Chat On

President Obama holds a meeting with African American civil rights leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, February 18. Flanking the President are Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett with Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, also attending.

119 Responses to “Chat On”

  1. 1 99ts
    February 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    gm from my world

  2. 10 PrayerWarriorforObama
    February 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Blessings to everyone.

  3. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    February 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    A wide array of leaders – nice.

  4. 12 mtmarilyn
    February 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Just get home from being in classes all day for election judging. It’s exhausting sitting at a table and trying to listen and learn. I don’t like to sit for 6 hours. Oh well, I must do my civic duty.

    Now have so much to catch up on. Anything going on today?

  5. 16 Nerdy Wonka
    February 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Fantastic that the horrific issue of sexual assault is being given laser focus by the administration. It is a fearful stain that occurs everyday on college campuses.

  6. 17 PrayerWarriorforObama
    February 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I’m afro-Caribbean, but any civil rights gain in the US spills over to us, so we say specials thanks to those leaders at the table and those before them.

  7. 18 Nena20409
    February 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH presser on 2-18-14

  8. 19 Vicki
    February 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Rev. Al is sitting directly opposite PBO. Isn’t that seat a sign of respect for the Rev?

  9. 22 PrayerWarriorforObama
    February 18, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    any civil right spills over

  10. February 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Screening in progress at the moment:

  11. 36 Nena20409
    February 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm


    Didn’t Putin wage a war with Georgia in 2008, during the Olympics? Now his buddy is doing the same while the Olympics in Sochi on going?

  12. 37 dotster3
    February 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Chevron: Sorry about the fracking explosion, your polluted drinking water, the foul air, your nausea, headaches and skin rashes, BUT—–here’s a free pizza!

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      February 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Even Hollywood would have a tough time making this stuff up. And the person who thought up the idea probably got a bonus in his/her paycheck that week.

    • February 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      I bet the small print say, ” acceptance of the large pizza and drink absolves Chevron and it’s subsidiaries of any damages from first bite to first sip”.

  13. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    February 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    They say it’s always 5:00 somewhere.

  14. February 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Matt Damon, Mr. spokesman for fascist-owned financial services company TD Ameritrade while being so ‘disappointed’ in the president, better check himself.

  15. February 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

  16. 53 99ts
    February 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Just one reason why the media keep trying to force MSNBC to give up on reporting about Christie

    “The Governor appears to be using public money to wage it’s own opposition research effort against his purported victims, the people the retaliation was allegedly meted out against. That would be hardball but not that odd if Christie was paying for these lawyers. But it appears the State of New Jersey is. I don’t know why this isn’t generating more of an uproar.”

  17. February 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    It sounds terrible in the Ukraine and Venezuela. Hope they find a solution NOW before more die.

  18. 58 Obama Grandmama
    February 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Am watching Politics Nation tape. They are talking about the Dunn Retrial. Marcia Clark is also thinking it should be tried again on First Degree. My thoughts include what more does his fiancée need to make the decision to ditch him? How she can stand by after listening to his victim talk and kill them all attitude on his phone calls to her is mind numbing?

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I’ve never been to Jacksonville, but it’s always referred to as Georgia south.

      Only been to Orlando, and they have more than enough intolerant people there, so quadruple that for Jacksonville.

      Saw your comment on the early bird thread that said the lone “holdout for self-defense” female was obviously inflexible.

      I don’t know how many in TODville have sat on a jury panel, but it’s an illuminating experience to say the least.

      The only panel that I was selected for was a truly ridiculous charge of “obstructing justice” — basically a 21 year old kid was moping by a street lamp at 6 pm in Ojai because he had just had an argument with his girlfriend. He was 6’4″ and built like a football player — the cops were both about 5’7″ and they used the maneuver from behind that blocks the carotic (sp) artery on the kid. Because of their height difference, the kid fell to the ground and needed to be taken to the hospital. So what does the Ventura County police do? They file obstruction of justice charges against the moping kid (doing nothing wrong, early in the evening — though it was winter and dark).

      Anyway, all but two of us voted to acquit the defendant (our foreman was a retired US Navy Admiral, and an ex-Connecticut State Attorney General was also on the panel). One woman in particular, who seemed perfectly reasonable during juror questioning folded her arms and flatly stated “Police can do no wrong.” The flip side was a woman who could imagine her teenage sons being harassed in such an unreasonable manner and really wanted an acquittal.

