Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama pumps his fists while talking with senior staff in the Outer Oval Office, July 13, 2009. Pictured, from left, are Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the Office of Health Reform, Peter Orszag, director of Office of Management and Budget, Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council. (Photo by Pete Souza)

100 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 16 sjterrid
    July 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’m near the top! Yea! Now I’ll go back and read the earlier threads.

  2. 17 Judith Fardig
    July 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Is a red card warranted here?

  3. 27 vcprezofan2
    July 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    That PBO pic may have been taken in 2009, but I sure see the president throwing some serious punches in Summer 2014! One difference I do see is that he is throwing them with a certain amount of glee. Go get ’em, PBO!

  4. 28 Cindy
    July 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Florida doctors are turning their backs on patients who purchased insurance on the exchanges, stating; we are not going to get paid.

    How disgusting and sad; Miami Herald front page story, physicians are turning away individuals who purchased health care (ACA) on the exchanges.

    Donna E. Shalala, President of the University of Miami just spoke, and stated how frustrating this is. Three nurses, who works at the University of Miami, never had coverage, and was able to get it on the exchange. One of the nurses, who is a very good friend of Dr. Shalala, received a list of the physicians. The nurse had a very bad medical situation this week; called all of the physicians on her list, and they all denied her care. The physicians are saying that they are scared that they will not be paid.

    Dr. Shalala used her “influence” and was finally able to find a doctor who would treat the nurse. What about those who will have no one to fight for them when they present their ACA insurance card for medical help?

    How sad that people lives are still placed in danger when they have insurance. Doctors are discriminating against those who purchased via the exchanges. The next repuke talk will be, ACA insurance is no good.

    I truly don’t understand the mean spirit of a person’s heart; turning your back on another human being when they need help, and you call yourself a doctor?

    • 29 desertflower
      July 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I throw the BS flag! Why WOULDN’T they get paid?? It’s freaking private insurance companies! Take it up with THEM…don’t deny helping someone. OMG the stupid not only hurts, but in some places, its dangerous! What would happen if something was REALLY SERIOUSLY wrong with that woman? Wonder if she could turn right around and sue the Dr’s that denied her care…for discrimination and negligence. Anyone?

      • 30 Cindy
        July 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Happy Sunday to you desertflower,

        There has been talk here, that the doctors were turning away people but nothing major. Today, it has finally hit the news, front page coverage. Thank God that Dr. Shalala was able to use her influence to get medical care for the nurse.

        They all turned her away and she was in need of care. This was the 3 nurses first time having insurance coverage; caring for others while they had no insurance, and then she could not get care when she needed it for herself, and she finally had insurance.

        Dr. Shalala being on TV today, voicing her complaint, may start an investigation because they said that it was against the law what these doctors are doing.

        I smell repukes in this – all the way down from the Governor’s office. This is sinister at every level. If it’s happening here in Florida, and it is, the red states will start doing the same. This in my opinion is criminal, another senseless death in the making, when a person “has insurance.” Wickedness is just right down ugly to the bone.

  5. July 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Turn on Nasa channel they have a launch right now. 🙂

  6. July 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

  7. July 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    “Despite the protests of a selfish few, we are America, and we have more than enough resources, far more than we ourselves need – our garbage, the food we throw away, would feed millions! We can welcome these children, we can give them refuge, we can feed them and heal them and educate them and give them a future. We can give them hope. And, perhaps, send them back one day with our willing help to remake their own homelands into something better, something equal to the United States, into beacons of liberty and freedom and prosperity in their own right and we can put an end once and for all to the actual causes of illegal immigration and the actual things that caused this humanitarian crisis.”

    More at links:

    • 35 GGail
      July 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      That’s my thinking too! We should build an Ellis Island out here in the West!!!

    • July 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      yes I saw this awesome blog entry on facebook….we picked out the same passage….BOB….altho I do feel a bit battered by all the negativity and hate….I like how he ended with the America that we hope to see….that we indeed Fight for!

      Cynicism is a choice…HOPE is better….

      #Trust Barack

      July 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm


  8. 38 GGail
    July 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    vc, to continue the comment you began on the last thread, my momma didn’t raise no fool. I’ll continue my education without risking my life!

  9. 41 africa
    July 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I am reading this article and boy!!

    My own thoughts:

    • 42 Vicki
      July 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Africa…..The answers to your questions seem to me that The Left is as brainwashed as The Right.

      The relentless bashing has taken its toll on the half asleep reflexive democrats.
      Propaganda in America—coming to you 24/7 on every TV station,
      in every newspaper,
      and to a major degree on every radio
      Has left most of the country befuddled suspicious and vaguely if not openly hostile.

      The only answer is counterprogramming. Getting the truth out as best we can.

