Chat On

@FLOTUS: Thanks for inspiring me to #ReachHigher mom! Wishing you and all the wonderful moms out there a #HappyMothersDay

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  1. 5 Roberta in MN
    May 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats on 1st vetevera24, and Happy Mother’s Day to you and all TODer’s.

  2. 6 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Au and Ag for Vetivera24.


  3. 16 57andfemale
    May 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Top 5?

  4. 17 Dudette
    May 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I’m stuffed! Oy!

  5. 18 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    So Donald Silver has spoken on Camera to Anderson Cooper?

    Last weekend….well 10 days he was to have spoken to Ms Walters, but he did several flips and flops and his Archivist, V., ended up sitting for the interview with Ms Walters as he sat there and later stomped out of the room.

    What a piece of racist wicked dried up small man.

  6. 19 No Child Left Behind
    May 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all TODVille mothers, known and unknown.

  7. May 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Congrats on 1st vetivera ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes We Can

    • 21 anniebella
      May 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Bobfr, I have read afew comments and I sense the ugly comment from them. They have alot of negative things to say about FLOTUS and her #BringBackOurGirls sign. You would think that at times like this they might put their hate aside, but they can’t. Their cold dark racists hearts are fill with such hate for the Obamas.

    • 23 hopefruit2
      May 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Jeff forgot to mention Glen Greenwald…

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      • 25 jacquelineoboomer
        May 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        Never seen anything like it, in the way of the world’s coming together like this ~ it’s both heartwarming and efficient, if I may use that latter term. Mostly because we didn’t used to have Twitter in days past! If we continue to use these social media tools to the good, we will have come a long way!

        • May 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

          “Mostly because we didnโ€™t used to have Twitter in days past! If we continue to use these social media tools to the good, we will have come a long way!”

          Most definitely, Jacqueline!!

          • 27 jacquelineoboomer
            May 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

            You’re on that road already, Bob, and we appreciate it!

              • 29 carolyn
                May 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

                Our associate minister ( vital young woman) printed out small slips of paper today, each with the first name of a Nigerian kidnapped girl on it, for as many names as were available, but to make the 200 , for those whose names were not known, she printed: “Child of God. Name unknown” People took them after church as a reminder to pray for this individual girl and for all of them.

                Lori, our associate, also stated that if these girls had been white Americans, or Europeans, we would have known about the kidnapping a half hour after it happened, but sad to say it took the world two weeks to catch on. So thankful for the person in Nigeria who started the tweet campaign.

                • May 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

                  The timing was also unfortunate from a “reporting tragedies” perspective.

                  The kidnapping occurred on the same day that the South Korean ferry capsized, with a similar number of victims involved.

                  In both cases, deep inquiries into the role of the federal government needs to take place. (I’ve posted my questions about the ferry here before, but why was a 26-year-old mate at the helm who had never navigated that portion of the route, why were the captain and crew the first to leave the ferry, why didn’t evacuation begin immediately, and was the ferry overweight?).

                  Thankfully Nigeria is in tune with Western social media (aka Twitter, not Facebook) to promote awareness of this vile injustice. Agree with NerdyW and others that the white woman who tried to take credit for the hashtag should be shamed for her lying self-promotion and the news media who fell for her mendacity should be accountable for their actions.

  8. 35 Judith Fardig
    May 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    We have classy, smart, compassionate, loving people in the White House as our First Family. Congrats to Vetivera!

  9. May 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    “Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said the federal Highway Trust Fund is expected run dry by late August. Without congressional action, transportation aid to states will be delayed and workers will be laid off at construction sites nationwide, Foxx said.”

    snip /

    “On Wednesday, Obama is scheduled to speak in front of the crumbling Tappan Zee Bridge, a major Hudson River crossing north of New York City, to press for action. A replacement is currently being built for the nearly 60-year-old, 3-mile span at a cost of $3.9 billion, largely financed by bonds that will be paid for through higher bridge tolls.”

    snip /

    “Vice President Joe Biden will also be involved. On Tuesday, he is to tour a project in St. Louis where a pedestrian bridge is being built over Interstate 70 to make it easier and safer for people to get to the Gateway Arch. Then on Wednesday he heads to Cleveland, where an obsolete transit station is being replaced with a new, more energy efficient building. Both projects are federally funded.”

  10. 37 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Oh Mother

  11. May 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Hopefruit commented about Greenwald on the previous thread.

    I think she might have been commenting about Greenwald’s current self-promotion tour for his new book.

    There’s an excerpt from the odious one’s book at the Guardian.UK.com today which includes this statement:

    and prompted Michael Kelly to tweet this (note: I have only basic cable, don’t watch HBO/Showtime series)

  12. 42 anniebella
    May 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I see alot of our highways need repairing, almost every few feet I am running into a pothole. But we don’t have the money to put people back to work, but we must have the money to investigate something which has been investigated 7or 8 times before Benghazi.

  13. May 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats Vetivera on First! Happy Mothers Day again. โค

    • 44 57andfemale
      May 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      My first dog, Rufus, took up residence in a very expensive Andrew Geller boot when he was a puppy. I never wanted him to grow out of that boot…….

