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CHICAGO: Thousands Wait In Pre-Dawn Frigid Temps To Nab Tickets To Obama’s Farewell Address [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports:

Thousands waited for hours in single-digit temperatures to try to snag a ticket to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. People began lining up well before sunrise for Saturday’s 8 am ticket distribution, saying they want to show their appreciation and soak in the final moments of his history-making presidency.

The lines stretched for blocks and snarled traffic around McCormick Place, the sprawling convention center along Lake Michigan where Obama will speak on Tuesday night. Obama’s final speech to the public will continue a tradition set in 1796 when George Washington addressed the American people for the last time as president.

There were more people in line than there were tickets before the first ducat was even issued and those arriving after 6:30AM were turned away. On Tuesday night I’ll post the live-stream here on JMG and we can all cry together.

  • Sam_Handwich

    hard to believe it’s been 8 years already. it will be so sad to see the Obama’s leave the white house

    • FAEN

      I watched FLOTUS’ farewell speech and not ashamed to say I wept. I’m sure I will weep again after POTUS gives his farewell address.

      I’m still so angry that this country has replaced such an elegant, intelligent, empathetic, decent and good human being with this orange POS. Indeed there will be more weeping before 2020. But there will also be a huge fucking fight. We have come too far, gained too much to back down.

      ACT UP, FIGHT BACK my brothers and sisters.

      • David Walker

        drumpf gives white trash a bad name.

        • FAEN

          Ain’t that the truth.

      • another_steve

        I got teary-eyed too, during Michelle’s farewell speech.

        If you noticed, many people on that stage with her were having a hard time holding back tears.

        • FAEN

          I did notice that. We’re clearly all still in mourning.

        • JWC

          I so want to watch Obama at theMcCormack centre was there for 2 Bear Conventions

        • Piercedchrlz

          Yes, I noticed it as well. In mourning for all the good work and progress all those people accomplished only to have it spat on by the incoming shit show.

        • RickCabral

          I guess everyone realizes that this is the last bit of class, tact and humanity we will be seeing issue from the White House for some time to come.

          • another_steve

            Perhaps Melania will get back to softcore lesbian porn. Pictures of her prior work in that have been posted here on JMG.

            Think of the video titles…

            “Melania and Cynthia Do It In the White House State Dining Room.”

      • excy

        Obama was one-of-a-kind. He moved the country forward, showed flexibility and growth against massive roadblocks in Congress. His family dealt with the hatred and outward racism with grace and dignity. I have often been told that perfection does not exist. If that is the case, I can’t imagine an American family being closer to that goal. I will always remember Barack Obama as the Love and Hope president. In one election the USA has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

        • FAEN

          So beautifully put!

        • Nemon

          Obama also increased the national debt by 9 trillion dollars.
          And severely worsened race relations.

          • Mark

            Yes, he severely worsened race relations by being black. If he had just been white, everything would have stayed the same….. /S !

          • Mark Cross

            Ah yes, the good ol’ pre-Obama days, when there were no racial tensions or long history of racial discrimination in the USA.
            <>

          • Todd20036

            Yes, by putting W’s unfunded wars back on the books and saving the economy from the Great Recession, he sure hurt that debt.

            Luckily, Trump will save the debt by building a useless, fucking wall. It will be the BIGGEST DEBT EVER!!!

            And fuck off troll. You’re ignorance has no place on my screen.

      • bill weber

        Obama assassinated at least one US citizen and bombed at least 7 countries (and many civilians), took away much of our privacy via expansion of Dubya’s surveillance, imprisoned Manning and seeks to do the same to Snowden, etc.

        But he’s “elegant.”

    • PickyPecker
      • bzrd

        Thanks, Mr. P, love Linda’s voice

      • David Walker

        Thank you so much for this. Linda’s voice always sounded good, no matter what she sang and whatever her accompaniment. This album, however, was/is just…I don’t know, velvet holding a diamond. The album…Nelson Riddle knew how to make singers sound good, and when the singer already sounded good, he knew how to blend in, accent her while making the listener intoxicated by the result. Great songs of a different era on that album, too. Thanks again, PP. You’ve made the old man very happy.

        • CanuckDon

          And two more Nelson Riddle albums to boot. The voice of Linda Ronstadt is way up there with the very very best.

      • gaymex1

        Thank you. Eyes closed, I was transported to a better place. Simply beautiful.

      • Joe in PA

        I have this album. Good choice.

      • Nic Peterson

        Mahalo Mr P, for that post. It helped me summon the will to venture outside with my trusty machete and bring something pretty inside. Three arrangements later, I was back to hacking up a lung and reaching for the NyQuil.* This one is for you, my dear. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/50289707c44e453bc4d3559619d02f10bc0cb1267b4265be903751090974d82e.jpg

        *This is not an endorsement of wielding a machete, trusty or otherwise, while zoned out on NyQuil.

      • Paula

        One of my true regrets in life is that I never got to see Linda Ronstadt perform live. She is the best!!

        • CanuckDon

          Definitely mine as well. Thankfully there are some great clips of her concert performances online. I love watching the ones from the ’70s with her surrounded by all of those legendary band members.

        • Gene

          whats new, came out in 83. I bought myself a copy in 85 when I was about 16 or so.

          one of the wiser, better traveled and better educated great uncles, visiting from his home in New York, upon seeing the (at the time soooo expensive) CD in its case, said “ah…yours? You have good taste. You need to visit us next summer and we’ll take you to some good spots” (which he later did..Village Vanguard, among others) and two baroque and classical performances. But, the next thing he said, which I barely heard from the next room, was him speaking to his long time girlfriend; “well..that answers THAT question”

          :)

        • Steverino

          We got to see her give a live performance years ago (late 1980s) with friends at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA when she was in her Canciones de Mi Padre era. Wonderful performance! I always admired her ability to master different genres of music over her long career.

    • Todd20036

      Not just Obama leaving, but a Nazi entering.

      • another_steve

        Well that’s the thing. It would have been sad enough that such a fine and decent man was leaving the White House, but look who’s taking his place.

        Equally horrible, look who’s replacing Joe Biden and Michelle Obama.

        • Acronym Jim

          Ugh, Pence and Ivanka.

          • another_steve

            Lol.

            I see what you did there. 😉

          • Acronym Jim

            Since Ivanka will be taking over the offices of the First Lady in the East Wing, it’s what Trump is doing there.

          • another_steve

            Another indication of how completely totally 100 percent morally and ethically bankrupt the American theofascist movement’s embrace of the Sexual Predator-Elect is.

            A man who is on tape bragging about grabbing pussy. A man who has made comments about his daughter’s looks that should have disqualified him from ever holding any public office whatsoever. Village dog-catcher included.

            Yet another reason that “surreal” was an appropriate pick for “2016 Word of the Year.”

        • Bob Conti

          Not who’s replacing, but what.

        • Nemon

          Joe “It’s good whites will become a minority” Biden, lol.

          Joe “Kid toucher” Biden can rot in hell.

    • another_steve

      The last time I wept as a result of a non-family-related event was the night in 2008 when Obama was declared President. That got to me. That really got to me.

      Things seemed brighter that evening. More promising. We were emerging from the darkness of the prior administration.

      Today, sadly, just the reverse.

