Chat Away



11:40: President Obama delivers remarks on gun control at the White House – he will stand with mothers who want Congress to take action on common-sense measures to protect children from gun violence. Law enforcement officials and victims of gun violence will also attend.

2:10: Meets with the leaders of Sierra Leone, Senegal, Malawi and Cape Verde


President Obama checks Jane Hamsher’s accounts:


127 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Busy day ahead!

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Wait for me, you rat!

  3. 8 cindy sweatt
    March 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    close but no cigar

  4. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    March 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  5. 26 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    It is a wonderful world, despite all the not-so-wonderful stuff, isn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve heard that; nice memories Ms Chips.

  6. 27 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Hey JO’B, after all my years in the Village I’ve finally discovered the ‘like’ button. I saw your face there and decided to investigate further, then i clicked to see what would happen. Really, I’m the most unobservant of my surroundings unless something in particular catches my eye. Tonight it was your face. 😉

  7. March 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Because nothing says “Rock God” like Norman Greenbaum:

  8. 41 Nena20409
    March 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Tessa, a Little dog and her inspirational story. I am bringing it from the last thread.

    It is a heartwarming doggie video.

  9. March 27, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    The parts of the Bible they skip in Sunday school:

  10. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    March 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    What a wonderful (Obama) world

    I see trees of green, red roses too
    I see them bloom, for me and you
    And I think to myself … what a wonderful world.

    I see skies of blue, clouds of white
    Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights
    And I think to myself … what a wonderful world.

    The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
    Are also on the faces of people going by
    I see friends shaking hands, sayin’ how do you do
    They’re really sayin’ ~ I love you.

    I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
    They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
    And I think to myself … what a wonderful world
    Yes, I think to myself … what a wonderful world!

    I see a bankruptcy judge
    Lookin’ over Jane’s books
    The judge shows no mercy
    To those firebaggin’ crooks
    And I think to myself … what a wonderful world!

  11. 55 Jovie
    March 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I am disappointed about Ashley Judd. It seems like she was testing the Waters but once the Big Dog came out agaist her, she had enough.

    • March 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

      It does seem like she was full-steam ahead until last week when the Clintons showed up to give their opinion. They are very close friends with Grimes’ parents.

      • 57 anniebella
        March 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Someone probably talk to Ashley and told her that if the Clintons are not backing her it would be better not to run.

  12. March 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Ok, this evening has been a blast, but we have a day of outlet mall shopping in store for tomorrow. Night all!

  13. 62 yardarm756
    March 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

    > Subject: Nag, Nag, Nag.
    > An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.
    > As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, ‘What time of night to be getting home is this? Where have you been? Dinner is cold and I’m not reheating it’. And on and on and on.
    > Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs.
    > While he was in the bath, the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband’s client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged tonight.
    > Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go up stairs and give him the good news.
    > As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.
    > ‘They’re not hanging Wright tonight,’ she said.
    > He whirled around and screamed, ‘FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN, DON’T YOU EVER STOP?!’

  14. 66 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Just sayin’


    Marriage in the Victorian Era

    An unmarried woman could inherit money and property after she reached the age of 21, but once married, all control would revert to her husband. A woman could not have a will for her own personal possessions; since the control was in her husband’s power, he could distribute her property in any way he likes, even to his illegitimate children (if he has any).
    Women married because they had a lack of options; they were not formerly educated, and were only instructed in domestic duties. They needed someone to support them, and were encouraged to marry and have children (“The Rules of Marriage”).

    The Courtship

    Marriage was a carefully contemplated subject for a woman; since she would lose control over any possessions once married, it was not something entered into lightly, and a woman was not required to accept her first proposal.

  15. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Bob Shrum’s takin’ no prisoners:

    • 69 theo67
      March 28, 2013 at 12:55 am

      I love it! Clinton’s jumping on the bandwagon when it’s obvious that the tide has turned really irked me. He created this mess, and then he had the audacity to allow himself to be called the “President of the World” by Chris Matthews, and to even write a book telling the world how he would do President Obama’s job better than President Obama. He created the messes that President Obama is now having to clean up! How many lives have been damaged by his cowardice? And the fact that he had Dick Morris as a top adviser says volumes about his judgement.

      • March 28, 2013 at 1:05 am

        The one thing about William Jefferson Clinton that I am truly grateful is that he is smart enough to know no matter how hard he tries history is going to be very unkind to him.

        This is just one example that no matter how hard he will try he will never be able to erase how much damage he did to America.

        And that, every day, he has had to watch President Obama be a far greater leader all the while PBO humbly and kindly restores America from the damage that he, Bill Clinton, and, not just GWB, did.

        #TrustBarack … He’s in it for the very, very long-term

        • 71 theo67
          March 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

          Not just that. President Obama pulled Clinton back into the limelight, and was confident enough to leverage the media’s attempts to pit Clinton against him. And they all conveniently forgot that President Obama defeated the Clinton machinery.