      If you believe as I do that truth will overcome lies
      And as The President has been saying,”Hope is a better Choice,”

      Then the 2014 Elections will be as Bob keeps telling us LandslideDems2104.

    • July 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      hello Africa…

      I had asked Donna what was the difference between Liberals and Progressives …the terms are used so interchangeably….she pointed me to this article…which gave me good insight….However…judging from the article…a lot of folks are confused themselves…



      in this article…

      Liberalism is a set of ideals grounded in the social contract (rule by consent of the governed for mutual benefit), both negative liberty (freedom from unreasonable interference) and positive liberty (access to basic resources to pursue one’s goals), and both equality in law (legal rights and privileges), and equality of opportunity (social mobility). …

      Progressivism is a problem-solving method. The progressive method is not an ideology but a pragmatic search for solutions that work, grounded in a healthy skepticism.



  10. 45 amk for obama
    July 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    arg or ger?

    who cares? it’s just one letter diff. (also. too. no teevee.)

    gunnite folks.

  11. July 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  12. July 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Seems relevant……..of course left out of the media coverage:

    According to German press accounts, the latest scandal began when a 31 year old man working for Germany’s intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) volunteered to spy for the United States All told he gave his CIA case officer, according to these accounts, 200 documents. For that he was paid $34,000.

    But in an even stranger twist, it turns out the German spy ****was also working for the Russians.**** Current and former U.S. intelligence officials say this detail was important. “The BND was not a very good service for many years,” said one retired senior CIA case officer. “The station chiefs were always told to try to find out what they knew about us, but it was never much. We always worried that they had moles working for the Soviets and later the Russians.”……continued

  13. July 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This is the beach I go to all the time.

    • 51 Layla
      July 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      I used to work right near there…beautiful!

    • 52 desertflower
      July 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      My grandparents had a house in Clearwater Beach when I was a kid…I always thought it was so fun to visit there:) Lantana Ave…that’s all I remember…that, and the house was light blue….

  14. July 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    He finally spoke about the farce that he was a “partner for peace” ….At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be:

    Does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu really support a two-state solution, or is his rhetoric to this effect disingenuous? Did he genuinely seek an accommodation with the Palestinians during the nine months of US-brokered negotiations that collapsed in April, or was he just stringing the Americans and the Palestinians along, while his heart is truly with the settlement enterprise

    These are fundamental questions — questions you’d think Israelis and the watching world would long since have been able to answer, especially given that Netanyahu is Israel’s second-longest serving prime minister ever. In fact, though, while many pundits claim to have definitive answers, most Israelis would acknowledge that they’ve never been entirely sure how Netanyahu sees a potential resolution of the Palestinian conflict, which concessions he’s truly ready to make, what his long-term vision looks like.

    But now we know…..continued

  15. 56 Don
    July 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    There is this guy that I work with, he doesn’t like President Obama, but the guy likes talking about religion and wants everyone to know he’s a Christian. He’s the kind of guy that gets on Facebook and says type amen if you love Jesus, you know the kind. I mean how do you carry on a conversation with a person like that? Anyway I’m trying not to let this guy work my last nerve, I mean he’s a friend but our friendship seems to be work for me. I want to tell the guy to get lost, but then I’d have to see his face first thing in the morning at work. I’m trapped!

    • 57 desertflower
      July 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Short of leaving your job so you won’t have to see him everyday….just tell him to lay off the religion at work. His business is his business and you don’t want it to be yours, too…and by the way dude, you’re getting on my last nerve with your religiousity all the time! Just say it…if he gets pissed, well, you’ve solved the problem. He won’t talk to you anymore. They’re judgmental that way:)

      • 58 Don
        July 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        My problem is that I’m one of those people that worry about others before I worry about myself. Sometimes I wish I was an S.O.B!

        • July 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

          Hey Don, use the Word of God Against him. Because I sense right away that he is a hypocrite and probably a racists. Ask him how can he love God who he have not seen and hate his brother in Christ “President Obama” who he have seen…. The love of God is not in him. and also give him this scripture to read the whole verse>> 1st john 4:20 The King James version.

        • 60 jacquelineoboomer
          July 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

          Don’t change, Don! Whatever mix you’ve got going on of nice guy and wannabe S.O.B. works better than picking one or the other! Helps keep you on your toes. 🙂

          I worked as a civilian for the Navy for 30 years, and there was an unwritten rule to never talk politics or religion at work. (I was a die-hard liberal in a conservative environment, so I appreciated that.) Obviously, when you work for the federal government, supervisors especially are responsible to show they aren’t “playing favorites” with people because they’re the same political party or religion or whatever, so that helped keep the calm BIG TIME. Any chance you could do a low-key whisper in your supervisor’s ear, because technically he or she is responsible?

