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  1. 1 carla4obama
    December 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Good morning TOD family! Love the randomness!!

  2. 3 desertflower
    December 2, 2015 at 8:25 am

    “Randomness” my ass:) Morning everyone! Morning, Chips! (TY for your “random” photo) Bringing this over….

    I am very willing to sit and listen to his uglyass bs for another year if it gives Dems a solid majority across the board. It just shows the cards that they held close to the vest and kept under wraps for so long. After Sir Trashmouth is done with his take no prisoners/scorched earth talk….Republicans will not see the light of day in govt for generations. Fine by me.


    Karma’s a bitch:)

    • December 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

      “Randomness” my ass:)

      😆 Mooooooooorning DF!!!!

    • 6 Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Good morning Desertflower, Chips and TOD.
      I saw Rachel last night and understand that the new GOP meme on TV is “Doom, I tell you, DOOOOOOOM,” concerning Trump getting the nomination. After which the GOP ticket down ballot will go down in flames.

      Senator Susan Collins (R) Maine, didn’t get the memo.
      Senator Collins said that The Donald as The Nominee would not endanger GOP at all, but instead might bring folks to the polls who don’t usually vote !!

      media may be concern trolling. They understand that telephone polling for ratings and people actually voting are not the same things.

  3. 7 desertflower
    December 2, 2015 at 8:35 am

    We can’t fix it if we refuse to acknowledge it. America…you have a serious problem.


    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      December 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

      You’re right, DF. There’s no purpose for guns except to injure or kill, which Americans seem to do every day. We’ve given control of the US over to the arms industry and the NRA and the US Congress has given its collective soul to them. As PBO said this is “not normal,” and if we allow it to become normal, we’re doomed.

  4. 9 globalcitizenlinda
    December 2, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have a fantastic day

    • 13 0388jojothecat
      December 2, 2015 at 8:52 am

      .” Funny thing about that guy…he seems to think that calmly solving problems and protecting the American people is what we elected him to do. Imagine that!

      This is so true….I never worry anyway because I am not so small minded that every crisis is at my door when I go out. I know that whatever it is, PBO calmly addresses it and his smart capable people solve the problems with no fanfare…it just gets done and the media is left flat footed.

      • 14 jackiegrumbacher
        December 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

        Yep, JoJo, you’ll notice the pattern is that the media and Republican fear mongers go insane and stir up fear and anger that dominates the news cycle for a week or two, then PBO steps in, works his magic, and everyone calms down.

  5. December 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. December 2, 2015 at 8:54 am

    How many lives did they destroy?

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      December 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

      So, are all of those police officers going to be charged and the criminal records of all those young men expunged? Shall I hold my breath?

    • 18 desertflower
      December 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Doesn’t matter to them….Black Lives DON’T matter if you’re these guys. They should ALL get the toughest sentences possible….

  7. December 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats Carla, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that your charisma, glamour, and magnetism are on full display today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  8. 20 GGAIL
    December 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks &TOD family.

  9. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    December 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Hi all. We haven’t seen the sun in days here and the weather’s been cold and rainy, which gives me a dull headache makes and it tough to get out of bed in the morning. Still, I’m happy to see our President back at home and to know that whatever, horror the Republicans cook up, PBO will solve it. Sometimes the thought of that is as good as sunshine on a rainy day.

    • December 2, 2015 at 9:39 am

      GM Jackie..you are so right about that…that is why i have some trepidation as to who will be n the WH in 2016…IMO it is not a given that a DEM will win…if a GOPer gets back into the WH it won’t be because America is in favor of TRUMP..it will be because the DEMS did not have enough umpf to vote….that is what worries me…

  10. December 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    15 Clever Ways to Save Money Every Month Without Even Noticing

    1. Don’t use autofill for your credit card info when you’re buying things online.
    So simple—and so easy to buy without thinking. Actually having to pull out your credit card to online shop is the first defense against impulse purchases.