      • Steverino

        Me, too. Unfortunately for those of us in California, the tears of joy quickly turned to outrage when shortly thereafter (within a couple of hours that night), we also found out Proposition 8 had passed, and hubby and I were left wondering if our (at that time) five-month marriage had just been annulled.

        Fortunately, that eventually had a happy ending.

        For now.

        • another_steve

          I also have an Election Night / queer saga story, Steve.

          On Election Night 2012 (the night Obama won his second term), my state, Maryland, voted by citizen referendum to approve the marriage equality provision that had earlier been signed into law by our Governor at the time (Martin O’Malley…remember him?).

          So, unlike your 2008 experience, our 2012 experience was completely joyful.

          • Steverino

            Oh, I agree, Steve- the 2012 election was much better. The CA Supreme Court (which ruled in favor of marriage equality in the first place) in May 2009, grandfathered-in all of us who got married prior to the passage of Prop 8, so that was a relief. Following the 2012 election, the district federal court and SCOTUS dealt a death blow to Prop 8 (on standing, and believe it or not, we even had Roberts on that decision) in 2013, and the SCOTUS decision on this was announced at the same time as their landmark ruling regarding the federal government in Windsor in late June, and then came Obergefell two years later.

            A couple of days after hubby and I got married in the SF City Hall rotunda (June 25, 2008), we marched with the “newlywed” contingent in the SF Gay Freedom Day parade. Just as we started to march, word came through that the theofascist petition to repeal marriage equality had qualified for the November ballot, and was to be called Proposition 8. Those of us in the contingent immediately started referring to it as “Proposition H8.”

          • another_steve

            Yours is an important first-person experience/story, Steve. Consider writing it down and giving it to someone you love. Maybe a young niece or nephew or 2nd or 3rd cousin.

            Someone who can carry your experience and your story forward 50 years or so from now.

    • Ninja0980

      Sure went by in a hurry didn’t it?

    • Joe in PA

      The understatement of 2017. [sniff, sniff] I remember the night of his election like it was yesterday. A party at some friends. When NBC (CNN?) called it at 11:00 you could hear the screams for miles!.

  • MikeBx2

    Crying already. :(

  • DaddyRay

    it is currently 18 degrees here, it would have been much colder this morning

    Props to those who braved out the cold

  • Michael R
  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Todd20036

      Unfortunately, for me, getting up and doing something meant looking up escape plans if Trump goes full-on Hitler.

      If he merely wrecks healthcare and Social Security benefits, I’ll be ok.

      If he wrecks the US environment, I can retire out of the country.

      If he starts building camps, and neither law makers nor the military stop him, I’ll run to Germany or Israel.

      I hate being selfish. I really do. But in this one extreme instance, it’s every one for themselves.

      • Silver Badger

        “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” I hope you have a plan B. I also hope you have people near and dear to you that you plan to save. If you are going to cut and run just to save your own skin, well, that action tends to have its own rewards. Good luck to you!

        • Todd20036

          Plan B? If Congress approves of camps and the military enforces the rounding up of LBGTs?

          Plan B is hiding.

          Plan C is dying.

          Plan A is telling everyone to get an escape plan.

          • Silver Badger

            No criticism here. Some of us have little choice but to stay and fight. Some are, through hard work or accident of birth, are more fortunate. I did wish you good luck. If you’ve read my posts, I tend to be plain spoken. Good luck to all of us.

          • Todd20036

            No offense taken. I know not everyone can run. It’s a privilege I do NOT take for granted.

            And I would be giving up much by running.

            But the GOTP hate us with a passion, and really would have no problems with camps.

            The democrats have proven to be worthless and spineless.

          • Silver Badger

            The best bet for survival is to go early. While there is still a place to go, that will allow you to go there. Once established, you can render aid to the later escapees. Once again, good luck.

          • Todd20036

            Indeed. The shot across the bow will be making RFAs either a national thing or even a Constitutional amendment.

          • Jerry

            The “tell” to me is when they start making lists…whether it’s Muslims, Jews, New Black Panthers or Democrats. And though I’m only Democratic (and known homosexual) I would probably volunteer my name, as a protest, for any other list they decide to make. So yes, I’m making contingency evacuation plans.

          • Todd20036

            Technically, the lists have already started, but for now, it’s just fed workers in certain agencies who helped put Obamacare into law. Agencies have stood up to Trump and said no.

            Yeah, lists would be the very start. RFAs would mean actual legislative commitment to making LBGTs subhuman, or at least sub-citizens.

          • Jerry

            Yes, I’ve seen that…which actually included a lot of scientists working on climate change. And Trump, of course, already keeps a handy enemies list going back his entire life. The other thing to watch is how the administration responds to hate crimes, and whether they give free rein to all the deplorables.

          • Joe in PA

            I tend to be plain spoken….

            Bhahahahahah. Sorry SB, I couldn’t resist. Love ya! #resist!

          • Silver Badger

            Well bless your pea pick’in heart!

          • That_Looks_Delicious
          • Jerry

            My Plan A is to get the fuck out of rural Trumpistan and go to (probably) NYC, where I can get employment fairly quickly. It would also mean selling my accounting business (if nothing else, H&R Block has offered repeatedly in the past). Plan B is Mexico, Central or South America.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Cool about the H&R Block offer!

            My grandfather spent a lot of time in Argentina and he loved it more than any other place he had been, and he had been to a lot of countries (merchant marine), but that was back in the 50s.

          • Jerry

            I’d rather sell to a young person starting out, and show them the ropes, even if it was a long-term sale…which, at age 53 and 31 years doing this, I need to start thinking about any way.

      • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        same. I’m practical so I’ve drafted an escape plan, though still hope it wont be needed

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I just saw a French movie Thursday called “En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait” (I think it was called “Come What May” in either its U.S. or British release). It’s about the Nazi invasion of France in 1940 and the huge numbers of French people who just left their homes and everything and took to the roads to get away from the advancing German troops – 8 million people! Until I saw the movie I had no idea it was that much, perhaps of the biggest sudden mass movement of people that had ever happened until then. The main characters are a man from the German Resistance and his son who escape the Nazis and go to France pretending to be Belgians. I kept thinking thoughts like that the whole time I was watching the movie.

        The character of the Nazi propaganda film director who documents the invasion atrocities as if they were glorious deeds is especially despicable and reminded me constantly of the Breitbat/Drudge/Infowars/Conway/Coulter crowd.

      • another_steve

        Drama queen you.

        The Sexual Predator-Elect won’t go full-Hitler on us. That would adversely affect his income flow and his children’s income flow. The average person with money doesn’t flock to luxury hotels and exclusive golf resorts when full-Hitler is upon them.

        It will be slow, incremental horror. A tweet here, a tweet there. A horrendous bill signed into law here, a horrendous bill signed into law there.

        Boyfriend Joe will have to post 100 posts a day, just to keep up.

        • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          pls dont tell me “people cant be that stupid, this wont happen”
          60+ million people support TRAMP, despite his constant lies.

          • another_steve

            Sweetie, the deplorables are just like their orange leader; they don’t know what the fuck they want. Wait until the daughter of one of them loses her health insurance on mommy and daddy’s plan prior to reaching age 26. They’ll freak out.

            We are blessed by the caliber of our enemies.

          • Silver Badger

            “There are none so blind as he who will not see”. Have a plan B in place, Steve. For you and your man.

