for our friends here…..

In case you missed BWD’s comment last night, she was involved in a car crash a few days ago – it was a horrible experience that has left her badly shaken. I know BWD loves this video, so this is for her – look after yourself, get strong soon friend.

Love, too, to QuietObserver whose Dad is battling ill-health, as are Fred and HZ. And Sam UK, this is a tough time for you too, we’re thinking of you.

204 Responses to “for our friends here…..”

  1. 1 ScottyUrb
    February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    All the best to all of you, dear BWD, QuietObserver, Fred, HZ, and Sam UK!

  2. February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Sending good thoughts to all TOD’ers having troubles. We’re thinking of you.

  3. 6 JoJothecat
    February 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Prayers to all our dear friends….get well soon and prayers, light and love to you all.

  4. February 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    is everything ok now? my best wishes.

  5. February 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    You’re so thoughtful, Chipsticks. Good thoughts to all mentioned who are having tough times.

  6. 11 utaustinliberal
    February 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Bless your kind soul Chips. To all TOD’ers (lurkers included) going through tough times; sending warm, compassionate, kind, and uplifting thoughts your way. Here’s to things getting better and life becoming much easier and happier.

  7. February 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This post is very thoughtful, chips.
    Good job!

  8. 14 a4alice
    February 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I will be thinking kind thoughts for all of our dear TOD friends. {{hugs}}

  9. February 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Watch! If this cobtraceptive rule goes through Congress, Democrats will cave and then blame the President.
    Just like Guantanamo.
    I guess we can summize that this campaign is all on OFA and the DNC.
    The Congressional Democrats are spineless!

    That is all!

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Congress’s job approval rating hits all-time low in new Gallup survey

      Jonathan Easley – 02/08/12 03:03 PM ET
      Only 10 percent said they approved of the way Congress was handling its job, down from 13 percent in January.…

    • 19 Bill
      February 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Would it not be necessary to pass in the Senate and then be signed by PBO to be effective?

    • 22 sjterrid
      February 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I just e-mailed my Congrssman, Rob Andrews, and told him that he and all democratic congressmen should stand together and vote no on this contraceptive rule that the republicans are pushing. I mentioned that this is a private matter between a patient and doctor, and no one is forcing birth control on anyone, only those who want it.

  10. 23 Debz
    February 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    BWD, I am so sorry to hear of your accident. Hope you are better soon. Sending my best wishes to all of our TOD family mentioned above.

  11. February 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Sending L♥ve out to you all (BWD, Q/Observer, Fred, HZ & Sam) – you have friends Worldwide that are here for ya!!! Be safe & Stay blessed *hugs*

  12. 25 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Teen pregnancy, abortion rates at record low

    The Guttmacher researchers said the decline in teen birthrates was largely attributable to increased contraceptive use by teens of both genders.


  13. 26 tally
    February 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm



  14. February 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    At Fort Carson, Colo., the Army partnered with a local energy provider to build a photovoltaic solar array on top of a closed landfill. The White Sands Missile Range project in New Mexico will provide the Army with 4.44-megawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity, saving 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity and $930,000 annually. When finished, White Sands will be the largest renewable energy project in the Army.


    DOD is great on clean energy!

    • 29 susanne
      February 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      wow, i love this idea. landfills are notoriously lousy for any future use, but here’s a positive, win-win coming from pbo’s dod. thanks for the info, jovie.

  15. February 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Sending healing energy vibes to BWD and to all TODers who are having physical or emotional difficulty. Will do an energy intervention later. BWD: even if you are okay physically, find someone to talk to about your feelings, to help you cope, to avoid any PTSD.

  16. 31 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Six Republican Senators — Including Snowe And Collins — Co-Sponsored Federal Contraception Mandate In 2001


  17. 33 Brian
    February 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Sending warm wishes and positive energy to all who may be struggling here. And especially to HZ. You’ve shared your strength so often with so many of us, I want to send some of that strength right back to you. Get well soon.

  18. 35 holymoly
    February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t comment much but sending hugs to all our friends at TOD. Especially to BWD,FRED,HZ,SAM UK,Quietoserver.

    Another ‘lets stay together’

  19. 41 debbyeOh
    February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    See, that’s why I love this site: so much love
    for each other! Love you BWD ,et al, sending my prayers and love to you all! ❤

  20. 42 Ben
    February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Sending good wishes to BWD and everyone else having issues.

  21. 43 carolyn
    February 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people mentioned who have been suffering in various ways. One thing I love about this blog so much is the care and concern evidenced by people we don’t even know personally. That’s one thing that makes this spot different from others. I well remember how kind and thoughtful people were when I told of my husband’s heart attack and stent surgery in December. It’s amazing how people care across the cyberspace. And by the way, he is doing great! I am so thankful for modern medicine.
    Wishing all recovery for those who need it so much.

  22. 45 LadyTNT
    February 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Chips, I think that it is super sweet that you did this. That is why we are a family, even those of us that lurk most of the time, because of your love and compassion. Love to BWD, I know how you feel I just had a bad accident in Nov but by the grace of God, I walked away. Love to the others and to the whole TOD family.

