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chat away

Keep out of the rain, see you later ;-)


237 Responses to “chat away”


  1. February 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I love that picture! Good morning everyone!

  2. February 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    OMG, I am first! I will take the picture as my prize. It is now on my desktop.

  3. 4 desertflower
    February 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

    What is it about rain and PBO that endears me more?

    • February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      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.

      • 6 Debz
        February 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        He looks like he should be whistling “Singing in the Rain” Seems to have a little smile.

      • 7 desertflower
        February 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        nicely said :) I see serenity and calmness….

      • February 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        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.

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          February 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

          ‘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. ;)

      • 10 JoJothecat
        February 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        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.

        • 11 Pamela
          February 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

          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.

          • 12 JoJothecat
            February 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

            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?

            • 13 vcprezofan2
              February 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

              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!

              • February 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

                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.

                • 15 utaustinliberal
                  February 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

                  Classic line: “The Decider was quite a whiner.” 100% true.

                  • 16 Pamela
                    February 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

                    #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.

                    • February 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

                      Your comment speaks my mind!

                    • 19 JoJothecat
                      February 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

                      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.

      • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        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!..:)

        • 21 sjterrid
          February 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

          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.

          • 22 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            February 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

            EVERYONE SHOULD GET INVOLVED WITH SOME VOLUNTEER WORK WITH THE HOMELESS…THE EXPERIENCE IS UNFORGETTABLE! BLESSINGS SJTERRID!…:)

            • 23 sjterrid
              February 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

              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.

  4. 24 vitaminlover
    February 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Congrats, mtmarilyn. As an aside that picture could also be in his 2013 Presidential Calendar.

    • 26 yardarm756
      February 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      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.

  5. February 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    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.

  6. 32 lovingandlaughing
    February 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    OMG, BEST PICTURE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 33 LDS
    February 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    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!

  8. 34 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    MSNBC is also going to carry the funeral live from 12noon-2PM.

  9. 35 Betsy
    February 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Awesome picture; great visit in Washington State yesterday; glad PBO is home safe.

  10. February 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

    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/

  11. 40 LunarSea
    February 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    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.

    • 42 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      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.

      • 43 susanne
        February 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        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!

  12. 44 collegekay
    February 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This service is beautiful. I’m gonna miss Whitney.

  13. February 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    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.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/entertainment-arts-17084443

    • 46 collegekay
      February 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Hmmm bbc is inaccurate. Bobby left the funeral according to ABC. Bobbi Kris is sitting in the front row w/ her grandmother Cissy.

      • 47 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

        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!

        • 48 Puddin'
          February 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          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.

  14. 49 Pinkbunny
    February 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Good m

  15. February 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    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.

  16. 59 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Where is everyone – watching the funeral?

  17. 64 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Kevin Costner is on now.

  18. 66 Tally
    February 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Gratz Chips!! 2-0 for your boys.

  19. February 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Damn, I think everyone is watching the funeral. Damn near every forum is silent.

  20. 70 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    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.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/whitney-houston-funeral-service-bobby-brown-abruptly-left/story?id=15727748#.Tz_uq1HW5i9

    oy

    • 71 anniebella
      February 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Why did Bobby Brown leave? Was it to hard on him?

      • February 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        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.

      • 73 Linda
        February 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        No details yet.

      • 74 isonprize
        February 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        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.

  21. 75 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I was about to ask where is Larry O’D?

    • 76 Lorraine
      February 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      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.

  22. 77 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  23. February 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    If you are in a Mall that has a Pennys stop by

    LGBT Activists Organize Buycotts For JC Penney In Support Of Ellen

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/lgbt-activists-organize-buycotts-for-jc.html

    Love this idea

    • February 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      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.

    • 83 Lorraine
      February 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      And that worked so well with Target and Chick-Fli-A?

    • February 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Ah, ‘buycott’ – brilliant idea! Love it. Thanks Linda.

    • 85 JoJothecat
      February 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      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.

    • 86 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      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.

  24. February 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Kinda cool

    solar feeds into a tower that can store the energy for use when the sun goes down

    SolarReserve Reaches Major Construction Milestone in Completing Tower for World’s Largest Molten Salt Solar Tower Plant

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/solarreserve-reaches-major-construction.html

  25. 89 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  26. 90 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm
  27. 91 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm
  28. 92 Tally
    February 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Am I the only one not watching #whitneycnn?

  29. 100 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    The guy who’s speaking now if he was her body guard where were he when?

  30. 104 JoJothecat
    February 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    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.

    • 105 yardarm756
      February 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Bobby Brown is a DOG! He was the one who got Whitney hooked on drugs. I don’t have words I can repeat here. :-(

    • 107 Tally
      February 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      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.

      • 109 JoJothecat
        February 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        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.

        • 110 Tally
          February 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          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.

        • 113 Pamela
          February 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          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.

          • February 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

            Pamela – you NAILED IT!!!!

            • 115 Pamela
              February 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

              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.

              • February 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

                My sleepy, Caturday morning brain didn’t even notice, because I was too busy being awed and agreeing with your brilliance. :D

                • 117 Pamela
                  February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

                  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.)

  31. 118 JoJothecat
    February 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    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.

