Chat Away

@PeteSouza: Photo of POTUS mtg w speechwriters Cody Keenan and Jon Favreau today

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    • February 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Congrats mary!


    • 8 carolmaewy
      February 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Hello Mary and congrats. Lots to talk about today! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • February 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        I’ve been sequestered in school in a Teacher Lab meeting all day – so I’m completely conversationless. Unless you want to talk about teaching Visible Thinking routines to second grades, that is. (Which is really quite awesome)

        • 10 carolmaewy
          February 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

          Will it work with dogs? Never mind…

        • 13 cookemom
          February 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

          sounds really interesting, what’s the theory behind it and how is it applied at that grade level?

          • February 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

            This was developed by Ron Ritchart quite a few years ago. The idea is that we need to teach children how to think by making thinking visible to them (because of course they can’t see your thinking and most do not engage in the kind of conversations where they are asked for their ideas and are asked to justify them). So there are simple routines like asking a question and then following up with “What makes you say that?”. We do one called “Think-Puzzle- Explore”. First I ask them what they think they know about the topic, then they generate questions they would like to find answers for, then we discuss ways of finding out that information. If we read a book, we might do “Color-Symbol-Image”-they pick a color to represent an emotion present in the book, a symbol that represents the “heart” of the story, and an important image from the story. Today we saw a lesson called “Generate-Sort-Connect”. The children began by generating a list of ideas from their unit on Economics. They wrote each word on a separate sticky note. They were free to discuss as they worked. Then they sorted all the stickies into groups that they determined and labeled them (I saw “want”s, “needs”, “opportunity cost”, “scarcity”, “business” etc. Finally they drew lines to show connections between the groups and wrote a sentence describing the connections. This was a group of mixed first and second graders. It’s really powerful and exciting work.

            • 15 cookemom
              February 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

              oh my that is too cool. I’m always interested in these kind of techniques. Thank you for sharing.

              • February 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

                Probably a bit too long-winded!

                • 17 cookemom
                  February 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

                  not at all. I’ve already copied it to my ‘things to look into for future reference/resource’ file. My grandson is 2nd grade and I like to stay aware of what’s going on at his grade level. this helps thanks.

                  • February 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

                    This is a link that briefly describes some of the routines that might be used in lower el. You can ‘like’ MakingThinkingVisible on facebook – Ron Ritchart posts on there frequently, and if you’re interested in seeing it in action, there are lots of youtube videos at all different levels if you search for ‘making thinking visible’ or ‘visible thinking routines’.

  1. 23 prettyfoot58
    February 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm


  2. 37 yardarm756
    February 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Aye you’re a quick nimble fingered lot tonight.

  3. February 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Very much looking forward to the video!!

    • 39 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I like the Black and White photo of POTUS and his speech writers.

      • 41 jackiegrumbacher
        February 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        Thanks, Bob. Eric Cantor looks like a fool. His trying to emulate PBO in any way is like a little girl wearing mommy’s high heels–only little girls grow up and he can’t. He’s gotten that PBO’s words stir people and he figures if he just uses a few of them, maybe somebody will think he, too, has some star power. He’s a pathetic excuse for a human being and a seriously unpleasant politician. If he thinks he’s going to get the kind of points that will make him the Speaker of the House, as Abby Hoffman suggested, I think he mistakes the lunatics he works with.

  4. 52 vitaminlover
    February 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Jon F let his hair grow out! It is pretty!

  5. 53 Bill
    February 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Kudlow is reporting that the country is at an all time high of the number of millionaires and billionaires. He says it is due to “free market capitalism”. No mention of the policies of PBO.

    • 54 vitaminlover
      February 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I’ll be happy to join that club and credit God and PBO!

    • February 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Probably no mention in the number poor and hungry going without basic essentials because of the income disparity, and the GOP plot to make those poor and hungry pay more in taxes, because they’re just not paying their fair share…? Wouldn’t want to become a “nation of takers” now, would we?

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        February 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        No, Theo, they mustn’t mention the “unmentionables.” Those people just need to know their place–take what crumbs are given to them and don’t ask questions.

  6. 57 carolmaewy
    February 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Rev. Al just teased me with Johnny be Good. Off to youtube for a fix.

  7. 58 lisalovesobama
    February 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhrrr!!!! I’m gonna miss John’s hotness………………………………………. Oh, ahhhhh.um, and his speech writing skills……………yeaaaaah. ๐Ÿ˜

  8. 63 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Amen, sister! http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-mind-experiment-on-targeted.html

    A little mind experiment on targeted drone strikes

    • February 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      I’ll never be President, but I know who I am and I assure you, as in 100%, if I had received the NIE attached to this tweet …

      … and I had precise target information, particularly if I had the capacity to verify the presence of known terrorists at the time of giving the command to fire (a specific capacity of a drone), I would not have hesitated to do so. When you take an Oath to protect and defend it means you do everything you possibly can to stop anyone from harming Americans.

      I’m an MD and have never killed anyone and have no intention of ever doing so, but I also understand the responsibilities of the Office of the President and the responsibility of protecting lives of innocent Americans is second to none.


