Signs of the Times?

My rusty old brain is 98.27% sure I posted these pics before…. did I? 😕

I took them when I arrived for the We Are One concert in DC, two days before President Obama’s 2009 inauguration (Pete Souza need have no fears, his job is safe) – I’m sure lots of you saw the same, or similar, when you went to election rallies.

The funniest thing was the reaction of the crowd to the nutters, who were charmingly abusive, not least that of my sports nut pal who was especially upset by ‘sports nuts’ featuring on the banner between ‘porno freaks’ and ‘drunks’.

Was she as offended by, say, the ‘baby killing women’ and ‘Homos’ references? “‘Yeah! Of course! But WTF?! Sports nuts?!” (As a sports nut, I felt her pain).

Any way, it kinda struck me today, especially after seeing the photo in the post below, that back in January 2009 we could dismiss these people as freaks …. now, you know, it’s beginning to feel like this level of insanity and hate is the ‘conservative’ mainstream.

All that was missing from the banners was a racist slur or two, and a call for the Voting Rights Act to be shredded.

But, yep, ‘mainstream’ insanity and hate, 2013 style.

107 Responses to “Signs of the Times?”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    July 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    GE TODers Stay Cool 😉

    • 2 vitaminlover
      July 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Congratulations, Nena.

      • 3 Nena20409
        July 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        VL…..We are Tied…….So Congrats Vitaminlover 😉 , VC 🙂 and Mellisa 😎

        A 4 peat, yeah….. 🙂

        • 4 Mellesia Barnett
          July 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

          How sweet of you Nena to share the prize so thank you

          • 5 Nena20409
            July 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

            No problems…. 😆 It is the Color of Pres Obama’s shirts…..that we all have a peculiar 😉 stand…..firmly….rancorous disagreements on. I LOVE TOD.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          July 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

          What! …..Oh. 😆 They actually stopped me at the gate and demanded ID and password so I never bothered to check time. It feels good to have made it in along with such good company. Company’s good today. Good on you Nena for leading the pack so capably and caringly. 😀

          • 7 Nena20409
            July 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

            To Share when all shine is REWARDINGLY TODish 😉

            Look at the Work our fine bt and Chips do 24/7?

  2. 8 vitaminlover
    July 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm


  3. 9 Mellesia Barnett
    July 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    #ObamaRegimeInOneSentence "My investigators in Hawaii can’t believe what they are finding" — @realDonaldTrump, 2011 pic.twitter.com/XjBR1DqgYp— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) July 7, 2013

    • 11 arapaho415
      July 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm


      TODville expressed its deepest sympathies today (scattered across all of today’s threads).

      So sorry for such unbelievable shocking news for you and your family.

      Based on what you’ve said before, I know you’re a private person (as am I), and not trying to pry, but just to let you know our heartfelt grief for what you’re going through now.

      Blessings to you and your family.

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        TY, Arapaho! I have been reading the wishes with a general sense of comfort and at-home-ness. There is very, very little information so far so there’s not much to say. In fact, I’m ‘killing time’ waiting to hear what tomorrow brings. There’s an autopsy being done so my expectation is that we will get a few more answers if not tomorrow, then very soon. Also, with other business open tomorrow the family can get into practical planning mode.

        Thank you to all family members here! You cannot imagine the sense of ‘comfort’ I feel being here and knowing that you are sending positive support to me and my family. (Though I suspect those who have been on the receiving end know to what I refer). For me, it really does take some of the stress off. I can say in all sincerity – thank you!

  4. 15 Nena20409
    July 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Funny they termed POTUS, anti-Jesus……Now they say Change with Jesus and Not Obama? Hmm? That sounds illogical to me.

  5. 16 MightyPamela
    July 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm


  6. 17 MightyPamela
    July 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “my rusty old brain”…. Chipsticks? I thought you just turned 22 early in the year?? Or have I been asleep for a while?… 🙂

  7. 19 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Welcome to the Republican party of our times. All they need are KKK hoods and robes to complete the mess.

    • 20 57andfemale
      July 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      and yet we allow a rabid minority to vote in enough RWNJs to significantly change our course.

      They would be fringe if the rest of us voted. They rose to power because the American middle and left stopped voting.

  8. 21 arapaho415
    July 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I know that Yardarm believes the media is crucifying the Asiana pilots, but these reports don’t reflect well on them.

    • 22 99ts
      July 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      And Boeing would be very happy to declare pilot error – it seems way to early to be making such comments – as for saying the pilots have a reputation as “cowboys” because they were military pilots! Other than John McCain, I was of the opinion that military pilots had the best of skill sets.

