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  1. 1 Wilson Michael
    February 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Good morning Chipsticks everyone at TOD

  2. 4 Mitt Romnesia
    February 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Bless her. Truly bless her.

  3. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Yes, Virginia, he’s the President!

    • 6 Nena20409
      February 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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      Starting with One Wilson Michael, One Mitt Romnesia & of course, One JacquelineOboomer 😉
      Congrats all YOU Three on a Gorgeous, Wednesday from MN 😉
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  4. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, Chips! How are ya? Hadn’t seen that interview – it’s wonderful! Makes me so happy.

    • February 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Not the best of days, Jacqueline. Newbie dog bit Danny in the ear, so had to take him to the vet – poor fella is under sedation now while they stitch him up. Damn it. On a more hopeful note, a woman responded to one of my Found Dog ads this morning and said she thinks Newbie belongs to her husband – kind of weird that she wasn’t certain (I mean, they’re still together). Waiting for him to come and have a look, but he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry – all very strange.

      • February 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

        Oh, no. My heart goes out to you and Danny. And poor Newbie who may have an owner that isn’t sure or desperate to have him back. GEEZE.

      • 13 Don
        February 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Be careful, Chips.

        • 14 jacquelineoboomer
          February 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

          That’s what I was thinking, Don. And good advice.

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

          Thanks Don, it crossed my mind too that I need to be on guard over this, there are so many strange people out there you can’t be careful enough. Have been doing a bit of checking and they seem legitimate, farmers from about four miles away. But I’ll stay wary – thanks again Don.

      • 16 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        Oh my God, Chips!!!!!!

        I have had that happen at my house occasionally. Kasper went after Nickelby’s food a few months back, Nickelby retaliated and punctured Kasper’s lip. Pearl got her ear nipped once. Mr. 57 refuses to put them in crates when he leaves the house. I always do if they are going to be alone. But 99% of the time they get along great. However, I think Newbie needs a one-dog forever home.

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

          Never a dull moment, 57! I was just saying to Jacqueline on the new thread – I’d persuaded myself last night that I could make things work keeping Newbie, but after today I know I can’t. The more settled Newbie is becoming here, the more aggressive he is towards Danny, he’s determined to show him he’s the boss.

          There have been all kinds of twists and turns in the story the last day or two, but I’ll find out in the morning if he belongs to the people who contacted me today. I became fairly sure that he wasn’t the same dog, but the niece just emailed me a photo of him when he was young and it looks *very* like him. We’ll see.

      • 18 MadameSoph
        February 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm


        And my thoughts go out to Newbie as well, wishing him a wonderful eventual permanent home.

      • February 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        It’s happened to us too, only more damage done. It’s strange how they are such good friends, but could fight so viciously. Thankful it’s only happened twice and it’s been a couple years.
        Have the dog lovers on TOD noticed a high price hike on Vet services? How many of you have insurance and is it worth it?
        Best of luck Chips with Danny and Newbie.

      • 21 jacquelineoboomer
        February 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        Poor Danny. And the other developments are very strange, indeed! Hugs to you, Chips. Keep your spirits up, because it’ll all work out (even though it seems to be taking a while!). Love ya.

      • February 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        What a trial for you and Danny. Hope Newbie can be re-homed soon. Barking is one thing, but biting is over the line.

      • 23 Nena20409
        February 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        So sorry for DannyO. Please give him {{{ ❤ ❤ ❤ }}} from Moi.
        Hey, Newbie, don't bite DannyO. Love & Peace, fellas!

      • 24 GGail
        February 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm

        Well, by now everyone knows that you have two alpha dogs there and that this is bound to happen. Danny now has a battle scar – part of life.
        All the more reason to either find the forever home for Newbie or send him to the kennel. Delaying will only increase chance of more serious encounters.

        Danny has street creed now – he’s been bitten

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

          🙂 Just brought Danny home GGail, he’s all wobbly and spaced – with his battle scar.

          The mad thing is I persuaded myself last night that I could make things work keeping Newbie, but after today I know I can’t. The more settled Newbie is becoming here, the more aggressive he is towards Danny, he’s determined to show him he’s the boss.

          It’s been a heck of a saga. The woman who took him for a week texted me last night to say she’d found a new owner for him – and then this morning another woman contacted me to say she thinks the dog belongs to her Aunt. I’ve been in contact with her and the Aunt all day, they’re coming in the morning to see if it is their dog. I was trying to send the Aunt photos of Newbie but she lives where the signal is crap and they’re not getting through. But the niece just emailed me a photo of the dog when he was young and it really does look like him, so fingers and toes crossed!

  5. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    • 40 MadameSoph
      February 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Her tweets aren’t public. What does it say?