          • another_steve

            If things get really really bad, SB, and our food supply is cut off, I’m prepared to eat our Maine Coon.

            She’s mostly fur, but underneath all that there’s at least a dinner or two for me and my man.

          • Snarkaholic

            NOOOOO!!!
            I know that, if interrogated by the Anti-gay thugs, you could then honestly say that you eat pussy…but this is still so wrong!

          • another_steve

            LOL.

            Actually, I grab pussy, now. She’s always getting on top of the cocktail table with the fancy porcelains and I’m always grabbing her before she does damage.

            Donald Trump — self-acknowledged Pussy Grabber — was elected President of the United States.

            Maybe I can be Pope someday.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            oh I have to doubt most of TRAMP supporters dont know shit & lots of them are on ObamaCare.
            If they blindly followed him THIS FAR, you think they’ll spot his lies later? Even just 10% of that are his hardcore supporters, we’re still looking at 6 million people who will follow TRAMP everywhere. Don’t start me with the Republicunts controlling House & Congress & likely Supremecourt seats
            One of TRAMP’s harsh critics, Paul Ryan, who’s in a position to do something already folded. You think ANY Republicunts would think twice about following Tramp???
            Republicunts have been winning on UNITY

          • Jerry

            Two scary things happened in the House last week: 1) law from 1876 passed to allow congress to reduce, in a budget bill, the salary of any federal employee to $1; and 2) in the House rules, now allow subpoena powers to ANY congressional aide. Think of all the harassment and abuse they can do with this.

          • Todd20036

            Yup. Do the wrong thing and, while not actually being fired, you lose all your salary.

            Even if it’s unconstitutional, that would take years to determine.

          • another_steve

            My man (better looking and smarter than I am) believes that Trump will overreach and fuck up things for his Republican scumbags in Congress. They have to get reelected, you know.

            We’ll see.

            But like I say, my hubby’s very smart.

        • Todd20036

          Trump will sign anything put in front of him.

          Pence may even the the defacto president and HE could set up the camps.

          And Congress will go along with it because “it’s just about a bunch of queers”

          So then our last hope would be the military and the police. Yeah. Sure.

          All Trump has to do is blame LBGTs on the poor economy (which will crash because of his fucking wall), and most people will have no problem demonizing us.

          • Silver Badger

            The plans are already in place. The illegitimate president’s assassination will be the trigger point.

          • Todd20036

            Doesn’t even have to be assassination. Trump’s dealings with Russia could get him impeached and convicted and Pence becomes the President.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            the only upside about Tramp is that he doesnt care about LGBT, one way or another. Pence, on the other hand, is a complete nut job with LONG ASS track records of anti-gay. Pence might ACTUALLY start a camp or at the very least mandate conversion therapy & get rid of gay marriage

          • Todd20036

            Drumpf may not care about LBGTs personally, but that’s not the same thing as advocating for us.

            He may not introduce any RFA bills, but he already said he’d sign them

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            oh I hate to break it to you, TRAMP doesnt wanna advocate for ANYBODY besides himself & his circle of rich friends.

            So he wont be actively working against gay. My argument is if Tramp’s impeached or died (both are quite likely) Pence will replace him. Imagine 2 years into Tramp presidency, the crazies have upper hands, then comes Pence who’d declare “the gays broke our economy”…

          • Jerry

            I think when they increase deportations, or severely limit immigration (both would harm the economy), or just do the usual GOP economic shit-job, there will a Reichstag fire event. It wouldn’t even have to be orchestrated by the administration, it could just be purposeful Bush-style negligence.

          • pj

            bingo

          • Jerry

            Not paying the Russian mob…

          • JWC

            I really believe that has benn plan B all along Let Trump be ghe fool he is Not forever

          • another_steve
          • Silver Badger

            To die for.

          • Todd20036

            They’d be “reeducation camps” to “fix” us and make us straight.

            Those who cannot be fixed, get killed.

          • another_steve

            Those who cannot be fixed, get killed.

            Oy vey.

            I’m doomed. :-(

          • Ross

            I agree with you 1,000%.

        • lymis

          I don’t think Trump is going to initiate too many horrors that aren’t directly related to funneling cash to the rich.

          But he’s also going to put absolutely no effort into stopping any horrors that anyone else starts, especially if they’re contributing to his pockets or praising him effusively.

          And the ongoing effects of, for example, stripping everyone who isn’t vocally pro-Trump out of our intelligence agencies, or giving pro-Russian, or even just pro-Assange, free access to classified information, just to name one thing, will potentially be catastrophic.

          A lot of these things can’t just be reversed after the next election. The infrastructure will be permanently damaged.

        • Snarkaholic

          I’m concerned that he will sign anything that Pence(il dick) shoves at him, just to be able to return promptly to chasing interns around the desk.

      • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I’m still gonna fight but I do need an escape plan. Nobody can tell me “people cant be that stupid it aint happen”.
        From statistics & my own experience, ObamaCare is GREAT, not perfect but GREAT. I only used ObamaCare for a short period of unemployment & it was good since I do have a chronic condition that NO insurance company would touch me

      • Bomer

        The best I can hope is to get lost in the mountains if the shit hits the fan since I’m not in a position to be able to leave. I have a compass, pocket knife, and a magnesium fire starter in my backpack at all times though.

        • SoCalGal20

          You can get a $30 (plus $25 application fee) passport card and walk across the border to Mexico. I’d do what you can to at least get that.

          • Bomer

            Thanks :) I’ll have to look into it, especially since the boarder isn’t all that far from me.

          • SoCalGal20

            Exactly. It will at least give you an additional option. It’s only good for Mexico, Canada (and I think the Caribbean?) and not good for air travel. Only driving, walking, or cruise ships.

            https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/card.html

          • Bomer

            Yeah I just looked it up. I can even turn the forms in at the post office in Benson which is nice. Definitely going to do that as soon as I get the spare cash for it. I can even print the forms out at the library.

          • SoCalGal20

            Yeah, the Post Office and some libraries accept passport applications. Pretty convenient. I’d try to do it ASAP as there will probably be a rush.

          • Bryan

            I gotta get mine renewed soon, had it going in 2008 cos’ of plans to visit a friend up north so it doesn’t expire until 2018, if he does anything before the midterms truly insane I’m buying tickets to the boarder and I’m audi 5000.

        • Snarkaholic

          The inner bark of pine trees is edible. You can cut it into pieces and fry it like bacon.

          • Bomer

            You can also eat certain species of willow shoots (can’t remember which one), and cattails are edible too. And if you have bamboo growing near by you can eat the young bamboo shoots.

          • zhera
      • SoCalGal20

        Are you retired? If you’re a Fed they just revived that rule where they can make your salary $1 if they feel like it. Not to mention Trump seems to be itching for a purge.

        • Hue-Man

          His fellow dictator Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan so far has fired a total of 120,000 government, military, and judicial personnel since last summer’s coup.

        • Todd20036

          Not yet, but my department is very non-political. We just deal with private pensions. Up to now we’ve been self-funded, and we are pretty much under the radar.

          I cannot retire until at least July, 2025 – 8.5 years.

      • Stogiebear

        Anyone on here from Uruguay?

        • Michael Abbett

          We’ve been looking at Montevideo for retirement someday but that’s 20+ years away for the hubby. I’m 10 years older and in worse shape so he’ll likely be retiring with some hottie and my insurance money lol.

