132 Responses to “Trees! Trees! Trees!”


  1. 1 GGAIL
    November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much NW for being here day after day. We LOVE U ❤️

    • 2 Nerdy Wonka
      November 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thank you, GGail.

      • 3 Betsy
        November 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

        I am adding my thanks to you also, Nerdy. You’ve done all the heavy lifting since Chips’ mom died, and we don’t even know what’s going to happen to this blog in the future, but you still keep on posting and helping us be informed of our wonderful president. We really appreciate all that you do for us and keep us in community with each other. Thank you.

  2. 4 overseasgranny
    November 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I am going to miss the Obama’s in the WH so much!

  3. 6 mtmarilyn
    November 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Just got back from the mountains to get out Christmas trees. Ours aren’t as perfect as the White House trees but they are wild and smell wonderful. I can’t wait to see how beautiful the White House is decorated this year and our own Judith gets to be there.

    I am glad they are going to audit the vote. We need it to be checked.

  4. 9 whenpamelawandered
    November 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️🌲🎄❤️❤️❤️

  5. 10 idon
    November 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for all that you do to keep the TODer community informed and together. Thank you

  6. 11 GGAIL
    November 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Where’s LP? His Auburn football team is losing to Alabama, 27-9 in the third quarter. Is he not watching?

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      November 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      A happy Thanksgiving weekend to you, madam! Is my home-made TG dessert still a-waiting? 🙂

      • 13 GGAIL
        November 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        Hi there my international sis!
        I’m sorry to report that I’m about to eat the last of the feast, if you hurry, I’ll share with you. Btw, it’s COLD over here ☃️

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          November 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

          Sigh, feeling too, too lazy to hurry; maybe next year.

          /muttering/ What’s with you and Arapaho? The weather god sends you a couple *hours* of rain and instead of doing a rain dance in your birthday suits, one of you mention that you’d prefer it’d rained in the daytime. People, you take the rain when you get it! You get cooler temperatures (after a summer grumbling about the heat), one of you stresses how cold it is. /smh …I bet the weather god is thinking ‘You just can’t please all of the people all of the time’. 😀 😀 Meanwhile in the north (where I am) It’s not snowing so I’m keeping real quiet so as not to draw the weather god’s attention!

          • 15 GGail
            November 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

            We’re getting SNOW too! We also received some very strong winds before it began to rain. I was a little concerned that a twister of some kind had dropped nearby. The rain didn’t last, but, it’s projected for tomorrow too. I hope it doesn’t rain while I’m gallivanting. I’m planning to take the metro train with jojo and meet up with Betsy at the LA Union Train Station and have a bite to eat with PurpleshoesLA when she returns via said train from her holiday visit with family. The Train Station has beautiful decor.

            • 16 vcprezofan2
              November 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

              Snow in your corner? Coool! Hope you all enjoy it, and even keep it with you a little longer. I certainly don’t mind you all having some of my snow allotment. 😉

              Have fun tomorrow; say hi to everyone and give PurpleShoes a hug from me!

              pssst! You really should take the rain whenever you get it, given the fact that it can be scarce in your corner of the world. 😀

            • 21 Betsy
              November 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

              We just got rain down in PV. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow 😀

  7. 23 arapaho415
    November 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    GA/GE TODville.

    Blissful Saturday after Thanksgiving in SoCal, nourishing, gentle rain for the past three hours (prefer rain during the day for my more cold-sensitive plants, a bit warmer in the day than at night).

    To put those of you who love #ArtDeco and nature (raises hand here), check this out:

  8. November 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Joy Reid handed Tim Ryan his hat….it was a thing of beauty…I stand shoulder to shoulder with Nancy Pelosi

  9. November 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  10. 31 desertflower
    November 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/double-voters/challenging-crosscheck.html

    In Greensboro, the Rev. William Barber II gathered the faithful at sunset for one of his Moral Monday rallies. It would be the last before Election Day, in the nation’s closest, most bitter and most expensive Senate race: the showdown between the incumbent, Kay Hagan, Democrat, and the state legislature’s Republican leader, Speaker Thom Tillis. Before mounting the stage, Barber spoke with Al Jazeera America about the Interstate Crosscheck revelations. “Their computer system has already been proven to have quite a few glitches… it’s so bad at this point of the elections to create that kind of hysteria,” he said. “The claim of fraud is fraudulent. What they’re afraid of is people voting one time, not people voting two times. And the more people vote one time, it means that not many people will be voting for them, for the extremists in our state.”

    • 32 arapaho415
      November 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      GE DF.

      I wonder what happened with this — publication date is before the election (Nov 4), so it must have gone nowhere, unfortunately.

