Chat Away, The Oldie Edition

LovelyPlains and even Amk – you’re the very best! Although I’m a bit late with the white smoke announcing your TOD election.

More noobies soon, and I’ll be back in action a bit after that.

Chat away!

145 Responses to “Chat Away, The Oldie Edition”

  1. March 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Who’s the new Pope?

  2. March 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    On a clear day, you can see forever! I think in song lyrics.

  3. 7 Grab A Mop Grace
    March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm


    • March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      You are at the top ten. It’s just fun for me. When my name is in lights, then I’ll run ‘n hide. Boy is tweety wrong. My TV is set back a couple hours. The white smoke in photo show a beautiful blue sky. Now my TV show its evening. Tweety made his guesses. Sounds like he wanted Dolan. Isn’t Dolan a rethug? Tamron says its raining, but no one looks wet. Oh the excitement. Hope they’re wearing depends. I’m laughing so hard it’s running down my leg!

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  5. 12 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    • 14 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I’m laughing out loud.

      I just repeated this to a Catholic friend and she says she spit Pepsi all over her keyboard at work.

  7. March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Oi, is that a coal powered smoke announcer?

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    New Pope is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s 76 years old.

  9. 19 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    New Pope will take the name Pope Francis. Apparently, Francis was all about helping the poor, eradicating poverty, etc.

    • 20 yardarm756
      March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      The Landed Gentry are gonna luv him for sure. ha!

    • 21 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Will he instruct his minions to stay the hell out of american politics – that’s my question.

      They can pay their own damned taxes, if they want to change American law to reflect their ideology.

  10. March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Archbishop of Buenos Aires is the new Pope, as Francis I.

  11. 23 miss pat
    March 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    The black man didn’t stand a chance..just kidding. The world is not ready for a black pope. The church would have lost members by the mil;ions right here in the USA.

    • 24 susanne
      March 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      if the world isn’t ready for a black pope, then it’s well past time to have a black pope. or a woman pope. or a married pope! there is nothing to be gained by accepting prejudice and oppression as fundamental cultural realities. sorry to be preachy, but i think america was not supposed to be ready for a black president, either, and look how that turned out! 🙂

    • 25 hopefruit2
      March 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Actually, they wanted President Obama to be the new pope but he was already occupied with the US Presidency.

    • 26 sonjiaduncan
      March 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

      The early church had three Black Popes.

  12. March 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Good afternoon! Out in the boonies, the various conservatives are screaming about the sequester cuts. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that national parks are … federal programs. 😯

    • March 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Oh, but those are GOOD federal programs. You know, not the ones that go to the poor, who are mostly black—oh, wait, no, the poor are mostly white.

    • 29 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I heard that this morning on Stephanie Miller. A caller said that rural schools were scrambling to cut everything they could in order to pay for school bus service.

      The caller made an interesting point: the people still getting Federal money were the corporate farms.

    • March 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Oh yes. Lead story in our paper yesterday was about the various campgounds or other areas in the Smokies that will not be open this season. I read some of the comments and most were as you would expect: The Tea Party folks whining and saying it’s all “Obama’s fault blah blah blah……..” Same song, different verse. As norbrook said, just now sinking in that the parks are government jobs. And, of course, we also have Oak Ridge right here–HUGE part of this area’s economy. They’ll catch on when it hits home.

      • March 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        The great point of schadenfreude for me was that a little over two weeks ago, there was a conservative blogger who confidently “showed” how the cuts wouldn’t impact the national park system all that much, and in particular … the Smokies, his favorite area. Oops.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Every national park entrance should have a sign saying “If you don’t like our current hours, call your Congressman. It’s his fault.

  13. 34 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Apparently, the new Pope is a Jesuit Pope. Wow.

  14. 40 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Jesuit. Strong on education and social justice. Paul Ryan just started crying. Meanwhile, the powers that be at the HS my son teaches at are jumping up and down. It is a Jesuit HS>

  15. 46 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The new Pope is the first Jesuit Pope apparently.

  16. 47 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    So NOW you are admitting your ‘truth’ful place as an ‘oldie’? See, ‘the truth will out’ as THEY say. Though your noobies have done a ‘foine’ job it’s nice to see you, CC.

  17. 49 carolyn
    March 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Okay……..I’m so not attuned to Rome, I guess…when I saw the smoke and blue sky and “oldie edition” the first thing I thought of was Old Faithful in Yellowstone! I would not stand out in St. Peter’s Square in 38 degrees and rain for someone I do not know. So…is this a good election or a bad one? 76 years old……????? How old was Benedict when he started?

  18. March 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hope the new Jesuit Pope from Argentina can lead the Catholic Church in a more humane and inclusive direction. Good luck to Pope Francis!

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Judith,I think that will be except for women and gay couples. Until women have a leadership, i.e., priestly, role in the Catholic Church, they will never be accorded respect.

  19. March 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Way to go, Noobies! You’re doing great!

    And, Chips… How can we ever thank you enough for all you’ve done, for so long, to help us keep our sanity, keep us motivated, and give us endless righteous laughter and thoughtful information…?


