Chat Away

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, August 12, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

100 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. August 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Hello TOD world, thank you for existing!

  2. August 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Hello Chips, thanks.

  3. August 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

  4. August 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm

  5. August 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hillary Clinton has a lot of explaining to do…..she completely lied in her recent interview about what her position was re arming Syrian rebels

    Must Watch!!!…..If it was a transcript you wouldn’t know who said it HRC or President Obama:

    “Who are we arming? Al Qaeda…Hezbollah?

    • 12 Jeff
      August 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      to me it’s been looking like Hillary was more interested in running for prime minister of Israel than the pres. of US

      • August 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        She tears apart……line by line… her entire critique of President Obama’s Syrian policy with her OWN words:

        “We don’t know who it is that would be armed” “We don’t have any clarity on that” “To whom are you delivering them too?” “We see Zawahiri is supporting them, Hamas is supporting them” “Despite the great pleas [of Syrians]…If you are a military planner or SOS……do you have the elements of an opposition that is viable…we don’t see that”

        President Obama’s most recent (and also consistently same arguement he has been making)

        “With “respect to Syria,” said the president, the notion that arming the rebels would have made a difference has “always been a fantasy.” This idea that we could provide some light arms or even more sophisticated arms to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth, and that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah, that was never in the cards.” Even now, the president said, the administration has difficulty finding, training and arming a sufficient cadre of secular Syrian rebels: “There’s not as much capacity as you would hope.”

        • August 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm

          Just goes to show HRC says what her audience wants to hear which is a normal politician’s way of getting elected. She used that tactic in 2008 and is going back to it. My fear is nothing has changed since then. PBO can make good decisions cuz he listens to others and uses his own views and their info to make decisions he feels are best for our citizenry regardless of the polling. HRC decides which way the opinions are going and which decision will give her the most support/votes. To me that is not the mark of a leader, but that of a worker bee. I think she does well working for someone else not being the one in charge. Do not mistake that to mean I feel that a woman would not make an excellent President. Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and many other women that are true to their convictions, but not afraid to veer away from them when facts present it necessary, not for self political viability would do well as a President.

          • August 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

            “Do not mistake that to mean I feel that a woman would not make an excellent President. Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and many other women that are true to their convictions, but not afraid to veer away from them when facts present it necessary, not for self political viability would do well as a President.”

            Fully concur, OG.

    • August 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Time to close the issue on Ms Clinton once and for all. She will never be a viable candidate and she did it to herself and everyone will remember.

    • 17 Nena20409
      August 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      As SoS……just to be fair, she must represent what her Boss, Pres Obama wanted.

      In her book and with her Talk-A-Ton with the rightie, Goldberg, she once again, showed her Hawkish tendencies. Her right to have any views she wishes. Her mistake once again is attacking president Obama, unfairly and in a total disrespectful manner. It will cost her and must cost her.

      JGrandholm is spinning now. But she was an avid supporter of then sen Obama after the nomination and later president Obama.

  6. August 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm

  7. August 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Ford and Kissinger betrayed the Kurds in 1975… Kissinger Left Kurds In Lurch, Pike Report Says: http://t.co/dzzaG29CaO April 14, 1991

    `Our movement and people are being destroyed in an unbelievable way, with silence from everyone. We feel, your excellency, that the United States has a moral and political responsibility towards our people, who have committed themselves to your country`s policy.“ That could have been written to President Bush by Massoud Barzani, leader of the devastated Kurds. It was, in fact, written by his father, the legendary Gen. Mustafa Barzani, to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on March 10, 1975.

    It was a cry of anguish to the U.S. government, which three years earlier had organized a Kurdish insurrection against Saddam Hussein as a favor by President Nixon to the shah of Iran, only to abandon the Kurds to destruction when the Iranian and Iraqi leaders settled their border dispute. The letter is found in the suppressed 1976 report of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, headed by then-Rep. Otis Pike, D-N.Y., which had investigated the misdeeds of the CIA.

    The House of Representatives, at the urging of President Ford and the CIA, voted to suppress the report, of which I had a draft. To this day, the draft in my possession contains the only public record of the betrayal of the Kurds and to this day, the Pike Report has not been released, although accounts of it have appeared in the media….continued

    The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defence official said. The US has been carrying out air strikes against fighters from militant group Islamic State (IS). IS fighters have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. “This is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation,” Mr Hagel said, in remarks made at Camp Pendleton in California. The “assessment team members” had arrived in the northern city of Irbil and would “give more in-depth assessment of where we can continue to help,” he said.

    The personnel are in addition to about 250 military advisers already in Iraq. A US defence official said the government would continue to explore ways to support “Iraqis affected by the ongoing fighting in Sinjar”, and to prevent “potential acts of genocide” by IS. The UN has said that tens of thousands of civilians, including members of the Yazidi sect, are trapped on Sinjar mountain by IS fighters and need “life-saving assistance”..cont

  8. 20 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Anyone else get a reply from Granholm?

