Night Owls: Home Is Where The Music Lives

Whenever you heard this theme song, you knew you were in for a hell of a ride. James Gandolfini was a master.





Air Force One. German Troops. The moon. The President and First Lady depart Germany tonight – Pete Souza




127 Responses to “Night Owls: Home Is Where The Music Lives”

  1. 1 nathkatun7
    June 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much UT for your superb coverage of the president in Germany.

    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Congrats nath on #1! 🙂

      • 3 nathkatun7
        June 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        Thanks hopefruit! This is a big surprise for me. I am usually one of the last people. I was just finishing reading and viewing all today’s coverage when I noticed UT had another post for us night owls.

    • 5 arapaho415
      June 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Whoa, congrats fellow SoCalifornian!

      I think you’re like me… I don’t get premium cable, so any discussion of HBO or Showtime shows mean zero to me.

      But it’s very sad that Gandolfino is gone at 51. That’s a year less than our President’s mother had on this earth.

    • 7 utaustinliberal
      June 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Nath!

    • 8 yardarm756
      June 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Get ’em Dude. 😀

      • 9 nathkatun7
        June 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Hey brother, I finally made it to the top. By the way, I feel so good because on Sunday I attended my grand niece graduation from U.C. Davis. She received B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry technology. She is the first woman in my family to earn a degree in a scientific field. We are all so proud of her.

        • 10 jackiegrumbacher
          June 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

          Congratulations, Nath. Great news.

          • 11 nathkatun7
            June 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

            Thanks, JackieG! I am also so proud of my niece, a single parent, who has raised two brilliant kids.

        • June 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          You have every reason to be proud! Congratulations on your niece’s graduation from such a topical field. 🙂

        • 14 yardarm756
          June 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

          Cool. My old classmate recently retire from SF State as a Prof of Biochem. Dr. John Watson. Google him. It’s impressive.
          If you’re up for a while I’ll see if I can grab a “dusty” or two. Let me know. 🙂

          • 15 nathkatun7
            June 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

            I certainly will be up for a while, yardarm. So don’t hesitate to share some info. I will also google Dr. Watson. May be my grand niece can hook up with him. She is planning to go to graduate school.

            • 16 yardarm756
              June 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm

              That sounds like a plan. I know John is still active in the Bay area……Music is on the way. I have one inque as we speak.

        • 17 Betsy
          June 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Congrats! UC Davis is a great school.

          • 18 nathkatun7
            June 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

            Thanks Betsy! UC Davis is indeed a great school. I was so impressed by the fact that almost half of the graduates in her school were women. Also, the Chancellor and the Dean of her school were women. It’s so refreshing to see such refreshing social changes taking place in our country. More and more women are pursuing degrees and careers in scientific fields.

        • 20 Dudette
          June 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

          Awesome news! Wooooootie-woooot for Nath’s grandniece! Smart chicks RULE!!! 😎

    • June 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Hiya Nath! Congrats on First! Way to Go! 😀

  2. June 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Outstanding coverage from ut and Chips and LP of the First Family’s trip. Thank you so much for all the work you all put into it. Very much appreciated! Chocolate for everyone!!

    • 24 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Yes Indeed Meta. They were all superb! I am so grateful that we have TOD because the MSM are not at all interested in thoroughly covering President Obama’s trips abroad. It’s as if they don’t want the American people to see how well the President and his family are received abroad.

    • 29 Ladyhawke
      June 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      What meta said. Thank you so much Chips, UT, and LP. TOD coverage of Ireland and Germany was just spectacular. Nobody does it better. It was the next best thing to being there. I really enjoyed the fabulous photos, fascinating commentary, great links, awesome tweets and amazing videos. It has been a delight to keep up with all of the activities of our amazing first family. Thanks again for all of your hard work. You really know how to make us feel special.

      • June 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Yes, wonderful, wonderful coverage, I was glued to my laptop following their every step. How proud I am of the First Family, especially of the girls. Worried, though, about Syria. Wishing every best luck to President Obama to help the leaders of the free world to come to some consensus on solutions.

        But heavens, Putin’s sullen and even angry face throughout the two days hardly looks like solutions will be easy to come by. His grumpy face was almost funny.

        Thank you to everyone who helped make these two days so absolutely wonderful for The Obama Diary and — especially, for me!


  3. June 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Congrats on first Nath!!!

    • 34 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks LP! Thanks also for sharing the unveiling of Frederick Douglass’ statue. Frederick Douglass is one of my heroes. He spent more than half a century fighting for freedom and equality of all people, irrespective of race or gender. I am so glad to see that he is finally honored.

      • June 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        My pleasure, I was specifically thinking of you, JB, Yardarm and some of our “Greatest generation” TOD family……and wanted to make sure this important ceremony didn’t get lost in the news.

