279 Responses to “A Video or Two: Including Rev Al’s Interview with President Obama”

  1. 1 cookemom
    February 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Yo! So how much scrabbling is going on with the ‘Pubs who woke up to this morning’s poll numbers? This is enough to make Orangerangatang to quake and shiver.

  2. 5 CarolMaeWY
    February 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm


  3. 6 cookemom
    February 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the Rev Al interview, I missed it earlier.

  4. 7 desertflower
    February 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    🙂 Top few!

  5. February 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Bronze! congrats Cookmom, Evening Chipsticks,TOD

  6. February 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm


    If only I had the $$ to get to DC. *le sigh*

  7. 18 CarolMaeWY
    February 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the photos and video Chips. I just found Rev. Al’s on the net. Should have known you’d get a photo too! You are the Cat’s meow! 😀 😽

  8. February 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    ok – I didn’t even know these were available. I really need to get out more.


  9. February 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  10. 24 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Well my pattern continues. Enter a post and a new thread opens up! 🙂

    • 25 LDS
      February 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Here. Here.
      You are not alone, Sister. I strive to be last because when the energy flows(usually late at night) the post goes.
      It’s all good because as you well know,”The last shall be first”.

    • 28 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Hey Dudette – I was so busy catching up the last thread (& replying to posts all over) – there were 70 replies here before I arrived

  11. February 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  12. 31 susanne
    February 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    hawaii news team interviewed pbo at the white house–video and commentary. and yes, they ask him if he’ll retire in hawaii, if his presidential library will be in hawaii, and (drumroll) if he speaks pidgin!


    • February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      She was excellent, susanne. Thank you. Really thoughtful questions and very respectful.

    • February 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      So…. DOES he speak pidgin?

      • 34 susanne
        February 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        he says yes, but won’t demonstrate for the camera. honestly, growing up here, he’d have to be able to slip into the idiom.

      • 35 hopefruit2
        February 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Apparently someone in the comments section from susanne’s link posted this:

        “Yes, the President can speak Pidgin fluently. When he was a Senator running for POTUS we spoke in Pidgin at his fundraiser in Washington, DC. He did state that he will not be allowed to bodysurf at Sandy’s if he is elected.”

      • 36 Dudette
        February 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Anybody else catch that he greeted her with “Hey, howzit!”? 😀

        • 37 Dudette
          February 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

          From the Urban Dictionary:

          It is a pidgin word that means Hello / What’s up / How is it and it also is a South African slang meaning the same thing, Hello / What’s Up / How is it.

          Hooo brah, howzit! — Pidgin

          Howzit. – South African Slang

    • February 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Yunji De Nease was former WH reporter for ABC news 2 years ago, she went to the same Ponnahu high school as PBO.

    • 39 itgurl_29
      February 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I have a feeling that Barack Obama will be the first president to have two official presidential libraries.

    • 40 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for repeating susanne – I watched the first video while on the last thread – what a delight all these interviews have been

  13. 41 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • February 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Damn sorry Dudette, I am at Starbucks and the connection sucks. Posted wrong tweet downthread.AHHHHHH…….. same thing happened on last thread.

    • 44 yardarm756
      February 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      A lil sumpin’ in honor of the month.

      • 45 Dudette
        February 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        Sumpin’ sumptuous! Thank you Sailor!

      • 46 Dudette
        February 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        Let’s keep it all in the family 🙂

        • 47 yardarm756
          February 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

          A down piece. Not many of what he’s looking for left. Not many bros either. 😦

          • 48 LDS
            February 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

            I beg to differ, Captain. I’m still standing. I’m still here.
            Now, what?

            • 49 yardarm756
              February 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

              Sounds like you’re taking it personal. I don’t know you but as a citizen of the world, for damn near 3/4 of a century. I can only use my standard of measure. I stand with my statement. If it doesn’t fit you, so be it!

              • 50 LDS
                February 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

                Personal? Who me?
                I was bragging…..I forgot to put the (lol) in behind the “now,what”.

