A Tweet or Two















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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    It’s only me, folks.

  2. 10 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Chips, how are you this afternoon – socks-less? 😀

  3. December 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats on 1st VC!! 🙂

    Sweden Exposes the Snowden-Greenwald Fraud
    December 18, 2013

    Recently what I’ve termed the Snowden Operation has taken aim at Sweden as part of its rolling barrage of leaks of classified information that Ed stole from NSA. In recent months, harming the foreign relations of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the U.S. Government generally, seems to have become the main point of the Operation, which is fronted abroad by Glenn Greenwald and a motley crew of self-styled journalists who are really activists of a determined kind.

    Although the allegations of illegalities and nefarious activities by Sweden’s SIGINT agency, Försvarets radioanstalt or FRA, are the customary mix of Greenwaldian overstatement mixed with uninformed pontification, the revelation that FRA has a longstanding close relationship with NSA and other Western intelligence agencies has raised a few eyebrows in Sweden, since the country has long been a neutral power, through two World Wars and the Cold War. Although Swedish defense and security agencies have cooperated with Western partners for decades, that amounted to an open secret (and a true secret in its details), one that the Snowden Operation has now exposed.

    While Stockholm failed to get ahead of the leaks by preemptively talking about its intelligence activities before Greenwald and others did, as I recently praised Danish intelligence for doing effectively, the reaction of the Swedish government to the leaks has been commendable and deserves commentary. The message has been consistent: FRA activities are fully legal under Swedish law and they are something Stockholm necessarily does to protect the country from foreign threats, no matter what Glenn Greenwald says.

    More at the link in the tweet, below:

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      December 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Very, very smart move on Sweden’s part. I’d really like to see GG try since he does not, at heart, know what he’s talking about.

    • 13 nathkatun7
      December 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Great move by the head of Sweden’s Defense intelligence Court! Thanks, Bob, for sharing this. I bet you traitor Greenwald is going to hide behind “freedom of the press,” by refusing to testify in an open court

  4. 14 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    LIVE NOW: Federal Chair Ben Bernanke Remarks – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  5. December 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm


    Yes We Can

  6. 16 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    • 17 utaustinliberal
      December 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for the update.

    • 18 57andfemale
      December 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      And Wall St. will whine because the government will actually expect the economy – and thereby Wall St. — to stand on its own.

      Do we have this straight? The government should prop up Wall St. all the while Wall St. is screaming for ‘free’ markets, taking no responsibility? What a bunch of craven wusses, unable and unwilling to accept responsibility for the destruction they cause.

  7. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    December 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD!

    It’s been a busy week. Daughter in Law delivered my very first beautiful grand baby girls this morning. Tamara Marie @ 3:02 am 5lbs 1oz and Samaya Marie @ 3:05 am 5lbs 6oz. Happy Birthday Baby Girls!!!

    Mommy, Daddy and babies are all doing well but it about wiped me out 🙂 I’m going to get some rest.

  8. 53 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The Fed is going to reduce it’s bond buying in January to 75 billion from 85 billion per month. They are currently holding 4 TRILLION in bonds.


  9. 54 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Live hearing on cspan about private companies collecting and selling our data.

  10. 58 japa21
    December 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Okay, I am the first to admit I am a fiscal idiot (and not savant), but I am confused.

    In the past, everytime the Fed acted like it might taper its bond buying, the stock market would go down.

    Today it announced it was going to start to taper its buying and the market explodes upward.

    Please, one of you people that understand this stuff, what am I not seeing?

  11. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  12. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      • 72 Vicki
        December 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        This is not exactly a cheery Holiday message, Bob. I’d seen this clip before but watched it again and was struck by the truth of it.
        If you see the Waltons and Kochs as nothing more than evil greedy hoarders it is a good first step towards understanding what has gone wrong here.
        The second step is seeing how all institutions that try to persuade you that the Waltons and the Kochs are something other than dangerous psychos is doing you a disservice.

      • 73 jacquelineoboomer
        December 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        That looks interesting, Bob! Will try to watch it later. Thanks.

  13. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Well, this put a damper on my good cheer, for now. BBL.

