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  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm


  2. July 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    What a treasure to keep forever.

  3. 7 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    http://www.buycott.com/ New App for scanning where your hard earned dollars are going. I gather the app stores are a bit overwhelmed with demand for the download at the moment, and that can only be a good thing, right!!! HaHa, hgus all around TOD, am struggling up the end of the last thread… Everyone have a great and wonderful day! Have an Obama Day!! 😆

  4. 11 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm


    Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law should be titled the Criminals Relief Act. When the controversial law was enacted in 2005, law enforcement officials warned it would be invoked by people prone to violence and mayhem. Seven years later, it’s clear those fears have been realized. Gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers and other criminals have walked away from killings thanks to “stand your ground,” and it’s clearer than ever that the law should be repealed. Lawmakers who suggest a tweak can fix the problems are putting politics over sound public policy and the safety of Floridians.

    The most recent analysis of more than 100 fatal “stand your ground” cases by Tampa Bay Times staff writers Kameel Stanley and Connie Humburg found that nearly 60 percent of people claiming the self-defense legal protection had been previously arrested, and one in three were accused of a violent crime. All told, 119 people who invoked “stand your ground” after killing someone had been arrested 327 times, not counting traffic violations or other minor arrests.

  5. 12 carolyn
    July 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Well, I just watched the Korea ceremony and the President’s speech, with tears in my eyes, sitting here on my couch with my Korea vet husband sitting, napping, in the chair opposite me.
    I was SO thrilled to hear the president say that war was a victory…..that the freedom of the people in the Republic of Korea is their legacy.

    • July 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm


      Thank you for your moving description of visiting the Korean War Memorial, and your amazing experience of witnessing the Naval fleet returning under the Golden Gate bridge.

      It gives me thrills to imagine what this was like, and I grew up in San Diego surrounded by children of WWII Navy/Marine vets (which included me), so I know about seeing aircraft carriers up close.

      I wonder how many other people will be aware of this sight? Our media is too young and self-absorbed to do this type of actual reporting.

      If any TODers see articles about the return of the Naval fleet from Korea to San Francisco, let us know. Thanks.

    • 15 carolyn
      July 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      After the speech ended I told my husband what the president had said about victory and their legacy. He replied: “I heard.” His eyes were closed, but he was listening. He then said “Can you imagine George W. Bush messing through that!”
      It’s significant to me that this is the first president who has given honor and commemorated this historical event.

      • 16 HZ
        July 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        So elegantly stated in your comment about how you were so moved listening to POB speak. Thank you for sharing. And thanks to your wonderful husband for his service. Please give him a (((*** Loving Star Hug of Appreciation from my heart to his and your***)))HZ

  6. 17 Bill R.
    July 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  7. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Guys – Received this notification in my Twitter Interactions: Obama is Corrupt added you to list 0bama_2012/obama-trolls

    If I block “Obama is Corrupt” (which I’ve done) will that also keep me from being added to their so-called list? It’s not a big deal, but thought I’d ask.

    • 19 MightyPamela
      July 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Sure hope SO!

    • July 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I’ve been known to give incorrect info on Twitter RTs, but I think what they’ve done is added your Twitter moniker to their “Obama Troll” list. Chips has one for TODers that she created a while ago. You can subscribe to the TOD list, then when you view your personal “Lists,” the TOD list appears as if you had created it.

      Sadly, this means that whatever ODS (Obama-derangement-syndrome) RWNJs who subscribe to this list will (unfortunately) troll you (because they have nothing better to do).

      Means you may be looking forward to doing a lot of “Blocking” in the future.

      What scum. These trolls exemplify that fact that these RWNJs are not capable of any kind of empathy.

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      July 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      If you block them or report them for spam, then your name is automatically taken off their list.

  8. 28 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Great charts…. http://www.nationalmemo.com/gop-austerity-is-failing-so-lets-have-some-more/

    In the U.S., we’ve only delved into federal austerity this year with the sequestration. And while our debt is rising, the deficit is falling faster than it has in 60 years. Meanwhile, job creation, the housing market and the stock market are all at multi-year highs.

    A new report says that the government could add a million jobs by just canceling the sequestration.

    But for House Republicans, that’s not even a possibility. Instead they’re cutting food stamps and environmental programs while debating whether they should threaten to shut down the government if the president won’t defund Obamacare. Some Republicans have actually thought this out and recognized this tactic would only result in the GOP having to cave at some point but Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), desperate to win back some conservative credibility, is telling Republicans to think of it as President Obama threatening to shut down the government unless they fund Obamacare.

