Chat On

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets former Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, right, and her children, Skye and Spider, following a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, England, July 27, 2012. Sanders is serving as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

185 Responses to “Chat On”

      • 3 desertflower
        July 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        Nice little read:) He connects, that’s for sure:)

      • 4 GGail
        July 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        amk, this is a very good article. Hopefully you can turn it in to a FP before you go to sleep today. I loved the pushback about Politico’s narrative for I too believe that Africa is ready for a hand up not a handout.

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          July 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

          ‘WC Morning’, Ms GxG! What’s cooking in your corner? 😀

          • 6 GGail
            July 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

            Gooooooooood WC morning VC! The heat index is cooking and it’s only 10:12 a.m. 😯

            • 7 vcprezofan2
              July 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

              I looked it up and saw 23°C which likely means you’ll be sitting close to the air conditioner? I figure there’s no need for me to add ‘take it easy’.

              • 8 GGail
                July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

                I am sitting at my desk with a fan blowing on my because the building air conditioning hasn’t kicked in yet!!! My hair will be in a ponytail in a few clicks if conditions don’t improve 😀 😀

      • 9 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Here’s a tweet to help give this a ‘push’.

        BTW, when are you heading out?

        • 10 GGail
          July 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

          Awesome tweet VC 🙂

          • 11 vcprezofan2
            July 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

            TY. I usually prefer not to use the title of the article in a tweet; to use instead one of the important statements.

            • July 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

              that is a good point…will try to do that

              • 13 vcprezofan2
                July 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

                😀 Hi Pf!
                😉 Oftentimes I find the title is purely click-bait and doesn’t necessarily give a good idea of what’s being discussed.

                • July 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

                  yes…i read the article that PBO wrote…..Indeed…We are the Change We Seek!

                  • 15 vcprezofan2
                    July 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

                    Two things:
                    1. It’s articles like this (written way before he entered politics) that reveal PBO speaks from solidly held values. Makes perfect sense he can hold court in any arena because he ‘knows what he’s talking about’. IMO very few of all the other ‘experienced’ politicians on display have taken the time to know what they are talking about – it’s why IMO they depend so heavily on their advisers.

                    2. This is the reason why I’m optimistic about the direction he’ll take after 2017. Something in me wishes he’ll take another year or two to (be a public professor of civic duty) ‘move’ more voters towards maturity. Given his great record, I think he’d be the ideal leader to reactivate more of his grassroots followers to move to a higher level of consistent civic involvement.

                    • July 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

                      i know he speaks of My Brother’s Keeper…but i wonder what will happen to OFA

                    • 17 vcprezofan2
                      July 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

                      Am crossing my fingers, Pf.

                      Whether it’s a revitalization of OFA or a different push altogether, PBO could easily spearhead a movement re voting. Remember he’s done it before, even prior to his successful presidential campaign movement.

                      “Voting is a time where we all have an equal say – Black or White; rich or poor; man or woman.” ~B.H. Obama

                      “The biggest problem we have is people giving up their own power…voluntarily not participating” ~Pres Obama >> He’s a problem solver, when all is said and done. 🙂

  1. 18 amk for obama
    July 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm


  2. 19 Judith Fardig
    July 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Furst to AMK. I remember that picture. Who would name their kid spider. Fine for a nickname, but not for reals.

  3. 20 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Yea, ‘Happy Furst’ to Amk, and see you after you’ve packed, CC!

    Monday greetings to everyone else!

  4. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I wonder why this tweet made me smile.

  5. July 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family.

    OT sad news: Sherman Hemsley, Aka George Jefferson has passed away. May he rest in peace.

    • July 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Indeed, still watch his reruns Be at peace!

    • 33 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Dakota, he passed away July 24, 2012……still may he rest in peace.

      • 34 GGail
        July 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        Hi jojo. I was just about to post that he died in 2012 too. Didn’t remember the month and date tho
        Yes, may he rest in eternal peace

        • 35 0388jojothecat
          July 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

          Hi GGail. Yes, I remembered he passed fairly recently. There are only three living cast members: Marla Gibbs, the actress that played Jenny and the actors who played her brother and the 2nd Lionel. I did not know that Isabel Sanford was 20yrs older than Sherman Helmsley.

