Kyrstin Lavelle, 10, holds her book for photographers to see President Barack Obama’s autograph, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2013
Merry Christmas, Chipsticks – and Happy Holidays to all TODers!
Merry Christmas to you too Theo!
Hey, I tried to be First, but someone had their foot on the elevator door (humpf!)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Chipsticks and all the members of TOD family!
The very same to you too nathkatun7 :-)
Merry Christmas GGail! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. I know VC must be envious of our SC weather. My family members in DC, NY, and NJ sound exactly like her about our being spoiled whenever we complain of cold.
Merry Christmas, nath, and everyone else @ TOD – especially you, Chips! I’ve missed an entire day here, but had fun doin’ the Christmas Eve things! Love ya all!
Merry Christmas J`OB!
Merry Christmas GGail!
Our weather is simply warm & lovely. People all across the northern hemisphere is probably hatin us :-)
Hey! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Sweetbay!!!
I want a Christmas drink. Be right back.
Oi, get me one!
And one for me too! (hiccup!!!)
Pope Francis Gives Christmas Presents To Poor Immigrants In Latest Loving Move p.ost.im/R4Ycgc via @AddInfoOrg— (@bennydiego) December 25, 2013
Love that. “In latest loving move.” Beautiful! We should all try to do more “latest loving moves” in our own lives, of course!
I treated myself to the TIME magazine edition with Pope Francis on the cover, and shall read it on Christmas Day to be reminded that we should “love one another.”
I’m out of Bailey’s and Amaretto. Christmas will be postponed.
Chips, it’s time to ban sweetbay Already!
I know, right? Well, it was nice while it lasted. :)
Rule #2, never come to the Village without ample libations!
Merry Christmas Sweetbay! If you were here in San Diego, CA I would run to the store and get you some more Bailey’s and Amaretto. By the way, you need to check out the South African liquor called Amalula. I am not sure I spelled that right. But the ladies in my family think that it is much better than Bailey’s. Personally, I never go near that sweet stuff. For me it is either red wine or single malt.
The last time I had Bailey’s anything, I slid right down my chair onto the floor. #TrueStory #OkayItWasAllInMyMind
I did that when I discovered a new egg nog that was so delicious I forgot I was drinking alcohol. And I was hosting. That’s the year I forgot to serve the potatoes which I later found in my cold oven. Note to self: Serve enough eggnog so nobody notices you forgot the potatoes.
I haven’t had the liqueur, but my ex-husband brought back a box of Amarula chocolate truffles from Botswana and man, were they delicious! (Scroll down)
Thanks Mary for rescuing me about the correct spelling. My niece brought several bottles of “Amarula” when she came back from SA. My sisters, nieces, family friends, all loved it. I heard that BevMo now carries it.
Thanks for the recommendation, nath. I will have to try it.
I’ll have to try it one day. I have one chocolate left and I hate to eat it because then they will be all gone!
This is awful.
A Santa’s helper delivering toys in the US city of Washington has been shot in the back with a pellet gun.
As a TV crew videoed him in the street, he said “Merry…” before staggering in pain as the pellet hit.
The man, who has not been named and is recovering in hospital, initially said he wanted to carry on with the giveaway but paramedics stepped in and took him away in an ambulance.
Saw that earlier. Stupid. FREEDUMB! When does this stuff stop? What’s the low point here?
Chips….I sent you an email. Head’s up :)!! You want to know how lazy I am? I ordered dinner for tomorrow so I wouldn’t have to cook…is that bad? Honestly, I just wanted to sit around with my family and hang out, not be in the kitchen all day….my kids have to work, but not all day….prime rib dinner with all the fixin’s was just too tempting to pass up for me!
df, that’s not lazy, that’s smart in my book. You get to dress up and stay pretty all day tomorrow :wink:
OHHHHHH…I don’t know about that “stay pretty” all day…I’ll stay comfy all day though:) Leggings and a sweater…barefoot. That’s me!
A sprig of Holly in your hair and you’re done!
You Go Girl
Very smart – Christmas/the holidays is/are about being with family & friends, and you’ve simply outsourced some of the labour. Good for you – enjoy the day!
Merry Christmas, Everyone :)
I have loved these remembrance posts ….they were wonderful.
Merry Christmas rikyrah. I’m sure you have a compilation to share with us. Come on!
My favorite Rachel Maddow segment from 2012.
Merry Christmas rikyrah! I just appreciate so much all the knowledge, information and wisdom you share with us here at POU.
To all of you Happy Holidays and Best Wishes
And the same to you SeptemberSandy!
Best wishes to you, SeptemberSandy!
