Pardon Me?


Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, November 21

317 Responses to “Pardon Me?”

  1. 1 Don
    November 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD!

  2. 29 taiping1
    November 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. 30 Beverly
    November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, TOD!

    The primary reason I developed an interest in US politics was because of my work in international development. I work in developing and under-resourced countries. My particular specialty is HIV, Malaria and TB programs, and many of my colleagues work in food security and emergency response in the more volatile places. Those of us who work in international development are keenly aware of the impact of US domestic and foreign policy on the rest of the world, developing countries in particular. It is true that all the G8 countries provide development aid, and for that we are thankful. It would be remiss, though, not to acknowledge that the largest single contributor to development aid is the United States government and Foundations. For us the real and immediate outcomes of certain decisions mean fewer medicines available for HIV and TB and Malaria. A Conservative anti-family planning Administration may mean gag order gets reinstated and countries getting aid for reproductive health in poor communities can only do so if they agree to an abstinence only program.

    I say the above as context for the Thanks I offer via TOD:

    Thank you, America, for electing a President who extends his belief that we are our brother’s keeper beyond the shores of his own country. A President who (I feel in my heart) genuinely does not believe that other Nations have to fall for his own to retain its superior place in the world. My words above may sound like we are grateful only for what we can get; on the contrary most communities and countries who seek aid don’t just want handouts, they need a hand UP, and this President gets that.

    Thank you, American Taxpayers. I know there are many who question the reasoning of money that goes to foreign aid when there are so many in need in your own country. It is your right to do so, but never question the good it does. The people who gain education, medicines, care and treatment, clean water and sanitation because of development assistance are incredibly grateful…and in some cases alive…because of you.

    Thank you, Chips, for creating this Global Space for us to gather in and being an Oasis in the desert of information.

    Finally, thank you, TODers, for sharing your wit and wisdom, humor and smarts, passion and commitment in equal parts.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Beverly – Well, I’m thankful you shared that message with us. And thank you for all you do for your brothers and sisters. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Dear Beverly,

      Firstly, thank you for your dedication to others in the truest sense of ‘we are our brother’s keeper’!

      Beyond that, your message is inspirational and an acknowledgement of the great value a ‘community,’ such as the one Chips has created, does contribute to our shared humanity. The more connected we are, through not merely technology and information, but a persistent, palpable spirit of empathy for one another, the more hope we all can experience that, yes we can, change the quality of life for everyone.

      #FORWARD Together

    • 33 GGail
      November 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      God bless you Beverly and keep up the good work!

    • 34 whatisworking
      November 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences in helping these communities. It is good to know our $$ is being well spent. I hope you will share here often.

    • 35 FoxfireTX
      November 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Beverly, thanks so much for your efforts and your message. It is so great to hear the real good that the aid accomplishes. In my younger days, pre-parenting, I worked with some churches in empowering women in Tanzania. We specifically raised money for equipment (seed presses) they requested that would allow them to provide for their families. This was back in the 80’s at the height of the AIDS crisis when so many adults in families were dying. It was one of the most rewarding endeavors I ever worked with. Bless you for your work.

    • 37 LunarSea
      November 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      It’s true. Every word. I often think he continues his mother’s work. In his own way of course. She would be proud

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      November 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      You’re freaking fantastic Beverly. Thank you so much for the work you do and I hope you have a happy thanksgiving too.

    • 39 a4alice
      November 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Beverly thanks so much – what an inspiration. I hope you also have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving! 🙂

  4. 40 taiping1
    November 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    3 at 8:03! What a great community. What a great blog mistress!

  5. 41 GGail
    November 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Good West Coast evening Chipsticks!

    Upon closer inspection, I notice the way the SHIRT falls on POTUS and then it hit me – he has on a bullet-proof vest under the shirt and it stops at his waist – that’s why he looks like he has a stomach pouch.

    Does my theory have merit???

    • November 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Oh yikes, do you think GGail?

      • 43 GGail
        November 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        I keep looking at the Shirt and wondering why it seems to pooch at his stomach area and that’s the only explanation I come up with…..I could be wrong…

    • 44 collegekay
      November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I think he’s just been eating good lol.

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      I almost think he does not wear such a vest, with his protection always nearby. But I don’t think we’ll ever know the details for sure.

      God bless him!!!

      • 47 idon
        November 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        PBO is definitely wearing a bullet proof vest in the scene where he is bending over talking to the children and in THAT SHIRT. If he had a paunch, it would go from his chest to his lower abdomen. I think they made the jacket to fit without the bullet proof vest. If you look at the pic of PBO sitting in THAT SHIRT with his back showing, you can sort of see the the extra thickness at the top. To me, he is definitely wearing a BPV.

