Yes, You Can Laugh


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  1. 1 yardarm756
    September 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    If you do nothing else today, watch this video. It is excellent, clean comedy. Priceless!!! Here’s a good laugh! Juggler is funny, but the best part is watching Tip O’Neil and Ronald Reagan laugh together – also the prank he plays on Jim Baker is good stuff! Remember how politicians acted in classier days! I think all of you will enjoy this.

  2. 7 vitaminlover
    September 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Love the funnies

  3. September 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you UT!

    Hopefruit, just posted this reply before the new thread, in case you missed it:

    Hopefruit, I know what you’re saying, but Jeff has been a fantastic supporter of PBO every step of the way, I would never doubt his sincerity, he has been respectful and supportive all along, and has had hate poured on him daily for being so. As I waffled on about before, his heart his broken over this because he has been so passionately following events in Syria for months, probably years, he knows 99% more about it than me. His emotions are soaring right now because he is convinced Congress will vote against PBO taking any action simply because they would vote against him on any issue, no matter how right it is. I don’t like some of the stuff he’s tweeted, but I would never dismiss his passion or opinions, there’s no harm in hearing dissenting views from someone who is a PBO supporter and has a sincere agenda.

    • September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      I think we make excuses for folks we like…

    • 16 kathryn kivett
      September 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      I agree with Chips about Jeff. Until this issue, Jeff has been nothing but a loyal warrior. People do not have to agree with every single issue to be like minded. Different people have different passions and express themselves sometimes from the depth of that passion.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Chips – Even though you’re “only 21” (:)), there’s a great deal of mature, well-reasoned truth in your sweet and measured comment to hf. I read it all, and appreciate what you are saying.

      The only thing I know is that just as it is totally unfair for “the world” to think that President Obama must be PERFECT in everything he says or does, or else his REAL, long-standing critics will go to the other extreme when addressing his words and deeds …

      … it is also totally way TOO MUCH to think that all of his long-standing supporters will be on the PERFECT side of “history,” in their assessment of his day-to-day decisions, the potential fallout of which is unknown. Except by me, of course, because – as I tell my close friends – I have “powers.” 🙂

      • September 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        “Except by me, of course, because – as I tell my close friends – I have “powers”

        😆 I’ve always known you have powers Jacqueline!

        My only point about Jeff is that I’ve a hard time reading people doubting that he was ever a true PBO supporter – as one TODer did last night. That, to be honest, is complete crap. I don’t agree, at all, with his response to PBO’s decision, which (to me) was 100% correct, but he’s not attacking that decision out of malice, he’s doing it through emotion. And that emotion is preventing him from seeing that PBO got it right on this – but I won’t hate him for that.

        • 19 jacquelineoboomer
          September 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          Yes, and may I add, if I someday lose me powers and go off half-cocked on Twitter for a day or two about something I’m passionate about that’s not the general consensus (although you of all people know I would never do that – Ha!), I hope others will just “unfollow” me for a bit, cut me a break even though their hearts would be broken, say “I knew her when,” and then wait and hope for me – another true PBO supporter like Jeff – to come back around.

          We’re all guided by everything we bring to this table, with our emotions’ being just one part of it. I don’t hate Jeff either. I just want him back, and not disillusioned with our masterful President, because we need him.

        • 22 Layla
          September 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          Jeff is having a moment of passion as we all have them! He is a wonderful supporter of the President! Let’s just chill…this too shall pass. Agree with you 100% Chips. We cannot be acting like the purists!

    • 23 57andfemale
      September 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I’m in agreement with you on this one, Chips. Jeff has been a stalwart ally. he was a lifeline of truth all through the 2012 campaign, and his information on how polls were pushed and skewed was invaluable. He’s been a strong voice of reason on Snowdenwald. He’s on our side. He’s on POTUS’ side. POTUS himself would not demand or expect his friends with variances in opinion to be kicked to the curb.

      He’s been closely following and reporting on Syria since at least 2011 and to him it’s very emotional, very personal. If we don’t have room to allow our friends to have an emotional response to something they care deeply about, and be all-to-willing to reject them the one time they stray, then we’re not acting in the spirit that we say we support.

      • September 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        “If we don’t have room to allow our friends to have an emotional response to something they care deeply about, and be all-to-willing to reject them the one time they stray, then we’re not acting in the spirit that we say we support.”

        Could not agree more, 57, beautifully put.

    • 25 99ts
      September 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I think disappointment in him – as he is feeling disappointed with PBO is probably the issue – He’s been pegged as someone who has always supported the President. I think he will regret the # tag tweets that went on & on yesterday – his tweets today are much more rational.

  4. 26 forus50
    September 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  5. September 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    My two cents. . .

