a saturday salute



SmartyPants spotted a brilliant comment under Andrew Sullivan’s post the other day, ‘Why Obama still matters’. It was written by “a black attorney in his 20’s” and, as she said, “he knocked it out of the park”:

…not to be too racial about this, but myself and a lot of my minority friends sense that white liberals’ disappointment from Obama comes from a sense of entitlement.

Unlike affluent white liberals, minorities in this country seem to have a better grasp of a key truth in life: you don’t always get everything you want. We know, if not firsthand then from the stories of our parents, that America isn’t always a nice place, and all you can hope for is incremental change. Unlike a lot of our affluent white liberal friends, we are used to not getting it all and have learned to live with it….

Read the rest at SmartyPants



Washington Post: President Barack Obama is bringing his family to Towson University, just north of Baltimore, to watch Towson play Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. The first lady’s brother, Craig Robinson, is Oregon State’s head coach.

A year ago:

President Obama gets a hug from his youngest daughter Sasha during an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University



Steve Benen: It’s hard to overstate how much success the United States has had over the last few years against al Qaeda. The terrorist network … has been all but crushed. Remember a few years ago, before the 2008 elections, when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) proclaimed on Fox News that al Qaeda members would be “dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama were elected president? Well, that turned out to be backwards.

…. in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s demise, the fact remains that al Qaeda, whatever its intentions for the future, has been reduced to a largely defeated force.

More here


President Obama leaves the athletic facility at Fort McNair in Washington after playing basketball … the President signaled his approval of a deal ending the 149-day lockout between professional basketball players and owners. “Good deal,” he said, giving the thumbs up, when asked about the agreement that ended the NBA strike


….. visiting Kramerbooks in Washington, Nov. 26

The presidential purchases at the bookstore, according to the White House, included:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – by Brian Selnick

Diary of a Whimpy Kid Cabin Fever – by Jeff Kinney

Tails – by Matthew Van Fleet

Descent into Chaos – by Ahmed Rashid

The Tiger’s Wife – by Tea Obreht

The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz

Zen Shorts – by Jon Muth

123 Responses to “a saturday salute”

  1. November 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    heh, what about my toons ? 😉 😉

    GM, chips and TOD’ers (though I’m about to hit the sack in my part of the world).

  2. 3 desertflower
    November 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Chips….how right you are! I read what Smartypants wrote when she posted that, and I had a “lightbulb moment”! Could not be more clear, and more spot on.Thank you for posting it here.

    • 4 MTmarilyn
      November 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I so agree DF!!! Being a white American I really couldn’t understand so many liberals who were disappointed in Obama. But after reading that comment I do understand. Even though we are liberal democrats we really don’t understand the meaning of not getting our way immediately.

      • 5 desertflower
        November 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

        Truly. As a whole nation, I think that we EXPECT instant gratification. That is an expectation that is wrong, on so many levels….and leads that that other mindset I detest….ENTITLEMENT! Kind of ironic that the party of “inclusiveness” wouldn’t see what they are doing reflected back at them 🙂

        Her piece is a must read.

    • November 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Aside from the Hillary liberals who never supported the president in the first place, there is a certain kind of self-important liberal who condescended to give the Obama guy a chance so they could feel good about themselves. Then when he didn’t immediately do what they expected him to do, they started labeling him a failure. He was okay as long as he was a reflection of them, but he wasn’t supposed to have ideas of his own. This is both an attitude of impatience about getting their way and also great arrogance. Fortunately there are a lot of white people on the Democratic side who live in the real world and both understand what the president has had to deal with and support him wholeheartedly. I know a couple of the :privileged liberals and I find them insufferable. Kudos to Smartypants for calling them out.

      • November 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

        ALL of THIS Jackie. These self important liberals want the same influence that Rush Limbaugh has over the GOP leadership. Pres.Obama, if you disagree with what he said or a decision he made, doesn’t come running to the mic or the cameras to back peddle or pander to Keith or Rachel or Cenk, etc. They want influence over his cabinet and still mad that he hasn’t fired Geihtner like they wanted.

        • 8 prettyfoot58
          November 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm


          this is what i mean when i say that some members of the liberal left feel that the President owes them something…that he should be their puppet….

          • 9 jacquelineoboomer
            November 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

            If anybody “owes” anybody anything, President Obama would then “owe” everybody who voted for him (ridiculous), not just the few pandering grifters on the far left (and those who pretend to be liberals). It’s despicable that the feeling of “he owes me” even comes to their subconscious much less their awake minds.

