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What Do We Want?….Chuckles!

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88 Responses to “What Do We Want?….Chuckles!”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    July 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Pretty funny chuckles.

  2. 7 GGAIL
    July 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Good West Coast Sunday Funnies 🙂

  3. 8 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm
  4. 10 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm
  5. 11 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  6. 12 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  7. 22 amk for obama
    July 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Waving from the 2nd airport in India. In another hour, about to board the flight to Joburg and then after a two hour wait, yet another fucking flight to Durban.

    One thing I wanted to share. While checking in for the first flight, I saw a buncha ‘murkan white tourists with mom and dad with four teenage kids, mebbe around 15 to 19. The kids were raucous to the point of being irritating. Then two of the kids jumped on the baggage weighing scale to ‘check their weights’ until both the exasperated mom and the angry airline agent got P.O. and asked them to behave. Does this shit happen in US airports? These are not cute yung’uns.

    • 23 jacquelineoboomer
      July 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Weary traveler, I don’t think that family knew they were representin’ all of America, at that airport. Ha! Waving back!

    • 24 desertflower
      July 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Shame on them. old enough to know better. Looks like some of the “I got mine, Eff you” strain of American. Sorry.

    • July 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I’ve never witnessed such behavior, AMK. I doubt American kids would behave like that here in the US given all the security guards and armed personnel in our airports.

    • 26 GGAIL
      July 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Waving back to you amk.
      You should have asked the parents why their children behaved that way

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      July 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hi, Amk. Was thinking about you 30 mins ago, wondering when you would be back. I may have a proposition for you. Re those kids you described, I have never seen behaviour like that in an airport. The most I’ve seen would be tantrums from a tired/disgruntled toddler. Also, they may not have been ‘murkans,……. maybe they were from outer wherever where they are not used to airport/public behaviour.

    • 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      GA, AMK & TOD!

      Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed such behavior, twice, on a plane! I was on a flight to St. Kitts, plane only half full; two families were aboard, balance were adults ages over 25 and one elderly couple. Family 1 had a toddler and infant, apologized in advance in case the babies cried. Family 2 had 3 kids ages 8 – 16; the parents moved up to the emergency exit row before take-off, leaving the 3 kids a couple of rows behind me. These kids were self-entitled, undisciplined monsters. They skated up and down the aisle on wheelie sneakers, threw little foam balls around, wrestled, bumped into my seat and the seat of an elderly white couple several times. Flight attendant spoke to them and their parents a number of times. Final straw was when their ball hit me and bounced into my lap, I refused to give it back; had stern words to the kids, flight attendant and the parents. Flight attendant decided to move me to first class, I said “fine, but you have to move my grandparents, too.” She looked skeptically at me and the elderly white couple and I asked her if she had a problem — she turned beet red and moved the three of us.

      A week later, while boarding the return flight, it was mostly the same folks; we celebrated that the brat family was not aboard. Lo and behold, our flight was delayed after boarding and who should board late — the brat family! There was a collective, audible groan! Being proactive, I informed the flight attendant what had transpired of the flight down and my expectation to be moved if they acted up. She gave me short shrift. The brats acted up as soon as we took off. Flight attendant came to my seat, apologized and move “my grandparents” and me to first class. I wrote a letter to USAir and received a voucher.

      Sad truth is, had this been a family of color, the police would have met them at the gate…

      • 29 arkluvspbo
        July 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Wow! Hey, at least you and your “grandparents” got to fly FC while they were stuck in cattle where they belonged 🙂

  8. 30 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    God is so cool.

  9. July 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yet another excellent R&S, UT!! Thank you.

    In reference to Asawin Suebsaeng’s article – “Obama Says Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired By Founding Fathers, Conservatives Freak Out” …

    Ho told Bernard – ‘we beat the French colonialists with sticks and stones and won; we wrote the book on protracted war; we will win.’ Most importantly, he really, really didn’t want a fight with the US and he thought the Chinese and Russians sucked, but if America wanted to try its hand at neo-colonialism, he was more than willing to leverage whatever support he could get from either of them. And, he did. And, he won. Tough lessons for everyone, and until President Obama became President no American President since Nixon has actually heeded, comprehensively.

    #TrustBarack

    • July 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      That’s what happens when you go to school and actually learn something. #obamahappens.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Bob. To think of the suffering, deaths and social upheaval that might have been avoided if better decisions had been made about Vietnam just makes me want to sit and weep. I know so many then young men whose lives were crippled by their experiences in ‘Nam. So heartbreaking. That era began the cynicism and distrust of government that Reagan so cruelly exploited a decade later.

