Keep out of the rain, see you later
I love that picture! Good morning everyone!
I love that picture of POTUS too.
OMG, I am first! I will take the picture as my prize. It is now on my desktop.
What is it about rain and PBO that endears me more?
I don’t know desertflower … he looks vulnerable, but not? He looks like he does not mind the rain, much like he seems to let the hate and obstructive actions of his enemies roll off him to. All I know is that I look at that photo above and I know that he is a man I would trust my children, myself, and my world to. He looks pensive and capable – quiet strength.
He looks like he should be whistling “Singing in the Rain” Seems to have a little smile.
nicely said I see serenity and calmness….
That is a great observation. He is a person who doesn’t waste time dwelling on the trials and tribulations life tosses his way, be it rain or, as you say, the hate and vitriol being thrown at him. Rather he is focused on the future and what he can do in the present to make that future a reality.
‘He is a person who doesn’t waste time dwelling on the trials and tribulations life tosses his way,’
In other words he doesn’t waste time on the things he cannot change, but rather focuses on how to change those things he can? I like this, Japa.
pensive thoughts of when his family lived in Bellevue, WA.. his mom graduated from high school there and she traveled there with him when he was young boy before she re-married and relocated to Indonesia.
Also, I think he’s a trifle tired and has turned the horses toward home, where his beautiful family awaits his arrival. I hope he slept well on the plane.
I know, he has the whole world strife, problems, and this campaign on his shoulders to deal with…I know he could not wait to fall into the arms of FLOTUS and the girls to re-charge his energy. I don’t know how he does it….he makes it look so easy and we know it’s not. Whose hair wouldn’t turn white?
Just a thought, did anyone ever feel that #43 had the world on his shoulders? I know most thought he wasn’t capable as a president but did you ever think of him seriously as having the ‘world’ on his shoulders, even when he was starting a war etc.? Yet we instinctively think that way about PBO. I must say that despite the inherent stressfulness of this position, President Obama is wearing the world well. Have a good weekend, PBO! We actually, really truly love you!
VC, I never cared enough about 43 to consider how he was feeling, although, if you remember, he was always telling us how “hard” his job was. The “Decider” was quite a whiner.
Classic line: “The Decider was quite a whiner.” 100% true.
#43 also took himself off on a record number of vacations as I recall…. #44 works 6 (or 7) days week, has young children in school, and has hardly taken a real vacation in 3+ years. I do fully agree he wear it well, and seems to grow only more and more handsome as well! He is a good, honest and decent man. He is loved.
Your comment speaks my mind!
I have lived to see only nine presidents in action and have only read about the others but I suspect then and now, they all had to deal with some weighty issues. None have caused more of a sh@t storm as #43 and it took a toll on him mentally and physically but he brought it on himself. He not only messed up America and his place in history but he messed up for any future Bushes who dare to think about running for President…they have the #43-F-UP-stain on them forever.
EXACTLY…QUIET STRENGTH….THAT’S OUR PBO! WHAT AN AWESOME DAY WE HAD TODAY W/ THE HOMELESS…AND ALLLLLLL MY JAMBALAYA IS NOW GONE! I LOVE MY HOMELESS!!!!! THEY HAVE FULL TUMMIES TODAY! NOW I HAVE TO CATCH UP ON THE TOD EVENTS!..:)
I just want to thank you so much Sue for all the work you do for the homeless. I remember having Jambalaya when I went on a trip to New Orleans with my husband a long time ago. It was delicious.
EVERYONE SHOULD GET INVOLVED WITH SOME VOLUNTEER WORK WITH THE HOMELESS…THE EXPERIENCE IS UNFORGETTABLE! BLESSINGS SJTERRID!…:)
I did volunteer to help serve breakfast and lunch last year at a day shelter two days a week from January until about April. It was heart breaking to see so may people line up to get something to eat. They were so appreciative.
Congrats, mtmarilyn. As an aside that picture could also be in his 2013 Presidential Calendar.
Tribute to Whitney schedule
Morning all. I’m watching it right now. I’ll be gone for awhile cause I’ll more than likely be on my knees. Cya later.
I haven’t seen his schedule for the day. When will he be going home? I have been so busy the last few days I have much to catch up on. I have to go back and read the other posts.
Hiya Marilyn. Congrats on being first! PBO came back home at 2:49 AM EST this morning I believe. His schedule for the week is on the “Rise and Shine” thread.
Thank you UT.