            Luckily, none of this really has affected the magnificent efforts the President has accomplished in such a short time. And will accomplish all the way through his next term. (What a happy thought.)

        • November 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

          They want influence and ownership of everything Obama. It is like he is incapable of thinking. At this moment I am feeling rage against all those arrogant liberals and white trash. I may come from white trash, but I love my president. I know I can never understand how deeply many of you feel about the racism. They only thing I can do is apologize for the ugliness of so many white people.

          • 11 jacquelineoboomer
            November 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

            I’m with you. The best thing is, dorothyrissman, that President Obama is still in the White House and will remain there through his next term. So we – and dare I say, he – will have the biggest laugh of all. I cannot wait for his re-election, although I guess I also don’t want to rush him through this next year.

          • 13 EDP4BHO
            November 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

            Here I am a day late into this conversation. Dorothy, you are not from white trash. Well, this is my opinion anyway. I’ve always hated that term. I have been called nigger but I never refer to any people in derogatory terms, unless they have personally earned one. And never do I use racial slurs against anyone, as I know God made us all equal. I’ll just call one a bastard or bitch depending on how that person acts, no matter the color. Just my 2 cents 😀

        • 14 Mel
          November 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

          I remember all of those guys you mantion were supporters of HRC, but after we ,we ,we won all of sudden they
          were for PBO WTF? many did not voted for PBO, but were saying they did, and they were very nasty with PBO.
          specially on the Orange place so I stop checking the site. The PL went as far to claimed that they supported PBO
          and he had to do what they wanted!! my ass and they wanted yes Gaitner Summers. and Rahm all of them
          gone WTF? I think we should stop paying attention to those people.

      • 15 prettyfoot58
        November 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm


        I would go further…i think some so-called white liberals see the President as their “boy”….and that they feel that he should be grateful that they voted for him…they also feel that the fact they voted for a Black man for President shows how they have over ridden what ever racist tendencies they may have….

      • 20 vitaminlover
        November 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        However, President Obama is a man who will not be “owned”. He has a strong mind and knows what’s what.

  3. 21 JoJothecat
    November 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning TOD family!

    The president looks happiest when he is with his beautiful family.

  4. 24 desertflower
    November 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Ah, the President with his boo boo lip 😦

  5. 26 Fred
    November 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

    morning TOD family

    • 27 desertflower
      November 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Morning, Fred! I think you may have gone to bed already when I asked this…but how are you feeling? Better, I hope. Any good news from the Dr?

      • 28 Fred
        November 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

        Morning D.feeling well thanks for asking.Still the same.Hope all is well with you

        • 29 desertflower
          November 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

          That’s good news 🙂 One day at a time! I’m fine, though I DID get attacked by the tree branches I’m cutting in the backyard…glutton for punishment that I am, I will return for more pain today! Like I said yesterday, everything in AZ has prickers, stings, or eats you….these Palo Verde trees have THORNS! Smacked me right in the forehead yesterday….if I HAD the money for a gardner……

          • 30 Fred
            November 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

            take it easy D and be safe

            • 31 desertflower
              November 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

              I’ll try! My husband noticed my “war wounds” this morning 🙂

              • 32 HZ
                November 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

                Yes, DF please be careful. You sound like me. Once I get started, there is no turning back. However, please take your time and be careful. Have an enjoyable time in your labors. It sounds like you also enjoy being outside as well. Keep safe and do not forget to keep your H2o bottle near by. HZ

  6. 34 Debz
    November 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Good morning all!! I’m happy that PBO is spending time with his family, he always seems happiest when he is with them. I guess he is getting much needed rest after his trip.

  7. November 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

    http://emiliawahoo76.blogspot.com/2011/11/headupassitis.html Another great post by Emilia of Hoosier Left on the vacuity of OWS protesters (exemplified by interviews in The New Yorker) and negativity role of the emoprogs and PL

    • November 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

      The union faction of OWS, is something we all should support. They easily have just as many union people, as the other factions combined! Just saying!

    • 37 desertflower
      November 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

      I read that yesterday, and thought she was spot on! Great site.

