Because cats are important







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  1. 1 mtsarafui
    November 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Good Morning All

  2. November 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Programming note: Our lovely Lovely Plains is working on an SOS Kerry post. So stay tuned for that.

  3. November 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for these, LL. Love kitties!!!

    Congrats on 1st mtsarafui 🙂

  4. November 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    From bottom of previous thread …. On VA @GOP attempts to steal AG election ….

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      November 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Just got on board, Bob, and am reading about this. It’s outrageous and it means that the Republicans are sure that Herring would get the majority of the provisionals and they’re using every dirty trick in the book to rig the results. Even the draconian rules in Pa aren’t that bad. I hope Herring has some very good lawyers and can appeal this in court and demand a recount. He can’t let this egregious decision pass.

  5. November 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you LL, purrfect!

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  7. 14 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  8. November 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    They’ve got to face reality … and they have to know we know what that reality is.

    The House & Senate GOP are going to do more and more damage to America until we remove them in 2015. We cannot tolerate almost 15 months of more damage.

    Only way to breakthrough is for Senator Reid to end the filibuster and House and Senate Ds and their mega-$$$ supporters put max pressure on those Rs who realize they have no future in the current version of the GOP and actually care about their constituents.

    Those Rs could bring a lot of benefits to those constituents if a Farm Bill, a sensible budget, ENDA & Immigration Reform were passed, posthaste.

    Yes We Can

  9. November 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Auburn 55 -Tennesse 23. Auburn rushed for 450 yards 5 TD’s, QB Nick Marshal 5-7 Passing 35yards 1TD… 240 yards rushing. KO/PR for TD’s as well.

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Instant update

      Herring only down 33 Votes now!!

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        November 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        This is nail biting, LP. Alexandria was not the area with the problem. So it must be for that area alone that the rules are being changed. Voters have in that area have to start creating a very big stink about the unprofessional way their ballots have been handles.

        • November 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

          Alexandira, PWC, Norfolk, Fairfax were 4/5 of the provisionals still had not been counted. I’m also not sure about this rule change being legit, because the GOP Rep in charge of counting Fairfax, just extended the date for people to show up until Tuesday. (See above twee) Which only helps D’s. Wierd stuff all around….all I know is yesterday Oberstien’s lead was 1,237 it is now 34, with majority D precincts out.

          • 25 hopefruit2
            November 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            • November 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

              What people may be getting confused by is the *rule* change by SBE states that “legal rep’s” can’t vouch for provisional ballots(which is BS if it holds up/true) but no votes are being thrown out. That’s the reason Fairfax, voted 2-0 to condemn the ruling, and as a FU extended in person verification until Tuesday.

          • 27 globalcitizenlinda
            November 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

            watching this like a hawk – and I do not even live in VA!

            thanks for the updates – I am very nervous (yes this is the amount of damage the republicans have done to my political psyche that I do not want them ANY where near the leadership team of ANY area)

      • November 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        Just want him to know folk are paying attention …

        Yes We Can

        • November 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

          Couple conflicting vote tallies, but as I see it right now, Herring is only down either 22 or 17 votes…. with 400+ Fairfax provisionals to be counted by Tuesday. Trying to stay on top of it for the village…..

          • November 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

            You’re doing a great job, LP!!!

          • 31 globalcitizenlinda
            November 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

            we are extremely grateful for your diligence on the same – I am not as brave as you are to keep seeking the updates for fear I will not like the results (yes I am a self-identified coward)

            • November 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

              TY, Global. I couldn’t pick Herring out of a lineup, but this is like riding a roller coaster at a theme park(Or rooting on my sports teams)!!! Plus this would be the first time D’s held all statewide seats in VA, since NIXON!!! ……..all due to the fact of OFA/PBO’s coalition building that started in 2007. No Dem had won VA 2x since FDR if my memory serves me right.

              • 33 globalcitizenlinda
                November 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

                same here – don’t have a clue what Mr. Herring looks or sounds like but by golly, he is part of Team Obama and that is what counts.

                you have the analogies right about Team support – through all obstacles

          • 34 nathkatun7
            November 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

            Great job LP for staying on this for us. The prospect for Sen. Herring win look good.

