A Very Quick Housekeeping Note

2013 on TOD – note (‘Even’) Amk has 18,656 TOD friends in India


Updated, didn’t want flippin’ Ireland last on the mini-list:


It’s been a gobsmacking journey so far, we’re now closing in on a ridiculous 22 million hits – all of them down to me, needless to say, the mindboggling increase in traffic absolutely nothing to do with UT, LL, LP, Zizi and the rest of the gang.

(True, the post stats suggest otherwise, but: hush now).


Any way, with this very lovely traffic has come a whole bunch of new visitors, several in the last few days, which is fantastic – but please understand that in an attempt to keep out the trolls – and they are many – your comments won’t appear here automatically if you’re a first time visitor.

Have a look here to see how you can comment.

Best advice: sign in with your Twitter account – but if you don’t have one, check that link.

If your account is @BarackObama, you’re good.

Now, chat away – and thank you all, you human cheesy puffs.

128 Responses to “A Very Quick Housekeeping Note”

  1. 5 Dudette
    October 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm


  2. October 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I might have a fainting spell if @BarackObama ever commented here. Maybe after 2016…

    • 7 desertflower
      October 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Oh Lord! In my dreams:)

    • 8 Dudette
      October 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      That would be a nuclear blast! 😀

      I like to think he and/or FLOTUS (or at least someone close to them) lurk here every now and then. 🙂

      Hi Cousin Henry! 🙂

      • 9 anniebella
        October 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Dudette just in case POTUS and FLOTUS do lurk here every now and then, I would like to say hello hello Mr. President, hello Mrs First Lady. We love you guys and we still have your back. 🙂

        • 10 Dudette
          October 16, 2013 at 12:59 am

          Oooo, you’re right…. Hey, Y’all! Love you!!!
          Don’t be strangers now, ya hear?!! [waving my Southern Peach wave] 🙂

    • October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      After 2016, he just might. I think that after 2016 we just might be one of the few blogs that will faithfully keep up with his doings. At least I hope so-I want to follow it all-the opening of his library, the books, I’m certain there will be at least one movie, Malia and Sasha’s growing up, the charitable foundations, the speeches. And since we’ve always have been supportive, he would feel comfortable posting here.

    • 18 Judith Fardig
      October 16, 2013 at 1:09 am

      Wouldn’t that be amazing? Chips – sincere congratulations on your worldwide reach!

  3. 19 desertflower
    October 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Cheezy puffs! I can eat those!

  4. 21 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Wooooohoooooo! Go United States – Number one!

    Ireland is dead last…..*Ahem* like their football team.

  5. October 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Oh, btw, how did the Irish fare against mighty Kazakhstan?

  6. 33 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  7. 34 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Ahem, shouldn’t that be

    note EVEN Amk has 18,656 TOD friends in India

  8. October 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I’d like it if FLOTUS or VPBiden, VFLOTUS commented or VJ44 or Jonfavs, etc.

  9. October 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What a great team you have created, Chips!

    Thank you.

  10. 40 Luna
    October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I hope at the end of all this, the gop / tea party is forever fractured

  11. 41 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If your account is @BarackObama, you’re good.

    NO. I wanna see his birth certificate before we let him in. Otherwise, it will be apocalypse.

  12. October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    This dude deserves maximum derision ….

    …. pour it on ….

    #FiredUP …. #ReadyToROLL

    • 43 Ladyhawke
      October 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Not to mention the dirty rules change by Eric Cantor that guaranteed the shutdown and prevented Dems from using the discharge petition to reopen the government sooner. Over two weeks for what?? How vicious can you be. The Republican Party has contempt for the American people.

    • 44 Dudette
      October 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Another damned South Carolina snake!

      • 45 nathkatun7
        October 16, 2013 at 2:04 am

        You know, Dudette, South Carolina has always been in the forefront when it comes to people the sates trying to destroy the good old USA! Lest we forget, South Carolina was the leader of Southern Secession!

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      October 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  13. October 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    How many from Wyoming? 😉

  14. 50 carolyn
    October 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Watched part of LOD…had Jared Bernstein and Mark Patterson on discussing the debt limit…..Patterson quoted Senator Moynihan, and I think it’s pertinent. Sen. Moynihan said ” When people in government have contempt for government, you have contemptible government.” These Rethugs are certainly demonstrating their contempt by being contemptible!