        • 36 nathkatun7
          June 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          Thank you for thinking of us oldies, LP. You and your colleagues are doing amazing work at TOD helping the great Chipsticks out. I am just so impressed with young people like you and UT. You are so wise beyond your age.

    • 37 Dudette
      June 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      This is wonderful! Never would’ve thought I’d see the day when MLK, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass were celebrated this way in the U.S. Capitol. #FORWARD we move!!

  4. 38 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, that departure pic is stunning.

  5. 43 Nena20409
    June 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    A send off Salute, Wow. Fantastic.

    Thank You TOD bt. Job exceptionally well done.

  6. June 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  7. June 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This is why we need 215’s and 702’s………because of people like this!

    • 46 amk for obama
      June 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      The FBI launched an investigation into Crawford last spring after he allegedly walked into a synagogue in Albany, N.Y., and inquired about technology that could kill “Israel’s enemies while they slept.” The synagogue notified police, and within six weeks the FBI had a source secretly recording meetings with Crawford, according an FBI affidavit filed in the case.

      In a June 2012 conversation, Crawford – described by the FBI as a member of the Ku Klux Klan – called his design “Hiroshima on a light switch,” the affidavit said. And in August 2012, Crawford allegedly asked a high-ranking official in the KKK for money to fund his plot. The KKK official informed the FBI, and within weeks two undercover agents posing as KKK members were introduced to Crawford.

      Over the next several months, Crawford conducted extensive research for the design, at times expressing frustration over the slow pace of the team’s progress, the FBI affidavit indicated. Ultimately, with help from the undercover agents, Crawford and Feight acquired the necessary parts and even tested the device that would remotely detonate the weapon, according to the FBI. It would all be powered through a truck’s cigarette lighter, the FBI said.


      Thank god for dedicated govt officials.

  8. 49 utaustinliberal
    June 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

  9. 51 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    North Korea has expressed willingness to restart long-stalled nuclear talks with international partners, China’s foreign ministry has said.

    According to its website, North Korean officials said they wanted to “peacefully resolve the nuclear issue”.

    The remarks follow a meeting between North Korea’s vice foreign minister and his Chinese counterpart.


    Remember the tie-less ‘summit’ last week ?

    • 52 theo67
      June 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      This President accomplishes a lot while being very subtle about it. The fact that we didn’t have wall to wall coverage of that summit in California is embarrassing, especially when a lot of the future depends on the relationship between these two countries. We’ll be learning of developments that started over that weekend for years to come, I’m sure.

  10. 53 arapaho415
    June 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Today was a big news day, but if you follow the MSM, you’re likely not aware of some of today’s happenings.

    But first, bringing over from the last thread.

    The MSM is so busy bashing our President, it’s like they get paid BONUSES to do so.

    • June 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      They( the 1%..better know as” the powers that be”) were not able to destroy the President with RWNJs so now they seek to discredit him with fake scandals…LWNJs know as emprogs…and using the left’s paranoia of distrust in government…,,to drive a wedge ….

      if at first you don’t succeed…try try again

  11. 55 arapaho415
    June 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    For those with expired Yahoo mailboxes (which includes me; my account became inactive and you have to pay Yahoo to reinstate… unless someone knows how to workaround Yahoo’s reinstate fee???)

  12. 56 arapaho415
    June 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Wish the MSM would explore why it is that Congress gets away with voting AGAINST constituent wishes. That should be their job, not bashing our President while he’s overseas representing our country:

  13. 57 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  14. June 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Onto Africa next week

  15. 60 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Congrats on 1st nath ….

    Thank you for the fine selection, UT!

  16. 62 anniebella
    June 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    What time are we looking for POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia, and Sasha to get in D.C.?

  17. 70 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Quite a few folk with access to broadcast spectrum, the Internet, and bigbox store supplies of tin foil should instead have comprehensive access to mental health professionals and appropriate medication …

  18. 72 WilTal
    June 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Chips and UT, thanks again for the time dedicated to providing a blow-by-blow account of PBO’s trip…,what an exquisite and unforgettable treat. Y’all are amazing!

  19. 73 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  20. 74 arapaho415
    June 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    A couple of updates related to the #Snowden traitor vs. NSA:

    Here’s what real online repression looks like:

    And this:

  21. June 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Great coverage BT’s. You know what’s unique about all this? Every other news agency that I reluctantly peruse on TV failed to bring the same level of coverage and awareness to people who real love the Obama family and are interested in what they are doing.

  22. 77 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm


  23. 78 desertflower
    June 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Can you tweeters pass this on?? I can’t imagine the fear…

    PhillyRon ‏@Philly_Ron 1h
    My daughter is Missing. Please repost. Jordan Jackson 14yrs old last seen at Frankford Highschool.… http://instagram.com/p/awtHZWmh4r/
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  24. 83 arapaho415
    June 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    “The U.S. accused China and Russia of failing to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking, ranking them on a par with North Korea and Syria….
    Rights activists are welcoming the move, but it could further strain Washington’s touchy relations with the two world powers.”