                I take nothing personal. We are all in this together. My President is Your President.
                Bro. Malcolm has been through a lot with the love of his life’s transition as he held her in his arms (I forgot her name, she played in the hit television series “Family Matters”) I thought that it was beautiful how he expressed his love for “his woman” whether it was her or a new found love through the Spoken Word. I admire anyone who does that with such feelings, flavor and emotions.

                If I offended you, it was not intentionally.
                Your statement and your standard of measure are fine by me.
                For me, I look for the worst and hope for the best in all of us.

          • 53 Dudette
            February 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

            Somebody’s been wookin’ pa nub in all the wrong places.

            • 54 yardarm756
              February 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

              I don’t think so. I became indifferent at the age of 71.

              • 55 LadyTNT
                February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

                Maybe you should try you a youngin 😆 😆 😆

                (please don’t hurt me, I just wanted to stir up the waters a little too 🙂 )

                • 56 yardarm756
                  February 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

                  Ha! You’re funny. I’ve already raised 4 children. I don’t need another one! 😀

                  • 57 LadyTNT
                    February 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

                    Ha, why do you think you might have to raise her? She might teach you a lil sumthin sumthin 🙂

                    Listen to Sheba:

                    • 58 yardarm756
                      February 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

                      Ha! I kinda doubt it. I’ve been around the world twice and done some of everything there was to do, including whatever you’re thinking. Grow some extra hands or whatever then let’s talk! 🙂

                    • 59 LadyTNT
                      February 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

                      LMAO, ok you win and you know what they say about o…mature dogs………

                      Peace and Love to you yardarm 🙂

  14. February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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  16. February 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    AP is reporting that Hagel has enough support for confirmation.

    Apparently, in addition to Dems, Reid has Cochran, Collins, Johanns, Murkowski, and Shelby for cloture.
    Then Dems plus Cochran, Johanns, and Shelby for confirmation.

    Vote coming up next Tuesday.

    • 67 Dudette
      February 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Excellent! Still pissed at the grandstanding that caused the delay. I hope he slams the door in every Repugs face who votes No, then has the nerve to come asking him for a favor.

      • 68 LDS
        February 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Don’t worry, that will certainly happen. This is what hypocrites do so well. I am still in unbelief that Congress is in ers session.
        I am praying when they come back their paychecks reflect minimum wage earnings. Why are they getting paid to do nothing? We just started a new year and they are out! And the ones who did not show up for the SOTU speech would not get paid for that day at all. Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the lazy asses. They strut around as if they are making a difference while they are obstructing justice because they are cowards.
        Yes, I do make my weekly calls to my constituents. But enough is enough!

        • 69 Dudette
          February 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          “Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the lazy asses?” — Hell No!
          “They strut around as if they are making a difference while they are obstructing justice because they are cowards.” – THIS!!

    • February 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      • 73 COS
        February 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        When is PBO leaving for the Eurpean summit and I wonder if Hagel will be accompanying him if he has not been confirmed?

      • 74 vitaminlover
        February 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        Who are they to sternly warn anybody about anything!?!

      • February 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        So freakin’ idiotic! The Hideous Fifteen:

        James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee
        John Cornyn (Texas)
        Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
        Roger Wicker (Miss.)
        David Vitter (La.)
        Ted Cruz (Texas)
        Mike Lee (Utah)
        Pat Toomey (Pa.)
        Marco Rubio (Fla.)
        Dan Coats (Ind.)
        Ron Johnson (Wis.)
        James Risch (Idaho)
        Tom Coburn (Okla.)
        John Barrasso (Wyo.)
        Tim Scott (S.C.).

        • 76 Dudette
          February 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

          Scuzzballs – one and all

          • 77 cos
            February 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

            THIS AND THIS!!!!!!! As and AA, I am wondering why Tim Scott as a so-called evangelical black man voted no on the Violence Against Women Act. I would like to think that his mother taught him better than that. A little OT, but I just had to get that off my chest. 🙂

        • 78 carolyn
          February 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          What a list of horrors! Inhofe is one of my Senators…..yeck! He is all over the newspaper complaining because Tinker AFB is going to get hit due to the sequester. He should’ve thought about that two years ago. He wants money ONLY for defense. He is in the pocket of who knows how many defense contractors. He is an evil person, and so are the other 14 people. This is shameful.

