130 Responses to “America. Get Over It, GOP”

  1. October 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  2. October 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Hi everyone! Long time no “see”…

  3. 12 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    love it. love it. love it:)

  4. October 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Robin & sonjia 🙂

    Something I hope you and all our TOD friends will enjoy ….

    • October 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hi df!! You entered just as I was posting the tune …. the entire concert is amazing and I suggest all of you listen to the various segments immortalized in YouTube videos 🙂

      • 15 Dudette
        October 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        I have! 😀

        Love him! Love the Boston concert! Love his collaborations! 🙂

      • 16 desertflower
        October 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        That was WONDERFUL! She was really terrific! Thanks for this:) On another note, husband just came home from working in Seattle for a couple weeks:) He loves it there so much….so glad that he’s gotten to spend some time in the Great Northwest….visits Ivar’s every time he’s there for some fresh seafood…something we don’t get too much of here. I’m so envious:)

        • October 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

          df – Seattle is a fantastic city. We are so grateful we get to live here!!

          Dudette, df, everyone …. this is one of the neatest videos I’ve ever seen …. hope all of you enjoy it ….

          • 18 desertflower
            October 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

            Wonderful!! 🙂 And yes, you are lucky to live there:)

          • 19 Dudette
            October 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

            Wow! That was great! Lovely voice. That Josh dude wasn’t too bad either. 😉

            I enjoyed visiting my sister when she was stations at McCord-Lewis AFB (near Tacoma). We’d hop in the car and go to Seattle for pretty much every outing. Not sure I could get used to all that much rain, but appreciated the great beauty that the rain produced and the people there were so friendly. Felt more like a college town to me than a big city. 🙂

            • October 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

              It’s an amazing place, and, btw, we pay the weather service to rumor the rain to keep 50,000,000 million folk from living here 🙂

              Here’s sometnhing by Groban & Sarah Brightman that is rather overwhelming ….

          • 21 sonjiaduncan
            October 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

            Bobfr thank you for the music.

    • 22 Bill R.
      October 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Oh, Chris Botti, I knew him as a youngster when I was attending a University abroad program in Italy. HIs father was a professor in Italian language and administrator of the program.

      • 23 desertflower
        October 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        How great is that!

      • October 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

        Hope you have maintained a relationship with both of them, Bill. Such special persons!!!

        • 25 Bill R.
          October 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

          Actually no…. I was amazed and surprised when Chris became a famous musician years later. I remember him as a young boy with his sister who spoke better Italian than most of the American exchange students because they attended public school with other youngsters. It was in the ancient city of Pavia, south of Milan, where I attended the University of Pavia in 1967-68, the second oldest university in Europe. (the oldest is the University of Bolognia, where I attended for a short time at the branch of European studies of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Being in love, and discerning a different path in life, I left the program in 1971 to rejoin my love ( now my wife of over 40 years), and soon began degree in Counseling Psychology and a career in the public mental health sector as therapist.

          • 26 Betsy
            October 15, 2013 at 12:18 am

            That’s amazing!

          • October 15, 2013 at 2:01 am

            Bill, we should get to know each other better, for many reasons, not least of which are your affection for the University of Pavia, awareness of the primal role of the University of Bolognia, and your wise decision to focus on love – just as I did 44 years ago – above all else 🙂

            The personal generosity of what you share in your comment is an exemplar of what makes the TOD community that Chips created such a special place.

            Thank you.

          • October 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

            Beautiful….what a beautiful story of you and your wife…your soul mate…you are indeed fortunate…not everyone finds their soul mate

  5. 29 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

  6. 30 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm


  7. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    1. Talk of RWNJs on Lawrence’s show.

    2. My e-mail program’s not working.

    Then I come to TOD and see the President with babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, I’m good.

  8. 34 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    People this ignorant, this insane and this stupid should never walk the halls of Congress. EVER.


    What Louie Gohmert, a fairly powerful leader in the all-important House tea party caucus, is arguing is that if Republicans in the House refuse to increase the debt ceiling, that this would be an impeachable offense by President Obama. Think about the logic on that one for a minute. Wait, sorry, don’t want to destroy any more of your brain cells. This idea by Gohmert goes completely around the bend: Republican want to impeach President Obama not for his own action but for their inaction? It’s like an Escher drawing on acid.

    We’re at the endgame of this particular episode of Republican craziness. Their logic and their brains have melted away. Their messaging is a toxic stew. Their political strategies are sand in the wind. Their policies are incoherent rage. The biggest questions now are how much damage will they cause, to the country and to themselves. We will soon know the answers because we are almost out of time. The scariest thing is that you can’t cut a deal with people who, uh, think(?) like this. We can only hope that the saner people in the Republican party can find a way around their sociopathic brothers and sisters.

