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  1. 1 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

    GM!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    December 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    one down. how many more kkklowns still left?

  3. 5 amk for obama
    December 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      December 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Okay, I’m putting my money on Hillary Clinton in this match. She’s met and mastered smarter and better men than el Trumpo. For all his bluster and so called shrewdness, he’s not really that bright.

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        December 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        And he shrivels up and makes weird faces when he’s called out on something. Not my kinda guy. Ugh.

    • December 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

      So this racists bigot have the dam nerve to demand an apology from Hillary, when all the people he has insulted, lied on, been disrespectful too. This man Trump is a disgrace. America can not afford this racists lying piece of crap.

      • 9 jackiegrumbacher
        December 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

        No we can’t, Bella, which is why we all have to fight like the very devil to make sure he never comes anywhere near the White House.

    • 10 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I have a nagging feeling that this is a set-up because of the fact that Trump & Bill and possibly even Hillary are “good buddies”. I still believe that Trump is doing this to sabotage the GOP so that Hillary will slide into her Crown & Robe.

      I could be wrong…

      • 11 MightyPamela
        December 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        I am with you in this, GGail, I have felt this on an intuitive level all along. They will probably be having dinner together soon to laugh at it all – popping champagne. This is a smoke screen to deflect exactly what you and I, and I noticed last week even the thick brick known as JEB?! was saying the same. No doubt whatever they all read TOD – TOD is the only reality around, except of course, wherever PBO is!! But we are with him all the time anyway 🐻

      • 13 jacquelineoboomer
        December 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        GGail – My close friend in Florida is still betting on that conspiracy angle, too! Hope it’s right. And “ugh” on the crown and robe part, but that’s our best option!

      • 17 Sandy1110
        December 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        He even sent PBO a congratulatory tweet in 2008.

        I’ve wondered if he’s a ringer as well. He’s just so over-the-top reprehensible it feels like parody.

        My hairdresser thinks he has liberal roots and is taking the GOP for a ride.

        The scary part is the people who buy his act, who like his fascist spew, and WANT to get him to the White House.

    • 18 pkayden
      December 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      And yet Trump is on record calling Clinton a big liar and President Obama a non-American. He needs to take several seats.

      • 19 GGail
        December 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        What’s a little name calling between friends?

        Now about how Trump feels about the mighty & powerful President Obama – yes, it’s true, Trump is a hater – too bad/so sad 😀

  4. 20 amk for obama
    December 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    December 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Even talking to himself, Santorum comes out the loser. If this dingbat had even a passing acquaintance with reality, he would have quit his silly campaign months ago or never started it at all. I will never forget the glorious night in November 2006 when the people of Pennsylvania booted this looney out of the US Senate. Unfortunately, they turned around and elected the notorious Pat Toomey just two years later.

  6. 22 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

  7. 23 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Elections matter. VOTING MATTERS!

    Virginia School Board Votes To Allow For Renaming Of Schools With Names Of Confederate Generals

    http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/12/21/3734187/changing-school-name-confederates/

  8. 24 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

  9. December 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    • 26 Linda
      December 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Ironically, Matt Lewis wrote a book praising Sarah Palin.

      • 27 Sandy1110
        December 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Actually, that’s not ironic at all. He’s blaming a black man for white people’s racism. He’s just the sort to be googly over the Palin idiot.

    • December 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Sure Matt Lewis blame the black man for racism, blame the black folks for slavery, Jim Crow, the KKK, the white supremacists, the tea party, the racists Fox so call news, right wing hate radio, yes Matt Lewis it’s all that Obama’s fault. You and your racists people are not responsible for anything.

    • 29 pkayden
      December 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Who the hell is Matt Lewis anyways? Just another stupid Rightwinger, I guess.

  10. 30 mtmarilyn
    December 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Good Monday morning all of TODville!! Looks like we will have a white Christmas. We love the snow. So glad the Obama’s are having a great start to their vacation. Finally one Christmas without too drama. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week preparing for Christmas. Off today to get my last package in the mail.

    • 31 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Good morning Marilyn. Yay, you’ve got Snow!!!! 🙂

      • 32 mtmarilyn
        December 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        GM to you. So hopeful it will be a quiet holiday for all of us!

