Night Owl Chat

Six Years Ago Tomorrow: Senator Barack Obama on stage with Senator Ted Kennedy, at the XL Center in downtown Hartford, the day before the Connecticut Super Tuesday primary, February 4, 2008


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122 Responses to “Night Owl Chat”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    February 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm


    • 2 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Well, good evening and congrats Mighty P on #1 πŸ™‚

    • February 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Hellooooooo Mighty P, hellooooooo everyone!

    • 4 MightyPamela
      February 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Huh. I had so much trouble posting, from my phone, I figured y’all were streaking (fully clothed) past me, so I gave up to check email! And Looky Here ~ I wuz furst, after all!! πŸ˜†

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      February 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Congrats, MP, for being first and for the Emerald City’s Seahawks victory. Has it calmed down up there yet? What’s the deal with the Skittles?

      • 6 MightyPamela
        February 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        Seems calm enough, of course, I had nothing to do with the win! Our building has some lavish decorating celebrating 12th Man, which they will probably leave in place until the balloons lose loft!! No idea what Skittles means… None at all.

  2. 7 forus50
    February 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  3. 8 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Look at the color of then Sen Obama’s hair! The President is not a job for the wimps.

    “I did not know about that traffic” will never have to worry about that.

  4. February 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Congrats on 1st MP!!!!

    Urge all of you to follow the Central Asia Institute and support their #GlobalChalkCampaign ….

    Yes We Can

  5. 19 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  6. 20 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    hahahaha – Christie said he would co-operate with the AG’s office – but they sent a subpoena anyway. They didn’t need to do that πŸ™‚

    • February 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm


      I know you respond to comments made on earlier threads, but I’ll save you the trouble:

      re: Bridget Kelly invoking the 5th amendment

      And, from an American:

      • 22 Obama Grandmama
        February 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        Is it up to a judge that Christie appointed to see if the people refusing to comply by handing in the documents for the congressional investigation go to jail or hand over the documents?

      • 23 99ts
        February 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

        I was so excited when I found the orange button that let me know when someone replied to a comment – only took me 4 years πŸ™‚

        Many different laws in different countries as regard to Inquiries/commissions etc. We certainly don’t have the 5th – which some in the US seem to think is valid everywhere in the world – but I think there is a “self incrimination” option to refuse to answer some issues. I really don’t know – the major inquiries I have followed – people spoke – some lied – and some turned “state’s evidence” after a plea deal.

        We had a big inquiry related to police corruption in the 1980s – and currently there is a royal commission on child abuse – put in place by Julia Gillard when she was PM. Listening to this one is very traumatic – let alone the impact on those who lived through the abuse.

        • February 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

          What orange button? πŸ™‚ I haven’t found it yet!

          • 25 99ts
            February 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

            If you are logged into word press – top right to the left of your name – little notification thing – turns orange if someone replies to a post & you haven’t yet read it. You can even answer it there without going to the thread – like I am doing now

            Good early morning to you πŸ™‚

  7. 26 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm


    Your right wing hate at work
    “A California man was taken into custody over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun on a young Girl Scout who was selling cookies.”

  8. 27 forus50
    February 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  9. 28 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Chipsticks, I’m sorry but you’ll just have to wait – I’m not ready for the Night Owl Chat yet. I’m still wending my way through the previous post. Yo, DANNY! Would you hang on to Chips’ socks for me, please! Thanks.

  10. February 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Despite Peter Baker NYT’s hit job on PBO yesterday (Bill O’Reilly interview, didn’t read it, don’t need to — recall Baker has recently penned a book about Bush/Cheney — I will be sick, absolutely sick, if the lazy MSM who spend their days fabricating lies about this administration and making untrue statements like “blunder in Syria,” etc., make even a dime by publishing a Obama-Biden book after 2017) will post a tweet from him today:

    • 30 99ts
      February 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      President Obama ALWAYS knows what to say – and when to say it. His words follow his actions – or vice versa

  11. February 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Did y’all see Jeff Gauvin’s takedown of Bill O’Reilly’s disrespectful interview with our President yesterday? Quite a series of tweets.

    I liked this photo:

    And for those keeping track…

    And don’t forget…

  12. February 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    And have we heard from the emoPutin journalists/pundits out there about this?

