140 Characters Of Chuckles



A trabillion fake dollars to whoever gets this first


163 Responses to “140 Characters Of Chuckles”

  1. 19 desertflower
    July 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Poked a hole through the damn condom.

    • July 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Congrats. to MP and DF for winning the gold! I was not that far behind you.

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      July 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      I see you clocked in at 10:25 and that happens to be the earliest response time, so, ding! ding! ding!

      A fake trabillion dollars for you.

      • 23 desertflower
        July 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm

        Yeah!! Fake trabillion dollars!!! What to do, what to do:) Is that enough to run the Koch Bros./ALEC/ and all those RW superpacs into oblivion ?? Drinks all around then I crush them like the maggots they are!

  2. July 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for the laughs, NW! You are amazing!

  3. 26 Smoothscotch
    July 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Good evening friends.

  4. 28 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Goodness, MP, is that you up there? Wonderful entry!

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      July 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      And Nathk is here early tonight – what a pleasant surprise! Hel-lo Nathk, I don’t know what to say to you in person! 😀

      • July 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Hello, and thanks VC! You said it all! Thanks also for noticing that I am rarely here at decent hours. I honestly thought that this time I was going to win the race, but two of my favorite people, MP and DF just blew past me. It must be because I don’t have experience, like you, of coming in first. Will run fast next time i get a chance.

        • 31 vcprezofan2
          July 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm

          Forget first position; for you just the fact you are here at this time is a treat. Enjoy! And maybe next time you’ll surge to the top. 😀

          • July 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

            I am so glad to be here relatively early. I often miss great conversations that take place here because most of the time I sign on very late. I may not comment often, but every day I make certain to read all the posts and all the fabulous commentaries -usually late at night. I am very much in awe of all BT (Chips, NW, LL, Zizi. LP) and all the TOD twitter warriors, including you. As a night owl, I always get to enjoy the fabulous music from LL, Dudette and others.

            • 33 vcprezofan2
              July 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

              Yes. I like the fact we are a round-the-clock, round-the-world blog family!

              I’m actually leaving the village under your watchful care for now. I signed on late today, but I have been up since 6:10 am and am starting to feel the tiredness. Have a good night!

              • July 17, 2014 at 12:11 am

                Sweet dreams and restful sleep! I am sure you’ll be back tomorrow refreshed and ready to rumble with Chips and AMK!

                • 35 vcprezofan2
                  July 17, 2014 at 7:32 am

                  Not too sure about the ‘ready to rumble with’ unowho x2 part – have to think about that. 😉 See you later, maybe, Nathk!

        • 36 desertflower
          July 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

          I have a fake trabillion dollars. Rules don’t apply to me because I am filthy, stinking rich and he who has the gold makes the rules… ( or something)…so, I’m going to share my Furst with you, nathkatun:) It’s so rare to see you here now I’m just thrilled!

          • July 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

            Hey, thanks, Desertflower, for your generosity! Just so you know, I really I love your screen name.I always visualize an indestructible beautiful flower grooming in the desert. Coming in so close behind you and Mighty P made me feel good. By the way, thank you so much for all the articles and brilliant commentaries you share with us here at TOD every day. I may not always comment because I sign in late, but I am always appreciative of all your contributions.

        • 39 Dudette
          July 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm

          Hiya Nath! Good to see you!

          • July 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

            Thank you Dudette! I’ve been MIA a bit, but I always come here late to take in all the love, beauty and wisdom of TOD members like you.

            • 41 Dudette
              July 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

              Thanks Sweet Friend! I’ve missed you. Except for today, I haven’t been here as much as I’d like over the past few days myself.