    • 37 Dakota
      July 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Sorry guys. Why does dated info keep popping up all over the place? I’ll have to be even more vigilant about checking.

  6. 39 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks heaps for your posts this morning, CC! I had a hard time last night trying to find info on PBO in Ethiopia – seemed like he had disappeared (or maybe I just didn’t know where to look).

    Have yourself a lov-e-ly vacay and be sure you wear your life jacket when sitting at the edge of the beach. 😉 Wouldn’t want DannyO to entice, or pull, you in when you least expect it!

  7. 40 JER
    July 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    • 41 Vicki
      July 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Time will tell.

      In the meantime add DLC to AIPAC and GOP lobbyists collaborating in the massive effort Against Peace in the ME. 40 Million $$ the last I heard.
      What they oppose is especially peace through diplomacy. ” Where’s the money in that?” ask the war profit-making interests.

      Saudi oil companies are not very happy about this deal, either.
      Unless oil companies hitch their wagons to the Irani oil companies they will be left out in the cold.

    • 42 Judith Fardig
      July 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Senator Schumer damn well better support his own President over Netanyahu on the Iran Deal!

      • 43 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        • 44 Vicki
          July 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          VC—-If you go back to the last thread and read my comments on precisely why these 4 senators are spotlighted now, you may find it interesting.
          AIPAC and the DLC , not our Judith, have singled them out.

          • 45 vcprezofan2
            July 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

            I read it earlier, V, AND I am *not* singling out our Judith. The tweet was my attempt at snark. I was trying to imply that choosing peace over war should be so obvious. This is one of the drawbacks *for me* of the 140 character restriction.

            • 46 Vicki
              July 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

              Sorry. I don’t always get the jokes.
              What is not a joke is that those who live for profit generally are unimpressed by peace efforts.

              • 47 vcprezofan2
                July 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

                NP – {shrug) it didn’t really cover all I wanted it to. On the subject of jokes, I’m one who very, very rarely gets them, so no worries.

    • July 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I’m very glad he’s keeping mum because I really don’t want to hear what he has to say. And he also probably has no credible response or alternative to PBO’s deal other than he doing what AIPAC tells him to do so he best just be quiet.

    • July 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    • 50 99ts
      July 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      He will support it – just doesn’t want to upset the loonies

  8. July 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I remember Lucy from Biology class 🙂

    • July 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      smh – You, LPlains, have the strangest interests/memories (and research assistant)!

      Greetings! I guess no sports (or classes) are currently happening?

      • July 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        Off day….basking in U.S. domination of the PanAm games 😀 😀 ….and patiently waiting for 6:00 PM when the top Dual-Threat HS Quarterback in the nation announces what college he will attend….it is 50/50 between Auburn & his hometown school of LSU.

        BTW what are classes 😕

      • July 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

        I hate WordPress…..I replied to you 2x but the kraken known as SPAM ate my comment both times…..guess you’ll have to wait….smh

        • 59 vcprezofan2
          July 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

          I know exactly what you mean, LPlains. WordP has been trying to tick me off recently with this same approach! 😦

          • July 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

            I’m quitting WP for………a few hours. That’s all I can muster 😦

            …at least President Obama doesn’t think my *interests* are strange 😎

            • 61 vcprezofan2
              July 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

              😯 He brought Lucy to dinner? Barf.

              • 62 jackiegrumbacher
                July 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

                Well, VC, she is our collective “mama,” so I guess she belongs at any gathering of her descendents.

                • 63 vcprezofan2
                  July 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

                  🙂 🙂 This is one of those times I would have said leaving great+grandma at home would be a good idea!

                  Glad to see you back after your medical visits, JackieG – means one less visit to anticipate.