        • 82 yardarm756
          February 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

          All of them from the land of pick-up trucks and bib overalls.

        • 86 Bill R.
          February 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

          The most extreme wackjobs!

        • 87 jackiegrumbacher
          February 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          Wouldn’t you know the hideous Toomey would be on this list. Complete, absolute waste of space and an utter mismatch with PA.

          • 88 nathkatun7
            February 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm

            Indeed, Jackie G! What were the majority of people in PA smoking when they voted for this right wing nut job?

            • 89 jackiegrumbacher
              February 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

              It was all part of the 2010 mania and the furor over Specter. Joe Sestak came very, very close to beating Toomey despite all the Koch-tainted money that poured into the Republican campaign. As I’ve said before, I’m hoping that our wonder AG, Kathleen Kane, continues to do such a terrific job that she kicks Toomey to the curb in 2016. He is WAY too radical for a moderate state like PA.

  17. 90 ranman11
    February 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I can’t believe the Secret Service did not charge these cops for their threatening action against President Obama and Michelle while assigned to protect them. A must read.

    Whistleblower fired for revealing cops threatened Obama while protecting himbit.ly/11YhSir— Ray Lawson (@Lawsonbulk) February 21, 2013

    • 91 Dudette
      February 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I know. And that person who did the firing is who ought to be fired!!

    • 92 vcprezofan2
      February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      You can’t really tell the truth from one report/video clip, but this story reminded me of the recent story about that ex-CA cop who went on a shooting rampage. It past sad when you cannot completely trust those who are supposed to protect you.

    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      February 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

      I can’t believe it either, ranman. They needed to be charged, discharged from their jobs and their names dishonored forever–for starters.

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  20. 98 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • 99 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      The GOP are intent on ensuring they lose the house in 2014 – the media might lie about reality – those living it will not.

  21. February 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I cannot resist re-posting this for those who may have missed it…..

  22. February 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    GOPolitico haz a sad:

  23. February 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  24. 108 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Haven’t seen our tweetanator BobFr around.

  25. 114 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      February 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Well, the only fun in that cartoon for me is that the author of the book “Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle” can now write a second book, “Barack Obama Is Your Tugboat.” And he is! So glad he’s our President!

  26. 116 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  27. 117 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  28. 118 99ts
    February 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Pierce on Hagel – Chuck Hagel Took Shrapnel For These Clowns – just the title is enough


    • February 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Oh, my favorite paragraph:

      “All 15 of the signatories to this appeal to bipartisanship are Republicans. They include some of the dimmest lights in the entire chandelier. (Inhofe. Wisconsin Johnson, Tailgunner Ted Cruz, and reformed ‘ho-monger Dave Vitter all signing the same letter? If there were a market for Empty Suit memorabilia, this would be the Mickey Mantle rookie card of the form.) Of course, the number of signatories jumps to 25 if you count all the phantoms hiding under Lindsey Graham’s divan. Many of whom appear to speak to him in Farsi.”

    • 123 a4alice
      February 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      I never would have known about this guy but I heard about Charles P here. He is very interesting.

      • 124 Left-Indie
        February 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        Him, and PM Carpenter and TOD, now and then Tomasky and Sullivan, the reason the internet was invented.

        • 125 99ts
          February 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          I no like Sullivan – his life interest is Sullivan. Glad he has gone behind a paywall so less people see his posturing and tweet about it. The rest are the good guys

    • 126 theo67
      February 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I loved this comment:

      “I hear these doofi also wrote quite the letter to Santa Claus, requesting, inter alia, the overturning of the last Presidential election, a new Constitutional amendment guaranteeing majority power to the Republican party, and a pony”.

  29. February 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hope this does not offend anyone…
    An elderly couple, who were both widowed, had been going out with each other for a long time. Urged on by their friends, they decided it was finally time to get married.

    Before the wedding, they went out to dinner and had a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work. They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on. Finally, the old gentleman decided it was time to broach the subject of their physical relationship.