  23. February 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Robney is having a press conference today? Who knew?

  24. 47 sherijr
    February 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    to all TODers facing difficult times, positive thoughts &best wishes to all of you.. take care. ((((((((((HUGS TOO)))))))))))

  25. February 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Even though we may not be with each other physically, we are with each other in spirit. Know that you have someone to lean on.

  26. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    And may I add Joyce Canucks mentioned the other day that her grandmother has become very ill as well.

    • 50 HZ
      February 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Comfort to Joyce and family, especially her grandmother. She asked that I put her grandmother in my prayer and meditation group. I have done so. We will make it through because of our love here even as we do a great work to reelect our President.HZ

      • 51 Canuck Joyce
        February 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Thank you so much donna and HZ for your prayers. God bless you for remembering my grandma.
        HZ, please get well soon. We need you here more than ever.

  27. February 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    **A note for isonprize** 😆

    Apologies.. I log on here using Twitter and I don’t receive any updates to anything I comment on – so if I don’t check the posts on here regularly, I tend to miss out on people adding to my comments 😐 but I lifted this from another post I just commented on.. to answer your question about “Happy Born Day” 🙂

    hi ison… sorry for the late reply… the “Happy Born Day” has been something that has stuck with me since I was a teen, my father has English as his second language (although he immigrated and lived in NZ for over 30 years, his English is not THAT strong, even for someone who is mixed German/Danish/Samoan lol)…… and instead of him saying “Happy Birth Day”… he would say “Happy Born Day”……… and so no matter whose birthday it is….. I’ve always just held onto that tradition because it is “odd and peculiar” to see/hear it.. but the meaning is the same

  28. February 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The budget for Dylan Ratigans show is astounding. Here is a guy who gets about 225k viewers per show and yet he goes from State to state, city to city, on this fake Obama bashing jobs tour!

    • 54 Bill
      February 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I have never seen his salary, but I have read Tweety makes $5 million a year from MSNBC.

    • 55 Mel
      February 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I watch Martin Bashir, but as soon as Ratigan comes on I turn off the TV he is a facking fake
      with his 30 million jobs creation if that is the case if he can create 30 million jobs he should be
      The President , Ratigan is a Wall street guy make no mistake PBO has been talking about the
      new energy that will create a lots of jobs, but, but the Oil industry are fighting like mad all they
      want drill baby drill. So Ratigan is a phony asshole.

      • 56 nospin
        February 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        “as soon as Ratigan comes on I turn off the TV he is a facking fake
        with his 30 million jobs creation if that is the case if he can create 30 million jobs he should be
        The President ”

        I do the same thing Mel. Switch the channel or turn off the TV.

  29. 57 Cindy Sweatt
    February 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My prayers and thought go out to BWD and everyone else. This really is like a family. Thank you!

  30. 58 ChristiMTL
    February 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    You have a good heart Chips…..sending good and healing thoughts to BWD and the TODers facing difficult times..

  31. 60 cozimfree
    February 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    My very best wishes to our ailing TOD family members and those they love. May your heart, mind and body heal fast. We see you!

  32. February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Santorum had an event in a Catholic Church.

    What’s next? A Rally at St Peters Basillica?

  33. 66 L3
    February 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Brought this over from the end of the last thread.

    Check this out. It’s very funny and is an example of PBO’s and Al Green’s universal appeal.

    Chips, your video has passed 5,000,000 hits. Of course that does not include all the other video variations.

    • 67 utaustinliberal
      February 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      PBO really does have universal appeal. That was a nice homage to PBO and Al Green.

    • 68 ChristiMTL
      February 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      I love it!! The audience go crazy when the host play the clip. President Obama has the IT factor…..

    • 69 QuietObserver
      February 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      They’re sure getting their money’s worth out that sweet little clip. 😆 At this point, I really hope PBO sings a full version some day, just so we can finally hear the rest of the song.

  34. 72 criquet
    February 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I was someone who left DK to follow BWD and found this blog through BWD’s blog as it was listed as one of the recommended sites.
    I am truly grateful to BWD and Ms Chips for the work they have done and continue to do for such a worthy cause that affects the whole world and to those who participate and make this one of the best places to be everyday.

    Get well to BWD and all those suffering ailments or illness large or small and keep well those caring and hurting with family and friends going through physical or emotional maladies.

    We have shown how we can fight for PBO and can do so in other arenas as well.

    Press on TOD family.

  35. 74 criquet
    February 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Correction : I am someone who also left DK to follow BWD and found this blog through BWD’s blog as it was listed as one of the recommended sites.
    I am truly grateful to BWD and Ms Chips for the work they have done and continue to do for such a worthy cause that affects the whole world and to those who participate and make this one of the best places to be everyday.

    Get well to BWD and all those suffering ailments or illness large or small and keep well those caring and hurting with family and friends going through physical or emotional maladies.

    We have shown how we can fight for PBO and can do so in other arenas as well.

    Press on TOD family.

