how’s everyone doing?

Keep keeping safe.

185 Responses to “how’s everyone doing?”

  1. 1 Fred
    August 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    morning TOD family and Chip
    to those in the path of Irene with internet access PLEASE stay safe

    I will post this again as it is crucial that we get ahead of the lies before the go national

    Romney begins anti-union push with video filled with falsehood

    these are the facts:
    So-called β€œRight to Work” and the assault on the middle class

    β€˜Right to Work’ for Less Laws:

    Click to access RTW-Q-A-noncustom.pdf

    • August 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Morning Fred, more terrific links, thank you πŸ˜‰ I’ll get reading now.

    • 5 a4alice
      August 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

      so fred. tweeted dan pfieffer and wrote the white house. hope all are safe from Irene. will go back and try to catch up.

      • 6 Fred
        August 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

        thank you so very much a4A.have a good and safe day

      • 7 Sue in Minnesota
        August 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

        a4alice….did you hear the President will be in Minnesota Tuesday? I thought my brother was playing me….he will be speaking at the American Legion National Convention. Think I’ll paint my rooftop….I’m In Obama/Biden 2012. He speaks @ 11AM Tuesday ….I know I’ll be feeling his vibe…..

        • 8 Tally
          August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

          DO IT!!!! Then take pics, and we’ll tweet it everywhere and make it viral!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          • 9 Sue in Minnesota
            August 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

            I’ll have to do it in the cover of night…our association is very curmudgeonly, every little thing seems to bunch their undies πŸ˜€
            Actually, I will probably look into having a sign made(for the roof…wonder if they will catch on πŸ˜€ I’ve been thinking about this for along time……my little sticker in the window doesn’t pack much of a wallop. We are in between two airports International and municipal so it will be seen….just hopefully not by our property manager. Love our home, just not feeling the love for our association.

        • 10 a4alice
          August 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

          wow really? i didn’t know that. American Legion National Convention. i’m gonna have to google it to find where they’re having it.

          • 11 Sue in Minnesota
            August 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

            Minneapolis Convention Center…I know I am so excited just thinking he’ll be 15 minutes away! Happy Dance πŸ˜€

  2. 12 mmmk
    August 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

    all well @ manhattan, medium to heavy rain … not a biggy . 8:25a. thank you for asking.

  3. 15 Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Good morning everyone, and I hope everybody Is safe πŸ™‚

  4. August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Good morning, and I hope everybody Is safe, and Is going through very little damages and In conviences

  5. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Good morning everyone. We have power again (thank goodness). I just called all the family and everyone is doing fine.

  6. 21 Mariele K.
    August 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Right now, we are all safe in midwood Brooklyn. Two trees fell over night. No one seriously hurt.

    Take care. Be safe.

  7. 23 Andogriff
    August 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Everyone, please stay safe. I am an ex-pat Floridian, and those storms are nothing to play with no matter WHAT category they are!

  8. 24 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I am seeing flooding on The Weather Channel in Brooklyn…hope all is well. I am still waiting to hear from an OFA friend in NC. He works in a county capacity so I hope he is on the helping end instead of needing help. I am still very worried. On another note. I am hoping that Power workers are heading to NC as we speak. Having lived through the 2005 hurricane season here in South Florida…power is the hardest thing to lose to days to weeks at a time.

  9. 25 ChristiMtl
    August 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Good morning TOD’ers,

    I can tell you that it’s coming in Eastern Canada. oh my, it’s supposed to hit late this afternoon I think, but there’s something in the air.

    It’s cold, already windy, very dark for 8:40am

    I have 3 cats, every morning they sit in front of the patio door and wait for someone to open the door so they can go outside.

    I opened the door twice already, they didn’t move, they’re like statues, just staring outside,.

    It never happened before, ever, they even go out when there’s a snow storm, they don’t go far and come back quickly but they go out,.

    Not for Irene

    • 26 mtmarilyn
      August 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Animals are very smart when it comes to weather. Please keep us informed and take care.

      • 27 ChristiMtl
        August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

        Thanks mtmarilyn, it’s fascinating to see,.

      • 30 Tally
        August 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Animals are even smart during earthquakes! I had two cats during Northridge – one stayed under a table all day, the onther one went into a cupboard, and lodged himself between blankets – he then stayed in another cupboard under the sink in one of the bathrooms for a week because of all of the aftershocks. πŸ˜€

    • 31 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Good! Keep them in the house until it passes…no matter what! I lost one of my cats in a hurricane..she freaked out, ran into the woods, and I searched and searched in the wind and rain, but could never find her. Sad, sad day. They know things WE don’t….keep your babies safe:) You stay safe, too!

