101 Responses to “President Obama Holds a Civil Society Roundtable”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    September 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Our President is the best possible role model for civility!

  2. 6 0388jojothecat
    September 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Not first!

  3. 11 Judith Fardig
    September 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Need to go back and catch up on several posts and videos!

  4. September 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you Pamela!!

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      September 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Beautiful!

    • 14 utaustinliberal
      September 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Nice!

    • 15 MightyPamela
      September 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      :) This production is extremely well done ~ a true keeper! I cried all the way through the first reading this afternoon, but just now had a second read, and only wept quietly, when I wasn’t squealing with joy!!! How very lovely our First Lady is, who isn’t in love with her strength, intelligence and beauty? She gives us all so much of herself. No wonder our President is unshakeable, to know he is loved by this fine woman!

  5. 16 0388jojothecat
    September 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    A tie…congratulations Judith on being Top TOD’er!

  6. September 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Bobfr, to show how “Literally” prescient your tweet was……. a post describing exactly what the “Kochsters” are doing.

    Sabotaging Health Care, One Lie at a Time http://nyti.ms/18lqGh8

    A Koch-brothers funded conservative group, Generation Opportunity, is out with a wildly misleading, pernicious set of ads aimed at sabotaging the Affordable Care Act by discouraging young people from signing up for health insurance exchanges.

    Not to minimize the sheer creepiness of this ad, I didn’t want to post the one targeted to women….. sickest thing I have seen in a long time.

    • September 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Yes, LP, we know exactly who the enemy are, don’t we. And, it is our task to expose them relentlessly. Thanks to Chips we have a forum to organize our efforts to do just that!!

      #FORWARD

      • 20 nathkatun7
        September 24, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Thank you so much Bob for your passion, persistence, and brilliance! The work you’ve been doing with your tweets and commentaries has been quite exceptional! Without people like you, the unethical media, doing the bidding of their corporate masters, would have total monopoly in spreading lies and confusion without challenge.

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      September 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Hell is too good for these people.

      • 22 HZ
        September 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

        Amen, jacquelineoboomer. Jacquelineoboomer, I know deep down that we have to be related. You always speak so much of what I am thinking. Thank you for all that you do within the TOD family as well as outside. You are a very special gem to cherish.HZ

        • 23 jacquelineoboomer
          September 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

          Oh, HZ, that made me smile, coming here before I go off to dreamland, seeing your words. Yes, of course, we are related. We are Obama People! You are quite the special gem yourself, HZ. Have a great night.

    • 24 0388jojothecat
      September 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I know that any responsible parent will tell their son or daughter to get insurance and they will probably pay for it because why not? Young women will reap huge benefits from it and young men will also. I remember a friend of mine whose 20 something son and daughter-in-law did not have insurance between jobs. She got hurt and they came to him to pay for her medical bill. A few months later he got hurt and they came again, asking Dad to help pay the medical bills, this was during the ACA Debate. I told him that if this was already in place they would could get medical help through the state or be able to afford it themselves. Oh and he was against the mandate. I reminded him that he told his son he better buy insurance because he could not continue to pay for their medical bills. I hold him that if he could not help his son that all of us would pay for him through higher medical insurance. He shut up about the mandate after that.

  7. September 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    As I said earlier,

  8. September 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Congrats on 1st Judith!!

    time to prepare some dinner ….

    Hope folk will copy & paste all or parts of this letter and spread it …

    Thank you to those who already have. Much appreciated!!!

    #FORWARD Together

  9. September 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Attention, Arapaho! I saw your tweets re clean-tech articles yesterday…….. how about this. We would be in the same boat if dumbass GOP Gov’s like Walker & Scott….WI/FL had not denied the funding from the stimulus for high speed rail.

    • 30 carolyn
      September 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have these high speed trains here? To be able to get from OKC to KCMO in an hour and a half….to get to Dallas in an hour and a quarter…..to get to Chicago in about four hours. China is cutting out its air service for distances under 300 miles to around 400 miles…..the trains take care of that distance. That makes sense. I can dream, can’t ??

    • 31 0388jojothecat
      September 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      That’s why the GOP is against it…..the airline lobby will prevent it from happening here.

