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121 Responses to “Laughter Helps”


  1. 1 COS
    March 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I am laughing already.

  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    March 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Appreciate a bit of comic relief on a tense day.

  3. 9 amk for obama
    March 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

  4. March 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Perfect, Nerdy, just what we needed – flippin’ heck, George Takei is a genius!

  5. March 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you, NW. Great selection of tweets. George Takei is a total delight!!

  6. March 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Unfortunately, the news only gets worse …

  7. 14 forus50
    March 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t get the Catholic meeting one. #slowhere

  8. March 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm
  9. 23 GGail
    March 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    OMG, can you imagine George Takei and Chipsticks on a twitter tournament tear. We would all end up in the ER. :lol:

  10. March 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Oh thank you for the chuckles. I needed those!

  11. 28 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    The media’s passive-aggressive racism and constant use of the word “weak” to describe someone who anything but, is problematic and they should be called out on this.

    • 29 nathkatun7
      March 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Bravo, hopefruit2! Instead of blaming Putin for aggression, they are now blaming President Obama. I suppose Reagan’s weakness was to blame for Argentina’s invasion of the Faulklands, and G.H.W. Bush, was to blame for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait! I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, the U.S. media are just as dedicated as the GOP to destroy President Obama. Thankfully, they (the media) no longer have the monopoly over news.

  12. 30 amk for obama
    March 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  13. March 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    • 33 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks Bob for posting. I will try to tune in to at least one of them.

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      March 2, 2014 at 12:15 am

      As much as I want to hear that, I cannot watch any of those shows and will wait for the “TOD readout.” Thanks for the info, nevertheless!

  14. 35 forus50
    March 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Imagine if George Bush was African American. Well, a leap too far for sure but this would have gotten him impeached.

  15. 36 Dudette
    March 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I finally got to see the President’s entire speech about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. [Thanks to TOD!]
    I’m moved beyond tears. I couldn’t be more proud of him.

    It brought this beautiful song to mind.

  16. 37 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Tonight it’s officially safe to say that John Schindler has jumped the shark with this BS

    • 38 forus50
      March 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      He and Nichols love war because it’s all a game to them. I unfollowed both of them back around the time of the Egyptian revolution because they are so junior league but try to disguise it by throwing out military terms in their tweets.

    • March 2, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Yes, hf2, he has.

      Sad. He has considerable knowledge, but, as of that tweet, I’ll no longer be visiting his TL or blog.

  17. 41 99ts
    March 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    The continual attacks by the GOP – 100% assisted by the US media – on the President of the United States is a major reason why Putin is currently doing what he is doing.

    The GOP hate the President much much more than they care about their country and its people – they support Putin because they think it will impact the President. Putin is taking advantage of the fools like Tom Nichols – and the so called GOP leaders in the congress to take control of the Ukraine – know that whatever PBO does – he will be attacked by his own congress for doing it.

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      My take is that it might be a stretch to give the U.S. media or the GOP that much credit. They’re bit players to him. Putin’s a bad guy, a megalomaniac, and has been at it for decades longer than President Obama’s been in the White House. And I think leaders of most other countries react to Putin the same way our President does, and understand who the good guy is, in this scenario.

      Of course, that opinion aside, I still detest our current mainstream national media (there are some great locals still left) and most GOP federal, state, and local elected officials. Yuck.

      • 43 99ts
        March 2, 2014 at 1:25 am

        I think Putin is emboldened by the US media & GOP – he knew with GWB that 99% of the politicians and the media would support GWB – he knows with PBO this is not the case. He also has Snowden’s data to help him along and the disaster of Iraq making the european countries including the UK a little wary of 100% US support.

        But like all Pundits – I could be wrong. :)

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

          Exactly! You and I have “opinions” and that’s how we all roll. Last time I looked I wasn’t a foreign policy expert, but I don’t mind playing one on TV. Off to catch up with today’s posts.