    • 32 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Christi….DON’T let them out! I lost a cat in a hurricane. We had to evacuate from where we lived because of flooding possibilities, and she freaked out and ran into the woods, never to be found. I tried so hard to search for her in the driving wind and rain, but could never find her. Sad, sad day. Not worth it….they know something is up…keep them in and keep them, and you…safe:)

      • 33 desertflower
        August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Sorry…I have no idea why two different comments double posted:)

      • 34 ChristiMtl
        August 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        How sad…*sigh* poor cat.

        My cats are sleeping now. Their morning ritual is always the same, go out for about 10 minutes, come back, and sleep all day. It was safe this morning, still is, but they have so much instinct, they didn’t go out. it’s cool, windy, but not crazy winds. I read the latest forecast and It’s going to hit tonight or Monday morning.

        If it was up to me, they would stay inside always, indoor cats. They have their collars with my phone number on a tag, just in case,.
        I got the first cat and she would meow from morning till evening to go out and would climb on curtains.
        I had an appointment with the vet to have her neutered, we were so careful never to walk in the house without checking if she was next to the door.

        But just a few days before the appointment to the vet, I was coming home, opened the door and I dropped my keys, I picked them up, got distracted for a few seconds and she just took off.
        Came back the next day and it was too late, she had her kittens a couple of months after and I kept 2 and found good homes for the 2 others.
        So they pretty much follow their mother and thank goodness they never go far or out for long. They’re neutered.

        I can see that it’s starting to rain now, not heavy rain though. The lights have been flickering, not promising for later, I hope we’ll have power. I had to turn off the weather channel here, they were freaking me out.

  10. 36 Titti
    August 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thinking of you guys – please take care and stay safe!

  11. 37 mtmarilyn
    August 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Good morning everyone. Sure hope everyone is safe. We are waiting to hear from family in NC. They are in Greensboro so we think they are okay. It is very hot and dry here in MT. We have several fires around and lots of smoke.

    Stay safe everyone.

    • 38 JoJothecat
      August 28, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Good Morning TOD family,

      CA is experiencing many fires up north and in Yosemite. This is going to be some late summer and fall. Everyone be careful and stay safe. Let us all pray for the safety of our American/Canadian family in the path of Irene, fires and earthquakes.

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        August 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

        Over here in Austin the temperature is going to hit 112 degrees. We’re all at a heat advisory warning. Stay safe everyone.

        • 40 desertflower
          August 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

          I feel for you:) Here in Phoenix, we’ve had a extreme heat warning ALL WEEK LONG! I’m done! This week has been record breaking heat, both for the high temps and overnight lows…getting ridiculous now.daytime temps up around 117 all week long..low temps in the mid 90’s.
          We have so much concrete in the city that the heat island effect takes place and it never cools down. Drink! Drink! Drink! (water:)
          Stay in the air conditioning if you can….I’m praying for fall right now….or a rainstorm.

          • August 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

            Hi Desertflower. One year in the 80’s I was in Lake Havasu and it hit 122! You can feel your skin burning. I am so glad I work indoors and my animals stay indoors. It is miserable.

            • 42 desertflower
              August 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

              Hey, Jackie…I heard about that:) We didn’t live here then, but I have been in 118…THAT was bad enough! What’s 4 degrees more when the skin is already coming off your bones! It’s been awfully hot here, all summer long, as you know…and no monsoon to speak of…(what else is new?) Waiting patiently for October…though I must say that one year it was 100+ on my birthday the end of Oct….THAT sucked.
              Car battery ok? Last week alone, my husband’s car included, 3 people I know needed new batteries in their car….heat sucked the life right out of them.Better check:) Stay safe…would love to get all of us Phoenicans together and meet sometime…TrumpDog, Aquagranny,you, me…whoever else…is that a possibility?

              • 43 Betsy
                August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

                My D goes to University of Arizona, and we moved her last weekend to her new apt, and I experienced the heat down in Tucson for the first time…I don’t know how you stand it. I was wilting, and it was a mere 107 at that time. You guys in Phoenix deserve a medal for coping with 118!

                • August 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

                  We don’t have the humidity that the mid west has, which believe it or not makes it much easier than 90 degree temps with some humidity. I was born and raised here and have never lived anywhere else. The trade off is that we don’t have earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc.