        • 33 GGail
          December 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm

          Until I meet up with the gang on Saturday after Christmas. I hope we don’t end up on the 11 o’clock news 😀 😀
          You never can tell what Susan & Tally, JoJo, LL, PurpleshoesLA, & even Betsy will stir up! (Did I leave out anyone???) 😀

    • 37 mtmarilyn
      December 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Good morning DF. Thank you for finding all these wonderful articles. You are a great finder! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

      • 38 desertflower
        December 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

        Hi, stranger:) Thank you! I love to find these little nuggets of goodness to share:) Hope that you and the family have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the snow! I can’t even stand the cold that we’re having in the mornings here…forget the snow! One beautiful snow would be fun…after that, not so much. Hugs to everyone.

        • 39 mtmarilyn
          December 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

          We will have a great Christmas, there is some family drama but we will survive it all. Hope you have a lovely time at home.

  11. 40 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

  12. 41 amk for obama
    December 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I am betting donald dreck loses in IA and drops out immediately? Any takers?

    • 42 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Nope, not from me amk, you see, I believe (see my comments above) that he’s a plant by Bill Clinton to disrupt the GOP campaign

    • December 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

      I’ll take that bet. Trump has commanding leads in New Hampshire and elsewhere. His ego is a bottomless pit needing to be fed. He is headed to being his party’s nominee now and nothing will stop him.

      • 45 Don
        December 21, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        Yep, I agree with Bill, Trump is a monster that can not be stopped. His ego won’t let him stop, the only way he gets out now is if he gets bored.

      • 46 Obama Grandmama
        December 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        I unfortunately believe Trump not only will win the GOP nomination but that he will have a very good chance to win the Presidency. I do not want to be negative, but the voters historically have swung from one party to the next especially when they are afraid. If that happens we are in a lot of trouble not only of losing all the gains we have made from Obama’s Presidency, but by having all that Donald Trump represents in charge of our country. The world will rightly hate us. I will be embarrassed and ashamed. I had intended to vote only since I would not be as excited about the next President, but I see where I cannot afford to not fight to keep all that PBO has given us by my not being involved.

    • 47 pkayden
      December 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      No, I’m hoping he is the Republican Presidential candidate. That would make it a cake walk for the Democratic candidate.

      • 48 desertflower
        December 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

        Terrible line of thought,pkayden. Take NOTHING for granted! Ever.

        • December 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

          AMEN….

          it took the President garnering 65 million votes (that were counted)…and folks standing line for hours….an awesome ground game …to win…not once but twice….do we have that kind of enthusiasm and organization to do it a 3rd time….this is my concern

  13. 50 amk for obama
    December 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Brent crude hits 11-year low.

    Oil prices have fallen to levels not seen since 2004, surpassing the lows seen during the recession of 2008.

    Brent crude sank to $36.05 a barrel – its weakest since July 2004 – before recovering slightly to $36.56.

    A global oversupply has dramatically driven down the price of oil, with suppliers failing to reach agreements to address the glut.

    A year earlier, the price of Brent stood at about $60 a barrel. In June 2014, it stood at $115.

    The price of US crude was also down on Monday, dropping 40 cents to $34.17 a barrel – the lowest since 2009.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35152037

  14. December 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

  15. December 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank yoooooooooooou Nerdy!

  16. 58 Don
    December 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Today is the day that my son and I will finally go see “Star Wars”, yes, I’m going to drag him to see a movie that he isn’t remotely interested in seeing just as when I was a kid my father dragged my brother and I to see “All the President’s Men.”

    • 59 pkayden
      December 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I hadn’t seen any of the previous SW movies but went to see the newest film. This one was okay. If you like adventure and sci-fi movies, you’ll like the new SW.

      • 60 Don
        December 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you, pkayden, for that in depth analysis. I’m surprised you haven’t been picked up by any of the major newspapers as a movie critic.

      • 61 vcprezofan2
        December 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Pkay, I ❤ ❤ , truly, the subtlety of your SW movie critique, 😀 in particular your concluding sentence! / sotto voce – I haven't seen *any* of them, and appreciate your brave and honest viewpoint. 😀 😀

  17. 62 MightyPamela
    December 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    ❤ {{{{{ TOD }}}}} ❤ VaHoo!! Mornin' y'all! Could just squeeze everyone who brought No-Spill Spout to 50% of the goal yesterday!! They are waving balloons and grateful, no champagne yet, but it's coming!! Thank you to all who got on board, keep sharing and caring. This is how we make a difference, isn't it? ❤

  18. 64 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    He can’t have a quiet vacation…. so sorry for these troops and their loved ones.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKBN0U418520151221

  19. 65 Dakota
    December 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Bringing this over from previous thread…

    ICYMI: More interesting news from the NM governor’s office. Not only is the FBI investigation Susana Martinez’s campaign, her Secretary of State just began a jail sentence for theft of campaign funds. Now the governor is under fire for drunk dialing the police and trying to bully them and a desk clerk because of numerous complaints about a loud party in her room. This article is a little long but well worth the read…even the comments! LOL! Oh and BTW, she was just made Chair of the Republican Governors Association.

    http://krqe.com/2015/12/18/governors-post-party-call-to-police-call-off-your-officers/

    • 66 Don
      December 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      I think her behavior is typical of someone that is at odds with themselves. See people, the mind can only take so much of being at odds with its true nature, in other words being a Republican is antithetical to doing the right thing. And when the mind wants to do the right thing but can’t, then the mind will act out. Governor Martinez is her own worst enemy.

