113 Responses to “Exploring New Frontiers”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Anyone else around?

    TY, NW.

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      I guess not, so since I’m working tomorrow I ought to sign off too. Maybe. 😀

    • October 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Good evening, VC! Just doing a quick drop by. Back from my tax conference and I’m exhausted. Had planned for today to be a day of rest; instead, faced a ton of “Life 101’s.” Dad battery, clogged drain, etc, etc… Tomorrow is a new day. Going to change my linens, bathe, then bed… read you later!

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I love it that POTUS has far-reaching(get it?) ideas, but the truth is this ↓ is one example of my idea of new frontier to be explored.

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This may make you laugh. Then again, it might not.

    • 12 mtmarilyn
      October 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Oh VC, that was wonderful. There are such incredible talented people. I just love all the things they are doing to get people’s attention. This is so creative. I love all our parks.

  4. 13 desertflower
    October 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    • 14 CEB
      October 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      I live in f**ked up Florida; the state where the republicans have been stealing votes and disenfranchising voters for decades. We have to go to court every local, state, and federal election to protect the vote. The repubs. look at the same demographics that we look at and they know that they only way that they can continue to win is to lie, obstruct, change boundary lines, purge voters, cut voter registration days, hours, and organizations, limit early voting, challenge mail in votes, put SOS in place to give them the election (Katherine Harris in 2000) and have enough of the bastards on the Supreme Court to gut the very portions of the VRA that were designed to keep them from doing most of these things. So tired of these soul-less people and their machinations. I hope and pray that the result of this awful election is that they lose big for an entire generation and work to really make an opposition party what it is supposed to be in a democracy.

  5. 15 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    October 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hi VC and Alycee! Thanks to NW for all you do! Just stopping by to say hello.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Hel-lo back to you, Wanda! Hope you’re enjoying a restful Sunday night.

      • 17 Wanda N VA 4Obama
        October 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

        My night is going well. Getting ready to turn in since I have an early morning. How is your son? He’s such nice young man. Please give him my regards!

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          October 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm

          He’s fine; should be coming home from university for a week at the end of the month, since he didn’t make it home for Thanksgiving.

  6. 19 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    October 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Didn’t see you DF! Hello!

  7. 21 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Okay, I’m heading out now. Good night and sweet dreams to all!

  8. 22 desertflower
    October 16, 2016 at 10:38 pm

  9. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    October 16, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Mark Cuban is still going strong against Trump – Yay!

  10. 24 99ts
    October 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I love that PBO is a multitasker. We often say women are better at this than men – but PBO is one of the best I have ever seen. There are so many issues crossing his desk and he handles them all with distinction & then adds a few of his own.

    • 25 CEB
      October 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Remember when he told McAngry that it was in the nature of the presidency to be able to do more than one thing at a time? McAngry was falling in the polls and wanted to “suspend his campaign” in view of the financial meltdown and do whatever he pretended a senator in his position could do about it. In the early days of his administration, PBO was actually criticized by the lazy ass congress, repubs. and the Blue Dog dems in particular, and their ankle-biting media tools for “doing too much”. He made them look bad, they did not like it and it made them even more determined to destroy him no matter what it would have done to the country. Thank God, they did not succeed. PBO is leaving will many of the things on his checklist done and with high approvals, while they have been shown for the gutless, lazy, amoral pawns that they are.

      • 26 99ts
        October 17, 2016 at 1:02 am

        My memory isn’t as good as it used to be – thanks for the reminders CEB. The GOP sure hasn’t improved any as to their ability to do only one thing at a time in congress.

        • 27 susanne
          October 17, 2016 at 1:18 am

          and that thing is endlessly repeating their ‘repeal obamacare’ bills– reminds me of having someone in the house who plays chopsticks on the piano all the time– doing one thing is not a successful strategy

  11. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    October 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm

  12. 30 jacquelineoboomer
    October 16, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Goodnight, TODville. And thanks for everything, Nerdy Wonka! You are INCREDIBLE.