        • 72 nathkatun7
          March 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

          Bravo Bobfr! You are absolutely right. President Obama has been trying to clean the mess he inherited from both Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush. DADT and DOMA all happened on his watch. Obviously he had to deal with the political reality that existed at the time.

        • 73 jackiegrumbacher
          March 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

          Excellent point, Bob. Thank you. If it were not for Clinton’s lack of self control, we would not have had the travesty of a GWB presidency. He had a chance to leave a lasting legacy, was blessed with a thriving economy and he let his appetites get in the way. There would have been no question about a decisive Al Gore victory if Clinton had ended strongly and supported Gore.

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

      He’s never going to escape Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, DOMA and, very importantly, repeal of Glass Steagall (by signing Gramm-Leach-Bliley). NEVER.

      • 75 amk for obama
        March 28, 2013 at 1:43 am

        and not to forget “welfare reforms”.

        • 76 zekke Lydonna
          March 28, 2013 at 4:53 am

          I remember the fight for opeess in the military. Clinton wanted gays in the military to be able to serve openly, but he couldn’t win that fight. Right issue, bad timing. DOMA, as stupid as it was, was an act of political ‘necessity’. Not doing it might have cost the Dems many seats.

          Political expediency is most always frustrating, but sometimes, you have to live to fight another day. I have many problems with the Clinton administration, but political acts of courage can be very costly.

  16. 77 vcprezofan2
    March 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I’m taking myself out of here early to give my head a good rest – I hope – tonight. Have a good night, everyone!

  17. 82 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

    POTUS will probably do this if the Background checks fail in congress, which is highly likely/


    • March 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

      This is what I request the President and VP do …

      25 March 2013

      Dear Mr President (and VP Biden),

      I’m convinced (and I’m hardly alone) that until a major – yes capitalist – enterprise has big $$$ to gain, the weapons industry and it’s sycophants (NRA-controlled Legislators and Gov Executives) will be much harder to thwart.

      The beauty of eliciting strong support from the Insurance enterprise is that they know how to make money on RISK, by mitigating that risk, i.e., not only will background checks, mental health exams, and all kinds of other provisions be required (e.g., training, licensing, etc.), but much of the pressure to make those requirements will no longer be without the one and only incentive that motivates some folk – making $$$.

      Yes, it’s calculated and it may seem a harsh assessment, but I’m a pragmatist driven by facts, and as impassioned I am about many issues, the reality of the #GunViolence issue happens to be we need to counter a very lucrative business with one that is at least as lucrative and that can actually force control parameters onto the making, selling and using of guns and ammo (just as they have done on numerous other major enterprises, e.g., autos, ships, airplanes).

      Thus, the Insurance enterprise is the logical partner, but it will take you and VP Biden and your many powerful colleagues and friends to shift the focus in a much more grounded and measurable form of ‘personal responsibility’– meaning that each maker, seller and user of guns and ammunition are held liable, and have properly insured that liability, every time they sell or use a gun and ammunition.

      Thank you,

  18. March 28, 2013 at 12:38 am

  19. 91 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 12:40 am

    The Boston Bruins just traded for Ingila, first black Captain in the NHL. 🙂

  20. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    March 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Here is some of the new face of Ohio politics – both staunch supporters of PBO. Ohio is on the move – leftward

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      March 28, 2013 at 7:04 am

      BTW, for those who are not aware, Vet Andrew Hounshel (on right) is the person running against cry-baby Orangeman Boehner.

      State Senator Nina Turner is a person to watch

      • 94 anniebella
        March 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

        I really like seeing State Senator Nina Turner when she is on Rev. Al or Ed show. She speaks her mind and does it well.

  21. March 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Can’t believe judge amends bail for Oscar Pistorius and returns his passport and so he is free to travel anywhere/everywhere to compete in track events—–just like he didn’t kill his girlfriend after all. Unbelievable. Different justice for S. Africa’s sports hero.

    • 97 anniebella
      March 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

      That is a surprise. So he can go anywhere he want to and decide not to come back to S.Africa.

  22. March 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

  23. 99 Dudette
    March 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

  24. 100 Dudette
    March 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

  25. 101 Dudette
    March 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

  26. 102 Dudette
    March 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Mornin’ Everybody! Have a Great Day!

  27. March 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Good day TOD!!!

    For all the music lovers …

    Very long day today … likely not back until late or sometime tomorrow.


    • 106 desertflower
      March 28, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Have a great day, Bob! We’ll keep the light on for you 🙂

      • 107 99ts
        March 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Hello df – that comment brings back memories of times past – good memories 🙂

        • 108 desertflower
          March 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

          Morning, 99! So glad that I sparked some good memories for you this morning! How’s things down under this morning??

          • 109 99ts
            March 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

            It’s 11.40pm – so not quite morning yet 🙂 – heading into a 4 day weekend with no rain in sight – lots to be thankful about.

            My Mom used to “put the front light on” for me when I was out as a teenager. Lived in a small town – no-one even locked the doors!

    • 110 Dudette
      March 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Good stuff! Thanks Bob! See ya later!