              • August 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

                My battery died last Friday night. When I came out most of the parking garage was deserted so I called my brother. Miraculously, a man knocked on my window and offered to help. I always carry jumper cables so my truck started with ease. My brother went and bought me a new battery and I headed home. I still had a year left on my battery, but batteries in Arizona do not last the full warranty, whether you buy an expensive one or a cheap one.

                Have you noticed that your cell phone charge doesn’t last as long too? This heat is tough on everything.

                I would love for all of us to get together. AZGranny on OFA is in Tucson, Arizona Grandma is in Chandler, I am in North Phoenix. There is also Desert Dan.

          • 46 Sue in Minnesota
            August 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

            How do you all survive in that heat! That would be enough heat to cremate me…seriously.

            It is well past time for a National Forum on Climate Change….deniers need to be put to rest. Bad enough to screw with the economy, unconscionable to mess with Mother Earth! Right wingers seem to be content with their ignorant path of destructionon , we need a major about face.

            • 47 desertflower
              August 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

              Sometimes it’s not easy…it’s just flipped from a cooler climate…when I lived in CT, the year I moved to AZ, we had 14 MAJOR snowstorms…measured in FEET of snow…I was so over that…I hate freezing.Trade off, I guess…the other 6 months of the year are wonderful…and we don’t have mosquitos like you guys do! I remember my parents going canoeing on the Boundary waters years ago…they brought me back a t shirt with a giant mosquito on it that said ” Minnesota State Bird” πŸ™‚

              • 48 Sue in Minnesota
                August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

                We all endure natures extremes, so no one can really avoid them. Snow really can wear on a person, unless of course you can observe it from the comfort of your home, fires burning. Not the case for most Minnesotans, snow may slow, but rarely stops anything in Minnesota.
                We whine about it alot, but then act like we don’t πŸ˜‰ As individuals we seem to be, by design, better suited for one extreme over another. I am absolutely not built for heat, being part Norwegian may explain for that, in part. The weather you have been enduring in Arizona would absolutely melt me, like the wicked witch from The Wizard of OZ, you have my sympathies, and my concerns.

                Mosquitoes…..nasty creatures. I seem to be a dish they favor, and savor. Mosquito control has helped alot…and improved greatly over the years. Pretty hard to control them in the wilds. As a kid I was always one GIANT mosquito bite, always covered with them, always scratching and always being told to stop. We used to go on a lot of fishing vacations, into some pretty remote places, always equipped with mosquito netting and Cutters…the hats were practicularily attractive…think bee keeper. But to become dinner for a mass for swarming mosquitoes could lead a person to consider suicide! Seriously!

        • 50 Tally
          August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

          WTF???? 112??? If it’s that hot I need to be in a casino in Vegas.

      • August 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

        Yes, fire season is starting up here in CA. Let’s all take a moment and hold our emergency response people throughout the country in our thoughts for their incredible dedication and professionalism. They are often in danger to protect all of us.

  12. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    You know I was thinking about how Cantor and Boehner have pledged to hold hostage recovery funds for damages due to Irene in lieu of cuts and I was just wondering when Maxine Waters was going to parade before every camera she can find to “Unleash” on him and Mr. Cleaver if that isn’t a “Satan Sandwich” I don’t know what is. Just sayin…..

    • 57 ChristiMtl
      August 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

      I remember Cantor going on numerous shows and saying the same thing when a tornado destroyed Joplin.

      No money for that but lets protect the millionaires and billionaires.
      Heartless and cruel,.

    • August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

      I am so tweeting that.

    • 59 prettyfoot58
      August 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

      not just Maxine Waters ……but any of the democrats…speak out against that..

      .still waiting on the House Demaocrats to a call a press conference….to call Boehner and Cantor OUT….

      to give credit….Leader Pelosi did speak out against the cuts that the Republicans proposed during the debt ceiling debate…but NO Democrats have called a news conference to support the jobs bills that the President says are in House waiting to be passed…

      The Democrats are good at criticizing the president…they are good at letting the President take the weight…and they are good at riding his coattails….

      But this month…they had a grand opportunity to help set the conversation in support of the President…
      but where are they…

      instead…we have the CBC/Smiley/West/Trumpf/…taking shots at the president…

      but i have not heard ONE press conference…by the Democrats…in support of the President…

      Why is this so….

      and now we have Boehner and Cantor…trying once again to set the tone….WHY IS NO ONE CALLING THEM OUT….
      what am i missing here….

      Why is it that the Democrats have a hard time…being united…..can someone give me thoughts on this….

    • August 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Good idea, Donna. I am going to tweet that.