              Although, I’m not in the most loving & beautiful mood tonight. Guess the bad stuff is getting to me. Maybe I just need a vacay. Seeing you here always brings a smile though. 🙂

              • July 17, 2014 at 3:31 am

                Today I went to a chinese restaurant and my fortune cookie told me that I need a vacation. I think you too, Dudette, need a vacation. Sometimes the ugliness that is constantly spewed by right wingers and the MSM is so unbearable that we all need to tune it out and just enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Besides the heroic works of Chips, Nerdy Wonka, LL, and others who keep us up to date on all things related to the President, I also really appreciate TOD posters like you, yardarm, LL, AMK, JOB, NW,VC Chips herself, who share music, poetry, art, humor, sports, which remind us about the importance of love, laughter, caring, and what it means to be human. I hope you do take that vacation. It would be good for your soul. Because we here in San Diego live so close to Mexico, sometimes spending a day in Tijuana, Mexico, which is 20-30 minute drive from where I live, eating excellent Mexican seafood, drinking beer, and going to the beach is so rejuvenating. Ironically, people in Tijuana treat Americans so warmly compared to the way Americans treat Mexicans who come to San Diego to shop and eat.

  5. 43 Smoothscotch
    July 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Ok, I don’t get the Heisenger joke?

  6. 53 desertflower
    July 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    If this hasn’t been posted before, please read this now…what a raise to $15/hr means to this dad.


    I feel fortunate for what I have. I also feel tired a lot, from all the work and from lack of sleep; sometimes I get as little as two hours a night. But what I miss most is time with my son. He’s always asking, “Daddy, where are you going?” Leaving breaks my heart every time. When I think about making $15 an hour, I think mostly of the time that money could buy with my son.

    How can anyone argue with this?

  7. 54 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Technology giant Apple has agreed to pay as much as $400m (£233m) to settle a lawsuit into accusations that it colluded with publishers to fix the price of e-books.

    The settlement depends on Apple losing an appeal into a 2013 ruling that it violated anti-trust laws over pricing.

    That ruling found Apple orchestrated “a conspiracy with five publishers to artificially raise e-book prices”.

    Apple has continued to deny that it engaged in any wrongdoing.

    “We did nothing wrong and we believe a fair assessment of the facts will show it,” Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, said.

    If approved by a judge, the $400m will go to consumers. Apple will pay an additional $20m in legal fees.


    and jobs used to accuse gates of stealing his ideas.

  8. 55 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    • 56 Cindy
      July 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm


      Jenny and the triplets are just “BEAUTIFUL.”

      Here are easy names for the boys; Curly, Larry, and Moe. : )

      Their behavior will determine who is the funny one, crazy one, and serious one.

      The 3 stooges was a favorite growing up; curly, larry, moe; curly, larry, moe, everyone made up the next line to the song.


    • July 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Congrats., AMK, for the three beautiful new additions to your family that I just read about in the earlier threads. Thanks of sharing this important salon article. I’ll make sure to share it with the right wingers I know.

  9. 60 desertflower
    July 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Excellent! Rolling Stone has a special section devoted to gun violence and stats. See most violent /dangerous states


  10. 61 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    For LDS – perfect suggestion!

  11. July 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Unfortunately, Michelle Obama’s keynote address that restated the Obama Adm. commitment to ending Veteran homelessness was only the top news at the Los Angeles all-news radio station @knx1070 for a couple of hours today, and I didn’t hear mention of this important, historic commitment from the CBS national radio news at all.

    When I was growing up, I often heard of Lady Bird Johnson’s effort to “beautify America,” but truly important initiatives by this First Lady receive inadequate attention. Gosh, why could that be? (Hint: Michelle Obama is America’s first blah FLOTUS…)

    Mayor Garcetti said that Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the USA. His commitment to ending veteran homelessness here *before* the 2016 elections is a BFD. He praised the state of California for investing $600 million to ease this problem. He also praised the Obama Administration for investing $1 billion in the LA subway system (the demolishment of the Century Blvd. bridge will begin soon — next week, I think) and for nominating LA as one of the nation’s Promise Zones. Unlike some Dems, he unabashedly supports the Obamas and this Presidency.

    All this is buried under “Politics” in the local newspaper, @latimes. You have to scroll down pretty far to find this article on their website.

    I posted this before FLOTUS’ speech:

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I am so glad that FLOTUS is here in Los Angeles, shining a light on one of the most shameful aspects of American life: the plight of homeless veterans.

    Coastal California is a magnet for homeless people for many reasons. We have paradisiacal weather, and many areas have astronomical housing prices (looking at you, SF Bay area, where the median price of a home is nearing $1 miilion).

    I think that the same people who are up in arms against “illegal” immigrants (aka refugees) are the same who cast a blind eye to the homeless on the street.

