Chat Away

President Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, NY.

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    • 14 anniebella
      May 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Guess why? I’ll give you one clue. They don’t want to see Obama succeed in anything.

      • 15 Ladyhawke
        May 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        Spot on, from the article:


        Instead, we have an abnormal, tribal environment, where any bill that would accomplish a signing ceremony in the Oval Office or the Rose Garden is actively shunned.


  1. 16 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Scott Brown, doing damage from afar

    BY Steve Benen


    New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown called Senate Republican leadership to urge them to stop a bipartisan energy efficiency bill, so as not to give Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), the bill’s Democratic sponsor and his Democratic opponent, something to run on.
    The Brown campaign, now running in a different state, effectively acknowledged his role in lobbying against the bipartisan legislation, saying that the bill deserved to die unless Democrats agreed to add an unrelated amendment, requiring the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.



  2. 20 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    PBO’s body language from behind almost makes it seem as though he’s glaring at Cuomo greeting FLOTUS. Likely that’s not the case but it just seems that way.

  3. 21 LDS
    May 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I do not like that bridge at all. It is scary and unsafe to ride on.
    So glad PBO is there to draw attention to much needed infrastructure around the US.

    The weather is making a serious statement to all the states that want less government interventions.
    Who are you going to call when things happen in your town?San Diego fires homes being burned, mud slides, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes all over the place. Snow storms in Colorado in May………
    Ghost Busters is probably funded by the government as well.
    So glad we have a President who doesn’t run and hide when shit gets real!

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Actually, LDS, when that bridge was first built it was beautiful and breathtaking to drive across. It’s a glorious river and the bridge has a wide, expansive view of the Palisades. It was a very big deal for our town when it went up.

      • 23 jacquelineoboomer
        May 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        I agree it was beautiful when I saw it, but I have a slight bridge phobia so it scared me personally.

        Just posted some scenic views downthread.

        • 24 jackiegrumbacher
          May 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

          JOB, I have a bridge phobia as well and some bridges make me dizzy. I never had a problem with DC bridges, but the Tappan Zee and the Chesepeake are very open, so it seems as if you’re floating on water, which is not my favorite thing.

          • 25 MightyPamela
            May 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

            Indeed, that Chesapeake Bay Bridge (not the little old one) is awesome, terrifying in a way. My stepmother (rest in peace) would truly get down on the floor of the car (lucky she was not driving) to go across. And I never heard my Dad tease her about it, but then, he was very much a gentleman. 🙂

            • 26 jacquelineoboomer
              May 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

              I’m sure you know for some bridges, volunteers (I think they’re volunteers) actually will drive cars across for people – so they don’t hold up traffic!

          • 27 jacquelineoboomer
            May 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

            Mine, neither. Truth be told, I kinda feel like the only day ever the bridge will collapse will be when I’m on it. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that part!

  4. 30 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  5. 34 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm


    National Security and Foreign Policy – May 14, 2014


    Susan Rice spoke about U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges. The event was hosted by the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.


    NOTE: This interview was about 50 minutes and a joy to watch. Susan Rice is fierce.


  6. 35 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  7. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    May 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    For anyone who hasn’t been on the Tappan Zee and has a few minutes, image #35 at the link is WHY I went on it once (with a slight bridge phobia already) and never again. Luckily, I wasn’t driving. In my mind’s eye, it goes out for a hundred million miles then veers in another direction for another hundred million miles. The first and last time for me. Unless there’s a pot of gold at the end of it. And that was in the late 1960s. It’s really a marvel but #Shudders.

    • 38 daisydem
      May 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Loved that. I love bridges (though I used to have a hard time crossing them as I had panic disorder; now I get more “excited” but there still is some trepidation; I am usually not driving. But I just love the architecture of them and of course the views from them. Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel always gives me that heightened sense of excitement/panic.

      • 39 sherijr
        May 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

        whoa daisydem, I have that same issue.. I too love bridges, the architecture.. especially old bridges.. but I cannot drive across them at all- I can be driven, but usually have to close my eyes. Its terrible, I would love to get over this problem somehow.

        • 40 GGail
          May 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

          Here is the tallest bridge in Texas. It ends at Port Arthur Tx, where my children has relatives on their dad’s side. We used to take family trips over this bridge and it was scary and exhilarating at the same time.

          The tallest and steepest cantilever bridge in Texas, the Rainbow Bridge (177 ft.), from Bridge City to Port Arthur, ending at Esther’s (which has been closed since Hurricane Ike of 2008). The northbound bridge, slightly shorter at 143 ft., is the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

        • 42 daisydem
          May 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

          Try looking at the vista (river, ocean, whatever …) out of the side of the car; don’t look straight ahead – well, do IF you are driving, lol.

      • 44 jacquelineoboomer
        May 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        Love that Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel, myself! That one doesn’t bother me as much, because it’s so fast moving. Hold your breath and you’re there!


