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Michelle Obama: Fabulous, Fun, Fantastic

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The “FLOTUS Side Step”

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Neha Prakash: 10 Michelle Obama Dance Moves That Prove 50 Is Fabulous

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The “We Don’t Care If We Embarrass Our Kids”

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The “Just Dancing With my Husband to Beyonce”

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The “Muppet Jiggy”

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The “White House Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now”


133 Responses to “Michelle Obama: Fabulous, Fun, Fantastic”


  1. January 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Faaaaaaaantastic! :lol: Thank yooooooou Nerdy!

  2. January 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hey, what a cute post. “The White House Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now.” – :) :)

  3. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Here’s a good news story for you…

    • 7 carolyn
      January 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      That is just one of the best stories of a good life experience I’ve read in quite a while! I’m proud of both of them…..they stuck to it….what a difference that made in six lives….hers, her children’s and the lawyer’s.

  4. 8 GGAIL
    January 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Rock on FLOTUS!

  5. 9 debz
    January 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Our weekend FLOTUS fix!

  6. 11 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    please share this

  7. January 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    The author of the racist cartoon tried coming to Chauncey’s website to ‘educate’ Chauncey, but of course, Chauncey wasn’t having any of this racist’s bullshyt.

    ……………………

    Friday, January 24, 2014
    The Ugly Lie of Glenn Foden’s ‘It’s Not My Fault That Gravity is Racist’ Editorial Cartoon

    I am curious as to your reactions and thoughts about this editorial cartoon by Glenn Foden.

    Its narrative is obvious: the country’s first president who happens to be black uses false claims of racism to deflect responsibility for his failures. Such claims are part of a broader “colorblind” white racist narrative that people of color–blacks in particular–are a group of ingrate lying complainers who use false charges of racist, accusations which are de facto slurs against good white people, to somehow get over in America.

    Foden is not indicting Obama; he is indicting black and brown Americans as somehow being dishonest liars, and whose experiences are vetoed by the ability of white folks, working through white privilege, to publicly invalidate what they have experienced and know.

    More here:

    http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2014/01/the-ugly-lie-of-glenn-fodens-its-not-my.html#disqus_threa:

  8. 14 Vicki
    January 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I am almost 24 hours late with this but did anyone else LOVE,love, love Rev. Al’s closing commentary yesterday?
    I had one foot out the door and decided to wait a bit just to hear his remarks and Wow!

    The point was the gigantic numbers of Americans signing up for Obamacare and what it has taken to get us to this point.
    The Rev credited President Obama with unwavering dedication to improving the health of his people and tied it in to the Civil Rights struggle and the song “Eyes on the Prize, Hold On.”

    POTUS never flinched. He just kept fighting. Nothing the GOP threw at PBO and all of us was allowed to permanently damage the ACA.

    Everyday I remind myself that this is the news that matters the most. Not Mitt or Bieber or Huckleberry or Christie but that millions of us are going to have the safety and better life that health care brings.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you, Vicki. It is the news that matters the most, even though it gets buried under trivia and partisan rivalries and idiotic stories about political winners and losers. Every time our president has pointed us in the right direction about health care, peace through diplomacy or income inequality, that has been the real news, not the shiny objects thrown out every day by a media enthralled to its corporate owners.

  9. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  10. January 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    First Look: ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’ on Lifetime
    by Chris Witherspoon | January 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Lifetime is kicking off Black History Month with the premiere of The Gabby Douglas Story, the biopic about two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas.

    Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie details the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon, who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African-American ever to be named individual all-round champion in artistic gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    More here:

    http://thegrio.com/2014/01/24/first-look-the-gabby-douglas-story-on-lifetime/#54166738

  11. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm
  12. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    January 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    NW, thank you for this very fun post. I’ll bet one reason Michelle Obama feels so free to be herself is that the last election she and her husband will have to run is behind them. She was pitch perfect throughout the election and gave a speech at the convention that will forever serve as the IDEAL for First Ladies. She can now enjoy every moment in the WH, knowing she has done everything possible to help her husband realize his dream. And she can look forward to a post White House time when they can explore a whole new adventure together. She has not only shown herself up to the task of being First Lady, she has defined what it means to be a modern-day FLOTUS, stretching the job and pushing its outlines to accommodate her smart mind, loving heart and super generous spirit.

