Chat Away

Gotta go eat – see ya in a bit.

151 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    April 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Chips … that image? Really? I just decided to give them up – AGAIN – and now I.Want.Some.

  2. 13 utaustinliberal
    April 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  3. April 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m kind of grumpy today. This is me.

  4. 16 GGAIL
    April 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Ha! I’m having Cheetos with my lunch right now! Hahaha!!

  5. 17 utaustinliberal
    April 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  6. 22 MightyPamela
    April 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Now, what does that photo remind me of? Oh, yes! CHEESEY PUFFS! and I happen to have some right here in my kitchen! Even my kitty likes them, if they are properly smashed into a manageable dust! HA! Good One, Chipsticks (hope you don’t eat too much today!) 😉

  7. 23 japa21
    April 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Well, that picture totally caused me to lose my appetite. Cheesy puffs, yech. I hope Chips isn’t planning to have them at the reception.

    • 24 MightyPamela
      April 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Oh! japa… the reduced fat cheesies from Trader Joe’s will make a believer out of you, and LL too! Also, the menu is set, I hear, Cheesey Puffs will flow like wine, from soup to nuts. For those with refined taste..

      • April 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        The orange will go with the fluorescent pink bridesmaid dresses.

      • 27 57andfemale
        April 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        tres chic event you guys are planning.

        Now I want cheesie puffs. Thanks a lot, you guys.

        • 28 MightyPamela
          April 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

          You are so welcome, dear 57!

          • 29 57andfemale
            April 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

            Seriously, MightyPamela and Chips — I can’t get them out of my mind. A pox on you – may you be buried in cheesy puffs.

            I will, however, check out the reduced fat cheesy puffs at Trader Joe’s. Guilt-free, I’m sure.

      • 30 HZ
        April 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Hi MightyPamela. How are you today? Yes, the Trader Joe’s are great. Those (when I do eat them) will keep the guilt sensations away. You have permission to eat those all day, MightyPamela

        • 31 MightyPamela
          April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

          Oh Lord! I can really only eat them once or twice a week at most, but thank you HZ, I am warmed at the thought!! I was just about to come back online to tell japa and LL, on second thought, they had better NOT try the TJ’s brand, because the result will be predictable: they will begin to CRAVE cheesy puffs over all other cravings… and you and I will be to blame. Just like the GOP… 😉

  8. April 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I hadn’t had cheesy puffs in a long time until someone on this blog was talking about it a while back. Now it’s become a staple. 🙂

  9. 35 Linda
    April 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    WASHINGTON — More than five years since the start of the Great Recession, unemployment remains a major economic problem in the United States, with long-term unemployment among its most stubborn aspects.

    Nobody told Congress.

    A hearing Thursday on long-term unemployment held before the 19-member Joint Economic Committee began with just a single lawmaker in attendance. Panelists testifying on the problem and its potential solutions spoke only to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the committee’s vice-chair, for the first half-hour of the roughly 90-minute session.

    The all-but-complete absence of congressional interest was first documented by National Journal reporter Niraj Chokshi, who tweeted a photo of the hearing. Shortly after the photo was posted, several other lawmakers did trickle in to participate. Once the hearing had been under way for 35 minutes, Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) had joined, according to Chokshi. Eventually Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) also joined.


  10. April 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I guess I’m a minority opinion on the cheesy puffs. I’d much rather have a chocolate chip cookie!

  11. 43 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Senate confirms Burwell to head OMB
    Ramsey Cox
    04/24/13 12:46 PM ET
    The Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Sylvia Burwell as director of the Office of Management and Budget.…

  12. 44 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    House GOP to hold new hearings on Benghazi
    Julian Pecquet
    04/24/13 10:21 AM ET
    The new hearings were announced Wednesday by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).…

    They will not give up on Benghazi, they just keep distracting the public from the real issues before us. 😦

  13. April 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    From the bottom of the other thread …

  14. April 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  15. 62 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    House and Senate Unwilling to Concede on Medicaid Expansion [Tampa Bay Times] “The full House will discuss its proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion on Thursday and likely vote on Friday. That plan would rely only on state funding to provide basic coverages to low-income Floridians, forgoing an estimated $51 billion in federal funding. The Senate is pushing a different proposal, one that is eligible for federal funding and would insure up to 1 million people. Right now, neither side appears willing to concede to the other.”


