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  1. December 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Anybody remember @ZachWahls, the Iowan who got a bit of fame a few years back talking about his two moms? (side note: the shorter of those two moms is first cousin to Mr muscatinegal). Anyhow, he’s now back supporting HRC with a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZVbkRSiQ1w. I’m sure he’ll be in politics himself before too long – I appreciate his comments on Twitter. And to think when I first met him, he was a bratty junior high kid! 🙂

  2. December 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      That’s precious. Where she got those names she was rattling off … well, actually, I don’t care where she got ’em. She’ll mercifully be off the national stage soon, maybe go be CEO of an Army-Navy discount store next. Hopefully, not where I live.

  3. December 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    A change in policy in SF:

  4. 8 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    • 9 Dudette
      December 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      “I keep getting UPS packages delivered to me by a man who comes in a U-Haul truck with a sign on the door that says UPS on it. Is this normal? ‘Cause every time he comes I think it’s ISIS pretending to be a UPS man,” wrote one concerned Facebook user.” 😕

      • 10 99ts
        December 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

        “I think it’s ISIS pretending to be a UPS man,”

        This is what the GOP has done to the US. Short time ago you might think they were thieves. I hope their fear makes them too scared to go outside their front door – to vote – or buy moar gunz – or food. Dipsticks

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      I think they’re delivering in Budget-Rent-A-Car trucks around our area.

  5. 12 kid kanga
    December 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Happy wednesday to all!

    I am so very super yuuugely NOT ready to let our president ride off into the sunset. 4 more years! What on earth are we going to do without him?

    Also, i don’t care how many years later after they have left the whitehouse, or who its current occupant is, the Obamas will always be our first family in my opinion!

  6. 14 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    • 15 MadameSoph
      December 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you JER, this is wonderful!

      I’m joining the “good news” brigade here at TOD. It’s Christmastime, FGS! I am tired of the fear and clickbait being pushed on us by the Repubs and most of the media. I am also tired of the fear of the fear (those of us sane ones who are calling them out but also keeping their narrative front and center, even if we are arguing against it).

      This Xmas there is a rare Full Moon shining a light on the day we celebrate the birth of a man of peace, someone who is quoted as saying, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~John 14:27

      And on Monday’s Winter Solstice, the Sun returns and the days begin to get longer and to fill with more light.

      Or, to quote another wise being, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

      We need to counter all of this negative, fearful noise by highlighting the abundance of actual good news out there!

    • 16 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      December 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      PRETTY DARNED AWESOME!!!!

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Love those kinds of stories!

  7. 18 Judith Fardig
    December 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hope everyone in our TOD community is feeling healthy, happy, and not too stressed out by the holidays. This is supposed to be a time of love and light. We finally took advantage of a break in the rain to go to a local tree farm for the Noble Fir now filling the house with its glorious scent. It doesn’t have any lights or decorations yet. I’m so far behind, but I’m just trying to be in the moment.

  8. 26 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hello TOD on a Wednesday on Dec 16th, 2015.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and since last night.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest………..LIVE and starting Shortly 😉

  9. December 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Longing for that delusional world of Mad Men where all you had to be was White

    …………………

    Iowa Man’s Worldview A Lot Like Trump’s

    December 15, 2015 11:35 am

    By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Bruce Goacher, a repo man in a camouflage cap and oil-smudged jacket, praised Donald Trump as he drove his flatbed through Davenport on his way to seize a delinquent borrower’s car.

    Trump’s call for barring Muslims from entering the United States may have sparked an international uproar, but it only reinforced Goacher’s support for the Republican Party’s top contender for president.

    “He says let’s not bring nobody here until we get to the bottom of it,” Goacher said Tuesday over the rumble of the tow truck’s engine. “I agree 100 percent.”

    Men like Goacher are the main reason Trump has sustained his lead in the Republican presidential race for six months. Poll after poll has found that white men with no college degree are among the New York tycoon’s most avid supporters.

