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  1. December 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Nice one! (Am I the first…?)

  2. 11 amk for obama
    December 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

    where are my cuban cigars? #arewethereyet

  3. 13 Judith Fardig
    December 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Neither President Obama nor Pope Francis will waste one minute of the time they have left to do big things to make life better for the people who need it most. I have never cared about a Pope before or a President as much as this one. What a pair!

  4. 17 Vicki
    December 18, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Front page, Chips. I see we all appreciated that cartoon.

    So what is our Amazing leader of The Free World up to Today? Maybe it will be a non-news day, POTUS needs a rest.

    Tomorrow the First Family is off to Hawaii!!! A long rest full of sun, surf, shaved ice, golf, family, friends. Enjoy yourself, President Obama and all your people.

    Burn in envy—WHPC. You never could stop PBO or hurt him and YOU NEVER WILL.

  5. 19 Judith Fardig
    December 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Wouldn’t it be great if the next U.S. Vice President (or even President) was one of the Castro brothers?

  6. 28 amk for obama
    December 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Palestinian draft peace plan put before UN Security Council

    A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel has been submitted to the UN Security Council.

    The document, presented by Jordan, calls for a deal within one year and Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories by the end of 2017.

    Jordan has indicated it will not seek a quick vote, allowing further talks and a possible bid to secure US support.

    The US has vetoed previous resolutions it considers hostile to Israel.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30527476

    as long as nut n yahoo is there, no peace.

  7. 30 amk for obama
    December 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is due to be prosecuted over allegations he incited racial hatred against Moroccans, the authorities say.

    The charges stem from an incident in which Mr Wilders led an anti-Moroccan chant during a speech in March.

    The Dutch public prosecutor later received more than 6,400 complaints.

    Mr Wilders, who leads the Party for Freedom (PVV), has often expressed his distaste for Islam and mass immigration.

    In response to the prosecution, Mr Wilders described the charges in a statement as “a travesty”.

    “The public prosecutor would do better to devote his time to prosecuting jihadis instead of me,” he said.

    Mr Wilders made his comments during a political meeting in The Hague.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30532882

  8. 33 JER
    December 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  9. December 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

    this picture up top is amazing

  10. 36 JER
    December 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

  11. 37 arapaho415
    December 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

    GM TODville,

    Left this at the tailend of the previous thread. Love puns:

    amk, jackieg and jeff, left responses to you on the previous thread.

  12. 38 amk for obama
    December 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

    aussie, a ‘Liberal Democratic Party senator’, gun nut wants everyone to carry guns, just like in murka.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30527662

  13. 42 arapaho415
    December 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Heard on the radio this morning that Chris Rock and others are concerned about Sony Pictures’ hacking, from a censorship POV.

    However, I have no sympathy for those arrogant, incompetent people at Sony who think they are insufferably entitled and special.

    Karma to Sony Pictures, hope this sinks the company, Amy Pascal, Seth Rogen (who apparently was responsible for how “gory” the successful assassination of a sitting leader of an actual nation was, depending on the country it was to be distributed to) and James Franco.

    Producing this picture was a bad decision, just like “Zero Dark Thirty” was.

    And this, from @nytimes today:

    From the article:
    “At Sony, investigators are looking into the possibility that the attackers had inside help. Embedded in the malicious code were the names of Sony servers and administrative credentials that allowed the malware to spread across Sony’s network.

    ‘It’s clear that they already had access to Sony’s network before the attack,’ said Jaime Blasco, a researcher at AlienVault, a cybersecurity consulting firm.”

    • December 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

      I don’t want to see Sony go under. There are a lot of people there doing good work that had nothing to do with the Interview and have no control over what Amy Pascal emails.

      But when I saw previews for this movie I shook my head and said oh no. Yes the leader of North Korea is a psychotic dirtball just like his old man. But you can’t make movies calling for his death, This was pure idiocy on Sony’s part.

      • 44 arapaho415
        December 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Sony Pictures is an awkward company, with top (Japanese) executives clueless about American culture.

        Having lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 40 years, I can tell you that the movie industry thinks they’re better than everyone else. IMHO, it’s a drag on the vibrancy and potential of Los Angeles. If the non-talent and non-execs have actual skills, there are plenty of places that will hire them.

        IMO, Amy Pascal has greenlighted two films which should have never gotten the (ridiculous) funding that they did – Zero Dark Thirty and The Interview, and she should pay the consequences for her frivolous decisions (while visiting Bali, I might add).

        Jeff:
        I know that I’m bothered by movie violence more than most people — I refuse to watch any movies with any violence, so I’m obviously out of the pop culture loop, since I’ve never seen a Quentin Tarantino movie.

        • 45 idon
          December 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

          I lived in LA as well and found many people in the entertainment industry to be wonderful people, actors, directors, producers and crafts peeps. I will not indict the whole of Hollywood for something that was done by one company’s leadership. It boggles the mind that anyone would produce and DISTRIBUTE (the key word being distribute) in a country in which some people have turned hate and fear into an industry. The wingnuts and stupid “emoprogs” would go see this trash because they cannot appreciate what such a movie means in the context of America’s racial and social history.

