23 Million Thanks!

It’s been an amazing year at TOD, so many new visitors, so many good friends who’ve been here along the way, so it’s completely lovely to celebrate you all by getting to (a highly random) 23 million hits before the year’s end – which is mind-boggling.

Endless thanks to you all, especially to UT for her fantastic work through the year, and to blog tyrants Liberal Librarian, Lovely Plains, Zizi and even Amk for making TOD what it is.

You are mighty mighty people!

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Now, chat on!

128 Responses to “23 Million Thanks!”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    December 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm


  2. December 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Howdy and many more thanks to you Chips and your crew! Wishing you the best in the New Year!

  3. 10 HZ
    December 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    The Best!!! HZ

  4. 11 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Danny’s fault:) Congratulations, Chips and BT’s….cheers to this milestone and many, many more:)

  5. 12 Dakota
    December 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    You Go Chips Darlin’! 23 Million!!!

  6. 13 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Because money talks and some people consistently reward bad, ugly behavior….guess who’s back in good graces at A&E? Will have my own personal boycott of that channel. SMH

  7. 14 CEB
    December 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    The best blog evah! Congrats Chips and TOD ohana!!

  8. December 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Congrats on 1st MP and hope you are doing well!!

    Congrats Ms Chips and an exceptional accomplishment – this amazing community that you created, have nurtured and now have an outstanding partnership with UT and the other ‘blog tyrants’!!!

  9. 16 desertflower
    December 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    For TOD crew!!! Regulars,lurkers, bt’s and the Goddess herself! Hugs to all of you…and grateful thanks….from 23 million of us!

  10. 18 GGail
    December 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Chipsticks!!!!!!! 23,000,309 – I can’t believe it.

    You’ve come a long way baby, but the journey is far from over.
    Hand in hand the TOD family will carry on, step by step together with you and the mini bt’s leading the way.

  11. December 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Congratulations to all who have made this place the best source for the truth. Thanks Chips and UT and all the rest of the BT’s and the regulars. Your ability to inform knows no equal.

  12. December 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  13. 21 africa
    December 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, Chips!!

    Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful place at this most important and interesting time in history. Thanks to all the blog Tyrants!!! Thanks to all my friends here who I’ve never met face to face, but it feels good to know you.

    • 23 desertflower
      December 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      A few months ago, the people of Switzerland put a referendum on the ballot for a basic income. This proposal would issue for every adult person in the nation a monthly government stipend of ~$2,200-$2,700 US dollars per month. This basic income would come without any means testing, just money to every adult from the day they turn of age till the day they die. With a guaranteed basic income, work would no longer be required to survive, poverty would be eliminated in one move. Where did they get this radical idea?

      Would you believe the idea for a basic income for all came from a founding father of the United States?

      Thomas Paine, one of our founding fathers, proposed a basic income in “Agrarian Justice.”
      The origin of this basic income idea comes from the piece “Agrarian Justice” by Thomas Paine. In it, he proposed a dividend to get started in life, and a stipend for all who came of age. To fund this, his proposal was to create a national fund paid for by a flat 10% income tax for all money earned, if from labor or from business or financial transactions. He rightly understood that money from such a fund would still be spent, and that would require businesses to continue operating, paying for employees, etc.

      The Swiss proposal for a Basic Income would start once a person reached the age of maturity and last until they passed on. There would be no means testing, so this basic income would apply to rich and poor alike. This would eliminate other anti-poverty programs, and lower overhead costs in the process. In effect, it would create a new paradigm.

      • 24 susanne
        December 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        plus, the massive, simultaneous explosion of gop heads could be harnessed to provide free electricity for the nation. 🙂

  14. 25 gn
    December 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Love this place. Thanks so much to the editors and commenters for the great work.

  15. 26 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Cheers! Chips is great! We are great! I’m celebrating right now! 23 Mill! Clink! Clink! and Clink!

  16. 28 Layla
    December 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Much to celebrate!!!!! Congratulations to TOD CEO Miss Chips and all TODers!!!!! OT I just received an “employee of the year’ award! Go figure!

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      December 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      huge congratulation on your personal achievement of serving in a way that draws extra appreciation from those at your job!

  17. 30 susanne
    December 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    twenty-four million congratulations, chipsticks! (just getting out in front of this zooming blogmobile 🙂 )

  18. 31 susanne
    December 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    and in other news…..