  14. December 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    • 76 99ts
      December 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      It seems every picture I see of the President on twitter recently, there are microphones thrust towards his face. Seems to be a good way to call out the WHPC on their stupid – and it highlights how many photos they must take that they never use in any way. Not sure why any of them are even paid – they add nothing to the economic good of the USA – nothing.

  15. December 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I have no idea what the instagram photo displays. Apparently Instagram has made a change to their app that you need to logon to view photos. Since I don’t have a iPhone, I have zero need to create an Instagram account at this time.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      December 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Arapaho, it’s a picture divided in half, one of Rev Al and other half of FLOTUS, with the relevant info re time of the interview 1:15pm at http://WWW.WVON.COM.

      BTW, I have no instagram account – are you still having issues with your computer?

      • December 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        Thanks for asking.

        I reinstalled my Windows operating system and everything works great EXCEPT for Twitter on Chrome.

        In order to even view Twitter timelines and/or photos I have to use Internet Explorer. This includes here at TOD (twitter photos don’t appear on Chrome). I know the problem is isolated to my computer. Apparently no one in the universe who uses a Windows OS has this Twitter/Chrome problem.

        I will attempt to view the Instagram on Chrome instead of IE. Thanks for letting me know that not only does Chrome hate my computer, Instagram does as well.

        • 80 vcprezofan2
          December 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

          Arapaho, I very quickly admit that computers are ‘greek’ to me! All that installation and un-installation I’ve seen you doing lately is way beyond me technically and patiently. 😉 I’m a believer in not touching it any more than is necessary, in case it stops working. Continued good luck as you show your system who is *the boss*.

      • December 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        OK now I know I have to use Chrome to view Instagram. Again, thanks for the heads up.

  16. 83 GGail
    December 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Chipsticks – this is a post full of cheer and happiness!

    From VC pushing/ending up on first to Donna’s beautiful grand babies coming into this world weighing 5 lbs each!!!

    I love reading the positive ACA tweets!

    Steve Harvey cracks me up when he’s being ignored at the receiving line. Hahahaha!!!!!

    I’m truly enjoying this TOD post during my lunch time!

  17. December 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Did y’all see this story from yesterday? The hero dog looks like he could be Danny’s Papa.

    • 89 cookemom
      December 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Great story. The dog is eleven and his set for retirement as a service dog. However, the disability program that the man has doesn’t cover him keeping the dog after it’s been retired. He can get a new dog, but no compensation for the one who saved his life. Donations are being taken by an organization in NY to help him keep the dog after its been removed from the system.

      • 90 jackiegrumbacher
        December 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        Cookemom, thank God someone is trying to help with funds. These two should NOT be parted. They obviously are devoted to each other. What a story.

    • December 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Update on this heartwrenching story.

      Orlando is too old to be taken away from his owner.

      We have become a truly heartless society..

  18. 97 Ladyhawke
    December 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm


    Senate Cmte. Examines the Data Broker Industry


    The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on marketing consumer information. Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich & officials from private industry testify on the data broker industry & how consumers are impacted.



    • 98 Linda
      December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I have been watching…..it is fascinating ……

      • 99 Ladyhawke
        December 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        This is really a fantastic discussion. Very illuminating. The invasion of privacy is just remarkable. This is the flip side of the NSA hysteria. I am really glad to see this hearing. Very timely and important.

        • 100 Linda
          December 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          I told a story the other day that happened to me.

          On Saturday, I went to a website that I had never purchased anything from before…when I was entering my data for the purchase…the site already had our business e-mail address somehow and it dropped right in . I couldn’t believe it……

          Now that website ads are on every site I look at……it is creepy..

          • 101 Ladyhawke
            December 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

            Yes, that is creepy. I want to watch this herring again. I missed the first part. But isn’t is interesting that Darryl Issa is holding partisan show trials in Texas on the ACA while Senator Rockefeller is holding one of the most important hearings I have seen in a long time. Everyone should try to watch this hearing. With all of the rending of garments over the activities of the NSA, folks need to hear what the Data Brokers are doing with their information. It’s really shocking.

        • 102 57andfemale
          December 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          If the government can’t ‘spy’ then why can Amazon? Or any of the other retailers who track my every move on the internet?