#GOP Santa… http://t.co/rUpGciYRjd— (@bennydiego) December 25, 2013
Yes the GOP want the poor to be drug tested to get food stamps, but what about the Congressmen and women being drug tested to serve in Congress.
That’s my Governor for ya. I wonder how many other governors will be doing the same?
The Gov in Chitown did too but I don’t know how many……….Merry Christmas all.
Merry Christmas Sailor!
Thank you for keeping me & my friends entertained with your emails. And of course for you keeping us ladies here stocked with Mats :-)
Yeah. I’m thinkin’ about some new ones for the new year. The ones I got now are getting thread bare. :lol:
I am with the duck. #duckdynasty. http://t.co/6OML7K1Jhc— (@amk4obama) December 25, 2013
amk, it’s a good thing I saw the tweet pic, cuz, my mouth was forming some words… :-)
#ObamaCare sign-ups surge
Private ~ 1.8 mil
Medicaid/SCHIP ~ 3.9 mil
Total ~ 5.7 mil
obamacaresignups.net— (@amk4obama) December 25, 2013
Private sign-up has doubled just in one week.
My OFA team will be gathering this weekend for a small celebration
please send them regards from todville– and a very merry christmas!
Thanks susanne – will do! And I hope you’re having a Merry Christmas too.
yes, thanks! family, food, fun–love and gratitude!
GGail, you guys are doing an amazing job! Thank you for all the handwork you’ve put in helping people get covered.
polar bear follows the president….
‘ KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The polar bear protester who’s been trailing President Obama during his Hawaii vacation took off his mask Tuesday and spoke about his efforts to oppose a controversial oil pipeline thousands of miles away from the islands.
Bill Snape, 49, is an environmental lawyer with the Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, DC, which sent him to Hawaii to wear a polar bear costume with a message.
“We’ve been all over the country trying to remind the president: ‘Say no to Keystone,’” Snape said.
Snape, who teaches law at American University law school, also was at the University of Hawaii Sunday, following the president and entourage as they watched a basketball game.
As he spoke to Hawaii News Now on a sidewalk in Kailua at early afternoon Tuesday, people surrounded the bear and wanted to take photos with the bear, who’s called Frostpaw.
“Frostpaw’s a magnet. People want to have their photo with Frostpaw. People want to touch the fur, touch my head. That’s great. That’s what it’s all about. That elicits a conversation and questions. We talk about the Keystone pipeline,” Snape said. ‘
While I too don’t care for the pipeline, I would wish people & organizations would afford the President and his family some “down” time. It’s not like the President hasn’t spoken on the situation.
yes, he deserves a break. i’m just glad this protester is doing it with some humor and respect. love that pbo said ‘hi polar bear!’
He is a loony left idjit harassing him during his hols. Why don’t go stalk to the rethugs, you moron.
Indeed, AMK! The “loony left idijts,” as you call them, are targeting the wrong person. They should be out there pressuring “rethugs,” and blue dog Democrats beholden to the oil industry, who are clamoring for allowing the keystone pipeline to go into operation. The fact that it’s taken so long to allow the Keystone pipeline to proceed shows the seriousness of the Obama Administration about the environmental issues involved.
I mean to spend all that money and time to harass a man who is on your side. Talk about stupid. These idjits deserve the shrub’s cordon of 1st amindment.
You are doing a fantastic job!
Sweet dreams, y’all.
Merry Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas to all of my TOD friends.
And to you too COS!
Mary Christmas COS just in case you are not on the West Coast! It’s still Christmas eve here in SoCal, but I know it’s already Christmas on the East Coast , Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Sweet dreams sweetbay. You come back again, ya hear?
visions of sugar plums, everyone!
somethin’ is dancin’ in my head, susanne!
Merry Christmas to JOB! I consider you the poet laureate of TOD! Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful and inspiring poems that made 2013 so special. I hope you have more in store for 2014.
nath – I am humbled! Thanks so very much – and thanks for sharing your beautiful insights with all of us all year, too! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and the most joyful, fun and laughter time with your families and friends, TOD Family. () Love you all so dearly. HZ
A wonderful holiday time for Fred, and Miss Pat. HZ
Merry Christmas, HZ! Love you back!
Merry Christmas HZ, love you more
Merry Christmas HZ! We too love you so much! You share so much wisdom and love which inspires us to work hard to overcome all the ugliness and inhumanity around us.
Merry Christmas to our President, First Lady and their family.
Merry Christmas to our military men and women, and to their families. Thank you for your services.
And last but not least, to you guys here at Obama Diary, Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you. Be Blessed.
Merry Christmas, anniebella!
