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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Well, well! Where is everyone? I guess I chose the wrong time to drop in for a quick look-see. 🙂

    Hello to you NerdyW! I haven’t seen you in a long while, so I’ll share my new year wishes for you now – Have a terrific, and uplifting, 2022!

    Hi everyone else! I’m working off and online – something I absolutely hate as I have to be visible sometimes. That’s part of the reason I’ve been so scarce in the village. Also, I have become far, far more reclusive than before. Nevertheless I think of you guys often and wish you all the best, particularly healthwise.

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      January 24, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      Hello to you, vc! I’m a little late to see your check-in message, but it’s always great to see you. And I agree on your wishes to our dear Nerdy W !!! She never fails us (how lucky are we!).

    • 3 marleysperson
      January 25, 2022 at 9:12 am

      Hello, dear VC…good to see you back here again. Hope all is well….look at it this way, you can still sit in your pajama bottoms and be barefoot:) Sending hugs

    • 4 whenpamelawandered
      January 25, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      Hiya Furstie! Good to know you are alright, solitude is strength, for some of us!!


    • 5 ggail44
      January 26, 2022 at 11:42 am

      Hi VC, it’s good to see you checking in. Stay well my international sister 🙋🏾‍♀️💝🙏🏾

  2. January 24, 2022 at 9:34 pm

  3. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Every time I see stories about Mrs. Obama where she’s visiting with young people, I could just cry. What a wonderful role model she is – and actually for all of us, not just young people!

  4. January 25, 2022 at 8:02 am

    This is fantastic! 💞

  5. January 25, 2022 at 8:25 am

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  7. January 25, 2022 at 8:36 am

  8. 22 pkayden
    January 25, 2022 at 9:16 am

    In one year, President Biden has nominated as many Black women to serve on the federal appeals courts as there were in all of U.S. history when he first took office.— Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) January 24, 2022


  9. 23 Dudette
    January 25, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Take a moment to check this out! 💚

  10. 24 Dudette
    January 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

    So next time someone tells you the Biden-Harris Administration hasn’t done anything, you can hit ‘em with this!

  11. January 25, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Speaker Pelosi
    Pelosi Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    “In states like Texas and Missouri, radical Republican lawmakers have enacted draconian abortion restrictions
    that threaten to inflict catastrophic damage – especially on low-income women, members of the LGBTQ community and women of color. And, after shamefully permitting Texas’s flagrantly unconstitutional SB8 to proceed through a cowardly, dark-of-night ruling, the Supreme Court stands poised to potentially strike a devastating blow to the Constitutional right to choose when it rules on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization later this year.”

  12. January 25, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    ‘Dangerous precedent’: Jan. 6 committee trains its sights on false pro-Trump electors

    GOP officials in five states illegitimately claimed to be qualified to declare Donald Trump the winner in 2020. And Trump allies were openly involved.

    Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu:

  13. January 25, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump
    Exclusive emails obtained by Rolling Stone expose an attempt to recertify the state as a victory for Donald Trump — and reveal top Trumpworld figures were complicit

    “The technology was complicated, but the plan was simple: Scan mail-in and absentee ballots in populous Maricopa County, remove the “invalid votes,” and recertify the state’s 2020 election count, surely declaring then-President Donald Trump the rightful winner.”


  14. 29 jer44
    January 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm

  15. January 25, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    ‘Go Back to Where You Came From — And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American,’
    book by Wajahat Ali

    —-extraordinary interview yesterday on ReidOut.

  16. January 25, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Congressman Ted Lieu:
    “Well, let me first say that, last week, a YouGov/Economist poll had Democrats ahead in the generic congressional ballot. We have every reason and motivation and indication that we’re going to hold the House.
    However, to answer your hypothetical, I think President Biden asked a very good question,
    which is, what are Republicans for? And right now, we don’t know what they’re for,
    other than for vengeance. And you see Kevin McCarthy saying he wants to throw Democrats off committees without even giving a reason as to what any Democrat may have done wrong.
    And so you’re looking purely at a vengeance-motivated kind of campaign.
    They’re in this for power.
    They don’t have any policies for the American people.”

    • January 25, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      “I want to remind people that, during the impeachment trial, we presented evidence that Bill Barr told Donald Trump to his face that the alleged conspiracy theories were — quote — “bullshit.”

  17. January 25, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    ‘I’m a Full Anti-Vaxxer Now’: How the Conspiracists Are Winning Over Fresh Converts

    “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could hide,” Robert Kennedy, Jr.,
    who has been spreading the false claim that vaccines cause autism for decades,
    said at the anti-mandate march on Washington.