  10. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Harry’s staffers are on a roll:

    • September 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Jacqueline, I want to believe it’s Harry who’s designing all those snazzy graphics, but….. :-)

      • 34 jacquelineoboomer
        September 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        I’m sure he could if he wanted to, but … :)

        • 35 nathkatun7
          September 24, 2013 at 2:52 am

          JOB/Chips, I know there are some prominent people here at TOD who simply can’t stand Sen. Harry Reid. But I’ve observed Sen. Reid, for over three decades, beginning with the time he was Gov. of Nevada (our neighboring state) and throughout the time he has been in the Democratic leadership positions in the U.S. Senate. He is certainly not flashy, but he is a smart, honest, tenacious, dependable, and pragmatic man, who always looks out for ways to serve the interests of ordinary people. Next to Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Reid has also been the most loyal supporter of President Obama in Congress. Sadly, people who don’t know how effectively Harry Reid operates behind the scenes are quick to judge him because he doesn’t come across as charismatic and flashy as some other politicians. Nevertheless, his record of effective leadership and accomplishments as Governor, Senate Democratic whip, Senate Democratic minority leader, and now Senate Majority Leader, is quite impressive. Contrary to popular conventional wisdom, It’s absolutely not true that Sen. Harry Reid is a weak push-over. There is absolutely no way he would have been elected by his Senate colleagues, first as a whip, then as Minority Leader and then as Majority Leader, if he were a wimp. Besides, not too many other Senators have mastered the archaic rules of the Senate as Harry Reid has.

          • September 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

            Thank you for this perspective, Nath. I agree that people place unreasonable expectations on Harry Reid, as if he could snap his fingers and make things happen. When they don’t happen as quickly as some people would like, they condemn Reid, just as they condemn the president for not producing cataclysmic changes overnight. A lot of people have a child’s perspective of what’s possible, no matter how old they are. They are still pouting over single payer, although they can produce no reasonable scenario in which a yes vote on this would have been possible. I have little patience with this wishful thinking that is so lacking in pragmatism.

          • 37 jacquelineoboomer
            September 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

            I’m with ya all the way on Harry, nath! Give ‘em hell, Harry!

  11. September 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    You want to know why the GOP led state legislatures are trying to suppress the vote? We must show up in 2014…….It’s not an option!

    Biggest takeaway from the chart? Of the 10 states with the highest voter turnout, Obama won all 10 of them. Romney’s first win in a high turnout state was in North Carolina where 64.6 percent of the voting eligible population — tied for the 11th highest in the country — cast a ballot.

    Obama’s clean sweep of the top 10 included a number of swing states: Wisconsin (2nd with 72.1 percent turnout), Colorado (3rd, 70.3 percent), New Hampshire (4th, 70.1 percent), Iowa (5th, 69.9 percent), Virginia (7th, 66.4 percent), Michigan (10th, 64.7 percent) and Ohio (11th [tied], 64.6 percent.

    President Obama’s voter identification and the mobilization advantage over Romney has been well documented at this point. But rarely have we seen its importance expressed in such compelling terms.

  12. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I wouldn’t want to joke about an older gentleman on Twitter, but maybe this man would be willing to come back to work?

  13. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    September 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  14. September 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t know if this the case where you live, but BIG President Obama supporter (S.F. Billionare/Enviornmentalist) is running this ad during primetime programing here in Indianapolis… expensive spot 1:30 long!

  15. September 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Totally O/T, but not completely…… for those weak-sauce Premiere League Chelsea/ManU BT’s…… this is real Football! Fast forward to 30 secs.

  16. September 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

  17. 48 vcprezofan2
    September 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I think it’s time I say ‘Bonne Nuit!’ to you night owls. I actually, literally, spent all of today – well over 12 hours – keeping on eye on all you guys!!!!

    “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence; peace is the manifestation of human compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

  18. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    September 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Zizi, you may be right about the possible future role of PBO and whether it is linked to civil society groups (in addition to how this relates to young people considering leadership roles.

