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  1. 21 GGail
    February 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks y’all 🙂

    This one had my name on it. I refreshed and was about to leave a comment, when my office phone rang. I answered it, handled it and hung up. By then I just knew someone had slipped into First – but nooooo, it was left for me 🙂

    Thanks 😀

  2. 22 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  3. 24 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    • 25 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      RAISE THE WAGE WOULD BE NICE…MY HUSBAND HASN’T HAD A RAISE IN THE POLICE DEPT. FOR 10 YEARS…HE STARTED WITHDRAWING PENSION AND SOCIAL SECURITY TO MAKE ENDS MEET….THIS IS GETTING TO BE A COMMON STORY FOR MANY………………

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      February 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      These are 1970’s min. wages, food prices have tripled since then and people are supposed to live and pay rent depending on tips to bring their wages up to 2015 cost of living.

      • 27 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        February 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

        I HEAR THAT…WE PAY RENT TOO!

        • 28 SUEDUVALL SMITH
          February 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

          RENT HAS TRIPLED JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GREEDY AND THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE…IT NEVER ENDS!

          • 29 0388jojothecat
            February 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

            Rent is high because property taxes go up, apartment buildings sell higher so mortages are higher so rent has to cover this and increased insurance, increased water, heat, & electricity. Nobody is getting that rich owning rental property. Corps write off depreciation and take losses but eventually sell when property values increase, then cycle repeats.

            • 30 SUEDUVALL SMITH
              February 3, 2016 at 8:00 am

              NOT TRUE…LANDLORDS DO GET RICH…THEY BECOME SLUMLORDS…HIKE THE RENT AND DON’T REPAIR PROPERTY…YOU SHOULD SEE OUR HOUSE…THAT’S WHY WE ARE MOVING ALONG WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS NOTHING BUT A RACIST…KKK AREA!

              • 31 SUEDUVALL SMITH
                February 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

                MINE HAS 6 HOUSES…SHE GOES TO MEXICO EVERY WINTER AND HAS A NICE HOT TUB IN HER HOUSE…MY TUB IS 30 YEARS OLD AND DOESN’T WORK. THE GOOD SIDE IS…GOD KNOWS WHO THE SELF CONSUMED ARE…………………..

  4. 32 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    • 33 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      PEOPLE AND LOTS OF THEM WOULD NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE PAIN MEDS IF THEY COULD AFFORD OTHER PHARMACEUTICAL TREATMENTS. I HAVE TO TAKE VICODIN EVERY DAY FOR MY PAIN..I CAN’T AFFORD THE GOOD STUFF!…BIG PHARMA IS AN EVIL PRACTICE AND IT HAS KILLED MANY!

  5. 34 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Just curious…

  6. 35 Judith Fardig
    February 2, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations, GGail! My husband on en route to the Twin Cities to be with his hospitalized mom. A snowstorm between Denver in Minneapolis may ground him in Colorado. Not good timing!

  7. February 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  8. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    February 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      This is good news, Donna. I have been very concerned about Latinos overcoming a disinclination to vote for a woman. Hoping HRC chooses one of the Castro brothers as a running mate. Either one of them could run circles around the empty-suited Rubio.

      • 43 jacquelineoboomer
        February 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

        I noticed Christie called Rubio “the boy in the bubble.” I’d call Christie “the bubble,” if I cared enough to think about him one more second.

    • 44 57andfemale
      February 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      She also beat him on “economy is most important” by 9 points.

      So who voted for him? The “destroy the government and we’ll have utopia” crowd?

  9. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    February 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Ahhh Congrats Congressman Castro:

  10. 51 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Spoiler Alert! It’s me with another of my favorite…

  11. February 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  12. 53 57andfemale
    February 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    • 54 No Child Left Behind
      February 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you!

    • 55 catrst
      February 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      It amazes me that in reading this the full transformational miracle of this president is not fully realized in the mind of the author. I see no blunders, only incredible grace and wisdom. I cannot relate to those that always must say things like “worts and all” when they praise him. I need no disclaimers and haven’t since I saw him for myself just after the nomination when he campaigned in a high school gym and later at a hog buiding at a fair ground. My mind and heart soared with him. The second time I saw him speak I walked up to one of the local cops working security and thanked him for guarding this man. He said he would do it without pay. I am not AA and the officer was not. That was the effect he had on us. It was like brotherhood was his aftershave and we were all enveloped in the sweet aroma. God bless our President I say cuz that’s where I think he must go for inspiration. He seems to understand love’s miracle and strive to be in concert with it.

      • February 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

        Catrst…..that is a wonderful response to the article. I was left feeling the author had given the president a backhanded compliment. However, we all come from different places and I appreciate the author’s trying to express himself.

      • 57 GGail
        February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        catrst, beautiful words with powerful emotions behind them. I felt everything you wrote. Thank you for writing it.

        “I need no disclaimers”.

        Me neither!