    • 23 forus50
      July 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      This is from a United Airlines pilot guessing it might have to do with airport equipment:

  9. 24 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    What generally strikes me on the religious signs is the way they use Jesus’ name in all seriousness, displaying IMO ignorance of his widely accepted teachings of love, acceptance and giving ‘to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…’.

    Chica, I cannot remember if you shared these signs before. It doesn’t matter anyways, and yes they are alarmingly the expectation now rather than the exception!

    • 25 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      You’re right, VC. They focus on the dark and punishing aspects of the bible, and none of the light and forgiveness and acceptance parts. They use Jesus and the Bible as bludgeons, to keep people afraid and in line. Their perversion of Christianity is no different, in my opinion, than the extremists perverting a peaceful religion like Islam for their own ends.

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        ‘Their perversion of Christianity is no different, in my opinion, than the extremists perverting a peaceful religion like Islam for their own ends.’

        Hi Theo. IMO too.

        • 27 theo67
          July 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

          Keeping you in my thoughts, VC. 🙂

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

            Really appreciated, my dear T. How is everyone on your end – all travelers found their way back home yet?

            • 29 theo67
              July 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

              Everyone is home, safe and sounds. At least, for the next two weeks. One heading to Africa, others heading from the West Coast to the East Coast, then down to California by road. We never stay in one place for long… 🙂

              • 30 vcprezofan2
                July 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

                Goodness! So confess; were you all nomads in another life? I’m still patting myself on the back for actually taking two ‘whole’ trips in the last 12 months!

    • July 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      As has been said before …these are the death throes of the GOP…these are not new signs…in fact they have been around quite awhile…but I refuse to be afraid or to give into despair….




      • 34 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        O they don’t frighten me, PF58. I doubt there are many liberals, compassionate people that they still scare. I think more people’s eyes are being opened every day to this type of ‘christian’ hatred.

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        July 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Well said, PF.

  10. 36 amk for obama
    July 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  11. July 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Heh! 🙂

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      July 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I mean, really, I know it’s about a serious subject, but who wouldn’t look at that cute smile and crack up? Gotta love our President!

      • 44 theo67
        July 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        I’m with you, Jacq – I almost forgot to read the rest of the tweet, because I was looking at that adorable face! 😳

    • 45 arkluvspbo
      July 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Oh my goodness — like a little boy, but SOOOO charming and full of awesomeness. His head might be grayer, but he’s face gets younger and younger. 🙂

  12. 46 forus50
    July 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    And John McCain and the other GOP senators who are considered by the media to be “well respected senior statesmen blah blah blah” have no balls to tell these people they are not a part of the Republican Party. Nope nada. So those senators by their silence are AS GUILTY OF THIS HATE as the nutjobs. Do you think ANYONE in the media will ever ask the GOP leaders to step up and denounce this?

    • July 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      In the final analysis that is what is so sad…that no one has the moral fortitude to stand up and call for “what’s right”. Sadly, the Democrats show almost as little spine as well. They find the most diplomatic way to skirt or soft-peddle the issues, instead of just calling them out. Like him or not, Anthony Weiner would have been all over it.

    • 48 Bill
      July 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      If the GOP leadership denounced such people their base would be diminished to a degree the current GOP would have virtually no political power with the ability to win very few elections. This is one reason they are anti-education. The GOP needs to start over.

      • July 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        That’s the threat, but those brainless bigots have no where else to go. They would make excuses and exceptions as they always do.

        • 50 Bill
          July 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

          I think the fear of the GOP is if they did not support the social issues of their base they would sit out elections. People such as Tony Perkins and others have threatened as much. They are so much being used going back to Reagan.

          • July 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

            I think they fear immigrants, people of color and gays more than they hate anything. Anytime they would rather vote for someone locked in prison other than Barack Obama…they’ll get over it.

            • 52 Bill
              July 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

              I agree. The problem the GOP has is their base is shrinking and the groups you mention are growing. Brit Hume, Phyllis Schlafly and a few others have suggested that if they can get out more of their base they will be OK for the next few election cycles. I have doubts but let them keep believing it.

    • 53 57andfemale
      July 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      the one single jump to Rwnj legitimacy was McCain choosing Palin. Not every loon could have infected Congress in 2010 except fpr McCain legitimizing the tea party types. If he had been anything but an abject fraud he would have left the Senate and gone into obscurity. Instead he doubled down. The one most horrific act so far in 21st century.