    I noticed that funding from US State Department for these activities has been highlighted in multiple announcements. During the Summer I just completed 3 proposals for 2 small NGOs on the subjects civil society groups and youth participation for grants that targeted grassroots organizations

  19. 50 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:15 am

  20. 51 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:19 am

    US President Barack Obama conquered a long-term smoking habit because he was afraid of his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, he has joked with a UN official.

    The jesting admission, which the president made apparently unaware he was on camera, came at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.

    Mr Obama privately told a human rights campaigner that he had not had a cigarette in roughly six years.

    “That’s because I’m scared of my wife,” he said with a smile.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24216342

    wimmin/smh

    • 52 0388jojothecat
      September 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

      When Barack Obama makes a promise he keeps a promise…..even to o his wife and children. That’s why I believe and trust in him.

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Shows the president has a sense of humor. This is a common way of joking among husbands who have happy marriages. It means, “I love her and pleasing her means everything in the world too me.” That sounds sappy, so they say, “I’m scared of her and laugh” knowing that no sane person would take the statement literally. Of course, the GOP, not being sane, will make a meal of it.

  21. 54 dotster3
    September 24, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Justin Timberlake on Leno tonight —–talking about the thrill of performing at the WH on Memphis Soul night. They showed the clip of him singing “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” and the First Couple there singing along, looking like they were having a great time. And about meeting President Obama, he said, “Man, he’s the coolest guy on the planet.” And he stood up and did a little imitation of those long Obama strides, that swagger. He said they were all practicing at the WH before the event, President Obama was not yet there, but then they saw Marine 1 land on the grounds, everything came to a halt at the rehearsal, everyone just stood and watched in awe as President Obama came cooly striding across the lawn toward the WH. Timberlake said he announced, “Daddy’s home.”

  22. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

    are we about to see the Romney 2012 election communication strategy being replayed with respect to ObamaCare?

    remember that Team Romney (and the supporting cast of billionaires) had huge amounts of money for advertisement compared to PBO.

    however, the final analysis showed that PBO and Team-O used its money more wisely and targeted niche populations that needed to hear his message. Team O also took advantage of the internet and used it more aggressively.

    I think that the same result will be observed with respect to ObamaCare when all is said and done.

    For instance, while the billionaires are focused on mis-information using traditional media, Team O is using more internet to reach the young people who are needed for sucess

  23. 60 Jeff
    September 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    My imitation of the media: “Obama slams his wife about quitting smoking by saying he’s scared of his wife.”

  24. 61 HZ
    September 24, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I so enjoyed the entire panel, and always our President is the best. I am so grateful that we in our TOD family worked so hard to elect him twice, and are still helping in a very proactive manner to continue to support him and his administration. We are not tired, nor have we left him to do it all alone. We are just as active as we have always been.

    So to the ‘talking heads’ you all can stop your lying lips about POB’s base has left him. Not going to happen.

    Good night to my TOD family. Working with a group tomorrow on getting the news out about ACA . HZ

  25. 62 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:50 am

    • 63 LDS
      September 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

      AMK, I hope their names are top on the list of the Swiss bank accounts that will soon to be exposed.
      Please let that happen and send their rotten lying loser asses to jail like they do everyone else. There are a lot of people who lost everything because of unpaid taxes here in the United States. Yes, some knew and some trusted other people with their money.
      I hope these lying bastards go to REAL jails and not some “country club” to write a book and play golf.

  26. 64 Anjo
    September 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Need to see and hear how real journalism is practiced? Sign on to http://www.nation.co.ke and listen (mostly in English) Kenyans giving the news and all info about the Westgate tragedy, no drama, no gotcha, just plain and honest news gathering and dissemination, very professional..good night, they are 5 hours ahead of eastern standard time.

  27. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I was telling my friend that members of the media who really believe that PBO was not joking when he “gave the reason” why he quit overlook the fact that prior to that decision, FLOTUS was his wife – so wasn’t he afraid of her then?

