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  1. 1 whatisworking
    August 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    First – so grateful we have this place

  2. 2 whenpamelawandered
    August 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm


  3. 3 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Congrats WIW on # 1, and whenpamelawandered on “sekind!” ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Caturday afternoon to everyone!

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    • August 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Each week I have fun retweeting about U.S. lands and parks, none of which I’ve visited. If I could get a chance to visit only *THIS* one National Park in the next 70 or so days I’d consider myself in heaven on earth! Dear genie/wish-grantor/God/fate/? : are you listening?

        • 13 carolyn
          August 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

          vc, I think the closest one to you is Acadia National Park in Maine. It is spectacularly beautiful. Maybe you could take a trip there?

          • 14 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

            I don’t know, Carolyn, *this* particular park described in the tweet above (no matter the distance) seems to have a greater pull on me than any of the others. I cannot explain why that is so, but ’tis so. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 17 GGail
        August 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

        Excellent video. Thanks meta for posting it for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. August 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Another wonderful WWW:

  7. 19 Judith Fardig
    August 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Congrats, WIW! Me, too! Couldn’t do without TOD. Thanks a million, Nerdy!

  8. 21 JER
    August 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  9. August 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Joy Reid Shuts Down Guestโ€™s โ€˜Incredibly Offensiveโ€™ Smear of Planned Parenthood
    Published on Aug 27, 2016

    One thing that guests on Joy Reidโ€˜s new weekend program AM Joy are learning is that Joy Reid does not play. Although sheโ€™s probably among the most genial hosts on cable TV, one regular feature of the show is Reid firmly calling out guests who argue in bad faith or persistently evade, or as it happened Saturday morning, try and sneak through a turd or two.

    While discussing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trumpโ€˜s popularity with the racist โ€œalt-right,โ€ pro-Trump guest Alfonso Aguilar tried to make an insinuation about Planned Parenthood, and like Gandalf standing on some cable news bridge of stone, Reid made it clear that he Shall. Not. Pass.

  10. August 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Howdy TOD! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    From the CIA Museum: “To rescue six American diplomats who evaded capture during the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, on 4 November 1979, CIA technical specialists created a fake movie-production company in Hollywood and delivered disguises and documents that made possible the diplomatsโ€™ escape from Iran in 1980.” The CIA team set up โ€œStudio Six.


  11. August 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Some late Olympic tweets since I’ve been busy of late:

    One of two active service military members who won medals in Rio, other was in the M 10K

  12. August 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Sorry if these are duplicates….

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Read this TL

  13. August 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I understand Leslie jones started in ghostbusters… And I understand the old SNL crew did a masterful job in the 80s version.
    But why are people giving Leslie jones a hard time?

    Doesn’t make sense. And by hard time… I mean harassment.


    • 29 arapaho415
      August 28, 2016 at 12:11 am

      GM Jovie, hope you see replies to your posts.

      It doesn’t make sense because it’s an *alt-right* initiative.

      From the article:

      “‘What the #AltRight means is that whites no longer are going to cower and will defend our own race,’ wrote one supporter, who tweets under the handle Identitarian. ‘The #AltRightโ€™s message isnโ€™t one of hate, but one of love: Whites learning to love and support our own race.’

      That means different things to different people. The umbrella movement encompasses everyone from veteran neo-Nazis to menโ€™s rights activists to ‘intellectuals’ who want to create a white ‘ethno-state’ to a troll army of anonymous students who claim they are puncturing political correctness by heaping racist abuse upon black Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones or anti-Semitic abuse upon Jews.”

  14. 30 Dudette
    August 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Bragging on my baby! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  15. 42 vcprezofan2
    August 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Hi, everybody; hope your day has been marching along happily!
    I’m late but am feeling quite pride-full as I *finally* painted the laundry room ‘all by myself’. ๐Ÿ˜€ Not that it’s a big room, but painting is one of those task I’m allergic to and since I had to first empty the shelves I couldn’t easily pass off the job to someone else. Well, it’s now done! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 43 carolyn
      August 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Congratulations. I really have to psych myself up to paint anything!