    And yet they still defend #Snowdenwald?

  13. February 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Did y’all see this from a few days ago?

    Remember, MSM/Koch’s greatest nightmare is for both Houses of Congress to be under Democratic control, so expect their lying hysteria to continue unabated up to Nov 6.

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Oh, that $75M treasure trove is wonderful! Wish it weren’t required, but – since it is, in our political system – I’m glad the Democrats are racking it up!

  14. February 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Something the snob @AnnieLowrey doesn’t understand:

  15. 36 forus50
    February 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    “Heroin is exploding nationwide,” a U.S. federal agent who supervises major heroin trafficking investigations told ABC News Monday. “It’s making a huge comeback. People are dropping like flies.”

    Just days before Hoffman’s death, reports emerged that as many as 22 people have been killed in Pennsylvania and another five in Nassau County New York by what appeared to be a “bad batch” of heroin laced with a powerful painkiller. Similarly laced drugs have been reportedly to blame for the deaths of least 37 people in Maryland since September.

    “Crooks normally trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine are running heroin now because so many people are addicted to the stuff,” the undercover agent said.


    I’m so sad about his passing. The conversation I was having on Facebook with Al Giordano was about his acting in one of my favorite movies by Paul Thomas Anderson – the movie “Magnolia”. Damn, I love that movie and when I think about it I always think of this one small but scene by Hoffman. DAMN just as I’m posting it Lawrence has it on his show! I swear I typed it first lol.

  16. 37 99ts
    February 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I find it hard to accept the sad stories over someone who died from drug abuse. If it helps the fight to keep addicts out of prison – maybe it will serve a purpose – but we do not hear about the many who die every day – because of their addiction. The law still works for the rich and famous – every law – all the time. The poor and unknown who die from an overdose – also have parents and siblings and often partners and children, they have little to help them through the days to come.

    Years ago I heard a discussion on drugs of choice from a counselor

    nicotine – will eventually kill you – it takes longer than some other drugs
    heroin – if you are still using it after age 30 – it WILL kill you – sooner rather than later.

    • 38 forus50
      February 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Most deaths before old age are attributable to our human weakness; we like to eat too much and get heart disease or other related diseases, we drink too much or drive cars too fast or have friends who are a bad infuence for other vices. Not feeling sad because what they died of is illegal is to me like the days of people casting shame and scorn on people dying of AIDs. Drug users are often the sweetest people but resorted to drugs to handle something they felt was not possible to deal with any other way. Who knows what drove him to heroin? For most, drug use is trying to kill an emotional pain. So for me, I feel the same sadness for one dying of a drug overdose or suicide as I do for one dying young of a heart attack.

      • 39 99ts
        February 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        I feel more than sad for all of them forus – but the outpourings for the rich and famous vs the denial for the poor is what I cannot ever accept.

        • 40 forus50
          February 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

          Ahhh, I hear ya. I can’t deny that I’m one of those; I was pretty upset over several of the famous who have died in my lifetime; Walter Payton, Elvis Presley, JFK Jr, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter, Bob Marley, Thurman Munson. To be honest, my sadness for their deaths was probably greater than all but my immediate family members who have passed away.

          • 41 99ts
            February 3, 2014 at 11:52 pm

            If it helps all addicts – then it has a good side – I did feel much for JFK jr – it was almost a foregone conclusion that he had way too much of a load to carry.

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        February 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

        Your empathy for others is always glowing, forus50. Chronic drug addiction is a disease, and there but for the grace of God go all of us. I’m part of the ’60s generation, but luckily escaped the drug culture (just never hung with anyone who did drugs) – I probably would have been sucked right in, otherwise!

        I am, however, totally in favor of legalizing marijuana, similar to when we finally learned our lesson about the prohibition of alcohol last century.

  17. 44 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Okay, I’ve caught up to this thread, after skipping one (yes, I know I’m in my own little bubble, speaking to myself). Chips didn’t wait for me and that sent me over the edge, I confess.

  18. 45 MightyPamela
    February 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    The look on Uncle Teddy’s face ~ as if he is seeing the future, knowing what the man beside him will be facing. I wonder if Ted took on the guardian angel spot for our PBO.

    • 46 carolyn
      February 3, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      That’s a good thought, MP. I like that.