  10. November 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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    But the implications of the struggle extend well beyond even this court. The loose architecture of the constitution turns out to leave wide gaps where the relative power of the two branches is undefined. The debt-ceiling showdown was one such gap: Does this power to destroy the world economy grant Congress the right to force the president to accept unrequited concession? Advice and consent is another such gap. The custom has been to allow the president to nominate at least somewhat friendly judges. But mere custom has taken the place of settled law. There’s no formal rule forcing the opposing party to confirm the president’s appointments for anything. There probably ought to be some mechanism preventing the majority from appointing hacks and wild ideologues, but if no such mechanism can be arranged, the system will default to the parties using their formal power to the maximum extent.
    Or consider the implication lying just down the line.

    We may assume that another Supreme Court vacancy would result in the confirmation of a mainstream judge in the president’s broad ideological mold. But if one of the five Republican-appointed justices were to fall ill or suddenly retire, would Republicans really allow Obama to replace him with another Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor? We believe that the Senate would yield because that’s simply the way things have always been done. But in the Obama era, the way things have always been done has not turned out to be a reliable guide.

  11. November 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm


    Breathless coverage of the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking allied foreign leaders aside, spying on allies — even friendly ones — is nothing new in international politics. In the mid-sixteenth century, the pious King Philip II of Spain and the pope kept tabs on each other as they prepared for the sailing of the Spanish Armada against Britain. The reason? The pope thought the king indecisive, and the king believed that the pope was hedging his bets.

    Centuries later, in early 1917, the British government wanted the United States, then neutral, to enter World War I on its side. According to Keith Jeffery, the official historian of MI6, London’s intelligence service, the British used a “whole range” of overt and clandestine methods to gather intelligence and run influence operations. For example, thanks to its secret surveillance of a U.S. transatlantic cable, MI6 learned of a German plot to win Mexico’s allegiance by promising the country a chunk of U.S. territory. Masking its source, MI6 delivered the alarming news to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and thus nudged the United States toward a declaration of war.

    Friends don’t just tap friends’ phones and read their mail. In one particularly notorious case, the Israeli government bought sensitive intelligence from a U.S. analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence for espionage in 1987. Despite appeals from the highest levels in Tel Aviv, Pollard remains in a North Carolina prison. Meanwhile, in 2003, the United States was caught spying in Italy because it wanted to render a terrorist out of the country. The Italians were not amused and, in 2009, convicted the American station chief and 22 others. To catch the operatives, Italian law enforcement had monitored the cell phones of a friendly intelligence service.

  12. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    we are living in interesting times!

  13. 38 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  14. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Have people everywhere lost their collective minds about real life situations?

    Before a few weeks ago, the talk about Iran Nuclear Disarmament was not even on the table – talk was about War, War, War (or as bitter McCain would say: “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, …, Iran);
    Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, and the exceptional work of SoS Kerry, we can now begin to believe in real possibilities.
    Yes it is true that our collective expectations about a nuclear breakthrough with Iran has been raised but there are some idiotic things I do not expect read from a person who has been reporting on this issue for a while and is expected to understand complexity of geopolitics.
    Personally, I do not mind if the negotiations last a few more days or weeks as long as we make peaceful and permanent progress in denuclearizing the Middle East.

    I would expect that a person who has been covering this issue would take the same level of patience – but alas

    I found this statement from this journalist so shallow, I had to respond to it;

    • 40 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Thank heavens she clarified her statement – It puts her original tweet in perspective and I had to acknowledge it

  15. 42 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  16. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

  17. 44 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  18. 46 rikyrah
    November 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Went to see 12 Years A Slave today. Still decompressing from it. Powerful movie, from the opening scene to the end. Director Steve McQueen did a brilliant job, and I thank him for making this movie. An unflinching look at American Slavery.

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o should get Oscar Nominations without a doubt.

    Very powerful movie. I had to get myself in the mindset to sit and absorb the movie, and I’m glad that I did.

  19. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  20. 48 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Insanely awwwwwwwwwwwwesome!

  21. November 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’m trying to come up with something to describe the destruction of the fabric of our society….. #obamasamerica?

    • November 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Wolf Blitzer? Vanilla Ice? Soul Train? Can I go to bed now?

    • November 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Hey, lp. Surely you weren’t worried about UT beating your Tigers. I know that you know what difficult and rebuilding years are like. Even last year, Auburn surely had difficulties. Think I heard during the game that last year at this time, Auburn’s record was 2-7. Butch will get our team “back”…….brick by brick! Congrats on the win today. Sigh………….

      • November 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        I was worried, Tnmt. Tennesse was 4-1 at home this year. I think our saving grace Dobbs, was starting his 2nd game ever. Plus I have never seen Neyland stadium with so many opposing fans in the stands. It was almost 50/50. When you guys got that pic-6 with 1:00 minute left before halftime, to cut the lead to 20-13, I was almost in full panic mode. Then Auburn scored in two plays w/ 50secs left, ran the 3rd Q kickoff back…. thus allowing me to move back off the ledge and relax. Silver lining, Tennesse has an average of a top 7 recruiting class through the recruiting services.