  13. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  14. 24 99ts
    January 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Two threads behind as usual – but just wanted to thank Bobfr for the Telegraph GG definition

    bombastic Brazil-based blogger

    Perfect – just perfect

  15. 32 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  16. January 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    It’s on ….

    Word is they are offering the Berkut safe passage to exit ….

  17. January 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm
    • 38 99ts
      January 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      And how many more when all the states are forced by popular demand to expand medicaid. What a novel idea – people want health care insurance – who could have guessed.

      May this bury the GOP in November

      • 39 forus50
        January 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        Yes, all we need is for the Dems who running in 2014 to realize that ObamaCare is a winning strategy. Their lack of confidence in their own vote and in the program itself is just astonishing to me. Anyone who strongly advocates for ObamaCare, such as Gov Beshear in Kentucky are going to win relelection. Beshear has a 50% approval rating! In Kentucky! Why are most of the rest of the Dems so frustratingly dumb?

        http://www.politicususa.com/2013/11/15/mitch-mcconnell-popular-affordable-care-act-kentucky.html

        • 40 99ts
          January 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

          I will never understand a dem who doesn’t support the President – be they from the reddest of the red states or anywhere else. If they had held it together there would be single payer medicaid/medicare or whatever – maybe a new name – just imagine what would be happening in any state that refused to include that option!

    • 41 MightyPamela
      January 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      How long before Myth starts trying to claim he was the mastermind for Obamacare, way back when he was gov of MA?

  18. January 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    There is something wrong with the plutocrats in our society. They truly are heartless misers, who believe that money is more important than life itself.

    The Occupy Wall Street movement was just too Code Pink/emoPutin-like to gain any traction. But this is the important issue of our time.

    We are sliding into a plutocracy, enabled mostly by the repeal of Glass-Steagall under Clinton’s watch. The most remarkable thing about the Glass-Steagall repeal (which separated bank operations (i.e., federally insured deposits) from the “investment” casinos) is that Congress passed it less than a decade after the Savings and Loan bailout, which was all the news in the late 1980s and early 1990s. People really were afraid their banks would go belly up across the country.

    Example #1 – money is worth the same as life

    No banker is worth $20 million a year — what do they produce? Shareholder profits, but nothing tangible or worth anything to anyone who isn’t a shareholder. The fact Dimon gets a 73% increase (when was the last time you saw that kind of raise from your corporate employer?) after the bank shelled out $20 billion in settlements with regulators means JPMC was in a position to cough up a lot more.

    • 44 99ts
      January 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      No-one – be it a banker or anyone else – is worth the money paid to CEO’s today – these people are not entrepreneurs – they take no risks – they gamble with other people’s money and lives – never their own. They make nothing, do little and feed off the disadvantaged.

      • January 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Exactly, 99ts. Just like in the “Bonfires of the Vanities,” these people who only exert themselves at the gym or while enjoying our NATIONAL parks the universe they are masters over are crumbs, residue. They produce nothing, they just bet on money. Our banking system needs a complete overhaul, starting with the reinstatement Glass-Steagall.

  19. January 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm
  20. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm
  21. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm
  22. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm
  23. 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Hope this isn’t a duplicate from earlier today… From Margaret and Helen:

    Uncle Sugar Needs To Meet Aunt Flo

    Margaret, as sure as the sun is going to come up tomorrow, some Republican peckerwood is going to say something stupid about a woman’s baby maker. I’d say “uterus” but that just confuses them even more. In this case, it’s Mike Huckabee attempting to redefine the war on women. Of course, with a name like Huckabee, need I really say more? (My sincere apology to any Huckabee’s out there who can walk without dragging their knuckles across the floor.)

