Because sometimes you just need a smile

This is your afternoon open thread.

143 Responses to “Because sometimes you just need a smile”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    April 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Nice Smiles!

  2. April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Here’s a different take on Max Baucus from Milt Shook.

    • 9 aquagranny911
      April 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      I read that & have to say I do agree with some of it. Being blue in a red state means walking a fine line. The thing that bothered me is that if he knew he was going to retire & not need to run in 2014, why didn’t he stand up for the bill? That’s the puzzler for me.

  3. April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  4. 11 desertflower
    April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    have to go tutor! Back later:)

  5. April 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Ah, yes, visual medicine for TOD!

  6. April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Grumpy cat has NOTHING on me today.

    Somehow the missus missed her unemployment benefit interview. I was there. Her phone rang TWICE, then went to voice mail. And trying to reach California EDD is akin to getting an audience with the Pope. I am just thoroughly pissed off with our social safety net mechanisms.

  7. 19 desertflower
    April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm


    As if we even thought jobs were all that important to Republicans……………………………….

  8. 21 hopefruit2
    April 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    This is very sad if true. 😦

  9. 32 Don
    April 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Chips, I respect you, I don’t where you get the strength to keep going forward. Sometimes I get bone tired, sometimes I just want to go to sleep and let the pod people take over. I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is the last honest person in Washington. When did we become to stupid, when did let fear and hatred and xenophobia rule our lives? I remember as a child my father would make us sit down and watch those Sunday morning political news shows with him, they might as well have been speaking Greek to me and my brother. But I’ll tell you one thing, as I got a little older even though they were still speaking Greek, I always felt that they gave a damn about the average citizen. The people that occupy public office today are so dogmatic in their beliefs, they are absolutist to a fault, they are suicidal political bombers. I guess what I’m trying to say is where have all the adults of my youth gone?


    • April 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      I’m there with you. And that’s sort of the rant I’m writing for the blog. I’ve just had it up to here with the cowardice festooning DC.

    • 34 GGAIL
      April 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      My parents made us watch too! 60 monutes, Huntley & Brinkley…

      • April 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        My parents didn’t make me watch, as they didn’t speak English. I just watched on my own. Yes, I’m a geek. I spent Sundays with the NY Times and all the Sunday news shows.

    • 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I grew up with one black & white tv in the living room; with a grandmother who told her human remotes (my cousin and me) what channel to turn to. We watched the news shows, Lawrence Welk, Mitch Miller, Bonanza and Rawhide. We listened to baseball and football games on the radio. On Saturday mornings I got to watch Sally Starr and Chief Half-town. All other times, my nose was stuck in a book, newspaper or magazine (Ebony, Life, Look, Time; and when they started publishing, Black Enterprise)

      • 37 jacquelineoboomer
        April 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Please, as an O’friend, kindly never mention Mitch Miller on here again. Ha! My mother LOVED him. Eek. Oh, and, Lawrence Welk, also, too. Thank you very much. 🙂

  10. 38 vitaminlover
    April 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    And when I get those visions I get visual healings…visual healing… is something that’s GOOD FOR ME!

  11. 41 sherijr
    April 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I never fail to smile when I see these two gentlemen smiling~

  12. 45 MightyPamela
    April 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    http://www.sydney100.com/anzacsydney.htm Happy ANZAC Day to our friends DownUnda! (chips?)

    • April 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      We’ll have to remember that when 99 comes on later.

      • 47 99ts
        April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        what who when why?

        Ah Anzac Day – we must be the only country in the world that uses a massive military failure to remember the service of its military. For the last 30 years I have always felt it was a celebration of war – and I’m not much into celebrating war. The older I get, the more pacifist I become. What we did to our young men in WWI was beyond understanding – landing them at Gallipoli with NO chance of doing anything useful – followed by years of standing them in trenches firing back & forth with the other side – horrible and inhumane in every possible way.

        My grandfather spent the war with various trench diseases, his brother was a gungho young man who attacked machine gun posts & came home minus much of his face (as a child no-one told me why he looked so weird – it wasn’t discussed). The brother in law was killed 2 weeks before the armistice – to forever look like the handsome young man he was. It was the day when giving a son to the war replaced giving a son to the church.

        The more things change – the more they stay the same – at least back then wars ended – today the fighting seems to continue regardless of the political desires.