    Kara Voght: (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/anti-vaccine-rfk-jr-rally-washington-dc-1289458/)

  18. January 25, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Kerik told Jan. 6 panel that former Army colonel came up with idea to seize voting machines
    Previously, Phil Waldron was best known for circulating a 38-page PowerPoint presentation that urged Trump to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the election.

    Betsy Woodruff Swan:

  19. January 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Joy Reid:
    “And, you know Michael, so the way you pull off the perfect crime is then you erase the teaching of history.
    What you specialize in. You say ‘we’re going to do these things’. And it’s the perfect crime because you can`t even teach about it.”

    Presidential historian Michael Beschloss:
    “No. That’s exactly right. And so then we go to George Orwell.
    And the other thing goes back to what you said at the beginning Joy, here.
    We have got a Supreme Court unlike for most of American history, there used to be a lot more turnover.
    You know, justices did not serve these long periods of time and that was because people didn’t live too long and they also were appointed at older ages than they are now.
    There was a greater connection between public opinion and what justices did.
    People said there has to be some connection between the rulings of the court and where the country stands.
    Does anyone believe that the kind of rulings that we’re contemplating tonight with horror are the majority of the American people? I don’t think they are at all.
    And the other thing is that oftentimes, throughout Supreme Court history, you’d have surprises.
    You’d have a David Souter, who was more liberal than expected or Byron White,
    who is more conservative than expected.
    These people are so vetted that we know exactly what we`re getting.
    Tthat`s not what the founders wanted.”

  20. January 25, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    ‘We’re Basically Mall Cops’:
    Texas Guard Members on Border Mission
    Gov. Greg Abbott deployed thousands of Texas National Guard members to the Texas-Mexico border.
    But soldiers complain of difficulties and a seemingly rudderless mission.

    —-Covid outbreaks, living in “submarine trailers”, arrest warrants issued for Guard members who failed to report for duty, “ad hoc, ill- defined, and politically motivated”.

  21. January 25, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Beto O’Rourke: “Bring these guard members home.”
    “The member of the guard, that I met with yesterday, said that
    ‘I just hope after the Republican primary is over I can go back home’.
    Because, their activation orders are for full year.
    A full year away from jobs, from families, from their primary source of income.
    And they are sitting in these Humvees. Most of them not able to do much of anything at all.”

    Beto on Cruz: “This guy does not believe in the Constitution, democracy or rule of law. There is no reason he should be serving in a position of public trust right now.”

  22. January 25, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Tracking Biden’s. environmental actions
    As Biden unwinds dozens of Trump’s energy and environmental policies, he’s forging his own.


  23. January 25, 2022 at 12:58 pm


    “Today, at 2 p.m. EST, Webb fired its onboard thrusters for nearly five minutes (297 seconds) to complete the final postlaunch course correction to Webb’s trajectory. This mid-course correction burn inserted Webb toward its final orbit around the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, nearly 1 million miles away from the Earth.
    The final mid-course …”


    • January 25, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      “Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work ensuring Webb’s safe arrival at L2 today.
      We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” (NASA Administrator, Bill Nelson)

      “We are now on the verge of aligning the mirrors, instrument activation and commissioning, and the start of wondrous and astonishing discoveries.” (Webb project manager, Bill Ochs)

    • January 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm


      The James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s largest, most powerful, and most complex space science telescope ever built. Webb will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

      Learn more about Webb at:

      stsci.edu/jwst (for astronomers)

  24. 43 whenpamelawandered
    January 25, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been greatly enjoying the series on PBS, Around The World in 80 Days…

    Anyone else finding it more than mesmerizing?!


    I’ve been thinking often of our Bobfr lately, it’s been so long since he’s said Hello ~ deep regards to you, Bobfr, if you might see this

    Big hugs all around

    • 44 Betsy
      January 27, 2022 at 10:51 pm

      My hubby LOVES the show, it features the excellent actor from Broadchurch (the guy who plays Phineas Fogg) forget his name. We watch it every week. Excellent acting.

      • 45 whenpamelawandered
        February 1, 2022 at 10:50 am

        Yes, indeed it is beautifully done.. David Tennant plays the character Phileas Fogg, and his consistently true-to-character portrayal masterfully done! So glad you are enjoying it too, Betsy!

  25. 46 jer44
    January 25, 2022 at 3:30 pm

  26. 47 jer44
    January 25, 2022 at 7:31 pm

  27. 48 ggail44
    January 25, 2022 at 7:51 pm

  28. 49 Dudette
    January 26, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Good Morning! Mrs O. says watch the new season of Ada Twist Scientist on Netflix!

