Having a Ball

Ball: Float. In. Air. #JediMindMeld

Nonchalant after doing Jedi Mind Meld thing


President Obama hosts a ceremony honoring players and coaches from the National Hockey League Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House, March 26


I don’t want to talk about football/soccer ever again after watching Ireland v Austria.

Okay, I do:

If Ireland had President Obama’s flippin’ ball control, I’d now be swigging champagne.

But …… 😦



Back in a bit, I need to mend my broken heart.

98 Responses to “Having a Ball”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    March 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    he is talented with that ball.

  2. 6 canadabarb4obama
    March 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    2nd? hurray

  3. March 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Our President is a true athlete and sports fan!

  4. March 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Wow. Haven’t been in the top 5 for a while.

  5. March 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm


    So….. Robbie’s calf!!!! 😡

    • March 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Tally, I refuse to discuss Robbie’s calf at this moment, or any any other bit of him. Going for some fresh air, then I’ll take on his anatomy. PS Hope you enjoyed your boys’ WH visit!

  6. 13 cindy sweatt
    March 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm


  7. 14 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I feel your pain Chiparoo. Football can take you from high to low to high to low all in the span of 30 seconds.

    • March 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thing is, UT, I was booking my flight to Rio, I thought Ireland were on their way, and then Austria get the equalizer in the 9,00000000th minute. I friggin’ HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE football. Emotional? Me? YES!

  8. 17 Nena20409
    March 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Wow…..the concentration and the finesse of handling that Football…..hmm?

    At 51, a POTUS 😯 Pele in making? 😉

    Is there any leader from another nation who would dare to Challenge our POTUS to a match? 😎

  9. 18 TrumpDog
    March 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Obama rocks.

  10. March 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Posted this at the tail end of the previous thread (where it was more appropriate), but bringing over so someone might actually see it.

  11. March 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  12. 22 Nena20409
    March 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    A lot of that Salt and Pepper aren’t showing on these photographs? Pete’s the very best ❗

    I don’t care……….POTUS is just Right, Fine, any which way 😉

  13. March 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Who is the crabby dude in the background?—-no likey! My most unfavorite kind of person—- sourpuss.

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      March 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      He wasn’t a sourpuss. He’s a hockey player and wasn’t smiling very much because he’s missing some teeth and probably didn’t want to embarrass Pres. Obama in the video/picture. Pres. Obama joked with him before they took the picture about his lack of some teeth and said “that’s how a real hockey player looks” and then the guy smiled wide.

      • March 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        He’s a current hockey player? He looks like he’s 70. Rough go, that hockey. I still don’t like the person in the photo, as misleading as it may be. He could have bothered to look pleasant at least in the background of a presidential photo.

    • 26 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      I think that’s the coach. He was smiling at various times in the video. Just the still pics camera caught him when he was probably distracted by something. 🙂 🙂

  14. March 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    And I was really surprised to find out that the Albuquerque Journal’s DC reporter @MichaelColeman is now following me on Twitter (first journalist to do, though I do nip at their heels a lot).

    I wonder if TOD tweeters started following him after I posted a couple of tweets from him? He’s a good person to follow if you’re interested in the southwest (you can guess by my moniker that I am).

    • March 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Forgot to say that this photo is of Senator Heinrich being sworn in (obviously).

      Seems he’s an environmentalist (right up my alley) and according to a British rag that I won’t lower myself to link to “Heinrich co-founded and chaired the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in 1997.”

  15. March 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Just that simple …

    • 30 nathkatun7
      March 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Bob for asking the fundamental question. The Court has a choice as to which precedent to follow: the “Plessy v. Ferguson” precedent or the “Brown v. Board of Education” precedent.

        • 32 nathkatun7
          March 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

          You are most welcome, Bob. Thank you so much for your selfless dedication to fighting for truth and justice. It would really be a shame and a grave injustice if the majority of the Justices on the Court decide to take the country back to the era of SEPARATE and UNEQUAL, both in voting and in in the treatment of gay Americans.

