chat away

President Obama speaks as he nominates Alan Krueger to be the next chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, August 29


Hi everyone, I’ll be out for a few hours this afternoon, if you have any links to post or stuff you want to talk about, this is the thread for you. See you all later 😉

187 Responses to “chat away”

  1. August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    This Krueger guy is kinda easy on the eyes, huh? and oh yeah, great credentials 🙂

    • August 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Their ties are almost identicle, and yes he is easy on the eyes.

      • August 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        omg. you could just switch their heads.

        • 4 edp4bho
          August 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

          Almost, but that’s the front view. Consider the booty. No dis to Prez, but we’ve all noticed 😀

        • 7 HZ
          August 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

          Hi gobrooklyn, no need to. They both are fifty and looking fine as ever. In fact, I read somewhere this morning that Alan was born Sept. 1960, Let’s keep finding these fine and brainy men and women to surround our POTUS. More fineness to watch and more brains to listen to. Now, you really can’t beat that. Smiles from the ladies section, and to you fine men, keep doing whatever it is that you are doing to place your fineness before our waiting eyes. HZ

      • 8 Sheila R.
        August 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Maybe they called each other this morning to determine the tie color of the day. 🙂

    • August 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Grey hair is looking more and more distinguished these days, eh! 😆 Hope Krueger doesn’t get disheartened that he mightn’t get his hands on the action for months! Sigh.

      • August 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        I was actually thinking about that. I imagined Pres. Obama sat him down and asked, “are you willing to spend 7 or more months of your life trying to get this job?

      • 11 Sue in Minnesota
        August 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        On the shallow side of things, I think President Obama gets more and more handsome by the day, and I think his grey hair adds to his stature. As a woman I wish I felt the same about my own greying hair, but trust me the effect is not the same. 😡

        • 12 HZ
          August 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

          Oh Sue. Just get you a very sexy cut and wear that beautiful hair. You earned that. POTUS sure did, and we are honored to see his elegant face each day that we are alive. I did the color since mine would not spread throughout, so I had a little talk with my years, and smiled. Then I called my lovely hairstylist and said,”Let’s go back to the sexy cuts and I and ready to show off both the beautiful hair and the cocoa butter legs. God is good, Sue. HZ

          • 13 HZ
            August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

            meant to say: and I am

          • 14 Sue in Minnesota
            August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

            God is good! HZ maybe I need to put the emphasis on the cocoa buttered legs, instead of the Elvira action I got going on up top. I know God doesn’t make junk, and although sometimes I fret about what’s on the outside….I know I’m beautiful on the inside, until the next Republican gets in my face anyway 😉 Love you HZ…are you feeling better today, I hope so. Please say hello to Our President when you are in your music room for me 😀

            • 15 Sue in Minnesota
              August 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

              Actually would you blow our President a kiss for me. 😀

              Off to the Doctors….everyone have the best of days…….will say my prayers out loud for all who are picking up the pieces from the storm, and healing prayers for Fred our research specialist…God Bless her!

              Write those letters,make those calls, tweet those boneheads in the MSM…we ARE the ones we have been waiting for! Yes.We.Can.

            • 16 HZ
              August 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

              Sue, I have no doubt in my mind that you are not only beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. I can see that everyday here. I know exactly what you mean about our friends getting in your face. However, I just hug them now, and then say,” Now let me explain it to you this way.” Then I go and pray for their hearts to be open to what is good and fair for the people. My pain is doing what it has to do today, just showing off. But I have a stronger mixture made up already for it’s game today. I will do that when I am in my study, Sue. I have already said “Good Morning, Mr. President”, when I entered my music room/library. I say hello to my God first, then past my precious Mother’s photo and say it to her, then go to my music/library where I have two lovely photos of my wonderful brother and my wonderful President. My brother has a very high profile job in a very important system in our country(which I cannot reveal) so I always ask God to give him and President Obama the same favors: wisdom, protection, calmness, honesty, and compassion in performing their jobs. Then I light my candle and pray and meditate. You have a lovely day, Sue. Love you back as well,HZ

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      August 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

      So funny, gobrooklyn – I was thinking the same thing! 🙂 Don’t they both just inspire … er … confidence?

      August 29, 2011 at 11:58 am


    • 24 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      And Lisa will add him to her list in 3…2….1 😀

      Smart is so very sexy, just saying.

    • 26 Dakota
      August 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Oh yes…easy on the eyes he is. Nice.

  2. August 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Have a productive and ‘fun’ afternoon, Ms Chips!

  3. 29 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Please start calling your senators on both sides of the isle. We need the cabinet filled with smart people like our President and his appointee’s to get confirmed. There is too much partisanship. We need this man in office. I call both of my Senators. I have one Republican…Rubio…yech..and one Democratic Senator…Bill Nelson. They BOTH here from me. Make sure if you have a GOP Senator, they hear from you. They are suppose to represent you. Make them do it.