  29. 50 jer44
    January 26, 2022 at 10:33 am

  30. 53 Dudette
    January 26, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    SCOTUS News!

  31. January 26, 2022 at 12:22 pm

  32. 59 jer44
    January 26, 2022 at 12:25 pm

  33. January 26, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Free N95 masks are arriving at pharmacies and grocery stores.
    Here’s how to get yours


  34. January 26, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

    “As a nation, we must require serious consequence and accountability for those who commit these crimes. And we must work to stop these crimes before they happen.”

    “Our plan centers on the key pillars of U.S. and global anti-trafficking efforts: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships…There is a clear line that runs throughout our Administration’s work: We are focused on the most vulnerable.”

    – Vice President Kamala Harris


  35. 63 whenpamelawandered
    January 26, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Here’s a treat, brand new today!


    Enjoy! Share…


  36. 64 Dudette
    January 26, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Chuck said:

  37. January 26, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Student Loan Debt

    More Than 80 House And Senate Democrats Demand That Biden Cancel Student Loan Debt

    “The lawmakers wrote in part to President Biden:
    Canceling $50,000 of student debt would give 36 million Americans permanent relief and aid the millions more who will eventually resume payments their best chance at thriving in our recovering economy. In light of high COVID-19 case counts and corresponding economic disruptions, restarting student loan payments without this broad cancellation would be disastrous for millions of borrowers and their families.”


    • January 26, 2022 at 2:27 pm

      Imo this is the way. My youngest has a recent student debt. They told me how passionately their friends are fired up as they believed and trusted in Joe’s promise. And now seriously crushed to hear a change in tone. Expressed to me concern that young people will drift away from voting if it doesn’t happen.
      —-Cannot overestimate the level of anxiety and attention to this issue by young people.

  38. 67 jer44
    January 26, 2022 at 3:08 pm

  39. January 26, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Irish fishermen plan to disrupt Russian naval war games: ‘Our presence is our protest’

    “Rachel Maddow reports on suspicious activities by the Russian Navy in waters off Ireland
    that have added to concerns about Russia’s planned naval war games in Irish territorial waters, and the intention of Irish fishermen to disrupt those war games and protect their fishing territory.”


    —-while Fox is rooting for a war.

  40. January 26, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Mitch McConnell Changed The Rules, So Republicans Can’t Block Biden’s Nominee

    Mitch McConnell changed the Senate filibuster rules for Supreme Court nominees in 2017
    so that Trump’s nominees could not be stopped.
    President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed with a simple majority.
    With Vice President Harris able to break a tie, it is a certainty that Biden’s nominee will be confirmed.
    Democrats aren’t going to waste time.


    —–if so what’s the word for heh in bazillotriplicate.

  41. January 26, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    See what GD munchkin and sy-enema do. CANNOT BE TRUSTED AT ALL.

  42. January 26, 2022 at 8:45 pm


    Since last summer, the conservative campaign against vaccination has claimed thousands of lives for no ethically justifiable purpose.

    Kurt Andersen.:

  43. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Brilliant … AND gorgeous!

  44. January 26, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Records request points to congressman’s role in assisting fake elector meeting

    “Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson talks with Rachel Maddow about a letter found through an open records request that suggests that Rep. Scott Fitzgerald booked a room in the state capitol for fake Trump electors to meet and sign forged paperwork at the same time as Wisconsin’s real electors were formalizing the state’s election results.”

    Here: (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/records-request-points-to-congressman-s-role-in-assisting-fake-elector-meeting-131709509747

  45. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2022 at 2:01 am

    “We vowed to remember it all. To remember and never to forget.”

    • 79 ggail44
      January 27, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      I wish we in America would recognize Slavery as diligently as the Holocaust is remembered.

      • 80 jacquelineoboomer
        January 27, 2022 at 10:28 pm

        Also, in case you didn’t see it, here’s what Bernice King posted today: “Remember the Holocaust and the people taken from us. Never forget how it came to be: little by little … hateful rhetoric, fear-mongering, visible designations of discrimination, white supremacist ideology … all festering until reality reflected rhetoric … #HolocaustMemorialDay”

        Sounds very familiar to much of what we see festering today – for different racial groups and religions and others – in our country, and around the world. I continue to pray daily.