          • March 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

            It would be horrible injustice, nath, and CJ Roberts must know that within a very few years those decisions would be overturned and his legacy would be even worse than the legacy of the Fuller Court because at the time of Plessy v Ferguson America had not achieved the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and made so much progress toward a day when the inclusiveness of E Pluribus Unum is truly ALL Americans, Equally.

            Thank you.

            Yes We Can

            • 34 nathkatun7
              March 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

              On the Contrary Bob! The post Civil War Congresses, led by Sen. Charles Sumner and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, enacted the most far reaching laws aimed at ensuring equality for all Americans without regard to race. Here are examples of the laws and Constitutional Amendments enacted by Congress between 1865 and 1875:

              1. The 13th Amendment, passed and ratified in 1865, abolishing slavery throughout the United States. (Most people are not aware that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did NOT free all the slaves).

              2. The Civil Rights Act of 1866, which, for the first time, declared that all persons born or naturalized in the United states were citizens of the United States. This act, which was aimed at nullifying the “Black Codes” further stated that State governments could not pass laws that treated U.S. citizens differently because of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

              3. The Reconstruction Act of 1867, which required 10 former Confederate states to grant the right to vote to all adult males without regard to race.

              4. The 14th Amendment (sometimes called the citizenship Amendment) passed by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, which basically re-affirmed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and essentially nullified the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision which had said that the descendants of Africans –slave of free — were not, and could not be citizens of the United States. Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which has completely been forgotten, emphatically provided that states that denied U.S. citizens, residing in their states, the right to vote then that state’s Congressional representation would be reduced in the same proportion as the number of citizens denied the right to vote. If Section 2 of the 14th Amendment was enforced all these right wingers trying to suppress the votes would think twice.

              5. The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, which made it illegal for states governments, or the federal government, to use race, color or previous condition of servitude to deny citizens the right to vote.

              6. The 1870-1871 Civil rights Acts ( better known as the “enforcement acts) passed by Congress to enforce the provisions of both the 14th and 15th Amendments. One of those Acts sought to outlaw terrorist organizations like the KKK and the Knights of White Camellia.

              7. Finally, Congress enacted the comprehensive Civil Rights Act of 1875 that banned racial discrimination in motels, hotels, restaurants, public transportation, public parks, all places of public amusements, and jury service.

              Sadly, the U.S. Supreme Court, beginning in 1876, eviscerated the efforts by Congress to try to ensure equality. The 1870-1871 Civil Rights Acts were struck down by the Court. This enabled terrorist organizations, like the KKK, to use terror and violence to deny Blacks the right to vote. In 1883, the Court, in the “Civil Rights Cases” declared that the 1875 Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional. Given what the Court had done between 1876 and 1896, the 1896 Supreme Court decision in “Plessy V. Ferguson” was simply the crown jewel. Even before that abominable decision, the Court had already rendered meaningless the three Civil War/ Reconstruction Amendments. It would take the court almost 80 years before it finally began to reverse the damage it had done. And It would take Congress almost 100 years before enacting Civil Rights Acts, some of which were weaker than those enacted by the Reconstruction Congresses, to enforce the Civil War/Reconstruction Amendments.

              • March 27, 2013 at 1:50 am

                Yes, nath, absolutely correct. The point I was trying to make, and poorly I admit, was that the Fuller Court is not the SCOTUS that CJ Roberts wants to emulate, and the duration and extent of those empowered by the 20th Century Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts are significantly more potent than what the Fuller Court had to confront. Your historical precision is admirable and I’m grateful for you sharing it.

                Thank you.

                • 36 nathkatun7
                  March 27, 2013 at 4:27 am

                  Thank you Bob your kind words and for clarifying the point you were making. Naturally, I agree with you that this Supreme Court, unlike the Fuller Court, has a more substantive record of Civil Rights laws as well as Supreme Court precedents than the Fuller Supreme Court had. Clearly the right wing faction of the Court (Scalia, Thomas and Alito) don’t seem to care about those laws and all the Supreme Court precedents that go back to the 1930’s. As matter of fact, Scalia, Alito, and the strange silent Thomas, don’t seem to mind emulating the Fuller Court. But you are absolutely right that the burden is on Chief Justice Roberts. He is the one who has to decide whether the Court will continue the march forward to equality or whether the Court will take the country backwards by sanctioning inequality.

