archaic law on the city’s books won’t allow him to attend the school anymore because he’s black.

    Everything was fine as long as Edmund and his family lived in the city of St. Louis. But their recent move to the suburbs means that Edmund can’t attend his old school. Because of the way that St. Louis’ laws are written, suburban kids cannot attend city schools if they are black.

    “When I read the guidelines, I was in shock,” Edmund’s mother, La’Shieka White, told Fox 2 Now. “I was crying.”

    The law was passed decades ago and was meant to address school segregation.

  46. February 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Afternoon TOD. Normally I, as most of us do, come here for updates and happenings on what PBO is up to. Makes my day, while I savor his remaining term in office. Have no idea what you all plan to do with this site after the election, but I am so looking forward to “later” as I have never seen such ugliness portrayed here- speaking about the streams of hideous pics and photos of RWNJ’s. I so miss PBO’s beautiful face. And those of his family. I scroll down every few inches and I get blasted with the UGLY that is The Dump. I guess I’m just ranting but it is nauseating. Anyhow, do what you feel you must, for whatever reason. Will continue to lurk, but with one eye open 🙂 Peace !!

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Know what, EDP, I agree with you. I’m tired of Trump’s face, particularly here! I can tolerate some of the ‘toons that allude to him, but I don’t really like hearing about him all the time. Then again, I don’t like hearing a lot about the others either. However we slice it, we’re in an odd place where we want to know what’s happening…sort of… but we want more of PBO as well. Sigh!

  47. 98 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  48. 102 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I *just* remembered that Symmetry said this was the weekend she’d be visiting the White House, so I peeped in her TL to see if my memory was correct!

  49. 105 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    LIVE NOW: Clinton Campaign Event in Fairfield, AL – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  50. 106 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    US Democrats abroad:

  51. February 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm


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