  13. July 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    The election of President Obama revealed to the world that America’s talk about freedom, equality and human rights is more rhetoric than reality.

    • 55 amk for obama
      July 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm


    • 57 Nena20409
      July 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      You Nailed it.

      In 1963…..RFK was fighting Apartheid in South Africa, yet USA still had horrible Institutional racism going on. In the 1936…..Hitler was being a Dick towards Jesse Owens Yet US was doing their level best to continue their racist behavior. Even in the 1980s Only US and Israel were amongst the Western World supporting SAfrica and their regime. Reagan, Cheney and Co called Mandela a terrorist.

      • July 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Nena, Nena, Nena, Don’t get me started. 🙂

        • 59 Nena20409
          July 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          Just calling it as My Nation has been…..We are Not perfect….especially where Race is concerned. Irish need not applied? The Jewish Community went through hell. The Japanese Americans. Muslims……. especially since 9-11. But the Ethnic group that gets it always…..Native Americans and the African Americans………In 400 yrs plus.

          • July 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

            Whenever Ahmedinejad speaks at the United Nations, the U.S. always walks out on his speech because he dares to question our moral authority for exactly the reasons you’re pointing out.

            • 61 Nena20409
              July 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

              I hear you…..Ahmedinejad in Iran……They have issues with their Ethnic minorities as well. Freddie Mercury, his parents or their parents were part of one of the ethnic groups in Iran that were never treated well. Unfortunately, as much as our history……getting lectures from Ahmedinejad irks me a great deal.

              We in US would like to ignore our failings always and come down harder on others. Man In The Mirror should be part of Our National Songs.

  14. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Wonder if today’s Republican women – especially the old-school-southern women – find out it’s they who are gonna be three-fifths as worthy as their crude-ass Republican men, or any men, will start standing and voting with the rest of us? When “civil rights” become a bigger issue for THEM? They’d better soon wake up and stop drinking the moonshine.

  15. 63 desertflower
    July 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Amazing filming of plane yesterday….. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/07/us/plane-crash-main/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    Citizen journos do it again.

  16. 64 Nena20409
    July 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Washington Football fans….RG3 got married? At 23 yrs old? Why?

    The Founder of Trager…..is he the father of MN gov or his uncle? I read that he died at 88 yrs old.

  17. July 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Mormons are in there, too, along with “sports nuts”…? Weird… The other thing that always strikes me about these people is their limited language skills. But I guess you have to be a little stupid to be as screwed-up as they are. (This is a little more direct than my usual remarks, but I’m just in that kind of mood tonight…! So be it.)


  18. July 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Here’s a little tidbit many may not know. Nena’s mention of RFK made me think of it.

    After the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order to get rid of the Federal Reserve in favor of greenbacks. Soon after he was assassinated and the Federal Reserve continued to manage and manipulate U.S. currency.

    During his Presidency, RFK issued an Executive Order to get rid of the Federal Reserve in favor of silver certificates that would be owned and controlled by the U.S. government. Soon after he was assassinated. The following day, the Executive Order was canceled and silver certificates were recalled.

    • 68 Nena20409
      July 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      JFK you meant, right?

      RFK was AG, he could not issue an Executive Order.

      • July 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        Thanks Nena. Yes, I meant JFK. Time for me to go. I’ve been reading so long my eyes hurt…apparently my brain too. 🙂

    • 70 nathkatun7
      July 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      “After the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order to get rid of the Federal Reserve in favor of greenbacks. Soon after he was assassinated and the Federal Reserve continued to manage and manipulate U.S. currency.”

      This does not make sense! First, the Federal Reserve began in 1913. Second, Lincoln was assassinated just a few days after the Confederate States surrendered.

  19. July 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I hope that’s the last post of the day and for a long time of “Douchebag World”. I understand the morbid fascination, but these cretins are TRULY a very small minority and a rapidly disappearing species. YES, they ARE out there and we can’t pretend they aren’t and that we don’t need to watch out for them and shut them down. But we can all be happy about their utter marginality!!

  20. July 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Afternoon / evening Obots!

    Well, I’ve taken a break from the intertubes for the past few days, and it’s been lovely. No Gigi sillilness, no hair on fire brigade making me want to go hippie punching, no RWNJ intruding on my (almost) 4 day weekend. I’ll slowly work my way back into shape over the next week.

    Hugs to Layla and VC. I can’t even fathom what the two of you are going through.

    This post is pointing me towards writing an essay. Hope to work on it tomorrow and have it ready for Tuesday. Our country is truly in the midst of monumental change, and such change is never easy or smooth.

