Danny making friends on his country holly-day


HelloooOOOoooOOOooo TOD!

A trazillion thanks for the birthday good wishes – I canNOT believe I am 23! πŸ™„

A trazillion gazillion thanks to Nerdy for splendiferously running TOD the last couple of weeks – and most probably having no sleep or fresh air since I set sail for the beach. She’s several billion bunches of awesome, eternally and massively grateful.

Aaaaand – huuuuge thanks to LL, Zizi and even Amk for helping out in a highly stupendous fashion, I owe you all one of my cheesy puff and peanut butter cakes.


Fortunately, Mr Jelly was deceased (RIP) πŸ˜•


Bird Botherer


Summer Love: Penny


Just sayin’:



I’m hopelessly out of touch with all the news (I will share my dongle-thingie traumas one day, but I’m not ready to go there just yet, it’s way too painful), so will go through all the posts to catch up so I don’t ask questions like ‘who is this Obama chap that you speak of?’.

Will be back to semi-normal-ish next week, and fully normal-ish the week after.

All of which means: Nerdy will finally get some sleep.

Hope you’re all doing great, love and huuuuuuugs!


Beach Boy

197 Responses to “Helloooooooo!”

  1. August 13, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Chips!!!! So delighted you’ve returned and you make that return even more exciting by sharing these special photos of Danny!!! Thank you!!!!

    Congrats vetivera πŸ™‚ I’m sure VC will forgive you for not awaiting her arrival πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. August 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    You can take it to the bank …..

    #TrustBarack … to kick your butt if you mess with him …. especially about World Peace!!

    • 9 globalcitizenlinda
      August 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      You know, that with each day, I have been thinking that the gop and shumer-like cowards will soon be hoping for Dems to block the vote (invoke cloture).

      that way they would be spared from taking a hard and for some career-limiting vote.

      the same way they demanded a vote on Syria, ISIL and then chickened out once PBO granted their wish

      • August 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        To quote amk – egg.zack.lee – Linda!!!

      • 11 FoxfireTX
        August 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

        I’m not sure it will even require them to get to the 41 to block cloture, I suspect as Bob notes that as soon as we get to the 34 so the veto will be sustained they will start working to avoid any vote. That way, they can continue to criticize or not but take credit for however this works out without ever having to go on the record with a vote. Our lovely senators are nothing but a bunch of chickenshits when push comes to shove.

  3. 13 Allison
    August 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Chips, great pics! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!!

  4. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    August 13, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 21 globalcitizenlinda
    August 13, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hello Ms. Chips!

    Glad that you are enjoying your holiday.

    Congratulations on turning 23, again!

  6. 30 Catherine
    August 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm


  7. August 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm



    What a fabulous vacation spot for you both!! I sincerely hope you’re having a most magnificent rest and enjoying every moment. We miss you terribly but our NW and BTs are phenomenal in every way. Take care, Chips!! XOXO

  8. August 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    • August 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      OMG….my hope is that they there are enough supporters…that there will not be a vote…

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      August 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      remember how they previously demanded votes on ISIL and Syria and then never took any – that way they can continue criticizing PBO choice without putting any skin-in-the-game.

      scumbags and cowards – very good at verbal garbage but can’t buck their crap up with a vote;

      okay, end of rant

      • August 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

        Your ranting here is righteous and right on time and on the money. Bloviating puffed-up ruffly-feathered pompous and hypocritical chickens, strutting around on the stage till they have to stand on their words, and then huffling and puffling back into the roost rather than back up their bluffing blather. Thankful that our mighty C in C sees them, bests them, and strides right on past their henhouse doing what is right and good for the whole wide world. Thankful as Bobfr always says that the answer is #TrustBarack.

    • August 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      pf58 & Linda …. the moment GOP & chickenhawk DEMS like Schumer & others realize that not enough votes exist to override a veto you are going to witness all kinds of maneuvering to get out of actually having to vote on the current GOP anti-IranDeal legislation.