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      August 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Okay, I will. Calls might be better. I commented on my Republican congressman’s website recently and – dang – I’m now on his mailing list. It’s been taking me days to open the letter he just sent me … I was bracing myself to put pen to paper and send back an actual written response, after I read his, since I know it’ll be malarkey. Maybe I’ll just call, instead. Or both.

      I cannot stand communicating with the Rs who represent some of us – they are so dense. But I’ll try, with your push.

    • 31 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Do this, and insert the judicial appointments that are being blatantly obstructed, and the bills that could be passed and signed quickly on the reconvening of Congress on the 6th, as the President called us to do. Don’t let up. Call or write every damn day….and you might request that your elected official reply back to you in writing explaining their lack of productivity.

      • 32 HZ
        August 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Very good Sue. Thank you so much. I have been asking us to do this. I have done it and still writing this week. We really need to do this for POB and our own benefit. Chairman Leahy really needs our help in this matter. Please help us. Yes, where possible always request to have an official reply. Please. HZ

    • 33 85mimi
      August 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Yep, great idea. Fortunately, being in California, both my senators already see the light, though I do contact them on a regular basis. Now if I could only get through to my rep – Mary Bono Mack. Not to mention we’ve got that phony Issa just to the south. Argh, living in one of the most conservative areas of California drives me bonkers!

  4. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Have a great afternoon, Chips! Your posting of both the Deepak Chopra and David Remnick pieces in the earlier threads made my day!

  5. August 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Thought experiment:
    Imagine a video where someone is beating up on his wife and then others came by and beat up on his wife, too. What would you call them?
    The Left doesn’t just beat up on the President, they stand by and watch while others beat up on the President. So what does that make the Left?

  6. 44 Olivia
    August 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I know msnbc.com is not a favored site around these parts, but this just killed me:
    “Of course she was saying it in jest,” Alice Stewart, spokesperson for Bachmann’s campaign, said. I’m sure the families of the 25 killed due to the storm are just rolling on the floor laughing, as are the people of Vermont and the 4.5 million without power.


    Sorry, I don’t know how to attach links properly 😦

    • 45 Olivia
      August 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Never mind. This awesome web site did it for me 😀

      • 46 Obama Grandmama
        August 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        The campaign managers of both Bachmann, Perry and sometimes Romney are constantly having to walk back things said by their candidate. If they truly support them it is deserved.

        • 47 utaustinliberal
          August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

          Bachmann and her campaign handlers are colossal idiots. Who jokes about a hurricane that killed more than 20 people? And she’s running for the highest office in the land. God save us from such ignorance.

    • August 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      When she’s voted out the campaign will hopefully interpret for her the fact that the country’s response was not ‘in jest’. Honestly, I repeatedly wonder about the content and depth of her children’s education. Are they deep thinkers in spite of their teachers, or are they cut from the same cloth? I’m well aware that some minds are capable of rising above limited input and I hope this has been her children’s fate. To have a parent who constantly showcases ignorance on such a large stage must be soooo embarrassing! Poor things, unless they are just like her and are proud of her in the same way the senior female child from Alaska is proud of her ex-governor parent.

      • 49 theo67
        August 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        I know one of her sons joined the Peacecorps, so I think the children might have been spared the Bachmann insanity – at least one of them. This info came out during the time that she was ranting on about “re-education camps being disguised as Peacecorps”, and then they reported that her own son had signed up for the Peacecorps. She’s an idiot.

  7. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Whoa. A wall collapsed at Ft. Leavenworth, the Army base in Kansas. I think it was in their barracks. CNN is covering it.

  8. August 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hey I was listening to Stephanie Miller’s radio show today and she said Frank Schaeffer had a new article blasting anti-Obama progs, did anyone happen to catch that bit of info?

    I’m at work but will respond later.


    • 53 hopefruit2
      August 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      No haven’t seen it but will look out for it.

      Thanks for the heads up.

    • 54 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Frank Schaeffer has a blog site…there is an excellent article posted currently.

      Seems religion is going to be an actively debated topic, more and more are speaking up about the Diominionist moverment (Bachmann, Perry, Palin) but at the same time some in the MSM are attempting to thwart honest discussion, asking us to look away, or accusing those of more liberal persuassion to be making mountains out of mole hills. I personally think this is serious and needs our attention. As someone who strives to be a Christian through my actions I am enormously sickened by those who are willing to claim the mantle of Christianity yet refuse constantly demonstrate hypocrisy, selfishness, and the peddling of hatred and division. That is not what Jesus taught us by his example.