      • 45 nathkatun7
        March 2, 2014 at 4:43 am

        JOB, I agree with you that “Putin’s a bad guy, a megalomaniac….” At the same time, I think that 99ts is absolutely correct about the forces (media and GOP) that are enabling Putin. For example: instead of the media focusing on Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, many of them are focusing on finding every angle and every excuse to blame President Obama. I doubt that the world would have rallied to support Bush Sr., to deal with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait if the media focus had been on finding fault with Bush, Sr. We have some media people, with hair on fire, about what President Obama was wearing when he talked to Putin, but not on Putin’s illegal invasion of a sovereign country, in violation of international law. Does any one here remember media people being obsessed with what George Bush, Sr., was wearing when he talked to Saddam Hussein, to demand that he pull his troops out of Kuwait?

        • 46 jacquelineoboomer
          March 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

          Too heavy for my first peek at the blog – can ya tell I woke up late? – but I’ll check all this out later!

          Happy Sunday, TODville!

    • 47 nathkatun7
      March 2, 2014 at 5:15 am

      “The continual attacks by the GOP – 100% assisted by the US media – on the President of the United States is a major reason why Putin is currently doing what he is doing.”

      99ts, I agree with you 100%! Instead of focusing on Putin’s blatant violation of international law, by invading a sovereign country, both the media and the right wingers have been obsessively focused on blaming President Obama for what Putin did. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t remember the media blaming George H.W. Bush for the 1990 Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, or George W. Bush for Putin’s 2008 invasion of Georgia.

      May be it’s me, but a great deal of what I’ve read and viewed, from the so called mainstream media pundits, have focused on the false assertion/perception that President Obama is weak and that that explains why Putin invaded Ukraine. I don’t remember people attributing George W. Bush’s weakness to Putin’s invasion of Georgia. The fact that the media and GOP right wingers are blaming President Obama for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine makes it difficult for the President to be able to rally the nation and present unified U.S. stand against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

      • 48 99ts
        March 2, 2014 at 6:32 am

        And maybe it’s me Nath – cause I’m a long way away – but they all look so damned surprised when what the President does – turns out to be the best thing to do. I am so glad that McCain and Romney are not in charge of what happens next.

        • 49 nathkatun7
          March 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

          99ts,I am absolutely certain that you are not alone! There are so many of us Americans, including oldies like me, who simply don’t remember when U.S. media, along with members of Congress, chose to attack and blame a sitting President for actions taken by a brutal foreign dictator, who has no qualms about invading another sovereign country. So far, none of the people attacking President Obama have any clue about how to respond to the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Speaking for my self, It’s so rewarding to know that there are people from all over the world, but especially from reliable allies and friends of the United States, such as Australia and Canada, who genuinely appreciate President Obama. Sadly, many the people who claim to be patriotic Americans (both in the media and politics) are the ones who despise and hate President Obama. I believe that eventually actions will speak louder than media manufactured outrages. I am deeply grateful that we have a President who is not easily excitable and takes time to make sure he does the right thing!

  18. March 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Europe Has the Power to Punish Putin—And Ought to Use It

    In dispatching troops to Ukraine, Russia has violated international law, flouted multiple treaty commitments, and set the stage for a European war. It has no casus belli, aside from an eccentric understanding of the domestic politics of a neighboring country. The Kremlin’s surreal warmongering is bad enough, and obviously demands a response from the European Union, the entity that, beyond Ukraine itself, is most immediately concerned. Ukraine borders on four European Union members, and its new government has made joining the EU its foreign policy priority.

    Russian intervention in Ukraine is directed against the EU, which Moscow has now decided is a threat to its interests and indeed a civilizational challenge. President Putin’s global crusade against gays has become, during these last few weeks, a specific foreign policy doctrine directed against the EU. The Kremlin has made clear that control of Ukraine is one step towards the creation of a Eurasian Union, a rival organization to the EU which will reject European “decadence” in favor of a defense of Christian heterosexuality etc. For months press organs close to the Kremlin have referred to Europe as “Gayropa.”

