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Chat Away

Four years ago tomorrow (Pete Souza): President Obama hides behind the Resolute Desk while Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg visits in the Oval Office. In a famous photograph, her brother John F. Kennedy Jr., peeked through the FDR panel, while his father President Kennedy worked.


211 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 taiping1
    March 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Forward

    • 2 taiping1
      March 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Why we fight. We are one and we will win in the end.

    • 3 hopefruit2
      March 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Congrats taiping on #1 🙂

      • 4 taiping1
        March 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        Thanks! I’m never fast enough in this group. We are so on the game. Chips has created a remarkable community.

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Hellooooooooo Taiping!!!!

      • 6 taiping1
        March 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Thanks Chips! Overwhelmed. Such a great clip. I am confident that one result of the sequester will be that people will realize how much we rely on government agencies to make our lives better, safer, more secure. I also wonder if red states will be disproportionately affected since they are mostly taker states ( most blue states are donor states).

  2. 7 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Sweet

  3. 8 vitaminlover
    March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I am watching the dedication of the Rosa Parks Statue on C-Span.

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      March 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I watched it, again, too ~ and loved every minute. “Today we celebrate a seamstress … ” — President Barack Obama

  4. 10 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    where’s amk? New thread, baby! TY Chips:)

  5. 25 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Fiiiinally.

    Great pic.

  6. 26 vitaminlover
    March 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Why is that evil McTurtle there and his Orange side-kick?

  7. 27 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    okthxbi.

  8. March 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Congrats Taiping! I think I just won the award for last post before a new thread for the umptenth time! Side note on the awesome C.Kennedy photos http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-27/caroline-kennedy-said-to-be-candidate-for-envoy-to-japan.html Amb. to Japan!

  9. March 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  10. 33 vitaminlover
    March 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I cannot believe that Turtle-head is applauding to the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” song! What is up with this?

  11. March 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats on 1st taiping!!!

    From the bottom of the other thread …

    We must do everything we can to ensure all our fellow citizens realize that al Qaeda are minor league compared to Boehner’s Teahadists.

    And, we must encourage Speaker Pelosi, every day, to use the discharge petition mechanism, to both put Rs on the spot and convince at least 18 of them to sign them and force bills to the House floor for a vote – something Boehner and Cantor can’t stop.

    #FORWARD

    • 36 desertflower
      March 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Is there a way to find out who the most likely 18 are?

      • March 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        I assure you, df, Speaker Pelosi and Whip Hoyer have their mobile phone #s in rank order of likelihood to move on any particular discharge petition. And, with the VAWA vote this past Thursday, we know that 87 Rs voted for the version that past so it’s also likely they have way more than 18 Rs ready to participate in a #CommonSenseCaucus 🙂

        What we all need to be doing is demonstrating to House and Senate Dem leaders that we know it’s not fantasy, but reality that House Rs (and probably a few Senate Rs) are increasingly aware that their job security and any hope of a viable GOP will depend on their capacity to start demonstrating to their constituents that they aren’t domestic terrorists.

        Yes We Can

        • 38 desertflower
          March 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          I know they know…just wish we could help push those particular people along…..a little frustrating. Maybe that could be a good question for one of the online meetings with OFA….this idea of a Discharge Petition and pressing them to push this along, doing an end run around the lunatics….what do you think?

          • March 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

            Yes, df, it would be good if we could know whom to bolster. I have suggested that Speaker Pelosi request the President to have OFA support exactly this type of endeavor.

            The obviously sensitive part is disclosing those Rs most ready to defect from Cantor/Boehner.

            But, the more folk inform the White House, OFA, Dem leaders that we are aware of the mechanisms to move legislation out of the House, and we are aware that when McConnell filibustered this past week he violated whatever trust Senators Reid & Levin extended to him, the better. OFA can be a major force, for sure.

            And, some of those Rs might want to examine carefully (which they likely do) the demographics, even with gerrymandering, of their CD and calculate how much more likely that might be to win in 2014 if they at least join the #CommonSenseCaucus and perhaps even just flip to D.

            Yes We Can

          • 41 vcprezofan2
            March 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

            Somebody in TODville posted the identity of the possible 18 a day or two ago but I cannot think in which thread. Maybe they will repost for you, Df. They did a bit of math between those who voted against VAWA twice and something else…or was it the 19 who told Boehner to bring the senate version of VAWA to the floor or they would put a crimp in his leadership? I can’t remember exactly. Can anyone?

            • 42 99ts
              March 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

              We agree 🙂 (I posted before seeing your post

            • March 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

              Here’s smartypants essay, VC:

              http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-republican-house-majority-gets.html?spref=tw

              And, df, to your point:

              “If folks like BooMan and I have figured this out – what do you think the odds are Organizing for America and the White House are on to it? You can bet that OFA has a list and is working with voters in those districts to amplify their voices.”