  16. March 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Read this—–everyone! Read and pass along!

  17. March 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    From the state that gave us George McGovern — I incorrectly typed North Dakota instead of South Dakota yesterday 😦 :

    “Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) announced Tuesday that he will not run again next year, giving South Dakota its first open Senate seat since 1978…
    This is a prime Republican pick-up opportunity in a state Mitt Romney carried by 18 points, but Democrats have two strong candidates and promise a close election in a race that could also feature a divisive GOP primary….
    Attention now turns to the two Democrats who have their eyes on the seat: Johnson’s son, Brendan, and former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who lost in the tea party wave of 2010. Each is expected to make their plans clear in short order.”

    Hate linking to GOPolitico, but here’s the story if you’re interested (with plenty of rah-rah GOP included):

  18. 43 desertflower
    March 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm


    In 2011 the Texas state legislature cut $111 million from the state’s family-planning budget which was distributed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The cuts resulted in the closure of over 60 health clinics that primarily serviced low-income women and families.

    The federal government announced yesterday that it would bypass the state government and provide Title X funds directly to the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas which, according to the Texas Observer, will be used to “distribute to clinics for birth control, wellness exams, STD screenings and other family-planning services.”

    Title X will help pay for family-planning services at these struggling clinics. But the grant provides more than money. Unlike other funding streams, the Title X grant allows providers to cast privacy protection over all of their clients. This is especially important for teens that would otherwise need parental consent to access birth control. The Title X grant also allows clinics to buy pharmaceutical drugs at a steep discount, and gives them the flexibility to invest in staff and infrastructure.

    The Texas Department of State Health Services had sponsored 40 providers through Title X that operated a total of 122 clinics. Beginning next month, Hagerty’s coalition [the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas] will distribute the Title X money to 34 contractors—including Planned Parenthood—operating 121 clinics across the state.

    This a good example of measures the Obama administration takes on a regular basis to do whatever it can to provide for people that state governments have forsaken or chosen not to care about. It’s also ironic in that malfeasance on the part of the state government has allowed the federal government to assume more control over healthcare in the state.

    The federal government will also be operating the health insurance exchange under Obamacare in the state of Texas because Rick Perry refused to create one.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 Women of Texas…thank your President!

  19. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    March 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm


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  22. March 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    What happened, Chips?


  23. 50 lamh36
    March 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Oooh!!! Calling all Summer Blockbuster fans. It’s almost that time!!! Can’t wait to get my Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly. I already have at least 2 movies I’m looking forward to. Anyone have any movies they are looking forward to?

    My big 3 are (not surprisingly…lol) superhero movies: Iron Man & The Wolverine & Superman

  24. 52 theo67
    March 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Chips – I hope what I say isn’t taken as blasphemy, but you might have to think about supporting a different team! That team of yours seems to land you in perpetual misery… *I hope I’m not banned from here on out…* 😕

  25. March 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  26. 56 hopefruit2
    March 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  27. 57 desertflower
    March 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Absolute MUST READ. http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/03/26/the-world-republicans-live-in-greed-and-selfishness-and-push-for-laws-that-benefit-them/

    A young girl was raped by the star players of a high school football team someplace, somewhere. Nobody tried to stop it. A child, wondering whether he or she is attracted people of the same gender, has been bullied and harassed by others in his local middle school. Nobody tried to stop it and the child has killed himself. An honors student is not able to pursue her dream because she was brought here, illegally, by her parents when she was just a child herself. A mother and father are burying their child because a madman that had access to war weapons has gunned them down while they were sitting in their elementary school classroom. That’s the world we live in.

    Republicans don’t live in that world. Their world is black and white, right and wrong. You’re either a friend or an enemy. There is no middle ground. They do not see the world in color. The girl who was raped isn’t responsible for her actions because she should’ve known that boys will be boys and she shouldn’t have taken that shot of vodka. The child who is bullied should be grateful to those who tear him down because it somehow makes him stronger. The honors student should be sent to Mexico to be gunned down by a drug kingpin because she should bear the burden of her parents’ decisions. Those children gunned down are merely collateral damage in a war in the streets of America. That’s the world Republicans live in.

