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joan

And happiness is ….. knowing Joan is back in action.

Joan underwent surgery recently that she was very nervous about, and you all were completely great in offering her your love and support.

But I was worried that we hadn’t heard from her, even though, of course, it would take time for her to recover.

Just now?

An email:

Joan K Shaw has donated $25.00 to your barackobama.com grassroots fundraising page!

Joan, if you’re reading this: you’re an invincible treasure!

Love ya.

Come back to us soon.

****

She’s back!! Joan just commented in the previous thread:

I’m fully dressed for the first time in what seems forever, sitting at the computer, and I see I’ve missed half a lifetime of TOD happenings, not the least of which is your BIRTHDAY HZ! So please forgive me for being so LATE, but Happy Happy Birthday today.

I tried to catch up on the news, kept paging backward, got as far as Herm Cain’s speech and stopped cold. Please tell me the surgeon hasn’t abstracted part of my brain along with my kidney stone – but could anyone here understand what he was SAYING? It all sounded vaguely scatalogical and mean, but altogether incomprehensible. Perhaps it’s the hydrocodone I’m taking?

By the way, thanks hugely for all the well wishes from you all. My oldest daughter copied them off and brought them to me!


112 Responses to “joan”


  1. 1 desertflower
    October 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    {{{{{{Joan}}}}}}} You are in our thoughts! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  2. 2 GGail
    October 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Chipsticks – thanks so much for sharing that you’ve “heard” from our Joan!

    Joan – we are thinking of you and praying for your full recovery so you can come back and join us once again here at TOD.

  3. October 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Yipppeeee! Welcome back, Joan. I’m so glad you’re well enough to read and post. Stay strong.

  4. 5 CTGirl
    October 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Joan is back! Whohoooooo!! Welcome back!

  5. 6 Fred
    October 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    hooray welcome back Joan.Happy to hear you are doing good enough to be on your computer checking out your TOD family.Keep getting better 😀

  6. October 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Joan it’s so good to know you are on the mend. I send you a prayer of healing. Please know how much you are missed.

  7. October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I was just about to copy and repeat that Caine speech critique, Melanie (youngest daughter) read it and laughed so hard I couldn’t resist repeating it. Thanks for noticing! Now what I need is someone to give me an idea what the guy was saying!

    And I am feeling just a little bit better every day and glad, glad, glad it’s all over. I wasn’t so worried about the surgery, as many of you know, as the possible panic attack afterward but, the anesthesiologist, bless him, took good care of it — and three cheers for alprazelam!

    • October 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Great to see you back Joan! Missed you and glad that you are on the mend, you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Welcome back.

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Welcome back Joan, so glad to hear from you, and do take care of your self, It’s a one day at the time type thing. May God continue to heal and bless you richly 🙂

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Joan! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

      (((((((((((((((((((Joan))))))))))))))))))

      ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 12 Debz
      October 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Joan!! Good to see you back! I’m happy you are feeling better, and you will be getting better every day.

    • 13 dotster3
      October 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Adding my welcome back too, Joan. I know how relieved you must be that the ordeal is over. I can relate to some of your fears. About a year ago I left a hospital emergency room in the middle of the night after they told me I had to have my appendix out—now— couldn’t face it, told them I wanted to go home and go to bed, which I did—-no one could believe it. Surgeon called the next a.m. and convinced me I better show up pronto, so I trudged in there the saddest person in the world, with great dread—-all a blur still—-but so relieved when it was over. (similar reaction to having to have tooth pulled) But enuf about me :)—-great to see you back to your old perky self, Joan. Whew, huh?

    • 14 hopefruit2
      October 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Welcome back Joan! Glad to see that you are recovering AND posting! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 15 anameti
      October 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      I am so glad that your surgery went well. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. It is good to have you back.

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      October 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Welcome back, Joan! Enjoy your day and have a speedy recovery.

    • 17 theo67
      October 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Welcome back, Joan!

    • 18 JCAfrica
      October 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

      Welcome back, Dear:-)

  8. 19 Ladyhawke
    October 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Joan, so glad you are back in the saddle again.

