Chat Away

@Lawrence: A lot of kids in Malawi have only 1 shirt but no kid in the world is prouder of a shirt than this one.


Schedule for trip here

132 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 pkayden
    June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm


  2. 5 GGAIL
    June 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I’d be proud of.that shirt.too!

  3. June 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    You beat me, Chips. Was just about to post a chat away chat.

  4. June 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Ok, I have a pre-night owl chat chat ready to go. Because we all know this one will get busy soon.

  5. 10 Jennifer
    June 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Argh, GG is the first guest on Chris Hayes’ show. I so wish that Ed was back again!

  6. June 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    “The intelligence community is already seeing indications that several terrorist groups are in fact attempting to change their communication behaviors based on what they’re reading about our surveillance programs in the media.” “It is possible that the United States will be attacked because terrorists may now know how to protect themselves in some way or another, that they didn’t know before”

  7. June 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  8. June 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Ok, since my next post involves Monty Python, I’m laughing like a maniac watching MP clips on Youtube.

  9. 34 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Dratz. Blogging is soooo hard.

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  11. 38 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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  13. 45 yardarm756
    June 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Some much for the ‘butthole’ Chris Hayes,,,,,,,,,,,on to the next shiny thing;Uncle Clarence Thomas! Watch as he completes his metamorphosis to a white unicorn with wings.

    • 46 nathkatun7
      June 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Hey, Yardarm, I think Uncle T has never gotten over the rejection by the sisters he tried to woo! This man’s self hatred is not healthy.

  14. 48 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Wasn’t this lizza guy a snowdenbot?

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  17. 55 JER
    June 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • 56 pkayden
      June 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Crossing my fingers that the immigration bill is signed soon. That would be a great accomplishment for President Obama.

  18. 57 yardarm756
    June 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    This one made me think and reflect.


    I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
    After waiting a few minutes I honked again.

    Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about
    just driving away, but instead I put the car in
    park and walked up
    to the door and knocked.
    ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice.
    I could hear something being dragged across the
    After a long pause, the door opened.
    A small woman in her 90’s stood before me.
    She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat
    with a veil
    pinned on it like somebody out of a 1940’smovie.
    By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
    The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it
    for years.
    All the furniture was covered with sheets.
    There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks
    or utensils on
    the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
    box filled with
    photos and glassware.
    ‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she
    I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to
    assist the woman.
    She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the
    She kept thanking me for my kindness.
    ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.’I just try to treat my passengers the
    way I would want my mother to be treated.’
    ‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said.
    When we got in the cab, she gave me an address
    and then asked,
    ‘Could you drive through downtown?’
    ‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly.
    ‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry.
    I’m on my way
    to a hospice.
    I looked in the rear-view mirror.Her eyes were glistening.
    ‘I don’t have any family left’, she continued in
    a soft voice.’
    The doctor says I don’t have very long.’
    I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
    ‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
    For the next two hours, we drove through the
    She showed me the building where she had once
    worked as an
    elevator operator.
    We drove through the neighborhood where she and
    her husband
    had lived when they were newlyweds.
    She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had
    once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
    Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a
    particular building
    or corner and would sit staring into the
    darkness, saying nothing.
    As the first hint of sun was creasing the
    horizon, she suddenly said,
    ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.
    We drove in silence to the address she had given
    It was a low building, like
    a small convalescent home, with a
    driveway that passed under a portico.
    Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we
    pulled up.
    They were solicitous and intent, watching her
    every move.
    They must have been expecting her.
    I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
    the door.
    The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
    ‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into
    her purse.
    ‘Nothing,’ I said
    ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.
    ‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
    Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a
    She held onto me tightly.
    ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’
    she said.’Thank you.’
    I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim
    evening light.
    Behind me, a door shut… it was the
    sound of the closing of a life.
    I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift.
    I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
    For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.
    What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or
    one who was
    impatient to end his shift?
    What if I had refused to take the run, or had
    honked once, then
    driven away?
    On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done
    anything more
    important in my life.
    We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve
    around great
    But great moments often catch us unaware,
    beautifully wrapped
    in what others may consider a small one.
    At the bottom of this story was a request to
    forward it.
    I deleted that request because if you have read to this point,
    you won’t have to be asked to pass it along…
    you just will.
    Thank you, my friend!

  19. 61 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  20. June 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Not idle speculation at this point ….

    • June 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this one schmuck has dealt so much damage to the US.

      • June 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        As you well know, LL, this ‘one schmuck’ is highly likely not to have been ‘acting alone.’

        And, we can well imagine the 24×7 intensive investigation of Booz Allen, USIS, Altegrity, etc., that have been underway since the very first leak.

        Snowden didn’t get that job by accident.

        The money & influence trails are what will lead to those who enabled this traitor. One thing for certain, folk are out there who don’t ever want to have Snowden plea bargaining.


      • 70 nathkatun7
        June 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        LL, he “has dealt so much damage to the US…” because the man who aided and abetted him, Glenn Greenwald, is idolized by the media and the PL. It appears that the much hailed whistleblower hero may indeed turn out to be one of the most dangerous traitors of this country.