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        December 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

        That’s a direct quote from All the President’s Men, isn’t it, Don?:)

        • 68 Don
          December 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

          Wow, no its not, I thought of that all on my own. I think I’m wasting my big brain here.

          • 69 jacquelineoboomer
            December 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

            But we here are learning from you, Don. Daily. There’s that.

            Actually, you remind me of my friends in New Jersey, when I lived there (most of my life), who always went to the heart of the matter! I kid you not.

            Carry on.

    • December 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      So one of the board members says southern history will be ignored- meaning she’s worried it will get the same treatment as the black history of slavery? And another someone says slavery is bad but it’s history; nothing we can do about that – except acknowledge it and stop revering its proponents! Although if we rename everything that’s named after a slave holder there’ll be a whole lot of renaming going on – including Washington, D.C. Not a bad thing; it would be a lot to get used to!! Shows what a grip slavery had on this country,

      • 75 Don
        December 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

        The right environment has to be in place for something like that to happen, with the election of the first black President the right environment is now in place. Marriage equality might be the greatest thing that President Obama has left us with, not only was it a change in policy, but it was a change in the way a whole group of people were being treated. I will miss the environment that President Obama has made possible. All Presidents are transactional, but only a few are transformative. We are in the midst of a President that is truly transformative.

        • December 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

          I agree, Don, and as we approach his final year in office (sob!) it becomes clearer and clearer what a long view and long range strategy he has always had; that it has never been about him, but about us. It’s what is so hard about thinking about his successor, but electing a Democrat – any Democrat is our only hope of holding on to the environment he has created.

  20. 77 GGail
    December 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I saw the Ron Howard movie, In the Heart of the Sea.
    I really enjoyed the visuals and the story.

  21. 80 JER
    December 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

    • 81 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Good morning/afternoon JER 🙂

      This oil/gas price fluctuation is so confusing. In the last two days, I’ve heard (1) that the price went up & (2) the price went down.
      By City News Service

      POSTED: 12/19/15, 8:48 AM PST | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO
      LOS ANGELES >> The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded its largest daily increase since Aug. 13 today, rising 4.1 cents to $2.809, one day after a 2.1-cent increase.

      December 21, 2015 Ivan Penn Ivan Penn Contact Reporter
      The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline Monday fell below $2 for the first time since March 2009 while most motorists in the Los Angeles area are paying closer to $3. In the L.A. region, the average price for a gallon of regular rose to $2.87, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The statewide average was $2.72.

    • 82 0388jojothecat
      December 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Except in California……

    • 83 0388jojothecat
      December 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      “Most notably, gas prices have begun rising in California, as we warned you last week due to several refinery kinks. The pain will continue for California motorists until these issues are resolved, and California will remain at a higher elevation until ExxonMobil’s Torrance, CA is fully repaired from its fire and explosion this past February. That’s expected in early 2016. Also seeing gas prices start rising today area motorists in the Great Lakes- due to a price cycling behavior. We’ve just sent out alerts to motorists in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, but hikes could also hit Kentucky, St. Louis and Minneapolis.”

      Read more at https://blog.gasbuddy.com/#ZQllIc9xsDMqeqlG.99

      This is such B.S. about California refinery fire from earlier this year is the reason prices are rising. Due to all these consolidation and closing of oil refineries to keep gas prices higher in California is ridiculous.

  22. 86 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Can one of you wonderful BT’S help a girl out here? Many thanks:)

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251929995

  23. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    What??!! Santa’s on vacation the week before Christmas, too? #BlameObamaForTheGoodIdeas

  24. 90 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    As I posted earlier.

    • 91 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Let me guess…white and male

    • 96 Don
      December 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      This guy can walk into any department store and not get followed, women won’t clutch their purses when he walks by them. This guy can get pulled over and scream at the police about is rights and not get shot. He is the rarest of men, he is afforded the benefit of every doubt, all of his failures will and can be excused. He is a white male and he is in pain, he has lost his country, his sweet beautiful country that he made is slaves build for him. And now all of his power is coming to an end, all because of some immigrant trying to come here to feed and house his or her family. Let us bow our heads and pray for the put-upon and beleaguered white male.