    Heard an interview with a citizen on the radio just now who said “the homeless problem in Los Angeles is astronomical.”

    The people who say “we can’t afford” to “waste” our taxpayer dollars on humanitarian crises within our borders, don’t take the time to figure out that the amount of “waste” can be measured in pennies a day when divided by the number of people who pay taxes in this country.
    Inexcusable shamelessness for us as a country.

    Here’s what Mayor Garcetti said yesterday:

    Here’s what cbsLA said before Michelle Obama’s speeches today:

    This article mentions President Obama’s visit here next week:
    “President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Los Angeles next week for a pair of fundraisers.

    He is scheduled to attend an event July 23 at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. Tickets will range from $1,000 to $32,400.

    The next day, the president is expected to attend a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each.”

    It also mentions that FLOTUS was at a fundraiser at the home of the head of HBO programming last night.

    • 67 anniebella
      July 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      POTUS may have run his last race, but he and FLOTUS are doing all they can to raise money for the Democrats.

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      July 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much for all the great information you bring us, Arapaho!

      • July 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        My pleasure, JO’B.

        Can’t do without TOD (though I missed most of last month, grrr).

        Had to laugh last night with LP’s reply to you re: Audrey Hepburn in iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo.

        I think just about every boomer would immediately recognize her.

        Audrey Hepburn was the embodiment of grace and elegance, her generation’s version of Michelle Obama. She was one of the few stars I truly worshipped (the other was Sandy Koufax).

        I’ve mentioned before that Psychology Today had a cover story on charisma, and two of the people they profiled with this quality were the two most soft-spoken Hollywood stars — Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

        This was before Barack Obama’s national presence, because both he and FLOTUS have got that indefinable, enviable charisma.

        • 70 jacquelineoboomer
          July 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm

          I missed LP’s comment – but I, too, LOVED Audrey Hepburn. And I totally agree about POTUS and FLOTUS. Totally.

        • 71 jacquelineoboomer
          July 16, 2014 at 11:48 pm

          By the way, don’t tell anybody, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s was one of the movies I feel changed my life. In a good way! I’ve got a list of about five or six of ’em, which have been very meaningful to me at various ages, etc.

          • July 17, 2014 at 12:08 am

            I didn’t see Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the theater, but I fell in love with Audrey when I saw Roman Holiday on TV with Gregory Peck. Swoon…
            Also loved Sabrina (there was a remake a few years ago that flopped, but how could they expect to capture the magic of Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden — impossible to even try).

            The only Audrey film I saw in the theater was “Wait Until Dark” — I was in Jr. High and could have died from the suspense of that film. Richard Crenna was always a fav — remember he walked with a limp in the Real McCoys TV show? — and Alan Arkin is always good in whatever he’s in.

    • July 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Thanks Arapaho for sharing the info about FLOTUS in Los Angeles! I don’t care what any one says, but Michelle Obama is an excellent First Lady. Her commitment to improving the lives of military families has been unshakable. Add to that. her passion for healthy living and education. Other than Eleanor Roosevelt, who was passionate about advancing Civil Rights, I can’t think of any other First Lady who has actively, and relentless, championed causes aimed at bettering the lives of people.

      • July 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

        I wasn’t aware of Eleanor Roosevelt’s passion for civil rights — good for her.

        I was a HUGE fan/supporter of JFK and RFK and firmly believed back then that in order to change things, it was important for people of privilege to be the voice and advocate for those less fortunate. My favorite quote from JFK is that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

        But now I’m an even HUGER supporter of Barack and Michelle, who knows what it’s like to be middle-class, and understand that it’s the middle-class that make this country great.

        I usually don’t see the mid-day speeches live, but was feel so fortunate to have seen both Eric Garcetti and Michelle Obama live today. Garcetti had such passion in his support of the Obamas and this Presidency. He’s cutting through local red tape (the City and County of Los Angeles are working together on this end vet homelessness initiative), and Michelle is doing real work in pushing this initiative across the country. As she said today, when (not if) Los Angeles completes its goal in 17 months, other cities (large, small and those in between) will be motivated to match what Los Angeles has done.

        And of course, crickets from the MSM.