      So we ended up a hung jury. I’m pretty sure the charges were dropped, that the Sheriffs brought the case against the defendant as a CYA because he ended up in hospital.

      My first experience with absolute inflexibility. Which explains the 24% who believe the sun revolves around the earth and that Barack Obama is a Kenyan Muslim socialist.

      P.S. This trial was about 25 years ago, and our county was overwhelmingly white, so all jurors were white, except for me, a Japanese-American female. In fact, everyone else in the courtroom and involved in the trial was white.

  19. February 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Attention Minnesotans… Nena, aforAlice, forus50 (think you’re in a neighboring state now) and all other Minnesotans.

    State Rep Carly Melin represents an area that I would think is conservative, but check this out:

    From Friday (got to this link via @MichaelColeman who linked to a Radley Balko article in WaPo. Can’t stand Libertarians, so didn’t post Coleman’s tweet:

    Caption to the tweeted photo:
    Rep. Carly Melin acknowledges that many in law enforcement have legitimate public safety concerns related to medical marijuana. But she says the uncompromising posture of the top law-enforcement officials makes it “pretty obvious that something else is going on here.” (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

    From her Wikipedia bio:
    Carly Melin (born August 13, 1985) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 6A, which includes portions of the Iron Range in Itasca and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state. She is also an attorney.

    Balko’s article is titled: “The drug war’s profit motive”

  20. February 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    So sad to see what’s happening now in Kiev.

    The #Euromaidan protests started out so stylishly in December, but now it looks like civil war (something I think that Bobfr and Lib_Librarian predicted).

    @nycjim has provided coverage for months, and posted plenty of pics of the fires in Kiev. However, this looks to me to be the iconic photo of the day:

    • 69 99ts
      February 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Rachel is describing things – for someone like me who does not understand the detail – she cuts to the major issues so very well.

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      What’s happening in Kiev is an epic tragedy. There will be many, many deaths and one of he great cities in the world will be
      seriously defaced by fire and bombardments. Putin is behind this violence. He’s an ego maniac and an international thug who’s looking to regain some of Russia’s past glory. He and his Ukrainian puppet will be merciless in inflicting violence. I pray there is some massive international intervention very soon.

  21. 71 57andfemale
    February 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    After making Mr. 57 stop going on the roof to shovel snow, he finally complied (with each additional snow storm, he is getting more and more tired), I reaped the consequences: water came through the roof over my sewing room, ruining some quilts, lots of fabric and supplies. Of course, Mr. 57 went up there and shoveled – he said it was waist-deep on the roof with an ice dam at the gutter. And that’s only from the last several storms.

    he shoveled the roof over our front enclosed sun porch where we store our books that we use for our job. That would have been an incalculable disaster.

    Taking the rest of the week off to clean.

    And now, it’s melting. We ALWAYS flood when it melts.

    The worst winter EVER.

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Oh 57, flippin’ heck. I was laughing at “After making Mr. 57 stop going on the roof to shovel snow”, but then read the rest. You are having the very worst of weather times, it seems relentless. This has to end soon ….. doesn’t it???

      • 73 57andfemale
        February 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

        While cleaning through the soggy debris in my sewing room (in my part time life, I teach quilting), I found the scarf I knitted for Mr. 57 last Christmas. We could not find it all season. I remembered taking it out of the car to wash it and it vanished. He steadfastly refused to let me knit him a new one. It was quite a ‘find’ to find it buried in the soggy fabric.

        So here’s the good news: I assume that now that I’ve found his winter scarf, that will signal the end of winter. Ya think?

    • February 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm


      So, so sorry to hear about your catastrophe. But glad that Mr. 57 is OK — how worrying it must be for you to think of your husband on the slanted, icy, slippery roof, shoveling that heavy stuff off your roof.

      US scientists need to figure out a way to get water west of the Rockies before areas east of the Rockies are flooded.

      The lead news story on the radio this morning was interviews with midwesterners very concerned about flooding — the reporter did say that temps are expected to be above freezing the rest of the week, meaning that the flooding may start as early as this week (!) .

      Flooding has got to be worse than feet, yards of snow.