  13. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    October 17, 2016 at 12:06 am

  14. 32 amk for obama
    October 17, 2016 at 12:33 am

    • 33 susanne
      October 17, 2016 at 1:15 am

      yep, it’s on us 🙂

      seriously, though, knowing how PBO plays long-form multi-dimensional political chess, you have to wonder how much of the rethug debacle he stage-managed

      • 34 amk for obama
        October 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

        yup. drew linzer, sam wang, nyt, huffington post, predictwise – they all have over 90% chance of she-devil presidency. The dem voters just have make sure she has a large coat tails. mission accomplished.

        • 35 susanne
          October 17, 2016 at 1:35 am

          I know it’s not helping, but I check the horse race several times a day. And by ‘helping’ I mean tamping down my anxiety. The Senate is so critical, and so hard to track– I hope the coat-tails scheme works!

          On another matter, since you seem to be awake 🙂 I have a relative who posts T-rump crap on FB, mostly on the theme of Evil Hillary, and Lock Her Up. She is not unintelligent, uneducated, or unworldly– but still appears to be undeniably stupid on this topic. Lives in TX, so maybe surrounded by the redneck culture, but no excuses– what do I say to counter the crazy? Is it worth even trying? Thanks for sharing your POV.

          • 36 amk for obama
            October 17, 2016 at 2:00 am

            From the very beginning, the rapist pig’s sole ‘attraction’ to his base pure white supremacy and unvarnished racism. One can be intelligent and smart and still be a racist at heart. Best to ignore her at this point and concentrate what really matters. After all, they are grown-ups and don’t need any ‘understanding’ or coddling.

            • 37 susanne
              October 17, 2016 at 4:50 am

              More and more it becomes clear that racism is the foundation of the rethug appeal– that’s why it’s crazy-making to try to educate or persuade on issues. Makes me sick. And you’re right, those folks have to work for their own insights.

              • 38 jackiegrumbacher
                October 17, 2016 at 8:13 am

                Susanne, when the “racism” extends to women, sexual orientation and religion it’s actually flat out bigotry on a massive scale. No matter what “ism” someone embraces, Trump has provided a home for them. It all starts with the massive delusion that you are better than someone else and are in a position to judge them, which is contrary to the teachings of all major world religions and to our common humanity.

  15. 39 99ts
    October 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I saw a description of the GOP nominee on daily KOS – seemed rather apt – I am remembering that Michelle Obama does not say his name & I am trying to do similar, so this provides many options….

    a narcissistic, pompous, bigoted, misogynistic, bullying, braying ass

    Thus said, and noting that I am not under the restraints of senior democrats – POTUS, FLOTUS, Sec Clinton etc etc I am at a loss as to why no-one in the media will call him out for the way he talks about his opponent. A series of tweets today are absolutely base level revolting in how they address Sec Clinton – he needs to be horse whipped for his language about anyone – but this is particularly revolting & there should be major outrage in the news – but they just treat it as normal conversation – for the ghastly person described above.

    • 40 arapaho415
      October 17, 2016 at 7:49 am

      GA 99ts and amk.

      Best response I’ve seen to MSM obsession w/ HRC “inside-baseball” email hack (drives me nuts that @cbsradionews has NEVER [at least when I’ve listened] said “hack,” but instead refers to “leaked” emails — they don’t give their audience the opportunity to even consider that Russia may be attempting to influence US election [far more newsworthy than the daily stuff that surfaces inside campaigns]).

      Ironic (or worse) that MSM who like to parade “both sides” reports focus on daily drama/conflict in HRC campaign while ignoring the bleeding obvious with DJT:

      Here’s info on the Russian hack:


  16. 42 amk for obama
    October 17, 2016 at 1:27 am

  17. October 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I suspect that over the next 22 days we will be subjected to the MSM trying to find ways that DJT might still pull this off.

    I note that today on Morning Joe, rather than highlighting *their* stations poll showing HRC with an 11 point lead, they focused on the ABC poll showing HRC with a 4 point lead…then proceeded to discuss why DJT remains in the margin of error.


