Chat Away Into The Night

58 Responses to “Chat Away Into The Night”

  1. 4 LDS
    July 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Good night, lamh36!

  2. 5 LDS
    July 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

    POB sure knows how to make us and the babies smile.
    Sweet sleep…..

  3. 6 Smoothscotch
    July 23, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Congrats lamh36. Nite all you night owls. What a beautiful picture.

  4. July 23, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Good night you all. What a nice picture. I thank God every day for our President.

  5. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

  6. July 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Evening Friends! 🙂

    Love the cute baby picture UT!

    Hope y’all had a lovely day. Anything interesting happen?

  7. 14 Dudette
    July 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Cute & Funny (A Two-Fer)

  8. 18 Dudette
    July 23, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Some lovely music in honor of VPOTUS & SLOTUS’ trip to India

    Latika’s Theme from Slumdog Millionaire

  9. 19 Dudette
    July 23, 2013 at 1:07 am

    … and of course the Soundtrack Suite from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (music by My Tommy) 🙂

    [Please see this scrumptious movie if you haven’t already]
    The About notes for this entry on YouTube say it all…

    A quick look at the amazing cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel lets me know that this is a film I need to see — Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton. Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel, it follows the story of a group of British retirees who move to what they are promised is a luxurious hotel in India — on arrival they find it to be slightly less luxurious than expected. I guess that various life-affirming events then transpire. Director John Madden teams up with composer Thomas Newman for a second time, after The Debt. I’m never one to miss an opportunity to make an extremely facile observation, and am delighted that this time I have been presented with the opportunity of saying — imagine what Newman’s score for the Bollywood remake of American Beauty might sound like — and essentially you’ve imagined this.

    The score opens with “Long Old Life”, a quintessential Newman main title piece with its little repeating rhythmic figures, only this time with the added colour provided by Indian instrumentaion. The theme that first appears in “The Chimes at Midnight”, on the other hand, is a long-lined beauty and brings an air of magic whenever it appears. At times Newman gets surprisingly far into A.R. Rahman territory — the brilliantly exotic “Road to Jaipur”, the spirited, dancelike “Tuk Tuks”, the mesmerising finale “A Bit of Afters” — and his use of Indian vocalists throughout the score is impressive. “More than Nothing” is lovely, a male voice singing a haunting tune over percussion that sounds like it could come from Wall-E! There’s a very brief piece just before the end — “What Happens Instead” — which contains a melody of incredible beauty, it’s hard to believe it’s only heard for those 50 or so seconds before it vanishes again. This is such a colourful album, Newman painting vivid pictures — the music teems with life and, while those with an intolerance to the Bollywood style will find those influences seriously harm their capacity to take much from it, others will discover Thomas Newman’s most enjoyable album in years. **** (James Southall)

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      July 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

      I loved that movie, Dudette. Thank you for reminding me. Every cast member was perfect–there wasn’t one false note.

  10. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Just one of the many slaps in the face – to the working class – from Republicans:

    Wake Up, America!

  11. July 23, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Dear TOD Community,

    Elementary school math is really important to the future of the American Dream that OUR President Obama has unambiguously dedicated his entire life.

    So, let’s do some ‘math’:

    #PBO has, at the date/time stamp of this post 34,469,531 Twitter followers.

    Irrespective of their nationality or geographical location, that’s a substantial number of folk who believe in him (even if some very small % are trolls).

    So, let’s examine what it would mean for each of those 34,469,531 followers to contribute ONLY 10 Cents a Day for the next 1200 days to @OFA:

    That would be $4,136,343,720.00

    Yes, TODers, that’s FOUR BILLION ONE HUNDRED & THIRTY SIX MILLION DOLLARS & some pocket change.

    The ‘pocket change,’ if it were earned income by an individual in the USA would solidly have that person in the less than 2% of income earners in the USA.

