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  1. 8 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Let me in!

  2. October 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    GM Village! …sorry if this has been posted already:

  3. 16 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hi Dudette! Congrats on First 😎

  4. October 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    WASHINGTON-She stood behind the podium, eyes lifted just above the microphones. She had performed this poem so many times. But this time was different. She had never read her poetry in front of the first lady of the United States before. Chasity Hale, 16, from Miami Arts Charter School on Biscayne Boulevard was honored as a National Student Poet Thursday morning in the White House Blue Room.

    “I was so shocked,” said Hale. “Me? I am one of the National Student Poets? I was amazed.” First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a poetry reading for the five students to honor their achievements. Other students were from Ohio, New Jersey, Arkansas and Alaska. Obama individually mentioned Hale’s work when beginning the event. “I think Chasity said it best,” Obama said. “This is something she said in one of her poems. She said, ‘We’ll use every rusted coin to purchase blessings, and buy plane tickets to destiny.” After being announced by the first lady, each student read one of their poems to the intimate crowd.

  5. October 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Excellent toons from amk this morning👌🏼

  6. 31 andogriff
    October 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hello to all!! Just saw that Ryan was considering a run for Speaker! God help us. Great toons, Ms Chips! 😀😘

  7. 33 99ts
    October 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This was linked somewhere that I wandered – I don’t think it was TOD ??

    The police broke Thabo Sefolosha’s leg. His testimony, and the testimony of witnesses, could mean that they will not get away with it.


    NBA player Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken by the New York Police Department, an undisputed fact that is still stunning to contemplate. This week, Thabo has been in criminal court as prosecutors attempt to imprison him for the crime of “resisting arrest”. In actuality, he is being prosecuted for not going away quietly: choosing instead to fight back.

    • 34 Dudette
      October 9, 2015 at 11:46 am

      They should be held accountable. When we see that happening more often, the culture of brutality and excessive force against the public will end.

  8. 35 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

    heh !!!!!!! wth !!!!!!

  9. October 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

    ‘When fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film “The Martian,” people and technology from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, play important roles in his castaway adventure. Acclaimed for its attention to scientific and technical detail, “The Martian” is steeped in decades of real-life Mars exploration that JPL has led for NASA. For more details about how NASA is focused on our journey to Mars, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/realmartians

    Supporting ‘The Martian’

    Perhaps most crucial to the story of “The Martian,” JPL designed, built and operated the Mars Pathfinder lander and its Sojourner rover, which landed on Mars in 1997 and operated for about three months. The hardy Pathfinder probe figures prominently into Watney’s ability to communicate with Earth and survive his long ordeal. One of the technical details “The Martian” gets right is that, just as in the story, the real Pathfinder had a reprogrammable computer that an astronaut could, in principle, plug into and control….

    The story also captures the famous can-do attitude of JPL engineers, who dive headlong into the challenge of helping communicate with the stranded astronaut and later, launching supplies to help keep him alive. And JPL’s celebrated ingenuity is on display in the navigator who comes up with the solution for how to bring the entire Ares crew home. Since the beginning of the Space Age, JPL has been the world leader in deep space navigation — from being first to conduct gravity assists around other planets to today’s daredevil flybys of Saturn and its moons by Cassini.
    Fictional JPL director Bruce Ng is a major supporting character in the story, and like the real JPL directors past and present, comes from a technical background. (The current real-life JPL director tends to dress a bit more formally, but has been known to sport a Hawaiian shirt from time to time.) However, while the heads of NASA, JPL and the agency’s Mars program are portrayed in the story as working through tough challenges on their own, their real-life counterparts rely on teams of scientists and engineers to help provide innovative solutions. Watney finds a creative solution to stay warm on frigid Mars using a power system called an RTG — a radioisotope thermoelectric generator — a “space battery” that converts heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium-238 into reliable electrical power. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover uses just such a power system on Mars today….continued’

    • 37 Dudette
      October 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Loved it! Have seen it twice now! Would go again… and again!

    • 38 0388jojothecat
      October 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      JPL is in my backyard and at one time had two engineers living in my condo building. One of these days I am going to make the tour open to the public. I hear it is fantastic and popular even though they don’t advertise it much there are thousands of people waiting in line to get into the tours.

  10. 42 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 11:33 am

  11. 43 Judith Fardig
    October 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Bless President Obama for coming to Oregon to meet privately with grieving families. Hope the haters are kept far far away from him!

  12. 44 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

    • 45 JER
      October 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

      …thousands of protesters are preparing to show disagreement with the trip and the president’s agenda. … Over 7,500 people have signed up to attend the event on a Facebook page called, “Defend Roseburg – Deny barack 0bama.” The rally detailed on the page directs protesters to set up in one of two spots, and advised them if they “choose to carry a firearm that is your right,” though they also say to keep weapons holstered or otherwise secured. …

      … Roseburg city leaders and the Douglas County Commissioners have both release statements welcoming the president, though. A release from the city, in fact, made point of the fact that others had incorrectly claimed to have been speaking for city against the trip. …

      “We wish to be clear that Mayor Rich, City Council President Ryan and the Roseburg City Council welcome the President to Roseburg and will extend him every courtesy,” the release from city officials said.

      Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/30221658/protests-expected-ahead-of-president-obamas-roseburg-visit#ixzz3o5NWkCnI

      • 46 amk for obama
        October 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

        Good for the local pols. 7,500 huh? I bet it won’t top a dozen or two.

      • 48 Dudette
        October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        I weep for my country.

        • October 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm

          All these haters are focus on are their dam guns, what about the people who lost their loved ones. What was it that the President said which was wrong? That he want to do everything he can to prevent more of these shooting from happening.

