Chat away, night owls

President Obama hugs Nicole Hockley, mother of schoolboy Dylan who died at Sandy Hook. University of Hartford, Connecticut, April 8


President Obama and Jillian Soto exit Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, April 8. Soto is the sister of Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher who was killed at Sandy Hook (Photo by Pete Souza)


Just a little thank you to LovelyPlains for everything recently. He might never forgive me for this …. but he has been going through a really tough time with his father’s serious illness, and while waiting for results from his father’s recent operation and visiting him in hospital, he’s also had to keep up with college work. His father is due to have another major operation soon, so wishing him all the very, very best. Endless thanks to LovelyPlains for, somehow, contributing so much to TOD during such a difficult time – can never, ever thank him enough.

122 Responses to “Chat away, night owls”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    April 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you for the post.

  2. 19 No Child Left Behind
    April 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I finally broke the #1 slot! Yuppeeee!

  3. 24 bojoflo
    April 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Best wishes LovelylPlains –Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Father. โ™ฅ

    • April 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Yes LovelyPlains. I pray for strength and peace for you. Sometimes the waiting (for test results, for a surgery to be over) is the hardest part. I remember when my mother was ill and waiting for her test results. So hard. So thanks for all you have done and we wish you the best in your courses and in taking care of you father. Don’t forget to breathe .. and to take care of yourself too.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I join everyone else in wishing you and your dad the best, Lovely Plains!

  4. 27 LDS
    April 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I knew it!

  5. 28 No Child Left Behind
    April 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    But I have bad news. Diagnosed with premature osteoporosis. Pray for me. Pray for my President first. Pray also for his family and those who serve and protect him.

  6. 48 sherijr
    April 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Best wishes & thanks to LovelyPlains ~ and healing thoughts to his father. Thank YOU Chips.

  7. April 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Dear LP, will keep you and your father in my thoughts and am grateful for all you have been contributing during this very difficult personal time.

    Thank you!!

  8. 50 LDS
    April 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    All I have to do is post and …..Away We Go!
    Congrazt, No Child Left Behind.
    One thing for sure, I sure know how to change a post……
    I am a night owl, though.

  9. April 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for all your contributions here, Lovelyplains. You and your father are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. 53 amk for obama
    April 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Best wishes for your dad’s successful operation and quick recovery, lp.

  11. April 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    You just never know what someone else is going through, thanks lovelyยขplains for helping Chips and for giving us such richly informative posts . Wishing all the best for you and your Dad.

  12. 55 LDS
    April 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    NCLB and LP, both in my prayers tonight….
    We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people here doing amazing things.
    Ms. Chips, you bring out the best in all of us!

  13. 60 99ts
    April 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    So there I was – apologizing for my sins – and everyone has moved along.

    My grandbabe is due to be here – 7 months old tomorrow – how quickly they grow

    • April 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Have fun with your little one tomorrow, 99! They are so responsive and engaged and curious at that age. Lovely!

    • 63 LDS
      April 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      99ts, It is automatic when I pour my heart out, I am the only one there. Crying like a baby. It’s only when I reach for a tissue that I realize it’s a party going on….videos, balloons, pics, cakes; dancing…..
      Enjoy every second of the grandbabe…before you know it you will be attending graduation….real soon! College, I mean.

  14. 64 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Good gracious, is it really after 10pm already? And did those guys really walk away and leave me all unaware and by my lonesome for over 30 minutes? /smh/ I guess it is true that I do tend to occupy a world of my own way too often. Ah me!

  15. 65 amk for obama
    April 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  16. 67 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    From previous post; hope thei cut & paste works – LadyHawke expressed a wish that the Media would get involved daily until ….

    โ€” Vick C. (@sonamie) April 9, 2013

    As pub. service the Senators threatening 2 filibuster gun violence legislation should be named & shown on @nbcnews DAILY until up/down vote
    โ€” Vick C. (@sonamie) April 9, 2013

    As pub. service the Senators threatening 2 filibuster gun violence legislation should be named & shown on @cnnnews DAILY until up/down vote
    โ€” Vick C. (@sonamie) April 9, 2013

    Senators threatening 2 filibuster gun violence legislation should be named & shown @abcnewsDAILY as a public service until up/down vote
    โ€” Vick C. (@sonamie) April 9, 2013

    Senators threatening 2 filibuster gun violence legislation should be named & shown @msnbcnewsDAILY as a public service until up/down vote
    โ€” Vick C. (@sonamie) April 9, 2013

    • 68 vcprezofan2
      April 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      It didn’t work, but hey, you can go back to the last post and click, or copy the tweet and send it under your own name….whatever.

    • 89 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you vc. Maybe we will finally get some intense focus on the GOP filibuster abuse. It is long past due for them to pay a price for their obstruction. They are cowards hiding behind the filibuster. Krystal Ball was on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and she said (paraphrasing) if we don’t have votes we don’t have a democracy. I’ll post the segment in the morning.

  17. April 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  18. 92 LDS
    April 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Mr. Bobfr, you are most welcome.
    “Friends tell friends the truth.” As per our President.

    It is so frustrating to see this wonderful man work so hard day after day while others “play politics” just because they can.
    I am torn between some days never ever wanting this family to ever leave the WH…..and then there are days I just want them to have peace and live their lives as a loving family. Everything he does or does not do is scrutinized and that damn Bush family just rode out as a hero instead of zero!