    • 55 theo67
      August 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      I caught the last ten minutes of her show, and I think she said she was going to post the article on her site. Not sure if she was posting it at Facebook or her own site.

  9. 56 Sheila R.
    August 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I support that some will criticize this excellent appointment as “another bankster from Wall Street” — the truth spun to suit anti-Obama fervor among the PL — but I always thought that Princeton is a university in New Jersey.

    • August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      So far I’ve seen people call the WH naive for nominating someone the Senate will surely filibuster. I certainly hope these aren’t the same people who call the WH cowards for not introducing a jobs bill they know won’t pass.

    • 58 Nellcote
      August 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Paul Krugman supports the nomination.

    • 60 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      This a good opportunity to push back on twitter…Freidman is myopic, deaf or both. Freidman should buck up and speak the truth, and quit apportioning blame where it doesn’t belong. Republicans are America’s biggest problem. Freidman should man-up.

  10. 62 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    President Obama is looking out for the American consumer in so many ways….

    There was credit card reform which among other things required applications & statements to be clear and in plain English. Then there was Dodd-Frank Financial Reform which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ensure financial forms and applications are easier to read and understand. Now, the Obama administration wants health insurance plans to be easy to understand and compare. As Elizabeth Warren has said, let’s get rid of the tricks and traps, so consumers can “KNOW BEFORE YOU OWE.”

    Penetrating the Gibberish

    Anyone who has ever tried to read a health insurance policy knows how hard it is to find out what the plan actually covers and how much it will cost. The Obama administration proposed welcome new rules this month that would make it a lot easier for consumers to compare one policy with another — on cost and coverage — before signing up.
    Insurers are complaining that compiling and disseminating the benefits information will drive up their costs. That is a ridiculous objection. The administration estimates that the proposal would cost some $50 million a year to carry out. That seems a small burden on a multibillion-dollar industry. The investment would provide a huge benefit to confused consumers and help spur competition to bring down health insurance costs.


    • August 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      It won’t drive up their costs as much as drive down their revenues as folks realize the loophole scams and won’t sign up for them so they’ll have to remove them or cover more.

      It’s the same with the banks – they want the right to rip off folks – it’s their business model for crying out loud.

      • 64 tally
        August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm


        When the non-profits come online in 2014, and people will be able to get BETTER PLANS for LESS MONEY, the Health Cartels will have to adapt or die.


  11. 65 MTmarilyn
    August 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I just talked to my friends from Vermont. Things are really bad there. Almost all bridges in the state are out so many towns are totally isolated. Some ski areas buildings have collapsed. It is a very rural state so many people have no way to leave their homes or towns. They will have to helicopter in supplies. Haven’t listened to any news so don’t know if they are talking about it.

    Please keep them in your prayers.

    • 66 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      They are in my prayers. Do we have any Vermont or New Hampshire residents in our TOD community…if so hang in there, hopefully whatever help you need will be available to you.

    • 67 gcwp1
      August 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I will MTmarilyn. We were hit here in CT, lost power, but it was inconvenient rather than life or stability threatening. I feel for those who have/had it worse.

      • 68 HZ
        August 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        Done and will continue to pray Sue , gc, and MT. We continue to pray for Homeland Security and Janet to get supplies and all things needed. PBO made it very clear there he will be there for the long-haul. So let our prayers be there for the long-haul. We shall walk daily with our hearts and minds in a gracious and prayer-prayful state. That is what gets me through each day.HZ.

    • 70 Doris
      August 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Praying for your friends and all that are suffering right now. May God Bless.

    • 71 kittypat
      August 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Talked to my cousin in Vermont today, they have no way out of town, he said they received seven inches of rain and that statewide at least 263 roads have been damaged, His words were “the flooding was unbelievable”.

    • August 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      I saw a video of a wooden bridge falling into the water. It was horrible. I’ve never been to Vermont but from watching America’s Test Kitchen it looks very nice.

      • August 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        Vermont is such a beautiful state, stunning scenery in all directions. I am sad they are experiencing such damage. I have only been there once for a week’s visit, but we were like—-look at that! look over there! —–beautiful little winding roads and mountains and lakes and no billboards allowed! Vermont is a gem.

        • 74 MTmarilyn
          August 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

          I do believe out of all of the states Vermont will be the most damaged. Just seeing all the pictures and all the roads that are gone. They can’t be rebuilt quickly. It is beyond belief. Take care everyone!

  12. 75 gcwp1
    August 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’m sure the emoprogs already hate him. Not that they knew who would be nominated. More like preemptive hate, they will get the “SOLDUSOUT” diaries out of their drafts folders, fill in the correct name which had been left blank, and hit POST!!!