    • 47 nathkatun7
      February 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      ” I wonder if Ted took on the guardian angel spot for our PBO.”

      I hope so Mighty P! Oh how I miss Teddy! I know he would be out there, in his booming voice, telling Republicans in Congress to cut out the crap and let PBO govern. By the way, how are you doing with all the hoopla about the Seahawks winning the Super bowl? My nephew in Seattle tells me that people (at least the ones he hangs out with) have been partying non-stop.

      • 48 MightyPamela
        February 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

        I agre, nath, am certain had Teddy lived longer, the GOP wouldn’t have tried most of their unconstitutional crap. Anyway, I was at home most of the day, but fans here in the building are pretty happy, and all the decorations look nice. Mind you, they started decorating a were ago! Retirees! Lots of time for fun things. Some friends kids are going with their teachers to the parade, and are excited about that! Seattle will surely party on for quite a while. It IS a big deal, we are all proud!

        • 49 MightyPamela
          February 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

          Sheesh. *agree *week. 😳

        • 50 nathkatun7
          February 4, 2014 at 1:42 am

          Mighty P, I am glad people in Seattle are having fun celebrating. I love Seattle. When I was attending the University of Oregon in the early 70’s, I loved driving to Seattle with friends on long weekend holidays to go to Jazz clubs. I think people in Washington state are some of the nicest people.

    • 51 globalcitizenlinda
      February 4, 2014 at 5:58 am

      ted is among the many protecting PBO

  19. 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      February 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      When the governor hooks up with some of the state troopers, they all think they’re protected under the same umbrella. Until they get caught!

  20. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Oh, Chips, dahling – Thank you so very much for the touching reminder of the time during the ’08 election that Teddy Kennedy came out for Barack Obama! I loved that family back to my teen years, and it was quite the moment for many of us – and still is.

  21. 55 Dudette
    February 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Had to tweet this great image from this morning’s thread, cuz… REALLY!

  22. 56 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

  23. 57 vcprezofan2
    February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

    πŸ˜• Still muttering to myself as I exit …..stage sleep.

  24. 58 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

  25. 59 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

  26. 68 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:32 am

    • 69 nathkatun7
      February 4, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Thanks, Dudette, for sharing this tweet! And lest we forget, one of the principal goals of the founders, clearly spelled out in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution was the promotion of “the general welfare” of all Americans. The founders never uttered a word in the Constitution about the promotion selfishness advocated by libertarians and radical right wingers who claim to revere the Constitution.

  27. 71 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

    … and the little children shall lead them

  28. 72 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Some people just make exceptional look good!

  29. 73 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

  30. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I so want to believe this. And when I see the first early robin in real life, I plan to go outside, run after it, and give it a thank-you card.

  31. 77 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

  32. 80 99ts
    February 4, 2014 at 12:55 am

    The day the music died

  33. 81 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    • 82 nathkatun7
      February 4, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Great advice! If Democrats turn out to vote in 2014 we can elect majorities in both chambers of Congress and allow President Obama to move the country forward.

  34. 83 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 1:30 am

      • 85 purpleshoesla
        February 4, 2014 at 1:55 am

        Yay Miz Dudette’s back! Now Mama can go out and get a brand new pair of purple dancing shoezzz πŸ™‚ Good to see ya back in full force and effect! You were missed somethin’ terrible around the village. Here’s one of my faves by the 5th Dimension…. πŸ™‚

  35. 87 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 1:35 am

  36. 88 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 1:42 am

    • February 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Thank you for all your tweets and music posts, Dudette. Just like ‘old times’!!! Please do be sure not to over exert. We all want you to be totally healthy!!!

    • 92 nathkatun7
      February 4, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Dudette is back! It’s so refreshing to see you back in true form, sharing music, commentaries and tweets that energize and uplift our spirits!

      • 93 Dudette
        February 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

        You’re most kind nath! I’m thrilled to be back “home”! πŸ™‚

        • 94 nathkatun7
          February 4, 2014 at 2:54 am

          So good to have you back, Dudette! I just love your energy, your humanity, and your incredible knowledge of all genres of music. You remind me of the great Paul Robeson who believed in the universality of music and its potential for promoting peace and human understanding among all peoples of the world. And, unlike the right wingers, Paul Robeson was not afraid to learn and sing in new languages or appreciate songs from other cultures. So dear sister, Keep on keeping on. I just can’t imagine life being worthwhile without the beauty of art, poetry and music.

