Straight Flames!


I don’t burn bridges, yo, I keep the haters’ running for em’
I ain’t one of ya’ll peers, I’m the sum of all fears

Somebody stronger than me? Who that? I’m all ears

Like Obama, I wish he had another four years


Full lyrics here

139 Responses to “Straight Flames!”

  1. 2 Susanne
    December 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Aloha Tod-ville! Mostly lurking here, I miss you all even though I read your comments daily. Just seems like you have covered all the best points by the time I log in.😲 The Obama Diary is still the best place for news and commentary, and for a daily reminder that good people are doing difficult, important work, all the time. Without you all, the past year would have been unbearable. So thank you, bless you, and may you have a wonderful holiday! ♥️

    • 3 Anna
      December 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Aloha Susanne, I was in your beautiful state a few weeks ago, President Obama was on Oahu at the time. Had a wonderful time on Maui, could few the warmth and sense of peace from President Obama just being in HI. I agree The Obama Diary is the best place for news and commentary, without The Obama Diary I would be in severe depression. Thank you Chips for starting this place and Nerdy for continuing, true warriors for democracy.

      • 4 Susanne
        December 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm

        I’m so glad you could spend some time in this lovely blue state 😄. I’m grateful every day that I wake up here. The Aloha that President Obama shares is deeply rooted in his beginnings here, imho. I have hopes for a Tod reunion someday in Hawaii 🤗!

        • 5 Betsy
          December 17, 2017 at 12:29 am

          Hoping to visit your lovely state in June 2018. Wishing President Obama was visiting then. Would love to hear him speak in person.

    • December 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Right there with you Suesanne!

  2. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Would it be worthwhile for us ordinary people if we started researching and exposing the motivation of those members of Congress, Senate, and right-wing media that are relentlessly attacking Team Mueller and other investigators of corruption and Team Treason? It seems that the FBI and intelligence agencies can’t publicly fight back to defend themselves. But why can’t we as regular people start fighting back. As a resident of Ohio, I am particularly incensed by that scumbag representative Jordan of Ohio. I am going to ask my fellow local activists to go all in and expose him as undermining the rule of law and what his motivation could be. Hope other groups would go on the exposure of these collaborators in treason and corruption

    • 9 mtmarilyn
      December 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      That’s a great idea Linda. I know there has to be some organization doing it, but until we here more we should at least start with the ones in our states or ones that are the most vocal. I’ll start with my reps and with Secretary Zinke, who is a a$$hole.

  3. 10 cd4biden
    December 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    globalcitizenlinda asked me to bring over my comments from the end of the last thread. Here they are:

    So yesterday’s WAPO had an article about the 7 words the CDC can no longer use as the White House has forbidden it.
    Here they are: evidence-based, science-based, vulnerable, fetus, transgender, diversity, entitlement.


    A friend suggested we should create a sentence using all 7 words and broadcast it everywhere. So I did!

    “Evidence-based and science-based knowledge shows that diversity of services, rights, etc., when it comes to those who are vulnerable, such as transgenders, or a fetus, is more beneficial to all of society than only allowing rights to those white males who focus only on their own entitlement.”
    Wish I could bold the 7 words in WordPress so they stand out. Oh, well. Use it as you see fit. 😊. Love you all!

    OMG! I think I got it in a tweet (which I don’t do, but you can)

    Evidence-based & science-based data says diversity of rights for the vulnerable (transgender, fetus, etc) helps all, not just white men focused on own entitlement.

    • 11 pkayden
      December 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Fascists. This is like the world described in “1984” where words are banned and words lose their meaning. This is what happens when you elect Rightwing extremists into your federal government.

    • 12 WhenPamelaWandered
      December 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      fun find on twitter:
      “Science based research has shown that a fetus may be born as a vulnerable transgender individual, but without rights or entitlements due to tRump’s evidence based attacks on diversity.”

      Found this over on AltNPS

      • 13 cd4biden
        December 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

        Definitely a fun one, WhenPamelaWandered. I sent this around to a bunch of friends and one pointed out for it to be truthful it should say, at the end, “non-evidence based attacks on diversity.” in case any of you want to pass it on to others.

    • 15 mtmarilyn
      December 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      This is from cd4biden.

  4. 18 pkayden
    December 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    So why do you all think that Conservatives are losing their mind over Mueller’s investigation? Is he getting too close for comfort to their President? Is he about to indict someone in Trump’s family? Mueller is a strong, honest man and I am looking forward to the unfolding of his investigation. Trump better watch out.

    • December 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Personally, I think that it is more than just getting too close to ‘their’ president. I think it is some of them. Otherwise, I don’t think they would be going SO far off the rails the closer Mueller gets. Just as with tRump, people who are innocent have nothing to fear. None of them are acting innocent and the closer M gets, they more they are showing their fear–backed into a corner.

      • December 16, 2017 at 7:06 pm

        “Personally, I think that it is more than just getting too close to ‘their’ president. I think it is some of them.”

