337 Responses to “Keep Chatting”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I’m so behind but I’ll drop in to say hello! πŸ™‚

  2. January 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Carolmae, you are getting suspiciously good at this! πŸ™‚ Congrats!

    • 3 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      I believe that carol is vc’s protege. She is a quick study too! πŸ™‚ Congrats carolmaewy on #1!

      • January 31, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        So it’s like one of those secret societies where arcane knowledge is passed down through the generations.

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        January 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm

        IhavenothingtodowithCarolmae’ssuccess! No-thing! No secret meetings. No-thing! She’s just good with her ipad, I guess.

        • 7 Pamela
          January 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

          I believe you VC! Cmwy is much much faster than you or I ever were! πŸ˜‰

          • 8 vcprezofan2
            January 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm

            You aren’t trying to jump start my competitive spirit, are you friend Pamela? I tell you now it won’t work. I’m a reformed character; at least my legs are re-formed. They don’t respond now as readily as they did in my younger TOD days.

        • 9 carolmaewy
          January 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          Thank you all for the conspiracy theories. πŸ˜‰ I do have a secret, but I don’t know what it is. πŸ˜‰ I do enjoy the friendly competition. I’m just glad I found this place.

          • 10 jacquelineoboomer
            January 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

            *I do have a secret, but I don’t know what it is*

            Too funny. Reminds me of when I used to work for the military, and we all had security clearances, which allowed us to see classified material. The Security Officer had a little fun sign on his desk: “The secrecy of my job prevents me from knowing what I am doing.” (He got it as a gift, so you can figure that one out.)

        • January 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

          I’ll believe you, thousands wouldn’t… πŸ˜‰

  3. January 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm


    • 15 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Perhaps these senators should Make Israel the 51st state. That way, they can stop with the pretenses that a DoD nominee confirmation has anything to do with the state of Israel.

    • 19 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      So, American troops are fighting and dying in Afghanistan and other places, fighting against Al Q. But, the questions for the man who will be responsible for their safety and well-begin focused on two trouble-making countries of Israel and Iran, where no troops are currently fighting and dying? Anyone who believes the GOP care about the troops is deluding themselves.

  4. 22 isonprize
    January 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm


  5. 24 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  6. 30 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to see the Hagel inquisition but NBC —Kelly O’Donnell—did a hatchet job on him in reporting on it tonight—-not prepared etc. The little snippets I have seen of McCain and Lindsey Graham’s questioning was pure bullying and disrespectful to the point of embarrassment and shame. And only Israel seems to matter at all.

    • 31 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Bingo. Hagel bleed for this nation. Fought for this nation. Served in the senate for NE and at no time did Israel factor in those services. His oath was to defend our Constitution. These senators are dereliction of their duties, period.

      • 32 jacquelineoboomer
        January 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        For anyone to say he was ill prepared for this hearing is to be lyin’. He had facts and figures and reasoning on his side. None of the questioners would know what they wrote or said in 1998, but Hagel did and quoted his thoughts then – and now – when appropriate. He stopped short of engaging in foolish discussion, because he sized up through his steely glance when it was just to irk him or give something to the teafolks at home. Give me a man or woman at the helm at the Defense Department who means business, is on board for a serious purpose, and (I can’t get enough of this one) doesn’t suffer fools gladly ~ any day ~ over the wimps askin’ the damn moronic questions some staffer handed ’em. Okay, I’m ready to vote for Hagel. Where do I line up?

  7. 34 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Sneaky, Chips! Sneaky. I didn’t even sense your presence.

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Well, I sort of did, but I didn’t believe the hair that started to stand up on the back of my neck, which is why I peeked in the window.

  8. 36 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I was passing by those lobby news screens today & saw a blurb from Wall Street Journal about Dow being on track for it’s best January since 1994. Yes, not a typo! 1994. It’s PBO’s fault, dammit! πŸ™‚

  9. 42 GGAIL
    January 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I haven’t been first since the beginning of time, but I keep showing up πŸ™‚

    • 43 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      You will. And who you do, the thrill is infectious.

      VC is the Professor. The Tutor. The Champion. She knows all the ways to quietly crack πŸ™‚ that door open.