Merry Christmas, Anniebella! I wish you and your family joy and happiness during the holidays. Thank you for your unyielding love and commitment to the Obama family. I think this country, despite all the vocal haters, is blessed to have this loving and caring family in the White House. I too wish the Obamas a very Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all TODers.
Hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday.
Merry Christmas TOD family! You are a wonderful group. To the leader of our team, I can’t help but luv you! You gave us a place that has kept us sane, informed and entertained :-). To the BTs – you rock! You did what I thought impossible – you made this place even better!
Thank you and (((((hugs!))))))
Damn if I didn’t wake up this morning & I was 29 yet again! LOL! Just wanted to say Chrismassy loveliness, Happy New Year too (in advance)! Thank you Fabulous Chips for a wonderful site for us to have conversations! BTs, you’re awesomeness! TODers, what can I say?! That said, got to do some Bill Withers! Is Dudette around? This one’s especially for you!
SHHHH…I hear jingle bells! Santa’s coming!!!!! :)
Oh! I got to go to sleep! Santa can’t find me awake!!!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Merry, Merry, Christmas to all…The food is cooked, the presents are wrapped, A Wonderful Life has been watched, and as soon as Pope Francis finishes mass, I will go to sleep with visions of the Brandy Alexander awaiting me at my daughters in the morning, a brunch of grits and breakfast casserole at my son’s, and the gathering of us all for a prime rib dinner at my house in the afternoon(dumb me is cooking it DF, wish I could have had it delivered like you,,,JEALOUS)…..I would also like to say that I am thrilled that PBO and family are able to have a peaceful, relaxing holiday and I wish that everyone here has a joyous holiday also.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m here in GA cooking. I’ll probably be up more several hours. I’m just glad to see another Christmas and to see that the TODers are still doing their thang, especially Ms. Chipsticks, our blog priestess extraordinaire. I’ve been visiting everyday but not doing much commenting. I’m addicted to this blog! It has the best news, best pics, and best people of all blogs on the internet, imho. Have a great Christmas Day and enjoy the holidays. I know desertflower, Mary, and others are enjoying the break from school. I’m looking forward to hearing that our young ones like UT and College Kay are forging ahead in pursuing their goals. Go for it! You make me so proud!!! I want to thank every one of you for being the wonderful person that you are, and I want to warn amk, yardarm, and LL to be very good so that Santa will stop by their houses because I know they can be very mischievous at times. LOL
The ravages on the United States of America due to 60 years of not heeding President Eisenhower’s warnings are now obvious – a plutocratic class, controlling a major political party, profiting from armaments and war mongering who have plundered the American middle class and have done more harm to more Americans than the Soviet Union, China, Al Qaeda terrorists, and any other ‘enemies’ could have hoped to accomplish without being annihilated.
What President Eisenhower proposed in 1953 …
“Neither the United States nor any other nation can properly claim to possess a perfect, immutable formula. But the formula matters less than the faith — the good faith without which no formula can work justly and effectively.
The fruit of success in all these tasks would present the world with the greatest task, and the greatest opportunity, of all. It is this: the dedication of the energies, the resources, and the imaginations of all peaceful nations to a new kind of war. This would be a declared total war, not upon any human enemy but upon the brute forces of poverty and need.
The peace we seek, founded upon decent trust and cooperative effort among nations, can be fortified, not by weapons of war but by wheat and by cotton, by milk and by wool, by meat and timber and rice. These are words that translate into every language on earth. These are the needs that challenge this world in arms.”
…. must become Americans unflinching priority in 2014 and beyond. It is the only sustainable path forward – the only one.
We have a Pope and a President who get it. In reality, the vast majority of the world’s population gets it and can readily identify with why the change is mandatory.
Dear @Pontifex & #PBO we/ve lived 60 yr of the horror #PresEisenhower predicted youtube.com/watch?v=nzNbfa… How much longer? cc @AmbassadorRice— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 25, 2013
The experiment has been done, for 60 years. The results are obvious. Those who profit from armaments and perpetual war are the enemy – the bulk of whom happen to be American citizens. The only folk who can stop the experiment and begin the one President Eisenhower proscribed are US.
Yes We Can
Merry Christmas TOD
Have no idea how I substituted and ‘o’ for an ‘e’ …. regret the typo, but I’m not surprised given how exhausted I am …. it should be ‘prescribed’ not ‘proscribed’!!!!!!
… now for a bit of rest …
Get some rest, Bob!
Thank you Theo :)
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
Merry Christmas Bob! I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful holiday season. Please take all the rest you can because you deserve it. I know of no one who has passionately and relentlessly championed our cause as you have, while at the same attending to a seriously demanding job. In my humble opinion, you are one of the treasurers of TOD. Your principled commitment to truth, justice, fairness, and humanity to all the people, shines through all your commentaries, the news and letters you share, and your incredible succinct tweets. I say take all the rest you need because the world needs to hear your principled, righteous and pragmatic voice.
