122 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: High School Years”

  1. August 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Love it UT, the second gif-y thingie is fantastic!!!

  2. 5 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Our FLOTUS!! 🙂 Congrats Alma on #1!

  3. 6 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Where is amk?

  4. August 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Was watching Nic Cage in National Treasure. I do love this movie. I liked the 2nd move too. I’ma neat Bruckhemier and Cage to get it together for the 3rd installment. It’s not like Cage is busy right now, plus don’t he still owe the guvm’t taxes on his island or something?

    now watching Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery. So what’s up with Mike Myers lately I wonder? I’m guessing he’s just sitting back and collecting the Austin Powers and Sherk residual checks as they come rolling in!

  5. August 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    You can tell how smart, out going and confident she is just by looking at her pictures. Have enjoyed all of your posts as usual! Thank you!

  6. August 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Ok, I’m totally old enough to remember those hairstyles on girls in my school.

  7. 35 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Well of course – he wasn’t addressing the pundiots (who all have agendas), but he was addressing the people who came out to the event, the crowds of people who were present and LISTENED to their President as he renewed their inspiration.

    • August 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Tell Eleanor Holmes and the other AA guy on Lawrence last night who said that they were disappointed in the speech because PBO did not say what he was going to do to fix the problems.

    • 39 99ts
      August 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      The day also generated a sad reminder of reality – I found this a reality read – sad but real.


    • 40 nathkatun7
      August 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      “While the pundits continue to weigh in on President Barack Obama’s speech marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the crowd left with mostly positive reactions.”

      Of course! It never fails! The pundits listen to the President with the goal of finding some thing in his speeches that they could spin, or distort, to promote a negative assessment of the President, That is not the case with us ordinary people. We listen intently and seriously for the message the President is trying to communicate to us. You would think that by now the MSM would have learned a lesson about President Obama and his ability to connect with people — and especially African Americans. Instead of relying on privileged Blacks in academia and some envious Black elected officials to critique President Obama they should start interviewing people on the streets. Most of us have these well developed antennas to detect who is real and who is trying to con us. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley quickly found that out when they embarked on their bash President Obama bus tour that they pimped as as a “poverty tour.” Not very many people in the Black community were buying into their con games. That’s why they quietly disappeared. West and Smiley tried to undermine the President in order to deny him re-election. But the African American community, almost unanimously, said no to the two con men. All the people I know who watched the President’s speech (I watched it much later thankfully because of TOD) are absolutely livid about the pundits, black and white, who are criticizing it. They all thought the President gave an excellent speech. After viewing and listening to the President’s speech myself, I agree with them 100%.

      • 41 globalcitizenlinda
        August 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        the beltway never learns that we love and trust PBO and we can detect attacks based on envy and jealousy

  8. 42 anniebella
    August 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I just love the pictures of FLOTUS.

  9. August 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  10. 52 vcprezofan2
    August 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    ‘ Evening, TODobots! After spening my entire day (almost) up in the air, I’m grounded for the next couple of days. Naturally I haven’t a clue what you all have been up to so, first .. …Can anyone point me to Dudette’s and DD4O’s commentary re #MOW?

  11. August 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    This is probably no surprise to Dudette and swgablue:

    Ga. insurance chief brags about sabotage of ObamaCare

    The GOP is so clueless, they will have no idea what hit them in Nov 2014.

    • 54 globalcitizenlinda
      August 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Hope this creep knows how many people in GA are uninsured and stand to benefit from ObamaCare

    • August 30, 2013 at 2:48 am

      I had posted an article about navigators in Georgia earlier this week. The University of Georgia applied for and was awarded a grant to train and deploy ”health navigators”. UGA would be working in conjunction with the state’s 163 Cooperative Extension offices as well as partners such as the Small Business Development Center and VITA. In addition, they would be reaching out to churches, libraries, “places that people congregate.”


      This definitely would have reached a significant portion of the 1.7 million uninsured people in Georgia. This obstructionist law would definitely impact the effectiveness of UGA’s efforts. However, I would like to believe that, as with many laws, loopholes and workarounds can be found so that information can be disseminated and people can be educated as this program was intended to do. Navigators aren’t in the business of selling insurance, but as the article stated, are “providing consumer education…”

      I predict that Hudgens’ boasting about deliberately sabotaging Obamacare will come back to haunt him.

    • 56 arkluvspbo
      August 30, 2013 at 5:31 am

      They’re still in shock that Rmoney lost the election. Speaking of meltdowns, haven’t heard much from Turdblossom Karl lately.