    When our President referenced – in his comments to the @OFA leaders on 22 July 2013 that ‘we don’t have a BILLION dollars like we did for the 2012 campaign’ – that should ONLY BE TRUE if folk don’t do the MATH.

    It is our responsibility to have every person on this planet who respects #PBO to do the math and pitch in A DIME A DAY, let alone A DOLLAR A DAY, to defeat the avaricious plutocrats & their #GOP #KOCHSTER minions.

    Let’s get it done, TOD Community!!

    Yes We Can

  12. 25 amk for obama
    July 23, 2013 at 3:22 am

  13. July 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Ol’ Knoller came up with a good one

  14. 28 LDS
    July 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Hi Ms. Chips!
    Thank you Mr. Bobfr for the math. That is really as basic as you can get.
    Thank you Ms. Dudette for all the exotic and colorful music.
    It is a great day to wake up to knowing that we have a smart, humble, loving, kind, caring, spiritual, intelligent President in the WH!

    I don’t get it about this “royal baby”. Isn’t every child born royal?
    I just feel terrible for the ones born into poverty and famine who have republican hypocrites or greedy officials who claims to be pro life, yet they are so quick to take away their basic human rights.
    Isn’t this monarchy thing like being on welfare?

    • 29 99ts
      July 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I can’t imagine having a job where the most important thing you ever do is have a baby – which is the case for many “royal” wives. I agree with you that every child is a gift and it is sad they are not always treated as “royal”.

      Thus said most of the royals work hard – having hundreds of official engagements each year. As something of a monarchist (unlike many of my compatriots) I think they earn their keep – then again I don’t think people on welfare deserve to be treated as 2nd class citizens – given the choice most people would choose not to be on welfare.

  15. 30 dotster3
    July 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    FLOTUS to help bring much needed focus to gun violence——-good!

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      July 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Bravo to Michelle! She is fearless. She will get fierce pushback from the slack-jawed gun nuts on this, but I’m putting my money on FLOTUS.

    • 32 arkluvspbo
      July 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      “She’ll need to tread carefully, though. The American public tends to prefer that its first ladies leave the heavier policy lifting to the president.”

      Seriously — this “American public” the “media” is referring to, needs to get OVER the fact that women, especially First Ladies, are just as capable (if not more) than their presidential husbands, OR is is this just the pathetic media peddling their mantras to keep the story going.
      So proud of our FLOTUS. She fits her role perfectly

  16. July 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    “Michelle Nunn declares herself a U.S. Senate candidate”


    Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Michelle Nunn declared herself a Democratic candidate in the 2014 race for U.S. Senate, the very seat once held by her father…The formal announce will come Tuesday, when she files the official paperwork…Nunn, 46, said she intends to make the nation’s finances and deficit reduction a key focus of her campaign…

    Nunn is a first-time political candidate facing steep odds. Even so, her entry has been anticipated for months, and is sure to turn Georgia into a 2014 battleground state…Republicans hold every statewide office in Georgia, but understand that the state’s rapidly changing demographics ultimately threaten that hold. To Democrats, the Georgia contest represents one of only two potential Senate pick-ups in 2014. The other is Kentucky. The race here could determine whether Democrats retain control of the chamber.

    • 34 99ts
      July 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Given what the GOP is doing to the country every single day – is it truly correct that there are only TWO possible pickups in 1914 – or is that republican spin?

      • July 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

        Oh, I’m sure there are — or will be — more than GA and KY. As you said, given what the GOP is doing to the country — state by state — as well as the changing demographics across the country…I have to believe there will be more.

