Pyramid Rock Beach, Kaneohe Bay (Photo by Pete Souza, Jan. 1, 2012) – hey, any Hawaii-ish excuse to post one of the perfect pics
Magapieeeeeee! Four days to Christmas, got your shopping done??
Been turbo-shoppin’ Chips!! Bought all manner of crap for top dollar!! But I’m done and it’s Beer O’Clock! You in any better position yet?
Nooooooo, I am not even close to your luxurious position!!! It won’t be Beer O’Clock until late Christmas Eve after I make my usual panic-y buys, eg aftershave for my sister, a dog chew toy for my niece, a Wonderbra for my nephew, etc.
Sat down and saw “Splish Splash” – Be still my heart
I miss the President..
Float on, Mr. President…….Float on…..
Congrats , Magapie!
Ms. Chips, sorry I missed your shout out.
I stepped out to get chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows. Making S’mores with the kids tonight. I sneaked me some ice cream when they were not looking. Merry Christmas to you and Danny Boy! I have been so busy these days and by the time I play catch up,it’s another day. LOL! So glad to see our First Family on vacation. It just warms my heart.
Thank you, Ms. Chips for all you do and God bless your “efficient elves” that have helped you this year so that you can have your mini vacations that YOU so well deserve.
This time of the years makes me more grateful than ever.
2013 has been a great year! If anyone is thinking otherwise, their asses are doom and gloom because they know time is winding down and they are running out of schemes and plots, so they go back to Plan A. Which is so obvious, so transparent. It is pathetic and predictable.
The best is yet to come! If they think POB is going to lighten up on their dumb asses before he leaves office, they have a rude awakening ahead of them. They have disrespected him and the Office of The Presidency from the first day he was sworn in. When it is over, they will remember his name.. I am so glad that so many people have affordable health care. This is the best gift anyone can give and receive. I am truly looking forward for 2014 to kick some asses out of Congress and be rid of that Tea Party circus clowns.
Merry Christmas to all!
Aloha Suuuuuuuuuusanne! Break it to me gently, what’s your weather like?
what can i say? sweet and lovely air, fragrance of flowers, birds singing in the palm trees, 80 deg with a gentle breeze (did you get that ‘gentle’ part there?)
nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! i said it was gentle!
But you also said “sweet and lovely air, fragrance of flowers, birds singing in the palm trees, 80 deg” – you are soooooo outta here
ulp! please see snow video below! yes, it is cooold brrrr cooooooold on the mountaintop! just maybe where the obama family is, we want it warm and lovely, yes? yes?!?!!
“it is cooold brrrr cooooooold on the mountaintop!”
oh, thankyou, bless you, a bow down in gratitutde, oh blog queen! i’m back, and all the little birds are singing in joy in the tops of the pal.. oops.
Susanne, you do know all of TOD is spending Christmas with you, right? We’re at the airport right now.
Now, now Ms Chips – you Knew what you were going to get when you asked that ‘innocent’ question
Yeah but Bob, Susanne could have been a little more compassionate, maybe lied a little, eg “ooooh, it’s quite chilly and overcast today”.
total set-up! but i was trying to be ‘gentle’–it’s actually kinda hot today.
let me redeem myself; this happens too!
hey, chips, you all are more than welcome! plenty of room in my yard, just bring your beach towel to sleep on. truthfully, it would be a delight to host todville here–what a fun time we’d have! but probably not all at once….
“probably not all at once…. ”
Okay Susanne, we’ll arrive one by one!
two by two is also good
Danny and me are boarding as we speak Susanne!!
I heard Oregon St. is in Hawaii for a basketball tournament, maybe POTUS and FLOTUS might attend the game.
love love love that photo of pbo in the ocean! wish he could commune with his childhood self there daily.
Enjoy the view!!!!
3D Euromaidan Enjoy the view!
#maidan #euromaidan #ukraine fb.me/15ljlRp3L— EuroMaidan As It Is (@EuroMaidan_Eng) December 21, 2013
A.Motyl: #Yanukovych's cornered. No one likes him; no one trusts him—neither inside nor outside #Ukraine. #Euromaidan
worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alexander…— Влодик Олейко Oleyko (@Oleyko) December 21, 2013
hope the first family gets to play on the water a bit. this photo journal shows the beach and bay where the obamas are vacationing. (note to chips: probably reeeally coooold there, though )
The water pics were lovely, but the washboard-abs studs were even lovelier!
It’s that time of year when websites are retrospective overdrive.
