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  1. 3 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 10:56 am


  2. 4 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

  3. 5 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

  4. January 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

  5. 12 Mighty Pamela
    January 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

  6. January 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

  7. 19 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

  8. 20 Dakota
    January 23, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Good Morning TOD’ers.

    Just called my SIL in NYC. She’s good but they’re expecting 20-25 inches of snow today. Sending warm thoughts and prayers of safety to all of you effected by the storm.

  9. January 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

  10. 22 GGail
    January 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    To all those in the path of this snowstorm. Be prepared – have new tires or snowtires on your vehicle, drive slow and cautiously, have all you need to eat for a couple of days and exercise patience. Winter comes every year. 🙂

    • 23 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      GM GGail.

      Pretty hard to avoid #Snozilla updates on twitter (know you’re one of the smart ones who avoid it) — from what I’ve seen, the blizzard hasn’t arrived yet, and residents should not even contemplate driving until after the storm has passed through.

      Hope that Vicki, LDS and Dakota’s SIL don’t have travel plans today. Staying put for a day watching snow blanket the ground sounds blissful to me, as long as I’m inside with food.

      • 24 hopefruit2
        January 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        Re NYC: Mayor de Blasio is now urging Broadway and Restaurants to close by 2:30PM. The Metro-North, LIRR and El trains/MTA will shut down at 4PM. The MTA bus system was shut down at 12noon.

  11. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    people in the media & punditry, most of which is based out of NY & DC, seem to thrive in a bubble and therefore feed on each other’s gossip to convince themselves about what the rest of the country and world is thinking about some personalities and events.

    it appears that Bloomberg’s potential presidential run is going to be their new toy and headlines for the next few days ….. this is perhaps the ONLY time I will thank heavens that there is an active #Blizzard2016 to divert us from all the airtime they would otherwise be taking up with “what are the implications of a Bloomberg run”;

    if you have been following the people who push “The Third Way” approach to politics in the US, you have been getting clues for a while now that they have tried to push Bloomberg into the national headlines as a potential candidate;

    time to bite my tongue and watch it all from the O-train …. because I suspect that at the end of the day, we may find that a billion dollars is not a sufficient quality to win the presidency

    • 26 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      GM/GA GCL.

      Heard on the radio that Bloomberg is 73 years old, which means if Trump becomes GOP nominee (which I seriously doubt), then all potential candidates would be in the neighborhood of 70 years old.

        January 23, 2016 at 7:02 pm


    • 28 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      There’s also this:

  12. January 23, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Today’s Iowa Caucuses article at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2016/01/22/peoples-republic-not-johnson-county-key-gop/79173524/ notes that where I live is known as the “People’s Republic of Johnson County for its liberal leanings”. Sounds great to me! 🙂 And yet we still have Republicans in this county. Tomorrow we might go see HRC and PP Prez Cecile Richards in the next town. I dunno, tho – at the same time, the Donald will be at my alma mater high school in Muscatine. Only 9 days, 8 hours and 20 minutes until the Iowa Caucuses!

    • 30 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      GM muscatinegal.

      I find Iowa an immensely interesting state, from a political perspective.

      Did you see this article from @latimes yesterday, which I found fascinating:

      Dateline is Marshalltown IA:
      “Marshalltown is a community of about 28,000 in the rolling hills of central Iowa. Founded by European settlers, it was virtually all white for most of its existence.”

      From the article:
      “’Some of these people came here because they were desperate,’ said Ken Vinson, 65, who works at the local power station. ‘I don’t care how they got here, they got here, and they have a family. Now all of a sudden you want to rip those people out and send them back? I wouldn’t want my family torn apart like that.’”

      snip /
      “Sentiments seemed to shift about a decade ago, when federal immigration officers swarmed the JBS plant, arresting nearly 150 people as part of a national crackdown on illegal immigration. Stories circulated of SWAT teams on the roof and children coming home from school to find both parents gone.

      The response was outrage….

      The plant hasn’t been raided since.”

      • January 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks, arapaho415 – always interesting to see outside news about Iowa! I live near the town of West Liberty, which Wikipedia says is now 52.2% Hispanic – the first Iowa town to achieve a Hispanic majority. The schools there are International Spanish Academies and offer a dual language program. Change has definitely come to rural Iowa and it has helped revitalize (and save) some of these towns.

        • 32 arapaho415
          January 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

          Thanks for your response, Mgal.

          From what I’ve read, Iowa has a very progressive history (from a 2007-08 article in LA Times that I can’t locate online now).

          I get the sense that it’s the Evangelicals who have tipped the scale the other way, meaning many GOP are swayed by candidates who appeal to them (i.e., Santorum in 2012, Cruz [I think he’s leading in Selzer’s polls]).

  13. 33 GGail
    January 23, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Chips, my comment is stuck somewhere in snowland!!!

  14. January 23, 2016 at 11:48 am


      January 23, 2016 at 6:58 pm


  15. 36 GGail
    January 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Oh GREAT! my comment is lost just as my team loses – I’m going back to bed 😦

  16. 39 Ladyhawke
    January 23, 2016 at 11:52 am



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  17. 40 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Go foxes.