    • 63 57andfemale
      April 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I hope the DNC is ready with the ads, because FL will ‘blame Obamacare’ for the paltry coverage.

      • 64 Jovie
        April 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        You see? The longer they can string out the budget crisis, and Benghazi mess, it takes up all oxygen in Beltway.
        Then, nobody knows anything about anything else.
        Republican think tanks for ya! 😦

        • 65 57andfemale
          April 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          I’m still baffled at how quiet the administration is, considering that people will be eligible to sign up for the exchanges in October. There should be ads – that’s how Romney sold health care reform in MA. Is it because Congress won’t give them any money to promote it? Would there be no way around that? You’d assume the administration would have learned how important it is to get the word out on ACA.

          • 66 Sharon
            April 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

            At a hearing Sebelius said this will begin this summer.

          • 67 Jovie
            April 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

            It has to do with this upcoming debt limit, not sure if it will be funded.
            Not kidding!

            • 68 57andfemale
              April 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

              I read your link and really wondered what the traps were that they were setting. That being said, it’s a bill. It has to pass the Senate and PBO would have to sign it.

        • 69 prettyfoot58
          April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          You see? The longer they can string out the budget crisis, and Benghazi mess, it takes up all oxygen in Beltway.
          Then, nobody knows anything about anything else…



          This is part of their Plan of Obstruction…and where is the MSM to challenge the GOP of Obstruction….

  16. April 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Question from my regular Wednesday patron: “Is everyone in Victorville a meth head?”
    My answer: “Yes”.

    Adventures in reference librarianship!

  17. 71 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Ya know…, Pink is hot -but Kerry Washington is fine.
    Just saying, she wins! 🙂

    • 72 anniebella
      April 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      I don’t care about things like People magazine, best looking this and best looking that, because I think people should be judge by the content of their character rather than how sexy they are or how good looking they are.

  18. 74 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  19. 76 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  20. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    • 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      One-term Tom is history. Hope the Commonwealth is still standing when we oust him…

      • 79 japa21
        April 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        I think that is the hope in several states.

      • 80 jackiegrumbacher
        April 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Alycee, making Corbett one term isn’t going to be enough unless we oust some state senators and assembly people. The whole stinking state government is a mess and we have to clean it all out. At that, it will take years to fix things, but at least the state will stop sinking like a stone. We’re something like 49 in job creation.

        • 81 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          April 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          For the good of the Commonwealth, I’m willing to ‘sacrifice’ my rep – Bill Adolph, and sen Ted Erickson… both entrenched members of the GOB network!

  21. April 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Ok, blog tyrants, I have my night owl open thread ready to go, well, tonight.

  22. 90 japa21
    April 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  23. 91 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hotel owners march to Capitol Hill as flight delays threaten summer travel

    Kevin Bogardus – 04/24/13 01:38 PM ET
    Congress is getting an earful from hoteliers who fear sequester-induced flight delays will ruin the tourism season.…


    We told them across the board cuts would happen including Furloughs for every department.
    Now they all are blaming the President?

    • 92 Lovepolitics2008
      April 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hope they’ll march toward the Capitol, and will leave the White House alone. America has to stop this cult of the presidency. A president of the USA is much less powerful on domestic affairs than a Prime Minister of Great Britain, or Canada. When it comes to domestic affairs, Congress is the most powerful of the three branches of government. By far. Jeezz it’s so obvious for anyone who follows politics closely.

      The LBJ myth maybe.

      • 93 theo67
        April 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        I saw a snippet last night of one of the Maine Republican Senators (I can’t recall her name), calling for the President to fix the sequester. They have no shame. They lie to people’s faces, and yet they want people to believe they are presenting an honest picture of events. The Republicans are why people don’t trust politicians.