But take a look at this photo. Anyone who harbors an ill thought against Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly have no soul, are empty vessels (yes, I’ve seen vile comments and tweets about them).
Here’s the caption of the photo in @nycjim’s tweet:
Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords as they attend a news conference asking Congress and the Senate to provide stricter gun control in the United States on March 6 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords and Kelly were joined by survivors of the Tucson shooting as they spoke outside the Safeway grocery store where the shooting happened two years ago that killed six people.
Our picks for 100 most-powerful photos of 2013. Impressive stuff. on.mash.to/1bSv6vD http://t.co/MObyrpBq7Z— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) December 19, 2013
And, of course, January 21, 2013 made the list:
One of Mashable's 100 most-powerful photos of 2013. mashable.com/2013/12/19/pow… http://t.co/7r3OsCeRYy— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) December 21, 2013
Final photo from Mashable’s list:
A bed of pandas. One of 100 great pictures of the year, via @Mashable. on.mash.to/1bSv6vD http://t.co/kB8VPKWhGT— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) December 19, 2013
SilverFox alert: just behind POTUS’ left arm!! Ah, those were the days, eh, HZ? Eh, Carolyn? Sigh..
Oh my, MightyPamela and Carolyn!! Did the silverfox retire, get a promotion, or is detail for the First Daughters. The girls enjoyed him being around. Miss our silverfox.HZ
RW hate speech took out one of their own & still the GOP in congress will not control guns – and they support the hate speech. That picture of Mark and Gabby should win any photo competition
Just cool and comfortable 20 deg C here. Jus’ saying.
whatever the hell that means! talk amurikan, willya?
Just cool and comfortable 68 deg F here. Jus’ saying.
that does sound lovely. that’s our night time low, and i enjoy walking in the garden in the moonlight, with the cool, damp grass between my toes–so refreshing!
walking barefoot in cool, damp grass is nirvana. Does ireland even have grass?
watchitmissy. Or will let loose these guyz on ya.
@TheObamaDiary http://t.co/s90OInYF2o— (@amk4obama) December 22, 2013
Better not be 20F where you are ~ Evah!!
Nevah. Not even at 20 feet under.
Just cold here:-6 deg C; snow storm on the way
Sometimes I wonder, sometimes I don’t
A little bit chillier than that here in L.A. Supposed to be a quite nice 21 or 22 on Xmas Day. I plan to be on the front porch sipping gimlets.
It’s been months since I had gimlets.
A few glasses french red just last week doesn’t count, ok?
I’ve severely curtailed my drinking.
Good for you.
(misery loves company and all that)
I enjoy working on my novel’s revisions much more with a nice herbal cuppa.
How close to publishing are we?
I’m hoping to have all the revisions done by New Year’s. Once I get going, I’m a fast writer. And much to my amazement, the writing holds up pretty well even in first draft.
Excellent. You still planning to publish it as kindle e-book?
I’m leaning that way, but I haven’t decided in any final sense.
I used to be a paper back hoarder (2000+ books). Now I solely use kindle 3G. Yeah, technology finally took me down.
Keep us posted.
LL, don’t go talkin’ Celsius! We’re a’murcans!
Gotta be global, since President Obama is a true “Leader of the Free World”.
yes, there’s that, but I’ll gladly go Celsius before I have to share him with everybody else, no matter how much they want to claim him!
Most of the world has gone into metric talk – the UK seems to have gone the each way bet path – everything is given in both – and because EU – also in 6 languages – the clothing labels on baby clothes need more space than the clothes.
When we converted in the 1970s everyone hated it – now I can hardly remember the old measures that took forever to learn in school
I’ve slowly trained myself to switch between metric and Imperial. Because I’m a commie fascist.
I did it because “big government” – we don’t see imperial measures any more so have to live with metric. I still have trouble with someone’s height described as 175cm – but temperatures (C & F) weights (gms kgs and lbs) and volume – litres vs pints always seems easy. I didn’t realize I was a commie fascist – that is a surprise.
Ask to see Chips’ email to the blog. We all are.
I’m guessing – because Blah President, White Santa, The US invented imperial measures (actually quite humorous that it came from the British) and Benghazi!
20C on the first day of summer where amk is.
Sounds coolish for this time of year.
Unfortunately, that’ll be the coolest we will ever hit. The 40 deg C dog days will be here soon.
Heading for 30C here – not so comfortable – but a nice breeze
oh my goodness he be vicsssiousss
I’m guessing that little fella would devour ya quicker than a Rottweiler!