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

        Hi Carolyn. ๐Ÿ˜€
        TY Me too, hence I rarely do so. Truth be told, my motivation is that a handyman is coming one day next week to remove my laundry tub and install a laundry cabinet. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 45 jacquelineoboomer
          August 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm

          When my granddaughter stayed with me for a bit, I’d occasionally tell her I had to watch an episode of “Hoarders,” before cleaning. She asked if I liked that show. I told her not really, but it reminds me WHY we clean – big motivation!!! (I’m not a hoarder – don’t worry! Words and people mean more to me than possessions, any old day.)

          The end.

          • 46 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

            Hush, you! I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder (though I do still have my first pay stubs somewhere and have mail from the ……. – I better not say). ๐Ÿ˜€ [Now I’m reminded why I don’t watch TV. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]

            • 47 cd4biden
              August 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm

              VC, you are keeping me laughing with your spot on comments.

            • 50 jacquelineoboomer
              August 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm

              Oh, I wasn’t calling you a hoarder, honey bunch. (Well, not until I heard about those pay stubs.) Ha!!!!!!!!!!!

              • 51 vcprezofan2
                August 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

                *chuckle-chuckle* *wink-wink* You know, it’s said if you throw a stone into a crowd the squealer is (likely) the one who got hit (tho *I * was simply sharing, not squealing).

            • 52 99ts
              August 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

              When we sold our last home & had to do the downsizing – I – at last – got rid of my first ever pay stubs – 1967 – and the 20 years thereafter. Sometime about 1990 I stopped keeping them.

              • 53 vcprezofan2
                August 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

                TS, the problem I have is that 80% of the stuff I have around me has personal ‘security’ info on them and I don’t have the desire to check them all before tossing/shredding.

                • 54 99ts
                  August 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm

                  i spent months shredding vc – endless tax files, store receipts (containing c card details, household bills etc etc)

                  • 55 vcprezofan2
                    August 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

                    Exactly what I’m facing, TS, (and what I should have spent the last months doing). Problem for me is that I get easily bored with it and because I have no immediate plans to move I procrastinate. /whisper – filed my 2014 tax early June, after I got a personal reminder from gov’t. Meant to do my 2015 shortly after and still haven’t yet. /

                    • 56 99ts
                      August 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

                      We used a tax agent for the past 20 years – Best money I ever spent – and it’s deductible. I did have to keep all the receipts etc – which is why I had SO MUCH STUFF to shred. Our govt decided they’d fine you for lodging late – even if you were owed a return – they like to hit on the little guy – just like a few other countries.

                    • 57 vcprezofan2
                      August 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

                      Yea, they fine us here too, only not if you are owed a return. A friend of mine speaks highly of her tax agent – who always manages to get her a refund & other ‘great’ services. Sadly the one time I used him I had to PAY the government $200+ AND coincidentally him $200+ too. Since then I buy an annual online tax program ….. which costs much less than $200! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 58 whenpamelawandered
      August 27, 2016 at 9:56 pm


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  19. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    August 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    this election has revealed a number of things to me but today I feel like I need to jot down here a few words about Peter Thiel;

    some of you may remember first hearing about Peter Thiel when he:

    (a) spoke in Cleveland and endorsed the homegrown demagogue;


    (b) sponsored hulk hogan and bankrupted gawker;

    I listened to my parents enough to know that you should not destroy many people when you think you are making progress or are on the “top of the world” because you will need people to hold you up when you stumble and fall from grace;

    Thiel, is one of those new-money dudes who is estimated to be worth about 2.5 billion. History has a record of those who have been even richer and ended up with nothing.