    Meanwhile, Obamacare actually reduces the long-term deficit, which is the actual goal of smart debt reduction. Short-term cuts, as Europe has learned, give all the pain with none of the rewards — unless your goal the whole time has actually been to slow the recovery.

  9. July 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I second the complaints about WordPress. I was trying to recover the “old” Tweetdeck application on my computer (which had stopped working) and “restored” my computer to an earlier time, which cleared all of the applications that was automatically enrolled in (including WordPress). Now I’ve gotten messages for the last three days that “WordPress is unavailable.” (I’m on Chrome.)

    Here’s a short uplifting video from an Orlando public aquarium.

    The dolphin and young woman both seem to be really enjoying themselves!

    • 30 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      WONDERFUL!!! THank you, Arapaho for posting that. What a true testament that all earthlings can relate to each other in some form or another. Whether we can actually physically speak, or use our body language, that dolphin was enjoying himself immensely! Smiles are universal 🙂

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Arapaho, that dolphin shows more respect for others–even a totally different species–than most Republicans show for their fellow man. Makes you want to replace Boehner, Cantor, Steve King and all the rest of them with dolphins.

      • 32 arkluvspbo
        July 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        From the movie, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” this proves your theory correct…

        ark 🙂

  10. 37 Nena20409
    July 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm


    More than 1,000 prisoners were freed in a jailbreak near Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, according to preliminary reports.

    The Associated Press, citing local officials, reported that the jailbreak took place at the Koyfiya prison.

  11. 38 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    GA TOD! Another episode of GOP Crazy…

    Wisconsin Capitol police today arrested a child for singing in the Capitol Rotunda during the third day of a crackdown on singing. The small boy joins two 80-year-olds, two journalists and a Marine veteran arrested for singing songs that Job-killer Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t like.

    The Associated Press reported,
    For a third straight day, police arrested protesters gathered inside the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, cracking down on the sing-along organized by opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.


    • 39 desertflower
      July 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      For singing. SINGING! WTF!

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Alycee, please tell me there is a strong candidate to oppose Walker in 2014. Surely the people of Wisconsin have had enough.

    • 41 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      And isn’t it funny how the repulicons are always saying how they want LESS government in their lives, and how the Democrats want a Nanny state.
      They are going nuts…I really hope that Walker is out of there. The people of Wisconsin really screwed themselves when they didn’t get rid of him. It would have set a clear precedent to other fascist governors (*ahem* Florida, Ohio, NC, TX), but they didn’t.

  12. 42 anniebella
    July 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Is POTUS playing golf today? Have anyone heard from Mark Knoller?

  13. 45 JER
    July 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

  14. 46 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Let’s review…. http://www.ellensplace.net/fascism.html


    *1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism
    *2. Disdain for the importance of human rights
    * 3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause
    *4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism
    *5. Rampant sexism
    *6. A controlled mass media
    *7. Obsession with national security
    *8. Religion and ruling elite tied together
    *9. Power of corporations protected
    *10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated
    *11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts
    *12. Obsession with crime and punishment
    *13. Rampant cronyism and corruption
    *14. Fraudulent elections

    Look stunningly familiar? More at the link…it looks to me like 14 Republican ideas ticked off in the boxes…..VOTE!

    • 47 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      desertflower, I have seen this list before, and we have truly become a fascist state. Fortunately, we are strong and we have the most awesome POTUS and VPOTUS on our sides, this time.

  15. 48 Jovie
    July 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    • July 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      for the record…If Hillary Clinton is the DEM nominee for 2016…I will vote for her….but I do not relish having Bill Clinton back in the White House…

      • 50 anniebella
        July 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        me either prettyfoot58, me either.

      • July 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        I think a lot of people will end up feeling that way and her numbers will go down as the time approaches. In the meanwhile, I’m a little irritated because it seems so dismissive of our actual elected president here and now.

        • 53 arkluvspbo
          July 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

          Maryl, I agree — I can’t stand the fact that the “liberal” media keeps pushing Hillary on us. We just finished one election barely a year ago. I’m sick and tired of hearing about 2016. Let’s get to 2014 first.
          I’ll vote for her, but I’d really prefer someone else, or all together fresh blood.

  16. July 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    As Moon Unit Zappa would say in the 1980s: Gag me with a spoon.

