Homeward Bound: President Obama waves during his departure on Air Force One at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Saturday!
A tie! Good morning NCLB!
Moooooorning Mela and NoSpin, our Saturday twins!
Good Morning Mela!
Good Saturday morning! I love waking up on Saturdays and realizing I don’t have to work. So what do I do? Work in the yard, garden or housework. :-/ hope you have a wonderful day, swbluega!
Mela, I noticed that you didn’t say that you were doing anything just for you. Make sure you do something for Mela on the days you don’t have to go to work. ;-)
Oh yes, I plan on a pedicure later today. The garden is mine, I love to grow things I have a veggie garden, and grow orchids . There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato. Yum.
Good Saturday Morning TODVille!
Good Morning NCLB!!!
Morning back, SWGluega!
Good Saturday Morning Chipsticks…TODer’s!!!
Chipsticks, during my spell of lurking, I did see Danny’s inaugural post. :lol: When will the junior blog tyrant have his next one?
moarnin swblug il b postin nex wek if am alowd tnx
il look fawr werd tu it Dannystix! :-)
tnx. ur spelins weerd
itsa nu langwij im lernin
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE….SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY PBO COMES HOME!…YAAAAAAAY…MAKES MY DAY!
Oh my, it’s going to be a great day! Of course, it appears I’m talking to myself :-/
I do that all the time Mela, best conversations I ever have!
LOL! My mom always said it’s ok to talk to yourself, but when you start answering yourself it’s time to seek professional help :-)
Ooooh, I need a bunch of professional help then :oops:
I’m right there with you :)
As usual they were out drinking last night and acting like alley-cats. When I was there age I kept my nose to the grindstone and my hand on the tiller. These kids these days are hooked on their fancy hand-computers and their skinny jeans. Nobody gets up at the crack of dawn anymore, these kids get up at noon and expect a pancake breakfast.
LMAO! G’morning Don. Are you talking about Boehner and Cantor? :) :)
Actually I was talking about you guys not being up early in the morning, I was getting board because I had nobody to converse with.
Ha! You’re describing my youngest son. “Mom, what’s for breakfast.” Me:”ham sandwich, it’s lunchtime and half your day is gone”. I’ve never liked to sleep in, even when I was younger , always felt I was wasting time.
somebody got out of both sides of the bed.
G’morning Chips and TOD, and congrats Mela and NCLB on First place tie :). Look how proud our President looks as he returns to home to his wonderful Family! Well done Mr. President – you and your team (SOS Kerry, NSA Rice, Pete Souza, Press Sec, etc) represent America abroad as only you could!
+ 1,000,000,000,000,000 Mooooooorning Hopefruit!
Thanks, HF. Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for the brilliant man we elected.
Indeed Mela. I will have need to a wholesale supply of Kleenex come Jan 2017.
Sh*t. I don’t even want to think about it! I probably won’t get out of bed, must remember to buy Kleenex stock.
.@GovChristie – I am not a crook.
Fucking #dejavu http://t.co/oH1x0Hk84p— (@amk4obama) March 29, 2014
yeah, I thought I’ll brighten your day.
Good Morning AMK. Whenever I see Ralph Cramden questioned by the press for his bullied ways, my day is good.
what press? what questioning? are you hiding something from me?
You’re right. The kind of press we have doesn’t do its job.
whatever happened to that steve kornacki dood who was supposed to be on top of this? has he been silenced too?
Maybe Putin will throw Snowden in the pot to sweeten the deal he’s dying to make with President Obama.
Yes, send that coward little weasel back to the US to face his music.
Good thought. I hope the Putin will sweeten the deal by putting the Snowflake on top of it.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?! One can only hope.
Morning Don. I was thinking the same thing.
I love that President Obama wants Putin to put it in writing. Makes it harder for the MSM to make up their own version of what Putin said. I know they hated even having to say that Putin called President Obama (and not the other way around).
POTUS know Putin is like the right wing conservatives over here who have been praising Putin so much, they can’t be trusted. The only words that mean anything to these right wing haters is “I Hate Obama”.
I wake up every morning listening to NPR for the news. This morning they had McCain on as their expert on what should be done about Putin. Yowser! Now public radio too! I am sick of McCain being treated like the foreign relations authority!
Happy Saturday TODers,
Congrats on 1st Mela
Happy Saturday, Africa. Thank you.
Welcome home PBO. You do us proud every single time, whether at home or abroad.