Looks like a cute furball to me!
Ooooh, I dunno Arapaho415, demon eyes!
He be sweet but the lady with the pics – not so sure about her intentions – I didn’t choose to live in the land where the sun shine, the sky is bluer than blue and never does it snow – just was born here.
Oye – you owe me gold stars and PBO pics for the firsts you stole from me – but this little guy is rather cute – at least it’s a picture – and the temperature is still heading for 30 with a nice breeze
“….. the temperature is still heading for 30 with a nice breeze”
You just had to go there – I am being spammed and I don’t even do twitter.
FUCK BARF SHIT HELL SON OF A BITCH WHY RUIN A PERFECTLY ENJOYABLE CHAT!!?!?!?!!!
So there I was, talking to myself on the last thread – should have stayed there – it truly is the worst picture on the intertubes
Ms. Chips, for God’s sake! It is the season to be jolly!
This is an actual crime. Calling 9-1-1.
Since you surrendered so sweetly, we’ll let you off this time (despite being a repeat offender…)
And I’m NOT apologizing for my fusillade of expletives!! (normally I might)
Where the hell did you dig that monster up from?
Newt I mean.
Gaaahhh! My eyes, my eyes!! Make it stop!
Like a BAWSE.
BAWSE! RT @ajamlive: Photo: President Obama on his way to a golf course near his home in Kailua, Hawaii (Reuters) http://t.co/ZFPkfoaBbh— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) December 21, 2013
Good—-hope he enjoys himself to the utmost and plays every day. To h with all of the snippy, snarling critics. Start counting, Knoller.
Love it UT – does he leave the jackals behind in DC when he heads to Hawaii – or do they tag along to count the rounds of golf?
They go with him because it’s protocol, but they’re kept away from him when he goes to do private stuff like golfing, working out, hanging out on a private beach with his family, etc.
Thanks UT – So they get to have a great vacation & whinge about it – wonder if there will ever be a pundit who will tell the truth about PBO – like wishing for the moon
Oh no !!!!! Do Mark Knoller know that POTUS is playing golf on his first day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii?
I know no one really care if Knoller knows or not.
I can’t believe I’ve been a librarian for 5 years and haven’t done this for my family: I just ordered books for everyone on my list from Amazon. Even my 2 year old nephew is getting a book: a collection of Dr. Seuss. Gotta start warping their minds early.
My grandkids are used to getting books from g’ma and g’pa. The BEST gift…….
I always give books also—-got many wrapped under the tree right now—-for kids from 2 mo. to 12 yrs. old. Recommending a book for anyone looking for a last minute gift for a little one—-”My Penguin Osbert”. My daughter said today that every year her kids, now 10 and 12, get out all their xmas books for re-reading and maybe their most fave is the penguin book—–which I gave to one of them when he was 3. They still laugh with it and love it—–about a little kid who asks Santa for a real live penguin and gets more than he bargained for, having to be out in the snow with him all day every day, take ice cube baths with him, eat yucky stuff with him etc. Love books that last, that kids love for years.
Also recommend for new babies, which we are blessed with around here—-”On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman, dare anyone to read it without choking up. I got it for my new grandbabe when she was born (and for all her cousins before her) Got her Tillman’s newest for xmas, “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love.” All her books are keepsakes and lovelies.
Also got my 3 daughters The Goldfinch—–hope it’s as excellent as its rave reviews because I haven’t read it yet. Said to be a book that comes along only a few times a decade, a stay up all night, tell all your friends book.
I took a peak at the design awards for libraries that Dudette posted on the previous thread.
For me, the best library is Juneau’s. It’s 4 stories, mostly glass. When I visited AK in 1999, you could look directly into the cruise ships docked next to the library from the 3rd floor. Amazing how many people don’t leave cruises when they’re at a port of call.
Also like my local library which was built as part of one of our munipals parks and has lots of tall windows at angles which provides lots of areas with relative privacy. It also has a huge saltwater aquarium in the children’s area which is a big hit with the kids. The children’s wing is new, built less than 10 years ago. This is what taxpayer dollars are for.
Here’s what the GOP RWNJs get away with by not letting their “base” know what good public dollars can provide.
#Weekend Reader:Days Of Fire: #Bush And #Cheney In The White House nationalmemo.com/weekend-reader/ @gop #hates #america #p2 http://t.co/9J4vB1KqiO— MichaelLoBurgio (@MikeLoBurgio) December 21, 2013
I’d love to beat those sorry old worthless fuckers until my knuckles bled. BUT……..OH, right I abhor violence!! Yeah, and….well, probably wouldn’t get the chance and they should just be in jail for fraud, malfeasance and mass war crimes.
