Yeah, another helping of ‘You’re Beautiful’, because we can never get enough, right?!
Proud of you, Proud!
Congrats proud. Bridesmaid again
Good night all
Good night, vetivera24. Sweet dreams.
Thanks for the wishes Pamela and same to you but we say good night in the same way we use good morning. Usually I am one of the night birds., up til all hours. Reading TOD keeps me sane at night while I’m working.
My family and I are thrilled that you will have four more years as our president. @BarbaraMcDWhitt
Oh so that’s the way things are. As soon as the conversation starts going toward American football the thread changes. Oh well, ehen it’s your loom you can change the thread when you want, eh!
To repeat ….
Dear @JoeBiden at a minimum, EVERY gun must be registered & EVERY gun owner must carry liability insurance for EACH gun they own. Thank you.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 12, 2013
Dear @JoeBiden Demand #NRA define & support comprehensive measures to ensure the 'well regulated' clause of the 2nd Amendment is enforced.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 11, 2013
Taxing them as Cigarettes and or alcohol are would be also great to pay for the cost of those who got shot and they have no insurance. Then those who are permanently hurt…in wheel chairs or worse…..living in “Homes” for the rest of their lives.
Personally, i can NOT get enough of my First Family.
Chipsticks, you`re beautiful too! Todays threads have been Great!!
Love ya GGail, intensely!!!!
These videos are so ‘heart-melting’ Chips.
Love, love, love this vid and the song!
Hi, congrats proud. Can’t talk, lost my voice. This cough hurts. My honey is hurting too. Why does the rose happen on week-end? Stay healthy TOD’ers. ^_^
For this august body’s consideration.
That is freakin’ wild!!
Ain’t it funky now!
All the way!!
Love the image of that great big flag at the DNC in Denver 2008. I was not too far from that position.
Lucky you. It’s old hat here on the Southside of Chicago.
I love this and will come back to it when I need a boost (such as after press conference Monday 1/14 with yo-yo’s of Inquiring-Minds-Want-2-Know WH Press Corps showing their behinds).
Rock on yardarm!
Lawd willin’ and the creek don’t rise.
Cool as can be, yardarm. HZ
The Obama administration said on Saturday that it will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling.
“Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit,” Treasury spokesman Anthony Coley said in an email.
Well, so much for that idea…
PBO has said repeatedly that he’s not negotiating the debt ceiling. I’ve also heard Plouffe in conference calls emphatically state the same thing. So why escalate the notion that this is a game? Boehner needs to do his job.
It’s all based on preconceived notions about a black mans ability to apply deductive reasoning skills to certain situations. After all, he belongs to a happy-go-lucky lot that would rather shuffle, scratch, and dance. All the boy needs is a BMW and a dime bag!
He’s not dealin’!!
p.s. I love that he’s telling Rusty to blow it out his shorts.
The “Mint The Coin” movement was so puzzling in that it seemed to excuse the GOP’s behavior regarding the debt ceiling. It seemed to coddle and cater to their batshit craziness.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a congressional leader on immigration reform and long considered a likely 2016 presidential candidate, criticized President Obama for “poison[ing] the well” on the reform effort in a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Speaking of Obama’s policy shift, launched just months before Election Day, to stop the deportation of young illegal immigrants and start issuing them work permits, Rubio told the newspaper that Obama “may have even set back the cause a bit.”
“He’s poisoned the well for people willing to take on this issue,” he said.
That is a pre cursor, meaning no immigration reform and it is the Presidents fault.
Good ole Marco, always busy as the devil scripting his past, his present and future and the world around him. What a fucking fraud.
Everything is President Obama’s fault according to these do nothing lying Republicans. Rubio has as much chance of being President as Mitt Romney dtd.
Probably less chance, and that’s saying something!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Don’t tell Marco that.
I won’t. He and I don’t talk much.
My gripe is addressed to the sources here at TODville – how come no one here updated me on the fact Rubio is ‘a congressional LEADER on immigration reform’? Or did I miss that post? What has he done to date? How come these GOP types get their powerful sounding labels so effortlessly and for doing nothing, and my President works so hard and is denied his true labels by the press?.
This is demonstrably incorrect RT @markknoller: Coin scheme would have been like writing yourself a check to beef up your empty bank account— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) January 13, 2013
Knoller should stick to eating doughnuts and tweeting useless crap.
What’s the San Fran-Green Bay score? Anyone know.
sf 24, the other guys 21.