        • November 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

          Yes. Jones and his crew have done a fantastic job of recruiting. Our time WILL come. The VOLS WILL be back. Every team, as I pointed out, goes through times of “drought.”

    • 58 yardarm756
      November 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Oh well, “We’ll have to leave it there.”

  22. 59 criquet
    November 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    FYI all:

  23. November 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

  24. November 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    So who’s going to tune in to “60 Minutes” for their “correction”?

  25. November 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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  27. November 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    • November 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Jesus, were the French being assholes just because they could be?

      • November 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        This Hollande character has to be some kind of mole….. I have no clue what to expect when it comes to French FP anymore. They were the most vocal for intervention in Libya(Sarko) and in Syria(Hollande)….. this guy was supposed to be the US version of a liberal….wanted 70% tax rate on the rich, but now his approval last I saw was 24% and their FM is making Dick Cheney blush. WTF?

        • November 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          From what I knew of French politics, the Socialist Party—at least since Mitterand left office—is what it would be like if emoprogs managed to take over the Democratic Party.

          But more than that. Because France still has a military sphere of influence in West Africa, that makes it feel as if it’s a major world power, the equal of the US. Reality doesn’t dissuade it from that belief. The fact is that Europe couldn’t conduct a military operation without US help if it wanted to. And economically and diplomatically it doesn’t speak with one voice, but with 27 voices.

    • 79 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      waiting for another day

  28. 80 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  29. 81 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  30. November 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    SIAP, but this is STUNNING:

  31. 84 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    It is interesting to see these reporters tweeting such important world events. The likes of Halperin and Heilmann traffic in gossips, half truths, etc. and are paide $5 million to do so. Yikes.

    • November 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      You got that right, Africa.

      Gossip does sell, and Halperin/Heilemann have made an art form of talking to unnamed “sources” and then raking in millions on third-party hearsay.

      Just astounding.

      Maybe MSM could get together and agree that “news” from unnamed sources should be labeled “gossip” and not “news.”

  32. November 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  33. 88 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

  34. November 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    A couple more photos of President Obama on the links today in this article.

  35. November 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  36. 94 mtmarilyn
    November 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Is the President back in DC?

  37. 96 forus50
    November 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    • 97 dotster3
      November 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Was just going to post this. Love it! It made me think of all the wonderful humane things we could do in this country if we didn’t have to deal with so many crazy people.

      • 98 mtmarilyn
        November 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        We have many of them here in Montana. They just aren’t as beautiful as that one. They have just started putting them on when they upgrade the roads.

        • 99 dotster3
          November 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

          Good to learn that. I’ve never seen any in all our travels—just the poor unfortunate animals, mostly deer, who didn’t have this type of crossing, lying alongside the road.

  38. November 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    No deal —- YET

  39. November 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    MF!!!!!!! SOS Kerry, is scheduled for MTP tomorrow…….I already saw 12hours ago David Gregory & Jeffery Goldberg, trashing rumors of the deal.

  40. November 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    • November 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • November 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      • 106 criquet
        November 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        Fabius could not be doing this all on his own. He still has to take direction from President Hollande.

        What are the French up to here? Something in the offing with Saudi Arabia or other Arab state they have some deal with?

        The French usually have goodish relations with the Arab world so this behavior is unusual.

        • 107 criquet
          November 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

          I should have added that Saudi Arabia was against the deal.

        • November 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm

          Well, we know the Saudi’s aren’t happy, so who knows. Fabius is not doing France or Pres Hollande any favors by breaking diplomatic norms, irrespective of why France might be delaying.

          BTW, I like this person’s perspective ….


      • November 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        Sick in my stomach right now……. I WILL NEVER FORGET David Gregory’s Freudian slip on air, during the 2012 elections……. after Bibi’s September MTP apprearance(endorsing Romney) to lead off the show……..he referred to Bibi, as OUR LEADER…..refering to US citizens for the rest of the program. *apologized* later

  41. November 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Luv Caturday! Thanks LL. Purr. . .

  42. November 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The Top cat looks our “Big Guy”. He made our place his home in summer of 1999 and sadly departed Dec 26, 2012 in my husbands arms. He was approximately fifteen. He always “pooped” out of the box in his later month. 😉

  43. November 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    LP, is anyone broadcasting the presser?

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