      • 65 nathkatun7
        February 6, 2013 at 12:48 am

        “Iโ€™m an MD and have never killed anyone and have no intention of ever doing so, but I also understand the responsibilities of the Office of the President and the responsibility of protecting lives of innocent Americans is second to none.”

        Bobfr, thank you for this wonderful tweet and comment. I agree with you 1000%! I am really sick and tired of the so called progressives who refuse to face reality!

  9. February 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This is an amazingly funny and amazingly amazing story. And who can resist this headline?

    Meet Kai, the Homeless Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker With a Heart of Gold


    • 67 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Ha! I was about to watch this earlier today that when someone walked up to my desk at work and I have to close the window fast! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for reminding me about it. I love this blog!!

      Love this dude: “smash, smash, suh-mash!โ€

  10. 68 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Raise a glass!!

  11. February 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    So is Jon Favreau coming to Hollywood to join Jon Favreau in a new production company called “Favreaux Deux”?

  12. 71 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    So the apples just sit there all day ? Come on doods, have at it.

    • 72 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I volunteer to help them dispose of the apples properly.

    • 73 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Did someone wash those apples and wipe them dry before they put them in the bowl? What kind of apples are they? Were they grown organically? What do they do with the apple cores? Don’t they need napkins nearby? After the first couple of bites, apples can get messy.
      Do they don’t eat those apples after they’ve been sitting out all day, what happens to them? Does someone make a pie or applesauce or do they stick ’em in the fridge overnight and put ’em back out on the table the next day.

      These things bother me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 74 LadyTNT
        February 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

        I see and I’m sure you’re ready and willing to go ask PBO all these questions!!(no matter if he has a clue or not)

        • 75 Dudette
          February 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

          Your Roving TOD Reporter is ready for duty! [saaa–lute!]

          I’ll hit him with my burning, substantive questions…

          Let’s see I’ll need a camera crew, private jet for my posse, accomodations in the Lincoln Bedroom (hmm, maybe SLOTUS won’t mind putting up the crew at the Naval Observatory), a limo for transport to off-site dinner excursions (er.. research), new wardrobe, a manicurist, hair dresser (oh maybe Mrs. O wouldn’t mind sharing her’s for a short stint), personal chef (er… food consultant — you know Chef Comerford is lovely, but I don’t think I can trust her to give up juice when it comes to those apples).

          I’ll need to stay there for at least a week, so I have enough material for the editors to whittle down my five-part expose’ entitled “Apple-gate: The Scandal That Rocked the White House To Its Core” [Heh, heh… See what I did there? Clever huh?] It’ll be a BLOCKBUSTER!

          The people DEMAND answers and I’m gonna get ’em!

          “Mr. President, exactly how DID you like them apples?”
          [Oh, Matt Damon would be sooo proud!] I can see it now — my name will be in lights… I’ll win a Pulizter, maybe an Emmy… ๐Ÿ˜€

      • February 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        How many apples? Always the same number??? Mark Knoller wants to know!

  13. February 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  14. February 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Senators ask Obama to justify his authority to kill US citizens

    By Ramsey Cox
    A bipartisan group of senators asked President Obama for legal justifications for his authority to kill American citizens during the course of counterterrorism operations.

    On Monday, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Al Franken (D- Minn.) sent Obama a letter seeking the legal opinions issued by the Department of Justice, which give the president authority to authorize the deaths of U.S. citizens.


    I can’t stand Congress, they have no Allegiance, except to their own Power driven Jobs!

    • February 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Jovie, I thought you’d abandoned us!

    • 82 amk for obama
      February 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Except for noobie franken & begich, didn’t these fuckers vote for the illegal wars which killed hundreds of thousands iraqis and thousands of americans?

    • 84 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Aren’t these the same people who refuse to let the President close down Gitmo and set up a new facility or even to transfer and try terrorists on US soil? What exactly do they want the President to do if he captures terrorists overseas? Where should he put them? Will they petition for the release of these Americans plotting to harm other Americans like they’ve done with Bradley Manning? It’s an impossible situation. All you can do is shake your head.

  15. February 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm


    9:50 AM: President Obama departs the White House en route Annapolis, Md.

    10:10 AM: Arrives in Annapolis

    10:30 AM: Attends the Senate Democratic Issues Conference

    11:30 AM: Jay Carney briefs the press

    12:25 PM: Pres Obama departs Annapolis

    12:45 PM: Arrives at the White House

    • 88 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Those Democratic Senators couldn’t have asked the President about the drone situation behind closed doors tomorrow, instead of getting publicity by undermining him in public today?

  16. February 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    “OK with you Wayne?” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. 94 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Jon Favreau is all kinds of HOT….HOT……HOT. Whew…..milk sure did his body good. Smart and hot. Thank you Obama administration.