    • 38 Fred
      November 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

      boy these young people are a bunch of arrogant ignorant idiots and the adults make sense;especially that older gentleman

    • 39 Debz
      November 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I read her post yesterday, I’m glad that most of our young people don’t act that way. But she is correct that there is very little understanding of basic civics anymore. How sad. All young people need to understand that it is their future that is at stake in the coming election, and they need to educate themselves as to what PBO has done so far, and that the gop will end all of those policies.

    • November 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Kids 30ish and under are part of a lost decade – they were sold the usual bill of goods about getting an education and working hard and a job would be waiting for you and the world would be your oyster. Only that didn’t happen and they’re rightly frustrated and pissed off. Jobs are not there and likely never will be in that if you’re 4-5-6 years out of school and not working in your field but at a minimum wage gig or three to make ends meet and a job in your desired field does open up said company will hire a fresh face right out of school where their training is up to date. So this generation feels wronged, and they want that to be somehow rectified. They did everything right and they were screwed. In a lot of ways there were probably very sheltered growing up and thought it was all going to be fair and easy and that good things happened to good hardworking people and that the folks unemployed or underemployed probably did something to deserve it. Helicopter parents only fed into this fantasy of adulthood and their futures, of course thinking they were doing the right thing for their sons and daughters. Parents who paid for their kids schooling, and paid to make sure their sons and daughters didn’t have to work part time or full time anywhere but could focus on their studies. Now you have young adults graduating at 23-24-25 who have never worked with a top education in their back pocket but also believing minimum wage jobs are somehow beneath them because they have the golden ticket degree or two on their resume but zero work history.

      • 41 Desraye
        November 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

        I will said that I am under 30 and I don’t feel the way that they do.

        • 42 Fred
          November 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

          just turned 31 and I agree with you Des

        • November 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          Exactly I know people over 40 who are more frustrated then these kids. They played by the rules and lost ground. The only difference is they didn’t go out and pitch a tent.

        • November 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          Of course not every 30 and under feels this way, but there are a lot that do and I think they can’t be reached politically. They’re pissed off and acting out. The key will be to peel off the moderates from OWS, and leave it to these folks alone and then try to best marginalize them. They’ll vote third party as a protest, there is no way the Dems or President Obama can earn/win their vote. Even if there was an attempt they’d just move the goalposts out of reach again, and any real attempt would just pull the party way too far left.

          They ran off Van Jones, who was pissing me the hell off with his attempts to reach out to OWS, because he was also trying to pull them into the voting process and wasn’t anti-Obama enough for them. They only listen to Michael Moore, Dylan Ratigan and the like because they bash the President. They’re pissed at the unions for trying to steal their movement. I hope the Unions do peel off the non-radicals into the 99% Movement that is marching on Congress in early December, and leaves OWS to the loons to keep whining about how OWS is the second civil rights movement, how pepper spray is the new firehoses and how they’re just like the freedom marchers and riders now.

      • November 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        23 year old black male here. Ain’t no way in hell I was taught that. However, I have seen that some of my former classmates had been sold on that and have lost their minds just like those in that article. Especially the ones who made straight A’s and got all the academic accolades and spent their summers not working summer jobs, but actually studying. They just don’t know what the hell to do and frankly this is the end result. Like my Grandmother says, ” It doesn’t matter what you learn in school, its what you learn afterward thats important.” and boy are they getting a concrete lesson from HKU. Hard Knock University.

        • 46 MTmarilyn
          November 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

          Thanks for your input. This is what I love about the TOD family. We are all ages and everyone speaks up. I do feel some young people do not understand the role politics really plays in there life. Did you ever have any civics when you were in school?

          • 47 desertflower
            November 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

            Marilyn…civics went the way of the dinosaur…may get a bit of that info in govt class…I know this from my 17 year old son that is a HS senior this yr….

        • 48 LadyTNT
          November 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

          I am about to turn 30 next year and I kinda feel that way. I went to school, have two degrees and up until October I was working two jobs, one was a warehouse. I just got an entry level position in my field of choice. I was mad and upset because I felt like I did everything right. But I wouldn’t dare blame that on PBO. It started way before he was in office and I don’t even know if I give him credit for the job I have now because I don’t think he has a hand in it one way or the other. what I do know is that he is working hard for people like me so that’s why I stand behind him no matter what.

          • 49 LadyTNT
            November 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

            Btw, I’m black.

            • 50 jacquelineoboomer
              November 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

              Btw, loved your take on how things are going for our 20- and 30-y/o Obama supporters! So glad you finally got a position in your field of choice. I especially love that you are taking responsibility for your career – no matter how long it takes to get where you want to be – and not “blaming” PBO or others. That’s one of my pet peeves in people, no matter how old they are.