      • JWC

        Todd I have always enjoyed your comments

      • Snarkaholic

        Just a heads-up: There are currently 800 empty FEMA camps in this country.

        • Michael Abbett

          Not saying that the hubs and I don’t already have an exit strategy in place in case of widespread disruption, shortages and other economic strife, but that FEMA stuff has been debunked many times over.

          http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a12805/4312850/

          For example, militia kooks like Linda Thompson have said for years that a camp exists at the Amtrak station in Beech Grove, Indiana, just up the road from us, but this has been debunked and even the militia groups have ridiculed her for it. I’ve been there and it’s a run-down mess incapable of doing anything close to what she describes. To identify, round-up and put any significant number of people in camps in a country as large and heavily armed as this with so many mountainous regions and rural hideaways would be virtually impossible for a fractured administration that can’t even agree on how to repeal healthcare.

          They don’t have the manpower to accomplish it and hope to do anything else, or any way of disguising what they’re up to in the eyes of the rest of the world. The nation’s economy, a global economy, would tank overnight if this started happening and was being reported on Facebook live and other social media, not to mention other nations mobilizing against our government. The last Republican administration was so clueless they let the terrorists who hit us on 9/11 train to fly the planes in our own country. Shit, they couldn’t even handle Katrina until days after the event and look how much of an international embarrassment that was for Shrub.

          The only way this country works for oligarchs is if their investments are actually safe and worth something. It didn’t end well for Hitler, and it wouldn’t for Twitler, either. They will eat away at progressive programs and ideals, but as feckless as the Republicans have been traditionally I don’t see that kind of extreme happening. We’re giving them too much credit. I’m more worried about economic and resource stability than anything else.

          • Todd20036

            I’m not packing my bags yet, to be honest.

            For now, it’s just researching options and getting my passport up to date.

            You are right in that in the internet age, people are going to know instantly what Trump is up to.

            Hell, Trump himself cannot keep his smug mouth shut.

            But I don’t trust people in general, and honestly, having to rely on so many others in case our government truly fails is frightening to me.

            But would our military support rounding up civilians for this? Would our police?

            I’m glad I live in DC. The DC police would not pull this stunt. At least, not at first.

          • Michael Abbett

            There’s not enough police and military in this country to successfully pull something off on that level even if there were places to put massive amounts of dissenters, and not all of them are going to readily consent to committing crimes against humanity. If they were diverted to such a task, every store, business and valuable resource in the country would be looted. Again, Katrina. There’s only so many redneck militia types for them to recruit who would go for that kind of action and they lack any kind of training on a scale such as that, not to mention the kind of physical and mental shape a lot of them are in. And lest we forget these things, many liberals are armed and wouldn’t go easily, Trump is going into office upside down on approval ratings and more people voted against him than for him. There’s just too many of us. There would be a complete and protracted disruption and civil war, not an overnight rounding up of people. It would take too much mobilization, and we’d know about it well in advance. The population of Germany in 1938 was 78 million people and they had no instant, worldwide communications such as the Internet. Most Americans don’t have the stomach to allow for what a lot of people are imagining might happen.

            The GOP is great at stealing power. Stunningly so, really. But they ALWAYS overreach and get themselves into trouble. Hell, Pence and McCrory got their asses handed to them just for signing anti-gay legislation, and that was in red states. No, the Republicans will do what they always do–grab for as much money as they can get their hands on and try to legislate away our rights while avoiding any major disruption that would hurt their business interests like the sniveling shits they are. It’s that kind of malfeasance and treachery we really have to fight against.

      • Michael Abbett

        The biggest reason that we plan to move to Seattle this year, besides my husband’s line of work, is its proximity to Vancouver BC.

    • Jerry

      And you just know that Twitler won’t let this event go without making an assoholic shit-stained tweet barrage (again). That, and the last White House party, that went to 4 a.m. with multiple a-list celebrities.

    • Bryan

      The fact that he is/was a community organizer is huge. He knows what to do to try to get people to work together. I’ll miss that quality in the next administration.

  • Bill

    Out with the class, in with the ass.

    Can’t believe this is really happening.

    • David Walker

      Oh, it’s happening, all right.

    • Natty Enquirer

      ‘Tis surreal. I shall be wearing black on January 20.

  • Max_1
  • Michael R
  • bkmn

    I hope he slams Hair Furor into the dirt during his speech.

    • Henry Auvil

      He won’t. He has too much class for that.

    • David Walker

      So do I. But commie socialist Kenyan Muslims tend not to do that.

      • geoffalnutt

        They’re too busy being gay.

        • Natty Enquirer

          At a motel with Hillary.

          • Silver Badger

            Over pizza.

          • OdieDenCO

            made with child slave labor

  • Max_1

    IT will echo the First Lady…
    Have courage, strength, and hope for your future.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae1hHuajIcw

    • Lazycrockett

      I feel just like sad girl in purple glasses.

  • David Walker

    I will watch Tuesday night, tissues within reach. It is not a speech I look forward to, but I helped welcome him in 2009 and I will help him close this chapter in his life. The First Lady’s final White House speech is incredibly moving, as if she weren’t just saying goodbye to us but to education, hope, and what’s left of civility. After some acknowledgements, her speech begins at 5:23.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJv8x2aidU

    • PickyPecker
    • Max_1

      a-hem… (*points down a post)
      But we think alike…

      p.s.
      My beard is filling in snowy white… I’m lovin’ it!

      • Silver Badger

        Might as well. As a rule, trying to change that usually ends badly. Take what you’re given and glory in it.

        • Max_1

          I decided to embrace my midlife…

    • ByronK

      What an extraordinary intelligent, articulate woman who as set the bar for First Lady so high, I don’t think it will be reached in my lifetime. Next up, a hooker.

      • ByronK

        Ok, ok, I’m a big liberal progressive crybaby, but I wear it proudly. That just make be weep so hard.

      • I am sure there will be a great Democratic candidate to vote for in 2020, no matter whom he is she is. I think the Democrats will retake the White House also. The Obamas are inspiring, and unique, but there will be others.

    • DaddyRay

      The ending is so emotional – I will miss the Obama’s

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
  • boobert

    I’m nearly sure President Obama’s legacy will fly high in the future. Especially with the impending disaster that occurs on Jan 20.

    • Natty Enquirer

      And soon, Shrub will look like Lincoln.

      • Todd20036

        We’re past that stage. I already look at Shrub with nostalgia compared to the tangerine drama queen.

  • margaretpoa

    I won’t be there. I’ll be in mourning.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      You will be in good company

  • AtticusP

    I am just grateful that I got to vote for Barack Obama twice, and I’m proud that I was an American while he was President and he and his wonderful family lived in our White House.

    Not a single scandal in eight years, unless you count the way our President and First Family were treated by several Americans, many of them on Capitol Hill. Because that truly was a scandal, and these people should be ashamed of themselves. Sadly, they probably never will be.

    I don’t expect to see another President in my lifetime that will be the equal of our 44th. And I sincerely hope that this country–and this world–can survive our 45th.

  • Ninja0980

    Truly one of the best presidents in my lifetime.
    Such a damn shame our side didn’t show up to vote and thus didn’t allow him to do more.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      THE best, imho.