      From the article:
      “Using open-records requests, Al Jazeera America obtained the previously confidential Crosscheck lists of 2.1 million voters potentially accused of casting ballots in two different states in the same election, a crime punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison. The lists reveal that the supposed double voters were matched simply on first and last name, and middle initials, suffixes and Social Security numbers were ignored. Due to its shoddy methodology, the list captured far more black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters than their white counterparts, in large part because of the commonality of minority surnames.”

      • 33 desertflower
        November 26, 2016 at 9:51 pm

        Evening, arapaho…Posted this here because I found it terrifying poor a job we do at voting in what supposedly should be a beacon of democracy for the rest of the world to emulate. We’re a mess. Must do better.

  11. 34 desertflower
    November 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm

  12. November 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Mrs. O looks fabulous whether she is dressed up in an evening gown or rocking boots and short jacket over fitted pants. Wow!

  13. November 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    • November 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Why isn’t this as big a story as Hillary emails? Where is the media?

    • 40 arapaho415
      November 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      GE PF58. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      Very interesting. I’m not sure I understand what exit polls are (my assumption was that a few people at certain polling stations were asked who they voted for, not that every person who voted in-person was polled…).

      @greg_palast says he’s talking about “disqualified” votes.

      I wonder if the Secretary of State’s offices in these contested states (MI, PA, WI) has a count of these…

      • November 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

        GM…

        For something so important as the vote…the process can be chaotic…and the fact that each state has its own process…makes it more so…i am not sure who keeps a record of those numbers…i would think that it would be the voting commission…but i look forward to the President and Eric Holder taking this issue on…i am sure that they will have partners in the Brennan center who has kept a lot of data nation wide

  14. November 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm

  15. 43 GGail
    November 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2016/11/26/barney-miller-star-ron-glass-dies-71/94481300/
    Ron Glass, who broke into theater while a student at the University of Evansville and later starred in the television series Barney Miller and Firefly, has died at age 71.

    Glass died Friday of respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

    I enjoyed seeing Ron Glass and his snappy suits on Barney Miller. May he rest in peace.

  16. 45 GGail
    November 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/gallery/real-madrid-see-through-kits-sporting-gijon-cristiano-ronaldo-112616
    Where’s Chips????? Is she still looking at the real-madrid team????? LOL
    The kits Real Madrid wore on Saturday were specially made by Adidas for the match against Sporting Gijon. They started out innocently enough, if only looking slightly funky. But then the rain came. The kits, which were made out of recycled plastics, became see-through once the deluge hit. From then on, the kits stuck to the players and were nearly transparent.
    Ooooooh Myyyyyyy 😀 😀

  17. November 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    #OnePersonOneVote

    Seriously …

    Seriously …

    #OnePersonOneVote (or #1p1v if you need to conserve on characters in your tweets)

  18. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    November 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  19. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    November 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      November 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      • November 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

        Let’s see if mine works. Where is everyone?

      • 53 criquet
        November 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

        Of course GOP schills are criticizing PBO’s Statement but that is how Presidents have acted and should act.

        Here is President Ford’s Statement on the death of Chairman Mao Tse-tung:

        “THE PEOPLE’S Republic of China announced today the passing away of Chairman Mao Tse-tung.
        Chairman Mao was a giant figure in modern Chinese history. He was a leader whose actions profoundly affected the development of his own country. His influence on history will extend far beyond the borders of China.
        Americans will remember that it was under Chairman Mao that China moved together with the United States to end a generation of hostility and to launch a new and more positive era in relations between our two countries.
        I am confident that the trend of improved relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, which Chairman Mao helped to create, will continue to contribute to world peace and stability.
        On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I offer condolences to the Government and to the people of the People’s Republic of China.
        Thank you very much.”

  20. November 27, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

    Take care everyone …..

    #OnePersonOneVote

  21. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    November 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

    my request to the American Bar Association.

    May be someone out there will respond …. no harm in trying to shame people into doing what should be one of the most patriotic acts – that of saving democracy;

  22. November 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    No amount of chest-thumping from Donald Trump will return low-skilled, high-paid manufacturing jobs to United States. No amount of browbeating by labor unions will change the global trajectory where no market is by itself the only big buyer or the only big seller of any given product.

    • 60 Don
      November 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Prettyfoot you are sooooo right, it was the left led by Bernie Sanders. There are few people that turn my stomach, and Bernie is one of them.

    • 61 Don
      November 27, 2016 at 9:09 am

      And now China is going to make the rules going forward. It could have been the U.S. leading the way in trade, but no, a few Democratic senators showed their ass and now we’re left with nothing.

  23. 64 Don
    November 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I went and saw “Allied” last night….meh…I’ll give it three and a half stars out of five.