        • 58 carolyn
          February 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm

          Catrst, thank you for saying what I felt after reading that article. We saw him, February 2007 at a local gathering in OKC…..we were for him before that, but for us that absolutely cemented our support. Whenever someone on TV would say “He is now talking about x, y, or z…” my husband would say…..He talked about that here. He is consistent and trustworthy.
          I cannot imagine anybody else in the world being president these past eight years, and have a hard time imagining that someone else will be president in a year. To me he embodies the very meaning and nature of “president.” Others just acted a role.

      • 59 Betsy
        February 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        I don’t need a disclaimer either. I’m not black so either, but I think PBO has been an amazing, transformational president.

      • 60 99ts
        February 2, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        Thank you – my first thought when reading the intro – “what blunders”

    • 61 arapaho415
      February 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      GE 57F.

      Agree with catrst, caryl, ggail and caroline.

      Seemed to me that every other paragraph cast doubt on President Obama’s achievements.

      It’s understandable that many African Americans who can remember the promise of Dr. King only to live through the ugly reality of the 1970s busing confrontations would become cynical of any promise of “hope and change.”

      But these observations are uncalled for…

      “though clearcut triumphs have been rare ”

      “he has us in mind but not at the table. As president he decides things only as himself”

      “The failures, the over-compromises, are Obama’s acknowledgment of defeat; that includes his almost total silence on the subject of blackness itself, which for black folks feels like the worst defeat of all.”

      IMHO, the author is too full of herself and not willing to look toward the younger generations who have benefited and now have a concrete example of what success looks like.

      So, no thank you, Erin Aubry Kaplan, who has no idea what greatness PBO has already inspired (and will continue to do so after Jan 2017).

      • 62 57andfemale
        February 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

        I shouldn’t have posted it. I did not read it carefully enough, and the headline was deceptive. I agree, and I apologize.

        • 63 arapaho415
          February 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

          Oh, 57F.

          You DEFINITELY don’t need to apologize — I fault @angryblacklady for her tweet.

          This “article” (aka book promo) was written by the same “author” (whom I’m familiar with since I’ve read @latimes on and off forever) who penned this abhorrent Op-Ed yesterday headlined “President Obama’s inability to integrate a divided America.”

          I respect you so much (and your adorable bundles of love), I hope you didn’t take my comment as directed to you personally — hadn’t put the pieces of motivation together until after I posted comment last night. 😦

          The good news is that I think I posted this after the next thread opened up. 😉

          • 64 57andfemale
            February 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

            Thanks for your kind words. It is still upon me to do my homework before posting anything. You KNOW I don’t support those terrible views, and the tweet was, to say the least, misleading. Still, I shouldn’t subject my beloved TOD family to garbage like that.

            Hey, we’re family. We all make mistakes!

  13. 65 57andfemale
    February 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I have an 83 year old neighbor. We are close friends, and I excuse her constant repetition of stories.

    Bernie is starting to remind me of her: no matter what the conversation, he goes back to the same lines he’s been yelling for 30 years.

    • 66 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      I FEEL FOR HIM…HE’S TOO OLD BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR TRYING BECAUSE I’M WILLING TO BET HE HURTS EVERY NIGHT!

    • February 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      I read an article about him being a one issue man. The president had arranged a briefing for the senators o some important foreign policy thing having to do with Iraq/Afghanistan/Al Qaida/ISIS/something-big-but-I-don’t-remember-what. The Senator being quoted, who was a friend of Sanders’, said he got up to the podium, talked for a couple of minutes about the situation and before they knew it he’d pivoted to income inequality and the other senators were saying “There goes Bernie”. This is not the man to be president. He’s been in his own little slot for too long.

      • 68 57andfemale
        February 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm

        I remember reading that, too. There was some question he was asked on a Sunday show, and he took everything back to the same line. It’s just fine to care about economic issues, but his repetition word-for-word is what happens when you can no longer string thoughts together. His dimness on FP has horrified me. No excuse.

        • February 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm

          And he has his supporters convinced that there is only one issue too. That’s one reason why they don’t admit gender and race have any place in the campaign – because Economic Inequality Will Solve It All. I am sad to say that someone very close to me has taken on this attitude and I only hope that as the debates move on it will be clearer to him that apart from this one issue, there is no ‘there’ there. I think Sanders is mistaken for pushing for more debates. Any debate that is not focused on that single issue will reveal his lack of ability to function in any other area.

      • 70 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        February 2, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        I DON’T KNOW WHY THE YOUTH ARE ATTRACTED TO HIM…I THINK HILLARY’S PROBLEM IS THAT SHE COMES OFF AS A DRILL INSTRUCTOR INSTEAD OF SOMEBODY’S MOM AT A SLEEPOVER. BERNIE IS A JOKER…FRANKLY THESE KIDS DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. HOPEFULLY PBO ON THE ROAD CAN STRAIGHTEN THAT OUT!

  14. 71 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE THE PHOTO OF PBO IN THE CAR…HE CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT OF THE BUBBLE! I HOPE THERE ARE MANY GOOD THINGS WAITING FOR HIM IN HIS FUTURE!