      I’ve mentioned before that high temps in coastal Alaska were mostly above freezing last month. Here’s another statistic, so that easterners can commiserate with midwesterners:

      • 75 57andfemale
        February 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

        We have a good deal of trepidation about the flooding here in the city – we have a lot of problems in my North side Chicago neighborhood, so we’re shoveling troughs through the snow, ice and slush so that we don’t get a deluged basement. It’s a killer, this winter.

        I was talking to a friend the other day who lamented that there is no way to get all this excess water to where it’s needed. But by all means, let’s put all of our creative energy into a new iPhone.

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      February 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      So sorry to hear that!!!!!!!!!!

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      57, flooding is everyone’s worry right now. On our walk this morning, we ran into many people desperate to find a place to put the snow so that it would not all melt into their basements. The piles are so high there will be no place for the melted stuff to go except into houses. Plus it’s not only supposed to get above freezing this week, but heavy rain is expected. Time to build an ark. Our county commissioners e-mailed everyone to ask for ideas about what to do with all the snow. I want to put it into tankers and send it all by rail to California.

      • 78 57andfemale
        February 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

        I’m dividing my time between working in my soggy sewing room and shoveling troughs so that the basement isn’t deluged. We are seriously running out of energy.

        Mr. 57 is up on the roof right now chipping away at ice. I would have gone out to the alley to try to dig a trough, but literally, there is an ice rink right outside the garage and there’s no way I can get to the alley. I don’t think our car could get any traction until we clear this mess. And believe me, if there’s an inch of ice, I fall, much less a pond right outside my garage.

        What a nightmare.

  22. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm

  23. February 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    One last photo to savor from our President’s sun-splashed days at Sunnylands.

    JER posted some tweets from @mydesert so I moseyed on over to take a peek at their timeline.

    Love this photo that depicts Air Force One from a different angle than usual, and also captures the local ambiance of the place the President is leaving.

  24. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    really worried about protesters in Kiev, Ukraine & Euromadien;

    I think the world is going recoil from the carnage occurring – and to think that there people in the US who claim to be liberal who support putin (the real power behind the throne in Ukraine);

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      This is the unbelievable irony, global. A man who has no compunction about using any kind of violence and suppression against a free people and he’s the hero. You really have to be as crazy as the Mad Hatter to see anything but pure thuggery in this brutal man.

  25. 85 HZ
    February 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Hello to my beautiful Chips and TOD family. Chips, I hope that your beautiful and precious mother is doing well today. Prayers and her special candle will be lit at 6:00PM my time. My healing space for her between two beautiful mothers in my life. Very special. () Loving prayers going forth.

    Also give my grandson, Danny a hug from his granny. I hope he is fine ((((((((Love to my handsome grandson, Danny).

    I just want to give a loving expression of healing thought to all in our TOD family who are making great progress with their health situation. I often recall how blessed we all are, but there are times when the thoughts of doubts try to creep into our gentle spaces and whisper discouraging words, so do not yield to those whispers of doubt. Be as strong as your physical strength will allow you all to move with grace, love, appreciation for each moment of goodness and joyfulness to continue to be productive with a thankful heart, and surely your space will be a delightful one. We are all soul loving sisters and brothers with loving prayers, moments of loving meditations, and instruments of love for each other. Our music is composed with the new mercies and loving graces upon our lives as we put forth our goodness tuners to share all of the wonderful sounds of joy and respect with our beautiful president. Our TOD family is one to be so grateful for and to as we journey on with President Obama and his administration.

    So sherijr, gobrooklyn, Fred, CarolMay, Vc, Precious Mother of Chips, NCLB, and all of our TOD member, be gentle on your spirits and graceful in your space.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving thoughts and thank you to Chips and all of our brilliant contributors with her}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  26. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Obviously the “president” doesn’t know the meaning of “talks.” He thinks it means giving an order. Hope the Ukrainians remain strong and I hope help comes soon.

  27. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm


  28. February 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Bottom line …

    …. it is the 21st Century …

  29. February 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    So sad about what’s happening in Kiev. The fight for freedom is a long and painful one in many corners of the world. We can only hope for God to put might on the side of those striving for their right to be free.

  30. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    February 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  31. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    February 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  32. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    February 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  33. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm


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