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/iowa-mans-worldview-a-lot-like-trumps/

  10. 29 Ladyhawke
    December 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    National Terrorism Advisory System

    ——————————————————–

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke to reporters about updates to the National Terrorism Advisory System.

    ———————————————————-

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?402166-1/homeland-security-secretary-jeh-johnson-national-terrorism-advisory-system

  11. December 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  12. 31 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  13. December 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    She discovered ballet at 13 during a free class taught by San Pedro City Ballet Artistic Director Cindy Bradley at the Boys and Girls Club on Cabrillo Avenue and was quickly recognized as a late-blooming prodigy, remarkably joining American Ballet Theatre after only a few years of training.

  14. December 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Gilbert Arenas, always a middling player, opined on his Instagram that the WNBA should get rid of all its “lesbian” players and replace them with hot chicks in thongs. Must be wonderful to have more money than sense.

  15. 38 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  16. December 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  17. December 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Ha-Ha!

    • 42 Nena20409
      December 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Loose lips, sink ships!
      Debate is supposed to be based on Facts…….at least that was my education in High School.
      I suppose, a Canadian Born pretending to be a Presidential Material is too smart for his own good?

    • 43 GGail
      December 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Reince will probably need Obamacare to cure him of his alcoholism by the time this election cycle is over – HAhahahaha!!!

      This is what Uncle Ben did to him… Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus responded to Ben Carson mispronouncing his name at the GOP debate, saying, “I’ve learned to live with it.”

      On Wednesday morning, CNN’s “New Day” host Chris Cuomo joked with Priebus about Carson’s slip, when the former neurosurgeon mispronounced the chairman’s last name, as “Pubis.”

  18. 45 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    One of the many lies Wolf and Co allowed unchallenged.

  19. 48 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Folks this man is 62 yrs old with at least 4 grand-kids?

  20. 56 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  21. 57 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  22. 59 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  23. 63 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  24. 66 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    POTUS will make a stop in San Bernardino to meet privately with Family Members of those who lost a loved on and those who were hurt in that Terror Attacks.

  25. December 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  26. 71 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  27. 74 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  28. 75 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

  29. 77 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    It’s quite an album.

  30. 79 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  31. 80 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  32. 81 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  33. December 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Students chant ’16 shots’ at Emanuel’s Urban Prep event

    WRITTEN BY FRAN SPIELMAN POSTED: 12/16/2015, 10:29AM

    A normally friendly forum for Mayor Rahm Emanuel turned hostile Wednesday when student protesters chanting, “16 shots,” interrupted a ceremony called to jump-start a “citywide strategy” aimed at providing expanded opportunities for “every child and young man of color” in Chicago.

    Emanuel announced creation of a “My Brother’s Keeper Cabinet” at Urban Prep Academies, 6201 S. Stewart. It’s a charter school that boasts of sending 100 percent of its African-American male graduates to college.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1185202/protesters-chanting-sixteen-shots-disrupt-emanuels-even-urban-prep

  34. December 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ REVIEW: THE THRILLS ARE STRONG WITH THIS ONE RICHARD ROEPER on December 16, 2015

    It’s a return to greatness.

    Nearly 40 years after “Star Wars” exploded the pop culture universe and practically became a religion for generations of fans, and a full decade after many of those same fans felt betrayed and defeated by “Revenge of the Sith,” the seventh “Star Wars” movie could well bear the same subtitle as the original:

    “A New Hope.”

    What a beautiful, thrilling, joyous, surprising and heart-thumping adventure this is. “The Force Awakens” pops with memorable battle sequences, gives us chills with encore appearances by stars from the original trilogy and introduces more than a half-dozen terrific Next Generation characters.

    If the U.S. presidential election were held this weekend, director-producer-co-writer J.J. Abrams might carry the day based on geek support alone.

    “The Force Awakens” is set about 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” Of course Abrams begins with the familiar blue text telling us this all takes place “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and then we get the iconic yellow crawl text giving us some basic backstory and letting us know where we are now.