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    August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

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  14. 72 Fred
    August 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    gawd Mark Knoller is such a douchebag.Unlike President Bush who went about his business around the country selling his Medicare program and flew to Arizona to cut John McCain’t birthday cake and didn’t pick up his phone before and after Katrina hit;President Obama had Fema get on top of things before Irene hit and I don’t need to see him physically with my own 2 eyes talking to know that he is taking care of business in the middle of the night πŸ™„

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    WH says Pres Obama said he wants to be updated through the night and will convene another conference call in the morning.
    13 hours ago

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    Cant think of a reason those Irene conference calls shouldn’t be livestreamed on the WH & FEMA websites. πŸ™„
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    WH says Pres Obama convened another Irene conference call this evening to discuss Irene’s track and impact so far.
    13 hours ago

  15. 93 Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    We’re ok here in southeast VA. We finally got our power back just now. The sky is blue again and less humid. The yard is covered with branches and the water has receded. All is well again.

  16. 96 halo
    August 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Extremely heavy winds and rain while we were sleeping here in the tri-state area. Still alive though and while it is absolutely pouring outside and flooding is a concern, it seems as though the worst will be over in just a few short hours.

  17. 97 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Just a little something to make you smile inside. I know many need a good dose of “Care” everyday:

    Please watch the whole thing….it is worth it.

  18. August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Good morning, TODville. So great to hear from you that things are relatively safe. Please continue to stay safe and check in when you can.

  19. 105 Debz
    August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Good morning, Happy to hear you are all okay. i hope everyone else is safe.
    Thank you Fred for those articles, very interesting!

  20. 106 Fred
    August 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    BREAKING: Perry Says He Hasn’t β€˜Backed Off Anything’ In His Book, Still Thinks Social Security Is Unconstitutional

    Yesterday, the Koch-funded climate denier Pat Michaels β€˜It is doubtful Hurricane Irene will cough up even eight bodies’ 😯

    EDITED Forbes version πŸ™„


    • 107 57andFemale
      August 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Well, Irene has ‘coughed up’ 10 so far. What a monstrous excuse for a human being Pat Michaels is. I’m sure the families of those people are ‘comforted’ that their deadly hurricane/tropical storm fits close enough to Pat Michaels’ climate denying.

    • 108 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

      “Coughed Up”??????????? Doesn’t value life much, huh?

    • 111 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Yea…let Rick run on that “SS is unconstitutional” thing. See how far he gets with that. Asshole. Remember: HE’S GOT HIS!

      • 112 jacquelineoboomer
        August 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

        I knew Social Security was crafted in the ’30s, but looked up the facts: “The Social Security Act was signed by FDR on 8/14/35. Taxes were collected for the first time in January 1937 and the first one-time, lump-sum payments were made that same month. Regular ongoing monthly benefits started in January 1940.”

        So, Rick Perry, suddenly you had a dream (or somebody gave you a post-it note) that Social Security was unconstitutional. Nobody alive from 1935 to 2011 – but you – would have done something about it, if it were? Just you, genius?

        This is as dastardly as Marco Rubio’s saying Social Security and Medicare have morally bankrupted our country … his mother, God bless her, she’s probably mortified, is about 80 and I’m thinking she’s collecting Social Security and is on Medicare. They will throw their own mothers under the bus, but these programs are morally bankrupt?

    • 113 Tally
      August 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

      11 deaths as of now, per CNN.

    • August 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Just a couple of days ago Perry was saying his book wasn’t to be taken literally. Sheesh.

  21. August 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hope you guys are doing okay.
    ps- PBO is gonna spoil this job for every mediocre president who attempts to follow his act. Can’t wait for when future “reporters” and “journalists” start saying “President So and So hasn’t even done blah, blah, blah. Unlike PBO who did blah, blah, blah.” Alot of what these parasites are “reporting” on or rather complaining about are things other presidents haven’t done. PBO is setting the bar very, very high and woe betide anyone else who thinks they can fill his shoes. People like Knoller like to complain so in 2016 when someone new comes, whether they are Dem or Repug, they are always going to be compared to PBO and they won’t come out looking as good. Knoller can go stuff it, much like he stuffs everything else that comes close to his mouth.

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      August 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Oh, lisa, you are so right. I was a teenager when JFK was elected, and grew up during the glory days of MLK and RFK. JFK was my generation’s presidential hero (we have a new person in our hearts, now!), and I never, ever wanted anything to do with politics after the ’60s. Didn’t pay attention again until Bill Clinton’s run.

