President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tour Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum prior to the 9/11 Museum dedication in New York, N.Y., May 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)
What a day. Will catch up with the dedication later. I have to steel myself for that one.
Congrats, DF…. very poignant photo….. thanks for the wonderful post on the previous thread, Chips!
A pleasure LP, hope all’s good with you! Do you still have your head buried in books? :-)
All is well TY….finally finished, Chips! ……currently buried in a bowl of bean dip & hoping my Pacers will win Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conf. finals against the D.C. Wizards…..so far so good :cool:
Phew, excellent LP! Hope it all went great, enjoy that bean dip!!!
I’ve already burned the top of my throat……waited until I was starving to eat…..started digging in….as they say “the rest is history”
Indeed….. a result of partying a tad bit…..resulting in cognitive dissadance all day
:-) I fill a basin with clean water for Danny every, oh, five minutes, but he still wants to drink out of the toilet. Dogs /smh
When I finished Uni, I can always remember thinking – after 15 years “no more finals”! but I did miss the absolute joy that appears when those exams are over. Celebrate that joy LP :)
When I was walking to my last ever exam, 99ts, a magpie flew by with a squealing little baby bird in its beak. I was severely traumatized and shouted obscenities at the magpie, which earned me funny looks. Forever more, I will associate exams with murderous magpies. :???:
I mainly associate exams with trauma of the worst kind – so a murderous magpie fits the description.
And do we have those magpies in my world in the spring. The postman rides by wearing a hard hat and carrying a large stick. (reason number 63 why I don’t walk to the bus stop).
Stirring images. (And no upchuck images of rudy911iani.)
I even like how Bloomberg is shown with our President in these photo selections, vice Rudy. And I’m not that crazy about Bloomberg.
This event was done very well. It opened with a chorus of young people singing and it was so simple and glorious. The mixed media presentations were beautiful. POTUS was tremendous – gracious, profound, humble. You could see that he was really stirred by all of it.
I turned it off when Giuliani came to the podium. Just not into him and the way he’s exploited this horrific tragedy for his own personal gain.
I just muted Giuliani – and Pataki or whatever his name was. Eek.
Meta, our president is truly peerless. His words were simple, but so moving, I couldn’t stop the tears. So many lives were changed that day and there were thousands of stories to tell, but the one story of the young man with the red handkerchief told it all. Simply cannot imagine how that mother could cope.
As a self-taught behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to man when developing a personal bond with lions. Breaking with the misconception that sticks and chains is the best way to subdue a lion, he uses love, understanding and trust to get close to them. ‘Our credo No Stitch No Story’ is literally applicable to him,’ Meijer explains. ‘He’s a role model for our brand, because he is really a guy with stitches and stories all over his body. I’m reading his book right now, and what he does is not without risks. But he’s confident in what he does, and confident men dare to take decisions and risks. I believe a good suit that fits your taste and character, can make a man feel good and trigger confidence, which encourages him to take the next step.’…. Full back story http://ajanaku.com/no-stitch-no-story-behind-the-scenes-with-van-gils-kevin-richardson/
Question: How did you come about to work with lions?
Answer: ‘Coming from a precarious youth, in the back of my mind I knew what was right and wrong. I eventually found my passion. I try to inspire people to pursue their goals and reach out for their dreams. Passion comes from being inspired. For me, it were animals. I was always inspired by nature. I didn’t know it would be lions back then. But the lion is nature’s biggest predator. They are at the top. Lions require a lot of habitat. At the moment, the habitat is being distracted due to human encroachment – humans are in the increase. By protecting lions and habitat, you protect all other species that fall under that. In that respect, you’re protecting all animals. Six or seven years ago, I was asked by a journalist once, what is your legacy? Really my legacy will be to give back the habitat to the animals. Increasing the amount of lions in nature.’…..
WTF! Kevin Richardson @lionwhispererSA playing Soccer w/ wild lions via @vangilsfashion #Dutch youtu.be/JpyR-Ym7Hck http://t.co/eBaMOfEKtE— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) May 15, 2014
Should I read tomorrow that this guy is eaten by a lion……sorry…..I will not feel sad for him. This is nuts.
