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  1. 7 MightyPamela
    January 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm


  2. 8 Cindy
    January 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Good afternoon Chipsticks,

    Thank you for the wonderful picture….this is gorgeous.

    I hope you and Danny boy have a awesome Saturday!!!!

  3. 9 Judith Fardig
    January 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Congressman John Lewis will be at Powell’s Books in Portland today for a book talk about the new biography of his life. We hope we can get in to hear him and expect it will be packed!!

  4. 16 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Today is our Favorite Governors birthday. Please join me in sending him a birthday greeting.

    • January 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Donna do you think he is planning to run in 2016

      • 18 arapaho415
        January 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        I saw a tweet that said O’Malley won’t run in 2016 if Hillary does. If I stumble across it again, I’ll post it here later.

        Two things I am certain of.

        1) Too early to play the 2016 game; it’s irrelevant at this point, so many things can and will happen between now and then.

        2) I am so against HRC for President (not as anti as a GOPer for President though). She will do nothing to build on the momentum President Obama is building NOW, and PUMAs are hateful and myopic creatures.

        P.S. Joe Biden has always been progressive; WYSIWYG (old Lotus 1-2-3 term, what you see is what you get).

    • 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Left you a couple of comments in the previous thread, Donna. Thank you!!

    • January 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I hope he runs for President and Hillary doesn’t.

    • 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      BTW, Donna, Chips, UT – have any of you heard from nath?

  5. 24 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Egypt’s referendum on a new constitution has been backed by 98.1% of people who voted, officials say.

    Turnout was 38.6% of the more than 50-million eligible voters, the election committee said.

    The draft constitution replaces one introduced by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi before he was ousted.

    The referendum is being seen as a vote on the legitimacy of his removal and of the army, which toppled him in July last year.


    hmmm, 39% turnout. don’t see how that is a mandate.

  6. 31 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Make it happen america. Before I wake up. Gunnite.

  7. 33 GGail
    January 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Thank you so much DD for bringing us news about Dudette! We wish her a speedy recovery so she can return to us. Once she is all well, we will convene a Committee to inform her Mother that Dudette has an “outside” family that must get reports on her when these situations arise!

    • January 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I missed the Dudette news. So glad that she’s recovering and will return. And good on mom for making her rest.

    • 38 LadyTNT
      January 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I want to give my thanks to Grandma DD as well for bringing the good news about Dudette. I hope she gets well soon!! I’m a regular lurker, but I do agree that you regulars need to tell someone in your family how to let us know you’re ok or have that buddy system thing that VC came up with. I inquired about the truck driver Wesley a while back and Wital just brought it to my attention that Nathan has been MIA for a while. I don’t think I remember him leaving post that he would take a hiatus. I definitely don’t think it’s an invasion of privacy to inquire if everything is ok with a poster. We are family! I’m one of the cousins that doesn’t always come to the family functions, but I still love y’all just the same 🙂

  8. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    January 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Flawless. Just flawless.

  9. 44 idon
    January 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The AARP FLOTUS cover exposes the real reason for all that hate – JEALOUSY! Just look at our beautiful First Lady – the smile, the eyes, the melanin-rich SKIN, her warmth and her commitment to improving the lives of others.

  10. January 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Go Villans! Beat the Scousers!

    (Sorry, that was my geek out for today.)

  11. January 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  12. 47 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Good day Chips,

    Any response from Word Press why using Twitter to login is not functioning? So strange.

    Hope you and Danny are having a fine weekend!!

  13. January 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Whoopsie doodle…

    • January 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      This guy needs security. He could have a one-car accident or a surprise stroke or heart attack. Better get him on the record ASAP.

    • 50 Don
      January 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      This guy “Wild Thang” is almost begging for someone to ask him the right question, this guy wants to talk, and badly.

    • January 18, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Will they grant him immunity??

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Being me, I’m suspicious. What if Wildstein is granted blanket immunity then all he says is that he was the main man behind it all and Christie didn’t know what he was doing? I don’t trust any of these guys/gals. After all, hasn’t he already pleaded the 5th; therefore it wouldn’t be unexpected for his revelations to centre around himself. My feeling is Christie undoubtedly has money behind him, or devious people in his pocket, so who’s to prevent them from paying this guy in some way to ‘take the fall’ but first bargaining for immunity? The end result would be minimal punishment for Wildstein, Christie is in the clear on the surface to tout his innocence – at least from a political perspective, and Wildstein gets a hefty reward of whatever sort from those with connections in the background. I am not convinced he is to be trusted.