    ‘How do you feel about sex?’ he asked, rather tentatively.

    ‘I would like it infrequently’ she replied.

    The old gentleman sat quietly for a moment, leaned over towards her and whispered –

    ‘Is that one word or two?’

  30. 139 99ts
    February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    He is NOT sane

    “I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States,” said Sen. McCain.
    McCain said his plan to deal with mass shootings would protect Second Amendment rights.

    John McCain says this to a mother whose child was murdered in Aurora

  31. 150 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  32. February 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm


    • 152 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Hello bobfr – you have been missed – checking your tweets – what an amazing collection of followers you have

      I am intrigued that the only GOPers sighted recently are Boehner talking twaddle, McCain explaining the 2nd amendment is more important than our children’s lives and the usual suspects writing pointless letters to President Obama. Where is Cantor amid the drama – looking to short the markets? Smiling his way to bring down Boehner? Something happening behind closed doors with that lot – or am I just paranoid about them?

      • February 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Hi 99,
        Am overwhelmed by my ‘day job’ which is more like 24×7 as we build our endeavor.
        Thank you for asking!!
        As to the GOP insurgents – some likely all know they’re in deep trouble the others are so totally delusional they will just awaken one day in the wilderness and have no idea why 🙂

        • 154 99ts
          February 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm

          Being my day job is the cooking and the cleaning – things sometimes fall into disrepair & then I am in trouble. I thought you were probably at the “meetings” & burning candles from both ends when amk queried that you were missed.

          For some reason Cantor bothers me the most. Boehner will cry and give up – Cantor just smiles at people’s misery.

      • 155 susanne
        February 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        aloha 99 and bob (and chips and tod peeps)

        can’t-er is up to his usual — i won’t quote much here, but this is today’s cowpie:

        ‘Cantor said in a statement that the cuts set to go into effect on March 1 – which he agreed were neither smart nor fair – would only be implemented because Democrats refuse to restrain federal spending.’

        Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/284213-cantor-obama-offering-false-choices-on-sequester#ixzz2Lb4Zlf2P
        Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

        • 156 99ts
          February 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm

          G’day susanne – now why does the aloha sound so much more musical than the oz “g’day” – mmmm – not to worry, maybe I can move across the pacific – thank you for proving that the hill has little worthwhile to offer the conversation. Cantor just loves to cause other people grief – I don’t like him or his attitude or his policies at all. If it is good for Cantor – it is bad for the USA.

  33. 159 yardarm756
    February 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I am reminded of an amazing discovery that I happened upon years ago………There is an insect, wasp I think, that will lay it’s eggs inside the body of a living host. It is usually another large insect like a caterpillar. The eggs grow and feed off of that caterpillar until it dies. Then the eggs hatch and the little ones leave “their nest”.
    I can’t help but see the similarity between the parasite and the rethugs. And the end result.

  34. 160 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    • 161 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Sometimes I miss those days – my mother told me NEVER to go out with a man who was unwilling to meet your parents and/or did not open the car door for women. Then again, I bought my own car & left home – so life changed.

      • 162 jacquelineoboomer
        February 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        My 18-y/o granddaughter was at her boyfriend’s house to meet his parents, shortly after they started dating a year and a half ago. When they left their house, his mother called to him, “Open that car door for her right now!” Fingers crossed he stays around!

        • 163 99ts
          February 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          I was brought up in a small country town where most of the girls were married and/or pregnant by the time they reached 18. Consequently, despite the advances for women in the equality stakes things were as they were in terms of “women are the weaker sex” – so the men opened the car doors & stood back at the bus stop.

          I moved to the city c. 1967 and was literally flattened at the railway station because I foolishly assumed the men would wait while the women boarded. They literally crushed me underfoot. So I learned that fighting for one’s rights had lots of unanticipated side effects.

  35. 165 amk for obama
    February 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    A businessman enters a tavern, sits down at the bar, and orders a double martini on the rocks.

    After he finishes the drink, he peeks inside his shirt pocket, then orders another double martini.

    After he finishes that it, he again peeks inside his shirt pocket and orders another one.