I do not understand animal tamers, of whatever animal variety. I just don’t! In the same way I do not understand people who take chances with real extreme sports or choose to climb almost inaccessible mountains….. or deliberately (for no sensible reason) visit countries where they know there are major violent conflicts.
Speed/Adrenaline junkies is my only explanation, VC. I think it is similar to a alcohol/drug addiction…..once you get a taste & no self control……..you end up playing soccer w/ lions in S. Africa!!!
Well (like Nena implied) when misfortune befalls them, I find it hard to feel sympathetic towards those who go ‘looking for trouble’.
This guy is playing with his life. How unfortunate.
This one gave up his life – not so much difference in their behavior
Man wearing bullet-proof vest says, ‘Shoot me,’ is killed
@henryrollins Thanks for this. I want to embroider this on a pillow – but first I have to learn to embroider.#freedom http://t.co/zFnvGAnWRu— Shelby Kent-Stewart (@ShelbyKentStewa) May 11, 2014
Don’t know what has been posted of late…… hope these aren’t duplicates
Video — Sanctions: What are they and how do they affect #Russia? youtu.be/_-C1MPrDtWU #Ukraine— Department of State (@StateDept) May 15, 2014
Sunny and Bo #DrinkH2O. You should, too → youtu.be/lsgqGg3dIaM #SpreadTheWater— Let's Move! (@letsmove) May 14, 2014
GOT WATER ON MY KEYBOARD!….LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
Drinking a glass of water right now, FLOTUS would be proud of me. :)
Anything those two dogs do is adorable! Hearing her lap water is adorable…….my,my.
We think anything our dog does is adorable too…….She really keeps these two seniors on our toes and contented.
I had missed that Dept of State sanctions video – thank you kind sir. I liked its clarity, simplicity and brevity.
Looks like Ernest Hemingway and Santa Claus are running for GOP governor of Idaho. Proceed, Santa.
Why are GOP debates so crazy, chaotic? Here's last night's Idaho GOP gov. debate mojo.ly/1ljP9JY http://t.co/D53O21JhVE— ProgressivePhD (@CallOut4) May 15, 2014
YEAH! Still laughing!!
There’s scary and then there’s scary!
I read your statement before seeing the picture fully, so I thought you were being cheeky, but apparently you weren’t. Sometimes i wonder if GOP types think this governing thing is all a joke, but then I tell myself they are generally too dumb to have that kind of a sense of humour.
They seem to take the “anybody can run” part seriously, as in I mean ANYBODY!
That would be all right, in a way, if so many duh-duh-dolts weren’t there to vote for their anybodies.
And this was for GOVERNOR of a state. I mean maybe the people are more normal than they appear, but …
I read the accompanying article; the write up did not portray them any more normal than they appeared!
Let them keep talking.
Until the GOP get serious about the extremists in their midst, they will continue to expose themselves before the world’s stage.
You are so right. It’s just that the rest of us have to keep hearing about them, in the meantime. Ugh!
YEP…REMINDS ME OF HOOSIER GOP HOSPITALITY IN INDIANA!
Yardarm was discussing Idaho on an early thread – my mind was boggling – and then I saw this!
Ha! There are crazies everywhere.
According to yardarm there is a higher density of them in Idaho. I think I’ll leave it off my travel list.
Dunno. Never been there. But they do grow some lovely potatoes. :)
http://t.co/5bhxUUDxcq— john osalvo (@jojokejohn) January 24, 2014
With the confirmation of three more judges today, Obama has appointed the most Hispanic judges of any President. And two more years to go!— Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) May 15, 2014
Making and Keeping the Judges as diverse as the 317M plus inhabitants in these USA.
It is a BFD.
Change has COME to America!