              I’ve got granddaughters who will be in the wonderful world of work, soon, and I’m not sure they’re ready for all of the hassles they may have to go through first. Fingers crossed! 🙂

              • 51 LadyTNT
                November 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

                Thanks! I have been telling kids that they should get internships or at least volunteer in their fields of choice. That way you can have experience to bag up your education. You don’t want to know how many days I cried about them telling me I didn’t qualify for jobs that I could do in my sleep

  8. 52 MTmarilyn
    November 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Happy Saturday to Chips and this wonderful TOD family. Today is day to stay at home and change from fall to Christmas. Can’t wait to see more pictures of the family at the basketball game. Have a beautiful day!

  9. November 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has launched its next Mars rover, kicking off a long-awaited mission to investigate whether the Red Planet could ever have hosted microbial life.

    The car-size Curiosity rover blasted off atop its Atlas 5 rocket at 10:02 a.m. ET Saturday, streaking into a cloudy sky above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here. The huge robot’s next stop is Mars, though the 354-million-mile (570-million-kilometer) journey will take eight and a half months.

    Joy Crisp a deputy project scientist for the rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., called the liftoff “spectacular.”


    I saw it, all the way from Clearwater Florida! Cool stuff!

    • 54 desertflower
      November 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

      VERY cool! Must call my dad and see if he saw it….lives near Inglewood/Port Charlotte area.

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      November 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      So great. One time when I worked in Florida for the Navy in public affairs, I was hosting a tour of dignitaries through our very, very high-tech technology research laboratories. I was able at a certain time (luckily on schedule) to bring them over to the window and ask if they’d like to see the space shuttle launch – right smack in the middle of the tour!

  10. November 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

    A senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says the country will target NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.

    Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards’ aerospace division, is quoted by the semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what it sees as an increase in threats from the U.S. and Israel.

    He says Iran will now respond to threats with threats rather than a defensive position.


  11. November 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Obama headed for Scranton High
    Published: November 26, 2011
    President Barack Obama will speak at Scranton High School when he visits the city on Wednesday, two sources said Friday.

    The White House on Friday would not officially confirm the location of the president’s visit, but one source said the location is definitely the school and the other said the White House is looking for an audience of about 400 students. The sources spoke only if they were not identified.

    Superintendent William King said he could not confirm the school as the site, but said “the White House has been in touch with us.”

    “We’re waiting for confirmation from them,” he said. “They have not confirmed anything.”

    The high school has received its share of political campaign attention the past few years, though the visitors ultimately did not fare well in the elections that followed.


  12. 58 HZ
    November 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD Family. Thanks for the photos, Chips of POB and family a year ago. Oh, we have a very beautiful First Family. I love it when the girls give daddy a hug. It always is so touching. And that smile and then that very serious look just melts the heart.
    We are so grateful for our President and his beautiful family. May they enjoy another day today at the game in MD.

    I saw on Twitter that POTUS was playing BB with Reggie this morning. He is getting in his sports. Good to see and hear that he can enjoy and relax. I hope that for Chipsticks and all of my TOD family here. Enjoy your day and relax. I love you all so very much. This is a beautiful place to be.HZ

  13. November 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

    With the NBA and players agreeing to a new CBA I think the Obama Classic Basketball Fundraiser is probably off as the players will be back under contract and control of their respective NBA teams. However on the other hand, it should be good for jobs in that nba teams are probably responsible for 1000 direct and spin off jobs on game night per franchise so that’s upwards of 30,000 who will have a job or at least more hours now. Also the players will have their million dollar paychecks flowing again and a lot of the guys support friends and extended family to some degree as well.

    • November 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

      I may have to agree about the fundraiser being off. Unless, they can put it together before December 9th first team workouts! I will wait for Messina to call it off, though!

      • 61 defytheodds
        November 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Hopefully it’ll not be canceled. The game is scheduled for 12/12 maybe they can either move it up or just let the former plays play…like Magic Johnson & Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, etc they are all scheduled to play…the game will still be big fun while raising a little cash for the Obama Victory Fund. By popular demand: “The First Ever Obama Classic Basketball Game” must go on. 🙂

        • 62 defytheodds
          November 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

          President Obama gave a thumbs-up when told about the tentative settlement after he finished playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington on Saturday morning.

