News of the week (you may have missed)…

2013 Fourth Estate Summit

US UN Ambassador Samantha Power begins at the 1hr. 27min. mark


Watch the trailer for Baby Sellers, a new movie from @lifetimetv featuring ICE agents fighting human trafficking.

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Gen. Dempsey & Lt. General Gantz delivering statements after their meeting in Tel Aviv

via US Embassy Tel Aviv


@NASA Administrator Bolden about growing international engagement in outer space










And a few weekend toons…

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82 Responses to “News of the week (you may have missed)…”

  1. 1 Layla
    August 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hi LP, so happy to see one of your posts again!

  2. 5 yardarm756
    August 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    The Christian Way to Call Someone a Bastard

    A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him. The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome.
    They were even after the first few holes. The second guy said, “We’re about evenly matched, how about playing for five bucks a hole?” The first guy said that he wasn’t much for betting, but agreed to the terms.
    The second guy won the remaining sixteen holes with ease.
    As they were walking off number eighteen, the second guy was busy counting his $80.00. He confessed that he was the pro at a neighboring course and liked to pick on suckers. The first fellow revealed that he was the Parish Priest.
    The pro was flustered and apologetic, offering to return the money. The Priest said,
    “You won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings.”
    The pro said, “Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?”
    The Priest said, “Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation……
    And, if you want to bring your mother and father along, I’ll marry them.

  3. August 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Wow, LP, you’ve been busy! Amazing amount of info here.

    Hope Vegas is treating you well.

    Here’s an article you can stash away about the WH Travel Director, Ashley Tate-Gilmore.

    • August 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      TY Arapaho, it is indeed….perhaps to well..? I read it earlier…… even Mark Knoller was gushing about her… go figure!

    • August 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I always wonder if that little reporter who was fired from CNN ever remembers and regrets that he accused the President of not hiring enough black people very early on in his Presidency, angling for a job offer. I can’t even remember his name, but he always liked wearing cravats. There are so many black people at all levels of the Obama Administration, and they just quietly get on with the work at a very high standard.

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      August 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I would never want her job! Think if you made one mistake – eek – there are no little mistakes in that environment. But, damn, sounds like she’s got it all covered. Brava!

  4. August 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    And in honor of LP’s western vacay, here’s an update on the fires in Idaho and Utah:

    • 15 Jessica
      August 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Beaver Creek? That’s where the girls went skiing last spring. Very sad.

    • 17 yardarm756
      August 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Wonder where all the firefighters are? Damn those budget cuts!

      • 18 nathkatun7
        August 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        Yep! The same government workers that Republicans, at all levels of government, think are not as important as the people employed by private business. Both Idaho and Utah are dominated by Republicans who don’t care very much about public employees. Mitt Romney, who mocked the President because the President wanted to hire more firefighters, cops and teachers, received the highest percentage of votes from both Utah and Idaho.

  5. 19 Layla
    August 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Have to go and get ready for my 12 hr shift…happy because I love what I do…sad because I will miss ut’s musical party tonight! Have a great evening and night everyone! HZ, lots of love to you!

    • 20 HZ
      August 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Layla, hello my dear one. Your beautiful attitude is to be so admired. I certainly do. I love the musical party that UT puts on. Music within our beautiful and brilliant TOD family is so lovely and surely enjoyable. I love our taste in music. Great work, UT. Thank you.

      ((((((((( Lots of love to you, Layla.))))))))) I hope that things are sweetly healing for you and your friends. Even though it is hot, I still light candles in my home for moments of reflections about our TOD family. A nice time to give thanks for all of my TOD family. ((((TY,Layla)))HZ

  6. August 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    • 22 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      This is not the first time double rainbows have appeared where PBO is present — Mother Nature is an O’bot!!!!

    • 24 nathkatun7
      August 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

      That’s an absolutely stunning rainbow! My grandmother, may she rest in peace, believed that a rainbow was God’s message to us humans that he had once again decided to forgive our sinful ways by not bringing about an end to the world.

  7. 25 Jeff
    August 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    What upsets me is how much of the lamestream crappy media covers the NSA “scandal” yet ignores the horrors that these anti-abortion laws have brought. These laws are killing women and harming society as a whole but the media has been mum. The fact checkers don’t do their jobs and practically ignore them or worse yet try to make it sound like the republipukes have a valid reason for these disgusting laws.

  8. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    What a beautiful roundup of the news of the week, LP! Thanks so much. Love how you brought us something from so many of the government agencies and departments! Thank you, thank you.

