Pictures = Smiles






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  1. August 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    GM TOD…. hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

  2. August 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Hello all! Seems I missed a few birthday’s last week. Happy Birthday to all that celebrated!

  3. August 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Happy to be in TODville on a sunny Saturday! Ten days before school starts! Gotta make the best of them 🙂

  4. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Pictures = smiles.

    Oh, yeah.

  5. August 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Aides said her counsel on Egypt, however, had been resolutely pragmatic: signal America’s displeasure by canceling the military exercises and holding up the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, but avoid rupturing a four-decade relationship with Egypt’s military leaders.

    “She has wanted to preserve the relationship,” said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “She’s pretty realistic on some of these issues.”

    The mere fact that Ms. Rice has traveled to Martha’s Vineyard this week attests to her closeness to the president. She is the first national security adviser to make one of Mr. Obama’s vacation trips, which were staffed in the past by aides like Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, and Denis R. McDonough, the chief of staff, whose history with Mr. Obama goes back to the 2008 campaign.

  6. August 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  7. 16 MightyPamela
    August 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Peering in to give a quick (but meaningful and sincere) hug all around. It’s cooking day, and the asparagus is on the stove, must never let the asparagus overcook, ever! Have the best day, everyone! 🙂

  8. 20 FormelyFRED
    August 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    hi Chips and my TOD family 😀

    I am doing a LOT better since the last time I logged on but I am dealing with anemia which is normal.I am still taking it pretty easy and read a lot and watch a lot of tennis so that helps a lot.
    I wanted to wish those who were celebrating a birthday a belated Happy Birthday especially our Chips 😀
    Thank you Chips for this site and each and everyone who helps when Chips is working or resting.Thank you
    Sending my love to all of you;especially HZ

    I’ll try to log on more often;I promise

    my mom had a shot in her knee that she had replaced because of a nerve and is feeling better

    until next time

    Fred 😉

    • 21 sjterrid
      August 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Hi, Fred! I’m glad you and your mom are feeling better. My blood iron count has been low for a while. My Gastrointestinal doctor, still can’t explain what the problem is, despite getting a colonoscopy, endoscopy, and having a capsule endoscopy. I haven’t had any symptoms, but microscopic blood when I had stool tested. I have to get another blood test in Sept., and if my iron drops, I have to go back. I’m diabetic and on Metformin.

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Glad to hear you’re getting stronger, Fred. Keep taking good care of yourself.

    • 23 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Fred – so good to hear from you!!

      • 24 HZ
        August 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Hi to my Chips and TOD family. Just signing in. I have been on the back patio cleaning repotting some plants, getting rid of some, washing down the wall where so much dust gathers from the back area behind my condo. Lawdy so much pain, but the person who said he would come and do the job for me(with pay by me gladly) chose to call at 10:04; I was almost done. I prayed hard and put my best foot forward and got my patio looking great. My legs are about to fall off, but accomplished my goal. I am having company on Monday so setting has to clean and lovely. I am so grateful that I got it done. Tomorrow will tell the results of how hard I worked.

        I saw Fred left a comment. Oh, I am so happy! I was thinking of Fred last week. Now I feel so good to hear that mother and Fred are doing fine. ((((((((((((((((((( Lots of loving hugs to my Fred and mother)))))))))))))))))))))))) Love you dearly. Please take care and rest and relax as well. You are always in my prayers and quiet time.

        I am catching up as I relax my bones after taking a long hot shower. Talked to my best friend who lives in WA. Always long conversations and fun especially when we are talking about our college days and then current husband to be in our life. Not mine so far, but she has someone who just might be promising material. We will see. Would be so great because she would close to me to drive to their new place. Fun. We are praying much. I am the fast one, so I am schooling her as usual on how to catch this man. Not really. Oh hecky yes.

        Enjoying taking my time reading and know that our country is in great hands with our wonderful and very capable President and our brilliant and very capable National Security Advisor, Dr. Susan Rice. She is so very special to me because of some personal friends of some one so special to me. She will be great!!! Keep her in your thoughts and prayers as well.

        Okay, I am coming to MightyPamela’s house for dinner. I like my vegetables also. Asparagus. And crunchy. Nice. HZ

  9. 25 lamh36
    August 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Ok this is just sad. I guess they picked the wrong jeans…lol

    “@JPughMI: omg RT @dbernstein: Least surprising revelation so far in Balz’s book: Romney wearing jeans was the result of extensive focus group research”

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Money not well spent on research. Romney could have just asked one of the “female help,” because, obviously, Queen Anne was no help at all.

      • August 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        Actually, if you have to have a focus group tell you what kind of jeans to wear, you probably shouldn’t wear jeans anyway. It came of as exactly what it was; his phony attempt to be a ‘man of the people’ and play down to us.