OMG, BEST PICTURE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats, mtmarilyn. One of these days I am going to hold that spot. Until then last on the last thread is good as long as I am here.
Take that picture away and smile. You earned it!
MSNBC is also going to carry the funeral live from 12noon-2PM.
Awesome picture; great visit in Washington State yesterday; glad PBO is home safe.
Alright guys if you wanna see a more honest livestream/liveblog of Whitney Houston’s funeral it’s livestreaming at Essence.com here: http://www.essence.com/remembering-whitney-houston/
Thanks. Our local channel is showing it without talk. If they start talking or break for commercial I’ll switch over.
thanks Iamh, I’ve passed that link on.. way better, imo.
I tried watching the memorial but it’s just too much church for me. Time to get on with my day. Have a good one all.
More “Rain” photos!
Today is a weird day here. I am located about 30 minutes inland from the Oregon Coast. It is pouring rain as hard as I have ever heard it raining for around ten minutes then the sun comes out with no rain for about another ten minutes. It has been doing that pretty much all day like that here. Just about the time I think of going next door it starts pouring again and I decide it is a stay in the house day. Decided to stay here with all of you.
aloha obama grandmama!
it’s raining here, too. and i had a clothesline full of tee shirts and other ‘heavies’ to dry–plus a load of dish towels in the washer, just sitting there getting sour, waiting for their turn on the line. my husband, who can’t drive yet after surgery, wants me to chauffer him and a load of yard cuttings (he can still prune, and boy is he going at it) to the waste station. but, oh dear! it’s raining! guess i’ll have a cup of tea and sit down with the tod family!
This service is beautiful. I’m gonna miss Whitney.
Some 1,500 family and friends are attending the funeral of music star Whitney Houston in Newark, New Jersey.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina is at New Hope Baptist Church with her father, the singer’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
Stevie Wonder and Kevin Costner are among the celebrities paying tribute in person. Security is tight, with fans kept away – although the service is being streamed live on the internet.
Hmmm bbc is inaccurate. Bobby left the funeral according to ABC. Bobbi Kris is sitting in the front row w/ her grandmother Cissy.
I HEARD BOBBY BROWN WAS ASKED TO LEAVE BY A VARIETY OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T WANT HIM THERE. HE DIDN’T NEED TO BE THERE. HE WAS THE CAUSE OF MOST OF HER TRAUMA! HE DISGUSTS ME!
No he (Bobby Brown) wasn’t…Whitney had her own personal issues…she was using drugs before she got together with Bobby. Only Whitney is responsible for Whitney…unfortunately the music business is not too kind and is not easy, it seems that ne has to be very strong not to succumb to the drugs etc. Jay Leno asked Janet Jackson what she thought about Paris and her acting gig…she is not happy about it. She would like to see Paris live her life and enjoy her childhood before she gets consumed by the business…it is not kind.
Good morning All!!
For those on Twitter! I’ve been hacked! So I’d you see a Direct Message from me with a link – DELETE RIGHT away!!
ack!!! First PoliticusUSA, now you. They’re getting desperate.
Pinkbunny, I got the message knew you’d been hacked. Deleted it right away. It’s such a stupid, obvious job of hacking that I don’t see why they bother.
Buenos dias, everyone. Just going to be a lazy day at Casa LL while we wait for the plumber to arrive later this afternoon. Going up to Solvang for a day trip tomorrow, so getting in my TOD today while I can.
Good morning TOD Family.
Have fun in Solvang LL. One of my favorite places to spend the day and it’s a beautiful drive.
We haven’t been there in about a year. We’re way overdue. And, of course, ending the day with dinner at Hitching Post. Mmmmmm.
AAAHhhhhh and Los Olivos five minutes away. Fess Parker has a great little Greek restaurant at his Inn.
You know, in all the times we’ve been up to Buellton/Solvang/Los Olivos, we’ve never stopped at Fess Parker. Maybe we’ll go tomorrow.
Petros – http://www.fessparkerinn.com/restaurant/petros-los-olivos.html
Has the best Avgolemono I’ve ever eaten.
It’s a tough call between that place and http://www.losolivoscafe.com/ right across the street. That’s the place where they filmed Sideways, where the four of them go out to dinner, and DON’T order merlot.
Two of my favorite restaurants.
Where is everyone – watching the funeral?
Yep… on twitter too
Yep. And we’re all on twitter too hopefruit. So come join us.
Bebe Winans and Kim Burrell got me all choked up.