    • 51 amk for obama
      October 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    • October 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I just shared that on my FB wall. So true!

    • 53 nathkatun7
      October 16, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Here is something that puzzles me about right wingers who claim to be Pro U.S. Constitution, but are vehemently anti- U.S. government. The original U.S. Constitution is primarily (may be even exclusively) about enumerating the powers, obligations and responsibilities of the three branches of the U.S. (Federal) government. Article I is about the power and responsibility of the legislative branch (Congress); Article II is about the powers and responsibilities of the Executive branch (President); and Article III is about the power and responsibilities of the Judicial branch (the Courts-particularly the Supreme Court). It’s true that the Bill of Rights (especially Amendments 1-9) focus on protecting the rights of people, but that does not mean that the framers who wrote the Constitution in order to create the U.S. government were somehow anti-government. Had they been anti-government and for the supposedly States Rights, they would have been content with Articles of Confederation, which did not provide for a central government with strong and powerful Executive and Judicial branches

      • October 16, 2013 at 4:23 am

        You’re so right, Nath. What we need is some HONEST history lessons instead of the contorted mess we’re exposed to. The purpose of the Constitution was to eliminate The Articles of Confederation. The framers were so intent on abolishing state’s rights that the Convention was initially held in secret because they knew Southern states would rebel. They believed that a patchwork of different laws and authority weakened the country and believed (quite sensibly) that it was necessary to be united in order to succeed as a nation.

  15. October 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the update, Chips! (Love maps.)

    And Dudette, I responded to you and Robert Costas just now:

    Which is similar to a tweet Meta sent out tonight.

    So it looks like we’re all on the same page. 🙂

    • 56 Ladyhawke
      October 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Aw, They are depressed?? Well, cry me a river. These hypocrites who read the Constitution before the opening of congress need to go back and read their oath of office again. And maybe they should try thinking for themselves instead of relinquishing their judgment to crooks outside of the government.

    • 57 Dudette
      October 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm


    • 58 anniebella
      October 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      All I’m going to say is 2014. We need a new Speaker of the House and we need to put the Democrats back in control of the House.

  16. October 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the stats and maps. Thrilling!!!! This is a very special place to me and it’s exciting to think of how many others read the posts and see such positive news about President Obama, the First Family, VP Joe and all the others who work so hard and stand up for us. Thanks to Chips and the gang and all of the TOD community!

  17. 72 Dudette
    October 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Off-topic, but worth your time (IMHO)

  18. 73 desertflower
    October 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm


    Bruce Bartlett ‏@BruceBartlett 23m
    What is really sad is that even Republicans long out of Congress & GOP administrations don’t have the guts to speak against the crazies. Sad
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
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    • 74 theo67
      October 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Did even one Republican denounce the Confederate flag in front of the White House this weekend?

      • 75 57andfemale
        October 16, 2013 at 5:16 am

        No. Not one. THAT should be a major news story but instead we are subjected to chuck Todd making 7 figures and not understanding the fundamental differences betwee the Senate and House deals. Cronkite should haunt all their asses like effing Marley’s ghost.

  19. 76 Nena20409
    October 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    When Pat Robertson is sounding semi-sane……Wow……then hell has frozen over 😯


    Below is the transcript of Robertson’s remarks:

    “The Republicans have got to wave the white flag and say, ‘We fought a good fight and now it’s over. They cannot shut the government down and then bring about a default. We can’t do it. I mean, it would be devastating economically to every human being and the Republicans just can’t get tarred with that. So they tried and if they go to the electorate and say, ‘We tried, Obamacare was awful, we tried to get it underway and we weren’t successful, the Democrats wanted it, they fought for it and they wouldn’t let go so it’s their bill, their program.’”

    • 77 Dudette
      October 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Where’s the smelling salts? I really am in topsy-turvy world.

      • 78 Nena20409
        October 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        I was shocked. This is the SEER who saw or was it God had told him who was going to be the Victor last Nov presidential election.