              And, VC, the link to your astute comment:

              http://theobamadiary.com/2013/03/01/heads-up-president-obama-statement-on-sequester/#comment-660512

              Yes We Can

              • 45 vcprezofan2
                March 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

                Bobfr, ♫ ♪ ‘Have I told you ♪ laaate-ly ♪ that I ♫ ♪love you?♫ ♪♪♪ ‘ 😆 😆 😆 That’s exactly what I was referring to. Thanks so much for locating it for me, even though I was mistaken about the original source. Smartypants is my other mental blog home, so it’s understandable that I confused the location of the info (Apologies, Smartypants). There you go, Desertf – between Smartypants, Bobfr, and Booman you should find a way to the info you are seeking.

              • 47 nathkatun7
                March 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

                Keep fighting, Bob! One of the people on both lists- – those supporting Sandy relief and VAWA — is from your state: Rep. Dave Reichert, from WA’s 8th district. You guys in WA can work on him and other Republicans in Congress. There are also Congressmen from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio that can be convinced to come on board. If they refuse Democrats can target their districts for vigorous challenges in 2014. I didn’t see any Republicans from CA, but I am going to look at CA Voting data to see if there are Republican Reps. who may be in districts that are vulnerable, which is highly unlikely. May be people here in CA can find a way of putting pressure on them to urge them to step away from Teabag insanity that is destroying the country. We really must identify 18-20 Republican members of the House that we may be able to focus our time and energy on. We also need to identify and target 5 Republican Senators to dissuade them from participating in filibusters.

                • March 3, 2013 at 2:36 am

                  “We really must identify 18-20 Republican members of the House that we may be able to focus our time and energy on. We also need to identify and target 5 Republican Senators to dissuade them from participating in filibusters.”

                  Exactly, nath.

                  Certainly intend to try to bring OFA pressure on Reichert and any other R whom we have a reasonable opportunity to convince that being a domestic terrorist in the service of plutocrats like the Koch Brothers is for them to reject even if it means finding employment elsewhere than Congress.

                  Yes We Can

          • 49 99ts
            March 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

            From other threads and comments – it seems the most likely place to start are with GOP reps who won in districts that voted for the President – and/or any GOP males who voted for the VAWA (Senate version) – if they are on both lists – even more likely.

            • 51 nathkatun7
              March 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

              Great points, 99ts! But there are also districts that barely voted for Romney and the current GOP Reps. that we must target. This is no time to be disillusioned! This is the time to fight back in support of our President. Bobfr is absolutely right in urging Democratic leaders to try to find 18 Republicans to join them in stopping this teabag madness.

              • March 3, 2013 at 2:38 am

                “This is no time to be disillusioned! This is the time to fight back in support of our President.”

                More intensely than we ever have, nath and 99!!!

                Yes We Can

                • 53 nathkatun7
                  March 3, 2013 at 3:41 am

                  Absolutely, Bob! I really appreciate your tweets/posts that have been urging Democrats, and especially those in elective office and in positions of leadership, to keep fighting.

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I think the final act will come in the combination of the CR and Debt ceiling Bob4r, I think the expiration of sequestration is a necessary evil under current GOP obstinance. At that point PBO will have maximal leverage to get additional revenue to supplement the defense cuts, currently set to go into effect. The D.C. press w/ AD/HD forget the major reason PBO rejected adopting Simpson/Bowles was the substantial cuts in defense. Too much in the CIC’s mind, even though there recommended 2.2 Trillion in revenue.

      • March 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        Perhaps. But, I think he already has plenty of leverage and the consequences, as in war, of the chaos of sequester are going to compound daily. Sequester must be halted & a basic agreement not to inflict intentional harm on the American economy must be agreed immediately.

        What Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Ryan, et al are now doing, if done by any foreign entity – government or asymmetric organization – would constitute an act of war. That is not hyperbole. They must be dealt with accordingly and only We the People can demonstrated to the President and Dem leaders that we comprehend just how dangerous these domestic terrorists are.

        • March 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

          Your sentiments are apropos to the makeup of the current opposition. The sad fact is its not the German’s, Japanese, or Russian’s that constitute its makeup, it is the Republican party. There must be absolutely no lethargy constituted in the run-up to and up until the day of the mid-terms. To change the makeup of the 113th Congress, must be a singular priority for the masses, who want to ” take our country back.”