  6. September 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks UT for helping us to laugh and giving us the permission to do so. Sometimes the need to be serious just saps all our energy and we have to step back and just flip our perspective on the world. I would be willing to bet that Michelle does this for PBO just about every time he feels weighted down with the burdens of great decisions. She is probably not just his rock, but the great soul healer in his life.

    • 32 utaustinliberal
      September 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      You’re welcome Jackie! Great comment.

    • 33 arkluvspbo
      September 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Love the God Tweets — he says it like it is.
      Love your comment about FLOTUS being his soul healer…you can tell just by the way he looks at her that your assessment is probably spot on.

  7. 34 Claire
    September 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Mary Matalin, a repub strategist and former advisor to dick cheney demands an exit strategy for Syria from the POTUS.

    ROTFLMAO! Still waiting for your Iraq and Afghanistan exist strategies Mary. These hypocrites never own up to their own failures.

    • September 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Well, to be fair, Bush and Cheney’s exit strategy for Iraq was “We’ll be greeted with flowers and candy.” Unfortunately, they were wrong.

    • 37 Melanie
      September 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      I find Mary Matalin to be one of the most vile talking heads/strategists of the Republican Party. Usually when I hear/see her my mute button goes on. But when I heard John McCain and Peter King beating the drums of war/action months ago, one of the things I thought about was an exit strategy. So I separate the person and the idea and say I would love to know how we get out of this thing if it turns into a clusterfuck. I think Letterman was alluding to the same thing just the other night.

      • September 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Pres Obama isn’t saying he wants to attack or topple Assad or support rebels because they are both equally bad. What I thought he was saying was that it is similar to Libya where he defines what will be done and why, and that’s how it rolls. Might not work out that way, but I assume PBO considers all possibilities.

      • 39 Claire
        September 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        I think it is absolutely FINE to expect there to be an exit strategy and I KNOW this POTUS will plan for an exit.

        I just find it hypocritical that people like Mary who ATTACKED people like the POTUS who made issue of the fact that there was no exit strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan to demand an exit strategy now. People were called unAmerican and attacked for “not supporting the troops” when we asked Mary and the rest of the cheney gang for exit strategies.

  8. 40 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    There was a time when enslaved blacks and whites worked together to protest maltreatment… Since that revolt, the monied class has done everything in their power to keep us apart.

  9. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    September 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Well, UT, you have brought us to political “church” on a Sunday, with the Tweets from and of God, and … Yes.We.Can.Laugh.

    Thank you, because sometimes all we can do is laugh! #I’mForThat

  10. 51 Claire
    September 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I know the repubs hate it that the Saudi’s support the POTUS.

  11. September 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I was busy writing up this comment and it ended up after you switched to the funnies so I’m carrying it forward.

    I wanted to tell LL that I thought he wrote an excellent piece. President Obama has been transforming many issues in our country and foreign policy is one of them. I have a GOP rep and I can see he has a sense of importance about coming back to debate. President Obama is drawing them in, not only about this debate, but the debt ceiling, shut down, ObamaCare and other issues coming up right now. There are legitimate reasons for him to ask them to debate, but he has an impeccable instinct about working with people. I think he is empowering them to see themselves as responsible politicians again.

    One other thing I see in articles/discussions. People seem to still think he wants to topple Assad or declare war. He doesn’t because the rebels aren’t any better for Syria. I haven’t been following Jefferson Obama closely on this, but he appeared to me to want Assad and his regime taken out which isn’t on the table at all. Maybe he wanted it so much he was seeing it when it wasn’t offered. I might be mistaken.

    I think it’s good for people to have a discussion. And boy oh boy, more than ever I trust President Obama. He keeps calm when all about him people are in turmoil. I just had an image of President Obama walking calmly forward on his path and all the old stuck beliefs and resistant people coming unstuck and flying around trying to find a new landing place.

    Something else. I have a very loving prayer line that I call for myself and for anything else that concerns me. It’s very loving, very positive. I called once about the President and she said people had no idea how many called for him and the millions of prayers that go out for him. I called yesterday about the people in Syria and the President.

    Unity Prayer line, 1-800-669-7729

    I also like to do a meditation, type in a prayer and light a candle for PBO at Gratefulness.org. There are many prayers from people in quite a few countries.


    I’m so happy and proud to stand and walk with all of you here and all those that love and respect President Obama. He’s just a man doing the best he can for all of us and his best is pretty amazing!

  12. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    My Aunt Alyce was a proud grad of the class of 1935.

    • September 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

      I saw an interview with the author. Her folks were graduates too. She was on MSNBC before and I liked her. Don’t know why she left. She’s beautiful and mart. Just can’t think of her name.

      • 55 Nena20409
        September 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

        Alison Stewart. A former MTV Host. A Journalist. 47/49 yrs old. Biracial, Jewish. Married To MSNBC VP, Wolf(sp) a Cincinnati Reds fanatic. They have a little 5yrs old boy now. She left MSNBC to work for PBS. Then she left PBS to write this book.