  24. 66 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Morning everyone…Turkied out yet? 🙂 DIdn’t take me long…I made chili for dinner last night:) Anyway…h/t to BJ. I stand with the Chief’s wife (I AM a Chief’s wife! Retired Chief’s wife!)

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      November 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I so agree with Chiefs Wife. Every word. The knowledge that people voted for him anyway after seeing his deeds and hearing his words left me feeling devastated. Not due to Trump, he is who he is, due to finding out so many people have no moral compass, so called Christians too. There are people in my own family who voted for him that leave me disgusted, my two brothers, and a niece and her husband. My own four grown kids, their spouses and In-Laws, a niece and grandniece, and my two Sister-in-Laws were all Democratic voters. Many want nothing to do with their uncles and cousin now, and I don’t blame them as I don’t either. Healing family differences won’t be easy especially if Trump carries through with his promises.

      • 68 desertflower
        November 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Exactly where I am….I feel like many people are in this situation. Pains me to think about it

        • 69 joyfulmeme
          November 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm

          “The knowledge that people voted for him anyway”. That struck me as well. What does this say about America? It was like a kick in the gut that so many went down that road. I’m still stunned.

  25. 70 whenpamelawandered
    November 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    ❤️New Moon coming in early Tuesday, back with the details after taking my little lady to church. ❤️ 💦💦💦

  26. 71 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 9:32 am

    It would be good for you to follow her on Twitter….she thinks like we do

    https://twitter.com/sharondigi

  27. 72 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Odd coming from a Brit, but yeah…

  28. 74 Don
    November 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Two weeks ago I emailed the Alamo Drafthouse to find out when they were going to start selling tickets for “Rogue One”, they never emailed me back. Today’s customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Looks like I’ll be staying up late tonight to get tickets, they go on sale starting at midnight.

  29. 75 Don
    November 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Seems as though Trump was asking his dinner guest over Thanksgiving who should he pick to be his Secretary of State.

  30. 77 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Seems presumptuous..wonder why? Maybe he knew it was RIGGED in his favor?

  31. 78 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

  32. 79 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

  33. 80 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I’m just going to throw this out there…I now believe that DT being absolutely humiliated at the WHCD , set in motion the idea that DT would run for President to exact revenge on not only PBO for doing that to him, but to Democrats. He enlisted others to help him plan and scheme and lie his way to the top…even spoke to foreign leaders (Putin) to see how this could be done. I think that Putin was happy to oblige. He knows that he can do whatever he wants with shitgibbon because he’s ignorant and just plain stupid. Perfect Putin Pet. This was planned. The entire thing. I feel it in my bones. Revenge for slights is what fuels him.

    • November 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Hmm. I’ve thought the exact thing, more than once. Hate and revenge are his focus. Keeps him going. Let’s face it,PO humiliated him that night. Yes, he deserved it but I believe that fueled his run for president.

    • November 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      i think he wanted to run against PBO in 2012 but lost his nerve seeing how popular the president was at the time. He could not use the same kind of non-politics against Obama but he knew if Hillary won the democratic nom he could best her by being exactly what he was. The birther movement gave him a platform to steal into the hearts and minds of some folks. His celebrity did the rest. Vulnerable People are often seduced by the rich and famous.

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      November 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Funny, Df, but offline last night I was thinking to ‘throw something out there’ myself. I was thinking to question whether anyone else felt any/all of DT’s controversial transitional picks were deliberately meant to stir things up so that he can be turfed out of a position which he really doesn’t want. Is he setting himself up to be impeached early into his “term”? I’ve started to wonder if his intent was/is mainly to profit, so he’s rushing to put his business plans in place in various corners of the world while challenging every previously acceptable norm of the presidency. He’s challenged and overcome the expectation that his taxes needed to be shared. He’s challenging the idea that his businesses should be placed in a blind trust. He’s challenged, and is challenging, the notion of ‘conflict of interest’, etc. etc. Does anyone else think he’s playing games with the US democracy?

      Indeed, if he didn’t come across as such an ignoramus, I would have been tempted to think he’s so smart that he’s trying to teach his ‘beloved country’ that there are many loopholes re the presidency that need to be dealt with. I hesitate to think that he is anything other than a crafty, self-serving con man. OTH, falling back on the platitude that ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, maybe his unconscionable behaviour may result in some of the previously *expected-but-not-required* behaviour for the president become entrenched as legal requirements. So, we soldier on!

      • 84 FoxfireTX
        November 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

        Oh, I think he’s playing games with our democracy. And he is succeeding. Unfortunately, we have relied on political “norms” for the president and vp rather than statutes. We are going to pay a huge price for that. But I don’t think he’s going anywhere. We are going to be left with those kids of his running and ruining the country.