    ‘Paul Ryan lectures the pope’

    ‘It’s true that while knuckle-draggers like Rush Limbaugh attack the pope as a Marxist, Ryan has praised him, which I guess takes a tiny bit of courage since normally Republicans don’t like to buck the leader of their party. “What I love about the pope is he is triggering the exact kind of dialogue we ought to be having,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “People need to get involved in their communities to make a difference, to fix problems soul to soul.”

    But he couldn’t suppress either his right-wing politics or his supreme capacity for condescension for very long. “The guy is from Argentina, they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina,” Ryan said (referring to the pope as “the guy” is a nice folksy touch.) “They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don’t have a true free enterprise system.” ‘

    yes it’s by joan walsh, but she holds nothing back in slamming lyin’ ryan here.

  19. 33 mtmarilyn
    December 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Congrats to Chips and to all of us of this community. We are here to support this President and to make sure the truth gets out. Thanks to all who come here.

  20. 34 utaustinliberal
    December 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Fantastic news, Chiparoo. Here’s to 23 million more!

  21. 35 sherijr
    December 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    23 million Cheers Chips ! I love this place and all the blog tyrants toboot, hope never to have to get through a day without you 🙂

  22. 36 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    23 Million Hits and Counting.

    Chips ❗ Chips ❗ Chips ❗

    HooRay ❗ ❗ ❗

    This a Fine Mighty TOD Blog.

    Congratulations. 2014 has seen Nothing Yet 😉

  23. 37 anniebella
    December 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Did anyone see the re-broadcast of the Steve Harvey show were he interviewed the President?

    • 38 TrumpDog
      December 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      I recorded it. I plan to watch it later 🙂

      I will say from what I saw, the admiration and Steve’s eyes was very noticable.

      • 39 TrumpDog
        December 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        Meant to say …admiration and respect in Steveas very noticable

        Screwed up because I was talking on the phone and typing while posting. d’oh.

        • 40 anniebella
          December 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

          Yes Steve Harvey respect this President and he think the President is doing a good job, plus he said his wife think the world of Michelle. Of course I’m sure he likes her too.

  24. December 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    WOW Ms. Chips, 23 million! You have created an awesome site. I would be lost without it. Thank you all who contribute 🙂

  25. 42 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Can’t Keep a Great Blog Down.

    Those who come, lurk, visit, comment, contribute, etc…… do it for The LOVE and Dedication of an awesome proprietor, Chips.

    I raise my Virtual Fine Champagne in an exquisite Glass to You All at TODable TOD 😉

  26. 43 anniebella
    December 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Fairfield freshman teacher from Ohio tells black student that we don’t need another black President. The teacher has been suspended without pay.

  27. 44 susanne
    December 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    look who else is celebrating the obama diary’s big milestone!!!

  28. December 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Great way to end the year!

    Looking FORWARD to 2014.

    Such good tidings over the last 24 hours.

    Absolutely LOVE Linda’s (What Is Working) thrilling description her whirlwind fantasy party at the White House.

    Her slide show made you feel like you were actually there, along with Linda and Shirley (I’m sure Linda hears “Laverne and Shirley” all the time, always loved Laverne’s sweaters with the huge embroidered L). So thrilled for both of you, so glad you invited us along.

    This is from Christmas Eve, but was the closing segment of yesterday’s Rev Al show (the TPM link provides details and was posted here a day or so ago, I think by Nena).

  29. 47 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    The UnStoppable TOD

  30. 48 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Ain’t No Stopping Us…..TOD….Now, You’re on the Move.

  31. December 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    To Chips and all the Blog Tyrants, a biggggggg thank you for the pleasure, the information, the blogmmunity and giving the real PBO and FLotus to people who care. TOD is the greatest antidote to the MSM.

  32. 50 Nena20409
    December 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    My Way…..well….I like it to be TOD’s Way 😉

    All across the Globe at TOD doing it their way……with R E S P E C T

    Accuracy. Facts. Truth. Community. Laughter. Sweet. Opinions. Debates. The Good. The Better. The Best.

  33. December 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Okay folks. Let’s start having a pool to see what the number will be come election night 2014. We will have Danny keep track of the entries.

    My guess is 29,876,543.

    • 52 japa21
      December 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Nix that, changing it to 31,876,543.

      Winner gets to take Danny for a walk. (Or is it get taken for a walk by Danny?)