        • July 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

          Hey Don, expose his hypocrisy and his racism by using The Word of God against him. 1st tell him ” If anyone claims to love God (The Creator) and hate President Obama (Who is his brother in Christ) is a liar. How can you claim to love God whom you have not seen yet hate his brother whom he have seen…” 1st John 4:20 The king James version. Always use the Word of God against racist who usually don’t know squat about the word of God. Make him read that passage, Try it.

    • 62 0388jojothecat
      July 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm


      My brother is a Christian who listens to Glen Beck and rwnj radio. He is anti-Obama because he does not say God or Jesus all the time. I used to argue with him about GOP and Dems. Finally I told him we don’t agree politically so let’s not talk politics. If you like this guy and wants to keep his friendship maybe that’s the way out.

  16. July 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    One of these days I must take a video of Stewie rolling around in the grass. And then when he gets up and starts running laps around the back yard.

  17. July 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  18. 70 Vicki
    July 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    John Kerry SOS extraordinaire, in Kabul helping to resolve the Afghan elections.
    John Kerry, SOS most excellent, now in Vienna joining Iran+5 nuclear talks. Apparently Rouhani’s brother also in attendance. Still holding my breath.

  19. 72 Cindy
    July 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Police swarming my Condo,

    My neighbor had complained about her husband being abusive and informed me that she was leaving him at the end of the month. I returned home on Friday, and saw her in the parking lot. Her eyes were red and puffy but because of our humidity and rain, I thought it was hay fever or something. When I asked if the weather was bothering her, she started crying, an informed me that the husband had just choked her.

    We talked and I told her that sometimes you have to leave with the clothes on your back to save your life. She was trying to hold out until the end of the month to move her things out without him knowing but I told her that she could be in danger if he catches her. My weekend was filled with thoughts of her and my heart breaking because I didn’t know what I could do.

    I was preparing to go over to the University to teach, when I heard screaming and running. I was scared to open my door. I waited and the noise was gone.

    I proceeded to dress when I heard it again and opened my door, my neighbor on the floor screaming, the man busted her in the mouth and blood is everywhere, all her front teeth are gone and blood is everywhere. I started screaming and security told me go back in but I asked them if they had called the police. The husband was telling Anna to come back in the house and I was praying that she wouldn’t then I told her to not go in there. I called the police and they informed me that they were on there way. The screams were horrifying; this is a very secluded area dominated by officers because there is so much wealth here in the city we live in. So they arrived as I was on the phone with the police department.

    I am shaking and falling apart because I wanted to protect her. She is a young lady (30 something) and models. She is younger than my child so I felt my motherly instincts coming into play. I don’t know what else I could have done but I am hurting for her. They are taking her to hospital and I think the guy is being arrested. Blood is everywhere in the hallway and I am still shaking.

    How do you advise someone in a domestic abuse situation? Could I have done more? I don’t know what to do – I am so scared. What if he had killed her? I never faced a situation like this before – but I told her on Friday to leave with the clothes on her back and I would help her with what ever she needed to do. I tried to help and I failed herl

    I don’t know what to do……

    • 73 mtmarilyn
      July 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Oh Cindy, I know that there are people here who can guide you better than me, but I will be sending you lots of prayers and energy for getting thru this. Please be careful. We are here for you.

      • 74 Cindy
        July 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        thank you mtmarilyn,
        I just checked with our security but they are not allowed to give information. I don’t know which hospital they took her to. She is from Brazil and all of her family is in Brazil so I can’t contact her parents because I never thought to get there information from her for emergency contact purposes. Her dad is recovering from cancer.

        My heart is just aching and I am shaking all over the place because I kept thinking about her over the weekend. I watched a case last night on domestic violence; whereby, this young girl was murdered by her boyfriend and all I could do is think of Anna. I wanted to call the police but I didn’t have evidence of anything and she was there. It’s as if I knew it was going to happen but I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t have evidence; could I have prevented this today?

        I can’t even call her parents or family. I have called her cell but no answer. I am just sick. The police has to talk to me so maybe they will give me information.

        July 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm


    • 77 Don
      July 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Cindy, I’ve been in that situation before. My dad had chocked my mom one Friday night; it was over money of course. As a kid I have no idea how I was able to process that scene and continue to function. Unfortunately that scene played out many more times. The abuse did stop, prison and death has a way of ending abuses. Maybe this isn’t what you wanted to hear, but you’ve did everything you could have possibly done.

      • 78 Cindy
        July 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        thank you don waiting for the police to speak to me.,

        • 79 Don
          July 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

          Cindy, I know what you are going through. This person isn’t even related to you and you are trying to help, many people would have closed their door and said it’s none of my business, sometimes that’s the problem. Bless you, you’ve probably saved her life.