  14. November 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Good afternoon, TOD~ Here’s an interesting article that I stumbled across today. (The graphic, which were provided by The Frugal Dad, is an eye-opener and shows just why “journalism” is in such a sorry state.

    Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice

    Big broadcasters want to expand their market influence, cut jobs and slash local news coverage. They have an opening — the Federal Communications Commission is currently reviewing all of its media ownership rules. These rules determine how many media outlets a corporation can own, and broadcasters are angling for fewer restrictions at the expense of our communities’ need for vital news and information. Just as the fight is heating up, blogger the Frugal Dad reminds us just how much power and influence broadcasters already have: (graphic reposted with permission)



    h/t Trish Nelson and The Frugal Dad

  15. 70 Debz
    November 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    POTUS played B-ball today at least no one elbowed him in the mouth this year!! 🙂 He is looking good as usual.

  16. 74 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    November 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    @TheRevAl Please adopt ZERO TOLERANCE – ZERO GOP elected to WH, US Senate, House, State & Local Gvts in 2012 #ZEROGOP2012 #Protect99%ers

    Likely lots of other 60+ y/o caucasians have the same sense of entitlement I do – I’m entitled only to the rights and opportunities I’m willing to demand and fight for every other person.


  17. November 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    ….. visiting Kramerbooks in Washington, Nov. 26

  18. November 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  19. November 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Happy, though belated, Thanksgiving to all those seated around Chipsticks’ “center table” where we can all talk turkey! (h/t HZ)

    • 81 Sue in Minnesota
      November 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Let me add my very late sentiments as well….I hope everyone here had a Blessed holiday spent with the good company of family and friends, good food, and a opportunity to reconnect with all the reasons we have to be grateful. This community is one of the many things I give thanks for. Chipsticks you have created an oasis of inspiration and united so many of us around a common and worthy source of hope and motivation. You are IMO an absolute angel, so thank you for all that you do, and the many ways you inject joy and community into our lives. Everyone here is special, all contributing in their unique and beautiful ways…..it is truly a privilege to be a part of this community and the effort of supporting our remarkable President, FLOTUS, their beautiful family and his very capable administration.

      My computer was in for repair…..it was a bit of a challenge not being able to have a finger on the pulse of what was transpiring in the world of PBO. I was especially disappointed in not being able to travel along side the President to Australia, a country I feel in love with after visiting it in the mid 1990’s. And even more, I just plain missed everybody here. Isabel Wilkerson wrote a wonderful book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which I reread during the days I was seperated from my computer. It is harrowing, and poignant, and hopeful and should be read by every white American no matter their station, if they are to ever begin to recognize the insidious and systemic nature of racism in America. If they ever are going to begin to recognize the ‘priviliege’ they inherit, through no action of their own, by being born white. And until they can they will never be able to fairly and justly relate to what it means to be African American in our society. And I think is largely responsible for the myopic vision, and ingrained entitlement of so many of our citizens.

      • 82 Roberta in MN
        November 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

        Sue, Glad to hear from you. I left a post down thread wondering if anyone had heard from you and hoping you were ok. Glad it was only the computer. But sure missed your posts. Happy bleated Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Christmas. It is icky weather hear today. Cols and rain, just like MN winter. We had it pretty good for a longer period of time this year.

        Glad you are back. 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 83 HZ
          November 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

          Ditto. So elated to hear from you Sue. Be gentle with your care. I know you will. Love you. Oh, that is a great book to read. I read it , and I must agree that it is a must read for all those who would like to take a great journey with this wonderful author, Isbel Wilkerson. Thanks for sharing this, Sue, and please take good care.HZ

        • 84 Sue in Minnesota
          November 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          Hi Roberta, thanks and I hope you had a lovely holiday as well. I am good…..I am also quite broke so I’ll have to go to work in my “Santa’s workshop” if I am going to be able to put presents under our tree this year (Medical bills…..not whine…just fact, I’ll take broke over the alternative 😉 Really glad that my computer is repaired….my TOD addiction is very real, and the withdrawal isn’t pleasant 😉

          I’m trying not to think about our weather….if I ignore it maybe winter won’t seem so long, snow is something I could easily live without. Most Minnesotans say they love the snow and hate the cold….I am the opposite, I don’t like snow and can tolerate the cold, especially if the sun in shining!

      • 85 JoJothecat
        November 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        Hi Sue in Minnesota,

        We had many people asking about you! so glad your computer is working and you are doing well.

