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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm


  2. 24 Nena20409
    January 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Au and Ag ⭐ ⭐ for VC.

  3. 26 Nena20409
    January 4, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    And then this from the NYT

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      January 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      I have not read the article, but I would question ‘outside’ of whose awareness? Certainly not that of the people who live it.

        • 29 vcprezofan2
          January 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

          Simply reading that summary statement in the tweet reaffirms Bobfr contention – a Truth and Reconciliation forum would make a difference. It would at least raise awareness that the discrimination you may be unaware of is often bitingly, if quietly, felt.

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        January 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        It’s very clear from the article that the research and presentation is white centered. From what I could see, it was white perceptions of black applicants and did not even include other ethnic name biases.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      January 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Nena, I read this depressing article and wondered if there would be any difference between older employers, realtors, property owners and younger ones. I had hoped that there would be some generational progress in this country as younger people who have grown up in a more diversified society seem to have less biased attitudes. It would provide at least a trickle of hope about life on this planet if that were so.

    • 35 arapaho415
      January 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      I saw this article yesterday, but it didn’t seem to present new information, seemed to reinforce previous observations.

      Here’s more on “confirmation bias” from last month:

  4. 36 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Would it surprise you to find out that, if you were pulled over by a police officer for a minor traffic violation, any possessions your have in your car (including cash) could be confiscated? Or that you could lose your home if your grandson sold $40 worth of drugs on your porch? Or how about if you drove to a party where alcohol was being served illegally, would it surprise you to find out that your car could be confiscated?

    You shouldn’t be surprised. Because all of those things have actually happened to people in various parts of this country. And it’s all legal based on something called “civil asset forfeiture.”

    ………………………. //


  5. January 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Didn’t mean to cause anyone any pain… Mr. Yardarm, keep resting for the weekend…no naughty mats requested for this one!

  6. 44 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

  7. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    January 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Chips, that West Wing week is hilarious and our president seems to be having such a great time with people. I can only imagine how it would feel to have one of those casual encounters with him when he is relaxed and jovial. The young people handle it with much greater poise than I would ever show.

  8. January 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Early heads up: Tonight’s menu.

    Smokey garlic roasted pork tenderloin
    Roasted asparagus

    And I am presently enjoying a Manhattan. Old Crow bourbon, Cinzano sweet vermouth, and genuine Angostura bitters.

  9. 60 Allison
    January 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    He was an excellent Governor

  10. January 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America

    Pope names 20 cardinals, emphasising non-Europeans
    2 hours ago

    Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church’s support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

    Fifteen of the new cardinals — considered “princes of the church” — are under the age of 80, meaning they are eligible to join the conclave which will elect the pope’s successor.

    In announcing the new voting cardinals, Pope Francis said they come “from 14 countries from every continent (and) manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome” and churches around the world.

    The list of newly named cardinals includes three from Africa, five from Latin America as well as a combined total of five from Asia and the Pacific.

    With the naming of Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, he becomes the first cardinal from the Polynesian archipelago. At 53, he will also be the youngest.


  11. January 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I still get a kick out of the President…in Between Two Ferns…….. 😀

    • 64 Judith Fardig
      January 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Me, too, Prettyfoot! It really helped spur the final signups last year. Maybe Our President could be Cobert’s first guest on Late Night and do a similar push.

    • 65 forus50
      January 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      It’s a classic up there with some of the best SNL.

  12. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    January 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  13. 68 Roberta in MN
    January 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I sure hope we see more of him in the future.

  14. 69 Roberta in MN
    January 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    When is Colbert’s first show? I may have to start recording the late shows. 🙂

    • 70 Nena20409
      January 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Not Until in Aug 2015.
      Letterman ends his show in May of 2015.

      • 71 Judith Fardig
        January 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        So not in time to help promote ACA sign-ups for 2015. I’m sure the President and his team will think of some clever way to reach their target before mid-February.

  15. 72 GGAIL
    January 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Yes, I’ve returned…still celebrating 😀

    I see Chelsea managed to copy ManU and eek out a win – congrats! 🙂

  16. 77 Roberta in MN
    January 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Detroit is killing Dallas. Whoooot!!!!