        I agree, TNmtngirl. Mueller has the authority to go where the evidence leads him. That includes opening doors they may not want opened because of their proximity to those doors. Even if it’s not Russia related, they’ve got some dirty dealings that they don’t want to surface.

        Otherwise, why would people who claim to dislike 45 (and company) and believe he is unqualified and bad for their party not do all they can to get rid of him? It can’t be fear of being primaried; especially now.

    • 21 Susanne
      December 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      I think the rethugs have gone so far over the edge in the quest for money and power, that there are very few left who haven’t compromised their integrity– and broken or severely twisted the laws they were elected to uphold. They are scared and huddled together because they know the jig is up.

  5. 22 whenpamelawandered
    December 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Oh yeah: New Moon tomorrow, Sunday/Monday 17/18 Dec 2017, 26♐️31. 10:30pmPT/1:30amET. SUN moves into ♑️Capricorn on Thursday, when the Solstice occurs at 8:29amPT/11:29amET. May the entire debacle that is taking place in our country today all come tumbling down. They Will Not Win. Trust The Process.

  6. 23 Nena20409
    December 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Hello, TODbots.
    Thanks to the Alabama Shakes……Fierce Black Women (Woke), Black Men (Woke), People under 45 (Woke), Some Republicans (who put Country above Party, Woke), the 22K Write-Ins (Semi-Woke), Etc who made the win of G. Doug Jones Possible on Tuesday Night. Thank You all very much. Thanks to TOD, I was able to read about the blow by blow event Right here……Today.
    Thanks to NW, Chips, TOD Contributors: Twitter Brigades, Lurkers & All……Much obliged. I got my Fix in today.

  7. December 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

  8. December 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    • 28 cos
      December 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      I was under the impression that the head of the FBI (Rosenstein)could only fire Mueller. so, if this happens, I assume he will fire Rosenstein also.

  9. December 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

  10. December 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm

  11. December 16, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    It’s not as if some Republicans are well aware of their fate ….

  12. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2017 at 8:01 pm

  13. 36 desertflower
    December 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    They really don’t give a shit.

  14. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm

  15. December 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  16. December 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Masterful ….

  17. 45 desertflower
    December 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm


  18. 46 Nena20409
    December 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  19. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    There will be some good company out there, when Americans take to the streets:

  20. 48 desertflower
    December 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm


  21. December 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm

  22. 50 Nena20409
    December 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    • 51 Nena20409
      December 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Over the years, since the 1990s, Matthews has said so many crude comments about Hillary Clinton……One time, he was forced to apologize, but never suspended.

    • 52 amk for obama
      December 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Yet another msm blowhard sexist asshole. hoo cudda thunk.

      Obama’s contempt for these assholes is being justified every day.

    • 53 Dudette
      December 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I never liked his spit-filled crusty ass. Tweety needs to be fired just like the others. Tamron Hall would be excellent in his timeslot.

  23. December 17, 2017 at 12:48 am


  24. December 17, 2017 at 12:49 am

  25. December 17, 2017 at 12:52 am

  26. December 17, 2017 at 12:54 am

    No question who will build the future that has some hope of sustaining humanity and Earth’s biosphere ….

    Goodnight TOD …

  27. December 17, 2017 at 6:09 am

    • 61 amk for obama
      December 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

      This whiny ‘demand’ from turd and his team is hilarious when the turd openly and repeatedly asked the russians to hack Hillary’s emails and release them.

      • December 17, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Yes and I also love how they thought they were being so stealth and smart and it completely blew up in their faces.
        They’ve been painted into a corner and it’s absolutely freakish to watch Trump and Fox News as they attempt to spin this.

  28. December 17, 2017 at 6:30 am

    This should be LOVELY!!!!

    • December 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

      • 65 CEB
        December 17, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Loved how Prince Harry messed with PBO about his “long pauses.” This reflects their ease of manner and closeness as well as Harry following Michelle’s advice about trash-talking to give PBO some of his own back.

    • 67 arapaho415
      December 17, 2017 at 9:18 am

      GM Meta.

      Typo in my response to you and @KensingtonRoyal tweet — which unfortunately has over 100 “likes” (stratospheric number, for me).

      I *know* PBO’s birthday is August 4, but was thinking of a friend whose BD is August 3 when I pressed the “tweet” button. 😦

      P.S. Only had to block one troll 😀 (for now, at least, LOL).

      • December 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

        Ooooohhh, that’s pretty interesting!

        • 69 whenpamelawandered
          December 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

          Did you guys/gals see my notes from last month, re Meghan Markle birthday is 4 August 1981, exactly 20 years after PBO. I lol’d at how clever that is!

          • 70 arapaho415
            December 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

            GM MP.

            Love it!