    Previously, PBO has also joked that he was:

    – “scared of Lady Gaga” while speaking to an LGBT event at which Lady Gaga was the headliner

    – “terrified of the young ladies” who had come for a sleepover of one of the First Kids’ birthday

    hope none of these media types took those jokes seriously

  28. September 24, 2013 at 2:20 am

    watched the end of RMs program…she speaks on the changes taking place in the world dynamics…Syria…Russia…Iran…she speaks as if these dynamics are happening by spontaneous combustion…she mentions the US as a player…but not once does she mention the name of Barack Obama…incredible

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:25 am

      time for some rest …

      #TrustBarack or get out of Dodge ….

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:34 am

      I gave up on Maddow ages ago. I don’t care if she occasionally does some actual reporting – I don’t need the rollercoaster of ODS she has often exhibited in recent months. I can get my info elsewhere. I haven’t turned on MSNBC for months – and it feels great!

      • 69 nathkatun7
        September 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

        You know, Theo, I am on the same page as you. I simply can’t stand MSM media. I have not turned on Cable t.v. news or network t.v. news since 2009. Now and then, I watch clips of MSM t.v. news posted here or other blogs i visit. But I absolutely refuse to give any ratings to the unethical t.v. news channels. Unfortunately, I still read MSM print papers, but they are not as intrusive and infuriating as watching supposedly respectable grown up people peddling lies and GOP propaganda on national television.

  29. 70 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday, revealing that he won’t filibuster legislation to fund the government in service of conservative goals to defund Obamacare.

    The Republican leader’s decision is a major blow to the push by Cruz and powerful conservative activist groups, who wanted Republicans to unite and filibuster a continuing resolution until Democrats caved agreed to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act.

    “Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told TPM in an email Monday. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill.”

    The decision clears a path for Democrats to pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. Procedurally, Democrats need 60 votes (they have 54 members) to advance the House-passed continuing resolution. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can strike the language defunding Obamacare with 51 votes, which frees up McConnell and every other Republican to vote against such an amendment. This way he never has to actually vote to fund Obamacare but doesn’t force a shutdown over an unachievable goal.

    • September 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

      The decision clears a path for Democrats to pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. Procedurally, Democrats need 60 votes (they have 54 members) to advance the House-passed continuing resolution…

      *******************************************

      That is so wrong…it takes 60 votes to break a Filibuster…it only takes a majority (51 votes) to pass a bill in the Senate..

  30. 72 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 3:36 am

  31. 73 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 3:38 am

  32. 74 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

    bbc, teann and sky news all whining about how kenyan authorities are not telling them everything about the operation. Fuck’em all.

  33. September 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

    So the media is all agog about the potential handshake between President Obama and Hassan Rouhani….

    =====

    “Hand-wringing precedes possible Obama-Rouhani handshake”

    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/24/20663096-hand-wringing-precedes-possible-obama-rouhani-handshake?lite

    It would be the handshake watched around the world.

    President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, will be at the United Nations together on Tuesday — their speeches to the General Assembly book-ending a luncheon for heads of state.

    If both attend the luncheon — reports that Rouhani may skip circulated Monday night — they may break bread in the same room. But any gesture beyond that would be historic for two countries whose leaders have not met in three decades.

    “It would be unprecedented for the Iranian president to even shake hands with the U.S. president and vice versa,” said Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American author and commentator.

  34. September 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

    “How Do You Run For Office On:”

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/09/23/run/

    ——

    Here’s what’s facing the Republican Party in the next elections:

    How do you run on forcing a government shutdown?

    How do you run on defunding Obamacare and removing 30,000,000 PEOPLE from receiving health care?

    How do you run on cutting $39,000,000 from the food stamp program (SNAP) depriving 6,500,000 kids and 170,000 veterans of food assistance?

    How do you run on refusing to end job killing sequester cuts?

    How do you run on taking away minorities rights to vote?

    ====

    …and the list goes on….

  35. 78 Jovie
    September 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

    My baby died this morning. My black lab gave me joy made me laugh everyday.
    I did one thing when I got out of service, I bought the best dog best personality .
    She lived until she was almost ten and I mean we were to close. Way to close we took care of each other, 2. Misfits.
    And now I hav nothing in a big empty house full of her toys.
    Worst day of my life.
    I don’t know what my purpose is , I don’t know what to do?
    I am scared, so scared!!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Oh Jovie, my heart goes out to you. {{{{{JOVIE}}}}}

      We’ve had our dog for eight years. When we first got her, I was the one who least wanted a dog. Now she has become MY buddy and MY companion (son in college; spouse relocated for military). Even when she’s not here, I am expecting to see her. She makes me feel safe. She is the one who answers the door when the doorbell rings to tell solicitors “we don’t want any.” She seems to know when I’m down. She is very forgiving. She has become so much a part of my life that it is hard to imagine her not being here.