    • Todd20036

      Our side did vote for Clinton. But not in enough different states.

      Also, Bernie “helped”.

  • Lazycrockett

    Look at all those REAL Americans.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This would be funny if it was a Monty Python or Second City sketch instead of reality.

    ‘Government ethics agency: We ‘seem to have lost contact’ with the Trump team’
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/government-ethics-office-we-seem-to-have-lost-contact-with-the-trump-team/

    • safari

      It’d be like matter/anti-matter if the two groups shook hands.

  • G Thomas

    Me, waiting in line for tickets this morning. Look at all the beautiful colors of Americans! Welcome to the resistance. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a99698694e629492bce7cc92e29b6159fa12528a755a70a4020a3e7c1893b0c4.jpg

    • ByronK

      Well, aren’t you adorable!

      • TuuxKabin

        Really. A real bell ringing A Door Bell!

        • Evajhart

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          • ChrisMorley

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        • Marycbutton

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          • ChrisMorley

            FLAGGED and REPORTED no matter how many false names you use with the same avatar every time

      • G Thomas
    • Bad Tom

      Lovely, lovely, lovely!
      You are all so strong.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I will trade you my two broadway “Hamilton” tickets and maybe the two Bette Miller “Hello Dolly!” Tickets for your tickets to his speech.

      • G Thomas

        really? hmm. My only regret is I couldn’t get a ticket for my husband who had to work and it was only one ticket per person. He really wants to see Bette Midler though! Talk to me!

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Oh, I need two. Jackie would never forgive me if I saw Barry and he didn’t get to go and Bette gets him his fourth gay icon chip… Remember: Barbara, Judy, Liza, Bette, these are names we shan’t forget.. Bette completes it.

          • G Thomas

            wish I had two! Have fun at the shows! :-)

    • FAEN

      WOOF!

    • Piercedchrlz

      You carry us all with you. I appreciate you.

    • jsmukg

      Thank you…

    • bill weber

      How that constitutes “resisting” I have NO idea. End hero worship.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

      • G Thomas

        you’re probably just a troll, but showing up for liberal and progressive candidates and events counts. A show of multitudes. The place for overflowing. They are talking about dismantling Obamacare. It’s a good thing to show your support for it’s namesake. Also, I was referring to the people I was surrounded with. We are the resistance.

        • Todd20036

          He is a troll. I blocked him. He’s not worth the effort.

          • bill weber

            “Troll” = what eejits call anyone who dissents.

        • bill weber

          Obama was not a progressive, and he is no longer a candidate. He is your “rock star.”

  • ByronK

    O/T A really amazing few minutes of beauty and perspective. Just found this. And if you haven’t heard her new album, Anohni (formerly Antony Haggerty of Antony and the Johnsons) run, don’t walk. It’s extraordinary.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1JiJhWkM9M

  • Acronym Jim

    Somewhat OT since we’re about to be booted from Oz, but did anybody else watch “Emerald City” last night? If so, what were your thoughts? Personally, I was disappointed in the bleakness of Oz (and if you’re going to do a “gritty” Oz, go with a “Wicked” that is actually faithful to Maguire’s novel). I was also disappointed that the three traveling companions had been demagicked. They are merely human beans (which we saw in SyFy’s “Tin Man”). There was some beautiful imagery (see East’s costume) and I LOVED the representation of the Wicked Witch of the West.

    I missed the beginning, so I might have to watch it again to see if I have a different take.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I never seem to make it past the poppy fields.

      • edrex

        isn’t that the point of the poppy fields?

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Well, I always thought so.

    • Treant

      “Breaking Oz of Thrones.” I’ve pretty much watched my first and last episode of it, I’m afraid.

    • JCF

      All of the reviews said it was dreary. Life’s dreary enough right now!

      I can’t decide whether to give up on “Sleepy Hollow” (I really thought this show was being cancelled when Nicole Beharie left!). The plots are so ludicrous—I was mainly in it for the “IchaBy” (Ichobod and Abby, the departed Beharie). As dudes go, Tom Mison is pretty damn dreamy—and they’re partnering him w/ another woman-of-color: they’ll LOOK pretty anyway. I better imdB to see what greener pastures Beharie left for: I really loved her (Ms No Nonsense!)

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Wow, just about burst into tears. Oh, wait. I just did.

  • Ross
  • Lazycrockett
    • Bomer

      Well, I’m all set on the wardrobe since 99% of my clothes are black.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’ll have to go to the bakery and buy some pumpernickel

      • Jerry

        Or white bread over toasted.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        As long as it’s not Russian black bread, it’s fine.

      • Joe in PA

        Dammit, the jokes I could write. :)

    • Steverino

      At noon that day, we should also, wherever we are, stand up and turn our backs on the direction of the Capitol Building in DC while Pence and Trump are being sworn in.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Bomer

      Okay, goatee guy is fucking creepy as hell.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I think that’s a prerequisite now. He’ll fit right in with the new administration.

        • Jerry

          It was either the creepy goatee look, or the fat old pasty man look…

      • safari

        He’s acting like he thinks Americans act like to infiltrate… or so I’ve read in an excerpt from the old Soviet recruitment manual.

      • Paula

        It looks more like one of those photos reportedly catching an evil spirit photobombing someone.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think the friend in TX needs to tell her story to her community and say that their GOP vote (because it’s really not just Trump) is what is threatening to kill her. (really not trying to dump work on her but often it takes someone they KNOW personally to even make a mental dent).

    • MΩebym

      Elections have consequences. People too often forget this.

    • I know no one is asking this question here, but the answer is for anyone that has any individual policy — and I mean any, including those not purchased on any Obamacare state or the federal exchange, is not to put any procedure off. All individual rates could end up going up next year — and health insurance viability may be impacted — even if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed (or replaced at a future date) since the private market for health insurance may go completely haywire due to all the uncertainty out there — particularly for anyone who actually may need a procedure I have an Obamacare policy in Florida (that I pay good money for –its not free) and I asked my GP last week if there are specialists I should see or tests he could thing of that I might want to do due to all the uncertainty about 2018 and beyond.

      • TampaDink

        Thanks for the pointer.

  • pj

    and cry we will

  • TuuxKabin
  • Bad Tom

    Carnac say

    This will not happen when Donald J. Trump leaves office.

    • djcoastermark

      I have a feeling there will be crowds. However the crowds will be cheering that the orange one will be gone.( of course we will all be in our finest tattered peasant rags by then )

      • Todd20036

        Nudity isn’t all bad.

      • Snarkaholic

        I’ll supply the refreshments (the inner bark of pine trees is edible).

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      There will be celebrations. But Drumpf won’t be invited.

  • bkmn

    Makes me wonder how many Russians will be coming to Rump’s inauguration.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      They’ll follow it on Twitter, from Moscow headquarters.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t

    it’s been snowing like crazy here all day

    this is the cutest video i’ve seen all day, from just north of here

    https://twitter.com/NewBedfordGuide/status/817886756011995138

    • Treant

      Squeee!

      We got a dusting, nothing more, and it was all over and mostly melted by sunset. Temperatures are plunging, though–currently 18 and dropping.