  15. February 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    SATURDAY, JAN 30, 2016 02:30 PM CST
    Obama as folk hero: To be what he’s trying to be — black, idealistic and president — is nothing less than superhuman
    Obama’s had unprecedented importance for black people. We even forgive his blunders, because he’s one of the family
    ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN

    Excerpted from “I Heart Obama”

    The unlikely heroism of Barack Obama began for me the first and only time I saw him, on a warm winter day in Los Angeles in 2007. He had just declared his candidacy for president and was holding a rally at Rancho Cienega Park in the Crenshaw district. Crenshaw is the last primarily black area left in the city; it is next to Dorsey High School, one of three majority black high schools left in the 700,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District, and for nearly twenty years it was the site of the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire, held in late summer. In other words, anybody holding an event at Rancho Cienega was trying to get a message out to black folks. The fact that lots of white folks lived pretty close by, some just across the street at Village Green, a leafy condominium community built as a prototype of utopian urban living in the 1940s, didn’t matter. Nor did it matter that whites live in considerable numbers in Ladera Heights, a few miles north of Rancho Cienega, and in much greater numbers in Culver City, a couple of miles southwest. The proximity of these places doesn’t connect them at all. Crenshaw is a black nation-state, so those whites who do live here don’t live outdoors, are never seen on the streets, and more than likely tell their white friends and potential visitors that they live not in Crenshaw but in adjacent places like Culver City or West Los Angeles. They will acknowledge black neighborhoods only when special events are held there such as the African Marketplace or the Martin Luther King Day parade, when the place itself is the point; on those occasions, Crenshaw lights up as local exotica, an in-house tourist destination. But for most of the year, as far as Los Angeles and Southern California and the rest of the country and the rest of the world are concerned, Crenshaw, like black hubs in big cities anyw

    • 73 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED..PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD NO BLUNDERS…HE PUT UP WITH THE ULTIMATE TRASH IN DC AND SHOULD BE NOTHING LESS THAN A SAINT FOR HOLDING ONTO HIS INTEGRITY! I WOULD HAVE DUG SEVERAL ANAL TUNNELS..THE WH LAWN WOULD LOOK LIKE A MOLE PARTY…TUNNELS ALL THE WAY TO TEXAS!

  16. February 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@JoyAnnReid 8h8 hours ago

    #IowaCaucus turnout:
    GOP 180,000 (vs prev record of 121,000 in 2012);
    Dems 171,109 (vs prev record of 239,000 in 2008)

  17. 75 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    That’s not what your face and demeanor express! LOL.

    • 76 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      SOMEBODY ROLL DOWN THE WINDOWS!,,,CHECK THE FLOOR TO THE RIGHT…LOLLLLLLLLLLLLDROWNING HIS SORROWS!

    • February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Donald doesn’t look as smug as he usually do. Wonder why?

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Ha – He also looks a little OCD, the way those papers are lined up so perfectly in front of him. And I thought I heard he doesn’t like other people’s germs or shaking hands with ’em. The perfect diplomat and politician. Too bad, so sad.

      • 79 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        February 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

        PROBABLY HAS A BOTTLE OF GERM-X IN HIS POCKET…REMEMBER WHEN BUSH PULLED THAT ON PBO?

        • 80 jacquelineoboomer
          February 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm

          I remember when Bush wiped his hand on Bill Clinton’s shirt, after Bush had shaken hands with some people in Haiti – if that’s what you mean. Ugly guy. Argghhh.

  18. 81 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    LOL! 😂😂😂

    • 82 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      SOME OF THEM MANAGE TO FALL THRU THE CRACKS ON THE CONVEYOR BELT AND LAND HERE…TED CRUZ HAS MORE THAN ONE CRACK!

  19. February 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    An identity series that explores the importance of a comprehensive black history education. Through personal essays, we tap into the power of that knowledge. We will share a week’s worth of submissions, highlighting a new piece everyday.

    • 84 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      ONE MUST LOOK TO A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF BIBLICAL HISTORY AND NEVER EVER FORGET IT…IT IS NEVER TAUGHT OR ENHANCED BY THE WHITE POPULATION…BUT AS FASCINATING AS THE GOOD BOOK IS…THIS STORY IS VERY SYMBOLIC OF THE AFRICAN AMERICANS’ HIGHLY HELD POSITION IN THE EYES OF JESUS CHRIST…IT IS NEVER TAUGHT AND SHOULD BE…SIMON OF CYRENE HAILED FROM AFRICA AND HE WAS THE CHOSEN ONE TO HELP JESUS CHRIST CARRY HIS CROSS TO CALVARY……………………THIS…SPEAKS VOLUMES! WHITE DO NOT MENTION THE IMPORTANCE OF AFRICANS IN THE BIBLE…THEY TOTALLY WHITEWASH IT!…GOTTA GO…GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  20. February 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I see that the kickstarter Little Spout Big MIssion has been fully funded! Yay! I look forward to my spouts making my life easier and a little more splash free! 😀

  21. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    February 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    • February 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      donna that is so right. I remember that so many times and also Sen. Obama and President Obama didn’t make up lies about G.W. Bush, or Mitt Romney. Every time the Republicans open their mouth about POTUS they are making up lies.

  22. 88 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    christie calling rubio a bubble boy is ironic.

  23. 90 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    go foxes. go spurs.

  24. 91 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm


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