        • 48 Chi
          November 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

          Shoulder pads on most of the traditional shirts the President and other Heads of State are wearing…

        • 49 jacquelineoboomer
          November 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

          Obviously, it would be a good thing, but I just don’t like thinking about it. Can’t help but worry, although I try to put it out of my mind – as he has to do each and every day.

  6. 50 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm



    Washington, DC – Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Chief strategists for the McCain and Obama campaigns in 2008 discuss the outcome of the 2012 campaign at the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication.

    David Plouffe, senior adviser to President Obama and 2008 Obama campaign manager, and Steve Schmidt, McCain 2008 chief strategist, join Ralph Begleiter, University of Delaware Center for political communication director and former CNN correspondent, for a discussion on the aftermath of the 2012 election.




    This is a long presentation about an hour and a half with question and answer segment at the end. If you don’t have time to listen to the entire broadcast, try to listen to the first 30 minutes. I especially found Steve Schmidt’s analysis of the problems with his party very refreshing. I don’t expect anyone in the party to listen to him, but he says what needs to be said about the damage the loons and wackos are doing to the GOP.

  7. 57 itgurl_29
    November 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Malia’s smile and mannerism are exactly like her father’s when she laughs.

  8. 58 GGail
    November 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    President Obama weaved a lot of little zingers in his “Turkey speech”. He said he is bestowing another “gift” and said that Nate Silver nailed the winner again! LOL!!!!!

    Malia was not gonna touch that Turkey! hahahahaha!!!!!

    • 59 LunarSea
      November 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I got a kick out of how he made it akin to the elections. I was expecting him to say something about the turkeys NOT losing this time. Which he seemed to start to then steered away.

      I can’t believe he looked so fresh and awake and in the moment with the turkeys and at the pantry.

      I’d be sleeping for 2 days after the trip he just took. Maybe he really is the son of Zeron or whomever from the planet Whatjamacallit. 😆

  9. November 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

  10. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    November 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    1. Gain the respect of people of other countries during a trip abroad, by hand-delivering America’s good wishes for their peace and prosperity.

    2. Help secure a cease-fire in a foreign hotbed.

    3. Pardon a turkey.

    4. Participate in the good works of a local food bank, spending part of the day with fellow Americans who need a hand up.

    All in a week’s work for “that one.” And I love his family, too!

  11. 70 Smoothscotch
    November 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hello everyone.

  12. November 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    What does it mean when a 60-something heterosexual woman logs onto TOD, sees the picture of FLOTUS and goes whoo hoo hot, hot, hot? BTW, could someone relay to LL that I am working on my 2nd Manhattan.

  13. November 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    So I’m assuming car elevator dog on roof guy is in NY/NJ helping out there amirite? Seeing as how he was so concerned before the election and held a ‘sandy relief’ rally in Ohio and even got a picture taken carrying a flat of campbell soup from table A to table B. As for Ryan, he must be washing dishes at some charity outfit somewhere rrright?

    • 85 GGail
      November 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Wrong! He and Ann were photographed at Disneyland here in So Cal today – riding on the rides

    • 86 susanne
      November 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm


      what’s actually disgusting is that the msm does not call them out on this. hey, msm, you reported it as fact when these the guys insisted government was not needed for social programs to function, because faith-based groups would do the job better and cheaper (cheaper because it doesn’t cost the rethugs anything). this would be the perfect moment for the rethugs to demonstrate that was not just a bunch of lies they told to trick the voters. and a perfect moment for the msm to show how community programs, paid with tax dollars, are making a difference. still watching and waiting……

  14. November 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      The little political stuff I watched today was just ludicrous. I’m only hoping that President Obama and his team sit around and laugh at the whining crybabies who are in such a wretched state because he won re-election. Further cause for all of us to laugh our freakin’ heads off, and be extra thankful on Thanksgiving this year! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bob!

      • November 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        Agree, Jacqueline. And, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

      • 90 99ts
        November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        I watched a lovely lady on MorningJoe today – took Joe completely down about small business. She said they wanted the ACA & they were NOT upset about the new tax levels for the 2%. She told Joe that all his talking points were wrong/misinformation and very politely explained what was happening in the world of small business. She also described the latter very well – businesses with under 500 employees – they employ 60% of US workers – no wonder trickle down doesn’t work! She also said small businesses are like families and support all their workers and want them to do well.