            • 64 vcprezofan2
              July 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

              Now I see why WordP delayed your first response, and rightly so – you were displaying poor sportsmanship! FTR ‘domination’ is not a very sportsmanlike word. 😀 😀

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  10. July 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    So her dad is the PR flak for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell…lets she hope she has a career after this foray:

  11. July 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  12. 72 Judith Fardig
    July 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Late to the @jmartNYT shaming, but here goes:

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Judith, thank you for being such a tireless twitter warrior. I truly admire your perseverance.

      • July 27, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks, JackieG, but I can’t hold a candle to Nerdy, Bobfr, Meta, and several more. I do like using Twiiter to jump over the constituent-only firewall of Congressional email.

  13. 75 desertflower
    July 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm


    Times’ Public Editor Margaret Sullivan investigated the “mess” as she called it and reached a verdict much closer to the Democratic version of what happened, though clearly the reporters involved blamed it all on a highly placed source who turned out to be not-so-reliable.

    When you add together the lack of accountability that comes with anonymous sources, along with no ability to examine the referral itself, and then mix in the ever-faster pace of competitive reporting for the web, you’ve got a mistake waiting to happen. Or, in this case, several mistakes.
    Reporting a less sensational version of the story, with a headline that did not include the word “criminal,” and continuing to develop it the next day would have been a wise play. Better yet: Waiting until the next day to publish anything at all.
    Losing the story to another news outlet would have been a far, far better outcome than publishing an unfair story and damaging The Times’s reputation for accuracy.
    What’s more, when mistakes inevitably happen, The Times needs to be much more transparent with readers about what is going on. Just revising the story, and figuring out the corrections later, doesn’t cut it.

    Yep, that about covers it. There remains, inevitably, the High Politics of how the Times wants itself to be perceived in a political world where objectivity is largely thought to be impossible. Maybe the latest Hillary story’s handling was an honest mistake, or maybe it’s just about competition for a scoop, or maybe at some level—conscious or unconscious, and individual or collective—the Liberal Paper of Record would like a major Democratic scalp to brandish every time—and it probably occurs once a minute—it’s accused of being biased.

    • 76 99ts
      July 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      I just read the times review – and they are apologising for reporting an incorrect story and about the damage that does to the reputation of the Times – but NO apology to Mrs Clinton for spreading LIES which were picked up by all the media and are now part of RW folk lore – to be repeated ad infinitum until the election and no doubt through the next many years.

  14. July 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Morning everyone.

    It’s Monday. My wittiness level is very low. Need more water.

  15. 78 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Haven’t yet read the article in its entirety but it looks interesting.

    Wealth Comes in Many Forms: William Greaves’ USIA Films
    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Audrey Amidon
    This post was written by Criss Kovac. Criss is the supervisor of the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab.

    // ………………………..
    William Greaves was a prominent African-American filmmaker and producer from the 1960s through the 2000s. He won an Emmy Award for the groundbreaking TV newsmagazine series Black Journal and is perhaps best known for his films Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968) and Ali, the Fighter (1971). Mr. Greaves began as an actor, becoming a member of The Actors Studio in 1948. His career led him everywhere from the National Film Board of Canada, to Africa, to India and around the world. One of the stops along the way was with the United States Information Agency (USIA).



    • 79 idon
      July 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Wow this is great. The short film was very interesting, I also the US at one time an information agency. I’d love to learn more about their history

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        You know, I’ve been bouncing around so much I still haven’t watched it yet; 😀 will do so eventually though.

  16. 81 Linda
    July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Jeb chimes in on Fuckabee’s comments about the Iran Deal. Says What the Huck was wrong…..but……….

    ” It is a very bad deal ”

    Was this deal distributed to all the candidates ? I doubt that very much so they all need to shut up or disclose how and who gave them all a copy of it. As far as I know, it has NOT been made public.

  17. July 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  18. 98 Linda
    July 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON — Picture this: In the early winter of 2008, a presidential candidate decides to upend conventional foreign policy wisdom by arguing that engagement, not confrontation, is the right route with Iran.

    This isn’t some rhetorical gaffe. It’s a major policy pronouncement, laid out in a lengthy essay in a prestigious foreign affairs journal to give it gravitas.

