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President Barack Obama arrives with PG&E apprentice electrician Erick Varela, a U.S. Army combat infantryman in Iraq who was previously homeless and unemployed after leaving the military and Vice President Joe Biden, to the East Room of the White House, to speak about helping the long-term unemployed.

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President Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the federal government not to discriminate against those long-term unemployed workers in its own hiring practices

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Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation, Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Anne Zimmerman, President, Zimmerman & Co., CPAs, Inc. & Zimcom Internet Solutions, Gene Sperling, and Joe Echevarria, CEO, Deloitte LLP, gather in the State Dining Room of the White House


168 Responses to “Opportunity For All”


  1. 1 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    GE TOD Community

  2. 4 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Wow. Great Photos NW.

  3. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    January 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm
  4. 10 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    The Chris Christie Jazzy Humpty Dumpty Bump :?:

  5. January 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    According to Shoq:

    • 12 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Hmmm…..as Jodi Kantor would say. :)

    • 13 Linda
      January 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      He is no Christiecrat either….just two days ago.

      NEWARK — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney today said he is willing to shut down state government if Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t support a budget that contains the payment into the public employee pension fund they both promised to make when they approved a major overhaul of the program three years ago.

      “If we have to shut the government down, we would,” Sweeney told The Star-Ledger editorial board today. “I stand by that, and I mean it. I made a commitment, and I’ve got to keep it.”

      Sweeney (D-Gloucester) made the threat in response to Christie’s remarks in his State of the State address earlier this month, in which the governor said he and the Legislature “need to have the conversation now about further changes to our pension system and about adding further to our state’s already-burdened debt load.”

      The current pension contribution is $1.7 billion, and is set to rise to $2.4 billion in next fiscal year. The Republican governor suggested in his speech that money would be better spent on other things, such as more police and better schools.

      The statements incensed Democratic lawmakers, who in 2011 stood with Christie to enact sweeping changes to the pension program that required both employee concessions and the state’s commitment to increase payments each year.

      http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/steve_sweeney_says_hell_force_a_government_shutdown_if_chris_christie_renegs_on_pension_payment.html

      • 14 Nena20409
        January 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        When It Rains, They say: It Pours. I am now a Believer.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        I’m tellin’ ya – mess with the pensions of public employees in New Jersey – and their unions – and you’re goin’ down! Bye Bye Christie.

      • 16 0388jojothecat
        January 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        Rethugs love “shock and awe” now its turned on them. Keep the hits coming folks don’t let up on crispy.

      • January 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        This is infuriating!! Everytime a state messes with people’s pensions, it just sends me into near fury. Taxpayers were forced to pay those ridiculous bonuses to Wall Street because “they were contracts”, but the contractual agreements with workers had no meaning at all. And pensions were only short because states had not paid their share…the workers had done what they were supposed to do. To add insult to injury, if the Republicans had not cut billions (for tax cuts) meant for state stabilization from the Stimulus, pensions could have been made perfectly sound.

        Christie has a lot of nerve talking about hiring policemen…he cut 4,000 policemen from the rolls and don’t get me started about education. I need a drink!

  6. 18 Allison
    January 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm
    • 19 Allison
      January 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      So cute!

      • 20 Cindy
        January 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

        Happy Friday Allison!!

        I am a kid at heart when it comes to the “Puppy Bowl.”

        It is just tooooooooo cute for words. I sit smiling during the entire Puppy Bowl game : ) Trying not to be too serious about life all of the time.

    • 22 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      LOL! Of course, Sunny is the excitable kid, while Bo the “adult” is looking on – making sure that Sunny doesn’t get into trouble…

  7. January 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  8. 28 Cindy
    January 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for the awesome pictures Nerdy Wonka…….they are gorgeous!!!!!

    Our main man; always looking sooooooooo handsome, of course I am talking about no other than……President Barack H. Obama!!!!!

  9. 29 Melanie
    January 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    The Champion Barack Obama
    “For liberal and Democrats, the prospect of an Obama defeat in 2012 meant the reversal of an agenda they favored. For black people, the fight was existential. Please proceed governor, will always mean something more to us, something akin to Ali’s rope-a-dope, Louis over Schmeling, or Doug Williams over John Elway.”
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/01/the-champion-barack-obama/283458/

  10. 30 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Give it up for THE VP Biden!!! :) :) I can’t imagine another Vice President. What shall we do , O what shall we do in 2017?!?