      • 94 99ts
        April 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        PM is the leader of the majority in the lower house – In the current US situation Boehner would be the PM – Ahhhhhh.

        In my world some want to give away the Queen as head of state & have a President – after watching the last 3 years in the US – hopefully that thought goes nowhere.

  24. 95 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    • April 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      I’m not sure how to feel about this. I’m glad the OFA folks continue to act professionally and make us all proud. As for John McCain, I can’t go that far – after the disrespect he’s shown to President Obama, and the witch-hunt he led against Susan Rice. I just can’t go there.

      • 97 prettyfoot58
        April 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        it is about building allies on issues where you can…but that does not mean that we do not call him out when necessary…

        • 98 Indie Liberal
          April 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

          Exactly. As much as we dislike this you are right here.

          That said, maybe people who love our President so much will stop blaming his alies for the GOP-media led witch-hunt of Ambassador Rice.

  25. 99 CindyH
    April 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    while I think Gwynneth is very pretty

    • 100 CindyH
      April 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      oops – fat fingered a reply about People mag article – Gwyneth may be pretty, but hardly the most beautiful in my opinion…

    • 101 57andfemale
      April 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Her voice drives me crazy. Never could see the fascination with her.

      • 102 AJ
        April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        Yes, this. Although I’ve always loved her mom dearly.

        • 103 57andfemale
          April 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

          Me, too. Blythe has a sublime voice.

          I’m a great lover of Jane Austen and Shakespeare, and looked forward to Gwyneth in Emma. The voice drove me insane.

          And my brother (may he R.I.P.) almost came to blows over her high school rendition of Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love. I am in the minority on that, but she drives me crazy.

          I liked her best in the Royal Tannenbaums but that may be because she hardly spoke.

          And she was great fun on Glee.

          Still, she drives me crazy and I wonder if she ever would have gotten a break without her famous mom.

  26. 104 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I think they are really going to go over debt limit in order to get rid of obamacare-


    I really think they are desperate. I hope I am wrong. 😦

    • 105 prettyfoot58
      April 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Despite the damage inflicted on our economy two years ago, and against the renewed warnings of economists, Republicans are once again steering our nation toward default. Indeed, they are preparing for default. That’s what this bill is all about. Because let’s be clear: prioritization by any name is default,” said Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the committee’s ranking member


      Important point raised in the article….

  27. 106 Don
    April 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Somebody wake me up when white women aren’t considered the most beautiful women in the world.

  28. 117 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Feeling for DesertFlower and our other TOD-AZ family mbrs…

  29. 118 japa21
    April 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  30. 119 Nena20409
    April 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Recipe 😉

  31. 122 japa21
    April 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Okay, this is in response to a tweet I saw condemning Islam because the suspect is reported to have said he and his brother did have a religious motivation. However, I deliberately chose and act that would have used Christianity as a motivation to attempt to turn the tables. I am sure many of the Islamophobes are too dense to see the comparison.

    • 123 yardarm756
      April 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Please don’t forget the KKK and their cross burnings and bombings. And consider the White Citizens Council too.

  32. 124 lamh36
    April 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    This Is What It’s Like to Be a Muslim in Boston Right Now

    When Anum Hussain heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, she immediately panicked, worried that the culprits would be like her. The 22-year-old Muslim was in the offices of Hubspot, the Cambridge marketing-software company she works for. As her coworkers frantically rushed to call loved ones who’d been out watching the marathon that day, she was glued to the TV, fearing what she might learn about potential suspects. “My heart was beating fast, just praying that this person didn’t turn out to be Muslim,” she recalled. “I knew that if they were, all hell was going to break loose.”