  14. 55 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Both Wildstein and Baroni have requested the Port Authority pay their legal fees.

    • 56 Don
      January 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Of course they want the Port Authority to pay their legal fees, and it might not be the first time that public money has crossed these guys’ hands.

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      I’ve heard of the Port Authority of NY and NJ my whole life, but I haven’t followed any investigations of it in the past. But seems timely to start investigating – and breaking up – that entire political body, which seems like a hotbed for “deals,” graft, bribery, and other illegal activities. It has a huge range of responsibilities – not just the GWB – including the fact it operates the big airports within that land mass.

      And I wonder what could go wrong with this picture: “Members of the Board of Commissioners are typically business titans and political power brokers who maintain close relationships with their respective Governors.”

      Here’s a description of the authority from Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Authority_of_New_York_and_New_Jersey

      The authority is headed by the governors of NY and NJ … but “Financially, the Port Authority has no power to tax and does not receive tax money from any local or state governments. Instead, it operates on the revenues it makes from its rents, tolls, fees, and facilities.”

      • 58 99ts
        January 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        And it is the place that governors go to reward those who have been good and faithful to them. Seem to be many sinecures that pay large amounts of money.

        On Steve’s show this am – he had a defense lawyer (only spoke for a few minutes) who said the folks subpoenaed should lawyer up and produce all data requested – the worst thing to do is to destroy anything. Then he added – all this is good for NJ defense lawyers

        So the winners – as usual – will be the lawyers.

  15. January 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  16. 60 carolyn
    January 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    So glad Donna located Dudette, and hope Nathakun comes back. Love and persistence are important qualities in an extended family.

    Watching Steve Kornacki and Rachel Maddow, the country and hack journalists are getting a powerful lesson in how journalism and research are carried out. It is not achieved sitting in one’s office, querying google on a laptop or phone. It is not achieved starting with the conclusion, then trying to make the information match up. That is how Issa and his corrupt committee work…start with the conclusion they want, then try to find supporting evidence.

    NO…….find the evidence, track it down, and see where it leads you. I’m sure both RM and SK had a working premise……”something is rotten. what is it.” So…….they tracked down state legislators, searched emails and phone logs, went to newspaper morgues, asked questions of anyone and everyone……that’s how journalistic investigative reporting is done, in fact that is how research is done.

    This will be an educational object lesson for all journalism teachers and professors across the country, and for every professor who tries to teach students how to research. You do NOT START with the conclusion you want. You ask a question, you probably have a hypothesis, but you search where the info goes, not where you want it to go.

    Okay, my rant. I can’t help looking at events as they apply to education. This is an educational goldmine!

    • 61 desertflower
      January 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Couple these thoughts with education being the ability to teach one HOW TO THINK, NOT WHAT TO THINK…and you have an intelligent and vibrant community of citizens!

    • 63 LDS
      January 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Carolyn,I agree totally with you.
      I have been leaving posts thanking Donna for reaching out to “our” Dudette.
      And VC, you know, “real soon” is better than “very soon”.

      I will be dancing all day to Pharrell’s “Happy” because of the good news of “our” Dudette.
      Join me anyone?

  17. January 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  18. 65 desertflower
    January 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  19. January 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Friends, Per all the discussion about letting our TOD family know if we are going to be away: I am scheduled for surgery Jan. 29. It’s the typical female surgery–hysterectomy and bladder repair. I will be in the hospital for two days. Sooooo, I will be away for at least those three days. Hope to be able to do a little lurking each day after I get home. I will post this again just before my surgery.

    I am beyond relieved that Dudette is okay and will be returning to us.

    • 67 cookemom
      January 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      A speedy recovery to you tnmtngirl! Will be looking forward to seeing you back here on the great getting up day of your return to the land of TOD.

      • 68 LDS
        January 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        Tnmtngirl, I pray your strength and healing during and after surgery.
        I know everything will go well because starting tomorrow the Prayer Warriors in my SOS(Season of Sisterhood) will be in prayer every morning at 6:00am lifting your name up all week.

    • 69 Betsy
      January 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Hope and pray you will have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

      • 70 carolyn
        January 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Tnmtngirl…..don’t push yourself. We know where you are, and won’t worry. Thanks. Be kind go yourself and rest, rest, rest! Those of us who have had the big H know that rest is the key to recovery. You will feel SOOOOOOOO much better in a couple of months, and your energy will double, at least.

