Night owl chat – new composer Monday

Well, new composer to ME. His name is Michael Gandolfi, and I’ve been listening to his music non-stop today.

Vientos y Tangos

Gepetto’s Workshop

This is your new music night owl chat.

187 Responses to “Night owl chat – new composer Monday”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm


  2. June 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    From end of last thread….

  3. June 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  4. 7 forus50
    June 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Bruins just scored 😦 2-1 with 7 minutes left in the game.

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I liked Vientos y Tangos and Gepetto’s workshop 02. The rest were kinda iffy and weird but I guess that’s music.

  6. 11 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

  7. 12 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    • June 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      So, do you think this is the opening salvo in turning TX blue?

      • 14 utaustinliberal
        June 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        It definitely seems like it. Battleground Texas (an off shoot of OFA) is on the ground here and women and men alike of all ages, races, etc. are beginning to realize that though the GOP has the majority, it doesn’t mean we’re completely powerless. There are millions of Hispanics in the state who are not registered to vote and BGTX is looking to change that. I don’t bet against them. This anti-women bill seems to have shaken off the funk and energized so many people who weren’t into politics or paid attention to the political debate and climate and the national media is recognizing that if this can happen in Texas, that’s huge news indeed.

        The battle will be tough and the climb steep but there is hope on the horizon for Texas turning purple and then blue. This fight is also teaching liberals in blue states that their states and people are not safe too. California didn’t go true blue until the 90s and North Carolina and Wisconsin used to be blue and are now surprisingly red and instituting draconian laws that are shocking their citizens. This fight if nothing else will teach liberals to stop being complacent and thinking only presidential elections matter.

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          June 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

          I like the way you summarize ‘stuff’, Utal. Thank you for the tweets, etc about the current battle in Texas and I hope there will be another huge turnout tomorrow. An effective filibuster tomorrow would sure buy you all some time!

          You will make a very focused, well-informed politician! Wonder if I’ll be around to see/hear Senator Utal in action, or President Utal when you get to the appropriate age?

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

  9. 17 forus50
    June 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Oh shit the Hawks just tied it with 1.15 minutes left. And ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3-2 WITH 44 SECONDS LEFT.

  10. 18 forus50
    June 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    This is so friggin unbelievable. I think the Bruins will score again. Wasn’t expecting them to win the Stanley Cup tonight! !?!?!?

  11. June 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Ok, I’m turning in early tonight. See everyone tomorrow!

  12. June 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    LL, you’re on posting fire – thank you!!!

  13. 23 yardarm756
    June 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm


  14. June 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I just storifyed the current deflation of the IRS non-scandel……. hope I did it right….

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

      UT, the biggest transformation will come when Democratic leaning voters “stop thinking only presidential elections matter.” If they become committed voters for ALL elections, this country will turn around even in gerrymandered states.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Perfect, LP. Issa will be saying “IRS? What IRS? Nothing to see here. Moving on.”

  15. June 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

  16. 38 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Congratulations FORUS50 and Chicago!

    • 39 carolyn
      June 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Also congratulations yardarm and all the Chicago TODers…….Since I have lived in, and loved both cities, I didn’t make a conscious choice. However, I’m very happy for Chicago. It was a good series…..the two best teams played in the finals, and the team with the best season won the Stanley Cup. Now…..they’ll get to go to Chicago and see their Chicago president!

    • 41 forus50
      June 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks UT!! I know there’s more important stuff happening but damn this is EXHILERATING FANTASTIC for Barack Obama’s hometown!!!

      • 42 canadabarb4obama
        June 25, 2013 at 12:01 am

        I said to my hubby “well, at least it was a win for PBO’s hometown”…..he continues to roll eyes!!!