  11. 34 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    This is VERY cool! http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/tape-martin-luther-king-jr-ariz-speech-found-22318382

    Mary Scanlon had no idea a $3 purchase from a Goodwill store in Phoenix would turn out to be a rare link to the civil rights movement’s most revered leader.

    Last April, Scanlon was at the thrift store when she spotted a pile of 35 vintage reel-to-reel tapes, including one labeled with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s name. Despite the moldy and torn packaging, she snapped up all of them.

    “I didn’t really necessarily have any expectation that this tape would be rare,” Scanlon said.

    Arizona State University archivists have found that tape is the only known recording of speeches the slain civil rights leader gave at ASU and at a Phoenix church in June 1964. The hour-long audio has since been digitized and is now available for listening on ASU’s website through June 30.

    The tape illustrates that King had been eager to visit supporters in Arizona, a state that would draw criticism more than 20 years later for rescinding the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    Scanlon, who donated all the tapes to the school, said the find is one of the high points of her life.

  12. January 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Thank yooooooou soooOOOoooOOOoooOOOOOooooo much Nerdy!!!

  13. 37 LDS
    January 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!

    Congrats, Nena!
    Talking to myself again on the last post.

    I have so much pride for the woman candidate who ran against Christi.
    She knew all along and she has more balls than all of those Dems who were blackmailed or not. The mayor of Hoboken is a gem, also.
    Now, I know why NJ smells so bad when you drive to Kennedy Airport. This has been going on a very long time. It will take a long time to really get to the bottom of this. I am so glad this is a start.

  14. 39 Linda
    January 31, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    drip…drip…is becoming a rain storm.

    TRENTON — The City of Hoboken has received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations against top officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

    “The City of Hoboken has received a subpoena for documents and is fully cooperating,” Zimmer spokesman Juan Melli said.

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  16. January 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm
  17. January 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    BREAKING: In case you missed it in the last thread, I have a 3 day weekend. Which means my Super Bowl party will be debauched.

  18. January 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I like this guy:

  19. 46 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    :lol:

    photo/1

  20. 50 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This is what came to my mind when I heard all this today. ” Don’t diss the nerd.” ( That has the smoking gun you arrogant, POS) And I thought of how condescending and belittling Christie was when he described “bearly” knowing David Wildman in high school, because, you know…HE was one of the “cool kids and a jock” Sweet, sweet revenge.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/01/31/looks-like-christie-shouldnt-have-dissed-the-nerd/

    We didn’t travel in the same circles in high school. You know, I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time…We went 23 years without seeing each other. And in the years we did see each other, we passed in the hallways.

    Can you hear that all dripping from CC’s mouth? Now he just got whatever he has for balls, kicked in.

  21. January 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Ok, yes, the GOP Lt. Gov. becomes governor if Christie resigns. Unless, of course, SHE’S forced to resign as well. Then there’s an acting governor and new elections are held to serve out the term.

  22. 55 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    photo/1

    3 weeks later?

  23. 60 Layla
    January 31, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    noitaruguani…yep, that’s inauguration backwards! Congrats Christie!

  24. 61 dotster3
    January 31, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    U.S. Financial Protection Bureau’s Richard Cordray will appear on Jeopardy Feb. 5 in a battle of past winners on Jeopardy’s 30 yr. anniversary. Cordray was a 5 time winner in 1987—–won $47,000—–said he bought a car and paid his dad back for law school. Said his Jeopardy fame even produced a couple of marriage proposals—–but is not looking for a repeat of that, he is now happily married.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-rt-us-usa-cordray-jeopardy-20140131,0,1545423.story

  25. 64 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    And there’s always this: Interesting reading on his Twitter

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 1h
    remember, Christie’s team CREATED the port authority job for Wildstein; that and the $150K salary.
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

    • January 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      @maddow’s opening segment one day this week was how the Port Authority has a larger budget than 11 (!!!) states (individual states, not combined).

      That various Christie-appointed positions had no job description (because they weren’t actual positions before Christie) — Wildstein was Director of Interstate Commerce — WTH is that???

      The AVERAGE salary at the PA is $174K for jobs that weren’t needed in a previous Gov administration.

      So yeah, NJ is well aware that PA is a cash cow/slush fund.

  26. 66 Linda
    January 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Christie has responded.

  27. 67 yardarm756
    January 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Week end chuckle for the ladies. Don’t get the “Big Head”!