  20. March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Could the new Pope be a new John XXIII? One can only hope.

  21. 56 Jovie
    March 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Nomine Patris, et Filli, Et spiritu Sancte



  22. 57 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  23. 58 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    son of an Italian immigrant to Argentina and his wife.

    Father was a railroad worker.

    Was a Jesuit, including serving as provincial for all Jesuits in Argentina

    theological conservative (could not expect less)

    personally very humble

    gave up his limo and used public transit

    he was a seminary professor who later got his doctorate in Germany

    has a commitment to the poor, hence his choice to be Francis I after St. Francis of Assissi

  24. 59 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    From TPV:

    ” At a news conference on Tuesday morning in the Capitol, Mr. Ryan was asked why his plan included so many elements that voters appeared to reject in November when they elected Mr. Obama over the Romney-Ryan ticket.

    “So the question is,” Mr. Ryan responded, “the election didn’t go our way — believe me I, I know what that feels like — that means we surrender our principles? That means we stop believing in what we believe in?”

    But the winner of the national election, and the majority of the Senate SHOULD give up their principles?!?!!

    If I could scream out loud at work, I’d be screaming right now.

  25. 60 Jovie
    March 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    President Obama said his priority is to prevent an economic slowdown — not to produce a 10-year balanced budget — during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with House Republicans.

    Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) asked Obama about the budget, questioning whether he would “commit to a 10-year balanced budget” according to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).


  26. 61 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The new Pope’s parents are Italian but he was born in Argentina. He’s been fighting for the poor all his life but holds conservative views on marriage per usual. Interesting.

  27. 62 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  28. 63 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm


  29. 66 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm


  30. March 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    • March 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      “an accomplished intellectual … leading role during the Argentine economic crisis burnished his reputation as a voice of conscience…”
      “who chose to live in a simple apt rather than the archbishop’s palace, who gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus…”
      “basically conservative, [but] he delivered a blistering attack on priests who refuse to baptize children born out of wedlock.”

    • 70 susanne
      March 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      old white guys still in charge. big surprise.

  31. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      March 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      The video included above is good sharing material, except that I’m more impressed by Senator Warren’s professionalism than by the conclusion that she ‘slammed’ GOPs. Notice how Sen Warren points out that the SEC hasn’t done all its preparation and brought focus to 4 specific areas of omission, then share the vid far and wide. IMO she is looking quite knowledgeable and impressive in her new role.

  32. March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  33. March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    • 75 Vicki
      March 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Well, it is not an American Pope and whoever is indulging their insane anti-Obama schadenfraude will probably have to find a new hope.
      POTUS can do more than one thing at a time. He can visit Israel and not insult anyone in Rome. My globe tells me that Jerusalem and Rome are not that far apart.
      Let’s see when the Papal installation is.

      • March 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        The basic thrust of the article was that if the new pope was from the US (which we now know is not the case), it was highly likely that the President would be attending the installation. Since he’s not, the odds are that VP Biden will lead the delegation.

    • March 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Ed Henry: Fox has learned the Vice President is headed to Rome soon for the installation of Pope Francis, US official -Still working details

  34. 78 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Whoa….this new Pope is pretty impressive. He’s a Jesuit Pope, he fights against inequality, he fights for social justice, he fights against economic corruption, he fights against poverty, he’s written extensively about the divide between the rich and the poor and feels the rich should pay their fair share and contribute to the economy, he studied chemistry in college but became a Priest after being drawn to Jesuit teachings about fighting for the poor.

    He visits people who suffer from HIV/AIDS and makes sure that society sheds a light on the disease. He is pro-education.

    He is of course conservative when it comes to marriage — but that’s par for the course.

  35. March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    6 months post-Benghazi, Obama taps new Libya envoy


    President Barack Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya on Wednesday, filling a post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack and signaling the United States’ commitment to the North African country as it undergoes a perilous transition from decades of dictatorship.

    To replace Stevens, the White House tapped Deborah K. Jones, a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and the now-shuttered U.S. Embassy in Syria. Jones, who currently works as a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, also has spent time at embassies in Turkey and Ethiopia.

  36. March 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    A tweet from the BBC:

    There is a real hope that Pope Francis I could change the nature of the Catholic Church, says BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott. “This is a hugely symbolic step,” he says and reveals an awareness of the size of the Church outside of Europe, he adds.

  37. 87 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

  38. March 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  39. March 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Want to take a moment to thank LL and all who have volunteered to help the blog chug along……. Truly appreciate the wonderful community that has established on this wonderful forum. I know you have a lot on you plate right now…….. Thanks for taking some of your precious time to help LL!!!

    • March 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Indeed Lovelyplains, you and amk have done a fantastic job. I’m sorry I missed amk’s first post as blog tyrant because I was holed up in meetings and could only access Twitter via my smartphone. But I’m looking forward many more fun days at TOD with your lovely posts helping out the Admiral Chips!