    But it’s the substance, not the placement, which matters here. In a dramatic and deliberate departure from the Bush administration’s policy of pre-emptive war, the candidate argues specifically for the concept of containment.

    The stakes are too high not to, he insists. If “we do not put other options on the table, eventually a military strike will become the only viable one.”

    This is no straw-man argument, the candidate assures the reader. There really are only a few paths available. If the U.S. sends military forces into Iran, the real winners will be the Sunni extremists who want regional hegemony. If the U.S. doesn’t engage at all, Iran will try to assert that hegemony itself.

    In the middle is where America should be, the candidate says. And containment is the approach that must be taken.

    We cannot live with al Qaeda, but we might be able to live with a contained Iran. Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons on my watch. But before I look parents in the eye to explain why I put their son’s or daughter’s life at risk, I want to do everything possible to avoid conflict. We have substantive issues to discuss with Tehran. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2008



  19. 100 desertflower
    July 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm


    Had a good ending, but this could have been horrific and it happens WAAAAAAY too often!

  20. 101 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Smartypants shared a link to a 1988 BHO article ‘Why Organize?’ Go see her very short intro…

    What Obama Learned as a Community Organizer

    I recently ran across this article that Barack Obama wrote back in 1988 while he was still a community organizer. The closing paragraph speaks not only to what he learned during those years, but it is a great example of why so many people talk about his amazing talent as a writer. Just imagine what it would be like if we had a President who wrote about urban Americans like this 🙂
    ………………………….. //


    …, then link to the article. You all know anything BHO writes is worth reading! 😉

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      O, alright, for those who absolutely cannot themselves locate the link to the article, and to whet your appetites! 😀

      // ………………..
      I’ve thought back on that conversation more than once during the time I’ve organized with the Developing Communities Project, based in Chicago’s far south side. Unfortunately, the answers that come to mind haven’t been as simple as her question. Probably the shortest one is this: It needs to be done, and not enough folks are doing it.

      The debate as to how black and other dispossessed people can forward their lot in America is not new. From W.E.B. DuBois to Booker T. Washington to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, this internal debate has raged between integration and nationalism, between accommodation and militancy, between sit-down strikes and boardroom negotiations. The lines between these strategies have never been simply drawn, and the most successful black leadership has recognized the need to bridge these seemingly divergent approaches. During the early years of the Civil Rights movement, many of these issues became submerged in the face of the clear oppression of segregation. The debate was no longer whether to protest, but how militant must that protest be to win full citizenship for blacks.

      Twenty years later, [remember BHO wrote this in 1988] the tensions between strategies have reemerged, in part due to the recognition that for all the accomplishments of the 1960s, the majority of blacks continue to suffer from second-class citizenship. Related to this are the failures — real, perceived and fabricated — of the Great Society programs initiated by Lyndon Johnson. Facing these realities, at least three major strands of earlier movements are apparent.

      ………………………………… //


  21. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I may be the “last” to know:

    The Iran Deal Verified account
    Get the facts on the #IranDeal. Tweet us your questions, and we’ll set the record straight. Tweets may be archived: http://wh.gov/privacy


  22. 107 Linda
    July 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Santorum agrees with the Huck. Of course his grandfather returned to Italy to fight for Mussolini in WWll. I guess he forgot about that part.

  23. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  24. 111 57andfemale
    July 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

  25. 112 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    FACT SHEET: White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge

    Today at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials will host 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy who are standing with the Obama Administration to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. The companies making pledges as part of today’s launch represent more than $1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least $2.5 trillion.

    The impacts of climate change are already being felt worldwide. Nineteen of the 20 hottest years on record occurred in the past two decades. Countries and communities around the world are already being affected by deeper, more persistent droughts, pounded by more severe weather, inundated by bigger storm surges, and imperiled by more frequent and dangerous wildfires. Rising temperatures can lead to more smog, longer allergy seasons, and an increased incidence of extreme-weather-related injuries, all of which imperil public health, particularly for vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and some communities of color. No corner of the planet and no sector of the global economy will remain unaffected by climate change in the years ahead.