  15. November 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at TOD. Wishing you all a happy day from your neighbour to the north. I will miss all the news and views tomorrow but it is a special day to be with family and close friends. I wish a happy and peaceful day to the President and his family. He sure deserves a break.

  16. 97 lisalovesobama
    November 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    those are some really great fitting pants.

  17. 98 amk for obama
    November 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    nate silver must be pleased as a punch.

  18. November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  19. 106 PrayerWarriorforObama
    November 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the USA, especially our wonderful sisters and brothers here at TOD. You have earned the best ever Thanksgiving Day because you re-elected the best ever president in the universe. Thank you for sharing him and his beautiful family with us, the rest of the world.

    This Friday, I will be hosting my colleagues at work for lunch. I call it my ‘President Obama’s Re-election Victory Celebration’. I am keepimg a promise I made to them that after POB’s win (I had no doubt about that) I would treat them all with lunch. If you recover from tomorrow’s sumptuous meals, and you can find your way to that little gem in the Caribbean Sea called Montserrat, feel free to join us.

    Love you all

  20. 109 amk for obama
    November 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  21. 113 Roberts in MN
    November 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    What fun pictures. Happy Thanksgiving to All TOD family. I haven’t been around lately. I had another heart episode and ended I. The hospital for few days. Just came home today and am thankful for having some great doctors. This problem is just something I am goi g to have to live with “sigh” ☺. I still don’t have my laptop back yet so this on my iPhone. Chips for especially have a great day tomorrow .

  22. 121 lisalovesobama
    November 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    SHIZ, SHIZ, SHIZ!!!! Gone with the wind started at 8 and i flipping missed the first hour!!!!! 😡 😡 😡 argh!!!!!!!!! It’s on AMC for those who want to watch.
    ps- Ashley is telling Scarlett he’s going off to war. Poor sweetheart, she’s in tears. :tears:

    • November 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Lisa, I’ve never actually seen it from start to finish, in one go. I think I saw the last hour first, then the middle hour, then the first. People who had died were suddenly alive again. Left me confused.

      • 123 lisalovesobama
        November 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        Hahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha!!! That can be annoying. But if you ever get the chance, I hope you watch from start to finish, it’s a really great movie!

      • 124 daisydem
        November 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        How old/young are you? You must be YOUNG! You have never seen GWTW all the way thru? Wait, what am I saying, I don’t think I have ever seen Casablanca all the way through : start to finish. So who am I to judge. But GWTW, I read the book over and over and saw the film over and over til now I go pshaw …

    • 134 LunarSea
      November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      That is the only movie I have ever walked out on, less than halfway through. I could never see the fascination with it. Everyone in my group was wanting to leave but thought the others were enjoying it. Someone spoke up and we all hightailed it out of the theater without a seconds thought or moment of regret.

      HAHAHA We’re probably the only ones who felt that way tho. 😆

      • 135 japa21
        November 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        My mother-in-law loved that movie. I always thought it was just a cheap melodrama with poor acting.

      • 136 daisydem
        November 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        the only movie I ever walked out in the middle (well it was actually before the middle of it was “Last Tango in Paris” marlon brando, yuck, we were at Auburn University for a conference, went to see this movie (only one showing in town) and I said to hubby, no, we have to leave. Could not take it. I am not a Marlon Brando fan; now, I may want to see Lindsay Lohan playing Liz (who is playing Brando?).

      • 137 lisalovesobama
        November 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        I love this movie! I’ve been watching it every year since I was 12 years old. I especially love Scarlett, particularly because she’s spoiled and bratty, then as things got worse, she matured, became a bit more ruthless and tough in order to survive. Over the years, I began to see the movie in terms of how she evolved from a silly southern belle to a woman of grit and heart. Love this movie! She may not be a Gloria Steinem or a bell hooks, but Scarlett is the embodiment of southern women: soft and gentle on the outside but made of steel on the inside. A real steel magnolia! 😉

        • November 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          I read the book 5 times and had the same reaction. I started being completely sympathetic to Rhett Butler, but by the end was totally on her side. It frustrates me that he gets so holier than thou at the end.

          • 139 lisalovesobama
            November 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

            I’ve always loved the end. I don’t think it could have ended better. It was perfect in my opinion. I feel the same way about ‘The Black Swan’s ending. I can’t imagine a better ending for both movies. Rhett and Scarlett are both selfish and shrewd and the ending they got was exactly what I’d expect from both of them. Also, the beauty of the movie is the hope for the future, “after all, tomorrow is another day” for Tara, for the South and for Rhett and Scarlett’s relationship. I’ve always thought they eventually found their way back to each other. 🙂

            • November 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

              I could never get over the fact that he was just as scheming and manipulative if not more so, but he somehow ends up on the moral high road. I did love the book, but that just got under my skin. I always thought that “Tomorrow is another day” held hope for Scarlett to overcome and move on past him.