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          November 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

          Foxf-TX, this is one time I’m going to be praying that you are wrong (about the ‘not going anywhere’ and ‘kids of his running and ruining the country’ bits. The US would completely lose ALL credibility in my eyes IF this fraud is allowed to wreak havoc for 4 years given that all the norms he’s thrashing could impact the nation’s safety. [And yes, I know there has been some precedent – Dubya already damaged US credibility in my eyes.]

  34. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    November 27, 2016 at 10:31 am

  35. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    November 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

  36. 92 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    For Don….

  37. 94 JER
    November 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  38. 95 JER
    November 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

  39. 96 Obama Grandmama
    November 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I read something on our blog in the last couple of days inferring that the Secret Service code name for Trump is “Humble”. I assume if it is it is a tongue in cheek thing. Anyone know anything about it?

  40. 98 JER
    November 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    July 2012. Kissing for the kiss cam.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  41. 105 FoxfireTX
    November 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Good morning TOD! Hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected. I’m starting to wonder if there will be a time when I feel optimistic again:-)

    Is anyone else missing PBO’s usual small business Saturday shopping trip that did not occur this year? I don’t recall a year previously he did not shop with the girls. Sing of the times to come, I guess.

    If you’re in the mood for some thinking, this is a pretty decent thread. Don’t agree with all of it but he highlights the issues we are facing.

    Finally, as to that Oval Office meeting, I suspect that PBO started out assuming that DT had a somewhat higher level of knowledge than previously displayed, only to discover within 2 minutes that in fact he had LESS knowledge than previously demonstrated. PBO quickly redid everything he planned to say to a kindergarten level and started over:-) But from the looks of the photos afterwards, not even much of that sunk in.

    • November 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Foxfire, RIGHT THERE with you on feeling optimistic again. IF I do, it’s going to take something major to help that happen or a MAJOR attitude adjustment of my own to make it happen. Usually, no matter how down I am, going to church, hearing the songs that usually speak to me and lift me up, then a good message will help. So far, that hasn’t been the case. Am finding I can’t even sing the songs. Also finding I can’t make myself do my prayer and meditation time each morning. Will this ever end? Foresee it only getting worse. 😰😣😔😰

  42. 107 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    November 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love waking up and seeing our President and his beautiful family for as long as possible. 🙂

  43. 111 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    If anyone is near Princeton University tomorrow…and would like to attend this public event….Dr. Wang will speak about the election

    http://election.princeton.edu/2016/11/26/princeton-events-what-happened/

  44. 112 desertflower
    November 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This is how STUPID and unprepared this moron is to do the job.

    • 113 desertflower
      November 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      In response to this:

      • 114 Don
        November 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        Of course this is the move that Trump will make, and while this frosty relationship intensifies Russia will move in to provide stability to Cuba. If I were Putin I’d be licking my chops at the thought of Trump leading America. What pisses me off the most is that most leaders of today lack vision, President Obama was/is a visionary. He has the ability to see three or four moves ahead.

        • 115 FoxfireTX
          November 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

          And that is the problem Don. Our dumbed down electorate doesn’t have the ability to see beyond tomorrow. I am in despair about our long term economic prospects with the demise of the TPP. And both the left and the right is to blame for it. We have handed China the future and our prosperity with this stupidity. But we’ve had Republicans undermining education in this country for decades and this is the result.

  45. 116 JER
    November 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  46. November 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I used to cry because PBO was leaving. Now I am crying because Trump is coming.

    • November 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Trump is coming, but he will NOT BE MY PRESIDENT….NEVER EVER.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 121 idon
        November 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        I agree. He doesn’t exist for me. I follow whitehouse.gov and POTUS on twitter and FB which I will unfollow and block on Friday Jan 20, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

        • 122 Don
          November 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

          Same here, I’m also in the process of telling my Facebook friends that voted for Trump to fuck off. I refuse to go into next year friending people that voted for Trump, I’m starting to feel better just thinking about it.

  47. 123 vcprezofan2
    November 27, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  48. 124 99ts
    November 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    My brain is fixated on how the media treated PBO when he was repairing a nation massively damaged by the financial crash, not to mention torn to pieces by two wars with no meaning and no purpose, compared to how the media treats the yellow tiny fingers.

    Today the press is SCARED to say one word against the President Elect despite he has done NOTHING since he won the election than tweet and look after his business. No press conferences, no policies, no nothing – from the beginning to the end of his campaign & onwards. The cost of having him holed up in NY seems to have escaped serious mention, yet when PBO took a vacation the screams about cost were heard around the land.

    When you silence the media, democracy is gone.

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