  9. 20 majiir
    October 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Joan!

    I am so glad to hear that you are on the mend!!! No, it’s not the hydrocodone. Cain IS nuts!

  10. 21 Andogriff
    October 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Joan, so very glad all is well, and you are back! Missed reading your lovely comments.

  11. October 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Sorry, Chipsticks,

    I made some changes to my femputer and didn’t notice I needed to log back in.

  12. 23 Mtmarilyn
    October 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Welcomer back Joan!!!!!! So glad you are on your way to full strength again. I missed your comments. Now Utaustinliberal needs to fit you for the Halloween costume. We have very creative minds here!!!!

    • 24 desertflower
      October 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Is anyone Ron Christie? Joan would be perfect, and she could still take her pain meds and be just fine.HE always sounds like he’s under the influence.

    • 25 utaustinliberal
      October 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Joan you are now assigned Howard Fineman from Huffington Post and regular political “expert” on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Whenever Howard is on Hardball he always has “sources” (more like the voices in his head) who tell him what the Obama white house is up to. What plans theyare going to roll out. He also has Democratic “sources” who tell him how “disappointed” they are in PBO and he also has “sources” who always tell him that PBO has no emotional connection to regular people and yadi yada yah. Have fun. 🙂

  13. 29 collegekay
    October 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Welcome back, Joan. 🙂

  14. October 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Glad to see you back, Joan. Wishing you best of health!!

  15. 31 Ladyhawke
    October 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    DAVID PLOUFFE: MITT ROMNEY HAS NO CORE

    Watch Team Obama Define and Destroy Mitt Romney In 30 Seconds

    =============================================

    MR. PLOUFFE: You know, I really am not an expert in Republican primary politics. He, he seems to have tapped into something. What I find interesting is that Mitt Romney continues to have 75, 80 percent of his party looking somewhere else. And so it’ll be interesting to see if he can turn that around.

    MR. GREGORY: Will he be a diminished candidate if he’s the nominee?

    MR. PLOUFFE: Well, here’s–we’ll see what happens in the primary. I’d make, I’d make two points about him. One is he has no core. And, you know, every day almost it seems to be we find another issue. You know, he was supportive of doing things like a cap and trade agreement, now he doesn’t think that, you know, climate change is real. He was to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights issues, now he wants to amend the Constitution to prevent gay marriage. He was an extremely pro-choice governor, now he believes that life begins at conception and would ban Roe v. Wade. So you, you look at–issue after issue after issue, he’s moved all over the place. And I can tell you one thing, working a few steps down from the president, what you need in that office is conviction, you need to have a true compass, and you’ve got to be willing to make tough calls. And you get the sense with Mitt Romney that, you know, if he thought he–it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he’d say it.

    =============================================

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-destruction-romney

  16. 34 utaustinliberal
    October 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Wooooohoooooooo!!!!!! Welcome back Joan. Hope everything went well. Here’s wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery. 🙂

  17. October 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    David Plouffe was excellent this morning:-) LOL 🙂 Love it!

    But the key thing is, David, no matter who we run against, they’re offering the same economic policies that led to the great recession, that led to destruction of middle-class security in incomes. And that’s going to be the fundamental question in front of us.

    MR. GREGORY: Is Herman Cain for real as a candidate?
    MR. PLOUFFE: You know, I really am not an expert in Republican primary politics. He, he seems to have tapped into something. What I find interesting is that Mitt Romney continues to have 75, 80 percent of his party looking somewhere else. And so it’ll be interesting to see if he can turn that around.
    MR. GREGORY: Will he be a diminished candidate if he’s the nominee?

