A post to soothe the nerves as another momentous day passes into the rearview mirror.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Rain
Miriam Makeba – Soweto Blues
Zahara – Loliwe
Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Mbaqanga
Dance, sing, love, chat!
Not to change the subject, but this is a HUGE Obamacare success story! Sorry for HP, but here it is.
Hi DF! Congrats!
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Greetings from Albuquerque!
Greetings from a blue oasis in a red desert!
I know I’m hanging too much in the TOD village when I actually got that reference right away.
Too much TOD? No such ting, meh darling!
I think if I could qualify myself as a psychotherapist I could make some funds treating recovering TODers after 2016. There has got to be a few cogs loose for most of us regulars.
Good night! I’m fading fast.
I will need intensive, long term treatment. Starting Jan 19, 2017 (in fact, starting election night, 2016). Actually, even the thought of this is depressing – I need to sign up for treatment right now!
My receptionist will be in touch – as soon as he is hired.
Red HOLE in a serious blue state, Dudette. This election season….nothing but rethugs on the ballot. Not one dem, lib, prog…..just unopposed.
Thanks, LL:) Araphaho..if you’re here…he must be a new guy:) Never heard of him, but then, I tend to stay away from broadcast news. Even local.
LL…Your question about whoever that was that was trending on Twitter….the answer is on Raw Story right now. Not bringing that smut here.
Oh, I read the story, because I was curious. And still, why is she STILL trending on Twitter hours later? It’s amazing.
Oh who knows. People are idiots that thrive on this kind of titillation. Annoying.
Live English stream of the Kiev protests. Storm troopers are clearing the square.
I wondeer if John Kerry is working the phones right now…
Thank God for the Internet. The regime can’t be too harsh can they? The world is watching LIVE.
They are being quite harsh now …. but the cameras are rolling ….
I’m rather surprised about that. Dictatorships aren’t what they used to be. Lots of ways to get out information.
Wonderful post LL! Much needed! Thank you!
Gratitude for a President who acts with grace at Nelson Mandela's funeral & shows the world we can actually use grammar & manners properly.— Jen Simon (@dell0717) December 11, 2013
Tie for DF and Magapie
G O L D
Keeping on good news about healthcare……ACA
Obamacare slowing growth in health spending ==> "billions of dollars' worth of good news" washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog… http://t.co/2OxjZ5ouKG— ProgressiveHelp PhD (@CallOut4) November 25, 2013
Good Nite folks. Thank you all for an informative, engaging and extraordinary day.
@Dudette9t9 What does PBO/Castro handshake mean? Means PBO has enough class not to act like a jerk around world leaders AT A FUNERAL!— Leftfielder™ (@DaleMoss2) December 11, 2013
"Health care exchange is vastly improved, users say." —@NYTimes: nyti.ms/1f2X2AY #GetCovered #Obamacare— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 10, 2013
60 million Americans will benefit from expanded mental health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. http://t.co/fZyXmmVX3j— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2013
Love this law.
Wonder if PBO should have massaged someone’s shoulders? OMG. Just the THOUGHT of GWB doing that makes me ill. He had no class or social graces
.. or thrown up on someone. Or started a war for no reason.
Well, yes…there’s always that!
Not to mention leaving 10s of 1,000s of fellow Americans to drown or die of thirst or starve and definitely suffer from a hurricane…
That’s why he took with him some of the guys who actually did all those things…
… or tanked the world economy
… or ignore warnings that terrorists planned to blow of the WTC
We could go on and on and on and on and……. Could be the topic of a whole separate site. Probably is! Not worth our energy but to this day PISSES US OFF! How in the hell that stupid, ignorant, privileged little spoiled fucker slipped on the banana peel of life and ended up in that office WITHOUT BEING ELECTED. Ok, I’ll stop. (Probably not!)
Pledge to support human rights for all by sharing this photo.
#HumanRightsDay http://t.co/dkqpFh0Mqk— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) December 10, 2013
So sad to see this beautiful memorial day tarnished by the repression in Ukraine.
What’s happening in Ukraine has Putin written all over it. To think that some people looked at Putin as a hero a few months ago. Poor fools. Putin is and has always been an authoritarian, a bully. He stalled on the Syria situation during at least two years, and only relented after President Obama, who didn’t have any choice, made a serious threat.
Completely perfect LL, you’re a treasure, thank you so much.
You’ll love my night owl chat for tomorrow night!
Peace & love from the State of Washington. >^..^<
(__)/ Liked your cat so was trying to play around. Wish I could see if It would work BEFORE posting.