      As noted above, preventing cloture not only kills that GOP bill in the Senate, it means the House has no legislation on which to vote – and youbetcha a bunch of House GOP and DEMS will be delighted by that fact, none least of which will be Boehner and Hoyer.

      • August 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Also, if you read Treasury Sec Lew’s OP-ED in today’s NYT – posted below, you’ll get a sense of just how many US business and banking leaders are not going to be the least bit happy if the Iran Deal implodes because of the US.

        bbl … sup prep …….

  9. August 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Meta, I can only assume that Jeb thinks we’re all suffering from amnesia. Who on earth is he trying to kid with his blatant distortions of reality.

  10. August 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    A MUST read:

    The High Price of Rejecting the Iran Deal
    By (Treasury Secretary) JACOB J. LEWAUG. 13, 2015

    “WASHINGTON β€” THE Iran nuclear deal offers a long-term solution to one of the most urgent threats of our time. Without this deal, Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, would be less than 90 days away from having enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. This deal greatly reduces the threat of Iran’s nuclear program, making Iran’s breakout time four times as long, securing unprecedented access to ensure that we will know if Iran cheats and giving us the leverage to hold it to its commitments.

    Those calling on Congress to scrap the deal argue that the United States could have gotten a better deal, and still could, if we unilaterally ramped up existing sanctions, enough to force Iran to dismantle its entire nuclear program or even alter the character of its regime wholesale. This assumption is a dangerous fantasy, flying in the face of economic and diplomatic reality.


    We must remember recent history. In 1996, in the absence of any other international support for imposing sanctions on Iran, Congress tried to force the hands of foreign companies, creating secondary sanctions that threatened to penalize them for investing in Iran’s energy sector. The idea was to force international oil companies to choose between doing business with Iran or the United States, with the expectation that all would choose us.

    This outraged our foreign partners, particularly the European Union, which threatened retaliatory action and referral to the World Trade Organization and passed its own law prohibiting companies from complying. The largest oil companies of Europe and Asia stayed in Iran until, more than a decade later, we built a global consensus around the threat posed by Iran and put forward a realistic diplomatic means of addressing it.”



  11. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    August 13, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Chips, hope you’re having a great birthday with lots of kisses and hugs from Danny. Looks as if our boy is having a great time and you’ll have to drag him away when it’s time to come home. Nerdy has done a super phenomenal job and we’re all grateful to her keeping all the home fires burning with her awesome dedication to bringing us the truth. Get all the rest you can–it’s going to be a bumpy ride this fall. We miss you!

    • August 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      You know Jackie, I’ve missed loads about TOD the last couple of weeks, even Amk’s wimmin jokes, but especially our morning chats when you set me up for the day with your wisdom, wit and wonderfulness πŸ™‚ Having a joyful time, hope you’re doing well and getting over your health problems??

  12. 47 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    So glad to hear from you Chips!! And WOW..thanks for the pics. Looks like Danny is having the TIME of his delightfully naughty life! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Making new friends…swimming…chasing birds…finding romance…while Mama Chips watches from afar!! HAHA…

    Well, I hope you enjoyed your 23rd birthday and wishing you 123 more!!!

    • August 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Hooooooooooopefruit!! The post is only 10ish minutes old and already it needs updating – Danny has left Penny the Lab for Lucky the Collie. πŸ™„ He even lets her have his tennis ball. It’s *that* serious.

      Thank you my beloved, it’s mighty fabulous to be back in TODland!

      • 49 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Oh my…oh my…Danny is already involved a love triangle…quite the heart-breaker!

        My heart goes off to dear Penny…hopefully she won’t be too heartbroken πŸ™‚

        • August 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm

          To be honest Hopefruit, I don’t think Penny was entirely committed to the relationship, she was a bit flighty (eg she had eyes for Sam the Lab who Danny dislikes because he stole his new giraffe cuddly toy). Just hoping things work out with Lucky – who is very inappropriately named, having been attacked by a badger a few weeks ago.