    • 44 99ts
      October 17, 2016 at 8:39 am

      They did much more swbluega – I managed to tune in when they had a RW hack explaining why the narcissistic bigoted idiot deserves to be President & why it is good that he attracts people via his tweets etc etc. He is outspoken but tells it like it is. And the emails – and the majority of people who do not trust Hillary Clinton. I swear the pig of a republican must have something on Joke & Mika.

      I am ill from hearing it – and of course the problem is that both sides are attacking each other!! Please let it be over soon.

      • October 17, 2016 at 8:52 am

        You were able to stomach listening a lot more than I could, 99ts. I reached the point where I had to turn them off. Especially when Joe was refusing to listen to people who had better knowledge about some of the hacked emails because it went against what he wanted to believe.

        • 46 99ts
          October 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

          I turned off when you did – went back an hour later & got hit with the love fest for the misogynist. I was trying to find out who he was – only reason I stayed – but of course it wasn’t mentioned. I did have a small laugh when he said his wife was voting for said misogynist – thought to myself – well that’s what she tells you.

          • October 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

            Yeah, I did hear that piece about her being a strong-minded Latina. I will definitely need to be selective about how I get my news over the next few weeks if I am to survive this general election cycle.

            • 48 99ts
              October 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

              I believe that very few (if any) supporters of the GOP nominee watch anything other than Fox, so probably doesn’t matter what these idiot pundits say. They’ll all have egg on their faces come November – together with the support from POTUS & FLOTUS – keeps me sane.

  18. 49 Ladyhawke
    October 17, 2016 at 8:07 am

  19. October 17, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Good morning, good people. I hope Monday goes well for all.

    The good works will continue:

    • 53 99ts
      October 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

      We have an independent commission that does all our redistricting – and runs the elections. Used to have some gerrymandering in my state 30 years ago – but that got stopped and no-one has ever tried it again.

      I’m sure the idea of one body to define districts and one format for voting is well overdue & it will be so interesting to see where PBO goes when he leaves the white house.

    • October 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

      This is GREAT news; however, wish the story had been held until after the election.

  20. October 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Good morning, TOD!

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      October 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Hi, Alycee, hope you’re doing well. This is a killer of an allergy season and I’m really suffering, so I imagine it’s hard for you, too. As you and I both know, a candidate can hope, pray and wish for a final “surge,” but unless that person has a magnificent organization that can identify those “hidden” voters and a first-class GOTV operation to get them to the polls, it doesn’t happen. DT has nothing. Hillary’s troops operate with military precision and relentless energy. They know where every vote is and they are determined to get those votes recorded on election day.

      • October 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

        Good morning, Jackie! This allergy season has been horrendous for me; especially the past three weeks. Thursday, I was having so much difficulty that I considered not going to the tax conference. As my dear friend and deputy was not only driving, but willing to leave if I needed to, I went. SO GLAD I DID! Had to use the oxygen and pop extra prednisone on the drive to York; however, through the rest of the weekend I only had to use the oxygen & nebulizer three times and didn’t require any mega doses of meds. The weather was lovely and I was able o sit in the courtyard each day WITHOUT supplemental oxygen! Most heartening was the consideration of a number of my fellow TC’s from across the state. Several folks reached out for hugs, when I drew back, they pulled me in for a warm embrace and let me know they were fragrance free because THEY REMEMBERED! I only see these folks once a year and they gave me more consideration than some folks that I see daily!

        As you’ve stated, there really is no reason to be concerned with a surge — we’ve got this. My concern is the aftermath; delusional donnie’s prognostications are believe as “THE ONLY TRUTH” by a segment of his followers, and therefore constitute a threat to our democracy…

  21. October 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This is so sad…

  22. October 17, 2016 at 8:44 am

    ❤ this man!

  23. 61 desertflower
    October 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Of course!


    Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, informally approached LionTree Advisors Chief Executive Aryeh Bourkoff about setting up a Trump TV network after the presidential election, the Financial Times reported on Monday, citing sources.