Rare air: Jeremy Evans' @P3sportscience record 43.5" vertical vs. Andrew Wiggins' high-soaring jump (no height given) http://t.co/J8DB27WKzQ— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) May 15, 2014
Think Kansas freshman Wiggins is a freak……… Nick Chubb, high school running back out of the state of Alabama….signed w/ Georgia
I was asked if #UGA RB Nick Chubb might be a bit stiff. No, he's not. Here he is showing that 40-inch vertical. http://t.co/kgnlgbbncd— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) May 13, 2014
Who wants to tackle that? http://t.co/U2dbEtkEsc— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) May 13, 2014
Kid will be a freshman in the fall!!!!
That kid looks like an NFL starter RB!! :)
The kid is like perma-HULK!!! That pic is from a HS track meet this week. He doesn’t enroll at Georgia till August…… Wiggins’ vertical is impressive, but he is basketball player(supposed to be able to jump) who will be a top 3 pick in the next months NBA draft. This Silverback has not even gotten Olympic level Strength & Condition coaching that all SEC football programs have + already weighs 230……. Wiggins is 6′ 8″ 195
Good thing my Auburn LB recruits aren’t running scurred!
Me & @Trew20 does! “@SEC_Logo: Who wants to tackle that? http://t.co/Ampy1xIWbP" http://t.co/Aj6OkH0fuk— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) May 13, 2014
Wow, some amazing athletes there! Will be keeping an eye out for them.
REMEMBER SPUD WEBB?? 5′ 7″ !!! UnnnnnnnnNNNNNNNNNNBELIEVABLE!!
When I was a legend-in-my-own-mind AND 18 I could make my wrist touch the rim. But a clumsy ole white kid……Mediocre or worse player but got some WTF? looks that were fun! But SPUD…WOW!!!
Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins were a fun dunking duo……growing up in Charlotte, our fan favorite was little Muggsy Bougues…then with the Hornets……turned Bobcats…….back to Hornets next year :)
I enjoyed watching Mugsby Bogues play for Wake Forest (ACC baby).
By the way, that’s the late, great shot-blocking king Manute Bol in the picture above with Mugsy (rather than Dominique Wilkins, whom I had a major crush on back in the day when he played for my Atlanta Hawks). :-)
Yes that’s Manute(was trying to show the incredible discrepancy in their heights)……. I still remember the game where he hit like 6 3′s….. I was just referring to Spud’s teammate at the time in reference to dunking….. I can’t remember who was coaching them at the time…. I think Lenny Wilkins or Fraschilla… I remember those old Wake Forest teams….Rodney Rodgers, Tim Duncan came after that as well.
Ukrainian Soldiers Did Not Kill Pro-Russian Separatist in Mariupol (Investigation)
“On May 9 we uploaded a video where Ukrainian soldiers who took part in antiterrorist operation, wounded a couple of pro-Russian activists and, as we thought, even shot one. As it appears, Russian propaganda and skills in sharing and creating disinformation managed to fool us and a great part of media society. We apologize for that misunderstanding. The picture looked very real and we were sure that Russia won’t speculate on deaths of people and their freedom. As it appears – Russian government is capable of doing everything including the creation of a theater performance that can fool lots of people.
To prove them wrong and to show that UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS DID NOT KILL EVEN ONE PRO-RUSSIAN ACTIVIST (we are not talking about the actual terrorists here who took their weapon and started shooting Ukrainian soldiers), here’s a documentary investigation with all the facts, people and scenario that had been played that day. This investigation material was posted on http://maidanns.blogspot.com by Nataliya Sarazhynska in Russian. We would like to offer you a detailed translation of the article. It is another proof that Russian media and Russian strategies can be very unpredictable and very cruel.”
Very detailed analysis at the link – what you’d call ‘investigative journalism’ for real – http://ukraineinvestigation.com/pro-russian-separatists-mariupol-investigation/
What an AMAZING collection of posts today – just blew me away – was a “2 cups of coffee needed” day – to get through them all. Now I should do something – but maybe not :)
I think this link (thankyou to the person who posted it a few threads back” should be read by anyone who thinks there is any truth to FOX polling. The push polling is frightening in what it attempts to do.