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    • 47 amk for obama
      June 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm


    • 48 forus50
      June 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      OUCH!!! LOL, I think most in Chicago are in shock. Most expected it to go 7 games and being down 2-1 with 2 minutes left in the game were readying our mental state for exactly that. CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY. The last play with Jonathan Toews spread-eagled flat at center ice trying to shove the puck down to the open goal was awesome. I think he had no energy left and that was all willpower.

  20. 49 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm


  21. June 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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  23. 62 vcprezofan2
    June 24, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Reminder that the deadline for student loans action is fast approaching.

  24. June 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  25. 67 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    No one does it better than Colbert. 😆

  26. 69 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  27. 70 Jovie
    June 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Again and again and again and again…

  28. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

  29. 79 Jovie
    June 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    The Taliban are trying to make us stay there, drain resources leave in disgrace.
    The attacks are meant to tell the Taliban and its supporters that they won! And are flushing the US military out of its country.
    Karzai is terrible, not a good leader at all, attack the weakest point.

  30. June 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Sorry folks, but I’m not ready to buy all this “breaking news” about Taliban attacks in Kabul. Sounds hyped and somewhat staged and VERY media driven – the timing is a bit curious. Check back with me one or two weeks from now, and I will re-assess.

    • 81 4morefor44
      June 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

      the snowdenwald is losing steam. there hasn’t been a new “scandal” shiny object rolled out yet this week. perhaps this is the next one? yes, good advice to “check back” in a bit. will do.

  31. 83 JER
    June 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Tonight Lawrence O’Donnell urged the signing of this White House petition:

    Issue an Executive Order nullifying IRS “regulation” re: 501c4’s and mandating the original statute be enforced.

    The replacement by the IRS of the word “exclusively” in the original and still-extant pre-1959 501 c (4) statute, with the word “primarily” in the procedural ‘regulation’ manual, simply put, violates the law. At whatever cost to those who have ridden this loophole to the absolute corruption of our political system by money, the original wording of “exclusively social welfare” needs to be enforced.


  32. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm

  33. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    June 25, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Did you see this one, UT?

  34. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    June 25, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I guess our blog posts are out of sync again …

    • 96 desertflower
      June 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Mother Jones has compiled this handy chart for comparing the relative level of free speech, civil liberties, and journalistic freedom one can expect in each country currently reported to be part of Edward Snowden’s world tour.

  35. June 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    WordPress is acting up. Is WordPress a Snowden fan or what?

  36. 98 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Here’s a ‘joke’.

  37. 100 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Toodle, di doo, y’all!

  38. 101 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

    • 102 Jovie
      June 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Warren voted against the trade reps confirmation?
      Sometimes she can be over zealous.

      • 103 4morefor44
        June 25, 2013 at 12:47 am

        she’s been one of the most vocal and steadfast supporters of president obama’s agenda. perhaps the most reliable supporter of him in the senate. not sure why i keep seeing various comments around here and other places suggesting senator warren could be problematic, when she’s one of the best. it would be weird if someone agreed with another person 100% of the time in our daily lives, and especially weird in a political context. senator warren is the perfect person to carry the obama torch in the white house in my opinion. i just hope she wants to do that and runs.

        • 104 jacquelineoboomer
          June 25, 2013 at 1:08 am

          From my perspective, we need to give this all a little time … we’re only in the first year of President Obama’s second term, and although we all have personal favorites, we don’t need to know who’s running yet. I feel our concentrating on carrying the torch – no matter who’s mentioned – is premature. We’ll have lots of good candidates.

          It’s not too early, however, to GOTV for 2014. After that, one of the key indicators for his base will be a candidate’s support for Pres. Obama all the way through to the 2016 election, as far as I’m concerned. That’s the Democrat I’d like to vote for during the next general election, although I don’t even want to think about the day when Barack Obama will have served his second term as admirably as he did his first!

          Goodnight, TODville!

          • 105 4morefor44
            June 25, 2013 at 1:34 am

            agree completely. just responding to what i see as a false narrative of senator warren being trouble that i keep seeing pop up, to make sure it doesn’t set in as accepted wisdom. she’s been incredible so far, and couldn’t agree more that our focus needs to be on 2014. hopefully others will stop sewing seeds of doubt about senator warren right now.