        Perhaps I am feeling grumpy today – because I have the worst – just the worst – throat virus I have ever had & the doc says – nothing to heal it except time! We had planned for a family day – the oldest remaining in the extended family is 88 & he wanted to see the grandbabe (his gg niece) & I have a house full of food – but had to cancel – no way would I inflict this on anyone else – Doc said it was very contagious.

        I shall read up on TOD – always healing and hopeful – thank you both for the thought.

        • April 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

          Actually, the Serbs celebrate the Battle of Kosovo Polje in the 14th century, where basically the Turks decimated them. So Aussies and Kiwis aren’t alone in that regard.

          • 49 99ts
            April 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

            Always a librarian around to call out my limited knowledge – hope all is well family wise LL – and you sort out the g’mint re unemployment. Over here you can usually get through on the phone after an hour or two – I find an email to the Minister’s office (what would be your equivalent?) will often solve access issues.

        • 51 MightyPamela
          April 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

          99ts, I’m sorry to hear about your sore throat. Maybe some Slippery Elm Bark lozenges will help. Also, zinc is supposed to soothe and help with healing. Try to enjoy the day!

          • 52 99ts
            April 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

            I don’t think we have such lozenges in my world Pamela – but given my lack of knowledge on lots of things – maybe we do. I know it will get better – always seem to get such things at the worst possible times – hence my whinge. I love TOD cause you can whinge – then move on and enjoy the threads.

        • 53 yardarm756
          April 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          Fear not. Anzac Day is also my birth date.

  13. 59 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Obama to hold first fundraiser for Senate Democrats next month in Atlanta

    Cameron Joseph – 04/24/13 01:12 PM ET
    Tickets for the event are $10,000 per couple, according to an invitation obtained by The Hill.…

    • 60 Don
      April 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I wonder which of those sniveling rat-fucker cowards is going to be the first in line to get some campaign cash?

      • 61 Jovie
        April 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        I know, I am pissed at both sides in congress Too!

        • 62 Don
          April 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          Jovie, I’m beyond pissed.

          • 63 kathryn kivett
            April 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

            Me too to both of you…..so agree with what you said up thread, Don…..never in all my years have I known it to be this bad…depressing and what is most depressing to me is the lack of respect for PBO and the office of the Presidency…..FROM BOTH SIDES…..

            • 64 nathkatun7
              April 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

              Please cite specific examples to show that Democrats in Congress are disrespecting President Obama? Most of the major accomplishments by President Obama came in his first two years in office when Democrats were in control of Congress. This meme of both sides do it gives cover to these despicable tea bag Republicans who have been obstructing everything, including such things as infrastructure investments, that the used to support. Repeating this false meme that both sides are equally to blame for the mess in Congress demoralizes people who would otherwise turn out to vote for Democrats and get rid of these insane Republicans in Congress. Just my two cents for what it’s worth.

      • April 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        Rat-fucker cowards? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. 66 anniebella
    April 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    What time do FLOTUS and POTUS arrive in Texas?

  15. 72 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    OFA tweeting against Heidi Heitcamp, you see that?

    • 73 a4alice
      April 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      hmm. i’ll go check it out.

    • 74 Don
      April 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Good, that’s an opening salvo I can get behind. Let it be known far and wide that OFA isn’t taking any prisoners this go round, right and left beware.

      • 75 prettyfoot58
        April 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        this is a timely article from Sargent….

        Democrats should be competitive in all 50 states by aggressively recruiting qualified and electable candidates in even the most conservative districts.

        That meant (gasp!) being ok with culturally conservative, pro-gun, not exactly orthodox progressives. It was that decision to aggressively push into red states that helped Democrats take back the House in 2006,

        this is a timely article from Sargent….



        he makes an interesting point….

        as we move into 2014….what are we hoping to do…and how do we go about doing it…
        I remember a piece by Lawrence O’Donnell about Clair McCaskil…re: her being a moderate in red state….how we underestimated her…as much as a moderate as she may be…she has voted on PBO on most things….so we need to be careful in who and how we target Dems in red states

        I agree with the tone of this article

  16. 76 a4alice
    April 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    aw thankyou for that LL. I could use a smile today. No particular reason.

    • 78 Jovie
      April 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Schweitzer would be a nice edition to the Senate. Of course, they all change a bit when they get to the Senate. 😦

      • April 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        But as he points out, better a Dem who votes with us 86% of the time than a Rep. that never votes with us.