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      And happy I am that you do! πŸ˜‰ Also, I seem to remember waving to you up on the podium not too long ago, way AFTER the beginning of time. :l Hang in there, your turn will come again, especially if you move over to the east coast. πŸ˜› πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      • 46 GGAIL
        January 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        I just got home from work & I’m asking myself…where is the East Coast? My Google Map can’t find such a place πŸ™‚

        • 47 nathkatun7
          February 1, 2013 at 12:17 am

          Hey, GGAIL, I just got off work and I understand the people on the East Coast are already asleep. By the way, how about our plan for a nice CA bottle of wine for Chipsticks?

    • 48 carolmaewy
      January 31, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      You go Gail. It’s because I’m here trying to catch up on last posts.

  10. 49 Nena20409
    January 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Congrats Carol 😎 πŸ™‚

  11. 50 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  12. January 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  13. 72 yardarm756
    January 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    A back in the day music fad before we knew what Zen was.

  14. January 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • 83 xtine
      January 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      It was heartbreaking seeing Hadiya’s Mom on Al’s show. Bless her.

      • 84 carolmaewy
        January 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        She is a hero for going on TV.

        • January 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          I could only watch for a few moments. If you’ve ever lost a family member to violence, the scab is easily ripped off when such a thing happens to another. I feel it every time I see a parent crying on TV. It leaves me raw. She will NEVER get over the loss. My mother took my sister’s death to her grave.

          • 86 carolmaewy
            January 31, 2013 at 10:25 pm

            I’m so sorry for your loss. It was extremely hard to watch. She broke down several times, but Rev. Al was very respective and broke away to a photo of her beautiful daughter when necessary. She would have grown into a wonderful young woman. I haven’t been able to post much since I watched it. I hate what the rethugs did to Hagel too.

  15. January 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  16. 102 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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  17. January 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Hi everyone. It’s my birthday, and I worked like a dog today. Two different court hearings, then back to the office for more work just getting home to catch up on all the happenings.

  18. 140 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  19. 141 yardarm756
    January 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    This one song got all the kids in my neighborhood a severe “old fashioned” time out.

    • 142 cookemom
      January 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Ha, we were not allowed to dance to, and especially not sing the lyrics to “Funky Broadway’ The word Funky was not said in polite company and certainly not by ladies in good societal standing.

      • 143 yardarm756
        January 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Funky, funky Broadway, eh!

      • 152 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Ok, want to talk “risquΓ©?” I offer Exhibit A: “The Meditation”

        • 153 yardarm756
          January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          I see it is about to get real crazy up in here. SHAKE YO’ MONEY MAKER!

          • 154 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            January 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

            I’m fortunate to still have the record and my life. Someone put it on at my 8th grade graduation party. My Mom came down the stairs and just stuck her hand out, didn’t say a word. The kid closest to the record player took it off and gave it to her. I swear, my Mom’s generation was the master of non-verbal communication!

            • 155 yardarm756
              January 31, 2013 at 8:53 pm

              Mine too. It must have been something in the water OR it was because my folks used lard for cooking. πŸ˜†

            • 156 cookemom
              January 31, 2013 at 9:02 pm

              Ha, ha, my best friend had an 8th grade graduation party in the basement of her home. Nearly an hour into it, someone shouts out, ‘cookepreteen’ your mom is upstairs!’ Talk about wanting to just hide under the stairs. Of course she said she was planning to visit my best friends mom all the time. Just a coincidence the visit was on the same night.

              • 157 Alycee (@jazziz2)
                January 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

                Hell, I live in a real small town and if you did make curfew, a mother would have no problem showing up at the door in bathrobe and pink sponge rollers, belt or switch in hand. Needless to say, I always made it around the corner just as my Mom was about to leave our house!

                • 158 Alycee (@jazziz2)
                  January 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm

                  I will have to say, my Mom was kind of cool. I usually had a party about once a month; of course, there was a method to my Mother’s madness — if the party was at our house, she could keep an eye on me!

    • January 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Awww, these guys were great. Loved ’em.