            • 106 57andFemale
              June 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

              I’m with you on this one. It’s just as problematic if we are willing to throw someone under the bus because they disagree with PBO once in awhile.

          • 107 jackiegrumbacher
            June 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

            Well said, JOB. There are still local elections going on this year that need our attention and we need to be registering voters and increasing turnout potential for 2014.

        • 108 Jovie
          June 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

          That’s how you’re supposed to disagree with somebody, just like you did, you stuck to the merits, didn’t get personal and just plain old disagreed.
          I got no problem with somebody disagreeing with my opinion and vice versa.

  39. 109 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Thousands of women across Britain with a family history of breast cancer are to be offered drugs on the NHS to help prevent the disease.

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says tamoxifen or raloxifene taken daily for five years can cut breast cancer risk by 40%.

    Its guidance for England and Wales means 500,000 women now have a choice other than mastectomy.

    The Scottish government says it will offer tamoxifen to women at risk.


    The new guidelines from NICE are the first in Europe to recommend that healthy women are given drugs to prevent breast cancer. It is likely that Northern Ireland will soon follow suit.

    The Scottish government says women with two or more family members who have had breast cancer will be offered the treatment for five years.


    Contrast this with what’s happening in us of a.

  40. 110 forus50
    June 25, 2013 at 12:28 am

  41. 111 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 12:30 am



    Phillip M. McKenzie ‏@pmmckenzie 36m
    Everyone get on the same page now to prevent confusion. Snowden is in Iceland, according to The Pirate Party of Norway. #p2
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  42. 112 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

    The Chinese state sponsored newspapers are attacking US for its handling of Snowden

    Please give me a break!

  43. 113 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Question: Will bruins’ loss today affect voter turn-out tomorrow?

  44. 114 forus50
    June 25, 2013 at 12:43 am

  45. 116 susanne
    June 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

    great lead-up to the president’s remarks tomorrow, gen wesley clark (ret):

    ‘ Water shortages will become endemic in some regions previously supplied by glacial streams – affecting some two billion people in Asia. Rainfall patterns will change, drying up large parts of the most fertile agricultural lands, including in Africa. Water scarcity is likely to affect up to half the world’s population by 2030. Sea levels will rise by more than a metre, some islands will disappear, and coastal cities – such as New York – which house more than 60 percent of humanity, will be increasingly at risk in storm surges, or even partially submerged.
    The UN is predicting 50 million environmental refugees by 2030, as regional climate-related stresses exacerbate existing political conflicts.

    The political and economic map of the world simply cannot cope with these stresses, withuot real change in the way nations plan, govern and commit resources. Disaster relief will likely be inadequate, insurance funds will probably fail, and vast dislocations of supplies and services are to be expected. Having a capable army and rescue services won’t be enough. The threat of mass casualties, political upheaval, and conflict within and between states will certainly increase.
    The issue isn’t whether we can afford to do this; rather, how can we afford not to do it? ‘


  46. 117 susanne
    June 25, 2013 at 12:50 am

    pbo has announced his climate speech, and the protestors are ready:

    ‘ The scene outside Obama’s big climate speech at Georgetown University that the White House has been advertising since Saturday will be a perfect microcosm of the environmental movement’s feelings about Obama: grateful but wanting more. ‘


    • June 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

      PBO is using executive order because Congress is filled with members who refuse to get out the pockets of the fossil fuel industry…so they thwart anything that is seen as threat to their profits…despite thee known dangers of continuing on this road..

      Yet they protest PBO…perhaps they should protest in the Halls of Congress…they are the ones who have stymied any laws re: Climate Change…

      • June 25, 2013 at 6:55 am

        Good Morning Prettyfoot!