    The bartender says: “Look, buddy, I’ll bring you martinis all night long – but you got to tell me why you look inside your shirt pocket before you order a refill.”

    The man replies: “I’m peeking at a photo of my wife. When she starts to look good, I will know it’s time to go home!”

    And I am outta here.

    • 168 Vicki
      February 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Ta-nihisi can Write. Terrific article and reason to continue to be hopeful for our future

    • 169 99ts
      February 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      DF – I just started reading this – got to here

      “In black communities, there was a distinct awareness of the situation: if white folks are willing to hand over the country to a black man, then we must really be in bad shape.”

      And how true is that – wonder how many of those white folks wanted to blame the black guy for every failing ever to happen in the USA.

      Many thanks for the link.

    • 170 nathkatun7
      February 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Excellent article! Thanks for sharing it, DF.

  36. 171 yardarm756
    February 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm


  37. 184 desertflower
    February 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    So much important info here, hard to know where to start… http://www.propublica.org/article/graphing-the-great-gun-debate

    Tracing the national flow of guns, Washington Post, October 2010

    Where 50,000 Guns Recovered in Chicago Came From, New York Times, January 2013

    Gun laws in the US, state by state, The Guardian US, December 2012

    Where Congress Stands on Guns, ProPublica, January 2013

    Gun Rights Campaign Contributions, Slate, January 2013

    How the NRA exerts influence over Congress, Washington Post, January 2013

    This is Your Representative on Guns, The Daily Beast, February 2013

    Long Weekend of Gun Deaths, NBC News, January 2013

    Gun Homicide Rates, The Washington Post, December 2012

    The U.S. Shooting Epidemic, The Daily Beast, July 2012

    America Under the Gun, Mother Jones, December 2012

    U.S. Gun Crime, The Guardian, December 2012

    How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?, Slate, January 2013

    It’s all here. Arm yourself with the facts, not a gun.

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  39. 188 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  40. February 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  41. 197 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  42. February 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  43. 202 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Just one more from my dreamboat…

    D Angelo w/ David Sanborn & Friends cover Bill Withers “Use Me ”
    Impressive list of friends, by the way: Eric Clapton, Dean Brown, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Cliff Richard, Steve Gadd, Don Alias, Gene Lake

    I want this supergroup right here to play at my funeral. In fact, this is the song I want them to play. Just play it on a boombox, if they’re not available.

  44. 210 utaustinliberal
    February 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Grounded for life.

  45. 212 utaustinliberal
    February 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  46. February 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I think Jay is topped out. (Brendan Buck is Rusty’s press secretary)

  47. 217 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Okay, fine then.

  48. 219 utaustinliberal
    February 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    • 220 Dudette
      February 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Whoa… do my eyes deceive me? Do I see wimmins in there? Our conservafriends will be so pleased.

      • 221 jacquelineoboomer
        February 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        I was just going to write “Does everybody else count the women first, now, like I do?” Ha! Maybe President Obama has women actors on standby to play those parts. Not. He’s not the one with the “women problem.”

      • 223 hopefruit2
        February 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        We don’t need to go that far…Ezra & Mrs. Klein….

      • 224 99ts
        February 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

        I have a suspicion that EVERY meeting photo released since the WHPC started the “no women” meme has included one or more ladies. We all instantly look to check – to answer jacqueline below.

      • 226 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        Yeah, but only four. There are 9 men (7 visible, 1 invisible, plus POTUS). Big news — appears no dwarfs, no giants, no polka dots, nor zebras! Why does POTUS discriminate against dwarfs, giants, dots & strips folks????

      • February 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        POTUS’s left new Sec of the Cabinet, Chief Legal Counsel, Valerie Jarret, and new Com Dir. Jen Palmeri. But the most pressing question is WHY? and let me re-iterate WHY? is Clint Eastwood involved in this high-level meeting….I want answers,pronto!

  49. 229 utaustinliberal
    February 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  50. 235 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Okay, now I’m depresse!. Black Violin performed here in Atlanta YESTER-FREAKIN-DAY and I didn’t know about it! Arrrrrgh!!