          Let’s go there. Let’s have that discussion.

  19. 103 LDS
    December 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Hello TOD village!
    How is everyone? Just catching up for many, many days. So much good readings, thoughts, encouragement.
    Just to sum everything up until I get a chance to stop by again:

    First of all, congratulations Grandma Donna!
    Ms. Chips, is Danny Boy getting a new friend or two?
    I never thought there was someone on this earth who could possibly be dumber than George W. Bush. Mitt just proved me wrong….
    Can you imagine how an embarrassment he would be? This fool was ironing a shirt on his body! IRON MAN……

    I left a response and congratulations to Ms. Billie Jean King on an earlier post. But I also warned her to check her bags very thoroughly when she leaves Russia just in case the “Snowjob” tries to sneak his way back in the U.S. he is trying to get to Brazil to meet up with GG and they do not want him. Good….. I hope their plot to are start their own spy business is null and void.

    Wishing our First Family a warm, relaxing vacation.

  20. 104 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  21. December 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations,Donna. The fun begins.

  22. 106 Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Owner of Whole Foods : ” We don’t want old people or poor people to go without healthcare….we just don’t want the Government taking over the healthcare system . ”

    Duh……who does he think runs the healthcare system for old people and poor people right now ?


  23. December 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm


    I wish the dudebros who are so concerned about internet “privacy” would take a look at what corporations do when you visit their websites. They are all so full of themselves and are clueless as to who they really should be worried about.

  24. 114 JER
    December 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    • 115 cookemom
      December 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Spending only, no revenues, but then pubs don’t want to raise debt ceiling to pay for budgets like this one, which requires borrowed money by design.

  25. 116 anniebella
    December 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Ed is okay at times, then there are times when he is sickening. If he has all the answers why don’t he go run for Senate or House.

    • 117 anniebella
      December 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I still like him at times.

    • 118 cookemom
      December 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      He stuck his toe in the political waters to run for office, but found the water too hot. So he got out of the kitchen. Ed likes to hear himself talk and is only ok if you agree with him. He led the don’t vote in 2010 because ACA didn’t go single payer. I sent him an email and he called me names. I don’t watch or listen to him.

    • 119 Linda
      December 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I think he is a reactionary ……

  26. December 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    No surprise …

  27. 122 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    A drilling engineer for British oil giant BP was found guilty Wednesday of destroying text messages in his smartphone, obstructing the investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    “Today a jury in New Orleans found that Kurt Mix purposefully obstructed the efforts of law enforcement during the investigation of the largest environmental disaster in US history,” acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman in a statement.

    The jury found the engineer did “alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal” iPhone text messages with BP’s then-drilling engineer manager for the Gulf of Mexico, with the purpose of impairing the data’s “integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding,” the indictment said.

  28. 123 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    How The World Plans To Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons – By Hayes Brown (on December 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm)

    The world body charged with organizing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons has finalized the plan on how to rid the civil war-torn country of its deadly arsenal, announcing on Tuesday its compressed timeline to have them out of Syria by the end of the year.

    While the exact text of the decision from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) remains classified, the outline of the plan could be found in a speech delivered on Tuesday. “It gives me great satisfaction to report to you that, within a month’s time, the major elements of such a transportation and destruction plan are in place,” Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said in his statement to the body’s Executive Council. An ambition timeline, as presented by Uzmucu, calls for all of the chemicals that inspectors had previously disabled would be shipped out Syria by December 31, with their destruction completed before April 2014.

    The actual destruction of the deadliest of the chemical agencies will be carried out aboard a special ship the United States has deployed to neutralize priority chemicals while at sea. “American authorities have offered the MV Cape Ray, a 213-meter (nearly 700-foot) ship owned by the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration, which is to be outfitted with a special machine called a Field Deployable Hydrolysis System that renders the chemicals inert by mixing them with other chemicals and heated water,” the Associated Press reports. The majority of the chemicals at the 22 sites Syria revealed to the OPCW are of the sort one could easily find at civilian industrial facilities, making their destruction far easier. The OPCW has already begun to solicit bids from private companies to store and destroy these components.