    Her concern was warranted. That same afternoon, on the Boston subway, a second-year Muslim student at Northeastern University who wears a headscarf phoned her parents to report her safety; as she spoke to them in Arabic, a stranger pushed her so hard she fell to the ground. Later, one of Anum’s male acquaintances, someone with brown skin, was riding the MBTA when he realized that he was weirdly alone—all the other passengers on his car had moved away from him, as if he was a threat…

  33. 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

  34. 127 JER
    April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    • 128 Jovie
      April 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I don’t want him in Dallas…

      • 129 MightyPamela
        April 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        Jovie, when I come back later on iPad, I will post the link to candles for PBO. I like it when there are lots of candles flowing Light all around him. I’m off to cut some mock orange flowers for the table…. soon the house will have the scent of Heaven (well, and incense!)

      • 131 carolyn
        April 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        I can well understand this feeling. However, living this close to Dallas, and having family who live there, I know that the city still feels that November 22, 1963 is a blot on their good name, whether or not they liked JFK.
        I do know that the mayor of Dallas is a smart and honorable man. (His mother was a good friend of mine before her death last year) The mayoralty of Dallas is a non-partisan office, also. I looked all over the mayor’s home page and there is no mention of political affiliation, which I think is the right thing for mayors.
        Dallas wants to redeem its police reputation from 1963. They were incredibly sloppy and careless, even after the assassination. The Secret Service have already been to my son’s office building,which is about a mile due north of SMU. I’m sure the security perimeter wilbe quite large.
        Dallas itself is blue, which is not well known. Also, Austin and Houston are. They are no longer pits of rabid Republicanism. The rabid Republican areas are the rural areas, and East Texas and West Texas, very different from the metro areas. (East Texas is truly a whole other country, as is West Texas.) The major cities go down the I-35 corridor, which divides the state geographically and climatically.

        • April 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

          Thanks for the inside tip on Dallas security.

          West TX looks to be adjacent to I-35 (just to the east).

          GW Bush’s library opening will be in a controlled environment, no doubt with only invited and well-heeled guests.

          Dallas isn’t a concern for me, but the event in West TX has me nervous. I know that the Secret Service is working around the clock to ensure POTUS’ safety at tomorrow’s memorial. Hoping that they’ll be able to establish and maintain a secure perimeter for the event.

          I wonder how many of the former Presidents will attend the memorial service in West, TX.

          Does anyone know?

  35. 133 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Both plans failed in Senate today, to replace sequester.
    So much for that .

  36. 134 MightyPamela
    April 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Before I forget again: Full Moon Thursday April 25th, 2013: 5 degrees 46 minutes Scorpio @ 3:57pm EDT. Added note: Lunar Eclipse will occur, “but it will be an extremely shallow partial eclipse. It will be visible from most of Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. The partial phase will be so shallow that it will be very hard to spot, but the Earth’s penumbral shadow across the moon should be quite visible. Eastern parts of South America will have moonrise with the eclipse already in progress, but none of the eclipse is visible from North America.” Quoted reference from Jim Maynard’s Celestial Guide 2013.

  37. 135 Jovie
    April 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Flight delays that result from the sequester could cost the U.S. 83,000 jobs, the group that lobbies for the travel industry said Wednesday.

    The U.S. Travel Association said that the current level of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staffing reductions will put 83,000 jobs and $9.3 billion of economic activity at risk if the FAA’s air traffic controller furloughs continue.

    The furloughs have created over 2,000 flight delays since they were first implement on Sunday, according to figures released by the FAA.

    Travel Association President Roger Dow said his organization was “deeply concerned” about the impact of the furloughs on tourism and travel in the U.S.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/aviation/295987-travel-industry-flight-delays-put-83000-jobs-at-risk#ixzz2RQ3aYHoj


    • 136 carolyn
      April 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      I hate to even think this, but it may take an airline disaster due to lack of tower personnel or TSA personnel, to awaken the Republicans, and the general American public. This has never happened before, but the seeds for this were clear back in 1981 when Ronald Reagan broke the air traffic controllers’ strike, and replaced them with sub par workers.
      The Republicans are hell bent on following Grover Norquist down the bathtub drain, and taking the country with them. They simply do not care about the American people or the country at all.
      I hope a giant protest by tourism professionals and hoteliers will awaken them. We will also lose tourist money from China, Japan and Europe. People will not want to come here with airlines in a mess. Our prevalence of guns already is diminishing the number of tourists from other countries in our country. We are slowly becoming the outlaw of the industrialized world.