  51. 241 jacquelineoboomer
    February 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Here’s a nice thought for late evening:

  52. 242 Dudette
    February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Good night y’all!

  53. 244 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 22, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Strip searches — in school??? Hell NO! Who’s running the district? A bunch of perverts????

  54. 246 susanne
    February 22, 2013 at 12:30 am

    i wrote to my elected reps to express my strong support for gun control measures, specifically the president’s plan. i got two letters back, one from senator maizie hirono, and one from rep tulsi gabbard, both confirming their support for the president and gun control. here’ a bit from tulsi’s:

    ‘ As a Soldier and Military Police Officer, I have received extensive training and have significant experience in handling a variety of firearms. Having firsthand knowledge of the impact of these weapons, and the devastation they can cause, I do not see any role for military-style assault weapons on our streets and in our communities. This is why I support reinstating the assault weapons ban, and a ban on high-capacity clips holding more than 10 rounds. These provisions replicate the protections that we have already in place in Hawai`i, and which have played a role in our state having the lowest firearm-related homicide rate in the country.

    There are other policy changes that should occur- this includes increasing school security, shoring up our mental healthcare system, closing the gun show loophole, and requiring background checks on all persons wanting to purchase a gun. These are practical steps that both the public and gun owners have recognized as necessary to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not own or use one.

    I support the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to bear arms. In Hawai`i, we have a rich tradition of hunting, and some of our families rely on it not only for food, but for their livelihood. These responsible gun owners will not be affected by this change in federal policy, and will be able to continue their activities unaffected. ‘

    • February 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Well done, Susanne. There are plenty of countries (including Canada) that have strong gun cultures for hunting and collection – and even protection in rural areas. The difference is that the culture of gunning other people down in the streets and in their homes isn’t plaguing those countries. Why is it a problem here? What is it about the culture here that has people in a state of heightened fear, and ready to gun down anyone who looks at them funny? There’s a bigger problem than just gun ownership. And it’s fueled by the likes of Limbaugh and the rogues in the Republican Party, plus 40 years of fear and hate-mongering.

      • 248 susanne
        February 22, 2013 at 2:02 am

        so true, theo! guns sitting in the closets of calm, sane people, who need to protect their family from bears, or to provide food, are not at issue. and jacked up crazies will do damage with whatever weapon is at hand. but unbalanced people who have been harangued endlessly about their gun rights, who also have easy access to wmd, will do massive damage.

  55. February 22, 2013 at 2:09 am


    time for some rest …

  56. 251 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

    The Far left is against the Presidents pick for Energy, an MIT physicist.
    Why? Well, in addition to being all about green energy, he also likes Natural gas.
    So, the green groups want the President to choose somebody else.
    Give me a break?

  57. 253 Bill
    February 22, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Ed Rendell is saying he was a great governor and PBO should be more like he was.

    • 254 Jovie
      February 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

      What a fucking prick!

    • 255 jackiegrumbacher
      February 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Hah, Rendell left a stink behind him in Pa that still wafts across the state from the capital. He missed most good chances to make a difference and he was a pompous ass as well.

    • 256 anniebella
      February 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Mr Rendell, if POTUS was like you I might not had voted for him. I voted for Barack Obama because he was Barack Obama, not Ed Rendell, thank God.

  58. 257 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Lol! Eddie Rendell saying the President should sell his base on entitlement cuts.
    Yeah! That’s easy! Whatever? Does he think Hillary, who wanted Medicare for all in 1993, would do this?
    He is a …..?

  59. 258 99ts
    February 22, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Jim Wright wondering about Sen John McCain

    Madness, if you’ve never seen it, the slow dissolution of sanity into all consuming obsession, furtive paranoia, and unpredictable irrationality, is terrible to witness.

    Especially when it happens to someone that we should respect and admire and look to for calm and reasoned guidance.
    “I have seen a number of occasions around here where people have stayed too long…”
    – Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
    Speaking of mad people who have stayed too long.
    Since the recent elections, I’ve watched John McCain with an increasing sense of unease and disbelief.