  34. 53 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Chips, a warm embrace of congratulations. Your hard work and effort have made this place the success it is. A success well deserved, an occasion worth celebrating! Congratulations!

  35. December 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Congrats Chipsticks on the 23 million milestone. Just evidence of what TODers already know…that this is a quality blog site and that you, Chipsticks, along with the blog tyrants, the Twitter brigade, and all those who frequent this site–whether as an active commenter or a passive lurker–are class acts.

    What a way to start the new year!!!!

  36. December 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    *screeches in to a full stop*

    Hello TOD!

    Wow, 23 million. I wonder how many hits GG and his ilk get? Even if they match or exceed our numbers, I wager they’re a sorry, sour sort.

    Thank you, Chips, for creating this oasis of sanity and positivity. When the world is so full of the negative, there needs to be a palliative to it.

    I had 3 mojitos with lunch, amazing Cuban food, and now I need to get laundry done for the missus. I shall be in and out.

  37. 56 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm


  38. December 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Holy crap, I was followed by a senior consultant at the Folger Shakespeare Library! I think that trumps Chips’ portapotty follow!

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  40. December 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  41. 62 JER
    December 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

  42. 65 Vicki
    December 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    23 million!! wow. A great blog that deserves every click it gets.

  43. December 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  44. 67 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  45. December 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Yowzer. 23 million. I remember and will be forever grateful to the person who first posted a link to this blog at HuffPo. TOD has been better than psychotherapy. And I will be forever grateful to Chips who suggested we all join twitter in solidarity. I would never have tried it without the help provided here. Not only is twitter fun but now my daughter and her friends think I’m cool. So, thanks TOD. And here’s to the next 23 million.

  46. 69 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm


  47. 70 dotster3
    December 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    • 71 anniebella
      December 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I hope the First Family is enjoying their vacation. I don’t mind one bit that my tax dollars is going for them to have a wonderful vacation.

  48. 72 utaustinliberal
    December 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  49. 73 yardarm756
    December 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    This one comes with naughty mats for you hens!

  50. December 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    23 Million Thanks…..

    You’re Simply the Best!

  51. 84 hopefruit2
    December 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I am looking for the TOD email address but can’t seem to find it. Please post if you know it. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  52. December 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I love the end of the year review that REV AL did on his show tonight….simply Awesome

  53. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    December 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    huge congratulations to Ms. Chips!

    huge congratulation to the supporting cast of dedicated “blog tyrants”!

    huge congratulations for all who make this place what it is in ways that are seen and also in ways that are not easily seen (including the dedicated team of “lurkers”)

  54. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    December 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  55. December 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Ms Chips!! Fantastic, congratulations on 23 MILLION HITS!! Brilliant, and well-deserved…. and a big shout-out to UT and all the blog tyrants! Such a wonderful place to go for REAL news. I have been horribly busy, and spent some time in London helping our elder son celebrate his 30th birthday, so have not been posting of late. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

  56. December 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  57. December 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    23M – just wow! Congrats … Bigger and consistently wonderful!

  58. December 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    REV ALs 2013 greatest moments of activism as we struggle forward for equality and justice….

  59. 101 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats, Chips.

    Maintaining a consistent readership growth while the msm is on a consistent decline is a BFD. Keep it up.

  60. December 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with Thomas Cahill on this core reality. Limbaugh, Hannity, Ryan, Boehner, et all can yell “Marxist,” “Communist,” whatever until they drop from exhaustion, but what terrifies them and their plutocrat masters is that Pope Francis speaks and ACTS as a Christian.

    The more that reality seeps in, the more desperate they will become because they know how tightly aligned with President Obama’s view of humanity and public service the Pope’s words and deeds are.

    Yes We Can

    • 108 jackiegrumbacher
      December 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      The American right twisted the concept of Christianity so that it would extol greed, promote exploitation and foster intolerance. And the sad thing is millions of Americans bought it because it fed into their own desires, prejudices and self- justifications. Pope Francis is telling the world that real Christianity is difficult, selfless, and compassionate. It’s no wonder he’s making people uncomfortable. So instead of trying to rethink their own prejudices, they will attack the pope so they can feel justified in never having to change.

  61. 109 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • 110 anniebella
      December 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      It’s okay with Phil Griffin if some one on his station lie on the President, or call the President a disrespectful name, but don’t you dare say anything about that racists ugly nasty Sarah Palin. You’re fired. Everyday Chuck Todd lie his freaking ass off, Halperin call the President a disrespectful name, but they are still at MSNBC.