  9. 35 Squarepeg
    October 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Damn yall Marthas table is on 14th st I was just up that way saturday night!

  10. 36 sonjiaduncan
    October 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    The Koch’s mob showed us who they are and we must not excused their actions and words. Remember it all and make sure we fight them at the polls next year.

  11. 38 99ts
    October 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    So why am I two threads behind – sigh

    My man is away – it is 12.34pm in my world – I shall open the bar

    • 41 MightyPamela
      October 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      I’m back there with you 99, drinking black Shiraz and listening to Hawaiian music! Stay in the Light! 🙂

      • 42 99ts
        October 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        I stay with the white grape – and raise my glass to you 🙂

        • 43 carolyn
          October 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

          99, I’ve been watching an Australian mysteries on Netflix…..Miss Fisher’s Mysteries. I love them. They are from Kerry Greenwood’s books, which I’ve read for a decade, and love too. I’m so pleased with the dramatization and actors playing the parts. Stories are fun, clothing from the twenties is gorgeous! Very impressed with what I’ve seen of Australian TV.

          • 44 99ts
            October 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

            Glad your enjoying it Carolyn – not really one of my favorites – despite being 5th generation Australian – I seem to have a love affair with UK TV series rather than our own – although there are some Aussie ones that have had me as an ardent fan. Almost my favorite was “The Brides of Christ” – a six-part drama about the lives of nuns living through the reform of Vatican II during the 1960s – produced 1991 – if you can find it.

  12. 45 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  13. 47 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      October 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      These old-timey politicians (including some Clintonistas like Panetta) pretty much say whatever pops into their heads. They don’t know context, they don’t remember history, and they have no observant egos. I’m so done with them. WOS, all of ’em.

      And then I accidentally saw the first second of Chris Hayes on his show, and he looks like part of the worst SNL skit they ever produced. Of course, even their worst skit was better than his show.

      So, back to take another peek at the President’s BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 49 HZ
        October 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        I know how you feel, jacquelineoboomer. And if President Obama had not given these old grumpy men a new light to shine during such a historic time in our nation, not one would remember these farts. No disrespect, but I get sick of these “know it all” trying to stir up crap about President Obama.

        They will not even be remembered by these wonderful young people who worked so hard to elect POB in 2008 and then again in 2012. These young people deserve this space along with those of us who have lived through many presidents. If these young people had not worked alongside of us, these old ungrateful men and women would not even been known without our elected President Obama to have a presidency and cabinet for these old farts to have had the honor to work for POB.

        I said that I was going to be quiet, but I must say our Chips and brilliant team surely are keeping their end of the rules: focus on the great brilliant man we have as our 44th President in the Oval Office and all of this great journey that we have been honored to travel with him. Let us try to encourage each other as Chips does with these wonderful posts that reminds us all of what we help to build. Now let us enjoy each day with our two beautiful leaders. I will promise to be more careful and more grateful in how I speak and carry myself.. Lord knows it is very difficult and will get even more difficult, but we have a loving and very strong family here. Thank you Chips and all of my TOD family.

        Loving shout out to Fred, Africa, tnmtgirl, LNCB, Layla, MightyPamela, GoBrooklyn, and all of our TOD family members who are traveling on a healing road of goodness. I love you all. I am always so grateful to be here. Hello to my Miss Pat also.HZ

      • 52 cos
        October 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

        First Gibbs, and now Panetta. Now I know why PBO keeps a small circle of loyal friends who he can trust.

  14. 54 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Calling it a day:) I want to go to sleep thinking of those beautiful children looking at our beautiful President:) Such pureness to them that it gives me a little lump in my throat….children are born perfect. Adults are the source of ruin for some.
    Night all…tomorrow comes soon.

  15. 60 susanne
    October 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    ‘ PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) –

    The ongoing government shutdown couldn’t stop dozens of active duty military, their spouses and children from mowing and trimming the overgrown grass at the entrance to the Arizona Memorial.

    On Sunday, Army Sgt. 1st Class Josh Stone posted his intention to beautify the grounds on Facebook and was overwhelmed by Monday morning’s turnout.

    “It really restores some faith for me and the American people, the American spirit. That was really what we were trying to get across today. To our veterans, we haven’t forgotten about you. We will not forget about you,” he said. ‘


  16. 62 99ts
    October 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm


    It has to be read in total – quotes do not the story tell

    • 63 theo67
      October 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Stonekettle is great!

    • October 15, 2013 at 6:30 am


      From the piece….http://www.stonekettle.com/2013/10/the-dark-and-rolling-sea.html

      Public office is an amplifier, when you elect extremists no matter how small, you get extremism. Every single time.