  12. August 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I normally don’t like name-calling because it’s not productive and just makes the targets angry at you; where’s the benefit in that?

    But this is so true:

  13. 58 desertflower
    August 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Arapaho…if you’re here:) I did respond to your initial post, but that was eons ago…you asked about the dust storms and the monsoon happening simultaneously….Yes. Happens all the time. The monsoon is our seasonal wind shift that brings our summer rains. More humid and comes from Mexico. Ahead of a thunderstorm, we often get the dust ahead of the rain…thus, these nasty dust storms you see with dramatic effect…seems like every week! Sometimes, we even get microbursts that are like concentrated tornadoes that do some real damage in the areas they occur. Rip out trees, toss cars, lawn furniture…whatever isn’t tied down. Mustn’t forget about the floods that happen when we get rain coming at us that the desert can’t soak up fast enough…doesn’t have to be much..just 1 inch is enough to cause lots and lots of damage.

    Thanks for thinking of me:) We’ve been seeing lots more dust storms this year than in previous years….let me tell you, they are nasty!
    Hope this little tutorial was interesting:) Personally, I’m done with summer, done with dust storms, done with humidity…I want FALL!

  14. August 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    And a couple of “in case you missed it” (ICYMI) items from yesterday’s anniversary of the most memorable speech in living memory:

    And something to look forward to: November 19, 2013…

  15. 60 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    • 61 99ts
      August 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      They never stop, creating their own world to rant against. I think Chris Hayes must have health issues – hope he has insurance.

    • 64 desertflower
      August 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I find questions and probing of this topic, BY ANYONE, extremely offensive. Basically, it’s nobody’s business! If you want to see what a fraud these libertarians( shall we call them emotarians?) are…just look at this invasion of personal privacy to see they are so full of shit. A REAL Libertarian would never ASK that question! Live and let live! But we all know that’s not the way any of them, on the left or the right, conduct themselves. They are frauds, each and every one.

    • 71 lisalovesobama
      August 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Oh. Is Corey Booker gay? I hadn’t thought so. I don’t think he is, but is he the only politician whose significant other we’ve never seen? I think he’s the only politician who’s never shoved their partner down our throats. That’s a blessing, at least.

      • 72 hopefruit2
        August 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        And even if he is gay? So what? And as df stated, it’s not his obligation to tell anyone unless he so chooses.

        • 73 lisalovesobama
          August 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

          Hi hf, I’m not quite sure what your point is. Are you under the impression that I care about Booker’s sex life? I reread my statement and the main point of it was, he’s never, from my experience, talked about or shoved a significant other–male or female– down our gullets as most politicians tend to do in their typical, ‘look at me! I have a partner and because I have a partner, I’m normal, just like you. Now you can relate to me, so like me! Vote for me!!’ way. I’ve never cared about Corey Booker one way or the other and even if he were gay, I wouldn’t be inclined to start caring.
          Sorry if this comes off as harsh. I just couldn’t read how you meant your response, were you under the impression that I’m a homophobe and that it would make a difference, or were you saying, “yeah, he’s never really invited us in his private life ( in agreement with what i said about him not shoving a significant other down our throats) so even if he’s gay, what does it matter?”
          Anyway, hope all’s well with you.

          • 74 hopefruit2
            August 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

            Actually lisa, my question wasn’t directed at you at all – it was directed at the EMOS like Hayes. Sorry if my comment seemed to be in opposition what you said. I actually agree with you, that he doesn’t advertise his love life, which is no one’s business. I was just making a point that one way or the other it shouldn’t matter – he’s running for Senate, not for captain of the LGBT club on MSNBC.

            • 75 lisalovesobama
              August 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

              Oh! Okay! I’m glad. I just wasn’t sure. I think I haven’t commented in a consistent matter in such a long time, that I’ve somehow lost the commenting/response rhythm that is purely TOD. that’s why I wanted to clarify so it didn’t sound like I was starting an argument over something that isn’t even our business and isn’t worth the headache of a potential disagreement with family, especially family I haven’t talked to in a minute.

  16. August 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    On the domestic front, here’s a summary of today’s headlines:

  17. 79 desertflower
    August 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Can anyone snag the graphic off this story??? Needs to make the rounds. What’s wrong with this picture?


  18. August 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Linda, Anniebella, 99ts, pkayden, and jackiegrumbacher had a discussion this morning about CNN/Jessica Yellin this morning for getting away with saying that the President “is relieved” that Congress doesn’t work the way the UK parliament does.