  36. February 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Romney’s hypocrisy knows no bounds: He’s enriching himself off the manufacturers of the birth control he now opposes. http://t.co/wgJSd3Ev

    • 76 utaustinliberal
      February 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I just read the article. The hypocrisy of Romney knows no bounds. He accuses people of what he’s doing or has done in the past. It’s so unbelievable. I have no pity for Gingrich but he was right when he asked journalists this question: “How do you debate someone who lies all the time.” 99.9% of what comes out of Romney’s mouth is lies, lies, lies, and more lies. Heck he even lied that his first name isn’t Willard.

      I’ve sent the article to PBO’s surrogates from OFA, the WH, and the DNC @stefcutter, @davidaxelrod, @PressSec, @WoodhouseB @PatrickGaspard @BenLaBolt @DWStweets @IsraelDCCC @Thedemocrats @MayorRTRybak @Pfeiffer44 @billburton716 @Messina2012 @GovernorOMalley so they can have this information handy when they speak to the hack job that is the press. This is 2012. No time for jokes. Romney must be called out on every falsehood and hypocritical action.

  37. February 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Washington D.C. – This week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and other senior Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to highlight America’s investments in cutting-edge energy innovations that are laying the building blocks for an American economy built to last.  The visits nationwide will highlight American-made energy resources like natural gas and biofuels, and focus on the important role American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are helping to ensure the U.S. leads in the global clean energy economy.

    On Thursday, February 9, Secretary Chu will tour the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL’s) facilities outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he will tour a range of research and development facilities.  The tour will focus on science and technology that is now being developed at NETL to extract natural gas more safely and efficiently, and will highlight the initial innovations supported by the national laboratory that have helped to spur the expansion of shale gas development in Pennsylvania and around the country. After the open press tour, the Secretary will join with NETL Director Anthony Cugini and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to deliver remarks and take questions from reporters. 


  38. 78 overseasgranny
    February 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Sorry about the accident, BWD, and hope everyone is physically OK. Mentally may take a bit longer. I was almost in an accident last Friday. Came around a blind bend in the road and there was a giant tractor smack in the middle of the road. Slammed on the brakes and, of course, that is where the ice was, so started sliding right into the tractor. The only reason I didn’t crash was that I turned the car at the last away from the tractor putting myself in more danger as my nose ended up about a foot from that huge wheel. We never touched each other tho’. The tractor driver gave me a cheer, and I can’t tell you what I said under my breath about him.

  39. 81 Ladyhawke
    February 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm



    Actually, I thought I had unsubscribed a long time ago, but I guess not. Anyway, I just received an email from Russ Feingold about how disappointed he is about President Obama and the super pacs. I didn’t read the entire email. But what I did do before unsubscribing was reply to the email with a copy of the brilliant post from The Peoples View by Deaniac83. I included the link. I hope Russ reads it. I would love it if he got a lot of replies to his email with this post. I wish no further communications from Mr. Feingold. Thank you very much!

    Dear Russ Feingold, let me tell you about dancing with the devil


    If you want to see the the dancing devil looking you in the eyes, Mr. Feingold, you need look no further than the Republican governor of your own state, Scott Walker and those of others who submitted to Republican rule after the 2010 elections. Workers’ rights have been attacked, Republican legislatures and governors have claimed the right to dismiss elected local governments and institute dictatorial rule, right wing activists have tried to force women to carry the children of their rapists, and state governments have gone after their own citizens’ right to vote at their own convenience.

    And here’s the thing about how that dancing devil got here and got so far. Part of the problem, frankly, Sen. Feingold, were people like you. People like you who demanded ponies and perfections from President Obama’s sweeping reforms Wall Street for example. It was you, Sen. Feingold, who was willing to contribute to Americans’ feelings that the government can’t do anything right (the Republican argument) by filibustering the most significant re-regulation of the financial sector since 1930s. It was you who was willing to use the “not good enough” excuse to pick up applause lines at pretend-Left spheres rather than doing the hard work of governing and helping this president dig us out of the mess he’d been handed.
    The President was the only person with enough courage to call out the Supreme Court on their Citizens United decision while the justices sat in the audience.

    You, Sen. Feingold, voted to confirm Chief Justice Roberts, who was one of the 5 Supreme Court votes to bring about Citizens United.



  40. February 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Homes in foreclosure decline by 130k.

  41. February 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Hello everyone, hope you’re having a great day. I’ve been missing In action the past few days, Had out of town Guest. However, I understand that there are a few TOD members are under the waeather, which I’m so sorry to hear. I pray for God’s healing and blessings on all who are hurting.
    I really like the video on our beloved President connecting to all and everyone around him. I posted It on my Facebook, It’s a winner 🙂

  42. 89 sjterrid
    February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in the TOD family that are suffering or have family members that are suffering. I lit a candle at
    the grateful.org site under the group PBO.

  43. 90 Debra
    February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    President Obama leading repubs in Virginia

  44. February 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I would like to add my prayers and thoughts to all those at TOD who are experiencing difficulties right now. I feel I’ve gotten to know all of you and wish you the best.