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      August 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I cried and cried. Of course, it’s fortunate that many – young and old, due to the fact that they are able to live their lives in relative peace at this point in our history – have no idea how it “used to be.” But they really need to know, and we really can’t forget to tell them. And we sure can’t forget any of this ourselves.

    • 78 57andFemale
      August 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Important reading for everyone.

    • 79 HZ
      August 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Africa, just read it, and I must say it is a very powerful one. I can concur on the comments in many ways. I lived that narrative in that diary, my father, mother, uncles, aunts, and my grandparents lived that, and the most powerful moment, I had to see it daily and rise above it with every bone in my body. It was not pretty at all, but what is when human life is being diminish with ignorance, hate, and misplaced power. It will leave a scar that if not attended to throughout life with precious healing salves of education, prayer, love, and determination to be a positive contributor to a society that is still on its sick bed of hate and bitterness. But we must take each hands from all walks of life, began to try to understand other cultures, accept the goodness in people daily. Share a decent simple meal with another who may see things through a different lens, but soon the same or similar lens will be available to them as well. That is when we will not only see, but start DOING what President Obama has said so many times in his great words to us. Before the bill was written, the beatings, the moving to the side and tipping your hats, and nodding your head in respect(even through my uncles had more degrees than these very men they had to top their hats to) it still did not matter. I did not need to drink water or sit in Woolworth, because my grandparetns had the best cold drinking, and plenty of it in their own homes. My mother made the best food you ever would want to put your precious lips too, so no need to hunger for those things. Plus we always had the best cars to ride in(how, hard work and pride) so the bus was not an issue. Walking was always wonderful to me. You got exercise, got to walk and hold hands with your boyfriend, laugh as loud as you liked, and stop by your godmother’s home to get a slice of that great cocoanut cake. Who needed a bus? But it was the constant unfairness, the beatings, the fear each day. the driving through your neighborhoods while you were sitting on the front porch with your loving grandparents listening to the wonderful lessons in life, when that beautiful conversations was interrupted with a truck dragging a young man of color behind that truck that left a frightening scar on your life forever. Then it was too much to take anymore. Leaders, churches , and working people decided to do something about it all. You know what happened next. I must stop because my heart is too full, and I do not want to hurt anyone with this experience, but it is one that we can now take and move together and change for the next generations. We can change a town, a city, a state, a nation, and the world with the thoughts of determined goodness in our hearts. That is why we can’t allow this hatred and constant vile acts againist this President to continue with sitting out of this next election. Just think if my mother, father, grandparents, uncles, and aunts and great uncles and great aunts did not listne, and then move alongside of Dr. King, so many , if not any of us would be sitting here and enjoying this beautiful family with our open eyes to what change can do in one life and then two, and then millions. I love all of you and I respect what we have here. I am a fine mixture of five beautiful cultures running through my blood, and when a cut is caused by hate, bitterness, vile people, that blood that runs out is screaming a prayer,”Stop , stop, you are causing too much valuable and the very lifetline within her /his body. Stop it, Stop it. Move forward with a great cause that will serve all the people to come to a better well filled with sweet water to drink from. Drink, Drink, my dear TOD family.

      • 80 a4alice
        August 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        HZ you bring tears to my eyes and move my heart. thank you for sharing that. You just said SO MUCH in not a whole lot of space. There’s so little time really (one’s lifespan) and such a lot of love to give and share. why do people waste any of their lives on hatred, wrecking other people’s lives, negativity, et. al.? It blows my mind. thanks.

      • 81 Doris
        August 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

        We cherish you dear HZ.

      • August 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        Wow, HZ, powerful, indeed. Thanks also for sharing and for your words of wisdom. I cried as I read that diary and had to go back and read it a second time. As I commented in the diary, I grew up in Africa knowing nothing about Dr. King’s struggle, not until I entered Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. It was there that I sank myself into reading everything about the black experience.

        But never have I heard or read the work of Dr. King so eloquently stated that gives true meaning to his life’s work. Everything else that people talk about, after reading this, to my mind, pales in comparison to what the writer explains in his piece.

        It was a special and wonderful read.

      • 83 MTmarilyn
        August 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

        HZ, thank you so much for sharing. I am so thankful for this family. As a white 65 year old woman I cannot comprehend what you have gone thru. We need to hear the stories. We need to keep fighting and moving forward. But I worry so much these days with the vile things that are now said and it not being fought back. It’s like now that we have Obama as President anything can be said and there are no consequences. Thank you for being here and bringing your words of wisdom.

