Chat Away

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137 Responses to “Chat Away”

    • 2 Layla
      July 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      I’m on the mat! that is all!

    • July 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm


      Read what happened. How are you?

      • 5 Layla
        July 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Hey my dear GB, I am ok…sometimes I just burst out crying then collect myself for a while…you know how that goes. How are you doing with that therapist who will not let you do whatever you want…

        • July 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

          Keep crying until you can’t. That’s what I do. No use in trying to stop it.

          The therapist is on vacation so I had to work with someone else. Sigh…let’s just say I was falling asleep while doing leg lifts. Literally. Don’t know what my therapist told her of if the therapist told her anything at all but I’m going to have to tell her to add more weights or don’t hold me so much. I let it go today because I was expecting company and just didn’t care.

          • 7 Layla
            July 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

            Can you not discuss this with the rehab doctor; ask to see the physio plan of treatment, that might help. On a lighter note, when I was doing file auditing I came across some physio notes. The phrase should have read “the stomatherapist was in to see the patient today” instead she wrote “stoma the rapist was in to see the patient today” this still cracks me up!

            • July 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

              o_0 – “stoma the rapist” – OH MY! HA!

              I don’t even know who the rehab doctor would be here. I know there is a supervisor. She’s never worked with me before so I will try asking to up the reps or weights first.

  1. 9 vitaminlover
    July 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This is MY First Couple!

  2. 11 utaustinliberal
    July 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    You are welcome Chiparoo.

  3. July 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Please follow them 🙂 They just started today – I don’t have to tell you why!

    • 13 a4alice
      July 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      omg. besides broccoli being PBO’s veggie fave, @BroccoliGrowers follow Garrison Keillor and the Ketchup Advisory Board. They gotta be from Minnesota. 😀

  4. 14 desertflower
    July 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I sincerely hope that he gets his meeting with President Obama. After seeing “Gasland” and “Gasland 2″…it is imperative that this investigation and its findings be known to the President.


  5. 15 yardarm756
    July 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    The door is open to the naughty mat locker. So don’t be wishin’ it’s you there instead of Michelle……:lol:

  6. July 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    How is everyone?

    Had a (too short) fun visit from my big sister and her kids today. They are on vacation from Florida and staying with the older brother in NJ. They are all having fun and I’m…well…here. Pooop.

    • 27 HZ
      July 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      How are you Gobrooklyn? So good to see you. When I see you here, I give a word of thanksgiving out loud in my space at home because I have been praying for the best of doctors for you; the best of nurses for you; the best of techs; the best of all of your support groups to help you get through this phase of your recovery.

      Like I have stated before; your attitude and your words here give me so much strength and encouragement. You are such an inspiration, Gobrooklyn. () () () Continue to pray and speak goodness to continue to come your way. Love to you, Gobrooklyn.HZ

    • 29 utaustinliberal
      July 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Glad your sister and her kids were able to visit you. Hope you’re doing much better GB and your physio is progressing as well. It’s always nice to have you in good spirits. Wishing you well, as always. 😀

  7. July 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ha!!! And Gretchen Carlson for an hour!!! My god…Media Matters must be popping champagne!

    • July 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      My drink just landed on my keyboard w/ this quote….

      • 33 anniebella
        July 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        Wait a minute let me wipe the tears away. Is it true , Mrs. Hasselbeck is leaving ABC for Fox. Well, well, well. You know we had always said the witch belong there. so long. All I can say through the tears of joy is she will not be miss. I might start back watching the View now that she is leaving. Now the witch Elisabeth can let her real self hang out, she can really trash the Obamas. I don’t watch Fox.

    • 34 Layla
      July 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      new project: install mat material on the walls pronto!

      • July 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Needed a new keyboard anyway!! Congrats on first Layla…..sorry again about your friends. I’m sure you don’t want to be reminded every 15 minutes..