    And then boom! We’re off and running. (More often, flying and soaring and zigging and zagging.)

    http://entertainment.suntimes.com/movies/star-wars-force-awakens-review-thrills-strong-one/

  35. 84 Allison
    December 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  36. 86 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  37. December 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I’m not sure how this is going to post, but you really, really, have to see this. The video is embedded in an article-I’ve tried to link directly to the video but not sure it’s going to work; you may have to scroll down a bit. And now, I present for your viewing pleasure, Andrew Lloyd Weber aaaaaaannnnd…REPUBLICATS!

    • 88 MadameSoph
      December 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      “Does the fish on your car keep the Muslims at Bay?” I had a spit take with my coffee on that one 🙂

      And “Big P*ssy” from the Sopranos is playing Christie!

      Is this one of Funny or Die’s shorts?

      • December 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

        No, the article I found it in explained it thusly:”In this clever video, the Iowa Republican Committee hired “Andrew Lloyd Weber” to stage the debate, but he insisted on doing it his way.’

    • December 16, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      This is awesomeeee….love it..i hope dudette sees it

  38. December 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    GEEZE

  39. 93 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The Gen retired in 2003. Mr. Obama was a State Sen then.
    For Fiorina to continue to lie…..is not surprising, but for her to continue to call HRC a liar, dishonest, etc is now beyond pathological.

  40. December 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

  41. December 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

  42. 97 Gazelle
    December 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    [In case you haven’t seen this & are need of a grand giggle!]

    #NigeriansAtHogwarts

    .
    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2015/08/nigerians-at-hogwarts.html

    This one, for some reason, cracked me up: When you ask your mum to buy school books for Defence Against The Dark Arts but she just gives you a bible instead #NigeriansAtHogwarts

  43. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    December 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    President Obama is hands down the coolest POTUS ever!

  44. December 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    This will put a smile on your face!

  45. December 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Luvvie!!!

    Blogger, Web strategist Luvvie Ajayi has made a brand for herself

    Chicago’s Luvvie Ajayi reaches a pop-culture savvy audience of black women and others with her blog Awesomely Luvvie, and some of the nation’s biggest brands have taken notice.

    Comcast hired her to host a “Scandal” viewing party during the 2013 Blogalicious conference in Atlanta. McDonald’s had her take over its 365Black Twitter account during the Essence Festival in New Orleans in July. This fall, she hosted Rosa Regale sparkling wine’s “Empire” watch parties in Houston and Chicago. And on Tuesdays, she live tweets “Being Mary Jane” for BET.

    What draws the big names? Her distinct but topically diverse audience, which has dubbed itself LuvNation and is made up largely but not entirely of African-American women.

    “It goes across gender, color, sexual orientation, because people relate to what I’m saying,” said Ajayi, 30. “The power of my blog kind of transverses culture, and you don’t have to be black to understand my writing or to find the value in it.”

    At her Awesomely Luvvie pop culture blog, she draws 10,000 visitors a day to her recaps of episodes of “Scandal,” riffs on style and life choices of celebs and random folks, and weighs in on social issues of the day. She has 140,000 likes on her Facebook page; 24,000 followers on Instagram and more than 65,000 on Twitter.

    Celebs have taken note, as well.

    “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes is a follower. Actress Holland Taylor invited Ajayi to come see her in a Broadway production after the blogger tipped the “Two and a Half Men” star to the slang meaning of “shade” and introduced her to “Basketball Wives.” Actor Jeff Perry tweeted out a Scandal Bingo board that Ajayi and YouTube vlogger and MTV “Decoded” host Franchesca Ramsey created for the Season Two finale.

    Ajayi began her Awesomely Luvvie blog in 2006, a reboot of a blog she’d run at the behest of friends while a student at the University of Illinois, where she earned a degree in psychology.