    MR. PLOUFFE: Well, here’s–we’ll see what happens in the primary. I’d make, I’d make two points about him. One is he has no core. And, you know, every day almost it seems to be we find another issue. You know, he was supportive of doing things like a cap and trade agreement, now he doesn’t think that, you know, climate change is real. He was to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights issues, now he wants to amend the Constitution to prevent gay marriage. He was an extremely pro-choice governor, now he believes that life begins at conception and would ban Roe v. Wade. So you, you look at–issue after issue after issue, he’s moved all over the place. And I can tell you one thing, working a few steps down from the president, what you need in that office is conviction, you need to have a true compass, and you’ve got to be willing to make tough calls. And you get the sense with Mitt Romney that, you know, if he thought he–it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he’d say it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/18424744#45094202

    • 37 collegekay
      October 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Mitt Romney has to be the biggest flip flopper in political history.

      • October 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

        Amen! Collegekay……PBO is probably scratching his head wondering…Is this the best they can do?? It’s almost waste of his time, to have to teach them how to govern….I feel sorry for anyone that has to debate.. One of the Most Intelligent,Harvard Professor/Nobel Price Winner and a Great Human Being.

        I pray that America gets to see the contrast….

      • 39 anniebella
        October 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        Good thing Mitt” the flip flopper” Romney is not marrying his wife now, the preacher would say do you take this woman to be your wife? Mitt would say yes I do, then come back the next day with maybe I don’t. If he thought it would help him win. Good thing his wife got him before he was running for office.

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      >>>>”One is that he has no core.”<<<<

      Ouch. Damn! Even better than I had hoped.

    • 41 dotster3
      October 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Ka—Pow on that last Plouffe sentence!

  18. October 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    PBO knows a genius when he sees one…I just love David Plouffe!!!

    And you get the sense with Mitt Romney that, you know, if he thought he–it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he’d say it. heheheeh

  19. October 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Lady we must be thinking alike today:-)

  20. October 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Welcome back Joan. I read this and had to share it.

    President Obama Is Going to Win in 2012

    If I had a dollar for every time I bet a Republican friend that President Obama was going to win the 2012 election, I wouldn’t be rich but I could sure go to a real nice restaurant for dinner. I have heard every reason why President Obama was not going to win. I am sticking to my guns. President Obama is going to be re-elected.
    First, all of the Republican candidates have serious flaws. Former Massachusetts Governor Romney has had such a bad reputation as a flip flopper that during the last election cycle attendees at the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conferece) were giving out thin, colored flip flops with his various conflicting positions written on them. They were so colorful that I made a mobile out of them.

    Rick Perry comes off to the Millenial generation as a conservative who is out of touch because of his stance on a variety of social issues.
    Herman Cain is the most likeable and the candidate most Republicans would like to have dinner with but his lack of government experience will trip him up.
    Ron Paul will do well but not enough to get himself to the top of the ticket.
    And Newt Gingrich, the smartest of all the Republicans, is going to have to raise a lot more money to get the organization he needs to snag the party’s nomination.
    This is going to be my fifth presdiental campaign and one thing I have learned is that people elect the candidate that they trust and behaves in a way they can relate to. President Obama is just that person.
    While the Republicans have said “no” to almost all of his legislative priorities, President Obama has offered compromise. Just this week, Democrats offered to cut non-discrestionary spending (Social Security and Medicare) by three trillion dollars if there could be tax increases of one trillion on the country’s richest people. President Obama along with the other Democrats have offered that flexibilty. The GOP has said no.
    Most people support the president and the Democrats on this. A party of no compromise does not sit well with the average American. President Obama is going to win re-election because he is a compromiser.
    People also like to vote for someone who keeps promises. President Obama has certainly done that. He said he would enact health care and he did. By 2014, we will all have access to health care.
    He said he would get us out of Iraq and that is going to happen within months.
    He said he would end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and working with diverse and bipartisan members of Congress he did just that.
    President Obama saved the auto industry and brought it back from the brink by making loans possible.
    He has helped make college more affordable.
    He has extended or made seventeen small business tax cuts.
    He made the tough decison to raid the Usama Bin Laden compound in Pakistan.
    President Obama is going to win election because he has kept his campaign promises.
    The Republicans I talk to cite the economic data; no president gets re-elected with the unemployment rate as high as it is. It may be historically true but President Obama has been honest and has fought to get people to have jobs.
    Our economy has grown and that has been on his watch after he inherited the worse recession since the Great Depression.
    It has become a national sport to put odds on who wins 2012. I think there is no question. President Obama wins. He has done a very good job in a very rocky time and the American people will remember next November.