SF 24 GB 21 begin 3rd qtr
Chips – It is YOU who are beautiful, although we can only see you on the inside. (I mean that.)
susanne…I answered you on the last thread about Banner….huge here and now I see why
I’ll see if I can find out anything else and I’ll let you know.
thanks so much desertflower!
clearly they’re big, have won some awards, and nothing dodgy in evidence.
the little hospital where my mother was living is one that would be purchased by them, if this deal goes through. the staff there are absolutely wonderful, and yet with the high cost of living in hawaii, many have second jobs to make ends meet. the hawaii news article said staff would have to be rehired, and presumably at lower pay and benefits, which is where banner would make a profit.
it just scares me to have a big corporate entity running anything in our tiny village. and yet i myself use kaiser healthcare, which is huge, and i love it.
thanks for the help, df. if you hear anything anecdotal from staff or patients, please let me know. this is bound to be a big issue here, and all our info is through press release-type sources.
Well, pass this info along to others there. If I come across anything more, I’ll be sure to pass it along:)
Kaiser has always been non-profit. Has that changed? For profit healthcare is a disaster.
By Alexandra Jaffe – 01/12/13 06:00 AM ET
Newly minted Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) indicated in the Republican Party’s weekly address that the GOP hopes to maintain full spending for military programs while pursuing cuts to entitlements during the debt-ceiling debate coming up this spring.
“The president will soon ask Congress to raise the nation’s debt limit — again. I believe we cannot agree to increase the borrowing limit without addressing our out-of-control spending,” she said in the address.-/
She says She wants full Military spending, but then says we have to get a handle on spending???
Someone ask the question if President Obama deserve to be on Mt. Rushmore. I believe it was on Rev. Al show. For having to deal with these crazy ass radical Republicans, this President deserve a mountain all to himself.
Well said anniebella
notice how she framed this as expanding the borrowing limit??? As if PBO was asking to increase the limit on the credit card rather than pay for the debt that we have already incurred…and that CONGRESS APPROVED!
No President before has had to deal with this B.S. They have always raised the debt ceiling.
This is exactly what the media should be pointing out to all these GOP nuts masquerading as members of Congress!
DF, this why I think the MSM sucks big time! Members of Congress, like this Nebraska Senator, should not be allowed to get away with BS! Somebody should tell her and all her fellow right wingers that they are violating their oaths of office by refusing to carry out their Constitutional duty to pay the U.S. debt. By refusing to raise the debt ceiling they are punishing the country and not the President.
I know I’m late with this, but I have to say it anyway. This just drives me up a wall, because no department steals more money from taxpayers than the Defense Department. Does anyone remember when Rumsfeld announced they had lost $2.3 trillion. That’s trillion! Ever see it reflected in the Bush deficit? No! What happened to it? Defense can stand a huge haircut, but the military isn’t the one getting the money.
Chipsticks, no I can’t get enough of “You’re Beautiful”.
Prior to today, I did not know ANYTHING about Mr Aaron Swartz – huge loss of one so young and so much promise
i just visited the inauguration store (via chips’ fabulous button up top). so much good stuff! it’s so soon after christmas and i don’t need a darn thing (except maybe grocery money) but …..
Here’s one for ya, LOL!
Too Many Commercials At Dinner Time…
…and would somebody call the doctor?
A Baptist pastor was presenting a children’s
sermon. During the sermon, he asked the
children if they knew what the resurrection
was. Now, asking questions during children’s
sermons is crucial, but at the same time,
asking children questions in front of a
congregation can also be very dangerous.
Having asked the children if they knew the
meaning of the resurrection, a little boy
raised his hand. The pastor called on him
and the little boy said, “I know that if you
have a resurrection that lasts more than
four hours you are supposed to call the
It took over 10 minutes for the congregation
to settle down enough from their laughter
for the worship service to be continued.
I am surprised they didn’t open the doors and end the service.
I will have to tell my pastors this joke, they will love it. I needed a good laugh tonight.
So Ms Chips is ahead of schedule with FLOTUS’ birthday video? Wowee, your new focus on organization is looking good, Ms Chips! Ready and hitting the airwaves FIVE days ahead! I’m impressed. Job well done!
It appears some folks have folded their tents for the evening. Just a few of us wallflowers left ,I guess.
wallflowers? this here is the party, cap’n!
Oh yeah? where’s the music and the dancing girls and open bar?
once you get started you can’t sit down!
Kinda does. Doesn’t it?
Just busy watching the 49ers WIN!!
Wasn’t that awesome? 2 brothers may go head-to-head.
That was some football right there.
Congrats, Meta! Tomorrow I will be rooting for Seattle because I want to see the NFC championship game played in California. I want to see the 49ers back in the Super Bowl! Tonight they were awesome!
Yup. yup. I went thru a whole bag o’ popcorn.