        • 86 Sue in Minnesota
          November 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

          Thanks JoJothecat……..I am doing very well….but it was really strange being cut off from this community. I am so glad to be back.

  20. 87 Elly in MD
    November 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    About the response on Andrew Sullivan’s blog re white liberals being so critical when they don’t get everything they want: there are two phrases that come into my head ALL THE TIME when I am thinking about politics – one is the last line from “Some Like It Hot” where one guy says to the other “Nobody’s Perfect!” and the other is the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Maybe because I’m older than some of these folks I’m more patient?

    I also find myself not getting too excited about the OWS folks, although I think it’s good their message is getting out. It’s just that I lived through the Vietnam protest years, and always felt that a large number (clearly not all) of the protestors had pretty shallow beliefs, that so much had to do with not wanting to get drafted ie personally harmed themselves, not so much idealism for a cause. There was some faddishness about it all back then.

    • 88 Roberta in MN
      November 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I can agree with that. I went through that and had a younger brother drafted. I didn’t agree with the war but I didn’t protest either, just wanted my little brother to come home safe and sound and he did. A little PSTD, but he is doing better now.

  21. 89 defytheodds
    November 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    The other day Rev Al was talking about Black Friday on his radio program when someone called in and said, “You have to have a Black Friday in order to have a White Christmas.” Which got a chuckle and his guest asked the caller if she could use those words.
    Have a wonderful Saturday and support Small Biz.

    • 90 geegee
      November 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I don’t know why, but that term “black Friday” just rubs me the wrong way. From where did that term originate? Then I hear that Monday coming up is rumoured to be dubbed as “white Monday”. What gives? 😯

  22. 91 Ceb
    November 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Today is Black Friday for small businesses.
    Our POTUS shows us who he is and what he is about, not by talking, but by doing: macho competitive basketball playing with the guys; daddy time with daughters in a local, independent book store; yesterday, golf with long-time friends and aids. He works hard, plays hard and loves hard.

    Those are some mag sneakers he is carrying. No old man shoes for PBO.

    • 92 HZ
      November 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks for your comments Ceb. I saw DWS,DNC Chairwoman, tweet about the SBD. This is an insenstive for us to make a purchase if we can at a small business in our town.

      Our President always leads as an example of what he speaks about.

      Thanks for your comments to remind some of us who may have forgotten. We go out and support him on this one. Depending on our resources,ofcourse.HZ

  23. 95 CEB
    November 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Chips, I transposed my log-in info (the order on laptop is different from my ipad). My earlier comment is in moderation. Can you help a sister out?


  24. 97 CEB
    November 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Chips, I see that you were right on it.

  25. 99 debbyeOh
    November 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I love the bookstore pics, that’s our President, leading by example. Oh wait, from those pictures, he’s obviously leading from behind AND not connecting with a single soul in that store! Silly me, I almost believed my lying eyes instead of the MSM meme!

  26. November 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Always love seeing our President with his daughters buying books. I love to read and love purchasing books. (spend last dollars on a book). This is always such a potent example of what he believes in about reading for all children. The girls always seem to enjoy being with him on their book purchasing date.

    I try to converse with my niece about her daughter reading and choosing a great book that she would ‘wish’ for in the future. If she shares the wish with me within a month, I get the book for her. However, she has to make sure that she has read them by the end of the year. Then our ‘great auntie contract’ agreement commences again for the next year.

    It is a wonderful way to get her to read more, plus she can have her ‘wish list’ that I can check out as well(grins). My goal(hopefully) is to have her have in her library a set number of books by the time she graduates from high school and enter her first day on a college campus as a freshman. Pray for me. Just trying to help my niece who is a trying to raise her daughter. She likes the’wish list’.HZ

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      November 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Love that story, HZ. I’ve always gotten my grandchildren at least one “special” book for Christmas (including the latest Harry Potter a while back). My oldest granddaughter is 21, so this tradition has been around for a while. This summer, when my 8-y/o granddaughter visited, I “happened” to have “Of Thee I Sing” for her. She loved it. She also said several times during the visit, “I LOVE Mrs. Obama. I see her all the time on Disney [or Nickelodeon, I forget now!].” They are all so sweet, and they love the books. Nothing cuter than seeing a young child with his or her head in a book, totally engrossed in the story.

