143 Responses to “An Insider’s Observations”

  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    August 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm


  2. 4 Obama Grandmama
    August 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Glad to be here with you.

    • 5 Obama Grandmama
      August 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Started my day by hearing my outdoor watering system running at the wrong time. It had been running for two plus hours gushing from my faucet from the plastic connector having sheared off. I quickly turned the faucet off. I pay a fee for extra water usage so have a supposedly water conserving drip system. Bad start to my day.
      The good part was when I unexpectedly gathered a large bowl of large ripe strawberries from my plants I thought were one time ripening plants. I guess one of the plants was an everbearing variety and it has spread. A dish of fresh ripe strawberries mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt can turn a bad start into a good day!

      • 6 cd4biden
        August 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

        Contact your water dept tomorrow and tell them about the broken faucet. Sometimes they will waive part of your water bill, since it wasn’t you actually over using the water. At least that’s what works where I am, even when we are on water restrictions with a drought. It is worth the try.

  3. 8 Judith Fardig
    August 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Hey – congratulations, OG!

  4. 10 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    There you are, Ms NerdyW! I’ve been looking out for you. 🙂

    • 11 sjterrid
      August 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much for providing This Week In Interior, VC. Perhaps you should write to your new Prime Minister, maybe he can invite you to your capitol to discuss it.

  5. 15 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Hmmm. I wonder why this would not be available in my country? /teeth gritted….grrr/

  6. 16 Nena20409
    August 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Hello TOD Community on a Sunday Afternoon.
    Congrats to Obama Grandmama on your Furst Au ⭐
    NW, Thank you. You simply, Rock! 🍸
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}

  7. 18 Nena20409
    August 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    • August 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Why not write a letter to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and her Senator and Congressman or woman.

      • August 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

        I am not saying she should have not wrote the President, but we have to put pressure on these sorry do nothing House members and Senators.

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        August 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Annieb, this is what I always ask myself – Why do they *never* contact the idiots responsible for the slow processing? Like you, I wouldn’t mind if they gripe to the president if they ALSO got the others involved. I’d be appeased if they even included ONE sentence saying they knew if was McConnell and Ryan’s fault, BUT could the president help. That way when the letters do get published some mud would at least fall on those obstructing. Grrrrr!

    • 22 Obama Grandmama
      August 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I have a friend that told me she wrote the President, but did not hear back. I asked her what she wrote about? It was about a neighbor not able to get his land rezoned for a business he wanted to start. This lady is supportive of PBO and pretty smart normally. Why do people think the President can solve everything instead of finding out whom the problem needs to be solved by? It was obviously a state/local issue.

      • August 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

        Congress should have been contacted when they left for their two months vacation without giving the money the President asked for to deal with Zika.

  8. 24 JER
    August 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  9. August 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm

  10. 27 CEB
    August 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Shorter Dan Pfeiffer: The president is an honest, grown-ass man who does not need praise and adulation, nor does he have time for the bullshit of deal-making. It is amazing to me that the beltway press has a problem with a man who is busy working hard and solving problems. All that they know and expect of politicians is glad-handing and scratch-my-back-and-I-will-scratch-yours back room deals. The GOP and the Beltway press hate PBO because when they compare themselves to him they know that they come up wanting.

    • 28 susanne
      August 28, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      You hit the nail on the head, CEB. But not just the GOP and Beltway press are jealous and hateful because PBO is so much better at everything than they are– a lot of plain old American citizens have the same affliction. Instead of feeling, and behaving, proud and grateful and effing thrilled to have a sane, intelligent, big-hearted, hard-working president, they sulk and scream that’s it’s not fair. ‘It’ being whatever PBO is/does. So childish and immature and pathetic and infuriating! Not to mention debilitating for our system of government.

  11. August 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    • 30 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      We do need a NEW national anthem because many Americans are neither “Free” nor “Brave”.

    • 32 sjterrid
      August 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you for sharing this Alycee. I didn’t know this history. I always thought our national Anthem should be changed to America The Beautiful by Ray Charles

    • 33 CEB
      August 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks so much for providing this link; this is powerful information.

    • 34 arapaho415
      August 29, 2016 at 3:45 am

      GM Alycee.

      Can’t bring myself to click on a link to GGreenwald’s publication, but on the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner two years ago posted a comment here about how what a staunch anti-abolitionist Key was.

      Wikipedia: “Key used his position as U.S. Attorney to suppress abolitionists.”

  12. 35 globalcitizenlinda
    August 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    wondering if anyone on TOD wrote this …… Mr. Don, I am looking at you with a high level of “suspicion” ;

  13. 36 GGail
    August 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Free timed entry passes to the opening weekend for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture quickly disappeared after they became available Saturday morning — leading some frustrated pass-seekers to vent on social media.A limited amount of passes, allowing visitors hourly, 15-minute entry windows for the Sept. 24-25 opening weekend, became available online and by phone at 9 a.m., but the passes went like hotcakes. In fact, by 9:14 a.m., all the passes for Sept. 24 — when President Barack Obama is expected to headline a formal dedication ceremony — were gone.

    • 37 cd4biden
      August 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Did you get one Gail?