  17. January 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Evening all. I looooved West Wing Week. PBO has humanized the office of the President. Congrats vc. Still having cane juice on your behalf.

    • 79 vcprezofan2
      January 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Better take it easy now then – I would not be having much more than one piece of cane, if it were a sweet piece, and I don’t drink the pre-squeezed juice. I like to chew my own.

      • 80 GGail
        January 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        I prefer to chew my sugar cane too vc. As a little girl, we used to go to my father’s side of the family’s houses in Florida and get our fill to eat as treats. Fond childhood memories.

        • 81 vcprezofan2
          January 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

          Somehow it tastes different/better than buying the juice extracted by machine, or whatever. Plus, I loved peeling it with my teeth. Ah, memories!

      • January 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        I will keep all that in mind not withstanding my diabetes too. 😜

  18. 83 forus50
    January 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    • 84 Nena20409
      January 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Fingers Crossed and Hope and Change awaits eagerly 🙂

      • 85 Vicki
        January 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

        Unfortunately Sen. Menendez and the rest of the AIPAC hardline RW warmongers will be gearing up their fight to protect military sales figures by sanctioning Iran even harder, if they can. Peace isn’t profitable. War and conflict is where the profits lie.

        I sure hope that Our President along with Iran’s President, will prevail against the haters ugly display.

  19. 88 Nena20409
    January 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Given the strong November report, Pavlik said he’d like to see December numbers also come in above estimates. But even if they hit the consensus, what matters is that job growth is still occurring, he said.

    Analysts surveyed by MarketWatch expect, on average, an addition of 215,000 jobs to the economy for December. Unemployment, which held at 5.8% in November, is expected to decline to 5.7%.

    I am hoping for a 5.6% UE. That is as close as can be to a full economy…..5.4% used to be the Scale to Judge.

  20. January 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Me after 1.5 Manhattans

  21. 94 Vicki
    January 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    WHWeek is so funny and utterly delightful.
    How will we all manage post PBO—nevermind don’t think about it.

    Meanwhile, according to 2 tweets up above—thanks to nena and forus—2015 is off to a Bright Start!

  22. 95 Nena20409
    January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    In 1959…..This happened in NYC with the NYPD.
    In 2014…..2015…..those who are still in denial need their heads re-examined.

  23. 96 GGail
    January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I’m so sad to see Payton Manning and now Joe Montana in Papa John’s commercials. Uuuuggghhhhh!

  24. 99 Nena20409
    January 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      January 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm


      January 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm


      • 102 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm


  25. January 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm



    Texas Judge resigns after being caught texting instructions to prosecutors to help win convictions

    Texas district Judge Elizabeth E. Coker is stepping down from the bench after being caught engaging in a massive perversion of justice. A whistleblower revealed that Corker was sending text messages to prosecutors with suggestions on questions to ask in court in order to secure a conviction.

    from Houston Chronicle:

    State District Judge Elizabeth E. Coker—who sits on the bench over Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto counties—has resigned under fire in a texting controversy, according to a voluntary agreement with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

    It stems from complaints and media stories alleging that Coker “had engaged in improper ex parte text communications with Polk County Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones while Judge Coker presided” over a criminal trial in August of 2012.

    With those complaints, “the commission commenced an investigation into allegations that Judge Coker used Assistant District Attorney Jones to privately communicate information” about the case “to suggest questions for the prosecutor to ask during the trial” among other issues.

    The agreement also said the commission looked into other complaints that Coker allegedy engaged in other improper communications and meetings with Jones, other members of the Polk County prosecutor’s office, the San Jacinto County District Attorney and certain defense attorneys.

    The agreement goes on to say “the parties agree that the allegations of judicial misconduct, if found to be true, could result in disciplinary action against Judge Coker.” As a result, the parties sought to resolve the matter “without the time and expense of further disciplinary proceedings.”

    Coker did not admit any guilt or fault.