    Kushner contacted Bourkoff, one of the media industry’s top dealmakers, within the last couple of months, the FT reported, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.

    The conversation between the two was brief and has not progressed since, the report said.

    Trump told the Washington Post last month he had “no interest in a media company” and reports that he was considering setting up one was “a false rumor.”

    Kushner, the owner of the weekly New York Observer newspaper, is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

    Kushner and LionTree did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Happy Monday!

  24. October 17, 2016 at 9:08 am

    On the surface, this is great news; however, don’t let the numbers fool you! We’ve held the majority in registrations since 2008 — elected PBO twice! Our chairman loves to talk smack about our numbers; however, numbers don’t mean jacks#^t when we’ve failed to elect a single candidate to countywide office and turned our open Dem senate and PA-07 house seats over to the rethugs in 2010! We have work to do…

  25. 64 desertflower
    October 17, 2016 at 9:09 am



    NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief says.
    Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!”
    RT says the bank gave no explanation for its decision.
    It said the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, was refusing to service RT.
    The broadcaster, previously known as Russia Today, says NatWest wrote to its London office saying: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”

  26. 65 Allison
    October 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    • 66 Allison
      October 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

      • 67 99ts
        October 17, 2016 at 9:29 am

        Quote from the link

        “The BBC won a case against the TV channel after complaining to Ofcom, saying the allegations made in a programme called The Truthseeker were false and struck “at the heart” of its obligations to accuracy and impartiality.
        Ofcom ruled that elements of the programme were “materially misleading”.

        Shame that Fox News doesn’t have to comply with being accurate & impartial.

  27. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    October 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Good Morning! Have a great day.

  28. 69 GGAIL
    October 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. I just heard RAIN ☔️ outside my window 💃🏾

  29. 76 JER
    October 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  30. October 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

  31. 79 desertflower
    October 17, 2016 at 9:32 am


    “Make America great again.” Donald Trump’s campaign slogan implies its critique. Isn’t America great already?

    Apparently not. In recent days, though, Trump’s distaste for America has come clearer. His frontal assault on the basic legitimacy of the country’s presidential election is more than a rationalization — it’s a tell, a revealed preference, a window into how little regard Trump has for the country he seeks to lead.

    America is great. And one of the reasons it’s great is that it has a long history of peaceful, predictable transitions of power. We venerate George Washington for stepping down at a time when his countrymen would have made him king. The Constitution was amended to ensure no leader, no matter how beloved, could hold the White House for more than eight years.

    The tradition is so strong that in 2000, Al Gore conceded the presidency, even though he won more votes than the victor and only lost Florida, if he lost Florida, because of a confusing butterfly ballot. The end of his campaign came through a Supreme Court decision, not a full and fair recount. He could have contested the outcome. But he didn’t.

    Gore loved America. He believed it great, and thus worth protecting. “Let there be no doubt,” he said, “while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”

    This spirit isn’t just noble; it’s essential for democracies to survive.

  32. 80 JER
    October 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

  33. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    October 17, 2016 at 9:43 am


    “On a lovely early autumn day in her final October in the White House, Michelle Obama stepped out onto a sunny South Lawn and, in a way, bid farewell. The setting was her celebrated organic kitchen garden, but the subtext seemed to go far beyond any single initiative. “I have to tell you that being here with all of you, overlooking this beautiful garden — and it is beautiful — it’s kind of an emotional moment,” Mrs. Obama said at a ceremony to unveil a bigger, fortified version of the garden. “We’re having a lot of these emotional moments because everything is the last. But this is particularly my baby, because this garden is where it all started. So we’re really coming full circle back to the very beginning.” She recalled conversations in 2008 about the role she might play in an Obama presidency — and noted, tellingly, that the garden emerged after “Barack actually won,” to which she added: “He won twice.” The gathered guests happily applauded.