  26. 113 carolyn
    July 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Hello TODers. It has taken me until today to be able to write this. Saturday, my precious, beloved husband left this life for a better world. He was at peace and ready to go. My son and I were with him at the end. He had been surrounded by love for weeks, and the day before his going was an unusual and special day with people coming to the house to show their love, which he fully felt. I will write more later when I can. Right now, I want to ask for special prayers, thoughts, and light for my son Steve, who has absolutely collapsed after being such a rock. His father’s death has just devastated him in a way he did not anticipate. I just got off the phone with him, and he needs all the strength from all the people possible.

    He has never known life without his dad, and he was a remarkable man. So, I know you’ll remember me, but this time, I really want my son to be the center of your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

    • 114 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      {{Carolyn & family}}

    • July 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Oh, Carolyn, my deepest condolences. I know how much you two were one.

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Much love to you, carolyn, and praying for your dear son. God bless your family.

    • 117 Dakota
      July 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm


      My sincerest condolences. You and your family are in my prayers. May your beloved rest in Blessed Peace.

    • 118 Linda
      July 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Blessings and prayers for you and Steve Carolyn……

      • 119 tnmtngirl
        July 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Peace, comfort, love and light to all of you and per your request, most especially for your son. May his sweet memories sustain him and hold him close.

    • July 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Healing blessings,thoughts, and prayers for your son and you!

    • July 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      My heart goes out to you and your family, carolyn, especially Steve. He’s been strong for a while and now he is processing the reality of letting go. I send him lots of highest healing and a wish for peace as he goes through these days without his beloved father.
      And to you, carolyn, my warmest wishes for this also. Thank you for letting us know. May you cherish the memory of such a good life wit this man. Take good care and please visit us when you can.

    • 122 Nena20409
      July 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      {{{{ Carolyn and Son }}}}
      My deepest sympathy to you all.
      May your Husband Rest in Perfect Peace.

    • 123 57andfemale
      July 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      The love your family has known and nurtured in each other will sustain you all.

      Sending positive, emotional healing energy to you, your family and Steve. In time, Steve (and all of you) will cherish your blessings and memories of his father. Steve is the man he is because of his wonderful parents.

      {{{{{{{carolyn and family}}}}}}}}

    • 124 GGail
      July 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      carolyn, my prayer is for the Lord to wrap both {{{you and Steve}}} in His loving arms to give you strength to grieve and remember your loved one.

    • July 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      You and your family have my condolences Carolyn and I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts.

    • July 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I just said prayers for all of you, Carolyn. Be at peace, as your husband is.

    • 128 No Child Left Behind
      July 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      My thoughts are with you in these difficult moments. Sincere condolences.

    • 129 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      ((((Love and Light)))) Carolyn & Son your TOD family is sending you virtual hugs and prayers.

    • 130 Gazelle
      July 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Sincere condolences, Carolyn and Steve. Hoping Steve will have his memories of love to give him strength.

    • 131 Vicki
      July 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Oh Carolyn, so sad to hear this news. And yes, prayers for you and Steve.

    • 132 donna dem 4 obama
      July 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Oh Carolyn my heart goes out to you. I will keep your son and all of your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 133 Roberta in MN
      July 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Carolyn, my heart goes out to you and your Son. May your husband rest in peace and may you get strength from the people who love you and wish the best for you both. May God keep you and your Son in his sight. (((hugs)))

    • 134 Sandy1110
      July 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Condolences and thoughts to you and your son, Carolyn.

    • 135 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Carolyn, I am sorry beyond words that you’ve suffered this devastating loss and my heart goes out to you and your son. I hope that your son eventually finds peace and carries the love and memories of his father with him for the rest of his life. Bless you for providing your husband and partner with so much love in his last days. You are an amazing woman.

    • 136 sjterrid
      July 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      {{Carolyn and Son, Steve}}, I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May he RIP.