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          July 17, 2014 at 12:32 am

          Here are a couple of links on Eleanor Roosevelt, which you might find interesting. I once belonged to Altrusa, and felt honored that Eleanor was also a member during her lifetime!




        • 77 0388jojothecat
          July 17, 2014 at 12:36 am

          I would say that PBO and FLOTUS were both from the “Working Class” just a subset of “Middle Class”. The their parents worked and were able to pay the rent, put food on the table and if lucky able to buy a home. They were able to inspire their kids to get a college education and give back. Many like myself went to college with student aid, graduate, get a good job, buy a home, and not complain about paying taxes. I am OK paying income taxes, property taxes and sales taxes to support my community, state and the Federal government.

        • July 17, 2014 at 4:49 am

          You know what Arapaho, I’ve totally given up on the mainstream media. All they care about are gotcha you issues, hyped sensationalism and GOP manufactured scandals. They could care less about positive news. For example, today the stock market set another record, and once again we heard “crickets from the MSM.” On the other hand, I am grateful that we have sites like TOD where the main posters, and people like you and others, can share positive news that are neglected, or grossed over, by the national mainstream media. Keep up the good work of digging and sharing positive news. What you guys do is the perfect antidote to what our illustrious twitter warrior, Bobfr, calls the “Newstainers.” As long as there are truth tellers here at TOD, sensationalists and unethical “Newstainers” can no longer enjoy the monopoly of the information that the American people receives.

      • 79 Dudette
        July 17, 2014 at 12:18 am

        Co-signing and applauding. We are so blessed to have this wonderful woman as our First Lady. Thank you for the great tweets Arapaho!

  12. 81 Cindy
    July 16, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Happy Wednesday evening Nerdy Wonka,

    Thank you for the post – funny tweets : )

    ENJOY your night!

  13. July 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    • July 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      • July 17, 2014 at 12:34 am

        In summary ….

        … the pattern is clear and neither Heisenberg or Schrodinger would be the least bit confused.


        For the Sake of Humanity …. YES WE MUST

        • July 17, 2014 at 12:35 am

          Thank you WP for yet another SCREW UP. This comment was posted at the end of the thread and lands here …..

          Good night TOD ….

          • 87 Dudette
            July 17, 2014 at 12:44 am

            Aw bummer. Sorry to see you go Bob! Rest well.

            • July 17, 2014 at 2:09 am

              Returned for a few moments, Dudette. The behavior of Americans toward innocent children and the behavior by Israelis toward innocent children has induced a profound revulsion.

              We Absolutely MUST decimate the GOP on 4 Nov 2014 and spend the subsequent years transforming humanity to respect LIFE, for real.

              Yes We Can

        • July 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

          Thank you Bobfr for always telling the unvarnished TRUTH! I wish one of these days people would listen to compassionate healers like you who are doing all they can to save humanity throughout the world. Surely, declaring unarmed children, some as young as 6-7 years-old, as invaders must be nuts. Yet this is the kind of talk you hear from right wing media and right wing members of Congress. If these children are characterized as invaders, then the logical response is to either shoot and kill them on site or to forcibly deport them. Never mind the reality that they may be fleeing from violence and possible death in their countries. Like wise, unleashing bombs on children playing football (soccer) on the beach clearly shows how much the lives of those children, and their parents, are devalued. We just celebrated the 4th of July, but I really wonder if we still believe in Thomas Jefferson’s words, which declared that “All men (humans) are created equal.” It seems to me that right wingers in the United States and Israel, based on their practices, believe that Thomas Jefferson’s words about human equality are a LIE! Obviously, If you believe that human beings are NOT equal, then you would have no qualms believing that the children from Central America and the children in Gaza do not deserve the same equal humane treatment as U.S. children and Israel children.

          • July 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

            Thank you nath for your (as always) thoughtful comments.

            “It seems to me that right wingers in the United States and Israel, based on their practices, believe that Thomas Jefferson’s words about human equality are a LIE! Obviously, If you believe that human beings are NOT equal, then you would have no qualms believing that the children from Central America and the children in Gaza do not deserve the same equal humane treatment as U.S. children and Israel children.”

            Their behavior, irrespective of their words, is solid evidence that you are correct.