      • 97 desertflower
        December 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        Follow the man to the end of the earth that ships his jobs to China…all those clothes he has…..China. This is what happens when brain’s cease to function. Sheeple.

        • 98 desertflower
          December 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

          http://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2015/08/17/trump-the-hypocrite-investing-overseas-fine-for-him/

          Donald Trump’s appeal is said to be his straight talk. But when it comes to international trade, he sounds like a hypocrite, the classic “Do what I say, not what I do” politician.

          While bashing companies for investing in foreign countries, Donald Trump’s own company has shown no inclination to invest and build only in America. In fact, a significant percentage of his company’s hotels and major real estate properties are located abroad.

          “Mr. Trump is either inexcusably hypocritical or inexcusably ignorant of economics,” according to Donald J. Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University. “There is zero economic difference between, say, a U.S. car company’s investments abroad in factories and Mr. Trump’s own investments abroad in hotels: both are meant to improve the bottom line of companies headquartered in the U.S. by taking advantage of profitable economic opportunities outside of the U.S.”

      • 99 Sandy1110
        December 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        Notice that a lot of those who are exposed don’t seem very literate or educated, from the looks of their social media posts.

        There’s probably an additional fear factor that they will lose ground to people who are better skilled or have higher aptitude if they’re kicked off their gravy train.

        They’re freaking out about losing their ill-gotten gains and being unable to compete.

  25. December 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I am listening to a book that I wish every white adult person in the U.S. could be made to read. It’s called “The Half Has Never Been Told” and it’s about slavery as the economic engine that made the U.S. a successful nation. Now, I have to admit that over my life, I’ve read more British history than U.S., and the U.S. history I’ve read has been focused on certain areas: the waves of immigration in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the dust bowl, the Civil Rights movement, and biographies of various U.S. figures. So the information in this book may be already well-known to you. My U.S. history textbook in middle school was cited in Time magazine as an example of the racism included in such books as the Civil Rights movement was growing. However I always thought that slavery as an institution was an inefficient system and would have died eventually had the Civil War not happened and that the North was the engine of economic growth. In this book, the author describes how slavery was actually a very efficient system that drove the economy. One small thing that really struck me: the author always refers to the slave as enslaved people and the slave owners and sellers as enslavers. I was struck by the fact that calling someone a slave wipes away their individual humanity and their agency – the term ‘enslaved person’ restores it. In the introduction, the author points out that in the main, slavery has been defined as loss of civil rights, which he certainly agrees is terrible, but which also ignores the torture that was inflicted (he uses that word) and also the theft of the wages and profit from their labor. He argues that this makes it possible for people to think that because black people now have voting and other civil rights and because we have now elected a black president, that the debt has been paid in full, racism is gone, the debt has been fully paid. I’m finding it fascinating. I’m not an economist by any stretch and books about economics usually put me to sleep q

    • 101 Don
      December 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      I remember reading a book that the name escapes me now, but the book talked about how slaves were made. Yes, slaves were made, they didn’t simply show up in America ready to be slaves. Every imaginable thing was done to that person to make him or her a slave. Yes, the physical hardships of slavery have long since gone, but believe it or not the psychological scares of slavery are still very much with us. The same way in which the Holocaust still is a psychological scare within the Jewish community.

      • December 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        That’s what this book makes absolutely clear. It also shows the strength of the people; those that escaped, and those that didn’t.

        • 103 zekke Lydonna
          December 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

          There is also a multi-part documentary called, ‘Africans in America’, which aired on PBS many years ago. It was the first time I learned about the deliberate creation of slavery as an economic tool.

      • 105 Vicki
        December 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        Maryl and Don—have you read Ta-Nehisi Coates “Between the World and Me?” It is a masterpiece and it looks squarely at what slavery was and how its legacy is still strong and pernicious. That and Mr. Coates long essay on Reparations tell us a lot about the horror and the economics of our long enduring national nightmare.

        • December 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

          I have heard about it and want to read it! My book buying budget is limited right now, but it is on my list for the new year! Thanks for the recommendation.

      • December 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Could you be thinking of the Willie Lynch Papers?

  26. December 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Sorry – cat stepped on keyboard. Economics usually puts me to sleep quite quickly, but this book is beautifully and clearly written. It also includes many original sources and quotes from enslaved people and gives the fullest picture of their lives I have every read.

  27. 110 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm


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