  29. December 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm


    • 125 Vicki
      December 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      13 more days of the truly loathesome Bloomberg.
      I will be attending an Open House at Gracie Mansion on Jan 5 to welcome our New Mayor, Bill deBlasio.
      Mayor deBlasio may not be able to erase homelessness and poverty but I believe he will do everything in his power to make life better for all New Yorkers.

  30. December 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    “The panel, which was appointed by President Barack Obama in the wake of disclosures made this summer by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, submitted the recommendations to the president on Friday. The White House had originally intended to release the report in January along with the president’s decisions on how to respond. However, after Obama met with the members of the panel earlier Wednesday, it was announced that the report would be released early.

    “While we had intended to release the review group’s full report in January, given inaccurate and incomplete reports in the press about the report’s content, we felt that it was important to let people see the full report to draw their own conclusions,” said press secretary Jay Carney, according to The Hill.”

    • 130 99ts
      December 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      “given inaccurate and incomplete reports in the press”

      Just how the press reports on anything to do with the President and/or his administration.

  31. 131 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    From Favianna’a face book: Today is December 18th, International Migrant’s Day!! I created this art piece inspired by a poster done circa 1975 by an unknown artist. Today there are over 232 million international migrants living outside their countries of origin, about 3% of the world’s population. Migrant rights are human rights!

    Feliz Dia Internacional del Migrante! Los derechos de los migrantes so derechos humanos!

  32. December 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  33. 134 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    VC has Gold, Silver and Bronze. Go, VC Go, Go.

    Donna is a Grandma Twice over at one time. Wow. Congratulations. My very best to the babies and the Mom who brought them to the world, Congratulations. Congratulations Daddy of the Twins. Be well and happy all.

    15K daily now for the last 2 weeks signing up for ACA. Unbeatable.

  34. 135 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Remarks by the President and First Lady after Meeting with Moms on the Affordable Care Act

    Oval Office 2:54 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Michelle and I just had a wonderful conversation with this group of moms and one aunt who have been working tirelessly out there on behalf of our mission, which is to make sure that everybody in America, regardless of where they live, their background, that they are able to get high-quality health care coverage that provides them with financial protection and looks after them when they get sick.

    And obviously, over the last couple of months, we had a rocky start with the website and all this. Despite that, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of people signing up, more and more every single day, in part because we’ve got these wonderful folks like the people we met with today who are out there telling their personal stories — what it’s like when a son gets sick and you have to make sure that not only are you providing the care that they need now, but also making sure that in the future they’re going to be able to get health care because they’ve got a preexisting condition; knowing what it’s like to be in a position where your child is transitioning from college to the workplace and maybe their first job is part-time or they’re working two part-time jobs, so they’re doing everything they can to be responsible but they still can’t get health care on the job.

    And I think this conversation really drove home in a very personal way why this is important. Sometimes here in Washington, this is a very abstract conversation or an entirely political conversation. But when you boil it down to stories and people hear what it means to have the security of solid health insurance at an affordable price when you need it, it reminds me at least of why we’ve been fighting so hard to get this done.



  35. 136 hopefruit2
    December 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  36. 137 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Hey, Jovie! You just popped into my head – hope you are okay.

  37. 138 dotster3
    December 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm


  38. December 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Spandan’s analysis of the major rip-off that Credo Mobile is ….

  39. 141 dotster3
    December 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    • 142 Nena20409
      December 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I just saw that about 20mins ago at TPM, but didn’t bring it here for they were still saying it was not confirmed. Now it is.

      Hmm? So MT Dem Gov will appoint a replacement? It might just work. I wonder if Brian S. the former gov would take the spot if appointed?

  40. 144 Nena20409
    December 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Pope Francis is in support of Breast feeding in public.

    I have Never understood the uneasiness of it all. Women have breasts. Babies feed from the breasts. Nature. Natural. I have always wondered what the BIG fuss was.

    • 145 MightyPamela
      December 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I am hoping in very short order, Pope Francis will add to his upheaval of the RCC, and perhaps the entire world, by getting fully and completely behind women’s issues at all levels, and shaking up the patrIarchies once and for all! I know the nuns have been waiting far too patiently for over a year now.

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