  20. January 31, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Did anyone see the tweet @MarkKnoller deleted about an hour ago?

    Was appalled; paraphrase:
    PBO to Hagel: Are you qualified for SecDef?
    Hagel response: No, I am not.
    Computer hung up so I was unable to take a screenprint.

    MSM (Chuck “Flip someone off while I’m on camera” Todd, Mark “How many rounds of golf has PBO played?”) and Luke (I’m learning my lessons from my mentor Chuck Todd) Russert all sent despicable tweets about the hearing today.

    Steve Clemons: (will be on Maddow’s show tonight)
    .@aniekan_o @SCClemons think Hagel will get confirmed? Yes I do. 70-30

    Hagel is key to implementing PBO’s vision of US role in the world.

    Hagel is chance for some good to come from the disastrous Vietnam war.

    Sooooooooo want the former Sgt. to be giving marching orders to the pampered Generals; can’t wait.

    • 162 99ts
      January 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      He corrected it – but is maybe still trying to imply that Sen Hagel said he was not qualified – Hagel said he was not “uniquely qualified”

      Correcting and expanding previous quote from Hagel on his discussion with Pres Obama about being DefSec:
      “I didn’t try to sell him on the job that I could do it. In fact, when he asked me about why am I qualified, or why would I be uniquely qualified, I said, “I’m not.” There are a lot of qualified Americans who could do this job. I don’t think a lot of them in the sense of they’re out there everywhere. I think there are some qualifications for this job, but I’m not the only one.”


      • 163 theo67
        February 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

        It’s kind of strange to think that President Obama conducts standard interviews, with standard interview questions, for some of these critical jobs. I’ve been asked the same question in interviews – as I’m sure many people have been asked the same question. Just seems strange and normal.

  21. January 31, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  22. January 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Another music break. The Thin White Duke muses on mortality and change.

  23. January 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Oh, forgot to say that I HATED the petulant way that Graham and McCain bullied Hagel, treated him like he was 8 years old.

    Gee, who else does the GOP treat as a “boy?” Just infuriating.

    Direct quote from Lindsey: “Do you agree you shouldn’t have said something like that?”

    McCain is all surge, all the time (like Giuliani and 9-1-1).

    Didn’t see Ted Cruz (thankfully) but here’s what BritHume had to say:
    Cruz is bullying Hagel. He needs to let him finish his answers. Unimpressive round of questioning.

  24. January 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    • 170 desertflower
      January 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I’d say that NRA members should feel free to CALL THE NRA and voice their disgust for this organization and resign their membership. SInce the NRA is all about the money, that should make them sit up and pay attention!

      • 171 yardarm756
        January 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        They don’t care. Most of their money comes from folks that make guns and ammo. I’ll bet there’s some foreign $$ involved too.

    • 172 anniebella
      January 31, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I don’t think nothing of Karl Malone, I never like him when he played basketball. And Tom Selleck. I will not watch anything with Selleck on it. I never thought anything of Ted Nugent or Oliver North. But Selleck, when that NRA ad came out using the President’s daughters in it I thought Selleck would step forward and say let’s leave the kids out of this discussion, but he didn’t and I say to hell with him, he is just as sick as the NRA leaders. And I will not watch any more of his garbage.

  25. January 31, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Truth …

  26. January 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Here was a little uplifting of my day yesterday. I was chatting with a person in my district with whom I am friends on facebook. I have known her for a long time and always assumed she was pretty conservative. After friending her I discovered she was a real Obama supporter. Yesterday I was in her office talking to her about the recent election. She said her dad had grown up in the deep south and was 93 years old, so you can imagine the culture he grew up in. Well, he voted for Pres. Obama in both elections. She was really proud of him. I think there are many stories like this out there that we don’t get to hear. We hear the racist crazies – the last malignant pus squeezed from a long festering wound. But there is so much healing going on and I think that will become more apparent throughout this next term. This is part of the work President Obama has been called to do.

  27. 177 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Lawrence Wilkerson on Ed Show. I think I’ll watch that part. πŸ™‚

  28. January 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    #GunsKillPeople (twitter bomb)

  29. 179 desertflower
    January 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Appropriate. “All this bullshit gonna down”….