        • 81 Don
          April 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

          but the thing is that the 14% always seems to be the killer.

          • April 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

            According to the article, ” He was never the deciding vote on an important Democrat-sponsored bill, and he was never the deciding vote against cloture. “

        • 85 prettyfoot58
          April 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm


        • 87 nathkatun7
          April 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          I wholeheartedly agree. Take the case of of background checks, even if all four Democrats who voted with the Republicans voted for the Bill, it would still have failed due to the filibuster which requires 60 votes. With all due respect to people who are angry with the Democrats, the fact of the matter is 93% of the Democrats in the Senate voted for expanding background checks for gun sales whereas 91% voted against the bill and had enough votes to defeat cloture. If we are not careful, we will end up sounding like the “emoprogs” that many people here detest. As far as I am concerned, my mission is energizing people to vote in 2014, so that we may be able to get rid of all these insane Republicans in Congress. That’s why I refuse to buy into this false meme that both sides are equally to blame. If you keep believing this false meme and promoting it all you do is demoralize people.

          • April 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

            That’s exactly right, I think. Anger and cynicism turn people away from voting. That’s why Republicans use those strategies so much. Hope and a way forward are what make people go out and vote. President Obama knows that. I wish more of his supporters did.

    • 89 anniebella
      April 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      If Baucus is retiring, why didn’t he support the back ground check? I see no need of him worrying about the NRA. And Heitcamp doesn’t run again till 2018. Speaking of the Heitcamp, was she at the dinner last night? And I am so happy to see that Ayotte’s poll numbers are going down. NH need to get rid of her, she has become to much of a McCain, Graham stooge.

      • 90 aquagranny911
        April 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Excellent question about Baucus.

        • 91 nathkatun7
          April 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          It may be an excellent question about Baucus, Aquagranny, but in my humble opinion his support of the bill would have made zero, I mean zilch, impact on the final outcome of the bill. While I agree that he acted cowardly, I just don’t see why we are making him such a big deal as if his vote would have made a difference in the Bill’s outcome. While we are focused on Baucus we are letting off-the-hook the real culprits –the 91% Republican senators who successfully filibustered the Bill.

      • April 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        I think he intended to run for another term. He had over $5 million in his war chest, so he was still raising money. I think he was already in bad shape and the gun vote was the last straw.

        • 93 99ts
          April 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

          From afar – I think the same way – he realized he was up for a primary fight – that he would lose.

    • 94 mtmarilyn
      April 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      That is a good article about Baucus and Montana. I agree with it, but it doesn’t cover why I dislike Baucus so much. I know how what it is like here. Currently our state legislature is mostly Repub but our governer is Dem.

      My dislike of Baucus is his being in the pocket of the corporations. His interns have mostly all become lobbyists. Jim Messina is the only intern I know that I can say has turned out positive as far as I am concerned. I had doubts about him at first too. I just think Baucus needs to move on.

      I can tell you if Schweitzer gets in he will not be a real progressive either. He has been to in bed with coal for my taste. But I really like him personally. When he meets you he talks to you and looks you in the eye. Here in MT he took his dog with him everywhere. I doubt they would let him in the Senate chambers. We will see what happens.

  17. April 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Tech challenged teacher needs help! Maybe one of you iPadsters can help me? My class is doing a research report. They are supposed to use internet videos, articles, etc. I would like to gather pictures and articles (safe and age appropriate information) in a folder or on a website that they could use. I would like to do this on the iPads in our class. So I’m looking for a way to gather a group of sites so that they are all together in one folder/place so the kids could just click on them from one central spot. I have no clue about how to do this on the iPad. Any suggestions?

    • 97 desertflower
      April 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      We have a tech person in our school district. If you find the sites that you would like on the desktop of the IPad, they will just load them on their for you…do you have an idea of the sites that you’d like to include? Do you have a tech person at your school?

      • April 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        We have one tech person (hardware and software) for the district. He is way to busy to do stuff like this. I was not too successful in finding good sites for my kids on this topic (snails). I did find one in a question and answer format so I think I will just open it to that page and set the iPad so they can’t change websites.

    • April 25, 2013 at 12:34 am

      An iPad isn’t that much different than a computer. If you have iPads in class they should be set to filter R rated material. The installed version usually has Safari as the default browser unless your school changed that. The search engine is also set in the settings. It can be google, bing, or whatever. Of course if the school doesn’t have those settings locked, the kids can look up anything. Set up a home page for them to click on the articles and pictures you want them to use. Just ask me anything. I’ll try to help. You’re probably in bed and have already gotten help by now. But if you haven’t, just tweet or post.