  46. 81 pkayden
    January 27, 2022 at 9:18 am

    U.S. economy grew 5.7 percent in 2021, the fastest clip since 1984, creating jobs — and inflation — during pandemic’s second year https://t.co/Z7C9TehcJW— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 27, 2022


  47. 86 jer44
    January 27, 2022 at 11:53 am

  48. January 27, 2022 at 12:12 pm


    “We can all agree the last two years have been the best of our lives,
    but a bipartisan pair of senators seem to think there are a few things the government could have done…better?

    Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) on Tuesday introduced the PREVENT Pandemics ACT, which is packed with proposals aimed at bolstering the country’s preparedness for, you guessed it,
    future pandemics. The bill would create a task force to assess the U.S. coronavirus response and examine the origins of COVID-19, and overhaul the way the government stockpiles medical supplies and monitors disease outbreaks, including strengthened genomic sequencing. The legislation would also require Senate confirmation for the director of the CDC, and includes proposals to improve coordination between health agencies.
    We look forward to the GOP filibuster when Democrats vote down an amendment requiring Rand Paul’s personal sign-off on future vaccine rollouts.”

    “A lawyer for Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) cited the 1872 Amnesty Act,
    which granted amnesty to Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil war, to defend Cawthorne’s eligibility for office after encouraging an insurrection. ‘My client is no different from the traitors of yore, Your Honor.'”

    “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is despised around the world for holding up the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act, in a moving reminder that a single person who truly sucks can bring the global community together.”

    Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media:

  49. January 27, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Democrats aim for quick confirmation of Biden nominee; alert to McConnell dirty tricks

    “Senator Amy Klobuchar, member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
    talks with Rachel Maddow about expectations for the timing of confirming President Biden’s nominee to replace Justice Breyer on the Supreme Court, and the awareness of the potential for Mitch McConnell to try to interfere in the process.”


  50. January 27, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    Yesterday evening Acosta calls out the Murdochs,
    “You own this. You own Tucker’s program that’s putting our health care workers in peril, putting our hospitals in peril, putting all of us in peril for ratings, for money, so these American oligarchs can keep pumping out bullshit into our homes.”

    “Acosta said after playing a clip of Tucker Carlson’s COVID vaccine misinformation:
    “These vaccines have been proven to be safe and highly effective.
    And just as Tucker and the bolshevik factory are acting as a mouthpiece for Putin, they are doing something perhaps even more destructive. With the U.S. Approaching 1 million deaths from covid, Fox and the people ultimately in charge there, the Murdoch family, are inflaming a public health crisis.
    To the Murdochs, it’s your network. You own this.
    You own Tucker’s program that’s putting our health care workers in peril, putting our hospitals in peril,
    putting all us in peril for ratings, for money, so these American oligarchs can keep pumping out bulls*it into our homes. Now, if only there were a vaccine for all of that.”

  51. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2022 at 3:32 pm

  52. January 27, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    O’Toole: America is not on the brink of civil war

    “In the third episode of our series, “A House Divided,” Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole says that the U.S. is not on the brink of a civil war and warns Americans to be cautious about repeating the claim that America is headed towards a civil war.”

  53. January 27, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Finton O’Toole speaks about how one group is using the “already in civil war…get ready to hit them first” rhetoric.
    And projecting an imaginary future for America. Saying it is set for civil war, giving an impression of ‘acceptable levels of violence’. This distracts our attention away from this moment, from dealing with the insurrection,
    and using the law to bring everyone involved to justice right now.

    thinking how authoritarians — remembering abuser-criminal predator Donald Trump’s 24/7 chaos and lying hell — create an apparent world in which their victims can no longer imagine anything better and cannot see an end or way out. (Fear/anger centers in the brains of his base must be increasingly controlled by it.)

    After being mentally/other abused by her husband for 13 years, my once profoundly stunning sister took her life. Towards the end she went to a counsellor who asked her to “imagine a safe place”. I asked her why she got up and left. She said “There was nothing there. I couldn’t see anything”. Imagine. A visual artist since childhood (w/social sciences career) couldn’t imagine anything. Because the facility to imagine had been gradually dismantled by a cunning abuser. I cannot bring her back and explain how he created the illusion they weren’t equal…so rely on him and fear the world.

    Pls let’s not cling to phantoms, but be passionate about the leader we now have, walk by his side and believe
    in the power of non-violence.

  54. January 27, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Congrats to Justice Breyer, his remarks today are wonderful.

    — love to all, sithee sometime next week!

  55. January 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

  56. February 1, 2022 at 12:41 pm


    It’s BlackHistoryMonth. This month we celebrate the trailblazers, the icons, and the leaders who made history. However, Black History is not limited to the month of February, we celebrate Black History 365 days a year.

    Live it. Learn it. Make it. OurPowerOurMessage.

    The Black Caucus

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