    • 36 dotster3
      July 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Not shocking. Hasselbeck, and her RW blindnes, was always going to land at FOX. With all the other haters.

    • 37 Bill
      July 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Hasselbeck is even dumber than Carlson. SNL will love this.

      • July 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        Blonde and high heels…..all you need to be a host at FOX. The only decent daytime anchor was NFL Commissioner’s wife, but she quit…..probably after D. Smith became NFLPA Rep. He was a Dept. to now AG Holder back in the day.

    • July 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Welp to quote Black Dyanmite’s Daddy Bye…..

      I never liked Hasselbach, she was just another dumb blonde spewing Faux News talking points. But what really cemented the dislike was during the ’08 campaign I believe, when Michelle Obama came on The View and was her usual warm and charming self, Hasselbach went on Fox the next day and completely bad-mouthed Michelle Obama right after smiling in her face the day before. From what I understand, she was made to make amends before Michelle O came back on the show, but I’ll never forget it.

      So even though I hate to call other women “bitches”…I’m sorry, but that fits Hasselbach to a tee, IMHO.

      • 40 Bill
        July 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        I remember Hasselbeck campaigning with Sarah Palin in 2008 and coming across as very nasty.

        • July 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

          yep, I remember that too Bill. That was exactly round the time she two-faced Michelle Obama. I can’t stand her. I wonder if Joy Behar will decide to stay now, but I suspect she won’t, even though I don’t think her CURRENT show will survive the move to Al-Jazeera America.

    • 42 vitaminlover
      July 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Are we surprised?

  8. July 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  9. July 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    LGBT friendly Target, has made some more friends….. Not the Onion!

  10. 58 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Saw the comments about PA Gov Corbett on previous thread (courtesy of Dudette — see below).

    The good news is that he’s unlikely to be re-elected. But what were Pennsylvanians thinking when they elected him in the first place?

    Here’s the tweet that Dudette posted:

    • 59 dotster3
      July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Rendell didn’t come off well at all in the HBO documentary, Gasland 2, last night. But Corbett was portrayed as a complete jackass, a total corporatel sell out to the gas industry, turning over every pristine square inch of Pa. to the drillers, interests of the public and expectations of uncontaminated water supply be damned.

    • 60 anniebella
      July 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      24% think Corbett deserve re-election. Family shouldn’t count.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      July 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Arapaho, as I’ve said before we can’t take anything for granted about the 2014 election in PA because there is a boatload of money behind Corbett. We will need an equal or greater boatload on our side, plus an army of people hitting doors and making phone calls. Corbett got elected during the Tea Party wave that put that execrable Pat Toomey into the Senate. Corbett was in the news a lot as a crusading prosecutor (against Dems) and he made some people believe he was ‘safe.’ His opponent–Dan Onorato–was not well-known and not as well funded as Corbett. The night he was elected, I said Pa was going to sink as a state and I was right.

  11. 62 yardarm756
    July 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    This a very sad day in my state. The wild, wild West in Illinois as if it’s not enough already.

    • 63 dotster3
      July 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      It’s insanity—–going the opposite direction of any kind of sense and sensibility. I see on the news restaurant owners are planning to put “No Concealed Weapons Allowed” signs in their windows. Don’t know if that will fly, but the restaurant owners were able to figure out that alcohol and guns don’t go together so well, as opposed to the politicians who were not able to arrive at that same (duh) conclusion. I can’t believe that with all the gun violence, our representatives decided more guns was the solution, how nifty it would be if everyone had a gun tucked in their pants everywhere.

      • 64 yardarm756
        July 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        It’s about commerce/gun sales. Although the guns for most are already in their possession. Folks just need an excuse to carry one outside the house. Next step, mowing the lawn while you’re packing and GOD help the neighbors cat or dog that pisses you off!

        • 65 carolyn
          July 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          We have this kind of law in Oklahoma, thanks to the legislature a year ago. Yes, any place that wants to can put up a No Firearms sign ,and many do. This is totally stupid. People do not need to carry guns, and should not. I don’t know why these knuckleheads can’t see that more guns makes people less safe, not more. Can there be redress next session?