    This was on Fox news website BOYA!

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      President Obama is going to win reelection, despite the media and the intransigent GOP. These two groups believe in only one thing and one thing only, the conventional wisdom that unemployment is high, hence a loss for the president.

      They fail to understand that the GOP has done nothing or I dare say done everything to impede any progress in the country as a whole since the election of PBO. Secondly, the GOP has no one — 0 person that can match PBO in the upcoming election.

      So, their reliance on conventional wisdom will ultimately show the GOP the door. I am just hoping that we elect Dem Congress that will have PBO’s back.

      Call me nutty, and I am well aware of all the polls out there, but in the inner pit of my stomach, I believe that PBO will be reelected and save us from this disastrous bunch.

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      I’ve never doubted he would win in 2012. Even before the clown car started rolling out its passengers, I was confident.

      He’s a winner. Period.

  21. October 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You’re back! You’re back! What a happy post to sign on to!! 😆 😆 Welcome back, Joan! It feels good to KNOW that you weathered the after surgery storm. Now you can continue to rebuild your strength as you enjoy the warmth of your cyber family added to that of your regular family. 😆

  22. October 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    welcome back Joan! Happy that you’re doing better 🙂

  23. October 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you…Thank you Pragmatic for this….Wow on Fox of all places:-)
    Are people starting to wake up??

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      ….Wow on Fox of all places:-)
      Are people starting to wake up??

      By George, I believe the people are waking up, and listening, and watching, and playing close, close attention to WHO Is getting things done, and Whose not.

  24. 53 criquet
    October 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Glad you are recovering , Joan. I have been coming to this fabulous blog and reading comments for some time and your comments have always been thoughtful,fun and and representative of the fierce advocacy of the cause.
    Stay well, you have been missed.

  25. 54 donna dem 4 obama
    October 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Welcome back Joan. So glad that you are on the mend.

  26. 55 donna dem 4 obama
    October 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Watch Team Obama Define and Destroy Mitt Romney In 30

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-destruction-romney

  27. October 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    WTF!!! Is anybody else watching Book TV? I was just flipping channels and came across this Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX and there’s this Boston Globe journo called Sally Jacobs who has written a really nasty book called “The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father”. Why is President Obama’s father relevant?

    These bottom feeders will stop at nothing to make cash off our President name. Are there books on the fathers of any of our Presidents’ (obviously except John Adams, GWH Bush etc…)?

  28. 67 Bobfr
    October 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Welcome back Joan!!! So glad to know you are recovering and are with us, once again.

    #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

  29. 68 Proud of Obama
    October 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Welcome back, Joan! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  30. October 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Welcome back Joan, so glad you are feeling well enough to blog with us. We missed you.

  31. 70 JER
    October 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Welcome back Joan. As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery.

  32. 71 Ladyhawke
    October 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    6 Of The Biggest Mitt Romney Flip-Flops

    ===============================

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/30/6-of-the-biggest-mitt-romney-flip-flops/

  33. October 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Welcome back!!! Your have been in my thoughts often and have said more than one prayer for you! God is good!!!!!

  34. 73 Me4obama
    October 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Welcome back Joan, may you continue to have a complete speedy recovery 🙂

    Happy Birthday HZ, please continue to light our TOD family with your words of wisdom. Sorry I might be late to the Party but I have been busy all weekend volunteering for PBO’s Re-Election, registering voters. You all have a pleasant Sunday, off to watch Some Football. #GOEAGLES.

  35. October 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Happy Birthday HZ Wish you a rollicking day. Make sure you dance. It’s good for the soul.

  36. October 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Joan,

    Glad to know that you have your health back. May you continue to recover I wish you Godspeed!