          • 51 hopefruit2
            August 13, 2015 at 10:42 pm

            Ha! Damn…these pups have a more interesting love life than 50% of us humans! Chips….you could make a reality TV show about “Danny n Friends.” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

            • August 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm

              You know Hopefruit, ever since he fell in love with this on his walks back home……

              ….. I decided to take no more responsibility for his woman choices.

              • 53 hopefruit2
                August 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm

                WTF Danny?!?!?

                JEBUS…this looks more like one of amk’s ‘sups, than a love interest for Danny. Please tell Danny than Aunt Hopefruit does not approve!

  13. 54 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Wow……Wow……Wow……Hello and Hi Chips. Hello, hello Danny.
    Welcome back.
    Happy Birthday, Chips with 32,006,544 hits to celebrate.
    The picture above are Gorgeous. Danny looks happy, in love and joyous.

  14. 56 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Yo there Mama Chips! Good to see you poking your head in for a bit!

    Hope the Birthday is going “swimmingly”!!! πŸ˜€

    Happy Birthday!

  15. August 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    POTUS’ nation:

  16. 62 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  17. August 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Hiya Chips!!!

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  18. 65 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    May I just say this? We have some of the coolest astronauts on the planet! Cuz, really, truly they are!

  19. 66 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Should’ve known two tweets in one comment would send me to moderation. Dang it!
    A little help from one of our intrepid Blog Tyrants, please! [Sigh!] I’ll be good from now on!

  20. 68 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm


    B-Day greetings and loads of ❀ ❀ ❀ !!!!

    psst! Very happy to get enough visual proof that you and DannyO were really at a (white sand) beach and NOT playing in snow somewhere!!!

    Well done, with your footwork, Alma-B!

  21. August 13, 2015 at 10:06 pm

  22. 78 sjterrid
    August 13, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Danny seems to be enjoying this vacation immensely. I hope you are, too!
    Thanks for checking in. I hope you had a great birthday.

  23. 79 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

  24. 81 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  25. August 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    • 83 COS
      August 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Hey Prettyfoot did you watch Rachel tonight? She did an archival background show on all of the Democratic candidates, and devoted more
      time to Bernie Sanders than any other candidate.

      • 84 idon
        August 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm

        I watched it COS and it looked to me like she threw HRC under the bus. Rachel called her stubborn re: the speaking at Women’s Conf in Bejiing and the “failed” healthcare initiative.Then she showed footage from 2008 primary showing PBO and HRC trading barbs. She mentioned the Clinton impeachment and then mentioned HRC’s role as prosecuting attoryney in Watergate hearings (Nixon). Bernie was Rachel described Bernie’s message consistent and unwavering over his entire political life. In the 1980s Bernie described our two party system as corrupt but Rachel doesn’t offer any explanation as to why Bernie decided to run as a Democrat. That information was provided during the Last Word. Bernie said he chose to run as a Democrat because he needs their primary and caucus process to win. So you have to ask yourself, if Bernie is going to tell his supporters that this will be one of many compromises he will have to make to stay in the race. I think compromise and choice is always necessary but I don’t think Bernie’s supporters really understand that.

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          August 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm

          Inquiring mind and all that….. My questions:

          i) Has Rachel done archival backgrounds on the GOP candidates?

          ii) Why does media insist on tainting HRC with the ‘Clinton impeacment’? I’m no fan of hers but *she* wasn’t impeached.

          iii) Was Rachel’s presentation of O’Malley fair?

          • 86 idon
            August 14, 2015 at 12:01 am

            Rachel is doing a tape on GOP candidates too. I’m not a an HRC fan either but I think it’s done to keep the untrustworthy meme going. I thought the O’Malley segment focused on his youth and peronality but not on his policies as she did with Bernie. I think that was the difference between her coverage of Bernie and all the other candidates. What I came away with is that all of the Dem candidates were really good options compared to the GOP field.