      • 41 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

        NV vote totals: Hillary: 42, 400; Bernie 37,600; Trump 34,500. But there isn’t a link, just these numbers. The guy who posted them works for The New Yorker.

        • 42 MadameSoph
          February 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm

          The number we are missing is the rest of the Repub votes, for the other candidates. But it is still great news because some of those non Trump repubs will stay home or may vote for HRC. The Bernie voters will have some stay home or Repub voters, but most of them wiil go Dem, I think. Looks good!

  6. 44 Don
    February 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    “I’m going to do my job”

    President Barack H. Obama

  7. 45 Allison
    February 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    • 46 Linda
      February 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      All MSNBC had to say about this was : Wow he spoke for over 9 minutes.

      Now back to bashing Hillary Clinton !

    • 49 catrst
      February 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      The battle over the nominee and the treatment of the plan to close Gitmo will galvanize the Democrats to coalesce around Hillary as she wins the nomination. Whatever seeds of division have been planted during the primary, however thick headed the Sanders supporters seem to be about their view of the world, nothing will make people angrier than watching this process of attempted disenfranchisement. I say please proceed. I suspect the President might be thinking that too. Perhaps Hillary Clinton and all those running for Senate as Democrats as well.

  8. 50 Wilson Michael
    February 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    The Sanders campaign are complaining about super delegates. Firstly, these were the rules established for the Democratic Party, and his campaign knew that and should have worked on securing as many as they could. If they choose not to, or were not able to secure those delegates, that is the campaigns fault. Secondly, only 3 out of 50 states and a handful of territories primaries have been concluded. There are many more still to come. So to complain this early, before securing the pledged delegates is also silly. Win enough primaries and the earned delegates, then perhaps they may have grounds to whinge about disproportionate delegates count. I saw a calculation that based on proportionate allocation of delegates, that on super tuesday HRC will secure 100+ advantage in the delegate count. She is also leading in the primaries immediately after that, and the gap can only widen. After that it will be mathematically difficult for the BS campaign to overcome HRC’s advantage. HRC has strong leads in most of the remaining states after that. So I can’t wait for super tuesday for HRC to blow the BS campaign up.

    • 51 Obama Grandmama
      February 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      From an email I got this morning so far, not counting Super Delegates Hillary is only one delegate ahead of Bernie.

    • 52 57andfemale
      February 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Bernie doesn’t work with anyone. Believe me, it is Bernie and Bernie’s campaign that makes me run from him like the wind. Bernie is damn near anti-social. How can he possibly negotiate complicated deals with foreign countries? We know he doesn’t believe in any trade deals of any kind, ever. He isolates himself behind the adoring shriekers. He is incapable of being POTUS.

      He sneers at the Democratic party, he sneers at the notion of consensus or compromise. He is a disaster.

      The truth of superdelegates in their relatively short history is that they change their allegiance to reflect the popular vote. So this petty b.s. reflects badly on Bernie and the campaign. PBO worked tirelessly to WIN their support, to prove that he was a good choice for POTUS, that the country would be safe under his leadership. Bernie sees no reason to do any of that, ever. If they can’t see that he is God Incarnate, they are defective. Everyone who doesn’t see his glory, is defective. Despicable.

      It is also despicable that allegedly intelligent progressive media hosts don’t see that he is grossly incompetent to be POTUS. Like his ideas, fine. Care about income inequality (as does PBO, Hillary), fine. But Bernie is incapable of pivoting from issue to issue, crisis to crisis as is required of a 21st century POTUS.

      He is an unmitigated disaster.

  9. February 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

  10. February 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    FLOTUS said this Salute to Ray Charles was the last In Performance At the White House event. So sad to hear that. 😦

  11. February 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Let’s do this.

  12. 73 Nena20409
    February 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Born in 1909. 106yrs Young. Strong and In the Present. Wow!
    Love her! What a Lady! She must have Loads of stories to share!
    Thanks, Chips! Fantastic.

  13. 74 57andfemale
    February 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Get your brain around this, people. I am so ashamed of my country I could cry:

      February 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm


    • 76 catrst
      February 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Whatever depravity Trump promises to his supporters, look with pride on the promises of our POTUS and how well he has kept to them. They are honorable and filled with the spirit of respect for the citizens of our country and the search for reconciliation. God bless him.

      • 77 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        My sociopathic boss just found out I’m a democrat. Of course he likes Trump. Or Bernie because “health care will be free” (meaning he won’t have to provide it). No one this insanely wealthy should be this phenomenally stupid. Who does he think will pay for it under Bernie’s plan?

        • 78 catrst
          February 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm

          Well Trump is promising the equivalent in Western culture of 70 virgins or something in the afterlife. When he starts ordering machete’s by the truck load then Democrats will have to be on the ready.

