The Next 55

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  1. 1 CEB
    January 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Good morning; TOD
    Everyone talking and shouting about the Buzzfeed article. #45 trying to distract again with lies about an advancing caravan while #Impeach and #president pelosi are trending.

  2. 3 whenpamelawandered
    January 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    With a total lunar eclipse, notably a Blood Wolf Moon, no less, here is some inspirational work to help restore balance to Mother Nature!

    DF ~ I know you couldn’t make it last year, but maybe this year! My daughter will be there as an ambassador with the Apex Team again… all so beautiful!

    Big hugs, TOD, keep You The Heart. I predict the Special Council has a file cabinet full of indictments, history making. We will survive this and be stronger for it. Bless you all. ♥️

  3. 4 desertflower
    January 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I say we let them know

  4. 5 desertflower
    January 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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  6. 7 Don
    January 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Nixon resigned in 1974, I was eight years old at the time and I don’t remember a thing about his resignation or that time frame. I assume it was probably as crazy as it is now, but the only difference is that Nixon might have had more of a conscious and a certain level of respect for our institutions than trump has, but I don’t know.

    • 8 lynn
      January 18, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      It was a mess, Don. Some of us had FBI records from protests we’d been involved with.

      Today, we look back on that and the episode with Clinton. We had nothing of the sort at that time.

      But we did have four dead in Ohio.

    • January 18, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      For one thing, the politics of adhering to the Constitution over party was a real thing back then. Nixon was a crook and people faced that. We also had real journalists who dug deep into the central questions and were not money-making machines owned by the GOP, so we got real information instead of horserace tit for tat. The hearings were on TV and they were honest to goodness fact finding missions rather than party posturing and protecting the guilty. SO, it was very, very absorbing and you felt like you were getting at the truth. When Nixon resigned, it was really, really something.

      • 10 CEB
        January 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

        So true. I was in college at the time. This was serious and weighty. No one was shouting deep state conspiracy or bank rolling polls in support of Nixon. I remember the day he resigned, unrepentant but out of options.

        • 12 0388jojothecat
          January 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm

          That August 1974 I was heading to college. All during the final six months of my senior year in high school we watched the Watergate hearings in our Government class. Back then all seniors had to take a full year of Government. It was the best lesson on how our government worked. Back then Republicans had principles not like today. Since Newt Gingrich and Raygun the Rethugs decided it was better to be thugs to stay in power.

          • January 18, 2019 at 5:13 pm

            Thanks for the reminder about how much of civics and government were required to graduate from high school. In California, anyway.

            I sincerely hope that the Trump-Russia investigation in Congress is televised in the same way the Watergate hearings were. People rushed home at night to watch them and learned everything about what was happening so that when it came time to resign, Nixon knew he was cornered and had no choice.

            • 14 0388jojothecat
              January 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm

              Me too. With the Internet people can watch or listen online. Those that get their news filtered through Faux Noise will get to hear what an awful traitor they elected.

    • 15 99ts
      January 19, 2019 at 10:02 am

      I was older – and looking in from outside – but I NEVER thought Nixon would end treaties with US allies, never thought he would bring his own country to its knees and never thought he was a traitor to his country.

      Being born after the end of WWII, trump is the political disaster of my lifetime. It is horrifying to watch from afar, no idea what it is like close up.

  7. 16 Dudette
    January 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    This is so messed up!

    • 17 Don
      January 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Its par for the course and its worst than misrepresentation. Those that are in power do not have to go out and truly learn about those that are not in power. Go watch an episode of “Jeopardy,” and let one of the topics be African American History, you can almost hear an audible grown coming from the audience. The same contestant that can tell you how many dresses Marie Antoinette had in her entire life can’t tell you a goddamn thing about the “Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.” The contestant that can win a million dollars on Jeopardy can’t even tell you what a “Que Dog” is or what fraternity he’s a member of. It is an arrogance, an arrogance that is blessed with ignorance.

    • 19 CEB
      January 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      This is so messed up and a deliberate slight on the part of someone involved.

  8. 21 Don
    January 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Sadly, contempt and disgust describes my thinking of my coworkers that voted for trump. I do not look them in the eye when I’m talking to them because I haven’t mastered the fine art of totally dismissing a motherfucker while carrying on a conversation with a motherfucker.