    Actually, I’ll be back after my siesta to really read this good stuff! 🙂

  9. 27 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’m sick of this woman – she’s disgusting to the Nth degree.

  10. 30 lamh36
    August 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I LOL at all these cause as an avid book reader I have felt all of them…lol

    17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/harpercollins/17-problems-only-book-lovers-will-understand-9npd via @HarperCollins

    • 31 sjterrid
      August 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much for posting the link to this. I, too, have experienced these problems. I especially could relate to the one with the photo of David Tennant, Dr. Who. I was hysterical when he “died”.

  11. August 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    ok, tell me why I LMAO at this short video. I swear VINE videos are short bursts of funny just waiting for a GIF to be made of them.

  12. August 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    “When the group of student activists known as the Dream Defenders entered the Florida Capitol last month to demand a special session on the controversial “stand your ground” law, they couldn’t have predicted how they would leave. They left Thursday with tangible accomplishments and the seeds of a promising, progressive organization… ”

  13. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    An American Citizen, A Taxpayer, ‘A Taker’ Confronts John McCain

    • 36 desertflower
      August 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      VERY interesting exchange there. I wonder what, if anything, he will do to fix this problem in the state of AZ. Thanks for posting this.

    • 38 yardarm756
      August 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      We all know who the “TAKERS” ARE! Don’t we?!

    • August 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      We all know who the fat cat takers are, don’t we?! I applaud this women for speaking up and I hope she receives the help she needs.

      • 42 HZ
        August 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        TY, Donna for sharing that video. As the lady was speaking the lady on the left of the screen was shaking her head in agreement about what the lady said about being called “A Taker.” Sen. McCain seemed to have caught that lady who was shaking her head in agreement and then Sen. McCain seemed to be more ‘in presence of his moment with the young lady,’ thus maybe prompting him to walk over to the young lady to say and make contact with her.

        I am praying for Sen. McCain to get in a better space that will give him a more positive experience in the Senate to be a ‘Giver’ of his knowledge, his votes, his speeches, his attitude towards POB’s as the Winner and a damn good President who is leading from the front and not like Sen. Mc Cain’s likes to say, “leading from behind.”

        I feel that Sen. McCain will be left in a sideshow of the history books in this time of his time in the Senate if he does not change especially as he is getting up on the chronological maturity scale. President has and will go down in the great historians books as a great POTUS and will be remembered for generations to come. I would like to see Sen. McCain have a part of that history, if he is willingly to change and move on with a better attitude. I really hope that this young lady gave him something to go home to one of those nine homes and realize how blessed he is., and hopefully will be willing to go back to the Senate and be a ‘Giver’ to millions of well deserving hard working citizens, voters, and taxpayers who pays for his salary.HZ

  14. 43 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Just sickening!!

    Tenn. Republican Rejects Little Girl’s Request for Help to Applause of Tea Party Crowd

    • August 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I could not understand what the young lady said, but It was disgusting how that crowd responded.

      • 45 desertflower
        August 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        She was telling him that her father was an undocumented immigrant and wanted to know how she could get her family to stay together….his response was cowardly and disgusting…as was the ignorant crowd’s.

  15. 47 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    These are some inconvenient truths that we prefer not to acknowledge because it makes some uncomfortable. But the only way we can ever hope to address this issue to is to face it head on – and HONESTLY.

    • 48 nathkatun7
      August 18, 2013 at 1:22 am

      You are absolutely right, hopefruit! The Great Abraham Lincoln used the power of government to help build the intercontinental railroad and the financing of land grant colleges that aided millions and millions of poor white folks. FDR is regarded by most historian as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, president of the United. Yet he is by far the President who used the power of government to help millions and millions of people survive and overcome the Great Depression. The New Deal programs (some of them like Social Security, Farm subsidies, FHA, FDIC are still around) primarily benefited white people and very few complained then about government. The great WW II hero General, now President, Dwight Eisenhower, used the government to build the interstate highways, which, in my humble opinion, made it possible for the the growth and expansion of the American auto industry as a major engine of the American economy.

      It wasn’t until the 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, that sustained complaints about governments started.That’s because in the 1960s government tried to address problems like poverty and racial discrimination that affected many non whites. All of a sudden, people who had benefited from prior government help were indoctrinated to believe that their success was entirely a result of their own individual merit and initiative. By the time of the Reagan era the mantra was poor, people, and especially the non white people were poor because of government handouts, which were robbing from hard working white tax payers to pay for lazy, dependent, non-white people. It’s as if non-white people, and in particular African Americans had just arrived in America in 1960’s for the purpose of collecting government hand-outs. The entire history of their blood, sweat, and tears, spent by generations going back centuries, working harder than any one else to produce the riches of this country were entirely erased!

