80 Responses to “The White House Science Fair”

  1. April 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Posting this just as I found it on POU:


    • 2 desertflower
      April 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      That Tweet came about from this: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/ted-cruz-dildo-ban-sex-devices-texas

      In one chapter of his campaign book, A Time for Truth, Sen. Ted Cruz proudly chronicles his days as a Texas solicitor general, a post he held from 2003 to 2008. Bolstering his conservative cred, the Republican presidential candidate notes that during his stint as the state’s chief lawyer, in front of the Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts he defended the inclusion of “under God” in the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the display of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol, a congressional redistricting plan that assisted Republicans, a restrictive voter identification law, and a ban on late-term abortions. He also described cases in which he championed gun rights and defended the conviction of a Mexican citizen who raped and murdered two teenage girls in a case challenged by the World Court. Yet one case he does not mention is the time he helped defend a law criminalizing the sale of dildos.

    • 4 Wilson Michael
      April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Bhwaaa Hahahahaha!!!!!

  2. 5 MightyPamela
    April 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm


  3. April 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  4. 7 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤ 😀 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤ 😀

  5. April 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    “To address the dearth of tactile books for children, these researchers are developing free titles anyone can download and print. Behavioral studies have long shown that known that reading stories to infants and children supports cognitive development (and you don’t need science to recognize how much kids love hearing a story). But in 2015, the American Association of Pediatrics published a study that examined the quantifiable effects—which had not been studied before—concluding that “children from more stimulating home reading environments had greater activity in brain areas supporting narrative comprehension and visual imagery, which are important for both language and reading.” Of course, illustrations and art are a big part of children’s books, and an aspect that kids with visual impairments don’t get to enjoy. Now, a professor is developing a way to change that—by replacing sight with touch. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, Professor Tom Yeh spearheads the Tactile Picture Books Project, a group of academic researchers and students that study how 3-D printing could be used to produce picture books for visually impaired children.

    The American Foundation for the Blind has already officially recommended that caregivers create tactile books for visually impaired children, but doing so can be a laborious process. The challenge for Yeh and his team, then, is creating software—essentially, 3-D modeling programs—that will allow anyone to design and print their own tactile books with relative ease…..Yeh and his team are still refining their software and developing guidelines and recommendations for designing and making 3-D printed books, but have produced tactile versions of Goodnight Moon and Harold and the Purple Crayon—two solid tomes. Goodnight Moon features eight different raised illustrations, which are complemented with Braille and regular text; Harold and the Purple Crayon has 10 different raised illustrations that users print. Since all of the files are available to download free, the way they’re bound depends on the user…..”The process of designing these tactile pictures has been a rather humbling experience,” Hsu said in a release. “In retrospect, I am struck by how deeply concerned the teachers for the visually impaired were with the individual needs of each child…continued”

  6. April 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  7. 10 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

  8. 12 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  9. April 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Dem Gov. Edwards beat Sen. Vitter

  10. 20 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  11. April 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Aw, I love it when he gets to nerd out on these fairs. 🙂
    I take it there will be a video of this available later? With…mayyybe a slightly better camera angle? 🙂

  12. 23 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

  13. 24 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

  14. 25 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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  17. 30 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm

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  19. 32 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm

  20. 33 No Child Left Behind
    April 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

  21. 34 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Live feed at the WH Science Fair is back.

  22. 35 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  23. 36 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

  24. 37 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    • 38 sherijr
      April 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      yep, apparently he’s going to support Catherine Pugh now.

      • April 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        What do yu think a out Pough?

        • 40 sherijr
          April 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

          I had picked her as my second choice, I think she’s pretty much what Baltimore has always had. I plan to vote for DeRay- I think new blood is needed in this city – and Pugh isn’t that by any measure.. but she is experienced and smart. I just think DeRay would represent real change and someone who’s interests lie more w/the youth and needs of the citizens over the monied interests.

  25. 41 desertflower
    April 13, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    BAM!! 🙂

  26. 42 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  27. 44 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Peeking in with sleepy eyes and foggy brain, but made it in time to catch PresO’s science speech. 🙂 🙂 Had a sick youngster on my hands last night so had precious little sleep & lots of laundry washing. (I don’t doubt I’ll see bits and pieces of PBO’s stroll through the science exhibits another day when I’m truly awake.) Off to get a sleepy bird’s eye view on all I’ve missed so far today.

  28. 45 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

  29. 46 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  30. 47 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  31. 48 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  32. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    April 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Good Evening TOD. I pray that Chips mom is recovering well. Nerdy and all the other bt’s thank you for keeping the home fire burning in her absence.