  19. April 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Best wishes LP – I will say a prayer for your dad. TY for being such a wonderful addition to this dynamic team ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. April 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Love you, LP, and very best wishes for your father and family. Take good care of yourself. We need you here!!

  21. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    April 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Here’s a tweet that seems to fit LP (and others who have trials we know nothing about):

  22. 100 MightyPamela
    April 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    {{{{{LP&Father&Family}}}}} Candles alight, prayer abundant. Blessing all around you.

  23. 101 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Sending positive and healing thoughts to you Lovelyplains and your dad!

    • 102 HZ
      April 9, 2013 at 1:13 am

      LovelyPlains, to see how you summoned the strength while going through all of your cares while doing all that you did here for all of us, I (((((((( Lovingly Put My Arms Around You and your family for Healing)))))

      Thank you so much for what you gave us, and now let us give you our comforting thoughts, prayers, and loving spaces for the best on your journey. HZ

    • 103 globalcitizenlinda
      April 9, 2013 at 5:44 am

      I second these sentiments!

  24. 104 amk for obama
    April 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  25. 105 carolyn
    April 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    LP your posts have been so creative and complete! I would never have guessed you were fighting this private battle. You and your father will be surrounded by prayer and love from people here. I remember the strength I felt last November when my husband was fighting a physical battle. He has come through strong, and I have every belief your father will too. Our arms are around you.

  26. 106 GGail
    April 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Before I retire for the night,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to LP and his father. Please stay in touch with us….we’re your family too.

    To NCLB, follow your doctor’s orders and you will adjust your life to your new situation. Blessings to you also.

    Chipsticks – I hollered when I saw you in your billowing wedding dress ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good night all

  27. 107 anniebella
    April 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Looks like Louisville has won. I guess that ugly bastard Mitch McConnell is happy.

  28. 108 Jovie
    April 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    McConell said on floor today, that he is blocking gun control legislation until Reid comes clean on whatโ€™s in the bill!
    Comes clean???
    What is this? The MOB?

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Can’t McConnell read? Does he have to have every Senate bill explained to him? He just told everyone that he’s too incompetent to be a senator, let alone a minority leader.

  29. 110 amk for obama
    April 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    ok, ok, I get the hint.

  30. 113 Jovie
    April 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) โ€” A West Texas military base said Friday it plans to build the U.S. militaryโ€™s largest solar energy farm.

    Fort Bliss commander Gen. Dana Pittard made the announcement and touted the Army baseโ€™s other green initiatives, including planting 14,700 trees, encouraging the use of energy-efficient vehicles and building bicycle lanes.

    The Army wants to generate about one gigawatt of power from renewable energies by 2025 โ€”about a tenth of its total consumption or enough power to supply at least 250,000 homes. However, Fort Bliss decided to take it even further and plans to become a โ€œnet zeroโ€ installation by 2018, meaning the base will generate all the energy it uses, between 65 to 70 megawatts.

    Once completed, the 200-acre solar farm is expected to generate 20 megawatts of electricity, about a third of the baseโ€™s needs. It will join a 1.4 megawatt solar farm that currently sits a few hundred yards from Fort Blissโ€™ headquarters and a 13.4 megawatt array of solar panels already installed on the rooftops of residential buildings and other areas around the base.


  31. 114 mtmarilyn
    April 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Want to extend my Thanks and thoughts for Lovelyplains. His threads have been wonderful. Most of us know it is not easy waiting for surgery and for test results. My thoughts and prayers with your dad, you and your family. Your TOD family is here for you.

  32. 115 nathkatun7
    April 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Chips, I am so sorry to hear about Lovely Plain’s father being ill. I hope and pray that his father will get well soon. LovelyPlains, like all the other three of your helpers, has done a fabulous job filling in for you. He also contributes so much information in the comment section and the tweets he shares. Stupid me, I always assumed that LovelyPlains was a she because he had such a keen eye for beauty.

    • 116 globalcitizenlinda
      April 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Wishing the very best to LP and his father.

      I am one of those who also assume he was a female

  33. April 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

    It’s been nearly a month since I left a certain cesspool on in the internet and I can’t tell you how happier and relaxed I’ve been. Most my news now comes from Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton, who seem to get it on this whole budget debate, and it really opened me up to an entire new feeling – I’m less bitter and angry than I was before. It is amazing how toxic people can make your life so toxic and unpleasant. Outrage over mindless BS is just as frustrating when it comes from the left as it is when it comes from the right.

    But I bet my blood pressure is better today than a month ago…and I’m actually happier and more confident about the world than I was when I viewed through the hateful, partisan prism of an ideology that, while I agree with it on many fronts, has been corrupted by the worst we have to offer.

    It’s a pleasant feeling.

    Just thought I’d share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 121 desertflower
    April 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

    LovelyPlains and NCLB…..thoughts are with you and arms are wrapped around you….thinking happy thoughts:)
    Just got done writing to Senator Flake….he needs a BIG PUSH. I will keep on pushing and pushing.

    Been reading but not posting…..been quite an emotional day. I am in awe of this President. In awe of the Newtown families. If they can do this, surely we can not be silent. My voice will be raised to the heavens until they listen and hear us. I do this for my children and the ones that were taken too soon…. I won’t shut up and sit down!

  35. 122 jacquelineoboomer
    April 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Just because:

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