        • 50 Judith Fardig
          October 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

          These schmucks do not represent Oregon! Protesting the President of the United States who is coming to show compassion for families in pain from gun violence shows how heartless and twisted these gun fetishists are. I have been in the Capitol with one of the protest organizers and his posse. They are sociopaths.

          • 51 GGail
            October 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

            Judith, you and the good people of Oregon will keep our President safe from harm.

          • 52 jacquelineoboomer
            October 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm

            Somebody please let us know when the President is out of Roseburg! Not that these sociopaths aren’t everywhere, and thank the good Lord he has protection from harm, but it’s horrendous these characters would treat him this way.

            • 53 Judith Fardig
              October 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm

              And treat the families with such disrespect. The President is coming to be with them in their time of grief.

    • 54 JER
      October 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

  13. 55 Vicki
    October 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Chips! Thank you! What a perfectly appropriate thread. The GOP Owns the news and the media.
    Let’s see how much sunlight gets through to the (D) Debate on Tuesday.
    I predict at least 1, maybe 2, and possibly 3 Dropping out of Presidential Race announcements intended to rain on the D Parade.
    See you later. Gorgeous in NYC and I have a busy day planned.

  14. 56 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Excellent Toons, Amk and thank you Chips for Headlining these ribs cracking Cartoons.
    Hello TOD, Crisp, Partly Cloudy and Sweat Type Weather all around in MN. I love it…….honest I do.
    Wow…..I have loads of Threads to catch up from last night.
    POTUS is out in OR already…….
    If John Boehner gets the Debt Ceiling, Budget and perhaps, one more item done…….then I see Paul Ryan accepting the Speakership.

    Congrats to the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and several posts back.
    TGIF 🙂

  15. 60 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 11:47 am


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  16. 61 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Waving and saying “hello & thank you” to two of my favorite TOD family members – jojo and vc ❤
    The dental procedure went well and I'm eating soft solid food this morning. 🙂

  17. 76 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    coward paul – no thanks.

  18. 77 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    John Lennon was Born on Oct 9th, 1940.
    All We are Saying, Give PEACE a Chance.

  19. 81 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Wishing the 89yrs old, well.

  20. 84 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

    • 85 Dudette
      October 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      I can’t roll my eyes back far enough to show the contempt I have for that fool.

    • 86 cd4biden
      October 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      When I think of having to look at that smug face for 4 years, instead of the glorious, fully embodied smiles of POTUS and FLOTUS, my stomach just sinks. I think I’m with Meta, and I would be outta here.

  21. 87 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    • 88 Nena20409
      October 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Breibart selected that picture……hmm? Pray tell what are they trying to say?
      Also, as the GOPers in DC continue to be more dysfunctional, the CONservative Media are hoping that the Fed Gov’t is lit on Fire? I sincerely believe that is their single-minded goal.

  22. 92 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    enough with the hateful thugs.

  23. 95 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  24. 97 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  25. 98 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

  26. October 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I don’t see how McCarthy survives this mess if the allegations of his affair, otherwise known as the worst kept secret in DC, are true.
    He’s going to lose his seat. He’s saying he’s going to run again in 2016 but I don’t think so!

  27. October 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Is it Bo Obama’s birthday? Chips, we need another birthday cake. Quick!

  28. 109 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Christian cult that predicted Wednesday’s world annihilation will study Bible for revised deadline.


    Heh, don’t sweat it guyz. Your world did end, just 24 hours late.

    • 110 0388jojothecat
      October 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      At least the media didn’t fawn all over them like they have for other end-of-the-world fruitcake predictions. I guess the GOP fruitcakes is keeping the media morons busy for sensational stuff like this.

  29. October 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  30. 113 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    off to zzzz.

    I want to see in the morn that OR has more of our judiths and bills than these hateful mouthbreathers.

    • 114 GGail
      October 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      gunnite amk

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      October 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm


    • 116 Judith Fardig
      October 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, AMK! We were supposed to be part of a delegation to deliver condolence cards that our partners in Moms Demand are leading, but it has been postponed so as not to ratchet up confrontation during President Obama’s visit. The haters are super angry that we out-organized them st the state legislature this year and got two gun bills passed.

  31. 117 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Let me play catch up – Birthday style
    Happy Birthday J4O
    Happy Birthday Bill R
    Happy Birthday first dog Bo

    whew! 🙂

  32. 121 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  33. 123 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      October 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Those of my generation, especially, are still wondering how things might have been different if Bobby Kennedy had become President.

      Of course, I’m still wondering how we’d be different as a country, if Al Gore hadn’t been sabotaged in the 2000 election!

  34. October 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  35. 129 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  36. October 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm

  37. 137 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    The more they act up, the better chance for John Boehner to get the Debt Ceiling, Budget, Ex-port….Bank, just perhaps, the Infrastructure or my favorite, the CIR bill done?
    I am keeping my fingers crossed……Come on now, Boehner………Just Do it and Make America and Americans Proud!

  38. October 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  39. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    October 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I think I’ll go take a siesta.

  40. 141 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  41. October 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    armed rwingers…protesting the President…i pray that all goes well

    • 143 Nena20409
      October 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      But, but, but, it is President Obama who is making Gun Violence Political?

      I don’t worry about fools like those attention seekers. Any Slight idiotic move, SS and others will show them how much power they carry protecting Presidents in the 2000s.

    • 144 Ann_T
      October 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      I’m worried about PBO’s Oregon visit. He’s heading into the hornet’s nest. There was one relative of a victim that said he declined the invitation. Another scary guy said that PBO was politicizing the shooting and called his visit despicable. So sad. The secret service better be on their game. 😦

  42. 145 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Another Life lost 😦 in another School in USA.

  43. 146 Nena20409
    October 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

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