      He was the naughtiest, most devilish, wonderful dog in the world. He died a month shy of his 19th birthday.

      • May 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Oh, such a sweet memory of him. Do you know what mix he was? He lived a long time. Doesn’t make it easier though.

        • 46 57andfemale
          May 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

          He was a cockapoo – all black with silky, yet curly hair. He was gorgeous and continually full of mischief. When I’m not on the annoying tablet I ‘ll tell you the story about how he picked Mr. 57!

          • May 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm

            I would love to hear it. What color was he? I love my iPad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • 48 57andfemale
              May 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

              All black with one little white spot on his chest.

                • 50 57andfemale
                  May 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm

                  He was the greatest dog. He was INFAMOUS. God, I miss him, although Kasper (all white) channels Rufus’ trouble making abilities.

                  Yesterday Kasper pulled off (again) the covering on the bottom of the sofa. He has been known to stash his toys up there. Yesterday he was bored and wondered what it would be like to crawl into the springs of the sofa. I sat down on the sofa and wondered what was hitting me from underneath. I had to pull him out, and out of the ‘sling’ he’d made from the ripped covering.

                  Rufus would have been proud. Although Rufus wouldn’t have understood all that trouble if food wasn’t involved. What would be the point?

                  • May 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

                    They keep you busy it sounds like. You should write a book about them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bear, our troublemaker, gets up and takes things if it’s not bolted down or refrigerator height! I’d be lost without them.

                    • 52 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

                      They are my life. That’s just the way it is.

                      ‘Cindy’ at TOD wants me to write their antics as a children’s book. I might do that someday.

                    • May 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

                      Good! I’m sure it would be a best seller with TOD behind you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

                      “Flower in Faith” ~ Do you read 3Chics Politico? They highlighted William Shakespeare today and and will all week. โค Thought you might enjoy. If you like gardening I can even give you tips on a Shakespearian garden. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do I use too many emoticons in my writing? I think they're fun. That may be because I've only been able to use them in last 2 1/2 years. O_o

                    • 55 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

                      I still need to practice the emoticon-thing.

                      A Shakespearean garden? Do Tell!

                      I will check out 3Chics Politico. Haven’t been there in a few days. Thanks, girlfriend!

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

                      What make of computer do you use?

                    • 58 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

                      pc. HP’s at the present.

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

                      Ok, I have Apple Laptop and iPad from Christmas. Perfect time to lose eye site in right eye so I can’t learn more than basics. Just my luck.

                    • 60 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

                      You’re on your way to recovery. Be patient!

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

                      Can you and/or hubby draw? They can make a book too. Do you take lots of photos? Why haven’t I seen a photo on TOD or twitter? That egg is begging for a replacement on twitter. Since “FlowerInFaith” was inspired by Shakespeare it’s begging for a rose! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Isn’t Flower in Faith from Romeo and Juliet? โค

                    • 62 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

                      I hate cameras, although I have to use one regularly at work. I don’t think much about taking pictures. I have pictures of the pups, but I need ‘practice’ uploading, etc. I have to think about it each and every time.

                      I hate camers because my brother, 15 years my senior, was babysitting when I was about 2 years old. We have a photo of a screaming 2 year old, clutching her teddy bear, haloed in a flash with the rest of the room dark. And I swear, my earliest memory is my brother then turning on the lights and going into his room and closing the door. I have hated cameras ever since.

                      Yes, you smart girl – Flower In Faith IS from R & J. I was reluctant to join twitter and Tally hounded me. So I finally said, “Find me a twitter name with ‘Faith’ in it (yes, my name is Faith) and I’ll join. That little minx came up with a dozen quotes in about three minutes. So that is how I became ‘FlowerInFaith’.

                      You are right – the least I can do is find a rose somewhere and stop being anonymous!

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

                      Cute story. May I call you Faith in private chats? I’m not much for cameras either now that the human kids and dogs aren’t puppies. I forget. What is you favorite color of rose? You will have one soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I snatch photos and drawings. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I need to go have MRI soon so I’ll be gone awhile. Talk later. Look for flower in twitter. ๐Ÿ˜‹

                    • 64 57andfemale
                      May 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

                      You most definitely can call me ‘Faith’.

                      I would love to give you my email address. How can I do that?

                      Hope all goes well with MRI. Keep me posted.

                    • May 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

                      There is DM on twitter. I’ll explain later. Need to start getting ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 66 anniebella
    May 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I love that picture of FLOTUS and her Mom.

  15. 67 Nena20409
    May 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Letting Go. Forgiveness. Then Setting the Love back on the right track.

    Eminem’s new video directed by Spike Lee released to day on Mother’s Day as he has finally made peace with his Mother.

  16. May 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  17. May 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    “Rep. Gowdy was lying. He knows where the president was, and what he was doing during the Benghazi attacks. He knows this, because then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee that he was meeting with Obama when they first learned of the assault and that Obama told him to deploy forces as soon as possible.

    There have been seven different congressional investigations into Benghazi, and they have all turned up zero evidence that the Republican claims of wrongdoing and a coverup are accurate.