I’m looking at this picture, and I’m getting glimpses of Jan 2017, when our beloved PBO takes his final bow as POTUS before the American people and is escorted into the helicopter with our beloved FLOTUS Michelle. I almost feel that for many people, Jan 2017 will be as much about him as it will be about the newly inaugurated President.
Anyway enough of the depressing thoughts…back to enjoying the present!! This weekend – the ACA weekend :)
I know what you mean Hopefruit. Having President Obama in office (and before that as a candidate for president) raised my awareness and attention. I’m sure many can say the same thing.
I only hope that I can maintain some semblance of this attention after January 2017. I’m sure there will be even more of a need for the TOD village in some form to make that happen.
I truly believe that was one of his many goals, to get more folks to engage in our Democracy. It’s critical we maintain that level of attention.
Dear New Jersey Democratic voters that voted for Christie, redeem yourselves. Work like hell to get out the vote for 2014. Make calls, etc.— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 29, 2014
I’d retweet that but I live in Texas. Look at our lunatic elected officials. :(
I would retweet that too, but I don’t tweet. Because it makes lots of sense. How about the taxpayers of New Jersey is the ones to have to pay one million dollars for Christie bogus B.S. report. I thank them for doing all that investigation and not talking to any of the main characters, and I thank them for letting us know that Bridget and that guy had a relationship.
Sooo, Chips, how has Danny boy been behaving?
Bridgegate aside, Samson's conflicts on interest, bordering on corruption, obvious to newspapers which endorsed Christie.
#uppers— Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) March 29, 2014
Hey, we can all be like Christie. Break the law, pick our own jury of our personal peers. Finish. Kaput. Done. And we are exonerated.— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 29, 2014
Before you judge a woman, walk a mile in her shoes. After that who cares? She's a mile away and you've got her shoes.— Jayson Two-times (@Jayson_Two_time) January 27, 2014
Heh bt. hint, hint
wow this dog is HUGE 😳 http://t.co/lJ2i7eoYsf— Baby Animals (@BabyAnimalPics) March 29, 2014
Oh crikey. Unless that woman is really small?
@upwithsteve Who is this stupid gopper woman defending Christie's credibility? Sheesh.— Mary V. (@mvh234) March 29, 2014
There you go. All fair & balanced bs.
I just hope at some point New Jerseyans — and the rest of America — will take note of *ALL* the mounting evidence of the corruption in his administration, stop allowing Christie to dictate the narrative, and not discount his actions and those of his staff as New Jersey politics.
Good Morning Chips and TOD.
"I’ve talked to other governors and asked if they would have known about it. They say, 'Absolutely.'” – @lis_Smith on Gov. Christie.— Up w/ Steve Kornacki (@upwithsteve) March 29, 2014
Who seriously believes that Christie *didn’t* know about it?!?!?!?! His “I didn’t know” is so contradictory to his “I’m in charge” attitude. Every time he makes that claim, I think of Pinocchio as I watch his nose appear to grow.
@lawalazu We r in laundromat phase of Christie stink. Koch-oiled machine is pumping out lotsa $$$ to MSM to perfume him up & sing Hosanna— zizi2 (@zizii2) March 29, 2014
Zizi you hit the nail on the head!
Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, White House Says nyti.ms/1hFEkyS— Mary Ann Barbero (@marieann66) March 29, 2014
Now, crickets from the Yokels. PBO is masterful. Never bet against him. They just never learn.
Cat got bare chested Putin lovers' tongue as they wait4Frank Luntz to craft their new meme.
Wait for It:Putin is being a leader to reach out— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 29, 2014
Laura Rozen who has opined endlessly and disapprovingly about PBO’s strategy with Putin/Russia has said very little about the situation since it was announced that Russia’s bond rating was to be downgraded on Monday and Putin called PBO. I guess there’s no way she can spin this without looking like an utterly dishonest or biased reporter. So as you say…crickets. Ditto for War Room Tom and his followers who insist on calling PBO weak or “disengaged” with zero evidence to support their claims.
Tom Nichols tries desperately to blame US foreign policies woes on PBO. Hope , I saw your tweets pushing back at him yesterday. Thank you so much. All of these people will EAT crow.
Yes, I sent Tom a video of Dubya sheepishly saying words to the effect that he didn’t know where OBL was, or whether he was dead or alive, etc., and told Tom that’s what “disengaged” looks like.