        I have always liked her.

  13. 57 Jovie
    September 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm


    The media is starting to get people to talk about things that don’t make sense, because they want to remind people of Iraq and how devastating it was for Bush.
    Wake up and smell the coffee!

  14. 62 vitaminlover
    September 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Whew! What a workout! Just changed my bedding and just trying to put those darned pillowcases on them there pillows gave me an intense upper body workout.

    • 63 Jovie
      September 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Watch out for bed bugs!
      Just kidding.

      • 64 vitaminlover
        September 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        got my trusty dusty bedbug killer out. Took care of dem dere varmints! Thank God never had a problem with them. Wonder what makes them show up?

        • September 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

          OK, speaking of varmints and FYI –

          I’ve been haunted by mosquitos ever since that photo of the big bumps on POTUS’ leg showed up. I Googled natural repellents and took the suggestion for lavender. I place a bowl of crushed fresh lavender by my bed and POOF, they have been gone for two nights!!!! I’m BLISSED.

          • September 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

            Seriously Meta??!! Okay, next time I’m in a hot and steamy place, I’m bringing a truck-load of lavender – the buggers eat me alive!!

            • September 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

              SO sorry to hear that, Chips. They LOVE me and search me out from a great distance. And I’m highly allergic to them. I woke up a few nights ago to find a bite on my wrist that was swollen to the size of a walnut and horrible ITCHY. UGH!

              I think rosemary also works but I think the scent of lavender is stronger.

              • September 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

                Meta, because you’re a friend, I will share a horror story 😕

                Usually the ****ers only ever went after my ankles, but I was in Portugal a few years ago and when I got back to my apartment after eating out, the night before I was due to fly home, my eyelids felt really sore and itchy. I looked in the mirror ….. and: OMG.

                I looked up the internet to find a ‘cure’, I found a site that said put toothpaste on the bites.

                So, I did. And my eyes almost fell on the floor from the stinging.

                So I washed off the toothpaste.

                Woke up next morning, eyelids like balloons. I reckoned the airline wouldn’t let me board, for fear I’d infect the passengers, so wore dark sunglasses as I checked in, looked like a weirdo (hush).

                Got home. Vowed to take my revenge on the buggers one day.

                • September 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

                  OMGGGGG!!!!! You are a hoot! But, yeah, that sounds like a horror show.

                  Well, I think I can match that. Several years ago I was on a camping trip to Yosemite with a group of people. We were all doing a trial run for a trip we were going to do in the Canadian Rockies. We camped near a lake (DUH) and in the night, I got bit on my face, neck and arms over a hundred times. NO ONE could recognize me in the morning. They were laughing so hard, I wanted to scream.

                  BTW, it’s not so much the mosquitos in the Canadian Rockies – it’s the HORSEFLIES. They are gigantic and the really really really STING.

                  • September 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

                    “I got bit on my face, neck and arms over a hundred times.”

                    Oh. My. God.

                    Meta, when you and me go on vacation in a hot and steamy place together one day, we will look like nothing on earth!!!!

            • 73 desertflower
              September 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

              Lemongrass works well, too. Smells delish…outside in planters would be nice…lavender might go better in the bedroom

          • 75 vitaminlover
            September 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

            Have you noticed these little black triangular shaped fly-type critters when you go outside? A lady told me what they were called cannot recall what she said. But they are annoying and I think that they come out in the fall.

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  18. 85 vitaminlover
    September 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Whew! Then I had to cook dinner! I am just ‘woe to a frazzle.’

  19. September 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Ooooooh, his GWB-love can never be tweeted enough:

  20. 90 Jovie
    September 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  21. September 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I believe that the strongest case is the one that asks the pragmatic question: will it work to stop the use/spread of chemical weapons? I know that’s the question I’ve been wrestling with.

    So this is where the rubber meets the road for me. The argument I’ll make to those who represent me in Congress is that their primary job is to determine the efficacy of these actions in reaching the goals President Obama has laid out. And yes, that involves some trust…that’s why elections matter.

    • September 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      In answering that question it’s essential to listen very carefully to what the President said regarding General Dempsey’s assessment of the nature of the target(s). By indicating no ‘time sensitivity’ what was really being said is that we know where Assad manufactures and stores his chemical weapons. That makes sense because not just any building or underground facility can safely be used for making and storing VX, sarin, etc. Tiny quantities of the stuff is lethal; kilograms of it – well, you get the picture.

      Similarly, we know Assad has moved his scuds, tanks and artillery that are capable of delivering chemical weapons – those armaments are under constant surveillance. Similarly, the sites where he manufactures and stores his chemical weapons are under constant scrutiny. If he wants to move the chemical weapons he has, he needs to move them someplace equally secure or he runs the risk of the rebels, including AQ, capturing them, i.e., he is not going to move them anywhere because other than a few parts of Damascus under his control the rest of the country is crawling with rebels.