    Thought I would share my opinion on the state of the race here in Maryland:

    With regards to the Senate race. I think it is going to be very close. Most polls show them within the margin of error leaning Van Hollen. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are both fine representatives for the state but I always felt that Chris has more broad name recognition throughout the state than Donna and in the end thought that he would garner more statewide support. Now I am not so sure. Donna has run a really good race and has done a phenomenal job in the debates. She has the support of most of the national women’s groups, progressive groups, dkos and the like. Although she is a far left favorite she has been very careful to show full-throated support for PBO at all times. I think it is a dead heat and either one of them can win this. I rate this a tossup with advantage going to Van Hollen. BTW, Donna Edwards will get my vote in the primary.

    On the Presidential race. Hillary has a very large lead in the state. Most of the young people (black and white) like Bernie. I’m not sure how reliable their votes are because with the little bit of engagement I’ve had with Hillary and Bernie’s campaign here in MD there has not been a lot of youth engaged in either campaign. Bernie is popular with the youth based solely on his campaign promise of free college. They know very little else about him. When you sit down and talk to them (these are college students mind you) about how laws get passed and that he will need a Congress that is willing to work with him to get their fairy tale dreams passed into law they just kind of give you this glazed over eye look and say, well at least he’s trying….????

    There has been one rally with Sec. Clinton her in the state and it took place last Sunday in Baltimore and I was invited and wanted to attend out of curiosity but because I don’t have all of my strength back just yet I didn’t attend. She had a good turnout and has garnered support from the entire Democratic delegation here in MD. After that awful upset in 2014 with our Governors race I will only say, “she should win by double digits” but only if people get out and vote. It’s a closed primary and no same day registration so that should work in her favor.

  33. 51 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    The number of Excuses and Kid Gloves these people expect for themselves dry me bonkers.

  34. April 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    “When rhetoric becomes disconnected from reality, we’ve crossed a dangerous line. We deserve better from people aspiring to be President”

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  38. April 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    It’s rare when I am as bitter about a tv show as I have been about Sleepy Hollow since this past Friday, but I’m STILL pissed.



    Everyone is saying that the show had great potential, and that they screwed it up. But I haven’t seen anyone articulate what that potential was. Why was so resonant in season one? At this particular time, and in this particular climate?

    I read the phrase “the chemistry between the two leads” and frankly that’s not enough for me. It’s not enough to explain what I saw in the show and why I am so mad. I deeply believe that the value of the fantasy/horror genre is how it lets us symbolically consider big issues of morality in ways that are fun.


    If you study American history at all, slavery is three quarters of it. The struggle for racial inclusion and equity is the rest. More than class, more than ideas, more than geography, race is the single focal point that encompasses all of American history. There is no part of this country that wasn’t molded, or counter-molded, without the presence of it. From the very beginning we argued about it. We didn’t stop arguing. We went to war over it. Then we had a second proxy cold war about it during the civil rights movement. We are still arguing about it today with Black Lives Matter.


    I haven’t talked about Abbie yet. Sorry. I needed to set the stage. I needed to be able to say that the chemistry that existed between Abbie and Ichabod existed because she was black and accomplished and he was white and ignorant. The desire to smoosh them together, to make them work as partners, was more than a desire to see an attractive man with an attractive woman, it was a desire to reconcile the entire American experiment.

    Think back to the images in their first meeting. Ichabod, an 18th century man, locked in a cage because he cannot understand the modern world. He’s idealistic, he’s educated, he’s utterly incompetent at modern reality, he cannot understand why he’s not in charge, why all the cretins around him treat him like he’s crazy and refuse to follow his orders. I’m pretty sure I just restated the analysis of trump voters.

    • 60 Dudette
      April 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Wow! Deep! I’ve not watched one episode of this show, but you just made me want to. I just thought this show was popular cuz it was a horror thing, which I’m not into at all. Did something bad just happen to the show (or on the show)? No, don’t tell me. I guess I’ll find out. 🙂

  39. April 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    It was only a matter of time before kids started picking up the aggressive, divisive language that’s become a hallmark of the 2016 presidential campaign.

    “My students are terrified of Donald Trump. They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa,” one middle school teacher told the SPLC. The teacher was one of more than 2,000 educators who opted to take a survey conducted through the SPLC’s “Teaching Tolerance” program.

    “I have had Muslim students called terrorists,” said another teacher who submitted comments to the survey.

    “There is a boy from Mexico, who is a citizen, who is terrified that the country will deport him if Trump wins,” wrote a third teacher. “He is also scared that kids and grown-ups can and will hurt him.”

    “So many of my students have begun to show hatred towards refugees, low-income and poverty citizens, and there has been an increase in religious bias,” one teacher wrote. Scores of educators shared similar sentiments in the survey comments.

    “There’s a sense that if someone doesn’t agree with you, it’s acceptable (even encouraged) to have hatred and anger towards them,” wrote another.

    • 62 desertflower
      April 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you for posting this…I have shared Tolerance.org site with my fellow educators…Break the cycle.