  18. 41 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

    saintly retirement for lvg?

  19. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Thank goodness for snowblowers….I’m gonna go eat!

    • 61 GGail
      January 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Donna, glad to hear that all is well in your world 🙂

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      January 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Hey, I’d try that…… if only I had the dough. 😦 Everything else is in da house.

      Enjoy, GDD and stay warm.
      I’ve had my snowblower for the second winter now and still haven’t attached the blower section (meaning I haven’t used it yet)! ‘Procrastinator’ is my real middle name.

        January 23, 2016 at 7:12 pm


        • 65 vcprezofan2
          January 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          Sue, for what I paid for it, it had better not be a pretend one! Of course, by the time I get to it my initial warranty will likely be invalid. Ah well! As for the recliner part, I’ve never owned one – makes more sense to me to just recline in bed. 😀

      January 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm


  20. January 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

  21. 68 JER
    January 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hello everybody.

    Only 8 miles to go for pix of Bo and Sunny 🙂

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  22. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm

  23. 72 Don
    January 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I miss the good ole days when billionaires lived under water or wanted to finance trips to outer space or wanted to build all kinds of crazy shit. But now they all want to run for public office. I miss billionaires like Blofeld, or Hugo Drax, or Mr. Big, they didn’t give a fuck about tax breaks or running for county commissioner or state comptroller.

  24. January 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  25. 75 amk for obama
    January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    remember all that vapid noise from the thugs over that stupid pipeline whassitsname?

  26. January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    GA TOD. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend….and stays warm!

  27. 79 JER
    January 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Pedestrians help a stranded driver stuck in the snow in Center City Philadelphia Saturday morning. http://www.philly.com/
    David Swanson/Staff Photographer

    • 80 GGail
      January 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      When I lived in Detroit, we always kept a couple of pieces of cardboard and a bag of sand in the trunk for when we were stuck in snow. We would lay the cardboard piece behind one back tire and sprinkle sand in front of the front tires and rock the car till it rolls onto the cardboard. Then you drive forward into the sand, pick up your cardboard and drive on. 🙂

      January 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm


  28. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    January 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    You can never start them too young. ‪#‎LoveMyGrandGirls‬

    Of course they spent more time eating the snow than shoveling it. 🙂

  29. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  30. January 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    such a disingenuous tweet…i have grown so tired of BS Rhetoric….as if all we have to do is blow the sh*t up and all will be well…Revolution does not bring always bring about change…talk to the citizens of Egypt…or Libya…

    • January 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Revolutionaries and presidents are two different animals. That’s why (or one reason why) Martin Luther King did not run for office. Hasn’t Sanders been in government long enough to know this? It reminds me of all the GOP candidates who’ve been part of the government who run as ‘outsiders’.

    • 101 Don
      January 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Well Bernie, how do we achieve racial justice in America beyond blowing up the big banks and perp-walking a bunch of bankers?

    • January 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Hasn’t that what he’s been doing for 25+ years? Tinkering? Also this seems like another backhanded slap at President Obama to me. Maybe I’m getting paranoid.

      • 103 Don
        January 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        Maryl1, I thought the same thing about the backhanded slap at President Obama, but I’ll give Bernie the benefit of the doubt. Bernie hasn’t even been tinkering for 25 years, he’s been throwing around quotes for the last 25 years. Changing a system means working within a system to effectively change it. Down with big banks and we need a revolution are Bernie’s main quotes. Like he’s going to lead a revolution, oh please.

    • January 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Sanders is really naive! If he is so gung-ho on starting a “Revolution,” he shouldn’t be running for President! Any one with elementary knowledge of the U.S. Political system knows that a President cannot bring about a Revolution because of the Constitutional constraints of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances.”

  31. 106 hopefruit2
    January 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  32. January 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Well, this young man may not understand everything, but he understands the important things. Chips, Nerdy, someone, can we front page this so that we can all be refreshed by hope for the spirit of the next generation?

  33. 108 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm

  34. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm

  35. 110 arapaho415
    January 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    NYPD is serious about staying home.

    So many people (looking at you, emoprogs and libertarians) these days don’t realize that Nature trumps man’s individual (I’ll do what I when I want it) will.

  36. 114 Elly in Maryland
    January 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Chipsticks, I read here frequently but missed a number of posts recently. Just wanted to say a belated thank you for the video of Beyoncé singing “At Last” at the People’s Inaugural Ball. I went to that ball and it was one of the best nights of my life. We almost didn’t go because we were so exhausted from the Inauguration morning (waking at 4 am, getting downtown, freezing, slogging home on the metro) but since we had rented a tux for my husband, figured we should. I had heard that inaugural balls could be ho-hum affairs. I had no idea that the People’s Ball would be such an incredible line-up, or that we would see the First Dance. Thanks for helping me remember.

    • January 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      What a glorious experience!

    • 116 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Wow, what an experience, Elly.