        • 141 LunarSea
          November 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

          “particularly because she’s spoiled and bratty” Yeah, I wanted to slap her. But hey, it has reached an iconic level so I realize I’m in the minority, but I’m happy here.

        • 142 kathryn kivett
          November 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

          popping in between cooking chores but just had to say…….that would be us Southern women who voted for Obama and were reared by our Grandmothers and Mothers and rearing our daughters and Granddaughters to be strong, compassionate, and respectful….not the
          “other” ones who are bigoted, crude, cruel, and have no brains…. ; ^ )….notice nose is in air

  23. 145 LunarSea
    November 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Evening, afternoon, morning all. Haven’t had time to post but have been thoroughly enjoying what I have been able to catch.

    ChipsChica that ‘travels with the Obama’s post was the bomb! You do love us! Thank you. I fell asleep to Obama’s Ireland speech. Woke feeling real good about the day ahead. LOL

    As much as I love his speeches, I mostly love the admiration and awe in the faces of the common people who gather behind gates and barracades, who line the streets and wave and shout as he goes by.

    The trip to the barrios of Brazil, playing soccer with the Indian boys in the courtyard, Michelle taking those young women to sit and imagine themselves in the halls of Oxford. The handshake with the doorman at Downing St. At the HIV clinic in Africa, practicing his G’day with the school girls in Australia. Throwing down a Guinness in Moneygall. His entrance into the Hall of Parliment. I have no favorite. I love them all.

    We have much to be thankful for. So before I get lost in all the news of the day (as I go back in posts to see what I’ve missed) I just want to say how thankful I am to know you all and for your company on our journey through this presidency.

    • November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Ah LunarSea, just the very best of memories. And just such a stunning contrast to the Bush years when he was greeted wherever he went by rage and contempt. PBO has been greeted with warmth, love and affection almost everywhere he’s gone, they’ve been magical trips.

      • 147 LunarSea
        November 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        Yes, burning flags and Bush effigies. It’s a wonder he ever left of the hall of Penn Ave. And when he opened his mouth everyone the world over cringed in horror and disbelieve.

        So happy to let those days fade into the recesses, never to be forgotten, never allowed to repeat. Magical indeed.

        And a big thanks to you because we would never have experienced them in all their fullness if we had to depend on the ‘Jackals of the Media’.

  24. 148 amk for obama
    November 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  25. November 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    The moment is near us people ultimate POETIC JUSTICE! CO: Denver just reported 12,259 new Obama votes, 3,356 Romney just fell to 47.53% nationally: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjYj9mXElO_QdHpla01oWE1jOFZRbnhJZkZpVFNKeVE#gid=19

  26. November 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    ………………….sorry fokls I haven’t stopped gloating ;>)

    Little bit cranky?

    Grumpy much these days?

    Secret Service told you BUH-BYE?

    Someone sh*t on your birthday cake?

    NO. WHAT!? You were a GOVERNOR OF A MAJOR STATE and you lost THAT state by HOW much?

    Your OWN FAITHFUL PARTY disowned you?

    Wedgy in your sacred underpants?

    No more entourage, just a bitter, bitchy wife askin’ you WTF happened everyday and she told you not to do it???

    Some 100s of millions of BUCKEROOS should take the sting out of it! What, you have debts??

    Alright, you have a point. It does SUCK TO BE YOU!!!

  27. 180 Bill R.
    November 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • 181 Bill R.
      November 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Proud of my state and our governor, John Kitzhaber, who is developing a pilot program with the Obama administration to deliver health care services more effectively and more efficiently, a possible model for the nation.

  28. November 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The REAL motive?

  29. 184 magapie
    November 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Maddow has a pure, flat-out VENDETTA against John McLame. POUNDING him again tonight on his misinformed, false, disgusting, flailing, pathetic attacks on Susan Rice. It’s so……..so…….so…..mmmm…….TRUE AND I LOVE IT!!!!

    • 185 LunarSea
      November 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      She’s defending a smart woman being harangued by a crazy old coot. He’s got nowhere to hide from her. She. Be. Mad.

    • 186 anniebella
      November 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      magapie, I missed that, but I’m glad she did it, because we can’t let that bitter old fool get away with no push back.