    So much more. Please take a moment and read….and pass 🙂

    • 58 mtmarilyn
      March 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      This is a great read!!!! I twitted and will pass it on. Thanks DF!!!

      • 59 desertflower
        March 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        Welcome MM:) How’s things? I thought that was a read worth sharing.Hey… aren’t you so glad that you all get to eat your roadkill now ?:) Good Lord, what we they thinking?

  28. 60 MightyPamela
    March 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Passing by to say Goodnight and Sweet Dreams. I just know I am missing tons and tons… have a follow-up with ortho early tomorrow morning, so will not be around until afternoon. Thank you everyone. I am with you in Spirit. Enjoy the Moonlight! http://myde.st/13hxNJi {{{TOD}}} {{{{PBO}}}}

  29. 64 Vicki
    March 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Did you hear this?? Congress is on a real recess and PBO agreed not to make any appointments.
    The GOP agreed not to filibuster presidential appointments or judicial appointments. How did that agreement work out for us?

    Just sayin.

  30. 65 Daiseymae
    March 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Just a comment. Watched a Joseph A Banks ad today with lots of guys in suits. None, I mean NONE, match my president and his swagger in a suit. Sigh.

  31. 67 Jovie
    March 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Among the four fundraisers President Obama is scheduled to attend in California next week is a dinner at the Getty mansion in San Francisco’s famed Billionaires Row, according to a Democrat briefed on the plans.

    Gordon Getty is a stalwart Obama supporter, ponying up $35,800 for his reelection last year, but this time, the fundraiser he is hosting with his wife, Anne, will benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    It won’t be Obama’s first time at the mansion — the Gettys also hosted him in 2008 for a fundraiser for his first presidential campaign.

    On the same day as the Getty dinner, April 3, the president will also attend a DCCC reception at the home of billionaire Democratic fundraiser and clean-energy advocate Tom Steyer. The following day, Obama will headline two fundraisers for the DNC, one at the home of Mark Heising and Liz Simons and the other at the home of Marcia and John Goldman.

  32. 73 amk for obama
    March 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    How did the doma hearing go ?

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      March 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Isn’t that one tomorrow? Anyone? Anyone?

      • 75 amk for obama
        March 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        My bad ? prop8 hearing.

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          March 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

          Yes, today was prop8 hearing … not sure how to categorize it, since there’s no known outcome. But there were lots of interesting points made and legal questions asked, and apparently the side against was weaker than expected. Seems like conservatives, at least, on SCOTUS may want to California-ize it (squash any goodness), so it doesn’t affect something they call “the states.”

    • 77 lamh36
      March 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I think the DOMA hearing is tmrw? Today was prop 8, yes?

    • March 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Here is the audio track of today’s hearing on gay marriage.

  33. March 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Translated speech of Moaz Khatib, President of The National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, delivered during the Arab League Summit in Doha Qatar on March 26, 2013-03-24


    Definitely worth reading.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      March 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Bob. Very chilling account of the torture and brutality of the Syrian government. Difficult to imagine how terrifying life must be in Syria today.

  34. 82 amk for obama
    March 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Pope Francis shuns grand residence


    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      March 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you very much for posting this, amk. I don’t mean to drop my personal thoughts here, this much, but this means a great deal to this Catholic, that the new Pope is starting out providing an immediate example to the others in the church hierarchy. It won’t be a perfect road ahead, but I’m hoping he takes charge and makes a difference. If he even lets priests marry, that would be one 21st century thing that could change the church overnight. (I’m also hoping he’ll sell off any artwork not painted on the walls at the Vatican, and give that money to the poor. If anyone will do it, he might be the one. He is setting a great example for priests and bishops and cardinals around the globe, and some of them in this country are probably squirming a bit – like Dolan – as it should be.)

      • 84 amk for obama
        March 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        I know. Me too starting to like this dood.