  14. 92 amk for obama
    July 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

  15. July 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I am watching The Daily Show rerun from last night with Hillary and I will have to watch it online because I don’t know what the hell she was talking about. LO had a sub tonight and Ezra Klein was on so I turned the channel. Don’t get me wrong I am not Hill bashing but maybe because it was only a half hour show it’s hard to say all you need to say with interruptions like commercials and hosts needing to be funny.

  16. July 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats Mighty Pamela! Great tweets! Thanks Nerdy

  17. 96 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Good night everyone!

  18. 103 GGAIL
    July 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Mom put the pushpin straight through the condom! Hahaha!

  19. 104 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm


  20. 105 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Hey, a little more Santana couldn’t hurt!

  21. 106 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

  22. July 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    In and out, thanks everyone, the Gold was a total surprise.. I’m whipped by a silly sewing project, took it on last night, screwed it up utterly, so took it on again – sewing project is winning. Again. Anyway – while I was writing to President Obama last night, I want to tell you I truly felt as if I was talking to him, and somehow it felt as if he was really listening. If I hear back from the White House, y’all will be the first to know! (as in I will be rather LOUDLY acknowledging whatever!)

    • 110 Dudette
      July 16, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Hang in there with the project MP. You can do it! 🙂

      Hope you get a response to your letter. Woooo, that would be so exciting!

      • July 17, 2014 at 12:19 am

        It’s done. Not to my usual high standard preference, and my hands are all curled up from the effort, I’m done in. I just love to sew, embroider, quilting, even mending! Have to wonder with this arthritis if my stitching days are numbered! Wah. Goodnight all – our typical late August weather has landed here in early July, hoping this is it. Forecast is for cooling and even some lovely, welcome rain within the next few days! Love. The. Rain! Sweet dreams, big hugs! Whew.

        • 112 Dudette
          July 17, 2014 at 12:37 am

          Neat! Sewing, embroidering, quilting takes skill. I’ve tried here & there, but never could get the hang of it. I admire people who can do any one of them, much less all three. You are a Mighty Triple-Threat. You Go Girl! 🙂

  23. 113 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I tell you what I really don’t need right now, with all the crap going on the world — a TL full of whiny snits blabbing cuz’ their damn plane can’t taxi to a gate at the airport for 25 freaking minutes. Let me go find some soothing music to play before I blast this dude. Ugh!

  24. 123 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I feel like some Truth-Fiyah tonight!

  25. 127 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

  26. July 17, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Here’s a couple of RT links:

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      July 17, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Holy cow on that crater in Siberia!

    • 130 Dudette
      July 17, 2014 at 12:43 am

      I’m a nerd… #sosueme

    • 133 Cindy
      July 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Keeping It Real……

      This crater should open up under Darrell Issa, John Boner, Sarah nut Palin, the teaparty, demon dick cheney, old bitter man McCain, rush limpbark, ted cruz, and all the nasty, racist repukes, and right wing nuts; suck their a$$es in, and pull them down, straight to hell and close back up.

      Let them live among their own until their natural born days………infinity, and see how much they enjoy each others company.

  27. 136 yardarm756
    July 17, 2014 at 12:34 am

    An Arizona Highway Patrol officer stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name.

    ‘Fred,’ he replies.

    ‘Fred what?’ the officer asks.

    ‘Just Fred,’ the man responds.

    The officer is in a good mood, thinks he might just give the biker a break, and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name.

    The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it.

    The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’

    The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me.’ I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD. After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS. Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD.

    Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD. Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.’

    The officer walked away in tears, laughing.

  28. 138 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Just sayin’…

  29. 139 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I mean next thing ya know, there’ll be frogs falling from the sky

  30. 142 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Saw this…

    Then this…

  31. 144 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Well we know, just like our own, every country has their share of evil bastards. We just forget sometimes that really does apply to EVERY country and to EVERY gender too.


    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      July 17, 2014 at 2:00 am

      We do forget, until some evil creep like this reminds us. History seems to not touch some, and only tap others lightly.