    • 46 Linda
      December 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I just saw a long interview with Hector “Sabu ” Monsegur, the top hacker with Anonymous, turned FBI informant and on their payroll after getting arrested.

      He said that these cybersecurity firms are being hacked too. NO system is safe anywhere in the world.

      Aljazeera America interviewed him on Dec. 11th.

    • 47 Jeff
      December 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      I don’t know… I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  14. 48 amk for obama
    December 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

    How the cubans benefit.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30523362

    US travellers can now bring up to $100 worth of tobacco products back from their visit.

    Marcus Daniel, the president of Florida cigar firm Marcus Daniel, Inc, said that could potentially harm US cigar stores like his.

    “The tough part is that in the interim, Americans can legally purchase and bring Cuban cigars into the US, but I make my living off of selling cigars and can’t legally purchase and sell [Cuban] cigars to them in my store,” he told the BBC.

    But, he added, he was optimistic that more reforms could be coming, and that the increased awareness could ultimately help him further down the line.

    “Most cigar-smoking Americans wanted this done a long time ago – I think I’m going to send a box of cigars to Raul and Obama for a job well done,” he said.

  15. 49 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Stinney sister: Decision ‘long overdue’ – Posted on December 17, 2014 6:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

    Katherine Stinney Robinson was just 10 when her 14-year-old brother George Julius Stinney Jr. was arrested, convicted and ultimately executed for the murder of two Alcolu girls in 1944.

    Now 80, she said Wednesday that she is grateful God has let her live long enough to see her brother’s name exonerated.

    “I think it’s long overdue,” she said. “I’m just thrilled because it’s overdue.”

    Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen vacated Stinney’s conviction Wednesday in an order signed Tuesday granting Stinney family attorneys’ writ of coram nobis, a rare legal doctrine held over from English law that “corrects errors of fact” when no other remedy is available to the applicant.
    …………………………….//

    http://manninglive.com/2014/12/17/stinney-sister-decision-long-overdue/

    • December 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Sometimes justice takes forever but it does prevail eventually. (Stinney, Till) How many others are waiting?

      • 51 vcprezofan2
        December 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

        Hi Alma-B! How did the snow treat you (was it yesterday or Tuesday)?

        I must say that when I read the announcement re George Stinney, I had a very unamused chuckle at the word ‘justice’. Maybe it’s because I’m currently reading ‘Just Mercy’ and my brain is full of several heartrending stories where children have been treated inhumanely under the guise of justice, but my overriding thought was ‘ How is it ‘justice’ to railroad and murder an innocent teenager, then take 70 years to clear his name?’ Truly, the rage I feel towards all of this nowadays is one of the reasons why I generally refrain from reading about or watching these types of true recountings. Sure I was upset at the unfairness and injustice in earlier years, but now I find that an almost uncontrollable rage mounts whenever I’m faced with them. Sigh.

        • December 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

          I know but i am beyond rage. I grew up with the story of Stephen Truscott. Black/white it all seemed like an assault on children. Who was there to protect them. Still a problem today. On another note, ever try to catch a flight after a massive storm?

          • 53 vcprezofan2
            December 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

            Alma-B, you cannot even get me to visit via car over the winter holiday season for fear of a snowstorm, so you’d better believe that I never try to fly anywhere after a storm! Heck, I rarely try to fly anywhere if it can be avoided – I don’t like flying. I gather you made it to where you were headed, but I bet it took hours extra!

  16. 60 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Ferguson “White Construction Worker” Harassed As Drug Dealer

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352643/-Ferguson-White-Construction-Worker-Harassed-As-Drug-Dealer

    How the Prosecutors treated one of the workers who had spoken to Mike Brown

  17. 62 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Terri Schiavo’s Husband Speaks Out On Jeb Bush’s Presidential Bid

    ThinkProgress spoke with Michael Schiavo and the attorney who represented him in the matter, George Felos, about Bush’s presidential candidacy. Both expressed concern that Bush’s record was one of government interference and opposing individual liberty.

    “If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, adding, “We really don’t need another Bush in office.”

    Felos described Bush’s actions interference in Schiavo case as, “An egregious example of the fat hand of government inserting itself into a family’s medical decision and the obtrusive hand of government trying to override their decision.”

    Though Michael Schiavo got a court order in 2002 to remove his wife’s feeding tube — he said his wife had not wanted to be kept alive artificially — Jeb Bush intervened, pushing the state legislature to pass an unconstitutional bill in a special session giving him authority to order the feeding tube reinserted. When a state judge ordered it removed again, Felos told ThinkProgress, Bush “manipulated the organs of state government in order to try to evade the court order.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/12/17/3604615/michael-schiavo-jeb-bush/

    • 63 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I WILL DISAGREE ON THIS ONE…I FOLLOWED THE SCHIAVO CASE VERY CAREFULLY…MR. SCHIAVO WAS WITH GIRLFRIEND…WANTING TO GET MARRIED. TERRIR SCHIAVO’S PARENTS WANTED TO CARE FOR HER…SHE COULD HEAR AND THEY WOULD FEED HER. JEB BUSH EVEN THOUGH I DON’T CARE FOE THE BUSH DYNASTY…TRIED TO SAVE HER FOR HER PARENTS. THE HUSBAND DIDN’T WANT TO BOTHER WITH A SICK WIFE…I KNOW THE FEELING!

