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News Of The Day

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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) clasp hands as President Barack Obama signs the farm bill into law at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan

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NYT: In Signing Farm Bill, Obama Extols Rural Growth

President Obama signed the $956-billion farm bill on Friday at Michigan State University, where he extolled the benefits of a thriving agricultural sector for the nation’s overall economy. In his remarks, Mr. Obama announced a new “Made in Rural America” initiative that he said would help rural businesses market their goods abroad. White House officials also announced five regional forums on rural exports and an “investing in rural America” conference. Mr. Obama directed the White House Rural Council to host sessions in all 50 states to train Department of Agriculture staff members on how to promote rural exports.

The White House released a report Friday from Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers that said farm income had risen significantly since the president took office in the depths of the recession. The report says that farm income is expected to total $131 billion in 2013, a 46 percent increase since 2008. Most of the increase is attributed to improved productivity, and the report notes that the values of livestock and crops are rising. One of the most contentious elements of the farm bill was the elimination of $5 billion in direct subsidies to farmers for their crops, whether they grew them or not. The subsidies were replaced by an insurance program that will help farmers only when they need it.

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White House: You Can Say This Better Than We Ever Could

JoAnn S., Florida

“I haven’t had insurance in years and my husband had a shared insurance junk-type policy. The day I signed up on Dec 10, I actually cried when the application went through. I got my first premium notice in the mail yesterday and was never so happy to see a bill before.”

Gayla W., New Hampshire

“I lost my job last April. My partner and I both have pre-existing conditions so our only option was to COBRA my employer-provided plan — at a cost of $1,676 a month. It was a good plan, but now we have a comparable plan through the ACA for $87 a month. I can’t describe just how life changing this is for us. We can afford to live again.”

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Fred Kaplan: Barack Obama Isn’t Disengaged: The President’s Foreign Policy Is Just Smarter

There’s a strange notion out there that the dreary outcomes of the two wars this country fought all through the past decade—and the savage sectarian violence erupting across much of the Middle East and surrounding regions today—are due to President Obama’s “disengagement” from the world. It’s a strange notion because the United States is more engaged with the world than at any time in recent memory. There are nuclear talks in Iran (after 34 years of no talking whatsoever), an internationally supervised dismantling of chemical weapons in Syria What many of these critics don’t like about Obama—what they mistakenly, or misleadingly, call “disinterest”—is his disinclination to go to war.

And who can blame him? Obama seems to realize this. He too has an unsentimental outlook on the world. His views have been tempered by Iraq and scorched by Afghanistan. He’s not shy about using military force, but insists, when possible, to grip it tightly. “Escalation” is a suspect term; “uncontrolled escalation,” is an unacceptable one. As evidence, see Libya, Syria, drone strikes, and Stuxnet. One can admire or criticize the actions he’s taken, or not taken, in those crises or with those precision instruments. But they’re all preferable to sending in 100,000 troops in pursuit of a mission that we have no power to accomplish, even with all those men and women in arms. And if going into such conflicts lightly, or not at all, is the emblem of disengagement, let him wear it proudly.

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Tom Joyner: Michelle Obama Discusses Health Care And Black History Month

Michelle Obama just turned 50 and she’s looking great. The First Lady is a prime example of how health can help keep you looking and feeling great. With her Let’s Move campaign, Mrs. Obama wants to help all Americans become more aware of the importance of eating healthy and staying fit. This morning she joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about the Affordable Care Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in her husband’s time in the White House. The Affordable Care Act makes it possible for millions of uninsured Americans to have affordable health insurance, but there are still some misconceptions about it. The best way for you to start to get more information about how the ACA can work for you is to head to the website, www.healthcare.gov and check out the options for yourself. Here’s why Mrs. Obama thinks it will be the best move you and your family can make this year.

Michelle Obama: We’re talking about education, because as Barack said in his State of the Union address, you know, what we have to focus on, particularly as we celebrate Black History Month, is not just the progress we’ve made but remember how much more work we have left to do. And we need to focus on increasing opportunity for everybody. And for this administration, it means healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. It means economic mobility. It means helping our young men of color. It means making sure more kids have access to college and it’s affordable. So that’s what we’re going to be focusing on, not just this month, but for the rest of this administration, and making sure that people are signing up for healthcare is critical.

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Derek Thompson: The Spectacular Myth Of Obama’s Part-Time America – In 5 Graphs

If you’ve been paying attention to a certain slice of the financial media—see:ForbesThe Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Fox News—you know for a fact that Obama and his health care law have tag-teamed with global economic trends to drive America inexorably toward a part-time economy. This is a testable claim. So let’s test it.