  9. January 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    can’t really explain why now or why i want to say this. I could be wrong be it seemed to me that our precious Rachel Maddow was recovering from
    a migraine last night? She works unfathomably hard and delivers everything with such spirit that she keeps amazing me. Myself I experienced incapacitation for days with serial migraines and other physical /neural symptoms for a decade and a half. Finally traced it to fluorescent lighting. Some fluorescent lighting is brutal. Although our fab library for example, has put in a pretty high-end fluorescent and masked the effects as well. Schools don’t do that. (I had headaches at school.) So this mom couldn’t go into shops without major consequences. Forget restaurants. Flying was kept to a minimum. Ibuprofen, dark glasses, always the baseball cap. Caffeine and cover the eyes, try to sleep if it’s coming on. I actually went blind or lost literally half = one side of what I was looking at. Affected by hormonal ebbs and flows…wouldn’t wish it on anyone. By literally miraculous means I’m OK now. Sometimes feel tired after one trip to the supermarket, still wear the cap. Can even eat out.
    Tempus fugit eh…so thank you TOD.

    • January 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      maybe (especially) a woman or a child can benefit from this.

    • January 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      The worst kind of cheapo fluorescent lighting has been imposed on us from every which way. I know there’s a movement against it in UK.

      • 25 0388jojothecat
        January 18, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        I worked in a building that had such awful fluorescent lighting that it seemed the room was yellowish brown. The carpets were brown and the lighting was yellow. When I went out in the afternoon for lunch it was so bright I got a headache. I was the worst experience I have ever had.

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  11. 29 Hillary Darton
    January 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    So the Speaker can’t go visit the troops on the military, but Melania can fly down to Mar-lago on a military plane.

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  15. January 18, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Howdy TOD! ….here’s my semi-annual PBO & sports intersection/sighting…..hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Hi stranger, it’s nice to realize you occasionally think of us. Best wishes to you in 2019 – may you accomplish all your 2019 goals!

      • January 24, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        Howdy my friend from up North! …before I start (I just misspelled ven …venn diagram and I was terrified because I had just seen my notifications from my last post)…never want to disappoint Ms. VC!

    • 41 sjterrid
      January 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Hi, Lovely Plains. It’s very good to see you. I thought of you, when I heard Clemson won the NCAA Championship.
      Have a great weekend.

      • January 18, 2019 at 8:09 pm

        Howdy fellow SECer. We miss you here. Thanks for that delightful post though. Drop in more often, okay?

        sjterrid, Lovely Plains is an Auburn guy, not Clemson. 🙂 Though if he’s like me, he was happy that Clemson won. 🙂

        • 43 sjterrid
          January 18, 2019 at 11:58 pm

          Thank you, TNmtngirl, for letting me know.

        • January 24, 2019 at 9:07 pm

          It was a Sophie’s choice, TMmntngirl….Clemson was our opener 2/3 last years and Justyn Ross who demolished the Tide went to High school 20 miles from Auburn, but wanted to leave the state…..in the end your’e right I content with them putting the smack down to that school up north 😎

          ….still haven’t recovered from Rocky Top beating us this year at home….but how bout your Men’s BB team #1 in the country and outlasted Vandy yesterday in OT!

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Hello, LP – and Happy New Year to ya!

    • 48 sjterrid
      January 19, 2019 at 12:02 am

      I’m sorry, LP, I got your favorite team mixed up.

    • 49 Dudette
      January 19, 2019 at 11:51 am

      LP! Hi! 🤗

  16. 50 Don
    January 18, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    A couple of good hard working coworkers had to go by the human resources office today to get letters to give to their creditors, sad.

  17. 53 desertflower
    January 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Evening everyone

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  19. 57 Gazelle
    January 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Jump starting yr weekend! 😂

  20. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, retweeted this:

  21. 62 carla4obama
    January 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Mueller’s office disputes BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

  22. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

  23. 65 CEB
    January 18, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Who is in your top 10 list of Badass American Women of the 21st century (so far)? Who are the women who are kicking in doors, cracking glass ceilings, showing up and showing out for themselves and for all of us. Warrior Queens, Sages, Scribes, Bards, Wise Women, Earth Mothers, and Empresses. Who are those in training who are becoming phenomenal women?
    Have fun!

  24. January 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Concur 🙂

  25. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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  27. 74 desertflower
    January 19, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone.

  28. 76 desertflower
    January 19, 2019 at 8:11 am

    This was the plan all along. The useful idiot is making their dreams into reality . I hope that our institutions hold and the people wake up to the reality

    • 77 Don
      January 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Samuel Jackson said “Patriotism is the last refuge of a Scoundrel,” I would feel a whole lot better if trump and his junta’s actions were to benefit America, I mean that would make sense. But what they are doing is to the detriment of America. I can’t tell you the last time the word “Patriot” came out of the White House.