  62. 111 hopefruit2
    December 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    23 Million hits to mark the end of a phenomenal year at TOD! Thanks chips and congratulations on achieving this remarkable milestone. 🙂 🙂

  63. December 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    CONGRATS and more, Chips. And all the BTs……thank all of you for this lovely oasis of truth, calm, laughter, support, love, joy and peace.

  64. December 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  65. December 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Truth …

  66. 117 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  67. 118 forus50
    December 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I’m late to the party here having been out of town with family and friends enjoying the holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy 23 Million Chipsticks!! Wow.

  68. December 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    HealthCare.gov: Meeting the Mark

    Julie Bataille, Director of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    Friday, December 27, 2013

    December 24 and the days leading up to it were critically important for enrollment in Marketplace coverage.

    There’s no question that, over this past weekend, Monday, and Tuesday, HealthCare.gov met the mark and did exactly what it was supposed to do–helping Americans from across the country find secure, quality health insurance coverage at an affordable price.

    Over this four-day period, response time averages held steady at about a half second and page error rates were low at less than half a percent.

    Monday, December 23, was our peak day. On Monday, the site was supporting 83,000 concurrent users while our queuing system was up, and it performed as designed. For those queued, wait times were generally less than five to ten minutes and users were given the option of receiving an email telling them when they could come back and get right in. There were 129,000 people who took advantage of this opportunity and were invited back the same day to finish their applications.

    On Christmas Eve, the site had a total of 880,000 visits, with no queuing.

    The call center also received a high volume of calls on Monday and Tuesday, with 317,000 calls received on Christmas Eve alone.

    We’re going to do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition period for consumers whose coverage begins on January 1. And we’re going to continue to work to ensure every American who still wants to enroll in Marketplace coverage by the end of the open enrollment period is able to do so.

    If consumers have any questions regarding their coverage, they should call the insurer of their choice to, among other things, confirm enrollment or arrange payment of premiums, or the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596. They can log in to their account to find out their insurer’s customer service line or browse through a directory on HealthCare.gov.

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also has developed a number of consumer tips and fact sheets (under “Fact Sheets”) to help consumers understand their new coverage such as what consumers should know about going to their doctor or getting emergency care.

    We’ve seen the important progress made on HealthCare.gov, and we are going to keep working to make sure the consumer experience continues to improve throughout the open enrollment period.


  69. 120 carolyn
    December 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Late to the party too, but my congratulations are no less sincere. This is a tremendous place, I love it. It seems I can remember when we turned ONE million views. 23 million is unbelievable……and the place has stayed positive and friendly………the people here are just wonderful…..funny, educated, openhearted, empathetic…..Thanks for this wonderful blog!!!

  70. 121 amk for obama
    December 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  71. December 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  72. 124 EDP4BHO
    December 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Big congrats to you Chips, and all who congregate here. As Carolyn stated up thread, I remember when you hit the one million mark. These few years later are proof positive you can’t keep a good woman down. Without saying so, I contribute daily to that number. So, Chips, what will you do in 2017? 😀 Bless you, lady !! And I have to say congrats to Linda from WIW. Shows how quiet persistence contributes so much to progress. Much like PBO. G’night !

  73. 125 sjterrid
    December 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Congratulations, Chips and TOD on 23 million hits!

  74. 126 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Congratulations to all contributors here. Unbelievable what a great job you all have done. Thank you so much Chipsticks for creating this fun and positive place. I don’t know what I would do without it. It’s the only place to keep up with the Obama administration on a daily basis. I lurk and I learn from you all every day. I love knowing that countless others are doing the same and finding this great source of information. I also love reading the comments as you all are so entertaining. Makes politics fun.

  75. 127 taiping1
    December 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Congratulations mighty Chips, our fearless intrepid leader. I also remember hitting the first one million. To have created a great community for people around the world to come together in support of President Barack Obama. I hope they have an archive of TOD in the presidential library. There is no other site with such comprehensive positive coverage which is so important in the current environment of media negativity and lies. Thanks also to UT, LL, Zizi, Lovely Plains, and all the Blog Tyrants and commenters. On to 2014 and a Blue Congress.

  76. 128 nospin
    December 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Congrats on your 23 Million hits. No surprise as you and your team of blog tyrants are committed to news and commentary based on truth and facts without the spin.

    Thank you all for what you do.

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