  32. 120 utaustinliberal
    February 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Ahhhhh Stevie Wonder. A cleanse for the soul. He’s AMAZING. #WhitneyTribute

  33. February 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYq_EywkSMU&feature=player_embedded#!

  34. 125 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    In the final analysis it’s between her and God, not between her and the world.

  35. 126 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    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

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2012-02-16/news/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?

    • 127 Tally
      February 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Why are conservatives so full of self loathing and denial when it comes to their own sexuality?

      • 128 JoJothecat
        February 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        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.

      • 129 Bill
        February 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        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.

    • February 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      This is the guy that teamed up with John McCain on the border fence ads and pushed for SB1070.

    • 132 desertflower
      February 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      He would be the one!

    • 133 Bill
      February 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      This story is not as embarrassing as it would be if he were having an affair with Jan Brewer.

  36. 136 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    WOW–R Kelly really brought out the tears….

  37. 149 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    “Don’t grieve for me; I’m now free. God wanted me now; He set me free.”

  38. 150 collegekay
    February 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    R. Kelly was really good. He wrote the song “I look to You” for Whitney.

  39. 151 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    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.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/santorum-satan-systematically-destroying-america

  40. 156 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    “Whitney your tomorrow have very well become your today.”

  41. February 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    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!

  42. 160 utaustinliberal
    February 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    The Winans are bringing the house down. They are truly celebrating the joy that was Whitney Houston.

  43. 161 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    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.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/how-rick-santorum-ripped-off-american-military-veterans

  44. 162 EDP4BHO
    February 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    So many judges on board today. What’s up? Everyone here without struggles in life? Without inner demons ? Yeah, I thought not.

  45. 165 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    • 166 anniebella
      February 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      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

      • 167 Linda
        February 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        He is a Catholic…..lots of things are foreign to him….

        • February 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

          Aw, not nice. Replace Catholic with Jew or Muslim and we’d be offended ;-)

          • 169 hopefruit2
            February 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

            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.

            • February 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

              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.

              • 171 hopefruit2
                February 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

                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.

                • 172 utaustinliberal
                  February 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

                  Fanned and Faved for the brilliance and eloquence of this statement.

                • 173 prettyfoot58
                  February 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

                  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….

                • 174 EDP4BHO
                  February 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

                  You are so right !

          • 176 Linda
            February 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

            He asks every single guest if they believe in God…….I just find that odd.

            • February 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

              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.

      • 178 anniebella
        February 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        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.

  46. 179 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    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.”

  47. 182 defytheodds
    February 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you & bye Whitney–we’ll see you later…

  48. 183 Dakota
    February 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    We will ALWAYS love you Whitney.

  49. 184 GGail
    February 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The Home Going for Whitney Elizabeth Houston was just beautiful and so moving.

  50. 185 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Don Lemon trying to get the dirt on Bobby Brown by stopping grievers as they are leaving.

    CNN=TMZ Shame.

  51. February 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    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.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp?item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fpolitics%2ftwo-justices-suggest-citizens-united-ruling-should-be-reconsidered-in-montana-case%2f2012%2f02%2f17%2fgIQAJ07kKR_mobile.mobile&cid=578815

  52. February 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    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

  53. 192 auni
    February 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    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.

  54. 196 collegekay
    February 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    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.

    • 197 defytheodds
      February 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Yes, her daughter, only 18 yrs/old, will need our love & prayers.

      • 198 JoJothecat
        February 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        …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.

  55. 199 Linda
    February 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    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.

    • 200 JoJothecat
      February 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      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.

  56. February 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    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

    • 202 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      THIS VIDEO IS ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!…REST IN GOD’S PEACEFUL GARDEN OF DREAMS WHITNEY!

    • February 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      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

    • 204 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      This is sooo cute :) Go ‘head with your bad self Grandma!

    • February 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      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.

      • 206 Pamela
        February 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        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! :)

  57. 207 LDS
    February 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    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…..

  58. 210 57andFemale
    February 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Does anyone know what’s up with Politicususa?

  59. 213 Jessica
    February 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Obama ladies are skiing in Colorado for the weekend. Good for them but they must miss the Pres.

    • 214 utaustinliberal
      February 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      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. :D

      • 215 Jessica
        February 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        He should have just flown into Colorado, he was just in Washington.

        • 216 utaustinliberal
          February 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          Yeah he could have, but maybe he wanted FLOTUS and the First Daughters to have girl bonding time.

          • 217 Jessica
            February 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

            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.

            • 218 hopefruit2
              February 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

              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.

              • 219 Pamela
                February 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

                Isn’t this week coming up Winter Break for schools? I know it is out here is WA state.

                • 220 anniebella
                  February 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

                  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.

        • 221 anniebella
          February 19, 2012 at 5:34 am

          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.

  60. February 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    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!!!

  61. February 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  62. February 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    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!

  63. February 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    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.

  64. 229 Dudette
    February 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    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.

  65. 233 LunarSea
    February 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    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.

    • 234 EDP4BHO
      February 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      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.

      • 235 LunarSea
        February 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        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. :lol:

    • 236 Mae who love our CIC
      February 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

      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.

  66. 237 LDS
    February 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    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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