    • 21 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      This is the first time I’ve heard Granholm state on Twitter that she’s a “BHO Crony.” Prior to this little foreign policy ‘boo-boo’ by HRC, it’s been always Hillary this, Hillary that and ReadyForHillary. I guess she’s now seen the extent to which people actually SUPPORT this President.

      Moral of the Story: Listen to cable news anti-Obama narratives, and believe Chuck Todd anti-Obama polls at your own peril.

      • August 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        This is part of the reason I’ve been pushing back so hard on the HRC crowd today. They need to know that she’s out of line. I think her communications people must have had a few tremors seeing the backlash she faced after her interfering gibberish. Now she expects for POTUS to give her a hug and save her from herself.

  9. August 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    • 24 forus50
      August 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I don’t know what to think about you watching Chris Hayes LOL. how did you get the nerve/stomach for it? God help me – I can’t stand to even look at him with the tv muted.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      And he’s making it all about himself as usual…”I interviewed witness…”

      • August 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        So typical Hopefruit, I have my problems with Maddow, even though I still think she’s brilliant, but I do believe when she covers stories like this she’s genuinely passionate about them and never makes them about her – that guy, he’s vacant, it’s always about him. Or Greenwald, his hearththrob.

  10. 32 PamfromCalif
    August 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    BREAKING NEWS – actress Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89 according to my source who is connected with friends & family.— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 12, 2014

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/movies/lauren-bacall-sultry-movie-star-dies-at-89.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LargeMediaHeadlineSum&module=photo-spot-region&region=photo-spot&WT.nav=photo-spot Heaven gained another star~ RIP Lauren Becall

  11. August 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Because I’m a BT, I can share with you some of the spam we get. This just popped up on my WHPC post:

    The first step of changes I would propose will be to hire more
    security guards, or police officers to watch the activities in the area.
    The other not great thing concerning the Nokia E90 may
    be the lack of the quality camera. If an individual is looking for the security camera
    that may work well in any form of lightening conditions,
    he must select high-resolution video cameras.

    If anyone discovered that camera and wasn’t previously mindful of its existence, you may face charges.

    As the name sounds, it is a relatively complex method and could leave your
    phone vulnerable for the security front.

    As with most things, we blame VC.

  12. August 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

  13. 49 forus50
    August 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Just an observation: It seems like LOLGOP has a different tweeting style. Not as clever as he used to be. I’ve actually looked to see if it’s a parody account or something. Anyone else seeing this?

  14. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      August 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Excellent, Alycee. Maybe they also need to “disperse” the entire police force, and start over.

  15. 55 Layla
    August 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Tomorrow is Chips’ birthday…is it..

    • 56 susanne
      August 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

      haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa……………………………..py birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr………………………………………..th………………
      wait, is it tomorrow yet where chips is?
      no matter, we’re so glad you’re alive, every single day ms chips!! ❤

  16. August 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    • 58 Vicki
      August 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      US military doing terrific heroic work in Iraq. Thank you to President Obama and our hardworking brave troops. I hope all the stranded Yezidi are in safe territory as soon as possible.

  17. 59 forus50
    August 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    • 60 susanne
      August 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

      that’s so important– this is not just a bunch of demobbed vets in high enough office to buy fancy war shit they liked in iraq.

  18. August 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    No thanks……I didn’t even click on the link:

    You have not entered the ‘Twilight Zone’

    (Reuters) – Iraq’s new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country. Haider al-Abadi still faces opposition closer to home, where his Shi’ite party colleague Nuri al-Maliki has refused to step aside after eight years as premier that have alienated Iraq’s once dominant Sunni minority and irked Washington and Tehran. However, Shi’ite militia and army commanders long loyal to Maliki signaled their backing for the change, as did many people on the streets of Baghdad, eager for an end to fears of a further descent into sectarian and ethnic bloodletting.
    Sunni neighbours Turkey and Saudi Arabia also welcomed Abadi’s appointment…..continued

  19. August 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm

  20. 66 Vicki
    August 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Chips, I e-mailed you a short tape of the actual demonstration in Clayton, MO.

  21. 67 forus50
    August 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

  22. August 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  23. August 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    OK gentles, moving away from the computer early tonight. Gonna have dinner and then do various non-political things. See everyone tomorrow.

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Forgot to add that I got my sleep study result this afternoon. I supposedly have moderate sleep apnea; doctor says study reveals that on average I wake up 21 times each hour. Seems ridiculous to me as that suggests I don’t sleep at all – there are after all only 60mins to the hour! Anyhoo, he said sleep apnea can’t be cured, just contained or whatever, and suggested c-pap and something else I don’t remember. After telling him I cannot sleep with ANYTHING on my face/head, I told him I ‘d think about it. 🙄

      • 71 amk for obama
        August 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

        why is it ridiculous? I would take his advice seriously.