    • 78 Jey
      January 19, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Exactly. And I say the same with what is happening in the UK.

  29. January 19, 2019 at 8:57 am


    For my theory to hold true, Putin had to know he was going to win despite the fact that all the polls and analysis said this was a nearly impossible. Here, we run into the crux of Robert Mueller’s investigation. In order for Putin to ensure success, he would have had to know exactly which states would miraculously swung to Donald Trump in 2016, breaking up the Democrats’ supposed invincible “blue wall.” We saw Trump campaign vigorously in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin despite him being down significantly in the polls just a week before the election. Many at the time attributed this campaign decision to Trump trying to connect with the White working-class voters. But we now know that the election came down to 78,000 votes in those three states. What exactly did the Trump campaign know that nobody else did?

    I firmly believe that when all is said and done, Robert Mueller will have uncovered that there was election hacking and vote altering. If true, this would be the greatest scandal in world history. We would have an official usurper in the Oval Office, a man installed by a foreign power through illegitimate means.

    • 82 desertflower
      January 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

      You and I are on the same page. This is EXACTLY what I think happened

      • January 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

        Same here. Have felt it was something like this from the night of the election. As we’ve learned more, my thoughts affirmed.

        January 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm


    • January 19, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Trump and his hideous campaign want the public to think the late break in those states was due to their brilliance. You know, all the people who now can’t even run a lemonade stand. But the truth is likely closer to Manafort and Putin’s henchmen undermining a free and fair election. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that this is massive election fraud created via a cyber incursion by a hostile foreign enemy, aided and abetted by the Trump Crime Syndicate. Too many individual facts now in evidence defy any other sort of interpretation.

      • January 19, 2019 at 4:22 pm

        yanno meta….this was putin all the way…Trump was a dunce that followed the scent of money…but he knew what was happening…i donot think that he expected Putin to be successful….

        this is what was happening to McConnnell…he knew too what was happening…but it did not matter to him…

        • 87 Beaglemom
          January 19, 2019 at 5:45 pm

          I agree also. And I think that McConnell is very involved. He’s been avoiding contact with the media and with any other human beings for weeks now. He’s tied to Trump at the hip. I remember that election night so well. We were so shocked, especially at the states’ which gave the election (via the outmoded Electoral College) to Trump. Nothing made sense at all.

          I wish the recounts had proceeded. In fact, I think that, when one political party requests a recount, it should happen automatically and should be paid for by the state involved. It’s about time that we held elections with results we can all believe in. Why not go back to paper ballots? Who cares if the final results are not known until the following day? It didn’t matter in the old days and the television networks can just get used to it.

          Many years ago, my mother was an election officer in our precinct in PA. There were frequent recounts at that level before the tallied vote numbers were turned in. Election officers cared about accuracy. Nothing so important as an election should be treated as trivially as it is now. There should be NO ROOM for meddling – by one of the political parties (think Florida in 2000) or by a foreign power (think 2016).

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  32. 98 desertflower
    January 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

  33. 101 desertflower
    January 19, 2019 at 11:05 am

    • January 19, 2019 at 11:34 am

      UNLESS HE IS FULL STOP RESIGNING, I don’t give a shit what he has to say. I’m so sick of the grotesque manipulation by these monsters. He’s making a public statement because he’s wants the attention to spew more hatred but also because McConnell needs a public record because he can’t depend on his vile liar.

  34. January 19, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Why do I think this woman will soon be found dead from choking on a chicken bone.

  35. 107 desertflower
    January 19, 2019 at 12:31 pm


  36. January 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    JHC, oh really?

  37. January 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Deplorables being deplorable.

    • January 19, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    • 111 Beaglemom
      January 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      I was horrified when I watched the clip. A large gang of well dressed, well off, spoiled young men were taunting and mocking and encroaching upon the Native American elder as he performed a tradition ritual at Arlington National Cemetery. They should all have been ashamed of themselves. They looked like Hitler Youth at their worst! What kind of parents and teachers have these young men had in their lives? And such behavior at a national military cemetery should never be allowed!

  38. 112 Hillary Darton
    January 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Speaker Pelosi, No wall. You make deal with hostage takers, they will take hostages again. Debt ceiling is coming up soon.

  39. January 19, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    If Speaker Pelosi determines it will be a good tactic to offer fuckface SOMETHING, because of the optics, skewed media coverage, etc. I suggest this: A non-partisan commission will be created by the speaker to study border security. The commission will issue recommendations in December 2020 to be implemented per the then president’s discretion on or after 02/01/2021. We know an independent commission of experts will not recommend a stupid effin wall. This offer will be a one-time and final offer.

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