    She went on to work as a marketing coordinator for Community Media Workshop. In 2009, she and Karyn Brianne Lee began The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention outreach for women and girls.

    Every March 10, it encourages bloggers to post a red pump widget and asks people to wear red shoes. The effort has drawn a number of high-profile invitations: to the White House for a summit about the Affordable Care Act; to a reception at the One Campaign, where she met singer Elton John; and to Haiti, where she recently spent a week with the State Department doing workshops on HIV/AIDS and social media marketing for nonprofits.

    She was laid off from the media job in 2010. But by then, the brands had started calling.

    The first, she said, was Gap, which asked her to host a party to promote a new line of jeans.

    “That was really cool because it was the first time I looked at my blog and saw people outside of the people I know paying attention,” she said, attributing her audience value to the breadth of what she covers, from Black Lives Matter to hit TV shows.

    “That’s one thing brands are understanding is, I’m the blogger who’s not writing about fashion. I’m not writing about beauty. I’m not writing about gossip. I’m not writing about politics,” she said. “I’m writing about all of that. I’m the person they can come to if they just want to reach people who care and have their fingers on pop culture.”

    That reach caught the attention of Nielsen, which asked her to help launch the February 2014 Conscious Consumers campaign focused on African-American, Latino and Asian-American spending, said Rebecca Roussell, senior director of Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series.

    “I saw she was very influential. She had a plethora of things in her portfolio. It was not only about “Scandal,” but she was also very socially conscious. That was the type of voice I was looking for for this Conscious Consumers campaign,” Roussell said.

    “We needed to get a recognizable face and a person that the African-American community trusted. And that was Luvvie.”

    Ajayi partipated in a Twitter chat on black spending power in the U.S. and was featured in a video about The Red Pump Project that was housed on a Nielsen microsite.

    “She knows this new ballgame as it relates to being an influencer and working with brands,” Roussell said. “She definitely has the business acumen and the brains to eloquently represent a brand.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-luvvie-ajayi-profile-bsi-20151214-story.html

  46. 105 Dudette
    December 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  47. 106 Vicki
    December 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Meta posted the hung jury decision hours ago and nobody here has commented.
    Here’s my comment.
    All 6 officers who had contact with Freddie Gray that night are guilty of something. The 3 arresting officers who made an arrest when there was no wrongdoing are guilty of wrongful arrest—at least.
    And the 3 officers who participated in the fatal rough ride are guilty of, at the very least, manslaughter, if not murder.

    Failure to reach a verdict on the police officer who failed to secure Mr. Gray properly in the van and who ignored his cries for help, apparently on the basis that this was normal procedure is Very very guilty, in my humble opinion.

    • December 16, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      we do not know that caused the hung jury…was it a alone hold out …on either side….but it is not surprising that something like this would happen in a case like this…however he can be tried again

  48. 108 Vicki
    December 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    On a happier note—attn: idris Elba fans.
    Luther returns!! Tomorrow night on BBCA.
    Alice Morgan’s fate will be revealed. (the actress Ruth Wilson, has been terrific on The Affair.)

  49. 109 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  50. 110 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

  51. 111 99ts
    December 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    We’ve caught the Trump disease – Build a fence. In the case of cricket I’d rather be outside than inside with the cricket fans. WHAT A JOKE. They are reducing health and pension benefits to pay for this stupidity!!!!!!!!!!

    Cyclone fence to be erected around MCG (AMK would know this is the Melbourne Cricket Ground) as extra security measure in wake of Paris attacks
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/mcg-announces-anti-terror-security-measures-for-cricket/7036156

  52. 112 Nena20409
    December 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  53. 113 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

  54. 114 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  55. 115 JER
    December 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Good news: America's high school graduation rate has increased to an all-time high. 🎓

    A photo posted by The White House (@whitehouse) on

  56. 116 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  57. 117 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

  58. 118 amk for obama
    December 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  59. December 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  60. December 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    ICYMI, this one is really worth listening to today:


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