“But it’s question #27 that jumped out at me.
“In the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the Obama administration incorrectly claimed it was a spontaneous assault in response to an online video, even though the administration had intelligence reports that the attacks were connected to terrorist groups tied to al Qaeda. Do you think the Obama administration knowingly lied about the attacks to help the president during the ongoing re-election campaign, or not?”
Remember, this is a question in a poll conducted by an ostensible news organization. It effectively asks, “The administration totally lied. Do you think the administration knowingly lied?”
Making matters worse, Fox News isn’t just offering a case study in how not to conduct a legitimate poll, it’s also failing in other important ways.”
The network news (ABC, CBS, NBC) aren’t as audacious in their poll questions, but the people selected for polling are basically GOP base — white, landline, older, while insisting that Dems don’t vote in non-Presidential elections.
September 11th is such a shocking evil — unable to add anything meaningful to today’s memorial.
But it is Throwback Thursday, right?
Look at this article from March 27, 2008 which opens with a reference to Senator Barack Obama’s rebuttal to GWBush’s 2008 State of Union speech in January.
“Senator Barack Obama’s videotaped response to President Bush’s final State of the Union address— almost five minutes of Mr. Obama’s talking directly to the camera — elicited little attention from newspaper and television reporters in January.
But on the medium it was made for, the Internet, the video caught fire. Quickly after it was posted on YouTube, it appeared on the video-sharing site’s most popular list and Google’s most blogged list. It has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, been linked by more than 500 blogs and distributed widely on social networking sites like Facebook.”
So basically the MSM learned absolutely nothing from Senator Obama’s campaign. The MSM has entrenched themselves in horserace speculation and present their hot air as “political news.”
After #LandslideDems2014, it’s going to dawn on the non-partisan public how worthless the MSM is. Perhaps they (the MSM) are sealing their own fate by being such GOP-partisan gossips who are wrong about almost everything having to do with team Obama-Biden.
I got to this article via the link in this tweet:
Not surprising; but still big. RT @zseward: Homepage is dead, & social web has won—even at NYT bit.ly/1jMiejE bit.ly/1jMif7h— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 15, 2014
“So basically the MSM learned absolutely nothing from Senator Obama’s campaign. The MSM has entrenched themselves in horserace speculation and present their hot air as “political news.””
Yes WE MUST
But they will tell us that their dislike of Barack and Michelle Obama has nothing to do with the color of their skin. Nothing at all.
I believe him. He is not racist. He simply hates non-whites, and maybe Blacks a bit more. Who knows. I bet he goes to Church on Sundays and knows everything inside the Good Book.
So true No Child Left Behind, so true.
NCLB, what really puzzles me about people like this is that they always say they’re not racists, which leaves the obvious question of what on earth do they think a racist is? The racist isn’t somebody else, it’s the one they see in the mirror.
Old white bigots anniebella – who want the “others” at the back of the bus. They are dying out – not soon enough – but PBO has brought their hate to the surface – and a large majority are calling them on that hate.
Where was G.W. Bush and Laura and Dick Cheney at today? Why were they hiding?
If I were Bush and Cheney, I’d stay in my bunker.
I think GWB, Cheney, Condi Rice and their fellow war criminals realized that they’d turn a solemn event toxic by being present. It’s not as if every person in that audience is unaware that GWB cleared brush while Condi was fanning him with the intel report that OBL was gonna strike. And, it’s not as if everyone in that audience is unaware that GWB ‘lost interest in finding OBL’ while joking about not finding Saddam’s WMD.
Quote from the article:
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse,” Copeland said in an excerpt from an email he sent to his fellow police commissioners acknowledging his remark and then forwarded to O’Toole. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
And some of the comments, whew. Fortunately there are also many reasonable comments.
Meant to be in reply to anniebella’s comment above.
New pic!!!!!!!! Is that your grandchild Japa?
The latest in the series. Just turned 3 months.
An absolute dote (not “dolt” – © Dotster), a bundle of joy!
So special, John!! Thank you for sharing!!!