      • July 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Could not agree with you more, Jackie. By the time I met Bernard (in 1967) two of my closest high school classmates and fellow football team members had already died in Vietnam. None of that tragedy – the war and the decades of horrible consequences – ever needed to happen; it was all preventable.

    • July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Ashamed to say I did not know who Bernard Fall was.

      From Wikipedia:
      In Colin Powell’s 1995 autobiography, My American Journey, he wrote:
      I recently reread Bernard Fall’s book on Vietnam, Street Without Joy.[1] Fall makes painfully clear that we had almost no understanding of what we had gotten ourselves into. I cannot help thinking that if President Kennedy or President Johnson had spent a quiet weekend at Camp David reading that perceptive book, they would have returned to the White House Monday morning and immediately started to figure out a way to extricate ourselves from the quicksand of Vietnam….

      Vietnam was a horrible blunder, and this country paid dearly in the loss of thousands of its young men. But the Vietnamese have been quick to forgive us, and they are part of the fabric of California (and no doubt other urban centers on the West Coast and elsewhere, e.g., NoVa, Houston, etc.) society .

    • July 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      After reading about how Bernard Fall, the brave journalist died, here’s what’s being done now against residual land mines (from May):

      • July 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Thank you Arapaho. Bernard was indeed a very brave person – in ways well beyond his role as war correspondent.

        General Powell’s insights are accurate. Bernard knew Ho well. He did everything he possible could to get folk to listen. They didn’t. We finally have a President who would have listened and, clearly has enunciated a foreign policy that is orthogonal to US policy since 1961. I doubt seriously if Ike would have ever intervened on any scale. I think, had JFK lived even another year, that what happened would not have transpired. But, when LBJ became President, well we know the rest ….

        What has saddened me the most about General Powell is that he not only allowed GWB to lie America into the Iraq War and the totally misguided intervention in Afghanistan, he enabled both tragedies. He learned absolutely NOTHING from Bernard Fall and if I ever have the opportunity to meet him that is what I intend to say straight to his face.

        The one person of adequate stature to have stood in front of GWB — (the way Comey – with way less ‘public figure’ stature DID) and kept our engagement focused solely on Al Qaeda, not occupation of Afghanistan or starting an illegal war against the sovereign nation of Iraq — was General Powell.

        If he had taken Fall’s lessons seriously, he would have given GWB an ultimatum. Literally countless numbers of Iraqi and Afghan innocent civilians would be alive and millions of people wouldn’t hate us, apart from the unnecessary waste of American lives and vast $$.

        General Powell likely lives with those realities every day and, for that I pity him.

        #FORWARD

  10. 39 Jovie
    July 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Just in: peace talks start Monday!!!

  11. July 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    • 41 Don
      July 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I hope she’s not looking for an endorsement.

      • 42 anniebella
        July 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        I guess POTUS consider the former Secretary of State a friend.

        • 43 daisydem
          July 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

          I guess so anniebella, and if he does, we should not pass judgement. I love this President so much; I value Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and their attempts to put forth policy for all the people. I wish we could work together without being suspicious, angry, and hate-filled …. oh where have I heard those descriptors before?

          • 44 Indie Liberal
            July 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

            “I wish we could work together without being suspicious, angry, and hate-filled.”

            Very spot on. 🙂

            • 45 anniebella
              July 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

              What was it Bill Clinton said about President Obama recently, was it something about how he was handling Syria? I don’t remember the exact words, maybe some one else do.

      • July 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        Too early for that.

        Cue media circus tomorrow.

    • 47 Nena20409
      July 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Those of Us who Love and Respect pres Obama……..then why do we question his Judgement on Mrs Clinton?

      Pres Obama is Nobody’s Fool.

      • 48 anniebella
        July 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Because I am not all that crazy over Hillary Clinton, does that mean I question POTUS judgement. I don’t think so. And I never said I hated Hillary, I just don’t feel that the WH is owe to her in 2016, and I’m no big fan of some of her supporters or her husband at times.

        • 49 anniebella
          July 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          If Hillary were to run in 2016 I have never said I wouldn’t vote for her, what I have said is I will look at who ever else runs again her and weigh my decision, make my choice, but I also said there are times Bill Clinton says things which turns me off and I do mean off.

          • 50 anniebella
            July 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

            I meant to say whoever else runs against her.