The first thing you would expect to see from a Part-Time America is that the number of part-time jobs added would rival the number of full-time jobs added. But in the last year, new full-time jobs outnumbered part-time jobs by 1.8 million to 8,000. For every new part-time job, we’re creating 225 full-time positions.

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Washington Post: Democratic Mayors Who Backed Christie Struggled To Weigh Politics Vs. Local Needs

In September, Adam Schneider, the liberal mayor of the New Jersey shore town of Long Branch, was having trouble with the state utility board. After repeatedly getting the run-around, Schneider decided to instead try his luck with the office of Gov. Chris Christie. “I’m not talking to any more underlings, and I’m not being delegated to,” Schneider said he told Christie’s aides. In the end, he said, it worked. “I got what I needed.”

Schneider’s call came four months after he crossed party lines to endorse the 2013 reelection of Christie (R), whose performance he admired after Hurricane Sandy. Schneider said that the governor never promised him anything but that he believes he has received “enhanced” access to state officials since the endorsement. Schneider’s experience is typical of many Democratic mayors, who made clear that they thought endorsing Christie’s reelection bid likely directly benefited their towns in the pursuit of Sandy recovery aid and other state support.

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Steve Benen: GOP Ignores Bill Signing Invitations

Since early 2011, President Obama hasn’t been able to host many bill-signing ceremonies. After two years in which the White House made arguably historic progress on its agenda in 2009, Congress hasn’t achieved any major legislative accomplishments since Republicans claimed the House majority. But some bills still manage to get through both chambers, and though the farm bill hasn’t always risen to the level of major legislative breakthroughs, Obama and his team nevertheless decided to host a big event in East Lansing, Michigan, today to sign the new $956 billion farm bill into law.

The president won’t be joined today by any Republicans, though it’s not for lack of effort. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said that about 50 lawmakers — including many Republicans — had been invited to the bill signing, but that no Republicans had accepted the invitation. […] the fact that every Republican invitee declined the White House’s offer should send a pretty loud signal to those Beltway pundits who still believe Obama would thrive in Washington if only he schmoozed more.

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Dylan Scott: Cruz, Rubio, Other GOPers Urge Court To Stop Obamacare Subsidies

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, along with other top congressional GOPers, have urged a federal court to block Obamacare subsidies for people who signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov. The group of eight — which includes Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Mike Lee (UT) and Rob Portman (OH) along with Reps. Dave Camp (MI) and Darrell Issa (CA) –

filed an amicus brief Thursday on behalf of businesses and individuals who sued to stop the subsidies from flowing through the federal website, the Washington Times reported. The case, being heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit next month, centers on whether people can receive tax subsidies through the federal website, HealthCare.gov. A federal district judge rejected that argument in January, ruling that subsidies should continue to be delivered through HealthCare.gov, which sent the case to the appeals court.

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Think Progress: Texas Man Pays Off Students’ School Lunch Debts So They Can Keep Eating

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. “I’m like, ‘Wow. I know that’s probably a situation at my school, and the school my son goes to, and the other schools I mentor at.’ So I came in and inquired about it,” Thompson told local station KSDK.

What he found disappointed him: Dozens of students were on “reduced” lunches, receiving cold peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches instead of the full hot meals they used to receive, all because their parents had fallen behind on lunch payments that amounted to mere 40 cents a day. So Thompson took action. He forked over $465 of his own money and zeroed out the balances on over 60 students’ accounts. “These are elementary school kids. They don’t need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling,” Thompson told station KPRC.

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President Barack Obama signs the farm bill at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. Watching, from left are, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Senate Agriculture Committee member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Senate Agriculture Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich. and Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.

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119 Responses to “News Of The Day”


  1. 1 japa21
    February 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Off to see the grandson.

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This is the kind of nonsense false equivalence tweet and “logic” that I despise.

    • February 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Oh, I can see from this that his show is going to be stellar. /deadpan

    • 6 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks UT for your very apt response in setting the record straight. Hopefully, Mr. Farrow will think twice the next time he tries to pull that crap – hopefully.

    • February 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Although I know he’s supposed to be a very smart guy, some of his tweets about politics have always tended toward the emoprog end of the game. He’s just another wannabe.

    • 8 nathkatun7
      February 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      These media people have totally lost all semblance of ethics. Thanks Nerdy Wonka for this tweet that exposes Ronan Farrow’s blatant, and unethical, tweet aimed at perpetuating the “false equivalence” myth about political parties.

  3. February 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thank yoooooooooooou Nerdy, a blissful round-up, you’re a TREASURE!!!