    • August 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      my mother grew up in the Police State known as Jim Crow Mississippi.

      every word the diarist said is the truth

    • August 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      After reading this and HZ’s response, i cried as my mind took me back to Early Chicago and my travels through the South as a sailor. i still get angry about a lot of things with regard to the Civil Rights movement. You see, i knew Emmitt Till and am still bitter about what happened to him.

      • 87 EDP4BHO
        August 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        OMG, yardarm. You and HZ just gave us a much more personal look at the cancer of racism. On one hand, HZ, you speak of pushing on; on the other yardarm, you harbor bitterness. I appreciate both of your views, and neither is more worthy than the other. I truly respect your experiences, and they bring back memories of mine- nothing like yours- but of watching on tv, the dogs and fire hoses mowing down my people, and the righteous anger I felt then, and feel still. Some things remain; we do with them what allows us to carry on, and we use them to improve life if we’re so inclined. Thank you both for sharing.

    • August 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Incredibly moving, thank you so much for sharing this article. We all need to confront what we are afraid of and then feel free. I know the folks at this blog have helped me feel stronger and more willing to do things I would have been embarrassed to do in the past. This article makes my silly fears about marching, calling people, or going door to door seem pretty pitiful. This article will stay inside me a give me strenght for a very long time.

  13. August 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I was following the the devastation in Vermont early yesterday morning, and this bitch commentator asked the Governor why they didn’t evacuate the whole state, almost blaming him for everything. He explained that it was impossible since there are so many mountains. I couldn’t believe that woman.

  14. August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Here is the candle link. Vermont definitely needs our prayers.


  15. 94 chiara
    August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Unfortunately because he is so qualified we know that the Senate will never ever confirm him. We also know that they will use the same parliamentary trick that they used during this recess to keep the Senate in “pro-forma” session so the president can’t do any recess appointments.

    • August 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      He was unanimously confirmed for Assistant Treasury Secretary in 2009 so they’re going to have to come up with some contortions.


      • 96 chiara
        August 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        Republicans have shown over and over that they are more than capable of the most ridiculous contortions we could imagine and they do it proudly. I feel confident is predicting that they will block his confirmation indefinitely, I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think so.

        • 97 HZ
          August 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          Chiara, I understand your concerns of your thoughts, but let us also remember that the seeds of opposition to this President are already too much which are spoken out loud each day, so we will take heart and have faith in our hard work of calling the Senators and Reps., and remind them that we want action in a favorable manner for this President and our nation. We will not just take the negative road of already thinking(because so many of those seeds have already been planted and have taken root) that Alam will not be confirmed. Let us say, “I am going to do everything in my power to get him approved byt voiceing my voice loud and clear in this process. We have power also. Let’s use it. We must constantly stand in front, beside, behind and all around President. I love you all so much back, HZ

          • 98 HZ
            August 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

            excuse the spellings and punctuation. I can’t see as I type.HZ

          • 99 chiara
            August 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

            I’ll definitely do what I can

            • August 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

              Chiara, I truly believe that you will. Just stay ssteady and focus and remember it is okay to come to your famiily here for the great support. I do as well. Just do not allow them to get you down. Stand strong and do what you need to do to get through this calmnly. But never feel that I am being critical, because I do not do that to our TOD family. I just do not want us to not be able to come with loving and kind gems of wisdom to fight this big fight before us. I do not have all of the answers, but you know that you have respect and support here. That is all that I am trying to do each day. Keep your mind focus and do what you can. Do not stress yourself. We Got This. HZ

      • 102 Obama Grandmama
        August 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        Awhile back some reporter, I think, investigated who in the Senate had a secret hold on one of the appointees. It is usually kept quite quiet, but by process of elimination it was found out and embarrassed the Senator who lifted it and the person was confirmed almost 100%. It seems the reporters need to dig and find out who the individuals are that are holding up the appointees. Somehow this needs to get done and be stopped. It needs to be voted on not held up indefinitely. I figure the judges are being held up because the GOP figures they will get the Dems out of office and make their own appointments. So wrong!

  16. August 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Fred, before I sign off for the morning just want to send some positive thoughts your way that things are going well!

  17. August 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Interesting article on how Perry became a millionaire while in office! Surprise, surprise! Lots of real “lucky” (shady) land deals and pay to play under Perry’s slimy reign there:


  18. August 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Love Jay’s new glasses. A nice touch of Brainiac.

    • 110 Ladyhawke
      August 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      I torture myself watching these briefings because I am crazy about Jay Carney. He is such a cutey with those new glasses. Seriously, I think he is terrific. He is fiercely loyal to President Obama. He is a quick study. He does his homework and he stays on message. I love the way he handles the jackals while keeping that calm persona. He has been an excellent replacement for Robert Gibbs.