  26. January 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    • 105 Vicki
      January 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      My local drugstore, affiliated with Walgreens did a Tremendous job on Obamacare last year. I recall posting the details here at TOD at the time.
      This is NYC and NY State was one of the biggest ACA successes.
      You couldn’t open up your cable bill without finding an ACA promo brochure.
      This kind of saturation works so I am glad to see that this promotion will happen again this year.

  27. 108 forus50
    January 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    • 109 arapaho415
      January 4, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      She’s been on 60 Minutes all season — hers was one of the segments in the opening show back in September or so. I ranted here back then too.

  28. January 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    IMHO, posting images of that Rivera slut should come with some sort of TOD penalty box time …. seriously ….. 😉

  29. January 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Dishonor a fallen, fellow officer in order to disrespect a father explaining reality to his black male teenager son could not better define how very far America must travel to rid itself of its 400+ year legacy of dehumanization of African slaves and their American descendents.


    • January 4, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Who would have thought that the #NYPD would prove, beyond any doubt, that the USA is decades, if not centuries away from being #PostRacial ….

      • 118 carolyn
        January 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        This action of some of the NYPD makes me ask: What part of their lizard brain makes them think this action makes them look GOOD? Eventually this action begins to disturb the majority of people, and we will all begin to look at all of our police departments with a jaundiced eye. I know, I do, even here in this mostly innocuous suburb Every time I see a car stopped by a policeman, I look to see the color of the person in the driver’s seat, fearing the worst. I worry about my AA young men who drive and walk around the town off campus, and my students from all over Africa and parts of Arabia. I fear for them.

        • January 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

          I share your concerns, Carolyn.

          When our history books detail the truth about American slavery, its slave owners (including Founders & Framers of our Independence & Constitution) and those who devised schemes to persist it once outright slavery was abolished, we will begin to nurture each generation with the necessary context to render the evil of racism so abhorrent that any manifestation of it would be immediately condemned.

          That is one of the core outcomes of a US #TruthAndReconciliation process.

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  30. 123 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Any student film makers in the village? (No. Sorry Chips, you don’t qualify as a student.)

      January 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm


  31. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This 60 Minutes show tonight is outstanding.

    • 129 arapaho415
      January 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      What topics are they covering?

      I see from FORUS above that one of the segments features Lara Logan, and I can’t stand to listen to her.

      I’ll tune in via radio if its worth it in 2 hours.

      • 130 forus50
        January 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        Leslie Stahl just finished an excellent story of African Americans who are over 55 who auditioned for a musical; none of them having any prior public singing experience. I won’t go into further detail but it’s amazing, inspirational and so worth watching.

        • 131 Vicki
          January 4, 2015 at 7:58 pm

          I watched it and have tears rolling down my face. I’m not sure why it hit me so hard. As forus says it is inspirational.

      • 132 jacquelineoboomer
        January 4, 2015 at 8:41 pm

        I never watch 60 Minutes, either, but somebody on twitter mentioned it was a story out of Harlem. Ten minutes after I started watching, I was interrupted – but there were some heartwarming stories and singers performing … maybe I can catch it online.

  32. 135 forus50
    January 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    The Creepy Chris Christie is getting gutted, filletted and fried on Twitter. Evidently he’s been a Cowboys fan his whole life (?!?! what a nerd) so he’s been sitting with the Cowboys owner the last few games. Gross pictures of him hugging the owner.

  33. 136 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Pelham, AL– Dustin Chandler, a former Pelham police officer, has submitted his resignation after being disgusted by his peers mocking disabled children during a meeting that was audio recorded in August, and the lack of attention given to the issue after he filed a report.

    Chandler is the father of a three year old special needs child and was greatly disturbed by what he heard.

    “I am a guy that takes my daughter very seriously, her situation,” he told AL.com, adding he is defending the special-needs population. “You’ve got to be their voice and when they’re being made fun of at their expense, you’re making fun of my daughter.”

    “Somebody has to stand up and defend the defenseless,” he continued on to say.

    Pelham’s Mayor Gary Waters admitted that this isn’t a new issue and that this is a symptom of a much larger problem. He stated he was bothered by what he heard, but added that the audio “doesn’t cause me to come in off vacation and lop off heads.”


  34. 137 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2015 at 8:14 pm

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