  45. 92 QuietObserver
    February 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you. 🙂

    You know, I’ve spent a lot of time in my life being worried about time. And with the current issues I’ve been grappling with, not to mention the big 3-0 just around the corner, I’ve been struggling with the idea of being “late” or even “too late” for…whatever. But I’ve also been doing more meditation, and today as I was meditating, I got a clear message: do not fear time. I don’t know exactly what that means, but it made total sense to me in that moment. The other strong feeling I got was to live, move, and act in the present instead of just daydreaming about what *could* happen or sitting back and waiting for the future to happen *to* me. Because from what I’ve lived and learned, if we develop a set-in-stone idea of how the future is ‘supposed to’ unfold, when the time comes and that idea does not become reality, we then feel like we’ve either failed or been betrayed by time. One of the reasons that I admire the Obamas, even outside of politics, is because they live and work in a way that I strive to live and work; meaning that they appreciate every step of their journey, knowing that they are laying the foundation for the future, but also keeping highest regard for the present, filling it with as much goodness as possible.

    Sorry if I sound like I’m rambling 😆

    • 93 collegekay
      February 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      “I’ve been struggling with the idea of being “late” or even “too late” for…whatever.”

      I can totally relate to this.

    • February 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      No, QO, it’s good advice and very hard to live by and remember. Living in the moment is a great challenge for many of us. I’m still working on it and I’m more than twice your age.

    • 95 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      No it does not sound like rambling QO, it is wonderful to hear about your inner life, and the positive effects of your meditations. Learn to listen to that voice, it is your higher mind and will never steer you wrong. Keep practicing, be persistent, share your love and joy! At the tender age of 30 (almost) your future will be one of great contribution to this earth if your level of consciousness reaches far. “Time” does not exist, except as we have created it to bring ‘order’ to thT which is vast beyond the grasp of our developing minds. With a leader of PBO’s caliber, we may speed up the process! Bless you all for your open-hearted and warm regard for each of us. We’re greater together!

    • 97 JoJothecat
      February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Actually QO, that was a wonderfully thought out and written observance of how you and many of us oldsters have gone through at your age. Coming up on the Big “3-0” is a good time to reflect on what direction you wish your life to go and focus on changing habits that have not served you well. I think this is great time for the 20 and 30 somethings to have one of the best presidents in a very long time who is doing everything he can to make a brighter future for all of us. It sounds like you have a good attitute so keep an open mind and watch for opportunities that you have been hoping for because they are just around the corner…trust me.

  46. 98 CTGirl
    February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}} to all the TOD family members who are under the weather 🙂

  47. 99 57andFemale
    February 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    TO BWD, and all of our friends experiencing tough times, you have our love and support and prayers and healing energy.

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Let me add that this is like a speed bump in the road of life. Perhaps it’s time to slow down or reassess ones situation. In any case you can’t give up or stop. Just make sure you stay in your lane and mind your speed.

  48. 101 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Pro-Choice GOP Warns Party That Contraception Fight Will Be A Disaster

    Pro-choice Republicans are begging their party to drop this fight over contraception before it’s too late. Turning to a discussion about access to birth control will be nothing short of a disaster, they say.

    The new and unexpected war over contraception may not end up as only a battle between the White House and the Republican party. It could end up as a fight between the GOP and itself. As we saw during the 2011’s push to defund Planned Parenthood — when some Republican Senators rebuked their colleagues in the House for attacking the organization — Republicans on Capitol Hill do not speak with one voice on matters of women’s health. Now, as Speaker John Boehner seemingly prepares to turn the House GOP’s attention to contraception, pro-choice Republicans are warning that the GOP may become the next Komen For The Cure.

    “I think this week’s outrage over the Komen decision should be a warning to the Republican party about how quickly there was a mass outrage over further and further attacks on general women’s health,” Kellie Ferguson, executive director of Republican Majority for choice, told me Wednesday. “You could see the same backlash on attacks on contraception.”


    • February 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      At this point, 57, it’s like morons are directing the GOP political strategy. Women make up the majority of voters. Women decided many decades ago that they wanted and needed to control the number of children they bear. The baby boomers grew up on contraceptives and do did their children and grandchildren. Access to contraceptives is universally accepted and expected. Why the GOP thinks is smart to resurrect this topic is beyond understanding. I believe they are no conspiring to throw support to President Obama.

      • February 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        The women’s organizations are busying themselves with sending petitions to the White House to “tell” President Obama to “stand firm”. He’s already standing firm – and in fact, if he hadn’t decided on this course of action, they probably wouldn’t even have noticed that contraception was excluded from coverage. Now that someone has pointed out that he’s made this decision, they are all working hard to “tell” him something.

        I wish they would take that energy and “tell” the GOP to keep their grubby hands off women’s health. The GOP have been waging a war on women since they won in 2010, and the women’s organizations have mostly been silent. Women should be raging at this point, and marching in the streets, depriving their husbands of any nookie, and demanding that our hard-fought rights be left alone. Instead, they’re filing petitions for the President, to tell him to stand firm. We already know where President Obama stands on this. Where do the women’s organizations stand?

        • February 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

          A very good point, Theo!
          It is interesting to me that people always try to ‘tell’ the President, but off the top of my head I can’t recall them telling the GOP, even though it is well known the GOP are always the ones stirring the fire, both by what they don’t do as much as what they do.