  17. July 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

  18. 38 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    • 39 arkluvspbo
      July 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      “Gallup puts Obama approval rating last quarter at 47.9%”
      Gallup…hmmm…remind me again who they are? Oh yes, that’s correct, they were the ones that had Mitt Rmoney either winning, or neck and neck with the President.
      How’d that work out for them?
      upChuck Todd is a complete mO-ron

  19. 40 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

  20. 41 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

  21. 45 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

    • 46 99ts
      July 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Sure the royals are white (although no guarantee it will always be that way) – but I would argue that 33m pounds bit for 2 reasons

      1. They make a fortune for UK tourism
      2. The Queen (& later her descendants) are head of state. Saves billions in the cost of a Presidential election every so many years.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        July 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

        You think these Americans are thinking THAT deeply? And watch what happens if the Royals’ skin color ever changes – all else being the same….

        We saw the difference with Bush & Obama in terms of the amount of griping about vacations and “cost to taxpayers” even though the Obama’s have been rather thrifty and judicious about vacation, etc.

        • 48 99ts
          July 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

          Very true hf – I look forward to a royal wedding with colorful overtones in the future 🙂 🙂

        • 49 kathryn kivett
          July 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Yes, I do think that some Americans think THAT deeply and I would go so far as to say some Americans could care less what color skin people have and judge people on their character, heart, and how they live their lives……I would also say, some Americans only see events through the prism of skin color which is sad.

          • 50 hopefruit2
            July 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

            You are entitled to your opinion. I stand by my comment 100% which by the way never spoke about ALL Americans, but about those Americans who “adore” the British royalty but suddenly (as of 2009) despise the US Presidency and everything it represents – including US government workers.

            And the recent events over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency – the heightened and relentless scrutiny of his vacations, weekends playing golf, ad nauseaum discussions about “cost to taxpayers” contrasted with the ignoring the same for his predecessor tells me that my comments are more in line with the context my beliefs about how some Americans think about British Royals versus US government workers.

            Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

          • 51 hopefruit2
            July 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

            I forgot to add a response to your last sentence: “I would also say, some Americans only see events through the prism of skin color which is sad.”

            Yes, it is VERY sad for e.g., when an innocent teenager is 6ft under simply because his killer only saw events through the prism of skin color and decided early on that the teenager’s skin color branded him as a criminal who deserved to die. Very, very sad.

  22. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    July 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Spread the word…

  23. 53 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    PBO, take heart, President Lincoln had his own set of “emoprogs” to deal with back in the day.

  24. July 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Framing Children’s Deviance
    by Lisa Wade, PhD, 5 days ago at 12:00 pm

    Leontine G. sent in a troubling example of the framing of children’s deviance, and their own complicity in this framing. She included two links: one to a Today show story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police, and one to a CNN story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police. Different 7-year-olds. One white, one black.

    The white boy, Preston, is interviewed with his family on the set of the Today show. Knowing his kid is safe, his Dad describes the event as “funny” and tells the audience that if this could happen to a “cotton candy all-American kid like Preston,” then “it could happen to anybody.”

    When the host, Meredith Vieira, asks Preston why hid from the police, he says, “cause I wanted to,” and she says, “I don’t blame you actually.” With Preston not too forthcoming, his Mom steps in to say that he told her that “he just wanted to know what it felt like to drive a car.” When Vieira asks him why he fled from the police, he replies with a shrug. Vieira fills in the answer, “You wanted to get home?”

    Vieira then comments on how they all then went to church. The punishment? Grounded for four days without TV or video games. Vieira asks the child, “Do you think that’s fair?” He says yes. And she continues, “Do you now understand what you did?” He nods and agrees. “And that maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing?” He nods and agrees. “You gonna get behind the wheel of a car again?” He says no. Then she teases him about trying out model toy cars.

    They conclude that this incident just goes to show that “Any little kid, you never know what can happen…” and closes “I’ll be seeing you at church buddy boy!”



    • 55 sherijr
      July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Everyone should read this rikyrah, it is unfortunately a perfect example of the different standards. My youngest son went through much the same treatment at age 8 for something entirely beyond his control… and I’ve always believed that had he been one of the white kids, things for him would have been handled entirely more humane.

  25. July 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Secretary Perez just joined twitter!

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