        • 59 nathkatun7
          March 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

          Bob, I agree with you 100%! This is the time for “We the People” to fight back to save our country! It’s plainly clear that Republicans are punishing the entire country because the majority of us voted for President Obama. Lets say it loud: REPUBLICANS ARE PUNISHING THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF U.S, CITIZENS VOTED FOR A BLACK MAN TWICE! All the other excuses they use about what they are doing to the country are pure hogwash! By the way, the same is true of all the unethical reporting from the so called mainstream media.

  12. March 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Yo! Evening y’all! Wonderful weather out here today, great hailstorm blew in a while ago, the Light was fantastic!

    • 63 hopefruit2
      March 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Sounds like Mother Nature was trying her hand at the Harlem Shake?

    • 65 99ts
      March 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Pamela! – last time our roof went awol was in a hail storm 15 years ago – I didn’t notice the light – but there was a horrendous green cloud sat over our house for 20 minutes – I was under the kitchen table!

      • March 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        Yowza! I wasn’t there for that storm, 99ts, but I sure heard about it. Friends of mine reported their auto was utterly smashed, no glass left in the windscreen, paint had huge dings in it…. The Australian storms are incredible! Mighty continent!

  13. March 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    1.5 Trillion in cuts in 2011, 600 Billion in taxes Jan.1, 1.2 trillion (600B in defense) and 700B saved in interest payments.

    President Obama just hit 4Trillion. While protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries

  14. 68 anniebella
    March 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I look at that picture of little John John and it touches my heart. I wonder if he might have run for President someday.

  15. 69 vcprezofan2
    March 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Ms Chips, are you saying that you are in hiding? Is that the theme of the evening? Well, hidden or not, it’s nice to catch a glimpse -ish of you. 😆

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      I’m here VC!!! Just (yet) another completely unproductive day.

      Highlight:

      Getting my, oooooh, 25th call from an elderly farmer who has confused my number for a vet’s.

      He left a message, asked me to come quickly, problems with a calf. 😕

      So, I called him back and said: “I AM NOT A VET – YOU’VE CONFUSED MY NUMBER WITH HIS AGAIN.”

      And he says, “is he working today?”

      I almost cried.

      I just know he’s going to call again tomorrow.

      • March 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Speaking of animals (VET’s) got an update on the despot? A sighting, anything…..

        • March 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

          The despot has disappeared LP (hopefully permanently) …… but still no sign of my cat. She always responded to a very weird whistle of mine, so I walked around today whistling, getting very strange looks. No response. And no response to fliers I’ve posted around the place with her photo. Feeling a little heartbroken, beginning to accept she won’t be coming back.

          • March 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

            “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
            ― Socrates Patience dear Chips, regardless cherish the memories and hope for future ones.

          • March 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

            You are not to take this personally Chipsticks, but it could be your little kitty has found a place where she feels comfortable and safe, maybe even the shelter has a sun deck? I’m sure she is okay, and really, with cats, you never know, she might be coming in at night only, when you can’t tell if she is there or not. Just a few random thoughts that came up while reading. You have done a wonderful deed taking care of her this long. Never take it personally with a cat.

          • March 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

            oh, I’m so sorry, Chips.

          • 76 amk for obama
            March 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

            You should have just sung. Bet that would bring out all the neighborhood cats.

          • 77 andogriff
            March 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

            So very sorry to hear this, Ms Chips…. but it is almost Spring, maybe she will come home soon. I hope so.

      • 78 vcprezofan2
        March 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        😆 😆 😆 Sorry, CC, I know it’s not funny on the one hand, but I couldn’t help but laugh. Maybe you should look up the vet’s number and have it ready in case the farmer does call back, OR call the vet and tell HIM to set his farmer straight. [I’m still chuckling.]

        • March 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

          You know VC, I examined my conscience today – and felt half bad.

          If the fella was looking for a doctor for a human, I probably wouldn’t have bothered calling back.

          But:

          Have I mentioned before I prefer animals to humans?

        • 84 hgerhard
          March 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

          Oh Chips as a retired Veterinary Technician this makes me wonder if that poor calf is getting any help. If the farmer is elderly, maybe he doesn’t hear well. If there is a Veterinary Medical Association or Agricultural Extension Service in the phone book, maybe they can call the farmer back and recommend a vet who treats farm animals.

      • 85 99ts
        March 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        Oh my Lord! I once had a phone number that used to belong to an “after hours florist”. The calls we received wanting flowers sent to funerals! It seems all other floral arrangements are sorted out during working hours.

      • 86 aquagranny911
        March 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        I should not laugh about this but my Hubby’s old cell phone # was one digit off from our county jail. He got phone calls day & night from family members, bail bondsmen & even deputies wanting to know if their “perps” had been processed. Needless to say, we got the # changed.

