Night owl chat with reunited Spandau Ballet

So, yes, I’m Gen-X, which means I’m a child of the 80s. Without further ado, reunited Spandau Ballet.



Only When You Leave

Through the Barricades

And close it out with a poem by e.e. cummings in honor of Mr. Jason Collins:

dive for dreams

or a slogan may topple you

(trees are their roots

and wind is wind)


trust your heart

if the seas catch fire

(and live by love

though the stars walk backward)

And one final addendum: To trolls who somehow sneak in, your trollish nature will eventually make itself known. This is a site for pro-Obama news, not one for tearing him down and his supporters. The Internet is a big, wonderful place, full of people of like minds; go find them, and wallow. So, you know, this applies to you.

This is your Spandau-rific night owl open thread.

66 Responses to “Night owl chat with reunited Spandau Ballet”

  1. 8 Betsy
    April 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Congrats on first mary

  2. 10 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    “True” is one of my favorites by far! 🙂 Reminds me of the days gone by when I would plop down in front of the TV to watch VH-1

    I love “Gold” too.

  3. 22 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

  4. 23 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Also. Too. Fie on calif cabarnets.

  5. 25 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Almost 29 million people lived in internal displacement in 2012, with 6.5 million newly displaced just in the past year, a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council suggests.

    For the fourth year running, Colombia has the highest number of internally displaced people on the list.

    Globally, the total number of displaced people has risen, with the conflict in Syria blamed for much of the spike.

    A third of all internally displaced are in sub-Saharan Africa, the report says.

    The annual report by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) suggests internal displacement – in which people flee from violence without crossing their country’s borders – will continue to accelerate unless permanent solutions to conflicts are found.

    IDMC Director Kate Halff says that governments are “responsible for finding long-term solutions for their displaced citizens”.

    The report says that Colombia, with its estimated 4.9 to 5.5 million internally displaced people tops the global list.


  6. 26 a4alice
    April 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    ha ha ha ha-aa-aa ha. I can remember driving around with my buddies and we’d sing that and laugh and cruise around. Waste gas. The guy who’s the lead singer actually still has a nice voice!

    thanks for the post LL and thanks for posting that thing to any trolls who are about. There’s lots of places to go and whine and be all negative and yah. Trolls tire me. geeze.

    all right youse guys. nitey nite! 🙂


  7. 27 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    All that’s Past (By Walter De La Mare, 1873-1956)

    VERY old are the woods;
    And the buds that break
    Out of the brier’s boughs,
    When March winds wake,
    So old with their beauty are–
    Oh, no man knows
    Through what wild centuries
    Roves back the rose.
    Very old are the brooks;
    And the rills that rise
    Where snow sleeps cold beneath
    The azure skies
    Sing such a history
    Of come and gone,
    Their every drop is as wise
    As Solomon.

    Very old are we men;
    Our dreams are tales
    Told in dim Eden
    By Eve’s nightingales;
    We wake and whisper awhile,
    But, the day gone by,
    Silence and sleep like fields
    Of amaranth lie.

  8. April 29, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Remember when life was this easy?

    And with that, goodnight. Stay fabulous.

  9. 30 mtmarilyn
    April 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

    LL, I love your music threads. I am hearing music I haven’t heard before. I love it all.

    Also your word to the trolls is so true. We are a pro Obama site. We love and have both the POTUS’s family and the VPOTUS’s family. We will tease, admire but first of all we respect all of them. Thank you all who took on the trolls.

  10. 31 isonprize
    April 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I know that folks are ‘proud’ of Jason Collins. But does anyone else think it’s just a teensy weensy bit disingenous when there are more than a few professional athletes who have come out as gay?

    I feel like Billie Jean King came out 100 years ago. Greg Louganis, while he was still competing. More than a few WNBA players. This young man is probably a great guy, but I’m really just not seeing why this is being made out to be such a big deal.

    • 32 desertflower
      April 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

      I’m still back at “why is this even anyone else’s business” ???

    • 33 prettyfoot58
      April 30, 2013 at 6:42 am

      US Professional Sports…the 3 Big ones… Football…Baseball…Basketball…the bastion of Macho Masculinity. .male gay athletes challenge that stereotype of what it means to be macho….and that is a big deal…because it can free the men in our society…gay and straight from having to live up to that rigid standard of so-called manliness…

      it is telling that there were no openly gay active players…now there is one…more to come..

  11. 34 desertflower
    April 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Have you seen this? http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/04/oh-this-is-rich-now-that-obama-has.html

    Oh, this is rich! Now that Obama has offered chained-CPI, Republicans want tax reform instead (updated)

    Jonathan Chait sums up the Republicans message on this.
    But what is the GOP position on tax reform? It’s that tax reform must cut tax rates and not raise any revenue at all. So House Republicans are prepared to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats agree to let them cut tax rates without increasing revenue. Their extraordinary threat, first presented as a way to force a reduction in the deficit, is now being wielded to prevent a reduction in the deficit.

  12. April 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

    GN TOD……..an inspiring video to spend a few minutes viewing.