  11. December 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

    A Black Woman Walks Into A Gun Show
    The gun show loophole allows shoppers to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. I stared down a sea of Confederate flags to find out what that’s like.

    posted on Nov. 30, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.
    Kashana Cauley
    BuzzFeed Contributor

    On the first Saturday morning in August, I stepped out of my car in a suburban Indiana parking lot and watched three middle-aged white men aim squinty-eyed suspicion at me from two spaces away. As a Wisconsin native, I’m used to squinty-eyed white Midwestern suspicion. But since we stood several hundred feet from a lot of guns and I figured the guys were probably armed, my feet froze. I had to drag myself to the entrance of the Kokomo Gun Show, where a brown-haired stocky white guy in his twenties talked to his friends while resting his elbow on a rifle butt as if leaning on a gun was the most natural posture imaginable.
    I passed hundreds of parked cars on my way to the front door. This was a couple months after Dylann Roof was accused of killing nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a week after John Russell Hauser was accused of killing two and wounding nine in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Gun purchases in America tend to spike after mass shootings and terrorist attacks, because such events heat up the gun control debate.
    On this Black Friday — less than a month after the terrorist mass shooting in Paris — gun sales were projected to spike again. There were 50 gun shows listed across the country, and the FBI predicted that gun sellers would run a record 190,000 background checks in a 24-hour period — not that prospective buyers need to undergo a background check to buy guns from private vendors at the Kokomo Gun Show or those in dozens of other states including Florida, Texas, and Ohio.


  12. December 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    “If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself. And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”


  13. December 2, 2015 at 9:17 am


  14. December 2, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Unc in lockdown? Why? Apparent shooter… You know the drill.
    Soon, schools will have to practice for these type of emergencies, like they do earthquakes or Tasmania.

  15. December 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    And I’m supposed to feel bad because?
    This is the reality for the rest of the world.
    Cue my tiny violin.


    Young white people are losing their faith in the American Dream
    December 1 at 12:00 PM

    It’s about as hard for a 20-something worker to find a job today as it was in 1986. The economy is growing at a slightly slower pace, but not by much. And yet young workers today are significantly more pessimistic about the possibility of success in America than their counterparts were in 1986, according to a new Fusion 2016 Issues poll reported in conjunction with the Washington Post — a shift that appears to reflect lingering damage from the Great Recession and more than a decade of wage stagnation for typical workers.

    That rise in pessimism among millennials is concentrated among white people. It is most pronounced among whites who did not earn a college degree.


  16. December 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    As the panic begins to creep up….

    Latest polls:

    A new national Quinnipiac poll:

    1. Donald Trump: 27% (was 24% in a Quinnipiac poll a month ago)

    2. Marco Rubio: 17% (14% last month)

    3. Ted Cruz: 16% (13% last month)

    3. Ben Carson: 16% (23% last month)

    5. Jeb Bush: 5% (4% last month)

  17. December 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    GOP starts to panic as Trump’s odds improve
    12/02/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    For much of the political world, it was simply assumed that Republican voters’ love affair with Donald Trump was a summer fling that would inevitably fade away. GOP insiders were annoyed with the New York developer’s rise, but they also had every confidence that Trump would never seriously compete for their party’s nomination.

    That confidence is beginning to evaporate. The New York Times reported overnight that Republicans’ “irritation is giving way to panic” as Trump’s nomination begins to appear “plausible.”

    Many leading Republican officials, strategists and donors now say they fear that Mr. Trump’s nomination would lead to an electoral wipeout, a sweeping defeat that could undo some of the gains Republicans have made in recent congressional, state and local elections. But in a party that lacks a true leader or anything in the way of consensus – and with the combative Mr. Trump certain to scorch anyone who takes him on – a fierce dispute has arisen about what can be done to stop his candidacy and whether anyone should even try.

    Some of the highest-ranking Republicans in Congress and some of the party’s wealthiest and most generous donors have balked at trying to take down Mr. Trump because they fear a public feud with the insult-spewing media figure. Others warn that doing so might backfire at a time of soaring anger toward political insiders.

    That has led to a standoff of sorts: Almost everyone in the party’s upper echelons agrees something must be done, and almost no one is willing to do it.