      As the public opinion of the GOP plunges to levels never seen before, as their own personal popularity and support evaporates, as the government grinds into deadlocked rigor mortis, as the economy teeters on the edge of collapse and world markets tumble, these same dogmatic fanatics ignore the myriad warnings all around them and say, “I don’t believe the experts, I don’t believe the scientists, I don’t believe Wall Street, I don’t believe the stock markets, I don’t believe public opinion, I don’t believe the press, I don’t believe the polls, I don’t believe the opposition or even the moderate and reasonable and experienced members of my own political party, I don’t believe the lessons of history, I don’t believe the evidence of my own eyes, I don’t believe that it will be all that bad.”

      To quote their own dogma, there are none so blind as those who. will. not. see.

      it is brilliant and terrifying at the same time…but also comforting as we gain understanding why these folks can never be in charge…It is important to devise a strategy to confine them in a box so that they cannot infect the rest of us…

      • 65 99ts
        October 15, 2013 at 7:43 am

        Probably one of the best I have seen from Jim – the poem and Pascal’s science fit so perfectly between the descriptions and the reality of those who do not see.

  17. 66 a4alice
    October 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    nuts. gotta go to be-


    (nite TOD)

  18. 71 Roberta in MN
    October 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Still catching up, Thanks to all of you for taking the time to wish me a Happy Birthday I did have a great day. Now I am ready for the sack. See you all in the morning. GN

  19. 77 99ts
    October 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    The GOP’s concentration on war memorials is so telling – they care about the not born & the dead – yet care not at all for the harm they do to the living

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      October 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      (Hate to say this, but they PRETEND to care about the not born and the dead. Unless it’s in their own personal families or about their own personal wealth, I’m pretty much thinkin’ they don’t care about any of it.)

      • 79 99ts
        October 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        mmm – I did word that somewhat incorrectly – you are, of course, correct

      • October 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

        So right, Jacq. They only care as far as it brings them power or control over another.

        • 84 jacquelineoboomer
          October 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

          Sickening, isn’t it?

          • 85 theo67
            October 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

            The sad things is that it’s par for the course with these Republicans. I have such low expectations at this point for anyone calling themselves a Republican.

            • 86 jacquelineoboomer
              October 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

              Old-school Republicans were somewhat okay, as long as they bargained in good faith.

              This new crowd of Republicans elected into local, state, and federal offices … well, they couldn’t get any worse. Of course, just when we think that …

              • 87 theo67
                October 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

                I’m hoping the old-school Republicans have either turned to Democrats or Independents. They can’t still be associating with these nutters. Except – I don’t understand Col. Powell – who refuses to abandon ship.

                • 88 jacquelineoboomer
                  October 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

                  I think with him it’s a generational thing … didn’t he come from a Republican family? Not sure. But if people like Colin Powell stay on the inside and “convert” even just a few other high-ranking Rs to stay the old course of the party, and swing more to the middle, I’m good with that. I’m also good with the fact he came out for Pres. Obama, and that he will speak up when he feels it’s the right time to do so. And his former chief of staff is right there with him, speaking out against the current Rs. (Do I wish he’d switch parties, though? Yes. But that doesn’t appear likely.)

                  • 89 theo67
                    October 15, 2013 at 12:52 am

                    I’m ok if they’re really on the inside trying to convert the crazies to take back their party. But, they seem awfully quiet, as their party (or rather, the nutters within) destroy the country and are on the verge of collapsing the world economy.

                    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
                      October 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

                      Yes, it’s a phenomenon I hope we never see again. And, of course, I’m not sure how any of this will peak and then drop into the abyss. Just hope it doesn’t take the rest of us with it.

                    • 91 99ts
                      October 15, 2013 at 1:27 am

                      I think Powell and others live with the thought every day that their lies – and believing the lies of others – and persuading others to believe their lies – led to the worst period ever in US history. If they came out and admitted it – or were outspoken for the democrats – they would probably never sleep again. Supporting PBO was the best that Powell could manage.

                      GWB is the only President to have disappeared from US media/politics at the end of his term (excluding any suffering dementia). I would wonder how much unassisted sleep he gets.

                    • 92 theo67
                      October 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

                      I think your insight about Powell & Co is spot-on. But, I don’t think GWB has a conscience that prevents him from sleeping quite peacefully at night. I don’t think he knows how to feel guilty.

                    • 93 99ts
                      October 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

                      I truly don’t know theo – I’ve never seen a President disappear so instantly from the radar as GWB. No doubt he was pleased to be gone from having to be seen to be making decisions (whether he made any or not) but I seem to remember hearing more about Nixon after he resigned than we ever hear about GWB. I’m not to sure how well he sleeps.