          • 80 Cindy
            July 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

            She is someone’s child – I couldn’t, I was scared but I couldn’t turn my back.

            Police are here now – hopefully I will find out what has happened to her.

            thank you so much

    • 81 desertflower
      July 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      So sorry that all this happened Cindy…sorry for you AND for her. You did all you could by advising her to leave right away with the clothes on her back…you aren’t her family. Hell, even if you were, it might not have mattered anyway. My sister stayed in more than one abusive relationship (you’d think she’s learn the first time) She was even pregnant with my nephew and got thrown down the stairs in her condo, on purpose…

      It’s horrible, to be sure, but HER decision to wait until the end of the month was a bad choice on her part. This man was NEVER going to change. My guess is he’s done this before and it just got worse and worse. It’s not your fault. At the very first assault on her, she should have gone to the police and had a restraining order against him…don’t know all the private business of others, but, in my sister’s case, she moved out right then and there and had stepdad there with her to move her things and take her out of the state. Probably saved her life.

      Good luck and let us know how she’s doing if you find out. No one has the right to treat another human being like this. I hope he goes to jail for a long, long time. {{{{Cindy}}}}

      • 82 Cindy
        July 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        thank you desertflower,
        waiting to speak to the police.

        • 83 desertflower
          July 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

          You got lots of good advice here, Cindy…I hope that she will be alright and that you will be, too. You both are in my thoughts.

        • 84 0388jojothecat
          July 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm


          Please be careful in dealing with a domestic violence situation. In case your neighbor contacts you have DV places and phone numbers for her. Tell her that she must value her life over things. If you can afford it set her up for a night or two at a motel so she can contact her family who loves her and will help. She must not let her pride stop her from saving her life.
          God bless you both and be safe.

        • 85 mtmarilyn
          July 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

          There is great advise for you and her. This is such a sad situation. Prayers for all of you.

      • 86 otter44
        July 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm


        I do not know where you live but many communities have DV agencies, economic status has nothing to do with DV it is rampant in our society.I would get in touch with the local women’s shelter group or DV center. The most dangerous time is when the woman is going to leave. DV experts can help her with places to stay, an escape plan, making sure that she has a cell phone to call for help, to help her develop her strength to leave and provide the counseling she needs. The hospital should also have DV experts.

        Cindy DV traumatizes not only the victim but also those that experience it visually. It is frightening to see the hatred leak out in violence. Please take care of your self and make sure that you are safe.

    • 87 MightyPamela
      July 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Cindy, you did exactly the right thing to support your neighbor. It sounds as if things had gone so far, she was fearful to leave, yet knowing the abuse was escalating. I understand this is not unusual. It’s a very difficult decision, because so often the victim still does not recognize herself as a victim
      It’s not her fault. Here is one link which may get you started. Unfortunately, many countries are still having to work on domestic violence issues, and too many women AND children are being murdered in theirown homes by men who are supposed to protect and nutrure them. Horrible. https://www.haven-oakland.org/education-prevention/programs (please forgive any typos, the reply screen is only about 1/8″ deep, and I cannot make it larger) (for wome reason)

    • 89 sjterrid
      July 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Cindy, you gave her good advice, but she decided to stay in the situation. You did the right thing by calling the police. Let them handle it. You already got great advice from others here, about the DV hotline. please be careful. you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. 90 GGail
    July 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Okay folks, I’m all ready, set, Gooooooooooooooooo!!!

    • 91 anniebella
      July 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      May the Lord gives that young lady the courage to do the right thing. There have to be some help for that young woman. I just hope and pray she leaves the sick bastard and get some help from somewhere. Maybe her family or some agency which help abuse women. Cindy may the Lord be with you too.

  21. July 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm


    One of the comments on the blog…

    Individuals cannot fight anti-worker policies by themselves. You have to be in a group, and you have to be organized. Working America organizes us and knows the ins and outs of what’s really going on, not just what you see and hear on the news. And, being involved is fun!

    Mary Karscig

    Pittsburgh, PA

  22. July 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Wow! This is from Mika??

  23. July 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    And Stewie just sighed again. It’s hard being such a handsome dog.

  24. 95 0388jojothecat
    July 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm


    Please be careful in dealing with a domestic violence situation. In case your neighbor contacts you have DV places and phone numbers for her. Tell her that she must value her life over things. If you can afford it set her up for a night or two at a motel so she can contact her family who loves her and will help. She must not let her pride stop her from saving her life.
    God bless you both and be safe.

  25. July 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  26. July 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Firedddddd UP and Ready to Gooo

  27. July 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    They asked the governor if he threw the game? What a question?

    July 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm


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