      • March 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Eeeeegads, I know how you must feel. A very popular restaurant once placed an ad with my phone number in it by mistake. My phone rang non-stop for 24 hours with people wanting reservations. It was insane. When I finally got through to the restaurant to tell them they made a mistake and were going to have hordes of angry diners, they apologized profusely and comped me a big meal with wine, so it sort of made up for the mess. The night we went Jacques Pepin was at the next table!

  16. March 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    You want to know why PBO sent troops to Niger last week? It was to help the African and French in Mali. Was is smart? Answer…….

    • 91 99ts
      March 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Paul Krugman must be one of the few who has given out the real story time and time again – the morning Joes of this world will regret their laughter – much sooner than later.

    • 92 nathkatun7
      March 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

      You know, DF, this whole GOP charade has never been about deficits or long term debt. This is all about making it difficult for President Obama to govern. I am sorry, but I think Republicans — and especially the teabag wing –are so evil that they’ve decided to destroy the country because the majority of us Americans had the audacity to elect and then re-elect President Obama. I repeat: I am absolutely convinced that the game Republicans are playing has absolutely nothing to do with deficits! George W. Bush inherited a budget surplus and in just four years he turned the surplus into a deficit. And after 8 years in office, Bush left his successor a massive deficit, a devastating financial crisis, rising unemployment and an economy headed into a major depression. By the way Reagan also left the country with a massive deficit that forced Bush, Sr. to break his pledge of “Read My Lips, No More Taxes.” Yet we never heard a peep from Republicans about deficits. If McCain had won in 2008, or Romney had won in 2012, there would have been no sequester. The deficit would have been the same as it is now; may be even more because we probably would still have troops in Iraq. I respect Paul Krugman and he is trying to make economic sense. But I wish he would zero in on the racial politics behind the Republican deficit nonsense. What the Republicans are doing to this country has absolutely nothing to do with rational economics.

  17. March 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  18. 97 hopefruit2
    March 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I’m listening to some music at this time. All is well. 🙂

  19. 98 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022448545

    kron4 news (san francisco) tonite announced when president obama signed the sequester into existence… then they actually discussed what was going on – and … to my shock and amazement, after some decent explanation, the anchor stated that neither the president or congress was going to change this until the people started to react.

    THEN… (are you ready) the anchor stated this was an attempt by the republicans to get rid of all the programs of the new deal that they had hated – the safety net, social services, etc.!

    With a video…

    • 99 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      This is San Francisco, after all, although I’m still fairly shocked… brilliant! 😯

      • 100 desertflower
        March 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        I know:) But it DOES put a smile on my face just knowing that media, somewhere, told it like it is.

  20. March 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Nerd post……and all around cool either way!

    • 102 CEB
      March 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

      I did not understand any of this, but do know enough to cheer the progressive and innovative Obama White House. Our guys are marching into the future, finding ways to harness the best minds so that all of our lives will be better. Even with all of the obstruction, lies, and hate, this administration just keeps on keeping on, always with its eyes on the goal of making govt. more responsive and inclusive, perfecting our union, and getting all of us ready for the brave new world. The dinosaurs that are trying to hold us back will not succeed; their days are numbered and we will build a new world over the fossils that will be the only thing that is left of them.

  21. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    March 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Love the images, Chips, and those delightful memories!

  22. 104 hopefruit2
    March 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    HEADLINE: In Filing, Casino Operator Admits Likely Violation of an Antibribery Law

    // LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the casino company controlled by the billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson, says in a regulatory filing that it probably violated a federal law that prohibits bribing foreign officials.
    Related

    The casino company said in a filing Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission asked two years ago for records relating to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Las Vegas Sands said that after it got the S.E.C. subpoena on Feb. 9, 2011, the audit committee of the board of directors opened an investigation. In its annual report, filed Friday, the company said its audit committee had “reached certain preliminary findings, including that there were likely violations of the books and records and internal controls provisions” of the antibribery law. //

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/business/in-filing-casino-operator-admits-likely-violation-of-an-antibribery-law.html?smid=tw-share

    • 105 a4alice
      March 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      yes I saw a few tweets go by about this with the general consensus being no wonder why adelson wanted Romney to win……

    • 106 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      I hope that with the new head of the SEC, that Sheldon Adelson will have a new address and an interesting bunk mate at some penitentiary somewhere. If this crime was committed by a normal person, they’d already be in jail.

  23. March 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Some climate change news from earlier if you missed…..

  24. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    March 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Watching C-Span TV, and they’re showing a Feb. 1 program of The Commonwealth Club of California, and an interview with actor Rob Reiner on topical issues. The host is Dan Ashley, San Fran ABC-7 TV news anchor. Isn’t Dan the wonderful reporter who was so thrilled to interview President Obama, last month, or do I have him mixed up with someone else? This guy’s great.