        • 28 Judith Fardig
          August 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

          Hear hear!

          • 29 HZ
            August 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

            Hear, Hear, Hear!!!! I knew he was a phony anyway. How stupid. I guess they also told him to copy the plaid roll up shirts that POB wears. These foolish people do not realize that we are on to them by now. Sorry copycats. A darn” focus group to tell you what kind of jeans”, I could have told him ,”Hell no, right off the bat. Phony person. HZ

  10. August 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Weekend Must Read: From the author of “Black Hawk Down” and the best sourced reporter on the OBL raid, Mark Bowden…

    …..All of this requires the collection and manipulation of huge amounts of data, which, James says, is the most difficult technical challenge involved.

    “Take video, for example,” he says. “ESPN has all kinds of tools where they can go back and find Eli Manning in every video that was shot over the last year, and they can probably do it in 20 minutes. So how do we bring those types of tools [to intelligence work]? Okay, I want to find this red 1976 Chevy pickup truck in every piece of video that I have shot in this area for the last three months. We have a pretty hard push to really work with the Air Force Research Lab, and the commercial community, to understand what tools I can bring in to help make sense of all this data.”

    To be used effectively, a drone must be able to hover over a potential target for long periods. A typical Predator can stay aloft for about 20 hours; the drones are flown in relays to maintain a continuous Combat Air Patrol. Surveillance satellites pass over a given spot only once during each orbit of the Earth. The longest the U-2, the most successful spy plane in history, can stay in the air is about 10 hours, because of the need to spell its pilot and refuel. The Predator gives military and intelligence agencies a surveillance option that is both significantly less expensive and more useful, because it flies unmanned, low, and slow…….

    No American president will ever pay a political price for choosing national security over world opinion, but the only right way to proceed is to make targeting decisions and strike outcomes fully public, even if after the fact. In the long run, careful adherence to the law matters more than eliminating another bad actor. Greater prudence and transparency are not just morally and legally essential, they are in our long-term interest, because the strikes themselves feed the anti-drone narrative, and inspire the kind of random, small-scale terror attacks that are bin Laden’s despicable legacy.

    In our struggle against terrorist networks like al-Qaeda, the distinction between armed conflict and law enforcement matters a great deal. Terrorism embraces lawlessness. It seeks to disrupt. It targets civilians deliberately. So why restrain our response? Why subject ourselves to the rule of law? Because abiding by the law is the point—especially with a weapon like the drone. No act is more final than killing. Drones distill war to its essence. Abiding carefully by the law—man’s law, not God’s—making judgments carefully, making them transparent and subject to review, is the only way to invest them with moral authority, and the only way to clearly define the terrorist as an enemy of civilization.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank for the article, LP. PBO is the first president in long time who is absolutely scrupulous about abiding by the law. He knows how easy it would be for other presidents to misuse drones, so he is setting the standard for the way they should be used. If people would listen, rather than overreacting, they would actually learn something.

      • 32 HZ
        August 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Another thanks also to LovelyPlains. Jackie G., you are so brilliant in your observation made in your comment. I so appreciate you saying this. I totally agree. HZ

  11. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    You’ve come a long way, baby.

    • 34 Nena20409
      August 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Great. 8-18-1920 to 8-18-13…….93 long years.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Yes, we’ve some a long way, JOB, but, sadly, we still have to keep fighting against the forces that try to devalue women and strip away our rights. Those women who fought the good fight 93 years ago were the first act in what is proving to be a very long struggle. At least we and daughters don’t have to wear corsets or go around with long, unmanageable hair wrapped in buns. So that’s something.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        August 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        It’s always amazing to me that it’s ONLY been 93 years of our country’s history that women had the vote. Along with all of the other amazements about our history!

  12. 37 GGail
    August 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Chipsticks, you and UT are becoming a mighty force in Blog-land! Thanks UT for posting the VOTE RIDERS info on R&S and thanks Chipsticks for placing it on the sidebar under OBAMACARE.

    I believe that this information should be shared with people young and old who are in need of Voter ID so they are not turned away at the voting polls in 2014. Those who live in the reported States should discuss this at every Church service, choir rehearsals, church meeting now in preparation for the mid-term elections.

    We have the tools – NO EXCUSES.


    • 38 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      That’s high praise indeed. Thank you so much for the positive feedback. It’s deeply appreciated. It’s been great being co-captain of TOD with Chips. She’s phenomenal.

  13. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Too funny. No matter how old (44, now) my son gets, he always takes me and/or his kids to his new workplace/site for show and tell.