          • 79 57andfemale
            February 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

            Imagine – if Nader hadn’t siphoned votes in FL, Dubya would have probably been the end of dumb people getting close to the Presidency. And if the SCOTUS hadn’t installed His Dumbness in the WH………

  14. 80 Nena20409
    February 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  15. 86 MadameSoph
    February 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I left a couple of comments on the other thread about Mark Ruffalo’s tweet, and I wanted to add another point.

    57, I understand your worry about the Bernie folks’ attitude being one that results in less turnout, rather than more. From what I can see, the Bernie fans are made up of two groups: liberal Dems who like his stump speech and may vote for him in the Primary but who will ultimately vote Dem and for HRC, is the first group (I have some family members who prefer Bernie and they all have said they would vote for H. Clinton in the General and some might even vote her in the Primary, if BS starts to look impossible).

    The second group is made up of one issue voters (Mark Ruffalo’s fracking, Sarandon’s GMOs, etc), the “never enough” left (Jill Stein, Nader throw away my vote because I’m so pure voters), and Rand/Ron Paul Libertarians, plus some Rove operatives, trying to stir up shit and turn off voters to HRC. These people would never vote or vote Dem anyway.

    By the time PBO, VP Biden, FLOTUS and Bill C start hitting the road for the General, moderate voters will get activated to show up against Trump. PBO and Biden will remind everyone that, HELLO!?, we are way better off than we were and Bill C will remind everyone of the prosperity of his administration. All this contrasted with the Donald’s ugliness that denigrates the voters anyone needs to get elected in 2016 America.

    Black women are the most registered, most reliable Dem voters. No one can win w/o them. Bernie has pissed them off enough to come out for HRC, and support for PBO’s legacy will keep them active and activating others in November.

    We don’t need the sourpusses; the Obama coalition will get it done.

    • 87 57andfemale
      February 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Absolutely, MadameSoph. What people say they are going to do in February is not how they will feel come the fall.

      Actually, I wasn’t saying that I fear the Sanders crybabies who refuse to vote. I find it compelling that he cannot inspire his own people to vote in sufficient numbers for the primary, when that is all he expects: people power. His numbers are significantly lower than PBO’s in 2008.

      He doesn’t care about Congress, or organizing, or expanding his interests or knowledge. I actually see tweets from people who think coming to rallies or going to the streets is more important than voting. It’s insane. You’d rather not vote for a Dem, but you think berating your tea party congressman is going to be effective?

      Enough Dems will “fall in line” come November, I’m sure.

      • 88 MadameSoph
        February 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Inorite? Guys like Mark have it backwards. They are the ones left the President at the White House lawn. I was getting emails from OFA back during the haggling over the ACA urging us to call our Reps to vote yes on a public option. It was summer 2009 and my friend was visiting from Italy. He was so blown away that I could just call up my Congress person’s office on the phone. Problem is, I live in a very Blue state and my Rep was a supporter of the public option. Other states, not so much. The President did not “cave”, we were all pushing. The votes weren’t there.

        I supported OWS in the beginning, until they dissed John Lewis and made it clear that (most of them) were just having a protest vacation, a political version of Burning Man.

        PBO will be a citizen like us come 2009 and he will continue to engage and inspire us. Let’s see what Sanders does after his campaigning is officially over. I bet he just goes back to being a Sunday/news show guest.

        • 89 sjterrid
          February 25, 2016 at 12:56 am

          My two Senators and Rep. were dems in 2009 I called them to support the Affordable Care Act. I was, also, making on-line calls out of state for OFA to pass the Health Care Law and the Dream Act. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do both. I was so excited when the Health Care Act passed.

  16. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Harry Reid is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, the Senate minority leader told CNN’s Manu Raju in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

    It’s a sign that Democratic leaders are eager to put the party’s contentious primary fight behind them. The Nevada Democrat issued a plea for his party to consolidate behind Clinton, who has struggled to fend off an insurgent campaign from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

  17. 91 Nena20409
    February 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        February 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm


  18. 94 Nena20409
    February 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Defeating her, gets easier.
    What an idiot!

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      February 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Stepford RWNJ Wife and one of the former Children of the Corn (check out her eyes!) Ayotte is still around? Too bad.

  19. 96 57andfemale
    February 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    So Reid endorses Hillary, but thinks centrist b.s. is going to win the nomination? She’s running a smart campaign as a smart progressive. This was okay to try early in PBO’s Presidency, but now we need vision and a liberal heart, not a lukewarm GOP SCOTUS nominee.

    • 97 Sandy1110
      February 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      It’s Reid who’s making the request, not PBO. This doesn’t mean it will be PBO’s actual choice.