    There, in a way, was the essential Michelle Obama, or at least the essential observable version of herself: speaking of broad public good (the garden, which was part of her campaign against childhood obesity) while revealing an arch sense of competitiveness. My husband won; he won twice. As their history-making time in the White House comes to an end, it’s worth pondering the lessons of the Age of Obama. My own view is that both the president and the first lady have conducted themselves splendidly in the White House, managing the most difficult of tasks with apparent ease: projecting a grace that masked the ambition and the drive that took them, at early ages, to the pinnacle of American life.”

    • October 17, 2016 at 9:49 am

      donna dem, I just finish reading that, that you for posting it.

      • 83 donna dem 4 obama
        October 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

        It’s magnificent bella.

        “The insults, those barefaced and those adorned as jokes, the acidic scrutiny, the manufactured scandals, the base questioning of legitimacy, the tone of disrespect, so ubiquitous, so casual. She had faced them and sometimes she hurt and sometimes she blinked but throughout she remained herself.”

    • 84 donna dem 4 obama
      October 17, 2016 at 10:00 am


      “Michelle Obama will have her own legacy, separate from her husband’s. And it will be that she was the first first lady to show women that they don’t have to choose. That it’s okay to be everything.”

      • 85 CEB
        October 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

        I liked this as well along with the part where Rashida mentions she and her talented friends being “too much” in the eyes of others. Black women who have excelled are always being told that they are too much; too much to be loved by a man, too much to lead an organization, too much in that they expect too much in themselves and others. We are punished for our skills instead of being lauded for them. One of the saddest things is that we get the “too much” designation from many in our own community as well. I know of which I speak. One of the many things that I love about First Lady Michelle Lavaughn Robinson Obama is that she has held true to who she is. Even though I am older than she, she has helped me to be more confident regarding body image and the clothes that I select to wear; she has vindicated my choice to be exactly who I am in all settings and she has reassured so many women that they can be all that they are and still have the love and respect of a strong man who is equally authentic. She leaves a legacy and an example that will continue to reverberate for generations to come.

    • October 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I’m totally choking up reading this. Thank you, Donna. This is so crucial, so important. And in this very chaotic moment in our history, it is URGENT.

      • October 17, 2016 at 10:21 am


        If feminism’s goal is equal opportunity and choice, Michelle makes me feel like every choice is available. You can go to Princeton and Harvard, you can rap with Missy Elliott, you can be a mother and a lawyer and a powerful orator. You can champion the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, while also caring about fashion. You can dance with Ellen and also fearlessly remind people, on live television, of the reality of your position: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” You can be your husband’s partner and supporter, and also use your cultural and political capital to campaign for Hillary Clinton, unflinchingly standing up to her “locker room talk”-ing bully of an opponent with the battle cry “enough is enough!” — eloquently putting into words what a lot of people, myself included, had been feeling.

    • 88 CEB
      October 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Thanks so much for sharing this. I especially like the first and the last entries.

    • 89 mtmarilyn
      October 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

      She is so special. We have been so blessed to have both POTUS and FLOTUS in our lifetime. Her legacy will be legendary. I just love what PBO says, marry up to improve your gene pool. Can’t wait to see what those girls do. You know they have greatness in them too.

    • 90 GGail
      October 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Donna, I just finished reading this article and was about to post the link 🙂

  34. 91 desertflower
    October 17, 2016 at 9:45 am

  35. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    October 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

    That punk assange is really an arrogant fool. He & his team of hackers oughtto know that most western intelligence operators are after them

  36. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    October 17, 2016 at 10:02 am

    • October 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      It IS We the People who are the winners in these victories./..i do not like how the press phrases this….meanwhile in other states voters are being taken back to the days of JIM CRow

  37. 96 amk for obama
    October 17, 2016 at 10:11 am

    so, anyone want anything from SA?

    nothing? ok, good.

  38. October 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

  39. 109 desertflower
    October 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

    YES! How about this Wednesday??!!

  40. 110 amk for obama
    October 17, 2016 at 10:45 am

    ok, gotta go.

  41. 111 JER
    October 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

    New York Daily News ‏@NYDailyNews
    The man who fired a gunshot at George Zimmerman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder http://nydn.us/2dms9Mv

  42. 113 JER
    October 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

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