        • January 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

          All of you–THANK YOU for every well wish, thoughts and especially prayers. I (and my husband….because he has lots of female hiker friends) have been told over and over and over that I will feel so much better. I plan on repeatedly telling myself those first couple of weeks that I will take the short-term pain/discomfort for the long-term gain.

          As I said, I will remind y’all the day before for those who aren’t seeing this. 🙂

    • 72 mtmarilyn
      January 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you tnmtgirl, for letting us know. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on that day.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Tn, hope all goes well and you’re back home and strong after the surgery. So glad you let us know.

    • 74 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Wishing you a speedy recovery – I love that women refer to some surgery as “the typical female …” . If a man had to go through that it would be, as a minimum, the most critical day of his life.

      How things have changed – I remember when a hysterectomy was at least 7 days in hospital and 6 weeks at home doing nothing.

      Take care of you tnmtgirl .

  20. January 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!!! It’s an especially great getting up Dudette day in TODdytown!!!!

    I’ve been tuning in to the TOD channel sporadically lately, but couldn’t help but wonder about the absence of one of our music officiant designate. Kudos to super sleuth, sherlock donna dem.

    PS: I do like the buddy system that I read mentioned on a previous thread. Any interested TODster gives the OK to another TODster to contact them via an agreed upon method if/when there’s an unexplained absence of their buddy. They can even decide the criteria for when it’s time to do a wellness check.

    {{{{{Dudette group hug}}}}

  21. January 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    The world has lost its collective mind.

    Two of the top trending hashtags: #StayStrongJustin and #WeAreHereForYouJustin.

  22. 77 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • 78 carolyn
      January 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I’ve been thinking about the safety of Rachel and Steve K and their investigators also.
      But it is refreshing to see real investigative work being done.

      • 79 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        I suspect both Rachel and Steve K have folk watching their backs. They are doing superb investigative journalism. What’s amazing is that MSNBC is enabling them to do so and spread their results.

        • 80 carolyn
          January 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

          And what is also interesting, is that as Rachel has gone after this hammer and tongs…..her ratings are going up, up, and up. I think people are hungry for this sort of investigation. I wish one of these people had investigated Issa these past three years.
          In my paragraphs up above I explain how Issa goes about his “investigations” backwards…….working from what he wants the conclusion to be, to trying to find evidence. Rachel and Steve are going about it properly.

          • 81 jackiegrumbacher
            January 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            Carolyn, any relationship between Issa and “investigating” is purely coincidental. He’s a political hack with an agenda and purposely disallows any fact that inconveniences his pre-determined conclusion. People like him have been well known throughout history–those who take their personal prejudices as truth and refuse to see anything else. Issa hates the president. That’s the beginning and the end of what he’s about.

    • 82 cookemom
      January 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Mayor of Hoboken did the right thing by making sure she outed the administration today. She bought herself some ‘disappearance insurance’ by doing so. She probably went, ‘uh oh, they know I got some goods on the Sandy money’. Good on her for going on the offensive right away.

      • 83 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm


      • 84 Nena20409
        January 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

        She did well by coming forward. Poor lady, she was scared in 2013. Her City was 80% under water after Sandy Hit. She asked for $100M plus and she got a pitiful $300,000? Christie vetoed transparency bill passed by the state legislatures on the Sandy Fund and Port Authority reform bill.

        Control freak Christie loved power and was consumed by it for so few Dems stood with him. Barbara Buono spoke of this in one of the debates that I saw last year.

      • 86 99ts
        January 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        In the midst of it all she was still praising Christie – I think it is sad that democrats approved of his taking down the unions, sorting out the pensions, reducing taxes. But … it was mind chilling what she had to say – I think she has spent a long time wondering what to do. If she had said this before bridgegate – she would have been laughed into retirement by both sides of NJ politics. I’m looking at how Christie apologized to the Mayor about the bridge – it is NOT possible that he does not know what is happening in his office.

  23. 87 JER
    January 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  24. 90 Allison
    January 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  25. 92 Allison
    January 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

  26. 93 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    And the beat goes on ….

