Chat Away

We have to keep this geeky theme going until Dudette’s birthday is over.

Chat away!

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  1. 15 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Congrats vc on #1! 🙂 I see you’ve reclaimed your spot as reigning TOD gold-medalist. Brava.

  2. 17 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

    So VC finally was able to trip everbody, hopefully without breaking any legs, and got in first. Amazing.

  3. 25 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Pope is evolving…

  4. 31 MightyPamela
    September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    So. DUDETTE!! Ha, I’m hearing lots and lots about today being your BIRTHDAY!!!! to that I say VaHoo!!! 😆 {{{Dudette}}}

    • 32 Dudette
      September 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks MP! It’s been great! I’m sneaking in and out throughout the day to what’s shaking here on TOD.

      Hard to concentrate on work! 🙂

  5. 33 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

  6. September 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Morning everyone 🙂

    Okay, I know this might be a bit off topic, but I thought I could give it a try, since everyone is a political nerd. 🙂
    As some of you might know, I am an English teacher (high school equivalent level and below) and we´re doing a segment on the American Dream in junior class (roughly 17 year olds) which covers basically the basics from a few thing government, recent developments, challenges, analyzing speeches, history, immigration etc. etc.
    My question basically if anyone here has any good material / websites about how the US government works. I don´t mean PBO centered stuff, but stuff on an okay language level that explains the basics or a little beyond. I gave them a youtube vid to watch that will help them draw a scheme of how the branches of government are connected + checks and balances and I was considering to do a role play kind of thing where everyone in the class takes over a role in government and we play out a few standard situations such as a law being passed, a judge being appointed etc. What I need is comprehensive, English material that could assist that in a way. Anyone out there who is a teacher too or has an idea?

  7. 42 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    What’s wrong with America?

    By Smartypants


    The truth is that no matter how crazy the Republicans get, the belief in some circles persists that one person in the presidency should be able to control things. This has been referred to as the Green Lantern theory of presidential power. It is ubiquitous, not just with DC pundits, but we see it often coming from the President’s critics on the left (he “abandoned” the public option in health care reform even though it NEVER had 60 votes in the Senate) and the public at large.

    I’d suggest that rather than trying to figure out what’s wrong with President Obama, perhaps its time we held a mirror up to ourselves to find the root of the problem.



  8. September 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    It is wonderful that the world does turn. If only the GOP could get onboard.

  9. 44 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I am going to have to put Pres. Obama’s nerd status on probation. That is NOT the way one holds a lightsaber Sir.

    Probation! Until he has attended a Jedi 101 class 😀

  10. 47 FayPax
    September 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I hate the media! Just watched a little of the Boehner presser where he responded to a question explaining the decision to try defunding ObamaCare with that Republican silliness about how it’s killing jobs and raising the cost of insurance. Where was the follow-up request for him to explain why reports are stating that premiums have been reduced and the overall cost of healthcare has decreased?

    • 48 99ts
      September 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

      It is not the role of reporters to query Boehner’s lie – obviously the President has to attend every press conference given by Boehner & Co because it is his job to explain the lies of the GOP to the people of the USA.

      This is HOW STUPID are people like Chuck Todd – and so help me – they are the core of the US political media.

      • 49 FayPax
        September 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        I just keep hoping that out of the wilderness there will come one tiny voice of courage…one reporter with the professional and moral backbone to display an interest in facts. Sometimes I forget why I barely turn on the television!

        • 50 Sandy1110
          September 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          The GOP signs the media’s paychecks. The only real hope is to get media outlets away from corporate ownership.

  11. 53 vcprezofan2
    September 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Repost from previous…

    Axelrod will be in my backyard soon. Check out the ad for his topic, etc.


    I’d never heard of the Reena Foundation before this, so I read further down the invitation.

    “What is Reena?

    Reena is a non-profit social service agency dedicated to helping children, adults and senior citizens with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential and to become integrated into the mainstream of society.

    This event is organized by Reena Foundation, the fundraising arm of Reena.”

    I hope he gets a good turnout. It would have been nice to be able to ask him why there is no mechanism to remove non-performing representatives, especially when they have plotted, and are clearly plotting, to disrupt the government.

    Hey, any regulars wanting to come up for a couple of days to hear him and visit?

  12. 54 vcprezofan2
    September 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Okay, not pushing my luck further with impending headache – BBL. 😀

  13. 55 cookemom
    September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    S’up all my O peeps!!! It’s another great getting up day at the TOD watering hole!!!

    I just watched a clip of the Bonehead presser and I think he’s trying to convince himself more than anyone else that he believes what he says. He’s scared of his own shadow and is shaking in his boots with fear from 2 freshmen Senators Cruz and Lee. What he doesn’t realize is that Cruz and Lee have set him up to take the fall. They can fund raise on their Senate no vote on ACA funding that won’t mean anything, while the House gets the blame for shutting down the government.

    Boehnerboy is trying to pivot and put the blame on the Senate ‘Pubs by pretending that they are the ones who are suppose to initiate spending bills, funding, and thinking he can outlast the Senate. He’ll fail until he can get the not-so-crazy Pubs to say out loud how much they despise Cruz.

    I like my popcorn with a dash of Parmesean. Heck of a job, Bonie!

    • 56 ericfive
      September 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      This is the money line from an article in Salon about what Boner is doing with his sending the ACA defunding bill to the Senate: “It’s an internal bluff calling, intended to both placate conservative House members, and prove to others that their strategies aren’t workable”. This is exactly the same thing that happened during the last debt ceiling scarefest. It is being done to placate the Tea Partiers, when it fails Boner can tell them he did his best, and then Dems and sane GOPers will vote to raise the debt ceiling.