  49. 105 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Love to the whole TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  50. February 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to approve the construction of two new reactors at Georgia’s Vogtle plant, seen here. It would be the first new construction license for a reactor granted in over 30 years.
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to approve licenses to build to two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first approvals in over 30 years.
    The reactors are being built in Georgia by a consortium of utilities led by Southern Co. (SO, Fortune 500) They will be sited at the Vogtle nuclear power plant complex, about 170 miles east of Atlanta. The plant already houses two older reactors.


  51. 107 Sue in Minnesota
    February 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    BWD what a relief to know you are still with us, and in one piece……give yourself permission to take whatever time you need to process, heal and recover from the trauma to your being. I thank God you are all right.

    Prayers to all those who are dealing with difficulties in their lives, hold on to the positive, it will help you through to brighter days. And know their are many here holding you and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

    And to the birthday girl, Obama Grandma, today life celebrates YOU! Happy Birthday today, and wishes for many more to come.

  52. 108 CEB
    February 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Love and virtual hugs to all of our family members who are struggling; especially BWD, SamUK, HZ and Fred. The TOD ohana holds all of you in our hearts and spirits. May He/She would guides us all strengthen, heal, and protect you.

  53. 109 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Regret the news of BWD’s accident and our other TODers who are facing serious issues. Keeping you in my thoughts.

    As noted before, the grand irony of the Koch/Rove superpac spending is that it’s going to drive down unemployment during the Summer and Fall and that’s now going to be amplified by all those contributing to the President’s pacs. Gotta love it.

    It’s one way to get those folk to pay more taxes and contribute to a stimulus plan that Congress can’t do anything to stop 🙂


    • February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Forgive me if this sounds ignorant. Why will it drive down unemplyment in the Summer and Fall Bob? I trust your brillance; I just want to know why.

      • February 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        Someone talked about this the other day (it was probably Bob), saying that when there are more paid staffers available for the campaign, it drops the unemployment rate. Similar to what happened during the 2008 campaign and the 2010 Census. So, having more money from the SuperPACs, means they can employ more people, and ultimately, positively affect the employment/unemployment rates. (But, I stand to be corrected)!

        • 112 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          February 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm

          Great explanation, theo.

          We could see 2+ billion infused into the economy from now until Election Day and a considerable amount of the funds will flow to paid campaign workers, to all kinds of parties, performances, etc., all of which mean demand in communities throughout the Nation for all kinds of products and services.

          The irony that these dudes who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes are going to be an engine of, albeit, temporary job growth – and capital flowing into all kinds of local businesses (from broadcasters to restaurants to ….) is luscious irony.

          And, I think big, big money folk are likely to pour even more into President Obama’s pacs than will be the case for the GOP candidates. In any event, the derivative value to the economy will be significant and the timing couldn’t be better for President Obama and Dems all the way down ticket.

          Moreover – #AmericaTHISisNOTaTEST


    • 113 Pamela
      February 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Nothing they can do to stop it now! Gold!

      • 114 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        Yep, Pamela. That old saying about be careful for what you wish … 🙂

        #AmericaTHISisNOTaTEST #LandslideOBAMA2012 #YesWeMust

  54. 115 #1 obama fan
    February 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Sending love and positive thoughts out to the TOD family and remembering to say a prayer that God will give you peace and wrap his loving arms around you ..xoxo

  55. 116 CEB
    February 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    QuietObserver: My prayers and wishes for your dad’s recovery. Live strong.

  56. February 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Many of us owe a big debt of gratitude to BWD for getting us through the emotionally depressing months after 2010. The Only Adult in the Room provided a safe haven where we could go and feel hope again. I saw people go from depressed to angry to determined to inspired as BWD provided image after image of our great president. Now she’s hurting and I would like to give her the biggest bouquet of love and thanks possible. Get well, be strong and know how much your work is appreciated and your voice needed, BWD. Chips has kept us together with her love, humor, good sense and big heart. Today’s tribute to BWD is an example of that heart. Thank you, Chips..

    • 118 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      So very true, Jackie. I found all of you because of BWD. Will always be grateful.


  57. February 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    ♥ to all the members of TOD family who are in pain or sorrow. I am sending healing light to surround you with my heart to your hearts. Be blessed.

  58. 120 nathkatun7
    February 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks for your thoughtful and comforting message to BWD and all our friends who are not feeling very well. We are all praying for their speedy recovery.

  59. February 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I went outside to speak kind words to the gardeners at my condo who have been at the mercy of other workers who have not been doing their jobs decently and in order ,and thus making it harder for my other beautiful spirited and hardworking gardeners. So I had to speak up and out for what was right. That is who I am and always want to be in my life. Then I returned to my computer, and this is what I came back to from our most beautiful and thoughtful Chips. Wow!!!!

    You all are such a beautiful and caring family. This is the love and care that POB speaks of when he speaks about being our brother’s keeper and sister’s keeper.

    Thanks for the beautiful ,sweet, kind, caring, and loving spirits here within this beautiful TOD Family which Chipsticks created. It always starts with a great and compassionate leader, you are that Chips. This is one of the most beautiful qualities that makes this place such a sweet haven.