Out of wack! O well, that was my moment of ‘creativity’ for the day.
Other than a bit of jaw re-alignment…looks good to me, vc.
You are too kind. I like ‘jaw alignment’.
Today is the 65th Anniversary of the Historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights. #HumanRightsDay #ADL http://t.co/7MHT10JyCp— ADL (@ADL_National) December 10, 2013
The 30 Articles of Human Rights – a powerfully simple explanation by children. #HumanRightsDay youtu.be/36CUlaqmFi4— Matthew Ward (@HistoryNeedsYou) December 10, 2013
Human Right #4 "No Slavery": youtu.be/HulNoaLYWck #HumanRightsDay
Become educated on the UDHR!— F.C.A.H.T (@freeallslaves) December 10, 2013
Today is #HumanRightsDay! Watch this @Uheroes video and get educated on #HumanTrafficking! youtube.com/watch?v=eHCGTN…— (@manwellreyes) December 10, 2013
Your President is hailed by the world as everything that is good in the USA – and the US media is fixated on a handshake. If ever there was any doubt that the GOP and the US media are warmongers and racists of the worst kind – this is it. They would prefer the US to hate on every country, every person who is other than a white male anglosaxon.
They pretend to believe in democracy and are doing all they can to turn the US into the new version of apartheid. They learned NOTHING from the life of Nelson Mandela – and are learning nothing from the life and times of PBO. There are times when I forget to be like Nelson Mandela – and sometimes – whether Christian or not I need the words pounded into my head “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”
Excellent commentary 99ts. This should be front-paged. Something about PBO’s excellent speech and uniquely warm reception from the people of SA today made the US media VERY uncomfortable – because it spoke an undeniable truth that none of their silly reports can ever obscure.
Chris Cuomo of CNN got defensive when called out on his silly and childish focus on the handshake. He tried to act as though he simply reported about it in a nonchalant way. I pointed out to him that PBO shook the hands of every dignitary and head of state he came into contact with – so why is the media singling out one handshake, crickets from Cuomo.
Well said, 99.
Truth seems to be something the US media often forgets.
In honor of #HumanRightsDay, you should try caring about human rights @JohnBoehner. Support a #PathToJustice bit.ly/1kkCANf— Voto Latino (@votolatino) December 10, 2013
It's Int'l Human Rights Day! RT if you agree all people w/ disabilities deserve to live with dignity & respect http://t.co/sCDm3eEPE5— Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) December 10, 2013
Help end violence against women worldwide bit.ly/1iTfCBd #HumanRightsDay #IVAWA— AAUW Public Policy (@AAUWPolicy) December 10, 2013
Today is #HumanRightsDay, a day to reflect on & recommit ourselves to the ongoing fight for human rights that continues around the world.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 10, 2013
As societies, we have the right to choose our own destiny. President Obama proclaims December 10 #HumanRightsDay. go.usa.gov/ZqHR— Department of State (@StateDept) December 10, 2013
I love me some Miriam Makeba. Thanks LL.
Photos you won't see: Obama shaking everyone else's damned hands.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) December 11, 2013
So much here to savor. I have all night or early in the morning to finish up my reading. Thanks, Chips, UT, LL for the beautiful stories you told in pictures and words about President Mandela. What a speech by PBO, right?
This is what I think about MSM bunk:
Shhhhhh. Listen to the ROAR. This is what many in MSM/GOP want you to 4get. Don't fall for the new hair on fire bunk. youtube.com/watch?v=RTch7y…— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) December 11, 2013
Have a good evening folks. Lots of work to do tonight.
Thanks africa – excellent points!
I think today the US media was truly dumbfounded, if not STUNG by the exceptional reception that PBO received at that memorial…I will admit that even I was a bit surprised by the almost unique appreciation for PBO that the people displayed. Yes, I was expecting a positive reaction from the crowd, but this had a uniquely reverent and sharply contrasted element that simply blew me away. This is one for the history books…long after the handshake, selfie, and other US media-manufactured nonsense have faded into obscurity….
That’s my “Let me Finish” segment for tonight!
Wait for me Hopef so I’ll have some company to cross the parking lot! Though I wasn’t surprised by PBO’s reception, this is actually a good note for me to ‘finish’ on too. Except for food and nature breaks I’ve literally been hanging in the village since minutes before 4am! Enough’s enough, I’m going to get some sleep, I Hope!
G.Night/Morning TODobots, wherever you are!