      So, I really do feel for you and can understand what you are going through.

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Oh Jovie, Jovie, my heart grieves for you and your loss. As impossible as it seems now, when you’re so full of grief, you will find another dog that will fill your heart and your emptiness. We are all with you, praying for you, holding you in our thoughts. Keep coming here all day and sharing your feelings and we will do everything we can to lift you up. You are not alone. As for your purpose, you are an intelligent, loving, hard working human being who has already changed the world with your military service and your tireless effort to get PBO elected. You are loved and respected by everyone here. This dark day will pass. Each day will get better. And there will be a light and love and all that you’re now missing.

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I am so sorry for your loss, Jovie. Take time to grieve, think of the happy times with your dog. Then when you’re ready , get a new puppy. You have more love to share. Don’t be scared. You will move forward. Time heals.

    • 82 donna dem 4 obama
      September 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Jovie,

      I am so sorry for your loss. By your words I feel that you are hurt and feel lost but this too shall pass. She is not suffering and is at peace. Be happy for that peace and in time you will stop missing her as much and will be able to move on from this moment and be able to get yourself a new puppy that you will feel your heart with joy again.

      Donna

    • 83 99ts
      September 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Dear Jovie – thinking of you – as are all the TODers at this time. Time will help to make the scared go away & time will show that perhaps you can get another buddy to make that house not so empty. Stay safe.

      • 84 carolyn
        September 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

        Jovie, my heart goes out to you! We experienced the loss of our beautiful Brittany Spaniel this past June, and it sent us reeling. Dogs are members of the family. You will come through this, and she will be part of you and your memory always. Cherish her memory….I know she loved you.

    • 85 sherijr
      September 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

      oh Jovie, I am so sorry for your loss.. you were so lucky to have her. Stay strong ((((((((Jovie)))))))

    • 87 dotster3
      September 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Very, very sorry about your terrible news, jovie. I know what a close bond you two had. Many of us have been through that horrible sadness, and I know it feels like you have lost a member of your family—because you have. Hang in there. I know it’s hard to imagine right now, but the hurt does fade with time. And know that your best bud will always be a part of you and your memories—–and will make you smile and even laugh when you remember all her amusing antics and her funny, pleasing personality.

      • 88 LDS
        September 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

        Dear Jovie,
        I hope you read this:
        The love and bond you shared with your baby lives on. The mere fact that you were loved and was able to love is a gift that some people will never be able to experience. Keep the good times, the precious memories close to your heart. It is okay to feel what you are feeling.
        It is okay…..

    • 89 globalcitizenlinda
      September 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear lab! Last update I caught was the improvement following treatment.

      wishing you strength as you negotiate this difficult time. hugs and support. peace!

    • 90 desertflower
      September 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

      {{{{Jovie}}}} You need a hug…. at one time or another, all of us that love our animals more than life itself, have felt this heartache. It shakes you to your core. The good news is, that is DOES get better. Promise you. Take the time to grieve this loss and celebrate her amazing life with you. And then, when you’re ready…go out and find another dog that needs the love and care that you have to give. They will give it back to you 1000 fold, and though the new dog will never be a replacement, the new joy you will find will put a smile on your face and take the ache from your heart. You will know that it’s going to be ok again….and you will begin a path of new memories and happy times with someone that needs you as much as you need them. Thinking of you.

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Jovie… I cried when I read your comment.
      “We” have gone through a lot with your black lab – several ups and downs but with all good result.
      I had hoped with your recent visit to the vet everything would be ok.
      Please know that I feel for you and understand what you are going through. It will take some time, but you will get over it even to the point of getting another lab/puppy.

      So sorry about the loss.