    At 48 years old, I wonder what his future will be. For his sake, I hope he never stumbles because he may see how quickly those who now praise him will then scorn him and eat his lunch

  20. August 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    CNN had some black guy who suppose to have been involve in civil rights. The guy was on the show who said he supported Trump because Trump was a business man.Do this guy knows how many times Trump have file for bankruptcy.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      I don’t think CNN cares what this guy knows or doesn’t know about Trump. All they care is that he has Black skin and says that he will vote for Trump. They don’t care that he may be a paid operative. They don’t care that he’s one of the 1% of Blacks who support Trump. They’re only interested in using him to bolster Trump’s claim that he’s reaching out to African-Americans, and that he has support in the African-American community.

      The media exists to serve the wants and needs of the conservative/GOP/Republican political wing – regardless of who the candidate is, because those who own the media benefit from the policies of that party.

      • 68 4morefor44
        August 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

        exactly! if things were the opposite right now and democrats were tanking and in trouble, do people really think “the news” would be covering and lying for the democrats, and falsely tearing down republicans to ensure a “horserace?!?!” of course they wouldn’t be doing that. they’d still be promoting republicans even if their candidate was far in the lead right now. “ratings” have nothing to do with itโ€ฆtheir job now is to promote republican ideology on the voters, and to diminish democrats everywhere. it’s that simple.

  21. 69 99ts
    August 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Was reading an old thread at BJ which had some criticism of @AP – so went to have a look & found a pro Trump “Big Story” related to Trump in Nevada which was ONE person saying Trump would bring back jobs. The lead photo (on the report and tweet) was from a primary rally by Trump back in February.

    Talk about the media twisted into pretzels to get some positive stories for trump.

    • 70 99ts
      August 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      And they provide free publicity to Sen Pat Toomey who seems to be turning himself into a democrat in an attempt to win this election.

      US political media in action supporting hate and bigotry from the GOP

    • 72 99ts
      August 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It’s always wonderful to read about folks who enjoy their work & this one is so above most. Love the picture and the person. Thanks meta

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      August 28, 2016 at 12:03 am

      How cool is that! Never thought about the inner workings of keeping the White House (whisper) white!

  22. 74 globalcitizenlinda
    August 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    occasionally, I send some tweets to the homegrown demagogue;

    true, they are NEVER complementary.

    but something about this tweet had me finally blocked by the homegrown demagogue;

    being blocked by him is a badge I wear with honor;

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Wow! You got blocked? Congratulations, and I get why you consider it a badge of honor. Well done!

    • 78 99ts
      August 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      That is an honor Linda. Also very stupid for the campaign staff to block anyone.

      • 79 globalcitizenlinda
        August 28, 2016 at 12:59 am

        they should take the example of PBO.

        in spite of all the stuff people write on the accounts with which he is affiliated, I have never heard/read that anyone was blocked

        • 80 99ts
          August 28, 2016 at 3:58 am

          I’m sure I read (don’t know where) that this is deliberate – everyone is allowed to read his tweets.

  23. 81 JER
    August 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

  24. 82 desertflower
    August 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm


    How GOP austerity helped create Trump

    The conservative media canโ€™t stop complaining that weโ€™re in the midst of the worst recovery since World War II โ€” despite the fact that itโ€™s likely that more private sector jobs will be created in President Obamaโ€™s second term than have ever been created in four years under any Republican.

    But conservatives arenโ€™t complaining, theyโ€™re bragging.

    A little-noticed report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this month should have been national news, but was drowned out the sturm und drang of the campaigns and low-grade trauma generated by Donald Trumpโ€™s constant toxic mix of abuse and gaslighting.

    Hereโ€™s the conclusion EPI came up with as it examined the role government investment has played in the last four recoveries:

    The recovery since 2009 has been historically slow, and the disappointing pace can be explained entirely by the fiscal austerity imposed by Republicans in Congress.

    • 83 pkayden
      August 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Republicans have done everything to hurt President Obama’s legacy. It’s amazing the depths they will go through to damage a Democratic President even if it means that the American people are harmed also.

