First Lady’s Day of the Girl Playlist

This just popped up in my news feed and I thought I’d share.

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Click here for working links to the songs. I enjoyed the President’s summer playlists, but I think I like this one even more.

Friends are on the way over so we can hike with the Beast. Beautiful day here.  Consider this an open thread.

30 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    Thank you. Enjoy the hike! You taking some good picnic food with you?

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    MomSense says:

    Lauryn Hill is so good. I wish she would record again.

    Have fun with the beast today. I’ve got a cold so my petite beast is outside with her boys.

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    Hal says:

    I really can’t say I’ll be surprised if this officer isn’t charged. I just laugh now when I read comments from cops in news stories who claim they have targets on their backs. Why be afraid when you can get away with anything?

    On Saturday night, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released two external reports that found the police officer who, within two seconds of exiting his patrol car, shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year acted reasonably.

    The prosecutor’s office requested the outside reviews, conducted by a retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor, as it presents evidence to a grand jury that will decide whether Timothy Loehmann should be charged in Rice’s death. Both found that Loehmann had reason to perceive Rice as a serious threat, the Associated Press reports. Rice had been described in a 911 call as a man waving a gun; in fact, he was holding a pellet gun.

    In a statement, Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said that the reports’ release was part of an effort to be “as public and transparent as possible.” But a lawyer for the Rice family, Subodh Chandra, speculated as to other motivations.

  4. 4
    satby says:

    I keep seeing rightwinger friends posting crap on FB about “restaurants across the country refusing to serve law enforcement”. I can usually debunk that with snopes, but this meme must be too new. Anyone heard this one yet?

  5. 5
    Schlemazel says:

    What? No “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”? No “I Am Woman”?

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    Scout211 says:

    The bills being signed into law by Jerry Brown here in California (mentioned in comments in several recent threads) are kind of amazing.

    A few: automatic voter registration at the DMV, increased digital privacy.

    And also, too: clotheslines in back yards and fake lawns are now legal even if your HOA’s CC&Rs forbid them. Yay.

    We moved out to a rural area over 5 years ago but before that were controlled by our HOA and couldn’t hang clothes on a clothesline. I put up a clothesline when we moved out here and have saved lots of $$$ and energy.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Some clown at a fast food joint (Subway?) did a couple weeks back & then claimed it was a joke. But that is the only case I have seen documented. Mostly just the usual BS being spread

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    beltane says:

    There is an internet rumor going around that says Obama infected all right-wingers with a virus that makes them very, very stupid. I have yet to see any refutation of this rumor.

  9. 9
    Baud says:


    Don’t you get tired of debunking that crap. If after, say, 10 times, they don’t realize they are being had, they never will.

  10. 10
    satby says:

    @Schlemazel: (and Baud) I tried Googling and get a variety of posts that mostly say individual restaurants have had managers misinterpret the no guns onsite policies, or that soldier who was asked to leave but he had been in a previous altercation, and one lone Chipotle worker doing the “Hands up, don’t shoot” which pissed the police off so that they left without ordering. No nationwide ban on police officers… but that’s been all over FB.

    I know it’s stupid to bother fighting RW memes on FB, but I feel like ignoring them has made them stronger. Pointing out that any requests for armed officers to leave under a strict no guns policy only developed because anyplace can be a shooting gallery now is wasted breath, but I just do it anyway. Call me stupid.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: The trouble is they don’t hear it 10 times, they hear that the BS is true from RW emails, Faux, and Brietbart… they don’t look at anything else. Yes, that’s their choice, but it surprises some of them how quickly I can pull counterfactuals out to rebut their misinformation. Does it change minds? They wouldn’t admit it if it did, but some of them have posted less toxic stuff as a result, or they’re blocking me from seeing it. And most of them aren’t tech savvy enough to block single posts that way.

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    Baud says:


    Maybe keep a running tab on how many stories you’ve debunked. I don’t know. I’m a little tired treating these people as if they are simply being misled by others.

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    Emma says:

    I have a question for all of you cat lovers. My sister and her husband have taken in a feral cat, about one or two years old. She grew up in their yard — there’s a small colony of feral cats in the neighborhood and about 6 or 7 have made their home in their yard and BIL feeds and waters them — so she’s very comfortable with them. However, the question is about training her to use the litter box. She urinates in the dog’s “it’s raining outside, Dad!” box but will not use hers and has been leaving presents all over the place.

    Can anyone give me some hints? Suggestions?