    • 137 susanne
      July 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      so very sorry for your loss, carolyn, and will indeed keep your son in my heart.

    • 138 FoxfireTX
      July 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Carolyn, so very sorry for your loss. You and your son are in my prayers.

    • July 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Carolyn, my sincere condolences to you and your family. May you be comforted by warm and loving memories. I am lifting you, Steve, and family in prayer.

    • July 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      So sorry for your loss, Carolyn. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • July 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Carolyn, I am so desperately sorry for your loss, may your beloved husband rest in peace and may you and Steve find the strength to get through these painful days. Endless love to you, look after yourself.

    • 142 99ts
      July 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Blessings carolyn & peace to your son Steve, may he always remember the love of his Dad to help him through the times ahead.

    • July 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Carolyn you and your son Steve are in my heart and prayers. You seem very close to your family and friends and I hope the good memories will ease the pain you feel at your deer husbands loss. Big Hug.

    • July 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Dear Carolyn and Steve – so sad to hear that you have lost the Earthly companionship of your beloved husband/father. No amount of anticipatory grieving really prepares one for the reality of so profound a loss. We send our love and support to add to that of your family and nearby friends. It will get less painful but not for a while.

    • July 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm


      Prayers to you and your family.

    • 146 mtmarilyn
      July 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Oh Carolyn, my hugs, thoughts and prayers for you and your son.

    • 147 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Carolyn, please accept my deepest condolences on your dear husband’s passing. May you and Steve have the strength to keep pressing on at this difficult time. Wishing Steve some measure of peace and comfort in his grief – and hoping that the intense pain will get more manageable as time goes on.

    • 148 amk for obama
      July 28, 2015 at 12:05 am

      My condolences, Carolyn & Steve. May he rest in peace and may your family find the strength in this moment of loss.

    • July 28, 2015 at 2:10 am

      My condolences to you, Carolyn and to your son.

  27. 150 Cheryllou
    July 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    De-lurking to extend my deepest condolences to Carolyn and her son. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  28. 152 Nena20409
    July 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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  35. 168 Nena20409
    July 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    And on this note…..See you all later

  36. 169 JER
    July 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    July 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm


  38. 172 Vicki
    July 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Oil hit 47.00 a barrel today which is the big news we aren’t hearing that much about.
    South Dakota, scene of a recent boom is closing wells and laying off workers.
    If you’re not hearing about the Tar Sands and Keystone , it’s because the expense of getting oil out of the ground there and processing it elsewhere is not attractive at under 75 or 80 dollars per barrel.

    This is a seismic shaking of world realities and Naturally, Our Brilliant and Prescient President has positioned America to succeed in the new reality.
    TV busy being all about Fuckabee and Drumbp.

      July 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm


    • 174 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      However gas prices in CA is still $4…….the oil companies are causing shortages on purpose.

      • 175 Vicki
        July 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Yes. Oil companies and big banks and hedge funds that have full tankers floating all around the world. Wishing and hoping and waiting and conniving for the prices to rise.

  39. July 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  40. 178 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    TODAY – 1919…………JULY 27th, 1919

    Death of African American Teenager Sparks Chicago Race Riot

    A white gang looking for African Americans during the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
    Red Summer (1919)

    Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a major racial conflict that started in Chicago Illinois on July 27, 1919 and ended on August 3,1919.

    On July 27, 1919, an African American teenager named Eugene Williams was swimming in Lake Michiagn with four friends when they drifted toward the unofficial “whites-only” section of Lake Michigan Beach in Chicago, Illinois. Enraged at the encroachment, a white man on the shore threw stones at the black teenagers and struck Eugene in the head. He lost consciousness and drowned. When police responded, Eugene’s friends identified the assailant but a white police officer refused to arrest him.

    News of the racially-charged incident spread quickly. White crowds were misinformed that a black teenager had thrown a rock and caused a white man to drown, while black crowds were misinformed that the police had prevented swimmers from rescuing Eugene before he drowned. Both groups erupted in violence that left an African American man and a police officer shot and many more injured.
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