      • April 25, 2013 at 12:54 am

        Hi Carol, sadly no, I am not in bed yet. I found a site called symbaloo where I can put icons for each of the sites I found, but I would like more information on setting up a specific home page. Thanks for your help!

  18. 102 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    New OFA tool guys-

    Hold your senator accountable
    Last week, 45 senators decided to stand with the gun lobby, blocking a bill to expand background checks—a measure that 90% of Americans support.

    They were hoping you weren’t paying attention.

    OFA supporters across the country are holding their senators accountable today—if you live in one of the states below, your senator needs to hear directly from you, one of the people who sent them to Washington. One simple, very public way of doing that is to get on Twitter.

    Tweet @ your senator now:


    Tweet away ! 🙂

  19. 107 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The House passed 1 bill today commemorating a Stinking Baseball coin.

    Is this the best we can do?

    • 108 anniebella
      April 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Jovie, that’s the best they can do. People need jobs and all Boehner and that dam House can do is pass a commemorating baseball coin.

  20. 109 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    FAYPAX — if you are still around, in response to your comment on the last thread, here is clip of FAA hearing


    it was the congresscritter doing the grandstanding & making the disparaging comments, NOT the FAA witness.

  21. 110 carolyn
    April 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Think I need to clarify something I wrote about on the last thread, concerning Texas and its divisions. Yes, West, Texas, is a town, just off of I-35, near Waco. Waco is where the memorial will be held. The only two things of any consequence in Waco are Baylor and the Dr. Pepper plant.
    However, when I speak of West Texas (no comma) or East Texas (no comma) I am using the designations used in this part of the country for those huge tracts of land. East Texas has piney woods, and is similar to Arkansas and Louisiana in its people and topography and food. West Texas extends from Wichita Falls, Fort Worth through Midland-Odessa to New Mexico. This is the Texas of cowboys and Texas Rangers mythology, jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, people and topography. It is DRY!!!! It is really desert, and if oil had not been discovered, it probably would have shriveled up and died.
    My mother was born in East Texas, and East Texans considered themselves civilized, while they considered West Texans rough and uncivilized. The state has a lot of different parts with very strong loyalties.
    This is probably more about Texas than any of you wanted to know…..but it’s in the news right now, so just some sociological background.

    • 111 a4alice
      April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      not at all carolyn! Since marrying my Texan husband I have listened to him tell stories of various parts of Texas and what goes on where. There’s that a song by Ernest Tubbs where he sings there’s a little bit of everything in Texas! 🙂

    • 112 kathryn kivett
      April 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I enjoyed reading about where you live…Texas…I love reading descriptions of the different areas we are all from…..

  22. 113 prettyfoot58
    April 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    the so called liberal progressive caucus wants to meet the PBO…presumably to school him on CPI…I hope that he does with them….perhaps some members of the progressive cuscus have failed to read PBOs budget just as their GOP colleagues did…

    not that is a meeting I would like to be a fly on wall

    • 114 prettyfoot58
      April 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm


    • 115 Lovepolitics2008
      April 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      They are perfectly aware that without any compromise on either SS and Medicare, there is no way to obtain more revenue, no way to obtain a resolution on the sequester , a sequester that is doing FAR MOR DAMAGE to the poor , the elderly, the vulnerable people than the CPI would do, at least in the short term.

      This is the public option all over again. President Obama knew he didn’t have the votes, so he concentrated on what COULD pass Congress and could make life better for millions of americans, SAVE lives even.

      • 116 Jovie
        April 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        They know that and with the debt limit coming up, they want them to go over secretly. IMO.
        Then, they will ask the President to fall on the sword and initiate amendment 14. Which will lead to impeachment hearings.
        But, it saves their a$$es, at least that’s the theory

    • 117 Jovie
      April 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      You mean Keith Ellison? He is knee deep in left special interest groups .
      He said he is not a cheerleader for the president, I would have said but you are a cheerleader for the AFL- CIO!

      • 118 prettyfoot58
        April 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        Ellison has espoused a lot of rhetoric…he is not pragmatic enough to move us forward….Rhetoric on a soap box does not achieve much…but still I hope PBO meets with them

  23. 119 hopefruit2
    April 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    • 120 Jovie
      April 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      That has me puzzled? Unless, they are deliberately told to attack the President from the far left?
      Me thinks …!