  25. 111 lamh36
    March 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Another weekend another birthday party in NOLA. Today’s party is for my twin aunt and uncle’s 44th birthday. The bar is stocked, the DJ is on da ones and twos, the crawfish is boiling, the oysters bout to go on da grill and da party ain’t even started yet!

  26. 115 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Budget cuts force Yellowstone to delay opening

    ————————————-

    The costly and complex road-clearing operation that was scheduled to start on Monday will be postponed this year because of the U.S. government’s across-the-board budget cuts known as the “sequester,” which took effect on Friday.
    .
    .
    Local tourism industry leaders are not happy with the decision. A delay in the park’s traditional early May opening and other service reductions could mean millions of dollars in lost tourism and tax revenues for small, rural towns in Montana and Wyoming.

    “I think it’s counterproductive, and I expect a lot of people to be raising hell,” said Mike Darby, whose family owns the Irma Hotel in downtown Cody, Wyoming, at the east gate of Yellowstone.
    .
    .
    “It’s alarming that this very avoidable threat could become a reality. From Yellowstone to Cape Cod, the Grand Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains, our national heritage and local economies are at risk,” NPCA President Tom Kiernan said in a statement on Thursday.

    ————————————————

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/02/us-usa-fiscal-yellowstone-idUSBRE9210C420130302

    • 116 globalcitizenlinda
      March 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Votes cast by many in these states indicate they demand “cut spending” – well of course cut it for “those people” and not me

    • 117 COS
      March 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      It’s funny how the pundits and WHPC are saying that this sequester won’t be felt that much. Saw Ali Velcher alluding to this meme this morning. They are not looking at the big picture and the domino effect like PBO talked about yesterday. They even had the nerve to fact check what PBO said abut the janitors at the capitol getting a pay cut. They rated this false. The janitors may not realize that down the pike they may be getting a pay cut. This sequester will be like a slow death day by day when it starts kicking in.

    • 118 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Yellowstone… Wyoming… home of Dick Cheney – the guy who said “deficits don’t matter”. All those who have supported the right wing through their attacks on President Obama’s attempts to recover the economy will now have to face the consequences. It’s only unfortunate that the damage can’t be isolated to those who have caused it.

  27. 119 99ts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    From a comment on bj – sounds like the GOP

  28. 123 99ts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I would have loved that he lived to sing this song in 2008
    “But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back Up front there ought to be a Man In Black”

  29. 124 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    What is a fair amount of time to expect that my representative respond to the emails that I’ve sent him regarding VAWA and the sequester???
    I seriously need to know if I should blow a gasket yet or not…..

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      My Rep, Jim McDermott is pretty quick, DF, I think I hear back within 48 hours, but that may be if it is not a weekend… Still, he is very prompt and very good. His office always thanks me for making phone calls, gets my name and zip, they like to hear from the constituents. Patty Murray, one of our Senators, has an excellent monthly news update, very detailed and sent via email.

      • 126 desertflower
        March 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        48 hours? Well…THAT expired already! I sent the emails the middle of last week. Haven’t heard a word…figured maybe it was difficult to spin some lies for me and it was taking awhile….maybe a phone call is in order Monday….

        • 127 vcprezofan2
          March 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

          Your Rep. was probably waiting till this second break (the last one was for family business -snark) started – give him another day or two.

    • 128 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      It once took Senator Feinstein a month to respond to me. I couldn’t even remember why I’d written to her by the time I got a response back!

      • 129 desertflower
        March 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        Yikes! 🙂 Well…to be fair, Senator Feinstein is quite a bit more senior than my chickenshit, TP rep:) I’ll give him a few more days and then call…AND send another email.

        • 130 theo67
          March 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

          Gallegly used to be my GOP rep, as well, and I recall it taking about a week to hear from him – form letter.

    • 131 susanne
      March 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

      late response, df, but my senators and rep took several weeks to reply to my email. and then i got a form letter-type email, but in clear support of the president’s position.

  30. March 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    After the Hagel conflagration and before the Obama visit, with no Israeli coalition and a new U.S. Administration, the policy part of the conference will be akin to groping in the dark….”Which brings us to the truly unique and in many way unprecedented political logjam that is currently plaguing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to set up a new governing coalition.” Bibi has till the 16th to form a government……

  31. 133 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I am usually very eager to see the annual live march across the bridge to commemorate “Bloody Sunday”.

    but tommorrow I have to do my best to keep my hands in one spot while we are watching that rat cantor in their midst – I cannot afford to break my screen

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      March 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Tell me about it. I’m calming myself down by imagining he was invited so he’d learn something, as though anything could kick start Cantor’s heart.