And didn’t he also add something to the effect that he didn’t really care…..OBL just wasn’t on his mind much? or, are those my own thoughts…
Yes, he did. And the video shows all of that. :)
It was nice to see this front page headline in local paper——-“ACA sign-ups surge”.
@jstuart902 GREAT tweets. I believe all of this stems from PBO's clear-eyed analysis of alternatives to the power of dominance.— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) March 29, 2014
If only some of our self-professed FP experts were as analytical and insightful as Jim Stuart and Smartypants!!
Morning. Anyone know what time the president’s plane is supposed to land? Or, has it? I hope nobody troubles him this weekend or wakes him up in the middle of the night with an urgent crisis. He needs major self and family time and big league pampering after all he’s gone through. I am still angry about the states who opted out of Medicaid expansion, including PA. So many will suffer and needlessly die for petty politics. I literally don’t know how this country will survive without PBO keeping the ship steady.
Heard a discussion on Ed radio show yesterday that the Ga. legislature, which passed the “Health Freedom Act”, a bunch of nasty provisions which will begin nullifying ACA in their state, also included a provision barring any future gov. from expanding Medicaid in their state—–which is just unbelievable and—–they must be worried about Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason, winning the governor’s race there. The Ga. Repubs were celebrating this like they had done something great and not something that will result in bodies in the streets. They think they are leading the way for other states to do the same. I think this is still awaiting Repub. Gov. Deal’s signature.
The Supreme Court has rejected nullification, so not sure how GA has standing here due to the Supremacy Clause. Hateful, spiteful people.
Morning Ms Chips, morning and happy Saturday everyone! Thank you so much for all the excellent coverage of our president’s trip to Ms. Chips, NW, and all the BT’s Hope everyone has a great day.
Howdy all you O’s!!!!! What a great getting up day in TOD town again!!! I have a couple of observations as to the events of the week.
1. Even though, Bridgette Kelly was thrown under the bus in the worst possible way, including the portrayal of her in a most sexist manner, she may actually not have anything that proves a conversation with the gov. It seems to me, the gov wouldn’t have said he’s exonerated, and the lawyer would not have released his findings that is now public record and not bound by any client privilege. So there’s nothing there but he said, she said. Bridgette has been warned that they will get down and dirty with her, if she tries to run with the big dogs.
2. Putin did not call PBO as some sort of ‘tail between his leg’ gesture. He called to say that Crimea is done, and he’s now open to negotiations for the rest of Ukraine. True, there are economic issues for his countrymen, but I think right now he feels like it’s one down, several more to go. Of course he will find that he’s riding bareback alone, but that won’t be until he’s flexed every one of his muscles. Some people just can’t handle fame. Btw, Russia should never have been awarded the 2014 Winter Olympic Games for humanitarian reasons alone.
So you don’t think the increasingly negative impact of the economic sanctions have anything to do with Putin’s call to PBO?
If putin cuts off his gas to EU, how is he gonna fund his great war? Russian economy is a midget.
My observation never went there at all. I said, “True, there are economic issues for his countrymen, but I think right now he feels like it’s one down, several more to go.”
I think he may be saying that Crimea is over and done with, fait accompli, or as once mentioned by an American statesman “mission accomplished” . Putin may now be feel he’s open to negotiating for the rest of Ukraine on his terms. Of course, that won’t work, but he’s feeling really froggish right about now.
I don’t know what Putin’s motivations were in calling PBO, but I suspect PBO told him to put his proposals in writing for good reason. I teach sociology and had my students considering culture worldview development in analyzing these issues on Thursday. 1) survival, 2) tribal, 3) warrior, 4) traditional/mythological (generally agricultural), 5) modern/rational (generally industrial), 6) (eco)systemic (generally informational), and…….. 7) getting to integral, which is still quite rare. This is using a mixture of Spiral Dynamics, Integral Theory, and Cultural Creatives research. Putin is acting out from primarily a warrior worldview which makes his agenda rather unlikely to impossible in our interconnected world. As some have noted, this type of nationalism is outmoded in our present 21st century. He can cause enormous havoc and even provoke a world war. But he’s unlikely to succeed. One of the reasons the U.S. is embroiled in culture wars relates to the difficulty traditionalists and even modernists are having in adjusting to a post-modern world and changing power dynamics. I also asked my students what kinds of arguments they had heard/read in the news regarding these present issues with Russia. They provided examples and then ried to figure out which cultural worldviews these different analysts were speaking from. There were many “ah-ha’s” in the process. The U.S. has a primarily modernist center of gravity. The European Union is more (eco)systemic.