        For whatever reason there are people…and organizations…who seem to think that President Obama has more “power” than he actually has. They must not have been paying attention in class on the day(s) that separation of powers and checks and balances were discussed.

        Congress feeds that perception by continuously making comments as if the President controls the laws that are voted upon and the outcome of those votes. It aids them in their narrative when they try to pin various scandals on the President.

        The same people who perceive the President as having an over abundance of powers are also ones who do not hold Congress accountable to do their jobs. This allows Congress to continue in the dysfunctional, obstructive manner that has become their norm.

        During his firs term, President Obama tried to go the route of legislation to deal with various issues. He sees (as we all do) that Congress is still business as usual. So we are seeing — and will probably continue to see — the President go the route of the Executive Order to get things done. It will not have the level of permanency that legislation would have, but it will have some impact.

    • 120 Jessica
      June 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

      This makes no sense. He’s doing exec orders and this is the most he can do. What more do they want. They need to get over themselves.

  47. 121 4morefor44
    June 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

    just logging in and not sure exactly what’s happening with this “attack” in kabul, which seems like it’s controlled now anyway, but feeling some deja vu. when the benghazi thing happened and ambassador stevens was killed along with the three others, i remember commenting that night that it made no sense whatsoever for that to happen. nothing was adding up. there are times when attacks like this happen and i get why it happens, but just the opposite at other times. libya and mommar qadaffi had been a favorite boogeyman since reagan tried to get him and missed, yet president obama skillfully leads an effort for the libyan people themselves to take him down once and for all, and begin self-governance, so naturally republicans need to take away that accomplishment from president obama.

    when you look at how the republicans and the media have treated the benghazi attack ever since as a negative for the obama adminstration, and how they simply won’t stop with it despite any amount of proof presented that contradicts their claims, how can one not conclude that it was a false flag operation by the military industrial complex, of which the bushes and cheney are high-ranking members, to try and bring down our democratic president. we already know FOR A FACT they did this with the iran hostages and president carter, among other situations, so i do not think it’s conspiracy theory talk to think they are frequently planning these sorts of events and have them in stand-by mode around the region, which they can activate when they deem it is necessary to control a narrative. why was donald rumsfeld shaking hands with saddam hussein in the mid1980s, then a few years later invading iraq. why was ronald reagan inviting the mujhaideen TO THE WHITE HOUSE when they went on to create the taliban soon after. it’s insane.

    president obama is doing everything humanly possible to fix this madness that has been going on since before he was born.

    • 122 4morefor44
      June 25, 2013 at 1:45 am

      to clarify…i get that the “false flag” concept is thrown around by republican/libertarian nutjobs like candy, and i often disagree with these mentally unstable and racist people. that does not mean that false flag/covert operations like do not ever happen however.

      where those nutjobs lose me is when they just automatically assume anyone in government is part of the schemes. there is no doubt in my mind that president obama is trying to correct this nonsense from the inside of the apparatus, so when these libertarian dimwits try to paint him into the same corner as the bushes and cheneys, then i know they are not honest brokers. it’s one of the ultimate “false equivalencies.” so we know FOR SURE that reagan, bush, and friends do actively participate in these kind of evil endeavors though (iran hostage, iran-contra, afghanistan/saudi alliances, etc.).

  48. 123 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Jim Carrey, star of Kick-Ass 2, has withdrawn support for the film following the Sandy Hook massacre.

    Carrey tweeted on Sunday: “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.

    “My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart,” he added.

    Carrey is well-known for his support of gun control measures.


  49. 124 Layla
    June 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Good morning! Hoping for a nice calm day!

  50. June 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Good morning Layla and others. Certainly appears WP is “doing its thing” again……..comments out of wack.

  51. June 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Morning Toon: Tea Party continues to wreak havoc in Congress.