  60. February 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

  61. 261 amk for obama
    February 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

  62. 262 desertflower
    February 22, 2013 at 8:18 am


    Tom Teves: “I Have VOTED Republican My Whole Life,…“I’ll NEVER Vote Republican Again — EVER!”

    The mother of a young man killed in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre told TPM on Thursday she was appalled at the way Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) handled her question about an assault weapons ban at a town hall event in Phoenix. “I was very surprised that a senator, who has been in office for over 30 years, would address a grieving mother, who just lost her son exactly seven months prior — yesterday was the 20th, I lost my son on 7-20-2012 — to tell me that I needed ‘some straight talk,’” Caren Teves said by phone.


    Teves said her husband recently wrote McCain a letter addressing the Aurora shooting, which took the lives of their son and 11 other people. But she said McCain’s office responded with a impersonal form letter that focused on an an entirely different massacre: the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Neither McCain nor his staff approached her after the town hall event, she added.

    • 263 amk for obama
      February 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

      “I Have VOTED Republican My Whole Life,”

      The root cause of all evil that is the rethug party today. You vote against your own interest 24×7 based on some stupid reasoning and now you whine about it ? You get what you voted for.

      Yes, I am a heartless jerk.

    • 264 99ts
      February 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

      gm desertflower – it seems eventually the reality of the GOP is made clear – how sad that the loss of a son is the turning point – but it will help save other children from the same fate.

    • 265 swbluega
      February 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Since the election of President Obama, average Americans are more aware of how our government (federal and state) operates. We see how our elected officials’ actions are primarily for the benefit of the 1%; often to the detriment of the 99% and how the media aides their cause. We see the double standards. We see how many of our crises are self-inflicted. We see that many of our representatives work to ensure their political futures; not for the welfare of “we the people.”

      When he campaigned prior to the 2008 election, President Obama talked about being more transparent. His presidency has indeed brought about more transparency. However, to the vexation of Congress, and their corporate and millionaire puppeteers, transparency turned out to be that Americans have awaken and are paying attention.

      • 266 desertflower
        February 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

        Absolutely, swbluega! Visited BJ and there was a part of the story that wondered if there was a MAN asking that question, if McCain would have said he needed a little “straight talk”? McCain’s idea of “straight talk” is actually a shit ton of condescension if he doesn’t agree with the question. There is nothing “straight” about it! He was heartless, cruel, and showed not one iota of empathy top a woman who had tragically lost he son, in the worst possible way….unnecessarily. He WILL be getting an email from me this weekend….and I hope that he gets a call from all of you. If you need a zip code to get past the gate guard at the phone….I will give you one!

    • 267 Dudette
      February 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Tweeted it!

  63. 269 desertflower
    February 22, 2013 at 8:23 am


    The N.R.A. and gun-rights advocates are quick to use the Constitution to defend unfettered access to even the most lethal firearms. But before the Constitution there was the Declaration of Independence, which asserts that we are endowed with certain unalienable rights, including those of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It continues, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted…”

    It is time now for government to protect our right to life from the threat of gun violence. It is time for politicians to put this right on the same pedestal they afford the right to bear arms. It is time for them to heed Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who said, “like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.” The Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller, was clear about the need for gun regulation: “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on … laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” It even went so far as to recognize the right of government to prohibit, “the carrying of `dangerous and unusual weapons.'”

    Let’s do this!!

  64. 270 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

  65. February 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

  66. 272 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

  67. 273 amk for obama
    February 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

  68. 274 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Alrighty people, we’ve got to start hitting back at lies.

    • 275 99ts
      February 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

      And they never recant those lies – the RWNJ web sites pick up the lies and 27% of the population believe them forever.

    • 276 anniebella
      February 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I sent the N.Y. Times a e-mail and told them that David Brooks were telling a lie that POTUS didn’t have plan to deal with the sequester. I also e-mail Morning Joe.

  69. 277 Dudette
    February 22, 2013 at 8:55 am

  70. 278 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

    8-12k troops in Afghanistan?
    Why leaked from The Germans? Is this how Panetta does business? Maybe why Hagel was filibustered? Get this out there before The President makes a decision. Check!

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