  19. 112 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is briefing the jackals now. His special guest today is FEMA Director Craig Fugate. I am sure one of the so called reporters will ask him to explain why the federal government was so “OVER PREPARED” for hurricane Irene.


    • August 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Fugate is really amazing.

      • 114 Ladyhawke
        August 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        I was just going to post the same thing meta. President Obama looks for excellence and he found it in Craig Fugate. This man is the epitome of competence. Smart and efficient government. Suck on that GOP.

      • August 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        Yes, I concur meta. What a great team. Very thankful for each of them. And what can we say about our Jay. Just another gerat one within the Obama Administration. We will continue to support him and give thanks for his professional and calmness with these disrespectful and ill-mannered people carrying a blackberry, mic, and other tech apparatus around. Just empty air floating around saying nothing. Thank God that Jay can speak with clarity for the President. And thank God that President Obama can speak with his own clarity. We keep moving and woking. HZ

    • 116 Doris
      August 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      “jackals” I love that. 😀

      • 117 Ladyhawke
        August 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        Don’t you love it?? The Republican Party can hammer President Obama, disrespect him and call him names. The moment President Obama calls them out with the facts – suddenly he’s being partisan. I wish the reporters would ask the GOP why they continually put their party before the country.

        • 118 Ladyhawke
          August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

          We can always depend on a snarky question from Norah O’Donnell sitting on her perch in the front row with the legs crossed why snickering at something on her blackberry.

          I love the way Jay turned her question around. That’s right he has been working on jobs from the beginning even if you chose to ignore that fact. You will find out what is in the speech when he gives it. NEXT……..

          • 119 Doris
            August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

            That haughtiness and arrogance makes me sick to my stomach.

            • August 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

              Doris, but do not allow Nora O’Donnell to cause you to get ill. I have been there. Look real closely at the person and see what is coming out of their mouth. Then you realize that their heart is filled with those same thoughts. You have to be a vessel of good or a vessel of ill, So many of these people are really being exposed to us as to which one they really are. So, Doris, I love you too much for you to allow that vessel of ill to affect you as a person. Leave her to her own doings. We get on them , and that is our job, but the illness that they carry within their hearts, you know how that works. Now get you a nice cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy that one on Nora. Okay? I love you so much,HZ

          • 121 COS
            August 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

            Speaking of Nora O’Donnell, you are right about her sitting on her perch. From my understanding, she lives in Georgetown in this huge house with a super rich husband who owns several restaurants.

          • August 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

            She certainly turned out to be a snark. I am sure that as a woman she feels she has to show how tough she is, but GET OVER IT Norah.
            I never liked her during the 2008 campaign.

        • 123 Doris
          August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

          Their drama is so unreal. They’re just an embarassment. 😦

          • 124 Ladyhawke
            August 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

            In my opinion, the jackals are not real journalists, they are glorified gossip columnists. They are obsessed with feelings. optics, and process. You could count the number of actual policy questions Jay gets on any day on one hand. They really are pathetic.

    • August 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Let’s hope they do so we can get Fugate’s response/pushback.

    • 127 Obama Grandmama
      August 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Upon entering my email today I saw a news article about Ron Paul not believing in FEMA. I read it and also saw it was slanted towards Ron Paul being the only GOP candidate that could beat PBO and how people side with his views over Obama’s. I forgot to notice who wrote the article, but I was of the mindset that Ron Paul had quite far out views on things. Does anyone think he will win their nomination?

  20. 129 Zulu
    August 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Had Cokie Roberts on NPR this morning about how Obama was showing off when he toured FEMA in order to shoe the differnce with Bush. she says he did not need to do this as FEMA was already up to snuff and did not need O at FEMA headqrs. These people are so bitter. I don’t know how they live with themselves.

    • 130 JoJothecat
      August 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Coke Roberts is a troll for the GOP. She is no different than the rest of the GOP water carriers, they all see how incompetent republican presidents and admistrations are compared to DEM’s. When Dems are in charge, FEMA works just fine, government works fine because our party believes in EVERYone participating – DEMs and GOP. When the GOP has the WH and both houses, nothing works because they don’t want it too because they are too lazy and don’t know how to govern.

  21. August 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This is absolutely frightening to me, Michele Bachmann mixing of politics and religion. It starts out with her yelling, “Who likes white people?” or “Wet people”?—not clear, some band, I guess. I could make a lot of comments, but I will just ask, what in the world is she running for? POTUS or POTC (president of the Christians)? Shudder.

  22. 152 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Not sure if it’s rumor, but CNN is reporting that one of Gadhafi’s sons – Khamis Gadhafi – was killed Sunday night, in a battle in Libya.

    • 153 COS
      August 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Wow!!! How many sons does Gadhafi have?