    How can Europe respond to the immediate problem of military intervention in Ukraine and the more fundamental political challenge to European values and achievements? It goes without saying that the EU cannot act alone. In 1994, the United States, Great Britain, and Russia guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial inviolability in exchange for Kiev’s agreement to destroy its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Now that Russia has violated this agreement and rejected American proposals to begin consultations based upon its premises, London and Washington are directly implicated in the crisis. Ukraine also borders four members of NATO. The United States is the relevant military power.

    Yet the EU might hold stronger cards than the Russians think. Russian propaganda about depraved Europe conceals an intimate relationship. Tourism in the European Union is a safety valve for a large Russian middle class that takes its cues in fashion and pretty much everything else from European culture. Much of the Russian elite has sent its children to private schools in the European Union or Switzerland. Beyond that, since no Russian of any serious means trusts the Russian financial system, wealthy Russians park their wealth in European banks. In other words, the Russian social order depends upon the Europe that Russian propaganda mocks. And beneath hypocrisy, as usual, lies vulnerability.

    More at the link: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116812/how-europe-should-respond-russian-intervention-ukraine

  19. March 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    So, going to the movies tomorrow. Went to dinner. Scrolling back through Chips’ take down of War Room Tom. Epic.

    • 58 forus50
      March 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      yeah it’s been my in home movie tonite. Awesomeness Chipsticks. That smug jerk was overdue for a takedown and nobody better than Chipsticks.

  20. 59 99ts
    March 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    On a completely different topic – Florida legislation/criminal law is getting crazier

    A jury cannot convict a white guy of cold blooded murder – but they can give 60 years jail to a woman who fired at a ceiling.

    http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-03-01/story/marissa-alexander-sentence-could-triple-warning-shot-case?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.UxKRr3hjYmI.twitter

    Marissa Alexander’s sentence could triple in ‘warning-shot’ case

  21. 61 Dudette
    March 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm

  22. 65 MightyPamela
    March 2, 2014 at 12:07 am

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO Hold him in the Light. We can do it even as we sleep. Goodnight dear TOD. dawn brings a new day. Big hugs all around.

  23. 68 yardarm756
    March 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

  24. 82 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

    They need to put this woman’s picture in the dictionary under the word “adorable”

  25. 88 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

  26. 94 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

  27. 95 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 1:36 am

  28. 96 amk for obama
    March 2, 2014 at 2:07 am

    • 97 nathkatun7
      March 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

      You know, Amk, this is typical of the ignorant, chicken hawks, right wing Americans; including many people who pride themselves in believing that they are respectable journalists. Many of them fell in love with Putin. Consequently, they are feverishly promoting the totally absurd idea that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is primarily the fault of President Obama. Ironically, some of these tight wing idiots, who accuse President Obama of being a Nazi dictator, are the same ones who believe he should send Marines, Army rangers, and Navy Seals (so long as it did not personally involve them or their children) to Crimea.

  29. 98 amk for obama
    March 2, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Waving from joburg aeroporto.

    Next stop bert cert land.

    #kenyan’skatrina !!!

  30. 103 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Just ran across this. I think it’s from 2009.

    Being Obama: The President’s Indonesian Look-Alike – Video – TIME.com
    Indonesian photographer Ilham Anas bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. President, making him a TV star and potential target for Islamic fundamentalists

    http://content.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,678873631001_2031790,00.html?iid=tabvidrecirc

    Cute moment in the commercial at 1:40 where they play up the attraction of little kids to POTUS. :-)

  31. 104 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:33 am

  32. 106 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:47 am

  33. 108 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:53 am

    NASA Kewlness!

  34. 109 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Wow, I’m probably the last TODer to hear this… but I just saw this tweet.

    Thought it was a joke at first, but then I found this article.

    http://abriluno.com/ugandan-presidents-daughter-admits-she-is-gay/

  35. 111 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 2:59 am

    #BAM

  36. 112 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 3:02 am

  37. 113 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Have to agree with the YouTube posted on this one: “This is something you wouldn’t be seeing on PBS today.”

  38. 114 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 3:10 am

  39. 118 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Forgive me SC TODers…

  40. 120 Dudette
    March 2, 2014 at 3:42 am


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