      • November 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        Thank you Jacquelineoboomer. It is a wonderful tradition that you have started and continued to share with your grandchildren. That is so beautiful. I love to see young children gravitate to reading wonderful books. That is a beautiful sight to behold. It is also beautiful to hear how you 8 y/o also loved PBO’s “Of Thee I Sing.” He read that book to Associate Justice Stevens’ grandson while they were visiting PBO in the Oval Office. And the look that the young child had on his little face was just too precious. Associate Justice Stevens face was lit up as well. That young man will hold that moment and the book in his life forever, I am sure. “The POTUS read to me a book that he also authored when I was in his Oval Office at the WhiteHouse, ” he will say to his friends and family for years to come. That is something for a child to remember.

        Keep up your beautiful tradition. It is wonderful to hear how authors, titles, Presidents have such a positive influence on children and adults lives, when it comes to reading and reading wonderful books. Two of his purchases today, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, and “Zen Shorts” are two of my favorites.(The stories are wonderful for adults as well as the children). I will venture to think that Malia will read the first one and probably the last one could be for his sister Maya’s girls. Really they are both beautiful stories for adults to learn lessons from as well. And both are illustrated exquisitely.HZ

  27. 107 anniebella
    November 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    The cartoon of the GOP clowns, with Mitt Romney they have to start adding liar now.

  28. November 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Good Morning TOD family.

    Very happy to see this video of NY Gillibrand. I am hopeful this can become law. I am grateful to 60 minutes and OWS for bringing corruption in government into our discussion. Plus I love her.

    Sen. Gillibrand – : ‘It Has To Be Illegal’ for Members Of Congress to Engage in Insider Trading

  29. November 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I stumbled on several great videos and articles by Soledad Obrien which were very interesting.

    How teaching technology changes lives

    As a teacher I am delighted folks are trying to improve access to technology.

  30. November 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This story is great for anyone who wants facts and figures to rattle off about the Rep. Baloney.

    BY THE NUMBERS: The myth of ‘job-killing’ regulations

    Two of my favorite stats

    Percent of people who lost their jobs in 2010 because of government regulation: 0.3

    Percent who lost their jobs because of a drop in business demand: 25


  31. November 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I posted this yesterday, but it could use a repeat since today is Saturday.

    2 videos and an article about Small business Saturday

  32. 112 Jessica
    November 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t believe it’s only the 2nd annual SmallBizSat. I thought the term had been floating around for several years now.

  33. 114 collegekay
    November 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness are those his shoes? They’re huge! 8)

  34. November 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Did you guys see the jerseys for the NBA fundraiser?


  35. November 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Heads up in Baltimore!

    President Obama and the First Family will be at the Towson Center on Saturday to watch the Oregon State basketball team take on Towson.

    Men’s Basketball Hosts Oregon State
    Saturday, November 26 at 7:00pm
    Towson Center Holtzman Gallery, Towson University, 8000 York Rd
    The Tiger Men’s Basketball team makes its 2011-12 home debut against Oregon State.

  36. 119 ML
    November 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    It’s sad to see President Obama receive such a lackluster reception again! No connection with the people! Just anger and bitter despair! Where are all the people smiling and laughing, taking pictures and asking to introduce their grandsons? Oh wait…;)

    I can’t imagine concentrating enough to pick out books with all that going on! 🙂

  37. November 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Yes, we really need to send that video of POB shopping in the book store to Tweety. Oh, and please do not leave out”My Sources Tell Me.”

    Want to watch some people really eat their words and the words of: Selnick, Kinney, Muth, Juster, Diaz, Fleet, Rashid, and Obert.

    Now that would be great to watch. “We got you ,carriers of ‘faslehood’.HZ Thanks Rev. Al.

  38. 121 Claire
    November 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    My friends own Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, so what a joy to see the President visit there! Also, Under Armour must be loving the photo of him carrying the sneakers.

  39. 123 virginia
    November 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    My niece is in her second year at Towson. I believe this is the second time the President has been to the school since she got there. I think he made a speech the first time.

    In fact, the President and/or the First Lady has been to several schools in the DC/MD/VA area. He’s been to several schools within 10 miles of my house, 1 elementary school, 1 middle school and 2 high schools, and 1 university, George Mason, that I KNOW of.

    Yet I keep hearing how “out of touch” he is with this community, and how he doesn’t like people (heard that on Morning Joe last week).

    What are we supposed to believe, the MSM or our own LYING eyes???

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