    • September 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Oh Jovie, I am so so sorry, this is just heartbreaking for you. I have no clue what to say, I lost my last fella when he was 15 and it was unbearable. Jovie, please keep dropping in here, talk to us, just let us know how you’re doing, don’t be on your own. Again, endlessly sad for you.

    • 93 MightyPamela
      September 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Oh, Jovie, oh Jovie. {{{{Jovie}}}} Words cannot help. Love and Light all around you..

    • 94 57andfemale
      September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Dear Jovie –

      There is no love, no comfort that is as deep and all-giving as that from a beloved dog. My husband and I adopt adult rescues – 7 over the last 33 years. We’ve been through illness, cancer, old age, trauma, attacks – the loss is so heartbreaking. I cannot know what you are feeling, but I can understand, and I can share. I’ve been there. Not knowing what to do, how to fill your time, seeing her in every corner of your house. I’ve been there.

      Your heart is too big to not eventually build a loving relationship with a new dog. It will never replace your baby, it never should. It is a special, secure place in your heart where she lives forever. Your purpose will be revealed, I promise you.

      A little while after the loss of my beloved Pilgrim, the love of my life, my husband said to me, “You honor his love when you open your heart again. It’s what he would want – he shared too much love with you to want that walled up.” Eventually, you will find that moment too and your big, compassionate heart will grow on the foundation of your baby’s love.

      She was blessed to have you as a dad.

      Your TOD family is here for you. You are not alone – you have the love of so many.

      I’m so deeply sorry for your loss

  36. September 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    So the only thing the US MSM seemed to have gotten out of the Civil Society Roundtable held on yesterday is that PBO quit smoking because he is afraid of his wife? That’s it?!?!?!?

    • 96 99ts
      September 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Sad truth – worse than any media in the past 100 years. Next we’ll hear about the marriage breakdown.

    • 97 dotster3
      September 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Chuck Toddler is obsessed with this Big Story—-he’s everywhere blabbing about the smoking comment as if it was the most important—–and only—–issue of the day. On the Today Show Toddler had a big laugh with Matt Lauer & Co. about Obama lying about quitting smoking—-said he’s always chewing the nicotine gum—-that he must have meant he quit smoking in front of the First Lady. Then they all had a whoopedy doo laugh about PBO also overheard telling someone that he scored 54 points in a pickup bball game too—–making it seem like PBO lies and how funny that is. Toddler’s main goal is try to “get” PBO in some way, in any way. Saw him earlier trying to get Tony Blair to say something bad about Obama—–kept pushing, without success. Todd is a bitter, anti-Obamaite.

  37. 98 99ts
    September 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

    BJ have had a person very involved in the health insurance business writing information about the ins and outs of the ACA. He seems very good at explaining the whys and wherefores – this one was looking at why the exchanges are cheaper than many expected

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/09/24/does-that-network-make-my-wallet-look-skinny/#more-140583 – the discussions are also good.

  38. September 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Turning lemons into lemonade….

    =====

    “Family invite 200 HOMELESS people to feast on their daughter’s four-course sit-down wedding dinner after the nuptials were cancelled”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429617/Carol-Fowler-Family-donate-daughters-course-wedding-dinner-200-HOMELESS-people-nuptials-cancelled.html

    —–

    Atlanta, Georgia couple Carol and Willie Fowler were surprised when the lavish wedding they’d paid for was called off forty days before the event

    But they decided to make the occasion joyous for the city’s homeless instead

    The Fowler Family called Atlanta’s Hosea Feed the Hungry and together they hosted more than 200 deserving individuals. ‘At first, I thought it was a prank call because it was such an amazing offering,’ said Elizabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed the Hungry.

    The family named the event the First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love and are planning to host another one next year, getting sponsors involved.

    • 100 LDS
      September 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

      This is so beautiful, it makes me cry.
      The GOP voted to take away food from millions of people who receives SNAP and this loving couple shares their wedding feast with 200 total strangers. I wish someone could send each one of those who voted against SNAP a picture of those grateful people dining together.

      If those GOPs and two Dems. dare to say during Thanksgiving about anything, I will lose it!
      They should all choke on their Thanksgiving dinners this year. How can they sleep at night?


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