            • 87 vcprezofan2
              August 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

              πŸ˜€ Good final take -> ‘all of the Dem candidates were really good options compared to the GOP field’.

  26. August 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Hey Chips!

    Great vacation pics

  27. August 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Welcome Back Chips and Danny!! Hope you are having a very Happy Birthday!! We all missed you! Love the Vacation Photo’s! Thanks again to Nerdy for the good jobs she did while you were gone πŸ˜‰

  28. August 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Welcome back, and Happy Birthday, Chips! I’m happy for you and Danny. Danny looks to be in 7th heaven. Reminds me of days gone by when I took my beloved Roxie (female black lab) to the Oregon beach. She just went crazy there, totally happy. I do miss that dog so now. Been gone now 3 years and I’m still bereft, always will be. Such a beloved companion.

  29. 92 JER
    August 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hello there BFF! Thanks for sharing the vacation photos. They are some great shots. Water splash captured in mid air. Is that a new camera?

    • August 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Flippety flip BFF, it is a new camera – how the heck did you spot that?! πŸ˜†

      • 94 JER
        August 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

        Pete Souza now has some serious competition. πŸ˜€

        • August 13, 2015 at 10:58 pm

          Meh, until Pete produces a potty loo extravaganza, he is waaaaaaaaay out of my league 😎

          • 96 vcprezofan2
            August 13, 2015 at 11:22 pm

            *a-hem* I was so trying to be good!
            When 1st I saw your response to JER’s ‘new camera’ comment I was tempted to add “and I didn’t include any beach potty pics!” [As in… ‘how the heck did you spot that (bit of expertise) and I didn’t include any beach potty pics?!’] However, I decided not to introduce such a low-down πŸ˜‰ comment to your B-day return post. πŸ˜€

            BTW, DannyO has done wonders for your photographic growth!

  30. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    August 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    what will Bibi do when he loose this fight with PBO – Re: #IranDeal??

    during the past days, my friends have been discussing how Bibi relates to our country of birth. We understand that Bibi’s brother was the soldier who led the rescue of Israeli hostages that is depicted in the movie : “Ninety (90) Minutes in Entebbe”.

    unfortunately, this soldier was killed during the raid in Entebbe;

    So, during Bibi’s first term as PM, he demanded that Uganda turn this airport, where his brother died, to the Israeli government and also name it after the deceased.

    just for context, Entebbe Airport was then (and still is) the only national airport which receives almost all the international flights into the country.

    the request to turn over Entebbe to Israel was denied.

    Ugandan people reminded the world that the person who authorized the hostages to land in Entebbe was dictator Idi Amin who is responsible for killing thousands of Ugandans from all walks of life.

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      August 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      one of the many killed by Amin, was a dear friend of my father, and friend of my elementary school best friend. He was killed in the middle of the capital city, in broad day light, by firing squad.

      I remember the trauma his children experienced due to this event;

      my father locked himself in his bedroom and cried for many, many weeks when his friend was executed

  31. August 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Welcome back, Ms. Chips!
    Love the pics of Danny and his new summer love.
    I hope your vacation gave you some R&R.
    See ya real soon…..

  32. 102 EricFive
    August 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Happy Birthday and Welcome Back, Chips!!!!

  33. 104 desertflower
    August 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Hellooooooo, Chips! Gee whiz…even VC beat me here:) Looks like you and Danny had a fabulous holiday! Nerdy was awesome…as all the bt’s were in your absence…I say, give that woman a raise!! πŸ™‚ So your dog is one of those “love ’em and leave ’em” types?? Yikes. πŸ™‚ Missed you, but so glad that you got to play….