  25. 84 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Have the emoprogs made ed snowden the el presidente yet ?

  26. 85 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    • 86 nathkatun7
      June 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

      The so called “left” is amusingly infantile. If President Obama is such a totalitarian, how come the left is out trashing him without any fear of being suppressed? How many members of the left have been imprisoned, or persecuted, by President Obama? How many members of the left have been prevented from publishing FALSE and incendiary attacks on President Obama? How many leftists are in prison because they aggressively oppose, and constantly trash, President Obama? The last time I checked Michael Moore is still a millionaire. Glenn Greenwald is still a darling of the media. Sens Bernie Sanders and Jeff Markley are still in the Senate. Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are still broadcasting on MSNBC. So, how in the world, would a sane person argue that Obama has imposed a totalitarian government in America? I am so sick of the hyperbole, about the loss of freedom, from both the right and the left. I have yet to see any one, from the right or the left, concretely demonstrate how his/her life has changed under the “totalitarian” President Obama.

      • 87 Dudette
        June 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

        Nail slammed into the wall! Thank you Nath! No one could have said that better!

        • 88 nathkatun7
          June 20, 2013 at 1:30 am

          Thanks Dudette! I am beyond sick reading and listening to these right wingers and the “holier than thou leftists” who are openly trashing President Obama, accusing him of being a “totalitarian,” when none of them have suffered any personal infringement of their rights.

  27. 89 desertflower
    June 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    OMG! Let’s not have any “procedural roadblocks” put in the way of a possible innocent person being put it death in NC!


    North Carolina’s governor, hoping to resume executions in his state, on Wednesday signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishment.

    The Racial Justice Act, the only law of its kind in the United States, had led to four inmates getting their sentences changed to life in prison without parole after taking effect in 2009.

    Supporters said the historic measure addressed the state’s long record of racial injustice in its capital punishment system, while critics said it caused unnecessary costs and delays after nearly all death-row inmates, including whites, sought relief under the act.

    Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said repealing the law would remove the “procedural roadblocks” that had kept North Carolina from executing anyone since 2006 despite there being 152 people on death row.

    • 90 Dudette
      June 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

      How much evil must we endure from these people before the other half of the citizenry wakes up?

  28. 91 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Landrieu a democrat? Well there you have it folks !

    • 92 anniebella
      June 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Do Donna Brazlie want to blame POTUS for this too?.

      • 93 Jovie
        June 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        It’s coming. Trust me if this goes down, everybody will blame the President.
        It’s there Method of operation!

        • 94 nathkatun7
          June 20, 2013 at 12:29 am

          You are so right, Jovie! Pretty soon, the left and the right will find a way to blame this on that evil dictator, President Obama.

    • June 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      But what I’m talking about is, when we get on a major bill like this, and members work hard to build support and to get bipartisan support, our amendments that are noncontroversial should go first,” Landrieu said. “But, that’s not what happens around here. What happens around here is the guys that cause all the trouble all the time on every bill … I don’t want to name their names because it’s not appropriate, but there’s a group on the other side and few maybe on our side. They’re never really happy with anything, and so they file tons of amendments and we spend all of our time worrying about their amendments, and those of us that spend a lot of our time building bipartisan support, that offer amendments that have no opposition, actually never get to those amendments.”


      Landrieu is calling attention to how the Senate is broken….she is also calling attention to the fact that Harry Reid and not her should be raising these issues…notice how she says that there are Senators who are not happy with any bill…and block everything…

  29. June 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This is O/T but wanted to share. Will this killing EVER end????
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jun/19/kcso-investigating-shooting-off-alcoa-highway/. A six-month old!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t take anymore tonight. Going to turn it in.

  30. 99 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Nine drug companies have been fined for delaying cheaper generic drugs coming to market.

    The European Commission fined the Danish firm Lundbeck and others 146m euros (£125m; $195m) for blocking the supply of cheaper anti-depressants.


    It is the first fine of this kind in Europe and analysts say it could set a precedent.

    “This is the first case of likely many for which we will see fine imposed,” said Deutsche Bank analysts Tim Race.


  31. June 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  32. 105 yardarm756
    June 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    For starters nath.

  33. 114 yardarm756
    June 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    And another.

  34. 115 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Wiki Jerks is working to negotiate asylum with Snowden?

  35. 118 yardarm756
    June 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    They don’t do it this way anymore.

    • 119 nathkatun7
      June 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Thank you so much yardarm for sharing this great music! I actually think I have most LP albums of Lou Donaldson! May be I am biased, but these Jazz musicians communicated so much about life,with their instruments, without saying a single word.

  36. 121 sjterrid
    June 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Ut, Chips, and all of you here at TOD thank you so much for your amazing coverage of the President’s trip to Northern Island and Germany.

  37. 122 amk for obama
    June 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

  38. 123 Jovie
    June 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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