    I love everyone here so very much. We will be okay. We are tough and we will stand with and for each other no matter what come our way. Be strong, loving, and always carry a balm of healing gems is in your hearts. (((((((((Hugs to you Chips and my TOD Family.))))))))) Thank you.

    BWD, Sam, Fred, OG, Carolyn Joyce, and all of our TOD family who are carrying a full load, we are One Together. These acts of love will help carry all of us through these 200 plus days until our hard work is completed in the reelection of POB. HZ

    • 122 JoJothecat
      February 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      HZ, you are such a sweetie. I am sure they appreciated those kind words of encouragement and appreciation. Tomorrow our gardeners will be at my condo and I will let them know how much I appreciate the work they do….it’s been kind of warm today and they always give our flower beds an extra watering when it’s been warm or hot. God Bless you HZ!

  60. February 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    May God bless the TOD readers who are suffering afflictions whatever they might be. You are in my thoughts AND my prayers.

    Thank you again, Chips, for providing an ISLAND of LOVE and SANITY in a SEA of HATE and INSANITY! PLEASE, KEEP UP YOUR GOOD and NEEDED WORK!

  61. 124 terim
    February 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Sending thoughts, prayers, and cyber hugs to all TOD family members in need. Be well.

  62. February 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    BWD was the place to go for news before I went to theobamadiary. I hope shes ok and will be back in time for the elections! We need her! If you are reading these comments BWD, I hope you are well.

  63. February 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Why do I think this song will become an Obama theme? From that wonderful Obot, Mr. Bruce Springsteen.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I heard this song in the car the other day…..all I could think of was our President, with dreams of “The Boss” singing this for our country with the Obama/Biden 2012 in the background. Bruce speaks to working people, I hope they realize which party Takes Care of Our Own.

  64. February 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I will be whispering prayers for all and look forward to hearing from everyone when they are recovered and their situations improve.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  65. 129 itgurl_29
    February 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    BWD is in my thoughts! She is one of the pioneers of the Obot and pragmatic progressive blog community and has done so much to lift all of our spirits in tough times.

  66. February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    BWD, I pray that you and all the other TOD’s that are going through difficulty at this moment a speedy recovery and God Speed. See you all soon.

  67. 131 meabloom
    February 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue bless you.

  68. February 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Chips you have the kindest heart 🙂
    Sorry to hear about our BWD, QO and some of TODS family are having difficulties, Wishing you all a speedy recovery…..Rest assured that this Tod’s family is filled with an amazing spirit..who really care about you.

    Love you all (HUGS)

  69. February 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm


    as I said last night, I wish you good health. and know you’re in my prayers.

  70. February 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    BWD it’s going to be all alright. I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done for this Obamabot. From your days at DK to your own wonderful blog to now.

    Madame Speaker I rise in support of BWD and all the terrific folks in this community. I rise also to laugh at Mitt Romney until my sides hurt and the neighbors call 311. All those in favor?

  71. February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    On January 31st, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched a new, online dashboard that provides increased transparency into a vital component of NextGen’s modernization of our Nation’s air transportation system infrastructure. 
    Referred to as Performance Based Navigation (PBN), using highly efficient flight routes takes advantage of GPS satellites and advanced equipment that is already installed on most commercial airliners.  The new dashboard on the NextGen website features PBN data accompanied by video depictions and an interactive map highlighting the benefits of using PBN and new flight paths around the country.


  72. February 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Just got home from work. I am sending PRAYERS out to all on this blog that need healing…I don’t use them often. I thank g-d everyday for my life and family. I don’t think it is fair that I have healthy parents in their 80’s, five happy siblings with wonderful families of their own, and my wonderful children to boot. So, since I have so much, I don’t ask for anything. Today is different because so many here with big hearts that need a bit of help. Tonight, my prayers are for you.

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Always good to count and recognize your blessings. Just like you’ve done – it helps you realize you have a little left over to give to those who don’t have as many, or are temporarily short on supply.

    • 143 EDP4BHO
      February 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      What a beautiful sentiment, and I too don’t ask for anything, except that each person on this site have health and joy abundant, and that PBO is re-elected. Be blessed all.

  73. 144 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    The House just voted to give the President line item veto power 254-173. Are they insane ? That was ruled Unconstitutional back in 1998

    Failed DCCC chair Chris Van Hollan co-sponsered this with Paul Ryan.

    Luckily it won’t pass the Senate.

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Now a days, who knows?

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      They brought this up during the Boston Massacre (the GOP retreat where they were handed their butts by President Obama). Paul Ryan said he was going to try and give the President line-item veto.

      What they’re really trying to do is give their future GOP fantasy President line item veto, so that Democrats can never pass anything again, once their GOP president is in place. If by some chance this gets through the Senate, it will be interesting to see what President Obama does. At the time, he said he’d love line item veto, but I somehow doubt he would sign it, simply because it bypasses the will of an entire branch of the Government. Who knows?

      • 147 jeff
        February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Most likely (hopefully) Obama would get re-elected but what happens after he leaves in 2016 and a possible republican gets in charge… Obama must go against this. (I really hope he does!)