  34. 113 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 10:59 pm

  35. August 13, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Love seeing those labs! Have a yellow one that would love to meet those dogs. πŸ™‚

  36. 123 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 11:02 pm

  37. 128 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    (Because I’m looking for any and all kinds of hints that the WH is wanting VPJoe to run in 2016), I thought it *very telling* πŸ˜‰ that when listing favourite past posts on the ‘new’ WH Blog the first choice was one featuring VPJoe.

    The White House Digital Team Picks: Our Favorite Blog Posts of All Time

    The FIRST choice that is spotlighted = The one [post] that showcased our top 10 moments with the Vice President in 2014.

    #4 – Lucy Coffey: Thank you for your service.

    Here’s the link to the chosen post. ↓ ↓


    • 129 Don
      August 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      I like it, and I hope the WH keeps doing things like this that showcase VP Biden.

      • 130 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

        Oh, seems to me that they’ve been showcasing VPJoe for *months* now, both here and around the world! To me he has seemed far more visible doing ‘presidential’ stuff in the past year or so than ever before. I also add to this increased visibility the overseas visits that Dr. Jill has done on her own.

        • 131 Obama Grandmama
          August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

          I have noticed Joe being prominently featured in the background closest to the Prez at speeches and signings for months now too. I also do not remember Second Lady foreign trips highlighted in the press before. PBO may not openly support VPJB for Prez, but bet everything possible will be done to help him behind the scenes.

          • 132 vcprezofan2
            August 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

            Hi, OG. Dr. Jill’s trip to Africa was highlighted previously, but I think that was only/primarily at WH.Gov. Definitely, there has been a greater focus on VP Joe’s presence – I’d bet on it if we were to research it. πŸ˜‰

  38. 133 mtmarilyn
    August 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Good evening TOD and welcome back Chips. It was party central while you were gone!!! Hope ;you had a magnificent vacation and birthday!!! Love the pictures of Danny at the ocean. Where are the pictures of you in your bikini? We need something to replace Newt.

    You were so smart to grab NW when you did. She is going to change the world!!!!! And we all knew her here. Thank you all for this great place!!!

  39. 134 desertflower
    August 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Night all…have had such trouble dragging myself out of bed in the morning…need my beauty sleep…see you all tomorrow. Glad you’re back with us, Chips:)

  40. 137 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm


  41. 140 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    G’Night y’all!

    Chips, do enjoy the final 20 minutes of your day. There really is no turning back the clock on the years, so despite twitter rule 28bii, you may as well start admitting your years of wisdom !

  42. 141 FoxfireTX
    August 14, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Happy Birthday and welcome back Chips! THANK YOU for sharing these vacation photos. Any photo of beaches and dogs put me over the top:-) NerdyWonka has done an amazing job in your absence. And yes, I suspect she will need a vacation by the time you return full time. But in the meantime, enjoy your remaining days, and make sure Danny doesn’t go too far over the top in his summer romances!

  43. August 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Welcome back Chips. Thank you for leaving us in Nerdy’s amazing hands. Love the Danny pics.

  44. 143 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I missed this the other day

  45. August 14, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Chips, thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of handsome Danny. I hope that you are enjoying the vacation as well. We miss you, however, we love NW for keeping this beautiful space you have given us here at TOD. All of your team have been just remarkable in your absence. Enjoy your time and hurry back, Chips. Hope you birthday was a delicious one. Lots of cake and a tasty glass of your favorite wine. Enjoy my love. HZ

  46. 145 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Time to bring the funny and some music. πŸ˜€ 😎

  47. 146 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

  48. 147 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

  49. 149 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

  50. 151 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:44 am

  51. August 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Dear Chips,

  52. 153 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:46 am

  53. August 14, 2015 at 12:51 am

  54. 163 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:54 am

  55. 164 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 1:02 am

  56. 166 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 1:05 am

    • 167 Dudette
      August 14, 2015 at 1:08 am

      Some pretty disgusting responses to Leader Pelosi’s tweet above. Good to see some other folks get it.