Brilliant exercise for you students!
Excellent exercise and really gets to the heart of the matter from the various possible perspectives. I agree, Purtin is feeling his warrior oats and thinks the rest of the world will stand in awe of his strapping physique and honchoism (my word). He will fail, of course, but it will take awhile to convince him that adjusting to his surroundings and evolve, or he goes the way of the rest of the now extinct species who couldn’t.
I remember during the Vietnam conflict when my late husband was in the Air Force and we were stationed in various places in the USA. We noticed that his immediate commanding officers who were short in stature had a certain personality then called a Napolianic complex. That was a huge generalization, but in my husband’s case it bared out to be true. When I saw a photo of Putin standing with the other world leaders I noticed that he really is quite short comparatively. Wonder if he is more aggressive and war like due to feeling he has to prove his manhood?
Where do you put President Obama as a person? Do you agree that he is in the rare category of people who display an “integral” view of the world ?
Cookemom, you think that Putin called President Obama from a position of strength, really? You think that this was his plan all along? If that’s the case well then Putin is the first dictator to not be ruled by money. I’m not saying that Putin isn’t motivated by politics or Russian history. I’m just saying that his motivations are largely economically driven.
In his own mind, yes. He may absolutely be thinking he is in a position of strength. That doesn’t make it so, but a person’s own reality may be different than that of truth. I’m not saying that the economics won’t be what makes him crawl back under his rock, but that will be later, after he realizes that fat meat is greasy. He’s so full of himself right now that what he sees in the mirror is an overblown image of the real him. Think about it, Crimea is over. Sorta like Christie who proclaimed that he’s been exonerated, or Bush’s mission accomplished. Neither was true, but they put it out there anyway. Putin had a successful olympics, he was/is instrumental in the Syria negotiations, his populace is behind him all the way in terms of favorable ratings, and he has some admiration from US ranking officials. He’s all pumped and his ego knows no bounds. So yeah, for now he may think he’s all that and a bag of chips.
He will soon learn that PBO is not the person that he’s been hearing about from RWNJs.
Cookemom I agree with your take on Putin being a legend in his own mind. And the RWNJ’s and certain self-titled Russian experts in the US media and punditry have reinforced his warped sense of invincibility vis-a-vis PBO. But I differ somewhat with you in the timing of his realization about who is really the “power” and who isn’t , in that I think he has already seen to a great extent that PBO is not the person he’s been hearing about from the US media and RWNJ’s. I believe The G-7 summit, along with the economic sanctions have forced him to face this reality sooner than he otherwise would.
Let’s hope so, but a man as full with his own ego like Putin, who admires a Steven Segal character for goodness sakes, is not someone who will readily accept his own weakness. So as this plays out, I’m sure ol’ Poot will get handed his lunch and PBO is gracious enough to give it to him on a full place setting. Never-the-less he will be served.
Yes, Putin’s biggest fear is that he might appear “weak” on the world stage, and he will go to great lengths and cause great destruction just to avoid seeming weak. PBO on the other hand is the opposite – his greatest fear is actually seeing people/countries harmed/destroyed under his watch, so if it means being perceived by some as “weak” then so be it. Better a minority of people perceive him as weak than the majority live the disastrous consequences of his not wanting to be perceived that way.
At TOD we don’t all share the same thoughts. Debates are healthy. One of the reasons I enjoy TOD.
One thing for sure is that this POTUS and his administration are committed to diplomacy. They invest in it and they put their efforts on that as they methodologically plough through every crisis and reasonably seek for resolutions.
#TrustBarack as out Doc Bobfr would often say.
yep, and the sooner Putin realizes this the better for him and his people. Putin may be putting too much faith in what he may have been hearing from the rwnj in this country.
THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM ARE TO BE HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR DOING SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB AND REPRESENTING A COUNTRY THAT FRANKLY DOES NOT DESERVE SUCH HUMILITY AND INTEGRITY. IN ALL REALITY…OUR PRESIDENT IS TOO GOOD FOR US. I AM SO HAPPY THAT HE IS GOING HOME TO MEET WHERE HIS HEART LIES…AND PERHAPS A COUPLE OF BASKETBALLS. MAY GOD DEEPLY BLESS HIM WITH HIS HEDGE OF LOVE AND STRENGTH.