      • 154 jacquelineoboomer
        August 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        COS – Here’s what Wiki says:

        Spouse(s) – Fatiha al-Nuri (divorced); Safia Farkash (1970–present)

        Children – Muhammad, Saif al-Islam, Al-Saadi, Hannibal, Moatessem-Billal, Saif al-Arab, Khamis, Milad (adopted), Ayesha, Hanna (adopted)

    • 157 jacquelineoboomer
      August 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      The second rumor is that Gadhafi’s wife and some children have surfaced in Algeria.

      Okay, I’ll stop until there’s some kind of validation!

      • 158 Ladyhawke
        August 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        If we can believe the BBC, here is what they are reporting right now……

        Libya conflict: Gaddafi family ‘flee to Algeria’

        The wife and three children of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are in Algeria, Algerian officials say.

        A foreign ministry statement carried by Algeria’s APS news agency said Col Gaddafi’s wife Safia, daughter Ayesha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal left Libya early on Monday.

        Libya’s rebels said they considered Algeria’s sheltering of Gaddafi family members an act of aggression and called for their extradition.

        Col Gaddafi’s whereabouts are unknown.

        Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports quoted rebels as saying that another of his sons, Khamis, may have been killed in a clash near Bani Walid.

        The reports came as Libyan rebels were trying to overcome the pockets of resistance by Gaddafi loyalists, and preparing to advance on Col Gaddafi’s birthplace, Sirte.


        • August 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

          CNN has been reporting that an Ethiopian nanny of one of his sons was beaten and scalded by all over her body by his wife, tortured, and they have been showing this poor person with all her skin and scalp coming off. Just ghastly. She was reportedly “disciplined” for refusing to beat their child. And what kind of people could ever do this kind of thing to anyone? They showed the series of beachside villas where the sons lived, all opulent, and described as being like some decadent palace of a 007 villain.

  23. 162 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    This is hilarious. Obama Derangement Syndrome on Steroids. The manufactured controversy starts at Fox. Then it goes to the ubiquitous supply of right wing radio stations. Then the question is asked of Jay Carney at the White House Press Briefing. Then all the other cable and network shows will have to ask the same question. The issue is repeated ad nauseum and then we eventually go back to Fox for the next manufactured controversy.


    The disappointment that Hurricane Irene wasn’t disaster of Katrinaesque proportions which they can blame Obama for is palpable in right wing circles today.

    The right had been hoping beyond hope that Hurricane Irene would come through for them, and that they would finally have a natural disaster that they could label Obama’s Katrina. They thought the BP oil spill was it, but Obama was competent and let them down. The right wakes up Monday morning to hurricane that let them down, and a president that was on top of the situation.

    What’s a semi-lucid Obama hater to do?

    If the facts don’t justify an attack on Obama, make up some new ones that do.

    Hence, we have today’s right wing talking point. Obama is going to use Irene as an excuse for the economy. The excuse talking point began taking root before Irene even hit.


    • August 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Republicans have way too much time on their hands.

      • 164 COS
        August 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

        When I turned to CNN this morning to see what was happening, the first thing I saw was this woman asking a question about the necessity of FEMA, quoting Ron Paul. Must it always be Republican talking points?

      • 165 Debz
        August 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        The MSM has too much time on their hands too. That is why I don’t like August, the talking heads get extra crazy if that is possible. They could be spending their time doing something useful, but that’s too much to ask.

    • 166 Obama Grandmama
      August 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      How did Jay respond?

      • 167 COS
        August 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        It was the daily CNN question of the day for twitter and facebook subscibers. It wasn’t a question to Jay.

  24. 168 desertflower
    August 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Home for lunch…Randi’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.ktlkam1150.com/mediaplayer/

  25. 169 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’m watching way too much CNN today (mostly, because I’m trying to hear more about how Irene affected NJ, where I have family and friends).

    Anyway, Wolfie just said their most recent poll shows that (depending on variables) 27 – 32 percent of Republicans have Rick Perry at the top of their wish list.

    This means 27 – 32 percent of Republicans should have their heads examined. Good thing they’ll have ObamaCare.

    • 170 COS
      August 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for the reports Jacqueline. I only turn to CNN early in the morning to read the crawler and see what will drive the news of the day, and listen for a few minutes to the 2 women and Ali Velchi. I actually like Velchi.

    • 171 EDP4BHO
      August 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Funny, we accuse msm for the outcome of daily polling. Seems it could also be that daily polling sets the tone for msm, i.e., how do we use these polling numbers to attack PBO and the Democratic Party. It is a vicious cycle.