Thanks vc – have a good nite, and sleep tite! I know that nothing will bite!
TY. TY. TY, Hf. Couldn’t handle being bitten tonight at all! Let’s go.
HF2, your “Let me Finish” segment is spot on. You have a way with words that expresses what I would like to say. You do not miss a beat.
Thank you. Thank everyone here for keeping this day truly memorable for a humble man who just wanted freedom for his country and its people. The world is better because of his humble, loving, forgiving spirit.
Thanks LDS. I appreciate your kind words
Don’t linger in the door. I’m heading for the barn along with everyone else. I’m bushed!
Good night, VC and Hope. I’m just getting on TOD and everyone’s leaving… Sleep tight!
TY. It was bad, only woke up 3x before the phone rang.
The commentary in my world – after the event – “President Obama and other world leaders spoke at the memorial for Nelson Mandela” – no “let me finish” required after that one.
Heh! Case closed.
On #HumanRightsDay the #PutinPuppet #Yanukovych attacks his own people youtube.com/watch?v=zaQLlo… twitter.com/ADL_National/s… #euromaidan— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 11, 2013
Bob, I feel sick about this. World leaders have to join in a massive condemnation of Yanukovych and his puppet master, Putin. Yanukovych has lost all authority to lead–he’s nothing but a repressive dictator who thinks he can just model Stalin and start killing and injuring people. He has to be removed.
One more from Lucky!
What beautiful, colorful beading!
TYVM #PresidentObama! Our son JUST enrolled in 1 of the exchanges. Easy-Peasy! Cost = very AFFORDABLE 2! healthcare.gov
#P2 #TCOT— Nerdy Negress (@NerdyNegress) December 11, 2013
Good night dear friends! I’m off to sleep a deep sleep as my eyes are in rebellion!
Rest well, Dudette, and thank you for all the joy and goodness you bring to TOD, every day!!
Rest well, my dear friend. Your spirit is a joy to behold on a special day like this.
So much love from people who really care is truly a blessing.
THIS! Sweet dreams, Dudette.
Sending you a virtual comforter and fuzzy socks for all you do. Dudette.
Next up. Trifecta !!! Handshake with lil kim jong !!! Victory !!!
#wingnutsessplode. #ObamaDerangementSyndrome. #3rdrate4thestate.— (@amk4obama) December 11, 2013
There you are, amk! We were all wondering where you were:)
Methinks The amk was prolly lurking all day but just wanted to take it all in…..without any pressure to post/respond, etc.
busy.ness=hungry mouths to feed=a gagle of dogs. why gaggle? why not gaggle? jeez geez.
So you’re blaming the poor dogs for your absence?
I could blame the wifey unit. But will never hear the end of that story.
Nice to be loved, isn’t it? Chips may want to have some words with you about your absence today………
can’t kill them. can’t live without them. #oneman’sdoomedlife.
You’re baaaaaaaaaack, you AWOL rascal!
heh, who you calling awol?
I suppose you think you can slide quietly back in without anyone noticing you were in absentia? No can do.
in and out. like a drunk with reality.
You made the comparison, pas moi!
And stop trying to hold me back. I have quite literally been here since 4am this morning!
Where were you anyway on such a momentous day? And don’t give me that planting crop for the next family meal bit!
I’ll pick up your answer tomorrow – give you time to finesse it! By-eee!
yet another great job by julia pierson – head of secret service.
thank you ms. pierson!! you are one of the most important people in the world right, in my opinion.
I had no clue, 4. Nice to know. I’ll bet she’ll watch over him like a broody hen.
What u won't read in US MSM: 'Only Obama – for whom there was ecstatic reception – seemed to have measure of occasion
irishtimes.com/news/world/afr…— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 11, 2013
Sweeeeeeet….very good read Chips. Excellent find – thanks
#Ashton statement from Kyiv: "I observe with sadness that police uses force to remove peaceful people" #euromaidan m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…— (@NATOSource) December 11, 2013
I hope Ashton can use her considerable influence to resolve this tragic situation. By doing this on the day of Ashton’s arrival, Yanukovych is spitting in the eye of the European union.
Really, really zzzz…..huh? gotta….zzzzz
Enjoy the comfort of your pillow and dream many wonderful dreams, VC
Hmmm. O. Sure. Thanks. Bobfr. zzzzzzzzzzzz
Sure takes you a long time and mucho repetition to learn a single one word name!