    • July 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Oh my God! This Israel woman, a member of Parliament no less, sounds more evil, and more crazy, than Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Some body please tell me how her advocacy for killing all Palestinian mothers is any different from Hitler’s call for exterminating all Jews? We are truly living in dangerous times! May be we human beings are absolutely incapable of learning from history. So many people in this world, especially those in politics and the media, seem to have lost their minds. They seem eager to plunge the world into another devastating global war.

  32. 147 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 1:28 am

    This much is true!

    • 148 kathleenp444
      July 17, 2014 at 1:43 am

      My heart breaks with the truth of PBO’s statement. Some late nights it’s hard to keep the despair at bay. Your videos, photos and wit are always a help, Dudette, thank you!

      • 149 jacquelineoboomer
        July 17, 2014 at 2:02 am

        kathleen – We are all trying to “keep the despair at bay,” at varying levels. Hang tough! I’m thinking a Democratic big win in 2014 will cheer all of us up – actually I’m counting on it!

      • July 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Sorry I missed this last night kathleen. Thank you so much for your kind words. That means a lot.

  33. 153 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Well, I just gave myself the next song … funny how that works! 🙂

  34. 156 Dudette
    July 17, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Gotta go, Friends! See ya soon!

  35. 157 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Another dumb dork heard from …

  36. 159 kathleenp444
    July 17, 2014 at 3:11 am

    From the New Yorker yesterday- an important piece: (I won’t be around in the morning, so if anyone could re-post- thanks!)



    “In September, 2009, just eight months into Barack Obama’s first term, when it was still possible for unsentimental observers to perceive the Tea Party’s riotous fulminations as a passing blip, Jimmy Carter remarked that opposition to the President’s agenda was driven, largely, by one thing: race. “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American,” Carter said. He went on:”

    • July 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

      You know what, Kathleen, President Carter was spot on! For some of us with a little knowledge of history, the reaction to the election of President Obama was reminiscent of the reaction to the election of Black people to local, state and national offices, during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Whites made sure that Reconstruction State governments, with substantial Black participation, failed. Black elected officials were routinely accused of ignorance and corruption. Even though those accusations were false. Eventually whites resorted to violence to finally force Blacks from political office. But they were able to accomplish that with the complicity of the media, the Congress and the two political parties. Beginning with the 1877 “Hayes Compromise” the Republican party–the party of Abraham Lincoln– began abandoning Black people. By the beginning of the 20th Century Black folks, especially in the South, had no where to go politically. Lilly white Republicans shunned them and Dixiecrat Democrats were hostile against them. The migration of Blacks from the South to Northern cities during the World War I era began to change the racial demographics of many of those cities. Blacks in Northern cities slowly gained political clout. In 1928, South side Chicago elected the firs black to Congress from the North. In the 1950s Chicago would be joined by other Northern cities like Detroit and New York in electing Blacks to the House of Representatives. Still, two or three members of House of Representatives were never considered a threat to white supremacy.

      The situation changed dramatically when Blacks were able to form coalitions to elect mayors to some of the biggest cities in America. White supremacist reaction to the election of Black Mayors in major cities during the late 1960s to 1980s was comparable to white supremacist reaction during Reconstruction, and white supremacist reaction following the election of President Obama. White supremacists on city councils made absolutely sure to obstruct everything the Black Mayors proposed to do. In some cities, major businesses relocated to suburbs or other states so as to deprive cities ruled by Black mayors of tax revenues. The goal: to make cities ruled by black mayors so dysfunctional, and thus to consequently discredit the wisdom of electing Black mayors. This is exactly the playbook the GOP in Congress decided to follow from day one of President Obama’s presidency. Thankfully, in his first two years, the GOP playbook was thwarted by Democrats who controlled both houses of Congress. Then came the 2010 and Republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives, and enough votes to use the filibuster to paralyze the U.S. Senate.

      Basically, the GOP’s goal is the same as the white supremacists’ goal, advocated by Rush Limbaugh: Make sure that President Obama fails! GOP and Rush could care less if President Obama’s failure translates into a failure that affects the vast majority of Americans. Other than their idiotic followers who stand to suffer if President Obama’s policies are defeated, people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Rupert Murdoch and Fox, GOP members of Congress, and the billionaire Koch brothers, wouldn’t experience that much suffering and hardship. They are, however, certain that if President Obama fails, America will never again make a mistake of electing another Black person President.

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