    • 40 Vicki
      December 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Hi Rikyrah. I responded to this so-called panic up thread.
      The Donald is the rage, greed, racism of the GOP and Corporate World made real.
      I don’t believe they think that Trump will bring their party down. Quite the opposite.

  18. December 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Blessings to all of them

  19. 46 JER
    December 2, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  20. December 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

    http://www.white house.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/30/upcoming-guidance-first-lady-michelle-obama

  21. December 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    Hillary Clinton Calls for Overhaul of Justice System


    DEC. 1, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In the church here where, 60 years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired residents to boycott the local bus network, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called for overhauling the criminal justice system, saying there is something “profoundly wrong” when black men are disproportionately stopped and searched by the police, arrested or killed.
    but in an address that began with a verse from the Book of Psalms — “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” — Mrs. Clinton said there was still much work to be done, noting setbacks in access to voting and in the widespread incarceration of young black men.

    The event, organized by the National Bar Association, the country’s largest organization of African-American lawyers and judges, emphasized the role lawyers played in the Montgomery bus boycott, which disrupted this city’s public transportation for more than a year and led to a Supreme Court decision that struck down Alabama laws requiring segregated buses.

    The two-day event was one of only a handful of times since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy in April that she addressed organizations that were unaffiliated with her campaign and had not endorsed her. She was joined by a lineup of lawyers, elected officials and ministers who have been central in civil rights struggles, past and present.


  22. December 2, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Ted Cruz Vows to Put Hard-Core Conservatives on Supreme Court

    In an exclusive interview, the former Supreme Court litigator reveals how he would reshape the bench if elected to the White House.
    Dec 2, 2015

    Ted Cruz says Republicans have “an abysmal record” when it comes to picking Supreme Court justices, and it is something the Texas senator promises to rectify if he’s elected president.

    Cruz, who argued cases before the Supreme Court as the solicitor general of his state and has taught law school classes on the art of presenting cases to the high court, told Bloomberg Politics in an exclusive interview in Iowa on Monday that his party has a knack for picking eventual heretics who side with liberals on divisive issues.

    As examples, he cited Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush, who rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law in 2012, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, who voted in 2015 to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right. Both cases were decided 5 to 4.


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  24. December 2, 2015 at 10:20 am

    …haven´t had time to read up on you guys and all the interesting stuff on here but I just opened this website and I might have said “Oh daaaaamn!” out loud while grading those English exams.

  25. December 2, 2015 at 10:22 am


    What would happen to YOU or ME if WE had KILLED someone WITH AN UNREGISTERED FIREARM?

    How the PHUCK wasn’t he charged FOR THAT?


    Tim F.|9:05 am December 2, 2015|44 Comments

    In 2012 an off duty Chicago police officer named Dante Servin stopped his car in front of front of a group of unarmed black people, pulled out his handgun and fired multiple times into the crowd, hitting one man in the hand and killing Rekia Boyd, 22.

    State Prosecutor Anita Alvarez would have no doubt preferred to do nothing; her cozy relationship with law enforcement was legendary even by prosecutor standards. However the egregious details of this case forced her to do something. So a year and a half later she charged Servin with involuntary manslaughter. This is almost literally the least she could do, short of issuing Servin a parking ticket, and her decision put the trial Judge Dennis J. Porter in a bind. You can hardly call it involuntary when someone points a semi-automatic handgun at a group of people and pulls the trigger over and over again. Porter did not have the option to decide what kind of crime Dante Servin committed. Either he committed involuntary manslaughter or he didn’t. Since the killing was pretty clearly not involuntary, Porter let him go. It is hard to argue with people who feel that Alvarez used her prosecutorial discretion to keep Dante Servin free.


  26. December 2, 2015 at 10:29 am


    Rep. Gutierrez dumps Anita Alvarez over Laquan McDonald case


    POSTED: 12/01/2015, 02:28PM


    • 59 arapaho415
      December 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

      GM rikyrah, TODville.

      Are you in the Chicago area?