    There are so many reasons I really don’t Hillary as POTUS, and her PR machine ranks up there on the top. I *like* PBO’s PR/communications/strategy team; Lanny Davis and Mark Penn (HRC’s team) give me the creeps.

    As an example, the 2007 PR push for Huma Abedin, Hillary’s “body woman.” I have nothing against Huma, but this was undisguised PR.

    • 55 Jovie
      July 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Unfortunately, she has established friends in the Beltway and as a result people like her and her Husband.
      This President doesn’t pay to play, so his friends in the Beltway are limited!


      • 56 nospin
        July 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        it is great that she is liked. not sure what that has to do with the fact that her husband will not be Mayor of NYC and HRC will not be POTUS.

    • July 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      • 58 nospin
        July 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        chile please

          • 60 nospin
            July 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

            chile please was the polite way of saying gtfoohwtdabs in comparing HRC with Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale and Rosa Parks.

          • July 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

            Yes. Tim Miller was Jon Huntsman’s PR person.

            I’m sorry that I posted this. TOD regularly causes Chrome to crash (especially when I have too many windows open), so sometimes I’m not sure whether a post will go through or not.

            There are so many people in the world with compelling life stories, why do one on a person that most people will be able to view only by peeking through their hands that cover their faces. So much awkward-awkwardness.

      • 62 anniebella
        July 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        Are you guys kidding? I am already becoming tired of Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.

        • 63 nospin
          July 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

          anniebella – I am exhausted of all things Hillary and the drama that accompanies the family. I will go to the wall for Ride or Die Joe Biden and if he decides to opt out, will vote for any other Dem who becomes the nominee and is not a Clinton.

      • 65 MightyPamela
        July 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        Produced and Directed by none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton and William Jefferson Clinton, I would feel safe to presume! I know someone in Seattle who will not be watching.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm


  17. 67 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/In5uwo9 Have y’all seen THIS??? beautiful, just beautiful!

    • July 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Every thing about this story is remarkable, and gets little attention from the West, who could learn a thing or two from ancient Asian cultures. (Full disclosure, Japanese-American female here.)
      “The train was sent on its way after a delay of just eight minutes, the paper said.”

      • 69 MightyPamela
        July 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        Not only, Arapaho, on further pondering, to me this symbolizes what those of us Obots are doing to the Republican party, in order to pull Democracy out from under the rails… Except we just might let that GOP train go all the way over… And soon it will be empty anyway, so no one will be badly hurt!!!

    • July 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Here’s another example of how the West could learn from the East (if they have open minds):

      “Toyota’s emphasis on efficiency proved transformative for the Food Bank.”

    • 71 betseyc
      July 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Mighty P, I’m in the Seattle area for the next week or so. I have a list of things I want to see, but wanted to ask you what a nature loving artist absolutely should not miss.

      • 72 desertflower
        July 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        What fun! So much to see and do there….my hubby’s going this week for work…..the beauty is everywhere:)

        • 73 MightyPamela
          July 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

          I reckon all of TOD should just get on up here!! And don’t forget PBO lived here when he was just a very young lad, so there’s that! One of the many places he can call home, and we are proud to have him feel that way! 😉

      • 74 MightyPamela
        July 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Well, of course the University of Washington Arboreteum, in the Madison Valley area. The MOHAI is our Museum of History and Industry, newly housed in the Lake Union Area, which is in itself an artistic and creative place. In the MOHAI, you can see the history of the area unfold and there are some wonderfully interactive displays of our history to participate in. Those two are fairly close together, and could be experienced in one day, but I guarantee you will want to spend a full day in each! We are also seeing a weather forecast for some continuation of this amazing type for the whole week, so you will not (maybe) get to see our famous rain!! Do have a lovely time, and of course the Pike Place Market is already on your must see list, but I’ll toss it in to be sure!! Try to get the Moon Cakes from the Chinese bakery down near the main center of the market, facing North from ‘the Pig’, it is about half a block up on the right!

  18. 77 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I will vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is in 2016 because the consequences of allowing another Republican to become President are just too awful to contemplate.

    • 79 Jovie
      July 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Agreed! I will hold my nose and vote. Just like in 04 when I voted for Kerry!

      • 80 Indie Liberal
        July 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        Maybe I am not reading this right, but there is no need to bring Kerry into this. He is one of those that helped Obama on the national stage level and is off to a very good start as SOS. Had there been a Dem SOS of Ohio (like there should have been for Florida for Gore in 2000), and some smarter handlers (some of those went to work for Obama in 2008/2012 just saying) , the results may have been different.