  13. April 30, 2013 at 1:20 am


    Rest well (or good morning) everyone – time zones are so cool 🙂

    #TrustBarack He Earned It Again, Today

  14. 42 susanne
    April 30, 2013 at 5:48 am

    good night, good morning, and prayers for gobrooklyn!
    aloha chips, tods, and all obamadons.

  15. 43 prettyfoot58
    April 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Gooooooood Morning….TOD…..

    Have a Fooootabulous Day…

    Praying for the best of days for PBO…

    on my way to work….

  16. 44 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Still going at it, I give you John harwood.

    • 45 Jovie
      April 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

      He won’t give up until msnbc gives him a 100 interviews.

      • 46 jackiegrumbacher
        April 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

        Harwood is on a mission to undermine Dems in 2014. He might as well announce it as his goal. The chances of his having read the Health Care Act are slim. And like many others of his ilk, he could care less about the people who will be covered, the lower costs to the insured, and the lessening of fear about pre-existing conditions. It’s so easy to take potshots and so hard to do the serious work of understanding. It also irks me that EVERYTHING–even our lives and health care–have to be fitted into a political frame. Everything that hurts Dems is good for the Harwoods of the world. The goal of their lives is to promote the GOP.

  17. 48 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

  18. 49 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

  19. April 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Morning everyone, I’m Rising but not yet Shining – will be done soon!

  20. 51 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

  21. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Good morning TOD

    Sending positive thoughts and well wishes to {{{gobrooklyn}}} on a successful surgery today.

    Well I see that we are being trolled of late by what I call “FLOTUS Fixation”. I love, admire and have been inspired by Mrs O in so many ways. I burst with pride that she is our First Lady. She along with our fellow blogger Cookemom inspired me to lose 50 lbs last year. I will always be grateful for that. I consider her the ultimate role mode. One of my fantasies/dreams is to have lunch with Mrs O just to sit and talk girl talk. I think the First Couple are one lucky pair to have each other. This is a far as my friendly obsession goes. 🙂

    But I find in visiting other Obama friendly sites that there are people who are way over the line obsessed with our First Lady. Their behavior seems stalkish rather than mere admiration. They have a hard time dealing with too much attention given to him and find the need to “take him down a beg” or “find fault with the slightest thing” just to keep him in “check”. Hence, the late night or after the thread has finished visits here with negative commentary trying to make us feel guilty for admiring him.

    Both of our last two “visitors” are regulars at the Mrs O fashion site. Audrey is definitely in the FLOTUS Fixation category IMO and Eleroy is probably in the early stages of this syndrome.

    Bottom line is that they are probably jealous of any attention given to PBO so over the next 4 years we’ll probably see more of this but we have an endless supply of paint so

    Carry on…….

    Have a great productive O’Day Everyone!!!

    • April 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thanks for that Donna. I’ll have to say, I’m at a loss to understand some people’s attitude towards the First Lady, as you described, it’s almost as if they see the President as a ‘rival’ and any attention paid to or support given to him is a slight on the First Lady. It’s just bizarre to me, and pathetically juvenile, like this is a celebrity contest over who gets the most attention/praise.

      The First Lady is an extraordinary, inspirational woman, and the President is an extraordinary, inspirational man – why can’t we just accept both truisms?!

      Their efforts to turn this in to a contest, and to imply that PBO ‘disrespects’ the First Lady ….. well, methinks these folk have issues. And they really need some fresh air.

  22. April 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

    President Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday at the White House, spokesman Jay Carney tweeted.

  23. 58 hgerhard
    April 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good morning – its Primary Day in Massachusetts. If any of you live in Massachusetts or have friends or relatives here, please give them a quick call and remind them to vote for Ed Markey today. We need him in the Senate to support our President and to fight back against the right wing propaganda machine. Ed Markey will vote for gun safety legislation, for comprehensive immigration reform and for a sensible budget to help the American economy grow and create millions of jobs. Ed Markey is a strong voice for the environment and for clean energy. He supports civil rights for all, will fight for voting rights and stand with us against the Republican war on women. He will work with Elizabeth Warren to strengthen the middle class and hold corporations accountable to the people.

    I am always nervous on Primary and Election Day. The way to ease my mind is to go vote first and then knock on as many doors as my tired feet will carry me and remind my neighbors that today is the day to exercise our precious right to keep our government of the people, for the people and by the people.

  24. 59 symmetry11
    April 30, 2013 at 9:04 am

    ~~ Good Tuesday , This is the Day that the Lord has Made~~
    and I will Rejoice and be Glad in It~~ Lord Today, I Pray
    that you would Bless and Protect @gobrooklyn.
    ~~ In Jesus’ Name I Pray…Amen & Have A Lovely Day

  25. 61 Don
    April 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Listen, I’m know Beethoven, my musical expertise doesn’t extend beyond playing tuba in my high school marching band. But Spandau Ballet is an assault on the senses, quite literally.

    Thank you, Don

  26. 62 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Chuck Todd bringing up Guantanamo again! Deflate us for 2014 ain’t going to happen.

  27. 64 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

  28. 65 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

    musharaf banned for life from contesting elections. Good.

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