      • 98 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

        The vetting is underway, but I don’t think he has the legal heft that PBO would consider for the job. And with the GOP Senate flat out saying it won’t make a damn bit of difference if PBO nominates a GOP, this, too, shall pass.

        • 99 Sandy1110
          February 24, 2016 at 4:24 pm

          It will – and to your point downthread, yes, the BS crowd will do their usual wailing, ranting and gnashing of teeth over another prematurely perceived concession to the GOP.

          But I’m pretty sure PBO is not going to restore a 5-4 majority in favor of the R’s.

    • 100 sherijr
      February 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      please POTUS just say no to all repubs.

    • 108 57andfemale
      February 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Here’s the headline of the article, “Republican governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval being considered for Supreme Court”. Yuck.

      February 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm


    • February 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      this shows me that the DEMS do not understand what has been happening in the last 7 years…PBO could nominate McConnell himself and McConnell would not give himsslf a hearing…just like the time he voted against his own bill…sheesh

      • 111 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        Thank you!

      • 112 57andfemale
        February 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm

        Hey, I don’t want some fire-breathing liberal who can’t think or make sober, thoughtful judgments on the bench. But I want someone with liberal ideals in their soul and who understands that the Constitution was meant to support and protect the commons.

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

          The President wrote in his Scotus Blog…what kind of nominee he is looking for

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:20 pm


          But I’m also mindful that there will be cases that reach the Supreme Court in which the law is not clear. There will be cases in which a judge’s analysis necessarily will be shaped by his or her own perspective, ethics, and judgment. That’s why the third quality I seek in a judge is a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook. It’s the kind of life experience earned outside the classroom and the courtroom; experience that suggests he or she views the law not only as an intellectual exercise, but also grasps the way it affects the daily reality of people’s lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly changing times. That, I believe, is an essential element for arriving at just decisions and fair outcomes.

  20. February 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    From the essay:

    A candidate’s time is a campaign’s most precious resource, so by spending so much of it somewhere other than South Carolina, the Sanders campaign is engaging in the cold calculus of primary politics — making the tough decision to send the senator to the states where he expects to be the most competitive.

  21. 123 No Child Left Behind
    February 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Does someone here have the name of the Black Toddler who just asked why the POTUS does not work with Republicans to find a consensus candidate for he Supreme Court?

    My blood just boiled!

    • 124 0388jojothecat
      February 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I am sure one her felliw toddlers put her up to ask that question because they’ve asked similar stupid shit and thought coming from a ‘black’ would give them cover.

  22. February 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    BREAKING: Here it is folks — the detailed and comprehensive Bernie Sanders’ grand plan to end childhood poverty!!!!

  23. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Nothing like seeing – pretty sure first time I’ve seen the “national” part of this – a National Test of the Emergency Alert System on your teevee, looks like for all states and D.C., co-hosted by local cable channel and the FCC.

    Should we head under the blankets?

    All kidding aside, what a world and, sometimes, TMI.

  24. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    February 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Not sure if it just happened or if I’m suddenly paying attention, but Harry Reid apparently endorsed Hillary.

  25. 131 Dudette
    February 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    • 132 Dudette
      February 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      For Immediate Release
      Wed, 02/24/2016


      Nancy Gravatt
      Press Officer
      Washington Office
      ALA Washington
      Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Commenting on the announcement, ALA President Sari Feldman said:

      “The President could not have made a better choice. Hats off to President Obama for nominating Dr. Hayden, a professional librarian uniquely positioned with the leadership and management skills and understanding of digital technology to make the Library of Congress the preeminent national library in the world, highly-valued by and serving all Americans as a treasured resource. We look forward to working closely with her to further librarians’ bedrock principle that all Americans everywhere deserve and must have equitable access to the information that they need to succeed and lead productive lives in the digital age.”

      Dr. Hayden, who served as President of ALA from 2003 to 2004, would be the first woman and first African American Librarian of Congress. She is a veteran of the Chicago Public Library.

      Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Dr. Hayden was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an Assistant Professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Hayden was Library Services Coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the Young Adult Services Coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a Library Associate and Children’s Librarian from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Hayden was President of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an afterschool center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

      About the American Library Association

      The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

      • 133 Dudette
        February 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm

        Let me just highlight this bit here: “Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010”

        She’s already been through one Senate confirmation. Hopefully, they won’t make this one a political issue. Who am I kidding? Of course they will. [Sigh!]

  26. 134 Dudette
    February 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    • 135 0388jojothecat
      February 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      I submitted LL’S name, oh well, maybe next time LL 🙂 🙂 See you and the rest of SoCal TOD this Saturday.

  27. 136 Dudette
    February 24, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Still trending! Love it! 😀

  28. 137 Dudette
    February 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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