    Mike said:

    “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

    Now, Michael, Dear… Let’s talk a little about the reproductive system. I’ll try to use simple terms so as not to talk over your tiny little head (the one on your shoulders and not in your pants). I don’t know much about Uncle Sugar, but during a certain age that can be shorter for some and longer for others, we women get a monthly visit from Aunt Flo. She’s fairly predictable that Flo, but sometimes she can throw you for a loop just for the hell of it. It’s certainly far from full-proof, but if you are very careful you just might be able to time your ”relations” around Flo’s visit and avoid a pregnancy. Pay no mind to those large Catholic families. They might just be bad at math or maybe they thought Aunt Flo was a heavy sleeper. (Think about it.)

    more @ link

  24. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    very behind in my architecture – had not seen this building before

  25. 53 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm
    • January 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      See my comments above re: venture capitalist comparing assault on the 1% to Nazi Germany (you know what, NOTHING is like Nazi Germany) and Jamie Dimon’s 73% salary increase.

      Our plutocrats are above the laws of country and man, and have lawmakers in their pocket to the degree that tax evasion would be decriminalized. They are the Justin Biebers of the adult world. (Posted a couple of days ago, but I know you’ve busy.)

    • 56 99ts
      January 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Expected – and so it should be – that the GOP thinks the unemployed should starve to death shows the utter horror of their thoughts and policies – I do not know of another 1st world country that does not provide unemployment payments that have to be “renewed” by the government.

      In my world the unemployed have to maintain job searching, see advisers regularly and generally do a lot of things that are not always helpful to finding work – BUT they are provided with very basic financial support – that is there as long as it is needed. It allows for basic necessities – little else. It probably does pay almost as much as the US minimum wage – which is another issue of hate the GOP forces upon those who attempt to work for a living.

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Hf, that’s good news. I hope every Dem in the chamber and every Dem candidate watching TV listens and learns. Dems needs to own this message just as they need to own healthcare. It’s real and it’s populist. And the president will put concrete measures behind it. He isn’t just saying words,he’s outlining actions.

  26. January 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you, Global Citizen Linda for posting the “global warming culprits” map above.

    I really like our President’s responses to David Remnick’s “The Obama Tapes” interview (from NW/UTA) front page yesterday.

    My favorite POTUS quotes related to foreign policy, climate change and the current #PacificCentury.

    I agree with Carolyn and others that PBO needs two Presidential Libraries (let the RWNJ heads explode as they surely will). The Chicago location would be academic and house historical artifacts from the Obama Adminstation and of course, will be open to the public.

    The Hawaii location would focus on artifacts relating to the Pacific sphere — Asia, Australia, New Zealand and would be designed to accommoddate visiting students, lecturers and researchers, maybe even a foreign dignitary or two (I think dignitaries from China, Japan and Korea would welcome a winter break in Hawaii!).

    Check out POTUS’ comments on climate change and increased demand for water and energy by China and India. Also note that “the most popular Twitter account in China is the U.S. Embassy’s daily air-quality measurement.”

  27. 59 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm
  28. 60 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    ABC news just keeps recycling silly “Snowden bombshell” stories about the US spying. I mean, common – if they think they’re helping Snowjob and/or hurting the Obama administration, they’ve got it completely wrong. You can tell the media is run by a bunch of Republican idiots – they keep pushing the same crappy memes hoping and praying something will stick – even in the face of contrary evidence.

  29. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  30. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm
  31. 65 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm
  32. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  33. 68 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm
  34. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm
  35. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm
  36. 72 99ts
    January 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Does anyone know anything about this story – I not sure about using the dailymail as a source for US news (or any other news perhaps)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539440/EXCLUSIVE-Prosecutor-sacked-bringing-case-against-Christie-cronies-reveals-ordeal-hands-New-Jersey-Governors-mafia.html

    Prosecutor sacked for bringing case against Christie cronies

    • January 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Very interesting and believable. Like you, I read everything because I’m not certain what a reliable source is. Even Fox News gets something right sometimes and Vanity Fair gets it wrong. Remember that rag that busted Edwards? Anyway, very interesting story…Governor Gangster. :)

    • 76 nathkatun7
      January 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks DF for sharing yet another of Jim Stuart’s very thoughtful posts. He is absolutely right about the real obstacle to making peace with Iran when he writes:

      “Getting an agreement with Iran will not be the hard part. It will be selling the deal at home and to Israel. So many are committed to the holding of Iran as enemy, as a force of evil in the world that must be destroyed, not engaged.”