    Today’s Take Mom to Work Day (a drive-by, apparently). May he never stop getting excited over this stuff, because he’s kinda humorous with it!

    • 40 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      That’s great, JOB. It would be awful to see him dread his work and not want anyone to see what he does. It also shows what a loving relationship he has with you and his children.

      • 43 jacquelineoboomer
        August 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Awww, thanks. I had to “ooh and ahh” over everything he pointed out, as usual.

        • 44 HZ
          August 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

          Jacquelineoboomer, a beautiful and elegant and a wonderful elegant expression of a son’s beautiful and joyful glowing love, respect, and deep appreciation to a mother so deserving of his loving and deserving precious gift, ‘His Mother.’ So movingly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing, J’OB. HZ

          • 45 jacquelineoboomer
            August 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

            Oh, HZ – That literally gave me chills! I’m lucky to have such a son! (He was very close to his grandmother, my mother, too. In her last year, when her mind wasn’t so good and he would come to check on us, every time he walked into our house – even if he had been there 10 mins. before and returned quickly – she’d say, “Oh, thank God!” She couldn’t quite remember his name, but she knew she liked him. He and I still laugh at that!)

  14. August 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm


  15. 47 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Alert: Mark Knoller is back from vacation…

  16. 49 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Hf, I don’t think any real liberal or progressive is letting these idiots set their agenda. Outside certain sewer communities on the net, most people understand what’s at stake and aren’t misled by the hair on fire crowd. At least that’s my experience in day to day communication with Dems in my area.

      • 51 Sandy1110
        August 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        That’s a good thing, because these liberal blogs have lost it over the NSA. When you step outside of the crazy, it’s more obvious when you go back and read what they’re obsessed with.

      • 52 nathkatun7
        August 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        That’s my experience too, Jackie G! These holier than thou progressives, most of them Naderites, libertarians, and recent converts from right wing Republicans are given way too much attention by the mainstream media. Many of the Democrats I hang out with don’t know much about Greenwald, Snowden, and Assange. But they know and trust President Obama, VP Biden, SoS John Kerry and former SoS Hillary Clinton.

  17. August 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    ‘Sup e’rbody!!!! It’s another great getting up day on the corner of TOD and O!!! Just dropping in to say howdy to the ‘Best Little Forward House in Town’

    Off I go to my town’s annual Old Timer’s Picnic. I remember my dad going each year. I guess it’s about time I finally join the ranks. I look forward to enjoying some ‘back in the day’, old school goings on. Nothing like steppin’ with walkers and canes on the dance floor. I sure hope the Depends are in great supply, Heaven forbid if folks break out in uncontrollable laughter. Everyone will be lined up to use the Porta Potty to change them.

    See you soon!

  18. 54 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This is the last that I will post about the somewhat controversial movie “The Butler”. Yes, it’s Lee Daniels in this clip and some don’t care much for him but I think Rev. Al summed up precisely what I got out of the film as well.


    Now I’m off to the beach so everyone have a great rest of your day!!!

  19. 57 Layla
    August 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    20,701,935 hits

    • 60 Nena20409
      August 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      That Kid at 15 was 😎 way too Cool in agreeing to do the ad for his dad. How sweet. The dad was on UP with Steve Kornacki today and Donte has a sister. She went campaigning with her dad at age 4. I want this family to win. The attacks on the Father now is that he is to Liberal and might not be able to stand up on fellow Liberal with different demands. The dad is so tall. I believe that he can. I wish them well. If I lived in NY, I would give the dad my vote.

      • 61 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        DeBlasio is the perfect antidote to Bloomberg. I would vote for him in a NY minute if I were a resident.

        • 62 Nena20409
          August 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

          Yes, yes 😉

          The man is 52 yrs old. A Boston Mass born…..at 6′ 5 inches tall……Wow. Has always worked to help people. Yeap….I would vote for him in a NY 😉 Minutes 😆 too.

          • 63 Vicki
            August 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

            I have been posting here repeatedly about my candidate Bill De Blasio and here is the latest from NYC:
            Today one of the Brooklyn hospitals that Bill has been rallying to save from real estate deveopers has been granted new life by a NY Judge!!! Bill held a press conference and as you’d guess, it is getting only a little Press from the Bloomberg loving media.
            However….it is
            Big news especially considering that Bloomberg and his puppet Quinn closed 17 hospitals in recent years one of which St. Vincent’s, in Quinn’s district ,is now re-built and selling its luxury condos.

            I am trying to temper my excitment but it is looking pretty good for Bill De Blasio.

            • 64 Nena20409
              August 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

              About a month to go…..for the primaries. I wish him well.

            • 65 globalcitizenlinda
              August 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

              I am keeping my fingers crossed for him – he is a man of the people (in the very real sense). I read stuff about him advocating for the poor and that sealed it for me.