      Historic, too, because I don’t think previous Inaugurations had a “People’s Ball” (please correct me if I’m wrong).

      Impressed with your stamina, after such a long day on your feet. Belated congrats.

  37. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    January 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  38. January 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    If Bloomberg runs he will take from democrats like Nader did.
    No way he can win, so why is he doing this?

    • January 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      I disagree, especially if Hillary Clinton is the nominee! I think he will take the votes from the Republicans, and the so called independents who usually vote Republican, who are scared to death by both Trump and Cruz just in case one of them is the Republican nominee.

  39. January 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    My high school, celebrating 100 years of outstanding education in Detroit. It is now their first and only International Baccalaureate school. Among the many famous graduates are Alice Coltrane, David Alan Grier, Ron Carter,Della Reese, Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Rose Collins, and many, many more. (I modestly left my name off the list of greats ::cough::). It was and is an amazing school.

    • 124 vcprezofan2
      January 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      ‘I modestly left my name off the list of greats’

      Why? Modestly isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. 😀 😀 😀

  40. January 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  41. 126 arapaho415
    January 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm


    We’ve crossed over into the dangerous territory. No longer the Krazy Klown Kaper side show.

    • 127 arapaho415
      January 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Dang, forgot that the original tweet doesn’t appear here.

      • January 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        Hay Trump if you shoot a black person you will get more of your racists voters.

      • January 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        The Press just mouths these statements..is there any condemnation from the media for a man saying that he could murder someone and still win the presidency

        • 130 donna dem 4 obama
          January 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm

          Apparently not.

          • January 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm

            Donna this seems so UNREAL…that a candidate for President can stand up there and say that he could murder someone and still be elected….like he is King Trump and there is nothing that he can’t do..

            • 132 donna dem 4 obama
              January 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

              I’ve been following politics for over 30 years and I have never seen anything like this ever. When Dean screamed he was finished. When Palin bo*bed in that interview with Katie Curic McCain’s Presidential bid was over. When Gary Hart was photographed with a young girl sitting on his lap his campaign was over. When Dukakis rode around in that tank his campaign was over. But it makes no difference what this guy says or does the more outrageous he is the more they love him. I’m not sure how he will fare in a general election but I do know that if we don’t get off our butts and vote like we did for PBO in the last two elections this country will be in for a complete disaster.

      • 134 idon
        January 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Well NAZI trump does have a point. He did get away with beating and raping his first wife who made such claims in a sworn deposition

    • 135 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      I am more and more confident everyday that this narcissist is going to win the Republican nomination. I’ve watched this guy pretty closely over the last few weeks and he is a master showman. He plays the media and the rest of the republican field every single day and the MSM is more than willing to give him all the airtime he wants. MSNBC has been shameful covering him. They are even worse than CNN with their coverage of his every move. If he wins the nomination they will continue to enable his outrageous behavior giving him every opportunity to be in the public’s mindset daily.

  42. January 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    • January 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      But President Obama didn’t just win caucuses only. President Obama also won primaries is states like South Carolina, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Even in the states he didn’t win (New York, Texas, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania), which had sizable non-white voters, he received substantial votes that enabled to get almost half of the delegates from each of those states. Other than the New England states, I seriously don’t think Sanders will win any of the primary states won by President Obama in 2008 without the support of “minority voters.” Actually, here in California, the so called “minority voters” (Hispanic-Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans) are now the majority.

  43. January 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

    Spending the day with Peanut 🙂

  44. January 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    CPS Layoffs Revealed; ‘These Cuts Are Painful,’ Claypool Says

    By Ted Cox | January 22, 2016 9:45am |
    Updated on January 22, 2016 7:18pm

    THE LOOP — Chicago Public Schools officials Friday announced extensive layoffs in the district’s central offices, saying they were trying to keep necessary cuts out of classrooms.

    The district said it was cutting 433 administrative positions, including laying off 227 employees Friday. Some 180 vacant positions were to be eliminated, and the district claimed a net reduction of 61 positions in the second half of last year.

    “We are prioritizing the immediate needs of our schools and moving forward with painful layoffs to the Central Office and administrative staff,” CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool said in a statement.

    “There’s no doubt these cuts are painful,” he said.

    I would like to see the demographics of those fired.

  45. January 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Progressive Whites will never truly understand what it’s like to live the African-American experience, no matter how many James Baldwin or Toni Morrison books they read. They’ll never know what it’s like to get pulled over by the men sworn to protect you and be fearful that you might end up dead. They’ll never know the fear of raising a child in a world that sees him expendable as Ta-Nehisi Coates and countless others do and have done. Yet, despite this lack of personal experience, White progressives can still be valuable allies in the Black Lives Matter Movement.


    my comment:

    a really open article…but i must say that BLM is already legitimate…the addition of white folks won’t make it more legitimate…but the addition of white folks to the struggle may help break this re-occurring cycle of oppression that seems to go on and on from one generation to the next…

    BOBfr from the Obama Diary has often talked about “Truth and Reconciliation and the role that white people must play in the struggle against racism…

    i appreciate you and him…it gives me hope

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