  14. 57 Dakota
    September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDETTE!!! Smooches and Hugs!!!

  15. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  16. 61 Nena20409
    September 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm


    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
    Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a remarkably candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in other Jesuit journals, including America magazine in the U.S.

    • 62 Nena20409
      September 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      As a Roman Catholic, I am pleased by this new Pope.

      • September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        As a lapsed Roman Catholic, I think this Pope may be even more transformational than John XXIII.

        • September 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

          I may de-lapse if he keeps this up, LL!

          • September 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

            I’ve been seriously thinking about that!

            • September 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

              We can have a joint de-lapsing ceremony!

                • September 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

                  There won’t be enough room in the churches with all this de-lapsing!

                  • September 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

                    You know, I have on occasion thought about joining a church—the Unitarians or Episcopalians. But I can just never do it. I may not call myself Catholic, but my Catholic upbringing informs much of who I am. And now this Pope is imparting again the lessons I learned as a child: we are all children of the divine, and God loves every one of us, no matter our state.

                    • September 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

                      I’m really bowled over by him so far, having been decidedly unimpressed when I read his background on his ‘appointment’. He didn’t appear to be too ‘pro-women’, for example. But so far, yep, I like this man.

                    • 71 Nena20409
                      September 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

                      The Church needs to be doing what it was formed originally to be. Pope Francis since March 2013, is making it easier. His warmth and humility warm my heart.

                    • September 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

                      The question is whether those in the Catholic church who have been afflicted with Obama Derangement Syndrome can accept these changes. My mother’s church is infected with these haters – Mitt signs still proudly displayed on rear windows, flyers with anti-Obama rhetoric and the image of that bloody hand, people still declaring that President Obama will never be their President. The church in the US has done a lot of harm with their anti-Obama fever, and many of their victims are the senior citizens who participate most regularly in the church activities. It’s like they’ve been brainwashed. I hope this new Pope can get through.

                  • 73 jacquelineoboomer
                    September 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

                    I’ll be everybody’s godmother! Your middle names will all have to be “Jacqueline.”

                    Of course, there would have to be extra-special clearance for me to be anybody’s godmother, at this point, there’s that.

                    • 74 HZ
                      September 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

                      Good Afternoon jacquelineoboomer. You always give me so much joy when I read your tweets. My heart laughed again reading the one about John Bonner as a ‘liquid lunch.”

                      Now, I would love to have you as my godmother, and I would love to have a second middle name, “Jacqueline.” ((( You are beautiful.)))HZ

                    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
                      September 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

                      HZ – We’ve run out of “reply” buttons, so hope you see this. Thanks for your sweet words! We’ll be each other’s godmothers!

  17. 76 dotster3
    September 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Sorry for the dreaded HuffPo link (jumped there after Now w/Alex on msnbc just introduced Chris Hayes and Chuck Toad—yikes!)—-but these really are the cutest doggy photos ever. Expect chips to use her photo expertise (see her famous porta-potty and horse poop pictorials for proof) to capture similar Danny snapshots in the near future.


    • September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Awwwwwwwwwwwww, they are TOO cute Dotster!! That little fella looks just like my dog nephew (well, 10 years ago)! Not sure if I’ll ever be able to top the horse poo pics, but I will try!

  18. 78 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    The new Pope is wow! Bravo to him. Another step in the right direction.

  19. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    More glad-to-be-alive-in-the-age-of-Obama stuff:

  20. 80 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  21. 81 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Can someone point me to a good list of what PBO has accomplished? I thought there was one here but I can’t find it. WhatIsWorking is excellent and I’m pulling things issue by issue, but I’d like a nice list to shove down the throat of my idiot brother-in-law who should know better. Not the racist idiot who is hopeless, but my husband’s older brother.

    I’ve got plenty on the ObamaCare myths. I do need a little more info on the Medicare/Obamacare myths, as my brother-in-law believes that (1) there will no longer be operations for seniors; (2) the government will pick your doctor; (3) God know what else nonsense he spewed at my poor husband.

  22. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  23. 105 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t have him talk to Chuckles.

  24. 106 57andfemale
    September 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm


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  27. 113 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  28. 114 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    • 115 Ladyhawke
      September 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      The House’s Un-American Activities

      Posted by Richard Eskow


      The Constitution does an admirable job of describing the way our government is supposed to operate, and nowhere does it say the House of Representatives has the power to shut it down in order to revoke a law that displeases it. In fact, it makes it clear that this is not how our system works.

      And yet that’s exactly what House Republicans under John Boehner and Eric Cantor are attempting to do, through a series of arcane procedural maneuvers that involve a continuing resolution this Friday and an upcoming fight over the government’s debt ceiling. The Republicans are attempting to use these administrative processes to revoke or neutralize duly enacted legislation, and perhaps to hijack the governance process in other ways as well.

      The Constitution doesn’t give the House that kind of unilateral power. It does, however, include these words: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned … and all executive and judicial Officers … shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.”



      • 116 ericfive
        September 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        Wasn’t it reported that the ACA is already funded, in that it gets its funding through taxation and issuance of tax credits. So all of this nonsense is just theater to appease the Tea Party assholes. I know it is asking too much for our MSM to inject some facts and truthful information into this circus, but a man can dream.

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  30. 120 japa21
    September 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  31. 123 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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