Kevin Costner’s memories are just precious.
yes ut I’m on Twitter too I’m really moved by Kevin’s tribute. It’s a beautiful service.
Don’t forget the gospel singer Donnie McClurkin singing the song “Stand”. It was great.
Kevin Costner is on now.
Costner did a very moving tribute to Whitney….very moving.
Gratz Chips!! 2-0 for your boys.
And your boy, MOTM.
Damn, I think everyone is watching the funeral. Damn near every forum is silent.
I know my Twitter is dead.
Mourners packed New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., today to pay tribute to Whitney Houston in what her family called a “home going” ceremony, but the singer’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, left at the start of the service.
Brown was seen leaving the church in a Cadillac Escalade, along with his two children, Landon and LaPrincia. He had had spent much of the week with his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, who was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston’s death on Feb. 11.
Why did Bobby Brown leave? Was it to hard on him?
Reports on twitter there was a dispute with the family, Bobby wanted to speak, but the family said no (btw, it seems to me that no one other than Dionne Warwick are speaking for the family) and so he entered the church, stopped at the casket and left.
No details yet.
I don’t know anything about Bobby Brown. I do know that everybody can’t do funerals. For some people, for whatever reason, it’s just too much.
Flying Virgin America today so I can watch Whitney's funeral. I'm not the only one. #cryingontheplane— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 18, 2012
I was about to ask where is Larry O’D?
It’s not a funeral but a home going service. Going home to Heaven to live with God and to see the Savior who died for her sins.
Worked with Kevin Costner on a movie. The guy I met on set is the guy you just saw. Amazing.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 18, 2012
Kevin Costner was amazing, I remembered why I loved him so much. I loved his story about the Bodyguard.
The Movie was Swing Vote ?
Probably the Kennedy movie, JFK.
If you are in a Mall that has a Pennys stop by
LGBT Activists Organize Buycotts For JC Penney In Support Of Ellen
Love this idea
Please DO buy from JCPenny. My son works there while going to college. Seems Target took over some of the board and are now trying to get rid of any employee that makes more than minimum wage. He needs that job to support himself while in school.
And that worked so well with Target and Chick-Fli-A?
Ah, ‘buycott’ – brilliant idea! Love it. Thanks Linda.
I love JC Penneys..I have to go to the Mall and will definately drop some money to support them. NO MORE TARGET for me.
I saw the post of Ellen defending herself as the spokeswoman for JC Penneys and her appreciation of how they supported her against the Million Women Organization that is going to boycott Penneys. I decided I would buy Penneys gift cards this year for bday gifts for those I send to as a thank you for their sticking up for Ellen and not caving.
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SolarReserve Reaches Major Construction Milestone in Completing Tower for World’s Largest Molten Salt Solar Tower Plant
Whitney Houston's funeral is being broadcasted on NYC's Times Square jumbo tron.
instagr.am/p/HKAsCIPjsL/— Kareem The Dream (@PillowTalkLive) February 18, 2012
I am at Whitney's funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney!— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 18, 2012
I am going back in the services, I did my best out here. Can't tweet from inside the sanctuary, I hope the press will not distort the day.— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 18, 2012
Am I the only one not watching #whitneycnn?
Thought about you last night….I was at the Lucky Baldwin in Pasadena and they were playing the soccer games on the big screens.
I love Lucky Baldwins! Great Fish & Chips + Stella on tap! Great choice JoJo!
We should have lunch there sometime…I had the fish and chips last night….It was very good.
YES WE SHOULD!
LOL! Quite possibly,Tally
Nope, I’m not watching it either.
The guy who’s speaking now if he was her body guard where were he when?
She was in the bath tub……
I think it has been reported that he was not there when it happened.
Body guards are hired to guard against other people’s bad intentions. I am not aware that they are expected to be with you in your hotel room or while you bathe.
I am not a Bobby Brown fan but I know that Whitney loved him and all this kids as I know he loved her. I know he is hurting and I will pray for him too, it can’t be easy lose someone you love.
Bobby Brown is a DOG! He was the one who got Whitney hooked on drugs. I don’t have words I can repeat here.
Sadly, Whitney was doing drugs before Bobby. It just got worse.
I can’t be easy knowing in your heart you had a hand in it.
I can’t watch the funeral because of the rage it brings out in me over her death. I’m so tired of what addicition does and how we as a society are allowing it to exist. We are complete, and total FAIL here.