That would be historic! If that happens, I hope brother Jim prevails over brother John. It’s been a long time since a California team won the super bowl. Come to think of it, it’s just the Northern CA teams, in the Bay Area, that have won super bowls. Our teams here in Southern California have come close but no cigar! Of course my San Diego Chargers are the greatest disappointment.
I refuse to speak on that. I’ve always liked the Chargers.
If you lived here you would know how, on many occasions, our teams, some times the most exciting offensive teams in the NFL, have broken our hearts.
True but I lived in CA in the ’60s and all you had was the Raiders and 49′s I think.
We actually had the Chargers. Jack Kemp played here as a quarterback and also the phenomenal G. Sayers! We also had the LA Rams before they moved to St .Loius, though the Rams may have been in the 70s. I am getting old and the 60s and 70′s begin to merge. But the L.A. Rams were a very good team. Erick Dikerson set his seasonal rushing record as an L.A. Ram in the late 70s or early 80s. I also remember that the L.A. Rams had one of the first NFL Black quarterback, James Harris. I mean the brother could throw the ball! I think the second Black NFL quarterback was with the Pittsburgh Stealers in 1972 or 1973. If I am not mistaken, I think his name was Joe Gilliam. But I am sure you probably know who I am talking about. The L.A. Rams played in several NFC championships games which they lost.
Oh, by the way, I am wrong. the L.A. Rams won one of those NFC championship and played in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Stealers. Unfortunately they lost. The quarterback was Vince Ferragamo and Eric Dickerson was still the running back. I think that was the super bowl of 1979, but I may have the year wrong. So you see, yardarm, we did have excellent teams in Southern CA. It’s just they never won the big one. I think you remember the Northern CA teams, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, because they won multiple super bowl trophies.
Absolutely correct. I “dis-remembered”. My time in CA spanned abt 3 yrs in 3 different ports(SF ’61, Long Beach ’62, San Diego ’67). Most of that was spent at sea or in a classroom. Football wasn’t on my radar.
So proud of 49ers! What a game!
I never ever tire of watching the Damn you’re beautiful video because it has my three fav PBO/FLOTUS moments – the flirt, the hug, and the kiss.
thanks for the video.
I thought I had seen everything with the Kiss Cam video, but I realize that I hadn’t really watched the SS. It’s so funny, everyone is reacting around the First Couple except for the SS…it’s quite hilarious.
Good night all. I had to look at the video one more time.
night anniebella. sweet dreams~
RT @lrozen: This article hints but does not say Adelson is funding the anti-Hagel campaign: nytimes.com/2013/01/13/us/… // not surprised— lloyd (@Art_Guy1) January 13, 2013
I think we’re going to have to be prepared to push back STRONGLY on the left media’s attempts to blame President Obama for the Reddit co-creator/blogger Aaron Swartz’s suicide on Friday.
For those of you are not familiar with the story, apparently Swartz hacked into an online publication company’s (JSTOR) computer sytem and downloaded millions of files that otherwise would not be accessible, because he felt that online publications should not be freely accessed and not be subject to subscription. This is considered a legal/criminal offense punishable with many years in jail and monetary fines. The young man was not yet tried or convicted but was arrested and faced with prosecution.
I went on NYTimes and I would wager that 80-90% of the ~ 215 comments directly or indirectly faulted the President, Eric Holder and the MA attorney Carmen Ortiz. Never mind that the young man suffered from Depression – something that he himself acknowledged and wrote about since 2007. He even wrote about suicide on his blog. But we now have a convenient and easy scapegoat, so why waste it? I have a strong suspicion that the NYT has been screening their comments to produce the distinct “Blame Obama” narrative that emerged. Not surprisingly, it appears that some other sites like Old Orange are following suit with their Blame Obama and Holder narrative.
Although I was not even familiar with the young man, I am saddened by the death – and I feel bad for his family and loved ones. But I find it highly problematic that the left media is trying to exploit this event to attack our President. It is also irresponsible because the young man’s struggle with a serious mental condition is virtually ignored in favor of the more sensational and outrage-producing lashing out at the Obama administration.
ugh. i just read through the comments on slate, and the majority are arguing whether or not theft of intellectual property is or is not a victimless crime. and who’s a troll. the article is not inflammatory, and ends with a reminder of swartz’s mental health problems.
seems to me, he was challenging the justice department with such a flagrant violation of the law. possibly looking for a rousing conversation, which he has certainly provoked. his depression was longstanding, the indictment was in july of 2011. to blame pbo for this is preposterous.