  21. June 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Vote on the Hoeven-Corker amendment of the immigration bill in the Senate was 67-27. Included some games:

    The amendment was structured to secure Republican buy-in — and lock in their support through final passage. Instead of narrowly amending the bill to strengthen the border security provisions, the amendment itself also contains the text of every other provision of the bigger bill.


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  24. June 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This is a picture I saw in January taken in Mali, never could I imagine the identical t-shirt would be seen in a village in Malawi….. President Obama’s impact will never be appreciated by many in the media or the haters in the U.S., it’s the next generation of children growing up worldwide where his legacy will be on full display, and fully appreciated…It’s sad many don’t realize how lucky we are.

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  25. 77 Jovie
    June 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  26. June 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm


    Mandela’s Health Improving, Says Former President Mbeki

    Nelson Mandela’s health is improving after a two-week stay in a South African hospital where he is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, former President Thabo Mbeki said.
    “I maintain very close contact with the family and doctors about Nelson Mandela’s condition,” Mbeki said in an interview on Johannesburg-based PowerFM radio yesterday. “I don’t think anybody should entertain some wrong notion that Nelson Mandela is going to die tomorrow. He’s not going to.


    • June 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Fingers crossed. 🙂 Although lets not get our hopes to0 high. At his age, and current history with this illness, it could be up one day, down the next. I do hope he hangs on and is well enough to meet PBO/FLOTUS when they visit Africa. But I know this may be asking too much.

    • 80 pkayden
      June 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Nice to hear.

    • 81 nathkatun7
      June 25, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Great News, Meta! Nelson Mandela is a fighter. All I need to do is keep praying for him, his family and the South African people.

  27. June 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      June 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      *I* am still trying to figure out how/why he was allowed to travel with 4 laptops. Also don’t understand how he left work with all that info. Was there no security check at the end of each workday? Shouldn’t there be? I mean it’s one thing if you carry info out in your head, but doesn’t sound like what Snowden did. It’s all quite bewildering to me that one man could access so much ‘secure’ information that he needed FOUR laptops to transport it.

    • 84 nathkatun7
      June 25, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Great tweet! Thanks Chipsticks for sharing it with us.

  28. 85 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm


    Woooooooooooooohoooooooooooo! Don’t mess with Texas women!

  29. June 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  30. June 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    The Guardian isn’t all bad, after all:

  31. June 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy, center, and Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, June 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  32. 103 susanne
    June 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    no hard evidence, they say:

    ‘ U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether Edward Snowden’s leaks may be a Chinese intelligence operation or whether China might have used his concerns about U.S. surveillance practices to exploit him, according to four American officials.

    The officials emphasized there’s no hard evidence yet that Snowden was a Chinese agent or that China helped plan his flights to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, directly or through a witting or unwitting intermediary.
    Snowden spoke publicly only about American cyber-attacks on China and Hong Kong even though he had access to information on espionage against other nations. ‘


  33. June 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    A little silliness:

  34. 105 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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  37. 111 Layla
    June 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Anyone know if Director Brennan is back in the US

  38. June 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    • June 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      “Counterintelligence experts also are reviewing all Snowden’s communications and movements in recent years, to the extent that information on them is available from mobile-phone records, geolocation, keystroke-logging, interviews with co-workers and others and additional sources, the official said.

      Snowden may have a technical road map of U.S. electronic surveillance systems and also know the names of spies and informants and the locations of safe houses abroad, ABC News reported yesterday, citing several officials it didn’t identify.

      One pressing question is whether Snowden acted alone or got some of the material he’s disclosed from co-workers or from Chinese or other hacking activities. As a result, said two of the officials, everyone Snowden worked with while he held a top-secret clearance and everyone known to have crossed paths with him is under a microscope.”

      • 117 jackiegrumbacher
        June 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        The potential damage this idiot pawn has done to our nation’s agents and to their safe houses is incalculable. This is treason. And it looks as if one very big rock is being uncovered to reveal some very ugly connections.

  39. June 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The Rolling Stones are playing DC tonight and Mick Jagger gives a shout out to PBO!

  40. 124 amk for obama
    June 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    • 125 nathkatun7
      June 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

      AMK, I thought Snowden was a coward, but it turns out Glenn Greenwald is a much bigger coward than Snowden. Greenwald can’t even stand behind the guy he has been riding into becoming a media star.

  41. June 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    PBO has a look of amusement on his face. I’m sure they’re talking about Snowflake and his Godfather GG.

  42. 128 4morefor44
    June 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Spandan at the people’s view wins headline of the day.
    Greenwald Backtracks: I Did Not Have Working Relations With that Man…”

  43. 131 Jovie
    June 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    The Senate will vote on the nomination of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) to be Transportation secretary this week — really this time.

    After a weeks-long guessing game about when that vote might take place, the upper chamber will count the yays and nays this week on President Obama’s nomination of Foxx for sure. The Charlotte mayor has been nominated to replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

    A Senate Democratic aide confirmed to The Hill that Democrats and Republicans in the upper chamber had reached an agreement to move forward on President Obama’s nominations of Foxx and Penny Pritzker to be Commerce Secretary.

    The Hill-

  44. 132 MightyPamela
    June 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Evening y’all. Learned how to go down the stairs one leg after the other today. Never thought going downstairs was so complicated. 😦

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