      • 77 desertflower
        January 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        Hi there, nathkatun! I was late to the welcome home party for you, but celebrate your return to the family just the same:) Hope you had a wonderful vacation…. I enjoy reading his posts very much. This is another that struck me….though the secret is that the people of Iran admire the US very much, it is the mullahs that tend to be the hardliners and the ones that aren’t so trusting of the West. I have learned so much from my Iranian friend and coworker…as usual, all is not what it seems…and as we also know, there are those here, and there, that would love nothing more than to have perpetual war somewhere on the globe….

        • 78 carolyn
          January 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          I have been so impressed with Jim Stuart and his perspectives. He is a refreshing, sane, rational voice. I’ve wanted to comment, but found I could not follow what was required. I’m thinking I didn’t understand what was asked for. Has anyone else tried to comment on his blog? He is worthwhile.

          • 79 desertflower
            January 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

            I’ve not tried to comment there. Was there some weird requirement or something? I know that he reads here, so I just hope that he visits when we praise his posts:)

          • 80 vcprezofan2
            January 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

            1. Click on ‘comment/no comment’ (if yours is to be the 1st comment).
            2. Enter your comment
            3. Choose how you wish to identify yourself from the ‘comment as’ choices offered
            4. Click ‘publish’ (if I remember correctly you’ll get a ‘code’ you need to copy

            It may seem like a lot of steps, Carolyn, but once you’re doing them you’ll realize that it’s not a big deal.

        • 81 nathkatun7
          January 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

          Thanks DF! The Welcome from TOD community was overwhelming! I had a wonderful vacation except that upon my return I’ve been so sick with what appears to be a bad case of the flu. Consequently, I’ve not been able to read all the posts and I must have missed thanking people who welcomed me back. Jim Stuart and Smartypants are two of the most thoughtful and brilliant bloggers who truly capture the true essence of President Obama. I always appreciate your sharing their posts with us. I trust you had wonderful Christmas and New Year. Wishing you all the best in 2014!

  37. January 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  38. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t know if we can shame the media into not covering the bogus rebuttals to PBO’s SOTU;

    may be we should demand that if media outlets time to the tea partiers & whomever else, then they should give same time to other ordinary citizens who have crap to say too;

    I am sure that there are many who would have more substantive things to say about their state of their household union for example those:

    – lives have been ended or changed through bush’s perpetual wars based on lies;

    – lives have been end or forever changed through the use of guns;

    – legal rights have been ended by mass incarceration, the death penalty, and profit-maximizing prisons;

    – whose education funding, unemployment insurance & jobs’ bills have been cancelled by the GOP;

    – have been denied Obamacare due to political nullification of Medicaid expansion;

    – whose voting rights have been taken away by gop voter id laws and other dirty tricks;

    – whose labor have been weakened or taken away by gop’s attacks on the rights to organize;

    – whose reproductive rights have been attacked or taken away by the gop’s attacks the right to choose;

    – whose water ways & environment have been damaged through pollution by under-regulated corporations;

    one could go on and on about those who could really have something constructive to say;

  39. January 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    • January 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Which has been my point. Yes, before a black POTUS, the President gave his SOTU, the opposition responded, and that was it. But the confluence of a master strategist who happens to be the first black POTUS, and the fragmentation of the GOP due to its inherent contradictions—exacerbated by this POTUS—means that the opposition no longer speaks with one voice. We should look at these 3 responses as evidence of a party teetering on the edge of irrelevance. This year our job is to put it out of our misery.

      BTW, “Wolf of Wall Street” is not worth $12.50 matinee. Wait until it’s on Netflix.

      • January 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        “We should look at these 3 responses as evidence of a party teetering on the edge of irrelevance. This year our job is to put it out of our misery.”

        Yes We Can

      • 87 99ts
        January 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        teeterin on the edge of destruction – also, too.

      • 88 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

        “Unambiguous evidence of the fragmentation of @GOP: 3 camps responsd to SOTU”

        “We should look at these 3 responses as evidence of a party teetering on the edge of irrelevance. This year our job is to put it out of our misery.”

        Bobfr and LL, You are both absolutely spot-on! The Republican party is badly fractured with no coherent unified policy positions on issues. What unites the various factions in the Republican party is their visceral hatred of President Obama. Hopefully Democrats will heed LL’s advice of what needs to be done in the election of 2014.