  26. August 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    This means that 27-32 reported percenttages of these Republicans not only should have their heads examined, they should also find a very competent psychiatrist and be grateful that the Affordable Healthcare Act is there already signed into law by President Barack Obama.HZ

  27. August 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Greetings everyone

    We have a back log of good news stories so lets get to it. :->

    Obama to Recognize Same Sex Couples in Deportation Cases.
    I am trying to come up with as many immigration stores as I can, this is a big issue in the Hispanic community and we need to push these tyes of stories. I have a video from a local TV station that discusses the policy in a favorable light.


  28. August 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    U.S. encourages bundling Medicare payments

    the Health Care law continues to produce cost saving results.


  29. August 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Finally a great story sent to me by Tien Le

    Congresswoman Cantwell touts camelina crop to farmers

    very cool plant that needs no irrigation, can be planted in fields that are currently fallow and used to make jet fuel.


    • August 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      WiW…thank you so much for the wonderful news you bring..day in and day out….I don’t remember if I’ve told you this before…
      But I just want to reiterate, how much I appreciate and how grateful I am for all your hard work.
      Thank you:-)

  30. 180 utaustinliberal
    August 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Did anyone see the press briefing today? Loved Craig Fugate’s responses to some of the asinine questions and Yay!!!!! Jay Carney is back. I noticed he was wearing new glasses and then the jackals after asking inane questions complimented it on him and he did in fact say they were new! I chuckled when he said he was going for a throwback nerdy look and the reporters told him he looked like Clark Kent and he kinda blushed and changed the subject. Carney is too cute for words.

    What was wrong with Norah O’Donnell. She was particularly nasty. Asking questions in a coded manner, interrupting Jay when he was responding to her plethora of inane questions. Then she made a snide remark about President Obama always blaming Bush and not taking responsibilty for the economy and anything else. You could see and sense Jay’s frustration and how badly he wanted to tell her to f**** off. Then Mark Knoller wanted to have a preview of President Obama’s speech tomorrow so he could you know take to twitter and twist the President’s words and agenda.

    What the heck is wrong with Bernie Sanders? He’s been going around parroting the meme that the reason President Obama has moved so far to the right is because he has no primary challenger and it might be a good idea for someone to primary him so he can wake up and adhere to real progressive principles. WTH? And then some reporter asked Jay how President Obama felt when he heard Sander’s comments. Jay just looked at him and said the President isn’t interested in an endless back and forth with anyone that leads to nowwhere. He’s not campaigning; he’s governing. He’s the President of the United States and right now he’s focused on the economy, making sure that those who need jobs have the means to obtain those jobs and that those who have been impacted from hurricane Irene have all the help they need. The reporter kept digging Jay, and Jay told him that’s all he’s going to say and he’s not here to make tabloid news.

    These press conferences can be so frustrating. Jay sure does have the patience of Job.

    • 181 Debz
      August 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Nora O’Donnell is a moron, just another republican mouthpiece.
      As for Bernie Sanders, he is proof that Congress should either have term limits, or a mandatory retirement age. I think he has lost his marbles!!!

    • 182 hopefruit2
      August 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Right now, the WH Press corps tabloid mongrels do not perform any reporting of actual news. All they do is scan Professional Left wing blogs for their talking points and regurgitate them to the Press Secretary in a “he said-she said” fashion. They are quite comfortable scanning PL wing blogs in the Obama era, because the Professional Left attacks the President to undermine him, while essentially giving the Republicans a pass -and that suits the pro-Republican MSM just fine.

      Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, Smiley, Maxine Waters, Kucinich and Weiner were certainly no media stars in the period from 2000-2008 or prior. So what has changed now?

      • 183 EDP4BHO
        August 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        “Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, Smiley, Maxine Waters, Kucinich and Weiner were certainly no media stars in the period from 2000-2008 or prior. So what has changed now?”

        What Rev Al said. Paraphrasing: ” The way to become a (black) leader, attack the black President.”

    • 184 criquet
      August 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      My response to Ms O’Donnell on the blaming Bush questions would be: “What, you don’t want the President to tell the truth? Can’t you handle the truth (to paraphrase Jack Nicholson) ?

    • 185 EDP4BHO
      August 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Best thing to do with this rabid bunch of creatures and throw bananas and peanuts at em, as they are no better than a pack of jackals, chimpanzees and hyenas. I cannot watch them, but from your reporting, I am personally embarrassed for all the good English and ethics my primary school teachers tried to instill in us. I surely wish I knew how to draw as this is the vision I have of them. So, so sad.

  31. August 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Mayor Rahm finished in 9th place in his age group in Chgo Triathalon. Afterward he joked, “You can say I’m unfit to be mayor, but you can’t say I’m an unfit mayor.” Way to go, Rahmbo!

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