  37. October 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Conservatives Ask, Is This All There Is?
    10/28/11 at 11:25 AM

    The nomination of Mitt Romney would put the Republican Party in the enviable position of running an economy-themed challenge against a sitting president during an economic crisis. It’s very hard to lose a campaign like that. And yet the taste of impending triumph is slightly bittersweet.

    Former Bush staffer Jeffrey H. Anderson laments in the Weekly Standard, “So far in the presidential race, however, no candidate has eloquently, knowledgably, [sic] and thoroughly explained how Obamacare represents an attack on the core principles of limited government and liberty on which this nation was founded.” George Will’s Sunday column despairs of a potential Romney candidacy, “Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?”

    The cause of their ennui is plain enough. Romney is running a purely results-based campaign against President Obama. His message is simply that things are bad and Obama hasn’t made them better. (Slogan: “Obama isn’t working.”) Romney’s theme elides why things are bad and says very little about what he intends to do to make them better, other than the fact that he, Mitt Romney, is the man to do it. He soft-peddles the hard-core anti-Keynesianism, Randian ideas that have animated the right. He can’t make a principled argument as to why the Affordable Care Act violated freedom because everybody knows he doesn’t believe it. Rather than defend the idea that rich people pay too much taxes and poor people pay too little, Romney is promising to help the middle class and ignore the rich.

    His reasons for doing so are plain enough. The latest CBS/New York Times poll shows the degree to which economic class remains a liability for the GOP. The public assessment of how Obama treats different classes is highly balanced — 28 percent say he favors the rich, 23 percent say he favors the middle class, 17 percent say he favors the poor, and 21 percent say he treats all groups equally. But as for Republicans in Congress, 69 percent say they favor the rich. The poll likewise shows now-familiar support for increased measures to stimulate the economy and for higher taxes on the rich.

    Romney’s campaign treats conservatism as an obstacle to his reelection. He wants to get through the primary with his ideological flexibility intact, unencumbered by unpopular commitments. He offers the right the least amount of substantive commitment, packaged in the maximum emotional packaging.

    Conservatives want to win above all, but it’s not the only thing they want. They want to win a philosophically oriented campaign. They want to believe that Americans are voting for their party because they agree with it, not just because the other party was in office during an economic free fall.

    To be sure, they’ll take the win either way. The Bush administration (elected after losing the popular vote) showed that power is power, and the lack of a mandate won’t stop a president from using the full extent of the leverage available to him. But the Bush administration also showed conservatives the limits of what you can accomplish by winning an election without winning an argument. George W. Bush cast himself in 2000 as a compassionate conservative, promising to lift up the working poor.

    The travails of the Obama administration convinced Republicans they might strive for something more — a thorough and open ideological repudiation of the last century of government. Romney is offering them a more likely win, but a less thrilling prize.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/10/conservatives_ask_is_this_all.html

    • October 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Although I do take pleasure at conservative angst, this article is off in so many ways and draws so many faulty conclusions I don’t even know where to start. “Impending triumph?” I don’t think so! 😆 They just can’t help but carry water for the right even while detailing all their failures. Pitiful.

    • 78 FiredUpInCA
      October 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      “Romney is running a purely results-based campaign against President Obama. His message is simply that things are bad and Obama hasn’t made them better. (Slogan: “Obama isn’t working.”) Romney’s theme elides why things are bad and says very little about what he intends to do to make them better, other than the fact that he, Mitt Romney, is the man to do it.”

      I am anxiously awaiting the unemployment numbers. If they are on track to be 8.3 percent, as the Gallup employment survey suggests, then that’s going to disrupt the conversation of folks like Romney and folks on the left, who have been blaming the President for not doing enough about jobs. Warren Buffet said unemployment will be in the 7s by November 2012. I hope he’s right.

      If you want evidence that the media has abdicated its role as a unbiased presenter of facts in the interest of fairness and accuracy, you only have to look at how rarely they mention that Romney as governor ranked 47th out of 50, when it came to job creation.

      Massachusetts is a high-technology state with a highly-educated pool of workers to draw from, yet he ranked 47th out of 50 states, during a Republican presidency in the era of the Bush tax cuts.