  25. 84 jackiegrumbacher
    August 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    We had a terrific Fiesta Latina today with lots of good food and fun for everyone, plus some heavy voter registration efforts. Our first Latino idol contest was a blast! We had four adults and four children and you couldn’t help but smile when the little ones–all girls–sang! It’s such a hit we’ll be doing it each year! Got to meet Alycee and Terri and spend time getting to know them–what a treat!!! Alycee promises to post some photos soon. I’m bone weary and sun burned, but it truly was a great day!!!

  26. 91 amk for obama
    August 27, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  27. 95 amk for obama
    August 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    And to think ap used to be a respected news org.

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Having had to follow the AP Stylebook for many years, this was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 97 99ts
      August 27, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Since their ridiculous lies about the Clinton Foundation – they have gone overboard & all in for Trump. Their stories/headlines/tweets are so biased they must be on the Fox payroll.

  28. 98 amk for obama
    August 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  29. 99 amk for obama
    August 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  30. August 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Every time I see him, I think of this. One of the funniest lines Chris Rock did in one of his stand-up routines in 2008 was something like: “If Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, I hope none of you white people think black people are going to show up for work the next day. Hell, no.” โค

    • 106 nathkatun7
      August 28, 2016 at 5:41 am

      I Hope that on November 8, African American voters will answer Donald Trump’s arrogant and insulting question by voting for Hillary Clinton in record numbers. Like many of the entitled white supremacists, Donald Trump thinks that he, a superior white man, knows the interests of African Americans better than the African Americans themselves.

  31. 107 Dudette
    August 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

  32. August 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Bougie Movie Review: Southside with You
    August 27, 2016 in movies

    After having our male movie-watching partners roll their eyes at us, one of my galpals from way, way back in the day and I headed out to see Southside with You. Armed with diet soda and a small buttery popcorn, we dashed into a mostly empty matinee showing of the 90-minute film.

    First of all, it’s beuatifully shot. I’ve been to Chicago many a time and have more than a passing fondness for it (except in winter) but this film made me want to go back and spend some time.

    Parker Sawyer is uncanny as a young, slightly cocky, coming-into-his-own Barack Obama. He has the cadence, the mannerisms and je-ne-sais-quoi that we’ve come to associate with our 44th president. Tika Sumpter plays Michelle as attracted-in-spite-of-herself, struggling with the reality of what corporate/legal life is like vs. what she wants to make of herself. A few minutes in, you forget you are watching actors play a role and instead feel you are getting a peek into something personal and special.

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  34. 132 desertflower
    August 27, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Bullshit News:) LOL

  35. 135 desertflower
    August 27, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Wake up, people! It’s Saturday, for goodness sakes:)

    • 136 Dudette
      August 28, 2016 at 12:57 am

      I’m trying to stay up by the sleep monster is throwing everything he’s got at me. I fear my defeat is imminent.

  36. 137 desertflower
    August 27, 2016 at 11:47 pm


    DES MOINES, Iowa โ€“ Donald Trumpโ€™s experiment with โ€œsofteningโ€ his immigration policy came to a dramatic end Saturday in a fairgrounds livestock pavilion, with the Republican presidential nominee promising deportations within an hour of his inauguration.

    โ€œWe are going to rid of the criminals, and itโ€™s going to happen within one hour after I take office,โ€ he said. โ€œWe will move justly, but we will move fast. Believe me.โ€

    He’s an idiot. I can’t wait until this election is over and he’s humiliated.

    • 138 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      I’d like to see him taken away and deported within one hour of losing, but doubt anybody would take him. Well, there’s Russia, I guess.

    • 140 99ts
      August 28, 2016 at 12:10 am

      It is my understandings that deportations are happening now – in quite large numbers – then again I know much more about the US government than Donald Trump.

  37. 141 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

  38. 143 desertflower
    August 28, 2016 at 12:06 am

    He’s so funny:)

  39. 144 desertflower
    August 28, 2016 at 12:12 am

    LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ J’OB…you’ll love this:)

  40. 145 desertflower
    August 28, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Just sayin’….

  41. 148 globalcitizenlinda
    August 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    good morning everyone

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