    • 39 arapaho415
      August 29, 2016 at 3:53 am

      GM GGail.

      Heartening that passes were grabbed up so quickly. Thanks for the heads up on PBO’s attendance on Sept. 24.

      You probably know this, since you were so recently in DC, but unless things have changed since I was last there, all federal museums on the Mall were free, including the various Smithsonian museums. Heard lots of foreign languages when I visited a few museums — might be a selling point for international tourists.

  14. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    August 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Yet she wonders why her run for POTUS is considered a joke.

    • 41 globalcitizenlinda
      August 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      …… and to prioritize this on the anniversary of the very same day that one of the greatest human being, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, stood in Washington and was a voice for the voiceless;

      Does she know about the I have a Dream speech and the hundreds of thousands who gathered that day to support Dr. King as he voiced the concerns of the voiceless;

      …. and more than 3,000 people like this crap??

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      August 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      You are magnificent, NW. Ha! You nailed it.

  15. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    August 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm

  16. August 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Here we go again … Trump campaign using transferrance and projecting like mad here…


    This is not racism and this guy on tv is just like the sitting USSC judge Thomas. 😐😐😐😑😡

  17. August 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    This is insane!!!


    Soaring insulin prices have diabetics feeling the pain
    August 25, 2016, 6:00 AM

    Insulin is fast becoming a medication that only the well-insured or well-heeled diabetic can afford.

    With the price of insulin more than tripling in a decade, some diabetics are having to make tough choices about how to pay for the medication. In some cases, diabetics are cutting back or even going without the drug. Many of the 26 million Americans with diabetes must use insulin daily to treat the disease, or else risk illnesses such as kidney failure and disabilities such as blindness.

    While American diabetics may have faced monthly costs of $100 to $200 several years ago, some are now grappling with costs of $400 to $500 per month.

    • 46 arapaho415
      August 29, 2016 at 3:59 am

      GM rikyrah.

      Man do I hate Big Pharma.

      There are so many downsides of capitalism, and pharma greed tops the list.

  18. August 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm

  19. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    August 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  20. August 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Finally recovered from yesterday’s road trip/TOD mini-meet…

    Terrie and I had a marvelous drive to Lebanon, PA where we “crashed” JackieG’s Fiesta Latina. The festival was M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S! Jackie is the driving force behind this event, sponsored by the Lebanon County Dems. This was the fifth year that she has put on the Fiesta as an outreach tool to the diverse Lebanon Latina community. Not only does she fundraise all year, she also has found local business sponsors. There was something for everyone — activities for the kids; info tents from a variety of non-profits, civil/human rights groups, and government agencies; entertainment that was first rate; and new this year — Latina Idol, talented kids & adults!

    Alycée, Jackie, Terri

    • August 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      The Fiesta’s MOST important booth:

      MORE PICS HERE: https://goo.gl/photos/jgNKRGHG7dqAiKmm7

    • 66 99ts
      August 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much for the update – heading off to see the other pics

    • 67 cd4biden
      August 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      How does that tiny little thing get so much energy to put on this event? Wow! Congrats jackieg.

      And, Alycee, what happened to your foot? And Hi Terri. Good to see you both.

      • August 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        INOR! Don’t know about you, but I paint a mental picture of the folks here at TOD. Sometimes I’m spot on. In Jackie’s case, physically, she’s the exact opposite of my 5’8″ mental picture! LOL That petite lady is a dynamo! She ruled the roost with an iron glove and gracious smile! I’m so happy we were able to join the festivities!

        Broke my foot July 3rd. Clean break; no surgery required, however, slow healing due to prolonged steroid use. Should be able to get rid of the air cast on September 6th.

        • 69 cd4biden
          August 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

          I agree about the mental pictures thing. But then I learned with those who I met in DC. Most were so much better than my old pictures in my head.
          And, ouch! about the foot. At least you can walk on it. When I did mine I was in a wheelchair for 6 weeks. Yuck! Hey, only 9 more days till the cast is off! Holding good thoughts for the visit with the Doc.

      • 70 sjterrid
        August 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm

        Hi, Cathleen!

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      August 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Hello, O’beauties! Lookin’ good.

    • 81 sherijr
      August 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      You’re all so lovely 🙂 thank you for sharing, jazziz and you’re pretty amazing JackieG!

    • 82 jackiegrumbacher
      August 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Alycee, you really are a gem for posting these! Having you and Terri there really made my day. Thank you so much for being there!

      • August 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

        You’re very welcome! Meeting you made MY day! I had a wonderful time and you’ve inspired me to launch a DelCo event next summer!

      • 84 sjterrid
        August 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm

        Jackie, it was such a pleasure meeting you yesterday. It’s amazing how much energy and joy you take in putting this together. It was great to see that the community really seem to enjoy it, too.

      • 85 vcprezofan2
        August 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

        My, how your fiesta has grown – looking very good, JackieG! 😀 I have memories of you asking for TOD virtual support your first year, and then reporting back that it was time consuming, very tiring, but fun. You and your group have come a long way, JG. God bless you for your persistent involvement and care for your neighbourhood!