      • Sam_Handwich

        we have just over a foot now, and 4 or so more hours go

        good news is it will be in the 50’s this coming week

        • Treant

          I see that coming middle of next week as well! It’s going to be another year where we struggle to keep the bulbs from blooming in late February…

          • Silver Badger

            We usually know when the last hard spate of cold and snow is due. Either right after the daffodils bloom or the lilac’s start to form buds.

          • Ninja0980

            Same here… but remember.. climate change is a liberal myth.

      • Joe in PA

        We are a little south of you…we got 1.5 or so…and temps are in the mid teens already. Yikes. 10:22pm

      • It is going to be 52 in Palm Beach tonight which is like a polar ice burst here. The coldest night in a long time.

        • djcoastermark

          On the other side of the state here, and it does feel like the arctic tonight, I may even have to turn on the heat. Snow would NOT be nice! We recently got back from DC and it went down to 17. How in the heck do people stand that kind of cold ?

          • Ninja0980

            10 degrees right now, by this time next week it will be in the 40’s.

          • TampaDink

            Booze. Oh well, that is just my go-to answer for just about everything. (As you know.)

    • SoCalGal20

      Is that what alpacas sound like?!!!

      I love alpacas. They’re adorable and hilarious and their wool is one of my favorite textiles. So soft.

      http://www.cutestpaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Who-said-llamas-couldnt-be-cute..jpg

      • Sam_Handwich

        i really like the little one on the left who folds back his ears after feeling snow

        • SoCalGal20

          Cute!

      • BobSF_94117

        That’s what they sound like when they’re doing duck imitations.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      A herd of adorables!

    • SoCalGal20
      • djcoastermark

        So cute. and sorta like a Jane Fonda cut back in the day. Tres fashionable!

      • TuuxKabin

        Hey madkniter, can you knit a hat like that . . . ?

        • SoCalGal20

          Hello there! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted and we’ve chatted. :-)

          • TuuxKabin

            There you are! It has been a while. Let’s catch up. Getting ready to get back under the heating blankie, neither apartment has heat, our radiators are like tombstones. I was out in the snow earlier and stayed too long exposed, came down with chilblains, sorta achy shaky and jump out from under blankets to check JMG and email. Gonna check up on ya’ in the mornin’, see how the new job’s going and all.

            Here’s a fun one for ya’.

            https://imgur.com/DqDLwfq

          • SoCalGal20

            OMG that’s awesome lol.

            Take care of yourself! Why don’t you have heat? That’s not good! At least you have el hubby and the blanket.

            Job is going well. A bit chaotic but I feel like I at least kind of know what I’m doing now. Still not sure when the move to Las Vegas is happening but the timetable may be moved up to sometime in the next 3 or 4 months.

          • Snarkaholic
          • TuuxKabin

            Hmmm, thank you for your recommendation, very much appreciated. We have one of these: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Oil-Filled-Heater/53017084 and it’s just been brought into use. It’s been our backup source for heat when the boiler’s not up to snuff. Thanks!

      • I was thinking that if Milo joined Hair Club for Men and got a weave to cover his bald spot, and dyed his hair Donald Trump Apricot, he might look this sexually attractive if he stopped all his bitchy neo-nazi politics.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Meg Ryan really has gone too far this time.

      • Todd20036

        If Shaggy (from Scooby Doo) were an alpaca.

    • edrex

      i love animals.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Obama’s farewell party is way more star studded than Resident Rump’s inauguration.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/obama-white-house-farewell-party?utm_term=.nhDbXb7ZP#.pqJmYmdGV

    • DaddyRay

      Just a few more stars than Trump

      Tracee Ellis Ross
      George and Amal Clooney
      Meryl Streep
      Lena Dunham
      George Lucas
      Steven Spielberg
      Sir Paul McCartney
      Steve Harvey
      Tyler Perry
      Al Roker
      Anna Wintour
      Gloria Estefan
      Jon Hamm
      Stevie Wonder
      Tom Hanks
      Rita Wilson
      Magic Johnson
      Bradley Cooper
      Robin Roberts
      Chris Rock
      Jay Pharaoh
      Usher
      Kelly Rowland
      Wale
      La La Anthony
      David Letterman
      Gabby Giffords
      Jason Sudeikis
      Robert De Niro
      Ken Burns
      Al Sharpton
      Jordin Sparks
      Nick Jonas

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Chachi did not make the A-list?? Sad!

      • Lars Littlefield

        Those people are all looooosers!

        • DaddyRay

          Yeah what have they ever done

      • Bryan

        There’s a distinct lack of Rise Against here. They should be here. We need a good backdrop for our new revolution.

      • TampaDink

        He couldn’t even get Jackie Evancho. #FailedPresident#Loser!
        /s.

      • LaChatSayWha

        Oh, you know this list just burns dUmp up. Tweet away, shitboy, tweet away, everyone with a brain or talent LOATHES you, you wretched piece of shit!

  • DaddyRay

    OT: N.C. GOV. Roy Cooper defies GOP to expand Medicaid
    Would Allow 500k North Carolinians To Start Receiving Healthcare.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-carolina-medicaid-expansion_us_58710268e4b02b5f85891023?plr3cq4kgge3ik9

    • safari

      His carer as an elected official is over, so why not? Well, that was stupid. For some reason I forgot that NC had a new gov as of the start of the year. I should have a tea or something.

      • TuuxKabin

        says who?

        • safari

          What’s left of my brain, evidently.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Actually, teh snow did delay the official inauguration of McCrory. I got all tense inside. (And I’d be there with boots on.)

  • bdsmjack

    And NOBODY of note wants to be seen at Orangeturd’s party.

  • If only every Democrat were this good at figuring out how to win elections we would not have to be waiting to retake the White House.
    https://youtu.be/Zq8sNnZ-Hq4

    • DaddyRay

      Smart Ass

      • TuuxKabin

        jinx.

      • Perhaps the donkey can go to Stanford – they admit horses as freshman, why not a jackass. https://youtu.be/44tiEPs8Ye0

        • Natty Enquirer

          Oscar Beregi Jr. (the producer) also appeared as Nazi in Hogan’s Heroes.

          • I didn’t know. I also found out that Werner Klemperer, Commander Klink on Hogan’s Heros, was the son of the great conductor Otto Klemperer (whose recording of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion remains unsurpassed and is the reference for the word). Otto was jewish btw.

          • Natty Enquirer

            All of the Nazis were played by Jews! I met Werner in Hollywood back around 1990 when he was on Robert Clary’s cable access TV show.

    • MΩebym

      If only winning elections were as easy as removing a rail from a fence.

  • SFBruce

    I will savor every second of this speech. It’s been so wonderful to have a president

    • MΩebym

      America suddenly swings drastically in the other direction, and the entire world gets whiplash.

  • Ribb Rotgut

    Between the torture of the mentally disabled white guy and the city’s murder problem, I cant think of a worse place for Obummer to give his farewell address than Chicago.

    • DaddyRay

      Are you also outraged at Idaho or is it only black on white crime you are focused on?

      White football player accused of raping black, disabled team-mate avoids prison
      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/20/idaho-football-coat-hanger-rape-teammate-john-rk-howard

      Prosecutor’s declaration that alleged rape with coat hanger was not sex crime or racially motivated sparks criticism among campaigners against sexual assault

      • Todd20036

        I blocked Rot gut.

        I’m tired of trolls. Especially since we may be looking at the Last Days of America.