    WOMEN WHO READ

    One morning the husband returns after several
    hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake,
    the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors,
    and reads her book.

    Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up
    alongside the woman and says, ” Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”

    “Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t
    that obvious?”)

    “You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.

    “I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”

    “Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you
    could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you
    up.”

    “For reading a book,” she
    replies.

    “If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with Sexual assault,” says the
    woman.

    “But I haven’t even touched you,” says the game warden.

    “That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I
    know you could start at any moment.”

    “Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left.

    > MORAL:
    > Never argue with a woman who reads.
    > It’s
    likely she can also think.

    > Sure God created man before
    woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.

    > ~Author Unknown

    >
    Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the
    beginning of a new argument.

  28. 68 dotster3
    January 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I guess it depends on Wildstein’s evidence—-Christie denies Wildstein’s claim..

  29. 71 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    :) Our media…

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 3m
    Still amazed WaPo pub’d news article this wk based on Christie aides insisting Gov would emerge “stronger” aft Bridge “flap”
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite Mor

    • 72 57andfemale
      January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I’m in wait-and-see mode. I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

      • January 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        I agree, 57F.

        So much rampant speculation, and everyone seems to be an expert.

        Christie is in a world of hurt, but the longer this goes on, the more people will dragged into the muck with him, which is good for a democracy.

        Let’s keep focused on our treasure, our once-in-a-lifetime President and First Family.

        And let’s not stop going after the reprehensible Kochs, who have poisoned an entire state and the tributaries that lead from the Elk River.

        Loved PBO’s direct challenge against the Kochs in his SOTU:

        “Smarter tax policy that stops giving $4bn a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it to those fuels of the future that do.”

  30. 74 desertflower
    January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Ted Mann ‏@TMannWSJ 1h
    Reminder: at Jan. 9 news conference, Christie changed the date he says he learned about the closures and traffic http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303819704579317051554074882
    Retweeted by Eric Boehlert

  31. 75 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Poor Chuck Todd hasn’t tweeted a thing since the breaking news about his Golden Boy Christie….

  32. 81 LDS
    January 31, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    And to think the GOP had the audacity to imply impeaching our POB!
    Their Main Man. Golden Child. Family Guy.
    May now at this moment wishing he had befriended a nerd. Humbled himself when he met with our POB.
    If he could do this over, he probably would not.

  33. 82 Nena20409
    January 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Wildstein is now Walking on the Wild side…..Tu tu tu turu Christie is gonna get what is coming to Him…..sooner than later.

  34. January 31, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    For Nena,

    Here’s the Drudge headline re: Christie (I loathe the HuffPo site — loads annoyingly slowly with all sorts of junk that slows things down).

    The only surprise in Wildstein’s lawyer’s letter is the timing.

    Next week was guaranteed to be a media feeding frenzy when the subpoenas were fulfilled.

    Remember… honor among thieves.

    Let’s savor the cheerleading MSM DC echo-chamber having to eat some crow, publicly now.

    • 84 Nena20409
      January 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Obrigada :)

      Yes indeed. That was/is the headline.

    • 85 Nena20409
      January 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      I pity Christie now. For once the media is Finally through with him……remember what they did to GW after they woke up during the aftermath of Katrina? Christie Who will be the story in 3-6 months…..that is if Christie has not resigned by then.

  35. January 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Chuckie Toad is branching out.

  36. January 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Completely missed this for R&S’s On this Day :oops:

  37. 93 JER
    January 31, 2014 at 6:33 pm
  38. January 31, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Um, a) he’s no longer a senator, and b) WTF??

  39. 108 lamh36
    January 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Evening TOD.

    Waiting for someone to write a “6 Reasons Why Christie is Probably Innocent” reply. Would love to see if they can find 6…

    Six Reasons Chris Christie Is Probably Guilty

    By Jonathan Chait

    …6. Hell, allegations of abuse of power predate even his governorship. I keep mentioning the report in John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s campaign book about the Romney campaign vetting of Christie, because I find it mystifying that others aren’t taking it as seriously as I am. It’s not that partisan enemies are ginning up accusations. Republican Mitt Romney wanted to nominate Christie, but took a look at the vetting file and ran the other way:

    “More than once, Myers reported back that Trenton’s response was, in effect, Why do we need to give you that piece of information? Myers told her team, We have to assume if they’re not answering, it’s because the answer is bad….