  28. 111 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014437330 Gun Violence Costs U.S. Health Care System, Taxpayers Billions Each Year

    The bullet exploded like a fragment from the past, piercing his present and laying waste to the future he envisioned. It tore through Jerome Graham’s back, wrecked his spleen, damaged his pancreas and kidney, and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

    And while the direct medical consequences of that gunshot fired a year ago in East Baltimore end there, the full force of its destruction has reverberated more broadly, encompassing Graham’s friends, his family, his community. It has carried into the American health care system, while confronting American taxpayers with costs reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Before he was shot last year, Graham, 33, supported his wife and three children by working as an electrician. Barring a medical miracle, he will never walk again, greatly complicating his ability to earn a paycheck. Since the shot went through his body, he and his family have come to rely on government programs like Medicaid, Social Security and subsidized housing.

    In the American conversation, discussion of gun-related violence generally centers on the tragic loss of life or permanent injuries that result. But beneath these headline-grabbing, life-shattering facts are costs measured in vast numbers of dollars. Firearms-related deaths cost the U.S. health care system and economy $37 billion in 2005, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attempted an estimate. The cost of those who survive gun violence came to another $3.7 billion that year, according to the CDC.

  29. 112 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 8:24 am


    A 22-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday night for illegally transferring a handgun used by a white supremacist parolee linked to the shooting death of Colorado’s prison chief, authorities said.

    Stevie Marie Vigil of Commerce City, Colorado, was arrested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on suspicion that she legally bought the gun and transferred the handgun to , a convicted felon who was not allowed to legally own firearms, bureau spokeswoman Susan Medina said in a statement.


  30. 114 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 8:49 am


    Guns don’t offer protection – whatever the National Rifle Association says

    The insistence that guns protect people from rape and violence is not rooted in scientific reality

    • 115 desertflower
      March 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Indeed, the evidence suggests the very act of being armed changes one’s perception of others to a decidedly more paranoid one. Other studies have shown an element of racial priming too, where a black subject is more likely to be assumed to be carrying a weapon. Guns have a curious psychological effect beyond this: a 2006 study by Dr Jennifer Klinesmith and colleagues showed men exposed to firearms before an experiment had much higher testosterone levels and were three times more likely to engage in aggressive behaviour relative to the subjects not primed with a weapon.

      LaPierre’s proclamation bears the hallmarks of a litany of misconceptions. Gun aficionados often frame the debate in terms of protection, but it is vital to realise that the vast majority of rape and murder victims are not harmed by nefarious strangers, but by people they know, and often love – friends, family members, lovers. Far from protecting people and keeping families safe, the sad truth is that firearms are often used in episodes of domestic violence. The John Hopkins centre for gun policy research has some sobering facts on this; women living in a home with one or more guns were three times more likely to be murdered; for women who had been abused by their partner, their risk of being murdered rose fivefold if the partner owned a gun.

      Nor did guns make the women safer; women who purchased guns were 50% more likely to be killed by an intimate partner. So LaPierre’s “good woman with a gun” is actually, it seems, putting herself in danger.

      Viewed in this light, the NRA’s insistence that rapes can be prevented with firearms or that teachers should be armed appear even more stupid than they already seemed. It is worth remembering that just as America leads the world in gun ownership, so too does it lead the world in gun homicide, with 11,000 to 12,000 murders committed by firearms each year. The tired old rationalisation that guns protect people is frankly contradicted by the evidence.

  31. March 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

    • 117 desertflower
      March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Obama’s fault

    • 118 Nena20409
      March 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

      From -0.01 to +0.01 to Final count report ate +0.04% for Q4 of 2012. Yeah :!:. I will indeed take the latter. 13 consecutive qtrs of positive growth in GDP.

      😆 😉 😆 😎

    • 119 anniebella
      March 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Imagine if everyone were working together, House, Senate, White House. If there were jobs bill pass to put people back to work. Just imagine how stronger our economy would be if the House and Senate were working with the White House. Instead all the Republicans are doing is trying to destroy the economy.

  32. 120 hopefruit2
    March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to Mexico and Costa Rica

    // President Obama will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica May 2-4. This trip is an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America.

    In Mexico, the President looks forward to meeting with President Peña Nieto, with whom he spoke by telephone today. The President welcomes the opportunity to discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership and further our engagement on the broad array of bilateral, regional, and global issues that connect our two countries. In Costa Rica, the President looks forward to the opportunity to meet with President Chinchilla as well as heads of state of the other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, whom President Chinchilla has graciously offered to host. The trip will be an important chance to discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development in Central America and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security. //


  33. 121 hopefruit2
    March 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    As they should.. 🙂

  34. 123 JER
    March 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson spoke out on behalf of President Obama’s healthcare law on Monday.
    “ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working,” he said on MSNBC.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/290143-magic-johnson-obamcare-is-working#ixzz2Oq3bmYhD

  35. 124 hopefruit2
    March 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

  36. 125 amk for obama
    March 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

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