      So, then the issue is how do you take out the manufacturing and storage facilities and do so in a way that will destroy rather than trigger a massive release of the poisons.

      A likely candidate for doing just that is:

      Couple of other little tactical details that matter: President Obama’s actions yesterday were far from neutral regarding the logistical disruption they caused – Assad had moved most of his remaining assets into areas he still controls and that means he took them off the battlefield and concentrated them in a few locations. Now he has a real quandary – when to move them back into action. The rebels know that and they’re likely already making the most of it. And, remember that those areas that he gassed are very close to the remaining portion of Damascus that he still controls, i.e., the dude and his clan are the one who are boxed in, not President Obama.


  22. September 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The State of Working Pennsylvania, Keystone’s annual Labor Day check in on how working Pennsylvanians are faring in today’s economy, found that since 2010 job growth in the commonwealth has slowed, wages have fallen across the board, and the number of poverty-wage jobs in the commonwealth has jumped by 11%.

    • September 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      This is unfortunate. Twenty-ten (2010) keep rearing it’s ugly head in everything we do as a result in electing all of the Republican governors and state officials. Elections have consequences.

  23. 112 Jovie
    September 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  24. 113 yardarm756
    September 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    There’s a lesson here for someone. 😀

    Grandpa, what Is couple sex?
    All you Grandpas and Grandmas, this was too funny not to forward. We are all reaching that stage where we need to keep the wax out of our ears and keep the hearing aids tuned up. (Some of us anyway!) Enjoy!
    What Is Couple Sex?

    An 8-year-old girl went to her grandfather, who was working in the yard and asked him, “Grampa, what is a couple sex?

    The grandfather was surprised that she would ask such a question, but decided that if she’s old enough to know to ask the question then she’s old enough to get a straight answer.

    Steeling himself to leave nothing out, he proceeded to tell her all about human reproduction and the joys and responsibilities that go along with it.

    When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open, eyes wide in amazement. Seeing the look on her face, the grandfather asked her, “Why did you ask this question, honey?

    The little girl replied, “Well, Grandma says to tell you that dinner will be ready in just a couple secs.

    • September 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Deeepppppppp…..I will most def try to keep my ears clean….

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      September 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Ha! I wasn’t a grandma then with faulty hearing, but reminds me when my very young son asked me one day, after seeing the report on TV, “How’d Cher get that baby?”

      As a single mom, I very gently pulled out my portfolio-at-the-ready with my newly purchased colorful pop-up How’dCherGetThatBabyIfHeAsks book, and went through the “story” with him, while he listened quietly and diligently, his cheeks a little flushed.

      And then I asked if he had any questions. And he said, “Can I go out and play, now?”

      Think I had some wine, then, while I crossed that off me list.

  25. September 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I found an interesting article from 8/26 so this is before Pres. Obama’s speech. But it is talking about the role of Iran and Russian in Syria and that Iran could be looking at this to see what happens. I thought the situation was complicated, but this gave me an additional perspective. And it also points out to me AGAIN that PBO knows exactly what he’s doing. There is a lot of information in this article that I found really helpful in getting a bigger picture. So many things are coming together at the same time. Congress, debt ceiling, budget, G-20, the cooling with Putin. Pres. Obama is so smart and intuitive. He has also proven that he is a man of his word — Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Libya, Iraq. The pot is stirred and I just have a feeling things all that work he has been doing to connect with other countries, that things are going to fall into place in unexpected ways. Steady on!

    The Best Case Scenario in Syria
    The Obama Aministration Should Use Strikes to Get Talks

    ….The other factor that comes into play is Iran, which is no doubt tilting the scales toward action even further. As several former U.S. diplomats have argued to me for months, Iran is listening very closely to the deliberations in Washington. If Assad seems to cross a red line with impunity, the Iranian regime will decide that such lines are irrelevant — even when it comes to nuclear weapons. If alleged attacks are permitted to go unchecked on an ever-greater scale, U.S. credibility will suffer. And given that new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is still settling in in Tehran, all sides are watching even more closely to see what the other is made of…..

    ….On the brighter side, one byproduct of the alleged chemical weapons attack may be a renewal of diplomatic efforts to end the war. Syria’s backers in Russia, devoted as they are to their ally, do not want to see chemical weapons volleyed about, nor are they keen for power to fall to extremists. They also are more convinced than ever that a U.S. military intervention is on the table — one that could spell the end of the Assad regime or at least cause it great pain. If Russia believes a power vacuum can be avoided, it will thus show more interest in peace talks. Earlier this summer, the Russians agreed with the United States to make a renewed push for long-delayed Geneva 2 talks….

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  27. 136 57andfemale
    September 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Tomasky just managed to tweet the complexity of the Syrian issue in 140 characters:

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