Why isn’t understanding addiction and it’s dangers pounded into our brains from birth? Why isn’t it placed in a higher academic priority (if it’s even mentioned at all), in our schools, churches, and homes?
I am very sad about Whitney’s death. But I’m more angry because it wasn’t a surprise to me. And I’m angry at everyone who assisted her in her death.
I’m glad Kevin is there.
I agree Tally…it is very frustrating to see how this country condemns the victum and do not want to spend money on prevention and arming us with knowledge about the dangers of drugs, alcohol,….we can over-indulge in many things…it is how we as a country respond to it. Making the user/victim a criminal is not the answer nor is making drugs legal the answer.
This x ∞.
I’m glad Princess Bride is on.
“I AM THE DREAD PIRTATE ROBERTS! THERE WILL BE NO SURVIVORS!”
Raiders Of the Lost Ark would be even better.
I love The Princess Bride….”as you wish….”
After the oil industry, the so-called medical industry does not profit on serving healthy people. Health, wellness, preventive medicine and alternative care are not well supported as they often undercut big profits. I have learned from a client of mine, now a retired doctor lady who is Engish originally, but a member of the IOM, NAS, DPH, founded the Womens Health Initiative, that in England the physicians still take the Hypocratic Oath to do no harm, but physicians here are not required to practice by that standard. Thus, the outcome is keep them alive at all cost, at any cost, since they all make more money doing it that way. Use lots and lots of drugs, many of which contribute to drug addiction, and many of which are harmful when interacting, hence more money for pharmaceutical companies. This is true, and I believe the reason why a universal health insurance program is being fought against with such violence and ugliness. Same with alternative energy, the oil companies do not want to give up their enormous profit margins. Pretty simple really. This is very likely why there is animosity towards The First Lady, who is determined to bring awareness to healthy eating, exercise and activity, and making better choices, small wonder they try to ridicule her. They will not succeed, people are waking up.
Pamela – you NAILED IT!!!!
But how did I, to my own deep embarrassment, misspell ” Hippocratic”, and you guys let me get away with that? Oh man, I guess trying to follow here, up to my ears in paperwork, logs, and bookkeeping, may I be forgiven by all those with medical degrees…, hmm, AND without them. Thank you.
My sleepy, Caturday morning brain didn’t even notice, because I was too busy being awed and agreeing with your brilliance.
Aww, shucks, Tally.. That means heaps to me, coming from YOUR brilliance. (popped back in here to seek out that troll alert, what became of that.. Missed the screen name.)
Whitney’s “home-going” reminds me of the one I went to several years ago of a friend and ex-co-worker of mine. She passed away at 45yrs old and she was just a regular person who was just extra-ordinary in that she was very much loved, would do anything for anyone. She was very involved in her church and was always on the go..doing things for her family, friends…I use to say she did not know the word “no”, it was not in her vocabulary. Her service was three long hours(we had church), many tributes,singing and the precession to her resting place was over ten blocks long.
What a great memory.
Ahhhhh Stevie Wonder. A cleanse for the soul. He’s AMAZING. #WhitneyTribute
AMAZING! I can’t stop crying.
I have been crying through her entire home going celebration….it has been a great tribute to Whitney and shows the personal side of her.
Yes, Stevie had a powerful message; Loves in need of love today…send yours in right away. Hurry America God is on His way…
Good Day Tods’ville…I’ve been watching Whitney’s Funeral…So emotional!!
It wasn’t about race.Just pure chemistry “I kissed her once for America” and I kissed once 4 myself” ~Kevin Costner
In the final analysis it’s between her and God, not between her and the world.
Babeu Stepping Down From Role With Romney Campaign
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, facing explosive allegations of a relationship with a male Mexican immigrant, is stepping down from his role as Arizona co-chair of the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
Paul Babeu’s Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff’s Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation
Isn’t this the Sheriff that did the ” Build the Dang Fence ” ad with John McCain?
Why are conservatives so full of self loathing and denial when it comes to their own sexuality?
They are just plain and simple hypocrites Tally….when they are not running or out of power, they are all for the rights of gays and lesbians….remember the Bush Twins and the GOP commercials to legalize gay marriage? Funny, they were not singing that song when GWB was running for president. They use it as a wedge issue when Democrats are in power.