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Now that would be terrific. The deBlasios have done a great job raising this young man.

  20. 67 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Feinstein: No Evidence of Intentional NSA Abuse of Authority

    The Washington Post’s leaked document supports Feinstein

    By Charles Johnson


    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has released the following Statement on NSA Compliance, in response to the Washington Post’s leaked internal NSA audit.



    • 68 anniebella
      August 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      So is what Senator Feinstein saying that the media (Washington Post) made a big deal out of nothing about that stuff leak to the WaPo? It seem to me the media have ignored what the Senator said. Wonder why?

  21. 69 Nena20409
    August 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    In Moscow, Russia today……Usain Bolt took just 19.66 minutes to win the 200 meters.

    I love seeing him run. Take a look TODers 😉

  22. 70 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    • 71 Nena20409
      August 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      They are so pathetic. This couple would deny pres Obama and his family a little time off why? Envy. Hatred. ODS. They are constantly living in a constant nightmare. The stress must be eating them alive. What wicked saps. Let them say what they like……the ground, 6′ deep awaits them soon.

      And I meant the Last sentence. No mercy for the wicked.

      • 72 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Another question: Are the MSM hiding out in the bushes with camouflage/Khaki outfits, binoculars and spy glasses observing the First Family? This is voyeurism and stalking.

        • 73 Nena20409
          August 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm

          They have to entertain themselves. Reagan was almost not there…the the Iran Contra……scandal. GH Bush was a placement. Had affair at the WH….the woman denied it when Hillary Brought it up and later the woman died. The Clintons brought Scandals…..real and reel for 8 yrs. GW Bush was incapable. With the Obama’s presidency…….they have nothing of Gossipy nature to cover in this Tabloid Era…..so they look for anything and they try harder to flame……….that is on the DC/NY Journos……they know it. So they Tweet…..non stop.

          • 74 jackiegrumbacher
            August 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

            Nena, the social media just wasn’t around in those days, but I’m sure twitter would have been burning with the criticisms of every one of these guys. I was furious at Clinton for jeopardizing his presidency with his affairs and I hold him responsible for GW. As for Bush himself, the anger at that man was palpable everywhere, but it was in face to face conversations, phone calls and LTEs. Now every disgruntled idiot gets to send his half-formed, bigoted thoughts out to potentially millions of people. Reagan, Bush the elder, Clinton and GW would not have been able to stand up to any of this scrutiny.

            • 75 Nena20409
              August 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm

              Yes….I am too. However, without WJC, there might not have been a pres Obama. WJC’s idiocy and the far left were costly to Al Gore that gave Us GW Bush by the Rehnquist Courts on Dec 9, 2000….when those partisan hacks…..stopped the FL Vote Counts.

              WJC did stand up to the scrutiny…… 😉 . He had a PR warroom team…….They helped save his presidency. His Libido derailed Gore…..No doubt about that.

              In 2004…..Theresa Heinz Kerry and Kerry helped the world to see then st senator Obama at the DNC Convention in Boston, Mass.

              It was Karma, Providence, Fate and Poetic Justice……….It was meant to be.

            • 76 jacquelineoboomer
              August 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

              That is so true, and helps us try to keep our heads about all this.

    • 77 MightyPamela
      August 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Baffling how determined some folks are to show their stupid and ugly out in public on Twitter. That’s all I have to say about this one.

    • 78 anniebella
      August 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I don’t tweet but I would tell Gene Murphy that I two hope POTUS and his family is having fun on our dime. Just like G. W. Bush and Laura had their many, many many many many many vacations on our dime. I don’t recall hearing your complaint then.

  23. 79 Don
    August 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    The summer recess for the Republicans isn’t going as planned, what with the damn near riots at town halls. I suspect when congress gets back to town the Republicans will be more than willing to vote on immigration reform.

  24. 83 Judith Fardig
    August 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    My OFA team of climate change activists had a lovely time marching in the Multnomah Days Parade which had the theme, “The Village Goes Green” this year. This was a nice follow-up to our visits to our great Democratic members of Congress on Tuesday. Oregonians really care about the environment!

  25. 85 Nena20409
    August 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm


    The cable news channels all have special coverage planned for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “March on Washington.”

    Al Sharpton will kick things off on MSNBC with a two-hour “PoliticsNation” from the national mall on Friday, August 23. Sharpton will actually be leading the march on Saturday, and MSNBC will have live programming all day starting at 8 AM. “Melissa Harris-Perry,”

  26. 86 Nena20409
    August 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Markus B. sinks half Court Basketball to win Free Tuition 😉 Great News ❗

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