  38. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    October 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    We can phonebank in our neighborhoods/state for the AJA

    call.barackobama.com

  39. 81 defytheodds
    October 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hospital to Michael Moore: Don’t try to visit Scott Olsen

    Scott Olsen, the 25-year-old Iraq war veteran who was injured by a projectile during Tuesday’s “Occupy Oakland” demonstration, remains in fair condition.

    On Saturday, a spokesperson for Highland Hospital told ABC7 News that Olsen, at the request of his insurance carrier, had been transferred to another undisclosed hospital.

    The spokesperson also said documentary filmmaker Michael Moore tried to visit Olsen on Saturday. The hospital said the family has asked for Olsen’s privacy and asked Moore not to try to visit Olsen and the hospital again.

    “We have a very, very polite message to Mr. Moore: Mr. Olsen is not here,” the hospital spokesperson said, “and if you do find out where he is, the Olsen family doesn’t want you to come there either.”

    http://tinyurl.com/3pv9t3r

    Welcome back Joan!

    • October 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      Funny how that ambulance chasing paparazzo dresses up his actions by using the word documentary, when what he’s really been doing is swooping down on the tragedy du jour so he can hog the spotlight and make it all about him rather than the subject. Good for the family for having some California moxy to dodge this bottom feeder.

  40. October 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Welcome back, Joan. You sound great! Hope your recovery is swift, sweet and full.

  41. 84 Bobfr
    October 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Latest Letter to the President

    30 October 2011

    Dear Mr President,

    As evidenced by events just these past few days in the NE, climatic chaos is reality.

    Irrespective of whatever humans do to reduce our mindless destruction of our ecosystem, we now must begin preparing for the reality of massive disruption of the electric and communications infrastructure of our Nation.

    I request that you issue and Executive Order to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy directing them to present you a plan to begun transferring as much of our electric grid below grade as possible. The effort can be tied to the expansion of a dense fiber optic network throughout the contiguous 48 States.

    The Executive Order should have them allocate, on a emergency basis, up to 5 % of their Fiscal 2012 budget to begin as rapidly as possible the transition from poles to underground. In doing so, you would also be creating thousands of construction jobs and could have DoD designate knowledgeable personnel to begin training Veterans with skills necessary to be employed working on the project.

    You could request public utilities to contribute from their pension funds matching investment and could make similar requests to the financial sector and other major sectors negatively influenced by disruption of electricity and communications either directly or to their clients.

    No doubt our National Security & economy will be increasingly at risk due to climatic chaos and we need to take steps now to mitigate.

    Thank you,
    Bob

    Yes We Can … DO More Together

  42. 85 GOVCHRIS1988
    October 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    First, for Joan

    Recover and recover well. We need you in 2012.

    For Chips. The fraud that is Michael Moore.

    http://www.osborneink.com/2011/10/michael-moore-the-radical-chics-professional-working-class-guy.html

    Read this and prepare to weep.

  43. October 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Welcome back Joan! And thank you Chipsticks for keeping this a hopeful and helpful blog. There are other blogs that I first examine my mental stamina to determine if I want to go there. Not that they aren’t overall good Dem supportive sites but they too often either dwell on the negative or concern troll too much. I can always count on this site because thanks to you and the regular contributers it’s like opening a letter from a friend.

  44. 87 Sue in Minnesota
    October 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Doing my happy dance to hear you are on the mend and so pleased to have you checking in. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Full recovery takes time, be kind to yourself and take the time you need.

  45. October 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Welcome back Joan. 🙂 🙂

    We’re sorry though you had to indure the Hurmanator 😦 on your first day back.
    Since you left his tax plan went from 999 to 919 now it’s stalled at 911.

    But Lawdy the strangest thing is, he’s still beating Mittens in some polls.

    So have fun catching up!

  46. 89 louc1
    October 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    God bless you Joan and welcome back – still praying for your speedy recovery!!!

    Fired Up and Ready to Go – Obama/Biden 2012

  47. 90 hopefruit2
    October 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I was just taking a trip down memory lane, roughly 5 months ago…having a chuckle at some of our comments on that thread!!!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/05/01/night-everyone-23/#comments

    • October 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      OMG…I’m reading those comments and I’m LMAO.