    • 187 COS
      November 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I use to listen to her radio show before she was hired for TV during the 2008 election and she hated him then. She showed him as a fraud tonight. He is bordering on senility at this point. They are trying to ruin Amb. Rice’s reputation before she is nominated. Tweety wants Sen. Kerry to be the next SOS.

      • 188 anniebella
        November 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Excuse my English, but who gives a dam what Chris Matthews want, the last time I check it was Barack Obama who won the election and so it’s his right to make that decision. We didn’t elect Matthews. I have nothing against Sen. Kerry, but when will these pundits learn that it’s President Obama decision to make.

        • 189 theo67
          November 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm

          I’m not even sure that President Obama has even spoken to Chris Matthews since he was elected the first time! Irrelevant.

          • 190 Nena20409
            November 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

            The pres invited Matthews on a trip to a South American Country. The trip that SService people…well some had issues with the locals. Then at the Al Smith dinner, Matthews on his show the next day said something about the pres “apologizing” to him for the first debate. Matthews was also invited to some activity at the WH this year. In those 3 occasions, thus far this year, Matthews spoke with pres Obama.

            • 191 99ts
              November 22, 2012 at 1:06 am

              I saw the Al Smith dinner – despite Chris was laughing, I don’t think he much liked what the President said – it was tongue in cheek apology mainly critizing Chris for his reaction to the 1st debate.

              • 192 Nena20409
                November 22, 2012 at 6:25 am

                I didn’t say that I bought Chris Matthews’ explanation. But those were what Matthews said. Matthews loves to be invited to things. He begged Axelrod or Gibbs to help him get the pres for a one one one interview. Then when he doesn’t Matthews gets petulant and snippy.

            • 193 theo67
              November 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

              I stand corrected! 🙂

  30. 195 vitaminlover
    November 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I pray that everyone has a blessed, safe and Happy Thanksgivinbg Day. i, myself , have soooomuch to be thankful for!

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  32. November 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  33. 202 anniebella
    November 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I love seeing POTUS with his family. By the way, still no pictures of Paul “Ayn Rand” Ryan and his family at the food bank or shelter. Will Chipsticks when they come please post them.

  34. November 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  35. 206 amk for obama
    November 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    It got crowded in heaven, so, for one day it was decided only to accept people who had really had a bad day on the day they died. St. Peter was standing at the pearly gates and said to the first man, “Tell me about the day you died.”

    The man said, “Oh, it was awful. I was sure my wife was having an affair, so I came home early to catch her with him. I searched all over the apartment but couldn’t find him anywhere. So I went out onto the balcony, we live on the 25th floor, and found this man hanging over the edge by his fingertips. I went inside, got a hammer, and started hitting his hands. He fell, but landed in some bushes. So, I got the refrigerator and pushed it over the balcony and it crushed him. The strain of the act gave me a heart attack, and I died.”

    St. Peter couldn’t deny that this was a pretty bad day, and since it was a crime of passion, he let the man in.

    He then asked the next man in line about the day he died. “Well, sir, it was awful,” said the second man. “I was doing aerobics on the balcony of my 26th floor apartment when I twisted my ankle and slipped over the edge. I managed to grab the balcony of the apartment below, but some maniac came out and started pounding on my fingers with a hammer. Luckily I landed in some bushes. But, then the guy dropped a refrigerator on me!”

    St. Peter chuckled, let him into heaven and decided he could really start to enjoy this job.

    “Tell me about the day you died?”, he said to the third man in line.

    “OK, picture this, I’m naked, hiding inside a refrigerator …”

  36. November 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂

  37. 214 57andFemale
    November 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, beloved TOD family!

  38. November 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    OK this might not be final for tonight but I demand a new post titled MR. 47% CHIPS!!!
    CA: Obama 120,222 new votes, Romney 72,759 (mostly Riverside, San Diego, Placer San Bernardino San Mateo Marin) With tonight’s new CA votes, @MittRomney U.S. popular vote share falls from 47.53% to 47.51%… https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjYj9mXElO_QdHpla01oWE1jOFZRbnhJZkZpVFNKeVE#gid=19

  39. 220 Dakota
    November 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving and much love to my TOD Family! May your day be filled with the love and laughter of family and friends!

  40. 222 forus50
    November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm


  41. 224 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    This made me chuckle because it’s true.

  42. 226 donna dem 4 obama
    November 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Okay everything is prepared and ready to go in the oven tomorrow.