        • DaddyRay

          Thanks for the heads up – will block him as well

      • Ribb Rotgut

        Why wouldn’t I be? It’s a travesty. It seems like a good example of white privilege actually. Although I wouldn’t call it a sex crime either. There is nothing sexual about being sodomized with a wire hangar. That’s torture.

        • zhera

          1. Rape is not sex. Rape is violence. Whether the tool is a penis, a dildo, a cucumber, a wire hanger; it’s rape. And rape is called a sex crime because so many people still think it’s about sex.
          2. The fact that you just HAD to mention that a victim of violence was white, says all we need to know.
          3. Chicago is a natural place for Obama to end his term. Fuck your racism.

          • Ribb Rotgut

            The guy in Chicago was tortured at least partially because he was white. The perpetrators made that pretty clear. Why would you want to dismiss that? It’s almost like you don’t care about racist violence against white people. Which would make you, oh I don’t know, what’s the word… racist, actually.

            I just admitted that the Idaho case is an example of unjust white privilege. Would a white racist do that?

          • zhera

            I don’t know about the case. I only register that his skin color was important to YOU. That says something about YOU.

            Blocking you now. I don’t need people like you in my life to bring me down.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        JFC.

        “To say that this has nothing to do with the fact that he’s one of only one or two black children in the school, and he’s mentally disabled, and he’s the only one that had this happen to him – to say that this doesn’t have to do with race is just incomprehensible,” Schlender said.

        — end of the Guardian article.

    • Christopher Smith

      Only a troll as imbecilic as you would leave its comment history open for everyone to see your defenses of ‘birther’ lies, your constant use of Neanderthal buzzphrases like ‘Shillary’ and ‘Obummer,’ your attempt to exonerate George Zimmerman….Fuck you, your racist shit, your mouth-breathing reactionary cliches, and your toxic existence, little sewer rat. BuhBYE, Felicia!

      • Ribb Rotgut

        By all means, read my history. I have nothing to hide.

        I clearly didn’t defend birtherism, clearly said it had racist undertones (since if someone doesn’t like Obama just because he’s black, they’re going to probably going to promote birtherism) and said it was ridiculous to even question where a president is born in the first place. I only said it’s not far-fetched to imagine he was born in Kenya, because, surprise, he has family in Kenya. That’s not de facto racist to imagine that, is what I meant. Issues around race are not black-and-white, so to speak. Like most things, there is usually nuance. I could add that the fact of Obama’s birth announcement in the local Hawaiian paper makes birtherism a particularly stupid theory.

        I also didn’t exonerate George Zimmerman, who seems like a pos, honestly. I clearly said he was wrong to confront Trayvon Martin but we’ll never know what actually happened between them and that each political side automatically believes what suits their narrative. Although judging by GZ’s subsequent episodes with road rage, I suspect he let it be known to TM that he had a gun. But the evidence was just not there to make the case in a court of law that he was guilty of murder, “beyond a reasonable doubt”, which, like it or not, is the standard for these things.

        If you actually read my history further, you’ll also see I mock our naked orange emperor and call him Cheeto Jesus, among other fun things.

        I am a left-leaning moderate who voted for the lesser of two evils, Clinton. I dish it out to both sides.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    O/T: Just watched the premiere on HBO Canada of the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds. Was a nice cleansing moment away from US orange politics. It was a funny, sad, hard, touching, overall happy intimate portrait.

    http://tmn-media-http.edgesuite.net/hbo/prod/overwrite_image_movie/poster/GP125434_380x568.jpg

  • fuzzybits

    I would so love to be there. I’m sure I’d be a big mess from the tears streaming.

    • DaddyRay

      I will be watching the Obama farewell on Tuesday and the Obama’s leaving the White House but I will not watch the Inauguration

      • fuzzybits

        Same here.

  • MΩebym

    I don’t know if I’m ready to watch this. I still haven’t watched Hillz’ concession speech or the “Hallelujah” SNL skit.

    • DaddyRay

      The SNL Hallelujah skit was moving and cathartic

      • IamM

        That and the Love Actually style Elector lobbying.

  • safari

    O/T: Megyn Kelly’s new NBC show might take over Days Of Our Lives time slot, killing it.
    https://jezebel.com/days-of-our-lives-could-be-canceled-and-replaced-with-a-1790908454

    • Treant

      So from a fantasy show to…another fantasy show. :-)

    • Lazycrockett

      Well I use to watch Days when they had the gay couple, but the last couple of times I’ve tuned in it has majorly sucked.

      • Ninja0980

        My mom used to watch General Hospital religiously but recently took it off the DVR and said it needs to be canceled at this point.

  • DaddyRay

    OT: Charles Manson returns to prison after stay at hospital, report says
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/charles-manson-returns-to-prison-after-stay-at-hospital-report-says/

    Proof there is no God

    • safari

      David Blaine hurt himself after his “shooting himself in the mouth” trick went awry. He survived.
      http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/david-blaine-shoots-himself/

      • DaddyRay

        Why – just WHY?

      • JCF

        I have a friend who has an expression for this sort of thing: “edge of the herd”. As in, “push this one to the edge of the hurd, it’s too stupid to live”

    • Lazycrockett

      Well I heard he was too sick for surgery and basically was sent back to prison to DIE.

    • Ninja0980

      He’s being sent back to prison to die.
      To keep him in the hospital would mean 24/7 guards etc. that the county will foot the bill for.

      • TampaDink

        That is encouraging news. Why should he be allowed to die outside of prison walls?

        • Ninja0980

          No reason at all that I can think of.

  • DaddyRay
    • boobert

      trump probably has that phrase trademarked and will sue , lol.

      • DaddyRay

        Trademarked in Russian – probably

    • TampaDink

      It isn’t authentic without the Made in Jina tag inside.

      • DaddyRay

        Or Made in Moscow

        • TampaDink

          That would be too costly for Hair Furor.

          • DaddyRay

            I am sure Putin would cut him a deal

          • TampaDink

            He already has.

  • DaddyRay

    OT: Anyone Shocked – yeah, didn’t think so

    Director Of Government Ethics Office Is Alarmed Trump Cabinet Picks Haven’t Been Fully Vetted
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-conflict-of-interests_us_58714bb1e4b099cdb0fd73f6?h26fjp8pn6v1xxbt9

    “The announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me.”

    he head of the Office of Government Ethics expressed alarm Saturday that the Senate would begin considering President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for cabinet positions before they’ve been fully vetted for conflicts of interests.

    “As OGE’s Director, the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me,” wrote OGE director Walter Shaub Jr. in a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

    “This schedule has created undue pressure on OGE’s staff and agency ethics officials to rush through these important reviews,” he added. “More significantly, it has left some of the nominees with potentially unknown or unresolved ethics issues shortly before their scheduled hearings.”

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      None of them should even get a hearing if the review has not been completed.

      Seriously, if there was public push back about closing the office and it was effective, there needs to public push back about THIS too.

      • DaddyRay

        I wonder if there has been any prior President who has been able to get away with this

    • zhera

      No wonder they wanted to close the OGE…

      Has OGE vetted tRump? Or is the pResident not to play by the rules of everyone else? Not that the GOP cares about the rules, considering the upcoming hearings.