  30. January 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  31. January 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Barney Frank on Deval Patrick’s pick of Mo Cowan:

    β€œThere was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it β€” nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor’s office and others β€” was that the governor would want to appoint someone who’s either a minority or a woman.” Frank told the Washington Blade. β€œAnd what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I’ve never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me.”
    According to the Blade, Cowan’s appointment was β€œhailed a milestone for diversity in terms of race because he’s black,” but Frank felt that those involved in the decision making process must have missed President Obama’s inaugural address.
    β€œIt’s almost as if some people didn’t listen to the president when he said, β€˜Seneca, Stonewall and Selma,’ and didn’t hear the Stonewall part,” he said.
    Frank added that being the first married, openly gay person in the Senate could have given the other Senators β€œan important lesson” to take home.

    Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/barney-frank-interim-senate-seat-snub-20130131/#ixzz2JbeHuiBe
    Read more at http://www.queerty.com/barney-frank-interim-senate-seat-snub-20130131/#MGDrq05ufbEiUJ7d.99

  32. January 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    #GunsKillPeople is trending

  33. 211 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Did somebody say “funky”?

  34. January 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    • 213 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Truth. Brilliant.

    • 214 ranman11
      January 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      The NRA’s focus on mental illness as a primary reason for the abundance of murders that take place, is a distraction from the real culprits.

      Let me start by saying this; Power is an attribute that needs to be exercise, whether you are a human being or an animal. A person that has weaponry fire power in their possession will inevitably create an opportunity for them to use it, because the undisciplined human nature (not the spiritual nature) appeals to the must gutter part of our souls.

      Every human soul has the propensity to commit murder and those who do not think so, will be apt to commit a murder for like of discipline.

      So let me come back to this mental illness distraction NRA is perpetuating. It is a distraction, because most murders are committed by those who do not fit a mental illness profile. You do not have to agree with me, but to think that the abundance of murders/mass murders are only committed by mental ill people, is extremely naΓ―ve and dangerous.

  35. 220 Nena20409
    January 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to You, Africa……Stevie Wonder Style, Happy Birthday….. Happy Birthday To You…..

  36. 221 kasai
    January 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Good Evening Tods:-)
    Hey there ((Dudette)) my fav DJ is back….Yay!!! Hope you doing well…Missed ya!

  37. 225 kasai
    January 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  38. 231 desertflower
    January 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I seem to recall one Saturday night that Dudette and I were up nearly ALL NIGHT bringing the funk to TOD πŸ™‚ Do you remember that night, Dudette? That was fun…. love this family:)

  39. 233 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    This is for Africa!! Get up and shake that thang!!

    • 234 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Do you all have to play the music so loud? Some of us are trying to sleep, here, plus, this every night partying does not set a good example for the young people in the village. πŸ™„

      /That should put a lid on it / Teeheehee! πŸ˜›
      πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. Stirring up the masses since Chips isn’t here to do it with her pictures.
      Have a terrific party night, Africa and friends! Do remember if you drink, don’t drive.

  40. 238 99ts
    January 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Watching McCain on Maddow show – His screeching demand for a yes/no answer – was similar to Lawrence yelling at the Mom who needed her weapons of mass destruction. It makes the questioner look arrogant & inflamed – as McCain looked today.

    McCain has been out of reality since about 2000 – good analysis of the hearing on Rachel’s show

  41. 241 isonprize
    January 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    What? Y’all thought y’all could party without me??? LOLOLOL 😎 NOT!

    You simply CANNOT do funk without this JAM!! CALLING ALL TRUE FUNKATEERS!!!


    • 242 Dudette
      January 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Now you don’ got me up outta my chair!! πŸ˜€

      • 243 isonprize
        January 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        LL went and posted Afrika Bambaata and Kraftwerk, I’m looking for Giorgio Moroder and Yellow Magic Orchestra. WHAT????

        No wonder I stayed skinny back in the day!! LOLOLOL Gotta run, but I’ll be back in DJ mode this weekend. Of course, Marvin Gaye had some party tunes that 1) had you jammin’ and 2) played like, 30 minutes! (I know that’s an exaggeration, but not by much…)

        Peace, y’all.