Tally, I have the sense that Republicans of today are not conservatives in the mold of 20 years or so ago. Conservatives/Republicans at one time had a philosophy of governing that was limited but still had a goal of a better society. Today people attracted to the Republican party are done so by purely self interest based on greed and hiding personality disorders. To answer your question one needing to hide their sexuality is a form of a personality disorder. A person hiding something to the degree that certain Republicans do would not feel comfortable as a Democrat. This may sound harsh, and I am certain this thought has many holes in it , but it is the only explanation I can understand for today’s Republican Party.
This is the guy that teamed up with John McCain on the border fence ads and pushed for SB1070.
He would be the one!
This story is not as embarrassing as it would be if he were having an affair with Jan Brewer.
Maybe he is, maybe The Enquirer will find it!
It’s not so much embarrassing, as it is hypocritical. HUGELY hypocritical.
WOW–R Kelly really brought out the tears….
R Kelly? The child molester? It might as well be Chris Brown.
He wrote the song for Whitney.
He was found not guilty….
So what OJ Simpson and I knew Johnny Cochran.
Non Sequitor. I was talking about the tribute he just did at Whitney’s memorial – not making a statement about his character or his past or current transgressions.
Lorraine I think you need to understand that there is a time and place for everything. Obviously, the family of Whitney Houston decided that they wanted Mr. Kelly to perform at their loved one’s memorial. I cannot tell them who to choose for this purpose. He did the tribute and it was well done. PERIOD.
There’s a saying that says “Those Who judge others, They are judging themselves”
Thank you to all the Houston Family…for the display of true love..that comes with forgiveness.
The song R. Kelly sang was on her last album and it was her last song that charted. It’s called “I Look To You”.
What is wrong with you? Try to show some respect for Whitney even if you have none for R. Kelly.
This is mean spirited, Where is the love? None of us are perfect.
Indeed he did. This is a touching service.
“Don’t grieve for me; I’m now free. God wanted me now; He set me free.”
R. Kelly was really good. He wrote the song “I look to You” for Whitney.
Santorum: Satan is Systematically Destroying America
Submitted by Kyle Mantyla on Thu, 02/16/2012 – 4:12pm
Back in 2008, Rick Santorum traveled to Ave Maria University in Florida to deliver an address to students attending the Catholic university founded by Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan which he moved from Michigan as part of his effort to build his own personal theocracy in Naples.
Santorum told the students at Ave Maria how lucky they were to be living in a time when God’s Army is more needed than ever because all of the major institutions in society were under attack by Satan.
Santorum: American Mullah> rightwingwatch.org/content/santor…— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) February 18, 2012
Can you drop this guy a little “note” while you’re at it….these men need to STFU .
Linda, little bits of information like this are part of the reason why Ricky will crash and burn. He is the kind of person who becomes more repellent the longer you know him. That uncompromising “I’m always right, you’re always wrong,” garbage reflects an arrogant, controlling soul that is utterly devoid of empathy for other human beings. People who approached him with concerns when he was PA’s junior senator came away feeling they were touched by coldness. I have personally never known a single individual who met Ricky Santorum and came away happier for the encounter.
“Whitney your tomorrow have very well become your today.”
I’ll be darn, Chris Christie is actually in attendance at Whitney Houston’s funeral??
Not to get political, but he may have won a few hearts today….until he says something stupid!
You’re right. While I appreciate what he did to honor Whitney, I won’t forget what he’s really about. Neither will a lot of people. Unless he has a revelation in that church today, it will be business as usual tomorrow.
His presence is political.
The Winans are bringing the house down. They are truly celebrating the joy that was Whitney Houston.
How Rick Santorum Ripped Off American Veterans
The Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is run by the Department of Defense, bills itself as the “premier home for military retirees and veterans.” The facility sprawls across 272 acres high on a hill in northern Washington, DC, near the Petworth neighborhood. The nearly 600 veterans who now live there enjoy panoramic views of the city—the Washington monument and US Capitol to the south, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the east. At its peak, more than 2,000 veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War lived at the Home.
But with the rise of the smaller all-volunteer military, the Home began to run into serious financial problems. It was clear that one of its primary sources of revenue—a 50-cent deduction from the paychecks of active-duty servicemembers—wasn’t enough to keep the Home operating fully. In the 1990s, the Home scrambled to find ways to avoid insolvency, trimming its staff by 24 percent and reducing its vet population by 800. Still, the money problems began to show, with its older historic facilities slipping into disrepair and decay. To grapple with its worsening shortfall, officials running the Home eyed a valuable, 49-acre piece of land worth $49 million as a potential financial lifeline.