      • DaddyRay

        The RNC never vetted Trump and we all know he never produced his tax returns

        • canoebum

          Surely, somewhere in this world, there’s a 400 pound guy sitting in bed who can hack The Donald’s own computers and get those tax returns. Surely.

      • SoCalGal20

        They wanted to close the OCE, Office of Congressional Ethics. Not the same entity. However, they’d probably like to get rid of this one too if they could manage it. Of course, they’re chopping the office off at the knees by not allowing them time to properly vet nominees before confirmation hearings so same difference, I suppose.

        • zhera

          Oops, my bad. But what is the difference between those two offices?

          • SoCalGal20

            I believe the Congressional Ethics office deals only with members of Congress. The Government Ethics office deals with other government employees.

          • zhera

            Interesting that Congress would need an Ethics Office all to itself.

          • SoCalGal20

            It was set up after the Abramoff scandal.

            My Representative, Duncan Hunter, is one of the ones that was pushing for gutting the office. He got nabbed for charging his campaign account $600 for transporting his child’s rabbit instead of paying for it himself.

            http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-rep-hunter-s-office-reveals-he-spent-1483543049-htmlstory.html

          • zhera

            I long for the days where that kind of thing was shocking.

  • fuzzybits
    • Is the person playing Hyacinth a guy? I cannot tell. Or is the person simply a matronly Dutch female like Queen Wilhelmina?

      • safari

        Yes?

      • fuzzybits

        I wondered the same thing.

        • beariac

          I think it’s a guy – Carlo Boszhard. The show is De TV Kantine which also has done parodies of The Addams Family, The Nanny, Married With Children, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Are You Being Served which are all on yt.
          I’m very deep in the rabbit hole! :)

      • IamM

        I loved the way they captured all of Hyacinth’s facial tics. Excellent job on Elisabeth’s constant browbeaten terror too.

    • beariac

      Hahahaha! Here’s a better link with the rest of the sketch:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTOptLAO7pY

  • DaddyRay

    BRIBERY INVESTIGATION: BENJAMIN NETANYAHU CAUGHT ON TAPE DISCUSSING QUID PRO QUO WITH BUSINESS PERSON
    https://theintellectualist.co/bribery-investigation-benjamin-netanyahu-caught-tape-discussing-quid-pro-quo-business-person/

    Suspicions in the main corruption affair involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are backed by a tape documenting alleged contacts between Netanyahu and a businessman over mutual benefits, Haaretz has learned.

    At the heart of the affair, dubbed Case 2000, is alleged evidence of the businessman’s support that would help Netanyahu remain in office. In exchange, the prime minister would ensure the businessman huge financial benefits.

    According to suspicions, at the foundation of Case 2000 lies an attempt to make an unambiguous deal between money and government – not suitcases brimming with cash in return for a gas monopoly, or bank transfers to a secret account in return for franchises in natural resources or infrastructure, but helping the prime minister continue to reign supreme, while exploiting his power to ensure huge windfalls.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Oh, good, I’d like one less powerful corrupt person thrilled at Rump’s Residency.

      • DaddyRay

        They are perfect for each other aren’t they

    • BobSF_94117

      The Putin way…

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Mark Hamill does a hilarious take on Rump’s New Year’s wishes.

    https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/817901534948179968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: I don’t want to women to have to use this as a work-around but . . .

    “Menstrual extraction is a form of vacuum aspiration, used to empty the uterus.
    In contrast to other forms of vacuum aspiration, it has been used as a
    way to pass the entire menses at once, and has had a social role as a
    way to have access to early abortion without needing medical assistance or legal approval.[1][2][3][4][5] In some countries where abortion is illegal, such as Bangladesh, “menstrual regulation” or “menstrual extraction” are used as euphemisms for early pregnancy terminations.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_extraction

    • Silver Badger

      One of the many great things about gay sex is no unwanted babies.

    • SoCalGal20

      Knowledge is power. Good to know.

      (Also, I think there are women out there who’d love to have their menses gone with just one vacuum each month)

  • meh.

    i am “chicago dyke,” after all. for a reason.

    goodnight, obamas. yall were nice. Michelle, babe, i know you had fun. and not. thanks for the garden thing. that will help. won’t see you again, Gstaad! but you earned it, made it, went there. he’s not so bad. annoying, but not so bad.

    kathy would agree, and she’s out there cleaning up this mess right now somewhere, and you know better than i. thanks for leaving us this. yeah, i went there and blamed you, but you know what i mean. no, it’s still not “our fault.” yours, hers, or least of all, and i do mean the least part, mine.

    run in 2020. wtf not? it’s your turn. or be smart and don’t; this is a disaster you don’t want, now.

  • Wilberforce

    The left are hopelessly stupid. Instead of taking control of cable channels, they march, like ding bats. Please.

    • Oikos

      Flagged, downvoted and blocked. Go fuck yourself you micropenile moron.

      • Silver Badger

        Agreed. This makes two flags at least.

        • medaka

          Three. Not helping.

          • TuuxKabin

            I’ll see you three and go four.

          • kareemachan

            I tried and something went wrong. :-(

          • TuuxKabin

            Wha’ happened, baby? Need any help to set it right, or correct rather. Don’t like that word, right.

    • SoCalGal20

      Oh no, they also have started calling Congressional offices making their voices heard. THAT is why the Rs backed off gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics. They broke the Congressional switchboard. :-)

    • kareemachan

      ..

  • Mark
  • BobSF_94117

    I think it’s a bit odd he’s doing this in Chicago.

    • Oikos

      It’s where he began his campaign for president.

    • SoCalGal20

      It’s where he began his political career. It’s where his home is/was (do they still own their home in Chicago?). It’s where his victory party was when he won the presidency in 2008. Doesn’t seem odd to me. Also, I believe he and Michelle plan to move back there once Sasha is done with high school.

    • TuuxKabin

      It’s where he’s from. His prerogative, no?

      • BobSF_94117

        Obviously his prerogative. Considering the situation, I’d prefer I real speech to the American people about what is happening and what is going to happen. But I suspect it’ll be another “let’s pretend things are normal” speech, so I guess Chicago makes sense.

        • kareemachan

          Wow, that’s…. dismissive.

          • BobSF_94117

            More despair than anything.

  • beariac

    OT: I’m kinda newish here but not so much to not know many of you are fans of classical music and David Sedaris. Here they are combined, from a recent evening at the Barbican Hall, London. Enjoy!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085863t (2 hours)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086kp8n (1 hour, abridged)
    (Both are BBC radio shows, which I am told play globally.)

  • SoCalGal20
  • Sam_Handwich

    woke up to 16 inches of snow here! hubs and i are going out to shovel. it’s the light fluffy variety so shouldn’t be too bad.

  • unsavedheathen
    • Natty Enquirer

      The bangy one on the left is giving me a Peter Brady hardon.

      • DaddyRay

        It actually took me a couple of times watching to figure out one of the backup singers switched for the second song

    • Ross

      They are actually incredibly good.

      I love watching this.

  • 375 comments? there’s no point.

    • DaddyRay

      It was the last post of the evening. You know how that goes, it ends up being a Kiki

  • EqualityForAll

    It’s going to be a very sad and melancholy speech to say the least. I wish I could be there. I’ll be watching it and probably crying before it’s over.

  • kareemachan

    Waiting for trumpie’s dismissive tweet (“sad! very sad!!!”) in 3… 2… 1….