      • August 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

        Robert Rotz, I’m glad to see you think starting another war is the answer, it’s clear people like you haven’t learn a dam thing from that disaster in Iraq. Maybe you think it was a success, so this time you war lovers want to start a war with Iran.

  57. 170 0388jojothecat
    August 14, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Good Nite TOD’ers. Just got home after a night of fun with Purpleshoes, Tally and GGail salsa dancing til 9 PM. GGail took plenty of pictures to show tomorrow. It was waaaaay past her bed time so I’d be surprised if she comments tonight.

    Welcome back Chipsticks and Danny Boy……it was fun to see you returned tonight.

  58. 172 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 1:10 am

  59. 173 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 1:25 am

  60. 175 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Welp! Think I’ll retire for the night!

    Scram dude, yer in my spot! πŸ˜€

  61. August 14, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I LOVE mondegreens!

  62. August 14, 2015 at 1:45 am

    good night TOD …. no doubt @POTUS will prevail … as long as WE do our part …..

  63. 180 taiping1
    August 14, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips! The picture of Danny in the water with tennis ball in mouth and freeze frame of water drops should be an iPhone6 billboard it is so good. We missed your cheer but Nerdy and her helpers have done an incredible job in keeping TOD in business. We are all behind our President 150 percent and working for peace, not another ME war.

  64. August 14, 2015 at 2:13 am


    Very in-depth article on reforming a major problem with our prison system. Bail has been abused and ruining peoples lives.

  65. 182 purpleshoesla
    August 14, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Happy Birthday Miz Chips, what lovely pix of your vacation spot. Mr. Danny is so handsome. Many cheesy puffs to ya! πŸ™‚

  66. 183 PamfromCalif
    August 14, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Happy ❀ Birthday Chips

  67. 184 amk for obama
    August 14, 2015 at 6:24 am

    sooo, yer back from let the plebes have their cake cheesepuffs while I go on extravagant holiday, huh?

  68. August 14, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Wowie, long thread!

    Is everybody ready for Cuba?!

    • 186 Don
      August 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

      It is so amazing that this is taking place, this is truly the Age of Obama.

    • 187 Vicki
      August 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Jeff Flake Is going. I thought he might.
      NY Times wanted to ignore this tremendous success of PBO’s but settled for a snide article from POS Peter Baker on how the Cuba deal almost didn’t happen.

      If POTUS did it we ignore it. Rock hard policy of the US Media.

  69. 189 sherijr
    August 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

    So glad Danny is having such fun~ and there’s nothing like a summer puppy love πŸ˜‰ I hope your vacation has been as brilliant as Danny’s !

  70. 190 sabreen60
    August 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Welcome back Ms. Chips. Home is just not home without you. But I must say Nerdy was wonderful as usual. LL, Zizi gave us a lot to think about and enjoy and Amk – well Amk is Amk and he’s great. Everyone who contributed was amazing. I hope you and Danny enjoyed your vacation. You certainly deserved it. Thank you again for giving us this “home” where we can laugh, cry, get angry and love!

  71. August 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    rotten, evil azz muthaphucka.


    Chicago, New Orleans, and rebirth

    Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina..

    But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board, I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago β€” an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

    That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak

    Residents overthrew a corrupt government. A new mayor slashed the city budget, forced unpaid furloughs, cut positions, detonated labor contracts. New Orleans’ City Hall got leaner and more efficient. Dilapidated buildings were torn down. Public housing got rebuilt. Governments were consolidated.

    An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur. No restrictive mandates from the city or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide. Instead, he created the nation’s first free-market education system.

    Hurricane Katrina gave a great American city a rebirth.

    And after careful study of the levees, it turns out the devastation was not born of natural disaster. It was man-made.


  72. 194 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    LIVE NOW: Secretary Kerry Arrives In Cuba – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  73. 195 MightyPamela
    August 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Seems I missed the whole party! πŸ˜‰

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