      • 121 hopefruit2
        April 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        But they wouldn’t be attacking him on drones. I can understand Chained CPI and Keystone – two things that he himself doesn’t really care for. But he has decided to use drones instead of more troops on the ground. Many of these emos are #IStandWithRand shady characters who just seek to line their pockets.

  24. 124 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    “What you’re going to see out of the House is probably a more Republican bill,” Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) said.
    Lawmakers in the House are expected to include a longer path to citizenship and a larger guest-worker program than the Senate did in its rival plan for immigration reform, people with knowledge of the discussions said.
    Members of the House coalition have been tight-lipped about their proposal, but two lawmakers in recent days have signaled that it will be more conservative than the 844-page plan released last week by the Senate’s Gang of Eight.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/296041-house-pulls-immigration-to-the-right#ixzz2RQkw27fE

    Poison pills?

  25. 125 hopefruit2
    April 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    When Chris Hayes show debuted on April 1st, there were a lot of positive comments on Twitter – and #inners was trending. Then it went downhill from there. Now I see mostly negative comments and #inners has not trended since the debut. There’s only so much Obama-bashing over bullshyte that the ordinary human psyche can tolerate.

  26. 132 hopefruit2
    April 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    When Joy Reid turns to American Idol instead of MSNBC, you know things are bad.

  27. 134 amk for obama
    April 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    On AJ, a panel discussing how big companies like apple,google, ge, citibank, etc. are into ‘tax-avoidance’ by murky US tax loopholes. A trillion dollars every year.

    • April 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Patriotism? Pulling your fair weight? Psh! That’s for us little people.

      God, I’m getting grumpier by the minute.

      • 136 amk for obama
        April 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        A very informative and of course shocking discussion. 1000 x better than what passes for panels in US msm. Even bbc doesn’t do this kinda discussions.

        • April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

          I’ve noticed that the Beeb really doesn’t do panels, aside from their “Dateline London” show on the weekend.

          • 138 amk for obama
            April 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

            Yup, the same old faces most of the time at DL. Their panorama investigative reports are usually good though.

            At this point, AJ is beating beebs hands down on covering various parts of the world on various issues.

  28. 141 Lovepolitics2008
    April 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    There was a segment on Chris Hayes show a few minutes ago. What I find frustrating is that there are all sorts of numbers circulating and you don’t know what the truth is. Yes a debate about the drone program may be necessary, but at least could this debate be objective ? An opponent of the drone program was just saying on Chris’s show that it’s indiscriminate killing, that Al-Quaida members constitute only 2% of the targets, and on and on… I find those numbers very hard to believe.

    Everybody is entitled to their opinions, not their own facts. To be fair though, the problem is that since the program is not officially , completely acknowledged, the CIA can’t give official numbers.

  29. 142 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Drones drones drones killer drones ahhh!

  30. 143 carolyn
    April 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Just read the Dallas Morning News. There were about 100 people at Love Field to greet POTUS and FLOTUS. The mayor, Mike Rawlings was there, and when questioned, said he was confident the security would be very good and would do the job. I KNEW they were very worried and defensive about security. Saw the map of closed roads, and am thinking my son’s office may be in the proscribed area, but not sure. Quite a few roads are closed.
    The picture above is one of the pictures from the Dallas paper. There’s also one of the two of them greeting people in the paper.
    I so admire the President…..he goes anywhere in the U.S. he thinks he should. He doesn’t stay away because of danger. I do know security is much better now than it was in 1963.
    My son and daughter-in-law are true blue Obamabots, of which there are many of their generation in Texas.

    Must tell you about our robin mama. We have a pergola over our back deck, and one evening, looking out my kitchen window, I saw strings hanging from the crossbeams of the pergola. The strings kept growing, then I realized a bird was building a nest. I was excited! Then, a mama robin took up residence…..Now we were thrilled. The termite men came to inspect, and told us there was at least one egg in the nest. Oh joy! Then, two nights ago we had a storm…..thunder, lightning, rain, hail! I worried about robin mama. I went out in the morning, and there she was, still sitting on her nest…..she’s still there, and apparently none the worse for the storm. All I could think is THANKS, and isn’t nature wonderful, that she would survive our storm. Can hardly wait for the baby robins to appear:-)

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