      Wondering what TODville locals think of Rahm Emanuel (whom I know little about, just that he is aggressive and was PBO’s chief of staff) — JO’B, japa21, 57andFemale, Forus50, dotster3 (who sadly doesn’t post here anymore), et. al.?

      • 60 57andfemale
        December 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        The prosecutor is trying to save her ass. All of them are throwing each other under the bus. Do I doubt that Rahm was capable of a stunt like this? Of course. But what’s happening in Chicago is everyone is choosing a side, and I believe that they were all complicit. The cops are outrageous, Alvarez protects dirty cops, Rahm has been a major disappointment.

        • 61 arapaho415
          December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

          What a mess.

          It’s beyond my comprehension that things like this happened after #Ferguson and the #EricGarner verdict.

          Cops hive-mentality place themselves above the law, knowing that they’ll lie to protect colleagues (omerta to the Mafia) and that local (city and state) officials will do so as well.

          Devastating that it has taken so many needless, senseless deaths (and unjust incarceration for those who survived) to get to this point, but it cannot be ignored by the GOP propaganda machine (MSM).

          • 62 57andfemale
            December 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

            I have to check my husband’s facts, but he said that he had that over McCarthy’s tenure (Superintendent of Police for 5 years) the city had paid out $500,000,000 to settle claims with the police. This is the monstrous amount of property tax increases that Rahm shoved through the city council. But awful Chicago cops have been a problem for generations.

    December 2, 2015 at 10:38 am


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  30. 70 JER
    December 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

  31. 71 57andfemale
    December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      December 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      DumbasTrump is playing with fire…he is going to get SS or his own family killed talking smack.

    • December 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      I really want to throw a heavy history book at this guy, aiming for his eyes, corners first.
      “Politically correct war”?
      I suggest he better look up:
      – The Geneva Conventions
      – The definition of war crimes and crimes against humanity set by the Nuremberg Trials

      • 74 57andfemale
        December 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        I am more dismayed that millions of Americans think he should be President. How in the world is that possible?

  32. 75 Nena20409
    December 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Loved the Music Post, LL. Thanks.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and several posts back.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest scheduled for 12:30PM EDT 😉

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  34. 77 Nena20409
    December 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  35. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    December 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  36. December 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Spending doesn’t help Bush as Trump continues improbable rise
    Steve Kornacki, MSNBC political correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s insistent lie about thousands of celebrating Jersey City Muslims on 9/11, and his continued polling success despite significantly less ad spending than Jeb Bush.


  37. 80 Nena20409
    December 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

  38. 82 Nena20409
    December 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  39. 83 Nena20409
    December 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  40. December 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Jeb Bush is running out of answers
    12/02/15 09:22 AM—UPDATED 12/02/15 09:25 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As Rachel noted on the show last night, Jeb Bush raised a few eyebrows at a campaign event in Iowa yesterday, speculating about a possible running mate. “Should I be elected president,” the Republican said, “I would have my vice president, I think she will be a great partner.” Smiling a bit, Bush joked, “Did I say that out loud?”

    I suspect this is part of a clumsy strategy to get people thinking about him as an electable general-election candidate, who’ll be only too pleased to go up against Hillary Clinton with a Republican woman on his ticket.

    Will this have the intended effect? It’s hard to say for sure, though it’s hard to blame the guy for trying – nothing else is working for Team Jeb. NBC News had an amazing report yesterday documenting the presidential candidates’ spending so far, and Bush and his allies have easily outspent every other campaign operation in both parties, but to no avail. The Florida Republican remains stuck in the mid-single digits in state and national polling.

    Of course, there’s another way to look at this: Jeb may be hovering around 5% in the polls, but imagine where he’d be if his campaign and its allies hadn’t already spent roughly $29 million on his behalf.

    The Wall Street Journal reports today that Bush backers expected the Paris attacks to refocus the race, giving Jeb a possible boost as the public looked for mature, steady leadership. But with fresh evidence that Paris hasn’t improved Bush’s standing at all, there’s “a fresh round of hand-wringing and second-guessing” about the candidate’s future.


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