  27. January 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Afternoon TOD’ers, lurkers, regulars and big hugs and well wishes to our Dudette. I am so glad she is alright and mom is making sure she gets her rest for a full recovery. I worried that maybe Dudette burned the candles at both ends sometimes when she would be here in the morning, late afternoon and sometimes late at night providing us with such great music. I went all the way back to 12/23 posts all the way to when she last posted the morning of New years eve. I remembered she had family coming and had lots to do but still popped in then after Xmas she went shopping for a gift then was relieved when she got through it all and was getting back to normal then nothing. Thank you Donna Dem, Chips and all those that reached out to Dudette. I don’t post comments everyday but I do lurk everyday from the time BWD directed us here after she took a break. I agree we should have a buddy system in case some of our regulars goes missing. I know if our loverly Tally is missing too long I will reach out to her and she can do the same for me.

  28. January 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  29. 99 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Suggest everyone read the essay linked in this tweet …

    • January 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Just read it. What Snowden and his handlers did was scupper any real reform, because now reform is associated with, well, a traitorous Moscow mole.

      • 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Yep. They sure made reform much more difficult. My hope is that, through #PBO’s leadership & with Ambassador Rice riding herd (internally) that they will convince the folk within NSA that it is in their best interest and the Nation’s to take charge of their own reform.

        BTW ….

        … so true!!

    • 102 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Bob, this is a really excellent read, which puts what was done in a much needed context both in terms of the Russian-inspired Snowden operation and the broader meaning of yesterday’s speech by PBO. NSA revelations will now lose their sting and eventually produce no greater outrage than a shrug. I was pleased to see that one of the commenters mentioned Greenwald’s intense anti-Americanism. He is literally on a mission to destroy and discredit the US in every possible way and Snowden’s theft and sabotage gave him the tools he thought would bring it all down. No matter how many looney fans he accumulates, he was and is on a fool’s mission and he just got checkmated by the president.

  30. 103 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Interesting ….

  31. 105 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Just disgusting and so very sad ….

  32. 108 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Love the comments to her tweet ….

    Yes We Can

    • 109 Nena20409
      January 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      She can Proudly Hold her head high.

      She spoke up. Meticulously pointed out Christie and his fake persona. She called out her fellow Dems. She wanted NJ to listen. Soft-spoken, with dignity, she tried and she didn’t win. Yet now she is vindicated.

      Bless Her Heart and her integrity.

      Many NJites owe her an apology. She also said last week when asked that Christie will resign First before ever 2016 question is ever a possibility, paraphrasing.

      • 110 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        “Bless Her Heart and her integrity.” In_Deed, Nena. She is a very fine person and we can expect to see her rise as a force in NJ (& US) politics.

  33. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    If it’s useful, when someone else was not on the blog for a bit, a while ago, and we were worried, CanadaBarb and I added this type cross-check to our public profile pages (“About Me”):

    (Mine reads) Buddy system: canadabarb4obama

    Just a thought.

  34. 113 Nena20409
    January 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm
    • 114 Sue in Seattle
      January 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Yes, indeed. I even woke up hubby to watch it (west coast time) and he was appreciative. We both kept saying, “Wow!” in unison.

  35. 115 Nena20409
    January 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Just so cute.

  36. 117 Nena20409
    January 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    The Media were so Eager to cover a Jan 10 2014 Dec 2013 UE job numbers.

    Yesterday, 1-17-14, Here is what MarketWatch said about Job Openings and Crickets from the Media.

  37. 120 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Agree with him on this one …

  38. 122 forus50
    January 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I’m just sick of this very tragic event last Sunday night. A little brother and sister were playing and got into a hope chest and couldn’t get out of it and tragically died. I was informed of this at work yesterday as our company has a branch office in Franklin, Mass and our branch manager requested the company donate for the funeral expenses which we of course did. Just sad beyond sad.


  39. 123 Ladyhawke
    January 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Lawmakers Push Back Against Sensational NSA Coverage

    By JM Ashby


    It was revealed yesterday that the person responsible for the theft of detailed personal information, including credit card numbers, from over 70 million Target customers was a 17-year-old Russian hacker.

    For some reason the massive amounts of unsecure data retailers and social networks collect on us is considered noncontroversial while the collection of phone numbers as a matter of national security is seen as some nefarious conspiracy.

    Not-coincidentally, the harshest critics of the NSA are libertarian wolves masquerading as liberal sheep. They don’t have your best interests at heart. They stand in opposition of government itself.


    Read the entire post here …..


  40. 124 forus50
    January 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    so sorry. meant to write “sick over”. Major typo totally changing what I meant to write.

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