      After President Obama’s two terms, I’ll be getting a new hobby. Or moving to Canada. No one will surface with anywhere near his attributes – I kinda dread thinking about that.

      • August 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        Jacqueline–you lived my life. I, also a Jacqueline, was a teenager when JFK was elected, loved RFK, got completely turned off after the sixties and Nixon and didn’t engage again in politics with any enthusiasm until Clinton. And Barack Obama has the heart I once lost to RFK. And yes, after the president’s TWO terms, I’m turning my attentions elsewhere. There will never be another like him. So here we are two lives lived as one.

        • 118 Dakota
          August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

          “Jacqueline–you lived my life”. And mine! LOL!
          Been away for a few days…prayers for safety and best wishes to all our East Coasters. Peace and Blessings to you all.

      • August 29, 2011 at 2:27 am

        Jackie, you will be as welcome as the flowers in May!

  22. 120 prettyfoot58
    August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Philly here….i’m ok…but there is flooding and loss of power….for some of my neighbors….at the height of the storm….high winds and driving rain…it was almost magical to behold….the city is on lock down..no public transportation…airport closed……i think the city was prepared….and it worked liked clockwork…what helped was the local new stations staying with the story all day yesterday and today…feeding us information and helping to maintain calm….which i appreciated…

    whenever there is an impending diaster the pundits want to tag it….”Obama’s_______”…fill in the blank…be it the gulf oil spill…the earthquakes that occured in the southern part of our country earlier this year….up to Hurricane Irene…

    As i watched the prep done by the states in the path of Hurricane Irene, i was very impressed….

    This Government and this is what we do…..

    • 121 Betsy
      August 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      So glad for your report. My 2 kids live in Philly, they also said they were ok. I agree, this government is why things have gone so smoothly for so many. Still, the loss of life, the property damage, etc. will hurt many Americans in this region. We need to remember them today. We also need to unite, as Americans, to fight the stupidity that is the GOP today.

  23. August 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I’m reading that freakin’ CHERTOFF from the WORST ADMINISTRATION EVER is on CNN opinionating? Please tell me that isn’t so.

    • August 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Cnn does this every-time when something happens. They churn out these Bush folks to talk their blah, blah, blah.. I had to turn the station and now watching the weather channel

  24. 124 Sue in Minnesota
    August 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Good morning everyone….have been thinking of everyone all night…..restless. Glad to hear the good reports and that so far all are safe. I hope and pray that safety record continues.

    Donna…I love your truck of hope and prayers…Curtis Mayfield’s “Keep on truckin” is playing in my mind πŸ˜€

    Christi….your kitty’s know somethings coming…very tuned into the world, energetically. I agree it is fascinating. Be safe, hope nothing too severe shows up your way.

    Mark Knoller…said it all when he said “Can’t think”……nitpicking and pot stirring somehow pass for jounalism these days. Facts and information without conjecture, would be as welcomed as seeing Irene dissipate to calm. We didn’t have a choice about Irene, Knoller does have a choice to be better.

    Fred thanks for keeping us on top of what’s the buzz….big job, I appreciate your efforts and your resourcefulness.

    Chips…thanks for everything, including the occassional refereeing…you have a very quick way of straightening things out. Probably helps that we know what you’re packin in your purse:D

    • 125 donna dem 4 obama
      August 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Good Sunday Morning Sue πŸ™‚

    • 126 JoJothecat
      August 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Curtis Mayfield’s song was “Keep on pushing”, which is exactly what our president does without skipping a beat. The pundits can’t shake him. “Keep on Trucking was the late Eddie Kendricks formerly with the Templations. That song was one of his solo hits, still a good example of what everyone needs to do…because americans are so resilient.

      • 127 Sue in Minnesota
        August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

        Oh ,egg on my face….I should have known….it was after Motown had their event at the White House I started digging into a bit of historical information on some of their stars. You are right ……so many of the songs from that time period are still relevant, and inspirational. “Wake up everybody” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes..”What’s Going On”…Marvin Gaye and a 100 more. Makes clearer to me how slow the march of progress is.

        Thanks for correcting the record.

        • 128 JoJothecat
          August 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          No problem, we share appreciation for the same songs, Wake up Everybody is one of my favorite songs too. So appropo for today. I wish I can go around in my car, town-to-town playing it.

  25. August 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Good morning everyone. I am posting the candle link for those who wish to light a candle for those in the path of Irene. I have lit a candle for the victims and their families, the east coast and for our President, First Family and the Nation.