  4. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    • 12 donna dem 4 obama
      February 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      And now he has a show on the “progressive (snark) MSNBC”. smh!!!!

      • 13 hopefruit2
        February 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        MSNBC is drawn to people like him – Rich, male, privileged, young and lacking historical perspective on serious matters, clueless about what real-world politics really entails.

    • February 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Great pushback, Nerdy and Only4RM – what a dishonest weasel.

    • 15 Vicki
      February 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Wonderful pushback and it is the truth that Dems did what they could.
      I cannot claim that Sen Amy Klobuchar was accurate—-how would i know—- but here is what she said:
      The cuts to SNAP are much less severe than they appear to be .
      The reason is that cuts were made only in states that have other programs that will be able to pick up the slack. Like her state Minnesota, claimed Sen. Klobuchar.

      Sure hope this is true.

    • February 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I agree with Farrow. What is it the Dems go to the wall for? Ring the alarm, fight the fight even if you lose. There was no better opportunity to talk about income inequality. Yes, there was a smaller cut to food stamps, but there was a raise for corporate farmers. While Republicans wanted all kinds of qualifiers for food stamp recipients…drug testing, name publications, etc., the bill contains a law against revealing who billions in insurance subsidies are paid to.

      They want to cut food stamps, fine…but where is the argument that they cut the benefits to the well-off? Democrats always behave as if their choices are between “the devil and the deep blue sea”.

      The argument , of course is that the price of milk will soar and people won’t be able to afford it. Really? They’ve been negotiating this bill for two years with all kinds of temporary fixes. Besides, Americans need a wake-up call, but as usual Democrats fear they will be held responsible…it’s about them, not the people. Ronan Farrow is right…it’s a joke.

  5. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  6. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Yay for Pete Souza aka Souza The Great!

  7. February 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Re the latest “bombshell” on the NSA:

    • 20 99ts
      February 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      In the old days traitors could only steal a little at a time – modern technology makes them into criminals not even the movies have caught up with.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      February 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      This “revelation” is absurd. We should be glad that Spy agencies “spy.” They’re protecting us from the bad guys. In what universe should we be outraged by this.

  8. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  9. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

  10. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    • 26 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Awesome job you Ladies of the Twitter (NW & 4RM)!

    • 28 Nena20409
      February 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      It is great to be an idealist when one can easily afford a $1.5M unit at the tender age of 24/26? If this is what this guy will be doing, overly simplistic and living in a lavida loca land? Then his show will go up in smokes.

      Commonsense is a Virtue. If this guy lacks it, then that is a shame for he would have been another overly smart guy with nothing, but platitudes. He would do better being a writer, a professor or a film maker where THEORIES and IDEALISM Thrive.

  11. 29 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Doesn’t President Obama have the best smile? It’s so contagious—–one has to smile in return.

    In other news—-I see the Ft. Lee mayor said he was courted for months for his Christie endorsement, promising pot hole repairs and shuttle busses, plus other niceties —-quid pro quo—-during the courtship. And then when his endorsement was not forthcoming—-bam!—-lane closures.

    • 30 Layla
      February 7, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      IMHO He should not have accepted the ‘gifts’ as he knew very well what this was about.

    • 31 Nena20409
      February 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Perhaps, he is speaking up now for The $1B project is now safely contracted out? Since this mayor wants to be known for this developing project alone……….This has been going on since Sept 2013 and Now he has found the Courage?

  12. February 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    • 33 MightyPamela
      February 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Oh, yes, I like this pic very much, indeed. Hey y’all! Had a visit from a dear dear friend I heave not seen since before I moved. Just such a lovely day! Cold, but lovely!

  13. 34 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I see the sad news that Billie Jean King’s mother has died. She made the right decision in deciding to withdraw from the U.S. delegation to the Olympics because of her mom’s failing health, as she was able to be at her side.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/olympics/sns-rt-us-billjeanking-mother-20140207,0,225517.story

  14. February 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Your Friday moment of spookiness.

  15. 55 desertflower
    February 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Can one of you wonderful bt’s please put this up? Thanks:)

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017174341

  16. 58 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  17. 59 desertflower
    February 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Opps! Freaking rules and technicalities! http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pat-roberts-house-kansas

    Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts Doesn’t Actually Live In Kansas

  18. 60 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    And can’t believe as soon as this Knoller tweet showed up, some hater goofball was ready to pounce with a negative comment——about creating a rush hour traffic jam. What’s wrong with these people?—-maybe they need a hot fudge sundae—-or something to bring a little joy into their lives.

    • 61 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Knoller sends out these seemingly innocuous tweets, knowing fully well that one or more of his rabid followers will have a negative reaction! He never corrects them when they respond poorly – in fact he seems to delight in it….