  52. 131 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

  53. 134 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

  54. 135 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Snowden ‘has not entered Russia’



  55. 143 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Well, we were at 4% when he took over, we are now at 13% with many big projects in the pipeline. Very doable!
    The green President! 🙂

  56. 144 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Why do people of Ohio like Governor Kasich so much ?
    Qunnipiac poll says 54-32% approval rating.
    That’s crazy!
    Just nuts!

    • 145 globalcitizenlinda
      June 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

      It is not that Ohio voters like Kasich.

      it is because since his defeat on the union bill, he has changed tactics and has personally kept a low profile with respect to the right-wing policies being pushed by the gop-dominated legislature.

      the dirty work of ALEC continues but he is stepped back and left the legislature to run the show.

      when he speaks, he focuses on supporting a few policies moderates and conservative Dems want – some $ education privatization.

      he has also got some positive press for verbally supporting food banks and Medicare expansion so a few Dems support him because of this.

      in summary – he is concentrating on hiding his extremism so that he can win re-election & then focus on the White House

  57. 147 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Not a thing about this in the news?

  58. 148 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

  59. 149 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

    • 150 Ladyhawke
      June 25, 2013 at 8:51 am


      UT, thanks for posting these very informative tweets from Michael Grunwald. He is one of the few journalists who has actually reported the facts about President Obama’s efforts to combat climate change.

      The New New Deal. The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.

      By Michael Grunwald


      In a riveting account based on new documents and interviews with over 400 sources on both sides of the aisle, award-winning reporter Michael Grunwald reveals the vivid story behind President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, one of the most important and least understood pieces of legislation in the history of the country. Grunwald’s meticulous reporting shows how the stimulus, though reviled on the right and the left, helped prevent a depression while jump-starting the president’s agenda for lasting change. As ambitious and far-reaching as FDR’s New Deal, the Recovery Act is a down payment on the nation’s economic and environmental future, the purest distillation of change in the Obama era.

      The stimulus has launched a transition to a clean-energy economy, doubled our renewable power, and financed unprecedented investments in energy efficiency, a smarter grid, electric cars, advanced biofuels, and green manufacturing. It is computerizing America’s pen-and-paper medical system. Its Race to the Top is the boldest education reform in U.S. history. It has put in place the biggest middle-class tax cuts in a generation, the largest research investments ever, and the most extensive infrastructure investments since Eisenhower’s interstate highway system. It includes the largest expansion of anti-poverty programs since the Great Society, lifting millions of Americans above the poverty line, reducing homelessness, and modernizing unemployment insurance. Like the first New Deal, Obama’s stimulus has created legacies that last: the world’s largest wind and solar projects, a new battery industry, a fledgling high-speed rail network, and the world’s highest-speed Internet network.

      Michael Grunwald goes behind the scenes—sitting in on Cabinet meetings, recounting the secret strategy sessions where Republicans devised their resistance to Obama—to show how the stimulus was born, how it fueled a resurgence on the right, and how it is changing America. The New New Deal shatters the conventional Washington narrative, and it will redefine the way Obama’s first term is perceived.



  60. 153 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    But but but …

  61. 154 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Watch her!

  62. 155 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I used to watch him play for 76ers when I was studying in US eons ago.

  63. 156 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Denial is a strange drug indeed.

  64. 157 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

    • 158 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Geez, the apples don’t fall far from the tree in that family. Maybe the son with his own cooking show is looking for a long term vacation from the Food Channel. This family reeks.

      • 159 Bill
        June 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

        Forbes magazine reports that Paula Deen made $17 million last year. She is another example of how media centric our culture has become.

    • June 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

      “Paula Deen Dropped By Smithfield Foods”


      More trouble for Paula Deen: the celebrity chef has been dropped by Smithfield Foods, the global pork producing company.

      “Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen,” the company based in Smithfield, Va., said in a statement. ”Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.”

  65. 161 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2013 at 8:01 am


    • 162 vcprezofan2
      June 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Seems like I’m going to miss the live announcement today, but I am comforted that I’ll have the next best thing in the TOD news lineup later.