  14. 14
    satby says:

    @Emma: She’s pretty old to try to domesticate… but maybe Werebear has some suggestions. I haven’t had much luck with ferals that were older than small kittens, sometimes not even then.

  15. 15
    Baud says:


    Well, I’m glad to hear you’re having an effect.

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    Splitting Image says:

    Missing “River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner, but otherwise a good list.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: If only in my own mind.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @satby: The thing is, anywhere I’ve worked, a uniformed law enforcement officer was A-OK to come in armed. Sometimes they even do the law enforcement thing in your place of business, like the (off-duty) cop who foiled the Zakim Bridge bombing when he arrested a guy trying to pass off a shitty fake $20 at the Dunkin’ Donuts counter in the mall. Dunkies loved cops, EMTs, fire coming to the store all the time. (Despite the rep, they mostly come there for coffee. In Waltham they were the only place allowed to be open 24 hours–“Store 24” was a lie–so the prostitutes and cops used to chill there.) Or like my wingnut buddy who was driving a bus (but hates taxes… hokay) and he got in an altercation with a customer and a US Marshal was on board and identified himself and told the guy to scram. I’m pretty sure if you go into the DOT regs banning firearms they exempt officers of the law although I think on some carriers they do have to take the ammo out and box their firearms. (Greyhound?) I’d have to look it up to be sure.

    When I worked at DeNo’s we used to give uniformed law enforcement a 50% discount. My dad thought that was funny because in the 70s in Cook County (=Chicago) the cops would stroll in and go around the counter and make their own sub.

    It was a Catholic ‘hood so the cops were a bit more human to us. They saved the assholery for Black and immigrant communities (or Black immigrants, which was like half of Dorchester … oh yeah, ironically, most of them were Catholic too).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    This afternoon I’m going to see one of my favourite ballets, Giselle, as the Bolshoi begins its new season of ballet in the cinema. It’s the start of a week of high (well, mostly high) culture, all at nearby movie theatres, including Last Night at the Proms (Wednesday), the National Theatre’s production of Hamlet starring Benedict-be-still-my-heart-Cumberbatch (Thursday), and the Met Opera’s Otello (Saturday). Not to mention a hike with friends tomorrow morning, the dismantling of my cousin’s art exhibit tomorrow afternoon, and the first Democratic debate Tuesday night. Busy week!!

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    redshirt says:

    I love the First Lady so this is no slam on her, but I’m curious how focused group approved these playlists are – specifically in terms of songs on the list avoiding controversial subjects.

    Like, for example, there’s no way BO could put “Fuck the Police” by N.W.A. on his publicly released playlist.

    So, I’m picturing some White House staff researching each song. Makes me chuckle for some reason.

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    MomSense says:


    I would say Giselle is technically the most challenging ballet. I’ve only learned some of variations in classes so I know just enough to appreciate the skill required.

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    SarahT says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Enjoy ! I’m off to see NYCB – an all Balanchine program. Can’t wait !

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    Starfish says:

    @satby: I tried to use Snopes to debunk right-wingers, and they sent me a link to a blogspot post talking about how Snopes is some vast liberal conspiracy.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Intermission update: It’s interesting to compare and contrast the Bolshoi’s production with the Royal Ballet’s version, which I’ve seen twice in the past two years. In the first act today I found myself focusing more than usual on the dancers’ feet, and yes, the technical demands are extraordinary, including on the corps.

    In November, the Bolshoi is doing Balanchine’s Jewels, which I haven’t seen in years — decades, actually. So I’m really looking forward to that. Do enjoy the NYCB, SarahT!

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    Zinsky says:

    I hate to be the Grammar Nazi, but “their” is a possessive and “there” is a location. It’s really simple.

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    SarahT says:

    @SiubhanDuinne Along w/Serenade, Jewels is my all-time fave – will be seeing it up here in Spring & just can’t wait ! We’ll have to compare notes on the productions. Tschaikovsky Suite #3 about to start here – so glad you’re having a good ballet !

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    Shana says:

    Happy to see a song from “Hamilton.” Loved that show, even though I saw it without Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s truly as good as the hype. I know I sound like a broken record with this, but there you are.

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    A guy says:

    Why not Johnny are you Queer by Josie cotton?

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    Paul in KY says:

    Don’t know if it matters, but Nico & Vinz are both males. I saw them at Loufest in September. Fun set, enjoyed their show.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Emma: The cat needs to become an outdoor cat. The only thing I’ve ever done is plop one down in it & take their paw & make digging motions. Most pick up on it immediately.

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