      • 62 Layla
        February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        The moral of the story is ignore Knoller. What does he ever bring to the discussion anyway! He is bought and paid for. That is all

  19. 63 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Yet these same women overwhelmingly vote for GOP…talk about voting against your best interests!

    • 64 Nena20409
      February 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Truly shameful that majority of Caucasian Women are the ones doing this. The sad thing is that many women today have a Complex and that complexity is totally geared to One Man…..since 2009…..pres Obama. Note that since 2008, the majority of those on Video saying awful nasty bigoted nonsense have been elderly or middle aged White women.

      Elderly women used to be the Core group of Dems. Since 2008, that has drastically changed.

      • 65 99ts
        February 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        I think elderly bigoted white men have a fair portion of those with the nasty bigoted story – and not sure where “elderly” starts but Sarah Palin has been the highest profile woman to throw out racist bigoted lies about the President since 2008.

      • 66 jackiegrumbacher
        February 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        On the other hand, Nena, in my experience through the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, elderly white women made most of the calls and knocked on the majority of doors. They worked long hours for PBO and helped get him elected and they stolidly supported him through all of the little setbacks that had some people running around crying DOOM. There are stupid women just as there are stupid men, but there are a LOT of bright progressive, “older” women who truly “get” it when it comes to our president.

        • 67 nathkatun7
          February 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm

          “On the other hand, Nena, in my experience through the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, elderly white women made most of the calls and knocked on the majority of doors”

          That was also my experience here in San Diego, CA, JackieG. The most dependable and dedicated phone callers were both Black and white middle-aged and older women. They were also the most optimistic and positive. We need to be careful about buying into stereotypes based on some of the deluded characters prominently figured by our unethical media.

        • 68 Nena20409
          February 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

          I get your points. The numbers spoke. I Never said all. Most in the 50 states.

  20. 69 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Lovin’ it

    • 70 Nena20409
      February 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Coca Cola’s reply that I had read yesterday said: All those in our ads are Americans. That was awesome.

  21. 71 99ts
    February 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Banks collapse when there is a “run on withdrawals” – this lot try to explain it as a software fail? May they soon all lose whatever they paid for this fraud

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/305331_Bitcoin_Price_Plunges_as_Major

    Bitcoin Price Plunges as Major Exchange Halts Withdrawals – Feb. 7, 2014

  22. February 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    • 77 hopefruit2
      February 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Notice that everyone in the pic is smiling – man woman child

      • February 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        Ah, exactly Hopefruit! Joy-spreader!

        • 79 hopefruit2
          February 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

          Indeed Chips. And I hope the Jodi Kantors and WHPC’s take note – you cannot “stage” that can kind of atmosphere. It is spontaneous human reactions. People are not smiling just to pose for the cameras, or to pretend for the media that they are happy – they are smiling because their spirits are genuinely uplifted in the presence of our President – even the ones that are completely out of camera focus are smiling – you can see the smiles on their distant and blurred faces.

          • 80 99ts
            February 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

            And they smile with happiness – not because of someone else’s sad – but because they are happy to be where they are. Your language is a delight to read hf – thank you.

  23. 81 Nena20409
    February 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/christie-memo-knowledge

    People close to Gov. Chris Christie (R) swear he had nothing to do with a heavily mocked memo that was circulated by his office about the bridge scandal.

    A report in Politico on Friday claimed Christie had no knowledge of the memo, which attempted to discredit David Wildstein, a former ally who has said through his lawyer that he is prepared to turn over evidence against the governor.

    The report, which was attributed to “two people familiar with the matter,” said the widely -criticized memo was sent “earlier than planned” and included lines referencing Wildstein’s behavior in high school that were “tucked” in by “someone.”
    ////

    So The Emperor ha No Clothes? He is Clueless of what his personal staff are doing? Hmm?

    • 84 99ts
      February 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Who will be the first fool to ask about Pres Hollande’s family relationships at the news conference?
      Who will then ask the Pres Obama about Benghazi! the IRS, health care – and 300 other things that have nothing to do with US/France relationship?

  24. February 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    “For me, the decision to run or not run is going to be determined by me as to whether I am the best qualified person to focus on the two things I’ve spent my whole life on: giving ordinary people a fighting chance to make it and a sound foreign policy that’s based on rational interest for the United States,” he said. “Where we’re not only known for the power of our military, but the power of our example”..

    • 89 Layla
      February 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Just a reminder to the Clintons: You don’t own this!

    • February 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      If Joey R&B throws his hat in the ring, he has my support.