    • 135 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Just keep something handy so you can put it over your eye to block your view of Cantor when he appears. I’ve heard that laying eyes directly on him inadvertently can cause bad things to happen… Kind of like looking at the sun during an eclipse.

  32. March 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    For those interested Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor have formed a firm, and entered the twitter sphere. https://twitter.com/TVietor08

    Along w/ Alexrod,Plouffe,Goolsbee, these two are fitting in nicely. More importantly will have authority to those who think they matter(MSM)

  33. March 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Need to share this with all of you, but it’s gonna hurt a lot.

    We all know why we awake each day and what our tasks are to help humanity. This is just another brutal reminder as to how much we have to do.

    #FORWARD

    • 143 desertflower
      March 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I saw this on his Twitter page. Heartbreaking just doesn’t do this justice. This is obscene…( the cause of this boy’s death).

    • 144 a4alice
      March 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I saw this. I thought at first he talking about his own son. Very very sad. and so unneccesary.

      • March 3, 2013 at 2:51 am

        I had the same first response, Alice, and had sent Jeff a DM and then saw the earlier tweet indicating it was Mr Perea’s son. The personal bond with Jeff is considerable, but upon learning that it was not his son but another father’s did not lessen the pain. I only wish I could communicate directly with Mr Perea as I can with Jeff.

    • 146 globalcitizenlinda
      March 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      heartbreaking!

  34. March 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    So cool!!!!

    • 148 vcprezofan2
      March 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I find it ‘interesting’ that the President is under such close scrutiny that one needs an entire article (in a foreign language) to explain his use of a simple phrase. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the close scrutiny had to do with the real CONTENT of his presidency, as that would mean an actual discussion of what he is actually saying. On the other hand, I really like this guy’s conclusion

      “Far from being a mistake, mixed metaphor, or slip-of-the-tongue, Obama’s extemporaneous invocation of “Jedi Meld” was precisely on point, simultaneously displaying his nuanced and considerable command of the finer details of both actor-network theory and the Star Wars: Expanded Universe. Instead of mocking him from the comfort of our replica X-wing armchairs, as nerds and citizens we should be honored and awed by a commander-in-chief who offhandedly deploys such concepts in the public discourse.”

      • 149 theo67
        March 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        Yes – I thought the same, VC. The article would be entertaining, were we not in the midst of a meltdown of government because of the GOP dereliction of duty. The President must have thought he was in the Twilight Zone when he realized the “mind meld” nonsense was trending on twitter, as though people’s lives weren’t about to be torn asunder. When I listened to his response at the press conference about whether or not his Administration was overstating the consequences of the sequester, my heart broke. He sees the people who will be affected, and he feels for them – deeply.

        • 150 vcprezofan2
          March 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

          It just occurred to me Dudette would probably like the article. She’d no doubt understand far more of it than I, who never watched an episode of Star Wars/Star Trek, did.

        • 151 vcprezofan2
          March 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm

          BTW, Theo, I asked how you were in the last thread but got no answer. So, how are you – have you been making moves or are you still stationary? 😉

          • 152 theo67
            March 3, 2013 at 12:07 am

            Sorry – just seeing your message now. It’s impossible to keep up with messages without that little indicator in the top corner…! No moves other than locally in the near future. I’ll send you an email update tomorrow. 🙂

  35. March 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Tweet the OMB and let them know you fully recognize how harmful the GOP have been to the USA – ever since SCOTUS stole the 2000 Election.

    It’s up to us to halt the terrorists threatening to destroy America and our planet’s ecosystem.

    Yes We Can

  36. 155 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    above mention of the upcoming AIPAC meeting reminded me of how rude Bibi was to PBO. I will never forget his talking down of PBO right there in the Oval Office & infront of a press that did not dare to challenge his attitude.

    I remember my disgust with gop & some Dems that weekend as they took sides (publicly) with Bibi and thrashed PBO – incredible!

    • 156 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Yes – I’ll never forget that Congress hosted Bibi on the House floor to blast the President with lies, while the President was on an important foreign trip. There are Democrats and Republicans who will have to answer for their behavior on that matter one day.

    • 157 vcprezofan2
      March 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      And there you have nailed the very real reason for the strong negative feelings I have towards Netanyahu. I felt uneasy about him before, but the disrespect he showed while a guest in PBO’s house touched a cord of near hatred for me. Funny enough, my response has been a calm sense of waiting whenever I see/hear of him, because ever since I’ve had the firm belief Bibi’s ‘time will come’.