So many judges on board today. What’s up? Everyone here without struggles in life? Without inner demons ? Yeah, I thought not.
I agree with EDP4BHO wholeheartedly!! Rest in Love Whitney Houston xoxox
I don’t mean to bash anyone, but on solemn occasions, we need to remember the importance of that occasion. Plenty of time for speculation in life. Just once in a while, let the drama go, and breathe.
Enthralling eulogy from Pastor Marvin Winans – never seen a funeral service quite like this. It's how they all should be. #WhitneyCNN— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 18, 2012
Hay Piers how many black people funerals have you been too? My guess is zero.This is how it is done, without the big stars, but this is how it is done Mr. Morgan
He is a Catholic…..lots of things are foreign to him….
Aw, not nice. Replace Catholic with Jew or Muslim and we’d be offended
I agree. It’s not about his religion. Many Blacks who grew up in the Caribbean or elsewhere are also unfamiliar with the American Black Church style. So I actually appreciated his comment – he wasn’t snide or mean. He appeared quite sincere.
I thought that too Hopefruit – and I cannot abide Morgan. The funny thing for me was that my (Irish) Catholic mother (you know, the PBO-hold-the-railings lady!) watched the whole funeral and said she couldn’t get over how similar it was in tone to, well, an Irish Catholic funeral. Eg The warmth, the humor, the anecdotes, the memories and the insistence that the day should be a celebration of a life, rather than grieving over a loss. She was so moved by it.
Good for your mom! This service would have resonated with anyone – religious (any denomination) or non-religious because of the underlying message of love and support for an exceptionally talented human being who graciously shared herself with the world when she was at her peak. This memorial service was trending WORLDWIDE on Twitter!!!!!
I think it’s interesting that in her death, Whitney Houston may have done more to unite people of different backgrounds, traditions and cultures than she could have ever done in life (apart from the Star-Spangled Banner moment). Some people may have had a totally distorted perception of the Black church as a “Rev Wright-God-Damn-America” preachment session, which is nothing but a media-manufactured notion.
Fanned and Faved for the brilliance and eloquence of this statement.
There are so many aspects of the Black Church….there is no one way of defining it……i remember the President’s speech on race in which he talked about the political climate of America…. that created a Rev Wright…a most eloquent speech….
but this also calls to mind….how altho we live in a pluralistic sociey we are still very much segregated culturally…there are folks like Whitney Houston who bridge the gap…and we are a better people for it…
Rest In Peace….
You are so right !
He asks every single guest if they believe in God…….I just find that odd.
I loathe Piers Morgan Linda, especially his tendency to ask every single African American guest “are you disappointed in Obama?”. I just don’t think his Catholicism is his problem (I didn’t even know he was a Catholic). I can’t stand Catholic church leaders, but the world is jam-packed with good Catholics …. good Jews, good Muslims, good Mormons, good Baptists, etc, etc. And bad ones from all those faiths too.
I grew up listening to Whitney, and when she died it was like a member of my family had died. It’s like when Michael Jackson died, I grew up listening to him from the Jackson 5 days, through the Jacksons days, and when he took off to the stars, and when he died it felt like losing a family member. So as with Whitney. R.I.P Whitney. You will forever be remember. You had your problems, but I like to say you were just a human being with problems like us all. God Bless.
R.I.P. ~ Whitney Elizabeth “Nippy” Houston ~ R.I.P.
“We’ll see you on the other side… You can never put God first and God leaves you.”
Don’t cry for me…
God has spoken; so, let the whole church say, “Amen.”
Thank you & bye Whitney–we’ll see you later…
We will ALWAYS love you Whitney.
The Home Going for Whitney Elizabeth Houston was just beautiful and so moving.
Don Lemon trying to get the dirt on Bobby Brown by stopping grievers as they are leaving.
For crying out loud.
I have a hard time mustering any sympathy whatsoever for Bobby Brown, irregardless of what Lemon is doing or not doing.
Two Supreme Court justices suggested Friday that the court reconsider its controversial 2010 decision that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections.
The suggestion came as the court blocked a Montana Supreme Court decision upholding a century-old ban on corporate campaign spending in the state.
The Montana ruling seems squarely at odds with the court’s 5 to 4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed unlimited corporate spending. The U.S. Supreme Court majority had said such independent spending did not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.
My absolute favorite, debra.