        • 94 carolyn
          February 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm

          My support too. I can imagine a President Biden very well.
          If he doesn’t run, I think we here at TOD need to start thinking about other possible candidates. Let’s look beyond the Senate…..governors. attorneys general, mayors…….I’ve got a couple in mind: the Castros…..probably the one who’s mayor; Kamala Harris, Calif atty gen’l; Bill deBlasio; Martin O’Malley has already somewhat declared…….any other good Demo governors, mayors…….we’ve been ahead of the curve on so many other subjects…….I firmly believe we had an impact on the PAC that was going to concentrate on 2016, and we called them out, and now Axe is taking up the cause, and others will.

  25. 95 Allison
    February 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    PBO on NBC now with Bob Costas

  26. 98 Allison
    February 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    YW Cookemon!!

  27. 99 dotster3
    February 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Bob Costas conducted an interview with PBO airing currently. So far, mostly interested in why he or First Lady or VP and Jill are not attending, then why he sent a “gay delegation”, now about PBO’s “icy” relationship with Putin, Obama responding that he and Putey (?) have agreements on some things, big disagreements on other things, there is actually some humor in their engagement and lots of blunt talk. Ends with encouragement for and pride in the U.S. Olympic team, says “Go USA”. Mr. dotster just said, “What other president, what other person, could handle an interview like that with such smoothness, with such ease?” And then he said, “Could you imagine Bush? It would be so embarrassing.” And of course the answer to what other president, what other person is—-no one.

  28. 101 JER
    February 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  29. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    February 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Pope Francis giving the “mother**ker please” look.

  30. February 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Truth.

  31. 105 HZ
    February 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Love our POTUS! He is the best. Our USA Teams will make us proud. We love you all.

    Many {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ To Our Chips}}}}}}}}}}}}} for this beautiful haven of support. Love you, Danny for loving mommy. {{{{ Love you, Danny}}}}HZ

    To my beautiful TOD family members who are making progress during their moments of healing:
    GoBrooklyn, prayers works with our hearts focused to comfort you and give you the best news from your doctors. My candles are lit for you.

    MightyPamela continue to enjoy your new place and take time to rest and relax. Lots of loving {{{{{{{{{{{{{MP}}}}}}}}}} Candles on. Warm Vanilla Sugar tonight.

    So happy to have our Amk back with his TOD family. Missed you, Mr. Amk.

    Nath, NCLB, Fred, please know that you all are in the prayer/meditations space of my life. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Lots of loving healing hugs.}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    Thanks to NW, LL, Amk, Zizi, Tally, DonnaDem, Carolyn, Jacqueline O’, and all of the brilliant contributors in our TOD family. I enjoy your brilliant work daily. You allow me to keep a sweet gentle spirit within my space in support our brilliant President. We will keep our spirits fed with goodness of information and actions of great work leading us into the 2014 Elections. I love you all so dearly.HZ

    OH, GoBrooklyn try some of the delicious Taienti Gelato flavors. My favorites are: Sea Salt Caramel; Tahitian Vanilla Bean; Roman Raspberry Sorbet; Lisbon Lemon and Hill Country Peach Champagne. Love the all. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Enjoy your celebration, GoBrooklyn}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I will celebrate with you. HZ

  32. 107 99ts
    February 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I would like to see the accounts for the $million sick children that AOL man talked about – and I would like to see what the health insurer actually paid – I see so much BS in what has been said – and seriously doubt the original premise.

  33. February 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    OT, OMG, this is funny!! –> Warning: bad language

  34. 113 Allison
    February 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    It seems to me that Matt Lauer is kissing Putin’s and Russia’s ass. You would think listening to him that Russia is PARADISE. The oh so perfect country.

    • 114 Layla
      February 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Poor Matt! Looooves ass kissing, even puttinass!

    • 115 Obama Grandmama
      February 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      I was watching yesterday’s taped show having noticed how the commentator was saying how Putin was gaining back Russia’s prestige and power by putting on these Olympics. It felt quite strange to hear that vs the past usual American superiority message. They may have gone overboard in the past but swinging the total opposite way just seemed anti patriotic to me and out of place during the Olympics.

    • 116 anniebella
      February 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      How much did Putin pay the jackass Matt Lauer? Lauer isn’t worth listening too on the Today Show and I’m sure he isn’t worth listening too now.

  35. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    February 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    NW – You brought us the story and now we have a “new hero” — Kenny Thompson — “Texas Man Pays Off Students’ School Lunch Debts So They Can Keep Eating.” How’s that for a random act of kindness with immediate benefits to children? Love it. #Hero

  36. 119 hopefruit2
    February 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    ROTFL…


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