          • 95 Dudette
            February 4, 2014 at 3:10 am

            Wow, to be compared to Paul Robeson? You really are too kind, nath! Mr. Robeson was a cultural icon of the highest order. I’m just a chick with a laptop and a friend called YouTube. πŸ˜€

            But on this, ya got me: “I just can’t imagine life being worthwhile without the beauty of art, poetry and music.” So deeply, spiritually true for me.

  37. 96 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

  38. 97 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 2:00 am

  39. 98 4morefor44
    February 4, 2014 at 2:04 am

    WTF is with all this mittbot b.s. all over the place now?!? i’m reading up on the phillip seymour hoffman tragedy, and see video of mitt and his wife reacting to his death. there’s no professional or personal connection between hoffman, and mitt and ann rmoney, yet “the news” decides to highlight their reaction?!?! what a disturbing amount of control the 1% have over “the news.”

    clearly, word has gone out by owners of the major “news” to promote the rmoneys incessantly, yet again. the big question is why now.
    (scroll down if you want to see what i’m talking about)

    • 99 99ts
      February 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Weird – amazing Mitt and Ann knew who he was – if the media and the GOP want to spend lots of money on a loser – far be it for me to suggest they should not. Miss Ann still desperate to live in the WH it seems. Pretentious git.

  40. February 4, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Greed is at the core of most of what disables humanity and threatens our ability to avoid extinction as a species.

    When we learn that a nuclear state – Pakistan – could be without water for its people (in less than a month) we are up close and personal with a lesson plan that will teach the consequences of greed, in all its manifestations, including the consequences of scarcity of one of the two most essential elements of life (the other being oxygen) in a population of ~ 179 Million people.

    • 101 nathkatun7
      February 4, 2014 at 2:29 am

      “Greed & ‘a more perfect Union’ are irreconcilable.”

      Thank you, Bob, for stating the absolute TRUTH! One of the goals of the FOUNDERS, clearly spelled out in the PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION, was the promotion of “the general welfare.” I challenge all the libertarians and right wingers who promote greed and selfishness, while claiming to be devotees of the U.S. Constitution, to show me where in the Constitution, and especially the Preamble which begins with “WE THE PEOPLE,” that the founding fathers advocates greed and selfishness.

      • February 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

        “… the promotion of β€œthe general welfare.””

        Agree, nath, on the centrality of that principle in our Constitution. No surprise it is and always has been, since his days as a community organizer, at the core of President Obama’s mission.

        Thank you!


  41. 103 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 2:30 am

  42. 104 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 2:34 am

  43. 106 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 2:36 am

  44. 107 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 2:46 am

  45. 111 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

  46. 112 99ts
    February 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Our PM is taking from the best of the GOP – attempting to downgrade employee benefits (not his own of course) – next we know he’ll be reducing the minimum wage – we are heading into 3rd rate territory with this worship of the trickle down.

    • 113 Dudette
      February 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

      Ugh! Why or why do people elect people who want to destroy govt? [rhetorical question]

      • 114 99ts
        February 4, 2014 at 5:41 am

        hehe – one of his own party called him a liar – and the claims he made are completely wrong. Typical right wing horror story – and who knows why people vote for him – to get their pay reduced it would seem?

  47. 115 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 3:15 am

  48. 116 Dudette
    February 4, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Pink Dreams Loves!

    • 118 99ts
      February 4, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Morning Linda – you are an early bird – almost 9pm in my world. I’ve been laughing at MJ the last couple of evenings (comes on 9PM in my world) – but I think today he will be ranting about Christie’s great radio interview yesterday – so I might pass.

  49. 119 99ts
    February 4, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Joe’s having a sick day – Christie’s nose looks longer every time I see the video of his radio interview.

    • 120 99ts
      February 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Mika is not defending the governor – but she is ranting like Joe when anyone suggests Christie did anything wrong.

  50. 122 Suz
    February 4, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I was there at XL center!! Stood in freezing cold for 3 hours to see him!!! One of the best days ever!! So very proud of our President!

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