This version’s not too shabby either…
Some nasty comments being made here which is surprising considering a service just ended and the site in which they are placed on… SMDH Too bad we can’t collapse or flag them
What a moving service. Loved Tayler Perry talking about “grace that carried”, also the singer with the message “when you have cried when you have done it all–just stand”. So often that’s what we have left during times of trouble–we must just stand.
I missed out on the service I’ve just begun looking around online for clips of the service… found a few so far. What a sweet and comforting message from Tyler Perry though
The Essense website was rebroadcasting the service…it might stay on there all day.
Oh Yes, Tyler Perry preached Whitney’s home going message! He said it all.
Very touching service. It makes me miss my home Church. When they lifted her casket, it really hit home. She’s gone.
I pray for strength for her daughter and mother.
Yes, her daughter, only 18 yrs/old, will need our love & prayers.
…when all the cameras are gone, all the world attention is directed elsewhere, the family will continue to feel the loneliness and lose of a daughter, mother, and friend.
Newt lost the straw poll here in Georgia to Ron Paul….it was just one county up North that has heavy North Georgia Militia and Oathkeepers living there.
There are training camps in the woods up there for the Militia.
Scary….Ron Paul had an event in Vancouver, WA last wednesday and all you saw were middle aged and young college age men…no AA’s and very few women. There were about 2000 people that attended the event.
Well, this tribute to Whitney Houston by an elder just gobsmacked me! Thought I’d pass it on.
My 90-Year-Old Grandma Dances to Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody
THIS VIDEO IS ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!…REST IN GOD’S PEACEFUL GARDEN OF DREAMS WHITNEY!
omg that was so freaking cute! she reminds me of the senior people in my parents culture… who show pride at polynesian events… they get up and dance to traditional polynesian music with traditional island dancing… all in their 80′s and 90′s up and dancing not worried about their joints at that point in time lol they find that much needed strength to represent with pride! thanks for the post! love it
This is sooo cute Go ‘head with your bad self Grandma!
Fancieful, thank you for this. This lady really put her heart into it. If she’s 90, it means her teen and early 20 years were in the late 1930′s and early 40′s. I’ll bet she did a mean jitterbug in those days.
I’ll say she did! How wonderful to see her getting after it! I care for folks several years younger than this lovely lady, who can barely move their bodies! Maybe they should have never stopped dancing! Thanks for posting this one!
Just finished watching going home services for Whitney E. Houston.
Thank you, Mrs. Cissy Houston for making the choice to bring her back where she first got her start. She is really home now. I am so glad that she is free from all the hurt, pain and tears we have to go through. The ups and downs, trials and tribulation are all over. She is free!
Regardless of who was there, who was not. It does not matter what Bobby said or did. She has family, friends and fans who loved her and she loved them back. She is home!
Peace Be Still…..
that was beautifully said
Does anyone know what’s up with Politicususa?
when you google them… the results come back and just underneath the PoliticusUSA link to their page.. it says ‘the site may be compromised’
Thanks. It’s been at least two days. This is bad.
Obama ladies are skiing in Colorado for the weekend. Good for them but they must miss the Pres.
Just saw that on Twitter. I think it’s funny that President’s Day weekend in 2011, they skied in Vail, CO and this year it’s Aspen, CO. They pack off and leave PBO on a day that celebrates him.
He should have just flown into Colorado, he was just in Washington.
Yeah he could have, but maybe he wanted FLOTUS and the First Daughters to have girl bonding time.
They had plenty of bonding time when he was gone. I don’t want him to be alone on a 3 day weekend but let me stop. If he’s cool I can’t say anything about it.
Remember Jessica, last weekend while FLOTUS was in Florida on her “Let’s move” community service trip, PBO was home with the girls, going to Sasha’s bb game on Saturday and then spending Sunday shooting hoops with both girls. Then during the week, the girls are at school, so there’s not much time for bonding as such. I guess they planned it this way, and PBO is okay with it.
Isn’t this week coming up Winter Break for schools? I know it is out here is WA state.
FLOTUS want to get them and her selves out of that museum sometimes. To let them have a normal life. I can’t blame her for wanting that. And I’m sure everything they do is plan, it has to be, so POTUS knew about the trip.
I’m sure POTUS would have loved to join FLOTUS and the girls, but things like that has to be plan in advance, after all he is the President. Even something as simple as a date has to be plan for the Obamas.
Hopefully my last thought on Whitney Houston’s “Home-going” ceremony.