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      How many Dems voted aye on this?

  74. 149 Robert
    February 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Good evening all. Positive thoughts go out to all of those wonderful people who are members of this site, who may be ailing in some way. Hope good fortune smiles upon you soon.

  75. 150 GGail
    February 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Chipsticks this is so wonderful. You have a good heart.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of my TOD family members who are facing challenges in their lives. Remember that you have a place to come and receive love and support.

    Happy Birthday Obama Grandmama!

  76. February 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    May my arms embrace all of you in one big family hug. thoughts and prayers to you all.

  77. February 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm


    Any more news from The War on Condoms?

    I’ve been reading dispatches from the front, but any word on the tide of battle would be appreciated.

    Rumor has it the Trojans are at our gates…

    =P =)

    (Just asking…)

  78. February 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Also, the FAA bill that just passed does this-


    • February 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Jovie you are well on your way to putting these cable news stations out of business. I get more information from you (and faster) then I do from the alleged news outlets. Thank You Very Much For Your Great Work.

    • 160 Linda
      February 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      That bill allows for 30,000 drones to fly over our houses and spy on us.

      • February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        I don’t think it’s quite that dire. The Supreme Court just deemed that attaching GPS coordinates on the car of a suspected drug kingpin violated his rights, so I somehow think that there will be adequate protection from drones actually spying on people through their rooftops. I heard someone on the radio (NPR) yesterday talking about the use of drones, and it was actually quite interesting all the different uses, from farming, to traffic control. One thing he did say was that there’s a huge cost for the synchronizing infrastructure that allows drones to fly without risking collisions with other planes in the air, and that cost (I think he said $500M) far exceeds the cost of the actual drone equipment ($50K), so that’s prohibitive. He didn’t think there would be massive drone use anytime soon, but it really did sound promising.

        Plus, when the Supreme Court ruled against the GPS thing, they mentioned that it’s time for the law to catch up with changes in technology. So, I think there’s a lot more progress to go before we have to fear being spied on from above.

        A couple of interesting links:
        Story from late last year after complaints from Glen Greenwald to NPR about the privacy concerns:

        Article on the NPR website – can’t find the radio clip:

        Lots of articles on this topic if you Google “FAA drones NPR”. Good luck!

      • February 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        Don’t hangout at firedoglake anymore!

  79. 163 ladyvader
    February 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Please persevere BWD and take care of yourself. Remember we obamabots have your back and care about you deeply. Agape.

  80. 164 vitaminlover
    February 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    May God bless and keep all of my fellow TOD’ers especially those few very precious ones going through some difficult times. May there be continued miracles and deliverance to you special ones. In Jesus Name.Amen.

  81. February 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much, you kind kind kind people. I can’t even tell you how much this means to me. I’m still a little shaky, but I know it’ll get better, and I’ll never forget this support. I’m moved to tears.

    And you Chip, you are the online love of my life. Love you to pieces.

  82. 168 atoilune
    February 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Best wishes to all and I’m sending positive energy your ways. I was in a car accident a couple
    years ago. It’s a horrific experience. It gets better with time BWD. Chips, you are truly special.
    I’m truly grateful to this piece of heaven online.

    • February 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Oh, peoples, this is very sweet, and very good for all of us. Thank you, Chips,
      for creating this soft space for all, so that we can exchange goodnesses
      amongst ourselves. BWD, a special touch for you. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
      and to those mentioned . . . yes, healing and peace. Abundance.

  83. 170 Little Lulu
    February 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Oh, no!!! So upset to hear about BWD!!! Please, please, please get better soon and come back to us! We need you! I’m just recovering from dislocating my right elbow after a terrible fall, so I know what it’s like to be disabled from an accident. I hope and pray BWD isn’t suffering anything like what I just went through. The good news is, if you’re lucky like I was, you heal and can resume a normal life. I sure hope that’s the case with BWD! We love you, BWD!! GET WELL SOON!!!

  84. 171 Insomniac
    February 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry to hear about this. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to all. Thoughts and positive vibe being sent your way.

  85. 172 anniebella
    February 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Tonight on Rev. Al I did see some Dems stepping up and speaking out against this so call contraceptive controversy. Alittle to late, but better late then never.

  86. 177 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Big bear hugs to all of my TOD family who are struggling. I’m sending you wishes for good health and blessings to help you endure and overcome. Love you guys!

  87. 178 EWOK2
    February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Get well BWD, and my prayers go out to Fred HZ and Sam Uk.

    Laughter is good for the soul http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2012-02/198861940-07192851.jpg

  88. 179 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Take action everyone!


  89. 183 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

    The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples.

    The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week. And Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week.

  90. February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Ok, just sent Deaniac the link to my earlier piece. See if he thinks it’s suitable to post on TPV. Thanks to Tien and WiW and all of you for your encouragement.

  91. February 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Like so many have already posted, I too discovered this amazing site via The Only Adult In The Room aka BWD. I thought Chips & BWD were kindred souls. BWD stay strong, heal quickly….and thank you for all you do, everyday. This site has been a gods send to so many of us, it is the first place I go to every morning and the last place I visit every night. Yes ..it is a family, and like Bruce Springsten’s song, “We Take Care Of Our Own”.
    Hurry back to us BWD.