      To echo what you said, hopefruit, the obsessive government “distrust,” legitimized by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, is “not Libertarian, It’s (for the most part) racial.”

      • 49 hopefruit2
        August 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

        Thanks Nath for this excellent comment. You just gave us a great history lesson about the role and perception of US government across the decades and now I’m going to have to find a way to break it down into tweetable nuggets (with your permission of course)! Hope you have a pleasant Sunday 🙂

  16. 50 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm


  17. August 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    “A Republican conversion to Obamacare”



    One afternoon last week, though a thousand miles apart, Newt Gingrich in Boston and Clint Murphy in Savannah came to the same conclusion about Obamacare and the GOP… Murphy was one of those underpaid GOP soldiers who slogged through muddy grassroots in campaign after campaign…He volunteered in Casey Cagle’s successful effort to become lieutenant governor in 2006, took a paid position in John McCain’s 2008 presidential effort in Florida, and served as a salaried staffer during Karen Handel’s gubernatorial push in 2010.

    And so Murphy’s Facebook post on Obamacare last week, addressed to his Republican friends, was something of a surprise: “When you say you’re against it, you’re saying that you don’t want people like me to have health insurance.”

    There is nothing like a bout with testicular cancer to bring focus to your life, Murphy explained over the phone… Murphy was an invincible 25-year-old working the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia when he was diagnosed. Four rounds of chemo later, all covered by insurance, the cancer was in remission by 2004. But the damage had been done. He was now a man with a medical record.

    Political work is an on-again, off-again for many, as it was for Murphy… But in his supplemental occupation, as a real estate agent, Murphy hit a roadblock. “That’s when I got into the pre-existing thing,” he said… After a decade of living cancer-free, he thought the insurance companies might lighten up. Instead, they found something else. “I have sleep apnea. They treated sleep apnea as a pre-existing condition. I’m going right now with no insurance,” said Murphy, now 38.

    When Georgia’s health insurance exchange opens in October, Murphy will sign up. “Absolutely,” he said…Murphy would like to call himself a Republican, but has been too dismayed by his party’s cavalier attitude toward the health care debate. “We have people treating government like a Broadway play, like it’s some sort of entertainment,” he said.

    • August 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      But in spite of this, Murphy is supporting Karen Handel for U.S. Senate. Handel remains committed to “a full stop and defunding of Obamacare in its entirety now.” She has endorsed the effort by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others to shut down the federal government this fall if it doesn’t happen.

      Another example of voting against your own interests.

      • 53 pkayden
        August 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        Wow is all I can say to your comment. Just shows that he’ll still support a political party that would condemn him to no health insurance if its supporters get their way.

      • 54 nathkatun7
        August 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

        Amazing! Murphy needs his head examined!

    • 55 99ts
      August 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Self interest eventually wins – how someone could support Karen Handel is beyond belief – she who tried to wipe out women’s health care – because she could. I hope Murphy eventually realized the benefit of planned parenthood as well as other health care.

  18. 56 mtmarilyn
    August 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    WOW, LP what a great roundup. I had missed all the news you brought. We are truly blessed here with the smartest!!

    We have several new fires here in MT. Thank goodness the winds they had predicted didn’t materialize. We have had afew sprinkles that have helped. Still very dry.

  19. August 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Outstanding threads today!!! Thank you LP & UT!!!!!

    I smell #DischargePetition in the air ….

    Yes We Can

  20. August 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Some of you may have seen the “Drudge”d-up controversy this week about a video of Reggie Love being interviewed at UCLA where Reggie mentioned that he and President Obama played “Spades” on the day that Osama Bin Laden was killed.

    I was at the public library today and was able to look up what @David Frum was referencing in his tweet about D-Day and Eisenhower:

    • 59 anniebella
      August 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Arapaho415, you forget Eisenhower was white. Obama is black. G.W. Bush and his family during their eight years went on a million vacations, this President can’t go on a eight day vacation without the haters running their mouth. But Congress can go on a five week vacation and not a word from the right wing haters.

      • 60 anniebella
        August 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I just hope POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia, and Sasha enjoyed their vacation, and the girls enjoy their time at camp.