      Me4obama…I’m loving her comments, you can almost sense her adrenaline is revving.

      This was a night I will never forget.

      The comments from the beginning to the end is why I come here to share my thoughts with this community.

      • 92 hopefruit2
        October 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        Yes bjw2.. unforgettable indeed. You could track the unfolding of events just by reading Me4obama’s comments!!! 🙂 🙂

    • October 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks hopefruit2, for that walk down memory lane.

    • 94 GGail
      October 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      thanks hopefruit2 – that indeed was a night to remember from beginning to end!

  48. October 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I add my voice to the chorus of “welcome back Joan”. I have no doubt either that Presient Obama will be reelected. yaaaaaaa!

  49. 96 LunarSea
    October 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Welcome back {{{Joan}}} Glad to hear you came through the operation just fine, altho I never doubted you would. Knowing people who suffer from panic attacks I understand what you must have been going through and know the courage it must have taken to even walk into the hospital.

    So welcome back. YOU can keep your slippers on (unlike Maxine) put your feet up and relax with your fellow TODers while you continue to recuperate.

  50. 97 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Just popped in to say HI. I also want to wish HZ a very Happy Birthday and, wish all the best to Joan with her recovery.

    Please remember to always keep the TOD family, the OFA family, and the President his family and everyone that is looking out for us, close to your heart.

  51. 98 FiredUpInCA
    October 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Welcome back Joan. This is great news to start the week.

  52. October 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Speedy recovery, Joan. Good news to have you back in action.

  53. October 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Joan,

    I am glad that your surgery went well and that you are now feeling better. Continue to rest . We need you strong and healthy in 2012.

  54. 101 DoNoHarm
    October 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Google Sally Jacobs Boston Globe contact. Send her a note, civil like.

  55. 102 sjterrid
    October 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Joan it’s good to see you back. I’m so glad that your surgery went well and you are continuing to recover.

    • October 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Right on the money, desertflower!!! I heard him say that last night, and I jumped up out of the bed and clapped with so much joy that I had to calm myself down from the high. Yes she wil!!!!HZ

  56. October 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    What wonderful news to hear that you are doing well Joan, and that you are back with us. I have kept you in my thoughts and prayers and I am so grateful that you commented today, on my brithday. What a beautiful gift as well. Oh, God is so good to all of us. I am so happy to hear this news, Joan. Blessings and continued healing during your recovery time.

    Oh, so much joy today. Thanks for remembering me Joan. You are so special to think about me in your comments when you are coming to share with us about your wonderful news. What a special and wonderful angel you are. Be very bless, Joan. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Oh, I am so happy!!! HZ

    • 107 EDP4BHO
      October 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Hello HZ and a very warm welcome to Joan…..JOAN, CAN YOU HEAR ME ? 😀 I had been thinking of the both of you just a couple days ago, and wondering how you both were doing. So glad my prayers were answered. That’s all I wanted to say. God bless 😀

      Oh and Happy Birthday to you HZ. I’ve been away for near two days so I am just catching up. I see my Prez is STILL the man of the hour. Peace !!

  57. 108 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 31, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Glad you are back Joan. We have missed you. I’m glad the surgery went well. Rest up and take good care of yourself.

  58. October 31, 2011 at 2:15 am

    You’re such a wonderful, caring human being, Chips! I’m so glad you’re you….and you’re here. Good night.

  59. October 31, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Hi EDP4BHO, Thank you so much. I hope that you are okay. I will keep you in my positive thoughts zone, ok. Yes, this was a beautiful gift for me as well to see Joan back today. I am so elated!!!! Love you.HZ

  60. 111 Titti
    October 31, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Great to hear you’re doing well Joan – all the best to you as you continue to make a full recovery.

  61. 112 nathkatun7
    October 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Welcome back Joan. It’s nice to hear your voice again. I hope you continue to heel quickly. Wishing you the best.


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