Magapie, please do not get me started on these two “worthless fuckers”. I just cannot believe how they are able to sleep.
So much blood on their evil hands. They will be held accountable one day. Jail is too kind.
And this dumbass has a library?
Do you think those enablers even know they were screwed or they are just to hateful to care?
It is pathetic when you know better and you don’t care. It will keep on happening.
How ignorant is that?
Same here. I would prefer to buy at a local bookstore, but Amazon is just so easy to search and find, see reviews, etc., etc. HYPOCRITE!! *SIGH*. I bought a “History of the Super Bowl” book for my kid, thinking it would have lots of info and stats AND action photos. But when it arrived – ZERO PICTURES. Only summaries and statistics. (I PROBABLY could have taken a little more time and figured that out when I was ordering.) So I go in to my Amazon account to return the book and I get the message: Since your such a good customer, just keep the item and we’ll give you a credit anyway. Of course they are saving on handling, and probably sold it to me for $15 and their cost was $4.50! Anyway, going to give it to him and see what he does with it!!
‘If I Ran the Zoo’ is proof that Dr. Seuss is Satan. Try reading it aloud for story time, you’ll see.
When I return from vacation I have a visit from a winter camp. The day they visit I’ll be reading Dr. Seuss. Pray for me.
I have a house full of kids tonight since each of my two has a sleep over guest. I am about to grab my hardbound Suess collection and read to them. I like to read The Sneetches to visiting children if I am not confident that they are getting the story’s message at home.
Oh my after so many tries to get on here and finally make it to be at the end of the last blog. However I will not give up and if you dear Dudette will post the youtube I would appreciate it. If anyone gets through this without a hanky I am surprised. This beautiful young man we will hear from again. Flash mob at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this past week by the Berklee School of Music. http://www.berklee.edu/news/students-surprise-mfa-crowd-o-holy-night
@jaketapper Perhaps. #Loser @GrooveSDC— (@JOBoomr) December 22, 2013
My heavens – I actually read the article GrooveSDC pointed to – more white supremacy and hate on black – I cannot believe someone has said it – I cannot believe that some people have to live with this level of racism – but I can believe that the media pundits support it.
I so like that twitter has given people a voice to fight this racism and hate that used to be hidden from the majority.
Believe it, 99ts. It is real.
They used to do it on the golf course and behind closed doors of Board Room meetings. What still hurts me is those who did not speak up and still don’t. And they say they are not racists and make excuses for relatives when they have one beer too many. It starts with a joke.
” I AMJUST KIDDING” is not an option.
My grandmother used to always tell us,”What is in you, will eventually come out”. I believe that.
It will come out through a joke, alcohol, hurt, pain, even death. It will happen.
When I was younger – probably until the 1970s – the jokes were there and I used to laugh – in my world mainly about the native Australians – but I had a colleague who studied in Arkansas and he came back with all the jokes (c. 1974).
I’m not sure what kicked in my conscience that this was so wrong – but I so appreciate your comment, it made me reflect on how I used to be & used to join in by laughing at the jokes.
I think it was Mandela & a RW state leader who supported apartheid in the early 1970s (declaring a state of emergency when white South Africans came her to play rugby) that made me realize that it was not “kidding” or funny.
I didn’t read any of it. I just know I wouldn’t be on “their side,” whatever it is! It was just fun reminding ol’ creepy Jake that he’s a loser.
I like your style
Republican Healthcare Shovel Ready http://t.co/jGf5u8zBhU— Randy Prine (@randyprine) December 21, 2013
#PBO #ACA SUPPORT IS GROWING ACROSS THE SPECTRUM !! #GOPFAIL http://t.co/o0pxG3Mbxz— (@alexq1lab) December 21, 2013
Vote…..Vote…….Vote…….Out all TBGOPers
Also. Too. 2016.
Holy crap! Did I ever cut my index finger today! OUCH!!!
Sorry! You okay?
I’m alright. I am just gonna have a scar after a week or so of one really sore finger. I was trying to open a package of ear buds for my son with a pocket knife. It slipped off of the package and went into my finger with a lot of umph behind it. I spend most of my free time in the kitchen with chef knives, cleavers, and such. I know better than to push a blade toward myself instead of away! Well, at least the kids got a lesson in thinking about what you’re doing and making smarter choices than the one I made.