      • 79 nathkatun7
        October 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

        Sadly, I doubt that the Ted Cruz/Mike Lee, Michelle Bachman, etc., etc., who make up the tea bag terrorist wing of the GOP will pay any attention to old Pat Robertson! I think they only listen to the Koch brothers, Heritage’s Jim DeMint, talk propagandists like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, etc., etc.

    • 80 theo67
      October 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Fifty years from now, Republicans will be trying to take credit for Obamacare – maybe even claiming that President Obama was a Republican.

  20. October 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Takes GOP out behind the woodshed!

    House Republicans Show Themselves To Be Dangerously Incompetent, Again

    ….Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was on CNN today saying that his party’s strategy for the last month has been lunacy. Well why the hell didn’t he do anything to stop it? Why didn’t he join with Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and stop the shutdown in its tracks on Sept. 30? Where is his sense of responsibility?

    Can you imagine the situation this country would be in if Republicans controlled both houses of Congress right now? Or if we had a President whose administration gets jerked around by Heritage Action in the same way that House Republicans do? It would be a trainwreck, and “reasonable” Republicans like Nunes would still be on television saying they understand it’s a trainwreck, but by golly, operationally, they had no way to stop it.

    There is no serious argument for Republican governance right now, even if you prefer conservative policies over liberal ones. These people are just too dangerously incompetent to be trusted with power….

    • October 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      “There is no serious argument for Republican governance right now, even if you prefer conservative policies over liberal ones. These people are just too dangerously incompetent to be trusted with power….”

      To say the least ….


    • October 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Sadly, magic, there are too many of these congressmen who “lament” what’s going on, wish it weren’t happening, but do nothing to stop it. I have zero sympathy for them. If they are that helpless, the need to quit so a Democrat can get the job and actually get something done.

  21. 87 desertflower
    October 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    A repeat, but well worth the read if you haven’t already. Guess who!


    COVERT OPERATIONS The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

  22. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Esprit de corps.

    • 89 Dudette
      October 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Saw that earlier! Oooorah!!!

    • October 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Great for the troops to do this, but deeply sad that it has come to this.

      • 95 jacquelineoboomer
        October 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        Deeply sad! There is a deep community spirit between the military and the civilians who support them (once the officer types get over their amazement, after first working with them, that they just can’t “order” a civilian to do something – Ha!). Not only this period, but federal workers – most of whom already suffer a pay comparability gap with private workers – haven’t had a cost-of-living pay raise in 2-3 years, due to the economy. Yes, very sad, indeed.

  23. 96 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    France has 65K visitors? They must just love my FF.

  24. 98 Dudette
    October 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    A moment for my celebrity crush, un’k? 🙂

  25. October 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  26. October 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Just read Benen’s piece on a “de-Americanized” world.

    The GOP and their ilk keep braying about “American exceptionalism”. The world sees a country that can’t govern itself. What the GOP is doing is ensuring that we become Russia.

  27. 102 sherijr
    October 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Wow Chips ~ The whole world…. in.your.hands. 😉

  28. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    My sentiments, exactly.

  29. 114 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    All the kidding aside (who am I kidding?), great job, bt. Keep it up.

  30. October 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  31. October 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Okay, we need music. Give me a few and we’ll have a Night Owl Music chat

  32. 124 Nena20409
    October 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    These People are just Mad…..Crazy…..Nuts……Certifiable.

    ‘I really believe we are in a great position right now,” says Michael Needham, the 31-year-old president of Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the nation’s largest conservative think tank. By “we” he means the Republican Party and the conservative movement; their “great position” refers to the potential to win the political battle over the government shutdown.

    Though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the public face of the high-risk strategy to “defund” ObamaCare, the masterminds behind it are a new generation of young conservatives, chief among them Mr. Needham. From a tactical view, the strategy has been deployed with precision. In August, only Mr. Cruz and a band of renegade tea-party Republicans in the House favored this approach, and the media collectively scoffed. But by September, House Republicans couldn’t pass a budget without attaching the defunding rider that has grounded much of government.

  33. 126 africa
    October 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Wow. We are worldwide. What an impressive feat. Way to go Chips!!

  34. October 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    From What is Working. . .

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