        • 72 vcprezofan2
          August 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

          There’s no way I could wake that many times in an hour without being aware of it; seems to me it would be easier if he’d said how many minutes I slept each hour. I’m aware I wake every 1-2 hours like clockwork, twenty other times seem very far-fetched to me. Maybe the equipment malfunctioned.

          • 73 amk for obama
            August 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

            You do trust gobinment, dontcha?

            Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

            Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

            Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.


            • 74 vcprezofan2
              August 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

              Okay, so he may have been right about the 21 times. However, ‘most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs DURING sleep.’ If I’m sleeping while having sleep apnea, that’s okay since I WANT to sleep. 😉
              [And yes, I am THINKING about it, o-kay, even thought I know it’s a no-go for me.]

      • 77 Layla
        August 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        Was the something else BiPap

        • 78 vcprezofan2
          August 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          I literally don’t remember, Layla. By the time he was making suggestions, I was still thinking no one can be sleep and wake that many times in an hour so I wasn’t really internalizing much. Also, I was waiting to tell him I can’t sleep with ANYthing on my face or head, so I doubt C-pap, or A-pap or anything I had to wear would work.

      • 79 japa21
        August 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Mrs Japa also wondered how she would be able to sleep with a contraption like that. After a couple nights it became second nature to her. I still have difficulty with it though.

        • August 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

          Took my husband 4-6 weeks to fully get used to it. He did it slowly instead of going full-speed from beginning. He used it faithfully for 6 or 7 years. I had to get used to it too…..the noise. It became “white noise” for me. After he began hiking and worked with a nutritionist……..lost 30 lbs. No longer needed it!!!!

          • 81 japa21
            August 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

            For some reason, I don’t think I should tell Mrs Japa to go lose 30 punds.

            • 82 japa21
              August 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm

              Not even 30 pounds

            • 83 vcprezofan2
              August 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

              Smart, are you? 😀
              Part of my reluctance to put anything on my face, as I see it, is that I don’t really fit any of the ‘stereotypes’ for the condition. I don’t snore, drink, smoke, am not overweight, do not choke up at night, yada, yada ( some of the questions I was asked). I simply cannot sleep through the night without waking up 4 or 5 times, so I am generally sleepy off and on during the day, YET I cannot sleep in daytime because of sunlight. To me, it really is the way things are. I went for the study because a friend and my doctor recommended it, and because I hoped they’d have a good suggestion *for me*.

              • August 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

                vc, my nephew (who isn’t overweight, etc) has it and I could be wrong but I think the reality of apnea is that one doesn’t experience a waking sensation as such but the body is on a kind of automatic disturbance mode that interrupts breathing and sleep several times during the night. So I’m not sure you would “know” that you’re waking. But there are periodic disturbances in breathing that can be very serious. Just make sure that your breathing is not a serious issue as the doctor explained it.

                When I was going through a bout of insomnia a couple of years ago, I read this and it seemed to explain a lot in terms of environment conducive to sleep:


                • 85 vcprezofan2
                  August 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

                  ‘the body is on a kind of automatic disturbance mode that interrupts… sleep several times during the night.’

                  THAT sounds more like me, Meta. I always seem to be on the alert, even at night, conscious of who is moving around me. The breathing is not a serious issue, which is why he a) took so long to schedule my follow-up visit, and b) said the choice is up to me and I can think about it and get in touch if/when I decide to go ahead. I will read the article you shared later as I’m a bit bleary-eyed right now. Thanks so much for sharing!

          • 86 vcprezofan2
            August 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

            It comes with ‘noise’ too? Won’t work for me. I’m the person in the house who can tell you who got up to go to the washroom or that a light was turned on down the hall.

        • 87 vcprezofan2
          August 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

          Honestly Japa, I can’t even sleep with a light sleep mask which I tried after MP suggested it sometime back. I cannot imagine sleeping with this contraption.

  24. 88 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    • 89 Nena20409
      August 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Pardon me, but what Military expertise and degrees are held by this Ignatius?


      Would Ignatius volunteer his sons and daughters, grand children, relatives to go suit up and fight in Iraq?

      As tales told by Fools…Ignatius…full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    • 91 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      What I don’t like about this operation is that it’s operating outside the law. Strikes me as blackmail, and once blackmail succeeds that gives them unprecedented power. I mean, who will they blackmail next, what’s their ceiling?

  25. 95 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  26. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    August 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  27. 98 amk for obama
    August 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  28. August 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Could totally see @VP in this pic!

    But I guess Bess didn’t have a sense of humor about Lauren Bacall, RIP:

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