        P.S. BIG UPS to Chuck Hagel. He’s holding it down and I think, after all is said and done, he will be confirmed. He is what his haters will NEVER be. An honorable ENLISTED American! (an a Republican, at that, so he KNOWS how they operate…) Love him!!

      • 244 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        Damn, you got me out of my sick bed! Used to not only dance, but roller skate to this jam!

  42. 245 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  43. 246 lisalovesobama
    January 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    well, I’m so glad this day is over for Hagel’s sake. He shed some blood today in order to meet the petty needs of some craven asshole bastards i.e.: McBitters, now they just have to vote and he will get the post because establishment repukes and democrats will vote for him. I hope McBitters got to adequately vent his spleen because it’s over. he’ll remain a bitter old man in the Senate till next year where hopefully he’ll be voted out, and Chuck Hagel will be Sec of Defense for the next 4 years. McBitters is so dumb and so short-sighted. His entire legacy is now for shit. Idiot. πŸ™„

    • 247 99ts
      January 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I saw none of it live – but the current talk on Rachel’s show I’m finding very good. Apparently very little about current/future policy was even discussed – McCain went slightly insane about getting Hagel to relive the war in Iraq.

    • 248 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      I’m almost certain that Hagel and PBO had some earlier laughs about what would transpire today – and that the GOP’s line of questioning and “attacks” on him would have everything to do with PBO and nothing to do with Hagel.

      So I suspect Hagel left the hearing feeling that things went EXACTLY as expected.

    • 249 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Lisa, he killed his legacy a long time ago and i’m actually glad he’s showing people what a disgusting, rude and deeply disturbed bastard he really is. Arizona may continue to give this guy a Senate seat, but he hasn’t a shred of credibility left. Younger generations must look at him and say, Who is that Crazy loon and what’s he going on about.

    • 250 carolmaewy
      January 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Yes, McBitters has lost any respect I had for him. Thinking of all the very bad things he’s done. Is he already up for re-election next year? Yippie.

  44. 251 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Let’s just call tonight the last unofficial Inauguration Ball. Hmmm, it needs a name! Snap! Got it!

    You are cordially invited this evening to the — TOD Boogie Ball — Wooooooot! Get up and shake your rumps to the FUNK!! πŸ˜€

  45. 256 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    From my Camp Lejeune days —

  46. 260 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    and my Camp Pendleton days…

  47. January 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

  48. January 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    ok – at the risk of being at the end of another thread like usual – here is your CUTE FOR THE DAY:

    You might need insulin:

  49. January 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm


  50. 272 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    My new most favorite Non-TOD tweet!

  51. 273 kasai
    January 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    This one goes out to HOPEFRUIT πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  52. 277 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  53. 279 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Ooops; Scandal is on…

  54. 281 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    The was THE JAM back in the day. But now I can’t hear it without seeing Cedric the Entertainer “parallel parking” in The Kings of Comedy! Curse you Ceddie! πŸ™‚

  55. 283 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Last one from me tonight, Babies! Gotta hop! Love you!!

  56. 284 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    PBO nominates Ia. Public Defender, Jane Kelly, for 8th U.S. Circuit Ct. of Appeals, would be the 2nd woman to ever serve on the court.


  57. 286 isonprize
    January 31, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Did someone mention roller skating?

  58. January 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    It truly breaks your heart ….

  59. 289 Elly in Maryland
    January 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Is anyone following the special election in late February to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. in Congress? Any Chicagoans out there? I don’t know why I wasn’t paying attention but did see that one of the main Democratic contenders is very anti-gun control. On the good side is a candidate named Robin Kelly (http://robinkellyforcongress.org/about-robin/). I read a bit about her and gun control is her BIG issue. It would be horrible in the middle of this new push for gun control to have the wrong person win that primary. I believe I’ll donate something to Kelly. Any opinions about her or the race would be appreciated.

    • 290 yardarm756
      January 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I’m in Chicago and in that district. It’s very crowded with over a dozen people with a hat in the ring. It’s not as nasty as its gonna get.