  26. 132 Fred
    August 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    hell I won’t be able to wait for Tuesday so azzholes please πŸ™„

    Right Wing Tries New Tactic To Soften Bush’s Katrina Debacle: Say Obama’s Leadership On Irene Is Just For Show

    • 133 Fred
      August 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

      next time a RW yaps about the President doing a “photo-op” send them THESE

      Flashback: As Katrina hit, McCain celebrated 69th birthday with Bush.

      Hurricane Katrina and Bush: A Tale of Two Photos

    • 136 Sue in Minnesota
      August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Everything is political and tactical for Republicans…it’s all a game. They don’t have a clue what leadership is or even looks like. Anyone who can’t see through this nonsense should not be allowed to vote…they are too stupid!

      I know it’s the Lord’s day, so God forgive me……but these boneheads need to STFU!

    • August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

      So typical, first he should show leadership blah, blah, blah. and when he does, and is effective he is a show off?. I can’t keep up with the nonsense

      • 139 Sue in Minnesota
        August 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

        They are always trying to make PBO the filling in their ‘shit sandwhich’. We have to ignore or ridicule them, at the same time pushing legitimate information, facts and concerns into the public square.

        They make me angry, but more and more they seem ridiculous and pathetic. Hold the mirror to these fools for all the world to see.

    • 140 Ladyhawke
      August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Try as they might, the Republican Party can’t un-ring the bell as it relates to cronyism and incompetence in the Bush administration. The multitude of unqualified appointments and debacles is legend. They took dishonesty and bungling to a whole new level. Those are the facts. It is hard to imagine how the country survived the fox guarding the hen house approach to governing.

      I know it really annoys the Republican (anti-government) Party that President Obama is governing and showing the American people that smart and efficient government is possible. But no amount of revisionist history is going to change the facts about the rank incompetence of the Bush administration.


      • 141 desertflower
        August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Thanks for that wonderful link:) Everyone needs to read this…as well as understand the background of ALEC itself and how it is absolutely TOXIC to our democracy! They are having a meeting in Phoenix the end of Nov…not far from my house..they will be met with protests:)

        • 142 Ladyhawke
          August 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

          Below is a sampling of the many obstacles we face for the 2012 elections. The Republican Party has nothing to offer the American people so they will have to try and rig the election. Their systematic attempt to disenfranchise voters is repulsive and a mockery of our democracy. We have our work cut out for us. When they talk about voter fraud, we know they are just projecting.

          President Clinton did not mince words back in July when he said the GOP War On Voting Is the Most Determined Disenfranchisement Effort Since Jim Crow.

          – ALEC
          – Citizens United Ruling
          – Chamber of Commerce
          – Wall Sreet
          – Feckless MSM (constantly carrying water and ignoring obstruction, lies and distortions of the Republican Party)
          – Fox channel
          – Ubiquitous Right Wing Radio
          – Lobbyist
          – Special Interests
          – Koch Brothers
          – Karl Rove
          – Voter Disenfranchisement in red states that makes voting more difficult (targeting African Americans, college students, seniors)
          – Systematic attempts to dismantle unions


          • 143 desertflower
            August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

            Absolutely correct. The Atty. General of AZ is challenging the Voting Rights Act…Holder shut him down, but it just goes to show that they want to shut down the voices of the people…especially the people they don’t want to hear from!

  27. August 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Good morning all. Late start in Chi-town. Doin the news, weather and body maintenance :-). Fred the LORD be with you. Keep positive thoughts…….Well lets see what kind of foolishness comes on the heels of the storm. i see ppl are ignoring the police and milling about, walking dogs and each other. People being rescued that had refused to evacuate………Busy,busy day. Be safe you folks on the right coast and listen to the authorities.

  28. 147 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Jeez some of these pundits are beyond disgusting. Jake Tapper the moron is filling in for Christiane Amanpour (another huge disappointment) on ABC’s This Week and he sat down there and let George Will lie about President Obama. George Will said that President Obama has been blaming everything on GWB and that he even went so far as to blame GWB for the Arab Spring. What? When did PBO ever do that? He never ever blamed GWB for the Arab Spring. Did Tapper correct him or call him out? Nope. He just smirked and said hmmm….. I see your point. At least Donna Brazile kinda called George Will out by saying that President Obama is not the problem. It’s the media who presents a very slanted and biased view. Whose reports are always tainted and never 100% true or factual. The Cokie Roberts said that President Obama must be angry and frustrated that Hurricane Irene ruined the “optics” (that idiotic media meme) of his MLK Jr Memorial unveiling speech; because now he can’t get a much needed bump in the polls. Yeah, because that’s why President Obama wanted to speak at the memorial. For optics and to boost his poll numbers. It’s not about remembering a man and leader America and the world has ever been fortunate to behold. It’s not about celebrating his phenomenal life. It’s not about reminding us as a nation that we must continue his great works. I thought I was the only one disgusted, but I went to twitter and people are rightfully calling out Roberts and that moron Tapper.