    Cornbread stuffing…done

    Macaroni and Cheese…done

    Mashed Sweet Potatoes w/marshmallows…done

    Collard Greens done

    Green Bean casserole…done

    Turkey cleaned and prep for the oven…done

    Honey Baked Ham prep and ready for the oven

    Potato Salad prepared and refrigerated

    Apple Pie and Lemon Cake cooling

    Whew!!! I’m ready to settle down for a long winter’s nap…Oh shoot that’s the other Holiday next month 😉

    • 227 susanne
      November 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      wow! i am truly impressed–i hope you had some help with all that! have a nice glass of wine, and rest now. we are thankful for you, and don’t want to lose you to thanks-giving-out!

      • 228 donna dem 4 obama
        November 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

        Ha! Normally my Aunts come and help with the cooking but this year I decided to give them a break. I started at 1:00 this afternoon and got it all done by 10:30 tonight. Tomorrow will be a breeze since everything is practically done. Now, I’ll be able to enjoy the family and not spend all day in the kitchen.

        • 229 theo67
          November 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

          You’re a superstar, Donna! Enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow!

        • November 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm

          Yum Donna. Sounds a lot like our menu except we aren’t having a lemon cake, which is a favorite of mine. We are having cherry pie, apple pie, and cheesecake for dessert. Enjoy your day!

        • November 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

          Oh my gosh, Donna! You’re blowing my mind! What a wonderful menu for your family. Enjoy every morsel together.

          Thankful for you and for all TODville accomplished together. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • 232 magapie
      November 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      You are a freak and I hate you.

      (But really love you.)

      • 233 donna dem 4 obama
        November 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

        Hmmmmm….I love you back magapie!!

        • 234 magapie
          November 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

          Every year we go to my better half’s uncle’s NICE place for T-givin’. Tragically all I get to do out there is EAT and DRINK and EAT and DRINK and hang around and chat and lokk at the vista and be a big ole couch SLAB watching football. I don’t get to cook or clean at all. It’s terrible….but I manage.

    • 238 theo67
      November 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Everything sounds amazing, but that lemon cake really caught my eye – can you send me a tiny piece, please?

    • 242 amk for obama
      November 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Don’t be selfish. Send me some of that.

  43. 243 susanne
    November 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    the new yorker asks, however did a ceasefire happen without myth by bibi’s side?

    ‘ Has anyone, this week, been seeking out Mitt Romney’s views on the Gaza crisis? Have there been calls to put him on a plane and have him sit down with Benjamin Netanyahu or Mohamed Morsi, and sort things out? Hillary Clinton handled that instead, and we seem to have a ceasefire, while the urgent questions about Romney have been whether that was really him, photographed blurrily, pumping his own gas, or what he and Ann thought of Jacob imprinting on Renesmee in the new “Twilight” movie—which they saw over the weekend—and which vampire coven reminded them most of the Republican primary field. Last month, Romney was talking about the near-psychic bond he had with Netanyahu; that may have been nice for them, but it hardly seems to matter anymore to anyone else. By the time there was a ceasefire deal, on Wednesday, the Romney radar was alive to his trip to Disneyland with his wife and grandchildren, according to reports sourced back to park visitors who tweeted pictures. Has a candidate ever shifted so swiftly and unceremoniously from the realm of the auto bailout to that of Luigi’s Flying Tires? ‘

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/11/romneys-republican-disneyland.html#ixzz2Cv4lhYej

  44. November 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you, Chips!!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone 🙂

  45. November 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    • 250 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Bob – Such a lovely thing to do. Thanks for thinking of it.

    • 252 nathkatun7
      November 22, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Wonderful tweet, Bob! I happen to think that you too deserve credit for your fearless tweets and messages that spread the Truth. I know I am not alone in saying Thank you for your relentless work in spreading Truth.

      I wish you and your family a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

      • November 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

        That is so kind of you, nath. If anything I did made even a slight difference, it would be heartwarming for sure.

        All the best to you and your family on this most special of Thanksgivings. My wife and I agree, it is the best Thanksgiving of our lives.


        • 254 57andfemale
          November 22, 2012 at 2:27 am

          You made a HUGE difference and helped to marshall the rest of us. You’re a treasure.

        • November 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

          Bob . . . I need to put my two cents in with the others. You are a blessing in 140 characters. I retweet your tweets every chance I get. This one above is a beaut!! Thank G-D you are on our side!

          Have a happy Thanksgiving . . . Marlz

    • 257 99ts
      November 22, 2012 at 1:24 am

      thank you Donna – would love to see more – they sure live their values – all the time.