‘ Swartz’s campaigns to make information freely available had turned him into an “Internet folk hero,” as theTimes notes. But in July 2011 he was indicted on federal charges for illegally downloading almost 5 million academic articles from JSTOR, a subscription service. The trial was set to start in April and he faced as many as 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
Since his death, several moving tributes have been posted for the young man many considered a friend and inspiration. Larry Lessig, a Harvard professor and a founder of Creative Commons, published a moving blog post in which he directly blames the pending case against Swartz, saying he was “driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying.” In BoingBoing Cory Doctorow writes about Swartz and praises his many accomplishments, noting that while there’s lots of speculation now that Swartz feared going to jail he “was also a person who’d had problems with depression for many years.” ‘
Hi susanne – just a couple of random thoughts
I do think at times the law is weird when crimes against people are seen as much lessor (punishment wise) than crimes against property. Seems like a throwback to 18th century England when people were sentenced to death or long periods of transportation for minor theft. I don’t blame the President – nor his administration/justice department – rather years and years of developing a justice system by the rich for the benefit of the rich. The law has lapsed way below reality where technology is involved. Attempts to update the law are often met by pushback from those who don’t understand, nor want to accept the reality of current technology.
There are so many examples of people “breaking” technology systems to access that which they may not be entitled to have (such as NY times articles – or Sarah Palin’s email) yet the law treats people who break these systems very very differently – whether or not this is “political” is open to debate – but those who want to make it that way, will always attempt to do so.
It has always been my opinion that anything stored on the internet is no longer “private”. There is always someone who will find a way to “break” the systems. Those running such systems should be equally obligated to keep them “safe” as are those using such systems.
good evening 99ts
so true. these debates are bracing and can be fruitful, though not everyone will be happy with the eventual standards we adopt. those who prefer to bash pbo rather than grapple with the real issues are assuring that whatever they actually think about the merits will be lost from the conversation. so it’s stupid as well as infuriating.
Don Lemon, watching him on CNN…is he not the biggest suck ass on CNN?
Letter sent to PBO and VP Biden ….
Dear Mr President,
300+ million guns in the possession of folk in America is way beyond the proverbial ‘horse has left the barn.’ It would be great to ban anyone other than the military & police organizations from owning semi-automatic weapons, but I think you have a much more pragmatic way of addressing that issue and several other gun violence significant challenges.
You and your legal advisers are way more sophisticated than I ever will be so please forgive if you’ve already considered the following.
1. Focus on the ‘well regulated’ clause of the 2nd Amendment and leverage it to issue and enforce substantial reforms via Executive Order – i.e., use the law of the land to maximum extent rather than rely on new legislation (for all the reasons we know how intractable that path currently is);
2. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as every gun being registered and accounted for at all times;
3. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as each person in possession of a gun is properly trained, certified, licensed, free of any criminal record, & insured for liability for unintended or illegal harm they might cause;
4. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as any person owning more than one gun was properly trained, certified and licensed for EACH gun and that their liability insurance covered EACH gun;
5. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as ensuring that each gun owner had their certification and license to possess every gun they own be renewed on an annual basis;
6. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as an accounting of every round of ammunition (as well as the equipment and components for assembling ammunition) a licensed gun owner purchased with limits set on the frequency of purchase no less stringent than the purchase of ‘Sudafed’;
7. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as any violation of the use of a gun, any conviction for DUI, any conviction for assault of any form, any conviction for use of illegal drugs, and any conviction for any form of violent threat or crime automatically results in confiscation of any gun, ammunition, etc., in possession of the offender.
These pragmatic steps do not infringe on ‘2nd Amendment’ rights. These pragmatic steps do not require anyone to surrender whatever type of gun they have.
These pragmatic steps require any person in possession of one or more guns to prove they are properly trained, licensed and insured – requirements no more onerous than those drivers of automobiles, operators of a vast range of equipment, school bus drivers, etc., must adhere.
All those other activities do not have as their intended consequence killing. Only a gun has that intended consequence.
So, it is merely reasonable that the operator of a gun meet at least as rigorous a set of training, license and insurance responsibilities given that that device has ONLY ONE intended outcome – DEATH.
Dear @BarackObama @JoeBiden Pragmatic steps to implement the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century bit.ly/ZW93nl Thank you cc @whitehouse— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 13, 2013
Chips, if you consider it worthy of a ‘word from’ it would be appreciated because then I would have a stable URL to include in further tweets, etc.
Just saw it now Bob and added it to Rise and Shine – it’s brilliant, thanks a million Bob.
Good day Chips, ps, susanne, 99, nath, jackie & kathryn,
Thank you Chips for posting it!!!