      • 64 99ts
        December 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        DON’T GO THERE – When a governor creates a law to bypass the rule of law there is NO VALIDATION – this is so attacking the victim.

    • 65 99ts
      December 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Linda – says all that needs to be said about Jeb Bush

  18. 66 arapaho415
    December 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Cuba and Sony updates:

  19. December 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Yes, Bibi is horrible for Israel. This dude could well be worse ….

    ” Bennett was pressed on how Israel would avoid European and UN sanctions; how Israel could be a democratic state if the Palestinians were to be denied basic human rights; how he could expect Palestinian cooperation while condemning Palestinian leaders as terrorists; how he could maintain the American-Israeli alliance while consistently attacking American policies and leaders; how he would deal with the demographic problem; and so on and so forth. But again and again, Bennett could offer only clichés and platitudes. He would “speak frankly” to the Americans, he assured his listeners – even as he evaded every important question in this address to an American audience –and somehow, magically, he would be able to “change the global view of what is going on” in the Middle East.

    American-Jewish leaders in the room were shocked. Israel’s standing in the world is at a low point, and they know how much hard work is required, even in America, to make Israel’s case. How will that case be made, they wondered, if this man, so dismissive of American concerns and of democratic values, is a major voice of Israel’s new government? Even those who care little for Bibi Netanyahu know that Netanyahu-the-rightwing-politician can also be Netanyahu-the-polished-and-effective-diplomat, an articulate defender of Israel’s needs. But how could Bennett ever offer such a defense?

    The political profession is not necessarily a noble one, and it is fair to ask whether Bennett really believes every word of what he is saying, or whether he is putting on a carefully choreographed election performance from which he will begin to retreat the day after the March 17 vote. I am betting on the former; the sincerity that Bennett proclaims and sees as a source of his electoral strength seems to be real. And there is nothing in his public record or the record of his party to suggest that his positions are put forward out of convenience rather than conviction. ”

  20. December 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
    Believe it or not, the United States has a man in Havana—and he’s set to get a big promotion.

    Resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba means a promotion for Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the career foreign-service officer currently serving as chief of mission in the U.S. interest section in Havana. He will become charge d’affaires, which confers much the same status as ambassador. Once President Obama’s critics quiet down, and concede however grudgingly that he’s acting in the country’s best interest by taking this great leap forward with Cuba, DeLaurentis could well be the president’s choice for the historic posting of a U.S. ambassador to the island nation after a 54-year hiatus.

    The Senate confirmed him once before, in 2011, for a posting to the UN. And he has served in Havana twice before, once in the early ’90s, soon after beginning his career after graduating from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and again from 1998 to 2002. He’s a highly regarded professional, says Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at Brookings and a Latin scholar, who was in Cuba Wednesday for the simultaneous historic announcements from the presidents in Havana and Washington.

    “He is exceptionally well qualified to manage this historic and positive change in relations for the foreseeable future,” Piccone said in an email that praised Obama’s actions and noted that Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that he intends to visit Cuba in 2015 is “another very strong sign of the deep commitment to move this agenda forward, with or without congressional support.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/18/our-man-in-havana-for-real.html

  21. 69 JER
    December 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

  22. December 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Good morning TOD Folks. Great cartoon to start this thread. Thanks for posting regional headlines on last post. Says more than the Marco Rubios of the world. Have a wonderful day everyone.

  23. 72 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Jeh Johnson is on Mrs Greenspan’s show.

    Gawd she has got to be the worst interviewer on earth……

  24. 74 JER
    December 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm


    U.S. stocks soared Thursday, continuing the previous session’s gains, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied as high as 267 points in early trading after crude oil prices gained. … http://www.ibtimes.com/dow-jones-industrial-average-skyrockets-more-260-points-oil-prices-rally-1762823

  25. 75 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE THE ‘PARTING THE WAVES’ CARTOON….PERFECT….!!!!!! THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO MAKE A CONSPIRACY OUT OF EVERYTHING THE PRESIDENT DOES…YOU KNOW…THAT ONE…THE AFRICAN AMERICAN GUY!!!!!…I LOVE HIM TO PIECES AND I AM SO GLAD HE IS PRESIDENT!…JUST POPPED IN TO SAY ‘HELLO’ AND OFF AND RUNNING TO VISIT WITH MY SON. I AM GLAD PBO AND FAMILY WILL LEAVE FOR THE PALM TREES AND SAND TOMORROW…I JUST PRAY PBO HAS SOME PEACE.


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