                      Wonder what he would say if the media asked his opinion of the current version of the GOP? I’m sure they would if they could find him/contact him.

  20. 94 Judith Fardig
    October 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Sleep well, Bobfr and TOD. We have a President to support with our best energy tomorrow (and every day)! Let’s hope saner heads prevail in the House,

  21. 95 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  22. 96 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

  23. 98 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Gotta pack it in for the night friends.

    Will leave you with a little more of Chris Botti’s sublime trumpet

    Goodnight Beloved Family!

  24. 102 HZ
    October 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Love, love Chris Botti. Great musician. I have this entire concert held in Boston. Beautiful evening. Purchased the DVD after seeing the concert. A gem for music lovers, indeed. Thanks so much Bobfr for sharing. Watching Chris play his trumpet is one of the most beautiful moments in a musical experience.

    The babies with President Obama and little Grace of Boston who bravely walked on that field and sang the National Anthem is what those of us who love life, love to love, love precious children, love to help each other when they are hurting and love knowing that we have a beautiful and brilliant president who never gives up even when all of the haters are swarming all around him, Yes, We Can and Yes We Will be strong, determined and respectful to our president.

    Put something lovely into your space to remove those who brought their haters language during their visit to the nation’s capital this weekend.

    ((((((((((((((( Good Night, Chips and TOD family.))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      October 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      I just posted a song downthread (probably my favorite in the world) and, oh boy oh boy, HZ, after seeing what you just wrote, I shall dedicate the bliss I find in it to you – and MightyPamela, who’s going through some struggles!

  25. 104 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  26. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  27. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  28. 111 99ts
    October 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    A thread or two back – talking about a candidate standing against Paul Ryan – I said

    “Intelligence and life experience show in peoples faces – it just shows” – and jst watching a few minutes of “all in with Chris” – there is NO life experience in the face of Chris Hayes – there is nothing there.

  29. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

  30. 113 dotster3
    October 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

    So Chuck Todd should be thrilling us with his french horn solos—–instead of irritating the heck out of us with his political dumbpunditry. Haha—-saw a NYT article re. “Music the key to success”, which I was intrigued by. Innocently reading along and see that Chuck Todd went to college on a music scholarship, thanks to his french horn expertise. So that explains it—-he’s just completely out of his element. He should be on the french horn somewhere, not on our teevees with distorted political opinions.

  31. 116 Bill R.
    October 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

  32. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 12:41 am

  33. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 1:13 am

    G’night, guys.

  34. October 15, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Wanted to find some way to thank our President. Perhaps this small gesture will help ….

    We all know that the next few days are defining not just for America but for the future of humanity. That is not hyperbole, it’s just cold, hard, inescapable fact.

    It is for each of us to lift one another to our shoulder and thereby enable a view of a better future, a bit better future than we were blessed to experience.

    Thank you Chips for TOD.

    time for some rest ….

    #TrustBarack … His entire life is about RAISING OTHERS UP

  35. 126 sheinfrance
    October 15, 2013 at 3:21 am

    My favourite photo God how I love that Man.

  36. 127 susanne
    October 15, 2013 at 5:30 am

    this article is listed #1 in the ‘most popular’ category at wapo– could be the new 47% moment:

    ‘video over rules change goes viral

    In a sign of how angry Democrats are over the government shutdown, a video Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has posted of an obscure rules debate has gone viral.

    The video — which has already attracted more than 702,000 views since being posted to YouTube on Saturday — shows Van Hollen engaging in a parliamentary inquiry with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was in the speaker’s chair at the time. The two men discussed why Democrats could not bring up a Senate amendment that would provide funding to return the government to normal operations. ‘


  37. October 15, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Posted early due to jury duty. We must not only vote, but serve on juries as well if we can. Justice must be made progressive too….

    I think I may have another post in me when I get home. This will highlight the volunteer and other efforts federal employees are making despite the shutdown. Federal employees give back not only in their jobs, but in general. Where I work we support several charitable causes such as food banks, river cleanup, needy families at Christmas and so much more. We even support each other when we have loss. When my brother and my sister passed away, I was working. My fellow employees took up a collection both times, gave me a sympathy card, and the Center itself sent me a consolation letter. I’ve often have helped fill many an envelope for people who have gotten sick, lost a loved one, or have had other problems. So I’m not surprised that other Feds have given back so much while being (involutarily) laid off.

    And lets not forget the “essentials” who despite lack of pay, are bravely serving to protect and defend the people and property of the United States. Despite teabagger abuse and disrespect.

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