    • May 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      But I think you’d love the Golden Gate. 4 lanes and not a very long stretch. Magnificent!!

  8. 49 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Sen. Schumer Urges House to Pass Immigration Bill (10 minutes)


    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticizes House Republicans for not taking up an immigration bill, saying the window for passing legislation is between early June and the August Recess. The Senate passed its bill on June 27, 2013 by a vote of 68-32.



  9. 51 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    That’s MY President! That’s right Mr. President, take in the sights and sounds of NY. I’m sure NY loves you back! 🙂 🙂

  10. May 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I hate when work interferes with my pleasure. Missed the speech but looking forward to seeing it later. I love NY. Spent a lot of my childhood there and still go there often.

  11. 54 jackiegrumbacher
    May 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This day is really choking me up with these New York images. Both of my parents are buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, where the headless horseman bridge is and today so many happy memories have come back of those early days in the great state of New York. There really is no place like home.

  12. May 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Food matters ….

    Crimea and the delivery of products from Russia.


    “The second category is the “managers.” The “managers” were sent on a business trip to “explore Crimea.” On arrival, they began to qualitatively work for their bread; they held meetings and visited potential partners. But all the enthusiasm of these “managers” sank with an analysis of economic feasibility.They couldn’t wrap their heads around the prices for Ukrainian goods.

    Some of them directly announced, “I don’t believe this!” and so they were brought to the nearest chain store, the same ATB, to confirm with their own eyes that our quoted prices were accurate. Their eyes became round and they honestly admitted, “Well, there’s nothing for us to catch here.” Upon seeing the T-Milk [ultra pasteurized milk] at the price of 30 Rubles/liter, the representative of the largest Russian milk production company blurted out, “What did they pour in there in place of milk?” It turned out that the bulk selling price from this milk production plant is 41 Rubles/liter, and we have the same milk for 30 Rubles for sale at the store. But the Russian milk also still needs to be delivered…

    At the end of our meeting, many “managers” confessed, during the confidential part of our conversation (not for the official protocol), “Frankly speaking, we don’t want anything to do with Crimea. It’s one hemorrhoid after another. It will give us a giant headache, though our salaries will remain unchanged. First, we would need to figure out how to deliver the products. Second, there would be such a mess with the laws, taxes, and the legal status of Crimea. But we are given orders by the party command and the government “to master Crimea,” so here we are to “master” it. And the fact that your prices are wildly low is even better. When we return home, we will write to our bosses that the job is done, the negotiations took place, we found the partners, but that it’s unrealistic to work with Crimea at this time. And we will postpone our relationship with you and put it on a back burner. And then we’ll see. We will be waiting for you when the supplies of Ukrainian goods are cut off, and then either the Sultan will die or the donkey will…”

    So that’s how the “relationship ties” between Crimean product sellers with their Russian suppliers somehow develop. I’d like to add that I haven’t seen new brands or new products on the [supermarket] shelves… All ours, [are] native, time-tested, and favored to death.”

    More at the link: http://maidantranslations.com/2014/05/14/crimea-and-the-delivery-of-products-from-russia/

  13. 60 HZ
    May 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    GGail, I hope you are doing okay. The heat wave is putting much stress on the young and older citizens of our state. We will ride it out. I could get angry but I know that anger will not solve the heat problem for so many children, seniors, and disabled brothers and sisters in our state. However, it does rests within my space an element of dislike for the sorry congress that we have who will not work with one of the most brilliant and caring president of our times. He would moved mountains with anyone across the aisle , if they would just open their fists and receive his hand extending with pure goodness for all peoples of this nation. That hurts like a hellish fever that I try hard to break daily within my space.

    Yes, I am calm, yes, I am reasonable, yes, I am caring, yes, I am one to listen and help where and whenever possible, yes, I understand that everyone does not have to agree with POB or even like him; but I am mad as hell when their hatred and vile cores toward him delay and even destroys the life-line to millions and millions of people and their families daily. That is pure hate that is unexplainable in a world that he did not bring these problems that he is having to deal with without decent, respectful, and responsible help(which is their job) from this Congress. And believe me, they are very aware of the degree of their hatred for this black man as the President of the United States. Let us cut the crap and call it for what it is.

    Yes, I know PBO will be calm and cool with a center of respect for the people who worked so hard to get him elected, not once but twice. He is just a great and decent man; but he is a man of decency who wants to have the same opportunities as all of the 43 Presidents before him had as President of the United States. He worked hard to get there, even in some cases harder than some of those 43 before him. Oh, hell, yes he did.

    But my loving TOD family, hate is an awful vile force in our world. So,when I see our beautiful First Lady accompany him on these short trips,it reminds me of previous conversations with my beloved brother about our president. When the sweetest and delicate strength can and will compliment on those crossings of the huge seem like impossible human bridges that are crumbling around you;you reach ever so gently forthe strong hands that you know will take yours and hold it tightly and help you to walk with your shoulders squared with grace, confidence and a faith that those hands know you are capable and able to help move those vessels across those rough waters so othersmight be able to cross one day, one year, or even one decade from now. Now that is what we call, “A life companion of pure love of my rock.”