  66. 163 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:09 am

    • 164 Jovie
      June 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Yes- the Weather channel has been very informative this morning about the climate speech.
      The other news, not so much…
      I do however, appreciate Peter and anything you can get on this speech.
      It’s important, very!

  67. 165 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

    How? Brendan Fraser will be pleased!

  68. June 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Frank Bruni’s very good op-ed on Paula Deen:

  69. June 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    If I can give some gentle advice about PBO’s climate speech today – in anticipation of the MSM’s desire to distract and derail our focus:

  70. 169 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Serene wraps up 1st set in under 20 minutes.

  71. June 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

  72. June 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks – the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!!!

  73. 172 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

  74. 173 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Ohio, HEADS UP!!!!

  75. 174 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Huge reminder. Go vote!

  76. 175 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Ohioans, you all need to start rallying so this doesn’t come down the pipeline.

  77. June 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Mooooorning everyone, will have R&S up very soon-ish

    • June 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

      LOL – Helloooooooo Chips!! Was just about to go check in on you 🙂

      My NSA spy glasses told me that you just kept hitting the snooze button and did so at least 30 times.

  78. 178 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Serene rolls through 1st round 6-1, 6-3.

  79. 180 forus50
    June 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

    My favorite tweet from last night!

    And just like POTUS always closing strong:

    • 181 forus50
      June 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Somehow my brain does not want to accept that the past tense of lead is led. read/read. But I think I am wrong on the spelling in the tweet. So I retweeted with “Chicago had the lead….” lol.

  80. 182 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 9:30 am


    Heading into his second term, President Obama laid out his agenda: a balanced approach to deficit reduction, gun violence reform, immigration reform and dealing with climate change.

    So lets take a quick look at where that all stands. In January a deal to raise taxes on the wealthiest of Americans was reached. And then the sequester kicked in. We’ll be dealing with all of that further this fall. But the table has been set with massive deficit reduction underway – taking away a key Republican talking point.

    Yes, when it comes to gun violence reform, the bill to require background checks on all sales failed in the Senate. But just the other day, VP Biden said that there are 5 Senators who voted “no” who are now prepared to vote “yes.”

    Last night immigration reform passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate. Its now clear that it will pass that body and all eyes are on Speaker Boehner to see what he’ll do in the House.

    And today, President Obama will give a major speech outlining his approach to dealing with climate change.

    Those are the facts about where we stand 6 months into President Obama’s second term.

    And yet, according to some in the media, you’d think his agenda was unraveling before our very eyes. Why is that? I’d suggest its because – regardless of facts – they are totally consumed with the chatter of scandal-mania and have taken their eyes off the ball when it comes to the real work of governing.

  81. 183 Jovie
    June 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Home prices jump 12.1% in past year! Big number!!

  82. 184 amk for obama
    June 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Any news MA turnout ?

  83. 185 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 9:34 am


    Single-family home prices jumped in April, racking up their biggest annual gain in seven years in a sign of growing momentum in the housing recovery, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

    The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 1.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping forecasts for 1.2 percent.

    Prices in the 20 cities accelerated by 12.1 percent year over year, which was also above expectations and the biggest annual gain since March 2006.

  84. 186 desertflower
    June 25, 2013 at 9:38 am


    Orders for U.S. durable goods rose more than forecast in May, reflecting broad-based gains that signal manufacturing is stabilizing
    Growing demand for cars and trucks and gains in homebuilding are helping counter weakness in export markets, benefiting manufacturers such as BorgWarner Inc. and United Technologies Corp. Businesses may also decide to replace aging equipment, which will help bolster expansion in the second half of 2013.

    “This is the missing piece for an upswing in economic activity,” said Millan Mulraine, director of U.S. rates research at TD Securities USA LLC in New York. “Business capital investment activity is off to a strong showing. If businesses start investing, they’ll add to their workforce.”

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