    • 67 57andfemale
      July 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I am furious and sick about this at the same time.

  12. July 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

  13. July 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I know he really does NOT want to go to Venezuela or any of those countries that are offering him asylum. I guess he’s still hoping and praying that PBO will beg him to come back?

  14. July 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Ok, can I just say that today has been ridiculously busy?

  15. July 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  16. 83 dotster3
    July 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I see on twitter that “Palin mulls senate bid”. I swear the news gets dumber and crazier by the minute.

    • 84 desertflower
      July 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      WTH does this even mean?

      Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity that she is considering running for Senate in 2014.

      Said Palin: “I’ve considered it because people have requested me considering it, but I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that, there again, there will be some new blood, new energy, not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that come from political families that have sort of [unintelligible] up there for so many years because too many of them have been part of the problem.”

      She also reiterated that she would consider supporting a third party if Republicans don’t return to their conservative roots.

    • 87 Layla
      July 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      mulled, mull·ing, mulls

      To go over extensively in the mind

      Phew!!!! that was scary there for a minute!

    • 88 Bill
      July 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Her PAC needs replenishing. I hope she takes another bus tour of historical sites. The story of Paul Revere will never be the same since her last trip

      • 89 carolyn
        July 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        As always Bill…you know, follow the money. She’s getting broke probably. So, she’ll taunt and tantalize with a “possible run for the Senate” until her coffers are full enough.
        We know she’ll never run. Running for Senate is very hard work…..and being a Senator is excruciatingly, daily, daily, hard work. Sarah has never liked that…….so, taunt, tease, tantalize, raise money from the fools.

        • 90 Bill
          July 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          Remember she said she wanted to be VP because as head of the Senate she wanted “to get down there and work with the Senators gettin’ things done”.

  17. 91 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Lac-Megantic Quebec
    Police say there’s evidence Canada train was tampered with.
    Investigators had earlier said that they are trying to figure out if the train’s brakes were disabled before it barreled at a dangerous speed into the Quebec town, derailed and burst into a deadly inferno…

  18. 94 yardarm756
    July 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Okay. Where’s me naughty mat!

    • 95 Layla
      July 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Your aquarium does not count yardarm!

    • 97 Bill
      July 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      That is not what I would consider plus-size.

      • 98 yardarm756
        July 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        It’s in the eye of the beholder Bill. It’s not what you’re called but what you answer too. I personally don’t like the term ‘Plus size’. Most of the women in my life, since I was a child, were all size 10 and bigger. Anything smaller was considered to be ‘poor’!

  19. 99 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Posted this yesterday; another example of why we need to get rid the government’s dependence on contractors:

  20. 100 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Progress on tackling the shameful backlog of veterans’ claims:

    Todd Park, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, serves as President Obama’s chief technology officer”
    “The backlog issue, as you know, is one that the administration inherited. The administration, on top of that, passed a whole set of rules that expand eligibility and increase the number of claims. There is an unprecedented, governmentwide effort that is pretty amazing to take that problem out, to take the whole backlog problem out — to apply technology and process change. We’re actually beginning to see the progress of the backlog beginning to come down at a growing clip, and we think we’re going to be able to meet our goals there. The president has made it super clear that this is a top, major priority. There’s a huge team, a cross-agency team, a cross-government team that’s actually working very hard at this complex problem and taking it out.”

    Also, this; go, California!

  21. 101 yardarm756
    July 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    This one is self explanatory!

  22. July 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  23. July 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Something tells me that this WH Kids’ dinner has the potential to become as popular as the WHCD – because the Obamas are associated with it. 🙂

    Now everyone is talking about broccoli. Next year, the MSM and food industry alike will be looking out to see what new healthy food PBO will endorse in his remarks at the annual WH Kids’ State dinner

  24. July 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  25. 107 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    PrettyFoot asked at the end of the previous thread about PBO’s meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus today.