    • August 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

      UGH. Could they be any more morally depraved? They sully not only the President’s name but MLK’s, too. They have no sense of honor or integrity. Cokie has always gotten on my last nerve. Her affectations remind me of that moron Noonan.

      • August 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        meta- morally depraved is the perfect description of them.. I am so glad I didn’t view this stuff myself- thank you ut for informing us. They sicken me so much with their lies and trash, it’s amazing the crap they are willing to say on national tv with nary a thought to the viewers and the fact that people actually are not being fooled by such smack.

    • 150 Debz
      August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

      These phony “intellectuals” are all disgusting, and I am not the least impressed with Donna Brazile. Her defense of the President is always half-hearted. I hope the word “optics” is removed from the English language, also, too.

    • 153 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

      The MSM can talk about “optics” all they want. But they are projecting their own pathological revulsion at the “optics” of having a highly competent Black President in the WH.

    • 156 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Jake Tapper was horrible. I had to leave the room before George Will even got started. I was in another room but heard my husband yell at the TV so I pretty much got the drift of what was going on. TV off now. It’s bad for the blood pressure.

      Jake Tapper has a real problem. At all the press conferences he just sits there looking sulky in between snarky questions. More like a spoiled child than a grown man.

      Glad to see the TODers reporting that everyone is safe so far.

    • 157 EDP4BHO
      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I.REALLY.HATE.THESE.PEOPLE ! And for the record, please, no one ever “thank” George Will again for saying one thing good about PBO. We all knew he would snatch it back in the next summation. I wouldn’t forgive these people if they kissed PBO’s ass, pledged their inheritance to him, and named their grandchildren after him. They are and always will be depraved creatures. The sickness runs deep.

    • 159 Asher in Boston
      August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      What despicable creatures. I completely boycotted those crapy so called sunday shows. But i do appreciate you UT and the rest on here that listen in and keep us informed. So far we are okey in our neighborhood, it was though so scarery with the gusty winds and rain that has led to many trees falling but thank God we still have power. Stay safe all those in Irene’s path.

  29. 160 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Good Day everyone and happy to see and hear that you all are safe after the storm.

  30. August 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Secretary Napolitano is THE AWESOME.

  31. August 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Who was that insane nutcase/media org that just called in to FEMA presser and went off on PBO????? Fugate really stood up and pivoted back to reality with brilliance!! That was CRAZY.

    • 166 EDP4BHO
      August 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

      I see you and I are in sync. LOL….. this shit is really deep regarding President Obama. He has done such an excellent job, you know nutcakes are livid.

      • August 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        That guy WENT OFF. Janet Napolitano just shaking her head. The desire to turn this into a political catastrophe has really brought the crazies out.

  32. 168 EDP4BHO
    August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hello everyone. I’m listening to FEMA reporting with Janet and Craig. Some caller talking about some satellites PBO removed….? Goes on to say, “This is the worst president we’ve ever had”. Unbelievable. Craig Fugate asked him “Is this a question or an opinion?”. The caller reiterated “This is the worst president we’ve ever had”. It would be funny if it was not so vile.

    • August 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Who was that????? I was multi-tasking (!!) when they announced who it was on the phone. Must have been Fox but one never knows these days. That was totally insane but proves our MSM meme doesn’t it?

    • 170 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Just some random person said this? Wonder how it feels to telegraph your stupidity to the country and get smacked down live on the air? Conspiracy theories abound! Maybe the caller would prefer NO FEMA, NO USGS, and the like….

      • 171 EDP4BHO
        August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        No, the caller would prefer that a white president had been so successful. This is exactly what a lot of us meant when we challenged StR the other day on optics. With too many- msm and voters- it does not matter what PBO does. They will hate, slander, and pray for PBO’s demise.