    MSM is allowed, probably even encouraged, by their corporate overlords to not mention that Congress is in session for less than a third of the year:

    • 85 vcprezofan2
      August 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    • 86 99ts
      August 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      dear heavens – does Cruz know who is responsible to call congress from vacation? I live in Australia and I know it is NOT the President – which he implies by his tweet They spread lies that travel like the Yosemite fire – they are evil.

      It is also sad that a large % of the population are so steeped in racism that they believe these lies.

    • 87 99ts
      August 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Also – I don’t think I saw him in the 27 members of congress who were interested enough to be part of the briefing call. I get furious just looking at that tweet – I need the calm of HZ.

  19. 88 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I used to laugh in the past when lisalovesobama referred to Rachel Maddow as Mad cow, but seriously, I’m beginning to think she’s suffering from some human version of mad cow disease with this anti -Obama crap night after night after bloody night.

    • August 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      I cannot watch these overpaid emoprogs tear down the best thing that’s happened to this country since FDR.

      I lived through the Vietnam War years.

      Lived through one assassination after another, riots, turmoil, upheaval.

      Lived through every boy having to register for the draft on his 18th birthday and then later having his fate determined like the Powerball lottery is today.

      Where are the boomer producers/managers who can sit these fucking emoprogs down and tell them to STFU. They’re overpaid, and haven’t had an obstacle thrown in their way (not the least of which because they’re white). Remind them that for Hagel and other boomers, they didn’t have the luxury of lolling about in graduate school; in fact, they didn’t have the luxury of going to college because of the Vietnam War.

      I hate the emoprogs more than the RWNJs, who are a diminishing threat due to cohort replacement (i.e., they’re not spring chickens) and other demographic shifts.

      These emoprogs are intentionally choosing their battle, and that is to second guess, whine, complain and generally question the President’s legitimacy just as much as Joe Wilson, Alito, etc. do.

      STFU. Use your frigging brains for once. Try to encourage, don’t leap to the conclusion that the smartest man in the room is wrong.

      Sorry about the cursing, but emoprogs are such a danger to actual empathetic and pragmatic progressives. When our President actually accomplishes his second term agenda, I hope the history books record the 3-headed hydra he was facing:

      – MSM
      – emoprogs
      – RWNJs

      • 90 hopefruit2
        August 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Oh my – this comment ought to be front paged. Arapho you’ve said everything in a way that I wanted to but couldn’t if I tried. Up to this evening a couple people were still telling me how “smart” Chris Hayes was. Being smart is no virtue if it’s not used for the better good of humanity and society. Like you said, when the history books are written, the emoprogs will be on the WRONG side, with the MSM and GOP.

      • 91 nathkatun7
        August 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        “I hope the history books record the 3-headed hydra he [President Obama] was facing:

        – MSM
        – emoprogs
        – RWNJs ”

        I hope so too, Arapaho!

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        August 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

        Magnificent comment. Agree with it all!!!!!

      • 93 theo67
        August 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

        Total truth!

  20. 94 Jovie
    August 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    White House, Senate GOP debt talks on the rocks after meeting
    Erik Wasson
    08/29/13 04:27 PM ET
    A Thursday deficit meeting between White House officials and GOP senators failed to yield progress toward a deal, sources said.…

    Surprise surprise surprise!

  21. 95 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    White House Says Congress Will Get More Syria Consultation (Updated)


    Updated 9:21 p.m. | The White House told Capitol Hill leaders Thursday night that more Congressional consultation on Syria would be needed — particularly when it comes to paying for what now seems to be an imminent operation.

    In a 90-minute phone call between various administration officials and House and Senate leaders, as well as relevant committee chairmen and ranking members, 15 members of Congress asked questions of the assembled White House officials.

    “The views of Congress are important to the president’s decision-making process, and we will continue to engage with members as the president reaches a decision on the appropriate U.S. response to the Syrian government’s violation of international norms against the use of chemical weapons,” a readout of the call from the White House said.

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnefeld, and White House national security adviser Susan Rice were all on the call.



  22. 96 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    @NSCPress ‏@NSCPress 44m


    Here is a list of the Members of Congress who participated in tonight’s briefing call on #Syria. pic.twitter.com/pVuPU6c0Cb


    @NSCPress ‏@NSCPress 46m


    This evening, Sr. Administration Officials held a call with Members of Congress to discuss #Syria. Readout here: pic.twitter.com/zJA0W9TZTW


  23. August 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Watching this Michael Jackson: Life of an Icon documentary on CENTRIC. They’ve got alot of the Motown artist and musicians and friends and acquaintainces commenting on MJ and the Jackson 5. It’s very interesting.