        • 85 jacquelineoboomer
          March 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

          I feel like writing him a letter with my thoughts, but maybe I’ll keep a “low profile.” Ha!

        • 86 jacquelineoboomer
          March 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          BTW, one of the reasons for the low profile is that I don’t want him finding out that I call him “Pope Frankie.” Although something tells me he’d laugh!

  35. 87 amk for obama
    March 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    UK Border Agency ‘not good enough’ and being scrapped


  36. March 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I love this woman! Sooo glad PBO put her on the court! Listen to this take-down of an anti-gay marriage argument by Sonia Sotomayor.


    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      March 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I love everything about Justice Sonia!

    • 90 nathkatun7
      March 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Maryl1, I am with you. As I responded to Carol. I think, on the previous thread, I am very impressed with Justice Sotomayor’s sharp intellect and her fearlessness in seeking TRUTH. She is making the much overrated “bully,” Antonin Scalia, who asks really stupid questions, look very small.

  37. 91 isonprize
    March 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Letter to the Editor re: PA’s Gov. Corbett who is refusing to except the money for Medicaid expansion.

    Foolish to shun Obamacare aid

    Working in a Philadelphia emergency room, I see daily the consequences of patients delaying their care (“Don’t expand flawed system,” March 12). For example, high blood pressure is often relatively simple to treat, but if uncontrolled can cause a devastating disease like kidney failure or strokes.
    In Pennsylvania, the federally funded Medicaid expansion under Obamacare would help some 600,000 working poor by raising income limits modestly. By contrast, our current system forces those working two or three minimum-wage jobs to hope they or their family members never get sick.

    For most governors, accepting federal help with Medicaid has been a no-brainer, even Republicans like Gov. Christie. Gov. Corbett should accept the Medicaid expansion now, and start providing care for more of our citizens.

    Second, citizens should join the nonprofit group Healthcare4AllPA in supporting a switch to a single-payer system. The group has just published an economic impact study showing that Pennsylvania could save $17 billion, and the plan also would cover mental health and dental care, and would reimburse doctors at a higher rate. That would make the supposed flaws of Medicaid moot.

    Patricia Eakin, R.N., president, Pa. Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, Philadelphia

  38. March 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Echoing the last thread, this is a compelling argument for why the Secret Service really needs a shake up, and of course, President Obama is the one to actually make sure this happens.

    Julia Pierson has 30 years experience, so she remembers the 1980s when women on police forces and other security details were few and far between. She’s well aware of the “old-boy” network.

    I hope this article doesn’t offend the many Secret Service admirers on this blog, but here is a snippet:

    “The agency’s leadership has fallen in the eyes of many agents. They feel betrayed by the brass, whom they see as tossing lower-level employees under the bus in order to deflect attention from problems at the top. Sullivan was already on thin ice after the notorious Gate Crashers incident during a White House dinner. And some of his inner circle had had their own tawdry affairs.
    The last straw, for some I talked to, came when the Secret Service required all its employees to go through mandatory “ethics” training.
    That message was especially tough to swallow coming from A.T. Smith, the deputy director of the Secret Service, who spoke at some of these training sessions. It is widely known among the agency’s ranks, and it was publicly reported more than a decade ago, that when Smith was in charge of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s security detail, he was having an affair with President Clinton’s cousin, who worked in the White House scheduling office, and whom he took to numerous White House social events.”

  39. 95 Cman
    March 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Amk here is the audio for the arguments today. After the inital headache inducing start. It is not all that bad to listen to in the background while you do some work. Around the 29 minute mark Justice Kagan had the whole court laughing, throwing back the stupid argument of marriage for procreatement sake back at Cooper. I laughed with them.


    • 96 99ts
      March 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      The man supposedly making the argument seems to be indicating that as long as the man is fertile in a heterosexual marriage – the basic ideal of a marriage existing to procreate has not been breached – and all I can think of is that the man is looking for a chic on the side.

      I am so sick of the moralistic b.s. about children must be born in wedlock – and that isn’t even part of the equality of marriage debate!!
      For centuries old men try to force their views on the young – while getting their chic on the side. Pffffft

  40. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    March 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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