Somebody is growing! :) Such a nice smile!
Did you perchance get permission from your previous avatar to make this change? Hope she’s not jealous, or did she even know that she was grandp’s avatar?
No, she didn’t. I would never be allowed to make changes if she had. But that was several years old now. If I put up a more recent picture of her, her sweetness and beauty would just melt everybody and nothing would get done here.
‘ I would never be allowed to make changes if she had’
That’s what I suspected. :) I like your system of taking turns. ;)
Congrats on the 3-mo milestone. Must be lots of smiles for Grandpa and everyone else!
japa21, thank the Lord their are many reasonable comments. I could not stand to read the comments because those racists bigots can be mighty hateful.
Is this your new grandbaby Japa? I don’t recall seeing this pic before!!!
Chips we had the same reaction to Japa’s new avatar apparently. I honestly didn’t see your post before posting mine…
:-) I’m just so proud of myself Hopefruit, I usually notice these things, oh, eight months after they happen! I want a medal!
Anyone have any info about the time of FLOTUS speech tomorrow in Kansas? I sure hope I will be able to see it. I wasn’t able to see her address at Dillard U. And when and where is POTUS first commencement address?
First Lady Michelle Obama will be arriving in Topeka tomorrow evening to address graduating seniors in Topeka at a “senior recognition day” event at the Kansas Expocentre.
Doors open at 3 p.m. and people are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. At 5 p.m., the doors will close and no one will be allowed to enter after.
Kansas First News will LIVESTREAM the First Lady’s speech at approximately 6 p.m.
You’re welcome Anniebella.
Still my favorite newspaper headline ever – from India, November 2012:-) http://t.co/8m0InIp4D4— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 16, 2014
I had totally forgotten about that! Thanks for bringing it here, again, for us to be thrilled about. Again.
Great headline! :) And they weren’t exaggerating.
Armed Forces of Ukraine
By Euromaidanpr · Updated 4 hours ago
“Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished” <– love the 'tongue in check'
#Ukrainian Armed Forces facebook.com/media/set/?set… | EMPR #Ukraine http://t.co/B1VhMhkc7g— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) May 16, 2014
"According to the Director of the Center for Political and Military Studies Dmytro Tymchuk, Ukrainian forces who participate in antiterrorist operation received reinforcement. New soldiers have great experience in peacemaking operations on the territory of Iraq and have valuable war experience.
“It is very encouraging that in ATO HQ authorities have made some changes. Now there are people who can share their experience from war mission in Iraq. These are not office and parquet generals anymore but people who used to work in these kinds of situations and this is really encouragins,” said Dmytro Tymchuk.
He also added that back in Iraq they had pretty much the same situation regarding the elections as they have in Ukraine today."
Throughout every aspect of Ukrainian Government the wretched, corrupt servants of Yanukovych and his fellow #Kleptocrats are being extricated and replaced with individuals who are capable and care greatly for their country.
‘cheek’ not ‘check’ ;)
BTW, if you scroll through that Facebook page of the Ukrainian Armed Forces you may notice some rather exceptional young women in service to their country.
From all I’ve been able to read over the past 6 months, I could not agree more with something that our Ambassador Daniel B. Baer stated to the Permanent Council of OSCE …
“In closing I’d just like to point out one poll that was released this week. There has been a lot of focus on this poll that polled a thousand people from across Ukraine. One of the questions that was asked and the one that has gotten the most headlines was whether the people felt more loyal to Europe or Russia, and I understand why that’s interesting to headlines. But to me the most interesting part of this poll was that it had asked people in Ukraine whether they were optimistic about the future, and 80% of them said they were optimistic about the future. I think that is a sign of great hope and a reminder to all of us of the importance of the election on May 25 and the opportunity that it presents to the people of Ukraine to start to move forward together and to build that better stronger future as one.”
Inspirational. And you are right, some very exceptional young women. Also some very young men, almost boys. Those soldiers, airmen, etc. are part of the reason so many Ukrainians feel optimistic about the future.