    Here’s AP’s writeup on that meeting. Of course, being AP, the headline and narrative come from an anti-POTUS viewpoint:

    “The group also strategized with the president about ways to strengthen minority voting rights now that the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.”


    “Youth employment, efforts to reduce gun violence, and anti-poverty programs were also discussed, the White House said.”

  26. 108 desertflower
    July 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Can’t have too much freedumb! Seriously. I’m so sick of this.


  27. 110 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I think this requires a paid subscription to TPM, but FYI…

  28. 111 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  29. 113 Jovie
    July 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I know Hasselbeck is a menace to society, but she has killer abs.


    • 120 vitaminlover
      July 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      They are really incapable of inventing anything. Basically they just go with anything anti- Obama.

  30. 121 sabreen60
    July 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve been out all day. What’s all this about the President and broccoli?

  31. 123 utaustinliberal
    July 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. He’s a Republican House of Rep member.

  32. 128 Ladyhawke
    July 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    The 5 Best Moments From the 2013 Kids’ State Dinner


    Fifty-four young chefs, whose recipes were selected as winners of Epicurious’ Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, visited the White House today for the second annual Kids’ State Dinner, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama in the State Dining Room.

    When they arrived, White House chefs were busy in the kitchen whipping up some of the winning recipes. After hearing the First Lady speak, President Obama surprised everyone by stopping by to say hello. Singer Rachel Crow also made an appearance – some of the kids even got on stage to dance with her!

    Their visit was so much fun, we had to compile some of our favorite moments. Check them out below.



  33. 129 desertflower
    July 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    For those of you just checking in today…this was EPIC! Good for her!


  34. 130 arapaho415
    July 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    This is just wrong.

    California is the most populous state, and SF Bay area is the newest, most thriving entrepenurial area on the face of the planet, and they can’t afford a reporter at the state capital?

    Can the Venture Capitalists toss some coin in the hat for the benefit of our citizens?

  35. July 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Sequestration is starting to kick in big time. I just received the eleventh call for a job reference in 2 weeks. Callers are either losing their jobs or have been asked to take pay cuts. They are in Kansas, Florida, Georgia, New York and Colorado.

  36. 132 desertflower
    July 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm


    Austinite Katie Heim was one of many to testify before the committee. Unlike the other testifiers, she read a poem she wrote, called “If My Vagina Was a Gun.” Read the full poem, below:

    “If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,

    You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.

    If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,

    You wouldn’t spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.

    If my vaginas was a gun, you’d say what it holds is private

    From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.

    If my vagina was a gun, it’s rights would all be protected,

    no matter the body count or the children effected.

    If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,

    concealed carry laws would ensure I’d have impunity.

    If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you,

    I could hunt this great land and do all the things men do.

    But my vagina is not a gun, it is a mightier thing,

    With a voice that rings true making lawmakers ears ring.

    Vaginas are not delicate, they are muscular and magic,

    So stop messing with mine, with legislation that’s tragic.

    My vagina’s here to demand from the source,

    Listen to the voices of thousand or feel their full force.”

    • 133 desertflower
      July 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Austin resident Katie Heim penned this poem and delivered it today to Texas lawmakers as testimony opposing SB1, a sweeping package of abortion restrictions. She said she went the poem route “to infuse” an element of showmanship into the hearing. “It’s like a circus,” she said of the ongoing abortion debate at the Capitol. “We should treat it like one.”

    • July 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Oh my, this is brilliant! Considering the video you put up earlier and now this…I’m sorry I wasn’t there.

  37. July 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    • 136 99ts
      July 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Palin loves to “mull” – those who tingle then give $$$ to her PAC – then ever so sadly she decides not to run. If she is being paid by Fox – she is not running for any political office but her seriously weird and brainless fans – do not realize – yet again – how they are being used.

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