    Excuse my run-on-sentences etc.,, my heart is way ahead of my wonderful grammar and writing teacher my(not anyone else) age; but my heart expresses my core. We have a great man as our President of these United States, and also a great VP., but some in this world already recognize that; but he will be fine at his core; it just hurts like hell to see his brilliant plans be suffocated with ugly, worn out old wicked men and some woman in the Congress, MSM, and even within his own party. But the ‘just’ shall stand. Always. I need my Dudette to play Stand for me now.HZ

    Staying strong. Excuse and forgive me for this rant., but the heart can take some much at times. I will always respect this beautiful space and our beautiful and brilliant Chips; so I ask for forgiveness, if I have offended anyone. Please forgive me. But one thing, I do not and believe, he will Not give up, and neither will we.HZ

  14. 61 anniebella
    May 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Rev. Al just ask Gov. Deval Patrick if he has rule out running for President in 2016.

  15. 68 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Will Ma Klein stand up for what she so dearly believes in now?

  16. May 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    GPS Expert Dismisses Russian Threat To Suspend Operations


    “Parkinson, who led the project to create the GPS system in the 1970s, said closing the Russian stations could have an effect only in terms of fine levels of accuracy, “when you are trying to get accuracies ranging down to perhaps centimeters or better,” he said. “And so, if he were to indeed shut such differential stations down, the people he’s going to be harming are his own people. The GPS itself does not rely on any reference stations within Russian territory.

    “That’s like a guy saying to the rest of the town, ‘I’m going to really ruin you — I’m going to turn off my own water,'” Parkinson joked. “Have at it. Let me know how it turns out.”

    He said it was “tragic” that Russia would use GPS as a “political lever.””


    • 72 nospin
      May 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      “That’s like a guy saying to the rest of the town, ‘I’m going to really ruin you — I’m going to turn off my own water,’” Parkinson joked. “Have at it. Let me know how it turns out.”

      Bobfr, that was pretty funny. I still can’t believe this is happening. Its like the Russian leadership would know when to stop digging.

  17. May 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  18. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Life? You are interesting indeed.

    • May 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I don’t exactly know what she’s about because I think these newspapers are pure neanderthal but I freakin’ hate these inequities.

      • 76 Nerdy Wonka
        May 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        The thing that irks me about the NYT, is that they had a very capable Black guy who would have taken over when Keller was out and had more experience and it would have been as historic as having a woman be executive director but noooo…they went over to the WSJ and scooped Abramson. Fine. Awesome. A woman heads the NYT and that’s great; but then don’t turn around and try to underpay her far less than what Keller was paid. Don’t use excuses about newspapers struggling. Oh? They weren’t struggling when Keller was being paid the big bucks?

        Furthermore, don’t use your editorial board and Annie Lowery to castigate the Obama Administration over diversity and equal pay, when your newspaper has been sued by its female staff over discriminatory practices. A case of pot calling the kettle black.

        • May 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

          Yes, exactly. A few years ago I would have said we should hold the NYT in high regard. But so much has changed since the Iraq debacle. I now just see them as another old rag in the business of selling washed out high dollar memes.

    • May 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      “saying that Baquet would replace Abramson, less than three years after she was appointed the first woman in the top job. Baquet will be the first African-American to lead the Times.”


      Be interesting to see what they will be paying him…..

  19. May 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    From Peter Clifford’s latest blog report on Syria – 14 May 2014 …

    “Israeli strategic commentator Ehud Yaari has told the BBC that, “For the past two months the Syrian army has suffered major setbacks in the southern sector. I have always believed that the key to the conflict would be in the southern sector and it’s beginning to tilt that way”.

    The capture of Quneitra, Mr Yaari believes, would be a symbolic prize – but he clearly thinks, like many other commentators, that the south could be the launching pad for a major Opposition advance against Damascus to the north of it.

    Mr Yaari says, the Opposition are making significant headway against the 61st and 91st Syrian Army Brigades that are in theory defending the area.

    “In recent weeks”, Mr. Yaari says, “The Opposition have scored some significant successes, capturing the villages of Qahtania and the high ground of Tal al-Ahmar. Jaba has been captured further south. Basically, the Opposition have broken the defensive system of the Syrian forces in the area, which is relying upon heavy artillery fire in response”.”

    Full report here: http://www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-news-3 Caveat – this is war ….

  20. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

  21. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  22. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

  23. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm


  24. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  25. 87 Dudette
    May 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  26. 91 Dudette
    May 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Timely article, especially today

    Diversity not as much of a priority as you might expect at liberal news outlets.

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