    In my mind, my hair looks like this circa “Who’s Loving You” Michael Jackson…lol

  24. August 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    The best explanation of the relationship of the Scooter Libby scandal was succinctly made in 2007 by Tom Toles:

  25. 100 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Cory Booker had better watch out! If he wins the senate seat, he will be the emoprogs newest target. They will not let him off the hook for anything, and will hold him accountable for each and every vote he takes, ignoring the good votes, but keeping counts and holding long-term grudges for the “bad” votes.

    • 101 globalcitizenlinda
      August 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      even before today’s privacy-invading question from Hayes, I have seen a determined group attack him for not being “progressive enough”

  26. 102 anniebella
    August 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Why does O’Donnell have those jackasses on his show tonight. Alex, SAteve and Snowden buddy Hayes?

    • 103 hopefruit2
      August 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      I warned folks that this show was going to be emoprog central tonight and the correct response was to turn it OFF. 🙂

      • 104 anniebella
        August 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        I missed your warning. It would not bother me one bit if Chris Hayes go join his buddies in Brazil or Russia.

  27. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    August 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Something tells me that although many congressional critters are demanding a chance to debate and vote on Syria, many will be denying their yes/no vote a few months from now

  28. 106 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

  29. August 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    If you want to do a post of laughs, The Daily Edge Twitter feed has some really good ones. They also post at WinkProgress

  30. 108 Bill R.
    August 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Friends, I know probably few of you can read Italian, but I just read a nice piece from a respected Italian publication, talking about how Pres. Obama’s policies in the Middle East of undermining Islamist extremism, of negotiations with Iran, of undermining Russian influence, and of isolating Assad are headed toward what would seem an improbable and unexpected success. http://www.linkiesta.it/stati-uniti-medio-oriente

  31. 110 vcprezofan2
    August 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Did Dudette report in on her trip to WDC?

  32. 111 joyfulmeme
    August 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Anyone have any thoughts on an imminent US strike in Syria? I think PBO needs to tell Congress to get back to Washington and vote on this so that they have skin in the game. I’m shoked that he would take the US into this without international backup. The reporting on this is surprising and doesn’t sound like anything the president has done before. I’m disturbed and need someone to talk me down.

    • 112 anniebella
      August 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      joyfulmeme, all I can say to you is do you trust President Obama to do the right thing? I have never heard the President say that he would go into this without international backup. How often have you heard us say that the media can’t be trusted, don’t believe everything they say, or report. When you hear it from President Obama, then you believe it.

    • 114 globalcitizenlinda
      August 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      PBO discussed his “real thought process” on Syria during the interview that he did with PBS yesterday.

      POTUS said he has not yet made a decision and is still consulting.

      A majority MSM are just hysterically speculating – as usual.

      Please watch it using the videos provided on earlier blog post on this site.

      Otherwise, I trust him to make the right call on this very complex issue.

    • 116 nathkatun7
      August 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Take a deep breath and stop obsessing about media speculations and unconfirmed reports. Wait to hear what the President plans to do. From his mouth last night he said that he has not yet made a decision. So why are you all disturbed about what you hear before you hear from the President himself? Speaking for myself, I trust President Obama to do the right thing. I also know that the media, and especially the current US media, loves hype and sensationalism. So, I am not about to set my hair on fire, or start lecturing the President on what he should do or should not do, based on hyped media reports. The reason I voted for President Obama was because I trust him to make these tough decisions. For almost five years he has not disappointed me. Even when he made decisions that I didn’t like, I knew he made them based on sound reasoning.

      So, here is my humble advice to you: If you trust and respect President Obama stop obsessing about sensational and hyped reports from the media.

    • August 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I recommend you step away from the insanity of the cable chatter machine and listen to the WH briefing today:


    • 121 theo67
      August 30, 2013 at 12:41 am

      The only reporting you need to listen to is the reporting that comes directly from the President. All this talk on the so-called “news” is just rumors and wild guesses and wishful thinking from warmongers. They have declared and fought the war, determined the outcome, filed charges against President Obama for Bush’s crimes and pulled their hair out because he’s ignoring them in favor of people who actually know what they’re talking about. Not one of these reports is based on factual information and not one of these reporters has access to the classified information that the President’s advisors are pouring over.

      They are relying on people to freak out and join them in their malarky. Don’t do it. When the President makes a decision, it will be based on thoughtful deliberation and he’ll let us know what that decision is – a decision made from a pool of bad to worse possible decisions.

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