    • 63 Obama Grandmama
      April 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      A good leader is a role model for those under him/her. So it is important to choose someone you can be proud of representing us and showing others how to treat one another.

  40. 64 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  41. April 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    ‘Evicted’: How Renters, Especially Poor Black Women, Are Locked Out
    Mar 29, 2016, 5:39pm Eleanor J. Bader
    Matthew Desmond compellingly focuses on the ways race, class, and gender intersect with housing loss in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

    When Harvard sociology professor and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to study housing policy, homelessness, and the politics of eviction, he came to a conclusion that startled him: “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”

    In Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, out this month from the Crown Publishing Group, Desmond compellingly focuses on the ways race, class, and gender intersect with housing loss. His focus is Milwaukee, a city he got to know while in graduate school in nearby Madison. Evicted offers an in-depth, heart-rending look at eight families caught in the struggle to find decent, affordable housing in the city. To write the book, Desmond spent more than a year living in two of Milwaukee’s most impoverished neighborhoods and interviewing residents.

  42. April 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    uh huh

    ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Disingenuous’: Responses to Clinton’s Proposal for Dismantling School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Mar 1, 2016, 5:40pm
    Kanya D’Almeida


    The conversation gained steam in February when Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, penned a piece in the Nation titled “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.” In her essay, Alexander explored the ways in which then-President Bill Clinton championed a federal “three strikes” law to impose life sentences without parole for offenders convicted of certain crimes, and signed a $30 billion crime bill that created scores of new federal capital crimes and significantly expanded the police force—policies for which Alexander claims Hillary Clinton actively advocated.


    Her statement came more than a week after unveiling her $125 billion Breaking Every Barrier Agenda that promises, among other things, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

    Her proposal includes an allocation of $2 billion to school districts to incentivize reform of harsh disciplinary practices, which have been followed by soaring suspension and arrest rates: School suspensions shot up from 1.7 million in 1974 to 3.1 million in 2000, “and have been most dramatic for children of color,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Clinton’s proposal also calls attention to an “ineffective culture of zero-tolerance,” and highlights the over-reliance on “school resource officers”—police personnel deployed in schools who numbered 9,000 as of 2008—as being emblematic of “overly punitive atmospheres that often disproportionately criminalize and stigmatize students of color, students with disabilities, and students who identify as LGBT.”

  43. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    April 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    “The real division, then, was not between black and white Democrats or between progressive and “establishment” Democrats. It was between Democrats and Republicans. That’s still true today (though less so; some conservatives are coming around, for their own reasons, to the view that we need incarceration and sentencing reform). What’s really happening is that some on the left, included BLM and the editors of The Nation, who lost the argument among progressives in 1994, are attempting to re-litigate the debate, and in doing so are making a dispute between the two parties seem like one within the Democratic Party. The press loves phony controversies like that. Liberals shouldn’t.”

  44. 69 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

  45. April 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Cruz ad: When I’m president, ‘de Blasio is done’
    April 13, 2016, 02:43 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday released a new radio ad attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, ahead of the Empire State’s primary.

    The 60-second ad, titled “Nerve,” starts by referring to comments made by de Blasio attacking Cruz.

    “I think Ted Cruz is out of touch with New York State and New York City,” the ad quotes de Blasio saying.

    “He’s got a lot of nerve,” the ad says in response. “De Blasio’s socialist policies are tearing this city apart.”

    The ad says that murder in the city is up nearly 10 percent and cops are treated “like criminals.” It also accuses the mayor of making New York a “sanctuary city, rolling out the red carpet for illegals.

  46. April 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, nothing could go wrong with this.


    Pittsburgh Police on alert after armed Donald Trump supporters say they will confront protesters
    April 13, 2016

    Some Donald Trump supporters appear to be a bit overzealous in the run-up to the Republican Presidential candidate’s visit to Pittsburgh later today.

    Yesterday, an open-carry support group posted a message on Reddit saying they would be armed and patrolling outside Trump’s Oakland appearance. The goal was to inhibit potential protesters. Trump is holding a town hall meeting with Fox News’ Sean Hannity inside the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m. A screenshot sent to City Paper yesterday afternoon details plans for a group of 50 people to patrol in loops armed with guns around Oakland blocks to stop potential protesters from starting roadblocks. The screenshot has since circulated on social media but appears to have been removed from Reddit.

    The posts says “the majority of us will us will be open carrying sidearms and long arms (AR-15 style preferred, but AK’s and such are fine)… This isn’t gonna be a place to mess around!” The post also states that the group plans to meet at the Mazeroski Field at 12:30 p.m. and to use two-way radios to communicate.

  47. 72 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  48. April 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  49. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    April 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Ugh!!! 😡

  50. 79 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

  51. 80 Nena20409
    April 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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