    • 159 amk for obama
      March 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

      All congress critters from both parties are slaves to isreal. Plenty defence boondoggle dollars at stake.

  37. 160 Jovie
    March 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Club for Growth says spending bills must defund health law

    By Elise Viebeck
    The conservative Club for Growth is pushing lawmakers to oppose upcoming spending bills that do not defund President Obama’s healthcare law.

    On Friday, the group threatened to score against the vote for the next continuing resolution (CR) unless the bill makes dramatic cuts to the law’s implementation.

    Club for Growth circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter from Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) urging House GOP leadership to help “restore patient-centered healthcare in America.” 

    /-
    AND here is why they ate doing that…-

    IRS moves to collect billions in fees from healthcare law

    By Ben Goad
    The proposal would assess annual fees on most insurers that would total $8 billion next year and rise thereafter.

    -/
    Protect big Business!
    Any questions?

  38. 164 dotster3
    March 3, 2013 at 12:12 am

    SNL opening was horrible. First of all, the black guy they have impersonating President Obama is actually worse than the white guy who used to impersonate President Obama. Zero resemblance, completely off, some cartoon version of him. Then it was obvious that the remarks were written by the conservative wing of their writers, hostile with no sense of humor, familiar conservative traits. They had their fake Obama talking about the sequester saying he knew nothing about money or how the economy works—–hahahaha—-so funny!—-not. Then he said the WH was going to do their part by having the First Lady only make 4 appearances per week instead of her usual 75. Hilarious!—not. Then they made fun of the kind of jobs that would be affected and mocked the people who serve in those roles. It was the most pathetic thing, no one laughed——weak and ugly.

    • 165 theo67
      March 3, 2013 at 12:15 am

      The only time I consistently tuned into the SNL was during the Tina Fey impersonation of the half term governor. I don’t find the humor funny. And it sounds like I’m not missing much.

    • 166 a4alice
      March 3, 2013 at 12:18 am

      I didn’t think it was funny either.

    • 167 COS
      March 3, 2013 at 12:50 am

      Thanks for the heads up about SNL. Some things should not be mocked by SNL or John Stewart.

      • 168 anniebella
        March 3, 2013 at 5:30 am

        Well I rarely watch SNL, because it is not as good as it use to be. And the black guy impersonating POTUS is not good.And the crap you said they were talking weren’t funny to me.

    • 169 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Considering sending them an emai telling them that the episode was full of crap and insenstive and that I will go into sequestration taking my viewership of their crap with me

    • 170 Nena20409
      March 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Doster3…..the guy that used to portray pres Obama was originally from a South American nation…..Not a white man.

  39. 171 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 12:16 am

    • 172 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

      We could make up our deficit by just hauling the likes of these clowns in and having them all pay up! Hear that, Romney and “Friends”? SMDH.

  40. 173 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 12:19 am

  41. March 3, 2013 at 12:20 am

  42. 176 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    OK going to bed nite all.

    • March 3, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Trying to get everyone fired and ready to go. When the going gets tough, the tough. FORWARD. President will move us forward. Lets have his back.

  43. March 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    We’re still behind you Mr. President. Still hoping and changing. Still moving #FORWARD YES WE CAN. Sí se puede.

    Time to get into campaign mode.

    • March 3, 2013 at 1:17 am

      That didn’t turn out right. 😳 Sorry

      • 186 Lynn
        March 3, 2013 at 1:36 am

        Give it up girlfriend! No blushing necessary! Smokin’ vids (even if I can’t run ’em, fubar computer) I can see your meaning in every one, Carol! Happy middle of the night from the snow belt of central New York! Long may we be unfrakkked!

  44. 188 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 1:52 am

  45. 191 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 1:57 am

  46. 192 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

  47. 193 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Not sure if this has been posted, but it’s good coverage of the Selma-to-Montgomery March Commemoration, and the story of Rep. John Lewis and the current-day Montgomery Police Chief, who “apologized for lack of action by police during the 1961 attack on the Freedom Riders,” and who gave Congressman Lewis the badge off his uniform. The police chief seemed emotional, right along with the heroic Congressman, and said this was in line with the values of Dr. King, and that “It’s a new day.” I feel so … well, happy … although that word doesn’t cover it, because I, too, am so gratified for John Lewis and the others, I could cry my eyes out.

    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/viewint/article/20130301/NEWS/130228012/Selma-Montgomery-March-Commemoration

  48. 195 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

    • 196 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2013 at 2:16 am

      Ha! Good way to end my night, amk! See y’all tomorrow!