  60. 291 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Sandy Hook chorus to sing with Jennifer Hudson before the Super Bowl. (knew about the chorus, didn’t know they would be singing with Jennifer Hudson—-America the Beautiful)


  61. 292 yardarm756
    January 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    LOD is on w/Deval.

  62. 293 kasai
    January 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Happy Birthday (( Africa )) and wish you many…many…many more πŸ™‚

  63. 294 lisalovesobama
    January 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    HOLY SHIT!!!!! SCANDAL!!!!! Mudderfuuker!!!!

  64. 296 Dona
    January 31, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Sorry to spoil the funk party, but there was a shooting at my school today. Thank God, only one student was hurt ( one is even too many). It could have been worse. I spent most of the lock- down time under a desk, so all I know came from the news. I am really scared about going to school tomorrow. It always felt as if something was going to happen. I was not surprised when the shooting started at all. Weird .

    • 297 carolmaewy
      January 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Hope you get over feeling scared soon. I’m so sorry you had go through this. I’ve been mourning all day because of the things I’ve seen and heard on news. Please feel free to talk here if you feel you need to. I know the others wouldn’t mind.

      • 298 Dona
        January 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm

        Thank you cm. I am just so exhausted from all that nervous energy today. I just think about if I had not been late to the court yard,I may have gotten shot, I don’t know. It is a rather unsettling feeling.

        • 299 CEB
          January 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm

          Take care of yourself; give yourself time to process this and to feel however you feel. If you need to take some time off, do so. People often forget that teachers are as affected by events such as this much as their students (I have been a teacher for 30 years).

        • 300 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm

          Hugs to you tonight, Dona. Take care. Is someone going to be available at the school to talk with those who went through it? Just a thought.

        • 301 carolmaewy
          February 1, 2013 at 12:04 am

          ((((HUGS)))) Dona. Listening to your favorite music might help calm you down. Do you want to think of it tonight or do you want to take your mind off what happened? You may have your own way to wind down. Another thing that helps me sort things out is to write it down. Handwriting or typing on the computer, privately, or where ever you feel comfortable. Do what you think is good for you. My thoughts are with you and the others in your school.

    • January 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      How awful; I’m so sorry, Dona. I hope your school will give you and the children the counseling you need to get through this experience. *hugs*

    • January 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      That is a terrible shame. I heard about it on the news. What a sad experience for teachers and students when everyone is already tense over Newtown. Be kind to yourself. You probably found a courage inside yourself today which you didn’t even know you had. Hold tight to that.

    • 304 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      February 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

      So sorry this happened to you and glad that you are safe. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time. There are more good people than bad and many are working on making this a safer place for all our children. We are holding you in our thoughts.

    • 305 99ts
      February 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

      So sorry you had to be there for this – sending all good thoughts

  65. 306 carolmaewy
    January 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you to whoever posted the link to hear Beyonce sing the National Anthem earlier. She sang it beautifully. She looked great. Loved her in that dress.

  66. 311 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  67. 312 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Holy freaking shit!!!!!!! Tonight’s Scandal was insane. My mind is officially blown. My brain is officially blown. Next week’s episode is going to be out of this world bananas!

  68. 319 amk for obama
    February 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    So what happened in the Hagel hearing ? Did he clear out of the stupid senate committee?

  69. 323 Ladyhawke
    February 1, 2013 at 12:03 am



    I do appreciate that John McCain is engaged in a nearly never-ending campaign to remind us why we’re glad he is isn’t president.


  70. 325 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

    My computer caught the funk from all the funky music. It’s going in and out now. There was an important question to Sen. Haggle about sex abuse. He answered he was going to make sure he would fix the problem. He’d seen the documentary Invisible War. That’s a good start anyway. Not going to be easy at all.

  71. 328 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 12:20 am

    If you get a chance watch the Rewrite on LOD. Dr. Begg testifies.

  72. 329 yardarm756
    February 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Taps, taps. Lights out. Maintain silence about the decks. Smoking lamp is out in all berthing places. Now taps.

  73. 337 Melanie
    February 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    THIS is part of the new jobs <a href="https://twitter.com/search

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