    • March 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      You set a high standard. Is LL running this thread? It’s running very smooth.

    • 99 Audrey
      March 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Congratulations Lovely plains, but when posting the president and First Lady’s daily schedule perhaps remembering to also address her properly as you do her husband would be helpful. Just as you did not list the president by his first name, it is rude to have her scheduled as “Michelle Obama”. This is a pro-Obama blog and the First Lady should be treated with more respect.

      • March 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        Sorry missed that. I had pasted a schedule listing released by the WHCA and didn’t realise she was not addressed First Lady, I would have changed it hat I noticed. It was 3:00 a.m. so it slipped and I was stressed about getting the post up properly. I ask for you patience..

    • 101 nathkatun7
      March 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Great job lovelyplains! Thanks to you, AMK and LL for volunteering to keep TOD rolling. You are all doing a wonderful job. I am sure our beloved Chips is proud of you.

  40. 103 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm


    Obama presses Senate Dems on filibusters

    By Steve Benen


    The status quo is already farcical. We’ve seen Republicans launch the first-ever filibuster of a cabinet nominee, filibuster a CIA nominee, and they’re set to filibuster President Obama’s Labor Secretary nominee, who hasn’t even been introduced yet. The GOP is filibustering judicial nominees they don’t like and judicial nominees they do like. Republicans have also already vowed to use filibusters to stop the Obama administration from enforcing the law as it relates to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and to stop the president’s nominee to lead the ATF.

    With this in mind, President Obama talked to Senate Democrats today, asking them to do something about the ridiculous obstructionism.



  41. 110 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    The media is most dying to know what does this all mean for President Obama. Stay tuned! 🙂

    • 111 japa21
      March 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Considering the Pope’s views on social justice, it might be more appropriate to ask what this means for Paul Ryan.

      • 112 hopefruit2
        March 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        I agree – but the MSM won’t care. Karl Rove will tell them to shut up about what it means for Paul Ryan, but go on and on about what it means for PBO even if they’re talking plain donkeyness…

    • 113 Vicki
      March 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      usually my first concern too, but for a different reason, obviously

      • 114 hopefruit2
        March 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        🙂 You’re not alone. Most people (myself incl) – every news event that’s their first concern, for good or bad.

  42. 115 daisydem
    March 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Had obligations this morning, so just now arriving on TOD. I see (and stopped to read) there are already some new Pope jokes, but in case this one has not been posted yet: from Joy Behar: it is starting already, Donald Trump wants to see the Pope’s birth certificate!

  43. 116 carolyn
    March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Who was the leader of this section? Thanks to lovelyplains, amk and this person…..we seem to be chugging right along.
    I’m not the least big surprised that so many people volunteered to help……that is the general attitude I’ve always felt here.
    President Obama is really telling ’em today. They’d better sit up and take notice, both left and right. When he said he wasn’t going to negotiate over the debt limit, he wasn’t kidding. He has totally put everything Ryan tried to do yesterday into the incinerator today! Even talking to the Democrat leaders about filibuster reform!

  44. 118 mtmarilyn
    March 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Good afternoon TOD. A huge thank you to all the noobie Chipadees helping to keep our family going. What a wonderful amazaing community!!!!

  45. 121 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  46. March 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    It’s really funny listening to tweety, Tamarin Hall and Chris Jansing waiting for the Pope to be announced. Really silly season there.

  47. 123 Jovie
    March 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Lt Governir of Florida resigns because of Racketeering charges.

  48. 124 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Of course, on Twitter right now “ThingsMoreCharmingThanObama” is trending. WHY?!?!? Who started this crap?

  49. 131 LDS
    March 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    HF2, we all know what it means: It means he knows the f**k what he is doing. He is the man. He is the President. We voted for him 2Xs.
    And they can go to hell……

  50. 132 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  51. 133 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  52. 134 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Dumb & Stupid coexisting in the same body…

    • 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      and BTW, he claims we’ve stack the court with liberals… dumb & stupid…

    • 136 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      I wonder, Alycee, do these people even go to high school. You have to work really hard to be that stupid. Heaven only knows what kind of people elected him to be their representatives. I don’t want to think how ignorant you would have to be to believe a guy like this deserves to be in the US House. It also makes me laugh when they vow to uphold the constitution when they don’t even know what’s in it.

    • March 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Does one wonder whether they must be tested for a certain level of sheer stupidity to qualify as a GOP candidate? Dear Lord, there is really something wrong wrong wrong with this picture.

      • 138 vcprezofan2
        March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        I’m (almost) convinced they go to Repub candidate school. They are alarmingly similar in their ignorance, character, and meanness.

  53. 139 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

  54. 140 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Another interesting article on the new pope. There is some confusion (and perhaps a rush to judgment) on his tenure during the dictatorship. Information still unfolding:


  55. 141 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm


  56. 144 Nena20409
    March 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hello Chips 😉

  57. 145 Jovie
    March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm



    Does this make sense? OFA not a partisan organization? You mean they like republicans too?

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