      • January 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! The Master Strategist!!

  40. January 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    True!!!

  41. January 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Interesting:

  42. 92 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm
  43. 93 desertflower
    January 25, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/25/bill-maher-kicks-sand-face-pretend-tough-guy-republican-bully.html

    THIS:

    The reality is that the conservative mind is one that is riddled with paranoia and fear. Republicans fear everything. They think the government is out to get them. They live in a perpetual state of paranoia, because they think Barack Obama is really after their liberties and freedoms. Republicans are afraid of the future, which is why they cling so tightly to the past. The Republican fear of change is why the good old days were always better.

    Usually, the Republicans who scream the loudest are also the biggest cowards. Republican bullies are always projecting their own fear on to others. They’re afraid, so they want to scare you too. They hurl insults because they are afraid. The tough guy image is what they wish they were, not who they really are.

    Toughness isn’t about starting a war. It’s about ending it. It doesn’t take any toughness to cut off food stamps and unemployment benefits. These are the actions of bullies who are preying on the vulnerable. Real toughness is deciding to take a 50/50 chance on getting Osama Bin Laden. Real toughness is passing a healthcare reform bill, and still believing in it even when the criticism is flying.

    • 94 99ts
      January 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I think about my early years with much joy – the main reason being – as a child most of us are protected from the realities of life – the only time we live without responsibility to anyone other than ourselves is in those early formative years. It is a time of play, a time of learning and a time of utter joy.

      Most people grow & become members of a society which has rules and responsibilities and sometimes rewards. We learn to respect others, we learn that we are not the soul reason for the existence of the earth.

      Many conservative minds cannot see this – they want to live in the time when they were young and free of responsibility – not because it was a joyous time for all, nor because it was a time of less government – purely because they were of an age when they were protected from responsibility. They have never grown up, they want to be children forever and have someone else excuse their bullying and their behavior.

  44. 95 nathkatun7
    January 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    The First Lady is absolutely fabulous! Thanks NW for sharing the pics showing FLOTUS in motion. OT, I want to thank you, Chipsticks, and all TOD family members who were concerned about my absence and welcomed me back with love and warmth. I’ve learned my lesson. Next time I take another trip (which is not in the near future) I will make sure to let the TOD family know. Right now, I am fighting a very stubborn virus that has me spending more time in bed and not on the computer. I hope to be back regularly sharing my two cents on issues/topics on which I have some rudimental knowledge. I also hope that the lovely and spirited Dudette is feeling better and will be back soon. She brings so much love. passion, joy, and energy to TOD.

    • January 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      “… I am fighting a very stubborn virus that has me spending more time in bed and not on the computer.”

      Very wise decision, nath. Please take care!!!

      • 97 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Thanks Bob! This is the worst flu I’ve heard in years. I think it has a great deal to do with traveling fatigue and changing time zones.

    • 98 99ts
      January 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      {{{{nathkatun7}}}} Take care of yourself – TOD isn’t going anyplace – and will be here when you and Dudette are recovered and chatting again.

    • January 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      A joy to see you nathkatun7, but so sorry you’re feeling unwell. Get yourself better, and then come back fired up and ready to go! Take care of yourself.

      • 101 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        Thank you so much Chips. I am so glad to be back! I missed TOD very much. Thank you and everyone at TOD for thinking about me. As I promised DF, the next time I take a trip I will make sure I give you heads up so you don’t have to worry about me.

        • January 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

          Nathkatun, this reminds me so much of when Yardarm took a trip a year or two ago, there was a meltdown here (led by me!) about his absence, it was a hoot, when he came back he was like: “Chill – I took a friggin’ break!” :lol: And now the poor man has to tell us in advance when he’s going away, lest we freak out again! Any way, just lovely to see you back, get yourself better, you hear?

    • 103 globalcitizenlinda
      January 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      welcome back! I hope you feel better and that the virus goes away;

      trip to Uganda is long – always wears me up (especially as I loose time on the way back to the US)

      • 104 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

        Thank you GCL! Uganda is a beautiful country and I enjoyed every minute of my short vacation very much. I also got into some animated debates about PBO and the Gay issue. You are absolutely right about the time zones. I think the flu hit me so hard partly because my body could not easily adjust to the 11 hours differences between SD, CA and Uganda.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      nath! So glad to finally catch up with you here! Be well, my friend.