Bob, do you think there is one of the presidential candidates who can make the most of that Ukrainian optimism and be a successful leader? I’m having a hard time figuring out the candidates and have no notion of who’s likely to win. Ukraine has been fortunate in having an excellent interim president. I hope they choose wisely on May 25.
Rachel’s gone off the deep end again – she can sure switch from brilliant research to crap reporting – having Ezra Klein as a guest – please
Yes, she was also jumping out of her seat criticizing the VA issue. It upsets me also. This problem existed long before PBO came into office. It did not just happen under PBO. Funny, how everyone can always point out the negative. She should have stopped after the report on Mark Pryor.
I saw that too COS – never a mention of the lack of funding – nor what the GOP did pre 2008 to the vets.
I also disliked the overlong report on the goons with the trip to DC – those people live on the publicity they generate which is way out of proportion to who they are and what they do. My grandbabe deserves more publicity than that lot.
I have no use for Rachel. Way too far left and totally lacking in consistency. There are so few of them left on MSNBC that I’ll even consider watching.
Yuppeeee! I finally did it! I have an avatar too!!!
Way to go, NCLB!!!!!
Hello! Love your avi. :)
OOoooooooh, gorgeous avi No Child!!
PBO’s first inauguration. Nice choice! :-)
Note to Bo lovers … a story CanadaBarb asked me to post:
I had ordered a “Bo” golf club cover for Barb, which came today. She was crossing the US/Canadian border and when they asked if she had anything to declare, she actually told the border guard at the crossing, “Yes, I got the nicest Bo golf club cover from my friend Jackie, and I’ll show it to you.” Ha ha ha. The woman had no idea who Barb was talking about, but that didn’t seem to bother Barb!
Ah Jacquelne, that is flippin’ hilarious!!!!
As you and Danny know, Barb really likes the puppies! Especially Bo and Sunny. And Danny.
Hey Chiparoo, I have a night owl chat in mind if you don’t have one ready to go.
Oooh, that would be great LL, I was trying to think of one, but: blankety blank! Thank you kind sir!
And it’s 2014. Keep that in mind.
So an Executive Editor of the liberal NYT can't ask about her salary without getting fired? Women are so screwed! #CanaryInTheCoalMine— Randy Prine (@randyprine) May 16, 2014
Woah, nice abs Kitty! http://t.co/4d6e9YjUt7— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 16, 2014
I think it would be only fair if the NY Times started charging women 30% less for subscriptions.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) May 15, 2014
Hundreds of Democrats running in midterm elections wonder why the so-called progressive network is talking about 2016.— Trill, Baby, Trill (@eclecticbrotha) May 16, 2014
Dear @HillaryClinton isn't it time for you to MOTIVATE EVERY Dem/Progressive focus on demolishing the @GOP on 4Nov14? cc @NancyPelosi @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 16, 2014
This is truth, Hf. The so-called progressive media is way out of touch with Democrats on the ground. In the real world, we’re all working hard to make sure our current candidates have the support they need by reaching out to people and getting out the vote. In la la media land, they talk about 2016 like they’ve time traveled and have no connection to current events. It’s truly bizarre.
Well said, jackieG. Totally bizarre.
New post: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/05/15/night-owl-chat-fazil-say-symphony-no-2-mesopotamia/
Three-year-old great grandson back here tonight (with his Mommy) from one-week trip to Orlando. He was in tears when the four adults whom he had dragged separately by the hand into the playroom, to see his new light-up sword thingie in the dark, left too soon ~ before his demonstration was over. You should have seen the four of us run back into the room, so he wouldn’t have a broken heart. Ah, the apologies and hugs, which he generously accepted.
The little prince rules, and we remain his willing partners at it. Kids ask for so little, and give so much!
Yep, when a little one is in the room, everyone is a willing slave to their tears and smiles. Add a hug and a butterfly kiss and we are all putty in their hands.
Sweet story. Visualize it and smile.
The GOP committees fighting each other – good lead in to election 2014
Benghazi!!!! versus Benghazi!!!!
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