  18. 95 Gazelle
    February 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Was busy making dinner, etc., but did I just hear Ed (on Ed Show) just say that repubs are trying to hire Glenn Beck’s psychiatrist to run for John Kerry’s seat in MA! Oh, LOL!, if that’s what Ed just said. MA voters are savvy now! Lawd, I thought repubs had already hit the bottom of the barrel yesterday, didn’t know there was another level beneath! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 96 Gazelle
      February 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Yep, I wasn’t under the influence of Yardarm’s amber liquid at that time! Keith Ablow, Beck’s teevee psych dood! Damn, Yardarm, this might deserve a goblet of some amber liquid! Cheers! LOL!

    • 97 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Ohhhhh thatโ€™s goooood! Can I have a sip too?

      [Hmmm, where can I get a case of cheesy puffs?]

  19. 101 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Claire posted this in the last thread. Delightful conversation between Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Pres. Obama.


  20. February 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    BREAKING!!! Missus’ surgery was officially approved. Now the nub is scheduling it so that I have enough time to ask for time off. But that may not be a huge problem, as her dad and sister are coming out to help, so it won’t be all on me.

  21. February 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Why do some policemen just want to harass people? My husband was coming out of a store at a strip shopping center. There was a senior citizen sitting in a parking lot with a flat tire. My husband walked over to her just as an officer came up to her car and told her she had to move the car in 10 minutes or he would make sure it was towed off. My husband told me she must have been in her 70’s. She looked confused and a little scared. My husband asked the officer if he was going to help her change the tire. He said he doesn’t change tires for people. He then left. My husband changed her tire and she was off in less than 10 minutes. The policeman came back in 10 minutes flat. The policeman got out of the car just in time to hear my husband call him a jerk.

    All I know was he was in a good mood this morning before I left for work and now…confused and pretty angry. What happened to “Protect and SERVE”?

    • 114 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I wish your hubby could’ve gotten that officer’s name or badge number so he could report that creep. That was totally uncalled for. It’s always the few jerks out there that give the rest of the good ones a bad name. My brother”s retired now and I have several cousins that are either active or retired LE officers. If they saw a fellow officer treat a senior citizen like that they would never put up with it.

    • 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Please call your Mayor and Chief of Police and file a complaint. Nothing worse than public servants with attitude! I’m blessed to live in a small town where most of the officers are friendly — the one’s that aren’t get put on “Front St. & Blast” when they act out…

    • 118 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      There are bad people in every profession. Some of them seek positions of authority so they can bully people with impunity. And they are cowards, too, as this one clearly was if he could bully a 70 year old woman. Thank heavens your husband happened along at just the right time. Sounds like divine intervention! The good karma headed for your husband will be fantastic!

  22. 119 yardarm756
    February 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Ed Schultz is a fair wind ass hole. Whatcha gonna do if your neighbor has a cannon in his front yard and it’s pointed at your house and he’s told all the neighbor hood he wants to take you out.

  23. February 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  24. 132 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014391377

    Joe Walsh forming super PAC to fight Karl Roveโ€™s super PAC

    Have to find an alternative to popcorn since I don’t eat it! Maybe some of those addicting kale chips?

  25. 138 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm


  26. February 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  27. 142 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  28. 145 HZ
    February 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    LL, I send lots of thoughts to you and your wife for her recovery and lots of loving healing. ()HZ

  29. 146 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    firefox 18.0.2 is out.

  30. February 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  31. 150 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Great story from desertflower’s link in the previous thread:

  32. 153 anniebella
    February 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Now it’s Rachel Maddow’s turn to preach her B.S. about protecting terrorists Americans citizens who don’t give a dam about this country or folks like Rachel Maddow or any other American.

  33. February 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Members propose new calculation to reflect ‘true’ unemployment rate

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Monday introduced legislation that would require the government to include people who have stopped looking for work in its headline unemployment calculation โ€”ย a change that would significantly boost the official unemployment rate.

    Under current law, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses the so-called “U-3” measure as the primary nationwide unemployment number. That calculation does not count people who want work but have stopped looking. But another, the “U-5” measure, does include those people, and thus reflects a higher unemployment level.

    You see? They would be thrilled if UE rate was 25%! Simply ecstatic!

    • 157 amk for obama
      February 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      somehow more gobinment is less gobinment for these unhinged whackos.

    • 158 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      If you’ve stopped looking, you are no longer “in the labor market”. Damn, these people will not stop with the shenanigans!

      They can’t win on the merits of their message (or skill), so they try and rig the game so the other side looks bad. These people make my skin crawl! Ugh!!

  34. February 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I’m really tired of this drone foolishness. As far as I’m concerned they can get my attention about American terrorists being executed in Yemen without a trial when the police stop killing unarmed “suspects” in America before they can have one.

  35. 162 vitaminlover
    February 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Where is First Lady Obama lately?

  36. 163 kathryn kivett
    February 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I even attempted to tweet b/c Ed and Rachel have PMO so bad….I am even watching Piers Morgan…had to decide between guns and drones before I go to bed…JEEZE!

  37. 165 Pamela
    February 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Brilliant, simply brilliant. I agree, he should definitely run for public office down the road! ๐Ÿ˜†

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