    …The vetters were stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record…”

    Everything here is circumstantial. Christie definitely comes off as the kind of politician who would order a stunt like this. Possibly he didn’t do it. Possibly he did, but it will never be proven. His best-case scenario now appears to be an absence of a smoking gun, and convincing voters not to believe the subordinate pointing a finger at him. It doesn’t look good…

  40. 110 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    How The Media Marketed Chris Christie’s Straight Shooter Charade

    By Eric Boehlert (January 9, 2014)

    ———————–

    The truth is Christie was never the Straight Shooter that political reporters and pundits made him out to be. Not even close, as I’ll detail below. Instead, the Straight Shooter story represented appealing fiction for the press. They tagged him as “authentic” and loved it when he got into yelling matches with voters.
    .
    .
    Keep in mind, these are all Christie tales that reporters and pundits almost pathologically omitted from their glowing profiles in recent years. Why? None of them fit within the narrow confines of the established narrative, so they were simply ignored.

    Now with Christie’s political career reeling thanks to a shockingly vindictive and partisan scandal, it’s time for the press to drop the Straight Shooter charade.
    ——————————–

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/01/09/how-the-media-marketed-chris-christies-straight/197500

  41. 119 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Taniel ‏@Taniel 1h

    ———————–

    1-Christie denied knowing till “whole thing was over.”

    2-Wildstein claims he knew during.

    3-Christie changes story, denies he knew BEFORE.

    ————————————–

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy

    • 120 Cindy
      January 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Happy Friday night Ladyhawke!

      Chris Matthews is trying to do detective work like Dr. R.Maddow.

      He is hanging on to Christie’s new word today; I didn’t know prior to the closing. Matthews doesn’t like what Christie isn’t saying; I didn’t know DURING the shutdown-Christie cream didn’t say this; therefore, he is not denying what Wildstein is saying.

      This sounds like a case for Sherlock………

      Words matter Governor!!!!!!

      • January 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

        What I am noticing is Mitt Romney’s reappearance lately in the press, in the Netflix movie, and now in Chris Mathew’s prediction he will run again in 2016, especially if Christie is out. That is demoralizing! Not again! He might change all the good our PBO has gotten in place if he won.

        • 122 Cindy
          January 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

          Happy Friday night Obama Grandmama,

          I mentioned this last week. It was on one the shows last week; repukes are eyeing the mitt if Christie pooh is in deep……you know the name for that mess ______ : )

  42. January 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm
  43. January 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Simple fact ….

    • 125 Layla
      January 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Yes Mr Bob! That is all that needs to be said! More to come….

      • January 31, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        Thanks, Layla. It’s always important to avoid missing the obvious. In this case, given how comprehensively wrapped in lawyers Mr Wildstein is, not only would he be insanely reckless to lie, but those lawyers would all likely face malpractice, or worse, consequences if he were to be shown to be lying.

        Hope you are remaining healthy – keeping you in my thoughts, for sure.

  44. January 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I feel like I need to write a post which simply has a video of “Another One Bites the Dust”.

  45. January 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  46. 129 dotster3
    January 31, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Here’s a nice football photo……You’re welcome

  47. 133 99ts
    January 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The GOP giving Christie the benefit of the doubt – STILL – they have NEVER given PBO such a benefit – despite all the sh!t said against him were lies from beginning to end.

    Seems Chris Hayes has learned about ratings and what his listeners want to hear.

    • 134 Cindy
      January 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      HAPPY SATURDAY 99ts!!!

      How are you? Chris Hayes knows what to do…..we da people have spoken and he is listening. No more of his fake news!

      • 135 99ts
        January 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        Hi Cindy – I should be out and about – shopping to do – sigh

        I’ll listen to Rachel & then do the chores :)

        Amazing how Chris has given up on being the bff of GG and Co

    • 136 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Hayes hasn’t learned anything. MSNBC’s model is to suck people back in with seemingly pro-Obama material when ratings are down. Ann as soon as the ratings pick up they’re right back with their Libertarian/Pro-Left/RW garbage.

      Mark my words….

  48. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm
  49. January 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    A message so many people never grok ….