    • 75 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      You’re so right, LL. During times of immense turmoil, it’s important to realize that incredible change is in progress. Just like when water boils and becomes steam – it’s violent and noisy, and then it changes form. We’re in the middle of the boiling stage. And I can’t wait to see what comes next.

  21. 76 nospin
    July 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Some humor.

    Ed Schultz doing the Cupid Shuffle at the Essence Festival.

  22. 80 forus50
    July 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  23. 82 globalcitizenln
    July 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Hope Mrs. Tereza Heinz Kerry gets better soon.

    Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, has been flown to Boston for further medical treatment after being taken by ambulance from the couple’s Nantucket, Mass., home to a hospital on Sunday afternoon, sources close to the family told NBC News.

    A spokesman for Nantucket Cottage Hospital said Heinz Kerry, 74, was in critical but stable condition after being admitted to the emergency room about 3:30 p.m. No further details about her condition have been released


    • 83 Nena20409
      July 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm


      Before his wife’s medical problem, he had planned to return to Washington on Monday and then co-host with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew high-level strategic and economic talks with senior Chinese officials on Wednesday and Thursday.

      Kerry had also spoken of his desire to make his sixth trip to Israel as secretary starting at the end of the week. State Department officials said Kerry’s schedule is now influx pending developments with his wife’s health.

    • 84 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I hope she recovers soon.

  24. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Am I the last one to hear that Teresa Heinz Kerry was hospitalized today, and is in critical but stable condition …


  25. 86 Nena20409
    July 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I found my own answer. Mark Dayton is the Nephew to the 88 yrs old TARGET founder who passed away….

    Dayton is the uncle of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor issued a statement calling his uncle “an extraordinary businessman, philanthropist, and leader of our family.”

    • July 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      He might have been a founder of Dayton’s dept store in Minneapolis. Target was a spin-off. Dayton’s no longer exists. I loved it.

    • July 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I was wrong, it was his great grandfather who founded Dayton’s. George Draper Dayton (March 6, 1857 – February 18, 1938) was an American businessman and philanthropist.

  26. 89 Allison
    July 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    • 90 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      So, Eliot Spitzer was a frequenter of prostitutes – which I could care less about – but Weiner should be ashamed to run for mayor? I’m not a fan of Weiner, but I also don’t like double-standards. They’ve rehabilitated Bill Clinton for his indiscretions, and we’ve got a whole slew of Republicans who are still in office, or have taken up jobs as lobbyists – and they’ve never had to account for their lack of morals or judgment. Not sure what the standards for decency and integrity are anymore. At least Anthony Weiner didn’t make his wife stand next to him after his indiscretion, like Spitzer.

  27. 91 Allison
    July 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • 92 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      I wish these people had not spread this rumour. If true, it’s going to be absolutely terrible. If not, it’s absolutely terrible. There is no upside to this “report”, and worse yet that it’s unsubstantiated.

  28. 93 nospin
    July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    three days old but a great read and worth reposting

    An Open Letter To The Idiot Nation


  29. 95 amk for obama
    July 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  30. 98 dotster3
    July 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Random comment, but are we here in the good ol’ U.S. the only people in the world who call back yards back yards and not gardens??? Revelation came about from watching many episodes of House Hunters on HGTV. When prospective buyers started commenting on the nice “garden”, I was looking for a garden—-you know, with flowers or vegetables—–and figured out they were just talking about the back yard—–the lawn and trees and maybe some landscaping. Garden can also be the front yard or front lawn to peeps from around the world. Ok, back to regular programming…..

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      July 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I’ve noticed that, too, dotster! I’m a big HGTV fan, especially when cable news channels … er … frost me!

    • 100 theo67
      July 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      You may be right about this, dotster! 🙂

    • 101 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 8, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Where I come from originally (Northern England) a back yard would be a space with no greenery at all. Completely paved or just dirt. Any kind of grass or other greenery makes it a garden. Just a bit of info from my neck of the woods 🙂

  31. July 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Sports nuts must have been before Tebow mania!

  32. 105 amk for obama
    July 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  33. July 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    CNN reporting on the San Fran airliner accident and over and over and over and over again: EXCLUSIVELY ON CNN!!!: Then the cell phone video from the guy that captured the crash moment and says OMG! 38 times… I understand, why the f**K do you watch CNN? GOOD POINT!! Not sure. But they have sunk sooo GD low. I want to se young, diverse reporters. It’s good! But it seems like they ALSO turned production over to 12 year-olds .

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