      • August 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        You’re absolutely right that some percentage (I think it’s about a quarter of the voters) have closed minds and only believe the lies about our President because they are outright bigots.

        But the GOP wasn’t exactly reasonable during Clinton’s tenure, and I personally think he was so distracted with impeachment that he made some bad mistakes at the end of his second term (repeal of Glass-Steagall, taking his eye off of Al-Qaeda).

        President Obama is scandal-free and is in full control of his legacy, despite battling both the GOP and MSM who continue to spread lies as if they were the truth.

        Posted yesterday: Why haven’t Tavis and Cornell weighed in on this executive order?

    • 62 99ts
      August 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Photo on rise and shine – “Military Aide Major Barrett Bernard with a birthday cake” – the military aide and friends are also playing cards – takes the mind of the serious stress of the moment

    • 63 pkayden
      August 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      So what if President Obama played spades on the night OBL was killed? Drudge’s rants/raves really don’t make any difference to anyone with common sense. I doubt any of President Obama’s supporters care about what he did on that night beyond being grateful that his administration is responsible for killing one of the world’s greatest terrorists.

  21. August 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    And posting this because it’s so beautiful.

    Reminds me of the French films of 1960s. Paris streets always seemed to be wet.

  22. August 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    This should be made into a poster and hung in the campaign offices of every Dem in the Congress and Senate.

    • August 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Governor Brown has done an OUTSTANDING job of turning this state around after the disastrous mess left by loafer Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yes, another Democat cleaning up after a pathetic Republican! He will have an easy re-election.

      • 69 anniebella
        August 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        That’s what Democrats have to do, clean up the mess Republicans made. POTUS know all about that. Congratulation to Gov. Brown.

    • 70 4morefor44
      August 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      “few would have imagined”?!? he’s done exactly as i imagined he would, because he did this exact same thing in the 1970s, when he quickly cleaned up a republican lame actor’s mess, at that time ronald reagan’s disaster. all the while, he advances liberal causes more than anyone, yet asks his base to make some sacrifices too. he was so far ahead of the curve in “green energy” in the 1970s that it’s almost shocking when you look back at that history.

      this man is one of my all-time heroes in politics. that’s why of course “the news” has spent decades building the “governor moonbeam” storyline to try and keep from gaining too much power at least nationally. it’s been so thrilling to watch him kick so much butt yet again. thank god for jerry brown, and the world would be a much better place with more people like him in it.

      • 72 jacquelineoboomer
        August 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        Loved what you wrote and agree, even though I’m not from California and don’t have first-hand knowledge!

      • 73 nathkatun7
        August 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

        “few would have imagined”?!? he’s done exactly as i imagined he would, because he did this exact same thing in the 1970s, when he quickly cleaned up a republican lame actor’s mess, at that time ronald reagan’s disaster.”

        Yes Indded, 4morefor44! I came to California when the great GOP saint Ronald Reagan was Governor. By the time he left, the state was in a sorry state. It took young Jerry Brown (I believe he was 36 when he was first elected) to clean up Reagan’s mess. By the time Jerry Brown left office, the state’s economy was vibrant and the budget was balanced. I worked hard for the election of the elder Jerry Brown because I truly believe that he is a man of integrity who is in government to help people and not just to enrich himself.

  23. August 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Truly deserves BILLIONS of views!!

    • 75 4morefor44
      August 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      i like power a lot, but not a fan of the “invisible children” group at all. the whole christian activist thing is fine and all, but this specific group’s funding is coming from particularly shady sources. I wonder why she chose that group…

  24. August 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    It’s hard for me to believe that the MSM and Americans don’t view Snowdenwald as traitors, given their close association with Wikileaks, Assange and Putin.

    • 77 Nena20409
      August 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      So far today, I have seen two tweets of David Frum posted here that are 1001% accurate and No BS.

    • 80 99ts
      August 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Why is it always people who live in true democracies who must complain so bitterly and widely about the behavior of such democracies. The security work done in the UK during WWII provided massive support to the allies – yet today it seems this is unacceptable behavior. It reinforces Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They have it all, so lets obsess about something else.

      Maslow also well defines why the GOP want to keep down pay rates and deny health care & immigration reform. While the poor worry about food, no doctors and being arrested – they care not about things at a higher level – just sad.

  25. 82 nathkatun7
    August 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Great post, LovelyPlains! It’s so good to see you back, hopefully in much better health! Wishing you all the best in school.

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