RT @EmergentCulture: Magical! RT @lovenuonce: Blue Glowing Coconut Octopus http://t.co/1z9G7VfVfm— John Peter Thompson (@InvasiveNotes) March 08, 2014
Good morning TOD.
Africa, that is absolutely beautiful!
Even though it is cloudy and rainy here in NYC, the First Family representing us all over the world have me humming, “It’s a lovely day”.
We are so blessed to be able to experience this unique family.
Back to bed with tall glass of fresh squeezed cold orange juice, still fighting a head cold. Ugh!
Has anybody heard from Jovie? It has been a while.
I keep asking about Jovie too. It has been quite awhile.
Would make a SIMPLY SMASHING lady’s hat for a royal wedding…..
That looks like an artfully decorated pastry/cake or ornament until I saw the eyes.
Creepy, yet extremely beautiful at the same time. Wow.
hey bt. your team leading 3-1. quick reflexive goal from mata.
of course, it’s villa. But still ….
She’d be happy if they beat the Little Sisters of the Poor team.
RT @Hav99: RT @marcaribe1979: Morning Annie! Have a good one! @Hav99 http://t.co/Yfckv5wCOI— Grammy (@karategrammy) March 29, 2014
This amuses me. http://t.co/vUQbGB3eCA— Christine Guzman (@ChristineG_MIA) March 29, 2014
Pres Obama using refueling stop to visit wounded US military personnel at Ramstein. He walked across tarmac to the meetings.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 29, 2014
That’s nice of POTUS.
Being CIC for this POTUS is always and foremost looking after those he commands. Thank you pres Obama.
For twice in 24 hours, Count von Knoller has earned his salary.
Important Salon story on the owners of Hobby Lobby and their far and wide funding and meddling as part of a network legally testing “religious freedom” everywhere they can——–seeking to make the U.S. a Christian theocracy. Didn’t see any of this mentioned by MSM on coverage of current Sup. Ct. case.
How #HobbyLobby owners secretly fund an aggressive right wing agenda salon.com/2014/03/27/hob… @theIFUND @RightWingWatch @rhrealitycheck @ACLU— Joe Conason (@JoeConason) March 27, 2014
NYET: GOPer wants thanks from Putin for defending Putin. Err, he knows you are only using him o hate on PBO talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rohra… CLUE!— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) March 29, 2014
I saw that yesterday, this fucking guy is a total loon, and he talks about Putin’s muscles.
Now if a Dem elected official did this….and against a GOPer POTUS while in a serious conflict as that GOPer POTUS is abroad……….What would the MSM and the RWNJ mega Media echo chamber be saying about that Dem?
Jane Fonda is still trashed from her stand during ‘Nam and she was Never an elected official.
This rep calls himself a patriot?
Hell No, he isn’t.
Tell Rep. Rohrabacher he can go over to Russia, sit down and have dinner with him, and don’t forget to invite Snowden. And if the Congressman decides he want to stay in Russia, by all means, please do so. A sick ass racists.
I wonder why it is that Americans can’t see things like this Congressman and realize that these Republicans are the problem with what is going on in D.C. There is a serious problem with politicians who would support and root for the enemy against their own country President. Something is seriously wrong with these Republicans.
Wonders of nature
Good morning World! http://t.co/FG0afBAkls— AJ (@Chickypoo333) March 29, 2014
This makes me feel so much better.
What a wonderful world!
Charles Gaba is being hammered by hyper desperate RWNJs.
If you're standing on your head twisting facts trying to argue there's no improvement in our healthcare system due to ACA, you're a crackpot— meta (@metaquest) March 29, 2014
Now that we're seeing phenomenal #Obamacare enrollment, desperate RWNJs w/no solutions working overtime to twist facts about ACA successes.— meta (@metaquest) March 29, 2014
All the #Republicans fighting against your right to affordable healthcare all have exquisite healthcare insurance plans to call their own.— meta (@metaquest) March 29, 2014
Obama walks with General Frank Gorenc & Brigadier General Patrick Mordente, during refuel stop Ramstein AFB http://t.co/vZraUmL9GY— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) March 29, 2014
Rise and Shine!
I am Not a fan of Piers Morgan……but his comments on Guns were 1001% OK with me.
I have chosen to post it here for I don’t want to detour the Brilliant R&S.
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