            • 51 anniebella
              July 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

              One more thing if Hillary were to run and POTUS were to endorse her that doesn’t mean I would vote for her. I will have to see who FLOTUS endorse. 🙂 Hope Hillary and POTUS enjoy their lunch tomorrow.

          • 52 Nena20409
            July 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

            I am not questioning You, personally. I know where you are on Mrs. Clinton……I am just making a broad statement to those Us who attack Hillary Clinton. The media is playing Us. They want Us to focus on Clinton and avoid the most important mid-term elections in 2014. 2014 is my only one concern for now………I am hoping that TOD as a community will make a commitment and avoid the 2016 TALKS for now and Focus primarily, exclusively on 2014.

      • 53 daisydem
        July 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        Thank you. That is so right. Why can we not be friends? Ok … I don’t know what else to say here.

      • 54 daisydem
        July 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        All I know is this man’s face and body language is so expressive and in that first pic, if i were sitting there talking, I would love it if this man was slightly leaning toward me and intently listening to me speak. He is so wonderful!

        • 55 anniebella
          July 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

          Aren’t we friends, even if we don’t agree on everything? Believe it or not I don’t agree with President Obama on everything. He is my President, I think considering the B.S. he has had to deal with from the haters, he is doing a dam good job. If President Obama and Hillary are friends, good for them. All I say to him is be careful, she learn from Bill.

          • 56 anniebella
            July 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

            I don’t hate Hillary, because if she runs in 2016 and she win the nomination I will vote for her, because there is one thing I know this country can not survive with some Republican in the White House. So I’ll hold my nose and vote for Billary, I mean Hillary.

  12. 57 desertflower
    July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/opinion/the-charitable-industrial-complex.html?_r=2&

    That year, my father, Warren Buffett, made good on his commitment to give nearly all of his accumulated wealth back to society. In addition to making several large donations, he added generously to the three foundations that my parents had created years earlier, one for each of their children to run.

    Early on in our philanthropic journey, my wife and I became aware of something I started to call Philanthropic Colonialism. I noticed that a donor had the urge to “save the day” in some fashion. People (including me) who had very little knowledge of a particular place would think that they could solve a local problem. Whether it involved farming methods, education practices, job training or business development, over and over I would hear people discuss transplanting what worked in one setting directly into another with little regard for culture, geography or societal norms.

    Often the results of our decisions had unintended consequences; distributing condoms to stop the spread of AIDS in a brothel area ended up creating a higher price for unprotected sex.

    But now I think something even more damaging is going on.

    Read the story at the link..

    • 58 desertflower
      July 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Philanthropy has become the “it” vehicle to level the playing field and has generated a growing number of gatherings, workshops and affinity groups.

      As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.

      But this just keeps the existing structure of inequality in place. The rich sleep better at night, while others get just enough to keep the pot from boiling over. Nearly every time someone feels better by doing good, on the other side of the world (or street), someone else is further locked into a system that will not allow the true flourishing of his or her nature or the opportunity to live a joyful and fulfilled life.

      • July 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        I saw this article in the NYT’s “most read,” and wondered if Buffett’s son was biting the hand that fed him, so to speak.

        We really need to have a discussion in the US of what constitutes “public” space. Most Americans think public space are shopping malls, parking lots and restaurants. But except for some parking lots, these are commercial enterprises.

        Few towns and cities and have great public venues that were common earlier. We don’t really have public squares. Suburban communities may choose to invest public funds in what’s important to mine:

        . libraries
        . parks
        . schools

        These are so important to the well-being of all neighborhoods, but are dismissed in importance by the Tea Party RWJNs.

        I’m so glad that President Obama is shining a light on the tragic inequity that had its roots in the 1970s and is now considered status quo.

  13. July 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Popping in with a quick story: Today after church I had a conversation with a conservative (female). One thing led to another and we began talking about the inequality in our country. I shared a little about the Abolishing Poverty conference I went to yesterday. When I made some statement about inequality and injustice, she said something to the effect that “we are on different sides of this issue, but we do agree that it is an issue/problem.” That led me to ask her to do one favor for me (and I was fairly sure she would do it): Please read the interview PO had just done with the NYT. I STRESSED that she read it with an open mind and an open heart. I shared just a little of what he talked about and she said, “The problem is that he may say those things but I just can’t believe any of it because his actions don’t match.” I proceeded to say that I do not see that AT ALL……that what I see when he interacts with EVERY person, child and adult and all over the world…..I see a man who is filled to the brim with caring and compassion and humility and forgiveness. She said she just doesn’t see that at all. I had to bite my tongue to keep from asking: Do you think it might be because you don’t want to see those things? Overall, I felt good about the conversation. She promised she would read it “for me”. I again stressed to read it with an open mind and an open heart.