That is one of the most gratifying comments anyone has ever said to me. Can’t thank you enough for the dialogue we have had here at TOD and for your insights and deep knowledge of history that you generously bring to the conversation.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays to all at TOD. This place is a blessing in my life. Thank you.
Okay, who is crazy enough, or ….whatever… enough to be here? I have no intention of joining you as I’m on my way to bed, but was in remission and needed a small fix.
Finished reading the 10 memories and comments – thanks Theo, and yes the Inauguration is definitely in my memories! :lol: I keep repeating I love this TOD feature, because I really do. Now I have to go get some sleep as tomorrow (today really) is going to be hectic. The good thing is once it’s over, I’ll be ‘free’ again. Catch you later, TODvillage!
Merry Christmas VC! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with love happiness and peace. Please get all the sleep you can because TOD is not the same without you, now and then (lovingly of course), giving Chipsticks a hard time.
Thanks, Nathk, and the top of the season to you, too! I should be more awake tomorrow, to read and appreciate **your** 10 memories. ;) :grin:
Merry Christmas, VC!
Season’s Greeting, old friend!!! :oops: Meant young friend. ;)
Thank you for the correction… :) Enjoy the day with your family and friends, VC!
Okay, I’m here! There has to be *some* honor in being last vs. first. I’m totally pooped, but bedtime wouldn’t be the same without catching up on the nightly TODing. I spent the evening with my sister, niece, and brother-in-law; as most b-i-l’s, he’s insufferable. I mean stupid (though well educated, which I’m realizing is less and less a factor w these people) and, well, I can’t go on b/c the fact is he’s dying of cancer. I’ve been biting my tongue for 20 years with his regurgitated fox and limbaugh bullshit. At any rate, I’m realizing I’m not a very good person, ’cause I still can’t bare much of a conservation with him. I will need forbearance, all this to say, I am soooo thankful that I can come to TOD and feel life’s in its proper place, afterall. Thank you all!! Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas Kathleen! Here I thought I was the last after VC went to bed. Like everyone I need to go to bed. Once again I want to wish all the TOD family members a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy Holiday Season.
still 11:20 here, and still waiting for santa!
Woke up about 1 am and finally decided to get up and do something. This has been around for a few years. It’s my favorite!
There is a lLOT of good economic news!
Coming out of shadows of recession: U.S. manufacturing, housing data buoy economic outlook reut.rs/19nlaAk #UniteBlue #Economy— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
More good news!
Upbeat view on growth. 2014 shaping up to be better tomorrow we've been looking 4 since recession ended reut.rs/19lVrIy #UniteBlue— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
There is so much good that President Obama has created for us. It just keeps coming to fruition.
….In 2009, President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced an initiative to combat veteran homelessness with the goal of housing every veteran in the country by 2015. The most recent nationwide homeless count found 57,849 homeless veterans in the United States, fully 12 percent of the total adult homeless population. Though that number is still unbearably high, it represents a 24 percent decline over the past four years…..
Phoenix Becomes 1st City To Meet Pres Obama's Goal to End Chronic Homelessness Among #Veterans by 2015 thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/1… #UniteBlue— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
These folks are REALLY into Christmas! Slideshow of decorated houses in Brooklyn. reuters.com/news/pictures/… #Photos #Christmas— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
This gingerbread house is amazing. I looks like everything is made out of food. It even has a little Bo and Sunny out front and is decorated inside too. I would love to see it, but this time lapse is the next best thing.
Wow! It even has a working fountain!! The (Gingerbread) White House time-lapse wBo and Sunny whitehouse.gov/share/gingerbr… #WHHoliday #Christmas— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
I probably shouldn’t be putting these here because you will start a rise and shine chat at some point. Maybe I’ll come back and put them in the new post, but I’m getting sleepy. Might finally be able to go to bed. Some more good news first. Helps workers and is a stimulus too.
Pres Obama signs order 4 federal worker, military pay raises in 2014. 1st civilian worker raise in 4 yrs. reut.rs/19mEv4v #UniteBlue— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) December 25, 2013
Good morning & Merry Christmas TODers!
40 degrees in NYC. 79 degrees in LA.
I’m just saying…….
Grateful that our First Family are having a wonderful vacation in Paradise far away from the haters.
Just wanted to stop in before the day gets busy.
I hope everyone enjoy today with your loved ones who are there and share the memories of those who are not.
Haaaaaaaapy Christmas TOD!
Happy, Happy CHRISTMAS to everyone in the TOD family!
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