      • 86 purpleshoesla
        August 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        So nice to finally put a face with the TOD screen name. Standing O JackieG for your efforts! #OneVoiceCanChangeARoom

      • August 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

        Jackieg, KUDOS to you once again for creating this lovely space for the Latino community to have fun and share the importance of civic responsibility with their families. You are an amazing leader and I can’t thank you enough for galvanizing the vote with such imagination and creativity. ADELANTE!!

        And thanks to Alycee for posting all the photos and sharing this experience with you.

    • 88 purpleshoesla
      August 28, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      This awesome!!! Bravo Ladies!!

  21. 89 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    from the backest of the field (thanks a lot, merc) to third place podium. go hamilton.

  22. 90 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  23. 93 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    • 94 cd4biden
      August 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks amk!! This is a great article because you can click on any state or territory (that is in blue text) and it will take you to their Voter Registration page to read all the details about how to register, what to bring on election day, etc.

      ONE ERROR though, Minnesota is listed twice on the list. (Don’t ask. My brain is strange that way, ok?) Oct 18th is in error. According to that state’s registration page, you can register to vote on election day. Otherwise this is a great article to pass on to everyone you know.

  24. 95 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  25. 96 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm


  26. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm


  27. 100 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

  28. 101 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    so, there.

  29. 103 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  30. 106 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    via bj

  31. 107 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  32. 108 amk for obama
    August 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    For the lazy ass ff’ers, there is an add-on called “cache status 0.9.3” that shows how much ram and disk is being used by ff in the status bar. You can clear the cache by simply right clicking it…. And yes, I did demand from that useless developer that he add a direct icon for clear cache. rightclick, pshaw.

  33. August 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Hello all. Saw ‘Southside With You’ this afternoon. Loved it!!!!! To everyone–do not miss it. As I said on Judith’s Facebook post, most of the story I knew. However, the movie gave me new insight into both of them–their thinking and processing, sharing of those thoughts to each other; how open and ‘pure’ their relationship was from the beginning. Also saw the consistency of who they both were then and they are the same people today.

  34. 110 desertflower
    August 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    DT talking immigration in AZ this week? That should be interesting….

  35. 111 purpleshoesla
    August 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Y’all! Y’all! Y’ALL!!! -RUN… DON’T WALK (:lol:) and GO SEE and SUPPORT Southside With You. IT. IS. FABULOUS X A GAJILLION. GG, Jojo and I went to see it this evening. So, so, so, good, so well written, so well acted. It was like seeing young Barack and Michelle, the actors and the writing WERE THAT GOOD. I won’t post any spoilers but there is one powerful scene in the movie in particular, where I turned to GG and said THAT”S MY PRESIDENT. You can see the man he is today from that one scene. Oh and also stay THRU the end credits to see all the glory of and majesty of Ernie Banks’ art. Can’t wait for the DVD to add to my library. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!!! 😆 😆 😆

    • August 28, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Waving at you Left Coasters! Maybe my Mom and I can carve out a few minutes on Thursday; I’ll need a break from number crunching…

      • 113 purpleshoesla
        August 28, 2016 at 11:46 pm

        Definitely worth carving out a few minutes on Thurs for your and Moms to see this Alycee. I had a big old grin on my face thru pretty much the entire move. And I’m still grinning. And like I said above, stay through the credits to see Ernie Banks’ art. Just does the heart good! 😆

      • August 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

        Greetings Alycee I read about your wonderful trip with terri to see the Fiesta and JackieG. It sounded fantabulous. Sorry I missed it. But perhaps we can hook up to see the movie and have a Lil dinner afterwards. I will be back in from vacation on Friday

    • 117 cd4biden
      August 29, 2016 at 12:25 am

      Well that answers my question from up above. Teach me to read the whole thread before posting a query. You all look FABULOUS! Good to see your smiling faces. 🙂

    • 118 sjterrid
      August 29, 2016 at 2:28 am

      You all are looking great. Glad you enjoyed the movie.

    • August 29, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Hey TODers! Thanks for the movie review. LOVE the way you describe it, PurpleShoes!

      • 120 carolyn
        August 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

        Thanks for the picture, purpleshoes! So good to see your smiling faces again! I will go this week. A friend at church told me it was wonderful, too. She said,”Don’t miss it!”

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  37. August 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    • 123 99ts
      August 29, 2016 at 1:18 am

      As she replies to herself

      “Use of school policies to reinforce whiteness as the ideal.
      These girls having to do this= continued denial of childhood to kids of colour”

      They NEVER stop

  38. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    August 29, 2016 at 1:20 am

    • 125 donna dem 4 obama
      August 29, 2016 at 7:26 am

      If there were awards for commentary on cable Charles Blow would win it hands down. This is the most on point commentary that I have heard this election season. I have played this video for everyone I’ve engaged with in politics the last week.

  39. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    August 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Good Morning Every One!

    Have a fantastic day and week

  40. August 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

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    • August 29, 2016 at 7:52 am

      In case anyone forgot that Russia continues its war on, and illegal occupation of Ukraine …

  45. August 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

  46. August 29, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Good morning, TODies.

    I suspect PBO’s approval ratings will be going through the roof the closer we get to January 20, 2017.

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