      • 258 anniebella
        November 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

        Maybe someone will get the video of Paul Ryan and his family handing out food to the needed. You remember like the time doing the election he wanted to show how much he cared about the poor he went to that shelter with his family, put on their aprons went in the kitchen and wash the clean pots and pans while the camera watch him.

    • 259 Titti
      November 22, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Michelle’s niece is there at the back handing out veg.

  46. 260 mtmarilyn
    November 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Good evening Chips and wonderful TOD family!!! This is a busy and fun time. I am taking a break from cooking. Just getting my pies, a pecan, pumpkin and pumpkin chiffon, done. These are a family tradition. The recipes come from both sides of the family. Use to make themj all the time, now it is just twice a year. Tomorrow it is turkey and all. Just having 2 guests and they are bringing the beans and salad. Really looking forward to the turkey and all.

    We have so much to be thankful for this year. The first is our Presidents reelection. Also in the top is this wonderful site!!! Ms Chips our great leader is the best and all of us who are involved here. All those who just come and lurk. I am thankful for all of you. There is so much personally. My husband had his second hip replacement surgery the end of Oct and he is doing great. Now he has two new hips and no pain!!!! I am so thankful for the VA medical who paid for his first hip replacement in January and for Medicare for paying for his second surgery in October. Thank you America for health care.

    May you all have a beautiful day tomorrow and hope everyone knows that you are loved!!!!!

  47. November 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  48. 266 theo67
    November 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Did this get posted already – it’s a story about a ten year old girl with two dads who wrote to the President asking him for advice about getting teased at school? This President is simply awesome!


    • 267 Chi
      November 22, 2012 at 5:50 am

      This was so heartwarming…

      Very sad and upsetting that a little girl would be taunted by other kids for no reason other than learned prejudice…

  49. 268 phoenixriz
    November 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hello Chips and fellow TODers. Wishing you all a wonderful day tomorrow. Having this site is such a blessing to come to. Everyone did their job and we still have our beloved First Family to continue on as rolemodels to the world. I have some catching up to do on the pictures from our favorite White House photographer. See you all later.

  50. 270 magapie
    November 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    The Obamas must have the MOST KICK ASS DENTIST EVER. I mean seriously??? Guess I’ll try those GD Crest White Strips again. SOB.

  51. 273 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

  52. 279 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 12:35 am

  53. 280 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 22, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Laud, PapaJohn’s has even pissed off the rethugs…


  54. 281 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

  55. 285 theo67
    November 22, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I see the cover of this week’s “West Wing Week” is featuring “The Shirt”. Everybody knows…

  56. 286 Dorothy
    November 22, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD Friends!

  57. 287 susanne
    November 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

    in case you’ve had to leave your shopping to the very last minute:

    ‘ Buying union-made products is one way you can support good jobs. So check out the AFL-CIO’s list of union-made Thanksgiving choices, including, but not limited to:

    Boar’s Head—UFCW
    Foster Poultry Farms—UFCW
    Thumann’s—UFCW […]

    Side Dishes
    Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce—IAM
    Birds Eye vegetables—UFCW
    Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes—BCTGM

    Pillsbury crescent rolls, frozen and bake rolls/breads—BCTGM
    Pillsbury pie crusts—BCTGM
    Stroehmann bakery products (for stuffing)—BCTGM

    Sara Lee pumpkin, apple pie—BCTGM
    Mother’s Kitchen pies and cakes—BCTGM
    Nabisco cookies—BCTGM

    You can also use the UFCW’s smartphone app to locate a nearby union grocery store. Drinking beer? There’s a list for that, too. ‘

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/21/1162097/-Ingredients-for-a-union-made-Thanksgiving (warning–the photo is kinda blech)

  58. 289 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 1:25 am

  59. 290 susanne
    November 22, 2012 at 1:27 am

    wondering why the grinch robmey was seen with family at disneyland–always an ‘e’ ticket? just being generous, having a little fun? maybe i just don’t trust the guy to make any move without compensation.

    ‘ Rupert Murdoch makes an unlikely fairy godfather. The News Corp boss is more often portrayed as a cartoonish evil villain, especially inside rivals like Disney. But by paying a punchy price for a big piece of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, Murdoch is implying an even richer valuation for ESPN than is already attached to the coveted Disney sports brand. That in turn makes the whole Magic Kingdom look worth more. ‘


  60. 291 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 1:39 am

  61. November 22, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I will never forgive Bush & Cheney and their fellow #NEOCONSTERS for this ….