            I think I read that last month when I was immersed in learning more about our soon-to-be American princess, but then got swept away in the OMG-what-has-FUBAR-done-now info flood. 😦

            And look at a response I got to my “viral” tweet (buffs fingernails and blows, LOL).

      • 73 nathkatun7
        December 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm

        Princess Diana would be proud of the way both of her sons conduct themselves in public.

  29. December 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

    • 75 Don
      December 17, 2017 at 9:50 am

      I mean really, President Obama gave the DNC the blueprint eight years ago. You win elections with a good message to your base and by not worrying about offending someone that wasn’t going to vote for you in a million years.

  30. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    December 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Good morning everyone. May your day be blessed

  31. December 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    They look like very good friends!!

  32. 85 Dudette
    December 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I ❤️ Michelle Obama! 🔥

  33. 88 Don
    December 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Every time I turn on my computer at work there’s a big ass sign that says my computer and email is being monitored. The. Fucking. End.

  34. 89 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Morning everyone. Make those calls!

  35. 90 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    This crappy bill is the appetizer. The entree will be when they get rid of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security


    • 92 desertflower
      December 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

      If you can’t access the video here, you can in the LATimes link. This is from that story:

      The only thing that’s new here is the explicit admission by a Republican officeholder that this is the GOP’s master plan to eviscerate the welfare and retirement of American workers. Budget analysts have seen it coming with all the subtlety of a freight train. As we reported earlier this month, the damage begins with the so-called Paygo law (for “pay as you go”), which requires Congress to offset any increase in the federal deficit with spending cuts. The law limits Medicare cuts to 4% of its budget per year, or $25 billion of its $625-billion budget. Because the tax cut proposals the Senate was preparing to vote on late Friday would expand the deficit by about $1.5 trillion over 10 years, it’s likely to trigger the cuts.

      The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries.
      — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) conveniently forgets that GOP tax cuts will create $1.5 trillion in new debt

  36. 94 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

  37. 95 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

  38. 96 amk for obama
    December 17, 2017 at 10:11 am

    The coalition of the far-Right Freedom Party and the conservative People’s Party (OVP) of Austria, which will form the next government, is planning to increase the daily maximum working hours from eight to 12, a long-pending demand from corporations. With such steps, “bureaucracy should be reduced” and “working rules should fit more into practice”, said Sebastian Kurz of the OVP, the incoming Chancellor. “The state must not be in the way of the corporations,” he added.


    Ironically, many working-class people had voted for the Freedom Party, which is one of the reasons why the outgoing Chancellor Christian Kern and his Social Democrats lost the recent election. According to politicians around Mr. Strache and Mr. Kurz, the aim of the reform is not to have a 60-hour week, but to “increase flexibility” of working hours.


    white working class folks must be the stupidest people on earth.

  39. 97 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 10:17 am


  40. December 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Makes GOP and their tax cuts bill even more disgusting.

    • 99 0388jojothecat
      December 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I saw a grown man walking through my local super market with NO SHOES and they were buying food on the expired and marked down area in the corner of the store near the bathrooms down from the fish market where I was buying fish.

      Folks it will ONLY get worst with this tax scam of reverse Robin Hood.

    • December 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      From the article:

      It also led the school’s principal to start a donation drive, with a goal of distributing 724 blankets this Christmas, to help all the students of the school stay warm. They are still running short of 108 blankets.

  41. 101 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Be Ready

  42. December 17, 2017 at 11:16 am

    “Constitutional crisis” doesn’t even capture what we’re in right now.

  43. December 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    GEEZE people, WAKE UP

  44. 110 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Good Morning, Good Morning, TODbots.
    Just read this & I am hopeful again.
    ❤ ❤ ❤ TODville Community.

  45. December 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Fox News primetime audience is 2,250,000. This is ridiculous!

  46. 112 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

  47. 113 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  48. December 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    And, as some of us have been noting, repeatedly …..

  49. December 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

  50. 117 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    • 118 Nena20409
      December 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      If this story is all Factual, pray tell, how come some of his remains were found weeks later…….had This Fine Soldier, Sgt LaDavid Johnson, Not have been subjected to Torture?

    • 119 globalcitizenlinda
      December 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      waiting for other reports about this incident … any other information still out there?

    • 120 arapaho415
      December 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      GA Nena.

      I follow this person because he tracks airplane flights of various Russian oligarchs — sounds like he’s a veteran…

      Response to @MacFinn44:

  51. 121 globalcitizenlinda
    December 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I will not write here the name of the person whose attention-seeking writings generated this tweet of mine.


    I will just say that I wish there was an equivalent to “Bye Felecia” for males ….. if there is one, please advise me of it;


  52. 126 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  53. 127 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  54. 128 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Thread, worth reading

  55. 129 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

  56. 130 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

  57. 131 desertflower
    December 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  58. 132 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

  59. 133 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  60. 134 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  61. 135 Nena20409
    December 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Thread worth reading.

  62. December 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Believe it OR Not!!! But Be Ready!!

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