  50. 141 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 4h

    —————————————————-

    THE massive tell: at Gov’s presser when he said he never asked Bridget Kelly why she instructed lane closures; #illogical

    —————————————————–

  51. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2014 at 8:22 pm
  52. 143 mtmarilyn
    January 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    We really have the crazies here in Montana. The GOPer that leads the crazy group of Repubs running to be our lone congressperson said that Hillary is the anti-christ and he passed our bullets at his meeting. Montana is going to be a crazy state. We still don’t know who the Governor is going to appoint to be our Senator after Baucus is approved and Ambassador to China. http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/31/gop-candidate-calls-hillary-anti-christ-passes-bullets-event.html

  53. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Wendell Pierce is bringing it against Mayor Landrieu of New Orleans …

  54. 145 forus50
    January 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  55. 146 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    THE REVIEW IS FAR FROM OVER …….

    Another Hurdle Cleared For Keystone XL

    By Ed Kilgore

    —————————————

    Before the yelling and screaming starts, however, it’s important to note the review of the pipeline project is far from over, even in the State Department:

    The report released on Friday, however, is far from the final decision on the project. The State Department must next determine whether the pipeline is in the national interest. That involves taking into account both the environmental and economic impact of the project, as well as its impact on the relationship between the United States and Canada, the nation’s largest trading partner and largest source of foreign oil.

    ————————————————

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_01/another_hurdle_cleared_for_key048884.php#

    • 147 desertflower
      January 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I hope they never approve this thing. EVER. Let Canada figure out her own fossil fuel mess….clean energy should be our only concern now!

      • 148 Ladyhawke
        January 31, 2014 at 8:58 pm

        I agree with you DF. I am horrified by the prospect of the pipeline getting approved. I am glad there are more hurdles that will hopefully put a stop to it once and for all. On another note, of course, SoS John Kerry will have to weight in on the final decision. It made me remember the book he wrote with his wife on the environment. Let’s hope there is a message there.

        This Moment on Earth: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future Paperback
        by John Kerry (Author) , Teresa Heinz Kerry (Author)

  56. 149 Ladyhawke
    January 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    ‘Approximately 50 total employees’

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————-

    Of course, Keystone isn’t just about jobs, it’s about oil. And while the State Department’s report is likely to disappoint conservatives who see the project as a job-creating bonanza, the same document is likely to disappoint progressives who see it as a serious environmental risk.
    .
    .
    Note, the report is an important step in the overall process, but today’s release is an “Environmental Impact Statement,” not the final word on the project. The State Department will continue its investigation, and prepare an additional analysis that weighs Keystone’s environmental, economic, and diplomatic effects.

    ————————————————

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/approximately-50-total-employees

  57. 150 forus50
    January 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    So I find this immensely creepy. May be just me?

    • 151 99ts
      January 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      It’s not just you

    • 152 Layla
      January 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      The whole burying thing is creepy! Motorcycle or casket !!!!! To each his own…

      • 153 forus50
        January 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        I agree. I think the sea or cremation is the only non-creepy thing to do.

      • 154 99ts
        January 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        I rather love graveyards – I very much enjoy the links to our past – and the feeling of peace. I go there to talk to family – tell them of my hopes and dreams and how they are missed. It does not fit in any way to the picture above – motor cycles are part of our lives – to me they represent youth and fun and life.

        I also believe that our death should be a celebration of all that we loved – usually family and friends – rather sad that a motorcycle takes pride of place.

  58. 155 99ts
    January 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Reading TOD today and looking at the media trying to outdo each other – for or against Gov Christie – this is running through my brain – it so represents President Obama

    Desiderata

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~gongsu/desiderata_textonly.html

    • 156 forus50
      January 31, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      My favorite poem ever, 99ts. All 10 of my brothers and sisters have this as a plaque hung in our homes -which were all handmade frames by a brother after our other brother passed away. My deceased brother lived the life of Desiderata; in every way and had it over his carpenter bench in his shop. So true, so true.

      • 157 nospin
        February 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        WOW 10. There were 8 of us (siblings) but so many others passed through or needed a place to stay my parents always kept a door/room open. Always.

    • 158 nospin
      January 31, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      I have that hanging in my house. Got it from my childhood home where it was framed in our living room. My siblings and I would read each line and sing the song that went along with it.

  59. 160 99ts
    January 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Am I the only person wondering what was said at the meeting between Gov Christie and the Mayor of Fort Lee

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sokolich-wildstein-credibility

  60. 162 mtmarilyn
    January 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I think this will be the most powerfull add during the Super Bowl this Sunday [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE&w=560&h=315%5D


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