Everyone – your kind comments and support are very much appreciated. As with everything I post, it is for you to use any way you think helpful. Pride of authorship is not an issue for me.
FB’d Bobfr, thank you. I added my thoughts on my page, this is the kind of thinking and ACTION on that thinking, which can give people hope that there are intelligent solutions within reach, which may be implemented nationwide. It stands out from the ranting and raving which only causes confusion, making people turn away. Again, thank you.
Bravo Bob. Like it very much. I am going to copy (f you don’t mind) and email it to my Reps Bass, Schiff, Boxer and Feinstein indicating that while a President’s use of Executive powers is laudable in carrying out the pragmatic suggestions such as the one in this post from the Obama Diary, it is incumbent upon them and frankly their (GD) responsibility as elected officials to carry out their legislative responsibilities and draft and get passed legislation incorporating these pragmatic steps for gun safety and responsible gun ownership nationwide. Assault weapon banning is a good start but not enough. It’s THEIR job to do so not just the President’s.
excellent, bob. it’s unlikely there can be an outright ban on weapons (as you say). but regulation is specifically required by the 2nd amendment. a gradual roll-out of restrictions, starting with the least onerous for gun owners, can build a safety net without starting a civil war.
Thank you for all you do – I am sure the families of those who have died for that unregulated militia appreciate that this President is willing to go places that others prefer to ignore. I also admit to being very thankful that (for the moment) Australia does not have widely available guns – some would prefer otherwise – we have to stay awake to their plans.
Absolutely brilliant, Bob! I hope the Vice President gets your letter and shares it with the President. It wouldn’t hurt to send a copy to Sen. Majority Leader Reid, House Minority leader, Pelosi, and Sens. Feinstein, Luttenberg and Blumenthal who, I understand, have introduced legislations. Also, other Republican and Democratic leaders in both the Senate and the House.
Thanks for all the wonderful work you do on behalf of sanity and progress!
Bob, this is beautifully and clearly stated and right on the mark. I hope Chips takes you up on the suggestion to front page it. I’d like to print it and hang it on the wall so I can refer to it every day. Thanks.
me too so I can practice arguing!
that would be brilliant!
I love this refreshed video. My cheeks hurt from smiling – we’re lucky to have this couple. We’re lucky to have Chipsticks. We’re lucky to have everyone at TOD. Thank you!
x2 Theo – the positive news from TOD is delightful and exhilarating – also much more truthful than most other news sources
I was just reading an article about VP Biden being available to talk with the Newtown families any time – and it included the statement
“President Barack Obama pushed reducing gun violence to the top of his domestic agenda following the shooting in Newtown”
When the GOP has the repeal of health care, the demise of Planned Parenthood and the goal of keeping women poor and pregnant at the top of their domestic agenda – not to mention removing medicare & social security – it is amazing how anyone other than the 1% can ever vote for them.
“When the GOP has the repeal of health care, the demise of Planned Parenthood and the goal of keeping women poor and pregnant at the top of their domestic agenda – not to mention removing medicare & social security – it is amazing how anyone other than the 1% can ever vote for them.”
Isn’t it mind boggling, 99ts? But with FOX news, a whole host of talk radios and our unethical mainstream media that thrive on sensationalism and false equivalences, It’s understandable why so many Americans, especially older white males, are duped into voting against their own self interests. Then of course there is the unspoken elephant in the room: “race.” Poor and working class whites think they have more in common with white billionaires, like the Koch brothers, and white multi-millionaire media personalities, like Rush Limbaugh Glen Beck and Sean Hannity, than they do with President Obama. They just can’t imagine that the Black guy, who they are told repeatedly, 24-7, illegally usurped “their WH,” can do any thing for them. They’ve been told over and over again by FOX and right wing talk radio hosts that this illegitimate President is bent on destroying “their” country.
good night tods~
Good night Susanne. Even me, I am finally checking out. Thankfully, tomorrow is Sunday and I don’t have to go to work.
Also, the talking point from the right is that raising the debt limit is for future borrowing.
Not for the bills already incurred
watch for this lie and push back when necessary.
And…, nice football games today.
You’re So Beautiful has just brightened this grey and foggy morning, big time…
Just when I think I can’t adore this couple/family anymore… Love this video!
OK….I can’t find it…..I need to know what to disable…IE Explorer…Java or Java Script…I disabled something about scripts but don’t know what the hell I’m doing or why I’m doing it….I think a lesson on safety would be really appreciated by some of us
“computer challenged” posters…PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
wow, i just looked at this video for the first time. it is absolutely lovely! beautiful work chips. that part in the beginning when they were describing their date is perfection!
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