        That was then, this is now and we need to move FORWARD.

        As for voting for Hillary, I won’t be voting until there is a clear primary person tha and/or a candidate that President Obama endorses.

        • 81 Indie Liberal
          July 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

          tha = “that”

        • 82 Jovie
          July 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          I love Kerry as SOS!

          • 83 Indie Liberal
            July 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

            Sorry if I misread anything. Just noting that it’s time for people to stop blaming him for 04 (instead of realizing the harsh political reality). He isn’t running for office. However, it’s understandable that people still have some resentment of that. Obama chose him for a reason, and it is sad that some people (not you Jovie :)) don’t see that.

            It also noted that he, Rice and Power worked together in 04 before working for Obama in 08.


    • 84 MightyPamela
      July 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      I will give my precious vote to the democrat endorsed by President Obama, all the way down the line. But for now, I relish each and every day he is our President and I will not waste my time and energy on all the non-productive anticipation. And with that, another onscreen DejaVu has presented itself! How blessed I am to be alive and part of all this!! 😆

    • 85 arkluvspbo
      July 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm


    • 86 COS
      July 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      So will I. If someone’s favorite pet runs as a Democrat, I will vote for it. I have been a loyal Democrat all of my life and I will never vote for a Republican as long as I live.

  19. 87 carolyn
    July 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I also will vote for the Democratic nominee in 2016, but I’m going to agree with Barbara Bush’s verdict “We’ve had enough Bushes” We’ve had enough Clintons.
    Here’s a question: Can you imagine Bill Clinton fulfilling the duties and functions of a first lady…..staying in the East Wing and supporting the president’s agenda????? Now, I believe there are men who could and would do a gracious job in this position, but Bill “Big Dog” Clinton is not that person. He would want to be having the press conferences, meeting with heads of state……I think this would be a disaster.

    • 88 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I might support someone else in the primaries but my view is that any Democrat is better than a Republican. I know people who voted for Michelle Bachmann. That is the difference between Republican and Democrats. We are picky and play hard to get and they will vote for anything with an “R” next to it’s name. I’m not sure about Bill Clinton’s role. How did he behave when Hillary was a Senator?

    • July 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Agree 100%, Carolyn.

      I was sooooo glad that Dems had a choice in 2008; and gave us a thrilling ride, with “No Drama Obama” leading the way.

      MSM must have hated him winning (after the initial thrill of “The First Black President…”) because they think their job is to speculate and report gossip.

      It gave me chills to think of WJC rattling around the White House, picking up the phone to foreign countries, picking up interns, and who knows what else.

      She’s making $200K a speech.

      Let them enjoy their golden years as they see fit, but not a return to the WH.

    • 91 nospin
      July 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      “Can you imagine Bill Clinton fulfilling the duties and functions of a first lady”


      No Clinton’s. None. Especially one who is married to Bill Clinton. He has no issues with derailing any agenda including HRC’s. I will not vote for Hillary. won’t do it. I am open to anyone else. We need new blood anyway. new ideas.

  20. July 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Afternoon friends. What a wonderful day I’ve had. Conference on poverty was MAGNIFICANT! I don’t have time to share now, but I will do it at some point. Also, hubby is home. Doing well. We sorta have a plan for him to not get too out of shape……places he can wallk around town. He has lots of hiking friends who will walk with him. Orthopedia doctor said same thing ER doc said–broken shoulder blade……6-8 weeks to heal–useable and 3 months to total healing. It could have been SO much worse and there were SO many “trail angel”, “God thing” events. May share those at some time.

    Gotta go for now. I’m lurking around. 🙂

    • 94 MightyPamela
      July 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Veery good to hear this, tmg, broken shoulder blade, yuck, but blessed be with healing!

  21. 95 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Where’s Dudette, and LL? I am seeing JJ Cale died yesterday, the story can be seen in a sidebar link at the URL I posted above with the train story on the BBC. We loved JJ Cale!!

  22. 96 africa
    July 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Cowardly GOP.

  23. 99 JER
    July 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

  24. 100 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  25. July 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Afternoon/evening everyone, how are we doing?

  26. 106 desertflower
    July 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This is the coolest thing! Science Geek Alert! h/t TPM

    Check out this mindblowing video of the Space Shuttle during launch, taken with cameras and mics mounted on the solid rocket booster that propelled the shuttles into space. It’s amazing. You won’t want to miss this.

  27. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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