Whoa! And, as you said, OUCH! Take care of yourself.
Honestly, there needs to be a HUGE distraction between Mankini and POTUS Chips. Please I beg of You, Chips, a bigger pictorial banner. Mankini is just too offensive for my 4eyes. Thank you in advance
#OBAMACARE signups now at: 5,308,349 !!!!
5.3 million families that are sleeping better at night.
Wow! Thank you for the numbers, Mr. Bobfr.
I know it is going to reach even higher before the year is over.
2013 was a bad year for POB, my ass……..
They are reaching for straws and POB has the last and only one sucking them up in his milkshake.
Enjoy your vacation, Mr. President. Job well done. You have earned every second.
I pray that you come back rested, restored and ready to kick-ass.(again)
We must give him a Congress that is for the People. By the People.
(Dems that includes you)
As it was once said:
The haters can’t fool ALL, all of the time.
WOW. That’s great news.
Great news! Thanks Bob for sharing it.
So sad. Claire Davis, the lovely innocent girl who was shot in the head by the student gunman in her Co. high school last week, has died. She had been in a coma and in critical condition since the shooting but all who loved her were still hoping for an eventual recovery.
Colorado student, 17, wounded in school shooting dies reut.rs/JPT1pc— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 22, 2013
Wow, that is sad news. Pray for her family.
So very sorry for her, her family and friends.
How many more families have to deal with their children dying to guns right before the holidays? May she rest in peace and may her family find some measure of comfort/solace at this very difficult time.
This is so, so, sad! Yet another young child robbed of life by senseless gun violence. May she R.I.P. I pray her family, and all the people who loved her, find strength to cope with this terrible loss.
Another young life cut short of living out her dreams and goals in life. May we be urgent in our actions to help POB and his administration to push Congress to get to work on a good and decent gun-safety-controlled bill. This has to stop.
May Claire’s family and friends be comforted by our thoughts and prayers. ().HZ
Tweeting something stupid is like thinking something stupid only much, much more stupid.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) December 21, 2013
The God person is not stupid
The = This
And there is an abundance of stupid and much more stupid on twitter. Yikes.
Actually, the lie of 2013 is: "Obamacare is Unpopular". Cuz the fact is Americans love it! wp.me/P3Li2v-5m— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) December 20, 2013
Brilliant response mocking Justine Sacco's tweet. #HasJustineLandedYet http://t.co/GvUidSA37F— Africa is Home (@panafrikanist) December 21, 2013
The Company has finally fired the racist PR Justine Sacco. It took them over 12 hrs? Seriously?
I believe she was fired last night. By the time she landed the company had already scrubbed her name off their website.
Messina rejects holding Baucus's Senate seat ln.is/thehill.com/bl… via @TheHill— Marcy McGowan (@marcylauren) December 22, 2013
Jim Messina, who served as President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign manager, said Thursday that he is not considering an appointment in the Senate to replace departing Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat.
The comments came on the heels of a report in The Hill earlier on Thursday that said Messina had received calls in the last day from “high level” officials in Montana asking if he would serve as a placeholder for the senator, according to a source familiar with the conversations. Obama is asking Baucus to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.
While he received the queries, Messina, who served as chief of staff to Baucus, took to Twitter to deny that he’s mulling a Senate appointment.
LOL. RT @SwedishCanary: Started counting sheep & now I'm too scared to sleep… http://t.co/7TlbouLfmq— American Tejano (@americantejano) December 01, 2013
Have you ever watched “Shaun the Sheep”? OMG sooo clever and HILARIOUS!!!
i love shaun the sheep!
NO HARM DONE: #Obamacare here to stay. Judge rejects Catholic Church Archdiocese Obamacare Contraceptive Challenge. bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-2…— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) December 22, 2013
The most redenkulous objection from the rc. Follow the pope into 21st century, you idjits.
Sorry for this, but I just got an amusing vision of a “contraceptive challenge”——as an athletic event—-maybe even an Olympics event.
The plaintiffs’ beliefs “remain the same, but in the interim, the law has changed,” Jackson wrote.
@SpaceCheef http://t.co/E3dfW5h71w— Sam Puzzo (@sampuzzo) December 19, 2013
From the frying pan into the fire. Hmmm.
Meet the press is on Life Support and NBC thinks adding Joe Scarborough and Mika is a good idea? Hehehehehehehehe. OK, then.— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) December 22, 2013
Any one planning on a new chat way thread? Or shall I do it? LL?
Will have one in a minute-ish!
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