    Just imagine what their Thanksgiving could have been if America had not been traumatized by fear mongers and LIED into war.


  62. 295 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 1:59 am

  63. 298 99ts
    November 22, 2012 at 3:40 am

    So 10 days ago Mitt Romney wanted to be the leader of the free world – today he is on the rides at disneyland – an utter waste of billions of dollars from the fiscal conservatives

  64. 299 susanne
    November 22, 2012 at 4:12 am

    and another thing i’m thankful for– programs and laws that will save girls from the trap of being child brides.

    Child brides remain alarmingly common. An estimated 10 million marriages occur worldwide each year in which at least one spouse, usually the female, is younger than 18. In 16 countries, half of girls marry by that age. West Africa has the highest incidence of child marriage, South Asia the largest numbers. In many places, brides are preposterously young. In Niger, 36 percent of girls are wed before turning 15.
    Programs that target this economic dynamic have reduced child marriages. In Ethiopia’s rural Amhara region, for example, parents of girls 10 to 14 were given $6 to pay for their daughter’s school supplies plus a goat worth $25 if she remained enrolled for two years. After that period, girls in the program were one-tenth as likely to be married and three times as likely to be in school as their peers. Similar programs in Malawi and Bangladesh have also reduced child-marriage rates.
    The Ethiopian program was a partnership of local authorities and the Population Council, a nongovernmental organization focused on health and development issues, with funding from the Nike Foundation, the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development. ‘

    (usaid is a division of the state department. yes, i’m grateful for you, sec clinton!)


  65. 300 canadabarb4obama
    November 22, 2012 at 4:13 am

    My very sincere best wishes to all on TOD celebrating Thanksgiving. Each of you has a very special place in my heart. Thank you for your hard work to re-elect PBO, your President, and the leader of our Free World.
    Chips, than you for this peaceful oasis.

    • 301 susanne
      November 22, 2012 at 4:18 am

      aloha canadabarb~ it’s been a full, challenging, and very satisfying year, eh? i join you in deep gratitude for our president, our blog queen chips, and each other!

      i’m off to bed now–try keep the lights on till the early birds chirp! mahalo nui~

  66. November 22, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Halo TODville, waving to everyone, bowing to the great Mayor Chipstick…Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating wherever yo may be, and to those not celebrating blessings to you!

  67. 303 Nena20409
    November 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Happy ThanksGiving to all and your loved ones at TOD.

    Love, Peace and Good health to all.

  68. 305 Titti
    November 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

    A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to the TOD family and here’s hoping that you have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

  69. 306 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    It’s time Sebelius started a PR campaign.

  70. 308 1jam4pbo
    November 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Happy Thanksgiving America. A very Special Happy Thanksgiving Day to all American TOD -Family wherever you are. Have a great Day.

    I personally give thanks this Day for the part you all played in re-electing President Barack Obama. Thank You.

  71. 309 prettyfoot58
    November 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

    A very Special Thanksgiving to everyone in TODville..a heartfelt “thank you” to alllllll…. those who worked so very hard to keep America moving Forward…i get weepy every time i think about it.. ….i feel that we have the opportunity to do great things with PBO and his impact will not only be felt here in the US but all over the world….

    A special Thank you to MsChipsssss.. for this magnificent blog….((huggs))

    Today both my daughters and their families will be coming to dinner…the planets were in perfect alignment….smilin…and i am sooooooo very thankful for that…..

    for dinner…cornish hens for the meat eaters….fish for the vegetarians…hahaha…

    and of course love for all…..getting a lil mushy….smilin again….

    Have a Wonderful Day….TODers…

    • 310 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here:) Husband is gone, so the kids and I will have cornish game hen stuffed with wild rice and all the other Thanksgiving fixin’s….so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is that we have our health, our families, and our TOD friends….and best of all, our President for another 4 years. I think I’m actually still a little numb from the whole election experience this time around, for absolutely grateful for the hard work that all of us did to get him elected. Enjoy your day with your friends and family. Eat, nap, OD on football 🙂 Love you all….and a very special hug for our most wonderful blog goddess, Chips. Love you, Chips! Happy Thanksgiving:)

    • 311 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

      🙂 I think that I noticed that you were having those darling little cornish hens for dinner! So adorable….have a wonderful day with your daughters and their families….and it goes without saying….hugs and love.

    • 313 vcprezofan2
      November 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

      That sounds so good, PF58, I can feel the wave of happiness emanating from you at the planets aligning. 😉 Have a wonderful, happy time together!

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