    As I’ve thought about the conversation this afternoon, I decided if I ever have this type of conversation with any conservative, the one thing I am going to stress is PO’s and MO’s ability to forgive……I will flat out say that if they were not filled with humility and the ability to forgive those who ‘curse’ them, they could not get up each and every day and be able to function.

    • July 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Such a heartwarming story for us.

      It sounds like she may have an open mind, but she relies on our uninformative and misleading MSM for translations as to how the President and First Lady actually behave.

      If she could see the video of the President interacting with children, I think she’d be further convinced!

      • July 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        I thought the same thing. Sad thing is–What would it take to get her to watch a video or look at all the pictures we see of him with children????

    • July 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Also, glad to hear your husband on the road to recovery, and has hiking buddies to help through his serious injury.

      Adding to my response to you below, conservative women should been shown a video of the President with babies. Hard to imagine any woman’s heart not melting because his response to babies is what every girl wishes for in a husband.

      • 64 anniebella
        July 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        President Obama can be a angel ( and I am not saying he is), but there are some people who can’t see pass the color of his skin. I don’t know tnmtngirl’s conservative friend, and I am not judging her. I love those moments we get to see President Obama the father, when he is with Malia and Sasha. When you hear him talk about them, his family. I will never forget the speech he gave in Georgia at Morehouse College, were he talk about someday when he’s on his death bed he won’t be thinking about what he have accomplished, being President or anything, but he will be thinking about the talks and time spent with Malia and Sasha, and Michelle.

  14. 65 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    ‘His 25-year-old wife said: “The reaction in the operating theatre was one of shocked silence, myself included.

    “But as the nurse put his little pink body in my arms I bonded with him instantly. When I looked at him all I felt was love. Like any mum who has just given birth, my main concern was that he was healthy, which he is.” ‘

    https://twitter.com/arapaho415/status/361612474908286977

    • July 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      This should not be a surprise. It happens all the time.

    • July 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks, VC!

      A surprise to see this tweet here.

      I often use Twitter as reminders/placeholders for myself, and am fascinated by human evolution, and our response to it.

    • 70 anniebella
      July 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I have heard about this happening once or twice. One time the wrong egg was painted in the AA mother.

    • 72 Dudette
      July 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      My parents experienced something similar when I was born. I was extremely light complexioned at birth.
      So much so my Dad thought the nurses had mixed me up with a hispanic girl who was born at the same time. Good thing my Mom set him straight. As time passed, I started to look more & more like my Dad. 🙂

      • 73 vcprezofan2
        July 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        You know how sometimes your brain reads ahead? At first I read this as ‘As time passed, I started to look more & more like MYSELF.’ 😉

        Did you have light complexioned people in your family that you know of?

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        July 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        I am reminded of a story I read online a few years ago of the black couple who had twins – one white and one black. I was sad to see that the couple divorced years later.

  15. July 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Well said tnmtngirl. You reached a lovely compromise. “There are none so blind as those who won’t see” but they can still hear.

  16. July 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hope all is well with the former Governor of Ohio, and that his announcement has nothing to do with health.

    Did you see this, from earlier in the week?

    One of the creators of The Simpsons has been given the diagnosis of 3-6 months… Heartbreaking.
    http://www.salon.com/2013/07/25/terminally_ill_simpsons_co_creator_to_leave_entire_fortune_to_charity/singleton/
    I will be back to post more on this subject, but need to restrart my computer now.

  17. July 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Arizona should not take James Taylor’s lyrics to “Fire and Rain” so literally.

    Hope everyone is OK. Kingman AZ is in northern AZ, just over the state line with California. Many Angelenos on their way to the Grand Canyon/Flagstaff area pass through Kingman.

    Hope everyone is OK.

  18. 79 lockewasright
    July 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    This is the coolest hotel room ever! We’ve been running around the park all day. We just got around to checking in.

  19. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    July 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  20. July 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Good Evening Family! 🙂

  21. 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  22. 87 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    It seems like all the blog Ts took the same ‘vacation weekend’. Ah well, have fun, you all, even the one who is traveling long distances. I’m finally giving up to go and read a book. BBL… maybe.


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