    • April 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      But Jovie, some hotshot with the FAA sat and berated Congress and the administration because he said no one told them the cuts would include furloughs. What’s wrong with these people? Didn’t the President crisscross the nation talking about the effects of the sequester? Ray LaHood had a presser to specifically talk about the effects on airlines and travel. They said they were crying wolf.

      • 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Didn’t hear about a FAA hotshot; did see this clip re: this morning’s Appropriation subcmte hearing where congresscritter Rodgers was grandstanding while suffering a severe case of amnesia. Video here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/martin-bashir/51650583/#51650583

        • April 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

          Thanks Alycee. I went to the video and that is the dialogue I heard. Just goes to show how unreliable the media is. The speaker (I didn’t see him) was identified as an FAA official. The fact that it was a Congressman is even worse. All I can say is…thank goodness for TOD.

  38. 140 anniebella
    April 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Lindsey Graham is a disgrace. Doesn’t say very much for those who keep electing him. After what happen in Boston this is no time to play politics, but that is all the Republicans are trying to do.

    • April 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Don’t know the accuracy of this, but here’s one reporter’s opinion on Graham:

  39. April 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  40. April 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Say it ain’t so…Did Jay Carney say the White House is willing to take a look at adjustments to the sequester to fix the FAA problem? Has anyone else heard this?

  41. 145 prettyfoot58
    April 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    No Democrats supported the bill since it emerged from the House Energy and Commerce Committee because the $3 billion tab is paid for by revoking funds from a different piece of the health-care law. That left GOP leaders needing to wrangle almost every vote from their side of the aisle to pass the measure, provoking a failure reminiscent of past embarassing flops since seizing the majority in 2011.


  42. 146 prettyfoot58
    April 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Democrats should be competitive in all 50 states by aggressively recruiting qualified and electable candidates in even the most conservative districts.

    That meant (gasp!) being ok with culturally conservative, pro-gun, not exactly orthodox progressives. It was that decision to aggressively push into red states that helped Democrats take back the House in 2006,

    Interesting Point….

    as we move into 2014….what are we hoping to do…ad how do we go about doing it…
    I remember a piece by Lawrence O’Donnell about Clair McCaskil…re: her being a moderate in red state….how we underestimated her…as much as a moderate as she may be…she has voted on PBO on most things….

    I agree with the tone of this article

  43. 147 vitaminlover
    April 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Someone on this blog/board likes cheese puffs. They refer to them as ‘cheesy puffs’.

  44. 149 Don
    April 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Chips, I respect you, I don’t where you get the strength to keep going forward. Sometimes I get bone tired, sometimes I just want to go to sleep and let the pod people take over. I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is the last honest person in Washington. When did we become to stupid, when did let fear and hatred and xenophobia rule our lives? I remember as a child my father would make us sit down and watch those Sunday morning political news shows with him, they might as well have been speaking Greek to me and my brother. But I’ll tell you one thing, as I got a little older even though they were still speaking Greek, I always felt that they gave a damn about the average citizen. The people that occupy public office today are so dogmatic in their beliefs, they are absolutist to a fault, they are suicidal political bombers. I guess what I’m trying to say is where have all the adults of my youth gone?

    • 150 prettyfoot58
      April 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      The people that occupy public office today are so dogmatic in their beliefs, they are absolutist to a fault, they are suicidal political bombers. I guess what I’m trying to say is where have all the adults of my youth gone?


      I think that they were just as dogmatic…

      if we start from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act….a span of about 10 yrs…before there were laws that help to dismantle JIM CROW…and even with these laws…the challenge remains….

  45. 151 prettyfoot58
    April 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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