        I have to share something with you all. I consider myself very sensitive to mistreatment of people. I also have studied the history of this country with its many ills, and note always how smug some folk are about American exceptionalism. We watch from afar the calamities other country’s face, but with a passing nod at best. Now I’m not talking about folk like us here on this and like blogs. I mean those miscreants who never seem to remember the God that they so adamantly claim. So a thought went through my mind last week; that America needs something to shake it up, to understand the awesome power of God (my belief- don’t feel offended), and to recognize how ugly and hateful it has been to our duly elected President. Now I in no way claim to have powers, other than a couple of premonitions and true dreams, but lo and behold……we had an earthquake and hurricane all in the same week on the east coast. So I talk to God, like, Lord, I know you have power over all of these things, but I wasn’t really wishing anything on us all…..LOL. But, in hindsight, after these occurrences, and watching how some seem even nastier about the goodness that is PBO, and seemingly unfazed by natural events, I can maintain that some in this country are simply beyond redemption. Nothing short of burning hellfires would impress upon them their evils. I myself would be hard pressed to offer them a drop of cooling water on the tongue.

  33. 176 StR
    August 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Very good diary over at Daily Koch titled – Please hear and understand: Posting to a blog is not giving your life for justice.

    **Comments are safe as of now, but I probably would avoid them as by the time I’ve finished putting this reply together it’s likely turned ugly.**

    “I am concerned and confused by the ongoing appropriation here of Black civil rights leaders as symbols for a predominantly White movement with strong intonations of entitlement as well as a significant core group who openly displays contempt for the nation’s first Black president. While it surely happens elsewhere, I am an active member of this community, and this is the place I want to address.

    To all those who have said it, yes, it is so true! Dr. King would not have been silent now, not in the face of the poverty and inequality and injustice that continues to saturate our nation and our world. More importantly to me, Dr. King would not have been inactive and, more specifically, was not only critical and not constructive from the comfort of the sidelines.

    He would not, and did not, vilify, deride or condescend towards even those who came at him with violence, much less those who shared his mission but not his strategy.

    I am aware that part of privilege and entitlement is not examining one’s own choices and immediately downplaying or discrediting challenges of those choices by “others.”

    I also am aware that part of privilege and entitlement is truly not knowing how one’s actions are received, and what history and protocol one is impinging on, or even violating, because consideration and understanding of “others” is not something that is routinely taught or valued in mainstream culture.”

    Read it all here –

    • 177 prettyfoot58
      August 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm


      thank you….thank you so very much…

      what an awesome blog entry…..i felt this so much….


      But when you look at these images, (Images of the civil rights movement) and this is a direct and literal question…do you sincerely believe that your angry/snarky/snide blog posts challenging the president’s personal qualities of strength, courage, conviction and honor are the direct descendants of the civil rights movement? Do you see that your writing lacks solution, embrace, scholarship, sacrifice and forward impetus? Do you at all see the irony of appropriating the leaders, efforts and intentions of a movement designed to give people of color – and not just Black ones – in this country the status of equality as adults in this country…while your own language is the modern, dog whistling equivalent of calling him a “boy”?


      There are so many points….


      I was just in DC for the MLK Monument memorial dinner. Before wrapping any community in the flag of honor that association with his great legacy affords, please finally consider asking yourself this. Would you have approached Dr. King’s family at this event to let them know that, in the name of their father/brother/uncle, you routinely call President Obama a failure, a socialist, a puppet, a corporatist and a coward? That this is how you exercise your voice for justice?
      And if you did so, would you expect them to swell with gratitude and pride?
      I understand that you may feel passionately that Obama has failed you personally and, perhaps, also has failed the country. I understand, as well, that you may feel that those who do not feel Obama has failed them personally are deluded or blindly following him due to race. I understand that you may not yet be able to examine the entitlement such a point of view represents, that your personal disappointment is valid and, in fact, objectively true, while our satisfaction with the president is not creditable and clearly must be subjective.


      Bless you for bringing this….

  34. August 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Photo of PBO in Sit Room this A.M.:


  35. 179 Gc
    August 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Alive and well but in the dark

    Gc in ct

    • 180 desertflower
      August 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Gc….how did CT fare? Called my friend that just bought a beach house in Niantic and haven’t heard from her yet…she works at Millstone, so maybe she was at work during the storm. Best friend in up near Hartford…will call her today and check. Stay safe, and hope that power is restored soon

    • 181 askew
      August 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Glad to see you are safe and hope power comes back on soon. Take care.

    • 184 COS
      August 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      When Perry says that it is a lie that SS will be not be there, someone should ask him to prove it with a detailed reputable source and what is his basis for that statement.

  36. August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Very windy here in South Jersey – lots of debris and trees down. Rain has stopped – some streets flooded, stores are closed and most folks are staying put. Hope all of you are safe.

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