      • 106 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Thank you JOB! I missed TOD very much and especially the possibility that you may have shared some of your exquisite poetry and I missed them.

        • 107 jacquelineoboomer
          January 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm

          You are too sweet! Don’t worry – I would have tracked ya down, had I thought of something that rhymed. Ha!

          We missed you, as you can tell by the APB everybody put out for you!

    • 108 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Nathan so glad to hear from you again, and wishing you a speedy recovery! Get plenty of rest and fluids; I look forward to having you back with us on TOD, and reading all your insightful comments :)

      • 109 nathkatun7
        January 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        Hi there Hopefruit! Thanks for the welcome. I also heard that you were AWOL. It’s so nice to be back at TOD. I hope your busy schedule eases up and you will be back sharing with us your fearless, informed, and thoughtful commentaries.

        • 110 hopefruit2
          January 25, 2014 at 10:41 pm

          Sure nath and thanks for your kind words. My schedule will definitely improve in the coming weeks. Meanwhile I look forward to watching our President’s SOTU address with the TOD community on Tuesday :):)

  45. January 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • 112 globalcitizenlinda
      January 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Is the Ukrainian House the equivalent of the Congress/Parliament or is it the equivalent of the White House?

  46. January 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    True ….

  47. 114 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    • 115 anniebella
      January 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      The GOP is full of alot of B.S. They are just trying to fool the people, to get votes from the Snowden supporters out there. The GOP still support the NSA, just not while we have that black President.

  48. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    nathkatun7,

    great to see you back!

    by the way hope you had your malaria prevention treatment before the trip – sometimes it may have signals as a flu as the body tries to fight it;

    learned from your feedback that your choice for an “un-disclosed location” was to my place of birth;

    imagine that!

    I wanted so badly to be home during this time but things came up;

    which parts did you visit (Entebbe, Kampala, other areas away from town);

    if I had some clue your were headed home, I could have “hooked you up” with some contacts based on your interests – another reason why a few hints could have added to the richness of your experience

  49. 117 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    This is for wimmin. we men already knew that.

    /ducks and runs

    • January 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Bet this is your room when you’re staying in hotels :roll:

      • 119 amk for obama
        January 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        which will happen next week when I am off to south africa and then on to burther land. (still looking for that burt cert)

        • January 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

          You’re off again?! Your life is one long India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> cycle.

          • 121 amk for obama
            January 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

            Also. Too. Tunisia. Soon. (gulp)

            • January 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

              Sheesh. Correction: India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia -> India -> South Africa -> Kenya -> Tunisia ->

  50. January 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  51. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  52. 127 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm
  53. 128 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  54. 129 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm
  55. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    January 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I know this will be ignored by those who debate NSA in a vacuum but some facts can be out there;

  56. 131 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm
  57. January 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    It just occurred to me that Michelle Obama is the first First Lady that I have ever noticed having fun at being First Lady. While she works hard at her causes, she’s never looking like she would rather be elsewhere.
    And she’s not afraid to show her playful side, or to kneel, jump rope and crack jokes. She doesn’t try to be aloof or regal.

    Now to the Olympics. I think it’s time after a century, to reconstruct the Olympics. Back when it started, a single city could hold all of the events comfortably. The security concerns were few, and the venues cheap. Since then both Winter and Summer Olympics have become too much of a logistical nightmare for a single site.

    My Olympics reform would create Olympics Month.

    I would spread out the events both timewise and spatially. An American Example:

    Olympics Month (Winter) February 1-28
    A) Opening Events-Olympic Village-Figure Skating Weekend (New York City)
    B) All Skiing, Boarding,
    Bobsled Weekend (Colorado Rockies)
    C) Curling, Hockey and Related Sports (Chicago)
    D) Miscellaneous Leftover Sports Weekend and Closing Ceremony Reunion Weekend (New York City)

    May actually improve security and ratings, and let everyone in a nation feel more a part of the event. May even improve in-person attendance for some events.


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