The service was wonderful, Bobby gave a pretty gracious statement, and now I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m done talking about Bobby Brown unless it’s in reference to New Edition. RIP Whitney!!!!
Time to get ready for NOLA!!! I leave tomorrow and I haven’t even packed yet and i need to pack tonight cause I may NOT have chance tomorrow. Get ready for me NOLA!!!
ZOMG – you’re going to MARDI GRAS!!!!
@PirateWench @todayspolitics Someone needs to tell Santorum the USA is not a Theocracy, so he should STFU.— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) February 18, 2012
Santorum plays the black theology card, in Columbus Ohio.
Of course, he was talking to the evangelicals, eho think their shit don’t stink.
It’s getting ugly out there!
I read that on Yahoo — Santorum is such a tool.
Rick Santorum is a lying racists bastard, who hides behind his so call religion.
I was deeply touched by Whitney’s going home tribute today. I cannot put into words how big a fan I was/am.
Both my grown children texted me last week to see how I was taking the news as they know I am such a fan.
When they played I will always love you at the end, the tears were flowing uncontrollably.
RIP Whitney. As we try to calm our aching hearts. Much love.
Watching the service for Whitney, it hit me that in life she brought people across the world together through their love for her music and in her transition, she brought the world to church. Well done Sister, well done.
Link to printed funeral program booklet.
New post everyone:
I come with egg on my face.
Earlier this afternoon when I first went to the ‘going home’ service site I was turned off because of the church feel and all the hype surrounding it. So I figured I would just get about my day and signed off here. But the memorial was still on when I got out of the shower and I am so glad it was.
I was sucked right in and enjoyed every minute of it. I did miss the end because I had a deadline to keep. I’m sorry I missed any of it. There were some truly moving, deeply personal testimonials and I feel blessed to have it shared with all who cared.
I have just about every album of Whitney’s beginning with her first. I even went and bought CDs of albums I already had.
She and her music helped me through a rather bitter divorce some yrs ago. I can’t tell you the many ways it spoke to me. Whether I was feeling inadequate, angry, lost, confused, determined, resolved. There was always a song, a feeling, an emotion that connected to what I was feeling. Her demons became mine during that time and I drew strength from the strength of her music.
Moreover, I had a very impressionable tween daughter at the time (11-13 ?14 years old). I would always play music for her soul also and Whitney’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ was one of her favorites. We would play it loud and dance around the house and sing as loud as we could. It opened necessary dialog between us and helped her find her love of self. As a grown woman now she has an inner strength and sense of self that I attribute in part to that song (and others) and our open communication.
Which is one reason why I was at first turned off at the whole streamed, newstainment fixated thought of her memorial but it wasn’t like that at all. And for that a big shout out to all who planned and executed this with class & reverence. It was a fitting send off.
She will always hold a special place in my heart. May she rest in peace.
I can only smile. I recall your statement above. Just goes to show her spirit, coming from the church, touched us all in so many special places, individually. It was a lovely and meaningful experience we all shared today. Something to be truly grateful for.
Lesson learned. I am grateful.
I was so upset at what they did for Michael Jackson, which was foremost in my mind, and forgot to be in the present.
Now to go put on her very first album (yes I will fire up the record player for the occasion rather than the CD) and wash the egg off my face.
You are forgiven. Sometimes when we don’t understand our anger and hurt, we react first. You stand tall Lunar, quick to make amends. Much love to you.
LunarSea &EDP4BHO, it ‘ s okay. We are family here. Don’t beat yourselves up. Forgiveness is what we all must do. I mean, that is what love is. I had no choice but to watch it because the Body Guard movie helped me to cry after my husband passed from a long illness. I could not cry. I hurt but I had to STAND strong for my two sons.
I just remember buying a ticket. I do not remember how and why of all the movies I went to see that one. Well, I cried through the whole movie. I felt so good. I could breathe again and it did not hurt. That movie helped me to realize that I had lost my best friend, my body guard. But I needed to cry for me. So today at the end of the service when they played Whitney singing”I Will Always Love You”, it is so true. Love never dies. It remains inside you forever.
Now, I cry freely and openly because it is good for my soul. It helps to release, cleanse, refresh me. So I thank God that he allowed this gift on earth. Even with all she had to go through here on earth. Look at the impact her life made on so many people. Her living was not in vain.
She helped me and we never met. That is the only thing that matters.
Fancieful,your grandmother is a gem. I just love her. She made me smile and for that I am grateful.
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