      • 197 jacquelineoboomer
        March 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

        But first … one more quick one … a former co-worker and fellow federal retiree just sent this out:

        “Due to sequestration, all retirees have been placed on furlough. Beginning at midnight tonight, each retiree must act like a Senator or Congressman one day a week and do absolutely nothing.”

        • 198 jacquelineoboomer
          March 3, 2013 at 2:24 am

          And another … Reminds me of how (not) funny the old joke passed around the office used to be, when I worked for the Navy:

          “All leave is cancelled until morale improves.”

  49. 199 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

  50. 200 susanne
    March 3, 2013 at 2:43 am

    surprised by lies from rethug candidate?

    ‘ Massachusetts State Rep. Dan Winslow (R), one of three candidates for his party’s nomination in the upcoming special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat, won a GOP straw poll Saturday. He then ended the event on a hypocritical note: After giving his speech to the party faithfuls, Winslow tried to disassociate himself from the event’s location, the Danversport Yacht Club. “I am not a tea and crumpets Republican,” he said:

    “They gave us three minutes to speak today; three minutes is longer than I ever wanted to spend in a yacht club,” Winslow said. “I am not a tea and crumpets Republican. I am here because there are activists here. I am running a grassroots campaign.”

    Winslow’s professed enmity toward yacht clubs is apparently newly found: as recently as 2011, the candidate disclosed that he served on the board of directors for the Pamet Harbor Yacht & Tennis Club. Both Danversport and Pamet Harbor could well benefit from HD1965, Winslow’s proposed bill to repeal the sales tax on the sale of boats built or rebuilt in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ‘

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2013/03/02/1662911/massachusetts-winslow-gop-yacht/

  51. March 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Time to send out positive waves. I lost a long post, it disappeared, so must mean I should just shut up and inspire with videos and tweets.
    When did you start getting active in your support for President Barack Hussein Obama? He was the first candidate we donated to a politician. Didn’t get us a Christmas party invite or even a card, but we did get a card this year! Remember in 2008 how they tried to bring him down because of Rev. Wright?

  52. 203 susanne
    March 3, 2013 at 2:58 am

    sheldon adelson– yes, we figured he was dirty.

    ‘ Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N) said it “likely” violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which outlaws the bribery of foreign officials, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

    The filing marks the first disclosure by the casino operator, controlled by founder and billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, that is was under investigation. ‘

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/02/us-sands-idUSBRE9210AZ20130302

  53. March 3, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Florida Atlantic University a public university name their Football Stadium after a Multinational Private prison, The owner Zoley gave FAU. 6 million dollars for a 12 year contract.

    This is the Private prison company that is taking over the state run prison in Florida. Gov. Scott have turn over many state run prison to this company.

    This company GEO group have been ban from operating in Mississippi and in Australia for abusive treatment of youth prisoners which one federal Judge referred to as a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions

    FAU President Mary Jane Saunder a republican, told a crowd of about 300 people which were on both side of the issue, its a done deal.
    ( only 300 where are the outrage democrats)

    Notice Rabbi and liberal in this next statement.

    Rabbi Bruce Warshal, who served on FAU’s board of trustees with Zoley, said Zoley could overlook political differences for the good of the school.
    “I’m a liberal Democrat, and he’s a conservative Republican,” Warshal said. “But I think he’s a decent human being, and he’s very devoted to FAU.”
    Palm beach post.com

  54. 207 anniebella
    March 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

    So Mitch McConnell is upset about a racial slur made toward his wife, tell me how does he feel when people of his party make racial slurs toward POTUS and FLOTUS. And he remain silent.

    • 208 99ts
      March 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Didn’t hear his outcry against the birthers – and 5 years later they are still attacking the President – when did GOP politicians learn to cry – rather than just get on with life when they hear something they don’t like – the biggest whingers in the world – I don’t remember this type of “poor me – its not fair” in any previous timeframe.

  55. 209 Ladyhawke
    March 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

    THE 2014 MIDTERMS WILL BE NATIONALIZED

    Obama: Now it’s all about 2014

    Aware that the GOP won’t deal, a report says the president’s determined to take control of the House in 2014

    BY DAVID DALEY

    ——————————————

    “The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Steve Israel, the New York congressman who chairs the DCCC, told the paper. “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.

    “If 2012 was a referendum on President Obama, then 2014 will be a referendum on the tea party Congress,” Israel said. “And the president and House Democrats are joined at the hip on this.”

    —————————————————-

    http://www.salon.com/2013/03/03/obama_now_its_all_about_2014/

    • 210 jackiegrumbacher
      March 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

      We also need to nationalize the Senate races. Have to keep the Senate as we take back the House. This is why 2013 is so important–to get people used to the idea of voting all the time. We have to establish the pattern of voting every year, not just every four years.


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