And stop talking to me so I can sign off zz
So proud of President Obama today, what a wonderful ambassador for United States of America. Thank you @BarackObama. http://t.co/4IoXnUllSy— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) December 11, 2013
Our press is amazingly positive – especially about that handshake – what a difference to the US press
“Handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro offers hope for US-Cuba ties”
Analyst Jorge Gomez Barata said the Obama-Castro handshake was simply a result of “Mandela diplomacy” – and a testament to the example set by the anti-apartheid icon and South Africa’s first black president.
“Mandela did not know that such a meeting was going to occur … but he most certainly cleared a path that allowed for the avoidance of confrontation and created the basis for such an important meeting.”
heh ut, hats off.
heh bt, start your own friggin’ teevee.
Jeez, been on teevee for years, keep up Mister
“heh bt, start your own friggin’ teevee.”
A very good, and biz-ness worthy suggestion, amk. The audience for accurate news – local, State, Federal, Global – is enormous. None of the US broadcast biz’s are fulfilling their responsibility regarding their rights to use public spectrum.
And when it starts – let folks watch it worldwide – I’m so sick of reading “this video is not available in your location”
heh, fab job is fab job.
No, not you jaquiline.
I think POTUS is going to get the long term unemployment extension. Here’s a portion of his comments tonight on the 2 year budget deal:
////Today’s bipartisan budget agreement is a good first step.//////
And while today’s agreement is a good first step, Congress has a lot more to do on that front. In the immediate term, Congress should extend unemployment insurance, so more than a million Americans looking for work don’t lose a vital economic lifeline right after Christmas, and our economy doesn’t take a hit. And beyond that, they should do more to expand broad-based growth and opportunity – by creating more jobs that pay better wages, by growing our economy, and by offering a path into the middle class for every American willing to work for it.
If I was a betting person, I would bet Pres. Obama gets long term Unemployment Insurance before end of year. talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama…— ForUS50 (@FORUS50) December 11, 2013
Was just about to post your tweet – I completely agree.
it’s been a good day, huh hopefruit? This news on a budget means the gears are finally moving.
I was at work all day so just now got a chance to listen to our President’s tribute to Mr. Mandela, Just beautiful, wow. Once again showing billions around the world that the United States has the capacity to provide leadership through dignity, grace and unity. Not sure it erases all the harm we caused around the world during GW Bush era but I’ve never heard that thunderous applause EVER for any elected official before. He is changing the world.
President Obama and democrats have “isolated” the problem of UE benefits. They will apply political pressure to republicans so they don’t cut benefits before Christmas. And democrats will REFUSE to touch the present budget deal.
I’m afraid that the President will , AGAIN, see his Christmas vacation cut short. But he will WIN. AGAIN.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if the GOP didn’t separate the President from his family for part of their vacation – only GOP Presidents are allowed to have vacations.
With that communist handshake, Obama screwed the bankers too.
What a day.
bbc.co.uk/news/business-…— (@amk4obama) December 11, 2013
I love that it will make “the banks boring again”. Boring banks work for me – in so many ways.
Night all,,,it’s early, but I didn’t sleep for beans last night. See you tomorrow.
Catherine Ashton: "The government did not have to act in the dead of night, to finally start talking to their people" #kiev #euromaidan— Gwenny Somberg (@gwensel) December 11, 2013
What a voice of reason this woman is. I hope she can make a difference.
Did anyone catch any of Rachel tonight were she were talking about the media wanting the Sandy Hook 911 tapes released. They sued and got them released and it was up to the media to play the 911 tapes, well most decided not to play the Sandy Hook 911 tapes, except for CBS and Fox. They played the tapes. If I ever had any doubt that CBS News ain’t worth shit, I no longer have any doubt. I used to respect Scott Pelley so much. But CBS has really sunk low. They are disgusting.
Very ugly situation in the maidan now …
People will begin pouring into Kiev at 6a (about 1 hour from now) as the public transportation system begins functioning. Undoubtedly they are all witnessing the massive police presence and the violent behavior of the police which has now intensified.
Reports of cars loaded with protestors headed to maidam …
The question which is paramount: How much force is Yanukovych willing to use? Assad-sized force? Ukraine is not Syria. Ukraine, whether Yanukovych likes it or not, is European. And Putin won’t be able to protect him.
Yanukovych is likely smart enough to know not to emulate Assad, LL. For the sake of Ukrainians let’s hope that that is the case.
More and more protestors arriving …
Back! And this:
They’ll REALLY have a cow when he moves to open commerce again with Cuba —-once Castro agrees to whatever the hell POTUS wants him to agree to.
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