    Becerra also called this investigation a reckless, and irresponsible use of taxpayer money. Democrats are turning this Benghazi investigation around on Republicans by playing the fiscal responsibility card against the supposedly fiscally conservative party.

    Republicans have to play dumb, and pretend like they donโ€™t know the facts, but it is clear that the decision to politically exploit the deaths of four Americans is backfiring on the Republican Party. The media isnโ€™t buying it. The American people arenโ€™t buying it, and now Democrats are going on Fox News and routing the Republicans on Benghazi.”

  18. 96 hopefruit2
    May 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

  19. 111 japa21
    May 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Okay, I’m late, but I hope, for those where the day is almost gone, you had a Happy Mother’s Day, and for those where the day is still semi middle of the day, Have a Happy Mothers Day.

  20. May 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    For Nadal fans…

  21. 116 hopefruit2
    May 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve eaten wrong (but tasty) food all weekend…ribs, roast chicken (with stuffing), corn poppers, red velvet cupcake, mashed potatoes, broccoli and water. Monday morning brings the hard work of eating right (among other things)… Sometimes I can’t STAND Sunday evenings! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  22. May 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    • 120 anniebella
      May 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Let;s see what the haters have to say about this young girl who has more courage and decency in her pinky then they have in their whole body. Let’s see what they have to say about her holding up that hashtag sign. If it was #SaveOurWelfareRacistsRancher, the right wing haters would be all for that.

  23. 121 99ts
    May 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Via LGF


    Nigeria accepts Israeli offer to help find abducted schoolgirls

    But this #tag publicized by FLOTUS is doing nothing – as per the GOP!!

  24. May 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Yesterday, I posted:

    Bobfr (@Our4thEstate)
    May 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm http://theobamadiary.com/2014/05/10/first-lady-delivers-the-dillard-commencement-address/#comment-1021532

    Arapaho, many of us have known Snowden was a spy from the moment he appeared in HK. I think he contacted Poitras and Greenwald to build a cover for what he was really doing โ€“ gathering as much cybersecurity intel as he could.

    The stuff that lathered everyone, including our allies, is all distraction. Certainly distractions that were meant to cause harm, but no where near as important as the cybersecurity insights that he most definitely has shared with the Chinese and Russians.

    Why he did it and how tightly China & Russia coordinated his activities are the only open questions for me.

    And, our dear Jackie noted:

    22 jackiegrumbacher
    May 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Bob, I think we all thought he was a spy and traitor working for either China or Russia and that his motivation was either intense racist hatred of our president or the promise of a rich reward from the countries he worked for.. But I do think he was not smart enough to think through the long term consequences of his action or assess the trustworthiness of his โ€œbossesโ€. I suspect he had a far grander vision of life he would lead than the current constrained environment in which he finds himself.

    Now, this appeared today:


    “A former member of President Obama’s cabinet told Epstein in March “that there are only three possible explanations for the Snowden heist: 1) It was a Russian espionage operation; 2) It was a Chinese espionage operation, or 3) It was a joint Sino-Russian operation.””


    Epstein, citing current and former government officials with intelligence clearances, reports Snowden stole documents from “at least 24 supersecret compartments that stored them on computers, each of which required a password that a perpetrator had to steal or borrow, or forge an encryption key to bypass.”


    U.S. officials say most of the documents have nothing to do with civil liberties or whistleblowing.

    Beyond the stolen cache, Snowden’s knowledge of the NSA’s computer systems and vetting structure makes him a very valuable asset to a U.S. adversary.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/former-obama-official-snowden-is-a-spy-2014-5#ixzz31Sa1LA2m

    • May 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      What about the WashPost guy?

    • 126 jackiegrumbacher
      May 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Well, Bob, this “former cabinet official” has certainly laid it out and it couldn’t be clearer. Unfortunately, there will still be people so dazzled by their romanticized image of Snowden, the great whistle blower, that they will refuse to believe their idol has feet of clay, no matter what the evidence. To them, the narrative they’ve constructed is far more important than the truth.

    • 127 99ts
      May 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Slightly off topic, but I find the internet invasion of my privacy MUCH worse than anything a government has ever done. I clicked on your link businessinsider.com … and I am instantly taken to businessinsider.com.au – I can read the article – but I cannot get to the US version of businessinsider – sends me to distraction. I looked up “pure white linen” on google a few days ago – now everywhere I go online I am inundated with ads for “pure white linen” – grrrrrrrrrr

      I am not too happy today – and I know after our government does its “budget” presentation I will be feeling much worse. I think it is tomorrow night but I can’t bring myself to check. They have been leaking to their favorite media person every day for the past month.

      Which reminds me why the media hates PBO’s administration and loves GG – not enough “leaks” from the administration – and thousands from GG.

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  27. May 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    As part of “Victory Day” (known to Americans as V-E Day), Dmitry Rogozin (who oversees Russia’s arms industry and is known for his harsh anti-Western rhetoric) brought to Moscow a petition by residents of Moldova’s Russian-speaking, breakaway region of Transdniestria backing union with Russia.

  28. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    May 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

  29. 136 amk for obama
    May 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  30. May 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Urge all of you to read the report linked in this tweet …

  31. 138 amk for obama
    May 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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