  92. February 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Everyone. Hope you are all doing well. BWD glad you weren’t hurt.

    I noticed in the last post that a few folks were complaining about Elizabeth Warren. Her official twitter ID is @elizabethforma. It doesn’t look official but it is. So those tweets that pissed you off were not from her or her campaign. So feel free to tell the others to piss off.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Oh, that is good to know indeed. She has the name recognition she does in large part because of PBO picking her to organize the consumer’s bureau. Glad to know that she wasn’t stabbing him in the back.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, that is good to know. I apologize for my catty comment earlier. 😳

      Like many stated here, every time she’s appeared, she’s been supportive of President Obama. My anger at some of her dubious followers was misdirected, and I’m glad that these silly comments weren’t from her official campaign.

  93. February 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    One man & his purple shirt were at every major step as @BarackObama kept his promise to end the Iraq War. Great video: http://t.co/B083YVlD

  94. February 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    OMG, love and prayers to BWD.

  95. February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Wishing well to BWD, HZ, Fred, QuietObserver and SamUK. I am thinking and praying for all of you.

  96. February 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    My love and best wishes to every single member of our wonderful family. Remember, we are never given more than what we can handle and we are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. United we stand. 🙂

  97. 197 LunarSea
    February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Dear BWD I’m so glad to hear that you were able to survive that crash. It will take a while but I know you will be back to your usual self before long. As women we spend all our time caring for others and yet are most reluctant to speak up when we need help. I’m sure I speak for those around you when I say please don’t be afraid to ask for help in any form. An errand, a meal, a smile, a rub, a shoulder, an ear…

    Q/Observer It’s always hard to make the transition to caring for our parents who cared for us all their lives. Perhaps it’s the grand design of the circle of life? I truly hope you find this battle more rewarding than challenging. Make good memories of these times. Yes, good memories are lurking beneath the surface. Your job is to find and share them with your dad & family.

    To Fred and others here who are caring for their parents, remember when things get rough, tension high & fear or anger slithers into the crevices of your heart or mind, just breath in & breath out. It will get better!

    HZ you have been an inspiration to many on this board, including myself. We hold you & your words in our hearts. I believe better days are ahead.

    Sam UK the world always seems upside down when our children pass before us. There are no words that can express my sorrow for your loss. May your child live forever in your heart and may you one day have peace.

    Joyce Canucks I truly hope things work out for you and you get to visit your grandmother.

    May a warm circle of light surround you all, give you strength and carry you through the darkness. Aho!

    ChipsChica, the words may seem small but they carry an enormous amount of appreciation and gratitude, ‘Thank you’

  98. 199 Mary Gray
    February 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    BWD certainly hope the fright over the accident fades away. Can be scary to have “close encounters”. You have been an oasis of sane thought for me since DK days. In fact I went there daily to check if you had posted. Like so many I came here at your suggestion. Warm thoughts and positive mojo to all who are especially troubled at this time. Peace and calm.

  99. 200 ML
    February 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I too was a TOAITR reader before I came here. Both sites have meant the world to me. Thanks BWD, and my prayers are for you to rest and recover soon.

  100. 201 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Sorry to hear about BWD and her accident. Praying for her speedy recovery. Also sending out healing wishes for Fred, HZ and Sam UK.

  101. February 9, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Chips your heart is so pure and full of love to produce this uplifting site where we are free to speak our mind. And BWD you are the grace that we needed when times were tough. I always supported you under a different name at the big O and followed you to the Adult site and then onward to our Daily TOD Diary. We are all putting our energy together whether it is through prayer, spirit, light, energy and love, Sam, Fred, OG, Carolyn Joyce and Quiet Observer and sweet HZ we are united in forming a most creative environment to bless each around us. A special word to those who are here and may be dealing with troubles silently. We are here with you and all of us in the spirit of healing. May everyone be blessed who reads these posts and Chips your part of this creation. Let’s all unite together for the good, peace of mind, healing of physical ailments and mental concerns. BWD, I’ve had my share of panic through the earlier years and have been able to survive in spite of all that troubled me. Lean on us and let us share in your burden. When those feelings attempt to play with your mind take a deep breath and just say, “the TOD’ers are sharing my load. I do not walk alone” As my dad would say “Theres a light behind every cloud.” or “Keep your head toward the sunlight and you’ll never see a shadow.” or just lets be that rubbertree plant. Blessings all.

  102. 203 Necoe4010
    February 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Just checking in to say hi to all my friends here….on my way to work…just wanted to say I read the post concerning BWD and want to send my prayers and love for a speedy recovery to her and my prayers to all those who are suffering through hard times…BE ENCOURAGED, hard times don’t last always!….I have been a fan of BWD since joining that site KOS in 2007, and then her own site….praying that she will rejoin us and the fight to re-elect our President soon…everyone here have a blessed and encouraging day! much love to ALL!!!

  103. 204 Titti
    February 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    (((((((hugs))))))))) and payers to and for all the TOD family going through difficult times. ‘And it came to pass’

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